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May/June Calendar 2013


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MAY

5–26 • Compound Vision
Eleven graduate students present works in a variety of media—photography, installation, sculpture, scavenged materials, and video—that explore grand themes and minute details.  11 a.m.–4 p.m. Tue.–Sun., 11 a.m.–7:30 p.m. Wed., Mills College Art Museum, 5000 MacArthur Blvd., Oakland, 510-430-2164, www.mcam.mills.edu.

8–Oct. 20 • Butterflies and Blooms
Returning for the first time in five years, this exhibit turns the conservatory into an English garden alive with colorful blooms and hundreds of butterflies. Visitors can get tips for creating butterfly-friendly gardens and try to catch a glimpse of one emerging from a chrysalis. 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Tue.–Sun., $1.50–$7, free (4 and under). Conservatory of Flowers, Golden Gate Park, 100 John F. Kennedy Drive, San Francisco, 415-831-2090, www.conservatoryofflowers.org.

10 • Wo(mb)anifest Peace Battle
Men usually dominate hip-hop, breakdancing, and related art forms, but on this night, women, as well as transgender artists, provide the entertainment and the excitement. 8 p.m., $12 advance, $15 door. La Peña Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley, 510-849-2568, www.lapena.org.

10–Oct. 11 • Bites Off Broadway
Every Friday, take to the streets where you can enjoy some of Oakland’s best street food alongside live music, lawn games, and hula hooping. 5:30–8:30 p.m. Outside Studio One Art Center, 365 45th St., Oakland, 510-654-6346, www.bitesoffbroadway.com.

11 • A History of the Body
Aimee Suzara presents her in-progress theatrical work that uses text, projected imagery, and dance to explore how the media and colonialism affect body image and culture. A conversation with the cast follows the performance. 7:30–9 p.m., $15–$25. Oakland Asian Cultural Center, 388 Ninth St., Suite 290, Oakland, 510-637-0455, www.oacc.cc.

11–12 • Spring Festival
Stroll among nearly 150 arts and crafts booths while you listen to live music, choose from an eclectic mix of food, beer, and wine, and let the kids enjoy activities that in the past have included face-painting and a petting zoo. 10 a.m.–6 p.m., Park Street between Encinal and Lincoln avenues, Alameda, 510-523-1392, www.shopparkstreet.com.

16–19 • Calaveras County Fair and Jumping Frog Jubilee
While the county fair alone—with its livestock auction, exhibits, baked goods competition, and live entertainment—is worth the drive, the signature frog jump competition is a must-see as frog handlers coach athletic amphibians attempting to break Rosie the Ribeter’s 1986 world record jump of more than 21 feet. $5–$12. Calaveras County Fairgrounds, 101 Frogtown Road, Angels Camp, 209-736-2561, www.frogtown.org.

17–19 • Bay Area Black Comedy Competition and Festival
When more than 60 comedians from across the United States compete, the audience always wins. Preliminary rounds are Friday and Saturday while semifinalists and finalists perform Sunday. 8 and 10:30 p.m. Fri.–Sat., 7 and 9:30 p.m. Sun., $30–$40. Yoshi’s, 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland, 510-238-9200, www.yoshis.com/oakland.

17–19 • Greek Festival
Shout “opa!” while immersing yourself in Greek culture with activities that previously have included cooking demonstrations, live entertainment, vendors, and tours of the cathedral. 10 a.m.–11 p.m. Fri.–Sat., 11 a.m.–9 p.m. Sun., $6, free (11 and under). Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Ascension, 4700 Lincoln Ave., Oakland, 510-531-3400, www.oaklandgreekfestival.com.

18–19 • Bay Area Storytelling Festival
Gather around to hear a tale from one of the five featured storytellers or hone your storytelling skills at a workshop, spin your yarn during the open mic, or watch orators battle it out in an invitational
story slam. 9:30 a.m.–7 p.m. Sat., 9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Sun., $10–$80. Craneway Pavilion, 1414 Harbour  Way South, Richmond, 510-869-4946,  www.bayareastorytelling.org.

