Friday, June 8, 2012

Weekender: This Weekend's Top Five Events

Fri, Jun 8, 2012 at 6:38 AM

As Rebecca Black once said, it's Friday, Friday, gotta get down on Friday. Indeed:

Trailer Trash: A Mini-Movie Extravaganza
There's a scene in William Castle's 1960 cult film 13 Ghosts in which actress Jo Morrow can be seen lying in bed in a negligee, her hands clasped tensely against her chest and her face frozen in terror as she watches a cobwebbed, ghoul-like figure move about her bedroom in the (clearly haunted) mansion left to her family by a late relative. Morrow's horrified visage is precisely what Steve Seid, the video curator at Pacific Film Archive (2575 Bancroft way, Berkeley) hopes to elicit from audience members during a one-off screening of Trailer Trash: A Mini-Movie Extravaganza — going down tonight, Friday, June 8 — a ninety-minute fusillade of forty movie trailers played back-to-back. Culled from the PFA's film collection and tediously whittled down from several hundred trailers from the Fifties and Sixties, Seid's eclectic compilation merges teasers for gaudy thrillers and campy comedies with others for blockbuster films like Stanley Kubrick's Lolita. It might be the only time you'll get to watch in rapid succession Don Knotts declare, as the cringe-worthy Abner Audubon Peacock in The Love God?, "I am cursed with an abnormal sexual magnetism for women"; a sultry Zsa Zsa Gabor imprison hapless male astronauts in The Queen of Outer Space; and the infamous Scream shower scene. Here, it seems, at least one thing is certain: You should definitely arrive in time for the trailers. $5.50-$9.50. 510-642-0808 or BAMPFA.Berkeley.edu. — Cassie McFadden

Georgia Anne Muldrow with Dudley Perkins
Armed with an unusually expressive voice and a knack for commanding weird chord changes, soul singer Georgia Anne Muldrow might be the most propitious addition to the Stones Throw record label in recent years. That's not just because she's one of the only women, or because she spawned from a jazz dynasty — her father, the late guitarist Ronald Muldrow, played with saxophonist Eddie Harris, while her mother, Rickie Byars Beckwith, is a widely known composer of healing music. Muldrow evidently writes and produces her own music in addition to interpreting the vocal parts. Her style resembles that of the late, beloved beatmakerJ.Dilla — all dense harmonies, jangling drum fills, and chord changes that could easily be transcribed for a jazz trio. Like Dilla, Muldrow uses all the accouterments of contemporary hip-hop. But jazz forms the blueprint on which she built her songs. She'll perform at The New Parish (579 18th St., Oakland) with her beau, fellow Stones Throw artist Dudley Perkins, plus DJs Romes and fflood, on Friday, June 8. 9 p.m., $14, $18. TheNewParish.com — Rachel Swan

Live Oak Park Fair
If there were any question as to whether festival season had yet hit the East Bay, the Live Oak Park Fair on Saturday and Sunday, June 9-10, should clear things right up. Now in its 42nd year, the craft-centric festival at Live Oak Park (1301 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley) offers copious activities and attractions for kids and adults alike, with more than one hundred vendors hawking everything from contemporary art to handmade quilts. That's in addition to live comedy, juggling, and puppeteers; music by Tippy Canoe and others; food from Brittany Crepes & Galettes and Carmen's Taqueria; and loads more. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., free. 510-227-7110 or LiveOakParkFair.com — Cassie McFadden

State of Mind: New California Art Circa 1970
The most ambitiously curated show in the East Bay right now is also the most enigmatic. To fully appreciate State of Mind, New California Art circa 1970, at the Berkeley Art Museum (2626 Bancroft Way, Berkeley), set aside a couple of hours and come ready to work — work at grasping the amount of art (more than 150 works by 60 artists), encyclopedically presented, all of it wonderfully strange. Consider not only the greats of California conceptualism (e.g., Baldesarri, Nauman, Ruscha, and Burden), but also the army of lesser giants, who are often more interested in documenting the satirizing of the process of art-making as an art itself. It gets complicated pretty quickly, but hang on, the journey is worth it. The show itself emulsifies all these disparate, intellectual game-things into one, beautiful, museum experience — arguably more of a work of art than any of the pieces are individually. Show runs through June 17. 510-642-0808 or BAMPFA.Berkeley.edu — Obi Kaufmann

Lee Williams & the Spiritual QCs and the Aubrey Ghent Band
Lee Williams and the Spiritual QCs ("qualified Christians") are the top-drawing quartet in African American gospel music. The former Tupelo, Mississippi, truck driver sings calmly in a lightly raspy baritone, and his band, featuring the red-hot blues-imbued guitar work of brothers Al and Patrick Hollis, works with the singers to create hypnotic moods, especially during the one-chord vamps that end most songs. Nashville-based lap steel guitarist Aubrey Ghent is one of the giants of the "sacred steel" tradition, and his screaming high-volume solos, which mimic the sounds of singing and train whistles, are known to drive congregations to peaks of Holy Ghost ecstasy. Both groups will appear, along with Tupelo's Golden Wings Quartet and Vallejo-born organ virtuoso Moses Tyson Jr., on Saturday, June 9, at 3 and 7:30 p.m. at Parks Chapel AME Church (476 34h St., Oakland). $35-$40. ReidsRecords.com — Lee Hildebrand

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