April Event Highlights

Editor picks for what to do this month.


Jay Watson

Visual Art

California: Works by Creative Couples

Panorama Framing, Through April 28

Brad and Angelina, Sonny and Cher, Kermit and Miss Piggy—who doesn’t love a creative couple? In their latest exhibition, Panorama Framing in Oakland’s Grand Lake District showcases two creative California couples through work inspired by the Golden State. Via 3 Fish Studios, wife and husband duo Annie Galvin and Eric Rewitzer display paintings and giclée and linocut prints, respectively.

Both transplants to San Francisco, Eric Rewitzer comes from the shores of Lake Michigan, and Annie Galvin hails from Ireland—their studio’s name derived from the Galvin coat of arms sporting, you guessed it, three fish—though their work betrays their fascination with all things California. Jay and Jamie Welsh Watson bring their love of California’s natural landscape and favorite pastime, surfing, to their art, Jay shooting away behind a camera lens and Jamie creating multimedia collages. The Watsons’ love of surfing is shared by fellow artist Shaun Horne, whose custom hollow-body wooden surfboards round out the exhibition. 12–8 p.m. Wed.–Fri., 12 p.m.–6 p.m. Sat., 12 p.m.–4 p.m. Sun., free. 3350 Grand Ave., Oakland, www.PanoramaFraming.com.



Mary McNear on Butternut Lake in Montclair Village

Local author shares her love of fiction and donuts.

Writers have all sorts of quirks and tricks that allow them—through habit, superstition, or need for routine—to put pen to paper, or fingers to keys. Ernest Hemingway wrote while standing. Maya Angelou often uses a hotel room as a writing room. For San Francisco author Mary McNear, it’s all about the local donut shop. “I try to resist the temptations there, so I usually stick to drinking Diet Pepsi,” McNear explains. “However, I have been known to sample the product occasionally … My favorite is the crumb. It’s the full sensory experience.” The occasional crumb donut seems to be paying off for McNear, who will discuss her debut novel, Up at Butternut Lake, at A Great Good Place for Books on April 17. Readers looking for smart, contemporary women’s fiction that examines how one must deal with the past before they can embrace the future should join McNear at 7 p.m. at the independent bookstore in Montclair Village. Maybe bring along some donuts to share? If you’re looking for variety, McNear says her “second and third runners up are the raspberry jelly and the maple-glazed cake donuts.”


Veg Pledge

Oakland Veg Week Asks: Can You Go Meatless?

It’s easier than you think

To celebrate Oakland Veg Week, April 21–27 (www.OaklandVeg.com), organizers are asking you to sign a pledge to try a weeklong vegetarian or vegan diet, or dabble in the concept with a Meatless Monday meal plan. In return for giving up bacon—or for simply being veg-curious—enjoy the week’s activities including special events, tours, and chef talks. Highlights include a field trip to Grass Valley’s Animal Place Sanctuary (April 26) and a talk by local chef and food-justice advocate Bryant Terry (April 22), who has just put out a new vegan cookbook, Afro-Vegan.

Oakland Veg Week’s website has resources and tips for going veg, and there are many local restaurants with great vegetarian dishes. One worth trying: the veggie barbecue-pork fried rice ($7.50) at Chinatown’s Nature Vegetarian (1116 Franklin St., Oakland, www.NatureVegetarianRestaurant.com). Its smoky fried rice dotted with bits of tofu was packed with char siu flavor and was recently highlighted on Savor Oakland’s new Chinatown tour (www.SavorOaklandFoodTours.com). Delicious and indistinguishable from its meaty cousin, this is more than enough to carry your veg pledge through the week—and beyond.


Fan Alert

Highlights of the Sporting Season

Baseball, tennis, and more.

Home Opener! Oakland A’s vs. Cleveland Indians. March 31–April 2, O.co Coliseum, Oakland, Oakland.Athletics.MLB.com.

Golden State Warriors vs. Sacramento Kings. April 4, Oracle Arena, Oakland, www.NBA.com/Warriors.

Cal Men’s Tennis vs. Oregon. April 11, UC Berkeley, Hellman Tennis Complex, Berkeley, www.CALBears.com.

Cal Sand Volleyball vs. Santa Clara. April 18, UC-Berkeley, Clark Kerr San Courts, Berkeley, www.CALBears.com.

Oakland A’s vs. Houston Astros. April 18–20, O.co Coliseum, Oakland, Oakland.Athletics.MLB.com.

Track and Field. Brutus Hamilton Open and Invite. April 25–26, UC-Berkeley, Edwards Stadium, Berkeley, www.CALBears.com.

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