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.

Summer Dance Camps ages 5-17 at Luna Dance Institute

Saturday, March 19th, 2016 - Friday, July 15th, 2016, 9:00am

Luna Dance Institute
605 Addison Street

In Berkeley

Luna Dance Institute is the only choreography-based dance program in the Bay Area, offering a variety of fun dance camp options for dancers of all ages. This summer, we offer half-day mini camps for 5-7 y/o, full day camps for 8-11 y/o, ‘tweens 10-13 y/o, and teens 12-17 y/o with choreography workshop intensives. Students discover, play, invent, perform & respond through the ART of dance. Camps offered June-July 2016. Tuition assistance is available. Contact abonilla@lunadanceinstitute.org, 510-883-1118. http://lunadanceinstitute.org/summer-dance-camps/

Art and Coffee in historic downtown Pt. Richmond

Wednesday, March 30th, 2016 - Wednesday, June 29th, 2016, All day

Kaleidoscope Coffee
109 Park Place

In Richmond


Arts of Point Richmond, (AOPR), is delighted to collaborate with Kaleidoscope Coffee by brewing up an art exhibition titled “BrewHaHa.”, featuring a selection of art by 16 AOPR members. The show will run from March 30 through June 29, 2016.

As a place of community, Kaleidoscope is the perfect partner: Coffee shop, ice cream parlor, and performance venue. The "BrewHaHa" art exhibit blends up a flavorful experience and is a good example of symmetry between our local art and business communities."

Local artists and a local business - in partnership!

LUMINOSITY

Thursday, April 21st, 2016 - Saturday, June 11th, 2016, Reception, Thursday April 21: 6-8pm

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

In Oakland

SLATE contemporary is pleased to present Luminosity, featuring new paintings by Elise Morris, Carol Lefkowitz, and Audra Weaser.. A fitting welcome to spring, Luminosity showcases three artists' attempts to capture the elusive element of light in nature — an largely intangible sensory experience — through the medium of paint. The result is a survey of paintings that appear as though they are glowing from within, each with their own mysterious light source.


“City Lights,” a Dennis Ziemienski Exhibition at Arte Verissima

Saturday, April 23rd, 2016 - Sunday, May 29th, 2016, 6 pm to 9 pm

Arte Verissima Studio & Gallery
4432 Piedmont Ave

In Oakland

Chronicling the iconic signage of local institutions, Dennis Ziemienski explores the vernacular character and fading grandeur of the historical businesses that populate our urban spaces. His lovingly detailed paintings of illuminated neon and glass highlight the fragility of our connection to the past.

Ziemienski recalls, “As a young boy, staring out of my grandmother’s window on Fillmore Street in San Francisco, I was transfixed by a neon football player, above a bar, that would kick the football over and over again. The magic was exposed by my investigation of it during the day. The sign revealed curious tubes of coiled glass that made the image. To this day, I am still fascinated by the art of neon and what it presents both day and night.”

This show is a collection of images from Oakland, Berkeley, Crockett, San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York.

Opening reception Saturday, April 23rd from 6-9 pm
Exhibition on view: April 22nd through May 29th
Gallery Hours: Friday ─ Sunday 12-6 pm or by appointment

2016 Mills College MFA Exhibition

Saturday, April 30th, 2016 - Sunday, May 29th, 2016, 6:00 PM

Mills College Art Museum
5000 MacArthur Blvd, Oakland, California 94613

In Oakland

Join MCAM and the 2016 MFA artists for the opening of the Mills College MFA Thesis Exhibition. Refreshments provided.

First Edition Open Call

Wednesday, May 4th, 2016 - Tuesday, May 31st, 2016

First Amendment Oakland
1523 Webster St, Oakland, CA 94612

In Oakland

First Amendment Gallery is proud to announce the official launch of 1AM Prism, our in-house printing and digital art services. Since First Amendment opened in 2008, we have been working with our artists to create limited edition prints from original their works of art. After eight years of refinement, we are excited to offer these services to the Bay Area.

To celebrate, we’re holding an open call for 2D artwork! Bay area artists are invited to submit to a juried show being held at our Oakland gallery location. Selections made by our judges will be eligible for prizes including Prism services, 1AM merch, supplies from Montana spray paint, and more. What’s even better, no call for entry!

More information and entry at www.1amprism.com/firstedition

In My Absence - exhibition of portraits

Friday, May 6th, 2016 - Sunday, June 26th, 2016

uBe Art
2507 San Pablo Ave

In Berkeley

We've selected 46 amazing portraits from talented artist across the country.

We are extremely excited to bring them to you!

About the exhibition:
“I leave you my portrait so that you will have my presence all the days and nights that I am away from you.” - Frida Kahlo

Artists have created self portraits for centuries—in part to ensure presence in their absence.

Often portraits convey the impression the artist believes, hopes or fears they leave on those around them. It may covey something unspoken, or simply be a visual feast for beauty sake. It may hint at something as did the Mona Lisa.

This special exhibition of portraits looks to reveal a hint at what lies beneath.

Heading to uBe Art for the Opening? Check out all of the cool restaurants, bars and shops clustered on our block in the bustling Berkeley hood called B-Side!

Paper Pushers

Saturday, May 7th, 2016 - Sunday, June 19th, 2016, 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

The Compound Gallery
1167 65th Street

In Oakland

Curated by Annie Adjchavanich. Featuring work on paper by: Carlos Hernandez, CR Stecyk III, David Amoroso, Elizabeth McGrath, Karen Hsaio, Kevin Bradley, Laura Jane Hamilton, Martin Mazola, and Miso. PLUS - our 8 Year Anniversary Party!

I Knew Her Well (Antonio Pietrangeli, Italy, 1965)

Saturday, May 21st, 2016 - Friday, May 27th, 2016, 05/21 @ 4PM | 05/22 @ 8PM | 05/27 @ 6:30PM

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

In Berkeley

Following the gorgeous, seemingly liberated Adriana as she chases her dreams in the Rome of La dolce vita, I Knew Her Well is at once a delightful immersion in the popular music and style of 1960s Italy and a biting critique of its sexual politics and celebrity culture. Over several intimate episodes, with just about every one featuring a different man, a new hairstyle, and an outfit to match, the unsung director Antonio Pietrangeli composes a deft, seriocomic character study that never strays from its complicated central figure. I Knew Her Well is a thrilling rediscovery, by turns funny, tragic, and altogether jaw-dropping.

Free gallery admission with same-day film ticket!

I Look for Clues in your Dreams

Saturday, May 21st, 2016 - Sunday, July 17th, 2016, 6pm

Berkeley Art Center
1275 Walnut Street

In Berkeley

BAC Agility Projects presents: I Look for Clues in Your Dreams
curated by Heather Marx

May 21 – July 17, 2016
Opening Reception: Saturday, May 21 6 - 8 pm
with a special acapella performance by Victoria Wagner and members of the CCA community
This vibrant exhibition will feature new and existing work by Leo Bersamina, Chris Duncan, Kristin Farr, Jenny Sharaf, Victoria Wagner and Amber Jean Young. It explores Northern California as both a physical place and a mythological concept that has drawn people in for decades.
The landscape, history of psychedelia, transformative powers and utopian dreams of the area have inspired generations of artists. Ripe with myth, Northern California has been a place where people go in search of something bigger and better than themselves. These artists all share an aesthetic directly linked to the mythology of the American West and how this history has affected the imagination and art of the Bay Area. Through site-specific installations, sculpture, painting, and mixed media assemblages, the artists will reflect the area’s elemental spirit and force.

Curator Heather Marx views these artists “as seekers and explorers. Their work is either directly sourced from the natural environment, situated within it, or produced by it. Marx adds “By looking for clues in these artist’s works, I hope to tell a story about this powerful and complex ‘dream’ of Northern California and its bewitching hold on our collective imagination.”

Curator Heather Marx has been involved in the fine art field for over 20 years. Her professional experience has included work at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, the University Art Museum at UCSB, and Hackett-Freedman Gallery in San Francisco. She established Heather Marx Gallery in San Francisco in 2001 (renamed Marx & Zavattero in 2008). Marx founded Heather Marx Art Advisory, a comprehensive and independent curatorial agency, in 2014.

Draw Club with Drew Bennett

Wednesday, May 25th, 2016 - Wednesday, May 25th, 2016, 6PM

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

In Berkeley

Sketch in the galleries! Join artist Drew Bennett for for an inclusive, no-skills-necessary workshop that encourages deep observation through drawing. We will head into the galleries, just days before the closing of Architecture of Life, with paper and graphite pencils to study and absorb the diverse forms of works on view. All materials are provided; but feel free to bring a sketchbook (please, no larger than 11" x 17”).

Included with BAMPFA admission.

The Goalie's Anxiety at the Penalty Kick (Wim Wenders, West Germany, 1971)

Wednesday, May 25th, 2016 - Wednesday, May 25th, 2016, 7PM

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

In Berkeley

Wenders’s professional feature debut explores contemporary West Germany’s wastelands, as experienced by a fading soccer goalie who’s lost interest in the game, or in following rules. Kicked out of a game, the bored goalie Josef Bloch begins a very long walk away, one that takes him on a journey across the less scenic ends of the modern world—crumbling walls, crap bars, isolated villages, interrupted only by the squawk of American rock, alcohol, a woman, a fight, and, one night, a strangling. In one hundred minutes, Wenders delivers a thesis on desolation, both cultural and personal. “Every frame haunts you for goddamn weeks” (Tony Rayns).

Part of Wim Wenders: Portraits Along the Road at BAMPFA.

Free gallery admission with same-day film ticket!

Stu Allen & Mars Hotel

Wednesday, May 25th, 2016 - Wednesday, May 25th, 2016, 8:00 pm

Ashkenaz
1307 San Pablo Ave.

In Berkeley

Tickets are $13. Ashkenaz is always all ages!

Stu Allen
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.

Jazz & Beyond Concert

Thursday, May 26th, 2016 - Thursday, May 26th, 2016, 5/26/16, 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Oakland Scottish Rite Center
1547 Lakeside Drive

In Oakland

"Nothing beats experiencing live jazz music as its being created right in front of you!" says JazzReview! An experience not to be missed, the highly anticipated Jazz and Beyond concert, as presented by the talented students of the Piedmont East Bay Children's Choirs 'Ecco' and 'Ancora' will take you on a smooth ride down Route 66 to Beyond the Sea when they take center stage on May 26 at the Scottish Rite Center for an evening of choral and solo jazz works.

Ecco, a mixed choir of over 40 voices, conducted by maestro Eric Tuan, will open the evening with an arrangement of God Bless the Child and include the popular One Tin Soldier and Music Down my Soul. Joined by the stunning treble chamber choir Ancora, conducted by Artistic Director Robert Geary, the concert then goes 'beyond jazz' and offers arrangements of Like Me, We Belong, Different Kinds of Shadows and How will I know tomorrow?

Jazz great Wynton Marsalis, once said "Improvisational jazz teaches you about yourself while the swing in jazz teaches you how to work with others." So the night will be filled with improv and swing as soloists offer their interpretations of such familiar pieces as At Last, I've got a crush on you, All that Jazz, Maybe this time, and Swing Low, Sweet Chariot. Tuan said, "alongside vocal jazz, lighthearted contemporary works, and the latest a cappella stylings, we are thrilled to showcase the talents of our singers in solos, duets, and small groups accompanied by a wonderful trio of instrumentalists."

Come and enjoy a great evening of music and expand your musical world view a bit at the popular Jazz and Beyond concert. Tickets are available through Eventbrite or at the door. For more information, please visit piedmontchoirs.org

Thursday, May 26, 2016, 8pm?
Scottish Rite Center (Ballroom)
1547 Lakeside Dr. Oakland, CA 94612

Tickets $12/$18/$30 advance, $15/$20 door
Alumni $10 advance only
http://pebccjazzbeyond2016.eventbrite.com

Presented by Piedmont East Bay Children's Choir.

$12-$30.

Mapping the Body Workshop

Thursday, May 26th, 2016 - Thursday, May 26th, 2016, 6PM

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

In Berkeley

In this hands-on workshop, we will use ancient maps of acupuncture points as both a guide and a counterpoint to explore how these charts may or may not match our experience of the body. Artist/ acupuncturist Amy Mosley will lead us on an investigation of the ancient correspondences while discovering and mapping our own. All materials provided.

Included with BAMPFA admission.

Mark Morris Dance Group: L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato (Vincent Bataillon, US, 2014)

Thursday, May 26th, 2016 - Thursday, May 26th, 2016, 7PM

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

In Berkeley

Free admission!

Mark Morris is well loved by Bay Area patrons for the remarkable live performances that he has presented at Cal Performances over the years. His full-length dance staging of George Frideric Handel’s oratorio L’Allegro, il penseroso ed il moderato in Madrid was captured on film by Vincent Bataillon, in 2014. An extraordinary achievement that celebrates the pictorial beauty of this glorious work through inspired choreography and set design, this production is a tremendous meeting of talent—George Frideric Handel, John Milton, Mark Morris—performed under the baton of Jane Glover and the Teatro Real Orchestra and Chorus, Madrid. Sheer delight!

