BARTable This Weekend: April 19-21
It's all Earth Day all the time at BART, but this weekend is extra special 'cause it's the official annual celebration. There are Earth Day celebrations going on across the Bay, so no matter where you're stationed you can get out there and support your Mother Earth. In addition, we've got film outdoors and indoors, a festival for beer lovers and as always, plenty of theater.
Enjoy a free movie and popcorn outdoors in Millbrae's Central Park. Photo courtesy of City of Millbrae's Facebook.
Free Outdoor Movie & Free Popcorn at Millbrae
Every third Friday of the month from April to October, head to Millbrae Central Park for games, food trucks and a free movie. There will also be free warm and buttery popcorn for all attendees, which is reason in itself to go. This Friday, "Christopher Robin" will be showing. Take BART to Millbrae and walk 17 minutes to the park.
Friday Nights at OMCA: Night Market & Off the Grid at Lake Merritt
What's better than enjoying tasty food with live music? How about having BART drop you off right at the event? It's happening with the "front porch of Oakland" this Friday. Enjoy hands-on activities for kids and a lineup of live music and dance from local performers. The fun begins at 5pm and runs until 9pm. Take BART to Lake Merritt and walk two minutes to the Oakland Museum of California.
"Kusama: Infinity" at the PROXY Walk-In Theater at Civic Center/UN Plaza
See an entertaining account of one of modern art’s most unlikely success stories with "Kusama: Infinity". The free show is playing at the PROXY Walk-In Theater in Hayes Valley, San Francisco. RSVP and make sure to get there early to claim a good spot, enjoy a frosty brew from Fort Point Beer Company and tasty offerings from Del Popolo pizza. Take BART to Civic Center/UN Plaza and walk 10 minutes to the theater.
The longest-running film festival in the Americas is right here in the Bay Area — the SFFILM festival. SFFILM believes in film’s power to change the world, and each year it brings an epic showcase of cinematic discovery and culture to the Bay. There will be 163 films, 12 world premieres and over 200 filmmakers. The annual lineup features marquee premieres, international competitions, new media work, live performances and artist talks. Tickets are $8-$150 and can be bought online. Check website for location details of each event.
The Importance of Being Earnest (ends May 12) at Downtown Berkeley
Oscar Wilde’s most popular play has been entertaining theatre-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.
Actually (ends April 21) at Downtown Berkeley
Princeton freshmen Amber and Tom spend a drunken night together. Soon after, they find themselves testifying at a sexual misconduct hearing. The two students — one black and one white — share their stories, leaving the audience wondering how to find certainty and justice when there are three sides to every story. “Actually” investigates the hot-button topics of gender and race politics, and Theatremania describes it as “crafted with compassion, intelligence and insight.” Tickets can be bought online. Take BART to Downtown Berkeley and walk two minutes to Aurora Theatre.
Earth Day San Francisco will take place in the Mission District from 11am-7pm.
Earth Day San Francisco at 16th St Mission
Celebrate the 49th year of Earth Day in San Francisco's sunny Mission District. The theme for this year's Earth Day is "Celebrate the Green New Deal". Talks, demos, and workshops will happen through the day on conservation, climate change, recycling and more. This free event takes place from 11am to 7pm on Valencia St from 19th to 20th St. Walk nine minutes from 16th St Mission to get there.
Join over 3,000 volunteers across Oakland and help beautify Mother Earth with activities such as litter pickup, graffiti removal, weeding, planting, and habitat restoration in parks, creeks and streets. Volunteers can help at approximately 100 sites across the city. This is Oakland’s largest annual volunteer cleanup event.
Juicy Brews WestFest at 19th St/Oakland
For beer aficionados who love Hazy IPAs and sours: there’s a festival just for you happening in Oakland on Saturday. Attendees will get unlimited pours from 19 east and west coast breweries. Tickets are $60. Proceeds will go towards local City Slicker Farms, which supports high-yield urban farms and community gardens — so you can feel less guilty about those beer calories! Take BART to 19th St/Oakland and walk seven minutes to Drake's Dealership.
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 3 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 8 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.
Berkeley Earth Day takes place in Downtown Berkeley from 10am-5pm.
Berkeley Earth Day at Downtown Berkeley
Come together with the Bay Area environmental community to celebrate a vision for a sustainable future. This event features dozens of vendors sharing eco-friendly products, educational talks from experts and activists, and of course, delicious sustainable food. The event runs from 10am until 5pm and is free. Take BART to Downtown Berkeley at walk three minutes to David Brower Center.
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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