June 2017 Events Calendar

June 2017 Events Calendar


“The Great Transmission” features Tibetan lama Tarthang Tulku.

Our picks for the best arts and culture, music, family, and sports this month.


The Great Transmission is an award-winning documentary that follows the inspiring story of Tibetan refugee lama (teacher) Tarthang Tulku and his efforts to preserve the sacred texts of his faith.

June 3, 10, 1 p.m., free-$12, BAMPFA, 2155 Center St., Berkeley, BAMPFA.berkeley.edu.

Drawing from a catalog of more than 400 films, The Queer Women of Color Film Festival shatters stereotypes about queer women of color with a diversity of voices and myriad movies exploring the social justice and intersectionality.

June 9-11, free, Brava Theater, 2789 24th St., San Francisco, QWOCMap.org.

Oh no! There goes Tokyo! The king of the monsters is back at Godzilla Fest, ready to slug it  out with his Kaiju rivals using his atomic breath and giant rubbery stompers.

June 17, 3 p.m., adults $9.99, kids $5, BAL Theatre, 14808 E. 14th St., San Leandro,  BALTheatre.com.

Then go from the sublime to the surreal when Paramount Movie Classics presents The Big Lebowski. This aggression will not stand, man! It’s a surreal comedy about a simple man just trying to get compensation for his soiled  carpet in a case with a lot of ins  and outs—and also some marmot-wielding nihilists. But, through it all, the Dude abides.


June 30, 8 p.m., $3, Paramount Theatre,  2025 Broadway, Oakland,  ParamountTheatre.com.


The revolution may not be televised, but it will be photographed. This exhibition, Resistors: 50 Years of Social Movement Photography, shares photographs of protesters and activists in action, going back 50 years and including stirring portraits of people involved in movements like Black Lives  Matter, Occupy Wall Street,  women’s liberation, and LGBTQ rights. Opening reception

June 29, 6-8 p.m., exhibit runs June 29 through Aug. 20, free, Berkeley  Art Center, 1275 Walnut St.,  Berkeley, BerkeleyArtCenter.org.


Whether you consider them adorable furballs or nasty tree rats, you just can’t get away from squirrels. They’re everywhere. Photographer Jennifer Hale and walnut collector Tony Toppano, both squirrel obsessives, document the antics of the ubiquitous rodents in Hella Damn Squirrels, the most NorCal of squirrel retrospectives.

Runs until June 30, free, Oakland Library, Lakeview Branch, 550 El Embarcadero, Oakland, HellaDamnSquirrels.com.



Enjoy garden tours, family hands-on art activities, educational speakers, photo presentations, and music at the 18th Annual Butterfly & Bird Festival, an annual outdoor event dedicated to increasing awareness of the Bay Area’s flying and fluttering friends.

June 4, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m., free, Coyote Hills Regional Park, 8000 Patterson Ranch Road, Fremont, EBParks.org.

Concerts at the Cove in Alameda returns for the summer season with free family entertainment and concerts on Friday evenings in June, July, and August: June 9, The Urban Outlaws (country); July 14, The Patsychords (Patsy Cline tribute); Aug. 11, Local Scene featuring Alameda’s Up and Down (bluegrass/country/rock).

Crab Cove Visitor Center, 4:30-7:30 p.m., free, 1252 McKay Ave., Alameda, EBParks.org.


Defy the mighty wrath of Poseidon with a towering edifice of sand that will withstand the eons  . . . or at least until the next high tide. Anyone can be an architect at the 51st Sand Castle and Sculpture Contest. Castles will be judged on design, detail, technique, and neatness, so may the best sand architect win.

June 10, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., free, Robert Crown Memorial State Beach, Eighth Street and Otis Drive, Alameda,  AlamedaCa.gov.

If there’s one thing that dads everywhere love better than wearing socks with their sandals or saying, “Hi, Hungry; I’m Dad,” it’s riding on trains—the most dad form of public transportation. On Father’s Day at the Oakland Zoo, dads get to ride the train for free. Visit the Adventure Landing ticket booth for your free train ticket.

June 18, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m., event included with regular zoo admission, Oakland Zoo, 9777 Golf Links Road, Oakland, OaklandZoo.org.



Monthly cover artist Mike S. Young will be part of East Bay Open Studios.

East Bay Open Studios allows art lovers on self-guided tours to peek into the studios of talented working artists on special weekends throughout the year with more than 100 artists participating. The weekends kick off with a by-invitation-only open celebration and preview exhibition and party on June 2 at the 16th Street Train Station where there will also be an after-party.

June 10-11 and June 17-18,  11 a.m.-6 p.m., free, various studios and exhibition spaces in the East Bay, EastBayOpenStudios.com.



Elvis Costello first started as a  new wave artist in the ’70s London pub scene, but he’s never been one to let any one label define him.  The versatile singer-songwriter  visits Berkeley on his Imperial  Bedroom tour—named after his 1982 album, but don’t expect just to hear just the old favorites. He doesn’t roll like that.

June 3, 8 p.m., $96-$849, Hearst Greek Theatre, 2001 Gayley Road, Berkeley, TheGreekTheatreBerkeley.com.

Redwood Grove Summer Concerts inaugurates another summer season with outdoor music at the UC Botanical Garden on Thursday nights in June, July, and August. The summer lineup opens with Inspector Gadje, a Balkan brass party band, on June 3 and concludes on Aug. 31 with Brazilian-Afro-Samba band SambaDá and Tarimba, which performs Son jaroch, a type of Mexican folk music. There’s just about every  kind of imaginable music in between the opener and closer acts.

5:30-7:30 p.m., $12-$45 depending on show, UC Botanical Garden, 200 Centennial Drive, Berkeley, BotanicalGarden.berkeley.edu.

King Crimson guitarist Robert Fripp once announced that  “When music appears, which  only King Crimson can play, then, sooner or later, King Crimson appears to play the music.” Looks like some of that music appeared, because the court of the Crimson King is now in session.

June 16-17,  8 p.m., $85-$145, Fox Theater, 1807 Telegraph Ave., Oakland, TheFoxOakland.com.

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds will be performing at the Greek.

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds are coming to town. Cave’s  gravelly voice, haunting melodies,  and gothic western themes make him the Old Testament fire-and-brimstone preacher man of rock ’n’ roll. It doesn’t hurt that Cave’s gaunt visage even looks like an  old timey undertaker. The band brings its signature spine-chilling sadness to bear on this performance of songs from the new album Skeleton Tree. Catch them at the Greek.

June 24, 8 p.m., $94-$744, Hearst Greek Theatre, 2001 Gayley Road, Berkeley, TheGreekTheatreBerkeley.com.