Ebony Museum of Arts
The museum specializes in the art and history of Africa.
Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 6 p.m.
30 Jack London Village, Suite 209. (510) 763-0745.
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.
UC Berkeley Art Museum
2626 Bancroft Way, Berkeley
Wednesday - Sunday, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Open Thursdays til 9 p.m.
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.
Oct. 11 - Jan. 16, 2001: Amazons in the Drawing Room: The Art of Romaine Brooks.
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; $.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.
Lawrence Hall of Science
“Math Rules!” Ongoing. A math exhibit of hands-on problem-solving stations, each with a different mathematical challenge.
“Within the Human Brain” Ongoing. Visitors test their cranial nerves, play skeeball, master mazes, match musical tones and construct stories inside a simulated “rat cage” of learning
“Saturday Night Stargazing” First and third Saturdays each month. 8 - 10 p.m., LHS plaza.
Open daily, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
$7 for adults; $5 for children 5-18; $3 for children 3-4
Programs are recommended for age 8 and up; children under age 6 will not be admitted. $2 in addition to regular museum admission.
“Moons of the Solar System,” through Dec. 10. Take a tour of the fascinating worlds that orbit Earth and other planets out to the edge of the Solar System.
“Constellations Tonight” Ongoing. Using a simple star map, learn to identify the most prominent constellations for the season in the planetarium sky. Daily, 3:30 p.m. $7 general; $5 seniors, students, disabled, and youths age 7 to 18;
$3 children age 3 to 5 ; free children age 2 and younger. Daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Centennial Drive, University of California,
Berkeley. (510) 642-5132 or www.lhs.berkeley.edu
The Oakland Museum of
1000 Oak St., Oakland
“Helen Nestor: Personal and Political” Through Oct. 15.
An exhibit of images documenting the Free Speech Movement, the 60s civil rights marches, and women’s issues.
“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.
$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.
Lizabeth Oliveria Gallery
942 Clay St., Oakland
10:30 a.m. – 6 p.m..
Franklin Williams exhibit through Sept. 30
1306 3rd. St., Berkeley
Mary Law “Altered Ceramic Pots”
through Oct. 21
For more information or to sign up for the workshop call 526-0279 or e-mail to email@example.com
Downtown Berkeley Association
Lunchtime Concert Series
Every Thursday through October
noon - 1p.m.
Downtown Berkeley BART Plaza
1 hour free parking available in Center Street Garage
Oct. 5: Brazilian music players Capoeira Arts Cafe & Company
Oct. 12: Members of the Berkeley Symphony performing chamber music
Oct. 19: Jazzschool’s vocal jazz ensemble Vocal Sauce
Oct. 26: East Bay Science & Arts Middle School will perform folk, swing and Cuban rueda dances
1822 San Pablo Ave.
Oct. 4: Whiskey Brothers, 9 p.m.
Oct. 5: Keni “El Lebrijano,” 9 p.m.
Oct. 10: Mad & eddie Duran Jazz Duo, 9 p.m.
Oct. 12: Keni “El Lebrijano,” 9 p.m.
Oct. 14: pick Pocket ensemble, 9 p.m.
1317 San Pablo Ave.
For all ages
Sept. 28:Benefit for Bay Area Arts Collective. Features the Hip Hop group Nameless and Faceless $5, 9 p.m.
Sept. 29: Box Set (Folk Rock), Legion of Mary (Psychedelic Rock) $11, 9p.m.
Sept. 30: Soukous Stars (African Rumba) $11, 9:30 p.m.
Oct. 3, 9 p.m., Dan, Tom and Mary, $8.
Oct. 4, 8 p.m., Nigerian Bros. and DJ Henri-Pierre Koubaka, $10.
Oct. 5, 7:30 p.m., Laura Allan Band, $5.
Oct. 6, 9:30 p.m., Clan Dyken and Diane Patterson, Leonard Benalley, $9.
Oct. 7, 9:30 p.m. ,West African Highlife Band, $11.
