Categories: Arts Community

Feb. 1-3: David Buckingham, Doc/Undoc, West Side Story, Modern Cinema, Berkeley Symphony, Castro Art Walk, Brainstorm, Jenny Lemons, Son Jarocho Festival, Tom Gun Live, Nimbles


David Buckingham: The artist, whose wall installations from recycled scrap metal are inspired by pop culture, opens his exhibit “If I Only Had a Brain.” [5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Caldwell Snyder Gallery, 341 Sutter St., S.F.]

Doc/Undoc: Artist Felicia Rice launches her original multi-media, border-crossing hybrid book-as-art installation — which addresses the question “What does it mean to be documented or undocumented?” — with a reception. [7 to 9 p.m., Canessa Gallery, 708 Montgomery St., S.F.]

Berkeley Symphony: The program, preceded by a 7 p.m. talk, includes Berlioz’s “Symphonie fantastique,” Fauré’s “Cantique de Jean Racine” and Gordon Getty’s “Joan and the Bells” with guest conductor Keitaro Harada and vocalists Lisa Delan and Lester Lynch. [8 p.m., Zellerbach Hall, near Dana Street and Bancroft Way, UC Berkeley campus]

A Streetcar Named Desire: Ubuntu Theater Project opens its run of the Tennessee Williams classic about envy, power and betrayal and what happens when Blanche Dubois finds her way to her sister’s doorstep. [8 p.m., Alice Collective, 272 14th St., Oakland]

West Side Story: San Francisco Symphony plays Leonard Bernstein’s score live at the film screening, the first of three performances led by David Newman. [8 p.m., Davies Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Modern Cinema: The fifth season of the 18-day program presented by SFFILM and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art begins with a focus on French director Claire Denis, screening 2002’s “Friday Night,” described as “a celluloid dream of Paris after dark.” [7 p.m., Phyllis Wattis Theater, SFMOMA, 151 Third St., S.F.]

Ethnicity and Culture that Harmonize with African Genealogy: The African American Genealogical Society of Northern California hosts the research session in which participants can find out about long-lost family members. [10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Main Library, Computer Training Center, fifth floor, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Castro Art Walk: Ten establishments in the Castro open their doors with special displays and programs for the “First Thursday” event. [6 to 9 p.m., in and around Castro, Market, 17th and 18th streets, S.F.]

Brainstorm: A show of geometric works by self-taught artist Johnny “Ace” Acerno — part of SF “First Thursday” art walks — opens with a party. [8:30 to 11 p.m., Public Barber, 871 Geary St., S.F.]

Jenny Lemons: The retailer of hand-painted and block-printed women’s clothing and home goods opens a new store with a party and Valentine card-making activities. [6 to 9 p.m., 3043 24th St., S.F.]


NPR-rated Comedy: Hosted by San Francisco comic Kevin Whittinghill, the show takes jabs at the programming style of public broadcasting with segments such as the LGBTQ report and “Fairy Home Companion.” [8 p.m., PianoFight 144 Taylor St., S.F.]

San Francisco Son Jarocho Festival: The sixth annual celebration of the folkloric music style of Veracruz hosts a free ritual known as Fandango de La Candelaria, “a late-night session of instruments, dancing, voices and verse.” [6 p.m., Brava, 2781 24th St., S.F.]

Tom Gun Live: The wild interactive spoof dedicated to Tom Cruise and varied phases of his career includes “sing-a-longs, dance offs, audience-fueled paper airplane battles, flying liquids” and more. [8 and 9:30 p.m., DNA Lounge, 375 11th St., S.F.]

