San Francisco - January 2018 Calendar of Unique Events
San Francisco January 2018 Calendar of Unique Events
Published By Dean Badessa
To augment your summer travel fun, I’d like to draw your attention to the new links below, which will take you to July events for two of my favorite destinations NYC and Washington DC. My Sotheby's colleagues, Kevin (in NYC) and Sheryl (in DC) have generously offered to share their calendars. Wishing you safe travels and tons of fun this summer.
Happy 4th of July!!
What's happening this month in San Francisco
Courtesy of Dean Badessa
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January 1 – New Year’s Day Champagne Brunch CruisePier 3 - Welcome to 2018! Come aboard to celebrate the New Year with a festive brunch buffet, free-flowing champagne, live entertainment and spectacular bay sights including the Golden Gate and Bay Bridge, Alcatraz and the San Francisco Skyline. VISIT THE SITE

January 2 – Shen YunWar Memorial Opera House - Filled with an enchanting orchestral sound, this is a mesmerizing experience you won’t find anywhere else. VISIT THE SITE

January 3 – Traces Of The Past And Future Fu Shen’s Paintings & CalligraphyAsian Art Museum - The exhibition, Fu’s first retrospective in the United States, honors the scholar-artist on his 80th birthday. His faithful yet fresh interpretations of Chinese ink art will give you a new understanding of that venerated tradition. VISIT THE SITE

January 4 – Holiday Ice Rink At Union SquareUnion Square – A San Francisco holiday tradition in the heart of Union Square, the Safeway Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square presented by Alaska Airlines offers fun-seekers of all ages a magical adventure. VISIT THE SITE

January 5 – The San Francisco Tape Music Festival 201816th Street Victoria Theatre - America's only festival devoted to the performance of audio works projected in three-dimensional space, The San Francisco Tape Music Festival features four distinct concerts of classic audio art and new fixed media compositions by 30 local and international composers.  VISIT THE SITE

January 6 – Savion Glover With Jack DejohnetteSFJAZZ, Miner Auditorium – Savion Glover revisits his partnership with drummer and 2012 NEA Jazz Master Jack DeJohnette, celebrated for work with Miles Davis’s Bitches Brew band, the Keith Jarrett Standards Trio, Charles Lloyd, the Gateway Trio with Dave Holland and John Abercrombie, and his own Special Edition project. VISIT THE SITE

January 7 Paul PsarrasThe Old First Church Grammy-nominated guitarist Paul Psarras performs works by Weiss, Rodrigo, Sainz de la Maza, Brouwer, and Gaultier. VISIT THE SITE

January 8 – Inez Storer On Painting FolktalesContemporary Jewish Museum - Artist Inez Storer will share about her painting processes and techniques, as well as how the collection of folktales in Jewish Folktales Retold: Artist as Maggid inspired her work. VISIT THE SITE

January 9 – Robert Lustig: The Hacking Of The American Mind Koret Auditorium, Main Library - Dr. Lustig will talk about his new book, The hacking of the American mind : the science behind the corporate takeover of our bodies and brains. VISIT THE SITE 

January 10 – FOG Design + Art 2018Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason Center - The FOG Design+Art Fair celebrates innovation and features exhibits, installations, and discussions with top global artists, architects, designers, and style makers. VISIT THE SITE

January 11Pairings: BivalvesThe Exploratorium - Join us for robust presentations and refreshing conversations designed to inspire your scientific palate. VISIT THE SITE

January 12 - RAW presents Steamroller Dance Company/ Zulfikar Ali Bhutto/ Jocelyn ReyesSAFEHouse Two performances: Alif Para La Revolución, the future has been liberated by a global queer and trans* guerrilla movement led by an army Muslim drag queens and Bits, a quirky, humorous modern dance piece which examines interactions between the individual and the group using a fragmented movement language VISIT THE SITE

January 13 – Rashaun Mitchell and Silas Riener’s DESIRE LINES: RETROFITSFMOMA - On the occasion of Robert Rauschenberg: Erasing the Rules, this new performance from choreographers and former Merce Cunningham dancers Rashaun Mitchell and Silas Riener explores the connections between dance and visual art. VISIT THE SITE

January 14 – Stas Mikhailov​Palace of Fine Arts Theatre - One of the most beloved Russian performers, Stas Mikhailov, presents his new program "The Best Day!" VISIT THE SITE

January 15 – MOAD Emerging Artists Presents Let There Be Darkness- Simone BaileyMuseum of The African Diaspora - The body of work draws from Simone Bailey’s investigations of the impulse to grasp the intangible, as well as her focus on perception, process, ephemerality, desire, violence, and the impossible. VISIT THE SITE

