January 2014

Community Calendar

January 11

FOOD: Pot Stickers for the Chinese New Year
Learn how to create the perfect dumpling for the Chinese New Year. Chose to create a traditional pork dumpling, or experiment with vegetables and flavors. All materials provided to realize your culinary inspirations. 10 a.m. $20-25. San Francisco Botanical Garden, 1199 9th Avenue.  Information: sfbg.org

KIDS: Lion Dancers For The Chinese New Year
Celebrate the Lunar New Year at the San Francisco Public Library with a Chinese Lion Dance and Martial Arts Performance. Free. 10 to 11:30 a.m. Main Library, Children’s Creative Center, Second Floor, 100 Larkin St. Information: ttroy@sfpl.org

FILM: Charlie Chaplin as The Little Tramp Turns 100

The San Francisco Silent Film Festival is pleased to present a day of Charlie Chaplin at the historic Castro Theater in celebration of the 100-year anniversary of Charlie Chaplin’s most renowned character, The Little Tramp. Charlie Chaplain made some of his greatest comedies at the Mutual Film Corporation. Chaplin acknowledged his time at Mutual as the most inventive and liberating period of his career. Approximately 90 minutes total. The shorts program includes: The Vagabond, The Cure, and Easy Street. 1 p.m. Accompanied by Jon Mirsalis on piano. See website for additional shows. Castro Theater, 429 Castro St. Information: silentfilm.org


January 15 though 19
Poro Oyna The Myth of the Aynu tells an episode from this legend where Aynu Rakkur rescues the Sun Goddess from the evil Monster, restoring the order in the land of humans. The story is adapted by Tetsuro Koyano, a multidisciplinary performer/shadow artist in Tokyo, and OKI, an Aynu culture bearer and musician specializing in the traditional string instrument tonkori. The Aynu (also spelled as “Ainu”) are indigenous people of Northern Japan and Russia, whose culture dates back to 1,200 BC. The play will also feature shadow design by Kawamura Koheisai and live performances by OKI and Marewrew, a four-woman chorus group specializing traditional Aynu songs, and Urotsutenoyako Bayangans, a shadow theatre company based in Tokyo. See website for times. Tickets: $10, children, $15, general. Southside Theater/Fort Mason, Laguna and Marina Building. Information: shadowlightaynuproject.org or call: 648.4461. 

January 16 though February 1
PERFORMANCE: High Anxiety,
One Woman’s Journey

Concert pianist Stephanie Lynne Smith is the Artist-in-Residence for the Shari Carlson Studio San Francisco. Using the Essential Compass as the framework for personal exploration, Stephanie uses humor and music to confront issues of performance anxiety. Representing mind, body and spirit, Shane Kroll, Liz Kennedy, Gail Reimer, and C. Toney star alongside Stephanie in this journey of an artist. Tickets: $20 to $50. Shari Carlson Studio, 442 Post Street, 5th floor Information: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/527623

January 17
BOOKS: The Literary Foolery Finale Show!
For three years, the Booksmith has hosted Literary Clown Foolery in the store every month. Now the clowns are moving on to pursue bigger giant shoes and better fake mustaches. Join them for their final shindig, as Gretchen and Doctor Schmidtt lionize their first home, The Booksmith. And they’ll interview Booksmith owner Christin Evans to find out what in the world she was thinking letting a bunch of clowns into her bookstore. $10. 8 p.m. Booksmith, 1644 Haight Street Information: brownpapertickets.com/event/535204

January 19
OUTDOOR:  Stand-up Paddling on Mission Creek
Stand-up paddling is easy and fun, and right here in our backyard at the UCSF Mission Creek facility. Fee: $49-64. 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Mission Creek. Preregistration required. Information: campuslifeservices.ucsf.edu, call 476.2078, or email, outdoors@ucsf.edu. 

MUSIC:  Symphony Parnassus Winter Concert

Music Director Stephen Paulson conducts a program by three generations of beloved Austrian composers:  Beethoven’s Leonore Overture No.3, Brahms’ Symphony No.2, and Mozart’s Piano Concerto in E-flat, K.482 with virtuoso soloist Hélène Wickett. Tickets: $21-$25. 3 p.m. SF Conservatory of Music, 50 Oak Street. Information: brownpapertickets.com/event/512654

January 23 though March 29
ART: Provisional Realities by

Provisional Realities
draws upon works by two artists of different generations, Susan Hiller and Daria Martin. The selection of works spans different moments in each artist’s practice. By placing certain pieces in fixed positions and others on a system of rotation, the installation strikes an intentional balance between the steady and the unpredictable. This balance is echoed by the fact that Martin works exclusively in 16-millimeter film and Hiller across multiple mediums. Opening, January 23, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Free. CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, 360 Kansas Street. Information: wattis.org

January 24 though February 8 DANCE: Hemorrhage: An Ablution of Hope and Despair
Dance Brigade presents its latest dance-drama installation. Directed and conceived by Krissy Keefer, Hemorrhage captures the current crisis of world affairs by focusing on the connection between global warming, war, racism, and the continued attack on the rights of women. Using the backdrop of the Mission District and the onslaught of evictions, Keefer will explore the connection of the these current events via her hair-trigger analysis. Dance Brigade is known for the way it uses modern dance, storytelling, and Taiko drumming to create a compelling narrative. Honed by the company’s 37-year history, the all-female cast uses strong theatrics, humor and compelling original text to explore today’s political and social situation, while also employing contemporary dance forms such as hip hop, house, and reggaeton.  See website for times. Tickets: $22 to 30. Dance Mission Theater, 3316 24th Street. Information: brownpapertickets.com/event/538090

January 25
CINEMA:  Experimental Films for Kids
A fun way for the whole family to learn about the mind-expanding potential of alternative cinema, this program features seminal works from the history of avant-garde filmmaking as well as new work exploiting technological and narrative advances. General Museum admission $25. 1, 2, and 3 p.m. Exploratorium, Pier 15. Information: exploratorium.edu

MAKE ART:  Aluminum Foil Sculpture
Get inspired by sculpture in this workshop featuring a tour of A Sense of Balance: The Sculpture of Stoney Lamar. We’ll explore different ways to make sculpture from aluminum foil, including making fun face masks! Snack provided. $10 for nonmembers. Children eight to 12. 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Museum of Craft and Design, 2569 Third Street. Information: sfmcd.org/programs/families-kids/#Next

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