Happy February, East Bay! Here's what you're doing this doing this weekend.
Lunar New Year
While last year's Chinese (or Lunar) New Year recognized the rabbit, this year goes to the dragon, a creature that's arguably more visually striking than its fluffy, pouf-tailed predecessor. The Oakland Asian Cultural Center's (388 9th St., Ste. 290, Oakland) Lunar New Year Festival both celebrates and aspires to the grandeur of the majestic beast with an array of Asian dance, music, and martial arts performances, including appearances by Patty Chu's Chinese Folk Dance Troupe and Filipino mixed martial artists Eskabo Daan. The festival on Saturday, Feb. 4, also features arts and crafts workshops, including Japanese paper-doll-making and Korean kite-building. 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m., free. OACC.cc or 510-637-0455. — Cassie Harwood
First Friday Concert Series
The founder of art gallery Macarthur B Arthur and the organizers of Mission Creek Oakland have joined together to launch a new all-ages concert series in conjunction with Art Murmur. Held at Sanctuary of the First Presbyterian Church of Oakland (2619 Broadway, Oakland) every first Friday of the month, the event is in the same spirit of those affiliations — bringing together experimental and underground music and art in various forms. The first edition featured a church organist, solo acoustic artist Danny P. Grody (Tarentel), and electro pop band James & Evander. This Friday, Feb. 3, the concert series will feature local artist Chris Duncan, who creates "colorful, geometrical visual works and abstract soundscapes crafted through percussion"; a solo performance by Joel Robinow (Howlin Rain); and Heather Normandale (accompanied by cello, bass, percussion, and trumpet), who will play works from her album — "a compilation of musical prayer for water." Luke Judd, a video artist, will project images during the show, and organist Hilary Guter will entertain between sets. For those seeking something a little different than the average rock show, it should be right up your alley. 7:30 p.m., $5-$15 sliding scale donation. — Kathleen Richards
Latin Soul Brothers DJ Night
Oakland Faders DJ Joe Quixx is widely regarded as one of the best, most versatile turntablists in an oversaturated market. He's an incredibly agile technician, an obsessive record collector, and an entertainer who's savvy enough to keep in step with the times. Over the last two years he's transitioned from hip-hop to Latin music, which might seem like a tectonic shift for anyone who knew him as the former DJ for Sway and Tech's World Famous Wake-Up Show. Maybe it's a way of retracing his roots or finding a niche. Perhaps it's an artistic fixation. Whatever the case, Quixx has rebranded himself as part of the Latin Soul Brothers collective, a group of artists, DJs, emcees, and gallery owners who use Latino-American culture as their primary muse. He conceived a series of dance parties to fit in that vein — meaning they either emphasize Afro-Caribbean music or low-rider classics. The latest iteration stars Quixx alongside DJ Speshboogie, and they promise a nostalgia-based mix of disco, funk, soul, and Afrobeat. It doesn't have quite the same atavistic bent as "Makossa," the event that Quixx threw with fellow Soul Brother WonwayPosibul. But it should be a real happening party. At Lounge 3411 (3411 MacArthur Blvd., Oakland) on Saturday, Feb. 4. 10 p.m. LatinSoulBrothers.wordpress.com. — Rachel Swan
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