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 July-August 2012

July-August 2012


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Out on the Town

July/August Calendar


1 • The Dukes of September Rhythm Revue
Boz Scaggs, Donald Fagen and Michael McDonald unite to create a supergroup performance of their respective songs as well as covers of popular hits. 7:30 p.m., $33–$123. Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway, Oakland, (510) 465-6400,

4 • Alameda Mayor’s Fourth of July Parade
Parades are as American as, well, Fourth of July, so these two naturally go well together. Grab a spot on the sidewalk, kick back and let the fun march by you as bands, floats, classic cars, equestrians and dance troupes entertain and excite. 10 a.m. Park Street to Otis Drive to Central Avenue to Webster Street, Alameda, (510) 263-9399,  

4 • Fourth of July Jumpin’ and Jivin’ Jubilee
The perfect 4th celebration for the whole family includes music, games, bounce houses, activities and quintessential Fourth of July treats, such as hot dogs, cotton candy and apple pie. 12–4 p.m., $10 (kids 4 and under, free). Rittler Park, Otis Drive and Grand Street, Alameda, (510) 747-7529,

4 • Green, Red, White and Blue Celebration
This earth-friendly party composts the traditional Fourth of July festivities, instead offering a pet show, local food trucks, baby and toddler races and a human-size hamster ball. If you find yourself yearning for the traditional, first stop by the Albany Lions Club pancake breakfast at the Veterans Hall, 8–11 a.m. 12–4 p.m. Memorial Park, 1325 Portland Ave., Albany,    

4 • USS Hornet 4th of July Celebration
On our most patriotic of holidays, what could be more patriotic than boarding an aircraft carrier? The USS Hornet gives permission to come aboard for a full day of live music, games, beer, wine and ship exploration that culminates in a fireworks show over the bay. 1–9 p.m. with fireworks at 9:15 p.m., $10–$20 (kids 5 and under, free). USS Hornet, 707 W. Hornet Ave., Pier 3, Alameda, (510) 521-8448 ext. 282,

July 4–Sept. 1 • Summer Beats Concert Series
Alameda’s South Shore Center comes alive on alternating Saturdays with free family-friendly concerts and children’s activities at Center Court in an effort to help needy students obtain back-to-school supplies. John Lee Hooker Jr. starts it off, and Pure Ecstasy winds up the series.
5–7 p.m. South Shore Center, Alameda, (510) 521-8100,    

July 4–Sept. 9 • The Last Election
With wit, wisdom and shrewd song and dialogue, the Tony Award–winning San Francisco Mime Troupe creates a musical satire of America’s 1 percent with a story based on the 19th-century melodrama, The Poor of New York. Various locations including San Francisco, Berkeley, Oakland, Palo Alto, Richmond and others, (415) 285-1717,    

8 • Temescal Street Fair
Enjoy everything your community has to offer — even if it’s not your immediate community. Live music, food, crafts and an entertainment stage just for kids combine to create the perfect summer event: The street fair. 12–6 p.m. Telegraph Ave. between 42nd and 51st streets, Oakland,    

11 • Ice Cream Day
Learn the science behind everyone’s favorite frozen treat when kids have the opportunity to whip up their own batch of ice cream before digging into the summer staple. Also, a performance by taiko drumming group Tatsumaki Taiko. 12–2 p.m., included with admission. Lawrence Hall of Science, 1 Centennial Drive, Berkeley, (510) 642-5132,

15 • Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw
Two country heavyweights take the stage in the Brothers of the Sun tour to perform their greatest hits, such as “She Thinks My Tractor’s Sexy,” “Keg in the Closet,” “Something Like That (BBQ Stain)” and “Indian Outlaw.” 4:30 p.m., $25–$719. Coliseum, 7000 Coliseum Way, Oakland, (510) 569-2121,

17 • Grand Illusions
Celebrate JC Cellars’ newest releases with a night of magical entertainment. Wander through a maze filled with smoke, mirrors and theatrical lighting as well as wine, food tastings and enchanting entertainment. 6–9 p.m., $25–$40 (free for club members). JC Cellars, 55 Fourth St., Oakland, (510) 465-5900,

