Weekender: This Weekend’s Top Five Events

HEY CALIFORNIA, OBAMA GAY LOVES YOU. a) That’s probably the best reason to celebrate, b) it’s Friday, and c) you’ve got a truly stunning number of (well-curated) options to choose from. So go do stuff!

3rd Annual Albany Film Festival
The founders of the Albany Film Fest describe their annual movie bash, now in its third year, as “cozy, quirky, and creative.” And we’re inclined to believe them, given that they offer endless popcorn, provide couches for seating, and screen films ranging from three-minute shorts to animations to movies made by six-year-olds. Held at the Albany Community Center, the 2013 iteration of the festival will be judged by East Bay filmmaker Rick Tejada-Flores, artistic advisor and mentor Stephanie Watanabe, and El Cerrito-based Pixar animator GeeFwee Boedoe. Join the filmmakers, judges, and festival organizers in the same space the night before for a pre-festival “gala,” complete with snacks, beer, and wine. Gala 7 p.m., $25. Festival noon-7 p.m.; $5 for adults, $1 for kids. AlbanyFilmFest.orgAzeen Ghorayshi

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