Weekender: This Weekend’s Top Five Events

Long weekend!!! Here’s what you’re doing.

Rogue Cafe
Last year a group of food-loving Oakland friends, including the owner of One Ninety Seven Coffee roasters, created a weekly donation-based backyard brunch. Soon word spread, friends of friends wanted in, and a bigger backyard was commandeered. Rogue Café (3204 Ellis Street, Berkeley) now runs every Saturday from 10 am to 1 pm, serving items like sourdough waffles with coffee whipped cream and house-made sausage and arugula on an English muffin (not to mention One Ninety Seven coffee and espresso). It’s all prepped in a tiny shed of corrugated tin and glass, and the eating area is a jumble of mismatched patio furniture and a treehouse for VIPs. Perfect place to linger on a sunny East Bay morning. Facebook.com/RogueCafeJesse Hirsch

Circle Rules Football
In 2006, when the Oakland-bred New York actor Greg Manley was tasked with creating an original theater piece for a senior project, he was bit by the athletic equivalent of the acting bug. He decided to incorporate athletics into theater — and he seems to have succeeded. Circle Rules Football — named for the circular field on which it’s played — is a “theatrical,” though certainly still competitive, team sport that combines elements of soccer, volleyball, and wrestling, with opponents aiming a large rubber “stability ball” at a single, central goal. And it’s garnered such a vast following that it could just be Manley’s magnum opus. Now organized under an official federation, it’s been featured in The New York Times and on Good Morning America and played across the country and as far away as England. With a five-team league that convenes regularly at the sport’s birthplace in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park, New York is inarguably the game’s epicenter. But with the league in its off-season, Manley returned to Oakland in January to start an East Bay faction that could eventually compete with the East Coast originators. He’s been holding free, informal games every Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. in Astro Park (550 El Embarcadero, Oakland), where games will continue after he eventually returns to New York. Manley plans to check on the progress of the fledgling team this summer. — Cassie Harwood

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