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It’s been hard. We know. For a little while, recently — too long — there was no Club Mate at Public Works. We’re very happy to announce

It’s been hard. We know. For a little while, recently — too long — there was no Club Mate at Public Works. We’re very happy to announce that Club Mate is back!

For the uninitiated, Club Mate is a delicious German soda brewed with yerba mate extract. (Yerba mate, as you probably know by now, is a South American herb loaded with caffeine, with unique properties that distinguish it from America’s favorite stimulant, the coffee bean.) Club Mate possesses a tasty, slightly woodsy, not-so-sweet flavor — it’s remarkably low in sugar compared to similar sodas and energy drinks.

But the taste alone isn’t why we (and you) love Club Mate. It’s the energy boost. Although Club Mate’s caffeine content isn’t as high as some of its … Read more ›
We don’t take ourselves too seriously here at Public Works, in case you haven’t noticed. Having fun is kind of a way of life for us. With that said, we like growing up a little bit and acting like adults — from time to time, at least. We’re super excited about our February 11 event, the very first SF Opera Lab Pop-Up, because it gives us the chance to act a little bit grown-up (opera is for grown-ups, right?) while also having a lot of fun.

 

The SF Opera Lab is an exciting new project from the San Francisco Opera, in which traditional opera programming (vocal performances, chamber music, romanticism) are performed at very non-traditional venues — like right here at Public Works. Contrary to popular belief, opera is for everyone. That’s why Opera Lab is so exciting — seasoned aficionados will find themselves experiencing opera in a whole new way, … Read more ›
WHAT do we want?

CHEESE!

WHEN do we want it?

CHEESE!



Wait — no, sorry, that’s not right. We got a little over-excited… because, well, cheese. Few other foods in the world can inspire such fervor as this magical fermented foodstuff. We here at Public Works are lovers of life in general, and accordingly, we love cheese. This weekend, on Sunday, Jan. 17 at 5 p.m., we’re calling all Bay Area cheese lovers to come join us at the latest edition of the Cheesemonger Invitational, a no-holds-barred head-to-head fight to the death (er, not quite — but depending on how much cheese you eat, you may feel like you’ve died and gone to heaven) between cheesemongers from all over the country.

As much as we love eating cheese, we don’t really know much about cheese. (Beyond what kinds of cheeses we love to eat, that is.) And cheese, in fact, is a … Read more ›

If you’re reading this, you already know this, but San Francisco is truly one of the greatest places in the world to live. Our city is blessed with an embarrassment of riches (both literally and figuratively) and is truly unlike any other place in the world. We’re proud to call ourselves San Franciscans.

Unfortunately, our fine city is stricken with a number of problems, perhaps the most visible and longest-lasting of which is chronic homelessness. It’s one of the first things any visitor to San Francisco notices — the size of our homeless population is staggering.

On Thursday, Nov. 6, Public Works is proud to host the debut of Homecoming SF, a fundraiser, dance party, and awareness campaign dedicated to doing their small part to end homelessness in San Francisco. 100% of Homecoming SF’s ticket sales will be donated to local nonprofits Project Homeless Connect and Handup, two … Read more ›
Punk’s not dead.

That was true in 1981 and it’s still true in 2015. On Wednesday, September 23, Public Works is proud to host the opening night of SF Punk Renaissance 2015, a festival celebrating 40 years of all things punk rock.



Old-school punk photos, art, and film stills will be featured in the Punk Rock Sewing Circle’s exhibition entitled Tunnel Vision, on display in our very own Roll-Up Gallery. Punk’s DIY ethos democratized music, art, fashion, and publishing, and these rare photos (many never seen before) from its first wave (1977-1981) capture the immediacy and the vitality that characterized this era. The exhibition features works by seminal photographers who worked for SEARCH AND DESTROY, a groundbreaking zine that chronicled the punk scene and its discontents; small portfolios from Joe Truck, Vincent Anton, Sue Brisk, Richard Alden Petersen, and Kamera Zie; and George Sera’s hauntingly beautiful photos, previously seen in the … Read more ›
Who loves BUTTS? In THREE DIMENSIONS?! WE DO! YOU DO!

Did we get your attention? Public Works is pleased to host the San Francisco edition of Kaleidoscope, a virtual reality film festival. In case you haven’t noticed, virtual reality has come a long way from those kiosks at the mall and Nintendo’s all-red Virtual Boy.

Kaleidoscope is hosting 20 different virtual reality films and experiences that will push beyond the limits of two-dimensional perception and show you just what current virtual reality technology is capable of.

There will also be a handful of discussions featuring some of the creators and artists whose work is featured in the festival, including one Tyler Hurd, whose festival contribution — simply titled “BUTTS” — is a virtual reality animated cartoon “about anxiety, depression, and lots and lots of jiggling butts.” We’re not sure what to expect, but we’re very interested.



So far the film program … Read more ›
Have you heard of the latest trend? Modular synths. All the cool kids are doing it, so why aren’t you?

OK, we’re just kidding — sort of. If you’re not an electronic music producer, you might not know that, in the past five years or so, modular synths have taken the world by storm.

What is a modular synthesizer, you ask? Picture in your mind’s eye a “classic” synthesizer — let’s say the Korg microKORG for example (http://www.korg.com/us/products/synthesizers/microkorg/) — which consists of a keyboard to play the notes and a bunch of knobs to tweak the kind of sound you’re going to get. (Getting very technical, but bear with us.)

The sounds of different synthesizers obviously vary based on the different kinds of components they’re built from.

A modular synthesizer gets rid of the all-in-one approach and instead, takes a Lego approach: a modular synth is built from various individual modules and components, … Read more ›