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Three Reasons to Cross the Bay Bridge

Tambores Julio Remelexo featuring Sotaque Baiano

Tambores Julio Remelexo featuring Sotaque Baiano

It's all about music, art, and water on the other side of the Bay Bridge this weekend, so don't waste another second trying to rationalize your way out of a good time. Stare into the screen without blinking: yes, you do have something to wear...yes, you want more than just another quiet night in with rented movies and greasy pizza....yes, everyone you ever liked or wanted to know will be in the East Bay. Stand up now and come hither!

Tambores Julio Remelexo featuring Sotaque Baiano Ever wanted to go to Brazil but didn't have the time or the money? You're not alone. But, you will be if you don't head to the Ivy Room in Albany this Saturday night. The Internationally acclaimed band, Tambores Julio Remelexo, is bringing Bahia, Brazil to the Bay with the best of Samba Reggae, Samba Funk, Afro Samba, Pagoda, traditional beats, and more. Special guests include musical flame, Sotaque Baiano. Simply put, it's a guaranteed good time.

Artists at Jack London Square for East Bay Open Studios Visual arts fanatics will lose their minds (in a good way) at Jack London Square as the ongoing exhibition hosted by Pro Arts East Bay Open Studios continues to showcase the works of 80 local and emerging artists in every genre imaginable. If you missed last weekend's extraordinaires, make your way down to the Pavilion (formerly Barnes & Noble Books) and Market Hall for a dose of tasteful creations.

Love Our Lake Day 2013 If you've never been to Lake Merritt, then you've never really experienced Oakland. One of the city's famous havens has always boasted exciting landmarks and activities, but this Sunday marks the day when the area's legendary sparkle is amplified. Come partake in the celebration of new additions, including the re-opened tidal channel, the beginnings of a new amphitheatre, and the grand opening of Lake Merritt Boulevard, formerly 12th street. No cars allowed from 11 am to 4 pm; pedestrians and bicyclists are welcome!