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On the Town | July ’19


Through July 7

Show Me as I Want To Be Seen

With the recent retirement of veteran chief curator Renny Pritikin, the newly named program staff at the Contemporary Jewish Museum will be closely watched. Assistant curator Natasha Matteson’s first outing looks at the work of the gender-bending Surrealist artists Claude Cahun (1894 – 1954) and Marcel Moore (1892 – 1972) in the context of art by 10 contemporary artists.

Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco  |

Through July 14

Ordinary Objects/Wild Things

Though artists continue to render common things in their artwork for both symbolic and literal ends, the object’s essence is routinely conveyed in myriad ways. The artworks on view in this gallery demonstrate a diversity of approaches taken by artists working on paper over the past 50 years to representing some of the common objects with which we surround ourselves today, deploying ordinary objects to extraordinary ends.

de Young Museum of Fine Art, San Francisco | www.deyoung.famsf.or

Through July 21

Hans Hofmann: The Nature of Abstraction

The list of famous painters influenced by Hofmann is so long that New York’s Museum of Modern Art once mounted a show called, “Hans Hofmann and His Students.” It included 51 artists of high reputation. Curator Emerita Lucinda Barnes returns to BAMPFA with the goal of assembling the definitive exhibition since the artist’s death in 1966.

UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley  |

Through August 18

The Bold Brush of Au Ho-nien

The artist Au Ho-nien brings a modern sensibility to traditional Chinese ink-wash painting. He uses bold brushwork to convey a freedom of expression central to his philosophy. The Bold Brush of Au Ho-nien presents 22 vertical scroll paintings by Au, some created especially for this exhibition, that exemplify the Lingnan school fusion of Chinese and Western approaches.

Asian Art Museum, San Francisco |

Through August 18

Josiah McElheny: Island Universe

Josiah McElheny’s art installation acts as a visual response to both the Big Bang Theory and surging theories of the multiverse. Chromed metal, hand-blown glass, and silvery lights make for stunning displays. Designed according to scientific calculations, the installations map the history of space and time.

Cantor Arts Center, Stanford  |

July 18 – January 19

Beta Space: Pae White

Los Angeles-based artist Pae White transcends nearly all traditional boundaries—between art and design; craft and fine art; theory and materiality. Her curiosity with the world reveals itself in her transformation of ordinary objects into profoundly transient experiences that defy logic, yet remain oddly familiar.

110 S Market St, San Jose, CA 95113 |

Through September 2

Andy Warhol — From A to B and Back Again:

Believe it or not, this is the first retrospective of the ubiquitous artist’s work in more than 30 years. Organized and presented first at the Whitney Museum of American Art, the show was well received in New York as a re-evaluation of an artist we thought we had pegged.

SFMOMA, San Francisco |  

Through September 8

Early Rubens:

In the 16th century, if you really wanted to impress, the art on your wall would be a grand tapestry on some heroic or mythological theme. The painter Peter Paul Rubens took that idea and ran with it once he had finished his training and a long stint in Italy. Between 1609 and 1621, the period covered by this exhibition of 30 paintings and 20 drawings, he set up a studio in Antwerp, Belgium, for the production of flamboyant, mural-size history paintings that could compete with tapestries, thus establishing his fame.

Legion of Honor San Francisco |


July 10 – August 4

The Language Archive

A quirky, comic drama about communication—its potential and its limits—this romantic parable for our times features a linguist at a loss for words. Balanced delightfully between affection and adversity, it is the whimsical, life-affirming chronicle of a brilliant scientist who fights to preserve the dying languages of far-flung cultures, only to neglect the promise and passion of his own. The review website Talkin’ Broadway described it as, “passionate, wise, and wonderful.”

Lucie Stern Theater Palo Alto |  

Through September 8


This musical tells the story of America’s Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington’s right-hand man during the Revolutionary War and was the new nation’s first Treasury Secretary. Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B, and Broadway, Hamilton is the story of America then, as told by America now. With music and lyrics by Lin Manuel Miranda, direction by Thomas Kail, choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler, and musical supervision and orchestrations by Alex Lacamoire, Hamilton is based on Ron Chernow’s acclaimed biography.

SHN Orpheum Theater San Francisco |


July 5

American Voices—A Tribute to Aretha Franklin, Nat King Cole and more

Renowned Broadway actors and vocalists Capathia Jenkins and Denzal Sinclaire perform a show-stopping tribute to some of the most genre-defining voices in American music. Sinclaire will showcase his award-winning vocals through the performance of Nat King Cole’s greatest hits—including “MonaLisa,” “L.O.V.E.,” and “Unforgettable.” Followed by Ms. Jenkins’ “Chain of Fools,” “I Will Survive,” and “Respect” by legend Aretha Franklin.

Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco, CA |

July 7

Stern Grove Festival

Join the San Francisco Symphony at the 82nd Stern Grove Festival. The annual concert is located in the beautiful outdoor amphitheater at 19th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard in San Francisco. Bring friends and pack a picnic, then enjoy as you are serenaded by an afternoon of free music.

July 11

Steve Hackman’s Brahms v. Radiohead

Conductor, composer, and songwriter Steve Hackman conducts his Brahms v. Radiohead creation that synthesizes all four movements of Brahms’ First Symphony. The Symphony includes eight songs from Radiohead’s 1997 album OK Computer, including “Paranoid Android,” “Karma Police,” “No Surprises,” and “Let Down.” As Radiohead’s melodies are altered to coexist with Brahms’ harmonies, what results is an astonishing journey into recreation.

Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco |

July 12

An Evening with Patti LuPone—“Don’t Monkey with Broadway”

Patti LuPone’s resume brims with achievements—including her star-turning lead role in the original stage production of Evita, as well as two-time Tony—and two-time Grammy Award-wins. The Broadway legend has given electrifying performances on the musical stage—whether that be in Sunset Boulevard, Les Misérables, Sweeney Todd, or countless others. Don’t miss her return to Davies Symphony Hall performance of classic Broadway show tunes from the likes of Richard Rodgers, Stephen Sondheim, and Cole Porter.

Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco |

July 13 – July 14

Stanford Live: Gemma New Conducts Beethoven 9

New Zealand conductor by the name of Gemma New leads the San Francisco Symphony in a concert featuring Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. Perhaps Beethoven’s most complex work, as the symphony was written in D minor and was the final symphony he completed.

Frost Amphitheater, Stanford |

July 7

Fillmore Jazz Festival

Blending art and soul in one of the country’s most unique neighborhoods, the Fillmore Jazz Festival is the largest free jazz festival on the West Coast, drawing over 100,000 visitors over the Independence Day weekend on Fillmore Street in San Francisco between Jackson and Eddy streets.

The Fillmore, San Francisco |

July 10

Paul McCartney

Paul McCartney gained worldwide fame as a bass guitarist and singer for the Beatles. The English rock band is considered both one of the most popular and influential bands in the history of music. Paul McCartney has since moved on to pursue a solo career, blending creativity and music into a commercial art form.

SAP Center San Jose |

July 12

Sunset Cinema: The Wizard of Oz

The Sunset Cinema Series will kick off on the front lawn of Montalvo Arts Center. That night three classic films will be featured. The first of these three films is The Wizard of Oz, which just so happens to have an 80th anniversary on the horizon. Alcohol and snacks will be available for purchase.

Villa Montalvo Saratoga |

July 14

“French Music” Symphony Sunday in the Park

The Golden Gate Park Band, presents its 137th season in Golden Gate Park’s music concourse. That’s right, this symphony has been playing free concerts in Golden Gate Park for well over 100 years. The weekly concerts take place most Sundays at 1 PM, run about 90 minutes, and are free and open to the public. All concerts take place in between the de Young and the California Academy of Sciences and feature music of specific nationalities or cultures, including costumed guest performances from dancers, singers and speakers, who will enlighten and entertain.

Music Concourse San Francisco |

July 16

Cage the Elephant

Formed in 2006, Cage the Elephant is an American rock band from Bowling Green, Kentucky. The band has since relocated to London, following the release of its 2008 album. The band’s sound appeals to a variety of tastes; its debut album was influenced heavily by classic rock and blues while its second album is reminiscent of Nirvana. It wasn’t until the release of a third album, that the band earned a Grammy Award for best alternative music album.

Shoreline Amphitheatre Mountain View |


July 4

2019 Fourth of July Dockside Fireworks Viewing on the SS Jeremiah O’Brien

Aboard the historic World War II Liberty ship SS Jeremiah O’Brien guests are invited to celebrate Independence Day and view the Bay Area’s finest firework display. The ship is located at Pier 45 in the heart of Fisherman’s Wharf. Complimentary snacks and soft drinks will be provided.

SS Jeremiah O’Brien, Pier 45, Fisherman’s Wharf, San Francisco |

July 10 – 21

Festival Napa Valley

Blending the beauty and bounty of Napa Valley with the very finest performing arts, Festival Napa Valley offers programs that enrich the economic and cultural vitality of the region and make the arts accessible to all. The Festival presents world-class performances staged in iconic Napa Valley venues, with proceeds benefitting inspiring educational programs offered at Napa County public schools year-round. It is presented by Napa Valley Festival Association, a nonprofit organization governed by a board of prominent vintners and local leaders. More than 200 artists, wineries, resorts, theaters, restaurants, chefs, and vintners participate each year.

Venues throughout Napa Valley |

July 21

Hillsborough Concours d’Elegance

For 63 consecutive years, The Hillsborough Concours d’Elegance has built and maintained a proud tradition of honoring and celebrating excellence in automotive design and engineering. The dedication of the Concours leadership and volunteers, pride of its entrants, and devotion of its attendees has earned Hillsborough the proud record as the longest continually running Concours in the world. The event offers a forum for passionate vintage car owners to showcase their prized vehicles and to compete for respect and recognition for their commitment to preserving automotive authenticity.

Crystal Springs Golf Course |

August 1-4

21st Annual V Foundation

Join host Mike “Coach K” Krzyzewski and Chef Emeril Lagasse for the 21st Annual V Foundation Wine Celebration, focusing on canine comparative oncology research to advance cancer research for the benefit of human and canine patients.

Nickel & Nickel, Napa |

August 6 – 11

Menlo Charity Horse Show

The Menlo Charity Horse Show, a 501(c)(3) organization, was honored with the designation as a USEF Heritage Competition in 2012. Recognized as one of the finest equestrian events in the United States, Menlo is unique in that its origin and legacy center on philanthropy.  Started in 1970 as a one-day horse show, Menlo has a tradition of providing outstanding equine competition while raising much-needed funds for numerous charities including Planned Parenthood, Amigos De Las Americas, and Vista Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired.

Menlo Circus Club, Atherton |

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