Events


12 Degrees: 2017 Mills College MFA Exhibition

Saturday, April 29th, 2017 - Sunday, May 28th, 2017, 6:00PM

Mills College Art Museum
5000 MacArthur Boulevard

In Oakland

12 Degrees: 2017 Mills College MFA Exhibition
April 30–May 28, 2017

Opening Reception: Saturday, April 29, 2017 | 6:00-8:00 pm | MCAM


The Mills College Art Museum is pleased to announce the 2017 Mills College MFA Exhibition on view from April 30-May 28, 2017. The MFA Exhibition features work in a wide range of media––painting, photography, sculpture, installation, and video––created by the emerging artists of the Mills College MFA in Studio Art Program. Students showcase a final body of work produced as the culmination of their graduate experience. This year’s presenting artists are Whitney Aguiñiga, Charles Bass, Steven Berroteran, Gail Cooper, Matt Floriani, Gregory G. Geiger, Ali Haselbeck, Erin O’Malley, Kate Pruitt, Boris Scherbakov, O.M. France Viana, and Bri Williams.

Gardens of Abstraction

Thursday, May 4th, 2017 - Saturday, June 24th, 2017, 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

SLATE contemporary
473 25th Street, Suite A

In Oakland

Gardens of Abstraction presents three contemporary photographers who are grappling with the history of painting and the question of how to be an artist in this photographic age. All three are working in large formats, using digital printing technology, and referencing, to various degrees, narratives of old master painting.

Carol Inez Charney has taken paintings by Leonardo Da Vinci, Monet, Van Gogh, Chagall, and Matisse, as her subject, appropriating them and then re-presenting them through her own personal lens of water moving on glass. Christy Lee Rogers creates underwater scenes using multiple figures, elaborate costumes, and dramatic lighting that reference 17th and 18th century Mannerist and Baroque paintings. Diane Rosenblum, on the other hand, has turned to landscape paintings by the Hudson River School, digitizing them, sampling colors, and pulling them out into pixel-like blocks to emphasize the distance between these artists’ 19th century romantic vision of nature, and our contemporary tendency to filter experience (of both nature and culture), through photographic and digital media.


Amy Donaldson + Amelie Ducommon

Thursday, May 4th, 2017 - Thursday, June 1st, 2017, 12:00 PM - 5:00pm Thursdays - Saturdays

SLATE contemporary
473 25th Street, Suite A

In Oakland

SLATE contemporary's Hall Gallery | 473 25th Street, Oakland, CA 94612

May 2017

Introducing two new artists to SLATE's line-up: Amy Donaldson (California) and Amelie Ducommon (France).

Amy Donaldson’s passion for painting comes through in every brush stroke. Her influences span the centuries, including European Romanticism, Impressionism, Abstract Expressionism, and contemporary street art. Nonetheless, she has created a signature style that connects the past with the present with a vibrant sense of immediacy and freshness. Many paintings burst with joy and light from the heavenly realm, while others are cloaked in a more intimate softness, a sense of history, or an indefinable mystery. A native of Jacksonville Beach, Florida, Amy Donaldson has exhibited her work internationally. In 2016 alone, she had a solo show in Paris, work at the Brussels Art Fair, Art Basel Miami, Atlanta’s National Juried Exhibitions, and Illinois State Museum. Her work has appeared in Chicago PD, Luxe Magaizne, Nuevo Estilo Magazine, Madrid, and many other publications. Her paintings are in numerous public and private collections, and she has completed commissions for a number of hospitals, banks, and luxury residences. She currently lives and works in Redding, California.

Amélie Ducommun is a French-Swiss artist living and painting in Barcelona. The Water Mapping series of paintings is inspired by nature, and specifically by the power of water. She is particularly masterful at using her method and medium to create imagery that both refers to the way the natural world looks, and also captures ephemeral memories and transcendent emotions that nature can also inspire. Like memories, her imagery is layered, and flickers in and out of our field of vision, with forms disappearing almost as soon as we notice they are there. At the age of 32, Amélie Ducommun has already had more than 60 exhibitions in France, Spain, USA, China, Italy, Switzerland, Dubaï (EAU), Portugal, United Kingdom, Belg

Happy Paintings to Bring Mirth, Opening Reception, show&tell

Saturday, May 13th, 2017 - Sunday, July 2nd, 2017, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

The Compound Gallery
1167 65th st. Oakland, CA 94608

In Oakland

Happy Paintings to Bring Mirth, GROUP SHOW
COST: Free

We are emerging from this exceedingly cold and rainy winter and the darkness of our current political regime, with an invigorating painting show that celebrates the wild, free, gleeful, joyous!

Featuring art by: Bob Stang, David Six, Ghost Ghost Teeth, John McNamara, Ozzie Juarez, Shannon Taylor

We will also be celebrating our 9 year anniversary with show&tell events by Compound Studio artists on Saturday, May 13th 6-9pm:

FABREFACTION BUILDING (1145 65th st)
6-7:30 STUDIO C: Colin Christy: Japanese joinery demonstration.
6-7:30 ART LAB: Nathan Trevino: Laser cutting demo
6-9pm STUDIO D: Lutz Hornischer: wood sculpture show and tell
7-7:30 SEW LAB: Celena Peet demo weaving/embroidery/sewing
7-9pm COMMON: Bryan Allen 3D printer/CNC demos arduino/robotics in art

MAIN BUILDING (1167 65th st)
6-6:30pm PRINT SHOP Suchitra Sharma: Linocut demo/large prints on etching press
6-7pm PRINT SHOP: Mary Mortimer: Printing 9 year commemorative posters
6-7pm TABLES: Hannah Rothstein: Live painting
6-9pm STUDIO 11: Mary Burger: Ink and acrylic painting show and tell
7-8:30pm STUDIO 15: Karla Wilhelm: Oil painting show and tell
6-9pm STUDIO 1: Dan Nelson: Mixed media show and tell

- Closing Reception & Artist Talk: Sunday, July 2nd, 3-6pm (Talk starts at 4pm)

The Compound Gallery
1167 65th st. Oakland, CA 94608
www.thecompoundgallery.com
1-844-278-7447
info@thecompoundgallery.com


World Fusion A Night of Funky Tribal Global Groove with Bolo & Ojolo

Thursday, May 25th, 2017 - Thursday, May 25th, 2017, Doors at 7:30 pm; Show at 8:00 pm

Ashkenaz
1317 San Pablo Ave

In

Tickets are $15 Advance / $19 Day of Show

Thrilling audiences by blending the improvisation of jazz, the cultural depth of world music, and the soulfulness of devotional kirtan, BOLO's infectious rhythm gets people moving.

BOLO is comprised of three musical innovators: Eliyahu Sills, made his start playing upright bass in NYC's jazz & hip-hop scenes. After immersing himself in the ney and bansuri, the flutes of India and the Middle East, he became the renowned band-leader of Eliyahu & The Qadim Ensemble whose CD reached #7 on Billboard’s World Music Charts. Surya Prakasha is a sought after drummer in the Bay Area jazz and world music scenes, and has worked with renowned artists such as Lavay Smith. A devotee of the yogic path and a student of Jai Uttal, Surya is a soulful kirtan leader on vocals and harmonium. Evan Fraser is a member of many highly acclaimed world music and electronica projects, such as Stellamara, Hamsa Lila, and Dirtwire, whose recent album hit #1 on iTunes world music charts. He plays West African kamale ngoni (harp), kalimba, percussion and jaw harps from across the globe.

Featuring African sourced grooves with sacred folk songs from around the world, BOLO speaks to the heart in a musical language that unites us all.

The culturally diverse musical trio OJOLO is creating a unique style of ‘New World Music’ that reflects the emerging spirit of ‘many cultures, one planet’, and of consciously creating a healthy lifestyle, a healthy planet, and a healthy future.

The music of OJOLO has been described as a ‘Funky, World, Tribal’ style that blends textures and energies from musical styles around the world (African, Middle Eastern, Beduin, etc), and a Universal connection with Source.

Band: http://www.ojolo.world/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1760189357575359/
Eventbrite: https://ashkenaz052517.eventbrite.com

Reggae 7th Street Sound Showcase with Luv Fyah & Binghi Ghost

Friday, May 26th, 2017 - Friday, May 26th, 2017, Doors at 9:00 pm; Show at 9:30 pm

Ashkenaz
1317 San Pablo Ave

In Berkeley

Tickets are $10

Berkeley’s 7th Street Band has made its name backing some of the greats and new voices of reggae and running its own studio. While 7th Street Band has been hitting the West Coast stages for a decade, drummer Edi Arnold and keyboardist Benjamin Goff, friends since high school, have played together since 1992. More recently they added guitarist Jason Collins of the Funkanauts and later rounded out the group with saxophonist Barry Capiaux and bass player Jan Isaac. 7th Street Band has been called one of the Bay Area’s best-kept musical secrets and has backed many top touring vocalists, including Konshens, Marlon Asher, Fantan Mojah, and Lloyd Brown. Other artists 7th Street has worked with include Army, Wadi Gad, Tuff Lion, Messenjah Selah, Earl Zero, Winstrong, and Luv Fyah.

