The Golden Gate International Exposition (also known as the 1939 World’s Fair in San Francisco) is celebrating its 80th anniversary at the SF Mechanics’ Institute. Join us for a full day of lectures explaining, honoring, and enjoying the Golden Gate International Exposition!
A dance and music program inspired by the melodies of the West Coast Blues and Oakland’s Jazz and Blues heritage.
New choreography by Bat Abbit, Vincent Chavez, Ramona Kelley, Graham Lustig, Natasha Shaof and Dezaun Solyn.
Also featuring Graham Lustig’s VISTA danced to the music of John Lurie and the Lounge Lizards.
Inspired by the Big Band Era of Jazz, Dandy Wellington and his Band have taken the sounds of the 1930’s and 40’s and created a world of well dressed music. With a passion for obscure songs steeped in the Jazz tradition, Dandy Wellington has assembled a catalog of music that invokes an atmosphere of class. From the golden age of cinema, to the bounce of New Orleans, each song is hand selected and played to perfection by a band cut from the cloth of elegance.
PRICE (tickets only sold/bought at the door)
$15 general admission
$12 for full-time students/seniors 60+/military
If you're taking an April series then your ticket will be included (for $10) in the registration fee.
SCHEDULE (April class series as usual)
Taster Class - beginner Lindy Hop/Swing dance class
Included in the price of admission
Born in Oakland, West Coast Jazz and Blues flourished in Oakland's vibrant club scene of 1930’s, 40’s and 50’s. You are invited to don your finest vintage jazz club cocktail attire from the era and join us for a lively evening of dining and dancing in tribute of Oakland’s Jazz and Blues heritage.
“Rock Around The Frock,” celebrating vintage rock & roll fashion from every era!
Friday, March 15, 2019 6pm – 10pm
$15 in advance online or $20 at the door (includes a re-admit to shop on Saturday)
Enjoy musical entertainment by The Steve Lucky & Carmen Getit Show and cocktails by Stookey’s Club Moderne (no host bar) at our famous Friday Night Shopping Party featuring our Vintage Rock Around the Frock Runway Contest! Prizes for all entries and a GRAND PRIZE of $100 voucher to shop the VFF!
Saturday, March 16, 2019 11am – 5pm
General Admission: ONLY $5 all day
Come and experience a vintage fashion extravaganza with 70+ booths showcasing a wide array of women’s & men’s clothing, couture, jewelry, accessories, textiles, fine linens and more.
Don’t miss this exciting event featuring timeless fashion from every decade including the Victorian & Deco eras, the fabulous 40’s & 50’s, and the glitzy 60’s, 70’s & 80’s inspiring today’s fashion designers.
The entire Saturday show is ALL AGES, children 12 & under free with paid adult admission.
Students with a valid ID get 2 for 1 discount (SATURDAY ONLY).
Pre-sale discount tickets available.
Tickets also available at the door (CASH ONLY).
ATM on site and most dealers accept credit cards!
Visit the Old Mint on the first weekend in March and join dozens of organizations celebrating and telling the stories of the City's unique past. We invite you to meet community historians, archivists, genealogists, archaeologists, researchers, educators, re-enactors, and other history enthusiasts at this FREE, all-ages weekend event at the historic site.
The ADSC is proud to be a part of this celebration of local history. Stop by our table and say hello!
Countess Mona Von Bismark - who in 1933, Coco Chanel named "The Best Dressed Woman in the World."
Lecture Presented by Nan Turner – Department of Textiles and Clothing, UC Davis
Mona, born Edmona Margaret Travis Strader in Louisville, Kentucky in 1897, known for her beauty and radiant light blue eyes, would marry her way up the ladder to become one of the wealthiest women in the world. Her mansion in Paris is now the Mona Bismarck American Center for Art and Culture in Paris, which supports artistic and cultural Franco-American relations.
Doors open at 7pm, lecture begins at 7:30pm
Light refreshments and door prizes
Suggested Donations: Members $5, Not-yet Members $7
Vintage attire is admired but not required.
