Events


Free First Thursdays @ the BAMPFA!

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

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

In Berkeley

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

Point Richmond Music Free Summer Concert Series

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

Downtown Point Richmond
Park Place at Washington Avenue

In Richmond

Point Richmond Music (PRM) has announced the dates and line-up for its 15th annual summer concert season. The all-volunteer non-profit organization produces the series in support of its mission to build community through the unifying language of music. Concerts are held on the second Friday of each month, June through September, from 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm. Every concert features an opportunity drawing, Arts of Point Richmond art and crafts booths, face-painting for children and dancing in the streets. The 2016 schedule will include a final concert on Friday, September 23rd to close the season.

The grassroots series has become a Bay Area favorite, with every concert drawing several hundred people to the historic neighborhood of Point Richmond throughout the season. Local restaurants offer a wide array of cuisines, and, new this year, one or two food trucks will be at each concert. Concert-goers can pair fine food with beverages served in reusable and biodegradable cups from PRM’s no host bar, with proceeds directly supporting the music series. Please visit www.pointrichmondmusic.org for more information.

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

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

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

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

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

Mystery & Narrative

Thursday, June 16th, 2016 - Saturday, July 30th, 2016

SLATE contemporary
473 25th Street, Oakland, CA

In Oakland

SLATE contemporary, a gallery historically known for specializing in contemporary abstract art, presents a plot twist with its exhibition Mystery & Narrative. A four artist exhibition of painting and photography, Mystery & Narrative brings the figure to the foreground in dramatic scenes that beckon the viewer in, but refuse to reveal themselves easily.

Join us on Thursday, June 16th, to celebrate the opening of this special exhibition with an Artists' Reception from 6-8pm. Curatorial and artist remarks will begin at 7pm. Held in conjunction with 3rd Thursdays on 25th Street, when the block's galleries and maker spaces offer extended evening hours.

Artists' Reception : Thursday June 16, 6-8pm

MATRIX 261 / Cecilia Edefalk

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

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

In Berkeley

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

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

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

The 46th Annual University of California, Berkeley Master of Fine Arts Graduate Exhibition

Wednesday, June 29th, 2016 - Sunday, August 7th, 2016, Wed-Sun / 11AM - 9PM

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

In Berkeley

Each year, BAMPFA teams up with the University of California, Berkeley Department of Art Practice to exhibit the work of their graduates. This year’s MFA graduates are Isaac Vazquez Avila, Michael Berens, Lark Buckingham, José Joaquin Figueroa, Clement Hil Goldberg, and Jin Zhu. Be among the first to encounter the work of these six exceptional artists as they embark on their careers.

07.01.2016 @ 6PM
Opening Reception
Celebrate the 2016 MFA graduates of UC Berkeley’s Department of Art Practice.

07.03.2015 @ 3PM
Artists' Talks
MFA graduates discuss their work informally in the galleries.

Figure & Field Exhibition

Friday, July 8th, 2016 - Wednesday, August 24th, 2016

Rhythmix Cultural Works
2513 Blanding Ave. Alameda

In

Exhibition Dates: July 6–August 24
Second Friday Opening Reception: July 8, 6 pm–9 pm
Artist Talk: Friday, August 12, 7 pm
Where: K Gallery at Rhythmix Cultural Works, 2513 Blanding Ave., Alameda
Gallery Hours: Second Fridays 6 pm–9 pm, for events, and by appointment

The K Gallery at Rhythmix Cultural Works presents Figure & Field, a group exhibition of artists working in painting and collage to challenge the boundaries between foreground and background. Using varying degrees of representation and abstraction, each artist plays with formal qualities of space and depth as a strategy to engage questions of identity, culture, and physical and emotional place. From the deeply personal to the astutely political, works in the show coalesce to ask how much our sense of self comes from our bodies and how much from our surroundings.

Laserbeam! Technomania!

Saturday, July 9th, 2016 - Sunday, August 21st, 2016, W-F 12-7pm

The Compound Gallery
1167 65th st.

