BARTable This Weekend: April 26-28
The season opener of Oakhella is this Sunday.
A movie and pizza outside, a night market with live music, dance parties throughout the Bay and community festivals are just some of your options for fun events this weekend. The choice of where you end up is yours, but the ride to get you there is ours.
"The Miseducation of Cameron Post" plays outdoors in Hayes Valley this Friday. Photo courtesy of Rolling Stone.
"The Miseducation of Cameron Post" at the PROXY Walk-In Theater at Civic Center/UN Plaza
Based on the celebrated novel by Emily M. Danforth, "The Miseducation of Cameron Post" follows Cameron (Chloë Grace Moretz) as she is sent to a gay conversion therapy center after getting caught with another girl in the back seat of a car on prom night. 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.
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.
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.
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. Take BART to Embarcadero station and walk nine minutes to Gateway Theatre at 215 Jackson Street.
Dance Series 02 (ends May 5) at Montgomery St
Master dance maker and former Smuin Choreographer-in-Residence Amy Seiwert is returning for a quarter-century celebration featuring her signature choreography. Seiwert has pushed the boundaries of dance by collaborating with artists of other disciplines and experimenting with all of its various forms and expressions from a classical base. Tickets are $34-$81 and can be bought online. Take BART to Montgomery St and walk five minutes to Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.
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.
Kimono Refashioned (ends May 5) at Civic Center/UN Plaza
Kimono Refashioned takes a look at kimonos — their materials, forms, techniques and decorative motifs — and how they have inspired designers for more than 150 years. The Asian Art Museum, in partnership with the Kyoto Costume Institute, present this exhibition which focuses on the ways that kimono structure, fabric and concept have influenced Western garments. The exhibition features over 35 garments that show how kimono continue to be an inspiration for contemporary designers in Japan and beyond. Tickets are $20-$25 and can be bought online. Children under 12 and members have free admission. Take BART to Civic Center/UN Plaza and walk five minutes to the Asian Art Museum.
The Jungle (ends May 19) at Powell St
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 St and walk seven minutes to the Curran.
Bay Area Dance Week begins this weekend and runs until May 5. Photo courtesy of Bay Area Dance Week's Facebook.
The annual 10-day festival features over 400 hundred free events throughout the Bay Area. Take dance classes and watch free performances in a wide range of styles including Argentine tango, classical Indian, jazz, hip hop, ballet, traditional hula, fire dance, Samba, modern, Chinese classical, belly dance, aerial dance, West African, contact improvisation, and more. See where BART can take you with the full list of events.
Laney College Career Technical Education Open House at Lake Merritt
Come visit more than 18 departments that prepare students for careers in industry. Meet teachers, students, and see demonstrations of what you will learn in these programs. You can find out about how long the training takes, the salaries in the field, and the career opportunities. The event will have sessions on how to register at the college and how to sign up for financial aid. The CTE Open House will take place from 10am to 2pm. Take BART to Lake Merritt and walk two minutes to the campus.
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.
The Glen Park Festival runs from 10am-4:30pm. Photo courtesy of Instagram.
Glen Park Festival at Glen Park
Every year this gem of a San Francisco neighborhood hosts a festival, one that has been going on for over 100 years! Take BART to Glen Park Station from 10am to 4:30pm for live music, entertainment, booths, dancing and great food. While you're there, take some time to stroll and discover this charming area in SF with its picturesque streetscapes and village vibe. Free. Visit here for more info.
Oakhella at West Oakland
Celebrate music, art, and food in the sunshine. The day will be jam-packed with amazing live performances, beautiful visual art, dope DJ sets, delicious food trucks and some of the coolest vendors you can find in the Town. RSVP online and get free entry to the 1 to 8pm event. Ride BART to West Oakland Station and walk five minutes to 8th and Peralta.
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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