Events


Call for Entries- HERE: BAC Artists Annual

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

Berkeley Art Center
1275 Walnut Street

In Berkeley

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

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

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

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

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

Call for Entries- HERE: BAC Artists Annual

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

Berkeley Art Center
1275 Walnut Street

In Berkeley

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

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

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

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

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

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

Oak Knoll Public Amenities

Friday, December 23rd, 2016 - Thursday, February 2nd, 2017

8750 Mountain Blvd.
In Oakland

REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS

Project title: Oak Knoll Public Amenities

Budget: $60,000

Commissioning agent: SunCal, master developer of the Oak Knoll community
Location: Oakland, California
Eligibility: Artist or team of artists residing in Oakland, CA
Submittal deadline: February 2, 2017
Installation deadline: Spring 2019
Online applications at www.callforentry.org

Abstract Expressions

Thursday, January 12th, 2017 - Saturday, February 25th, 2017, 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

SLATE contemporary
473 25th Street, Oakland, CA. 94612

In Oakland

An exhibition showcasing contemporary painting that draws upon the modern tradition of Abstract Expressionism.

Featuring Jimi Evins, Lea Feinstein, and Kathryn Arnold.

Coupled Opening Reception

Friday, January 20th, 2017 - Saturday, February 25th, 2017, 6-9 PM

Rhythmix Cultural Works
2513 Blanding Avenue

In Oakland

The K Gallery at Rhythmix Cultural Works presents Coupled, a group exhibition

of artists who are married or intertwined. Do couples influence each other’s art

work? How much of our world view comes from who we live with? Using clay,

photography, painting, sculpture and interactive installation, each “coupled” artist

tells their unique story.
Featuring: Ed Holmes, Janet Koike, Tom White, Styrous, and Deborah and Charlie Sullivan

Live & Dye Naturally Pop-Up Shop

Friday, January 20th, 2017 - Sunday, January 22nd, 2017, Friday 12 - 5pm, Saturday 10am - 5pm, Sunday 10am - 6pm

Celery Space
1714 San Pablo Ave

In Berkeley

Kansas-based artist Neil Goss will have a one weekend pop-up shop at CelerySpace featuring naturally-dyed woven wall art and wood-fired pottery. Meet & Greet with Neil Sunday 1/22 4-6pm. Come by and find something beautiful for your home!


Soul Sanctuary Dance

Sunday, January 22nd, 2017 - Sunday, January 22nd, 2017, 11:00am 1:00pm

Ashkenaz
1307 San Pablo Ave.

In Berkeley

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

Soul Sanctuary Dance is a welcoming and inclusive all-ages community freestyle/ecstatic/shoes optional dance that supports free expression, community, physical and emotional health, and a spirit of generosity. We dance to an irresistible eclectic blend of world music, funk, house, soul, electro swing, positive hip hop, reggae, dance classics, jazz, blues, electronica, and other music to free mind, body and soul.
Organic fruit for all after the dance.
The dance is completely organized and run by volunteers.
Wheelchair accessible. No scented products please. Shoes optional.

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

Indigo Dyeing & Shibori Workshop

Sunday, January 22nd, 2017 - Sunday, January 22nd, 2017, 12 - 4pm

Celery Space
1714 San Pablo Ave

In Berkeley

Learn ow to make, use and maintain your own indigo vat and get amazing dyed goods to take home! No experience necessary. This half-day workshop, led by Neil Goss, will also introduce tritik, fold dye, and other shibori processes. Get your ticket and learn more at: celeryspace.com/workshops-events

Artist Talk with Guy Diehl

Sunday, January 22nd, 2017 - Sunday, January 22nd, 2017, 1:00pm

Richmond Art Center
2540 Barrett Avenue

In Richmond

Please join us for a special talk with acclaimed artist Guy Diehl.

Guy Diehl approaches realism with quiet consideration and a subtle hand. In his illustrated talk at the Richmond Art Center he will share his views on realism and his methods in rendering calm beauty while conjuring life into objects that seem to breathe on the canvas.

Diehl works within a tradition of still life painting in which each object holds meaning in its relationship to the other players on the stage and each shadow presents itself as counterpoint to the illuminated. Objects evoke the spirits of canonical artists and the tools of the trade are laid out on the altar – homage to the craft and the mysterious alchemy of a master’s hand. With exquisitely refined tonal rendering, Diehl creates a nuanced sense of form and space.

Widely exhibited, Guy Diehl’s work resides in museums including the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, the Oakland Museum of California, San Jose Museum of Art and many public collections.

Guy Diehl (born 1949, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) is an American artist best known for still life paintings and prints, many of which incorporate direct references to historically significant artists and artworks.

Oakland Civic Orchestra - Baroque Infusion

Sunday, January 22nd, 2017 - Sunday, January 22nd, 2017, 4:00 pm

Lake Merritt United Methodist Church
1330 Lakeshore Avenue

In Oakland

The Oakland Civic Orchestra, conducted by Artistic Director Martha Stoddard and Associate Conductor Jason Oestenstad, presents its “Baroque Infusion” concert. The program features Bach’s Concerto in D Minor for Two Violins (Christina Owens and Thomas Chow, soloists), Vivaldi’s Concerto in C Major for Two Trumpets (Michael Cox and Cindy Collins, soloists), Respighi’s Gli Ucelli, and Stravinsky’s Pulcinella Suite. Admission is free, but donations are gratefully accepted. For more information, please visit our website at https://sites.google.com/site/oaklandcivicorchestra/home, like us on Facebook, or call (510) 597- 5027.

