Yearlong Shanghai Celebration Starts Today – San Francisco Goes All Out For Our Sister City

Why did Shanghai, the largest city in China, become one of our 16 Sister Cities in 1979? Well, we should all thank former Mayor and current U.S. Senator Diane Feinstein:

It was sort of a race between Los Angeles and San Francisco to establish a Sister City relationship with Shanghai and of course San Francisco won – and it was the first such Sister City relationship between an American city and a Chinese city.”

(Once again L.A. loses, of course(?) - thanks DiFi.) Now it turns out that our Big Sis is hosting a big party this year – it’s World Expo 2010. So, that’s a good excuse for a bunch of  the Bay Area’s cultural organizations to represent, via the Shanghai Celebration featuring Honorary Chair and San Francisco First Lady Jennifer Siebel Newsom.

Jay Xu, Director of the Asian Art Museum, confronting a media scrum after today’s announcement:

Check out the calendar of upcoming events all related to the Paris of the East - it’s packed, baby. Swan Lake featuring San Francsico Ballet Principal Dancer and Shanghai native Yuan Yuan Tan will kick things off from January 23-31 and then on February 12th comes the debut of the cornerstone of the Shanghai Celebration, a big exhibit at our Asian Art Museum simply called Shanghai. It’s going to be mega.

Just ask Jay Xu:

“The 2010 World Expo that opens in May is Shanghai’s coming-out party, the official debut as the city reclaims its position as a global powerhouse. The Asian Art Museum’s Shanghai exhibition was timed to coincide with this prominent international event. Only through understanding its tumultuous history, can one truly understand the progressive and stylish Shanghai of today.”

 O.K. then.

Our jet-setting mayor was on hand to cheerlead for San Francisco, a part of his job which I think everybody would agree he does well. He was dressed for rain today, with blue jeans, and a pair of brown shoes that he claimed were “ruined” by the wet:   

More deets from the AAA:

“The Shanghai Celebration is an unprecedented, year-long festival presented by more than thirty San Francisco Bay Area organizations commemorating the 30th Anniversary of the sister city relationship between San Francisco and Shanghai.

Spearheaded by the Asian Art Museum, the Celebration runs throughout 2010, coinciding with the World Expo presented in Shanghai from May to October. The more than 50 Shanghai-related programs feature exhibitions, concerts, performances, films, lectures, book readings, artist demonstrations and other special events and cover topics such as Shanghai’s architecture, jazz, historic Jewish communities, Art Deco design, filmmaking industry, contemporary art, cuisine, high-rise urban planning and fashion.

The cornerstone of the Celebration is the Asian Art Museum’s presentation of Shanghai, a major exhibition examining the visual culture of one of the world’s most cosmopolitan cities, scheduled for February 12-September 5, 2010.

For the Shanghai Celebration program calendar of events, and a list of participating organizations, please visit www.shanghaicelebration.com.”

Check the lengthy, lengthy sked, after the jump. 

JANUARY

January 23 – 30, at 2 PM, 7:30 PM & 8 PM
Swan Lake
San Francisco Ballet’s own Shanghai native, prima ballerina Yuan Yuan Tan, dances the lead role in this sumptuous production of Swan Lake.
At War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco. Tickets $20 – $275. Visit www.sfballet.org or call 415-865-2000.

 

January 25, at 7:30 PM
Music at Meyer: Angela Au Piano Recital
Chinese virtuoso Angela Au plays Temple Emanu-El’s completely rebuilt Steinway D-Series piano. Presented by Music at Meyer 2010, in affiliation with the Jews in Modern China exhibit.
At Congregation Emanu-El, 2 Lake St., San Francisco. Tickets $22 – $25. Visit http://www.emanuelsf.org/events_concerts_meyer.htm or call 415-751-7535.

FEBRUARY

February 1 – 28
Contemporary Figurative Painting
A selection of paintings by eight Chinese artists who’ve exhibited in Shanghai and elsewhere in China. Their art reflects their personal and psychological perspectives on their country’s globalization and modern conditions.
At Sandra Lee Gallery, 251 Post St., #310, San Francisco. Visit www.sandraleegallery.com or call 415-291-8000.

