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.

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

Stanford University – Cantor Arts Center

04/04/2018-12/21/2018
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Stanford University – Cantor Arts Center
Stanford  CA

LISTINGS:
Working Metal in 20th-Century Sculpture Jan 31, 2018-April 30, 2018
Metal sculpture created directly by the artist’s hand is the focus of a new exhibition by Sydney Skelton Simon, a PhD candidate in the Department of Art & Art History, whose proposal was selected in the fall. Featuring small-scale sculptures, photographs, and sound recordings, this exhibition explores modes of working with metal that depart from more traditional casting methods.

Betray the Secret: Humanity in the Age of “Frankenstein” April 4, 2018–August 5, 2018

Marking the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus, Stanford University is organizing Frankenstein@200. This yearlong series of courses, lectures, conferences, and a film festival will highlight the relevance of Shelley’s text today, as artificial intelligence and advances in engineering and medicine increasingly blur the divide between man and machine. An associated exhibition drawn from the Cantor’s permanent collection will explore the idea of what defines humanity in the age of Frankenstein.

The Dancing Sowei: Performing Beauty in Sierra Leone March 21, 2018–December 21, 2018
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.

Framing in Time: Photographs from the Cantor Arts Center Reimagined January 24, 2018–May 28, 2018
Each of the short, student-made films in this exhibition will appropriate and re-imagine a photograph from the Cantor’s collection. Striving to shed new light on the original context of the photographs, the films will be shown alongside the Cantor photographs that served as their inspiration. The short films were made by Stanford students in Assistant Professor of Art Srdan Keca’s “Archival Cinema” class during fall quarter 2017.

Betray the Secret: Humanity in the Age of “Frankenstein”

04/04/2018-08/05/2018
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Cantor Arts Center
Palo Alto 

Marking the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus, Stanford University is organizing Frankenstein@200. This yearlong series of courses, lectures, conferences, and a film festival will highlight the relevance of Shelley’s text today, as artificial intelligence and advances in engineering and medicine increasingly blur the divide between man and machine. An associated exhibition drawn from the Cantor’s permanent collection will explore the idea of what defines humanity in the age of Frankenstein.

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

Art Workshop For Adults

05/23/2018-07/07/2018
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Union City Library
Union City 

Join Local Artist Naghmeh Danishmand for two painting workshops. She started painting and illustrations at the age of nineteen. Her major sources of inspiration are Persian miniatures and poetry. She uses classical beauty to achieve peaceful atmospheres in her work. She has worked with many different techniques but she has focused on watercolor in a traditional style.

The program will be in two sessions: Watercolor on May 23, 2018 and Acrylic on June 7, 2018. Each class is limited to 18 people. Please call or visit the library for registration. Supplies will be provided. All Library programs are free!

All Library programs are free! No reservations are required. The Union City Library is a branch of the Alameda County Library system located at 34007 Alvarado-Niles Road, and is wheelchair accessible. The Library will provide an ASL interpreter for any event with at least seven working days’ notice. For more information, call 510-745-1464.

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.

 

Gardening Workshops With Lori Caldwell

06/13/2018-07/11/2018
4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Union City Library
Union City  CA

Wednesdays, June 13, June 27, and July 11, 2018, 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Learn how easy and fun gardening can be! Join Bay-Friendly Landscape Professional & Garden Educator Lori Caldwell to learn the basics to be a successful gardener. She will be presenting three workshops this summer.

Eat What You Grow– Wednesday, June 13
There is nothing more satisfying than eating food from your own garden. Topics such as crop rotation, seeds vs, starts, soil fertility, and plant succession, transplanting seedlings, watering, irrigation, the best crops for your garden and emphasis on re-useable materials will be discussed.

Big Gardens in Small Spaces; Adventures of container Gardening– Wednesday, June 27
This class is geared toward people who don’t have a lot of space and want to grow their own food. Topics such as maintaining soil fertility, best plants for container gardens & crop
rotation will be covered. Growing in containers is a great way to start a garden or add-on to maximize your already existing garden possibilities!

Gardening All Year: Prepping Your Garden for Fall– Wednesday, July 11
One of the many benefits of our climate is being able to garden year-round! Fall/Winter is still a great time to garden. This class will go over some great techniques on how to transition to your Fall garden: cool-weather, edible crops, starting seeds, crop rotation, sheet mulching & planting natives.

