SF Agenda: Design and Arts Events in the Bay Area

You have two more weeks to catch the insatiable Eye Candy designs courtesy of Bay Area artist Charlotte Kruk. Using discarded candy wrappers and cake mix boxes, among other indulgent materials, Kruk created wearable, gluttonous sculptures influenced by a consumer’s inclination to purchase based on flashy packaging, only to discard their initial allure to garbage later. Runs through Jan. 25, Dogpatch Café, 2295 Third St @ 20th. Open 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. Free

The San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles commemorates its thirty-five year anniversary by showcasing its own historic quilts, recent acquisitions of contemporary fiber art, ethnic costumes, and textiles. Highlights include a quilt with humorous caraicatures of forty-two presidents and a never-before exhibited, oversized ritual dance costume from the Yoruba people of West Africa. Runs through Feb. 3, San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles, 520 South First St.

Chicago’s Joffrey Ballet, renowned for presenting timeless classics as well as cutting-edge ballet, graces us with two compelling works plus a 20th-century controversy. Age of Innocence, inspired by the Jane Austen novel, depicts sexual tension and the desire for individualism in a repressed society. After the Rain features three sensual duets, and the closer classic, The Green Table, dramatizes the human impulse for destruction and the ever-presence of death. The Ballet’s appearance at Cal Performances is the first in over five years. Tickets $30-$92, buy here. Saturday, Jan. 26 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 27 at 3 p.m. Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley Campus, Bancroft Way @ Telegraph

Working hard is great, but working smarter is the future. Working smarter means collaboration – between coworkers in remote offices; between cube and office mates; between your computer and peripherals; and between companies and their employees. Presented by Plantronics, this is an exclusive event featuring a panel of experts including executives from Genetech, Kaiser, IBM, and PGi and will be held at Gensler’s architectural design firm’s spectacular SF office and showroom. Space is extremely limited, RSVP here. Wednesday, Jan. 23, 5:30 p.m. 2 Harrison St @ Spear.

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