18 • Moveable Feast
A walking tour of downtown Berkeley restaurants serves up food for your mind and belly. With stops at Gather, Revival Bar & Kitchen and FIVE, participants will sample dishes and hear chefs discuss culinary sustainability and the steps they’re taking to bring locally-sourced ingredients into their kitchens. 5:30–9 p.m., $85. Berkeley, (510) 704-0379,

July 20–Aug. 18 • Noises Off!
The Actors Ensemble of Berkeley produces this riotous comedy about a play wherein everything that could go wrong, does go wrong. Drunk actors, sexy slapstick and, of course, sardines, sardines, sardines, make this an audience and actor favorite. 8 p.m., $10–$15. Live Oak Theatre, 1301 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley, (510) 649-5999,

21 • Oakland Jazz Festival
This all-day musical extravaganza includes headliners such as KEM, Eric Benet, Wayne Wallace, Ledisi and the San Francisco-based jazz-funk-soul quartet, Times 4. Pack a lawn chair and a picnic or enjoy dishes from one of the many food and drink vendors.
12 p.m., $69.75. Dunsmuir-Hellman Historic Estates, 2960 Peralta Oaks Court, Oakland, (510) 465-6400,

21–22 • Connoisseur’s Marketplace
Meander through this arts festival featuring close to 250 artist booths, wine and beer tasting, gourmet food, a classic car showcase, a kids’ zone and live music, such as jazz, R&B, and, you guessed it, good old rock ’n’ roll.  10 a.m.–6 p.m. Santa Cruz Avenue, between El Camino Real and Johnson Street, Menlo Park, (650) 325-2818,

27 • Starlight Movie in the Park
Whether your little tykes are man or Muppet, the whole family will enjoy this outdoor screening of The Muppets, so grab a blanket and some snacks for this tale of Walter who must help The Muppets save their theatre from an evil oil tycoon. 6:30 p.m. Alameda Point Multi-Purpose Field, 1101 W. Redline Ave., Alameda, (510) 747-7529,    

28–29 • Park Street Art & Wine Faire
Park Street overflows with more than 250 artists, craftspeople, musicians on two stages and a petting zoo for the kids — or adults who just really love to pet baby animals. 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Park Street between Encinal and Buena Vista avenues, Alameda, (510) 523-1392,    

29 • Bay to Barkers
This walk-a-thon has gone to the dogs — literally. Bring your canine companion for a day of fun and fundraising for dogs and humans that includes games, spa treatments, crafts, a pet festival with community organizations and a 1-mile dog walk. 12–4 p.m., $10–$30 (kids 5 and under, free). Golden Gate Fields, 1100 Eastshore Frontage Road, Berkeley, (510) 845-7735, ext. 233,


4–5 • Art & Soul
One of Oakland’s most popular art events features local and national artists and musicians bringing a diverse range of mediums (film, light installations and fine art) and sounds (jazz, honky-tonk and punk) to the community. Also, look for carnival rides, local food trucks, costumed characters and hundreds of artisan booths. 2 p.m.–12 a.m. Saturday, 12 p.m.–6 p.m. Sunday, $5–$15 (12 and under, free). Downtown Oakland,

4–5 • Taste of Downtown Livermore
A burgeoning wine community shows that grapes aren’t the only thing on the menu. Local restaurants and wineries open their doors and offer samples of their delicacies amid live music and horse-drawn carriages. 12–5 p.m. Downtown Livermore, (925) 373-1795,    

9 • Miranda Cosgrove
The iCarly star belts out her tween-friendly tunes in the middle of the Sonoma County Fair (July 15–Aug. 12). Other performers at the fair include Martina McBride, Aug. 7; Third Eye Blind, Aug. 8; and Jim Belushi with the Sacred Hearts Band, Aug. 10. 7:30 p.m., $20–$30. Chris Beck Arena, 1350 Bennet Valley Road, Santa Rosa, (707) 545-4200,

8–12 • Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey
The circus is in town with an all-new show, Dragons. Along with the usual trappings — trapeze artists, clowns, and lions and tigers and elephants, oh my! — expect martial arts displays and members of the Cuban National Circus. The fun continues at San Jose’s HP Pavilion Aug. 15–19. $15–$100, Oracle Arena, 7000 Coliseum Way, Oakland, (800) 745-3000,

