March 13, 2008 2:53 PM
One of the best things about living in Berkeley is all of the exciting events, talks, and festivals available for us to partake in. It is a good idea to check out the events calendar every week or two to see who is coming into town to talk about their latest book or research, and what kind of performances are happening at Zellerbach and the Greek Theatre. Check out: events.berkeley.edu
Some other great venues to check out on campus are the free noon concerts at Hertz Hall every Wednesday and Friday, as well as BAM/PFA. BAM is that crazy building on Bancroft with the neo lights that you have likely walked by a million times but never gone inside. I know it wasn’t until the end of my sophomore year before I did. Well, it is a great gallery that is open Wednesday through Sunday with rotating exhibits and is FREE for Berkeley students! Also, the Pacific Film Archive is located on campus near the physics library and shows several films on most days for $5.50. Also, the first Thursday of the month is free at BAM/PFA.
Here are the websites for these venues:
If you are into Jazz, there are some great places like Anna’s Jazz Island in Downtown Berkeley to check out, as well as many many others in San Francisco. Berkeley also hosts a jazz festival Downtown during the summer. If Jazz isn’t your thing, another popular festival that happens in Berkeley is the annual “How Berkeley Can You Be?” festival, in which you can watch or partake in people parading around the city in crazy outfits.
If you still can’t find what you are looking for in Berkeley, San Francisco has a plethora of options that are only a short BART ride away. This city is a great resource that many Berkeley students unfortunately don’t take advantage of more often. Check out sfgate.com under the events section to see what’s happening in the city. Hope these suggestions provide a good break from studying!
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