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January 19, 2016

Arts & Culture Events in Golden Gate Park and the Presidio

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The Golden Gate Park and Presidio area supply award-winning exhibits, family-friendly art workshops and diverse cultural activities all within 2,500 acres.

Mel Shaw: An Animator on Horseback
When: Through Sept. 12, 2016
Where: The Walt Disney Family Museum, 104 Montgomery St.   
Hours: Open daily 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., except Tuesdays
What: This exhibition is the first-ever retrospective of the life and work of Disney Legend Mel Shaw (1914–2012)—an artist and storyteller whose skills were in demand by the icons of Hollywood, from Orson Welles to Walt Disney. Shaw’s own life story as an artist, creative entrepreneur, and master horseman is as romantic and adventuresome as the animated stories he helped bring to life. The exhibition is guest-curated by Academy Award®-nominated producer Don Hahn (“Beauty and the Beast,” “The Lion King,” “Maleficent”). This retrospective features more than 120 works, including caricature sketches, storyboards, and conceptual artwork from some of the most influential films of the twentieth century, stretching from “Fantasia” (1940) to “The Lion King” (1994). The exhibition also includes sculptures, oil paintings, ceramics, iconic toys, and artifacts documenting Shaw’s redesign of the character now recognized as Howdy Doody. Many of the objects in this exhibition will be on view for the first time.
Neighborhood: Presidio 
Visitor Tip: Tickets required, so plan ahead

Color of Life
When: Ongoing
Where: California Academy of Sciences, 55 Concourse Drive  
Hours: Monday – Saturday, 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
What: See color for what it truly is: a major player in the natural world. From mating rituals to survival tactics, color plays a crucial part in the day-to-day life of countless species, and reveals the interconnectedness of life. Explore color’s influence on animal behavior in a variety of habitats, from ocean floors to forest canopies. Walk among live birds, insects, and cephalopods displaying bold and surprising color patterns to see firsthand how various adaptive strategies—like camouflage and bioluminescence—allow animals to survive and thrive. See and hear what color can tell us about the health of the environments where these organisms live. 
Neighborhood: Golden Gate Park 
Visitor Tip: Tickets required, so plan ahead

Royal Hawaiian Featherwork: Nā Hulu Ali‘i
When: Through Feb. 29, 2016  
Where: de Young, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr.
Hours: Open Tuesdays through Sundays, 9:30 a.m. - 5:15 p.m.
What: Explore the distinctive art, culture, and history of Hawai‘i with the first exhibition of Hawaiian featherwork on the U.S. mainland, developed in partnership with the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum, Honolulu. Presented in San Francisco, which is considered to be the gateway to the Pacific, the exhibition features roughly 75 rare and stunning examples of the finest featherwork capes and cloaks in existence, as well as royal staffs of feathers (kāhili), feather lei (lei hulu manu), helmets (mahiole), feathered god images (akua hulu manu), and related eighteenth- and nineteenth-century paintings and works on paper.
Neighborhood: Golden Gate Park 
Visitor Tip: Tickets required, so plan ahead

The World in a Book: “The Nuremberg Chronicle” and the Art of German Renaissance Illustration
When: Through July 3, 2016
Where: Legion of Honor, 100 34th Avenue 
Hours: Tuesday - Sunday, 9:30 a.m. – 5:15 p.m.
What: The Nuremberg Chronicle (Liber Chronicarum) of 1493 was a hugely ambitious book documenting the entire history of the world back to the creation with a sprawling text by German scholar Hartmann Schedel and an extensive illustration program in woodcut. This focused exhibition presents the complete Nuremberg Chronicle alongside a selection of its woodcut plates featuring city views and biblical imagery. Also on view are bound copies and single leafs from other important publications from the same era and later—the late 15th and early 16th centuries.
Neighborhood: Lincoln Park 
Visitor Tip: Tickets required, so plan ahead

Vida, Cultura y Color: The Art of Peter Rodriguez
Through May 20, 2016
Where: Fort Mason Center for Arts and Culture, 2 Marina Blvd., Building D
What: To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Mexican Museum, enjoy a retrospective exhibit of work by Peter Rodriguez, the man who founded the Museum in 1975. Now 89, Rodriguez continues to paint, create art, and promote his culture at San Francisco’s Laguna Honda Hospital. His museum’s collections have expanded to include art from other Latino countries and cultures of Central and South America.
Neighborhood: Presidio 
Visitor Tip: This event is free

SFADA First Thursday Art
When: Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016
Where: Various Locations
Hours: 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
What: The San Francisco Art Dealers Association (SFADA) invites visitors to join them for “First Thursday,” a downtown tradition since 1993. On every first Thursday of the month, many of our member galleries remain open to welcome visitors after normal working hours, most until 7:30 p.m. or later.  
Neighborhood: Various
Visitor Tip: This event is free

Free Walking Tours of San Francisco
: Daily
Where: San Francisco City Guide Tours, Various Locations  
Hours: Vary by tour
What: San Francisco City Guides are made up of local volunteers who love the city, its history, lore and legends...and they are ready to share it all with you. These free (donations welcome), regularly scheduled tours are open to the public but NOT open to parties of eight or more (except with prior reservation).
Neighborhood: Various 
Visitor Tip: This event is free

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