This Weekend's Top Five Events

October 16, 17 & 18


It's not quite Halloween, not yet Veteran's Day, and not Thanksgiving just yet. But it is the weekend. So here's five ways to celebrate that.  

FKA Twigs
  • FKA Twigs
Treasure Island Music Festival
The time has come to ride the giant, glowing Ferris wheel that shows up in San Francisco every year: Treasure Island Music Festival is here once again. While this year’s headliners — indie rockers The National and EDM producer deadmau5 — might seem unremarkable to frequent festivalgoers (deadmau5 played TIMF in 2010 and The National, Outside Lands in 2013), the lineup features many up-and-coming artists and innovative acts worth getting excited about. On Saturday, British singer-songwriter FKA Twigs — whose recent EP and extended music video, M3LL155X, skillfully interrogated gender stereotypes through its disquieting lyrics and visuals — is one of the event’s must-see artists. As is Big Grams, the new pop-rap collaboration between Big Boi from OutKast and electropop duo Phantogram. On Big Grams’ self-titled debut album, Big Boi and Phantogram’s Sarah Barthel interweave twangy rhymes and syrupy hooks over effervescent, shoegaze-influenced production. Their set should make for a playful, genre-defying live show. Also, TIMF features a lineup of comedians in its stand-up tent, The Blah Blah Blah, which online comedy platform Funny or Die curated. Tim Heidecker of the infamously grotesque, surrealist comedy duo Tim & Eric (of Adult Swim fame) will perform there, along with many other humorists. — Nastia Voynovskaya
Sat., Oct. 17, 12 p.m. and Sun., Oct. 18, 12 p.m.$95+.

A previous year's Harvest Dinner.
  • A previous year's Harvest Dinner.
Fall Harvest Dinner
This week’s fancy-dinner-for-a-good-cause offers guests the opportunity to formally ring in the fall, and also to have bragging rights for being one of the first to check out a well-regarded Berkeley restaurant’s brand new executive chef — Gather Restaurant’s Tu David Phu, who will cook a meal highlighting local produce at the UC Berkeley Botanical Garden’s (200 Centennial Dr., Berkeley) Fall Harvest Dinner fundraiser. The dinner, which will take place at the Botanical Garden’s historic Julia Morgan Hall, will feature cocktails courtesy of St. George Spirits, wine from Donkey & Goat Winery, and dessert by Masse’s Pastries. It really is for a good cause, too: to help pay for the garden’s educational programs, many of which benefit low-income youth. Reserve your spot via the UC Berkeley events website, by calling 510-664-9841, or by emailing — Luke Tsai
Sat., Oct. 17, 5:30-8 p.m. $125.

Jacqueline Rose. - JONATHAN RING
  • Jonathan RIng
  • Jacqueline Rose.
Violence \ Non-Violence
“Feminist theory has generally been on the side of non-violence, yet few would contest the idea that self-defense sometimes does require force.” That claim begins the premise for “Violence \ Non-Violence,” a public conversation between seminal theorists Jacqueline Rose and Judith Butler on October 16, from 4–6 p.m. at UC Berkeley. Butler is a Maxine Elliot Professor in Comparative Literature and Critical Theory at Cal, and is recognized for her influential writing on gender. Rose is a professor at the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities at the University of London, and is known for her writing on feminism, psychoanalysis, and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Together, they will attempt to parse the ethical and political distinctions of aggression, force, and violence and outline a relationship between physical and psychological violence. Then, they will begin to situate those questions within the feminist and psychoanalytic discourse. On October 15 from 5–7 p.m., in the same location, Rose will also give a lecture called “Feminism and the Abomination of Violence,” which will, in part, explore the ways in which Hannah Arendt and Melanie Klein placed violence at the core of their work. — Sarah Burke
Fri., Oct. 16, 4-6 p.m. Free.

From Fela!
  • From Fela!
Propelled by the immense success of the fifteen-month, Tony Award-winning Broadway show, Fela! The Musical, Third Generation Recordings and The Players from Fela! On Broadway have teamed up to tour a remixed excerpt of the musical called Felabration. The performance, which features musicians from the show, dancing, a live funk band and a DJ, will be at the New Parish (1743 San Pablo Ave., Oakland) on Saturday, October 17. Fela! was first conceived in 2000 when Stephen Hendel stumbled upon a CD of music by Fela Anikulapo Kuti, the internationally acclaimed Nigerian Afrobeat musician and general rabble-rouser. But the musical that it inspired didn’t make it to the stage until nearly a decade later. Fela! chronicles Kuti’s journey using his music to openly challenge the corruption and injustice stemming from successive military regimes in his native country. Kuti also paid the price for his defiance; he was arrested and beaten countless times. When he died in 1997, one million people attended his funeral. His legacy as a musical powerhouse and political juggernaut endures to this day, echoed in homages such as Felabration. — Erin Baldassari
Sat., Oct. 17, 9 p.m. $27.50, $35.

Catherine Zdan as Ada Lovelace. - JIM NORRENA
  • Jim Norrena
  • Catherine Zdan as Ada Lovelace.
Ada and the Memory Engine
Central Works in Berkeley (2315 Durant Ave., Berkeley) will be hosting yet another world premiere with Ada and the Memory Engine, a play that honors women’s achievements in math and science. The story follows a young Ada Lovelace — the real-life daughter of famed poet Lord Byron — just as the industrial revolution is coming to a close. After becoming inspired by longtime friend Charles Babbage, who is credited with inventing the computer, Ada begins to fantasize about a new reality in which the boundaries between art and science converge. She seeks out to create a machine that will solve difficult algorithms — the first ever memory engine — but it’s not an easy task. Lauren Gunderson, who has written several plays about women’s roles in male-dominated academic disciplines, authored the play, and Central Works’ Gary Graves takes the helm in the director’s chair. If you’re a fan of both romance and technology, this one’s for you: The play’s promoters are likening it to a meeting between Steve Jobs and Jane Austen. — Gillian Edevane
Starts Oct. 17. Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m. and Sundays, 5 p.m. Continues through Nov. 22 $15-$28.

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