Arts & Events

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By Dorothy Snodgrass
Saturday May 25, 2013 - 06:28:00 PM

One might easily imagine that things in the East Bay would slow down over the Memorial Day Weekend. Not so! There's actually a plethora of exciting events and entertainment the next several days. (How do you like that "plethora?") 

For theatre lovers there's a premier performance of a new play, "Dear Elizabeth", based on letters from Elizabeth Bishop to Robert Lowell. Berkeley Rep. West Coast Premier. (510) 647-2949

Pro Arts East Bay Open Studios. Over 400 artists. June 8-9. Frank Ogawa Plaza, Oakland. A self-guided tour of local artists’ studios. 

Expressions Gallery, 2035 Ashby Ave., through July 26. Wed. - Sat. 12 - 5 p.m. Sun. 12-3 p.m. (510) 644-4930

Oakland Art Murmur Galleries, Sat. Stroll. Open every Saturday 1 - 5 p.m. 

Kate Wolf Music Festival, June 28-30 at beautiful Black Oak Ranch, Laytonville (415) 256-8400 

Fox Theatre, Oakland, "Portugal, The Man". Saturday July 13. 

Sierra Nevada World Music Festival, June 21-23.

Love our Lake Day. June 9th, Sunday 11 a.m. 4 p.m. Come play in the car free streets and parks surrounding Lake Merritt. Take Bart or AC Transit. Lake Merritt Boulevard. Grand Opening. (Formerly 12th Street). 

Compared to What", written and directed by Oakland playwright, Judith Offer, about the founding of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, three weekends at the First Christian Church Fellowship Hall, Fairmont Ave. 

A Memorial Service for Barbara Oliver, well known and admired co-founder of the Aurora Theatre, June 8th, 2 p.m. at Saint Mark's Episcopal Church, 2300 Bancroft Way. 


I trust that the above mentioned activities will whip up your appetite for many of the cultural events available this Memorial Day Weekend.