Bill Owens Photos at Mills, Sporting Highlights, Restaurant Week, and Sly and the Family Stone

Suburbanites and Socialites, Photography by Bill Owens, Jan. 21–March 15


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Photo by Bill Owens

From a newly acquired collection, Mills College Art Museum displays 33 photographs from world-renowned photographer Bill Owens. Documenting the lives of middle-class girls and women in Northern California in the 1970s, this collection—taken during his weekends off from working as a photojournalist for a newspaper in Livermore—captures the cultural and social roles of women and girls in the 1970s. The San Jose native is best known for this type of focus on the “everyday” lives of “ordinary” people. It’s through the symbols, customs, social organizations, and social relationships in the 49-year-old photos that Owens’ work gives us a glimpse into the past while, passively, asking us to examine how gender roles and cultural norms have changed over the past four decades.

11 a.m.–4 p.m., Tue. and Thu.–Sun., 11 a.m.–7:30 p.m. Wed., free. Mills College Art Museum, 5000 MacArthur Blvd., Oakland, www.MCAM.Mills.edu.

 

Dining Out

Back-to-Back Restaurant Weeks

Oakland and Berkeley restaurants offer deals for foodies.

Stroll down Shattuck or Telegraph avenues, and by the time you walk from one end to the other, a half-dozen new restaurants will have opened in your wake—and another two dozen will have closed. It’s hard to keep up, we know, but with back-to-back restaurant weeks in Oakland and Berkeley, now is your best chance. Oakland Restaurant Week (Jan. 15–25, www.OaklandRestaurantWeek.org) features close to 75 participating restaurants offering special menus and prices for lunch and dinner. On its heels, Berkeley Restaurant Week (Jan. 22–31, www.VisitBerkeley.com) includes as many eateries with enticing deals and opportunities to try something new or revisit an old favorite. Careful of the four-day overlap; even gourmands have their limits.

 

Lectures

Conserving Conservation

Protect the wolves of California and the snow leopards.

Look, if we’re going to be so far at the top of the food web that we completely ignore it, let’s try to avoid screwing over all the other animals that don’t have access to Starbucks and banh mi. The Oakland Zoo’s Conservation Speaker Series continues with focuses on two beautiful creatures. Join Karin Vardaman, director of California Wolf Recovery, for a talk on the wolves of California (Jan. 14, $12–$20, www.OaklandZoo.org), specifically the gray wolves poised to make a comeback from a near-disastrous extirpation at the hands of humans. In February, join one of the world’s leading experts on snow leopards, Rodney Jackson (Jan. 14, $12–$20, www.OaklandZoo.org). The director and founder of Snow Leopard Conservancy will discuss his travels and conservation efforts.

 

Music

Convention Plus Concert

Two events celebrate Sly and the Family Stone.

Star Trek, anime, dental hygienists—they all have conventions, so why shouldn’t fans of the rock and funk band from San Francisco, Sly and the Family Stone. Love City: A Convention Celebrating Sly and the Family Stone (Jan. 24, 12–5 p.m., $35–$65, Fox Theater, www.Eventjoy.com/e/LoveCity) gives fans a chance to attend panels and autograph sessions with original band members and music authors and historians. Plus, a special opportunity for a meet-and-greet dinner with the band members. Afraid you’ll embarrass yourself by saying the wrong thing to Freddie Stewart or Cynthia Robinson? Stick with the night’s tribute concert featuring special guests and nine bands—more than 175 musicians—as they work their way through Sly and the Family Stone’s iconic album, Stand! Sly and the Family Stone’s Stand! (Jan. 24, 8 p.m., $35, Fox Theater, www.TheFoxOakland.com) is a concert echoing the 1969 album’s message of diversity and community—great positive thoughts for any family.

 

Sports

Ticket Time

Highlights of the sporting season.

Golden State Warriors vs. Cleveland Cavaliers. Jan. 9, Oracle Arena, Oakland, www.NBA.com/Warriors.

Cal Winter Invitational! Cal Women’s Tennis. Jan. 16–18, U.C. Berkeley, Hellman Tennis Complex, Berkeley, www.CALBears.com.

All Comers Meet! Cal Track and Field. Jan. 24, U.C. Berkeley, Edwards Stadium, Berkeley, www.CALBears.com.

Cal Women’s Swimming and Diving vs. UCLA. Jan. 31, U.C. Berkeley, Spieker Aquatics Complex, Berkeley, www.CALBears.com.

Golden State Warriors vs. Dallas Mavericks. Feb. 4, Oracle Arena, Oakland, www.NBA.com/Warriors.

Golden State Warriors vs. San Antonio Spurs. Feb. 20, Oracle Arena, Oakland, www.NBA.com/Warriors.

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