SF Agenda: Design and Arts Events in the Bay Area


Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS (DIFFA) is hosting its annual Dining by Design San Francisco gala dinner this month. For this haute-design charitable event, some of the city’s top designers create one-of-a-kind table installations for diners to appreciate while they sample different culinary cuisines. Adjoining events include Cocktails by Design and Coffee by Design. The proceeds for these events will go to fundraising for uninsured HIV/AIDS patients at the UCSF Positive Health Program at San Francisco General Hospital. Cocktails by Design is on October 29 and Coffee by Design and Dinner by Design are on October 30, City View at Metreon, 135 4th Street.

Artist Leo Villareal’s rendering of the Bay Lights. Image courtesy of Illuminate the Arts.

San Francisco’s newest tourist attraction, The Bay Lights, is about to become an all-night affair. Starting November 1, the massive LED light installation by artist Leo Villareal, which illuminates the western span of the Bay Bridge, will be sparkling until dawn (currently, the lights are shuttered at 2 a.m.). “Our team worked hard to give visitors and locals alike more time each night to enjoy the light sculpture,” Illuminate the Arts board chairman Ben Davis said. “The piece continues to evolve, and artist Leo Villareal has programmed new sequences for the display that will complement the quiet, early morning hours.” To celebrate the dusk-to-dawn Bay Lights, Illuminate the Arts will offer coffee and pastries at 6:30 a.m. on November 2 at the Ferry Building.

Pair of vintage three armed candelabra in sterling silver by Henning Koppel. Image courtesy of Georg Jensen Antiques.

One of the world’s top antique shows kicks off this month: The San Francisco Fall Antiques Show at Fort Mason. The show will feature vintage furniture, ceramics, textiles, and more from 60 dealers who have hand selected their highest quality wares from more than 10,000 collectors. All styles and periods will be represented, from early 20th century Asian paintings to 17th century British furniture to Danish flatware from the 1800s. The focus of this year’s show is the 80th anniversary of the end of prohibition and the boom in design from that era. Runs from October 24 to October 27; Preview Gala on October 23 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Fort Mason Center, Festival Pavilion, Marina Boulevard at Buchanan Street.

Untitled by Francesco Igory Deiana. Image courtesy of The Popular Workshop.

If you haven’t seen Francesco Igory Deiana’s show at The Popular Workshop gallery yet, it’s worth stopping by before it ends this month. The San Francisco gallery is featuring a handful of Deiana’s captivating sculptures, drawings, and paintings in a show called Free Fall. Deiana is known for his graphic bold creations that use ballpoint pen, spray paint, and photography to portray the disparate aesthetics of our contemporary world. Runs through October 31, 1173 Sutter Street.

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