Weekender: This Weekend's Top Five Events


Here are the five best ways to spend your first weekend in February, satisfaction guaranteed:

Feelmore Fresh Fridays
As if First Friday hadn't already become a confluence of every sort of activity imaginable, now you can add some erotica to the mix. Starting on Friday, Feb. 1, Feelmore510 will host a night of kinky films at The New Parkway at midnight after each month's Art Murmur. Inspired by a trip to the Berlin Porn Festival, Feelmore510 owner Nenna "Feelmore" Joiner said she wanted to help bring a little more visibility to the kink scene in Oakland. Films will cover a range of genres, including "erotic, nude, pornographic, and artsy." Ages eighteen and over. Midnight, $5. 510-658-7900 or TheNewParkway.comAzeen Ghorayshi

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Bollywood Berkeley
Fans of Bollywood can now see all the family melodrama, lip-synching, and spectacular Bhangra dancing played out live. On Saturday, Feb. 2, the Paramount Theatre hosts Bollywood Berkeley, the largest intercollegiate Hindi dance festival in the country. Teams from colleges across the country will face off in a fierce competition combining typical Bollywood storylines with elaborate sets and costumes and, of course, all the delightful dancing you’re used to seeing on-screen. The teams will be competing for cash prizes and a chance to advance to the “Best of the Best” dance competition in the spring. 5:30 p.m, $20-$27. 510-465-6400 or ParamountTheatre.comA.G.

Beef Week
It's Beef Week at Wente Vineyards, where from Wednesday through Sunday, January 30-February 3, Executive Chef Matt Greco offers a special menu starring dry-aged meat from the vineyard's own herd of Hereford/Black Angus cattle, whose diet is supplemented with Wente wines. The menu includes bierwurst, shank rillette, sausage with coffee-molasses barbecue sauce, clams in beef-chorizo broth with bone-marrow butter, and more. 6-9 p.m., $75. 925-456-2300 or WenteVineyards.comAnneli Rufus


Rage is Back Official Launch Party
Berkeley native Adam Mansbach may have just written the great American graffiti novel. Released early January to a fair amount of praise (see Ellen Cushing's take here), the author of the children's satire series Go the Fuck to Sleep has now returned with a tale set in the "golden era" of New York City's graffiti scene. Join SoleSpace this Saturday as they welcome Mansbach to read choice excerpts from Rage, and also unveil new artworks from acclaimed NYC spray can artist Blake "KEO" Lethem, who did the illustrations for the book. 8 p.m., $5. https://www.facebook.com/events/473781049324161/A.G.

Ships in the Night
The monthly queer dance party at the New Parish is, arguably, the best dance party in Oakland. It is, after all, the only dance floor where you could possibly hear Whitney Houston's "I Wanna Dance With Somebody," Rihanna's "Diamonds", and Ginuwine's "Pony" consecutively, all heralded with equal delight. This Saturday, there will also be mac & cheese served up by The Grease Box, and a portion of the proceeds will benefit Teachers for Social Justice. Need we say more? 9 p.m.-2 a.m., $5. http://www.facebook.com/events/300636683371986/

Check out our posts on which bands to catch after/during Art Murmur and where to watch the Super Bowl.
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