Friday, May 27, 2011

What to Do This Weekend: 5/27-5/30

Memorial Day Weekend! This list goes out to all you sad saps stuck doing a "staycation" in the 'burbs this year. Drink with your dog, score some cheap vintage finds, get a little lot queer, enjoy a piece of my childhood, and drink drink drink away your sorrows.

Friday, May 27th
Barks and Brew: Bring your canine companions to Downtown Pleasanton's "Yappy Hour" at Murphy’s Paw. Enjoy wine, snacks, and blue moon on tap knowing your donations benefit Tri-Valley Animal Rescue and your pooch isn't giving sad eyes to the door waiting for you to come home. 6-9pm.
410 Main Street, Pleasanton
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Saturday, May 28th–Sunday, May 29th: 
Treasure Island Flea: Sift through vintage, antique, collectible, and hand made items to find treasure! See what I did there? Eh? Get it? Give me a break, its Friday. Anyways, theyll have stuff youll actually want as well as a section called the garage, presumably filled with all the horrible stuff that people try to sell at a garage sale, like old doll heads and half a lamp shade, and someone trying to buy it for 1/8th the price. This is their kickoff weekend, but they plan on holding the event on the last weekend of every month and are aiming for a mix of ethnic and specialty foods at each event. 9am-4pm.

Sunday, May 29th:
Kentucky Fried Woman's Unicorns and Rainbows: A Queer Cabaret Celebrating All Things Gay: Look at that title. I mean, how could you not? Featuring: Mulotta Tatas & Sugarbush Lane, GlitterAction, Lance Armstar & Penny Whistle, Charleston Chu & Clitorah Jones, Lotta Hollandaise, Phat Fly Girls, King McQueen and Jack Dup, with Billy "the Poof" Elliot as Stage Daddy & DJ dandy g as Sound Daddy. I don't know what any of that means, but $10, 7pm. 
Bench & Bar
510 17th St., Oakland
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Sunday, May 29th–Monday, May 30th:
San Ramon Art and Wind Festival: This event is near and dear to my heart because I grew up with it and have fond memories of my dad biking home drunk after spending too much time at the wine and beer tents. There will be kite shows, foodstuffs (local nonprofit groups), and a hot air balloon launch Monday at dawn, as well as lots of arts and crafty looking things. I honestly just used to go for the toe rings and jewelry, because I was a teenage girl the last time I went. As far as food goes, Id be good off sno-cones and cotton candy, but the San Ramon Rotary doing it right with margaritas/beer and wine, and another tent is getting fancy and selling peach cobbler with ice cream. Its like going to the Outpost for anyone who graduated from Cal High—you'll see everyone you went to school with, and your requisite catch-up conversations will only be made slightly less awkward by copious amounts of booze. 10am-5pm daily.
San Ramon Central Park, 12501 Alcosta Blvd.

SF Weekly has some suggestions for what you should drink this weekend if youre in the city. Sure, their list is based off their own 92 best food and drink items in SF, but I guess you should always staaaaand by your maaaaaan (or list). Plus, I have mad love for Russian Rivers Consecration Ale (on draft at the Trappist). This is also going to serve as my inspiration for an East Bay list, but I'm bout to get on up out this bitch to Portland, so look for it in early June.
driiiiiink meeeee, Seymour

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