A Selection of Cultural Events
in the San Francisco Bay area


(Note: I do not list expensive events here. Most of these are free or very cheap).

2017


Oct 20-22 @ San Rafael: Bioneers conference http://www.bioneers.org/
Jun 16 @ Zellerbach Playhouse: George Lewis' Afterword http://secure.calperformances.org/single/eventlisting.aspx
Jun 15 & 17 @ Zellerbach Hall: Vijay Iyer http://secure.calperformances.org/single/eventlisting.aspx
June 11 @ Hotel Shattuck Plaza: SkeptiCal 2017, the NorCal Science & Skepticism Conference http://www.skepticalcon.com/
May 21 @ San Francisco: Bay to Breakers http://baytobreakers.com/
Till May 21 @ Berkeley Art Museum: "Hippie Modernism" exhibition http://bampfa.org/program/hippie-modernism-struggle-utopia
May 19 @ Stanford: Philosophy colloquium with Louis Antony https://philosophy.stanford.edu/events/upcoming-events
May 19 - 21 @ San Mateo County Event Center: Maker Faire http://makerfaire.com/bay-area/
May 17 @ City Arts & Lectures: Siddhartha Mukherjee http://www.cityarts.net/event/siddhartha-mukherjee/
May 17 @ Courthouse Plaza, Redwood City: International Startup Fair https://www.eventbrite.com/e/international-startup-fair-2017-tickets-31369148969
May 14 @ Exploratorium: Free Day
Till May 12 @ Institute for the Future: Past Futures of Howard Rheingold: A Retrospective of Art and Ideas http://www.iftf.org/future-now/article-detail/join-us-counterfactual-cuisine-a-night-with-the-center-for-genomic-gastronomy-copy-1/
May 10-12 @ Zellerbach Hall: Scottish Ballet http://secure.calperformances.org/single/eventlisting.aspx
May 10 @ Berkeley Art Museum: 100th anniversary of the birth of composer Lou Harrison http://www.bampfa.berkeley.edu/
May 5 @ Stanford: Philosophy colloquium with Zoe Drayson https://philosophy.stanford.edu/events/upcoming-events
May 4-6 @ Davies Hall: Berlioz's Requiem https://www.sfsymphony.org/Buy-Tickets/2016-2017/Berlioz-Requiem.aspx
Till May 21 @ Berkeley Art Museum: "Hippie Modernism" exhibition http://bampfa.org/program/hippie-modernism-struggle-utopia
Till May 12 @ Institute for the Future: Past Futures of Howard Rheingold: A Retrospective of Art and Ideas http://www.iftf.org/future-now/article-detail/join-us-counterfactual-cuisine-a-night-with-the-center-for-genomic-gastronomy-copy-1/
Till May 7 @ PACE Gallery (229 Hamilton Ave, Palo Alto): David Hockney
May 7 @ Asian Art Museum: Music for the Afterlife utilizing replicas of Han dynasty Bianzhong bronze bells http://centerfornewmusic.com/calendar/c4nm-asian-art-museum-music-for-the-afterlife/
Apr 30 @ Greek Theatre: Yo-Yo Ma, Edgar Meyer, Chris Thile http://secure.calperformances.org/single/eventlisting.aspx
Apr 30 @ Chabot College: The Ukulele Festival http://www.ukulelefestivalnorcal.org/
Apr 29 @ UC Berkeley's Li Ka Shing Center: California Cognitive Science Conference https://cssa.berkeley.edu/ccsc17.html
Till Apr 29 @ Center for New Music: Sasha Leitman's "Pacific Resonance" http://centerfornewmusic.com/calendar/
Apr 28-30 @ Zellerbach Hall: Rameau's The Temple of Glory performed by Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra & Chorale http://secure.calperformances.org/single/eventlisting.aspx
Apr 28 - 30 @ Fort Mason: Art Market http://artmarketsf.com/
Apr 28 - 30 @ Point Reyes: Birding & Nature Festival - 50 field events http://www.pointreyesbirdingfestival.org/
Apr 26 and 27 @ San Jose Convention Center: Finovate
April 25 - 30 @ DeYoung Museum: Bouquets to Art - floral art https://deyoung.famsf.org/bouquets/events
April 25 @ Stanford: Michael Mahoney, CEO of Boston Scientific biodesign.stanford.edu
April 23 @ Santana Row, San Jose: Dance Festival - dozens of groups dance for five minutes outdoors
