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Hick: A Love Story

Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Jan. 25
Hick: A Love Story
In addition to being America’s longest-serving first lady, Eleanor Roosevelt was also the most influential (Sorry, Michelle!). Eleanor was a fierce champion for human rights, feminism, and underprivileged youth, but let’s focus on what really matters — her thirty-year love affair with journalist Lorena Hickok, whom Eleanor affectionately referred to as “Hick.” Chronicling Hick and Eleanor’s romance at Berkeley City Club (2315 Durant St.) is Terry Baum. In Hick: A Love Story, Baum plays the scrappy butch journo, who was also a pioneer in her own right (She was a top reporter for the Associated Press in New York and the nation’s best-known female journalist in the 1930s). As Hick, Baum recounts and reenacts (sort of — it’s a one-woman show, so Eleanor only appears by way of voice recordings) their decades-long relationship through monologues, stories, and snippets from the 2,336 letters that Eleanor and Hick wrote to each other. Hick is rife with humorous tidbits, including Eleanor’s response to Hick’s presumption that Eleanor had never been intimate with women before: “I went to English boarding school.” And a scene where, in a roomful of reporters, Eleanor announces that she and Hick will be conducting an interview in the bathroom and “please do not disturb us.” The play lags somewhat toward the end, but regardless of that minor shortcoming, Hick is a touching, tender tale about two trailblazing women who loved, admired, and inspired each other throughout their lives.
Berkeley City Club 2315 Durant Ave., Berkeley (map)

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THE COMEDY COOKIE JAR #1- SILENT SCREEN SUNDAYS

, , , Sun., Jan. 25, 7:30-9:45 p.m.
510-472-3170

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THE COMEDY COOKIE JAR #1- SILENT SCREEN SUNDAYS
The Excelsior Moveable Movie Palace comes to the Art House Gallery with Silent Screen Sundays! Kicking off the new series of monthly movie shows (with live accompaniment by Ellen Hoffman) is the "Comedy Cookie Jar #1", Jazz-Age laughs from comic masters of the '20s. See Snub Pollard, Our Gang, Harry Langdon, Charley Chase and Laurel & Hardy, with a special novelty starring Rudolph Valentino. Hosted by 'Celluloid Rose' (Annie Lore), who will also sing a number or two. Suggested Donation $5-10
Art House Gallery & Cultural Center 2905 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley (map)

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I Am Not My Mother at The Osher Studio!

Friday, Jan. 24th, 8:00pm
Saturday, Jan. 25th, 2:00pm & 8:00pm

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<i>I Am Not My Mother</i> at The Osher Studio!
Three Shows Only!

I Am Not My Mother, 1st time playwright and actress Neecole Cockerham tells a coming of age story filled with the truths about living your life based on the hand that you are dealt.

Neecole opens a Pandora's box revealing accounts of her success while exposing what lies beneath the surface of personal failures through obstacles found in the opulent Hollywood lifestyle. I Am Not My Mother was penned over a span of 8 years beginning with a journey to embrace life and find inner peace and bridges to a family tragedy striking her greatest fears.

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The Osher Studio 2055 Center St, Berkeley (map)

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Social Justice Symposium

, Sat., Feb. 7, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
510-848-6242

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Social Justice Symposium
SJS is a student organized day of workshops and keynote presentations that serves as space for the community to meet and discuss social justice work in the Bay Area. Some of the free workshops will include:Voices of Youth with Incarcerated Parents - Project WHAT!; Hip Hop for Social Change - Beats, Rhymes & Life; Empowering Migrant Farmworkers through Oral Histories - MOVOZ Project; Building Restorative Trauma Informed Schools - Catholic Charities of the East Bay; And 11 more! Free
First Presbyterian Church 2407 Dana St., Berkeley (map)

