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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Chinese New Year Concert

02/24/2018
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Davies Symphony Hall
San Francisco  CA

Celebrate Lunar New Year and the Year of the Dog with the San Francisco Symphony at this family event that draws on both ancient and contemporary traditions. Arrive at 2pm for the activity-filled Festival Reception with Chinese instruments, lion dancing, “lucky” red envelopes, entertainment, tea bars, sweet and savory bites, and more.

Date: February 24, 2018
Time: Festival Reception begins at 2pm, Concert begins at 3pm, Imperial Dinner 5pm.

Festival Reception will include a host of activities Chinese instruments, lion dancing, calligraphy, tea bars, complementary bites, and more!

Concert will be a mix of Western and Chinese favorites conducted by Xian Zhang (the first woman to be named music director of an Italian symphony orchestra)

Highlight will include music from Tan Dun, composer of the Academy Award-winning film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.

Acclaimed pianist Zhang Zuo will perform Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini.

Chinese New Year Concert – dedicated to The Honorable Edwin Mah Lee, 43rd Mayor of the city and County of San Francisco.

Continue the festivities after the concert by purchasing a ticket to the Imperial Dinner, where guests enjoy a multi-course seated dinner, dazzling entertainment, and some surprises as well!

Call the San Francisco Symphony Volunteer Council for details at 415-503-5500.

Lunar New Year Celebration & Other Asian Traditions: Year of the Dog

02/25/2018
12:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Oakland Museum of California
Oakland 

The Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) rings in the Year of the Dog during its 17th annual Lunar New Year Celebration and Other Asian Traditions on Sunday, February 25, 2018 from 12 to 4:30 pm. The event features activities for the entire family, celebrating the many time-honored traditions of diverse cultures represented in California, including Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, Japanese, Tibetan and other Asian cultures with an array of arts, crafts, food, demonstrations, live music, dance, martial arts, and more.

Included with Museum admission, free-$16

Presented by Oakland Museum of California

CHCP Chinese Lunar New Year of the Dog 2018

03/04/2018
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Chinese American Historical Museum at History Park
San Jose  California

Chinese Historical & Cultural Project (CHCP) Celebrates Chinese Lunar New Year of the Dog 2018
Sunday, March 4, 2018
From NOON to 3p.m.
Where: Chinese American Historical Museum
Replica 1888 Ng Shing Gung Temple
(History Park San Jose)
Address: 635 Phelan Ave., San Jose, CA 95112

Performances & Activities: Please see attached flyer for details.
Open to the public
Free Admission
Questions? please contact::chcp.info@gmail.com

Films for Adults: Carved in Silence

03/10/2018
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Chinatown/Him Mark Lai Branch Library
San Francisco 

Carved in Silence tells the story of Chinese immigrants who were detained at the United States Immigration Station at Angel Island in San Francisco Bay during the little known Chinese Exclusion era. (47 min, 1988)

Adult Craft Afternoons: Mini Terrarium

03/16/2018
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Chinatown/Him Mark Lai Branch Library
San Francisco 

Create your own mini terrarium with a wine cork and magnet!

Fun for adults and children alike (but please note younger children under 12 must be accompanied and may require assistance). Materials will be provided. Sign-up required, space is limited. Please call 415-355-2888 or ask the information desk.

8TH ANNUAL ALBANY FILM FESTIVAL

03/17/2018-03/25/2018
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Albany Twin Theatres
Albany 

COME TO THE EIGHTH ANNUAL ALBANY FILM FESTIVAL FROM MARCH 17TH TO 25TH AT ALBANY TWIN AND ALBANY COMMUNITY CENTER. FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE VISIT WWW.ALBANYFILMFEST.ORG

COME ENJOY THE EIGHTH ANNUAL ALBANY FILM FESTIVAL FROM MARCH 17TH TO 25TH. THE FESTIVAL WILL KICKS OFF AT THE ALBANY COMMUNITY CENTER ON MARCH 17TH, AND RUN FOR A WHOLE WEEK AT THE ALBANY TWIN. FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT WWW.ALBANYFILMFEST.ORG

CELEBRATE THE EIGHTH ANNUAL ALBANY FILM FESTIVAL IN THE EAST BAY! FILMS WILL RUN FROM MARCH 17TH TO MARCH 25TH AT THE ALBANY TWIN AND ALBANY COMMUNITY CENTER. FEATURING STORIES FROM AROUND THE WORLD AND AN ALL DAY, IN-DEPTH DISCUSSION ABOUT VR FILMMAKING. FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE VISIT WWW.ALBANYFILMFEST.ORG OR CALL 510-528-2507

COMPLEX SUBJECTS, HUMAN-CENTERED STORYTELLING, AND FUN COLLIDE AT THIS YEAR’S ECLECTIC ALBANY FILM FESTIVAL FOR ITS EIGHTH ANNIVERSARY. THE FESTIVAL WILL RUN FROM MARCH 17TH TO 25TH AT ALBANY TWIN AND ALBANY COMMUNITY CENTER, WITH A WHOLE WEEK OF FILM EVENTS FEATURING FILMS FROM AROUND THE WORLD. HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDING EXPERIENCE INNOVATIVE AND AWARD-WINNING VIRTUAL REALITY SHORTS WITH IN-DEPTH DISCUSSION ABOUT THE FUTURE OF FILMMAKING. FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT WWW.ALBANYFILMFEST.ORG OR CALL 510-528-2507

RESPECT: Hip-Hop Style & Wisdom

03/24/2018-08/12/2018
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Oakland Museum of California
Oakland 

OAKLAND MUSEUM OF CALIFORNIA ANNOUNCES MAJOR SPRING 2018 EXHIBITION FEATURING THE EVOLUTION OF HIP-HOP

RESPECT: Hip-Hop Style & Wisdom Explores Hip-Hop’s Wide-Reaching Influences on Cultural and Social Movements, Including the West Coast’s and San Francisco Bay Area’s Impacts on this Global Phenomenon

Exhibition to run March 24–August 12, 2018 in OMCA’s Great Hall

(OAKLAND, CA)–Starting from its roots on the streets, before rap, DJing, graffiti, breakdancing, and street fashion launched into mainstream culture, RESPECT: Hip-Hop Style & Wisdom, the Oakland Museum of California’s major Spring 2018 exhibition, explores one of the most influential cultural and social movements of the last 50 years.