About the orchestra:

The Oakland Civic Orchestra is celebrating our twenty-fifth year of providing free classical music to our community. We are pleased to have been recently named a Semi-Finalist for the 2016 Ernst Bacon Memorial Award in the Performance of American Music for our performance of Artistic Director Martha Stoddard’s composition, Gait Changes. We are a volunteer community orchestra bringing together musicians of all ages and backgrounds to share in the joy and magic of music-making. We rely on funding from the City of Oakland Office of Parks and Recreation, donations from the public, and membership dues. Please visit our website at https://sites.google.com/site/oaklandcivicorchestra/home, and like us on Facebook.

HERE Part II: Fine Lines and Other Fictions, Curated by Renny Pritikin

Sunday, January 22nd, 2017 - Sunday, January 22nd, 2017, 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Berkeley Art Center
1275 Walnut St.

In Berkeley

The task of selecting a show from the works submitted by 220 member artists is not a simple one. In a display of enormously diverse style and media, the BAC Artists Annual Exhibition is an exciting opportunity for artists to have hundreds of eyes on their work and in particular, the eyes of this year's juror, Renny Pritikin.

Pritikin has been a leading figure in the San Francisco Bay Area arts community for decades serving as Co-director of New Langton Arts, Chief Curator at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Director of the Nelson Gallery at UC Davis, and currently Chief Curator at The Contemporary Jewish Museum. Pritikin writes, "I’ve selected seven varied artists whose submissions struck me on one particular Saturday afternoon in early December for their wit or originality, for their rendering skill, or their sheer unapologetic beauty."

Featuring work by Minerva Amistoso, Janine Brown, Mikey Kelly, Mark Seely, Sally K. Smith, Stephen Whisler, Yelena Zhavoronkova

Post-Holiday Barn Stomp with Jubilee American Dance Theatre; Chappell & Dave Holt followed by Square Dancing called by Erik Hoffman

Sunday, January 22nd, 2017 - Sunday, January 22nd, 2017, 7:00 pm

Ashkenaz
1307 San Pablo Ave.

In Berkeley

Tickets are $12 / $5 Kids aged 6-15

Far from our standard dance night where one style of music is presented, this post-holiday Barn Stomp features music from throughout the U.S. and from different eras, from Appalachian to swing and more. It mixes fast-paced demonstrations by members of Jubilee American Dance Theatre with dancers in period costumes, lessons for attendees, and a square dance blowout with the entire group and calling by Erik Hoffman. The first hour features Chappell & Dave Holt with Cristina Seaborn, a daisy clogging demonstration, an exhibition square dance by the troupe, and then a square dance lesson before the square dance.

Formed in 1999 by Hilary Roberts, Jubilee American Dance Theatre is a unique performance ensemble, bringing to life dances, music, songs, and stories from Appalachia to Swing Era dance halls to Cajun Country, from North American Whalers to Baja California to America’s immigrants. Jubilee transports audiences to another time and place. Directed by Becky Coulter since 2009, Jubilee’s work is set in context: the costume staff carefully researches and reproduces authentic costumes of each era, and music directors recreate regional and historical musical styles.

Tickets:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/post-holiday-barn-stomp-with-jubilee-american-dance-theatre-chappell-dave-holt-followed-by-square-tickets-30869765299?ref=ebtnebtckt

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

Hula/Polynesian A Day in the Islands Family Event with Māhealani Uchiyama & Hālau KaUaTuahine

Sunday, January 22nd, 2017 - Sunday, January 22nd, 2017, Doors at 2:00 pm; Show at 2: 30 - 4:15

Ashkenaz
1317 San Pablo Ave

In Berkeley

Tickets are $8 Adults / $6 Kids

Hula lesson for children and Polynesian dance performance.
Hālau KaUaTuahine is an organization dedicated to the perpetuation of the performing arts of Hawai’i and Tahiti. It is named after the gentle “sister” rain that falls in the valley of Mānoa in Honolulu. It is under the direction of Kumu Hula Māhealani Uchiyama, the founder and director of the Māhea Uchiyama Center for International Dance. They have won numerous awards and perform internationally, appearing in venues ranging from the Hollywood Bowl, the Ka ʻAha Hula ʻO Hālauaola of Maui, Oʻahu and Kauaʻi, the Heiva celebrations of Tahiti French Polynesia and the National Museum of New Zealand.

Link to event on Ashkenaz site: http://www.ashkenaz.com/eventcalendar/2017/1/22/a-day-in-the-islands-family-event-with-mhealani-uchiyama-hlau-kauatuahine
Band Website: n/a
Eventbrite ticket link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-day-in-the-islands-family-event-with-mahealani-uchiyama-halau-kauatuahine-tickets-30544504435?ref=ebtnebtckt
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/240103196419363/

Cajun/Zydeco Iko Yaya

Tuesday, January 24th, 2017 - Tuesday, January 24th, 2017, Doors are 7:30 pm; Cajun/Zydeco dance lesson at 8:00 pm; Show at 8:30 pm

Ashkenaz
1317 San Pablo Ave

In Berkeley

Tickets are $12

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).

