When: Friday, July 22, 6 p.m.
Where: , 1924 Cedar St, Berkeley
Why go: Honorees at this fundraiser for Fellowship Hall maintenance include Plowshares' Susan Crane, now in Dublin Federal Prison for her protest at the Trident Nuclear Submarine Base in Washington state; Karen Pickett, activist for Earth First; Cindy Sheehan, who memorably sat-in outside George W. Bush's ranch; and Carolyn Scarr, head of Ecumenical Peace Institute and leader for 13 years of the weekly vigil at the Oakland Federal Building. Awards — named after longtime Berkeley activist Hal Carlstad — follow a gourmet vegetarian dinner and music by Stephen Esteban Meyers, Maxina Ventura, Vic Sadot, and others.
When: Monday-Friday, 1 p.m.-5 p.m.
Where: Library, 250 Wurster Hall,Berkeley, CA, FREE
Why go: A competition to design a National Peace Garden in Washington D.C., was approved but never funded by a Reagan-era Congress. See the winning entry as well as digital images of the nearly 1,000 entries and memorabilia from the project.
When: Friday, July 22, 8 p.m.
Where: , $10
Why go: This Department of Music project allows promising students to learn everything needed to run a symphony orchestra, from working with administrative staff to conducting. Musicians are drawn from the community as well as Cal's student body. Picnic beforehand in Faculty Glade for a peaceful and affordable summer evening.
When: Friday, July 22, 7 p.m.
Where: , 924 Gilman St, Berkeley, CA, $10
Why go: Metal Mike Saunders and his well-loved garage punks take a break from the legends circuit.
When: Saturday, July 23, 10 a.m.
Where: , FREE
Why go: As Rick O'Shay so often said, sometimes the best way to appreciate the Boss is in his own Creation. Every fourth Saturday of the month, parishioners and others meet at a Bay Area nature area for a short hike and to celebrate the Holy Eucharist in the beauty of the outdoors. For details and the meeting place, phone (510) 843-2678.
When: Saturday, July 23, 02:00 pm
Where: , 2476 Telegraph Ave, Berkeley, CA, FREE
Why go: was commissioned by Moe's proprietor Doris Moskowitz to blend a custom Darjeeling and Ceylonese Orange Pekoe tea that would be bold and strong while refreshing and inviting — much like the iconic bookseller himself. Says Doris: "I felt that it would be a way to encourage everyone to take a moment, slow down, drink a cup of tea, and read. Drinking tea, like reading, can be an invitation to the mind to both reflect on the past and enjoy the present."
When: Saturday, July 23, 1 p.m.
Where: , FREE
Why go: This daylong event headlined by three Nobel laureates (Charles H. Townes, co-founder of the International Institutute of the Bengal and Himalayan Basins, Martin L. Perl and Douglas Osheroff) summarizes research into and aims to raise awareness of the world's imperiled drinking-water supply. A Himalayan dinner and reception ($10) follows the free event.
When: Saturday, July 23, 7 p.m.
Where: Meet at 468 Perkins St. (Lakeside Park), Oakland, CA, FREE
Why go: This West Oakland community bike shop's annual ride has been made popular by hundreds of community riders who have “cruised” in past years. Anyone can join in. The ride is followed by a free movie festival at 8:30 p.m. in Lincoln Theatre Field next to Coffee Revolution at 1620 7th St., West Oakland.
When: Saturday, July 23, 10 a.m.
Where: , Red Oak Avenue and 8th Street, Albany, CA, FREE
Why go: Help Friends of Five Creeks make our watersheds safe and attractive for trout and people.
When: Saturday, July 23, 8 p.m.
Where: , 2625 Durant Ave, Berkeley, CA, $5
Why go: Artistic breakthrough or monument to midlife crisis, or both? Bernardo Bertolucci's film is itself pushing 40, and it's quaint to recall that on its release it was the most explicit film ever made by a major director, triggering rioting in the streets and William F. Buckley's quip that star Marlon Brando (who hated the film) and Bertolucci had given the world "a license to degrade."
When: Sunday, July 24, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Where: , 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley
Why go: It's dance as Nietzsche rhapsodized it and as Berkeley as it gets — no admission fee, no steps to learn, no need to have a partner, no ascetic ideal. Just you, the music, and the ongoing enactment of the bodily becoming.
When: Sunday, July 24, 4 p.m.
Where: 2133 University Ave, Berkeley, CA, $10 suggested donation
Why go: Classical pianist Patti Deuter is this afternoon's featured artist in the summer-long arts festival. Check the for many other musicians, poets and creative people.
When: Monday, July 25, 7 p.m.
Where: , 1760 4th St, Berkeley, CA, FREE
Why go: It's speed dating for authors: Anyone who walks in the door gets one minute to pitch his/her book to a panel of people who might just make it happen.