In the words of our potential new national anthem, "It's the freakin' weekend baby, I'm about to have me some fun." Here are five ways to begin going about doing so:
In terms of sheer visibility, Bay Area rap-rock trio Bang Data's big moment came when its song "Bang Data" was featured in an episode of AMC's hit series Breaking Bad (it played during a scene in which a meth kingpin invites a slew of bikini girls out by the pool, right before a bloody shoot-out). But even without this dose of publicity, Bang Data organically grew a strong following for its ever-morphing mezclaof sounds influenced by rock, hip-hop, Latin, and dub reggae. When the trio recently performed a cover of Radiohead's "Optimistic," at a show at Rickshaw Stop that featured all Radiohead covers, it was easily the night's most original reinterpretation: What started out as a loud, straightforward cover quickly transformed into a dub reggae groove with Spanish hooks, thick bass, and rap interludes; the charismatic showmanship of bilingual vocalist Deuce Eclipse reeled the audience in, and the expert musicianship of Juan Manuel Caipo and Dave Lopez kept them interested. Fall under Bang Data's spell when it performs with Candelaria, Dos Four, and DJ Leydis at The New Parish on Saturday, Mar. 16. 9 p.m. $12, $15. TheNewParish.com — Lenika Cruz
Good Game Con
Video-game conventions, or "cons," have been happening for decades, and their popularity shows no signs of waning: The biggest general-gaming convention in the world, Tokyo Game Show, set an attendance record last year with more than 200,000 eager gamers competing, industry heads unveiling new products, and spectators reveling in the modern marvel of video-game culture. On Friday and Saturday, March 15-16, Oakland welcomes its first-ever gaming convention, Good Game Con, at Laney College. The gaming tournament will feature six fighting video games (Super Street Fighter IV Arcade Edition and Super Smash Brothers Melee among them), a computer game called League of Legends, and a Magic: The Gathering tournament on the side. Game designers — including Chris McGee, one of the designers of the Star Wars games — will be on hand to offer insider knowledge about the industry. Other extracurriculars will include anime screenings, costume competitions, a female-friendly twist on the Japanese "maid cafe" (where servers dress up as parlor maids), and an exhibit of anime- and video-game-inspired art. 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; $10 admission, $20 to compete. GoodGameCon.com — A.G.
Humans have pretty much always liked getting drunk. And over the centuries, ingenious souls have tested the limits of trial and error to contrive clever new sources for a buzz: sake from rice, scotch from barley, tequila from agave, rum from sugarcane, and bourbon from corn, to name a few. Join Amy Stewart on Sunday, Mar. 17, at Mrs. Dalloway’s as she discusses her new book, The Drunken Botanist, a catalog of the herbs, flowers, trees, fruits, and fungi that humans have endeavored to ferment and distill — successfully and less so — over the years. In addition to the human-to-plant history, Stewart’s book presents more than fifty drink recipes and gardening tips for aspiring drunken home botanists. And those worried about their thirst levels need not fear: The reading, appropriately staged on St. Patrick’s Day, will also feature cocktail tastings from the book. 4 p.m., free. MrsDalloways.com — A.G.
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