Accoridng to Wikipedia, today is a) Funkmaster Flex's 43rd birthday, b) the 54th anniversary of the debut of American Bandstand and c) International Beer Day. In other words, this weekend is destined for greatness. Herewith, the top five events going down over the next three days in the East Bay.
The latest project from local artist, animator, toy designer, game-maker, and all-around wild-minded Rennaissance man Attaboy is the kind of children's book kids might have to explain to their parents. You Might Be a Monster is dark and colorful at the same time, narrated by a talking worm and jam-packed with poetry, stories, zombie clowns, hugging cacti, hamster-faced children, and more. The 'boy himself will read and project images at a launch party on Saturday, Aug. 6, at Escapist Comics (3090 Claremont Ave, Berkeley). 6 p.m., free. 510-652-6642 or EscapistComics.com — Stefanie Kalem
Oaksterdam Tattoo Grand Re-Opening Party and Art Opening
If you have yet to join the tattooed majority and find the bright lights and buzzing guns of the area's many tattoo shops simultaneously alluring and intimidating, consider Oaksterdam Tattoo's grand reopening party on Friday, Aug. 5, a chance to check out a part of the local tattoo scene. The downtown Oakland shop, staffed by artists Enrique Gutierrez and Chris Klein, is moving to a larger space (811 Washington St., Oakland) only two doors from its original location. Held in conjunction with the First Friday Oakland Art Murmur, the shop's opening celebration includes libations, live music by the Funk Revival Orchestra, and new work on display by five artists. 6 p.m.- midnight, free. 510-465-4004.— Cassie Harwood
Marathons? Been there, done that. What you need is something a tad more challenging — like the Skyline 50K Endurance Run on Sunday, Aug. 7. As ultramarathons go, it's actually on the short side: 31 miles, or 4.8 miles longer than a standard marathon. The scenic, moderately hilly course wends its way through a series of East Bay Regional Parks from the Lake Chabot Marina (17600 Lake Chabot Rd., Castro Valley) to Redwood's Skyline Gate, returning along the Skyline National Recreation Trail. There's plenty of single-track and ridgeline running to go around, so the path is likely to be at least as nice as the destination, where chef Phil Brown will roast a pig in a wheelbarrow. 7 a.m., race-day registration at 5:45 a.m.; $75-$100. Skyline50K.us. — Nate Seltenrich
In the three years since the release of its last full-length project, 2008's Magnificent Fiend, Oakland's Howlin' Rain has hooked up with admirer Rick Rubin, who is helming the quintet's forthcoming untitled follow-up. While guitar-playing frontman Ethan Miller has the band's controls set for the heart of acid-rock grooving greatness, he also considers the band part of an ongoing, personal creative evolution — one that dates back to his time as a member of Santa Cruz noise-rockers Comets on Fire. And while pre-production with Rubin has stretched over two years, Miller and his crew of riff-spewing maniacs have teased the masses via two EPs — 2008's Wild Life and last year's The Good Life. So while fans debate whether the turning of the leaves will coincide with Howlin' Rain's long-awaited third long-player, Bay Area locals will undoubtedly be teased by the musical fruits of the Rubin/Howlin' Rain marriage at The Uptown Nightclub (1928 Telegraph Ave., Oakland) on Friday, Aug. 5. 9 p.m., free. UptownNightclub.com — Dave Gil de Rubio
Catch a Movie: Planet of the Apes!
Get Buzzed: The Fat Lady is so awesome even priests like it.
Waste Some Time: Mariachi band serenades a beluga whale. 'Nuff said.
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