Arts & Events

Don't Miss This

By Dorothy Snodgrass
Monday September 19, 2011 - 09:47:00 AM

Ah, yes, "the days grow short when you reach September" (Kurt Weill's beautiful "September Song", sung by Walter Huston in 1938.) So, while one "doesn't have time for the waiting game", we're happy to say that this September and October offers several memorable and very enjoyable events, as listed below: 

Berkeley's very own Rita Moreno, that 79 year old Puerto Rican dynamo with the spiked hair, is dancing up a storm and baring her soul in her one-woman show: "Rita Moreno: Life Without Makeup" at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre through October 30. Tickets $14.50 - $73/00. BerkeleyRep.Org. 

Cal Performances is offering a "Free for All" Concert on Sunday, September 25, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. on five stages on the Berkeley campus, featuring over 20 different artists. (510) 642-9988. 

11th Annual Crabby Chefs Seafood Festival, September 25th, 11 a.m - 4 p.m. A dozen fine East Bay Restaurants face off in this culinary competition taking place across from Spengers Fresh Fish Grotto, 1919 Fourth St. Berkeley. 

Mill Valley Film Festival, October 6 - 16. Tickets go on sale to the general public on 9/19. ( 

Oakland Underground Film Festival, Grand Lake Theatre through September 24. ( 

Earthdance 211 Festival Program, September 23, 24 and 25. The Bay Area's only 3-day camp out musical festival. Over 70 acts on six stages. Solano County Fairgrounds, Vallejo. ( 

Eat Real Festival, Jack London Square, September 23, 24 & 25. Street food, craft food, beer and wine. ( 

Free live music in honor of International Peace Day, Preservation Park Bandstand, 13th St, between MLK and Castro Streets, Wednesday, September 21, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. (www.listenforlifeorg/peace day. 

San Francisco Cocktail Week, September 1-25, Tessera Gallery, 1225 7th St. (a block from West Oakland Bart Station). Ten of the East Bay's Best Bartenders "round 'em up and face off" at the East Bay Showdown. (

Chocmat Ha Lev High Holy Days 2011/5772, begins September 28, First Presbyterian Church, 2407 Dana Street, Berkeley. ( or (510) 704.9687. 

Quoting again from "September Song", these precious days we'll (hopefully) spend with you.