mArKS FOr PArTIcIPATION
UC Berkeley is the city’s heart (a related campus founded the modern town) and focus. Walk its leafy streets— or use the guest bikes if you’re staying at the Graduate—and you’re likely to encounter drum circles, student protests, campus tours for anxious parentals and a parade of hothouse high achievers en route to class—all within one block. Check the calendar: if you can swing a performance at the campus’s 3 Zellerbach Hall, do it. A recent performance of Beethoven’s Ninth
Symphony included a conductor talk about the composer’s radical anticipation of the Me Too movement—a very Berkeley moment.