Marga's Comedy Salon: September!
Sep
27
8:00 pm20:00

Marga's Comedy Salon: September!

Matt Lieb, SF Sketchfest favorite (and the guy from the Chobani #stopsadbreakfast commercial), Irene Tu named one of “Bay Area’s 11 Best Stand Up Comedians” in 2016 by  SFis.com and one of KQED's 2016 "Women To Watch." Music journalist Barry Walters (NPR, Rolling Stone, Spin).  Special guest Anita Drieseberg (Cobbs Comedy Club). Marga Gomez hosts.  Tickets $10 while they last! 8pm


For more photos and videos visit www.margagomez.com/salon

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Oct
25
8:00 pm20:00

Marga's Comedy Salon: The Premature Election Special 2016

Marga's Comedy Salon  (Extra Special Event )

Marga is thrilled to welcome the legendary Tom Ammiano, hailed as "The Mother Of Gay Comedy", our former California Assemblyman, and former San Francisco Supervisor who returns to stand up comedy roots. Also featuring Micia Mosely, a
bi-coastal socio-political comedian with a  Ph.D. from U.C. Berkeley.  Micia has been praised by newyorktheater.com as “smart, timely, and also downright hilarious.” Trump Roast will be served. Tickets for this special extra event will be $20 each.

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NOSH:pitality Glass Jar Etching Workshop
Sep
21
7:00 pm19:00

NOSH:pitality Glass Jar Etching Workshop

Celebrating the New Year is so much sweeter with new bling on your table. Prepare for Rosh Hashanah and join us at Spark Arts in the Castro for sweets, drinks, and learning how to etch your own glass honey jar. Use it throughout the new year to host your own Break Fast, Sukkot, or Shabbat dinners, or as a gift for the awesome people who are hosting you in 5777. All materials provided (including some local honey to fill your jar with)! Feel free to bring your favorite honey recipe to share.

$15 - Purchase tickets at OneTable.org.

Live Laugh Love Life Coaching Workshop: Transforming the Inner Critic
Sep
15
6:45 pm18:45

Live Laugh Love Life Coaching Workshop: Transforming the Inner Critic

Transforming the Inner Critic

Craving being part of a playful and open hearted community of kickass women? Come be in good company at the quarterly women’s workshop. September’s workshop will focus on:

  • How to become fountains rather than waterfalls and start effective self-care practises.
  • Learn what an Interdependent Relationship looks like and how to find satisfying partnerships and transform intimate relationships.
  • Discover your true essence, and begin to have a loving relationship with yourself 

All while being supported by other lovely women, in a cozy and playful environment. It is a privilege to be in your company and I feel honored to be co-leading this workshop with the lovely Melissa Maher http://www.melissamahercoaching.com/

Please feel free to bring your favorite cushion or backjack.

Yummy hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be served.

To learn more about this workshop and to purchase your tickets, visit Live Laugh Love Life Coaching.

Sisters Speak! An Intimate Evening With the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence: Sister Roma
Aug
25
7:00 pm19:00

Sisters Speak! An Intimate Evening With the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence: Sister Roma

Sisters Speak!

…is an intimate speaking series featuring Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence.

The events will be held at the beautiful Spark Arts Gallery centrally located in the heart of the Castro.

VIP Tickets will be the only seated tickets available. They also include an elegant SWAG bag, a complimentary sweepstakes prize ticket and an exclusive food and beverage pairing, hosted by a leading industry concierge.

A limited number of Standing Room/Speech Only Tickets are available.

Space is LIMITED.

Thursday, August 25th: Sister Roma:  A fully professed Sister of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence for 28+ years, is known for her activism and advocacy during the SF AIDS epidemic in the eighties to taking on Facebook’s real name policy, today. She will present and discuss the relevance and importance of standing up and standing out, on issues facing the queer community.

Proceeds to fund upcoming Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence book.

***Get tickets HERE!***

Marga's Comedy Salon: Featuring The Bad Aunties and more!
Aug
23
8:00 pm20:00

Marga's Comedy Salon: Featuring The Bad Aunties and more!