February 4, at 6-9 PM
Arts of Pacific Asia Preview Reception
The preview reception for the annual Arts of Pacific Asia show honors Shanghai Celebration partners. Presented by the Asian Art Museum.
At Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason, San Francisco. Tickets $85 for Asian Art Museum members; $115 for non-members. Visit www.asianart.org or call 415-581-3788.

February 4, at 6:30 PM
Preview of the Asian Art Museum’s Shanghai Exhibition: SAA First Thursday Lecture Series
Dany Chan, curatorial assistant of the Shanghai exhibition, gives a preview of the exhibit. Presented by the Society for Asian Art.
At the Asian Art Museum, 200 Larkin St., San Francisco. Tickets $5 after museum admission. RSVPs required; email saa@asianart.org or call 415-581-3701.

February 7, at 3-5 PM
Jews in Modern China: Personal Stories and Reminiscences
Bay Area residents, representative of the Sephardic, Russian, and Holocaust-refugee Jewish communities that settled in China, speak about formerly living there. Presented by Lehrhaus Judaica and co-sponsored by the American Jewish Committee San Francisco Office.
At Oshman Family Jewish Community Center, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. Visit www.lehrhaus.org or call 510-845-6420.

February 8, at 8 PM
The Shanghai and San Francisco Conservatories of Music Collide
This concert, celebrating the longstanding relationship between the Shanghai and San Francisco conservatories, showcases compositions by presidents, faculty, graduates and students of China’s oldest conservatory.
At the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, 50 Oak St., San Francisco. Tickets $20 general admission; $15 students, seniors, and Friends of the Conservatory. Visit www.sfcm.edu or call 415-503-6275.

February 11, at 12-1:30 PM
City Club Roundtable
Presented by the City Club, leaders of the Asian Art Museum discuss over lunch Shanghai’s art and culture.
At the City Club, 155 Sansome St., 10th Floor, San Francisco. Tickets $35 for City Club and Asian Art Museum members; $45 for non-members. Visit www.cityclubsf.com or call 415-362-2480.

February 11, at 12:30-1:30 PM
Shanghai’s Fabric of Everyday life: A conversation with UC Berkeley Professor Renee Chow
Shanghai’s explosive growth has led to a loss of the unique urban patterns that supported its everyday life. Chow describes the evolution of urbanism in Shanghai and shares her work on alternative planning strategies that embrace environmentalism, cultural sustenance and the persistence of place. Presented by the San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association, with the Urban Land Institute and locally-based architecture and planning firms.
At SPUR Urban Center, 654 Mission St., San Francisco. Tickets free for SPUR members; $5 for non-members. Visit spur.org/events/calendar or call 415-781-8726.

February 11, at 6-8 PM
Swinging Chinatown Opening Night Gala
From the late 1930s to the early 1960s, the most talented Asian entertainers in the country performed at San Francisco Chinatown’s booming clubs. An exhibit of Chinatown nightlife then is preceded by a gala that evokes the excitement and glamour of the old clubs. The Grant Avenue Follies, a troupe of former nightclub dancers, performs. Presented by the San Francisco Museum and Historical Society.
At the Old Mint Building, 88 Fifth St., San Francisco. Tickets $100. Visit www.sfhistory.org or call 415-537-1105 ext. 100.

February 12-15, 19-21
Swinging Chinatown: The Golden Age of Chinese Nightclubs
From the late 1930s to the early 1960s, the most talented Asian entertainers in the country performed at Forbidden City and other booming clubs in San Francisco’s Chinatown. This exhibit of Chinatown nightlife then includes vintage photographs, costumes and momentoes from clubs and performers. Presented by the San Francisco Museum and Historical Society, with the Chinese Historical Society of America.
At the Old Mint Building, 88 Fifth St., San Francisco. Tickets $5 for San Francisco Museum & Historical Society and Chinese Historical Society of America members; $10 for non-members. Visit www.sfhistory.org or call 415-537-1105 ext. 100.

