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Arts/Culture/Weekend: Memorial Day Edition

Things to do by day, all night long, in theaters, museums, on bicycles, at festivals, and parks. Here’s your Arts/Culture/Weekend for Memorial Day weekend:


David Brower Center // “Almost Together” is the title of this year’s juried art show at Berkeley’s David Brower Center. Turn off your smartphone and explore the role of face-to-face interactions in today’s digital world in this new exhibit. // DETAILS: Weekdays 9am – 5pm, Sundays: 10am – 1pm; 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA; Cost: Free.

Fahrenheit 9/11" // Political commentator and filmmaker Michael Moore released this documentary in 2004, three years after the attacks on the World Trade Center. In this film, he takes a critical look at the Bush presidency, the War on Terror and media coverage from that time. // DETAILS: 12pm; on the big screen at the Main Branch of the San Francisco Public Library, Civic Center, as part of a month-long “Michael Moore-athon”; Cost: Free.


Brava Theater // The play “Burqavaganza”takes a satirical Bollywood-style look at the culture and politics surrounding the burqa. The playwright hopes that audiences will “rethink and lift the veil of prejudice, outdated values, and hypocrisy within all societies.” // DETAILS: Thursdays – Saturdays, 8pm, Sundays 3pm; Brava Theater, 2781 24th Street, San Francisco; Cost: $20.  


“The Clock” // We’ve previously listed this immersive experience, but we’re doing it again because Saturday is the final day to see this 24-hour video montage in its entirety. Artist Christian Marclay and his crew have found and assembled images from film and television for every minute of the day, and they’re shown in real time. “Mesmerizing” is the word most commonly heard to describe the work. SFMOMA will be open ‘round the clock so that “The Clock” can be seen any time. // DETAILS: May 25, 11am - May 26, 5:45pm; SFMOMA, 151 Third St., SF; Cost: Free.

Fraenkel Gallery // If you don’t have (literally) all day to experience Marclay’s work, wander over to the Fraenkel photo gallery to see his exhibition there. Titled “Things I’ve Heard,” all of these photographs have something to do with sound. // DETAILS: Fraenkel Gallery; Tuesdays - Fridays, 9:30am - 5:30pm,  Sat 11am - 5pm, through May 25; 49 Geary, SF; Cost: Free.

Hacky Sack Tournament // You’ve probably seen skinny dudes awkwardly kicking these cloth cubes on college campuses or in parks and not given it much thought. Participants in this weekend’s Hacky Sack Tournament suggest you to reconsider. // DETAILS: Saturday & Sunday, May 25 & 26; Lakeside Park, Bellevue Ave. & Perkins St., Oakland; 1am – 5pm.

Arts/Culture/Weekend is a roundup of our favorite events coming up around the Bay Area. Please do let us know if you have an event coming up in your neighborhood, and we'll try to include it.


Art & Wind Fest // If you need another reason to be outside this weekend, the Art & Wind Festival in San Ramon could be it. A full line-up of events is planned today and tomorrow, ranging from belly dancing and puppets (that’s the art part) to kite flying demonstrations by national champs, and helicopter landings (that’s the wind part). Check the website for times and other specifics. // DETAILS: Central Park, 12501 Alcosta Blvd., San Ramon; Sunday & Monday, May 26 & 27, 10am – 5pm; Cost: Free.

Tour de Fromage // Bike racing fans still have visions of last Sunday’s Tour de California in mind. Well, forget that. This Sunday it’s the Tour de Fromage, a tour of local cheese purveyors - from Ocean Beach to North Beach - presented by the SF Bicycle Coalition. // DETAILS: Meet at McLaren Lodge in Golden Gate Park (off Stanyan), San Francisco; start 10am, end about 4:30pm; Cost: Free, but $10 donation requested. And you’ll probably want to buy some of the cheeses that you sample along the way.

American Legion // Oakland’s annual Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony takes place today, sponsored by the American Legion. // DETAILS: Starts at Grove Street & Ramapo Valley Road, Oakland, 1pm; Cost: Free, including refreshments at the Legion Post (65 Oak Street) after the parade.