Happy Friday Everyone! You've worked hard all week, and now it's time to have fun! Getting out and enjoying the beautiful Bay Area, as well as enjoying the company of friends old and new, is great for your mental health. So check out some of our favorite events from around the Bay that you can attend this weekend!
Click on any of the event titles for a link to the event.
Friday, January 6th
Heron Arts, San Francisco
3 PM, Ages: All
Free (Suggested Donation: $10)
Heron Arts is pleased to present the second iteration of Resonance in Light with new and returning artists. Resonance in Light is exploration of sound and light through The Gamelatron Project by Aaron Taylor Kuffner and artists JoeJoe Martin, and John Taylor who are returning artists. We are excited to announce new additions to the Resonance in Light project with artist collaborative HYBYCOZO, and Mark Slee.
Viewers will see new and exciting works from the artists above. This will be HYBYCOZO’s first integration with a sonic kinetic sculpture and a tango of shadow integrated with music. and a tango of shadow integrated with music. Mark Slee will be creating a large scale volumetric piece that is site specific to Heron Arts. JoeJoe Martin will be using analog technology to bring to Resonance in Light.
Resonance In Light is an experiment in meditative immersion. Sonically anchored by Gamelatron Roh Ageng, the four Bay Area artists join Kuffner in the creation of an interactive environment where the aural tones of this Gamelatron influence the various light-based sculptures.
A Gamelatron is a sound-producing kinetic sculpture presented as site-specific installations and stand-alone artworks by Aaron Taylor Kuffner. Gamelatrons are made from bronze and iron instruments derived from Indonesia’s thousand-year-old sonic tradition Gamelan, retrofitted with mechanical mallets on sculptural mounts. The pieces are connected to a physical computing system that transcribes digital compositions into an array of electrical pulsations that results in a ghostly musical automaton.
Aaron Taylor Kuffner is an American-born conceptual artist, based in New York. Kuffner’s dynamic work reaches far outside conventional forms of representation: it actively engages its audience and pushes art to serve society. His pieces often take the form of multi-year projects that require in-depth research, collaboration with field experts, and the development of new specialized skill sets. Each project provides unique conceptual tools that further the evolution of consciousness through the experience of beauty and the sublime.
JoeJoe Martin is an artist and Computer Engineer living in Brisbane, CA. After working as a software engineer in the wireless industry for a decade he moved on to a more fulfilling career using his technical skills and passion for aesthetics to bring life to art installations and experiences across the world. He has provided custom circuitry and systems design to some of the most loved and influential artworks of Burning Man and has thrown photons at many iconic buildings as a Technical Director at Obscura Digital. His own artworks often explore and juxtapose the digital and organic, and have been shown in galleries in Atlanta, Austin, Cape Town, Oakland, and San Francisco, as well as the Jacksonville MoMA in Florida.
John Lawrence Taylor A lifelong career of infusing technology into sculpture began in 1998 with a trip to the Black Rock Desert where cross-disciplinary arts flourished with the help of like-minded creative technologists. The works presented at Heron Arts are an exploration of light-based sculpture that resonates with the parasympathetic nervous system by way of patterns and motions that can be found in nature.
HYBYCOZO is the collaborative studio of Serge Beaulieu and Yelena Filipchuk. The work consists of larger than life geometric sculptures, often with patterns and textures that draw on inspirations from mathematics, science, and natural phenomena. Their works celebrate the inherent beauty of geometric form and pattern, and compose them in ways that harmonize the experience of sculpture, light, and shadow. HYBYCOZO is short for The Hyperspace Bypass Construction Zone and represents the artist's ongoing journey investigating the myriad dimensions of geometry.
They have permanent public artworks around the world from Dubai to Istanbul, Las Vegas, Sacramento, New Zealand, and the SF Bay Area. They have shown globally in Singapore, Brazil, Australia, and Canada and have been exhibited with institutions such as The Smithsonian, The Cincinnati museum of art, The Oakland Museum of California, and The Sharjah Museum of Art in the UAE.
Mark Slee’s visual art is built around structured systems of addressable LED lights. Drawing on a background in computer programming, he develops algorithmic patterns inspired both by organic and mathematical processes, employing procedural motion, subtle variation, and evolving shifts in both form and hue. These patterns explore the way our visual perception works, creating a vivid, colorful experience that is pleasing both aesthetically and intellectually- pretty lights that tickle mind and soul. These artworks are powered by a software framework Mark has developed called LX Studio.
An artist reception is scheduled for Saturday, December 10th from 6pm to 10pm, and intimate visits will be available by appointment until February 17th.
Craneway Pavilion, Richmond
10 AM, Ages: 8+
Imagine putting on a virtual reality headset and finding yourself floating in space. Space Explorers: THE INFINITE is the world’s largest immersive experience to take you on an awe-inspiring interactive journey to Space aboard the International Space Station (ISS).
Explore an entirely walkable 3D model of the International Space Station.
Witness the first ever spacewalk to be captured in cinematic virtual reality.
Admire mind-blowing views of Earth and feel the immensity of Space.
Join the crew of astronauts and discover their daily epic adventures.
“I can see astronauts in front of me. And when I look down, I can see the entire planet. It's really incredible!” ABC7 San Francisco Bay Area
Ready to blast off to Space?
Monday + Tuesdays: Closed
Wednesday: 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. (last entry at 9 p.m.)
Thursday: 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. (last entry at 8 p.m.)
Fridays: 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. (last entry at 9 p.m.)
Saturday: 10 a.m.- 10 p.m. (last entry at 9 p.m.)
Sunday: 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. (last entry at 6 p.m.)