February 12 – September 5
Shanghai
More than 130 works demonstrate the unique flavor and identity of China’s most cosmopolitan city. This unprecedented exhibit explores both internal and external influences that have contributed to Shanghai’s cultural globalization and distinctive brand.
At the Asian Art Museum, 200 Larkin St., San Francisco. Tickets $5 exhibit charge plus Museum general admission. Visit www.asianart.org or call 415-581-3500.

February 13, at 10 AM-2 PM
Lunar New Year Flower Market & Celebration
In its 11th year, the San Francisco Botanical Garden Society’s lunar new year market and celebration includes plants for sale, docent-led tours and entertainment and story-reading for children.
At Golden Gate Park, 9th Ave. & Lincoln Way, San Francisco. Free. Visit www.sfbotanicalgarden.org or call 415-661-1316.

February 17, at 12:30-1:30 PM
Shanghai’s Past/Present/Future: Historically Sensitive Development in Shanghai
Allowing a city to grow while preserving its history is a particular challenge in Shanghai, given its booming economy. But two San Francisco-based architecture firms are trying just that. Ellen Lou, Associate Director at Skidmore Owings and Merrill, and Michel St. Pierre, Director of Planning and Urban Design at Gensler, discuss each of their plans for downtown Shanghai, including the historic Puxi district and redevelopment to incorporate the riverfront into the city’s center. Presented by the San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association, with the Urban Land Institute and locally-based architecture and planning firms.
At SPUR Urban Center, 654 Mission St., San Francisco. Tickets free for SPUR members; $5 for non-members. Visit spur.org/events/calendar or call 415-781-8726.

February 18, at 10-11 AM
KQED Public Radio 88.5 FM Forum featuring Shanghai
Tune in to KQED’s Forum with Michael Krasny, who introduces the Asian Art Museum’s newest exhibition Shanghai and examines the Bay Area’s many cultural and economic ties with China’s largest city.
Visit http://www.kqed.org/radio/programs/forum. To participate, call in at 866-SF-Forum or email forum@kqed.org.

February 18, at 5-9 PM
MATCHA: Eye of the Tiger
Celebrate Chinese Lunar New Year with demonstrations of tiger-style kung fu by monks from the Shaolin Temple USA in San Francisco.
At the Asian Art Museum, 200 Larkin St., San Francisco. Tickets $10. Visit www.asianart.org or call 415-581-3500.

February 23, at 9 AM
Walk-through of the Shanghai Exhibition Galleries
Curatorial assistant Dany Chan guides you through the newly opened Shanghai exhibit, the cornerstone of the Shanghai Celebration. Presented by the Society for Asian Art.
At the Asian Art Museum, 200 Larkin St., San Francisco. Tickets $15 for Society for Asian Art members; $25 for non-members. RSVPs required; email saa@asianart.org or call 415-581-3701.

February 23, at 12:30-1:30 PM
Building Green in China: A Presentation by Architect Jeff Heller
The environmental movement in China is relatively young and new. San Francisco’s Heller Manus, however, has managed to use green building practices on its multi-use office tower along Shanghai’s Huangpu River and on its master plan for Guangzhou’s city center. Jeffery Heller, principal at Heller Manus, shares his insights on the intricate design and approval process in China and the differences between working in Shanghai and in San Francisco. Presented by the San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association, with the Urban Land Institute and locally-based architecture and planning firms.
At SPUR Urban Center, 654 Mission St., San Francisco. Tickets free for SPUR members; $5 for non-members. Visit spur.org/events/calendar or call 415-781-8726.

February 24 – May 16
Jews in Modern China
Photos and documents depict the experiences of Sephardic, Russian, and European Jews who settled in China over a 100-year period. These are augmented by memorabilia of Bay Area families that once lived there. Presented by the American Jewish Committee San Francisco Office.
At the Officers’ Club, 50 Moraga Ave., The Presidio, San Francisco. Free. Visit www.ajcsanfrancisco.org/china or call 415-777-3820.

