It can be difficult finding and keeping track of all the best Italian events around San Francisco. Experiencing the most out of the local cultural scene requires that one gets out of the house to join the community, whether it be admiring Renaissance art or drinking some delicious Nero d’Avola with newly made friends.
To make your life easier, each week’s upcoming and ongoing events will be featured in a Monday post, so you’ll always be informed about what’s going on. If you have any suggestions or additions, please feel free to message me via email or Twitter.
Note: Because of the format of Examiner’s new “The Week Ahead” events series, I had to change the week range to Monday – Sunday, hence the overlap from the previous week. Looks like I was posting one step ahead of them ;)
ITALIAN CULTURAL EVENTS FOR THE WEEK OF 11/28 TO 12/4
Monday, November 28
SF Language Lovers November Meet Up! (6 p.m.)
Carnelian by the Bay
1 Ferry Plz., San Francisco
Practice or prolong your Italian speaking skills with this Meet Up located conveniently behind the Ferry Building. Head behind Sur La Table and listen for the sound of la bella lingua.
Wednesday, November 30
Il mercoledì incontro (7 p.m.)
Cafe La Scala
1655 N. Main St., Walnut Creek
If you’d like to meet some Italian speakers over a cup of coffee in the East Bay, head over to Cafe La Scala and look for the Italian flag. You’ll quickly make some new friends at this regular Meet Up event.
Thursday, December 1
Lecture on “Masters of Venice” exhibition (6:30 p.m.)
Istituto Italiano di Cultura di San Francisco
814 Montgomery St.
Deborah Loft, Professor of Art History at College of Marin, gives an introductory lecture for the Masters of Venice exhibition currently being held at the de Young museum. The exhibit, running until February 12, features Venetian paintings on tour from the Kunsthistoriches Museum in Vienna.
Friday, December 2
Piadina Night at El Rio, (9 p.m.)
3158 Mission St., San Francisco
Local dive bar favorite El Rio hosts an evening in honor of the beloved Italian flatbread sandwich. Visitors will be treated to some nicely grilled piadine on the back patio and a chance to make some new friends
Sunday, December 4
The Italian Holiday Table
3674 18th St., San Francisco
INFO | TICKETS ($25-35)
Italian holiday traditions are discussed, with an emphasis on food, as Viola Buitoni leads her examination on regional cuisine and how it pertains to modern Italian society.
November 17 – February 19
John Grillo: The Birth of Abstract Expressionism
Museo Italo Americano
Fort Mason Center, Bldg. C, San Francisco
The Museo Italo Americano celebrates an artist who is not only Italian-American, but also Italian-San Franciscan. John Grillo was an active artist during the post-war period when art was shifting from the “old world” to the new. His resulting style was regarded as a “truly homegrown art style,” with its inventiveness and dramatic intensity.
October 29 – February 12
Masters of Venice: Renaissance Painters of Passion and Power
The de Young Museum
Golden Gate Park, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr., San Francisco
INFO | TICKETS ($21)
The ongoing exhibition at the de Young Museum presents 50 Renaissance-era paintings by great Venetian painters on loan from the Gemäldegalerie of the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna. The exhibit includes artists primarily from the sixteenth century, including Titian, Giorgione, Veronese, Tintoretto, Mantegna and more.