Weekender: This Weekend’s Top Five Events

Enjoy these fun activities this weekend, or go watch Les Mis and spend the rest of the weekend trying to forget the sound of Russell Crowe’s singing voice.

Cinema is ostensibly the theme of FLICK, now at Creative Growth Gallery, and, to be sure, maybe 30 percent of the works on display engage with film — echoing and distorting Hollywood image codes, depicting starlets of the silver screen, producing alternative posters and other such ephemera, and so on. But the real occasion for this profusion of work is in fact an annual holiday sale — as good an opportunity as any to peruse the sprawling creative output of this distinctive and always lively arts community. From Nick Pagan’s unnerving sculptures of Batman villains, to William Tyler’s illustrated, poetry-packed windows (“Safe and Clean are in Oakland California for now” one begins, followed by a laundry list of acronyms referring to or perhaps merely evocative of government agencies and institutions), to an impressive diptych by Dan Miller juxtaposing chaotic line drawing and imbricated, typewritten text, there is much to take in. Most of it’s off topic, but no matter. FLICK runs through January 4 at Creative Growth Gallery. 510-836-2340 or CreativeGrowth.orgAlex Bigman


“Black Man in the White House: The Second Term Tour”
Paul Mooney is not one to shy away from jokes that could get him in trouble. But from starring in the Chapelle’s Show segment “Ask a Black Man” to publishing his memoir, Black Is the New White, Mooney is nothing if not provocative. After cutting his teeth writing for shows like The Richard Pryor Show and In Living Color, the former Oakland resident now spends most of his time doing stand-up in venues across the country. Join him on Wednesday through Tuesday, Dec. 26-Jan. 1, at the Black Repertory Theatre for his new show, “Black Man in the White House: The Second Term Tour,” where he’ll offer insights into America’s post-election “state of blackness.” $35-200. For show times and tickets, see BrownPaperTickets.com or BlackRepertoryGroup.comAzeen Ghorayshi

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