Out & About, Museums, Walks and Talks: July
Looking to learn something new? The Bay Area is rich with museums and places to explore, enhanced by walks and talks. Here are the listings from our latest issue, highlighting mostly Marin and the rest of the Bay Area too.
Greens Restaurant 40th Anniversary Celebration and Dinner Series
Bring your appetite to celebrate the kinship of land, food and people that is at the heart of Greens Restaurant during their 40th anniversary dinner series. This ground-breaking restaurant put vegetables at the center of the plate, revolutionizing how Americans think about fine dining. Beginning July 9th with Reem Assil (Reem’s California), six renowned Bay Area chefs will each take over chef Annie Somerville’s kitchen to design a four-course prix fixe meal inspired by historic menus from the Greens archive. 415.771.6222.
Bay Area Discovery Museum
Dinosaurs: Land of Fire and Ice
Explore the land of fire’s volcano and squishy forest floor and the land of ice’s chilly slide and cave before digging for fossils in the field research station, through September 2 (Sausalito).
Meghann Riepenhoff: Nearshore
Generated at the water’s edge, these blue-tinged photographic works dynamically capture the environment in which they were made (Bolinas).
Marin History Museum
Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing at the Marin County Fair, where themed exhibits include moons of all sorts and a riff on the sphere’s cheesy visage: a “cheese of the day” on the Blue Ribbon Stage. County Fairgrounds (San Rafael).
Marin Museum of Contemporary Art
Do artists manipulate their medium to challenge or capture the attention of viewers? Through August 4 (Novato).
The Museum of the American Indian
Thousands of Native American regional and cultural items are displayed, with a focus on Marin and Sonoma (Novato).
Asian Art Museum
Tattoos in Japanese Prints
Turns out the ink on your ankle can be traced back to 19th-century woodblock prints, which were inspired by a popular 14th-century Chinese martial arts novel, through August 18 (SF).
Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
About Things Loved: Blackness and Belonging
Developed in collaboration with UC Berkeley graduate students and featuring collections by black artists, through July 21 (Berkeley).
California Academy of Sciences
Passport to the Universe
This new movie gives viewers an astronaut’s-eye view of our little corner of space, including new visualizations of the Orion Nebula derived from the Hubble Space Telescope (SF).
Charles M. Schulz Museum
Peanuts Goes to Camp
Relive summer adventures along with the gang, including the joys of sleeping in a tent, through November 18 (Santa Rosa).
Contemporary Jewish Museum
Annabeth Rosen: Fired, Broken, Gathered, Heaped
The first major museum survey of the work of Davis-based sculptor Annabeth Rosen, a pioneer in contemporary ceramics whose works are often described as theatrical, July 25 through January 19, 2020 (SF).
Ed Hardy: Deeper Than Skin
The renowned tattoo artist gets his first museum retrospective, July 13 through October 6 (SF).
Viola Frey: Center Stage
Known for her larger-than-life figurative ceramic sculptures, the Bay Area artist had a career spanning five decades and worked in a range of media, through December 29 (Napa).
Get to know Earth’s in-law unit with events celebrating the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, including a Museum of the Moon and a live viewing of the solar eclipse from Chile, through July 31 (SF).
Legion of Honor
Fantaisie Française: Prints from the Vanderryn Collection
Printmakers such as Rodolphe Bresdin and Félix Hilaire Buhot reflect on the changes impacting France in the second half of the 19th century, through August 4 (SF).
Museum of the African Diaspora
Coffee, Rhum, Sugar & Gold: A Postcolonial Paradox
The legacy of European colonialism in the Caribbean is explored through the works of 10 contemporary artists, including Andrea Chung, Angel Otero and Didier William, through August 11 (SF).
Museum of Craft and Design
Dead Nuts: A Search for the Ultimate Machined Object
What started as a question on an online forum — What is the ultimate machine object/mechanism? — evolved into a crowdsourced list of favorites that inspire these makers, July 27 through December 1 (SF).
Oakland Museum of California
Queer California: Untold Stories
Experience social activism, push past mainstream narratives, and share experiences through the participatory gallery in this major exhibition exploring California’s LGBTQ+ history and culture, through August 11 (Oakland). 510.318.8400, museumca.org
SFMOMA Far Out: Suits, Habs, and Labs for Outer Space
Organized by SFMOMA’s Architecture and Design department, this exhibit examines how both applied and theoretical design can advance new models for life beyond Earth, with real and conceptual ideas for space suits, habitats and laboratories and a selection of films and visual art, July 20 through January 20, 2020 (SF).
Sonoma Valley Museum of Art
Famous for portraits of vanishing wildlife, photographer Nick Brandt presents panoramic landscapes showing the impact of humankind in East African places where animals used to roam, through September 8 (Sonoma).
The Walt Disney Family Museum
Mickey Mouse: From Walt to the World
Celebrate Disney’s most beloved and recognizable character, through January 6, 2020 (SF).
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
Leading-edge contemporary art and cultural programs that support societal movement are the emphasis of this cultural institution (SF).
Sip wines from Garnet Vineyards, savor hors d’oeuvres and dinner from Nugget Markets, then dance the night away to support excellence and equality for Marin school kids at the seventh annual fundraiser for Marin’s public schools foundation.
Marin County Fairgrounds (San Rafael)
Marin County Fair
Along with this year’s “Over the Moon” theme commemorating the first lunar landing, the fair celebrates family, agriculture and the environment. Multiple Grammy winner Dwight Yoakam headlines the entertainment, with nightly fireworks after the show.
Civic Center (San Rafael).
Festival Napa Valley
This 10-day event features everything from patron dinners and film screenings to opera and percussion, plus famous acts like Seal and Lucas Meacham and up-and-coming performers.
Hops & Vines Stroll
Celebrating the craft beer and wine scene in Marin, this tasting features a trolley, live music, and sips and bites from the businesses along the Fourth Street corridor.
City Plaza (San Rafael)
Outdoor Antique French Market
Enjoy French music by Michel Michelis and made-to-order crepes amid booths full of vintage clothing, retro and antique furniture, art and garden decor.
Marin Center (San Rafael)
Thirsty Third Thursdays
An evening to benefit WildCare includes craft beer tasting from East Brother Beer Company, live bluegrass, and kid-friendly beverages and activities, plus fire pits, shaded Adirondack chairs and a bocce court.
Bon Air Center Promenade (Greenbrae)
Sample California brews, eat free food and listen to live music under the tent to raise money for clinics aiding hundreds of underserved women with cancer.
Fairground Island (San Rafael)
A screening of Burns’ documentary Country Music, premiering September 15 on PBS, precedes a conversation with the Emmy-winning filmmaker-producer and his team, moderated by KQED’s Mina Kim.
Palace of Fine Arts Theater (San Francisco)
How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
The third film in the trilogy invites viewers into dragon utopia. Don’t forget your picnic.
Green Music Center (Rohnert Park)