Out on the Town
November 2012 Calendar of Events
Oct. 31–Nov. 1 • Del the Funky Homosapien with the Serendipity Project
After getting his start rapping with his cousin, Ice Cube, the hometown artist built a successful solo career spanning the past two decades garnering both critical acclaim and respect in the underground hip-hop scene.
8 p.m., $25–$30. Yoshi’s, 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland, 510-238-9200, www.yoshis.com/oakland.
1 • Tom Wolfe
The father of new journalism, Wolfe sits down to discuss his literary career, which has featured such outstanding works as The Bonfire of the Vanities, The Right Stuff, The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, and his newest book, Back to Blood.
7:30 p.m., $22–$27. Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco, 415-392-4400, www.cityarts.net.
1–Jan. 13, 2013 • The Lion King
Disney’s coming-of-age story comes to the West Coast via Pride Rock and Broadway. Kids will appreciate the familiar Elton John and Tim Rice score while adults can take pleasure in seeing a familiar story told anew with the help of beautiful and elaborate costumes.
Various dates, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., $32.50–$180. Orpheum Theatre, 1192 Market St., San Francisco, 888-746-1799, www.shnsf.com.
2 • Feast of the Mighty
Celebrate the Celtic festival of Samhain with storytelling, a Celtic ritual and an authentic “ancient, period-style” meal featuring oat cakes with honey, pork and apple stew and seasonal fruit with honey, cream and rose petals. Oak, Ash & Thorn Brewing Company provides the meal and ale for the evening.
8 p.m., $18–$39. The Humanist Hall, 390 27th St., Oakland, 831-331-3705, www.feastofthemighty.brownpapertickets.com.
2 • Gamelan Sekar Jaya: Music and Dance of Bali
Traditional and modern compositions meet in an evening of cultural dance and music. More than 60 musicians and dancers blend bamboo marimbas, gongs and drums with colorful choreography to create an ensemble of rhythm and sound.
7:30 p.m., $15–$25. Rhythmix Cultural Works, 2513 Blanding Ave., Alameda, 510-865-5060, www.rhythmix.org.
2–3 • Holiday Boutique
It’s never too early to start your holiday shopping when more than 50 crafters and vendors gather to display art, antiques, crafts, gifts, collectibles and food.
12 p.m.–8 p.m. Fri., 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Sat.. Veteran’s Memorial Building, 2203 Central Ave., Alameda, www.cityofalamedaca.gov/recreation/holiday-boutique.
2–4 • Sandhill Crane Festival
While the main draw for ornithologists and amateur bird watchers are the beautiful sandhill cranes, this festival — which features bird-watching, workshops, exhibits, demonstrations, field trips and an art show — also covers other animals and plants native to the region.
Free admission, prices vary for workshops and trips. Hutchins Street Square, 125 South Hutchins St., Lodi, 800-581-6150, www.cranefestival.com.
2–11 • Mendocino Beer, Wine and Mushroom Festival
Fermentation and fungi pair beautifully at this must-visit annual food festival that includes mushroom exhibits and hunts, music, theater, kayaking, farm-to-table dinners, Skunk Train excursions and enough wine tastings to sedate Bacchus.
Various time, costs and venues; some events are free. Mendocino, Fort Bragg, Little River and other locations, 866-466-3636, www.mendocino.com.
3 • Dan Savage
The author, social commentator and sex columnist offers a night where no topic is off-limits as he discusses the roles of sex, life and love on a student campus. Savage, the co-creator of the It Gets Better project, will also open up the floor for a Q-and-A with the audience.
8 p.m., $20. University of California, Berkeley, Zellerbach Hall, Berkeley, 510-642-9988, www.calperformances.org.
3–4 • Bay Area Bead Extravaganza
Draw a bead on the largest bead show on the West Coast featuring more than 150 exhibitors and artists offering everything from handcrafted jewelry and vintage buttons to Japanese seed beads and materials for your own projects. Plus, classes with creative projects and helpful tips.
10 a.m.–6 p.m. Sat., 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Sun., $7 admission, $60–$120 classes. Oakland Convention Center, 550 10th St., Oakland, www.beadextravaganza.com.
4–Dec. 6 • Vintners’ Holidays
Amid the beauty of Yosemite, immerse yourself in everything vino with tastings, seminars and a five-course gourmet meal, all the while enjoying the opportunity to discuss the rare or limited release wines and viticulture with the winemakers themselves.
$333–$573, includes two- and three-night lodging. The Ahwahnee Hotel and Yosemite Lodge at the Falls, Yosemite, 801-559-4884, www.yosemitepark.com.
7 • Pickin’ on the USS Potomac
Perfect your best Thurston Howell III impression for the conclusion of the annual bluegrass concert series aboard F.D.R.’s “Floating White House.” Enjoy drinks and small bites as Alicia Rose & Co. provide the soundtrack for your nighttime nautical adventure.
6:30–9:30 p.m., $25. USS Potomac, 540 Water St., Oakland, 510-627-1215, www.usspotomac.org.
