Events


Free First Thursdays @ the BAMPFA!

Thursday, March 3rd, 2016 - Thursday, December 1st, 2016, First Thursday of the month, 11am-9pm

Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA)
2155 Center Street

In Berkeley

First Thursdays are a great time to visit BAMPFA. The galleries are free all day the first Thursday of each month.

Point Richmond Music Free Summer Concert Series

Friday, June 10th, 2016 - Friday, September 23rd, 2016, 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Downtown Point Richmond
Park Place at Washington Avenue

In Richmond

Point Richmond Music (PRM) has announced the dates and line-up for its 15th annual summer concert season. The all-volunteer non-profit organization produces the 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. Every concert features an opportunity drawing, Arts of Point Richmond art and crafts booths, face-painting for children and dancing in the streets. The 2016 schedule will include a final concert on Friday, September 23rd to close the season.

The grassroots series has become a Bay Area favorite, 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, new this year, one or two food trucks will be at 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. Please visit www.pointrichmondmusic.org for more information.

Friday, June 10th
5:30 PM-6:30 PM - Namorados da Lua (Brazilian) www.namoradosdalua.com
6:45 PM-7:45 PM - Johnny Rawls (Blues) www.johnnyrawlsblues.com

Friday, July 8th
5:30 PM-6:30 PM - MJ’s Brass Boppers (New Orleans) www.mjsbrassboppersband.com
6:45 PM-7:45 PM - Zydeco Flames (Zydeco) www.zydecoflames.com

Friday, August 12th
5:30 PM-6:30 PM - Kenya B Trio (Jazzy Blues & Funk) www.kenyabmusic.com
6:45 PM-7:45 PM - Patrón Latin Rhythms (Latin) www.patronmusicrocks.com

Friday, September 9th
5:30 PM-6:30 PM - Aireene and the Itch (Americana) www.aireeneespiritu.com
6:45 PM-7:45 PM - Michael Van & The Movers (Alternative Country) www.reverbnation.com/michaelvanband

Friday, September 23rd
5:30 PM-6:30 PM - Matt Jaffe & The Distractions (Rock) www.mattjaffemusic.com
6:45 PM-7:45 PM - Extra Large (Eclectic Upbeat Fun) www.extra-large.net

MATRIX 261 / Cecilia Edefalk

Wednesday, June 29th, 2016 - Sunday, October 16th, 2016, Wed-Sun / 11AM - 9PM

Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA)
2155 Center Street

In Berkeley

06.29.2016 @ 6:30PM Opening reception & gallery walkthrough with artist and curator. Included with BAMPFA admission.

MATRIX 261 features the work of Stockholm-based artist Cecilia Edefalk (b. 1954), whose work probes the uncertain nature of historical memory, time, and the visionary role of light. While Edefalk’s practice is intuitive and deeply personal, she variously explores notions of originality and multiplicity through a consistent use of repetition and seriality. Her attentive and reflective approach is evident in her paintings, photographs, watercolors, and sculptures.

Edefalk’s decades-long engagement with nature becomes manifest in the works included in this exhibition. For several years the artist has been visiting a dandelion-filled meadow near her house, capturing it with her camera in various moments of sunlight and states of bloom. In one monumental photograph on view in the exhibition we see a hand tenderly holding a perfect, spherical seed head before the wind carries the seeds away. Similarly, in the late 1970s Edefalk set out on a journey across Europe with a friend to document and draw coastal wildflowers she encountered in areas of historical significance in England, Italy, Spain, and Portugal. The flowers and plants she carefully captures in watercolor act as her lens onto these ancient landscapes; a selection of twenty of these watercolors appear in the exhibition. Birch trees, which are quite common in Sweden, are another subject that has inspired the artist for many years. A series of cast bronze sculptures included in MATRIX 261 were inspired by a birch tree she witnessed falling to the ground—an experience she recounts as a disquieting moment of destruction and decay. She then molded dozens of sculptures from its branches, fixing her experience of this fleeting moment into concrete forms.

SLATE Summer Collection 2016

Thursday, August 4th, 2016 - Saturday, September 10th, 2016, 12:00 PM

SLATE contemporary
473 25th Street Suite A Oakland, CA 94612

In Oakland

SLATE contemporary embraces late summer with a survey of the gallery's select featured painters. With palettes ranging from bright and bold to muted and restrained, abstraction is the thread that ties these diverse works together.

Featuring artists Anne Subercaseaux, Brenda Zappitell, Joanne Fox, Maria Burtis, Melissa Herrington, Michele de la Menardiere, Michelle Sakhai, Pauletta Chanco, and Peggy Gyulai.

Artists' Reception : First Friday, August 5, 5-6pm | Remarks : 5:30pm


2nd Friday Reception Summer Salon

Friday, August 12th, 2016 - Friday, September 9th, 2016, 6:00 - 9:00 pm

Gray Loft Gallery
2889 Ford Street

In Oakland

SUMMER SALON
July 8 – September 9, 2016

2nd Friday Reception: August 12, 6 – 9 pm
2nd Friday Closing Reception: September 9, 6 – 9 pm
Gallery hours: Saturdays, 1:00 - 5:00

Gray Loft Gallery presents Summer Salon, an exhibit featuring a collection of work by artists who have been represented by the gallery, and includes painting, photography, mixed media and sculpture.

Featuring:
Betty Jo Costanzo – painting
Leslie Frierman Grunditz - painting
Susan Parish - sculpture
Ginny Parsons – painting
Susan Scott - photography
Simone Simon – painting
Amy Sollins – drawings
Styrous - photography
Jan Watten - photography
Tom White – mixed media
Karyn Yandow - photography


We Need Better Humans!

Friday, August 26th, 2016 - Friday, August 26th, 2016, 8/26/16, 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Waterfront Playhouse
2020 Fourth St.

In Berkeley

We Need Better Humans! is a 90-minute production with live acting, intense multimedia, a large screen, and quad sound. A small group of alien anthropologists arrives on Earth, only to discover that the dominant species is horribly flawed, is making a of mess of absolutely everything, and has poor prospects for long-term survival. The aliens begin working with a few humans to create a truly advanced, moral civilization, utterly different than what now exists. Will this project succeed, and save life on the planet? Come find out.

Presented by Realization Theater.

25.00.

Rahan Boxley Band plus Special Guests

Friday, August 26th, 2016 - Friday, August 26th, 2016, Lesson at 8:30 pm; Show at 9:30 pm

Ashkenaz
1307 San Pablo Ave.

In Berkeley

Tickets are $10 Student and Advance / $13 Day of show. Dance lesson at 8:30 pm. Ashkenaz is always all ages!

Singer Rahan Boxley hosts an evening of 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.
http://www.rahanboxley.com/index.html
http://ashkenaz082616.eventbrite.com

The Kite Makers

Saturday, August 27th, 2016 - Saturday, August 27th, 2016, 1 - 3 pm

Berkeley Art Center
1275 Walnut Street

In Berkeley

This workshop utilizes the kite as a vehicle for exploring identity and memory. Looking at various approaches to portraiture through symbolic representation, students will reflect on and learn how to visually express a significant relationship in their lives. Participants will gain knowledge of the cultural history of kites and discover how to make it personally relevant.

Taught by artist Asha Kalonia who earned her Bachelor's degree in Art Education from San Francisco State University. Asha believes every individual has creative potential and she uses art to ignite this creativity. Her personal artwork includes painting and experimentation with mixed media process.

Green Art Workshop is a hands-on, eco-conscious program that brings teaching artists into Bay Area classrooms and community centers. Click here to view more classes offered by then at SCRAP in SF.

Open to all ages. Suggested donation $5

The Kite Makers

Saturday, August 27th, 2016 - Saturday, August 27th, 2016, 1 - 3 pm

Berkeley Art Center Association
1275 Walnut Street

In Berkeley

This workshop utilizes the kite as a vehicle for exploring identity and memory. Looking at various approaches to portraiture through symbolic representation, students will reflect on and learn how to visually express a significant relationship in their lives. Participants will gain knowledge of the cultural history of kites and discover how to make it personally relevant.

Taught by artist Asha Kalonia who earned her Bachelor's degree in Art Education from San Francisco State University. Asha believes every individual has creative potential and she uses art to ignite this creativity. Her personal artwork includes painting and experimentation with mixed media process.

Green Art Workshop is a hands-on, eco-conscious program that brings teaching artists into Bay Area classrooms and community centers. Click here to view more classes offered by then at SCRAP in SF.

