Weekender: This Weekend's Top Five Events


It's the long weekend! Celebrate the glorious three days we have off by checking out these awesome events:

Trapped in the Closet Sing-Along
When organizers at the New Parkway Theater decided to add a new program to their lineup last April, they looked for a Rocky Horror-type event that wasn’t already happening in the East Bay. They decided on a sing-along to Trapped in the Closet, R. Kelly’s “hiphopera” about a man, Sylvester (played by Kelly), who has a one-night-stand with a preacher’s wife (and later finds himself in the middle of several other preposterous plot twists). The sing-along, which happens every fourth Friday of the month, regularly draws a crowd of about one hundred people. The night begins with a dance party to the singer’s greatest hits and is followed by the screening of Trapped. If you’ve never seen the production, it’s still easy to sing along because the whole video is subtitled — and if you have seen it before, you’ll know exactly when to shout “Oh my God, a rubber!” Friday, May 23. 10:30 p.m., $8. TheNewParkway.com — Zaineb Mohammed

Eric Prydz
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Audio on the Bay
The Bay Area is finally getting its own multi-day electronic music festival, and it’s happening right here in the East Bay. Produced by Insomniac, the electronic music event management group responsible for the massive annual rave Electric Daisy Carnival, Audio on the Bay is being billed as a “back to the basics” event — meaning there will only be one stage. Notable performing DJs include European house music producers Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Eric Prydz (of “Call on Me” fame), dubstep duo Zeds Dead, bass head Laidback Luke, longtime techno guru Benny Benassi, and pop remix aficionado R3HAB. Compared to other Insomniac events, the three-day festival should be relatively intimate, because the venue, Craneway Pavilion, can only fit 5,000 people. If all that dancing gets you too hot, you can step out onto the pavilion’s enormous open-air patio and take in the gorgeous view of San Francisco. Friday-Sunday, May 23-25. 5:30 p.m., $50-$65 for single-day tickets, $150 for three-day pass. Craneway.com — Madeleine Key

Friday Nights at OMCA

East Bayizing the international tradition by which neighbors meet and eat in the moonlight, the Oakland Museum of California will hold its weekly night market on Friday: Off the Grid’s gourmet food trucks will offer artisanal local cuisine, with local beer and wine served in the Blue Oak beer garden. A Makers & Tasters discussion will bring together great minds in the brewing and gardening communities. Live music, dance lessons, a DJ, and an LGBT history tour of the museum help guests digest all that stout and kraut. This week's edition will feature DJ Jonah Nice spinning hits, a performance by rock band Hot Einstein, a double dutch lesson led by Adrianna Mitchell from Girls' Sports, and a salon on zines and print culture inspired by the museum's exhibit, <i>SuperAwesome: Art and the Giant Robot.</i> Friday, May 30. 5-9 p.m., $7.50 for adults, ages 18 and under and members, free. MuseumCA.org — Anneli Rufus

Metal Cats
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'Metal Cats' Book Release Party
Cats — we can’t get enough of them. And neither can metalheads, apparently, which is why there is an entire book devoted to photos of metal musicians — spike-laden, corpse-paint-wearing, tattoo-having dudes — cozying up with their feline companions. To celebrate the release of the awesomely wonderful Metal Cats, local doom trio Infinite Waste, crust band Bädr Vogu, and black metal-grind outfit Augur will play Eli’s Mile High Club on Saturday. No cats will be in attendance, sadly, but copies of Metal Cats will. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the no-kill shelter Nine Lives Foundation. Saturday, May 24. 8 p.m., $7. ElisMileHigh.com — Kathleen Richards

The group show Beacons, which is now on view at Faultline Art Space, highlights just how interconnected some of Oakland’s most talented artists are. Guest-curated by Faultline resident Mario Navasero, the exhibit features many of his peers and influencers, including Sydney Cain, John Casey, Deadeyes, Cannon Dill, Chris Granillo, Max Kauffman, Lauren Napolitano, Pancho Pescador, David Polka, Jared Roses, and Santos Shelton. Each artist is worthy of his or her own solo show, but together, their pieces form an exciting assemblage of distinct yet compatible styles. Navasero’s works include a number of tiny, painted sculptures of Oakland buildings made from spray-paint cans and other scrap metal. Furthering this aesthetic, Kauffman’s paintings are rendered on crushed spray-paint cans, many of which depict Oakland architecture. Much of the other work is done on wood cutouts, which is Faultline’s specialty craft. One of these, “Hungry Eyes,” is a collaboration between Dill and Napolitano featuring a curled-up fox in Dill’s signature style, with Napolitano’s dreamy, geometric designs embellishing its body. Beacons does, indeed, form a beam of creative vision that’s lighting the way in Oakland’s art scene. Runs through May 31. FaultlineArtSpace.com — Sarah Burke

Plus... Get your cheapskate on: This is how much we love you guys: Here are our searchable listings of every single free event happening in the East Bay this weekend.

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