Weekend Planner: May 20


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, May 20


Playa Arts Sneak Peek

American Steel Studios, Oakland

7 PM, All Ages


Curious about what art projects are coming to Burning Man? For May we’ll have 10 artists present their planned works, while on the big screen behind them slides and movies of their art will appear. There will be a variety of projects, both colossus and small, each so mind blowing that you’ll want to participate in their creation…which you can! All art pieces presented will offer opportunities for you to get involved.

From the mystery of the The Last Apothecary to the HUMONGOUS Catacomb of Veils, this will be an evening of awe and inspiration!

East Bay Burners Social: Friday, 20 May 7:00pm – 10:00pm American Steel Studios – Love Potion Collective 1960 Mandela Pkwy, Oakland, CA 94607 Parking & Entry on 20th Street

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The monthly East Bay Burner Socials (January – September) are an opportunity for the Burning Man community to gather on an ongoing basis. Each Social includes at least one speaker of interest and lots of opportunities to see familiar faces, meet new people and learn new things.

We usually get between 80-170 new and veteran Burners with a liberal scattering of the Burner-curious.

The event begins as a social mingle followed by an hour or so of presentations, then more mingling until folks leave. Usually there is a nearby bar that the adults visit to carry on the schmoozing.

The East Bay Burner Socials are family friendly (kids welcome!) wheelchair accessible, and to facilitate discourse, don’t have loud music.

See you there!


Constructed, instead?

Residence/SF, San Francisco

7 PM, All Ages


Constructed, instead? comes from an inner conversation with Susan Sontag’s essay Against Interpretation, in which she dives into what constitutes artistic style and idiosyncratic aesthetics. The question of style –inherent or not- has been raised often but it continues firmly and obstinately in spite of its opponents. With the notion of style, comes the question of whether it is secreted or constructed, and whether this can be distinguished at all.

This exhibition engages in this dilemma whilst highlighting constructed spaces, innuendos of depth and scale, and nonsensical narrative. Through the use of synthetic materials, magic and irony, Constructed, instead? brings artists who live and work in the Bay Area in dialogue about a sense of belonging in liminal spaces, imaginary realms and visual inquiries.

“What is inevitable in a work of art is the style. To the extent that a work seems right, just, unimaginable otherwise (without loss or damage), what we are responding to is a quality of its style. The most attractive works of art are those which give us the illusion the artist had no alternatives… the greatest art seems secreted, not constructed” (Susan Sontag, Against Interpretation)

Please join us for the opening of Constructed, instead? On Friday, May 20th 7-9pm at Residence/SF.

Featuring works by:

Maria Guzmán Capron // www.mariaaguzman.com

Courtney Johnson // www.misscourtneyjohnson.com

José Joaquin Figueroa // www.josejoaquinfigueroa.com

Nick Makanna //  www.nickmakanna.com

Sachi Moskowitz //  www.sachimoskowitz.com

Laura Rokas // www.laurarokas.com

Lindsey White // www.lindseywhiteprojects.com

Curated by: Marcela Pardo Ariza

Special thanks to: Residence/SF (!!!)

Saturday, May 21


Maker Faire Bay Area 2016

The Parkmerced Fairgrounds, San Francisco

10 AM, All Ages


Come celebrate Maker Media’s 11th anniversary in the Bay Area, showcasing creative and resourceful people in the areas of science and technology, engineering, food, and arts and crafts.

Below are details about Maker Faire Bay Area 2016 to help you during the ticket purchase process. For more information about the Faire experience, visit the Maker Faire Bay Area FAQ to get your questions answered.

Rain or shine. No refunds or exchanges. Tickets cannot be replaced or transferred to another Faire.

Hours & Location:

  1. FRIDAY@MakerFaire—Special Preview Day:  Friday, May 20, 2016:  1 pm – 5 pm

  2. Saturday, May 21, 2016:  10 am – 7 pm

  3. Sunday, May 22, 2016:  10 am – 6 pm

Maker Faire Bay Area is held at the San Mateo Event Center in San Mateo, CA. View the location and map details to the right on this page.

