What To Do In Berkeley This Weekend – April 21-23

The superb multi-cultural quality of Berkeley is all over the place this weekend, so don’t miss it! And it’s Earth Day, so we celebrate our global health, well-being and inclusive diversity in more ways than one. Stay local or get over to the city for a grand celebration.

What To Do In Berkeley This Weekend #1: Female, Ashkenazi with a Sewing Machine

8 PM / April 21, 2017
Admission: Starting at $25
South Berkeley Community Church
1802 Fairview St, Berkeley

View Website: In the world premiere of Inferno Theatre’s play, FEMALE, ASHKENAZI WITH A SEWING MACHINE, by Jamie Greenblatt, the diagnosis of cancer sets a woman on a journey with her sewing machine, to find her deepest roots. Directed and designed by Giulio Cesare Perrone. Ends May 7.


What To Do In Berkeley This Weekend #2: Saleem Ashkar, Piano

8 PM / Friday, April 21
Admission: Starts at $36
First Congregational Church
2345 Channing Way @ Dana, Berkeley, (510) 642-9988

View Website: Zubin Mehta gave Saleem Ashkar his first big break when he invited him to join the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra for Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1—at age 17. Daniel Barenboim followed suit with an invitation to master classes and performances in Chicago. Since then, the formidable Palestinian-Israeli pianist has earned a reputation for balancing “thoughtfulness and virtuosic abandon with playfulness and beauty of sound” (Berliner Morgenpost).

What To Do In Berkeley This Weekend #3: Earth Day 2017 San Franciso

10 AM – 6 PM / Saturday, April 22

Civic Center/UN Plaza Station

1150 Market St, San Francisco

FREE for all ages

View website: This year we are going all out to bring the public the most educational, impactful and festive Earth Day Celebration to date. The festival will feature amazing top notch entertainment, dynamic panel discussions and speakers at our ‘Eco Teach In’ section, organic celebrity chef showcase, organic and vegan food courts, wine and beer gardens, clean energy zone, cutting edge earth friendly products, an electric vehicle showcase, kids zone and our hugely popular ‘Silent disco stage’. We are thrilled to present our 50th Anniversary of the Summer of love Tribute Stage, showcasing past and present Psychedelic Rock, Funk and Groovy World Beat performers. Our Psychedelic Eco Fashion Show is not to be missed and our kids zone is rockin’ Be sure to Get Involved in our day long Rally and ‘Teach In’ promoting real time actions, peaceful resistance and a forum of talks , Education and Solidarity. Let your voice be heard ! Join Us for a full day of Eco Activism, Education and Celebration of Mother Earth!



What To Do In Berkeley This Weekend #4: Tatsumaki Taiko

6 to 8:30 PM / Saturday, April 22, 2017
Admission: $20
Takara Sake
708 Addison Street, Berkeley

View Website: Takara Sake Tasting Room and Museum is hosting a concert and sake tasting event with performance by Tatsumaki Taiko, a Richmond-based taiko group. Tatsumaki Taiko will be performing its own arrangements of traditional Japanese songs as well as original compositions with African, Latin, jazz, and rock influences. Help Takara celebrate 50 years of Berkeley-Sakai Sister City Friendship with powerful beats and some sake!



What To Do In Berkeley This Weekend #5: Urinetown

2 PM / Sunday, April 30
Admission: Starting at $22
Berkeley Playhouse
2640 College Avenue, Berkeley, 510-845-8542,  x351

View Website: Don’t let the title fool you, in the hysterically clean Urinetown, The Musical, Les Mis, Fiddler on the Roof, and even West Side Story gets spoofed in this Tony Award winning, socially aware comedy that takes on corporate greed and environmental responsibility while spoofing some of Broadway’s biggest hits. Set in a not-so-distant future in which water is in short supply—and city residents must pay to use restrooms—a young bathroom attendant decides to challenge authority and free the toilets! As clean as a newly scrubbed toilet, and as fresh—and hilariously original—as any musical you’ve ever seen.


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