Friday night's Marsh Jam comes from the same comedian who started Spaghetti Jam. Photo: The Marsh
Friday night’s Marsh Jam comes from the same comedian who started Spaghetti Jam. Photo: The Marsh

MARSH JAM If you’re looking for a laugh, you may want to head to the Marsh tonight, Friday, for Marsh Jam. The comedy show will feature a blend of “Spolin” style improv, stand-up, and sketch comedy for a unique theatrical experience tailored to the audience’s interests. Michael Bossier, who founded the comedy troupe Spaghetti Jam, will head the show. Past members of his troupe include Dana Carvey, Robin Williams, Whoopie Goldber and Betty Thomas. Tickets are $10 and the show starts at 8 p.m.

Photo: Alma Muñoz
Photo: Alma Muñoz

MAURO CORREA AND THE BERKELEY STRING QUARTET The Berkeley Hillside Club will be welcoming back Mauro Correa on Saturday night for a concert with the Berkeley String Quartet. Mauro Correa is a Brazilian 7-string guitar player who lived in the Bay Area for many years before moving to the East Coast. He is known for arranging and performing Latin-American music and has played with some of the best Brazilian musicians in the Bay Area. Together with the Berkeley String Quartet, he will be playing music by Villa-Lobos, Tom Jobim, Pixinguinha, Baden Powell, Egberto Gismonti, Jacob do Bandolim and others. The concert starts at 8 p.m. and will go until 10 p.m.  Tickets are $15 for general admission and $10 for Club members and seniors.

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SUMMER MADNESS! DJ PARTY Want to stay out late this Saturday night? Cloud 9 on 9th Street will be hosting Summer Madness!, a party showcasing DJs Freeway, Donovan and Aware.  From 7 p.m. to 3 a.m. (or longer), they will be spinning house, disco, funk and Latin music. Attendees will also have access to a full bar and fresh food from Sassafras Seagrass food truck. Entry is free before midnight, but $5 after that. No one under 21 will be admitted.

Photo: BAM/PFA
Photo: BAM/PFA

FAMILY DAY The Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive is having Family Day at its galleries this Sunday. Described as, “A day of Music, Art & Film,” Family Day will kick off at 11 a.m. with art-making workshops and family tours followed by a performance by a cappella group SoVoSó at 2 p.m. The day will continue with a 3:30 p.m. screening of Take Aways, the first of a four-part series of animated shorts adapted from children’s books. Local children’s book author and illustrator Chirsty Hale will wrap things up with a reading and show-and-tell session. Admission for the day-long event is free.

Photo: The David Brower Center
Photo: The David Brower Center

RE-IMAGINING PROGRESS: THE POWER OF WORD Thirteen acclaimed poets from around the country will share their work at the David Brower Center this Sunday, addressing environmental health, social justice and the idea of progress. The event is presented by Acentos West and is part of a larger exhibition series by the David Brower Center. There will also be music from DJ Dion Decibels and the Erik Jekabson Quartet, artwork from Charles Ekabumi Ellik and food from The Mixing Bowl.

Don’t miss these other events recently featured on Berkeleyside:

Otonowa plays Berkeley: To Japan with love
‘American Buffalo’ at the Aurora: A worthwhile night at the theater
Big Screen Berkeley: ‘Mother Joan of the Angels’
Hershey Felder: A master entertainer’s food journeys

Check out Berkeleyside’s event calendar for many more events, and make sure to post your own community happenings.