Events


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.

Junk Pirate III

Saturday, October 22nd, 2016 - Sunday, December 11th, 2016, W-F 12-7pm

The Compound Gallery
1167 65th st

In Oakland

Junk Pirate III with “Roll the dice for your price!” Join in the dice rolling fun as many of the pieces will be priced by the roll of the dice! Will you pay $1? Or $50?

Pete Glover has occupied himself over the previous 15 years with the observation and pursuit of innocuous objects. He searches for patterns and deviations in the design and manufacture of everyday objects like toys, personal electronics, office supplies, and writing utensils. His quest is for the satisfaction of a logical addition to a collection or the curious mystery of an outlying oddity. Objects are discovered, collected, reviewed, categorized, organized, exhibited, and celebrated.

Pete’s studio practice is that of a junk taxonomist. His workspace in Portland, OR is a little more than a room filled with drawers, shelves, cabinets, and crates. Items are gathered and classified, contemplated and arranged, stashed and often forgotten until a freshly acquired object activates the collection. Working day jobs at reuse centers and thrift stores throughout his adulthood provides an unending stream of possible materials to gather. Supplemented by items considered from frequent visits to yard sales, free boxes, and dumpsters, no amassment of ‘stuff’ can ever truly be considered complete. Pete’s work is that of filter and editor.

From October 22nd to December 11, 2016, The Compound Gallery in Oakland, CA will present Pete Glover’s third exhibition Junk Pirate assemblages. The show will feature dozens of cabinets of found and arranged objects varying from the boldly bizarre to the beautifully banal. Interspersed throughout will be singular images and items of considerable interest, particularly as they are presented without the framework of their original intended contexts.

Many of the pieces in the show will be priced by chance with the return of the “Roll The Dice for the Price”. In conjunction with with the opening reception of Junk Pirate III will be the release of a special collaborative bronze

TRUTH + IRONY

Thursday, November 17th, 2016 - Saturday, December 10th, 2016, 12:00 PM - 5:00pm Thursdays - Saturdays

SLATE contemporary
473 25th Street, Suite A

In Oakland

Truth + Irony

SLATE contemporary | 473 25th Street, Oakland, CA

November 17 - December 10, 2016

Artists' Reception : First Friday, December 2, 5-6p with Artist Remarks at 5:30p | Followed by the Oakland Art Murmur First Friday Art Walk till 9p

An exploration of humor as a path to truth across a variety of media. Exhibition will feature SLATE artists Lucky Rapp + Diane Rosenblum. Also welcoming LA guest artist Joe Lewis, as well as two artist teams courtesy of Zener Schon Contemporary Art: REISIG AND TAYLOR + Flores, Gil, and Mann.

Call for Entries- HERE: BAC Artists Annual

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016 - Sunday, March 26th, 2017

Berkeley Art Center
1275 Walnut Street

In Berkeley

Artwork Drop off Dates: Friday – Sunday, November 25 – 27, 11 am – 5 pm
(2D work limited to 24" max in any dimension)

Click here for the CALL FOR ENTRIEShttps://static1.squarespace.com/static/51df36bce4b063b4f567cdee/t/57eed798579fb3fbf5181f3d/1475270554220/Call_for_Entries_2016.pdf

All entrants must fill out the new online form by 5:00pm on November 23rd to enter. Click here for the SUBMISSION FORM https://app.smartsheet.com/b/form?EQBCT=0a12e710ec0040d4a72d904bc429ab74

BAC's Artists Annual is a celebration of our members who form the deep and rich art community that makes Berkeley Art Center such a unique organization. This salon-style exhibition features small works in a variety of media. The exhibition is presented in two parts: a non-juried presentation, followed by a juried show. This year the juror will be Renny Pritikin, Chief Curator of the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco.

HERE, Part 2 will open Saturday, January 21 and run through February 26, 2017.

Call for Entries- HERE: BAC Artists Annual

Friday, November 25th, 2016 - Sunday, February 26th, 2017

Berkeley Art Center
1275 Walnut Street

In Berkeley

December 3, 2016 - January 8, 2017
Opening Reception: Saturday, December 3, 5 - 7 pm

Artwork Drop off Dates: Friday – Sunday, November 25 – 27, 11 am – 5 pm
(2D work limited to 24" max in any dimension)

Click here for the CALL FOR ENTRIES https://static1.squarespace.com/static/51df36bce4b063b4f567cdee/t/57eed798579fb3fbf5181f3d/1475270554220/Call_for_Entries_2016.pdf

All entrants must fill out the new online form by 5:00pm on November 23rd to enter. Click here for the SUBMISSION FORM https://app.smartsheet.com/b/form?EQBCT=0a12e710ec0040d4a72d904bc429ab74

BAC's Artists Annual is a celebration of our members who form the deep and rich art community that makes Berkeley Art Center such a unique organization. This salon-style exhibition features small works in a variety of media. The exhibition is presented in two parts: a non-juried presentation, followed by a juried show. This year the juror will be Renny Pritikin, Chief Curator of the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco.

HERE, Part 2 will open Saturday, January 21 and run through February 26, 2017.

Here, Part I, 2016 BAC Annual Exhibition

Saturday, December 3rd, 2016 - Sunday, January 8th, 2017, 5 pm

Berkeley Art Center
1275 Walnut Street

In Berkeley

December 3, 2016 - January 8, 2017
Opening Reception: Saturday, December 3, 5 -7 pm

Artwork Drop off Dates: Thursday - Saturday, November 25 - 27, 11 am - 5pm
(2D work limited to 24" max in any dimension)

"BAC's Artists Annual" is a celebration of our members who form the deep and rich art community that makes Berkeley Art Center such a unique organization. This salon-style exhibition features small works in a variety of media. The exhibition is presented in two parts: non-juried presentation, followed by a juried show. This year juror will be Renny Pritikin, Chief Curator of the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco.

