March and April 2014 Calendar
Alameda on Camera, Bill Cosby, Extreme Bugs, Franz Ferdinand, Oakland Running Festival, Sheila E., and the White Elephant Sale.
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Vinyl: The Sound and Culture of Records
Ask any hipster: Vinyl is less about the medium and more about the culture. In this interactive exhibit at the Oakland Museum of California, discover California’s take on the vinyl culture with private and group listening stations, album cover art, notable record collections, informal talks, and live music.
This exhibit enables music lovers to actually become part of it, allowing them to play albums as well as play music, an sound experience enhanced by the building of a special listening space. For that, the musuem turned to Rebar, an innovative San Francisco art and design firm with expertise in creating inventive public spaces, for design assistance. The exhibit was put together by René de Guzman, the OMCA senior curator of art, and it has in-kind support from record store Amoeba Music. April 19-July 27. 11 a.m.–5 p.m., Wed.–Sun., 11 a.m.–9 p.m. Fri., $6–$15, free (8 and under). 1000 Oak St., Oakland, www.MuseumCa.org.
Highlights of the sporting season.
Cal Women’s Basketball vs. Washington. March 1, UC Berkeley, Haas Pavilion, Berkeley, www.CalBears.com.
Roller Derby Season Opener! Oakland Outlaws vs. Richmond Wrecking Belles and Berkeley Resistance vs. San Francisco ShEvil Dead. March 1, Craneway Pavilion, Richmond, www.BayAreaDerbyGirls.com.
Golden State Warriors vs. San Antonio Spurs. March 22, Oracle Arena, Oakland, www.NBA.com/warriors.
Home Opener! Oakland A’s vs. Cleveland Indians. March 31–April 2, O.co Coliseum, Oakland, Oakland.Athletics.mlb.com.
Golden State Warriors vs. Sacramento Kings. April 4, Oracle Arena, Oakland, www.nba.com/warriors.
Cal Sand Volleyball vs. Santa Clara. April 18, UC Berkeley, Clark Kerr San Courts, Berkeley, www.CALBears.com.
Oakland A’s vs. Houston Astros. April 18–20, O.co Coliseum, Oakland, Oakland.Athletics.mlb.com.
Music, Pool, Beer, and Ponies
Find trouble and more in River City.
You got trouble, my friends. Berkeley Playhouse is bringing The Music Man (Through March 23, $17–$60, Julia Morgan Theatre, 2640 College Ave., Berkeley, www.BerkeleyPlayhouse.org) right here to Berkeley with a capital B, which rhymes with P and that stands for pool—one of the many wonderful vices Harold Hill warns about. So celebrate a few of those depravities by racking up the billiards at nearby Thalassa (2367 Shattuck Ave., www.ThalassaBar.com), heading over to Beta Lounge (2129 Durant Ave., www.TheBetaLounge.com) for beer from a bottle, perhaps a Belgian, and riding out to Golden Gate Fields (1100 Eastshore Highway, www.GoldenGateFields.com), where they don’t waste time with a wholesome trottin’ race, no!
The String Arcade
Local musicians turn video game soundtracks into symphonies.
For the release of their new CD, The String Arcade Players are celebrating by playing video games—and they’re inviting you to press start alongside them. It makes sense, seeing as how their Kickstarter-funded self-titled CD is powered-up with string orchestra renditions of new and classic video game scores arranged by composer Dren McDonald. The String Arcade CD Release Party (March 7, 7 p.m., $5–$25, Rhythmix Cultural Works, Alameda, www.Rhythmix.org) features a concert by the local group and free-to-play arcade and classic console games with proceeds going to the Alameda Music Project.
Dren McDonald’s favorite video game music.
1. Super Mario Bros
4. Portal 2
Chim Chim Cher-ee, Chim-Chim-Churros
For a special treat to accompany a screening of Disney’s 1964 classic Mary Poppins (March 14, 8 p.m., $5, Paramount Theatre, Oakland, www.ParamountTheatre.com), try these Chim-Chim-Churros with Chocolate Chimney Sauce that will have you singing, “Chim, chimney, chim chimney, chim chim cher-ee!”
1 cup water
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon vegetable oil, plus oil for frying
1 cup flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup sugar
Over medium heat, combine water, salt, and 1 tablespoon vegetable oil. Bring to a boil and remove from heat. Stir in flour to form a ball. Heat oil in a deep skillet or electric fryer until 375 degrees F. Using a pastry bag with a star tip, pipe strips of dough into hot oil. Fry until golden, turning occasionally. Roll churros in mixture of cinnamon and sugar.
