#virtuallyBARTable This Weekend: August 14-16

Learn how to bake mouth-watering sourdough with Artisan Bryan.  Photo courtesy artisanbryan.com.

It’s hard to believe another weekend is upon us as they continue to blur together!  But we’ve got some cool things in store for this hot weekend that should help un-fog your heads.  Take a cruise through our offerings and fill up the calendar with events to spark new joy.

Friday BARTable This Weekend
Find joy from the international ensemble Bokanté. Photo courtesy of Bokanté.
Find joy from the international ensemble Bokanté. Photo courtesy of Bokanté.
 

Bokanté

Are you looking for something heartening and good for your sheltered-in-place soul?  International music ensemble Bokanté (which means "exchange" in Creole) is made up of 8 musicians from 4 continents, all accomplished in their own right with two two-time Grammy award-winning guitarists and other members from the likes of Snarky Puppy, Paul Simon, Sting and Yo-Yo Ma, who headline the SFJAZZ "Fridays at Five" with a joyous performance from September 2018. With sounds of Led Zeppelin, Afropop and folkloric Caribbean styles and soaring vocals, the music and lyrics paint unflinching portraits of joy, protest, racism, triumph, crisis, hope, and unity.

Quack

Dr. Irving Baer and his daytime television show reach millions of women across America.  They rely on him for everything from weight loss tips to how they can manifest their destinies.  When a take-down piece of journalism goes viral, one thing becomes clear; if Baer is going to fall from grace, he’s bringing everyone else with him.  Watch as Berkeley’s Shotgun Players offer this digital production both Friday and Saturday at 7pm.  Tickets are required and available on “pay-what-you-can” levels.  Stick around after the show for a "talk back" with members of the Shotgun Players community.

Saturday BARTable This Weekend
Watch the Stay at Home Concert World Tour with Michael Franti. Photo courtesy of Yolo County News.
Watch the Stay at Home Concert World Tour with Michael Franti. Photo courtesy of Yolo County News.
 

Sing for Justice!

Exercise your activism and raise your voice in song with incredible vocalists from all around the Bay Area.  “Spiritualing” is a beautiful way to create joy and healing while exercising activism.  Inspired by the tradition of African-American Spirituals, it is a powerful expression of the Black experience.  Join the virtual event with the theme “Sing for Justice!” from 4-5:30pm.  Click here to purchase donation-based tickets. 

Stay at Home Concert World Tour: Soulrocker House Party

Join the Soulrocker House Party with Oakland-born musician and humanitarian Michael Franti from your own home.  Michael has been performing a one-of-a-kind online concert experience that is as uniquely moving and entertaining as if it was in person.  Join him and the Soulrocker Family at 6pm for the LIVE experience and an escape the entertainers are proud to offer as only they can while we continue to stay at home.  Tickets are $22 and can be purchased here.

Free Shakespeare in the Park

Are you missing outdoor theater?  When you can't go to the theater, let the theater come to you.  "Free Shakespeare in the Park" has a new name... "Free Shakespeare at Home".  The SF Shakespeare Festival has creatively devised a plan to bring a LIVE performance of "King Lear" to the streaming world.  The 7pm performance will present a professional production with artists acting live from their homes, synthesized by SF Shakes, and directly to you.  Click here to enter the SF Shakes "at home" theater.

Sunday BARTable This Weekend
Head to Stern Grove's virtual finale. Image courtesy of Stern Grove's Facebook page.
Head to Stern Grove's virtual finale. Image courtesy of Stern Grove's Facebook page.
 

Bioblitzes: Discover Nature

Looking to head out into nature today?  Why not join a bioblitz?!  Bioblitzes are gatherings of scientists and nature aficionados who set out to find and identify as many different species as possible... even from your own backyard!  The California Academy of Science is hosting a Zoom bioblitz that is open to anyone and everyone.  Participants will join the virtual call at 9:30am to learn about the task then, with a smartphone in hand, head out to bioblitz!  Participants will meet up again on Zoom at Noon to share their finds.  The event is free but participants must register online and join the bioblitz project on iNaturalist.

Stern Grove's "Best of the Fest" 2020 Virtual Season Finale

The 83rd Season wraps up with a very special, one-hour edition of “Best of the Fest” at 4pm.  Festival organizers worked with their favorite artists to record performances exclusively for this finale that includes Los Lobos, Michael Franti, Ben Gibbard (from Death Cab for Cutie), Bebel Gilberto, ALO, Fantastic Negrito with special guest Tarriona “Tank” Ball (from Tank & the Bangas), and Con Brio.  Don’t miss this last little taste of summer at Stern Grove from your own home by visiting their Facebook page and YouTube channel.

Understanding Sourdough

Has the baking bug caught you yet during shelter-in-place?  Whether you’ve already caught the bug or are ready to catch it, how about a little Sunday bread baking – but not just any baking, sourdough baking.  Baker “Artisan Bryan” offers up an amazing “how-to” video with directions and images that will shake your foodie senses to the core in the “Ultimate Sourdough Bread Guide: Everything You Need to Know About Sourdough with FAQ”!  It’s everything you need in one place, from flour types, tools, making a sourdough starter through to putting your creation on the table.  Can you almost smell it?

Let's get social.  

How did you get #virtuallyBARTable this weekend? Let us know via social media, @SFBARTable #SFBARTable! Keep up with us on FacebookInstagram and Twitter to see all of the best BARTable (virtual) events, places to eat (grab take out from) and have fun (outside) around the Bay. 

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