5 events to get you through finals week and beyond

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It’s almost finals week, and we at the Clog are dying as much as you are. It’s going to take a little something to get us through these next few weeks. (No, we’re not thinking of Adderall. Get your mind out of the gutter.) Here are five events occurring before and after finals week to help you get through this dreaded time.

1. SUPERB presents: Shlomo

Memorial Glade, Friday, 7 p.m.

Let’s face it: You’re going to need some laughs to get you through these next few weeks. Tig Notaro, a professional comedian, is just the thing. ASUC SUPERB has arranged for Notaro, a comedian featured by both Comedy Central and Sarah Silverman, to perform at Zellerbach Hall. Tickets are only $5 for UC Berkeley students.

2. First Caturday

Dolores Park, Saturday, 2 p.m.

If musicals aren’t your thing but cats are, head over to Dolores Park on Saturday for the aptly named Caturday. Bring your cats, and, as the Facebook event says, “be part of what may eventually become the largest cat gathering in modern history.” This is your chance to leave your mark on the world. Admission is free, and a cat isn’t required to attend.

3. BareTroupe Showcase

72 Cesar Chavez Center, May 3, 8 p.m.

You might have heard about this one because of the near-naked photo shoot used to promote this event — and if you haven’t, now you know. BareTroupe, a musical theater group on campus, will be performing songs from “Les Miserables,” “Cinderella,” “Chicago” and more. If you can’t afford to splurge on “Hairspray,” this free-admission event is a great musical theater alternative.

4. “Hairspray”

Berkeley Playhouse, April 23 to May 17

Timely in the face of the Baltimore protests, “Hairspray” is the story of how a young Baltimore girl in the 1960s struggles to integrate her favorite television show. It’s also a musical that will leave you tapping your feet weeks later to songs such as “Good Morning Baltimore” and “You Can’t Stop the Beat.” Playing at the Berkeley Playhouse down College Avenue, it’s a convenient and light-hearted destresser. Tickets start at $23 on tickets.berkeleyplayhouse.org.

5. Movies in the Meadows 2015

San Mateo, July 18, 5:30 p.m.

Although the specific movie hasn’t been announced yet, we don’t think it gets much better than a movie under the stars. It’s a perfect date for your Berkeley bae — or a perfect place to meet that next special someone. Or, if you’re like us, it’s a perfect place to go alone and curse the happy couples under our breath. Plus, there will be food trucks. What more can you ask for?

Contact Emma Schiffer at [email protected].