January 2011 Event Calendar


Celebration of El Dia de los Tres Reyes Magos | January 8 and January 9

Plan now to join CDM for a traditional Three Wise Kings party, complete with rosca de reyes bread, papel picado crafts, community performers and appearances by the Three Wise Kings. Sunday Sat: 10am-5pm; Sun: 12pm-5pm. Location: Children’s Discovery Museum, 180 Woz Way, San Jose 95110. For more information visit http://www.cdm.org

Arturo Sandoval | Now – January 8

Among the best trumpet players on earth, Arturo Sandoval has a remarkably wide range, phenomenal technique and a beautiful tone. Sandoval’s roots are in his Cuban heritage and a deep love of bebop; Dizzy Gillespie was his mentor. Also, Sandoval is a very accomplished pianist and loves driving the band on timbales. In his Cuban homeland he was one of the founders of Irakere and since being granted political asylum in 1990, Sandoval has performed and recorded regularly, had a movie based on his life (For Love or Country), inspired students as a University professor, and continued to astound audiences with his high energy shows. His stunning 2010 Concord release, A Time for Love, combines jazz standards with a classical orchestra and features guests Chris Botti, Kenny Barron and others. Good as his records are, Arturo Sandoval has to be seen live to be fully appreciated. Location: Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness, San Francisco. For more information visit www.sfjazz.org

Leo Villareal – Exhibition | Now – January 9

Leo Villareal is the most prominent light sculptor of his generation. In 1997, he abandoned his work with interactive television and began creating sculptures in which he combined strobe lights, neon, and most recently, LED bulbs activated by the artist’s own custom-made software. The magic of Villareal’s work lies in his sequencing. Thousands of tiny white LEDs may resemble a starry night as seen in a planetarium, while tubes of colored LEDs masked by a diffuser are like a Monet painting of water lilies set in motion. Location: San Jose Museum of Art, 110 S. Market Street, San Jose, CA 95113. For more information visit http://www.sjmusart.org/content/leo-villareal

Volver: Mexican Folk Art into Play | Now – January 16

To celebrate Mexico’s Bicentennial Anniversary of Independence (September 15) and the Centennial of the Revolution (November 20), the Museum presents an exhibition that looks to traditional crafts from Mexico and focuses on contemporary works that imbue the materials and processes of popular folk arts with conceptual potency. Mexico’s strong history of traditional arts carries through to the present day through weaving, painting, carving, and manipulating materials. Many artists working today question the ability of those traditional objects to tell the full story of an evolving culture – and in response, new artisans and artists work to update, reform, and activate those original source traditions. Location: Museum of Craft and Folk Art, 51 Yerba Buena Lane, San Francisco.  For more information visit www.mocfa.org

GREASE Live Performance at Santana Row | January 19

Enjoy a short performance of Grease brought to you by Broadway San Jose.  A live performance at Santana Row of “The One that You Want” plus cast members will be on site to teach you how to do the hand jive.  Enjoy giveaways, tickets, t-shirts and more.  Don’t be late, we don’t want you to miss this! Time: 1:00 pm.  Location: Santana Row, Santa Clara, CA. For more information visit http://bit.ly/fnVgou

Factor XX… A Female Response – Exhibition | Now – January 21

This multimedia exhibit showcases a collaboration of eleven award-winning Bay Area women artists. Female artists were not included in modern art textbooks until the late 1980’s. And while most of the students at art schools throughout the country are women, today’s galleries and museums still predominately feature male artists. Location: Art Museum of Los Gatos, 4 Tait Avenue, Los Gatos, CA 95030.

Eduardo Jimenez’ Tthe Mystery Beyond Love Exhibit | Now – January 31

Passion, drama and fantasy are the main themes featured in Eduardo Jimenez’s new surrealist works. Location: ArtPeople, 50 Post Street, San Francisco. For more information visit artpeople.net

The Lost Murals of Miguel Covarrubias  | Now – February 28

This blockbuster art exhibition features murals created by the Mexican painter Miguel Covarrubias for the 1939 Golden Gate International Exposition on San Francisco’s Treasure Island. In partnership with History San Jose, this historic exhibition will present the murals at San Jose City Hall along with rare examples of Covarrubias’ artwork from the private collection of collector and Covarrubias expert Adriana Williams. Location: San Jose City Hall, 200 E. Santa Clara Street, San Jose, CA 95113.

How Wine Became Modern: Design + Wine 1976 to Now | Now – April 17

The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art will present How Wine Became Modern: Design + Wine 1976 to Now. This remarkable exhibition explores transformations in the visual and material culture of wine over the past three decades, offering a fresh way of understanding the contemporary culture of wine and the role that architecture and design have played in its transformation. Organized by Henry Urbach, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art’s Helen Hilton Raiser Curator of Architecture and Design, How Wine Became Modern marks the first exhibition to consider modern, global wine culture as an integrated yet expansive and richly textured set of cultural phenomena. Location: San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 151 Third Street, San Francisco.  For more information visit www.sfmoma.org