BAY BRIDGE PHOTOGRAPHY SHOW Opening with a reception on Friday, Sept. 9, at 5 p.m. at ACCI Gallery in Berkeley is “The Bay Bridge by Air, Land, and Sea,” a show with works by Berkeley photographers David Garnick and Barrie Rokeach. The photographs feature the new Eastern span of the Bay Bridge. Garnick’s photographs, from his series “Thirty-Six Views of the Bay Bridge,” are inspired by 19th-century Japanese woodcut artists, and are printed to recall the visual style of early 20th-century hand-colored lithographs. Read more in Berkeleyside’s feature on Garnick. Rokeach’s photographs, (which have also been written about on Berkeleyside), are from his commission to document the construction of the new span from the air. His aerial photos provide a window into the complex and often delicate process of erecting the superstructure. The show runs through Sept. 27 with artist talks Sept. 11, 17 and 24. ACCI Gallery is at 1652 Shattuck Ave. For more details visit ACCI’s website.
SUNSET IDEAS HOUSE The 2016 Sunset Ideas House is in the Claremont Hills neighborhood, bordering Oakland and Berkeley, and can be visited this weekend both Saturday, Sept. 10, or Sunday, Sept. 11. Discover casual, beautiful, and innovative design ideas as you tour the house, which is filled with the creativity and diversity of the East Bay Area, and offers stunning views of the bay. The home is for sale, priced at $2.795 million, through The Grubb Company. Visits are at 10 a.m. both days and tickets cost $25. For details visit Sunset online.
‘CONTEMPLATING THE FUTURE’ SHOW “Contemplating the Future,” a painting exhibition at 4th Street Fine Art, holds its opening reception Saturday, Sept. 10, from 5-8 p.m. The show, which benefits the Lonely Whale Foundation, features new paintings by Sherrod Blankner and Maggie Hurley and raises questions that a whale might ask itself as it swims through the Pacific: There’s plastic everywhere. There seems to be less food to eat. The water seems slippery from oil. What is the whale thinking? What will the future bring for the young and the vulnerable citizens of our planet? “Contemplating the Future” features paintings of whales and children in a state of reflection, and runs through Oct. 9. 4th Street Fine Art is at 2000 Fourth St. (at University). Visit the gallery online for more information about the artists and the show.
Don’t miss Berkeleyside at the Solano Stroll on Sunday.
BLUEGRASS AND COUNTRY AT THE BACK ROOM Wendy Burch Steel and Redwood play a unique cross-section of genres incorporating all the good and sweet aspects of bluegrass, folk, old-time, country bluegrass and blues. They play new Berkeley venue The Back Room on Saturday, Sept. 10, at 8 p.m. Steel is an award-winning songwriter and singer, known for her deft angelic voice and spiritually touching original material. She has been a nominee for Female Vocalist of the Year for the past three years by the Northern California Bluegrass Society. Her band members include some of the best bluegrass and Americana players and singers in California and beyond. Tickets are $15 and are available online or at the door. Doors open at 7 p.m. Call 510-654 3808 for more information.
2 WOMEN 2 STORIES What’s What Productions presents 2 Women, 2 Stories: This diverse show, that can be seen Saturday, Sept. 10, at La Peña at 8 p.m., features two hilarious, moving solo pieces about women aging with power, grace, dignity (and a bit of “what the f**k?”). Long-time performers with the Bay Area’s renowned improvisational theater company, Living Arts Playback Theater Ensemble, Vicki and Merry have created two solo pieces that explore transformative life experiences through innovative, humorous and dramatic story-telling and character work. For details visit La Peña’s website.
Don’t miss these other events featured on Berkeleyside:
Visit Berkeleyside, Nosh at the Solano Stroll
Berkeley Library to host panel on homelessness Saturday
Michael Krasny to talk Jewish humor in Berkeley
The unforgettable Sixties at Ashkenaz in Berkeley
Big Screen Berkeley: ‘Author — The J.T. Leroy Story’
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