Fight the post-holiday blues by checking out these five excellent events this weekend:
This Friday, The Uptown will host a free show featuring two local musicians who are coming into their own as solo artists. Cold Beat is the stage moniker of Hannah Lew, the bassist and co-songwriter of San Francisco indie-rock band Grass Widow. Although Lew wrote (in the liner notes of the EP she released last year) that she wrestles with paranoia and depression, her sound is nonetheless upbeat and surf-rock-like. The live band she’ll perform with at The Uptown will include guitarists Greer McGettrick (formerly of The Mallard) and Kyle King, as well as drummer Bianca Sparta of Erase Errata. Sharing the bill will be local hardcore veteran Tony Molina (of Caged Animal and Ovens), whose first solo album, 2013’s economical Dissed and Dismissed, is pure power-pop bliss. Oakland punk band Yi and self-described “adult contemporary” artist Cairo Pythian will open the show. Friday, Jan. 3. 9 p.m., free. UptownNightclub.com — Madeleine Key
reveries and elegies
Anyone lucky enough to catch Mary Armentrout’s reveries and elegies last season knows what a master she is at mixing video, spoken word, music, doorways, dusk, birthday cakes, and movement into riveting performance. Luckily for those who missed it, she will remount reveries in her space at the MilkBar, in the Sunshine Biscuit Factory every Saturday and Sunday in January. But even if you’ve seen reveries, you haven’t seen this one — an exploration of life’s fragmentary, impermanent nature, the piece changes every time Armentrout performs it, and adapts to each of the many spaces it has occupied. In any configuration, it’s performance art at its most intelligent, humorous, engaging, and beautiful. Performances are timed with dusk, so don’t be late or you’ll miss the magic hour. And dress warmly, as the space is unheated. Seating is limited to 25 people each night, and tickets are available in advance only. Saturdays and Sundays, Jan. 4-5, 11-12, 18-19, and 25-26. 4:15 p.m. (start time changes weekly; check website), $20. MaryArmentroutDanceTheater.com — Claudia Bauer
Kick the carbs and push the protein at the David Brower Center on Saturday, when Chris Kresser, a Berkeley-based practitioner of integrative and functional medicine, will celebrate the release of his new book, Your Personal Paleo Code: The 3-Step Plan to Lose Weight, Reverse Disease, and Stay Fit and Healthy for Life. A $10 ticket buys admission to a book signing and author Q&A, where hors d’oeuvres, artisanal chocolate, and locally made kombucha will be served. A $65 ticket buys admission to the talk and to a three-course Paleo dinner featuring kabocha squash soup, garlic-braised short ribs, and flourless chocolate cake, prepared by local caterer Zenbelly. Saturday, Jan. 4. 4:30-9:30 p.m., $10, $65. BrowerCenter.org — Anneli Rufus
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