4 Must-See Shows That Are About to Close
Say no to FOMO
Summer really sprung up on us, and while you’ve been busy planning beach vacations, a lot of cool things have been happening here at home. The problem? You don’t have much time to see them before they’re gone. So put the bathing suit aside and go check out these four things now.
THROUGH JULY 17: PRICELESS PORK BELLY, PLATED
How’s this for weird and awesome? An ancient, world-famous piece of jasper carved into the shape of a pork belly (Anthony Bourdain has called it “the pork belly of my dreams”) is on view at the Asian Art Museum as part of the exhibit Emperors’ Treasures. But here’s where it gets really interesting. Through July 17, a dozen chefs around the city are serving up special dishes inspired by the meat-shaped stone at their respective restaurants. Think Mister Jiu’s, Mission Chinese Food, Namu Gaji and the Slanted Door. See how many plates you can try before the pork belly’s gone for good.
THROUGH JULY 18: FLOWER PIANOS
Do you remember the random collection of pianos that took over the San Francisco Botanical Garden last summer? Well, they’re back. If you missed the spectacle then, now’s your second chance. Twelve days. Twelve pianos tucked away in flower-filled gardens. All available for anyone to come and play. Plus, special weekend performances by classically trained pianists and experimental musicians. Just do it.
THROUGH JULY 21: PAUL MADONNA
Beloved San Francisco Chronicle illustrator Paul Madonna recently ended his “All Over Coffee” column after a 12-year run. Now, he’s having his first solo show in five years to kick off the launch of his latest book, Close Enough for the Angels. If you’ve never looked at Madonna’s work up close before, then this show at Dryansky Gallery is a must-see. Bonus: Get your hands on one of 50 limited-edition hand-bound copies (a perfect coffee table addition) and meet the artist in person on July 20.
THROUGH SEPTEMBER 8: COMMON GROUND
Just in time for the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service, the David Brower Center honors this milestone with a group exhibit exploring the role that art has played in the preservation of parks and public spaces. If you need a little inspiration to hit the great outdoors, this is the show for you. After gazing up at Christopher Woodcock’s ethereal black-and-whites, you’ll be rushing to book a trip to Yosemite, stat.