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Friday, September 6, 2013

Weekender: This Weekend's Top Five Events

By Zaineb Mohammed
Fri, Sep 6, 2013 at 6:43 AM

It's the weekend AND it's First Friday — two amazing reasons to celebrate. Here are our expertly selected suggestions for the five best ways to spend your time from today to Sunday:

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Jack's Night Market
The first Friday of the month in Oakland is not lacking in events to attend, but the upcoming night market in Jack London Square — the last one happening this year — is definitely one to add to your list. The outdoor bazaar features a pinball museum exhibit, fortunetellers, and stilt walkers. Attendees can also participate in an "outer body experience" in which they wear special goggles that allow them to see a virtual reality maze that they walk through. (They can also try to catch sight of the Mechanical Swamp Kirin, a nine-foot-tall mythical creature covered in moss that has become the night market's unofficial mascot.) Local craft merchants, such as Oaklandish, Loakal, Tracilynn Fashion, and Frankie and Myrrh, will be selling their wares. And food vendors like Peter's Kettle Corn, the Pacific Coast Farmers' Market, Nora Spanish Cuisine, and Antonik's BBQ will also be on site to offer sustenance. This week, two local dance troupes will be performing and then teaching the attendees their moves: Mirabai Deranja will demonstrate an Argentine tango and Leslie Panitchpakdi will show off her hip-hop style. Friday, Sept. 6. 6-10 p.m., free. JackLondonSquare.comZaineb Mohammed

Garin Apple Festival
Long before it was a college town bisected by BART, Hayward was fertile farmland and ranchland. Celebrate the late-summer bounty on Saturday, Sept. 7, at the Garin Apple Festival in Garin Regional Park. Learn about the rare varieties of apples grown there, make your own hand-pressed apple cider, crank all-natural ice cream, and savor the fruits of your labor amidst live music and old-fashioned games. Restart your appetite by touring the park’s historic 19th-century barn, blacksmith shop, tool shop, and lovingly restored two-acre garden. Saturday, Sept. 7. Noon-4 p.m., free. — Anneli Rufus

Everything Is Terrible! Two Head-Cleaners and a Microphone!
The duo behind the Chicago-based comedy website Everything Is Terrible! — dubbed by Time as one of the fifty best websites of 2013 — gathers the most absurd and ridiculous found VHS footage for your viewing pleasure. Its new tour — titled “Two Head Cleaners and a Microphone!” — will stop by The New Parkway Theater this Saturday and will include the screening of two new EIT! DVDs: Comic Relief Zero!, which features the cringe-worthy, bungled jokes of ventriloquists, prop comics, and talk show hosts; and Everything Is Terrible! Does The Hip-Hop!, which showcases white rappers promoting hamburgers and children rapping about stamps. Clearly, this live show, which also includes puppets, is not to be missed. Saturday, Sept. 7. 8 & 10 p.m., $10. TheNewParkway.comZ.M.

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Remote-Controlled Car Race
If you’re feeling the need for (low-level) speed, head to Moe’s Books on Sunday afternoon for its second outdoor remote-controlled car race. The bookstore’s first race, held last month during “Sundays on Telegraph,” drew hundreds of people who ogled the fancy toys and cheered on the kids as they raced their cars and trucks around the track and popped wheelies. Boss Robot Hobby, Berkeley’s only remote-control specialty shop, and the after-school program Kids in Motion are the event sponsors and supply the cars — though serious racecar enthusiasts are welcome to bring their own. Only those age thirteen and under are allowed to race, but there’s no age limit for spectating and good-natured trash-talking. Sunday, Sept. 8. 1-4 p.m., free. MoesBooks.comZ.M.

Yang Fudong: Estranged Paradise
Conversation about the work of Yang Fudong often turns to the Chinese artist’s alluring surfaces. Fudong has a predilection for film noir and introspective-looking young models, and these most famously come together in his stunning multi-channel video installations, which fragment his film to surround the viewer in a stimulating “screen environment.” “The Fifth Night” is one such example. However, Estranged Paradise, the artist’s mid-career survey now on view at UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, includes not this work but its more self-conscious double, “The Fifth Night (Rehearsal).” This version shows not the film itself but the associated camera monitor feeds, resulting in something more rough hewn and reflective upon its own artifice. This is emblematic of the exhibition as a whole. Modest in size but purposefully curated, it aims to direct focus upon Fudong’s role as a key commentator upon the culture of contemporary China, where two decades of consumer capitalism and intense urbanization have produced a psyche as fractured as the artist’s videos. Through Dec. 8. $7-$10. BAMPFA.Berkeley.eduAlex Bigman

Plus... Get your cheapskate on: This is how much we love you guys: Here are our searchable listings of every single free event happening in the East Bay this weekend.

Feed Us: Got any East Bay news, events, video, or miscellany we should know about? Holler at us at Zaineb.Mohammed@EastBayExpress.com.

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