In Oakland

Opening Reception: Saturday, July 9th 6-9pm with music and lasers by the Vintage Synthesizer Museum and stevedood. Don’t miss this!

Art made using lasers. Featuring work by: Takehito Etani, Craig Hansen, Indubitable Design, Jeff Hantman, Jonathan Odam, smith|allen, Yulia Pinkusevich, Clare Szydlowski

New! Luna Dancing 'Tween Camp (10-13 year olds)

Monday, July 25th, 2016 - Friday, July 29th, 2016, 9:30 am to 4:00 pm

Aquatic Park Studio
605 Addison Street

In Berkeley

Theme: Journeys

Tweens have a lot to say and need a space to express themselves. As young artists, they will create dances inspired by their own stories. Tweens learn how choreographers use narrative, develop dance-making skills, play, create, and bond with their peers in a fun, social environment.

Direct from Chile! Newen Afrobeat plus Lagos Roots

Friday, July 29th, 2016 - Friday, July 29th, 2016, 9:00 pm

Ashkenaz
1317 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley CA 94702

In Berkeley

Tickets are $15 Advance / $18 Day of show. Ashkenaz is always all ages!

Fronted by Geoffrey Omadhebo (Sonny Okosuns, One World), Lagos Roots brings it back, straight to 1970s West Africa. Emerging from a long-held dream to put together a band containing original master musicians and members of a new generation of Afrobeat musicians, this large orchestra of 16 musicians, including Nigerian guitar legend Sikiru Adepoju, and two dancers represents an important step in the evolution of the style of Nigerian Afrobeat popularized by Fela Kuti & the Afrika 70. Each member of Lagos Roots is a seasoned artist, and together they are creating a new and infectious Afrobeat sound. A list of some of the artists with whom members of Lagos Roots have recorded or shared the stage reads like a “who’s who” in music: Bob Marley & the Wailers, Jimmy Cliff, Ginger Baker of Cream, Peter Tosh, Toots & the Maytals, Eddy Grant, and many more.

http://www.eventbrite.com/e/direct-from-chile-newen-afrobeat-plus-lagos-roots-tickets-26105731947

Hunting Love

Friday, July 29th, 2016 - Sunday, August 21st, 2016, July 29-August 21, Friday and Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 5pm

The Flight Deck
1540 Broadway

In Oakland

A suicidal Aphrodite encounters a life-loving Narcissus eager to escape his stony fate. A nymph regrets her greatest wish. A young girl tries to escape her incomparable mother. In Hunting Love, myth transforms across a generation as four souls strive for intimacy in a landscape defaced by wars, literal and metaphorical. How do we learn to love ourselves? Can we adapt our superpowers to fit within a family? And once a Goddess has your heart, will you ever get it back?

Written by Susan-Jane Harrison and directed by Erin Merritt, Hunting Love is an interdisciplinary play that melds bold movement and live music with a time-traveling tale that speaks to our fears about love, death, and what it means to live. Musicians Bruce Christian Bennett, Jed Parsario and Mia Pixley join Harrison, Danielle Gray, and Nican Robinson onstage in seamless choreography by Liz Tenuto to a score composed by Rona Siddiqui. Hunting Love is an Equity-approved project.

Presented by Local Dystopia.

$15-35.

KIDSFEST

Saturday, July 30th, 2016 - Saturday, July 30th, 2016, 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

FLAX art & design
1501 Martin Luther King Jr. Way

In Oakland

Please join us for our eagerly anticipated always celebrated annual Kidsfest, a fascinating day of discovery, imagination and learning for children and their parents.

This year’s theme is Under the Sea! Costumes are encouraged, so bring your little diver, swimmer, sunfish, mermaid or merman and enjoy this festive day while your child has a blast exploring their creative side. Kidsfest is a not-to-be-missed event, and it’s always FREE!


