Ping Pong Diplomacy
Pick up your paddle in support of 40 years of ping pong diplomacy. Watch some of the sport's original players as well as today's champions in action, and hear their thoughts on the table tennis legacy.
When: 2 p.m., Tues. 7/5
Where: SF Public Library's Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St.
Anaïs Mitchell and Bhi Bhiman
Have a chill night with these two musicians, and expect everything from acoustic guitar to folk-country duets.
When: 9 p.m., Wed. 7/6
Where: Slim's, 333 11th St.
A mainstay on the chichi stretch of Fillmore in Lower Pac Heights for the past 9 years, International Orange still has the same allure as it did when it first opened. It's an urban oasis in the middle of a bustling neighborhood and offers two types of yoga, massage, acupuncture, facials, peels, and waxing. If you haven't been already, it's about time you go check it out.
Don’t let the name scare you off—we’re not talking tie-dye and hippies or crayons and coloring books. Exploratorium’s ColorFest, which begins July 1, promises to school you in the science of color, all the way from perception to the physics of light refraction. Oaxacan artisans kick off the two-month festival with lessons in natural dyeing techniques using the cochineal insect. The labor-intensive process produces a pigment once as sought after as silver and gold. On July 16, the Mac-obsessed can learn about the influence color plays in industrial design from Beatrice Santiccioli, a branding expert for Apple.
The musical, adapted from the hugely popular 2000 film that we all know and love, takes the tale of 11-year-old Billy to new heights, literally. Actors in harnesses leap and dance in mid-air–guaranteed to put a spring in your step.
When: Mon. 6/27 - Sat. 9/17
Where: Orpheum Theatre, 1192 Market St.
While celebrating the newest galleries in the SF art scene is great, we can't forget to give a nod to the ones who've been successfully cultivating artists for years. Marx & Zavattero, a Union Square institution since 2001, is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a two-part show titled "Sea Change."
The show will pay special homage to the six artists that have been with Marx & Zavattero since the beginning: Davis & Davis, Stephen Giannetti, Matt Gil, Liséa Lyons, William Swanson, and Forrest Williams. Not a typical retrospective, "Sea Change" will instead represent the gallery's broader aesthetic, with an eye towards its curatorial future, highlighting artists both old and new. While all of these artists represent a variety of mediums, it's their commitment to process and their irreverence for trends that ties them all together.
Any band that garners applause from Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour for their disco cover of “Comfortably Numb” is one worth watching. Since the release of their self-titled debut album in 2004, Scissor Sisters have been churning out glam-pop beats and satisfying dance urges across the globe with hits like “Any Which Way,” “Filthy/Gorgeous,” and “I Don’t Feel Like Dancin’,” all of which are impossible to take sitting down.
Wake up: It’s art o’clock. We peek into five of the city’s newest galleries to find out what they’re showing, which local artists they’re watching, and how to start your own collection here and now.
Whether you're an old-timer or newbie to SF, an art aficionado or neophyte, you've come across the work of Brian Barneclo. The local mural artist has made his mark all over the city, literally. His colorful cityscapes can be found at NOPA, Rye, 15 Romolo, Farmerbrown, and Suite 301 in Hotel des Arts. But perhaps his most well-known work is "Food Chain" on a sprawling wall in the Mission. Barneclo never seems to rest, as evidenced by his latest solo show at Fabric8 featuring new graphic paintings, a full-wall mosaic installation, and a preview of the forthcoming Systems Mural Project (a 24,000-square-foot panorama in Mission Bay). Here, a brief chat with the artist himself. Don't miss the opening reception this Saturday, June 18, from 7-10 p.m.
This Week's Hottest Events: SF Opera's The Ring Cycle, Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, and Matt & Kim
Wagner's Ring Cycle
This is the cultural highlight of the year, no exaggeration. It's the first time the SF Opera is performing the epic four-opera cycle in its entirety, a feat rarely undertaken by even the biggest cities' operas. DO NOT miss this.
When: Tues. 6/14 – Sun. 7/3
Where: War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave., sfopera.com
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