September Calendar Listings

What's happening in the East Bay.


Marga Gomez, Lovebirds, Sept. 9–Oct. 18, The Marsh.

Patti Meyer


Abstract with a Twist

Paintings—mostly acrylic and encaustic—from the self-taught artist Mel O. reveal her creative process is akin to an unplanned road trip with color and contour her greatest inspirations. Sept. 4—Oct. 26. 11 a.m.–7 p.m. Tue.–Fri., 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Sat., 12–4 p.m. Sun., free. Panorama Framing, 3350 Grand Ave., Oakland,

African American Quilt Guild of Oakland

For this 12th annual exhibition, quilters were provided with one small piece of fabric and instructions to only use three other fabrics in the construction of their small piece. The resulting quilt reveals how the provided fabric inspired the various artists and their squares. Sept. 3–27. Library hours vary, free. Lakeview Branch, 550 El Embarcadero, Oakland,

Fertile Ground: Art and Community in California

SFMOMA and OMCA join forces to explore four distinct periods in California’s cultural history from an artistic and contextual perspective. Drawing from both collections, this exhibition looks at Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo’s 1930s work in San Francisco, the artists associated with the California School of Fine Arts in the 1940s and 1950s, UC-Davis faculty and student works from the 1960s and 1970s, and the art that continues to come out of the new Mission scene since the 1990s. Sept. 20–April 12, 2015. 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Wed.–Thu., 11 a.m.–9 p.m. Fri., 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Sat.–Sun., $15 general, $10 students, seniors (65+), $6 youth (9–17). Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak St., Oakland,

Interiors/Structure of Memory and Frames Within Frames

Two solo photography shows—the former by Charles Anselmo, the latter by Irene Imfeld—share the common theme of old structures throughout different environments. Sept. 4—Oct. 4. 12–6 p.m. Thu.–Sat., free. PHOTO Gallery, 473 25th St., Oakland,

Pedro Almodóvar Film Fest

The monthly film festival continues with more from the acclaimed Spanish filmmaker. Catch the screwball comedy, Kika, on Sept. 15 and the drama Bad Education on Oct. 20. 7 p.m., free. Duende, 468 19th St., Oakland,

Plein Air Paint Out

Following the outdoor painting extravaganza that saw 40 artists setting up canvas in the great outdoors throughout Alameda, the works are brought together inside for this annual exhibition. Through Sept. 27. 11 a.m.–6 p.m. Thu.–Fri., 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Sat.–Sun., free. Frank Bette Center for the Arts, 1601 Paru St., Alameda,

Sing-Along Cinema

Jack London Square’s outdoor film series continues. Grab hold of “All That Jazz” with Chicago (Sept. 5) then “Let It Go” with Frozen (Sept. 26). Begins at sundown, free. Jack London Square, Ferry Lawn, Oakland,

Something Completely Different

This salon-style group show pulls together local artists and asks them to work outside of their comfort zone. The exhibition features works from artists that represent a different direction—in content, tone, or media—than previously explored by the artist. Opening reception, Sept. 5. Through Sept. 13. 1–5 p.m. Sat., free. City Limits Gallery, 300 Jefferson St., Oakland,

The Collage Party 2

They say sequels are generally inferior, but this interactive exhibition seeks to prove naysayers wrong. Bay Area artists and amateurs alike gather to create cut-and-paste collages during the Open Arthaus on Sept. 3 then return for the exhibition’s Opening Reception on Sept. 5, featuring special performances and food trucks. Through Sept. 20. 1–5 p.m. Sat., free. Aggregate Space Gallery, 801 West Grand Ave., Oakland,


In this exhibition from Amy M. Ho and Kana Tanaka, art installations explore space and light within the boundaries of the gallery and the viewers’ minds. Ho’s installations create optical effects through color and projection while Tanaka’s seemingly frozen glass droplets exemplify what the artist refers to as a “trigger moment.” Through Sept. 18. 12–6 p.m. Thu.–Sat., free. Chandro Cerrito Contemporary, 480 23rd St., Oakland,


Animations and sculptures explore the qualities of mysterious organisms and imagined insides full of anxiety and desires. Plus, a Second Saturday Artist Talk on Sept. 13. Through Sept. 20. 1–5 p.m. Sat., free. Aggregate Space Gallery, 801 West Grand Ave., Oakland,

