This Weekend's Top Five Events

September 18, 19 & 20


This weekend, the Eat Real Festival is taking over Jack London Square once again and our trusty food editor even made you your very own guide to optimize your enjoyment. But when you're not stuffing your face by the water, here' s a handful of other events to keep you busy this weekend. 

CCR Headcleaner
Unlike CCR, CCR Headcleaner formed in the South. That’s important, because beneath the band’s blistering guitar squall lies real riffs, the lumbering, sidelong kind that inevitably evoke the dry barrel bottom of this country. But make no mistake: Southern Rock never sounds this busted. Mind that the group rode the winds of the 2008 financial crisis to San Francisco, where it donned threads discarded by Community Thrift and joined Arinell’s secret slice club. The members of this group ate out of the trash, even when they didn’t have to. Meanwhile, CCR Headcleaner gigged with fury, indiscriminately opening for high-profile garage types at fancy spots such as the Great American Music Hall and headlining basement punk bills. Any setting will do, even Merchant’s Saloon (401 2nd St., Oakland), which the group anointed the “sickest dive in the Bay” on a flier promoting its free tour kick-off show on Friday.— Sam Lefebvre
Fri., Sept. 18, 8 p.m. free.

Fruitvale Beer Garden Opening Party
These days, Oakland’s Fruitvale district is practically synonymous with taco trucks and various other manifestations of delicious Mexican cuisine. Jay Porter, the proprietor of The Half Orange (3340 E. 12th St.), loves that part of Fruitvale’s food culture, but he also wanted his restaurant’s newly expanded patio to pay tribute to an earlier period of the neighborhood’s history, in the late-19th and early-20th centuries, when German immigrants opened a slew of lively beer gardens in the area. What Porter has thus dubbed the “Fruitvale Beer Garden at The Half Orange” will have its grand opening this Saturday. Beer lovers will have the opportunity to sample the restaurant’s newly expanded thirteen-tap draft beer selection and to watch sports on a big-screen TV from the forty-seat outdoor patio. To mark the occasion, all beers will be priced at $4.95 all day and night.— Luke Tsai
Sat., Sept. 19, 11 a.m. Free.

Art/Act: Edward Burtynksy 

Edward Burtynksy’s photographs offer a sense of the sublime — that feeling you get when standing at the top of a mountain that makes you realize how small you are relative to the rest of the world. But his grand photographs are also terrifying, because, upon closer inspection, they reveal barren landscapes, ravaged by the extraction of natural resources. Many of the renowned photographer’s large-format works will be on view at the David Brower Center (2150 Allston Way, Berkeley) for its annual Art/Act exhibition, which honors one artist doing outstanding work in the intersection of art and activism. Burtynsky’s show will primarily highlight his series Water, which features once rich water sources that have dried up into shriveled landscapes with magnificent topographical patterns. In the midst of California’s detrimental drought, the photographs from all over the world both hit home and speak to the dangers that our ecosystem faces worldwide. The show opens on September 18, with a free reception from 7–9 p.m. during which the artist will give a public lecture about his work.— Sarah Burke
Sept. 18-Feb. 4, 2016 Free.

Psychic TV
An enduring countercultural figure, Genesis P-Orridge is credited with forerunning industrial culture as a founding member of Throbbing Gristle, a group of experimentalists bent on probing the margins of sound and provocative physical feats in the tradition of durational performance art. Then, P-Orridge founded Psychic TV. Flitting between psychedelia and outlandish acid house, the group’s packaging and visual components further expanded upon P-Orridge’s influential aesthetic. A serial collaborator, P-Orridge’s boldest move occurred in tandem with the late Lady Jaye. Together, the two embarked upon the so-called Pandrogeny Project, working through surgery to morph into a sole, gender-free individual. Most recently, P-Orridge reinvigorated Psychic TV — which performs on Saturday at the Independent (628 Divisadero St., San Francisco) — as a pulsating, psych-inclined rock unit.— S. L. 
Sat., Sept. 19, 9 p.m. $22.

Bilongo Esmeralda (Let The Devil Take Style)
In the dystopian future depicted by artist Sofía Córdova, the world is submerged in water and all its residents are displaced, lost and looking for some sense of home to grasp on to. In Córdova’s newest work, an immersive installation at Pro Arts Gallery (150 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Oakland) entitled Bilongo Esmeralda (Let the Devil Take Style), the local artist literally makes the viewer feel as if he or she is on a sci-fi boat, using massive sails that double as projector screens for Córdova’s video work. Córdova is Puerto Rican and has been working on an ongoing series of videos that aims to reimagine the Caribbean diaspora and, more broadly, the immigrant experience in general. She also performs as one half of Xuxa Santamaria, making experimental, psychedelic dance music rife with intellectual undertones and very much in line with her fine art practice. Many of the works in Bilongo Esmeralda employ the same campy, colorful aesthetic as the visuals for her music. The entirety of her video series, entitled Echoes of a Tumbling Throne (Odas Al Fin De Los Tiempos), will be screened on September 18 at 6:30 p.m. with a live score by Xuxa Santamaria in Frank Ogawa Plaza.— S. B. 
Through Sept. 18.Free.