What To Do In Berkeley This Weekend – May 19 – 21

Things are heating up as another weekend rolls around in Berkeley and we have a great list of things for you to do. Kick thinks off with a stimulating talk with Michael Krasny. Then things get spicy, Indian spicy, that is, with Mira Nair’s colorful theater piece at the Berkeley Rep and the annual Himalayan Fair! Don’t miss this colorful affair as the aromas and sounds of that sacred and exotic region fill the air in North Berkeley’s Live Oak Park!

What To Do In Berkeley This Weekend #1: A Conversation with Michael Krasny

7:30 PM / May 19
Admission: Starting at $25
Location: UC Berkeley Pauley Ballroom
2475 Bancroft Way, Berkeley


View Website: A benefit for WriterCoach Connection, moderated by noted poet and author Linda Watanabe McFerrin. Join KQED on May 19, 2017 at West Pauley Ballroom, UC Berkeley, for an extraordinary evening beginning at 6:15pm with Michael Krasny, the host of the award winning KQED FORUM, a program discussing news and public affairs, current events, culture, health, business and technology.


What To Do In Berkeley This Weekend #2: Monsoon Wedding at the Rep

8 PM / Friday, May 5

Admission: $40 – 120/discounts available

Berkeley Repertory Theatre
2025 Addison St.
Berkeley 94704


View Website: You’re invited to the wedding of the season! Award-winning film director Mira Nair brings her exuberant and sumptuous Monsoon Wedding to Berkeley Rep’s stage in this highly anticipated world premiere musical. Please see Berkeley Repertory Theatre’s website for specific show dates, times and ticket availability. Shows are Tues through Sunday. Ends June 25.

What To Do In Berkeley This Weekend #3: A Language of the Land Artists’ Reception

4-6 PM, demo at 2 PM / Saturday, May 20
Admission: FREE

Holton Studio Frame-Makers and The Holton Studio Gallery

2100 Fifth Street, Berkeley, 94710


View website: Exhibition of two of California’s leading landscape painters. Paul Kratter & Terry Miura: A Language of the Land. New Landscape Paintings of Northern California. May 6 through June 10, 2017. Reception for the artists on Saturday, May 6 from 4 to 6 p.m. Dual Demo with both painters side-by-side in the gallery on Saturday, June 3 at 2:00 p.m.

What To Do In Berkeley This Weekend #4: The 34th Annual Himalayan Fair

10 AM – 7 PM / Saturday & Sunday, May 20 & 21

Admission: FREE

Live Oak Park

1301 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley 94709


View Website: The 34th Annual Himalayan Fair comes to Live Oak Park. Enjoy free live performances featuring modern and traditional folk dance, singing and music from India, Tibet, Nepal and Bhutan. Plus, a Himalayan style bazaar with dozens of vendors selling artwork, handcrafted jewelry, clothing, carpets, and other treasures. Feast on a plate of momos, a traditional dumpling popular with fairgoers or try other delectable offerings. Visit the kids booth to play games and make Himalayan themed crafts. Entrance to the fair is free. You can purchase a $5.00 raffle ticket for a chance to win an array of prizes including the grand prize of a flight to Kathmandu! All proceeds from the Fair are donated to charitable organizations working in the Himalayan region. Ends at 5 PM on Sunday.

What To Do In Berkeley This Weekend #5: Body/Voice/Vérité: Improv for Life

5 PM / Sunday May 21

Admission:$10 – $20/ sliding scale

Western Sky Studio @ Berkeley Moving Arts

2525 Eighth Street, #13-A, Berkeley, CA 94710, 510-532-1020

 Visit Website: Lively, contemplative, passionate, fully improvised movement theater by women in two ongoing Body Tales groups, led by long-time Bay Area artist and performer Olivia Corson. A Bay Area treasure for nearly 40 years, Body Tales interweaves improvisational movement and personal story for creative expression, communication and healing. Benefit for the Body Tales scholarship fund. The venue is wheelchair-accessible; reservations are not needed, and no one will be turned away for lack of funds.


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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