An Art-Lovers To-Do List for December: Avant-garde Installations, a Roving Dance Performance + More
Artist Klea McKenna in her studio. (Courtesy of In the Make)

An Art-Lovers To-Do List for December: Avant-garde Installations, a Roving Dance Performance + More


Mark your calendar for these art exhibits, performances and more.

Sacred Geometry(Courtesy of Paz de la Calzada)

What: Alhambra S.R.O

When: Dec 7, 2017 through Feb 1, 2018

Where: Ramon's Tailor Gallery, 628 Jones St. (TenderNob)

Why: This exhibition is an homage to Arabic and Andalusian art and aesthetic traditions. Inspired by the landmark Alhambra Apartments in the Tenderloin, local visual artist, Paz De la Calzada, originally from Southern Spain, designed a site-specific installation that celebrates the union of these two cultures. The gallery walls hold a geometric pattern found in the Alhambra Palace in Spain. Made from hand-cut pieces of recycled carpet from a hotel in Tenderloin, the pattern repeats through the gallery, reminiscent of arabic tiles. During the opening, people will be able to taste pastries made by the artist in collaboration with chef Tomas Marconi and the muslim community; the recipe will be influenced by Yemeni and Arabic-Andalusi flavor. //

Self-portrait by Sam Breach

What: 12th Annual Jingletown Winter Art Walk/ Open Studios

When: 6pm to 9pm, Dec 8th

Where: Multiple galleries

Why: The 2nd Friday receptions highlight the work of Jingletown artists, an arts district located between Park and Fruitvale Streets. A range of galleries and art studios will open their doors for visitors to explore the creations of those living and working in one of the most established arts districts in the Bay Area. Take in paintings, sculptures, photography work, jewelry and textiles from Jingletown's innovative creatives. //

Raumlichtkinst(Courtesy of Weinstein Gallery)

What: Raumlichtkunst

When: Dec 16, 2017 through Jan 20, 2018

Where: Weinstein Gallery, 444 Clementina St. (SoMa)

Why: To celebrate its 25th anniversary, Weinstein Gallery is hosting the West Coast premiere of German-American artist Oskar Fischinger. A visual-music experience, the project is a large-scale immersive black box installation with abstract imagery that changes to a collection of sounds. The mixed-media show combines cinema, visual art, and music, resulting in what feels like a 1960s psychedelic light show. //

Intrinsic Motion Project III(Courtesy of Gregory Dawson)

What: Intrinsic Motion Project III

When: Dec15th and 16th

Where: Zaccho Dance Theater, 1777 Yosemite St. (Bayview)


This is one of the most detail-oriented and powerful dance shows by local choreographer Gregory Dawson. It is an investigation of movement; honing in on inherent impulses that generate and guide motion from the first impulse to the final gesture. Focusing on their natural drives, dancers will create an ensemble of movements aimed to explore and discover the link between the initial act of motion and the final composition. //,

Fugue's dancers(Courtesy of Melissa Lewis)

What: Fugue

When: Dec 1-10, 2017

Where: Holy Innocents' Episcopal Church, 455 Fair Oaks Street (Noe Valley)

Why: Fugue is an outdoor and indoor dance performance directed by Kat Cole and Eric Garcia (founders of Detour Dance) that unveils the stories of queer people of color living in the Mission District. The project is the result of two years of research and interviews with residents of this part of the city who have faced eviction and other strife. Expect a traveling dance experience that develops into a local narrative. The performance will move through the Mission District where attendees will be standing, walking and sitting. For the event you'll need to create a new name for yourself for "the new city," and come dressed as "your most fabulous, glittery, flowery self." // Tickets ($15-$30) can be bought at

Dance extraordinaire, Joe Landini (Courtes of Robbie Sweeny)

What: 5 on 25

When: Dec 7th to 16th

Where: SAFEhouse Arts, 145 Eddy St. (Tenderloin)

Why: 5 on 25 is an homage to SAFEhouse Arts Founder and Executive Director, Joe Landini, and his 25 years of dance making in San Francisco. The show will be broken down into two programs with Landini serving as either a dancer or choreographer in each piece. There will be an array of new works from local artists including Alma Esperanza Cunningham, Nina Haft, and Ronja Ver. The performances are based off of storytelling and will investigate an array of topics including dream, isolation, strength and the ego and the distortion of reality within the Trump era. //

Artifact by Klea McKenna(Courtesy of Euqinomprojects)

What: Witness Mark

When: Dec 1st, 2017 through Jan 2nd, 2018

Where: Euqinomprojects @ Minnesota Street Project, 275 Minnesota St. (Dogpatch)

Why: Klea McKenna's first solo exhibit with Minnesota Street Project holds an emphasis on textures and fabrics—how these materials can be transformed through the lens of a camera in an imaginary landscape. There will be a large installation of hand-embossed imprints of earth and concrete as well as "photographic rubbings" of the textures of concentric tree-rings. See the flaws of fraying fibers and unraveling embroidery imprinted onto photographic paper, which act as surrogates for the bodies that bore them. Broken patterns record the stories of her subjects through imperfections. The exhibition will also include Alma, a short film produced by McKenna. //

Emerald City(Courtesy of Fort Mason Center for Arts and Culture)

What: Isaac Julien's Playtime

When: Dec 1st 2017 through Feb 11, 2018

Where: Gallery 308 @ Fort Mason Center for Arts and Culture, 2 Marina Blvd. (Marina)

Why: You are a documentary and video vulture.

Award-winning British artist Isaac Julien is bestowing the Bay Area with three video installations that delve into how information, labor and capital circulate in global, networked societies. The first video, Playtime, will features a cast of international film stars including James Franco, Maggie Chung and Mercedes Cabral. Kapital, is an open discussion between the artist, social theorist David Harvey and academic luminaries like Irit Rogoff, Paul Gilroy and Stuart Hall about capitalism. The third video, Better Life, explores personal research on what drives people to search for a better life. //

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