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

A still from microbial and cell biologist Brian Farley's "Ghosts in the Machine" video, on view at Art in Science. Photo: UC Berkeley.

A still from microbial and cell biologist Brian Farley’s “Ghosts in the Machine” video, on view at Art in Science. Photo: UC Berkeley.

ART IN SCIENCE Right and left brains collide at the two-day Art [in] Science extravaganza. The event, presented by Science@Cal and the Energy Biosciences, explores the intersection of art and science, and how the two fields inspire one another. Mesmerizing multimedia images of scientific investigation will be on view, and the artists and scientists who created them will lecture on, and give live demonstrations of, their work. Stop by 2151 Berkeley Way from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 27 and Friday, Feb. 28, to view photos of volcanoes, clay sculptures of proteins, and videos of ciliate reproduction. The admission is free and the music is live.

skullBONE CLEANING We all have skeletons in the closet — and they’re probably gathering dust. Luckily, Bone Room owner Ron Cauble will teach a class on bone cleaning basics on Thursday, February 27 at 7 p.m. Even if you don’t have a skull you’re dying to place on the mantel, sign up for Cauble, the natural history buff and reptile fanatic, who undoubtedly has plenty of scaly stories to share. The class costs $10 and space is limited, so call (510) 526-5252 to reserve a spot. The Bone Room is located at 1569 Solano Ave.

albanyfilmfestALBANY FILMFEST You may recall seeing The Blue Umbrella, the Pixar short animation screened with Monsters University last summer, but you probably don’t know that it began with a simple cell phone video. At the Saturday March 1 Albany Filmfest, the Pixar team will show the short, and then reveal how they made it, sound editing, special effects, and all. The fourth annual festival is a day-long affair, with a thoughtfully curated lineup of quirky short films and a bounty of free popcorn. The children’s films begin at noon, Pixar presents at 1 p.m., and general films start at 2:15 p.m. The $5 tickets ($1 for kids and $8 for families) allow you to come and go as you please. The films are screened at the Albany Community Center at 1249 Marin Ave. (which we know isn’t in Berkeley, but hey, it’s close enough, right?)

Jon Stich's "Bring Honey"

Jon Stich’s “Bring Honey”

CIVIC CENTER ART EXHIBITION Each year a host of exciting Berkeley artists are selected to participate in the Civic Center Art Exhibition, a celebration of local creativity. This year, 28 artists will show their work on the 6th floor of the MLK Civic Center Building at 2180 Milvia Street. The art will be on display for a year, but the opening reception, featuring music refreshments, and opening remarks by Mayor Tom Bates, is this afternoon from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. After that, the exhibit will be open during regular building hours. The show is a collaboration between the City, Berkeley Art Center, and Kala Art Institute.

snake logoLEXICON OF SUSTAINABILITY The David Brower Center’s Grange Hall is ringing in the growing season with free farming fun for the family this Saturday, March 1. From 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. visitors can swap seeds, mill flour (on a bicycle mill!), and attend a slew of workshops on urban farming, meat curing, and the like. If the flour isn’t filling enough for lunch, there will also be a pizza truck on site. The event, part of the Lexicon of Sustainability exhibition at the David Brower Center in downtown Berkeley, is free. Tickets available at the door.

Don’t miss these other events recently featured on Berkeleyside:

Tango with a Z: Playing the seductive dance in Berkeley
Big Screen Berkeley: ‘Side Street,’ one nasty noir

The Oscars come to Berkeley at film foundation benefit

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

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