SPRING EGG HUNT EXTRAVAGANZA The City of Berkeley’s Egg Hunt Extravaganza takes place on Saturday March 26 at Willard Park. The day will be filled with tons of fun activities, and includes a petting zoo, a visit with the Spring Bunny, spring-themed arts and crafts and an interactive kids’ carnival with Bunny Hop dance lessons and prizes. Kids will receive a basket to collect all their spring goodies. Egg hunt times: 1-year-olds: 10am; 2-year-olds: 10:20am; 3-year-olds: 10:40am; 4-year-olds: 11am; 5-6-year-olds: 11:20am; 7-8-year-olds: 11:40am; 9-10-year-olds: 12pm. Kids aged 11+ can participate in a scavenger hunt for prizes. Saturday March 26, 9:30am- 1pm, Willard Park, 2730 Hillegass Ave. (at Russell). Cost: $6/youth.
BLACK VIRGINS ARE NOT FOR HIPSTERS Echo Brown’s solo show, Black Virgins Are Not for Hipsters, opens at The Marsh Berkeley Saturday March 26, after transferring from San Francisco where it had rave reviews. The show takes place in the hour before Echo is supposed to lose her virginity to a good-looking white hipster, and is both a love story and a startling snapshot of 21st-century American culture. A graduate of the Columbia School of Journalism, Echo has worked in the non-profit sector as a storyteller, senior investigator in allegations against the NYPD, and as a workshop leader. Now Brown is committed to pursuing creative endeavors full-time, and Black Virgins Are Not For Hipsters is her first full-length solo show. Black Virgins Are Not For Hipsters runs though April 23 with shows 8pm Thursdays and 8:30pm Saturdays at The Marsh Berkeley, 2120 Allston Way. For tickets ($20-$35 sliding scale/$55-$100 reserved), visit The Marsh online, or call 415-282 3055 between 1pm and 4pm, Monday through Friday.
DAVID BOWIE BLOCK PARTY On Saturday March 26, 7-10pm, your local Alcatraz Avenue businesses will be hosting tributes to the late glam rocker extraordinaire with “Moon Age Daydream — A David Bowie Block Party.” Those taking part include cajun food restaurant Easy Créole, Vietnamese brew pub Hoi Polloi, clothes store and apothecary Empress Vintage, the worker-owned Alchemy Collective Café, new beats antique store Shadowbox and Hercules Records. Expect David Bowie jams all through the night, and feast your eyes on belly-dance performances featuring Zoe Jakes Official Fan Page and Coven Dance Company. Become your very own ultimate glam rock king or queen with a Bowie-inspired costume — a face painter will be on hand to reveal your inner Ziggy! Once you’re set, swing by the Alchemy Café’s photo booth. Details at Empress Vintage’s Facebook page.
WHAT DO WOMEN WANT? THE MARRIAGE OF SIR GAWAIN Opening this weekend, Actors Ensemble of Berkeley brings us the world premiere of the musical What Do Women Want? The Marriage of Sir Gawain (subtitle: A Saucy Take on Chaucer!). The play, directed by Bruce Coughran and performed at the Live Oak Theatre, features Chaucer’s Wife of Bath telling the tale of King Arthur and Sir Gawain’s search for the answer to the question: What do women most desire? King Arthur is saved from the clutches of a wicked knight and Sir Gawain finds out the surprising answer. Expect an enjoyable romp in the Spamalot vein for young and older audience members alike. Playing Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm through April 16. Sunday matinées April 3 and 10 at 2 pm. Live Oak Theatre, 1301 Shattuck Ave. (at Berryman). Tickets: $20 ($15 for students and seniors). Note: March 26 and April 1 performances are “two for one” nights. Visit Actors Ensemble of Berkeley online for details.
THE ART OF DAVID LANCE GOINES “The Art of David Lance Goines” opens at the UC Botanical Garden on Saturday March 26 in the garden’s historic Julia Morgan Hall. The show is being held in concert with the release of an original David Goines poster to commemorate the 125th anniversary of the garden. Goines’ work has been exhibited around the world, from the MOMA to the Smithsonian, and he has longstanding ties to Chez Panisse. (See a photo profile of Goines and his craft published by Berkeleyside in July.) Such is the artist’s popularity, that both the opening reception and his gallery talk are sold out, but the show runs through April 7, and is open 10 am-4pm every day (closed April 1 and 2 for a special event and April 5 for First Tuesday.) Admission is free with garden admission. Visit UC Botanical Garden online for details.
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