Your 2019 Guide to Over 30 Fall Arts Concerts, Festivals, Movies, Books and More

From Star Trek to The Daughters of Bilitis to Vivian Girls reuniting, we've got you covered.

Kader Attia, J’accuse. Exhibition view “The Field of Emotion”, at The Power Plant, Toronto, 2018. Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Nagel Draxler. Photo: Tony Hafkenscheid

The past year has been hellish.

Forests across the world burn, a disconcerting number of dictators have squirmed into power, ICE is still operating concentration camps near the border, and there have been nearly 250 mass shootings in the U.S. and it’s not even October. It’s been bad.

It can be hard, then, to fight against feelings of hopelessness and insignificance, especially as you go about the hard work of your day to day life. Art can feel like a luxury; who has time to stop and enjoy an exhibit when they have to work their second job before going to sleep and getting up to do their first job again? It can feel like a luxury, but it’s not. Art speaks to the soul and reminds us again why we do anything.

To that end, we’ve done our best to come up with a wide variety of musical acts, movies, festivals, performers, exhibits, and plays happening this fall. A new play takes a close look at the Daughters of Bilitis, one of the first organizations to fight for lesbian civil rights anywhere. An art exhibit based on WWI asks us how we can heal from tragedy. Charo talks about her life and what gets her through the day. 

It’s important to experience art in any form regularly; it connects you to other people. Please read our preview articles below to find out more about what’s coming to the Bay Area in the next few months. Under each article, you’ll find a main profile, plus five other related events or items happening this fall that you should also keep an eye out for.

2019 Fall Arts Preview

  • Art – The next great anti-war art
  • Books – Get some humor in Hard Times
  • Movies – Boldly go back to Star Trek’s first film
  • Music – Punk band gets back together
  • Theater – Lesbian comedy highlights new season
  • Miscellaneous – Up close and personal with Charo
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