City holding Holocaust Remembrance Day
Berkeley's 12th annual Holocaust Remembrance Day observance starts at noon on April 27, at the Magnes Collection of Jewish Life and Art, 2121 Allston Way.
The theme is "Confronting the Holocaust: American Responses," which will be used in presentations by musicians and speakers. The community is invited to "share song, traditional music, verse, and personal stories in commemorating this day."
The program will include a candle ceremony by survivors and family members.
Professional dance series downtown
Kathryn Roszak's Danse Lumiere presents Dance on Center, a new series of dance choreography in downtown Berkeley that launches at 8 p.m. May 3 at the Osher Studio, 2055 Center St.
The series will feature new works by Lissa Resnick, Dalia Rawson, Kathryn Roszak and a film by Amy Seiwert.
A youth program recital is at 5 p.m. followed by the 8 p.m. Dance on Center show that includes Berkeley High dancers as "Choreographers of the Future," along with professional groups the Rawson Project, with dancers courtesy Ballet San Jose; Roszak's Danse Lumiere; Amy Seiwert's dance film "Barn Dance;" and Lissa Resnick.
Danse Lumiere has received a grant from the Berkeley Association of Realtors in support of the youth program.
Tickets are $20 advance, $25 at the door, $15 seniors and students. Tickets are available through Brown Paper Tickets at www.brownpapertickets.com, event number 574975.
Free South Branch programs this weekend
The South Branch Library, 1901 Russell St., has a pair of programs this weekend. Free food and dancing are part of an after-hours positive hip-hop concert by Pep Love, "a member of the legendary Hieroglyphics crew" at 6:30 p.m. April 25 at the branch.
The free Family Fun Fest, with puppets, magic, activities and storytelling, is 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 26 at the South Branch. The fest starts with face painting at 10 a.m., followed by the show "Boy Who Cried Wolf" by Puppet Art Theater at 10:15 a.m.
Storyteller Diane Ferlatte and musician Erik Pearson perform at 11 a.m. and Dan Chan presents a magic show at 2 p.m.
Benefit at Freight for Camp Tuolumne
A benefit evening of campfire entertainment will be held 7 to 8:30 p.m. April 28 at Freight and Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison St., to benefit Camp Tuolumne, the city summer facility destroyed in the Rim Fire in August 2013. Camp Tuolumne Night is "an evening of table night skits, music, and a chance to hear from the Mayor of Berkeley, Rec and Park staff, and the Tuolumne River Trust on the latest progress and current status of Camp Tuolumne since it burned down in The Rim Fire."
Tickets are $5, with all proceeds dedicated to rebuilding. For details call 510-236-SHOW.
Open house on BART station redesign
An open house to present and get public input of preliminary designs of the revamped plaza at the Downtown Berkeley BART station will be held from 4:30 to 7 p.m. April 28 in the Tamalpais Room of the Brower Center, 2150 Allston Way. Plans call for renovation of the station entrances and new bus shelters, along with the redesign of the plaza.
Free presentation and talk on K2
Jim Lindsay will give a talk and slide presentation and talk on "A Mountaineers Dream -- Trek to Mt. K2" at 6:30 p.m. May 8 at the North Berkeley Library, 1170 The Alameda at Hopkins.
Lindsay is "a retired Australian diplomat who loves the high mountain regions of the world" and is organizing a small group for a three-week hike in September to the seldom visited Mt. K2 base camp on the Chinese side.
The free program starts with refreshments and conversation at 5:30 p.m.
-- Chris Treadway