FLAX Annual KIDSFEST

Saturday, July 30th, 2016 - Saturday, July 30th, 2016, 11am - 2pm

FLAX art & design
1501 Martin Luther King Jr Way, @15th st

In Oakland

Please join us for our eagerly anticipated always celebrated annual Kidsfest, a fascinating day of discovery, imagination and learning for children and their parents. We have a wonderful range of interactive events and demonstrations, crafts, face painting, fun games and so much more.

This year’s theme is Under the Sea! Costumes are encouraged, so bring your little diver, swimmer, sunfish, mermaid or merman and enjoy this festive day while your child has a blast exploring their creative side.

Kidsfest is a not-to-be-missed event, and it’s always FREE!

BAC Agility Projects presents: Quiet Please: The Mental Game of Art and Tennis OPENING

Saturday, July 30th, 2016, 6 - 8pm

Berkeley Art Center
1275 Walnut Street

In Berkeley

As part of The Agility Projects series, Berkeley Art Center is proud to present Quiet Please, an exhibition that examines the call and response relationship between artist and viewer using the sport of tennis as a metaphor to this exchange. Artists Libby Black, Jennie Ottinger, George Pfau, and Andrew Witrak present drawings, sculpture and animation that use tennis as a way to comment on human psychology: presentation, elitism, communication, and catharsis.

Like many sports, there are myriad rules and customs that apply to the game of tennis. A distinct quality of match play is the on-court etiquette and ritual—a play of manners and class (or lack thereof). And like the artistic process, there is an opportunity to come from one point away from defeat, to win the match. The aim of good tennis playing is to get out of your head, and trust your body and strokes—to achieve a sort of Zen looseness. On the other hand, as in creating a body of work in the art studio, one can be plagued by self-doubt, second-guessing, and the sometimes complete derailment of one's game.

The history of the sport is significant in that, although it is possible to be played on public courts, it has an elitist reputation. Dating back to the 1860s tennis is an international sport that conjures up snotty clubs and white sweaters. There are comparisons to be drawn between the impenetrable art markets and country club memberships where tennis is often played.

Tito y su Son de Cuba

Saturday, July 30th, 2016 - Saturday, July 30th, 2016, Lesson at 8:30 pm; Show at 9:30 pm

Ashkenaz
1317 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley CA 94702

In Berkeley

Tickets are $12 Student and Advance / $15 Day of show. Salsa dance lesson at 8:30 pm. Ashkenaz is always all ages!

Tito leads his band dedicated to playing authentic Cuban traditional dance music: rumba, guaracha, and son montuno, pioneered by such greats as Arsenio Rodriguez and later revived by Buena Vista Social Club. Before moving to America, Tito played and sang in several of the great Cuban bands – including a Rodriguez tribute group assembled by Arsenio’s daughter.

Heriberto “Tito” Gonzalez explains, “Since I was a child I’ve been in music and I’ve always loved it. The music, and especially El Son, is part of my being.” Tito, who now lives in Richmond, sings and plays the Cuban tres guitar that drives the sound of the son, leading a band that includes percussion and horns in shows at clubs and festivals around the Bay. Music is a mix of son classics and tunes from the band’s 2005 self-titled debut CD and 2010’s “Al Doblar La Esquina.”

http://www.eventbrite.com/e/tito-y-su-son-de-cuba-tickets-25607469631

Muffled Corners

Saturday, July 30th, 2016 - Sunday, July 31st, 2016, Saturday at 8pm, Sunday at 2pm

Berkeley City Ballet
1800 Dwight Way

In Berkeley

Muffled Corners is a presentation of contemporary dance produced by Slick Babble Dance Project. A family-friendly buffet of short dance pieces, this performance will feature three new dance works by Emmeline Gonzalez-Beban alongside choreography by special guests Amelia Eisen and Kim Ip. These featured works explore Gonzalez-Beban’s choreographic philosophy through different lenses that range from the absurd realities of multiverse theory to the fiery physical expressions of the oppressed body.

