Radio Day by the Bay
Jul
20
9:00 AM09:00

Radio Day by the Bay

California Historical Radio Society invites the Art Deco Society of California to its annual Radio Day by the Bay. The $10 entrance fee will be waived for ADSC members!

There will be a live Radio Play performed, a live orchestra (part of the Royal Society Orchestra), an auction of beautiful art deco radios (most in working order and many equipped with bluetooth connectivity), a surplus sale of vintage equipment, a silent auction, food and a lot of radio history.

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Piedmont 4th of July Parade
Jul
4
11:00 AM11:00

Piedmont 4th of July Parade

The City of Piedmont will celebrate its annual Independence Day Parade this year on Thursday, July 4, starting at 11 a.m. at the corner of Highland Avenue and Park Way.

Each year the community is invited to participate at no cost with neighborhood floats and entries from various community organizations. The Piedmont parade is unique for the appearance of several bagpipe bands in keeping with the city’s Scottish traditions, and with a rich array of dozens of antique and classic cars.

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The Seductive Art Deco of Uptown Oakland
Jun
24
7:00 PM19:00

The Seductive Art Deco of Uptown Oakland

A lecture by our very own Preservation Director Therese Poletti at Nerd Nite East Bay.

Faced with the aftermath of the 1929 stock market crash, a small group of businesses hustled to bring optimism back to Oakland, constructing some of California’s most beautiful Art Deco buildings in Uptown. Five of these buildings, including the I. Magnin Department Store, the Paramount, and the buildings of Mary Bowles continue to seduce the street-going public much as they were designed to do in the mid-1930s…

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San Francisco Silent Film Festival
May
1
to May 5

San Francisco Silent Film Festival

The 24th San Francisco Silent Film Festival will take place May 1–5, 2019, at the beautiful Castro Theatre. Five glorious days of live cinema—dazzling silent-era movies set to extraordinary live music!

This year's program features 25 programs (including an illustrated lecture presentation at the Pacific Film Archive in Berkeley), all with live musical accompaniment! There are films from ten different countries— Bali, Czechoslovakia, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Sweden, US, and the USSR—and more than 40 brilliant musicians from around the world to accompany!

The Art Deco Society of California is proud to copresent “Husbands and Lovers” on Friday, May 3 at 2:15pm.

See www.silentfilm.org for details and tickets.

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Oakland Ballet Spring Gala
Apr
13
6:00 PM18:00

Oakland Ballet Spring Gala

Born in Oakland, West Coast Jazz and Blues flourished in Oakland's vibrant club scene of 1930’s, 40’s and 50’s. You are invited to don your finest vintage jazz club cocktail attire from the era and join us for a lively evening of dining and dancing in tribute of Oakland’s Jazz and Blues heritage.

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Maritime Museum 80th Anniversary - Evening Gala
Apr
12
6:00 PM18:00

Maritime Museum 80th Anniversary - Evening Gala

Join us in the elegant 1939 Casino at Aquatic Park to celebrate the 80th Anniversary of the WPA era Maritime Museum Building!

Enjoy big band music from the Fil Lorenz Orchestra as well as dancing, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres.

ADSC members receive $10 off the ticket price with code ART10!

Period attire is encouraged.

*Tickets must be purchased in advance. Tickets will not be sold at the door.

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Dandy Wellington live at the 9:20 Special
Apr
11
to Apr 12

Dandy Wellington live at the 9:20 Special

Inspired by the Big Band Era of Jazz, Dandy Wellington and his Band have taken the sounds of the 1930’s and 40’s and created a world of well dressed music. With a passion for obscure songs steeped in the Jazz tradition, Dandy Wellington has assembled a catalog of music that invokes an atmosphere of class. From the golden age of cinema, to the bounce of New Orleans, each song is hand selected and played to perfection by a band cut from the cloth of elegance.

PRICE (tickets only sold/bought at the door)
$15 general admission
$12 for full-time students/seniors 60+/military
If you're taking an April series then your ticket will be included (for $10) in the registration fee.

SCHEDULE (April class series as usual)
9:30pm-10:00pm
Taster Class - beginner Lindy Hop/Swing dance class
Included in the price of admission

9:30pm-midnight
Band

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Oakland Ballet presents "Jazz Vistas"
Apr
5
to Apr 6

Oakland Ballet presents "Jazz Vistas"

  • Florence Schwimley Little Theater (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

A dance and music program inspired by the melodies of the West Coast Blues and Oakland’s Jazz and Blues heritage.

