This Week's Hottest Events: Instagram, SFMOMA, and Francis Ford Coppola


It's a big week in music with lots of sold-out shows. If you missed your chance at tickets to Mumford & Sons, the XX, Imagine Dragons, and Sting, use your best Craigslist negotiating skills or check out some of this week's other hot events.

The Dinner Party II
Celebrate truly independent film, and help the 104-year-old Roxie see another century of movies come to life on the big screen. This year's Roxie Theater benefit sees the launch of the first annual filmmakers award Lights.Camera.Action!, in which they'll be honoring Rob Epstein and Jeffery Friedman and Hima B.
When: 6:30 p.m., Wed. 5/29
Where: The Roxie, 3117 16th St.

826 Valencia Annual Spring Luncheon
SF's favorite literary nonprofit brought out the big guns for this year's fundraising luncheon. Almighty director Francis Ford Coppola and local indie fave Thao Nguyen are hosting the event, which features the talent of 826 Valencia students. Tickets will set you back $200, but that's cheap for access to this kind of talent. And if you're feeling like a baller, put down the $1,000 to meet Coppola and Nguyen in the flesh before lunch.
When: 11:30 - 1:30 p.m., Wed., 5/29
Where: The St. Regis, 125 Third St.

Instagram founders Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger will take the hot seat for a candid conversation (no filters) with Google Ventures partner Kevin Rose. Get the behind-the-scenes scoop about everyone's favorite photo app, which boasts over 100 million registered users and more than 200 photo uploads a second.
When: 7 p.m., Thurs. 5/30
Where: Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St.

David Simon and David Chang
Find out what these two Davids—two unlikely bedfellows—have in common when they take the stage for a conversation with Michael Krasny. We're dying to hear how the creator of The Wire and Treme came to contribute to the Momofuku emperor's Lucky Peach mag.
When: 7:30 p.m., Thurs. 5/30
Where: Nourse Auditorium, 275 Hayes St.

Art + Nightlife
Amsterdam | SF and Impressionists on the Water
This Friday night, the de Young celebrates the world's top two destinations (according to Lonely Planet): San Francisco and Amsterdam, taking a close look at the two cities' similarities. There's also a reception for artist fellow Lenora Lee. Follow it up with the latest exhibit at fellow Fine Arts Museum the Legion of Honor. On Saturday, "Impressionists on the Water" opens in honor of America's Cup. See the role that sailing played in the lives of such famous artists as Monet, Renoir, and Pissarro.
When: 5 - 8:45 p.m., Fri. 5/31 and Sat. 6/1–Sun. 10/13
Where: de Young Museum, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr. and Legion of Honor, 100 34th Ave.

Bill Cosby
Head down to Saratoga for a night of laughs with comedy vet Bill Cosby. Don't be surprised if he throws in a few plugs for his current bestseller I Didn't Ask To Be Born, But I'm Glad I Was.
When: 7:30 p.m., Fri. 5/31
Where: Mountain Winery, 14831 Pierce Road, Saratoga

Inspiration Points: Masterpieces of California Landscapes
Toast to the opening of OMCA's Gallery of Natural Sciences and then visit the exhibit that showcases the very best of California landscape art including works by Ansel Adams and David Hockney.
When: Fri. 5/31–Sun. 8/11
Where: Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak St., Oakland

Northern Grade
Not that you need another excuse to pay tribute to locally made goods, but this weekend's pop-up market gives you a chance to do just that. Shop Al's Attire, Goorin Bros., Joshu + Vela, Taylor Stithc, Tellason Denim, Pierrepont Hicks, and so many more. Shop to it.
When: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Where: 111 Minna Gallery, 111 Minna St.

SFMOMA Closing Celebration
Our beloved SFMOMA is shutting its doors for almost three years for a major upgrade. But they're going out with a bang—that means four days of free admission, with talks, walks, a rooftop party, and a 24-hour blowout bash. Don't miss it.
When: Thurs. 5/30–Sun. 6/2
Where: SFMOMA, 151 Third St.

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