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Three Reasons to Cross the Bay Bridge

Bones Brigade

A young Tony Hawk, as seen in Bones Brigade

San Francisco is known around the world as a hub for arts and culture. The East Bay is ... not. But this side of the bridge rocks its own soulful, underground art scene, as evidenced by our three favorite reasons to cross the Bay Bridge this weekend:

Oakland Underground Film Festival - The annual Oakland Underground Film Festival is back with four days of fantastic outsider cinema. The festival opened Thursday with Bones Brigade, Stacy Peralta's much-anticipated follow up to Dogtown and Z Boys. Saturday and Sunday include multiple screenings of the festival's shorts selections, plus the premiere of stoner comedy Smoked, and a fantastic party Saturday night featuring erotic short films, stand-up comedy, burlesque and beat-boxing.

Soul Is the Key - Sundays in the Redwoods, an annual outdoor concert series in the lovely outdoor Westminster Theater at Oakland's Joaquin Miller Park, kicked off earlier this month. This weekend brings Marsha Ambrosius–BET's best female R&B artist–to the theater, along with Martin Luther and Linda Tillery for the Soul Is the Key concert. Tickets are $10 and guests are allowed (even encouraged) to bring a picnic to enjoy amongst the redwoods.

Fall Free For All - UC Berkeley's super-cool annual open house features free performances on Sunday throughout campus--everywhere from laid back Sproul Plaza in the middle of campus to the more formal Zellerbach Hall. Meant to be a preview of the Cal Performances lineup for the year, the Free For All includes a variety of entertainment types, with Kronos Quartet, Lily Cai Dance Company, Daniel Barash's shadow puppets, and San Francisco Taiko all making appearances.