A GREAT GOOD PLACE FOR BOOKS -- Kathi Goldmark and Sam Barry, May 8, 7 p.m. The authors talk about "Write That Book Already! The Tough Love You Need to Get Published Now.''
6120 LaSalle Ave., Oakland. (510) 339-8210, www.greatgoodplace.indiebound.com.<
FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH OF BERKELEY -- Concerto Koln, May 1, 8 p.m. Program features works by Dauvergne, Bach and Vivaldi. $52. www.calperformances.org.
2345 Channing Way, Berkeley. (510) 848-3696, www.fccb.org.<
HERTZ HALL AT THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, BERKELEY --
May 4: University Baroque Ensemble performs works by Bach, Vivaldi, Telemann and Charpentier.
May 5: Chamberbridge performs new works by American and Swiss composers.
Bancroft Way and College Ave., Berkeley. (510) 642-4864, www.music.berkeley.edu.<
ISLAMIC CULTURAL CENTER OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA -- "Hold the Light for Haiti and Chile," April 30, 6-9 p.m. Poets include San Francisco Poet Laureate Diane di Prima, former California Poet Laureate Al Young and many others read to benefit earthquake victims. $5-$10.
1433 Madison St., Oakland. <
MOE'S BOOKS -- Roddy Doyle, May 7. The author talks about "The Dead Republic.''
10 a.m.-11 p.m. daily. 2476 Telegraph Ave., Berkeley. (510) 849-2087, www.moesbooks.com.<
ASHKENAZ -- "I Like My Bike Night," First Friday of the month, 9 p.m. This monthly series brings bicycle innovators, enthusiasts, artists and organizations together under one roof, as well as encourages regular Ashkenaz show-goers to leave their cars in the driveway and arrive at the venue by bicycle instead. $8-$25.
1317 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley. (510) 525-5054, www.ashkenaz.com.<
BAY AREA FREE BOOK EXCHANGE -- "Free Books," Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Donate your unwanted books and receive new titles for free.
10520 San Pablo Ave., El Cerrito. (510) 526-1941, www.bayareafreebookexchange.com.<
CALIFORNIA GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY AND LIBRARY -- "California Genealogical Society and Library Free First Saturday," 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Event takes place on the first Saturday of every month, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Trace and compile your family history at this month's open house event. Free. www.calgensoc.org.
2201 Broadway, Suite LL2, Oakland. (510) 663-1358.<
CHABOT SPACE AND SCIENCE CENTER -- State-of-the-art facility unifying science education activities around astronomy. Enjoy interactive exhibits, hands-on activities, indoor stargazing, outdoor telescope viewing and films.
Center Admission: $9-$13; free children under 3; Movies and evening planetarium shows: $6-$8. Telescope viewing only: free. Wednesday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 10000 Skyline Blvd., Oakland. (510) 336-7300, www.chabotspace.org.<
FOX THEATER -- "Notes and Words 2010," May 6, 6 p.m. Featuring music and spoken word from Blame Sally, Meklit Hadero, Mike Errico, Kelly Corrigan and Ayelet Waldman. $250-$10,000.
1807 Telegraph Ave., Oakland. (510) 452-0438.<
JACK LONDON AQUATIC CENTER -- "Oakland Artisan Marketplace,"' Saturdays, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sundays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The City of Oakland and Cultural Arts & Marketing Department presents a weekly market featuring fine arts and crafts of local artists. Free. (510) 238-4948, www.oaklandartisanmarketplace.org.
115 Embarcadero, Oakland. <
MARSTON CAMPBELL PARK -- "Spring Into the Garden," May 8, 1-5 p.m. Event combines fun activities, nutrition, farming-related themes and lots of digging in the dirt.
Market and 16th St., Oakland. www.obugs.org.<
BERKELEY PACIFIC FILM ARCHIVE -- Exploring cinema from the Bay Area and cultures around the world, the Pacific Film Archive offers daily film screenings, including rare and rediscovered prints of movie classics; new and historic works by world famous directors; restored silent films with live musical accompaniment; retrospectives; and new and experimental works. Check Web site for a full schedule of films.
"First Impressions: Free First Thursdays," first Thursday of every month. Special tours and movie presentations. Admission is free.
Single feature: $5-$8; Double feature: $9-$12 general. PFA Theater, 2575 Bancroft Way, Berkeley. (510) 642-5249, www.bampfa.berkeley.edu.<
BERKELEY, MORRISON LIBRARY -- "Lunch Poems,'' First Thursday of the month, 12:10-12:50 p.m.
2600 Bancroft Way, Berkeley. (510) 642-3671.<