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Around Berkeley

A young child in a science class performs an experiment with graduated cylinders filled with colored liquid while an adult watches.
Credit: Lawrence Hall of Science

➤ BAMPFA’s new collectible exhibition, What Has Been and What Could Be, featuring everything from 17th century Japanese scrolls and mid-century abstract painting to feminist art, quilts and conceptual art , opened on June 7 and will be on display until next summer. General admission: $14

➤ The philosopher Richard Mohr talks about his new book The Splendid Despair of Beauty. Thursday, June 8, 7:30 p.m. Hillside Club. $10-$20

➤ Serving up generous helpings of fat, Steve Lucky’s Hammond Cheese Combo plays a jaw-dropping juke-joint book of numbers, often featuring the expert guitar work and outspoken vocals of Miss Carmen Getit. Friday June 9, 7-10 p.m. Jupiter. FREE

➤ The Monkey House presents a dual singer-songwriter program featuring blues-soaked Kim Lembo and Voice of Change founder Susan Sterling. Friday, June 9, 7:30 p.m. The monkey house. Sliding scale, $10 to $40

➤ With its vast repertoire of pre-WWII Parisian café music, the Baguette Quartette by French-born accordionist Odile Lavault offers a transporting experience like no other ensemble, expertly delivered with violinist Rachel Durling, lead guitarist John Schott and bassist Rich Trevor. Friday June 9, 8-10 p.m. The back room. $20-$25

➤ The Berkeley Community Chorus and Orchestra will give three performances of Felix Mendelssohn’s Elijah at UC Berkeley’s Hertz Hall. Friday-Sunday, June 9-11. FREE

➤ The city of Berkeley is hosting a 3-on-3 youth basketball tournament. Saturday June 10, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. San Pablo Park. FREE (pre-registration)

➤ The Summer Science Fundays are back at the Lawrence Hall of Science and will continue through August. The first event, Fun with the Sun, will teach you about solar eclipses and how to search for sunspots and will take place inside the new outdoor natural lab in the lobby. Saturday June 10, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. FREE (with admission to the museum)

➤ Attend the Excursions Opening Reception at the Berkeley Art Center. The exhibit, on view through June 29, features more than 20 Bay Area artists and showcases a wide range of mediums including painting, sculpture, installation and video. Saturday June 10, 2 p.m.-5 p.m. FREE

➤ Olivia Allen-Price, host of KQED’s Bay Curious podcast, talks about her new book Bay Curious: Exploring the San Francisco Bay Area’s Hidden True Stories. Saturday, June 10, 2 p.m. North Branch Berkeley Public Library. FREE

➤ Catch the final two performances of Inferno Theater’s production of Shakespeare’s The Tempest at John Hinkel Park. Saturday-Sunday June 10-11, 4 p.m. FREE

➤ Turning solo recitals into lush, teeming adventures, cellist, composer and looping maestro Zoë Keating returns to the Bay Area for a two-night run at The Freight. Saturday-Sunday, June 10-11, 8 p.m. & 7 p.m. Freight & Rescue. $35 to $54.

Celebrate Pride at the East Bay Jewish Community Center’s Family Pride Festival, which includes a carnival, dance party, and drag story featuring local drag queen Kylie Minono. Sunday, June 11, 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. 1414 Walnut St. FREE (RSVP)

➤Wine tasting opportunities abound in Berkeley, but nothing beats Ashkenaz’s Wine Around the World series, a worldwide program that combines wine, music and dance. This stay explores Greece, with a musical performance by the Agapi Mou quartet and wine from On Piedmont. Tuesday, June 13, 7 p.m. Ashkenaz. $50 to $60


➤ The La Peña Cultural Center organizes a Baila community dance party with live music by La Mixta Criolla. Friday, June 16, 7:30 p.m.-1 a.m. $20-$30

➤ Shotgun Players’ Yerma, a lyrical piece set in 1930s Southern California that explores infertility and feminism, will run through June 18. $8-$40

➤ Berkeley Rep’s bloody and beautiful new play, Let the Right One In, joins the vampire media frenzy. Until June 25. $43 – $119

Beyond Berkeley

Two people taking a photo of a wall painting.
Augmented reality mural of Black Terminus honoring the Black Panthers at the corner of 7th and Washington streets. Credit: Harvey Castro

➤ The second annual Berkeley Art, Finance and Law Symposium, presented by the Berkeley Center for Law and Business, will be held at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Speakers include OpenAI Deputy General Counsel Che Chang, philosopher Alva Noë, and law professors Pamela Samuelson and Peter Menell, who will discuss intellectual property and copyright issues, among others. Thursday, June 8, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. $100 (Grants available)

Purnamasari and Clyde Leland are among the Berkeley-based artists featured at the SF International Arts Festival, which begins today. June 8-18. San Francisco. Individual tickets start at $20, festival passes start at $60

➤ Take a virtual journey through five countries in Africa at Into the ARchives: An Augmented Reality Experience in Oakland, featuring the work of Oaklandside photojournalist Amir Aziz. Friday, June 9, 7:306 13th St., Oakland. FREE (RSVP)

➤ Learn about Oakland’s geology on a 3.6-mile walk with geologist Andrew Alden at Lake Merritt in Oakland. Saturday, June 10, 2 p.m. 699 Bellevue Ave., Oakland. $25

➤ The second annual “Many Nations One Land” Native American Cultural Arts and Music Festival will feature cultural demonstrations including doll and corn bead making, food vendors and more. Learn about Oakland’s native community at this family-friendly festival. Saturday, June 10, 12-5 p.m. The Little Elementary School.FREE

➤ Berkeley performers Erica and Friends will perform traditional and modern folk music from the British Isles and Ireland at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church in Albany under the auspices of Calliope East Bay Music & Arts. Sunday, June 11, 4 p.m. $15-$25

Oaklandside arts and community reporter Azucena Rasilla contributed reporting for this story.

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