What to Do Today: Berkeley Paths, Happiness Talk, Feminist Cult Movie Screening

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1) PATH FINDERS
Even if you’ve lived in the East Bay your whole life, chances are there are still magical places you haven’t discovered yet. Join the Berkeley Path Wanderers Association for a guided tour of the thirteen-acre campus of St. Mary’s College High School, which is celebrating its sesquicentennial (that’s it’s 150th b-day), and its “neighboring ecological area.” 2:30 p.m., free.

St. Marys gymnasium, back in the day.
  • St. Mary's gymnasium, back in the day.

2) ALL ABOUT BILL
You’ve read his plays, but what did William Shakespeare read, and how did they affect his work? Find out those fascinating tidbits — plus things like which actors he worked with — at a reading of The Life of William Shakespeare by author Lois Potter. At University Press Books; 6-7:30 p.m., free.

3) KEY TO HAPPINESS
Happiness — we all seem to be looking for it, but rarely seem to find it. Turns out the key is just to stop this pursuit entirely — at least, that’s the premise of Oliver Burkeman’s new book, The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can’t Stand Positive Thinking. On his current book tour, Burkeman, a writer for The Guardian, promises not to actually read from his book: “you'll either have an incredibly fantastic, intellectually stimulating, laughter-filled time, or that it'll be a character-building Stoic exercise in learning to remain calm in the face of undesirable circumstances. One of the two.” Sounds promising. At Books Inc. Berkeley; 7 p.m., free.

4) BIZARRE FEMINISM
Werner Schroeter was an underground German filmmaker whose work, which has been called “revolutionary,” is currently the subject of an ongoing series at Pacific Film Archive. Tonight, check out a screening of his 1973 film Willow Springs, a “bizarre chamber melodrama” about three women who lure men into their Mojave Desert shack to seduce, rob, and murder them. Apparently inspired by Marilyn Monroe’s death, the film was meant as a meditation on America’s new feminism. Watch it, then discuss it with actor and editor Ila von Hasperg, who’ll appear in person. 7 p.m., $9.50.

A still from Willow Springs.
  • A still from 'Willow Springs.'

5) CHEAP LAFFS
The two-and-a-half-week-long, star-studded Sketchfest is about to get underway, but before it does, check out some free comedy from local yucksters at the Layover’s weekly stand-up night, hosted by Mike Spiegelman. Afterwards, dance to funky tunes by DJ Selecta BC. 8:30 p.m., free.

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