Duration: 1 hour
Saturday, January 7th
The Mellow Haight, San Francisco
8:30 PM, Ages: All
You'll arrive at a magical space called The Mellow Haight, a houseplant store by day and a private venue by night.
Early birds: Arrive 15min prior, to grab a good seat and for the concert to begin promptly. Before that time we can't allow anyone inside.
We offer performers a space that acts as the in-between of a concert hall and a bar - where folks actively feel and listen to the music. The audience is encouraged to interact with the performers directly, discuss the compositions, ask questions, and fall in love with live music.
- NOTE: Guests are welcome to BYOB - Please practice "pack in, pack out" and take ALL trash with you. Plan to bring cups, wine cork, etc as these items are not available on-site. Anyone drinking alcohol must be 21yrs+
Mellow Sessions is the next step in a journey of curating and producing unique concerts in intimate settings for the past 3 years. Produced by local musicians and composers, these sessions will feature original music and arrangements by the best musicians, DJs, and composers of the Bay Area, as well as touring artists. Always new artists, always a surprise!
Where we'll be:
The venue is located in the upper Haight (corner of Masonic & Haight). Upper Haight is a historic and deeply-rooted neighborhood with ties dating back to experimental music, rock, jazz, blues during the '60s and a counter-cultural revolution that eventually took over the US. and the world.
At The Mellow Haight, we'll be surrounded by lush plants, greenery, and a laid-back vibe. All the right elements to stimulate our minds and engage in active listening, interaction, and enjoyment!
Accessibility: The Mellow Haight has a bathroom for guests to use and it is located upstairs. Guests with accessibility needs, please contact us 48hrs in advance.
See you soon! ✌🏼
SFMOMA, San Francisco
All Weekend, Ages: All
The most in-depth examination of the artist’s work in over two decades, Diego Rivera’s America brings together more than 150 of Rivera’s paintings, frescoes, and drawings—as well as three galleries devoted to large-scale film projections of highly influential murals he created in Mexico and the United States. Rather than surveying his entire career, the exhibition focuses on Rivera’s work from the 1920s to the mid-1940s, when he was conceiving a new vision for North America informed by his travels in Mexico and the U.S.
Ten thematic galleries are dedicated to places like Tehuantepec and Manhattan that captured his imagination, and to his favorite subjects, such as street markets, popular celebrations, and images of labor and industry.
“Rivera was one of the most aesthetically, socially and politically ambitious artists of the 20th century,” notes guest curator James Oles. “He was deeply concerned with transforming society and shaping identity—Mexican identity, of course, but also American identity, in the broadest sense of the term. Because of his utopian belief in the power of art to change the world, Rivera is an essential artist to explore anew today, from a contemporary perspective.”
Diego Rivera’s America builds on SFMOMA’s collection of over 70 works by Rivera, one of the largest in the world. It also features paintings, drawings and frescoes borrowed from public and private collections in Mexico, the U.S. and the U.K., reuniting many for the first time since the artist’s death. Iconic and much-loved works, such as The Corn Grinder (1926), Dance in Tehuantepec (1928), Flower Carrier (1935) and Portrait of Lupe Marín (1938), will be shown alongside paintings that have not been seen publicly since leaving the artist’s studio.
Sunday, January 8th
Fulton Plaza Roller Rink, San Francisco
12 PM, Ages: All
Let’s roll! Whether you are new to roller skating or a skating pro, San FranDISCO offers a fun skating atmosphere for everyone!
The rink is located at Fulton Plaza (next to the Main Library) and features both the traditional roller rink flooring and a roof to keep the fog and sun off your stylish moves! Open to the public as of Saturday, October 15, 2022; hours are Wednesday through Sunday, noon to 8pm, through the end of the year.
With good tunes spinning all day long and illuminated skates at night — come get your groove on and dance to the beat of music. This rink is for everyone: from the young to the young-at-heart — in the Heart of the City! And grab a bite at an area restaurant after you skate!
A project of San Francisco's notorious "Church of 8 Wheels," San FranDISCO offers 90 minute skating sessions 3x per day starting on even hours: noon-1:30pm, 2-3:30pm and 4-5:30pm and one 120-minute session: 6-8pm.
*The rink is also available for Private Parties on days outside of the regular schedule.
TICKETS are $15 for adults (18 and up) and $5 for youth.
GET YOUR TICKETS NOW! San FranDISCO roller rink at Fulton Plaza is brought to you by the City and County of San Francisco in partnership with the Civic Center Community Benefit District.
For hosting a private party, contact the rink.
Cowell Theater, San Francisco
10 AM, Ages: All
Families will delight in this heartwarming, jazzy-rhythmed tale of friendship, as cheerful Frog and his more reserved pal Toad swim, sled, bake cookies, and otherwise romp through a year of comic adventures, accompanied by their woodland animal friends, like Snail, who, by golly, will deliver the mail. Performance runs 65 minutes + Intermission 10 minutes
Recommended for all ages
If you have a BACT Family Membership please visit https://bactheatre.org/frog-and-toad to book your membership tickets.
COVID-19 Safety Protocol Be prepared to show the following so you can have fun at the show! • Vaccination Record OR Negative Covid Test (for CHILDREN + ADULTS) • Masks are required • Temperature Checks Upon Entry
Bay Area Children's Theatre and Fort Mason Center for Arts and Culture will be following all current public health directives from state and local authorities. Do not attend if you are not feeling well, have COVID-19 symptoms, or have been in close contact with anyone who is COVID-19+. All ticket sales are final and non-refundable. No Ticket Exchanges.