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. 549-6950 Free. 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.
“Second Annual Richard Nagler Competition for Excellence in Jewish Photography” Through Feb., 2001. Featuring the work of Claudia Nierman, Jason Francisco, Fleming Lunsford, and others.
UC Berkeley Art Museum 2626 Bancroft Way, Berkeley Wednesday – Sunday, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Open Thursdays til 9 p.m. “Amazons in the Drawing Room”: The Art of Romaine Brooks through Jan. 16, 2001
Predominantly a portrait artist, Brooks paintings were influenced by elements of her life and are a visual record of the changing status of women in society. “Tacita Dean/MATRIX 189 Banewl” through Jan. 28, 2001
A film instillation by British conceptual artist Tacita Dean of the total solar eclipse of Aug. 11, 1999.
Pacific Film Archive Theater Gallery 2625 Durant Ave. “Continuous Replay: The Photographs of Arnie Zane” through Jan. 8, 2001Best known as the cofounder of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, Zane began his exploration of the human form through photography.
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
Paleontology Lobby, Valley Life Sciences Building, UC Berkeley
“Tyrannosaurus Rex,” ongoing. A 20 by 40-foot replica of the fearsome dinosaur 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. “Pteranodon” A suspended skeleton of a flying reptile with a wingspan of 22-23 feet. The Pteranodon lived at the same time as the dinosaurs. Free. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. 642-1821.
UC Berkeley Phoebe Hearst Museum of Anthropology, Kroeber Hall, Bancroft Way and College Ave. “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.“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; $.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. 643-7648
Lawrence Hall of Science “A Spirited Celebration of Kwanzaa with Awele Makeba,”
Dec. 26, 1 p.m. Featuring tales and songs from African and African-American history, culture, and folklore celebrating the seven principles of Kwanzaa. “Magic Mike,” Dec. 27, noon and 1:30 p.m. A performance of dazzling special effects. “Season of Lights,” Dec. 28, 1 p.m. The Imagination Company brings world winter celebrations to life and highlights the significance of light to several cultures.“Earthcapades,” Dec. 29, 1 p.m. Hearty and Lissin blend storytelling, juggling, acrobatics and more to entertain and teach about saving the environment. “Bats of the World,” Dec. 30, 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Maggie Hooper of the California Bat Conservation Fund shows slides, introduces three live bats, and answer questions about these animals.$7 general; $5 seniors, students, disabled, and youths age 7 to 18; $3 children age 3 to 5; free children age 2 and younger. Daily, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Dec. 24, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. “Gary Lapow's Light Up the Lights!” Dec. 31, 1 p.m. A performance of traditional holiday songs from around the world celebrating Las Posadas, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, and Christmas. $7 general; $5 seniors, students, disabled and youths age 7 to 18; $3 children age 3 to 6; free children under age 3.“Math Rules!” Ongoing. A math exhibit of hands-on problem-solving stations, each with a different mathematical challenge.“Within the Human Brain” Ongoing. Visitors test their cranial nerves, play skeeball, master mazes, match musical tones and construct stories inside a simulated “rat cage” of learning experiments. “In the Dark,” through Jan. 15, 2001. Plunge into darkness and see amazing creatures that inhabit worlds without light. “Saturday Night Stargazing” First and third Saturdays each month. 8 - 10 p.m., LHS plaza. “ChemMystery,” through Jan. 1, 2001. The LHS becomes a crime scene and a science lab to help visiting detectives to solve two different crime scenarios. Call 643-5134 for tickets
$7 for adults; $5 for children 5-18; $3 for children 3-4. 642-5132
Holt Planetarium Centennial Drive, UC Berkeley
Programs are recommended for age 8 and up; children under age 6 will not be admitted. $2 in addition to regular museum admission. “Constellations Tonight” Ongoing. Using a simple star map, learn to identify the most prominent constellations for the season in the planetarium sky. Daily, 3:30 p.m. $7 general; $5 seniors, students, disabled, and youths age 7 to 18; $3 children age 3 to 5 ; free children age 2 and younger. Daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; (510) 642-5132 or www.lhs.berkeley.edu
