[Alameda, CA :: 9/21] Come to a swell yard sale at my place, it’s hosted by me and my sweetie, Andy! We both collect all kinds of weird things, so you won’t be disappointed (unless you prefer boring, mainstream stuff). It’s also my birthday weekend, so there will be celebratory breakfast cake! Email me for directions, there’s loads of free parking. FOUR hours only: 7:49 to 11:49 AM. No gifts but do bring at least $6 in quarters to spend on specially-created House of Flufftown Follies souvenirs in my “Mystery Merchine” vending machine.
[10/5-10/6] The Forbidden Island Parking Lot Sale
is two days of vintage goods, umbrella drinks, and tropical entertainment — like a boozy, tikified flea market. Tickets are $5 at the door, or $20 online
to “skip the line” (and there’s always a line around the corner).
[10/19] Studio 23’s annual Blacklight Art Show is looking for vendors and artists.
[9/21] The Trash Party at the Albany Bulb sounds fun (though it coincides with my awesome yard sale!), 10 AM to 3 PM
[11/9] David Sedaris is coming to Zellerbach Hall and you should go because he’s hilarious, 8 PM, Tickets
[Until 1/5/2020] “Strange features diverse works from BAMPFA’s collection that invoke strangeness and resonate with the spirit of Surrealism”
[11/26] Exquisite Corpse Workshop at BAMPFA, 1 PM
[9/21] The 21st Night of September is a live show/party by Allee Willis, the badass lady who (amongst many other accomplishments) co-wrote the hit song “September” for Earth, Wind, & Fire. Features: “Live band, DJ, [Allee] telling little “September” quips and leading hourly ‘September’ sing-alongs, dancing, tasty and unique cocktails, Boogaloo Wonderland sandwiches, triple butter crust peach cobbler, and even a burlesque dancer!” It happens at the Willis Show Bar from 7 PM to 2 AM, reservations required. If I were in Michigan, I’d be at this show!
[10/29] Super Happy Fun Land (indie venue) is putting on a big Cardboard Art Parade, 7 PM to 10 PM
New York City
See what RED pal Oriana Leckert has picked as the must-go-to events in the Big Apple!
[5/2 to 11/1/2020] Yayoi Kusama will exhibit a “multisensory presentation” at the New York Botanical Garden in the new year!
[9/27] Tickets are almost sold out for Drawn Together, the after-hours live-art event for grownups at Children’s Fairyland that I’ve been telling you about. Starts at 6 PM and goes to 9 PM. Art is sold for a fixed price of $40 at the end of the evening… which is a STEAL as far as I can tell.
[10/17-10/19] Autumn Lights Festival is a beautiful, multi-night event at Lake Merritt Gardens
[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.
[11/8] No Spectators opening party at the Oakland Museum, 5 PM to 10 PM
NEW: Full listings of all the exhibit’s events here.
[Until 10/30] Portland’s “Duchess of Felt” LeBrie Rich has a new show called Sugar Spin at COLAB Architecture + Urban Design. It features 15 of her new (needle-felted and stitched) candy package sculptures (the Whitman’s Sampler looks good enough to eat!).
San Francisco, CA
[9/18] Nerd Nite SF #112: Nature Photography, Octopuses, and Superheroes! at Rickshaw Stop, 7 PM to 10 PM
[9/20] The 24 Carrot Show is a new and totally outrageous, audience-interactive “cartoon cabaret” from the sexy, gender-bending clowns of Fou Fou Ha! at Oasis, Tickets are $30 to $70 and worth every penny (according to friends who are in the know).
[10/4-10/6] Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, Highlights (imo): Michael Nesmith & The First National Band, The New Pornographers, Robert Plant & The Sensational Space Shifters, Meat Puppets, and more!
[10/12 and 10/13] If you missed the awesome Earworm event at Raining Chainsaws, you’ll be happy to know they are planning MOON SHOW, an art party with a moon theme! Can’t wait! (If you want to participate as an artist, contact Mark Krawczuk.)
[10/23] A Gorey Halloween – The Edwardian Ball 20th Anniversary Begins at The Chapel, 8 PM
[Until 10/31] Christian Cagigal’s legendary San Francisco Ghost Hunt is back. I went on this walking tour last year and learned all kinds of weird and spooky San Francisco history. Do recommend!
San Rafael, CA
[9/22] San Rafael Porchfest, RED reader Alex G. writes, “Porchfests are occurring around the country. They are small neighborhood music festivals where houses in a given neighborhood will host bands/artists on their porches.” 12 PM to 5 PM
Various U.S. cities, and sometimes Canada
Atlas Obscura has an ongoing calendar of unique experiences.
Know about a cool happening? Send me the info and I’ll share it with the class!