8–11 • Cowpoke Fall Gathering
If you’ve never experienced the West’s wrangling artists, strap on your biggest belt buckle and dust off those boots for a weekend of cowboy poetry, music, dancing, food and local wine and beer. Also, learn how to rope or attend cowboy church.
Prices vary. Various locations throughout Loomis, Placer County, 916-652-6113, www.cowpokefallgathering.com.
10 • Party in the Hangar
Inside a 20,000-square-foot airplane hangar, find delicious bites from 10 local restaurants and local wineries pouring red, white and sparkling wines. Gourmet food trucks and a try-and-buy wine marketplace are also there to satiate culinary desires.
1–4 p.m., $30–$95. Monterey Airport, Del Monte Aviation Hangar, 200 Fred Kane Drive, Monterey, 831-375-9400, www.montereywines.org.
10–11 • Green Festival
It’s a shame to say, but Kermit the Frog may have been wrong. With the tools and tricks at this festival, it is easy to be green. Check out the eco-friendly presentations, products and concepts that span environmental issues, fair trade, healthy living and cinema.
10 a.m.–7 p.m. Sat., 11 a.m.–6 p.m. Sun., $10–$49. Concourse Exhibition Center, 635 Eighth St., San Francisco, www.greenfestivals.org.
13, 29 • Playland After Dark
Why should the kids have all the fun? Rack up your score on free-play pinball, challenge a friend to your favorite board game, and hop on the carnival rides at this 18-plus evening for kids at heart. Continues every second Tuesday and last Thursday of the month.
6–10 p.m., $10. Playland-Not-At-The-Beach, 10979 San Pablo Ave., El Cerrito, 510-592-3002, www.playland-not-at-the-beach.org.
14 • First Taste Napa
Sip local wines paired with amuse-bouche from more than 10 local downtown restaurants including Cuvee, Fish Story, Kitchen Door and Masaharu Morimoto’s new waterfront restaurant, Morimoto Napa. (Just one of many events scheduled for Flavor! Napa, the Nov. 14–18. celebration of food, wine and fun.)
5:30–8 p.m., tickets are included in lodging select packages. 500 First St., Napa, www.flavornapavalley.com.
16–18 • Mandarin Festival
Great things come in small packages, and the Gold Country’s mandarin crop is no exception. Celebrate the harvest with a recipe contest, chef demonstrations, a kids’ zone, a peel-and-eat competition, vendors, tasty treats and live music and entertainment.
11 a.m.–5 p.m. Fri., 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Sat., 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Sun., $5–$7, free (12 and under). Gold Country Fairgrounds, 1273 High St., Auburn, 916-663-1918, www.mandarinfestival.com.
17–18 • San Francisco Vintners Market: Harvest Hoopla
Before you pony up for that Pinot, give it a sip. More than 200 vintners from Northern and Central California offer new releases, library collections and tried-and-true vintages for tasting and — if you like what your tongue says — purchase.
1–4 p.m., $80–$150. Fort Mason Center, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, San Francisco, 415-596-1191, www.sfvintnersmarket.com.
18 • HNU Orchestra Concert
The Holy Names University presents a classical evening featuring works by Mozart, Haydn and Salieri with alumni soloists Candy Li-Wen Chen and Joy Chifen Tsai.
7–9 p.m., $5–$10. Holy Names University, Regents’ Theatre, 3500 Mountain Blvd., Oakland, www.hnu.edu/publicevents.
18 • Patchwork Indie Art & Craft Festival
Embrace your crafty side with more than 100 local artists and crafters displaying handmade clothing, home goods, craft kits, stationery, jewelry and bath and body products. Plus, local food vendors and musicians.
11 a.m.–5 p.m., Jack London Square, Oakland, www.patchworkshow.com.
20–25 • Peter Pan
The incomparable Cathy Rigby takes flight as the boy who never wanted to grow up. Battling Captain Hook, pirates, and a cunning crocodile, Rigby once again embodies the high-flying singing adventurer in this two-time Emmy Award–winning and two-time Tony Award–nominated production.
$20–$75. Center for the Performing Arts, 255 Almaden Blvd., San Jose, 408-295-9600, www.cathyrigbyispeterpan.com.
21 • Boz Scaggs
The Grammy Award–winning singer-songwriter blends a variety of musical styles, such as R&B, jazz, blues and rock to create the truly American sound that has defined his career for close to 30 years.
8 p.m., $65–$80. Uptown Theatre Napa, 1350 Third St., Napa, 707-259-0123, www.uptowntheatrenapa.com.
23–Dec. 23 • Great Dickens Christmas Fair
Charles Dickens’ London Town comes to life with a Victorian-themed shindig featuring myriad entertainers, street vendors, shops bathed in the light of gas lamps and a variety of themed food such as tea service, meat pies, duck and roasted chestnuts.
10 a.m.–7 p.m., $10–$25, free (children under 5). Cow Palace, 2600 Geneva Ave., San Francisco, 800-510-1558, www.dickensfair.com.
24 • Laurie Lewis & the Right Hands
The singer-songwriter brings her fiddlin’ bluegrass sound to town on the heels of her latest album, Skippin’ and Flyin’ — a tribute to the father of bluegrass, Bill Monroe. Grammy Award–winning bassist Todd Phillips, Craig Smith (banjo), and Tom Rozum (mandolin, vocals) round out the group.
