Celebrating SWAN Day in the Bay Area

If you are looking for ways to celebrate Support Women Artists Now Day/SWAN Day in the Bay Area, there are some great options. We have listed a few for you below.


Feminist Tour of the De Young Museum- April 2


ODC Dance Celebrates 40 Years
Pulp Fashion at Legion of Honor Museum
Lynn Nottage Plays in Berkeley & San Francisco
Paula Vogel Play at Brava Theatre
Crackpot Crones in San Francisco
SWAN Day Martinez Arts & Crafts Fair


San Francisco Women’s Film Festival


ODC/Dance, San Francisco’s internationally acclaimed contemporary dance company, celebrates four decades of smart, exuberant, fearless dance with a special 40th Season at the Yerba Buena Cultural Center in San Francisco that features premieres of works by three women choreographers.

Founder and Artistic Director Brenda Way‘s Speaking Volumes: Architecture of Light II is the second in a series of works with an original score by Jay Cloidt. Co-Artistic Director KT Nelson and acclaimed movement artist Shinichi Iova-Koga will premiere Listening Last, a full-company work with an original soundscape by Dan Rathbun. Associate Choreographer Kimi Okada will present I look vacantly at the Pacific…though regret, which explores the humorous and often awkward attempts at cross-cultural understanding.

In addition to these three world premieres, the season will feature the return of four classics from ODC’s repertory: Waving Not Drowning (A Guide to Elegance) (2010) choreographed by Brenda Way, Stomp a Waltz (2006), choreographed by KT Nelson, and Investigating Grace (1999) and John Somebody (1990), both choreographed by Way.

Dates: Through March 27
Ticket Prices: $15 – $45
More Company Info: www.odcdance.org
More Ticket Info: http://tickets.ybca.org/


Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Lynn Nottage is represented with two plays in the Bay Area this month. Berkeley Repertory Theatre is doing her play Ruined, and the Lorraine Hansberry Theatre is doing Fabulation.

provides a bleak yet beautiful look at the lives of women in a land ruled by whiskey and bayonets. As civil war ravages the Congo, the lucky ones find a home—and a regular meal—in a ramshackle building that serves as both brothel and refuge.

Dates: Through April 10.
Ticket Prices:
$29 – $59; Half-price advance tickets for anyone under 30;
$10 discounts on rush tickets for students and seniors.
More Info: www.BerkeleyRep.org

Fabulation – The Re-Education of Undine
Fabulation – The Re-Education of Undine is being presented by the Lorraine Hansberry Theatre at Fort Mason’s Southside Theatre in San Francisco. It is directed by Ellen Sebastian-Chang and features Margo Hall.

A high-powered public relations executive suddenly finds herself divorced, penniless, pregnant, and forced to return to the family home in the projects. Fabulation is Lynn Nottage’s inspired and imaginative look at family, pride, and love.

Dates: Through March 27
Ticket Prices: $30 – $50
More Info: www.lhtsf.org


Paula Vogel’s The Oldest Profession is at Brava Theatre, 2781 24th Street (near York) in San Francisco. Filled with music and dance, Vogel’s sizzling hot play is a funny and touching celebration of five women in their 70’s who are still practicing the oldest profession in the world.

This scarcely produced Vogel script captures the playwright’s most essential gift – her ability to find transfixing warmth, vitality, and humor in subjects often employed to titillate or repel. The play provides a rare opportunity for audiences to see women over 65 who are sexual as well as seniors, and to hear a unique perspective about the financial position of women in a man’s world.

Dates: Through April 9
Ticket Prices: $12 – $22. Use the code WomenArts when you order your tickets and get a $5 discount.
More Info: www.Brava.org


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Margaret Danielak
Margaret Danielak,
Gallery Owner and Author

As a special SWAN Day treat, WomenArts is offering an exclusive Feminist Tour of the De Young Museum led by Margaret Danielak, owner of Pasadena-based DanielakArt and author of A Gallery without Walls on Saturday, April 2 at 10 a.m.

The hour-long tour will highlight the works of Louise Nevelson, Elizabeth Catlett, Ruth Asawa, and other woman artists in the De Young’s permanent collection.

This tour will be limited to 30 people, and we expect it to fill up quickly. If you would like to come, please register now>>

The De Young Museum is at 58 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park.

Admission to the museum is $7 Students; $8 Seniors (over 65); $11 Adults, or Free for museum members. The Feminist Tour is free once you are inside the museum.


Art of de Borchgrave

Pulp Fashion: The Art of Isabelle de Borchgrave is at
the Legion of Honor Museum, 100 34th Avenue in San Francisco’s Lincoln Park through June 5, 2011.

Belgian artist Isabelle de Borchgrave is a painter by training, but textile and costume are her muses. Working in collaboration with leading costume historians and young fashion designers, de Borchgrave crafts a world of splendor from the simplest rag paper. Painting and manipulating the paper, she forms trompe l’oeil masterpieces of elaborate dresses inspired by rich depictions in early European painting or by iconic costumes in museum collections around the world.

The Legion of Honor is the first American museum to dedicate an entire exhibition to the work of Isabelle de Borchgrave, although her creations have been widely displayed in Europe.

Pulp Fashion draws on several themes and presents quintessential examples in the history of costume