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Friday, August 31, 2012

Weekender: This Weekend's Top Five Events

Fri, Aug 31, 2012 at 8:04 AM

Three-day weekend! Here's what you're doing.

West Coast Jazz and Crab Festival
Get cracking at the West Coast Crab and Jazz Festival on the Kaiser Roof Garden on Saturday, Sept. 1. Live jazz, soul, and R&B performances by Miki Howard, Angela Winbush, Howard Hewett, and Freddie Jackson accompany a five-hour, eat-as-much-as-you-like, Southern-style buffet featuring fried and barbecued chicken, corn on the cob, shrimp Creole, greens, candied yams, Dungeness crab (naturally), and much more. 6:30 p.m., $125. JazzandCrab.MyEvent.comAnneli Rufus

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Oakland Pride
As is the case with any festival popular enough to be replicated around the world, LGBTQ Pride celebrations — whether in San Francisco or São Paulo — tend to share a few familiar trappings: a parade, a proliferation of rainbow flags, and at least a few men clad in leather chaps. Still, it's inevitable that each city would bring something unique to the template. In Oakland, which the 2010 US Census found to have one of the largest populations of same-sex couples of any American city, Pride has come to be something of a family affair, complete with a sizable children's area that includes a petting zoo and ample arts and crafts. But don't worry, that familial atmosphere hasn't tempered events for kid-free folks who come for the unbridled entertainment: This year's festival, on Sunday, September 2, features four themed music stages on which Santana tribute band Caravanserai, R&B vocalist CeCe Peniston, and the Flipmode Squad's Rah Digga will be some of the headliners. A "Community Health Pavilion" offers free HIV screening, counseling sessions, and other LGBTQ-related wellness services. But it's fair to say that much of the revelry will be shaped by the festivalgoers themselves, the tens of thousands of people anticipated to show up and celebrate. "It's not just about Oakland Pride," said organizer Amber Todd. "It's about community and civic pride. And being proud of who you are." The festival happens in Uptown Oakland (Franklin St., between 17th and 22nd sts.). 11 a.m.-7 p.m., $5-$10. 510-545-6251 or OaklandPride.orgCassie McFadden

Hiero Day
Oakland doesn’t really have a problem naming days after popular musicians — Ron Dellums dubbed August 25 “Keyshia Cole Day” in honor of the East Oakland-raised, multi-platinum singer. Last year, Jean Quan declared October 7 “PopLyfe Day” after the teen pop band. So the folks at hip-hop label Hiero Imperium Records took it upon themselves to rechristen September 3 — erstwhile known as “Labor Day” — “Hiero Day,” in honor of local hip-hop. And it will follow suit with a wild celebration, featuring a host of hip-hop artists with local ties, including Vallejo rapper Moe Green, Blackalicious, The Kev Choice Ensemble, The Honor Roll Crew, Planet Asia, San Francisco emcee Equipto, and, of course, various members of the Hiero stable. Any one of those acts could be a headliner in its own right; collectively, they’ll surely make a fantastic show. The free, all-ages show happens on Monday, Sept. 3, at The New Parish (579 18th St., Oakland). Noon-6 p.m., free. TheNewParish.com — Rachel Swan

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Precious Little
Even among playwrights, Madeleine George has a distinct talent for capturing vernacular prose — that of academics larding their dialogue with jargon, or a doctor attempting to define a rare genetic disease in layman’s terms, or kids mocking a gorilla at a zoo, or a conversation between a counselor and a patient that takes the form of a cross-examination. All of these dialogues precipitate in her new play Precious Little, which is largely about the vibrancy and occasional shortcomings of spoken language, particularly at the moment of a life crisis (in this case, a woman deciding whether to abort a fetus that may suffer from an obscure genetic disease). Produced by Shotgun Players and directed by Marissa Wolf, this new production features three powerful actresses, two saddled with multiple roles and the third deputized to a play an ape. Martin Flynn’s paneled set and Wolf’s deft stagings create the illusion of intimacy, turning audience members into eavesdroppers. As the ape, Nancy Carlin reclines on a green bower, as bored and brooding as a woman in repose. Through September 9 at The Ashby Stage. $18-$25. 510-841-6500 or ShotgunPlayers.org $18-$25 — Rachel Swan

THREADS
As if artist and event organizer Sarah Sexton (aka Ssquar’d) of local production company Oaktown Indie Mayhem didn’t have her hands full with projects already, from the annual 48-Hour Film Festival to the monthly X-Over Music Series at Actual Cafe, she’s now hosting a monthly clothing swap. Held in the yard at Classic Cars West on every first Saturday of the month, including Saturday, Sep. 1, THREADS affords ladies and gents alike an opportunity to trade in their tired garments for duds discarded by others. Aside from garment bartering, each event also features live music, local craft beer, and Rosamunde sausages for sale. And remember: Just as one man’s trash is another’s treasure, one woman’s worn-out cardigan is another’s flashy new sweater. 2-6 p.m., free. 510-302-5423 or OaktownIndieMayhem.comCassie McFadden

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