SUNDAY STREETS Sunday Streets is back for a third year on Oct. 12, and it’s certainly the biggest event of the weekend, taking over Shattuck Avenue from Haste to Rose from 11 am to 5 pm. It’s a chance to see the city in automobile-free mode as tens of thousands of people walk, bike, skate, discover, dance, and play along a car-free Shattuck Avenue. Businesses along the route host musicians and artists, restaurants and eateries offer outdoor seating and special menus. Don’t miss the Vine St. Block Party, with a wine and beer garden by Vintage Berkeley, eats by The Local Butcher Shop and Juicebar, live music, ACCI artist vendors, A Priori’s open house, and Twig & Fig’s annual paper sale. For a list of all the activities and festivities along the route, visit the Sunday Streets website.
THEATRE FIRST PLAY: TICKET OFFER Berkeleyside readers get a $10 discount on tickets (use code: berkeleyside) for TheatreFIRST’s new play, the world premiere of Lauren Gunderson’s Fire Work. The show, directed by Mina Morita, is described as a “witty romantic comedy revolving around the smoldering chemistry between a headstrong young woman and a romantic young man she meets while working at her father’s fireworks shop.” Gunderson won the 2014 Steinberg/ATCA New Play award and was a finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize for her hit show I and You. Fire Work is at the Live Oak Theatre and runs through Oct. 19. Full details at TheatreFIRST.
ENDLESS CINEMA: SPINAL TAP The second free movie screening in BAM/PFA’s Endless Cinema series is This is Spinal Tap on Friday Oct. 10., so let your mullets fly! The movie shows on the Crescent lawn, Oxford Street between Center and Addison Streets. Shorts and other surprises begin at 7:30pm, followed by the feature film at 8pm. In case you don’t know the film, this is Rob Reiner’s mock-doc that follows “the Tap” on their U.S. tour — more a de-tour — circulating through failed shows and cancellations, until they amp up the attraction with the stoner Stonehenge, a mega-Druid spectacle. Berkeleyside sponsors. Details at BAM/PFA.
3-DAY MARCH FOR PEACE Saturday Oct. 11 marks the last day of a three-day world peace event organized by four Berkeley organizations – Light of the Buddhadharma Foundation, in association with the Nyingma Institute, Mangalam Centers and Dharma College. The Walk for World Peace and Harmony event includes three days of chanting, cultural performances and talks. All events are free and open to the public. For full details, including the schedule, visit Light of the Buddhadharma Foundation online.
FOLK ART AT BAM/PFA The Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive has a new exhibition up showcasing American folk art in its permanent collection. “American Wonder: Folk Art from the Collection” captures the U.S. during a time of enormous change, from the wake of the Declaration of Independence in 1776, to the years just following the Civil War. The exhibition includes approximately 50 portraits, landscapes, commemorative mourning pictures, weather vanes, and decorative sculptures. It runs through Dec. 21. Details at BAM/PFA.
Don’t miss these other events featured on Berkeleyside:
Great sounds from Africa at Berkeley’s Afropop Spectacular
Big Screen Berkeley: ‘The two faces of January’
Uncharted: The Berkeley Festival of Ideas: 1 and 2-day passes available
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 on Oct. 24-25. Check out the program and buy your tickets at www.berkeleyideas.com