The San Francisco Fine Art Fair returns to the Fort Mason Center Festival Pavilion May 17–20. This year, the Fair features a special preview reception on Wednesday, May 16 to benefit Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. A limited edition print by John Chamberlain will be auctioned off at the opening with all proceeds benefiting YBCA. Tickets for the May 16 opening night reception are $125 for the VIP reception (5:30 - 7:00 pm); $75 for the public opening (7:00 -9:30 pm). Both include a four day pass to the Fair. Individual tickets for the Fair are $25 per day or $40 for all four days. For more information or to purchase tickets, go to www.sffineartfair.com
When Jane Monheit first performed for SFJAZZ a decade ago, she was a wide-eyed ingénue at the start of a meteoric rise launched by her debut at the Monk Institute's 1998 vocal competition. There was no doubt about her exquisite voice and supple sense of swing, which became the foundation of a brilliant recording and touring career. At 34, Monheit continues to grow as an artist, honing her sound and expanding her repertoire. She has spent the past several years immersing herself in Brazilian music, and nearly about every performance now includes songs by Jobim and Ivan Lins, who accompanied her on 2002’s In the Sun. Her latest EmArcy album Home is a lustrous collection of standards that finds Monheit keeping company with top-flight guests including John Pizzarelli, Mark O’Connor and Larry Goldings.
The latest Room for Big Ideas installation, Reimagine: That Which We Know But Don’t Realize, explores the ways in which we simultaneously create and conceal meaning in landscapes, and how that process defines us in relation to our environment.