Singjay Luv Fyah features new and old selections including songs from his acclaimed CD collaboration with Million 7, “Ethiopia We Belong.” A Reggae-Vibes.com reviewer wrote that “his presence and delivery lives up to his name, bringing plenty of Fire and Love on this release, where he combines sweet, soulful singing with chanting on songs like ‘New Star Born,’ ‘Ethiopia I Belong,’ ‘So Many Lights,’ ‘Coming from the West’ or ‘Time Traveler.’”

Band: https://www.reverbnation.com/7thstband https://myspace.com/luvfyah
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/164643914062033/
Eventbrite: https://ashkenaz052617.eventbrite.com

BILONGO LILA: Nobodies Dies in a Foretold War

Saturday, May 27th, 2017 - Saturday, May 27th, 2017, 9PM

Mills College Greek Amphitheatre (Music Building)
5000 MacArthur Blvd.

In Oakland

Saturday, May 27, 2017, 9 PM
Performance: BILONGO LILA: Nobodies Dies in a Foretold War
Sofía Córdova, Mill College Dance students
9 PM, Greek Amphitheatre (Music Building)

A 40-minute live performance-cum-guided meditation takes the audience as the protagonist through a vision of our planet 1500 years in the future. BILONGO LILA expands upon Córdova’s five-year video, music, and performance series Echoes of a Tumbling Throne (Odas al fin de los tiempos) premised on a slow ecological decline of earth that results in destruction of historical time and a cultural rebirth for those who remain. Using science-fiction as her model, Córdova is interested in what this future can mean when used to imagine alternative realities for the marginalized: people of color, women, trans and queer folks. BILONGO LILA is concerned with examining white patriarchy and its creature–late technological capitalism–and how both have advanced the conditions evidenced in climate change.

Córdova collaborates with seven musicians and three dancers from Mills MFA programs to create a rendition of the score and movement for music videos included in the work.

The 2017 A+P+I Artist Residency is supported through the generosity of the Helzel Family Foundation and the Sylvan C. Coleman Foundation in memory of Barbara Coleman Frey.

Swing Stompy Jones

Saturday, May 27th, 2017 - Saturday, May 27th, 2017, Doors at 7:30 pm; Swing dance lesson at 8:00 pm; Show at 9:00 pm

Ashkenaz
1317 San Pablo Ave

In Berkeley

Tickets are $17

With revivalist zeal, the Stompy Jones band doesn’t just recreate, but breathes new life into the most jumping, rocking, and swinging small band music of the ’30s, ’40s and ’50s. One of the busiest bands extant, Stompy Jones returns to our stage performing songs from its ever-lengthening set list that includes new favorites from its most recent CD, “Sock It to Me!” Taking its name from a classic Duke Ellington tune, Stompy Jones has performed everywhere from San Francisco’s Top of the Mark to Disneyland (a monthly gig) and Santa Rosa’s Ellington Hall. Big band leader Les Brown said that the sextet has “the best small band sound that I’ve heard in years.” Inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 2010, Stompy Jones has had its music featured in films including “Deuce of Spades” and the award-winning short “All About Alice.”

The group, originally known as the Swing Session Band, was formed in 1998 to play East Coast Swing and Lindy Hop in the spirit of the hottest jump bands. Its repertoire features rousing revivals of classics by Louis Jordan, Earl Hines, Fletcher Henderson, Louis Prima, Roy Milton, and John Kirby as well as several originals. Stompy Jones boasts musicians who have been playing this music all their lives, with sizzling horns, slapping bass, and irrepressible dance drum beats. Hank Maninger plays guitar and belts and shouts the blues, with trumpeter Rob Dehlinger and saxophonist Keith Crossan trading riffs with boogie-woogie pianist William Beatty. Drummer Lee Beary and bassist “Little David” Rose keep the rhythm section tight.

Band: http://www.stompyjones.com/index.htm
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/121192671762739/
Eventbrite: https://ashkenaz052717.eventbrite.com

Jazz / R&B Albany High School Jazz Ensembles

Sunday, May 28th, 2017 - Sunday, May 28th, 2017, Doors at 6:30 pm; Show at 7:00 pm

Ashkenaz
1317 San Pablo Ave

In Berkeley

Tickets are $15 / $10 Students

The Albany High School Jazz Lab and Jazz Band, under the direction of Mr. Craig Bryant, perform to celebrate the end of the school year and to support music education in Albany schools. Bands from Albany have received top marks and awards at the Folsom, Reno, and Santa Cruz Jazz Festivals. In previous years, the Albany High School Jazz Band has performed at the CMEA State Conference in Sacramento, and been selected as a finalist for both the Next Generation Festival presented by the Monterey Jazz Festival and the “Essentially Ellington” contest presented by Jazz at Lincoln Center. Mr. Bryant’s students participate in the Jazz School and SF All-Star bands; the Oakland, Berkeley, and San Francisco Youth Orchestras, and the CBDA All-State Bands and Orchestras.

Tonight's performance is a fundraiser for Albany Music Fund, with proceeds supporting music programs in the Albany USD. For more information, please visit www.albanymusic.org.

Band: www.albanymusic.org.
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1293751164055074/
Eventbrite: https://ashkenaz052817.eventbrite.com

Cajun/Zydeco Midnite Ramblers

Tuesday, May 30th, 2017 - Tuesday, May 30th, 2017, Doors at 7:30 pm; Cajun/Zydeco dance lesson at 8:00 pm; Show at 8:30 pm

Ashkenaz
1317 San Pablo Ave

In Berkeley

Tickets are $12

Back in 2009 two of the Bay Area’s top traditional musicians teamed up to form the Midnite Ramblers, playing roots music steeped in authentic Cajun and Creole traditions. They deliver irresistibly danceable Cajun classics. An early year of intense musical experiences in Louisiana made the Ramblers’ sound even more authentic to the Cajun tradition. Singer and fiddler Agi Ban is a founder of the Aux Cajunals as well as the Midnite Ramblers. Accordion player and fiddler Mark Marcin is a former teacher at the University of Louisiana in Lafayette, where his love of Cajun, Creole, and zydeco music led to learning accordion from Ray Abshire, Jimmy Breaux, and others. He studied fiddle with Suzy Thompson and Cedric Watson.

The Ramblers are rounded out by guitarist-singer Alan Senauke (a veteran of countless roots bands including California Cajun Orchestra, he’s also a Zen priest) and bassist-singer Allegra Thompson, best-known as a member of Thompsonia (The Thompson Family band) with her mother and father - the venerable Suzy and Eric Thompson. As Marcin proclaims, “Bring your dancing shoes and join the Midnite Ramblers for a night of lively two-steps, soulful blues and haunting waltzes!”

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1825472504443965/
Eventbrite: https://ashkenaz053017.eventbrite.com

Grateful Dead Stu Allen & Mars Hotel

Wednesday, May 31st, 2017 - Wednesday, May 31st, 2017, Doors at 7:30 pm; Show at 8:00 pm

Ashkenaz
1317 San Pablo Ave

In Berkeley

Tickets are $13

A tradition started back in the 20th century, Ashkenaz’s Grateful Dead Night is always evolving, reaching new heights since Stu Allen & Mars Hotel launched a weekly residency in late 2011. Led by acclaimed guitarist-singer Allen (of Phil Lesh & Friends, Melvin Seals & JGB, Ghosts of Electricity), a revolving cast of incredibly talented musicians inhabits Mars Hotel, drawing from the Grateful Dead’s vast catalog to delight Deadheads and dancers of all generations. A Mars Hotel show is always an energetic evening of good vibes, good music, and good community.

When it became apparent that Jerry Garcia had played his final show in 1995, Stu Allen began working to keep Garcia’s music, sound, and spirit alive in the concert setting. He regularly works with Phil Lesh and has also played sets with Bob Weir and Bill Kreutzmann. Allen is perhaps most known for fronting Melvin Seals’ tribute to the Jerry Garcia Band from 2004 to 2011. He received more national acclaim in 2010 when he toured with Dark Star Orchestra. Allen shares the Grateful Dead’s commitment to making each performance a unique event, from preparation to execution. He will perform multiple shows before playing the same song twice, and even then, that song will not be realized in quite the same way.

