March 6, 2015
"Ursus Redivivus" Bear Sculpture BART Plaza Unveiling
Monday, March 9 | 4:00 pm
Downtown Berkeley BART Plaza | Shattuck Ave between Center and Allston | FREE and open to the public

On Monday, March 9 at 4pm, come celebrate the unveiling of Ursus Redivivus, a giant kinetic bear sculpture installed on BART Plaza as a temporary piece of public art until the redesign of BART Plaza. Ursus Redivivus was made from the escalator parts created by local kinetic-sculpture artists Alex Nolan, Phillip Glashof and his son Chad. Join Mayor Tom Bates, Councilmember Jesse Arreguin, city staff, Downtown Berkeley Association and the local community. Celebrate this innovative new piece of public art in Berkeley, and the pioneering temporary installation that paves the way for installing more public art in Berkeley.

Saturday, March 14 & Sunday, March 15 | 8:30 - 10:00 am 
Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse | 2020 Addison St. |

FREE lobby shows | individual concerts: $18-29 | Day passes w/ 2 drink tickets: $75 | Festival pass w/2 drink tickets: $140

Swing into spring when the Esprit de Django et Stephane Festival sets the Freight sizzling with a full weekend of concerts, buskers, lobby bands, belly dancers, and workshops- all inspired by the legendary jazz band Quintette du Hot Club de France. The party starts at 3pm Saturday with Cella Bellydance and Incognito Express in the lobby, followed by a processional down Addison Street with Vaud & the Villains, a 19-piece New Orleans cabaret orchestra.

Tuesday, March 17 | 6:00 - 10:00 pm 
Persian Center | 2029 Durant | FREE and Open to the public

Jump over a bonfire for "Chahr-Shanbeh Souri" on Tuesday, March 17 at the Persian Center in Berkeley to shake off the darkness of winter and welcome the lightness of spring. A Persian ritual passed down since ancient Zoroastrian times, the Persian New Year Festival, called Chahar-Shanbeh Souri, literally means 'Eve of Wednesday" because the fire festival is held on the last Tuesday of winter, just before the Vernal Equinox or first moment of spring.


Inside the Persian Center, a traditional altar holds green grass, live goldfish, food and other items representative of spring called the "haftseen" or seven 's's as each item on the table begins with the letter 's'.  Persian techno music by DJ Dr. T, dancing in the street, several kabob booths serving great Persian food and craft vendors, cultural organizations, and children's activities add to the experience. Sponsored by Persian Center, this is a free, family-friendly, non-alcoholic event held outdoors on Durant Avenue, rain or shine.

Monday, March 9  | 12:00 pm 
Berkeley Chamber of Commerce | FREE | RSVP Required

After several years of cuts and issues, Eric Angstadt, Director of Planning and Development at City Hall, has instituted big changes that should make life easier for businesses looking to open and/or grow.  There are new employees, new responsibilities, new user friendly customer options and an overall effort to improve citizen interaction with Planning. 

Come to the Government Affairs meeting at the Berkeley Chamber at 12:00 noon on Monday, March 9th. Bring your lunch and good questions and meet Eric and his team.
Please call or email the Chamber office to reserve a spot as we are limited to 40 guests.

Theater and Film Events
Now - Sunday, March 22 | Bay Area Children's Theatre presents: The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane | The Osher Studio | 2055 Center St. Suite D | Adults: $22; Child: $18; Seniors: $20

Previews start Friday, March 13 | Molíere's Tartuffe | Berkeley Repertory Theatre | 2025 Addison St. | Opening Night Friday, March 20 | Plays through Sunday, April 12

Tuesday, March 17 | Reel to Real Films Mini-Series: Our Land in Transition: Brookford Almanac | 7:00 pm | David Brower Center | 2150 Allston Way | $10 Advance / $12 Door // $5 Students & Teachers

Wednesday, March 18 | Reel to Real Films Mini-Series: Our Land in Transition: Hanna Ranch | 7:00 pm | David Brower Center | 2150 Allston Way | $10 Advance / $12 Door // $5 Students & Teachers

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