Events


Annual Purchase Award

Monday, November 1st, 2010 - Sunday, November 1st, 2015, 9-5 Monday-Friday

Emeryville City Hall
1333 Park Blvd.

In Emeryville

The lobby of City Hall in Emeryville serves as an emerging gallery of local artworks.  Since 2005, the City has acquired one work which was selected from the Annual Emeryville Celebration of the Arts Exhibit held each October.  The juried exhibit showcases the work of the many professional artists who live and work here.  With a long tradition of artists cooperative housing, Emeryville is home to large number of artists, in fact, Emeryville may boast one of the most dense artists populations per capita in the Bay Region.  Past Purchase Award acquisitions include paintings by Canan Tolon and Michael Murphy, textile by Ana Lisa Hedstrom, light sculpture by Therese Lahaie and a ceramic wall hanging by Cuong Ta.  All the works as well as installations in and around City Hall such as Roger Berry's Solar Rose can be viewed suring normal business hours when City Hall is open to the public.  Please visit soon!


Bees: Tiny Insect, Big Impact

Saturday, January 31st, 2015 - Sunday, September 20th, 2015, January 31-September 20, 2015; Wed-Thur 11-5, Fri 11-9, Sat-Sun 10-6

Oakland Museum of California
1000 Oak Street

In Oakland

A new exhibition at the Oakland Museum of California examines the wildly diverse and intricate world of one of the most important creatures to human agriculture and the natural environment. Through family-friendly experiences, hands-on activities, and media, Bees: Tiny Insect, Big Impact is the first major museum exhibition to focus on the incredible diversity of bees in California and the urgent issue of bee population declines statewide. Bees tells the story of these amazing insects, while providing visitors the opportunity to learn about the value of bees to our economy and ecosystems, and discover how simple but powerful actions can help bees to survive in a changing world. Covering topics such Bay Area beekeeping, the diversity of California native bee species, and the similarities between bees and humans, the exhibition features cutting-edge science on bee behavior and conservation, opportunities for visitors to get involved in research, and ways to make their own yards and neighborhoods more attractive to bees.

A family friendly exhibition, Bees encourages visitors of all ages to discover real bee specimens under a microscope, play games such as "Is it a bee?" to learn how species are identified, and create original animations about their vision for a future with bees. Visitors can climb inside life sized honeybee cells, learning along the way about factors that contribute to bee disappearances. The gallery features real beekeeping tools, including a cross-section of a beehive, a honey spinner and implements for honey collection, and a chance to try on real beekeeper suits in adult and child sizes. The exhibition also offers opportunities to get involved outside of the Gallery, with citizen science projects, bee hotels installed in the OMCA Gardens, and guides on building bee hotels for visitors to take home.

Presented by Oakland Museum of California.

$10-15; $6 9-17, 8 & under free, OMCA Mbrs free

Marion Gray: Within the Light

Saturday, February 14th, 2015 - Sunday, June 21st, 2015, February 14-June 21, 2015; Museum hours: Wed-Thur 11-5, Fri 11-9, Sat-Sun 10-6

Oakland Museum of California
1000 Oak Street

In Oakland

The Oakland Museum of California presents an exhibition of work spanning four decades by groundbreaking and chimerical California artist/photographer Marion Gray in Marion Gray: Within the Light, on view February 14 through June 21, 2015 in the Gallery of California Art. Curated by Christina Linden, Associate Curator of Painting & Sculpture, the exhibition highlights the career of this artist, innovator, and performance art-world insider who has blurred and expanded the boundaries between fine art photography, performance, and documentation.

Marion Gray: Within the Light features 23 photos by the artist, who has spent four decades capturing performances, dance, and installations by some of the most significant artists in the Bay Area and beyond. The creative networks portrayed in the exhibition have fueled Gray's life work as a photographer and, in turn, Gray's images have contributed to the vitality of the scene. Including never-before-seen photographs, the exhibition covers the 1970s to the present and highlights the work of artists including Barbara Hammer, The Harrisons, Sara Shelton Mann, Eiko + Koma, Joan Jonas, Guillermo Gomez-Pena, Ann Hamilton, Marina Abramovic, and more. The exhibition is the fourth exhibition in an ongoing series exploring contemporary topics in California through photography.

Presented by Oakland Museum of California.

$10-15; $6 9-17, 8 & under free, OMCA Mbrs free

Kozmik Kirtan with Evelie Posch & Kismat-Mahal Ens (KSME)

Sunday, February 15th, 2015 - Sunday, February 21st, 2016, 7:00 PM

Yoga Tree Telegraph
2807 Telegraph Avenue

In Berkeley

Kismat-Mahal Ensemble {KSME} led by Evelie Delfino Såles Posch blends intercultural/interfaith meditation, singing and a circle dance, to connect with the divine and all beings; for healing, remembering wholeness; for peace of heart-mind; to grow compassion and loving-kindness.

With many players including Cait McWhir on harmonium, voice; Lisa Wellhausen on flute; Revi Airborne on violin, voice; Suellen Primost on cello, voice.

When: 3rd Sundays ~ Feb 15 (3/15, 4/ 19, 5/17, 6/21, 7/19, 8/16, 9/20, 10/18, 11/15, 12/20, 1/17/2016, 2/21/2016 etc.). And there is kirtan EVERY Sunday with other leaders/groups.

Where: 2807 Telegraph Ave Berkeley (at Stuart St)

Sliding scale $15 to $30 suggested love donation.

Q's/info: Evelie 650-275-3884 {ASK-EVVI}


Air/Port: New Paintings by Eric Rewitzer

Thursday, March 5th, 2015 - Friday, May 1st, 2015, First Thursday Artist Reception: 6:00-9:00pm

Gallery @ Panorama Framing
3350 Grand Avenue

In Oakland

Airborne Artist-Photographer Duo Debut Port of Oakland Show March 5th in the Gallery @ Panorama Framing

Oakland, Calif. – Soaring amid container ships and clouds, artist Eric Rewitzer of 3Fish Studios and photographer Blake Marvin took to the sky over Oakland’s Port in late January. Their mission: to explore aesthetics of post-Panamax proportions.

“From the air the shipping containers panned out in a color field over the horizon”, said Rewitzer. “And our subject matter was composed entirely by crane operators and longshoremen.“ Air/Port originated last June, when Patrick Cheatham, owner of Panorama Framing, Inc., teamed up with Rewitzer to launch a ‘Port’ themed show for the March/April editions of Grand Lake District’s Grand Avenue First Thursdays.

Air/Port signifies a curious crossover between architectural photography and painting – documenting a place so few appreciate – and making it feel like home. After taking flight, Rewitzer’s journey led him to take residency in Jack London Square. With inspiration from the 36 iconic cranes at the Port of Oakland and Marvin’s photos, Air/Port opens March 5th in the Gallery @ Panorama Framing.

Accumulations

Friday, March 6th, 2015 - Saturday, April 25th, 2015, 12-5

slate contemporary
473 25th St.

In Oakland

SLATE's newest show features collage and assemblage by Angela Johal and clay sculptures by Bean Finneran.

Opening reception: Thursday, March 19th from 6-8 pm.

It All Seeped Into the Ground: New Work by Ghost Ghost Teeth

Saturday, March 14th, 2015 - Sunday, April 19th, 2015

The Compound Gallery
1167 65th Ave

In Oakland

My paintings are comprised entirely of intuitive gestures– marks ranging from bold swipes to streaks created by the awkward movement of my wrist dragging across the surface. I use a multitude of colors which expand and contract along the surface. Organic shapes and vibrant fields of color create multiple layers which suggest a textured internal landscape. Within this landscape the figure is present–sometimes drawn into the painting and also eluded to with hard-edged, economized shapes. There is a cadence within the paintings that references a personal narrative that is also interlaced with a shared cultural history.The cultural history I reference revolves around the Vietnam War, specifically the tactics of biological warfare employed during that conflict. For nearly ten years, rainbow colored herbicides inundated the Vietnamese countryside–Agent Orange being the most widely known–causing the mass devastation of agriculture, killing and maiming thousands of people as well as leaving in its wake a legacy of generation upon generation of birth defects.