Open to all ages. Suggested donation $5

Perspectives on Legalizing Marijuana

Saturday, August 27th, 2016 - Saturday, August 27th, 2016, 8/27/16, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Oakland Museum of California
1000 Oak Street

In Oakland

Join us at OMCA for a panel inspired by special exhibition Altered State: Marijuana in California, exploring decriminalization, legalization, what the difference is, and why it matters. Hear from an expert panel of speakers in a moderated conversation as they disentangle these two different approaches to policy and their implications.

Confirmed panelists include:
Amanda Reiman Manager of Marijuana Law and Policy at the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA) develops DPA's marijuana reform work as it relates to litigation, legislative and initiative drafting, campaign strategy, policy advocacy, media relations, fundraising, and public education in the local, state, federal, and international jurisdictions in which DPA is active.

Tsion Sunshine Lencho, Attorney and Consultant at Supernova Collective Advocate focuses on the medical cannabis industry where she provides medical cannabis businesses guidance on corporate formation and advice on navigating the ever-changing local and state regulatory requirements for their businesses. Lencho is also co-founder of Supernova, an organization for women of color in the cannabis industry that has been affecting change by providing free education and training programs to communities of color throughout the nation.

Timothy Birch, Oakland Police Department Research and Planning provides the Oakland Police Department with input including identification of best practices, policy development, and legislative support. His primary focus is on conducting research and providing short- and long-range planning.

Moderator Cynthia Gorney is a veteran journalist and professor at UC Berkeley's School of Journalism, where she joined the faculty in 1999, after a career at The Washington Post that included serving as an award-winning national features writer. She is the author of Articles of Faith: A History of the Abortion Wars, and is currently a contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine and National Geographic.

Presented by Oakland Museum of California.

$8 OMCA Members, $10 public.

The Ivory Club Boys

Saturday, August 27th, 2016 - Saturday, August 27th, 2016, Lesson at 8:00 pm; Show at 9:00 pm

Ashkenaz
1307 San Pablo Ave.

In Berkeley

Tickets are $17 / $13 Student. Swing dance lesson with Karen & Michael at 8 pm. Ashkenaz is always all ages!

Led by guitarist Paul Mehling, the Ivory Club Boys – an offshoot of the Hot Club of San Francisco – revive legendary jazz fiddler Stuff Smith’s style and tunes. Mehling is joined by singer/guitarist Isabelle Fontaine, Clint Baker or Marc Carapone on cornet, violinist Evan Price, and string bassist Sam Rocha. Shamelessly stealing from Stuff Smith’s Onyx Club Boys, the Ivory Club Boys provide a joyous, freewheeling romp through some great old tunes like you’ve never heard them before, designed to keep the dance floor full. Hezekiah Leroy Gordon “Stuff” Smith (1909-1967), by the way, was inspired by Louis Armstrong to play jazz. He tore it up in the ’30s with such hit records as “I’se a Muggin’” and “If You’re a Viper,” was the first violinist to electrify, and later recorded with Nat “King” Cole. That style and spirit is kept alive by the Ivory Club Boys.

http://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-ivory-club-boys-tickets-26494543894

Quiet Please on the Court

Sunday, August 28th, 2016 - Sunday, August 28th, 2016, 4 - 6 pm

Berkeley Art Center
1275 Walnut Street

In Berkeley

Join us for a last look at the exhibition followed by an opportunity to challenge the artists to a game on the neighboring courts. Wimbledon-appropriate beverages and snacks provided.

RSVP please!
programs@berkeleyartcenter.org

Quiet Please on the Court

Sunday, August 28th, 2016 - Sunday, August 28th, 2016, 4 - 6 pm

Berkeley Art Center Association
1275 Walnut Street

In Berkeley

Join us for a last look at the exhibition followed by an opportunity to challenge the artists to a game on the neighboring courts. Wimbledon-appropriate beverages and snacks provided. RSVP to participate: programs@berkeleyartcenter.org.

$5 - $20 sliding scale at the door

ADAMA

Sunday, August 28th, 2016 - Sunday, August 28th, 2016, Lesson at 7:00 pm; Show at 8:00 pm

Ashkenaz
1307 San Pablo Ave.

In Berkeley

Tickets are $12. Jewish dance lesson with Bruce Bierman at 7 pm. Ashkenaz is always all ages!

Adama performs Jewish and Israeli music for dancing. The ensemble plays music of Jewish people around the world, including klezmer, Ladino, Middle Eastern, Yiddish, and Hasidic. The group also incorporates a wide range of contemporary tunes written by Jewish-Americans. Adama includes singer-guitarist-arranger Achi Ben-Shalom, pianist Michael Gill, clarinetist Asaf Ophir, percussionist Jan Padover and bassist Jeremy Cohen.

http://www.eventbrite.com/e/adama-tickets-26612163698
http://www.achibenshalom.com/events-entertainment/adama-live-music-for-all-occasions/

UKSUS

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016 - Sunday, September 4th, 2016, Aug 30, 31, Sep 3 at 8pm; Sep 4 at 2pm

Oakland Metro Operahouse
522 2nd St

In Oakland

UKSUS
Music by Erling Wold
Directed by Jim Cave
Conducted by Bryan Nies
Designed by Lynne Rutter

UKSUS is the latest theater work by Erling Wold, composer of the critically acclaimed operas Certitude and Joy, Queer, and A Little Girl Dreams of Taking the Veil. UKSUS is an autopsy of Daniil Kharms and the OBERIU in the Soviet Union of the 1930s, a narrative told through their absurd stories and brief lives. The OBERIU - The Association for Real Art - maintained their love of words and nonsensical art even through the deprivations of the Nazi siege of Leningrad and to their deaths in Stalin’s Great Purge. Kharms himself starved in a psychiatric hospital in 1942 after his arrest at the hands of the NKVD.

Kharms was well known as a writer of books for children, even though he hated children and wrote fantasies of their painful deaths. His adult works were lost for decades but, secreted away by a friend, were rediscovered and reclaimed by a new generation of troublemaker artists, Pussy Riot and Kirill Ganin to name two, who also were arrested for artistic hooliganism. The librettists, Yulia Izmaylova and Felix Strasser, met working in Ganin’s Moscow theater.

Jim Cave, of Little Girl and Certitude and Joy, directs UKSUS, featuring Wold’s long-time collaborator Laura Bohn, “at once imperious and vulnerable (SF Chronicle)” in West Edge Opera’s Powder Her Face; Timur, who was “riotously effective (LA Times)” premiering the role of Ambrose Strang in David Lang’s Anatomy Theater; mezzo Nikola Printz, The Fox in West Edge’s Cunning Little Vixen, actor Bob Ernst of Blake Street Hawkeyes fame, and Roham Sheikhani of the Iranian theater company Darvag.

UKSUS

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016 - Sunday, September 4th, 2016, Aug 30, 31, Sep 3, 8pm and Sep 4, 2pm

Oakland Metro Operahouse
522 2nd Street

In Oakland

UKSUS is a phantasmagoria of delights, the music jazzy, racous, but bitterly sweet; the latest by Erling Wold; a joyous autopsy of Daniil Kharms and the OBERIU in the Soviet Union of the 1930s, who laughed their way through the bad days of Stalin and the Siege of Leningrad; a narrative told through their absurd stories and brief lives. The OBERIU - The Association for *Real* Art - maintained their love of words and nonsense even through the deprivations the wary and to their deaths in the Great Purge. Kharms himself starved to death in a psychiatric hospital in 1942 after his arrest at the hands of the NKVD.

Kharms was known for decades as a writer of books for children, even though he hated children and wrote fantasies of their painful deaths. His adult works were though lost, but secreted away by a friend, were rediscovered and reclaimed by a new generation of troublemaker artists who have run afoul of the authorities. Pussy Riot said: "Just as the dissidents were not defeated; although they disappeared into mental institutions and prisons, they pronounced their verdict upon the regime. The art of creating the image of an epoch does not know winners or losers. It was the same with the OBERIU poets, who remained artists until the end, inexplicable and incomprehensible." The librettists Yulia Izmaylova and Felix Strasser met working in the Moscow theater of Kirill Ganin, who himself was arrested for artistic hooliganism.

UKSUS is directed by Wold's long-time collaborator Jim Cave, and stars Timur as Pushkin, Laura Bohn as Fefjulka, Nikola Printz as Stalin, the unparalleled Bob Ernst as Michelangelo, and Roham Sheikani as many many things. The band, conducted by Bryan Nies, is an all-star ensemble of Bay Area performers who cross between the modern, jazz and rock worlds, including Beth Custer clarinet, Rob Wilkins trumpet, Joel Davel percussion, Diana Strong accordion, John Schott guitar, Ela Polak violin, Lisa Mezzacappa contrabass.