MARGA'S COMEDY SALON

Tuesday August 23rd, 8pm  (This show will sell out. Reserve now)
 Marga's Comedy Salon will be graced in August by improv legends "The Bad Aunties" Debi Durst (producer of SF Comedy Day), Diane Amos (AKA "The Pine Sol Lady") and Judi Nihei. Also on the bill will be Justin Lucas (Bay Area Reporter 2015 Bestie Award Winner Gay Comedy)  Dominique Gelin (finalist for the Ultimate Miami Comedian) and Sharon Birzer, international lesbian of mystery. All shows start 8pm and run 90 minutes. Doors open at 7:45pm. 

You can purchase as many tickets as you like by adding additional items to your cart. More info at http://www.margagomez.com/salon

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Banda Sin Nombre Memorial Concert for Renato Martinez
Aug
17
8:00 pm20:00

Banda Sin Nombre Memorial Concert for Renato Martinez

Join Spark Arts and local band Banda Sin Nombre for a night of cuban music and fun. Spark's featured artist for August and September, Renato Martinez, was a great lover of music and a proud Cuban who fled his home country more than 30 years ago. We honor the memory of Renato Martinez with music and community.

Wednesday, August 17 from 8-10pm.

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Sisters Speak! An Intimate Evening With the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence: Sister Hera Sees Candy
Jul
28
7:00 pm19:00

Sisters Speak! An Intimate Evening With the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence: Sister Hera Sees Candy

Sisters Speak!

…is an intimate speaking series featuring Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence.

VIP Tickets will be the only seated tickets available. They also include an elegant SWAG bag, a complimentary sweepstakes prize ticket and an exclusive food and beverage pairing, hosted by a leading industry concierge.

A limited number of Standing Room/Speech Only Tickets are available.

Space is LIMITED.

Thursday, July 28th: Sister Hera Sees Candy: Sister Hera who has a PhD in Transpersonal Psychology will discuss queer spirituality and its impact on gay culture.

Proceeds to fund the upcoming Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence book.

Purchase tickets here:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sisters-speak-an-intimate-evening-with-the-sisters-of-perpetual-indulgence-tickets-25125116901?aff=es2

Marga's Comedy Salon
Jul
26
8:00 pm20:00

Marga's Comedy Salon

July is SOLD OUT! Hurry and get your tickets for August before they are gone!

Join Marga and Friends Every 4th Tuesday in The Castro, SF.  Tickets are $10. Reservations are advised. Any remaining will tickets be sold at the door but seating is limited. 

About Marga’s Comedy Salon: Marga Gomez doesn’t just love to perform she loves to present other performers. With this once a month series, Marga honors the fabulous tradition of the Castro, mixing comedy and community, and including hilarious folks of all stripes: stand-ups, storytellers, authors, improvisers and more. All shows start 8pm and run 90 minutes. Doors open at 7:45pm.

Tuesday July 26th features :
Natasha Muse is a comedian, a skeptic, a mom, and was declared a “Comedian to Watch” by the SF Weekly.  Natasha performs regularly all over the Bay Area, including Cobb’s Comedy Club and the SF Punchline. Muse, an award-winning comedian, earned her chops as a lip-syncing transsexual diva at AsiaSF.  Years later, she is a favorite in the Bay Area comedy scene loved for her her wordplay and ingenious riffing.


Karinda Dobbins is a Detroit native born into a politically active family of skilled storytellers and sharp wits. To date, she has performed across the country opening for Greg Proops, Trevor Noah and W. Kamau Bell. Karinda made her primetime national television debut on the Nickelodeon Network’s “Moms Night Out.”

Jim Provenzano is a Lambda Literary Award winner for “Every Time I Think of You”, a prolific author, and lifelong athlete. Provenzano was asked to guest-curate the world's first gay sports exhibit, Sporting Life: GLBT Athletics and Cultural Change from the 1960s to Today for the GLBT Historical Society in San Francisco. He is an editor at The Bay Area Reporter and co- created the monthly BARtab - San Francisco’s LGBT nightlife guide.

