Events Listings

General-East Bay Through August 8

Tuesday July 27, 2010 - 01:07:00 PM


"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,



"ArtiFacts: A Lecture Series for Collectors," The first Sunday of every month at 3 p.m. Guest curators, scholars and conservation experts from throughout the Bay Area discuss the art of collecting. First Sunday of every month, 3 p.m. $7; includes a preview of the monthly estate auction which takes place the following day at 10am.  

Auctions by the Bay Theater-Auction House, 2700 Saratoga St., Alameda. (510) 835-6187,



"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,



"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. 

2201 Broadway, Suite LL2, Oakland. (510) 663-1358.< 



HISTORY WALKABOUTS -- A series of walking tours that explore the history, lore and architecture of California with veteran tour guide Gary Holloway. Walks are given on specific weekends. There is a different meeting place for each weekend and walks take place rain or shine so dress for the weather. Reservations and prepayment required. Meeting place will be given with confirmation of tour reservation. Call for details.  

678 Mission St., San Francisco. (415) 357-1848,


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: $14.95; $10.95 children 3-12; free children under 3; $3 discount for seniors and students. 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.; Also open on Tuesdays 10 a.m.-5 p.m. after June 29. 10000 Skyline Blvd., Oakland. (510) 336-7300,


DUNSMUIR HOUSE AND GARDENS HISTORIC ESTATE Nestled in the Oakland hills, the 50-acre Dunsmuir House and Gardens estate includes the 37-room Neoclassical Revival Dunsmuir Mansion, built by coal and lumber baron Alexander Dunsmuir for his bride. Restored outbuildings set amid landscaped gardens surround the mansion.  

ESTATE GROUNDS -- Self-Guided Grounds Tours are available yearround. The 50 acres of gardens and grounds at the mansion are open to the public for walking Tuesday-Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Booklets and maps of the grounds are available at the Dinkelspiel House. Free.  

GUIDED TOURS -- Docent-led tours are available on the first Sunday of each month at 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. (except for July) and Wednesdays at 11 a.m. $5 adults, $4 seniors and juniors (11-16), children 11 and under free. 

Dunsmuir House and Gardens, 2960 Peralta Oaks Court, Oakland. (510) 615-5555,



"Fanciful Bunny," Aug. 7, Adoptions, 11 a.m.; art reception, 4-5 p.m. Buy a work of art and adopt a bunny.  

Wednesday-Thursday, 1 p.m.-8 p.m.; Friday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. 4651 Gleason Drive, Dublin. < 



"Asian American Photographers Panel," Aug. 5, 7 p.m. Featuring Charles Wong, Irene Poon, Lora Jo Foo and Liz Del Sol.  

2066 University Ave., Berkeley. (510) 548-2350.< 



"Sustainable Reconstruction of Haiti Benefit," Aug. 6, 7-9 p.m. Berkeley architect Martin Hammer shows slides and discusses his recent experiences advocating for and helping to implement the sustainable reconstruction of Haiti. $5-$50 at the door.  

2530 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley. (510) 548-2220.< 



"A Spirited Life in the Secular World," July 30 through July 31, Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. Benefit for Network for Grateful Living features Brother David Steindl-Ras and Sam Keen exploring questions of getting beyond the veneer of gratitude in popular culture and living a spirited life. $10-$100.  

2345 Channing Way, Berkeley. (510) 848-3696,



"Oakland Artisan Marketplace," Fridays, 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, 

14th Street and Broadway, Oakland. < 



"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, 

115 Embarcadero, Oakland. < 



"Dancing Under the Stars," July 23 and July 30, 8:30-10 p.m. The Linden Street Dance Studio provides FREE dance lessons to all. Each week will feature a different type of dance followed by a dance party to practice what was learned.  

"Oakland Underground Film Salon," July 30, 7-11 p.m. The producers of the Oakland Underground Film Festival present speakers, artists, films and fun.  

Urban Wine Experience, July 31, Noon - 3p.m. East Bay Vintners Alliance presents a tasting with over 50 wines from all 15 members of the Alliance.  

free. Foot of Broadway, Oakland. (866) 295-9853,



"Celebrate Peruvian Independence Day," July 31, 8:30 p.m. Featuring music from Vladimir Vukanovich, Pedro Rosales and Rosa Los Santos. $15.  

"Domingos de Rumba," Aug. 1 and Aug. 15, 3:30 p.m. Community participatory event features drums, dancing and the songs of rumba.  

"East Bay Science Cafi," Aug. 4, 7-9 p.m. Traci Grzymala, a graduate student in the Will Lab at UC Berkeley in the Environmental Science, Policy and Management department leads a talk on unique beetle predators. free.  

Bill Santiago, Aug. 6, 8 p.m. Alicia Dattner costars in this comedy workshop/performance. $10-$12.  

free. 3105 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley. (510) 849-2568,




"NanoZone," Discover the science of the super-small: nanotechnology. Through hands-on activities and games, explore this microworld and the scientific discoveries made in this area.  

"Forces That Shape the Bay," A science park that shows and explains why the San Francisco Bay is the way it is, with information on water, erosion, plate tectonics and mountain building. You can ride earthquake simulators, set erosion in motion and look far out into the bay with a powerful telescope from 1,100 feet above sea level. The center of the exhibit is a waterfall that demonstrates how water flows from the Sierra Nevada Mountains to the Bay. Visitors can control where the water goes. There are also hands-on erosion tables, and a 40-foot-long, 6-foothigh, rock compression wall.  

"Real Astronomy Experience," A new exhibit-in-development allowing visitors to use the tools that real astronomers use. Aim a telescope at a virtual sky and operate a remote-controlled telescope to measure a planet.  

"Biology Lab," In the renovated Biology Lab visitors may hold and observe gentle animals. Saturday, Sunday and holidays, 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.  

"The Idea Lab," Experiment with some of the basics of math, science and technology through hands-on activities and demonstrations of magnets, spinning and flying, puzzles and nanotechnology.  

"Math Around the World," Play some of the world's most popular math games, such as Hex, Kalah, Game Sticks and Shongo Networks.  

"Math Rules," Use simple and colorful objects to complete interesting challenges in math through predicting, sorting, comparing, weighing and counting.  


HOLT PLANETARIUM Shows on Saturdays and Sundays. Programs recommended for ages 6 and up unless otherwise noted. $2.50-$3 in addition to general admission.  

$6-$12; free children ages 2 and under. Daily, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. University of California, Centennial Drive, Berkeley. (510) 642-5132,



"Hog Heaven III," July 31, 1-4 p.m.; demos from 1:30-3 p.m. Event features artisan and sustainable pork with demos, tastings, book signings and patio grilling.  

1786 4th St., Berkeley. (510) 250-6004,



"San Francisco Jewish Film Festival," July 31 through Aug. 7. For complete lineup, list of discussion programs, guests and more, see website. (415) 256-8499, 

Berkeley Repertory Theatre, 2015 Addison St., Berkeley.


UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, 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,



"Lunch Poems," First Thursday of the month, 12:10-12:50 p.m.  


2600 Bancroft Way, Berkeley. (510) 642-3671.<