Around the bay in June 2012

Thatfs the physics theory behind the Tony Hawk–Rad Science Exhibit at UC Berkeleyfs Lawrence Hall of Science that answers the question: How can a visit to a local skatepark demonstrate important physics principles?

Published: June, 2012

If You Shred It, They Will Come

That’s the physics theory behind the Tony Hawk–Rad Science Exhibit at UC Berkeley’s Lawrence Hall of Science that answers the question: How can a visit to a local skatepark demonstrate important physics principles? On Saturday, June 2, the world’s most famous skateboarder and exhibit namesake, Tony Hawk, brings the gravity-defying answer to Berkeley in a tag-team demonstration with Berkeley physics professor Joel Fajans. Hawk, along with other professional skateboarders, will perform an exciting demonstration on a specially designed vertical skate ramp set up just outside The Hall. There will be a DJ and a fun skate vibe, but rather than the usual sports commentary, professor Fajans will provide insights into how physics principles are being applied. The Rad Science exhibition will allow visitors to put themselves into the role of skateboarders and scientists as they explore over 25 interactive experiences. The exhibit, which runs through September 3, is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and general admission is $6-12. Children under 3, members and UC Berkeley students and staff receive complimentary admission. The opening event is on June 2nd at 1 p.m. Tickets for the opening event include admission to the exhibition and are $20, kids under 3 are free. Tickets for members and UC Berkeley staff and students are $7. Event capacity and parking is limited and advanced ticket purchase is highly recommended. For more information, visit or call (510) 642-5132.


Berkeley Exhibition and Auction

Over 70 outstanding artists will be featured in COLLECT!, a special exhibition and ongoing silent auction opening on Saturday, June 16 and culminating in a closing party and final bidding bash on Saturday, July 14. Join in an opportunity to acquire extraordinary work and support Berkeley Art Center. The first opportunity to see the exhibition and silent auction works will be at the opening reception on June 16 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Be the one to "buy it now" at a reserve price, or consider your strategy over the course of the four-week exhibition. Then don’t miss the closing exhibition bash and last chance to bid on some incredible art from 5 to 8 p.m. on July 16. Many of the artists will be present and there will be special risqué entertainment and hors d’oeuvres by a celebrity caterer, as well as drinks and live music! Tickets are $25 at the door, and $20 in advance. To reserve advance tickets, please e-mail Ann Weber at or call (510) 644-6893.



Baseball Italiano

From June 22 through November 25, the Museo Italo Americano at Fort Mason Center in San Francisco will present a documentary exhibit featuring more than 150 images from the 1890s to the present, along with memorabilia chronicling the history and contributions of Italian Americans to baseball. In a most enlightening and entertaining way, the exhibit explores the connection between baseball and the Italian assimilation experience in America. During the five-month exhibition, the Museo has scheduled numerous events, including noted speakers and appearances by baseball luminaries. A major focus of this presentation will be the prominent role played by players from the San Francisco area. For additional information, visit or call (415) 673-2200.



Union Street Festival Keeps It Green

The 36th annual Union Street Eco-Urban Festival returns to San Francisco on Union Street between Gough and Steiner on Saturday and Sunday, June 2-3 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. rain or shine. The festival offers those who attend the opportunity to discover fabulous arts and crafts, indulge in delectable treats, groove to live music, and experience culinary delights on the cooking demo stage. All six blocks of the Union Street Festival will provide an excellent way to welcome the summer season. As one of San Francisco’s largest festivals, the free event boasts a marketplace featuring international fine arts and crafts from 150 talented artists and craftspeople, including potters, jewelers and photographers from around the Bay Area. With its eco-urban theme promoting the value of green living, the event will dedicate two blocks of the festival (beginning at Gough Street) to green exhibitors, businesses and educators.  Festival-goers can enjoy activities such as demonstrations on sustainable living, information on healthy cooking and diet choices, mingle with eco-conscious community members and entrepreneurs, or purchase amazing arts and crafts from local artisans who use sustainable and recycled materials. For entertainment line-up and updates, please visit


GLBT Museum Celebrates Pride Month

The GLBT History Museum will present five programs in June to mark Pride Month. The programs at GLBT History Museum will feature queer theory, religion, performance, film and fiction. The GLBT History Museum is the first full-scale, stand-alone museum of its kind in the United States. A project of the GLBT Historical Society, the museum is a research center and archives founded in 1985 that houses one of the world’s largest collections of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender historical materials. Currently featured are two major exhibitions: Our Vast Queer Past: Celebrating San Francisco’s GLBT History and Life and Death in Black and White: AIDS Direct Action in San Francisco, 1985-1990. All of the events take place at the museum at 4127 18th Street in the city’s Castro District. Admission is $5 (suggested donation). For more information, call (415) 621-1107 or visit



Take a Seat and Read

The Sitdown Readers’ Theatre hosts a monthly literary event at the North Beach Library at 2000 Mason Street in San Francisco. Often it is a play reading or the works of some great author. This is a participatory event though it is okay to come and listen, too. Participants are provided with a script. On Saturday June 9, at 2 p.m. they will read a slice of Alice Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll. For more on this event, contact host Peter Garland at or (510) 834-3617.

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