BARTable This Weekend: May 10-12
Editor's note: Free buses to replace trains between Concord and Pleasant Hill stations this weekend. Plan your trip at bart.gov before you go!
The weekend is here and it's time to celebrate that special someone who raised you. Whether you are spending time with mom or hanging with friends, the Bay Area definitely has something for you. You may want to sit on an Iron Throne, explore the art scene in Oakland or see a show in the City. Whatever you decide to do, we have BARTable events that will make you, your friends and mom happy.
"Game of Thrones" inspired pop-up bar at 25 Lusk. Photo from 25 Lusk, Taste of Thrones
Taste of Thrones (ends May 25) at Embarcadero
Are you ready to claim the Iron Throne? Your chance is finally here at Taste of Thrones at 25 Lusk near Oracle Park. 25 Lusk transformed their downstairs lounge into the medieval world of Westeros and are playing host to a Game of Thrones inspired pop-up bar. Not only does the pop-up boast an Iron Throne, you can also grab a drink at the White Walker Ice Bar or take a selfie with one of the dragons (spoiler alert: there's only one). This event is 21+ and free to get into. Take BART to Embarcadero and transfer to Muni's T or N Line to 4th and King. Walk five minutes to 25 Lusk St., San Francisco.
Art Route Oakland in Oakland
Pick up your official Art Route Oakland Map and explore art venues throughout Oakland. With more the 30 participating venues, this is a free and fun way to see what the Oakland art scene has to offer. Get your map, visit galleries and collect stamps to win great prizes. Many venues are near Oakland BART stations and are within walking distance of each other.
Oakland A's Hip Hop Fireworks at Coliseum/Oakland Airport
Celebrate the 510, the longstanding area code of Alameda County, and the places and people that fill it. There's no better way to celebrate than with post game East Bay Hip-Hop Fireworks presented by Cal State East Bay. Fireworks will be accompanied by a musical presentation by native Bay Area DJ/VJ Mike Relm and feature more than 20 East Bay hip-hop artists. The fireworks are free but the best view is inside the Coliseum. Tickets are still available through the A's. Take BART to Coliseum/Oakland Airport and take the walk way straight to the stadium.
The Importance of Being Earnest (ends May 12) at Downtown Berkeley
Oscar Wilde’s most popular play has been entertaining theater-goers for over a century, and it’s coming to the stage at Aurora Theatre Company. Ernest is the irresistible bad boy of London society, and everyone is in love with him. The problem is — Ernest doesn’t exist. He and his lover are tangled in a web of lies, and Wilde fills the story with delicious bon mots and unlikely situations. The London Telegraph described the story as “the most perfect comedy in the English language.” Tickets can be bought online. Take BART to Downtown Berkeley and walk two minutes to Aurora Theatre.
110 in the Shade (ends May 12) at Embarcadero
At turns introspective, romantic and joyously hopeful, 42nd Street Moon's "110 in the Shade" is a poignant look at romance in a drought-stricken Depression-era town. This beautiful show boasts a book by N. Richard Nash (based on his acclaimed play "The Rainmaker") and a score by Harvey Schmidt and Tom Jones (best known for the longest-running musical in history "The Fantasticks"). Tickets are $30-$75 and can be bought online. Just for BARTable readers, you can save 20% on tickets using code BART20. Take BART to Embarcadero station and walk nine minutes to Gateway Theatre at 215 Jackson Street.
Far, Far Better Things (ends May 19) at North Berkeley
Geetha Reddy’s new play is inspired by Dickens’ “A Tale of Two Cities,” and tells the story of two women — a Latina domestic worker and a young South Asian doctor — separated by class, race and the unspoken rules of modern womanhood. “Far, Far Better Things” shows these two women as they strive to balance their responsibilities to their children, to themselves and to each other. Tickets range from $10-$30 and can be bought online. Take BART to North Berkeley and walk 28 minutes to Live Oak Theater, or take a bus, cab or rideshare.
