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Weekender: This Weekend’s Top Five Events


As Katy Perry once said: TGIF. Here are our weekend recommendations, slightly late because of an extremely unfortunate hangover unforeseen circumstances:

Prometheus and Faces
House and apartment galleries haven’t caught on in the Bay Area as they have in other cities — Chicago, for example. For this and other reasons, the relatively young Important Projects, located in an inviting craftsman-style house in Rockridge, is a distinctive addition to the Oakland gallery scene. Resident artists/curators Joel Dean and Jason Benson painted their warm upper story white, and there they have been showing work by artists both local and not. Currently on display are two exhibitions that seem purposely to resist interpretation. In Prometheus, Nicolás Colón hangs a baggy T-shirt drenched in gold paint, the imprint of which he has left on the wall, as well as a series of blown-up, indecipherable color photographs. In between: small, pinched clay sculptures and store-bought stalks of verbena. Miniaturized sculpture gardens? One room over, Brooklyn-based Austin Eddy’s Faces presents a series of crude portraits, a sculptural bust, and the artist’s signature in dripping sherbet colors.Prometheus and Faces run through August 28 at Important Projects. Alex Bigman

Non Stop Bhangra
Seldom does San Francisco’s hottest world-music dance party, Non Stop Bhangra, make it across the bridge, so this Saturday’s East Bay iteration is certainly a special occasion. And the organizers planned accordingly, booking Om Records producer J-Boogie and DJ Sol Rising, who are both well-reputed in a variety of circles. J-Boogie is known for hip-hop and lounge mixes, but he’s also maintained a long residency at Dub Mission, a weekly reggae party at San Francisco’s Elbo Room. Similarly, Sol Rising grew up steeped in hip-hop, but ultimately forayed into global fusion — he now mixes popular rap samples with bass lines that are redolent of dub or reggae. They’ll both appear alongside bilingual hip-hop group Bang Data, whose members give traditional Latin styles (ranchera, cumbia, and norteño music) a contemporary spin. At The New Parish on Friday, Aug. 24. 10 p.m., $10. TheNewParish.comRachel Swan