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Friday, February 24

Candle Lit Labyrinth Walk & Live Music | Berkeley
Friday, February 24 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is appreciated, though not required.
| Grace North Church
Candle Lit Labyrinth Walk & Live Music | Berkeley

Walk the free labyrinth at Grace North Church in Berkeley with 97 candles lighting the path, while listening to music every last Friday of the month. Free, but an RSVP is appreciated, though not required. The Winding Way musicians, an acoustic musical group featuring guitar, violin, cello, mandolin, ...

Why Mexico Fell Apart & How to Fix It | Berkeley
Friday, February 24 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Sibley Auditorium
Why Mexico Fell Apart & How to Fix It | Berkeley

Denise Dresser will speak about the demise of the “Mexican Moment” due to corruption, the mass kidnapping of students from Ayotzinapa, increasing violence, and economic mismanagement by the Peña Nieto administration. She will also focus on U.S.-Mexico relations in the Trump era, and what Mexican …

An Evening of Balinese Shadow Play: Free Performance | UC Berkeley
Friday, February 24 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Morrison Hall (UC Berkeley)
An Evening of Balinese Shadow Play: Free Performance | UC Berkeley

Wayang Bali, the Balinese Shadow Play, is one of the most revered traditional art forms in the world.
Plots for Wayang Bali are drawn from the Mahabharata myth cycle, in which five brothers are pitted against one hundred jealous cousins in a struggle for power involving …

Sunday, February 26

SF Chamber Orchestra Main Stage Concert “Wordsmiths” | Berkeley
Sunday, February 26 – 3:00 pm | Cost: FREE | St. John’s Presbyterian Church
SF Chamber Orchestra Main Stage Concert “Wordsmiths” | Berkeley

Dedicated to the lyrical muse, this program features two outstanding singers well-known to SFCO audiences: mezzo-soprano Lara Nie and tenor Brian Thorsett.
Canteloube’s lush settings of folk songs from France’s Auvergne region are paired with a newly commissioned work by Berkeley composer Peter Josheff, based on …

Monday, February 27

Salsa Dura: Dance Party & Live Salsa Orchestra | Berkeley
Monday, February 27 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE | La Peña Cultural Center
Salsa Dura: Dance Party & Live Salsa Orchestra | Berkeley

Every last Monday of the month, the Josh Jones and the La Peña Salsa Orchestra brings the raw power of salsa dura to La Peña’s stage. They will perform songs from your favorite salsa artists including Eddie Palmieri, Beny Moré, the Spanish Harlem Orchestra, El ...

Wednesday, March 1

Free First Wednesday | UC Berkeley Botanical Garden
Wednesday, March 1 – All Day | Cost: FREE | UC Berkeley Botanical Garden
Free First Wednesday | UC Berkeley Botanical Garden

Enjoy free admission to the UC Botanical Garden on the first Wednesday of every month month from 9 am to 5 pm year round. Established in 1890, the Garden, which is open to the public year round, has over 13,000 different kinds of plants from ...

University Wind Ensemble: Works of Maslanka & Spittal | Berkeley
Wednesday, March 1 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Hertz Hall (UC Berkeley)
University Wind Ensemble: Works of Maslanka & Spittal | Berkeley

Come and listen to the University Wind Ensemble as they perform a noontime concert series under Robert Calonico.

Thursday, March 2

Free First Thursdays at Berkeley Art Museum | East Bay
Thursday, March 2 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free admission to galleries. Film programs are excluded
| Berkeley Art Museum / Pacific Film Archive
Free First Thursdays at Berkeley Art Museum | East Bay

The UC Berkeley Art Museum is the visual arts center of the University of California, Berkeley. Through art and film programs, collections, and research resources, the University aspires to be locally connected and globally relevant, engaging audiences from the campus, community, and beyond. Through art and ...