The Jungle (ends May 19) at Powell Street
The Jungle is a short-lived, self-governing society that emerged within a refugee camp in Calais, France. The residents there are resilient, hopeful — they enjoy freshly-baked naan and milky chai together and have created a world with warm hospitality, amidst squalor and danger. This intimate and critically acclaimed production puts the audience directly into the subject matter of those who have inhabited this desolate patch of land in France. To accommodate the performance’s unique staging, the Curran will be transformed and reduced to an intimate 600 seats. Tickets can be bought online. Take BART to Powell Street and walk seven minutes to the Curran.
Yerba Buena Gardens welcomes the Embodiment Project this Saturday. Photo credit, David Wilson, Embodiment Project
Mother's Day at the Ferry Building at Embarcadero
Celebrate mom at the Ferry Building with craft stations and interactive moments creating a destination for heartfelt gifts and plenty of photo-ops. Activities will run from 9am to 3pm in the North Arcade and is free to the public. Take BART to Embarcadero and walk five minutes.
A street dance theater company founded in 2008 by choreographer Nicole Klaymoon, the Embodiment Project illuminates narratives silenced by inequities to inspire critical conversation and healing. The company presents a new hip-hop documentary dance theater production that fuses street dance, verbatim theater, choreo-poetry and original live song. This free event begins at 1pm at Yerba Buena Gardens. Take BART to Powell Street and walk four minutes to the Esplanade.
50 More: A Community Party at Richmond
Join East Bay Center For The Performing Arts for an unforgettable evening of energy, talent and celebration as they launch into their next 50 years. Performances will feature East Bay Center students, alumni and world renowned faculty artists along with Richmond-based restaurants, food trucks, breweries and winemakers. Tickets available through Eventbrite and proceeds from the event will support 4,000 young artists. Take BART to Richmond and walk seven minutes to 11th Street.
If you haven't gotten mom a gift for her day, you are bound to find one at the Downtown Alameda Street Festival. Take a walk down Park Street for a variety of food and beverages, arts and crafts booths, live music and even a play area for the kids. The festival has something for everyone and is free to attend. Take BART to Fruitvale and transfer to AC Transit's 19, 20, 21, or 51A bus lines.
Press Here, the Musical (ends May 12) at Downtown Berkeley
Audience members will get to take an ever-changing, magical journey with actors in this original production of "Press Here, the Musical," inspired by Hervé Tullet's award-winning picture book, "Press Here." Colorful dots will cavort and juggle onstage and the power of imagination and interactivity will be shared. Recommended for ages three to 103. Tickets range from $17 to $28 and can be bought online. Take BART to Downtown Berkeley and walk two minutes to the BACT Berkeley Center, The Osher Studio.
Gold: The Midas Musical (ends May 12) at Downtown Berkeley
Princess Lydia is motherless, and turns to her father for love. Instead of treating her kindly, King Midas grows meaner, more distant, and greedier by the day. However, he learns a valuable lesson about family when the gods grant him the power to turn everything into gold. The Bay Area Children’s Theatre is offering a modern musical re-telling of the Greek legend of King Midas, recommended for ages eight and up. Tickets are $17 to $28 and can be bought online. Take BART to Downtown Berkeley and walk two minutes to the BACT Berkeley Center, The Osher Studio.
Celebrate Mom by making paper flowers for her at the Exploratorium. Photo from the Exploratorium.
Mother's Day at the Exploratorium at Embarcadero
Spend the day with mom at the Exploratorium. This Community Day is celebrating Moms with a folkloric dance performances, a Mariachi concert serenading mothers, and make paper flowers as gifts. Exhibits include Fogo Na Roupa of San Francisco, Making Paper Flowers with Irma Ortiz, Colored Shadows Photobooth and more. Take BART to Embarcadero and walk ten minutes to Pier 15.
Hans Hofmann: The Nature of Abstraction (ends July 21) at Downtown Berkeley
Hans Hofmann was one of the most significant figures of postwar American art, and played a pivotal role in the development of Abstract Expressionism. This exhibition presents a fresh, eye-opening look at Hofmann’s prolific and innovative artistic practice. Admission tickets range from $11 to $13. Admission is free for BAMPFA members; UC Berkeley students, faculty, staff; 18 and under; one adult per child 13 and under; and artists in the BAMPFA collection/MATRIX. Take BART to Downtown Berkeley and walk two minutes to the museum.
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