Picks of the week: Concerts, open mic, shark-themed festival make waves in Bay Area

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It’s hard to find a unifying thread in this week’s Bay Area highlights — though two concerts at the Fox Theater in Oakland crack the list, they are about as sonically disparate as they could be. The other events — an open mic, a film screening and a shark festival — also occupy completely different artistic spaces.

If anything, take this as good news — there’s something for everyone this week, and if you’re in the mood to sample more than one event, there’s a virtual guarantee that you’ll never get bored.

Tuesday, Sept. 26 | Oakland’s Trans + Queer Open Mic

SPECTRUM Queer Media, an international advocacy group based in Oakland, California, is hosting a Trans + Queer Open Mic at Perch near Lake Merritt in Oakland on Tuesday, Sept. 26. The organization’s goal is to provide visibility and authentic representation for marginalized “Trans, Queer, Bisexual, Lesbian, Gay, Intersexed, Gender Non-Conforming and 2-Spirit people,” according to its Facebook page. The open mic is a weekly event that was founded by SPECTRUM in 2013 to provide a safe space for healing and self-care. The event is free, and SPECTRUM will be accepting donations on a volunteer basis. Doors open and sign-ups begin at 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 27 | Mura Masa at Fox Theater

DJ and music producer Mura Masa will be performing at the Fox Theater in Oakland this Wednesday, Sept. 27. Mura Masa has exploded in popularity in 2017 — his song “Love$ick” has more than one hundred million Spotify plays, and he’s currently nominated for New Artist of the Year by the Electronic Music Awards. The set, which starts at 8 p.m., is part of a promotional tour for his debut self-titled album, which features A$AP Rocky, Charli XCX, Desiigner and other artists. The show will be a high-energy combination of electronic pop and trap you won’t want to miss.

Thursday, Sept. 28 | “The Wave” Film Screening

In this wacky political climate, it can be hard to keep up with everything that’s happening around the world. In light of Germany’s upcoming election, the Goethe-Institut San Francisco will be showing Dennis Gansel’s 2008 film “The Wave” on Thursday as part of its “Democracy: Films about Politics” series on the ties between politics and culture. For a suggested donation of $5, moviegoers will be able to explore the forces that can push ordinary people into totalitarianism, as seen through Gansel’s German-language interpretation of the Third Wave social experiment that took place in nearby Palo Alto, California.

Saturday, Sept. 30 | Sharktoberfest at the Sanctuary

Spanning from the 30th of September all through the month of October, Sharktoberfest covers a myriad of marine-focused festivities. A philanthropic thread connects the entire month-long program, hosted by Shark Stewards — a nonprofit that focuses on restoring the health of the ocean by saving sharks from the fin trade, habitat destruction and overfishing — as well as the Greater Farallones Association. With events taking place throughout the month in a variety of locations ranging from Golden Gate Park in east San Francisco to San Francisco’s Maritime National Historical Park, the festival gives equal opportunity to explore the city and learn about the majestic, 400-million-year-old sea species. From shark science to shark films to shark-themed cocktails, there’s something for every age and interest at the festival.

Saturday, Sept. 30 | Bleachers at Fox Theater  

Bleachers, a pop group fronted by Jack Antonoff (the prodigious pop-writer and guitarist of fun.), will be coming to the Fox Theater in Oakland on Saturday, Sept. 30. It’s sure to be an energy-filled and fun show, and Antonoff has spoken to his love for the Bay Area as well. The band is most well known for its hit single “I Wanna Get Better,” along with the more recent releases “Everybody Lost Somebody” and “Don’t Take The Money.” But unlike the glossy, radio-friendly pop songs the band writes, its live show is worthy of the most intense indie rock auspices, and Antonoff has all the exuberant energy one could hope for in a frontman.

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