Oct. 8, 9 p.m. ,Sekouba Bambino Diabate, $10.
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.
Sept. 29: The Hellbillies, Subincision, Fracas, Union of the Dead, Monster Squad
Sept. 30: Yaphet Koto, Pitch Black, Phantom Limbs, Sangre Amado
Oct. 2. Christian McBride Band, $16.
Oct. 3 through Oct. 8, An Evening with Branford Marsalis, $26 to $30 general; Sunday matinee: $5 children; $10 adult with one child.
Unless otherwise noted, music at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m.; Sunday 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland. (510) 238-9200 or
2375 Shattuck Ave.
Oct. 1, 4:30 p.m. and 8 p.m., Kai Eckhardt, Fareed Haque, Alan Hertz and Kit Walker.
Oct. 8, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m., Bobbe Norris and Larry Dunlap present a vocal workshop, “Making the Song Your Own.” The workshop is $30 for Jazzschool students and $40 for others. 4:30 p.m., Norris and Dunlap perform. 8:00 p.m., Peck Allmond Group featuring Kenny Wollesen CD release performance.
Oct. 15, 4:30 p.m., Mark Levine and The Latin Tinge.
$12; $10 students/seniors; $6 for Jazzschool students and children under 13
Reservations: (510) 845-5373.
The Grammy award-winning soprano performs the music of Strauss, Wagner, Schoenberg and others. Voigt has appeared with leading opera companies including the San Francisco Opera and has sung opposite such artists as Placido Domingo and Luciano Pavarotti.
Oct. 15, 3 p.m.
Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley campus, Bancroft Avenue at Telegraph.
$28 - $48
2181 Shattuck Ave.
All acts play at 8 p.m.
Sept. 29 : Squelch
Sept. 30 : Noe Venable & the Ruiners
Eli’s Mile High Club
3629 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Oakland
Doors open at 8 p.m.
Sept. 29 : J.L. Stiles
Sept. 30, J.J. Malone
Oct. 6, Henry Clement
Sept. 27 through Oct. 1, The James Carter Electric Project, $16 to $20 general; Sunday matinee: $5 children; $10 adult with one child.Unless otherwise noted, music at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m.; Sunday 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland. (510) 238-9200 or (510) 762-BASS.
Sept. 30, 8 p.m. “The Song of Songs” includes works
by Palestrina, Monteverdi, Grandi, Mazzocchi; $18 seniors; $12 students. First Congregational Church, Dana and Durant Streets, Berkeley. (415) 979-4500.
Early Music at St. Alban’s
“Musique de Table”: An evening of chamber music by composer Georg Philip Telemann along with food and historical readings about food.
$17 general; $14 students/seniors. Advanced reservations recommended.
Oct. 7, 8 p.m. Parish Hall, St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, 1501 Washington St., Albany. (510) 527-9029.
University of California,
Berkeley Art Museum
Pacific Film Archive
2575 Bancroft Way
“Treasures from the George Eastman House”
Various programs and a 16-film salute to little-known actresses.
“Neo-Eiga: New Japanese Cinema”
Oct. 7, 7 p.m. : “Wildlife” (1997), directed by Shinji Aoyama, US premiere; 9 p.m. : “Timeless Melody” (1999), directed by hiroshi Okuhara, US premiere
Oct. 14, 7 p.m. : “Nabbie’s Love (1999), directed by Yuji Nakae, West Coast premiere; 8:55 p.m. : “Gemini” (1999), directed by Shinya Tsukamoto, Bay Area premiere.
$7 for one film; $8.50 for double bills. UC Berkeley students are $4/$5.50. Seniors and children are $4.50/6.00
“Uttar-Priyadarshi (The Final Beatitude)”
Oct. 7 and Oct. 8.
The Chorus Repertory Theater presents an epic play exploring war, personal accountability, and public power using a mixture of text, music and elaborate theatrical design.
$24 to $48.
Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 3 p.m.
University of California, Bancroft Way and Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley.
