Weekend Planner: October 9

45d2c6b2558152c07d6d89d695ef1ad7528cce00a5ec21e3ea534ecf2a7fed3aYou work hard, and you deserve a fun and relaxing weekend before heading back to the office on Monday. Luckily, this is the San Francisco Bay Area, and there is always something going on! Welcome to Weekend Planner, your weekend update on fun.

Every Friday we put together a list of the weekend events we think look most interesting and provide them here. Keep in mind there is always a lot more going on, and all it takes is a little digging to find something that will be the perfect activity for you.

Click on any of the event titles for a link to the event.

Friday, October 9

screamBlind Scream Haunted Houses

Sonoma Mountain Village, Rohnert Park

7 PM, All Ages


BLIND SCREAM presents three terrifying haunted houses…

You’ll scream until you cry…then you die!


This heart thumping, blood pumping, walk through your darkest nightmares will have you screaming to get out. We have taken away your sense of sight only to make you walk through one of the longest, darkest, most fearsome mazes anywhere. Scream if you can…but remember the screaming only makes the creatures in the dark hungrier.


Back in the muggy, dark waters of the swampy Bayou in Louisiana’s Deep South is a dirty, dilapidated old shack – the dwelling of Mama Sante Hunter. Some say she is a VooDoo witch and all that crosses her wretched threshold is cursed for life. You can run, but you can’t hide from this crazy thing. Stare deep into her one good eye long enough and the nightmares will follow you… they will follow you home.


“Welcome back my friends to the show that never ends…” The Great P.T. Hunter has just arrived on the outskirts of town with his bizarre bloody Big Top known as Carnicus. The “Good” Doc Hunter will help P.T. in creating one of the worst sideshows of terror ever reassembled along with a host of creepy, family members. “Come inside, the show’s about to start. Guaranteed to blow your head apart.”

Blind Scream haunted houses will be horrifying the North Bay for 17 bone chilling nights…

Open Dates and Times

oFriday, October 9 (7 -11PM)

oSaturday, October 10 (7-11PM)

oSunday, October 11 (7-10PM)

oThursday, October 15 (7-10PM)

oFriday, October 16 (7-11PM)

oSaturday, October 17 (7-11PM)

oSunday, October 18 (7-10PM)

oWednesday, October 21 (7-10PM)

oThursday, October 22 (7-10PM)

oFriday, October 23 (7-11PM)

oSaturday, October 24 (7-11PM)

oSunday, October 25 (7-10PM)

oTuesday, October 27 (7-10PM)

oWednesday, October 28 (7-10PM)

oThursday, October 29 (7-10PM)

oFriday, October 30 (7-11PM)

oSaturday, October 31 (7-11PM)

DDLMOpening Event for Today is the Shadow of Tomorrow: Dia de Los Muertos 2015

SOMArts Cultural Center, San Francisco

6 PM, All Ages


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Now in its 16th year, the annual Day of the Dead exhibition at SOMArts Cultural Center offers one of the most internationally diverse Día de los Muertos celebrations in the United States. Merging traditional Mexican altars with contemporary art installations, the exhibition presents a visually stimulating and superabundant array of perspectives remembering, honoring, and celebrating the dead. Inspired by cherished relationships, current events, and personal and collective histories, more than 25 altars by over 80 participating Día de los Muertos artists build a dense environment of creativity that makes way for meaningful reflection.

Chosen by father and son curators René & Rio Yañez, this year’s theme, “Today is the Shadow of Tomorrow,” is a call to respond to institutional racism and violence. The exhibition invites artists and visitors to honor those who have unnecessarily lost their lives and to look toward the future we want to make for ourselves. Today is the Shadow of Tomorrow is dedicated to internationally influential Uruguayan journalist, Eduardo Galeano, and beloved poet-activist of San Francisco’s Mission District, Alfonso Texidor.


