Habitot Children’s Museum
Kittredge Street and Shattuck Avenue
“Back to the Farm.”
An interactive exhibit gives children the chance to wiggle through tunnels like an earthworm, look into a mirrored fish pond, don farm animal costumes, ride on a John Deere tractor and more.
Cost: $4 adults; $6 children age 7 and under; $3 for each additional child age 7 and under.
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.
647-1111 or www.habitot.org
Judah L. Magnes Museum
2911 Russell St.
Sunday through Thursday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
“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.
“Spring and Summer.”
Through Nov. 4.
“Chagall: Master Prints and Posters, Selections from the Magnes Museum Collection.”
Through Sept. 28.
UC Berkeley Art Museum
2626 Bancroft Way, Berkeley
“Mandala: The Architecture of Enlightenment,” through Sept. 17.
An exhibit of rare and exquisite works featuring more than forty mandalas and related objects including sculptures and models of sacred spaces.
“Doug Aitken/MATRIX 185: Into the Sun,” through Sept. 3.
An exhibit of works primarily in video and film, using the interplay of art and media to evoke deserted landscapes.
“Autour de Rodin: Auguste 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.” Some of the maquettes were cast during Rodin’s lifetime, others have been cast fairly recently under the aegis of the Musee Rodin which alone is authorized to cast his sculptures posthumously.
“Hans Hoffmann,” open-ended.
An exhibit of paintings by Hoffmann which emphasizes two experimental methods the artist employed: the introduction of slabs or rectangles of highly saturated colors and the use of large areas of black paint juxtaposed with intense oranges, greens and yellows.
The Asian Galleries
“Art of the Sung: Court and Monastery,” open-ended.
A display of early Chinese works from the permanent collection.
“Chinese Ceramics and Bronzes: The First 3,000 Years,” open-ended.
“Works on Extended Loan from Warren King,” open-ended.
“Three Towers of Han,” open-ended.
$6 general; $4 seniors and students age 12 to 18; free children age 12 and under; free Thursday, 11 a.m. to noon and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Friday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
UC Berkeley Museum of
Lobby, Valley Life Sciences Building, UC Berkeley
“Tyrannosaurus Rex,” ongoing.
A 20-foot tall, 40-foot long replica of the fearsome dinosaur. The replica is made from casts of bones of the most complete T. Rex skeleton yet excavated. When unearthed in Montana, the bones were all lying in place with only a small piece of the tailbone missing.
A suspended skeleton of a flying reptile with a wingspan of 22 to 23 feet. The Pteranodon lived at the same time as the dinosaurs.
California Fossils Exhibit, ongoing. An exhibit of some of the fossils which have been excavated in California.
Free. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
UC Berkeley Phoebe Hearst
Museum of Anthropology
Kroeber Hall, Bancroft Way and College
“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.
“Approaching a Century of Anthropology: The Phoebe Hearst Museum,” open-ended.
This new permanent installation will introduce visitors to major topics in the museum’s history, including the role of Phoebe Apperson Hearst as the museum’s patron, as well as the relationship of anthropologists Alfred Kroeber and Robert Lowie to the museum.
“Ishi and the Invention of Yahi Culture,” ongoing.
This exhibit documents the culture of the Yahi Indians of California as described and demonstrated from 1911 to 1916 by Ishi, the last surviving member of the tribe.
$2 general; $1 seniors; $0.50 children age 17 and under; free on Thursdays. Wednesday, Friday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Mills College Art Museum
5000 MacArthur Blvd., Oakland
“The 100 Languages of Children,” through October.
An exhibit of art by children from Reggio Emilia, Italy. At Carnegie Building Bender Room.
Free. Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 4 p.m.
The Oakland Museum of
1000 Oak St., Oakland
“Helen Nestor: Personal and Political,” Aug. 17 through Oct. 15.
An exhibit of images documenting the Free Speech Movement, the 60s civil rights marches, and women’s issues.
“California Classic: Realist Paintings by Robert Bechtle,” through Oct. 1.
An exhibit of 18 paintings and drawings by the Bay Area artist dating from 1965 to 1997.
SPECIAL EXHIBIT – “Meadowsweet Dairy: Wood Sculpture,” through Sept. 15.
An exhibit of 12 sculptures made with materials found and salvaged to reveal the beauty of the natural object. At the Sculpture Court, City Center, 1111 Broadway. Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
SPECIAL EVENTS AND LECTURES – Free after museum admission unless noted.
“Family Workshop: A Sense of Place,” Aug. 20, 2 p.m.
Create landscape drawings inspired by your personal view of nature. For reservations 238-3818.
$6 general; $4 seniors and students; free children age 5 and under; second Sundays are free to all. Wednesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.; first Friday of the month, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
(888) OAK-MUSE or www.museumca.org.
Eli’s Mile High Club
3629 Martin Luther King Jr Way
Friday, Aug. 25
Bolden and Birdlegg
New Millennium Strings
Saturday, Aug. 26, 8 p.m.