Celebrating its 17th year, NOIR CITY, the largest annual film noir festival in the world, returns once again to the majestic Castro Theatre for a 10-night feast of danger, desire, and despair, January 25-February 3, 2019. Film Noir Foundation prez Eddie Muller will once again lead audiences on a fun and fascinating excursion through "Hollywood's only organic artistic movement."
This year's program extends last year's chronological pairings of "A" and "B" from the 1940s into the 1950s, offering viewers a slate of films that track noir through the declining studio system and into a fresh cinematic landscape where noir was refashioned, both subtly and radically, for a new generation.
Be ready for the dance floor at the Art Deco Preservation Ball ~ A Night in Buenos Aires, the City of Tango ~ with a series of tango classes and dance practice on Wednesday evenings at the beautiful Berkeley City Club.
Everyone is welcome! No partner or experience necessary. All genders are encouraged to lead and follow. Leather-soled shoes are preferred.
Beginner classes are from 7 - 8 pm, followed by tango practica from 8 - 10, all for $15 per session.
This is a member event of the Berkeley City Club, open to the public; members of the BCC receive a discount. Please note, there is no non-member parking in the BCC lot, but there are other lots nearby, as well as street parking and transit options. When you arrive at the club, please ring the bell and say “Tango.”
Julia’s Restaurant at the Berkeley City Club accepts dinner reservations from 5 to 8:30 pm. Morgan’s Bar is open from 4 - 9 pm.
For more information, see the website or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our friends in the Sacramento Art Deco Society host a delightful Holiday Gala every year, and it's well worth the trip. Please RSVP by November 20!
Celebrate the holidays in style with live music by the Harley White Jr. Orchestra – Large Dance Floor - Lavish Buffet – Wine, Champagne & Beer Bar – Free & Secured parking - Silent Auction (Cash or Check only) – Auto Museum exhibits will be open to all with docent guides - the Alhambra Room is well heated but the other sections of the Auto Museum are unevenly heated so ladies should bring a wrap.
Formal vintage fashions admired but not required.
If you have anything to contribute to our Silent Auction, call Ellen Riddell at 916-947-3285.
Tickets are $75 per person for Sacramento Art Deco Society members (ADSC membership is also honored); $80 for non-members.
The USS Hornet Museum is celebrating 75 years afloat! Please join us as we travel back in time to celebrate!
Jimmy Dorsey begins at 8:00 PM! VIP Dinner at 7:00 PM.
Featuring Special Guest: Maritime Archaeologist, James P. Delgado
All proceeds go to support the Hornet Heritage Fund.
ADSC members get 25% off with the code ADSC.
The Vintage Fashion Expo is at the Hall of Flowers, located at 1199 9th Avenue at Lincoln Way, S.F. 94122. There is FREE parking throughout Golden Gate Park every day. There will be food trucks and a coffee cart on site in addition to hundreds of restaurants nearby.
Taking place five times yearly in both Los Angeles and San Francisco, the Vintage Fashion Expo showcases over 50 prestigious dealers featuring vintage couture, designer, period pieces, fine jewelry, rare and esoteric items providing our customers with the opportunity to access the best in inspiration, vintage luxury and premium fashion.
To learn more, visit their website at www.vintageexpo.com.
OPENING NIGHT PREVIEW GALA
Wednesday, October 10
7:00 to 10:00 p.m.
October 11 through October 14
Thursday - Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, Noon to 5:00 p.m.
The San Francisco Fall Art & Antiques Show, now in its 36th year, is the oldest and most prestigious show of its genre on the West Coast. Presenting 60 of the finest international art and antiques dealers, it shows a breadth of works from across the globe and through the centuries. It is a must-see destination for collectors and enthusiasts of art, antiques, and design.
This year’s theme is THE SUN, THE MOON & THE STARS, Celestial Imagery in Art, Antiques & Design. Programming includes the renowned Lecture Series, Book Signings, and Cocktail Hour Talks. 100% of net proceeds support Enterprise for Youth, a nonprofit that empowers young people to prepare for and discover career opportunities.
More information at www.sffas.org.
Enjoy these 3 vintage films on the last 3 Fridays in September at the Mechanics' Institute!
