It takes a moment for Tressa Pack's four large, spare prints at Interface Gallery to register as photographs, and even then it's hard to accept them as such. Consisting primarily of white expanse with the faintest outline of a landscape and the occasional, distant human figure, they rather read as minimalist paintings or delicate graphite sketches. In fact, the series, called Wanderers in a Sea of Fog, depicts the extremely socked-in landscape of San Francisco's Ocean Beach. To achieve her effect, Pack uses black-and-white film and adjusts exposure times to lighten the images, then scans them into digital form and prints them using inkjet to soften the images further. The result amplifies the effect of the fog to the point of near unintelligibility -- an utterly entrancing form of play at the limits of photographic technology. This is one way of courting the sublime. Wanderers in a Sea of Fog runs through June 1 at Interface Gallery (486 49th St., Oakland). InterfaceArtGallery.comfree
Out late? Can't face heading home hungry? Bocanova (55 Webster St., Oakland) has instituted a brand-new "Late Nite Boca Bite" menu, featuring bocaditos ("little bites") at happy-hour prices served from 9 p.m. until 10:30 p.m. every Thursday through Saturday. Bocaditos include yuca-and-cheese fritters, fried plantains with cilantro aioli, Dungeness crab deviled eggs with chipotle aioli, taco-del-día with pickled cabbage, and pork ribs with guava-barbecue sauce. Specially priced cocktails, wine, and beer wash it all down. $1.50 and up. 510-444-1233 or Bocanova.com
Comedy Off Broadway Oakland presents comedians featured on Comedy Central, HBO, BET, Late Night talk shows alongside up-and-coming local stars in the historic Jack London Square.
Every show features 6 of the best local and touring comedians every Thursday, Friday & Saturday. The show is produced/hosted by Joe Gleckler (a local Bay Area favorite, Baltimore-born, lived in Japan & Korea) and Samson Koletkar (World's only Indian Jewish comedian, creator of Mahatma Moses Comedy Tour, entertained clubs and colleges in India, Canada & all over the USA).
Dinner and bar menu is available at the show, so come laugh and have a great time!Click here for tickets $8 with code EBAYEX
Every Friday, the Launching Pad (2649 Russell St., Berkeley) hosts the Friday Night Launch, featuring spiritually focused spoken word, discussions, and music for young adults. The events start at 7 p.m. and are free, although donations are accepted; there's a group vegetarian dinner available at 6 p.m., too. 510-859-3150 or LaunchingPadBerkeley.comfree/donation
Restorative justice programs may offer the best new hope for reducing violence in Oakland schools and the city overall, but their future funding is uncertain.