Starting in May 2020, the Friends moved some of its most popular programs – namely, Art Docent Talks and Author Events – to an online format, which we call “Friends @ Home.”  We have been 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
Joan Ryan Discusses ‘Intangibles: Unlocking the Science And Soul of Team Chemistry’ (July 18, 2022)
Vaseem Khan Discusses the Malabar House Novels (June 15, 2022)
Gail Tsukiyama Discusses ‘The Color of Air’ (May 16, 2022)
Sarah Penner Discusses ‘The Lost Apothecary’ (April 20, 2022)
Syed Masood Discusses ‘Bad Muslim Discount’ (February 25, 2022)
Gabrielle Selz Discusses ‘Light on Fire: The Life and Art of Sam Francis’ (February 2, 2022)
Larissa Zimberoff Discusses ‘Technically Food: Inside Silicon Valley’s Mission to Change What We Eat’ (January 19, 2022)
Playwright Lauren Gunderson in Conversation with Mary Ellen Hunt (December 13, 2021)
Carol Edgarian Discusses ‘Vera’ (November 17, 2021)
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
The California Pottery Tradition (May 11, 2022)
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)