“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 through Oct. 27. For tickets contact the box office at 845-4700
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.
Tickets for preview showings are sold at $26. 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.
Climate Theatre & Subterranean Shakespeare
La Vals Subterraniean
Through Oct. 14
Thursday - Saturday, 8:00 p.m.
$12, Students $8
“Fanny at Chez Panisse”
Julie Morgan Theatre
2640 College Ave., Berkeley
Musical based on the book with opening proceeds going to the Verde Partnership Garden in Richmond.
Through Oct. 29
Runs Wednesday - Sunday, 7 p.m.
$26 - 34
by Harold Pinter
A Last Planet Theatre production
Potrero Hill Playhouse
953 De Haro
Pinter’s most recent play features a man named Andy who is dying and his wife, Bel, who can’t get their two sons to pay them a visit. A story of infidelity, sibling rivalry, marital combat and moonlight and memory.
Runs Thursday - Saturday, Oct. 5 (preview) through Oct. 28. All shows at 8:30 p.m. No show Oct. 26.
$20 opening night, $10-15 regular run, $5 preview
More info and tickets: 845-2687
1316 Tenth St.
Through 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
Through Oct. 15
This multimedia project combines video, sound and printmaking to explore concepts of intimacy and its relation to private space.
Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday 11-6 p.m. and Sundays 12-5 p.m.
“Paperworks,” through Oct. 7.
A group exhibit of works by Carol Brighton, Vannie Keightley, Jean Hearst.
Opening Reception, Sept. 1, 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. 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
Berkeley Art Center
“Ethnic Notions: Black Images in the White Mind,''
Through Nov. 12. An exhibit by Janette Faulkner exploring racial stereotypes in commercial imagery. Free. Wednesday through Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. Live Oak Park, 1275 Walnut St., Berkeley. (510) 644-6893
California College of Arts and Crafts
Free. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Oliver Art Center, 5212 Broadway, Oakland. 594-3712
“Alegres Cantos en Mi Ser (Songs of Joy in My Being)” through Sept. 30.
An exhibit of paintings depicting scenes of Afro-cuban music, by Susan Mathews. Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. 912-A Clay St., Oakland. (510) 832-4244.
Lori Now and Michael Pollice display recent paintings through Oct. 14. Reception Oct. 7, 7 - 9 p.m. with cellist Diane Pauson and vocalist Elisheva Herrera.
Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. 4920-b, Telegraph, Oakland. Call Richelle Valenzuela at (510) 428-2349.
Berkeley Historical Society
“Berkeley’s Ethnic Heritage” through March 2000. An overview of the rich cultural diversity of the city and the contribution of individuals and minority groups to it’s history and development.
Thursday through Saturday, 1 - 4 p.m. Admission free.
1931 Center St.
Lizabeth Oliveria Gallery
Paintings by Timothy Buckwalter, Hilary Harkness, and Jerry W. King, Oct. 3 through Oct. 28. Artist reception Oct. 7, 7 - 9 p.m.
Gallery hours: Tuesday - Saturday, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
942 Clay St., Oakland. Call 625-1830 for more info.
Rhyme & Reason Poetry Series
Berkeley Art Museum, 2621 Durant
Second and fourth Sundays of each month. For open reading following featured readers, sign up at 2 p.m., readings begin at 2:30 p.m.
Rhyme and Reason Poetry Series
Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive
2621 Durant Ave.
2nd and 4th Sundays of each month.
Includes featured readers and open mike poetry. Free
2 p.m. sign-up. Program runs from 2:30 - 4 p.m.
