MARCH MADNESS, BORP STYLE The annual Northern California Hoops Classic wheelchair basketball tournament runs all weekend at the James Kenney Recreation Center, 1720 8th Street. Hosted by the Bay Area Outreach & Recreation Program (BORP), Berkeley’s own BORP All-Stars — an adult team — and BORP Bay Cruisers — a youth team and the reigning West Coast Conference champions — are among the teams competing. Games run from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Mar. 23 (nine games) and from 9 a.m. to noon on Sunday, Mar. 24 (four games). Admission free.
MASH UP AT BAM How does this sound: “The lyrics of Bob Dylan set to the music of Prince? Or the lyrics of Prince set to the music of Bob Dylan?” That’s the promise of this week’s L@te event on Friday, Mar. 22 at BAM, Positively Alphabet Street. PC Munoz’s Singing Blood does the mash up of folk and funk. Also on offer is Schumann’s First String Quartet and a video piece from Christopher Ariza. Tickets are $7 and doors open at 5 p.m. for the 7:30 p.m. performance.
YUM, BACKYARD FORAGING Edible plants can be found in your backyard as well as in the wilderness. Ellen Zachos’ new book, Backyard Foraging, features 70 edible weeds, flowers, mushrooms and ornamental plants typically found in urban and suburban neighborhoods. She’ll be talking about the book and ways you can cook with what’s outside your back door at Mrs. Dalloway’s Bookstore, 2904 College Ave., on Friday, Mar. 22 at 7:30 p.m.
INCONCEIVABLE! Would that more people would read S. Morgenstern’s complete, classic tale, but most people have to settle for either William Goldman’s “good parts” version book or the 1987 Rob Reiner film of The Princess Bride. If you have no idea what we’re on about, rush to Berkeley’s Central Library for a free screening of the movie on Sunday, Mar. 24 at 1:30 p.m. You’ll learn never to go against a Sicilian when death is on the line.
MAKE A JOYFUL NOISE Once your heart is pumping from The Princess Bride (see above), you may need something more contemplative to close the weekend. Chora Nova, a 55-voice chorus, is performing sacred texts from Christianity, Judaism and Hinduism in a concert that combines the ancient with 20th century sonorities. Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, Duruflé’s Requiem, and Holst’s Choral Hymns from the Rig Veda will be performed at 4 p.m., Sunday, Mar. 24 at St. John’s Presbyterian Church, 2727 College Avenue. Tickets are $20, $18 for seniors, $10 for students.
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