February 27, at 3 PM
Chinese New Year Concert & Celebration
San Francisco Symphony ushers in the Year of the Tiger with this lively East-meets-West celebration. Shanghai-born Haochen Zhang, 2009 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition Gold Medalist, plays Tchaikovsky. San Francisco Ballet’s Tiit Helimets and Shanghai native Yuan Yuan Tan dance in concert with the symphony, conducted by music director Michael Tilson Thomas. Pre-concert festivities starting at 2 pm include lion dancing, Chinese treats and tea.  
At Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco. Tickets $20 and up. Visit www.sfsymphony.org or call 415-864-6000.

 

MARCH

March – May (dates to come)
Shanghai Embroidery Exhibit
San Francisco Library showcases a wide array of gorgeous and delicate embroidery pieces from Shanghai.
At San Francisco Public Library, 100 Larkin St., San Francisco. Free. Visit www.sfpl.org or call 415-557-4277

March 2, at 5:30 PM
Opening Event of the Jews in Modern China Exhibit
A viewing of the exhibit, a reception and a discussion featuring Professor Pan Guang of Shanghai’s Center for Jewish Studies and Professor Thomas Gold of UC-Berkeley. Presented by the American Jewish Committee and Asia Society Northern California
At the Officers’ Club, 50 Moraga Ave., The Presidio, San Francisco. Ticket information to come. Visit www.ajcsanfrancisco.org/china or call 415-777-3820.

March 3 – June 27
Assignment Shanghai: Photographs on the Eve of Revolution
Riveting images taken by a young Life photographer who was sent to Shanghai in 1946 to document the Chinese civil war. Presented by UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive.
At UC Berkeley Art Museum, 2626 Bancroft Way, Berkeley. Tickets $8 general; $5 seniors, disabled persons, students, and 13–17 year-olds. Visit www.bampfa.berkeley.edu or call 510-642-0808.

March 4, at 6:30 PM
Behind the Scenes of the Shanghai Exhibition: SAA First Thursday Lecture Series
Enjoy behind-the-scenes stories from Asian Art Museum conservator Katie Holbrow and registrar Cathy Mano as they describe the preservation, registration, transport and installation of contemporary artworks displayed in the Shanghai exhibition. Presented by the Society for Asian Art.
At the Asian Art Museum, 200 Larkin St., San Francisco. Tickets $5 after museum admission. RSVPs required; email saa@asianart.org or call 415-581-3701.

March 4, at 7 PM
Shanghai’s Jews – Art, Architecture and Survival
A captivating discussion about the Jews in Shanghai, covering art, architecture, survival and other aspects of their experience. Presented by the Asian Art Museum, the Contemporary Jewish Museum and the American Jewish Committee.
At the Contemporary Jewish Museum, 121 Steuart St., San Francisco. Tickets $5 (includes access to all galleries). Visit www.thecjm.org or call 415-655-7845

March 6, at 9 AM – 6 PM
Moderne and Modernity: Visual Narratives of Inter-War Shanghai
What kind of city was Shanghai in the first part of the 20th century? The city’s dynamic changes then are explored through its visual culture, architecture, entertainment, and other aspects–changes as drastic as those of today. This symposium is presented by UC Berkeley Institute of East Asian Studies, UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive.
At the Museum Theater at the UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, 2575 Bancroft Way, Berkeley. Visit http://ieas.berkeley.edu or www.bampfa.berkeley.edu, or call 510-643-6492.

March 7
Shanghai Film Series
Shanghai emerged in the 1920s as China’s first film capital and today hosts one of Asia’s largest annual film festivals. This series highlights documentaries and explores three themes: the Jews of Shanghai; Shanghai as a city of excess and intrigue; and Shanghai today. A program of Target First Free Sunday.
At the Asian Art Museum, 200 Larkin St., San Francisco. Visit www.asianart.org or call 415-581-3500.

March 12 – 14, at 12 – 4 PM
AsiaAlive: Propaganda Poster Art
Former propaganda poster artist Ren Ming discusses his experiences during the Chinese Cultural Revolution, in this presentation by the Asian Art Museum.
At the Asian Art Museum, 200 Larkin St., San Francisco. Free with museum admission. Visit www.asianart.org or call 415-581-3500.

