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Events for the 5 Senses: FREE starting tonight!!!

Wondering what to do for fun this week?  Feeling a little dead inside?  Wake yourself up with an event for each of the 5 senses.  This week’s events all FREE!

Don't be a Damsel in Distress

TOUCH: Missing Link Bicycle Cooperative in Berkeley offers FREE bike repair classes.  This is advantageous because you don’t want to be one of those idiot damsels in distress walking her bike home in the rain and then not riding it for months because you don’t know how to fix a flat tire.  Trust me, I know'”I was that damsel.  Tonight you can get your hands dirty and learn how to avoid that fate.  Check their calendar, because they have an assortment of FREE classes all the time, and their bike repairmen have been working on bikes for a collective total 270.75 years (their words!).

Flat Tire Repair Class
Tuesday, October 27th 7:30pm
Missing Link Bike Co-op
1988 Shattuck Ave. [Downtown Berkeley]
FREE

TASTE: Ever thought of being a food critic?  If so, you should go to this event.  William Grimes, esteemed restaurant reviewer for the New York Times and the author of Appetite City: A Culinary History of New York is making an appearance at Omnivore Books. Tom Colicchio (that dude who hosts Bravo’s Top Chef) says, 'œElegantly written and meticulously researched, Appetite City is a must-read for anyone who thinks they already know everything there is to know about the New York restaurant world.'  Take that, New York food snobs.

William Grimes, author of Appetite City
Wednesday, October 28th 6-7 pm
Omnivore Books on Food
3885a Cesar Chavez St. [the Mission]
FREE

Rupa and the April Fishes

HEAR: Open your ears on Wednesday night.  Rupa and the April Fishes are playing a FREE in-store show at the San Francisco Amoeba.  This San Francisco band is a super awesome well-kept secret.  I don’t even know how to classify their genre-crossing style.  The singers sing in English, French, and Spanish, there are horns, castanets, accordion, and a unique circusy sound.  You should definitely hear them.

Rupa and the April Fishes
Wednesday, October 28th 6pm
Amoeba Music

1855 Haight St.

SEE: Design Within Reach, a store on Fourth Street in Berkeley, is having an advance screening a cool film for FREE.  'œNarrated by Dustin Hoffman, the new documentary Visual Acoustics celebrates the life and career of photographer Julius Shulman, whose striking images brought modern architecture to the American mainstream. Shulman, who passed away this year, captured the work of nearly every major modern and progressive architect since the 1930s.  An engaging testament to the evolution of modern architecture and a joyful portrait of the magnetic gentleman who chronicled it in photos.'

FREE Movie Night: Visual Acoustics Advance Screening
Thursday, October 29, 6:30pm doors, 7pm screening
Design Within Reach
1770 Fourth Street [West Berkeley]
FREE

Dia de los Muertos

SMELL: We received a tip from a Broke Ass Stuart reader about an event this weekend.  Autobody Fine Art Gallery in Alameda is having a Day of the Dead exhibition and festival, and apparently it’s gonna smell like the dead!  Just kidding, but they did mention smell.  La Isla De Los Muertos, 'œa festival full of sights, sounds and SMELLS of this beautifully sacred holiday,' will feature Mexican arts, crafts and food and a special performance at 8pm by Orgullo Mexicana, an all female mariachi group (and who doesn’t love femmy mariachi bands?).

La Isla De Los Muertos Day of the Dead Exhibition and Festival
Autobody Fine Art Gallery
Saturday, October 31st 12pm-10pm
1517 Park Street'¨[Alameda]
FREE

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