Friday, March 25, 2011

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

By Ellen Cushing
Fri, Mar 25, 2011 at 9:07 AM

Provided you've safely survived the deluge, plan the next 72 hours of your life, with help from our esteemed critics. NB, every single one of these events is indoors!

Das Racist
Facebook fans are lobbying — albeit softly — for Das Racist to perform at the combination KFC and Taco Bell on Telegraph Avenue when the hip-hop group makes an EastBay homecoming this Sunday. It seemed fitting, given that Das Racist launched its career with a viral joke-song, "Combination Pizza Hut and Taco Bell," later followed by the equally infectious hit, "Chicken and Meat." But emcees HimanshuSuri and Victor Vazquez defied expectations by booking themselves in a legit venue. Which makes sense — fast food isn't exactly the core of their repertoire. Rather, these guys specialize in post-colonial theory (hence the band name), glitchy electronic beats, and rambling pop-culture references. Last month Das Racist regaled a sold-out crowd at TheIndependent with 25 minutes of murmured rap lyrics and unmitigated sass. They opened the set by telling everyone to go home. Fans cheered, anyway. See them at The New Parish (579 18th St., Oakland) on Sunday, Mar. 27. 9 p.m., $16, $18. — Rachel Swan

Lisa Taylor: "Your Farm in the City: An Urban-Dweller's Guide to Growing Food and Raising Animals"
It's happening all over the world: Abandoned or long-ignored urban property is being transformed into fruitful agricultural land. At Mrs. Dalloway's (2904 College Ave., Berkeley) on Friday, Mar. 25, Lisa Taylor presents Your Farm in the City: An Urban-Dweller's Guide to Growing Food and Raising Animals. Taylor is the education program manager for Seattle Tilth, a non-profit that teaches urban dwellers how to grow organic food. 7:30 p.m., free. — Anneli Rufus

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
It's a big year for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Along with performing its uniquely American brand of modern dance from coast to coast, the company is passing the creative torch from Judith Jamison to new artistic director Robert Battle — and celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of Revelations, a piece so beloved that it closes every show. Ailey brings a superb assortment of repertory gems and premieres toZellerbach Hall (Bancroft Way at Dana St., Berkeley) on Tuesday through Sunday, March 29-April 3. The three programs include new pieces like Anointed, with music by Moby and Sean Clements; Jamison's renowned 1971 solo Cry; and Geoffrey Holder's magnificent African-themed The Prodigal Prince. Visit the website to see the programs by date — it won't be easy to choose. Tue.-Fri. 8 p.m.; Sat. 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.; Sun. 3 p.m. $34-$62. 510-642-9988 or — Claudia Bauer

Richie Unterberger: "Won't Get Fooled Again: The Who from Lighthouse to Quadrophenia"
Even some of the Who's staunchest fans have never heard of Lighthouse, the classic band's other rock opera. Created post-Tommy and originally titled Bobby, it was intended to be huge — but fate had other plans for the project, as revealed by Bay Area rock historian Richie Unterberger, who discusses his new book Won't Get Fooled Again: The Who from Lighthouse to Quadrophenia at Pegasus Books (2349 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley) on Friday, Mar. 25. 7:30 p.m., free. — A.R.

Catch a Movie: Our movies writer recommends Carancho, opening this weekend in the east Bay.

Mexican Mac: YUM.
Eat Up: Our critic is all about the cheesy awesomeness — if not the noise level — at Temescal mac 'n' cheese Mecca Homeroom.

Waste Some Time: Nostalgia-trip an afternoon away with this album of photos from American malls, circa 1990, dens of acid wash and big hair that they were.

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