This Week's Hottest Events: Fourth of July at Exploratorium, Yassou Benedict, and Fillmore Jazz Fest
Literature majors roll their eyes at Surrealism while pleading with poets like Gertrude Stein to please start making some amount of sense any second now. But according to the new "Digital Infinity" exhibition, life in the 21st century makes even less sense than Stein does. This exhibition focuses on the excessive, headache-inducing swarms of information spiraling around in the modern media environment with a blend of painting, photography, and sculpture.
When: Sun. 6/28 - Sat. 8/3
Where: Jessica Silverman Gallery, 804 Sutter St.
Ara Peterson: "Wavepacks"
While kinetic wave formation might not be your thing, Ara Peterson's new sculptures, rigid as sculptures can be while filled with colors and patterns that create a brilliantly fluid motion, might just turn you into a kinetic wave enthusiast. Or at the very least, a fan of Peterson's sculptures.
When: Sat. 6/29 - Sat. 8/3
Where: Ratio 3, 2831A Mission St.
Beyoncé and you might just be together soon. And by together, we mean that you have the chance to see her perform from afar—but in the same radius and planet no less—right in San Jose for the Mrs. Carter Show World Tour. You saw that Super Bowl halftime performance. You know it's worth it.
When: 8 p.m., Tues. 7/2
Where: HP Pavilion, 525 W Santa Clara St., San Jose
San Francisco-based pop-rock band Yassou Benedict likes to experiment. For them, all song structures must be unconventional. All time signatures must shift. Everything must be bold. Their soulful and haunting vocal melodies will pull at your emotions, so make sure to grab hold of them tightly when you check out their brand-spanking-new album In Fits in Dreams.
When: Album drops Tues. 7/2
Where: Amoeba Records, 1855 Haight St.
Exploratorium After Dark: Boom
If you're in town for the holiday and still looking for something to do, celebrate Independence Day with the Exploratorium's After Dark: Boom event, where you'll learn all about the science behind fireworks. And if you're lucky, maybe you'll be able to catch a glimpse of the light show on the bay.
When: 6 - 10 p.m., Thurs. 7/4
Where: The Exploratorium, Pier 15
Fillmore Jazz Festival
The Fillmore Jazz Festival, the West Coast's largest free jazz festival, returns this summer with a weekend featuring 12 whole blocks of soul, art, music, food, and more soul from sunup to sundown. You know you're getting the best of the best because performers include Jazz Artist in Residence Kim Nalley and the World Music Artist in Residence Peter Apfelbaum.
When: 10 - 6 p.m., Sat. 7/6 - Sun. 7/7
Where: Fillmore Street between Jackson and Eddy
10th Annual Temescal Street Fair
When people think of the cool parts of Oakland, Temescal is bound to come up. And because every cool part of town deserves a fair, Temescal has one. With 150 booths of local arts and crafts, 3 food courts, and local performances, this fair will be a quick review on why Temescal is great.
When: 12 - 6 p.m., Sun. 7/7
Where: Telegraph Avenue between 40th and 51st, Oakland