Shows usually cost $5 at this all-ages warehouse/gallery near the 16th St. Mission BART in SF, and the money often goes to benefit some worthy activist cause. Balazo 18 features a variety of punk, avant-garde, and underground acts, plus contemporary paintings by Dylan Anderson and Andres Cisneros. Spare, with a new floor, two couches, and a few crouching spaces to escape all the moshpit upheaval, this venue is relatively clean except for the pervasive smell of what appears to be eau de three-day-old corpse.
Barbara Anderson Gallery & Framing blends the practical with the ornamental, offering picture frames and framing services in addition to art displays.
Housed in a statuesque brick building, this gallery specializes in site specific works. The art displayed here relies on the gallery's space, creating a comprehensive experience in experimental art.
The Lesher Center for the Arts gallery displays work by contemporary and historic artists alike.
Kala Art Institute's newest exhibition space, in the open-air tunnel between Center and Addison streets just west of Shattuck Avenue.
Founded in 1971, the guild is one of the area's oldest and largest collectives of ceramic artists. Guild members work out of a renovated warehouse space comprised of 19 private studios.
A screenprinting shop that uses water-based inks and also has an in-store gallery.
Located in UC Berkeley's Doe Library, the gallery displays an assortment of art pieces, from student fashion to library history.
The experimentally minded gallery features work by local, national, and international artists, both emerging and established, with monthly displays of multidisciplinary arts, performance and media exhibitions, and other events.
Established in 1997, this Tenderloin-district venue is the political and cultural epicenter of Filipino arts in San Francisco and, arguably, the country. In addition to hosting theater performances, workshops, and childrens programs, it also features occasional music shows, usually indie-rock and hip-hop bands that appeal to conscious, arts-oriented youth. But be prepared to climb several flights of stairs to see them in a small room where kids sit on the floor between bands. A word of warning: Theres no bathroom.
The Blackball Universe offices are now displaying art with First Friday receptions and Saturday drop-in hours. Though not open to the public, their offices operate Monday-Friday, and gallery appointments are available for weekdays.
In addition to perms and highlights, this high-end Berkeley salon features art by various clients and local artists. Blow Salon hosts a new art show every 10 weeks, allowing for enough rotation to keep onlookers visiting frequently.