Fire contained in hills near Grizzly Peak

Fire crews contained an evening grass fire July 1 near Grizzly Peak Boulevard, on the southeastern end of Tilden Park.

The fire was reported about 9:30 p.m. and spread at a moderate pace in an area of heavy vegetation, according to fire dispatch.

Crews from the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District, CalFire, Alameda County Fire, East Bay Regional Parks and the Moraga Orinda Fire Department responded.

Police seek burglary and sexual assault suspect

Police are asking for the public's help in locating a 33-year-old Berkeley man who broke into a multiunit building last weekend, entered a woman's bedroom while she was sleeping and sexually assaulted her, police said.

Berkeley police have sought an arrest warrant for John Anthony Martin.

On June 23 at 9:30 a.m., police believe, Martin entered the building in the 2400 block of Piedmont Avenue -- on the UC Berkeley fraternity and sorority row -- and prowled through several rooms before entering a woman's room and touching her in "an inappropriate manner."

She woke up, yelled and he ran out of the room and left the building, police said. Police declined to name the building where the assault took place or say if it's a fraternity or sorority house.

Police are warning residents not to approach Martin, but to call 911 if he is spotted. He is 6 feet 6 inches tall and weighs 280 pounds with brown hair and hazel eyes. He has tattoos on his chest.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts or the investigation should call the sex crimes unit at 510-981-5735 or the nonemergency line at 510 981-5900. Anonymous tips can be called in to Bay Area Crimes Stoppers 800-222- 8477.

West Edge presenting opera at the library

Learn and hear about the next production of the West Edge Opera at a free program at 12:15 p.m. July 11 in the fifth floor meeting room at the Central Berkeley Public Library, 2090 Kittredge St.

General Director Mark Streshinsky will introduce the upcoming production "The Turn of the Screw" and conductor Jonathan Khuner will accompany cast members in selected arias.

The opera, described as "a tale of good versus evil, natural versus the supernatural, possession and exorcism," will open July 20 at the Performing Arts Theater at El Cerrito High School, 540 Ashbury Ave.

For more details about the presentation call 510-981-6241 or visit www.berkeleypubliclibrary.org. For more details about the opera production visit www.westedgeopera.org.

Program on life of John Ruskin

Victorian era art critic John Ruskin is the subject of a program being presented from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 13 at the Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar St.

"No Wealth but Life: Why John Ruskin Matters Today" will feature a presentations by Ruskin scholars Gray Brechin, James L. Spates, and Sara Atwood. Tickets are $45, which includes lunch and a reception after the program. For tickets or details visit http://bit.ly/14LRk14.

"Super Cinema" at Central Library

The "Super Cinema" film series at the Central Library, 2090 Kittredge St., continues with a screening at 3 p.m. July 5 in the third floor community meeting room.

The theme for the month is Resisting Injustice and the day's presentation will be "Stonewall Uprising," featuring eyewitness accounts and archival footage of the June 1969 riots in New York City that sparked the gay rights movement.

'The Wiz' coming to Berkeley Playhouse

Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tinman and Lion will ease on down to the stage at Berkeley Playhouse, 2640 College Ave., for performances of the soulful musical "The Wiz" from July 11 to Aug. 25.

Performances are at 7 p.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays; 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturdays; and noon and 5 p.m. Sundays.

Preview performances are on July 11 and 13, when all tickets are $17.

Ticket discounts are available for donations to Habitat for Humanity. For tickets or details visit www.berkeleyplayhouse.org/the-wiz or call 510-845-8542, ext. 351.

YMTC will present "Sweeney Todd"

Youth Musical Theater Company of Berkeley will present the classic musical "Sweeney Todd," featuring songs by Stephen Sondheim, in performances opening July 12 at the Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts, 1428 Alice St.

Jennifer Boesing directs and David Möschler is musical director for the production by the acclaimed youth theater company.

Performances are at 7 p.m. July 12, 13, 18, 19 and 20 and 2 p.m. July 14 and 21. Tickets are $13 to 26, available at ymtcsweeneytodd. bpt. me.

-- Kristin Bender, Erin Ivie and Chris Treadway