|[PORTLAND, OR :: Until 10/30] On my recent stopover in Oregon, I was delighted to hang out with
Portland’s “Duchess of Felt” LeBrie Rich again. I find her needle-felted and stitched sculptures of products to be so-o-o-o charming! Alas, I had to leave before her new show, Sugar Spin, opened
at COLAB Architecture + Urban Design. It features 15 of her new candy package sculptures and every single one is absolutely delightful (the Whitman Sampler looks good enough to eat!). One of these days I’m going to get her down here to teach one of her classes!
[8/18] Bell Plastics Annual Public Open House, 10 AM to 5 PM, Free, All ages
New York City
See what RED pal Oriana Leckert has picked as the must-go-to events in the Big Apple
[All summer] Oakland Heritage Alliance has some swell walking tours lined up, $15 each/non-members
[8/13] Everything is Terrible! at the New Parish, 8 PM to 11 PM
[8/16] It’s rare, but Children’s Fairyland sometimes opens its fairy gates to adults who want to attend without kids. Your next opportunity is August 16 from 7 PM to 10 PM for #Fairyland4Grownups. Tickets are SOLD OUT.
[8/24] SIGNMAN: John Law, a retrospective of John Law’s work at Pro Arts Gallery, Closing reception, 8 PM to 10 PM
[9/27] Drawn Together, an after-hours live-art event for grownups at Children’s Fairyland, 6 PM to 9 PM (tickets not yet available)
[10/12-2/16] The Smithsonian’s No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man exhibit is coming to Oakland Museum of California. Volunteer opportunities are available.
[10/17-10/19] Autumn Lights Festival at Lake Merritt Gardens
[11/8] No Spectators opening party at the Oakland Museum, 5 PM to 9 PM
San Francisco, CA
View: An illustrated guide to quirky local spots in San Francisco Thanks, Joyce!
[Dates between now and 9/21] Artist Kasey Smith keeps a map of all the ghost signs in San Francisco. You know, the old handprinted advertising signs on the side of buildings that were just never painted over. And now she’s hosting Tenderloin Ghost Sign Walking Tours until September 21. Not to be missed! Tickets are $15.
[8/10] Bikes to Books has launched a new project called Boots to Books. It’s a one-mile walking tour of literary North Beach and Chinatown because not everyone bikes! 12:45 PM to 3 PM, Meet outside City Lights Books
[9/17] The EPS (“Erstwhile Philatelic Society”) will be giving a talk at the Adventure Design Group, 7 PM to 9 PM, Free
San Jose, CA
[Now] “Surreal Sublime” at San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art
Walnut Creek, CA
[Until 9/15] Blow Up II: Inflatable Contemporary Art at Bedford Gallery
USA and Canada
[various dates] Immersive listings
Know about a cool happening? Send me the info and I’ll share it with the class!