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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 ›

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 ( — 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 ›
On Thursday, July 30 at 9:00 p.m., we’re teaming up with the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival to host the official afterparty, featuring San Francisco native and DJ legend Mix Master Mike, for As I AM: The Life and Times of DJ AM, a new documentary about the life and tragic death of Adam Goldstein, better known as DJ AM.

Mike will be taking over the Public Works main room after an opening set by DJ Cyclofunk. Mike’s career kicked off way back in the early ’90s, when he, DJ Apollo, and Q-Bert began taking over the world, winning one DJ championship after another with their out-of-this-world scratching skills. In fact, in 1994 Mike and Q-bert were asked to stop competing — the competition simply couldn’t hang.

Shortly thereafter, DJs Apollo, D-Styles, and Shortkut joined up with Mike and Q-bert to form the Invisible Skratch Piklz, who singlehandedly revolutionized the art … Read more ›
There’s a lot more happening at Public Works than just top-notch dance music. In fact, one of our favorite things is seeing our usual crowd — the dancers, the techno freaks, the house heads, you know who you are — coming into the space on a weekday afternoon and looking around in awe at how the usual sights, typically swathed in darkness and flashing lasers, are reconfigured for something completely different. To that end, we’d like to shine a spotlight on a couple awesome events happening each month at Public Works that you might not otherwise know about. We invite you to come check them out and see more of what we have to offer!

Speechless offers up a playful twist on Silicon Valley’s love affair with the PowerPoint presentation: Every event features a cast of characters from different corners of the tech industry — alongside some professional comedians — and … Read more ›
Well, that was a success. Thanks to all of you, we raised $5,351, all of which will be donated to Sahayeta, adding to their impressive $143,532 already raised. We’ve just heard from Sahayeta that the money we raised will be used to focus on rebuilding schools and health clinics in remote areas that have been isolated and shut down because of poor road conditions. Amongst the many nonprofits working to benefit Nepal, we chose Sahayeta because they’re Bay Area-based and are owned and operated by immigrants and refugees from the Himalayan region, with a team on the ground in Nepal working to rebuild and reconstruct to prepare for the upcoming monsoon season.

To recap: On June 5, Public Works and the San Francisco Burning Man community came together to host a dance party fundraiser for Nepal in light of the deadly earthquake that struck the region last April. Many thanks … Read more ›