Visit Oakland

Within Jen Zahigian’s photography exhibition, discover your city. From the Fox Theater to aged Giant Burgers sign, Zahigian compiles a snapshot of the city through her various snapshots. Through Sept. 29. 12–5 p.m. Sat., 12–9 p.m. first Friday, free. SLATE, 473 25th St., Oakland,


A Planet for Goldilocks

Join Dr. Natalie Batalha, co-investigator on the Kepler mission, for a lecture examining the quest to find inhabitable planets whose makeup places them in the Earth-like Goldilocks classification. Sept. 5. 7–9 p.m., $15, does not include general admission into science center. Chabot Space & Science Center, 10000 Skyline Blvd., Oakland,

Creek to Bay Day

Though the name implies a fun run, this day is all about cleaning up Temescal Creek, which runs through the Rockridge-Temescal Greenbelt. Whether you’re a Rockridge or Temescal resident, or just an Oakland neighbor, lend a hand in picking up trash, weeding, pruning, planting trees, and generally making the neighborhood a nicer place to live. Sept. 20. 9 a.m.–12 p.m., free. Rockridge-Temescal Greenbelt, Oakland,

Fall Plant Sale

Spring isn’t the only time to plant. Pick up everything you need from the unusual and odd—Audrey II?—to regional plants perfectly paired with a Mediterranean climate, including California natives. Sept. 28. 10:30 a.m.–3 p.m., free. UC Botanical Garden, UC-Berkeley, 200 Centennial Drive, Berkeley,

Movies in the Park

Everything is awesome when The Lego Movie (Sept. 12) screens outdoors in this film series that continues with We Bought a Zoo (Sept. 26). Bring a blanket and some snacks or hit the concessions for popcorn and hot chocolate. Movie begins at dusk, free. Redwood Heights Recreation Center, 3883 Aliso Ave., Oakland,

Starlight Movies

Hop in your DeLorean and head to the park for the conclusion of this outdoor film series with Back to the Future. Pack a picnic, blankets, and your best formal clothes—for the Enchantment Under the Sea dance, of course—and take the family on a trip through time. Sept. 12. 6:30 p.m. pre-show activities, 8:15 p.m. movie begins, free. Alameda Point Multi-Purpose Field, 1101 West Redline Ave., Alameda,


A Midsummer Night’s Dream

California Shakespeare Theater presents Shakespeare’s romantic comedy full of love and fairies. The production includes Tuesday Tasting Nights featuring local food purveyors and a Meet the Artists matinee (Sept. 21). Sept. 6–28. 7:30 p.m. Tue.–Thu., 8 p.m. Fri.–Sat., 4 p.m. Sun., $28–$59. Bruns Amphitheater, 100 California Shakespeare Theater Way, Orinda,

Breaking Chains

The Ubuntu Theater Project presents its second annual summer theater festival featuring six shows performed throughout the Bay Area at site-specific venues, such as an auto mechanic, art gallery, and warehouses. The productions encompass a wide array of themes and subjects, including gentrification, sexual politics, political injustice, and historic labor battles. Sept. 5–27. Times and prices vary. Various locations throughout Oakland and San Francisco,

Chris Tucker

Whether you know him from the Rush Hour trilogy or from the underrated The Fifth Element, come see the funny man perform his own brand of stand-up comedy that would cause even Ruby Rhod to roll in the aisles with laughter. Sept. 6. 8 p.m., $39.75–$70.75. Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway, Oakland,

Flower Drum Song

Woodminster Summer Musicals presents Tony Award–winner David Henry Hwang’s adaptation of the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical that examines the struggle between loyalty to cultural roots and assimilation into the prevalent culture surrounding the characters. Sept. 5–14. 7 p.m. Thu. and Sun., 8 p.m. Fri.–Sat., $28–$59. Woodminster Amphitheater, Joaquin Miller Park, 3300 Joaquin Miller Road, Oakland,

Hell Hath No Fury Like a Woman Scorned

The popular musical written, produced, and originally directed by Tyler Perry comes to Oakland to present the story of a woman who finds love online and then finds herself when things go awry. Sept. 11–14. 7:30 p.m. Thu., 8 p.m. Fri.–Sat., 3 p.m. Sat.–Sun., $49.50–$64.50. Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway, Oakland,


After premiering in New York City, followed by runs in Santa Cruz and San Francisco, Marga Gomez brings her 10th solo play to Berkeley. Gomez plays multiple characters, exploring within each romantic what drives them to their desires and how they cope with their journey on the road to their own happiness. Sept. 19–Oct. 18. 8 p.m. Fri, 8:30 p.m. Sat., $20–$35 general, $50–$100 reserved. The Marsh Berkeley Arts Center, 2120 Allston Way, Berkeley,


