Long weekend!!! Here's what you're doing.
Last year a group of food-loving Oakland friends, including the owner of One Ninety Seven Coffee roasters, created a weekly donation-based backyard brunch. Soon word spread, friends of friends wanted in, and a bigger backyard was commandeered. Rogue Café (3204 Ellis Street, Berkeley) now runs every Saturday from 10 am to 1 pm, serving items like sourdough waffles with coffee whipped cream and house-made sausage and arugula on an English muffin (not to mention One Ninety Seven coffee and espresso). It’s all prepped in a tiny shed of corrugated tin and glass, and the eating area is a jumble of mismatched patio furniture and a treehouse for VIPs. Perfect place to linger on a sunny East Bay morning. Facebook.com/RogueCafe — Jesse Hirsch
Police Teeth at Vitus
As album titles go, Awesomer Than the Devil, the name of the latest release from Seattle-Bellingham Police Teeth is not only, well, awesome, it's also a crystal-clear example of truth in advertising. Because this three-piece is, indeed, awesomer than the devil (whatever that means) as well as just about anything else it may be put up against, with a fearlessly loud psych- and pop- inflected post-punk sound that contains shades of Les SavyFav, Superchunk, and The Thermals, but better. In Seattle, these guys are as well known for their punishing riffs as they are for their tendency to force audiences to finish a fifth of whiskey before they'll start playing. Though you may come with liver and eardrums intact when they play Vitus (201 Broadway, Oakland) on Sunday, Feb. 19, you'll likely leave with neither. In an awesome way. 9 p.m., free. VitusOakland.com. — Ellen Cushing
Sharp, snappy dialogue and contemporary themes make Annie Baker's new play a refreshing addition to Aurora's 2012 calendar. Body Awareness was incubated through the company's Global Age Project, which promotes forward-thinking work from young playwrights. It's easy to see why the play ultimately earned a professional run. For one thing, it offers a serious, albeit humorous treatment of a lesbian relationship — which is progressive even by today's standards — and of Asperger's Syndrome, a disease that's new enough in the pop-culture domain to warrant its own definition in the program notes. Baker and director Joy Carlin constructed this production to be as fast-paced and riveting as a sitcom; the set design, by Kent Dorsey, is endlessly mutable, and many scenes wrap up with a punch line. Best of all is the acting. Amy Resnick plays the mordant feminist psychology professor Phyllis, Jeri Lynn Cohen is her somewhat guileless girlfriend, Patrick Russell is uncomfortably hilarious as the Asperger's-afflicted son, and Howard Swain steals the show as a smarmy traveling artist who comes in and tries to wreck everything. Through March 4 at Aurora Theatre (2081 Addison St., Berkeley). $30-$48. 510-843-4822 or AuroraTheatre.org. — Rachel Swan
Art Beat Bazaar
As if The Starry Plough (3101 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley) — the South Berkeley pub and restaurant known for its Irish beer and cider and traditional Irish dance and jam sessions — didn't already provide its patrons with enough craic(Gaelic for "fun"), the Plough has added a new event to its already robust schedule. The Art Beat Bazaar, presented by the new nonprofit Art Beat Foundation, is a monthly showcase of music, poetry, and arts and crafts. The premiere bazaar, on Sunday, Feb. 19, includes music by indie folk band Upstairs Downstairs, poetry and spoken word by Tom Galbraith, a pop-up indie craft sale, and more. Every third Sunday of the month. 3-7 p.m., free. 510-841-2082 or StarryPloughPub.com. — Cassie Harwood
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