I am attempting to tackle a history that is larger than myself while also searching for identity through a dense abstract visual language. The process of painting is a meditation on understanding this history. As a first generation Vietnamese-American born to parents who immigrated to the United States during the Vietnam War, I was raised not feeling fully American and also distant to Vietnam. My work responds to this cultural duality through the creation of ambiguous landscapes of the internal.

-Simon Tran aka ghost ghost teeth

Show runs Wednesday through Sunday from noon to 7pm.

Richmond Art Center Exhibitions

Sunday, March 22nd, 2015 - Sunday, May 24th, 2015, Tue-Sat, 10am – 5pm; Sun 12 – 5pm

Richmond Art Center
2540 Barrett Avenue

In Richmond

Enjoy the work of emerging and established artists in our four galleries. "Mildred Howard: Spirit and Matter," showcases four decades of evocative work from free-standing sculpture to wall-mounted musings that address racism, injustice and compassion, thru May 24. Artwork by hundreds of West Contra Costa middle and high school students, thru Apr. 26. Opening May 5, see diverse works created by elementary thru high school students in our traveling Art in the Community program.

The Women

Friday, March 27th, 2015 - Saturday, April 25th, 2015, March 27-April 25, Fridays & Saturdays, 8-10pm, and Sundays April 5, 12, 19, 2-4pm

Masquers Playhouse
105 Park Place

In

Welcome to New York High Society, where a woman's place in the world is determined by her husband's. Mary Haines doesn't know that hers is stepping out with a gold-digging shopgirl until her friends step in to "help," baring tooth and claw...

Before there was Sex and the City... Before there were Real Housewives... there were The Women. Best known for its classic film version starring Joan Crawford and Rosalind Russell, this play combines high style and screwball comedy in an exceptionally witty, quotable script lampooning the social mores of the 1930s. The Women is smart, dangerous, delicious fun.

Presented by Masquers Playhouse.

$22.

Susa (Rusudan Pirveli; Georgia, 2010)

Saturday, April 18th, 2015 - Saturday, April 18th, 2015, 6:30pm

Pacific Film Archive Theater
2575 Bancroft Way

In Berkeley

A quiet young boy weaves his way through the underbelly of contemporary Georgia in this evocative update of the neorealist tradition, which takes some of that genre’s key pieces—a youthful protagonist, nonprofessional actors, and atmospheric locales—and adds director Rusudan Pirveli’s keen eye for detail. With his father in jail, twelve-year-old Susa helps his mother distribute illegal vodka to various hellholes and deadbeats; no matter his situation, though, he hopes for something better. Avoiding pathos and cartoon villainy for a more genuine tone reminiscent of the Dardenne brothers, Susa “beautifully captures the way a crumbling locale permeates the character’s lives” (Variety). 

• Written by Giorgi Chalauri. Photographed by Mirian Shengelaia, Irakli Geleishvili. With Avtandil Tetradze, Levan Lordkipanidze, Giorgi Gogishvili, Ekaterine Kobakhidze.

(85 mins, In Georgian with English subtitles, Color, 35mm, BAM/PFA Collection)

***
Preceded by:
Waiting for Mum (Nana Ekvtimishvili, Georgia, 2011)
A young man waits for his mother to throw down his car keys from their apartment window in this early short from the director of In Bloom. (8 mins, In Georgian with English subtitles, Color, DCP, From the artist)

Total running time: 93 mins

***
$5.50 – BAM/PFA Members; UC Berkeley Students
$6.50 – UC Berkeley Faculty, Staff, and Retirees; Non-UC Berkeley Students; Senior citizens (65 & over); Disabled Persons; Youth (17 & under)
$9.50 – General Admission

Oakland East Bay Gay Mens Chorus presents "From Stage & Screen"

Saturday, April 18th, 2015, 7:00pm

Odell Johnson Performing Arts Center – Laney College
Fallon Street, Oakland, CA 94607

In Oakland

The Oakland–East Bay Gay Mens Chorus (OEBGMC) announces its Spring concert series “From Stage & Screen” under the direction of Carl Pantle, Music Director. The program features exciting music from movies and musicals you know and love like “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” “Cabaret,” “Kinky Boots,” “The Lion King” and more! Performing with the chorus is the gifted singer, Misa Malone, whom many will know from the long-running San Francisco institution, “Beach Blanket Babylon.” OEBGMC is a 40- to 50-voice gay mens chorus with members hailing from all over the Bay Area. The chorus performs three series each year in addition to numerous outreach performances.

Discovering Georgian Cinema: Closing Program

Saturday, April 18th, 2015 - Saturday, April 18th, 2015, 8:30pm

Pacific Film Archive Theater
2575 Bancroft Way

In Berkeley

BAM/PFA’s eight-month retrospective of Georgian cinema closes with a pair of recent works. Deadpan, hilarious, and filled with subtle character schtick, Felicità is pure delight. Salomé Alexi’s short takes a regular societal occurrence—women who support their families by working abroad—and mines it for dramatic effect. We present an encore screening in higher exhibition quality this time around. Shot in a provincial town, Bakhmaro shows us a three-storey, multipurpose building in varying states of decay. There the businesses struggle and the workers and inhabitants wait for change. Director/cameraperson Salomé Jashi creates a poignant, artful study that ruminates on Georgian society. 

FELICITÀ Salomé Alexi, Georgia, 2009, 30 mins, In Georgian with English subtitles, Color, DCP, BAM/PFA Collection

BAKHMARO Salomé Jashi, Germany/Georgia, 2011, 58 mins, In Georgian with English subtitles, Color, DigiBeta PAL, From Deckert Distribution

Total running time: 88 mins

***
$5.50 – BAM/PFA Members; UC Berkeley Students
$6.50 – UC Berkeley Faculty, Staff, and Retirees; Non-UC Berkeley Students; Senior citizens (65 & over); Disabled Persons; Youth (17 & under)
$9.50 – General Admission


Oakland East Bay Gay Mens Chorus presents 'From Stage & Screen'

Saturday, April 18th, 2015 - Sunday, April 19th, 2015, April 18, 7pm to 9pm; April 19, 4pm to 6pm

Odell Johnson Performing Arts Center - Laney College
900 Fallon Street

In Oakland

The Oakland-East Bay Gay Mens Chorus (OEBGMC) announces its Spring concert series "From Stage & Screen" under the direction of Carl Pantle, Music Director. The program features exciting music from movies and musicals you know and love like "Breakfast at Tiffany's," "Cabaret," "Kinky Boots," "The Lion King" and more! Performing with the chorus is the gifted singer, Miss Malone, whom many will know from the long-running San Francisco institution, "Beach Blanket Babylon."

Presented by Oakland East Bay Gay Mens Chorus.

$20.

MAGNIFYING MAGNOLIA and MILDRED

Sunday, April 19th, 2015 - Sunday, April 19th, 2015, 2 - 3:30pm

Richmond Art Center
2540 Barrett Ave

In Richmond

Come to view MILDRED HOWARD : SPIRIT & MATTER and then stay to hear DON FARNSWORTH and MILDRED HOWARD in dialogue !
Don Farnsworth of Magnolia Editions will speak with Mildred Howard about their working process in innovative printmaking projects.


