Weekender: This Weekend's Top Five Events

August 29, 30, 31 and Labor Day


Welcome to Labor Day Weekend! Take a load off, have a drink, and enjoy. We're thrilled to have you. 

Show and Tell Oakland Pride Kickoff Party 

Pride is pretty great, but it’s even better with pre- and post-parties sandwiching that goodness. Streetwear boutique Show and Tell Concept Shop will be kicking off the festivities with a party on Thursday, August 28 that boasts drinks and dancing. Show and Tell, which is attached to Betti Ono Gallery, has been celebrating its pride since June with a series of events called Queery. It all concludes at the end of August, so the party will also be one of the last chances to check out two of Queery’s main draws: “Beaus and Belles Pop Up Shop: A Qwear Style Experience,” and Boi/Butch: Portraits of Masculine of Center Identity. The latter is a photo exhibition by Meg Allen and Miki Vargas that has been covering the walls of the boutique with portraits that highlight the beauty of female masculinity. Model, Oakland native, and star of MTV’s Real World: Ex-Plosion Ari Fitz will be hosting the night’s merry mingling. — Sarah Burke 
Thursday, Aug. 28, 7-10 p.m. $10-$20. OaklandPrideKickoffParty.Eventbrite.com

Oakland Pride Festival
It’s time again to paint the town rainbow for Oakland Pride. Now in its fifth year, the annual celebration for the LGBTQ community and its allies is hosting a parade and festival that serve as a much mellower counterpart to the one across the bay. Beginning at 10:30 a.m. at Broadway and 14th Streets, the parade will be an opportunity to cheer, dance, and take over downtown. Following that is the nearby festival, between 17th and 23rd Streets. This year’s theme is “Pride is Oakland, Oakland is Pride,” a broad and inclusive declaration that aims to highlight the ways in which Oakland integrates support for the LGBTQ community. Fulfilling a dedication to inclusiveness, Oakland Pride is a particularly family-friendly event — appropriate for the city with the highest concentration of LGBTQ families with children in the Bay Area. This year’s festival headliner is Sheila E, the Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter, and percussionist who is known for her dramatic drumming performances. Filling the rest of the bill will be Xelle, Moon Candy, Canarios, DJ Porn Star, Aisha Fugashima, Tania Soto, and Omega Rae. It’s bound to be the largest, loudest, queerest Oakland Pride to date. — S. B.
Sunday, Aug. 31, 10:30 a.m.-7 p.m. $5-$10. 510-545-6251 or OaklandPride.org

A Tribe Called Red - PAT BULDOC
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  • A Tribe Called Red
A Tribe Called Red
The pulse of the track “Electric Pow Wow Drum” is a resonant drum and clinking metal. It’s quickly buried by woozy keyboards and a chorus of voices with wildly varying pitches. In the context of mainstream, festival-ready EDM, the song’s traits of traditional Native American singing and percussion at first sound entirely out of place. Quickly though, as with most tracks by A Tribe Called Red, “Electric Pow Wow Drum” makes a strong case for the synthesis. Formed in Ottawa in 2010 by three descendants of the indigenous Canadian population known as First Nations, A Tribe Called Red merges powwow sounds with electronic music, quickly growing out of its community and on to international audiences. No, this is not an appropriate show to don Native-American headgear at The New Parish, nor is there ever. However, powwow-step is now a thing. — Sam Lefebvre
Thursday., Aug. 28, 8 p.m. $12, $15. TheNewParish.com

Megadome Series Featuring Greg Ashley
Between psychoacoustics, spectrum analysis, and transduction, whether you’re aware of it or not, music involves a lot of science. For instance, the field of psychoacoustics neatly explains why all rational Americans weep to Bruce Springsteen’s Nebraska (okay, sometimes psychoacousticians consult rock critics.) Learn all about it when The Chabot Space & Science Center begins its season-long Cosmic Concerts series this weekend with a show by Greg Ashley, a sharp, local balladeer with lyrical chops, and John Morgan, the fiery, dynamic pianist from the Johns Brothers Piano Company. The interactive series occurs in the Megadome, where mind-expanding (also, educational) visuals appear on the sloped walls, and in addition to performing, Ashley and Morgan will encourage the audience to build instruments and spontaneously collaborate in a unique setting. Is science cooler when it partners with rock, or is the other way around? — S. L.
Friday, Aug. 29, 8 p.m. $12. ChabotSpace.org

Luke Sweeney Magic Trick 
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Luke Sweeney’s single “Doin’ It to You,” recently released with a music video, is a promising fist taste of the San Francisco songwriter’s forthcoming solo debut, Adventure: Us. Twinkling bells make a bittersweet guitar chord progression positively radiant, and Sweeney’s smooth singing builds to a beautiful chorus that demands repeat listening. Whether during an ascending refrain or buoyant verse, Sweeney’s silken vocals pitch to please. Sweeney, who will perform at Brick & Mortar Music Hall this weekend, previously fronted local rock acts Vows and Wet Dreams Dry Magic, but Adventure: Us marks the first album under his own name. The painstaking production and carefully refined songwriting present on “Doin’ It to You” alone make the album one of the most anticipated local releases of the season. — S. L.
Saturday., Aug. 30, 9 p.m. $7, $10. BrickAndMortarMusic.com


Homestead's Second Annual Labor Day BBQ

Take a load off this Labor Day, and let Oakland’s Homestead do the cooking. The restaurant is Elizabeth and Fred Sassen’s elegant ode to the early American homesteaders’ from-scratch sensibility. And although it’s one of the nicer restaurants on Piedmont Avenue, the barbecue will be a casual, cash- and paper plates-only affair; no reservations — just first-come, first-served. “It’s basically my personal Labor Day barbecue that I would be doing at my house if I didn’t have a professional kitchen and restaurant to open up to the public,” Elizabeth Sassen said. A $30 ticket ($15 for kids under ten) pays for a buffet-style spread of slow-cooked baby back ribs, corn on the cob with chili-lime butter, a fingerling potato salad, house-baked pullman bread, house-made peach popsicles, and more. It isn’t an all-you-can-eat buffet, but the Sassens promise that each plate will be a generous portion of food. Go early before they sell out.
— Luke Tsai
Monday., Sept. 1, 12 p.m. $15-$30. HomesteadOakland.com

And, to cap off your amazing four day stay with us, the third annual Hiero Day is also on Labor Day. Boom. 

If your pockets are feelin' light and you're still yearning for more suggestions, we've got a ton, and these ones are all FREE!

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