October is a buzzy month for Silicon Valley’s arts, entertainment and cuisine scene.
Robert Mondavi Winery has undergone a gorgeous renovation.
SIP & DINE
One of the top vineyards in North America has undergone some serious revamping, which has boosted its renowned experiences. Robert Mondavi Winery’s most recent offerings within its hospitality space combine wine and multicourse meals with historic excursions through the winery. From the Legacy Dinner, where guests can unlock the winery’s library of rare and vintage selections, to the To Kalon Vineyard Experience, in which the harmony of Napa Valley unfolds from a semiprivate cabana, a visit this fall is pure magic. 7801 St. Helena Highway, Oakville, 888.766.6328
Anthem, a Bay Area favorite for fine home goods, recently opened a new location in Burlingame. The design shop’s outpost on the Peninsula is an inviting space with an exterior adorned with old-growth wisteria and an interior overflowing with clean-lined upholstery, light fixtures, coffee tables, custom bedding, jewelry, accessories and other contemporary finds. 1208 Donnelly Ave., Burlingame, 650.425.3500
Patrick Kelly: Runway of Love opens at the de Young Museum this month.
Explore the accomplished career and elegant works of Patrick Kelly at the de Young Museum. Patrick Kelly: Runway of Love opens later this month. With 80 of Kelly’s ensembles on display, the exhibition will shine a light on his worldly designs. “I hope visitors to the exhibition will leave the museum feeling inspired by the work of a uniquely talented designer who brought tremendous joy to fashion,” says Laura L. Camerlengo, associate curator of costume and textile arts at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. “His fashion designs were deeply personal expressions of his own identity and background.” Six different sections of the exhibit will take visitors on a journey of the designer’s life, including his childhood in the South, experiences in gay culture and his muses stemming from art, fashion and Black history. Oct. 23-April 24, 2022, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, San Francisco, 415.750.3600
Lizzy Detert, founder of Busy Lizzy’s Baked Goods
Sweet treats are in abundance at the newly opened Busy Lizzy’s Baked Goods in downtown Burlingame. Patrons will find everything from mouthwatering desserts to gluten-free selections. “During the pandemic, I realized people were looking for something that would give them comfort and make them feel special,” says founder Lizzy Detert.
Sweet treats at the new Burlingame bakery.
“That’s when I decided to open a true bake shop.” Handmade from scratch, each of Busy Lizzy’s treats are crafted with organic ingredients of the highest quality. From a s’mores bar to a celebration cake cookie and luscious cinnamon rolls, the confections here are exceptional. 1231 Burlingame Ave., Burlingame
There aren’t many experiences similar to live musical performances at a 2,500-seat amphitheater in the backyard of an enchanting winery. To experience the allure of such a spectacle, The Mountain Winery Concert Series is certainly not to be missed. With outstanding acts Brett Young, Colbie Caillat, Lord Huron and Gipsy Kings, these star-studded events are perfect musical celebrations of fall. Through October, 14831 Pierce Road, Saratoga, 408.741.2822
Images from Sightless
Six years after his absence from the Bay Area, British photographer Paul Graham’s works are making an anticipated return at the Pace Gallery. The bodies of work viewable in the exhibition called The Seasons and Sightless were originally featured in Pace’s New York gallery. Two visually contrasting collections—one in the form of large-format photographs and the other a series of portraits made 15 years ago—that gaze over society and human nature will come together under the roof of the Palo Alto Gallery. In the large-format photograph series,The Seasons, viewers will find images of various bank headquarters on New York’s Park Avenue, inspired to contrast Pieter Bruegel’s eponymous paintings of 16th century peasant life with the contemporary financial world of the city. In Graham’s portraits for his Sightless series, visitors will be reminded of everyday life as it naturally unfolds. “Photographic images might be made in an instant but are able to reflect timeless concerns, much like painting,” says Graham. Through Oct. 16, 229 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto, 650.561.4076
Lizard Boy opens Oct. 6 in Mountain View
TheatreWorks Silicon Valley kicks off its 51st season this fall as it celebrates live performances once again. On tap first: Lizard Boy, a show originally commissioned by the Seattle Repertory Theatre (it debuted in 2015 to rave reviews and sold-out houses), which features three actors who play myriad musical instruments to tell a wild tale of saving the planet. The setting is modern-day Seattle, and the vibrant soundtrack has already earned more than 1 million downloads on Spotify. The show continued to develop in San Diego, where the San Diego Union Tribune called it “smart, tight, heartwarming, hilarious and filled with theatrical surprises.” Oct. 6-31, Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View, 650.903.6000
For art collectors and admirers alike, Hunters Point Shipyard Artists, the largest artists community in the country, will host an interactive in-person event this month after a long stretch of virtual events throughout the pandemic. The Shipyard reopening and showing will allow visitors to view countless works and speak directly with the artists in their studios. Coinciding with the event, an accompanying exhibit of the artists’ works at the Bayview Opera House will be on view through the end of the month. Oct. 23-24, Bayview Opera House, 451 Galvez St., San Francisco
The San Francisco 49ers unveiled a brand-new Levi’s Stadium space named the Cache Creek Club in partnership with Cache Creek Casino Resort and the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation. With exclusive access to ticket holders of the north-end field seats, the 1,400-square-foot lounge—located inside the northwest field tunnel between the visiting team locker room and the field entrance—is equipped with unparalleled views of the team entering the field, a decorative custom blackjack table, a full-service bar and televisions throughout. Game day just got a whole lot more enticing. 4900 Marie P. DeBartolo Way, Santa Clara
Soloist Lara St. John
The long-awaited return of live music and entertainment calls for an impeccable lineup of performers and entrancing events—and the Symphony Silicon Valley delivers. To celebrate its 20th anniversary season, the orchestra will stage a full season of concerts with some favorite and new works, dances and revels, guest artists and world premieres. Beginning this month and extending into next summer, the season is slated to include an array of conductors, seven concerto artists, composers from Vivaldi to Bernstein and a celebration of Beethoven’s 251st anniversary. Quenching orchestra-lovers’ yearning for live performances, Symphony Silicon Valley’s upcoming season will include concerts in the California Theatre and the San Jose Center for the Performing Arts. Multiple locations
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Photo courtesy of Robert Mondavi Winery;
Photo courtesy of Anthem;
Photo courtesy of De Young Museum;
Photo by Hannah Leigh Photography;
Photo by Andee Mckenzie;
Photo by Chris Ainsworth/Unsplash;
Photo by Paul Graham/Pace Gallery;
Photo by Alabastro Photography;
Photo by Enzo Tommmasi/Unsplash;
Photo by Frederick Lee/Unsplash;
Photo by James Farley;