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A Cinematic Study of Fog in San Francisco

Through June 29
510-318-8400
The Bay Area’s most defining weather phenomenon gets a close examination in the Oakland Museum of California’s (1000 Oak St.) new video exhibition, A Cinematic Study of Fog in San Francisco. Created by filmmaker Sam Green and cinematographer Andy Black (of The Weather Underground fame), the ten-minute video explores how we romanticize the wind, air, and water systems. It includes interviews with fog novices, like tourists whose views of the Golden Gate Bridge are obscured, as well as experts like meteorologist Jan Null who explains what fog is. While watching dramatic shots of the climate sensation rolling in over the hills, viewers can let the filmmakers envelop you in its misty haze.
Oakland Museum of California 1000 Oak St., Oakland (map)

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Bay Motion: Capturing San Francisco Bay on Film

Through June 29
510-318-8400
Selection of film from the Prelinger Archives examining how the San Francisco Bay and the surrounding region have been captured on film by amateur, professional, and industrial camera people.
Oakland Museum of California 1000 Oak St., Oakland (map)

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The Smallest of Worlds

Through July 6
510-318-8400
Miniatures have always muddied the border between functionalism, oddity, and arts and crafts: There are dollhouses as playthings, crime scene dioramas like the “Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death,” and model planes and houses. Then there are the dioramas of artist Rex May, who sixty years ago won $100 for his design of the now-popular 49-Mile Scenic Drive sign, which depicts a white seagull. Four of his dioramas, now on view in The Smallest of Worlds exhibit at the Oakland Museum of California (1000 Oak St., Oakland), seek to celebrate scenes of town life in Mexico, using figurines painstakingly crafted and painted by a family of artisans from Oaxaca. The purpose of the dioramas isn’t to stun or playfully disorient viewers with hyperrealism; rather, it is to offer a slice of life, like a series of visual vignettes filled with miniature water jugs, Mexican flags, fruit, flower bouquets, symbols of the Virgin of Guadalupe, cacti, birds, trees, street lamps, masks, and more. They’re a heartfelt homage to “the simple life” for May, who clearly regards these scenes of community and communalism with a balance of reverence and casual intimacy.
Oakland Museum of California 1000 Oak St., Oakland (map)

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Friday Nights at OMCA

, Fridays, 5-9 p.m.
510-318-8400
East Bayizing the international tradition by which neighbors meet and eat in the moonlight, the Oakland Museum of California (1000 Oak St., Oakland) will hold its weekly night market on Friday: Off the Grid’s gourmet food trucks will offer artisanal local cuisine, with local beer and wine served in the Blue Oak beer garden. A Makers & Tasters discussion will bring together great minds in the brewing and gardening communities. Live music, dance lessons, a DJ, and an LGBT history tour of the museum help guests digest all that stout and kraut. $7.50
Oakland Museum of California 1000 Oak St., Oakland (map)

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Free First Sundays

, First Sunday of every month, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
510-318-8400
Free museum admission every first Sunday of the month.
Oakland Museum of California 1000 Oak St., Oakland (map)

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Traits of Life

Ongoing
415-561-0363
A collection of exhibits and demonstrations examining the fundamental elements common to all living things.
Exploratorium 3601 Lyon St., San Francisco (map)

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California Mosaic Artists: Celebrating Diversity through Mosaics

Ongoing
510-437-9899
An ongoing group show.
Institute of Mosaic Art 3001 Chapman St., Oakland (map)

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Science on a Sphere (SOS)

Ongoing
510-642-5133
New permanent exhibit features an animated globe. Watch hurricanes form, tsunamis sweep across the oceans, and city lights glow around the planet. $6, $9, $11
Lawrence Hall of Science 1 Centennial Dr., Berkeley (map)

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