Just as we celebrate the Bay Bridge's 75th anniversary, we look ahead at the modern engineering marvels that are making a new, state-of-the-art bridge a reality for 2013. The Bay Bridge is just one example of how looking to the past can influence change for the future. This year, as part of its "Seminars About Long-term Thinking" series, the Long Now Foundation is screening Lost Landscapes of San Francisco at the Castro Theatre.
By now, we've all been tantalized by the talk of SFMOMA's grand plans to expand the current museum. Yesterday, SFMOMA and design firm Snøhetta unveiled the mock-ups of the plan for the mammoth new wing, which will include an expanded photography collection, a dedicated architecture and design area, and the incomparable Fisher collection (which will be integrated with SFMOMA's own collection).
City Arts & Lectures is on fire this season. On Wednesday, Berkeley native Miranda July sits down with Cal art history professor July Bryan-Wilson to discuss her latest quirky art endeavor It Chooses You. The book is a collection of short stories, interviews, and photographs inspired by PennySaver classified ads that, judgments aside, is quite compelling.
When: 8 p.m., Wed. 11/30
Where: Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave.
The Sound of Music Sing-A-Long
Tune your vocal chords and brush up on the lyrics of "Do-Re-Mi" and "My Favorite Things" for the annual The Sound of Music love fest.
When: 7 p.m., through Sun. 12/4
Where: Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St.
It’s 10:30 p.m. on a Monday, and SoMa’s TechShop is buzzing with activity. Sparks are flying, the band saw is kicking up dust, and nerdy hipsters are in the conference room plotting prototypes. The creative energy filling the raw industrial space is palpable, and the brainpower is suffocating. The vision of former MythBusters science adviser and serial entrepreneur Jim Newton, TechShop is a membership-based workshop and fabrication studio filled with the kind of equipment you haven’t seen since high school shop class—only much more sophisticated and high tech. An avid maker himself, Newton wanted to build a space for fellow do-it-yourself buffs.
Diane Keaton and Tom Brokaw
Woody Allen's leading lady and rom com queen, the timeless Diane Keaton takes the stage at Herbst Theatre tonight for a City Arts & Lectures conversation. Also on the bill is broadcast legend Tom Brokaw who will be speaking about his new book, Boom! Both talks are technically sold out, but there's always at least one person trying to get rid of an extra ticket before the show.
When: 8 p.m., Mon. 11/21 and 7 p.m., Mon. 11/21, respectively
Where: Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave. and 3200 California St.
It's been three long years since San Francisco has seen comedian-actor Russell Brand on stage, but the hilarious character who had us dying of laughter in Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Get Him to the Greek is making a special one-night-only appearance at the Palace of Fine Arts on Nov. 29.
Award-winning choreographer Bill T. Jones thinks outside of the box for his Tony Award-grabbing show Fela!. With the help of Jay-Z, Will Smith, and Jada Pinkett-Smith, Jones brings to life the fiery compositions and larger-than-life story of Nigerian musician Fela Kuti.
When: Tues. 11/15 – Sun. 12/11
Where: Curran Theatre, 445 Geary St.
Jane Lynch has been honing her acting skills for more than two decades. She’s made a guest apperance on almost every TV show you can think of and is a regular among director Christopher Guest’s cast of hilarious characters (Best in Show, A Mighty Wind, For Your Consideration). In the past two years, she’s taken home an Emmy, a Golden Globe, and a People’s Choice Award for her role as the tracksuit-wearing villain, Sue Sylvester, in Glee. Now at age 51, she’s added writer to her resume. Lynch’s memoir, Happy Accidents (Voice), is an intensely personal look at her rocky road to fame and happiness—overcoming battles with anxiety and alcoholism, embracing her sexuality, and finding a path to self-acceptance along the way. As you might expect, she’s done it all with a good dose of humor.
Tonight, Southern Exposure turns the idea of installation on its head. The arts organization unveils its latest exhibit, "Working Conditions," a process-based project in which nine artists bring their studios into SoEx's gallery space. For eight weeks, these artists will set up shop and keep regular hours, creating "installations" out of their work environments. No longer isolated in their own spaces, the artists are confronted with the experience of being in the public eye as they work, addressing the concept of artist as laborer.
Swedish pop songstress Lykke Li will get you moving on Wednesday. Tickets are still available, so if you're in the mood to dance, this is your show. And for insight into the small but mighty artist behind the music, check out our interview here.
When: 8 p.m., Wed. 11/9
Where: The Fox, 1807 Telegraph Ave., Oakland
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