Organ benefit concert
St. Mark’s Episcopal Church
2300 Bancroft, Berkeley
Sunday, Aug. 27, 5 p.m.
Berkeley Food Pantry benefit
Arlington Community Church
52 Arlington Ave., Kensington
Donation suggestions: $10; $7 for students and seniors
150 Walnut Street near Vine St.
11:30 a.m., Aug. 26.
Chamber Music for the Inner Courtyard, a classical ensemble, will perform the music of Haydn, Bach, Mozart. Call 843-4002.
Jazz Singers’ Collective
Saturday, Aug. 26, 8:30 p.m.
Kensington Circus Pub
1317 San Pablo Ave.
For all ages
Sept. 1, 9:30 p.m. CD release party with Strictly Roots
Sept. 3, 9 p.m. Don Carlos & Reggaie Angels
Sept. 5, 9 p.m. A night of Big Mountain Awareness with Blackfire
Sept. 6, 8 p.m. lesson and 9 p.m. show Poullard-Thompson Band (Cajun)
Sept. 8 Fantcha
Sept. 27, 8 p.m., dance session, 9 p.m., music
Kate Brislin, Jody Stecher, Heath Curtis, Bluegrass intentions
Old time, Appalachian music
924 Gilman St.
924 Gilman Street is an all-ages, member-run no alcohol, drugs, and violence club. Most shows are $5. Memberships for the year are $2. Shows start at 8 p.m. unless otherwise noted.
The Hoods, 18 Visions, Punishment, New Jersey Bloodline, Lowlife. Aug. 25.
Tilt, The Nerve Agents, The Missing 23rd, Turnedown, Larry. Aug. 26.
La Pena Cultural Center
3105 Shattuck Ave.
Thursday, Aug. 31
Concert begins at 8 p.m.
The Albatross Pub
1822 San Pablo Ave.
All shows begin at 9 p.m.
Larry Stefl Jazz Quartet, Sept. 2.
Dunsmuir Historic Estate
2960 Peralta Oaks Court, Oakland
End of summer concert: “Caribbean Rhythms”
Sunday, Sept. 3, noon- 3 p.m.
$5 adults, $4 seniors; $1 for children under 13
3101 Shattuck Ave.
Noche de Flamenco, 8:30 p.m., Sept. 6
Featured artists include Cristo Cortes, Monica Bermudez and Carola Zertuche, with special guest El Pollito
2375 Shattuck Ave.
Dick Hindman Trio
4:30 p.m., Sept. 17
$12; $10 students/seniors; $6 for Jazzschool students and children under 13
Friday, Sept. 29
First Lutheran Church at Homer and Webster streets, Palo Alto
University of California, Berkeley Art Museum
Pacific Film Archive
2575 Bancroft Way
“Treasures from the George Eastman House”
Various programs and a 16-film salute to little-known actresses.
Sept. 1 -Oct. 8
“MadCat Women’s International Film Festival”
Festival showcases women filmmakers from around the world.
“Paper Tiger Television”
A look at TV used to promote grassroots political action. PTTV members will appear for discussion with the audiences at screenings.
$7 for one film; $8.50 for double bills. UC Berkeley students are $4/$5.50. Seniors and children are $4.50/6.00
“The Green Bird”
by Carlo Gozzi
Berkeley Repertory Theatre
2025 Addison St.
Adapted by Theatre de la Jeune Lune and directed by Dominique Serrand.
“The Green Bird” runs from September 8 - October 27. For tickets contact the box office at 845-4700.
by George Bernard Shaw
Berkeley City Club
2315 Durant Ave.
Performed by the Aurora Theatre company, “The Philanderer” takes on the challenging and often humorous exploration of gender roles and the separations that exist between the sexes.
Preview dates are September 8-10 and 13, tickets for preview showings are sold at $26. Opening night is September 14, admission is $35. Showtimes run Wednesday through Saturday through October 15 at 8 p.m. and Sunday matinees show at 2 p.m., plus selected Sunday evenings at 7 p.m. Admission for regular performances is $30. Student discounts are available. For tickets and information call 843-4822 or visit www.auroratheatre.org.
Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, through Sept. 2 at La Val’s Subterranean 1834 Euclid Ave. Berkeley.
Directed by George Charbak.
1:30 p.m., Aug. 26
Fellowship of Humanity
411 28th St. Oakland
This staged reading of Sophocles’ “Antigone” is adapted by Walter Springer. Performance is free, contributions are accepted.
Climate Theatre & Subterranean Shakespeare
La Vals Subterraniean 1834 Euclid, Berkeley
Sept.7 -Oct. 14
Thursday - Saturday 8:00 p.m.
$12, Students $8
The Artistry of Rae Louise Hayward
The Women’s Cancer Resource Center Gallery
3023 Shattuck Ave. 548-9286, ext. 307
Aug. 12 - Sept. 27
1316 Tenth St.
Sept. 9 - Oct. 15
LaBelle’s new series of large-scale color photographs highlight nighttime nature in Hollywood. He recreates trees at night using a hand-held spotlight and playing on the beam across the leaves and branches. The opening reception will be held on September 12 from 6 to 8 p.m.
