Saint Joseph's Arts Foundation
Backpocket & Litquake Present How to Change the Weather
Performances by New York Times, Washington Post, and KQED journalists, a bestselling author, a comedian, live music & special guests.
Thighs Wide Shut
10/14/2022 – 10/15/2022
San Francisco's Gay All-Male Revue re-imagines Stanley Kubrick's Eyes Wide Shut through a queer kaleidoscope lens.
Californians for Reproductive Freedom
Please join us for an evening of community, conversation and music to support reproductive freedom at the iconic Saint Joseph's Art Society!
All ticket sales and proceeds are going directly to the NNAF's Collective Power Fund, which supports direct abortion funding by remove financial and logistical barriers for those seeking abortion.
Give & Take Artist Reception
Beyond the Facade
W*acking is a queer cultural legacy and you're invited to experience it at Saint Joseph's Arts Foundation.
Darryl "DMC" McDaniels of Run DMC Live at Saint Joe's
Saint Joseph's Arts Foundation invites you to a conversation & performance with hip-hop pioneer Darryl "DMC" McDaniels of Run-DMC.
Summer Exhibition Closing Reception
Enjoy a bar night while taking in the sights of works by artists a part of the Physics & Fiction exhibit curated by Aimee Friberg of CULT Aimee Friberg, as well as pieces by Serena Cole, and Jon Bernson's and Andy Diaz-Hope, Beautification Machine. Don't miss out on your chance to view these incredible exhibitions before they close!
Crash an Indian Wedding Party with Non Stop Bhangra
Have you ever wanted to crash an Indian Wedding party? Here's your chance to experience it as Non Stop Bhangra– an award winning production voted "best dance party" in San Francisco– brings its most popular theme to Saint Joseph's.
"Do the Work! An Antiracist Activity Book" Book Reception with W. Kamau Bell and Kate Schatz
Booksmith is bringing Emmy Award-winning comedian W. Kamau Bell & The New York Times bestselling Rad Woman Kate Schatz to Saint Joseph’s to discuss their book, Do the Work! An Antiracist Activity Book. If you have ever been in the same room with either of these humans, you know it's a singular treat.
National Caviar Day
We have had the pleasure of partnering with The Caviar Co. on a multitude of events at Saint Joseph's, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to co-host their annual ‘National Caviar Day' event this summer.
The evening is led in delicacy with premium caviar from The Caviar Co., classic bites and freshly shucked oyster towers from our beloved partners at Leo's Oyster Bar, Jean-Charles Boisset champagne, and Grey Goose martinis flowing. Full bar will be available for those who would like to purchase beverages outside of our featured menu (included in ticket price).
Catalyst Access Institute with Killing My Lobster
Walk with Obi: The Coasts of California
Join naturalist and author Obi Kaufmann for a celebration of his latest field atlas, The Coasts of California. During this special evening, Obi will peel back the curtain on his process, then screen a sneak peek of a new film about his work directed by award-winning filmmaker Alice Gu (The Donut King).
Before the evening ends with a book signing, Obi will invite the audience for a live Q&A. This is a rare opportunity to engage with the bestselling author as he takes you behind the scenes of his literary and visual universe.
World-class burlesque, outrageous drag, and premium cocktails at Saint Joe’s.
We Are All Aliens
An immersive border opera by legendary performance artist Guillermo Gómez-Peña at Saint Joseph’s Arts Foundation.
Physics and Fiction curated by Aimee Friberg of CULT Aimee Friberg
3 Looks at the Creative Process with Musaics of the Bay
Musiacs came to Saint Joseph’s for a collaboration between 17 year old composer Skyler Lee Baysa, renowned cellist Peter Myers, and pianist Audrey Vardanega.
talk: Cocktails & Conversation with David Oyelowo and Rufus Norris
Presented by the National Theater at Saint Joseph’s, guests joined for an informal dinner, craft cocktails, and a conversation between acclaimed actor, director, and producer David Oyelowo and the Director of the National Theater of Great Britain, Rufus Norris.
