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Weekend Planner: November 18


Friday’s here again!  Welcome to Weekend Planner, your weekend update on fun.

Every Friday we put together a list of the weekend events we think look most interesting and provide them here. Keep in mind there is always a lot more going on, and all it takes is a little digging to find something that will be the perfect activity for you.

Click on any of the event titles for a link to the event.


Friday, November 18



Macy’s Holiday Windows Unveiling

Macy’s Union Square, San Francisco

9AM, All Ages


Macy’s in Union Square unveils their 30th Annual “Holiday Windows” with elaborately-decorated holiday window displays all along the outside of the building featuring some adorable (and adoptable) cats and dogs to help benefit the SPCA and find these furry friends a new home.

Hours: 9 am to 8 pm (most days), but please check the 2016 hours before heading out. Please note, they’re closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Over the past ten years, the Holiday Windows have helped the SF SPCA raise over $500,000 and find homes for over 2,500 animals.

What better way to celebrate the holidays than to volunteer to be a greeter at Holiday Windows? Greeters do the important job of greeting the public, talking about the animals in the windows and about the SF SPCA, directing people to the adoption center inside, and asking for donations.

SF SPCA and Macy’s will unveil the 2016 Macy’s Holiday Windows on the corner of Stockton and O’Farrell Streets on Friday, November 18, 2016 at 5 pm.

Join Macy’s and special guest host Top Chef: Just Desserts winner, Yigit Pura, as they unveil their Holiday Windows, featuring adoptable kitties and puppies from the San Francisco SPCA. The excitement begins at 5 pm with a special performance by the De Marillac Academy Choir before they open the curtains.

After you’ve seen the wonder of the windows, voted one of the “10 Best Places to Press Your Nose” by USA Today, stop in and visit othe adoption experts at the SF SPCA center on Level 1 and find out how you can give an adorable pooch or kitty a forever home.



Winter Fireworks & Disney on Ice

Justin Herman Plaza, San Francisco

4PM, All Ages


Enjoy a winter fireworks display, and a special free Disney on Ice performance of “Worlds of Enchantment” which takes place on the outdoor ice rink in Justin Herman Plaza during Embarcadero Center’s 30th Annual Building Lighting Ceremony when more than 15,000 lights illuminate the San Francisco skyline.

Enter the dazzling world of Disney magic Live On Ice. Rev up for non-stop fun with four of your favorite Disney stories at Disney On Ice presents Worlds of Enchantment featuring:

  1. Disney-Pixar’s “Cars”

  2. “The Little Mermaid’s” undersea kingdom

  3. Disney-Pixar’s “Toy Story”

  4. Disney’s “Frozen”

Get warmed up for the show with exclusive moves taught by the mouse that started it all at Mickey’s Dance-Along Pre-Show. From wheels to waves, icy wonderlands to infinity and beyond, your family’s favorite Disney moments come to life at Disney On Ice presents Worlds of Enchantment.

2016 Family Fun Carnival  | 4-6 pm

Four iconic buildings lit with 15,000 holiday lights, fireworks bursting in the sky and a magical show presented by Disney on Ice. The Building Lighting Ceremony at Embarcadero Center is a San Francisco tradition and the official start of the holiday season in the city.  The festivities begin at 4 pm with a family fun carnival.

Building Lighting Ceremony, Ice Show & Fireworks | 6-7 pm

At 6 pm, gather around the Holiday Ice Rink at Embarcadero Center to be magically whisked away to world of Disney by astonishing skating as you sing and dance. The countdown to the official lighting leads up to the dramatic illumination of One, Two, Three and Four Embarcadero Center featuring 15,000 lights, followed by a dazzling pyrotechnic fireworks spectacular. The event takes place rain or shine, though the ice show may be canceled if it rains.


Saturday, November 19



The Great Dickens Christmas Fair

Cow Palace, San Francisco

10 AM, All Ages


Visit London – at the historic Cow Palace Exhibition Halls! The world-renowned Great Dickens Christmas Fair is the only event of its kind. The winding lanes of Victorian London come to life with over 3 acres of music halls, theatres, pubs, dance parties, and charming shops overflowing with hand-made holiday treasures. Enticing aromas of roasted chestnuts and hearty foods fill the air. It’s a charming lamp-lit city brimming with over 750 lively and colorful characters from the imagination of Charles Dickens, the pages of history, and the sometimes saucy world of the Victorian stage. Open from 10 AM to 7 PM, five weekends and one Friday from Nov. 19 – Dec. 18, 2016.

Free BART Shuttle from Glen Park Station every Fair day!

