1. Jazz Weekend
Oct. 7 to 9, modern greats gather at Segerstrom Concert Hall to pay tribute to the genre’s icons. SFJAZZ Collective, Wynton Marsalis, Kamasi Washington (who’s making his center debut during the fest) and the Jazz 100 ensemble honor legends by performing musical arrangements from Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Ella Fitzgerald and more. We like the sound of that!
2. No Name
In randomness, there is cohesion: Works from prolific street artists such as London’s Ben Eine hang in the same space at Dax Gallery as oil-on-canvas creations from Hungary-born Tibor Simon-Mazula. With graffiti, calligraphy and tapestries, the show—which runs through Oct. 13—juxtaposes pieces across different genres in an effort to open the mind to possibilities.
3. Collectors Gala
The coastal landscape becomes a work of art at the Laguna Plein Air Painting Invitational, set for Oct. 8-16. A highlight? The gala reception on Oct. 14. Here, aficionados are the first to view and purchase the original works.
4. The Secret Garden
Last performed four years ago, the storybook tale is reopened Oct. 15 and 16 by Festival Ballet Theatre, with choreography from former Joffrey Ballet dancer Josie Walsh and set design animation from David Bazemore. Enchanting!
5. Pageant of the Vandals
The urban world is a canvas for artists. Take Banksy’s iconic “Haight Street Rat.” The work leaves its native San Francisco to become the centerpiece of a show at Artists Republic that runs through Oct. 20 and highlights individual voices in the community like Shepard Fairey.