Weekender: This Weekend's Top Five Events


The weekend is finally here! Check out this horrifying gif of Sofia Vergara taking off an Emma Watson mask, and then read our list of the five best events happening this weekend to recover from the shock:

The Night Light's Two-Year Anniversary Party
Since it opened two years ago, The Night Light has hosted a diverse and impressive array of local and out-of-state bands. Recently, the venue further expanded its offerings with regular DJ nights and comedy on Mondays. To celebrate its two-year anniversary, The Night Light is throwing a rager: On Saturday, local bands Unconditional Arms, Brasil, White Cloud, Horrible/Adorable, Lessons, Halcyonaire, Deep Katz, Everyone Is Dirty, What Fun Life Was, Safeword, and Dead Panzies will perform starting at 4 p.m. Between those performances, there will be DJ sets by Joe Quixx, Delgado, and others. It’s all for free, and celebratory shots will be distributed at midnight. Saturday, Apr. 12. 4 p.m., free. TheNightLightOakland.com — Madeleine Key

Joel Brown and Marc Brew in "Trio A." - REN DODGE
  • Ren Dodge
  • Joel Brown and Marc Brew in "Trio A."
AXIS Dance Company
Legendary postmodern choreographer Yvonne Rainer doesn’t let many companies restage her work. So it’s a compliment to the artists of Oakland’s AXIS Dance Company that she’s allowed them to do just that at the Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts this weekend. Répétiteur Linda K. Johnson has adapted Rainer’s once-radical, now-paradigmatic minimalist masterwork “Trio A” for the company of dancers with and without disabilities, which this season includes London-based dancemaker Marc Brew and 2013 Izzie Award nominee Joel Brown, plus Sonsherée Giles, Sebastian Grubb, and Juliana Monin. Rainer seems pleased with the troupe’s re-embodiment of the work, saying, “They not only make a new dance, but illuminate what ‘Trio A’ is about.” Also included in this weekend’s performance will be Brew’s “Divide,” as well as his 2008 solo work “Remember When.” On top of all that will be the premiere of The Gift (of Impermanence), Alex Ketley’s film about AXIS. Friday-Sunday, Apr. 11-13. Fri-Sat. 8 p.m., Sun. 2 p.m., $10-$25. AXISDance.org — Claudia Bauer

2nd Annual Upcycle

Sites such as Etsy and Pinterest have made upcycling — the transformation of waste materials into new products — a hip trend, but the Richmond Art Center’s upcycle festival on Saturday re-emphasizes the environmentally friendly importance of the practice. The center launched the event last year to creatively encourage recycling in honor of Earth Day. Pleasantly surprised when it drew a crowd of more than three hundred people, organizers decided to make it an annual affair. For the second iteration, artists will demonstrate how to make bags and quilts out of T-shirts, jewelry out of bicycle tire inner tubes, and sculptures using cardboard. Participants will also be able to power a blender by riding a bike, play instruments made from household goods by musician Tom Nunn, and check out upcycled houses for the homeless created by Oakland artist Gregory Kloehn. Saturday, Apr. 12. 1-4 p.m., free. RichmondArtCenter.org — Zaineb Mohammed

Other People's Money
Other People’s Money involves a battle between a Wall Street raider, Garfield (the booming, irrepressible John Hale), and the company he’s trying to liquidate, led by its old-school CEO, Jorgenson (the affably sincere Keith Jefferds), who’s trying to protect his 1,200 employees from getting the axe. Written by Jerry Sterner, it contains overt themes of corporate greed and copious explanations of business terminology such as “shark repellent,” “poison pill,” and “greenmail.” While that may sound like an unlikely entertainment experience, the play was a considerable hit when it debuted in New York in the late Eighties, and it remains so today. Even Donald Trump endorsed it, calling it “an extraordinarily insightful, timely and witty play — beautifully performed.” Other People’s Money, which is being staged by Piedmont Oakland Repertory Theatre at Kehilla Community Synagogue, stirs us into imag ining the possibility of a better future instead of resigning ourselves to the omnipresent “business as usual.” Through April 12. $25. PiedmontOaklandRep.org — Anna Pulley

Fermentation Class
On Sunday, learn to preserve seasonal produce and turn your kitchen into a probiotic-powered fermentation station at a Spring-Summer Fermentation Workshop at Sticky Art Lab. Get hands-on lessons in using salt, whey, brine, and miso to ferment fresh foods from instructor Nishanga Bliss, who has worked in the holistic-health field for more than twenty years. Every participant will make a fermented condiment to bring home. Sunday, Apr. 13. 10 a.m., $35. BioFuelOasis.com — Anneli Rufus

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