This Week's Hottest Events: Dark Universe, Martha Graham, and Magik*Magik
Mitzi Pederson at Ratio 3
For "3:43," Mitzi Pederson adapted the gallery floor as her studio space for weeks, draping and stretching tulle and sometimes trapping it beneath slabs of concrete sparkled with glitter. It's not for everyone, but if you're game to suspend judgement, it's interesting site-specific installation art.
When: Through Sat. 2/15
Where: Ratio 3, 2831A Mission St.
More experimental art here—SF and Berlin-based choreographer Jess Curtis rolls out Experiment 2.2, a performance piece launched last year in both cities. This time around, it's revamped and half the length, its framework is based on the constant necessity of software updates for optimal performance in today's world. The piece includes live, onstage streaming of real-time data from select audience members.
When: Thurs. 1/30–Sat. 2/1
Where: Joe Goode Annex, 401 Alabama St.
Dark Universe at the Planetarium
Cal Academy unveils its newest planetarium space show, Dark Universe, which celebrates pivotal discoveries in our galaxy and features stunning renderings of cosmic phenomena, seminal scientific instruments, and otherworldly scenes in deep space. As with all planetarium shows, this is going to be one hot ticket.
When: Fri. 1/31–Thurs. 10/9
Where: California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Dr.
For the first time in many seasons, Martha Graham Dance Company touches down in the Bay Area with a program of signature works. The troupe brings back 1944's Appalachian Spring, which originally featured Martha Graham and Merce Cunningham to the score by Aaron Copland (which earned him a Pulitzer Prize). The program is rounded out with Cave of the Heart (based on the story of Medea) and Maple Leaf Rag (a fun nod to the ragtime music of Graham's early years).
When: 8 p.m., Fri. 1/31 and Sat. 2/1
Where: Zellerbach Hall, Bancroft Way and Telegraph Ave., Berkeley
Magik*Magik's Big Anniversary Show
Noise Pop celebrates the local orchestra's 5th anniversary. Magik*Magik's fearless leader Minna Choi designed three 45-minute acts for "When We Were Young," a show that brings a bevy of local favorites onstage for collaborative performances. Think Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers, Geographer, The Dodos, Zoe Keating, How to Dress Well, Rogue Wave, Two Gallants, John Vanderslice, and more.
When: 8 p.m., Fri. 1/31
Where: The Fox, 1807 Telegraph Ave., Oakland
Sketchfest's "Becoming Enlightened"
Andy Richter hosts a comedic conversation with the cast and creators of HBO's Enlightened. Expect Laura Dern and Luke Wilson and maybe a surprise appearance by Molly Shannon.
When: 1 p.m., Sun. 2/2
Where: Marines' Memorial Theater, 609 Sutter St.