Here, Part 2 will open Saturday, January 21 and run through February 26, 2017.

Stu’s End-of-the-Year Showcase

Friday, December 9th, 2016 - Friday, December 9th, 2016, Doors at 8:30 pm; Show at 9:00 pm

Ashkenaz
1317 San Pablo Ave

In Berkeley

Tickets are $18/$16 advance & students. 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.

Website: http://www.stuallen.net/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/567365483451522/
Eventbrite: www.ashkenaz120916.eventbrite.com

Alexander String Quartet with Robert Greenberg, SF Performances

Saturday, December 10th, 2016 - Saturday, December 10th, 2016, 12/10/16, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

St. John's Presbyterian Church, Berkeley
2727 College Avenue

In Berkeley

Beethoven: Before, During and After:

For over 20 years, thousands of audience members from the Bay Area and beyond have savored Saturday-morning musical conversations, exploring composers and concepts with the Alexander String Quartet and San Francisco Performances Music Historian-in-Residence Robert Greenberg. The series combines complete performances of string quartets with Greenberg's witty profound takes on these works, their creators and their place in history and the hearts of music lovers.

The Alexander String Quartet was formed in New York City in 1981 and captured international attention as the first American quartet to win the London International String Quartet Competition in 1985. The quartet has received honorary degrees from Allegheny College and St. Lawrence University, and presidential medals from Baruch College (CUNY). Having celebrated their 30th Anniversary in 2011, the Alexander String Quartet has performed in the major music capitals of five continents, securing its standing among the world's premiere ensembles. Widely admired for its interpretations of Beethoven, Mozart, and Shostakovich, the quartet's recordings of the Beethoven cycle (twice), and the Bartok and Shostakovich cycles have all won international critical acclaim. The quartet has also established itself as an important advocate of new music through over 25 commissions from such composers as Jake Heggie, Cindy Cox, Augusta Read Thomas, Robert Greenberg, Martin Bresnick, Cesar Cano, and Pulitzer Prize-winner, Wayne Peterson. A new work by Tarik O'Reagan commissioned for the Alexander by the Boise Chamber Music Series, will have its premiere in 2016.

PROGRAM:

BEETHOVEN: Quartet in F Minor, Op. 95
MENDELSSOHN: Quartet in F Minor, Op. 80

Presented by San Francisco Performances.

$45.

Dating Between the Lines Book Launch Party and Art Exhibit

Saturday, December 10th, 2016 - Saturday, December 10th, 2016, 12/10/16, 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Firehouse Co. 'Lottie Rose' Art House
6117 San Pablo Ave

In Oakland

To celebrate our book release with our friends, family, and community, we will have books and prints for sale, merchandise for raffle, food and drinks, and great music.

Dating Between the Lines is a self-published, illustrated dating book of humor and human insight. There will be two book launch events following the official release on Wednesday December 7, 2016.

Dating Between the Lines is a book of illustrated pick-up lines and quotes from lovely, everyday folks, containing their insights on love and life. We created this book to be a source of comic relief for folks (ourselves included!) during those times that dating and relationships feel like a murky sea of confusion and self doubt. We want you to have a space to think deeply about this dating stuff, while keeping a sense of humor. The illustrations will make you laugh, and the dating wisdom will lift your heart.

Dating Between the Lines is self-published under the imprint It's A Group Effort; edited by Emma Craig and illustrated by Puja Tolton. Both East Coast transplants living in Oakland, CA, Emma is a queer writer and feminist, and Puja is an illustrator, zine-maker and actor. Dating Between the Lines is their first collaboration and first published book.

This book is proudly community created. The pick-up lines are from brainstorming sessions with friends, and the quotes are from interviews with people in our extended networks. Many illustrations feature local businesses of Oakland, our home base. We are largely funded by the generosity of our Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign.

Dating Between the Lines will also be hosting a Book Launch Bar Hop on Saturday Dec 17, 2016 8-11pm starting at Spice Monkey Restaurant & Bar. The Event will stop at all bars featured in the book.

Presented by Dating Between the Lines.

Free

We Are One

Saturday, December 10th, 2016 - Saturday, December 10th, 2016, 12/10/16, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

First Presbyterian Church of Oakland
2619 Broadway

In Oakland

Join the award-winning singers of the Oakland Youth Chorus in a celebration of the songs,traditions, and diverse cultures that honor and create community. Sing with us as we raise our voices together to empower others and create harmony. Bringing together hundreds of K-12 students from 20 East Bay school and sites, this 42nd annual holiday event is sure to inspire and uplift you as we celebrate each other's gifts.

Tickets available at www.oyc.modvantage.com/events $20 adult, $15 student/senior, $10 children advance - $5 increase at the door.

Presented by Oakland Youth Chorus.

$10-$25.

Dance in ECE: Movement, Play & Relationships WKSHP

Saturday, December 10th, 2016, 9:30am-4:30pm

Luna Dance Institute
605 Addison Street

In Berkeley

This level 1 course explores dance and movement in early childhood and family settings. Learn to extend spontaneous dance experiences, create dance lessons, facilitate parent-child interactions, integrate dance into emergent curriculum, and activate circle time.
$175 No prerequisite

Benefit for the Bandworks Scholarship Fund Bandworks Year End Award Show Bandworks Faculty Showcase

Saturday, December 10th, 2016 - Saturday, December 10th, 2016, Doors at 7:30 pm; Show at 8:00 pm

Ashkenaz
1317 San Pablo Ave

In Berkeley

Tickets are $20. Ashkenaz is always all ages!
Since 1993, BandWorks has helped several thousand musicians 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.

