As March comes to an end, Oakland is full of events to attend. Whether you're interested in classic Italian commedia dell'arte or modern Indian pop music, there's a performance for you — not to mention comedians cosplaying their acts as favorite characters, and a talk by an acclaimed local artist. Here's the full weekend lineup.
The Servant of Two Masters
The teenage thespians of the College Preparatory School are going old-school for their spring play this year with a classic work of Italian commedia dell'arte, written in 1746 and translated to English. Carlo Goldoni's "The Servant of Two Masters" follows a woman who disguises herself as her late brother in order to avenge his death, and the perpetually hungry servant who ends up working for both her and her enemy to get some extra food — only to be hilariously caught between both sides.
When: Friday, March 29, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, March 30, 2 p.m.
Where: The College Preparatory School, 6100 Broadway
Lovers of comedy and characters should head to the Museum of Art and Digital Entertainment's Cosplay Comedy night, featuring comedians dressed — and telling jokes — in character. The lineup includes Austin Carr as Jon Snow of "Game of Thrones," Sureni Weerasekera as Raven-Symone from "That's So Raven," and Jonah Pollack as Captain America, as well as a live musical performance from Lex the Lexicon Artist.
When: Saturday, March 30, 7-8:30 p.m.
Where: The Museum of Art and Digital Entertainment, 3400 Broadway
Sonu Nigam and Neha Kakkar at Oracle Arena
Famed Indian singers Sonu Nigam and Neha Kakkar will roll into Oracle Arena for their joint "Klose To My Life" tour. Both singers are superstars in their homeland: Nigam is known for his Indian pop albums and has acted in a number of films, while fellow pop star Kakkar has appeared on Indian Idol as both a contestant and a judge.
When: Saturday, March 30, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Oracle Arena, 7000 Coliseum Way
A Conversation with Artist Mildred Howard
Bay Area native Mildred Howard, who's internationally renowned for her sculptures and mixed-media pieces, recently debuted a new installation at the Oakland Museum of California, "TAP: Investigation of Memory." The dance-themed exhibition explores concepts of identity, church culture, gentrification and activism, which Howard will discuss in person at a Sunday artist talk moderated by curator Carin Adams.
When: Sunday, March 31, 2-3:30 p.m.
Where: Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak St.
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