#virtuallyBARTable This Weekend: August 7-9

111 Minna is offering virtual mega-fun all weekend. Photo courtesy of 111 Minna.

This weekend you can attend a parade, tour a museum, take a science class or go to a concert… all virtually, of course.  We’re serving up some new weekend fun to keep you entertained while we’re (still!) staying at home. Here's what's #virtuallyBARTable This Weekend.

Friday BARTable This Weekend by BART
Take some time to laugh this weekend with Comedy Oakland Online. Photo courtesy of Comedy Oakland.
 

John Santos: 60th Birthday Celebration

Oakland-based master percussionist, educator, activist, and composer John Santos whose signature sound brings together Latin and Jazz hosted himself a raucous 60th Birthday Bash at SFJAZZ in 2015 and will be on the weekly “Fridays at Five” stage for this week’s SFJAZZ virtual showcase.  A footloose jam session with special guests, this one is sure to get you off the couch for some dancing.     

Virtual Teen Science Night

Immerse yourself in the natural world at the California Academy of Sciences’ Teen Science Night, a virtual teen takeover night.  Discover what environmentalism means to you at the free, fun-filled event.  This event is for teens 13-18 and runs 5-7pm.  RSVP to secure your spot!

111 Minna Fun-Raiser

One of the longest-running and favorite art galleries in San Francisco is holding a three-day online FREE mega-thon.  Events begin Thursday evening and run through the weekend.  Join the mega-fun and experience virtual art tours by Last Gasp and Wonderland with narration by the artists, performances by musicians and comedians, ‘80’s DJ sets, fashion shows, cooking shows, yoga sessions plus appearances by local celebrities.  Click here for full calendar of events.

Comedy Oakland Online

As things continue to be crazy in the world, a little laughter is always good for the quarantined soul.  Comedy Oakland is here to help.  This weekend there are shows on Friday and Saturday with more chances to laugh at nothing short of hilarious comedians.  Shows begin at 7pm each night and are free.

Saturday BARTable This Weekend by BART
Celebrate Filipino culture and cuisine all weekend at Pistahan. Photo courtesy of FAAE Pistahan Parade and Festival.
 

Pistahan Parade & Festival

While many of the events we love to attend over summer have had to take a hiatus, this pandemic is not stopping the 27th Annual Pistahan Parade and Festival themed "One Community: United in Hope and Healing".  The event has been reimagined and will carry on virtually this weekend showcasing an online parade, performances, cooking demos, tech talks, a film festival and many more innovative virtual events celebrating Filipino culture.  Events run Saturday and Sunday, 11am-4pm.

Berkeley Peace Lantern Ceremony

In Japan and around the world, people gather in early August to float lanterns in remembrance of victims of war.  This moving and beautiful tradition provides a chance to reaffirm the commitment to build a better future.  This weekend marks the 75th anniversaries of both Hiroshima and Nagasaki with the annual lantern ceremony taking place virtually, 6-7pm.  Register online to receive event login details. 

Sunday BARTable This Weekend by BART
Visit the Exploratorium for some "tinkering at home" entertainment. Photo courtesy of the Exploratorium.
 

Stern Grove's "Best of the Fest" Virtual Concert Series

The Stern Grove Festival is being brought to you from the comfort of your own home. Every Sunday at 4:30pm, join host Liam Mayclem on KPIX-TV/Channel 5, and celebrate some of the greatest moments in the Grove. This Sunday, the theme is "Summer Classics." An extended version of the show will be posted on Stern Grove's website, and on their Facebook page and YouTube channel.

Tinkering at Home

If you find yourself home and want to get those creative juices flowing, visit the Exploratorium’s “Tinkering at Home” page where you will find experiments in science, art, technology, and lots of delightful ideas.  Tinkering is an active, hands-on approach to discovering the richness and depth of the world around you.  There are how-to videos and cool finds in Computational Tinkering, Cranky Contraptions, Exploring Spinning, STEAM Starters, Light and Shadow Play and, Chain Reaction.  Since we can’t visit the Exploratorium right now, why not bring it into your own home?

CURRENTS

Looking for something new to experience today?  The SF Symphony has a new four-part video and podcast series that explores the Bay Area’s rich mosaic of musical communities through the lens and voices of its creators and citizens with two of the series currently available.  “Enter the Pipa” explores the dynamic role of Chinese musical culture in the Bay Area.  “Bay Area Blue Notes” explores the freedom, movement, and profound expression of Jazz and the Black American experience.  The final two parts of the series, “¡Viva México!” and “From Scratch” will drop in September.  Enjoy the voices and sounds of the Bay!

Let's get social.  

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