Arts & Events

Don't Miss This: In the Dog Days

By Dorothy Snodgrass
Tuesday August 14, 2012 - 10:36:00 AM

I'm quite certain that most of you are well aware that the month of August is commonly referred to as "dog days." Romans referred to dog days as "dies caniculares"; the name coming from the ancient belief that Sirus, also called the "Dog Star", was responsible for the hot, sultry period of summer stagnation. Happily, we in the bay area are blessed with delightfully cool weather. O.k, enough of my lecture—let's get down to the interesting, entertaining and FREE performances lined up this month. 

Yoshi's Jazzfest — celebrating 40 years in the Bay Area. August 26th, noon - 5 p.m . on the Waterfront at Jack London Square.

Summer Cinema on Center Street. The Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive offers movies under the stars to celebrate its future residence. Movies will be projected on the exterior wall of the new building. August 18, "The Brain That Wouldn't Die." (510) 642-5249). 

Oakland Pride, "It's a Celebration," Sept 2nd, Labor Day Weekend, Uptown Oakland, 19th & Franklin. www.OaklandPride.Org. 

Summer Sounds Concerts, Free outdoor concerts, every Wednesday from noon - 1 p.m. on the City Center Plaza Stage. 

Pedalfest, a free celebration of of bikes, cycling, food, family and fun, on the Waterfront at Jack London Square, Saturday, August 18, 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. www. 

"Rigoletto," S. F. Opera, Sept. 7, 8, 11, 12, l5, 16, l8, 19, 21, 23, 25, 30, (some matinees). (415) 864-3330. 

Open Opera, Dimond Park, August 19 (510) 482-7831 

"The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaulier — From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk, " deYoung. Museum, closes August 19. deyoungmuseum.or. 

Free Counseling for Landlords and Tenants, Berkeley Public Library, every 3rd Saturday of the month, 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (510) 981-6100. 

My list is someone short I fear, but bear in mind, these are "dog days." I hope you find some activity to your liking.