Link to event on Ashkenaz site: http://www.ashkenaz.com/eventcalendar/2017/1/24/iko-yaya
Band Website: https://www.sonicbids.com/band/i-ko-ya-ya/
Eventbrite ticket link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/iko-yaya-tickets-29918362628?ref=ebtnebtckt
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1351910684820134/

Cleve Jones: When We Rise: Coming of Age SF, AIDS & My Life in Movemnt

Wednesday, January 25th, 2017 - Wednesday, January 25th, 2017, 1/25/17, 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

St. John's Presbyterian Church
2727 College Avenue

In Berkeley

KPFA Radio 94.1FM and St. John's Presbyterian Church present

CLEVE JONES
WHEN WE RISE
Coming of Age in San Francisco, AIDS & My Life in the Movement
Hosted by Richard Wolinsky

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

"You could read Cleve Jones's book because you should know about the struggle for gay, lesbian, and transgender rights from one of its key participants-maybe heroes-but really, you should read it for pleasure and joy. It's an incredibly vivid evocation of a bygone era and a poignant story of someone who started out feeling like the only gay person in the world and ended up organizing millions of them"
- Rebecca Solnit

Cleve Jones details the nearly four decades he's spent at vital heart of the groundbreaking Movement, fighting to give voice to people who for much of human history, have been made invisible: co-founding the San Francisco AIDS Foundation during the terrifying early years of the epidemic; conceiving the AIDS Memorial Quilt, the largest community art project in history, his recent activism on behalf of hotel workers, and his work to legalize same-sex marriage. When We Rise is the witty, uncompromising account of Cleve's dramatic life, the heartbreak of losing Harvey Milk to an assassin's bullet, and countless friends to AIDS - all within the bewitching story of 1970's San Francisco and the magical spell it cast for young gay people during an era free love, electrifying liberation, prejudice and revolution.

Richard Wolinsky, our host - KPFA's widely respected veteran literary interviewer - co-hosted and produced "Probabilities," a program devoted to science fiction, mystery and mainstream fiction, from 1977 to 1995. Subsequently he co-hosted and produced the Thursday edition of "Cover to Cover," now renamed "Bookwaves."

Presented by KPFA Radio 94.1 FM.

$12 advance, $15 door.

Grateful Dead Stu Allen & Mars Hotel

Wednesday, January 25th, 2017 - Wednesday, January 25th, 2017, Doors at 7:30 pm; Show at 8:00 pm

Ashkenaz
1317 San Pablo Ave

In Berkeley

Tickets are $13

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

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

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

Link to event on Ashkenaz site: http://www.ashkenaz.com/eventcalendar/2017/1/25/stu-allen-mars-hotel
Band Website: http://www.stuallen.net
Eventbrite ticket link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/stu-allen-mars-hotel-tickets-29918499036?ref=ebtnebtckt
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/350305252003005/

Skillful Bystander Intervention Workshop with Elizabeth Ferguson, Ph.D. & Annabelle Berrios, JD, MA

Thursday, January 26th, 2017 - Thursday, January 26th, 2017, 7:30pm

Ashkenaz
1307 San Pablo Ave.

In Berkeley

Tickets are $10 - $20 sliding scale

Learn and practice skillful responses to hate crimes, harassment and everyday bigotry. We’ll cover five different types of bystander responses, and spend most of the workshop doing role play scenarios in a safe and welcoming learning environment.

Elizabeth Ferguson, Ph.D. Founder of Climate Compassion and social justice advocate who bridges communities to inspire creative system change. She is a facilitator and coach in the areas of resilience and wellbeing, with an emphasis on the power of embodied practice to ripple wellbeing throughout the web of life. She is part of a global effort to scale psycho-social wellbeing in response to the challenge of ecological disruption.

Annabelle Berrios, JD, MA , a master practitioner in the areas of training and capacity building, leadership coaching, psychology of place and restorative justice. She is the Advocacy and Training Manager at the Contra Costa Family Justice Alliance who inspires narratives of hope and change. She is an improvisational performer and facilitator of transformative learning spaces for embodying wisdom in leadership.

Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/skillful-bystander-intervention-workshop-with-elizabeth-ferguson-phd-annabelle-berrios-jd-ma-tickets-30645798408?ref=ebtnebtckt

Program III - Relevance

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

Zellerbach Hall
101 Zellerbach Hall #4800 Berkeley, CA 94720

In Berkeley

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

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


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

Erik Jekabson Quintet CD Release Show

Friday, January 27th, 2017, 8:00 PM

California Jazz Conservatory
2087 Addison St.

In Berkeley

Trumpeter/composer Erik Jekabson's Quintet celebrates the release of the CD A Brand New Take, playing Erik's modern jazz originals and arrangements of standards. With Kasey Knudsen on alto sax, Matt Clark on piano, John Wiitala on bass and Hamir Atwal on drums.

“Pickin’ on Hate”: Benefit for the Southern Poverty Law Center with Thompsonia, the Town Howlers & Windy Hill

Friday, January 27th, 2017 - Friday, January 27th, 2017, 8:00 pm

Ashkenaz
1307 San Pablo Ave.

In Berkeley

Tickets are $10-$20 Sliding (Greater Donations Accepted)

“Pickin’ on Hate” is a benefit for a good cause that’s also a super bargain for those attending: not one, not two, but three bluegrass bands playing dance music. The night will feature the Town Howlers, Windy Hill, and Thompsonia (Eric, Suzy, and Allegra Thompson). The bands are donating all proceeds to the Southern Poverty Law Center. After the Inauguration, this is a great way to cut loose, dance the night away, and support tolerance!

Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pickin-on-hate-benefit-for-the-southern-poverty-law-center-with-thompsonia-the-town-howlers-windy-tickets-30544743149?ref=ebtnebtckt

THE REAL THING by Tom Stoppard

Friday, January 27th, 2017 - Sunday, February 26th, 2017, Tuesdays @ 7pm; Wednesdays - Saturdays @ 8pm; Sundays @ 2pm & 7pm (no performance 1/29 @ 7pm)

Aurora Theatre Company
2081 Addison Street

In Berkeley

When Henry, a cerebral playwright, is asked by his mistress to ghost-write a script, his life begins to imitate his art too closely. More comfortable with words than feelings, Henry must decide which of his emotions are the “real thing.” Stoppard tackles questions of love and marriage with dazzling comedy and more than one play-within-a-play, sending his characters and the audience reeling between authenticity and artifice, intellect and passion, and love and infidelity.

"So packed with wit, ideas and feelings ... Stoppard's most moving play and the most bracing play anyone has written about love and marriage in years." - The New York Times

*WINNER* 1984 Tony Award - Best Play

BAC Professional Practices: Jump Start Your Art Career with Mary Edwards

Saturday, January 28th, 2017 - Saturday, January 28th, 2017, 1 - 3 pm

Berkeley Art Center
1275 Walnut Street

In Berkeley

BAC begins 2017 with Mary Edwards' "Jump Start Your Art Career". This popular workshop is for emerging and established visual artists who want to figure out the next steps in an art career. Topics include:

A summary of art world trends in the Bay Area and across the United States
Guiding principles to follow, no matter where you are in your career
Four levels of exhibition opportunities, and how to identify the best ones for you
A list of "Do's" and "Don'ts" when looking for a gallery
An overview of resources for visual artists (websites, magazines, Bay Area art centers, professional associations, etc.)

$20 members / $40 non-members
https://www.z2systems.com/np/publicaccess/eventRegistration.do?event=612&event=612&

Alexander String Quartet with Robert Greenberg, SF Performances

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

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

In Berkeley

Beethoven: Before, During and After:

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

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

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

Presented by San Francisco Performances.

$45.

Alexander String Quartet with Robert Greenberg, host and lecturer

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

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

In Berkeley

Beethoven: Before, During and After:

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

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

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

Presented by San Francisco Performances.

$45.

Paul Yonemura - Kindred Spirits CD Release Party

Saturday, January 28th, 2017, 8:00 PM

California Jazz Conservatory
2087 Addison St.

In Berkeley

Drummer Paul Yonemura returns to the California Jazz Conservatory, this time with a quartet and a new CD, Kindred Spirits on Girod Records. Joining him on this date will be longtime friends Rick Condit on alto saxophone, David Dunaway on bass and Frank Martin on piano. It's a special reunion of good friends, playing some fresh music.

African Julia Chigamba & Chinyakare

Saturday, January 28th, 2017 - Saturday, January 28th, 2017, Doors at 8:30 pm; Show at 9:00 pm

Ashkenaz
1317 San Pablo Ave

In Berkeley

Tickets are $15

Chinyakare uses its colorful performances for “creating community through music and dance.” The ensemble boasts a collection of diverse and experienced musicians from both Africa and the U.S. under the direction of Zimbabwean dancer and musician Julia Tsitsi Chigamba, who started the group when she moved to Oakland in 2001. True to its name, “deep traditional,” Chinyakare represents traditional music and dance from Shona, Ndebele, and other tribal groups from around Zimbabwe. Some of the main instruments the ensemble plays are mbira (thumb piano), hosho (shakers), ngoma (drums), marimbas, and chipendani (mouth bow). Chinyakare’s performances feature the complex weaving of all of these instruments into beautiful melodies and polyrhythms that are still performed regularly at spiritual ceremonies throughout Zimbabwe.

In addition to her Oakland classes and workshops, Chigamba has recently started a nonprofit organization, the Kumusha Foundation, to preserve and promote traditional Zimbabwean performing arts in the U.S. She also founded the Chinyakare Cultural Center in Harare, Zimbabwe, a recreated village that is used to teach, present, and preserve Zimbabwean traditional music, dance, and traditional arts, and also develop educational projects for adults and children. Chigamba is the 2016 recipient of the Bay Area Dance Week Dancer's Choice Award.

Link to event on Ashkenaz site: http://www.ashkenaz.com/eventcalendar/2017/1/28/julia-chigamba-chinyakare
Band Website: http://www.chinyakare.com
Eventbrite ticket link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/julia-chigamba-chinyakare-tickets-30181386339?ref=ebtnebtckt
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/545501792306700/

BandWorks School of Rock

Sunday, January 29th, 2017 - Sunday, January 29th, 2017, 12:30 pm

Ashkenaz
1307 San Pablo Ave.

In Berkeley

Doors at 12:00 pm; Show at 12:30 pm

Tickets are $5

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

Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bandworks-school-of-rock-tickets-30871480429?ref=ebtnebtckt

Glass Round Table: Clifford Rainey, Mary B. White & Nate Watson

Sunday, January 29th, 2017 - Sunday, January 29th, 2017, 1:00pm

Richmond Art Center
2540 Barrett Avenue

In Richmond

In conjunction with the exhibition, Marvin Lipofsky: Molten Matter/Fantastic Form, we are pleased to present a round table discussion about current practices and trends in the glass movement.

With Clifford Rainey, Mary Bayard White, and Nate Watson.

