Diablo Magazine February 2015 : Page 30

2/15 EXPER T PICK 2 /18: F OLK MU SIC ▼ FIRST PERSON Love Seats “Here are three reasons to watch movies at Liver-more’s Vine Cinema and Alehouse. One: quality art house films and classics nights. Two: food and grown-up drinks from Zephyr Grill and Bar next door. And three: snuggly love seats, so you can make sure that arm you’re touching is the one you want to touch.” $8–$10, vinecinema.com. —P ET E R C R O O K S , Diablo resident movie expert 2 /15: VINE CINEMA ▼ 2/16 » Walnut Creek’s off-the-beaten-path Club 1220 is popular for its welcoming atmosphere, inclusive vibes, stiff drinks, and hoppin’ dance floor, which pumps out everything from Whitney Houston to Top 40 hits. In addition to a monthly calendar of events—including drag bingo and karaoke—the club offers free pool every Monday, from opening (4 p.m.) to close (2 a.m.). Free, club1220.com. —S.K. Castro in the Creek 2 /16: FREE POOL ▼ Berkeley’s Freight and Salvage Coffeehouse relocated to the Arts district a few years back, and a great bar and better acoustics make it one of the best live music venues in the Bay Area. Show your sensitive side, and buy tickets to the triple header of fantastic femmes: Mary Gauthier, Eliza Gilkyson, and Gretchen Peters. $32–36, thefreight.org. —P.C. Folk Music Fun » 2/21 2/19 » Chabot Lasers When I was a teenager growing up in New York City, one of my favorite things to do was get friends together to head over to the American Museum of Natural History to see Laserium on a Saturday night. It was one of our first big adventures without the parental units, who wouldn’t have enjoyed the loud rock music and trippy light show. When I heard that Chabot Space and Science Center had LaserMania, I wondered if the grown-up me would still think it was cool. I asked my husband if he’d like to check it out. He was game; but I wasn’t sure if he’d like this trip back to my teens, since he grew up in Iran and isn’t as enthusiastic about my loud rock and roll. Despite my hesitation, my curiosity won out. We sat high up, so as not to scrunch our no-longer-teen necks, and I grabbed Fred’s hand and took a deep breath, hop-ing that he would like it, and I wouldn’t be disappointed. The show we saw started with a cartoony kind of depiction to a Beatles song, and I felt my heart sink as I thought, “Oh man, this is going to be so dopey.” But it wasn’t. The cartoons were charmingly sweet and lively, and were mixed in with the trippier swirling light show that I remembered. It was mesmerizing and transported me back to my teens, reminding me how fun it was go-ing out for the evening when that was a really big deal. Which is kinda like how it is now that I’m all grown up, and we get to ditch our parental duties and go have some fun. $14, chabotspace.org. —Susan Safipour 2/17 » Brain Power Want to really impress your date? Grab a pint, split some beer cheese nachos, and show off your smarts at E.J. Phair Brewing Company’s trivia night. The pub’s Concord location is the perfect place to capitalize on all of that so-called useless informa-tion you’ve seen on Jeopardy and saved in the back of your brain. Free, ejphair.com. —R.C. For a shopping outing your partner will definitely want to join, stop by Feelmore Adult Gallery in Oakland’s Uptown district. Jazz plays in the back-ground, and the shop’s X-rated wares are lit like fine works of art by two chandeliers, which also highlight vintage magazines and community artwork. But the best part is the staff: They encourage customers to pick up the products and talk about sex in frank and open terms—no judgment. feelmore510.com. —K.H. Conquer the Sex Shop 2/20 » If you want to hold tight all night, book the History Mystery Overnight Investigation on the famously haunted USS Hornet in Alameda. After dinner in the crew’s mess, investigate the ship’s paranormal hot spots in a small group with flashlights, digital recorders, and electromag-netic meters. Then, spend the night in the original crew’s bunks. Sounds romantic, right? $100, uss-hornet.org. —S.K. 30 FEBRUARY 2015 Ghost Hunting THIS PAGE, CLOCKWISE FROM TOP RIGHT: RYAN SNOOK; SHUTTERSTOCK; COURTESY OF VINE CINEMA AND ALEHOUSE; SHUTTERSTOCK. OPPOSITE PAGE, CLOCKWISE FROM TOP RIGHT: SHUTTERSTOCK; COURTESY OF THE DEAD FISH; COURTESY OF HORNBLOWER CRUISES AND EVENTS; MERIDIAN, 1997 BY BELLA FELDMAN, COURTESY OF BEDFORD GALLERY; COLLIN WEST; MITCH TOBIAS 2/18

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