live: Mercury Soul
Mercury Soul was back at Saint Joe’s for one special night equipped with luxury lounging, ambient music, elaborate DJ sets, and craft cocktails
Little Saint Grand Opening
Saint Joseph’s sister saint, Little Saint, made a grand entrance into the world by celebrating the opening of their 100% plant-based dining experience on Earth Day 2022.
live: Over the Rainbow: Opera Parallèle Gala featuring John Holiday
An opportunity to support our February Artist in Residence, Opera Parallèle, by attending John Holiday’s San Francisco debut. Specialty cocktails and hors d’oeuvres were served by the Hugh Groman Group.
talk: Access Institute x Saint Joesphs: Catalyst Series
The night began with the crowd weaving through interactive salons while enjoying nosh and drinks. Then, Access Institute’s Executive Director, Bart Magee, PhD, facilitated an intimate conversation exploring the most pressing social and emotional issues of the day with artists Victoria Wagner, Andy Diaz Hope, Jon Bernson, and Phillip Hua.
live: Sofar Sounds
Saint Joseph’s members were given advance notice and complimentary tickets to Sofar Sounds concert at the church. Sofar Sounds creates immersive, small musical experiences that typically feature three diverse acts, with no headliner. The exact venues are typically not shared until 24 hours before the show, and the performers are revealed when they step-up to the mic.
Hospitality House THHE Auction
A night to dress in your best cocktail couture to celebrate local artists, as well as support Hospitality House and their Community Arts Program.
SF Ballet Auxiliary Fashion Show
The San Francisco Ballet Auxiliary Fashion Show, presented by Sam Malouf Authentic Luxury, featured Maison Rabih Kayrouz’ latest collection. This event benefited a wide-range of SF Ballet initiatives, including new works, scholarships for SF Ballet School students, and community engagement programs.
Back Pocket Show: I Could’ve Danced All Night, Stories about Alternate Universes
In collaboration with Back Pocket, an organization that offers communities immersive story-telling experiences, Saint Joseph’s hosted an evening of music, art, and stories, told by the people who lived them.
An Intimate Spring Concert with Paula West
A stylish celebration of spring with the incomparable jazz singer Paula West, at her first in-person performance in two years.
Fast Times Music Video Release Party
Members were given free tickets to come and see Bay Area band Fast Times for a live set and the debut of their new music video, “Girlfriend,” directed by Matthew Barniea and shot in San Francisco
talk: The Cultivist with Julio Cesar Morales
In partnership with The Cultivist, members were invited to attend a conversation with Julio César Morales on the occasion of the artist's show at Gallery Wendi Norris, La Luz Entre Nosotros (The Light Between Us) , a neon installation accompanied by an original sound composition.
Live in Color with Arooj Aftab and Babo’s Kitchen
In collaboration with The Third Place, Saint Joseph’s welcomed members to an exclusive, invite-only evening of music and modern flavors inspired by decades of Pakistani family recipes. The night included an intimate performance by Arooj Aftab, the first Pakistani singer to win a Grammy, and delectable bites by Chef Rubab, chef-owner of Babo’s Kitchen.
Our members were able to experience our 2022 Artist in Residence, Opera Parallele, with an exciting peek at the rehearsal process for their new opera Sophia’s Forest, which explores an immigrant family’s story of hope and healing through the power of imagination.
Saint Joseph’s space was donated to the team at the SF Goodwill to use as a backdrop for a glamorous photoshoot.
A group exhibition curated by Catherine Wagner that explores the idea of visible reality and hidden truths.
A Light Introduction to 2022
“A Light Introduction to 2022,” a Carpenter’s Workshop Gallery exhibition featuring their finest artists who work with lights including DRIFT, Nacho Carbonell, Vincenzo de Cotiis, Atelier van Lieshout, and Charles Trevelyan among others. MATTERPORT
Holiday Bazaar Extravaganza
Our final Holiday Bazaar event with burlesque, drag, and musical performances from a talented array of Bay-Area performers.
Jazz at the Ballroom - Oh What Fun! Live concert
In another installment of Saint Joe’s long standing partnership with Jazz at the Ballroom, comes a celebration of the holiday season with the music of Vince Guaraldi. Performed by Konrad Paszkudzki Trio and Olivia Chindamo.
