Calendar | February

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ART

THROUGH FEBRUARY 9

James Tissot: Fashion & Faith

In partnership with the Musée d’Orsay, Paris, The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco (FAMSF) has launched James Tissot: Fashion & Faith, the first major reassessment of the artist’s career in over 20 years.

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


THROUGH APRIL 5

With Drawn Arms: Glenn Kaino and Tommie Smith

In 1968, at the Summer Olympic Games in Mexico City, San José State University runner Tommie Smith raised a gloved fist during the medal ceremony to protest human rights abuses around the world, and to bring international attention to the struggle for civil rights in the United States. This act of protest, which still reverberates today, is explored in a series of collaborations between Smith and Los Angeles-based conceptual artist Glenn Kaino.

San José Museum of Art  |  sjmusart.org


THROUGH APRIL 12

Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power 1963-1983

This internationally acclaimed exhibition, organized by Tate Modern, celebrates art made by Black artists during two pivotal decades when issues of race and identity dominated and defined both public and private discourse. The de Young’s presentation includes a focus on Bay Area artists whose work promoted personal and cultural pride, collective solidarity and empowerment, and political and social activism.

de Young, San Francisco  |  deyoung.famsf.org


THROUGH APRIL 26

Chang Dai-Chien: Painting from Heart to Hand

To mark the 120th anniversary of the birth of Chang Dai-Chen, one of the most acclaimed Chinese artists of the 20th century, San Francisco’s Asian Art Museum will inaugurate the newly renovated Chinese painting gallery with the exhibit Chang Dai-Chien: Painting from Heart to Hand.

Asian Art Museum, San Francisco  |  asianart.org


THROUGH APRIL 26

Outside Looking In: John Guttman, Helen Levitt, Wright Morris

This exhibition presents work by three American photographers in The Capital Group Foundation Photography Collection at Stanford University who used the camera to observe the public lives and, occasionally, private spaces of others.

Cantor Arts Center, Stanford  |  museum.stanford.edu


THROUGH MAY 10

Elad Lassry

Elad Lassry probes and disrupts photographic images and prescribed modes of looking to analyze the relationship between objects and their representations. Using various elements such as wire and stainless steel ball bearings to obscure images, Lassry alters the flatness and framing of his pictures to destabilize how we engage with photography.

SFMOMA, San Francisco  |  sfmoma.org


 


THEATER

THROUGH FEBRUARY 2

Cinderella

Christopher Wheeldon—of An American in Paris fame—updates the timeless tale of Cinderella with stunning style and charming twists. Set to the gorgeous score by Sergei Prokofiev, this ballet leaves behind the fairy godmother and talking mice in favor of a delightfully human story full of mesmerizing visual effects and signature choreography.

War Memorial Opera House, San Francisco  |  sfballet.org


THROUGH FEBRUARY 9

The Pianist of Willesden Lane

Holding fast to dreams of concert success, a young Jewish pianist escapes Vienna via the Kindertransport, arriving in England at the outset of World War II. In a stunning, nationally acclaimed performance, concert pianist Mona Golabek recounts her mother’s poignant saga of hope and resilience, underscored with extraordinary music from Bach, Beethoven, and many more.

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


FEBRUARY 4

Cirque FLIP Fabrique’s Blizzard

With Blizzard, FLIP Fabrique takes the audience on a crazy, poetic, and gentle journey in the dead of winter, and invites you to lose yourself in a moment of complete wonder.

Hammer Theatre, San Jose  |  hammertheatre.com


FEBRUARY 11 – 12

Classical (RE)VISION

This contemporary tasting flight of performance features ballets specifically created for San Francisco Ballet dancers and includes Stanton Welch’s updated classicism, Liam Scarlett’s moving drama, and Mark Morris’ quirky cool.

War Memorial Opera House, San Francisco  |  sfballet.org


FEBRUARY 13

Catherine Cohen: Comedy at The Bing

Catherine Cohen’s writing has been featured on SplitsiderThe New YorkerThe Huffington Post, and New York Magazine’s The Cut. TimeOut named her one of five NYC comedians to look out for in 2018.

Bing Concert hall, Stanford  |  live.stanford.edu


FEBRUARY 13 – APRIL 12

Gloria

A finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2016, this scalpel-sharp dark comedy explores how we cope with trauma and the tales we tell each other to escape. In the dog-eat-dog office of a New York magazine, three 20-somethings compete for a book deal to kick-start their careers. But after tragedy strikes, which one of them will write the story?

A.C.T.’s Strand Theater, San Francisco  |  act-sf.org


FEBRUARY 15 – MARCH 1

Il Trovatore

Verdi’s Il Trovatore has long been a staple of opera houses all over the world, and Opera San Jose has produced it only rarely, as it requires rare voices. This production will include a cast of accomplished artists who will sing under Music Director Joseph Marcheso’s baton, and be directed by a truly insightful stage director, Brad Dalton.

California Theatre, San Jose  |  operasj.org


 


LIVE MUSIC

FEBRUARY 9

Harlem Quartet

Harlem Quartet has moved rapidly forward since its 2006 Carnegie Hall debut, touring worldwide. Departing from the classical string quartet, it embraces jazz, Latin, and contemporary works, particularly by minority composers. The quartet has collaborated with a wide range of musicians including Chick Corea, Misha Dichter, and Carter Brey.

Bing Concert Hall, Stanford  |  live.stanford.edu


FEBRUARY 14 – 16

French Masters: Thibaudet & Saint Saens’ Organ Symphony

Québec Symphony Orchestra Music Director Fabien Gabel makes his debut leading the SF Symphony in the alluring, heady ardor of Paul Dukas’ La Péri, one of the great neglected masterpieces of the early 20th century.

Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco  |  sfsymphony.org


FEBRUARY 23

Piano Recital with Yuja Wang

Experience superstar pianist Yuja Wang’s electrifying virtuosity laid bare in a solo piano recital—only her second recital here—one that showcases her famed fierce and flawless technique.

Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco  |  sfsymphony.org


 


EVENTS

FEBRUARY 1

San Francisco Symphony

San Francisco Symphony Chinese New Year

Celebrate the Lunar New Year and welcome the Year of the Mouse with the San Francisco Symphony at this vibrant event that draws upon Asian traditions, past and present.

Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco   |  sfsymphony.org


FEBRUARY 7

The Science of Cocktails

The Exploratorium’s 10th annual Science of Cocktails fundraiser will feature science-inspired cocktails, delicious bites, and boozy experiments and demonstrations. The event will also feature live music from Bay Area favorite Tumbledown House, and access to the museum’s 650+ hands-on exhibits.

The Exploratorium, San Francisco  |  exploratorium.edu


FEBRUARY 9

A Concert with Renee Fleming

Famed soprano Renee Fleming will take the stage at Montalvo’s Carriage House Theatre for a once-in-a-lifetime performance and gala fundraiser.

Montalvo, Saratoga  |  montalvoarts.org