The exhibition unveiling and Día de los Muertos inspired artist market, Friday, October 9, 6–9pm, $12–15 sliding scale admission, features music and theatre ensemble Loco Bloco, who will present an opening procession that winds through the exhibit. Loco Bloco’s Brazilian Samba and world music will be accompanied by dancers, rituals, and ceremonies. Poet and performance artist Denise Benavides will host the opening event, performing alongside poet Adrian Arias. Advance tickets are strongly encouraged.


Loco Bloco is a youth and family organization focused on the development of children and youth through exploration of the arts. Celebrating 20 years of service in San Francisco, Loco Bloco is deeply embed in the community life of the City and is known for using the arts-music, dance, drumming, stilt-walking and theater- to influence social/political change on behalf of under-represented peoples in neighborhoods. Rather than follow the prescribed path for arts organizations, Loco Bloco is celebrated for working with youth of all experiences and providing a platform for their expression.


For first generation Chicana poet, Denise Benavides, writing has become a haven for growth, for understanding, and immortalizing life’s humanness. Currently living in Oakland, CA as an emerging poet and performer, her work has been published in FatCity ReviewGround Protest PoetryThe Far East: Everything As It Is, and The Acorn Review. She has featured her work at Galeria De La Raza and Alley Cat Books in the Mission District, and most recently at the 2014 Latino Poetry and Spoken Word Festival in San Francisco. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Mills College and is currently working on her upcoming collection of poetry titled: There Are No Safe Words Here..


Adrian Arias is a Peruvian-american prize-winning poet, visual artist, curator and cultural promoter. His visual art and his poetry explores the absurd, the sensuality of elements and the connection between reality and dreams. His art has exhibited in France, Spain, Japan, North and South America, and he travels from Peru to Macedonia for poetry readings and congress. He was awarded with an artist residency at the de Young Museum in 2010 with his project “Beautiful Trash,” exhibited at Galería de La Raza in SF and at the San Marcos Museum in Peru. www.adrianarias.net



Today is the Shadow of Tomorrow: Día de los Muertos Exhibition
On view Friday, October 9–Saturday, November 7, 2015
Extended gallery hours: Tuesday–Friday 12–7pm, Saturday 11am–5pm & Sunday 11am–3pm

Gathering the Embers
Friday, October 23, 7–9:30pm
$8 in advance & $10 at the door
Multi-disciplinary performers connect past and present with an evening of story and performance.

Closing Event
Saturday, November 7, 6–9pm
$7–10 sliding scale admission
The final opportunity to view and interact with the altars features live music and interactive installations.


Acción Latina
Adrian Arias
Adrian Delgado
Alexis Terrazas
Alicia Cruz Hunt and Rio Hunt
Allyson Seal
Ana Gloria Bedolla Alcantar
Ana Rivero Rossi
Andrea Juarez Mendoza & The CHALK Family Artists
Andrea Nicolette Gonzales
Angelica Guiterrez Cruz
Antonio Chavez
Art Hazelwood
Audra Bauchera
Azucena Hernández
Beth Benson and Brandy McDaniel
Blanca Estela Rodríguez
Candi Farlice
Caritina Mendoza
Carla Caletti
Cathy Yuan
Choppy Oshiro
CJ Grossman
Dean MacCannell and Juliet Flower MacCanell
El Chicano
El Tecolote
Elena-María Bey
Elizabeth “Oscar” Maynard
Elizabeth Addison
Emma Macchiarini
Eric Norberg
Ernest Rivera
Eva Enriquez
Georgiana Hernández
Gustavo Vasquez
Herlinda Josie Lozano
Idriss Stelly Foundation
Iranshid Ghadimi
Isaias Sandoval
Javier Rocabado
Joan Miro
Jorge Argueta
Jos Sances
Josephine Torio
Josue Rojas
Juan Carlos Cuéllar Baldomar
Kaitlin Trataris
Katynka Martinez
Kit Cameron and Debra Bok
Lara Gallardo
Lau ra Victoria Salazar
Lia Tealdi and John Latham
Lucia Ippolito
Mabel Jimenez
Martha Rodriguez
Mary Molly Mullaney
Mayra Guadalupe Lopez
Melorra Green
Mia Gutfreund
Michelle Ternus
Monico Jacobo
Monique López
Nathaniel and Gina Bolton
Nina Reyes Rosenberg
Pamela Blotner
Patricia Algara
Patrick Piazza
René Yañez
Rob Fatal
Sasha Silveanu
Susan Matthews
Sydney Cain
Tania Figueroa and Howie Katz
Todd Hanson
Tony Torres
Tosha Stimage
Val Kai
Veronica A. Rueda
Veronica Solis
Victor-Mario Zaballa
Ytaelana Lopez


