Picks of the Week: Architecture, murals and Bay to Breakers

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Come one, come all to the vivid art scene offered this week by the Bay Area. Whether you want to see one of the year’s best architecture exhibitions, observe the creation of Oakland murals or listen to a new release by singer-songwriter Courtney Barnett, this week’s picks have you covered. Wrap up your plans with Bay to Breakers this Sunday — could there be a more Bay Area end to your week?

Wednesday, May 16 — The Open Workshop: New Investigations in Collective Form

Only a week into opening, this new art exhibit at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, or YBCA, has been named one of the top 10 architecture exhibitions to see in 2018 by the Architect’s Newspaper. The exhibition presents a group of design experiments by the Bay Area design research studio The Open Workshop that explores how architecture can empower our diverse public. Tackling issues from economic inequality to fragile nature environments, the exhibit promises to show you more than just eye-candy buildings — it aims to demonstrate the impacts of architecture and the good it can do for society.

Thursday, May 17 — MAKE: MAY

From 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on the third Thursday of every month (which is May 17), the Museum of Craft and Design, located on Third Street in San Francisco, hosts a night of art and drinks. For the price of admission and the possibility of a nominal materials fee, anyone can enjoy hands-on arts and crafts activities, films, tours, performances and, for guests 21 and older, access to a cash bar. So, if you’re looking for a chance to experience some art and maybe try your hand at some of your own, this sounds like the right place for you.

Friday, May 18 — Release of Courtney Barnett’s “Tell Me How You Really Feel”

This Friday, Courtney Barnett will release Tell Me How You Really Feel. Her latest album, Lotta Sea Lice, was produced in collaboration with Kurt Vile and released in 2017, and her most recent solo album, Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit, was released in 2015. Barnett is known for her lyrical colloquialism, her words striking an often off-kilter tone, matched by off-kilter beats — note especially “Elevator Operator” and “Depreston” from her 2015 album. In order to prepare for a whole slew of new tracks, check out Barnett’s recently released single “Sunday Roast,” which will likely appear on her upcoming album.

Saturday, May 19 — Oakland Mural Festival

The inaugural Oakland Mural Festival will host its closing celebration Sunday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. in Jack London Square. Beginning last Saturday, local artists — professional muralists and young talents alike — will spend this week painting original murals around Oakland. They’ll finish May 19 to a huge festival, featuring performances by local artists and dancers in an event that is free and open to the public. The murals aim to amplify the importance of social issues and celebrate the unique history and culture of Oakland. Catch a bike tour of the murals, or go for a stroll with a mural map!

Sunday, May 20 — Bay to Breakers

It’s the third Sunday in May, and Bay Area locals know what that means – time to get piss drunk, don a costume and run a marathon. A San Francisco tradition since 1912, more than 50,000 people will run and more than 100,000 will watch one of the oldest consecutively run annual footraces in the world. Come see the best of San Francisco — whether on the run or in the stands.

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