Wednesday Oct. 17 is one of the days where there is too much in Berkeley to choose from, particularly tonight. Here is a partial listing of offerings:

Michael Lewis

Michael Lewis will be interviewed by Linda Schacht Gage at the Central Library tonight. He will talk about Obama’s Way, the article he wrote about President Obama for Vanity Fair. Although tickets sold out fast, there will be some tickets available from no-shows. The waiting line will start at 5 pm. The reception begins at 6 pm and the talk is from 7 pm to 8 pm.

The Berkeley Unified School District will hold a forum for middle and high school parents on alcohol, tobacco, and drugs, its effects on teens, and resources available to address the issue. Teens and experts will discuss the best way to talk to your kids. The forum is at 7 pm at Berkeley Technology Academy, 2701 Martin Luther King, Jr. Way.

Carl Bass

This talk is in Oakland, but it features Berkeley residents. Autodesk CEO Carl Bass (and former speaker at the first Berkeleyside business forum) and Singularity University professor Vivek Wadhwa will be interviewed by Quentin Hardy, a New York Times technology reporter. The trio will discuss the future of information technology, such as how cloud computing, synthetic biology and software controlled manufacturing are accelerating the potential for change. The discussion, part of its LiveTalk series, is at 7:30 pm at Buttner Auditorium, College Preparatory School, 6100 Broadway, Oakland.

To find out about more events in Berkeley and nearby, check out Berkeleyside’s Events Calendar. We also encourage you to submit your own events.

Frances Dinkelspiel, Berkeleyside and CItyside co-founder, is a journalist and author. Her first book, Towers of Gold: How One Jewish Immigrant Named Isaias Hellman...