CALL FOR ART! Exhibition: From Steels to Wheels
The Potrero branch library and Farley’s Coffee in collaboration with a guest curator invite artists to participate in From Steel to Wheels, an exhibition dedicated to the past, present and future of the current Cor-o-van structures (1200-1210 17th Street and 965 16th Street at Mississippi). Proposals will be welcomed through January 2013. Exhibitions will open Saturday, February 23rd at the Potrero Library and Friday, March 1st at Farley’s. Information and submission guidelines: corovan.blogspot.com or e-mail email@example.com
January 2 through 13
Theater: Something Cloudy, Something Clear
Tennessee Williams called it “one of the most personal plays I’ve ever written.” Set in Provincetown, Cape Cod, in 1940, the play records Williams’ experiences during that “pivotal summer when I took a crash course in growing up.” On the brink of becoming a successful playwright, Williams was also to “come thoroughly out of the closet” and meet Kip, his first great love. Something Cloudy, Something Clear re-imagines that long ago time, recollected through the filter of all the playwright’s successes and failures. Tickets: $10-15. Eureka Theater, 215 Jackson Street. Information: therhino.org, 552.4100.
Begins January 9 (12 classes)
Garden: Fundamentals of Growing Edibles
Growing food is a powerful act, offering personal joy, skill development, and community building benefits to the gardener. In this 12-part class you will develop these skills and start building a reservoir of information. The classes and garden days are scheduled to mirror the actual planting season: you will learn about garden planning and soil vitality at the beginning, then how to pick varieties and plant them, and last how to harvest and set your garden up for the next round of production. Sliding scale: $350-$425. Payment plans available. Second Wednesdays and Saturdays, January-June: 12 sessions total. Location: 18 Reasons, 3674 18th Street; and Garden for the Environment: 7th Avenue and Lawton Street. Information: 18reasons.org or 568.2710.
Comedy: Kung Pao Kosher Comedy Returns to El Rio
Now in its 4th year, this popular and diverse monthly (every 2nd Monday of the month) comedy show features the best of Bay Area comedians and beyond. The show features Dhaya Lakshminarayanan, Lynn Ruth Miller, Kenny Yun, Bobby Golden, and Lisa Geduldig – a great line-up of talent, including storyteller and stand-up comic, Dhaya Laksminarayanan, the 71 year old, Ruth Miller who started in Edinburgh in 2005, local writer and actor, Kenny Yun; Californian Persias who began at 17 years old, Bobby Golden; and Lisa Geduldig, local comic and comedy producer who began her career 23 years ago. Tickets: $7-20. 8 p.m. El Rio, 3158 Mission Street. Information: Lisa Geduldig, 522.3737.
Begins January 16 (10 classes)
Youth Class: City Studio, Sound and Light as Music
The course will cover the fine line between sound art and music in the sphere of performance and video with new developments in multimedia software. Students will use similar editing and collage strategies with video to create installation, performance, and screening based By the end of the course, students will produce a compilation of audio/visual material in the form of performance, installation, packaged products, or web-based projects. Youth ages: 12 to 19. Free. Wednesdays from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. SOMArts Cultural Center, 934 Brannan Street. Information: 863,1414 ext. 112; firstname.lastname@example.org
Music: Symphony Parnassus Concert, Travelogue
Musical director Stephen Paulson returns from the SF Symphony’s triumphant tour through Asia to conduct a musical journey with Symphony Parnassus from Italy to Africa in Rossini’s Overture from “Italian Girl in Algiers”, then through Germany and Austria in Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat, with sparkling 16-year old soloist Hilda Huang, and finishing in grand Russia with Tchaikovsky’s masterful 5th Symphony. SF Conservatory of Music Concert Hall, 50 Oak Street. 3 p.m. Tickets: $15-$22. Information: 370.5639, symphonyparnassus.org
January 23 – February 5
Film: African Film Festival 2013
The annual African Film Festival provides a striking opportunity to learn about Africa and the African diaspora through recent films. The concerns of African filmmakers are often aesthetic and political — the desire to depict the realities of their everyday lives and to interpret their history from their own perspective. A number of the featured documentaries look to the past to examine forces that continue to influence the present. Our Beloved Sudan traces the complex history leading to the partition of Sudan; The Unbroken Spirit focuses on the courageous fight for a multiparty democracy in Kenya; and the arc of Black Africa, White Marble moves from colonial-era to present-day Republic of Congo. All three take the vantage point of one individual in order to bring to life a larger history. See website for times. Tickets: $9.50 - $13.50. Pacific Film Archive Theater, Pacific Film Archive Theater, 2575 Bancroft Way, Berkeley. Information: 510.642.1124 and bampfa.berkeley.edu. For tickets call: 510.642.5249.
Children: Bay Area International Children’s Film Festival
The fifth annual Bay Area International Children’s Film Festival a Playdate for the Imagination, will screen dozens wonderful fun shorts and films from, 1972 Tchou Tchou by Canadian filmmaker, Co Hoedeman, where two children encounter an angry dragon, all represented by colorful building blocks; to the 2010, German Mobile, where an outcast cow takes its destiny in its own hoof and makes some waves. A Cat in Paris from France. Light of the River by Tetsuo Hirakawa. Mornings for ages: 6 and up, afternoons for ages 8 and up. 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. $15. Art Deco Theater, 2700 Saratoga Street, Alameda. Information: 510.708.2608, baicff.com
Dinner Conversation:Fair Share, Community Supported Fisheries
Fair Share founders Jalal Elhayek and Jessica Lattif for a Dungeness Crab dinner and conversations about sustainable fishing. Launched in September, Fair Share Community Supported Fisheries offers dockside to doorstep delivery of local & sustainable seafood. By applying the community supported agriculture model to the fishing industry, they have joined a movement that is re-imagining the seafood supply chain in which sustainability and profit are not mutually exclusive. Fair Share supports local fishing communities by valuing their roles as stewards of the ocean, and by connecting them with appreciative, conscientious consumers. $35. 7 to 9 p.m. 18 Reasons, 3674 18th Street. Information: 568.2710 or 18reasons.org