Happy Monday, Berkeley.
Susan Meiselas is in town today. If you haven’t heard of her, she’s an award-winning photographer who’s covered subjects from East Coast strippers to history and genocide in Kurdistan — her work is on display at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art through October. Meiselas will be at UC Berkeley from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Townsend Center for the Humanities in Stephens Hall for the campus-sponsored event “Mediations & Collaborations: A Conversation with Susan Meiselas.” There, she will discuss photojournalism and feminism with associate professor of modern and contemporary Latin American literature and culture Natalia Brizuela and H. Michael and Jeanne Williams chair of African American studies Leigh Raiford.
Then, Tuesday marks 17 years since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. On this day, nearly 3,000 people died in four connected hijackings, including members of the campus community such as alumnus Mark Bingham. So on Tuesday, spend a few moments remembering and honoring those we lost in this tragedy.
While we keep the victims in our memories, it’s also a day of fresh starts for many — this year, Sept. 11 will signal the beginning of the new year in the Hebrew, Ethiopian, Coptic Orthodox Christian and Islamic calendars. So whether you cook up some injera for Enkutatash, dip some apples in honey for Rosh Hashanah, eat dates for Nayrouz or fast for Hijri New Year, take some time to both look forward and think back.
Speaking of thinking back, you may remember the mid-2000s show “Drake & Josh.” If so, Wednesday’s your chance to see a familiar face, as Drake Bell will be playing at Cornerstone Craft Beer & Live Music, featuring fellow Nickelodeon alumna Kira Kosarin as the opener. While Bell’s most popular song on Spotify may still be the “Drake & Josh” theme song “I Found a Way,” his music has evolved a bit since 2005 — listen to his recent releases “Call Me When You’re Lonely” and “First Thing in the Morning” to prepare for the concert. Tickets start at $15, and the show will begin at 8:30 p.m.
This week, we truly say goodbye to foggy August — it’s “Summer-tember” now, and the weather is beautiful. So spend Thursday getting reacquainted with the natural world.
Watch Berkeley-based photographer Anand Varma’s hypnotizing footage of the early lives of bees, then check out his TED talk to learn exactly why these insects are disappearing. And take a look at “Stealing Feathers,” a self-proclaimed “birding music video” by Swedish filmmaker Rolf Nylinder. If you’re in the mood for a feature-length film, try the Netflix documentary “The Ivory Game,” which takes viewers across the globe in an investigation of elephant poaching and the ivory trade.
Friday’s a good day to be in San Francisco if you’re at least 21 years old. The SoMa nightclub Mezzanine will be hosting a “Beyonce vs. Rihanna” dance party starting at 9 p.m. — tickets cost $15. If the thought of busting out your dance moves in front of all those people freaks you out, head to Bar Fluxus first for some liquid courage. This bar near Union Square is holding a “Fall Cocktail Party,” offering not only drinks, but also board games and a dance floor. Entry is free with an RSVP if you arrive before 11 p.m., but make sure to bring money for drinks.
If you’re not yet of drinking age, you could try going to the beach Friday. Or maybe you could save that trip for Saturday, when the International Coastal Cleanup will be taking place. Since 1986, volunteers have been cleaning trash and recyclable materials out of beaches across the world — just last year, 800,000 pounds of detritus were removed from California’s coasts and waterways.
Now, no matter if you end up volunteering at a coastal location such as San Francisco or if you only make it as far as Lake Merritt, take an afternoon to relax by the water. Pop in your headphones, and hit play on a beach-themed, end-of-summer playlist. And pack a picnic basket to take with you — a green-chile frittata and some pesto pasta salad would make a filling lunch, with caramel-coconut-chocolate cookies as a treat.
Then Sunday brings the week full-circle — along with exhibition designer Jeroen de Vries, Meiselas has co-curated a photography and video exhibition on fossil fuels and climate change. You can see “COAL + ICE,” which features the work of more than 40 artists, at the Fort Mason Center for Arts and Culture through Sept. 23. The exhibit will be accompanied by a “climate festival,” which will include dance, food and activities.
And while you’re sitting out on the beach, read one of the profiles on local artists we published last week. Alex Jiménez delves into the local music scene with UC Berkeley student Grey Madison Warwick-Clark, better known in music circles as Grey Davies. Camryn Bell brings us into the life of Sabine Mackey, a Berkeley resident who has hand-drawn more than 20 years worth of calendars. And Caroline Smith sheds light on the Mark Twain Papers through her interview with Benjamin Griffin, an associate editor with the Mark Twain Project.
If you know someone about whom we should write a profile, or if you have any anything else you want to share, please hit me up: [email protected]. My reply will get to your inbox faster than these cows to a trombone-playing farmer.
Until next time.