924 Gilman St.
All shows begin at 8 p.m. unless noted
$5; $2 for a year membership
525-9926 Dec. 22: Dead and Gone, Phantom Limbs, Angel Dust, Justin Bailey, The Fleshies; Dec. 23: Hammers of Misfortune, Dekapitator, Black Goat, Kalmex and the Riff Merchants; Dec. 29: Nerve Agents, American Nightmare, Kill Me Kate, PBR Streetgang; Dec. 30: The Unseen, F-Minus, Intreped A.A.F., Broken Society, Stockyard Stoics; Dec. 31, 1 p.m.: Crucial Section, W.H.N.?, Scott Baio’s Army, Godstomper
Ashkenaz 1370 San Pablo Ave. (at Gilman) 525-5054 or www.ashkenaz.com Dec. 22: Trancemission, 9:30 p.m., $10; Dec. 23: Warsaw, George & the Wonders, KGB, and DJ; JahBonz, 9 p.m., $10 ; Dec. 29: Surco Nuevo, 9:30 p.m., $11; dance lesson with Felipe Martinez, 8:30 p.m.; Dec. 30: Legion of Mary with Martin Fiero, New Monsoon, 9 p.m., $10; Dec. 31: Balkan New Year's Eve Party, 8 p.m.;
Featuring Vassil and Maria Bebelekov, Edessa, Anoush, Joe Finn. $12; Jan. 11: Benefit concert for Food First featuring: Ten Ton Chicken, Tree o’ Frogs, The David Thom Band and Buffalo Roam, $10 - $15
Eli’s Mile High Club 3629 MLK Jr. Way Oakland
All shows at 8 p.m.Dec. 22: Bolden & Birdlegg; Dec. 23: J.J. Malone; Dec. 29: Little Johnny & the Giants ; Dec. 30: Carlos Zialcita
Freight & Salvage All shows begin at 8 p.m. 548-1761
Dec. 22: Freight Holiday Review with: Laurie Lewis, Tom Rozum, Street Sounds, Kathy Kallick, Brittany & Natalie Haas;
Dec. 23: We Be 4: Rhiannon, Linda Tillery, Joey Blake & David Worm; Dec. 29: Peppino D’Agostino (Italian fingerstyle guitar);
Dec. 30: Oak, Ash & Thorn (A Cappella of british isles)
Albatross Pub 1822 San Pablo Ave. 843-2473All shows begin at 9 p.m., unless noted. Dec. 26: Mad & Eddie Duran Jazz Duo; Dec. 28: Keni “El Lebrijano” (flamenco guitar); Dec. 31, 10 p.m. - 1 p.m.: Dave Widelock Jazz Trio;
Crowden School1475 Rose St. (at Sacramento) 559-6910
Sundays, 4 p.m.: Chamber music series sponsored by the school.
Jazzschool/La Note 2377 Shattuck Ave. 845-5373
All shows at 4:30 p.m.Tickets are $10 - $12
Jan. 14: Afro-Jazz with Pascal Bokar ; Jan. 21: The BlueJazzHouse Party with Brenda Boykin and The Eric Swinderman Quartet
Solano Holiday Performers Solano Ave.
On weekend afternoons until Christmas, various artists will be performing. Dec. 23 & 24, Noon - 6 p.m.
Berkeley Symphony Orchestra Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley
841-2800 Performance dates include Jan. 31, April 3, and June 21, 2001. All performances begin at 8 p.m. Single $19 - $35, Series $52 - $96
Strolling Musicians & Carolers Downtown Berkeley
Sponsored by the Downtown Berkeley Association and co-sponsored by the Daily Planet and the City of Berkeley.
Performances are 5 - 7 p.m. Dec. 22: Berkeley Community Chamber Chorus & These “R” They Gospel Youth Choir
Klesmeh! Festival Julia Morgan Center for the Arts 2640 College Ave. 415-454-5238 Dec. 23, 8 p.m. A Hanukkah concert of Klesmer music and its mutations, featuring the San Francisco Klesmer experience. Hosted by Berkeley monologist/comedian Josh Kornbluth. $18 advance, $20 door; $16 kids and seniors
“Flamenco Fiesta” Cafe de la Paz 1600 Shattuck Ave. 843-0662 Dec. 31, 8:30 p.m. Dancer Lourdes Rodrigues and guitarists Keni “El Lebrijano” and David Gutierrez will perform along with additional dancers and singers Kati Majia and Sarita Ayala in a dinner show and a midnight countdown show.
Tickets for dinner show, $50. Tickets for midnight countdown show, $21 (midnight countdown show begins at 11 p.m.)
Dia de los Reyes Concert St. Joseph the Worker Church
1640 Addison (415) 431- 4234 Jan. 13, 8 p.m. Performing will be Coro Hispano de San Francisco and Conjunto Nuevo Mundo with the Jackeline Rago Ensemble de la Pena.
$12 - $15
“Dinner With Friends” by Donald Margulies Berkeley Repertory Theatre 2025 Addison St. Through Jan. 5, 200.1 845-4700, www.berkeleyrep.org
“The Weir” by Conor McPherson Aurora Theater Company
Berkeley City Club 2315 Durant Ave. Through Dec. 30, Tuesday - Saturday, 8 p.m. ; Sunday, 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.
$30 general Call 843-4822
“Waiting for Godot” by Samuel Beckett Subterranean Shakespeare La Val’s Subterranean 1834 Euclid (at Hearst)
Jan. 5 through Feb. 3, Thursday - Saturday, 8 p.m.
$8 - $12 Call 234-6046
New Iranian Cinema Pacific Film Archive 2575 Bancroft Way (at Bowditch) Featured films include Mariam Shahriar’s “Daughters of the Sun,” Rassul Sadr Ameli’s “The Girl in Sneakers,” and Parvi Shahbazi’s “Whispers,” and many others.
