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

2012 Sunday Streets. Photo: Alan Tobey
Sunday Streets is back on a long stretch of Shattuck Avenue in Berkeley on Oct. 12. Photo: Alan Tobey

SUNDAY STREETS Sunday Streets is back for a third year on Oct. 12, and it’s certainly the biggest event of the weekend, taking over Shattuck Avenue from Haste to Rose from 11 am to 5 pm. It’s a chance to see the city in automobile-free mode as tens of thousands of people walk, bike, skate, discover, dance, and play along a car-free Shattuck Avenue. Businesses along the route host musicians and artists, restaurants and eateries offer outdoor seating and special  menus. Don’t miss the Vine St. Block Party, with a wine and beer garden by Vintage Berkeley, eats by The Local Butcher Shop and Juicebar, live music, ACCI artist vendors, A Priori’s open house, and Twig & Fig’s annual paper sale. For a list of all the activities and festivities along the route, visit the Sunday Streets website.

fire workTHEATRE FIRST PLAY: TICKET OFFER Berkeleyside readers get a $10 discount on tickets (use code: berkeleyside) for TheatreFIRST’s new play, the world premiere of Lauren Gunderson’s Fire Work. The show, directed by Mina Morita, is described as a “witty romantic comedy revolving around the smoldering chemistry between a headstrong young woman and a romantic young man she meets while working at her father’s fireworks shop.” Gunderson won the 2014 Steinberg/ATCA New Play award and was a finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize for her hit show I and You. Fire Work is at the Live Oak Theatre and runs through Oct. 19. Full details at TheatreFIRST.

This Is Spinal TapENDLESS CINEMA: SPINAL TAP The second free movie screening in BAM/PFA’s Endless Cinema series is This is Spinal Tap on Friday Oct. 10., so let your mullets fly! The movie shows on the Crescent lawn, Oxford Street between Center and Addison Streets. Shorts and other surprises begin at 7:30pm, followed by the feature film at 8pm. In case you don’t know the film, this is Rob Reiner’s mock-doc that follows “the Tap” on their U.S. tour — more a de-tour — circulating through failed shows and cancellations, until they amp up the attraction with the stoner Stonehenge, a mega-Druid spectacle. Berkeleyside sponsors. Details at BAM/PFA.

Screen shot 2014-10-10 at 12.26.23 PM3-DAY MARCH FOR PEACE Saturday Oct. 11 marks the last day of a three-day world peace event organized by four Berkeley organizations – Light of the Buddhadharma Foundation, in association with the Nyingma Institute, Mangalam Centers and Dharma College. The Walk for World Peace and Harmony event includes three days of chanting, cultural performances and talks. All events are free and open to the public. For full details, including the schedule, visit Light of the Buddhadharma Foundation online.

ohn Brewster, Jr. (attributed to): Portrait of a Boy in Green, c. 1805–10; oil on canvas; 53 ¾ x 32 ¼ in.; gift of W. B. Carnochan.
John Brewster, Jr. (attr.): Portrait of a Boy in Green; gift of W. B. Carnochan. At BAM/PFA

FOLK ART AT BAM/PFA The Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive has a new exhibition up showcasing American folk art in its permanent collection. “American Wonder: Folk Art from the Collection” captures the U.S. during a time of enormous change, from the wake of the Declaration of Independence in 1776, to the years just following the Civil War. The exhibition includes approximately 50 portraits, landscapes, commemorative mourning pictures, weather vanes, and decorative sculptures. It runs through Dec. 21. Details at BAM/PFA.

Don’t miss these other events featured on Berkeleyside:

Great sounds from Africa at Berkeley’s Afropop Spectacular
Big Screen Berkeley: ‘The two faces of January’
Uncharted: The Berkeley Festival of Ideas: 1 and 2-day passes available

Berkeleyside’s Uncharted: The Berkeley Festival of Ideas is two days of provocative thinking, inspiring speakers, workshops, and a big party — all in downtown Berkeley on Oct. 24-25. Check out the program and buy your tickets at www.berkeleyideas.com