Azteca Negra
Cindy Medrano
David Tafolla
Jewels by Olivia
Michelle Ternus
Rudy Cuellar
Tu tienda azteca


Rene Yáñez, founder and former Artistic Director of San Francisco’s Galería de la Raza in San Francisco’s Mission District, was one of the first curators to introduce the contemporary concept of Mexico’s Day of the Dead to the United States with a 1972 exhibition at the Galería. Each subsequent year he curated a Day of the Dead exhibition either at the Galería or at the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts. Then, in 1994 and 1998, he curated Rooms for the Dead and Labyrinth for the Dead at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. His first year curating a Day of the Dead exhibit at SOMArts Cultural Center was 1993. There were a few years when he curated elsewhere, but then returned to SOMArts on a regular basis.

Active as both a visual and performance arts curator and artist, Yáñez co-founded the successful Chicano performance trio Culture Clash.  In 1998, he received the “Special Trustees Award in Cultural Leadership” from The San Francisco Foundation for his long-standing contribution to the cultural life of the Bay Area.

Yañez has curated numerous exhibitions including Chicano Visions(2001–2007), an exhibition hosted by museums such as the de Young Museum (in San Francisco), El Paso Museum of Art and the Smithsonian Institution.

Notable recent projects include programming produced for the de Young Museum’s Picasso: Masterpieces from the Musée National and The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk. This programming featured Yáñez’ interpretations of the works of Pablo Picasso in anaglyph 3D, as well as a fashion runway show Viva Frida: From the Blue House to the Cat Walk.

In 2009, 2011 and 2012, Yañez created a living altar for the San Francisco Symphony’s Day of the Dead concert featuring a large cast, crew and suite of musicians, curated Four Juan Five, an exhibition about the San Francisco Mission District at Alley Cat Books, and performed in Guillermo Gomez-Peña’s Corpo Illicito at the New Performance Gallery in San Francisco.

In 2014 Yañez printed a popular zine, Zine a la Mode over a Pot of Coffee, with a circulation of over 200 copies. His recent work includes a collaboration with artist Patrick Piazza for an installation on the De-Appropriation wall on Valencia street, an exhibit with the S.F. Print Collective about displacement, and Las Chicas de Esta Noche, a drag queen review show at the de Young Museum in collaboration with comedian Marga Gomez. With his collective The Great Tortilla Conspiracy he has participated in art events benefitting the San Francisco Coalition on Homelessness and the St. Peters Dining Hall.

Rio Yañez, born and raised in San Francisco’s Mission District, is a curator, photographer, and graphic artist. As an artist he has exhibited his work from San Francisco to Tokyo and created artwork installations for Jean Paul Gaultier’s touring exhibit The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk. His Bay Area solo exhibitions include Pocho Adventure Club at Galería de la Raza in San Francisco,Cholas to Picasso: The 3D Artworks of Rio Yañez at Asterisk Gallery,Bubblegum Crisis at Ginger Rubio Salon and Pochos & Pixels at the University of California, Santa Barbara’s Multicultural Center.

