Integrating a television into a home's decor has been the bane of many a designer's existence for probably as long as the device has been around, resulting in some interesting–and occasionally odd–attempts at concealment or beautification. We've all seen the repurposed bureau-turned-hiding-place and the flat-screen-above-the-mantel, but that's just the tip of the creative iceberg. Catch an episode of Cribs and you might spy a bedroom with what we like to call the "Late Night Creeper", aka a flat screen concealed in a chest at the foot of the bed that rises at the touch of a remote. Or what about the "Destinee's Special"?
This Thursday, the 10-day long 13th annual Arab Film Festival will kick off with an opening night reception at the Castro Theatre, first with the Noor Awards at 6pm, followed by a special screening of Pomegranates and Myrrh at 7:30pm.
In the week that follows, films and tributes will take place in San Francisco (Oct. 15-18), San Jose (Oct. 17-18), Berkeley (Oct. 23-25) and Los Angeles (Oct. 23-25).
Lots going on this weekend! Start with a gallery show at BellJar, wake up early and make the trek down to Tracy for Restoration Hardware's warhouse sale, then spend Sunday combing through the cream of the American crafting crop at Fort Mason. Check out the deets below:
microHabitat at BellJar: As the name suggests, artist Micke Tong's show features tiny living spaces, from miniscule Victorian facades to wee pre-fabs (who knew they could get any smaller?), but you'll also find drawings and candy-colored taxidermy thrown in too, for good measure. Opening Friday, August 14th from 6 to 9 PM and continuing through September 11th. Details available here.
If you're tired of hitting the town sans pooch, here's your chance to paint the town red with Fido in tow. At the Westin St. Francis' "Dogs Days of Summer" on Aug. 26, canines and their owners will be treated like VIPS (Very Important Pets and Persons) in an event benefitting the San Francisco SPCA.
A few events happening around town this Father's Day weekend:
After a winter hibernation, Indie Mart is back this Sunday with its first outdoor event of the season. They'll be shutting down the street at 17th and Wisconsin for outdoor vendors, food, and crafters galore. Also, local bands The Frail, Shannon and the Clams, and The Red Verse will be performing throughout the day inside Thee Parkside.
Maybe it's the Johnny Depp effect, but there's no denying the universal appeal of pirates. So if Father's Day BBQs and games of catch aren't your bag, we're going to go out on a plank (har har) and suggest the NorCal Pirate Festival, which promises to be a swashbucklin' good time. There will be music, there will be crafts and there will be swordfights (obviously). Also not to miss are the ventriloquist Captain Jack Spareribs (c'mon, you're curious), musical troupe the Seadogs, the dueling Privateers of the Dauntless and the singing vixens Queen Anne's Revenge.
Oh yeah, and it's free.
If you're not so much into the free love attitude that San Francisco embodies, if you hear the word "harmony" and automatically want to leave this page, hold on just a sec. While the prime focus of this weekend's Harmony Festival in Santa Rosa does encompass art, green living, ecology and spirituality "from the roots up," there's a whole lot more going on than just that.
Go ahead and let out a big sigh of relief - it's Friday! And better still, the weather is feeling good and there are loads of activities around the Bay Area to keep you entertained this weekend. Here are our picks:
Pop Noir is an enormous art auction and fundraiser benefiting Southern Exposure, a local non-profit organization dedicated to promoting arts education. It's taking place this Saturday at Electric Works, and is sure to be a good time.