This Week's Hottest Events: FOG Design+Art Fair, Downton Abbey, and Gary Shteyngart
"All Possible Futures"
This group show explores the potential of graphic design, questioning the boundaries of concepts, processes, technologies, and forms. Here, speculative pieces take the form of actual objects and restaged installations.
When: Opening reception, 6 -9 p.m., Thurs. 1/16; Exhibit, Tues. 1/14–Thurs. 2/13
Where: SOMArts Cultural Center, 934 Brannan St.
The lit world is abuzz over Gary Shteyngart's new memoir Little Failure. The author, known for his trademark wit and wordplay, sits down with Lemony Snicket author Daniel Handler in what no doubt will be a wildly entertaining conversation.
When: 7 p.m., Wed. 1/15
Where: Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St.
Downton Abbey's Rebecca Eaton
Just as the new season is kicking off, Downton Abbey's beloved executive producer Rebecca Eaton is making a stop in SF to give us the behind-the-scenes scoop about what's ahead for the Granthams and the Crawleys. The event is partially sold-out already, so get your tickets now.
When: 6 p.m., Thurs. 1/16
Where: Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St.
FOG Design+Art Fair
If you're an art and design junkie, don't miss this event. Benefiting SFMOMA, this weekend-long fair features a stellar lineup of design dealers and contemporary art galleries from the Bay Area and beyond, including Fraenkel Gallery, The Future Perfect, Hedge, Jessica Silverman, March, The NWBLK, and more. Look out for 21POP, a special installation by celebrated event designer Stanlee Gatti exploring design and culinary art. Make it an art-filled weekend and check out two other landmark events: Caldwell Snyder Gallery's 30x30, 30th anniversary exhibition and celebration, and Evergold Gallery's packed (think wall-to-wall art) 5-year anniversary group show.
When: Fri. 1/17–Sun. 1/19
Where: Fort Mason Festival Pavilion, Marina Blvd. and Buchanan St.
Wayne McGregor's Far
Choreographer Wayne McGregor, known locally for his work with the SF Ballet, brings us the West Coast premier of Far, a super high-impact, high-tech (a set comprised of 3,200 computerized LED penlights) performance scored by Brian Eno collaborator Ben Frost. You'll get tired just watching this incomprehensibly energetic tour de force.
When: Fri. 1/17–Sun. 1/19
Where: YBCA Lam Research Center, 700 Howard St.
Good Food Awards Marketplace
Fresh off the gala highs of Thursday's Good Food Awards, newly minted award winners from across the country will peddle their culinary treats at Saturday's farmers market. A $5 entry fee supports the event, and $15 gets you access to a special beer and spirits garden.
When: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Sat. 1/18
Where: Ferry Building, 1 Ferry Plaza
JT has been making many touch downs in SF of late. Here's another chance to see the red-hot pop star live. And if his recent SNL performance (i.e. laser light show) is any indication, you're in for a wild ride.
When: 8 p.m., Sun. 1/19
Where: SAP Center, 525 West Santa Clara, San Jose
Armistead Maupin and Andrew Sean Greer
This Sunday afternoon is the time for local literary greats. Tales of the City author Armistead Maupin takes the hot seat with California Book Award Winner Andrew Sean Greer to talk about The Days of Anna Madrigal, the final book in his famous series.
When: 2 p.m., Sun. 1/19
Where: The Chapel, 777 Valencia St.