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The Museum of the African Diaspora in San Francisco (a mural by artist Jamie Treacy is pictued) has a lineup of free online programming including activities for youngsters scheduled for Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Jan. 18. (Courtesy Demetri Broxton/Museum of the African Diaspora)

Stanford, Museum of the African Diaspora host MLK Day activities

Online offerings include films, music, discussion

The Museum of the African Diaspora in San Francisco (a mural by artist Jamie Treacy is pictued) has a lineup of free online programming including activities for youngsters scheduled for Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Jan. 18. (Courtesy Demetri Broxton/Museum of the African Diaspora)
“Amy Tan: Unintended Memoir,” about the Bay Area-based Chinese American novelist, is among the films being presented by the Roxie during the virtual Sundance Film Festival 2021. (Courtesy KPJR Films)

Roxie theater shows Sundance film fest titles

Screenings, gatherings online from Jan. 28-Feb. 3

“Amy Tan: Unintended Memoir,” about the Bay Area-based Chinese American novelist, is among the films being presented by the Roxie during the virtual Sundance Film Festival 2021. (Courtesy KPJR Films)
San Francisco Ballet Artistic Director Helgi Tomasson will conclude his tenure in the job in mid-2022. (Courtesy Erik Tomasson)

SF Ballet director Helgi Tomasson to step down in 2022

Choreographer has championed new works and classics since joining company in 1985

San Francisco Ballet Artistic Director Helgi Tomasson will conclude his tenure in the job in mid-2022. (Courtesy Erik Tomasson)
"Fifth Chinese Daughter" and "Lost Department Stores of San Francisco" are two engaging non-fiction titles touching on The City's rich history. (Courtesy photos)

A diverse reading list to welcome 2021

Here are 10 recommended books, many with SF ties

"Fifth Chinese Daughter" and "Lost Department Stores of San Francisco" are two engaging non-fiction titles touching on The City's rich history. (Courtesy photos)
Kelly Reichardt’s minimalist “First Cow” is set in the 1820s American Northwest. (Courtesy A24)

The best movies of 2020

Critics laud dramas by Spike Lee, Kelly Reichardt, Steve McQueen, Eliza Hittman and Chloé Zhao

Kelly Reichardt’s minimalist “First Cow” is set in the 1820s American Northwest. (Courtesy A24)
Clint Reilly, pictured in 2018 at Julia Morgan Ballroom in San Francisco, owns and operates Clint Reilly Communications with his wife Janet. (Courtesy Devlin Shand for Drew Altizer Photography)

Clint Reilly: ‘I want The Examiner to be leading that charge and participating in that comeback’

‘It’s not about making cuts, it’s about infusing new capital,’ says paper’s new local owner

Clint Reilly, pictured in 2018 at Julia Morgan Ballroom in San Francisco, owns and operates Clint Reilly Communications with his wife Janet. (Courtesy Devlin Shand for Drew Altizer Photography)
From left, Smuin performers Lauren Pschirrer, Brennan Wall and Tessa Barbour dance in Smuin’s “The Christmas Ballet,” the contemporary ballet troupe’s popular holiday show presented in three different online programs through Dec. 24. (Courtesy Ricardo Dyer)

Holiday events: Have yourself a streaming little Christmas

Pandemic-era shows offer holiday spirit to be enjoyed from home

From left, Smuin performers Lauren Pschirrer, Brennan Wall and Tessa Barbour dance in Smuin’s “The Christmas Ballet,” the contemporary ballet troupe’s popular holiday show presented in three different online programs through Dec. 24. (Courtesy Ricardo Dyer)
Stuart Schuffman (aka Broke-Ass Stuart) is observing a big birthday on Dec. 16. (Courtesy Dijon Bowden)

Broke-Ass Stuart turns 40 with virtual roast

Cool, creative friends gather online to celebrate, fundraise for ‘a voice for working people’

Stuart Schuffman (aka Broke-Ass Stuart) is observing a big birthday on Dec. 16. (Courtesy Dijon Bowden)
“Entwined,” created by Charles Gadeken, will light up Golden Gate Park’s Peacock Meadow this winter.<ins> (Courtesy San Francisco Recreation and Park Department)</ins>

‘Wonderland of lights’ coming to Golden Gate Park

‘Entwined’ art installation an ‘enchanted forest’ for the holidays

“Entwined,” created by Charles Gadeken, will light up Golden Gate Park’s Peacock Meadow this winter.<ins> (Courtesy San Francisco Recreation and Park Department)</ins>
East Bay Cake artist Mona Marwaha is among the contestants appearing on “Candy Land,” a reality competition based on the famous board game premiering at 9 p.m. Nov. 15. <ins>(Courtesy Food Network)</ins>