Don Farnsworth – Magnifying Magnolia and Mildred

Sunday, April 19th, 2015 - Sunday, April 19th, 2015, 2 – 3:30 pm

Richmond Art Center
2540 Barrett Avenue

In Richmond

With his fine art press, Magnolia Editions, Don Farnsworth has forged new paths in printmaking techniques to enable artists to pursue visions and new imagery. Hear about Don's methods and experiences working with artist Mildred Howard and see her exhibition “Mildred Howard: Spirit and Matter.” This program will enrich our appreciation for the graphic works Howard has pursued and the elements involved in developing her imagery.
Sun, Apr 19, 2 – 3:30 pm, FREE

Six fois deux/Sur et sous la communication: Parts V–VI (Jean-Luc Godard, Anne-Marie Miéville; France, 1976)

Sunday, April 19th, 2015 - Sunday, April 19th, 2015, 2:00pm

Pacific Film Archive Theater
2575 Bancroft Way

In Berkeley

“Visually astounding and intellectually fertile, it is as though one is seeing television for the first time.”  Colin McCabe

(Six Times Two/On and Below Communication)
Godard and Miéville’s concern throughout this television series is to explore the production and consumption of images in modern society, so that we the audience can better understand the construction of images of ourselves. As the title suggests, Six fois deux is composed of six programs, each consisting of two fifty-minute segments. The first segment of each program presents a video essay on some aspect of contemporary life (work, images, photography, television, childhood, love), which is followed by a prolonged interview with one or more individuals—a structure that serves to relate the theoretical concerns of the first half to the experiences of a person. Although each two-part program stands on its own, the experience of viewing the entire series is a rich and rewarding one, as the programs relate to and comment on one another (with the last program functioning as something of a retrospective of the series). 

• Please note: This series is screened in French at a low volume with English voiceover.

(200 mins, In French with English voiceover, Color/B&W, Digital video, From Electronic Arts Intermix, permission INA)

***
$5.50 – BAM/PFA Members; UC Berkeley Students
$6.50 – UC Berkeley Faculty, Staff, and Retirees; Non-UC Berkeley Students; Senior citizens (65 & over); Disabled Persons; Youth (17 & under)
$9.50 – General Admission

It All Seeped Into the Ground - Artist Talk and Closing Tea

Sunday, April 19th, 2015 - Sunday, April 19th, 2015, 3-6pm Talk begins at 4pm

The Compound Gallery
1167 65th Ave

In Oakland

Talk begins at 4pm. Snacks and refreshments, including Numi Tea will be served.

My paintings are comprised entirely of intuitive gestures– marks ranging from bold swipes to streaks created by the awkward movement of my wrist dragging across the surface. I use a multitude of colors which expand and contract along the surface. Organic shapes and vibrant fields of color create multiple layers which suggest a textured internal landscape. Within this landscape the figure is present–sometimes drawn into the painting and also eluded to with hard-edged, economized shapes. There is a cadence within the paintings that references a personal narrative that is also interlaced with a shared cultural history.

The cultural history I reference revolves around the Vietnam War, specifically the tactics of biological warfare employed during that conflict. For nearly ten years, rainbow colored herbicides inundated the Vietnamese countryside–Agent Orange being the most widely known–causing the mass devastation of agriculture, killing and maiming thousands of people as well as leaving in its wake a legacy of generation upon generation of birth defects.

I am attempting to tackle a history that is larger than myself while also searching for identity through a dense abstract visual language. The process of painting is a meditation on understanding this history. As a first generation Vietnamese-American born to parents who immigrated to the United States during the Vietnam War, I was raised not feeling fully American and also distant to Vietnam. My work responds to this cultural duality through the creation of ambiguous landscapes of the internal.

-Simon Tran aka ghost ghost teeth

Sundays @ Four: Fry Street Quartet

Sunday, April 19th, 2015 - Sunday, April 19th, 2015, 4/19/15, 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Crowden Music Center
1475 Rose Street

In Berkeley

Violinist Robert Waters brings his world-famous Fry Street Quartet to close the Sundays @ Four chamber music series on April 19th at 4PM at Crowden.

Hailed as "a triumph of ensemble playing" (New York Times), Fry Street Quartet has perfected a "blend of technical precision and scorching spontaneity" (Strad). Since securing the Millennium Grand Prize at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, Fry Street Quartet has reached audiences from Carnegie Hall to Sarajevo and Jerusalem, exploring the medium of the string quartet and its life-affirming potential with "profound understanding, ...depth of expression, and stunning technical astuteness" (Deseret Morning News).

Fry Street Quartet began its international career in 2002 as cultural ambassadors to the Balkan States, sponsored by Carnegie Hall and the U.S. Department of State. This tour featured the European debut of J. Mark Scearce's Y2K, commissioned for Fry Street. Subsequent international appearances have included France, the Czech Republic, Austria and Brazil. The quartet performed its first complete Beethoven Quartet Cycle presented at Utah State University in 2008.

Present projects include working with composer Michael Ellison on a commission to be premiered this season, as well as composer Laura Kaminsky in a multi-disciplinary performance with physicist Dr. Robert Davies, called The Crossroads Project, which employs original music, art, information, and imagery in contemplation our relationship to our Earth System.

Fry Street received rave reviews as prizewinners at the Fischoff Competition, Yellow Springs Competition, and the Banff International String Quartet Competition.

Program:
Haydn Quartet in D minor, Op.76 No. 2, Quinten
Bartok Quartet No. 2
Beethoven Quartet in E-flat Major, Op.127

Presented by Crowden Music Center.

Free to $25.

Oakland East Bay Gay Mens Chorus presents "From Stage & Screen"

Sunday, April 19th, 2015, 4:00pm

Odell Johnson Performing Arts Center – Laney College
Fallon Street, Oakland, CA 94607

In Oakland

The Oakland–East Bay Gay Mens Chorus (OEBGMC) announces its Spring concert series “From Stage & Screen” under the direction of Carl Pantle, Music Director. The program features exciting music from movies and musicals you know and love like “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” “Cabaret,” “Kinky Boots,” “The Lion King” and more! Performing with the chorus is the gifted singer, Misa Malone, whom many will know from the long-running San Francisco institution, “Beach Blanket Babylon.” OEBGMC is a 40- to 50-voice gay mens chorus with members hailing from all over the Bay Area. The chorus performs three series each year in addition to numerous outreach performances.

Dear Michael (Mario Monicelli; Italy, 1976)

Sunday, April 19th, 2015 - Sunday, April 19th, 2015, 6:30pm

Pacific Film Archive Theater
2575 Bancroft Way

In Berkeley

Imported Print!

(Caro Michele)
In an adaptation of a novel by Natalia Ginzburg, Monicelli subjects a bourgeois family, tradition bound and so in advanced stages of decay, to the anarchic energy of a child of the sixties. The free-spirited Mara has been impregnated by the family’s only son, and gives birth while he’s off getting killed in a political demonstration. Will the family’s only heir be a little bourgeois or a zany individualist like his mother? “Monicelli’s direction manages just the right balance of implied social criticism and an almost affectionate understanding for the victims of changing times” (Variety).

• Written by Suso Cecchi D’Amico, Tonino Guerra, based on the novel by Natalia Ginzburg. Photographed by Tonino Delli Colli. With Mariangela Melato, Delphine Seyrig, Aurore Clement, Lou Castel.

(108 mins, In Italian with English subtitles, Color, 35mm, From Luce-Cinecittà, permission Intramovies)

***
$5.50 – BAM/PFA Members; UC Berkeley Students
$6.50 – UC Berkeley Faculty, Staff, and Retirees; Non-UC Berkeley Students; Senior citizens (65 & over); Disabled Persons; Youth (17 & under)
$9.50 – General Admission

Demolition (J. P. Sniadecki; US, 2008)

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015 - Tuesday, April 21st, 2015, 7:00pm

Pacific Film Archive Theater
2575 Bancroft Way

In Berkeley

In Conversation / J. P. Sniadecki & Max Goldberg

(Chaiqian)
One of the first works from Harvard’s acclaimed Sensory Ethnography Lab was this riveting study of the never-ending cycle of construction and destruction in booming modern China, in this case the western city of Chengdu. On a massive construction site, laborers in shirtsleeves smoke, joke, and slave away, dwarfed by the machinery and landscapes that surround them. As time goes on, they also begin to notice the camera that’s filming them, and “that man from Harvard” who is always there. A document on labor, modernity, and cinema, Demolition offers a primer on both China and the documentary form. 

