Listen and See

Arts aficionados, juggle your schedules accordingly, because there is much going on in San Francisco this month. Cinema buffs will be glad to hear June begins with SF DocFest, a two-week event (through June 15) showcasing innovative documentaries like Everybody Has an Andy Dick Story, The Reagan Show, and the world premiere of the Green Day-produced Turn It Around: The Story Of East Bay Punk. The festival’s Non-Fiction Vanguard Award winner this year, Jamie Meltzer, will also present his latest, True Conviction, about a detective agency run by ex-cons. At the same time (June 1-4), there is the Silent Film Festival, which reinstates retro glamour at the landmark Castro Theatre by pairing live music with such restored classics as The Three Musketeers and Louise Brooks’s Now We’re in the Air. Next up is the San Francisco Black Film Festival, which gives voice to both emerging and established filmmakers. Held June 15-18, it covers such thought-provoking issues as the child sex industry (I Am Still Here), the origins of race in the U.S. (One Drop of Love), and using sports to foster a better life. Music is another medium that gets the spotlight with the San Francisco Jazz Festival. The 35th annual event (June 6-18) encompasses 43 concerts in five different venues, with performances from talents like Jake Shimabukuro (often dubbed “the Jimi Hendrix of ukulele”), the technology-savvy multi-instrumentalist Jacob Collier, and the funky Con Brio. Meanwhile, the largest design festival on the West Coast, San Francisco Design Week, encourages design geeks to sit in on discussions, tour a gallery, and learn how to letterpress.

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