Folks, I won’t lie, it’s a shelter-in-place ghost town out there…
24 U.S. Cities
[POSTPONED until TBD] (** I wrote a thing about this tour! **) Pee-wee’s Big Adventure 35th Anniversary Tour with Paul Reubens — see a screening of the film followed by Paul Reubens himself — live, in person! — sharing never-before-heard stories about the making of the movie.
Daly City, CA
] Daly City Rock & Roll Flea Market
with Kepi Ghoulie
and more! 9 AM to 5 PM
[CROSSING MY FINGERS THIS IS STILL HAPPENING 7/10-7/12] Oregon Country Fair, a three-day art and music fair, described as “magical” and I believe it! Tickets will go on sale on a TBD date
Las Vegas, NV
[Extended! BUT IS IT? Until 4/12] Tim Burton’s Lost Vegas art exhibit at the Neon Museum
[WHEN? I DON’T KNOW! Opening this year] Meow Wolf’s Area 15 Thanks, Claudia!
Los Angeles, CA
Both locations of MOCA are now permanently free but not open!
[POSTPONED] Cages, as described by RED pal Kyle: “It’s truly the future of music show meets storytelling. Fully immersive, from rooms to performance that combines concert, live theater, projection mapping, stop motion animation, 3D and 2d cgi, dance, and more. It’s nuts.”
[DUNNO MAYBE Last Saturday of the month] almighty Opp, a streetside puppet show in Koreatown on the corner of Western and Elmwood, recommended by CTP who says, “It’s fantastic. And bizarre, and funny, and wonderous,” 9 PM
[CANCELLED] Frozen Dead Guys Days, quirky “three day Frosty Fiesta features over 30 live bands in 3 heated super tents featuring local craft brews, specialty spirited drinks, 14 delicious craft food vendors, serving up Vegan to BBQ and everything in between” Thanks, Susan!
New York City
RED pal Oriana Leckert always highlights the best events in the Big Apple! And by “always” I mean, “when there’s not a global pandemic shutting everything down.”
[UNKNOWN AS OF PUBLICATION 3/18-4/12] The Plastic Bag Store is reminiscent of Lucy Sparrow’s all-felt markets, except that everything in Robin Frohardt’s shop is made with single-use plastic items. 20 Times Square, free and open to the public
[LOOKS LIKE IT’S STILL A GO 5/9 to 11/1] Yayoi Kusama’s Cosmic Nature exhibit at the New York Botanical Garden (pre-sale for members and patrons happens 2/19, public on 2/26)
[POSTPONED – DATE UNKNOWN] Journey to the End of the Night (yes, it’s in Oakland this year!), 5 PM to 11 PM, Tickets $0-$30
[POSTPONED] ResurrEGGtion2020! an EGGS Bar Fundraiser at BRIX 581, 9 PM
[LOOKS LIKE IT’S STILL ON 7/11-7/12] Burger Boogaloo headlines with Bikini Kill and Circle Jerks, Mosswood Park
[Ongoing BUT NOT RIGHT NOW] The Freakybuttrue Peculiarium Thanks, Brian!
[Ongoing BUT DO STAY HOME] In a similar vein, The Zymoglyphic Museum Thanks, Mel!
[POSTPONED until 2021] The creators of the popular Exploding Kittens card game series are hosting Burning Cat, a new two-day game convention that ends in the burning of a giant effigy.
[NOPE, WAS 3/21]: Beware the Brides of March, This Cacophony Society favorite began when Burning Man co-founder Danger Ranger discovered a thrift store rack full of wedding dresses. That was 1998. Some 22 years later, this “more street theater than bar hop” event still invites brides of all genders to participate.
San Diego, CA
[STILL A GO-GO 8/12-8/16] Tiki Oasis is celebrating its 20th anniversary this August at the Paradise Point Hotel! Two things: 1.) This is not to be confused with Arizona Tiki Oasis which happens around Halloween in Scottsdale (same producers though!) AND 2.) tickets are NOW on sale!
San Francisco, CA
[POSTPONED] Last Gasp Warehouse Sale, 11 AM to 4 PM
[CANCELLED] Super Shangri-La Show presents Treasure of the Four Crowns at Balboa Theater, 7:30 PM to 10:30 PM
[POSTPONED – Date UNKNOWN] Negativland is performing an audio/visuals show at Gray Area, 8 PM
[POSTPONED] 3-Day Experience Design Training by KAOSPILOT
[SEEMS TO BE ON 4/3] Last Gasp‘s 50th Anniversary Art Show at 111 Minna Gallery, 21+ (more details to come)
[STILL HAPPENING : 4/12] Bring Your Own Big Wheel (more details)
[STILL ON : 5/23] Weird Homes Tour (!!!!) ,10 AM to 5 PM, Tickets are $40-$60, 13 and younger free
[POSTPONED until 6/10] Dancehall of Beautiful Radiant Things is back, a “social-mixer-disguised-as-a-slow-dance-club,” 7:30 PM at the Verdi Club, Tickets
San Luis Obispo, CA
[SURPRISED TO SEE THAT IT’S STILL ON! 4/11] John Waters Easter at the Madonna Inn! Fred Schneider of The B-52’s to emcee!
[POSTPONED to 10/29-11/1] Arizona Tiki Oasis at the lovely, mid-century Valley Ho Hotel. If you go: Take a sidetrip to the UnderTow, an incredible immersive tiki bar house in a former Jiffy Lube (reservations required).
[IT DOESN’T SAY IT’S OFF BUT I’D CHECK FIRST Ongoing, 1st Sunday of the month] Weird and Awesome with Emmett Montgomery “a love letter to the strangeness and talent that walks amongst us” at Annex Theatre, 7:30 PM, Tickets
[THIS SHOW WILL PROBABLY GO ON, IF I KNOW CHICKEN JOHN 6/15-6/21] Camp Tipsy, “rotten boat building contest and camp-out held at East Park Reservoir,” Tickets
Various U.S. cities, and sometimes Canada
Atlas Obscura has an ongoing calendar of unique experiences. But, don’t you worry about that. Just go wash your hands.
Know about a cool, quirky, and/or indie event? Settle down, we’re in lockdown.