FRIDAY@MakerFaire — Ticket Information:

  1. Tickets for FRIDAY@MakerFaire are separate from tickets for, and do not include admission to the Faire on, Saturday & Sunday, May 21 & 22.

  2. Individual Special Access Tickets: Scroll up for ticket options.

  3. School Groups: Click here for ticket info on FRIDAY@MakerFaire—SCHOOL

Maker Faire Bay Area 2016 —Ticket Options & Pricing*:

* Note: Tickets for Saturday & Sunday, May 21 & 22, do not include admission to FRIDAY@MakerFaire on Friday, May 20. Please make a separate purchase for FRIDAY@MakerFaire if you wish to attend this Special Preview Day.

San Mateo Residents: Purchase tickets in person at Whole Foods Market San Mateo. Single Day Passes (Student/Youth & Adult) for Saturday 5/21 & Sunday 5/22 on sale now while supplies last.


Maker Faire offers a variety of discounts off the full retail price.

— Student Discount: Students over 17 years old may purchase the “Youth/Student” ticket if they have a current student photo ID. Current student photo ID, with a ticket, will be required at the Faire entrance.

— Group/School Discount—15%: Discount for group of 15 or more. Must be purchased by May 19. Maker Faire was created for people with people! Come with your friends, family, clubs, company, posse, band, organization, etc. Just follow the directions below and have a blast! To take advantage of our group discount, tickets MUST be purchased at the same time by one person in your group (minimum of 15). Please click this link and fill out a bit of information for discount availability for groups of 15 or more. Group discounts cannot be combined with any other offer. Discount tickets must be purchased by May 19, 2016 (Midnight EDT).

— Military Discount—$10 OFF: Military Discount is good for all U.S. Active Duty (including all National Guard & Reservists) and retired military service members. Military Discount is $10 off all ticket types for Early Bird, Advance or Onsite ticket sales. Military ID will be required at the gate. Limit 4 tickets per transaction. This Military Discount cannot be combined with any other offer. To apply your military discount, please click here.

— Sunday Family Pass—$125.00: ONLINE purchase only by May 19. Your group of 5 people must arrive all together at the same entrance to Maker Faire between 10 am – 1 pm on Sunday, May 22. Sunday Family Pass attendees can stay until the Faire closes at 6 pm on Sunday. This pass is not available on Saturday. The Family Pass must be purchased online BEFORE you arrive on-site and cannot be purchased/combined with any other offers. Your “family” can consist of familyand/or friends to get to a total of 5 people. This special offer cannot be combined with other discounts, e.g., Group/School and/or Military.

More Information:

Weekend Passes cannot be shared between attendees and do not include access to FRIDAY@MakerFaire.

Single Day Passes can be used on Saturday OR Sunday, and do not include access to FRIDAY@MakerFaire.

Maker Booster Pass details available here.

Special Make: magazine Subscription + Ticket Offer: US addresses only (all 50 states). Subscriptions begin with Volume 51.

Activity Wristbands are required for ALL activities.

The name of the ticket purchaser DOES NOT need to match the ticket holder at the gate. If you would like to have the name on the ticket changed or removed, please contact tickets@makerfaire.com. Our team can assist with updating the tickets on your behalf.

Tickets purchased via Eventbrite will receive an email confirmation with a link to print your eTickets from your computer. You may bring the printout of your tickets (Adobe PDF reader required to print) OR you may also add them to your mobile device via the Eventbrite app, PassBook or any PDF Reader.

If you do not receive your email confirmation, check your spam or gray mail folder for it. If you are unable to find it, email tickets@makerfaire.com to have it resent. Please include the name and email address used to order the tickets, and your order number if you have it.

No outside food or beverages are permitted through the gates unless you have special medical, dietary, or religious requirements. A wide variety of for-purchase food options will be available.

Strollers, backpacks, and a bottle of water are allowed.

No pets are allowed, for their safety. Service animals are welcome.

ADA Compliance: A limited number of push wheelchairs will be available at the event site for rental on a first come, first served basis. Accessible water fountains, eating areas, and restrooms are also available.