• Photographed by Sniadecki.
(62 mins, In Mandarin with English subtitles, Color, DigiBeta, From the artist)

***

Preceded by

Songhua (China/US, 2007)
Filmed only a year after a major chemical spill, Songhua follows the bends and depths of the Songhua River in northeastern China, the main water supply for the residents of the city of Harbin.

(Photographed by Sniadecki, 28 mins, In Mandarin with English subtitles, Color, DigiBeta, From the artist)

***
Total running time: 90 mins

***
$5.50 – BAM/PFA Members; UC Berkeley Students
$6.50 – UC Berkeley Faculty, Staff, and Retirees; Non-UC Berkeley Students; Senior citizens (65 & over); Disabled Persons; Youth (17 & under)
$9.50 – General Admission

Rhonda Holberton and Ceci Moss, "In Conversation"

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015 - Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015, 6pm

Berkeley Art Center
1275 Walnut Street

In Berkeley

Artist Rhonda Holberton will be joined by Ceci Moss, Assistant Curator at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Holberton’s current installation You Are Something the Whole World is Doing continues her ongoing investigations into the aesthetics of technologically enhanced human forms. Ceci Moss is a PhD candidate in Comparative Literature at NYU, her academic research addresses contemporary internet-based art practice and network culture, digital technology and perception. She has written for several publications including Rhizome, ArtAsiaPacific, Artforum, The Wire, Performa Magazine, and various art catalogs.

Foreign Parts (J. P. Sniadecki, Véréna Paravel; US, 2010)

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015 - Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015, 7:30pm

Pacific Film Archive Theater
2575 Bancroft Way

In Berkeley

In Conversation / J. P. Sniadecki & Max Goldberg

Anthropological in scope, sensuous in detail, and emotionally resonant throughout, Foreign Parts hearkens back to the unsentimental poetry of James Agee and Walker Evans’s Let Us Now Praise Famous Men, as well as the urban advocacy of Jane Jacobs’s The Death and Life of Great American Cities. The film takes a local interest in the industrial Willets Point neighborhood in Queens, New York, where cars are scrapped, salvaged, and repaired. Without recourse to voiceover or direct interviews, Foreign Parts raises essential questions about urban renewal’s effects on pluralism and the city’s working class, yet remains adamantly concerned with the grain of human experience. 

• Photographed by Paravel, Sniadecki.

(80 mins, In English, Hebrew, Spanish, with English subtitles, Color, DCP, From the artist)

***
$5.50 – BAM/PFA Members; UC Berkeley Students
$6.50 – UC Berkeley Faculty, Staff, and Retirees; Non-UC Berkeley Students; Senior citizens (65 & over); Disabled Persons; Youth (17 & under)
$9.50 – General Admission

'Life in Occupied Palestine: To Exist is to Resist!'

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015 - Thursday, April 23rd, 2015, 4/23/15, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

La Pena Cultural Center
3105 Shattuck Avenue

In Berkeley

Jewish Voice for Peace - Bay Area presents "Life in Occupied Palestine": To Exist Is to Resist! a journal launch, music and fundraiser featuring contributors to a special issue of the journal Biography on Thursday, April 23rd, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m, at La Pena!

This evening of readings and music will feature: Magid Shihade (faculty member at Birzeit University, Palestine), Sarah Ihmoud (PhD candidate, Department of Anthropology, Univeristy of Texas at Austin), and Cynthia Franklin (Biography co-editor, University of Hawai'i faculty member, USACBI Organizing Collective, and co-founder of Jewish Voice for Peace - Hawai'i). There will also be sweets for all to enjoy.

Come hear timely insights and analyses from these outstanding academics and activists. Invite your friends!

La Pena, our wonderful community resource, has agreed to host this evening as a special "La Pena Presents!" event.
Thursday, April 23rd from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. at La Pena, 3105 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley.
$10 - $20, sliding scale; check out the La Pena website for tickets in advance: http://lapena.org/event/life-in-occupied-palestine-to-exist-is-to-resist/

For additional information, contact Cynthia Franklin at: cfranklister@gmail.com.

Hope to see you there!

Presented by Jewish Voice for Peace - Bay Area.

Suggested donation: $10-$20.

West Contra Costa Student Art Show Reception

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015 - Thursday, April 23rd, 2015, 5 – 7 pm

Richmond Art Center
2540 Barrett Avenue

In Richmond

Celebrate fifty years of this popular exhibition which showcases the individual creative voices and art created by hundreds of middle and high school students at this reception. This Student Art Show is an annual collaboration between the school district and the Richmond Art Center.

20 Points of View: a peek into dance-making

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015 - Thursday, April 23rd, 2015, 9am - 7:30pm

Luna Dance Institute
605 Addison St

In Berkeley

On Thursday, April 23rd Luna Dance Institute hosts 20 Points of View: a peek into dance-making at our home studio in Berkeley, 605 Addison St, Berkeley, CA 94710. This is a free all-day open-studio event. This exciting day features 20 local choreographers making dances, improvising, rehearsing, and performing for a half hour each in our Aquatic Park studio. We invite school groups, families and community members to visit the studio at any point during the day from 9am-7:30pm for a rare peek into the art-making process and the opportunity to see working choreographers in action, and ask them about their creations. Featured choreographers include Evangel King, Mary Armentrout, Bibene Chanel and Kiandanda Dance Theater, Rosemary Hannon, Navarrete x Kajiyama Dance Theater (NAKA) and many others.

58th San Francisco International Film Festival @ BAM/PFA

Friday, April 24th, 2015 - Thursday, May 7th, 2015

Pacific Film Archive Theater
2575 Bancroft Way

In Berkeley

BAM/PFA is honored to be the exclusive East Bay venue for the San Francisco International Film Festival. We are pleased to present a stellar selection of features, documentaries, and shorts from around the world, as well as a host of filmmakers and other special guests in person!

Semper Dowland

Friday, April 24th, 2015 - Friday, April 24th, 2015, 4/24/15, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Parish Hall of St. Mark's Episcopal Church
2300 Bancroft Way

In Berkeley

Barefoot Chamber Concerts ("an enterprise noted for both its quality and informality" - San Francisco Classical Voice) presents really good music in the right acoustic and without the formality of most classical music events. Kids are very welcome if quiet, and admission is free if you're under 18. Snacks are available before, during, and after the concert.

If you haven't heard Jarring Sounds, (Danielle Reutter-Harrah, soprano, and Adam Cockerham, lute) run, don't walk, they have redefined the lute song (and many other song genres) in the Bay Area. They will collaborate with a quartet of local viol eminences - Marie Szuts, Julie Jeffrey, Tobi Szuts, and Peter Hallifax, to perform the 3 sad songs with lute and treble obligato that John Dowland published in his 1612 collection "A Pilgrimes Solace" and other music for viol consort and voice by Dowland, including the landmark lamentation "Semper Dowland semper dolens", and some of the rarely performed lamentations for Sir Henry Noel.

There will be snacks.

For more details, and to order tickets online, visit www.barefootchamberconcerts.com.

Presented by Barefoot Chamber Concerts.

$13 to $15.

