.Hit List: Best Music, Art & Culture May 31-Jun 6

This week’s Hit List was going to feature Sacramento rapper Mozzy—and it still will! But be aware. His previously scheduled show at BackBar SoFa has been canceled. Possibly because E Mozzy—one of the emcees in Mozzy’s squad—started catching attention for all the wrong reasons. In an Instagram live video, E Mozzy dissed The Bay. The digital clap back was instantaneous and fierce, with plenty of users threatening violence.
It’s too bad. Mozzy is one of the region’s hottest up-and-comers right now. The Sacramento native’s gravelly vocals and grimy street rap aesthetic have won him accolades from The Fader, Noisey and other national outlets. Get the whole scoop on TZLR news:

Mozzy has since stepped in an attempt to diffuse the situation. Good on him. Like Yukmouth says in the above video, the Northern California rap scene is having a moment right now and everyone needs to stick together.
Subvice 2
Wed, 8pm, Free
The Ritz, San Jose
It’s about to be lit at the Ritz, as Round 2 of “Subvice” drops some seriously heavy bass on downtown San Jose. The diverse lineup promises a wide array of four-on-the-floor beats—including French, minimal, acid, ghetto and tech—and comes courtesy of the Bay Area-based house music collective Sinewave Syndicate. Producer and “heavy petting advocate” Make Out Point laces fast-paced, funky beats with erotic vocals designed to keep dancers craving more. The function continues with Jellyy Bearrr spinning up low, spacey interludes, Dymonds’ rap-infused house remixes and JustJovani’s infectious and vibrant acid trap. All local, all slaps. (CM)

Super Smash Bros. 4 Tournament
Thu, 5pm, $8
AFKgg Gamer Lounge, San Jose
Grab that controller and head over to AFKgg for the next installment in their series of bi-weekly Super Smash Bros. tournaments. They’ll be holding both singles and doubles, so it doesn’t matter if you have a friend or you just like spiking fools by your lonesome. The lounge bar serves booze, but those under 21 don’t need to worry, as the tourney is for all ages. At stake are bragging rights and the pot created after everyone has signed up for both tournaments. Let’s be honest, though, the biggest draw to events like this is the opportunity to sharpen those skills against new opponents. Just keep in mind, “No Johns.” (YK)
System Overlord
Fri, 7pm, Free
Works/San Jose, San Jose
Graphic design is more than just branded company logos and banners. It’s an art form. Curated by Andy Tran, a Bay Area designer, this exhibition unites the works of graphic artists creating new media using different manipulations of color, space and content in visual artwork. The exhibition will display the work of five designers exploring the depth of the human experience through graphic arts: Jimbo Barbu, Thomas Blankschøn, IsoPoly, Mars Maiers, Network Osaka, and Tran. Featured artwork will highlight the specialties and techniques of designers in their optical depictions of human life and emotions. The gallery exhibition will run through Jun 18. (CI)
Jamila Woods
Fri, 10pm, $20
Bing Concert Hall, Stanford
R&B singer and songwriter Jamila Woods couches her defiant and uplifting lyrics in soothing, sweet melodies—delivering them in a soft, yet resolute tone. The Chicago-based musician’s solo debut, HEAVN, features a potent collection of soul-nourishing tracks, which stand as both intimate expressions of her own personal experiences, as well as anthemic calls to an entire generation struggling against racism and patriarchy. “It is our duty to fight, to fight for our freedom” shouts a chorus of children at the intro of “Blk Girl Soldier.” It is a particularly powerful tune that confronts bitter truths with beautiful music. (CM)

Urban Rooms Dedication
Fri, 5:30pm, Free
Parque De Los Pobladores, San Jose
Walking through Parque de los Pobladores at the southern tip of the SoFA District, one wonders: what the hell are those four geometric structures, standing on stilts? The colorful chain-link-fence boxes are “Urban Rooms”—artist Teddy Cruz’s latest innovation, designed to provide artists with a space to show their work and redefine the park as a “dynamic platform for cultural and economic production.” The city will kick off the opening of the new public artwork during this week’s South First Friday and SubZERO Fest with a dedication by Mayor Sam Liccardo and Vice Mayor Magdalena Carrasco, and music by Sonido Clash. (CM)
Sunnyvale Art & Wine Festival
Sat, 10am, Free
Downtown Sunnyvale, Sunnyvale
Indulge in the perfect summer day at one of the largest festivals in the Bay Area. For 43 years, this art and wine extravaganza has brought thousands to Sunnyvale’s Historic Murphy Avenue for a weekend of great drinks, food and music. It’s a celebration for all ages—replete with margaritas, carnival rides and live performances. Feeling nostalgic for the musical glory of the ’60s and ’70s? Strawberry Souls and LYIN’ I’S will be there playing a tribute to hit songs by the Beatles and the Eagles. (CM)
Dead & Co.
Sat, 7pm, $40+
Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View
Unlike the many thousands of Gen X-ers who were indoctrinated into the cult of the Jerry by their blissed-out parents, John Mayer stumbled upon The Grateful Dead late in life. The story goes like this: In 2011, Mayer came across the Dead on Spotify. It changed his life, man. … Several years later, in 2015, he struck up a relationship with Bob Weir after trading licks with the founding Dead guitarist on late night TV. The pair ultimately recruited two more original members—Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann—as well as virtuosic veteran players Oteil Burbridge (bass) and Jeff Chimenti (keys). Jam on. (NV)
Cabaret
Tues, 7:30pm, $43+
San Jose Center for the Performing Arts, San Jose
When it feels like the end of the world, what better way to remind ourselves of life’s beauty than to experience the legendary 1966 musical Cabaret in all its glittery glory? Set in Berlin during Hitler’s rise to power, Cabaret is a meditation on the power of song and dance to uplift. Presented by Broadway San Jose, this critically acclaimed rendition by the Roundabout Theatre Company celebrates the 50th anniversary of this Tony Award-winning musical. The production features some of the most memorable songs in theater history, including “Cabaret,” “Willkommen” and “Maybe this Time.” Cabaret runs until June 11. (CM)

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