Marga Gomez has appeared on LOGO’s “One Night Stand Up,” Showtime's "Latino Laugh Festival,” Comedy Central’s “Out There", and HBO’s “Comic Relief” at the invitation of Robin Williams. She is a GLAAD Award winner and a 2016 co-winner of a Bestie Comedy Award for gay comedy. She is also the writer/performer of eleven solo plays. 

More info at Margagomez.com/salon. You can purchase as many tickets as you like by adding additional items to your cart.

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Where Are You Heading Workshop - Live Laugh Love Life Coaching
Jul
21
6:45 pm18:45

Where Are You Heading Workshop - Live Laugh Love Life Coaching

Tickets: www.eventbrite.com/e/where-are-you-heading-webinar-live-laugh-love-life-coaching-tickets-26189401204.

Where are you heading?

July’s theme is focused on exploring where you are currently headed and if that’s where you want to end up. Sign up now for the July 21st workshop to set goals on personal, relationship, and business desires

To achieve the highest amount of growth, Heather offers workshops covering various health topics, each third Thursday of the month. To bring the very best and most up-to-date information available, Heather often partners with other experts who are at the forefront of their fields.

July’s workshop will feature Jenny Fowler and Leo Manizone. Jenny is a certified nutrition consultant & educator. Check her out at http://www.jennyfowler.com/. Jenny will be sharing valuable content about healthy eating habits and preparing a three part sampling menu. Leo, Action Coach business coaching team member will be presenting on the best business questions to ask yourself before taking your next steps. Leo will also be assisting throughout the workshop to answer any business related strategy questions to support you in accomplishing your business goals. 

Heather will guide you through exercises to discover where you want to be heading. How to set your long and short term goals. Then you will plot out the next steps to get you there, all while enjoying the process from here to there.

Topics covered will include:

  • Personal guidance on long term goal setting.

  • How to pick your best fit.

  • Tools to insure success.

Heather’s workshops are geared to enhance and enrich your life, so you can invest your time wisely and start taking your health and happiness seriously.


As always, active member are no charge.

xo,

Heather

"A powerful presence, she warmly commands any room she walks into. Heather is welcoming, but real. She's firm, yet gentle. And most importantly, she's insightful and thought-provoking, helping you to uncover your best self!"

Dylan H.

OneTable NOSH:Pitality: Noodles, Ramen and More!
Jul
20
7:00 pm19:00

OneTable NOSH:Pitality: Noodles, Ramen and More!

Noodles, Ramen and More is a hands-on noodle workshop that will teach you how to make quick, fresh and delicious noodle dishes at home. Best selling author, Julie Hasson*, and chef-to-the-stars, Jon Lagardere, will lead the event and show you how easy it is to use your noodle.

*Julie Hasson is a chef, educator and cookbook author, with over 25 years of experience in the food industry. She has authored 9 cookbooks, is a magazine columnist for VegNews Magazine, and appears regularly on TV. Julie has been featured in magazines, newspapers, and on TV and radio across the country, including The Cooking Channel, Veria Channel, AM Northwest, Better, Better Portland, Good Day Oregon, Martha Stewart Radio, VegNews Magazine, Vegetarian Times, and many more.

Purchase tickets here: http://dinners.onetable.org/#/events/22ed8e53-820b-4f2a-88c0-537cc1159091

Mohsen Arts Foundation: An Evening of Film & Music
Jun
30
7:00 pm19:00

Mohsen Arts Foundation: An Evening of Film & Music

Mohsen Arts is hosting our first San Francisco event at the Spark Arts Gallery and we’d love to have you join us. 

We set up Mohsen Arts to help encourage careers in the arts by students from Middle Eastern and Arab backgrounds, and over the last year the four of us (Nadeen, Adam, Sina, Waleed) have been hard at work raising funds, spreading the word, and granting our first few scholarships. We’re excited to give an update on our progress, and showcase some of the talented students who we’ve granted awards to--including a special announcement about our 3rd scholarship winner!

We’ll be serving wine and hors d’oeuvres, and have a live music performance by one our students. Looking forward to seeing you all there!

