Events

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

Leaf spirits from "Buried in the Body." Photo: Aidan Fraser
Leaf spirits from “Buried in the Body.” Photo: Aidan Fraser

BURIED IN THE BODY If you’re looking to sustain the spookiness after Halloween is over, head to Live Oak Park to catch the Ragged Wing Ensemble’s “Buried in the Body.” The original play and accompanying interactive installation explore the mysterious and otherworldly relationships between people (and spirits) in a park, where “nothing is as it seems to be.” The traveling, free show makes its final stop in Berkeley Oct. 31 to Nov. 2 at 8 p.m. 

macVEGAN MAC DOWN This ain’t your grandma’s mac & cheese bake-off — unless your grandma was vegan and grooved to DJ sets from DJ Miggy Stardust and Trails and Ways. The winners of the Vegan Mac Down at the Firehouse Art Collective will receive gift baskets and vegan cookbooks, plus “everlasting fame and glory.” The culinary contest takes place Saturday Nov. 2 at 3192 Adeline St. from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The $8 ticket gets you a taste test, a vote, and drinks to wash down the subpar entries.

Betsy Blakeslee. Photo: Freight & Salvage

INSTANT CHORUS There are parts for seasoned solo singers and aspiring back-up crooners alike in Betsy Blakeslee’s Instant Chorus. The experienced choir director teaches a capella arrangements of American songs to singers of all levels and ages in her popular recurring workshop. Register ahead of time or pay the $20 at the door for Blakeslee’s Saturday, Nov. 2, class at Freight & Salvage, 2020 Addison St.

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Violinist Dawn Harms. Photo: Berkeley Symphony

MEET THE SYMPHONY As part of its Family Concert series, the Berkeley Symphony is hosting a special meet-and-greet for its youngest audience members. Meet the Symphony is an interactive concert and hands-on history lesson led by conductor Ming Luke and violinist Dawn Harms. The free event ($10 suggested donation per adult) takes pace Saturday, Nov. 2, at Malcolm X Elementary at 1731 Prince St. Shows at 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

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Photo: REI

FIX A FLAT Is a flat tire preventing you from working off that Halloween candy? BYOB (Bring Your Own Bike) to REI’s Fix a Flat workshop on Sunday, Nov. 3. A certified technician will show you how to repair your tire and share general bike maintenance tips. There are only six spots, so register quickly. The $40 workshop ($20 for REI members) takes place at the Berkeley REI at 1338 San Pablo Ave.


Don’t miss these other events featured on Berkeleyside:
Big Screen Berkeley: Let the Fire Burn
Iva Bittová: Deep tales from behind the Iron Curtain
A glimpse of two days of the Uncharted festival
NDT: Supernova dance technique, dismaying choreography
Highlights and insights from inaugural Uncharted, Storified
The Moth: A storytelling phenomenon comes to Berkeley
Berkeleyside’s first Uncharted Ideas festival continues

Check out Berkeleyside’s event calendar for many more events, and make sure you post your community happenings there too.