Saturday, March 4

Sick Plant Clinic | UC Berkeley Botanical Garden
Saturday, March 4 – 9:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Garden admission is free only if you're attending the Sick Plant Clinic.
| UC Berkeley Botanical Garden
Sick Plant Clinic | UC Berkeley Botanical Garden

Find out which diseases ail your plants at the free monthly Sick Plant Clinic at the UC Berkeley Botanical Garden happening from 9 am to noon on the first Saturday of the month. Entomologists are also available to identify the pests that are living in your plants. Please cover plants ...

Sunday, March 5

Awesöme Orchestra Collective: Music From “Final Fantasy VII” & Interactive Games | Oakland
Sunday, March 5 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required; donations are welcome.
| Sports Basement (Berkeley)
Awesöme Orchestra Collective: Music From

Their program for this session couldn’t be more diverse. Uematsu’s “One-Winged Angel” from Final Fantasy VII was inspired by Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring, the rock stylings of Jimi Hendrix and cinematic drama of Hitchcock’s Psycho theme. Awesöme Orchestra is proud to premiere Symphony No. 1 …

Monday, March 6

P.O.S Rap Mini Concert | Amoeba Berkeley
Monday, March 6 – 4:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Amoeba Music (Berkeley)
P.O.S Rap Mini Concert | Amoeba Berkeley

Doomtree’s P.O.S. celebrates his new album, Chill, Dummy (out now), with a live mini-set and signing at Amoeba Berkeley. Plus – Amoeba is proud to premiere his new video for “Bully” (directed by Adam DeGross).
Doomtree co-founder, punk philosopher and lyrical bomb-thrower Stefon Alexander, aka P.O.S …

Healing Beyond The Conscious Mind | Berkeley
Monday, March 6 – 6:30 pm | Cost: FREE | UC Berkeley
Healing Beyond The Conscious Mind | Berkeley

In this talk, Isa will address the processes of healing that are accessed beyond the conscious mind.
Come and listen to the special focus on how altered states of consciousness such as hypnosis, dreams, meditation and the shamanic journey can be used to help correct a …

Wednesday, March 8

One More River To Cross: Water Metaphors In Gospel Music | Berkeley
Wednesday, March 8 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Hertz Hall (UC Berkeley)
One More River To Cross: Water Metaphors In Gospel Music | Berkeley

Join the UC Berkeley gospel chorus for an afternoon of gospel music highlighting the importance of water as a symbol and metaphor for finding places of freedom, justice, and peace.

“Gueros” Free Film Screening | Berkeley
Wednesday, March 8 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | 105 North Gate (UC Berkeley)

Tomas is a boy from Veracruz whose mother, fed up with his poor behavior, sends him to stay with his brother in Mexico City. His arrival coincides with a strike at the national university that leaves its students, including Tomas’ brother Sombra and Sombra’s roommate …

Free AcroYoga Class | Sports Basement Berkeley
Wednesday, March 8 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Sports Basement (Berkeley)
Free AcroYoga Class | Sports Basement Berkeley

Come learn the skills, balance and art of acrobatic partner yoga every second Wednesday of the month from 7:30-8:30 pm Using basic yoga poses, we’ll learn how to combine them into partner balancing and dynamic movements. No previous experience and no partner needed.

Friday, March 10

Berkeley Critical Mass | 2nd Fridays
Friday, March 10 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Ashby BART
Berkeley Critical Mass | 2nd Fridays

Berkeley Critical Mass is group bike ride that begins at the Ashby BART Station, where riders meet at 6 pm on the 2nd Friday of each month. A local rider frequently brings a powerful bicycle sound system to the rides making this into a rolling bike ...

