Annual Purchase Award

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

Emeryville City Hall
1333 Park Blvd.

In Emeryville

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

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

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

Yoga Tree Telegraph
2807 Telegraph Avenue

In Berkeley

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

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

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

Where: 2807 Telegraph Ave Berkeley (at Stuart St)

Sliding scale $15 to $30 suggested love donation.

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

3rd Annual Juried Art Show at the Piedmont Center for the Arts

Friday, August 21st, 2015 - Monday, November 16th, 2015, January 8 - February 21, 2016

The Piedmont Center for the Arts
801 Magnolia Avenue

In Oakland

3rd Annual Piedmont Center for the Arts Juried Art Show

ENTRY DEADLINE: MONDAY, November 16, 2015

The 3rd Annual Juried Art Show presented by The Piedmont Center for the Arts is a juried art exhibition selected from submissions highlighting a large variety of contemporary 2-dimenional works by Bay Area artists. Featuring original art created within the past two years, 35 pieces will be selected by guest jurors Christina Linden, Oakland Museum of California, Associate Curator of Art & Material Culture and Rachel Jans, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Assistant Curator of Painting and Sculpture.
ELIGILITY: Must reside/work within the nine countries of the Greater Bay Area Artists including: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, and Sonoma.

SUBMISSIONS ONLINE: $40 Entry Fee. Link to online entry, more detailed information and submission guidelines:

EXHIBITION DATES: January 9 – February 21, 2016; Opening Reception: Friday, January 8, 6-8 pm

The Piedmont Center for the Arts is a non-profit arts organization dedicated to coalescing the arts communities of Piedmont and around the Bay Area.

Luna Dance’s Studio Lab Classes 2015-16

Monday, September 14th, 2015 - Thursday, December 10th, 2015, 3:45PM

Luna Dance Institute
605 Addison Street

In Berkeley

Children ages 4-17 have the opportunity to develop as choreographers through Luna Dance Institute’s after-school studio lab program. Luna’s young dancers master the Elements of Dance and manifest their own dance ideas at our beautiful Aquatic Park studio in Berkeley. Full schedule available online.

Registration is NOW OPEN. Classes start 9/14/15.

9/12 FREE Fall Open House; 9/15 FREE class for Teens only

605 Addison St., Berkeley, CA 94710. Contact Jochelle Perena, 510-883-1118,

Linear Thinking

Thursday, September 17th, 2015 - Saturday, October 31st, 2015

SLATE contemporary
473 25th St

In Oakland

Linear Thinking features new works by Patricia Thomas and Pauletta Chanco. Both of these artists use the line as the subject of their pieces in order to symbolize larger stories-the record of the artist making her marks, the narrative told by the expressive line, and the the political and economic reports that impact both history and our own lives.

Knockout: Boxing Art

Saturday, September 19th, 2015 - Sunday, November 1st, 2015, Wednesday - Sunday 12 - 7pm

The Compound Gallery
1167 65th st.

In Oakland

Join us for KNOCKOUT- an exciting boxing themed art exhibition! Featuring work by: David Amoroso, David Fullarton, Horwinski Printing Co, Justin Pastores, Laura Wong, Nancy Sayavong, Patricia Monaco, Veronica Schaible and Wray Herbert-King.

Charlotte's Web

Friday, October 2nd, 2015 - Sunday, October 11th, 2015, October 2 & 9, 8pm to 10pm, October 3 & 10, 7pm to 9pm, October 4 & 11, 2pm to 4pm

Masquers Playhouse
105 Park Place


A beautiful tale for the whole family about the love between a pig and the arachnid protectress who teaches him about the cycle of life. Based on the beloved book by E.B. White.

Presented by Masquers Playhouse.


Annual Emeryville Art Exhibition

Saturday, October 3rd, 2015 - Sunday, October 25th, 2015, October 3-25, 11am to 6pm

29th Annual Emeryville Art Exhibition Hall
5745 Peladeau Street

In Emeryville

Emeryville Celebration of the Arts, Inc. announces the Annual Emeryville Art Exhibition, a juried show featuring works of more than 100 artists and craftspeople - both established and emerging - who live or work in Emeryville. This year marks the 29th anniversary of the Exhibition showcasing an impressive and varied array of paintings, sculptures, photographs, ceramics and textile works. This year's show will again expand its celebration of the arts to include poetry readings and dance performances.

The exhibition represents the unique character of Emeryville, a city that is small in size but grand in the scale and spirit of its collective creativity. The individual pieces of artwork in the Annual Emeryville Art Exhibition demonstrate the range of Emeryville artists and show their engagement with a host of aesthetic, political, and social concerns. This inclusive citywide exhibition provides the opportunity to view the work of new artists showing along with continuing artists, resulting in a uniquely 'Emeryville' experience.

Contributing artists include Susan Scott, Jeannie O'Connor and Steven Epstein, photography; Sara Paloma, Christa Assad and Rae Dunn, ceramics; Ana Lisa Hedstrom, textiles; Teresa Kalnoskas, M. Louise Stanley and John W Wood, painting; Joseph DiStefano, Jerome Ranft and Mark Galt, sculpture; Kazuko Watanabe and Linda Lee Boyd, prints; and Po Shun Leong and Kevin Wickham, furniture design. Works on exhibit are for sale.