19 • Not Your Mother’s Garden Party
Alameda Point Collaborative throws a memorable affair: the third annual Not Your Mother’s Garden Party. The fundraiser includes a farm-to-table tasting menu of locally produced food from the Farm2Market program as well as St. George spirits plus garden tours, live music by Cha Ching, dancing, and classic cars.  3–6 p.m., $30. Ploughshares Nursery, 2701 Main St., Alameda, 510-898-7800, www.apcollaborative.org.

19 • Gardens Galore XIX
Green thumbs and gardeners alike leave their garden gates open for St. Joseph Garden Club of Alameda’s 19th annual Gardens Galore Garden Tour, a benefit for St. Joseph Notre Dame High School and the St. Joseph Elementary School. The self-guided tour showcases six local gardens. There’s also a boutique full of Bay Area handcrafted items for home, garden, and gifts. 10 a.m.–3 p.m. boutique; 11 a.m.–5 p.m. garden tour, $20 reservations, $25 day of tour. Buy  tickets at Daisy’s, 1347 Park St., and Thomsen’s Garden Center, 1113 Lincoln Ave., both Alameda. For info or reservations: 510-995-9544,  www.alamedagardentour.com.

23–Sept. 8 • Beat Memories: The Photographs of Allen Ginsberg
A collection of more than 80 photographs shows an intimate side of the Beat Generation with candid and posed shots of Ginsberg, Neal Cassady, Jack Kerouac, William S. Burroughs, and others. Ginsberg’s photos are accompanied by handwritten notes, providing an additional layer of insight into these literary giants. 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Fri.–Tue., 1–8 p.m. Thu., $10–$12, free (18 and under). Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission St., San Francisco, 415-655-7800, www.thecjm.org.

27–30 • Oakland A’s vs.
San Francisco Giants

Root, root, root for the home team regardless of which side of the Bay you call home when the yellow and green goes up against the orange and black in a rivalry that spawned the 1989 Battle of the Bay World Series. The A’s play at home on Monday and Tuesday and in San Francisco on Wednesday and Thursday. Regular season continues through September. O.co Coliseum, 7000 Coliseum Way, Oakland, 877-493-2255, oakland.athletics.mlb.com.
 

31 • Gallery of California Natural Sciences
The 25,000-square-foot gallery reopens with an interactive look at seven diverse California ecosystems, the flora and fauna that fill the state, the beneficial and harmful impacts humans have on the environment, and more than 100,000 species and artifacts on display. 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Wed.–Sun., 11 a.m.–9 p.m. Fri., $6–$12, free (8 and under). Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak St., Oakland, 510-318-8400, www.museumca.org.

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June

1 • Chocolate and Chalk Art Festival
Decorate the streets with your own chalk creations or check out others making art while you nibble on chocolate-inspired treats—separate tickets required—such as Caribbean black bean chocolate soup, spicy chicken mole, and brownies. Vendors and entertainers will be on hand to satisfy more than your sweet tooth.  10 a.m.–5 p.m.,Gourmet Ghetto, North Shattuck Ave., Berkeley, 510-548-5335, www.anotherbullwinkelshow.com/chocolate-chalk-art.

1 • Sand Castle and Sand
Sculpture Competition

Castles, mermaids, sea monsters: Who knows what fantastical sculptures will emerge? Viewing is free and begins at 12 p.m., or come early and register to create your own molded masterpiece.  9 a.m.–1 p.m. Robert Crown Memorial State Beach, Westline and Otis drives, Alameda, www.cityofalamedaca.gov/Recreation/Special-Events
 

1–2 • Redwood Mountain Faire
Two stages keep the live music going while you browse arts and crafts, sip local microbrews and wine, nosh on fair food, stop by the kids’ activities, or ride a train. 11 a.m.–7 p.m., $13–$20 day pass, $25–$30 advance two-day pass. Roaring Camp, 5401 Graham Hill Road, Felton, 831-216-6535, www.redwoodmountainfaire.com.