Summer Saturday on Waverly

06/16/2018-07/28/2018
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Chinatown Waverly
San Francisco 

Chinatown Fashion Show 6/16 from 11:00 AM-2:00 PM
Your Chinatown 6/30 from 11:30 AM-3:00 PM
Chinatown on Wheels 7/14 from 12:00 PM-3:00 PM
Craving Chinatown 7/28 from 12:00 PM- 3:00 PM

Bay Area Folk Singer and Her Group to Perform Interactive Children’s Concert

06/22/2018
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Mitchell Park Library
Palo Alto 

Bay Area Folk Singer and Her Group to Perform Interactive Children’s Concert on June 22, in Palo Alto

LOS ALTOS, CA. (April 2, 2018) — Folk musician Kathy Sherman and her band Hey Mom! will perform a free, family-friendly interactive concert Friday, June 22, at Mitchell Park in Palo Alto.

Part of the Friday night summer concert series at the Magical Bridge Playground, located at Mitchell Park, 3700 Middlefield Road in Palo Alto, Sherman and Hey Mom! will perform from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Sherman has been a professional folk musician for 44 years and a music teacher for nine. She performs in three different folk bands and has released six recordings.

Her latest release is an 18-song children’s singalong album, “Let’s Sing!” which features such all-time favorite sing-alongs such as “The Hokey Pokey,” “She’ll Be Comin’ ’Round the Mountain,” “I’ve Been Working on the Railroad,” “How Much is That Doggie in the Window,” and “Teddy Bear’s Picnic.”

The album also has an accompanying “Let’s Sing!” songbook, which includes all of the songs on “Let’s Sing!,” as well as selected songs from Hey Mom!’s “Listen to Your Mama” and “Singing on a Star.”

In addition to Hey Mom!, Sherman is also member of the Good Folk Collective, the Greek folk duo The Plaka Band. She has recorded and released six albums with the three groups.

About Kathy Sherman
Kathy Sherman started her professional music career at age 15, playing Greek music in clubs, restaurants, festivals , and concerts. She put down her bouzouki, the mandolin-like instrument central to modern Greek music, long enough to earn a BMus in classical guitar performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. She was a member of the Electric Guitar Quartet, a classical / comedy group that opened for such guitar luminaries as Leo Kottke, Jorma Kaukonen, John Hartford, The Great Guitars (Barney Kessel, Charlie Byrd, and Herb Ellis) and Free Flight.

Kathy’s current music experiences include Greek folk music with long-time friend and fellow musician, Notis Contoplianos in their group, The Plaka Band. Notis and Kathy have two extraordinary CDs, New Songs of Old Athens (selected for Grammy consideration for best World Music Album), and A Time to Sing, A Time to Dance, a rollicking collection of favorite Greek dance music. For more information about The Plaka Band, please check out their website, ThePlakaBand.com. Kathy also plays classical mandolin for orchestras who have the occasional need for one.

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

06/30/2018-07/15/2018
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Amador Valley Community Park
Pleasanton  CA

June 30-July 15, 2017, Saturdays and Sundays at 7:00 pm

San Francisco Shakespeare Festival presents ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’. It has an earlier start time of 7:00 pm this year, making it easier for children to enjoy this family-friendly production. 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. Attend our fun-for-all ages 15-minute Green Show at 6:30 pm to learn more about the play. Kids will have a chance to get onstage with the actors!

No tickets needed. Bring your family and friends, a blanket, and a picnic to enjoy FREE professional theater!

Free!

Presented by San Francisco Shakespeare Festival.

Celebrate at the Japan Day Festival

07/01/2018
12:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Japantown Peace Plaza
San Francisco  

Celebrate the cultural heritage of SF Japantown with a special performances from Japanese artists from Chicago, San Francisco, and Bay Area. See demonstrations and performances of taiko, japanese classical & folk dance, japanese dolls, Okiya style shamisen music, and more. In partnership with GenRyu Arts.

FREE Live Performances and Demonstrations:
Kokuseiryu Shigin * Shubukai of Chicago dance troupe * Grandmaster/ Founder Shunojo Fujima & Grandmaster Yoshinojo Fujima * Tsukasa Taiko of Chicago
Gen Ensemble, Gen Taiko School * Shubukai of Chicago dance troupe * Gintenkai National Project * Sakura Ren and More!

*Workshops throughout the week of June 21st-26th: www.genryuarts.org

Free

Presented by Japan Center Malls

Slime, Wonderful Slime

07/05/2018
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Sunset Branch Library
San Francisco  CA

Come to the Sunset branch and learn to make your very own slime. Join us for some ooey, gooey fun!

All materials provided but space is limited. Please call 415-355-2818 for reservations.