Masterpieces from Botticelli to Braque at de Young
Four centuries of Great Western art at the de Young through May 31.
Painting courtesy of Paul Gauguin
More than 400 years of Western art is represented in Botticelli to Braque: Masterpieces from the National Galleries of Scotland, a touring exhibition on display at the de Young Museum through May 31. The collection includes iconic works from such masters as Georges Braque, Claude Monet, Diego Velázquez, Pablo Picasso, Frederic Edwin Church, Rembrandt van Rijn, Paul Gauguin, and Georges Seurat.
In all, 55 works are shown, pulled from the three museums that make up the National Galleries of Scotland—the Scottish National Gallery, the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, and the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art.
Especially noteworthy works include Sir Henry Raeburn’s Reverend Robert Walker, Skating on Duddingston Loch—a peculiarity for the artist as the portrait encompasses motion, something not seen in any of Raeburn’s other portraits—and, on view for the first time in the United States, Sandro Botticelli’s The Virgin Adoring the Sleeping Christ Child. Special events include docent lectures (April 4, 7, 11, and 26), a teacher workshop, and Doing and Viewing Art Days in which family tours geared toward children are followed by art projects.
Through May 31. 9:30 a.m.–5:15 p.m., Tue.–Sun., $6–$10, free (12 and under). The de Young Museum, Golden Gate Park, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, San Francisco, deYoung.famSF.org.
Boats on the Bay
Welcome the sailing season.
April brings the chance to shout, “I’m on a boat!” As Opening Day on the Bay approaches, a boatload of nautical events set sail. The annual Strictly Sail Pacific Boat Show (www.StrictlySailPacific.com, April 9–12) drops anchor at Jack London Square, bringing with it hands-on activities, free sail boat rides, and all of the major vendors stocked with the year’s best gear to get you out on the open water. If pirates stole your ride, hop on board the USS Potomac for an Opening Day Cruise (www.USSPotomac.org, April 26) across San Francisco Bay. Enjoy the beautiful sights onboard Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s Presidential Yacht on this three-hour tour—but if you find yourself seated next to a movie star, professor, and a millionaire and his wife, you might want to jump ship.
Contests worth watching this month.
Golden State Warriors vs. Phoenix Suns. April 2, Oracle Arena, Oakland, www.NBA.com/Warriors.
Cal Women’s Tennis vs. Washington. April 3, UC-Berkeley, Hellman Tennis Complex, Berkeley, www.CALBears.com.
Opening Home Game! Oakland A’s vs. Texas Rangers. April 6–9, O.co Coliseum, Oakland, Oakland.Athletics.MLB.com.
Golden State Warriors vs. Portland Trail Blazers. April 9, Oracle Arena, Oakland, www.NBA.com/Warriors.
Cal Women’s Water Polo vs. Arizona State. April 11, UC-Berkeley, Spieker Aquatics Complex, Berkeley, www.CALBears.com.
Golden State Warriors vs. Denver Nuggets. April 15, Oracle Arena, Oakland, www.NBA.com/Warriors.
Brutus Hamilton Open Meet. Cal Track and Field. April 24–25, UC-Berkeley, Edwards Stadium, Berkeley, www.CALBears.com.
Oakland A’s vs. Houston Astros. April 24–26, O.co Coliseum, Oakland.Athletics.MLB.com.
Oakland A’s vs. Los Angeles Angels. April 28–30, O.co Coliseum, Oakland, Oakland.Athletics.MLB.com.
Kacey Musgraves at the Fox
Same Tour, Different Trailer
While praising same-sex relationships, advocating marijuana, and musing on the cyclical nature of cultural archetypes may not be the first things you think of when you think country music, Kacey Musgraves (April 25, www.TheFoxOakland.com) covers all this and more on her debut album, Same Trailer Different Park. The album debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart—the first solo female debut to do so in five years—with hits such as “Merry Go ’Round,” “Blowin’ Smoke,” and “Follow Your Arrow.” The singer-songwriter’s witty lyrics often revel in duality, leaving the music drenched with self-awareness and a celebration of personal freedoms. Arguably the best thing to happen to country music since Taylor Swift, Musgraves’ willingness to tackle social issues is a reminder that the nation is changing and with it goes the country.