For more information, visit the foundation's Facebook events page: https://www.facebook.com/events/495186514025535/

Jun
15
7:00 pm19:00

Figure Drawing with Thomas Morphis

Join our featured artist for June, Thomas Morphis, in a life drawing session. All skill levels and mediums are welcome. While this isn't an instructive workshop, Thomas will be available to answer questions and provide guidance. Materials will not be provided. Bring your own paper and drawing materials (and drawing board if you use one).

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Jun
3
8:00 pm20:00

POUND - The Tour Preview by Marga Gomez

"Salaciously Surreal" San Francisco Chronicle

Reserve now $10 Friday June 3, 8pm sharp  ONE NIGHT ONLY - at Spark Arts -- Limited seating. Doors open 7:30

See a raw and stripped down hilarious sneak preview of Marga Gomez’s POUND just days before it's Los Angeles debut. Pound was a 2015 hit in New York City and San Francisco. If you missed it at Brava theater see it in our gallery, in the heart of the Castro, one night only. 

In Pound, Marga Gomez plays a celibate celesbian catapulted through a vaginal portal into a steamy data cloud where notorious lesbian cinematic archetypes such as extortionists, showgirls, murderers and school teachers hook up in spectacularly meta ways. 

POUND trailer: https://vimeo.com/147594417

What the press is saying...

“Hilariously skewed” New York Times    

“Charmingly raunchy!” Village Voice

“Friskily inventive. Gomez delivers.” Michael Musto

“Exuberant… a new level of intimacy and risk.” American Theatre Magazine

“Relevant social commentary … hysterically entertaining” Out Magazine

“A fantasia of women’s sexuality and how it’s portrayed in the media. It’s sly, cynical and full of hilarious venom.” Luis Alfaro, playwright, MacArthur Fellow

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May
21
8:00 pm20:00

Maniac Bowl with Arthur Gaus & Friends

MANIAC BOWL is an audience-interactive game show where a panel of comedians, along with the audience, collaborates to crown the title of “Biggest Maniac of All Time.” Maniac Bowl is the only comedy show where politicians square off with cult leaders, soviet dictators go toe-to-toe with celebrities, and historical titans match up with ex-professional wrestlers. Expect impassioned arguments, absurd reasoning and wild debates! Hosted by longtime San Francisco Comedian Arthur Gaus and a rotating panel of special guests, Maniac Bowl is a smart, gleefully weird look at the lunatic fringe. 

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Apr
2
1:00 pm13:00

Be Part of our April Exhibit! - Sketching the Changing City

Sketching the Changing City

What do you love about the Castro? How is it changing and what do you miss about how it used to be? Neighbors, friends, and anyone who has known the Castro over the years are invited to join artist Laurie Wigham in sketching, talking, and writing about the changes in the neighborhood and the wider city.

After heading out in the streets to sketch, we’ll meet at Spark Arts to spread out our sketches and discuss over refreshments. All participants are invited to add their sketches to the exhibit of “Changing City” sketches and watercolors by Laurie, and paintings of the Castro in the 1970s and 80s by the late Ramon Pablo Vidali.

The sketching event starts at 1:00 PM at Jane Warner Plaza, with the meetup at the gallery at 3:00. Everyone is welcome—no previous art experience required.

Spark will host an artist reception for all featured sketchers on April 7th from 7-8:30pm. Live in the Castro! is a series put on by the Castro Community Benefit District.

Email info@sparkarts.com to join the sketching group and be a part of our April show!

Mar
10
7:00 pm19:00

Book Launch & Reading: INFRINGE by Sarah Burghauser

Help celebrate the release of INFRINGE, the new queer Jewish lyric memoir by Sarah Burghauser!

Come for the reading and the book signing, stay for the shmooze and the refreshments!

About the book:

Sarah is a quiet, anxious girl born into an Orthodox Jewish home. Navigating a community where men have free reign and girls are not allowed to sing, Sarah muffles her every step, always observing and trying to mirror the behavior of those around her. But when Sarah's journey takes an ugly turn, she is left with a deeply ruptured faith and the eerie feeling that there is something wrong with her body. Dark, sexually explicit, and heady, Sarah's story explores trauma, difference, and the interaction between physical and spiritual well-being.

Sarah Burghauser

Sarah Burghauser