Fremont cake painter competes on Food Network

Mona Marwaha enjoyed everything about her ‘Candy Land’ experience

East Bay Cake artist Mona Marwaha is among the contestants appearing on “Candy Land,” a reality competition based on the famous board game premiering at 9 p.m. Nov. 15. <ins>(Courtesy Food Network)</ins>
“Forum” host Michael Krasny says he plans to spend time with his granddaughter after he retires. (Courtesy photo)

Michael Krasny to leave KQED’s ‘Forum’ in February

Longtime radio host remembers great talks with writers

“Forum” host Michael Krasny says he plans to spend time with his granddaughter after he retires. (Courtesy photo)
Davies Symphony Hall will remain unused for the remainder of the 2020-21 season. (Courtesy Craig Mole)

SF Symphony cancels all concerts through June 2021

Performances discontinued due to safety, ‘ongoing impacts’ of COVID-19

Davies Symphony Hall will remain unused for the remainder of the 2020-21 season. (Courtesy Craig Mole)
The San Francisco International Arts Festival will present performances this weekend outdoors at Fort Mason, including on the Parade Ground, Eucalyptus Grove and Black Point Battery. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

SF International Arts Festival wins health department approval for weekend performances

Rules allow no more than 50 people at outdoor Fort Mason performances

The San Francisco International Arts Festival will present performances this weekend outdoors at Fort Mason, including on the Parade Ground, Eucalyptus Grove and Black Point Battery. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
The Telegraph Quartet is pictured during its SF Music Day 2020 recording session at the striking, beautifully lit and almost empty Herbst Theatre. (Courtesy Marcus Phillips)

SF Music Day goes virtual with Herbst broadcast

Performers pre-record sets in empty, iconic theater

The Telegraph Quartet is pictured during its SF Music Day 2020 recording session at the striking, beautifully lit and almost empty Herbst Theatre. (Courtesy Marcus Phillips)
Organizers of the San Francisco International Arts Festival had planned to use parts of Fort Mason including the Parade Ground, Eucalyptus Grove and Black Point Battery to host performances by about a dozen Bay Area arts groups. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Arts festival sues city over permit denial

Organizer says outdoor performances should be treated like demonstrations, religious gatherings

Organizers of the San Francisco International Arts Festival had planned to use parts of Fort Mason including the Parade Ground, Eucalyptus Grove and Black Point Battery to host performances by about a dozen Bay Area arts groups. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Documentarian Judith Ehrlich’s “The Boys Who Said No!” about young people who actively resisted the Vietnam War screens Oct. 25, closing the United Nations Association Film Festival. (Courtesy photo)

United Nations Association Film Festival offers big slate of human rights documentaries

11 days of programs showcase international films focusing on social justice

Documentarian Judith Ehrlich’s “The Boys Who Said No!” about young people who actively resisted the Vietnam War screens Oct. 25, closing the United Nations Association Film Festival. (Courtesy photo)
“Port of Destiny: Peace,” about Juan Manuel Santos, the former Colombian president and Nobel Prize winner, is part of Cinejoy’s Showcase programming, continuing online from Oct. 1-14. (Courtesy photo)

Cinequest film fest launches Cinejoy films online

Screenings give viewers chance to see Cinequest offerings canceled in March

“Port of Destiny: Peace,” about Juan Manuel Santos, the former Colombian president and Nobel Prize winner, is part of Cinejoy’s Showcase programming, continuing online from Oct. 1-14. (Courtesy photo)
Nina Gerber, left, and Laurie Lewis appear in the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass online festival “Let The Music Play On.” (Courtesy photo)

Full lineup of Hardly Strictly Bluegrass announced

20th anniversary roots music festival streams on Oct. 3

Nina Gerber, left, and Laurie Lewis appear in the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass online festival “Let The Music Play On.” (Courtesy photo)
“Frida Kahlo: Appearances Can Be Deceiving,” opening Sept. 25 at the de Young Museum, includes some of the artist’s colorful costumes. (Courtesy Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco)

S.F. museums to reopen to the public

Visitor capacity limited to 25 percent as safety measure

“Frida Kahlo: Appearances Can Be Deceiving,” opening Sept. 25 at the de Young Museum, includes some of the artist’s colorful costumes. (Courtesy Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco)
Left Coast Chamber Ensemble’s concert “Soft-Spoken” streaming live at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 21 features flutist Stacey Pelinka. (Courtesy Vivian Sachs)

Fall 2020 Arts Online: Classical

Music streams live, on recordings, in podcasts

Left Coast Chamber Ensemble’s concert “Soft-Spoken” streaming live at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 21 features flutist Stacey Pelinka. (Courtesy Vivian Sachs)