Chocolate Chimney Sauce
1/2 cup heavy cream, room temperature
Pinch of cinnamon
Dash of cayenne pepper
3 1/2 ounces bakers chocolate, chopped
Heat cream, cinnamon, and pepper over medium heat until hot, but not boiling. Add chopped chocolate and stir to melt and combine. Dip churros and enjoy.
Calendar Listings for March and April
Alameda on Camera
Who needs Google Street View when you have 48 photographers scouring Alameda neighborhoods for 48 hours? The resulting photos form this popular annual exhibit, which looks at Alameda from a microscopic to a macroscopic perspective. Opening gala on April 11. April 4-April 31. 11 a.m.–6 p.m. Thu.–Fri., 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Sat.–Sun., Free. Frank Bette Center for the Arts, 1601 Paru St., Alameda, www.FrankBetteCenter.org.
Bouquets to Art
Mark the 30th anniversary of this series, which pairs some of the museum’s extensive collection of floral-themed pieces with newly created floral arrangements inspired by the classical works of art. Plus, an opening night gala, demonstrations from florists, and hands-on art activities for the kids. March 18-23. 9:30 a.m.–5:15 p.m., Tue.–Sun., $6–$10, free (12 and under). The de Young Museum, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, San Francisco, DeYoung.famsf.org.
Framing the Sacred: Cambodian Buddha Painting
Fifteen works on cloth and glass depict various events in the Buddha’s life as well as Buddhist teachings and philosophies. Through March 20. 9 a.m.–5 p.m., free. Institute of East Asian Studies, 6th floor, 2223 Fulton St., Berkeley, IEAS.Berkeley.edu.
Inside Out: Artwork from San Quentin’s Death Row
Close to 100 works from inmates currently sentenced to death row at San Quentin speak to the common humanity within and serves as a reminder of that art often starts with perspective. Through April 6. 11 a.m.–6:30 p.m., free. Redux Studios & Gallery, 2315 Lincoln Ave., Alameda, www.SVDP-Alameda.org.
terra cibus: the beauty and biology of our food
Caren Alpert’s use of an electron microscope to photograph food reveals an alien landscape. Within these 16 photographs, kiwi seed resembles a worn rubber tire, and licorice recalls the arteries junk food inevitably clogs. Artist receptions and talks take place March 8 and 20. Through April 12. 12–6 p.m. Thu.–Sat., free. PHOTO, 473 25th St., Oakland, www.PhotoGalleryoakland.com.
Saints and Sinners: The Bible as Word and Image
This exhibition, curated by Mills College students, looks at five centuries of artistic interpretations—through printmaking and drawings—of the themes found in the New and Old Testaments. Through May 25. 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Tue.–Sun., 11 a.m.–7:30 p.m., Wed., free. Mills College Art Museum, 5000 MacArthur Blvd., Oakland, www.MCAM.Mills.edu.
Super Awesome: Art and Giant Robot
Eric Nakamura—editor and publisher of Ghost Robot, a once small punk-oriented zine that celebrates Asian American pop culture—guest curates this exhibition, which features works across multiple mediums from artists associated with the now multi-faceted publication. April 19-July 27. 11 a.m.–5 p.m., Wed.–Sun., 11 a.m.–9 p.m. Fri., $6–$15, free (8 and under). Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak St., Oakland, www.MuseumCa.org.
Alameda Point Antiques Faire
Every first Sunday of the month, head down to one of the area’s best antique fairs with an amazing view of the bay and San Francisco. Expect to find, well, anything, from World War II helmets and He-Man action figures to handmade repurposed furniture and sports memorabilia. March 2, April 6. 6 a.m.–3 p.m., $5–$15. 2900 Navy Way, Alameda, www.AlamedaPointAntiquesFaire.com.
More than 80 exhibitors make it easy being green with information on transportation, water and energy conservation, and community organizations. Plus, local food vendors, gardening tips, and a walking tour. April 9. 10 a.m.–2 p.m., free. Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, 14th St. and Broadway, Oakland, www.OaklandNet.com.
Jack of All Trades
Every second Saturday, browse wares and displays from local makers and indie designers. On any day you may find jewelry, vintage apparel, antiques, or furniture. Plus, food and local craft beer, live music, and a great outdoor setting. March 8. 11 a.m.–5 p.m., free. Jack London Square, Oakland, www.JackOfAllTradesOakland.com.