Upcycle

Saturday, April 25th, 2015 - Saturday, April 25th, 2015, 1 – 4 pm

Richmond Art Center
2540 Barrett Avenue

In Richmond

Create, see and learn about the art of upcycling at this maker festival for the whole family. Upcycling workstations will feature hands-on activities that creatively re-use materials otherwise headed for the landfill. Learn how to screen-print patches, create colorful mosaics, make quilts from t-shirts, weave rag rugs and create metal objects. All ages. Kids under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. FREE
http://richmondartcenter.org/upcycle

Spring Kraken Con 2015

Saturday, April 25th, 2015 - Sunday, April 26th, 2015, 10 AM - 11PM Saturday, 10 AM - 6PM Sunday

Oakland Convention Center
550 10th St

In Oakland

Kraken Con is a two day convention being held April 25-26th, 2015 in the Oakland Convention Center which features anime, cartoons and comics with a heavy emphasis on whimsy, imagination and the creative process. Our goal is to ensure attendees have an enjoyable experience via great panels, cool guests, fun events, a free photo studio, games like our convention-wide scavenger hunt and mystery game, and awesome merchandise from over 100 artists and exhibitors. Special events include costume contests and a talent show with cash prizes.

Kraken Con Guests of Honor include Patrick McHale, creator of the hit mini-series Over the Garden Wall and former creative director for Adventure Time; William Salyers, a cartoon and video game voice actor with credits including Rigby in Regular Show and Mordin Solus in Mass Effect 3; and Stephanie Sheh, a prolific voice actor with a multitude of credits including Usagi in Sailor Moon, Zhu Li in Legend of Korra, Hinata in Naruto, and Orihime in Bleach among many others!

Special Guests include sculptor Kurt Strubeck, cosplayer HezaChan, artist Jason Thompson and author Tim Pratt.

Tickets are on sale now at just $30 for the weekend! Children 6 and under are free!

spark@kqed.org

Saturday, April 25th, 2015, 6:30pm to 10:00pm

Kala Art Institute
2990 San Pablo Avenue

In Berkeley

Kala Art Institute announces FRESH & LOCAL!, its 2015 annual gala benefit auction to be held from 6:30-10:30 pm Saturday, April 25 at the Kala Gallery, 2990 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley. The auction -- featuring over 100 works by Bay Area artists along with art-related services and treasures offered by local donors -- provides vital support for Kala’s extensive array of artistic, cultural, and educational programs serving the East Bay community and beyond.

FRESH & LOCAL! opens with a preview party at the gallery from 6-9 pm Tuesday, April 9 followed by a two-week-long exhibition of the works on offer, enabling early birds to view the auction items in advance and make pre-emptive bids.

Participating artists include Val Britton, Sofia Cordova, Naomie Kremer, Hung Liu, Kara Maria, Jim Melchert, Richard Misrach, Susan O’Malley, Francesca Pastine, James Sterling Pitt, Ann Weber, and more.

Tickets for the gala auction on the night of Saturday, April 25 include a bid number for both live and silent auctions, sumptuous food, copious wine, and live music along with a dazzling variety of art work for every taste and budget. VIP ticket holders will enjoy a pre-auction cocktail party at Meyer Sound’s impressive headquarters next door to the Kala Gallery.

Proceeds from FRESH AND LOCAL! support the educational and cultural programming of Kala Art Institute, a non-profit arts organization located in West Berkeley.


Gold Rush

Saturday, April 25th, 2015 - Sunday, May 31st, 2015, Opening 6 - 9 pm

The Compound Gallery
1167 65th Ave

In Oakland

GOLD RUSH: NEW CERAMIC WORK BY BEN BELKNAP, KYLE LYPKA & CRYSTAL MOREY

This show will feature new work from three Bay Area ceramic artists. Each piece features gold luster. The gallery is open from 12 - 7pm Wednesday through Sunday.

Main Stage Concert: The Romantics (Berkeley)

Sunday, April 26th, 2015 - Sunday, April 26th, 2015, 4/26/15, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

First Congregational Church
2345 Channing Way

In Berkeley

Benjamin Simon, conductor
Sterling Elliott, cello [2015 Debut Artist and 2014 Sphinx Competition Winner]

Franz Schubert - Arpeggione Sonata in A minor, D. 821 (arr. Klug)
Johannes Brahms - String Quintet No. 1 in F major, Op. 88 (arr. Simon)

Masterworks by the great Romantics Schubert and Brahms feature the virtuosic string players of the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra. Making his West Coast debut with these performances of Franz Schubert's heart-wrenchingly beautiful "Arpeggione" Sonata is Sterling Elliott, a 14-year old cellist and honor student from Newport News, Virginia. Sterling is the 2014 junior division winner of the Sphinx Competition, organized by Sphinx-a Detroit-based nonprofit dedicated to transforming lives through the power of diversity in the arts. Johannes Brahms' F major string quintet is a favorite of our musicians, so we're expanding the quintet to 18 and letting all our wonderful players join in the fun!

Great music worth listening to. Classical masterpieces, unusual gems, and modern works offer a feast for your ears at every concert, while Maestro Simon's engaging onstage talks help you connect more powerfully with the music. Concerts are generally 90 to 120 minutes in length, with an intermission.

Admission is free to all concertgoers! Supporting members receive priority seating and priority entrance 60 minutes before concert time-please bring your membership card with you. Non-members may enter 45 minutes before concert time.

Presented by San Francisco Chamber Orchestra.

$0 (Admission-Free!).

Main Stage Concert: The Romantics (Berkeley)

Sunday, April 26th, 2015 - Sunday, April 26th, 2015, 4/26/15, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

First Congregational Church
2345 Channing Way

In Berkeley

Benjamin Simon, conductor
Sterling Elliott, cello [2015 Debut Artist and 2014 Sphinx Competition Winner]

Franz Schubert - Arpeggione Sonata in A minor, D. 821 (arr. Klug)
Johannes Brahms - String Quintet No. 1 in F major, Op. 88 (arr. Simon)

Masterworks by the great Romantics Schubert and Brahms feature the virtuosic string players of the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra. Making his West Coast debut with these performances of Franz Schubert's heart-wrenchingly beautiful "Arpeggione" Sonata is Sterling Elliott, a 14-year old cellist and honor student from Newport News, Virginia. Sterling is the 2014 junior division winner of the Sphinx Competition, organized by Sphinx-a Detroit-based nonprofit dedicated to transforming lives through the power of diversity in the arts. Johannes Brahms' F major string quintet is a favorite of our musicians, so we're expanding the quintet to 18 and letting all our wonderful players join in the fun!

Great music worth listening to. Classical masterpieces, unusual gems, and modern works offer a feast for your ears at every concert, while Maestro Simon's engaging onstage talks help you connect more powerfully with the music. Concerts are generally 90 to 120 minutes in length, with an intermission.

Admission is free to all concertgoers! Supporting members receive priority seating and priority entrance 60 minutes before concert time-please bring your membership card with you. Non-members may enter 45 minutes before concert time.

Presented by San Francisco Chamber Orchestra.

$0 (Admission-Free!).

Ai-Jen Poo: Preparing for the Elder Boom in a Changing America

Sunday, April 26th, 2015 - Sunday, April 26th, 2015, 4/26/15, 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Oakland Asian Cultural Center
388 Ninth St

In Oakland

Presented by: KPFA Radio 94.1FM, with co-sponsors Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice, California Domestic Workers Coalition, Caring Across Generations, Hand in Hand, Mujeres Unidas y Activas, National Domestic Workers Alliance, PolicyLink, and UC Berkeley Labor Center

MacArthur Genius Award winner Ai-Jen Poo, Director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance and Co-Director of the Caring Across Generations campaign-one of Newsweek's 150 Fearless Women, one of Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People in the World, and a 2013 World Economic Forum Young Global Leader-offers fresh answers in her powerful new book, The Age of Dignity.

We have more seniors in America today than at any time in history, and every day more than ten-thousand people turn 65! By 2018, demand for home health care will increase by more than 90%. Interweaving her own personal stories with those of seniors and their lifelines, The Age of Dignity provides many surprisingly positive solutions to some of our most serious problems. She outlines a roadmap to our becoming a more caring nation, while addressing our fraying social net and the limited opportunities for women and immigrants in the workforce.

