Arts

Computer History Museum Geeky Block Party

01/27/2018-12/29/2018
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Computer History Museum
Mountain View 

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The Dancing Sowei: Performing Beauty in Sierra Leone

03/21/2018-12/21/2018
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Cantor Arts Center
Palo Alto 

This exhibition focuses on one spectacular work in the Cantor’s collection—a sowei mask, used by the women-only Sande Society that is unique to Sierra Leone. Used in dance by senior women of the society, the sowei mask symbolizes knowledge of feminine grace and is part of a young girl’s initiation into adulthood. Thus, for many women of the region, beauty is literally performed into existence through ndoli jowei (the dancing sowei or the sowei mask in performance). Take an in-depth look at a sowei’s aesthetic expressions of elegance, from its serene gaze of inner spirituality to the corpulent neck rolls that signify health and wealth—a beauty as defined and danced by women.

J.B. Blunk: Nature, Art & Everyday Life

04/21/2018-09/26/2018
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Oakland Museum of California
Oakland 

J.B. Blunk: Nature, Art & Everyday Life 

April 21-September 26, 2018

Discover northern California’s best kept secret in design and craft: J.B. Blunk (1926-2002), a mid-century artist whose connection to nature governed his daily life. Inspired by Japanese philosophies of nature and art’s inseparability, and influenced by rural utopian communities, Blunk’s muse and often his source of materials was the beautiful natural environment of Inverness, California. Blunk’s home property was his ultimate work of art, filled with his handcrafted furniture, ceramics, sculptures, and other functional objects used by his family. His remarkable craftsmanship also took the form of large-scale public works of art, including The Planet, a redwood sculpture commissioned by the Oakland Museum of California in 1969. J.B. Blunk: Nature, Art & Everyday Life brings together a comprehensive survey of the artist’s works. See northern California’s landscape anew through Blunk’s eyes, and get inspired to find the beauty of nature and art in your own daily life.

Ink Worlds: Contemporary Chinese Painting

05/23/2018-09/03/2018
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University
Stanford  CA

The first exhibition at the Cantor Arts Center devoted solely to contemporary Chinese ink painting features more than 40 works of art by nearly two dozen artists. Drawn from the remarkable personal collection of philanthropists and Stanford University alumni Akiko Yamazaki and Jerry Yang, the exhibition focuses on the contemporary period, probing the astonishing diversity of modern ink painting and calligraphy—artistic practices that are among China’s oldest and most enduring art forms. 墨境 Ink Worlds: Contemporary Chinese Painting from the Collection of Akiko Yamazaki and Jerry Yang considers ink painting from the 1960s through the present, examining salient visual features and international connections, as well as the ongoing impact of historical techniques, materials, and themes. The exhibition addresses not only the capacity of ink painting to evolve but also the contemporary nature of ink painting as a distinct genre whose achievements are already evident. Modern uses of ink—including photography and film, through which the very definition of ink is being expanded—are also considered. Works from the collection of Peter and Collette Rothschild, the Cantor, and from the Anderson Collection at Stanford University, add to the exhibition’s rich sense of historical consciousnes

Museum hours:

Monday: 11AM–5PM

Tuesday: Closed

Wednesday: 11AM–5PM

Thursday: 11AM–8PM

Friday-Sunday: 11AM–5PM

Inflatable: Expanding Works of Art

05/26/2018-09/03/2018
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Exploratorium
San Francisco 

Step inside and wonder at gigantic, fantastical air-filled artworks at Inflatable. Spread across our indoor and outdoor galleries, these ephemeral sculptures include otherworldly organisms by Jason Hackenwerth and Shih Chieh Huang, a “forest” of cushiony columns by Jimmy Kuehnle, an inflatable “insect-eye” room from Pneuhaus, and Amanda Parer’s monumental humanoid figures peeking around corners. Fueled by the whimsy and lightness of balloons, the artists of Inflatable have infused their creations with a technology, scale, and creative complexity that expands our vision of what contemporary art can look like.