Splash Into Spring Egg Scramble
Egg-hunting is a skill most people lose by age 14, so bring out the little ones and follow their lead as they hunt for Easter eggs. For those without egg-dar, check out the lawn games, mobile fish exhibit, beach exploration, and arts and crafts. Rainout day is April 19. April 12. 10–11:45 a.m., free. Crab Cove Visitor Center, 1252 McKay Ave., Alameda, www.AlamedaCa.gov/recreation.
The Great Egg Hunt
Grab your little honey bunnies and your best egg-carrying baskets for an egg hunt that’s not just OK, but great. Last year’s festivities included a petting zoo, clowns, stilt-walkers, crafts, egg dying, and, of course, tours of the historic estate hosting the spring shindig. April 19. 12–3 p.m., $5 adults, $3 (4 and up), free (3 and under). Dunsmuir Hellman Historic Estate, 2960 Peralta Oaks Court, Oakland, www.Dunsmuir-Hellman.com.
White Elephant Sale
You may not find a white elephant for sale at this gigantic rummage sale—though there’s plenty of room in the 96,000-square foot warehouse to pack in a few pachyderms—but you will find gently used items ranging from jewelry, books, and clothes to sporting equipment, tools, and furniture. Proceeds benefit the Oakland Museum of California. March 1-2. 10 a.m.–4 p.m., free. 333 Lancaster St., Oakland, www.WhiteElephantSale.org.
Women Who Dare Awards and Luncheon
Girls Inc. of the Island City hosts this annual event that honors teenage and adult women who are striving to make a difference in their community. This event kicks off the organization’s 50th anniversary and its largest fundraiser allowing it to provide support and advocacy for local communities. March 22. 11 a.m.–2 p.m., $50–$55. Albert H. DeWitt Officers’ Club, 641 West Redline Ave., Alameda, www.GirlsIncIslandCity.org.
Chomp 3: They Came From the Swamp!
Sure, plants that eat meat are a fascinating twist in evolution, but when they start singing and dancing about Mushnik’s Skid Row Florist, we need to draw the line. Luckily, none of the carnivorous plants on display at this popular returning exhibit compares to Audrey II, but their methods for trapping and consuming bugs are equally out of this world. April 11, Oct. 19. 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Tue.–Sun., $1.50–$8, free (4 and under). Conservatory of Flowers, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, www.ConservatoryOfFlowers.org.
Oakland Running Festival
If you enjoy waking up really early and then running for a very long distance, don’t miss this event. Runs include a marathon, half-marathon, 5K, and kids’ fun run, plus a sports expo and live music for cooling down. March 23. 7:15 a.m., Registration fees vary. Lake Merritt, 19th and Harrison Sts., Oakland, www.OaklandMarathon.com.
Saving the Puma
Strap on your best sneakers for the latest lecture in the zoo’s Conservation Speaker Series and discover how technology present in your smartphone and the Bay Area Puma Project are studying and protecting mountain lions as humans continue to encroach on their natural environments. March 5. 6:30–9 p.m., $10–$20. Oakland Zoo, Marian Zimmer Auditorium, 9777 Golf Links Road, Oakland, www.OaklandZoo.org.
Strictly Sail Pacific
One of the West Coasts’ largest all-sail boat shows returns with free sailboat rides, more than 100 workshops and demonstrations, and vendors providing all of the gear and accessories needed to confidently shout, “Ahoy, matey!” Plus, activities and games for the kids and a chance to meet and connect with local sailors. April 10-13. 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Thu.–Fri., 10 a.m.–7 p.m. Sat., 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Sun., $11–$15, two- and four-day passes available. Jack London Square, Oakland, www.StrictlySailPacific.com.
Yuri’s Night Eve
Chabot’s overnight slumber party pays special tribute to the first manned spaceflight by Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin. Whether through the telescope or on a night hike through the woods take some time to contemplate Yuri and humankind’s accomplishment—it may not be Warp 5 with Captain Picard, but we went to space, people. Space. April 11. 6 p.m.–10 a.m., $90 general, $80 members. Chabot Space and Science Center, 10000 Skyline Blvd., Oakland, www.ChabotSpace.org.
