Seems like I was just writing this same post the other day, instead of last Friday. How joyful I am when time flies! It’s been a busy week for me; I did a lot of running around in the rain with a week-old sore throat that refuses to falter and dissipate. Though I rejoice EVERY Friday, I’m not sure what events, if any, I’ll be partaking in. However, I’ve put together a small handy dandy list for you social butterfly hopefuls, being that the rain is supposed to be gone for the ENTIRE weekend. Enjoy!
First Fridays Art Murmur
Though some problems have previously plagued the ever-popular First Fridays event in Uptown Oakland, it seems like organizers have handled most of them. The forecast predicts dry weather for tonight, so it might be the perfect opportunity to partake in this hip, cool community event. Even if you aren’t into art (which there is plenty of), the crowd alone is reason enough to get out and have some fun. There’s info here.
Alvin Ailey Dance Company
Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley
Last week it was John Legend, this week it’s the world-renowned Alvin Ailey Dance Company who will grace the stage at UC Berkeley. If it wasn’t for my persistent cough and light pockets, this would be my pick. Learn more about the dance company and how to swipe tickets here.
Landmark Clay Theatre, SF
I had to include this event strictly for the sake of amusement. If you have a sick sense of humor like me, you may have (or have not) attempted to watch Sharknado. What is Sharknado? Hmm…it can best be described as the stupidest, cheapest, most ridiculous t.v. project made. Literally. This is the one and only time it’ll ever hit the big screen (I saw it on Netflix), so I challenge you to see how long you can sit through this atrocity. I lasted a whopping 29 minutes. Try and beat that! Tickets are here.
Macy’s Flower Show
Union Square Macy’s, SF
Having been inspired by a post my best friend did on the Macy’s Flower Show in NYC, I was more than thrilled to see that one was taking place right here in the Bay. The Union Square Macy’s is my personal haven. I’ll ditch and dodge tourists all day just to shop their racks. Which is why this flower show is sure to be amazing. There’s all types of perks involved this weekend, which signals the end of the show. Get the deets here!
Oakland International Film Festival
Various locations, Oakland
12 years in, the Oakland Film Festival is still going strong. It’s an international film festival, which means there will something for everyone, even if you don’t understand another language. Take a chance and see something, it might change your perspective. See the schedule here.
Muni Diaries Live!
Elbo Room, SF
Are you annoyed and exasperated by the necessary evil that is public transportation, and in this case, Muni? After four years in the city, I’ll never look at buses the same, so I was excited to learn about Muni Diaries, a website all about the Muni experience. Now, you can experience the horror tales live. Hilariousness will ensue. Find out more here.
Kindred the Family Soul
Y’all know I love music, right? R&B, Soul, Funk, Blues, Pop, Soft Rock, Rap; I like to feel the vibrations, you know? So it’s rare I can talk about the weekend without including at least ONE music event. This weekend, we’re taking it way back, with Kindred Family Soul, who have been rockin the stage for over 10 years now. That’s reason enough to grab a ticket. Get em’ here.
Golden State Warrior vs. Utah Jazz
Oracle Arena, Oakland
If Sunday rolls around and you’re not tired yet, head over to Oracle Arena to root for the Warriors. I’ve been to countless sports games in my life, but there’s nothing quite as exciting as watching basketball games, up close and personal. The game doesn’t start until 6pm, so you have plenty of time to recover from Saturday night. Tickets are here!
Welp, that sums it up. Whether you choose these events or others, be safe and have fun.
Cheers to the weekend!