ACTORS ENSEMBLE OF BERKELEY
“Rough Crossing” by Tom Stoppard, April 7 through May 6. The writers of a Broadway musical are simultaneously trying to finish and rehearse a play while crossing the Atlantic on an ocean liner.
$10. Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m.; May 4, 8 p.m. Live Oak Theatre, 1301 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley. (510) 528-5620.
“The Homecoming” by Harold Pinter, April 6 through May 7. A dark comedy about a philosophy professor who brings his wife home to meet his all-male family.
$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
“The Alchemist” by Ben Johnson, through April 7. A scathingly satiric look at the “science” of alchemy and other scams.
$38 to $48.50. Tuesday through Friday, 8 p.m.; Wednesday, 7 p.m. Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Feb. 26, March 4, March 11 and March 25, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. 2025 Addison St., Berkeley.
(510) 845-4700 or (888) 4BRTTIX.
“3 Sisters” by Anton Chekhov, through April 9. A play about three provincial sisters yearning to move to Moscow and the toy-soldier men who adore them. $15 general; $10 students and seniors. Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 7 p.m.; March 27, 8 p.m. Speakeasy Theatre, 2016 Seventh St., Berkeley. (510) 655-0813.
“Measure for Measure,” by William Shakespeare. Run has been extended through April 30. Performances are Thursdays through Saturdays, at 8 p.m. each night, and Sundays at 7 p.m. $10 general; $6 students. La Val’s Subterranean, 1834 Euclid Ave., Berkeley. (510) 234-6046.
FREIGHT AND SALVAGE
Phil Cunningham and Aly Bain, April 6. $16.50.
John Renbourn, April 7. $16.50.
Ellis Paul, Stephan Smith, April 8. $15.50.
Vance Gilbert, David Olney, April 9. $13.50
Music at 8 p.m. 1111 Addison St., Berkeley. (510) 548-1761 or (510) 762-BASS.
Dan, Tom, and Mary, April 4, 9 p.m. $8.
The Creole Belles, April 5, 9 p.m. $8.
Wawawiwa, April 6, 9:30 p.m. $8.
Sister I-Live, April 7, 9:30 p.m. $11.
Zydeco Flames, April 8, 9:30 p.m. $11.
Rachel Garland, April 9, 7 p.m. $8 general; $6 students.
1317 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley. (510) 525-5099 or www.ashkenaz.com
Cool Water Canyon, Big Wu, April 7. $6.
An Evening with Groove Junkies, April 8. $5.
Crazy from the Heat, April 9. $3.
For age 18 and older. Music at 9:30 p.m. 2367 Telegraph Ave., Berkeley. (510) 848-0886.
LA PENA CULTURAL CENTER
Kimiko Joy, Paris King, Salakida, April 7, 8 p.m. $7.
Tribu, April 8, 8 p.m. $12.
3105 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley. (510) 849-2568 or www.lapena.org
924 GILMAN ST.
Fall Silent, Good Clean Fun, Life's Halt, What Happens Next, Redrum, April 7.
30 Sec. Fury, Spishak, Shoot The Dog, April 8.
$5. Music at 8 p.m. unless otherwise noted. 924 Gilman St., Berkeley. (510) 525-9926.
THE STARRY PLOUGH PUB
Smoke Jumpers, Kirby Grips, Karate Dog, April 6. $5.
Paul Cebar and The Milwaukeeans, The Floodplain Gang, April 7. $6.
The Vagabond Lovers, Noe Venable, April 8. $6.
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.
UC BERKELEY ART
“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.
“2x2: Architectural Collaborations,” Jan. 22 through April 16. This exhibit elaborates on the theme of the “Equal Partners” exhibit looking at the innovative projects and the collaborative style of a newer generation of architects.
