Capturing the Ephemeral Through Photography
Lewis deSoto, Sonja Hinrichsen, Chandra Cerrito Contemporary, Dec. 5–Jan. 24,
Photos by Lewis deSoto and Sonja Hinrichsen
Art can have a large impact on the world, marking a permanent place in our culture and society as a snapshot of its time, but what about those moments of artistic creativity that are fleeting, yet nonetheless beautiful?
Two artists, Lewis deSoto and Sonja Hinrichsen, use photography to create permanent records of inspired, ephemeral moments such as deSoto’s images of fire zigzagging across a shoreline. While deSoto’s acts are largely inspired by the earthworks of the 1960s, Sonja Hinrichsen uses photography to document massive, temporary snow drawings she creates by walking across pristine snowy landscapes. Though snow and wind may alter and eventually erase Hinrichsen’s creations, the photographic documentation that makes up the exhibit adds permanence to an otherwise short-lived work, proving art endures long after its momentary existence.
12–6 p.m. Thu.–Sat., free. Chandra Cerrito Contemporary, 480 23rd St., Oakland, www.ChandraCerritoContemporary.com
Light Up the Night
Tree-lighting ceremonies throughout the East Bay.
Have as much luck as Clark Griswold when it comes to stringing lights around the Christmas tree? Save yourself the hassle and check out one of the East Bay’s tree-lighting ceremonies where towering trees sparkle and glow into the winter nights.
Jack London Square Lights Up for the Holidays. Dec. 5, 5–7 p.m., free. Jack London Square, Broadway and Embarcadero, Oakland, www.JackLondonSquare.com
Mayor’s Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony. Dec. 6, 4:30 p.m., free. Alameda City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Ave., Alameda, www.AlamedaCA.gov/Recreation
Piedmont Avenue Tree Lighting Ceremony. Dec. 6, 6–8 p.m., free. Piedmont Avenue and 41st Street, Oakland, www.PiedmontAvenue.org
Auld Lang Syne
Ring in the New Year
From concerts to comedy, there’s a party for everyone.
Tired of watching a tape-delayed ball drop across the country? The East Bay is ready with a New Year’s Eve party for every taste. From comedy to concerts and a gala to day-time fun for the kids, this New Year’s Eve, there’s no reason to drop the ball on the fun.
For the Kids! Balloon Drop Celebration. Dec. 31, 11a.m.–4 p.m., $5 plus general admission. Chabot Space & Science Center, 10000 Skyline Blvd., Oakland, www.ChabotSpace.org
Con Funk Shun New Year’s Eve Throwdown. Dec. 30–31, 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Tue., 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. Wed., $36–$99. Yoshi’s Oakland, 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland, www.Yoshis.com/Oakland
New Year’s Eve Black Comedy Explosion with Cedric the Entertainer. Dec. 31, 11 p.m., $49.75–$104.75. Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway, Oakland, www.ParamountTheatre.com
New Year’s Eve Bluegrass Revue. Dec. 31, 8 p.m., $29 advance, $31 at the door. Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison St., Berkeley, www.TheFreight.org
For the Kids! New Year’s Eve Day Party Dec. 31, 12–2 p.m., free with admission. Lawrence Hall of Science, 1 Centennial Drive, Berkeley, www.LawrenceHallOfScience.org
New Year’s Eve with Terrie Odabi. Dec. 31, 7 and 10 p.m., $35–$40. Rhythmix Cultural Works, 2513 Blanding Ave., Alameda, www.Rhythmix.org
Primus’ A New Year’s Eve Extravaganza. Dec. 31, 9:30 p.m., $49.50–$65. The Fox Theater, 1807 Telegraph Ave., Oakland, www.TheFoxOakland.com
USS Hornet New Year’s Eve Dec. 31, 7:30 p.m.–1 a.m., $45–$85. USS Hornet Museum, 707 W. Hornet Ave., Alameda, www.USS-Hornet.org
Highlights of the game season.
Golden State Warriors vs. New Orleans Pelicans. Dec. 4, Oracle Arena, Oakland, www.NBA.com/Warriors
Bay Area Rivalry! Oakland Raiders vs. San Francisco 49ers. Dec. 7, O.co Coliseum, Oakland, www.Raiders.com
Cal Men’s Basketball vs. Princeton. Dec. 13, UC-Berkeley, Haas Pavilion, Berkeley, www.CALBears.com
Oakland Raiders vs. Buffalo Bills. Dec. 21, O.co Coliseum, Oakland, www.Raiders.com
Golden State Warriors vs. Sacramento Kings. Dec. 22, Oracle Arena, Oakland, www.NBA.com/Warriors
Cal Women’s Basketball vs. Old Dominion. December 29, UC-Berkeley, Haas Pavilion, Berkeley, www.CALBears.com