Picks of the week: Top concert, screening, event highlights from this week in Bay Area

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Friday the 13th may be approaching, but you’ve got nothing to be afraid of. Your week isn’t in any kind of jeopardy; in fact, it’s set to be another thrilling week, filled with film screenings, concerts and even a poetry slam.  

Thursday, Oct. 12 | The Oakland Poetry Slam & Wide Open Mic Featuring Team Oakland’s IAmJones

Have something to rant about? Want to hear people sing, dance, read poetry and rant?  Awaken Cafe in Downtown Oakland is hosting the Oakland Poetry Slam & Wide Open Mic this Thursday. The event, which functions as a qualifier for the National Poetry Slam in 2018, is a great opportunity to support local Oakland artists while also hearing some amazing slam poetry and original music. The slam this week is featuring local Oakland musician and writer IAmJones, whose electronic and hip-hop beats have espoused a large local following. The event begins at 8:30 p.m. and tickets are $10 at the door.

Friday, Oct. 13 |  ‘I Am Not Your Negro’ screening at BAMPFA

The “Reflection and Resistance: James Baldwin and Cinema” series at the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive will feature a screening of “I Am Not Your Negro” this Friday. The documentary is based on James Baldwin’s unfinished memoir “Remember This House,” which, coupled with personal narrative, traces the history of racism in the United States through the impact of civil rights leaders. Narrated by Samuel L. Jackson, “I Am Not Your Negro” was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature and is a powerful testament to the incredible impact that Baldwin’s voice can have upon a reader or filmgoer. Tickets to the 4 p.m. screening can be purchased here.

Friday, Oct. 13 | Opening Night of 21st Annual Arab Film Festival

From Oct. 13-22, the San Francisco Bay Area will play host to the 21st iteration of the Arab Film Festival, which, according to its website aims “to enhance understanding of Arab culture and provide alternative representations of Arabs that contradict stereotypes frequently encountered in the American mass media while fostering a space for independent Arab filmmakers to screen their work for the public.” The opening night includes a showing for the film “Solitaire” at 7:30 p.m in the Castro Theater as well as an after-party at the Mercer with music and dancing. Tickets for individual screenings can be ordered at the festival’s website.

Saturday, Oct. 14 | The National at the Hearst Greek Theatre

Composed of double sets of brothers Aaron and Bryce Dessner and Scott and Bryan Devendorf — with Matt Berninger on vocals — The National is visiting the Hearst Greek Theatre on its tour in support of its richly textured new album Sleep Well Beast. As a contender for one of the best albums this year, it’s easily worth it to see the band — known for impassioned performances — perform it live. Can’t make it Saturday? The band is also performing a Sunday afternoon matinee, and the best part is that kids under 10 get in free! Tickets for the show are available on Ticketmaster.

Sunday, Oct. 15 | Ariel Pink at The Chapel

Often heralded “the most hated man in indie-rock” for his off-color comments, Ariel Pink has also consistently mined a sonic space of lo-fi pop deconstruction that continues to earn praise. His latest album, Dedicated to Bobby Jameson, takes inspiration from the public figure who was hyped into prominence in the late ‘60s before descending into obscurity and drug use. Long thought dead, he resurfaced via a series of YouTube videos in the 2000s. The album is Pink’s most insular to date, and the mysterious air surrounding him leaves an open invitation to see him in person and scratch that itch of curiosity. His project, also named Ariel Pink, will be performing for four nights at The Chapel.

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