Welcome back to work! Here are our top five picks for what to do today:
1) DR. KING STORYTIME
With Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day a week away, and his birthday tomorrow, now’s the perfect time to get kids thinking about this civil rights leader’s continued significance. Illustrator Kadir Nelson, whose work appears in the new book I Have a Dream, will host a special storytime reading at Books Inc. in Berkeley. 5 p.m., free
2) SCREENING OF FAREWELL to MANZANAR
How was the Japanese-American experience shaped by their internment during WWII? Find out as the “Our Stories, Our Voices” series continues today with a screening of 1976’s Farewell to Manzanar, followed by a conversation with director John Korty and author Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston, on whose memoir the film was based. At the Berkeley Public Library’s Central Branch. 5 p.m., free.
3) BERKELEY REP DOCENT TALK
Want to know more about Berkeley Rep’s new production, Troublemaker, or Freakin Kick-A Adventures of Bradley Boatright? Join a discussion with a Berkeley Rep docent at the Kensington Library. 7 p.m., free.
4) CROWDSOURCED STORYTELLING
If you enjoy The Moth, you’ll dig The Shout, a monthly event featuring everyday people telling their own true-life-but-seems-like-fiction stories. Maybe you’ll even get inspired to share your own tale (audience members can put their names in a hat for the chance). At the Grand Lake Coffee House every second Monday. 7:30 p.m.-$5-$20 (sliding scale).
5) CELLO REBEL
Rushad Eggleston has been called a “revolutionary” cellist, as well as an “agrobat” for his physicality. Though he’s classical trained, Eggleston (a former member of Crooked Still) has also dived into “spastic punk rock” with his power trio Tornado Rider. See him perform with Lila Henley and friends tonight at Yoshi’s Oakland. 8 p.m., $16