Yañez is a curator of more than 10 exhibitions. As with his curatorial work, a part of Yañez’ visual art practice is dedicated to exploring how Chicano and Asian Youth have used social media to exchange aesthetics and language. In addition to creating graphic art, Yañez is a founding member of The Great Tortilla Conspiracy, the world’s first and only tortilla art collective. As a tortilla artist he silkscreens art and political graphics onto tortillas using edible inks and serves them to eat to the public as interventionist performance art. Yañez’ recent projects include self-publishing board games designed around Chicano pop culture icons and a collaborative series of portraits with activist and performer April Flores.


House Kombucha

Special thanks to Ninkasi Brewing and House Kombucha, whose generous donations help SOMArts in cultivating access to the arts and engaging the power of the arts to provoke just and fair inclusion, cultural respect, and civic participation.

Images top to bottom: courtesy Rio Yañez; courtesy Victor-Mario Zaballa; Loco Bloco theatre prodcution, photo courtesy Loco Bloco; Denise Benavides, photo by Dan Fenstermacher; Adrian Arias, photo courtesy the artist

Saturday, October 10

B&B2015 San Mateo Bacon and Brew Festival

San Mateo Central Park, San Mateo

11 AM, All Ages


The third annual Bacon & Brew Festival is returning to San Mateo’s Central Park on October 10, from 11am to 5pm. Hosted by the San Mateo Area Chamber of Commerce, this afternoon family-friendly event brings together live music, local food vendors, breweries and unique artisan crafts. The Chamber’s festival will feature afternoon entertainment and there will be a children’s play area with face painting and balloon artist.

We are excited to have Bacon Mania, Three Restaurant, Bacon Bacon, Little Red Riding Truck, Naked Chorizo, Seoul on Wheels, Me So Hungry Too, El Porteno, Fletch’s, Kenny Concessions – BBQ, Paddy Wagon Sliders, Fabulous Frickles Pickles, Block 34, Rocco’s Ice Cream Taco’s, Old Tyme Kettle Korn, and SM Rotary Sunrise Club.  Each food vendor has to incorporate bacon in their food.  Some of the items: bacon bitz, bacon sweeties, bacon blue fries, bacon burger, porky fries, chocolate bacon, Brats bacon potatoes, schnitzel bacon sauce & cheese spatzle, tocnio burrito, chorizo burrito, pork belly taco, chorizo sliders, nake chorizospr roll, bacon kimchee fried rice, bacon korrito, bacon korean bbq tacos, all kinds pork & bacon empanadas, bacon cheese hot dogs, bacon cheese burgers, bacon pizza, tri tip, pulled pork, turkey leg, ribs, polish baco bbq sauce, chili bang with bacon, cheese and chili tots with bacon, fried pickles and fried green tomatoes with bacon.

Bring a lawn chair and your appetite!

A $10 admission includes festival entry and a 12 oz beer stein, while supplies last. To order tickets, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2015-san-mateo-bacon-brew-festival-tickets-17873284475, call 650-401-2440, or stop by the San Mateo Area Chamber office at 1700 South El Camino Real, Suite 108 in San Mateo.

The San Mateo Bacon & Brew Festival is proud to be supported by these generous sponsors: Sutter Health Mills-Peninsula Health Services, Hillsdale Shopping Center, Asiya Shriners San Mateo, Wave, Kaiser Permanente, Recology San Mateo County, San Mateo Credit Union, Concar Enterprises, San Mateo County Event Center, Barulich Dugoni Law Group, Mariner Advanced Pharmacy, DES Architects Engineers, Provident Credit Union, A & R Consulting, Borel Estate Co., Whole Foods Market, The Daily Journal, PG&E and All State Insurance , John Leland.

This is a Family Event. IDs will be Confirmed. 12yrs & under are Free, 17yrs & under MUST be accompanied by a ticket holding adult (18+).

