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Book release and signing for Devon Blood’s Keep Laughing
When tattoo artist Devon Blood suffered a gunshot to the head in 2006, it threatened to end his life and his hard-earned career. The tenacious artist, who endured months of hospital stays, surgeries, and physical rehabilitation, had to relearn his trade using his left hand. Now he’s returned to his job at Sacred Tattoo (707 Broadway, Oakland), and he’s penned a book about his experiences. The shop celebrates on Friday, Aug. 19, with a release party and signing of Blood’s new autobiography, Keep Laughing, which is filled with photographs and illustrations by the artist and friends. 8 p.m., free. 510-251-8287 or DevonBloodTattoo.com — Cassie Harwood
Jack London Square Fit Rave
If you like exercise as much as a good party but find you lack the time for both, there’s a new solution for getting in a good workout and some simultaneous social time. Jack London Square hosts its first Fit Rave on Saturday, Aug. 20, where health-minded socialites can choose from a series of outdoor cross-training activities while a DJ provides fast-paced tunes. Do some spinning, some yoga, and a little strength training, and then stick around for a post-workout party with refreshments by Miss Pearl’s Jam House. Spinners, bring your bikes. On the waterfront plaza, outside the Waterfront Hotel (10 Washington St., Oakland). 2-5 p.m., $20-$25. 510-645-9292 or JackLondonSquare.com — Cassie Harwood