Apr 22 @ Stinson Beach: Earth Day Celebration at the beach - cleaning up the beach and creating sculptures from sand musicians and dancers perform Earth Day Celebration http://www.earthdaystinsonbeach.org/
Apr 22 @ First Congregational Church: Cappella SF http://secure.calperformances.org/single/eventlisting.aspx
Apr 21 - 23 @ Alameda County Fairgrounds: Robogames http://robogames.net/index.php
Apr 21 - 23 @ San Joaquin County Fairgrounds, Stockton: Asparagus Festival http://sanjoaquinasparagusfestival.net/
Apr 21 - 30 @ Bay Area: Dance Week - 700 performances, classes, and workshops http://bayareadance.org/
Apr 20-21 @ Pleasanton: Robogames https://svrobo.org/
Apr 19 - 20 @ SF: Internet of Things Summit https://theinnovationenterprise.com/summits/internet-of-things-summit-san-francisco-2017
Apr 19 @ Stanford: The Origins of Silicon Valley http://event.stanford.edu/events/646/64685/
Apr 16 @ Asian Art Museum: Music for the Afterlife utilizing replicas of Han dynasty Bianzhong bronze bells http://centerfornewmusic.com/calendar/c4nm-asian-art-museum-music-for-the-afterlife/
Apr 15 @ New People Cinema: Kenji Misumi's film Zatoichi - The Blind Swordsman, original classic samurai epic http://www.jffsf.org/cbff2017/the-tale-of-zatoichi/
Apr 15 - 16 and 22 - 23 @ USA: Free national parks https://www.nps.gov/planyourvisit/fee-free-parks.htm
Apr 15 @ Mills College: Littlefield Concert Hall: Lou Harrison Centenary Concert
Apr 14 @ Stanford: Philosophy colloquium with Jessica Moss https://philosophy.stanford.edu/events/upcoming-events
Apr 14 @ Stanford Memorial Church: Haydn's Seven Last Words http://event.stanford.edu/events/604/60433/
Apr 13-16 @ ODC: Aaron Gervais' dance and music show Prescription Drug Nation https://aarongervais.com/prescription-drug-nation/
April 13 @ UC Berkeley: Ron Rael (UC Berkeley/ Architecture), John Cumbers (Synbiobeta), Kim Anno (California College of the Arts), Pantea Karimi (Media Artist) www.lasertalks.org
Apr 12 @ San Jose: Robot Block Party https://svrobo.org/
Apr 12 @ Institute for the Future: The Past Futures of Howard Rheingold - A Retrospective of Art and Ideas http://www.iftf.org/future-now/article-detail/join-us-counterfactual-cuisine-a-night-with-the-center-for-genomic-gastronomy-copy-1/
Apr 12 @ Stanford: Goran Konjevod (Origami Artist), Megan Joan Palmer (Stanford/ Biosecurity), Eva Silverstein (Stanford/ Cosmology), Marjorie Schwarzer (University of San Francisco) www.lasertalks.org
Apr 11 @ Berkeley Art Museum: Iceland's female music collective Nordic Affect http://www.bampfa.berkeley.edu/
Apr 8-9 @ Hertz Hall: Takocs Quartet performing Beethoven: The Complete String Quartets http://secure.calperformances.org/single/eventlisting.aspx
Apr 8-9 and Apr 15-16 @ Japantown: Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival http://sfcherryblossom.org/
Apr 8 @ Sonoma: Rachna Nivas' kathak dance drama "Son of the Wind" http://www.leela.dance/
April 7-8 @ San Jose Hammer Theater: the fourth LAST festival with 20+ speakers and 16 high-tech art installations and several performances
Apr 7 @ SFSU's McKenna Theatre: The Delphi Trio https://morrison.sfsu.edu/events/1090
Apr 7 @ First Congregational Church: The Tallis Scholars http://secure.calperformances.org/single/eventlisting.aspx
Apr 6 @ Computer History Museum: Uber's CEO Travis Kalanick
Apr 5 - 19 @ San Francisco: International Film Festival http://www.sffs.org/sfiff59
Apr 5 - 9 @ San Mateo Event Center: Flower & Garden - five acres of showcase gardens http://www.sfgardenshow.com/
Apr 3 @ UC Berkeley: Tiffany Chung http://atc.berkeley.edu/
Till Apr 28 @ ProArts: Bay Area Situationists https://proartsgallery.org/
Till Apr 2 @ Mills College's Slide Space 123: The Story of Experiments in Art and Technology 1960-2001
