One of the things that never ceases to amaze us is the breadth of cultural and community activities that are accessible to the Bay Area at any given time. In the next couple of weeks, for instance, there are wonderful exhibitions closing as well as opening (among them, a trio at UC Davis); a renowned New York–based choreographer is coming to Silicon Valley (performances can be enjoyed in-person or online); and the San Francisco Ballet’s new season gets underway with a creative take on the 1967 film The Graduate (the production is also a world premiere). Plus, myriad Lunar New Year events are coming up. For more happenings well worth adding to your calendar — including the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Peninsula’s Youth of the Year virtual awards ceremony — read on.
Catch the final week of GLOW: Discover the Art of Light at the Exploratorium. In addition to its usual science, arts and tech attractions, the San Francisco venue features luminous works by eight creators.
Through Sunday, January 30.
Tahoe Side Trip
Break up that drive to or from Tahoe with a stop at UC Davis’ Manetti Shrem Museum. With three exhibitions opening on Thursday — when the museum itself reopens — it’s worth a visit even if you don’t have a ski trip planned. William T. Wiley and the Slant Step: All on the Line highlights the artist’s early works and evokes his Mill Valley studio. Mary Heilmann: Squaring Davis features the native San Franciscan’s paintings and rarely seen ceramics. And From Moment to Movement: Picturing Protest in the Kramlich Collection covers 30 years of works by contemporary artists.
Museum reopens Thursday, January 27.
A California Icon
Whether you recently discovered Heath Ceramics or have been a longtime admirer (and perhaps collector) of Edith Heath’s work, don’t miss this new exhibition at the Oakland Museum of California. Pushed back from its initial fall opening, Edith Heath: A Life in Clay bows this weekend and explores her role as a designer, entrepreneur, scientist and cofounder of the iconic Bay Area ceramics brand.
Exhibition opens Saturday, January 29.
Step by Step
For two nights only, Camille A. Brown & Dancers will take the stage at San Jose’s Hammer Theatre. Tony-nominated Brown is known for merging dance, theater and social justice to create performances that are at once inventive and entertaining. Watch in-person ($45–$60) or via livestream ($25).
February 4 and 5, 7:30 p.m.
The Kids Are Alright
Stay nice and toasty at home while toasting the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Peninsula’s Youth of the Year. The 2022 ceremony will be virtual and broadcasted live. Listen to the finalists’ stories, watch performances by BGCP students and hear from the nonprofit’s co-CEOs. The YOY — selected by a panel that includes Warriors star Andre Iguodala, GingerBread Capital CEO Linnea Roberts and Nike CEO John Donahoe — will represent the BGCP at a regional event. RSVP required.
Wednesday, January 26, 7:30 p.m.
Log On & Listen In
Good news for folks who couldn’t get to campus: Un-othering Through Artistic Exchange, a dialogue between award-winning poet and playwright Inua Ellams and Stanford professor Ato Quayson, has been moved online and is now open to all. RSVP for this free virtual event.
Friday, January 28, at noon.
A Novel Interpretation
The world premiere of the Cathy Marston–choreographed Mrs. Robinson kicks off the San Francisco Ballet’s 2022 repertory season. The performances at the War Memorial Opera House also feature artistic director and principal choreographer Helgi Tomasson’s Trio and George Balanchine’s Symphony in C.
Tuesday, February 1, through Saturday, February 12.
One of the most anticipated and spirited PGA Tour events, the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am brings together celebrities and golf’s biggest names for a week of action on the links and around the town of Carmel. Daniel Berger is expected to defend his title, while the stars slated to play include Mia Hamm, Don Cheadle, Huey Lewis and Steve Young.
Monday, January 31, through Sunday, February 6.
Ready to Roar
Ring in the Year of the Tiger with the San Francisco Symphony’s Lunar New Year celebration. Patricia Lee-Hoffman chairs the benefit at Davies Symphony Hall. Conductor Yue Bao makes her debut leading the orchestra in traditional folk music and works by Asian composers, featuring music from Chen Gang and He Zhanhao’s The Butterfly Lovers concerto, performed by violinist Bomsori; Tan Dun’s “The Eternal Vow,” from Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, performed by SF Symphony Assistant Principal Cello Amos Yang; and works by Huan-zhi Li, Texu Kim, Huang Ruo, Tyzen Hsiao and Liu Yuan.
Saturday, February 5.
KQED Food Editor Luke Tsai and comic artist Thien Pham lead a tour of some of the best local Taiwanese dining spots. Get introduced to new-to-you places as well as learn techniques and sample small bites.
Monday, February 7, 7 p.m.