2021 New Age of Magic Theater Gala
The Magic Theater in San Francisco presents its new artistic director, Sean San José, at the New Age of Magic Theater Gala 2021 at the Firehouse and Outdoor Festival Pavilion at the Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture. Hosted by Wonway Posibul, the event features the San Francisco poet laureate Tongo Eisen Martin, as well as music and dance performances. Tickets range from $ 25 for general admission to $ 5,000 for VIP events. 6 p.m. Visit magictheatre.org for details.
What happens when the virtual world arrives in real life? It’s history Hito Steyerl tells in Sun Factory (2015), an installation on display at the San José Art Museum. Through a unique interweaving of the genres of video games, Internet dance videos, reports and documentaries, the work explores the perils and pleasures of the emerging virtual world. An opening celebration and dance event take place at the museum and on the Place du Cercle des palmiers from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. (free; registration required). For more details, visit sjmusart.org.
Sunset Cinema Film Series
Prepare for an evening of food, entertainment and movies as Cinema Napa Valley and the Napa Valley Film Festival, as well as Cameo Cinema, present the Sunset Cinema film series, featuring Apple Original Films’ CODA, at Charles Krug Winery. 8:30 p.m. napavalleyfilmfest.org.
Saratoga Mountain Vineyard
Saratoga’s Mountain Winery is making some great music again this summer with a full roster of hot acts, starting with the unforgettable Indigo Girls. Other performances this month include international styles from Los Lobos & The Mavericks, Josh groban, Billy Idol, and Steve martin & Martin runs. For more information visit mountainwinery.com.
A triptych by Jake Heggie
Proclaimed the world’s most popular opera composer of the 21st century by The Wall Street Journal, unique to the Bay Area Jake heggie will make the front page A triptych by Jake Heggie at the revitalized Walnut Creek Opera Festival. Directed by Mark Foehringer and led by Bryan Nies, with members of the Festival Opera orchestra, the show presents three song cycles reinvented as fully staged chamber operas. 7:30 p.m. Rehearsal at 2 p.m. on Sunday, August 15. Hofmann Theater, Lesher Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek. lesherartscenter.org
Starry Nights: SF Ballet returns to the Frost Amphitheater stage
Stanford Live and the San Francisco Ballet present Starry Nights: SF Ballet’s Return to the Stage at Frost Amphitheater. Highlights include George Balanchine Serenade and Tarantella, Danielle Rowe‘s For the elf and Helgi Tomasson‘s The fifth season, with music by members of the SF Ballet Orchestra and conducted by Martin West. The shows are at 7:30 p.m. live.stanford.edu
San José Jazz Summer Festival
Live music returns for the three-day San Jose Jazz Summer Fest, which includes Morris Day and the time, Pete Escovedo‘s Latin Jazz Orchestra, Superblue: Kurt Elling with Charlie hunter, Judith Hill, Ozomatli, Le Motet, Shamarr Allen, Butcher Brown, 7th Street Big Band, Bloco do Sol and more. In fact, there will be 45 acts on five stages in and around the Plaza de César Chavez park in downtown San José. Connect to summer festival.sanjosejazz.org for more information.
Filipino American Art Exhibition
Filipino heritage and culture will be celebrated at the annual two-day American Filipino Arts Exhibition, including the colorful virtual Pistahan Parade and Festival. This year’s theme is Renew, Recover, and Progress Together. The parade will be broadcast live and visual artists, entertainers, content creators and exhibitors are invited to be a part of this year’s celebration of Filipino community culture and cuisine. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more details, visit pistahan.net.
The Asian Arts Museum presents teamLab: Continuity, the long-awaited exhibition that invites visitors to immerse themselves in a wonderful ecosystem of lush images drawn from the nature and art of East Asia. Sumptuous images of inky crows and fluorescent flowers, floating butterflies and darting fish await you on this interactive experience. On view until February 2022. Visit asianart.org for more information.
Michael lundgren‘s New work capture the imagination as he documents the inexplicable marks left in the desert, suggesting a current beyond the comprehension of onlookers. Lundgren’s multi-layered artistic process of photography, darkroom manipulation, and computer tricks underscores that although nature is indifferent to us, we cannot afford to be indifferent to nature. His personal exhibition is presented at Galerie Euqinom until August 31. For more information visit euqinomgallery.com.
Cornerstone Sonoma, known for its shops, beautiful gardens and restaurants, including the Folktable restaurant, has launched its first summer musical series. The diverse programming for the month of August includes Steve Pile’s Band, Nicole marden and Sean Patrick Garvey. Admission is free, but plenty of food is available to purchase for lunch. Performances take place every Saturday and Sunday this month; check out the calendar at cornerstonesonoma.com/events.
Stanford Live is back with in-person performances at the Frost Amphitheater and the Bing Concert Hall this month. Interpreters include Gregory Porter and the Marcus Shelby Quintet with Tiffany austin, and Xian zhang conduct the SF Symphony. Later in the month, Not Our First Goat Rodeo is galloping through town with Yo-yo mom, Stuart duncan, Edgar Meyer and Chris Thilé, with guest singer Aoife O’Donovan. Times and ticket costs vary; get more details on live.stanford.edu.