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.,
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. Highlights include treasures from Jewish ceremonial and folk art, rare books and manuscripts, contemporary and traditional fine art, video, photography and cultural kitsch.
“Spring and Summer.”
Through Nov. 4.
“Chagall: Master Prints and Posters, Selections from the Magnes Museum Collection.”
Through Sept. 28.
UC Berkeley Art Museum
2626 Bancroft Way, Berkeley
“Mandala: The Architecture of Enlightenment,” through Sept. 17.
An exhibit of rare and exquisite works featuring more than forty mandalas and related objects including sculptures and models of sacred spaces.
“Doug Aitken/MATRIX 185: Into the Sun,” through Sept. 3.
An exhibit of works primarily in video and film, using the interplay of art and media to evoke deserted landscapes.
“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.
“Hans Hoffmann,” open-ended.
An exhibit of paintings by Hoffmann which emphasizes two experimental methods the artist employed: the introduction of slabs or rectangles of highly saturated colors and the use of large areas of black paint juxtaposed with intense oranges, greens and yellows.
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
Lobby, Valley Life Sciences Building, UC Berkeley
“Tyrannosaurus Rex,” ongoing.
A 20-foot tall, 40-foot long replica of the fearsome dinosaur. The replica is 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.
A suspended skeleton of a flying reptile with a wingspan of 22 to 23 feet. The Pteranodon lived at the same time as the dinosaurs.
California Fossils Exhibit, ongoing. An exhibit of some of the fossils which have been excavated in California.
Free. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
UC Berkeley Phoebe Hearst
Museum of Anthropology
Kroeber Hall, Bancroft Way and College
“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.
“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, including the role of Phoebe Apperson Hearst as the museum’s patron, as well as the relationship of anthropologists Alfred Kroeber and Robert Lowie to the museum.
“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; $0.50 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.
Mills College Art Museum
5000 MacArthur Blvd., Oakland
“The 100 Languages of Children,” through October.
An exhibit of art by children from Reggio Emilia, Italy. At Carnegie Building Bender Room.
Free. Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 4 p.m.
The Oakland Museum of
1000 Oak St., Oakland
“Helen Nestor: Personal and Political,” Aug. 17 through Oct. 15.
An exhibit of images documenting the Free Speech Movement, the 60s civil rights marches, and women’s issues.
Artist Reception, Aug. 17, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
“California Classic: Realist Paintings by Robert Bechtle,” through Oct. 1.
An exhibit of 18 paintings and drawings by the Bay Area artist dating from 1965 to 1997.
SPECIAL EXHIBIT – “Meadowsweet Dairy: Wood Sculpture,” through Sept. 15.
An exhibit of 12 sculptures made with materials found and salvaged to reveal the beauty of the natural object. At the Sculpture Court, City Center, 1111 Broadway. Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
SPECIAL EVENTS AND LECTURES – Free after museum admission unless noted.
“Family Workshop: A Sense of Place,” Aug. 20, 2 p.m.
Create landscape drawings inspired by your personal view of nature. For reservations 238-3818.
$6 general; $4 seniors and students; free children age 5 and under; second Sundays are free to all. Wednesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.; first Friday of the month, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
(888) OAK-MUSE or www.museumca.org
The Greek Theatre
Hearst Avenue and Gayley Road
Aug. 18, 8 p.m.
$27.50 to $65.
Freight and Salvage
1111 Addison St.
Music at 8 p.m. unless otherwise noted.
David Nachmanoff, Aug. 17. $13.50 to $14.50.
Jack Hardy with Kate MacLeod. Aug. 18. $14.50 to $15.50.
Dix Bruce and Jim Nunally, Carol Elizabeth Jones and James Leva, Aug. 19. $14.50 to $15.50.
Burach, Aug. 20. $13.50 to $14.50.
548-1761 or 762-BASS.
1317 San Pablo Ave.
For all ages
Grateful Dead DJ Night with Digital Dave, Aug. 17, 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. $5.
Johnny Nocturne Band with Kim Nalley, Aug. 18, 9:30 p.m. $11.
Tippa Irie, Root Awakening, Warsaw, Aug. 19, 9:30 p.m. $11.
Near East/Far West with Transition and Edessa, Aug. 20, 8:30 p.m. $11.
924 Gilman St.
924 Gilman Street is an all-ages, member-run no alcohol, drugs, and violence club. Most shows are $5. Memberships for the year are $2. Shows start at 8 p.m. unless otherwise noted.
Raw Power, Capitalist Casualties, Lifes Halt, Tongue, What Happens Next. Aug. 18.
Dead And Gone, Time In Malta, Run For Your Fucking Life, Suicide Party. Aug. 19.