Mars Hotel takes this idea a step further by presenting a new band at each performance. Drawing from the rich music scene of the Bay Area, Allen has assembled a broad and ever-rotating group of musicians that makes each concert a once-only experience. As far as Grateful Dead tribute bands go, this is a concept that has never been done before.

Band: http://www.stuallen.net/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1870857053154005/
Eventbrite: https://ashkenaz053117.eventbrite.com

Origin

Thursday, June 1st, 2017 - Thursday, June 8th, 2017, June 1st, 7PM to 10PM

Peralta Studios
2121 Peralta Street, Suite 117

In Oakland

The Ark Project Proudly Presents

ORIGIN

Ari Rudenko + Tobias Tovera + Denise Susanne Townsend

Thursday, June 1st – Thursday June 8th
Opening Reception Thursday, June 1st, 2017 7pm-10pm
Performance: 8pm

Origin is an exhibition curated by Ari Rudenko, Tobias Tovera, and Denise Susanne Townsend. Join us to celebrate our second year of the Ark Project with Seattle and Indonesia-based artist in residence, Ari Rudenko.

Experience Origin, an immersive exhibition exploring deep time creation, primordial life, and the prehistoric body. Enjoy an evening of contemporary art installation, painting, photography and performance. New work from Ari Rudenko, Tobias Tovera, and Denise Susanne Townsend will be on view in addition to a collaborative project and performance by Ari Rudenko.

Visit Peralta Studios, home of the Ark Project, an international artist residency program realized in 2016 with a focus on creation, presentation, and documentation of contemporary art in all forms that engage discovery, transformation, and innovation. Each year one artist is added to the collective for an evolving curatorial project.

Latin / Bachata Bachata Nightz - Berkeley EditionBachata Nightz - Berkeley Edition

Thursday, June 1st, 2017 - Thursday, June 1st, 2017, Latin / Bachata Bachata Nightz - Berkeley EditionBachata Nightz - Berkeley Edition

Ashkenaz
1317 San Pablo Ave

In Berkeley

Tikctes are $15 / $10 students

Bachata Nightz happens the first Thursday of the month. It is led by award-winning Bachata contest master Kathy Reyes, who also teaches dance at Ashkenaz. Bachata is a form of Latin dance/music that originated in the Dominican Republic. It is now danced all over the world. Reyes teaches the dance lesson at 8:30 p.m., followed by performance and dancing to recorded music spun by DJ MIGZ.

Currently the defending Los Angeles Bachata Champion (winning first place at the L.A. Bachata Festival), Kathy Reyes is known for her unique style and interpretation of music. She discovered her talent and passion for Latin dancing in college in Los Angeles, and over the past 10 years has taken various prizes individually and in dance troupes. She leads groups and teaches here, in Los Angeles and San Diego. Teaching allows her to share her philosophy of dance: “Dancing with the feet is one thing, but dancing with the heart takes one to a whole different level.”

Band: https://www.facebook.com/kathyreyesdance.fitness/
FB Event: http://bit.ly/2q2gN7l
Eventbrite: https://ashkenaz060117.eventbrite.com

Swing Mitch Woods & His Rocket 88's

Friday, June 2nd, 2017 - Friday, June 2nd, 2017, Doors are at 7:30pm; Dance lesson at 8:00pm; Show at 9:00 pm

Ashkenaz
1317 San Pablo Ave

In Berkeley

Ticktes are $15

Mitch Woods & His Rocket 88s have been the torchbearers of a great American blues musical heritage, not for three years but three decades. Taking their inspiration from the great jump n’ boogie outfits of the late ’40s and early ’50s, they breathe fresh life into the music that gave birth to rock ‘n’ roll. Woods styled his group after the jumpin’ n’ jivin’, shoutin’ n’ honkin’, pumpin’ n’ poundin’ bands of Louis Jordan, Wynonie Harris, Joe and Jimmy Liggins, Amos Milburn, and Roy Milton. Adding a healthy dose of New Orleans rhythm and blues, piledrivin’ piano, and some of his own contemporary playful lyrics, Woods and His Rocket 88s forge their own brand of music they call “rock-a-boogie.”

Band: http://mitchwoods.com/
FB Event: http://bit.ly/2qGBXZT
Eventbrite: https://ashkenaz060217.eventbrite.com

RoShamBonanza

Saturday, June 3rd, 2017 - Saturday, June 3rd, 2017, 3:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Classic Cars West
411 26th Street

In Oakland

Come hang out with cool creative pals and support the Oakland Artist Community. Featuring over 55 local vendors, Art, Live Music, Interactive Hands-on activities, Food, Beer, RoShamBo tournament, delicious baked treats and so much more!

Rock Paper Scissors Collective is preparing for a new space in 2018 and we've a lot of fun-raising to do!

Taking place at Classic Cars West at 411 26th Street in Oakland happening Saturday June 3rd from 3-9pm.


Featuring Handmade Goodies from:
Alex Reyes
Alexsandra Chelini
Morbid Manda
Pretty in ink: electric tattooing
M27
Earthw0mb
Project Elefont
Girlonbus
David Polka
Baby Girl Things
Darla
Tigress
EKKE
BOOMCAT
exhilia art
Hall0grm
Filth Cakes
Lily's Arte
Fertile Concepts
Maya Songbird
8 Cups Of Light
Sayuri Kimbell
Kajsalena
Kittybrat
Kristi Holohan
Fitting and Proper
Laced Cakes Bakery
Spiralmosaic
Despapiers
El Maldito
Mary Weather
Mario Navasero
Jennifer Ann Hart
Komun Horangi
Mamacitas
Niña Piña
GIRL MOBB
Peggy Crovetto
Rafael Tapia III
Goodmother Gallery
Raul D'Mauries
Sarenda Vaughn
Sludgepony
Felicia
Emo Seal
Felicia Ann
Meritt Ceramics
Chelsea with Artemisia Herbs
Kiri Zoli
Dawood Marion
Aurelia Style
Jared Roses
Shirong Gao and Annie Wong
Sadie's Nectar
Yesenia España

Live Sounds By:
Genie
Maya Songbird
Felicia
Free Paintings
Cougar on a Meth Binge
Tossie in June
The Corna sto
iAm Jones

Dj sets:
DJ Ammbush of Drums & Ammo/Oakland Faders
Morbid Manda
M27
Girlonbus
Despapiers
Chosen1
Jack G.

Afro-Cuban Funk / Afro-R&B SambaDa with Rahan Boxley

Saturday, June 3rd, 2017 - Saturday, June 3rd, 2017, Doors at 8:30 pm; Show at 9:00 pm

Ashkenaz
1317 San Pablo Ave

In Berkeley

Tickets are $15

Santa Cruz-based SambaDá, whose shows have been some of the liveliest ever on the Ashkenaz stage, was founded in 1998 by native Brazilian Papiba Godinho. SambaDá’s ultimate goal isn’t just to preserve traditions the musicians are so well-versed in – including samba, bossa nova, pagode, samba reggae, batucada, and forró, plus some well-placed surf guitar – but also to get everyone dancing to their infectious blend of Brazilian roots and other North and South American styles such as funk, reggae, jazz, rock, and hip-hop. The group’s pulsating percussion, uplifting vocals, and rich melodies give it a distinctive sound, heard in both popular and original songs. SambaDá visited Brazil in July 2009 and became the first band from the U.S. to play at the legendary house of Ilê Aiyê, the first black Carnaval group in Brazil.

Lead vocalist Dandha da Hora is a master dancer from Ilê Aiyê, and singer-guitarist Godinho is a master of the Brazilian martial art form capoeira. The band also includes percussionists Ibou Ngom (from Senegal) and Will Bates-Minou, saxophonist-flutist Anne Stafford, bassist Etienne Franc, and drummer Gary Kehoe.

Singer Rahan Boxley presents his fresh dance music that ranges from traditional Congolese to American R&B, reggae, house, funk, capoeira, and Afro stylings. Boxley is a singer-songwriter and recording artist born in Cleveland now residing in the Bay Area. From his roots in freestyling and MCing/rapping, he has evolved into a more versatile vocal artist with a unique and soulful sound that draws from various music genres. He’s open for collaborating with producers, meeting musicians, and performing his craft virtually anywhere on the planet.

Band: http://www.sambada.com/ http://www.rahanboxley.com/index.html
FB Event: http://bit.ly/2rAvHTx
Eventbrite: https://ashkenaz060317.eventbrite.com

Student Recital Bandworks

Sunday, June 4th, 2017 - Sunday, June 4th, 2017, Doors are at 12:00pm; Show at 12:30pm

Ashkenaz
1317 San Pablo Ave

In Berkeley

Tickets are $5

Since 1993, Berkeley-based BandWorks has helped several thousand youngsters fulfill their dream of playing in a rock band. BandWorks helps organize students into bands, provides coaching with some of the best musician-instructors in the Bay Area, and after 8 weeks rehearsing their favorite rock, pop, blues, reggae and original songs, takes the bands to the stage at Ashkenaz to perform live in front of an audience. In addition, BandWorks offers year-round classes for kids, teens, and adults, as well as summer camps for kids and teens at locations around the Bay Area. Find out how you can join a band at BandWorks!

