March: St Patrick’s Day and More

With spring almost here, there’s lots to do as people start heading outside. There’s lots going on to our north, with the Sonoma International Film Festival. In the city, the arts are flourishing, from Walt Disney’s The Jungle Book: Making a Masterpiece to Beyond Bollywood: 2000 Years of Dance in Art. Closer to home, Vanessa Collier will be performing at Sweetwater Music Hall, and the Marin Arts and Crafts Show offers the chance to shop for unique local finds.

Arts & Lectures

Through March 5 Assembly Required

Photo courtesy of Garvey|Simon

Garvey|Simon is pleased to announce the opening of their newest California exhibition, Assembly Required. The show features eight artists who transform quotidian artifacts into beguiling assemblages and collages. The works feature items ranging from safety pins and guitar strings to textiles and playing cards. Armed with various materials, each artist transforms the ordinary into the extraordinary. Artists included are Ray Beldner, Joe Brainard, Joan Grubin, Tamiko Kawata, Linda Schmidt, Sharon Shapiro, Donna Sharrett, and William Wegman.

Through March 12 Sunny A. Smith: The Compass Rose

Smith creates a radiant genealogical wheel and a series of artworks to navigate the complex legacies of inheritance and lineage – and invites viewers to consider how material things play a role in driving narratives of history, nationalism, family, and the self. The exhibition features new sculpture, video, and sound works alongside major pieces never before shown on the West Coast, spanning two decades of Smith’s practice.

March 16 Jennifer Egan

Pulitzer Prize-winning author of several novels, including Manhattan Beach, The Invisible Circus, A Visit From the Goon Squad, and the somewhat of a “sibling novel” to Goon Squad, The Candy House. Also a journalist, her writing has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, Harper’s Magazine, and many more.

Through March 19 Six The Musical

From Tudor Queens to Pop Icons, the SIX wives of Henry VIII take the microphone to remix five hundred years of historical heartbreak into a Euphoric Celebration of 21st-century girl power! SIX has won 23 awards, including the Tony Award for Best Original Score and the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Musical.

March 22–26 Fiddler on the Roof

Tony-winning director Bartlett Sher and the team behind South Pacific, The King and I and 2017 Tony-winning Best Play Oslo, bring a fresh and authentic vision to this beloved theatrical masterpiece. Fiddler on the Roof will introduce a new generation to the uplifting celebration that raises its cup to joy.

Through March 25 Mike Henderson: Chicken Fingers, 1976–1980

Photo courtesy of Mike Henderson and Haines Gallery

Chicken Fingers is a solo exhibition by Mike Henderson, a Bay Area painter, filmmaker, and blues musician. The exhibition focuses on the abstract canvases that redefined the artist’s practice as he left behind the figurative paintings of his early career. Each mixed media, Afrofuturist work conjures ethereal, otherworldly spaces filled with promise, mystery, and hope.

Music

March 2–5 Jake Shimabukuro

Widely recognized as “the Jimi Hendrix of the ukulele,” Jake Shimabukuro has created an international fanbase as a sensational performer whose concerts leave audiences awed, dazzled and delighted. Over the past two decades, he’s become a one-man army advancing the ukulele cause, turning the four-string axe into a supremely pliable musical vehicle, capable of generating everything from power chord rock to sensuously swinging jazz.

March 5 Regina Spektor

Born in the Soviet Union, Regina Spektor began studying classical piano when she was six. Her family emigrated in 1989, landing in New York City, where she continued her classical training. She began writing pop songs in her late teens and made her recorded debut in 2001 with the self-released 11:11, a collection of songs heavily influenced by jazz and blues. Spektor’s commercial breakthrough came in 2006 on her fourth LP, Begin to Hope.

March 11 Stephen Sanchez

Stephen Sanchez is an American singer-songwriter from northern California. Sanchez released his debut extended play, “What Was, Not Now” in October 2021. Sanchez gained prominence through a series of TikTok posts highlighting his singing and writing abilities. His most well-known song is “Until I Found You,” which, he says, was written about his girlfriend and also features her vocals.

