If you’re feeling a new sense of rejuvenation as we move through spring, it may be because many of the Bay Area’s beloved arts and culture institutions are re-opening to the public! You can still enjoy plenty of at-home entertainment through virtual events, but if you’re ready to explore the outside world again, be sure to get all the info on a new lineup of safe in-person exhibits, performances, and more.
Take in artist Jason Line’s still lifes — and his first U.S. exhibition
Through June 10, British artist Jason Line will exhibit his collection Still Lifes from the Studio at San Francisco’s fine art gallery MARCH. In his first show in the United States, Line explores different types of form through charcoal and paint. He began capturing the still life objects around him — from pieces of fruit to empty bottles — as an indepth look at color and texture through the process of adding and removing layers.
Now through June 10.
Explore the meaning of femininity through art
Local artist Arianna Tamaddon exhibits Covet – Trophies in an Age of Artifice at Art Ventures Gallery in Menlo Park through May 31. The exhibition investigates the politics of what is classified as female, and the ways those definitions translate into notions of what femininity looks like in the world.
Now through May 31
Enjoy a jazz-filled celebration for a good cause
North Beach Citizens, the local nonprofit founded by Francis Ford Coppola to serve those living in extreme poverty, commemorates its 20th anniversary with the Virtual Spring Event, featuring jazz by Paula West and guest appearances by local celebrities. Attendees will also have the opportunity to bid on a seven-night Mexican villa vacation for 12.
April 21, 6 p.m.
Get to know a conceptual creator’s take on intersecting art forms
In the de Young Museum’s latest Virtual Wednesdays event, artist Catherine Wagner presents her exploration of the intersection of literature and architecture. Wagner, who often works collaboratively with architects and fabricators, will discuss the integration of photographs into her site-specific installations at institutions like LACMA, as well as public art projects in Los Angeles, Seattle and San Francisco’s Central Subway.
April 21, 5 p.m.
Hear from an award-winning nonfiction writer
Litquake’s latest edition of Seismic Salon features two-time Pulitzer Prize–winning biographer T.J. Stiles. In 2016, Stiles won the prestigious award for Custer’s Trials: A Life on the Frontier of a New America; and his earlier work, The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt, garnered both the 2010 Pulitzer for Biography as well as the 2009 National Book Award for Nonfiction. He is also the author of Jesse James: Last Rebel of the Civil War and currently serves on the governing boards of the Authors Guild, the Organization of American Historians and the Society of American Historians.
Thursday, April 22, 5 p.m.
Take in a live (!) evening of opera
Prepare for the return of live productions! To kick things off, San Francisco Opera presents The Barber of Seville with music by Gioachino Rossini. Audiences can attend the outdoor show over the next few weekends at the Marin Center Drive-in and enjoy the talents of former Adler Fellows, including Lucas Meachem, Daniela Mack and Alek Shrader. The 90-minute adaptation of Rossini’s romantic comedy features popular arias like Largo al factotum, and is performed in English.
April 23 and April 24 at 8 p.m.; see website for additional performances.
Admire the work of 16 emerging artists
California College of the Arts presents its 2021 MFA Showcase exhibition featuring the work of 16 emerging artists from CCA’s graduate program in fine arts. On view until Thursday, April 29, the exhibition includes work across mediums and addresses topics and themes relevant to the current moment. Writer, critic and CCA faculty member Glen Helfand organized the event, which is free and open to the public by appointment only at 360 Kansas St., San Francisco.
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Catch a virtual glimpse of innovative creations
TheatreWorks Silicon Valley presents New Works Festival Online, a virtual version of its annual celebration of Bay Area artists and creators from around the world. The five new shows will be streaming online and offer a first look at some of TheatreWorks’ upcoming commissions. The festivities kick off on April 23 with an event featuring Min Kahng, The Kilbanes and Lynn Rosen, Idris Goodwin, Geetha Reddy, and Mansa Ra.
Friday, April 23–Saturday, May 15
Celebrate an afternoon filled with diverse art, dance and poetry
New Museum Los Gatos (NUMU) continues its celebration of Good Trouble with an afternoon of music, dance, poetry, and conversation. Curated by Mosaic America, dedicated to bolstering the community through diverse intercultural arts and dialogue, the event presents the voices and works of a broad range of musicians, poets, dancers, and more, as well as a concluding Q&A.
Saturday, April 24, 2–3 p.m.
Get spellbound and support an important fundraising effort
Don’t miss a truly magical evening with professional magician and corporate entertainer Lou Serrano. The Joy heArt Project, a fundraising initiative for The Kids & Art Foundation, dedicated to healing pediatric cancer, presents Serrano’s unique mix of magic, mentalism and comedy. 100 percent of the proceeds from the Zoom event will fund ArtKits for pediatric patients participating in healing art workshops with Kids & Art.
April 24, 7 p.m.