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Talia Cooper's Goodbye Concert. Talia Cooper's folksy, poppy, Jewish-y, sassy music will get you humming, smiling and feeling hopeful -- and it's a benefit for Jewish Youth for Comunity Action. With special guests. 8 p.m. Feb. 1. Jewish Community Center of the East Bay, 1414 Walnut St. $8 - $15. 510-848-0237 x118, www.jewishmusicfestival.org.
Winter Fruit Tree Pruning. A hands-on winter fruit tree pruning class held in a permaculture-based food forest garden discussing theory of tree growth, how to maximize health and productivity, demonstration and hands on practice. Pre-registration ensures spot. Register@ecologycenter.org. 10 a.m. to Noon. Feb. 2. EcoHouse, 1305 Hopkins St. $25/$20. No one turned away. 510-548-2220 x239, www.ecologycenter.org.
Lawrence Weschler: A Typology of Convergences. Lawrence Weschler, director emeritus of the NY Institute for the Humanities and former staff writer at The New Yorker, will consider a spectrum of convergent effects, including apophenia (the tendency of humans to see patterns where none exist), homage, quotation, cryptomnesia (verbatim appropriation without realizing you're doing so), and even outright plagiarism. 4 p.m. Feb. 3. UC Berkeley, Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium, Third Floor, 2594 Hearst Ave. Free. 510-643-9670, townsendcenter.berkeley.edu.
Dave Pell and Phil Bronstein. Dave Pell, in converstion with Phil Bronstein, will discuss technology and its impact on our daily lives, including how to discern what is meaningful when bombarded with a constant stream of information. Pell is the author of "NextDraft." Bronstein is Executive Chair of the board for the Center for Investigative Reporting. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 6. Jewish Community Center Of The East Bay, Berkeley Branch, 1414 Walnut St. $12-$15. 510-848-0237 x118, www.jcceastbay.org.
Michael DeForge and Anders Nilsen. Pegasus Books and Drawn & Quarterly present the launch of Michael DeForge's darkly existential graphic novel, "Ant Colony." Special guest Anders Nilsen will presenti and sign copies of his new graphic novel, "Rage of Poseidon." 7:30 p.m. Feb. 6. Pegasus Books, 2349 Shattuck Ave. Free. 510-649-1320, www.pegasusbookstore.com.
Lunafest Film Festival. Zonta Club of Berkeley/North Bay presents the third annual Lunafest Film Festival, short films by, for and about women. 7 p.m. Feb. 7. Craneway Pavilion, 1414 Harbor Way, Richmond. $20-$30. www.lunafest.org/richmond.
The Compressed Work of William Shakespeare. Lovers of Shakespeare and those who fear the Bard will have their sides split with laughter as three actors attempt to perform all of Shakespeare's works --yes, all--in 90 minutes, including a 43-second version of "Hamlet." 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays through Feb. 23. Contra Costa Civic Theatre, 951 Pomona Ave., El Cerrito. $11 - $20. 510-524-9132, www.ccct.org/shows-shakespeare.html.
Kensington Symphony ECHS Fundraiser. The Kensington Symphony Orchestra and conductor Geoffrey Gallegos perform at the Ben Rust Memorial Classical Music Concert with guest soloist Lisa Houston, cellist Rebecca Rust and German bassoonist Friedrich Edelmann. Proceeds benefit the ECHS Archiving Project to fund scholarships. 2 to 3 p.m. Feb. 2. El Cerrito High School Performing Arts Theater, 540 Ashbury Ave. $10. 510-524-9468, elcerritogauchos.net.
Mud Matters. Lowly mud is vital to San Francisco Bay, building marshes and mudflats, affecting water quality and wildlife, and more. Jeremy Lowe, senior coastal geomorphologist, speaks on mud's history and current role. 7 to 9 p.m. Feb. 3. Albany Community Center Edith Stone Rm., 1249 Marin Ave. 510-848-9358, www.fivecreeks.org.
Quilters at the Library. New, monthly quilter workshop meeting the first Tuesday of the month. Learn tips and tricks about the art of quilting; explore color, technique and textile while building community; learn new skills and share your work. 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Feb. 4. Albany Library, 1247 Marin Ave.. Free. 510-526-3720, www.facebook.com/AlbanyCALibrary.
Albany Library Storytime. Stories, crafts and songs for 3-5 year olds and their families. 11 a.m. Saturdays. Albany Library, 1247 Marin Ave. Free. 510-526-3720.
Albany Library Game Day. Play Wii games like Guitar Hero, bowling or tennis, or board games such as Monopoly, Blokus, Life, Connect 4, checkers, chess, Mankala, and Trouble. Bring friends or come by yourself. Drop in. No registration required. 1 to 4 p.m. Saturdays. Albany Library, 1247 Marin Ave. Free. 510-526-3720.
Japanese Story Time. Read Japanese picture books, sing Japanese songs and make Japanese-inspired crafts. 4 p.m. Saturdays. Albany Library, 1247 Marin Ave. Free. 510-526-3720, www.aclibrary.org.
World Affairs/Politics Group. Weekly meeting open to all folks 55 and older who want to discuss the week's events and what we want to do about any of them. 9:30 to 11 a.m. Mondays. Albany Senior Center, 846 Masonic Ave. $3 Albany residents. $4 non-residents. 510-524-9122, www.albanyca.org.
Albany Library Knitting. Work on your own project or make pet blankets and children's hats to be donated to charity organizations. No registration necessary. Yarn and needles provided for charity projects. 3:30 to 5 p.m. Mondays. Albany Library, 1247 Marin Ave. Free. 510-526-3720.
Stories and Song. Stories, songs, lullabies and more for young children and their families to cuddle to and get ready for bedtime. 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Kensington Library, 61 Arlington Ave. Free. 510-524-3043, ccclib.org.
Babies & Toddlers Storytime. Two 20-25 minute long storytimes are packed full of lively stories, songs, and action rhymes for young children and their parents/caregivers. 10:15 and 11:15 a.m. Thursdays. Kensington Library, 61 Arlington Ave. Free. 510-524-3043, ccclib.org.