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

Long weekend! If you’re staying in town, here’s what you’re doing:

The Gods Must Be Crazy
Some fun facts about Philly-based DJ and producer Rich Medina: He grew up in New Jersey. He wears glasses. When he isn’t cutting tracks in the studio, he enjoys writing poetry. His major star turn happened at a dance party called Lil’ Ricky’s Rib Shack, where he met Tribe Called Quest rapper Q-Tip in 2005. Oh, also, he’s a big fan of African pop legend Fela Kuti. And his mixes combine all sorts of disparate interests, from funk, to soul, to free verse, to classic hip-hop, to R&B string sections, to electronica. He’ll preside over a “supernatural black experience” this weekend, accompanied by poet and theater artist Marc Bamuthi Joseph, singer Jennifer Johns, soul crooner Martin Luther, and heartthrob rapper Kev Choice, who recently moved to Atlanta but still has strong roots in Oakland. Called “The Gods Must Be Crazy,” and billed as a tribute to deceased African-American royalty (Hendrix, Simone, Scott-Heron, Baker, Malonga), this event happens on Friday, July 1, at The New Parish (579 18th St., Oakland). 8 p.m., $20. TheNewParish.com. — Rachel Swan

Tilden Attractions Hike
At 2,079 acres, Tilden Regional Park — with its winding trails and whirling merry-go-round — can be a lot to experience in one trip. But ambitious nature enthusiasts can tackle many of the park’s trails on the Tilden Attractions Hike — a robust ten-mile walking tour led by naturalist Gail Broesder, or “Trail Gail.” The hike covers various Tilden trails, with a stop at the Botanic Garden (home to many native California flora) and opportunities to ride the park’s steam train and carousel. Bring food, water, and appropriate shoes and clothing; recommended for ages twelve and up. Meet at the Lone Oak picnic site (north end of Central Park Dr., Berkeley), on Saturday, July 2. 9 a.m., free, rides $2. 510-544-2233 or EBParks.org/Parks/Tilden — Cassie Harwood

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