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“I really want to make it off campus more this year.” You’ve been saying it for the past three years. It’s tough, we know. So we’re trying to make it easier for you. Every Friday, we’ll have a roundup of all of this weekend’s best and cheapest cultural offerings, both at Stanford and in the Bay.


SEE: The Cartoon Genius of Chuck Jones
What: Oddball Films presents some of the greatest shorts from 4-time Oscar-winning animator Chuck Jones.
Where: Oddball Films, 275 Capp Street San Francisco
When: Fri., Sept. 26, 8 p.m.
Cost: $10, requires RSVP

Friday Nights at the de Young: Tiara Sensation
What: Celebrating Anthony Friedkin: The Gay Essay with Tiara Sensation.
When: Fri., Sept. 26, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Lisa Jonas Taylor “Exterior Space Simulation”
What: A solo exhibition of new works from San Francisco-based artist Lisa Jonas Taylor, following the artist’s recent MFA thesis show at California College of the Arts. Where: City Limits: 300 Jefferson Street, Oakland
When: Fri., Sept. 26, 7 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Cost: Free

Screening: George Kuchar “George Kuchar: “Storm Squatter”
What: A screening of a film by the influential brothers George Kuchar (1942-2011) and Mike Kuchar.
Where: A.T.A.Mission District: 992 Valencia StreetWhen: Fri., Sept. 26, 8 p.m.
Cost: FREE

“Pin-Up Show”
What: An interactive photo show at Dickerman Prints, where audience members are encouraged to pin their own photos to the wall. Half of all sales benefit the SF non-profit “Sixth Street Photography Workshop.”
Where: Dickerman Prints
When: Fri., Sept. 26, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Cost: FREE

“Special Screening: ‘Sol LeWitt’ by Chris Teerink”
What: A screening of a new film by Chris Teerink on Sol LeWitt, a conceptual American artist.
Where: Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, SOMA: 701 Mission Street, at 3rd Street.
When: Sat., Sept. 27, 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.
Cost: $10 general / $6 YBCA and SFC Members, Senior, Teacher, Student

***Sound + Vision Arts Open House
What: See the newly opened Anderson Collection at Stanford with live music by Stanford students. The Bourbon Kings Brass Band will lead parades across Museum Way to Bing Concert Hall, joining a patio party with the Marcus Shelby Quartet.
When: Sat., Sept. 27, 5 p.m.
Where: The Anderson Collection, Stanford
Cost: FREE

Smithsonian’s 10th Annual Free Museum Day
What: See participating museums and cultural institutions for free all day long. Registration required.
Where: de Young Museum, Legion of Honor, Cartoon Art Museum, among others.
When: Sat., Sept. 27
Cost: FREE


Pop-up Poetry Reading: Cheena Marie Lo
What: This reading is accompanied by many other activities like gourmet food trucks from Off the Grid, art projects, story time with the Oakland Public Library, dance lessons, and “A Snack-sized Tour of LGBT History” in honor of Oakland Pride month. Where: OAKLAND MUSEUM OF CALIFORNIA
When: Fri., Sept. 26, 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Cost: $15

The Cookers SFJAZZ
What: The Cookers features is made up of jazz geniuses — Eddie Henderson, Billy Harper, Craig Handy, George Cables, Cecil McBee, David Weiss and Billy Hart.
Where: SFJAZZ Center 205 Franklin, San Francisco.
When: Fri. Sept. 26, 7:30 p.m.
Cost: $25-$60

 ***Q&A with Chad Dickerson, CEO of Etsy
When: Friday, September 26, 12 p.m.
Where: Annenberg Auditorium, Stanford
Cost: FREE

What: Memorial Church’s free organ recitals celebrate the 30th year of the Fisk-Nanney organ with Dr. Robert Huw Morgan, the University Organist.
Where: Memorial Church, Stanford
When: Friday, Sept. 26, 7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Cost: FREE

2014 World Percussion Festival
What: The 3rd Annual Oakland World Percussion Festival, Northern California’s largest one-day percussion, drum and dance event featuring free world percussion and dance performances including Brazilian Funk, West African Kuku, Japanese Taiko When: Sat., Sept. 27, All Day
Where: East Bay Church, Oakland
Cost: FREE

2014 Bay Area Blues Festival: Saturday
What: The Downtown Martinez Italian Street Painting Festival and San Francisco’s Polk Street Blues Festival merge into a huge two-day street party in Martinez.
When: Sat. – Sun., Sept. 27-28, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Where: Historic Downtown Martinez, East Bay
Cost: FREE

19th Annual Watershed Environmental Poetry Festival
What: 100 Thousand Poets for Change, Poetry Flash, and Ecology Center/Berkeley Farmers’ Market come together on the UC Berkeley campus for readings by poets Doreen Domb, Sharon Coleman, Traci Gourdine, Tiffany Higgins, and Eliot Schain, with an “on site” dance movement piece by Patricia Bulitt, and commentary by Tim Pine, Environmental Protection, Strawberry Creek restoration.
Where: Berkeley Civic Center Park, Berkeley.
When: Sat., Sept. 27, 2014 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Cost: FREE


Redwood City Salsa Festival
What: Salsa Competition and tasting, and art projects.
Where: Courthouse Square, Redwood City
When: Sat., Sept. 27, 12 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Cost: FREE

5th Annual Superhero Street Fair
What: Art staging and lighting, vendors, food and acts.
Where: 1700 Indiana St., San Francisco
When: Sat., September 27, 1 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Cost: $10  

***Toumani Diabaté & Sidiki Diabaté
What: Toumani Diabaté is the Malian master of the kora and one of the greatest musicians out of Africa right now. He plays the 21-string West African harp.
Where: Bing, Stanford
When: Sun., Sept. 28, 7 p.m.
Cost: $30

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