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

This weekend is your last chance to see Theatre First's production of Glenngary Glen Ross at Live Oak Theatre. Photo: Theater First
This weekend is your last chance to see Theatre First’s production of Glenngary Glen Ross at Live Oak Theatre. Photo: Theatre First

GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS This weekend is your last chance to see Theatre First’s production of Glengarry Glen Ross at Live Oak Theatre, as its run has its final day on Sunday. David Mamet’s Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy about working-class real-estate salesmen trying to eke out a living in the fast-paced economy of the 1980s and claim their piece of the American Dream became an instant classic of American theatre and is regarded as one of the playwright’s best plays. For details and to buy tickets, visit Theatre First’s website or phone 510-981 8150.

picture1_0FREE MOVIE EVERY FRIDAY As part of its Super Cinema series, the Berkeley Public Library screens a world-class, often award-winning movie, every Friday afternoon at the Berkeley Public Library from 3-5pm. This Friday, May 22, watch Martin Scorsese’s “The King of Comedy.” In the film, Rupert Pupkin (Robert De Niro) is an unhinged aspiring comic who is obsessed with late-night talk-show host Jerry Langford (Jerry Lewis), and finds a repugnant way to force himself onto Jerry’s show. Scorsese, of course, is known for gritty New York-based crime dramas about antisocial characters — often played by De Niro or Leo DiCaprio. Visit the Berkeley Public Library website for details of this and its other events.

RICHARD MISRACH, Night Fishing, Near Bonnet Carré Spillway, Norco, Louisiana, 1998
Richard Misrach: Night Fishing, Near Bonnet Carré Spillway, Norco, Louisiana, 1998

RICHARD MISRACH SHOW OK, so it’s not *in* Berkeley, but we just had to tell you about this exhibition of Berkeley photographer Richard Misrach’s work at the Fraenkel Gallery in San Francisco. Richard Misrach: Being(s) 1975-2015, is on view until May 30, and traces the appearance of the human figure in Misrach’s photographs across the entire span of his career, from 1975 to the present. Though primarily known as a photographer of the landscape, on occasion Misrach has placed the human figure as a focal point of his images since the mid-1970s. The people who appear in his photographs are rarely portrayed as specific individuals. Rather, they tend to weave through his work as ephemeral markers, a temporary presence in the continuity of the land. The exhibition includes a number of works that have never before been exhibited or published: a 1976 self-portrait in White Sands, New Mexico; disorienting new images from his Color Reverse series; large-format photographs from the On the Beach project, and a remarkable 14-foot panorama of the U.S. border fence separating Tijuana, Mexico, from California. Fraenkel Gallery is at 49 Geary St., 4th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94108. Visit the gallery’s website for details and opening hours.

Berkeley City Club. Photo: BCC ConservancyTOUR THE BERKELEY CITY CLUB The Berkeley City Club Conservancy offers free, docent-led tours of pioneering architect Julia Morgan’s Mediterranean/Gothic “little castle” on the fourth Sunday of every month. The next one is on Sunday May 22 between 1-3:30 pm. The Berkeley City Club is at 2315 Durant Ave. Berkeley.  Tel: 510-848-7800 to register and visit the Berkeley City Club Conservancy online for more details.

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Artwork by Matt Smith Chavez

CAL FINE ARTS GRADUATE EXHIBITION Each year, the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive teams up with the UC Berkeley Department of Art Practice to exhibit the work of their graduates. This year, while the BAM/PFA Galleries are closed, the exhibition is presented at the Berkeley Art Center. The 2015 MFA graduates are: Leslie Dreyer Tanja Geis Lee Lavy Michelle Ott Sofie Ramos and Matt Smith Chavez. Be among the first to encounter the work of these six exceptional artists as they embark on their careers. Admission is free. Berkeley Art Center is at 1275 Walnut St. Visit its website for details.

Don’t miss this other event featured on Berkeleyside:


A jazz convergence with Hafez Modirzadeh

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