Opening in OMCA’s Great Hall on March 24, 2018, RESPECT: Hip-Hop Style & Wisdom uncovers the under-recognized story of how hip-hop changed the world. Delving into the West Coast’s and San Francisco Bay Area’s influences, the exhibition features insights from artists and hip-hop luminaries about how hip-hop continues to provide a platform for creative self-expression, activism, youth development, and education. 

Visitors will discover the beginnings of hip-hop and learn about the significant roles that California, and Oakland, have played and continue to play in hip-hop’s evolution, including its positive influences in youth development and education. Rooted in African American culture, the essence of hip-hop is self-expression and creativity. The exhibition highlights hip-hop’s innovative nature and reveals how the art form continues to be vital today.

Hip-hop’s many aspects–including DJing, MCing, dance, graffiti, fashion and style, knowledge and wisdom, and entrepreneurialism–will all be explored. Details of hip-hop’s origins and its influence on street art and fashion will be showcased in photographs by Martha Cooper, a photojournalist and former New York Post photographer best known for her documentation of New York City’s graffiti scene of the 1970s and 1980s, and Jamel Shabazz, who is internationally recognized for his images of New York City youth culture in the 1980s. Shabazz’s images have been featured across the world at Art Basel in Miami, the Brooklyn Museum, and The Studio Museum in Harlem.

Significant artifacts and objects will be displayed, including original party flyers, rare photographs, and contemporary artworks, including a tapestry by renowned New York-based portraitist Kehinde Wiley, who has recently had a nationally touring museum solo exhibition as well as having recently been commissioned to paint Barack Obama’s official presidential portrait. The exhibition will also feature a dedicated space for reflection and meaning-making, which includes a central reading room, offering select reading material and artifacts that connect hip-hop with its deeper cultural principles.

RESPECT recognizes the sensational essence of a movement that has become a unifying culture throughout the world,” said René de Guzman, director of exhibition strategy and senior curator of art at the Oakland Museum of California. “With this exhibition, OMCA sets the stage for a deeper exploration of hip-hop: the wisdom and style it has brought to many aspects of all our lives, from the language that we use to the clothes that we wear.”

A major part of the exhibition is the Hip-Hop Dojo: a practice, performance, and event space that will come alive with movement and sound. In the space, Museum visitors will be able to explore, learn, and practice hip-hop skills. The gallery features an immersive, multi-projector media environment featuring looping video footage of hip-hop performers and martial artists getting into the flow by Los Angeles-based DJ Mike Relm. Visitors are invited to experiment with the basics of scratching on real beat-making equipment, sit among the bleachers to socialize and play chess, or watch other museum goers perform in this energetic, dynamic space. Visitors can also participate in graffiti-making, and learn breakdance basics by dancing along with expert teachers projected in a shadow dance environment. Talent shows, demonstrations, workshops, and cyphers will be activated within the Dojo throughout the run of the exhibition.

“OMCA is committed to presenting programming that addresses topics of real relevance to our community and that link historic trends to compelling and urgent themes today. In just the past couple of years alone, we’ve presented Altered State: Marijuana in CaliforniaAll Power to the People: Black Panthers at 50; and Dorothea Lange: Politics of Seeing, all of which attracted record attendance and captured the attention of both local communities and the national museum field,” said Director and CEO Lori Fogarty. “RESPECT will continue this vision for the Museum and for our audiences, in this case with a particular exploration of the influence of Oakland and California on this important form of self-expression and creativity.”

RESPECT: Hip-Hop Style & Wisdom will be on view in OMCA’s Great Hall March 24 through August 12, 2018. There is a $4 charge for this special exhibition in addition to regular Museum admission.

ABOUT THE OAKLAND MUSEUM OF CALIFORNIA 

The Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) brings together collections of art, history, and natural science under one roof to tell the extraordinary stories of California and its people. OMCA’s groundbreaking exhibits tell the many stories that comprise California with many voices, often drawing on first-person accounts by people who have shaped California’s cultural heritage. Visitors are invited to actively participate in the Museum as they learn about the natural, artistic, and social forces that affect the state and investigate their own role in both its history and its future. With more than 1.9 million objects, OMCA is a leading cultural institution of the Bay Area and a resource for the research and understanding of California’s dynamic cultural and environmental heritage.

VISITOR INFORMATION 

The Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) is at 1000 Oak Street, at 10th Street, in Oakland. Museum admission is $15.95 general; $10.95 seniors and students with valid ID, $6.95 youth ages 9 to 17, and free for Members and children 8 and under. There is a $4 charge in addition to general admission pricing for special exhibitions. OMCA offers onsite underground parking and is conveniently located one block from the Lake Merritt BART station, on the corner of 10th Street and Oak Street. The accessibility ramp is located at the 1000 Oak Street main entrance to the Museum. museumca.org

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.