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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

See Contemporary Culture in Berkeley


3. What to Do

Berkeley Rep is a Tony Award-winning theater company that produces critically acclaimed new plays.  

See what’s onstage at Berkeley Rep, a venerable theater company that began its life as a storefront in 1968 but now produces nationally acclaimed performances and launches productions that land on Broadway and beyond. Among the upcoming shows is the world premiere of Pulitzer-winning journalist Lawrence Wright’s Fallaci (March 8 to April 21; tickets from $29). Arrive early to weekend performances for free pre-show tastings from local distilleries, winemakers, and chocolatiers, starting at 7 p.m.

Trek through Berkeley’s copious green space during a morning spent learning the latest West Coast fitness craze: hiking yoga ($20). Ninety-minute Saturday morning classes begin on the Cal campus, mixing cardio and downward dog as you hike up hills and take in sweeping San Francisco Bay views. Be sure to register in advance to secure a spot.

Check out a wide range of visual arts at the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive ($10), which houses an eclectic collection that ranges from Rothko and Pollack to experimental cinema from the early twentieth century, plus special exhibitions like Thai director Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s dreamy Morakot video art installation (through April 21). Don’t miss the biweekly Friday evening L@TE series ($7), when the galleries are open until 9 p.m. and feature D.J. sets and other performances.

Published on Feb 15, 2013 as a web exclusive.

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