FB Event: http://bit.ly/2qGvMVI
Eventbrite: https://ashkenaz060417.eventbrite.com

Cajun/Zydeco Sauce Piquante

Tuesday, June 6th, 2017 - Tuesday, June 6th, 2017, Doors at 7:30 pm; Cajun/Zydeco dance lesson at 8:00 pm; Show at 8:30 pm

Ashkenaz
1317 San Pablo Ave

In Berkeley

Tickets are $12

Sauce Piquante has been playing for Bay Area dancers since 1999, when accordionist Blair Kilpatrick started the band. The group’s high-energy dance tunes and French vocals are rooted in two musical traditions: Cajun and old-time Creole, or, as some call it, early zydeco. Sauce Piquante captures the authentic sound of southern Louisiana’s dance halls, house parties, and church dances while appealing to a contemporary audience. Along with Kilpatrick on accordion and vocals, the band includes fiddler Steve Tabak, guitarist-singer Jim Ruth, bassist-singer Kathy “KP” Price, and David Hymowitz on drums.

Sauce Piquante was inspired by the late Danny Poullard, the Bay Area accordionist who suggested the group’s name. During more than two decades of Louisiana travels and music camp attendance, band members have been influenced by many other gifted musicians. They have learned from Creole masters (Bois Sec Ardoin, Delton Broussard, Canray Fontenot, Edward Poullard) and legendary Cajun accordionists (Steve Riley, Jesse Lége, Eddie LeJeune, Sheryl Cormier). The band’s debut recording “Sauce Piquante Live” got a thumbs-up in a Dirty Linen magazine review. Kilpatrick is also the author of “Accordion Dreams” (University Press of Mississippi, 2009), which documents her musical journey. She and her husband Tabak were among the musicians profiled in “Zydeco Nation,” a recent public radio documentary about the Louisiana Creole migration to Northern California.

Band: http://www.saucepiquanteband.com/
FB Event: http://bit.ly/2q2qHWy
Eventbrite: https://ashkenaz060617.eventbrite.com

Rock Leftover Nelson with special guest Christina "Sweet Beets" Boyden

Wednesday, June 7th, 2017 - Wednesday, June 7th, 2017, Doors are at 7:30 pm; Show at 8:00 pm

Ashkenaz
1317 San Pablo Ave

In Berkeley

Tickets are $25 Day of Show / $20 Advance / $19 Students

Conceived of this past November as a band to have some fun while David Nelson heals his shoulder, Vince Herman from Leftover Salmon once again joins Nelson Band members Barry Sless, Pete Sears, John Molo and Mookie Siegel to perform songs from the David Nelson Band repertoire, as well as Vince’s extensive catalog of songs.


FB Event: http://bit.ly/2r1wakJ
Eventbrite: https://ashkenaz060717.eventbrite.com

World Fusion / Jewish RebbeSoul

Thursday, June 8th, 2017 - Thursday, June 8th, 2017, Doors at 7:30 pm; Show at 8:00 pm

Ashkenaz
1317 San Pablo Ave

In Berkeley

Tickets are $12

Deeply emotional and rooted in the ancient songs of Judaism, the music of RebbeSoul brings a modern vibe that re-imagines the music of our ancestors.

FB Event: http://bit.ly/2qGKmg1
Eventbrite: https://ashkenaz060817.eventbrite.com

Point Richmond Music Free Concert: Tia Carroll and Andre Thierry

Friday, June 9th, 2017 - Friday, June 9th, 2017, 5:30pm - 8:00pm

Point Richmond Music
Park Place at Washington Avenue

In Richmond

Point Richmond Music's free summer concert series kicks-off with Tia Carroll and her Awesome Blues Band, www.tiacarroll.net, 5:30-6:30 pm & Andre Thierry, www.andrethierry.com, 6:45-8:00 pm.

The all-volunteer non-profit organization produces the family-friendly series in support of its mission to build community through the unifying language of music. Concerts are held on the second Friday of each month, June through September, from 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm, with a final concert on Friday, September 22nd to close the season. Every concert features an opportunity drawing, arts and crafts booths, face-painting for children and dancing in the streets.

The grassroots series is a favorite Bay Area summer tradition, with every concert drawing several hundred people to the historic neighborhood of Point Richmond throughout the season. Local restaurants offer a wide array of cuisines, and a rotating selection of food trucks will pull up to each concert. Concert-goers can pair fine food with beverages served in reusable and biodegradable cups from PRM’s no host bar, with proceeds directly supporting the music series.

Grateful Dead Stu Allen and Mars Hotel

Friday, June 9th, 2017 - Friday, June 9th, 2017, Doors at 8:30 pm; Show at 9:00 pm

Ashkenaz
1317 San Pablo Ave

In Berkeley

Tickets are $16 Advance / $16 for Students / $18 Day of Show

A tradition started back in the 20th century, Ashkenaz’s Grateful Dead Night is always evolving, reaching new heights since Stu Allen & Mars Hotel launched a weekly residency in late 2011. Led by acclaimed guitarist-singer Allen (of Phil Lesh & Friends, Melvin Seals & JGB, Ghosts of Electricity), a revolving cast of incredibly talented musicians inhabits Mars Hotel, drawing from the Grateful Dead’s vast catalog to delight Deadheads and dancers of all generations. A Mars Hotel show is always an energetic evening of good vibes, good music, and good community.

When it became apparent that Jerry Garcia had played his final show in 1995, Stu Allen began working to keep Garcia’s music, sound, and spirit alive in the concert setting. He regularly works with Phil Lesh and has also played sets with Bob Weir and Bill Kreutzmann. Allen is perhaps most known for fronting Melvin Seals’ tribute to the Jerry Garcia Band from 2004 to 2011. He received more national acclaim in 2010 when he toured with Dark Star Orchestra. Allen shares the Grateful Dead’s commitment to making each performance a unique event, from preparation to execution. He will perform multiple shows before playing the same song twice, and even then, that song will not be realized in quite the same way.

Mars Hotel takes this idea a step further by presenting a new band at each performance. Drawing from the rich music scene of the Bay Area, Allen has assembled a broad and ever-rotating group of musicians that makes each concert a once-only experience. As far as Grateful Dead tribute bands go, this is a concept that has never been done before.

Band: http://www.stuallen.net/
FB Event: http://bit.ly/2rBgP6C
Eventbrite: https://ashkenaz060917.eventbrite.com

FIGMENT Oakland

Saturday, June 10th, 2017 - Saturday, June 10th, 2017, 10 am - 6 pm

Mosswood Park
3612 Webster St, Oakland, CA 94609

In Oakland

FIGMENT Oakland is a free, inclusive, participatory arts event held in multiple cities and drawing tens of thousands of participants each year. FIGMENT's mission is to offer free, family-friendly and participatory art to entire communities. Bring a picnic and your family or friends, and come enjoy free art and games! The 3rd Annual FIGMENT Oakland event will take place on June 10, 2017 at Mosswood Park in Oakland, CA. Some participating artists include: Robot Dance Party, Chromaforms Collective, Astrobotanicals, Bubbles Not Bullets, the Awesome Orchestra, participatory fine art and seed bomb workshops by Kasey Smith, and the team behind the Dancehall of Beautiful Radiant Things…..just to name a few! Learn more here: oakland.figmentproject.org

FIGMENT Oakland

Saturday, June 10th, 2017 - Saturday, June 10th, 2017, 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Mosswood Park
3612 Webster St, Oakland, CA 94609

In Oakland

FIGMENT is a forum for the creation and display of participatory and interactive art by emerging artists across disciplines. FIGMENT's vision for art looks past the white-walled galleries and into the realm of participation. To advance social and personal transformation through creativity, in the form of free participatory arts events and exhibitions. FIGMENT is a free participatory event that provides an open forum for every type of artist, helps build a creative community, and fosters participatory and public art and creative culture of every sort.

