San Francisco January 2020 Calendar of Unique Events
Published By Dean Badessa
What's happening this month in San Francisco
Courtesy of Dean Badessa
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 January 1 – JK Rowling’s Harry Potter & The Cursed ChildCurran Theatre - With record-breaking productions currently running in London, New York and Melbourne, the San Francisco production marks the fourth engagement of the award-winning show, as well as its West Coast premiere. VISIT THE SITE

January 2 – After Dark: Happy PlaceThe Exploratorium – Learn about some practices and sensory immersions that can offer peace of mind (and the science behind them) and explore cultural and practical ways to find euphoria. VISIT THE SITE

January 3 – Moving Forward, Looking Back: Prints From The Anderson Graphic Arts Collection - deYoung Museum - The exhibition presents the works of Jennifer Bartlett, Jim Dine, David Hockney, Roy Lichtenstein, and Robert Rauschenberg, showing how these artists adapted the creative spirits of their predecessors—those of Giovanni Bellini, Henri Matisse, Claude Monet, and Pablo Picasso, among others—to inform and advance their individual practices. VISIT THE SITE

January 4 – PinkmasMuseum of Ice Cream - The Pinkmas experience is filled with interactive moments, from crafting ornaments and decorating the MOIC trees to tasting sweet treats that celebrate the year’s most festive spirit! VISIT THE SITE

January 5 – Night BloomConservatory of Flowers - Light and sound infuse the Conservatory of Flowers’ one-of-a-kind plant collection and its iconic facade in a limited engagement. VISIT THE SITE

January 6 – Soft PowerSFMOMA – Taken together, the works in Soft Power demonstrate what cultural theorist and filmmaker Manthia Diawara has called a solidarity between intuitions — a concept that acknowledges the complexity, darkness, and opacity from which our reality emerges — that expresses the poetry and imagination of our differences. VISIT THE SITE

January 7 – When Lambs Become LionsThe Roxie Theatre – The plummeting elephant population in Africa has captured the attention of the world, and as the government cracks down, both poachers and rangers face their own existential crises. Director Jon Kasbe followed the subjects of When Lambs Become Lions over a three-year period, gaining an extraordinary level of access and trust on both sides of the ideological and ethical spectrum as he became part of their everyday lives. VISIT THE SITE

January 8 – Willie Nelson & Family - The Fillmore - With a six-decade career and 200 plus albums, this iconic Texan is the creative genius behind the historic recordings of Crazy, Red Headed Stranger, and Stardust. He continues to thrive as a relevant and progressive musical and cultural force. VISIT THE SITE

January 9 – MTT & Mahler: Love & Lyricism - Davies Symphony Hall - In his final season as San Francisco Symphony Music Director, Michael Tilson Thomas returns to the composer who, more than any other, brought the SFS into the hearts of music-lovers across the globe: Gustav Mahler. VISIT THE SITE

January 10 – San Francisco Tape Music Festival 2020The Victoria Theatre - Hear members of the SF Tape Music Collective, along with guest composers, shape the sound live over a pristine surround system (24 high-end loudspeakers) with the audience seated in complete darkness. VISIT THE SITE

January 11 – Chris BottiSFJAZZ Miner Auditorium – The world’s top-selling jazz instrumentalist, GRAMMY-winning trumpeter Chris Botti has made his sumptuous clarion sound, fluent phrasing, and evocative sense of space into a distinct musical signature. VISIT THE SITE

January 12 – Ramey Piano TrioOld First Church - A performance by three of the Bay Area’s most esteemed chamber musicians, featuring works by Haydn, Schubert, and Tailleferre. VISIT THE SITE

January 13 – Baby Planets & Their NurseriesAcademy of Sciences, Morrison Planetarium - This talk, featuring Catherine Espaillat of Boston University, will review key observations that have revealed remarkable structures in disks that may indicate the presence of newly born planets, and compare them to current theoretical predictions of planet formation. VISIT THE SITE

January 14 – Gauguin: Voyage to TahitiPresidio Meeting Room, Presidio - Join us for a screening and discussion of the 2017 bio drama romance based on the life of artist Paul Gauguin. VISIT THE SITE

January 15 – Opening Reception - Awaken: A Tibetan Buddhist Journey Toward EnlightenmentAsian Art Museum - Patrons are invited to celebrate the Asian Art Museum’s newest exhibitions, Awaken: A Tibetan Buddhist Journey Toward Enlightenment, with your fellow members at this exhibition opening and reception. VISIT THE SITE

January 16 – SF Ballet Opening Night GalaSF City Hall & War Memorial Opera House - Hosted by the San Francisco Ballet Auxiliary, the Gala, with décor by J. Riccardo Benavides, will begin with a cocktail reception and dinner by McCalls Catering & Events at San Francisco City Hall, followed by a one-night-only performance at the War Memorial Opera House. Guests will return to a transformed City Hall for San Francisco's best After Party featuring live music, sweets, savories, libations, and dancing. VISIT THE SITE

