Picks of the Week: Cheap concerts and craft brews for the end of September

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Happy Monday, Berkeley.

Did you hear the news from last week’s UC Board of Regents meeting? Janet Napolitano will be stepping down in August 2020, after a tumultuous six years as the president of the UC system.

So today, kick it back to 2013, the year Napolitano took office and the golden age of Gen Z nostalgia. Celebrate a simpler time, one when Leonardo DiCaprio hadn’t even won an Oscar — you could watch “The Wolf of Wall Street” if you’re feeling particularly capitalistic, or maybe “The Great Gatsby” if you’d rather go even further back in time. And blast all of the year’s hottest songs, from “Thrift Shop” to “Treasure” and from “Royals” to “Wrecking Ball.” Hell, even download Candy Crush Saga (which became Facebook’s most played game that January) and relive your glory days as a gamer extraordinaire.

Now, keep this current events theme rolling on Tuesday — remember the global climate strike last week? Express your appreciation for this Earth of ours at Roxie Theater at 6 p.m. with a screening of “Moananuiākea: One Ocean. One People. One Canoe.” The documentary follows the crew of the Hōkūleʻa as they sail around the world using traditional Polynesian seafaring technology, spreading a message of sustainable living and global connections. After the screening, director Nā’ālehu Anthony and traditional navigator Ka’iulani Murphy will host a discussion on topics such as indigenous sovereignty and women’s leadership. Tickets are free, but any donations will cover the costs of the screening or go toward indigenous-led organizations in Hawaii and the West Coast.

With fall TV premieres in full swing, Wednesday might be a good day to finish up your schoolwork, then relax all evening with your favorite shows. You can catch up with the Gang at 10 p.m. when “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” returns to FXX or spend the whole night in drama central, with “Chicago Med” at 8 p.m., “Chicago Fire” at 9 p.m. and “Chicago P.D.” at 10 p.m. on NBC.

Then Thursday, catch a concert in San Francisco for under $30. Cafe du Nord will host known Chicago Cubs fan and indie pop artist Katie Day, alongside Suzanimal and Surf Bored — tickets are just $12 plus fees for a night full of dreamy, groovy tunes. Or head to Brick & Mortar Music Hall at 9 p.m. to see Kendra Morris, who’s not only a soul singer-songwriter but also a stop-motion animator and music video director. Or check out my personal favorite, Cherub at August Hall, where just $25 will get you a full night of highly danceable, funky electro-pop. And if you want to stay a little closer to home, go see Hermitude at Oakland’s The New Parish, where the duo will bring their Australian flair to electronic hip-hop.

After all that excitement, stay closer to home on Friday. Maybe you have plans to watch UC Berkeley’s football game against Arizona State at 7:30 p.m., or maybe you have half an hour to kill between classes. Either way, take advantage of all the art that campus has to offer.

You could catch a free lecture at noon, either “Breaking Boundaries” from businessperson and Grammy-nominated artist Chandrika Tandon or “Epistemology of the Crosshatch” from UC San Diego literature professor Seth Lerer. Or swing past North Gate Hall, home of the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, and check out the latest exhibit on display at its Reva and David Logan Gallery of Documentary Photography. The collection of photos in “The Battle for People’s Park” will take viewers back to the 1960s and the creation and controversy of the park.  

Now, Saturday is National Drink Beer Day, so spend the day celebrating what should be the world’s favorite adult beverage. Start the morning off right at Westbrae Biergarten, which serves up Brazilian food and a variety of brews starting at 11 a.m. Then you could try out a beer-centric documentary like “Beer Wars” or “Blood, Sweat, and Beer” to learn more about the craft brewing industry — you can rent either one for less than $5. And end the day straight at the source with a local brewery. Try Triple Rock Brewing for hoppy favorites such as IPAX or Brit-Rock, or head to Fieldwork Brewing Company to sample off-the-wall brews like the bready Belgian brown ale Portrait of Bruin or the sour ale Blueberry Parfait, which apparently tastes just like blueberries and whipped cream.

Or if beer isn’t your style, catch a show at Zellerbach Hall instead. Cal Performances will host “Triptych (Eyes of One on Another),” a theatrical piece that blends music and photography to explore the intimacy of the act of looking. The show starts at 8 p.m. and tickets cost $15 for UC Berkeley students or $30 for the general public.

On Sunday, sleep off that long night and then head out in the afternoon to see “The Flick” at Shotgun Players. The Pulitzer Prize-winning play just had its  run at the Ashby Stage extended for an extra two weeks, and it focuses on three employees at a movie theater, using silence and realism to portray work and life in full detail. Tickets cost $38 for the 5 p.m. show.

And while you’re waiting through intermission, check out Cameron Opartkiettikul’s piece on “Ms. Purple,” featuring an interview with its director Justin Chon and its star Tiffany Chu. The two discussed the importance of truthfulness and representation in art and the volatility of family relationships — in Chon’s words, movies like his can help people of all sorts of backgrounds “understand that we’re a lot more alike than different.”

If you have any questions, comments or concerns, email us: [email protected]. We’ll take the time to talk to you, just like this girl did with her dog.

Until next time.

At a glance

Sept. 23: Throwback to 2013

Sept. 24: “Moananuiākea: One Ocean. One People. One Canoe.,” Free, 6 p.m., Roxie Theater, San Francisco

Sept. 25: TV premieres, “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” (10 p.m., FXX); “Chicago Med” (8 p.m., NBC); “Chicago Fire” (9 p.m., NBC); “Chicago P.D.” (10 p.m., NBC)

Sept. 26: Concerts for under $30, Katie Day, Suzanimal and Surf Bored ($12-15, Cafe du Nord, San Francisco); Kendra Morris ($15-18, Brick & Mortar Music Hall, San Francisco); Cherub ($25, August Hall, San Francisco); Hermitude ($20-25, The New Parish, Oakland)

Sept. 27: Art at UC Berkeley, “View from the Top: Chandrika Tandon: Breaking Boundaries” (Banatao Auditorium, UC Berkeley, Berkeley); “Epistemology of the Crosshatch: Towards a Creative History of the Early Modern Hand: Seth Lerer” (220 Stephens Hall, UC Berkeley, Berkeley); “The Battle for People’s Park” (North Gate Hall, UC Berkeley, Berkeley)

Sept. 28: National Drink Beer Day, Westbrae Biergarten (Berkeley); Triple Rock Brewing (Berkeley); Fieldwork Brewing Company (Berkeley); “Triptych (Eyes of One on Another)” ($15-30, Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley, Berkeley)

Sept. 29: “The Flick,” $38, 5 p.m., Shotgun Players Ashby Stage, Berkeley

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