About the presenters:

Clifford Rainey is a British artist whose work has been exhibited internationally for 35 years. Principally a sculptor who employs cast glass and drawing as primary methodologies, his work is interdisciplinary, incorporating a wide spectrum of materials and processes. He is a passionate traveler and his work is full of references to the things he has seen and experienced. Celtic mythologies, classical Greek architecture, the blue of the Turkish Aegean, Globalization and the iconic American Coca-Cola bottle, the red of the African earth, and the human figure combined with cultural diversity all intermingle to provide sculptural imagery charged with emotion.

Rainey’s work has been exhibited internationally including: The Ulster Museum in Northern Ireland, The Victoria and Albert Museum in London, The Kunstmuseum in Dusseldorf, Germany, The Millennium Museum in Beijing, China, and the Museo de Arts Contemporaneo in Monterrey, Mexico. His work is in the permanent collections of numerous museums including: The Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland, The DeYoung Museum, San Francisco, California, The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Museum of Art and Design, New York, The Fine Arts Museum of Boston, and The Montreal Museum of Fine Art, Canada. Rainey has realized a number of public art commissions including: The Lime Street Railway Station in Liverpool, England, the Jeddah Monument in Saudi Arabia, and the 911 Communication Center in San Francisco. Rainey has always balanced his commitment to studio practice with his desire to share knowledge. He has lectured extensively around the world and was a lecturer at The Royal College of Art in London for 7 years. He is presently a Professor of

Fred Moyer Jazz Trio - The Great Jazz Pianists

Sunday, January 29th, 2017, 4:30 PM

California Jazz Conservatory
2087 Addison St.

In Berkeley

The Fred Moyer Jazz Trio interprets the music of Oscar Peterson, Monty Alexander and others as only they can. Fred and friends create a score by painstakingly transcribing every note of a favorite jazz performance, and then approach the score just as they would a chamber music work of Beethoven and Mozart, not changing the notes and staying true to the style, but interpreting the music in his own way. The end result is an entertaining and swinging celebration of the best in jazz. Featuring Dillon Vado on drums and Jeff Denson on bass.

Fred Moyer Jazz Trio - The Great Jazz Pianists

Sunday, January 29th, 2017, 4:30 PM

California Jazz Conservatory
2087 Addison St.

In Berkeley

The Fred Moyer Jazz Trio interprets the music of Oscar Peterson, Monty Alexander and others as only they can. Fred and friends create a score by painstakingly transcribing every note of a favorite jazz performance, and then approach the score just as they would a chamber music work of Beethoven and Mozart, not changing the notes and staying true to the style, but interpreting the music in his own way. The end result is an entertaining and swinging celebration of the best in jazz. Featuring Dillon Vado on drums and Jeff Denson on bass.

Developing & Implementing Curricula-A (DIDC-A)

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

Luna Dance Institute
605 Addison Street

In Berkeley

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

Developing & Implementing Curricula-A (DIDC-A)

Tuesday, January 31st, 2017 - Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017, 6-9 pm

Aquatic Park Studio
Berkeley Aquatic Park Studio, 605 Addison Street

In Berkeley


January 31st -May 4th, 1-4 pm, $100 No prerequisite

This semester-long entry-level course covers elements of dance; structuring discrete dance lessons; integrating dance across subject matter; human development theory; observation and instructional methods. No prerequisite.

Cajun/Zydeco Tom Rigney & Flambeau

Tuesday, January 31st, 2017 - Tuesday, January 31st, 2017, Doors at 7:30 pm; Cajun/Zydeco dance lesson at 8:00 pm; Show at 8:30 pm

Ashkenaz
1317 San Pablo Ave

In Berkeley

Tickets are $12

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

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

Link to event on Ashkenaz site: http://www.ashkenaz.com/eventcalendar/2017/1/31/tom-rigney-flambeau
Band Website: http://www.rigomania.com
Eventbrite ticket link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tom-rigney-flambeau-tickets-30231127115?ref=ebtnebtckt
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/386284748372473/

Steve Early, Gayle McLaughlin and Andres Soto: Refinery Town

Thursday, February 2nd, 2017 - Thursday, February 2nd, 2017, 2/2/17, 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

First Congregational Church of Oakland
2501 Harrison St

In Oakland

KPFA Radio 94.1FM presents

Steve Early, Gayle McLaughlin, Andres Soto
Refinery Town: Big Oil, Big Money, and the Remaking of an American City
Co-sponsored by 22 progressive organizations

Tickets: $12 advance: T: 800-838-3006 or independent bookstores, $15 door. KPFA benefit kpfa.org/events
FREE PARKING & WHEELCHAIR ACCESS

"This timely book offers ideas and inspiration for making change where it counts the most--among friends, neighbors, and fellow community members." - Senator Bernie Sanders

Labor Activist Steve Early documents how a largely non-white working class community of 110,000 people spawned a vibrant culture of resistance to corporate power after more than a century of political dominance by the Chevron Corporation. Richmond, California - long a proto-typical company town with one of the highest homicide rates per capita in the country, with poverty, joblessness, drug trafficking, street crime, gang violence and wild corruption in City Hall resulting in mismanagement and near bankruptcy - transformed itself over a decade into a progressive city via multi-faceted municipal reforms. These were led by labor and community activists, environmental justice campaigners, police reformers, and gay rights activists who formed the Richmond Progressive Alliance.

"As Washington remains in gridlock, the everyday citizen-heroes of Richmond, California, have been getting things done to make their city work for all. Refinery Town is essential reading for anyone seeking inspiration for what grassroots organizing can accomplish, one community at a time." - Robert Reich

STEVE EARLY has been an organizer, lawyer, author, union representative, and labor activist for the past forty-five years.

