November 2019 | Arts, music & events calendar
White Noise (now through Nov 10) by Downtown Berkeley
Leo, Dawn, Ralph, and Misha are old friends. The two 30-something couples are educated, progressive, and cosmopolitan. But when a racially motivated incident with the police leaves Leo shaken, he makes a radical proposition to Ralph that forever alters the relationship between these four friends—and their view of the world. Brave, intelligent, and eviscerating, White Noise by Pulitzer Prize winner Suzan-Lori Parks is one of the most talked about new plays tackling our rapidly unraveling social contract. Berkeley Rep is proud to be the only regional theatre outside New York to present White Noise this year and it's showing through November 10 at Peet's Theatre, just five minutes from Downtown Berkeley station. Tickets are available online and range from $30-$97.
Changing and Unchanging Things: Noguchi and Hasegawa in Postwar Japan (now through Dec 8) by Civic Center/UN Plaza
Changing and Unchanging Things: Noguchi and Hasegawa in Postwar Japan considers the consequential friendship of two artists, one Japanese American but drawn to Japan, the other Japanese but influenced by the West, both in search of a new direction for modern art in the aftermath of the Second World War. This exhibit at the Asian Art Museum, a five minute walk from Civic Center/UN Plaza, is now through December 8. Tickets are available online.
Testmatch at the Strand (now through Dec 8) by Civic Center/UN Plaza
How can we understand the present, if we won’t acknowledge the past? Tony Award winner and American Conservatory Theater's Artistic Director Pam MacKinnon, in her Strand Theater debut, directs this scorching world premiere by playwright Kate Attwell - a contrast of two time-traveling stories focusing on cricket, a game of strict rules and hidden violence. A.C.T.'s Testmatch will be at the Strand Theater, minutes from Civic Center/UN Plaza, now through December 8. Tickets range from $25-$55 and are available online.
Oakland Museum of California | No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man (now through Feb 16, 2020) by Lake Merritt
Marvel at the spectacular artwork and large-scale installations from one of the most widely-celebrated cultural events in the world as No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man takes over the Oakland Museum of California. Each year the weeklong Burning Man event attracts over 70,000 people to Nevada’s Black Rock Desert. Participants create and build Black Rock City, a temporary metropolis where experimental art installations—some ritually burned to the ground—are the centerpiece for innovators, makers, and a burgeoning artistic community. The exhibition will illuminate the values of Burning Man through its guiding Ten Principles: Radical Inclusion, Gifting, Decommodification, Radical Self-reliance, Radical Self-expression, Communal Effort, Civic Responsibility, Leaving No Trace, Participation, and Immediacy. Don't miss the West Coast debut of the first major museum exhibition of its kind. More information and tickets can be found online. Take BART to Lake Merritt and walk five minutes to the museum.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (now through May 17, 2020) by Powell St
Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, a new play by Jack Thorne is coming to San Francisco’s Curran. With record-breaking productions currently running in London and New York, as well as the February 2019 opening of the first Australian production in Melbourne, the San Francisco production will mark the fourth engagement of the smash hit play, as well as its West Coast premiere in North America. Tickets can be purchased online and start at $59. Take BART to Powell St and walk seven minutes to the theater.
Oakland Ballet's Luna Mexicana (Nov 1-2) by 19th St/Oakland
Oakland Ballet's Luna Mexicana is a dance and music celebration of the iconic Mexican holiday, Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) This family friendly performance at the Paramount Theater is filled with festive dancing, colorful costumes, and vibrant music including traditional Mexican folk music and witty electronic fusions. Audience members are encouraged to attend in Day of the Dead attire and come early to enjoy the festivities in the theater lobby. The celebration is November 1-2, just minutes away from 19th St/Oakland station. Tickets are available online and range from $24-$200.
Cirque du Soleil Amaluna (Nov 3-Jan 12) by Embarcadero
Amaluna invites the audience to a mysterious island governed by goddesses and guided by the cycles of the moon. Their queen, Prospera, directs her daughter's coming-of-age ceremony in a rite that honors femininity, renewal, rebirth, and balance-which marks the passing of these insights and values from one generation to the next. In the wake of a storm caused by Prospera, a group of young men lands on the island, triggering an epic, emotional story of love between Prospera's daughter and a brave young suitor. But theirs is a love that will be put to the test. The couple must face numerous demanding trials and overcome daunting setbacks before they can achieve mutual trust, faith, and harmony. Under the Big Top at Oracle Park, tickets for Amaluna are available online and begin at $54. Take BART to Embarcadero and transfer to Muni T Third or take a 25 minute stroll along the Bay to the Big Top.
Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square (Nov 6-Jan 20, 2020) by Powell St
The Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square returns to San Francisco's iconic plaza surrounded by festive lights, and the sights and sounds of the season. From families to friends to coworkers, everyone can enjoy this outdoor ice skating experience. This San Francisco holiday tradition is at Union Square from November 6 to January 20 and is only a three minute walk from Powell St station. Tickets start at $13 and are available online.
Yemen Blues (Nov 7-8) by Downtown Berkeley
Hailed by NPR, Time Out and National Geographic for some of the most exciting music happening today, Yemen Blues blends Yemenite Jewish culture and ancient Arabic sounds with danceable Afro Funk grooves. In this special project, dive into Hallel into the deepest secrets that well up through those words of praise, which tell the story of each of us as human beings before the maker and as individuals in this world. Yemen Blues will be at Freight & Salvage November 7 & 8, just half a block away from Downtown Berkeley. Tickets are available online and range from $44-$48.
Macy's Union Square | Renovation Celebration (Nov 7-10) by Powell St
To celebrate recent updates and new offerings at Macy’s Union Square, the store will be hosting a series of special events and celebrations for customers. On Thursday, November 7 at 6 pm, gather for the store’s grand reopening. Take a tour of some of San Francisco’s most iconic neighborhoods, complete with a stamp-able passport and paired with a renowned chef. You'll also enjoy meet-and-greets and bites from the chefs, music, photo opportunities, specials from our vendor partners and more. Make sure to stop by the Embarcadero Neighborhood for your chance to snap a photo with our very own BARTy, The BARTMobile. Take BART to Powell St and walk three minutes to Macy's Union Square.
Bull in a China Shop (Nov 8-Dec 8) by Downtown Berkeley
Fierce feminist Mary Woolley becomes the president of Mount Holyoke College in 1901, on a crusade to stop training pious wives and start giving women a real education. The students respond, even starting a fan club for Woolley’s longterm romance with teacher Jeannette Marks. But leading a revolution from inside an institution isn’t easy, and neither is maintaining a relationship through years of challenges and change. Inspired by real letters between Woolley and Marks, this fast-paced comedy asks: What is revolution? What does it mean to be at odds with the world? And how the hell do we grow old together? The Bay Area premiere of Aurora Theatre Company's Bull in a China Shop begins November 8 and tickets are available online ranging from $40-$70. Take BART to Downtown Berkeley and the theatre is a two minute walk away.
The Great Dickens Christmas Fair (Nov 23-Dec 22) by Glen Park
The Great Dickens Christmas Fair is a one-of-a-kind holiday adventure into Victorian London, an elaborate party with hundreds of costumed players performing and interacting with patrons in over 120,000 square feet of theatrically-lit music halls, pubs, dance floors, and Christmas shops. It's a twilight evening in Charles Dickens' London Town - a city of winding lanes filled with colorful characters from both literature and history. Enticing aromas of roasted chestnuts and hearty foods fill the air. Cries of street vendors hawking their wares ring out above the bustling crowd. Dozens of lamplit shops are filled to overflowing with Christmas gifts. The Dickens Christmas Fair is a treasured Bay Area tradition since 1970 and a splendid way to celebrate the holidays. Tickets are available online and at the door. Take BART to Glen Park and catch the free shuttle to the Cow Palace.
62nd Annual San Francisco International Auto Show (Nov 28-Dec 2) by Powell
The San Francisco Chronicle 62nd Annual International Auto Show, presented by Golden1 Credit Union and supported by the California New Car Dealers Association, will feature the newest releases and many of the 2020 model-year cars, trucks, SUV’s, crossovers and alternative fuel vehicles from the world’s major auto manufacturers. In addition to the newest model vehicles, the Auto Show will feature Free Test Drive opportunities from several manufacturers; alternative fuel and hi-tech vehicles; exotic sports cars; the Academy of Art University Classic Car Collection; the San Francisco Auto Salon featuring some of Northern California’s best custom cars, plus exhibits from the Ferrari Club of America, the Aston Martin Club, an exhibit of privately owned Tesla’s, an auto accessory booth area and much more. Tickets are available online and at the door. Take BART to Powell and walk 8 minutes to Moscone Center.
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