Starring renowned Oakland-based vocalist Tiffany Austin and musicians from the Oaktown Jazz Workshop including Ravi Abcarian and Ashanti Johnson.

New choreography by Bat Abbit, Vincent Chavez, Ramona Kelley, Graham Lustig, Natasha Shaof and Dezaun Solyn.

Also featuring Graham Lustig’s VISTA danced to the music of John Lurie and the Lounge Lizards.

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GGIE 80th Anniversary Evening Party
Apr
4
6:00 PM18:00

GGIE 80th Anniversary Evening Party

Join the Mechanics’ Institute and Treasure Island Museum for a snazzy cocktail party with a keynote address by acclaimed Treasure Island and Mechanics' Institute scholar Richard Reinhardt and music by Lovin’ Harmony Trio. Enjoy appetizers, wine, and craft liquor tastings while celebrating the 80th anniversary of San Francisco's last world's fair. Period dress encouraged!

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Alameda Point Vintage Fashion Faire
Mar
15
to Mar 16

Alameda Point Vintage Fashion Faire

  • Michaan's Auctions Annex (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

“Rock Around The Frock,” celebrating vintage rock & roll fashion from every era!

Friday, March 15, 2019 6pm – 10pm

$15 in advance online or $20 at the door (includes a re-admit to shop on Saturday)

Enjoy musical entertainment by The Steve Lucky & Carmen Getit Show and cocktails by Stookey’s Club Moderne (no host bar) at our famous Friday Night Shopping Party featuring our Vintage Rock Around the Frock Runway Contest! Prizes for all entries and a GRAND PRIZE of $100 voucher to shop the VFF!

Saturday, March 16, 2019 11am – 5pm

General Admission: ONLY $5 all day

Come and experience a vintage fashion extravaganza with 70+ booths showcasing a wide array of women’s & men’s clothing, couture, jewelry, accessories, textiles, fine linens and more.

Don’t miss this exciting event featuring timeless fashion from every decade including the Victorian & Deco eras, the fabulous 40’s & 50’s, and the glitzy 60’s, 70’s & 80’s inspiring today’s fashion designers.

The entire Saturday show is ALL AGES, children 12 & under free with paid adult admission.

Students with a valid ID get 2 for 1 discount (SATURDAY ONLY).

Pre-sale discount tickets available.

Tickets also available at the door (CASH ONLY).

ATM on site and most dealers accept credit cards!

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San Francisco History Days
Mar
2
to Mar 3

San Francisco History Days

Visit the Old Mint on the first weekend in March and join dozens of organizations celebrating and telling the stories of the City's unique past. We invite you to meet community historians, archivists, genealogists, archaeologists, researchers, educators, re-enactors, and other history enthusiasts at this FREE, all-ages weekend event at the historic site.

The ADSC is proud to be a part of this celebration of local history. Stop by our table and say hello!

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Lecture: Countess Mona von Bismarck
Feb
21
7:00 PM19:00

Lecture: Countess Mona von Bismarck

  • Memorial Hall in East Lawn Memorial Park (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Countess Mona Von Bismark - who in 1933, Coco Chanel named "The Best Dressed Woman in the World."

Lecture Presented by Nan Turner – Department of Textiles and Clothing, UC Davis

Mona, born Edmona Margaret Travis Strader in Louisville, Kentucky in 1897, known for her beauty and radiant light blue eyes, would marry her way up the ladder to become one of the wealthiest women in the world. Her mansion in Paris is now the Mona Bismarck American Center for Art and Culture in Paris, which supports artistic and cultural Franco-American relations.

Doors open at 7pm, lecture begins at 7:30pm

Light refreshments and door prizes

Suggested Donations: Members $5, Not-yet Members $7

Vintage attire is admired but not required.

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Noir City - 17th Annual Noir Film Festival
Jan
25
to Feb 3

Noir City - 17th Annual Noir Film Festival

Celebrating its 17th year, NOIR CITY, the largest annual film noir festival in the world, returns once again to the majestic Castro Theatre for a 10-night feast of danger, desire, and despair, January 25-February 3, 2019. Film Noir Foundation prez Eddie Muller will once again lead audiences on a fun and fascinating excursion through "Hollywood's only organic artistic movement."

