Jul 262013

Nice article in the East Bay Express on the history of this famed Berkeley annual event:

The annual event was started in 1986 by Tom McAllister, who set up his retail store, Highline Kites, on the Berkeley Marina in the same year. It started as a way to give back to the community while also garnering some attention for his new business, and in the first year there was an impressive, if humble, turnout of around five hundred people. Less than thirty years later, the festival brings out nearly 25 to 30 thousand people to the Berkeley Marina over its two days, making it one of the largest kite festivals in North America, and flooding the sky with soaring kites.

Image credit: highlinekites.com

Jul 182013

From JackLondonSquare.com:

Saturday, Jul 20th


Date: Saturday, July 20
Time: 11 AM – 7 PM
Location: Throughout Jack London Square

Pedalfest rolls into Jack London Square to celebrate all-things cycling at the Bay Area’s premier bicycle festival. This annual event will pack the waterfront with more than 20,000 biking enthusiasts enjoying bicycle-themed entertainment, food and exhibits. Free to attend, Pedalfest-goers will enjoy cycling daredevils performing in a 30-foot banked wooden Whiskeydrome; eye-popping two-wheeled trial stunts by pro riders Mike Steidley and Chris Clark; a Rock the Bike pedal-powered stage featuring live music; Battle of the Bay BMX Competition; the children’s bicycle parade; folding bike races; a Bicycle Rodeo for kids; pedal-powered food; the Bike Stand – a demo stage by Bay Area Bikes; and a dazzling collection of new, vintage and handmade bikes. Additionally, a selection of beers will be available from New Belgium Brewing, with all proceeds being donated to the East Bay Bicycle Coalition.

Image credit: ebbc.org (east bay bicycle coalition)

Jul 182013

As viewed in the SF Bay Guardian:

“Friday Nights @ OMCA” Oakland Museum of Art, 1000 Oak, Oakland; www.museumca.org. 5-9pm, half-price admission for adults ($6); 18 and under free. This month’s theme is “Indie Rock,” so you can wager a guess as to what type of music will be filling this family-friendly night market. Also: art workshops for kids, food trucks, foodie talks, and more.

Jul 182013

Getting hit by a hammer is no way to gain fame, but maybe we can help turn that horrible event into a more positive direction by promoting his band Midnight Cinema!  From ABC7.com:

Cribley says he’s healing well so far. He has a little trouble chewing but the swelling has gone down. He hopes to look more like his old self by next week when his band, Midnight Cinema, has its debut CD release show at Café Du Nord.

Cribley isn’t wasting time getting back to his day job. He plans to be back at work at Flora on Thursday.

Check out midnightcinemaofficial.tumblr.com

Image credit: ArtistDirect.com

Jul 122013

For you underground cartoon buffs.  Check it out from SF.FunCheap.com:

2013 Underground Cartoon Carnival & Stop Motion Sideshow

Sunday, July 14, 2013 | 7-11 pm
The Tannery, 708 Gilman St. Berkeley
Free, but donations are welcome

This is a unique opportunity to sit back and enjoy three reels of rare, very subversive early shorts from some of the most creative personalities in animated film history. The night will feature the works of: Winsor McCay, Wallace Carleson, Otto Mesmer,Walt Disney, Paul Terry, Otto Foky, Jiří Trnka, Norman McLaren, and others, all on 16mm film.


Jul 122013

Camp out at the zoo?  Could be some good fun!  From OaklandZoo.org:

Grab your tent, sleeping bag, your family, and a few friends and get ready for an overnight adventure at Oakland Zoo. This unique program includes dinner, a nighttime guided tour of the Zoo, live animal presentations, interactive and educational activitites, storytelling, a Wildlife Theater show, a hot morning breakfast, and more. This program is available to all families in the East Bay and Bay Area. If you love nature, the Zoo, camping, and fun; this is the perfect program for you! Want to see more? Check out some photos from one of last year’s overnights.

