The It List: Five things to do in Berkeley this weekend

BREAK THAT PINATACelebrate Cinco de Mayo in Live Oak Park at 4 pm on Saturday May 5. Festivities include music, games, crafts, dancing and a piñata. The city of Berkeley will host a Cinco De Mayo festival Sunday May 6 from 1 to 3 pm at Remy’s restaurant 2506 Haste St. Alta Latin Jazz Band and Mariachi Nueva Luz de San Marcos will perform.

MAKE SOME MUSIC – Become a performer! Have you ever wanted to jump from your seat to join the musicians of Berkeley Symphony performing on stage? On Saturday at Malcolm X Elementary School you’ll have your chance! The Berkeley Symphony is hosting an open–call to the community to perform alongside musicians of Berkeley Symphony. Open to instrumentalists and singers alike.

WORDS WORDS WORDSThe 10th Annual Poetry Festival brings together dozens of poets and artists in a daylong celebration of the arts. Held at Berkeley City College at 2050 Center St., the festival this year will honor poet Clive Matson with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Art from the BCC Digital Arts Club will also be on sale. Noon to 4:30 pm.

NO QUACKING HERE –Berkeley Playhouse
bills its production of Lucky Duck as Hans Christian Andersen meets “American Idol.” What happens when the ugliest duck in the barnyard yearns to be a great singing diva in this ultra-modern adaptation of the classic tale. Through May 13 at the Julia Morgan Theater.

HOUSE TRIPPING – The Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association (BAHA) will hold its annual Spring House Tour and Garden Reception on Sunday, May 6, 2010, from 1 to 5 pm. This year’s tour focuses on the Garber Street Hill area. Tour goers will visit ten houses built between 1904 and 1927, among them wooden Craftsman-style houses, elegant Mediterranean houses, a grand and gracious half-timbered house, as well as an architect’s own home, designed by Henry H. Gutterson, Edward Seely, George T. Plowman & John Hudson Thomas, Williams & Wastell, Joseph Coward, F.E. Allen, and Louis Engler. Tour-day tickets can be purchased at the front entrance to Emerson Elementary School, 2800 Forest Avenue. Click here for more info.

To find out about more events in Berkeley and nearby, visit Berkeleyside’s Events Calendar. We also encourage you to submit your own events.

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  • If you have kids in preschool or elementary school, come join us at the Jefferson School Mayfair, this May 5th.

    Come have some fun and support the students at Jefferson Elementary School!

    This event should be super fun with something for everyone!

    When: Cinco de Mayfair is this Saturday- May 5th- 11 AM – 3 PM!
    Where: Jefferson Elementary School (Near Sacramento & Rose).

    Food! Raffle! Book sale!

    Entertainment- some great live music is in store for everyone!

    Plant Sale, Books, Cake Walk, Free Bike Repair Station, Zero Waste recycling and game, Leather hair accessories, Face Painting, Tattoos, Flamingo Ring Toss, Potato Sack Races,Giant Slide,Frog Launch, Fishing Booth, Lollipop Pull, Beans, Rice, Nachos, Tacos, Agua Frescas, Sausages, Ethiopian Coffee and more!

  • 5 things to do in Berkeley…

    1. Smoke dope
    2. Get laid
    3. Protest
    4. Get stabbed
    5. Get arrested

  • Charles_Siegel

    One important event you missed: the Connect The Dots bike ride against global warming on Saturday. There is a picture of us at the Berkeley Marina at

    This was one of hundreds of events that took place all over the world. You can see pictures at If you want to be informed about future events, enter your name and email at that web site.

  • serkes

    Love the idea of “The It List”

    Curious how the voting will go. Will it show the count of both positive and negative, or just the net figure.