WAKE THE DEAD Here’s a believable claim: Wake the Dead is the “World’s Only Celtic All-Star Grateful Dead Jam Band.” Has the world been thirsting for a Celtic Grateful Dead Jam Band? Well, Wake the Dead have been performing since 2000. Odds are that the Venn diagram of East Bay deadheads has a worthwhile intersection with Celtic music fans. You can find out if you’re alone on Saturday night at the Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse. The Freight says Wake the Dead has been on “a 16-year romp that has seen the band’s fan base spread as far as Canada and Colorado and their repertoire blossom beyond the Dead canon to encompass a whole, delightfully Celtic Summer of Love.” Saturday, Oct. 29, 8 p.m., Freight & Salvage, 2020 Addison St.
GIFCOLLIDER AT BAMPFA Ever wonder what happened to all the gif animations that sparkled in the dawn of the internet? According to artists Greg Niemeyer and Olya Dubatova, they have become part of the digital subconscious, and BAMPFA is presenting what that might look like in an exhibit called gifCollider (get a taste in the video, above). For three days, from Wednesday Oct. 26 to Friday Oct. 28, and from dawn to dusk, BAMPFA invites you to ponder these questions as thousands of gif animations will emerge and collide on the public outdoor screen in a ballet of memory and erasure. Call it an “outstallation.” It’s free for the walking at the intersection of Addison and Oxford in Berkeley. There will be a special reception tonight from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. The gifs will be presented in several chapters, playing for 30 minutes on every hour. Niemeyer studied both archive.org’s collections of gif animations and film archives from the 1950s. He noticed how the film archives, which include ads, educational films and propaganda show a heavy gender and race bias. In comparison, the gif animations reflect less gender and race bias, but with more historical distance. More information. Visit BAMPFA.
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