24 U.S. Cities
[2/14 to 3/29] 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.
[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
, 1951 Monarch (old Naval base) 7:30 PM Thanks, Mark!
[1/31] Zepparella, the all-female Led Zeppelin tribute band is playing 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
[7/10-7/12] Oregon Country Fair, a magical three-day art and music fair, Tickets go on sale 3/15
Las Vegas, NV
[Extended! Until 4/20] Tim Burton’s Lost Vegas art exhibit at the Neon Museum
[Opening this year] Meow Wolf’s Area 15 Thanks, Claudia!
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 PM
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.
[2/2] The Roaming Clowns Night, “Premiering for the first time in the USA, French performers Amélia Bréchet and Agathe Bel will delight you with their beautiful stories, songs, and a lottery to win love letters,” 7:30 PM
[3/7-3/8] Oakland Museum’s White Elephant Sale, 96,000-square-feet of crazy-good deals, FREE but CROWDED
[7/11-7/12] Burger Boogaloo headlines with Bikini Kill and Circle Jerks, Mosswood Park
[2/12] Laugh Lounge Presents: Comedian Laura House & Friends, 7:30 PM to 9:15 PM
[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
[Starting TODAY 1/29] A big chunk of Market Street is CAR FREE!
[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)
[Until 2/2] This year’s Noir City film festival is in full swing at the Castro Theatre, Tickets
[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
[2/14] Drag Show to End Homelessness: “Valentines Day can be a drag, so why not spend it at a drag show!,” El Rio, 7 PM to 10 PM, Tickets Thanks, Nicole!
[3/8 and 3/9] Patti Smith and her band at the Fillmore, 8 PM each night
[3/15] Beware the Brides of March 2020, annual event where folks dress up as brides and bar hop — though it’s more street theater than a crawl, Meet at Bar Fluxus in a wedding gown, 2:30 PM to 8:30 PM
[3/15] Super Shangri-La Show presents Treasure of the Four Crowns at Balboa Theater, 7:30 PM to 10:30 PM
[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
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