Here are the details:
WHAT: The 4th annual FIGMENT Oakland 2017 will be a one-day participatory arts event, showcasing art that encourages participants to play, dance, sing, create, engage, experiment, and explore their environment. The event draws thousands of visitors in cities around the world.
WHERE: Mosswood Park, Oakland, CA
WHEN: June 10, 2017, all day!
FEE: There is NO submission fee and every work submitted will be reviewed by the FIGMENT curatorial team.
HOW TO SUBMIT WORK: To learn more or to To further review these requirements or submit a project please visit: http://oakland.figmentproject.org/submit_a_project

Flamenco Berkeley World Music Festival After-Party: Gypsy Jazz Meets Flamenco

Saturday, June 10th, 2017 - Saturday, June 10th, 2017, Doors at 7:30 pm; Show at 8:00 pm

Ashkenaz
1317 San Pablo Ave

In Berkeley

Tickets are $20 Advance / $25 Day of Show

An evening featuring an exciting collaboration between the Bay Area’s leading groups in flamenco, Gypsy jazz, and progressive flamenco fusion.

An idea created by Emmy Award-winning director/choreographer Yaelisa, well known here as the founder/director of Caminos Flamencos, this program brings together the leaders of three distinct yet related genres in music and dance. This performance was presented at the Ashkenaz in Berkeley in 2016 to a completely standing-room sold out audience, and returns for another exciting presentation on June 10 at 8pm.

Barrio Manouche is an acoustic adventure lead by Javi Jimenez, influenced stylistically from Louis Armstrong to Stephane Grapelli, and from hot jazz of Django Reinhardt to Paco de Lucia. Their sound is hard to classify but eminently recognizable. Barrio Manouche recently returned to the U.S. after several engagements in Europe.

Terceto Kali plays the original music of guitarist Jason McGuire “El Rubio,” a confeccion of hard-driving flamenco, jazz, Latin and all the musical experience of its three members which includes Marlon Aldana on drumset and Adam Loudermilk on upright bass.

Caminos Flamencos is an Emmy Award-winning troupe whose director/choreographer Yaelisa brings her considerable skills as a leader in the world of flamenco and a lifetime of passion for this unique art form.

FB Event: http://bit.ly/2rncdo9
Eventbrite: https://ashkenaz061017.eventbrite.com

Freestyle Community Dance Soul Sanctuary Dance

Sunday, June 11th, 2017 - Sunday, June 11th, 2017, 11 am - 1 pm

Ashkenaz
1317 San Pablo Ave

In Berkeley

Free admission

Family-friendly Freestyle Community Dance. Come dance freely every Sunday morning at Soul Sanctuary Dance. No admission fee / 100% volunteer produced.

Soul Sanctuary Dance is a welcoming and inclusive all-ages community freestyle/ecstatic/shoes optional dance that supports free expression, community, physical and emotional health, and a spirit of generosity. We dance to an irresistible eclectic blend of world music, funk, house, soul, electro swing, positive hip hop, reggae, dance classics, jazz, blues, electronica, and other music to free mind, body and soul.

Organic fruit for all after the dance.
The dance is completely organized and run by volunteers.
Wheelchair accessible. No scented products please. Shoes optional.

The dance is a generosity and donation-based event. We don't charge a fee for admission. Instead, we post this message at the welcome table: "Your dance today at Soul Sanctuary Dance is a gift from those who have made donations to the dance, and from the volunteers who organize and produce the dance. We invite you to pay this generosity forward for future dancers, in whatever amount or manner you choose, so that we can continue to keep this chain of gifts alive."

Band: http://www.soulsanctuarydance.com/
FB Event: http://bit.ly/2pUvehP

Cajun/Zydeco Dwight "Black Cat" Carrier and the Zydeco Ro Doggs

Tuesday, June 13th, 2017 - Tuesday, June 13th, 2017, Doors are at 7:30 pm; Cajun/Zydeco dance lesson at 8:00 pm; Show at 8:30 pm

Ashkenaz
1317 San Pablo Ave

In Berkeley

Tickets are $12

One of the top zydeco bands to come out of Louisiana, Dwight “Black Cat” Carrier & the Zydeco Ro Doggs return to our stage in a hot night of Cajun-zydeco dance music. Bandleader, accordion player, and singer Carrier comes from a long line of distinguished musicians (he’s the nephew of Roy Carrier and cousin of Troy “Dikki Du” and Chubby Carrier, to name just a few), a family where zydeco music was a pastime for holidays and family gatherings. He embodies both tradition and a unique style that is infused with his blues and R&B influences.

Growing up in Church Point, Louisiana, in the time when rap music was gaining popularity, Carrier’s friends would laugh when he and his brother Joseph practiced their zydeco music. In 1988, his first band, Dwight Carrier and Zydeco Rockers was created, with Dwight playing accordion and Joseph on drums. When he was just 14, Dwight released his first album entitled “My Baby Left Me,” which earned him local status. In 1991 Dwight was asked to join the Creole Zydeco Snap Band, headed by Creole and blues musician Warren Ceasar. Dwight became the group’s accordionist and traveled extensively around the world for several years, including multiple appearances at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. After a break from music, Carrier returned to the family business of zydeco in 2008, forming his band Black Cat and the Zydeco Ro Doggs. They have taken their pumping style of music to both coasts and the Midwest as well as throughout Louisiana.

Band: http://www.myspace.com/dwightblackcatcarrier
FB Event: http://bit.ly/2pUs5yp
Eventbrite: https://ashkenaz061317.eventbrite.com

Balkan Balkan Folkdance

Wednesday, June 14th, 2017 - Wednesday, June 14th, 2017, Doors at 6:30 pm; Balkan dance lesson at 7:00 pm; Dance at 8:00 pm

Ashkenaz
1317 San Pablo Ave

In Berkeley

Tickets are $7

This monthly event is a revival of ’70s-style Berkeley folkdancing with some international request dancing to recorded music, capturing the spirit that David Nadel was inspired by when he opened Ashkenaz in 1973 with Balkan folkdancing. One does not need a live band to experience the communal pleasure of dancing together, and the dance lessons help newcomers join in the experience.

FB Event: http://bit.ly/2qDaVEN

Lisa Geduldig Presents… Gay Pride Comedy Night at Ashkenaz!

Friday, June 16th, 2017 - Friday, June 16th, 2017, 8pm

Ashkenaz
1317 San Pablo Ave

In Berkeley

Bay Area comedian and comedy producer, Lisa Geduldig (of Kung Pao Kosher Comedy fame) brings together a hysteria multicultural gaggle of East Bay-based queer comedians for Gay Pride Comedy Night at Ashkenaz!

Featuring: Karen Ripley, Mimi Gonzalez, Sampson McCormick, Nate Blanchard, and Lisa Geduldig

Karen Ripley a queer comic and improv master and has been featured on LOGO TV. She is a veteran of LGBT comedy and began her comedy career in 1977 (40 years ago!).

Mimi Gonzalez has been rocking the mic at Prides and protests to cruises and festivals since before being gay was spelled with three letters.

Sampson McCormick is an experience, a down to earth comedic force of nature, and one of the most celebrated LGBT comics working. He's been named 'One of the Funniest LGBT comics' by Huffington Post, BuzzFeed, The Advocate, and OUT Magazine and appeared on MTV, VH1, and BET.

Nate Blanchard started his comedy career in San Francisco at the tender age of 19. After appearing at the Punchline, Harvey's, and two SF Pride events, the siren sounds of cheap rent, smoky bars, and an emerging international comedy scene drew him to Berlin.

Lisa Geduldig is a local comedian and comedy producer who’s the creator, producer, and MC of a variety of comedy shows including Kung Pao Kosher Comedy - Jewish comedy on Christmas in a Chinese Restaurant (celebrating its 25th Anniversary this December!).

Tix: $15-$20
AshkenazGayComedy.brownpapertickets.com

Facebook event page: www.facebook.com/events/1550378065026432

Ashkenaz is an "all ages" venue, but this show is not recommended for children. Teens OK.

Free parking at REI, across the street.

Freestyle Community Dance Soul Sanctuary Dance

Sunday, June 18th, 2017 - Sunday, June 18th, 2017, 11 am - 1 pm

Ashkenaz
1317 San Pablo Ave

In Berkeley

Free admission

Family-friendly Freestyle Community Dance. Come dance freely every Sunday morning at Soul Sanctuary Dance. No admission fee / 100% volunteer produced.

Soul Sanctuary Dance is a welcoming and inclusive all-ages community freestyle/ecstatic/shoes optional dance that supports free expression, community, physical and emotional health, and a spirit of generosity. We dance to an irresistible eclectic blend of world music, funk, house, soul, electro swing, positive hip hop, reggae, dance classics, jazz, blues, electronica, and other music to free mind, body and soul.

Organic fruit for all after the dance.
The dance is completely organized and run by volunteers.
Wheelchair accessible. No scented products please. Shoes optional.

