“From the Darkness, Solace,” a winter solstice concert, will be held at the Chapel of the Chimes Mausoleum from 7-11 p.m.Thursday. More than 35 solo artists perform original music throughout the columbarium in honor of the darkest day of the year. Dress warmly. Flashlights encouraged. $10-$20. 4499 Piedmont Ave., Oakland. 228-3207
ABSTRACTS AND PORTRAITS
Don Clausen, an East Bay resident and graduate of California College of Arts and Crafts, is showing his oil paintings, abstracts and portraits through Feb. 5 at the Alta Galleria, 2980 College Ave., #4. 421-1255.
MATINEE TO BENEFIT
Elmwood District merchants are sponsoring a matinee screening at the Elmwood Theater as a benefit for local schools. Robert Zemeckis’ The Polar Express (2004), starring Tom Hanks, is about a doubting boy who takes a magical train ride to the North Pole. 10 a.m. and noon Sunday. Admission is $2. schools. 2966 College Ave. 843-3794.
FINAL DAYS FOR ‘BOWLERS’
All Wear Bowlers, the absurdist comedy by Geoff Sobelle and Trey Lyford, will finish up its run at the Berkeley Rep with performances at 8 p.m. Friday and and at 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday. 75 minutes.$23.50-$61. 647-2949. www.berkeleyrep.org.