SPIRITUALS AS SACRED MUSIC The Second Annual Black History Month Celebration on Sat. Feb. 28 will be a lively affair, with a program emphasizing the history of African-American spirituals as sacred music. The program at the Florence Schwimley Little Theater, 1936 Allston Way, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., will feature musical performances by some of the region’s most accomplished performers. Linda Tillery and the Cultural Heritage Tour, a “Grammy-nominated, percussion-driven, vocal ensemble whose mission is to preserve and share the rich musical traditions of African-American roots music,” is the headliner. Othello Jefferson, Diamano Coura West African Dance Company, Berkeley High African American Dance Troupe, Sister’s Keeper, and James Daley will also be there. There will be a “Black Invention” display featuring 20 artifacts. There will be booths with food.
SHAKESPEARE ON THE MOVE San Francisco’s Shakespeare Festival’s touring company is coming to the Main Branch of the Berkeley Public Library on Sunday March 1 at 3 p.m. The actors will be performing As You Like It. Join Rosalind, Orlando, Celia, and Touchstone as they escape to the forest of Arden in Shakespeare’s classic comedy featuring a hilarious love triangle, mistaken identities and an exciting wrestling match. The 55-minute play starts at 2 p.m. in the Community Room on the third floor.
Don’t miss these other events featured on Berkeleyside:
Pounding sweet songs with the Lemonhammer
“The Lyons” at the Aurora Theater: dark, but bitingly funny
Shedding light on a tumultuous era: Photographer Ken Light
New cookbook heralds renaissance in Jewish dining
“Xs and Os” at Berkeley Rep: stories that can kill
Playing Berkeley: ‘Timbuktu,’ a film of value and beauty
Playing Berkeley: ‘She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry’
For more events in and around Berkeley, check out Berkeleyside’s Events Calendar. And submit your own events there — the calendar is free and self-serve.