Out & About, Museums, Walks, and Talks: September



Featured: Palette Chef Peter Hemsley Launches Inception

September 7, 14, 21, and 28

Chef Peter Hemsley developed his cooking chops at three-Michelin Quince and at Paris’s legendary L’Arpege. In his latest outing, Hemsley marries his passions for art and food at Palette, a year-long pop-up restaurant integrating Bay Area artisans and craftsmen in the dining room with shifting culinary themes each month. On Saturdays in September, Hemsley considers the idea of inception in his 8-course prix fixe menu. Dishes such as Writer’s Rice features Humboldt squid and squid ink risotto elevated by a bespoke dish that resembles crumpled paper (get it?). Let your mind go where it will for a dish called Air France.

Palette (San Francisco), 415.865.0529



Bay Area Discovery Museum

The interactive, STEM-focused, indoor-outdoor space encourages tots, toddlers and older children to play, learn and engage their senses and explore their world (Sausalito).

415.339.3900, bayareadiscoverymuseum.org


Bolinas Museum

Regional history is depicted through the works of local and national artists in fine art, photography and contemporary art (Bolinas).

415.868.0330, bolinasmuseum.org


Marin Museum of Contemporary Art

50 Faces Contemporary mosaic artwork from the Scuola Mosaicisti del Friuli in Italy allows young artists to redefine the age-old tradition of mosaic art with innovative methods and materials, September 21–November 10 (Novato).

415.506.0137, marinmoca.org


The Museum of the American Indian

Thousands of Native American regional and cultural items are displayed, with a focus on Marin and Sonoma (Novato).

415.897.4064, marinindian.com


The Space Station Museum

This storefront museum houses one of the largest private collections of U.S., Russian and Soviet space artifacts, including full-size replicas of a lunar module and lunar rover (Novato). 415.524.3940, thespacestationca.org



Asian Art Museum

Noguchi and Hasegawa in Postwar Japan Together, the duo sought to understand the fragmented postwar world and the potential of art in reassembling it. These 80 works express their ongoing dialogue. September 27–December 8 (SF).

415.581.3711, asianart.org


Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

The San Quentin Project: Nigel Poor and the Men of San Quentin State Prison­ presents a collection of visual documents and archival photographs created by a volunteer professor for the Prison University Project in collaboration with incarcerated men, through November 17 (Berkeley).

510.642.0808, bampfa.org


California Academy of Sciences

Passport to the Universe

This new movie gives viewers an astronaut’s-eye view of our little corner of space, including new visualizations of the Orion Nebula derived from the Hubble Space Telescope (SF).

415.379.8000, calacademy.org


Charles M. Schulz Museum

Peanuts Goes to Camp

Relive summer adventures along with the gang, including the joys of sleeping in a tent, through November 18 (Santa Rosa).

707.579.4452, schulzmuseum.org


Contemporary Jewish Museum

Annabeth Rosen: Fired, Broken, Gathered, Heaped

The first major museum survey of the work of Davis-based sculptor Annabeth Rosen, a pioneer in contemporary ceramics whose works are often described as theatrical, through January 19, 2020 (SF).

415.655.7800, thecjm.org


de Young

Ed Hardy: Deeper Than Skin

The renowned tattoo artist gets his first museum retrospective, through October 6 (SF).

415.750.3600, deyoung.famsf.org


di Rosa

Viola Frey: Center Stage

Known for her larger-than-life figurative ceramic sculptures, the Bay Area artist had a career spanning five decades and worked in a range of media, through December 29 (Napa).

707.226.5991, dirosaart.org



This public learning laboratory offers inquiry-based experiences and a chance to explore the world through science, art and human experience (SF).

415.397.5673, exploratorium.edu


Legion of Honor

Strange Days: Dada, Surrealism and the Book

A look at a movement launched in 1916 by poets and artists to skewer the societal norms deemed responsible for the horrors of World War I, through November 10 (SF).

415.750.3600, legionofhonor.famsf.org


Museum of the African Diaspora

This contemporary art museum inspires cultural learning and exploration through the wide lens of the African diaspora (SF).

415.358.7200, moadsf.org


Museum of Craft and Design

Dead Nuts: A Search for the Ultimate Machined Object

What started as a question on an online forum — What is the ultimate machine object/mechanism? — evolved into a crowdsourced list of favorites that inspire these makers, through December 1 (SF).

415.773.0303, sfmcd.org


SFMOMA Far Out: Suits, Habs and Labs for Outer Space

This exhibit examines how both applied and theoretical design can advance new models for life beyond Earth, with real and conceptual ideas for space suits, habitats and laboratories and a selection of films and visual art, through January 20, 2020 (SF).

415.357.4000, sfmoma.org


Sonoma Valley Museum of Art

Bingo: The Life and Art of Bernice Bing

The San Francisco native reclaims the style of abstract expressionism and redefines its ties to non-Western philosophies. September 21–January 5, 2020 (Sonoma).

707.939.7862, svma.org


The Walt Disney Family Museum

Mickey Mouse: From Walt to the World

Celebrate Disney’s most beloved and recognizable character, through January 6, 2020 (SF).

415.345.6800, waltdisney.org


Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

Leading-edge contemporary art and cultural programs that support societal movement are the emphasis of this cultural institution (SF). 415.978.2787, ybca.org


Chrisitina Mueller

Christina Mueller is a long-time Bay Area food writer. She hails from the East Coast and has spent way too much time in South America and Europe. She discovered her talent as a wordsmith in college and her love of all things epicurean in grad school. She has written for Condé Nast Contract Publishing, Sunset, and the Marin Independent Journal, among others. She volunteers with California State Parks and at her childrens’ schools, and supports the Marin Audubon Society, PEN America, and Planned Parenthood. When she is not drinking wine by a fire, she is known to spend time with her extended family.