This year's program extends last year's chronological pairings of "A" and "B" from the 1940s into the 1950s, offering viewers a slate of films that track noir through the declining studio system and into a fresh cinematic landscape where noir was refashioned, both subtly and radically, for a new generation.

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Tango at the Berkeley City Club!
Jan
2
to Jan 23

Tango at the Berkeley City Club!

Be ready for the dance floor at the Art Deco Preservation Ball ~ A Night in Buenos Aires, the City of Tango ~ with a series of tango classes and dance practice on Wednesday evenings at the beautiful Berkeley City Club.

Everyone is welcome! No partner or experience necessary. All genders are encouraged to lead and follow. Leather-soled shoes are preferred.

Beginner classes are from 7 - 8 pm, followed by tango practica from 8 - 10, all for $15 per session.

This is a member event of the Berkeley City Club, open to the public; members of the BCC receive a discount. Please note, there is no non-member parking in the BCC lot, but there are other lots nearby, as well as street parking and transit options. When you arrive at the club, please ring the bell and say “Tango.”

Julia’s Restaurant at the Berkeley City Club accepts dinner reservations from 5 to 8:30 pm. Morgan’s Bar is open from 4 - 9 pm.

For more information, see the website or contact lindseynewbold@yahoo.com.

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Sacramento Art Deco Society Holiday Gala: Hitting the Road
Dec
9
5:30 PM17:30

Sacramento Art Deco Society Holiday Gala: Hitting the Road

Our friends in the Sacramento Art Deco Society host a delightful Holiday Gala every year, and it's well worth the trip. Please RSVP by November 20!

Celebrate the holidays in style with live music by the Harley White Jr. Orchestra – Large Dance Floor - Lavish Buffet – Wine, Champagne & Beer Bar – Free & Secured parking - Silent Auction (Cash or Check only) – Auto Museum exhibits will be open to all with docent guides - the Alhambra Room is well heated but the other sections of the Auto Museum are unevenly heated so ladies should bring a wrap. 

Formal vintage fashions admired but not required.

If you have anything to contribute to our Silent Auction, call Ellen Riddell at 916-947-3285.

Tickets are $75 per person for Sacramento Art Deco Society members (ADSC membership is also honored); $80 for non-members.

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USS Hornet Museum 75th Anniversary feat Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra
Nov
3
to Nov 4

USS Hornet Museum 75th Anniversary feat Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra

The USS Hornet Museum is celebrating 75 years afloat! Please join us as we travel back in time to celebrate!

Jimmy Dorsey begins at 8:00 PM! VIP Dinner at 7:00 PM.

Featuring Special Guest: Maritime Archaeologist, James P. Delgado

All proceeds go to support the Hornet Heritage Fund.

ADSC members get 25% off with the code ADSC.

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SF Vintage Fashion Expo
Oct
13
to Oct 14

SF Vintage Fashion Expo

 The Vintage Fashion Expo is at the Hall of Flowers, located at 1199 9th Avenue at Lincoln Way, S.F. 94122. There is FREE parking throughout Golden Gate Park every day. There will be food trucks and a coffee cart on site in addition to hundreds of restaurants nearby.

Taking place five times yearly in both Los Angeles and San Francisco, the Vintage Fashion Expo showcases over 50 prestigious dealers featuring vintage couture, designer, period pieces, fine jewelry, rare and esoteric items providing our customers with the opportunity to access the best in inspiration, vintage luxury and premium fashion.

To learn more, visit their website at www.vintageexpo.com.

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San Francisco Fall Art & Antiques Show
Oct
10
to Oct 14

San Francisco Fall Art & Antiques Show

  • Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

OPENING NIGHT PREVIEW GALA
Wednesday, October 10
7:00 to 10:00 p.m.

SHOW DATES
October 11 through October 14
Thursday - Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, Noon to 5:00 p.m.

The San Francisco Fall Art & Antiques Show, now in its 36th year, is the oldest and most prestigious show of its genre on the West Coast. Presenting 60 of the finest international art and antiques dealers, it shows a breadth of works from across the globe and through the centuries. It is a must-see destination for collectors and enthusiasts of art, antiques, and design.