Friday, September 14, 2018 - 6:00pm
Monte Carlo (1930)
A countess flees to the Riviera on her wedding day in this droll musical, where she’s courted by a wealthy suitor.
Members Free / Public $10 (suggested donation)
Friday, September 21, 2018 - 6:00pm
Trouble in Paradise (1932)
A thief and a pickpocket plot a con but fall for their mark in this sexy romantic comedy.
Members Free / Public $10 (suggested donation)
Friday, September 28, 2018 - 6:00pm
A humorless Soviet official encounters numerous temptations on assignment in Paris
Members Free / Public $10 (suggested donation)
Celebrate 42nd Street Moon's 25 year nniversary with an evening of song and laughter!
"Jubilate!" will feature Broadway star Liz Callaway, NYC cabaret star Klea Blackhurst, and 42nd Street Moon favorite performers, in a celebration of the Great American Songbook as well as a quarter-century of great Moon performances. Meet the stars after the show in the lobby as we wind the evening down with dessert, drinks, and afterglow performances from
even more Moon performers - and the champagne's on us!
42nd Street Moon has a celebratory offer especially for friends of Art Deco Society! USE PROMO CODE JUBILATE50 WHEN ORDERING AND GET $50 OFF EACH TICKET! A $75 value for just $25!
Click here for tickets!
For more information please call (415) 255-8207.
The festival's motto still holds up: True Art Transcends Time!
The 23rd San Francisco Silent Film Festival opens Wednesday evening, May 30, with the 1928 film, "The Man Who Laughs." Director Paul Leni’s adaptation of Victor Hugo’s 1869 novel about a man disfigured from childhood stands with the great masterworks of the silent era. A gala Opening Night Party follows (separate ticket), at the top-floor loft of the historic McRoskey Mattress Company Building, 1687 Market Street (at Gough) in San Francisco.
The festival continues Thursday through Sunday, now with FOUR full days of programming, starting at 10 am each day. Each day offers rare and legendary, beautifully-restored examples of cinematic art, accompanied by exciting live music.
Please see http://silentfilm.org/ for more details and ticket information.
In addition to the festival in general, the ADSC is a co-presenter of "The Other Woman's Story," with live musical accompaniment by Stephen Horne, on Friday, June 1 at 12:00pm.
Use the discount code *ARTDC* for online ticket purchase at the member price of $15 (vs. $17) on up to two tickets for this program.
AND, the ADSC is giving away a pair of tickets!
Email email@example.com with the following: 1) Four sentences about your favorite silent film and why you love it. 2) Your name & contact info.
The first reply will win; winner will be notified and your tickets will be held at will call.
The American Decorative Arts Forum invites Decophiles to this lecture by Stephen Harrison, Curator of Decorative Art and Design at the Cleveland Museum of Art.
Based on the critically acclaimed catalogue and exhibition The Jazz Age: American Style in the 1920s, Stephen Harrison’s lavishly illustrated talk will explore American taste during the exhilarating 1920s and early 1930s. In these years the United States became the leading marketplace for innovative architecture, interior decoration, decorative arts, fashion, and music. Through a rich array of extraordinary works in jewelry, fashion, and decorative arts, featuring the people and events that punctuated the era, Mr. Harrison will present the dazzling world of flappers and dandies in all its dizzying glory.
Period attire is welcome! Enter the museum at the west side lower level near the cafe.
Free for ADAF members, $20 for non-members which can be applied to membership if you choose.
An evening of cocktails, history, anecdotes, stories, songs, and general revelry in honor of the 85th anniversary of the beginning of the end of prohibition.
Featured Cocktails - The Obituary - The Martinez - Pisco Punch
Musical Guest - The Mission Gold Jazz Band
$45 - includes hosted bar, hors d'oeuvres, and tours of the Potomac
1920's-1940's attire encouraged!
All those 21 and over are welcome. Space limited to 100 guests.
The Bellevue Club's Oscars Gala returns this year with glamour, gift bags, and a gigantic screen!
No-host cocktails, a sumptuous buffet, and all the beautiful people.
