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ART


THROUGH AUGUST 18

The Bold Brush of Au Ho-nien

The artist Au Ho-nien brings a modern sensibility to traditional Chinese ink-wash painting. He uses bold brushwork to convey a freedom of expression central to his philosophy. The Bold Brush of Au Ho-nien presents 22 vertical scroll paintings by Au, some created especially for this exhibition, that exemplify the Lingnan school fusion of Chinese and Western approaches.

Asian Art Museum, San Francisco
www.asianart.org


THROUGH AUGUST 18

Josiah McElheny: Island Universe

Josiah McElheny’s art installations act as a visual response to both the Big Bang Theory and surging theories of the multiverse. Chromed metal, hand-blown glass, and silvery lights make for stunning displays. Designed according to scientific calculations, the installations map the history of space and time.

Cantor Arts Center, Stanford
www.museum.stanford.edu


JULY 18 – JANUARY 19

Beta Space: Pae White

Los Angeles-based artist Pae White transcends nearly all traditional boundaries—between art and design; craft and fine art; theory and materiality. Her curiosity with the world reveals itself in her transformation of ordinary objects into profoundly transient experiences that defy logic, yet remain oddly familiar.

San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose
www.sjmusart.org


THROUGH SEPTEMBER 2

Andy Warhol — From A to B and Back Again:

Believe it or not, this is the first retrospective of the ubiquitous artist’s work in more than 30 years. Organized and presented first at the Whitney Museum of American Art, the show was well received in New York as a re-evaluation of an artist we thought we had pegged.

SFMOMA, San Francisco
www.sfmoma.org


THROUGH SEPTEMBER 8

Early Rubens

In the 16th century, if you really wanted to impress, the art on your wall would be a grand tapestry on some heroic or mythological theme. The painter Peter Paul Rubens took that idea and ran with it once he had finished his training and a long stint in Italy. Between 1609 and 1621, the period covered by this exhibition of 30 paintings and 20 drawings, he set up a studio in Antwerp, Belgium, for the production of flamboyant, mural-size history paintings that could compete with tapestries, thus establishing his fame.

Legion of Honor, San Francisco
www.legionofhonor.famsf.org


JULY 18 – JANUARY 19

Beta Space: Pae White

Los Angeles-based artist Pae White transcends nearly all traditional boundaries—between art and design; craft and fine art; theory and materiality. Her curiosity with the world reveals itself in her transformation of ordinary objects into profoundly transient experiences that defy logic, yet remain oddly familiar.

San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose
www.sjmusart.org

 


 

THEATER


August 1 – 6

If I Were You

A world premiere, this new opera in two acts by composer Jake Heggie and librettist Gene Scheer is loosely based on the novel Si j’étais vous by the French-American writer Julien Green. If I Were You is a contemporary story of identity with echoes of classical literature, from Faust to Jekyll and Hyde. The lead character is Fabian Hart, an aspiring writer who yearns for adventure and a way out of his stifling existence. Brittomara, a shape-shifting devil, appears to him in many guises, finally offering Fabian a supernatural power that will allow the writer to transfer his soul into other people’s bodies, living their lives as their own souls languish in a shadowy netherworld. Thus begins the journey of If I Were You as Fabian moves his increasingly lost soul from person to person in search of a better identity, leaving a trail of human wreckage and hollow shells.

War Memorial Opera House, San Francisco
www.sfopera.com


THROUGH AUGUST 4

The Language Archive

A quirky, comic drama about communication—its potential and its limits—this romantic parable for our times features a linguist at a loss for words. Balanced delightfully between affection and adversity, it is the whimsical, life-affirming chronicle of a brilliant scientist who fights to preserve the dying languages of far-flung cultures, only to neglect the promise and passion of his own. The review website Talkin’ Broadway described it as: “passionate, wise, and wonderful.”

Lucie Stern Theater, Palo Alto
www.sjmusart.org


THROUGH SEPTEMBER 8

Hamilton

This musical tells the story of America’s Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington’s right-hand man during the Revolutionary War and was the new nation’s first Treasury Secretary. Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B, and Broadway, Hamilton is the story of America then, as told by America now. With music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, direction by Thomas Kail, choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler, and musical supervision and orchestrations by Alex Lacamoire, Hamilton is based on Ron Chernow’s acclaimed biography.

