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September 15, 2010

Richmond Convention & Visitors Bureau

What's Happening in Richmond
September 14th, 2010



The fun never ends in Richmond! Like music?  Check out the Heavy Metal concert on Friday or the Spirit & Soul Festival on Sunday.  Like plays?  Go see "Other People's Money" at the Masquers.  Like art?  Check out Roses & Thorns.  Want music and art?  Go to the Raku Festival at the Richmond Art Center.  Love football?  The Craneway once again hosts Monday night football with a buffet and their huge screen.  There are many event this week, see you at one of them!

Whatever you do, you can find it in Richmond!

Want to learn more about Richmond? Check out our website!! Or visit the Community Calendar to see what events are coming up.

Michelle Itagaki
Richmond Convention & Visitors Bureau

PS. Remember, if your event isn't listed here, we probably aren't aware of it. Either send us your information by Monday morning to be included in the weekly edition or enter your event on the Community Calendar.

This week in Richmond

NIAD Printmaking

It's-It Ice Cream Bar Celebration

Learn to Step Chicago Style

Women behind the Camera

Blossoms & Thorns

Other People's Money

Heavy Metal Concert

Hotel Mac Celebrates California Wines

Rosie Memorial Tours

Raku Festival

Comedy Night

The Derby Girls are Back!!

Art in the Park Festival

Spirit & Soul Festival


Monday Night Football at the Craneway

Volunteer to Help Clean Our Shorelines

4th Annual Home Front Festival

Artists needed




NIAD Printmaking:  25 Years

551 23rd Street
Reception: September 18, 2-5pm, with a printmaking demo by Studio Manager Andres Cisneros-Galindo and NIAD artists at 3:00pm.

For over 25 years NIAD's printmaking studio has consistently produced high quality work in a range of techniques that includes woodcuts, linocuts, collagraphs, serigraphs, letterpress text and the application of chin colle, monotype and a la poupee.  Curated by master printer and lont time NIAD studio manager Andres Cisneros-Galindo, the exhibit will feature NIAD artists that have escelled in this medium since the organization's inception.  Artists such as Sam Gant, Deatra Colbert, Beverly Trieber, Vida Moretti, and many more.

Exhibit runs September 7 - November 5.




Playland's IT'S-IT ICE CREAM BAR!!

Playland Not-at-the-Beach
10979 San Pablo Avenue
Saturday September 18th
Sunday September 19th
10am - 5 pm
Youth/Seniors $10
General Admission $15
Playland's most famous taste treat, and the treat is for you!  Free It's-It Ice Cream Bar this Weekend ONLY!

Playland is a Museum of Old-Fashioned Fun chock-full with over 30 pinball machines set on FREE play, penny arcade games and a carousel carnival (where you can win prizes!), miniature circus, magic shows, and interactive displays honoring America's Bygone Amusements.  More information about Playland here


Chicago Style Stepping' Lessons

Richmond PAL Auditorium
2200 Macdonald, Second Floor
Every Thursday
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
$10 per class
Chicago stepping


Women Behind the Camera

Bridge Artspace
23 Maine Ave. (So. 1st and Maine)
Friday, September 17th
7:00pm - 1:00am

Guest curator, San Francisco artist Scot Velardo brings the photography of three artists:
Jacqui Galle:Jacqui's current project involves shooting taxidermy as décor in home interiors across the country. She finds great satisfaction in examining how a room defines an individual, and in the taxidermy project endeavors to bring about a sense of surprise, surrealism and beauty.

Sheila Menezes: Life in the San Francisco Mission District, living above an ice cream store and kitty-corner to the "baddest bar in the city", continues to inspire her street-photography heartbeat. The urban landscapes displayed represent her travels around the States...Westside to Eastside: Las Vegas, Seattle and New York.

Jen Siska: There is not an hour that goes by in her day when she is not seeing something she is inspired by and has to photograph. At times it can be the most ordinary things where she finds beauty: light, people, food, nature, laughter, the sky, telephone wires, buildings, the list is endless. This show is a collage of snapshots that give insight into a day in her life. 

