Gilroy Gardens: LUMINATION 2016

6:00 pm - 10:00 pm


As the sun sets, Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park will be transformed into a dramatic display of spectacular sights and sounds from ancient China. You will be whisked away to another time and place as you stroll through colossal light displays that illuminate over 2,000 years of Chinese history and culture.

These incredible displays—some towering as high as 6 stories into the night sky—include giant dragons, mythical Qilin, and playful pandas, as well as historic landmarks like the Great Wall, Temple of Heaven, and Terracotta Warriors.

This exciting event also includes a bustling artisan marketplace and live performances. Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime experience!

Date and time :
August 19 – November 27: Open Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights (6pm – 10pm)
(408) 840-7100

*Visitors to Gilroy Gardens may purchase same-day Lumination passes for additional $15.

*Admission to Lumination is free with 2016 Gilroy Gardens Elite memberships.

Natural History

4:00 pm
Creativity Explored Studio
San Francisco 

Opening reception Thur, Sept 15, 7-9pm, exhibition September 15 – October 26, 2016

Creativity Explored, the premier nonprofit visual art gallery and studio for artists with developmental disabilities, presents Natural History, a group exhibition that transforms the gallery into a miniature museum complete with bone sculptures and diorama. In this multi-media exhibition, Creativity Explored artists explore astronomy, geology, prehistoric science, and flora and fauna using a range of art practices including painting, sculpture, drawing, and installation.


Presented by Creativity Explored.

International Art Forum

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
South San Francisco Conference Center
South San Francisco 


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San Francisco Opera: Makropulos Case

12:30 pm - 3:00 pm
San Francisco Opera
San Francisco 

Makropulos Case (OCTOBER 14-October 29, 2016)

The Makropulos Case opens October 14 for five performances, and stars renowned German soprano Nadja Michael in the role of Emilia Marty, along with baritone Stephen Powell and bass-baritone Dale Travis. Conductor Mikhail Tatarnikov makes his San Francisco Opera debut and director Olivier Tambosi returns to stage this powerful production from 2010. The opera is sung in Czech with English supertitles.

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RAMA: Epic Legend

10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Asian Art Museum (亞洲藝術博物館)
San Francisco  

Bloody battles, daring rescues, passionate romance and a shape-shifting monkey warrior. One of the world’s greatest works of literature, the Rama epic – the 2,500-year-old classic and its many versions – teems with excitement. The story of Prince Rama’s quest to defeat a powerful demonic king, rescue his abducted wife and re-establish order in the world is also, for many, a sacred tradition. For centuries, this beloved tale has been told again and again through visual and performing arts, literature and religious teachings in the Indian subcontinent, Southeast Asia and beyond. This exhibition invites you to explore the personalities and perspectives of four main characters: Rama; his wife Sita; Rama’s faithful monkey lieutenant Hanuman; and the 10-headed demon king Ravana. Spanning the ancient to the contemporary, this major international survey of 135 artworks captures the epic in a new light. Coursing beneath the drama and fantasy of the thrilling tale, discover timeless human struggles and poignant moments that will resonate with your own story.

History, Identity, Photography – Artists in Discussion

6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
California Historical Society
San Francisco 

Join us for a fascinating moderated discussion between CHS curator, Erin Garcia and two photographers who use the historic and unique tintype process to create thought provoking images that challenge historic and contemporary perspectives of Native Americans.

$5- $10.

Presented by California Historical Society

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San Francisco Opera: Aida

11:30 am - 2:00 pm
San Francisco Opera
San Francisco 

AIDA (November 6–December 4, 2016)

Verdi’s grand Egyptian epic returns in a bold new production inspired by contemporary artist RETNA. This intimate love story of an Egyptian military hero, Radames, and an Ethiopian slave girl, Aida, features San Francisco Opera favorites Brian Jagde and Leah Crocetto.

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San Francisco Opera: Madama Butterfly

1:30 pm - 2:00 pm
San Francisco Opera
San Francisco 


Madama Butterfly returns to the War Memorial Opera House stage on November 6 for ten performances and features acclaimed Armenian soprano Lianna Haroutounian whom Opera Today hailed as “one of the major voices of our time.” Conductors Yves Abel and Jordi Bernàcer will lead the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and Chorus in a revival of Jun Kaneko’s colorful production directed by Leslie Swackhamer.

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