Past Events

Arts & Ideas is the JCCSF's home for artists, audiences, and ideas – engaging local and global communities. Through its series of high profile talks and conversations, dance, food, music, and film programs, Arts & Ideas showcases the work of emerging artists and innovative modern masters.

Missed a lecture or want to re-live your favorite moments? Many of our events are available to watch on demand. Check out the linked events below. Enjoy!


2015 | 2016 | 2017 | 2018



21 Lillian Faderman and Michelle Tea
19 Tommy Orange
6 Mari Andrew
6 Circus Bella
11 Yael Meyer
12 An Evening with the Duplass Brothers
16 Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak
8 Steven Zipperstein and LaDoris Cordell
13 Distant Cousins
16 Koresh Adult Open Level Fitness/Hip-Hop Workshop
17 Koresh Dance Company
19 David Mamet
21 Mark Cantor's Giants of Jazz on Film: Jazz Vocals and the Great American Songbook
24 Laurie Anderson
30 Wendy Mogel
3 Science on the Screen: WarGames
4 Bad Movie Night: Manos: The Hands of Fate™
5 Ingrid D. Tauber Philanthropic Fund
Helen Epstein and Elizabeth Rosner
6 Jenerosity Foundation Lecture
Brené Brown
9 Book of J
24 Mark Cantor's Giants of Jazz on Film: Bop
25 Prison Injustice: Mass Incarceration, Police Reform, and People of Color
30 The 39th Annual First Night Community Seder
5 Hodo: Tofu Evolved
6 Robert Sapolsky
9 Eric & Happie
10 Science on the Screen: WALL·E
14 Dan Pink
22 Chinatown Pretty: Gallery Exhibit
28 Lisa and Douglas Goldman Fund Lecture
Alice Waters and Ruth Reichl
Science on the Screen: Ponyo
7 Bad Movie Night: Olympus Has Fallen
9 Lisa and Douglas Goldman Fund Lecture
Joe Biden: American Promise Tour
12 Ari Herstand
21 David Biale
23 Daniel Alarcón
27 Mark Cantor's Giants of Jazz on Film: Treasures from the Archive
30 We Marched, We Rallied, Now What? On Radical Justice

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3 Bad Movie Night: Escape from L.A.
7 John & Marcia Goldman Foundation Lecture
Al Gore
14 Zahav Hanukkah Dinner at the Alembic With Chef Michael Solomonov
New Yorker Cartoonist Barry Blitt
5 Bad Movie Night: White House Down
7 Wendy MacNaughton, Sarah Rich and Friends: Cipe Pineles's Leave Me Alone with the Recipes
8 Daniel Mendelsohn
11 Dogs' Day Out with The Dogist
13 We Marched, We Rallied, Now What? On Disability Rights
15 Dan Ariely
16 Smitten Kitchen's Deb Perelman
29 Reza Aslan
3 Yotam Ottolenghi and Helen Goh
8 Dave Eggers on Liberty, Freedom and Her Right Foot
11 An Evening with Armistead Maupin
12 Generation Seed: Growing a Cultural Legacy
17 Mission Murals: Art, Politics and Community Preservation
18 The Common Sense Census: Media Use by Children Ages Zero to Eight
19 Ed Asner
24 Walter Isaacson
26 Esther Perel
30 Senator George Mitchell
7 Thao Nguyen: On Screen and on Stage
10 Pussy Power: Judy Chicago
15 Shabbat Happy Hour at Fort Mason Center
17 Dinner with the Artists: The 3.9 Art Collective
24 Drawdown Getdown: Celebrating Solutions to Climate Change
25 Claire Messud
26 Nicole Krauss
27 Nathan Englander: Dinner at the Center of the Earth
29 Yrsa Daley-Ward
24 Reshma Saujani with Bozoma Saint John
5 Al Franken
19 Sherman Alexie
25 We Marched, We Rallied, Now What? On Environmental Justice
7 Kingdom of Olives and Ash
14 An Evening with Alan Alda
21 Colm Tóibín
7 Vanishing Point: The 3.9 Art Collective Reflects on Black Communities in San Francisco
9 We Marched, We Rallied, Now What? Strategies and Solutions
15 Mary Gaitskill
16 San Francisco's Filipino Food Movement
24 Mayim Bialik
2 Circus Bella
7 Between Genders: Exploring Intersex with Hida Viloria
22 Mark Cantor's Giants of Jazz on Film: Great Vocalist of Note
24 Stephen Tobolowsky
25 The Victim as Icon: Moral Dilemmas in Appropriations of Anne Frank
27 Beyond Babka and Za'atar: Dinner with Uri Scheft and Lior Lev Sercarz
4 The Okee Dokee Brothers
7 Hookup Culture, Sexual Politics and Campus Rape
8 Andrea Nguyen and the Evolution of Pho
9 Ambassador Samantha Power
16 Mohsin Hamid
16 In Search of Perfect Consonance
18 Mark Cantor's Giants of Jazz on Film: Jazz West Coast
19 Madeleine Peyroux and Rickie Lee Jones
21 Ariel Levy on Unconventional Women
24 Veep's David Mandel
27 The Pritzker Family Lecture
Bryan Stevenson
28 We Marched, We Rallied, Now What?
30 Julia Anne Goodman: Dinner with the Artist
4 Peter Hook
6 Dr. Larry Brilliant
9 Julia Anne Goodman: On Verticality
13 George Saunders
15 Stosh Cotler
16 Wesley Stace's Cabinet of Wonders
17 The Executive Order on Immigration: A Community Forum
28 PoemJazz
10 Elizabeth Blackburn and Elissa Epel
19 The Yellow Ticket (Der Gelbe Schein)
22 Bill T. Jones
26 The Jenerosity Foundation Lecture
Nina Totenberg
28 Mark Cantor's Jazz on Film: Jazz Centennial
29 Daniel Matt & Arthur Green
30 Venture Capital 101
31 Food on Film: St. George Spirits' Lance Winters and Dave Smith

