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Arts & Culture

Weekend Go-Tos for August 13, 2015

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Christopher Chan
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Dragon Boats take over Lake Merritt this Sunday, August 16.

If you are looking for unique suggestions on what to do around the Bay Area this weekend, you are in luck! We have a few hand-picked choices, just for you. 

Compared to other areas around Northern California, The Bay Area has a wealth of well-preserved movie theaters. One of them, The Orinda Theater, is also a frequent host of free movie nights. Tonight, you can see The Bridge on The River Kwai for free, at 7:00 p.m. You can find more information about tonight’s event, and upcoming free movie nights at lamorindatheatres.com.

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Local band The Boars are on this Friday's bill for Teenage Dance Craze at the Knockout.

On Friday night, the local band The Boars brings their iconic 60's garage band sound to the Knockout on Mission Street in San Francisco, as part of the dance night: Teenage Dance Craze. Come to see the bands, but stay for the all-vinyl 60's dance party in between sets. The first band performs at 9:00 p.m., and you will need to be 21 years or older to attend. Visit theknockoutsf.com for further details.

Oakland’s annual Dragon Boat Festival is back this Sunday. Expect to see boats decorated with an ornately carved dragon’s head at the bow, a tail in the stern, and a 40-foot-long hull painted with dragon’s scales. Over 45 dragon boat crews all over the country will descend onto Lake Merritt to battle for pre-qualification for the International Dragon Boat Federation’s World Championship, which will happen later, in Italy. It’s free to spectate, and you’ll see boats starting their runs at 9am, and heading into the late afternoon. Check out their website at oaklanddragonboatfestival.org.

Is there an event happening this weekend that you'd like folks to know about? Feel free to add it below in the comments section.