A cornucopia of creative fall arts events provide plenty of reasons to give thanks for a vibrant arts scene.

Bernini's Medusa

November 9: Unwrapped and Regifted: Stories About Holidays

Ease the pain of the upcoming season of awkward family togetherness with the LitUp Writers as they take the stage to share some of their most horrible holiday stories. Throw on an unsightly, festive sweater to help get in the mood and you might win some cash in the “Ugliest Holiday Sweater” competition.

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November 11: Does the Secret Mind Whisper?

Poets Will Alexander and Maria Damon come together for a symposium that seeks to answer the gnomic question originally posed by poet Bob Kaufman. They’ll also tackle topics like Black surrealism and cultural poetry.

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November 12: Wonderful World of Oz

Head over to the Cartoon Art Museum to celebrate the legacy of a timeless film with original artwork and vintage newspaper tearsheets covering over 100 years of classic comics.

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November 17: Bernini’s Medusa

Gian Lorenzo Bernini’s sculpture is considered a masterpiece from the Italian Baroque period. The 17th century treasure will be on loan from Rome until next year at the Legion of Honor.

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November 20: I Am America

Join the San Francisco Public Library for an artists reception for their current exhibit that salutes Black families that “contributed to the making of America” proceeding, during and following the Civil War.

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November 30: Miranda July

Quirky writer and filmmaker will join UC Berkeley professor Julia Bryan-Wilson in a conversation at Herbst Theatre about some of her career highlights including novels, short stories and latest film, The Future.

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