Part of the Early Music Film Festival at BAMPFA.

"Swing in the Spring" Series featuring Cal Alumni Big Band

Thursday, May 26th, 2016 - Thursday, May 26th, 2016, 8:00 pm

Ashkenaz
1307 San Pablo Ave.

In Berkeley

Tickets are $15. Swing dance lesson at 7 pm; show at 8 pm. Ashkenaz is always all ages!

Cal Alumni Big Band
The multi-generational Cal Alumni Big Band brings dancers’ favorite arrangements from the golden age of 1930s swing through Frank Sinatra’s ’50s hits and more modern dance tunes. Directed by Paul Siebel and managed by Sam Lind, tonight’s band includes 18 instrumentalists and three singers, ranging in age from their 20s to 70s. Established in 1980 to enable grads and alumni of the UC Jazz Ensembles a way to continue playing big band music after leaving Cal, the nonprofit band also sponsors a scholarship fund for current students of the music program. The Cal Alumni Big Band plays monthly gigs at the Bistro in Hayward, as well as occasional fundraisers for the Cal music program. Over the years scores of alums have become members of the Cal Alumni Big Band. Members include students of the first UC Jazz Ensembles (1968) through recent grads.
http://calumbigband.8m.com/


GLORIOUS BRAHMS AND BEETHOVEN

Friday, May 27th, 2016 - Friday, May 27th, 2016, 8 pm

Unitarian Universalist Church of Berkeley
One Lawson Road

In


Local audiences will have an opportunity to hear Beethoven’s glorious Quartet in A minor, Op. 132, peformed by the Peregine Quartet, on May 27, at 8 p.m. in a special concert at the Unitarian-Universalist Church of Berkeley. The program also features Brahms’ masterful follow-up, his Quartet in C minor, Op. 51, No. 1.
First completed in 1865, the Brahms quartet was continually revised by the composer for many years before being published in 1873. Brahms , some scholars report-- determined to uphold the standards of Schubert and Beethoven--had destroyed a number of quartets before finally perfecting, to his satisfaction, the somewhat somber and turbulent four-movement Quartet No. 1.
Beethoven, commissioned by the Russian Prince Nikolas Galitzin, to write several quartets, completed his five-momement String Quartet in A minor, Op. 132 in 1825. Stricken by an intestinal ailment early that year and then recovered enough to compose the quartet, Beethoven titled the magnificnt Adagio movement, A Sacred Song of Thanks from One Made Well, to the Divine.” Music critic Maynard Solomon observed that the Holy Song of Thanks “appears to become an implicit agency of healing, a talisman againt death,” and for many listeners, this music, is among the most stunningly beautiful creations of the 19th century.
The Peregrine Quartet, sponsored by the Palomarin Music Foundation, includes the gifted musicians, Tammie Dyer and Tingting Gu, violins; Alexander Volonts, viola; and Burke Schuchmann , cello. Violinist Tammier Dyer has studied with many of the great teachers of our time, including Dorothy DeLay and Pamela Frank and attended the Tanglewood and Aspen chamber music festivals. An active teacher and performer in the greater Bay Area, she serves as first violin in several chamber groups.
Violinist Tingting Gu, who began her studies in China at age four, moved to California after a successful orchestra career to attend the Thornton School of Music at USC. She is currently principal sec

RazorBlade & the Blade Band plus King Caleb (of Rasta Generation Band) and Wiley's Coyotes

Friday, May 27th, 2016 - Friday, May 27th, 2016, 8:30 pm

Ashkenaz
1307 San Pablo Ave.

In Berkeley

Tickets are $12. Ashkenaz is always all ages!


Branded to Kill (Seijun Suzuki, Japan, 1967)

Friday, May 27th, 2016 - Friday, May 27th, 2016, 8:45PM

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

In Berkeley

This fractured film noir is the final provocation that got Seijun Suzuki fired from Nikkatsu Studios, simultaneously making him a counterculture hero and putting him out of work for a decade. An anarchic send-up of B-movie clichés, it stars Jo Shishido as an assassin who gets turned on by the smell of cooking rice, and whose failed attempt to kill a victim (a butterfly lands on his gun) turns him into a target himself. Perhaps Suzuki’s most famous film, it has been cited as an influence by filmmakers such as Quentin Tarantino, Jim Jarmusch, Park Chan-wook, and John Woo.

Part of The Films of Seijun Suzuki at BAMPFA.

Free gallery admission with same-day film ticket!

7th Street Band Reggae Showcase with Luv Fyah; Binghi Ghost; Dyimah

Friday, May 27th, 2016 - Friday, May 27th, 2016, 9:00 pm

Ashkenaz
1307 San Pablo Ave.

In Berkeley

Tickets are $10 Advance / $13 Day of show. Ashkenaz is always all ages!

7th Street Band
Berkeley’s 7th Street Band has made its name backing some of the greats and new voices of reggae and running its own studio. While 7th Street Band has been hitting the West Coast stages for a decade, drummer Edi Arnold and keyboardist Benjamin Goff, friends since high school, have played together since 1992. More recently they added guitarist Jason Collins of the Funkanauts and later rounded out the group with saxophonist Barry Capiaux and bass player Jan Isaac. 7th Street Band has been called one of the Bay Area’s best-kept musical secrets and has backed many top touring vocalists, including Konshens, Marlon Asher, Fantan Mojah, and Lloyd Brown. Other artists 7th Street has worked with include Army, Wadi Gad, Tuff Lion, Messenjah Selah, Earl Zero, Winstrong, and Luv Fyah.

Night Falls (Roberto Gavaldon, Mexico, 1952)

Saturday, May 28th, 2016 - Saturday, May 28th, 2016, 6:30PM

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

In Berkeley

A Nietzschean jai alai star obliviously struts his way through a succession of broken-hearted lovers and conniving gangsters in Roberto Gavaldón’s atmospheric noir, which stars Mexican matinee idol Pedro Armendáriz playing against his usual heroic type. “I am amongst the victors, amongst the strong! The weak don’t count!” gloats the preening athlete Marcos, as he tosses weaker men into tables, throws glamorous women into taxis, and kicks little dogs. A dalliance with an underage teen and a confrontation with an underworld thug quickly turn his sunny days into the darkest nights, and by the end, that little dog will have its revenge.

Part of the Mexican Film Noir series at BAMPFA.

Free gallery admission with same-day film ticket!

Louisiana Gumbo: A Night in New Orleans featuing MJ's Brass Boppers and Andrew Carriere & the Zydeco/Cajun Allstars

Saturday, May 28th, 2016 - Saturday, May 28th, 2016, 7:30 pm

Ashkenaz
1307 San Pablo Ave.

In Berkeley

Tickets are $15 / $30 Show & Advance Meal Ticket. Special New Orleans dinner by guest chef Krystle Cameron (discount with advance purchase). Cajun/Zydeco dance lesson with Linda Francis at 7 pm.

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

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

Gate of Flesh (Seijun Suzuki, Japan, 1964)

Saturday, May 28th, 2016 - Saturday, May 28th, 2016, 8:30PM

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

In Berkeley

“Do you know where I could find some work?” a dirtied teenage orphan asks a prostitute on the rubble-strewn streets of Japan. “Have you ever slept with a man?,” the woman responds, and the image jump-cuts to . . . the American flag: welcome to Seijun Suzuki’s Gate of Flesh, a riot of eye-popping color, cheerful nihilism, and anarchic energy that spares little in its wake. A group of whores takes in the girl, who quickly turns into a hard-boiled superheroine as tough—or tougher—than all of them, but the arrival of a muscle-bound, perpetually shirtless thug (Jo Shishido) soon messes with their survival and communal insticts. Unapologetic in its breathlessly baroque mix of violence, sex, and politics, this 1964 exploitation epic points the way towards Nikkatsu’s 1970s embrace of roman porno. “From the studio standpoint, they wanted an erotic movie,” Suzuki recalled; “women get stripped naked, tied and hung up by the wrists and beaten. But we had to deal with the motion picture ethics committee.”

Part of the Films of Seijun Suzuki at BAMPFA.

Free gallery admission with same-day film ticket!

Men in War (Anthony Mann, US, 1957)

Sunday, May 29th, 2016 - Sunday, May 29th, 2016, 5PM

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

In Berkeley

Mann’s Korean War film depicts in stark close-up the tension and exhaustion—both physical and moral—of battle. Robert Ryan plays a lieutenant, out of communication with headquarters, trying with his platoon to rejoin their division on a distant hill. He is forced into an uncomfortable alliance with Aldo Ray, a volatile sergeant shepherding a shell-shocked colonel. Their dwindling group creeps painstakingly through a landscape whose late-summer textures camouflage a constant enemy presence. Stopping to smell the flowers is fatal. For the resigned Ryan, “battalion doesn’t exist, regiment doesn’t exist, the USA doesn’t exist”—just these men and this nameless hill.

Part of the UCLA Festival of Preservation at BAMPFA.

Free gallery admission with same-day film ticket.

Albany High School Jazz Band and Rhythm Bound R&B Band

Sunday, May 29th, 2016 - Sunday, May 29th, 2016, 7:00 pm

Ashkenaz
1307 San Pablo Ave.

In Berkeley

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

Albany High School’s two leading bands perform in this fundraiser for the Albany Music Fund, the parent group that supports the school’s music program. The award-winning Albany High School Jazz Band plays a spicy mix of jazz standards, swing tunes, funk rhythms, and Latin beats. The school’s rhythm and blues band, Rhythm Bound, plays Motown, funk, and R&B from the ’60s and ’70s with several vocalists and full instrumental backup. Rhythm Bound’s music aims to get audiences of all ages up and dancing.

The nonprofit Albany Music Fund organization of dedicated parents and volunteers saved music in the Albany schools, after budget cuts had taken away funding for music programs, by staging benefit concerts with top-name talent (David Grisman, Angela Bofill, and Elvin Bishop, among others). Tonight’s concert showcases the beneficiaries of the fund drive – the student musicians – in the all-ages Ashkenaz dance hall setting. The money raised will help augment the music program.

Le Roi Danse (Gerard Corbiau, France, 2000)

Sunday, May 29th, 2016 - Sunday, May 29th, 2016, 7:30PM

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

In Berkeley

This lavish costume drama set in seventeenth-century France, which uses considerable poetic license, is told through the eyes of court composer Jean-Baptiste Lully. It offers a vivid illustration of a young Louis XIV, who used his love of dance to project his image to the world and strengthen his hold on power. Lully and playwright Molière create elaborately choreographed ballets, featuring the young Louis, who transforms himself from the young dauphin into the Sun King. Gérard Corbiau’s film conveys the splendor of court life more than fact and features music performed by Reinhard Goebel and Musica Antiqua Köln.

Part of the Early Music Film Festival at BAMPFA.

Free gallery admission with same-day film ticket!

Salsa Party with Orquestra La Peña – directed by Josh Jones!

Monday, May 30th, 2016 - Monday, May 30th, 2016, 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

La Peña Cultural Center
La Peña Cultural Center

In Berkeley

Every last Monday of the month, the Josh Jones Orchestra brings the raw power of salsa dura to La Peña’s stage. Every last Monday in 2016!
Attention Salsa Dancers (beginners encouraged)! La Peña Cultural Center is proud to introduce the only $5 salsa dance party in the Bay Area! Josh Jones and the La Peña Salsa Orchestra will perform songs from your favorite salsa artists including Eddie Palmieri, Beny Moré, the Spanish Harlem Orchestra, El Canario, Celia Cruz and many more. This evening of Salsa music goes on from 9-11pm. Come party with Josh and his 30 band members the last Monday of each month for the Bay Area’s BEST salsa dance extravaganza.

Big River

Tuesday, May 31st, 2016 - Tuesday, May 31st, 2016, 8:30 pm

Ashkenaz
1307 San Pablo Ave.

In Berkeley

Tickets are $12. Cajun/Zydeco dance lesson with Cheryl McBride at 8 pm; Show at 8:30 pm. Ashkenaz is always all ages

Big River
This band of Cajun music aces mixes in other Mississippi dance elements including New Orleans blues and boogie, R&B, blues, zydeco, and pop. The musicians label their sound “Louisiana Rhythm and Soul.” Big River is the evolved version of longtime favorite Courtableu, with a few membership changes and even more big river dance styles.

The lineup includes Maureen Karpan, who has played accordion and sung in Bay Area Cajun/Creole dance bands since 1996, including the Creole Belles, Frog Legs, and Courtableu; Richard Chon, a versatile fiddler and vocalist who is a veteran of the Bakersfield honky-tonk scene and currently also heads the Saddlecats and the Moonglow Trio; Sam Siggins, a veteran Bay Area drummer and vocalist who was a member of the late Danny Poullard’s California Cajun Orchestra; and bassist Patty Hammond, who also heads the R&B band Kickin’ the Mule.