March 14, at 2 – 4 PM
The Chinese Jews of Kaifeng & the Later Jewish Communities of Shanghai
Dr. Wendy Abraham discusses and shows slides of a historic Chinese-Jewish community in eastern central China and the culture and lives of immigrant Jews who once called Shanghai home. Presented by the Society for Asian Art.
At the Asian Art Museum, 200 Larkin St., San Francisco. Tickets $15 for Society for Asian Art members and $25 for non-members, after museum admission. RSVPs required; email saa@asianart.org  or call 415-581-3701.

March 14, at 2 – 4 PM
Shanghai 2010: A Documentary
Explore Shanghai at a pivotal time in its history: now, as it prepares to host the largest World Expo in history. The film, presented by the San Francisco Public Library, looks at the construction of elaborate Expo pavilions, typical Shanghai eats, and the jazz scene reminiscent of the 1930s.
At San Francisco Public Library, 100 Larkin St., San Francisco. Free. Visit www.sfpl.org or call 415-557-4277.

March 21, at 4 – 6 PM
Jews in Modern China: Personal Stories and Reminiscences
Bay Area residents, representative of the Sephardic, Russian, and Holocaust-refugee Jewish communities that settled in China, speak about formerly living there. Presented by Lehrhaus Judaica and co-sponsored by the American Jewish Committee San Francisco Office.
At Congregation Netivot Shalom, 1316 University Ave., Berkeley. Visit www.lehrhaus.org or call 510-845-6420.

APRIL

April – October (dates to come)
Better City, Better Life: High-rise Architecture and the Remaking of China’s Gateway to the World
Ten architectural projects, at the center of the dramatic transformation of Shanghai’s skyline during the past two decades, are illustrated with models, drawings, photographs, and video components. Presented by the San Francisco Airport Museums.
At San Francisco International Airport, Pre-Security, International Terminal, Main Hall. Free. Visit www.sfoarts.org or call 650-821-6787.

April 1, at 5 – 9 PM
MATCHA: Shanghai Jazz
In this Asian Art Museum presentation, Chinese jazz vocalist Coco Zhao performs original compositions and Shanghai jazz favorites, joined by San Francisco musicians.
At the Asian Art Museum, 200 Larkin St., San Francisco. Tickets $10. Visit www.asianart.org or call 415-581-3500.

April 1, at 6:30 PM
The Birth of Jazz in Asia: SAA First Thursday Lecture Series
Cory Combs of SFJAZZ discusses the origins of jazz in Asia, with a special focus on Shanghai. Presented by the Society for Asian Art.
At the Asian Art Museum, 200 Larkin St., San Francisco Tickets: $5 after museum admission. RSVPs required; email saa@asianart.org  or call 415-581-3701.

April 4
Shanghai Film Series
Shanghai emerged in the 1920s as China’s first film capital and today hosts one of Asia’s largest annual film festivals. This series highlights documentaries and explores three themes: the Jews of Shanghai; Shanghai as a city of excess and intrigue; and Shanghai today. A program of Target First Free Sunday.
At the Asian Art Museum, 200 Larkin St., San Francisco. Visit www.asianart.org or call 415-581-3500.

April 6, at 6:30 PM
Open Books: Anchee Min
Author Anchee Min discusses her new novel Pearl of China. Presented by the San Francisco Public Library and Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation.
At San Francisco Public Library, 100 Larkin St., San Francisco. Free. Visit www.sfpl.org or call 415-557-4277.

April 16, at 2 – 4 PM
Shanghai Painting
Dr. Lisa Claypool of Oregon’s Reed College discusses the art of Shanghai painting, in this presentation by the Society for Asian Art.
At the Asian Art Museum, 200 Larkin St., San Francisco Tickets: $15 SAA members and $25 non-SAA members, after museum admission. RSVPs required; email saa@asianart.org  or call 415-581-3701.

