One of my favorite things to see in the bay area is when the Crucible puts on a show. If you haven't heard of the Crucible, it is a non-profit organization over in Oakland that teaches fine and industrial arts classes to underprivileged youth - generally things involving fire. Things like blacksmithing, ironworking, welding, glass blowing, ceramics, neon, fire performance, etc.
When the Crucible puts on a show though, it is something unlike anything you've ever seen - except maybe (just maybe) at burning man, but you can avoid all the blazing heat, sand, etc with the Crucible. They generally put on two big events:
- A fire arts festival in the summer.
- The fire ballet in the winter.
- Life sized metal dragon spewing flame.
- There is no part of the stage that is not on fire at some point in the night.
- The characters are usually dancing with fire of some sort, on fire, blowing fire, eating fire, burning things, fighting with swords on fire, pouring molten metal, throwing sparks all over the stage, etc.
The whole thing is highly recommended if you have an evening some time and you are in the bay. There are still even tickets available, although last weekend sold out so it might make sense to buy early. Check out the Crucible's Fire Ballet.