KLIMT & RODIN: An Artistic Encounter • October 14, – January 28,

Upon the centennial of their deaths, Klimt & Rodin: An Artistic Encounter explores the dialogue between the work of French sculptor Auguste Rodin (1840–1917) and Austrian painter Gustav Klimt (1862–1918) and examines their numerous connections, ranging from their mutual interest in the human form to their philosophical outlooks on the world.

For the first time on the West Coast, see the full evolution of Klimt’s work—from his early and academically applauded work to his provocative and critically debated mature style, as seen here in The Virgin. A pioneer of modernism in Vienna, Klimt produced only a very limited number of canvases over his career. Many of these canvases are deemed too fragile to travel, making a sizable display of his work a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Legion of Honor,100 34th Ave. Tix: $30 - 27 (Sr) - 21 (Std) - 15 (Yth) - Members: free.

A bit of Pantomime packs in an audience at Dickens Faire

Last year the Waldo Grade Tunnel connecting Marin to San Francisco, often seen by many as the ‘rainbow tunnel’ got renamed officially as The Robin Williams Tunnel. In the three years since his death. Yet his legacy as an entertainer, actor and comedian endures. No doubt he would fit right in with the vast array of characters, cast, and crew of the annual Great Dickens Christmas Faire.

Amid the many things to see and do, the Dickens Faire has dozens of live shows. Once again the Stark Ravens

Historical Players will be performing “The Surprising Tale of Baron Munchausen and Mopsa the Fairy.”

Based in part upon the 18th Century Raspe text, which was also the inspiration for the 1988 film “The Adventures of Baron Munchausen this family-friendly live show has original music and songs. Interestingly, as the show’s director Heidi Wohlwend noted, “Robin Williams was uncredited in the Terry Gilliam film. He played the part of the ‘King of The Moon.’ And, we like to think that if he was still here he would relish that we are reprising the role. Yes, in our little production we do have the ‘King of The Moon,’ in it.”

The Westside Observer was able to chat with Wohlwend amid a busy schedule of rehearsals and preparations. As the month of December draws closer, the intensity increases. Curious to know what an 18th Century fantasy had to do with the Dickens Fair, she replied. “The Munchausen story was widely read and he was a well-known character. We mixed him with a children’s fairy story called Mopsa the Fairy.

“This is a form of theater known as pantomime. Hearing the word ‘pantomime’ people think of charades or Marcel Marceau, miming in make-up. A pantomime in 19th Century Victorian England was a form of theater that consisted of a fairytale, with dancing, singing and a big transformation scene where the principal characters are turned into clowns. The ending piece of the show is called a harlequinade. This consists of slapstick clowning bits or lazzi.”

She explained “pantomime finds its origins from the Commedia dell’arte which was very popular in Italy in the 16th Century. As it spread through Europe, aspects of it appeared in English theaters and street performances. Much of what we know here as Vaudeville comes from this tradition. The clown or jester, prat falls, anything zany, rambunctious or romantic is all part of this tradition.

London’s Victoria and Albert Museum, as well as British historian Judith Flanders among others, confirms, that while pantomime lends itself to lots of imaginative interpretations, Wohlwend said that “Baron Muchausen is a central character, sort of like an English version of Don Quixote. The Baron is tilting at the windmills of the restrictions of authority, defying the rules of logic and reason. He is able to face adversity, tragedy, and death with humor. In fact he beats death in the end; much like Mr. Punch vanquishes the devil in the Punch and Judy show. And, don’t we all want to do that? Don’t we want to choose life and love over evil? The Baron’s absurdity shows us the beauty and timelessness of enduring love.

“This is our second year performing this production, and while our first few shows were sparsely attended last year, we finished the season performing to packed houses. Parents sometimes get a bit confused but the kids love it, and for them it is easy to follow.”

The Stark Ravens Historical Players have been putting productions up at the Dickens Faire and other events since 2000. As Wohlwend said, “we are very grass roots. We do all this ourselves on a very limited budget and within a limited venue space. But it is a very rich experience, and to have people sing along is exhilarating and rewarding,” she said.