Dido and Aeneas and Suor Angelica: Phènix Opera Company, a group supporting local artists, opens a two-weekend run of a double bill featuring Purcell’s work about broken-hearted Dido, Queen of Carthage, and Puccini’s one-act about Sister Angelica, a woman forced to leave her child. [8 p.m., Spindrift School of Performing Arts, 1053 Crespi Drive, Pacifica]

Fran Lebowitz: Berkeley Repertory Theatre presents the funny social commentator in conversation with Daniel Handler on the topic of literature in the first of three talks on varied subjects. [8 p.m., Roda Theatre, 2025 Addison St., Berkeley]

On Playing Glass: To advance an 80th birthday concert honoring Philip Glass (on Feb. 20 in Davies Hall), Kronos Quartet and pianist Timo Andres, in a San Francisco Performances presentation, discuss Glass’ work and provide musical examples. [7:30 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]]

DJ Destructo: The Los Angeles producer and bass aficionado is on his “Let’s Be Friends” tour. [9:30 p.m., Audio, 316 11th St., S.F.]


The Nimbles: The San Francisco band plays an eclectic mix of blues, jazz standards, country-esque rockers and an occasional sampling of world music, with male and female vocals, violin, mandolin and “every kind of guitar you can think of.” [7:30 p.m., St. Cyprian’s Church, 2097 Turk St, S.F.]

Valentine Broadside Printing: Participants create unique keepsakes on the library’s 1909 Albion hand press, complete with a poem and illustration by San Francisco Poet Laureate Kim Shuck. [2 to 4 p.m., Main Library, History Center, sixth floor, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Matoma: The Norwegian DJ and producer (“king of tropical and hip-hop fusion”) has collaborated with The Vamps, One Direction, Coldplay and Jason Derulo. [9 p.m., Warfield, 982 Market St., S.F.]

Il Ritorno: Australia’s Circa Ensemble pairs circus acrobats with Monteverdi’s 17th century opera, “Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria.” [8 p.m., Zellerbach Hall, Bancroft Way near Dana Street, UC Berkeley campus]

Ethereal Landscape: Bay Area abstract artist Sahba Shere opens her show of new dream-like paintings, which reflect her meditations on the natural world, with a reception. [6 to 8 p.m., Themes+Projects, 1275 Minnesota St., Suite 205, S.F.]

Monica Chew: The Bay Area pianist (previously a software engineer at Mozilla and Google) plays an all-Beethoven program — Diabelli Variations, Bagatelles, Piano Sonata No. 32 in C minor — presented by Sunset Music and Arts. [4 p.m., Incarnation Episcopal Church, 1750 29th Ave., S.F.]

Shostakovich Series: In the second part of the musical conversation programming devoted to Dmitri Shostakovich, the Alexander String Quartet and San Francisco Performances’ music historian-in-residence Robert Greenberg play and discuss the Russian composer’s Quartet Nos. 9 and 10. [10 a.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Leo Kotke: Omni Foundation for the Performing Arts presents the iconic American 6- and 12-string acoustic guitar virtuoso, “one of the most important and influential guitarists of our time.” [7:30 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Bay Area American Indian Two-Spirits Powwow: The seventh annual free event — with dancing, singing, drumming, contests and vendors — celebrates traditional Native American culture and offers “a gender-affirming experience for the diverse two-spirits community and the LGBT community.” [10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.]

Examiner Staff

Recent Posts

Woman seriously injured in Nob Hill hit-and-run; driver still at large

A woman was transported to the hospital with life-threatening injuries after she was struck by a vehicle that fled the…

9 mins ago

Presidio habitat restoration effort plants seeds of hope

El Polin Spring was bubbling last Saturday with 133 volunteers ready to participate in the 13th annual Presidio Planting Day.…

7 hours ago

A progressive city

“Twenty years? I’d say more like in your lifetime,” the longtime transit advocate replied matter of factly. The topic was…

7 hours ago

CASA: The most important housing deal you’ve never heard of

The most important package of development policies for the Bay Area — that you’ve probably never heard of — is…

7 hours ago

SF Preps: Marin Catholic season ends, AAA basketball gets off to an exciting start

Marin Catholic’s football season ends: The magic ran out for the Marin Catholic Wildcats in Saturday’s 16-15 loss to BishopO’Dowd…

7 hours ago