1–Aug. 31 • Graffiti Summer
Relive American Graffiti all summer long with a myriad of events in George Lucas’ hometown. Movie screenings (Rebel Without a Cause, June 2), a Graffiti Summer Sock Hop (June 21), Sixth Annual Rod and Custom Car Show (June 30), and A&W Summer Nights (Fridays and Saturdays through August) are just a few of the festivities. Times and locations vary, many events are free. Modesto, 209-526-5588, www.visitmodesto.com/calendar/specialevents/graffiti.

6–9 • Peggy Sue’s All-American Cruise
Classic cars rule the road during a Show and Shine, swap meet, Poker Run, and nightly cruises through town. Plus, live music, a pancake breakfast, chili cook-off, and the Tot Rodz Pedal Car Cruz. 4–8 p.m. Thu., 8 a.m.–9 p.m. Fri., 7 a.m.–9 p.m. Sat., 7 a.m.–3 p.m. Sun., prices vary, some events free. A Place to Play Youth Park, 2375 West Third St., Santa Rosa, 707-575-3267, www.peggysuescruise.com.

8 • Family Fitness Day
Find a fun way to exercise with all-ages activities such as zumba, kung fu, and hula classes that prove staying active and healthy can invigorate your soul, not drain it. Register early online. 9–11 a.m. Harrison Center in Lincoln Park, 1450 High St., Alameda, 510-747-7511, www.arpdeplay.com.

10 • The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses
This symphony in four movements pulls music from more than 25 years of Zelda video games to bring the audience into the mystical world of Hyrule. Fans of the franchise will recognize iconic compositions from games such as A Link to the Past, The Wind Waker, and Twilight Princess. Cosplay is encouraged. 8 p.m., $45–$125. Davis Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco, www.zelda-symphony.com.

14–16 • The Hitchcock 9
Nine, newly restored silent films from the Master of Suspense—including Downhill, The Ring, and The Lodger—presented with live musical accompaniment showcase the origins of Alfred Hitchcock’s genius. Various times, $15–$20. Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., San Francisco, 415-777-4908, www.silentfilm.org.

15 • Bay Area Derby Girls
Brutal and beautiful women race around the track in this roller derby doubleheader. The Berkeley Resistance take on the San Francisco ShEvil Dead, and the Richmond Wrecking Belles face off against the Oakland Outlaws. 4:30 p.m., $17–$45. Craneway Pavilion, 1414 Harbour Way South, Richmond, www.bayareaderbygirls.com.

15–16 • Northern California Pirate Festival
Avast ye mateys, ye best be practicing your “arrrrrrs” when more than 500 costumed crafters, entertainers, and actors invade for a weekend full of pirate shenanigans, microbrews and food, arts and crafts, kids’ activities, and ship-to-shore cannon battles. You might even spot a mermaid or two. 10 a.m.–6 p.m., $10, free (11 and under). Vallejo Waterfront Park, 298 Mare Island Way, Vallejo,
866-921-9277, www.norcalpiratefestival.com.

19–July 7 • Alameda County Fair
It’s not summer until the fair comes to town. Check out all of the staples such as carnival rides, corn dogs, exhibits, livestock, and concerts by artists, including the Marshall Tucker Band (June 21), Air Supply (June 27), and the incomparable “Weird Al” Yankovic (July 5). 11 a.m.–10 p.m. Tue.–Thu., 10 a.m.–10 p.m. Sat.–Sun., $4–$10, free (5 and under). Alameda County Fairgrounds, 4501 Pleasanton Ave., Pleasanton,  925-426-7600,
www.alamedacountyfair.com.

21–23 • Sierra Nevada World
Music Festival

Entering its 20th year, this festival pulls musicians and guests from around the world for a weekend of jams. Aside from artists such as Damian Marley, Max Romeo, and Sister Carol, the festivities include workshops, food, arts and crafts, and kids’ activities. Camping accommodations available.  $170, free (12 and under). Mendocino County Fairgrounds, 14480 Highway 128, Boonville, 916-777-5550, www.snwmf.com.

