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

    SPRING EGG HUNT EXTRAVAGANZA The City of Berkeley’s Egg Hunt Extravaganza takes place on Saturday March 26 at Willard Park. The day will be filled with tons of fun activities, and includes a petting zoo, a visit with the Spring Bunny, spring-themed arts and crafts and an interactive kids’ carnival with Bunny Hop dance lessons and prizes. Kids will receive a basket to collect all their spring goodies. Egg hunt times: 1-year-olds: 10am; 2-year-olds: 10:20am; 3-year-olds: 10:40am; 4-year-olds: 11am; 5-6-year-olds: 11:20am; 7-8-year-olds: 11:40am; 9-10-year-olds: 12pm. Kids aged 11+ can participate in a scavenger hunt for prizes. Saturday March 26, 9:30am- 1pm, Willard Park, 2730 Hillegass Ave. (at Russell). Cost: $6/youth. (more…)

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

    SPRING EQUINOX AT CESAR CHAVEZ PARK  Gather this evening at the Chavez Memorial Solar Calendar to celebrate the official arrival of spring. The event, led by Lori Lambertson of the Exploratorium Teacher Institute, will include a discussion about the “reasons for the seasons,” the Chavez virtue of HOPE, and other global spring equinox celebrations. Dress warmly: the weather is part of the experience. Friday, March 20, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., sunset is at 7:15 p.m. Cesar Chavez Park, 11 Spinnaker Way, Berkeley. (more…)

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

    YOU’RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN Charlie Brown is coming to town with the opening on Saturday of Berkeley Playhouse’s production of the two-time Tony Award-winning musical You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown at the Julia Morgan Theater. The play, which is, of course, based on the famous comic strip “Peanuts,” by Charles M. Schulz, is directed and choreographed by Christina Lazo and music and lyrics are by Clark Gesner. In an innovative move, the theater group is partnering with Berkeley Humane with onsite pet adoptions during the production. “Snoopy was rescued from the puppy farm by Charlie Brown and we know that a number of puppies will be saved during the run of the show. We think Charlie Brown, Snoopy and all the Peanuts gang would be proud of that,” said Berkeley Playhouse Producing Artistic Director Daren A.C. Carollo. The show runs from Feb. 21 to March 15. Tickets are available through the by calling (510) 845-8542 Ext: 351, or visiting berkeleyplayhouse.org. Select “Pay What You Can” nights will be announced where tickets are sold on a sliding scale from $5-$20. (more…)

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

    BHS JAZZ ALUMNI IN THE BAY AREA Alumni of Berkeley High’s renowned jazz program are returning to their native East Bay to ring in the new year at a couple different venues. Brooklyn-based Zongo Junction, an energetic Afrobeat ensemble founded by BHS grad Charles Ferguson, will play at Leo’s (5447 Telegraph in North Oakland) on Friday, Jan. 2. The $20 show is 18+ and starts at  9 p.m. Here in Berkeley on the same night, the Chase Jackson Quintet will play at the California Jazz Conservatory (formerly the Jazzschool) at 2087 Addison St. The eponymous vibraphone player, who now lives in LA, is an alum of the BHS jazz program, and is bringing to the stage with him several other young Bay Area musicians. The $12 acoustic jazz show starts at 8 p.m. (more…)

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

    CHALK IT UP The 17th annual Chocolate & Chalk Art Festival will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sat. June 1 along Shattuck Ave. and Vine St. Admission is free for both viewers and artists: the chalk art competition annually draws both exuberant children and talented adult artists, as well as many people who just like the idea of chalk on sidewalk. The best chalk artwork will be judged after 4 p.m.: first prize is $250 and runners-up win gift certificates from local merchants. In addition to the chalk art, there’s chocolate tasting, a children’s play area and live music.  (more…)

  • The many incarnations of Ram Dass

    Ram Dass started out life as Richard Alpert, born into a wealthy Jewish Massachusetts family in 1931. Despite his bar mitzvah, he did not consider himself spiritual until he had tried LSD more than 377 times – many of those on trips with his close friend, Timothy Leary –  and been fired from his teaching position at Harvard.