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

The artists of The Possible gather on the central rug. The exhibit's closing ceremony is this Sunday. Photo: Fritz Haeg
The artists of ‘The Possible’ gather on the central rug. The exhibition’s closing ceremony is this Sunday. Photo: Fritz Haeg

THE POSSIBLE CLOSING CEREMONY The closing ceremony for ‘The Possible,’ an exhibition at the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, will begin this Friday, May 23, at 7:30 p.m. ‘The Possible’ re-imagines the museum as the locus of an ever-evolving artistic projects that connects the artists with the community. This final celebration of creative spirit will draw together artists from around the Bay Area. There will be music, dancing, and ceremonies honoring those who made the whole exhibition, well, possible. Tickets are $7. It should be noted that there will also be a free garden bazaar on Sunday, May 25, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., where the gallery will be ceremonially emptied. Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, 2626 Bancroft Way. (Read our review of ‘The Possible.’)

All About Butterflies Lawrence Hall

ALL ABOUT BUTTERFLIES All through Memorial Day weekend, the Lawrence Hall of Science will be putting on a special exhibit, ‘All About Butterflies.’ The event runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on May 23, 24, and 25. Activities include a new film about butterflies, a bug hunt, and the chance to study real live insects and other animals. The first 200 families to visit even get to take home their own milkwood seeds. Most activities are free with admission to the hall ($17 for adults), while events in the 3-D theatre and planetarium are an extra $4. Lawrence Hall of Science, 1 Centennial Drive.

crowdenmusiccentersmallCROWDEN 30th ANNIVERSARY CONCERT The finale concert of the Crowden Music Center’s 30th season will bring together distinguished musicians connected to Crowden alongside alumni, faculty, and students for a night of musical magestry. It will take place on Saturday, May 24, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Performers include the Baumer String Quartet, Deirdre Cooper, Bonnie Hampton, Emil Miland, and Kenneth Renshaw. The concert will feature the world premier of música, a piece written especially for the event by Samuel Carl Adams. Every year Crowden nurtures 1,400 aspiring musicians and reaches an audience of 10,000 throughout the community. Tickets are $25 general admission, $15 for students and seniors, and $75 for premium seating, which includes a meet-the-artists reception. Hertz Hall at College Avenue and Bancroft on the UC Berkeley campus.

OCTOPRETZEL AT THoctopretzel at the frieght and salvageE FREIGHT The next event from the kid-themed Patchwork Series at the Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse brings beloved Bay Area band Octopretzel to the famous venue. Doors open at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 24, and the show runs from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. The members of Octopretzel are talented musicians and educators, and a fun, interactive, singable and danceable experience is guaranteed for the whole family. The band will be joined by the Big Tadoo Puppet Crew and series host Rudy Trubitt. Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 on the day of the show. Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street.

David Snyder the other interviewTHE OTHER INTERVIEW EXHIBITION OPENING The Other Interview, by David Snyder, is a new, exciting exhibition coming the Martina }{ Johnston Gallery this weekend. The opening reception is on Saturday, May 24, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. The exhibition includes a series of videos exploring the self through the lens of generic job interview questions and some not-so-generic answers. The exhibition will be open until July 27 and can be viewed on Sundays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. or by appointment. It may be a little off the beaten track, but if you’re looking to get in touch with your more out-of-the-box artistic side, this could be just the thing. Best of all, it’s free. Martina }{ Johnston Gallery, 1201 6th St.

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—By Jasper Burget