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

Appetite Obscure's Carnival
Appetite Obscure, a potluck collective, will be putting on a carnival-themed potluck this Saturday. Photo: Apetite Obscure

REMEMBERING HIROSHIMA AND NAGASAKI  Aug. 6 and 9 mark the 69th anniversaries of the nuclear bombings of the Japanese cities Hiroshima and Nagasaki by U.S. armed forces, effectively ending World War II. This Friday, to commemorate these anniversaries, the Newman Nonviolent Peacemakers will be hosting a movie screening of Oliver Stone’s “The Bomb” — part of his series, “The Untold History of the United States” — followed by a discussion. The event is free and will go from 7-9 p.m. at Newman Hall, 2700 Dwight Way.

Jerry Garcia Symphonic CelebrationJERRY GARCIA AT THE GREEK If you’re a Deadhead, or if you just appreciate good music, head to the Greek Theatre this Friday for the Jerry Garcia Symphonic Celebration. The concert will feature the songs of Jerry Garcia backed by an orchestra. Warren Haynes of The Allman Brothers Band and Gov’t Mule will be playing guitar in Garcia’s stead. The concert starts at 7 p.m. and tickets range from $55 to $125.

JURIED EXHIBITION AT BERKELEY ART CENTER Berkeley Art Center logoThe Berkeley Art Center at 1275 Walnut St. will be putting on an art exhibition Saturday and Sunday entitled Soapbox. The center asked artists to submit work that “represented the social and political issues that incited change, movement and upheaval,” according to its website. Artists Boots Riley and Steven Wolf selected the finalists, who used diverse media to explore various sociopolitical movements and the voices behind them. Web-based projects, live music and performances will also be featured at the show, which starts at 11 a.m. and goes until 5 p.m. Admission is free but donations are appreciated.  

Tyler Hoare's "post people." Photo: Emilie Raguso
Photo: Emilie Raguso

TYLER HOARE SCULPTURE SHOW Local artist Tyler Hoare will be presenting 40 of his sculptures this Saturday at the Folk and Fine Art Gallery, 1861 Solano Ave. The show lasts from 5-8 p.m. and will also have music, food and wine. Hoare, or “the man who puts the Red Baron in the bay,” has been embellishing the East Bay waterfront with his salvaged wood sculptures for nearly four decades. Read more about Hoare’s work.


Photo: Apetite Obscure
Photo: Apetite Obscure

APPETITE OBSCURE’S CARNIVAL Self-described “futurist potluck collective” Appetite Obscure will be putting on Carnival, a potluck circus sideshow, this Saturday starting at 7 p.m. The “vaudevillian extraordinaire” as its website calls it, will have music, dancers, jugglers and clowns as well as beer from New Normal Brewery. Organizers encourage people to bring their own dishes and to be creative with them. The free event will take place at Santa Fe Crossing, 1301 Berkeley Way.

New Esterhazy QuartetHAYDN QUARTETS CONCERT The New Esterházy Quartet, a local string ensemble, will be performing the last two of Mozart’s famous “Haydn Quartets” series at the Berkeley Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar St., on Sunday. Comprising the ensemble are violinists Katy Kyme and Lisa Weiss, violist Anthony Martin and cellis William Skeen. They started playing together under their current name in 2006 and have worked with some of the most skilled classical music ensembles in the world, including Orchestra of the 18th Century, Smithsonian Chamber Players and the Göttingen Festival Orchestra. This Sunday’s concert will last from 4-6p.m. Admission is $20 for general admission, $15 for seniors and $10 for club members.

Don’t miss these other events recently featured on Berkeleyside:
Big Screen Berkeley: Kill Team
Kickin the Mule: Still kicking at the Cheeseboard

Check out Berkeleyside’s event calendar for many more events, and make sure to post your own community happenings.