As we transition out of holiday mode — waking up to an alarm again, scheduling meetings, etc. — some folks aren’t quite ready to leave the house, while others are raring to go. Whether you prefer to partake in experiences from the comfort of your living room, or desire some fresh air or in-person arts and culture, we’ve got you covered. For the first newsletter of the year, we’re highlighting a mix of online and outdoor activities, along with some special events that are on our radar (including taking the CalTrain NorcalMLK Celebration Train to the MLK22 March|Parade in San Francisco).
Going through holiday-lights withdrawal? Good news: The Oakland Zoo has extended Glowfari — its “wildly illuminating lantern festival.” Marvel at larger-than-life animals, all aglow at night, as the mile-long stroll takes you by camels, bighorn sheep, elephants, giraffes, pandas and more. The Express Train through the zoo’s Winter Wonderland as well as the Rides Area and Gondola are also open in the evenings. (Timed ticket reservations are required for Glowfari.)
Wednesday–Sunday, 5–10 p.m; through Sunday, February 2.
A Woodsy Wonderland
On Friday, the California Academy of Sciences opens its new exhibition and outdoor play space to the public. Wander Woods centers on creativity and imaginative play, encouraging kids to connect to nature. (for example, traversing a tree-trunk maze or exploring native plantings). The whimsical structure Nest, comprised of interwoven branches, exemplifies organic architecture — and will no doubt be a popular attraction.
Opens Friday, January 14.
An Artful Affair
Fort Mason’s Festival Pavilion will soon buzz once more with dozens of contemporary art dealers, drawing serious collectors and casual enthusiasts alike. The FOG Design+Art fair unfolds over the course of four days. In addition to a range of exhibitors, the event’s programming includes discussions on murals, fine printing, NFTs and more.
Thursday–Sunday, January 20–23.
New Year, New Show
Creativity Explored is not only one of our favorite organizations, but at the top of our list when it comes to places to acquire art. The studio-based nonprofit, founded in 1983, partners with developmentally disabled artists. The CE gallery reopens this Friday with Peter Cordova’s first solo exhibition, To the Place Where I Grew Up, featuring over 60 drawings and paintings as well as large-scale ceramics. (Be sure to book an appointment to view the works at the Mission District venue.)
Appointments available Friday–Saturday; January 14–March 12.
The Last Week Tonight Masterpiece Gallery, comedian John Oliver’s effort to highlight unique artworks, concludes its national tour at the Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco. The trio of quirky paintings on view includes a portrait of talk show host Wendy Williams as she prepares to bite into a lambchop. (Yes, you read that right.)
Through Tuesday, January 25.
The CalTrain NorcalMLK Celebration Train, an annual tradition, is slated to depart from San Jose Diridon Station at 8:30 a.m. and arrive at San Francisco’s Caltrain Station by 10:40 a.m. — the starting point for the 11 a.m. MLK22 March|Parade. The 1.5-mile route ends at Yerba Buena Gardens, where an interfaith celebration will take place. (The train stops along the northbound journey in Palo Alto and San Mateo, too.)
Monday, January 17.
Join the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center for a day of service, commemorating Martin Luther King Jr. Day as well as Mitzvah Day 2022. The event, held outdoors, is described as an opportunity to “work together on various fun and meaningful projects to bring to life Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s inspirational legacy of community service, justice and equality for all.”
Monday, January 17, 9 a.m.
Wondering what you can do about climate change? Then tune into KQED’s discussion on the topic. Reporter Laura Klivans leads a workshop with local climate resilience leaders Priya Shukla, Britt Wray and Violet Wulf-Saena, who will share ways to take effective action. Livestream the event for free.
Tuesday January 18, 7 p.m.
Give a Hoot
Get to know the Burrowing Owl better! The Peninsula Open Trust Space (POST), Wildlife Education and Rehabilitation Center (WERC) and Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority (OSA) are presenting a free webinar about the local species — whose name derives from their habit of digging burrows rather than nesting. Researchers Philip Higgins and Sandra Menzel will impart wisdom on the owls, including efforts to support them.
Thursday, January 20, 7–8 p.m.
In Conversation with an Icon
Cultural icon Fran Lebowitz returns to Berkeley Rep’s Roda Theatre for six performances this month. Her previous engagement there sold out, so grab tickets while you can! (If you’re down on the Monterey Peninsula, catch her on January 19 at Carmel’s Sunset Cultural Center, in conversation with regular Gazette contributor Paul Wilner.)
Friday–Wednesday, January 21–26