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Arts/Culture/Weekend: Goats, poetry, and Cuban dance


Poems Under the Dome // Go to San Francisco's City Hall to celebrate National Poetry Month. It’s an open-mike event, so bring something to recite, or just listen. It’ll be sheer poetry in either case. // DETAILS: Poems Under the Dome, City Hall, San Francisco, April 18, 5:30pm. Cost: FREE


Day of Silence // Today is the National Day of Silence. Students across the U.S. vow to take some form of silence to call attention to the silencing effect of anti-LGBT bullying and harassment in schools. California Assembly member Tom Ammiano of San Francisco entered Resolution No. 44 in support of this action earlier this month. Students at thousands of schools will take part. // DETAILS: April 19, schools throughout the U.S.

CubaCaribe Festival // American restrictions on “all things Cuban” are softening, but it’s still rare to see performances from that country here. Teatro de la Danza del Caribe performs Cuban modern dance tonight at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco.  This show, the first U.S. appearance of this Afro-Cuban troupe, is part of the ninth annual CubaCaribe Festival of Dance & Music. // DETAILS: April 19, YBCA Forum, 701 Mission Street, SF; 7pm. Cost: $30 online; $35 door


Goat Festival // If your kids are interested in kids – kids, as in baby goats – then they’ll want to go to the San Francisco Ferry Building for the annual Goat Festival. Samples of goat products (cheese, milk, ice cream) will be offered, and you can pet the baby goats while down at the waterfront. // DETAILS: April 20, Goat Festival, Ferry Building Farmers Market, the Embarcadero, San Francisco, 10am – 1pm. Cost: FREE

Cal Day // This may be of most interest to Cal grads or potential Cal students, but the annual Cal Day offers hundreds of events for young and old as the campus opens up for the community. Check the website for specifics. // DETAILS: April 20, Cal Day, UC-Berkeley campus, Berkeley, 9am – 4pm. Cost: FREE


Earth Day Festival // It looks like the weather will be good, so go to Jack London Square and have a popsicle, made in a solar powered ice-pop truck. That’s one of the free offerings in honor of Earth Day. Also look for free yoga classes, cooking demonstrations, and an interactive craft station for children. // DETAILS: April 21, Earth Day Festival, presented by Pacific Coast Farmers Market Assn., Jack London Square, Broadway @ Water, Oakland, 9am – 2pm. Cost: FREE

San Francisco Style // Interested in fashion? Then visit San Francisco’s Old Mint this weekend, where 120 years of San Francisco style will be on display in the form of posters, photos and actual clothing. Presented by the SF Museum & Historical Society. // DETAILS: April 20 & 21, 11am-4pm, the Old Mint, 88 Fifth Street (@ Mission), SF. Cost: $10 public

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