Explore Summer Arts in the Park

This summer, take some time to explore Golden Gate Park, where you will find much more than fresh air and picnics. Our July/August issue covers several exciting arts events in the park this summer. Here are some highlights:

We Players “Caesar Maximus” at the Music Concourse: August 16-September 30


We Players is known for its site-specific, al fresco Shakespeare adaptations, in which the audience usually follows the players from scene to scene. In the case of “Caesar”—“about power and politics and money . . . so relevant to our times,” notes We Players founder/artistic director Ava Roy—the play was selected before finding the perfect venue. It turned out to be the Music Concourse, with its bandshell framed by two colonnades, and the long pedestrian walkway leading from the stage to three fountains.  Read the full story in our July issue.

BigPicture at the California Academy of Sciences: June 27-October 21


The fifth annual BigPicture Natural World Photography Competition sponsored by the California Academy of Sciences was judged by a panel of nature and conservation experts headed by wildlife photographer Suzi Eszterhas, and considered submissions (more than 6,000) from all over the world in seven categories. It is part of the Academy’s ongoing mission to “highlight Earth’s biodiversity”—and encourage viewers to cherish and conserve it. Competition winners are on display in the lobby of the Academy from June 27-October 21.”  Learn more here.


The Companions: Sounds for a Lost Screenplay at the de Young Museum, Through September 4


If you can imagine the sensation of listening to a film score while gazing not at a flat screen but at a vibrant live vista below you, you can understand the dramatic potential of “The Companions: Sounds for a Lost Screenplay,” a new (free) audio installation in the Hamon Observation Tower of the de Young Museum. It is the brainchild of local visual artist Anthony Discenza.  See details.

See more in the editorial section of our July issue!