This month, the centennial of the April 18, 1906, San Francisco earthquake and fire will be acknowledged at cinemas, galleries, and stages all over the Bay Area.
After the Ruins, 1906 and 2006: Rephotographing the San Francisco Earthquake and Fire
Compare San Francisco then and now through more than 50 contemporary photographs paired with historic shots of the same locations. Through June 4, Legion of Honor, Lincoln Park, 34th Avenue and Clement Street, San Francisco, (415) 863-3330, www.legionofhonor.org.
Aftershock! Voices From the 1906 Earthquake and Fire
Maps, photomurals, multimedia displays, and personal stories show the effects that the earthquake and fire had on individuals and the entire Bay Area. Through August 13, Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak St., Oakland, (510) 238-2200, www.museumca.org.
Magnitude X: Quake Science and Survival
Interactive and educational exhibits, geologist meet-and-greets, rescue demonstrations, and, on April 1 only, a model of San Francisco made entirely out of gelatin (pictured above). April 1–30, Exploratorium, 3601 Lyon St., San Francisco, (415) 397-5673, www.exploratorium.edu.
Diablo Ballet’s Earthquake
Diablo Ballet presents a world premiere commemorating the centennial, choreographed by Co-Artistic Director Nikolai Kabaniaev. April 5 at 8 p.m., Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission St., San Francisco, (415) 978-2787, www.ybca.org; and May 19 at 8 p.m., May 20 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., Dean Lesher Regional Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Dr., Walnut Creek, (925) 943-7469, www.diabloballet.org.
65 Seconds That Shook the Earth
A weekend-long film series, including features and documentaries about the disaster, as well as hand-cranked newsreels from the San Francisco quake. April 6–9, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, 2575 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, (510) 642-1412, www.bampfa.berkeley.edu.
Symphony No. 1: New Day Rising
The Contra Costa Wind Symphony presents a world-premiere work commissioned for the centennial, with movements titled “City of Gold,” “Dawn of Destruction,” and “Rebirth and Reconciliation.” April 18 at 8 p.m., Dean Lesher Regional Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Dr., Walnut Creek, (925) 943-7469, www.ccwindsymphony.org.
For more events, visit the 1906 Earthquake Centennial Alliance at www.1906centennial.org.