It's the weekend! Go do things! What things, you say? These ones!
E@RLY: Rock N Roll “Flea Market”
For all the music nerds (like me) who frequent dark clubs, there's finally an event that'll boost those low vitamin D levels and provide a live music fix. Hosted by the UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive as part of the popular L@TE night series, this daytime party, on Sunday, May 12, will gather music fans to swap vinyl and CDs and check out local bands. A record swap is exactly like it sounds: Choose a record and leave one behind. Tables will be set up to facilitate the swapping, plus the 'zine Maximum Rock'n'Roll, 1-2-3-4 Go! Records, and other organizations will be there with plenty of goodies. Brontez Purnell, former member of the now-defunct pop outfit Gravy Train!!!! and current ringleader of The Younger Lovers, has curated a lineup that includes Sixties jangle poppers Puce Moment; Straight Crimes, the latest punk project from former members of High Castle; metal band High Anxiety; and a DJ set from Ian Baldridge. Noon, $7 or free for BAM/PFA members and UC Berkeley students, faculty, and staff. BAMPFA.Berkeley.edu — Whitney Phaneuf
Blind Boys of Mississippi
Unlike The Blind Boys of Alabama, who have garnered wide media attention and Grammy Awards since becoming favorites of the white roots-music crowd, the Blind Boys of Mississippi remain little-known outside the gospel music community. They've continued on much as they started in 1936 — traveling up and down the "gospel highway," serving up their "hard gospel" quartet-style harmonies to African-American church audiences. Awesome lead singers such as Archie Brownlee, Roscoe Robinson, Willmer "Little Ax" Broadnax, and the late Oakland resident Tiny Powell have passed through group's ranks over the years. No original members remain, but sighted lead vocalist Sandy Foster has been carrying on the intense Mississippi Blind Boys' tradition now for more than forty years. They will make a rare Bay Area appearance at Good Hope Missionary Baptist Church on Sunday, May 12. 4 p.m. $25, $30. ReidsRecords.com — Lee Hildebrand
With Supra Natural, Kala Art Institute's Berkeley Central Arts Passage presents its most varied exhibition yet. Granted, it is only its second show. Nevertheless, it is not often that one finds a sort of exploded landscape painting, like the busy, collage-like acrylic pieces by Elizabeth Mooney, hanging alongside something like Sarah Fontaine's "My Failures to You, My Fellow Humans," which reads like a neurotic diary entry by a well-traveled and perhaps too-well read artist in the throes of ambivalence about her role as a "geophysical force," scrawled directly onto the gallery wall. In addition to these compellingly dissimilar pieces, one finds visually spare, mystic tableau-style prints depicting monumental candles and a man levitating into a ceiling cavity, by Bessma Khalaf, and exquisitely crafted cut paper pieces that present skeletal but complex scenes in their negative space, by Mayumi Hamanaka. It is not obvious how all of this unites beneath the theme of "Supra Natural," but that hardly matters. Supra Natural runs through May 10 at Berkeley Central Arts Passage 510-841-7000 or Kala.org — Alex Bigman
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