Calendar | March

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ART

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 MAY 3

Elemental Calder

Alexander Calder (American, 1898–1976) revolutionized sculpture by inviting  unseen forces of the natural world to participate in his art. The works in this exhibition manifest the ways the elements—including the movement of the sea and the blowing of the wind—provided both subject matter and  inspiration for many of Calder’s mobiles.

SFMOMA, San Francisco  |  sfmoma.org


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


MARCH 28 – AUGUST 2

The Book of Now: Dieter Roth and Ed Ruscha

Working in very different styles in the 1960s, Dieter Roth in Europe and Ed Ruscha in Los Angeles revolutionized the way artists work in the medium of books, each creating something immediate and new.

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


 


THEATER

THROUGH MARCH 15

The Mystery of Edwin Drood

Multi-award-winning Foothill Music Theatre will present the Tony Award-winning musical The Mystery of Edwin Drood. Adapted from Charles Dickens’ unfinished novel of the same name, this hilarious whodunit invites audiences to solve its main mystery by identifying the murderer of its title character, offering a different conclusion in each performance.

Lohman Theatre, Los Altos Hills  |  foothill.edu/theatre


MARCH 1

Dance Series 1

Smuin Ballet’s Dance Series 1 explores the legacy of Johnny Cash with James Kudelka’s The Man in Black, danced in cowboy boots. Also on the bill: Michael Smuin’s impassioned Carmina Burana and Rex Wheeler’s witty and inventive Take Five, set to music by jazz legend Dave Brubeck.

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


MARCH 5 – 29

Toni Stone

In this new play, playwright Lydia R. Diamond uncovers the theatrical journey in Martha Ackmann’s book, Curveball: The Remarkable True Story of Toni Stone. The culmination of a seven-year collaboration between Diamond and director Pam MacKinnon, Toni Stone is the extraordinary, real-life story of a trailblazing Bay Area athlete.

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


MARCH 6 – 24

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Enter Shakespeare’s enchanted forest of whimsy, mistaken identity, and jest—where fairies rule and love (eventually) reigns supreme. After 35 years, this Shakespearean favorite returns to San Francisco. Created in 1962 to music by Felix Mendelssohn, A Midsummer Night’s Dream was George Balanchine’s first original full-length ballet and quickly hailed as a masterpiece.

War Memorial Opera House, San Francisco  |  sfballet.org


MARCH 4 – 29

They Promised Her the Moon

This fascinating theatrical hit from TheatreWorks’ New Works Festival chronicles the incredible true story of Jerrie Cobb, a woman who dreamt of stars, only to wake in a country that couldn’t see the light.

Lucie Stern Theatre, Palo Alto  |  theatreworks.org


MARCH 13

Colin Quinn

Stand-up comedian Colin Quinn has appeared in everything from MTV’s Remote Control to Saturday Night Live to Comedy Central’s Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn. Among others, he’s been on Broadway with Colin Quinn: Long Story Short and off-Broadway with Colin Quinn: The New York Story, directed by Jerry Seinfeld.

Bing Concert Hall, Stanford  |  live.stanford.edu


APRIL 1

National Geographic Live! A Rare Look: North Korea to Cuba

Photojournalist David Guttenfelder made history when he helped the Associated Press open a bureau in North Korea in 2011. Five years later he boarded the first cruise ship in decades to travel from the United States to Cuba, and returned to the island to cover Fidel Castro’s four-day funeral procession. Guttenfelder’s presentation will give the audience a rare glimpse inside both countries.

Hammer Theatre, San Jose  |  hammertheatre.com


 


LIVE MUSIC

MARCH 1

Joshua Bell and Academy of St. Martin in the Fields

The perfect balance of showmanship and lyricism—experience a program that spotlights the exuberance that virtuoso  Joshua Bell brings to his dual role as violinist and leader of the illustrious chamber orchestra Academy of St Martin in the Fields.

Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco  |  sfsymphony.org


MARCH 3

An Evening with Common

Academy Award-, Golden Globe-, Emmy-, and Grammy-winning artist, actor, and activist, Common continues to break down barriers with critically acclaimed, diverse roles. Following his 2011 memoir, One Day It’ll All Make Sense, Common’s latest book, Let Love Have the Last Word, was released in May 2019.

Memorial Auditorium, Stanford  |  live.stanford.edu


Gautier Capuçon

MARCH 12 – 14

MTT & Capuçon

San Francisco Symphony welcomes the fiery virtuosity of cellist Gautier Capuçon for a journey into the turbulent mindscape of Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No. 2.

Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco  |  sfsymphony.org


MARCH 28

Fly Higher Charlie Parker @ 100

Acclaimed co-musical directors Rudresh Mahanthappa (alto saxophone) and Terri Lyne Carrington (drums) celebrate one of the most innovative and influential artists in modern musical history, Charlie Parker, and examine his impact on pop, hip-hop, rap, rock, and jazz.

Bing Concert Hall, Stanford  |  live.stanford.edu


 


EVENTS

MARCH 18

San Francisco Ballet Auxiliary Fashion Show

Parisian haute couture designer Maison Rabih Kayrouz will present a stunning collection courtesy of Burlingame’s Sam Malouf Authentic Luxury.

St. Joseph Arts Society, San Francisco  | sfballet.org


MARCH 20

Tee to Table

JDRF Greater Bay Area Chapter will host the 6th annual Tee to Table event, bringing together prominent business leaders and families from around the Bay Area to network and fundraise for type 1 diabetes research.

The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay  |  jdrf.org/bayarea