The problem with bugs is they’re so small, it’s hard to get a good look at them. More than 100 gigantic animatronic models of bees, moths, and cockroaches—not to mention a 15-foot Japanese hornet—make up this ongoing exhibit and give kids a chance to get up close and personal with the critters while learning how vital bugs are to our ecosystem. Through Sept. 1. 10 a.m.–5 p.m., $5–$17. The Lawrence Hall of Science, 1 Centennial Drive, Berkeley, www.LawrenceHallofScience.org.
Accidental Death of an Anarchist
Bank bombings aren’t usually the stuff of comedy but in the hands of Berkeley Rep and Nobel Prize–winning playwright Dario Fo, the chaos is, well, criminally funny. Steven Epp (Figaro, The Miser) returns to the Berkeley Rep stage under Christopher Bayes’ direction. Previews begin March 7. March 12–April 20. Dates and times vary, $29–$99. Berkeley Rep, Roda Theatre, 2025 Addison St., Berkeley, www.BerkeleyRep.org.
Altarena Playhouse presents the story of a remote town whose residents continually fall in and out of love, hilariously mending broken hearts and tending to bruised knees. March 14-April 13. 8 p.m. Fri.–Sat., 2 p.m. Sun., $24 general, $21 students and seniors. Altarena Playhouse, 1409 High St., Alameda, www.Altarena.org.
AXIS Dance Company
After performing across the nation, this local dance troupe returns home for a show that includes the premiere of Amy Seiwert’s The Reflective Surface, a new work by Marc Brew, and Yvonnes Rainers’ Trio A. April 11-13. 8 p.m. Fri.–Sat., 2 p.m. Sun., prices vary. Malonga Center for the Arts, 1428 Alice St., Oakland, www.AxisDance.org.
After filming a new comedy special but before returning to NBC in a new sitcom, one of the funniest comedians ever stops off in Oakland to lay out some new material and, most likely, hit on the topics that propelled him to stardom—husbands and wives, children and parenting, and the elephant under dad’s chair that lifted him three feet off the ground. April 12. 8 p.m. $37.50–$67.50. The Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway, Oakland, www.ParamountTheatre.com.
Johnny Guitar, The Musical!
Three words: campy Joan Crawford. In this off-Broadway musical based on Crawford’s now unintentionally funny Western film of the same name, the cast skewers 1950s melodrama and the shoot-em-up Westerns so popular at the time. March 28-April 26. 8 p.m. Thu.–Sat., 2 p.m. Sun., $22. Masquers Playhouse, 105 Park Place, Point Richmond, www.Masquers.org.
Sunday in the Park with George
Those expecting a nice stroll through the park with George Wendt should steer clear, but everyone else will enjoy Youth Musical Theater Company’s Pulitzer Prize–winning musical retelling of Georges Seurat’s creative process while painting “A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte.” Through March 9. 7 p.m. Fri.–Sat., 2 p.m. Sun., $13–$26. Malonga Casquelord Center for the Arts, 1428 Alice St., Oakland, www.YMTCBerkeley.org.
Vampire Lesbians of Sodom and Sleeping Beauty or Coma
Take one look at the titles of Virago Theatre’s double billing of outrageous comedies, and you’ll be able to decide if this long-running off-Broadway humor is right for you. Still not enticed? Come in drag and receive a free drink. March 29-April 19. 8 p.m. Thu.–Sat., 2 p.m. Sun., $28. Live Oak Theatre, 1301 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley, www.ViragoTheatre.org.
W. Kamau Bell
Drawing comparisons to Dave Chappelle, W. Kamau Bell tackles socio-political issues with a comedic eye towards the ugly realities of racism, stereotypes, and taboos. Only 18 and over admitted. March 19. 8 p.m. $20–$25. The New Parish, 579 18th St., Oakland, www.TheNewParish.com.
Bay Area Craft Beer Festival
Avoid the crowds and long lines waiting for pours with this beer festival that offers samples from more than 35 craft breweries located west of the Mississippi. April 12. 12–4 p.m., $35–$45. Historic Cannery District, Martinez Waterfront Park, Martinez, www.BayAreaCraftBeerFestival.com.
Grand Tasting and Seminar Series
The Rhone Rangers ride into town celebrating the grape of their namesake with a grand tasting offering close to 400 different pours from more than 100 wineries and a seminar series examining American Rhone wines and the Grenache grape. April 6. 10 a.m., $55–$125. Craneway Pavilion, 1414 Harbor Way S, Richmond, www.RhonerRangers.org.
