Oakland weekend: Women in music festival, Caetano Veloso, a play about climate change, and more

With rain in the forecast for the weekend, we've got five event picks that will help you have fun while staying dry. Check out legendary musicians Caetano Veloso and Anvil, rock out with women and nonbinary people at a music-themed conference, or take in a fascinating play themed around inequality and climate change. 

Caetano Veloso & Sons at Paramount Theater

Photo: Caetano Veloso/Facebook

Legendary Brazilian singer and guitarist Caetano Veloso will perform alongside his sons on Friday night at the Paramount Theater. One of the creators of the tropicália genre, which merged Brazilian and African rhythms with pop-rock, Veloso has won two Grammys and nine Latin Grammys. He's also a political activist, having been exiled from his homeland in the '60s and '70s for his art. 

When: Friday, April 5, 8 - 11 p.m.

Where: Paramount Theater, 2025 Broadway

Price: $50 - 115

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Women Sound Off Festival

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Formerly known as the "Women in Music" festival, this weekend brings female and nonbinary creatives and entrepreneurs together to discuss life in the music industry, career growth, wellness, diversity and other important topics. The weekend also includes events like a "girlboss" brunch, a festival of female vendors, and a concert featuring artists like Mereba, Jean Deaux, Lil Kayla and more. 

When: Friday - Sunday, April 5 - 7, times vary

Where: Downtown Oakland, various locations

Price: $225-350 (weekend pass)

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"Time Sensitive" 

Photo: The Flight Deck/Facebook

This original play by Amy Sass and the Ragged Wing Ensemble integrates themes of climate change, income inequality and embracing the present moment. Accented by the real-life visual of melting ice, it follows the residents of a futuristic city, from a woman trying to speed up a pregnancy to a "clockwork kid" with magical powers. 

When: Saturday, April 6, 8 p.m.

Where: The Flight Deck, 1540 Broadway

Price: $25 - 45

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Spontaneous Storytelling at The Layover

Photo: The Layover Music Bar & Lounge/Facebook

Ever wanted to try out public storytelling, but afraid of getting on stage? "Spontaneous Storytelling" aims to release the pressure around storytelling, encouraging attendees to tell a true story, hear other people's true stories, and mingle. The event starts with a "get-to-know-you" icebreaker, followed by a choice of theme and a random selection of attendees to tell a relevant true story from their lives. 

When: Saturday, April 6, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Where: The Layover Music Bar & Lounge, 1517 Franklin St

Price: Free, 21+ only

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Anvil at Oakland Metro Operahouse

Photo: Anvil/Facebook

Formed in 1978, influential Canadian metal band Anvil has released 17 albums (including their latest, "Give It Up.") The group, which has influenced notable heavy metal groups like Metallica, is famed in the metal scene for their commitment to touring and releasing music, even after their '80s fame dissipated in the '90s. Their latest album is called "Give It Up."

When: Sunday, April 7, 6 - 11 p.m.

Where: Oakland Metro Operahouse, 522 2nd St

Price: $15 - 20

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