“Split” by Mayo Simon, June 1 through July 2. A mordant clear-eyed view of an older couple's love affair. $25 to $28. Wednesday through Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Berkeley City Club, 2315 Durant Ave., Berkeley. (510) 843-4822.
BERKELEY REPERTORY THEATRE
“Closer” by Patrick Marber, through July 9. A funny, touching and unflinchingly honest examination of love and relationships set in contemporary London. $38 to $48.50. Tuesday, Thursday through Saturday, 8 p.m.; Wednesday, 7 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; May 27, June 1, June 3, June 10, June 15, June 24, June 29 and July 8, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. 2025 Addison St., Berkeley. (510) 845-4700 or (888) 4BRTTIX.
CALIFORNIA SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL
“Hamlet” by William Shakespeare, July 1 through July 22. Shakespeare probes the shadowy corners of the human psyche in this dark, compelling tragedy of vengeance, madness and murder most foul.
$21 to $38 general; $19 to $38 seniors; $10 to $38 children. Wednesday and Thursday, 7 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 4 p.m.; July 11 and July 18, 7 p.m.; July 22, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Bruns Memorial Amphitheatre, Shakespeare Festival Way/Gateway Exit on state Highway 24. (510) 548-9666 or www.calshakes.org
Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” directed by Yoni Barkan. The play will run from June 8 to July 8, Thursday through Saturday at 8 p.m. each night. 1834 Euclid Ave. (510) 234-6046.
Martin Fierro and Legion of Mary, June 29, 10 p.m. $9.
“Rattle The Cage!!!” June 30, 8:30 p.m. Featuring Rebecca Riots, Green, Copperwimmin, Helen Chaya, Anna and Eileen, Women Walking Tall. $8 to $15.
1317 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley. (510) 525-5099 or www.ashkenaz.com
Ripe, Orquestra D, Soul, June 29. $4.
Blue Marmalade, Molasses, June 30. $5.
For age 18 and older. Music at 9:30 p.m. 2367 Telegraph Ave., Berkeley. (510) 848-0886.
FREIGHT AND SALVAGE
Judy Henske with Craig Doerge, June 30. $14.50 to $15.50.
Cats and Jammers, July 1. $15.50 to $16.50.
The Copper Family, July 2. $15.50 to $16.50.
John Miller and John Reischman, July 6. With Tammy Fassaert. $14.50 to $15.50.
Roy Rogers and Shana Morrison, July 7. $15.50 to $16.50.
Mighty Prince Singers and Talk of da Town, July 8. $15.50 to $16.50.
Music at 8 p.m. 1111 Addison St., Berkeley. (510) 548-1761 or (510) 762-BASS.
LA PEÑA CULTURAL CENTER
Lila Downs, June 29, 8 p.m. $14.
Jaranon y Bochinche, June 30, 8:30 p.m. $12.
Zion I, July 1, 9 p.m. $8 general; $6 students.
Quetzal, July 5, 8 p.m. $6.
Atahualpamantab, July 7, 8 p.m. $10.
The Soul of Black Folks, July 8, 9 p.m. $10 general; $8 students.
Domingos de Rumba, July 9, 4:30 p.m. Free.
3105 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley. (510) 849-2568 or www.lapena.org
924 GILMAN ST.
The Cost, The Hi-Fives, Maurice's Little Bastard, Merrick, June 30.
Midnight Lazer Beam, The Convocation Of..., Heart Of Snow, July 1.
Dead and Gone, Catheter, Hog, Laughing Dog, Jeno, July 7.
El Dopa, Dystopia, Scratchabit, July 8.
$5. Music at 8 p.m. unless otherwise noted. 924 Gilman St., Berkeley. (510) 525-9926.
THE STARRY PLOUGH PUB
Human Life Index, June 29. $4.
Kirby Grips, Applesaucer, The Chantigs, June 30. $6.
Charming Hostess, July 1.
Noche de Flamenco, July 5, 9:30 p.m. $5.
Giblet Dribblers, The Bellyachers, July 6. $4.
Gun and Doll Show, Chub, July 7. $6.
Soldier of Fortune Cookie, Stikman, July 8.
For age 21 and over. Wednesday, 8 p.m.; Thursday, 9:30 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 9:45 p.m. unless otherwise noted. 3101 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley. (510) 841-2082.
