This Week's Hottest Events: Tom Wolfe, Woodkid, Jasper Johns, and Jay DeFeo
Thirteen new works by British artist Idris Khan will be on display at Fraenkel Gallery. Known for multi-layered photographs inspired by the history of art, literature, and music, these works are as much about the process as they are about the end result.
When: Thurs. 11/1–Fri. 12/28
Where: Fraenkel Gallery, 49 Geary St., 4th fl.
Bonfire of the Vanities legend Tom Wolfe sits down with City Arts & Lectures veteran host Steven Winn to talk about his latest book Back to Blood, a tail set in Miami, that, like all of his books, weaves together a biting commentary on contemporary culture.
When: 7:30 p.m., Thurs. 11/1
Where: Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave.
Centered around an always timely topic, this group show looks at food waste and food systems from the perspective of human and environmental impact. The interactive exhibit, which hosts a number of related activities (check the calendar for preserve workshops and cloth dyeing sessions), presents potential solutions to food waste and lessons in sustainability.
When: Opening reception, 6-9 p.m., Fri. 11/2; Exhibit, Fri. 11/2–Sun. 12/2
Where: 486 49th St., Oakland
French musician, video director, and graphic designer Yoann Lemoine (aka Woodkid) mesmerizes with his haunting vocals, spirited visuals, and live orchestral accompaniment. Check out this performance from the beginning of his Paris tour and this stunning video for "Iron." It's pop in epic proportions (think Antony & the Johnsons, Sigur Ros, and Sufjan Stevens combined) and could easily play soundtrack to the next Hunger Games.
When: 9 p.m., Fri. 11/2
Where: Bimbo's 365 Club, 1025 Columbus Ave.
Performance + Photography
Post:Ballet kicks off its fourth season with this annual evening of free performance, photography, and music. This year includes two world premieres with choreography by director Robert Dekkers and critically acclaimed solo Sixes and Sevens, set to music by Philip Glass.
When: 6-9 p.m., Fri. 11/2
Where: 111 Minna Bar, Zappa Room, 111 Minna St.
Día de los Muertos
Paint the town white—the Mission keeps this Mexican-American tradition alive with this annual procession and festival of altars. Pay tribute to ancestors and loved ones in this celebration that honors both death and the cycle of life. The procession begins at 7 p.m. at 22nd and Bryant.
When: 6-11 p.m., Fri. 11/2
Where: Garfield Park, 26th and Harrison streets
SF Ski and Snowboard Fest
This weekend, ski bunnies and powder freaks will descend of Fort Mason in full force for the annual Ski and Snowboard fest. Get blowout prices on the season's latest gear and check out deals and packages at your favorite resorts, all while downing wine and beer.
When: 10 a.m. - 8 p.m., Sat. 11/3 and 11 a.m. - 6 p.m., Sun. 11/4
Where: Fort Mason Festival Pavilion, Marina Blvd. and Buchanan St.
Jasper Johns and Jay DeFeo
For the first time in 35 years, a 60-year, career-spanning overview of Jasper Johns' work touches down in San Francisco. Get a glimpse of the city's rich holdings of his work and take note of the contemporary artist's particular fascination with the Bay Area. While you're downtown, make time for the first retrospective of Bay Area artist Jay DeFeo, including her 2,000-pound masterpiece The Rose.
When: Sat. 11/3–Sun. 2/3/13
Where: SFMOMA, 151 Third St.