Mark St. Mary Louisiana Blues & Zydeco Band

Tuesday, May 31st, 2016 - Tuesday, May 31st, 2016, Lesson at 8:00 pm; Show at 8:30 pm

Ashkenaz
1307 San Pablo Ave.

In Berkeley

Tickets are $15 / $10 Student. Cajun/Zydeco dance lesson at 8:00 pm; Show at 8:30 pm. Ashkenaz is always all ages!

The hardworking Mark St. Mary Louisiana Blues & Zydeco Band has been a favorite of Cajun/zydeco festival crowds for years. St. Mary and company were voted best zydeco band of 2007 by the Bay Area Blues Society, and he was named the Delta King at the Isleton Crawfish Festival. St. Mary began playing accordion when he was 12, inspired originally by “King of Zydeco” Clifton Chenier. Singing in English and Creole French, St. Mary leads his band through original songs including “St. Mary Special” and “Moi Seado (My Syrup),” interspersed with dance floor favorites from Chenier’s “I’m Coming Home” and the classic Harry Choates version of “Jolie Blon” to Rockin’ Sidney’s “Don’t Mess with My Toot Toot.”

Accompanying St. Mary are some of the finest Cajun and zydeco musicians in Northern California, playing waltzes, two-steps, line dances, and flat-foot zydeco. His band includes guitarist Jim Scott, bassist Dana Mandell, and drummer Timothy Orr.

http://www.eventbrite.com/e/mark-st-mary-louisiana-blues-zydeco-band-tickets-25440201327

David Nelson Band

Wednesday, June 1st, 2016 - Wednesday, June 1st, 2016, 8:00 pm

Ashkenaz
1307 San Pablo Ave.

In Berkeley

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

David Nelson is one of the greats of American roots music, country, and rock. A founder of New Riders of the Purple Sage (which he continues to lead), he began playing in a pre-Dead bluegrass band with Jerry Garcia (the Black Mountain Boys); later played in the Broadway version of Old and in the Way; and started DNB in 1994. The David Nelson Band has been called the greatest jam band of our time, although the group itself might dispute that it is a jam band. Nelson’s music mates are stellar veterans: guitarist and pedal steel guitarist Barry Sless, drummer John Molo, keyboardist-singer Mookie Siegel, and bassist-singer Pete Sears. According to fellow musician David Gans, “I don’t care how good your licks are, if your songs suck, I’m gone. David Nelson gets it and has a great ear for songs and an appreciation of the value of listening.” Gans adds about the “jam band” tag, “Most bands aren’t really jamming; they’re taking turns playing solos. The Nelson Band doesn’t do that, it’s really listening and creating new stuff together and they take it wherever it goes.”

http://www.eventbrite.com/e/david-nelson-band-tickets-24636646874

http://www.nelsonband.com/

Minsky Duo performming Romantic to New Classical

Thursday, June 2nd, 2016 - Thursday, June 2nd, 2016, 6/2/16, 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Berkeley Arts Festival
2133 University Avenue

In Berkeley

The program will include:

Prokofiev, Sonata for solo violin, op. 115
Grieg, Second Sonata for violin and piano, op. 13
Aaron Andrew Hunt (2013), Preludes and Fugues for piano
Stravinsky, Suite Italienne
Antheil, Sonata for violin, piano and drums

Presented by Minsky Duo.

Free


CHOREOFUND 6

Thursday, June 2nd, 2016 - Thursday, June 2nd, 2016, 7-9 pm

Luna Dance Institute
605 Addison Street

In Berkeley

CHOREOFUND 6

Thursday, 6/2, 7-9pm

30 community members contribute $40 cash each to witness 6 different choreographers give short pitches and perform excerpts of their work. The audience gets to see a variety of styles and ideas at all stages of completion, and witness the creative process in most immediate form. At the end of the night, each person votes on who takes home the entire $1200.

To purchase tickets contact preedy@lunadanceinstitute.org

First Friday Reception -- "Three Stories - an exhibition"

Friday, June 3rd, 2016 - Friday, June 3rd, 2016, 6-9 pm

Art@Archer
431 13th Street

In Oakland

See and experience the exciting and provocative works of three Bay Area artists: Laurel Lee, Armando Resendez, and Robert Emmett Arthurs III in their ongoing exhibition, "Three Stories." They each have a different story to tell. Observe. Discuss. Enjoy.

Light refreshments will be served.


Peace Within Chaos, Artwork of Kevin Woodson

Friday, June 3rd, 2016 - Friday, June 3rd, 2016, 6/3/16, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Joyce Gordon Gallery
406 14th Street

In Oakland

Joyce Gordon Gallery presents, "Peace Within Chaos: The Balance of Flowers," a botanical tale of peace presented in sublime balance with nature and the universe by Oakland artist, Kevin Woodson ( http://www.kevinwoodson.com ).

Reception for the artist: Friday June 3 6:00-9:00 PM
exhibit June 3 - July 31, gallery hours: W-F 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM; Sat 1:00 - 5:00 PM

Peace Within Chaos at Joyce Gordon Gallery represents a collection of work that steps outside the expectations and constraints flower fans, gardeners, and the art world has put on them. In this collection, his plein air botanical watercolors go beyond the in the Gardens where they are painted. These flowers are seen in the form of cultural memes such as Yin and Yang, power and repose, death and rebirth, and Peace within Chaos.

Among flower painters, his work is unique because pencil, photography, and even cut flowers can present barriers for most artists and their viewers. Kevin creates his paintings directly in the gardens, working with only living, in-season blooms. His paintings often seen as healing, meditative, intensely personal, and culturally significant, have been consistently exhibited in the Bay Area, Asia, Mexico and the Americas for the last five years.

Kevin further address Choas from a community standpoint, having returned in 2014 from a series of exhibits in Asia to find life in America in a state of Chaos. Decades of deadly police activity in the Black community had reached a boiling point, and Oakland and the whole country echoed with cries for justice. He felt this was a moment when the full weight of history was coming down and how we responded would and transform and define us. It was clear to him that during times such as this, art and artists play critical roles reflecting the community's voice, confronting false power, dealing with displacement (an experience not foreign to nature or the botanicals) and pointing out new directions.

Presented by Joyce Gordon Gallery.

Free

Bobi Céspedes & DJ Jose Ruiz- an Homage to CELIA CRUZ!

Friday, June 3rd, 2016 - Friday, June 3rd, 2016, 8:00 pm

La Peña Cultural Center
3105 Shattuck Ave. Berkeley, CA 94705

In Berkeley

Get your tickets before they sell out!
$20 Advance, $25 at the Door

Afro-Cuban singer Bobi Céspedes brings her tribute to the late great Queen of Salsa, Celia Cruz, to Berkeley. She is joined by an electrifying ensemble!
Plus, DJ José Ruiz will be spinning after the show from 11pm-1am!
Bring cash for the MOJITO BAR!
FEATURED MUSICIANS

Bobi Céspedes – vocals, percussion
Roberto Morris Anaya – trumpet
Jose Roberto Hernandez – guitar, vocals
Marco Diaz – keyboards, percussion
Saul Sierra – bass, vocals
Julio Perez – bongo, cowbell
Carlos Caro – congas
Lichi Fuentes – vocals, percussion
Get your tickets before they sell out!

BYOB Stand Up Comedy Show

Friday, June 3rd, 2016 - Friday, June 3rd, 2016, 8:30

Defenders of Good Times
268 14th Street

In Oakland

Avant Comédie brings you the Bay Area’s most talented stand up comedians at Oakland’s newest art gallery: Defenders Of Good Times. Oakland has always been a home for the performing arts, and we’re keeping that spirit alive with Avant Comédie. This is a BYOB show so feel free to bring refreshments to keep the drinks flowing. $5 cover, tickets go fast so presales are highly encouraged! Doors open at 8:30!

Tickets Available Here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/avant-comedie-a-byob-comedy-show-june-tickets-25554001707

June we'll be featuring:
- Alfonso Portela
- Mikey Walz
- Emily Van Dyke
- Ashton Tate
- Stevie Post

Hosted by Adrian McNair ( Featured on Viceland's Flophouse, Bridgetown Comedy Festival, SF Sketchfest)

Los Boleros

Friday, June 3rd, 2016 - Friday, June 3rd, 2016, 9:30 pm

Ashkenaz
1307 San Pablo Ave.

In Berkeley

Tickets are $15 / $10 Student. Cuban Salsa dance lesson with Rebecca Miller at 8:30 pm. Ashkenaz is always all ages!

Los Boleros offers hot Cuban salsa tonight in Ashkenaz’s 2016 series “Think Globally, Dance Locally.” Ashkenaz has been a celebrated home for music and dance from around the world for more than 40 years. Through “Think Globally, Dance Locally,” we are building on that history to bring more voices, more conversations, and more joy to more people in the Ashkenaz tradition of fostering intercultural peace and understanding.

Staying true to the traditional styles of an era when Cuban roots music was golden, Los Boleros play and sing classic Cuban son montuno, traditional salsa, merengue, cumbia, bolero, vals, and danzon. “Imagine going back in time to Ricky Ricardo’s Tropicana Havana, then take a ride to the Buena Vista Social Club,” the band says. In addition to concerts, dances and festivals, Los Boleros has played more than 100 weddings. Started as a coffeehouse duo by Rudy Furlan (author of “The Cuban Tres Chord and Scale Book”), Los Boleros now features lead singers Felix Samuel, a native of Havana, and Zareen, along with Furlan on tres, tenor saxophonist David Somers, bassist Anthony Garcia, and percussionists Dominic Cabrera on congas and Edgar Lavado on bongos. Famous in Havana, Felix Samuel was also an actor in the recent HBO movie “Hemingway and Gelhorn.”

http://www.losboleros.net/

http://www.eventbrite.com/e/los-boleros-tickets-25252351463

Pro Arts East Bay Open Studios at Bridge Space

Saturday, June 4th, 2016 - Sunday, June 5th, 2016, 10:00 am to 7:00 pm

Bridge *Space (formerly Bridge Art Space)
23 Maine Avenue

In Richmond

For two weekends—Saturday and Sunday, June 4–5 and June 11–12, Bridge *Space is hosting 17 exhibiting artists in its two galleries. Seventeen artists and thirteen studios will showcase paintings, sculpture, clocks, photography, fabric design, prints and more.

Bridge *Space is located just off So. 2nd and Cutting Avenue, a minute or two from the 580 S. Harbourway exit. and just a 4 minute drive from downtown Point Richmond.
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RECEPTION AND BBQ
SUNDAY, JUNE 5, 3–5 PM
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List of exhibiting artists:

Scotty Bakke
David Borengasser Website: davidborengasser.com
Suzanne Cerny
Tiffany Doeskin
Brian Elder Website: artistsites.org/briane
Jamie Erfurdt
Julia Gilden
Sharon Goods
Artrenia Harris
Steve Hurst Website: stevenartclocks.com
Patrick Voke Jacobson
Rebecca Long
Anita Newby
Kevin Richart
Mimi Vitetta Website: mimivitetta.com
John Warhus Website: john-warhus.com
Bruce Wismer

Please visit bridgemakerarts.org and bridgespace.net. Thank you.

Pro Arts East Bay Open Studio 2016

Saturday, June 4th, 2016 - Sunday, June 5th, 2016, 11 am - 6 pm

Downtown historic Point Richmond
109 W. Richmond Ave.

In Richmond

Art.i.fact Studio will be open to the public on June 4 & 5 from 11 am - 6 pm and will feature 8 local artists in its gallery. Come visit us in Historic Point Richmond and visit this creative local art studio and gallery. A variety of art work will be on display from paintings to ceramics.

While you are visiting us you'll find other galleries and interesting restaurants with display of local artists work.

Mom & Pop Art Store: 24 W. Richmond Ave
El Sol Restaurant: 101 Park Pl.
Kaleidoscope Coffee: 109 Park Pl
Ali Amaro | Art Jewelry & Objects: 41 Washington Ave. (across from Hotel Mac)
Pt Richmond Post Office: art display in windows

Brazzissimo - 15th Anniversary Celebration Concert

Saturday, June 4th, 2016 - Saturday, June 4th, 2016, 6/4/16, 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

First Congregational Church of Berkeley
2345 Channing Way

In Berkeley

Brazzissimo, an exciting 10-piece brass ensemble, announces its 15th year anniversary celebratory concert to be held at the beautiful and acoustic rich First Congregational Church of Berkeley.

Program highlights present the premiere of "Suite Jubilation" a four-movement work, plus other music by Artistic Director, trumpeter and composer in residence, Dean Boysen. Music from great composers: Anthony DiLorenzo, Enrique Crespo, Franz Biebl, plus other notables will be represented.

Joining Brazzissimo in concert will be guest artist "Solstice", an award winning a cappella vocal group.

This concert is made possible by a San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music grant. (SFFCM)

Of note: Brazzissimo's repertoire includes classical, modern, Latin and jazz styles either adapted from other media or composed specifically for this combination of instruments. The ensemble has performed extensively throughout Northern California, as well as in Beijing, Wuhan, Yichang and Shanghai, China participating in the 2004 International Heritage Festival.

