THE MAGIC OF ANIMATION
Pixar Animation Studios Software Engineer Sarah Shen will provide a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the studio’s techniques with a lecture entitled “The Making of Today’s Magic: Toy Story, Finding Nemo, Cars,” at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the South Berkeley Community Church, 180. $10. Proceeds go to the restoration fund. Kids under 16 free. For additional information, call Leona Martin at 652-1040.
THE RAVAGES OF AIDS
Opening receptions will be held at 3:30 and 6:30 p.m. Friday on the second floor of Berkeley High School’s Building C for a documentary exhibit about children affected by the HIV/AIDS epidemic in central China 486-1221.
Saturday is singer-songwriter night at Oakland’s Nomad Cafe. This week features the Crooked Roads Band who describe themselves as a cross between Hank Williams and The Beatles, and Portland, Ore. musican Zac Cahn. 6500 Shattuck Ave., Oakland. 595-5344. www.nomadcafe.net.
GUILTY PLEASURES AT MIDNIGHT
Downtown Berkeley’s UA Theater will conclude its series of midnight screenings of guilty pleasures from the 1980s with a Thursday night showing of The Goonies. 2274 Shattuck Ave.