5 Best Things to Do This Week: November 18 – 24
Hand-picked events and happenings you won't want to miss.
The exhibition SOFT POWER is about the ways in which artists deploy art to explore their roles as citizens and social actors. Appropriated from the Reagan-era term used to describe how a country’s “soft” assets such as culture, political values, and foreign policies can be more influential than coercive or violent expressions of power, the title contemplates the potential of art and offers a provocation to the public to exert their own influence on the world. Presented on two floors of the museum, the exhibition features new commissions and recent works by twenty international artists. Taken together, the works in SOFT POWER demonstrate what cultural theorist and filmmaker Manthia Diawara has called a solidarity between intuitions — a concept that acknowledges the complexity, darkness, and opacity from which our reality emerges — that expresses the poetry and imagination of our differences. SOFT POWER has many events, ranging from artists’ discussions to day-long symposiums. The exhibition runs October 26, 2019 through February 17, 2020 on floors 4 and 7.
On November 23rd, start off the holiday season by expressing your thanks for Mt. Tam and its surrounding communities. Join the yearly tradition, “Mt. Tam Day of Thanks,” a large volunteer work day to celebrate and give thanks for the beloved mountain. This year, join at Muir Beach for a morning of creek and wetland revitalization. Projects may include weeding, and planting wetland and creek loving plants. Give thanks by giving back. Meet at the Muir Beach parking lot. Don’t forget to wear closed-toed shoes and clothes that can get dirty, warm layers, rain jacket if needed, and a water bottle.
Join the Just Dance Academy for their annual winter dance performance this Sunday, November 24. Audiences will enjoy an abbreviated version of the classic ballet production The Nutcracker complete with everyone’s favorite characters. Following the ballet production watch dance routines from JDA’s contemporary, Bollywood, hip-hop, tap and jazz junior and senior programs. Competition dance routines for the 2020 competition dance season also included.
Take one of the rock star comics of old, drop ’em in today’s cluttered world of over-sharing and passive aggressive glad handing, then watch the sparks fly. Dean Delray draws upon a life heavy metal and Harleys that began in the Bay Area thrash scene that birthed bands like Metallica and Exodus. Dean’s no-holds-barred and hard-livin’ perspective has been featured on “WTF with Marc Maron,” “Mohr Stories,” “You Made it Weird” and his own weekly podcast, “Let There Be Talk,” on the All Things Comedy network. Before he found his calling as the motorcycle riding, hard driving comic he is today, Delray played in an international touring band, opening for Tom Petty, Lenny Kravitz and The Black Crowes and signing a record deal with Linda Perry (hitmaker for Gwen Stefani and Alicia Keys). See him onstage at Terrapin Crossroads this Thursday, November 21.
Help us change the course of history for children with brain cancer this Friday, November 22 at Sweetwater Music Hall. PNOC (Pacific Pediatric Neuro-Oncology Consortium) Foundation is bringing community together to support this incredible cause with a very special, fun-filled Gratitude Gala. Enjoy a festive cocktail reception, seated VIP dinner, bid on exclusive auction items and kick your heels up to one of the Bay Area’s most sought after entertainment acts, NOTORIOUS. The goal this Thanksgiving is to raise $100,000 to help support PNOC as they translate the most cutting edge science into breakthrough treatments, helping them reach their mission of losing no child to brain cancer.
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Kasia Pawlowska loves words. A native of Poland, Kasia moved to the States when she was seven. The San Francisco State University creative writing graduate went on to write for publications like the San Francisco Bay Guardian and KQED Arts among others prior to joining the Marin Magazine staff. Topics Kasia has covered include travel, trends, mushroom hunting, an award-winning series on social media addiction, and loads of other random things. When she’s not busy blogging or researching and writing articles, she’s either at home writing postcards and reading or going to shows. Recently, Kasia has been trying to branch out and diversify, ie: use different emojis. Her quest for the perfect chip is a never-ending endeavor.