We look forward to seeing you soon!
- Brazzissimo

Presented by Brazzissimo.

$15, Students 18 and under - Free.

Improvisation as Form Using the Efforts

Saturday, June 4th, 2016 - Saturday, June 4th, 2016, 9:30 am-4:30 pm

Luna Dance Institute
605 Addison Street

In Berkeley

Improvisation as Form and Using the Efforts

Saturday, 6/4, 9:30- 4:30pm

This workshop explores practical applications of Laban’s Efforts and Improvisation skills to enliven dance teaching to students of all ages in schools and studios. No prerequisite-prior dance experience recommended. $160

"Swing in the Spring" Series Finale featuring Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers

Saturday, June 4th, 2016 - Saturday, June 4th, 2016, Lesson at 8:00 pm; Show at 9:00 pm

Ashkenaz
1307 San Pablo Ave.

In Berkeley

Tickets are $17. Swing dance lesson with Nathan Dias at 8 pm. Ashkenaz is always all ages!

One of the first and still the best of the “swing revival” bands, Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers remain popular after 25 years of keeping dancers ecstatic. Along with the East Coast Swing and Lindy Hop grooves by the band, Smith swings from sultry torch songs to the grit of the great blues singers. She and the band keep adding new elements to their timeless blues-jazz-swing repertoire, including new songs as well as rotating the hits and lesser-known gems from their four CDs.

Growing up in Southern California and the Philippines, Smith was influenced early by such singers as Billie Holiday, Dinah Washington, Bessie Smith, and Esther Phillips. Since 1989, before swing became a national craze, she and her band (led by co-founder and keyboardist Chris Siebert) have been making music as sharp and irresistible as her period costumes that recall the pinup girls of the Forties. Two decades later they are still the Bay Area’s hottest swing attraction, steeped in not just the songs but also the feel that makes them the real deal. Big, bluesy-voiced Smith has deservedly raked in national attention from network television to NPR, and Johnny Otis proclaimed that “she and her band are a breath of fresh air!” Multiple award winners, Smith and her Skillet Lickers present not only the best-dressed but also one of the most exciting shows of East Coast Swing and Lindy Hop dance music, as well as sultry torch songs.

Along with Smith and Siebert, the Red Hot Skillet Lickers collectively have worked with most of the top names in music, from Duke Ellington and Frank Sinatra to Taj Mahal and Dr. John: alto saxophonist Jules Broussard, tenor saxophonist and clarinetist Rob Barics, trumpeter Mike Olmos, trombonist Danny Armstrong, bassist Ron Belcher, and drummer Howard Wiley.

www.ashkenaz060416.eventbrite.com

BandWorks School of Rock

Sunday, June 5th, 2016 - Sunday, June 5th, 2016, 12:00 pm

Ashkenaz
1307 San Pablo Ave.

In Berkeley

Tickets are $5. Ashkenaz is always all ages!

Since 1993, BandWorks has helped several thousand musicians fulfill their dream of playing in a rock band. BandWorks helps organize students into bands, provides coaching with some of the best musician-instructors in the Bay Area, and after 8 weeks rehearsing their favorite rock, pop, blues, reggae, and original songs, takes the bands to the stage at Ashkenaz to perform live in front of an audience. Find out how you can join a band at

www.bandworks.com


Junior Recorder Society & Barbary Coast Recorder Orchestra

Sunday, June 5th, 2016 - Sunday, June 5th, 2016, 12PM

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

In Berkeley

Free Admission!

Bring your friends and family! The Junior Recorder Society, made up of children age seven to sixteen, and the Barbary Coast Recorder Orchestra, a thirty-five-member amateur group, will perform music by Bach, Binchois, Lully, and more on all sizes of recorders.

¡Sacabuche! Intimate Voices—Seventeenth-Century Italian Motets With Trombones

Sunday, June 5th, 2016 - Sunday, June 5th, 2016, 4PM

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

In Berkeley

The polyphonic motets of this program are some of the first music to include idiomatic, explicitly instrumental parts. These exquisite works will be contrasted with virtuosic Italian instrumental music. Voices, cornetto, recorder, violins, sackbuts, theorbo, and organ offer a feast for the ears and soul.

$42 at berkeleyfestival.org. Dependent on availability, tickets will be sold at the BAMPFA admissions desk on the day of the performance.

Fanny Ara Flamenco Showcase

Sunday, June 5th, 2016 - Sunday, June 5th, 2016, 7 pm

La Peña Cultural Center
3105 Shattuck Ave. Berkeley, CA 94705

In Berkeley

Fanny Ara Flamenco Dance School will be presenting their 8th full-length student show. Acclaimed Flamenco dancer and teacher Fanny Ara will showcase new and fun choreographies based on traditional flamenco, which will be interpreted by her cast of students. Also featured will be solo dance pieces by Damien Alvarez, Diandra Connolly, and Masako Numasaki. Guest artists Jose Cortes (singer), Manuel Gutierrez (cajon) and David Paez (guitar) will accompany the dancers as they come together on stage after working for several months to express and enjoy this powerful and fascinating art form.


Barefoot on the Fringe: 'Cries and In Nomines'

Tuesday, June 7th, 2016 - Tuesday, June 7th, 2016, 6/7/16, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Parish Hall of St. Mark's Episcopal Church
2300 Bancroft Way

In Berkeley

Barefoot Chamber Concerts ("an enterprise noted for both its quality and informality" - San Francisco Classical Voice) presents really good music in the right acoustic and without the formality of most classical music events. Their contributions to the Berkeley Festival are always keenly anticipated, and this year is no exception: they will present two noon concerts, one of stunning instrumental music by Christopher Simpson and Matthew Locke (Thursday June 9), and this one of Cries and In Nomines: Elizabethan gems for voices and viols. The Cries program was first heard at the 2016 Berkeley Festival, and popular demand brings its return to the stage of St. Mark's Parish Hall.

"The Cries of London" by Orlando Gibbons and "The Country Cries" by Richard Dering are the famous (and hilarious) pieces that anchor this program. Gibbons' piece rings with the sounds of street food sellers and merchants ("ripe damsons ripe/ hot puddings, hot / have ye any work for a cooper?" etc), while the Dering piece, largely in dialect, reflects a more rural discourse ("Her'll fling her pisspot on her head, for her play'd all night at whipperginnie").

The Gibbons "Cries" is also an "In Nomine", based on the plainsong that inspired dozens of instrumental pieces. The program will also include the original John Taverner mass movement, an In Nomine by Christopher Tye based on street cries, another (instrumental) In Nomine by Gibbons and a contemporary ballad about a scheming cookmaid, several tailors and a sausage.

The Barefoot All-Stars are Allison Zelles Lloyd, Tonia D'Amelio, Shira Kammen, David Morris, Fred Goff, Peter Hallifax, Julie Jeffrey and Lynn Tetenbaum.

For more details, and to order tickets online, visit www.barefootchamberconcerts.com

Presented by Barefoot Chamber Concerts.

$25

BandWorks School of Rock

Tuesday, June 7th, 2016 - Tuesday, June 7th, 2016, 6:00 pm

Ashkenaz
1307 San Pablo Ave.

In Berkeley

Tickets are $5. Ashkenaz is always all ages!

Since 1993, BandWorks has helped several thousand musicians fulfill their dream of playing in a rock band. BandWorks helps organize students into bands, provides coaching with some of the best musician-instructors in the Bay Area, and after 8 weeks rehearsing their favorite rock, pop, blues, reggae, and original songs, takes the bands to the stage at Ashkenaz to perform live in front of an audience. Find out how you can join a band at

http://bandworks.com/

Mark Morris Dance Group: L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato (Vincent Bataillon, US, 2014)

Wednesday, June 8th, 2016 - Wednesday, June 8th, 2016, 2PM

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

In Berkeley

Free Admission!

Mark Morris is well loved by Bay Area patrons for the remarkable live performances that he has presented at Cal Performances over the years. His full-length dance staging of George Frideric Handel’s oratorio L’Allegro, il penseroso ed il moderato in Madrid was captured on film by Vincent Bataillon, in 2014. An extraordinary achievement that celebrates the pictorial beauty of this glorious work through inspired choreography and set design, this production is a tremendous meeting of talent—George Frideric Handel, John Milton, Mark Morris—performed under the baton of Jane Glover and the Teatro Real Orchestra and Chorus, Madrid. Sheer delight!

Part of the Early Music Film Festival at BAMPFA!

Wim Wenders: Early Shorts (West Germany, 1967-82)

Wednesday, June 8th, 2016 - Wednesday, June 8th, 2016, 7PM

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

In Berkeley

This program of Wenders’s extremely rare short films showcases a nascent talent already infused with the themes and moods that would echo across a career. A fascination with American culture, the omnipresence of pop music, and an eye for the dissatisfaction of contemporary life in postwar West Germany: here is Wenders at his beginnings. The 1967 Same Player Shoots Again offers a formal exercise, while Polizeifilm (1968) investigates the police and student unrest. Meanwhile, music dominates Silver City Revisited (1968), inspired by 78 shellac records; Alabama (2000 Light Years), named after a Coltrane tune; 3 American LPs (1969), and the later Reverse Angle (1982), on New York and New Wave.

Part of Wim Wenders: Portraits Along the Road at BAMPFA.

Free gallery admission with same-day film ticket!

Balkan Folkdance

Wednesday, June 8th, 2016 - Wednesday, June 8th, 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 7:00 pm. Ashkenaz is always all ages!

Balkan Folkdance
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.


Tous les Matins du Monde (Alain Corneau, France, 1991)

Thursday, June 9th, 2016 - Thursday, June 9th, 2016, 2PM

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

In Berkeley

Alain Corneau’s fictional account of eminent musician Marin Marais is set, with a keen attention to historical period, in the France of Louis XIV. Marais reflects on his earlier life, when he tried to become a pupil of composer and violist Monsieur de Sainte-Colombe; actors Gérard Depardieu and Guillaume Depardieu are cast as the aging Marais and his younger self. Throughout the film, we hear viol music from the period performed by Jordi Savall, who received a César for his performance. “A reserved and elegant portrait colored by dark, romantic longing.”

Part of the Early Music Film Festival at BAMPFA.

Free gallery admission with same-day film ticket!

Barefoot on the Fringe: 'Seasons, Monthes, Fancies and Dances'

Thursday, June 9th, 2016 - Thursday, June 9th, 2016, 6/9/16, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Parish Hall of St. Mark's Episcopal Church
2300 Bancroft Way

In Berkeley

Barefoot Chamber Concerts ("an enterprise noted for both its quality and informality" - San Francisco Classical Voice) presents really good music in the right acoustic and without the formality of most classical music events. For this very special Berkeley Festival event, Barefoot's popular house band, Hallifax & Jeffrey (Peter Hallifax and Julie Jeffrey, viols) are joined by guests Andrew Canepa, organ, and Adaiha MacAdam-Somer, viol, in "Seasons, Monthes, Fancies and Dances by Christopher Simpson and Matthew Locke".

In the mid 17th century, English music went underground. The puritans were in charge, there was no more royal patronage (the king had been executed) or employment in church (the church organs had been destroyed). Such musicians as remained in the country (most went abroad) were supported by private, mostly catholic families. Christopher Simpson, and Matthew Locke, two virtuoso viol players and composers, represent the finest of that "lost" generation of musicians.

Yet even in difficult circumstances, they produced stunning chamber music for viols. Simpson's four suites for each of the seasons (80 years before Vivaldi's better known set) and his twelve "Monthes", exquisite one-movement miniatures, are a fabulous challenge for the treble and two bass viols and organ continuo they were written for. Matthew Locke's fantasies and dances from his gorgeous three-part "Little Consort" and musically inventive "Flatt Consort" are completely different, and contrast splendidly with the Simpson.

In the lovely wooden acoustic of St. Mark's Parish Hall, this concert will be unmissable.

For more details, and to order tickets online, visit www.barefootchamberconcerts.com

Presented by Barefoot Chamber Concerts.

$15

Steven Hill: Raw Deal: The 'Uber Economy' and Runaway Capitalism

Thursday, June 9th, 2016 - Thursday, June 9th, 2016, 6/9/16, 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Berkeley Hillside Club
2286 Cedar St

In Berkeley

"Raw Deal: How the 'Uber Economy' and Runaway Capitalism Are Screwing American Workers" could not be timely. With every jarring day our seems to be more seriously broken, the social contract erased, what remains of available work no longer offers us pensions or jobs with benefits. Gigs, freelancing and winging it seem to be the future. Steven Hill describes the predicament as a growing army of "freelancers, temps, contractors, part-timers, day laborers, micro-entrepreneurs, gig-preneurs, solo-preneurs, contingent labor, perma-lancers and perma-temps." Even if a job offers benefits, the high cost deductible for medical care is prohibitive. Hill warns that many of our future jobs will be taken by robots. Those in the young workforce coming up are overloaded with college loans they can hardly pay off. With our ever-growing population, higher living expenses and markedly fewer jobs, something has to give...