The Main Event
The Oakland Rotary Club invites you to indulge in its annual Mardi Gras–style party with food and drink from more than 25 local purveyors, wine and beer, fortune telling, a silent auction, and the Hoodoo Lounge offering New Orleans favorites such as mint juleps, mojitos, and hurricanes. March 1. 6–10 p.m., $100. Rockwall Winery, 2301 Monarch St., Alameda, www.Oakland-Rotary.org.
What’s Brewing on the Farm: A Homebrewing Workshop
Homebrewing is everywhere in the Bay Area, but what about farm-brewing? From boiling wort to bottling ale, guests are guided through the entire process while they symbolically sip on the science of fermentation and the history and lore of beer. At the end of the workshop, everyone takes home some of the ale they helped to craft in this three-part workshop. March 8, 15, 29. 1–3 p.m., $30–$34. Ardenwood Historic Farm, 34600 Ardenwood Blvd., Fremont, www.EBParks.org.
Beat Swap Meet Bay Area
Feel the thrill of the hunt as you thumb through crates of vinyl from record collectors and dealers from all over California. Afterward, celebrate your newly purchased rare find with a pint while you listen to DJs and live music. March 30. 12–6 p.m., $5 with a canned good, $10 without. The Starry Plough Pub, 3101 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley, www.TheStarryPlough.com.
Crossroads of the World
The Alameda Community Band continues its free concert series with a program featuring an eclectic selection of music from around the world. March 18. 7:30 p.m., free. Veterans Memorial Building, 2203 Central Ave., Alameda, 510-530-0814.
Glasgow’s indie rock band swings through Oakland promoting a fourth studio album, last year’s Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action. That guitar riff from “Take Me Out” still never fails to make us dance. April 28. 8 p.m., $39.50. Fox Theater, 1807 Telegraph Ave., Oakland, www.TheFoxOakland.com.
Girls Rock Better Than Guys!
Bands with dudes need not apply on a night where women take over the stage with hard-hitting rock and alternative music. Featured act, Fantasia SF, brings its Northern California sound of heavy guitars, bass lines, and sass. Plus, Girls With Guns, Jack Killed Jill, Dick and Jane, and Psycho Kitty. Meow! March 15. 9 p.m., $8. The Uptown Nightclub, 1928 Telegraph Ave., Oakland, www.UptownNightclub.com.
If you’ve ever listened to a piano and thought, “what this needs is more piano electronically layered over top,” then composers and pianists Lynda Arnold and Daniel Berkman have the sound for you. The duo combines piano and electronic samplings from sounds such as toy pianos, detuned pianos, and plucking bolts across the strings of a 1984 Yamaha G2 5/8th Grand Piano. March 2. 9 p.m., $10. Duende, 468 19th St., Oakland, www.DuendeOakland.com.
Hard Bop All-Stars
Unlike the Hard Bop-It All-Stars—which creates music exclusively using Hasbro’s electronic game—the Hard Bop All-Stars perform bebop music from the greats: Dizzy, Monk, and Miles. April 12. 8 p.m., $20. Piedmont Piano Company, 1728 San Pablo Ave., Oakland, www.PiedmontPiano.com.
Harry James Orchestra
Let the music set the stage. When your stage is an aircraft carrier that battled across the Pacific in World War II, what better music than big band, swing, and a little cha-cha thrown in for good measure. Dance the night away aboard this floating museum or enjoy the view with a little food and drink. March 22. 8 p.m.–12 a.m., $40–$75. USS Hornet Museum, 707 West Hornet Ave. Pier 3, Alameda, www.USS-Hornet.org.
Il Divo: A Musical Affair
Loosely translated, Il Divo means “four hot dudes breaking hearts with their sexy singing voices.” In this performance the group that melds pop and classical sounds takes on Broadway’s biggest songs. April 6. 8 p.m. $39.50–$127. The Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway, Oakland, www.ParamountTheatre.com.
Jazz at the Chimes
In this ongoing music series, the San Francisco band Grupo Falso Baiano performs Brazilian choro music, which some have described as the New Orleans jazz of Brazil. March 16. 2 p.m., $15 general, $10 students and seniors. Chapel of the Chimes, 4499 Piedmont Ave., Oakland, www.JazzAtTheChimes.com.
