Nine can't-miss art offerings for fall
Great news, all you refined snoots! It’s high-culture season in San Francisco. From a skulls exhibit to cutting-edge modern dance, here’s what to do and when to do it.
Pippin, the 1972 Broadway musical originally directed by Bob Fosse, is a dark tale (the lead character is based on Charles Manson!) about misfits living on the fringe. The Golden Gate Theatre’s upcoming production also has a circus theme.
Litquake, the annual celebration of the literary arts, offers a week’s worth of activities, including readings and book signings by the likes of Paolo Giordano, Molly Antopol and David Chang. If you can make room in your calendar for only one event, go for the famous Lit Crawl, a “bar crawl” of sorts in which 100 bars, galleries, coffeehouses and shops host readings around town.
Justice of the Peace
Keith Haring famously devoted himself to spreading messages of social justice and change through contemporary art. Now, his oeuvre is on view at the de Young Museum. Keith Haring: The Political Line is geared to the younger generation and features subway drawings, murals, diary entries and sculptures.
Didn?t get enough skeletons at Halloween? Check out the exhibit Skulls at the California Academy of Sciences. Expect to see sea-lion skulls, flesh-eating beetles (used as bone cleaners) and much, much more. It?s gross but oh so amazing.
Willem Dafoe and Mikhail Baryshnikov star in The Old Woman, an abstract story of black comedy and vaudeville put on by Cal Performances. Expect an Odd Couple-like bromance that mimics the slapstick comedy of The Three Stooges.
Local choreographer Alonzo King and his sinuous team of dancers always stun the masses. (Remember last year’s performance of Rasa with live accompaniment by tabla master Zakir Hussain?) Don’t miss this season’s world premiere, set to four Shostakovich string quartets.