"Steven Hill's groundbreaking book on the part-time, unstable Uber Economy shows how a new sub-economy becomes a work of law-flouting regress undermining full-time work.
Remote corporate algorithms run riot!" -Ralph Nader, consumer advocate

Steven Hill is a Senior Fellow with the New America Foundation. He is the author of four books prior to Raw Deal: Europe's Promise: Why the European Way is the Best Hope in an Insecure Age; 10 Steps To Repair American Democracy; Fixing Elections: The Failure of America's Winner Take All Politics; and Whose Vote Counts. For more information,
visit his website: www.Steven-Hill.com

Host Greg Bridges is a radio dj and journalist living in Oakland. He is a contributor to KPFA's Hip Hop and social affairs show Hard Knock Radio.

Presented by KPFA Radio 94.1FM

Hosted by Greg Bridges

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

Presented by KPFA Radio 94.1 FM.

$12 advance, $15 door.

The Devil's Money (Alejandro Galindo, Mexico, 1953)

Thursday, June 9th, 2016 - Thursday, June 9th, 2016, 7PM

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

In Berkeley

Manuel is a worker in a textile factory. By chance he meets the seductive Estrella, a rumba dancer who offers him a way to make some quick money. He initially refuses, but after the death of his father and the mounting funeral expenses, he returns to her for help. She puts him in contact him with El Gitano, a well-known gangster boss, who offers Manuel a lucrative deal to help him plan a robbery. But money never comes without a price.

Part of the Mexican Film Noir series at BAMPFA.

Free gallery admission with same-day film ticket!

Benefit Concert for Cyrus and Lisa Tilton featuring Miriam Peretz & Nava Dance Collective and more!

Thursday, June 9th, 2016 - Thursday, June 9th, 2016, 8:00 pm

Ashkenaz
1307 San Pablo Ave.

In Berkeley

Tickets are $20-$50 sliding scale. Ashkenaz is always all ages!

Benefit Concert for Cyrus and Lisa Tilton featuring Miriam Peretz & Nava Dance Collective; Aisan Hoss; Ballet Afsaneh; Aliah Najmabadi; Hannah Romanowsky.

Join us for a night of music and dance as we come together to support two very cherished members of our art community, facing a devastating cancer diagnosis. A few weeks ago Cyrus Tilton and his wife Lisa began their battle when Cyrus was diagnosed with stage 4 esophageal cancer. All of us who love them and have appreciated their work in the arts are coming together to mount a massive campaign to support them in their time of need.

Please join us on Thursday June 9th at Ashkenaz in Berkeley for a night of music, dance and poetry. Together we hope to raise enough funds to help with the medical bills and bring together the love and support they need to fight this battle.

Can't make the event? You can still show your support through our YouCaring online crowdfunding website. https://www.youcaring.com/cyrus-lisa-tilton-558944

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/benefit-concert-for-cyrus-and-lisa-tickets-25243443820

Live to be a Hundred: A Year in the Life of Ton Koopman

Friday, June 10th, 2016 - Friday, June 10th, 2016, 1PM

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

In Berkeley

An intimate portrait of the early music specialist Ton Koopman, whose talents include conducting, playing harpsichord and organ, teaching, and research. Filmmaker Paul Hegeman follows the energetic Koopman during rehearsals and performances with the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir, at the University of Leiden, and while traveling as a guest conductor in France and Spain. His accomplished spouse, harpsichordist Tini Mathot, who collaborates closely with Koopman in recital and as a recording producer, shares her thoughts on Koopman’s inspirational interpretation of Baroque period composers. Viol specialist and longtime friend Jordi Savall appears in performance with Koopman.

Part of the Early Music Film Festival at BAMPFA.

Free gallery admission with same-day film ticket!

The Chrnoicle of Anna Magdalena Bach (Jean-Marie Straub, Daniele Huillet, West Germany/Italy, 1968)

Friday, June 10th, 2016 - Friday, June 10th, 2016, 2:30PM

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

In Berkeley

A film about the music of J. S. Bach, played and conducted by the famous Dutch harpsichordist Gustav Leonhardt, who impersonates Bach in Straub and Huillet’s fictional tableaux. The story of Bach’s pursuit of his art is chronicled by his second wife in the form of letters, documents, contemporary engravings, and in Bach’s own words. The film is the antithesis of the usual sentimental musical biography. Straub and Huillet’s deliberately flat presentation reveals the miraculous and the sublime in Bach's great music with tremendous power. Playing the players (and the music) in this well-researched chronicle are the members of the Concertus Musicus Wien.

Part of the Early Music Film Festival at BAMPFA.

Free gallery admission with same-day film ticket!

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

The American Friend (Wim Wenders, West Germany, 1977)

Friday, June 10th, 2016 - Friday, June 10th, 2016, 6:30PM

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

In Berkeley

Wenders’s first “commercial” film merges his usual steadily presented musings on European identity, American culture, and cinema with some surprising new ingredients, from pulp-thriller source material—Patricia Highsmith’s Ripley’s Game—to a star turn from the manic, ever-destabilizing Dennis Hopper. A dying clockmaker (Bruno Ganz) meets a seedy American (Hopper, of course) who promises to take care of the man’s family after he dies, provided that Ganz “take care” of a mob hit. Neo-noir by way of European arthouse, The American Friend shows its inspirations through its wide-ranging cameos, from Nicholas Ray to Samuel Fuller, Jean Eustache to Daniel Schmid.

Part of Wim Wenders: Portraits Along the Road at BAMPFA.

Free gallery admission with same-day film ticket!

Stu Allen & Mars Hotel

Friday, June 10th, 2016 - Friday, June 10th, 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://www.stuallen.net/

http://ashkenaz061016.eventbrite.com/

Tokyo Drifter (Seijun Suzuki, Japan, 1966)

Friday, June 10th, 2016 - Friday, June 10th, 2016, 9PM

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

In Berkeley

Tasked with making a vehicle for actor/singer Tetsuya Watari to croon the title song, Suzuki concocted this crazy yarn about a reformed yakuza on the run from his former comrades. The film is mainly an excuse to stage an escalating series of goofy musical numbers and over-the-top fight scenes. Popping with garish colors, self-parodic style, and avant-garde visual design, Tokyo Drifter embodies a late-1960s zeitgeist in which trash and art joyfully comingle. “The result is one of the most brilliant genre movies ever made” (Tony Rayns).

Part of The Films of Seijun Suzuki at BAMPFA.

Free gallery admission with same-day film ticket!

Pro Arts East Bay Open Studios at Bridge Space

Saturday, June 11th, 2016 - Sunday, June 12th, 2016, 10:00 am to 7:00 pm

Bridge *Space (formerly Bridge Art Space)
23 Maine Avenue

In Richmond

This is the 2nd weekend of Bridge *Space hosting seventeen artists in thirteen studios and two galleries, showcasing paintings, sculpture, clocks, photography, fabric design, prints and more.

Exhibiting artists:

Scotty Bakke
David Borengasser Website: davidborengasser.com
Suzanne Cerny
Tiffany Doesken
Brian Elder Website: artistsites.org
Jamie Erfurdt
Julia Gilden
Sharon Goods
Artrenia Harris
Steve Hurst Website: stevenartclocks.com
Patrick Voke Jacobson
Rebecca Long
Anita Newby
Kevin Richart
Mimi Vitetta Website: mimivitetta.com
John Warhus Website: john-warhus.com

Market Hall Artists -- Proarts Open Studios

Saturday, June 11th, 2016 - Sunday, June 12th, 2016, 11am-6pm

Jack London Square Market Hall
55 Harrison St

In Oakland

Oakland, CA Over 25 local, established and emerging artists, working in a wide
variety of mediums, will exhibit at the expansive Market Hall building, 55 Harrison Street, June 11 - 12, in Jack London Square, Oakland.

The public is invited to explore, meet the artists, and get inspired as the artists share their colorful and exciting work as part of Pro Arts’ East Bay Open Studios. This year marks the group’s 6th year at one of Oakland’s biggest cultural events of the year.

“The venue is the perfect setting, with a rich, very diverse range of original art”, cites Pamela McClain, a long time Oakland resident and Pro Arts supporter, “and I really love that it’s in a one stop setting where you can view the work and learn so much from all types of artists at the Hall.”

Ranging from conceptual sculpture installations and political, ecologically themed
work all the way to practical custom furniture and everything in between, this show
will satisfy the most varied palette. Sculpture, painting, pastel, mosaic, photography, printmaking, drawing, woodwork, glass, ceramics, metal, and jewelry are all available for purchase at the ProArts event.

June 11-12, from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm daily. With easy transportation options,
ample parking and numerous dining spots nearby, it’s yet another win for Oakland, and a perfect place to spend an afternoon or two.

A sampling of the art can be viewed at the group’s website:

www.markethallartists.com, and find us on Facebook: fb.com/market.hall.artists

Contact: George Kaplan/ 510-333-1682/georgekaplanimages@gmail.com

Indie Fashion Shopping Event

Saturday, June 11th, 2016 - Saturday, June 11th, 2016, 2-5pm

La Clotherie Showroom
461 43rd St

In Oakland


Join La Clotherie for an exclusive summer shopping event and meet the designers of Jeaja Design Studio, Harumi K - Contemporary Womenswear and Margarette Laizure. Shop the latest summer styles to spice up your wardrobe!
All the designers produce their collections in the Bay Area in limited quantities. You will defininitely stand out from the crowd with these styles - you will not find anything like this at chain stores or the mall.
La Clotherie will also have a selection of amazing vintage clothing and accessories to spice up your wardrobe. Light refreshments will be served. We look forward to seeing you!

Child's Play

Saturday, June 11th, 2016 - Saturday, June 11th, 2016, 4pm

Lottie Rose Gallery
6117 San Pablo Avenue

In Oakland

Child’s Play was thought of to spark the part in the artists and the viewers to see life through the eyes of a child. Not only this but to fully grasp what it means to believe in yourself and your hopes. The yearning for life seems to fade away with adulthood. We stop telling ourselves that we can create, that we can dream, that we can become whatever we want.

There are so many things that keep us from being able to live life to the fullest and really set our eyes on our goals. The need for greed, the need to forget with temporary distractions, blaming others for our shortcomings and getting lost in the material obsession. Part of the focus is on these issues. To really become a child again, we have to strip away the social norms and the barriers that limit us. To focus on our imagination and realize that it's the only true reality.

Not only this, but it's an exhibition that's fundraising for the Prescott-Joseph Center in West Oakland.

The First Legion (Douglas Sirk, US, 1951)

Saturday, June 11th, 2016 - Saturday, June 11th, 2016, 6:30PM

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

In Berkeley

At a Jesuit seminary in California, an aged brother who has been bedridden for years has a holy vision and walks again. While the community celebrates a miracle and pilgrims and souvenir-sellers flock to the seminary, the circumstances arouse a questioning spirit in thoughtful Father Arnoux (Charles Boyer). Made prior to the series of romantic melodramas that defined Douglas Sirk’s reputation, The First Legion is well matched to the director’s sensibility in its combination of sincerity and skeptical distance. The discussion of weighty spiritual matters is leavened by William Demarest as an irreverent monsignor.

Part of the UCLA Festival of Preservation at BAMPFA.

Free gallery admission with same-day film ticket!

La Otra (Roberto Gavaldon, Mexico, 1946)

Saturday, June 11th, 2016 - Saturday, June 11th, 2016, 8:30PM

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

In Berkeley

Few actresses embody an entire national cinema like Mexican superstar Dolores del Rio, who can be sampled twice here in a double role as both a preening, wealthy housewife and her downtrodden, bespectacled sister. “You’ve always been generous with your table scraps,” the latter sneers as the former tosses her some spare gowns after her husband’s “untimely” death. But all twin sisters look alike in furs, and soon sibling jealousy leads to murder. Filmed on locale amid Mexico City’s crowded back streets, bus stops, and Chinatown restaurants, La otra boasts an unmistakable grit, lit with del Rio’s unmistakable radiance.

Part of the Mexican Film Noir series at BAMPFA.

Free gallery admission with same-day film ticket!

Saturday Night Berkeley World Music Festival Party featuring Piwai

Saturday, June 11th, 2016 - Saturday, June 11th, 2016, 9:30 pm

Ashkenaz
1307 San Pablo Ave.

