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

WEAVE IT TOGETHER  Master Weaver Judith Thomas will teach students how to source materials and craft a pine needle basket at a workshop Saturday Sept. 1 at the UC Botanical Gardens. Weaver will show class participants how to work with pine needles to create a coiled basket, using a needle and waxed linen to bind the bundles of needles together. The workshop runs from 9:30 to 2:30 pm and costs $50.

NOTABLE BERKELEYANS  What does Wavy Gravy have in common with Whoopi Goldberg and Jack London? They all lived in Berkeley at one point, of course. The Berkeley Public Library has put together an exhibit, Notable Berkeleyans, featuring details on 50 interesting people whose lives have brought then to live, visit, or study in the city. The exhibit is presented in the large glass display cases on the Central Library’s second floor and in cases right near the old Kittredge Avenue entrance. The library is open Saturday, 10 a.m. until 6 p.m., and Sunday from 1 p.m. till 5 p.m.

BRAZILIAN STREET PARTY  BrasArte, which was established in 2000 to promote cultural exchanges and to preserve the traditional dances of Brazil, is throwing its annual street party on Sunday, Sept. 2 to celebrate the anniversary of Brazilian Independence. There will be live music, dancing, capoeira demonstrations, Brazilian food, arts and crafts, even an appearance by the 2012 Carnaval Queen Ashlee & King Roberto. Wearing traditional white is strongly encouraged. The street fair goes from 11 am to 5 pm at Casa de Cultura, 1901 San Pablo Avenue at Hearst. The party will be followed by an 8 pm concert by the California Brazil Camp All Star Band. Tickets for the performance are $10.

MOVIES UNDERGROUND  The Berkeley Underground Film Society is a club for people besotted with all things celluloid, especially when they appear in 8mm, Super 8, and 16mm prints. For almost two years the group has been airing rare, obscure, and unusual films on Sunday evenings at The Tannery on Gilman Street. To kick off September, the society is showing that Marlene Dietrich tour de force, The Blue Angel, made in 1930. Other upcoming films include The Last Picture Show, Sixteen Candles, and From Here to Eternity. The fun begins Sunday Sept. 2 at 7 pm at 708 Gilman Street.

DANCING THE BLOCK  Most of the year Blake Street in south Berkeley is just an ordinary, tree-lined street. But on Monday, Sept. 3 it will come alive for the 4th Annual Blake Street Salsa Block Party. Put your dancing shoes on, listen to the music of Rumbache, DJ Antonio, and DJ Son of Son and join hundreds swinging in the street. The dance-a-thon, organized by Agustin Luna, runs from 2 to 6 pm on Blake Street between Ellsworth and Fulton.

Don’t forget these other weekend events, previously on Berkeleyside:

Getting around with Cylinder and Lisa Mezzacappa
Barry McGee’s Urban Art takes over Berkeley Art Museum
Review: The Expendables 2, Red Hook Summer

Also, check out the newly launched Berkeleyside Radio, which presents music from many bands that will be playing around town in the next two weeks. You can stream it, too. Produced by Deli Radio.

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