- Buena Vista Social Club on your doorstep: Tito plays authentic El Son, and there are Cuban Salsa dance lessons before the performance. At Ashkenaz, doors open at 8 p.m. on Friday.
- Been training for a hackathon? Y Combinator expects 100 people this weekend in Soda Hall, for 18 hours of “hacking craziness”, from 6 p.m. on Friday to midnight on Saturday. You can join the coders, or just watch minds at work.
- Yes we can: Fourth annual Social Justice Symposium at the First Presbyterian Church includes speakers, workshops and a silent auction. From 9 a.m. on Saturday.
- Art and music, remembrance and healing: PFA theater shows moving documentary of Chile’s Villa Grimaldi interrogation center, and hosts concert by Quijeremá quintet. 5:30 p.m. on Sunday.
Hackathon photo by Batigolix from Flickr
Susan Helmrich has been a parent at Berkeley High for the last six years. As co-chair of the Development Group and a former member of the school site council, Helmrich is very familiar with the workings of the high school. Yet last night’s school board meeting left her – and many others – confused about which science lab proposal is on the table. The following is her report of the evening.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has ruled out a prisoner swap to free the three Berkeley hikers held in Iran. Two days ago, Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said the hikers could be freed if Iranian prisoners in the U.S. were also freed.
Berkeley donates more money via the Internet than any other city in California, according to a recent report. It also has the nation’s seventh highest donor rate per capita.
More than a dozen people spoke out Wednesday night against cutting science labs at Berkeley High School, but the school board took no action on the controversial proposal.