Along with the exciting collection of visual art, the 29th Annual Emeryville Art Exhibition will also host poetry readings with Emeryville's Poet Laureate Sarah Kobrinsky, joined by poets Tim Donnelly, Salame Samiat, Kathleen McClung, Vernon Keeve III and others, and will culminate on the closing day with a site-specific dance performance by Emeryville dance troupe Nancy Karp + Dancers. For the schedule of readings and performances visit

Presented by Emeryville Celebration of the Arts, Inc..


Vijay Prashad: Letters to Palestine, Writers Respond to War & Occupation

Wednesday, October 7th, 2015 - Wednesday, October 7th, 2015, 10/7/15, 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM

First Congregational Church
2345 Channing Way

In Berkeley

Vijay Prashad is a prominent & charismatic scholar and critic of US foreign policy. Two of his 17 books have been named "Books of the Year" by the Village Voice. Currently Professor of International Studies at Trinity College in Connecticut, he was previously Edward Said Chair at the American University of Beirut.

In addition to speaking about Palestine, Vijay Prashad will give an overview of ever-changing events in the Middle East - not to be missed!

Vijay Prashad edited "Letters to Palestine", tracing the "swelling American recognition of Palestinian suffering, struggle, and hope, in writing that is personal, lyrical, anguished, and inspiring." For example, after the 2014 Gaza assault, polls revealed that a majority of Americans under thirty found Israel's actions unjustified.

Benefit for aid to Palestinian children, cosponsored by KPFA, Arab Resource and Organizing Center, and Jewish Voice for Peace - Bay Area. Wheelchair accessible. ASL interpreted.

Presented by Middle East Children's Alliance.

$10-$20, sliding scale.

Edith Garcia Lecture: My Life in Sculpture

Wednesday, October 7th, 2015 - Wednesday, October 7th, 2015, 10/7/15, 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

California College of the Arts
5212 Broadway

In Oakland

Edith Garcia (MFA 2004) was awarded the 2015 Viola Frey Distinguished Visiting Professorship, which gives her access to the Viola Frey archive and the ability to work closely with the Artists' Legacy Foundation. (Garcia will teach Craft Theory and hands-on courses this fall.)

Garcia will discuss how her artistic practice has taken her around the world via the residencies she's undertaken as well as the unique experience of going from a full-time artist to researcher and writer at the Royal College of Art in London.

Garcia is a mentor for Hothouse the Crafts Council's professional development program in the United Kingdom. She is also working as a consultant with Pro Arts Gallery developing and organizing its Professional Development series, Two Cent's Worth. (The series will take place at Pro Arts in downtown Oakland in October.)

Presented by California College of the Arts.


New Photography inspired by the Paul Sack Collection

Friday, October 9th, 2015 - Sunday, November 22nd, 2015, 6-8 PM

Berkeley Art Center
1275 Walnut St.

In Berkeley

The Berkeley Art Center is proud to present the next installment of Agility Projects – New Photography inspired by the Paul Sack Collection. BAC is proud to be entering into this partnership with Paul Sack and to give an opportunity for entirely new audiences to experience the rich photography community in the Bay Area. Jurors, Janet Delaney, Aimee Le Duc and Kira Lyons, selected six photographers to participate in the inaugural exhibition, New Photography inspired by the Paul Sack Collection presented by Berkeley Art Center as part of the Agility Projects program. BAC is proud to present the New Photography artists; Filza Ahmad, Ingeborg Gerdes, Toby Kahn, Nick Lawrence, Maggie Preston and Susan Lynn Smith. These exhibiting artists represent of range of subject matter, approaches to practice and relationships to the built environment.

Now Is It

Friday, October 9th, 2015 - Friday, October 9th, 2015, 6:00pm

Oakland Asian Cultural Center
388 9th St #290

In Oakland

Epekto Art Projects in coordination with the Oakland Asian Cultural Center presents Now Is It, an art exhibit featuring 14 Bay Area Filipino/a American artists for Filipino American History month in October. Appetizers and drinks will be provided at the reception. 

Opening Reception Friday, October 9, 6-8 pm 
Showing October 1 - October 29

Featuring works by:

Kimberley Arteche
Carla Catalina
Reynaldo Cayetano Jr.
Trinidad Escobar
Rea de Guzman
Topher Maka 
Paolo Mejia
Marcius Noceda
Justin Pastores
Carlo Ricafort
Melanie Sangalang
Maria Fatima Urbi 
Mel Vera Cruz
Pamela Ybañez

Oakland Asian Cultural Center 
388 9th St #290
Oakland, CA 94607
(510) 637-0455

Monday - Friday: 1pm - 7pm
Saturday: 10am - 5pm
Sunday: 9am - 3pm

Friday Night Sabor: Latin Club Night

Friday, October 9th, 2015 - Friday, October 9th, 2015, 7pm-11pm

La Pena Cultural Center
3105 Shattuck Ave.