"The Age of Dignity is about solutions. Filled with the stories of the people and relationships that make American great, it offers a unique perspective on our changing nation and the way forward." - Van Jones

Hosted by Mitch Jeserich & Angela Glover Blackwell

Angela Glover Blackwell is the Founder and CEO of PolicyLink, a national research and action institute advancing economic and social equity by Lifting Up What Works.

Mitch Jeserich is the producer and host of KPFA Radio 94.1 FM's Letters and Politics Show.

$12 advance tickets: 800-838-3006 or independent bookstores, $15 door, KPFA benefit www.kpfa.org/events

Presented by KPFA Radio 94.1 FM.

$12 advance, $15 door.

Ya Elah at St Bede's Art Series

Sunday, April 26th, 2015 - Sunday, April 26th, 2015, 4:00 PM

St Bede's Episcopal Church
2650 Sand Hill Road Menlo Park, CA 94025

In

Ya Elah emerged from a longing to illuminate the beauty, mystery and power of the world's many spiritual paths.

"The sound of Ya Elah is like honey in your ears: they will awaken you. Your toes will tap, your head will sway and your soul will sing."
~ Jueli Garfinkle, Author of Everyday Adventures for the Soul

Equal parts musical fireworks/healing ritual/rollicking good time, Ya Elah sparkles with the influence of Bulgarian village songs, Middle Eastern rhythms, and more from the world's various musical traditions.

Our music combines the sacred texts and liturgies of many traditions to reveal the deep knowing that all life is one. Ya Elah aspires to inspire compassion among diverse cultures and hopes to help bring healing and a sense of wonder at the ways all have connected to the Divine.

Ya Elah is based in the San Francisco Bay Area with Bon Singer (director), Diana Rowan (harp, percussion), Erica Hockett (voice), Evelie S Posch (voice, guitar, percussion), Jeannette Ferber (voice).

www.facebook.com/YaElahMusic
http://yaelah.strikingly.com/

Check out St Bede's Art Series brochure: http://stbedesmenlopark.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/ArtsBrochure2014_2015post.pdf

Early Bird Tickets till March 26: http://yaelah.bpt.me.

Free Teen Modern Dance Jam

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015 - Tuesday, April 28th, 2015, 4:30-6pm

Luna Dance Institute
605 Addison St.

In Berkeley

Teens are invited to explore dance elements, create choreography & share dances with other teens at Luna Dance Institute's free Teen Dance Jam. Tuesday, 4/28, 4:30-6pm.Class includes a dance video & snacks.

RSVP to Deborah at dkarp@lunadanceinstitute.org, 510-883-1118. Visit lunadanceinstitute.org for more info.

Free Creative Dance Class for Adults

Thursday, April 30th, 2015 - Thursday, April 30th, 2015, 6:30-8pm

Luna Dance Institute
605 Addison St.

In Berkeley

Join us for a free unique creative dance class taught by Luna Dance Institute faculty to celebrate Bay Area Dance Week. Explore space, time & energy and connect with your creative side. Open to adults of all ages and abilities.

RSVP to Katherine at kmcginity@lunadanceinstitute.org, 510-883-1118.

Berkeley Symphony: Homage

Thursday, April 30th, 2015 - Thursday, April 30th, 2015, 8-10pm

Zellerbach Hall
101 Zellerbach Hall #4800, Berkeley, CA 94720

In Berkeley

First produced in 1991, John Adams’ opera The Death of Klinghoffer is based on the hijacking of the passenger liner Achille Lauro by the Palestine Liberation Front in 1995, and the resulting murder of Jewish-American passenger Leon Klinghoffer. Mozart’s Requiem was composed in Vienna in 1791, during the last year of the composer’s life. Though considered one of Mozart’s most popular and respected works, the question remains as to how much of the music he actually completed before his death and how much was later composed by others. The Orchestra is joined by soloists from the Adler Fellowship Program of the San Francisco Opera Center and the choruses from the University of California, Berkeley.

Urban Abstraction

Friday, May 1st, 2015 - Saturday, June 27th, 2015, 12-5

SLATE contemporary
473 25th St

In Oakland

Featuring large scale oil paintings by Maya Kabat and abstract photography by Carol Inez Charney.

Photograph 51

Friday, May 1st, 2015 - Sunday, May 3rd, 2015, May 1, 8pm - 10pm, May 2, 2pm - 4pm, 8pm - 10pm, May 3, 2pm - 4pm

Masquers Playhouse
105 Park Place

In

A funny and moving portrait of the unrequited life of Rosalind Franklin, one of the great female scientists of the twentieth century, and her fervid drive to map the contours of the DNA molecule. A chorus of physicists relives the chase, revealing the unsung achievements of this trail-blazing, fiercely independent woman. A play about ambition, isolation, and the race for greatness.

Presented by Masquers Playhouse.

$10.

1st Saturday: See & Make Art

Saturday, May 2nd, 2015 - Saturday, May 2nd, 2015, 3:00 - 4:30 pm

Richmond Art Center
2540 Barrett Avenue

In Richmond

Join the Richmond Art Center for our free, first Saturday bilingual art tours! Come and enjoy a guided tour of our galleries and a hands-on art making activity! Open to all ages. Families welcome.

Please meet the group in the Madeline F. Whittlesey Community Room at the Richmond Public Library, Main Branch (325 Civic Center Plaza) and we’ll walk as a group over to the Art Center. FREE

Under Construction

Saturday, May 2nd, 2015 - Saturday, May 2nd, 2015, 3pm

Osher Studio
2055 Center Street

In Berkeley

Working in collaboration with EarShot: the National Orchestral Composition Discovery Network, and its partner organizations – the American Composers Forum, League of American Orchestras, New Music USA and the American Composers Orchestra – Berkeley Symphony will expand its Under Construction New Music Series/Composers Program. Participating composers receive artistic and career guidance from Music Director Joana Carneiro and mentor composers, as well as from the orchestra musicians. Tickets are $10.

Oakland Ballet Company Presents: 50th Anniversary Spring Gala

Saturday, May 2nd, 2015 - Saturday, May 2nd, 2015, 5/2/15, 6:30 PM - 10:00 PM

The Bellevue Club
525 Bellevue Ave.

In Oakland

Oakland Ballet Company presents its 50th Anniversary Spring Gala fundraiser event on Saturday, May 2, 2015 from 6:30-10:00pm at the elegant Bellevue Club overlooking scenic Lake Merritt in Oakland. In what has now become an Oakland Ballet tradition, the evening is graciously hosted by Cheryl Jennings, ABC7 news anchor, and includes a cocktail and hors d'oeuvres reception; an informal performance featuring highlights from the company's dynamic 50th Anniversary spring season, Five Decades of Dance; a sumptuous dinner catered by the Bellevue Club; and a silent auction offering items such as spa packages, tickets to local sporting events, luxury goods, and local services. As in previous years, guests may also bid to win a cameo role in the company's annual Nutcracker production at the Paramount Theatre in December 2015.

The annual gala is an opportunity for East Bay arts lovers to take part in Oakland's thriving cultural landscape, by supporting Oakland Ballet's mission to keep world-class ballet accessible and relevant to diverse Oakland communities. The fundraiser directly supports the Company's annual Nutcracker production, which reaches 7,000 audience members and 5,000 schoolchildren annually; its ongoing "Discover Dance" education program; and Five Decades of Dance, this year's 50th Anniversary spring season at the magnificent Paramount Theatre on May 23. Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf serves as Honorary Chair. Tickets for the intimate evening start at $150, $100 of which is tax-deductible, and are available online at www.oaklandballet.org; by calling 510-893-3132; or by mailing a check to Oakland Ballet at 2201 Broadway, Ste 206, Oakland CA 94612.