GAYLE McLAUGHLIN, former mayor of Richmond, Ca., has served as the first corporate-free progressive officeholder on the Richmond City Council.

ANDRES SOTO has been long an organizer with Communities for a Better Environment.

Presented by KPFA Radio 94.1 FM.

$12 advance, $15 door.

Creatures-real and imagined: Art Opening

Friday, February 3rd, 2017 - Friday, February 3rd, 2017, 2/3/17, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

uBe Art
2507 San Pablo Ave

In Berkeley

Kick off your February with the bizarre and beautiful creatures featured in our new exhibition, Creatures-real and imagined.

"I have known such a creature..." Charles Altamont Doyle

Creatures Real and Imagined explores the ways in which animals and creatures, both real and imagined have been a presence in the visual art as metaphors, objects of fantasy and fear, sources of emotional attachment and connection to the physical and non-physical realms.

Creatures born from the minds of 34 artists show the spectrum of ways in which creatures are conjured, immortalized and depicted in the mind.

Join us for art, libations and live music for a show you won't want to miss. For more information about our exhibitions, creative workshops and ongoing events, visit our website!

Presented by uBe Art.

Free

The Art of Living Black Artists Talks

Saturday, February 4th, 2017 - Saturday, February 4th, 2017, 12:00pm

Richmond Art Center
2540 Barrett Avenue

In Richmond

Please join us for an enlightening talk with artists exhibiting in the 21st Annual Art of Living Black.

Equity in Dance Panel

Saturday, February 4th, 2017 - Saturday, February 4th, 2017, 3-5 pm

Aquatic Park Studio
Berkeley Aquatic Park Studio, 605 Addison Street

In Berkeley


February 4th, 3-5 pm, Free, No prerequisite

What is equity? What are ways we can make our teaching more inclusive and equitable?

Join local artists, educators and social justice leaders in this discussion about race, power and privilege in dance. Panelists are: Gerald Casel, Tammy Johnson, Debby Kajiyama and Ruth Walker.

Experimental Drawing Workshop with Sonja Hinrichsen

Sunday, February 5th, 2017 - Sunday, February 5th, 2017, 1 - 4 pm

Berkeley Art Center
1275 Walnut Street

In Berkeley

Open to all ages. Sliding scale: $5-$20

Artist Sonja Hinrichsen will lead a drawing session in order to create a large-scale collaborative piece as well as smaller compositions you can take home or give as gifts. A simple pen gesture will evolve into diverse patterns and systems. Each hand gives the pen stroke a distinct personality. No drawing skills necessary! The larger work will be cut up into smaller pieces and framed or incorporated into collages and cards. Experiment with shape, sizes, and formats - let your imagination go wild?

Sonja Hinrichsen is an Oakland based artist who examines urban and natural environments through exploration and research. Her work manifests in immersive video installations and interventions in nature. Her participatory project “Snow Drawings” engages communities worldwide.

Ladorot Habaim (For Generations to Come) A choral Shabbat service

Friday, February 10th, 2017 - Friday, February 10th, 2017, 2/10/17, 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Temple Sinai Sanctuary
2808 Summit Street

In Oakland

National Premier for Shabbat Shira, February 10, 2017
Ladorot Habaim (For Generations to Come) A choral Shabbat service by Dr. Michael Isaacson,
Co-commissioned by more than 20 Cantors and Congregations

Temple Sinai Sanctuary
28th and Webster Street, Oakland
7:30pm, Friday, February 10, 2017
FREE

Featuring Cantor Ilene Keys, Choir Director and Pianist George Anton Emblom, and the Temple Sinai Adult Choir

Shabbat Shira celebrates a unique musical moment in Torah. Temple Sinai in Oakland is one of more than 20 congregations across the nation observing this year's Sabbath of Song with an extraordinary musical service. Ladorot Habaim: For Generations to Come, was written by Dr. Michael Isaacson, one of the most prolific and accomplished American Jewish composers of our time. The national premiere will occur simultaneously in 20 Reform synagogues on Friday, February 10, 2017. This premier performance will take place in Temple Sinai's magnificent 102 year-old sanctuary, which is registered as a historical building.

Temple Sinai is a Reform Jewish congregation serving the Bay Area since 1875. http://www.oaklandsinai.org/

Presented by Temple Sinai, Oakland.

Free

Special Talk with Richard Mayhew

Saturday, February 11th, 2017 - Saturday, February 11th, 2017, 12:00pm

Richmond Art Center
2540 Barrett Avenue

In Richmond

In conjunction with the 21st Annual Art of Living Black, we are pleased to present a talk with acclaimed painter Richard Mayhew.

Bio: Committed to the idea that art can play a role in racial equality, Richard Mayhew creates emotionally evocative landscapes that often feature a nondescript, solitary tree. Once a regular at the Cedar Bar, a bohemian hangout in New York City, he developed his improvisational approach from the Abstract Expressionists he met there, conceiving of painting as something akin to jazz. Though he traversed the United States by car to study different environments, his gestural process of pouring paint onto a canvas and working it into lush fields of color drives his practice. “Landscape has no space, no identity,” Mayhew once said. “It allows the painting to be about emotion.” In his earlier work, Mayhew limited his landscapes to a spare palette, but in the mid-1970s he began incorporating bold colors into his work.

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

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

Shotgun Players
1901 Ashby Avenue

In Berkeley

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

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

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

Presented by detour dance.

$15-$20.

