Listed below are the events that we recommend or are planning on checking out ourselves. Who knows? You may just find the Spark crew on location.
Life in the art world is always open for interpretation. With this in mind please double check the dates, times, and locations with the presenting organizations before heading out to any of the following Spark Event Picks.
NIAD's annual holiday show has a twist this year, every featured piece is only $$35... deck the walls indeed. Also seen will be a Sweet Dreams, a selection of work from NIAD's Maria Radilla, and the return of the Holiday Lounge. There is a lot of amazing work being made at the Art Center. Right now the NIAD gallery is full of works -- hundreds of drawings and paintings -- from most of their artists. Find out more about this event niadart.org.
Wed, December 11, 2013 - Autour du Desir (All About Desire) at The Modernism Gallery
The Modernism Incorporated Gallery presents a group art show, Autour du Desir (All About Desire), which reflects their emphasis on the abstract and the contemporary. Of the twenty contributing artists, featured are Erwin Blumenfeld, Man Ray, R. Crumb, and Spark featured artist, Mel Ramos. The exhibit is open Tuesday through Saturday from November 7 to December 31, 2013.
Wed, December 11, 2013 - Futurefarmers: Taking Stock at Gallery 16
Gallery 16 takes an exhibition/archaeological look at the Bay Area artist collective, Futurefarmers. This exhibition will present objects spanning nearly 20 years of art making. Using various media to create work, Futurefarmers deconstruct systems such as food policies, public transportation and rural farming networks to visualize and understand their intrinsic logics. Accompanying the Gallery 16 exhibition, Futurefarmers has published a short synopsis of their art collective in the form of a catalog, available for viewing online issuu.com.
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Featuring ODC/Dance's energetic and imaginative dancing, recorded narration by legendary actor Geoff Hoyle, costumes and sets by world-renowned children's illustrator Brian Wildsmith, and musical score by composer Benjamin Britten. The Velveteen Rabbit is suitable for ages 3 and up. Running time is 90 minutes including one 15 minute intermission (Act I is 50 minutes). Times and dates vary. Buy your tickets at tickets.ybca.org.
Wed, December 11, 2013 - San Francisco Ballet: Nutcracker
On Christmas Eve, 1944, the audience at San Francisco's War Memorial Opera House experienced the American premiere of Nutcracker. An instant sensation, the ballet launched a national holiday tradition. San Francisco Ballet's sparkling production of Nutcracker, set here in our own 'City by the Bay,' has introduced audiences of all ages to the magnificent world of ballet. This holiday season, experience the beauty and athleticism of SF Ballet's international cast of world-class dancers in Nutcracker, a San Francisco tradition since 1944. Buy tickets today at sfballet.org or (415) 865-2000. Performance dates/times: 7pm on December 11-15, 17-23, and 26-28; 2pm on December 13-15, 17-23, 26-29; 11am and 4pm on December 24.
Fri, December 13, 2013 - The Jewelry Box: A Genuine Christmas Story
In this hilariously heartwarming monologue, a young Brian Copeland heads to the 'mean streets' of Oakland to buy his mom a Christmas present. Presented as a workshop production to San Francisco audiences in December 2012, the show was an instant success, drawing larger audiences with each performance despite its under-the-radar profile. Times and dates vary. Buy tickets at themarsh.org.
Comfort Zone, debuting October 22, 2013 and running through January of 2014 at the Exporatorium's West Gallery Black Box, is a new participatory installation which integrates choreography into a virtual, interactive experience, exploring themes of group dynamics, choice, and social boundaries. Spark featured artist Benjamin Levy began working as an Exploratorium artist-in-residence in 2011 to develop a work focused on creative and scientific investigations of human phenomena. Comfort Zone will invite visitors to explore these themes in a playful way, using their bodies, not their critical minds.
Also on KQED.org this week ...
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Starting Jan 1, 2014, most Americans will be required to have health insurance or pay a fine. KQED has created a simple guide to explain how the health law affects you, your family or your small business.
KQED Celebrates the Holidays
Find holiday-related KQED television and radio programming, events, gift ideas, recipes, and other Web-exclusive goodies.