This year’s theme is THE SUN, THE MOON & THE STARS, Celestial Imagery in Art, Antiques & Design. Programming includes the renowned Lecture Series, Book Signings, and Cocktail Hour Talks. 100% of net proceeds support Enterprise for Youth, a nonprofit that empowers young people to prepare for and discover career opportunities.

More information at www.sffas.org.

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CinemaLit Film Series
Sep
14
to Sep 28

CinemaLit Film Series

Enjoy these 3 vintage films on the last 3 Fridays in September at the Mechanics' Institute!

Click here for tickets and more information.


Friday, September 14, 2018 - 6:00pm
Monte Carlo (1930)

A countess flees to the Riviera on her wedding day in this droll musical, where she’s courted by a wealthy suitor.

Members Free / Public $10 (suggested donation)


Friday, September 21, 2018 - 6:00pm
Trouble in Paradise (1932)

A thief and a pickpocket plot a con but fall for their mark in this sexy romantic comedy.

Members Free / Public $10 (suggested donation)


Friday, September 28, 2018 - 6:00pm
Ninotchka (1935)

A humorless Soviet official encounters numerous temptations on assignment in Paris

Members Free / Public $10 (suggested donation)

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Jubilate! The 42nd Street Moon Anniversary Show
Jun
6
8:00 PM20:00

Jubilate! The 42nd Street Moon Anniversary Show

Celebrate 42nd Street Moon's 25 year nniversary with an evening of song and laughter!

"Jubilate!" will feature Broadway star Liz Callaway, NYC cabaret star Klea Blackhurst, and 42nd Street Moon favorite performers, in a celebration of the Great American Songbook as well as a quarter-century of great Moon performances. Meet the stars after the show in the lobby as we wind the evening down with dessert, drinks, and afterglow performances from
even more Moon performers - and the champagne's on us!

42nd Street Moon has a celebratory offer especially for friends of Art Deco Society! USE PROMO CODE JUBILATE50 WHEN ORDERING AND GET $50 OFF EACH TICKET! A $75 value for just $25!

Click here for tickets!

For more information please call (415) 255-8207.

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San Francisco Silent Film Festival
May
30
to Jun 3

San Francisco Silent Film Festival

The festival's motto still holds up: True Art Transcends Time!

The 23rd San Francisco Silent Film Festival opens Wednesday evening, May 30, with the 1928 film, "The Man Who Laughs." Director Paul Leni’s adaptation of Victor Hugo’s 1869 novel about a man disfigured from childhood stands with the great masterworks of the silent era. A gala Opening Night Party follows (separate ticket), at the top-floor loft of the historic McRoskey Mattress Company Building, 1687 Market Street (at Gough) in San Francisco.

The festival continues Thursday through Sunday, now with FOUR full days of programming, starting at 10 am each day. Each day offers rare and legendary, beautifully-restored examples of cinematic art, accompanied by exciting live music.

Please see http://silentfilm.org/ for more details and ticket information.


In addition to the festival in general, the ADSC is a co-presenter of "The Other Woman's Story," with live musical accompaniment by Stephen Horne, on Friday, June 1 at 12:00pm.

Use the discount code *ARTDC* for online ticket purchase at the member price of $15 (vs. $17) on up to two tickets for this program.

AND, the ADSC is giving away a pair of tickets!

Email zelda1927@artdecosociety.org with the following: 1) Four sentences about your favorite silent film and why you love it. 2) Your name & contact info.

The first reply will win; winner will be notified and your tickets will be held at will call.

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The Jazz Age: American Style in the 1920s
Apr
10
7:30 PM19:30

The Jazz Age: American Style in the 1920s

The American Decorative Arts Forum invites Decophiles to this lecture by Stephen Harrison, Curator of Decorative Art and Design at the Cleveland Museum of Art.

Based on the critically acclaimed catalogue and exhibition The Jazz Age: American Style in the 1920s, Stephen Harrison’s lavishly illustrated talk will explore American taste during the exhilarating 1920s and early 1930s. In these years the United States became the leading marketplace for innovative architecture, interior decoration, decorative arts, fashion, and music. Through a rich array of extraordinary works in jewelry, fashion, and decorative arts, featuring the people and events that punctuated the era, Mr. Harrison will present the dazzling world of flappers and dandies in all its dizzying glory.

