Friday, February 7, 2014

Weekender: This Weekend's Top Five Events

by Zaineb Mohammed
Fri, Feb 7, 2014 at 7:00 AM

First Friday festivities are cancelled, but it's the weekend, it's finally raining, and SF Beer Week starts today—lots to celebrate. Here are the five best ways for you to spend your time today through Sunday:

French Cassettes
French Cassettes uses enthusiastic handclaps, soothing vocal harmonies, and surf-rock riffs to craft sweet tunes with good vibes. Three of the four members of the San Francisco indie pop-rock quartet have been performing together since they met in high school in the Central Valley in 2006, and it shows: Gold Youth, which the band released last August, is a polished, exuberant, and infectiously sunny album. In the past few months, the band has gained momentum, having performed at Great American Music Hall, The Chapel, Bottom of the Hill, Brick and Mortar Music Hall, and the Bay Brewed Festival. It was just added to this year’s Noise Pop lineup, and is also scheduled to play several shows as part of SXSW in March. This Friday, you can catch French Cassettes when it plays for free at Awaken Cafe, as part of First Friday festivities. Oakland-based Afro-pop band Guy Fox will open the show. Friday, Feb. 7. 9 p.m., free. AwakenCafe.comMadeleine Key

Not-so-fun fact: Male directors vastly outnumber female ones. This Friday, support the work of female filmmakers at Lunafest — a traveling festival organized by nutrition bar company Luna that spotlights short films by, for, and about women — at the Craneway Pavilion. This year’s nine featured movies focus on a variety of issues including health, motherhood, diversity, and aging: María of Many tells the story of a Mexican immigrant who finds a supportive community in an all-women, worker-run cooperative, while Granny’s Got Game follows a national-championship-winning septuagenarian basketball team called the Fabulous Seventies. Proceeds will go toward the Breast Cancer Fund and human-trafficking prevention efforts in Alameda County. Friday, Feb. 7. 7 p.m., $20-$30. Mohammed

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Thursday, February 6, 2014

Oakland First Fridays Street Festival Canceled Due to Rain

by Sam Levin
Thu, Feb 6, 2014 at 10:50 AM

The good news is that it's finally raining! The bad news is there will be no Oakland First Fridays tomorrow due to the weather. Organizers just announced that they are officially canceling the street festival: "We will miss you, but are happy for the rain." Indeed.

But you should still come to downtown tomorrow — Oakland Art Murmur, the open-house gallery portion of the first Friday activities, is scheduled to happen as usual.

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