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100° City

Through May 9
100° City
At 300 Jefferson St., Oakland, where City Limits once resided, an eerie black hole now sits behind the gallery’s glass door. The walls and floors are veiled in a thin grey fabric and natural light is blocked out from all possible openings. Inside, the bulbs from the light fixtures hang naked and low to the ground, near your knees, dangling by wires. Below them, soda cans made mobile by battery-powered attachable legs march around the room undirected. Each can holds a wilted flower, seeming to promise imminent death. In the middle of the room sits an empty metal trough, and nearby a sundial made of flesh-toned silicon rubber rests in a large bucket of water. Welcome to 100° City, an installation by artists Erin Jane Nelson, Jason Benson, and Joel Dean. The immersive art installation pairs objects that allude to dystopian tropes with outdated cultural artifacts (such as a quilt and a yellow turtleneck), placing them together in a post-apocalyptic landscape as a clever blend of science fiction and popular culture. The feeling of the space verges on retro-futurism, like coming across an abandoned website from the early Nineties “IRL.” It’s disorienting, unnerving, and definitely worth a visit.2 Free
City Limits Gallery 300 Jefferson St., Oakland (map)

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2015 Preview Show

Through May 2
510-526-9558
A preview of the art shows scheduled for the upcoming year. Preview party and re-opening reception on April 11, 3-8 pm. Free
Abrams Claghorn Gallery 1251 Solano Ave., Albany (map)

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50th Annual WCCUSD Student Show

Through April 26
510-620-6772
The West Contra Costa Unified School District (WCCUSD) Student Art Show is an annual showcase pf student artworks. For many students, this is their first time showing their work in a professional gallery. Free
Richmond Art Center 2540 Barrett Ave., Richmond (map)

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Accumulations

Through April 25
510-652-4085
Collage and assemblage by Angela Johal and clay sculptures by Bean Finneran. Free
SLATE contemporary 473 25th St., Oakland (map)

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Accumulations

Through April 25
510-652-4085
Collage and assemblage by Angela Johal and clay sculptures by Bean Finneran. Free
SLATE contemporary 473 25th St., Oakland (map)

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Agility Projects

Through May 3
510-644-6893
Agility Projects is a series of exhibitions and public programs that seeks to engage diverse audiences with new and commissioned art by outstanding emerging artists from the Bay Area. Free
Berkeley Art Center 1275 Walnut St. (in Live Oak Park), Berkeley (map)

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Air/Port: New Paintings by Eric Rewitzer

Mondays-Fridays, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturdays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sundays, 12-4 p.m. Continues through May 1
(510) 629-1918
Air/Port: New Paintings by Eric Rewitzer
Soaring amid container ships and clouds, artist Eric Rewitzer of 3Fish Studios and photographer Blake Marvin took to the sky over Oakland’s Port in late January. Their mission: to explore aesthetics of post-Panamax proportions. Free
Panorama Framing 3350 Grand Ave., Oakland (map)

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Art Beat Bazaar

, , Third Sunday of every month, 3-7 p.m.
510-841-0188
A monthly showcase of music, spoken word, and a local pop-up indie-mart. free
Starry Plough 3101 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley (map)

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Bees: Tiny Insect, Big Impact

Through Sept. 20
510-318-8400
Featuring interactive elements, specimen displays, and hands on activities Bees: Tiny Insect, Big Impact tells the story of these amazing creatures and the other California species that depend on them, including humans. Free
Oakland Museum of California 1000 Oak St., Oakland (map)

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Bench Projects

Through May 1
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Bench Projects
For years, Ellen Lake has been seeing the same ad on a bus bench near her home in North Oakland. “ADVERTISE HERE,” it read. Finally, she decided that someone should be utilizing the space. With the help of an Alternative Exposure grant, she started Bench Projects, an artist-led initiative to occupy Oakland’s bus stop benches with art. The first two artists featured in these new “bench galleries” are Steve Briscoe and Lynn Beldner. Briscoe created photo collage-like works at the stop on 55th Street and Shattuck Avenue, and Beldner made text art in response to violence in her neighborhood for the benches on Martin Luther King, Jr. Way and Aileen Street. In blue, black, and yellow, the benches read “Never give up” and “Don’t think too much.” These pieces will be up until May 1, when they will be replaced by new works contributed by other artists. Lake hopes to gradually expand the project, with the ultimate dream of turning every bus stop in Oakland into an outdoor art show. Free
55th and Shattuck 55th at Shattuck, Oakland (map)

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Bette Beaders

Second Wednesday of every month, 6-9 p.m.
510-523-6957
A monthly beading group hosted by Linda Benmour. free
Frank Bette Center 1601 Paru St., Alameda (map)

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Commemorating the Free Speech Movement 50th Anniversary

Through May 29
The exhibition revisits this pivotal student activist movement through photographs, letters, publications, handbills, and other materials housed in the University Archives and Bancroft manuscript collections. Free
Bancroft Library UC Berkeley, Berkeley (map)

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Common Ground

Through May 16
510-499-3445
A group show of seven artists whose collective vision is based on the basic elements of light, color, form, gesture, and tactility. Free
Gray Loft Gallery 2889 Ford St., Oakland (map)

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Community Craft Night at Julie's

, Thursdays, 7-9 p.m.
510-865-2385
Bring a project to work on in a group. free
Julie's Coffee & Tea Garden 1223 Park St., Alameda (map)

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Core

Dec. 5-Feb. 15
510-473-5919
Debut solo show by LOSTBOY, featuring a collection of more than 30 works, fragmented into three conceptual levels: the past, the present, and the future, all of which are conveyed with 3 different scales of mixed media paper and large scale installations. Free
Betti Ono Gallery and Shop 1427 Broadway, Oakland (map)

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