Buon anno! Can you believe it’s already 2012? There’s still plenty of time to pack in the fun before the end of 2011. Check out the list below to see if the upcoming events spark your interest.
It can be difficult finding and keeping track of all the best Italian events around San Francisco. Experiencing the most out of the local cultural scene requires that one gets out of the house to join the community, whether it be admiring Renaissance art or drinking some delicious Nero d’Avola with newly made friends. To make your life easier, each week’s upcoming and ongoing events will be featured in a Monday post, so you’ll always be informed about what’s going on. If you have any suggestions or additions, please feel free to message me via email or Twitter.
ITALIAN CULTURAL EVENTS FOR THE WEEK OF 12/26 TO 1/1
Tuesday, December 12/27
Bernini’s Medusa (9:30 am)
Legion of Honor
100 34th Ave., San Francisco
On loan from the Musei Capitolini in Rome is one of Bernini’s greatest masterpieces: The Medusa. The sculpture dates as far back as 1638 and has been preserved through the great efforts of many. Her visage, exhibiting a sense of melancholy, is perfectly understandable. Anyone would be saddened if they themselves were turned ironically into stone.
Wednesday, December 12/28
Il mercoledì incontro (7:00 p.m.)
Cafe La Scala
1655 N. Main St., Walnut Creek
If you’d like to meet some Italian speakers over a cup of coffee in the East Bay, head over to Cafe La Scala and look for the Italian flag. You’ll quickly make some new friends at this regular Meet Up event.
Saturday, December 12/31
New Year’s Eve 2011 Celebration at Palio D’Asti (5:30 p.m.)
640 Sacramento St., San Francisco
Three courses with four choices per course gives you 81 possible dining combinations (if I did my math correctly). Enjoy Cotecchino con Lenticchi (traditional New Year’s sausage) to
Ravioli di Zucca, featured in this previous holiday article, and finished with sweet Panna Cotta con L’Uvetta. That’s one way to start your new year right.
November 17 – February 19
John Grillo: The Birth of Abstract Expressionism
Museo Italo Americano
Fort Mason Center, Bldg. C, San Francisco
The Museo Italo Americano celebrates an artist who is not only Italian-American, but also Italian-San Franciscan. John Grillo was an active artist during the post-war period when art was shifting from the “old world” to the new. His resulting style was regarded as a “truly homegrown art style,” with its inventiveness and dramatic intensity. Here are five reasons to visit the Museo Italo Americano.
October 29 – February 12
Masters of Venice: Renaissance Painters of Passion and Power
The de Young Museum
Golden Gate Park, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr., San Francisco
The ongoing exhibition at the de Young Museum presents 50 Renaissance-era paintings by great Venetian painters on loan from the Gemäldegalerie of the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna. The exhibit includes artists primarily from the sixteenth century, including Titian, Giorgione, Veronese, Tintoretto, Mantegna and more.