Period attire is welcome!  Enter the museum at the west side lower level near the cafe.

Free for ADAF members, $20 for non-members which can be applied to membership if you choose.

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FDR's Children's Hour: A 1930's era cocktail party aboard the USS Potomac
Mar
22
5:30 PM17:30

FDR's Children's Hour: A 1930's era cocktail party aboard the USS Potomac

An evening of cocktails, history, anecdotes, stories, songs, and general revelry in honor of the 85th anniversary of the beginning of the end of prohibition.

Featured Cocktails - The Obituary - The Martinez - Pisco Punch 

Musical Guest - The Mission Gold Jazz Band

$45 - includes hosted bar, hors d'oeuvres, and tours of the Potomac

1920's-1940's attire encouraged!

All those 21 and over are welcome. Space limited to 100 guests.

Tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fdrs-childrens-hour-a-1930s-era-cocktail-party-aboard-the-uss-potomac-tickets-43872431624

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2018 Oscar Gala at the Bellevue Club
Mar
4
4:00 PM16:00

2018 Oscar Gala at the Bellevue Club

The Bellevue Club's Oscars Gala returns this year with glamour, gift bags, and a gigantic screen!

No-host cocktails, a sumptuous buffet, and all the beautiful people.

Black tie & designer gowns optional, but costume prizes galore! Vintage evening wear will be admired!

$65 per ticket for both members & guests of The Bellevue Club. ADSC members and guests are most cordially invited to this splendid party!

Reservations required by March 1st! Call 510-451-1000 X 0

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Panel Discussion: Vintage Home Renovation & Restoration for Today's Lifestyle
Feb
25
7:00 PM19:00

Panel Discussion: Vintage Home Renovation & Restoration for Today's Lifestyle

What to look for when shopping for a vintage home? What extent to go to, to retain period elements? How to find resources?

The Alameda Architectural Preservation Society has invited a group of panelists with experience and expertise in historic home renovation and restoration. A significant portion of the event will be devoted to Q&A with the audience.

Free for AAPS members, $5 for non-members. Parking available at the corner of Chestnut St. & Santa Clara Ave.

More information at http://www.alameda-preservation.org/

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Bothwell Arts Presents: Gatsby Jazz Age Party
Feb
3
7:00 PM19:00

Bothwell Arts Presents: Gatsby Jazz Age Party

The Bothwell Arts Center of Livermore presents an uproarious celebration of the 1920s, with live music by the Royal Society Jazz Orchestra, dancing, food and finery and a no-host bar. A major fundraising event for the Bothwell, tickets cost $100. There will be a variety of silent auction items, as well as a prohibition-themed blind wine raffle! In addition, the Encore Players will present a live retro radio program that captures the 1920s era through comedians, voice actors, and sound effects.

Period-style attire is more than welcome, but guests are encouraged to enjoy the event in whatever style of dress suits them.

Tickets and more info here: https://lvpac.org/event/gatsby-jazz-age-party/

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Hollywood Forever Cemetery Tour
Oct
21
10:00 AM10:00

Hollywood Forever Cemetery Tour

The Art Deco Society of Los Angeles returns to Hollywood Forever Cemetery to share the life stories (including the scandals!) of early Hollywood's pioneers, movie stars, and moguls. ADSC members are cordially invited and may purchase tickets at the member price.

Tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3083247

The two and a half hour docent walking tour is highlighted by some living history "visits" with several of the luminaries buried there. Founded in 1899, Hollywood Forever is the final resting place of silent film swashbuckler Douglas Fairbanks, heart throb Rudolph Valentino, film director Cecil B. DeMille, actress Marion Davies, and many other legendary Los Angelinos.

Tours depart from the fountain, inside the main gate. Check in upon arrival with the Art Deco Society table near the front gates. (Last outgoing tour leaves at 12 noon and finishes at 2:30 PM). Choose from several tour times.

Tour Times:
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
11:00 AM - 1:30 PM
Noon to 2:30 PM

Tickets are $20 per person for general admission and $15 for members of the Art Deco Society. You will not receive a physical ticket, rather your name will appear on the list at the door of the event.

More information at http://adsla.org/info/node/530

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