Here are our top picks for making the most of the weekend, April 20-22, 2018.
For more ongoing events and exhibitions check our calendar.
Unbound: A Festival of New Works
San Francisco Ballet invited 12 of the world’s most groundbreaking choreographers to create new pieces for the company’s fearless, virtuosic dancers. The dozen world premieres are packed into four programs over 16 days. War Memorial Opera House, April 20-May 6.
Held at the Civic Center Plaza, Earth Day features live entertainment, a climate rally, vegan food courts and a celebrity chef showcase. April 21.
Opening Day on the Bay
Hop aboard the classic schooner Freda B and join a parade of hundreds of vessels for this celebration of the beginning of the Northern California boating season. April 22.
Smuin Ballet’s Dance Series 02
This performance includes the world premiere of the cutting-edge piece “If I Were A Sushi Roll.” April 20-29.
Cherry Blossom Festival
One of the largest celebrations of Asian culture on the West Coast, the 51st annual Cherry Blossom Festival brings dancing, singing, martial arts and traditional and non-traditional Japanese delicacies to one of the country’s three remaining Japantowns. April 21-22.
The Effect at SF Playhouse
Two volunteers in a clinical trial for a super-antidepressant fall for each other and end up questioning their feelings in this clever play. Through April 28.
“The Beautiful World of Carlos Rolón/Dzine” Exhibition at Meyerovich Gallery
This exhibition features paintings and works on paper by Chicago-based artist Carlos Rolón/Dzine whose distinctive style explores beauty, desire, spirituality, faith, folklore and identity. Open through May 15.
“Divine Bodies” at Asian Art Museum
At the Asian Art Museum, the exhibit “Divine Bodies” shows Hindu and Buddhist sculptures and paintings alongside contemporary photography, inviting viewers to consider “the relationship of the body to the cosmos.” Look for connections and overlapping details in the beautiful portraits of modern humans and the historical paintings and sculptures of gods and goddesses displayed throughout three thematic galleries. Through July 29.
“Expedition Reef” Planetarium Show at California Academy of Sciences
Dive into the breathtaking beauty of coral reefs in the Academy's newest original planetarium show. Narrated by Tony Award® winner Lea Salonga, the all-digital “Expedition Reef” takes full advantage of the Morrison Planetarium’s fulldome screen to immerse you in the undersea adventure. Along the way, discover how corals grow, feed, reproduce, and support over 25% of all marine life on Earth—while facing unprecedented threats from climate change, habitat destruction, and overfishing. On-going.
Off the Grid: Presidio Picnic
Presidio Picnic, co-sponsored by Off the Grid and The Presidio Trust, is back at the Main Parade Ground Lawn of The Presidio. Open every Sunday from 11 am-4 pm. Bring a blanket and enjoy food trucks, drinks, games and music. New this year, the picnic will feature cultural dance performances on the fourth Sunday of every month. Sundays.
“Make Believe: The World of Glen Keane” at Walt Disney Family Museum
This newest original exhibition showcases the work of this influential Disney animator and artist. Keane’s dynamic artistic talent brings to life some of the most unforgettable characters of our time, from the imposing Beast and fearless Tarzan, to the daring heroines Ariel, Pocahontas, and Rapunzel. March 8-Sept. 3.
Off the Grid: Fort Mason
At this year Off the Grid’s flagship event, guests experience a new layout from California¹s largest recurring night market that features a rotating lineup of 13 food trucks, 15 open-air kitchen vendors, and food from Off the Grid¹s culinary development program known as Instrucktional. Live music, DJs, and a kids area contribute to the communal atmosphere in one of San Francisco¹s historic locations on the Bay. Fridays, 5-10 pm. March 2-October 20.
“Sublime Seas: John Akomfrah and J.M.W. Turner” at SFMOMA
This exhibition presents the U.S. premiere of Ghana-born British artist John Akomfrah’s Vertigo Sea. This captivating, three-channel video installation encompasses fictional narrative, natural history documentary, and film essay, referencing Ralph Waldo Emerson, Herman Melville’s Moby Dick (1851) and Heathcote Williams’s poem Whale Nation (1988), among others. “Vertigo Sea” will be paired with The Deluge, a dramatic depiction of the Biblical flood by the celebrated painter J.M.W. Turner (British, 1775–1851), which was selected by Akomfrah for this exhibition. March 3-Sept. 16.
American Conservatory Theater's Production of Qui Nguyen's “Vietgone”
“Vietgone” is a modern twist on the classic story of boy meets girl. In this irreverent new comedy, three young Vietnamese immigrants leave a war-torn country for an eye- opening road trip across the bewildering and foreign landscape of 1970s America. Through April 22.
“Casanova: The Seduction of Europe” at Legion of Honor
Explore the notoriously amorous Giacomo Casanova’s 18th century Europe, from France and Italy to the Ottoman Empire and St. Petersburg, through paintings, sculpture, works on paper, furnishings, porcelain, silver and period costumes. Feb 10-May 28.
“Tom Loeser: Please Please Please” at the Museum of Craft and Design
Madison, Wisconsin-based designer/maker Tom Loeser re-imagines the ways that the body, furniture and space can interact. Featuring approximately 20 works, primarily new, the exhibition showcases Loeser’s investigation of unconventional, invitational furniture forms. Jan. 20-May 20.