Salons: they’re not just for hair.
Back in 17th and 18th century France, “salons” were gatherings of thinkers and intellectuals who discussed literature, politics, poetry, and more. Often held in private homes, salons were designed for more than drinks and good company: they were designed to educate and illuminate their patrons.
Fast forward several hundred years, and the salon has grown up — and gotten a little stranger. Public Works would like to introduce you to the ODD SALON, a new twist on an old classic: “Expert talks on odd topics; odd talks on everything else.”
Odd Salon is a new bimonthly (first and third Tuesday evenings) event at Public Works — and it launches tonight, March 7. Each Odd Salon features a slew of speakers and hosts, well-versed in odd topics (naturally!), all united by a shared love of discovery — and sharing their knowledge with the audience.
Tonight, Odd Salon … Read more ›
Bloody Mary. Bloody Mary. Bloody Mary.
Say it three times fast with an olive in one hand and a skewered shrimp in the other in front of an empty highball glass and you will conjure up an entire festival dedicated to the world’s most complex cocktail, a drink that eats like a meal.
Hmm. That isn’t quite how the legend goes, is it? Something like that, anyway. But either way…
That’s exactly what’s on deck this Sunday, September 18, from 1 p.m.-4 p.m. over at our sister venue The Midway. Sunday marks the third San Francisco iteration of The Bloody Mary Festival, a festival dedicated to … you guessed it, all things Bloody Mary, which launched in Brooklyn in April 2014. Their second event was right here in San Francisco (certainly the only other city in the country who takes the bloody mary as seriously … Read more ›
There’s something special about Kurt Russell. Yes, he’s an undeniable, stone-cold hunk whose jawline seems to have been hewn from a block of Italian marble. Yes, he exudes a certain kind of masculinity — he’s a “man’s man” that never stoops to rudeness, coarseness, or churlishness.
But more than that, he’s an incredible actor, one of a very rare breed that can seamlessly move from character actor to leading man and back again. After 40+ years in the biz, it’s safe to say there is pretty much no one like Kurt Russell.
This Saturday, August 27, Public Works is hosting a FREE art show called Deep Cuts, dedicated to all things Kurt Russell. Original art, movie posters, prints, film soundtracks, and more — everything a Russell freak could ask for and then some.
To celebrate, we thought we might pick a few of our favorite Kurt Russell films, in case you need … Read more ›
On Friday, August 19, we invite you to come to Public Works with a Big Imagination. We’re hosting a fundraiser for the Big Imagination Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to incubating new ideas, new talent, and making the impossible possible.
Big Imagination’s big idea is The 747 Project — a total conversion of a 1985 Boeing 747 into a mobile art experience. In other words, Big Imagination will be transforming a 231 foot long double-decker airplane into a Burning Man art car.
[caption id="attachment_14720" align="aligncenter" width="620"] Isometric rendering of the completed 747 Project[/caption]
If that sounds like a crazy project, Big Imagination would agree with you. But true to their name, they think big, and they’ve assembled a motley crew of artists, engineers, designers, builders, and logistics wizards to make this seemingly impossible idea a reality.
But a project of this size and scope requires a lot of funding. That’s … Read more ›
On Tuesday, August 16th, Public Works welcomes the Fourth Annual Bay Area Global Health Film Festival to our space. The Bay Area GHFF (as it’s known) is a project of IGOT, the Institute for Global Orthopaedics and Traumatology, an international organization, founded by the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), dedicated to improving the health of peoples’ muscular and skeletal systems worldwide.
Phew! That’s a mouthful — lots of acronyms. But in short, the Bay Area GHFF is a film festival featuring short films from the Bay Area and beyond, all centered around the theme of improving our health — as individuals and within our communities, too.
This year’s theme is an important one: Homelessness & Mental Health Local Impact & Global Advocacy. As all of us who live in the Bay Area know, this is a matter of crucial importance affecting our … Read more ›
Art lovers unite! We here at Public Works are coming off a couple wonderful art events last weekend. On Saturday, July 23, we hosted The Murray Invitational: an art show dedicated to all things Bill Murray. It was a blast — because, well, it’s hard not to have a good time with anything Murray-related. Then, the day after, on Sunday the 24th, we hosted a pop-up exhibition courtesy of Pure Evil … otherwise known as San Francisco-based artist and musician Charles Uzzell Edwards. He exhibited a selection of works created from a recent trip across America, in which he retools old porcelain and enamel signs into his signature “Nightmare Series” — seen above.
And beyond that, we have a couple exciting events coming up that artistically-minded folks should be aware of. Come check them out![caption id="attachment_14672" align="alignnone" width="620"] Strider Patton at work.[/caption]
First up, on Friday, July 29, from 6 p.m-9 p.m. is the free … Read more ›
The end of June marks one of our favorite times of the year in San Francisco: SF PRIDE! This year marks the 46th annual edition of SF Pride festivities. In light of the terrible tragedy in Orlando, FL, celebrating Pride is more important now than ever. All of us here at Public Works love our queer family and stand firm in solidarity. We invite one and all to join us in celebration of the LGBT community in the Bay Area and worldwide. Here’s what’s on offer:
Thursday, June 23
Drag on Dragon presents Drag Yourself To Pride Prom: Wear It Again Wedding
9 p.m.-2 a.m.
$15 presale tickets available here
We’re kicking off Pride with something different… Drag Prom! Whether you’re a seasoned drag king or queen or looking to dabble, Drag Prom has got you covered. This event will cover both rooms in Public Works, with DJ Brian Urminita in the … Read more ›