[1/19] Balsa Man
, the diminutive version of the big wooden guy at Burning Man, is headed to the No Spectators
exhibit at the Oakland Museum of California. From 11 AM to 5 PM, you can bring your pre-made tiny art offerings (be inspired by these mini porta-potties!) for the 1/16th-scale Balsa Man city or create something onsite.
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[2/14 to 3/29] Pee-wee’s Big Adventure 35th Anniversary Tour with Paul Reubens — a screening of the film followed by Paul Reubens himself sharing never-before-heard stories about the making of the movie. Special pre-tour kickoff happens in Ventura, California on January 24!
[2/14 – 3/15] Adelaide Fringe, “Australia’s biggest, open access arts festival” Thanks, Jeff!
[2/8 and 3/14] Lightning on Demand (Tesla coil) demos
: “large-scale electrical effects from the subtle to multi-megavolt discharges,” 1951 Monarch (old Naval base) 7:30 PM Thanks, Mark!
[1/31] Zepparella at UC Theatre, 8 PM
[2/15] That Really Happened? A Night of True Stories at The Monkey House, 7:30 to 9:30 PM, Sliding scale $10-$20
Las Vegas, NV
[Until 2/15] Tim Burton’s Lost Vegas art exhibit at the Neon Museum looks amazing
Los Angeles, CA
Both locations of MOCA are now permanently free!
[Now] Cages, as described by 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. Took 6 years of development and sets a new bar.”
[Last Saturday of the month] almighty Opp, a streetside puppet show in Koreatown recommended by CTP who says, “It’s fantastic. And bizarre, and funny, and wonderous,” 9 p.m.
New York City
RED pal Oriana Leckert always highlights the best events in the Big Apple!
[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)
[Now until 2/16] No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man at OMCA, Tickets
**Full listings of all the exhibit’s events here.
[3/1] Sugar Rush IV: A Cupcake Tasting Event at Angel Cakes, 1 PM to 4 PM, Tickets
[3/7-3/8] White Elephant Sale, 96,000-square-feet of crazy-good deals, free
[7/11-7/12] Burger Boogaloo headlines with Bikini Kill and Circle Jerks, Mosswood Park
[5/16-5/17] 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. Huh… that last part seems oddly familiar! Tickets are $80 for a two-day pass, or $45 for a daily one.
San Diego, CA
[8/12-8/16] Tiki Oasis is celebrating its 20th anniversary this August! Two things: 1.) This is not to be confused with Arizona Tiki Oasis which happens April 23 to 26 in Scottsdale (same producers though!) AND 2.) tickets are not yet on sale yet — this is just a heads up!
San Francisco, CA
[1/17 and 1/18] Homespun – an Evening of Choral Americana, Calling All Choir’s Winter Finale at Mission Dolores Basilica, 8 PM both evenings
[Now until 1/26] SF Sketchfest comedy festival
[1/17] Don’t miss Crispin Hellion Glover at The Castro!
[2/1] Night of Ideas, an “all-night marathon of philosophical debate, keynotes, panels, workshops, and performances designed to spur dialogue and creative participation on the theme ‘Living on the Edge,'” 7 PM to 2 AM at the San Francisco Public Library, FREE (though may already be sold out)
[2/6] Odyssey Works is hosting a Valentine’s Day Date Design Workshop so you can learn how to design the perfect Valentine’s Day date, 6 to 9 PM
[2/5-2/8] Fog City Magic Fest — four days of magic — at EXIT Theatre
[2/7- 2/9] The End of You, a pop-up immersive experience at Gray Area / Grand Theater that “explores how immersive art can invite new perspectives on humanity and our living world.”
[2/29] Imperial Teen at The Chapel, 8 PM
[3/8 and 3/9] Patti Smith and her band at the Fillmore, 8 PM each night
[4/23-4/26] Arizona Tiki Oasis at the lovely, midcentury Valley Ho Hotel
[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
[6/15-6/21] Camp Tipsy, “rotten boat building contest and camp-out held at East Park Reservoir,” patron tickets available now
Various U.S. cities, and sometimes Canada
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!