Starting in May 2020, the Friends began to move some of its most popular programs – namely, Art Docent Talks and Author Events – to an online format, which we are calling “Friends @ Home.”  We are now graciously joined by local authors and art docents via Zoom webinars so you can enjoy these fun and educational events from the comfort of your own home.  Check our Events page for announcements about our upcoming Friends @ Home programming – and don’t forget to register for each event through the registration link at the top of each event page.

We have the ability to record most of our Author Talks and some of our Art Docent Lectures, so if you aren’t able to attend our webinars in real time you can enjoy them at a later date.  Click on the links below to access recordings of our Friends @ Home programming thus far. Recordings are posted here within a few days of each event.

Please note: Due to copyright issues, we do not have permission to record most of our Art Docent Lectures — so if you see an Art Docent Talk that you’re excited about, please register and attend it in real time!

Author Webinars
Lizzie Johnson Discusses ‘Paradise: One Town’s Struggle to Survive an American Wildfire’ (October 18, 2021)
Alia Volz Discusses ‘Home Baked: My Mom, Marijuana, and the Stoning of San Francisco’ (July 20, 2021)
George Takei Discusses ‘They Called Us Enemy’ (June 9, 2021)
Francesca Lia Block Discusses Her Books (May 26, 2021)
Paul Madonna Discusses ‘Come to Light’ (May 19, 2021)
Caroline Kim Discusses ‘The Prince of Mournful Thoughts and Other Stories’ (May 5, 2021)
The San Francisco Mysteries of Susan Cox (April 28, 2021)
Deepa Anappara Discusses ‘Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line’ (April 10, 2021)
Jung Chang Discusses Her Books (March 6, 2021)
Robin Sloan Discusses ‘Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore’ and ‘Sourdough’ (February 17, 2021)
Elsa Hart Discusses Her Books (February 10, 2021)
Georgia Hunter Discusses ‘We Were the Lucky Ones’ (January 13, 2021)
Vanessa Hua, in Conversation with Hank Hedland (November 16, 2020)
Marilyn Chase Discusses ‘Everything She Touched: The Life of Ruth Asawa’ (September 30, 2020)
Carol Wallace Discusses ‘Leaving Van Gogh’ (September 26, 2020)
Bronwyn Harris Discusses ‘Letters from the Inside’ (September 2, 2020)
Alice Wilson-Fried Discusses ‘Outside Child’ (July 22, 2020)
Alan Fleishman Discusses ‘A Collection of Characters’ (June 24, 2020)
Helen Joyce Harris Discusses ‘Visible Means of Support’ (May 13, 2020)

Art Docent Webinars
American Abstractionists at Midcentury (November 10, 2021)
Dorothea Lange: That Such Things Could Be (June 14, 2021)
Hidden in Plain View: The African American Art Experience (February 8, 2021)
The Beat and the Hip: San Francisco Art from the 50s to the 70s (August 12, 2020)
California Photography: Sun and Shadow in the Golden State (June 10, 2020)