It's the weekend AND it's First Friday — two amazing reasons to celebrate. Here are our expertly selected suggestions for the five best ways to spend your time from today to Sunday:
Garin Apple Festival
Long before it was a college town bisected by BART, Hayward was fertile farmland and ranchland. Celebrate the late-summer bounty on Saturday, Sept. 7, at the Garin Apple Festival in Garin Regional Park. Learn about the rare varieties of apples grown there, make your own hand-pressed apple cider, crank all-natural ice cream, and savor the fruits of your labor amidst live music and old-fashioned games. Restart your appetite by touring the park’s historic 19th-century barn, blacksmith shop, tool shop, and lovingly restored two-acre garden. Saturday, Sept. 7. Noon-4 p.m., free. — Anneli Rufus
Everything Is Terrible! Two Head-Cleaners and a Microphone!
The duo behind the Chicago-based comedy website Everything Is Terrible! — dubbed by Time as one of the fifty best websites of 2013 — gathers the most absurd and ridiculous found VHS footage for your viewing pleasure. Its new tour — titled “Two Head Cleaners and a Microphone!” — will stop by The New Parkway Theater this Saturday and will include the screening of two new EIT! DVDs: Comic Relief Zero!, which features the cringe-worthy, bungled jokes of ventriloquists, prop comics, and talk show hosts; and Everything Is Terrible! Does The Hip-Hop!, which showcases white rappers promoting hamburgers and children rapping about stamps. Clearly, this live show, which also includes puppets, is not to be missed. Saturday, Sept. 7. 8 & 10 p.m., $10. TheNewParkway.com — Z.M.
Yang Fudong: Estranged Paradise
Conversation about the work of Yang Fudong often turns to the Chinese artist’s alluring surfaces. Fudong has a predilection for film noir and introspective-looking young models, and these most famously come together in his stunning multi-channel video installations, which fragment his film to surround the viewer in a stimulating “screen environment.” “The Fifth Night” is one such example. However, Estranged Paradise, the artist’s mid-career survey now on view at UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, includes not this work but its more self-conscious double, “The Fifth Night (Rehearsal).” This version shows not the film itself but the associated camera monitor feeds, resulting in something more rough hewn and reflective upon its own artifice. This is emblematic of the exhibition as a whole. Modest in size but purposefully curated, it aims to direct focus upon Fudong’s role as a key commentator upon the culture of contemporary China, where two decades of consumer capitalism and intense urbanization have produced a psyche as fractured as the artist’s videos. Through Dec. 8. $7-$10. BAMPFA.Berkeley.edu — Alex Bigman
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