EAST BAY OPEN STREETS Thousands are expected to take to the streets of North Oakland and Southwest Berkeley this Saturday, May 30, from 11 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. for car-free fun at the second annual Love Our Neighborhood Day, a production of Walk Oakland Bike Oakland (WOBO) in association with the Downtown Berkeley Association and North Shattuck Association. A one-mile stretch of San Pablo from Ashby to Stanford will be closed to traffic to make way for the public to walk, bike, skate, dance, stroll, play and experience these evolving neighborhoods in a whole new way. More than 60 interactive health, fitness and arts activities will take place hosted by local artists, performers, community organizations, churches, neighborhood groups and area businesses. Sales are limited to food from local vendors and area brick-and-mortar businesses. Highlights include: “Riveropolis,” an interactive play river curated by North Oakland artist Gregory Gavin; egg-carton gardens with City Slicker Farms; pedal-powered sewing machine art; recycled art with Sticky Art Lab; Berkeley Maynard Academy student science fair exhibit; and community story boards and chalk art activity. There’s also a plethora of live music all along the one-mile footprint, as well as delicious food offerings. Visit www.eastbayopenstreets.org for full details.
BERKELEY PATH WANDERERS LONG WALK The wonderful Berkeley Path Wanderers Association is organizing its fifth annual Long Walk Saturday, May 30 at 9 a.m. The walk is being led by Neil Mishalov, who tells us: “The walk traverses some beautiful terrain; there are also a number of 360° scenic views of the northern Bay Area. We will also observe three historical sites during the walk. The walk’s pace will be mellow.” It starts at the North Berkeley BART, and is an all-day, challenging 14-miler with some big climbs and steep descents. The route will take you up to Grizzly Peak, via many stair paths, then down onto trails in Tilden Park, up to the Nimitz Way and along the San Pablo Ridge Trail, down the Belgum Trail to pick up Wildcat Trail, and into Alvarado Park. Bring of water, sun protection, a packed lunch and snacks, and walking sticks if you use them. No dogs please. Full details on the BPWA website.
FREE DONUT TALK AT KALA On Saturday, May 30, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., current Kala fellowship artists Lea Cetera and Rodrigo Valenzuela will present a free artist talks about their recent work and projects in progress during their Kala residencies. The free talk is part of Donut Talks, a new series where coffee and donuts are served, thanks to sponsor Pepples Donuts. Says Kalal: Lea Cetera will be in the Kala Project Space and will use the studio space as an ongoing film set, filming and creating and experimenting with an open narrative form, utilizing a public studio space as well the audience as a way of creating a filmic exquisite corpse. During Rodrigo Valenzuela’s residency, he has been using a neighborhood salvage store as his photo studio, expanding on his creative practice that expands the contradicting traditions of documentary and fiction. Details at Kala’s website.
PAPER PROJECTS FOR KIDS Katrina Rodabaugh presents “The Paper Playhouse: Awesome Art Projects for Kids Using Paper, Boxes, and Books” at Mrs Dalloway’s bookstore at 2904 College Ave. on Sunday may 31, at 4 p.m. With simple techniques including sculpture, printmaking, bookbinding, collage, and even ideas for public art, families work through step-by-step instructions while using imagination and budding aesthetics. This book goes beyond the typical paper craft project to include contemporary design references like mid-century modern dollhouses, VW buses, paper monsters, costumes and masks, and the classic lemonade stand — all made with unique style and flair! Details at Mrs Dalloway’s website.
JUPITER PLAYERS AT HILLSIDE CLUB The Berkeley Hillside Club welcomes the Jupiter Chamber Players back to its Concert Series on Sunday May 31, at 7 p.m.. The ensemble will perform quartets by Haydn, Brahms, and Shebalin. The Jupiter Chamber Players are: Victor Romasevich and Michael Jones on violins, Stephen Levintow on viola, and Paul Rhodes on cello. The program: String Quartet Op. 76 #2 in D minor – Joseph Haydn String Quartet #2, Op.19 in B flat Major- Vissarion Shebalin String Quartet #3, Op.67 in B flat Major – Johannes Brahms. Admission: $20 general, $15 students & seniors, $10 Hillside Club members. The Berkeley Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar St., Berkeley. Tel: 510-845-1350. Visit the Hillside Club’s website.
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