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THROUGH JANUARY 19

Beta Space: Pae White

Launched in 2011, this series by artist Pae White encourages artistic risk taking and experimentation, serves as an incubator for new ideas, and fosters creative opportunities as well as links within our community.

San José Museum of Art | www.sjmusart.org


THROUGH JANUARY 20

Far Out: Suits, Habs, and Labs for Outer Space

Fifty years since the first human footsteps on the moon, the exploration of the cosmos remains irresistable and the ambition to establish commercial space travel and planetary settlements continues to capture the imagination.

SFMOMA, San Francisco | www.sfmoma.org


THROUGH APRIL 12

Alexandre Singh: A Gothic Tale

A Gothic Tale, a newly commissioned film and installation for the Legion of Honor by Alexandre Singh, draws inspiration from the Gothic literary tradition of 19th-century Europe, as well as San Francisco’s place in the cinematic history of film noir (such as Orson Welles’s The Lady from Shanghai, 1947, and Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo, 1958).

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


OCTOBER 12 – FEBRUARY 9, 2020

James Tissot: Fashion & Faith

In partnership with the Musée d’Orsay, Paris, The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco (FAMSF) will launch James Tissot: Fashion & Faith, the first major reassessment of the artist’s career in over 20 years. At FAMSF, this international retrospective will examine 60 paintings, additional works on paper, and cloisonné enamels.

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


 


THEATER

OCTOBER 31 – NOVEMBER 16

Noche Flamenco’s Entre Tú y Yo

The creators of Antigona, the widely acclaimed and wildly popular flamenco adaptation of Sophocles’ Antigone, will return to the Bay Area with their hit program Entre Tú y Yo (You and I).

Z Space, San Francisco | www.zspace.org


NOVEMBER 8 – 26

Manon Lescault

Relive the unmatched feeling of dawning love in the opera that skyrocketed Giacomo Puccini to success. Don’t miss Nicola Luisotti’s return to conduct fan favorites Lianna Haroutounian and Brian Jagde in this luxurious production.

California Theater, San Jose | www.operasanjose.org


NOVEMBER 16 – DECEMBER 1

Hansel and Gretel

Two imaginative siblings embark on a precarious adventure to find something to eat when their fortunes turn for the worse. This enduring fairy tale of lost children, candy sweets, and an evil witch comes to life in an enchanting holiday production of Engelbert Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel.

California Theater, San Jose | www.operasanjose.org


NOVEMBER 29 – DECEMBER 1

The Christmas Ballet

Light up your holiday season with Smuin’s The Christmas Ballet. Don’t miss the return of old favorites, including “Ave Maria,” “The Gloucestershite Wassail,” and “Magnificat,” alongside new creations from local renowned choreographers.

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


NOVEMBER 29 – DECEMBER 24

A Christmas Carol

The beloved Bay Area holiday tradition returns to A.C.T.’s Geary stage, featuring all your favorite characters from Charles Dickens’s classic tale.

Geary Theatre, San Francisco | www.act-sf.org


DECEMBER 4 – JANUARY 4

Pride and Prejudice

To ring in the holidays, 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 | www.theatreworks.org


DECEMBER 13 – 22

It’s a Wonderful Nutcracker

Award-winning Menlowe Ballet’s It’s a Wonderful Nutcracker blends the magic and wonder of a traditional Nutcracker with the heartwarming message from Frank Capra’s 1940’s film, It’s a Wonderful Life.

Menlo-Atherton Performing Arts Center, Atherton | www.menloweballet.org


 


LIVE MUSIC

NOVEMBER 9 – 10

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince in Concert with Symphony Silicon Valley

Join Symphony Silicon Valley for an evening of music and magic in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince™ in Concert.

San Jose Performing Arts Center, San Jose | symphonysiliconvalley.org


Nella

NOVEMBER 14

Nella

Nella, who has already garnered the support of Latin pop star Alejandro Sanz, has performed with a variety of artists such as Jennifer Lopez, Carlos Vives, Luis Enrique, and Susana Baca.

Bing Studio, Stanford | www.line.stanford.edu


NOVEMBER 16

Alicia Olatuja

Praised by The New York Times as “a singer with a strong and luscious tone and an amiably regal presence on stage,” Alicia Olatuja has been astounding audiences with her exquisite vocals, artistic versatility, and captivating demeanor.

Bing Studio, Stanford | www.live.stanford.edu


NOVEMBER 26

Ben Folds with the San Francisco Symphony

Widely regarded as one of the major music influencers of his generation, pianist and singer-songwriter Ben Folds joins the SF Symphony for a concert of hits spanning his decades-long career as a solo artist and frontman of alternative rock trio Ben Folds Five.

Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco | www.sfsymphony.org


 


EVENTS

NOVEMBER 2

Annual Jewel Ball

The theme of this year’s ball is “Jewels of the Caribbean.” The San Francisco Auxiliary for Children will present the 67th Annual Jewel Ball—a benefit for Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford.

The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco | www.sfjewelball.org


NOVEMBER 4

Baubles, Bangles, & Bags

The Peninsula Volunteers annual fundraiser mixing fashion, food, and shopping returns. This year’s event will feature a lecture by jewelry expert Stephen Silver.

Menlo Circus Club, Atherton| www.penvol.org


NOVEMBER 23

Stunt Dog Experience

The Oshman Family JCC will present the extraordinary Stunt Dog Experience, an interactive show featuring the most mind-boggling stunts and behaviors ever performed by dogs.

Oshman Family JCC – Schultz Cultural Arts Hall, Palo Alto | www.paloaltojcc.org/stuntdogs


NOVEMBER 23 – DECEMBER 30

Holidays at Filoli

Historic Filoli will feature a fresh take on holiday decor in every room of the famed mansion. The gardens will remain open during this magical time with special holiday touches during the day and will be elegantly lit in the evening. The tradition of inspired holiday shopping will be reimagined with centerpiece trees in the Clock Tower Shop with two Artisan market weekends.

Filoli House & Gardens, Woodside | www.filoli.org


DECEMBER 10

Holiday Heroes

This family-friendly fundraiser at Oracle Park, home of the San Francisco Giants, offers guests the opportunity to make s’mores on the field, practice a swing in the batting cages, meet local professional athletes, and bring the joy of the season to at-risk youth in the Bay Area.

Oracle Park, San Francisco | www.wenderweiss.org


 

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