Oct. 15: Professor Ron Loewinsohn (Morrison Room, UC Main Library)
Oct. 29: Fernando Brito, Lara Dale
Holloway Poetry Reading Series
8p.m., Maude Fife Room, 315 Wheeler Hall
For more information call 653-2439
Oct. 10: Susan Stewart and Chris Chew, books include “The Hive” and “Yellow Stars”
Nov. 1: John Yau and Garrett Caples, books include “Forbidden Entries” and “My Symptoms”
Nov. 7: Marie Howe and Brian Glaser, “The Good Thief” and “What the Living Do”
Eastwind Books of Berkeley
2066 University Ave.
October 1, 3 p.m., Lawson Fusao Inada and Patricia Wakida duscuss with a slide presentation, the new Japanese American anthology “Only What We Could Carry: The Japanese American Internment Experience”
Oct. 7, 7p.m., Kimi Kodani Hill presents with art slides from her grandfather. “Topaz Moon: Chiura Obata’s Art on Internment”
Lunch Poems: A Noontime Poetry Reading Series
Morrison Room, Doe Library
12:10 - 12:50 p.m.
Under the direction of Professor Robert Hass, this is a series of events on the first Thursday of each month. Free.
Oct. 5: Elizabeth Alexander, Nov. 2: Goh Poh Seng
Lawrence Berkeley National
Scientists and engineers guide visitors through the research areas of the laboratory, demonstrating emerging technology and discussing the research’s current and potential applications. A Berkeley lab tour usually lasts two hours and includes visits to several research areas. Popular tour sites include the Advanced Light Source, The National Center for Electron Microscopy, the 88-Inch Cyclotron, The Advanced Lighting Laboratory, and The Human Genome Laboratory. Reservations required at least two weeks in advance of tour.
Free. University of California, Berkeley.
Bernard Maybeck Weekend
Oct. 14 & 15
Sponsored by the California Preservation Foundation celebrates the buildings of the renowned architect. Saturday features a slide lecture at Swedenborgian church with historian Gray Brechin and a private tour of the Palace of Fine Arts. Sunday will focus on Berkeley, where Maybeck built most of his homes and raised his family. The tour will include six private residences and the First Church of Christ, Scientist. The weekend will end with a reception at the Chick House in the Oakland hills.
More info call California Preservation Foundation: 763-0972.
Berkeley City Club Tours
Guided tours through Berkeley’s City Club, a landmark building designed by architect Julia Morgan, designer of Hearst Castle.
$2. The fourth Sunday of every month except December, between noon to 4 p.m.
2315 Durant Ave., Berkeley.
Golden Gate Live Steamers
Small locomotives, meticulously scaled to size, run along a half mile of track in Tilden Regional Park. The small trains are owned and maintained by a non-profit group of railroad buffs who offer rides.
Free. Trains run Sunday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Rides: Sunday, noon to 3 p.m., weather permitting. Grizzly Peak Boulevard and Lomas Cantadas Drive at the south end of Tilden Regional Park, Berkeley.
Oakland Historic walking tours
Runs through October.
The tours cover downtown Oakland and its historic waterfront. All tours begin promptly at 10 a.m. and last between an hour and an hour and a half.
Free. Call for reservations. Oakland. (510) 238-3234.
Tilden Regional Park
Sept. 30, 2 p.m. “Autumn Leaf Prints,” Bring a plain T-shirt to make a colorful memory of autumn. For age 5 and older. $2.
University of California at Berkeley Botanical Garden
The gardens have displays of exotic and native plants.
Botanical Garden Tours, Saturday and Sunday, 1:30 p.m. Meet at the Tour Orientation Center for a free docent tour. $3 general; $2 seniors; $1 children; free on Thursday. Daily, 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Botanical Garden, Centennial Drive, behind Memorial Stadium, a mile below the Lawrence Hall of Science, Berkeley. (510) 643-2755 or www.mip.berkeley.edu/garden/
Berkeley Historical Society Walking Tours
Sept. 30 - South Berkely Cultural Landscape led by Bill Coburn
Oct. 15 - The 1923 North Berkeley Fire Line led by Phil Gale
Oct. 22 - University Avenue Indian Business Community led by Kirpal & Neelum Khanna
Nov. 5 - What’s Happening Downtown? led by Debbie Badhia
More info call 848-0181
Unless otherwise noted, music at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m.; Sunday 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland. (510) 238-9200 or