In Berkeley

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

Piwai combines the sounds of singer-songwriter Piwai’s Zimbabwean homeland with her original songs about Africa, struggles both political and personal, love and hope. Singing and often accompanying herself on the mbira (the Zimbabwean thumb piano), Piwai is an Oakland-based singer, songwriter, and biologist. She describes her musical journey, the challenges she faces in the American music industry, and how her dreams told her to follow the mbira. In early 2012, Piwai recorded her first album, “African Turquoise,” in collaboration with James Buzuzi of Bongo Love. It is a fascinating fusion of jazz and traditional African rhythms, including mbira and percussion from Bongo Love’s Jacob Mafuleni and John Mambira. As with her album concept, Piwai’s concerts take the listener on a journey: glimpse life through the eyes of children in war-torn Congo; walk the streets of Harare; bear witness to the slums of Soweto, India, and the favelas of Brazil; or play along the proverbial paths of Zimbabwean folklore. For Piwai, music is all-encompassing: “The sum total of my very existence and every action I make manifests in music – the rhythm of my life.”

Born in Zimbabwe, Piwai was surrounded by music from an early age. Her first influences include music from the Shona and Ndebele people of Zimbabwe, Suthu and Zulu tribes, and the Zimbabwean Catholic Church. She joined her first choir at the age of 10, wrote her first song at age of 13, and hasn’t stopped since. Piwai went on to study with renowned percussionists Yagbe Onilu and Butch Haynes, trained vocally at the Jazz School of Berkeley, and delved into the mbira – a traditional African instrument associated with profound spiritual union – with maestro Cosmas Magaya.

http://www.eventbrite.com/e/saturday-night-berkeley-world-music-festival-party-featuring-piwai-tickets-25585564111

Indie Fashion Shopping Event

Sunday, June 12th, 2016 - Sunday, June 12th, 2016, 1-4pm

La Clotherie Showroom
461 43rd St

In Oakland

Join La Clotherie for an exclusive summer shopping event and meet the designers of JEAJA, Harumi K - Contemporary Womenswear and Margarette Laizure. Shop the latest summer styles to spice up your wardrobe!
All the designers produce their collections in the Bay Area in limited quantities. You will defininitely stand out from the crowd with these styles - you will not find anything like this at chain stores or the mall.
La Clotherie will also have a selection of amazing vintage clothing and accessories to spice up your wardrobe. Light refreshments will be served. We look forward to seeing you!

Family Storybook Workshop

Sunday, June 12th, 2016 - Sunday, June 12th, 2016, 2PM

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

In Berkeley

Make a storybook with artist Iris Meinolf! Kids and their grownups will collaborate to develop and illustrate a simple narrative and then print these mini-zines using the Art Lab’s risograph printer. Each family will go home with a tiny library in the form of a packet containing copies of all the storybooks made during the workshop.

Ages 4 to 8. Free for kids and one accompanying adult.
Sign up on-site beginning fifteen minutes prior to the session. Space is limited to ten children and their grown-ups.

"Sunny Sundays" Kids' Series featuring The Bug Family Band

Sunday, June 12th, 2016 - Sunday, June 12th, 2016, 3-4:30 pm

Ashkenaz
1307 San Pablo Ave.

In Berkeley

Tickets are $6 Kids / $8 Adults. Ashkenaz is always all ages!

Every day is party time as Ashkenaz favorite the Bug Family Band performs catchy original songs and updated kiddie classics, many from the recently released second CD, “ABeeCD.” The group includes such hot songs as “Goin’ to the Pool (When You Get Out of School),” “Put My Helmet On,” and even Woody Guthrie’s “This Land Is Your Land,” done Bug Family style. The new songs are mixed in with past favorites and folk-rock sing-alongs. The Bug Family’s sound is characterized by rich vocal harmonies, interactive sing-alongs, and clever tunes that kids and their adults can all appreciate!

The Bug Family features three former kids and two current kids: singer-guitarist Joe Balestreri, keyboardist Phil Gorman (Joe and Phil are in rock band the Flux), and drummer Eric Schoen. The youth contingent is Anna B (she plays the glockenspiel and sings) and Easton, who sings, dances, freestyles, and generally goes crazy.

http://thebugfamily.tumblr.com/home

http://www.eventbrite.com/e/sunny-sundays-kids-series-the-bug-family-band-tickets-25252542033

The Big Broadcast (Frank Tuttle, US, 1932)

Sunday, June 12th, 2016 - Sunday, June 12th, 2016, 5PM

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

In Berkeley

Bing Crosby heads an all-star musical lineup in this freewheeling comedy from radio’s golden age. Fired from his radio show and dumped by his girl, Bing bonds with lovelorn oilman Stuart Erwin during a dark night of the soul (“You sing into a little hole year after year and then you die,” the despondent crooner laments). Soon Erwin resolves to rescue the radio station and Bing’s career with a broadcast revue featuring Cab Calloway, the Mills Brothers, Kate Smith, and more. The movie pops with jazzy visuals, slapstick surrealism, and a pinch of pre-Code spice, plus George Burns and Gracie Allen’s ineffable nonsense.

PRECEDED BY:
Me and the Boys (Victor Saville, United Kingdom, 1929).
Watch for a young Benny Goodman in this early soundie . (7 mins, B&W, permission UCLA Film and Television Archive).

Part of the UCLA Festival of Preservation at BAMPFA.

Free gallery admission with same-day film ticket!

Kings of the Road (Wim Wenders, West Germany, 1976)

Sunday, June 12th, 2016 - Sunday, June 12th, 2016, 6:45PM

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

In Berkeley

The German title translates literally as “In the Course of Time,” and time—its passing and the changes it wreaks—is an almost palpable part of the film's subject. Set thirty years after the war, the narrative focuses on two thirty-year-old characters who travel the East German border, moving via a series of disquieting, disconnected and unsatisfactory encounters to the realization that “everything must change.” Kings of the Road is a marathon road movie: about the death of the cinema; about the absence of women; about the fact that, as one character puts it, "the Americans have colonized our subconscious."

Part of Wim Wenders: Portraits Along the Road at BAMPFA

Free gallery admission with same-day film ticket!

Nyabinghi Night

Sunday, June 12th, 2016 - Sunday, June 12th, 2016, 8:30 pm

Ashkenaz
1307 San Pablo Ave.

In Berkeley

Tickets are $12. Ashkenaz is always all ages!

The Nyabinghi Drummers trace the greatest reggae musicians’ spiritual roots to Rastafarianism, playing the beats and chants at the heart of the religion as well as forming the foundation for later reggae in Jamaica. They help set up the deepest feelings for tonight’s celebration. The drummers have been featured at various Ashkenaz reggae events including Peter Tosh’s birthday celebrations. Tonight they headline. According to Sister Irie, the first Nyabinghi drummers were women in Uganda, in their struggle against German colonists a century ago. In Jamaica in the 1950s it became part of the Rastafarian culture, a day in the hills of food, dancing, drumming and chanting, used to honor holy days. The music, the religion, the culture and politics of Rastafarianism evolved into Jamaican reggae. But tonight’s performers dig back into the real roots.

http://www.eventbrite.com/e/nyabinghi-night-tickets-23861067094

Practitioner Exchange: Creativity & Technique

Tuesday, June 14th, 2016 - Tuesday, June 14th, 2016, 4:30 to 6:00 pm

Luna Dance Institute
605 Addison Street

In Berkeley

Practitioner Exchange: Creativity & Technique
Tuesday, 6/14, 4:30-6pm

Peer educators gather to explore issues of practice & get inspired at these soft-facilitated group discussions. What is creativity? What is the purpose of technique? Share experiences & dialogue about ways technique is presented in a creative dance class. $15-40 sliding scale (free for PL users).

MotorDude Zydeco

Tuesday, June 14th, 2016 - Tuesday, June 14th, 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 8:00 pm; Show at 8:30 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://www.eventbrite.com/e/motordude-zydeco-tickets-24660570430

Rebecca Gordon: U.S. Officials Should Stand Trial Post 9/11 War Crimes

Wednesday, June 15th, 2016 - Wednesday, June 15th, 2016, 6/15/16, 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Berkeley Hillside Club
2286 Cedar St

In Berkeley

KPFA Radio 94.1FM presents:

Rebecca Gordon: American Nuremberg: The U.S. Officials Who Should Stand Trial for Post 9/11 War Crimes
Hosted by David Talbot

To this day, the people of the United States have never had anything like a full accounting of all that has been done in our names as part of this seemingly endless "war on terror." Nor has there been any credible public reckoning for the officials at the highest levels of government who are responsible for all the deeply troubling actions undertaken by Washington since 9/11. The country has been manipulated into a stance well apart from the legal community of nations. There is a pressing need for the United States, now deeming itself "leader of the free world," to be held accountable for its actions. Instead, the country increasingly violates international laws of war and human rights with evident impunity.

For the sake of all the victims of the "war on terror," for the sake of our national soul, and even more for the future of humanity itself, we need a full accounting of our American war criminals. We need an American Nuremberg.

Rebecca Gordon teaches in the Philosophy department at the University of San Francisco and for the university's Leo T. McCarthy Center for Public Service and the Common Good. Her previous publications include Letters From Nicaragua, Cruel and Usual: How Welfare "Reform" Punishes Poor People , and Mainstreaming Torture.

DAVID TALBOT, founder and former CEO of Salon.com, was senior editor at Mother Jones magazine, and features editor at the San Francisco Examiner.

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

Presented by KPFA Radio 94.1 FM.

$12 advance, $15 door.

Admeto (Agnes Meth, Germany, 2009)

Wednesday, June 15th, 2016 - Wednesday, June 15th, 2016, 7PM

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

In Berkeley

German filmmaker, producer, and author Doris Dörrie staged this vividly colored, highly stylized production of George Frideric Handel’s three-act opera Admeto, re di Tessaglia, transposing the original Greek setting to the world of Japanese samurai and Butoh dance. (The storyline is based on that of Euripides’ Alcestis.) Butoh provides the production with its underlying motif, offering the characters greater dimension, mystery, and occasional irony. Bay Area early music fans will especially appreciate the performance conducted by Nicholas McGegan with players David Tayler (archlute) and Hanneke van Proosdij (harpsichord).

Part of the Early Music Film Festival at BAMPFA.

Free gallery admission with same-day film ticket!

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

Negin Farsad: How To Make White People Laugh

Thursday, June 16th, 2016 - Thursday, June 16th, 2016, 6/16/16, 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

First Congregational Church of Oakland
2501 Harrison St

In Oakland

KPFA Radio 94.1FM & Project Censored present:

NEGIN FARSAD
"How To Make White People Laugh"
Hosted by Malihe Razazan

"How To Make White People Laugh" is the first book by the writer, director and star of the hit documentary "The Muslims Are Coming!" Her autobiographical essays about growing up Iranian-American in a post 9/11 world reveal the power of comedy to combat racism. In this candid, often hilarious book, Farsad reveals her personal experience being the "other" in a contemporary American culture that often fears anything deemed foreign. She confides a youthful longing to be African-American or Mexican at various points.

Writing bluntly about the elements of race we are often too politically correct to discuss, Farsad takes a long and clarifying look at the iconography that still shapes our concepts of "Black" or "White" or "Muslim" - and what happens when white culture defines everything. She explores what it means to have a hyphenated identity. She discusses how we can effectively combat racism, stereotyping, and exclusion. Her particular genius is in openly confronting these issues with wit, humor, and incisive intellect.

Negin Farsad was named by the Huffington Post one of "the 50 Funniest Women." Her comedic routines often featured frank, sharp-witted views on politics, sex and the cultural dynamics of navigating her Iranian family.

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

Presented by KPFA Radio 94.1 FM.

$12 advance, $15 door.

Kagero-za (Seijun Suzuki, Japan, 1981)

Thursday, June 16th, 2016 - Thursday, June 16th, 2016, 7PM

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

In Berkeley

According to critic Tony Rayns, Kagero-za “may well be Suzuki’s finest achievement outside the constraints of genre filmmaking.” In this hallucinatory adaptation of work by the Taisho era writer Kyoka Izumi, a mysterious woman invites Matsuzaki, a playwright, to another city for a romantic rendezvous. While Matsuzaki is on his way, his patron appears on the train, claiming to be en route to witness a love suicide between a married woman and her lover. Reality, fantasy, life, and afterlife blend together in Kagero-za—most spectacularly in the grand finale, in which Matsuzaki finds his life morphing into a deranged theatrical extravaganza.

Part of The Films of Seijun Suzuki at BAMPFA.

Free gallery admission with same-day film ticket!

Under Electric Clouds (Aleksey German Jr., Russia/Ukraine/Polant, 2015)

Friday, June 17th, 2016 - Wednesday, June 29th, 2016, 06/17 @ 7:30PM | 06/20 @ 7:30PM | 06/29 @ 7PM

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

In Berkeley

Bay Area Premiere!

“Everything is in chaos,” fittingly notes a character in Aleksey German, Jr.’s science-fiction look at a not-so-futuristic Russia. The film is set exactly one hundred years after the Russian Revolution amid a ruined, unfinished skyscraper, where assorted souls wander in grief, anger, or merely confusion. The son of cult filmmaker Aleksey German (Khrustaliov, My Car!), German finished his late father’s final masterpiece, Hard to Be a God, while creating this epic work. Under Electric Clouds is similarly infused with German Sr.’s blend of narrative delirium, outrage at social conditions, and expansive, mind-altering cinematography, which won an award at the 2015 Berlin Film Festival.

