DATE NIGHT — WITH THE KIDS! On Saturday, Sept. 6, parents can bring their kids on a date night. Yes, you read that right. The fun evening of entertainment and cocktails being held at the Kala Art Institute will benefit CEID, an innovative local school for deaf and hard-of-hearing children. Parents get the cocktail date night where Lisa Rothman, a former producer and host for KPFA and KALW, will perform the one-woman show “Date Night at Pet Emergency,” while the kids attend the preschool’s pajama pizza party, learning sign language and meeting a service dog. Rothman says she’s doing the show as her way of saying thank you to the school which helped her son (who was born with a neurological disorder called apraxia) speak. Kala Art Institute, 2990 San Pablo Ave., 5:30-8:30 p.m. Show and cocktail reception, $60, pizza party for kids, $25. Advanced registration for childcare required. Tickets can be bought on Eventbrite.
SPD MOVIE NIGHT Berkeley’s Small Press Distribution, the only nonprofit distributor in the United States dedicated exclusively to small-press books, is holding its first ever movie night tonight, Friday Sept. 5, starting at 7 p.m. SPD will screen films by six local poets and/or filmmakers on the back wall of its warehouse which will also be open to the public to browse books. SPD has about a quarter million books in the warehouse and they are available for sale. Snacks and drinks will be served. The screening is outdoors so bring warm things. SPD is at 1341 Seventh St. in West Berkeley. Open house at 7 p.m., program starts promptly at 8 — $5-$10 suggested donation to benefit SPD. Full details on the Facebook event page.
FREE PHOTOGRAPHY SHOW Berkeley painter and photographer Ilona Sturm is exhibiting her most recent series of photographs, Zographos: Drawing from Life: Street Photography of Greece, at the Berkeley Central Library through Sept. 28. All are invited to meet Sturm, and discuss her work, during an Artist Reception on Sunday, Sept. 7, at 2 p.m. in the first floor Catalog Lobby of the Central Library. The Central Library is at 2090 Kittredge St. at Shattuck in downtown Berkeley. Details can be found on the library’s website.
A CAPPELLA CONCERT The German International School of Silicon Valley (GISSV) presents award-winning German quintet Vocaldente at its Berkeley campus Saturday, Sept. 6, at 7 p.m. Vocaldente, “Germany’s most successful a cappella export,” is celebrated for their purely acoustic art without amplifiers or special effects, featuring a sweeping repertoire ranging from the Roaring Twenties to the latest pop hits. The evening is supported by the Consulate General of Germany in San Francisco and will include complimentary appetizers and beverages, as well as free childcare with a kids’ movie night on campus. All proceeds benefit the restoration of the façade of the historic GISSV Hillside campus in Berkeley. Tickets are $50 ($25 for middle and high school students), and can be reserved via email to email@example.com. GISSV is at 1581 Le Roy Ave. For more information and updates, visit the event’s Facebook page.
MAKE YOUR OWN LOTION WORKSHOP Alembique Apocathery is holding a “Luscious Organic Lotions with St. John’s Wort, Calendula & Lemon Balm” workshop with instructor Jesmine Reymond on Sunday, Sept. 7, 3-5 p.m. Discover the plants and their potent magic, as well as ways to blend them with natural ingredients to make a fabulous lotion, and how to integrate natural preservatives for a longer shelf-life. Participants take home a sample of handcrafted all-natural lotion, and an illustrated recipe handout. Price: $28. Alembique Apothecary is at 902 Hearst Ave.
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