The City of Berkeley over Labor Day is more like a town. There is a kind of stillness, with the students at UC Berkeley barely having touched down for the beginning of the UC year, many of the students at Burning Man or taking the last holiday out of town till Thanksgiving. Many families are out of town taking advantage of the freedom to take a trip before the kids start school. It’s a good time to go to new restaurants or those that are very popular because there is a lull in attendance over Labor Day. The proverbial quiet before the storm is how it feels. But what there is to do over this weekend in Berkeley is looking very good!
September 1st: The Berkeley Community Campaign Center at 1551 University Avenue, Berkeley will have a debut of their opening to the public a Center to have candidates and citizens mix it up with discussions and dialogues. 26 candidates have qualified for November’s electoral ballot. The Daily Californian reported this week (August 28, 2012) that five of the candidates are running against the incumbent Mayor Tom Bates, eight for Berkeley City Council Seats, eight for four Rent Stabilization Board positions, and four for the Berkeley Unified School District School Board director seats. The Daily Californian also reports that three candidates, Jacquelyn Mc Cormick, Kahil Jacobs-Fantauzzi and Councilmember Kriss Worthington have teamed together in what they call a “Berkeley progressive alliance” to prevent current Mayor Tom Bates from being elected for a fourth term. The purpose of the Campaign Center is described as being a “hub to bring people together to address the challenges of the City.”
September 2nd, 8 p.m. Rita Moreno: Life Without Makeup will be presented at the Berkeley Repertory Theater, 2025 Addison, Berkeley. The solo musical autobiography of “immigrant life in a cold country” is a world premier here in Berkeley where Rita Moreno has lived for many years.
September 2nd, 7 p.m. A Delicate Balance by Edward Albee will be presented at Aurora Theater Company, 2081 Addison Street, Berkeley. Aurora Theater is celebrating its 20th anniversary and co-founder Ken Grantham and Kimberly King are in the cast to this classic work.
September 2nd: The Interrupters will be presented at the Shattuck Cinema, 2230 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley. Steve James of ‘Hoop Dreams’ and Alex Kotlowitz in this film show in this documentary the trained crisis intervention practice by three young people on Chicago Streets who effectively “locate and neutralize violence at its source.”
September 5th, 11 a.m. Tilden Nature Park, 1 Central Park Drive, Berkeley. Tilden Park presents this free event of crafts, games, farm activities and more for families.
September 5th, 6 p.m. Introduction to Dragon Boat Paddling, 123 University Avenue, Berkeley. The Dragonboaters will have available their three 48 foot boats and provide free classes that welcome “kids, dogs and non paddling passengers.” It’s a great group of folks who have recently won awards around the country for their Dragonboat racing. They are about providing an introduction and a good time on the Bay with amazing views from the Berkeley Pier area.
September 6th, noon to 4 p.m. Golden Gate Fields, 1100 Eastshore Highway, Albany. A Labor Day Family Day with a free concert is available to all with a $4 admission.
Happy Labor Day everyone!