Adults use artifacts from their childhood—letters, home movies, art, poems, journals—to explore stories from their pasts that bounce between the insightful and lovely to humorous and mortifying. Sept. 13. 7:30 p.m., $15–$20. The Uptown Nightclub, 1928 Telegraph Ave., Oakland,

Rapture, Blister, Burn

Aurora Theatre Company presents the Bay Area premiere of Gina Gionfriddo’s Pulitzer Prize finalist play about two women—one career-oriented, the other family-oriented—who want to change their life while wrapped up in feminism’s foibles. Sept. 4–28. 7 p.m. Tue., 8 p.m. Wed.–Sat., 2 and 7 p.m. Sun., $32–$60. Aurora Theatre, 2081 Addison St., Berkeley,


Angie Stone

After pairing with a variety of musicians, this R&B singer returns to her neo-soul songwriting roots in search of a sound that’s more closely personal. With three Grammy Award nominations and four Top 10 R&B albums, this is a show not to be missed. Sept. 5–6. 8 and 10 p.m. Fri., 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Sat., $54. Yoshi’s Oakland, 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland,

Azúcar Con Aché

These women play a blend of spicy salsa and high-energy Latin jazz, the perfect soundtrack for getting up, dancing, and forgetting that summer is rapidly descending into fall. Sept. 6. 8 p.m., $15 advance, $20 door. Rhythmix Cultural Works, 2513 Blanding Ave., Alameda,

Dead Winter Carpenters

The eclectic quintet from Lake Tahoe blends rock ’n’ roll, blues, country, and folk for a sound their own during their 22-state tour to celebrate the release D.W.C., their debut entire album. Plus, The Jugtown Pirates and The Mosswoods. Sept. 5. 9 p.m., $12 advance, $15 door. The New Parish, 579 18th St., Oakland,

Diana Ross

One of the greatest, ever, for her lead singing work with The Supremes and her outstanding solo career, Diana Ross has sold more than 100 million records. Now she brings her famous voice—and such hits as “Upside Down” and “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”—to the Paramount stage for one unforgettable night. Sept. 26. 8 p.m., $56.50–$276.50. Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway, Oakland,

Dick Whittington Trio

Joined by Andrew Speight, through the power of a piano, sax, bass, and drums, this quartet fills the evening with Thelonius Monk, Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, and John Coltrane. Sept. 6. 8 p.m., $20. Piedmont Piano Company, 1728 San Pablo Ave., Oakland,


Composer, guitarist, and vocalist Ian Faquini and flutist Rebecca Kleinmann celebrate the release of their debut CD with a performance that blends Brazilian rhythms with influences from classical—Bach, Ravel—and modern—Gerswhin and Duke Ellington—composers. Sept. 13. 8–10 p.m., $15 general, $12 students and seniors. California Jazz Conservatory, 2087 Addison St., Berkeley,

Jazz at the Chimes

The Pacific Mozart Ensemble presents select jazz arrangements from the popular concert A Cappella Jazz and Pop Concert. Following the performance, guests are invited to stick around, enjoy refreshments, and talk with the performers. Sept. 21. 2 p.m., $15 general, $10 students and seniors (60+). Chapel of the Chimes, 4499 Piedmont Ave., Oakland,

Macy Gray and Her Band

If every time you’ve thought of Macy Gray over the years, you’ve tried to say goodbye and you’ve choked or you’ve tried to walk away and you’ve stumbled, then it’s time to send Gray and her band your love, kisses, and such by cheering and singing along during her latest Oakland performance. Sept. 19. 8 and 10:30 p.m., $49 general, $78 Meet and Greet. Yoshi’s Oakland, 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland,

Mission Creek Oakland Music and Arts Festival

Highlights include an Opening Night party at The Uptown Nightclub (Sept. 5), an experimental pop showcase (Sept. 6), and additional performances at venues such as The Legionnaire Saloon, Sidequest Gallery, and The Stork Club. Sept. 5–13. Times and prices vary. Various locations throughout Oakland,

Old Time Music Convention

If you’re itchin’ for some fiddlin’ and begging for some banjo, this annual festival is for you. Highlights include The Bucking Mules (Sept. 18), The Cliffhangers (Sept. 19), and The Onlies at the Family Square Dance (Sept. 21). Plus, so much more than music—workshops, film screenings, kids’ activities, and string band contests. Sept. 16–21. Times and prices vary, some events free. Various locations throughout Berkeley,