April 22 – July 25
Xian Rui 2010 – O Perspective by Shuang Stella Zhang 
The U.S. debut of O Perspective, an inner material landscape created with everyday objects, presented by the Chinese Culture Center of San Francisco. The artist drew inspiration from her multi-continent living experience.
At the Hilton Hotel, 750 Kearny St., 3rd Floor, San Francisco. Free. Visit www.c-c-c.org or call 415-986-1822.

April 29, at 7 – 9 PM
Jews in Modern China: Personal Stories and Reminiscences
Bay Area residents, representative of the Sephardic, Russian, and Holocaust-refugee Jewish communities that settled in China, speak about formerly living there. Presented by Lehrhaus Judaica and co-sponsored by the American Jewish Committee San Francisco Office.
At the Officers’ Club, 50 Moraga Ave., The Presidio, San Francisco. Visit www.lehrhaus.org or call 510-845-6420.

MAY

May 1 – August 5
100th Anniversary of the U.S. Immigration Station, Angel Island
An exhibit on the “Ellis Island of the West,” where, between 1910 and 1940, more than one million immigrants from 80 countries first stepped onto American soil. Presented by San Francisco Public Library and the Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation.
At San Francisco Public Library, 100 Larkin St., 6th Floor, San Francisco. Free. Visit www.sfpl.org or call 415-557-4596.

May 2 at 2:30 PM
Shanghai Film Series
Shanghai emerged in the 1920s as China’s first film capital and today hosts one of Asia’s largest annual film festivals. This series highlights documentaries and explores three themes: the Jews of Shanghai; Shanghai as a city of excess and intrigue; and Shanghai today. A program of Target First Free Sunday.
At the Asian Art Museum, 200 Larkin St., San Francisco. Visit www.asianart.org or call 415-581-3500.

May 6 – June 5
Shanghai-San Francisco, Sisters? multimedia exhibition
Li Xiaofel of Shanghai and Lynn Marie Kirby of San Francisco explore their cities’ sisterhood through video, photographs and other media. Presented by the Togonon Gallery.
At Togonon Gallery, 77 Geary St., 2nd Flr., San Francisco. Visit www.togonongallery.com or call 415-398-5572.

May 15, at 12 – 4 PM
Chinatown Music Festival
Chinese Culture Center of San Francisco presents an outdoor concert to celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, featuring pianist/composer Jon Jang and Shanghai jazz.
At Portsmouth Square, Kearny and Clay streets, San Francisco. Free. Visit www.c-c-c.org or call 415-986-1822.

May 22, at 2 – 4 PM
Shanghai Film Program
San Francisco Public Library screens a classic Shanghai film, followed by a discussion and question-and-answer session.
At San Francisco Public Library, 100 Larkin St., San Francisco. Free. Visit www.sfpl.org or call 415-557-4596.

May 22, at 6 – 9 PM
Sister City Video Art Screening
The work of a pair of video artists—Lynn Marie Kirby of San Francisco and Li Xiaofei of Shanghai—is screened in this program organized by SOMArts Cultural Center and the Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center.
At SOMArts Cultural Center, 934 Brannan St. (between 8th & 9th), San Francisco. Suggested donation $5, but no one refused admittance for lack of funds. Visit http://blog.somarts.org or call 415-863-1414 ext. 110.

May 23, at 12 – 5 PM
Shanghai Cultural Festival
San Francisco Public Library’s festival includes presentations of Shanghai opera, indigenous folk dancing, modern martial arts and a fashion show.  Also demonstrated are Shanghai’s unique twists on traditional Chinese crafts such as paper cutting, pastry dough sculptures, and poured sugar sculptures.
At San Francisco Public Library, 100 Larkin St., San Francisco. Free. Visit www.sfpl.org or call 415-557-4277

SUMMER

Dates to come
Economica: Women & the Global Economy
This exhibit illuminates how women interact with money – as earners, consumers, caretakers and decision makers in households, corporations, governments, multinational banks and elsewhere. Featured are the works of a photographer from Shanghai and other international artists. Presented by the San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery and the International Museum of Women.
At City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, San Francisco. Free. Visit http://www.sfartscommission.org/gallery or call 415-554-6080.