Website: http://bandworks.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/349241302119419/
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Basic Butoh Workshop with Hiroko Tamano

Sunday, December 11th, 2016, 1 - 4 pm

Berkeley Art Center
1275 Walnut Street

In Berkeley

Butoh is a performance art rooted in Japanese culture and imagination. Hiroko guides the class through visual imaginations that are realized through movement. Whether you practice dance or healing arts this workshop is sure to be an enriching and memorable experience. Hiroko Tamano is a direct student of Butoh founder, Hijikata Tatsumi. Therefore, she provides us with rare access to the original spirit and methodology of Butoh.

Class Fee: $20 BAC Members / $30 Non-members
To register use the following link: https://www.z2systems.com/np/clients/bac/event.jsp?event=610&

Basic Butoh Workshop with Hiroko Tamano

Sunday, December 11th, 2016, 1 - 4 pm

Berkeley Art Center
1275 Walnut Street

In Berkeley

Butoh is a performance art rooted in Japanese culture and imagination. Hiroko guides the class through visual imaginations that are realized through movement. Whether you practice dance or healing arts this workshop is sure to be an enriching and memorable experience. Hiroko Tamano is a direct student of Butoh founder, Hijikata Tatsumi. Therefore, she provides us with rare access to the original spirit and methodology of Butoh.

Class Fee: $20 BAC Members / $30 Non-members
To register use the following link: https://www.z2systems.com/np/clients/bac/event.jsp?event=610&

Oakland Ballet Company's Land of the Sweets Tea Party

Sunday, December 11th, 2016 - Sunday, December 11th, 2016, 12/11/16, 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Berkeley City Club
2315 Durant Avenue

In Berkeley

Oakland Ballet Company presents the Land of the Sweets Tea Party, an elegant "high tea" featuring refreshments, live excerpts from the Nutcracker ballet, and holiday music, with proceeds supporting the 2016 production of Graham Lustig's The Nutcracker.

Presented by Oakland Ballet Company.

$100, with discounts for children and seniors.

How Can I Keep From Singing--WomenSing's Holiday Concert

Sunday, December 11th, 2016 - Sunday, December 11th, 2016, 12/11/16, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

First Presbyterian Church of Oakland
2619 Broadway Avenue

In Oakland

WomenSing's holiday concert features songs that reflect seasonal joy and offer comfort in the face of global unrest. Highlights include Jessica Locke's Reading of the Names: The Firefighters, written in honor of the 343 firefighters who lost their lives at the World Trade Center, and the world premiere of Kirstina Rasmussen Collins' How Can I Keep From Singing? specially written for WomenSing. Complementing these pieces will be works by Rheinberger, Glick, Rutter, and an eclectic mix of lyrical, lively, and immortal English Christmas carols, including a dash of Pentatonix arrangements.

These concerts will feature a procession to honor Santa Lucia, whose feast day is in mid-December, complete with a wreath of candles, as celebrated in Sweden and Italy. Srul Irvin Glick's Psalm 47 and Psalm 23 contrast the calm meditation and the joy these psalms have offered through the ages. Reading of the Names: The Firefighters and How Can I Keep From Singing? simultaneously honor bravery in the face of hardship and provide comfort for a time of uncertainty. Music has always been integral to the holiday season. How can we keep from singing?

Presented by WomenSing.

$28 general admission; $10 for students.

Oakland Symphony 'Let Us Break Bread Together' Holiday Concert

Sunday, December 11th, 2016 - Sunday, December 11th, 2016, 12/11/16, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

The Paramount Theatre
2025 Broadway

In Oakland

The Oakland Symphony and Chorus will share the stage with a host of guest artists in celebration of the holidays and a tribute to Oakland's tradition of activism and the arts as part of the annual Let Us Break Bread Together concert Sunday, December 11, at 4 pm at the Paramount Theatre in Oakland.

Oakland Symphony Music Director and conductor Michael Morgan will bring together guest artists including the award-winning Mt. Eden High School Choir, Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir, Linda Tillery and Friends, Vocal Rush from Oakland School of the Arts and perennial favorites the ebullient Klezmer band, Kugelplex.

For the past few seasons, Morgan has included musical tributes to American activist icons as part of the annual event that has come to be recognized as the Bay Area's most non-traditional holiday tradition. The past two years' homages to composer-activists Pete Seeger and Frank Sinatra were extremely popular. This year the legacy and music of the era of the Black Panther Party-which was founded in Oakland 50 years ago--will be the subject of Let Us Break Bread Together in choral and orchestral arrangements of popular, gospel, Motown and resistance music. As it has for the past 24 years, the event will also feature holiday music from many cultures and observances and, of course, audience sing-alongs. Pre-concert no-host drinks and free lobby entertainment begin at 3 pm.

Presented by Oakland Symphony.

$25-$80.

We Have Seen His Star

Sunday, December 11th, 2016 - Sunday, December 11th, 2016, 12/11/16, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Downs Memorial United Methodist Church
6026 Idaho Street

In Oakland

Oakland Bay Area Community Chorus (OBACC) under the direction of Maestro William (Bill) Bell presents Its annual Christmas Concert: "We Have Seen His Star." "A Christmas Homecoming" is the theme for this concert.

The Chorus had its origin at Downs Memorial UMC in Oakland as a combined choir. It has expanded to a nonprofit Community Organization whose mission is the preservation of the traditional African American Spiritual (AKA Negro Spiritual) by continuing to give voice to this unique historical music that served as church music and a means of communication during slavery. It has been referred to, by some, as the only true American Folk Music.

William Bell, a multifaceted musician extraordinaire, known throughout the Bay Area as the "Jazz Professor", is the founder and director of the chorus. Sandra Iglehart, Assistant Director, a retired teacher of music and voice and currently a Choir director, is an accomplished and gifted musician.

The program will feature Traditional Christmas Spirituals and Gospel.

