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this is our youth

If your fading memory of hippie art is Victor Moscoso posters for the Fillmore, the Berkeley Art Museum would like to update you. Their current exhibition, “Hippie Modernism: The Struggle for Utopia” is not an in-depth look at tie-dye, pukka shells, or roach clips but at the way the urge to change consciousness and society was expressed in our architecture, furniture, design, clothing. It all seemed to mind-altering then. Now it looks like nostalgic ephemera. FYI the planned Summer of Love celebration in GG Park has been put on hold, due to crowd control issues. Someone in City Hall is worried about seeing geezers running amok.

 

 

 

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paint bombing

St. Patrick’s Day is not the only celebration happening this weekend. For something a bit less eurocentric, head over to Milpitas this Saturday for the intensely technicolor Holi Festival. Inspired by Rajastan holy men it is a frolicking festival of spring and of color coming back in the world following a gray winter. Activities include participants drenching each with neon colored paints and powders, Rajasthani music and food. Tickets are $19.

 

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hats off

Who would have guessed haberdashery would make a comeback? Not me. Leading the charge are Goorin Brothers, a fourth generation SF hat company with locations in Berkeley and North Beach. This weekend is their annual sample sale at their Howard Street headquarters with toppers going for $10-20. Plenty of geezer baseball caps and trendy hipster fedoras. Beaucoups ladies’ chapeaux, too. 11am to 5 Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

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life and death

Locals are apparently not spooked by cemeteries becoming lively community centers. Cypress Lawn in Colma offers a Sunday afternoon lecture series starting with a Floating Art Deco Gallery this weekend. Later ones include “101 Tombs to Check Out Before You Do” and a book signing by Gary Kamiya whose California history columns are the most persuasive reasons to read the Chronicle. Though October. Light refreshments. Free.

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herd’s best curds

It’s a bovine blowout March 24-26 in Petaluma at the annual Artisan Cheese Festival. Over 150 dairies, wineries, brewers, bakeries, chocolatiers, restaurants and mongers will offer sampling, seminars (many already sold out), demonstrations from grilled cheese sandwiches to raclette, pairings and tours. Tickets run from $20-150.

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birdland

Now when the EPA is announcing that it is abandoning plans to continue restoration of the Bay, you might want to see what a healthy, vital, renewed shoreline looks like. Just a few minutes from the maddening traffic of 880 the 250 acres of Cogswell Marsh are thriving. Walk the short 2.75 mile loop hike over the mudflats checking out the astonishing shorebird population – curlews, avocets, stilts, sanderlings, sandpipers, herons, egrets. No dogs. If you’re concerned about the future of our precious wetlands consider throwing your support behind Save The Bay.

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marching back

Check you calendar, ladies and gentlemen. Yes, it’s Women’s History Month and we still don’t have a woman President. This Saturday from 12-4 at the Hyde Street Pier you are invited to join a Women’s Suffragette’s March commemorating those feisty souls who marched for the vote back in the day. Historic garb is encouraged. At 2 there’s a salon discussing women’s issues. And throughout the month there will be events at Aquatic Park marking women’s contributions to maritime advances. Who knew? Free.

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brush tokes

With luck a few hits of hemp will unleash your creativity at the Puff, Pass and Paint art class on Friday March 10 from 7 to 9. Art supplies will be provided but not the cannabis. Local ordinances are still murky about where smoking weed is legal so the organizers are taking no chances. Bring your own. Location revealed when you sign up. $49 includes complimentary glass of wine.

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spring riot

Now, especially after our winter drenching, the hills around the Bay are one big flower bed. If you don’t know a mariposa lily from a purple frittilary you might want to catch up in a walking class on identifying wildflowers. Strangely there are not many of these tours but the ones in Jack London State Park look intriguing as does the Elk Calves and Wildflower Safari in Pt.Reyes. You can even become certified to be a guide yourself. It could become a lifetime occupation. Official reports list about 2,100 native species in the State.

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dragon slaying

The dragon is Grendel. The slayer is Beowulf. The site of the slaughter is Aquatic Park in the City. As you might have guessed this is the latest active audience performance of We Players which has presented their elaborate productions outdoors at Fort Point and Point Lobos. This time (March 11 to April 16) the action will be moving along the north Bay waterfront. The audience moves with it to rousting banquets and deadly combat in this staging of the oldest extant long poem in English. Tickets $30-80.

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