[W. BERKELEY, CA :: 10/23] Half-Assed Arts is like a “Show and Tell” for artists put on by new RED reader Liz Little. If you have a piece you’re working on (or completed), bring it to show off and get feedback. Or just watch. It takes place at Workstation, 2247 6th Street from 7 PM to 9 PM. $5-$10 suggested donation.
[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.
[10/4] That Really Happened? A night of true stories at The Monkey House, 7:30 to 9:30 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
[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!
[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 is a beautiful, multi-night event at Lake Merritt Gardens
[10/19-11/10] Nemo Gould solo show: Retro-Speculative (“deep dive into the remnants of the machine age”) at 494 9th Street, Opening night 10/19 from 6 PM to 9 PM. Plus, check out his four Threadless designs.
[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.
[11/9] Artist Talk: The Art of Burning Man, a panel with Karen Cusolito, Christopher Schardt, and Crimson Rose at The Crucible, 7 PM to 9 PM, $20 general admission
[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
[10/4-10/26] Betelgeuse, Betelgeuse, Betelgeuse Live! at EXIT Stage Left, Tickets
[10/12 and 10/13] The Moon, an art party with a moon theme at Raining Chainsaws warehouse (789 Egbert Avenue, Floor 2), 8 to 11:59 PM both nights, Tickets are free but bring cash money for tips and donations (suggested $10-$25)
[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!
[10/19] There’s another new RED reader/event producer, Kai Wada Roath. As host of the Super Shangri-La Show, he’s putting on the Sorceress Sabbath Witchcraft Film Festival at Balboa Theatre. This is an all-day event, starting at 10 AM. Day passes are $25.
[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!
[10/28-10/31] NPR is hosting Tiny Desk Fest at their D.C. headquarters. It’s four different Tiny Desk concerts… and the artists are a surprise! $50 and tickets go on sale on 10/3 at 12 PM.
Various U.S. cities, and sometimes Canada
[10/8] National Fluffernutter Day (yes, you heard me right)
Atlas Obscura has an ongoing calendar of unique experiences.
Know about a cool, quirky, and/or indie event? Email me and I’ll share it with the class!