Calendar | January

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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 |


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 |


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 |


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 |


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 |


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 |




Pride and Prejudice

To ring in the New Year, the Tony-nominated creator of TheatreWorks hits Emma, Daddy Long Legs, and Jane Eyre debuts an unforgettable musical of Jane Austen’s beloved classic.

Lucie Stern Theatre, Palo Alto |


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 |



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 |

JANUARY 24 – 25

Ballet Folclórico Nacional de México de Silvia Lozano

Traditional Mexican dance, music, and costumes come together in this spectacular production. Ballet Folclórico Nacional de México de Silvia Lozano has spent the past 56 years entertaining and enlightening, performing for kings, presidents, and prime ministers around the globe.

Hammer Theatre Center, San Jose |


Gugu Drum Group

This high-energy ensemble from Shanghai is renowned around the world for its appearance in the 2008 Beijing Olympic opening ceremonies. The group uses percussion to weave together ancient Chinese stories. In this performance, old proverbs and fables such as “King Quin & His Troops,” “Bull & Tiger,” and “Women Generals of Yang Family” are brought to life through epic drumming and colorful costumes.

Hammer Theatre Center, San Jose |




MTT & Mahler: Love & Lyracism

In his final season as San Francisco Symphony Music Director, Michael Tilson Thomas (MTT) returns to the composer who, more than any other, brought the SFS into the hearts of music-lovers across the globe: Gustav Mahler.

Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco |


Kronos Quartet

The ’60s, The Years That Changed America will serve as the theme for this musical performance by the acclaimed Kronos Quartet.

Bing Concert Hall, Stanford |


Jason Danieley

Critically acclaimed and award-winning Broadway star and concert performer Jason Danieley always sings from the heart. At Stanford he will share stories and songs from that deep well. It will be an evening of loving and remembering, filtered through jazz and Broadway standards.

Bing Studio, Stanford |


The Saint Michael Trio

300 Years of Music! The Saint Michael Trio plays their patented mix of classical and contemporary, taking you on a dizzying tour of genres through the centuries from Baroque, Romantic, and Impressionism to Jazz, New Age, and Show Tunes.

Montalvo, Saratoga |




Spellbound: San Francisco Ballet’s 2020 Opening Night Gala

Hosted by the San Francisco Ballet Auxiliary, Spellbound will embrace the spirit of SF Ballet’s 2020 Season, which features an array of magical, innovative, and unexpected ballets – from the lyricism of A Midsummer Night’s Dream to the joyfulness of The Seasons to the playfulness of Cinderella and the grand displays of Jewels.

War Memorial Opera House, San Francisco |


Winter Seasons Celebration

First-generation UC Davis artists are featured in two compelling new exhibitions opening at this event: Stephen Kaltenbach: The Beginning and The End and Gesture: The Human Figure After Abstraction | Selections from the Manetti Shrem Museum.

Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art, Davis |


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An Addiction That’s Good for the Soul

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