Presented by Erling Wold's Fabrications.

$30 sliding scale.

Iko Yaya

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016 - Tuesday, August 30th, 2016, Lesson at 8:00 pm; Show at 8:30 pm

Ashkenaz
1307 San Pablo Ave.

In Berkeley

Tickets are $12. Zydeco dance lesson at 8pm. Ashkenaz is always all ages!

Iko Yaya dishes out steaming New Orleans-drenched “swamp and roll” for dancing. Iko Yaya is made up of longtime members of some of our favorite local bands, and it’ll be a night of “bon temps roulez” big time! The musicians got together in 2013 to play the Louisiana-influenced music that moves them, and, as Jim Scott reports, “That’s when the party started!” Tonight it’s a full plate of their favorite New Orleans-based dance music – blues and boogie, Cajun/zydeco, R&B, Second Line, and even country – all delivered with a Mardi Gras vibe. Among the dance favorites are “Mardi Gras Mambo,” “It’s All Over Now,” “Hey Pocky Way,” and “Waltz Across Texas.”

Iko Yaya is singer-percussionist Cheryl McBride (born and raised in New Orleans, a member of SwingThing, and one of our regular dance teachers), singer-keyboardist Dave Rogers (SwingThing, Tamsen Donner Blues Band), guitarist Jim Scott (Mark St. Mary, CZ & the Bon Vivants, Jeffery Broussard), bassist-singer Ryan Houck, guitarist-percussionist Lance Houck, and drummer Sam Siggins (California Cajun Orchestra, Courtableu, Creole Belles).

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/iko-yaya-tickets-26494572981

Jinx Jones

Thursday, September 1st, 2016 - Thursday, September 1st, 2016, Lesson at 8:00 pm; Show at 9:00 pm

Ashkenaz
1307 San Pablo Ave.

In Berkeley

Tickets are $13. Swing dance lesson at 8 pm. Ashkenaz is always all ages!

Award-winning big twang guitarist Jinx Jones brings his trio for a night of real swing for serious dancers. The band plays an array of swing styles drawing from, as Jones explains, “honky-tonk, rockabilly and classic country (Western boogie). We may also throw in a song or two from the swing jazz era.” San Franciscan Jones can tear it up in almost any setting, having played with everyone from Chuck Berry to Roy Buchanan, Solomon Burke, and soul stars En Vogue (including on their multi-million selling album “Funky Divas”). He also issues his own recordings; his most recent CD is “Rumble & Twang.” As he explains his view of music from a rockabilly perspective, “For me rockabilly music is kind of like an amalgam of really cool forms of American music – Western swing rhythms, R&B vocals and jazzy guitar licks. It adds together a lot of ingredients I really like.” His powerhouse trio for tonight’s swing marathon is upright bassist Kurt Ribak (who just released his own jazz CD) and drummer Jamie Lease. All three sing.

http://www.eventbrite.com/e/jinx-jones-tickets-26494583011

La Cage aux Folles

Friday, September 2nd, 2016 - Sunday, September 11th, 2016, 8 pm Fri & Sat, 7 pm Thu & Sun

Woodminster Amphitheater
Joaquin Miller Park, 3300 Joaquin Miller Road

In Oakland

Performances at 8 pm Sept 2, 3, 9, 10. Performances at 7 pm Sept 4, 8, 11.

La Cage aux Folles is a hilarious musical farce that tells the story of Georges and Albin, a gay couple who must pretend to be straight (with Albin in drag) when they meet the very conservative parents of their son's fiancée. Big, entertaining musical numbers combine with high comedy for a story that still has a heart and something to say about true love and real family values. Performed outdoors, under the stars in historic Woodminster Amphitheater in Oakland’s hillside Joaquin Miller Park, by a big cast and live professional orchestra.

Zulu Spear

Friday, September 2nd, 2016 - Friday, September 2nd, 2016, 9:00 pm

Ashkenaz
1307 San Pablo Ave.

In Berkeley

Tickets are $12 Advance / $15 Day of show. Ashkenaz is always all ages!

Award-winning band Zulu Spear’s inspired and uplifting African and World Beat dance music returns to Ashkenaz for two full sets of music, beginning with the group performing mostly traditional South African songs and dances in costume, followed by original Zulu Spear songs and South Africa-world beat music rearranged by the band.

Zulu Spear was a pioneer and leader in the Bay Area’s World Beat scene of the ’80s, a movement that quickly spread across the country. The band of African and American musicians combined South African rhythms and songs with American rock and blues, using electric guitars and drums, resulting in South African pop music before Paul Simon’s 1986 “Graceland” album popularized the style. Additionally, members presented traditional South African dancing along with the music. The group was created by the late South African expatriate singer-composer-dancer Sechaba Mokeoena and Soweto-born singer Gideon Bendile. In the U.S. Mokeoena started U-Zulu Dance Theater and, after moving to the Bay Area, he and Bendile formed Zulu Spear to play traditional South African mbaqanga rhythms and harmonies using modern and electric instruments. The band quickly became a Bay Area audience favorite and issued a debut album on conglomerate Capitol Records. Bendile went on to work with such stars as Hugh Masekela, Paul Simon, and Peter Gabriel.

http://ashkenaz090216.eventbrite.com/

Luciano

Saturday, September 3rd, 2016 - Saturday, September 3rd, 2016, 9:30 pm

Ashkenaz
1307 San Pablo Ave.

In Berkeley

Tickets are $25 Advance / $30 Day of show. Ashkenaz is always all ages!

One of the leading vocalists in reggae for more than 20 years, Luciano leads a one-night festival of high-powered, conscious music that includes Admiral Tibet, i-Kronik and the Reggae Angels. Rising from the Jamaican dancehall scene in early 1990s Jamaica (his breakthrough hit was 1995’s “Where There Is Life”), Luciano helped return conscious lyrics to roots reggae, mixing Rastafarian beliefs and political songs. He gained the nickname “The Messenger,” and by 2007 had been awarded Jamaica’s prestigious “Order of Distinction.” About such albums as “Jah Is My Navigator” and “United States of Africa,” Luciano says, “We're not just singing about Zion and all those glorious dreams. We’re also dealing with issues that affect the people, their very minds.” His most recent recording is last year’s “The Qabalah Man.”

https://ashkenaz090316.eventbrite.com

Launch Your School Year

Tuesday, September 6th, 2016 - Tuesday, September 6th, 2016, 5:00pm-7:00pm

Luna Dance Institute
605 Addison Street, Berkeley, CA 94710

In Berkeley

Launch Your School Year

Tuesday, September 6, 5-7 pm, Free

Start your school year off right with teachers who are as passionate about sharing their art as you are. This Happy Hour is a fun, empowering momentum and community building event. Enjoy drinks with Luna friends & faculty, check out our professional learning library, and get a preview of workshops offered this year.

Contact info: Nia Womack-freeman, nwomack-freeman@lunadanceinstitute.org, 510-883-1118

Sauce Piquante

Tuesday, September 6th, 2016 - Tuesday, September 6th, 2016, Lesson at 8:00 pm; Show at 8:30 pm

Ashkenaz
1307 San Pablo Ave.

In Berkeley

Tickets are $12. Cajun/Zydeco dance lesson at 8 pm. Ashkenaz is always all ages!

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.

http://www.saucepiquanteband.com/
http://ashkenaz090616.eventbrite.com

Greg Palast film: The Best Democracy Money Can Buy

Wednesday, September 7th, 2016 - Wednesday, September 7th, 2016, 9/7/16, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Grand Lake Theater
3200 Grand Avenue

In Oakland

KPFA Radio 94.1FM presents:
single screening only!!!

The Bay Area premiere of Greg Palast's brilliant new documentary film, with live appearances by S.F. comic Will Durst, Robert F. Kennedy Jr, actress Rosario Dawson, producer Greg Palast and surprise guests.

Advance tickets: $15: T: 800-838-3006 or independent bookstores, $18 door, KPFA benefit www.kpfa.org/events

Greg Palast is a New York Times bestselling author and an investigative journalist for the BBC and the British newspaper The Guardian. Like Michael Moore, he is also a documentary filmmaker. His reports can be seen on BBC Television Newsnight. He is the author of New York Times' bestsellers, Billionaires & Ballot Bandits and Armed Bandits as well as The Best Democracy Money Can Buy.

