Find Your Tribe Just two weeks after People Eat'n Them Animals rocked the How Berkeley Can You Be? Parade, the city has returned to normal, and will host the Indigenous People's Day Powwow and Indian Market, a sort of anti-Columbus Day holiday that the city officially recognizes with intertribal and round dancing, a market of Native American food and arts, and a day of free parking. It begins at 10 a.m. at MLK Civic Center Park, Allston & MLK, Berkeley. Admission is free; call (510) 615-0603. The following day in San Francisco finds Immigrant Pride Day/Dia de la Raza/Indigenous Peoples' Day '98, evidently a celebration of those immigrants who settled into their new country quietly, rather than burning and/or pillaging. Highlights include a health fair, an international music stage, and speakers addressing political issues related to immigration. It begins at 10 a.m. Sunday along 24th Street between Mission and Bryant, and along Capp between 23rd and 26th streets, S.F. Admission is free; call 709-2783.
Have a Nosh Day Thanksgiving isn't the only harvest festival San Franciscans observe: The Jewish tradition includes Sukkot, Festival of the Booths, a celebration of food and arts held on the first Sunday of the weeklong Sukkot holiday (this year, coincidentally, it falls the day before Canada's Thanksgiving). Congregation Emanu-El is throwing its festival for the Jewish faithful as well as the community at large, and will be serving traditional treats like latkes and knishes, plus regional variations like gyros and falafel. Between feedings, festivalgoers are invited to peruse the Jewish book fair, the live music stage, and an exhibit of art inspired by biblical themes. It begins at 10 a.m. at Temple Emanu-El, on Arguello between Washington & Sacramento, S.F. Admission is free; call 346-4561. Meanwhile, the strains of Middle Eastern and klezmer music and the scent of Jewish dishes from every continent will be wafting through the air at the Jewish Food Festival, where food-themed films and demonstrations like "The Guiltless Kosher Cheesecake" vie for guests' attention. It begins at 11 a.m. at the Berkeley Richmond Jewish Community Center, 1414 Walnut (at Rose), Berkeley. Admission is free-$15; call (510) 848-0237.
Anti-Violent Femmes Octogenarian Hilda Roberts lived through the Spanish Civil War, and will tell the tale at Women in Black, a dance-theater piece and event commemorating the international anti-war protest Women in Black Against War. This movement began in Argentina in 1988 when a woman who had lost her husband and children to war dressed herself in mourning clothes and stood vigil in a town plaza, where other bereaved women gradually joined her. What began as Mothers of the Disappeared became the Women in Black and spread to 25 countries, including the U.S. Local participants in the movement (who stand vigil outside our Federal Building) will form a procession with cast members from the piece, followed by Roberts' address. The Thais Mazur Dance Project will perform the piece itself in the gardens, accompanied by viola player Katrina Wreede -- later this month, the Kitka Women's Vocal Ensemble will provide accompaniment. The event ends with a viewer-participant vigil, and begins at noon in the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Gardens, Mission & Third Street, S.F. Admission is free; call 978-ARTS. Later that evening, the center hosts a dance company from a region that knows war firsthand: Israel's Liat Dror & Nir Ben Gal Company, who stage the U.S. premiere of Anta Oumri, their dance-theater piece on variations in human relationships, set to the music of Egyptian singer Oum Kaltsoum. It begins at 7 p.m. in the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater. Admission is $13-17; call 978-ARTS.
Uber Munch Once upon a time, nearly 200 years ago, Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen celebrated their wedding vows with a rousing party, where lederhosen- and dirndl-clad guests fortified themselves with sausages and beer while the band played a round of polkas. Thus began Oktoberfest, a romantic autumnal tradition that remains pretty much intact, despite American permutations like carnies and Clydesdales. The Beach Chalet kicks off a weeklong Oktoberfest celebration with traditional eats, $2 pints of Ocean Beach Oktoberfest, and free samples of head brewer Scott Turnnidge's handcrafted ales. They'll also be throwing a fund-raiser for KQED, taking pledges and raffling tickets for a free keg of Oktoberfest Ale (winners can throw their own wedding anniversary party). A German oompah duo plays live; the yodeling and such-like begins at 6 p.m. at the Beach Chalet, 1000 Great Highway, S.F. Admission is free with meal/beverage; call 386-8439.
Old Dogs, New Tricks Punk's first wave had to grow up sometime, and Bob Mould is one of many cult heroes making that uncomfortable transition from angry youth to an uncertain middle age. Mould's reputation as one of rock's most sonic forces began nearly two decades back when HYsker DY blasted into our consciousness with furious, gorgeous, brooding songs played at top volume. It continued unabated through Mould's solo album Black Sheets of Rain and the power trio Sugar, whose guitar feedback left ears buzzing for days after the band hit town. Since Sugar's dissolution three years ago, Mould has been learning to play the cello and has experimented with hip hop on The Last Dog and Pony Show, the album he recorded with what he's described as the last electric band of his career, the Bob Mould Dog and Pony Band. Varnaline opens for 'em at 8 p.m. at the Fillmore, 1805 Geary (at Fillmore), S.F. Admission is $19.50; call 346-6000.