22 • Relay for Life
Run, walk, jog, trot, skip, or jump—it doesn’t matter how you support the American Cancer Society during a fundraising event that allows survivors and loved ones to take a stand against cancer. A luminaria ceremony is held in the evening to remember those who have lost their lives to cancer. 10 a.m. Encinal High School, 210 Central Ave., Alameda, 510-995-9409, www.relayforlife.org.

22–23 • Danville Fine Arts Faire
Join more than 50,000 expected guests for a weekend full of fine and contemporary art across a variety of media such as woodworking, jewelry, fiber, and glass as well as food, live music, Italian street painters, and more. 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Downtown Danville,  Hartz Avenue, Danville, 831-438-4751,  www.mlaproductions.com

27 • Much Ado: Celebrating 75 Years of the Altarena Playhouse
The Alameda Museum Lecture Series examines the local theater company and its storied history in the community. The series continues, monthly, covering a variety of topics through October. 7 p.m., $10, free (members). The Alameda Museum, 2324 Alameda Ave., Alameda, 510-748-0796, www.alamedamuseum.org.

27–Aug. 25 • Risk
California artists tackle the titular theme in a variety of media during this annual juried art exhibition. 12–5 p.m. Wed.–Sun., Berkeley Art Center, 1275 Walnut St., Berkeley, 510-644-6893, www.berkeleyartcenter.org.

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ONGOING

Through September • Whittle Stop: A Cast of Caricatures on a Wild West Train
Twenty-five artists whittled, carved, and painted the 1880s-era steam train and more than 40 humorous caricatures to re-create a detailed cross-section of Wild West life set against a train depot with a water tower and railroad crossings. 10 a.m.–5 p.m., $5–$10, free (5 and under). California State Railroad Museum, 125 I St., Old Sacramento, 916-445-6645, www.csrmf.org.

Third Sunday • Bay Area Vintage, Antiques & Collectibles Fair
A treasure trove of re-purposed, upcycled, and antique items such as toys, clothing, furniture, and jewelry are waiting to be uncovered and given a loving home. Upcoming dates are May 19, June 16, July 21, and Aug. 18.7 a.m.–3 p.m., $5 after 9 a.m., $10 before 9 a.m. Cow Palace, 2600 Geneva Ave., Daly City, 650-242-1294, www.bayareaantiquefair.com.

Saturdays • Get Stuffed
Choose from an array of Bay Area mobile food vendors, such as Bombzies BBQ, Twister Truck, and Yummi BBQ, while you wander through outdoor shopping with live music.  10 a.m.–4 p.m., College of Alameda, 555 Ralph Appezzato Memorial Parkway, Alameda, www.getstuffedevents.com.

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ATTRACTIONS, ETC.

Ashkenaz
There’s always something going on at the Berkeley-based music and dance community center, from kids’ shows to world-class performers. Times, prices vary. 1317 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley, 510-525-5099, www.ashkenaz.com.

Chabot Space & Science Center
Learn about the wonders of space through interactive exhibits, a planetarium, moonlit hikes, children’s workshops, and theater shows. 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Wed., Thu., Sun.; 10 a.m.–10 p.m. Fri., Sat. $15.95 adults, $11.95 ages 3–12. 10000 Skyline Blvd., Oakland, 510-336-7373, www.chabotspace.org.

Children’s Fairyland
This storybook park enchants with rides, animals, puppet shows, and performances. Summer hours (through Sept. 2): 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Mon.–Fri., 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Sat.–Sun., $8, under 1 free. 699 Bellevue Ave., Oakland, 510-452-2259, www.fairyland.org.

Exploratorium
The Exploratorium in San Francisco moved into its new digs at Pier 15 this spring, opening with fanfare and rave reviews. The new space, three times larger than its old Palace of Fine Arts location, is smack dab in the heart the Embarcadero, a perfectly accessible spot for San Francisco’s quirky-and-cool “public learning laboratory.” Visitors can explore 25 outdoor exhibits, and once inside, patrons can experience tried-and-true holdovers plus new immersive, experiential, and interactive scientific exhibits as well as spectacular Bay views. Overall, the Exploratorium is bigger and better than ever, with lots of open settings for close-up observation of scientists and exhibit designers at work.10 a.m.–5 p.m. Tue.–Sun., plus 6–10 p.m. Thu. (18+); free–$25; Bay Area residents qualify for special rates. 698 The Embarcadero, San Francisco, 415-528-4893, www.exploratorium.edu.
 

