INSIDE THE TEENAGE BRAIN  What do teenagers think about? Movie goers will have a chance to see inside their minds by watching films they have made at the 15th Annual High School Film and Video Festival, (nicknamed Screenagers) presented Sat. Feb 2 at 3 pm at the Pacific Film Archive. “These powerful, beautifully crafted films are products of the imaginative minds of young artists that reside in the Bay Area. They reveal the faces of teenagers and the issues that they confront,” according to the staff at BAM/PFA. The winning films were curated by students at Berkeley High’s Communication Arts and Sciences program. (CAS) Tickets are $5.50. The program runs 90 minutes. 2575 Bancroft Way.

A CARNIVAL, GERMAN-STYLE  One of Berkeley’s newest schools is hosting a “German Family Karnevale” on Sat. Feb 2 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at its site at 1581 Le Roy Avenue in Berkeley. The festival at the German International School of Silicon Valley-Berkeley will feature a Karneval Parade led by a Brazilian-style marching band, activities for kids and German food and drinks for sale.


LIGHTS, ACTION, DANCE If you have every seen Bollywood films, you know they are filled with bright colors, great music and fabulous dancing. For a number of years, college teams around the country have been competing in a Hindi Film Dance competition and on Saturday it’s coming, not to to Berkeley, but to Oakland. But the event is called Bollywood Berkeley, is produced by the UC Berkeley group Indus, and will feature a UC Berkeley team named Azaad. “It’s a chance to see huge choreographed numbers portraying intricate story lines,” according to the Daily Clog.  “They’re often love stories that for some reason can only be properly conveyed through synchronized hip movements and singing.” Bollywood Berkeley kicks off at 5:30 pm. Sat. Feb. 2 at Paramount Theater in Oakland.

A ROLLICKING GOOD STORY  Those who know how to spin a good yarn and are interested in taking it to another level might consider “Building Stories from Scratch.” Tim Ereneta, an award-winning storyteller, will lead “a crash course in the nuts and bolts of story structure,” in a private residence in the Elmwood on Sunday Feb. 3 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  “While focusing on the ‘how-to’ of putting together a story, you’ll learn tools to engage your creativity and spontaneity, overcome creative blocks, and let stories flow,” according to Ereneta. The workshop costs $50. Click here to register.


A NOD TO THE DUKE  What better way to kick off Black History Month than a rocking tribute to Duke Ellington? Four Bay Area jazz legends will come together to honor the pianist, composer and big band leader in the show Come Sunday, named for the wonderful Ellington composition popularized by Mahalia Jackson. The performance will feature a 15-piece orchestra led by bassist Marcus Shelby, pianist Ed Reed, and vocalists Faye Carol and Kellye Gray. The performance starts at 8 p.m. on Sunday Feb 3 at Freight & Salvage, 2020 Addison St.

Be sure to check out these other listings previously featured on Berkeleyside:

At the Marsh: The Many Incarnations of Ram Dass
“Silence” at the Berkeley Art Museum
Troublemaker at the Berkeley Repertory Theater
The Richard Peixoto Group at the Hillside Club

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