January 16 – Salma ArastuInternational Art Museum of America - Berkeley based Salma Arastu, a native of India's Rajasthan, has been creating and exhibiting her paintings internationally since the 1970s and her art works, whether paintings, sculptures or poetry speak of human universality. VISIT THE SITE

January 17 – The Birthday PartyGeary Theatre - A star-studded cast takes the Geary stage as A.C.T. returns to the mysterious world of Harold Pinter in our first staging of his groundbreaking play The Birthday Party. VISIT THE SITE

January 18 – SF Ballet 2018 Opening Night GalaSF City Hall & War Memorial Opera House - The intricately planned evening includes cocktails, a lavish dinner, a one-night-only performance at the Opera House, and the Bay Area's best after party in San Francisco’s beautiful Beaux-Arts City Hall. VISIT THE SITE

January 19 – Well StrungFeinstein’s At The Nikko - The classically trained foursome will perform pop/classical mashups featuring hits by Stevie Nicks, Rihanna, The Outfield, Queen, The Beatles, Lady Gaga, Jules Massenet, Henry Mancini, and Pasek & Paul. VISIT THE SITE

January 20 – Zinfandel Experience 2018 Grand Tasting1098 The Embarcadero - The weekend’s main event is the Grand Tasting, where you will meet the winemakers at the most comprehensive showing of Zinfandels and blends in the world and experience a selection of sumptuous culinary samples from restaurants and winery chefs. VISIT THE SITE

January 21 – 2018 Winter Fancy Food ShowMoscone Center – When it comes to exploring the next big food trends, there are no substitutes for tasting them yourself. And there’s no better place for that than the 2018 Winter Fancy Food Show. VISIT THE SITE

January 22 – Bay Area Generations #53The Bindery – Featuring poets, writer’s and live music. Guest Curators include Kathleen Wallace and Christine No. VISIT THE SITE

January 23 – The 17th Annual SF Sketchfest Presents A Tribute To Ricky GervaiseCastro Theatre - SF Sketchfest is thrilled to pay Tribute to Ricky Gervais, who will sit down with friend and fellow comedy icon Christopher Guest for an informal and fun conversation. VISIT THE SITE

January 24 – Yishai Jusidman – Prussian BlueYerba Buena Center For The Arts - Yishai Jusidman’s Prussian Blue is a series of paintings rendered almost exclusively in one of the earliest artificially developed pigments used by European painters—Prussian Blue. VISIT THE SITE

January 25 – California Fights Back: The Golden State in the Age of Trump (Heyday) Mechanic’s Institute – Author Peter Schrag in conversation with Carla Marinucci, Senior Writer, POLITICO California Playbook.  VISIT THE SITE

January 26 – 16th Annual San Francisco Film Noir FestivalCastro Theatre - The festival presents 24 classic noirs as they were experienced on their original release, pairing a top-tier studio "A" with a shorter, low- budget second feature, or "B" film. All but one of the films will be presented in glorious 35mm. VISIT THE SITE

January 27 – Meow Meow in Concert With Pink Martini, Thomas M LauderdaleDavies Symphony Hall - Featuring a century-spanning repertoire and a mischievous, white-hot wit, this saucy chanteuse lights up the Symphony stage with her “devilish funny bones and heavenly vocal chords” (Evening Standard UK) in a sublimely subversive performance with Pink Martini founder and pianist, Thomas M. Lauderdale. VISIT THE SITE

January 28 – Beyond The Surface: Worldwide Embroidery TraditionsdeYoung Museum - Beyond the Surface: Worldwide Embroidery Traditions presents a selection of embroidered costumes and accessories from around the world to explore their distinguished craftsmanship and unique social and cultural connotations. VISIT THE SITE

January 29 – PollyannaWalt Disney Family Museum - See Hayley Mills in her memorable Disney debut as a cheerful orphan named Pollyanna. Watch as Pollyanna’s indomitable spirit turns a downtrodden, turn-of-the-century town around with plenty of optimism, charm, and lots of merry misadventure along the way.  VISIT THE SITE

January 30 – Stalin: Waiting For Hilter, 1929 - 1941The Commonwealth Club - Pulitzer Prize finalist Stephen Kotkin continues his definitive biography of Stalin with a second volume, Stalin: Waiting for Hitler, 1929–1941, which covers collectivization and the Great Terror until the eve of the war with Hitler's Germany. Join us for a reception before the program and book signing after. VISIT THE SITE

January 31 – John Hiatt & The GonersMasonic Theatre - Celebrating the 30th anniversary of ‘Slow Turning.’ Hiatt & The Goners playing the album in its entirety along with greatest hits. VISIT THE SITE 

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