What To Do This Weekend: Apr 14–19

Michael Fabiano (Don Carlo) and Nadia Krasteva (Princess Eboli) appear in SF Opera’s ‘Don Carlo’ from the 2015-16 season. The Verdi classic streams Saturday, April 17, through Sunday, April 18. See https://sfopera.com/opera-is-on/streaming/ for more info. Photo by Cory Weaver.

Believe it or not, we’re well into the second quarter of 2021, and along with longer days and warmer weekends, we have a seemingly endless array of arts and culture activities to enjoy. Whether you’re taking in a streaming performance at home or venturing out into the world, the Bay Area has some impressive entertainment and education on tap for you this week.

Discover how “art” is defined

Don’t miss Black Art Worlds with SeeBlackWomxn, a conversation that explores the power dynamics between artists, museums and curators, and delves into how the selection process of defining art takes place between those players. SeeBlackWomxn is a collective of artists, activists and writers raised on Black feminist theory that is partnering with the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco to present virtual programming and community partnerships throughout the spring and summer.

Wednesday, April 14, 5 p.m.
Info: deyoung.famsf.org/calendar/black-art-worlds-seeblackwomxn 

Reflect on artistic representations of the immigrant experience 

Artists Nimisha Doongarwal, Roya Ebtehaj and Andrea Guskin reflect on their work and join in an online discussion of their participation in the ARTogether exhibit Overlap: Home, Immigration and Identity, currently on view at San Leandro’s Bayfair Center. ARTogether is an Oakland-based nonprofit dedicated to fostering community among refugees, asylees and immigrants. The exhibit represents a visual conversation around the immigrant experience. 

Thursday, April 15, 7 p.m.
Info: eventbrite.com/e/virtual-artist-talk-tickets-148654628997 

Celebrate National Poetry Month with local creatives

In honor of National Poetry Month, the San José Museum of Art presents local poets reading their work amidst its galleries’ glorious artworks in Third Thursday: 12th Annual Poetry Invitational. Santa Clara County poet laureate Janice Lobo Sapigao hosts the festivities, which feature Bay Area creatives who have written new pieces inspired by the museum’s current exhibitions. 

Thursday, April 15, 6:30 p.m.
Info: sjmusart.org/event/third-thursday-12th-annual-poetry-invitational 

Take in the sounds of an iconic Bach collection

Cal Performances at home presents pianist Jeremy Denk in a concert of Book I of Bach’s The Well-Tempered Clavier. Denk, a MacArthur Fellow, writer and musical commentator, has previously written about Bach and discussed how the composer’s music represents an “intoxicating combination” of the divine, logic and discipline. Even Beethoven referred to The Well-Tempered Clavier as his “musical bible.”

Thursday, April 15, 7 p.m.
Info: calperformances.org/events/2020-21/at-home-spring/jeremy-denk-piano/ 

Dig into the meaning of “good trouble” in the arts

The theme of this year’s ArtNow 2021 Exhibition is “Good Trouble” — so what exactly does that mean? In honor of the event’s 10-year anniversary, the New Museum of Los Gatos will dig into how the arts can function as a space to rally against racism, and the role young people can play in activism and social justice. Panelists include cultural equity and social justice leader Sofia Fojas, arts and culture administrator Ron P. Muriera, and co-founder and president of Mosaic America, Usha Srinivasan.

Thursday, April 15, 5 p.m.
Info: numulosgatos.org/events/2021/4/15/unpacking-good-trouble 

Catch SF Opera’s latest streaming session 

San Francisco Opera’s 2016 revival of Giuseppe Verdi’s Don Carlo is streaming this weekend, featuring an all-star cast of international talents. Directed by Emilio Sagi, the political drama stars American tenor Michael Fabiano in the title role and Puerto Rican soprano Ana María Martínez as his love interest Elisabetta. The show is performed in Italian with English subtitles and runs approximately 3 hours and 34 minutes.

