Your WCC Weekend Guide 

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Ready for the weekend? We know we are. So you don’t have to waste any more time deciding what to do, here’s a list of rad things to check out in the Bay Area and Los Angeles this weekend. 


JR: The Chronicles of San Francisco
When we think of murals, our minds immediately go to the colorful, over the top paintings that brighten city walls. French artist JR’s mind, however, goes somewhere beyond comprehension, breaking the medium altogether. 

Displayed on multiple interconnected screens at the SFMOMA, JR’s new exhibit The Chronicles of San Francisco portrays the city in a whole new way. Made up of pictures and interviews of nearly twelve hundred San Franciscans captured over the course of 2 months, the enormous canvas shows a hyper diverse landscape of the city and the beautiful people who call it home. Who’d a thunk we were all works of art?

JR: The Chronicles of San Francisco is an ongoing exhibition at SFMOMA until November 30, 2019.

Black Cowboy Parade and Heritage Festival

A Bay Area institution, The Oakland Black Cowboy Association is celebrating its 45th anniversary of reminding us that African Americans made up at least 25% of cowboys by the close of the Civil War. Join the excitement this weekend with its annual Parade and Heritage Festival. Filled with chaps, good cooking, and plenty of horses, it’s the perfect time to immerse yourself in a too-often overlooked part of Western history.

The Black Cowboy Parade and Heritage Festival is this Saturday, October 5, starting at 10am.

WorkshopSF First Fridays: Bewitched
An interactive workspace offering a range of DIY classes, WorkshopSF will open their doors to everyone this Friday for pop culture prayer candle decorating, spooky screenprinting, and goth wreath making.

So toss those tacky fake webs and styrofoam tombstones and start scaring your neighbors with your new decor. Just be sure you don’t accidentally conjure the dead while you’re at it.

The WorkshopSF First Fridays: Bewitched open house begins October 4, from 7pm - 10pm.


Second Home Serpentine Pavilion at La Brea Tar Pits
Looking like a collision between Instagram and the International Space Station, the newest immersive architectural event space Second Home Pavilion is a revelation in design, color, and far-out ambiance.

The new installation at the La Brea Tar Pits is a partial open air, insulated structure from the wildly creative, colorful minds of Spanish architects Lucia Cano and Jose Selgas. Bright reflective walls and tunnels made of wrapped elastic bands make for a stunning exploration of structural design. Why can’t everything look like this?

Located at the La Brea Tar Pits until November, 2019 11pm-7pm (9pm Fridays).

Velveteria in Chinatown
Though snobby art critiques may say velvet art is passé, they obviously can’t see the strange, stoner beauty that Velvertia can. Most popular in the ‘70s, velvet is one of the lesser known mediums for visual art. Black velvet canvases are the perfect medium for oil paints, highlighting their colors in otherworldly ways.

Host to 3,000 different paintings from all over the world, the Velveteria museum is an ode to soft fabric and the multitude of themes artists express upon its fibers. What other museum can offer paintings of Jesus, creepy clowns, and Anderson Cooper wearing a thong? 

Velveteria is open Wednesday through Monday 11am - 6pm.

First-time Fridays LACMA
As the perfect incentive to visit the LACMA (and to take a ton of pictures among its famous street lights) today begins the Museum’s First-time Fridays event.

With discounted pins and posters, free open air jazz, and a chance to see the new Betye Saar: Call and Response exhibit, Friday marks the best day to venture out and vibe with some of the best contemporary art LA has to offer.

First-time Friday at LACMA is this Friday October 4 from 11am - 8pm.

Published October 4, 2019