Friday, September 7, 2012

Weekender: This Weekend's Top Five Events

Fri, Sep 7, 2012 at 6:02 AM

Okay we know you're busy reliving this magic moment in your heads over and over:


But it's time to get to important WEEKEND ACTIVITIES:

Banned Books Reading
Howl. The Devil's Highway. Friendly Fire. What do these titles have in common? They were all banned at one point. In honor of Banned Books Month, PEN American Center West collaborates with Mrs. Dalloway's to present an evening of local writers, including Peter Orner, Camille Dungy, Carolyn Cook, Tess Taylor, and Michael David Lukas, to read selections from authors who've been either banned, censored, or imprisoned for their art. On Saturday, Sept. 8, at Mrs. Dalloway's. 7:30 p.m., free. 510-704-8222 or MrsDalloways.com. — Alison Peters

Big Freedia
Colloquially known as the queen of New Orleans bounce, Big Freedia took a style of hip-hop that had hitherto been underground and made it palatable to mainstream audiences. Bounce mixes the crisp snare and high-hat of hip-hop with shouted-out vocals that take the form of a chant, rather than a rhymed narrative. Primitive but infectious, it's perfect party music, and the name is entirely apropos. Since launching her career in 1993, Freedia has become a visible presence on the festival circuit, with her fashionable faux hawk and disarmingly deep tenor voice. Her shows often feature a full funk band and backup dancers in leotards. She'll perform this week with the similarly themed electro group Hottub and DJ Black at The New Parish (579 18th St., Oakland) on Friday, Sept. 7. 9 p.m., $15, $20. TheNewParish.comRachel Swan

Stride with Pride
If you're still feeling the LGBTQ love after last week's slew of Pride events, put on your party hat and get yourself to Golden Gate Fields on Saturday, Sept. 8, for a Pride celebration with an equestrian vibe. In between the day's horse races, the track's Stride with Pride event includes a "presentation of colors" ceremony by the Golden State Gay Rodeo Association, the national anthem performed by the Oakland East Bay Gay Men's Chorus, free themed hats for the first five hundred spectators, and space to dance and mingle to tunes by DJ Kidd Sysko. Noon, $12-$40. 510-559-7300 or GoldenGateFields.comCassie McFadden

Wall Works 4
For the final show in Traywick Contemporary's fifteenth anniversary series, Katrina Traywick invited four artists to contribute site-specific work addressing the possibilities and constraints of her North Berkeley home-cum-gallery. The results, humorous and odd, playfully flirt with and subvert this semi-domestic venue's pull toward the decorative. Nancy Mintz occupies the central space with landscapes upholstered for the living room — in woolly felt. Where a chandelier of cut crystal might hang, she instead suspends a fuzzy moon. Diana Guerrera-Mácia adorns the hallway with two wool-covered canvases that "speak" to one another, each echoing the modernist tradition of abstract geometry while undercutting it with sappy universal symbols: a rainbow here, a heart there. In a dynamic formal interaction with Traywick's architectural space, Benicia Gantner's vaguely organic vinyl collage work creeps, shoots, and blooms across the foyer, bringing this nook of the structure to life. Wall Works 4 runs through September 29 at Traywick Contemporary. 510-527-1214, or Traywick.comCassie McFadden

Graphic Novel Palooza
Callie, set designer for her middle-school play, wants to wow the audience with her Broadway-worthy style. Two problems: the budget, and the fact that she doesn't have any idea what she's doing. Enter two cute brothers, and commence drama. That's the premise of Raina Telgemeier's new graphic novel, Drama. Doug Ten Napel's Cardboard tells the story of Cam's birthday cardboard-box come to life, and James Burks' Bird & Squirrel on the Run finds the eponymous characters outwitting Cat (lying in wait like Wile E. Coyote) and becoming best friends along their crazy road trip. Hear more about these books at Graphic Novel Palooza on Sunday, Sept. 9, at A Great Good Place for Books. 11:30 a.m., free. 510-339-8210 or GreatGoodPlace.Indiebound.com — Alison Peters

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