Jan. 4 - 13 $7 for one film, $8.50 for double bills Call 642-1412 for tickets and info.
Toki Gallery 1212 San Pablo Ave. 524-7363 “Heads of the Class,” ceramic sculptures by seventh and eighth grade students at the East Bay Science & Arts Middle School.
Through Jan. 10, Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Saturday & Sunday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Kala Art Institute 1060 Heinz Ave. 549-2977
Over sixty artists affiliated with the Kala Art Institute will show works ranging from wood block prints to digital media.
Through Jan. 16, Tuesday - Friday, Noon - 5 p.m.
Artists at Play Holiday Sale 1649 Hopkins St. 528-0494 The work of four artists creating various items: serving dishes, frames, ornaments, jewelry, monoprints, cards, and more.
Dec. 23 & 24, Noon - 4 p.m.
Traywick Gallery 1316 Tenth St., Berkeley 527-1214 or www.traywick.com Group show by Traywick artists, Through Dec. 23. Gallery hours: Tuesday - Saturday, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Nexus Gallery 2701 Eighth St., Berkeley 531-9229 “The Glitter Reminder,” paintings by Michele Theberge, prints and textiles by Sharon Jue, photographs by Amy Snyder, sculpted water environments by C.R. Mitchell and Tom Mataga and textile installations by Claudia Tennyson. Through Dec. 23 Gallery hours: Monday - Friday, Noon - 6 p.m., Saturday & Sunday 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Berkeley Historical Society 1931 Center St. Call 848-0181
“Berkeley’s Ethnic Heritage.” An overview of the rich cultural diversity of the city and the contribution of individuals and minority groups to it’s history and development.
Thursday through Saturday, 1 – 4 p.m. Free.
Pro Arts Gallery 461 Ninth St., Oakland.
763-9425 2000 Juried Annual, Through Dec. 30. This years show features 79 works by 70 artists. This show is juried by Larry Rinder, curator of contemporary art at the Whitney Museum. Wednesday - Saturday, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
“Art of Ethan Snyderman,” French Hotel 1538 Shattuck Ave. (between Cedar and Vine) 763-1313 At the ripe old age of nine, Snyderman creates canvases with “figures reminiscent of Matisse and Modigliani.” Through December
Boadecia’s Books 398 Colusa Ave.
All events at 7:30 p.m., unless noted Jan. 6: Gaymes Night; come play Balderdash, Sequence, and others and enjoy pizza, company, and teamwork.
“Strong Women - Writers & Heroes of Literature” North Berkeley Senior Center 1901 Hearst Ave. (at MLK Jr. Way)
549-2970 Mondays, Jan. 5 through June, 2001, 1 - 3 p.m.
Taught by Dr. Helen Rippier Wheeler, author of “Women and Aging: A Guide to Literature,” this is a free weekly literature course in the Berkeley Adult School’s Older Adults Program.
Easy Going Travel Shop & Bookstore 1385 Shattuck Ave. (at Rose) 843-3533 All free events at 7:30 p.m. (unless noted)
Jan. 11: Kristan Lawson & Anneli Rufus discuss their book “California Babylon: A Guide to Sites of Scandal, Mayhem, and Celluloid in the Golden State.”; Jan. 16: Various travel authors discuss the spiritual aspects of traveling, “Travel as Pilgrimage.”; Jan. 18: Berkeley resident, restaurant and move critic John Weil, through a slide presentation and talk, takes attendees on a unique tour through the rich artistic and cultural heritage of Berkeley and Oakland.
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Free. University of California, Berkeley. 486-4387
Berkeley City Club Tours $2. The fourth Sunday of every month except December, between noon to 4 p.m.
2315 Durant Ave., Berkeley. 848-7800
Golden Gate Live Steamers Small locomotives, meticulously scaled to size.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. 486-0623
UC Berkeley Botanical Garden The gardens have displays of exotic and native plants. Tours, Saturday and Sunday, 1:30 p.m. $3 general; $2 seniors; $1 children; free on Thursday. Daily, 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Botanical Garden, Centennial Drive, behind Memorial Stadium, a mile below the Lawrence Hall of Science, Berkeley. 643-2755 or www.mip.berkeley.edu/garden/
Berkeley Historical Society Slide Lecture & Booksigning Series
Berkeley Historical Center Veterans Memorial Building
1931 Center St. 848-0181 Sundays, 3 - 5 p.m. $10 donation requested Jan. 14: Richard Schwartz on “Berkeley 1900,” the history of Berkeley at the turn of the century; Jan. 28: “The Finns in Berkeley and Co-op Beginnings,” a panel discussion on Finnish and Co-op history; March 11: Director of Berkeley’s International House, Joe Lurie, will show a video and dicuss the history and struggle to open the I-House 70 years ago.