Tickets available on line at: BROWNPAPERTICKETS.COM
Listed under WE HAVE SEEN HIS STAR

Presented by Oakland Bay Area Community Chorus.

$20 for Adults, $10 for Children.

Community DRUMMM Circle with Jeni Swerdlow

Sunday, December 11th, 2016 - Sunday, December 11th, 2016, Show at 2:00 pm-3:15 pm

Ashkenaz
1317 San Pablo Ave

In Berkeley

Tickets are Adults $10-15 sliding scale; Kids (2-13 years) $5-10 sliding scale; Kids under 2 are free with participating/supervising adult. Ashkenaz is always all ages!
Join DRUMMM Rhythmic Events founder Jeni Swerdlow and friends in a joyful celebration of rhythm! Group drumming can be a fun and effective way to reduce stress, connect with oneself and others, live in the moment, and build musical skills. Swerdlow’s facilitation makes drumming engaging, accessible, and meaningful for all ages and all levels. Come play! Bring a drum or play one that’s provided (first come, first served) for an additional $5. Beginners are encouraged to come early for an introduction to hand drumming and basic world grooves.

Register online at DRUMMM.com (click “Pay Now” and follow the instructions)or pay by cash/check at the door. Kids ages 2-13 qualify for reduced admission. Kids under age 2 are admitted free with a participating/supervising adult.

Website: http://www.drummm.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/217280022040716/
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Practitioner Exchange: Dance in Middle & High School

Tuesday, December 13th, 2016, 4:30pm-6:00pm

Luna Dance Institute
605 Addison Street

In Berkeley

Peer educators explore. Share and discuss issues of practice. Held the 2nd Tuesday of the month, 4:30-6pm. $15-40, Free for PL Users

philARThropy

Thursday, December 15th, 2016 - Saturday, January 7th, 2017, 6:00pm

SLATE contemporary
473 25th Street, Suite A

In Oakland

SLATE contemporary’s philARThropy offers art patrons an opportunity to purchase high quality, original works of art at affordable prices while raising critical funding for the Sandra J. Wing Healing Therapies Foundation. The fundraiser and month-long exhibition will include everything from abstracts and landscapes to assemblage, pop art and photography. All artworks on display will be discounted to $1000 or less. 20% of proceeds directly benefit the SJWHTF through SLATE contemporary.

The mission of the Sandra J. Wing Healing Therapies Foundation is to provide cancer patients with financial assistance for complementary healing services during their treatment period in the Tri-Valley region of the San Francisco Bay Area, CA.

Christmas Jug Band

Thursday, December 15th, 2016 - Thursday, December 15th, 2016, 8:00 pm

Ashkenaz
1317 San Pablo Ave

In Berkeley

Tickets are $17 Advance / $20 Day of Show. Ashkenaz is always all ages!

The Christmas Jug Band comes to Ashkenaz in its first tour since the death early this year of founding member Dan Hicks. In addition to fun and great music, the group will include a tribute to Hicks. What began in 1977 as a momentary lapse of sanity inspired by just the right amount of Wild Turkey has led to five albums and too many fruitcakes to count. The Christmas Jug Band is a loose affiliation of local folkies, hipsters, and hardcore rock and rollers who share a love for jug band versions of cherished Christmas classics and irreverent originals like “Mistletoe Jam” and “Santa Clara, San Jose or Santa Claus.”

For 39 years these purveyors of raucous revelry and lowdown hijinks have transformed staid Christmas standards into funky jug band jive, complete with all the bells and whistles, washboards and washtubs, wood blocks and kazoo. “Make no mistake,” writes Paul Liberatore of the San Jose Mercury News, “the Jug Band may be jokey, but its venerable members are some of the best musicians in the Bay Area and beyond.” This year the group features Paul Rogers (of Those Darn Accordions), Tim Eschliman (Etta James, Rhythmtown-Jive, Commander Cody), Gregory Leroy Dewey (Mad River, Country Joe, Marty Balin), Austin de Lone (Elvis Costello, Eggs Over Easy, Nick Lowe), Turtle Vandermarr (Dan Hicks, Freak Mountain Ramblers), Ken “Snakebite” Jacobs (Kinky Friedman, New Orleans Nightcrawlers, Rhythmtown-Jive), and Blake Richardson (Bobby Hebb, Hot House).

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KITKA Women's Vocal Ensemble: Wintersongs by Candlelight

Friday, December 16th, 2016 - Friday, December 16th, 2016, 12/16/16, 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

St. Paul's Episcopal Church
114 Montecito Ave.

In Oakland

"A refreshing spin on traditional seasonal choral music... A thoroughly marvelous concert!" - National Public Radio

Few things evoke the magic of the winter holidays as the transcendent splendor of the human voice raised in song. Kitka has researched and discovered a treasure-trove of seasonal music from a wide variety of Eastern European ethnic and spiritual traditions. "Wintersongs" showcases material ranging from rousing Slavic folk carols to lush, meditative Eastern Orthodox sacred choral works... from mesmerizing pre-Christian incantations for the longest nights of the year to Yiddish chants for Chanukah to original new pieces inspired by the beauty and mystery of wintertime.

Kitka engages in a unique repertoire development process. Each member of the ensemble works closely with native master folk singers and ethnomusicologists, listens to rare archival recordings of traditional Balkan, Baltic, Caucasian, and Slavic singers and choral ensembles, or traces the seasonal musical legacies of her own ethnic heritage.

Kitka, which means "bouquet" in Bulgarian and Macedonian, began as a grassroots group of singers from diverse ethnic and musical backgrounds who shared a passion for the stunning dissonances, asymmetric rhythms, intricate ornamentation, and resonant strength of traditional Eastern European women's vocal music. Since its informal beginnings, the group has evolved into an internationally-recognized professional ensemble known for its artistry, versatility, and mastery of the demanding techniques of Balkan and Slavic vocal styling. Through a busy itinerary of live and broadcast performances, recording, educational programs, master artist residencies, commissioning programs, and adventuresome collaborations, Kitka has exposed millions to the haunting beauty of their unique repertoire.