In Berkeley

Come join us for Salsa, Cumbia, Cha Cha Cha EVERY Friday from 7-11pm!
In La Pena¡¯s Lounge space DJ Jos¨¦ Ru¨ªz aka MundoMuzik, is a DJ, radio host, promoter, and collector of world music, vinyl, art and all cultural and music ephemera. Jazz Baptiste, La Pena¡¯s resident Salsa/Bachata dance instructor combines forces with MundoMuzik to create a night of dance lessongs and a dance floor to practice them on! With these two combining efforts, every Friday is sure to be the highest quality of dance entertainment!

MundoMuzik BIO:

Jose¡¯s taste in music is very eclectic, unafraid to mix traditional, experimental or folkloric elements in his sets. His confidence and impeccable taste in music is deeply rooted in the time and research he dedicates to learn about the genres he plays. His respect for the origin and tradition of music he loves can be heard in depth as a radio host and felt when he fills the dance floor.
Jose has been able to stay connected with the pulse of his community, his contagious energy has earned him new followers, he sees music as a way to bring together our diverse backgrounds or as he puts it ¡°to explore and celebrate the diversity of human expression in an increasingly inter-connected world or connecting the dots¡±.

Dave Bass California Quartet

Friday, October 9th, 2015 - Friday, October 9th, 2015, 8:00

California Jazz Conservatory
2087 Addison St.

In Berkeley

DownBeat gave pianist Dave Bass’ 2015 CD, NYC Sessions a coveted 4-stars, stating that it “proves deeply satisfying…because it does so many things so well,” pointing to “Bass’ savvy as an arranger” and “his own sparkling keyboard work. The iconic altoist Phil Woods…sounds big and bold, fully engaged with Bass’ tuneful charts.” DownBeat goes on to say that Dave “plays with verve throughout.” Dave brings his savvy, verve, and his sparkling keyboard work to CJC to play new arrangements from NYC Sessions, his first CD, Gone, and some choice standards with his California Quartet. NYC Sessions hit #5 on the national jazz charts and Gone hit #2. Featuring Dave Bass on piano, Kerry Kashiwagi on upright bass and Brian Kendrick on drums.


Saturday, October 10th, 2015 - Saturday, October 10th, 2015, 7:30 pm

Regents Theatre at Holy Names University
3600 Mountain Blvd, Oakland, CA 94619

In Oakland

Ann Hobson Pilot served as principal harpist for the Boston Symphony for almost 40 years. She continues her career as a renowned sol0ist and chamber musician. She is joined by violinist Kelly Hall-Tompkins who is acclaimed for her "tonal mastery" and "searing intensity".

Program: Donizetti: Sonata for Violin and Harp; John Marson: Three Romances; Albeniz: Selections from Recuerdos de Viaje; Saint-Saens: Fantasie for Violin and Harp; Andy Scott(b.1966): Sonata; John Williams/arr.Michael Maganuco: Two Pieces from Schindler's List; Piazzolla/arr. Michael Maganuco: Three New Tango Arrangements.

Laurie Antonioli & The American Dreams Band – The Next Big Thing

Saturday, October 10th, 2015 - Saturday, October 10th, 2015, 8:00

California Jazz Conservatory
2087 Addison St.

In Berkeley

Laurie and the American Dreams Band are returning to the studio in December and their concerts at the CJC are an opportunity to hear their new repertoire. Songs from Sheryl Crow, Neil Young and James Taylor will be populating their next project as well as a healthy dose of original material.

Art Exhibit - Bernice Gross: Coast to Coast

Saturday, October 10th, 2015 - Saturday, October 10th, 2015, On view Oct 4 - Nov 7, Fri-Sun 11am-6pm, Artist Reception Oct 10, 5-7pm

4th Street Fine Art
2000 4th St

In Berkeley

I decided to take an imaginary journey across our great nation, over distance but even more so in time, in order to take a nostalgic look back at our not-so-distant past. From a 1940's fishing trip in Ensenada, through Texas with a stop at a classic country roadside cafe, then on to Spelman College in Atlanta, an esteemed educational institution that epitomizes our rich multicultural heritage, and finally ending up bathed in the timeless brilliance of a fall New England landscape, I re-live America's history as well as its romance. Through it all, I come to realize that while much may change around us, some things will always remain the same.

Presented by 4th Street Fine Art.



Sunday, October 11th, 2015 - Sunday, October 11th, 2015, 11:30

California Jazz Conservatory
2087 Addison St.

In Berkeley

This masterclass will explore methods with which time, and particularly Indian rhythmic cycles, can be internalized and provide room for the flexibility contemporary improvised music calls for. Oded's quartet will perform and discuss their approach to internalizing this material.

