Every Friday we put together a list of the weekend events we think look most interesting and provide them here. Keep in mind there is always a lot more going on, and all it takes is a little digging to find something that will be the perfect activity for you.
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Friday, August 14
California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco
End summer with science: Immerse yourself in the natural world at the California Academy of Sciences’ third annual #TeenScienceNight, a teen takeover night at the museum. Bay Area youth (ages 13 – 18) are invited to come relax and explore the world of science at this free, fun-filled event. Watch science come to life on August 14th from 6:30pm – 9:00pm at #TeenScienceNight – planned for youth, by youth.
Who: Teens from around the SF Bay Area (13-18 years old)
What: Science, music, food, and programs
Where: The California Academy of Sciences
When: August 14, 2015 from 6:30pm – 9:00pm
How: Register via EventBrite to secure your ticket. The event may fill up, so make sure to RSVP as soon as possible.
San Francisco Zoo Oakland Zoo The Mix SFPL NASA Opportunities in Visualization, Art, and Science (NOVAS) Chabot Space & Science Center
Rossi’s BBQ, Sonoma
8:45 PM, 21+
Artist Biography: Vaud and the Villains is an 18 piece orchestra and cabaret show. It is loosely themed as a traveling medicine show… 50% church, 50% get down and 5% circus. Its Americana Noir meets Moulin Rouge with the presentation of a modern day, over the top, rock and roll spectacle.
When we began to select and write material for the show we had a simple criteria: Vivid, uplifting and fun. A show to appeal to every age, color, creed, sexual orientation and political affiliation… some wild Fitzgeraldian party that you had only dreamt could exist come to life before your eyes. When you leave a Vaud and the Villains show, you may find you are walking 8 inches off the ground… this is by design as well.
Vaud and the Villains has been captivating Los Angeles and beyond since
2008. Widely acclaimed for their powerhouse home run performances and diverse ensemble, their local club shows have remained a coveted ticket for music lovers, hipsters and dreamers alike since their inception. Their over the top style, part Sunday service, part rock and roll, part circus, is a constantly evolving show that remains buoyed to their motto: “every saint has a past, every sinner has a future…” 2014 was a banner year for them. Selling out halls in San Francisco and San Diego early in the year led to a headlining slot at the Sacramento Music Fest in May where they were voted crowd favorite second only to Trombone Shorty. In between they squeezed in a couple shows in France during the Cannes film festival at an event honoring Andrea Bocelli. They have recorded at the legendary House of Rock in Santa Monica. They have sold out the Ford Amphitheater twice and have been a fixture with local circus troupe Cirque Berzerk and LA’s quirky downtown Edison nightclub. They were included in the Hollywood Bowl season finale 2014 Simpsons Spectacular, in which they played two of their own arrangements of famous Simpsons songs for three nights of sold out shows. They appeared on Showtime’s HOUSE OF LIES playing one of their tunes and two others were also licensed for the episode. They began as an act that played wild renditions of American traditions as well as reimagined well known modern songs. They are currently recording their first album of original tunes and it will be complete by early summer. “Vaud & the Villains’ exuberant fusion of vintage New Orleans jazz, R&B and gospel music, wildly inventive arrangements and dynamic theatrical performance is simply a wonder to behold. The only trouble I have with this soul-stirring outfit is deciding whether I want them at my sendoff when it’s time to shuffle off this mortal coil–or waiting there to joyously welcome me to the other side.” – Randy Lewis, Los Angeles Times
Saturday, August 15
Fort Mason, San Francisco
COME ONE, COME ALL! Join us in celebrating the craft spirits movement with a grand selection of handcrafted ultra-premium spirits from around the world in this two-day showcase.
Step right up, grab a friend, and enjoy a day of spirits tasting! Visit the onsite retail store to bring home a special bottle or two of your favorite finds! Don’t miss the incredible Polynesian dancers and entertainment throughout the weekend!
Tickets are limited for both days and sell out, so be sure to buy your tickets early! Visit our website for an updated list of participating brands!
Craft Spirits Carnival is Presented by Hangar 1 Vodka!
General Admission: 2-5pm. The Main Event! Try & Buy hundreds of Spirits *NEW* Cult Lounge: 1-5PM. All-access VIP pass to the Main Room and Cult Lounge featuring wines retailing over $50 or rated 90+ points by Drink Me Magazine Trade: Sunday Only. 1-5pm, Spirits tasting (Industry and Trade Media ONLY)
Ticket prices include admission, tasting glass, and UNLIMITED TASTING Tasting ends promptly at 5pm
NO CHILDREN OR BABIES! NO PETS! 21 AND OLDER ONLY! NO REFUNDS!
Rainbow Rec Room, Oakland
1PM, PK-12th Grade
Free or Donation
Come One, Come All to Our Youth Matter 8th Annual Back 2 School Bash in Partnership with Rainbow Recreation Center:
Saturday, August 15, 2015 from 1:00 – 5:00 pm (registration starts @ 12 pm, pre-register get gift)
Free Backpacks & School Supplies
(Preschool – 12th Grade)
Student must be present to receive supplies
This year we have a carnival theme: Entertainment, face painting, concession, carnival games, prizes and more
LOCATION: Rainbow Recreation Center
5800 International Blvd Oakland, CA
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Presidio, San Francisco
1pM, All Ages
This workshop is designed for people with some level of watercolor experience who are interested in building on what they know and painting outdoors.
Free. Limited to 30 participants. Registration is required.
Information regarding meeting locations, parking, and other important details will be provided in a confirmation email, after registration is completed
This event is part of the free Presidio exhibition now on display at the San Francisco Main Library from May 23 to September 24, 2015.