March 17 Luke Combs

Luke Combs is a multi-platinum, award-winning singer and songwriter from Asheville, NC. His fusion of classic country and southern soul has made him one of country music’s brightest stars. His 2016 hit song, “Hurricane,” was the first of many chart-topping hits which highlighted his 2017 debut album, This One’s for You.

March 16–19 Amadou & Mariam

Photo courtesy of SFJAZZ

The Bamako-born husband and wife met while students at Mali’s Institute for the Young Blind, and found a shared interest in music and performing. Since that momentous meeting, the couple has risen through the African and European music scenes to become one of the hottest world music acts today, sharing the stage with artists including Coldplay, U2, Alicia Keys and Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour.

March 22 Vanessa Collier

As a master musician and multi-instrumentalist, Vanessa Collier weaves funk, soul, rock, and blues into every powerful performance. With soulful vocals, searing saxophone, and witty songwriting, Collier is blazing a trail, racking up an impressive arsenal of honors. Collier has won 3 Blues Music Awards – two for “Horn Player of the Year” in 2019 and 2020 and one in 2022 for “Contemporary Blues Female Artist of the Year.”

March 26 Matt The Electrician

Despite the name, Matt the Electrician is no longer an electrician, focusing instead on a music career that has spanned two decades, a dozen records, and literally thousands of shows. It’s folk music for a modern age, rooted in lyrics that focus on the realities and challenges of the 21st century instead of the old school thrill of hopping trains.

Comedy 

March 2–5 Dave Attell

Attell is a standup comedian, actor and writer, best known as the host of Comedy Central’s Insomniac with Dave Attell, which gave him a cult following. He can next be seen in the Hulu series Life & Beth alongside Amy Schumer, Michael Rapaport, and Michael Cera. He can also be seen on Bumping Mics with Jeff Ross, currently streaming on Netflix, and HBO’s Crashing with Pete Holmes. His series Dave’s Old Porn ran for 2 seasons on Showtime, and his stand up series, Dave Attell’s Comedy Underground, and his one hour special, Road Work, were featured on Comedy Central. Road Work is currently streaming on Netflix.

March 9 Michael Yo

A two-time Emmy nominee, Michael Yo is a comedian/actor/host keeping busy on all of Hollywood’s platforms. In stand up, Michael came up under the wings of Chelsea Handler and Jo Koy and now headlines all over the country. Michael was previously seen covering celebrity news on The Insider, Extra, E! News, as well as guest co-hosting CBS’ The Talk. Michael continues to appear as a hot topic guest on The Wendy Williams Show.

March 15 David Nihill

He has lived and worked in twelve countries and visited over seventy. His shows draw on his wide travels, cultural observations, attempts at language study, (occasional) international drinking session(s) and being a mildly confused immigrant. Dave is the winner of the prestigious annual San Francisco Comedy Competition, (previous finalists include Robin Williams, Ellen DeGeneres and Dana Carvey) and runner up in The Moth’s largest U.S. Grand Slam storytelling competition. He recorded his debut special for Dry Bar Comedy in 2019 and has been featured on TED.com, The Irish Independent, Inc, NPR, and the Huffington Post among others. A festival favorite, Dave’s videos have also gone viral many times over with over 150 million views and a social following of over one million.

March 16–18 T.J. Miller

T.J. Miller has been working to make people laugh for over fifteen years, and is driven by the mission statement that life is fundamentally tragic and the best thing he can do is provide an ephemeral escapism from that tragedy by doing comedy.

Film

March 6–March 12 SF Urban Film Fest

The festival gathers a diverse, engaged audience and uses the power of storytelling to spark discussion and civic engagement around urban issues. The festival asks what it means to live together in the city and makes urban planning more equitable and inclusive.

March 23–26 Unnamed Footage Festival

The festival showcases features and short films all in the genre of found footage horror or faux documentary. Spanning from shot on video experiments of the early ‘90s to new unreleased and underseen features, the Unnamed Footage Festival is set on opening a dialogue regarding the entertainment and artistic values of first person narrative filmmaking.

