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

    HENRY IV PART 1 AT JOHN HINKEL PARK Berkeley’s beautiful amphitheater at John Hinkel Park plays host to The Free Theater for four weekends, starting on Sat., July 11. The company is putting on a spartan, feisty production of Shakespeare’s play Henry IV Part 1. Just like when Shotgun mounted productions at the open-air amphitheater, it will be “pass the hat” after the show with sausages on the grill. Music will be played, swords will be clashed, and impassioned text will take hold of the space. The fledgling company is mentored by Shotgun Players as part of its Make a Difference program. Henry IV Part 1 runs through Sunday Aug. 2. Watch a video about the production, and get full details, on The Free Theater’s website. (more…)

  • Shop Talk: The ins and outs of Berkeley businesses

    SHARETEA Taiwanese bubble milk tea chain ShareTea opened at 2440 Bancroft Way (between Telegraph and Dana) over the weekend and the “buy one get one free” offer had people lining up out the door. ShareTea was founded in 1992 with its first store in Taipei City, and has expanded globally since then. It offers a variety of iced and blended teas, fruit and milk teas, as well as a few hot brews. (more…)

  • Shop Talk: The ins and outs of Berkeley businesses

    CLANDESTINE CLUB An all-in-one theater-nightclub-recording studio-writing workshop just opened its doors on University Avenue. It describes itself as “an intimate performance space… offering quality entertainment for adults and children.” The exact location can’t be disclosed since the venue is also musician Ira Marlowe’s private home, but email The Monkey House before an event, and you’ll be granted the address and a secret password. The performance space seats 50, and monkey-themed decor abound.