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Friday, June 22, 2012

Weekender: This Weekend's Top Five Events

Fri, Jun 22, 2012 at 5:59 AM

Y'all are all obviously going to Pride (and hopefully getting your hands on some aptly-renamed Silver Haze) this weekend, but there's plenty happening on the sunnier side of the bay, too. To wit:

Flicks@Flacos
The recent death of 91-year-old Ray Bradbury — the prolific sci-fi and fantasy writer who authored classics like Fahrenheit 451 and The Martian Chronicles — marked the loss of an innovative and imaginative mind. It's fair to say that his shoes may never be filled. In remembrance, lovers of the late literary giant can fill their stomachs with taquitos at Flacos (3031 Adeline St., Berkeley), during a free screening of the 1966 film Fahrenheit 451 in the vegetarian Mexican restaurant's parking lot on Saturday, June 23. Bring a book listed on the Arizona Ethnic Studies Network banned books list and get a free taquito. 9-11 p.m. 510-981-8081 or Flacos.com — Cassie McFadden

Brett Baumgart Paintings
Every hard-core art-goer loves to be able to say, "I was there when ...." On Friday, June 22, you'll have the opportunity to be present at one of those special occasions when self-taught artist Brett Baumgart will unveil his first-ever show of his paintings, at George Kaye's (4044 Broadway, Oakland). Baumgart has already accrued quite a following for his ability to tattoo startlingly real and (often horrific) images. The Livermore native is now moving into the world of fine art, and his uncanny sense of light and form is a welcome quality in a scene that's so often consumed with concept over technical skill. The venue Baumgart chose for his first show is bar, so you'll have to be over 21 to get a peek at the Bay Area's next star of Realism — and it's in his neighborhood: Baumgart tattoos fulltime at Premium Tattoo (4130 Broadway, Oakland), so don't plan on making it home early. For more on the art of Brett Baumgart, follow him on Instagram @brettbaumgart. Show runs through July 31. — Obi Kaufmann

Lorin Station Crop Swap
Get super-seasonal and hyper-local: Bring your own homegrown garden produce to the Lorin Station Weekly Crop Swap (northeast corner of Alcatraz Avenue and Adeline Street, Berkeley) every Sunday, and trade it for backyard produce grown by others. Transition Berkeley and the Victory Garden Foundation organize these free hour-long weekly crop swaps throughout the late spring and summer; right now it's lemon, lettuce, kale, and beet season. 1 p.m., free. TransitionBerkeley.com — Anneli Rufus

Berkeley Juneteenth Festival
We're Still Standing, the theme of this year's Juneteenth Festival in South Berkeley, is a nod to the endurance of the annual celebration of African-American culture. The festival, the longest-running event of its kind in Northern California, is now in its 25th year, and continues its traditional offering of bountiful entertainment — from live blues, jazz, and reggae to arts, crafts, and tons of food. This year, festivalgoers can look forward to a young-adult basketball tournament, clothing and jewelry vendors, and two stages of diverse music and dance performances including rapper-pianist Kev Choice (voted "Best Musician" by the Express in 2009) and the North Oakland Senior Center African Dancers. On Adeline St. between Ashby and Alcatraz Aves.on Sunday, June 24. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., free. 510-655-8008 or BerkeleyJuneteenth.org — Cassie McFadden

Dragon Boat Racing
It's not every day that you get an opportunity to help propel a fifty-foot-long boat through the waters of the Alameda-Oakland Estuary (2400 Mariner Square Dr., Alameda). But the Alameda Dragon Flyers — a part-recreational, part-competitive band of paddlers — gives you the chance each Saturday with free introductions to the two-thousand-year-old Chinese sport of dragon boating. The weekly sessions are open to athletes of all abilities, and the first three are free — after that, participants are asked to join the California Dragon Boat Association for a $50-$120 annual fee. 8:45-10:15 a.m. 510-521-7555 or AlamedaDragonFlyers.com — Cassie McFadden

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