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Playtime picks

The Madcat Women’s International Film Festival

Sept. 6-29

Known for its cutting-edge work, Madcat presents nine programs of experimental and independent films and videos by women from around the globe.

Four Bay Area locations

Cost: $7

Contact: 415. 436.9523,

Son Con Son

The two leading Son Jarocho groups of Veracruz, Mexico, perform traditional music and dance alongside master percussionists of Cuban Son.

Location: 1428 Alice Street, Oakland

Sept. 14

Contact: Los Cenzontles 510.233.8015

“The House of Blue Leaves”

A comic and cautionary examination of how far people will go to find fame. Directed by Barbara Damashek.

Location: Berkeley Repertory Theatre, 2025 Addison Street


Cost: $10-$54

Contact: 510.647.2949

Balancing Act

An exhibit of gravity defying sculptures by Ann Weber

Through Oct. 10

Oakland Museum of California

Location: 555 Twelfth Street, Oakland

Cost: Free and open to the public

Contact: 510.238.6836