For Questions regarding your PDF tickets or order, Contact Eventbrite’s customer support at Eventbrite/ For Questions related to the event itself, contact

Tickets may also be purchased at the Fair Box Office each day of operation, subject to availability. Check for the day you wish to attend.



Bacchanal de Afrique

Eastside Arts Alliance, Oakland

6 PM,  All Ages


Featuring Gbedu Town Radio | MJ’s Brass Boppers | Kidd Strobe (Turffeinz) | DJ Mpenzi | Shemica Johnson | Kanukai Chigamba | Loubayi | Rasaq ‘Jaajo’ Lawal | Akemi Smoot | Tola Williams | Rocssy Mahania | Chocolate Platinum | Marissa Arterberry | Ginika Oruche | Alexa Burrell | Lily Williams | Tone Rawlings | Chop Plentii

Live Music | Dance | Theater | DJ | Art | Food Afrobeats. Dancehall. Soukous. Hip Hop. Soul Line. Turf & More Saturday November 19, 6-11PM Bacchanal de Afrique Community Lab A Celebration of Afro-Urban Art, Culture & People for the African Diaspora inviting the audience into the creative process with performances that celebrate our life stages. EastSide Arts Alliance: 2277 International Blvd. Oakland FREE w/Tickets on Eventbrite

Bacchanal de Afrique Community Lab is an installation of Bacchanal de Afrique- 2016, a multi-day celebration of Afro-Urban Art and Culture featuring master dancers and musicians from the African Diaspora. For other events and more info visit

Dancers, DJs, Musicians and Artists come together for a weekend of true Afro street and club revelry showcasing the diversity of Africa and her Diaspora. A light-hearted and high-energy exchange of Afro-Urban culture.

Bacchanal de Afrique 2016- Til’ Dance Do Us Part, follows the trajectory of life via the contemporary musical and dance celebrations of people of the Urban African Diaspora. Featuring a diverse group of performers of African heritage, this production will examine and show how the varied global-African experiences of music, dance, and artistic aesthetics anchor life; from the wondrous and miraculous birth to the tumultuous transition from adolescence to adulthood, the arduous search for partnering to the inevitable mystery of death.

What is Afro–Urban?

“Afro–Urban” describes the various contributions of dance, music and art aesthetics by people of African heritage in urban settings. This includes Afrobeat (Nigeria), Azonto (Ghana), Breaking/Popping/Turf/Vogue (USA), Bounce/Second-Line (New Orleans), Chicago Stepping, Coupé Décalé (Ivory Coast), Dancehall (Jamaica), Jazz/Tap/Swing/Lindy-Hop (USA), House (UK), Kizomba/Semba (Angola), Kompa (Haiti), Ndombolo (Congo), Merengue (Dominican Republic), Pantsula (South Africa), Rumba/Rueda (Cuba), Afro-Samba (Brazil), Soca (Trinidad and Tobago) and countless more.


teamLab: Living Digital Space and Future Parks

Pace Art + Technology, Menlo Park

11 AM, All Ages


A limited number of tickets are available for purchase on site at reception desk, but we recommend reserving tickets online to confirm entry to the gallery. Tickets are non-refundable. Guests do not need to bring printed copies of their ticket, but should be prepared with a photo ID for all Senior, Student or Nonprofit tickets. Children ages 2 and under are free to attend without a ticket.

We recommend that you allow 1 – 2 hours to experience all the exhibits in both buildings. Galleries are cleared at 6:45pm, 15 minutes before closing. Tickets can be purchased no more than 120 days in advance.

For large groups with children, we ask that there be one adult for every five guests under the age of twelve. See Chaperone Guidelines Here.

School groups or groups with 5+ children May Not be admitted without prior notification to, and a ticket purchase through our Eventbrite page.


[Menlo Park, CA – December 21, 2015] – teamLab, the renowned Japanese art collective, recognized for challenging and expanding the digital art making practice, and Pace Art + Technology will present Living Digital Space and Future Parks. The large-scale installation will invite participants of all ages to immerse themselves in the multi-room environments spanning 20,000ft² and showcasing 20 digital works. Several of the works on show—including Light Sculpture of Flames and Black Waves in Infinity—will enjoy their international debut while other works—including Flowers and People, Cannot be Controlled but Live Together – A Whole Year per Hour and Flutter of Butterflies Beyond Borders—will be shown in North America for the first time.

Participants will be encouraged to partake in this digital playground for all ages, to witness the visually morphing beauty of the 20 immersive works, to explore the associated pioneering and intellectual concepts of these technologists at work, as well as the mesmerizing innovative capabilities at play. These deeply interactive works are a powerful testament to the advancement of and growing interest in digital art as well as its unique ability to nurture creativity and curiosity through technology.