We've planned some interesting music. Come be delightfully surprised.


Blossoms & Thorns

Richmond Art Center
2540 Barrett Avenue (entrance at 25th Street)
September 14 - November 13th
Reception: September 25
          Invitational: 1-3 pm
         General: 3 - 5 pm
Blossoms & Thorns:  The Legacy of Richmond's Historic Japanese American Nurseries
Featuring Richmond-based photographers Ellen Gailing, Matthew Matsuoka, Fletcher Oakes and Ken Osborn. Curated by Emily Anderson and Donna Graves.

An exhibition of contemporary and historic photographs and artifacts exploring the Japanese American cut flower nurseries that
began in Richmond in the early 1900's and continued for over 100 years despite various challenges including internment during World War II.

The contemporary photos are the inspiration for this exhibition. While the buildings fell into disrepair, the roses and carnations continue to thrive and often are found bursting through the roofs and windows. The contemporary
photographers' images document the beauty of these "ruins," as well as the profound tenacity of the plants and the significance of the years of work that cultivated them.
The exhibition also explores the remarkable legacy of Japanese Americans who built a thriving community and flower industry in Richmond beginning over a century ago. During WWII these families were forced into
internment camps and had to leave their properties, businesses and homes behind. In a few cases they were able to pass them on to others to run for them until they could return. Several of the family businesses were able to
rebuild and continued for many years after the war despite additional encroachments by the construction of Highway 80 and BART. Eventually, federal policies that favored flowers imported from Latin America caused this
once vital industry to lose its viability and the businesses were shut down. Richmond holds the last extensive historic flower nurseries built by Japanese Americans in California, but they will soon be demolished to make way for affordable housing.
"These nurseries are a rare legacy of an important chapter in Japanese American history and in the heritage of our state."
Preserving California's Japantowns' surveys of Nikkei communities across California did not identify any other sites that hold this depth and breadth of historic connection to the Japanese American flower-growing industry," states Donna Graves, historian and director of the project, Preserving California's Japantowns. Graves is the curator of the historic portion of this exhibition. She has written extensively about the Richmond nursery community and initiated a video documentary project about Richmond's Japanese American heritage that is
currently underway.


Other People's Money

Masquers Playhouse
105 Park Place
August 27-October 2
Tickets here

directed by ROBERT ESTES

There's conflict, comedy, and a bit of romance in this moving story about business, love and loyalty. Corporate raider Lawrence Garfinkle (a.k.a. "Larry the Liquidator") is always looking for the next big score. When he puts his sights on New England Wire and Cable, the owner hires Kate Sullivan to help prevent a hostile takeover. As he closes in on his goal, Larry has to decide which he lusts after more: money or Kate?


Local Metal Bands at the Craneway

1414 Harbour Way South
Friday, September 17th
Doors open 8:00 pm
Heavy metal fans will rock out with Hatchet, Zombie Holocaust, Apothesary and others!



Hotel Mac Celebrates California Wines

Hotel Mac
50 Washington Avenue
Month of September
Come celebrate at the Mac!
All bottles of wine are half price for the month of September!
Wine dinner on September 14th featuring Ruffino, Banfi & Antinori wines. 

Reservations recommended: 510-233-0576.


Who was Wendy the Welder?

Marina Bay Park
Saturday, September 11th
1:30 PM - 2:15 PM

Meet a park ranger at the Rosie the Riveter Memorial (by the main parking lot), for a 45 minute program exploring the role of women in the Richmond shipyards during World War II.

2:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Héroes de Home Front
Encuentra un guardaparques, Miguel Dimas


Richmond Art Center's Raku Festival

Richmond Art Center
2540 Barrett Avenue
Saturday September 18th
10:00 am - 3:30 pm
$30 member / $35 nonmember
Register online or call 510.620.6772 for more information

Come celebrate the launch of the Richmond Art Center's 75th year!
A day of demos, workshops and fun.
Focus on Fire: Raku Festival
10:am Tatsumaki Taiko, Japanese Taiko drumming tradition
10:30 - 2:30 Demos
2:30 - Lecture by David Kuraoka
3:30 - Raffle
4:00 - 6:00 - Artists' Reception


Comedy Night at the Boilerhouse

1414 Harbour Way South
Saturday, September 18th
8:00 pm
Purchase tickets here

Headliner: Jeff Applebaum
Jeff has appeared on The Late Late show with Craig Ferguson, is casted as Joey Bishop in "The Rat Pack is Back" and performs in Las Vegas, San Francisco, Chicago and Manchester, has appeared in "The Pursuit of Happiness" with Will Smith, has been seen on CBS, ABC and has performed with Robin Williams, Richard Lewis, Kevin Nealon, Norm McDonald, Bobby Slayton, Robert Schimmel, Kevin Pollak, Robert Klein, Jake Johannsen and more.

Janine Brito started doing standup comedy in St. Louis and has performed at clubs and theaters throughout the US and Hong Kong. Now a rising star on the San Francisco scene, she is a regular at the Punchline, winner of the 2009 SF Women's Comedy Competition, recipient of Rooftop Comedy's 2010 Silver Nail Award, and opener for the Laughter Against The Machine Comedy Tour.

Joe Nguyen's path to comedy began when he was born in the state of Georgia to a Vietnamese immigrant and a white Jewish woman from the Dominican Republic. Joe won the 2009 Russian River Comedy Competition, is a regular at the Punch Line Comedy Clubs and tours nationally with the Mahatma Moses Comedy Tour


Homecoming Brawl for the Richmond Wrecking Belles

1414 Harbour Way South
Saturday, September 18th
Doors open 6:00 pm

The Bay Area Derby Girls present The Richmond Wrecking Belles vs. The Oakland Outlaws. This is the fiercest rivalry in the Bay Area! Check out all-womens flat track roller derby at its finest. Watch these skaters go head to head in a game that's not to be missed.

Women's flat track roller derby is not your grandma's game.  This is a full contact race on rollerskates, where the hits are real and the hurt is too.  This is the only time you will catch these teams on the track this year, so come see what the grudge is all about.

Get the hottest ticket in town and let The Bay Area Derby Girls serve you blue collar drink specials featuring top-shelf liquor, gourmet snacks from local chefs, local vendors and win the raffle featuring prizes like a V.I.P. couch, replete with a round of beers, all while watching the nation's best skaters fight for the win.

This is an all ages event. Children under 5 get in free! The doors open at 6pm game at 8pm. Seating is general admission so arrive early to secure your spot.

Group rates are available through pr@bayareaderbygirls.com


Art in the Park 2010

Historic Point Richmond
Gateway Foundation Park
4 West Richmond Ave
Sunday September 19
11am - 6pm

The outdoor Art Festival will feature local artists, performance artists, and music,in the beautiful garden park at the gateway to Historic Point Richmond, Gateway Foundation Park.  Original art and crafts will be available for purchase.

Fine Art and Crafts, Festivities, bring your own chair, purchase lunch from local restaurants, beverage booth available, and listen to music, fun for all!
Artful Costumes Encouraged!



Spirt and Soul Festival Richmond Main Street

Community Space (Harbour Way & Macdonald Avenue
Sunday, September 19th
Noon - 5pm
Tickets:  $40 in advance
$45 at the door
$60 for the VIP package.

Wine, food, jazz, gospel, and blues.  We will feature some our best performers from the 2010 Music on the Main concerts, including Andre Thierry and the Junius Courtney Big Band, plus  invigorating performances by R&B crooners Top Shelf, and gospel greats Consonance and the Stars of Glory. There's no better way to Rock Your Spirit and Lift Your Soul!  Tickets are on sale at www.brownpapertickets.com.





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Monday Night Football is Back at the Craneway!

