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What To Do Right Now: Feb 22 – Mar 08

Shake off any late-winter doldrums with a spate of activities and events happening around the Bay Area over the next couple of weeks. Grace Cathedral is the site of Opera Parallèle’s latest production (Sophia’s Forest) as well as “a 1920s Mardi Gras for the modern era” (the iconic church’s Carnivale 2022 fundraiser). Head to the Stanford campus to experience Lil Buck’s Memphis Jookin’ dance style and a new exhibition of Gordon Parks photography. An international guitar showcase, NIAD’s annual art auction and a summit on mental health are also coming up.

 

Sophia’s Forest Sound Sculpture. | Photo courtesy of Lembit Beecher.

Contemporary Opera in a Cathedral

Against the stunning backdrop of the City’s Grace Cathedral, Opera Parallèle presents the West Coast premiere of composer Lembit Beecher and librettist Hannah Moscovitch’s Sophia’s Forest.

Thursday, February 24–Saturday, February 26.
Opera Parallèle

 

Benjamin Papac (center) and the San Francisco cast of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. | Photo courtesy of Matthew Murphy.

Next Stop: Hogwarts

Your favorite Hogwarts alums are returning to the San Francisco stage. In Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Harry, Ron and Hermione cast spells, race through time and confront mysterious forces. While the original play involved two performances, this reimagined version is a single production, presented at the Curran Theater. On opening night, starting at 6 p.m., Geary Street will be shut down for a pre-performance block party.

Opens Thursday, February 24.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

 

Memphis Jookin’: The Show featuring Lil Buck. | Photo courtesy of Louis ‘Ziggy’ Tucker.

Memphis Style

Memphis Jookin’: The Show featuring Lil Buck, conceived and choreographed by the dance artist, pays homage to his hometown, which is also the birthplace of the Memphis Jookin’ dance style. The 90-minute production at Stanford’s Bing Concert Hall — which includes a DJ and eight dancers performing alongside Lil Buck — traces the art form’s emergence from local street dance to global phenomenon.

Monday, February 28, 7:30 p.m.
Memphis Jookin’: The Show featuring Lil Buck

 

NIAD Gallery. | Photo courtesy of Marlon Mullen.

Party with an Artful Purpose

NIAD Art Center’s annual benefit auction, the aptly titled Win Win 10 — patrons acquire new pieces while also supporting the nonprofit’s artists — returns with virtual and in-person activities. Not only has the fundraiser reached the one-decade mark, but Richmond-based NIAD — which serves artists with developmental disabilities — is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year.

Saturday, March 5, 2–5 p.m.
NIAD Win Win 10

 

Photo Op

A Loaded Camera: Gordon Parks, the third and final show in a series that represents a gift of 1,000 photographs to Stanford’s Cantor Arts Center, opens tomorrow. It is described as “an exhibition celebrating work by groundbreaking African American artist Gordon Parks, who used his camera to confront racism and also represent creativity and endurance.”

Wednesday, February 23–Sunday, July 3.
A Loaded Camera: Gordon Parks

 

A Modern Mardi Gras

Billed as “a 1920s Mardi Gras for the modern era,” Grace Cathedral’s annual gala can be enjoyed this year at home or in-person. The fundraiser — which includes a cocktail reception, entertainment from the Academy of Danse Libre and a live auction — supports the iconic San Francisco church and its innovative ministries and programs.

Tuesday, March 1.
Carnivale 2022 at Grace Cathedral

 

Marking 100 Years

Celebrate a major milestone while helping to raise funds for the Community Music Center, which aims to make high-quality music education more accessible. Emceed by Renel Brooks-Moon, the CMC Centennial Gala headliners include Frederica von Stade, Jake Heggie and Paula West, to name just a few.

Wednesday, March 2, 6–8 p.m.
CMC Centennial Gala

 

Mental Health Matters

Bring Change to Mind, a nonprofit cofounded by Glenn Close “to end the stigma and discrimination surrounding mental illness,” is holding a special Stakeholder Luncheon during its upcoming SF Student Summit at Oracle Park. Hundreds of teens from Bay Area high schools will hear from a panel of mental health experts, athletes, artists and youth leaders. Among the guest speakers: Hunter and Alexis Pence, Ricky Watters and Liam Mayclem.

Saturday, March 5, 12:30–3 p.m.
Bring Change to Mind’s Stakeholder Luncheon

 

Strings Attached

For its 22nd edition, International Guitar Night delivers an incredible lineup of live music at Palo Alto’s Oshman Family JCC: acoustic rock phenom Luca Stricagnoli (Italy), progressive classical guitarist Thu Le (Vietnam), slack-key master and Grammy winner Jim “Kimo” West (Hawaii), and Latin Swing pioneer Lulo Reinhardt (Germany).

Sunday, March 6, 7–9:15 p.m.
International Guitar Night

 

Music at a Mansion

Five string players from the San Francisco Symphony are taking their show on the road. Polina Sedukh, Jessie Fellows, Matthew Young, Barbara Bogatin and Charles Chandler will be performing at Kohl Mansion in Burlingame. The program includes works by Gioachino Rossini, Florence Price, Jessie Montgomery and Antonín Dvořák.

Sunday, March 6, 7 p.m.
SF Symphony at Kohl Mansion

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