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

Tartuffe caption. Photo: Courtesy kevinberne.com
Sofia Jean Gomez (Elmire) and Steven Epp (Tartuffe) perform in Berkeley Rep’s production of Molière’s “Tartuffe.” Photo: Courtesy of kevinberne.com

TARTUFFE AT THE REP Molière’s Tartuffe, a satirical attack on religious hypocrisy, still has its sting after 350 years. Berkeley Rep’s production, adapted by David Ball and directed by Dominique Serrand, was acclaimed as “revelatory” by the Chronicle. Actor Steven Epp stars in the title role. If you go on Friday, March 27 (as in tonight!), you can also enjoy the “last call” reception after the play, sponsored by Berkeleyside. Tartuffe is in repertory at the Berkeley Rep through Apr. 12. Tickets from $41 at Berkeley Rep, 2025 Addison St.   

jewellake3357POND PLUNGE Temperatures are forecast to be in the 70s this weekend, so you might want to cool off with your kids at the free Pond Plunge at Tilden Nature Area on Saturday, March 28. It’s a chance to find out “who’s croaking, soaking, floating, fluttering, hunting and basking” in the park’s ponds, with hands-on investigation, games and stories for the entire family. An attractive warning: “Be ready to get wet!” Pond Plunge, Tilden Nature Area, Environmental Education Center, Tilden Park, 10.30 a.m. to noon, Saturday, March 28.

nell-robinsonNELL ROBINSON If you were at Uncharted last October, you heard Nell Robinson both sing and talk about her project, “The Rose of No-Man’s Land,” which tells the story of an American family from the Revolutionary War to the present day. On Sunday, March 29, Robinson, John Doe, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott and author Maxine Hong Kingston will perform and celebrate the release of the new album, “The Rose of No-Man’s Land.” You can also check out the new story-booth installation created by Robinson and Gulf War veteran Mark Pinto. Tickets $23 in advance, $25 at the door, 8 p.m., Sunday, March 29, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison St.

Marin BaroqueMARIN BAROQUE Marin Baroque Chamber Choir & Orchestra, featuring the early brass ensemble, The Whole Noyse, performs an unusual concert of late Renaissance and early Baroque music by Fernandez, Flecha, Vasquez and others in Birds of Paradise: Exotic Music of the Old and New Worlds, Sunday, March 29 at La Peña Cultural Center. The first part of the concert includes works written in Spain, with influences from African, Romany, Jewish and Islamic cultures. The second part focuses on pieces written in the Latin American missions, where composers “became enchanted by the music of the indigenous peoples” and incorporated elements of their music into their works. Tickets $25 (seniors and students $20, and children under 10, $5), 8 p.m., Sunday, March 29, La Peña Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck Ave.

projectTenFourteen2SAN FRANCISCO CONTEMPORARY MUSIC PLAYERS The fourth and final Project TenFourteen concert by the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players in this year’s Cal Performances season is on Sunday, March 29, with three world premieres of works by Nakano, Liang and Crumb, as well as Edgar Varèse’s classic “Ionisation.” Across the season, the SFCMP will have debuted 10 new works by contemporary composers. A pre-concert talk precedes the performance, and a post-concert reception will allow audience members to engage with the composers and artists. Tickets from $32 through Cal Performances, 7 p.m., Sunday, Mar. 29. Hertz Hall.

Don’t miss this  other event featured on Berkeleyside:

Getting frisky with Macy Blackman & The Might Fines

For more events in and around Berkeley, check out Berkeleyside’s Events Calendar. And submit your own events there — the calendar is free and self-serve.