1414 Harbour Way South
Monday, September 20th
Monday Night Football is back! Starting Monday Sept 13 (and every Monday night) Featuring our 260 inch HD LED Screen w/ full bar and buffet dinner.



27th Annual California Coastal Clean-up Needs Volunteers

Saturday, September 25
9 a.m. - noon

Coastal Cleanup Day is the State's largest single effort to remove the debris that has accumulated on our beaches and inland shorelines over the past year, bringing tens of thousands of volunteers out annually across the State to protect the marine wildlife and habitat that can be badly damaged by marine debris.

There will be many opportunities to pitch in and help cleanup Richmond's shoreline along the Bay Trail.

For information about cleanup from Breuner Marsh, Shimada Friendship Park & Point Isabel to Marina Bay, click here.
For Point Pinole, click here.
For Point Isabel, click here.
Call to Kayakers: The Watershed Project is looking for 25 intrepid volunteers to help cleanup Richmond's shoreline from kayaks. They have Kayaks for 15 volunteers on a first come first served basis and are looking for ten kayakers that have their own boat to join us. If you are interested please contact Juliana Gonzales.





 "Get in Ship Shape" at the City of Richmond's Home Front Festival by the bay

It's almost time again for the Home Front Festival.....and we anticipate this fourth annual year will be even better!

We've moved the heart of the festival to the Craneway Pavilion and the end of Harbour Way South, which will make everything easier to find.  There will be free bus service between Shipyard #3 and Harbour Way, three music stages, food vendors, a Home Front Award ceremony, a group photo of people who worked on the home front, National Park Service walks and talks, the Northland Sea Scout Ship tour, the YMCA fun run and much much more.....

...And don't forget about the USO Dance is Friday night, October 1st!

If you are interested in having a booth this year, the Home Front Festival Committee is requesting all exhibitors to follow the directions on the website under the "participants/sponsors link.

Please try to include exhibits in your booth that relate to the World War II Home Front, and our theme of "getting into ship shape".  We welcome Victory Garden/Healthy Eating exhibits this year as well.

**If you are a nonprofit and you would like to discuss a fee reduction, please contact Judy Morgan at the Richmond Chamber of Commerce. Phone:  (510) 234-3512.

The festival hours are from 11:00am to 6:00pm. We are requesting that your booth be set up by 10:00am Saturday and not be taken down until after 6:00pm.  However, if you need to leave early, please stay until 3:00pm, and be aware that no cars will be allowed to drive into the festival area to pack up until after 6:00pm.

If you are interested in volunteering with the National Park Service at the festival.  Please contact Elizabeth Tucker, at 510-232-5050.





Celebrate the Arts in Pinole

Saturday October 16th
11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Where:  In the parking lot in front of the store at 1212 Fitzgerald Drive in the Pinole Vista Shopping Center.

You're invited to participate in Celebrate the Arts in Pinole. We're excited about having you in this event which has several goals.

Aaron Brothers-Pinole is sponsoring the event. Jason Goodwin, store manager, is very interested in supporting artists and becoming an integral part of the arts' community. By offering you this invitation, we hope to create long-term, positive relationships with local artists and arts' organizations.

This event is also an opportunity to promote the arts in West County. October is National Arts and Humanities Month when hundreds of arts organizations and communities across the nation celebrate. We are inviting Debbie Long, Mayor of Pinole, to issue the proclamation provided by Americans for the Arts. The celebration grew out of National Arts Week which was begun by the National Endowment for the Arts and Americans for the Arts in 1985.

There is no charge for artists to participate in this event. As a participating artist, you will receive free archival mounting and professional assembly (a $50 value) if you decide to purchase of custom or ready-made frames on up to five pieces. This offer is good until the end of the year.  Visitors who purchase a participating artist's work will receive the same offer until the end of the year. Offer valid only at Pinole Aaron brothers. (There is no obligation for artists to purchase frames.)
Fill out the form here.



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Richmond, California 94801

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