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

URBAN JUNGLE  Going to The Edible School Yard’s annual plant sale is like making a visit to an outdoor Chez Panisse. Not only is Alice Waters occasionally in attendance, but the day is filled with a cornucopia of delights, from mouthwatering food, to exuberant kids, to gorgeous plants and locally made goods. There will be vegetables, berries, fruit trees, herbs, perennials, and annuals for sale. The celebration is from 9 am to 3 pm at King Middle School at 1781 Rose Street.

A CHORUS OF VOICES  With 3,200 students speaking dozens of languages and hailing from many different countries, Berkeley High is a melting pot of talent. Tonight, Friday May 11, that talent will be on display at the school’s Berkeley High’s Got Talent show. There will be singing, dancing, spoken word poetry, musical performances, student-produced films and more. The show is from 7 to 9 pm in the Little Theater on Allston Way.

MIXED UP  The Actors’ Ensemble of Berkeley is presenting A Hot Day in Ephesus, which is based on Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors. Two sets of twins are separated during a shipwreck and eventually end up in Ephesus where there are multiple instances of mistaken identity that lead to love, and laughter.  At Live Oak Theater. Click here for tickets.

LET YOUR IMAGINATION SOAR   Juliet Bell (who may or may not actually be Berkeley writer Sylvia Brownrigg) will read from her debut children’s novel at 4:00 pm Saturday at Mrs. Dalloway’s on College Avenue. Kepler’s Dream is about eleven-year-old Ella’s summer with her eccentric grandmother, her 100 peacocks, and what she learns through tracking down a stolen book. You can also hear Bell on West Coast Live on 91.7 FM at 10:00 am that day. The host, Sedge Thomson, may or may not be the husband of the aforementioned Brownrigg.

TAKE CARE OF YOUR MOMMA  Still haven’t figured out what to do for Mother’s Day? Well, eating out is a good option and numerous Berkeley restaurants are offering jazzy menus. Origen on Telegraph will be serving its first ever brunch from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.  Gather will be serving a special brunch and dinner, and Joshu-ya Brasserie is even throwing in a free desert for Ma. Revival has a special menu, too. Food not your thing? Kathy Kallick will headline Freight & Salvage’s 20-year old Mother’s Day afternoon concert. The Berkeley Community Chorus & Orchestra will hold a Mother’s Day concert featuring Requiem Mass, Op. 89 by Antonin Dvorak, which is rarely performed outside the Czech Republic. It starts at 4:30 pm at St. Joseph the Worker Church at 1640 Addison St. Your mother will thank you.

To find out about more events in Berkeley and nearby, visit Berkeleyside’s Events Calendar. And go ahead and submit your own events. 

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  • http://www.kimskitchensink.com Kim’s Kitchen Sink

    Thanks for this! I’m planning to hit up @berkeleyhort:twitter for plants (starting my veggie garden this weekend), but now I’m also going to stop by the Edible Schoolyard sale!