Presented by Oakland Ballet Company.

$150+ ($100 of which is tax deductible)

Dance and the Brain Conference

Saturday, May 2nd, 2015 - Saturday, May 2nd, 2015, 9:00am-5:00pm

Luna Dance Institute
605 Addison St.

In Berkeley


The Dance and the Brain Conference is a one day symposium comprised of experts enriching the field with their research. James Catterall of the Center for Research on Creativity, Anne Law, choreographer, educator and arts activist and Pamela Wolfberg, creator of Integrated Play Groups® are among the guest facilitators for this event. Teachers, dancers, parents, researchers, scientists, and others interested in this topic are invited to attend lectures, panels and interactive dialogues offered throughout the day. For more information and to register visit http://lunadanceinstitute.org/dance-and-the-brain-mini-conference/ or contact jperena@lunadanceinstitute.org, (510) 883-1118.

Workshop – Boxing Our Memories

Sunday, May 3rd, 2015 - Sunday, May 3rd, 2015, 2 – 3:30 pm

Richmond Art Center
2540 Barrett Avenue

In Richmond

Bring a box, old purse, old tool kit or lunch box. Then bring all the bits and pieces you’ve been collecting and holding onto for memories: photos, flowers, letters, toys, broken strings of beads. We will glue and tape and paint and bind these into a collage of personal memory and history. This workshop is inspired by the exhibition “Mildred Howard: Spirit and Matter”. FREE

Under Construction II

Sunday, May 3rd, 2015 - Sunday, May 3rd, 2015, 7-9pm

Osher Studio
2055 Center Street

In Berkeley

Working in collaboration with EarShot: the National Orchestral Composition Discovery Network, and its partner organizations – the American Composers Forum, League of American Orchestras, New Music USA and the American Composers Orchestra – Berkeley Symphony will expand its Under Construction New Music Series/Composers Program. Participating composers receive artistic and career guidance from Music Director Joana Carneiro and mentor composers, as well as from the orchestra musicians.

Film & Video Makers at Cal: Works from the Eisner Competition

Friday, May 8th, 2015 - Friday, May 8th, 2015, 7:00pm

Pacific Film Archive Theater
2575 Bancroft Way

In Berkeley

In Person / Student Filmmakers

The Eisner Prize is the highest award for creativity given on the UC Berkeley campus. This program presents work by the 2015 winners in film and video, along with a diverse sampling of videos from the competition—narratives, documentaries, experimental works, and animations. A handout with written descriptions by the artists will be available at the screening.

• Total running time: c. 90 mins

***
$5.50 – BAM/PFA Members; UC Berkeley Students
$6.50 – UC Berkeley Faculty, Staff, and Retirees; Non-UC Berkeley Students; Senior citizens (65 & over); Disabled Persons; Youth (17 & under)
$9.50 – General Admission

Art in the Community Student Art Reception

Saturday, May 9th, 2015 - Saturday, May 9th, 2015, 3 – 5 pm

Richmond Art Center
2540 Barrett Avenue

In Richmond

Come celebrate with students and see the artwork these elementary to high school students created in our traveling Art in the Community program. Plus, meet the teaching artists and learn more about the curriculum of these day-time and after-school art programs that are delivered to sites all across Richmond. FREE

Sarah Bush Dance Project presents Rocked By Women

Saturday, May 9th, 2015 - Sunday, May 10th, 2015, May 9 at 7pm, and May 10 at 2pm

Malonga Casquelord Center for the Arts
1428 Alice Street

In Oakland

Sarah Bush Dance Project will bring Rocked By Women to the beautiful Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts Theater in Downtown Oakland over Mother's Day Weekend. Rocked By Women is a 75-minute dance theater performance with an original music score and video projections. The choreography weaves hip hop, modern, ballet and contact improvisation to tell the story of a woman's journey of growing up, coming out, falling in love and experiencing heartbreak.

This bold, vivacious new performance is choreographed by Sarah Bush, acclaimed by the San Francisco Chronicle as "a force to be reckoned with." Rocked By Women celebrates the positive impact of lesbian musicians, feminists and activists from the Women's Music Movement. Composed by Julie Wolf, the compilation of songs features music by women from the 70s to the 00s including Cris Williamson, Tracy Chapman, Joan Jett, Queen Latifah, Bikini Kill, Ani DiFranco, and Missy Elliott.

Originally commissioned by Queer Cultural Center for National Queer Arts Festival in 2011, Rocked By Women was co-produced at the African-American Art & Culture Complex in San Francisco before a sold-out audience. In 2014, Sarah began an exciting collaboration with playwright and theater director Becca Wolff to shape a strong dramatic arc for the show. This re-conceived Rocked By Women was praised by The Huffington Post as a "monumental work, which would reverberate just as powerfully in an opera house as it did in the intimate Dance Mission Theater." The Sarah Bush Dance Project now brings the newest incarnation to the heart of Oakland.

Tickets are available at http://rocked-by-women.brownpapertickets.com.

This project is supported by the Oakland City Council and funded by the City of Oakland's Cultural Funding Program.

Presented by Sarah Bush Dance Project.

$25-75.

The 45th Annual University of California, Berkeley Master of Fine Arts Graduate Exhibition

Friday, May 15th, 2015 - Monday, June 15th, 2015, Wednesday through Sunday, 11am - 5pm

Berkeley Art Center
1275 Walnut Street

In Berkeley

For the past forty-four years, BAM/PFA has teamed with the UC Berkeley Department of Art Practice to present the work of its graduating MFA students. This year we are honored to present the work of six promising artists as they embark on their careers—Leslie Dreyer, Tanja Geis, Lee Lavy, Michelle Ott, Sofie Ramos, and Matt Smith Chavez. Because of the closure of the BAM/PFA Galleries in 2015, this year’s MFA presentation will be held at the Berkeley Art Center, 1275 Walnut Street, Berkeley.

Britannia: Spring 2015 Concert Contra Costa Chorale

Saturday, May 16th, 2015 - Saturday, May 16th, 2015, 8:00 pm

Unitarian Universalist Church
1 Lawson Road

In Berkeley

The Contra Costa Chorale, directed by Cindy Beitmen, presents "BRITANNIA," featuring English and Welsh music from the Renaissance to the 21st century. Composers include Thomas Tallis, Thomas Morley, Henry Purcell, Thomas Arne, Edward Elgar, Gilbert & Sullivan, William Mathias, Ralph Vaughan Williams, John Rutter, and Karl Jenkins. The Chorale will be joined by baritone soloist Sepp Hammer and accompanist Cara Bradbury.

Del Sol String Quartet Performance & Special Reception

Sunday, May 17th, 2015 - Sunday, May 17th, 2015, 2:00 pm

Richmond Art Center
2540 Barrett Avenue

In Richmond

The fabulous Del String Quartet returns to the Art Center’s gallery with their adventurous programming responsive to the work and spirit of the artist, Mildred Howard, and her exhibition “Mildred Howard: Spirit and Matter.” A reception follows the performance. $20 suggested donation; no one turned away for lack of funds.

45th Annual UC Berkeley MFA Artist's Talk

Sunday, May 17th, 2015 - Sunday, May 17th, 2015, 3:00pm

Berkeley Art Center
1275 Walnut Street

In Berkeley

Presented in collaboration with Berkeley Art Center.

Meet the 2015 graduates of UC Berkeley’s Masters of Fine Arts program as they talk about their work at the outset of their professional careers. This year’s graduates are Leslie Dreyer, Tanja Geis, Lee Lavy, Michelle Ott, Sofie Ramos, and Matt Smith Chavez.

Admission Free!

Oakland Symphony Youth Orchestra Premiere and Debut

Sunday, May 17th, 2015 - Sunday, May 17th, 2015, 5/17/15, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Holy Names University
3500 Mountain Blvd.