Award-winning investigative journalist Greg Palast digs deep to unearth the ugly facts that few reporters working anywhere in the world today have the courage or ability to cover. From East Timor to Waco, he has exposed some of the most egregious cases of political corruption, corporate fraud, and financial manipulation in the US and abroad. His uncanny investigative skills as well as his no-holds-barred style have made him an anathema among magnates on four continents and a living legend among his colleagues and his devoted readership.

Will Durst, who will open the show, is acknowledged by peers and press alike as one of the premier satirists in America. The New York Times called him, "quite possibly the best political comedian working in the country today."

"For the last 25 weeks, Palast has teamed up with the KPFA Flashpoints crew to create the Elections Crimes Bulletin--which unmasks the continuing and unrelenting Jim-Crow attempts to prevent Black, Brown, and poor people from exercising their constitutional right to vote." - Dennis Bernstein, KPFA Flashpoints Executive Producer

Presented by KPFA Radio 94.1 FM.

$15 advance, $18 door.

The Bay Bridge by Air, Land, and Sea

Wednesday, September 7th, 2016 - Tuesday, September 27th, 2016, M-Sa 11-6 Su 12-5

ACCI Gallery
1652 Shattuck Ave

In Berkeley

A joint show by Berkeley photographers David Garnick and Barrie Rokeach, with the new eastern span of the San Francisco - Oakland Bay Bridge as the subject.

Opening reception: September 9, 5-7 pm

Garnick's photographs, from his series Thirty-Six Views of the Bay Bridge, were inspired by the work of 19th century Japanese woodcut artists Hokusai and Hiroshige. The prints, which include close-ups of the new eastern span of the Bay Bridge, as well as landscapes from around the Bay Area, recall the style of early 20th century lithographs.

Rokeach's photographs are from his commission to document the construction of the new eastern span from the air. They capture the drama through all phases of the construction. This collection of aerial photos provides a window into the complex and often delicate process of erecting the iconic superstructure.

Artist talks:

Thirty-Six Views of the Bay Bridge, David Garnick
September 11, 2 pm
September 24, 2 pm

Rising from the Bay: The New East Span of the San Francisco - Oakland Bay Bridge, Barrie Rokeach
September 17, 2 pm

Stu Allen & Mars Hotel

Friday, September 9th, 2016 - Friday, September 9th, 2016, 9:00 pm

Ashkenaz
1307 San Pablo Ave.

In Berkeley

Tickets are $16 Student and Advance / $18 Day of show. Ashkenaz is always all ages!

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.

http://ashkenaz090916.eventbrite.com

Modern Still Life Exhibition at uBe Art Gallery

Friday, September 9th, 2016 - Friday, September 9th, 2016, Opening reception Friday, September 9, 6-9PM; exhibition runs through October 29

uBe Art
2507 San Pablo Ave

In Berkeley

uBe Art gallery, located in the B-Side Hood of Berkeley--an up-and-coming cluster of shops, restaurants and art and entertainment venues--launches into September with an exhibition devoted to still life.

The Opening Reception for the juried exhibition, Still Life: Past, Present and Future, taking place on Friday, September 9, from 6-9PM, showcases 39 still life works covering a wide spectrum of medium and genre from artists across the country.

The mold was broken with creations like Claes Oldenburg's Tea Bag and Jim Dine's Bathrobe.

uBe aims to explore everything from the bizarre to the beautiful- from genetically modified fruit to the classic table settings.

Join us for our upcoming September exhibition featuring the weird, wonderful and beautiful world of Still Life.

The exhibition showcases the following artists: Ashley Arakas, Alexandra Bloch, Sarah Ciampa, Robyn Cooper, Helen Cox, Carolyn Crampton, Elyse Dunnahoo, Marcus Durkheim, Juannie Eng, Hannah Freeman, Lisa Fulton, Jean-Marie Guyaux, Dirk Hagner, Sarah Heyward, Sandra Hildreth, Daniel Hunter, Eric Johnston, Elizabeth Kenneday, Bob Mathews, PJ Mills, Doris Mitsch, Paul Murray, Sarah Nesbitt, Joshua Newth, Adrienne Ramey, Kathryn Reichert, Eric Rennie, Dawn Richards, Maria Ruggiero, Robert Ryan, Helen Seebold, Edgar Soberon, Gabriella Soraci, Rachel Srinivasan, Daniel Starr, Paul Valadez, Elaine Verchick, Katherine Verdickt and Jack Weaver.

The Opening Reception will feature an open bar and live music!

Still Life: Past, Present and Future will run through October 29th.

Presented by uBe Art.

Free

Luna Dance Institute's Free Open House

Saturday, September 10th, 2016, 10am-12pm

Luna Dance Institute
605 Addison St., Berkeley, CA

In Berkeley

Luna Dance Institute's Free Open House

Dance, play & have fun with your whole family at Luna Dance Institute's free event! Our fall open house features sample creative dance classes for children and families. Check out our new classes for tweens and adults while grooving on our beautiful dance floor. Our studio is located only minutes away from the Berkeley Aquatic Park and Fourth Street shopping center.


Saturday 9/10/16 from 10am-12pm. FREE. 605 Addison St., Berkeley, CA 94710. Contact Amelia Uzategui Bonilla, abonilla@lunadanceinstitute.org, 510-883-1118, lunadanceinstitute.org.

Shakespeare or Space Wars

Saturday, September 10th, 2016 - Saturday, September 10th, 2016, 2:00 pm

Berkeley Marina
160 University Avenue, b/t Marina Blvd & Seawall Dr

In Berkeley

Continuing their tradition of adapting beloved stories to the stage with ridiculous parody and silly songs, the Peripatetic Players will perform “Shakespeare or Space Wars,” described by one member of the troupe, Princess Gwen, as “an homage to two classic star-crossed tales of destiny and daring.”

The troupe's leader, Samuel Peaches, is about to realize his dream of becoming a Shakespearean actor -- but first he and the Players' lead whirlygig-maker, Thumper, must decide which classic tale to perform. While Mr. Peaches believes "Romeo & Juliet" to be among the finest plays ever written, Thumper puts in a bid to steer clear of Shakespeare and instead pay homage to a certain cinematic space opera franchise. Says Princess Gwen, "we ourselves do not entirely know how this is going to play out.”

Bring your picnic blankets and the whole family for a mashed-up version of some of the greatest tales ever told, full of mischief and mayhem!

No reservations are necessary. **ALL PERFORMANCES ARE FREE** and donations are welcomed after the performance.

More Information at www.peripateticplayers.org.

In Berkeley, find us near Shorebird Nature Center and Adventure Playground!

Opening Reception: Making Our Mark and Marking New Paths

Saturday, September 10th, 2016 - Saturday, September 10th, 2016, 5:00pm - 7:00pm

Richmond Art Center
2540 Barrett Avenue

In Richmond

In celebration of our 80th Anniversary at the Richmond Art Center, this major exhibition Making Our Mark looks to artists who have exhibited, supported, and enriched our programs. Some of the celebrated artists including James Melchert, Hung Liu, Squeak Carnwath, and Lia Cook, had their first exhibitions at the Richmond Art Center and serve as the heart of the Bay Area art community–teaching, mentoring, and lighting a path for younger artists.

We invited each of these artists to put forward a younger artist: someone whom they have personally taught or mentored or whose work should be visible. This is in line with our history and mission at the Richmond Art Center–giving a voice to new artists and opening our galleries to new visions.

Other artists participating in Making Our Mark, include William T. Wiley, Christopher Brown, Mildred Howard, Richard Misrach, Deborah Oropallo, Enrique Chagoya, Allan deSouza, Michael Hall, Johanna Poethig, and Dru Anderson.

The Richmond Art Center has invited Allan deSouza, Professor of Photography and Chair of the Department of Art Practice, University of California Berkeley, to guest curate Marking New Paths, an exhibition of work by current degree candidates, which will be presented in the Community Gallery.

Feline Trouble: A Colin Hurley Retrospective

Saturday, September 10th, 2016 - Saturday, September 10th, 2016, 9/10/16, 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Lottie Rose Artist House
6117 San Pablo Ave

In Oakland

Colin Hurley is making this years cat art show also a solo show. Check out
felinetrouble.com
and
colinhurley.com

Or maybe I Hi my name is Colin Hurley and I paint. My main focus is cats but I paint all sorts of stuff. I've been painting since I was 15 and am now 33. I have an Associates Degree and have studied with many artists. Art I guess, is my outlet to life. I am frequently showing my progress in art on social media sites. I live with Firehouse Art Studios. To me, everything is art. To me, art is something wonderful that I'm grateful to be a part of. Art is everything. I believe that. For most of my life I've identified as an abstract-expressionist. Perhaps I really am. Perhaps it's just hard to write about me. I've been told I am very pop. I believe that. I listen to techno music.