July 30, 2016 | 8pm
July 31, 2016 | 2pm

Location: Berkeley City Ballet, 1800 Dwight Way, Berkeley, CA 94703


Tickets sliding scale $15-25, available at https://www.artful.ly/store/events/9242 or at the door

Summer Land-escapes with instructor Jamil Moises Liban-Ortañez

Sunday, July 31st, 2016, 1 - 3 pm

Berkeley Art Center
1275 Walnut Street

In Berkeley

Picture yourself jumping in the ocean waves, building a sandcastle on the beach in the sunshine or camping under the stars in a redwood forest. Then turn that summer scene into a one-of- a-kind haiku book by collaging found text and imagery. Taught by Bay Area artist/instructor Jamil Moises Liban-Ortañez. His work and teaching is focused on ways that qtpoc (queer and trans people of color) craftivism (craft and activism) can be wielded to stimulate social change.

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

AXIS Dance Company Summer Intensive

Monday, August 1st, 2016 - Wednesday, August 10th, 2016, 10:00 AM

Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts
1428 Alice Street

In Oakland

Join us for an unparalleled dance experience with AXIS Dance Company and Marc Brew. Learn new skills derived from the company’s working ethos and repertoire that will enhance and develop your own practice in improvisation, choreography, and performance. This year our specialized teacher training for dance teachers and experienced artists will expand from two to three days. Our Teacher Training is geared towards professionals wanting to enhance their skills and working methods in inclusive dance and translation for dancers with physical disabilities.

AXIS Dance Company is one of the world’s most acclaimed and innovative ensembles of performers with and without disabilities. Paving the way for a powerful contemporary dance form- physically integrated dance- AXIS performs throughout the U.S. and in Europe and has appeared on FOX TV’S So You Think You Can Dance. AXIS’ model education/outreach program brings dance to youth and adults at our studio, in the community, in schools and universities, and where we tour nationally and internationally.

Marc Brew trained professionally at the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School and The Australian Ballet School. He has been working in the UK and Internationally for the past 18 years as a dancer, choreographer, teacher, & speaker.

Developing & Implementing Dance Curricula-A (DIDC-A)

Monday, August 1st, 2016 - Friday, August 5th, 2016, 9:00-5:00 pm

Luna Dance Institute
605 Addison Street

In Berkeley

Developing & Implementing Dance Curricula-A (DIDC-A)
Monday, 8/1- Friday 8/5

Luna’s entry point for all teachers of dance, this first course in a 4-level foundations series covers elements of dance; structuring discrete standards-based dance lessons; integrating dance across subject matter; human development theory infants-to-adults; observation and instructional methods. No pre-requisite. Cost $525

Developing & Implementing Dance Curricula-A (DIDC-A)

Monday, August 1st, 2016 - Friday, August 5th, 2016, All Day

Aquatic Park Studio
605 Addison Street

In Berkeley

Developing & Implementing Dance Curricula-A (DIDC-A)
Monday, 8/1- Friday 8/5
Luna’s entry point for all teachers of dance, this first course in a 4-level foundations series covers elements of dance; structuring discrete standards-based dance lessons; integrating dance across subject matter; human development theory infants-to-adults; observation and instructional methods. No pre-requisite. Cost $525

Les Amis Zydeco

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016 - Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016, Lesson at 8:00 pm; Show at 8:30 pm

Ashkenaz
1307 San Pablo Ave.

In Berkeley

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

From festivals to farmers’ markets, Les Amis Zydeco turns every event into a dance party. Its members are all longtime veterans of Cajun and zydeco bands. Les Amis Zydeco has its roots in the swamps of Deep South Louisiana as well as the Bay Area Cajun/zydeco dance scene. Formed in 2009 and based in the East Bay, Les Amis Zydeco strives for an authentic sound whether it is playing Cajun, Creole, or zydeco. Some band members are longtime Cajun/zydeco dancers, and they draw on their ingrained knowledge of what makes for an enjoyable dance evening.

