Enjoy cookies and hot chocolate as you listen to live holiday music by Berkeley Community Chamber Singers, get a preview performance of Dance on Center’s Nutcracker, take a picture with Santa, and watch the tree lighting.
Hang out with fellow literary nerds at the fourth annual Alternative Book and Zine Fest, which happens this Saturday at Berkeley City College (2050 Center St.). With more than sixty local writers and artists selling their work, chances are you’ll find something to your liking, whether you’re a comic-book fiend, graffiti-art enthusiast, or a seeker of radical polemics. Don’t miss the performance by the local all-girl literary spoken-word group Sister Spit, hosted by Michelle Tea, and the reading by New York Times bestselling author Steve Almond. Get crafty at workshops on book- and ’zine-making, cartooning, and screen-printing, or do some holiday shopping and find local treasures for your bookworm friends.
University of California Berkeley sponsored Students Supporting Doctors Without Borders benefit will raise money to "Help reBuild the Philippines" by donating 10 percent of the restaurant's proceeds from that evening to provide Typhoon Haiyan relief aid via the Doctors Without Borders organization.
Series of listening parties at the library hosted by an array of local disc jockeys from Bay Area public and community radio stations. Each DJ will dig through BPL’s collection of vinyl records and compact discs to uncover musical gems that will expand your appreciation of a range of genres. Rickey Vincent, host of KPFA’s The History of Funk show, hosts the listening party on the 10th.
Fundraiser for Third Woman Press, a publishing collective by and for queer feminists of color. With readings by Tria Andrews, Tala Yazdi, Victoria Michelle, Victoria Massie, Fuifuilupe Niumeitolu, and Margaret Rhee. At Anthony Hall.