Important InformationAge Requirements: For families with children ages 4 and older.
Program Time: 5:00pm to 10:00am the following morning.*
Program Dates: July 13, 20, 27 and August 3, 10.
Program Fee: $85.00 per person for non-members / $75.00 per person for members.
All adults and children must register.

Jul 122013

From the East Bay Express and Chabot’s own website:

Weekender: This Weekend’s Top Five Events
East Bay Express (blog)
Spend your Friday evening at Chabot Space & Science Center (10000 Skyline Blvd., Oakland) for their summer “Cosmos and Cocktails” program, a night of sci-fi, drinks, and great views of the Bay Area — and beyond. Friday, July 12. 7 p.m.


Jul 122013

Looks like an interesting one for seeing the works of aspiring film makers, and could make for a fun night out in the Mission District.  From FrozenFilmFestival.com:

The San Francisco Frozen Film Festival is held every summer in the heart of the Mission district in San Francisco at the Roxie Theatre. Filmmakers whose work is accepted into the festival are invited to come to the city by the bay in the dead of summer to screen and discuss their work.

In addition to our annual international film festival, the SFFFF Youth Program is specifically focused on demonstrating to underserved youth that existing pathways do exist to help them find a career in the film arts. SFFFF holds annual music and art performances, as well as youth programming and awards presentations.

Jul 122013

Arguably an important movie for many of us, especially here in the bay area, to see, you can read an interesting review here from the East Bay Express, and go see it for yourself on its opening weekend along with many who no doubt will find it a very emotionally wrenching story to revisit:

Writer-director Coogler’s goal is clear — to put a human face on Grant, to make him recognizable, to sketch in a few of the details of his life (the factual details, but also some metaphorical ones), so we can try to understand how a young man’s life can be so hurriedly wasted. We need to know who Oscar Grant is, not only to discover the truth about him, but about ourselves and our construction of everyday social reality.

Oscar, as portrayed by TV actor Michael B. Jordan, is no angel. From strategically placed flashbacks we learn that he has served time in San Quentin for drug dealing, and as we follow him in the last days of his life we see him reverting to his familiar connections, but at the last moment throwing away the bag of weed he was going to sell. Oscar has a short fuse, and there are those from his days in prison who consider him a snitch. But at age 22 he’s trying his best to patch things up and lead the family life with his girlfriend Sophina (Melonie Diaz) and their toddler daughter Tatiana, better known as T (Ariana Neal). Oscar is especially tender with his little girl, and relates warmly to his in-laws.

Jun 282013

Just found this one myself, but looks like a lot of fun.  From the RoyalCuckoo.com website:

About Us: The Royal Cuckoo is a neighborhood bar that serves up fine cocktails and plays only vintage vinyl records on our Lo-Fi sound system. We also have live music Wednesday through Sunday featuring the Hammond B3 organ. Check our Live Music calendar for details. We hope to see you tonight!

Jun 282013

Looks like a good chance to give to a good cause and buy some new treasures while in town for Pride Weekend.  From the SF Bay Guardian:

Score Pop Up Swap Motley Goods, 1564 Market, SF; www.scoreswap.eventbrite.com. 1-4pm, $5. Who doesn’t love shopping and free beer? Bring your old clothes, shoes, bags, and accessories, and donate $5 to an organization at the door. Once you’re inside, you can drop off your used items and look for new-to-you goodies. Not only will you get a huge bang for your buck, but there will be live screen-printing, a photo booth, music by DJs King Most and Freddy Anzures, food, and free beer.

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Jun 212013

From the superbly unique and interesting WisteriaWays.org website:

Molly’s Revenge Trio is a dynamic, acoustic Celtic trio known for its unique and infectious enthusiasm. The classic combination of bagpipes, whistle, and fiddle, with a backdrop of guitar, mandola, and bodhran guarantees an enjoyable experience for all fans of Scottish and Irish music. Molly’s Revenge has performed at many of the top folk festivals and performing arts events in the USA, and prestigious events in Scotland, Australia and China. Their arrangements of traditional Celtic jigs and reels bring these dance tunes up to date with a driving, hard-edged accent that always leaves audiences shouting for more.