Presented by KITKA Women's Vocal Ensemble.

$15-$40.

World Gamelan X plus Sang Matiz

Friday, December 16th, 2016 - Friday, December 16th, 2016, Doors ay 7:30 pm; Show 8:00 pm

Ashkenaz
1317 San Pablo Ave

In Berkeley

Tickets are $15/$10 advance/student. Ashkenaz is always all ages!
Over the last decade, Gamelan X has established a reputation for bringing an innovative twist to the art of Balinese marching percussion music known as gamelan beleganjur. Named ‘the Funkadelic of Ethnomusicology’ by the San Francisco Chronicle, Gamelan X lives up to its name by delivering high-energy performances of new works by Balinese and American musicians. While drawing inspiration strongly from their roots in Balinese gamelan music and dance, Gamelan X incorporates elements of modern art music, rock, samba, funk, and North Indian tabla into a unique and sophisticated spice blend. Through their diverse influences, Gamelan X achieves a versatile and energetic sound world; contrasting invigorating, interlocking rhythms of cymbals with spacious breaths of flutes and vibrating gongs.

Website: http://gamelan-x.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1039679309491985/
Eventbrite: www.ashkenaz121616.eventbrite.com

Alexander String Quartet/Robert Greenberg; Roger Woodward, piano

Saturday, December 17th, 2016 - Saturday, December 17th, 2016, 12/17/16, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

St. John's Presbyterian Church, Berkeley
2727 College Avenue

In Berkeley

For over 20 years, thousands of audience members from the Bay Area and beyond have savored Saturday-morning musical conversations, exploring composers and concepts with the Alexander String Quartet and San Francisco Performances Music Historian-in-Residence Robert Greenberg. The series combines complete performances of string quartets with Greenberg's witty profound takes on these works, their creators and their place in history and the hearts of music lovers.

Having celebrated it 30th Anniversary in 2011, the Alexander String Quartet has performed in the major music capitals of five continents, securing its standing among the world's premiere ensembles. Widely admired for its interpretations of Beethoven, Mozart, and Shostakovich, the quartet's recordings of the Beethoven cycle (twice), and the Bartok and Shostakovich cycles have all won international critical acclaim. The quartet has also established itself as an important advocate of new music through over 25 commissions from such composers as Jake Heggie, Cindy Cox, Augusta Read Thomas, Robert Greenberg, Martin Bresnick, Cesar Cano, and Pulitzer Prize-winner, Wayne Peterson. A new work by Tarik O'Reagan commissioned for the Alexander by the Boise Chamber Music Series, will have its premiere in 2016.

The Alexander String Quartet was formed in New York City in 1981 and captured international attention as the first American quartet to win the London International String Quartet Competition in 1985. The quartet has received honorary degrees from Allegheny College and St. Lawrence University, and presidential medals from Baruch College (CUNY). In a series entitled Beethoven: Before, During and After, ASQ performs GREENBERG Invasive Species and BEETHOVEN Piano Quartet No. 3 in C Major with pianist Roger Woodward.

Presented by San Francisco Performances.

$45.

Oakland Ballet Company Presents: Graham Lustig's The Nutcracker

Saturday, December 17th, 2016 - Sunday, December 18th, 2016, Saturday, December 17 at 1pm and 5pm; Sunday, December 18 at 2pm

Paramount Theatre
2025 Broadway

In Oakland

Oakland Ballet Company presents Graham Lustig's The Nutcracker, a beloved East Bay holiday tradition, with three magical performances featuring live music by the Oakland Symphony. Oakland Ballet's Nutcracker, in the magnificent Paramount Theatre, is a fresh take on the classic holiday ballet, with smart new choreography, clever storytelling and vibrant sets and costumes.

Presented by Oakland Ballet Company.

$25-$92, discounts for seniors, 12 & under, groups

The 15th “Musical Night in Africa” with Baba Ken and Friends; Nigerian Brothers; Bodac Cultural Group

Saturday, December 17th, 2016 - Saturday, December 17th, 2016, Traditional opening libation and community drum circle at 8:30 pm; Show at 9:15 pm

Ashkenaz
1317 San Pablo Ave

In Berkeley

Tickets are $15. Traditional opening libation and community drum circle at 8:30 pm; Show at 9:15 pm. Ashkenaz is always all ages!

Welcome to the 15th exciting Musical Night in Africa: Bandleader and host Babá Ken Okulolo invites you to “Come with the entire family for a fun night as we transport you spiritually through the music of Africa and beyond, from the land that begot all of us. Be ready to dance, dance, dance!” The night features Babá Ken and Friends, the Nigerian Brothers, the Ghanaian music of the Bodac Cultural Group, the community drum circle (if you’ve got a hand drum or shaker, bring it), and a libation and blessing. Okulolo adds, “This is our end-of-the-year party to bring together and thank all the community for their treasured support over many years.”

This event always gets everyone involved, beginning with the opening African Libation to heal the planet, led by Okulolo, who then joins with musicians and audience in the Community Drum Circle. The drum circle includes some of the songs from Okulolo’s most recent CD, “African Drum Songs,” as well as traditional fare: African drum songs with singing and chanting (and no other instruments), for healing and raising the spirit. “There is a special magic in African music, which all the human family can feel and share,” Okulolo explains. “As a village boy in Nigeria, I learned rhythms and songs from my parents and elders. Music was all around me, full of the joy and excitement of life.” A drum and dance performance will grow out of the drum circle, leading into the three African bands.

