Weekender: This Weekend’s Top Five Events

In honor of our annual PETS issue, watch this video of a hedgehog — one of the ~*ALT PETS*~ mentioned in this week’s story on weird pets — taking a bath:

Then, partake in any or all of the following five fun activities taking place right here in your neighborhood this weekend:

Retro Pop-Up Restaurant
One of the East Bay’s most historic hotels honors its long history in the best possible way: with food. While its bar is closed during renovations, FIVE (2086 Allston Way, Berkeley) is offering a pop-up restaurant in its Crystal Dining Room throughout the first week of June, with dishes and decor themed around the year 1910, when the hotel first opened. In addition to a la carte service, a Friday-only four-course prix-fixe dinner includes such retro dishes as Waldorf salad, filet of sole Oscar, Delta asparagus, and creamy Pavlova. Fri., June 7, 5-10 p.m. Five-Berkeley.com — Anneli Rufus

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Oaklavía
This free-form event is based off of the idea that taking cars off the streets has the power to transform the way you see — and use — the space around you. Oaklavía first happened in 2010, shutting down the Broadway corridor, but this time around, it’ll be a joint venture between Oaklavía and Love Our Lake Day, a celebration of the Lake Merritt beautification effort funded through Measure DD. Both Lakeshore Avenue and Lakeside Drive will be almost totally closed to traffic circling the lake, with just a smattering of food trucks, booths, and various dance and music performances along the way. The rest is up to you. 11-4 p.m., Lake Merritt redesign dedication ceremony at 2 p.m.; free. 510-654-6346 or Oaklavia.orgAzeen Ghorayshi

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