Lunar New Year Celebration and Other Asian Traditions

Sunday, February 12th, 2017 - Sunday, February 12th, 2017, 2/12/17, 12:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Oakland Museum of California
1000 Oak Street

In Oakland

Join OMCA for the 16th annual Lunar New Year celebration, a fortune-filled family-friendly event to welcome in the Year of the Rooster and celebrate Valentine's Day. Enjoy live performances and an array of Asian traditions in arts, crafts, food, demonstrations, and so much more. Explore connections between the diverse Asian cultures represented in California, including Chinese, Tibetan, Korean, Vietnamese, Malaysian, Japanese, and other Asian cultures.

Students from the Developing Virtue Secondary School will perform traditional lucky lion and dragon dances. Enjoy live cultural performances to bring in the Year of the Rooster. The event will include New Year songs performed by the Dharma Realm Chinese Orchestra, a Japanese Taiko drumming performance by Jiten Daiko, Vietnamese folk dance and martial arts demonstrations by Vovinam America. A 24-Festival Drums performance highlights a festive tradition from Malaysia, along with K-pop dance, Korean drumming, and magic shows by the Magic of Jade and Goofball.

Experience cooking demonstrations, a tea ceremony with Fabula Tea, an opportunity to make Tibetan prayer flags with a master Tibetan Thangka painter, Jamyong Singye, a demonstration of Bok Junomi, or Korean lucky money bag-making, plus plenty more hands-on activities for kids. Try out cultural games and prizes for the kids, Chinese tea tasting, and fortune telling with the School of Yimutology.

Families will enjoy Lunar New Year story time with author Oliver Chin, storytelling with Nan Zhou from DEAF Media, and popular annual favorite the Little Explorers Petting Zoo.

Families can also enjoy demonstrations of calligraphy, face painting, participate in art workshops led by DEAF Media, and more! Enjoy a delicious Asian-influenced menu from Blue Oak cafe.

All activities included with Museum admission.

Presented by Oakland Museum of California.

Included with Museum admission.

Barbara Mettler Studios: Group Dance Improvisation Workshop

Saturday, February 18th, 2017 - Sunday, February 19th, 2017, 9 am- 4:30 pm

Aquatic Park Studio
Berkeley Aquatic Park Studio, 605 Addison Street

In Berkeley


February 18 & 19, 9 am-4:30 pm
$265 No prerequisite

Explore sensing movement impulse, organic form, group body movement, and the unity of sound & movement. Dance Education Pioneer, Barbara Mettler (1907-2002) explored the roots of movement expression and is especially known for developing principles of group dance improvisation. Led by Griff Goehring; dance faculty at Hampshire College.

Barbara Mettler Studios: Group Dance Improvisation

Saturday, February 18th, 2017 - Sunday, February 19th, 2017, 9am-4:30pm

Luna Dance Institute
605 Addison Street

In Berkeley

February 18 & 19, 9am-4:30pm, $265 No prerequisite
Explore sensing movement impulse, organic form, group body movement, and the unity of sound & movement. Dance Education Pioneer, Barbara Mettler (1907-2002) explored the roots of movement expression and is especially known for developing principles of group dance improvisation. Led by Griff Goehring; dance faculty at Hampshire College.

RICHARD WOLFF: An Evening of Lucid Economics and Caustic Wit

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017 - Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017, 2/22/17, 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley
2407 Dana Street

In Berkeley

KPFA Radio 94.1FM & Democracy at Work present

RICHARD WOLFF
"An Evening of Lucid Economics and Caustic Wit"
Hosted by Anita Johnson

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

Richard Wolff, an American Marxist economist, well known for his work in economic methodology and class analysis, has rapidly become famous as well for his Pacifica Network Radio program, Economic Update, which is syndicated on over 60 stations. Additionally, Professor Wolff has made appearances on various television shows, radio shows and films including: Real Time with Bill Maher, The Young Turks, Moyers & Company, Charlie Rose, Al Jazeera America, The Big Picture with Thom Hartmann, Charlie Rose, CrossTalk, The David Pakman Show, Democracy Now! The Empire Files, Politics Nation with Al Sharpton, and The Real News Network (TRNN).

We have the enormously ominous prospect of President Donald Trump - just as the U.S. is sinking ever deeper into hard times for the vast majority of its population. More economic downturns are coming. Capitalism's instability, inequalities, and failures to meet our needs are provoking rising opposition. Considering the increasing problems of drought, poverty, debts, job conditions, and a worsening environment, the American dream is now entirely out of reach. Our political leaders are controlled by corporate giants and lobbies that defy anything like democracy. And President Trump.

In 1988 Wolff co-founded the journal Rethinking Marxism. Later he published Capitalism Hits the Fan: The Global Economic Meltdown and What To Do About It, This was followed by Occupy the Economy: Challenging Capitalism (with David Barsamian), and Democracy at Work. The New York Times Magazine has named him "America's most prominent Marxist economist."

Anita Johnson co-founded KPFA's Hard Knock Radio, a public affairs program covering news, views and Hip-Hop.

Presented by KPFA Radio 94.1 FM.

$12 advance, $15 door.

Oakland Symphony Presents 'Notes from Native America'

Friday, February 24th, 2017 - Friday, February 24th, 2017, 2/24/17, 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

The Paramount Theatre
2025 Broadway

In Oakland

Music Director Michael Morgan and the Oakland Symphony continue their annual exploration of world orchestral music traditions this season with Notes from Native America, Friday, February 24, 2017, at 8 pm at the Paramount Theatre.

