Friday, January 20, 2012

Weekender: Five Things to Do Over the Next Three Days in the East Bay

Fri, Jan 20, 2012 at 10:25 AM

Hello! Here are five whole things for you to do this weekend that don't involve being outside!

David Berkeley
Despite his seemingly obvious namesake, David Berkeley has only lived in Bay Area for a couple years. Before settling into a picturesque neighborhood off of San Pablo Avenue in 2009, the songwriter lived all over the US But now with a young child, he's confident that his family's move to the East Bay was the best possible decision. Berkeley's soft, guitar-tethered tunes have garnered attention from national news outlets and film directors alike, catching comparisons to other folk crooners such as Damien Rice and Ryan Adams. His most recent album, Some Kind of Cure, is easy on the ears but still full of mournful and heart-heaving sentiment. Berkeley's vocals are strewn with sugary hiccups; his acoustic guitar work plucked out with in a style that sounds both traditionally American and international. This low-key evening would make a good quiet date or friendly family affair: At Subterranean Arthouse (2179 Bancroft Way) on Saturday, Jan. 21 at 8 p.m. $10 SubterraneanArthouse.org — Will Butler

Chop Bar nomnomnom
Oakland Restaurant Week
Eat local. Oakland’s second annual Restaurant Week lasts from Friday, Jan. 20, through Sunday, Jan. 29. During this nine-day span, more than two dozen Oakland restaurants will offer special prix-fixe lunches and dinners priced at $20, $30, and $40. Participating restaurants include Lake Chalet, Chop Bar, Bay Wolf, Plum, Picán, Marzano, Encuentro, Disco Volante, Faz, Spice Monkey, and Yoshi’s, among others. VisitOakland.org/restaurantweekAnneli Rufus

The Niners Game
DUHHHH. If last week's heart-stopping, hair-raising, last-fifteen-seconds-of-the-game-cross-your-fingers-close-your-eyes-and-pray victory over the New Orleans Saints was any indication, Sunday's NFC Championship game against the New York Giants should be a thoroughly entertaining football game. Or at the very least, it's a chance to assert our everlasting dominance over the East Coast. Either way - and whether you're a long-term fan or, like us, still kinda sad about the Raiders - watch it or risk cultural ostracism at work on Monday. If you prefer to do your drinking and yelling at the screen in the company of other like-minded people and enormous televisions, we recommend the Grand Oaks Sports Bar, Bobby G's, The Englander, and George and Walt's, but we're fairly certain it won't be difficult to find a place to watch the game. And if you're new to the bandwagon and still unclear on the rules, our own Sean Keane has your back. Here's a little Ashkon to get you pumped up:

The Oakland Standard
Now in its second year of public programming, the Oakland Standard — an Oakland Museum of California offshoot — continues to introduce more experimental, interactive programming to the museum's grounds. The first event of the new year, "Living Concrete," features live mural painting on the museum plaza by Oakland graffiti artists Ras Terms, Safety First, Resta, and Tecka. The free event on Saturday, January 21, guest-curated by Kristi Holohan of Rock Paper Scissors Collective, includes music by a live DJ and food for sale from the North Oakland mac 'n' cheese restaurant Homeroom. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. at OMCA (1000 Oak St., Oakland) 510-318-8400 or MuseumCA.org/theoaklandstandard — Cassie Harwood

At Home
Housing, broadly interpreted, is the subject of a group show at Asian Resource Gallery, curated by Jackie Im, featuring members of San Francisco's activist Kearny Street Workshop. You can go home again, after all, without regressing. Chris E. Vargas explores identity and spectacle in his video stills about Liberace/liberation ("Liberaceon"). Minette Mangahas ("A Home of My Own"), Rie Hirai ("HOME"), and Claire Kessler-Bradner ("Domestic Recall") explore female identity as defined by and identified with domestic space, from the perspectives of Asian-American and European-American immigrants. Nancy Chan examines in her drawings the unconscious theater of sleeping couples ("Annie & Michael") and the conscious restraint of singletons "pretending to sleep." Finally, Kija Lucas makes digital photos of brooms and pillows that are mounted like specimens or trophies, and of the tousled topography of unmade beds. At Home runs through January 27 at Asian Resource Gallery (310 8th St., Oakland). 510-287-5353 or EBALDC.org/pg/21/asian-resource-gallery — DeWitt Cheng


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