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

The Takács Quartet will be performing Haydn, Andres and Brahms on Sunday at Hertz Hall. Photo: Richard Houghton
The Takács Quartet will be performing Haydn, Andres and Brahms on Sunday at Hertz Hall. Photo: Richard Houghton

TAKACS QUARTET One of the world’s great string quartets, Sunday’s Cal Performances concert by the Takács Quartet includes works by Haydn, Brahms and the 30-year-old, California-born, Brooklyn-based Timo Andres. The program opens with Haydn’s G minor, Op. 74, No. 3, “The Rider,” one of his most popular quartets. Andres’ “String Language” was composed for the Takács, who premiered it last November in Baltimore. The program closes with Brahms’ third and final quartet (although written mid-career), the B-flat major, Op. 67. 3 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 21, Hertz Hall. Tickets starting at $64 from Cal Performances.  

Many-Cultures-Flyer copyOUR MANY CULTURES Over 60 Bay Area artists — including Berkeleyside contributor Nancy Rubin — have works in “Our Many Cultures,” an exhibition at the Berkeley Central Arts Passage co-curated by Expressions Gallery, Susan Duhan Felix and Arash Shirinbab. The works are inspired and created by different nationalities living in the U.S. and represents “the hope of people living different lifestyles who seek to live their lives, cultures, religious beliefs together in a land of freedom, opportunity, love, harmony and peace.” The free opening reception will be held Saturday, Feb. 20 from 4-6 p.m., with music and refreshments. The exhibition runs in the Arts Passage through May 11. Arts Passage, 2055 Center St.

Varsity Boys Soccer YrbkBHS V FOOTHILL Berkeley High men’s soccer team plays Foothill on Saturday night in the quarterfinals of the North Coast Section championships. In the round of 16, the second-seeded Yellowjackets pulled off a dramatic 3-2 overtime victory against James Logan High School, taking their record this season to 20-2-2. In their regular season meeting, BHS edged Foothill 1-0. Saturday’s winner goes to the NCS final four on Wednesday. Quarterfinal game, Saturday, Feb. 20, 7 p.m., Jackets Stadium, Berkeley High School.

JIM LAUDERDALE The Freight & Salvage has a tough time categorizing Jim Lauderdale: “Bluegrass, country, soul, folk – for Jim, it all falls under the umbrella of Americana – roots music at its finest, and that’s the music he makes.” Nashville-based Lauderdale has won two Grammy awards and recorded a raft of albums, including the recent two-volume “Soul Searching.” He’s also the subject of a documentary, “The King of Broken Hearts.” But the Freight encourages you to concentrate on Lauderdale’s music, which it describes as “eloquent, heartfelt, and enduring.” Tickets $26 in advance, $28 on the door, Saturday, Feb. 20, 8 p.m., Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison St.

FirehouseFIREHOUSE ART COLLECTIVE Over 30 Firehouse artists are working in the studios in the newly revitalized Gilman District. The Firehouse studios are open on Sunday to see the artists and their art, engage in good conversation, and enjoy the hors d’oeuvres and wine. The studios are pet friendly. Sunday, Feb. 21, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Firehouse Art Collective, 1313 Ninth St.

Don’t miss these other events featured on Berkeleyside:

Plucky Strum kicks off Bay Area run in Berkeley, and Mary D’Orazi goes ‘from Brasil to Bacharach’
‘Aubergine’ at Berkeley Rep tears at the heartstrings


To find out what else 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.