Les Amis Zydeco is Dwight Shackelford (accordions, fiddle, washboard, and vocals), Nazar Eljumaily (electric and acoustic guitars), Linda Hutchinson (bass), and Sam Siggins (drums). They draw mostly from traditional roots music and some modern artists from Clifton Chenier and Danny Poullard to the Pine Leaf Boys and Rockin’ Dopsie, as well as original songs rooted in traditional sounds.

http://www.ashkenaz080216.eventbrite.com

Balkan Folkdance

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016 - Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016, Lesson at 7:00 pm; Show at 8:00 pm

Ashkenaz
1307 San Pablo Ave.

In Berkeley

Tickets are $7. Balkan dance lesson at 7 pm. Ashkenaz is always all ages!

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

SLATE Summer Collection 2016

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

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

In Oakland

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

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

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


Artists in Conversation

Thursday, August 4th, 2016 - Thursday, August 4th, 2016, 6pm

Berkeley Art Center
1275 Walnut Street

In Berkeley

George Pfau will present a reading from hi illustrated "self-help" book The Inner Game of Winning Ugly and artists will return questions from spectators with the help of art critic Glen Helfand. Helfand's writing has appeared in Artforum, and he's contributed to the San Francisco Bay Guardian, ArtInfo.com, and many other periodicals and exhibition catalogs. He is a Senior Adjunct professor at California College of the Arts, where he teaches courses on contemporary art.

Free for BAC Members, $10 for Non-members

LUMP-EY, HOLE-LY, SPACE-Y...The Art of Wally Fields

Friday, August 5th, 2016 - Friday, August 5th, 2016, 6-9 pm

Art@Archer
431 13th Street

In Oakland

First Friday Artist Reception for new exhibition at Art@Archer.

Local artist, Wally Fields, explores 2D and 3D form and void, inside and outside.

Light refreshments will be served.


Chicago

Friday, August 5th, 2016 - Sunday, August 14th, 2016, 8 pm (weekends)

Woodminster Amphitheater
Joaquin Miller Park, 3300 Joaquin Miller Road

In Oakland

Performances at 8 pm on August 5, 6, 7, 11, 12, 13, 14.

Chicago is a stage musical with music by John Kander, lyrics by Fred Ebb and a book by Ebb and Bob Fosse, a huge hit in both stage and screen productions. The story satirizes corruption in the criminal justice system through the stories of husband-killers Velma and Roxie, and their "celebrity lawyer," Billy Flynn. The entertaining vaudeville-inspired performance style provides the perfect opportunity for several flashy dance numbers. Performed outdoors, under the stars, by a big cast and a live professional orchestra. Adult oriented story and themes.

Stu Allen & Mars Hotel

Friday, August 5th, 2016 - Friday, August 5th, 2016, 9:00 pm

Ashkenaz
1307 San Pablo Ave.

In Berkeley

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

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

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

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

http://ashkenaz080516.eventbrite.com/

'DNA' Solo show by African born artist Adjani Okpu-Egbe

Friday, August 5th, 2016 - Friday, August 5th, 2016, Reception Friday, August 5, 6-9pm; Exhibition July 15 - August 6

The Fourth Wall
473 25th Street

In Oakland

The Fourth Wall Gallery in Oakland, California is featuring Adjani Okpu-Egbe's first solo show in the United States, "DNA." Okpu-Egbe's strong social commentary is synonymous with contemporary African Art (Afro-Expressionism), making him prominent among an emerging generation of African born artists. These artworks inform us of world cultures, minority experiences, and the lives of the disadvantaged. His compositions balance street culture with high culture and African spiritualism with modern banality.


Okpu-Egbe is from a new generation of African-born artists. Born in Cameroon, his bold, textured paintings are quintessentially Afro-Expressionist. Okpu-Egbe's aesthetic is multi-layered, informed by his experiences growing up in Cameroon and by the global politics of a metropolis such as London, where he currently lives. Okpu-Egbe turns to his life experiences to create his work: stories of his African childhood, personal encounters, historical research and political commentary. He studied history, archaeology and Egyptology and draws from these subjects. Viewers excavate and unravel the many viewpoints in his compositions, decoding the significance of heads or limbs and the mathematical equations which span his work. Okpu-Egbe builds his own set of symbols and painterly vernacular while being inspired by Miro, Dubuffet, Basquiat, Picasso, Twombly and de Kooning. His technique is executed in thick textured acrylic and overworked in oil-bar, often applied onto found materials: doors, wooden palettes and bubble wrap. His compositions fuse street culture and high culture, the use of discarded materials and a spontaneous application of paint convey his brilliant thought process and spontaneous narrative. His work has been featured in The Financial Times, Beaux Arts Magazine, London Live, CNN, and Bloomberg TV. Okpu-Egbe was also commissioned by the BBC to produce a painting for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee in 2012.

