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

The first presidential debate drew 1,000 people to Addison Street to watch the jumbo screen at BAMPFA. Photo: Matt, @nosoupforgeorge from Twitter
The first presidential debate drew 1,000 people to Addison Street to watch the jumbo screen at BAMPFA. Photo: Matt, @nosoupforgeorge from Twitter

PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE No, they’re not coming to Berkeley (in any case, how many of you would get through the undecided screening to get in?). BAMPFA has something better: they’ll be broadcasting the debate live on the jumbo outdoor screen. On Sunday evening for the second presidential debate, Addison Street will be closed and you can join a politically engaged crowd to cheer and jeer. For the first debate, the innovative use of the outdoor screen drew 1,000 people. Bring a chair and a blanket. 6 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 9, Addison Street and Oxford Street.

difrancoANI DIFRANCO Singer, songwriter, activist and independent entrepreneur Ani DiFranco performs works from her latest album, “Allergic to Water,” at the UC Theatre on Friday. DiFranco’s music has grown far beyond her acoustic solo roots in cozy venues to embrace jazz, soul, electronica and even more distant sounds. On “Allergic to Water” she also blends abstract imagery and deceptively understated melodies with personal reflections on her life in New Orleans where she is now raising her two children with her partner, producer Mike Napolitano. 8 p.m., Friday, Oct. 7, UC Theatre, 2036 University Ave.

indigenous-peoples-dayINDIGENOUS PEOPLES DAY Berkeley’s 24th annual Indigenous Peoples Day celebration will be Saturday, Oct. 8 at Civic Center Park. Exhibition dancing from 10 a.m. to noon, then contest dancing and intertribal dancing in the afternoon. Closing ceremony at 6 p.m. Native American foods and arts & crafts are available all day at the Indian Market. All traditional drums invited. All participants are invited to participate in the round dances. Saturday, Oct. 8, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Civic Center Park, MLK between Allston Way and Center Street.

tipoff_eventWOMEN’S BASKETBALL TIP-OFF CARNIVAL Cal’s women’s basketball team is perennially one of the strongest in the nation. Saturday, an open practice will be followed by the Annual Tip Off Carnival. Fans can get the first glimpse of the 2016-17 Bears from 10 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. in Haas Pavilion. After the practice fans can mingle with players and staff on Spieker Plaza from noon to 2 p.m. In addition to food, fun games, and a bounce house, there will be a photo station, a Cal spirit station and other fun activities for all ages. Saturday, Oct. 8, 10 a.m., Haas Pavilion, UC Berkeley.

080918 Esa-Pekka SalonenSALONEN MASTERCLASS If you didn’t get a chance to see Esa-Pekka Salonen conduct the Philharmonia at Cal Performances over the weekend, you can watch him in action for free in a masterclass with the UC Berkeley Symphony Orchestra on Sunday. Salonen and the students will be working on Lutoslawski’s Symphony No. 3 and Ravel’s “La Valse.” 6 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 9, Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley.

Don’t miss these other events featured on Berkeleyside:

London’s Philharmonia recreates original Zellerbach concert
Big Screen Berkeley: Birth of a Nation
Berkeley-connected films at the Mill Valley Film Festival
Two chances to see jazz pianist Myra Melford in Berkeley

Ever wonder how Berkeleyside compiles its weekly It List? We rely on event organizers to tell us about their events (email editors@berkeleyside.com) and we also select events listed by organizers on the Berkeleyside Events Calendar — submissions are self-serve and free, so be sure to use it!