Jewish Music Festival
The party opens and closes in San Francisco, while the rest of the festival takes multiple stages in Berkeley. Festival highlights include a blend of Jewish and African roots music from Afro-Semitic Experience (March 22) and Alicia Jo Rabins’ song cycle (March 27) that examines spirituality, finance, and personal responsibility. March 20-30. Various times and locations, $22–$32, $125–$140 festival pass. Berkeley and San Francisco, www.JewishMusicFestival.org.
Notes From India
Oakland East Bay Symphony presents a night of music inspired by India. Along with works by Juhi Bansal and Beethoven, the symphony will perform excerpts from Passages, a collaboration between Philip Glass and Ravi Shankar. March 28. 8 p.m. $20–$70. The Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway, Oakland, www.OEBS.org.
Pacific Mozart Ensemble
The Four Seasons Arts Concert Series continues with the Pacific Mozart Ensemble performing a program dedicated to the theme, “Five Centuries of Spring.” Selections include Robert Valera’s world premiere Ven a la Habana, Brahms and African-American spirituals. March 29. 7:30 p.m., $35–$40. Regents’ Theatre, 3500 Mountain Blvd., Oakland, www.FSArts.org.
Rhythms for Life and Love
Join the Oakland Jazz Choir as it begins its 22nd year with a diverse concert featuring works by Duke Ellington, Herbie Hancock, Bobby McFerrin, and Tears for Fears. March 22. 8 p.m., $10–$20. Piedmont Piano, 1728 San Pablo Ave., Oakland, www.OaklandJazzChoir.com.
The Mosh Lives Tour
We were unaware mosh ever died. Regardless, it’s good to hear it’s alive and well with performances by Emmure, Volumes, Thy Art is Murder, Aethere, and more. All-ages show. March 26. 6 p.m., $15 advance, $18 at the door. Oakland Metro Operahouse, 630 Third St., Oakland, www.OaklandMetro.org.
This percussionist and drummer has worked with some of the music industry’s biggest names, including Prince, Herbie Hancock, Placido Domingo, Diana Ross, and Patti LaBelle, but this talented artist is a name unto herself. Seating in the first two rows and a meet-and-gGreet opportunity available for an extra $60. March 28-30. 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Fri., 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Sat., 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Sun., $33–$36. Yoshi’s Oakland, 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland, www.Yoshis.com/oakland.
To prep for the arrival of Widespread Panic, we recommend grabbing the live album—Light Fuse, Get Away—and carving out a little time in your day to press play and, well, get away. You’ll discover why the jam band performs at countless sold-out shows and has sold more than three million records in more than 20 years. March 28-29. 8 p.m., $49.50. Fox Theater, 1807 Telegraph Ave., Oakland, www.TheFoxOakland.com.
The editor and publisher of the alternative parenting magazine, Hip Mama, signs and discusses The End of Eve: A Memoir, a look at the author’s experiences caring for her crazy, dying mother. March 13. 7 p.m., free. Diesel, A Bookstore, 5433 College Ave., Oakland, www.DieselBookstore.com.
Listen to the Berkeley author read from her latest novel, After Auschwitz: A Love Story, which follows the journal of an aging writer dealing with Alzheimer’s while chronicling his marriage to a death camp survivor. March 20. 7:30 p.m., free. Mrs. Dalloway’s, 2904 College Ave., Berkeley, www.MrsDalloways.com.
Whether you know the humorist from one of his more than 30 published books, his newspaper column, or the mid-1990s sitcom, Dave’s World, starring Harry Anderson, make sure and catch his talk where he’ll dive into parenting, funerals, and Justin Bieber. March 13. 7 p.m., free. Montclair Presbyterian Church, 5701 Thornhill Drive, Oakland, www.GGPBooks.com.
Steampunk Society Book Club
Join other steam-powered, goggle-wearing book lovers for their inaugural meeting where they’ll discuss Paolo Bacigalupi’s The Windup Girl, the story of a post-oil era where calories are the world’s greatest commodity. March 22. 4 p.m., free. Books Inc., 1344 Park St., Alameda, www.BooksInc.net.
University of Heroes with Tim Draper
Venture capitalist and founder of the Draper University for Heroes discusses the boarding school designed for young entrepreneurs from around the world and its goal of providing the world with more heroes. It may not be Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters, but we’ll take heroes in whatever form they may appear. April 3. 7:30 p.m., $10 public, free for Cal students and I-House residents. International House, UC-Berkeley, 2299 Piedmont Ave., Berkeley, Events.Berkeley.edu.