Berkeley Historical Society
"Berkeley's Ethnic Heritage." May 7 through March 2001. The exhibit examines the rich cultural diversity of our city and the contributions of individuals and minority groups to our history and development. The exhibit look at the original native tribelets in the area and the immigrants who settled in Ocean View and displaced the Spanish/Mexican landowners. It also examines the influence of theUniversity of California, the San Francisco earthquake, and World War II on the population and culture of Berkeley, and subsequent efforts to overcome discrimination. Curated by Linda Rosen and the Berkeley Historical Society Exhibit Committee. Thursday through Saturday, 1 to 4 p.m. Wheelchair accessible. Admission free.
Berkeley Historical Society located in the Veterans Memorial Building, 1931 Center Street, Berkeley. 510-848-0181
UC BERKELEY ART
“Master of Fine Art Graduate Exhibition,” May 20 through July 2. The 13th annual exhibit of work by candidates for the Master of Fine Arts degree.
“Doug Aitken/MATRIX 185: Into the Sun,” July 9 through Sept. 3. An exhibit of works primarily in video and film, using the interplay of art and media to evoke deserted landscapes. Artist’s Talk, July 9, 3 p.m. Doug Aitken discusses his installation. In Gallery 1.
Rodin and His Contemporaries,” through August. An exhibit of 11 bronze maquettes on loan from the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Foundation in Los Angeles. The bronzes range in style from the artist's classically inspired “Torso of a Woman” to the anguish of “The Martyr.”
$6 general; $4 seniors and students ages 12 to 18; free children age 12 and under; free Thursday, 1 1 a.m. to noon and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. 2626 Bancroft Way, Berkeley. (510) 642-0808.
HALL OF HEALTH
2230 Shattuck Ave. (lower level), Berkeley. A hands-on community health education museum and science center sponsored by Children's Hospital Oakland and Alta Bates Medical Center. Free. For children ages 3 to 12 and their parents.
“Experiment Gallery,” through Sept. 10. Step inside a giant laboratory and experiment with concepts surrounding sound, light, mechanics, electricity, and weather.
“Math Rules!” ongoing exhibit. A math exhibit of hands-on problem-solving stations, each with a different mathematical challenge. Make mathematical ice-cream cones, use blocks to build three dimensional structures, make dodecagon pies from a variety of mathematical shapes and stretch mathematical thinking.
“Within the Human Brain,” ongoing installation. Visitors test their cranial nerves, play skeeball, master mazes, match musical tones and construct stories inside a simulated “rat cage” of learning experiments.
$6 general; $4 seniors, students and children ages 7 to 18; $2 children ages 3 to 6; free children under age 3. Daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Centennial Drive, University of California, Berkeley. (510) 642-5132 or www.lhs.berkeley.edu
PHOEBE HEARST MUSEUM
Kroeber Hall, UC Berkeley
“Modern Treasures from Ancient Iran,” through Oct. 29. This exhibit explores nomadic and town life in ancient and modern Iran as illustrated in bronze and pottery vessels, and textiles.
“Pana O’ahu: Sacred Stones – Sacred Places,” through July 16. An exhibit of photographs by Jan Becket and Joseph Singer.
Wednesday through Sunday 10 am -4:30 pm; Thursday until 9 pm (Sept-May)
HABITOT CHILDREN’S MUSEUM
Kittredge Street and Shattuck Avenue
A museum especially for children age 7 and younger. Highlights include “WaterWorks,” an area with some unusual water toys, an Infant Tree for babies, a garden especially for toddlers, a child-scale grocery store and cafe, and a costume shop and stage for junior thespians. The museum also features a toy lending library.
Admission is $4 for adults; $6 child age 7 and under; $3 for each additional child. Hours: Monday and Wednesday, 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Tuesday and Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday, 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
JUDAH L. MAGNES
2911 Russell St., Berkeley
“Telling Time: To Everything There Is A Season,” through May 2002.
An exhibit structured around the seasons of the year and the seasons of life with objects ranging from the sacred and the secular, to the provocative and the whimsical. Highlights include treasures from Jewish ceremonial and folk art, rare books and manuscripts, contemporary and traditional fine art, video, photography and cultural kitsch. Through Nov. 4: “Spring and Summer.” Free. Sunday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (510) 549-6950.
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