Friday, July 8, 2011

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

Fri, Jul 8, 2011 at 2:00 AM

Weekendface, awesomeface. Here's what you're doing:

Working for the Mouse
So-called "lifers" at Disneyland have colorful ways of describing their worksite — among them "Eisnerland" and "Mauschwitz." Mickey's Toontown, a new theme-park subdivision inspired by the 1988 film Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, is "a cartoon concentration camp," in the words of one grizzled employee. And yet, it's also a place for insouciant UCLA theater majors, aspiring character actors, and young adults who never want to grow up. Trevor Allen was all three when he landed a gig at Disneyland twenty years ago, first as Pluto the yellow dog, then as the Mad Hatter (for which he actually got voice clearance). He offers a humorous, slightly sobering, but ultimately warm-hearted account of the whole experience in Working for the Mouse, a monologue he developed fifteen years ago in a solo performance workshop. Although it will mostly appeal to people who grew up steeped in Disneyland culture, the performance benefits from Allen's talents as a writer and storyteller — not to mention his fabulous Ed Wynn impersonation. Nancy Carlin directs. Through July 8at LaVal's Subterranean (1834 Euclid Ave., Berkeley) $12-$20. 510-224-5744 or ImpactTheatre.com

Update, 11:45: Jaykay, there are no shows this Saturday and Sunday, but there is one tonight as well as three final shows next week, Thu-Sat, 7/14-16.

— Rachel Swan

Eddie Vedder
Ever the iconoclast, Eddie Vedder has used his second solo outing Ukulele Songs to add some artistic legitimacy to the titular instrument whose best-known use was by the late novelty performer Tiny Tim. The Pearl Jamfrontman wields his uke with nary a scintilla of irony as he passionately croons his way through eleven originals and five covers that include The Everly Brothers' "Sleepless Nights" and a Cat Power duet on the standard "Tonight You Belong to Me." For this pair of Bay Area dates, expect Vedder to dip into the PJ canon in addition to doling out plenty of politically-charged stage patter. Glen Hansard (The Frames/Swell Season) will be opening and reprising his Ukulele Songs guest role at The Paramount Theatre (2025 Broadway, Oakland) on Monday, July 11 and Tuesday, July 12.* 7:30 p.m., $77. ParamountTheatre.com.
— Dave Gil de Rubio

Five artists are showing together in ReAwaken: Uso y Cultura (Style and Culture), highlighting today's multiethnic urban culture with mixtures of past and present and real and imaginary, curated by Eric Murphy and artist Gabriel Navar. Roberto Aristides Alvarado's paintings and sculptures mix Mayan art motifs with modernist style, while Christine Balza's paintings and sculptures recontextualize traditional Filipino culture — especially the lost 19th-century Baybayin tattoo symbolism — for young Anglo tribespeople. James Gayles' watercolors depict modern Afro-American figures juxtaposed or combined with images from art history and anthropology, while Navar's satirical YouTube.com-themed paintings depict daily life in all its iPhone-ready surreality. Hiroko To's untitled photos of glass orbs semi-immersed in blue liquid depict the Zen meditation ideal of mu, a kind of calm exaltation. Artists' talk on July 21, 5-8 p.m. ReAwaken runs through July 29 at Craft and Cultural Arts Gallery (1515 Clay St., Oakland). 510-622-8190 or OaklandCulturalArts.org. — DeWitt Cheng

Temescal Street Fair
A bout of bad weather may have soiled plans for June's Temescal Street Fair, but organizers didn't let that dampen their spirits — they've rescheduled the event for Sunday, July 10, and are crossing their fingers for clear skies on the second go. This year's fair features a main stage and one for kids, with local bands and other groups performing throughout the day — including dancing by the New Style Motherlode Dance Studio and music by the 57th Street Gallery Youth Jazz Ensemble. Also look for local vendor booths, carousel rides, a climbing wall, and food from neighborhood eateries like Temescal'sSacred Wheel Cheese and Specialty Market. Along Telegraph Avenue between 45th and 51st streets in Oakland. Noon-6 p.m., free. 510-860-7327 or TemescalDistrict.org. — Cassie Harwood

Run to the Lake
Every day, people walk, jog, and run around Lake Chabot. Why not be different and run to it? Hosted by Castro Valley's Eden Medical Center (20103 Lake Chabot Rd.), the annual Run to the Lake offers participants a chance to walk or run on a partially closed course from the hospital up Lake Chabot Road. Five-kilometer runners turn around just before the junction with Upper Lake Chabot Road, while the 10k crowd continues along the lake's western edge and returns on the roadway: Either way, it's a rare chance to enjoy a road race in the hills. The event, on Sunday, July 10, also features a fifty-yard kids' race, guaranteed to be adorable, and a free health expo all morning. Running to a lake never seemed so fun. 8 a.m., $11-$25. 415-759-2690 or EdenMedicalCenter.org. — Nate Seltenrich


Catch a Movie: Our critic recommends both the Katrina doc The Big Uneasy and the lost-souls-on-a-roadtrip drama Vincent Wants to Sea, both playing in the East Bay starting today.

Eat Up: nomnomnom Hawker Fare!

Get Buzzed: ....or not, with the Oakland-based Smart Energy Shots, a new nonalcoholic drink served at bars and designed to replace alcohol.

Waste Some Time: Baby sloths: indisputably the best.

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*yes, technically not during the weekend. But you should still go!

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