What To Do In Berkeley This Weekend – March 17 – 19

Get your Irish on in Berkeley as the weekend kicks off on St. Patrick’s Day this Friday. There are a multitude of ways to “think green” in celebration of spring in all its glory, too. Enjoy yourself!

What To Do In Berkeley This Weekend #1: St. Pat’s Blind Duck

8 – 11 PM / Friday, March 17

Admission: $2 Cover
Albatross Pub
1822 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley

View Website: Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at the Bird. A quartet of Celtic-music veterans, dedicated equally to songs and dance tunes from Ireland and beyond. Blind Duck freely flies into a modern or original tune when the time is right. What matters is music with a heart, played with passion.

What To Do In Berkeley This Weekend #2: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

8:00 PM / Friday, March 17, 2017
Admission: Starts at $36
Zellerbach Hall, UC Campus, (510) 642-9988

Final show of the week

View Website: A pillar in the American arts landscape for more than a half century, the revered Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater returns for its annual residency, with a bold mix of new and recent works as well as timeless Ailey classics, including his unforgettable and uplifting Revelations. “Restraint and release, spirituality and energy: they are all there in Ailey’s masterpiece, Revelations” (Financial Times).

What To Do In Berkeley This Weekend #3: Emergency Preparedness Fair

10 AM – 2 PM / Saturday, March 18
LeConte Elementary School
2241 Russel Street, Berkeley, 510-981-5506

View Website: Kids growing up in earthquake country need a disaster-prepared household. Pet owners need to know how to keep pets safe in a disaster. At this FREE community-wide event, people are invited at all levels of preparedness to take steps towards emergency readiness for their whole family.

What To Do In Berkeley This Weekend #4: Dirty Cello at the Back Room

8 – 10 PM / Saturday,, March 18
Admission: $20
The Back Room
1984 Bonita St., Berkeley,  (510) 654-3808

View Website: From China to Italy, and all over the U.S., Dirty Cello brings the world a high energy and unique spin on blues and bluegrass. Led by vivacious cross-over cellist Rebecca Roudman, Dirty Cello is cello like you’ve never heard before. From down home blues with a wailing cello to virtuosic stompin’ bluegrass, Dirty Cello is a band that gets your heart thumping and your toes tapping! “The group seamlessly careens from blues to bluegrass and rock in a way that really shouldn’t make sense but somehow does.” – LA Times

What To Do In Berkeley This Weekend #5: Boundaries & Balance

Noon – 5 PM / Sunday, March 19
Admission: Free
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. Ends March 31.


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