Mar 31 @ Cantor Museum: surrealist films
Mar 30 - May 7 @ PACE Gallery (229 Hamilton Ave, Palo Alto): David Hockney
Mar 30 @ Clark Kerr Campus, UC Berkeley: Women's Leadership Conference
Mar 30-Apr 2 @ Yerba Buena Center: ODC Dance reprises Paul Dresher's score for Walk Back the Cat
Mar 29-31 @ San Jose Convention Center: Silicon Valley Virtual Reality Expo http://vrexpo.com/
Mar 28 @ Stanford: Pandemics & Global Health Security: A Conversation with David Heymann http://event.stanford.edu/events/674/67457/
Mar 27-29 @ Santa Clara Convention Center: Global IoT Conference
Mar 26 @ Zellerbach Hall: National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine http://secure.calperformances.org/single/eventlisting.aspx
Mar 26 @ Center for New Music: A tribute to Tony Conrad
Mar 25-28 @ San Francisco Hyatt Regency: Cognitive Neuroscience Society https://www.cogneurosociety.org/annual-meeting/
Mar 24-25 @ Mountain View: Women in Tech Festival http://siliconvalleyforum.com/event/26811228105
Mar 24-25 @ Yerba Buena Center for the Arts: Rachna Nivas and others performing Indian Kathak dance and American tap dance http://www.leela.dance/
Mar 24 @ First Congregational Church: Choir of King's College http://secure.calperformances.org/single/eventlisting.aspx
Mar 24 @ COmputer History Museum: IBM's Grady Booch
Mar 24 @ Stanford Bing Concert Hall: Emerson String Quartet
Mar 20 @ UC Berkeley: Andrew and Deborah Rappaort http://atc.berkeley.edu/
Mar 19 @ Asian Art Museum: Music for the Afterlife utilizing replicas of Han dynasty Bianzhong bronze bells http://centerfornewmusic.com/calendar/c4nm-asian-art-museum-music-for-the-afterlife/
Mar 17 @ Stanford: Philosophy colloquium with Sonny Elizondo https://philosophy.stanford.edu/events/upcoming-events
Mar 17 @ Stanford Bing: CCRMA winter concert http://event.stanford.edu/events/647/64763/
Mar 16 @ Modernism 724 Ellis Street: Jonathon Keats - The New Look of Neuroscience https://www.modernisminc.com/exhibitions/Jonathon_KEATS--The_New_Look_of_Neuroscience/
Mar 15 @ San Francisco Art Institute: Fiamma Montezemolo's Adjacent Fields http://www.sfai.edu/events-calendar/detail/fiamma-montezemolo
Mar 14-15 @ Metreon: Experiential Technology Conference http://www.xtechexpo.com/
Mar 14 @ USF: Maria Makela (California College of the Arts), Theresa Wong (Composer), Gregorij Kurillo (Berkeley/ Teleimmersion Lab), Luciano Chessa (Composer) www.lasertalks.com
Mar 12 @ Berkeley Art Museum: Canadian electroacoustic composer Jean-Francois LaPorte http://www.bampfa.berkeley.edu/
Mar 9 @ Xerox PARC: Andreas Weigend on "Data for the People: How to Make Our Post-Privacy Economy Work For Yo,"
Mar 7-18 @ War Memorial Opera House: three ballets choreographed by George Balanchine (Stravinsky's Violin Concerto, Prokofiev's Prodigal Son, Tchaikovsky's Diamonds) https://www.sfballet.org/season/repertory/program-04
Mar 6 @ UC Berkeley: Tanya Zimbardo http://atc.berkeley.edu/
Mar 4-5 @ Hertz Hall: Takocs Quartet performing Beethoven: The Complete String Quartets http://secure.calperformances.org/single/eventlisting.aspx
Till Mar 4 @ Minnesota Street Project: Bitforms Gallery's Fifteen-Year Anniversary Exhibition http://minnesotastreetproject.com/
Mar 3-4 @ Zellerbach Hall: Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo http://secure.calperformances.org/single/eventlisting.aspx
Mar 2 @ Computer History Museum: Apple Newton, Go Corp, General Magic, etc http://www.computerhistory.org/events/upcoming/#computing-your-pocket
Till Feb 26 @ San Francisco MOMA: Sohei Nishino collaged "Diorama Maps" https://www.sfmoma.org/
Feb 26 @ Zellerbach Hall: Julia Wolfe's Anthracite Fields with Bang on a Can All-Stars http://secure.calperformances.org/single/eventlisting.aspx