After Budweiser used the band’s “Let Her Go” in their Super Bowl commercial, Passenger’s single became an international hit, garnering 76 million YouTube views, sending the band into instant international stardom. Sept. 11. 8 p.m., $28.50. The Fox Theater, 1807 Telegraph Ave., Oakland,

Ska Night

All ska, all night with performances from The Skunkadelics, Oceanside Sound System, Dope Collective, The Rudicals, and Skank Bank. Sept. 20. 8 p.m., $20. 924 Gilman, 924 Gilman St., Berkeley,

Sundays in the Redwoods

Oakland Parks and Recreation presents this summer outdoor concert series with a new theme every week. Performers include Ozomatli (Sep. 21), Patrice & Friends (Sept. 28), Ginuwine (Oct. 5), and Silk-E (October 12). Sept. 21 and 28 and Oct. 5 and 12. 2–7 p.m., $18 general, $65 season pass. Woodminster Amphitheater, Joaquin Miller Park, 3300 Joaquin Miller Road, Oakland,

The Up & Down

Providing the perfect soundtrack for enjoying a liter on a summer night, this local six-piece band plays original songs and covers of Tom Waits, The Pogues, and The Clash. Whether you drink to Irish drinking songs, roughed up bluegrass, or outlaw country, The Up & Down will cover everything but the tab. Sept. 5. 8:30 p.m., free. Speisekammer, 2424 Lincoln Ave., Alameda,

Tom Armstrong & The Branded Men

The country and honky tonk band’s twangy sound may prefer to pair with a Pabst or Bud Light but, in a pinch, those fiddles will work just fine with a nice German lager. Sept. 5. 8:30 p.m., free. Speisekammer, 2424 Lincoln Ave., Alameda,


Composer, pianist, and man who shares a hair stylist with “Weird Al” Yankovic, Yanni brings his blend of jazz, classical, and world music to Oakland for a musical performance that transcends nationalities and borders. Sept. 16. 7:30 p.m., $49.50–$110. Oracle Arena, 7000 Coliseum Way, Oakland,


Botany on Your Plate

This family-friendly workshop gives children a chance to learn about edible plants as they observe, draw, dissect, and compare seeds, roots, and flowers that provide our meals with healthy nutrients. Sept. 13. 10 a.m.–12 p.m., $15 general, $10 members. UC Botanical Garden, UC-Berkeley, 200 Centennial Drive, Berkeley,

Eat Real Festival

Real talk for the Eat Real Festival? This is a party that—through delicious bites and organic brews—focuses on the local and sustainable so not only are you satiating your grumbling stomach, you’re bolstering the health of your community. All by eating real. Sept. 19–21. 1–9 p.m. Fri., 10:30 a.m.–9 p.m. Sat., 10:30 a.m.–5 p.m. Sun., free. Jack London Square, Oakland,

Kitchen Chemistry: Sweet Science!

Scientists and chocolatiers join forces to whip up some science in the kitchen. Experiment with candy-making, explore flavor, and observe edible reactions in a day that will feed your mind as well as your stomach. Sept. 6. 11 a.m.–4 p.m., free, included with general admission. Chabot Space and Science Center, 10000 Skyline Blvd., Oakland,


Support Girls Inc. of Alameda County with an evening of top, local female chefs serving five-star fare. More than 15 chefs add to the plate, including Tracey Belock (Lungomare), Michelle Lee (Duende), and Celeste Scott (Brown Sugar Kitchen). Sept. 13. 5 p.m., $250. Simpsons Center for Girls, 510 16th St., Oakland,

The Healing Power of Medicinal Mushrooms

Before popping just any funny fungi into your mouth, learn about the medicinal properties of mushrooms from Atava Garcia Swiecicki, a healing arts practitioner for more than 20 years. This workshop also allows participants to taste mushrooms and discover new recipes. Sept. 24. 7–8:30 p.m., $22. Homestead Apothecary, 486 49th St., Ste. C, Oakland,


Alameda Lecture Series

Author Richard Schwartz discusses the 1868 quake along the Hayward fault, detailing experiences from those who lived through it, and previewing what implications a similar quake may hold for local residents in the future. Sept. 25. 9 p.m., $10, free for members. The Alameda Museum, 2324 Alameda Ave., Alameda,

Esther Ehrlich

The Bay Area author reads from her debut novel, Nest, the story of a young girl who plots to escape 1972 Cape Cod and her ill mother with the mysterious boy next door. Kids 10 and up are invited. Sept. 14. 4 p.m., free. Mrs. Dalloway’s Literary and Garden Arts, 2904 College Ave., Berkeley,

