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Picks of the week: Berkeley's backyard

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MAY 25, 2015

During the school year, it’s easy to forget that there are so many great places to visit right in our campus’s backyard. If you’re in Berkeley for summer break, take the bus up to the UC Botanical Garden or the Lawrence Hall of Science, or catch a show at the Greek Theatre. What should you do when you get there? Well, our picks of the week have got you covered.

Any time: “Good Thing” by Sage the Gemini (ft. Nick Jonas)

Bay Area rapper Sage the Gemini has collaborated with Nick Jonas on a new track called “Good Thing.” It features laid-back beats and Nick’s signature falsetto: the formula for a smoking-hot summer hit.

Sunday: Science Fiction | Science Future at the Lawrence Hall of Science

This new exhibition at the Lawrence Hall of Science is perfect for science fiction lovers and aspiring scientists alike. It includes interactive exhibits that uncover how some of the most fantastical elements of science fiction — such as mind control and invisibility — are becoming realities because of new scientific discoveries. Science Fiction | Science Future opened Sunday and will remain on view through September.

Tuesday: Butterfly Walk at the UC Botanical Garden

Every fourth Tuesday of the month, from 3 to 4 p.m., the UC Botanical Garden allows you to rendezvous with the butterflies. The event is free with garden admission and is definitely an Instagram-worthy outing.

Thursday: “San Andreas”

California has had its fair share of quakes. But the new natural disaster thriller, “San Andreas,” starring Dwayne Johnson, shows what might happen when “the big one” finally hits. Grab your earthquake emergency kit and head to the United Artists 7 Theater for a special 7 p.m. showing in 3-D. (Fun fact: The San Andreas Fault was first identified at UC Berkeley!)

Friday: Chromeo at the Greek Theatre

Itching to get your groove on? Catch electro-funk duo Chromeo at the Greek Theatre to kickstart your weekend. The pair is accompanied by synth-pop sensations the Glitch Mob and Com Truise, so get there early and starting vibin’. Tickets are still available here.

Rosemarie Alejandrino is the assistant arts & entertainment editor. Contact her at [email protected].

MAY 25, 2015

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