What To Do In Berkeley This Weekend – March 3-5

This weekend in Berkeley promises to be another great one as March begins. Take in some great visuals, some music and an informative and fun family event at the Hall of Science. Enjoy!


What To Do In Berkeley This Weekend #1: Beneath the Tall Tree

8:00 PM / Friday, March 3
Live Oak Theater
1301 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley, (510) 981-8150
Admission: $20-$25

View Website: Caught in the anti-Japanese prejudice of WWII and Franklin D. Roosevelt’s executive order 9066, Frederick Tetsuo Fujikawa, a teenage Japanese American boy, was forced from his Palo Alto home to an internment camp away from the rest of the country. Before the government imposed relocation, Fred decided to bury the family samurai sword in the backyard. By the time the war was over, he would come back to find their home demolished and life changed forever. To this day the sword has not been found. Beneath the Tall Tree is the story of what happens when Fred’s archaeologist granddaughter decides to dig up her grandfather’s history and look for a connection to her culture that she fears she’s lost. Ends March 24.

What To Do In Berkeley This Weekend #2: Boundaries & Balance

 11:00 AM-6:00 PM / Friday, March 3
ACCI Gallery
1652 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley, (510) 843-2527


View Website: Boundaries & Balance is ACCI’s annual juried exhibition. The theme is inspired by the work of Russian artist Kazimir Malevich who, in 1913, created a painting titled Black Square which is said to have been the first painting that wasn’t about a thing or of a thing; rather, it focused on the square, which is by its geometric nature, always in balance. A painting within a square format challenges the inherent static balance of the form with its own dynamic balance within the shape. Opening Reception: March 3rd. Ends March 31

What To Do In Berkeley This Weekend #3: Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo

8:00 PM / Saturday, March 4
Zellerbach Hall, UC Campus
Bancroft Way (Telegraph & Dana), Berkeley, (510) 642-9988
Admission: Starts at $36
View Website: The “unspeakably talented” (Calgary Herald) all-male ballet troupe affectionately known as the “Trocks” traffics deliriously and artfully in “the ridiculous and the sublime” (Financial Times). The troupe recently celebrated 40 years as an internationally adored cultural phenomenon. To mark this special anniversary, the Cal Performances engagement will include two works that were performed at the company’s very first Zellerbach Hall performance on October 14, 1976, Swan Lake and Don Quixote. The program also includes Esmeralda and a surprise or two.

What To Do In Berkeley This Weekend #4: GLAS Animation Festival 2017

All day / Saturday, March 4

Shattuck Cinemas

2230 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley, 661-755-5425

Price: $12 – $225
 View Website: GLAS Animation Festival takes place March 2-5, 2017 in the historic city of Berkeley, California, just a quick ride away from San Francisco. We are introducing new ideas and expanding the scope of animation by bringing new voices, new talents, new themes, and a new generation of independent filmmakers and curators to the United States. We highlight fresh voices in independent animation while curating special programs of the most significant periods of animation history that serve as an inspiration for contemporary animators. GLAS has over 70 events including short film competition screenings, panels, workshops, special curated programs, installations and more. To register for passes or for more information about GLAS Animation Festival 2017 visit our website.




What To Do In Berkeley This Weekend #5: Be a Raindrop: Waters Extreme Journey

10:00 AM – 5 PM / Sunday March 5

The Lawrence Hall of Science , University of Berkeley

One Centennial Drive, Berkeley

Price: $10 – $12 / FREE for members

View Website: Developed with world-renowned marine life artist Wyland, Water’s Extreme Journey takes visitors on an exciting and important quest for clean water. iscover what it’s like to be a water drop traveling through rivers, lakes, wetlands, and even your own home, as you make your way into the healthy ocean. Have fun riding the Watershed Zipline, walking through the Wetland Slow Zone, and snap a pic of your family “swimming” with the dolphins, all while developing a deeper understanding of your place in the water ecosystem. Through Sunday, April 30.


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