What To Do In Berkeley This Weekend – May 5-7

May day, May day! It’s May in Berkeley and there are a ton of fun things to do around town. Don’t miss out on any of it. Enjoy!


What To Do In Berkeley This Weekend #1: Temple

8 PM / Friday, May 5
Admission: Starting at $36
The Aurora Theater Company
2081 Addison Street, Berkeley

View Website: In October 2011, Occupy London set up camp outside one of London’s most beloved institutions, St Paul’s Cathedral. Soon, the building that had famously survived floods, terrorist threats, and the Blitz closed its doors, and the City of London took legal action against Occupy to remove protesters — by force if necessary. Steve Waters’ new play is a fictional account of the behind-the-scenes machinations by the church and city leadership, dramatizing the turmoil faced by principled, thoughtful people who must decide which of their ideals they’ll betray. Temple was a recent hit at London’s Donmar Warehouse. Through May 13.

What To Do In Berkeley This Weekend #2: Homegoing: An Evening with Yaa Gyasi

7:30 PM /  Friday, May 5

Admission: Free

Pegasus Books Downtown

2349 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley
View Website: Yaa Gyasi returns to Berkeley to discuss and sign copies of her extraordinary debut novel. Join us at Pegasus Books Downtown for the paperback launch of Homegoing. Winner of the NBCC’s John Leonard First Book Prize, A New York Times Notable Book,A Washington Post Notable Book.  “Homegoing is an inspiration.” —Ta-Nehisi Coates

What To Do In Berkeley This Weekend #3: Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness with Atlas Genius

7:30 PM / Saturday May 6
Admission: $33.00

The UC Theatre Taube Family Music Hall

2036 University Ave, Berkeley


View Website: Andrew McMahon’s spirit always shined through in both Something Corporate and Jack’s Mannequin. Amidst Billboard charts and Emmy nominations, indie artist McMahon survived cancer, started the Dear Jack Foundation raising more than $500,000 towards research and awareness for blood disease and young adult cancer, toured the world, cumulatively sold in excess of one million records, and inspired countless people along the way. Fans continue to find inspiration in McMahon. “This is about creating,” he concludes. “It’s not about commerce or business. It’s not overthought. These songs are free, and they flow. I hope people feel that joy and release.”Doors: 6:30 PM / Show 7:30 PM


What To Do In Berkeley This Weekend #4: John Klopotowski with Rave Tesar

8 PM / Saturday, May 6
Admission: $15 Adv, $20 Door
The Back Room
1984 Bonita St., Berkeley, (510) 654-3808

View Website: Oakland-based jazz guitarist John Klopotowski and his longtime musical partner, pianist Rave Tesar, celebrate the release of their new CD, Dedication. the new CD with Rave and Bill Tesar will be available for sale at the performance. The Berkeley performance will present an intimate duet setting that promises both swinging jazz and quiet music for contemplation.

What To Do In Berkeley This Weekend #5: Fly Guy, the Musical

10:30 AM / Sunday, May 7

Admission: $15 – $25

Freight & Salvage

2020 Addison Ave, Berkeley, (510) 296-4433

View Website: Fly Guy, the Musical, a world premiere from the Bay Area Children’s Theatre, regales audiences with the effervescent tale of what happens when Buzz brings his pet insect on a school field trip. Inspired by the popular Fly Guy books by author and illustrator Tedd Arnold, this new musical plays weekends at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. through Sunday, May 7, before moving to San Ramon and San Francisco.  Conceived and directed by BACT’s Nina Meehan, Fly Guy, the Musical, features book, music and lyrics by local playwright and composer Austin Zumbro, whose award-winning work for BACT includes Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site –The Musical and The Day the Crayons Quit—the Musical. The show, a co-commission with Oregon Children’s Theatre, is recommended for age 4 and up. BOX OFFICE: www.bactheatre.org or call 


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
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