Before getting swept up in the hurricane of holiday obligations and traditions, go do something just for the heck of it.San Francisco in November 2013 has a cornucopia of festivals, performances, exhibits and workshops to choose from.
SF Open Studios
Through November 10, Saturdays & Sundays at 11 am–6 pm
Said to be the largest open studios program in the US, here's your chance to catch 900 San Francisco artists in their element. Pop into their studios, watch them create, and inquire, peruse and shop. Each weekend offers self-guided tours of studios in different neighborhoods of San Francisco.
At various venues. Free.
Bay Area Science Festival
November 2, at 11 am-4 pm
AT&T Park is turned over to a giant science carnival with games, experiments, exhibits, a robot zoo and shows presented by folks from Stanford, UC-Berkeley, UCSF, Autodesk, the San Francisco Zoo, Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose, Intel, science associations, Lawrence Livermore National Lab, Aquarium of the Bay, Chabot Space & Science Center and elsewhere.
At AT&T Park. Free.
Making Masterpiece with Rebecca Eaton
November 7, at 7 pm
Eaton, the Emmy-Award-winning producer of PBS's Masterpiece Theatre, gives a backstage look at the station’s hits including Downton Abbey and Sherlock. Her just released memoir will be for sale.
At Nourse Theatre, 275 Hayes St., San Francisco 94102. Tickets $12, 15.
Meet Your Neighbors
November 8, at 2-5 pm
Meet your future neighbors at the Columbarium’s open house for existing and prospective niche owners. On view is artist Josh Faught’s temporary site-specific installation commissioned by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
At the Neptune Society Columbarium, 1 Loraine Ct., San Francisco 94118. RSVPs requested at (415) 752-7891.
San Francisco Opera Community Open House
November 9, at 10:30 am–2:30 pm
Open house at the opera house means sets by vocalists and the opera orchestra, sing-alongs, workshops and demos of wigs, make up and stage fighting, a scavenger hunt, a photo booth with costumes, and prop- and craft-making.
At War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco 94102. Free.
Korean Wedding Reenactment
November 9, at 2-4 pm
You’re invited to a colorful wedding—a reenactment of an elite-class, traditional wedding circa Korea’s Joseon dynasty (1392–1910). Some of the elaborate rituals are still practiced today. The wedding is in conjunction with the Asian’s special exhibit of Joseon-era Korean art.
At the Asian Art Museum, 200 Larkin St., San Francisco 94102. Limited seating; must obtain tickets in advance. Tickets: Free-$12.
Daughters of the Civil Rights Movement Speak
November 9, at 7:30 pm
Journalist Belva Davis moderates a discussion by four daughters of extraordinary leaders, President Lyndon B. Johnson, Robert F. Kennedy, Ralph Abernathy and Alabama governor George Wallace. The Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir Ensemble performs.
At the Oakland Marriott City Center, 1001 Broadway, Oakland 94607. Must register in advance by contacting (510) 434-3988 or DRoberts@RobertsEvents.com.
Come Out & Play Festival
It’s all fun and games in this festival, which encompasses everything from role play, hide-and-seek and sports to devices and props like balls, GPS and SMS. The granddaddy game is Saturday’s Journey to the End of the Night, in which players race to checkpoints and are chased across San Francisco.
Nov. 9 at Everett Middle School, 450 Church St., San Francisco. Nov. 10 at Mission Recreation Center, 2450 Harrison St., San Francisco. Free.
International Taiko Festival
November 9 at 8 pm; Nov. 10 at 3 pm
A Japanese drumming extravaganza that incorporates traditional and contemporary Japanese and American music, dance and martial arts movements, and special guest artists from Sacramento and Japan. Hosted by San Francisco Taiko Dojo.
At Zellerbach Hall, UC-Berkeley, Oxford Street and Bancroft Way, Berkeley. Tickets $32-46.
Celebration of Craftswomen
November 9-11 at 10 am-5 pm
Peruse accessories, jewelry, housewares, ceramics, pottery, bags and purses, furniture, bath and beauty items, glass pieces and art made by nearly 200 juried artists at what’s said to be the only all-female crafts show in the US. The show benefits the Women’s Building.
At Fort Mason Center, Festival Pavilion, San Francisco. Admission free-$9.
Glass Terrarium Workshop
November 13, at 2-4 pm
Make your own unique, living ornaments: mini glass terrariums filled with small, colorful succulents.
At the Conservatory of Flowers, Golden Gate Park, 100 John F. Kennedy Dr., San Francisco, CA 94118. Fee $45.
Remembering LGBT Historic Sites in San Francisco: A Community Workshop
November 14, at 6-7:30 pm
For this launch of a yearlong study, the GLBT Historical Society invites people to tell their stories about the significant LGBT places in San Francisco where they socialized, shopped, partied and organized, etc.
At the San Francisco Women's Building, 3543 18th St., San Francisco. Free.
San Francisco Film Society Fall Celebration
November 14, from 6 pm
A new fundraiser by the film society, this gala honors Fruitvale Station, Her, Nebraska and The Square and film hotshots Ryan Coogler, Spike Jonze, Michael B. Jordan, Jehane Noujaim, Alexander Payne and June Squibb.
At the Battery, 717 Battery St., San Francisco 94111. Tickets $350 and up.
An Evening of Kaiseki & Sake
November 14, at 6:30-9:30 pm
Sakes from several breweries are paired with a five-course kaiseki menu that includes scallops, short ribs and a “sake bomb” dessert. KikiSake-shi (master sake-sommelier) Stuart Morris guides diners with comments about sake’s history, tasting nuances and breweries.
At the Mandarin Oriental, 222 Sansome St., San Francisco 94104. Tickets $85 plus tax & gratuity.
San Francisco International Hip Hop DanceFest
Popping, locking, b-boy tricks and funky Gumby moves you’ll have to see to believe. The professional hip-hop dance companies are from the Bay Area, New York, Philadelphia, Chicago, LA and the UK. If you’re inspired, take an afternoon master class.
At the Palace of Fine Arts Theatre, 3301 Lyon St., San Francisco 94123. Tickets: $39.99, 75.
Korean Culture Day
November 17, at 11 am–4 pm
Feast on Korean culture all day, including art, dance, music, performances, games, activities and Korean tacos and other food. The free-admission day is sponsored by the Korea Foundation.At the Asian Art Museum, 200 Larkin St., San Francisco 94102. Free.
Holiday Centerpiece Making
November 20, at 2-4 pm
Sloat Garden Center shows you how to fashion succulents and cuttings into beautiful table centerpieces. All materials are provided.
At the Conservatory of Flowers, Golden Gate Park, 100 John F. Kennedy Dr., San Francisco, CA 94118. Fee $50.
Dissident Futures Art and Ideas Day
November 23, at 12-9 pm
In conjunction with its Dissident Futures exhibit, YBCA hosts a day of workshops, talks, performances, music and other interactive activities that explore the future, technology and progress. Participants include inventors, artists, computer scientists, designers, Code for America, teachers, hackers, the Institute for the Future and the Long Now Foundation.
At Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission St., San Francisco 94103. Free.
November 23, from 6 pm
This Black Rock Arts Foundation fundraiser entails a dinner, drinks, live performances, dancing, an art sale, DJs, a raffle, and live and silent auctions.
At the Bently Reserve, 400 Sansome St., San Francisco 94111. Tickets $40 and up. Ages 21+.