Oded Tzur is a New York City based saxophonist, composer and bandleader. His work draws on Indian classical music and jazz, and explores fundamental connections between different musical traditions. Vardan Ovsepian is an Armenia-born pianist/composer who has performed with Mick Goodrick, Peter Erskine and Jerry Bergonzi. Dave Robaire has become one of the most in-demand young bassists on today's jazz scene and has worked alongside a diverse collection of artists including Wynton Marsalis, Helen Sung, Gilad Hekselman, Greg Osby, Jacky Terrasson, John Ellis, and Dave Liebman. Hamir Atwal is an up-and-coming American drummer/composer based in the Bay Area. Hamir has played and/or recorded with saxophonists Joe Lovano, Greg Osby, and Patrick Wolff; Bassist/Producer Bill Laswell; and clarinetist Ben Goldberg.

AMERICAN SONGBOOK: COMPOSER WORKSHOP SERIES “Watch What Happens”: The music of French composer Michel Legrand with Maye Cavallaro

Sunday, October 11th, 2015 - Sunday, October 11th, 2015, 12:00

California Jazz Conservatory
2087 Addison St.

In Berkeley

Michel Legrand is a French musical composer, arranger, conductor, and pianist. He has written over 200 film and television scores in addition to many memorable songs such as “Windmills of My Mind,” for which he won an Academy Award, “Watch What Happens,” “Summer Me, Winter Me,” and “You Must Believe in Spring.” He frequently collaborated with American lyricists Alan and Marilyn Bergman and his songs have become a part of the “American Songbook.”

In this workshop we’ll explore and sing the beautiful music of Michel Legrand. We’ll also listen to how some jazz greats have interpreted these songs and get ideas for our own arrangements. Students are provided with 10 lead sheets for songs including practice-backing tracks. In the final week we’ll work with an accompanist and sing these songs, trying out our own arrangement ideas. There will be lots of singing each week.

A warm, charismatic stage performer and accomplished musician, Maye Cavallaro has traveled extensively in Japan and the U.S., both performing and teaching. She has released several CDs as a leader and has been a favorite vocal instructor at the Jazzschool for many years.


Sunday, October 11th, 2015 - Sunday, October 11th, 2015, 2:00 PM

California Jazz Conservatory
2087 Addison St.

In Berkeley

Drawing on exercises from his book Phrasing: Advanced Rudiments for Creative Drumming (Berklee Press), Russ Gold presents a practice system designed to help drummers expand their vocabulary in groove and solo contexts and become more conversational and dynamic behind the kit. Participants learn to translate standard rudiments into rhythmic phrases, develop a vocabulary of essential phrases, which can serve as the basis for groove patterns, fills, and solos, play with greater facility and power by applying sticking concepts, translate these rhythms to a variety of grooves, including jazz, funk, and Latin, and speak easily and freely on the kit. A copy of the book is included in the price of admission! Recommended for all drummers looking for a challenging drum set workout.

Drummer Russ Gold has worked with musicians as diverse as Gary Lyons (producer of Rolling Stones, Grateful Dead), Johnny Colla of Huey Lewis and the News, Seth Justman of the J. Giles Band, CBS Fusion artists Full Circle, and jazz greats Tom Scott, Sam Rivers, George Coleman, Dave Douglas, and Howard Johnson. During his tenure with Full Circle, the band won “Best Jazz Group” at the San Sebastian Jazz Festival, and garnered Boston Music Awards “Best Jazz Record on a Major Label.” His talent has also been recognized by endorsements of Sabian cymbals, Pro-Mark sticks, Fishman transducers, and Kurzweil synthesizers.

SF Early Music Society Presents: Musica Pacifica—Prelude to a Recording

Sunday, October 11th, 2015 - Sunday, October 11th, 2015, 4:30

California Jazz Conservatory
2087 Addison St.

In Berkeley

The world-renowned Bay Area baroque ensemble Musica Pacifica goes into the studio the day after this program to record a Paris Quartet by Telemann and a sonata by Giuseppe Sammartini. The group will perform these pieces, along with a concerto by Antonio Vivaldi. They also will discuss how the group approaches their work in the recording studio, emphasizing the differences in rehearsing for a live concert and a recording.

MUSICA PACIFICA: Judith Linsenberg, recorder; Elizabeth Blumentstock, violin; Josh Lee, viola da gamba; John Lenti, theorbo; and Charles Sherman, harpsichord

A California Jazz Conservatory and San Francisco Early Music Society partnership.

Practitioner Exchange: Advocacy & Action

Tuesday, October 13th, 2015 - Tuesday, October 13th, 2015, 4:30-6PM

Luna Dance Institute
605 Addison Street

In Berkeley

Practitioner Exchanges create time and space for peer educators to explore issues of practice. Get inspired! Try out new ideas or perspectives! Ask for help with your challenges. Each month centers on a different topic. This 2nd Tuesday of October, the 13th, the theme is "Advocacy & Action."

Peter Coyote: The Rainman's Third Cure: An Irregular Education

Wednesday, October 14th, 2015 - Wednesday, October 14th, 2015, 10/14/15, 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

First Congregational Church of Berkeley
2345 Channing Way

In Berkeley

"...Peter has lived a life most of us could only dream of."- Bonnie Raitt

In his energetic, funny, and exceptionally intelligent memoir, The Rainman's Third Cure, Peter Coyote relives his fifteen-year ride through the heart of the counterculture-a journey that took him from the quiet rooms of privilege as the son of an East Coast stockbroker to Greenwich Village to the riotous life of political street theater and the self-imposed poverty of the West Coast communal movement known as The Diggers. With this innovative collective of artist-anarchists who cared for the homeless and hungry through Digger kitchens in the Haight-Ashbury and gardens in Marin, Coyote was drawn away from the noise and turmoil of the 60's counterculture into the studious quiet of Zen Buddhism, and a deep, lasting friendship with Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Gary Snyder.