Saturday, April 17 through Sunday, April 18
Info: sfopera.com/opera-is-on/streaming/ 

Don’t miss your last chance to see a unique, thought provoking art exhibit

If you have yet to see Barring Freedom at the San Jose Museum of Art, this is one of your last chances to catch a glimpse of the innovative exhibit. On view through April 25, the exhibition features works by 20 U.S.-based artists exploring how we as a society see and understand America’s prison industrial complex. Inspired by the teachings of prison abolitionist and scholar Dr. Angela Y. Davis, the show features artists including Sadie Barnette, Hank Willis Thomas, and Sherrill Roland

On view through Sunday, April 25.
Info: sjmusart.org/exhibition/barring-freedom


Commemorate the finale of the SFFILM Festival with a stroll down Sesame Street 

It’s not too late to catch a flick at the SFFILM Festival, which officially wraps up this weekend. Grab tickets for a feel-good drive-in experience with Street Gang: How We Got to Sesame Street, screening at the Fort Mason Center. Directed by Marilyn Agrelo, the film features archival footage, interviews and current commentary on the iconic show and how it shaped our culture. Can’t make it to the drive-in? You can also stream it at home!

Saturday, April 17, 6:30 p.m.
Info: sffilm.org/event/closing-night-street-gang-how-we-got-to-sesame-street/ 

Party online for a good cause 

Palo Alto’s Oshman Family Jewish Community Center presents its annual fundraiser, Gathering 2021. The virtual event is free for all and includes programming that includes singers Shoshana Bean and John Craigie, as well as The Hangover and Crazy Rich Asians star, Ken Jeong. Sponsors also get access to a pre-event live mixology party.  

Sunday, April 18, 8 p.m. (mixology party starts at 7:30 p.m.)
Info: app.mobilecause.com/e/dpDLmg?vid=hyosp 

Take a breather and get creative

In San Francisco Public Library’s latest workshop, artist Ali Blum guides attendees through creative methods of relaxation with drawing and other healing artistic activities. The workshop culminates in writing a “letter of release” and the goal is to let go of fixed ideas and be in the moment, capturing any feelings that arise.

Monday, April 19, 7 p.m.
Info: sfpl.org/events/2021/04/19/workshop-know-your-name-ali-blum-artist 

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In another sign of concerts comeback, Summerfest books Mt. Joy, Trampled by Turtles show for September

Trampled By Turtles performs on the Which Stage at Bonnaroo on June 16, 2019, in Manchester, Tenn.

For two years, Maier Festival Park has canceled or postponed nearly every event because of the COVID-19 pandemic, including Festa Italiana, German Fest and Polish Fest for a second summer this year. 

But on Monday, Summerfest officials announced a brand-new event scheduled for September. 

The bands Mt. Joy and Trampled by Turtles announced a co-headlining tour that will include a stop at the 5,000-seat BMO Harris Pavilion Sept. 24.

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday at the Summerfest box office (200 N. Harbor Drive) and ticketmaster.com

The concert industry has effectively been shut down since the pandemic started in March 2020, but leaders in the live-music space have suggested touring will resume on a larger scale in late summer or early fall, as vaccinations continue, beginning with outdoor amphitheater shows and festivals.

At a board of directors meeting for Summerfest’s parent company Milwaukee World Festival Inc. last month, officials revealed a tentative events calendar that included six BMO Harris Pavilion concerts slated for this year, outside of any festival performances, from July through October. Four have yet to be announced. 

September is also when Summerfest is scheduled to take place after canceling for the first time in its 53-year history for 2020. Five other shows at the remodeled American Family Insurance Amphitheater are also still on for 2021, from July through August. Milwaukee Irish Fest, Black Arts Fest MKE and Mexican Fiesta are also still scheduled for August at Maier Festival Park.

But show postponements and cancellations are still happening even as new tours are being announced, with Khalid dropping out of a Summerfest 2021 headlining appearance last week, and Rage Against the Machine delaying their reunion tour for a second consecutive year. The latter’s Alpine Valley Music Theatre stop is now scheduled for July 9, 2022. 

The Mt. Joy and Trampled by Turtles tour was actually the second new show announced for the BMO Harris Pavilion Monday. 

Pop band AJR announced a June 4, 2022, date Monday, with tickets also going on sale Friday.  

Contact Piet at (414) 223-5162 or plevy@journalsentinel.com. Follow him on Twitter at @pietlevy or Facebook at facebook.com/PietLevyMJS.

Piet also talks concerts, local music and more on “TAP’d In” with Jordan Lee. Hear it at 8 a.m. Thursdays on WYMS-FM (88.9), or wherever you get your podcasts.

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From Hrlem to Africa

Harlem Fine Arts Virtual pioneering international exhibit to include: WaterKolours Gallery, Soweto Fine Art Gallery, Spence Gallery, Artists: Ademola Olugebefola, Otto Neals, Roederick Vines, John Pinderhughes, Danny Simmons, Glenn Tunstull, Frank Frazier and more.


