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In the words of Shania Twain, the best part about being a woman is the prerogative to have a little fun. March is Women’s History Month, and while reopening timelines look promising across the Bay Area, we’re not quite there yet. Sign up for a Zoom, buy a virtual concert ticket and check in with the women in your life.
“M. Louise Stanley: No Regrets” (11 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesdays-Fridays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, by appointment through April 18, Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, 500 Palm Dr., Novato, $10): Since her art career began in the 1970s, M. Louise Stanley’s works have been known to encompass and confront the “all-around bad behavior” of our society. The Marin Museum of Contemporary Art in Novato will host an exhibition of five decades of her visual work tackling gender inequality, social justice and capitalism (to name a few) as well as art journals and handmade protest signs through March and into April. https://marinmoca.org/exhibitions/event/130/
Video Art Exhibit: Liliana Porter’s “The Riddle / Charada” (10:30-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays through April 24 by appointment at Hosfelt Gallery, 260 Utah St., San Francisco, free): Hosfelt Gallery hosts the newest multidisciplinary video project by Argentinian artist and New York Graphic Workshop co-founder Liliana Porter. The film, described as both banal and kitschy, centers on ambiguous vignettes for characters made from found objects Porter culled from flea markets and antique stores. Meaning is in the eye of the beholder. http://hosfeltgallery.com/exhibition/the-riddle-charada/
“Pandemania: New Work by Luz Marina Ruiz” (Noon-5 p.m. Saturdays through April 24, Manna Gallery, 473 25th St., Oakland, free): When the pandemic forced everyone indoors, artist Luz Marina Ruiz challenged herself to create 50 5-inch-by-5-inch prints of “mundos pequeños,” little worlds; she ended up with over 75. The Manna Gallery in Oakland will host 50 of them through April. http://www.mannagallery.com/index.html
Canta Brava: Performance Series Celebrating Women in History (7 p.m. daily through Friday, free but donations are encouraged): Brava Theater hosts another installment of their Canta Brava concert series, where audience members can tune in nightly to YouTube or Instagram for a fresh performance celebrating the role and impact of women (womxn) in the world through song, poetry and theater. Performers include Marga Gomez, Sofia Ahmad, Rotimi Agbabiaka and Kat Evasco, among others. https://www.brava.org/all-events/2021/3/8/canta-brava-performance-series
Bay Area Book Festival’s Women Lit #UNBOUND Presents: “Following the Joy with LaRayia Gaston” (7 p.m. Tuesday, $20-$40): LaRayia Gaston’s mother told her from an early age to do her part in improving the lives around her. She didn’t waste any time, founding the nonprofit Lunch on Me before she turned 30 in an effort to redistribute quality food to thousands of residents of Los Angeles’ Skid Row. Her new book, “Love Without Reason: The Lost Art of Giving a F*ck” about “following the joy” in life couldn’t have come at a better time. KALW’s Jeneé Darden interviews her in a recorded segment with the option to have a copy of the book shipped via Green Apple Books. https://www.baybookfest.org/session/wl_larayia/#!event-register/2021/3/18/following-the-joy-with-larayia-gaston
Perfectly Queer Book Reading “Queer Flannery O’Connor Award Winners” (7 p.m. Wednesday, free): Perfectly Queer presents the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction to queer authors Lori Ostlund, Anne Raeff and Patrick Earl Ryan, who will also read from their winning short story collections. Following the reading, there will be a discussion of the works and O’Connor’s legacy, including her racism. https://www.facebook.com/events/490718722315120
“Women in Arts: Donna Brookman, Maria de Los Angeles, Linda Vallejo” (5 p.m. Thursday, free): The Museum of Sonoma County presents a panel featuring three artists from their anniversary showcase “35: Thirty-Five Artists for Thirty-Five Years.” Estelle Rogers, the museum’s Art Committee chair, will moderate as they discuss their art as it relates to themes of identity, migration and mythology through multiple disciplines, including prints and paintings. https://museumsc.org/events/?eid=7853
HERstory Panel: “Women Building the Presidio Tunnel Tops” (3:30 p.m. March 22, free): The Presidio tunnel tops weren’t going to build themselves. The women behind their construction will convene for an open discussion YouTube panel — sponsored by the San Francisco Public Library and Nature Boost in partnership with the Presidio Trust — on what it takes, moderated by youth from the Crissy Field Center. https://sfpl.org/events/2021/03/22/panel-women-building-presidio-tunnel-tops
“What’s Your Story — A Celebration for Women’s History Month with Rebecca Walker, Lily Diamond and Ericka Huggins” (5:30 p.m. Mar. 25, sliding scale $5-$10): Onetime Oakland Black Panther Party member Ericka Huggins sits down (virtually) with authors Rebecca Walker and Lily Diamond to discuss their new book, “What’s Your Story: A Journal for Everyday Evolution,” and the lifelong journey we embark on to hone our values and sense of self. Attendees are encouraged to participate in the Zoom chat, hosted by the Mechanics’ Institute Library in San Francisco. https://www.milibrary.org/events/whats-your-story-celebration-womens-history-month-rebecca-walker-lily-diamond-and-ericka
Live Stream Play: “Kimberly Akimbo” (7 p.m. March 25, free): Written by David Lindsay-Abaire and directed by Kim Donovan, “Kimberly Akimbo” tells the story of a New Jersey teenager who’s aging rapidly while surrounded by a family of hypochondriacs, scam artists and addicts. This one-time virtual performance is put on by the Altarena Playhouse in Alameda. https://www.altarena.org/event/live-stream-play-kimberly-akimbo
Panel: “Feel, What I Felt” Women Creators (1 p.m. March 28, free): Warning, this event discusses a work on sexual assault. Longtime Bay Area artistic director and educator Ellen Sebastian Chang moderates a San Francisco Public Library panel of locally based but internationally minded women culture creators with Cece Carpio, Diana Gameros and Amara Tabor-Smith. Together, they’ll discuss their artistic practices while reflecting on the One City One Book selection, “Know My Name,” a memoir by Chanel Miller in response to her sexual assault by Brock Turner while a student at Stanford. https://sfpl.org/events/2021/03/28/panel-feel-what-i-felt-women-creators
“Pamela Rose – Celebrating Great Women of Jazz & Blues” (4:30 p.m. March 28, $25): Pamela Rose, known for her touring “Wild Women of Song” shows, reunites with her all-female band and guitarist Terrence Brewer to present a serenade of standards by women who helped define the jazz and blues genres in a virtual show presented by the Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society in Half Moon Bay. https://bachddsoc.org/concerts-2/
“And Yet She Persisted: Women in Classical Music” (5 p.m. March 28, $40): In this SalON Demand! virtual performance put on by Festival Opera in Walnut Creek, soprano Carrie Hennessey and pianist Jennifer Reason bring you an evening of vocal and musical performances composed by women, with works by the likes of Pauline Viardot, Amy Beach, Libby Larsen and Julia Seeholzer. https://www.festivalopera.org/artist-recital-series