Plan the next 72 hours of your life, with help from our esteemed critics. Below, the five events you shouldn't miss this weekend:
Art Sucks, I Quit
"Art is over. Fine art is anyway … the entire exhibit highlight[s] the ethical thin ice of art-making in the 21st century." Despite demurrals, Lily Black explores the dark night of the soul with his usual meticulous craftsmanship and absurdist humor. The wall-mounted assemblages in shadow boxes feature bugs, toys, and historical artifacts: "I've come to hate my body" features a compendium of tank tracks; "it doesn't need a title, sweetie" includes a photo of a steam-powered AC Transit bus. Black's tableaus on pedestals repurpose global mass culture: sci-fi/military action figures ("Portrait of Dr. Ferdinand Porsche") and Japanese erotic figurines ("The sexuality implicit in mechanics") sport mechanical heads; a building's windows, rather than boarded up, are walled shut with stone and mortar ("24th & Valley"); a Papa and Baby Bear peruse higher-mammalian porn while Mama's away ("Storytime"). Art Sucks runs through March 26 at Kuhl Frames (412 22nd St., Oakland). 510-625-0123 or KuhlFrames.com. — DeWitt Cheng
Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam
It's not every day that you get to see trained drivers deliberately crash their vehicles and smash various obstacles while helming massive trucks with names like Grave Digger, Tropical Thunder, Iron Outlaw, and the Felon, but here's your chance: The Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam makes its triumphant return to the Oakland Coliseum (7000 Coliseum Way, Oakland) on Saturday, February 26. BYO trucker hat. 7 p.m., $15-$125. MonsterJam.com. — Ellen Cushing
Andy Warhol: Good for the Jews?
A play about a provocatively titled art exhibit deserves a provocative title of its own, decided local monologist Josh Kornbluth, who wrote his current one-man show, Andy Warhol: Good for the Jews?, after he was assigned to deliver a lecture on Andy Warhol’s famous 1980 ensemble piece Ten Portraits of Jews of the Twentieth Century. Kornbluth approached Ten Portraits with the same reservations as many other patrons when it appeared at the Contemporary Jewish Museum in 2008 under the name Warhol’s Jews. Still, Kornbluth ultimately defends the paintings, while creating his own sympathetic portrait of the artist. Dividing Andy Warhol evenly between historical exposition and personal anecdotes, he turns the artwork into a human interest story and a rather revealing exploration of what it means to be Jewish. Kornbluth is, by turns, witty, self-deprecating, sheepish, neurotic, clever, and punchline-prone. In many senses, he’s the perfect candidate to make the case for Warhol. Through February 27 at Ashby Stage (1901 Ashby Ave., Berkeley). $17-$26. 510-841-6500 or ShotgunPlayers.org. — Rachel Swan
Leigh Raiford: "Imprisoned in a Luminous Glare: Photography and the African American Freedom Struggle"
From slavery to the speeches of Malcolm X, African-American history has been immortalized in some of our world's most stunning and telling photographs. At University Press Books (2430 Bancroft Way, Berkeley) on Tuesday, Mar. 1, UC Berkeley African American Studies associate professor Leigh Raiford discusses Imprisoned in a Luminous Glare: Photography and the African American Freedom Struggle. 5:30 p.m., free. UniversityPressBooks.com. — Anneli Rufus
Catch a Movie: Our critic recommends "Cinema Across Media," a silent film series wrapping up tonight at the PFA.
*whether someone who lacks legs — and, therefore, can't wear skinny jeans — can still qualify as a hipster is obviously debatable, but let's just go with it, shall we?