Presented by Firehouse Art Collective.

Free

Learn Slipcasting: 3D Collage

Sunday, September 11th, 2016 - Sunday, September 25th, 2016, 10:00am - 1:00pm

Richmond Art Center
2540 Barrett Avenue

In Richmond

$140.00

Get an introduction to making clay multiples with plaster molds. We’ll take advantage of the kitschy selection of pre-made molds that the RAC storeroom has to offer. These forms will be cut apart and reassembled to make sculptures that incorporate white slip, colored slip application techniques, and press molds. The class will conclude by acquainting ourselves with cone 6 glazes and underglazes. $20 materials fee due to instructor.

3 classes
Sun, Sept 11, 18 & 25
10am – 1pm
Save 10% with our member discount

Beginning Figure Sculpture

Sunday, September 11th, 2016 - Sunday, September 25th, 2016, 10:00am - 1:00pm

Richmond Art Center
2540 Barrett Avenue

In Richmond

$140.00

Students will learn how to use basic anatomy and construction methods to build a figure sculpture in clay, from skull, portrait, and torso, working with a live model. We will discuss armature using, clay modeling, firing techniques and sculpture out-surface treatment. Bring a sketchbook to first day class. Model fees included in this course. All levels welcome.

3 classes
Sun, Sept 11, 18 & 25
10am – 1pm
Save 10% with our member discount

Andrew Carriere & the Zydeco/Cajun Allstars

Tuesday, September 13th, 2016 - Tuesday, September 13th, 2016, Lesson at 8:00 pm; Show at 8:30 pm

Ashkenaz
1307 San Pablo Ave.

In Berkeley

Tickets are $12. Cajun/Zydeco dance lesson at 8 pm. Ashkenaz is always all ages!

You can’t get much more authentic than Andrew Carriere, especially when he’s backed by his top-notch Zydeco/Cajun Allstars. A native of Southern Louisiana, accordionist and singer Andrew Carriere brings a long family tradition into his playing. His father was the legendary Creole fiddler “Bebe” Carriere, his uncle was accordionist Eraste Carriere, and cousins Chubby, Calvin, and Roy Carrier are popular in the zydeco arena. Carriere moved to the Bay Area in the ’60s, learned accordion from the late Danny Poullard, and is featured vocalist on the California Cajun Orchestra’s “Not Lonesome Anymore” CD. He performs regularly with the Creole Belles and CZ & the Bon Vivants, and more occasionally in the Cajun Classics.

Carriere’s Zydeco/Cajun Allstars include fiddler Annie Staninec (who just returned from touring in Rod Stewart’s band), steel guitarist Billy Wilson, drummer David “Killer” Hymowitz, guitarist Mitch Polzak, and bassist Steven Strauss. The lineup might not seem particularly “traditional” to current followers of Cajun and zydeco, but, Wilson explains, “This is the real tradition that came out of the ’50s and ’60s honky-tonk Cajun bands, where they just had fun and played for dancers. The steel guitar was right there, and fiddles and an occasional lead guitar.” And, of course, the accordion. The repertoire is the standards and classics of Cajun and zydeco, old and new.

http://ashkenaz091316.eventbrite.com

Root Connection: 20 Years of The Patti Smith Collection

Wednesday, September 14th, 2016 - Sunday, December 11th, 2016, 6:00PM

Mills College Art Museum
5000 Macarthur Blvd. Oakland, CA 94609

In Oakland

The Mills College Art Museum (MCAM) and the F.W. Olin Library are pleased to announce Root Connection: 20 Years of The Patti Smith Collection, on view from September 14 to December 11, 2016. This expansive exhibition features rare and unique materials–many never exhibited in public–from the Special Collections of the Mills F.W. Olin Library. Photographs (both of and by Smith), publications, recordings, and ephemera are showcased together to highlight the breadth of Smith’s artistic experimentation across disciplines including (and not limited to) poetry, music, and photography.

Co-curated by Mills College Art Museum Director, Dr. Stephanie Hanor, Library Director and Special Collections Curator, Janice Braun, and Smith donor and collector, Robert Byler, this two-location exhibition presents an unusual and intimate examination of Smith’s work from multiple perspectives, demonstrating the artist’s on-going innovativeness and influence.


The 96th Ritual (For Anna Halprin)

Wednesday, September 14th, 2016 - Sunday, December 11th, 2016, 6:00PM

Mills College Art Museum
5000 Macarthur Blvd. Oakland, CA 94609

In Oakland

Featuring photography, video, scores, and installation, The 96th Ritual (for Anna Halprin) explores the creative process of experimentation through documentation of the performance project 95 Rituals. Dedicated to post-modern dance pioneer Anna Halprin, the project was a series of scored performances directed by Shinichi Iova-Koga, performed by physical theatre company inkBoat, and presented by Dancers’ Group in 2015.

Anna Halprin is a visionary Bay Area artist whose work has radically expanded the purpose, process, and content of dance-making over seven decades. To inform their process, Iova-Koga and inkBoat researched Halprin’s intentions and working methods, which emphasize individual, spontaneous movement, and incorporate chance-generated techniques to determine the choreography in the moment.

She & Mr. Jones : A Bornday Celebration

Wednesday, September 14th, 2016 - Wednesday, September 14th, 2016, 6p

The Marsh Cabaret
2120 Allston Way

In Berkeley

She & Mr. Jones: A Bornday Celebration is an annual concert in Berkeley, CA honoring the music of Amy Winehouse and Nasir Jones, better known as Nas. Both Ms. Winehouse and Nas were born on September 14th and, through their mutual love of music, became friends, collaborators and soulmates.

Local musicians and emcees, backed by a live band, will be performing original interpretations of Amy Winehouse and Nas songs. After the concert, there will be a Virgo Afterparty for the 21+.


Stu Allen & Mars Hotel

Wednesday, September 14th, 2016 - Wednesday, September 14th, 2016, 8:00 pm

Ashkenaz
1307 San Pablo Ave.

In Berkeley

Tickets are $13. Ashkenaz is always all ages!

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.

http://www.stuallen.net/
http://ashkenaz091416.eventbrite.com

Nick Schou: Spooked: How CIA Manipulates Media & Hoodwinks Hollywood

Thursday, September 15th, 2016 - Thursday, September 15th, 2016, 9/15/16, 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Berkeley Hillside Club
2286 Cedar St

In Berkeley

Journalists covering national security have a tough gig-they need to stay close to sources inside the government, but many of those sources have cryptic agendas. At the same time, the American people depend on and expect a free press to keep a close, impartial watch on the national security operations carried out in our name. As Nick Schou explains in Spooked, in many cases this trust is totally misplaced - as leading journalists get seduced and manipulated by the agencies they cover.

While the press remains silent about its corrupting relationship with the intelligence community-a relationship dating back to the Cold War-Spooked blows the lid off this unseemly arrangement. Schou names names and shines a spotlight on flagrant examples of collusion, when respected reporters have crossed the line and sold out to powerful agencies.
For the first time, Schou gets CIA officers, Hollywood consultants, reporters, and entertainment executives to go on record about the ways "true stories" come about and how the CIA has embedded itself in Hollywood to ensure that the agency usually gets the hero treatment on-screen. Worse still, Schou relates how the CIA vets articles on controversial topics such as the drone assassination program, granting friendly reporters background briefings on classified material, while simultaneously prosecuting ex-officers who release damaging information.

Nick Schou is an award-winning investigative journalist and the author of Kill the Messenger: How the CIA's Crack Cocaine Controversy Destroyed Journalist Gary Webb, the basis for the 2014 movie.

Hosted by Greg Bridges, a radio dj and journalist. Currently he can be heard over KCSM and KPFA, where he has a weekly show and is a contributor to KPFA's Hip Hop and social affairs show HardKnock Radio.

Presented by KPFA Radio 94.1FM

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

Presented by KPFA Radio 94.1 FM.

$12 advance, $15 door.

