Sad you didn't get to go see ICP in Oakland this week? It's ok! It's the weekend! Here are five perfectly fun activities that are sure to make you WOOP WOOP (ICP face paint always encouraged):
ISSUES 6-Year Anniversary
The East Bay has no shortage of niche-based shops — selling such items as tinctures, boutique camping goods, and imported Japanese kitchen-wares — but one my favorites is ISSUES, which is dedicated to stocking every magazine you've ever heard of, and many more that you probably never knew existed. Apparently owners NoellaTeele and Joe Colley decided to open the store after struggling to find a place to buy a magazine to pair with their brunch at Au Coquelet in Berkeley. Six years later — and despite the fact that print publications have suffered at the pitiless hands of the Internet — ISSUES is alive and well, hosting record swaps, readings, and art shows to boot. Swing by this weekend to celebrate its anniversary, with live DJs, beverages, desserts, and discounts on everything in the store. 12-6pm, free. IssuesShop.com — Azeen Ghorayshi
Chocolate and Chalk Art Festival
Humankind never ceases to amaze at all the random things it can master. In Berkeley, the results tend to be particularly idiosyncratic, as in the case of the Gourmet Ghetto's annual Chocolate and Chalk Art Festival. A quick scan through past years' highlights reveals an impressive array of sidewalk sketches, including a near-photographic giant Pacific octopus, a highly abstract amalgamation of shapes called "Imaginary City," and an exaggerated Star Trek caricature entitled, simply, "Spock". But if chalk art isn't your thing, the festival also offers live music, pony rides, circus arts, and, true to its name, more than 25 gourmet chocolate offerings. Sat., June 1, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., free. AnotherBullwinkelShow.com — A.G.
Sacred Wheel Cheese Shop
Despite the popularity of this Temescal cheese shop, many customers still aren’t aware that owner Jena Davidson and her crew serve a full American comfort food menu all day long. And that’s a shame because the food at Sacred Wheel is legitimately great — from the colorful pickled eggs to what may be the best mac ’n’ cheese in town. The shop’s pièce de résistance is its grilled cheese sandwich, which pairs perfectly with Davidson's tangy, slightly spicy PBR tomato soup — each batch made with an entire twelve-pack of Pabst Blue Ribbon beer. And the playfully named “Loafin’ Around,” a stellar meatloaf sandwich that’s built like a grilled cheese, is simply too delicious to be missed. SacredWheelCheeseShop.com — Luke Tsai