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Lyrics and Dirges

Third Wednesday of every month, 7:30 p.m.
510-649-1320
Lyrics and Dirges
has been bringing a hand-picked selection of prominent and emerging writers to Pegasus Books Downtown (2349 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley) on the third Wednesday of every month. Hosted and curated by Rad Dad zine editor Tomas Moniz and Berkeley Poetry Festival organizers Sharon Coleman and MK Chavez, the series aims to provide a picture of the diverse Bay Area literary landscape by gathering different types of writers on the same stage. “We’ve paired slam poets with writers of erotic memoir; we’ve highlighted writers published by mainstream presses, hard core zinesters who still staple each issue, comics artists, and playwrights,” Moniz wrote in an email. For its fourth anniversary edition, the series is hosting authors Virgie Tovar, Daniel Riddle Rodriguez, Matthew Zapruder, and Aimee Suzara. Though Lyrics and Dirges’ lineup is always eclectic, Tovar promises an especially memorable performance. Author of Hot & Heavy: Fierce Fat Girls on Life, Love and Fashion, Virgie Tovar travels the country preaching the motto “Lose Hate Not Weight,” and serving up refreshingly raw lectures and readings concerning body politics, sex, and identity. She fits the bill for Lyrics and Dirges nicely, which also aims to represent socially engaged writers who share perspectives that are relevant to their communities. free
Pegasus Books Downtown 2349 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley & Oakland (map)

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Pop the Cork at Berkeley’s Newest “Social Hour”

Every Sunday - Thursday
8:30pm - Close
510-809-0400
Pop the Cork at Berkeley’s Newest “Social Hour”
Come check out the new “cork art” project at Gather’s bar and stay for late night “Social Hour” libations from 8:30pm to closing time Sunday to Thursday. $5 tap beer and featured wines join $8 Specialty Cocktails at Berkeley’s favorite locavore stomping ground where the drinks are as sustainable as the highly rated organic California fare. Four Stars on Yelp

Hand crafted unique liqueurs and infusions in signature cocktails embrace the best of the season. Wine and beer focuses on West Coast small-scale producers with a pioneering spirit. The entire award winning menu is available in the bar until 10pm nightly.

Gather Restaurant
Gather 2200 Oxford St., Berkeley (map)

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Jump Into Fall By Learning Dance, Improv and More at the YWCA Berkeley!


510-848-6370
Jump Into Fall By Learning Dance, Improv and More at the YWCA Berkeley!
Classes include Improv Acting, Acting Class, Hip-Hop, Flamenco, Brazilian, Argentine Tango, Salsa, Bellydance, Swing/LindyHop, Pilates, Yoga, Bollywood Dance, Zumba, Ballet for Fun & Fitness.

Enjoy learning dance, performing arts, yoga and pilates at our YWCA's beautiful, spacious facility across from the UC Berkeley campus. Great stress relief and fun! Membership ($20/year) is optional. For beginners! No experience needed.

Affordable Classes! Additional $10 OFF for all class series if you are a member! EVERYONE WELCOME!

For more information, visit www.ywca-berkeley.org

Berkeley YWCA 2600 Bancroft Way, Berkeley (map)

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Leap Into Spring by Learning Dance at the YWCA Berkeley!

Ongoing
510-848-6370
Leap Into Spring by Learning Dance at the YWCA Berkeley!
Classes include Improv Acting, Jazz Dance, Hip-Hop, Flamenco, Brazilian, Argentine Tango, Salsa, Bellydance, Swing/Lindy Hop, Pilates, Yoga, Acting Class, Bollywood Dance, Zumba, Ballet for Fun & Fitness.

Enjoy learning dance and body conditioning at our YWCA's beautiful, spacious facility across from the UC Berkeley campus. Great stress relief and fun! Membership ($20/year!) is optional.

Affordable Classes! Additional $10 OFF for all class series if you are a member! EVERYONE WELCOME!

For more information, visit www.ywca-berkeley.org

Berkeley YWCA 2600 Bancroft Way, Berkeley (map)

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Leap Into Summer by Learning Dance at the YWCA Berkeley!

Ongoing
510-848-6370
Leap Into Summer by Learning Dance at the YWCA Berkeley!
Classes include Improv Acting, Hip-Hop, Flamenco, Brazilian World Beat, Argentine Tango, Bellydance, Pilates, Yoga, Acting Class, Bollywood Dance, Zumba, Ballet for Fun & Fitness.

Enjoy learning dance and body conditioning at our YWCA's beautiful, spacious facility across from the UC Berkeley campus. Great stress relief and fun! Membership ($20/year!) is optional.

Affordable Classes! Additional $10 OFF for all class series if you are a member! EVERYONE WELCOME!

For more information, visit www.ywca-berkeley.org

Berkeley YWCA 2600 Bancroft Way, Berkeley (map)

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