"There are often people in your life that just fit perfectly and you love without question. Peter is one of those people. His talent and worldliness have always been evident, the kindness and calm he exudes are finally explained in this book." -Samuel L. Jackson, actor and producer

Peter Coyote is an ordained practitioner of Zen Buddhism and a politically engaged actor. He began his work in street theater and political organizing in San Francisco. In addition to acting in over 140 films, working with directors such as Martin Ritt, Steven Spielberg, and Roman Polanski, he has won an Emmy for narrating the award-winning documentary Pacific Century.

Hosted by Gaetano Kazuo Maida, a media professional currently serving as executive director of Buddhist Film Foundation. He was a founding director of the magazine Tricycle, His films as director and/or producer include Peace Is Every Step, The Simple Life, Touching Peace, Milarepa, Rock Soup and On the Luce.

Advance tickets: $12: T: 800-838-3006 or independent bookstores, $15 door, KPFA benefit poster-

Presented by KPFA Radio 94.1 FM.

$12 advance, $15 door.

Center Stage! Arje Shaw – 74 n' Sunny, My Life in Song

Friday, October 16th, 2015 - Friday, October 16th, 2015, 8:00

California Jazz Conservatory
2087 Addison St.

In Berkeley

An evening of original songs and standards performed by Arje Shaw. "So the Rabbi's ask: How does a Russian Jew, born Aryeh Szaijbowitz Pyatigorskiyah, become Arje Shaw, a Broadway Playwright, singing country songs at a jazz school in Berkeley, California? Only In America!" With Lee Bloom on piano, Kyra Gordon on vocals, Barbara Speed on saxophone and clarinet, Jeff Magidson on guitar, Bill Lanphier on bass and Nick Sager on drums.

Part of the Jazzschool Center Stage! program.

The Town on Notice

Saturday, October 17th, 2015 - Saturday, October 17th, 2015, 10/17/15, 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts
1428 Alice St

In Oakland

Combining dance, live music, spoken word and stand-up comedy, The Town on Notice takes on the subject of Oakland's gentrification as an invitation for meaningful dialogue. Conceived and directed by Deborah Vaughan with choreography by Latanya d. Tigner and Colette Eloi, The Town features composer and pianist JooWan Kim, poet Marvin K. White, comedian Micia Mosely and percussionists Kiazi Malonga and Guy DeChalus.

Vaughan invited Tigner, who has performed professionally with Dimensions since 1986, and who has choreographed several recent works in the company's repertory, to lend her artistic voice to The Town. "Through purposefully blending traditional African, house, jazz and modern dance idioms, I have been inspired to create movement with ritual force that will call forth the ancestors of this place we call home," says Tigner.

First among the evening's three featured performers is Korean-born, Oakland-based composer Kim, founder of Ensemble Mik Nawooj. The group is known for its trademark blend of classical, jazz and hip-hop styles. A graduate of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Kim will perform an original score for piano, accompanied by Malonga and DeChalus on percussion.

The Town will also integrate spoken word performed by White. In addition to authoring four collections of poetry, including two Lambda Literary Award-nominated books, White is pursuing a Master of Divinity at the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley. He is also a former member of the critically acclaimed PomoAfroHomos.

The third featured performer of the evening is Mosely, the rare stand-up comedian with a doctorate. She completed her studies in education at the University of California-Berkeley, and now alternates between performance gigs and consulting jobs at schools and foundations. Her solo show Where My Girls At? has toured the U.S. at numerous comedy clubs and universities.

Presented by Dimensions Dance Theater.

$25 - $30.

Dance & Disability Discource

Saturday, October 17th, 2015 - Saturday, October 17th, 2015, 1:30-3:30PM

Luna Dance Institute
605 Addison Street

In Berkeley

Dance & Disability Discourse. Conversation and panel with dancers, practitioners and educators committed to make dance and education more accessible for all students. No pre-requisite. FREE. Offered 10/17/15, 1:30-3:30pm.

The Town...On Notice World Premiere

Saturday, October 17th, 2015 - Saturday, October 17th, 2015, 8-10pm

Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts
1428 Alice Street

In Oakland

Dimensions Dance Theater, the Bay Area’s preeminent African American dance company, is proud to announce the world premiere of The Town on Notice. Combining dance, live music, spoken word and stand-up comedy, The Town takes on the subject of Oakland’s gentrification as an invitation for meaningful dialogue. Conceived and directed by Deborah Vaughan with choreography by Latanya d. Tigner and Colette Eloi, The Town features composer and pianist JooWan Kim, poet Marvin K. White, comedian Micia Mosely and percussionists Kiazi Malonga and Guy DeChalus. The Town runs for one night only; tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door, and may be purchased online at Brown Paper Tickets and EventBrite.

