Upcoming in Berkeley: Peace Cranes, National Night Out, Burning Man Localized

Among the many events in Berkeley this week: paper crane folding and reading of "Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes" at the library, National Night Out, a portrayal of famed film critic Pauline Kael, music of Galicia and a creative-spirit festival.

Berkeley, Calif. Photo Credit: Charles Burress, Aug. 2, 2013
Berkeley, Calif. Photo Credit: Charles Burress, Aug. 2, 2013
Below are five of the many events that can be enjoyed this week in Berkeley. You can find more on our Berkeley Patch Events calendar.

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Peace Day Crane Folding at Berkeley Library

A Berkeley Library tradition since 1995 is the annual paper-crane folding and reading of Eleanor Coerr’s Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes, a book about a Hiroshima girl sickened by the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima on Aug. 6, 1945 and who folded paper cranes in accordance with the belief that folding 1,000 of the miniature paper birds would make her wish come true. The reading will be accompanied by koto players Shirley Kazuyo Muramoto and Brian Mitsuhiro Wong, and members of the audience are invited to join in folding cranes after the reading.

  • What: Peace Crane Folding and Reading of Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes
  • Who: Berkeley Public Library, Friends of the Berkeley Public Library
  • Where: Berkeley Public Library, 2090 Kittrege St. 
  • When: Tues., Aug. 6, 4 p.m.
  • Price: Free

Solo performance on Pauline Kael

Berkeley's Shotgun Players is staging a solo performance for two nights, Monday and Tuesday, with Mary Baird as Pauline Kael, the late famous, provocative film critic for the New Yorker who came from the Bay Area and did reviews for Berkeley-based KPFA and managed a Berkeley art theater early in her career. (The Monday night performance is sold out.)

  • What: "LOVE IN THE DARK: Pauline Kael and the Movies"
  • Who: Shotgun Players, with Mary Baird as Pauline Kael, Adapted and Directed by Joe Christiano
  • Where: Ashby Stage, 1901 Ashby Ave.
  • When: Tues., Aug. 6, 8 p.m.
  • Price: $15

National Night Out

A number of Berkeley neighborhoods are expected to hold block parties and other neighbor get-togethers for the annual anti-crime National Night Out. Anyone can register an event with the city.

  • What: National Night Out
  • Who: Residents, police officers, firefighters, City of Berkeley personnel 
  • Where: Various neighborhoods
  • When: Tues., Aug. 6
  • Price: Free

Music of Galicia at Freight and Salvage 

How often do you get a chance to hear Galician music? Or even ask yourself if you can find Galicia on the map? (It's that "green, mysterious, ancient province in the northwest corner of Spain," according to the Freight & Salvage announcement about this performance by a troupe of West Coast folk musicians specializing in Galician music.

  • What: Gaita Extravaganza - Music of Galicia
  • Who: The Association of Gaiteiros Californios 
  • Where: Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison St., Berkeley
  • When: Wed., Aug. 7, 8 p.m.
  • Price: $20.50 advance / $22.50 at door


Burning Man Culture Comes to Berkeley Park

Inspired by the annual Burning Man festival in the Nevada desert, "Berkeley Spark" is a daylong "Ignite Your Creativity" gathering at Berkeley's Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Center Park, across from the old City Hall. It is described by sponsors as "a festival of art, music, performance, dance, and workshop with "burners, artists, performers, dancers, musicians, and other creative types." 

  • What: Berkeley Spark
  • Who: "Burners, artists, performers, dancers, musicians, and other creative types."
  • Where: Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Center Park, at Allston Way and Martin Luther King Jr. Way.
  • When: Sat., Aug. 10, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Price: Free



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