Bay Area Summertime Happenings 7/22-7/24: Diego Rivera, outdoor standup comedy, and more

Bay Area Summertime Happenings 7/22-7/24: Diego Rivera, outdoor standup comedy, and more
Photo Art + Soul Oakland
By Laila Weir - Published on July 21, 2022.

What are you doing this weekend? Hoodline's Bay Area Summertime Happenings series is back with suggestions for great things to do around the Bay this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. See some iconic art, enjoy an outdoor comedy show in the park, head to an awesome music festival, see an old-fashioned circus or join a socially conscious bike ride in the East Bay. 

Got a tip of an event coming up in the Bay Area or a recurring happening worth checking out? Let us know

View America through the eyes of artists Diego Rivera and Faith Ringgold

The new exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art showcases Diego Rivera’s work from the 1920s to the mid-1940s, when he was conceiving a new vision for North America informed by his travels in Mexico and the U.S. The show includes more than 150 of Rivera’s paintings, frescoes, and drawings, plus three galleries with large-scale film projections of influential murals he created in Mexico and the U.S.

Meanwhile, the de Young is showcasing the most comprehensive retrospective yet of Faith Ringgold’s art. The exhibit showcases some of the most iconic artworks of the civil rights era, as well as bringing together 50 years of the artist's work. It features works from across Ringgold’s best-known series, tracking the development of her figurative style as it evolved with the times of political and social change. 

What: Diego Rivera’s America
When: Weekend hours: Fri.–Sun. 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Where: SFMOMA, 151 Third St., San Francisco
Information: www.sfmoma.org

What: Faith Ringgold: American People
When: Tues.–Sun., 9:30 a.m.–5:15 p.m.
Where: de Young Museum, Golden Gate Park/50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, San Francisco
Information: deyoung.famsf.org


Blankets & Wine Comedy in Golden Gate Park

This recurring outdoor standup comedy event takes place every Saturday afternoon at the Polo Fields in Golden Gate Park, with a new lineup each week. Attendees are encourage to bring their own blankets and booze. The organizers also request that guests social distance and mask if not vaccinated. The forecast calls for mostly sunny weather this weekend, so this could be a good chance to check it out. Just remember your layers.

When: Saturdays, 3-4:30 p.m.
Where: Polo Field bleachers, Golden Gate Park, 1232 John F Kennedy Drive, San Francisco
Information: www.eventbrite.com/e/blankets-wine-comedy-tickets-142449276621


Art + Soul 20th Anniversary in Oakland

This Saturday, the Art + Soul Oakland celebration and live concert is back, after a two-year break, for its 20th anniversary. There will be a full lineup of live music on two stages, plus food, beer, wine, artisans and lots of family-friendly entertainment, including a roller skating rink. The event is free and open to all ages. Get there via BART’s 12th Street City Center station or AC Transit, or park for $10 in the adjacent City Center West Garage, located on 12th Street at Martin Luther King Jr. Way.

When: Saturday July 23, 12-6 p.m.
Where: Downtown Oakland/Frank Ogawa Plaza, 14th & Broadway, Oakland
Information: www.artandsouloakland.com


Circo Hermanos Caballero in San Jose

For the young or young-at-heart, there's nothing quite like an old-fashioned circus, and the Circo Hermanos Caballero from Jalisco, Mexico is just that – a family circus featuring three generations, with clowns, acrobats, dazzling costumes, and motorcycle stunts. Tickets start at $20. Their website has a coupon for free admission for one child under 10 years old with the purchase of an adult general admission ticket, but note that it can't be used for the Sunday 2 p.m. show.

When: Multiple afternoon and evening shows
Where: Emma Prusch Farm Park, 647 S King Rd., San Jose
Information: www.caballerocircus.com


SelfCare Sunday Wellness Bike Ride in Richmond

Local biking nonprofit Rich City Rides has led hundreds of community bike rides since 2012. These family-friendly social rides are designed for riders of all ages, regardless of their level. Committed to "radical inclusivity," the group has loaner bikes available for those who don't have their own, as well as pedicabs for those who can't ride traditional bikes. The rides usually cover 5 to 10 easy miles, and participants of all levels of ability are welcome. Riders are asked to wear masks.

The event starts with a meet-up, during which help is available for tuning up any minor mechanical issues with your bicycle. Then there's a bit of orientation before the ride proper starts at 11 a.m.

When: Sundays, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Where: Unity Park Bike Hub, 1605 Ohio Ave., Richmond
Information: www.richcityrides.org