Jun 072013

Cool event coming to several east bay locations Saturday.  Another from the SF Bay Guardian’s events page:

Urban farm tours Various locations in Albany, El Cerrito, Richmond, El Sobrante.www.iuhoakland.com. 11am-6pm, $5 per location. The Institute of Urban Homesteading wants you to realize the power of a plot when it comes to feeding your family. See how others are making urban farming work for them at this week’s farm tour day — register on the site and you’ll receive a map of locations where you can drop by and see rainwater collection systems, bee hives, veggie gardens, goats, and more.

Jun 072013

Part of the First Fridays gathering in downtown Oakland, as identified for us by the SF Bay Guardian:

Temescal Art Hop Rise Above Gallery, 4770 Telegraph, Oakl. www.riseaboveoakland.com. 6-9pm, free. The Temescal neighborhood is joining the First Friday fray — pick up a “passport” from one of the participating 20 businesses and get them stamped at the neighbors to win raffle prizes.



Jun 072013

Pointed out by the East Bay Express Weekender:

Live Oak Park Fair
A cornerstone of the vibrant North Berkeley art & crafts community, the Live Oak Park Fair showcases affordable contemporary art, fine crafts, handcrafted jewelry & accessories, couture adult and kids’ clothing, handmade quilts and baskets, plus sculptural and functional objects in clay, fiber, glass, metal and wood. With plenty of stuff to keep the kids busy as well — live music, magic shows, puppets, and face painting — great food, and more. At Live Oak Park. June 8 & 9, 10am-6pm, free.

Jun 072013

Food trucks, music and dance, and more will greet walkers, bikers, and paddlers along the way around the lake.  Check out Oaklavia.org for more info:

Walk Oakland Bike Oakland (WOBO) is proud to join forces with Mayor Quan’s office and the Measure DD Community Coalitionto bring Oaklavía back to Oakland. We’ve named Sunday, June 9, 2013, Love Our Lake Day, featuring a Lake Merritt Boulevard Dedication and Oaklavía By the Lake.

It is a free public event that invites families and visitors around the Bay Area to come out and play, stroll, bike, and paddle at Lake Merritt that Sunday from 11am to 4pm. Learn more about  Oaklavía here

Jun 052013

Good info here for the musical explorer in you.

From the SF Bay Guardian:

And the best shows this week are something of demonstrative polar opposites as well. There’s sugary Australian pop act Lenka, and fellow Aussie post-punks Total Control, then global dream popsters Trails and Ways, and metal battlecruiser Slough Feg, Americana punks Parquet Courts, and the Sunset Island fest, known as the “electronic music picnic.” They are all in the mix.

Here are your must-see Bay Area concerts this week/end:

Jun 032013

Get on down to it!

Rock Wall Wine Company’s

Art & Wine Experience!

 Stroll around our urban spaces, sip award winning wines (25+), take in amazing views of the SF skyline, enjoy live music/performance art and over 50 local artists and crafters!

 Saturday, June 15th, 2013


VIP Preview: 12:00-1:00pm

General Admission: 1:00-5:00pm

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May 312013

From ConspiracyofVenus.com:


Under the artistic direction of Joyce Todd McBride, we interpret her daring and inventive arrangements of contemporary music, ranging from the classic (Joni Mitchell’s “Big Yellow Taxi”), to the cutting edge (Bjork’s “Possibly Maybe”), with dazzling technical verve and tons of personality. Our repertoire also includes works by David Bowie, Tom Waits, Leonard Cohen, The Pixies, Bill Withers, Rufus Wainwright, and Roger Miller.


We have a full hour to perform for you as part of 7th Ave Performances in the Sunset District. Find us at Seventh Avenue Presbyterian Church at 1329 Seventh Avenue, between Irving and Judah streets in San Francisco, CA.