SHN Orpheum Theater, San Francisco
www.shnsf.com


THROUGH AUGUST 11

Hairspray

With music and lyrics by Mark Shaiman and Scott Whitman and book by Mark O’Donnell, Hairspray opened on Broadway on 2002 going onto to scoop eight Tonys, including Best Musical. It’s 1962 and the Fifties are out. Change is on the horizon and the civil rights movement is gaining strength. Meet Baltimore’s Tracy Turnblad, a big girl with big hair and an even bigger heart who has only one passion: to dance on her local TV station show. However, she finds stiff competition in the form of slender, blonde Amber, who is meanness personified, coming second only to her pushy glamorous mother who is determined her daughter will win at all costs. With new friends in unlikely places, Tracy opens her eyes and her heart to fulfill her dreams

Victoria Theatre, San Francisco
www.bamsf.org


AUGUST 10 – 18

18th Annual TheatreWorks New Works Festival

The 18th Annual New Works Festival offers an extraordinary opportunity to experience new plays and musicals in their early stages of development. The Festival has launched many new works onto TheatreWorks’ main stage and on to productions across America. Broadway’s Tony Award-winning Memphis debuted at The Festival, as did recent off-Broadway musicals Ernest Shackleton Loves Me, and Marie and Rosetta. Many off-Broadway plays began as Festival hits, including Rajiv Joseph’s Describe the Night (2018 Obie Award, Best Play) and Bill Cain’s Equivocation (Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award). Many others became TheatreWorks hits, such as Jane Austen’s Emma and The Four Immigrants, and the 50th season features Festival favorites Pride and Prejudice and They Promised Her the Moon.

Lucie Stern Theatre, Palo Alto
www.theatreworks.org


August 21 – September 15

The 39 Steps

TheatreWorks’ acclaimed hit comedy returns in a hilarious, high-speed spoof of Alfred Hitchcock’s silver-screen classic. Mingling mystery and laughter, this irresistible Broadway smash hurtles a notorious fugitive and a spellbound blond from a raucous London music hall to Scotland’s most remote highlands—and a den of devious spies. Along the way it creates trains, planes, moors, and more in a wildly funny fight to the heights of theatrical invention.

Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, Mountain View
www.theatreworks.org

 


 

LIVE MUSIC


AUGUST 3

Joshua Redman: Still Dreaming

For his most recent project, Still Dreaming, SJW faculty artist Joshua Redman is joined by drummer Dave King, bassist Scott Colley, and cornetist Ron Miles. The band—and eponymously-named Grammy-nominated album—was inspired by Dewey Redman’s 1976–1987 band, Old and New Dreams. Along with the senior Redman—yes, Joshua’s father—Old and New Dreams featured an all-star lineup of Ornette Coleman collaborators (cornetist Don Cherry, bassist Charlie Haden, and drummer Ed Blackwell) who continued pushing musical boundaries as they had with Coleman, even after their former bandleader moved in a new direction. The Still Dreaming ensemble pays tribute to their inspiration without recreating their sound, projecting an intimate beauty that honors the honest artistic vision that was Old and New Dreams.

Bing Concert Hall, Stanford
www.live.stanford.edu


AUGUST 4

Backstreet Boys

Formed in Orlando, Florida, in 1993, The Backstreet Boys are an American vocal group that rose to fame with the debut of their international album in 1996. Along with the debut of their self-titled album, the band’s superstardom flourished with their second and third albums, Millenium and Black & Blue. Described as timeless and undeniably catchy, their music has been featured in countless TV shows and films.

SAP Center, San Jose
www.sapcenter.com


AUGUST 9 – 11

Outside Lands Music Festival

The Outside Lands Music Festival occurs annually in Golden Gate Park, including over 60 musical acts from around the world, stand-up comedians, art installations, and local food. This year’s musical headliners are Paul Simon, Childish Gambino, and Twenty One Pilots. Described as a party for all five senses of the body, Outside Lands evolves with groundbreaking experiences such as Grass Lands—the first curated cannabis experience at a major American music festival, with a focus of education and integration of cannabis products into daily life.

Golden Gate Park, San Francisco
www.sfoutsidelands.com


AUGUST 22

An Evening with Chris Botti

Grammy Award-winning jazz artist Chris Botti returns this summer for a concert in the beautiful outdoor Lilian Fontaine Garden Theatre at Montalvo. Since the release of his 2004 critically acclaimed album When I Fall In Love, Botti has become one of the largest-selling American instrumentalists of all time. His success has crossed over to audiences often reserved for pop music, and his ongoing association with PBS has led to four #1 jazz albums and worldwide recognition.