Presented by The Fourth Wall.

No cost

Photo Walk with the Oakland Art Association

Saturday, August 6th, 2016 - Saturday, August 6th, 2016, 11:00am

Oakland Public Library - Rockridge Branch
5366 College Avenue, Oakland, CA 94618

In Oakland

Let's make art!

Take a walk with a photographer from the Oakland Art Association and get a hands on look at what makes a truly stunning photograph. Bring a digital camera or smart phone so you can take your own photos.

The Oakland Art Association is a non-profit group of roughly 55 members, several of whom have been active over most of its almost 60 years. The association is involved most in arranging show venues for its members in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties but also in support of specific art programs with-in the Oakland Unified Schools. Typically, they have about 10 juried shows each year, where members are invited to show original work which is competitively judged, and cash prizes are awarded.

During August 2016 OAA will hold its annual photography only show at the Rockridge Library as well as a juried show at the Oakland Chamber of Commerce offices (475 14th St. Oakland). See the exhibit, then meet some of the artists and learn about their processes. All ages are welcome.

Dionysus Dinner Theatre Presents: The Seduction of Fire

Saturday, August 6th, 2016 - Saturday, August 6th, 2016, 8/6/16, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Shadow Ultra Lounge
341 13th Street

In Oakland

Dionysus Dinner Theatre Presents is a multi-faceted, immersive event that delights guests with a delicious three-course plated dinner and live cabaret-style entertainment. Dionysus Presents is dedicated to providing an exceptional experience to those looking for a one-stop shop for all their pleasurable needs.

Dionysus continues the 2016 season with The Seduction of Fire as we excel in exploring the classical elements: Air, Fire, Earth and Water. The show stars local renowned cabaret artists brought to you by Fishnet Follies and sounds mixed by DJ Prince.

The dinner show tickets will include live entertainment a 3 course meal that has an appetizer, main course and desert that is suited for the show. All FIRE zodiac signs (Aires, Leo, Sagittarius) will get a special gift when attending the show.

Be amazed watch it come alive through a marvelous cabaret show and a cuisine carefully placed together to create an immersive, interactive experience of pure pleasure. Buy your tickets today at https://seductionoffire.eventbrite.com Tickets start at $20. Dinner, Reserved Seats and VIP options are available. 21+ Nudity.

Presented by Dionysus Dinner Theatre.

$20-$230.

We Need Better Humans!

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

Waterfront Playhouse
2020 Fourth St.

In Berkeley

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

Presented by Realization Theater.

25.00.

Midnite Ramblers

Tuesday, August 9th, 2016 - Tuesday, August 9th, 2016, Lesson at 8:00 pm; Show at 8:30 pm

Ashkenaz
1307 San Pablo Ave.

In Berkeley

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

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

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

http://ashkenaz080916.eventbrite.com/

Stu Allen & Mars Hotel

Wednesday, August 10th, 2016 - Wednesday, August 10th, 2016, 8:00 pm

Ashkenaz
1307 San Pablo Ave.

In Berkeley

Tickets are $13. Ashkenaz is always all ages!

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

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

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

http://www.eventbrite.com/e/stu-allen-mars-hotel-tickets-26494206886

Pt. Richmond Music Summer Concert Series: Kenya B Trio and Patrón Latin Rhythms

Friday, August 12th, 2016 - Friday, August 12th, 2016, 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Downtown Point Richmond
Park Place at Washington Avenue

In Richmond

Point Richmond Music's (PRM) 15th annual free summer concert series continues on Friday, August 12th with the Kenya B. Trio followed by Patrón Latin Rhythms. In addition to great music, every concert features arts and crafts booths, face-painting for children, opportunity drawings and dancing in the streets.

