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

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KING LEAR You might think summer theater in the park is a time for light-hearted romps. Think again. Inferno Theatre, together with the Actors Ensemble of Berkeley, will be performing Shakespeare’s “King Lear” for free in John Hinkel Park, opening on Saturday, Aug. 22. The production is adapted and directed by Guilio Cesare Perrone. Inferno Theatre says the production “condenses and intensifies this seminal family tragedy with striking visuals, physicality and live music. Gender is fluid with many male roles presented as female.” The amphitheater opens at 3 p.m. for picnicking and the performance begins at 4 p.m. Runs Saturdays and Sundays, with a special Labor Day performance on Sept. 7 to close the run. John Hinkel Park, 41 Somerset Place.  … Continue reading »

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

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WATKINS FAMILY HOUR Okay, perhaps it’s nuts for Berkeleyside to suggest the Watkins Family Hour’s two concerts at the Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse this weekend, since it’s sold out. But standing room is available for the hearty. The Watkins Family Hour is a “moveable musical feast” hosted by siblings Sean and Sara Watkins. On Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m.) Sean and Sara will play various instruments and be joined by Fiona Apple on piano, Don Heffington on drums, Sebastian Steinberg on bass, and other special guests who might hop on stage. Suffice to note that Watkins family friend Jackson Browne is playing up the road at the Greek Theatre, so who know’s what might happen. Standing room only tickets will go on sale when the music starts at 8 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 14 and Saturday, Aug. 15, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison St.  … Continue reading »

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

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VILLALOBOS BROTHERS The three Villalobos brothers were all violin prodigies growing up in Xalapa, Mexico. In 2000, Ernesto went to Manhattan School of Music on a Fulbright scholarship, in 2002, Alberto studied at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels, and in 2003, Luis went to the Hochschule für Musik Freiburg in Germany. But a Carnegie Hall reunion of the brothers in 2005 has led to an active, non-classical concert career. They describe their music as “drawing inspiration from jazz, rock, classical, and traditional Mexican folk to deliver a message of love, brotherhood, and social justice.” Their six-piece band plays at the Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse on Sunday, Aug. 9 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $26 in advance, $28 at the door. Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison St.  … Continue reading »

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

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BERKELEY SPARK FESTIVAL The Berkeley Spark 3.0 Arts and Innovation Festival will bring artisans, innovators and nonprofits to Civic Center Park on Saturday for a community-based, participant-driven event that aims to connect the great East Bay. The festival features local independent makers with a focus on sustainability and originality. It also serves as a place for fans of the Burning Man culture to gather, and for those who are heading to the desert to stock up on gear and accessories. Civic Center Park is at Martin Luther King, Jr. Way and Center Street. The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Learn more at berkeleyspark.org. … Continue reading »

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

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FOURTH OF JULY AT THE MARINA Celebrate the Fourth of July on Saturday at the Berkeley Marina, from noon to 10 p.m. Enjoy food trucks and booths, handmade crafts, free dragon boat rowing from 12 to 5 p.m., pony rides, a petting zoo, an inflatable bouncy area, water bubble balls (pictured above) and more. The Adventure Playground will be open until 8 p.m. for children to use hammers, nails, saws and paint with parent supervision. The event culminates in fireworks over the water south of the Berkeley Pier at 9:35 p.m., presented by the City of Berkeley. The Berkeley Marina is at 201 University Ave. Parking in the Marina is $15 for the day, or you can ride your bike over the Berkeley bicycle overpass and use the free valet parking near Adventure Playground. Admission is free. Details on transportation and events at www.anotherbullwinkelshow.com.Continue reading »

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

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UC BOTANICAL GARDEN’S 125TH BIRTHDAY During its 125 years of existence, the University of California Botanical Garden at Berkeley has served as a haven for endangered plants rescued from smugglers, a lab for studying climate change, biomagnetism and hummingbirds’ territorial behavior, a seed bank, a classroom for children and an idyllic backdrop for weddings. The Berkeley garden, home to one of the oldest, largest and most diverse collections in the U.S,. kicks off its 125th anniversary celebration on Sunday, June 28, with music (by the Tiny Rock Band and The Banjo Racketeers), a beer garden featuring Trumer, cupcakes (by Kelsey Robinson of The Whole Cake), lemonade, and gelato (by Bar Gelato) at its 34-acre site overlooking San Francisco Bay. Read all about it.Continue reading »

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JAZZ ON FOURTH Sunday marks the 20th annual Jazz on Fourth festival, which benefits Berkeley High School’s jazz program. The free festival has raised nearly $200,000 for the program over the last 19 years. In addition to the BHS Jazz Ensemble and combos, Fourth Street will be bopping with Mal Sharpe’s Big Money in Jazz Band with Kellye Gray, blues from Terrie Odabi, and salsa with Edgardo & Candela. Fourth Street merchants donate major gifts for a gigantic raffle, and the street will be lined with activities (you can visit Berkeleyside at our booth). There’s beer donated by Trumer Brauerie, and free photos courtesy of Photolab. Jazz on Fourth, Fourth Street, noon to 5 p.m., Sunday, May 17. … Continue reading »

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