Museum of African Diaspora Emerging Artists Panel
An artist panel discussion moderated by Elena Gross with the emerging artists from the Museum of African Diaspora. This year’s emerging artists included Sydney Cain, Nayme Brown, and Juror Ashara Ekundayo.
Three Cups of Nouveau Party
A chance to enjoy natural wines, refreshing tunes, and tasty bites.
A night full of shopping, music, and drinks.
Gina Schock Book Signing and Party
A conversation between Tony Bravo, from the San Francisco Chronicle, and Gina Schock, former drummer of the Go-Go’s, centered around Gina’s new book “Made in Hollywood.” The discussion was followed by a book signing and performances by two local San Francisco Punk bands.
Leila Weefur Play/Pray
A selection of queer writers recount their relationship to religion with performances that brought together voices of prayer and anti-prayer.
Litquake Reading Bar Night
Litquake Festival presents NY Times best-selling authors, Chang-rae Lee and Natalie Baszile in conversation.
TNT Traysikel MASS Event
TNT Traysikel is a mobile sculpture and karaoke site that collects, archives, uplifts, and broadcasts the narratives of Filipinx American community.
Grand Finale of TNT Traysikel’s epic artist residency with a festival celebrating the Filipino creative community.
Litquake Opening Night
The celebration of the Opening Night of Litquake's annual festival with a masked ball saluting. Readings by Devorah Major, Robert Major Anderson, Natalie Baszile, and many more. Live music from the Marc Capelle Trio and tacos from Taqueria Angelica's.
Museum of Performance and Design Annual Arts Medallion Award 2020
Honoring the 2020 Recipient, Helgi Tomasson, who is the artistic director and principal choreographer for San Francisco Ballet, and a former professional ballet dancer. Postponed from 2020 due to Covid-19.
Ashley Longshore Opening
A night of revelry in celebration of the Pop-Art Phenomenon’s long awaited solo show featuring her paintings, furniture, objects and books, with a particular emphasis on her work, “I Do Not Cook. I Do Not Clean. I Do Not Fly Commercial.”
Gabriel Gold Album Release
A celebration of the video release of Saint Joseph's Artist-in-Residence, Gabriel Gold.
Bar Night with Dedric Clark & SFADA
Cocktails and revelry featuring a live acoustic musical performance by Saint Joe's Artist-in-Residence, Dedric Clark.
Bar Night with DJ Mio
Concert featuring DJ Mio and cocktails.
Jazz at the Ballroom Collaboration
A celebration of the Roaring 20s and all things Scott & Zelda with Jazz at the Ballroom.
Saint Joseph’s partnered with Valley of the Moon Music Festival for a series of live concerts showcasing both emerging musicians as well as seasoned professional musicians.
Jazz at the Ballroom Collaboration featuring Champian Fulton Quartet performing Lady Day: A Tribute To Billie Holiday
Champian Fulton is a Jazz vocalist and pianist who won Hot House's Female Jazz Vocalist of the year in 2019.
Gabriel Gold | Live from St. Joseph’s
Gabriel Gold, an internationally renowned Bay Area musician, celebrated his move to Iceland and the release of his new album with a live performance. Additionally, he used the space to shoot one of his music videos.
Becoming, curated by Erica Deeman, considers how we mark and measure transformations in our own lives, in the world around us, as well as the spaces between us.
Jazz at Saint Joe’s with Paula West
A live stream performance by Paula West.
Balette 22 Live Recording
Balette 22 performs their recital.
Mason Bates Live Recording
Francisco Fullana Video Recording
A recording of classical music as part of the Valley of the Moon Music Festival.
Artists-In-Residence: Nkechi Njaka and Tawoo
Nkechi Njaka and Tawoo partnered on RESONANCE, a site-specific experience set to music that cultivates listening, seeing and feeling with real-time awareness.
As Outside Lands moved inside, Saint Joseph’s hosted the extraordinary Tycho, who performed under DRIFT’s Flylight as part of Outside Lands’ virtual concert series.