JUNE

June 3, at 5 – 9 PM
MATCHA: The Shanghai Dress
Inspired by the stylish, sexy qipao, the signature dress modernized by Shanghai after the turn of the 20th century, this Asian Art Museum MATCHA features creations by renowned designer Colleen Quen.
At the Asian Art Museum, 200 Larkin St., San Francisco. Tickets $10. Visit www.asianart.org or call 415-581-3500.

June 3, at 6:30 PM
Introduction to Shanghai’s Art Deco Architecture and Decorative Arts: SAA First Thursday Lecture Series
Mary Powell Grossman discusses in detail the unique art deco architecture and decorative arts of Shanghai, in this presentation by the Society for Asian Art.
At the Asian Art Museum, 200 Larkin St., San Francisco Tickets: $5 after museum admission. RSVPs required; email saa@asianart.org  or call 415-581-3701.

 

June 6
Shanghai Film Series
Shanghai emerged in the 1920s as China’s first film capital and today hosts one of Asia’s largest annual film festivals. This series highlights documentaries and explores three themes: the Jews of Shanghai; Shanghai as a city of excess and intrigue; and Shanghai today. A program of Target First Free Sunday.
At the Asian Art Museum, 200 Larkin St., San Francisco. Visit www.asianart.org or call 415-581-3500.

Thursdays, June 17 – August 26, at 11 – 11:30 AM
Shanghai Stories
The famous storytellers of Shanghai kept traditions alive with old tales from Chinese literature. Meet the Monkey King from the epic Journey to the West, as well as other beloved figures from classic Shanghai stories, as narrated by Asian Art Museum storytellers. At the Asian Art Museum, 200 Larkin St., San Francisco. Free with museum admission. Visit www.asianart.org or call 415-581-3500.

June 22 – September 5
Shanghai Lounge
Drop by the Shanghai Lounge at the Asian Art Museum to view creations by Art Speak youth from San Francisco and Shanghai.
At the Asian Art Museum, 200 Larkin St., San Francisco. Free with museum admission. Visit www.asianart.org or call 415-581-3500.

 

June 24, at 6:30 – 7:30 PM  
Forbidden City: The Golden Age of Chinese Nightclubs 
Trina Robbins reads from her new book Forbidden City: The Golden Age of Chinese Nightclubs, about people who performed in San Francisco’s flourishing Chinese nightclubs in the late 1930s to the late 1960s. Joining her are members of Grant Avenue Follies, a troupe formed in the 1950s by professional Chinatown nightclub dancers. Presented by the Asian Art Museum and the Art Deco Society.
At the Asian Art Museum, 200 Larkin St., San Francisco. Visit www.asianart.org or call 415-581-3500.

June 26, at 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Art Speak Exhibition Opening
Meet a talented, new generation of artists at the first-ever Art Speak exhibition! The Shanghai Lounge at the Asian Art Museum will be happening—with cool, emerging artists, cutting-edge art and an AsiaAlive artist demonstration by Gene Yang.
At the Asian Art Museum, 200 Larkin St., San Francisco. Free with museum admission. Visit www.asianart.org or call 415-581-3500.

June 26 & 27, at 12 – 4 PM
AsiaAlive: Comics
Award-winning comic artist Gene Yang talks about his creative process and love for the comic medium, in this presentation by the Asian Art Museum.
At the Asian Art Museum, 200 Larkin St., San Francisco. Free with museum admission. Visit www.asianart.org or call 415-581-3500.

 

JULY

July 10, at 2 PM
East Meets West Chamber Music Concert
The concert by Bridge Chamber Virtuosi features the U.S. premiere of Shanghai Trilogy, composed by Joan Huang for a combination of Western instruments, the pipa and multimedia. Presented by the Asian Art Museum.
At the Asian Art Museum, 200 Larkin St., San Francisco. Free with museum admission. Visit www.asianart.org or call 415-581-3500.