In Oakland

Two young competition winners will be featured on the Oakland Symphony Youth Orchestra's final concert of the season, Sunday, May 17, at 2 pm at the Valley Center for the Performing Arts at Holy Names University in Oakland, Music Director Michael Morgan and Principal Conductor Omid Zoufonoun have announced. The Orchestra will perform the world premiere of Ascension by composer Preston Nowakowski, winner of its first annual composer competition. Cellist Alex Hunn, winner of the Oakland Symphony Youth Orchestra Concerto Competition will perform David Popper's Hungarian Rhapsody for Cello and Orchestra, and Josef Suk's Scherzo Fantastique, Op. 25, and Brahms' First Symphony complete the program. The concert is free of charge and the Valley Center for the Performing Arts is located on the campus of Holy Names University, 3500 Mountain Blvd., in Oakland. For more information, visit www.oebs.org .

"The Oakland Symphony Youth Orchestra has always presented the Bay Area's top young artists," says Principal Conductor Omid Zoufonoun. "This season we have added a Young Composer Competition to our many programs to shine a light on some of the creative peers of our gifted orchestra musicians and make direct connections between young artists who write music and those who interpret it."

Presented by Oakland Youth Orchestra.

Free

Oakland City Chorus- Brahms and Beethoven

Sunday, May 17th, 2015 - Sunday, May 17th, 2015, 5/17/15, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Laney College, Odell Johnson Theater
900 Fallon Street

In Oakland

The Oakland Civic Orchestra, conducted by Artistic Director Martha Stoddard and Associate Conductor Jason Oestenstad, and the Oakland City Chorus, conducted by Director John Reager, present their German Masterworks for Chorus and Orchestra concert on Sunday, May 17, at 4:00 pm, at Laney College Theater, 900 Fallon Street, in Oakland. The program features soloist Dale Tsang-Hall on piano in Beethoven's Choral Fantasy and also includes Schubert's Rosamunde Overture and Brahms' Schicksalslied. Tickets are available online from Brown Paper Tickets. For more information, please call (510) 597- 5027

The Oakland City Chorus provides opportunity for community members to sing a rich mixture of choral masterpieces and world music without dues or membership fees. The Oakland Civic Orchestra is a community orchestra celebrating its 23rd year of providing free classical music to the community.

Please visit our websites:
http://www.oaklandcitychorus.org
https://sites.google.com/site/oaklandcivicorchestra/home
and like us on Facebook.

Presented by Oakland City Chorus.

$15 General, $10 Student/Senior.

Britannia: Spring 2015 Concert Contra Costa Chorale

Sunday, May 17th, 2015 - Sunday, May 17th, 2015, 5:00 pm

WayPointe Church
770 Sonoma Street

In Richmond

The Contra Costa Chorale, directed by Cindy Beitmen, presents "BRITANNIA," featuring English and Welsh music from the Renaissance to the 21st century. Composers include Thomas Tallis, Thomas Morley, Henry Purcell, Thomas Arne, Edward Elgar, Gilbert & Sullivan, William Mathias, Ralph Vaughan Williams, John Rutter, and Karl Jenkins. The Chorale will be joined by baritone soloist Sepp Hammer and accompanist Cara Bradbury.

In My Life - A Musical Theatre Tribute to the Beatles

Monday, May 18th, 2015 - Monday, May 18th, 2015, 7:30 pm

Bankhead Theater
2400 First Street LIvermore

In Richmond

You already know and love the songs, but In My Life: A Musical Theatre Tribute to the Beatles gives you a chance to get a fresh perspective on the story of the band that made them. More than just a live musical tribute show, In My Life tells the Fab Four's tale through the eyes of their late manager, Brian Epstein, who acts as narrator to renowned tribute band Abbey Road's live performance of some 33 Beatles classics. From their groundbreaking appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show to their final rooftop performance at the Apple Corp. offices, and "I Want to Hold Your Hand" to the psychedelic era of Sgt. Pepper's and beyond, this exciting production gives new life to the story of rock's greatest band.

Oakland Ballet Company presents 'Five Decades of Dance'

Saturday, May 23rd, 2015 - Saturday, May 23rd, 2015, 5/23/15, 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Paramount Theatre
2025 Broadway

In Oakland

Oakland Ballet Company celebrates its 50th Anniversary Season with "Five Decades of Dance," a program of classic works by Nijinsky, Nijinska, Fokine, Massine, Loring, Guidi, and others, plus new works by Val Caniparoli, Betsy Erickson, Michael Lowe, Robert Moses, Amy Seiwert and Graham Lustig, at the Paramount Theatre.

Presented by Oakland Ballet Company.

$20-$45, discounts for srs, children, groups

Mildred Howard Exhibition Closing Reception

Sunday, May 24th, 2015 - Sunday, May 24th, 2015, 3 – 5 pm

Richmond Art Center
2540 Barrett Avenue

In Richmond

Celebrate the work of artist Mildred Howard at this closing event for her exhibition “Mildred Howard: Spirit and Matter, which showcases four decades of evocative work from free-standing sculpture to wall-mounted musings that address racism, injustice and compassion. FREE

Oakland Ballet Company presents 'East Bay DANCES'

Sunday, May 24th, 2015 - Sunday, May 24th, 2015, Sunday, May 24, 2015 at 3pm and 5:30pm

Laney College Odell Johnson Performing Arts Center
900 Fallon Street

In Oakland

"East Bay DANCES," presented by Oakland Ballet Company, is a showcase of the best and brightest in East Bay dance, with two programs at Laney College curated by Oakland Ballet Company's Artistic Director Graham Lustig. Local dance groups working in classical, folk, popular and contemporary dance styles will share the program with Oakland Ballet, which will present highlights from its 50th Anniversary spring season, "Five Decades of Dance."

Presented by Oakland Ballet Company.

$10 general, $15 sr, $10 under 17/students

California Shakespeare Theater: Summer Conservatory- 4-wk Oakland

Monday, June 29th, 2015 - Friday, July 3rd, 2015, June 29-July 24, 9am-3pm

Oakland School for the Arts
530 18th St.

In Oakland

Cal Shakes' Summer Shakespeare Conservatory for ages 8-18 offers a theater experience rooted in the same passion for artistic exploration and excellence that guide our award-winning Main Stage productions. We foster self-expression and artistic discipline to engage students in the theater-making process: Participants spend the morning playing and creating in a wide variety of theater disciplines, taught by working theater professionals; afternoons are spent in rehearsals. The experience culminates in Shakespeare performances for family and friends at the end of the two- and four-week sessions.

Presented by California Shakespeare Theater.

$1350.

Luna Dance Summer Institute

Friday, July 17th, 2015 - Friday, July 24th, 2015

Luna Dance Institute
605 Addison St.

In Berkeley

Luna's Summer Institute brings six dance teaching artists and six classroom teachers/practitioners together to activate and inspire individual and collective imaginations. Participants will work together to create, expand or improve comprehensive dance education programs at no cost to those selected.

For an application contact Jochelle Perena; jperena@lunadanceinstitute.org/510-883-1118.
Applications are due April 13th, 2015.

AXIS Dance Company Summer Intensive & Physically Integrated Dance Teacher Training

Monday, August 3rd, 2015 - Tuesday, August 11th, 2015, 10am-5pm

The Malonga Casquelourd Center for The Arts
1428 Alice Street Suite 200 Oakland, CA 94612

In

Join us for an explorative dance intensive with AXIS Dance Company. Learn new skills in three different modules derived from the company’s working ethos and repertoire that will enhance and develop your own practice in improvisation, choreography and performance. New this year, a specialized teacher training for dance teachers and experienced artists wanting to enhance their skills and working methods in inclusive dance and translation for dancers with physical disabilities.



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