[SAN FRANCISCO :: 7/25-7/28] The Gray Area Festival
(now in its fifth year) is a four-day event celebrating art and technology, with a focus on AR, VR, XR, and other immersive tech. Festival Passes will get you access to several days of talks, panels, and mingling with speakers, including: Sarah Brin (who runs strategic partnerships at Meow Wolf); Jaron Lanier (author of You Are Not a Gadget
, currently at Microsoft); Monica Bello (head arts curator at CERN, the European organization for nuclear research); and more.
[Get a 15% off discount off a Festival Pass with this code: RUSTYS
Note: If you *already bought* your Festival Pass, *without* applying a discount, then Gray Area is happy to apply a discount (of the same dollar amount) to either: (a) a Workshop Day ticket, or (b) an Inferno Exoskeleton ticket. Email email@example.com.]
USA and Canada
[various dates] Immersive listings
[7/25 and 7/30] For its 40th anniversary, The Muppet Movie is returning to theaters! 12:30 and 7 PM shows each day
[7/7] Summer Art Fair: Free outdoor local art and music festival, 2309 Encinal, 10 AM to 6 PM
[8/18] Bell Plastics Annual Public Open House, 10 AM to 5 PM, Free, All ages
Los Angeles, CA
[7/14] New performances of 49 Boxes at Black Rabbit Rose
[7/3-7/7] Marin County Fair
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
[Until 8/24] SIGNMAN: John Law, a retrospective of John Law’s work at Pro Arts Gallery
[7/16] Julia Solis, Ron English, and John Law in conversation at Pro Arts, 7 PM to 9 PM
[7/25] William Binzen and John Law in conversation at Pro Arts, 7 PM to 9 PM
[8/24] Closing reception, 8 PM to 10 PM
[7/7] Dennis Evanosky conducts a walking tour of Mountain View Cemetery, meet in front of Chapel of the Chimes in Piedmont, 10 AM to 12:30 PM, Tickets
[7/28] There’s going to be a Monster Bash and Municipal Band Concert at the bandstand near Lake Merritt’s Mid-century Monster, 11 AM to 3 PM, Monster tees and schwag will be available for purchase
[8/16] Children’s Fairyland occasionally opens its fairy gates to adults who want to attend without kids. The next opportunity to do so is August 16 from 7 PM to 10 PM for #Fairyland4Grownups. Tickets go on sale (in person) at the downtown Oaklandish store on July 20. Any remaining tickets will be sold online.
[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
[7/30] Artist submissions deadline
[Until 7/21] Exotic Aquatic, After losing everything in the wildfires over a year ago, light artist Erick Dunn is back with a new show at the Marin Art and Garden Center!
San Diego, CA
[8/7-8/11] Tiki Oasis: Catch the New Wave, Tickets
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.
[Dates in July] Flower Piano at SF Botanical Garden, 9 AM to 6 PM, More info
[7/4] Three Day Stubble at SF Eagle, 9 PM to 2 AM
[7/9] Conversation with Justin Oliphant and the Explorer’s Guild at 3264 Mission, 7 PM to 9 PM (Go on adventures with the Explorer’s Guild!)
[8/2] The return of indie pop group Imperial Teen at Rickshaw Stop, 8 PM, Tickets
[8/4] James, along with the Psychedelic Furs at Stern Grove (free concert), 2 PM to 5 PM
San Jose, CA
[Now] “Surreal Sublime” at San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art
Know about a cool happening? Send me the info and I’ll share it with the class!