Till Feb 26 @ Museum of American Heritage: The Evolution of Film http://www.moah.org/
Till Feb 26 @ DeYoung Museum: Frank Stella http://www.famsf.org/
Till Feb 25 @ Minnesota Street Project: Adrian Rosenfeld Gallery opens at Minnesota Street Project with art by Jenny Holzer, Barbara Kruger, Louise Lawler, Cindy Sherman, and Rosemarie Trockel http://minnesotastreetproject.com/
Feb 24 @ Stanford: Philosophy colloquium with Susanna Schellenberg https://philosophy.stanford.edu/events/upcoming-events
Feb 24 @ Zellerbach Hall: Nicola Benedetti, Venice Baroque Orchestra performing Vivaldi's The Four Seasons http://secure.calperformances.org/single/eventlisting.aspx
Till Feb 19 @ San Jose Museum of Art: Beauty-Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial http://www.sanjosemuseumofart.org/
Feb 19 @ Zellerbach Hall: Maria Schneider Orchestra http://secure.calperformances.org/single/eventlisting.aspx
Feb 18 @ Museo Italo Americano: Federico Faggin on "Conscious Robots"
Feb 18 @ Yerba Buena Center: Kinetech Arts' premiere of Brainwash Machine http://www.kine-tech.org/
Feb 18 @ Yerba Buena Center: Can we design Freedom? https://www.ybca.org/whats-on
Feb 17-26 @ War Memorial Opera House: Lowell Liebermann's Frankenstein choreographed by Liam Scarlett https://www.sfballet.org/season/repertory/program-03
Feb 17 @ Presidio Officers' Club: Music by Paul Dresher http://www.presidio.gov/events/presidio-sessions-paul-dresher-ensemble
Feb 16 @ Stanford: Hank Greely / The End of Sex and the Future of Reproduction https://philosophy.stanford.edu/events/upcoming-events
Feb 16 @ Cubberley Community Theatre: Alison Gopnik on "The Parent as Gardener" http://wonderfest.org/the-parent-as-gardener-feb-16/
Feb 15 @ California Institute of Integral Studies: Alfonso Montuori on Creativity http://www.ciis.edu/public-programs-and-performances/public-programs-event-calendar/montuori-alfonso-sp17
Feb 11-12 @ Galvanize San Francisco: DeveloperWeek Hackathon http://www.developerweek.com/hackathon/
Feb 11 @ Berkeley Art Museum: "Counterculture/Cyberculture" panel discussion with Lee Felsenstein, Fred Turner, and Lynn Hershman Leeson, moderated by Greg Niemeyer http://bampfa.org/visit/calendar?date=2017-02
Feb 10 @ Berkeley Art Museum: composer Carl Stone http://www.bampfa.berkeley.edu/
Feb 9 @ Stanford: Vanessa Sigurdson (Autodesk Pier 9), Stan Shaff (Composer and Audium founder), Marilia Librandi Rocha (Stanford/ Literature), Susan McConnell (Stanford/Biology) www.lasertalks.com
Feb 8 @ UC Berkeley: Carlo Sequin (UC Berkeley), Andra Keay (Silicon Valley Robotics), Marjorie Schwarzer (University of San Francisco), Carrie Hott (Performance Artist) www.lasertalks.com
Feb 8 - May 21 @ Berkeley Art Museum: "Hippie Modernism" exhibition http://bampfa.org/program/hippie-modernism-struggle-utopia
Feb 6 @ UC Berkeley: Pamela & Richard Kramlich http://atc.berkeley.edu/
Feb 6 @ Stanford: Bohumil Hrabal's "Too Loud a Solitude", a dystopian novella on the indestructibility of the written word https://arts.stanford.edu/event/65557/
Feb 4 @ Stanford Bing: A Celebration of Music from Iran
Feb 4 @ Stanford Bing: Enchanting Melodies of Persia
Feb 4 @ Stanford Bing: Will Clift's large-scale sculptures, Diane Frank's site-specific choreography, and Jarek Kapuscinski's music
Feb 3-4 @ Zellerbach Hall: "Available Light" (John Adams, composer; Lucinda Childs, choreographer; Frank Gehry, stage design) http://secure.calperformances.org/single/eventlisting.aspx
Feb 3 @ Stanford Bing: Chinese New Year Concert: Music from Shanghai
Jan 31 @ SAFEhouse Arts/Kinetech Arts (1 Grove St): Alex Benedict and Sasha Petrenko http://www.kine-tech.org/