Babá Ken Okulolo first came to the U.S. as part of King Sunny Ade’s band, and he was also the bassist in Nigeria’s seminal Afro-rock group Monomono. Since moving to Oakland in 1985, he has created a stable of African bands including Kotoja (which inspired clothier Dan Storper to start world music label Putumayo Records), West African Highlife Band, and the Nigerian Brothers.
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Almost Chanukah Klezmer Happy Hour @ Chochmat Halev

Sunday, December 18th, 2016 - Sunday, December 18th, 2016, 12/18/16, 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Chochmat Halev
2215 Prince St

In Berkeley

Chanukah is late this year; our party is early! Celebrate with a holiday cabaret of food, booze, kids activities, dancing, music and more! Featuring:

- The shtetl-rocking klezmer of Kugelplex, featuring vocalist, Jewlia Eisenberg

- The old-world undulations of world-renowned belly dancer, Elisabeth Strong

- Artisan crafted cocktails by Maggid Jhos Singer, featuring his signature "Latketini," a deconstructed latke-in-a-glass that will spin your dreidel and then some

- Speaking of dreidels... storyteller, Joel Ben Izzy will read from his new book, Dreidels on the Brain, published by Dial Books (Penguin).

- Hot oily latkes! Noodly Kugel! Surprise music and dance activities for kids of all ages!!!

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Joel Ben Izzy is an internationally-touring storyteller. His latest book, "Dreidels on the Brain," is a Hanukkah story, circa 1971. Think Vietnam, Nixon, a nerdy 11 year-old boy, and the mystical power of the dreidel. http://storypage.com/

The Laketini cocktail, created by Maggid Jhos Singer, shows off the versatility of the potato, a staple food of Eastern European Jewry.

Kugelplex is California's rockin'est purveyor of the old-world Yiddish soul music tradition. Songs from the shtetls of old-world Eastern Europe and original compositions. http://kugelplex.com/

Elizabeth Strong was a touring member of Bellydance Superstars, and was a founding member of Bellydance Evolution and of Beats Antique's dance company with Zoe Jakes. A former principal member of Katarina Burda's Aywah! Ethnic Dance Company, Elizabeth has traveled to Egypt, Turkey, Tunisia, Morocco, Greece and Bulgaria to study closely at the source and is now considered one of the leading experts in the form. http://strongdancer.com/

Presented by Kugelplex.

$15 for Cochmat members; $20 general; $5 kids

KITKA Women's Vocal Ensemble: 5th Annual Wintersongs Community Sing

Sunday, December 18th, 2016 - Sunday, December 18th, 2016, 12/18/16, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Nile Hall in Historic Preservation Park
668 13th Street

In Oakland

"A refreshing spin on traditional seasonal choral music... thoroughly marvelous!" - National Public Radio

Join Kitka in a celebratory circle of song! Experience the magic of raising your voice to create lush Eastern European seasonal harmonies as they were originally intended to be sung - by many voices in community! Kitka singers will lead the group in some fun "open voice" warm-ups, and will teach a varied selection of favorite tunes from their Wintersongs repertoire. Kitka's Community Sings are designed to be very inclusive. Singers of all ages are welcome and no experience is necessary.

Few things evoke the magic of the winter holidays as the transcendent splendor of the human voice raised in song. Kitka has researched and discovered a treasure trove of seasonal music from a wide variety of Eastern European ethnic and spiritual traditions. "Wintersongs" showcases material ranging from rousing Slavic folk carols to lush, meditative Eastern Orthodox sacred choral works... from mesmerizing pre-Christian incantations for the longest nights of the year to Yiddish chants for Chanukah to original new pieces inspired by the beauty and mystery of wintertime.

Kitka, which means "bouquet" in Bulgarian and Macedonian, began as a grassroots group of singers from diverse ethnic and musical backgrounds who shared a passion for the stunning dissonances, asymmetric rhythms, intricate ornamentation, and resonant strength of traditional Eastern European women's vocal music. Since its informal beginnings, the group has evolved into an internationally-recognized professional ensemble known for its artistry, versatility, and mastery of the demanding techniques of Balkan and Slavic vocal styling. Through a busy itinerary of live performances, recording, educational programs, master artist residencies, commissioning programs, and adventuresome collaborations, Kitka has exposed millions to the haunting beauty of their unique repertoire.

Presented by KITKA Women's Vocal Ensemble.

Freewill Donation, Advance Reservation Recommended

Folkdance Israeli Folkdancing with Allen King

Sunday, December 18th, 2016 - Sunday, December 18th, 2016, 1:30 – 5:30 pm

Ashkenaz
1317 San Pablo Ave

In Berkeley

Tickets are $12. 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.

Website: http://www.ashkenaz.com/eventcalendar/2016/12/18/israeli-folkdancing-with-allen-king
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/562796533922768/
Eventbrite: www.ashkenaz121816.eventbrite.com

Musicians for Standing Rock - Songs of Leonard Cohen

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

Ashkenaz
1317 San Pablo Ave

In Berkeley

Tickets are $15 - $50 sliding scale. Ashkenaz is always all ages!

100% of the band's proceeds from tonight's musical celebration of Leonard Cohen will be donated via PayPal to Oceti Sakowin Camp, the frontline of resistance to the DAPL in North Dakota. The concert will also be streamed using Concert Window via Madeline Tasquin's website for those who can't be in Berkeley to enjoy this amazing lineup of Bay Area based musicians performing their renditions of Leonard Cohen's vast body of work

Madeline Tasquin Trio
Honey of the Heart
Heather Normandale
Graham Patzner
Zena Carlota
Annie Bacon
Mariajose Montijo
Papa Bear
Peter Whitehead

https://ashkenaz1218161.eventbrite.com

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.