“Roma/Pacifica: The Phoebe Hearst International Architecture Competition and the Berkeley Campus, 1896-1930,” through April 23. An exhibition showing how the campus developed from the original lavish design of Franco-Roman buildings by French architect Emile Bernard to the modified version with Italianate granite and stucco buildings and tile roofing by New York architect John Galen Howard to the vision of California Arts and Crafts architect Bernard Maybeck and his student Julia Morgan.
$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.
“This is Your Heart!” ongoing. An in teractive exhibit on heart health.
“Good Nutrition,” ongoing. This exhibit includes models for making balanced meals and an exercycle for calculating how calories are burned.
“Draw Your Own Insides,” ongoing. Human-shaped chalkboards and models with removable organs allow visitors to explore the inside of their bodies.
“Your Cellular Self and Cancer Prevention,” ongoing. An exhibit on understanding how cells become cancerous and how to detect and prevent cancer.
Free. For children ages 3 to 12 and their parents.
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA BERNICE LAYNE BROWN GALLERY
“Bridging the Bay: Bridging the Campus,” through April 30. The exhibit has been created from the libraries of the eight University of California campuses. The exhibit includes books, documents, architectural drawings, blueprints, artifacts, maps and photographs that record the building of the San Francisco Bay area’s bridges. It also includes documents detailing Bay area bridge projects that were seriously considered but never built.
Free. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. Doe Memorial Library, University of California, Berkeley. (510) 643-9999.
“Dinosaurs 2000,” through June 4. An exhibit featuring 16 lifelike robotic creatures, fossils, activities to compare yourself to a dinosaur, and daily live demonstrations.
“The News About Dinosaurs,” through June 4. Learn more about the “Dinosaurs 2000” exhibit with live demonstrations exploring recent paleontological discoveries and how scientists know what they do about prehistoric creatures. Monday through Friday, 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.
$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. “A Taste of Culture: Approaches to the Study of Cuisine,” objects and photographs from diverse places and times display the role of food in human cultures.
“Food in California Indian Culture,” the first comprehensive overview of Native California foods-this exhibit illustrates the artistry of Native cooking in harmony with the natural world.
“Native American Portraits: Photographs by William Heick,” this retrospective exhibition includes photographs between 1951 and 1984 from four regions of western North America: Northwest Coast (Kwakiutl), Southwest (Navajo), California (Kashaya Pomo, Hupa), and Plains (Blackfoot, Sioux).
“Phoebe Hearst Museum-Approaching a Century of Anthropology,” a sampling of the vast collections of the museum, its mission, history, and current research, with selections from ancient Egypt, ancient Peru, California Indians, Asia (India), and Africa.
“Ishi and the Invention of Yahi Culture,” Ishi, the last Yahi Indian of California, spent the final years of his life, 1911 to 1916, living at the museum, working with anthropologists to record his culture, demonstrating technological skills, and retelling Yahi myths, tales, and songs.
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 MUSEUM
2911 Russell St., Berkeley
“Chagall: Master Prints and Posters, Selections from the Magnes Museum Collection.” Accompanying the exhibition is “Exploring Chagall and His Use of the Elements of Art,” a child-friendly Interactive Educational Room with five work-stations and a central activities space.
Free. Sunday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
“The Women’s Show,” March 3 through April 8. A group exhibit of works by six Bay area artists.
“The Annual Staff Exhibit,” through March 31. An exhibit of works featuring ceramics, fiber, painting, sculpture, photography, mixed media, and digital mixed media. In the Interim Gallery.
Free. Tuesday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. 1652 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley. (510) 843-2527.
NEW PIECES GALLERY
“Irish Stones and More,” April 1 through April 27. An exhibit of quilts by Denise Snell.
“Down from the Attic,” April 1 through April 27. An exhibit of dolls by Gretchen Jennings.
Free. Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. 1597 Solano Ave., Berkeley. (510) 527-6779.
Dennis Begg, March 11 through April 9. An exhibit of new sculpture and installation.
Lothar Osterburg, March 11 through April 9. An exhibit of new photography.
Free. Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 6 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. 1316 10th St., Berkeley. (510) 527-1214.
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