What To Do In Berkeley This Weekend – Feb. 17-19

It’s a long weekend for most of us, let’s get out and enjoy our lovely city. Here are just a few suggestions for making the most of your Berkeley weekend.

What To Do In Berkeley This Weekend #1: The Real Americans

8:00 PM / Friday February 17

The Marsh Berkeley

2120 Allston Way, Berkeley

Price: $25 – $35, sliding scale
$55-$100 reserved

View Website: The Marsh Berkeley presents the wildly popular The Real Americans by award-winning actor/playwright Dan Hoyle with newly-added post-election material. In this riveting recollection of his 100-day van trip through small-town and rural America, Hoyle found himself at ground zero of the country’s economic inequality and political division, a state which has become even more starkly relevant as the nation heads into its new administration. The show returned to San Francisco last July with additional material gathered in June 2016, to update the state of polarized politics in the era of Donald Trump, and proved to be the same sold-out hit it was when it debuted. The new post-election ending will bring heightened relevancy in 2017 as the new president championed by Middle America begins his first term. The Real Americans is directed by Charlie Varon.

What To Do In Berkeley This Weekend #2: Ed Reed at the Conservatory


8:00 PM / Saturday February 18

California Jazz Conservatory
2087 Addison St., Berkeley, (510) 845-5373
Admission: $18

View Website: With an elegant new piano-bass-guitar trio, Ed Reed celebrates his 88th birthday re-imagining some of his favorite music from the King Cole Trio and the Great American Songbook.

What To Do In Berkeley This Weekend #3: Tilden Merry-go-Round Event

10:00 AM /  Saturday Feb 18

Tilden Park Merry Go Round

Central Park Drive & Lake Anza Road, Berkeley

Price: $2

View Website: Come enjoy some fun on Presidents’ Day Weekend at Tilden Park Merry Go Round. We are opening 1 hour early and staying open an hour later.  We will have a special Lincoln and Washington food menu with $1 and $5 items.  A breakfast menu at 10am and also a BBQ menu in the afternoon.  We will have kid friendly activities and games and of course the Merry Go Round.  Ride tickets are $2 or 7 tickets for $10.  Go for a whirl and enjoy the great outdoors at Tilden Regional Park

What To Do In Berkeley This Weekend #4: Billy Elliot at the Berkeley Playhouse


 7 PM / Saturday February 18
Berkeley Playhouse
2640 College Avenue, Berkeley, 510.845.8542, X 351

Admission: Starting at $25

View Website: When 11 year old Billy Elliot stumbles into a ballet class, his spirit of creativity and expression is awakened. Set amongst a working-class town facing a miners’ strike in 1980s Britain, Elton John’s Tony Award-winning musical about following your passion, and challenging expectations—from parents, friends, and community—is for anyone who has dared to dream, if even for a moment, that they could dance. Ends March 19.

What To Do In Berkeley This Weekend #5: Dance Workshop

9:00 AM / Sunday Feb 19

Luna Dance Institute

605 Addison Street, Berkeley
Price: $265

View Website: Dance education pioneer, Barbara Mettler (1907-2002) explored the roots of movement expression and is especially known for developing principles of group dance improvisation. Explore sensing impulse, organic form, group body movement, and the unity of sound & movement. Led by Griff Goehring; dance faculty at Hampshire College, member of Barbara Mettler Dance Company (1980s), and teacher of Mettler Studios Creative Dance Teacher Training. No prerequisite.


Mary Corbin

Mary Corbin

Mary Corbin is a writer and artist who has lived in Berkeley for 32 years. She is always amazed with finding something new around the next corner while out on a walk, biking in the hills, or chatting with locals about food or fun events around town. Visit her cycling blog at MommaWheelie.com and drop her a line. And view her work as an artist at marycorbinart.blogspot.com
Mary Corbin