The Hoods, 18 Visions, Punishment, New Jersey Bloodline, Lowlife. Aug. 25.
Tilt, The Nerve Agents, The Missing 23rd, Turnedown, Larry. Aug. 26.
The Albatross Pub
1822 San Pablo Ave.
All shows begin at 9 p.m.
Mad and Eddie Duran Jazz Duo, Aug. 15 and 29.
Keni “El Lebrijano” Flamenco Guitar, Aug. 17 and 24.
Larry Stefl Jazz Quartet, Sept. 2.
The Jazz School/La Note
2377 Shattuck Avenue
Free admission, reservation recommended
“Vocal Sauce” Vocal Ensemble Directed by Greg Murai. Aug. 17 at 7 p.m.
Valerie Bach And “Swang Fandangle.” Aug. 20 at 4:30 p.m.
Vocalists Ed Reed; Vocal group Zoli Lundy and “Zoli’s Little Thing.” Aug. 24 at 7 p.m.
150 Walnut Street near Vine St.
11:30 a.m., Aug. 12, 19 and 26.
Chamber Music for the Inner Courtyard, a classical ensemble, will perform the music of Haydn, Bach, Mozart.
“The Green Bird” by Carlo Gozzi
Berkeley Repertory Theatre
2025 Addison St.
Adapted by Theatre de la Jeune Lune and directed by Dominique Serrand.
“The Green Bird” runs from September 8 - October 27. For tickets contact the box office at 845-4700.
“The Philanderer” by George Bernard Shaw
Berkeley City Club
2315 Durant Ave.
Performed by the Aurora Theatre company, “The Philanderer” takes on the challenging and often humorous exploration of gender roles and the separations that exist between the sexes.
Preview dates are September 8-10 and 13, tickets for preview showings are sold at $26. Opening night is September 14, admission is $35. Showtimes run Wednesday through Saturday through October 15 at 8 p.m. and Sunday matinees show at 2 p.m., plus selected Sunday evenings at 7 p.m. Admission for regular performances is $30. Student discounts are available. For tickets and information call 843-4822 or visit www.auroratheatre.org.
“The Caucasian Chalk Circle” by Bertolt Brecht
Directed by Lura Dolas
"Terrible is the temptation to do good." (Bertolt Brecht) Based in part on an ancient Chinese tale, Brecht’s epic parable tackles an insoluble human dilemma: How to behave well, act justly, and remain humane in a world in which chaos reigns, good is punished, and evil often triumphs. Played by a cast of 15 actors in 86 roles, this musical rendition of the play features an original gypsy-jazz/klezmer score by John Schott. “The Caucasian Chalk Circle” runs from October 6-15. Shows are 8 p.m. on October 6, 7, 13, 14, and 2 p.m. on October 8 and 15. For Tickets contact Ticketweb at 601-8932 or at www.ticketweb.com
Theatre in Search
Live Oak Theatre
1301 Shattuck Ave.
8 p.m., Aug. 17-19 at
A one act play by Samuel Beckett about a man who likes things to come to an end but doesn’t want them to end just yet.
Also, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, Aug. 24 - Sept. 2 at La Val’s Subterranean 1834 Euclid Ave. Berkeley.
Directed by George Charbak. Call: 524-9327.
The Artistry of Rae Louise Hayward
The Women’s Cancer Resource Center Gallery
3023 Shattuck Ave.
548-9286, ext. 307
Aug. 12 - Sept. 27
Rae Louise Hayward, one of the founders of The Art of Living Black, Bay Area Black Artist Annual Exhibition and Open Studios Tour.
Haywards’ art celebrates the beauty of African culture from its people to its music. The opening reception with the artist will be held Aug. 26 noon-3 p.m.
Regular gallery hours are Tuesday through Thursday 1-7 p.m., Saturday 12-4 p.m. and by appointment.
1316 Tenth St.
Sept. 9 - Oct. 15
LaBelle’s new series of large-scale color photographs highlight nighttime nature in Hollywood. He recreates trees at night using a hand-held spotlight and playing on the beam across the leaves and branches. The opening reception will be held on September 12 from 6 to 8 p.m.
Blue Vinyl by Connie Walsh
Sept. 9 - Oct. 15
This multimedia project combines video, sound and printmaking to explore concepts of intimacy and its relation to private space.
The opening reception is on September 12 from 6-8 p.m.
Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday 11-6 p.m. and Sundays 12-5 p.m.
Judah L. Magnes Museum
2911 Russell St.
Aug. 22 6 -7:30 p.m.
Bat Area poets Dan Bellin, Adam David Miller, Mary Ganz, and others will read from their works in “Poetry through Time.” The program will include a brief open-readings period after the featured poets. Sign-ups will start at 5:45 p.m.