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Jordan Casteel: Returning the Gaze

This is the first solo museum show for Harlem-based artist Jordan Casteel. Featuring paintings made in the last five years, Casteel’s large-scale portraits of Harlem community members are intimate portrayals of often overlooked members of society.

Cantor Arts Center, Stanford |


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.

Legion of Honor, San Francisco |


Soft Power

This exhibit spotlights the ways in which artists deploy art to explore their roles as citizens and social actors. Appropriated from the Reagan-era term used to describe how a country’s “soft” assets such as culture, political values, and foreign policies can be more influential than coercive or violent expressions of power, the title contemplates the potential of art and offers a provocation to the public to exert their own influence on the world.

SFMOMA, San Francisco |


Lost at Sea: Art Recovered from Shipwrecks

A fierce three-headed serpent and a mysterious female deity were among the two dozen 12th-century stone reliefs from Central Vietnam that lay unseen at the bottom of the Arabian Sea for nearly 120 years. Almost 5,000 miles away in the South China Sea, blue-and-white ceramic bowls, plates, and jars rested in the hold of a sunken ship for more than five centuries. These discoveries and more are part of this fascinating exhibit.

Asian Art Museum, 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 |




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.

War Memorial Opera House, San Francisco |


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 |


The Secret Garden

Having lost both parents to a cholera epidemic in India, Mary Lennox leaves all she’s ever known to live at mysterious Misselthwaite Manor with her even more mysterious Uncle. With little to do, she explores the gardens… and finds more than she bargained for in Peninsula Youth Theatre’s charming production.

Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, Mountain View |

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 |




Andrea Bocelli with the San Francisco Symphony and Chorus

Kicking off his 2019 tour, this performance marks Andrea Bocelli’s first-ever appearance in the city of San Francisco and his debut with the SF Symphony.

Chase Center, San Francisco |


Dayramir Gonzalez Trio

Dayramir began his professional career as a pianist and composer with former Irakere member Oscar Valdes’Afro-Cuban jazz ensemble Diákara at the age of 16. Since winning Havana’s JoJazz festival in 2004 and 2005, Dayramir earned Berklee College of Music’s first Cuban national “Presidential Scholarship” and has performed with legends like Chucho and Bebo Valdes and headlined at Carnegie Hall.

Bing Studio, Stanford |


Khachaturian & Brahms

Celebrated throughout Europe, Maestro Pietro Rizzo comes from Italy to make his first appearance with Symphony Silicon Valley.

California Theater, San Jose |


Love Actually (film) with the San Francisco Symphony

Funny, irresistible, and heart-warming, Love Actually is set in contemporary London in the weeks before Christmas and tells a single tale that weaves together a spectacular amount of love stories.

Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco |


Windham Hill’s Winter Solstice

Celebrate the winter solstice and its warm traditions with this joyous acoustic concert! This season marks the 35th anniversary of the multi-platinum-selling Winter Solstice album series originally released on Windham Hill Records.

Montalvo Arts Center, Saratoga |




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 and two Artisan market weekends.

Filoli House & Gardens, Woodside |


Valle Monte League’s Christmas Tree Elegance

One of Silicon Valley’s most beloved holiday traditions returns to San Jose. This two-day fundraiser includes two Champagne Brunches and the Gratitude & Glitter Gala complete with spectacular designer trees and fashion shows.

Double Tree by Hilton, San Jose |


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 a batting cage, meet professional athletes, and bring the season’s joy to at-risk youth in the Bay Area.

Oracle Park, San Francisco |

DECEMBER 10 – 15

Magic Rugs for Rugrats Benefit

During its Magic Rugs for Rugrats Benefit, Serapi Rug Gallery will donate 100% of the sale of designated fine rugs to UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford, as well as Ava’s Kitchen, founded by Los Gatos residents Jason and Ashley Khalipa after their daughter was diagnosed with Leukemia, and which helps California families who have a child battling cancer.

Serapi Rug Gallery, Los Gatos |

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