“Gentrification is one of those hot-button issues,” says Vaughan, co-founder and artistic director of Dimensions Dance Theater. “In creating The Town my approach has been to observe and reflect without offering pat prescriptions. From beginning to end, the evening is designed as an invitation for the audience to share and interact.”

We will have an open beer & wine bar for a pre-show party @ 7pm & after party immediately following the show.

Julie Kelly

Saturday, October 17th, 2015 - Saturday, October 17th, 2015, 8:00

California Jazz Conservatory
2087 Addison St.

In Berkeley

Julie will be singing some tunes from her newest CD Happy To Be released this year on Jazzed Media label. As well as other eclectic choices from the Brazilian and jazz song books! With Keith Saunders on piano and Vince Lateano on drums.

Community Music Day

Sunday, October 18th, 2015 - Sunday, October 18th, 2015, 10am-3pm

Crowden Music Center
1475 Rose Street

In Berkeley

Crowden invites Bay Area families to attend its 16th annual Community Music Day—join us for musical fun throughout the day! Community Music Day, Crowden's largest outreach event of the year, is free for the entire community.

Featuring Crowden's ever-popular Instrument Petting Zoo, the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, San Francisco Girls Chorus, East Bay Music Together, and more!

Festivities include:

Instrument Petting Zoo

Kids and adults alike explore, touch, and learn to make sounds on all the different instruments in a symphony orchestra, with the help of our young Crowden student Zookeepers! We even have special miniature string instruments for tiny hands and fingers.

Very First Concerts with the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra

San Francisco Chamber Orchestra and Crowden encourage audiences to get up and dance in Very First Concerts, a classical series designed with the youngest listeners in mind. Each concert features a central theme, short selections, tumbling mats for fidgety toddlers, and hands-on musical activities geared toward families with young children (infants to 7 year-olds).

This year's Very First Concerts theme is "Meet the Woodwinds!" What makes the flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, and French horn so special? We’ll teach you! Meet our musicians and learn about the reeds, keys, knobs, and tubes that make all the magic happen. Repeat performances 10:40am, 11:20am, & 12:00pm.

Class demos

Family members of all ages can sing, dance, move, and drum together in our short demos from Crowden & East Bay Music Together

Instrument making

Construct your own instruments to make music at home with!

"Chill" room

Relax from the crowds in the “chill” room, where we’ll show music-related movies.

Musical performances

Drop into our newly renovated auditorium for musical performances all day long! With SF Girls Chorus & Crowden ensembles

Plus face painting, music sale, food & baked good sales, prizes & more!

The Holly Martins

Sunday, October 18th, 2015 - Sunday, October 18th, 2015, 4:30 PM

California Jazz Conservatory
2087 Addison St.

In Berkeley

Special CD release show!! Named after the main character in the classic postwar film, The Third Man, The Holly Martins is a trio of Bay Area musicians dedicated to exploring the boundaries of jazz-infused improvised music, but without the trappings of a traditional "rhythm section". This configuration requires each individual to simultaneously take on multiple roles typically assigned individual players (soloist versus accompanist), thereby promoting more open-ended explorations of the material. The Holly Martins often construct mutations of normal jazz standards, transformed from their more familiar forms in the time domain. Their original compositions are often "jazz-like", but with twists and turns such as asymmetric harmonic rhythms, cycling rhythmic and pitch patterns, etc. With Lorin Benedict on vocals, Eric Vogler on guitar and Kasey Knudsen on saxophone.

David Talbot: Allen Dulles & the Rise of National Security State

Thursday, October 22nd, 2015 - Thursday, October 22nd, 2015, 10/22/15, 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

First Congregational Church of Berkeley
2345 Channing Way

In Berkeley

Drawing on revelatory new materials-including recently discovered US government documents, US and European intelligence sources, the personal correspondence and private journals of Dulles's wife and mistress, plus exclusive interviews with the children of prominent CIA officials-David Talbot reveals the dark underside of one of America's most influential figures. Dulles's decade as director of the CIA, which he covertly used to further his own public and private agendas, was a horrific time in American politics. Deeming himself above the law, Dulles manipulated and subverted U.S. presidents in pursuit of his own interests and those of the wealthy elite he counted as friends and clients. Targeting foreign leaders for assassination and overthrowing nationalist governments not in accord with his political aims, Dulles went on to employ the same tactics in the U.S., Talbot contends, including persuasive new evidence concerning the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

"THE DEVIL'S CHESSBOARD" really about the power elite, the corporate executives, government leaders, and top military officials who controlled the world. ... all engaged American citizens should read this book and have their eyes opened." - Kirkus Starred Review

DAVID TALBOT, is the founder and former CEO of, and was senior editor at Mother Jones magazine, plus features editor at the San Francisco Examiner. He has written for the New Yorker, Rolling Stone, Time and other major publications. He is also the author of the New York Times bestseller Brothers: The Hidden History of the Kennedy Years, and the national bestseller Season of the Witch.