Cajun/Zydeco MotorDude Zydeco - A Tribute to David Nadel

Tuesday, December 20th, 2016 - Tuesday, December 20th, 2016, 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. Ashkenaz is always all ages!
Winner of everyone’s vote as one of the Bay’s hottest dance bands, MotorDude Zydeco purveys a high-energy hybrid of Cajun and zydeco styles. The group is powered by the hardest-working man in the local Cajun/zydeco scene, multi-instrumentalist Billy Wilson – who plays accordion for MDZ – along with singer/rubboard player Lloyd Meadows, guitarist Ian Lamson, drummer and singer Willy Jordan, and bassist Dennis Calloway. Launched in 1989 by veterans of other zydeco and dance bands, MDZ takes its name from Motor Dude, a horse owned by the late, great accordion player and zydeco pioneer Boozoo Chavis.

Website: https://www.facebook.com/MotordudeZydeco
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/212072559230097/
Eventbrite: www.ashkenaz122016.eventbrite.com

David Nadel Winter Fest featuring Caribbean Allstars and Balkan Folkdancing plus Richard Kaplan, Hali Hammer, commemorative presentation, and more!

Wednesday, December 21st, 2016 - Wednesday, December 21st, 2016, Doors and Folkdancing at 6:00 pm; Welcome, presentations, and music at 7:00 pm; Caribbean Allstars at 9:00 pm

Ashkenaz
1317 San Pablo Ave

In Berkeley

Tickets are $10 - $50 sliding scale. Ashkenaz is always all ages!

Doors and Folkdancing at 6:00 pm; Welcome, presentations, and music at 7:00 pm; Caribbean Allstars at 9:00 pm

Join us to celebrate with gratitude the life of Ashkenaz founder David Nadel, as we commemorate the 20th year of his passing. The evening includes Balkan folkdancing, a City of Berkeley “Thank you David Nadel” presentation by City Councilmember Linda Maio, and an evening of music with Hali Hammer and dancing to the Caribbean Allstars.

Though it’s been two decades since Nadel was killed, he is still remembered and his influence deeply felt throughout the communities he sparked, most strongly in the survival and continuing vitality of Ashkenaz as a place where people of all cultures and beliefs unite in dance. This tribute event reflects Ashkenaz’s diversity and our spirit – and his vision – of bringing people together through music and dance.

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Tom Rigney & Flambeau

Tuesday, December 27th, 2016 - Tuesday, December 27th, 2016, Cajun/Zydeco dance lesson at 8:00 pm; Show at 8:30 pm

Ashkenaz
1317 San Pablo Ave

In Berkeley

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

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 globetrotting – last year they covered ground from Alaska to Alviso Slough to a Caribbean New Year’s cruise – 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.

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Benefit for Ashkenaz: Ron's 60th Birthday Party featuring Ron Van. & the Family Jam Band

Thursday, December 29th, 2016 - Thursday, December 29th, 2016, 7:30pm

Ashkenaz
1317 San Pablo Ave

In Berkeley

Tickets are $5 - $50 sliding scale. Ashkenaz is always all ages!

The original Zulu Spear guitarist-singer Ron Van Leeuwaarde celebrates his 60th birthday with a benefit for Ashkenaz, leading his Ron Van. & the Family Jam Band that includes members of his two main groups, Zulu Spear and Caribbean Allstars, with other musical guests joining in. They play a mix of high-spirited African and Caribbean dance music.

Van Leeuwaarde has graced the Ashkenaz stage since moving to the Bay Area in 1982. It is where he met many of his continuing musical partners as well as his wife, Emily Earl (Ashkenaz board member and café manager). Van Leeuwaarde explains, “Emily and I were thinking about how to celebrate my 60th trip around the Sun and decided that Ashkenaz would be the ideal place to include my friends, musical family and the community. Making it a benefit for Ashkenaz is a way of helping repay a debt of gratitude to David Nadel’s legacy and for the role it has played over the years in many lives.”

Van Leeuwaarde’s career goes beyond Zulu Spear and Caribbean Allstars to encompass many world music bands over the past 34 years. Upon his arrival in the Bay Area (he was born in Suriname, then known as Dutch Guiana, and grew up in Chicago), he heard of Ashkenaz as a place that showcased reggae and world music. “I soon played there in my first Bay Area gig with Ann Earthling and the Planets that included drummer Jefferson Voorhees from Hot Links and The Natives. He introduced me to Mapenzi and later to Zulu Spear at both bands’ formations. We also played together in the Sidewinders. Meanwhile, another friend had introduced me to Sweetfoot of Caribbean Allstars. I guess it was my fate to become members of these bands as well as Kotoja early on, and part of the Ashkenaz scene ever since.”

Swing/Big Band Mood Swing Orchestra

Friday, December 30th, 2016 - Friday, December 30th, 2016, Doors at 7:30 pm; East Coast Swing dance lesson with Karen & Michael at 8:00 pm; Show at 9:00 pm

Ashkenaz
1317 San Pablo Ave

In Berkeley

Tickets are $15/$12 advance & students. Ashkenaz is always all ages!
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!

Website: http://www.ashkenaz.com/eventcalendar/2016/12/30/mood-swing-orchestra
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/280901172305674/
Eventbrite: www.ashkenaz123016.eventbrite.com


Annual New Year’s Eve Balkan Bash Édessa plus tba

Saturday, December 31st, 2016 - Saturday, December 31st, 2016, Doors at 7:30 pm; Show at 8:00 pm

Ashkenaz
1317 San Pablo Ave

In Berkeley

Tickets are $25 (includes champagne toast); kids 12 & under free. Ashkenaz is always all ages!
For many years now one of the Bay Area’s premier Balkan dance bands, Édessa is comprised of musicians who have devoted decades to the study and performance of the rich cultural expressions of the southern Balkans. They play with a deep understanding of the connection between dance and music. Using both traditional and modern instruments, they perform in a variety of styles, featuring long sets that interweave melodies, improvisation and a beat with dancers in mind. The music comes from Albania, Greece, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Armenia, and Turkey, and Balkan Roma (Gypsy). The group and its members have long participated in and taught at Balkan camps across the country, and Édessa was the first band to take Balkan music to Japan. Édessa is George Chittenden on clarinet, gaida (bagpipe), zurna (shawm) and guitar; Lise Liepman on santouri (hammered dulcimer) and accordion; violinist Ari Langer; bassist Paul Brown; and percussionist Sean Tergis.