Silver Season Opener

Thursday, September 15th, 2016 - Thursday, September 15th, 2016, 9/15/16, 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

First Congregational Church
2345 Channing Way

In Berkeley

New Century Chamber Orchestra kicks off its 2016-2017 25th Anniversary Season with a debut appearance by New York Philharmonic Artist-in-Association, Israeli pianist Inon Barnatan. Returning to the Bay Area following his critically acclaimed San Francisco Symphony East Coast Tour appearances in April 2016, Barnatan performs as soloist for Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 13 in C Major, K. 415. Also featured on the program is Langsamer Satz by Anton Webern, Symphony No. 3 by Philip Glass and Happy Birthday Variations by Peter Heidrich.

A recipient of the Avery Fisher Career Grant and Lincoln Center's Martin E. Segal Award, Inon Barnatan has performed throughout the world with prestigious orchestras such as the San Francisco Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin and the Royal Stockholm Symphony. In March 2016, Barnatan featured as soloist with the San Francisco Symphony in a performance of Copland's Piano Concerto and embarked on a critically acclaimed East Coast Tour. Commenting on his Carnegie Hall debut, The New York Times said: "It was a treat to hear the brilliant pianist Inon Barnatan...and it was hard to imagine a better performance than this." This season marks his third and final year as the New York Philharmonic's inaugural Artist-in-Association, a program designed to enhance the connection between soloist and orchestra. Further appearances include debuts with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Chicago Symphony, Baltimore Symphony and Seattle Symphony, as well as touring with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, his frequent recital partner, cellist Alisa Weilerstein and clarinetist Anthony McGill.

Presented by New Century Chamber Orchestra.

$29-$61.

White Guy on the Bus

Thursday, September 15th, 2016 - Saturday, September 24th, 2016, September 15-24, Thursdays-Saturdays 8pm, Saturdays-Sundays 2pm

The Flight Deck
1540 Broadway

In Oakland

Ray, a wealthy, white businessman, rides the bus through a black neighborhood and past the state penitentiary every Saturday. On his weekly ride Ray befriends Shatique, a young African American woman putting herself through college and struggling to raise a son on her own. For a while the friendship offers more than either of them expected, but when Ray finally reveals why he's riding the bus the threads that bind them gradually unravel in a complex web of race, privilege, and revenge.

Not appropriate for children.

Presented by Theatre aluminous.

$10-30.

2016 Pleasanton Harvest Festival

Friday, September 16th, 2016 - Sunday, September 18th, 2016, 10am-6pm

Alameda County Fairgrounds
4501 Pleasanton Ave

In

The Pleasanton Harvest Festival, September 16-18 at the Alameda County Fairgrounds, is returning to the Tri Valley, bringing with it over 24,000 handmade arts and crafts.

The Harvest Festival Original Art and Craft Show is a one-of-a-kind shopping event that gives attendees the opportunity to browse thousands of American handmade arts and crafts, including original art, jewelry, clothing, ceramics, photography, specialty foods and much more. Shoppers can visit hundreds of booths and meet each artist, often getting a personalized touch added to their purchase.

Throughout the weekend there will be fresh, new music and entertainment. Appearing for the first time on the Harvest Festival stage is the Pierce Avenue, a country music duo that blends vocal harmonies with off the rails guitar strumming. Made up of husband and wife Tony and Jaime Pierce, all of Pierce Avenue’s music is rooted in passion and real life experience. And back by popular demand is the Hot Rods Band, getting the crowd on their feet and dancing with early rock and roll hits of the 50’s and 60’s. Plus, strolling entertainers will be wandering the grounds, entertaining and interacting with festival attendees.

The Pleasanton Harvest Festival is proud to partner with local community organizations to give back to the Tri-Valley and beyond. The official non-profit partner of the show is the Crown Monarchs Youth Cheer and Dance Team. The non-profit competitive cheer team will receive half of the proceeds from all shopping bags sold at the event and will also be hosting the interactive KidZone this year. Plus, anyone who brings a canned food donation for the Alameda County Community Food Bank will receive $2 off admission.

For tickets and additional information, please visit http://www.harvestfestival.com or call 800-346-1212.

Sofia Córdova Collaborative Sound Performance

Friday, September 16th, 2016 - Friday, September 16th, 2016, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Richmond Art Center
2540 Barrett Avenue

In Richmond

Córdova presents a live, semi-improvised collaborative sound performance with video projection. Córdova will be joined by Matthew Kirkland with whom she works as XUXA SANTAMARIA.

This event is free to the public.

SambaDá

Friday, September 16th, 2016 - Friday, September 16th, 2016, 9:00 pm

Ashkenaz
1307 San Pablo Ave.

In Berkeley

Tickets are $15 / $12 Student. Ashkenaz is always all ages!

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. The band also was a headliner at Ashkenaz’s 2013 anniversary celebration, “40 Years Dancing for Peace.”

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.

http://www.sambada.com/
http://ashkenaz091616.eventbrite.com

Dance as Arts Integration

Saturday, September 17th, 2016 - Saturday, September 17th, 2016, 1:30pm-4:30pm

Luna Dance Institute
605 Addison Street, Berkeley, CA 94710

In Berkeley

Dance as Arts Integration

Saturday, September 17, 1:30-4:30pm, $100

When people think of arts integration they rarely consider dance, although they recognize how dance relates to kinesthetic learning. Discover how dance can support your programmatic goals for arts integration and project-based learning.

Contact info: Nia Womack-freeman, nwomack-freeman@lunadanceinstitute.org, 510-883-1118

Thomas Mapfumo & the Blacks Unlimited

Saturday, September 17th, 2016 - Wednesday, August 17th, 2016, 9:30 pm

Ashkenaz
1307 San Pablo Ave.

In Berkeley

Tickets are $20 Student and Advance / $25 Day of show. Ashkenaz is always all ages!

Africa’s legendary Thomas Mapfumo & the Blacks Unlimited return to Ashkenaz in our “Think Globally, Dance Locally” world music series, celebrating the release of his new CD, “Danger Zone.”

He is “The Lion of Zimbabwe.” The most important musical-political force in the struggle for self-rule in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) and one of the best-known artists in African music, singer-songwriter Thomas Mapfumo modified his style once Zimbabwe achieved independence, but due to increasing unrest in recent years his music has become as adamant as in the early years. Mapfumo’s electric African music is as infectious to dance to as its lyrics are intellectually challenging, and it continues to evolve as current homeland crises inspire his latest music.

While the songs are often politically pointed, the music has a lilting, hypnotic pulse that Mapfumo and his Blacks Unlimited band created in the late 1970s by transposing the Shona people’s griots’ ancient mbira (African thumb piano) to electric guitars, bass, drums, and horns. They then blended in blues and jazz elements to create “chimurenga music” (chimurenga means struggle in Shona). It was a style promoted by Mapfumo’s Hallelujah Chicken Run Band (whose recordings are available on a reissued CD collection) before he launched his own Blacks Unlimited group. Mapfumo also brought new pride to nearly discarded traditional culture by singing in the ancient Shona language.

http://ashkenaz091716.eventbrite.com

Dance and Common Core

Saturday, September 17th, 2016 - Saturday, September 17th, 2016, 9:30am-12:30pm

Luna Dance Institute
605 Addison Street, Berkeley, CA 94710

In Berkeley

Dance and Common Core

Saturday, September 17, 9:30am-12:30pm, $100

Explore the National Core Arts Standards and learn to bravely address the natural affinities of dance and the creative goals of Common Core. At the same time, critically reflect on the effect Common Core standards and assessments are having on your students, co-teachers and school partners.

Contact info: Nia Womack-freeman, nwomack-freeman@lunadanceinstitute.org, 510-883-1118

Israeli Folkdancing with Allen King

Sunday, September 18th, 2016 - Sunday, September 18th, 2016, 1:30-5:30 pm

Ashkenaz
1307 San Pablo Ave.

In Berkeley

Tickets are $10. Ashkenaz is always all ages!

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.

http://ashkenaz091816.eventbrite.com

SHAKESPEARE OR SPACE WARS at Dimond Park

Sunday, September 18th, 2016 - Sunday, September 18th, 2016, 2pm

Dimond Park
3860 Hanly Road

In Oakland

Impresario Samuel Peaches is finally ready to tackle the role of his dreams in Romeo and Juliet, and his eccentric troupe of travelling thespians are eager to join him. But the troupe’s lead whirygig-maker, Thumper, would rather pay homage to another classic star-crossed tale of destiny and daring, and sets the Players’ sights on a certain cinematic space opera franchise!

