Hey party people, it’s Friday! Throw a mini dance party at your desk and check out these weekend-worthy activities, selected just for you:
If you’re curious about the best underground crust, punk, doom, sludge, and black metal bands, and can withstand several hours of hearing them at high volume, then you won’t want to miss the annual Deadfest. Held over two days at the Oakland Metro — which has pretty much become the de facto venue for metal these days — the event will feature dozens of acts, both local (Brainoil, Noothgrush, Negative Standards, Graves at Sea) as well as visiting (Providence’s Dropdead, Portland’s Stoneburner, and Dallas’ Kill the Client). On Saturday, be sure to check out Oakland funeral-doom outfit Lycus, whose new album, Tempest, is being hailed as the band’s most fully realized effort yet. Fri., Aug. 16, 8 p.m. $15 for single-day ticket. OaklandMetro.org — Kathleen Richards
No Man’s Land
With a cast like Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, Billy Crudup, and Shuler Hensley, it’s a no-brainer that this production of Harold Pinter’s No Man’s Land, now in production at Berkeley Rep, trains its focus squarely on its actors. With the exception of a few dramatic lighting flourishes and some distractingly Seventies costumes, the production clears away anything that could prove a distraction from the people on stage. McKellen nails the role of Spooner, a rambling eccentric with a vocabulary as elevated as it is dirty (he speaks of a past lover’s “predilection” for “consuming the male member”), with impeccable comedic timing and an almost Vaudevillian flair. Stewart’s Hirst, meanwhile, is typically more grave, giving the august actor plentiful opportunities to command the stage with lines booming and bleak, like fists shaken at an existential void. Along with the two younger men, this duo propels a postmodern-leaning play that is thin on conventional plot but singularly perceptive about the fundamentals of human nature. It’s Pinter at the height of his powers, played by some of the few people who could pull that off. Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through Aug. 31, $35-$135. BerkeleyRep.org — Alex Bigman [jump]
Show and Tell Story Share
Feeling nostalgic for your long-lost youth? Relive the glory days of kindergarten at Show and Tell Story Share hosted by the Rock Paper Scissors Collective on Friday night. Attendees are invited to bring a meaningful object and share its story with the crowd. So unearth your first bike helmet, collect a few feathers from your backyard chicken, or maybe dust off the very first Express you picked up, and listen to the weird and wonderful tales of fellow East Bay residents as they wax poetic over their personal treasures. And if you’re more of a wallflower, you can always just observe. Fri., Aug. 16, 7 p.m., $5 suggested donation. RPSCollective.org — Zaineb Mohammed
Matatu Film Festival
Oakland-based film and theater company Broaklyn brings some international flavor to the East Bay this weekend with its Matatu Film Festival, held at The New Parkway, The New Parish, and Oakland School for the Arts. Named after privately owned minibuses in East Africa that function as taxicabs accessible to all, the globally focused festival seeks to honor the stories of African peoples. Stones in the Sun, a story about the intersecting lives of three pairs of Haitian refugees living in New York City in the 1980s, kicked things off on Thursday night. Other films include God Loves Uganda, a film about the evangelical Christian movement in East Africa, and Stolen Seas, a documentary about Somali piracy. The festival closes on Saturday with a screening of the Senegalese film Tey, which follows a character named Satché through his last day on Earth. Fri., Aug. 16, 7 p.m., $10. Broaklyn.org — Z.M.
Oakland Greenways 5K, 10K
If you consider yourself an expert in all things Oakland, the Oakland Greenways map adventure hosted by Terraloco on Saturday will be your chance to prove it. The course starts by the Leaning Tower of Pizza, where you’ll pick up your map and plot out your route. The goal is to reach all the checkpoints (six for the 5K, ten for the 10K) within the allotted distance or, if you’re feeling competitive, the fastest amount of time. Wind your way through the Oakland Hills’ hidden pathways to the marked locations, and scan your chip at the orange-and-white flag identifying the checkpoint — which may be a tree or a historical monument. Do the course with a team or take it on alone for sole bragging rights. After you finish, head back to Lake Merritt to find out who came in first, boast about your cartographic prowess, and enjoy some refreshments. Sun., Aug. 18, 11 a.m., $5-$25. Terraloco.com — Z.M.
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