After making it through the one-year anniversary of our new reality, we’re starting to see plenty of light at the end of the tunnel. Celebrate the gradual return of some of the Bay Area’s best arts and culture institutions, or spend some more time enjoying your favorite virtual discussions, classes, performances, and more, right from home.
Plant the artivism seed early
Encourage the young people in your life to join Bay Area artist and museum educator Alejandra G. Ramirez for San Francisco Public Library’s online workshop, Social Justice Signs with Alejandra. The virtual afternoon event is geared toward anyone age 10 to 18 who wants to learn about women artivists and draw on their powerful work to create original messages in the form of colorful posters. The event is part of SFPL’s Women’s Interest series, which shines a light on women’s history, women’s rights, and current issues.
Wednesday, March 31, 4 p.m.
Catch a rare recital from a famed soprano
Cal Performances at Home welcomes one of the world’s most renowned sopranos, Christine Goerke, alongside pianist Craig Terry. On demand through Jun. 30, the recital will feature Goerke’s take on pieces from Handel and Strauss to Brahms and Bernstein. Though she’s known for her title roles in operas by both Strauss and Wagner, Goerke rarely shares her talents in recital settings, so this unique intimate performance is sure to be special.
Thursday, April 1, 7 p.m.
Don’t miss the start of SF Ballet’s glimmering new season
San Francisco Ballet kicks off its Program 04 with a streaming production of George Balanchine’s Jewels, running April 1–21. The performance consists of three distinct ballets — Emeralds, Rubies, and Diamonds — and was inspired by displays at New York City jeweler Van Cleef & Arpels. Originally performed in 1967, the performance explores ballet styles from America, France and Russia.
Thursday April 1 – Wednesday, April 21
Learn about the much-beloved matzah ball
It’s not really Passover until you’ve done a thorough exploration on the all-mighty matzah ball. Join the Contemporary Jewish Museum in partnership with the Yiddish Book Center for this free online discussion between Jewish Studies professor Rachel Gross, Ph.D, and literature scholar Jessica Kirzane, as they cover the evolution of the famed dumpling, its important place in Jewish cultural identity and its relevance within modern Jewish communities.
Thursday, April 1, 5:30 p.m.
Score your dream job with useful tips from a top expert
San Francisco Public Library is commemorating April, aka National Financial Literacy Month, with four weeks of classes and workshops geared toward improving attendees’ financial health. The first of many virtual programs is Timely Tips for Successful Job Searches, a presentation from Tim Bombosch, Ph.D, full of tips for job seekers, with some particular strategies for navigating tumultuous times. There will also be plenty of time for questions, so come prepared.
Thursday, April 1, 10 a.m.
Explore the passage of time through the art of design
The Museum of Craft and Design officially reopens to the public on the first dayof April and is kicking things off with two newly installed exhibitions: Design by Time and Encoded Holidays: Gary Hutton x Tom Bonauro. Organized by the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, and curated by Ginger Gregg Duggan and Judith Hoos Fox of c2-curatorsquared, Design by Time includes the work of 22 designers exploring how objects embody the passage of time. Encoded Holidays explores the 30-year period from 1987–2017, during which Bay Area designers Gary Hutton and Tom Bonauro collaborated on annual holiday cards known as “sculptures-in-a-box.”
Thursday, April 1–Sunday, August 15
Enjoy an evening of American Indian culture
In the latest installment of San Francisco Symphony’s Currents series, composer, pianist and curator Jerod Impichchaachaaha’ Tate presents Thunder Song, a performance honoring the art, storytelling and music of American Indian culture. Joining Tate are members of the SF Symphony, plus Louis W. Ballard and Rochelle Chester, along with Elders Thomas, Leon Brown, aka Machuchuk, and Ron Montez from the Pomo Elem Indian Colony. In addition to being a classical composer, Tate is a citizen of the Chickasaw Nation in Oklahoma and the performance will feature his own compositions, Talowa’ Hiloha and Chokfi‘.
Thursday, April 1
Hear about the latest work from this super successful fiction author
The latest Litquake Seismic Salon event features best-selling author, Tom Perrotta, the writer behind nine works of fiction, including two that were transformed into Oscar-nominated films: Election and Little Children” Perrotta’s The Leftovers was also adapted into a Peabody Award–winning HBO series. During this 90-minute virtual event, he’ll discuss all that, plus his latest work, Mrs. Fletcher.
Thursday, April 1, 5 p.m.
Create an Easter-worthy egg
Looking for a family-friendly, festive way to celebrate Easter in person? Don’t miss your last chance for Hillsdale Mall’s Panorama easter-egg-decorating workshop. Kathy’s Creative Kakes of San Mateo will guide attendees through the process and will demonstrate unique techniques to take your egg decorating game to the next level. Seating will be physically distanced and masks are required. Walk-ins are welcome, based on availability.
Saturday, April 3, 11 a.m. through 7 p.m.
Celebrate Beethoven’s 250th birthday
Mountain View’s Community School of Music and Arts presents faculty member Axel Schmitt in a performance of Beethoven’s complete piano sonatas. Schmitt’s virtual performance is the seventh in a series of concerts commemorating the classical icon’s 250th birthday. Schmitt will take to the piano to perform Sonata Op. 90 E minor (1814), Sonata Op. 101 A Major (1816), and Sonata Op. 106 B-flat Major (1817/18) or Hammer-Klavier.
Saturday, April 3, 7:30 p.m.