Artsy-Craftsy 

There is a there here

6/19-6/22

Connoisseurs of the American Arts and Crafts movement, a unique flowering of material and decorative arts and architecture, can ponder the question why the Bay Area -- especially the East Bay -- hosted some of its greatest manifestations of artistic expression at the beginning of the last century. Both the cognoscenti and the curious have a chance to answer that question as they visit these treasures over a long weekend of In Full Flower: The Arts and Crafts Movement in the San Francisco Bay Area, a conference sponsored by New York University's School of Continuing and Professional Studies. Here's a rare opportunity to visit Bernard Maybeck's Roos House, Greene & Greene's Fleishhacker House and gardens, and other buildings, as well as a preview of the upcoming restoration of Berkeley's Thorsen House and a viewing of the yet-to-be released documentary by Paul Bockhorst, Greene & Greene: The Art of Architecture. The Oakland Museum of California and Berkeley Art Museum, as well as private galleries, will host exhibitions, receptions, and lectures on the movement's ceramics, pottery, copper- and silverwork, and murals. The weekend boasts presentations by national and local experts such as Robert Judson Clark on architect Louis Christian Mullgardt, Richard Guy Wilson on "Cold Mantels and Hot Stoves: Oscar Wilde Brings the Message of Home Reform to America," Victoria Kastner on architect Julia Morgan, Michael Weller on silverwork, Wendy Kaplan on women in the Arts and Crafts movement, and William Marquand from the Maybeck Foundation. Register for all or part of the conference online at www.scps.nyu.edu/crafts or by calling 212-998-7171 (don't forget to refer to conference number: SCPS06). For further information, call Programs in the Arts or 212-998-7130. -- Frako Loden

TUE 6/24

Haole Week

For almost all of 1915, the Panama Pacific International Exposition was held in San Francisco, bringing the city's economy a much-needed boost after the 1906 earthquake and fire. It also introduced the continental US to foreign sounds, via musical ambassadors from Guatemala, Russia, Hawaii, and more. The Big Kahuna was represented by Sol Hoopii, "the King of the Steel Guitar," and his legacy lives on in Bay Area duo Waikiki Steel Works , comprising Oakland's Ben Bonham and SF's Frank Novicki. The acoustically inclined pair has been playing for about two years, switching off on Hawaiian steel guitar and ukulele, slack key, or plain ol' acoustic six-string, of the same type the great Hawaiian players used in the '20s and '30s. Freight & Salvage (1111 Addison St., Berkeley) at 9 p.m. 510-548-1761 -- Stefanie Kalem

SUN 6/22

Beckstage

With the lights of Berkeley and the Bay Bridge in the background, no show at UC Berkeley's 8,500-seat Greek Theatre can completely disappoint. The amphitheater was built in 1903, and the construction was funded by William Randolph Hearst himself. Big Daddy Kane surely would have dug the sounds of Beck (or at least, his tomato Marion Davies would have). The funkiest Scientologist -- whose current band includes Redd Kross' Steven McDonald on bass -- performs Sunday with Boca Raton emothrobs Dashboard Confessional and Akron garage-punk duo Black Keys opening. The show starts at 3 p.m. and tickets cost $39.50. www.ticketmaster.com -- Stefanie Kalem

6/19-6/22

Word Up

Writers trade places with visual artists when the Berkeley Art Center's multidisciplinary show, Unbound and Under Covers (in which writers create visuals and visual artists, in turn, work with words), presents a pair of readings by visual artists this week as part of the show's ongoing "Experiments in Visual Writing." Themes range from political to ultrapersonal. On Thursday, June 19, MFA students from Bay Area universities read their texts; on Saturday, June 21, it's a reading by artists featured in the show. The exhibition runs through July 17. Info: 510-644-6893. 1275 Walnut St. in Live Oak Park, Berkeley. -- Kelly Vance

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