 

Free Shakespeare in the Park 2018: A Midsummer Night’s Dream

08/11/2018-08/26/2018
4:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Historic Sequoia High School’s Park-like Grounds
Redwood City   CA

August 11-26; Saturdays at 7pm & Sundays at 4pm

SF Shakespeare Festival presents ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’. Saturday shows start at 7pm this year, making it easier for children to enjoy this family-friendly production (Sunday shows are at 4pm). The play follows the misadventures of 4 young lovers, a group of aspiring actors, and a team of mischievous fairies as they meet in the woods on a summer night. The ensuing hilarity and chaos create an evening filled with love and laughter. Learn more about the play by attending our fun-for-all ages 15-minute Green Show 30 minutes before show time. Kids will have a chance to get onstage with the actors. Bring your family and friends, a blanket, and a picnic to enjoy FREE professional theater!

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Presented by San Francisco Shakespeare Festival.

Author Talk: Shu Wei’s Revenge by Jackson Fahnestock

08/30/2018
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Chinatown Branch Library
San Francisco  CA

Please join Jackson Fahnestock, a resident of Mission Bay, as he discusses his first novel, Shu Wei’s Revenge. As the town scribe of a small town in China in 1898, Shu Wei comes up against criminal elements who force his family to leave. They emigrate to San Francisco’s Chinatown where he is caught in the web of the underworld. The intrigue, mystery, and tension that follow grow deeper as he must try to survive and regain his honor while building a future in this new topsy-turvy world. Jackson’s many travels as an architect to East Asia and Southeast Asia served as the genesis for the book. A book signing session will follow the presentation. The book won a New York City Big Book Award and was a semi-finalist in the 2015 William Faulkner-William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition (Novel-in-Progress).
For more information about the author and the book, visit https://www.jacksonfahnestock.com


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47TH ANNUAL MOUNTAIN VIEW ART & WINE FESTIVAL

09/08/2018-09/09/2018
3:00 am - 12:00 pm
On Castro Street between El Camino Real and Evelyn Avenue
Mountain View  CA

The 47th Mountain View Art & Wine Festival, coming up September 8-9, is a festival like no other. An authentic and moveable feast for the senses. The cool, vibrant, multicultural Castro Street vibe. Silicon Valley’s World-Class Art & Music Festival is a spectacularly fun celebration of life featuring 500 professional artists and craftmakers showing exceptional handcrafted wares, stellar live music on stage and street throughout downtown, the Comcast Pigskin Party Lounge with football and baseball on the giant screen TV, fabulous food and drink with premium wines, seasonal craft beer, refreshing sangria, mimosas, Bellini’s, fresh-fruit margaritas, classic Bloody Mary’s and Summer Breeze Mules – the signature craft cocktail, artisan specialty food purveyors, sensational young performers strut their showstopping stuff on the Mountain View’s Got Talent Community Stage, Super Duper Kids’ Park with ultra thrilling bungee jumping, wild and wacky waterballerz, a 24’ rock climbing wall, mechanical bull ride, bumper cars, miniature golf game, super cool henna art, glitter tattoos, face painting, an organic and green products showcase, Stay Cool Misting Tent, health and wellness displays and home and garden exhibits. The dynamite, non-stop music lineup includes the big Saturday Into The Groove Dance Party (5-7 p.m.) featuring powerhouse party band Club 90 plus a stellar bill with Tortilla Soup, Livewire, Bust A Groove, The Shanks, Cocktail Monkeys, The Johnny Neri Band, Emerson & The Growiser Band, Bob Culbertson, HeartStrings Music, John Clarke, Stephen Dreyfuss, and Ancient Winds. Festival admission is free. Presented by the Mountain View Chamber of Commerce.

WHEN: September 8-9, 2018. Hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday
WHERE: On Castro Street between El Camino Real and Evelyn Avenue in Mountain View CA.
INFO-LINE: 650-968-8378
WEBSITE: http://mountainview.miramarevents.com

SF Music Day 2018! – Colors of the Keyboard

09/30/2018
12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
SF War Memorial Veteran’s Building
San Francisco  CA

37 Local Ensembles • 4 Stages • 160 Musicians

Listen local at the eleventh annual SF Music Day, the Bay Area’s free daylong music festival in downtown San Francisco, presented by InterMusic SF. SF Music Day showcases the dynamism and diversity of Bay Area music, from string quartets to jazz combos, new music pioneers to chamber groups steeped in musical sounds from across the globe.