Arts

Butterflies and Blooms

07/04/2017-01/07/2018
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
SF Conservatory of Flowers
San Francisco 

Now through January 7, 2018; Daily except Mondays, 10am-4pm

Get eye to eye with a butterfly in the exhibit Butterflies & Blooms at the Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park. The popular exhibit has been extended by overwhelming demand until January 7, 2018. The Special Exhibit gallery has been transformed into a beautiful and intimate cottage garden aflutter with hundreds of butterflies on the wing including magnificent monarchs, western swallowtails, painted ladies, and more.

The Butterfly Bungalow at the entrance to the gallery also allows you to observe the pupae in their chrysalis stage. You never know, you may be lucky enough to catch the moment when one of these delicate beauties emerges.

$8 and under.

Presented by Conservatory of Flowers

James & The Giant Peach, JR – Civic Arts Stage Company

09/15/2017-09/24/2017
2:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Firehouse Arts Center
Pleasanton  

Sept 15-24, Fridays & Saturdays 7:30pm, Saturdays & Sundays 2pm

Family musical theater performed by local youth! Roald Dahl’s popular children’s tale James and the Giant Peach to open the 2017-2018 season. The adventure-filled musical theater production features songs written by the Oscar(R), Golden Globe(R), and Tony Award(R)- winning duo Benj Pasek and Justin Paul.
Young orphan James Henry Trotter lives, unfortunately, with his two horrid aunts, in a place as remote as remote can be. Through a series of interesting events, James comes into possession of a magic potion that grows a tremendous peach bigger than his house. His curiosity launches him on a journey of equally enormous proportions as his Giant Peach rolls, floats, and soars around the globe.

$7-$18; youth, senior discounts.

Presented by City of Pleasanton Firehouse Arts Center.

Arts & Crafts For K-5 With Mrs. Aradhana

09/20/2017-10/14/2017
2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Newark Library
Newark 

ARTS & CRAFTS FOR K-5 WITH MRS. ARADHANA
Free Event @ Newark Library
Saturdays, September 20 & October 14, 2:30 – 4 p.m.

Students in Grades K-5 are invited to draw, color, paint and do crafts with Mrs. Aradhana at Newark Library on Saturdays, September 20 and October 14 from 2:30 to 4 p.m. No registration is required. Tickets will be handed out beginning at 2:15.

Newark Library is a branch of Alameda County Library. It is located at 6300 Civic Terrace Avenue, Newark, and is wheelchair accessible. For a sign language interpreter or other accommodations, please contact the Newark Library, (510) 284-0677, at least seven working days prior to the event.

Free Shakespeare in the Park’s ‘Hamlet’ at Garcia Amphitheater

09/23/2017-10/01/2017
10:00 am - 2:30 pm
McLaren Park’s Jerry Garcia Amphitheater
San Francisco   CA

September 23-Oct 1, 2017/ Saturdays & Sundays at 2:00 pm, PLUS Friday at 10:00 am

In 2017, San Francisco Shakespeare Festival celebrates 35 years as the Bay Area’s acclaimed provider of free Shakespeare performances with a production of “Hamlet”. The play speaks strongly about disenfranchisement, frustration, and the need for action during troubled times. Hamlet is torn between revenging his father’s murder and going along quietly with the new regime. He shares his inner turmoil in a series of soliloquies which have become familiar all over the world.

Audiences can further their enjoyment of this production by attending a fun and informative 15-minute Green Show, 30 minutes before the performance.

No tickets or reservations are needed for these complimentary shows.

Free!

Presented by San Francisco Shakespeare Festival.

the 10th Annual SF Music Day

09/24/2017
12:00 pm - 7:30 pm
San Francisco War Memorial & Performance Center – Veteran’s Building
San Francisco  CA

SF Music Day Returns
35 ensembles – 155 musicians – 4 stages

Join us for the 10th anniversary of SF Music Day!
Sunday, September 24th 12noon to 7:30pm

SF Music Day celebrates the diverse and dynamic music of our region, from string quartets to jazz combos, new music pioneers to chamber groups steeped in the sounds of musical traditions from around the world. With repertoire that spans inventive new works and timeless classics, ensembles that range in size from duo to big band, and fresh young talents sharing the stage with seasoned veterans, SF Music Day presents a kaleidoscopic vision of Bay Area music making.

Free Admission!
Let us know you can make it

This year’s festival features 35 ensembles on four stages in the War Memorial Veterans Building in downtown San Francisco, and a special series of moderated discussions reflecting on Bay Area music making over the past decade

The San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music has a new name – InterMusic SF!
A new name and a new look, but the same commitment to serving the Bay Area music community. Visit us at www.InterMusicSF.org

Diversity Film: ‘And Then They Came For Us’

09/27/2017
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Ellen Driscoll Playhouse
Piedmont   CA

9/27 at 6:30 pm in Piedmont and 10/1 at 3 pm in Oakland

This powerful documentary, which depicts the l942 interment of over 100,000 men, women and children of Japanese ancestry living on the West Coast, serves as a cautionary example in the face of today’s immigration ban against people from Muslim countries and the specter of a Muslim registry in the U.S.

Bay Area filmmakers Abby Ginzberg and Ken Schneider demonstrate that the incarceration of Japanese American was one of the worst violations of constitutional rights in American history. The film features interviews with George Takei and others who were incarcerated and stunning photos by Dorothea Lange and Ansel Adams. A panel discussion featuring Dianne Fukami and Don Tamaki will follow.

Free; no need to RSVP.

Presented by Appreciating Diversity Film Series.

ArtWalk Livermore 2017

10/14/2017
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Livermore Downtown
Livermore  

ArtWalk turns downtown Livermore into a Gallery District for a Day on October 14 with art filling sidewalks and plazas, in parks and galleries, surrounded by boutique shops, wine tasting rooms and restaurants. More than 200 artists display their works from contemporary to classical, abstract to realism, pottery to mixed media, as well as handmade bags, ceramic garden art, jewelry, and more. There will be live music on the Bankhead Plaza, Livermorium Park and Lizzie Fountain.

Watch for the hand painted banners hanging on display poles throughout downtown Livermore. The banners will be auctioned and all proceeds will benefit the Bothwell Arts Center.

Free

Presented by Bothwell Arts Center