West Portal residents can get to the Faire at the Cow Palace by transferring from the K-Ingleside trolley at West Portal station to the #8 San Bruno MUNI bus from West Portal and ١٤th Avenue.

“The Surprising Tale of Baron Munchausen and Mopsa the Fairy: or how Munchausen, Jack and Mopsa the Fairy defeat evil Queen Edwina Picklewurst and save Fairyland,” will be playing at the Victoria & Albert Bijou Music Hall at the Dickens Fair inside The Cow Palace during the run of The Great Dickens Christmas Fair from the weekend of Nov. 18 to the weekend of Dec. 17. For details on show times, ticket prices and other information, visit the Dickens Fair web site at:

November 2017

Thur • The Art of Eyvind Earle • Through Jan 8, 2018

Walt Disney Family Museum The artist’s first-ever comprehensive museum retrospective will feature more than 250 works, including intricate thumbnail concept paintings for Lady and the Tramp and evocative large-scale concept artworks for Sleeping Beauty. Alongside Earle’s work for The Walt Disney Studios is an extensive showcase of his fine art, includingelaborate and lush landscapes, unique scratchboards, rare examples of sculpture, companion poetry,and commercial illustrations. In addition to signature landscapes and enchanting illustrations thatare characteristic ofEarle’s style, the exhibition will feature his limited edition serigraphs and lesser-known pieces, includingcartoon drawings from his timein the U.S. Navy and commercial advertisements for American brands. Stand-alone special exhibition ticket: $15 all levels, free for youth 17 and under.


Every Sun | 9 am–1 pm | Stonestown rear parking lot: at Stonestown Galleria (19th Ave @ Winston).

Every Sunday • Victorian Tour

Sundays | 2 pm | Victorian era architecture of the city’s first suburb - Lafayette Square. SF’s illustrious history, steep streets & fabulous views! 1801 Bush St. garden. Donations OK. MUNI 1, 3.

Every Tue/Thu /Sat • Get In Shape!

Tue/Thu | 8:30 am | Sat: 9 am | Get into shape. FREE exercise classes. SF State & Rec and Park. Turf field at Minnie & Lovie Ward Park, 650 Capitol.,


Every Tue Happy Hour | 4–8 pm | Que Syrah Wine Bar. Take $1 off each glass, 10% off each bottle (consumed on site). 230 West Portal Ave 731-7000


Every Thu | 6–10 pm | The Academy of Sciences brings live music, science, mingling and coctails. GG Park $15 ($12 Members).


Every Fri | 7–11 pm | The Balcony Lounge at the Cliff House hosts jazz every Fri night. 1 Seal Rock.


Every Fri | 5–8:45 pm | Music, poetry, films, dance, tours and lectures. Cafe: special dinner, no-host bar. Art-making children/adults. deYoung Museum, GG Park.

Fridays @ Off the Grid/Ft. Mason

Every Fri | DJs 5-7:30/Bands 7:30-10: pm | Over 32 food trucks and street food carts in a huge circle with a full bar and bands in the middle? That’s a party! Free. Ft. Mason Ctr. Two Marina Blvd.

Sat • Free E-Books

Sat 3-4 pm | More than 40,000 free eBooks with one-on-one help from a librarian. Bring your Kindle, iPad, smartphone etc. 20 minute appointments available. RSVP: with preferred date/ time, and device. Main Library, 100 Larkin St.

Sun • Community Yoga

Every Sun | 10 am | Bring Your Own Mat for some outdoor yoga at Playland at 43rd Ave. All classes are FREE and DROP IN. (Rain cancels.) 1360 43rd Ave & Judah. Info: Playland Yoga Facebook Page

Daily • Book-A-Librarian

Learn Basic Computer Skills—searching databases, setting up email, or surfing the web. Basic mouse skills required. Call 355-2825 to make an appointment. Merced Branch Library, 155 Winston Dr.

