First full weekend of 2012, y'all; gotta make it count. Our suggestions:
Cohen-Bray House Holiday Tea
Pinkies up, people. The historic Cohen-Bray House (1440 29th Ave., Oakland), a Victorian-style East Oakland landmark built in the early 1880s as a wedding gift for a fortuitous socialite couple, hosts three tours of the site (which is still spruced up for the holidays), followed by a formal sit-down tea in the house's dining room. Munch on dainty tea sandwiches, sip on tea, and snack on sweets, all of which will be served using family china and silver by costumed maids. Warm clothing recommended. Call to RSVP. On Saturday, Jan. 7. 12:30, 2, and 3 p.m.; $20-$25. CohenBrayHouse.info or 510 843-2906. — Cassie Harwood
Phonte and 9th Wonder
Tony La Russa: "World Series 2011: A Champ's Perspective"
This might be the closest the East Bay gets to a World Series for a while: Coach Tony La Russa — who led the A's to their 1989 championship and the Cardinals to their 2006 and 2011 titles — presents "World Series 2011: A Champ's Perspective" on Sunday, Jan. 8, at Lesher Center for the Arts (1601 Civic Dr., Walnut Creek) where he'll narrate clips of St. Louis' most recent battle for the crown and, for a few dollars more, answer your questions. 6 p.m., $25 or $125 VIP ticket with extended Q&A session. 925-295-1400 or LesherCenter.org. — Stefanie Kalem
Grass Widow and Churches
There’s a video for Grass Widow’s song “Milo Minute,” in which the three women of the band calmly enter the Franklin Park Zoo in Boston. They set up their instruments and turn toward a glassed-in display to face their audience of six: Gigi, Kiki, Kira, Kimani, Kambiri and Kit — gorillas all. The song is a good example of Grass Widow’s appeal. the band doesn’t rely on distortion or effects to spruce up its rock songs; rather, it employs simple, layered, borderline-apathetic vocals over driving beats and catchy riffs. And the preoccupied primates can’t seem to take their eyes off of them. Churches, Culture Kids and Wave Army fill out the bill at The Uptown (Telegraph Ave.) on Friday, Jan. 6. 6 p.m., free. UptownNightclub.com. — Will Butler
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