Alameda: Style island

SAT 4/17

Are you among the brave few to utter "Screw new, buy used"? If so, you'll be tickled pink and turquoise to know that vintage vendors from all around the bay are pulling out their finest and most fabulous wares for one day only of ferocious haggling and heavenly finds during Fashion and Fantasy by the Bay, the annual Vintage Fantasy Faire at Alameda Point. Whether it's a '60s beaded cocktail frock, a mint sharkskin suit, or stacks of earthtone Bakelite bangles that get your boa in a twist, there'll be more than enough nostalgia and style from the more than fifty booths selling clothes, accessories, couture, and fine linens. Longtime collector and vintage maven Heidi Spanier says the thing that makes pre-used items so special is "the fact that pieces have a history of their own. It's so much fun to imagine where a piece lived before and what it saw. It's also much better quality then the mass-produced crap we're offered today." Spanier is also eager to point out the benefits of recycling clothes, since the textile industry is one of our nation's biggest polluters. Right for so many reasons and always in vogue, vintage is the way to go: Saturday in Building 25 at Alameda Point, Alameda. Gates open at 9 a.m. for early birds ($10) and 11 a.m. for general ($5). Visit or phone 510-869-5428. Unlimited free parking. -- Justine Nicole

FRI 4/16


Rock out with yer ... y'know

You've had sex with a record number of men consecutively. Your measurements (with implants) are reported to be 34DD-24-35. You almost married a teenager after Howard Stern set you up as his prom date. If you're porn star Houston, what's next? You hit the road with lektrikDik, the techno-metal hybrid project of Dick Smothers Jr. (we never thought about how naughty that Smothers Brothers' name was till his son came out as the aspiring "Orson Welles of porn"). What will Houston do on the Anti-Censorship Tour: Porn to Rock 2004? Bottom Feeder says she's been giving singing a go, but we couldn't confirm it because, well, the boss doesn't let us on Web sites like hers. Porn to Rock, with Nuclear Rabbit, Lowt, and Nine Pound Grind, hits Bourbon Street (2765 Clayton Rd., Concord) tonight. 21 and up, $15. 925-676-7272. --Stefanie Kalem


Mystery Train

Four artists named their group show after a line of dialogue in Jim Jarmusch's Down by Law, and the show, It's a Sad and Beautiful World, has the non-sequitur grittiness of a Jarmusch road pic. Jonn Herschend's 2003 narrative painting The Way That I Was Told It Would Be, reflects a helter-skelter carny dreamscape, and Martha Sue Harris, Per Frykdahl, and Eli Rowe all deal in intense, dark-side-of-fantasy imagery. At the Richmond Art Center (2540 Barrett Ave., through May 29. -- Kelly Vance


The Modern Lovers

A collection comes to call

Between 1950 and 1994, New York art dealer Elinor "Ellie" Poindexter and her commodities broker husband George built one of the country's finest private collections of 20th-century abstract art -- nearly five hundred works by such "New York School" avant-garde giants as Willem de Kooning, Richard Diebenkorn, Franz Kline, Jules Olitski, Albert Stadler, Felix Ruvolo, James Weeks, and Robert De Niro Sr. Piece by piece, the couple donated the art to two Montana institutions -- the Montana Historical Society and the Yellowstone Art Center -- whence comes the traveling exhibit, The Most Difficult Journey. This important show is now at the Bedford Gallery in Walnut Creek, through May 23. or 925-295-1417. -- Kelly Vance


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