Theater in Berkeley

Berkeley Repertory Theatre

This highly respected company has produced bold versions of classical and modern plays since 1968. Most shows have half-price tickets for patrons under 30.
Live Music in Oakland


For an eclectic calendar of indie, punk and experimental sounds, burlesque shows and fun DJ dance parties, this club hits the spot. Come for a good mix of national acts and local talent, and the easy two-block walk …
DJ in Oakland

Luka’s Taproom & Lounge

Go Uptown to get down. DJs spin nightly at this popular restaurant and lounge, with a soulful mix of hip-hop, reggae, funk and house. There’s generally a $10 cover on Fridays and Saturdays after 11pm.
Live Music in Berkeley

924 Gilman

This volunteer-run and booze-free all-ages space is a West Coast punk rock institution. From Berkeley BART, take AC Transit bus 25 to Gilman and 8th Sts.
Gallery Hop in Oakland

Oakland Art Murmur

Jazz in Oakland


Yoshi’s has a solid jazz calendar, with talent from around the world passing through on a near-nightly basis. Often, touring artists will stop in for a stand of two or three nights. It’s also a Japanese restaurant, …
Cinema in Oakland

Grand Lake Theatre

In Lake Merritt, this 1926 beauty lures you in with its huge corner marquee (which sometimes displays left-leaning political messages) and keeps you coming with a fun balcony and a Wurlitzer organ playing the pipes …
Theater in Oakland

Paramount Theatre

This massive 1931 art-deco masterpiece shows classic films a few times each month and is also home to the Oakland East Bay Symphony (www.oebs.org) and Oakland Ballet (www.oaklandballet.org). It periodically books bi…
Cinema in Berkeley

Pacific Film Archive

A world-renowned film center with an ever-changing schedule of international and classic films, cineastes should seek this place out. The spacious theater has seats that are comfy enough for hours-long movie maratho…
Baseball in Oakland

Oakland A’s

When the Giants are away, the A’s are usually home, which expands the possibilities for those desperate for a summer baseball fix. BART stops just outside the ballpark. The A’s most recent championship came at the G…