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Picks of the Week: From soccer style to Pride parades

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JUNE 18, 2018

Happy Monday, Berkeley.

Yesterday was Father’s Day — if it completely slipped your mind, read this article for ideas for last-minute gifts you can pull together and say were delayed in the mail. Or, if you didn’t celebrate this year but are still looking for your fill of dad jokes and loving advice, The Daily Clog is ready.

Once you’ve had your fill of Father’s Day-related articles, stay in bed for just a little while longer to read this article about Pride Month.

Speaking of Pride Month, why not continue the pride-filled festivities? At 6 p.m. today, head to the city. At the Williams-Sonoma on Post Street in San Francisco, there will be a first for the cooking store, known for its alluring displays of kitchen whisks and unnecessary vegetable cutters. Juanita MORE! and Sister Roma will be battling in a Drag Queen Cook-Off. In classic “Chopped” style, there will be three secret ingredients that the two cooks must use in their dishes, which will be judged by a panel including “Foodie Chap” Liam Mayclem and Melissa King from “Top Chef.”

Personally, I’d cap this night back on your couch, watching “Chopped” on your TV, maybe eating some ice cream from Smitten that you grabbed on your way home. If they still have it, the seasonal banana ice cream is to die for. Or, do some cooking of your own and make this granola butter ice cream that even Ted Allen would be impressed by.

Alternatively, head over to Brewcade for Smash Bros Mondays: Comedy, Booze, Casual Video Game Tournaments. “One part nerd, one part slurred” and brought to you by “Super Trashed Bros.,” the night merges comedy, video games and alcohol at the San Francisco bar. The entry is free.

But this is a 21-plus event, so if you aren’t able to attend but are now craving a competitive night of video games, here’s a similar, stay-in option: Make some refreshing iced tea lemonade (it’s cheaper than swinging by Starbucks) and invite your friends over.

Last week also kicked off the World Cup. I know I promised you arts events, not sports ones, but trust me: You’ll want to keep up with this one. After all, this is the event that brought us such classics as Shakira’s “Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)” (which is just as good in Spanish, if not better) and “We Are One (Ole Ola)” by Pitbull. This year’s official song stays trendy as ever, as Nicky Jam welcomes guest vocals from Will Smith and Era Istrefi on “Live It Up.” Even if you absolutely can’t stand the beautiful game, you can still listen to this electric bop to get in the World Cup mood.

And for all you fashion fans, the World Cup is also a perfect chance to admire (or make fun of) the flashy and frantically patterned uniforms. Print out a bracket like this one, and have the teams go head-to-head in a style battle. And when you get sick of staring at polyester jerseys, take a peek at The Daily Californian’s latest Fashion Friday video.

Or maybe you do like soccer. In that case, gather up a group and prepare for this week’s big games. Tuesday’s matchup between Russia and Egypt should prove to be interesting, as should Thursday’s game between Argentina and Croatia. Both these games start at 11 a.m., which will still allow you to get out and spend the rest of your day away from the TV. The weather looks like it’ll take a turn for the warmer near the end of the week — check out this list of outdoor summer activities that won’t cost you anything!

Between catching up on the World Cup and getting ready for festivities this weekend, you probably won’t have much more free time this week. That’s right — this weekend is San Francisco Pride, the United States’ largest gathering of LGBTQ+ community members and allies. The theme this year is “Generations of Strength.” I, for one, am planning on going, sporting rainbow ribbons in my pigtails, of course. So BART on over to enjoy the parade, events and general atmosphere — maybe I’ll see you there.

And, finally, as always, here is your arts article of the week: One of our music beats, Sannidhi Shukla, wrote about Danyel Smith’s talk on women in hip-hop at Oakland Museum of California.

Until next time.

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Olivia Jerram is the assistant arts & entertainment editor. Contact her at [email protected].

JUNE 20, 2018

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