The Peripatetic Players present a mayhem-filled mash-up of both tales aboard FluxWagon, their folding mobile stage, in parks throughout the Bay Area.

Bring a picnic blanket and the whole family for an afternoon of theatrical fun!

CZ & the Bon Vivants

Tuesday, September 20th, 2016 - Tuesday, September 20th, 2016, Lesson at 8:00 pm; Show at 8:30 pm

Ashkenaz
1307 San Pablo Ave.

In Berkeley

Tickets are $12. Cajun/Zydeco dance lesson at 8 pm. Ashkenaz is always all ages!

A hot band of Cajun/zydeco veterans, CZ & the Bon Vivants dish out classic Cajun dance tunes and originals. Along with singer and fiddler Catherine Matovich (whose day job is playing with symphony orchestras), the Bon Vivants are Lake Charles, Louisiana, native and East Bay great Andrew Carriere on accordion, guitarist Jim Scott, bassist Elaine Herrick, and drummer Timothy Orr. Over the last few years they’ve appeared frequently on the festival and outdoor event circuit – from downtown Oakland to the Solano Stroll, the Kaiser Rooftop concert series to Bay cruises – and at many a Bay Area dance hall. And India may be the next stop. The band’s CD, “Good to the Bon,” has been used as a tool for teaching world music at the American School in New Delhi; CZ has an international fan base as a result.

The group was born when Matovich got home after playing in Neil Diamond’s touring band and saw a concert by Cajun/zydeco fiddler Tom Rigney. “I loved working big shows, but seeing Tom’s band made me want to be in a group like that, that had so much fun playing together.” The Bon Vivants came together to play a benefit concert in 2004, “and we’ve been busy ever since,” Matovich says. Nobody could agree on a group name, so eventually they were dubbed the Cajun Babes (after the Dixie Chicks), and through democratic process came up with the current group moniker, although there is no CZ. Just high-energy Cajun and zydeco music.

http://www.eyicyac.com/cz/
http://ashkenaz092016.eventbrite.com

Stu Allen & Mars Hotel

Wednesday, September 21st, 2016 - Wednesday, September 21st, 2016, 8:00 pm

Ashkenaz
1307 San Pablo Ave.

In Berkeley

Tickets are $13. Ashkenaz is always all ages.

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.

http://www.stuallen.net/
http://ashkenaz092116.eventbrite.com

Fred Finch Youth Center Impact Celebration

Thursday, September 22nd, 2016 - Thursday, September 22nd, 2016, 6:00pm-9:pm

UC Berkeley International House
2299 Piedmont Ave.

In Berkeley

Make an impact! Please join Fred Finch Youth Center in celebration of 125 years of providing hope and healing for local children and their families. Enjoy champagne cocktails and a gourmet dinner created by the executive chef at International House in Berkeley. Help us honor Assemblymember Tony Thurmond for his commitment to improving life in our local communities. Learn about our programs and how you can make a difference.

Generous underwriting means that 100% of your ticket price supports programs that provide housing and healthcare for homeless youth, mental health counseling to keep kids in school, and job opportunities that lead to full and productive lives.

To purchase tickets go to www.fredfinch.org/celebration or contact Leslie Weir, Development Manager at 510-485-5251 or leslieweir@fredfinch.org

Benefit for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society featuring The Biletones

Thursday, September 22nd, 2016 - Thursday, September 22nd, 2016, 7:30pm

Ashkenaz
1307 San Pablo Ave.

In Berkeley

Tickets are $10. Ashkenaz is always all ages!

Berkeley’s Biletones offer classic rock and country rock with a few originals tossed in, developed over playing together around the Bay Area for the past nine years. The rockin’ set lists run from “American Girl” to “My Back Pages.” The Biletones are singer and guitarist Tom Nelson, guitarist Bill Alberti, bassist Lawr Michaels, drummer Nick Bell (of BandWorks), and Steve Gibson (of BandWorks and the Jolly Gibsons), who plays mandolin, banjo, keyboards, lap steel, harmonica, sax, and guitar.

http://www.thebiletones.com/
http://ashkenaz092216.eventbrite.com

Story Book Diorama

Saturday, September 24th, 2016 - Saturday, September 24th, 2016, 10:00am - 1:00pm

Richmond Art Center
2540 Barrett Avenue

In Richmond

You don’t have to be a child to love to make dioramas. It’s one of those classic projects, where one can capture a perfect moment in time all in miniature. And who doesn’t love miniatures? Join me in turning one of your favorite children’s books, stories or poems into a magical world filled with tiny characters and their “things”, all contained in one little box. Students will explore using found objects, craft supplies and ephemera to create a layered story book diorama and go home with a unique art piece to display or give to a loved one.We will be up-cycling some supplies in this class and a list of the optional materials will be available online. Teens and adults welcome.

Berkeley Old Time Music Convention Square Dance! Brad Leftwich & Hogwire Stringband Rains; & Spencer with the Skeleton Keys; Earl White Band with callers T-Claw & Lucas Hicks

Saturday, September 24th, 2016 - Saturday, September 24th, 2016, Lesson at 8:00 pm; Show at 8:30 pm

Ashkenaz
1307 San Pablo Ave.

In Berkeley

Tickets are $15 / $5 Ages 5-18 / Free Under Age 5. Clogging Workshop led by Abby & Evie Ladin at 8 pm. Ashkenaz is always all ages!

Jamming in the back room with Jesse Milnes and Emily Miller and other BOTMC performers

The Earl White Band plays steamroller old-time dance music. Earl learned fiddle as a founding member of the Green Grass Cloggers, the North Carolina–based dance group that started up in the early 1970s; a dance step he created, known as “the Earl”, is still taught at clogging workshops. He moved to the West Coast at the beginning of the 21st century and today makes his home in Santa Cruz, with his partner, Adrienne Davis, who plays guitar in the band. Mark Olitsky, from Cleveland, Ohio, has won awards for his clawhammer banjo playing at many old-time festivals throughout the South and has recorded with the bands jimmy/johnny/joe (with Joe Thrift) and Killer Grits (with David Bass.) Bassist Martha Hawthorne is well-known to Bay Area folks from her work with the Stairwell Sisters and the Knuckle Knockers.

https://ashkenaz092416.eventbrite.com

Ayesha Curry: Seasoned Life: Food, Family, Faith & Joy of Eating Well

Tuesday, September 27th, 2016 - Tuesday, September 27th, 2016, 9/27/16, 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

First Congregational Church of Oakland
2501 Harrison St

In Oakland

KPFA Radio 94.1FM presents

AYESHA CURRY
in conversation with MICHAEL MINA, SF Celebrity chef, restaurant owner, and cookbook author

"The first time I met Ayesha Curry, I knew I had found a kindred spirit. Like me, Ayesha recognizes the true power of food... how a home-cooked meal can bring a family together and the importance of getting your kids in the kitchen early. Her collection of delicious and accessible recipes reflect who she is as a human...colorful, fresh, and full of flavor! Trust me, Steph's not the only MVP in the Curry household-Ayesha Curry is a superstar in her own right!" -Rachael Ray

In THE SEASONED LIFE Ayesha Curry shares her favorite recipes and invites readers into the home she has made with her two daughters and her husband, NBA superstar Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors. Ayesha knows firsthand what it is like to be a wife and busy mother of two, and she knows that for her family, time in the kitchen and around the table is where the balance of mellow, nurturing relations occurs.

Her passion for her family, and sharing their stories, inspired her to create her lifestyle blog and YouTube channel, Little Lights of Mine, a collection of all the things that bring light into her life. It has become a sensation, garnering viewership in the millions, and accumulating a vast, loyal community of followers.

"I've had the pleasure of cooking side by side with Ayesha, and this is a special collection of recipes. I have been impressed with her ability to put flavors together in order to create dishes that are bold, balanced, and flavorful. ' -Michael Mina, famed S.F. restaurant chef, author of Michael Mina: The Cookbook

Host Linda Khoury is producer for KPFA's morning show Up Front and co-host of the KPFA podcast Arabiyaat.

Advance tickets: $15 admit 1, $40 admit 1+ book, $50 admit 2 + book:: T: 800-838-3006 or independent bookstores. KPFA benefit.
Information: kpfa.org/events

Presented by KPFA Radio 94.1 FM.

$15-$50.

Stu Allen & Mars Hotel

Wednesday, September 28th, 2016 - Wednesday, September 28th, 2016, 8:00 pm

Ashkenaz
1307 San Pablo Ave.

In Berkeley

Tickets are $13. Ashkenaz is always all ages!