 

July 21, at 6 PM
Angel Island: The Shanghai Connection
Judy Yung, author of Angel Island: Immigrant Gateway to America, explains the significant connection between Angel Island and Shanghai, from the Russian Revolution through World War II. Presented by San Francisco Public Library and the Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation.
At San Francisco Public Library, 100 Larkin St., San Francisco. Free. Visit www.sfpl.org or call 415-557-4277.

AUGUST

August 1, at 11 AM & 2 PM
Shanghai Film Series
Shanghai emerged in the 1920s as China’s first film capital and today hosts one of Asia’s largest annual film festivals. This series highlights documentaries and explores three themes: the Jews of Shanghai; Shanghai as a city of excess and intrigue; and Shanghai today. A program of Target First Free Sunday.
At the Asian Art Museum, 200 Larkin St., San Francisco. Visit www.asianart.org or call 415-581-3500.

August 19, at 5 – 9 PM
MATCHA: Drunken Dishes
Shanghai is one of China’s most famous culinary regions. It sits in the fertile Yangtze River Delta, which yields abundant produce. Meat or fish is typically braised in soy sauce, sugar and a touch of vinegar until rich and velvety. Also in the Shanghainese repertoire are “drunken dishes,” where food is marinated in the famous wine of nearby Shaoxing.  Tonight’s MATCHA, featuring a talk about Shanghai’s cuisine and a cooking demonstration of drunken chicken, is an opportunity for all of your senses to learn more about Shanghainese dishes. Savor Shanghai specialties, toast with a drink from the cash bar and tour the special Shanghai exhibition. Presented by the Asian Art Museum and the Asian Culinary Forum.
At the Asian Art Museum, 200 Larkin St., San Francisco. Tickets $10. Visit www.asianart.org or call 415-581-3500.

SEPTEMBER

September 5, at 11AM & 2 PM
Shanghai Film Series
Shanghai emerged in the 1920s as China’s first film capital and today hosts one of Asia’s largest annual film festivals. This series highlights documentaries and explores three themes: the Jews of Shanghai; Shanghai as a city of excess and intrigue; and Shanghai today. A program of Target First Free Sunday.
At the Asian Art Museum, 200 Larkin St., San Francisco. Visit www.asianart.org or call 415-581-3500.

OCTOBER

October 3, at 7 PM (pre-concert talk 6:15 PM)
Shanghai String Quartet
Shanghai String Quartet, which performs globally, melds Eastern and Western repertoires. The concert, the opener of San Jose Chamber Music Society’s 25th season, is preceded by a 30-minute talk and followed by a short audience Q&A with the musicians.
At Le Petit Trianon Concert Hall, 72 N. Fifth St., San Jose. Visit www.sjchambermusic.org or call 408-286-5111.

October 27, at 7 – 9 PM
The San Francisco Fall Antiques Show Preview Party Benefit
The preview party for The San Francisco Fall Antiques Show, which this year highlights Shanghai chinoiserie, benefits Enterprise for High School Students.
At Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason Center, San Francisco. For tickets and more information, visit www.sffas.org or call 415-989-9019.

October 28 – 30, at 11 AM -7 PM; October 31, at 12 – 6 PM
The San Francisco Fall Antiques Show
Shanghai chinoiserie is the theme of the fine and decorative arts for sale and the related lectures this year. The San Francisco Fall Antiques Show is the West Coast’s oldest continuously operating international antiques show.
At Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason Center, San Francisco. For tickets and more information, visit www.sffas.org or call 415-989-9019.

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San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery Exhibition
In collaboration with the ZERO1 biennial in San Jose, SFAC Gallery presents an exhibit featuring a Shanghai artist working on the edge of art and technology.
At SFAC Gallery in the Veterans Building, 401 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco. Free. Visit http://www.sfartscommission.org/gallery or call 415-554-6080.

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Cultural Encounters: Friday Nights at the de Young
The popular Friday-night series hosts an event in conjunction with the Shanghai Celebration. Presented by the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.
At de Young Museum, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr., San Francisco. Visit www.famsf.org or call 415-750-3531.

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