Frank Bette Center for the Arts
Channel your inner artist through workshops, classes and programs and view rotating exhibits by seasoned local artisans. 11 a.m.–7 p.m. Wed. and Sat., 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Thu., Sun.; class prices on website. 1601 Paru St., Alameda,
510-523-6957, www.frankbettecenter.org.

Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse
This Berkeley coffeehouse offers a variety of entertainment ranging from funky soul music to gutsy blues and family-friendly shows. Times and prices vary. 2020 Addison St., Berkeley, 510-644-2020, www.thefreight.org.

Grizzly Peak Cyclists
Like bike riding? Need biking buddies? GPC could be the club for you. It’s a friendly bunch of riders of many levels with an abundance of scheduled no-drop rides. www.grizzlypeakcyclists.org.

Lake Merritt Joggers & Striders
This running club and nonprofit organization stages regular Fourth Sunday Runs around Lake Merritt in Oakland, other fun runs, and more, including training programs for beginners, intermediate and advanced runners as well as social events. www.lmjs.org.

MOCHA
Families can channel their inner artist at the Museum of Children’s Art. Prices and hours vary. 538 Ninth St., Ste. 210, Oakland, 510-465-8770, www.mocha.org.

Oakland Art Murmur/Saturday Stroll
Get to know Oakland’s vibrant art and cultural venues through Art Murmur at participating member galleries; Saturday Stroll is essentially Art Murmur by day on Saturday. Art Murmur: 6–9 p.m. on first Fridays; Saturday Stroll: 1–5 p.m. Saturdays. Various venues but concentrated between 27th Street, Grand and Telegraph avenues and Broadway, Oakland. www.oaklandartmurmur.org.

Oakland Aviation Museum
Learn about aviation history related to North Field at Oakland International Airport, Oakland, andthe Bay Area at this nonprofit museum that displays aircraft and aviation artifacts. 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Wed.–Sun., $9 adults, $8 seniors,
$7 military/teens, $5 kids (free 5 and younger). 8252 Earhart Road, Bldg. 621, Oakland, 510-638-7100, www.oaklandaviationmuseum.org.

Oakland Zoo
Lions and tigers and bears—oh, my! Traipse through the African Savannah, the rain forest, and more without ever leaving Oakland. 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Mon.–Sun., $11 adults, $9.75 ages 2–14, under 2 free. 9777 Golf Links Road, Oakland, 510-632-9525, www.oaklandzoo.org

Pacific Pinball Museum
Play pinball to your heart’s content—all the lovingly restored pinball machines are set on free. Open Tue.–Sun., $15 adults, $7.50 kids under 12. 1510 Webster St., Alameda, 510-769-1349, www.pacificpinball.org.

Peralta Hacienda Historic Park
The six-acre park and historic Peralta House Museum reflects the untold history of the Peralta rancho and the stories of today’s Fruitvale. 2:30–5:30 p.m. Wed.–Sat., with 40-minute guided tours at 2:30 and 4 p.m.; $5, children under 10 free. 2465 34th Ave., Oakland, 510-532-9142, www.peraltahacienda.org.

Playland-Not-at-the-Beach
Another pinball-playing option with a frequently revolving roster of special-themed events. 10 a.m.–5 p.m., $15 adult, $10 children under 14. Playland-Not-at-the-Beach, 10979 San Pablo Ave.,  El Cerrito, 510-592-3002, www.playland-not-at-the-beach.org

Rhythmix Cultural Works
Based on community, creativity, and cultural exchange, this performing arts venue offers everything from drum workshops to family circus playshops and world-class performances. Event times and prices vary. 2513 Blanding Ave.,
Alameda, 510-865-5060, www.rhythmix.org.

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