First Black virtual art exhibit showcases 60 artists and galleries from around the world

Special to The Dallas Examiner

The Harlem Fine Arts Show is the largest, traveling art show in the country showcasing the talents of the African Diaspora. First held in February 2010 in New York City, the show has attracted more than 80,000 visitors over the past 10 years. It has also created economic empowerment, educational opportunities and professional recognition within the multicultural community.

This year, it opened its 2021 Virtual Art Show with over 60 artists and galleries from around the globe. The show, which is free to the public and accessible 24/7, will literally let your fingers do the walking through interactive displays showcasing some of the world’s preeminent Black artists – with over 1,200 works available, valued at more than $100 million. The fair will run continuously through July 31 at https://www.hfas.org.

“We are pushing the envelope in support of African Diasporic artists during these challenging times when they are not able to be in front of collectors,” said Dion Clarke, founder of the Harlem Fine Arts Show. “In our current climate, where awareness of the Black aesthetic is top of mind across the globe, it is imperative for us to reinvent the way we engage with multi-cultural artists utilizing today’s technology.

The HFAS is pioneering a 21st century Harlem Renaissance with this groundbreaking show, facilitated through a partnership with Online Viewing Room, a virtual platform that produces digital shows for venues in Paris, the Hamptons and other art hubs across the globe. The platform offers a creative digital approach for collector engagement, leading to reinvigorated sales for artists, according to the show’s promoters.

“We are proud to support the Harlem Fine Arts Show in its mission to increase awareness of African Diasporic artists and their work,” said Balazs Farago, CEO of Walter’s Cube, the parent company of Online Viewing Room. “Our platform has been designed to make their work more visible and accessible to a global audience while generating sales and revenue for artists.”

The virtual show will run for five months and be available 24-hours a day, on a range of devices, utilizing cutting-edge VR technology, and creating a simulated art fair environment that visitors can virtually navigate as they would a physical fair. Through 3D renderings, artworks will be displayed in high-resolution detail and will be available for purchase using a “Buy Now” option.

Just as at the in-person show, there will be a series of art talks, VIP experiences, and other events during the run of the show. HFAS will also offer a 24-hour live chat feature so attendees can connect with an art expert anytime. HFAS’s pioneering digital event is a unique way for collectors to connect with art and to each other, providing as close to an authentic experience as possible.

Featured galleries and artists:

  • Soweto Fine Art Gallery – South Africa
  • John Pinderhughes
  • Joan Spence – Spence Gallery – Canada
  • Michelle Rene’ Art
  • Danny Jenkins – WaterKolours Fine Art
  • Classic works of Elizabeth Catlett
  • Jacob Lawrence
  • Romare Bearden
  • Charles White
  • Stanwyck Cromwell
  • Ademola Olugebefola – Manna777 Gallery
  • Otto Neals
  • Danny Simmons
  • Al Johnson Art
  • MBGreen Arts
  • Laura Gadson
  • Glenn Tunstull Studio Frank Frazier
  • Michael Escoffery
  • Diana Shannon Young
  • Roederick Vines Studio
  • Joy Lyons Art
  • Baez Fine Art / Elizabeth Erazo Baez
  • Kalen McQuire Media
  • Shenna Vaughn
  • D.K. Dixon Designs
  • O’Bannon Studios
  • JMR Designs
  • Lisa DuBois Gallery
  • Matyo Creations
  • Nyeshia “Jaze Jeanye” Padmore
  • Blue Leaf International Arts Gallery
  • Artbywepa
  • Chris Osborne Art
  • Art By Aaron Reed
  • The Robinson Studio
  • Christopher Crenshaw
  • D’Artist Donna Ladson
  • DMV League of Artists
  • The Graham Collection
  • Omar Canate – Brother Omar
  • Bodiles Nu Art Studio and Gallery| Georgia Fullerton – F U L L F I N E A R T
  • Ancestral Beads by Larry Brown
  • African Authentics
  • Solwazi Afi Olusola – DARA: Ancestral Beauty Photography
  • The Royal Ivey Collection
  • Art That Touches Your Heart
  • Mark Sublett & Genaro Rafael
  • Art That Touches Your Heart Student Gallery

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Kingston seeks funding for study of local African-American history

The City of Kingston Common Council voted unanimously to apply for the Underrepresented Communities Grant with the National Parks Service in the amount of up to $50,000 for the study of the early history of African-Americans in Kingston and Pine Street African Burial Ground . . .

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