The dance is a generosity and donation-based event. We don't charge a fee for admission. Instead, we post this message at the welcome table: "Your dance today at Soul Sanctuary Dance is a gift from those who have made donations to the dance, and from the volunteers who organize and produce the dance. We invite you to pay this generosity forward for future dancers, in whatever amount or manner you choose, so that we can continue to keep this chain of gifts alive."

Band: http://www.soulsanctuarydance.com/
FB Event: http://bit.ly/2qAoGDU

Kids / Global Cultures for Kids / Pilipino Likha Pilipino Folk Ensemble (Philippines)

Sunday, June 18th, 2017 - Sunday, June 18th, 2017, Doors at 2:30 pm; Show at 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Ashkenaz
1317 San Pablo Ave

In Berkeley

Tickets are $12 adults / $8 kids Advance; $15 adults / $10 kids Day of Show; $35 Family of Four

LIKHA-Pilipino Folk Ensemble's mission is to promote Philippine folk arts and culture and to foster education in dance and music in the community. LIKHA is based in San Francisco, California and has served the community since 1992 -- founded by Rudi C. Soriano, former dance soloist with Bayanihan Philippine Dance Company.

FB Event: http://bit.ly/2qGBZkl
Eventbrite: https://ashkenaz061817.eventbrite.com

Cajun/Zydeco Zydeco Flames

Tuesday, June 20th, 2017 - Tuesday, June 20th, 2017, Doors are at 7:30 pm; Dance lesson at 8:00pm; Show at 8:30pm

Ashkenaz
1317 San Pablo Ave

In Berkeley

Tickets are $12

The Zydeco Flames return to one of their favorite haunts for a night mixing newer songs and old favorites. Winner of a 2009 North Bay Music Award, the Flames appeared on Ashkenaz’s 30th Anniversary CD and have shared stages with most of the greats of the style at dances and festivals up and down the West Coast. They include songs from their recent, seventh album of searing Louisiana zydeco music, “Fire Dance,” and their best dance tunes from the past.

Ashkenaz is a special place to the Zydeco Flames. “It’s one of the first three places we played when we got together in 1990,” says guitarist Frank Bohan. It all began when accordion player Bruce Gordon teamed up with singer-rubboard player Lloyd Meadows to play at parties, including the premiere of the essential documentary film on Cajun and zydeco music, “J’ai ete au Bal.” Soon they expanded to a full band – with electric guitarist Bohan, bassist-singer Timm Walker, and drummer William Allums Jr. – carrying on in the tradition of Clifton Chenier, Buckwheat Zydeco, and Queen Ida. The Flames have performed at just about every important event in the Bay Area, from the Black and White Ball to the San Francisco Jazz Festival, as well as countless Louisiana, Cajun, and zydeco fests. Five of their songs are featured in the computer game “The Sims Unleashed.”

Band: http://zydecoflames.com/
FB Event: http://bit.ly/2q5pME6
Eventbrite: https://ashkenaz062017.eventbrite.com

Grateful Dead Stu Allen & Mars Hotel

Wednesday, June 21st, 2017 - Wednesday, June 21st, 2017, Doors are at 7:30 pm; Show at 8:00 pm

Ashkenaz
1317 San Pablo Ave

In Berkeley

Tickets are $13

A tradition started back in the 20th century, Ashkenaz’s Grateful Dead Night is always evolving, reaching new heights since Stu Allen & Mars Hotel launched a weekly residency in late 2011. Led by acclaimed guitarist-singer Allen (of Phil Lesh & Friends, Melvin Seals & JGB, Ghosts of Electricity), a revolving cast of incredibly talented musicians inhabits Mars Hotel, drawing from the Grateful Dead’s vast catalog to delight Deadheads and dancers of all generations. A Mars Hotel show is always an energetic evening of good vibes, good music, and good community.

When it became apparent that Jerry Garcia had played his final show in 1995, Stu Allen began working to keep Garcia’s music, sound, and spirit alive in the concert setting. He regularly works with Phil Lesh and has also played sets with Bob Weir and Bill Kreutzmann. Allen is perhaps most known for fronting Melvin Seals’ tribute to the Jerry Garcia Band from 2004 to 2011. He received more national acclaim in 2010 when he toured with Dark Star Orchestra. Allen shares the Grateful Dead’s commitment to making each performance a unique event, from preparation to execution. He will perform multiple shows before playing the same song twice, and even then, that song will not be realized in quite the same way.

Mars Hotel takes this idea a step further by presenting a new band at each performance. Drawing from the rich music scene of the Bay Area, Allen has assembled a broad and ever-rotating group of musicians that makes each concert a once-only experience. As far as Grateful Dead tribute bands go, this is a concept that has never been done before.

Band: http://www.stuallen.net/
FB Event: http://bit.ly/2r1Fsgp
Eventbrite: https://ashkenaz062117.eventbrite.com

SPLENDOUR by Abi Morgan

Friday, June 23rd, 2017 - Sunday, July 23rd, 2017, Tuesdays @ 7pm; Wednesdays - Saturdays @ 8pm; Sundays @ 2pm & 7pm (no performance 6/25 @ 7pm)

Aurora Theatre Company
2081 Addison Street

In Berkeley

In the opulent Presidential Palace of an unnamed country, four women await the arrival of the embattled dictator -- his wife, her best friend, a British journalist, and a translator -- while a revolution grows violent outside. As the political tension escalates, time refracts and earlier scenes replay from different perspectives. Morgan, the award-winning British playwright and screenwriter (The Iron Lady, Suffragette), takes the audience on a breath-taking journey with a fascinating theatricality that is at once compassionate, dispassionate, and probing.

“Abi Morgan has elaborated a play of remarkable intensity and richness. Splendour gleams with ice-cool wit, glistens with the sweat of animal fear.” ~Time Out

Swing Mood Swing Orchestra

Saturday, June 24th, 2017 - Saturday, June 24th, 2017, Doors at 7:30 pm; Swing dance lesson at 8:00 pm; Show at 9:00 pm

Ashkenaz
1317 San Pablo Ave

In Berkeley

Tickets are $15

One doesn’t need a tux and gown to dance to the Mood Swing Orchestra, but the music presented under the leadership of saxophonist Michael Young is in the elegant ballroom style of big band East Coast Swing and Lindy Hop. Mood Swing has performed regularly at venues from the Claremont Resort to Bimbo’s. The band was launched in 1995 and was chosen as one of the best local swing bands in the March 1999 issue of “San Francisco” magazine. Trumpeter Peter Anastos provides many of the arrangements of classic big band dance hits of the 1930s and ’40s by Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Xavier Cugat, Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller, and Artie Shaw. The tunes are ageless: “Take the ‘A’ Train,” “In the Mood,” “Harlem Nocturne,” “Come Fly with Me,” and dozens more!

FB Event: http://bit.ly/2q2kZ6Z
Eventbrite: https://ashkenaz062417.eventbrite.com

Freestyle Community Dance Soul Sanctuary Dance

Sunday, June 25th, 2017 - Sunday, June 25th, 2017, 11 am - 1 pm

Ashkenaz
1317 San Pablo Ave

In Berkeley

Free admission

Family-friendly Freestyle Community Dance. Come dance freely every Sunday morning at Soul Sanctuary Dance. No admission fee / 100% volunteer produced.

Soul Sanctuary Dance is a welcoming and inclusive all-ages community freestyle/ecstatic/shoes optional dance that supports free expression, community, physical and emotional health, and a spirit of generosity. We dance to an irresistible eclectic blend of world music, funk, house, soul, electro swing, positive hip hop, reggae, dance classics, jazz, blues, electronica, and other music to free mind, body and soul.

Organic fruit for all after the dance.
The dance is completely organized and run by volunteers.
Wheelchair accessible. No scented products please. Shoes optional.

The dance is a generosity and donation-based event. We don't charge a fee for admission. Instead, we post this message at the welcome table: "Your dance today at Soul Sanctuary Dance is a gift from those who have made donations to the dance, and from the volunteers who organize and produce the dance. We invite you to pay this generosity forward for future dancers, in whatever amount or manner you choose, so that we can continue to keep this chain of gifts alive."

Band: http://www.soulsanctuarydance.com/
FB Event: http://bit.ly/2rnab7q


Israeli Folkdancing Israeli Folkdancing with Allen King

Sunday, June 25th, 2017 - Sunday, June 25th, 2017, Doors & Dance at 1:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Ashkenaz
1317 San Pablo Ave

In Berkeley

Tickets are $10

Enjoy a nostalgic afternoon of classic Israeli folkdances. Bring friends, potluck snacks and drinks, and your requests. This semi-regular event carries on the long folkdancing tradition at Ashkenaz, led by one of the longtime masters of Israeli music and dance, Allen King.

