Weekender: This Weekend’s Top Five Events

Even if it may never be sunny again, there’s plenty of good stuff going down this weekend, and it’s all mercifully indoors!:
Festival of California Olive Oil
If you’re the type to ponder such existential questions as what, exactly, makes an olive oil “extra virgin,” you’ll find the answer at the Pasta Shop’s (1786 Fourth St., Berkeley) fourth annual Festival of California Extra Virgin Olive Oil, where, in addition to tastings, pairings, and cooking demonstrations, a panel of California olive oil producers (including Lucero Olive Oil, Pacific Sun Farms, and Corto) will discuss such distinctions. Other attractions at this year’s showcase of extra virgins include a cooking demo with Pasta Shop Executive ChefScott Miller, an olive oil guessing game, and more. On Saturday, Mar. 17. 1-4 p.m., free. 510-250-6004 or ThePastaShop.net — Cassie Harwood

Terry Malts
  • Terry Malts
Terry Malts
In retrospect, it was a pretty bold move for Corey Cunningham, Phil Benson, and Nathan Sweatt to all but abandon their other band, Magic Bullets, in order to take on Terry Malts as a project. Magic Bullets, was, after all, doing quite well for itself, pumping out anthemic, Nineties-tinged indie-pop that still managed to be of the adequately edgy, Pitchfork-approved variety; popping up at music festivals around the country, its sound tailor-made for outdoor singalongs; and netting placement on big-name soundtracks like that of Gossip Girl (!) and the Lisa Kudrow comedy Kabluey. But the Oakland trio apparently also wanted to explore its harder side, which in this case means raw, raggedy, fuzzed-out-beyond recognition, Ramones-esque pop punk, delivered fast and loose with kinetic energy and more shred per square inch than you ever thought possible — and, N.B., the sweet, melodic soul that made Magic Bullets so appealing in the first place. Sometimes big risks pay off beautifully. At 1-2-3-4 Go! Records (420 40th St., Oakland) with Kids on a Crime Spree and Manatee on Saturday, Mar. 17. 7 p.m., free, all ages. 1234GoRecords.com —Ellen Cushing

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