May 312013

East Bay Express gives a head’s up to this fun event:

It’s not every day that you get an opportunity to help propel a fifty-foot-long boat through the waters of the Alameda-Oakland Estuary (2400 Mariner Square Dr., Alameda). But the Alameda Dragon Flyers — a part-recreational, part-competitive band of paddlers — gives you the chance each Saturday with free introductions to the two-thousand-year-old Chinese sport of dragon boating. The weekly sessions are open to athletes of all abilities, and the first three are free — after that, participants are asked to join the California Dragon Boat Association for a $50-$120 annual fee. 8:45-10:15 a.m. 510-521-7555 or AlamedaDragonFlyers.com


May 312013

SF Weekly has a nice link to this interesting event for hikers and yoga enthusiasts:

Eric Kipp may be brilliant. Without a doubt, the spirit of San Francisco itself pulses quickly in his veins, because he is the creator of Hiking Yoga. It’s exactly what it sounds like; you follow the charge up one of our butt-bustin’ hills, and once you’re up there, the organizer/sherpas hand out mats and water, and you do some yoga. The courses are chosen for their vistas as well as for their challenges: City-proud fitness nuts, prepare to fall in painful workout love. 


May 312013

Interesting concept for working around the public sound limits at Ocean Beach, from SF Weekly’s “Top 5 Parties in SF” list:

Silent Frisco at Ocean Beach
Sunday, June 2, 1 p.m. $15-$20

Remove the sound system and anything is possible: That’s the premise behind Silent Frisco. Go to one of its parties and you’ll find a rave’s worth of people dancing — without any perceptible sound. The trick is in wireless headphones tuned to receive a shared signal from the DJ booth. This lack of overt volume is a handy workaround that lets the party use spaces that would otherwise be off-limits, such as Ocean Beach, where Silent Frisco will hold its summer-season opener this Sunday.

May 312013

SF Bay Guardian points out this event for us at The Art House Gallery on Shattuck:

“Poetry Unbound” Art House Gallery, 2905 Shattuck, Berk. berkeleyarthouse.wordpress.com. 5pm sign-up, 5:30pm event, $5 donation suggested. This Shattuck gallery begins its new first Sunday series, which unites readings by seasoned writers with a brief open mic — meant to strengthen the writing community.

May 312013

SF Bay Guardian alerts us to the “Mugsy and Gratta pop-up wine tasting at El Rio in the Mission:

Mugsy and Gratta pop-up wine tasting El Rio, 3158 Mission, SF. www.elriosf.com. 5:30-8:30pm, $7-8 glasses of wine. Berkeley’s Gratta Wines just won a vaunted prize for its Sonoma Cabernet, so queer-owned Mugsy is bringing them through for a guest turn at their cozy regular wine tastings. There may be salumi available as well, say rumors.

May 312013

East Bay Express reminds us of the celebration of the completion of the spectacular bronze sculpture in downtown Oakland commemorating champions for human rights throughout history:

Artist and businessman Mario Chiodo commemorates the completion of the historic monument “Remember Them: Champions for Humanity,” the 52′ long sculpture of 25 civil rights activists at Henry J. Kaiser Memorial Park (19th and Rashida Muhammad St., Oakland).


May 312013

The East Bay Express colorfully expresses the re-opening after two years of the Gallery of California Natural Sciences at the museum:

Friday Nights @ OMCA
In case you missed it, the Gallery of California Natural Sciences at the Oakland Museum of California is reopening after two years, and it’s INCREDIBLY AWESOME. This Friday, OMCA will have special extended hours for guests to wander in and out of their newly jazzed up natural sciences wing, which houses — among other things — a mini replica of many parts of Oakland itself. Off the Grid will be there, as will a beer and wine garden, family fun activities (gold panning!), DJ’s, and a re-screening of the much-loved Oakland Internet Cat Video Festival. Make sure to come back on Sunday — when there will be free admission — in case you miss anything amidst all the hullaballoo. 5-midnight, free. MuseumCA.org — A.G.

