5 Best Things to Do This Week: November 11 – 17
Hand-picked events and happenings you won't want to miss.
Marin Arts and Crafts Show offers handcraft of design — a range of jewelry, artwork, woodwork, ceramics, clothing, and objets d’art — designed, made and offered for sale by independent artisans and studio artists. The exhibits bring together traditional techniques, natural colors and sustainable materials, which imbue design with quality. The handcraft of design encompass a vast list of artisan categories, along with original products offered only at this show, including textiles, stained glass, furniture, ceramics, metalwork, jewelry, recovered architectural objects, repurposed wood and iron, clothing, artifacts, estate finds, photography, paintings, and sculpture. Come check out the offerings this Friday through Sunday.
Join the Ross Valley Players and The Mountain Play this winter for a delightful musical treat. This co-production partners two Marin County organizations: each with their own artistic vision and skills together to provide something their audiences haven’t experienced before. Bringing together the same source material as The Shop Around The Corner and You’ve Got Mail, She Loves Me delivers the magic of a soaring score to a classic story. Each elevating the other while captivating hearts with the plights of Georg, Amalia, and their co-workers in the parfumerie. These characters remind us that the most important things in life are not the work or making money, but family, friends and those we truly love.
The craft fair landscape is getting more dense with each passing season. A decade ago, craft fairs were generally small, novel affairs, often held in churches or elementary school multipurpose rooms (MPRs to the initiated) on weekends with nary an advertisement save for a clip art flyer. Presently, they’ve gone the way of the farmers market — i.e. from being obscure, truly insider events, to the hip place to be seen at. And look at the website. It doesn’t get much cooler than royal blue waves. But in the sea of current craft fairs, Renegade Craft Fair has the distinction of being among the first — a herald of sorts. It is returning to San Francisco with a celebration of contemporary handmade featuring the country’s foremost voices in craft and design. Guests are invited to shop emerging and established Makers’ goods, discover rarities and remixes from local DJs, get creative while workshopping, eat from exceptional food trucks and end (or start) the day with a cocktail.
Families looking for a holiday treat will find it at A Year With Frog and Toad, a heartwarming musical inspired by Arnold Lobel’s beloved books about the comic adventures of best pals Frog and Toad and their whimsical forest friends. Presented by Bay Area Children’s Theatre, A Year With Frog and Toad opens Saturday, November 9, and plays weekends through December 23 at BACT’s Berkeley Theatre Center with performances at 10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 4 p.m. Nominated for three Tony Awards when it played on Broadway in 2003, this jazzy-tuned romp through the magic of friendship, with music by Robert Reale and book and lyrics by Willie Reale, follows outgoing Frog and his more reserved pal Toad from the first buds of spring through the coziness of hot chocolate by the fire at Christmas. The music of the show evokes the spirit and harmonies of the early ‘40s (think Andrews sisters), and Director Khalia Davis has set the story in that era.
The Masonic in San Francisco will feature a joyful evening of music, celebration and community. This annual event raises much-needed funds for GLIDE’s programs. The evening will feature special performances by 12-time Grammy Award-nominated vocal powerhouse Ledisi, Grammy Award–winning singer Lisa Fischer, the world-renowned GLIDE Ensemble and The Change Band, and more to be announced. Renel Brooks-Moon will return as the evening’s emcee. Some of the Bay Area’s favorite restaurants will be providing specialty tastings of their signature items. Honorary co-chairs include Senator Dianne Feinstein and Richard C. Blum, Felicia and Ben Horowitz, Chip Conley, Maja Kristin and Kelly and Craig D. Ramsey.
All listings are correct at the time of posting. Please be aware that events may occasionally be canceled or postponed. We always suggest contacting the promoter or venue to confirm details haven’t changed since the of publishing.
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.