THERE ARE SO MANY GOOD THINGS TO DO THIS WEEKEND, GUYS. Let's get to it:
2013 Montclair Village Beer & Wine Festival
What better way to support a lovely and historic Oakland neighborhood than by drinking your way through its charming main street? Admission to the Montclair Village Beer & Wine Celebration (Medau Pl. and Mountain Blvd., Oakland) is free for sightseers; for those who want to sip, the price of a commemorative glass permits unlimited tasting of artisanal wines and craft beers at booths representing local brewers, vintners, and retailers. The family-friendly all-day celebration also features live music, art on display, and kids' activities. Proceeds benefit community-enhancement projects through the Montclair Business Improvement District. Sat., June 29, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. beer/wine tasting is $30 per person, $50 per couple — Anneli Rufus
"Friends, Family, Neighbors"
As distressing as the National Security Administration's recentlyexposed dragnet system is, the proliferation of unmanned drones forsurveillance and military strike is a perhaps more chilling aspect ofwhat today counts for normal. In a small exhibition at Royal NonesuchGallery, David Gregory Wallace presents several works that reflect onprevailing drone narratives, each wedding a sense of childhoodinnocence (or vulnerability) to one of looming dread. In a windowpiece that clicks on nightly, a projector casts a series ofphotographic portraits of the artist's friends, colleagues, and lovedones upon the gallery window, while a rotating mobile positioned inbetween casts moving shadows of birds and one large predator drone upon theimages. The main piece in the show is a short film that follows ayoung boy as he guides a toy drone around the East Bay. The interspersed footage of actual drone strikes — which the Department of Defense posts as propaganda material on its website — is jarring, but it is the child's eerie contentedness that leaves the strongest impression.Friends, Family, Neighbors runs through June 30 at Royal NonesuchGallery. 415-652-1623 or RoyalNonesuchGallery.com — Alex Bigman
Juhu Beach Club
With its bright-pink paint job, funky wallpaper, and hipster clientele, former Top Chef contestant Preeti Mistry’s Indian street-food spot joins a small handful of standard bearers for the Oakland food renaissance — hip, casual restaurants that serve food that's steeped in tradition but feels thoroughly modern. The centerpiece of the menu is the street-food sandwich known as the pav — India’s answer to the slider — and Mistry’s serves several stellar versions, filled, variously, with tender beef short rib, perfectly grilled green-chile chicken, or fried potato puffs. But man cannot subsist on street snacks alone, and the menu at Juhu Beach Club has plenty of other delights: a hearty entrée-size curry featuring whole, slow-cooked chicken leg; a slightly salty, grown-up take on a mango lassi; and Straus soft-serve ice cream served with a variety of interesting, South-Asian-inspired toppings. Open Tue.-Sat. 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., 5:30-9:30 pm. — Luke Tsai
Alameda County Fair
It's nigh impossible not to love the county fair, with its tractor pulls, amusment-park rides, pig races, goat auctions, "diaper derby" (fastest baby wins), and myriad cooking contests for dishes as diverse as gumbo and cake pops. It's a weird cultural mainstay, particularly in urban Alameda County — a remnant of a time when so many entertainment options weren't available at our fingertips — but that's also what makes it great. At the Alameda County Fairgrounds. Fridays-Sundays, 10 a.m.-10 p.m; continues through July 7. $4-$10, children under 6 free. — Azeen Ghorayshi
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