It's Friday, Friday; gotta get down on Friday! Behold, the top five events this weekend in the East Bay, lovingly hand-picked just for you by our esteemed critics.
Much Ado About Brew
Lest anyone forget that Oakland loves beer, it seems like almost every weekend some brewery or organization is throwing a beer festival. Not that we’re complaining. On Saturday, April 2, KGO Radio presents Much Ado About Brew at Jack London Square (98 Broadway, Oakland), an event that boasts more than thirty craft and specialty beers for sale, as well as food from various local restaurants. Proceeds benefit the Society of St. Vincent de Paul of Alameda County. Noon-3 p.m., $8.10 in advance or $25 day-of. KGORadio.com. — Ellen Cushing
Shirley Masengill Memorial Gathering
After working for more than sixty years at local bookstores, including Cody's, Sather Gate, and Books Inc., Northern California Children's Booksellers Association Otter Award-winner Shirley Masengill passed away in February. A memorial event at one of her former workplaces, Laurel Bookstore (4100 MacArthur Blvd., Oakland), on Saturday, April 2, includes refreshments and a "Shirley story hour." 1 p.m., free. LaurelBookstore.com. — Anneli Rufus
Bay Area Orienteering Club Annual Challenge
If you've yet to try orienteering, this may just be your chance. On Sunday, Apr. 3, the Bay Area Orienteering Club hosts an annual challenge for beginners through experts at the Sunol Regional Wilderness (1895 Geary Rd., Sunol). Use a map and a compass to reach a series of checkpoints scattered throughout the park, then return to the start/finish point to check your time. But no need to feel intimidated; this event is particularly hospitable to newbies, offering seven courses in increasing levels of difficulty. The easier, on-trail courses are suitable for families with young children, and short instructional clinics will be offered throughout the morning for beginners. Registration open 9 a.m.-noon; start times available 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; courses close at 2 p.m. $2-$15 per course. BAOC.org.—Nate Seltenrich
Impressions From the CCA(C) Print Shop: The Famous, the Not-So-Famous, and the Totally Unknown comprises some 200 prints made over the past six decades from the collections of California College of the Arts teachers Jack Ford, Greg Piatt, and Tim Sharman. Works by famous names — Bechtle, Carnwath, DeForest, Oliveira, et al. — hang, salon-style, with works of lesser renown — Poopy Lickles, we hardly knew ye! Some prints are even unsigned and thus anonymous, but it's a generous and diverse sampling. Impressions runs through April 16 at Studio Quercus (385 26th St., Oakland), 510-452-4670 or StudioQuercus.com. — DeWitt Cheng
The Mathematics of Change
The son of a math teacher and born with an innate sense for numbers, monologist Josh Kornbluth grew up your protoyipcal math whiz. Then, suddenly and inexplicably, he hit the wall, failing out of freshman calculus at Princeton. That experience ultimately came to form the foundation for Kornbluth's monologue, "The Mathematics of Change," being performed this Friday and Saturday, April 1-2 at the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (17 Gauss Way, Berkeley). The show's ostensibly about failing at math, he said. but it's also "about who we think we are and who we think we are going to be." In that way, it's universal. Math makes for a surprisingly pliable metaphor, and he delivers the monologue like a lecture — in front of a blackboard, chalk flying — using the vocabulary of calculus to stand in for all kinds of bigger, broader concepts: integration, limits, variables and constants, curves of all kinds. You don't need to be a math genius to be able to relate. 8 p.m., $25. 510-642-0143 or MSRI.org. — E.C.
Catch a Movie: Our critic recommends Source Code, opening this weekend in the East Bay.
Eat Up: Berkeley's Westside Cafe's been recently revamped from a neighborhood cafe to a bona fide foodie destination, and our critic's got all the delicious details in this week's dining review.
Waste Some Time: The first page alone of Awkward Stock Photos promises great things: here we've got such spectacularly terrible and totally puzzling stock photo concepts as two men in gas masks playing a thumb war; a bikini-clad woman being chased through some kind of field; and a child sniffing a cactus. It's enough to make you wonder who signs off on these things, and whether or not they ever get used. It's also a brilliant (and occasionally NSFW!) waste of a Friday afternoon.
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