Website: http://www.edessamusic.com/edessamusic/Edessa_Home.html
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/609164959266730/
Eventbrite: www.ashkenaz123116.eventbrite.com


Marketing for Artists: How Can Artists Find Their Niche?

Tuesday, January 10th, 2017 - Tuesday, January 10th, 2017, 1/10/17, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Berkeley Public Library
2090 Kittredge Street, 3rd Floor Community Room

In Berkeley

How Can Artists Find Their Niche?

Why do some artists become famous and others not, despite their talent? How can artists determine their niche in today's market?

One of the most pressing questions for artists, photographers, and artisans is "how do I find my niche?" If artists would only answer this question, they would struggle far less to sell their art and they would not feel like sell-outs when they do. The art and craft markets are undergoing significant disruption, just like the music and publishing industries. This disruption is spelling bad news for established artists, yet good news for artists who know their "Four-Part Code:"

1. "Why" - What is your creative purpose?
2. "What" - What is your mission?
3. "How" - How do you solve a problem that is worth solving?
4. "Who" - Who is your target market?

Using "The Four-Part Code," we will re-examine art history and learn how famous artists determined their niche. Then we'll apply the "The Four-Part Code" to three emerging artists, just like you. Learn how you can sell your art without feeling like a sell-out. Register today. Admission is limited. Instructor Ann Rea is a San Francisco-based artist and the founder of Artists Who THRIVE. Her artistic talent is praised by her mentor, Wayne Thiebaud, an American art icon. Rea has been featured in Fortune, The Wine Enthusiast, and Art Business News magazines, in The San Francisco Chronicle, in the book Career Renegade by Jonathan Fields, and on HGTV, ABC, and The Good Life Project. She's a favorite instructor on Creative Live's "Money and Life" channel, broadcasting to over one million students worldwide.

Free to attend - seating is limited.

This seminar is sponsored by a generous contribution by the Friends of the Berkeley Library.

Presented by Alameda County SBDC.

Free

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

Alexander String Quartet with Robert Greenberg, SF Performances

Saturday, January 28th, 2017 - Saturday, January 28th, 2017, 1/28/17, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

St. John's Presbyterian Church, Berkeley
2727 College Avenue

In Berkeley

Beethoven: Before, During and After:

For over 20 years, thousands of audience members from the Bay Area and beyond have savored Saturday-morning musical conversations, exploring composers and concepts with the Alexander String Quartet and San Francisco Performances Music Historian-in-Residence Robert Greenberg. The series combines complete performances of string quartets with Greenberg's witty profound takes on these works, their creators and their place in history and the hearts of music lovers.

The Alexander String Quartet was formed in New York City in 1981 and captured international attention as the first American quartet to win the London International String Quartet Competition in 1985. The quartet has received honorary degrees from Allegheny College and St. Lawrence University, and presidential medals from Baruch College (CUNY). Having celebrated their 30th Anniversary in 2011, the Alexander String Quartet has performed in the major music capitals of five continents, securing its standing among the world's premiere ensembles. Widely admired for its interpretations of Beethoven, Mozart, and Shostakovich, the quartet's recordings of the Beethoven cycle (twice), and the Bartok and Shostakovich cycles have all won international critical acclaim. The quartet has also established itself as an important advocate of new music through over 25 commissions from such composers as Jake Heggie, Cindy Cox, Augusta Read Thomas, Robert Greenberg, Martin Bresnick, Cesar Cano, and Pulitzer Prize-winner, Wayne Peterson. A new work by Tarik O'Reagan commissioned for the Alexander by the Boise Chamber Music Series, will have its premiere in 2016.

PROGRAM:
BEETHOVEN: Quartet in A minor, Op. 132
GEORGE ROCHBERG: Quartet No. 3

Presented by San Francisco Performances.

$45.

Developing & Implementing Curricula-A (DIDC-A)

Tuesday, January 31st, 2017 - Thursday, May 4th, 2017, 1-4 pm

Luna Dance Institute
605 Addison Street

In Berkeley

This semester-long comprehensive entry-level course is part one of this four-part foundation series that charts the course of standards-based dance teaching proficiency from a critical theory perspective. This course covers elements of dance; structuring discrete dance lessons; integrating dance across subject matter; human development theory; observation and instructional methods. $100 No prerequisite

EmSpace Dance + Detour Dance at Shotgun's BLAST Theatre Festival

Saturday, February 11th, 2017 - Sunday, February 12th, 2017, Feb 11-12; 8pm on Saturday, 5pm on Sunday

Shotgun Players
1901 Ashby Avenue

In Berkeley

After a sold-out run last winter, detour dance and EmSpace Dance come together again in Shotgun's BLAST theatre festival. This time, we bring you a double bill of dance theater full of enlightened monkeys, estranged starlets, and underneath it all, our need for connection.

detour dance, directed by Kat Cole and Eric Garcia, brings back our 2014 work Filaments, a reverie of vanity, grotesque attention-seeking and, ultimately, the need for community. Filaments features storytelling, song, full-bodied dance, and idiosyncratic theatricality.

EmSpace Dance brings a reimagined version of audience favorite Monkey Gone to Heaven (2013) to the stage. Through dance, stories, and song, Monkey Gone to Heaven looks at how we use both primates and prayer to understand being human.

Presented by detour dance.

$15-$20.

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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