Hosted by QUINCY McCOY, author of No Static: A Guide to Creative Radio Programing, and the General Manager of KPFA Radio.

advance tickets: $12: T: 800-838-3006 or Pegasus (3 sites), Moe's, Walden Pond Bookstore, Diesel a Bookstore, Mrs. Dalloway's, S.F. - Modern Times. $15 door, KPFA benefit

Presented by KPFA Radio 94.1 FM.

$12 advance, $15 door.

A Night of Poetry and Jazz

Friday, October 23rd, 2015 - Friday, October 23rd, 2015, 8:00

California Jazz Conservatory
2087 Addison St.

In Berkeley

California Jazz Conservatory students come together to present an evening of poetry and live music collaborations. Students will present their original work, as well as fresh arrangements of preexisting works.


Saturday, October 24th, 2015 - Saturday, October 24th, 2015, 3:30 pm

First Presbyterian Church
2407 Dana St

In Berkeley

"Each note is a jewel chiseled with perfect mastery and emotion."--Le Parisien

Jeanne Stark has delighted audiences in France, Canada, Mexico, Belgium and the USA.

Program: Olivier Messiaen: from Vingt regards de L'Enfant Jesus (1944-1946)-"Le regard des Anges" (Gaze of the Angels); "Le baiser de L'Enfant Jesus" (the Kiss of the Child-Jesus); Beethoven: Sonata in A flat Major, Op.110

Denise Perrier and Swing Fever

Saturday, October 24th, 2015 - Saturday, October 24th, 2015, 8:00

California Jazz Conservatory
2087 Addison St.

In Berkeley

Swing Fever is all about witty and romantic tunes from the 1930s and 1940s. Wild and rhythmic, individual members of Swing Fever have performed and recorded with Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, Ella Fitzgerald, Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, B.B. King, Rosemary Clooney, Stan Getz, Peggy Lee, Chet Baker, and many more.


Sunday, October 25th, 2015 - Sunday, October 25th, 2015, 11:00

California Jazz Conservatory
2087 Addison St.

In Berkeley

A theoretical and practical look at pentatonic (five-note) scales and their role in jazz, paying particular attention to the many ways we can use them to great effect in our solos. We’ll lay out the theory behind them from the ground up, show how they may be used in myriad harmonic contexts, and discuss exactly how it is that such a simple harmonic tool (they are the basis of some of the simplest folk melodies around the world) can be used so powerfully in modern music to create so many colors and degrees of tension and dissonance.

Prerequisites: A basic understanding of chords and seven-note scales is required; familiarity with advanced harmony (altered, lydian, etc.) is recommended.


Sunday, October 25th, 2015 - Sunday, October 25th, 2015, 2:00 PM

California Jazz Conservatory
2087 Addison St.

In Berkeley

A particular sound can be achieved by constructing musical phrases using a six-note scale and grouping the six notes into two triads. It’s a sound most closely associated with John Coltrane, and first discussed extensively by Walt Weiskopf. In this workshop we’ll discuss this concept of triad pairs and how it’s a departure from the pre-1960 jazz vocabulary. Explore the harmonic foundations, various uses, and tips for integrating these ideas into your improvisations.

Prerequisites: An understanding of chords and seven-note scales is required; familiarity with advanced harmony (altered, lydian, etc.) is recommended.

Manricks, McArdle, Cetto & Quigg

Sunday, October 25th, 2015 - Sunday, October 25th, 2015, 4:30 PM

California Jazz Conservatory
2087 Addison St.

In Berkeley

Jazz composer/arranger, saxophonist/woodwind player and music educator Jacam Manricks has been a highly respected figure among the New York city jazz scene for the past 14 years. He has recorded three highly acclaimed albums as a leader to date, (Labyrinth, Trigonometry and Cloud Nine) and performed as a sideman on countless other releases. His music has been highly commended in major music magazines, websites and newspapers in the United States, Canada, France, Portugal, Italy, Ireland, Germany, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Estonia, Australia, and New Zealand. He is currently Lecture in Jazz Theory/Composition and Jazz History at University of California-Davis. “…Superb saxophone work, intellectually stimulating writing…” All About Jazz-NY

This concert will feature originals by all members of the band, Jacam Manricks on saxophones and woodwinds, Ian McArdle on piano, Giulio Cetto on bass and Wolf Quigg on drums.

Vocal Jam Session

Sunday, October 25th, 2015 - Sunday, October 25th, 2015, 7:00

California Jazz Conservatory
2087 Addison St.

In Berkeley

The Jazzschool Community Music School Vocal Department presents a monthly jazz vocal jam session, hosted by Angharad Jones. All are welcome! Singers should bring three copies of their song for the band. Please arrive by 6:30 pm to sign up.

Erika Oba and Friends

Saturday, October 31st, 2015 - Saturday, October 31st, 2015, 8:00

California Jazz Conservatory
2087 Addison St.