More info at: http://www.sanmateochamber.org/bbf/

murmurOakland Art Murmur Benefit

Classic Cars West, Oakland

5 PM, All Ages


Oakland Art Murmur’s 2015 Benefit Fundraiser

Oakland Art Murmur Annual Benefit Fundraiser and Art Auction, features a  silent art auction, delicious food and drinks and the thriving visual arts community of Oakland. This highly anticipated event provides direct and critical support for Oakland Art Murmur’s programs, projects and operations.

Time: Saturday, October 10, 2015

6:00 -10:00 PM

Place: Classic Cars West

411 26th St, Oakland, CA 94612

VIP Reception

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Time: 5:00 – 6:00 PM

$75.00 tickets in advance

$100 at the door

Generously catered by Haven

Wine tasting by Paradox Wines

Main Event Tickets

Time: 6:00 – 10:00 PM

$40.00 in Advance

$55.00 at Door

Generously catered by Commonwealth Micropub, Hella Vegan Eats,

Chop Bar, Spice Monkey, and Viccolo’s Pizza

Libations provided by Russian Standard Vodka, Linden Street Brewery,

and Rock Wall Wine Company

Event Schedule

VIP Reception: 5:00 – 6:00 PM

Main Event: 6:00 – 10:00 PM

Silent Auction Lots close at 9:00 PM

Toasts and Dancing: 9:00 – 10:00 PM
Purchase a VIP level ticket to attend the special OAM Reception. Arrive before the crowds to enjoy catered food by Haven and specialty drinks. Get a sneak peek at Oakland’s finest artwork in an intimate environment.

Shiloh Baptist Church, Hayward

6 PM, All Ages


Diamano Coura West African Dance Company is a nonprofit cultural organization dedicated to the preservation, education, and appreciation of traditional West African music, dance, theater, and culture. Since its inception in 1975, Diamano Coura, under Director Dr. Zak Diouf and Artistic Director Naomi Washington, has implemented its mission through ongoing workshops, performances, youth programs, touring engagements, lecture demonstrations, community outreach, and creative partnership programs with renowned artists and performing companies. In addition, Diamano Coura strives to portray West African music and dance specifically as forms not simply for entertainment or exhibition, but rather, means by which communities educate, communicate, organize, and preserve their ancestral past. Diamano Coura, in the Senegalese Wolof language, means “those who bring the message.”

Sunday, October 11

rsz2bikewalkdayheaderNiles Canyon Stroll and Roll

Niles Canyon Road, Sunol

8 AM, All Ages


Mark your calendars for this one-time opportunity! Speak with technical experts about the options and challenges for the much anticipated Niles Canyon Trail. Provide your comments and feedback as you bike, walk, or run along Niles Canyon Road without ANY vehicle traffic.

Whats going on along Niles Canyon Road? 

Plans for a multi-use trail through Niles Canyon connecting Fremont and Sunol are making headway. The proposed project would create a 10-foot-wide path for pedestrians, bicyclists and possibly equestrians to travel the picturesque canyon for about 4 miles. A feasibility study will show three potential routes through the canyon. The complete feasibility study will be concluded after the community meeting, in order to include feedback from the community.

On October 10, CalTrans will be conducting their annual maintenance on Niles Canyon Road. With the conclusion of the study, we have a rare opportunity to hold this unique community meeting the following day. We ask at this time that the you provide feedback and comments on the study at this community meeting.


Can I volunteer at the event? 

Yes! Click here to sign-up

What time does the event start and end? 

The event will begin at 8 A.M., and will end sharply at 2 P.M. If you’d like to bike or walk round trip, please plan accordingly and arrive early. Participants will be warned to vacate the highway beginning at 1 P.M. and crews will begin to prepare the road to be reopened by 2 P.M.

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event? 

Please follow all local rules and regulations. Note that some lots are private, and gates will close sharply at 3 P.M.