Free gallery admission with same-day film ticket!

Paper Shrine Workshop

Saturday, June 18th, 2016 - Saturday, June 18th, 2016, 2PM

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

In Berkeley

Inspired by Michael Jackson's music video "Leave Me Alone," featuring an homage to his icon, Elizabeth Taylor, Art Lab facilitator Dana Dart-McClean leads a collage and drawing workshop to make a pop-up paper shrine. Bring a photo of a friend or icon to place in your shrine. Local musician Catherine Mehta will activate the shrines for us by performing an original composition at the conclusion of the workshop.

Included with BAMPFA admission.

The American Friend (Wim Wenders, West Germany, 1977)

Saturday, June 18th, 2016 - Saturday, June 18th, 2016, 6PM

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

In Berkeley

Wenders’s first “commercial” film merges his usual steadily presented musings on European identity, American culture, and cinema with some surprising new ingredients, from pulp-thriller source material—Patricia Highsmith’s Ripley’s Game—to a star turn from the manic, ever-destabilizing Dennis Hopper. A dying clockmaker (Bruno Ganz) meets a seedy American (Hopper, of course) who promises to take care of the man’s family after he dies, provided that Ganz “take care” of a mob hit. Neo-noir by way of European arthouse, The American Friend shows its inspirations through its wide-ranging cameos, from Nicholas Ray to Samuel Fuller, Jean Eustache to Daniel Schmid.

Part of Wim Wenders: Portraits Along the Road at BAMPFA.

Free gallery-admission with same-day film ticket!

Yumeji (Seijun Suzuki, Japan, 1991)

Saturday, June 18th, 2016 - Saturday, June 18th, 2016, 8:30PM

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

In Berkeley

Suzuki’s final film of his Taisho Trilogy (with Zigeunerweisen and Kagero-za) spins a fantastical tale from the life of a historical figure. Takehisa Yumeji (1884–1934) was an artist known as much for his paintings of beautiful women as for his bohemian lifestyle. The Yumeji of Suzuki’s film is a serial seducer haunted by thoughts of his own death while pursuing ideals of beauty in his art. Traveling to Kanazawa to meet his lover, he instead falls for a widow whose murdered husband inconveniently returns from the dead. Love, desire, life, and death collapse into one another as Yumeji’s art takes on an uncanny existence of its own.

Part of The Films of Seijun Suzuki at BAMPFA.

Free gallery admission with same-day film ticket!

Tom Rigney & Flambeau

Saturday, June 18th, 2016 - Saturday, June 18th, 2016, Lesson at 8:00 pm; Show at 9:00 pm

Ashkenaz
1307 San Pablo Ave.

In Berkeley

Tickets are $15 / $10 Student. Cajun/Zydeco dance lesson at 8:00 pm; Show at 9:00 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://www.eventbrite.com/e/tom-rigney-flambeau-tickets-25440281567

Your Song My Song

Sunday, June 19th, 2016 - Sunday, June 19th, 2016, 3 - 4:30pm

Ashkenaz
1307 San Pablo Ave.

In Berkeley

Tickets are $6 Kids / $8 Adults. Ashkenaz is always all ages!

A full sextet for today’s family affair, Your Song My Song doesn’t wear clown suits or blow up balloon animals; the energetic band’s songs and show are more than enough to engage kids, especially younger children. Their fast-paced performances run the gamut from nursery favorites to Beatles hits, as core founders Jaime Currier and Eric Hart draw on their experiences as teachers at Step One School and Habitot (as well as leading kids’ theater and stage projects) to cram a full afternoon’s entertainment into 90 minutes. The rest of the colorful band is violinist and singer Rainbow Rubin, saxophonist-bassist Hank Ibser, drummer Nick Jackson, and bassist Joe Shaughnessy. Expect familiar and fresh tunes, including “Old MacDonald” and “Slippery Fish,” family-friendly rock songs, and originals from the group’s CD, “Off the Blue.”

http://www.eventbrite.com/e/sunny-sundays-kids-series-your-song-my-song-tickets-25271153701

Paper Pushers - Artist Talk and Closing Tea

Sunday, June 19th, 2016 - Sunday, June 19th, 2016, 3-6pm

The Compound Gallery
1167 65th st.

In Oakland

Artist talk and closing tea for Paper Pushers.

Paper Pushers showcases works on paper by esteemed artists across the nation. Works in letterpress, screen printing, block prints, illustration in an array of themes including: animals, the figure, biology, and pop, skate and surf culture manifest upon paper substrate.

Featuring work by: Carlos Hernandez, CR Stecyk III, Elizabeth McGrath, Karen Hsaio, Kevin Bradley, Laura Jane Hamilton, Martin Mazorra, Miso.

The Long Voyage Home (John Ford, US, 1940)

Sunday, June 19th, 2016 - Sunday, June 19th, 2016, 5PM

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

In Berkeley

Ford’s episodic maritime drama, based on early works by Eugene O’Neill, follows a freighter bound from the West Indies to England bearing a cargo of ammunition during World War II. The comradely crew—including Thomas Mitchell as a pugnacious Irishman, Ian Hunter as an English alcoholic, and John Wayne as a sensitive Swede yearning for home—endures storms, strife, German bombs, and Cockney kidnappers. But the movie’s most compelling drama comes from the cinematography by Gregg Toland (who went on to shoot Citizen Kane), with its fathom-deep focus and highlights glinting like foam on the darkest of seas.

Part of the UCLA Festival of Preservation at BAMPFA.

Free gallery admission with same-day film ticket!

African Guitar Summit

Sunday, June 19th, 2016 - Sunday, June 19th, 2016, 7:00 pm

Ashkenaz
1307 San Pablo Ave.

In Berkeley

Tickets are $18 Advance / $20 Day of show. Ashkenaz is always all ages!

African Guitar Summit
Indulge in the sounds of the finest Canadian guitarists of African origin – 2005 Juno Award winners for World Music Album of the Year – African Guitar Summit. This star-studded collective unites the talents of 6 musicians, each an expert in their individual style and together creating musical magic with African Guitar Summit. Experience live this superb and unique achievement for African music; the mix of musicians who are distinct in cultural backgrounds and languages yet sharing stories and singing each other’s praises, the inspiration of these skilled hands and voices joined in common to reach the summit…A truly incredible experience! African Guitar Summit features: From Guinea, the smooth fire of Juno Award winner Alpha YaYa Diallo; from Madagascar, the quicksilver guitars and harmonies of Donne Roberts and multiple Juno Award winner Madagascar Slim, and the heartbeat of drummer Kofi Ackah from Ghana. They are backed by electric bass and ballafon, the African marimba played by Naby Camara from Guinea. Their debut CD “African Guitar Summit” was honoured with a Juno as World Music Album of the Year at the 2005 Juno Awards in April. Their second album, "African Guitar Summit II", garnered a 2007 Juno award nomination in the same category.

http://www.eventbrite.com/e/african-guitar-summit-tickets-25271300139

The Left-Handed Woman (Peter Handke, West Germany, 1978)

Sunday, June 19th, 2016 - Sunday, June 19th, 2016, 7:15PM

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

In Berkeley

Wenders produced this exquisite film written and directed by Peter Handke. "A married woman living in the suburbs of Paris separates from her husband and begins adjusting to a life alone. As the banal particulars of her daily routine proceed in a rigorously poetic fashion, every spoken word and gesture feels deliberate and momentous. With its austere compositions, minimal camera movement, and delicately restrained performances by Edith Clever and Bruno Ganz, The Left-Handed Woman is a powerful meditation on autonomy, self-preservation, and liberation. Handke cited Chantal Akerman as a key influence . . . though [the films of] Yasujiro Ozu seem equally apt (MoMA).

Part of Wim Wenders: Portraits Along the Road at BAMPFA.

Free gallery admission with same-day film ticket!

FULL: Duos

Monday, June 20th, 2016 - Monday, June 20th, 2016, 7PM

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

In Berkeley

When musicians pair up, a special intimacy arises that can’t be matched by larger groups. Overmorrow Duo, Cal alumnae Christina Jarvis Simpson (viola) and Mosa Tsay (cello), performs contemporary works to fill our new space. Soprano Kate Petersen and pianist Russell Norman bring an exciting and varied program of vocal music, both new and old. DunkelpeK—Nava Dunkelman on percussion and Jakob Pek on guitar, piano, and miscellany—interweaves countless dimensions of vibration, offering listeners a visceral, syncretic experience of sound and silence.

As part of tonight’s Full event, a local poet is reading their work. It’s happening somewhere in the BAMPFA building, but we aren’t going to tell you where – think of it as a literary scavenger hunt. Tonight we welcome Cheena Marie Lo, a genderqueer poet based in Oakland. Their first book, A Series of Un/Natural/Disasters, was recently published by Commune Editions. They currently coordinate a youth art program at California College of the arts, and coedit the literary journal HOLD. The Full poetry series is co-organized by Sara Wintz.

Included with BAMPFA admission. Please note, seating is very limited.

Summer Shakespeare Conservatory 4-week

Monday, June 20th, 2016 - Monday, June 20th, 2016, June 20-July 15, 9am-3pm

Oakland School for the Arts
530 18th St.

In Oakland

Cal Shakes' Summer Shakespeare Conservatory for ages 8-18 offers a theater experience rooted in the same passion for artistic exploration and excellence that guides our award-winning Main Stage productions.

We foster self-expression and artistic discipline to engage students in the theater-making process: In the dynamic study and physical experience of developing some of literature's greatest characters, our students also develop their own.

Participants spend the morning playing and creating in a wide variety of theater disciplines, taught by working theater professionals.

Afternoons are spent in rehearsals. The experience culminates in Shakespeare performances for family and friends at the end of the program.

Presented by California Shakespeare Theater.

$1400.

BluesBox Bayou Band

Tuesday, June 21st, 2016 - Tuesday, June 21st, 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 8:00 pm; Show at 8:30 pm. Ashkenaz is always all ages!

The BluesBox Bayou Band adds swamp beat boogie and blues to Louisiana dance grooves to create its own Americana/Cajun/zydeco sound. Based in Sonora, the BBBB has built its chops and fan base over more than 15 years of performing, including gigs at fundraisers and festivals from the Sacramento Jazz Jubilee to the Gilroy Garlic Festival and the Isleton Crawdad Festival. Singer and accordionist Pete (PD) Grimaldi formed the band in 1996 after a stint as a promoter of shows in hometown Modesto by acts from Queen Ida and Buckwheat Zydeco to Tom Rigney. That exposure to music from Louisiana and beyond inspired Grimaldi to pick up the squeezebox himself and put his own spin on “roots music.” The current BBBB also features Pete’s brother Frank Grimaldi on lead guitar, bassist and singer Julie Johnson, and a rotating cast of friends including drummer Peter DeMattos and rubboard player Deb Krilanovich.

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Stu Allen & Mars Hotel

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016 - Wednesday, June 22nd, 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.

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Terry McMillan: I Almost Forgot About You

Thursday, June 23rd, 2016 - Thursday, June 23rd, 2016, 6/23/16, 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

First Congregational Church of Oakland
2501 Harrison St

In Oakland

KPFA Radio 94.1FM and Marcus Books present:

An Evening with TERRY McMILLAN
"I Almost Forgot About You"
Hosted by Sabrina Jacobs

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

"Terry McMillan's novels have always been about telling the uncensored truth about friends, family, lovers, and oneself. Through addictively revealing conversations...McMillan's narrator is the ideal running commentator on what smart women do to reach the pinnacle of success and what they must do to get the hell out before it's too late. It's a story about both reinvention and acceptances, told in McMillan's quintessential voice, now even more expansive, prismatically perceptive, and laugh-aloud generous in how we talk about love and all its wonders."
-Amy Tan, New York Times bestselling author of The Joy Luck Club and The Valley of Amazement

For nearly thirty years Terry McMillan has been entertaining readers with novels bursting with warmth, humor, and a fearless, tell-it-like-it-is honesty. Beginning with her acclaimed debut novel, Mama, her New York Times bestselling books include Waiting to Exhale, A Day Late and a Dollar Short, The interruption of Everything, How Stella Got Her Groove Back, Getting to Happy , Disappearing Acts, and now I Almost Forgot About You, a bold, inspiring story of second chances and next chapters.

Readers will find her signature charm, acerbic wit, and spot-on depictions of modern life and culture on full display.

Host Sabrina Jacobs is the volunteer host and producer of A Rude Awakening, a cultural and political affairs show aired on KPFA. Prior to her own show, she got her start as an intern six years ago and moved on to news reporting.

Presented by KPFA Radio 94.1 FM.

$12 advance, $15 door.

