You’ve worked hard all week, and now Friday’s here again! It’s time to start planning your weekend! Welcome to Weekend Planner, your weekend update on fun.
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.
Click on any of the event titles for a link to the event.
Friday, March 2nd
Cafe du Nord, San Francisco
8 PM, All Ages
Like certain other Southern California songwriters before him, Matt Costa has drifted through a strange and varied life in music, pushed toward pop music at a young age, selling hundreds of thousands of records and touring the world on the back of a simple, direct, and freewheeling debut. In the last few years, Costa took heavy stock in his work, and made unexpected turns into more progressive and thoughtful territories. This new direction has found him wandering; an outlier between the worlds of his own development as an artist, modern Orange County, his former label Brushfire Records, and cutting through the center of a now hidden and older California mystique.
Prolific at every turn, Matt has taken on the aura of a classic California drifter, spinning records in the midnight hours of his local Laguna Beach radio station, writing by day cataclysmically varied music, from fingerpicked John Fahey like numbers to Beach Boys like pop, to singer songwriter numbers like a young Harry Nillson, to early rock & roll- Eric Burdon and the Animals, Van Morrison’s Them, the guitar playing and arrangements of Brian Jones.
The last years have been eventful ones. Born and raised in Laguna Beach, Costa met some filmmakers hard at work on a documentary entitled Orange Sunshine detailing the story of the Brotherhood of Eternal love; a coastal church centered on psychedelics who became the largest manufacturers and distributors of LSD in the United States. Matt composed the entire score, beginning to tap into the underlying myths and secrets of his hometown. The film and Matt’s soundtrack were both released to wide acclaim at the end of 2016. Concurrently with the film, Matt Costa began to write so much music that it threw off label schedules. Exhausted by talk of record and touring cycles, and the economics of the music industry, Matt quietly self released a total of 5 EP’s, each with a different and varied sound.
The start of 2017 brings a new found purpose, resolution, and a powerful new cycle of songs harkening to the sunny side and the darker edges of California. With each song speaking from both its own history and experience, Matt is now returning to the studio, embarking on his first full LP in almost five years. Recording at New Monkey Studio (Elliott Smith’s old room in Los Angeles), and produced alongside Peter Matthew Bauer (The Walkmen) & Nick Stumpf (French Kicks, Caveman), this new record takes Matt Costa’s experiments and journeys of the last few years and focuses them into a new and direct statement. There is a classic sound and focus reminiscent of Tom Petty and early Elvis Costello, complete with a strong back beat discovered with his rollicking touring band, and an an acoustic side that plays out as some of Matt’s best individual stories put to tape. After a long time wandering, it is now time for a return to the world at large.
De Anza College, Cupertino
All Day, All Ages
For the first time ever, celebrate Holi – the festival of colors – at De Anza College!
Brought to you by Injoy Cultural Club, hours of entertainment and fun is promised! Dance to the beats of music, play with powdered colors, and have delicious food and drinks!
Entry is free for all! Entry will be on first come first serve basis. Make sure you pre-book your spot!
What are my parking options at the venue?
One-day permits are available for $3 from machines in every student parking lot including the Flint Center and the Stelling parking structures. (Source: deanza.edu)
How can I locate the parking lots and S quad?
Please refer to the campus map.
Will powdered colors be provided? Can I get my own colors?
We will be providing biodegradable, eco-friendly powdered colors for free. If you get your own colors they must be biodegradable.
Will you have a DJ?
Will you have food and drinks?
Yes, we will have a food truck at the venue!
What should I wear? Will my clothes and shoes get dirty?
The colors are biodegradable and should be easy to wash off but this does not guarantee that your clothes will remain spotless, so wear something you don’t mind ruining.
What can I bring with me to the ground?
We request you to keep your hands as free as possible so that you can enjoy the festival.
What if it rains?
Holi is usually celebrated in India with water and rain showers, so this should not be an issue. However, if it is too stormy we may have to take measures that we deem appropriate.
How can I contact the organizer with any questions?
E-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will respond within 2-3 days.
*FAQs will keep being updated until the event day. Any and all mentioned details are subject to change with or without notice.
Saturday, March 3rd
White Elephant Warehouse, Oakland
10 AM, All Ages
The White Elephant Sale has been taking one person’s trash and recycling it into someone else’s treasure for more than 50 years.
The White Elephant Sale is Northern California’s biggest and best rummage sale. The sale takes place in a 96,000-square-foot warehouse site at 333 Lancaster Street, near the Oakland Estuary.
The celebrated rummage sale includes 19 departments, offering a range of quality used goods including furniture, artwork, household items, china, sporting goods, fine jewelry, Asian collectibles, tools, music, books, vintage and contemporary clothing.
