Friday, October 26, 2012

Weekender: This Weekend's Top Five Events

By Azeen Ghorayshi
Fri, Oct 26, 2012 at 6:00 AM

Think Halloween weekend is only for slutty angel costumes and the lil kiddies? Well, you're wrong! Here's are five fun, non-Halloween-related things you can do with yourself this weekend. (Alternately, cuddling up with a batch of popcorn and re-watching "The Craft" for the fiftieth time is certainly not discouraged.)


Celebrating Forty Years of Pleasure
Forty years after first opening a hole-in-the-wall wine shop in Albany, East Bay wine hero and world-renowned wine connoisseur Kermit Lynch is celebrating the long success of his business with one of his famed parking lot parties this Saturday, Oct. 27. Featuring live music, delicious food prepared by Chez Panisse vet Christopher Lee, and, of course, lots o' wine. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. — Azeen Ghorayshi

Danse Lumière
Berkeley choreographer Kathryn Roszak has a thing for poetry. Her two most recent shows incorporated the words of Emily Dickinson and Michael McClure, respectively, with dance, music, and theater. Mystical, modernist Swedish poet Tomas Tranströmer inspired her latest work, Secrets on the Way: "edgy, urban dances" that delve "into the wild within nature and ourselves." Complete results are yet to be seen — the piece debuts next spring — but you can sneak a peek into the work in progress at an open rehearsal and benefit on Sunday, Oct. 28, in the Osher Studio of the Arpeggio Building. Join Roszak and her company, Danse Lumière, as well as Earll Kingston, who will read Tranströmer's poems, for a post-show reception and discussion. Seating is limited. 2 p.m., tickets start at $15. 510-223-5550 or DLKDance.comClaudia Bauer


A Pint-Size Dose of Nerd
Now taking place in more than fifty cities around the world, Nerd Nite is like a TED Talk over beers, minus the whole tech-will-save-the-world mantra and the $5,000 overhead. Come join the first ever Nerd Nite East Bay on Sunday night at the Stork Club, which will feature a docent from the California Academy of Sciences waxing poetic about the life of Charles Darwin, a teacher spinning a yarn of "glamour and crime" in the history of Oakland, and a scientist from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory who will talk about, you guessed it, nanocrystals. 7 p.m., $8. — A.G.

Earthquake Dinner
What works up the appetite better than tales of tectonic terror? At Spenger's Fresh Fish Grotto on Saturday, Oct. 27, local historian and author Richard Schwartz offers an illustrated dinner-lecture on the massive October 21, 1868 earthquake on the Hayward Fault. Sponsored by Builders Booksource, the talk includes firsthand impressions of the quake as well as USGS predictions about the next "big one." Choose a multicourse meal featuring either fish or chicken; a vegetarian option is also available. 5:30 p.m., $30. 510-845-6874 or BuildersBooksource.comAnneli Rufus


Home Movie Day
Home movies are proven to be universally enjoyable: Naked babies, bad mustaches, and the occasional kerfuffle caught on video simply get to the heart of the family experience. Join the Oakland Museum of California on Friday, Oct. 26, for Home Movie Day, an annual, worldwide celebration of amateur films, film conservation, and heartwarming home videos. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own 16mm, 8mm, or Super 8mm film to be shared on the silver screen in the James Moore Theatre. 4-9 p.m.; free with museum admission, waived for members and those submitting home movies. MuseumCA.org/calendar/home-movie-day — A.G.

Got any East Bay news, events, video, or miscellany we should know about? Holler at us at Azeen.Ghorayshi@EastBayExpress.com.

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