Courtesy of the Exploratorium
November 1 through 18
Art: Homouroboros at the Exploratorium
The Exploratorium, in collaboration with the Black Rock Arts Foundation (BRAF), will bring Homouroboros, large-scale interactive zoetrope by San Francisco artist Peter Hudson, to the public plaza at Pier 15 for a limited engagement. At 24 feet tall, the work’s tree-like steel frame and mushroom-cloud-shaped canopy is an attention-getter. Eighteen human-sized monkeys dangle from its branches. By pounding on drums built into the base of the trunk, visitors cause the top of the tree to spin, turning the monkeys on their branches into a vision-bending arboreal escapade. Strobe lights at night, and special goggles during the day, complete the Homouroboros experience — a phenomenon of the eye called “persistence of vision” that turns the 18 monkeys into a three-dimensional motion picture. The monkeys appear as a single, animated monkey, snatching an apple from the mouth of a serpent slithering down a branch. Close inspection reveals that the mouth of the serpent is in the shape of a human hand. Free. Viewable from 6 to 10 p.m. Exploratorium, In front of the museum, Pier 15. Information: 528.4360 or exploratorium.edu.
Through January 25
Art: In Grand Style, Celebration in Korean Art
In Grand Style celebrates the Joseon dynasty (1392 — 1910), showcasing more than 110 treasured objects that speak of a glorious heritage. In Grand Style focuses on celebrations, festivals, elaborate rites, dance, music and processions. The exhibit narrates and illustrates the history of the dynasty’s 27 kings and its queens through their rituals. The art highlighted in the exhibition was lent to the museum by numerous institutions in Korea and the U.S., primarily the National Museum of Korea and the National Palace Museum of Korea. In Grand Style is based on the exhibition Scenes of Banquets and Ceremonies of the Joseon Period held by the National Museum of Korea in 2009. Admission: $8 to 12. Asian Art Museum, 200 Larkin Street. Information: asianart.org
November 2 through 17
Theater: Driving Miss Daisy
San Francisco’s African-American Shakespeare Company opens its 2013-14 season with Alfred Uhry’s Driving Miss Daisy. Winner of the 1988 Pulitzer Prize, Driving Miss Daisy is a timeless meditation on race relations in America told through the complex relationship between an elderly Southern Jewish woman and her black chauffeur. Having recently demolished another car, Daisy Werthan is informed by her son that she must rely on the services of a chauffeur, a proud, soft-spoken black man named Hoke whom she immediately regards with disdain and who, in turn, is equally unimpressed with her. In a series of absorbing scenes spanning 25 years, the two develop an unlikely bond despite their mutual differences, growing closer to, and more dependent upon, one another. $12.50-50. 7 p.m. Buriel Clay Theater, 762 Fulton Street. Information: african-americanshakes.org.
