What To Do In Berkeley This Weekend – March 31 – April 2

Don’t get April fooled this weekend in Berkeley, and get out and enjoy our wonderful city! There’s plenty to do to keep you delighted, intellectually stimulated and blissful. Check out one of these great to-do items.

What To Do In Berkeley This Weekend #1: Jenna and the Charmers

8 PM, Friday, March 31
Admission: $20
The Back Room
1984 Bonita St., Berkeley, (510) 654-3808

View Website:  Hailed as one of the leading women of jazz/pop crossover by Jazziz Magazine for three years in a row, vocalist Jenna Mammina teams up with drummer Jeremy Steinkoler (of Mo’Fone renown) for their latest collaborative project, Jenna & the Charmers, exploring an eclectic range of their favorite pop and jazz tunes from the past few decades, in addition to performing original compositions. They’ll be joined by the formidable Ryan Lukas on bass (The Real Nasty, Brian Patneaude), and dynamic Steve Bissinger on guitar (Christie Winn, Mr. Lonesome & the Bluebelles).

What To Do In Berkeley This Weekend #2: Spring Science Days

10:00 AM / Saturday, April 1

Price: $10 – $12
Free for Members, children age 2 and under, UC Berkeley students and staff

The Lawrence Hall of Science, UC Berkeley, One Centennial Drive

View Website:  How much do you really know about Earth’s water? Join us daily during Spring Science Days and have fun as you explore Earth’s water ecosystem. Take a trip to the deepest parts of the ocean in Deepsea Challenge 3D, explore the water cycle in Water’s Extreme Journey, and learn how water has helped create the Bay Area in Forces That Shape the Bay.

What To Do In Berkeley This Weekend #3: Leni

2 PM and 7 PM / Sunday, April 2
Admission: Starting at $55
The Aurora Theater Company
2081 Addison Street, Berkeley

View Website: Leni Riefenstahl was the brilliant German film director of Triumph of the Will and Olympia, films cited by Pauline Kael as “the two greatest films ever directed by a woman,” and which also served as propaganda for Adolf Hitler and the Nazis. In Sarah Greenman’s wildly creative multimedia play, Riefenstahl’s older and younger selves edit a film of the director’s life, playing out and reshooting scenes from her past until the director finds the beauty she is seeking. Leni is an extraordinary work about artistic responsibility, narcissism and denial. Through May 7.

What To Do In Berkeley This Weekend #4: Strictly Functional

11 AM to 5 PM / Sat & Sun, April 1 & 2
Admission: Free
The Potters Studio
1221 8th Street, Berkeley, (510) 528-3286

View Website: For this show we’ve invited three West Coast ceramic artists who excel at magically combining form and function. These ceramics pots, vessels and plates are designed for everyday use and are made from clay bodies and glazes that are both beautiful and functional. As objects, they possess beautifully articulated lines, subtly colorful glazes and a wonderful feel in the hand when in use. Through April 6.

What To Do In Berkeley This Weekend #5: The Guernica Project

3 PM /  Sunday April 2
Tickets: $20
Maybeck Center for the Performing Arts
1537 Euclid Street, Berkeley


View Website: This April is the 80th anniversary of Picasso’s monumental, iconic painting, “Guernica”–which encapsulates so much of its time and ethos, still viscerally connecting to today’s viewers–and also of the historical event that inspired Picasso. Contemporary chamber music group Ensemble for These  Times (www.E4TT.org) has put together a Guernica-themed call-and- response-style concert program​, ​ commissioning composer  Jeffrey Hoover  (professor of integrated arts at the University of Baltimore) to create a new piece inspired by the Picasso painting, which Hoover has set as a 6-language (Basque, Spanish, German, Latin, Italian, and English) composition in 4 movements for soprano, violin, cello, and piano.


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