When: Sat., April 30, 8 p.m. 2011
Facts of life: 1) Cookies are awesome; 2) Free is awesome; 3) Free cookies are, by virtue of the rules of mathematics, exponentially more awesome than both of the above. Based on this alone, the Free Cookies Variety Show - which, indeed, promises gratis baked goods - should be pretty great. Also on hand: music, poetry, comedy, hula-hooping, and yo-yoing, with yet more acts to be announced - all hosted by the inimitable, absurdly hilarious Scott Alexander, a Jack-of-all-trades comic-musician-chef whose pumpkin-pecan cheesecake is said to be transcendent. Saturday, Apr. 30, at the Oakland Public Conservatory (1616 Franklin St., Oakland). 8 p.m., $10, with canned good $8. ScottAlexanderMusic.com.