Aug. 8–Sept. 2 • Blithe Spirit
Enjoy theater au natural when California Shakespeare Theater presents Nöel Coward’s story about a novelist who unwittingly summons his first wife during a séance, much to the annoyance of his current wife. Bring a picnic or purchase a meal, beer and wine from the onsite caterer.
Generally 7:30 Tue.–Wed., 8 p.m. Fri.–Sat., 4 p.m. Sun., $35–$48, Bruns Amphitheatre, 100 California Shakespeare Theater Way, Orinda, (510) 548-9666,

10 • Point Richmond Music Summer Concert Series
This ongoing, family-friendly, outdoor concert series continues with the Americana group Blind Willies followed by Cumbia band La Misa Negra. Occurs on the second Friday of every month, through September. 5:30–7:45 p.m. Park Plaza and Washington Avenue, Point Richmond, (510) 236-7435,    

18–19 • Art in the Redwoods
Surrounded by beautiful, towering redwoods, vendors display jewelry, ceramics, leather goods, photographs, textiles and weavings while live music from local musicians wafts through the air. Inside, a fine art exhibition continues through Sept. 2. 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Sat., 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Sun., $6 (17 and under, free). Gualala Arts Center, 46501 Gualala Road, Gualala, (707) 884-1138,

18–19 • Cotati Accordion Festival
The accordion, the noblest of all musical instruments, receives the attention it deserves with two jam-packed days of workshops and performances by some of the nation’s best musicians, including Dick Contino, the Mad Maggies, THAT Damned Band and the Steve Balich Sr. Polka Band. Plus, a pancake breakfast and accordion film screening. 9:30 a.m.–8:30 p.m., $15 one-day pass and $25 two-day pass. La Plaza Park, Cotati,

25–26 • Seafood, Art & Wine Festival
This seaside community isn’t home to just The Birds anymore. Enjoy a juried fine art and crafts expo, three stages of entertainment, kids’ activities, more than 12 local restaurants offering tastes and dozens of wineries and breweries pouring sips. 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Sat., 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Sun., $8–$15 (12 and under, free), 16855 Bodega Highway, Bodega,


Through July 22 • Salomania
In its 20th season, the Aurora Theatre Company presents this world premiere by local author Mark Jackson that explores media sensationalism, wartime hysteria and freedom of expression. For mature audiences only. Generally 2, 7 or 8 p.m., $30–$55. 2081 Addison St., Berkeley, (510) 843-4822,

Through Aug. 29 • Summer Sounds
Enjoy a mid-day, outdoor concert every Wednesday with a diverse selection of bands such as Zydeco Flames, Megan Slankard and Big Cat Tolefree.    12 p.m.–1 p.m. Oakland City Center, Oakland, (510) 628-9170,

Through Aug. 31 • Earthquake: Life on a Dynamic Planet
A brand new exhibit, a new planetarium show and a myriad of special events and programs explore the tumultuous ground we walk upon and how it affects our lives, the animal kingdom, and the evolving planet. California Academy of Science, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, (415) 379-8000,

Through Sept. 17 • Heinrich Kley: From Fantasy to Fantasia
Walt Disney’s inspiration from European fairy tales is evident throughout his work, and this exhibition brings together the results, such as Fantasia, and Walt’s inspiration under one roof. From Walt’s personal collection, this series of European illustrator Heinrich Kley’s fantastical drawings is on display for the first time within the United States. $12–$20 (6 and under, free). Walt Disney Family Museum, 104 Montgomery St., The Presidio, San Francisco, (415) 345-6800,

Attractions & Etc.

There’s always something going on at the Berkeley-based music and dance community center, from kids’ shows to world-class performers.
Times, prices vary. 1317 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley, (510) 525-5099,

Chabot Space & Science Center
Learn about the wonders of space through interactive exhibits, planetarium, moonlit hikes, children’s workshops and theater shows.
10 a.m.–5 p.m. Wed., Thu., Sun.; 10 a.m.–10 p.m. Fri., Sat. $15.95 adults, $11.95 ages 3–12. 10000 Skyline Blvd., Oakland, (510) 336-7373,

Children’s Fairyland

This storybook park enchants with rides, animals, puppet shows and performances.
Summer hours (through Sept. 2): 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Mon.–Fri., 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Sat.–Sun., $8, under
1 free.
 699 Bellevue Ave., Oakland, (510) 452-2259,