May 242013

From the SFweekly VoicePlaces.com Events Calendar:

Sure, standing around in the stairwell of 49 Geary drinking champagne during its First Thursday gallery openings can be fun. But it’s not a great way to see the best artwork this city can offer (unless you view getting trampled as a form of crowd-sourced, contemporary performance art). Switch your booze-fueled art cruise day to later in the month instead, when Raw SF hosts its huge, monthly exhibition of 30+ of San Francisco’s latest and greatest underground talent. Each event focuses on a different theme and brings together creators from disciplines such as painting, photography, fashion, music, and even makeup art to showcase their work. Boasting over 750 regular attendees, it’s an unmissable celebration of local talent — one that you’re likely to survive. Past shows have included: Live art from Gabrielle Rose and Brandon Hurley, “makeup manifestations” by Jessica Fraser, fashions by Gorilla Workshop, music by Boats and Rufio, and enough DJs to keep your head spinning for days. 


May 242013

Looks like something lovers of Ginsberg’s Howl would dig.  From SFweekly:

A little over a year ago, Janey Smith started putting on readings in the derelict apartment above her own: Without electricity, The Squat is lit with an abundance of tea candles and authors read from a stage composed of dirt swept up from the unfinished floors, surrounded by a huddle of attendees. The first night boasted an ossified rat on the mantle; where that disappeared to is anyone’s guess. The series, Live at 851, has from the beginning been of unusually premium quality, with people e-mailing Smith from around the country for a chance to read in the intimate and unusual setting; she has since teamed up with City Lights and indie publisher YesYes Books to put on special events. On Friday, New York-based poet Alex Dimitrov (founder of the Wilde Boys salon and recipient of the American Poetry Review’s 2011 Stanley Kunitz Prize) joins a lineup of local all-stars: Cedar Cigo, Ben Mirov, and erica lewis (sic), for a night of poetry that is sure to begin and end as a party. 


May 242013

Keep the Chocolate and Chalk Art Festival on your calendar for June 1.  From the eastbayloop.com blog:

A CHALK ART CONTEST for the best drawing will be judged after 4 p.m. First prize is $250 cash and runners-up get a $25 gift certificate from Philz Coffee. Winners will be notified by Tuesday after the event. Same-day art registration takes place 10AM-5PM in event booths located at 1495 and 1673 Shattuck Ave. where special artist’s chalk is available for $10.

May 242013

Fundraiser and reopening of the exalted Chez Panisse, which was tragically disabled by a fire earlier this year, on June 21, the summer solstice.  From the SJ Mercury News:

BERKELEY — One of the Bay Area’s most famous restaurants is set to reopen June 21, nearly four months after a fire destroyed parts of the building.

Chez Panisse, the renowned eatery founded by Alice Waters, an icon of the California cuisine movement, will open its kitchen once again with a celebration on the day of Summer Solstice. The event will double as a fundraiser for new education programs at the Berkeley-based Edible Schoolyard Project, which teaches middle school students how to improve their food choices on a one-acre organic garden and kitchen classroom. Reservations cost $1,000 per person to eat in the second-floor café and $2,500 a head for the main dining room.


May 242013

Coming up a week from Memorial Day on June 3rd:

Living Healthy in a Toxic World

Journalist and environmental health advocate Beth Greer, a.k.a. Super Natural Mom, shares insights on how to live a healthier life based on what goes inside the body and environmental factors that surround the body. 6 p.m. June 3. $7-$20. Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F. (415) 597-6700. www.commonwealthclub.org.

Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/health/article/Bay-Area-health-and-fitness-events-4536795.php#ixzz2UEPlY8MW

May 242013

Found this in the SF Chronicle listing some local health and fitness events this coming weekend.  Nice idea to promote those, I thought.

Full Moon Hike

A moderately strenuous 4- to 5-mile hike and an easy 3-mile hike followed by viewing through telescopes. 6 and 7 p.m. Friday. $7. Chabot Space and Science Center, 10000 Skyline Blvd., Oakland. (510) 336-7300. www.chabotspace.org.

Full Moon Hike

A night hike of the Bay Area Ridge Trail. 6-10:30 p.m. Friday. Free. Reservations recommended. Lynch Canyon Open Space, 3100 Lynch Road, between Vallejo and Fairfield. (707) 432-0150 Ext. 200. http://conta.cc/156Sacd.

Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/health/article/Bay-Area-health-and-fitness-events-4536795.php#ixzz2UEOnB8Ds