Fairs, Festivals, & Fiestas

The Crucible's Fall Open House

When: Sat., Sept. 6, 12-6 p.m. 2008

In the nine years since its inception, the Crucible (1260 7th St., Oakland) has brought a new vision of civil society to the EastBay. Its artists create retro-futuristic structures out of scavenged materials, turning the debris of industrial society into art that recalls some past era. They teach West Oakland youth how to fix bikes, and build mechanical skills that easily translate into other media. They mount gala performances that import hip-hop elements into the fine arts world, allowing a breakdancing crew to share the stage with a prima ballerina in a flaming tutu. Learn more about the organization at Saturday, Sept. 6's open house, which includes fire performances, a student art show, a metal pour in the foundry, and demonstrations of welding, metal casting, glass working, and blacksmithing. Plus resources and representatives from local nonprofit organizations. Noon-6 p.m., free

Rachel Swan

Price: free

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