What To Do In Berkeley This Weekend – May 26-29

It’s Memorial Day Weekend in Berkeley! Get out and about and enjoy our wonderful city with this assortment of fun things to do. The weather, no doubt, will be an invitation to get outdoors and play. A concert at the Greek can kick things off and from there, who knows where the long holiday weekend will take you!

What To Do In Berkeley This Weekend #1: Jean-Michele Jarre at the Greek

8 pm / Friday, May 26
Admission: Starting at $35.50
The Greek Theater
2001 Gayley Road, Berkeley,  94720

View Website: Current Grammy-nominated artist and French electronic music composer and producer JEAN-MICHEL JARRE’s reputation for the spectacular is unmatched, having been one of the first artists in the world to perform electronic music as we know it today. He will bring his ‘Electronica’ World Tour to North America, marking his first time tour here. Expect JARRE to bring his incredible live show which blazed across the European continent last year, to high-acclaim, to many hallmark venues.

What To Do In Berkeley This Weekend #2: Summer in Sanctuary at The Marsh

8 pm / Friday, May 26
Admission: $20 – $100 / sliding scale
Last chance to see, closes May 27

The Marsh Berkeley

2120 Allston Way
Berkeley 94704
View Website: The Marsh announces that due to popular demand, the acclaimed solo show by National Public Radio host Al Letson, Summer in Sanctuary will transfer to The Marsh Berkeley. Summer in Sanctuary, named a Theatre Bay Area recommended production, chronicles Letson’s summer working as a creative writing teacher at the Sanctuary on 8th Street, a community center in an economically challenged neighborhood in Jacksonville, Florida. Letson – who presently hosts Reveal, one of the top 10 podcasts in the country (heard locally on KQED FM) – challenges perceptions about race and class as he struggles to connect with the disadvantaged children in his care. With Letson’s natural gift for storytelling, Summer in Sanctuary opens the dialogue on America’s dropout epidemic, while sharing the intimate story of his attempt to make a difference in the lives of a group of high-risk kids.

What To Do In Berkeley This Weekend #3: Alt-Left: Local Treasures Curated by DeWitt Cheng


11 am – 5 pm / Wed- Sunday
Admission: Free
Berkeley Art Center
1275 Walnut Street, Berkeley, 94709

View Website: The Bay Area is of course among the most politically and cultural liberal regions in the country, its reputation for tolerance and progressive politics probably second to none. Our artists have accordingly been among the most outspoken critics of mainstream, status-quo politics as usual. Alt-Left: Local Treasures is a Bay Area art response to the current national ascendancy of the Alt-Right. It features work by three painters, Mark Bryan, Michael Kerbow and Ariel Parkinson; two collagists, John Hundt and Vanessa Woods; and a sculptor, Pancho Jiménez, who comment on history, politics and psychology with both deep feeling and a mordant, absurdist humor. Ends June 17.


What To Do In Berkeley This Weekend #4: Edward King at BCC

5:00 PM / Sunday, May 28

Admission:$15 – $30 sliding scale

Central Works Theatre

Berkeley City Club

2315 Durant Avenue. Berkeley 94704

View Website: A hilarious new comedy about finding your roots. Ed King, a mail-man for the USPS, and his wife, a waitress at Bob’s Big Boy, have gone into debt to put their daughter through college. Then they discover something growing in the basement that threatens to take down the whole house! Ed vows to find the source of this hideous blight…”What if the story of your roots was the worst thing you could possibly imagine? What would you do then?” asks playwright Gary Graves. “If ever there was a time when we needed a good laugh, it’s now.

What To Do In Berkeley This Weekend #5: Memorial Day Brunch on the Water

10:30 am – 2 pm /Monday, May 29

Skates on the Bay
100 Seawall Drive, Berkeley, 94710

View Website: Join Skates on the Bay for a Memorial Day Weekend Brunch! Build your own Bloody Mary, and enjoy views of the beautiful bay.


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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