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

View from the University Club where the Uncharted Party will take place on the evening of October 24, 2014. Photo: UCB
View from the University Club where the Uncharted Party is on Friday evening. And yes, the Giants game will be showing there too! Photo: UCB

UNCHARTED Wake up tomorrow morning and mingle with some of the most prominent and captivating thinkers across the disciplines. Berkeleyside presents the second annual Uncharted, a two-day festival jam-packed with  stimulating discussion and debate. On Friday, Oct. 24 and Saturday, Oct. 25, festival speakers and participants will gather at Berkeley Rep and Freight & Salvage to engage with big, daring, and dangerous ideas. This year’s exciting program includes musings on robotics, new energy, stereotyping, marriage equality, and 3D printing. A few one and two-day passes are still available for the extravaganza, which lasts 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, with workshops, coffee breaks, and a party on Friday evening. Find out more.

HAPPY CREEPY HALLOWEEN Get a head-start on Halloween at halloween Lawrence Hall of Sciencethe Hall this weekend, Oct. 25-26. Along with regular admission to the Lawrence Hall of Science, visitors get access to special activities, from creepy creatures to a purportedly haunted robot. It’s science at its spookiest. The Lawrence Hall of Science at 1 Centennial Drive is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission costs $12 for adults and $10 for kids.

Collect Berkeley Art CenterCOLLECT! Pieces from nearly 200 local artists will be on view this Saturday evening, and one or more of them could be hanging on your wall that night. Collect! is the Berkeley Art Center’s biggest annual event. Many of the works will be available for purchase in a silent auction, and the rest will be exhibited. There will be food and drink, and a pop-up shop selling pieces by California College of the Arts students. Proceeds support the Center (located at 1275 Walnut St.) and its program. The event is Oct. 25 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., and tickets cost $40 in advance or $45 at the door. Art enthusiasts can buy VIP tickets for $75 to get early admission and eats, and to meet to the artists.

Chun YuCHUN YU Chun Yu is bilingual — in English and Chinese, as well as in science and the literary arts. The biotech consultant discovered her passion for poetry while at MIT, and has been writing since. Her memoir about growing up in China during the Cultural Revolution has won awards. Her new poetry collection is autobiographical as well, and features poems in Chinese and English about technology and science, the East and the West, immigration, and spirituality. Yu will give a bilingual poetry reading at Eastwind Books at 2066 University Ave. on Sunday, Oct. 26 at 3 p.m.

Jessica PrenticeFOOD DAY A whole day dedicated to food? Food Day, on Friday, Oct. 24, is a nationwide effort to inspire progress toward more sustainable, ethical, and scrumptious diets and policies. The central branch of the Berkeley Public Library is hosting the local celebration. At 11 a.m., learn how to make delicious drinks at “Green Smoothies Are Us,” a tutorial led by a health coach. At noon, Jessica Prentice, co-founder of Three Stone Hearth Community Supported Kitchen, will host a lunchtime discussion on traditional diets and human nourishment before modern science and globalization. At 3 p.m., relax at a screening of the film Sideways. The library is located at 2090 Kittredge Street.

Don’t miss these other events featured on Berkeleyside:

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To find out what is going on in Berkeley and nearby, be sure to check out Berkeleyside’s Events Calendar. And submit your own events: it’s self-serve and free!