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May Event Highlights

Editor picks for the month.

May Calendar Listings

A roster of events for the current month.

April Calendar Liistings

What to do and when to do it.

April Event Highlights

Visual art, book readings,going vegetarian, and sports on tap.

Baritone Pushes Sailing Singalongs

From his Oakland home, Peter Kasin crosses shark-infested, wind-whipped saltwater to stride gleaming decks amidst sextants and spankers, his clear baritone rising into the rigging to sing of nor’easters, fo’c’sles, backbreaking labor, drunken benders, and much-missed milkmaids left behind.

Books on Home Maintenance, Heartbreak, and Poetry

The Home Book, Master of Leaves, How a Mirage Works, and Up at Butternut Lake

Shadravan's Honors Iranian Art

Dr. Farnaz Shadravan, D.D.S, spent 10 hours a day, six days a week for two years etching Albrecht Dürer’s apocalyptic images into four bathtubs with her dentist drill, to honor John the Baptist.

It Takes a Village to Play an Album

Given the concept animating UnderCover Presents, which produces stylistically encompassing concerts that re-imagine beloved albums track by track, it was only a matter of time before the organization turned its attention to Graceland, Paul Simon’s landmark 1986 recording. Featuring a different act on each song, UnderCover concerts have drawn on an ever-expanding array of Bay Area talent, and Graceland is no different.

The Mambo Kings Kick Ass at the Grammys

There are always a lot of hangovers the morning after the Grammy Awards, but the 56th annual ceremony at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles in January left an already reeling music industry positively woozy. While the vast majority of Grammy trophies went to favored acts, an upstart salsa band from Oakland, the Pacific Mambo Orchestra, ended up taking home the award for Best Latin Tropical Album for its eponymous debut release, and the shock waves continue to reverberate.

March and April 2014 Calendar

March and April are full of cultural events, and the calendar covers them all, from Art and Outdoors to Stage and Tastes.