Black tie & designer gowns optional, but costume prizes galore! Vintage evening wear will be admired!
$65 per ticket for both members & guests of The Bellevue Club. ADSC members and guests are most cordially invited to this splendid party!
Reservations required by March 1st! Call 510-451-1000 X 0
What to look for when shopping for a vintage home? What extent to go to, to retain period elements? How to find resources?
The Alameda Architectural Preservation Society has invited a group of panelists with experience and expertise in historic home renovation and restoration. A significant portion of the event will be devoted to Q&A with the audience.
Free for AAPS members, $5 for non-members. Parking available at the corner of Chestnut St. & Santa Clara Ave.
More information at http://www.alameda-preservation.org/
The Bothwell Arts Center of Livermore presents an uproarious celebration of the 1920s, with live music by the Royal Society Jazz Orchestra, dancing, food and finery and a no-host bar. A major fundraising event for the Bothwell, tickets cost $100. There will be a variety of silent auction items, as well as a prohibition-themed blind wine raffle! In addition, the Encore Players will present a live retro radio program that captures the 1920s era through comedians, voice actors, and sound effects.
Period-style attire is more than welcome, but guests are encouraged to enjoy the event in whatever style of dress suits them.
Tickets and more info here: https://lvpac.org/event/gatsby-jazz-age-party/
San Francisco Silent Film Festival presents
"A Day of Silents"
Wonderful rare silent films, beautifully restored and presented on the big screen at the lavish Castro Theatre, with live musical accompaniment -- six films, all day long, from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.!
See www.silentfilm.org for details and tickets.
The Art Deco Society of Los Angeles returns to Hollywood Forever Cemetery to share the life stories (including the scandals!) of early Hollywood's pioneers, movie stars, and moguls. ADSC members are cordially invited and may purchase tickets at the member price.
The two and a half hour docent walking tour is highlighted by some living history "visits" with several of the luminaries buried there. Founded in 1899, Hollywood Forever is the final resting place of silent film swashbuckler Douglas Fairbanks, heart throb Rudolph Valentino, film director Cecil B. DeMille, actress Marion Davies, and many other legendary Los Angelinos.
Tours depart from the fountain, inside the main gate. Check in upon arrival with the Art Deco Society table near the front gates. (Last outgoing tour leaves at 12 noon and finishes at 2:30 PM). Choose from several tour times.
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
11:00 AM - 1:30 PM
Noon to 2:30 PM
Tickets are $20 per person for general admission and $15 for members of the Art Deco Society. You will not receive a physical ticket, rather your name will appear on the list at the door of the event.
More information at http://adsla.org/info/node/530
An evening of glamour, glitz, mystery and scandal, where Hollywood historian and author Jackie Ganiy will provide a journey through the hallowed hallways and whispered secrets of old and new Tragic Hollywood.
Admission is $60 and includes a high tea of scones, sandwiches and savory bites, followed by dessert, all inspired by the famous Biltmore Hotel. To add to the experience, the evening will be filled with music from that period, as well as a slideshow of the famous stars of that bygone era.
Ms. Ganiy will give a talk about her books, followed up with Q&A, and then do a book signing. Bring your own copy or purchase one that evening.
Dress as your favorite classic or current Hollywood star, and be prepared to go back in time and immerse yourself in the world that will be revived for one night!
A lecture followed by a tour of the historic Nimitz house.
After Pearl Harbor and other breathtaking military victories, Japan was intoxicated with feelings of invincibility. In June 1942, enemy forces maneuvered toward American-held Midway. Brilliant naval intelligence and the steadfast determination of Admiral Chester Nimitz altered the tempo of war, crippling invaders and taking to the offensive in the Pacific.
Speaker: Michael Svanevik, Professor of History Emeritus, College of San Mateo
Tours of the historic Nimitz House will be conducted following the lecture, by Rear Admiral John Bitoff, USN (ret), who lived in the house as Commander, Naval Base San Francisco from 1989-91. Tours start at noon. Parking and access may be limited; check the website for instructions before coming for the tour.
All Treasure Island Museum lectures are free of charge.
