Friday, May 26
“Judicial Independence: Why is it so Important Anyway?”
Berkeley City Club, 2315 Durant Ave.
The Hon. Ming W. Chin, California Supreme Court justice, will speak during this week’s meeting of the City Commons Club. Social hour begins at 11:15 a.m. Luncheon is served from 11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Speaker starts promptly at 12:30 p.m. Lunch is $11 or $12.25; admission to the speech is $1, free for students.
The History of New York Yiddish Theater Music
North Berkeley Senior Center, 1901 Hearst Ave.
Berkeley High School Concert Orchestra spring concert
Berkeley Community Theater, Allston Way between Milvia Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Way
The concert will feature a mix of old and new music, including works by Dvorak, Mozart, Saint-Saens, and Stravinsky. Because the orchestra has grown from approximately 15 students to over 60 in the last six years, the Little Theater stage can no longer comfortably accommodate the concert. Instead, the orchestra will perform at the 3,000-seat Community Theater for only the second time in decades. Admission is $4 for adults, $1 for students age 13-18, and children under 12 are admitted free.
Pre-Carnaval 2000 Dance Party
Café Capoeira, 2026 Addison St.
Jane Santos and the Carnaval Band with, guitarist Roberto Mendoça, will perform. Tickets $10 in advance and $12 at the door.
Saturday, May 27
Berkeley Farmers’ Market
10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Center Street between Martin Luther King Jr. Way and Milvia Street
“School House Rock Live! Jr.”
John Muir Elementary School Auditorium, 2955 Claremont Ave.
This musical features an all-kids cast. Tickets are $10 general admission, $5 for children age 12 and under.
Live Oak Theatre and Park, 1301 Shattuck Ave.
The Kairos Youth Choir will offer its final performance of the world premiere of “Pippi Longstocking,” a musical comedy. The group is raising funds for its concert tour of Scandinavia this August. Tickets are $8.
Sunday, May 28
Cody’s Books, 2454 Telegraph Ave.
The featured poets this session will be Denise Newman and Lisa Samuels.
Captain Richard Thomas Centennial Walk
Meet at the bottom of Rose Walk on Euclid Avenue. A wheelchair-accessible meeting point is at LeRoy Avenue and Rose Street.
Captain Richard Parks Thomas and his wife were the American pioneers on Nut Hill, now also Maybeck country. He was the owner of the Standard Soap Company and built a fort on the site of the present Hume Cloister. On this tour the Historical Society is celebrating the centennial of his death on May 28, 1900. Carl Wilson, the tour guide, is the current curator and past president of the Historical Society. The walk is part of the Berkeley Historical Society’s Spring 200 Walking Tours. The price is $5 per person per tour.
Monday, May 29
Memorial Day Holiday
Schools, city offices and most businesses will be closed for the holiday.
Tuesday, May 30
Free computer class for seniors
South Berkeley Senior Center, 2939 Ellis St.
This free course offers basic instruction in keyboarding, Microsoft Word, Windows 95, Excel and Internet access. Space is limited; the class is offered Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. Call ahead for a reservation.
Berkeley Farmers’ Market
Derby Street between Martin Luther King Jr. Way and Milvia Street
Computer literacy course
James Kenney Recreation Center, 1720 Eighth St.
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Berkeley Camera Club
Northbrae Community Church, 941 The Alameda
Share your slides and prints with other photographers. Critiques by qualified judges. Monthly field trips.