Point Richmond’s local restaurants offer a wide array of cuisines on concert nights, and, new this year, one or two food trucks will pull up to the street festival. Concert-goers can pair fine food with beverages served in reusable and biodegradable cups from PRM’s no host bar, with proceeds directly supporting the non-profit music series. Please visit www.pointrichmondmusic.org and www.facebook.com/ptrichmondmusic
for more information.

5:30 PM to 6:30 PM - Kenya B Trio, www.kenyabmusic.com

6:45 PM to 7:45 PM - Patrón Latin Rhythms, www.patronmusicrocks.com

Strata: Solo show - Art by Carrie Ann Plank

Friday, August 12th, 2016 - Friday, August 12th, 2016, Reception Friday, Sept 2, 6-9pm, Exhibition August 12-September 19

The Fourth Wall
473 25th Street

In Oakland

The Fourth Wall Gallery in Oakland is featuring artist Carrie Ann Plank beginning August 12th, and running through September 17th. Plank works in printmaking, painting, and glass. She combines new technologies with the tradition of printmaking. This intersection adds perspective to printmaking through the contrasts of old and new, anarchistic and orderly.

Plank's series at Fourth Wall is titled Strata. It plays with taking recognizable objects, distilling them to their most base structure, abstracting them, de-contextualizing them, and then subsequently placing them in new contexts. This produces a conflict in the viewer as a discomforting familiarity.

Plank has received national and international acclaim, having permanent collections in the Fine Art Archives of the Library of Congress, Fine Art Museums of San Francisco, the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts, the Guanlan Print Art Museum in China, and the Iraq National Library in Baghdad. Plank is the Director of the Printmaking MFA & BFA Programs at the Academy of Art University.

Presented by The Fourth Wall.

No Charge.

TYLER JAMES HOARE - In the Fabrefaction Gallery

Sunday, August 14th, 2016 - Sunday, August 14th, 2016, 3-6pm

The Compound Gallery
1167 65th st.

In Oakland

Join us for an Artist Talk with Tyler on Sunday, August 14th at 4pm sharp. Snacks and libations will be served 3-6pm. The talk is free and open to the public.

The Compound Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition featuring the work of the esteemed Emeryville mudflat artist, Tyler James Hoare. A collection of masks, sculptures, and historical documentation will be exhibited in our more intimate Fabrefaction Gallery located at 1145 65th st. Oakland, CA. This show is in conjunction with our show Laserbeam Technomania in our Main Gallery next door. Gallery Hours will be Wed-Sun 12-7pm (please go to our Main Gallery at 1167 for entry).

Missouri-born Hoare has been placing sculptures along the Emeryville and Berkeley shoreline for more than half his life. He moved to Berkeley in the 1960s, and was driving past the remains of a pier in 1975 when his artistic muse struck. –SFGate.com

b. 1940. Sculptor and printmaker, Born in Joplin Mo. attended the University of Colorado, the Sculpture Center in New York, the University of Kansas (BFA 1963), and CCAC. He assembled figures in often humorous combinations of found and tooled objects, primarily of wood, coupling a basically cubist style with overtones of Surrealism. Some of Hoare’s pieces occupied the anonymous, grassroots sculpture garden that began to flourish in the mid-1960’s on the mudflats of Emeryville. In the 1970’s he was one of the earliest Bay Area artists to experiment with color xerox as a medium for printmaking. -From Art in The San Francisco Bay Area 1945-1980 by Thomas Albright.

Tom Rigney & Flambeau

Tuesday, August 16th, 2016 - Tuesday, August 16th, 2016, Lesson at 8:00 pm; Show at 8:30 pm

Ashkenaz
1307 San Pablo Ave.

In Berkeley

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

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.”