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1 Dr. Craig Packer
6 Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra
8 Yaa Gysai
9 Cleve Jones
13 A New Political Reality
2 Knives & Ink: Chefs and Tattoos
3 Anne & Nick Germanacos
The LARB Radio Hour
5 VR day @ Doc Stories
14 Masha Gessen
15 Stehpanie Danler
17 Lisa & Douglas Goldman Fund Lecture
An Evening with Amos Oz
18 Johnny Marr
19 Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra
20 Morgan's Journey
29 Michael Chabon
10 Emma Cline
13 Mark Bittman
14 Bryan Cranston
15 Veruca Salt
16 Mike Massimino and Adam Savage
18 Alan Schwarz
23 Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny
26 Jessi Klein
28 Garrett + Moulton Productions: Speak, Angels
31 T.C. Boyle
10 John & Marcia Goldman Foundation Lecture
Daveed Diggs
11 Carl Hiaasen
12 Chasing Portraits: A Great-Granddaughter's Quest for Her Lost Art Legacy
17 Jeff Bridges
18 Mara Liasson, NPR's National Political Correspondent
20 Citizen Scientist
21 Child Phsychologist Alison Gopnik
22 Kamau Right Now!
28 Jonathan Safran Foer
10 Mexrrissey
1 Food on Film: Stuart Brioza & Nicole Krasinski
3 Sentor Barbara Boxer
6 An Evening with Eddie Huang
9 Terry Tempest Williams: A Personal Topography of America's National Parks
13 Diane Arbus: The Woman Behind the Work
14 Robert Reich
16 Alan Furst
29 Tavis Smiley
2 Googling Sex
6 Chris Cleave
15 Esther Perel
16 Matti Friedman and Philip Gourevitch
20 Siddhartha Mukhherjee
22 Eric Ripert
25 Cheese Craft
31 Sex, Jews & Videotape
4 Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett
5 The Big O: Women and Sexual Desire
6 Death a a Part of Life with BJ Miller
9 Story Pirates Greatest Hits
10 Dr. Chen Alon
10 Property Brothers: Jonathan and Drew Scott
12 Arianna Huffington
16 UnderCover Presents: Under the Covers
17 Red Light Lit
19 Krista Tippett
20 Chanan Tigay
21 A Celebration of Animal Reproduction with Jules Howard
29 StoryCorps' Dave Isay
30 Mark Cantor's Giants of Jazz on Film, The Great American Songbook
3 Jonathan Lethem
5 Mark Cantor's Giants of Jazz on Fiilm, When Swing Was King
6 Surviving Skokie
6 WeBop Family Jazz Party
8 Rebecca Traister
9 Antonio Zambujo
10 Shirin Ebadi
14 Robert Putnam
15 A-Wa
16 Rabbis Sharon Brous & Noa Kushner
17 Ingrid D. Tauber Philanthropic Fund of the JCEF
Timothy Snyder
18 Take It Off! The New Burlesque
21 Lisa and Douglas Goldman Fund Lecture
Dan Savage
24 Bawdy Storytelling: True Stories of Sexual Adventure!
31 The Mediterranean Jewish Table with Joyce Goldstein
8 Assaf Gavron
11 Monica Lewinsky
16 A.O. Scott
19 Call Your Girlfriend
22 Curls Night Out!
28 The Making of Making a Murderer
14 Female Friendship
23 The Groundlings Children's Show
23 Ronna & Beverly
30 Mark Cantor's Giants of Jazz on Film, Shouting the Blues
31 Circus Bella

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4 LEVYdance
7 A Celebration of Yehuda Amichai
9 Advanced Style
14 George Saunders
2 The Germanacos Foundation
A Tribute to Primo Levi
3 Simon Winchester
4 Carrie Brownstein
5 Lidia Bastianich
6 John & Marcia Goldman Foundation Lecture
Jeff Daniels and the Ben Daniels Band
10 Jenerosity Foundation
Gloria Steinem
16 Lisa and Douglas Goldman Fund Lecture
Nigella Lawson
17 Lisa Randall
20 Storm Large
1 U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera
7 Niall Ferguson
12 Dennis Lehane
14 Sara Bareilles
15 Maria Popova
19 Colum McCann
20 Adventures with Bumblebees with Dave Goulson
21 Fun Home's Alison  Bechdel
24 SF Contemporary Music Players
25 Michael Solomonov
26 Diana Nyad
26 Sherry Turkle
28 The Essential Talk-and-Tasing Guide to Becoming a Whiskey Know-It-All
29 The Assassination of Yitzhak Rabin
30 Wendell Pierce
10 Dan Ariely
17 Jenerosity Foundation
Brené Brown
18 Tiffany Shlain
19 SF Stand Up Comedy Competition
21 Storytelling Secrets of New Masters of Radio
24 Todd Haynes
29 Suzan-Lori Parks
30 Former New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly
20 Felicia Day