Hey party people, it's Friday! Throw a mini dance party at your desk and check out these weekend-worthy activities, selected just for you:
If you’re curious about the best underground crust, punk, doom, sludge, and black metal bands, and can withstand several hours of hearing them at high volume, then you won’t want to miss the annual Deadfest. Held over two days at the Oakland Metro — which has pretty much become the de facto venue for metal these days — the event will feature dozens of acts, both local (Brainoil, Noothgrush, Negative Standards, Graves at Sea) as well as visiting (Providence’s Dropdead, Portland’s Stoneburner, and Dallas’ Kill the Client). On Saturday, be sure to check out Oakland funeral-doom outfit Lycus, whose new album, Tempest, is being hailed as the band’s most fully realized effort yet. Fri., Aug. 16, 8 p.m. $15 for single-day ticket. OaklandMetro.org — Kathleen Richards
Show and Tell Story Share
Feeling nostalgic for your long-lost youth? Relive the glory days of kindergarten at Show and Tell Story Share hosted by the Rock Paper Scissors Collective on Friday night. Attendees are invited to bring a meaningful object and share its story with the crowd. So unearth your first bike helmet, collect a few feathers from your backyard chicken, or maybe dust off the very first Express you picked up, and listen to the weird and wonderful tales of fellow East Bay residents as they wax poetic over their personal treasures. And if you’re more of a wallflower, you can always just observe. Fri., Aug. 16, 7 p.m., $5 suggested donation. RPSCollective.org — Zaineb Mohammed
Oakland Greenways 5K, 10K
If you consider yourself an expert in all things Oakland, the Oakland Greenways map adventure hosted by Terraloco on Saturday will be your chance to prove it. The course starts by the Leaning Tower of Pizza, where you’ll pick up your map and plot out your route. The goal is to reach all the checkpoints (six for the 5K, ten for the 10K) within the allotted distance or, if you’re feeling competitive, the fastest amount of time. Wind your way through the Oakland Hills’ hidden pathways to the marked locations, and scan your chip at the orange-and-white flag identifying the checkpoint — which may be a tree or a historical monument. Do the course with a team or take it on alone for sole bragging rights. After you finish, head back to Lake Merritt to find out who came in first, boast about your cartographic prowess, and enjoy some refreshments. Sun., Aug. 18, 11 a.m., $5-$25. Terraloco.com — Z.M.
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