Jan 28 @ Computer History Museum: "Make Software" exhibition opens http://www.computerhistory.org/exhibits/makesoftware/
Jan 27-28 @ Marin Center Veterans' Memorial Auditorium: violinist Midori and Marin symphony perform Bartok's Concerto for Orchestra and Bates' Devil's Radio http://marinsymphony.org/
Jan 26-27 @ Park Central Hotel: Deep Learning Summit 2017 https://www.re-work.co/events/deep-learning-summit-san-francisco-2017
Jan 25-26 @ Pace Gallery: Tara Donovan opening reception
Jan 24-Feb 4 @ War Memorial Opera House: ballets of Mozart's Haffner Symphony, Rachmaninov's Fragile Vessels, Sufjan Stevens' In the Countenance of Kings https://www.sfballet.org/season/repertory/program-01
Jan 24 @ Palo Alto's Cubberley Theater: geologist Walter Alvarez
Jan 22 @ Mills College's Jeannik Mequet Littlefield Concert Hall: A Pauline Oliveros tribute 4:30pm https://www.mills.edu/calendarexpress/day.php?cid=0&catid=1&d=22&m=1&w=4&wd=0&y=2017&s=
Jan 22 @ Zellerbach Hall: pianist Emanuel Ax http://secure.calperformances.org/single/eventlisting.aspx
Jan 21 @ Mills College: Electronic music by Maggi Payne, Chris Brown, Les Stuck, James Fei, and John Bischoff http://musicnow.mills.edu/
Jan 20-21 @ 401 Tunnel Avenue: Recology artists in residence Ramekon O'Arwisters, Anja Ulfeldt and Jinmei Chi
Jan 20 @ Stanford: Philosophy colloquium with Jeremy Heis https://philosophy.stanford.edu/events/upcoming-events
Jan 19 - Feb 25 @ Pacific Film Archives: The Cinema of Nicholas Ray http://bampfa.org/program/dangerous-ground-cinema-nicholas-ray
Jan 19 @ UC Santa Cruz/ Digital Arts Research Center: director of the UC Observatories Claire Max, astronomer Garth Illingworth, artist Russell Crotty, and curator Tony Misch http://arts.ucsc.edu/news_events/laser-leonordo-art-science-evening-rendezvous-january-19
Jan 17 @ Computer History Museum: GitHub's CEO Chris Wanstrath http://www.computerhistory.org/events/upcoming/
Jan 17 @ US Santa Cruz Digital Arts Research Center: Matthew Coolidge (Founder and director of the Center for Land Use Interpretation) http://ias.ucsc.edu/events/2017/extraction-decolonial-visual-cultures-age-capitalocene-january-17-march-14
Jan 14 - Feb 25 @ Minnesota Street Project: Adrian Rosenfeld Gallery opens at Minnesota Street Project with art by Jenny Holzer, Barbara Kruger, Louise Lawler, Cindy Sherman, and Rosemarie Trockel http://minnesotastreetproject.com/
Jan 14 @ Fort Mason: Trevor Paglen's Sight Machine: Artificial Intelligence and Ethics https://fogfair.com/schedule/
Jan 10 - Mar 4 @ Minnesota Street Project: Bitforms Gallery's Fifteen-Year Anniversary Exhibition http://minnesotastreetproject.com/
Jan 13-14 @ Yerba Buena: Dance Brigade's 40th anniversary http://www.dancebrigade.org/
Jan 13 @ Stanford: Philosophy colloquium with Jeremy Avigad https://philosophy.stanford.edu/events/upcoming-events
Jan 12 @ Berkeley Art Museum: dance and performance art by Ruth Zaporah (founder of Action Theater), Yael Karavan and Cassie Tunick http://www.bampfa.berkeley.edu/
Jan 12 @ Stanford: A post-animal agriculture https://philosophy.stanford.edu/events/meat-without-animals-considering-cellular-agriculture
Jan 11 @ Palo Alto JCC: Elizabeth Blackburn and Elissa Epel on "The New Science of Living Younger" http://wonderfest.org/new-science-of-living-younger/
Jan 10 @ USF: Erling Wold (Composer) on "The Descent of Opera", Dave Wolber (USF/ Computer Science), Madeline Girard (UC Berkeley/ Biology), Nina Czegledy (Univ of Toronto/ Arts) www.lasertalks.com
Jan 9 @ Yerba Buena Center: Charles Lindsay, Jill Tarter, Franck Marchis and Cynthia Phillips https://www.ybca.org/whats-on/life-in-space-from-europa-to-aliens


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