A CELEBRATION OF THE WINTER SOLSTICE
A solstice celebration in honor of David Nadel will be held at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 23 at Ashkenaz. The event will feature the Zydeco Flames, the Sidewinders, the Nigerian Brothers, Edessa and others, as well as a drum circle and potluck. Admission is free.
1317 San Pablo Ave. 525-5054.
INTERNATIONAL COMEDY SHOWCASE
South Berkeley’s La Peña Cultural Center will host an “International Comedy Showcase” at 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 30, featuring comedians from Africa, China, Lebanon, Scotland, India and Iran. $13-$15. 3105 Shattuck Ave. 849-2568.
20th ANNIVERSARY BASH FOR 924 GILMAN
924 Gilman, Berkeley’s venerable member-run punk rock venue, will celebrate its 20th anniversary with a 6 p.m. show Saturday, Dec. 30 featuring a number of bands, including Solcial Unrest, El Dopa and Black Fork. All ages welcome; no alcohol, no drugs, no violence. $10. The celebration will be preceded by a 2 p.m. screening of 924 Gilman, a documentary about the venue.
CELLULOID CLASSICS IN EL CERRITO
The Cerrito Theater continues its weekend series of classics from yesteryear with Cary Grant in The Bishop’s Wife (1947), showing at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 23 and at 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 24. The following weekend will feature After the Thin Man (1936), the second film in the Thin Man series, at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 30 and at 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 31. 10070 San Pablo Ave., El Cerrito. www.picturepubpizza.com.