This Month's Highlights

Editor Picks for July and August.


Monsters headed to SF.

Courtesy Joshua Margolis

Oaklander’s 3D Creations Invade San Francisco

The Monsters and Robots Project: A Visual Dialogue, de Young Museum, July 2 through August 3

Oakland-based artist Joshua Margolis uses his army of monsters and robots to take over the de Young Museum and establish himself as July’s artist-in-residence. Six years in the making, Margolis’ exhibition of clay sculptures of the titular monsters and robots, The Monsters and Robots Project: A Visual Dialogue, stems from a young art student asking Margolis to sculpt a three-dimensional representation of her drawing.

This nonverbal collaborative dialogue became the basis for his de Young exhibit as the artist invites guests to put to paper their idea—whether complex or simplistic—of what a robot or monster entails. Throughout his residency, Margolis will bring some of the visitors’ drawings to ceramic life, adding to his whimsical and offbeat infantry and creating a collaborative art experience with the exhibition’s attendees. The exhibition is housed in the de Young Museum’s free-access Kimball Education Gallery and the artist reception (Aug. 1, 6–8:30 p.m.) is the perfect chance to see Margolis’ work and the creations inspired by the public.

July 2–Aug. 3. 11–5 p.m. Wed.–Thu. and Sat.–Sun., 1–8:45 p.m. Fri., free. Kimball Education Gallery, de Young Museum, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco,


Spoken Word

Powerful Poems

Poets battle with words at the 25th annual National Poetry Slam.

In 1990, the first National Poetry Slam took place across the Bay in San Francisco. The spoken word competition returns to the Bay Area to celebrate its 25th anniversary with a series of performances by hundreds of poets from North America and Europe. Four- to five-person teams will compete at a variety of venues around Old Oakland and Lake Merritt, with the finals held at Oakland Scottish Rite Center. In addition to the ’round-the-clock rounds of competition, the National Poetry Slam offers workshops for poets and community outreach programs as well. Part storytelling, part theatricality, poetry slams are not your typical poetry readings, so prepare those fingers for snapping and don the berets for a week of brutally honest, hilarious, and moving poems delivered with a poet’s power. Aug. 5–9. Prices vary per event, festival passes available. Various locations throughout Oakland,


Independence Day

Four for the Fourth

Parades, fireworks, and more.

No matter how you celebrate our nation’s independence, there’s a little something for everyone this year.

Alameda Mayor’s Fourth of July Parade—More than 170 floats and 2,500 participants make this one of the largest independence parades. July 4. 10 a.m., free. Parade begins at Park Street and Lincoln Avenue,

July 4th Festival of Family Fun—Live entertainment, food and drink, a mobile craft station, and an interactive river experience. July 4. 11 a.m.–4 p.m., free. Jack London Square, Oakland,

July 4th Celebration—Live music onboard the flight deck, kids’ activities, a flight simulator, and views of San Francisco’s fireworks. July 4. 11 a.m.–10 p.m., $25 advance, $30 door, $10 (5–17), free (4 and under). U.S.S. Hornet Museum, 707 W Hornet Ave. Pier 3, Alameda,

ZAPP—A funky 4th of July musical performance to get you in the spirit. July 2–4. 8 p.m. Wed.–Fri., also 10 p.m. Fri., $29–$33. Yoshi’s Oakland, 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland,


Take Two

Shoot for the Moon

Celebrate lunar love outdoors or indoors this month.

Contrary to what you may have heard, a supermoon is not when a moon dons a cape and cowl to fight crime after losing its parents and being raised as a billionaire orphan. Supermoons occur when full moons coincide with the perigee—the point in our moon’s orbit that brings it closest to Earth. On July 12, escape the city lights, bring a camera, and head into the Tilden Nature Area to capture this natural wonder during a Supermoon Photo Hike ( This free, 3-mile hike takes photographers (12 and older only, no pre-registration required) to the summit of Wildcat Peak where they’ll be able to see—and snap a few shots of—the full moon engulfing the night’s sky.

For a less literal, more lyrical, lunar celebration, check out Swingin’ On the Moon (August 19, $20). Cathi Walkup, Linda Kosut, and Shanna Carlson take over Piedmont Piano Company (1728 San Pablo Ave., Oakland, for a jazz concert inspired by the moon and exploring themes of swingin’, destinations, and shadows—a performance sure to elicit a standing ovation from even the Man in the Moon.



Four Decades, Four movies

At three different venues.

Disillusioned by modern Hollywood blockbusters? Visit a few biggest silver-screen moments of the past with four films from four decades spanning romance, science fiction, action, and comedy.

Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)—Enjoy Danishes with Holly Golightly in Blake Edwards’ classic. July 25. 8 p.m., $5. Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway, Oakland,

Alien (1979)—In space, no one can hear you scream—even if an alien is bursting from your chest. Aug. 2, 3 p.m., $8. The New Parkway Theater, 474 24th St., Oakland,

The Goonies (1985)—Goonies never say die—that’s why there’s new talk of a sequel. July 11. 8 p.m., $5. Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway, Oakland,

The Big Lebowski (1998)—The Dude bowls over the film series, Rude Awakening: American Comedy, 1990–2010. July 16. 7 p.m., $5.50–$9.50. PFA Theater, 2575 Bancroft Way, Berkeley,

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