The Cerrito Theater, today Rialto Cinemas Cerrito, became a community institution when it opened during the Depression. When it re-opened due to community pressure in 2006, after being shuttered for decades, it became a community institution once again.
Kick off the grand El Cerrito Centennial Weekend at the Cerrito Theater on September 14. Enjoy the jazzy band, Leftover Dreams, playing standards of the Great American Songbook. View vintage cars. Feel free to come in vintage clothing! Admire the Art Deco architecture. The evening will feature the hilarious screwball comedy, ‘The Awful Truth,’ with Cary Grant and Irene Dunne. It’s from 1937 – the year the Cerrito Theater was born.
Tickets will go on sale soon at Rialto Cinemas Cerrito and will sell out.
Just in time for the Gatsby Summer Afternoon!
Become the dancer you’ve always wanted to be! During this 2 hour session, you’ll learn the dynamics of social partner dancing, 20s & 30s style, from Swing to Charleston.
Bring a partner of any gender! For all ages... kids and teens welcome! If you can walk, you can dance! With Glinka’s tips & tricks, you’ll be dancing out the door!
$50 per couple / $40 for ADSC & Bellevue Club Members
Water, iced tea, and lemonade served.
Stay for lunch afterwards! Reservations must be made in advance. Call 510-451-1000 for reservations.
Shanghai Deco is a one-hour documentary on the Art Deco design style popular in 1930s Shanghai. During the 1920s and 30s, Shanghai was the most glamorous, cosmopolitan city in Asia. Dubbed “The Paris of the East,” it had both an expatriate community and a middle-class Chinese population that adopted many of the trappings of Western lifestyle: jazz, dancing, and nightclubs, as well as Art Deco design.
The film focuses on the contributions of the Chinese architects and designers and the problems of artistic repression in times of war and political upheaval, and the factors that led to the adoption and eventual demise of Shanghai’s Art Deco lifestyle.
This world premiere screening will be followed by a panel discussion, with filmmaker and ADSC member Denise Richards, ADSC Preservation Director and journalist Therese Poletti, journalist Maureen Fan, whose grandfather is a featured architect in the film, and Shan Shan Sheng,
an artist and sculptor who grew up in Shanghai and also appears in the movie.
Street parking only. Discounted tickets for ADSC members can be purchased ahead of time, please enter the code ADSC. A limited number of tickets can be purchased at the door. To purchase tickets in advance, please click on Showtimes at http://portal.filmhero.club/event/43
More information on the film can be found at http://shanghaideco.net/
Celebrate Filoli's extended 100th anniversary, with an evening of roaring twenties, jazz age style. Come to the party in period attire (optional) or don your fedora and be surrounded by those who have dressed for the occasion. Enjoy a rare opportunity to stroll the House and Garden in the evening hours and take in the majesty of this country estate.
Your evening includes live music, hors d’oeuvres, and refreshments. All of this will be served by Filoli staff and volunteers in period dress reminiscent of the original 1920 household staff.
Enjoy a variety of activities including lawn bowling with the Palo Alto Lawn Bowls Club, a cricket demonstration by The Marin Cricket Club, Ballroom dancing lessons in the Filoli Ballroom, and dancing on the Tennis Court to the music of the Magnolia Jazz Band. Tea sandwiches and other delectable hors d'oeuvres will be served along with beer and wine. Also, don’t forget to check out the showcase of vintage cars that will be on display as well.
New this year is a VIP ticket which grants special guests early entry at 4:30pm with a reserved space in the Garden House featuring an upgraded bar, elevated food station with a fondue buffet, and casino tables for your playing pleasure. You won't want to miss it!
Tickets start at $75; see http://www.filoli.org/step-back-in-time/
"Linking Land and Sea: The Design and Decoration of Transatlantic Ocean Liners," an illustrated lecture by Christie D. Jackson (Senior Curator, The Trustees of Reservations, Sharon, MA) is presented by the American Decorative Arts Forum. Art Deco Society members and all admirers of the glorious elegance of early 20th century ocean liners are encouraged to attend. Period attire will be admired!