DAILY • ART OF Eyvind Earle

Daily (except Tue) | 10 am - 6 pm | Best known as the lead stylist for Walt Disney’s classic Sleeping Beauty (1959) and for concept art as well as his popular silk-screened prints. Walt Disney Family Museum, 104Montgomery, Presidio. Closed Tuesdays.

Daily • Book-A-Librarian

Learn Basic Computer Skills—searching databases, setting up email, or surfing the web. Basic mouse skills required. Call 355-2825 to make an appointment. Merced Branch Library, 155 Winston.

Fri • Holiday On Ice Rink

Fri Nov 3 - Jan 7 | Sun-Thu: 10 am - 9:30 pm / Fri-Sat: 10 am - 11:30 pm | The Bay Area’s largest outdoor ice rink, a beautiful city setting for three decades Justin Herman Plaza, adjacent to Four Embarcadero Center and across from the historic Ferry Building. $12 • (8 & under) $7 • Skate Rental $5.

May be closed due to inclement weather or private-party bookings. Current info: 415.837.1931

Wed • Author Lauren Markham

Wed Nov 8 | 7 pm | Journalist Markham follows the 17-year-old Flores twins across the Rio Grande into the hands of immigration — to their estranged older brother’s custody in Oakland — navigating a new school in a new language, working to pay down their mounting coyote debt, and facing their day in immigration court with only each other for support. Bookstore West Portal, 80 West Portal.

Sat • Author Anne Fadiman

Sat Nov 11 |7 pm | Fadiman will be discussing her memoir, The Wine Lover’s Daughter. A special Saturday evening event for lovers of both wine and literature.Bookstore West Portal, 80 West Portal.

Sun • 100th Veterans Day Parade

Sun Nov 12 | 11 am | Honor and remember the end of World War II at Fishermans Wharf, Jefferson Street, North Point to Leavenworth St.

Sun • Tea Festival

Sun Nov 12 | 11 am to 5 pm | Taste teas from local and global producers. Free swag bag includes your very own teacup to savor tea. Access to hundreds of different types of tea in our tea market. Ferry Bldg.

Mon • Balboa Advisory Committee

Mon Nov 13 | Participate and provide feedback on the proposal to build the Balboa Reservoir Project at City College, Multi-Use Building, Room 140, 55 Phelan Ave.

Tue • Starring the Rock—Alcatraz

Tue Nov 14 | 7:30 pm | Alcatraz in the movies with Jim Van Buskirk co-author of Celluloid San Francisco: The Film Lover’s Guide to Bay Area Movie Locations celebrates the 80th anniversary of The Rock as a setting in movies and its 50th anniversary as an actual filming location. Roosevelt Middle School Auditorium, 460 Arguello Blvd (at Geary) $10 non-members ($5 students, teachers, seniors, and pw disabilities).

Wed • Russians!

Wed Nov 15 | 7–8:30 pm | Siberia and California: Connections - Institute for Historical Study and the Merced Branch Library are hosting four presentations: “The Russian Civil War ,” “Civil War-Related Archives and the Museum of Russian Culture,” “The Russian Civil War through the Camera of a Young Officer,” and “The Refugee Experience through Siberia.” Merced Branch Library, 155 Winston, 415 355-2825.

Fri • Docent Tour: Old US Mint

Nov 17 | 3 pm | Journey through 150 years of history with a CHS docent who will share unique stories, discuss the architecture, and answer questions about the Old U.S. Mint. 85 Fifth St. Bottom of stairs. CA Historical Society $10.

Sat • Let It Snow Boutique

Sat Nov 18 | 10 am - 3 pm | LIttle Sisters of the Poor present handmade ornaments, dish towels, wreaths, table top décor, homemade jams & gourmet goodies A seated lunch at 11:30 a.m. or at 1 p.m. at $55/ per person. 300 Lake Street.

Sat • 60th International Auto Show

Sat Nov 18 - Sun Nov 26 | Various times | The show features the world’s major manufacturers displaying their 2018 model cars, SUV’s, trucks and vans. Moscone Convention Center, 747 Howard St., North and South Halls plus the Esplanade Ballroom. $10

Sun • Chocolate show

Nov 19 | 10 am - 5 pm | Taste fine artisan and gourmet chocolates and confections at the Fall Chocolate Salon in the SF County Fair Building, Golden Gate Park,1199 9th Ave at Lincoln Way.

