Here are five things to do this weekend that don't involve tear gas:
The times they are a'changin', and that's something that self-described red diaper baby John McCrea wholeheartedly embraces. Since its genesis during the great grunge revolution of 1991, McCrea's band Cake has not only carved out an impressive musical career via a string of quirky albums but also embraced a myriad of left-leaning causes. One gander at the news section of the group's website features links to everything from Occupy Wall Street to immigration to the national debt to climate change. The Sacramento outfit even recorded its most recent album, Showroom of Compassion, in a solar-powered recording studio. Like the band's politics, its music is fairly unorthodox; Cake has a penchant for covering a number of unlikely artists (Frank Sinatra and Bread among them) and for patching together bits of country, funk, new wave, and hip-hop into earwormy hits (ie, "The Distance" and "Short Skirt/Long Jacket"). Those who heard McCrea rant prodigiously during Cake's set at the Independent's ClimatePalooza back in July can expect more of the same this week, when the band plays its pseudo-homecoming at the Fox Theater (1807 Telegraph Ave., Oakland) on Sunday, Oct. 30. 7 p.m., $40.50. TheFoxOakland.com— Dave Gil de Rubio
Fruitvale Día de los Muertos Festival
While death is often a somber subject, the Mexican holiday known as Día de los Muertos (or Day of the Dead, if your Spanish skills need some sharpening) remembers the dead with a two-day celebration. The streets of Fruitvale will come to life during the Oakland neighborhood’s sixteenth annual festival, which honors the holiday with displays of intricate altars and memorials in addition to live music and dancing, traditional foods, a children’s activity area, and more. At Fruitvale Village (3401 E. 12th St. at Fruitvale BART, Oakland) on Sunday, Oct. 30. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., free. 510-535-7151 or UnityCouncil.org/ddlm — Cassie Harwood
San Francisco and Oakland have already held their annual Pride celebrations, and now it’s Berkeley’s turn. With recent milestones like the September repeal of the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy and in-state legislation requiring that public schools include the contributions of LGBT community members in their social studies curriculum, there’s plenty to celebrate. Berkeley’s Pride iteration includes comedy by funny lady Marga Gomez, drag king performances by Momma’s Boyz, music by Know Jazz and The Average Dyke Band, a screening of oral history videos by the Pacific Center’s LOUD Youth Group, and more. At the David Brower Center (2150 Allston Way, Berkeley) on Sunday, Oct. 30. 5-10 p.m., free. BerkeleyPride.org — C.H.
Funhouse Madhouse Costume Party
With Halloween falling on a Monday this year, it's to be expected that the weekend will be packed wall-to-wall with monster bashes and costume balls. Local house DJ and event producer Soul Luciani found a creative way to mix all the typical holiday tropes while avoiding oversaturation. His Funhouse Madhouse Costume Party will feature candy stripers, a fashion show by Zippora Ross, tarot card readings, a screening of Hitchcock's Psycho, and — most importantly — some incredible hip-hop and reggae mash-ups by DJs Rolo, Veyn, Malachi, and Joe Quixx. A few costume recommendations: Sexy Anthony Weiner. Or: A mangina. Or, as one Facebook commenter suggested, "a member of the 1 percent." It happens at Oasis (135 12th St., Oakland) on Saturday, Oct. 29. 9 p.m., $10. ThisMustBethePlace.net— Rachel Swan
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