Montalvo Arts Center, Saratoga
www.montalvoarts.org


AUGUST 24

Lionel Ritchie

International superstar Lionel Richie has a discography of albums and singles that are second to none. His music is part of the fabric of pop music; in fact, Richie is one of only two songwriters in history to achieve the honor of having #1 records for nine consecutive years. With more than 100 million albums sold worldwide, Richie is the recipient of an Oscar, a Golden Globe, four Grammy Awards, the distinction of MusicCares Person of the Year in 2016, and was a Kennedy Center Honoree in 2017.

Frost Amphitheater, Stanford
www.live.stanford.edu


AUGUST 24

Luke Bryan

Luke Bryan’s music career took flight with the writing of songs for artists Travis Tritt and Billy Currington. Earning royalties and recognition for his lyrics, Luke went on to pursue his own singing career as an American country artist. Luke first began singing along his cousin Chad Christopher Boyd with Capitol Nashville. Later that year, in 2007, Luke released his first soloist album titled, I’ll Stay Me.

Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View
www.mountainviewamphitheater.com


AUGUST 28

Ringo Starr

English musician Ringo Starr earned his claim to fame as the drummer and occasional singer for the iconic Beatles. As if those achievements are not impressive enough, Ringo Starr—previously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a Beatle in 1988—was again inducted for his solo career in 2015, making him one of only 20 performers to receive multiple inductions.

Paramount Theatre, Oakland
www.ringostarr.com

 


 

EVENTS


AUGUST 1 – 4

21st Annual V Foundation

Join host Mike “Coach K” Krzyzewski and Chef Emeril Lagasse for the 21st Annual V Foundation Wine Celebration, focusing on canine comparative oncology research to advance cancer research for the benefit of human and canine patients.

Nickel & Nickel, Napa
www.winecelebration.org


AUGUST 6 – 11

Menlo Charity Horse Show

The Menlo Charity Horse Show, a 501(c)(3) organization, was honored with the designation as a USEF Heritage Competition in 2012. Recognized as one of the finest equestrian events in the United States, Menlo is unique in that its origin and legacy center on philanthropy. Started in 1970 as a one-day horse show, Menlo has a tradition of providing outstanding equine competition while raising much-needed funds for numerous charities including, Planned Parenthood, Amigos De Las Americas, and Vista Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired.

Menlo Circus Club, Atherton
www.menlocharityhorseshow.com


SEPTEMBER 4

San Francisco Symphony Opening Night Gala

This spectacular evening will be a celebration of Michael Tilson Thomas’ 25th and final season as Music Director of the San Francisco Symphony. From the pre-concert Scharffenberger Cellars sparkling wine promenade, to the one-of-a-kind concert, to the exciting after-party, guests will be a part of San Francisco history while toasting the arts in style.

Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco
www.sfsymphony.org


SEPTEMBER 6

San Francisco Opera Guild Presents the Opera Ball

San Francisco Opera Guild opens the 2019–20 Season with a spectacular evening of magnificent opera, fine dining, and dancing. Opening Night festivities include a performance of Romeo & Juliet, an elegant cocktail reception, a sumptuous dinner, dancing, and celebration into the night.

War Memorial Opera House, San Francisco
www.sfopera.com


SEPTEMBER 14

Prelude to an Affaire

In anticipation of the 2020 Vintage Affaire charity auction and fundraiser for Vista Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired, an elegant event with mouthwatering bites and decadent wines will be held at a private Woodside estate.

For tickets and information, call 650.858.0202


SEPTEMBER 26

Shop! Sip! Support!

The San Francisco 49ers Academy will host its annual “Girls’ Night Out” in support of education in East Palo Alto at a private estate in Woodside. This signature event features fabulous shopping with a unique selection of curated fashion vendors. Twenty-five percent of all purchases made the night of the event will be donated to the 49ers Academy. Guests will enjoy epicurean delights and bites from local culinary partners, sip-sational cocktails, and luxurious wine tasting. The evening will culminate with a trend-setting fashion show featuring 49ers players, coaches, significant others, and local community celebrities. A ticket to the event includes access to shopping vendors, the fashion show, unlimited food and drinks, and a gift bag.

www.49ersacademy.org

 

 

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