Friday, August 17, 2012

Weekender: This Weekend's Top Five Events

Fri, Aug 17, 2012 at 7:37 AM

Happy Friday!! Here's what's on tap for the weekend:

BACON: Berkeley Art Crawl Open Neighborhood

How to draw a crowd when your business is located just a little bit off the beaten path? The proprietors of three West Berkeley businesses — Local 123 Cafe (2049 San Pablo Ave.), Lanesplitter Pizza (2033 San Pablo Ave.), and Acme Bar (2115 San Pablo Ave.) — found the answer: bacon. Berkeley's answer to Art Murmur (albeit more low-key and less gallery-based), Berkeley Art Crawl Open Neighborhood, or BACON, is a new art walk held on the third Saturday of every month. The second iteration, on Saturday, August 18, includes a pop-up barbecue with sangria specials on Local 123's back patio, and corresponds with the 200 Yards art show on display inside, while Acme serves bacon-themed cocktails and Lanesplitter hosts a live band and displays new art on its walls. Patrons can procure stamps at each business for discounts at the others. 7-10 p.m., free. 510-647-5270 or Local123Cafe.com — Cassie McFadden

True Places
What is a place, let alone a "true" one? Eleven Portland-based artists have trained their practices on more or less this question, each digging at it from a different angle. In appreciation of their shared thematic and aesthetic sensibilities (all of them work predominantly in paint), the group recently formed a collective that gathers monthly for critique and dialogue. Now, they are exhibiting together at Swarm Gallery. The artists' points of inquiry vary dramatically: Adam Sorensen produces alien, iridescent landscapes that read somewhere between the utopian and the post-apocalyptic, while Kendra Larson describes more realistic locales, imbued with the romantic sense of awe and reverence that one may find in solitude in the woods. Ruth Lantz, meanwhile, working from the limited information of pinhole photographs, yanks her scenes into indeterminacy and abstraction. Space and place seem to trouble one another on her canvases, where potential landscapes cower behind fractured geometric patterns. True Places runs through August 19 at Swarm Gallery (560 2nd St., Oakland). 510-839-2787 or SwarmGallery.com — Alex Bigman

Gregg "Deadface," a member of local punk bands Wartrash and Your Enemy, admits he has a hard time saying "no." That could explain how the Rhode Island native ended up booking a punk music festival with fifty-two bands playing over two days. The second-annual Deadfest — a showcase of underground hardcore, doom, death metal, thrash, and any other dark and/or fierce punk-derived sub-genre you can name — has doubled in size from last year, and with bands scheduled to play in rapid-fire succession across four spaces on the floor of the Oakland Metro (630 3rd St., Oakland), the effect is likely to be a full-on ear drum assault. If you missed them earlier this month, be sure to check out Portland-based band The Body on night one and local hardcore headliners Negative Standards on day two. If neither are your bag, there are fifty other bands that might be. On Friday, Aug. 17. 8 p.m., and Saturday, Aug. 18, 4 p.m,, $8 each night. OaklandMetro.com — C.M.

Lorin Station Swap Crop
Get super-seasonal and hyper-local: Bring your own homegrown garden produce to the Lorin Station Weekly Crop Swap (northeast corner of Alcatraz Avenue and Adeline Street, Berkeley) every Sunday, and trade it for backyard produce grown by others. Transition Berkeley and the Victory Garden Foundation organize these free hour-long weekly crop swaps throughout the late spring and summer; right now it's lemon, lettuce, kale, and beet season. 1 p.m., free. TransitionBerkeley.com — Anneli Rufus

Berkeley Juggling and Unicycling Festival
The logistics of putting together a successful festival can be a lot to juggle — and so it's somewhat ironic that this proved to be the case even for the Berkeley Juggling club, whose annual circus arts festival was curbed last year when the group had problems securing a venue. Co-organized by the Berkeley Unicyclists, the Berkeley Juggling & Unicycling Festival returns this year with three days of quirky workshops and performances, including everything from instruction in mountain unicycling and juggling for beginners to a Saturday evening variety show ($5-$15) highlighting seasoned performers in both skills. Where else but Berkeley? At Berkeley High School (1980 Allston Way) on Friday through Sunday, Aug. 17-19. Fri. 3 p.m.-midnight; Sat. 9 a.m.-midnight; Sun. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; free. BerkeleyJuggling.org — C.M.

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