8 p.m., $22.50 Advance, $24.50 Door. Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison St., Berkeley, 510-644-2020, www.thefreight.org.
26 • Dethklok
The current generation’s answer to The Monkees, Dethklok — from the Adult Swim animated series, Metalocalypse — brings savage metal to life on stage with show co-creator Brendon Small (guitar, lead vocals), Gene Hoglan (drums), Bryan Beller (bass) and Mike Keneally (guitar).
6:30 p.m., $35. Fox Theater, 1807 Telegraph Ave., Oakland, 510-302-2250, www.thefoxoakland.com.
26–Dec. 10 • Artists’ Bookmaking Class
Every Monday, create a collage on muslin, which you then turn into a cover for a hand-stitched blank journal or book. Perfect as a handmade holiday gift or as a nice present to keep for yourself. Space is limited.
6:30–9:30 p.m., $150 to cover materials. Autobody Fine Art Space, 1517 Park St., Alameda, www.autobodyfineart.com.
30 • Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band
The Boss rides into town to rock the crowd with songs off of his new album, Wrecking Ball, and probably classic favorites such as “Badlands,” “Thunder Road” and “Born to Run.”
7:30 p.m., $39.50–$98. Oracle Arena, 7000 Coliseum Way, Oakland, 510-569-2121, www.coliseum.com.
30–Dec. 22 • Holiday Gift Boutique
Local artists offer holiday gifts crafted from metal, glass, fiber, wood, ceramic, paintings, prints and other mediums that prove a thoughtful, unique gift will beat a tie rack any day.
11 a.m. –7 p.m. Wed. and Sat., 11 a.m. –5 p.m. Thu. and Sun. Frank Bette Center for the Arts, 1601 Paru St., Alameda, 510-523-6957, www.frankbettecenter.org.
Through Dec. 9 • Grand Illusions: French Cinema Classics, 1928–1960
Cinephiles of all tastes will find something to love as this four-month series wraps up. Highlights include the WWI P.O.W. tale Grand Illusion (Nov. 10), a romantic and magical Beauty and the Beast (Nov. 24) and the 1935 Pierre Chanel version of Dostoevsky’s classic, Crime and Punishment (Dec. 6).
Various times, $5.50–$9.50. Pacific Film Archive Theater, 2575 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, 510-642-0808, www.bampfa.berkeley.edu.
Through Jan. 13, 2013 • Out of Character: Decoding Chinese Calligraphy
Through classical masterpieces dating back to the 14th century and modern creations, discover the meaning, technique, and motivation behind this beautiful art form. Various talks, symposiums, and workshops continue through the exhibition’s run.
$5–$12, Free (12 and under). Asian Art Museum, 200 Larkin St., San Francisco, 415-581-3500, www.asianart.org.
Through Feb. 3, 2013 • Sketchtravel
For four years, a red sketchbook passed from artist to artist across 12 countries, each artist contributing a sketch to the globally-sourced collection of 71 sketches. On display are full-sized giclee prints from the book — the original was sold at a charity auction in 2011 — featuring artists such as Bill Plympton, Rebecca Dautremer and Studio Ghibli co-founder Hayao Miyazaki.
$3–$7, free (5 and under). Cartoon Art Museum, 655 Mission St., San Francisco, 415-227-8666, www.cartoonart.org.
Through Feb. 17, 2013 • Rudolf Nureyev: A Life in Dance
More than 80 costumes and 50 photographs highlight the incredible career and life of the legendary dancer and choreographer. Considered one of the most charismatic performers of his time, Nureyev’s costumes reveal the physical strain he placed upon himself for his art.
$6–$12, free (12 and under). De Young Museum, Golden Gate Park, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, San Francisco, 415-750-3600, deyoung.famsf.org.
Through March 24, 2013 • Playing with Fire: Artists of the California Studio Glass Movement
Joining more than 120 museums across the country, this exhibition marks the 50th anniversary for what many pinpoint as the birth of the studio art-glass movement with close to 20 unique pieces.
$6–$12, free (8 and under). Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak St., Oakland, 510-318-8400, www.museumca.org.
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, 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.
This storybook park enchants with rides, animals, puppet shows and performances.
November hours: 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Fri.–Sun., plus Nov. 12 and 21, $8, under 1 free. 699 Bellevue Ave., Oakland, 510-452-2259, www.fairyland.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.
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.
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, Telegraph and Broadway, www.oaklandartmurmur.org.
Oakland Aviation Museum
Learn about aviation history related to North Field at Oakland International Airport, Oakland and the 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 and teens, $5 kids (free 5 and younger). 8252 Earhart Road, Bldg. 621, Oakland, 510-638-7100, www.oaklandaviationmuseum.org.
Pacific Pinball Museum
Play pinball to your heart’s content — all the lovingly restored pinball machines are set on free play, yay!
Open Tue.–Sun., $15 adults, $7.50 kids under 12. 510 Webster St., Alameda, 510-769-1349, www.pacificpinball.org.