Multimedia program on 'Fiddler' lyricist

Theater educator and cabaret producer Bonnie Weiss will give a multimedia presentation on the life and work of lyricist Sheldon Harnick and "Fiddler on the Roof" at 2 p.m. Feb. 16 at the Jewish Community Center of the East Bay, 1414 Walnut St.

Harnick wrote lyrics for numerous Broadway show tunes, including "Fiddler on the Roof."

Admission is $10 to $12. Details: 510-848-0237, ext. 118 or www.jewishmusicfestival.org.

Black History Month events at City College

Berkeley City College, 2050 Center St., is showing films and holding events in February for Black History Month.

The lineup for the Black History Month Film Festival in the auditorium includes "Ray" on Feb. 19 and "Ali" on Feb. 28, both at 12:15 p.m.

At 12:20 p.m. Feb. 24 there will be a screening of the short film "A Living Room Revolution — The Race Dialogues" by Kate Mayer and Mary Webb, which will be followed by staged dialogue and a question-and-answer session in the college atrium.

At 6 p.m. Feb. 27, author and editor Keenan Norris will read from and discuss his books "Brother and the Dancer" and "Street Lit: Representing the Urban Landscape."

Library revamps online presence


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The Berkeley Public Library, after consulting staff and the public, has gone live with a new website at www.berkeleypubliclibrary.org and is seeking feedback on changes that were made to meet changing needs of patrons.

"The site was made with mobile users in mind and adapts to tablets and mobile devices easily, without requiring an app," the library said in an announcement.

"We really want to get away from the monolithic redesign process and have the ability to adapt the navigation and presentation of our site when we get feedback from our users, and this new site allows us to do this easily," said Alicia Abramson, Manager of Information Technology and Technical Services for the Library.

The site seeks to assist needs of users of all interests and provide convenient access to downloadable e-books and audiobooks; streaming music; the Discover & Go program providing free or reduced price tickets to Bay Area museums and other cultural venues; digital magazines; focused content for young people; personalized book recommendations created by librarians; information on reserving community meeting rooms and announcing library events.

An online survey about the new site is at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/BPL2014redesign. For more details on the redesign call 510-981-6131.

'The Music Man' is marching to town

Professor Harold Hill and the classic musical "The Music Man" will be on stage through March 23 in a production by Berkeley Playhouse at the Julia Morgan Theater, 2640 College Ave. Marissa Wolf directs, with music direction by Kevin Roland and choreography by Matthew McCoy. Performances are at 7 p.m. Fridays, 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. Saturdays and noon and 5 p.m. Sundays. There is also a performance at 7 p.m. on March 20.

For tickets or more details visit www.berkeleyplayhouse.org or call 510-845-8542, ext. x351.

Senior centers hosting Red and White Ball

The North and South Berkeley senior centers are teaming to host a Valentine's Day Red and White Senior Ball for ages 55 and older from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 14 at the South Berkeley Senior Center, 2939 Ellis St. Admission is $7 at the door. Details: 510-981-5170.

Intergenerational knitting group to meet

"Ewe" Can Knit at Berkeley Public Library is an intergenerational group knitting hour for the whole family from 3:15 to 4:45 p.m. March 8 in the fourth floor Story Room at the Central Library, 2090 Kittredge St. All skill levels are welcome at the free monthly program for ages 8 and older, which will also meet April 5. Details: 510-981-6236.

Homeless Art Show runs through April 18

An exhibit of artworks by and for the homeless runs through April 18 at Expressions Art Gallery, 2035 Ashby Ave. The Homeless Art Show features creations by more than 60 artists on display and available for sale.

The show is a collaborative effort of the gallery, community artists and nonprofit organizations that work with the homeless, including BOSS and St. Mary's Center.

Sales or tax deductible donations "will support the nonprofit organizations that have helped make this show possible and who have enabled these artists to use this opportunity to become recognized as local artists and create a better future for themselves through their art."

The city is a co-sponsor of the exhibit and also contributed funds toward the cost of art supplies.

Gallery hours are noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and noon to 3 p.m. Sunday. Details: 510-644-4930.

-- Chris Treadway