The New Esterházy Quartet perform at berkeley’s Hillside Club tonight, Friday Jan. 3. Photo: Hillside Club

NEW ESTERHAZY QUARTET The Hillside Club hosts the New Esterházy Quartet this evening, Friday Jan. 3 at 8 p.m. The artists of this celebrated San Francisco string ensemble are internationally known period-instrument and chamber music specialists and have gained a well-deserved reputation for virtuoso playing and interesting programs. The concert will feature symphonies written by Haydn, Mozart, and Cherubini, in or for La Ville-Lumière, arranged for string quartet. The Hillside Club is at 2286 Cedar St., Berkeley 94709. Admission $15 ($10 for HSC members and seniors). Information: Hillside Club online or tel. 510-845-1350. 


COMEDY IN THREE ONE-ACTS Actors Ensemble of Berkeley presents the first production of its 2014 season, Relatively Speaking: three one-act plays by three comedic geniuses, performed together in one night of theatre. There’s Woody Allen’s Honeymoon Motel, a farce reminiscent of Room Service; Elaine May’s George is Dead; and Ethan Coen’s Talking Cure, directed by Michael Cohen, who most recently directed the company’s 2013 production of Fortinbras in John Hinkel Park. The show runs Jan. 3-25 at Live Oak Theatre. For information, visit Actors Ensemble online.

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ARCHITECTURAL WALK On Saturday Jan. 4, 10 a.m to noon, Bob Gomez will lead a Berkeley Hills and Architecture walk for the Berkeley Path Wanderers. The moderate hike promises to include lots of early Berkeley lore as well as many architectural treasures, and will take in Greenwood Common, Rose Street, Tamalpais Avenue and nearby paths. Meet at Berkeley Rose Garden, 1200 Euclid Ave., reached by AC Transit bus #65. Level: medium, pace moderate, well-behaved dogs on leash permitted. Rain cancels. Details at BPWA.


LOCAL ARTISTS AT BERKELEY ART CENTER Sunday is your last chance to catch Berkeley Art Center‘s Artists’ Annual Exhibition. The non-juried show of work by members of the community features a wide variety of perspectives and accomplishment. The show is in two parts in effect as artist and curator Weston Teruya will select several outstanding artists from Array who will then be invited to showcase a larger body of work in a second exhibition, Feature, opening on Jan. 16. Discover your favorites from the work of hundreds of artists and learn more about the juried selection process through this unique two-part presentation. BAC is at 1275 Walnut St., Berkeley 94709. Visit BAC online for details.

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YIDDISH FAMILY CONCERT (FREE) On Sunday Jan. 5, at 3:45 p.m. join others at Afikomen Judaica on Claremont Avenue for a Yiddish Family Concert with Myrna Rabinowitz (left). Rabinowitz will perform some original and well known Yiddish songs for all ages, including some lullabies from her new Yiddish album Lullabies and Longings. Rabinowitz has recorded seven albums of Jewish music, three with Vancouver’s Jewish World Music band Tzimmes in Hebrew, Yiddish, and Ladino.Be prepared to clap, sing along and learn some Yiddish. Sunday Jan. 5. Gather 3:45pm, music starts at 4:00 p.m. Free. All ages welcome. Afikomen Judaica, 3042 Claremont Ave., Berkeley 94705. For more info contact Nell at 510-655-1977.

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Tracey Taylor is co-founder of Berkeleyside and co-founder and editorial director of Cityside, the nonprofit parent to Berkeleyside and The Oaklandside. Before launching Berkeleyside, Tracey wrote for...