Weekender: Five Things to Do Over the Next Three Days in the East Bay

Don’t waste a single second of this weekend, with help from our absurdly wise and impossibly good-looking critics:

Del Tha Funkee Homosapien
Del Tha Funkee Homosapien’s new release is actually three albums rolled into one. Think of it as a triptych: Automatik Statik and Funk Man dropped digitally in 2009; Golden Era contains all new material. The single, “One Out of a Million,” has all the signature markings of an old Del song: the down-tempo beat; the odd bar flows; the slurry, drawly intonation; the quirky sense of humor (Put pressure on ’em, just like a zit, he interjects between lines). For all the dense language, it’s really just a typical boast track. Then again, nothing Del puts out is ever typical. This is an emcee who can rhyme for days about unidentifiable funk on the BART train, after all. In the 1993 song “Catch a Bad One,” he chastened an imaginary foe by vowing to loosen teeth and split gums. He opened the rap “Wack MCs” by comparing himself to a dog with a powerful bite, and rhymed “Funkee Homosapien” with the line Monkeys I will make of men. He’ll appear at Shattuck Down Low (2284 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley) on Friday, Apr. 22. 9 p.m., free. ShattuckDownLow.com — Rachel Swan

Berkeley Earth Day Celebration
Celebrate Earth Day in the city that practically invented it. This year’s event starts at noon on Saturday, April 23, in Civic Center Park (2151 Martin Luther King, Jr. Way, Berkeley) — just where it’s been for the last forty-odd years — and features informational and vendor booths; a food court; dance and music performances; sustainable living demonstrations; and more. Meanwhile, from 2-5 p.m., Trumer Brauerei (1404 Fourth St., Berkeley) hosts an auxiliary celebration featuring $2 Trumers, a raffle, food and drink for sale, brewery tours, tastings, and more. Proceeds go to the East Bay Bike Coalition, and a free shuttle (biodiesel, naturally) will run to and from Civic Center Park every half-hour. Both events are free. HesterNet.net and Trumer-International.com — Ellen Cushing

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