FB Event: http://bit.ly/2q1ZEuN
Eventbrite: https://ashkenaz062517.eventbrite.com

Cajun/Zydeco Tom Rigney & Flambeau

Tuesday, June 27th, 2017 - Tuesday, June 27th, 2017, Doors at 7:30 pm; Cajun/Zydeco dance lesson at 8:00 pm; Show at 8:30 pm

Ashkenaz
1317 San Pablo Ave

In Berkeley

Tickets are $12

He may have been crowned Emperor of the 2011 Sacramento Jazz Jubilee, but violinist-fiddler-composer and singer Tom Rigney and his band Flambeau have always been royalty at Ashkenaz. When not taking their musical message to the far corners of the globe (from Alaska to Caribbean cruises), they hold court here almost monthly, playing Rigney’s own tunes and their usual high-energy mix of Louisiana Cajun, zydeco, New Orleans R&B, and down-home blues favorites. Some songs are pulled from the recent CD/DVD recorded at the Harris Center for the Arts in Folsom, “Swamp Fever – Live at Three Stages,” whose video was part of the 2015 PBS series “Music Gone Public”. Featured songs range from “Iko Iko” to “Orange Blossom Special” and “C’est la Vie.”

Tom Rigney & Flambeau play traditional Cajun and zydeco two-steps and waltzes along with low-down blues and New Orleans R&B. What sets them apart is Rigney’s fresh musical takes on Cajun and zydeco, and other styles he loves to play from rock to classical, creating a celebration of life through dance rhythms. Flambeau is a tight ensemble of virtuoso musicians, with guitarist Danny Caron (Charles Brown’s bandleader; he and Rigney met when both backed up Rockin’ Sidney in the ’80s), boogie-woogie keyboardist Caroline Dahl, bassist and singer Steve Parks, and drummer Brent Rampone..

FB Event: http://bit.ly/2qAzS3v
Eventbrite: https://ashkenaz062717.eventbrite.com

Grateful Dead Stu Allen & Mars Hotel

Wednesday, June 28th, 2017 - Wednesday, June 28th, 2017, Doors are at 7:30 pm, Show at 8:00 pm

Ashkenaz
1317 San Pablo Ave

In Berkeley

Tickets are $13

A tradition started back in the 20th century, Ashkenaz’s Grateful Dead Night is always evolving, reaching new heights since Stu Allen & Mars Hotel launched a weekly residency in late 2011. Led by acclaimed guitarist-singer Allen (of Phil Lesh & Friends, Melvin Seals & JGB, Ghosts of Electricity), a revolving cast of incredibly talented musicians inhabits Mars Hotel, drawing from the Grateful Dead’s vast catalog to delight Deadheads and dancers of all generations. A Mars Hotel show is always an energetic evening of good vibes, good music, and good community.

When it became apparent that Jerry Garcia had played his final show in 1995, Stu Allen began working to keep Garcia’s music, sound, and spirit alive in the concert setting. He regularly works with Phil Lesh and has also played sets with Bob Weir and Bill Kreutzmann. Allen is perhaps most known for fronting Melvin Seals’ tribute to the Jerry Garcia Band from 2004 to 2011. He received more national acclaim in 2010 when he toured with Dark Star Orchestra. Allen shares the Grateful Dead’s commitment to making each performance a unique event, from preparation to execution. He will perform multiple shows before playing the same song twice, and even then, that song will not be realized in quite the same way.

Mars Hotel takes this idea a step further by presenting a new band at each performance. Drawing from the rich music scene of the Bay Area, Allen has assembled a broad and ever-rotating group of musicians that makes each concert a once-only experience. As far as Grateful Dead tribute bands go, this is a concept that has never been done before.

Band: http://www.stuallen.net/
FB Event: http://bit.ly/2qDg4N1
Eventbrite: https://ashkenaz062817.eventbrite.com

African / R&B Rahan Boxley with Special Guests

Friday, June 30th, 2017 - Friday, June 30th, 2017, Doors at 8:30 pm; Show at 9:00 pm

Ashkenaz
1317 San Pablo Ave

In Berkeley

Tickets are $15 Day of Show / $12 Advance

Singer Rahan Boxley presents his fresh dance music that ranges from traditional Congolese to American R&B, reggae, house, funk, capoeira, and Afro stylings. Boxley is a singer-songwriter and recording artist born in Cleveland now residing in the Bay Area. From his roots in freestyling and MCing/rapping, he has evolved into a more versatile vocal artist with a unique and soulful sound that draws from various music genres. He’s open for collaborating with producers, meeting musicians, and performing his craft virtually anywhere on the planet. With a band of fellow open-minded musicians, he showcases his original songs.

Band: http://www.rahanboxley.com/index.html
FB Event: http://bit.ly/2rBqcTY
Eventbrite: https://ashkenaz063017.eventbrite.com


MAMMA MIA!

Friday, July 7th, 2017 - Sunday, July 16th, 2017, 8 pm

Woodminster Amphitheater, Joaquin Miller Park
Sanborn Drive and Joaquin Miller Road

In Oakland

Opening the 51st season of Woodminster Summer Musicals is the international smash hit MAMMA MIA, based on the songs of ABBA. This charming, funny story follows the adventures of a young woman who, before her own wedding, wants to discover the identity of her father. She invites 3 men from her mother’s past to her wedding on the Greek island where she was conceived twenty years ago. MAMMA MIA is packed with upbeat ABBA songs including “Dancing Queen,” “Super Trouper,” “Gimme Gimme Gimme,” and “Take a Chance On Me.” Bring the whole family to this ultimate feel-good show, and be prepared to have the time of your life!

This live musical is performed outdoors in historic Woodminster Amphitheater in Oakland’s beautiful Joaquin Miller Park by a large cast and live professional orchestra. Come early and enjoy a stroll along hillside trails, the views of the bay and cities below, and a picnic with your family.

Performances July 7, 8, 9, 13, 14, 15, 16. Check website for tickets and promos. (Oakland residents, show your ID for half price tickets on opening night!)

Auditions! Auditions! Auditions!

Saturday, July 8th, 2017 - Saturday, July 8th, 2017, 2:00 - 4:00 pm

The First Congregational Church of Oakland
2501 Harrison St.

In Oakland

AUDITIONS! AUDITIONS! AUDITIONS!

For CJ Boatner’s Fall Production “The True Meaning of Christmas”

We are casting for youth Elementary through High School – Actors, Singers, and Dancers

Saturday July 8, 2017 2-4 pm and Saturday July 15, 2017 2-4 pm

At The First Congregational Church of Oakland
2501 Harrison Street Oakland, CA 94612

For more information visit our website: www.cjboatnerproductions.org
Call or Text us: 510-472-8290
Email us at: cjboatnerproductions@gmail.com
Facebook: CJ Boatner Productions
Twitter: CJ Boatner Productions

CJ Boatner Productions is a non-profit organization.

Point Richmond Music Free Concert: Howell Devine and Second Line

Friday, July 14th, 2017 - Friday, July 14th, 2017, 5:30pm - 8:00pm

Point Richmond Music
Park Place at Washington Avenue

In Richmond

Point Richmond Music's 2017 summer concert series continues in July with Howell Devine and Second Line!

5:30 PM-6:30 PM - Howell Devine (Mississippi Hill Country and Delta Blues) www.howelldevine.com

6:45 PM-8:00 PM - Second Line (New Orleans Funk and Soul) www.secondlinemusic.com

Point Richmond Music is an all-volunteer non-profit organization, which produces this family-friendly street festival in support of its mission to build community through the unifying language of music.

Every concert features an opportunity drawing of prizes from local businesses, arts and crafts booths, face-painting for children, and dancing in the streets.

Local restaurants offer a wide array of cuisines, and a rotating selection of food trucks will pull up to each concert. Concert-goers can pair fine food with local beer, wine, and beverages available for purchase in reusable and biodegradable cups at PRM’s bar. All proceeds directly support the music series.

Summer Institute 2017-2018 w/ Luna Dance Institute

Friday, July 14th, 2017 - Friday, July 21st, 2017, 9am-5:30 pm

Mills College
5000 MacArthur Blvd.

In Oakland

Summer Institute (SI) July 14-21st, by Application
INVIGORATE YOUR TEACHING-BUILD COMMUNITY-BE CREATIVE & JOYFUL

Now in our seventeenth year, Summer Institute 2017 continues our convening of 6 dance artists and 6 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.

For 6 days of intensive study in the dance discipline participants explore the elements of dance, creating and implementing standards-based dance lessons, human development zero to 24 years, learning theories, observation skills and more.