Shoppers are advised to arrive early and wear comfortable shoes. A complimentary shuttle service from the Fruitvale BART to the WES warehouse will be provided for the January 28th Preview Sale and on the March 3rd and 4th White Elephant Sale days.
Organized and presented by the Oakland Museum Women’s Board, the White Elephant Sale is made possible by donations from the public. For the past two years, the sale has raised over $2 million each year to support the museum.
Latham Square Fountain, Oakland
3: 30 PM, Ages: 21+
The Blue Collar Beer Tour | Visit Breweries in Alameda and San Leandro
There’s nothing better than a guided tour where you can check out local breweries, drink amazing beers, meet great people and not have to worry about a thing!
No hard hats required for this tour, but be ready for strong and well-constructed beer flavors. These brewers are brave and hard at work producing some of the most popular craft beers in the country. There are seemingly infinite options for every kind of palette.
This tour showcases some of the Bay Area’s larger breweries with awesome West Coast style IPA’s as well as some delicious barrel-aged beers.
WHAT TO EXPECT:
You will be greeted by your friendly guide at the designated meeting location. After making sure everyone is present and has proper ID, you will all board “Dubbie”, the safe and comfortable passenger van that provides your round-trip transportation. While on board you may enjoy complimentary snacks and beverages.
Travel to 3 local microbreweries where you will enjoy beer flights that give you the best opportunity to taste a variety of beer styles at each brewery. The best part is you don’t have to wait in line for your beer. Your guide will happily help you make your beer picks and bring them to you! In total you will have approximately 15 different beers!
We will go behind the scenes and learn how beer is made and about the quality ingredients that make it taste so good! Have more beer questions? Your guide is a certified Cicerone and ready to share beer knowledge with you.
If you get hungry you can grab lunch at one of the food trucks outside the breweries. They are there waiting to serve you anything from nachos to sausages. All go great with a craft beer!
Don’t forget to take plenty of pictures, play some games, and request a song or two throughout the day! This beer experience is one to not be forgotten.
Want to show your appreciation to the brewery staff…don’t worry, all gratuity for your beer-tenders is included!
At the end of your tour, you will be dropped off in the same location where you were picked up. If interested, your guide is happy to suggest other fun places in the area to visit.
WHERE TO MEET:
Pick Up and Drop Off Location is in front of the fountain at Latham Square Plaza. in Oakland at the intersection of Broadway and Telegraph Avenue. 2 blocks from 19th Street Bart station.
MORE TO KNOW:
Reservations are required. All participants must be at least 21 years old.
Closed-toe shoes are mandatory. Please do not wear sandals or flip flops. Dress comfortably.
Whole Brew World does not condone drunk driving! It is best you take public transportation or a ride-share to the meeting location.
Sunday, March 4th
Oakland and Berkeley
11:30 AM, Ages: 21+
The Golden West Beer Tour | Visit Oakland and Berkeley Breweries
There’s nothing better than a guided tour where you check out the best local breweries, drink amazing beers, meet great people and not have to worry about a thing!
Oakland was at one time one of the largest beer brewing cities in the country until Prohibition ended the city’s golden glow. But thanks to several microbrewers it is buzzing again. For the last few years Oakland and Berkeley have emerged as a craft beer goldmine and the location of some of the best breweries, brewpubs and beer bars in the Golden State.
On this brewery tour you can also listen to your favorite tunes and play games throughout the day! You will have plenty of time to taste a variety of amazing beers from Common Lagers to Sours and enjoy a quick bite if you choose.
Included in all public tours:
All of your beer tastings at each brewery
Safe and comfortable round-trip transportation for a maximum of 8 guests
Professional and friendly guide with beer knowledge
Visit a minimum of 3 breweries
A brewery facility tour at one stop
Gratuity for brewery staff
Complimentary on board snacks and non-alcoholic beverages
Pick Up and Drop Off Location is in front of the fountain at Latham Square Plaza in Oakland att the intersection of Broadway and Telegraph Avenue. 2 blocks from 19th Street Bart station.
Reservations are required and all participants must be at least 21 years old. Private tours are also available.
The Fillmore, San Francisco
7 PM, Ages: 14+
“John Linnell and John Flansburgh are one of rock’s all-time most quixotic successes” – SPIN
“Perfect pop music can come from anywhere and can go anywhere. They Might Be Giants have demonstrated this for a quarter century…” – The New Yorker
“One of rock’s longest and most prodigious partnerships” – Consequence of Sound
“Catch them if you can — their live shows always deliver.” – USA Today
They Might Be Giants have been delivering highly energetic, highly melodic and highly imaginative music for over thirty years. They write, record and perform continuously. Brooklyn’s original alternative rockers have made more than a dozen albums, sold more than a million, and won a couple of Grammys. They have created DVD and book projects for kids, and contributed themes and songs to numerous television and film projects.