Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei's art installation on Alcatraz Island; the San Francisco Symphony's efforts to appeal to younger, more diverse audiences; David Maisel's aerial photographs; and the Market Street Prototyping Festival, which brings public art to a once-neglected urban corridor.
Included: a Mill Valley comedy night; a show in San Jose that mixes traditional Chinese dance, music and martial arts with Western ballet; local bluegrass legend Laurie Lewis' mentoring of new artists; and Ed Drew's efforts to revive the tin-type.
Dancer Mary Sano, who moved from Japan to the Bay Area in order to preserve the legacy of modern dance pioneer Isadora Duncan (1877-1927); ceramic sculptor and rock musician Ron Nagle; visual artist Sandow Birk and his adaptation of Dante's "The Divine Comedy."
San Jose's Firebird Youth Chinese Orchestra, which features traditional Chinese instruments; environmental artist Daniel McCormick, who creates biodegradable sculptures; glass artist Jaime Guerrero, whose work reflects his Mexican heritage.
Observing artist Kerry James Marshall as he creates murals in the atrium of San Francisco Museum of Modern Art that explore racial identity and the civil-rights movement. Also: Dan Hoyle's one-man show "Right?" which is based on his travels across America; a LEVYdance work based on artistic director Ben Levy's family history.
A look at the San Francisco Opera's "The Bonesetter's Daughter," adapted by Amy Tan and composer Stewart Wallace from Tan's 2001 novel. Included: traveling with Tan to China, where she researches her family history. Also: Los Cazadores del Sur (street musicians).
San Jose Taiko, which mixes traditional Japanese drumming with world-music rhythms; Salvadoran-born artist Victor Cartagena; Jim Denevan, who creates freehand-sand drawings on Northern California beaches.
A Jewish Music Festival project called the Ark, in which nine musicians have six days to create a new composition; pianist-band leader Rebeca Mauleon, a Latin jazz artist; bluegrass great David Grisman.
Yoshi's venue in the Fillmore District and "local legends" jazz nights; artist Jose Ortiz, who runs the Hijos del Sol after-school program in Salinas; Dr. Zak Diouf, Naomi Washington Diouf and their Diamano Coura West African Dance Company prepare for their annual repertoire concert.
Belly-dance instructor Suhaila Salimpour and one of her students, comedian Margaret Cho; artist Stephanie Syjuco, who creates crocheted knockoffs of designer goods with help from home crafters. Also: Two students of Chinese acrobat Lu Yi prepare for their professional debuts.
The creation of three works by choreographers Margaret Jenkins, Mark Morris and Christopher Wheeldon for the San Francisco Ballet's New Works Festival, which is part of the company's 75th anniversary season.
An exhibition of 1960s-era art at the de Saisset Museum in Santa Clara; artists Wayne Thiebaud and Mel Ramos, who've been friends for more than 50 years; avant-garde composer Terry Riley and Kronos Quartet founder David Harrington on "The Cusp of Magic," a piece written by Riley for Kronos.
Installation artist Ann Hamilton, who created a towerlike performance space on the Sonoma County ranch of art collector Steven Oliver; media artist Scott Kildall, who is shown making video portraits of unsuspecting subjects; satirist-printmaker Enrique Chagoya.
Self-taught graphic artist Favianna Rodriguez; LEVYdance artistic director Ben Levy's “Patterns of Flight,” which is based on the story of his Iranian-Jewish parents; Laurie Antonioli, the chair of the jazz-vocal program at Berkeley's Jazzschool; artist Julio Morales.