Blue Vinyl by Connie Walsh
Sept. 9 - Oct. 15
This multimedia project combines video, sound and printmaking to explore concepts of intimacy and its relation to private space.
The opening reception is on September 12 from 6-8 p.m.
Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday 11-6 p.m. and Sundays 12-5 p.m.
Rhyme & Reason Poetry Series
Berkeley Art Museum, 2621 Durant
Second and fourth Sundays of each month. For open reading following featured readers, sign up at 2 p.m., readings begin at 2:30 p.m.
Aug. 27, Kathleen Ellis, Rand Fingland
Sept. 10. Q.R. Hand, Tennessee Reed
Readings at Cody’s
2454 Telegraph Ave.
Aug, 29, 7:30 p.m., Karl Schoenberger
Discussion of Levi's Children: Coming to Terms with Human Rights in the Global Marketplace. Allegations of corporate complicity in human rights violations have exploded into one of the most controversial issues today.
Levi's Children offers a desperately needed perspective on the challenges faced by businesses and activists alike.
Aug. 30, Poetry: 7:30 p.m. Joe Todaro and Celia White
Aug. 31, 7:30 p.m. John McWhorter, discussion of Losing the Race: Anti-Intellectualism in Black America.
UC Berkeley linguistics professor McWhorter, author of Word on the Street, paints a painful portrait in an explosive books that will shock many, enrage others, and offer points for serious thought and discussion.
1815 Highland Place
Aug. 27, 6 - 7 p.m. “Bringing the Light of Knowledge to Work”
Dan Jones, Nyingma Institute project leader and instructor, discusses how to integrate human energies while activation understanding and generating positive attitudes in work and life.
Sept. 3, 3 to 5 p.m. Open House
Free introduction to Tibetan Buddhist Culture
6-7 p.m. “Life of the Buddha”
Instructor Eva Casey relates the lessons of Buddha to the practitioner’s experience.
Sept. 10, 6-7p.m. “Overcoming Obstacles to Meditation”
Instructor Abbe Blum talks about meditation troubles and how they can be viewed to unlock the mind’s secrets.
Sept. 17, 6-7 p.m. “Knowledge of Freedom”
Buddhist teacher June Rosenberg will demonstrate how “Knowledge of Freedom” teachings can be applied in daily life.
Lunch Poems Reading Series
Various readers from Berkeley campus
Thursday, Sept. 7.
12:10 -1:30 p.m.
Doe Library, Morrison Room
Golden Gate Live Steamers
Small locomotives, meticulously scaled to size, run along a half mile of track in Tilden Regional Park. The small trains are owned and maintained by a non-profit group of railroad buffs who offer rides.
Free. Trains run Sunday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Rides: Sunday, noon to 3 p.m., weather permitting.
Grizzly Peak Boulevard and Lomas Cantadas Drive at the south end of Tilden Regional Park, Berkeley.
Scientists and engineers guide visitors through the research areas of the laboratory, demonstrating emerging technology and discussing the research’s current and potential applications.
A Berkeley lab tour usually lasts two hours and includes visits to several research areas. Popular tour sites include the Advanced Light Source, The National Center for Electron Microscopy, the 88-Inch Cyclotron, The Advanced Lighting Laboratory, and The Human Genome Laboratory.
Reservations required at least two weeks in advance. Free. 486-4387.
Berkeley City Club Tours
Guided tours through Berkeley’s City Club, a landmark building designed by architect Julia Morgan, designer of Hearst Castle.
$2. The fourth Sunday of every month except December, between noon and 4 p.m.
2315 Durant Ave., Berkeley.
Caldecott Tunnel Tour
Take a walking tour through the giant ventilation ducts that run above the bores of the Caldecott Tunnel and learn the intricacies of running a tunnel system. Tours for six or more people. Reservations required. Ask for Ray or Sherman to make a reservation. Free. Wednesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. Caldecott Tunnel, state Highway 24, Oakland. (510) 286-0315.
The Camron-Stanford House the 1876 Italianate-style home which was at one time the Oakland Public Museum, has been restored and furnished with appropriate period furnishings by the Camron-Stanford House Preservation Association. It is the last Victorian house on Lake Merritt's shore. Tours available on Wednesday and Sunday. $4 general; $2 seniors; $1 juniors age 12 to 18; free children under age 12. Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. 14th Street and Lakeside Drive, Oakland. (510) 444-1876.
Luna Kids Dance
Creative dance for children
Sept. 9, 9-10 a.m.
Redwood Day School, 3245 Sheffield Ave, Oakland
Sept. 12, open house
Ashkenas, 1317 San Pablo, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Mark Morris Dance Group
“Four Saints in Three Acts” and “Dido & Aeneas”
Sept. 21-24 Zellerbach Hall
Music by the Berkeley Symphony Orchestra and American Bach Soloists
Tickets: $34 - $52