May and June Event Highlights

Undulating sculpture, festivals, Mother's Day, and two takes on seaweed.


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Visual Art

Meditative, Hypnotic Works Use Technology as Focal Point

Division, Johansson Projects, Through June 14

Oakland native Craig Dorety turns static sculptures into undulating visions of light and dark, a cacophony of colors that fade and shift right before your eyes. Using pixels, LED lights, filters, and digital images, Dorety creates animated gradients of light that play across the sculptures, seemingly transforming their shape and depth while playing with the physical realities and the perceived voids between the colors and the sculpture itself. For Dorety, the works, which have been described as meditative and hypnotic, are an opportunity to use technology as a focal point rather than as a distraction as modern lives so often indulge.

The exhibition also features a collaboration between Dorety and LED artist Jim Campbell in which 12 boxes project pixels onto the wall, a melding of the discernible and the abstract. Partake in the exhibition’s reception on May 2 (5–8 p.m.) or browse the sculptures during Johansson Projects’ normal business hours.

12–6 p.m. Thu.–Fri., 1–5 p.m. Sat., free. 2300 Telegraph Ave., Oakland, www.JohanssonProjects.com

 

Festivals

Other Worlds

Experience cultures from another perspective.

As sunny, mild weather becomes the norm, outside festivals spring up all over town. Step outside your culture—and comfort zone—and see the world from a different perspective.

Cinco de Mayo Fiesta, May 1. 5–7 p.m., $12–$30. Piedmont Community Hall, 711 Highland Ave., Oakland, www.PiedmontLanguageSchool.com.

Dia de Portugal Festival, June 14. 10 a.m.–6 p.m., free. Kelley Park, 1650 Senter Road, San Jose, www.DiaDePortugalCA.org.

Himalayan Fair, May 17–18. 10 a.m.–7 p.m. Sat., 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m. Sun., free. Live Oak Park, 1301 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley, www.HimalayanFair.net.

Oakland Greek Festival, May 16–18. 10 a.m.–11 p.m. Fri.–Sat., 11 a.m.–9 p.m. Sun., $6 general, free children (12 and under). Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Ascension, 4700 Lincoln Ave., Oakland, www.OaklandGreekFestival.com.

SF Cinco de Mayo Festival, May 3. 10 a.m.–6 p.m., free. Valencia Street between 21st and 24th Streets, San Francisco, www.SFCincoDeMayo.com.

 

Happy Mother’s Day

Go All Out for Dear Old Mom

Teas, brunches, and garden tours.

For everything moms do for us, we take the time to thank them once a year. So why not go all out this Mother’s Day? Keep it classical with tea service, do brunch on board a presidential yacht, visita private garden, or rock out with mom during a day of music.

A Botanical Mother’s Day Tea and Succulent Crafting, May 11. 10 a.m.–2 p.m., $55–$65. UC Botanical Garden, 200 Centennial Drive, Berkeley, www.BotanicalGarden.Berkeley.edu.

All About Love Mother’s Day Show, May 10. 8 p.m., $57–$77 advance, $60–$80 door. Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway, Oakland, www.ParamountTheatre.com.

Brunch and Private Garden Tour, May 10–11. Times and event prices vary, free admission into the garden for moms and children (11 and under). The Ruth Bancroft Garden, 1552 Bancroft Road, Walnut Creek, www.RuthBancroftGarden.org.

Mother’s Day Champagne Brunch Cruise, May 11. 11:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m., $100 general, $60 children (ages 2–12), free (1 and under). Presidential Yacht U.S.S. Potomac, 540 Water St., Oakland, www.USSPotomac.org.

Mother’s Day Concert with Suzzy Roche and Lucy Wainwright Roche, May 11. 2 p.m., $25 advance, $27 door. Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison St., Berkeley, www.TheFreight.org.

 

Pairings

Take Two: Seaweed

Berkeley events approach seaweed differently.

On May 2, join Josie Iselin at Mrs. Dalloway’s Literary and Garden Arts (2904 College Ave., Berkeley, www.MrsDalloways.com) for a free discussion about her latest book, An Ocean Garden: The Secret Life of Seaweed. The writer, photographer, and San Francisco resident’s sixth book collects vibrant scanned images of more than 200 varieties of seaweed gathered along the California and Maine coasts. Alongside the images, Iselin’s text blends scientific facts and personal observations and philosophies. Together, the images and words reveal a slice of the natural world and the depths to which it inspires and fascinates the human mind.

If book-learning is too tame a seasonal activity, get your hands dirty with some field research during UC Berkeley’s Seaweeds of Northern California field trip (May 15–18, Events.Berkeley.edu). The four-day, three-night trip to Point Arena Field Station invites guests to learn about local seaweed varieties and get their feet wet in the intertidal zone and wet labs, collecting and studying specimens. Participants will photograph their findings as part of the California Seaweeds project, a new online seaweed database. The $525 registration fee includes lodging and meals.

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