BARTable This Weekend: May 17-19
The weekend is here, and we aren’t going to let a little rain spoil our weekend fun. There are plenty of events and activities to do this weekend, including running San Francisco's quirkiest race, cheering on the Warriors and soaking in the art and culture that is unique to the Bay Area.
CAAMFest at various San Francisco and Oakland venues
The Center for Asian American Media (CAAM) is a nonprofit dedicated to presenting stories that convey Asian American experiences to the broadest audience possible. It runs an annual film festival — CAAMFest — that happens every March in the Bay Area, and it’s the nation’s largest showcase for new Asian American and Asian films. This year’s festival will include galas, special presentations, comcast narratives, documentaries, new directions and shorts. Events will be held at venues all across San Francisco and Oakland; the schedule can be found here. Tickets range from $12-$500 and can be bought online.
New Strands Festival by Civic Center/UN Plaza
Have you checked out The Strand yet? Over the course of three days, audiences get to meet with artists “for the city’s most unique exploration of new theatrical work” at the New Strands Festival, May 16 to 19. Hear staged readings, take a class, and share drink. The event is free, but RSVP is strongly encouraged. The Strand Theater is located at 1127 Market St. in San Francisco.
Free Port of Oakland Harbor Tours and Giant Cranes Kickoff by 12th Street/Oakland City Center
The Port of Oakland is pleased to sponsor free harbor tours from May through October 2019 operated by Blue & Gold Fleet. The tours will be held twice monthly and each tour will last approximately 90-minutes. The kick-off event starts at 6:45pm, and ends at 8:15pm. Get your tickets online. It's a 20-minute walk from 12th Street/Oakland City Center.
Dance Series 02 (May 17-18) by Walnut Creek
Master dance maker and former Smuin Choreographer-in-Residence Amy Seiwert is returning with a world premiere titled “Renaissance,” set to the music of Oakland-based group Kitka. “Renaissance” explores music from Eastern European traditions as it honors the strength of community and women standing together. Also on the bill is “The Best of Smuin” and Smuin’s inaugural program “Dances with Songs.” There will be a post-show meet and greet. Tickets range from $58-$75 and can be bought online. Take BART to Walnut Creek and walk 10 minutes to the Lesher Center for the Arts.
4th Annual Berkeley Bluegrass Festival (May 17-19) by Downtown Berkeley
Freight & Salvage is celebrating its fourth year of the Berkeley Bluegrass Festival, which is programed by Grammy-award winner Laurie Lewis and The Freight’s program director Peter Williams. Bluegrass leaders, along with up-and-coming artists and music fans will come together for a weekend of concerts, jams, free workshops and activities like a youth jam and family square dance to kick off the summer music festival season. Some of this year’s performers include The Earls of Leicester, Hot Buttered Rum, and Laurie Lewis. Tickets range from $5-$100 and can be bought online. Take BART to Downtown Berkeley and walk 3 minutes to Freight & Salvage.
Kings (May 16-June 16) by Ashby
“Kings” is a whip-smart political satire that centers on Sydney Millsap, a new member of congress who sees how money corrupts politics. She’s on a mission to do something about it, but a career senator and two ambitious lobbyists react to her efforts. See the dark comedy that Metro Weekly describes as a “snappy addition to the growing canon of fiction that pulls back the curtain on how the sausage gets stuffed in Washington, D.C.” Tickets range from $7-$40 and can be bought online. Take BART to Ashby and walk 5 minutes to the Ashby Stage.
Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals takes place on Saturday at 6pm in Portland. For those looking for some camaraderie with fellow fans, or a place to watch the game with friends — check out some great spots, conveniently close to BART. We recommend getting to each venue a little early to settle in, grab a good spot, get your game face on and have some fun. Go Dubs!
Veg Fest by Lake Merritt
Oakland Veg Fest returns to the shores of Lake Merritt for its fifth year. This free event includes yummy food, vendors, speakers, a cutest dog contest and a children's area. You can take BART to the Lake Merritt station and the festival is just a 10 minute walk away. The festival runs from 11am to 5pm and is located at Lake Merritt Amphitheater.
Photo courtesy of Bay to Breakers Facebook page.
Bay to Breakers at Embarcadero or Montgomery Street
Flying tortillas, outrageous costumes and house parties on every block – the Bay to Breakers is back for its 108th year. More than 30,000 people will be running in this year’s event, which starts in downtown San Francisco and ends at the Great Highway at Ocean Beach. BART will be running special event trains to help runners make the 8am start time with ease. Get all the details about how to ride BART to Bay to Breakers.
The Jungle (Ends May 19) by 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 7 minutes to the Curran.
Far, Far Better Things (Ends May 19) by 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.
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