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

    SAN FRANCISCO MIME TROUPE It’s summer. It’s park time, which means it’s time for the annual production of the Tony-award winning San Francisco Mime Troupe. This time, the acting ensemble takes on the question of education in its 57th production, “Schooled.” Who is it for and who pays for it? From their program notes: “Education. It’s like the weather: everyone has an opinion but nobody does anything about it. That’s how Lavinia Jones feels about her son Thomas’ new school, Eleanor Roosevelt High. Decades of funding cuts have resulted in old textbooks, crumbling classrooms, and underpaid teachers,  making Roosevelt exactly the sort of public school that has failed students time and time again. Isn’t it time for something… efficient? And efficient is exactly what Fredersen Babbit, from Learning Academy for Virtual Achievement (LAVA Corp.), promises to bring to the district. New Technology, remote learning, computer-generated teachers –LAVA promises to put the “virtual” in achievement! ” The Mime Troupe opens its 2016 season Saturday, July 2 at 2:00 p.m. at Cedar Rose Park at 1300 Rose St., near Chestnut. Music begins at 1:30 p.m. There will be a second performance, same time, same place on July 3. It will also play in Live Oak Park on July 9 and 10th at 2:00 p.m.and at Willard Park Aug. 20 and 21st. (more…)

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

    PIANO RHAPSODY One of the best-kept secrets in town is the music series that UC Berkeley produces at Hertz Hall. Leave the hustle and bustle of life for an hour and listen to world-class musicians perform for free. Today, as part of the 62nd annual noon concert series, two pianists will perform from 12:15-1 p.m. On an Erard piano, Roger Tsui will play Jan Ladislav Dussek’s Sonata No. 24, Op. 61 Elegie Harmonique, Movement and Liszt’s, Three Etudes de Concert, S.144, No. 3 Un Sospiro. Then Jason Wu will perform Robert Schumann’s Kinderszenen and Liszt’s, Hungarian Rhapsody No. 6.

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

    NOW IS THE WINTER OF OUR DISCONTENT  It seems appropriate that during after such a contested and divisive election The Actor’s Ensemble of Berkeley is performing Richard III, the classic Shakespeare tale of  “the lust for power gone berserk.” The king won’t let anyone stand in the way of his desire for the crown of England. Richard III, directed by Sharon Huff Robinson, is the Actor’s Ensemble’s final production for its 55th season. It runs Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays until Nov 17 at Live Oak Theater.