November 8 through 16
Dance: Give a Woman a Lift
Flyaway Productions is proud to announce the world premiere of Give a Woman a Lift, a visually arresting aerial dance created by choreographer Jo Kreiter and visual designer Sean Riley. In an exploration of the meanings inherent in the idea of “going up,” especially as seen through a feminist lens, Give a Woman a Lift affirms the necessity of rising on one’s own steam, rather than waiting for others to push or pull us up. $20-25. 7:30 p.m. Joe Goode Annex, 401 Alabama Street. Information: flyawayproductions.com
Art: Embossing and Packaging Design
Explore heat embossing to create a unique and cost-effective look for branding, invitations and gift packaging. Design cards, tags, wrapping paper and boxes with powder and stamp patterns. Artist instructor: Mashell Ewing. $5-10. 7 to 9 p.m. Includes supplies, instruction, and beverages. For adults 21+. Museum store and galleries open. No walk-ins after 8 pm. Museum of Craft and Design, 2569 Third Street. Information: sfmcd.org
Music: Sea Music Concert Series
Experience the driving rhythms of chanteys and the beauty of seafaring ballads from the wooden decks of the historic sailing ship Balclutha. Join the celebration of 25 years of outstanding performances of sea music in the park. On tour from his native England, Brian Peters is “A top-notch singer and player, one of the very best performers in the field of English traditional song and music, “ according to Dirty Linen folk music magazine. $12-14. 8 p.m. Balclutha at the Hyde St. Pier at Hyde Street. Information: Maritime.org
Performance: Dan Chan, the Magic Man
Chan brings his unique magic and comedy show to The Buddy Club. And there’s no other show like it, weaving magic, comedy, pickpocketing, mind-reading, juggling, escapes, dog tricks, and acrobatics to create the ultimate variety show. Chan was awarded San Jose Magician of the Year, and Best of the Bay by Bay Area Parent. $8. 11 a.m. The Randall Museum Theater, 199 Museum Way. Information: randallmuseum.org
Food: The Joy of Mindful Cooking — The Holiday Season
Holidays are festive and fun, full of love and joy. Yet, so often, we lose sight of their true meaning as we find ourselves submerged in emotional triggers that make us vulnerable to eating and drinking too much: numerous event, activities, parties; family gatherings; spending money; traveling. In this interactive workshop and dinner, Carley and Kristin will teach experiential practices for cultivating mindfulness, compassion, and gratitude as we cook, eat, and share a table. Menu: pumpkin soup, coconut, ginger, toasted pepita/winter greens, persimmon, pomegranate, feta /roasted farro, shaved Brussels sprouts, fried meyer lemon, fresh thyme/poached marsala pears, whipped creme fraiche . $45 for members, $55 for general public. 6 p.m. 18 Reasons, 3674 18th Street. Information: kristin-cole.com.
November 21 through 23
Theater: Dark Kabaret
Holidays Paul Nathan (HBO, MTV, Star Trek Voyager) hosts this decadent evening featuring cabaret, variety, and burlesque stars from all over the world: Eden Berlin, from Germany, a member of the German girl band, The Sinderellas (like naughty German spice girls). Paul Dabek, from London, along with Frank Olivier, Sterling Johnson, music by Mark Growden and much more. You will feel like a kid again when Sterling Johnson takes the stage with his wimsical bubbles: and juggler, klown, Frank Olivier delivers the unexpected. Live music from the world’s sexiest accordion player, Mark Growden and his band of subversive musical geniuses. Each night is unique with different guest stars. On Thursday and Friday RJ Owens takes time away from starring in Las Vegas’ longest running circue show. From $35. 7 p.m. Great American Music Hall, 859 O’Farrell Street. Information: darkkabaret.com
Music: Volti Concert — Britten and Beyond
Volti San Francisco’s award-winning, front-edge new music chamber choir embarks upon its 35th Anniversary Season with a look back at the group’s roots in the music of Benjamin Britten to celebrate his 100th birthday, and a look forward with two world premieres. $10-25. 8 p.m. St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 1111 O’Farrell Street. Information: VoltiSF.org
Fundraiser: Recycle your Computer and Electronics
Recycle most anything that plugs into a wall or is battery operated at this school fundraiser. Computer monitors, TVs, laptops, keyboards, DVD players, rechargeable batteries, light fixtures, ink/toner cartridges accepted. See GreenCitzen.com for an acceptable electrical items list. Free. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. St. Anthony-Immaculate Conception School school, 299 Precita Avenue. Information: firstname.lastname@example.org or 648.6008.
Workshop: Breaking Up is Hard to Do
Whether you’re breaking a heart, having your heart broken, or mutually splitting, breaking up is hard to do. Join Julianne Carroll, sex and relationship coach and educator, for a two hour workshop on working through the grief process of break ups. She’ll talk about strategies for healing and letting go, dealing with anger, how to break the news to someone that you no longer want to be with them, and how to handle the rejection when someone breaks up with you. $20. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Good Vibrations Polk Street Store, 1620 Polk Street. Information: juliannelovesme.com.