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

Julie Partos Clark's artwork on Webster Street. Photo: Andy Partos
Julie Partos Clark’s artwork on Webster Street. Photo: Andy Partos

QUIRKY ‘SCULPTURE AND METALWORK’ BERKELEY WALK Tom Dalzell, who, if you’re a regular Berkeleyside reader, you may know better as Mr. Quirky Berkeley, is leading a walk on Sunday April 3, starting at 10 a.m. The three-mile tour of the Ashby corridor will focus on its “trove of sculptural quirk,” including Mark Bulwinkle’s installations on Shattuck and his fence-post ornaments, a collaborative project with students from Malcolm X School; Eni Green’s all-things-dachshund house; and Marcia Donahue’s indescribable Wheeler Street garden. Participants will also visit the Slingshot Collective’s cell-phone gate, Mark Olivier’s beach detritus creations, Julie Partos Clark’s creatures on Webster and Mike and Becky O’Malley’s fence of doors, with Mike’s ceramic figures peeping out the windows. Dalzell’s family will provide snacks, drinks, and an optional shuttle service back to the Ashby BART station. Meet at the south-east corner of Emerson and Adeline Streets on the Flacos lot. Details on the Berkeley Path Wanderers’ website.

Grandma (Sandi Weldon) gives “Full Disclosure” at a family dinner in Berkeley Playhouse’s production of The Addams Family directed by Kimberly Dooley performing at the Julia Morgan Theater, now – April 17, 2016. Photo by Ben Krantz Studio.
Grandma (Sandi Weldon) in Berkeley Playhouse’s production of The Addams Family. Photo: Ben Krantz Studio

ADDAMS FAMILY AT BERKELEY PLAYHOUSE The notoriously morbid Addams family is back in a brand new story at the Berkeley Playhouse. Wednesday, the daughter, has done the scariest thing imaginable —  she’s grown up. She has also fallen in love and wants her family to be ‘normal’ for one night to impress her new boyfriend’s parents. Based on the book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, and the characters created by Charles Addams, with music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa, the production has been directed and choreographed by Kimberly Dooley, with musical direction by Michael Patrick Wiles. Playing Thursdays through Sundays with two performances a day on the weekends, through April 17 at the Julia Morgan Theatre. Details and tickets at the Berkeley Playhouse website.

Josh Kornbluth. Photo: Tue Nam Ton
Josh Kornbluth. Photo: Tue Nam Ton

JOSH KORNBLUTH COMEDY BENEFIT  The Psychotherapy Institute in Berkeley is hosting a comedy benefit featuring Josh Kornbluth who will draw for his performance on his personal experience working in a hospice. The master storyteller will talk about how he found happiness in hospice work and describe his own shifting attachment to mortality as the artist-in-residence at the Zen Hospice Project. The afternoon of laughter takes place on Sunday, April 3 at the First Congregational Church of Berkeley, 2345 Channing Way; 3:30-4:30pm: reception (wine for sale; free nibbles), 4:30-6pm: performance. Online sales are closed but tickets will be available on the door. Details on The Psychotherapy Institute’s website.

ChoirCHANTICLEER YOUTH CHOIR AT LIBRARY Join the Louis A. Botto Youth Choir for “Music of New Spain: Exploring California’s Missions and Mexico’s Cathedrals,” a free performance at the Berkeley Central Library on Sunday April 3 at 3 p.m. The music will be by composers of New Spain, including Antonio de Salazar, Manuel de Sumaya and Juan Vasquez. Berkeley Central Library, 5th floor Art & Music, 2090 Kittredge St. downtown Berkeley. Visit BPL online for details.

Hertz Music 27, N. Mathew class, 4/29/08

UC BERKELEY AFRICAN ENSEMBLE The UC Berkeley African Ensemble will perform on Saturday April 2 at Herz Concert Hall. Companies led by African master drummers CK Ladzekpo and Kiazi Malonga will perform “explosive” traditional African music and dances. Tickets required: $16 general admission (all seats unreserved), $12 non-UCB students, seniors, current and retired UC Berkeley staff and faculty, groups of ten or more; $5 UC Berkeley students (student ID required). Buy tickets online, or by calling 510-642-9988.


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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.