Weekender: This Weekend’s Top Five Events

It’s the weekend, so in the spirit of the new Miley Cyrus song, it’s time to experiment with party drugs, twerk, and bash around piñatas filled with hot dogs! Or, in the tried-and-true spirit of old Miley, you can just Party in the USA. Or just not go to work. Here are five things to do with yourself this weekend:

The Medea Hypothesis
Attempt to adapt a Greek tragedy to the context of contemporary Manhattan, and it should hardly come as a surprise when the result turns out to be dynamite soap opera — though of a decidedly daytime variety. In Marian Berges’ The Medea Hypothesis, now at Central Works, Euripides’ famously infanticidal character takes the form of Em, a busy executive who ranks perhaps a little short of Mom of the Year. Abandoned by her husband for a younger woman and attached to an ominously monotone, trigger-happy assistant, Em finds her thoughts becoming murderous with baffling speed — but not before a tryst with a hunky plumber and a series of bizarre, improbable, and often philosophical video-chat dates with her ex’s father-in-law-to-be, a shady Eastern European businessman named Carl. Running through this pulpy melodrama is a poignant strain about a mother losing her sanity while perhaps regaining her compassion. Mostly it’s a mess, though, and a first-rate one at that. Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m. and Sundays, 5 p.m. Continues through June 23 — Alex Bigman

  • Leslie Kalohi

Tom Tom Magazine Showcase
Carla Azar. Sara Lund. Sheila E. What do they have in common? They’re all powerhouse drummers (for, among others, Autolux, Unwound, and Prince, respectively), and they also happen to be women. Yet they haven’t received nearly the level of acclaim that their male counterparts have because, despite their growing presence, female drummers are still largely considered an anomaly. Tom Tom Magazine aims to change that: The Brooklyn-based publication, which comes out four times a year, profiles various female drummers and includes practical things like stretching exercises, tablature, and gear reviews. But it needs help. The magazine, along with co-organizers Mission Creek Oakland, will hold a fundraiser at The Uptown featuring local bands with female drummers, including the garage-punk duo Dark Beach, lo-fi indie-poppers Upside Drown, twee twosome Bam!Bam!, and Silver Shadows, which describes itself as “hardcore new wave.” If drumming isn’t your thang, there will also be a “nail art fundraiser.” (Full disclosure: The Express is co-presenting the event.) Sat., June 22, 9 p.m. — Kathleen Richards

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