What sets Rigney and Flambeau 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.

http://ashkenaz081616.eventbrite.com/

Japanese Calligraphy Workshop

Wednesday, August 17th, 2016 - Wednesday, August 17th, 2016, 10am - 1pm

Berkeley Art Center
1275 Walnut Street

In Berkeley

Japanese Calligrapher Tomoko Ide will usher participants into the beauty of traditional Japanese calligraphy with this introductory workshop. Tomoko will explain how to write eight common strokes which are all found in the character — 永(ei “permanence”). Workshop participants will be provided with Japanese calligraphy’s “Four Treasures of Study”—Washi (paper), Fude (brush pen), Sumi (Ink), and Suzuri (Ink stone). As a beginning calligrapher practices these principles it helps to ensure beauty in one’s writing, drawing or any other practice that requires focus

Wednesday, August 17, 10 am - 1 pm
Class fee: $30 BAC Members / $40 Non-members

Stu Allen & Mars Hotel

Wednesday, August 17th, 2016 - Wednesday, August 17th, 2016, 8:00 pm

Ashkenaz
1307 San Pablo Ave.

In Berkeley

Tickets are $13. Ashkenaz is always all ages!

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

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

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

http://ashkenaz081716.eventbrite.com/

MotorDude Zydeco

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016 - Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016, Lesson at 8:00 pm; Show at 8:30 pm

Ashkenaz
1307 San Pablo Ave.

In Berkeley

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

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.

http://ashkenaz082316.eventbrite.com/

Stu Allen & Mars Hotel

Wednesday, August 24th, 2016 - Wednesday, August 24th, 2016, 8:00 pm

Ashkenaz
1307 San Pablo Ave.

In Berkeley

Tickets are $13. Ashkenaz is always all ages!

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

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

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

http://www.eventbrite.com/e/stu-allen-mars-hotel-tickets-26553302643

The Kite Makers

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

Berkeley Art Center
1275 Walnut Street

In Berkeley

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

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

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

Open to all ages. Suggested donation $5

The Ivory Club Boys

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

Ashkenaz
1307 San Pablo Ave.

In Berkeley

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

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

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

Quiet Please on the Court

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

Berkeley Art Center
1275 Walnut Street

In Berkeley

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

RSVP please!
programs@berkeleyartcenter.org

UKSUS

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

Oakland Metro Operahouse
522 2nd Street

In Oakland

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

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

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

Presented by Erling Wold's Fabrications.

$30 sliding scale.

Iko Yaya

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

Ashkenaz
1307 San Pablo Ave.

In Berkeley

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

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

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

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

Jinx Jones

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

Ashkenaz
1307 San Pablo Ave.

In Berkeley

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

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

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

La Cage aux Folles

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

Woodminster Amphitheater
Joaquin Miller Park, 3300 Joaquin Miller Road

In Oakland

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

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

Zulu Spear

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

Ashkenaz
1307 San Pablo Ave.

In Berkeley

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

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

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

http://ashkenaz090216.eventbrite.com/

Luciano

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

Ashkenaz
1307 San Pablo Ave.

In Berkeley

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

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

https://ashkenaz090316.eventbrite.com

Luna Dance Institute's Free Open House

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

Luna Dance Institute
605 Addison St., Berkeley, CA

In Berkeley

Luna Dance Institute's Free Open House

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


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

Shakespeare or Space Wars

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

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

In Berkeley

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

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

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

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

More Information at www.peripateticplayers.org.

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

Feline Trouble: A Colin Hurley Retrospective

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

Lottie Rose Artist House
6117 San Pablo Ave

In Oakland

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

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

Presented by Firehouse Art Collective.

Free

2016 Pleasanton Harvest Festival

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

Alameda County Fairgrounds
4501 Pleasanton Ave

In

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

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

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

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

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

Virtuoso Concertos

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

St. Mary Magdalen Church
2005 Berryman Street

In Berkeley

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

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

The Three Cellos

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

St. Mary Magdalen Church
2005 Berryman Street

In Berkeley

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

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

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)



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