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Belewe

Through Aug. 30
Kala Art Institute’s latest off-site exhibit is a group show at the Berkeley Central Arts Passage (2055 Center St.) titled Belewe, which roughly translates in folk etymology to “to betray.” The show brings together artists who investigate things that stray from the norm, venturing into the interstitial mental spaces that are so often ignored. One of the most eye-catching works is Nyeema Morgan’s “Untitled” (from the installation I, Rhinoceros), which features three cast resin hands emerging from a patterned wall and holding out white ceramic vases. Morgan, who is based in New York, is interested in epistemological hierarchies and the way that cultural knowledge is passed on to viewers through artifacts. Julia Goodman’s hand-made calendar is made from rough paper pulp with protrusions that represent the moon cycles of the months following her father’s death. Ben Bigelow’s contribution is a startling large-scale light box that features a cherry pie smashed against glass, effectively pranking the viewer with a pie to the face. Other artists include Matt Chavez, Veronica Graham, Boris Scherbakov, and Lucy van Limburg Stirum. Altogether, the works lead the viewer through an exciting array of unusual observations.
Berkeley Central Arts Passage 2055 Center St., Berkeley (map)

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Saturday Berkeley Farmers' Market

Saturdays, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
510-548-3333
With fresh and organic produce, breads, specialty foods, and more for sale, plus special programs and events. free
Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Center Park 2151 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Berkeley (map)

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Bay Area Poets Coalition Open Reading

, First Saturday of every month, 3-5 p.m.
510-841-8330
free
Strawberry Creek Lodge 1320 Addison St., Berkeley (map)

Poetry Unbound

First Sunday of every month, 5:15 p.m.
510-472-3170
Featuring three writers on the first Sunday of each month, with a brief open mic.
Art House Gallery & Cultural Center 2905 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley (map)

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Poetry Express Readings

Mondays, 7-9 p.m.
510-7-4-0174
A weekly poetry venue and open mic.
Himalayan Flavors Restaurant 1585 University Ave., Berkeley (map)

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Happy Hour

Thursdays, 7 p.m.
510-704-8291
feat. a rotating line-up of artists free
The Marsh Arts Center 2120 Allston Way, Berkeley (map)

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Lyrics and Dirges

Third Wednesday of every month, 7:30 p.m.
510-649-1320
Featuring a new slate of emerging writers every month. free
Pegasus Books Downtown 2349 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley & Oakland (map)

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Tell It On Tuesday

Last Tuesday of every month, 7 p.m.
510-704-8291
Storytelling, solo performance, and live music, with a rotating cast of performers. $8-$15
The Marsh Arts Center 2120 Allston Way, Berkeley (map)

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