In Berkeley

Erika Oba and collaborators present an evening of new works celebrating "Rituals of Death" for a special Halloween night show. Erika is delighted to bring together an ensemble featuring members of her trio project "Ends' Meat Catastrophe Jazz Ensemble," Rachel Austin and Adam Adhiyatma, and her frequent collaborator and duo partner, Chris Bastian. Featuring Erika Oba on flute and piano, Rachel Austin on electronics and vocals, Adam Adhiyatma on alto clarinet and guitar and Chris Bastian on bass.

SF Girls Chorus Opens Season with 'Surprising Freedoms'

Sunday, November 1st, 2015 - Sunday, November 1st, 2015, 11/1/15, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

First Congregational Church of Berkeley
2345 Channing Way

In Berkeley

Acclaimed New York early music ensemble TENET will join the Grammy Award-winning San Francisco Girls Chorus for the season opening concert of music composed by and for women in Italian monasteries in the 17th century that reveals a different view of cloistered life during the baroque era. Separated from many worldly indulgences, women in monasteries were often able to pursue active careers and acclaim by perfecting the creation of music and literature, resulting in masterworks of stunning and rarely heard beauty.

Presented by San Francisco Girls Chorus.


ZOFO Piano Duet

Saturday, November 7th, 2015 - Saturday, November 7th, 2015, 3:30 pm

Berkeley Piano Club
2724 Haste Street

In Berkeley

ZOFO is shorthand for 20-finger orchestra(ZO=20 and FO=finger orchestra) This Grammy nominated, prize winning Steinway Artist Ensemble-one of only a handful of duos worldwide devoted exclusively to piano duets--is blazing a bold new pather for piano-four -hands groups.

Program: Keisuke Nakagoshi: Synaesthesia; Willliam Bolcom: Primer; Terry Riley: Cinco de Mayo; Stravinsky: Rite of Spring


Sunday, November 8th, 2015 - Sunday, November 8th, 2015, 4pm

East Oakland Youth Development Center
8200 International Blvd.

In Oakland

The paintings featured in this new exhibit* by artist-astronomer Nia Imara are a reflection of her passion for expression, color, and light. While the subjects of the portraits in Imara’s body of work might appear to be from another time and place, her Lumiphilia demonstrates that sometimes the details of birth matter less than the human experiences that join us. As a student of the universe and of the human condition—through her use of saturated, unexpected colors and imaginative settings—Nia creates a world that will unsettle you with its strange familiarity.


Saturday, November 14th, 2015 - Saturday, November 14th, 2015, 7:30 pm

Regents Theatre at Holy Names University
3500 Mountain Blvd

In Oakland

Catalyst Quartet: Karla Donehew-Perez, Violinist; Jessie Montgomery, Vilinist; Paul Laraia, Violist; Karlos Rodriguez, Cellist

Hailed by the New York Times as "invariably energetic and finely burnished." the Catalyst Quartet, prize winners of the Gianni Bergamo Classical Music Award 2012 (Switzerland) is comprised of top laureates and alumni of the internationally acclaimed Sphinx Competition.

Program: Charles Ives: String Quartet No. 1; Osvaldo Golijov: Tenebrae; Marcus Goddard: Allaqi; arr.Catalyst Quartet: Popular American Folk Songs of the 1960s-70s; Smetana: String Quartet No. 1 in E minor ("From My Life")

Voices of Music: Virtuoso Italian Concertos

Sunday, December 20th, 2015, 7:30pm

St. Mary Magdalen Church
2005 Berryman St

In Berkeley

Celebrate the holidays with Voices of Music; we bring you an exciting evening with virtuoso concertos by Corelli, Torelli and Vivaldi. Cynthia Miller Freivogel, Lisa Grodin, Carla Moore, Elisabeth Reed, David Tayler, Tanya Tomkins and Hanneke van Proosdij, soloists

Voices of Music: La Bella più Bella

Sunday, January 31st, 2016, 7:30pm

St. Mary Magdalen Church
2005 Berryman St

In Berkeley

Duets and instrumental music from Europe and the New World with sopranos Jennifer Ellis Kampani and Catherine Webster. Join us for a wonderful evening with beautiful music by Buxtehude, Monteverdi, Purcell and spectacular villancicos from the New World.

Jennifer Ellis Kampani and Catherine Webster, sopranos
Elizabeth Blumenstock and Lisa Grodin, baroque violins
William Skeen, baroque cello
Hanneke van Proosdij, harpsichord and recorder
David Tayler, archlute and baroque guitar

17th Century Consort Music for recorder, strings & continuo

Voices of Music: The Art of the Countertenor

Sunday, March 20th, 2016, 7:30pm

St. Mary Magdalen Church
2005 Berryman St

In Berkeley

Direct from London, countertenor sensation Christopher Lowrey joins us for Arias of Handel, Bach and Vivaldi. From suave and beautiful sacred music to dramatic and virtuosic opera arias, this concert will be a feast for your ears. Christopher Lowrey, countertenor Lisa Grodin, Kati Kyme, Carla Moore, Maxine Nemerovski, Farley Pearce, Elisabeth Reed, Gabrielle Wunsch, baroque strings Hanneke van Proosdij, recorder, organ, harpsichord David Tayler, archlute

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