Artists-In-Residence: Mercury Soul
For their residency at Saint Joseph’s, DJ Mason Bates, conductor Benjamin Schwartz, and visual designer Anne Patterson created Cathedral, a four-part series of meditative music and electronica.
Artists-In-Residence: Jonah Kim, Misa Kuranga and Julia Rowe
Grammy Award–winning cellist, Jonah Kim, hosted two concerts over the summer during his residency with us. These performances featured SF Ballet’s principal dancer, Misa Kuranga, and soloist, Julia Rowe.
In June, iconic Bay Area performer Paula West live-streamed from Saint Joseph’s alongside Adam Shulman on piano, Aaron Germain on bass, Greg Wyser-Pratte on drums, and Scott Sorkin on guitar. The proceeds from the concert went directly to local musicians who were struggling during the pandemic.
37th Annual Preservation Awards
The design and restoration team of Saint Joseph's was honored with a California Preservation Award.
The Art of Seduction with Betony Vernon
Valentine’s Day did not disappoint, as we welcomed sexual anthropologist and provocateur, Betony Vernon to San Francisco to share her recent book, Boudoir Bible. Artist, David Downton was also in town for a one-night-only exhibition of his romantic portraits.
live: Sinners & Saints
With Special Guests
On a late September night, the steeples were further illuminated by the glow of spotlights as celebrity.
DRIFT: About Nature, Technology and Humankind
In January, Carpenters Workshop Gallery opened an exhibition featuring site-specific work by the artist collective, DRIFT.
Ken Fulk's Heavenly Bodies featuring Audra McDonald
A night of carefully crafted cocktails and delicious bites from Tosca to accompany a performance by Audra McDonald.
Considering Photography, opening reception for Erica Deeman and Christine Elfman
A cocktail reception in celebration of the exhibition featuring the works of Erika Deeman and Christine Elfman
Sinners and Saints: Garza
Another great night filled with musical performances and Dj sets to accompany specialty cocktails and hors d’oeuvres.
A special talk by 2019 Venice Biennale artist and a Headlands Center for the Arts Artist-in-Residence, Hongtao Zhou. Working across different media, Zhou creates site-specific installations that examine the relationships between technology, communication and the natural/urban landscape.
An artist reception celebrating selections from “What Befell Us,” an exhibition of large-scale botanical sculptures created by Bay Area artist and author Tiffanie Turner.
Michael Tilson Thomas Art Medallion Award
The Museum of Performance of Art and Design presented the 2019 Art Medallion Award to Michael Tilson Thomas.
Tales of the City
Saint Joesph’s hosted the after party that followed a Castro theatre showing of the reboot of Armistead Maupin Netflix series, “Tales of the City.
Catherine Wagner and Larry Rinder
Renowned artist and Saint Joseph’s Arts Foundation founding member, Catherine Wagner in conversation with Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive Director, Larry Rinder.
D & G Reception for Domenico Dolce
Domenico Dolce, otherwise known as the “Dolce” of Dolce & Gabbana, celebrated the release of his Assouline book. The evening was accompanied by a live DJ, specialty drinks, and fantastical hors d'oeuvres.
Venus over Manhattan
The installation in Saint Joseph's former vestry, which runs from January 15th through March 8, features a site-specific selection of works from the esteemed New York gallery, including mid-century collectible designs by Charlotte Perriand and Pierre Guariche, sculpture by Alexander Calder and Ken Price, and paintings by Alberto Burri.
Carlos Souza, Comporta Bliss
A night celebrating the pre-release of Comporta Bliss, Carlos Souza’s homage to the relaxed pace and artistic community of Comporta, Portugal
SFFilm, On the Basis of Sex
A release party was held for the cast of “On the Basis of Sex.”
Nacho Carbonell’s sculptural pieces were featured throughout the mezzanine in addition to a handful of other Carpenters Workshop Gallery artists.
SJAS Opening Night
The beginning of it all featured an assortment of liver performances in addition to a spectacular feast and drink options.
SJAS Partner Dinner
As a pre-launch to Saint Joseph’s opening night celebration, a handful of guests were asked to enjoy a meal under the dome amongst candle light and flowers.