Fall Arts Guide: Gallery Openings, Personal Appearances, Concerts, and More

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Fall is the perfect time for an art crawl. Whether you’re experiencing periods of masterpieces or the contemporaries of today. San Francisco has got a plethora of amazing things to see.

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Japanese Photography from Postwar to Now at SFMOMA

SFMOMA will highlight Japanese photography in two exhibitions at the newly expanded museum this fall—Japanese Photography from Postwar to Now and New Work: Sohei Nishino. These exhibitions celebrate the museum’s commitment to the profoundly important work made by Japanese photographers from the time of postwar renewal in the 1950s to present day. Experience the terrifying magic that these photographs will push on you, it’s a profound experience, to say the least. // October 15, 2016 – March 12, 2017, SFMOMA, 151 3rd St, (SoMa), sfmoma.org

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Othello at Marin Shakespeare Company

A Shakespearean classic brought to life in the heart of Marin county, the Marin Shakespeare Company brings you the tragedy that shook the public school system for decades. With Dameion Brown as Othello, we’re expecting to see some magic explode from the stage. This magnificently malign play is a complex portrait of trust, deceit, love, jealousy and rage as Shakespeare shows us a good man who is led to make some very bad choices.  Shakespeare’s classic story is by turns tender and brutal, radiant and ravishing, and is wholly indismissable. // August 26 – September 25, General $35, Senior $32, Youth $10, Previews $12, 890 Belle Ave, San Rafael, marinshakespeare.org

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Minted & Musical Chairs at Pro Arts

Pro Arts is pleased to announce the opening of “Minted” a multi-disciplinary survey exhibition of recent graduates from the MFA program at San Jose State University and “Musical Chairs” an installation in the project space by Warith Taha. The title of this exhibition refers to the common phrase, newly minted as in a shiny new coin. It is a play on words: currency, as in money, and currency, as in the newness obsessively sought by the Art World, which is then transformed into currency, as in money. Did you keep up? // Sept 2nd, 6:00pm - 9:00pm, Pro Art Gallery, 150 Frank H Ogawa Plaza, (Oakland), proartsgallery.org

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Kanye West at Oracle Arena

If you haven’t gotten your tickets for what is being described as “Jesus on ice”, then you got to hurry up and snag yourself a ticket before they’re all gone. Kanye West will be performing songs off his new record, Life of Pablo, at the Oracle Arena. If by the time this goes up and tickets are sold out, we recommend searching Craigslist and Ticketmaster’s resale list, they go pretty cheap by then. And to top it all off, no refunds. // Oct 22nd, 8:00 PM, Oracle Arena, 7000 Coliseum Way, (Oakland), ticketmaster.com

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Anthony Hernandez Exhibit at SFMOMA

Anthony Hernandez is the first retrospective to honor the more than 45-year career of this major American photographer. Featuring approximately 160 photographs — many never shown before — the exhibition includes a remarkably varied body of work united by its formal beauty and its subtle consideration of contemporary social issues. Born and raised in Los Angeles, Anthony Hernandez developed his own individual style of street photography, one attuned to the desolate allure and sprawling expanses of his hometown. // September 24, 2016 – January 1, 2017, SFMOMA151 3rd St, (SoMa), sfmoma.org

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Ayesha Curry at Books Passage

In The Seasoned Life: Food, Family, Faith, and the Joy of Eating Well, Ayesha Curry shares 100 of her favorite recipes and invites readers into the home she has made with her two daughters and her husband, Stephen Curry. Ayesha knows firsthand what it is like to be a busy mom and wife, and she knows that for her family, time in the kitchen and around the table is where that balance begins. // September 25, 2016 - 6:30pm, Left Bank Restaurant, 507 Magnolia Ave, (Silicon Valley), bookpassage.com

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Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2016

What could be compared to as a “toned down” version of Outside Lands, the biggest Bluegrass festival in the country comes back with an even bigger line up than last year. And best of all, it’s free to the public. Grab a bottle of Rose and a baguette and enjoy a day of non-stop music. // Fri Sep 30 (Noon – 7pm, plus kids program 10:30am – Noon), Sat Oct 1st (11am – 7pm), and Sun Oct 2nd, 2016 (11am – 7pm), Lindley & Marx meadows in Golden Gate Park, (Outer Richmond), hardlystrictlybluegrass.com

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Litquake 2016

Calling all bookworms, Litquake seeks to foster interest in literature for people of all ages, perpetuate a sense of literary community, and provide a vibrant forum for writing from the Bay Area and beyond as a complement to the city’s music, film, and cultural festivals. Bringing the culture back to the Bay Area every year, we can expect high things from the Litquake team. // October 7th - 15th, litquake.org

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Frank Stella: A Retrospective at the De Young Museum

Frank Stella, A Retrospective is the first comprehensive US exhibition of the artist’s work since 1970. In 1959, at the age of 23, Stella burst onto the New York art scene as an already mature artist with his now-legendary series of black paintings, which served as a pictorial manifesto of the artist’s assertion that a painting was “a flat surface with paint on it—nothing more.” And you know the ones, every millennial makes fun of. // November 5, 2016 – February 26, 2017, Herbst Exhibition Galleries, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr, (Golden Gate Park), deyoung.famsf.org

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The World of the Black Panthers at UC Berkeley

This fall marks the 50th anniversary of the Black Panther Party’s founding. The Black Panther Party was one of the most creative and influential responses to racism and economic inequality in American history. The group would become emblematic of the Black Power movement that helped shape the tumultuous years of the late 1960s and early 1970s. The Panthers electrified a generation of black youth and they remain cult-heroes to this day. // Oct. 19th, 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., North Gate Hall - Library UC Berkeley, (East Bay), journalism.berkeley.edu

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Love in the Time of War at SF Cameraworks

Connecting the fortieth anniversary of the military engagements in Southeast Asia and current wars overseas and on U.S. streets, Love in the Time of War features emerging and established artists with deep connections to Phnom Penh, Paris, Hà Nội, Los Angeles, and in-between.  The exhibit explores the relationship between war and intimacy, politics and the personal, the body and the body politic. This is a collaboration between SF Cameraworks and UC Santa Barbara. // September 1 - October 15, 2016, Opening Reception & Artist Talk: Thursday, September 1, 2016 6 - 8 PM, SF Cameraworks, 1011 Market St, (SoMA), sfcamerawork.org

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Michelle Grabner at Gallery 16

Grabner considers herself a conceptual artist, and her work seeks Platonic ideals of orderliness and routine. In her early work, she pursued these principles through her domestic environment and everyday life (crocheted blanket patters, paper towel patterns, etc.) and in her later abstract work through repetitious vocabulary, simple mathematical ordering, the Archimedean spiral, and basic radial compositions. Grabner will have her works, “On The Walls” on display at the Gallery 16 space in SoMa. You need to see the work NOW! // September 9 - October 31, 2016, opening reception Friday, September 9th, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m., 501 3rd street, (SoMa), gallery16.com

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Ravi Zupa: The Turmoil of Being at Hashimoto Contemporary

Taking cues from Renaissance portraiture, totalitarian propaganda and Eastern iconography, Zupa creates a unique universe of historic characters and anthropomorphic creatures. Figures are precisely rendered to emulate the stylings of Japanese wood-block illustrations, Medieval religious art, and zoological drawings. However, each pastiche is intervened with bold reference to modernity and a looming dystopian future. Let that soak in for a minute. // September 1 – September 24, Opening reception 6 p.m. – 10 p.m., 804 Sutter St, (Nob Hill), hashimotocontemporary.com

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