Frank Bette Center for the Arts

Channel your inner artist through workshops, classes and programs and view rotating exhibits by seasoned local artisans.
11 a.m.–7 p.m. Wed. and Sat., 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Thu., Sun.; class prices on website.
1601 Paru St., Alameda, (510) 523-6957,

Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse
This Berkeley coffeehouse offers a variety of entertainment ranging from funky soul music to gutsy blues and family-friendly shows.
Times and prices vary. 2020 Addison St., Berkeley, (510) 644-2020,

Grizzly Peak Cyclists
Like bike riding? Need biking buddies? GPC could be the club for you. It’s a friendly bunch of riders of many levels with an abundance of scheduled no-drop rides.

Lake Merritt Joggers & Striders
This running club and nonprofit organization stages regular Fourth Sunday Runs around Lake Merritt in Oakland, other fun runs and more, including training programs for beginners, intermediate and advanced runners as well as social events.

Families can channel their inner artist at the Museum of Children’s Art. Prices and hours vary. 538 Ninth St., Ste. 210, Oakland, (510) 465-8770,

Oakland A’s
Green-collar baseball at its best at the Coliseum. 7000 Coliseum Way, (866) 614-4183

Oakland Art Murmur/Saturday Stroll
Get to know Oakland’s vibrant art and cultural venues through Art Murmur at participating member galleries; Saturday Stroll is essentially Art Murmur by day on Saturday. Art Murmur: 6–9 p.m. on first Fridays; Saturday Stroll: 1-5 p.m. Saturdays. Various venues but concentrated between 27th Street, Grand, Telegraph and Broadway,

Oakland Aviation Museum
Learn about aviation history related to North Field at Oakland International Airport, Oakland and the Bay Area at this nonprofit museum that displays aircraft and aviation artifacts. 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Wed.–Sun., $9 adults, $8 seniors, $7 military/teens, $5 kids (free 5 and younger). 8252 Earhart Road, Bldg. 621, Oakland, (510) 638-7100,

Oakland Museum of California
This dynamic local museum combines art, history and natural science to tell the stories of California and its people. 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Wed.–Sun.; $12 general, $6 ages 9–17, free for children under 8 and free for all on the first Sundays of each month. 1000 Oak St., Oakland, (510) 238-2200,

Oakland Zoo
Traipse through the African Savannah, the rain forest and more, without ever leaving Oakland. 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Mon.-Sun., $11 adults, $9.75 ages 2–14, under 2 free. 9777 Golf Links Road, Oakland, (510) 632-9525,

Pacific Pinball Museum
Play pinball to your heart’s content — all the lovingly restored pinball machines are set on free play, yay! Open Tue.–Sun., $15 adults, $7.50 kids under 12. 1510 Webster St., Alameda, (510) 769-1349,

Peralta Hacienda Historic Park
The 6-acre park and historic Peralta House Museum reflects the untold history of the Peralta rancho and the stories of today’s Fruitvale.
2:30–5:30 p.m. Wed.–Sat., with 40-minute guided tours at 2:30 and 4 p.m.; $5, children under 10 free. 2465 34th Ave., Oakland, (510) 532-9142,

Another pinball-playing option with a frequently revolving roster of special-themed events. 10 a.m.–5 p.m., $15 adult, $10 children under 14. Playland-Not-at-the-Beach, 10979 San Pablo Ave., El Cerrito, (510) 592-3002,

Rhythmix Cultural Works
Based on community, creativity and cultural exchange, this performing arts venue offers everything from drum workshops to family circus playshops and world-class performances. Event times and prices vary. 2513 Blanding Ave., Alameda, (510) 865-5060,

USS Potomac
Known as the “Floating White House,” it served as President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s yacht until his death in 1945. Today it offers docent-led dockside tours Wednesday, Fridays and Sundays; frequent special events and bay cruises. Prices and times vary. Docks at Oakland’s Jack
London Square, 540 Water St., (510) 627-1215,

Yoshi’s Oakland
The best jazz artists in the country perform nightly at this Japanese restaurant also known for its delectable sushi and fantastic cocktails.
Show times and prices vary. 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland, (510) 238-9200,

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