Happy weekend, East Bay. Here's what you're doing:
Pedalfest, in Jack London Sqaure (Water St. between Clay and Harrison sts., Oakland) is, most likely, the biggest bike festival ever to hit Oakland's streets, and a befitting celebration in a city crawling with cyclists of all sorts. Because the event includes everything from BMX stunts to a vintage bicycle show and a children's bike parade, it's safe to say that there will be a little of something for everyone with an affinity for two-wheeled transport — whether that be the helmeted, safety vest-wearing commuter crowd or the fixed-gear-riding cool kids. Recognizing Oakland's bicycle boom, organizers from Jack London Square teamed up with the East Bay Bicycle Coalition, Walk Oakland Bike Oakland (which the festival benefits), and the Oakland shop Bay Area Bikes to plan the Pedalfest premiere. The result of their efforts: five blocks filled with pedal-powered ice cream making, a pedal-powered stage, a folding bicycle race, a New Belgium beer garden, bicycle vendors peddling their wares, and plenty more. And, just to be nice, organizers have arranged complimentary valet bike parking and free ferry rides for bicyclists coming from San Francisco. Saturday, October 22, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., free. 510-645-9292 ext. 233 or PedalfestJackLondon.com. — Cassie Harwood
Firehouse Art Collective Saturday Bazaar
Launched in July, the Berkeley-based Firehouse Art Collective's weekly bazaar is a lively showcase of art, food, and music, splayed out across a three-thousand-square-foot roofed lot that formerly served as a parking space for meter maid vehicles. Though festivities vary from week to week, patrons can typically peruse jewelry, paintings, and other wares, watch artists in action, snack on scones and tarts made by Feeding People with Love, sip on exotically flavored kombucha (produced by the art collective), and enjoy live and DJ-curated music. At the Firehouse Art Collective (3192 Adeline St., Berkeley) on Saturday, Oct. 22 (and every Saturday).Noon-6 p.m., free. 510-593-0733 or FirehouseArtCollective.Blogspot.com. — Cassie Harwood
Dark Sharks, Light Rays
Karen Glaser, known for stunning color photos of Florida's swamps and their people (e.g., rangers and alligator wranglers), shifted her focus to saltwater and donned scuba gear for this monochrome series focusing on the ancient and mystical superorders of cartilaginous fishes: sharks and rays (Squalomorphii and Batoidea), two hundred million years old. The beautifully installed show's punning title describes Glaser's shots — taken with Nikonos film cameras — looking upward from the ocean floor: shafts of sunlight ("dramatic, reflecting, refracting, and bending") penetrating deep water, silhouetting schools of sharks above and illuminating ghostly skates and rays below. Glaser: "The Dark Sharks are rendered in a way that is kindred to that of cave paintings .... The Light Rays, ... printed like graceful etchings, on Kozo paper, represent the 'Zen' of the ocean, and its peaceful, meditative qualities." Dark Sharks/Light Rays runs through Oct. 29 at PHOTO Gallery (473 25th St., Oakland). 510-847-2416 or PhotoGalleryOakland.com. — DeWitt Cheng
Void Pre-Release Party
If you had told the then-teenaged members of Columbia, Maryland-based hardcore band Void back in the early 1980s that their band would have a cult following nearly three decades later, they might have scoffed. But their hectic and ripping sound — popularized in the prolific Washington, DC, hardcore scene and immortalized on Dischord Records' Flex Your Head compilation and on their split LP with DC band Faith— is a staple for punks young and old. On Oct. 24, Dischord drops Sessions 1981-1983, a collection of demos and previously unreleased Void tracks. Bay Area devotees can score signed and silkscreen-covered pre-copies, and meet bassist Chris Stover and guitarist Bubba Dupree at a special release party at 1-2-3-4 Go! Records (420 40th St. #5, Oakland), where Carlton Melton will play a live set while artists like Mike Sutfin and Brian Walsby present Void-inspired art. It happens Friday, Oct. 21. At 6 p.m., free. 1234GoRecords.com. — Cassie Harwood
Dr. Dre, the hip-hop mastermind behind The Chronic and 2001, has been dangling his third album Detoxfor — count 'em — twelve years. Suspicion is beginning to build that it's just not worth the wait, but no one really knows. That doesn't mean Dre isn't growing promising new talent, though. His new protégé, Compton rapper Kendrick Lamar, is only 23 but has plenty of skill and experience. He used to be known as K. Dot, but has begun releasing material under his own name, in addition to being part of Jay Rock's rap group Black Hippy. Lamar is a versatile rhymer: He's smart, can croon smooth hooks, can embrace the intricate production style of his bigger industry peers, and he can also rap fast. He has a strong mid-range voice, most closely resembling Devin the Dude or Andre 3000 in timbre. He's got immense potential, accomplishing what Nineties rap introduced and aspired to, with obvious reverence for — and references to — his elders. As a new Aftermath Records signee, he might not be playing small venues for long, so if you're a rap fan don't miss out. At The New Parish (579 18th St., Oakland) on Friday, Oct. 21. 9 p.m., $23-$35. TheNewParish.com. — Will Butler
Get your cheapskate on: This is how much we love you guys: Here are our searchable listings of every single free event happening in the East Bay this weekend.
Catch a movie: The Skin I Live In: "Frankenstein meets Balenciaga in Almodóvarland."
Drink up:: At The Avenue: Halloweeny awesomeness.
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*Update, 4:15: Kendrick Lamar is, sadly, sold out. (thanks, tipster Nathan!)