July 2017 Calendar of Events

Our picks for can't miss arts and culture events for the month.


"Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story" will show at the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival.

Courtesy Jewish Film Institute

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Courtesy Abrams Claghorn Gallery

Lady Liberty by Kay-Healy at Gathering: A Venison Magazine Retrospective.

The works of 25 national and international artists come together for Gathering: A Venison Magazine Retrospective. Bay Area artist Amber Imrie-Situnayake founded the online magazine in 2014 to highlight emerging artists. This multimedia exhibition showcases the contemporary work of artists featured in Venison. July 5-Aug. 31, reception July 15, 5-7 p.m., artist talk, Aug. 2, 5-7 p.m., Abrams Claghorn Gallery, 1251 Solano Ave., Albany, 510-526-9558, AbramsClaghorn.com.

Enjoy the Downtown Alame­da’s Art & Wine Faire, Alameda’s biggest free street fair featuring arts and crafts booths, food and beverage vendors, live music, as well as a special kids’ zone for the youngsters. July 29-30, 10 a.m.- 6 p.m., free, Park Street between Encinal and Buena Vista avenues, Alameda, DowntownAlameda.com/Art-Wine-Faire.



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Comedy troupe Killing My Lobster will make you laugh at The Freight.



Ahh, summer camp, that wonderful rite of passage where three months of mosquitoes, poison ivy, bed-wetting bunkmates, and off-key renditions of “On Top of Old Smokey” will make any kid long for a return to school. On second thought, going to camp sucks. That’s why the Bay Area’s premiere comedy troupe, Killing My Lobster, is instead bringing camp to you in a new comedy show. All the fun; none of the bugs. No lobsters were hurt during production. July 21, 8 p.m., $18 in advance, $20 at the door, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison St., Berkeley, TheFreight.org.

Comedian Paula Poundstone has loads of hilarious observations to make about house cats, Pop-Tarts, and Snickers bars. What is the deal with Snickers bars, anyway? Other than being the perfect snack when hunger’s a pokin’ at ya, pokin’ at ya. July 7, 8 p.m., $16-$60, Bankhead Theater, 2400 First St., Livermore, LVPAC.org



Courtesy Bal Theater

For millennia, people have reported mysterious lights in the sky. Could these be . . . alien visitors from another world? The truth is out there. UFO Fest gathers the biggest names in paranormal studies for fascinating, in-depth discussions of flying saucers, time travel, ancient aliens, and other unexplained phenomena. Guests include UFO researcher Ruben Uriarte, alternative historian Servando Gonzalez, and the mysterious “Mr. X.” Watch the skies. July 8, 1:11 p.m., adults $20, children $5, Bal Theatre, 14808 E. 14th St., San Leandro, BalTheatre.com.

Pedalfest in Jack London Square celebrates all things bicycle, but you probably won’t get kicked out if you showed up on a unicycle, you rebel. Enjoy pedal-powered food, a pedal-operated sound stage featuring live music, daredevil stunts, a kid’s bike rodeo, safety training, and an extensive collection of vintage and custom-built bikes. July 22, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., free, Jack London Square, Embarcadero West, Oakland, PedalFestJackLondon.com.

According to The Simpsons (the authoritative source on all things kite), the common box kite was originally designed as a means of drying wet string. Sounds legit. Families gather with kites of all stripes at the Berkeley Kite Festival to catch the perfect wind to send their crafts soaring into the stratosphere. And maybe to dry some string, too. July 29-30, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m., free, $15 parking fee, Cesar E. Chavez Park at the Berkeley Marina, 11 Spinnaker Way, Berkeley, HighLineKites.com.



It’s the perfect crime when there’s no motive, right? A tennis star and a charming psychopath agree to swap murders and kill off each other’s annoying relatives in Hitchcock’s classic thriller, Strangers on a Train. July 1, 5:30 p.m., free-$12, BAMPFA, 2155 Center St., Berkeley, BAMPFA.berkeley.edu.

Paramount Movie Classics screens All the President’s Men, the 1976 paranoia thriller that tells the compelling true story of the Watergate scandal that rocked the nation and brought down the Nixon presidency as Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward (Robert Redford) and Carl Bernstein (Dustin Hoffman) uncover the scoop of the century. July 14, 8 p.m., $5, Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway, Oakland, ParamountTheatre.com.

With everything from dramas to documentaries, the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival showcases films about Jewish history, culture, and experience. July 21-Aug. 7, $12-$15, various locations in Berkeley, Oakland, and San Francisco, JFI.org.


Food & Drink

Courtesy OysterFest

He was a bold man that first ate an oyster. Commemorate that unknown soldier’s sacrifice by gulping oysters raw and cooked, drinking beer and wine, and watching live performances at OysterFest. July 1, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., $30-$100, Sharon Meadow, Golden Gate Park, 320 Bowling Green Drive, San Francisco, OysterFest.me.

Start the Oakland Wine Festival off with a double-blind wine tasting, where expert palates and beginner tongues alike test out the mouth feel and delicate notes of over 100 elegantly bagged wines. July 15, 10 a.m., $25-$145, Claremont Club & Spa, 41 Tunnel Road, Oakland, OaklandWineFestival.com.

Drink endless beer from 38 breweries and eat unlimited food samples at the BreastFest Beer Festival to support the Charlotte Maxwell Complementary Clinic, which offers alternative medical treatments for low-income women fighting breast cancer. July 15, 1-5 p.m., $40-$65, Fairground Island, Marin Center, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael, TheBreastFest.org.

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