James Ellroy

Meet the essayist, screenwriter, and novelist as he shares from his new novel, Perfidia, an exciting journey through crime-ridden Los Angeles in 1941 that begins the author’s new series, The Second L.A. Quartet. Sept. 11. 7 p.m., free. Books Inc., 1344 Park St., Alameda,

Joe Di Prisco

The local author presents his memoir, Subway to California, in which his life reads like great fiction. From fleeing the FBI and protesting the Vietnam conflict to burying his younger brother and caring for his father suffering from Alzheimer’s, Di Prisco’s story is simultaneously hilarious and heart wrenching. Sept. 12. 7 p.m., free. A Great Good Place for Books, 6120 LaSalle Ave., Oakland,

Robert Cohen

The Professor of History and Social Studies at New York University comes to the West Coast to discuss and sign his new book, The Essential Mario Savio: Speeches and Writings That Changed America, a collection of works by one of the prolific leaders of the 1960s Free Speech Movement in Berkeley. Sept. 9. 7 p.m., free. Diesel, 5433 College Ave., Oakland,

Sandra M. Gilbert

There’s no doubt that our culture is infatuated with food. From production to consumption, Gilbert examines our relationship with food in, The Culinary Imagination: From Myth to Modernity, by examining our art, literature, and pop culture to discover the political, aesthetic, and social history of food. Sept. 11. 7:30 p.m., free. Mrs. Dalloway’s Literary and Garden Arts, 2904 College Ave., Berkeley,

Tanya Holland

The owner and executive chef of Oakland’s Brown Sugar Kitchen and B-Side BBQ, travels across the water to launch her new book, Brown Sugar Kitchen: New-Style, Down-Home Recipes from Sweet West Oakland, that mixes more than 85 recipes with stories about the food and people of West Oakland. Sept. 12. 7 p.m., free. Books Inc., 1344 Park St., Alameda,

ZYZZYVA Release Party

Celebrate the launch of the fall issue of one of the Bay Area’s most acclaimed literary journals since 1985 with readings from authors and editors, small bites, and wine. Sept. 18. 7 p.m., free. Diesel, 5433 College Ave., Oakland,


All That Jazz

La Clínica’s annual fundraising benefit and celebration offers their best jazz hands for a night of gourmet food, exotic drinks, a raffle, and, of course, live jazz. Sept. 27. 6:30 p.m., $225. Yoshi’s Oakland, 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland,

Crab Cover Visitor Center Open House

Just because offices and schools may close for Labor Day, doesn’t mean your options are limited. Come by Crown Memorial State Beach for a daylong celebration that includes beach exploration, feedings at the aquarium, and nature crafts. Sept. 1. 10 a.m.–4 p.m., free. Crab Cove Visitor Center, Crown Memorial State Beach, 1252 McKay Ave., Alameda,

Everything Alameda

As you wander around this outdoor festival, you may wonder, “Is all this really from Alameda?” From the live music and arts and crafts to the food vendors and beer and wine garden with a homebrew contest, everything your eyes can see is Alameda proud—unless you look across the bay; that’s San Francisco. Sept. 27. 10 a.m.–3 p.m., free. Washington Park, 740 Central Ave., Alameda,

Harvest Moon Festival

Through storytelling and dance rooted in Indonesia, the Pacific Islands, and India, witness an evening of beautiful stories about love, loss, and the moon’s majesty. Includes performances by Kompiang Metri-Davies, Mahea Uchiyama, and Seibi Lee— OACC’s current Artist in Residence. Sept. 6. 7 p.m., $8–$40. Oakland Asian Cultural Center, 388 9th St. Suite 290, Oakland,

International Dragon Boat Festival

Watch the colorful boats race through the water or stick to dry land with a festival that promises food, vendors, arts and craft activities for the whole family, and live entertainment such as Taiko drumming, lion dancers, and martial arts demonstrations. Sept. 20–21. 8 a.m.–5 p.m., free. Treasure Island, San Francisco,

Montclair Sidewalk Fine Arts & Crafts Fall Fest

Close to 90 artists display their work—including sculptures, clothes, photography, ceramics, paintings, and jewelry—at this outside street festival. Plus, all the fine shopping and restaurants that Montclair has to offer. Sept. 27–28. 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Sat., 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Sun., $225. Mountain Blvd. and La Salle, Oakland,

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