It's the weekend! Eat! Drink! Be merry! Party like there's no Monday! Here are five expertly-selected ideas to start you off:
Octopus Literary Salon
"San Francisco has Viracocha," said Rebecca Grove, referencing the quaint Mission District retail shop, which peddles all manner of antique furniture and bric-a-brac on its top floor, but also houses a cozy underground stage where musicians, poets, comics, actors, and dancers can flex their creative muscles to a small, but captive, audience. And Grove hopes the Octopus Literary Salon — currently wrapping up a fundraising campaign on Indiegogo and slated to open by early next year — will be a similarly multifaceted space in Uptown: a fully-functioning cafe, restaurant, bookstore, and performance venue. In the meantime, Grove — who quit her day job and is now working on opening the space full-time — is continuing to host the small salons that inspired the space to begin with. Join her this Friday, July 12, at the historic Borax Smith Red House for a night of musical performances, comedy, and a "1 Minute Storytelling" rapid-fire open mic, the theme of which is "An Evening of Songs and Storytelling About the Sea." Friday, July 12. 7 p.m.-midnight, $20. OaklandOctopus.org — Azeen Ghorayshi
Cosmos and Cocktails
Who wouldn’t enjoy drinking bottomless wine while watching Men in Black — complete with “Getting Jiggy Wit It”-era Will Smith, campy animatronic aliens, and dated special effects —and then being able to ACTUALLY gaze out at the possibly-alien-inhabited universe through a super fancy telescope? Spend your Friday evening at Chabot Space & Science Center (10000 Skyline Blvd., Oakland) for their summer “Cosmos and Cocktails” program, a night of sci-fi, drinks, and great views of the Bay Area — and beyond. Friday, July 12. 7 p.m., $21 (add dinner for $15, add bottomless wine for $10). ChabotSpace.org — A.G.
A Function of Lines and Frustrules
It is amazing what Sabine Reckewell achieves with ribbon and nail. Using Chandra Cerrito's gallery space as her canvas, the artist creates site-specific "drawings" — a technique she has been developing for decades — by mounting hooks on opposite or adjacent walls in simple geometric formations and stretching ribbon across to activate the z-axis. As the viewer moves about these deceptively simple structures, a parallax effect between the ribbons alters the appearance of the whole; a curving plane conjoining line and parabola, like the interior of an uneven grand piano, morphs from wave cross-section to hammock. Though it may not sound like it, the effect is strangely painterly. Rachel Abrams shares the gallery space with a collection of foam frustules — spiny sea creatures that are sometimes found stuck to desert rocks, suggesting that now-dry regions were once home to marine reefs. Adhered as they are to the gallery walls, here they strike an ominously post-apocalyptic chord. — Alex Bigman