Summer Institute is a year-long commitment between participants and Luna Dance Institute. Participants must attend and commit to the following meetings:

• Summer Workshop, July 14-21st, 9-5:30 each day, at Mills College, Oakland, CA
• Midyear Reunion (January 2018) & Gallery Walk (May 2018)
• Regular follow-up coaching and peer reflection throughout the year


For applications email jperena@lunadanceinstitute.org
Applications due April 14, 2017

Summer Institute 2017-2018 w/ Luna Dance Institute

Friday, July 14th, 2017 - Friday, July 21st, 2017, 9am-5:30 pm

Mills College
5000 MacArthur Blvd.

In Oakland

Deadline Extended to April 24, 2017


17 years ago, SI was created to support dance teaching artist to develop their craft. 12 selected applicants will receive year round coaching & consultation, 6 days of intensive dance study over the summer, and collegial exchange at no fee.
Learn more: http://lunadanceinstitute.org/summer-institutes/

Contact jperena@lunadanceinstitute.org

Auditions! Auditions! Auditions!

Saturday, July 15th, 2017 - Saturday, July 15th, 2017, 2:00 - 4:00 pm

The First Congregational Church of Oakland
2501 Harrison St.

In Oakland

AUDITIONS! AUDITIONS! AUDITIONS!

For CJ Boatner’s Fall Production “The True Meaning of Christmas”

We are casting for youth Elementary through High School – Actors, Singers, and Dancers

Saturday July 8, 2017 2-4 pm and Saturday July 15, 2017 2-4 pm

At The First Congregational Church of Oakland
2501 Harrison Street Oakland, CA 94612

For more information visit our website: www.cjboatnerproductions.org
Call or Text us: 510-472-8290
Email us at: cjboatnerproductions@gmail.com
Facebook: CJ Boatner Productions
Twitter: CJ Boatner Productions

CJ Boatner Productions is a non-profit organization.

Developing and Implementing Dance Curricula-A

Monday, July 31st, 2017 - Friday, August 4th, 2017, 9-5pm

Luna Dance Institute
605 Addison Street

In Berkeley

Luna’s entry point for all teachers of dance, this first course in a 4-level foundations series covers:

*elements of dance (both H’Doubler and Laban)
*structuring discrete dance lessons aligned with National Core Arts Standards
*integrating dance across subject matter
*human development theory, infant to adult
*observation and instruction methods

Appropriate for classroom teachers, new teachers to dance, and experienced practitioners who would like to enrich their teaching. No prerequisite.

15% Professional Discounts available for this course for Dancers’ Group/CDEA/NDEO members. 50% off for current students. Please contact 510.883.1118.

Developing and Implementing Dance Curricula-A

Monday, July 31st, 2017 - Friday, August 4th, 2017, 9-5pm

Luna Dance Institute
605 Addison Street

In Berkeley


An entry point for all teachers of dance, this first course in our 4-level foundations series covers elements of dance; structuring discrete dance lessons aligned with National Core Arts Standards; integrating dance across subject matter; human development theory infant to adult; observation and instructional methods. No prerequisite. Cost $525

South Pacific

Friday, August 4th, 2017 - Sunday, August 13th, 2017, 8 pm

Woodminster Amphitheater, Joaquin Miller Park
Sanborn Drive and Joaquin Miller Road

In Oakland

Woodminster Summer Musicals' 51st season continues in August 2017 with South Pacific, the grand 1949 Rogers and Hammerstein adaptation of James Michener’s Tales of the South Pacific.  Richard Rogers and Oscar Hammerstein, already hugely successful with Carousel and Oklahoma, set out to write a popular musical that would also send a strong progressive message about racism. They succeeded so well that this vastly entertaining show still has an important and relevant message more than 60 years later.  South Pacific has a compelling plot, likable characters, and most of all, some of the most glorious songs in musical theater history, including “Bali Ha’i,” “Some Enchanted Evening,” “Younger Than Springtime,” “You’ve Got To Be Carefully Taught,” and many more.  Join us in August for this beautiful classic love story with a still-timely message.

This live musical is performed outdoors in historic Woodminster Amphitheater in Oakland’s beautiful Joaquin Miller Park by a large cast and live professional orchestra. Come early and enjoy a stroll along hillside trails, the views of the bay and cities below, and a picnic with your family.

Performances August 4, 5, 6, 10, 11, 12, 13. Check website for tickets and ticket promos and discounts. (Oakland residents, show your ID for half price tickets on opening night!)

Curricular Progressions

Monday, August 7th, 2017 - Friday, August 11th, 2017, 9-5pm

Luna Dance Institute
605 Addison Street

In Berkeley

Level 3 of a 4-level foundation series, explore the full scope and sequence in dance learning from unit-to-unit, year t-to-year. Content includes deepening skills of observation, reflection and critical thinking; assessment; advocacy. Participants learn to teach choreography from phrasing to group forms, using structures and principles of design. Prerequisite DIDC-B. Cost: $525

Point Richmond Music Free Concert: Delta Wires and Bicicletas por la Paz

Friday, August 11th, 2017 - Friday, August 11th, 2017, 5:30pm - 8:00pm

Point Richmond Music
Park Place at Washington Avenue

In Richmond

Our 2017 free summer concert series continues in August with the Delta Wires and Bicicletas por la Paz!

5:30 PM-6:30 PM - Delta Wires (Blues) www.deltawires.com

6:45 PM-8:00 PM - Bicicletas por la Paz (Latin) www.bicicletasporlapaz.com

Our all-volunteer non-profit organization produces this family-friendly street festival in support of our mission to build community through the unifying language of music.

Every concert features an opportunity drawing of prizes from local businesses, arts and crafts booths, face-painting for children, and dancing in the streets.

Local restaurants offer a wide array of cuisines, and a rotating selection of food trucks will pull up to each concert. Concert-goers can pair fine food with local beer, wine, and beverages available for purchase in reusable and biodegradable cups at PRM’s bar. All proceeds directly support the music series.

For more information, please visit www.pointrichmondmusic.org.

Developing and Implementing Dance Curricula-B

Tuesday, August 29th, 2017 - Tuesday, December 5th, 2017, 6-9 pm/ Tuesday Evenings

Luna Dance Institute
605 Addison Street

In Berkeley

August 29th- December 5th
Tuesday evenings, 6-9 pm, $525

Level 2 of a 4-level foundations series, continuing from DIDC-A, this course investigates the role of the teacher in creating, implementing and sequencing dance curricula aligned with National Core Arts Standards using backward and forward design and embedded assessment. Course content includes choreographic tools, principles, structures and forms; critical pedagogy, constructivism and other learning theories; deeper understanding of elements of dance and human development. Prerequisite: DIDC-A or Summer Institute

Point Richmond Music Free Concert: Evie Laden and The Lucky Losers

Friday, September 8th, 2017 - Friday, September 8th, 2017, 5:30pm - 8:00pm

Point Richmond Music
Park Place at Washington Avenue

In Richmond

Our 2017 free summer concert series continues in September with Evie Ladin / Band and The Lucky Losers!

5:30 PM-6:30 PM - Evie Ladin / Band (Neo-Trad Kinetic Folk) www.evieladin.com

6:45 PM-8:00 PM - The Lucky Losers (Americana) www.theluckylosers.com

Our all-volunteer non-profit organization produces this family-friendly street festival in support of our mission to build community through the unifying language of music.

Every concert features an opportunity drawing of prizes from local businesses, arts and crafts booths, face-painting for children, and dancing in the streets.

Local restaurants offer a wide array of cuisines, and a rotating selection of food trucks will pull up to each concert. Concert-goers can pair fine food with local beer, wine, and beverages available for purchase in reusable and biodegradable cups at PRM’s bar. All proceeds directly support the music series.

Point Richmond Music Free Concert: Sang Matiz and Pangea Futbol Club

Friday, September 22nd, 2017 - Friday, September 22nd, 2017, 5:30pm - 8:00pm

Point Richmond Music
Park Place at Washington Avenue

In Richmond

Our 2017 summer concert season concludes with Sang Matiz and Pangea Futbol Club! You won't want to miss this great season finale:

5:30 PM-6:30 PM - Sang Matiz (Afro Latin Funk) www.sangmatiz.org

6:45 PM-8:00 PM - Pangea Futbol Club (International Grooves) www.pangeafc.com

Our all-volunteer non-profit organization produces this family-friendly street festival in support of our mission to build community through the unifying language of music.

Every concert features an opportunity drawing of prizes from local businesses, arts and crafts booths, face-painting for children, and dancing in the streets.

Local restaurants offer a wide array of cuisines, and a rotating selection of food trucks will pull up to each concert. Concert-goers can pair fine food with local beer, wine, and beverages available for purchase in reusable and biodegradable cups at PRM’s bar. All proceeds directly support the music series.

For more information, please visit www.pointrichmondmusic.org.



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