Elite travelers of the 20th century began to put their trust in the new ocean liners, seeing them as fashionable, exciting modes of transportation. Liners became important status symbols for their companies; by creating these extravagant shipboard interiors, companies projected a strong visual message of luxury and refinement to their customers and the world.
This lecture will particularly focus on the furnishings on ocean liners, whose lavishly designed interiors were truly stunning. The lecture will wander through many of Cunard's early interior spaces as well as listen to passengers' voices to hear their words about the challenges of crossing turbulent seas, the eccentricities of shipboard living, and all the novelties that traveling by sea could offer.
Enter the auditorium from the west side, lower level entrance facing the bay. Doors open at 7:40pm.
Programs are free to ADAF members and $20 to the general public.
More information at https://adafca.org/
PEERS invites you to join Gotham City's most eligible bachelor at an elegant Black & White Charity Ball in aid of Arkham Asylum, the city's most innovative treatment center. Vintage or modern evening dress in black, white, or shades of grey is admired but not required and 1930's through '60s costume is welcome.
Inspired by an "alternate" animated DC universe... in which the characters dress in vintage styles, wear hats, drive stylish vintage cars, and even dance to vintage music, but have 21st century technology. Superheroes, villains, and civilians from every comic universe are welcome.
The band is the wonderful Sara & Swingtime, guest-starring The Joker, better known as the amazing Lee Presson of Lee Presson & the Nails - a deadly combination of talents. The band will play a combination of classic Swing and Blues and beautiful vintage ballroom dance music.
Pre-ball dance lesson at 7pm in vintage Fox Trot and survival Swing, followed by formal dancing and mayhem from 8pm to midnight.
No-host bar and complimentary light refreshments (potluck contributions to Alfred's kitchen are welcome). With a scenario like this, what could possibly go wrong? Surely, Mr. Bruce Wayne and Inspector Gordon have everything under control!
Tickets: $20 in advance (by May 27); at the door: $25
Our dear friends at PEERS present a night on the town with the Lost Generation in swinging 1920's Paris. The exquisite Baguette Quartette plays vintage Bal Musette dance music: romantic waltzes, lively javas, one-steps, fox trots, tangos, sambas, mixers, and even an occasional French polka. The mixers will be taught and called and there will be a 7pm pre-ball workshop in the intimate Bal Musette style of dance!
At intermission the lovely Sara Klotz de Aguilar of Sara & Swingtime will play some of that new American music - Le Swing, Les Blues, and The Charleston - that used to be banned in clubs like this!
1920s or '30s attire, or vintage or modern evening dress is admired but not required. Artists, writers, movie stars, slumming aristocrats and plutocrats - even dangerous Apaches (if they check their weapons at the door or leave them at home).
The event features a no-host bar, a light snack buffet (your potluck finger-food contributions will be appreciated), and a salon for conversation and photography.
Tickets: $20 in advance (by April 29); at the door: $25.
Stookey's Club Moderne presents a private demonstration class: The Cocktails of the Triple Crown.
Just in time to be ready for Derby Day, join Club Moderne mixologists Tim Stookey and Matt Solario in a vibrant lecture and presentation on how to create the perfect Mint Julep, Preakness Cocktail and Belmont Cocktail.
$25 (includes tasting and welcome cocktail). Tickets available on Eventbrite and at the door.
No lover of the 1920s should miss this bit of delicious froth -- a bubbly romantic farce of mistaken identities, star-crossed young lovers, bathing beauties and a tap-dancing maid! A major hit in 1925, it became a sensation following its 1971 revival. The score (by Vincent Youmans with lyrics by Irving Caesar & Otto Harbach) introduced such standards as “Tea
For Two” and “I Want To Be Happy.”
No, No, Nanette runs April 26 - May 14, Wednesdays through Sundays
Wednesday - Thursday 7:00pm; Friday 8:00pm; Saturday 6:00pm; Sunday 3:00pm
Family Matinee Saturday, May 6 at 1:00pm
Visit http://42ndstmoon.org/nononanette/ for tickets, and use the code DECO for discounts!