The concert will feature music by award-winning composers Jerod Impichchaachaaha' Tate and John Wineglass plus Northern California's own Su-Nu-Nu-Shinal Pomo Dancers. The Symphony will perform "Clans" and "Hymns" from Tate's Lowak Shoppala' (Fire and Light) with narrator and men's chorus and Wineglass' Big Sur: The Night Sun. Completing the program will be Shostakovich's Symphony No. 9.

The Symphony's Notes from . . . series has become a popular mainstay of the Bay Area music scene and annually explores symphonic music both new and traditional from cultures that may be less well known to audiences. Past Notes from . . . programs have focused on music from Mexico, Persia, the Philippines, China, Vietnam and the Middle East, among others.

Free lobby entertainment, no-host drinks and pre-concert talk begin at 7 pm.

Presented by Oakland Symphony.

$25-$80.

An Evening of Balinese Shadow Play

Friday, February 24th, 2017 - Friday, February 24th, 2017, 8:00PM

UC Berkeley
125 Morrison Hall, Berkeley, CA 94720


In Berkeley

ShadowLight Productions’ performance of Wayang Bali: Balinese Shadow Play
Sponsored by UC Berkeley Department of Music

Tickets: FREE

Performed by Artistic Director and Shadow Master Larry Reed

Featuring ShadowLight Gamelan Gender Wayang: Carla Fabrizio, Lisa Gold, Paul Miller and Sarah Willner 

Wayang Bali, the Balinese Shadow Play, is one of the most revered traditional art forms in the world. Plots for Wayang Bali are drawn from the Mahabharata myth cycle, in which five brothers are pitted against one hundred jealous cousins in a struggle for power involving gods, demons, magical weapons, and the inevitable beautiful princess. Larry and the Gamelan musicians make it possible for Western audiences to enjoy this classical form of storytelling.


ShadowLight Productions is one of the very few professional shadow theatre companies in the world honoring ancient shadow theatre traditions while innovating through the use of contemporary technologies and interdisciplinary approaches. Founded in 1972 by Larry Reed, the company’s mission is to expose the general public to shadow theatre in a wide range of forms including, but not limited to, live performances, film, and other media. Its activities range from traditional shadow theatre performances and creation of new works to documentary films on various shadow theatre traditions and arts-in-education programs. With each project, we aspire to create work as a tool for cultural diplomacy. www.shadowlight.org

Berkeley Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour: 2 Nights

Saturday, February 25th, 2017 - Saturday, February 25th, 2017, Sat-Sun, Feb 25-26, 2017, 7:00 pm, Doors: 6:00 pm

The UC Theatre Taube Family Music Hall
2036 University Avenue

In Berkeley

Ignite your passion for adventure! The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour will exhilarate you with amazing big-screen stories when it comes to the Bay Area. Journey to exotic locations, paddle the wildest waters and climb the highest peaks. Get your tickets today and be taken away to the most captivating places on earth. See the best adventure, environmental and cultural films from the most prestigious mountain festival in the world. You'll enjoy two different nights of film programs if you join us Saturday and Sunday night. The Berkeley shows are hosted by REI and ticket proceeds benefit nonprofit organization Cal Adventures. Film list will be posted by February 1st.

Watch the Banff Trailer: https://youtu.be/UFaGgxGsdbY

Presented by The UC Theatre Taube Family Music Hall.

$20.00

LENI by Sarah Greenman

Friday, March 10th, 2017 - Sunday, April 23rd, 2017, Tuesdays @ 7pm; Wednesdays - Saturdays @ 8pm; Sundays @ 2pm & 7pm (no performance 3/12 @ 7pm)

Aurora Theatre Company
2081 Addison Street

In Berkeley

Leni Riefensthal was the brilliant German film director of Triumph of the Will and Olympia, films cited by Pauline Kael as “the two greatest films ever directed by a woman,” and which also served as propaganda for Adolf Hitler and the Nazis. In Sarah Greenman’s wildly creative multimedia play, Riefenstahl’s older and younger selves edit a film of the director’s life, playing out and reshooting scenes from her past until the director finds the beauty she is seeking. Leni is an extraordinary work about artistic responsibility, narcissism and denial.

“Greenman demonstrates a masterful confidence as her text darts from one decade to the next and one Leni to another.”- Seattle Weekly

PRESENTED AT HARRY'S UPSTAGE IN THE DASHOW WING

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)

TEMPLE by Steve Waters

Friday, April 14th, 2017 - Sunday, May 14th, 2017, Tuesdays @ 7pm; Wednesdays - Saturdays @ 8pm; Sundays @ 2pm & 7pm (no performance 4/16 @ 7pm)

Aurora Theatre Company
2081 Addison Street

In Berkeley

In October 2011, Occupy London set up camp outside one of London’s most beloved institutions, St Paul’s Cathedral. Soon, the building that had famously survived floods, terrorist threats, and the Blitz closed its doors, and the City of London took legal action against Occupy to remove protesters — by force if necessary. Steve Waters’ new play is a fictional account of the behind-the-scenes machinations by the church and city leadership, dramatizing the turmoil faced by principled, thoughtful people who must decide which of their ideals they’ll betray.

“A rich, deeply thoughtful piece about contemporary values.” ~London Financial Times

Program IV - Remembrance

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

Zellerbach Hall
101 Zellerbach Hall #4800 Berkeley, CA 94720

In Berkeley

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

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

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

SPLENDOUR by Abi Morgan

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

Aurora Theatre Company
2081 Addison Street

In Berkeley

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

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



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