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Picks of the Week: BJ Novak, Broken Bells, Berkeley Symphony

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FEBRUARY 02, 2014

We’re only two weeks into the semester, which means you probably still have some time on your hands. Check out what The Daily Californian recommends you do this week. From a new music release to a show at Zellerbach Hall, Picks of the Week has you covered.

‘One More Thing’

Remember on “The Office” when Ryan Howard was dubbed “The Fire Guy” after an incident when his cheese pita set off the fire alarm? Well, “The Fire Guy” is back this year (without any renditions of Billy Joel’s “We Didn’t Start the Fire,” for better or for worse) with a debut book. B.J. Novak, who played Ryan and wrote for the show, will release “One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories” on Tuesday. A collection of short and funny idiosyncratic stories, “One More Thing” (as the New York Times put it) channels “the way we talk and think today.”

Berkeley Symphony

The music of composers Igor Stravinksy, Samuel Adams and Felix Mendelssohn shares the stage in a musical miracle Thursday at Zellerbach Hall. Join the Berkeley Symphony in evoking the power of both the commedia dell’arte ballet and the early Romantic period. Tickets range from $15 to $74, though one hour prior to the show, available tickets sell for as low as $7.

After the Disco

Broken Bells is back at it with its sophomore release After the Disco on Tuesday. The duo, composed of Brian Burton (of Danger Mouse fame) and James Mercer (lead singer and guitarist of the Shins), has been described as “deceptively catchy,” so this album’s one to look out for.

‘UnReal Estate III’

On Thursday, Spoke Art gallery in San Francisco hosts artist Tim Doyle’s exhibition “UnReal Estate III.” The show interprets iconic television-show sets through the lens of contemporary culture, showing us the importance of fictitious realms in modern society. The show opens Thursday and runs until Feb. 22.

Addy Bhasin covers visual art. Contact her at [email protected].

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