March 22–26 Sonoma International Film Festival

Sonoma Film Festival

The Sonoma International Film Festival accomplishes an amazing feat — bringing high-caliber, international talent to an intimate locale. Over 90 documentaries, films and shorts are screened every year at various venues that are easily walkable.

March 23–26 Berlin & Beyond

This year marks the 27th anniversary for this popular SF event. See productions from Germany, Austria and Switzerland that showcase amazing talent from this part of the world.

Museums

Through March 5 Walt Disney’s The Jungle Book: Making a Masterpiece

Photo courtesy of Andreas Deja and Disney

The exhibition explores the creative complexities behind the making of The Jungle Book (1967), including the unique personalities of each character and their voice actor counterparts, the rich artwork and use of cutting-edge animation techniques.

Through March 9 Proposal for a 28th Amendment? Is it Possible to Amend an Unequal System?

With this incomplete participatory exhibition, artists Alex Strada and Tali Keren ask visitors to critically engage with the U.S. Constitution and pose two questions: What 28th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution would you propose? And: Do you think it is possible to amend an unequal system? The exhibit is activated through a series of public workshops Strada and Keren will develop in collaboration with YBCA.

Opening March 23 Annie Albagli

The Contemporary Jewish Museum is presenting a video-based installation by Bay Area-based artist Annie Albagli, which was developed during a residency at the Headlands Center for the Arts with support from Asylum Arts. The work investigates movement between places, people, and generations, while also exploring the threshold of the self and our interdependence with nature.

Through April 2 Michelle Erickson: Wild Porcelain

The Legion of Honor introduces Michelle Erickson’s work, which combines colonial era ceramic techniques and contemporary themes, into the center of the Bowles Porcelain Gallery. Specifically for Bay Area audiences, she has produced pieces that incorporate San Francisco landmarks and address local social and environmental issues.

Opening March 25 SUPER-SILLY-US

The next exhibition in MarinMOCA’s ongoing annual Bay Area Legends series explores the life-long, intergenerational dialogue between mother and daughter artists Barbara Stauffacher Solomon and Nellie King Solomon. Their shared training in architecture speaks to the artists’ expansive and playful approach to visual art, which challenges the boundaries of established rules or frameworks.

Opening March 31 Beyond Bollywood: 2000 Years of Dance in Art

Photo courtesy of LACMA

From larger-than-life temple sculpture to paintings crafted for intimate viewing to immersive video works by contemporary artists, artworks from across South and Southeast Asia and the Himalayas have for millennia illuminated vital connections between movement, life, and the spirit. This exhibition will, for the first time in an American museum, invite audiences to experience the critical interplay between visual arts and dance in the Indian cultural sphere, from ancient rituals to the glamour of Bollywood.

Events

March 5 Chinatown YMCA 45th Annual CCHP Lunar New Year Run

Now in its 45th year, the Chinatown YMCA CCHP Lunar New Year Run gives participants a rare opportunity to run through San Francisco Chinatown’s historic (and slightly hilly) streets, taking in the architecture, scents, and sounds of a bustling and vibrant community. Proceeds from this event will support youth and teen programs, social services for low-income families, and financial assistance to make the Chinatown YMCA’s programs accessible to all.

March 11–12 Saint Patrick’s Day Parade & Block Party

The Saint Patrick’s Day Parade features several local Irish dance companies, bands, and groups. The parade starts at 2nd and Market Street, then makes its way down Market to the Civic Center Plaza, the festival’s location.

March 19 1st Annual Marin Pow Wow

Photo courtesy of Marin American Indian Alliance

All are welcome to the 1st Annual Marin Pow Wow celebrating the Indigenous communities that live and work in Marin, on Coast Miwok land. Since 1968 the Marin American Indian Alliance has been a place where Indigenous folks get together to share traditions, songs, and dances. Between all the various Nations represented in the Bay Area there is a wide variety of traditions welcoming spring. The event is hosted by Marin American Indian Alliance and sponsored by Marin Community Foundation.