Picks of the Week: Finals pick-me-ups

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So, it’s final exam week. And you should study. You really should. But what if we told you not to study and to go to an arts event in the Bay instead? Whether you’re procrastinating for a final later in the week or celebrating the end of the semester, The Daily Californian’s arts & entertainment staff has you covered with the most exciting events in the Bay this finals week.

Tuesday, May 8 | Perfectly Queer San Francisco’s ‘Contrasts: Poetry & Prose’

Come one, come all to Dog Eared Books in the Castro District of San Francisco on Tuesday at 7 p.m. Poets Susan Dambroff and David Hathwell and novelists Anne Raeff and Rob Rosen will read from new works in an event that will highlight the stark differences in contrasts: the difference between left and right, happy and sad, poetry and prose. In line with Dog Eared Books’ emphasis on providing a platform for LGBTQ+ voices, the event promises to be “perfectly queer.”

Thursday, May 10 | Pop-Up Magazine at Paramount Theatre

With a lineup including actress Joy Bryant of “Good Girls Revolt” and “Parenthood,” writers Helen Rosner of the New Yorker, John Jeremiah Sullivan of the New York Times Magazine and Jenée Desmond-Harris of the New York Times, photographer Andres Gonzalez and documentary filmmaker Marcus Ubungen, there’s something for everyone at the self-professed “live magazine.” Print journalism isn’t dead — it’s simply taking on new forms. Come for the lineup, and stay for the documentary films, radio clips and live music.

Thursday, May 10 | Unknown Mortal Orchestra at Fox Theater

No longer unknown, Unknown Mortal Orchestra will save your mortal soul on the final night of finals week. Best known for its transcendent and ethereal “So Good At Being in Trouble,” the band is touring to promote its latest release, Sex & Food. Whether you’re a fan of sex, food or New Zealand-based, electronic indie rock, there’s something for everyone seeking to escape on Thursday night. Come for the lo-fi tunes, stay for a transportation into another world — one where the mournful lyrics match delightful techno beats, one where we’re “Not In Love We’re Just High.”

Friday, May 11 | Release of ‘Life of the Party’

Just in time for Mother’s Day, come watch Melissa McCarthy do what your mom wanted to do when you went off to college — come with you. This mother-daughter comedy is filled with college-centered gags and laughs, providing a perfect final hurrah for the semester. As the film’s tagline states, “Give life the old college try” — and try to destress as you near the end of finals week.

Saturday, May 12 and Sunday, May 13 | Blurry Vision music festival

Sure, Saturday may be commencement and Sunday may be Mother’s Day, but Blurry Vision at Middle Harbor Shoreline Park in Oakland will have SZA, Migos and BROCKHAMPTON — what’s more important here? Celebrate the triumphant end of your finals week — even if you bombed your chemistry final and turned your rhetoric paper in late, you survived, and we’re proud of you.

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