January 17 – Ayesha & Stephen Curry: The Commonwealth Club Equality SeriesCommonwealth Club – The Currys join us for a unique Equality Series program, in which they discuss their work, their lives, and their efforts to improve the lives of children in the Bay Area and beyond. VISIT THE SITE

January 18 – Black Is Beautiful : The Photography of Kwame Brathwaite - Museum of The African Diaspora - Featuring over forty photographs of black women and men with natural hair and clothes that reclaimed their African roots, Black Is Beautiful: The Photography of Kwame Brathwaite, organized by Aperture Foundation, New York, is the first-ever major exhibition dedicated to this key figure of the second Harlem Renaissance. VISIT THE SITE

January 19 – Violins of Hope: A Talk and Performance - Contemporary Jewish Museum - James A. Grymes, author of National Jewish Book Award-winning Violins of Hope, will discuss the historical and symbolic importance of violins and what they teach us about human resilience. The afternoon will include a brief violin performance by Hannah Tarley. VISIT THE SITE

January 20 – MLK2020 Music FestivalYerba Buena Gardens - Enjoy an afternoon of live music and taping with the show I Remember That Song, with host Gerry Dove, and the team of guests, featuring Russell Gatewood and DJ Flash of "The World Famous Rick & Russ Show" and radio personality Antoine Davis. VISIT THE SITE

January 21 – From The Gold Rush To The Earthquake: Selections From The CollectionCalifornia Historical Society - This exhibition considers some of the themes that were popular among painters: the Gold Rush, exploration of the Sierras, the burgeoning agricultural industry, Chinatown, and the Great San Francisco Earthquake. VISIT THE SITE

January 22 – Fresh Focus: Small Works Exhibition of Recent Bay Area MFA Artists  – Fort Mason Center - SFMOMA Artists Gallery presents an all-star artistic lineup with “Fresh Focus: Small Works Exhibition Of Recent Bay Area MFA Artists,” a survey of Master Of Fine Arts (MFA) artists, at Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture. VISIT THE SITE

January 23 – San Francisco Cinematheque Presents Interludes: New & Recent Films by Nathanial DorskyYBCA - In this rich body of work, Dorsky evokes silent, luminous spiritualities abiding in the world’s objects and surfaces and suggests divinity in the everyday. VISIT THE SITE

January 24 – San Francisco Movement Arts FestivalGrace Cathedral - Throughout the cathedral, inside and out, experience “stations” of simultaneous performances by over 100 local artists, in a spectacular setting. VISIT THE SITE

January 25 - Noir City: International II - The 18th Annual SF Film Noir FestivalCastro Theatre - Noir City is the perfect introduction to a wide world of international filmmakers and stars, on the big screen, larger than life. VISIT THE SITE

January 26 – How Did This Get Made? LiveMasonic Theatre - Have you ever seen a movie so bad, it’s good? Paul Scheer, Jason Mantzoukas and June Diane Raphaelare experts in the best of the worst of cinema. On the award-winning How Did This Get Made, they gather their funniest friends and subject themselves to a cinematic nightmare—and then podcast the results. VISIT THE SITE

January 27 – EnchantedWalt Disney Family Museum – Fall in love with this 21st century fairytale and enjoy enchanting musical numbers with lyrics written by Broadway legend Stephen Schwartz and melodies composed by Disney Legend Alan Menken. VISIT THE SITE

January 28 – Decisive Engagement: Thoughts and Words with Jocko WillinkPalace of Fine Arts Theatre - In this special event, coinciding with the release of his latest book Leadership Strategy and Tactics Field Manual, podcaster, author, and retired SEAL Officer Jocko Willink will speak about human nature, leadership, war, atrocities, good and evil, and a myriad of other subjects. VISIT THE SITE

January 29 – Schwabacher Recital SeriesTaube Atrium Theatre, Veteran’s Building – The Schwabacher Recital Series offer you the opportunity to hear gifted singers in an up-close and intimate setting. This evening presents Alice Chung, Laureano Quant and Nicholas Roehler. VISIT THE SITE

January 30 – ZinEX 2020 San FranciscoOne Market Pavilion - ZinEX 2020 features access to winemaker celebrities at three impressive venues, showcasing the talents of winemakers, chefs, and artisanal food purveyors. VISIT THE SITE

January 31 – Chris PorterPunchline Comedy Club - Since the beginning Chris’ raw energy and unique perspective has distinguished him as one of the elite comics in the industry. Chris brings a true stand-up experience to his live shows. VISIT THE SITE

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