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Pier 39

BNE March/April 2017 |




Hippie Modernism: The Struggle for Utopia

is an exhibit at the Berkeley Art Museum

Pacific Film Archive until 21 May focusing on

the art, design and architecture of the hippie

counterculture. Loosely organised around

the mantra “Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out”

the exhibition charts the evolution of the

movement, from pharmacological, technological

and spiritual means to expand consciousness

and alter one’s perception of reality. See


Pier 39, a tourist attraction on any day of

the week with its sea lion centre, aquarium,

two levels of shopping, dining and carnival

attractions, shares the love with a ’60s dance

party featuring a Beatles cover band and more

groovy stuff on 23 June. Meanwhile the Hard

Rock Café has a display of memorabilia from

the Summer of Love, including guitars on the

wall, photos of musicians prominent in the day,

such as Jerry Garcia, and framed concert fliers

from the 1960s. See



The de Young Museum showcases rock

posters, light shows, music and pictures from

musicians including the Grateful Dead and

Jefferson Airplane in

Summer of Love: Art,

Fashion, and Rock & Roll

from 8 April to

20 August. See



The 18th annual How Weird Street Faire: The

Summer of Weird on 7 May downtown at

Howard and Second Streets is a gathering to

celebrate peace, dance in the streets and explore

exhibits, world class music (on 11 stages),

visionary art and creative wares in a tribute

this year to the cultural pioneers “that inspired

us and paved the way forward”. For more

information see

The Haight-Ashbury Street Fair on the

second weekend in June is also a mix of music,

art and crafts, food booths and more. The

fair began in 1978 with the help of gay rights

activist and politician Harvey Milk (portrayed

by Sean Penn in the 2008 movie


) to

celebrate the neighbourhood’s diversity in a

community event and has been supported by

local groups, artisans and vendors ever since.

Over the Golden Gate Bridge the Marin

County Fair: Let the Fun Shine In celebrates the

50th anniversary of the Summer of Love and the

spirit of 1967 with music, art, fashion and more

featuring tie-dye and macrame competitions,

Flower Power horticulture, Groovy/Psychedelic

and Abstract art and photography, daily ’60s

fashion parades, carnival rides, free concerts and

fireworks every night from 30 June to 4 July

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