Ivor Novello appearing in the doorway in a scene from Hitchcock's The Lodger
Ivor Novello appearing in the doorway in a scene from Hitchcock’s The Lodger

THE LODGER The Pacific Film Archive is showing Alfred Hitchcock’s 1926 film, The Lodger, on Friday, Aug. 16 at 7 p.m. in a digitally restored print from the British Film Archive. Hitchcock called his third feature “the first true Hitchcock movie.” It was his first thriller and introduced the “wrong man” theme that would recur throughout his career. Ivor Novello plays the mysterious tenant who may be implicated in a series of Jack the Ripper-style murders; his performance dares the audience to suspect an attractive man of unspeakable crimes. The silent film will have live music accompaniment from Judith Rosenberg on the piano. The Lodger is the first of nine rare Hitchcock silent films being shown at the PFA. Details of the series on the BAM/PFA website


PONDS AND CREEKS TOUR The UC Botanical Garden has a Saturday tour exploring its water habitats, from flowing creeks to still ponds. Dip nets in the pools on the family-friendly tour and examine plants and insects through microscopes. It’s a chance to learn about photosynthesis, decomposers and the importance of protecting fragile water environments. The tour costs $12 for adults (members $8) and $8 for children ($6 for members). Registration required on the website. Saturday, Aug. 17, 1 p.m. UC Botanical Garden.


THE GOOD VIBES SUMMER TOUR Rebelution’s Good Vibes Summer Tour arrives at The Greek Theatre on Saturday, Aug. 17 at 6:30 p.m. Rebelution says: “Playing music is what we love to do, especially outdoors in the summertime with a bunch of friends. We are really excited to perform on the same stage as Matisyahu, Collie Buddz and our longtime collaborators Zion-I, as well as play some of our new songs live.” Rebelution’s most recent album, “Peace of Mind”, was awarded Best Crossover Album on iTunes. General admission $39.50, tickets available from the website.

SUNDAYS ON TELEGRAPH This week’s Sundays on Telegraph street festival includes a live concert by indie-rock band The Dandelion War at Annapurna at 4 p.m. The festival, with food, music, art and shopping, starts at 11 a.m. and runs to 6 p.m. Details on the SoTelegraph Facebook page.

WRAPPED IN PLASTIC Jazz combo Wrapped in Plastic and reggae band Panic! are performing in a fundraiser for educational nonprofit Global Citizen Year at Ashkenaz on Sunday, Aug. 18 at 3 p.m. In addition to an ever-expanding repertoire of jazz originals, Wrapped in Plastic reinterprets old favorites and lesser-known gems in new and modern ways – passing from Miles Davis to the music of David Lynch’s films. Global Citizen Year is a San Francisco-based nonprofit that recruits and trains American high school seniors for an immersion-based “gap year” before they start college. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door. Tickets are available from the event website.

Berkeleyside’s Uncharted: The Berkeley Festival of Ideas is two days of provocative thinking, inspiring speakers, workshops, and a big party — all in downtown Berkeley in October. Read all about it, be part of it. Register on the Uncharted website

Lance Knobel (Berkeleyside co-founder) has been a journalist for nearly 40 years. Much of his career was in business journalism. He was editor-in-chief of both Management Today, the leading business magazine...