Art & Entertainment: Places to go, people to see 

Ever want go inside a stunning Pacific Heights home? Now’s your chance. This year’s San Francisco Decorator Showcase, now in its 30th year, features the architecturally significant four-story mansion at 2901 Broadway (at Baker Street).

Open to the public for the first time, the 10,000-square-foot house was designed in 1927 by award-winning architect Henry Clay Smith for industrialist Milton S. Ray; the lot was once owned by Herbert Hoover.

The building, though, isn’t the only reason to visit. Thursday evening "Design Salon" lectures by Bay Area designers and curators also are on the program; they’re free with the $30 admission ($25 for seniors).

Proceeds benefit San Francisco University HighSchool’s financial aid program. The showcase runs from Saturday through May 28; hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays, except until 7 p.m. Thursdays, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays and Memorial Day.

Because parking in the area is extremely limited, organizers recommend catching a showcase shuttle from the Presidio Main Post (near Lincoln Boulevard and Montgomery Street).

For details, call (415) 447-5830 or visit

Auschwitz stories

The San Francisco Jewish Film Festival presents "From the Auschwitz Chronicle," directed by Michal Bukojemski. Michael Schudrich, chief rabbi of Poland, is the evening’s guest speaker. The program is at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission St., San Francisco. Call (415) 978-2787 or visit

See how they work

The artists of Hunters Point Shipyard, an artist community consisting of 250 studios spread across eight buildings, host their weekend-long, free Spring Open Studio. Guests can meet more than 150 artists, learn about their artistic processes, and buy art at moderate prices. Hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in the 600 block of Innes Avenue, San Francisco. Call (415) 387-5936 or visit

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