When: Fri-Sat, Sept. 9-10, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Where: , all-day tickets $10 adults/$5 youth
Why go: After reaching the national championship game for the first time in 2010, the Golden Bear women are now ranked No. 1 -- another historic first and a huge slap to Penn State, which for four years owned not only the championship but the second-longest winning streak in the entire NCAA. It's all volleyball, all day as Cal sharpens its claws on Georgetown, Sac State and others in preparation for , the only team in recent years to have beaten the Nittany Lions.
When: Thurs-Sun, Sept. 8-11, 8 p.m.
Where: , 1901 Ashby Ave, Berkeley
Why go: If you're old enough to remember Terry Southern's Candy (and were compos mentis enough to have absorbed it the first time), this dramedy of Weedy, a '60s heroine "who crashes through the Tupperware Wall to become the self-proclaimed 'face of marijuana' and Counter-Culture activist" will rouse pleasant recollections. The production is supported in part by the Berkeley Patients Group.
When: Friday, Sept. 9-Thurs., Sept. 15, multiple showtimes
Where: Shattuck Cinemas, 2230 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley
Why go: Nicholas Roeg's film of David Bowie as red-haired space alien gets a new print for its 35th birthday. See it on the big screen.
When: Sat., Sept. 10, 1 p.m. walk; 3 p.m. dedication ceremony
Where: 1930 Thousand Oaks Blvd (Great Stoneface Park, aka 'Little Yosemite', Berkeley, FREE
Why go: The Berkeley Path Wanderers Association and the Thousand Oaks Urn Project celebrate the re-creation of the first of 20 Maxfield Parrish-inspired urns that once dotted the boundaries of Thousand Oaks. The Path Wanderers will lead a walk of the neighborhood (including the one surviving urn and the new urn), followed by a ceremony and reception.
When: Sat., Sept. 10, 2 p.m.
Where: , 3090 Claremont Ave., Berkeley, FREE
Why go: In this free class for all ages, Gene Luen Yang (American Born Chinese, Level Up) and Thien Pham (Level Up) present all the different ways to get your comic book out into the world: mini-comics, webcomics, self-publishing and working with a traditional comics publisher or graphic novel imprint.
When: Saturday, September 10, 08:00 pm
Where: , 2087 Addison St., Berkeley, $18
Why go: This vocal modernist treads the fine line between innovation and respect.
When: Saturday, September 10, 8:30 p.m.
Where: Live Oak Theatre, 1301 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley, $5
Why go: Eric Schwartz, aka Smooth-E!, has appeared on BET Showtime and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. He'll be hosting a new Teens Quiz TV Show "On the Spot" in September. Opener Dave Thomason was a semi-finalist in the 2008 & 2009 National College Comedy Competition, representing UC Berkeley.
When: Previews Fri, Sept. 9, 1-6 p.m.; auction Sept. 10-11, 9:30 a.m.
Where: , 5644 Telegraph Ave., Oakland
Why go: Not the goggles she vanished in, in case you were wondering, but reportedly a pair of 1920s Luxor aviator goggles damaged in an earlier crash, along with 18 unpublished personal photographs the aviator gave to her flight instructor and others close to her.
When: Sunday, Sept. 11, 2:30 p.m.
Where: , 1317 San Pablo Ave,, Berkeley, $6
Why go: Ashkenaz's series of family-friendly shows kicks off with Andy Z, aka Andreas Zamenes, who, with his Beeheads sidekicks and Z Girls dancers, takes you "where the sun talks, dinosaurs wear party hats and anything is possible."
When: Sunday, Sept. 11, 2 p.m.
Where: , 1 Central Park Drive, Berkeley, FREE
Why go: James Wilson uses hot coals, cast iron, and a good appetite to excite the senses and rediscover the lost art of cooking over, on, and under the fire. For all ages.
When: Sunday, Sept. 11; 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Where: , 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley, FREE
Why go: A day of remembrance and witness includes talks by Dr. Rahim Nobahar, imam of the Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California, and poet Amir Soltani; a performance of Verdi's Requiem; an 'Axis of Friendship' event at the Oakland Peace Center, and lighting candles at home in emulation of the 10,000 Tehran residents who vigiled in their streets the day after 9/11 in sorrow and solidarity.
When: Sunday, Sept. 11, 2 p.m.
Where: , 2020 Addison St., Berkeley, FREE
Why go: The U.S. Air Force Band of the Golden West's resident chamber ensemble - a double woodwind quintet and brass quintet augmented by percussion - marks this day of patriotic remembrance with a free concert including Mozart's Serenades, Stravinsky, Dukas and PDQ Bach—a little something for everyone.
When: Sunday, Sept. 11; parade 10 a.m.; music and events continue to 6 p.m.
Where: Solano Avenue west of The Alameda, Berkeley/Albany, FREE
Why go: The expects 250,000 people for its 38th annual family-friendly street fair. Go here for a full schedule and public transit info (strongly advised). The 100-unit parade includes marking and many other celebrations of justice, peace and rights. Free shuttles will link North Berkeley BART to the event; there will be free bike-valet parking. No smoking or alcohol.
When: Sunday, Sept. 11, 5:30 p.m.
Where: Cathedral of Christ the Light, 2121 Harrison St., Oakland, FREE
Why go: Join in or just listen as the Oakland Symphony Chorus and the Oakland Civic Orchestra offer a free, participatory concert of Mozart's Requiem to commemorate the 10-year anniversary of the terrorist attacks. There will be a post-concert floral tribute and a moment of silence on the Cathedral Plaza led by Oakland's fire and police chaplain, Father Jayson Landeza.
When: Sunday, Sept. 11, 7:30 p.m.
Where: , 1317 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley, $20
Why go: A star in her native France, the singer/songwriter making her U.S. debut calls this 9/11 date "a coincidence," but "an opportunity to make a positive statement about differences." Inspired as a child by Baez's "Live in Europe" album, Omac has the social-justice icon guest-star both in concert and on her new CD.