Bay Area Seed Swap & Celebration | Berkeley
Friday, March 10 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free if you bring food and seeds to share of $5-20 suggested donation.
| Ecology Center
Bay Area Seed Swap & Celebration | Berkeley

Join them for a fun and festive Annual Seed Exchange hosted by the Bay Area Seed Interchange Library (BASIL). Come swap home-grown garden seeds, share a potluck supper, enjoy live music with Mud Fence and the company of fantastic local gardeners and earth stewards. Visit the …

Saturday, March 11

2017 Purim Party: Costume Dancing & Megilla Reading | Berkeley
Saturday, March 11 – 6:30 pm | Cost: $15*
*$15 for advanced tickets, $20 at the door. Children under 13 are free.
| JCC East Bay
2017 Purim Party: Costume Dancing & Megilla Reading | Berkeley

Come dressed in costume for the community-wide celebration featuring Megilla reading, Purim-with-a-twist theatrics and Middle Eastern and Klezmer fusion for your dancing pleasures.

Sunday, March 12

2017 Purim Celebration & Family Carnival | Berkeley
Sunday, March 12 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | Congregation Netivot Shalom
2017 Purim Celebration & Family Carnival | Berkeley

Berkeley’s Congregation Netivot Shalom hosts its free-wheeling, festivity-full, family-friendly, food-for-feasting Purim Carnival on Sunday, March 12, 2017.
They’ll have a bouncy house, a “Shushan Salon” with face painting, carnival games, jugglers, food for purchase, and lots of fun.

10 Plants for Color: Author Talk & Demonstration | Berkeley
Sunday, March 12 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Ecology Center
10 Plants for Color: Author Talk & Demonstration | Berkeley

Learn how to grow and use natural dye plants to color your own fabrics. Local authors Deepa Natarajan and Helen Krayenhoff will give a talk and demonstration on how to raise dye plants and prepare beautiful dyes with recipes from their new book,10 Plants for …

2017 Spring Equinox Drum Circle | Berkeley
Sunday, March 12 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required. Donations are appreciated.
| Sacred Stream Center
2017 Spring Equinox Drum Circle | Berkeley

Sacred Stream holds drumming circles four times a year on the Solstice and Equinox to honor the season and to focus on healing for the community and the earth.
Free, but an RSVP is required.
The focus of these circles is on healing for individuals, the community, and …

Full Moon Chanting Ceremony | Berkeley
Sunday, March 12 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Tibetan Nyingma Institute | Berkeley
Full Moon Chanting Ceremony | Berkeley

In many Buddhist lands, the full moon is a time to gather for prayer and meditation. The Tibetan Nyingma Institute continues this tradition through holding a chanting ceremony on full moon nights from 8-9:30 pm. Please show up a few minutes early as the doors …

Tuesday, March 14

2017 Persian New Year Festival & Fire Jumping | Berkeley
Tuesday, March 14 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Persian Center
2017 Persian New Year Festival & Fire Jumping | Berkeley

Jump over a bonfire (or watch others do it) in the ritual of “Chahr-Shanbeh Souri” as the Persian Center celebrates Nowruz, or Persian New Year to say goodbye to the darkness of winter and welcome the lightness of spring. 
2017 Persian New Year Festival & Fire Jumping
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Wednesday, March 15

University & Chamber Choruses Noontime Concert | Berkeley
Wednesday, March 15 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Hertz Hall (UC Berkeley)
University & Chamber Choruses Noontime Concert | Berkeley

Featuring the Music Department’s varied and diverse performance activities, the Department of Music presents a series of free weekly concerts each semester in Hertz Hall. Inaugurated in 1953, these concerts are very popular and well attended by those on campus and in the wider community. …

Food First Meeting: A World Where People Have Access to Food | Berkeley
Wednesday, March 15 – 5:30 pm | Cost: FREE | La Peña Cultural Center
Food First Meeting: A World Where People Have Access to Food | Berkeley

Food First envisions a world in which all people have access to healthy, ecologically produced, and culturally appropriate food. Their work—including action-oriented research, publications, projects and Food Sovereignty Tours—gives you the tools to understand the global challenges, build your local movement, and engage with the global ...