Capturing the Ephemeral Through Photography

Lewis deSoto, Sonja Hinrichsen, Chandra Cerrito Contemporary, Dec. 5–Jan. 24,


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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

 

Holiday Events

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

 

Sports

Ticket Time

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

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