Forget Fireworks! This Week's Event Roundup Is Scorching Hot



main Whether or not you were able to hit the road and escape across the bridge over the holiday weekend, it looks like this week is all about having a mental stay-cation. With artists who will transport you to far off lands and a celebration of California-centric shopping, you are in for more than just a treat. Turn your phone on silent and breathe in the culture that surrounds you from the Bay to Berkeley, from the hills to the beach. By the time Monday rears its head, you will be ready to take it on, knowing that you partied your way to a refreshed outlook and picked up a hot new pair of soles along the way.

Freda Salvador x The Podolls Trunk Show
We like to think we know a thing or two about great combos, like a scoop of Bi-Rite ice cream on a swelteringly hot day. And, we've got another to add to that list! Freda Salvador and The Podolls want us to be as happy as can be because the two local brands are hosting a fashion-fused trunk show, spanning the entire weekend. Freda will feature some of its most drool-worthy footwear — you know, the ones that are ridiculously comfy and cute. The Podolls will be along for the ride, too, and will also be offering up some of its USA-made, perfectly cut contemporary wares. Take it all in at the kick-off party Thursday night and come back for the discounts all weekend long.
When: Thursday, July 11, 6 to 8 p.m. to Saturday, July 13, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: Freda Salvador, 1782 Union Street (between Octavia and Gough streets); No phone.

Volcano Watchers At The Solo Lab
Everyone and their mom thinks they are a shutterbug these days, but it's photogs like Klea McKenna who really wow us with their snaps. With her experimental dazed prints, now on view at The Lab, you can lose yourself in memories of McKenna's early days growing up in the hills of Mauna Loa, Hawaii. Behind the strong color-blocked angles, find remnants of her surroundings, in all of their molten forms. A pure mixture of technology and nature, see through her eyes some of the most stunning rural views.
When: Friday, July 12, 7 to 9 p.m.
Where: The Lab, 2948 16th Street (at Capp Street); 415-864-8855.

Paul Ferney 'The Beach' Art Show
Don't pretend that when 3 p.m. rolls around, you aren't staring out your window dreaming of the perfect day at the beach. Sunshine glistening against your skin, a little picnic by your side, and the perfect beach read. Well, the sandy shores are never too far when you are faced with the beachy, Impressionist-ic works of local artist Paul Ferney (the hubby of Oh Happy Day! blogger Jordan Ferney). Get your la playa fix this weekend at the Mission's Incline Gallery, where Ferney's work will remind you that our Indian Summer is closer than we think.
When: Friday, July 12, 6 to 9 p.m. to Sunday, July 14, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: Incline Gallery, 766 Valencia Street (between 18th and 19th streets); No phone.

Maia McDonald & Convert: Made In California Event
We say it's time to give our beautiful golden state a little credit for being so crafty. It always fills our hearts with warmth when we stumble upon something to die for and realize that, yep, it's made right here. See some of the top ranking trinkets this Saturday and share your appreciation for California-made wares at Berkeley shop Convert. Maia McDonald, art director at Rue magazine and blogging babe behind Design Conundrum, has curated the goods, so we know they are sure to be lust-worthy. Have no fear, discounts and gifts with purchase will be your party pals all day long!
When: Saturday, July 13, 2 to 5 p.m.
Where: Convert, 1809B 4th Street (between Delaware Street and Hearst Avenue), Berkeley; 510-649-9759.

Self Edge and PhotoBooth Launch Giant Tintypes
We weren't really surprised to hear that Michael Shindler, the co-founder of Photobooth, had made a camera entirely with his own two hands. That's why we're clearing our calendars for the camera's preview party! Teaming up with the denim heads at Self Edge, the studio will be offering its first 100 guests an up-close-and-personal sneak peek of the oversized camera that is sure to make you look like you've just escaped from Alcatraz with its 19th century eye. Maybe you'll even be one of the lucky five who get in front of the lens for a free tintype portrait!
When: Friday, July 12, 7 to 9 p.m.
Where: Photobooth, 1193 Valencia Street (at 23rd Street); 415-824-1248.
RSVP: Here!

Nomad Opening Reception At ACRE/SF
You could say we're pretty loyal to our ACRE/SF family, entrusting that the boutique will continue to deliver the hotness. Case in point: The shop will be hosting an opening reception for a mixed-media exhibit by artist Alexa Riddle. The gal wants to bring you on a journey through a nomadic lens, so pack a bag, figuratively speaking. Interpret these geometric visions anyway you want, but you will no doubt be transported to a land where worries are left behind and free spirits are welcome.
When: Friday, July 12, 7 to 9 p.m.
Where: ACRE/SF, 301 Union Street (between Montgomery and Castle streets); 415-875-9590.

Elder and Pine Grand Opening Bash
Got a thing for menswear? Us, too! Mark your calendars for the long-awaited men’s vintage shop Elder and Pine to throw open its doors this Saturday. Be there to shop the bygone dude wares alone or with a boy toy, bite into juicy KronnerBurgers, and bop your head to live acts Midnite Snaxx and Once and Future Band. Looks like us girls aren’t the only ones who “just wanna have fun.”
When: Saturday, July 13, noon to 7 p.m.
Where: Elder and Pine, 423 40th Street (at Webster Street); 510-816-6062.

Photo: Via Facebook/ACRE/SF