The Dude Abides for Chocolate, Peace and Sarah Silverman - The Weekend Hitlist

ABIDE_Poster.jpgThis weekend promises to be full of festivities and fun. However, one festival trumps all others: Lebowski Fest. Hopefully you already purchased tickets to the concert and movie screening at the Mezzanine, if not, unfortunately it's already sold out. If you already have them, enjoy the Extra Action Marching Band, a punk band with 25+ members and cheerleaders. Saturday night will be spent bowling at the Classic Bowling Center with them man who inspired the dude himself -- Jeff "the Dude" Dowd. An event not to be missed.

If you couldn't get tickets for the event at the Mezzanine and you actually like Nine Inch Nails head to the Oracle in Oakland to see them play. Tickets are $40 to $55 a pop before all those shitty TicketMaster fees. I guess maybe it's worth it to hear that REALLY GOOD "I Wanna Fuck You Like An Animal" song again. Lookin' to be a little less metal and a little more high and bro-ed out? Dave Matthews will be in Berkeley all weekend! Though, if you don't have your tickets yet you better head to Berkeley and start scalping outside the Greek.

In addition to Dave Matthews and Lebowski, this weekend is filled with chocolate as Ghirardelli Square hosts the Chocolate Festival. "Be decadent in your own sweet way at the 13th Annual Ghirardelli Square Chocolate Festival, a benefit for Project Open Hand. Indulge in chocolate treats, sip at the Wine & Chocolate Bar, and enjoy Chef Demonstrations and other family activities. This event is free and open to the public. Purchase tickets to participate in tastings." If you missed out on the Dave tickets but still need an excellent forum for pot smoking and peace preaching, you're in luck. Saturday afternoon in Golden Gate park is the FREE Power to the Peaceful Festival. Artists include Michael Franti and Spearhead (duh), Ziggy Marley and more. Go hear some free music and support non-profits. Also, don't forget your non-perishable foods. "The Conscious Alliance is proud to announce our annual food drive to benefit the San Francisco Food Bank. All patrons that donate 10 non-perishable food items will receive a free limited-edition poster from San Francisco artist, Carey Thompson."

Sunday night head to the Nob Hill Masonic Center for some laughs with Sarah Silverman. Tickets are between $45 and $75 and the show starts at 7:30. Or you could trek to the Bottom of the Hill for a great show with Bodies of Water, Throw Me the Statue and Pale Horse. See you there!

The dude abides. --Melissa Baron

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