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Student Art Show

Thu., Nov. 20, 6-8 p.m.
Jerry Adams Gallery at Berkeley City College presents a juried show of new student works created during the Fall 2014 semester at Berkeley City College. Free
Berkeley City College 2050 Center St., Berkeley (map)

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Yumi Sakugawa

Thu., Nov. 20, 7:30 p.m.
510-649-1320
A visiual presentation of comic book artist Yumi Sakugawa's newest book, Your Illustrated Guide to Becoming One with the Universe. Free
Pegasus Books Downtown 2349 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley & Oakland (map)

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Robert Wilson, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Willem Dafoe: The Old Woman

Nov. 21-22, 8 p.m. and Sun., Nov. 23, 3 p.m.
510-642-9988
Iconic theater artist Robert Wilson (Einstein on the Beach) directs Willem Dafoe and Mikhail Baryshnikov in a surreal marriage of abstract storytelling, pitch-black comedy, and vaudeville $40 and up
Zellerbach Hall UC Berkeley, Berkeley (map)

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Mallory Ortberg

Sat., Nov. 22, 7:30 p.m.
510-649-1320
Mallory Ortberg
What if your favorite literary figures had smartphones and unlimited data plans? Such is the premise of Texts from Jane Eyre: And Other Conversations with Your Favorite Literary Characters, the first book from the wry and always amusing Mallory Ortberg, Oaklander and co-creator of the women-centric website The Toast. Ortberg draws from well-known literary figures and books (Jane Eyre, obvs., along with Sherlock Holmes, Atlas Shrugged, The Hunger Games), as well as less prominent figures (Circe, The Wife of Bath), but you don’t have to be a former English major or someone who wears bloomers to enjoy these missives. A few favorites include texts from Odysseus to Circe: “Why did you turn my friends into pigs?” “I don’t know. Maybe the real question is why are your friends so turn-into-pigsable”; Beth from Little Women complaining that sun shining through a window is killing her; and a (presumably teenage) Virginia Woolf texting her intrusive mother: “I NEED A ROOM OF MY OWN NOT A ROOM YOU COME INTO WHEN I’M GONE AND CLEAN UP … MY FICTION IS THAT YOU’RE AN UTTER BITCH TIDY THAT UP.” Ortberg will sign, read, (and hopefully shout) from her book on Saturday at Pegasus Books (2349 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley). Regardless of your literary inclinations, Texts from Jane Eyre is sure to leave you ROFL B-) Free
Pegasus Books Downtown 2349 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley & Oakland (map)

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Extended Show! 20-50% OFF Party People at Berkeley Rep!

Wednesday, Nov. 19th - Friday, Nov. 21st
Plus the matinee on Saturday, Nov. 22nd
510-647-2949

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Extended Show! 20-50% OFF <i>Party People</i> at Berkeley Rep!
Save 20-50% on Party People at Berkeley Rep! In this high-wattage fusion of story and song, the theatre ensemble UNIVERSES rocks and unlocks the radical and complicated legacy of the Black Panthers and the Young Lords.

As a subscriber of East Bay Express, you can save 20% (50% if you’re under 30!) on all performances from November 19-21 and the matinee on November 22. Just use the code EXTENDED online (or click here) and save!
Berkeley Repertory Theatre 2025 Addison St., Berkeley (map)

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Tour Julia Morgans's Berkeley City Club

Sun., Nov. 23, 1-3:30 p.m.
The Berkeley City Club Conservancy offers free docent tours of pioneering architect Julia Morgan’s Mediterranean/Gothic “little castle.” Free
Berkeley City Club 2315 Durant Ave., Berkeley (map)

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Recipe

Sundays, 5 & 7 p.m. and Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 & 10 p.m. Continues through Nov. 23
Central Works concludes the 2014 season with Recipe, a new work by Michael Gene Sullivan. Sullivan serves up the laughs in this delicious take on a circle of sweet old grandmotherly bakers, who just happen to be dedicated to the armed overthrow of the United States government. $28
Berkeley City Club 2315 Durant Ave., Berkeley (map)

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Delicate Particle Logic

Through Nov. 23
World Premiere of Jennifer Blackmer’s play about the relationship between physicist Lise Meitner, the first woman in Germany to hold the title of “Professor,” and her friend, the painter Edith Hahn, during the rise of the Nazis. Presented by Indra’s Net Theater, IndrasNetTheater.com or 415-613-9210 for tickets. $20-$28
The Osher Studio 2055 Center St, Berkeley (map)

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Rhinocerous

Through Nov. 23
866-468-3399
Everyone in Berenger’s town is turning into a rhinoceros. As Berenger loses his friends and co-workers to this unusual pandemic, he faces a difficult choice: defend his humanity, or follow the movement? $15, $20
Durham Studio Theater UC Berkeley, Berkeley (map)

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A Christmas Carol

Nov. 29-Dec. 21
Set your imagination free as this theatrical shape-shifter transports you to the streets of Victorian London to laugh, dance and love with characters of this classic story. $15-$28
Berkeley City Club 2315 Durant Ave., Berkeley (map)

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East Bay Sanctuary Covenant International Holiday Crafts Fair

Nov. 29-30, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Unique fair trade textiles, toys, jewelry, bath and body products, metal art, traditional art, clothing and more! Free
First Congregational Church of Berkeley 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley (map)

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Pema Chodron Study Group

Wednesdays, 6-8:30 p.m. Continues through Dec. 3
Sitting meditation, followed by readings from Pema's teachings, and discussion of the teachings. $5-$10
Shambhala Center 2288 Fulton St., Berkeley (map)

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Cantus: All is Calm

Thu., Dec. 4, 8 p.m.
510-642-9988
w/ the nine-man vocal ensemble Cantus joined by three actors from Minnesota's Theatre Latté Da to bring to life a holiday season story of music and camaraderie $58+
Zellerbach Hall UC Berkeley, Berkeley (map)

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Downtown Berkeley Tree Lighting

Fri., Dec. 5, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
510-464-7133
Enjoy complimentary treats and hot chocolate as you listen to live holiday music by Berkeley Community Chorus Chamber Singers. There will even be a visit from Santa Claus, so bring a camera to take a picture with the whole family. Free
Downtown Berkeley BART 2160 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley (map)

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Day Re-dreamed

Through Dec. 6
Works by Sheila Ghidini, Jeremiah Jenkins, Victoria May, Maria Porges, Lucy Puls, and Brooke Westfall, using everyday materials and resources to create new narratives hatched from their imaginations. Free
Berkeley Central Arts Passage 2055 Center St., Berkeley (map)

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