5 Best Things to do This Week: April 22–28

Early Rubens at the Legion of Honor

Gaze through gilded frames and into the past, to a world inspired by biblical and mythical tales. Witness these epic stories leap forth from massive paintings, and let yourself be swept away in the drama. Peter Paul Rubens (1577–1640) was celebrated for his skillful handling of oil paint; his sensuous coloring; and his taut, action-packed depictions of dramatic narratives. Early Rubens focuses on what is arguably the artist’s most innovative period of production, from 1608 until about 1620. It was during these years that Rubens rose to the highest ranks of European painting. He did so through a series of social and artistic choices that laid the groundwork for his later international fame and established a visual style that would guide ambitious painters for generations to come. Rubens was not just a remarkable artist but also an international diplomat, businessman, intellectual, friend to scholars and monarchs, and master of a productive workshop. His early biographers branded Rubens as an aristocrat-artist, the favorite of Europe’s nobles, but his ultimate success was far from an assured outcome. Observe Rubens’s meteoric rise to master of the Northern Baroque.


San Francisco Decorator Showcase

The San Francisco Decorator Showcase located at 3800 Washington Street in Presidio Heights features a collection of 36 of the West Coast’s top interior and landscape designers who will remake 33 spaces in the 18,000 plus square-foot mansion known as “Le Petit Trianon.” The showcase is a benefit for the San Francisco University High School Financial Aid Program, and will take place from April 27 – May 27, 2019.  This year’s designers have an impressive design challenge this year: originally a showcase in 1982, the historic 18,000 plus square-foot mansion is a San Francisco Landmark listed with the National Register of Historic Places.


Jazz at Marin Theater Company

Harlem, 1926. The city overflows with Jazz. Folks move with musicality, and speak rhythms, and in the heart of it all is Violet. Her husband’s affair with a beautiful young woman sets off a series of violent events and unforgivable acts. Adapted from Toni Morrison’s novel and musically underscored by Bay Area jazz musician Marcus ShelbyJazz is a theatrical composition. Peeling back, layered accounts and alternating perspectives expose ultimately sympathetic characters, who — like the growing New York neighborhood and the winding woods of their youth — reveal their own rhythms.


Lexus Culinary Classic

This exclusive three-day culinary celebration presents eleven distinctive experiences, including multi-course menus, a chef-guided farmers’ market excursion, intimate hands-on cooking classes, a unique wine-blending seminar and dinner at Skywalker Ranch. The weekend culminates in the Sunday Lexus Grand Tasting at Cavallo Point, featuring acclaimed chefs from 13 Lexus Hotel Partners who will create signature dishes for the event, complemented by premier wines from leading California vintners. Beyond the exceptional culinary events, the weekend offers the rare opportunity to go cycling with world-champion cyclist and Lexus Cycling Ambassador, Christian Vande Velde. Lexus owners receive 15% off ticket prices.


Marin Open Studios Preview Gala

Celebrate the 26th anniversary of Marin Open Studios by joining art lovers, collectors and artists at the free preview gala in Corte Madera Town Center’s Exhibition Gallery this Saturday. Enjoy small bites and beverages, meet artists, other art lovers and see one work from each of the 270 participating artists. There will be a silent auction that benefits Drawbridge, a non-profit that provides art programs for homeless and other underserved children and Cedars, the San Anselmo-based organization that supports individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The pop-up MOS Gallery is open April 22 to May 12 leading up to and during Marin Open Studios the first two weekends in May.


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