Jun 212013

From the SFGate.com events finder comes this gem for those of you who’d enjoy the stylings of a crooner this weekend:

Blending the swinging vocal stylings of Sinatra, Torme, Bennett and Darin, Poretz is equally comfortable performing with a trio or a 17-piece big band, putting his own unique stamp on every song he sings and every story he tells through the great American standard songbook. He’s got the voice, and knows how to take command of the stage.

Check out the SoundRoom.org website too!

Jun 212013

From the SF Bay Guardian’s colorful suggestion:

Even in its seventh year, SF’s annual Bicycle Music Festival is still a wonder to locals. It offers the chance to listen to great music by folk band Laurie Lewis and the Righthands, Bill McKibben, Justin Ancheta Band, Manicato, and more, in a beautiful setting for free. In fact, it’s in three beautiful settings, because the event is packed up and deployed throughout Golden Gate Park. The event is known to draw some crazies, the cool kind who perform synchronized dances or twirl around on cycles while playing the trumpet — so be warned. It is definitely worth checking out, particularly if you’re a bike enthusiast interested in meeting fellow cyclists, or just a live music fan.

Also check out BicycleMusicFestival.com

Jun 212013

Great wine, great views of SF, bay, bridges, etc, and another fun event in the winery’s gigantic airplane hangar!  From RockWallWines.com tumblr event website:

The Fifth Annual Long Day Short Film Festival celebrates the beginning of summer with a presentation of short films on the longest day of the year, June 21, 2013.

The Festival is committed to exposing exciting new short films to wider audiences. Last year’s packed house watched submissions from filmmakers well established in the industry as well as directors and film students just starting out.

Jun 132013

Check out an East Bay Express review here:

Another day, another sausage slinger rises in Oakland. This time it’sBrotzeit Lokal (1000 Embarcadero), a new sausage-centered restaurant and beer garden from Chop Bar’s Lev Delany, which will softly open on Thursday, June 13.

Delany, Brotzeit’s chef and sausage-maker-in-chief, spent two years working at a bar in Berlin, and he said the thing he loved about Germany was how everywhere you went outside of the city, you could always find a beer garden — a friendly, casual place to eat and enjoy a beer. When the space that formerly housed a seafood restaurant called Oyster Reef became available, Delany finally had his chance to bring that kind of place to the Oakland waterfront.

And check this part out!:

4) The restaurant’s outdoor patio (which will seat about seventy) should offer some fantastic views of the water. Perhaps Brotzeit’s most unique feature is the fact that you can actually access the restaurant by sea. Delany’s partners, Krista and Tony Granieri are boating enthusiasts who have rented a few berths in the marina that will be available to customers arriving in sea vessels of various shapes and sizes — ”paddle boards, battleships, you name it,” Delany quipped. The Granieris’ 45-foot Delta cruiser will also be available for rent. Call the restaurant (510-645-1905) to inquire about rates and availability. According to Delany, it’s about an hour each way to sail to Treasure Island and back. Coupled with a casual sausage-and-beer lunch, that sounds like a pleasant summer afternoon to me.

Jun 072013

For the lover of the “darker, rowdier, acoustic movement”, according to this listing in the SF Weekly.  Looks like a good romp to me!

Light acoustic music with ties to bluegrass, country, old-time, and folk is more popular than ever in indie circles. But the flipside of this trend is far more compelling. In San Francisco, the leaders of the darker, rowdier, underground acoustic movement are the Pine Box Boys, a motley combo of players whose twisted vision mashes dirty American roots, B-movie horror, and a deep respect for all things Slayer. Independent from day one — with no interest in toning down its R-rated sound for family access — the Bay Area murdergrass quartet has managed to defy the odds, plowing its own DIY path for a full decade.