Niles Side:

Special shuttle bus service will be available in Niles from 7 A.M. to 3 P.M. at the following stops:
– Fremont Community Church
– Parking Lot between I & J Streets, north side of Niles Blvd.
– Niles Canyon Railway Boarding Platform

Sunol Side:

More information will follow in the coming days. Please check back!
I heard that the Niles Canyon Railway will be running that day. Is that true? 
Yes! The Niles Canyon Railway will be running between Sunol and Niles from 8 AM – 2 PM, and will stop at 4 places along the highway. There is no set train schedule. Specific stops may be found on the map above. It will be free to ride. It takes about 45 minutes for a one-way trip.
What else will there be at this community meeting?
  • There will be a resource fair, which will consist of different entities that are involved with this Niles Canyon Trail Feasibility Study, and showcase who they are and what kind of work they do.
  • There will also be a Bike Mobile (at the Niles End, at Vallejo Mill Park) hosted by the Alameda County Transportation Commission. The Bike Mobile will be offering free bike tune ups, repairs, helmet fittings, and a workshop on how to fix a flat!

Where can I find more information on the feasibility study?

The feasibility study is nearly complete. Your comment during the October 11 community meeting will be incorporated prior to the study being finalized. Please click here to download presentations from previous community meetings and to view the study once its published. 

Are restroom available?

No public restrooms in the canyon; please plan accordingly as only a limited number of port-a-potties will be available.

Is there water available? 

There will be four hydration stations along the route, but please bring your own water bottles!

Can I bring my bicycle onto the Niles Canyon Rail?

Yes,  you may bring your bicycle onto the train cars.

What can/can’t I bring to the event?

Not allowed – horses & pets, Due to the fact that the highway is only two lanes, and we will be having bicyclists and families with children, we have decided not to allow horses and pets for this community meeting. We apologize that horses and pets are not allowed, but for the saftey of the animals and other participants, we respectfully request you leave them at home for this community meeting.

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Please contact the District 2 office at (510) 272 – 6692, or email District2@acgov.org with any questions, comments, or concerns.

OtGOff The Grid: Picnic @ The Presidio

Main Post, San Francisco

11AM, All Ages


Every Sunday until November 1, picnickers are invited to enjoy the Presidio’s lush Main Post lawn, spectacular views of the bay, and the historic scene of the old post. Specialty items from San Francisco’s favorite eateries and food trucks, Mimosa and Bloody Mary drink kits, and live music from an onsite DJ make this a stand-alone picnic experience.

Food vendors joining Off the Grid: Picnic at the Presidio include:
Fins on the Hoof
The Creme Brulee Cart
Little Green Cyclo
The Whole Beast
Cholita Linda
El Porteno
Wing Wings
Del Popolo
Fine and Rare
Cochon Volant
Sugarfoot Grits
Three Twins
Grilled Cheez Guy
Kama Food Lab
Benedict Arnolds
Clearly Kombucha
DUM Truck
Girl Friday
La Marcha
Skylite Snowballs
Slightly Skewed

In addition to complimentary classic picnic amenities including bocce ball, Off the Grid: Picnic @ the Presidio offers yoga classes from “The Pad” and kids yoga from “It’s Yoga Kids”, as well as game rentals and activities from Sports Basement. Blankets and Adirondack chairs are available to rent for a complete Picnic experience.

Off the Grid is proud to partner with the Presidio Trust. In addition to Off the Grid: Picnic at the Presidio, patrons are invited to enjoy the many activities within the Presidio, including 24 miles of hiking trails, eight scenic overlooks, sculptures by Andy Goldsworthy, the Walt Disney Family Museum, the Officer’s Club and Heritage Center, and neighboring restaurants The Commissary and Arguello.

The Presidio Trust’s Design Lab in 103 Montgomery will also be open on Sundays. Drop in to share your thoughts about the New Presidio Parklands Project, a magnificent 13-acre landscape that will integrate the waterfront with the Presidio’s historic Main Post.

Off the Grid: Picnic at the Presidio
Dates: Every Sunday from March 1, 2015 through November 1, 2015
Time: 11:00am – 4:00pm

Download Off the Grid App for amenities around this market!http://offthegridsf.com/app

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