Excited about the end of your work week but stumped as to what summery fun to channel that excitement into? Here are five beee-autiful options, all happening this weekend at an East Bay venue near you!
Oakland Greek Festival
Greece may not be faring too well on the economic front, but that's not stopping the annual Oakland Greek Festival, now in its 41st year. Celebrating the music, food, and long cultural history of the small nation of ten million, the festival will feature live music, dance performances and lessons, cooking demonstrations, and all the souvlaki, spanakopita, and moussaka you can stomach. The festival takes place on Friday through Sunday, May 17-19, at Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Ascension. Fri.-Sat. 10 a.m.-11 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; $6 for adults, free for children twelve and under. OaklandGreekFestival.com — Azeen Ghorayshi
It takes a moment for Tressa Pack's four large, spare prints at Interface Gallery to register as photographs, and even then it's hard to accept them as such. Consisting primarily of white expanse with the faintest outline of a landscape and the occasional, distant human figure, they rather read as minimalist paintings or delicate graphite sketches. In fact, the series, called Wanderers in a Sea of Fog, depicts the extremely socked-in landscape of San Francisco's Ocean Beach. To achieve her effect, Pack uses black-and-white film and adjusts exposure times to lighten the images, then scans them into digital form and prints them using inkjet to soften the images further. The result amplifies the effect of the fog to the point of near unintelligibility — an utterly entrancing form of play at the limits of photographic technology. This is one way of courting the sublime. Wanderers in a Sea of Fog runs through June 1 at Interface Gallery. InterfaceArtGallery.com — Alex Bigman
The Godfather Movie Marathon
The New Parkway is awesome—so awesome, in fact, that they are screening ALL of the Godfather movies and serving a GODFATHER-THEMED MEAL SLASH BOOZY CONCOCTION DURING EACH. This is a) a lot of food, b) a lot of booze, c) a lot of Godfather. But if you usually spend Sundays wrapped up in your comforter re-watching TV shows you don't want to forget anyway, this will definitely be your jam. Bonus points if you get unstoppable cravings for meatball subs every time you watch The Sopranos. Check here for ticket details. 11am-8pm, $25-$75. NewParkway.com
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