Toshiyuki Inoko from teamLab says, “We are honored to share some of our most recently created artworks and hope the universality of their themes—creativity, play, exploration, immersion, life, and fluidity—will seep into the broader conscience. We are particularly excited to debut several of these works in Silicon Valley, one of the indisputable heartlands for innovation, bold thinking and risk-taking.

For all teamLab/Pace Menlo Park media inquiries, list of works and image requests: Florie Hutchinson | | 415-515-4696

About teamLab: (f. 2001, Tokyo, by Toshiyuki Inoko) is an interdisciplinary group of ultra-technologists whose collaborative practice seeks to navigate the confluence of art, technology, design and the natural world. Rooted in the tradition of ancient Japanese Art and contemporary forms of anime, teamLab operates from a distinctly Japanese sense of spatial recognition, investigating human behavior in the information era and proposing innovative models for societal development. teamLab’s works are in the permanent collection of Borusan Contemporary, Istanbul; The Asian Art Museum, San Francisco; The Asia Society Museum, New York; Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide; and Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney. They have been the subject of numerous exhibitions worldwide; in 2015, a projection work was exhibited on the façade of the Grand Palais, Paris.

About Pace: Pace is a leading contemporary art gallery representing many of the most significant international artists and estates of the 20th and 21st centuries. Founded by Arne Glimcher in Boston in 1960 and led by Marc Glimcher, Pace has been a constant, vital force in the art world and has introduced many renowned artists’ work to the public for the first time. Over the past five decades, the gallery has mounted more than 800 exhibitions, including scholarly shows that have subsequently traveled to museums, and has published over 400 exhibition catalogues. Today, Pace has 10 locations worldwide: four galleries in New York, two in London, a 25,000 square-foot gallery in Beijing, and exhibition spaces in Hong Kong, Paris and Menlo Park, California.

Pace Art + Technology: Established in 2015 by Pace President Marc Glimcher, Pace Art + Technology is the gallery’s new program dedicated to showcasing interdisciplinary art groups, collectives and studios whose works explore the confluence of art and technology. The initiative is the expansion of Pace’s longstanding commitment to artistic approaches that highlight and emphasize technological and digital methods. Pace Art + Technology will launch in 2016 with exhibitions at Pace Menlo Park in California.


Sunday, November 20



Renegade Craft Fair Holiday Market

Fort Mason Center, San Francisco

11 AM, All Ages


Get started on that holiday list early as the Renegade Craft Fair Holiday Market returns to Fort Mason.

Expect over 300 talented makers ranging from holiday inspired stationery and gift wrap, unique and one-of-a-kind jewelry, apparel and shoes, to eco-friendly furniture, prints and posters, housewares and much more.

Celebrate the season with the very best of emerging and established handcrafted goods and DIY culture, so come and take a peek at world-class design and handcrafted items including jewelry and accessories, home decor, apothecary, art, and an array of thoughtfully curated items ideal for gift-giving.



In the Woods Again, Again

Little Boxes Theater, San Francisco

7 PM, All Ages


In the Woods Again, Again is a dance, kinetic art, and live music experience. As an audience member, you’ll join fellow guests for a drink and snack before entering the moving art gallery. The space will be transformed by interactive art pieces, a live musical group in the center of the exhibit and a one hour dance performance that will take place around you as you move through the space.

“I went into the woods to lose my mind and find my soul”. The show centers around exploration of the human mind, the hope and tragedy it contains and our deepest fantasies played out through the people who surround us. In the midst of abstract depictions of how our mind copes with trauma, love and loss, we find our characters connecting energetically and serving as instruments to fulfill the visions of an individuals mind. The show title centers less on the act of being in the woods and revolves around an emotional state; a place we sometimes find ourselves lost in. The beauty and discovery of being in this place in our minds, mixed with the fear and danger of unknown depths we never thought we could reach. The show illustrates our fundamental need to connect as humans and how we can sometimes find ourselves lost along the way.

Please join us for this special event as Concept o4 partners with Little Boxes Theater to create this immersive piece. Kinetic art dreamed up and executed by Conor Grebel with music composition by Ayaka Matsui and Natasha Adorlee Johnson. The work will be danced by Juliann Witt, Katerina Wong, Alec Guthrie and Maggie Stack.

Tickets will be capped at 40 per show to maintain an intimate and unique experience for each audience member.

Want more options? Eventbrite is a great place to start. Know about 
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