Stay in the East Bay for Art and Music this Fall

Die Antwoord

Die Antwoord

FAll arts preview 2014If you don’t already live in the East Bay, your friends probably do, and it might be time to consider a move over the bridge anyway. There are endless opportunities for fall entertainment in the East Bay, so those of us who live here can stay put and avoid parking nightmares and tourists in SF. Many of us have to work in The City, so we appreciate being able to stay on the east side for spectacular weekend fun.

Lorde
Lorde

Lorde

Oct. 2
Greek Theatre, UC Berkeley
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If you’re kind of over getting told to throw your hands up in the air like Lorde claims to be, then you can both happily keep your hands down during her show at The Greek on Oct. 2. Find your darkest lipstick and moodiest moves. You will never be royal, but you will be vibing out in a charming local outdoor venue while teenager Lorde perfects her stage presence.

Mavis Staples
Mavis Staples

Mavis Staples

Oct. 30
Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley
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Mavis Staples was the youngest member of the Staple Singers, who were famous for “Respect Yourself” and lending their talents to the Free Speech movement. Mavis funny as hell and she’ll be performing, as she has been her entire life, with her whole heart and soul, at Cal Performances. And listen to some great storytelling by Mavis on a recent episode of Wait, wait… Don’t Tell Me.

"Portrait of a Boy in Green" by  Brewster, John, Jr.
“Portrait of a Boy in Green” by Brewster, John, Jr.

American Wonder: Folk Art from the Collection

Oct. 1
Berkeley Art Museum, Berkeley
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I love folk art. Folk art reminds us that anyone can make art, and you don’t need a fancy MFA degree to do it. The Berkeley Art Museum is dusting off their collection of American Folk Art for a new exhibit. Check it out before heading to the PFA’s outdoor movie screenings nearby.

<i>Pee-Wee's Big Adventure</i>
Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure

Endless Summer Cinema

Oct. 3 & 10
Pacific Film Archive
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The Pacific Film Archive will present outdoor screenings of two classics, Pee-wee’s Big Adventure and This is Spinal Tap . Bring a blanket and some snacks, and it’ll feel like the good old days when you could always watch movies outdoors and Netflix didn’t exist.

Oakland Underground Film Festival
Oakland Underground Film Festival

Oakland Underground Film Festival

Sept. 25-28
Grand Lake Theater and Humanist Hall, Oakland
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If you’d rather catch films of a different nature, check out the Oakland Underground Film Festival. The festival defines underground as “unconventional, bottom-up, misfit, badass, outsider, outlaw, rebel, underdog, minority, local, urban, green, and revolutionary.” So you know what you’re in for.

David Sedaris
David Sedaris

David Sedaris

Nov. 15
Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley
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David Sedaris never disappoints and he’s making a classy appearance at Cal Performances where he’ll be in conversation with UC Berkeley chancellor Nicholas Dirks. Read Sedaris’s latest book, Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls before you head over the Zellerbach Hall to see the man himself.

An example of one of the pieces in Fertile Ground
A work by Margaret Kilgallen in Fertile Ground

Fertile Ground

Sept. 20-April 12
Oakland Museum of California
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Fertile Ground is a joint exhibition organized by SFMOMA and the Oakland Museum featuring well-known schools of artists who lived, worked or studied in California. Highlighting art from both museums’ collections, the exhibit aims to expose the “relationships, breakthroughs and transformative social change” that make up the landscape of contemporary California art. You’ll see the usual suspects like Diebenkorn, Arneson and Thiebaud, along with artists who became known in the ‘90s Mission scene, including several of my favorite female painters, Margaret Kilgallen, Alicia McCarthy and Ruby Neri, along with recent Art School alum, Chris Johanson, and another local hero, Barry McGee.

An example of Diebenkorn's work
An example of Diebenkorn’s work

Closely Considered: Diebenkorn in Berkeley

Sept. 14-Nov. 16
Richmond Art Center, Richmond
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If you want more Diebenkorn, especially drawings from his Berkeley years, head to the Richmond Art Center for Closely Considered, an exhibit that will focus on Diebenkorn, but also feature his pals from the Bay Area Figurative art movement. The Art Center is close to Richmond BART and is worth the trip. You can even sign up for an art class if you’re feeling inspired after diving into Diebenkorn.

An example of Misako Inaoka's work for <b>Fractured Fauna</b>
Artwork by Misako Inaoka

Fractured Fauna featuring Misako Inaoka

Sept. 5
Johansson Projects
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Misako Inaoka creates curious, foreboding creatures out of unusual materials, and her latest mysterious menagerie is crafted with upholstery. See her latest series, Fractured Fauna, at Johansson Projects. The show opens Aug. 23 and the official reception, where you can meet the artist, is in early September.

One of the pieces in Kim Miskowicz's <b>Formation</b>
One of the pieces in Kim Miskowicz’s Formation

Kim Miscowicz: Formation

Sept. 5- Oct. 11
Krowswork, Oakland
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Not far from Johansson projects, Krowswork features ambitious art and film projects in their Oakland space. Kim Miscowicz opens a new show at Krowswork called Formation. Her dreamy landscapes, created by melding video and painting together, are difficult to imagine. Clearly, they need to be seen in person.

An example of Applebaum's worth
Artwork by Sarah Applebaum

The Way Somewhere

Sept. 5-Oct.5
Royal Nonesuch Gallery, Oakland
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A group show at Royal Nonesuch Gallery opens on Sept. 5 with four artists, including Bessma Khalaf, whose video work is mesmerizing and abruptly stunning, and Sarah Applebaum, who I befriended after covering one of her shows in 2009 in SF. Applebaum has narrowed her color palette over the last five years. Her new work is heavy with meaning and she always wows the crowd. Abraham McNally and Adam Thorman will also be exhibiting new work in this show.

Interpol's new album, El Pintor, comes out on Sept. 9.
Interpol’s new album, El Pintor, comes out on Sept. 9.

Fall Lineup at The Fox

Sept. & Oct.
The Fox Theater, Oakland
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Let’s get back to the music. If you want to dance or rage, you can see Sam Smith (9/28), Thievery Corporation (10/2), Lykke Li (9/21) and Die Antwoord (9/25) at the Fox Theater this fall, or you can chill with the 30-something crowd and catch Interpol (9/20) after some artisan drinks at Flora.

Dead Winter Carpenters
Dead Winter Carpenters

Fall Lineup at The New Parrish

Sept. & Oct.
The New Parrish, Oakland
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If mainstream music isn’t your jam, head over to the New Parrish. The fall lineup includes Kyrsten Bean (9/10), a local singer-songwriter who will appear in the upcoming documentary Clean and Sober Punx. And Dead Winter Carpenters (9/5), who hail from Tahoe, are also on tap. Sample their album on Bandcamp to see if you dig their fast, folky rock tunes.

And there you have it—13+ reasons to stay in the East Bay this fall. Enjoy your arty adventures and leave a comment if you have a recommendation for this list.

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Kristin Farr

Kristin Farr is the creator and producer of KQED's Emmy Award-winning web video series, Art School, and she is also a contributing editor for Juxtapoz magazine. Her artwork has been exhibited at galleries around the Bay Area including YBCA, Fifty24SF, Anno Domini and The Bedford Gallery. Her FarrOut art app for iOS was released in 2013. She lives in the East Bay and her favorite color is all of them.

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