Tue • St. Cecelia’s K-6 Open House

Tue Nov 21 | 8:30 - 10 am | Presentation and Tour. No reservation required. 660 Vicente St.

Thu •SF Turkey Trot

Wed Nov 23 | 8 am Kids Gobbler Chase | 8:40 am Turkey Trail Trot and Pilgrim Promenade | Come kick off a great Thanksgiving with an invigorating fun run or walk in the park—before feasting commences!

Polo Field, GG Park -

Sat • Small Business Saturday

Sat Nov 25 | All day | First there was Black Friday, then Cyber Monday. November 27, 2010 was the first ever Small Business Saturday—the day we shop small local businesses. The Saturday after Thanksgiving is Small Business Saturday.

Sat • Giant Gingerbread House

Nov 25 - Jan. 1, 2018 | See the two-story giant Gingerbread House made of thousands of home-baked gingerbread bricks and more than a ton of icing and candy Fairmont hotel. Free, but you may have to wait in line. 950 California

Mon • Woody LaBounty/SHARP

Mon Nov 27 | 7 pm | The History of Sunset Heights, 1920s to present, with Woody LaBounty at S.H.A.R.P. 1736 Ninth Avenue (between Moraga and Noriega).

Mon • Central Council

Mon Nov 27 | 7:30 | West of Twin Peaks Central Council meets the 4th Monday of the month to discuss local topics. Forest Hills Clubhouse, 381 Magellan Ave.

Tue • Ron Ross Magic Lantern

Tue Nov 28 | 7 pm | SF History Assn. President Ron Ross will share rare magic lantern slides, featuring early San Francisco, including 1906 earthquake scenes and the 1915 Panama-Pacific Expo. Ron has great stories to tell to go with the pictures! St. Philip’s Catholic Church, 24th & Diamond St. $5

Tue • St. Cecelia’s K-6 Open House

Tue Nov 30 | 8:30 - 10 am | Presentation and Tour. No reservation required. 660 Vicente St.

Wed • Glide Holiday Jam

Wed Nov 29 | 5:30 pm | Love Overcomes celebrates irresistible hope and unconditional love and helps raise funds for Glide’s Daily Free Meals program and other services. Special performance by Grammy award–winning singer, songwriter and producer Valerie Simpson; the Glide Ensemble and The Change Band at The Masonic, 1111 California. Food and drink will be provided by the Bay Area’s finest restaurants and beverage companies. $65-250.

Sat • Cable Car Caroling

Sat Dec 2 | 12:30 pm | Institute on Aging’s 33rd Annual Cable Car Caroling Fundraiser kicks off at at Roosevelt High School (Arguello at Geary) Mix and mingle then boardd cable cars to criss-cross the City, stopping to serenade more than 1,000 seniors. Reconvene at Roosevelt High @ 4pm for dinner. Tix: $75 - adults, 50 - seniors and students, or 15 - kids. Proceeds benefit the Friendship Line, the only 24-hour, toll-free hotline for seniors and disabled.


Wed Dec 6 | 6:30 pm | Greater West Portal Neighborhood Assn., West Portal Playground Clubhouse, 131 Lenox Way.Meets first Wednesday of the month.

Thu • McMansion Hearing

Tue Dec 7 | 1 pm | December 7 Planning Commission meeting, room 400, City Hall to voice your opposition to the Planning Department’s attempt to replace its current demolition guidelines with a density plan that will ruin your neighborhood’s character, and may exile you into the shadows from your neighbor’s “McMansion” home.

Sat • OMI Neighbors

Sat Dec 16 | 1 - 3 pm | No meetings in Nov or Dec. Instead join us at our annual Holiday Toy Giveaway at Minnie & Lovie Rec Center @ Capitol and Montana.

Local event? Priority for Westside events