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.

http://www.stuallen.net/
http://ashkenaz092816.eventbrite.com

Tracy Kidder: A Truck Full of Money

Friday, September 30th, 2016 - Friday, September 30th, 2016, 9/30/16, 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

First Congregational Church of Berkeley
2345 Channing Way

In Berkeley

Tracy Kidder, master of the nonfiction narrative and author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning classic The Soul of the New Machine and the bestselling Mountains Beyond Mountains, presents the inspiring story of Kayak.com founder Paul English, a kinetic, unconventional inventor and entrepreneur.

Growing up in working-class Boston, Paul English discovers the perfect medium for his talents the first time he sees a computer. Despite suffering from what is later diagnosed as bipolar disorder, he begins his pilgrim journey through the surreal ups and downs of our brave new world. Relating to the Internet as if it was an extension of his own mind, English discovers that he has a gift for building creative teams of individuals. His innovative management style, rapid success, and innate sense of fair play inspires intense loyalty. When English does make a fortune - as co-founder of the travel website Kayak.com (which sold for almost two billion dollars) - his first concern is how to give it away.

With the power of a consummate storyteller, Tracy Kidder casts a fresh, critical and often humorous eye on the way new inventions and new money are reshaping our Culture. A Truck Full of Money is a unique portrait of an irresistibly endearing man who is indefatigable, utterly original, and wonderfully unpredictable.

Presented by KPFA Radio 94.1 FM

Hosted by Mitch Jeserich, Host and Producer of KPFA's Letters and Politics, is a veteran broadcast journalist. He got his start as KPFA's California State Political Reporter in Sacramento before going to Washington DC to cover the White House, Congress and the Supreme Court between 2003 and 2006. In 2009 Mitch launched a pilot program called Letters from Washington, chronicling the first 100 days of the Obama administration, which became Letters & Politics.

1 Admit:: $15 advance, $20 door, 1 admit + book: $40, 2 admits + book: $50. : T: 800-838-3006 or independent bookstores, KPFA benefit www.kpfa.org

Presented by KPFA Radio 94.1 FM.

$12 advance, $15 door.

Caribbean Allstars

Friday, September 30th, 2016 - Friday, September 30th, 2016, 9:30 pm

Ashkenaz
1307 San Pablo Ave.

In Berkeley

Tickets are $15 / $10 Student. Ashkenaz is always all ages!

The Caribbean Allstars are pioneers in the Bay Area reggae scene and longtime regulars at Ashkenaz. The ensemble, whose geographical roots range from Jamaica and South America to West Africa and the U.S., began joining together their musical forces and international backgrounds during the early 1970s. Out of such predecessors as Obeah and the Sons of Creation, the Caribbean Allstars were formed and became the founding fathers of Bay Area roots reggae. Although many musicians have come through the band since its founding, it has long been guided by its director, Trinidad-born drummer Hugh “Sweetfoot” Maynard.

The Caribbean Allstars not only play Jamaican reggae with a traditional electric bass-drums-guitars-keyboards lineup, but also add steel drums to bring in South Caribbean calypso and soca styles of Trinidad and Tobago, producing rhythms that drive listeners to the dance floor. Over the years the band has performed with an array of talent sitting in, including Taj Mahal, Narada Michael Walden, and Carlos Santana. Santana played on their second album and introduced them as “my favorite band” at the 1987 Bay Area Music Awards (Bammies). The Allstars were featured on Ashkenaz’s 30th anniversary CD and have for many years been one of the core bands of the extended Ashkenaz world music and dance community.

http://www.thecaribbeanallstars.com/
http://ashkenaz093016.eventbrite.com

Dance in TK

Saturday, October 1st, 2016 - Saturday, October 1st, 2016, 1:00pm-4:00pm

Luna Dance Institute
605 Addison Street, Berkeley, CA 94710

In Berkeley

Dance in TK

October 1, 1-4pm, $100 No prerequisite

Both early literacy and early numeracy deal with relationships – and relationships can be explored creatively and playfully through movement. Learn how dance reinforces transitional kindergarten curricular objectives in developmentally-appropriate ways, by exploring relationships and play.

Contact info: Nia Womack-freeman, nwomack-freeman@lunadanceinstitute.org, 510-883-1118

Program I - Romance

Thursday, October 13th, 2016 - Thursday, October 13th, 2016, 7:00PM

Zellerbach Hall
101 Zellerbach Hall #4800 Berkeley, CA 94720

In Berkeley

Expect the unexpected in Paul Dresher’s latest orchestral soundscape. Erich Korngold’s sumptuous concerto is sure to steal your heart. An exploration of love and jealousy unfold in Stravinsky’s masterwork.

Program
Paul Dresher: World Premiere Commission
Erich Korngold: Violin Concerto
Stravinsky: Petrushka

Program II - Reverence

Thursday, December 8th, 2016 - Thursday, December 8th, 2016, 8:00PM

Zellerbach Hall
101 Zellerbach Hall #4800 Berkeley, CA 94720

In Berkeley

James MacMillan’s powerful symphony was a 60th birthday gift to the revered Scottish conductor Donald Runnicles. Written in 1806, Beethoven’s 4th Piano Concerto was the last that he was able to perform himself, silenced by his advancing deafness.

Program
James MacMillan: Symphony No. 4 - West Coast premiere, co-commission with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Pittsburgh Symphony
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major

Conductor/Artists
Joana Carneiro, conductor
Shai Wosner, piano
Berkeley Symphony

Virtuoso Concertos

Sunday, December 18th, 2016, 7:30pm

St. Mary Magdalen Church
2005 Berryman Street

In Berkeley

Celebrate the holidays with Voices of Music. We bring you an exciting evening with virtuoso concertos by Corelli, Telemann and Vivaldi.

Maria Caswell, Lisa Grodin, Carla Moore, Maxine Nemerovsky, Farley Pearce, Elisabeth Reed, David Tayler, Gabrielle Wunsch and Hanneke van Proosdij.

The Three Cellos

Sunday, January 22nd, 2017, 7:30pm

St. Mary Magdalen Church
2005 Berryman Street

In Berkeley

The Bach cello suites are among the finest solo works of the baroque. Voices of Music will perform-and then film-all six Bach suites with six of the world's best cellists as part of the Great Works project. Join us for the first set of three of these important works!

Adaiha MacAdam-Somer, William Skeen and Tanya Tomkins, soloists

Program III - Relevance

Thursday, January 26th, 2017 - Thursday, January 26th, 2017, 8:00PM

Zellerbach Hall
101 Zellerbach Hall #4800 Berkeley, CA 94720

In Berkeley

Mason Bates received his PhD from UC Berkeley before becoming one of the most-performed composer living today. Hector Berlioz was so enamored by the second movement of Beethoven’s 4th that he claimed it was the work of the Archangel Michael, not that of a human.

Program:
Mason Bates: Cello Concerto
Beethoven: Symphony No. 4 in B-flat major


Conductor/Artists:
Joana Carneiro, conductor
Joshua Roman, cello
Berkeley Symphony

Pergolesi Stabat Mater

Sunday, March 19th, 2017, 7:30pm

St. Mary Magdalen Church
2005 Berryman Street

In Berkeley

From the Netherlands, soprano Stefani True makes her Voices of Music debut; Stefanie is joined by the fabulous Meg Bragle for our performances of Pergolesi's masterpiece, the Stabat Mater. Violinist Cynthia Miller Freivogel also returns from Amsterdam: Bay Area rejoice! Copresented by the San Francisco Early Music Society (SFEMS)

Program IV - Remembrance

Thursday, May 4th, 2017 - Thursday, May 4th, 2017, 8:00PM

Zellerbach Hall
101 Zellerbach Hall #4800 Berkeley, CA 94720

In Berkeley

Set to texts by Yevgeny Yevtushenko, Shostakovitch’s epic masterpiece offers a blistering denunciation of anti-Semitism and other social ills. Babi Yar is the ravine outside Kiev where the Nazis murdered tens of thousands of Ukrainian Jews, yet where Soviet officials refused to erect a monument after the war.

Program:
Shostakovich: Symphony No.13, "Babi Yar"

Conductor/Artists:
Joana Carneiro, conductor
Denis Sedov, Bass Solist
Berkeley Symphony
Marika Kuzma, Chorusmaster
Men's Chorus, to include:
Alumni of the Chamber Chorus of the University of California
Alumni of the Pacific Boychoir Academy
Members of the St. John of San Francisco Russian Orthodox Chorale



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