The State of Things (Wim Wenders, West Germany, 1982)

Thursday, June 23rd, 2016 - Thursday, June 23rd, 2016, 7PM

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

In Berkeley

Stuck while his Hollywood film Hammett was on hiatus, Wenderscreated this self-reflective film-within-a-film about, of course, a filmmaker stuck on a Hollywood project. The film moves from the rocky Portuguese coast, where crew members wait out some very long days and nights as their science-fiction movie grinds to a halt, to Hollywood, where the film’s director tries to find funding to continue. “The State of Things is a film about filmmaking,” Wenders explains; Complete with cameos from Samuel Fuller, Roger Corman, Robert Kramer, and the Warhol superstar Viva, it won Best Film at the 1982 Venice Film Festival.

Part of Wim Wenders: Portraits Along the Road at BAMPFA.

Free gallery admission with same-day film ticket!

Atash

Thursday, June 23rd, 2016 - Thursday, June 23rd, 2016, 8:30 pm

Ashkenaz
1307 San Pablo Ave.

In Berkeley

Tickets are $15. Ashkenaz is always all ages!

Voted Best World Music Band for the past six years in a row in its home base of Austin, Texas, Atash combines master musicians from around the globe to create a powerful, worldly original sound that inspires people of all ages and from all walks of life to dance and commune in a celebration of life. With world fusion songs that are ever-changing, the band has been compared to the Grateful Dead in its improvisatory approach and has been referred to as “Grateful Dead Can Dance.” Beyond Austin, Atash has spread its message of love and peace on the East and West coasts and in Taiwan, China, Spain, and México. Although this is its first local appearance in a long time, a decade back Atash visited Ashkenaz and also played at the How Berkeley Can You Be? Festival. Atash has issued three CDs, including the latest, “Everything Is Music.” Most of the lyrics are sung in Farsi, but other languages and non-languages are mixed in.

The band members truly are a fusion of world roots, with members hailing from Cuba, Iran, India, West Africa, and the U.S.: Singer-percussionist Mohammad Firoozi, violinist/music director Roberto Riggio, bassist Dylan Jones, violinist John Moon, sitar player Indrajit Banerjee, djembe drummer Aboubacar Sylla, flamenco guitarist José Manuel Tejeda, and drumset player Chris Hausler.

http://www.eventbrite.com/e/atash-tickets-25272455595

The Lusty Men (Nicholas Ray, US, 1952)

Friday, June 24th, 2016 - Sunday, June 26th, 2016, 06/24 @ 6:30PM | 06/26 @ 7:30PM

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

In Berkeley

The Lusty Men is less a “man’s film” than a melancholy and moving critique of masculine values, set against an authentic rodeo background. Ray, in his observation of a complex triangle involving a former rodeo champion (Robert Mitchum), his cowboy protégé (Arthur Kennedy), and the cowboy’s wife (Susan Hayward), casts two American prototypes—the itinerant outsider and the homesteader—against one another, with a third, the fifties housewife, caught in between. Typically, Ray finds the loneliness inherent in each position. Ray said, “I felt that it had a kind of poetry and a reality of human relations that was quite accurate.”

Free gallery admission with same-day film ticket!

Lightning Over Water (Nicholas Ray, Wim Wenders, US/West Germany, 1980)

Friday, June 24th, 2016 - Friday, June 24th, 2016, 8:45PM

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

In Berkeley

When Nicholas Ray and Wim Wenders decided to make a film together, Ray had already undergone surgery for cancer. It was only after shooting began that the two directors fixed on the idea of taking their real-life situation as the film’s fiction: Wenders and Ray deciding to make a film with and about each other. Then, as Ray’s strength failed, it became, in his words, “a film about a man who wants to bring himself all together before he dies, a regaining of self-esteem.” Through his work with Wenders and the film crew, Ray transformed his dying into an act of collaboration.

Part of Wim Wenders: Portraits Along the Road at BAMPFA.

Free gallery admission with same-day film ticket!

Paa Kow

Friday, June 24th, 2016 - Friday, June 24th, 2016, 9:00 pm

Ashkenaz
1307 San Pablo Ave.

In Berkeley

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

Paa Kow is an internationally renowned drum set player, bandleader, composer, and music teacher. Growing up in the small village of Enyan Denkyira near Cape Coast in Ghana, West Africa, he began to play music and tour with his family’s concert band at an early age. As he grew, so did his talent. Paa Kow became famous in the region as the “small-boy drummer.” He says, “Music was everything I wanted and I followed my dreams.” In his early teens he left home and was soon playing with Ghanaian pop star Amakye Dede, and eventually with an array of West Africa’s best musicians, throughout Africa and Europe. He has since grown to be widely recognized as one of the most remarkable drum set players to tour in Africa, Europe, and America.

In his travels he met by chance a University of Colorado (Boulder) student, Peyton Shuffield, who was looking for a highlife drummer to study with. Through that friendship, in 2007 Paa Kow was invited to the University of Colorado as a guest artist and teacher. There he put together his Afro-Fusion orchestra and in 2012 released the double-disc album “Hand Go Hand Come.”

http://www.eventbrite.com/e/paa-kow-tickets-23943637063

FFYC's Open House and 125th Birthday Party Blast!

Saturday, June 25th, 2016 - Saturday, June 25th, 2016, 11AM to 3PM

Fred Finch Youth Center Oakland Campus
3800 Coolidge Ave.

In Oakland

Fred Finch Youth Center’s Open House and 125th Birthday Party Blast! :
Free Carnival; Free Food; Free Family Fun!
Saturday, June 25, 2016 : 11AM-3PM
3800 Coolidge Ave. Oakland CA 94602
FREE
Travel through time with Fred Finch Youth Center in celebration of our 125th year of providing services for children and families. As you stroll through our 8 acre park-like campus you can:

• Win prizes as you test your strength or play a game of ring toss at an 1890’s carnival. Enjoy hot dogs, sno-cones and cotton candy provided by costumed vendors. Listen to live music while interacting with clowns and stilt walkers. Get your face painted or pose for an old-fashioned photograph.

• Grab a bag of popcorn and let our 1930’s movie ushers seat you for a classic motion picture written by our most famous resident, William Saroyan. Choose from The Best Years of our Lives starring James Cagney or The Human Comedy starring Mickey Rooney. Prefer something shorter? Enjoy a classic episode of Rin-Tin-Tin whose owner and trainer also resided at Fred Finch Children’s Home.

• Take a tour of Avalon School and leave a message on our giant chalkboard or add your artwork to our bulletin board. Leave the classroom for a 1950’s style recess complete with HulaHoops, jump rope and a Rock Around the Clock cake walk.

• Learn about the great work that continues at Fred Finch Youth Center with a multi-media presentation and exhibit and stop by our newest program, the Rising Harte Wellness Center for a little stress relief.

Spring Night, Summer Night (J. L. Anderson, US, 1967)

Saturday, June 25th, 2016 - Saturday, June 25th, 2016, 6:30PM

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

In Berkeley

“Shot on location in rural southeastern Ohio . . . Spring Night brings poetry to its death-trap portrait of small-town America. . . . Carl and Jessie, the eldest children in an extended brood, see the grinding trajectory of their lives laid out: from carefree youth to embittered adulthood to forgotten old age. . . . Hungering for escape, they rebel against the ties that bind them to this place and to each other through an illicit act of love” (Paul Malcolm). This lost-and-found classic of American independent cinema is presented in the director’s original cut.

Part of the UCLA Festival of Preservation at BAMPFA.

Free gallery admission with same-day film ticket!

Pistol Opera (Seijun Suzuki, Japan, 2001)

Saturday, June 25th, 2016 - Saturday, June 25th, 2016, 8:15PM

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

In Berkeley

When producer Satoru Ogura suggested Suzuki make a sequel to his most notorious film, Branded to Kill, the result was this eye-popping action extravaganza, which is less a sequel than a compact retrospective of Suzuki’s style and themes, updated with CGI effects and infused with the metaphysical concerns of the Taisho Trilogy. Assassin Stray Cat battles her way to the top of her guild against characters such as Painless Surgeon and the mysterious number one killer, Hundred Eyes. Pistol Opera proves that, even in his seventies, Suzuki’s creativity was still firing on all cylinders.

Part of The Films of Seijun Suzuki at BAMPFA.

Free gallery admission with same-day film ticket!

Fallen Heroes, Rising Stars: A Juneteenth Celebration Through Dance

Saturday, June 25th, 2016 - Saturday, June 25th, 2016, June 25, 2016 at 2pm and 8pm

Oakland Impact Hub
2323 Broadway

In Oakland

The 7th annual celebration features powerhouse performances honoring musical greats and civic leaders whose legacies continue to inform and inspire. The all-star cast includes former members of renown dance companies such as Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Martha Graham Company, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company, as well as Broadway-stage veterans. Reflecting GWDC's mission, all of the Juneteenth performers are retired or semi-retired professional dancers, and all are over 40. Their electrifying performances will include tributes to Natalie Cole, Phife Dawg, Nina Simone, Prince and more.

"Fallen Heroes, Rising Stars: A Juneteenth Celebration Through Dance" pays homage to the oldest known celebration commemorating the end of slavery in the United States - Juneteenth. On June 19, 1865 enslaved people in Texas were informed by Union soldiers that the Civil War had ended and they were free. The news came two and a half years after President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation.

GWDC's production reflects the larger themes of the Juneteenth holiday: jubilation, self-development, respect for all cultures and the betterment of community. The show is an accessible, inspiring and family-friendly evening of dance, music and American history. As part of GWDC's commitment to exposing diverse peoples to concert dance, concert tickets and master classes will be donated to low income children, survivors of domestic violence and organizations that advocate for the underserved.

"Through the arts we have a huge opportunity to change people's awareness and impact cross-cultural relations. This work has a solid effect on the community, encouraging people of all backgrounds to come together, learn, share and grow. By raising awareness of African American struggles and triumphs, it highlights the joy and common experiences that we all share as Americans." - GWDC Artistic Director, Tonya Marie Amos

Presented by Grown Women Dance Collective.

$25-$40.

Mostly Kosher co-presented by KlezCalifornia

Saturday, June 25th, 2016 - Saturday, June 25th, 2016, Lesson at 8:00 pm; Show at 8:30 pm

Ashkenaz
1307 San Pablo Ave.

In Berkeley

$12 Advance / $15 Day of show / $10 groups of 8+. Klezmer dance lesson with Bruce Bierman at 8:00 pm; Show at 8:30 pm. Ashkenaz is always all ages!

Mostly Kosher is an award-winning Jewish cultural revival band based in Southern California. The ensemble mixes traditional songs with band originals. As director Leeav Sofer explains, “The music is the concept of renewing the old, yet exploring new horizons. From fusing old American folk tunes with Gypsy dances, and bringing Brazilian samba into 1920 theater songs, or even combining tango and hip-hop to create a vast array of soundscapes!” The group has taken its upbeat dance tunes and plaintive Yiddish melodies from a standing-room-only show at the Orange County Yiddish Festival to exuberant performances at the Skirball Cultural Center, John Anson Ford Theater, and the Gene Autry Museum.

Directed by the multi-talented clarinetist, pianist, and singer Sofer, Mostly Kosher also includes violinist Janice Mautner Markham, drummer Eric Hagstrom, bassist Adam Levy, trumpeter and accordionist Michael Bolger, trombonist Mike King, singer-percussionist Casey Solow, and guitarist Skip Heller. The group came about by accident. Five years ago Sofer, a college music student, played piano at a wedding and mistakenly committed himself to providing a klezmer band for a concert. Only, he had no band. He hurriedly recruited his friends and colleagues, and after the successful performance and researching the musical culture of Yiddish and klezmer, the group was off. But when the band performed for a room of Holocaust survivors, Mostly Kosher’s commitment was intensified. Some of the audience members had not heard the old Yiddish tunes performed in almost 60 years – it was then that the depth of the music reached deep into the hearts of the players. The passion behind Mostly Kosher’s performances is driven by reviving the music of the past and bringing it to the world today.

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Heavy Breathing #1: Public Productions with Stephanie Syjuco

Sunday, June 26th, 2016 - Sunday, June 26th, 2016, 2PM

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

In Berkeley

Extending through November, Heavy Breathing is a monthly series of events combining physical exercise and critical discourse by Lisa Rybovich Crallé and Sophia Wang. For the first session, an experimental workshop, artist Stephanie Syjuco leads participants through a series of physical exercises and activities to transform modeling materials into vernacular versions of iconic objects that comment upon craft, quality, and capitalism.

Family Square Dance featuring More Pretty Girls Than One with caller Robin Fischer

Sunday, June 26th, 2016 - Sunday, June 26th, 2016, 3-4:30 pm

Ashkenaz
1307 San Pablo Ave.

In Berkeley

Tickets are $6 Kids / $8 Adults. Ashkenaz is always all ages!

Family square dance is a great way for the whole gang to have fun dancing together in a casual setting. No experience is necessary, and all ages are welcome. Caller Robin Fischer teaches the dances from scratch and prompts the moves all the way through, with some dances that even babes in arms can do! Foot-stomping fiddle music is provided by More Pretty Girls Than One.

More Pretty Girls Than One is a Bay Area-based, all-female string band featuring Lauren Leverone on fiddle, Anna Whalen on banjo, Michelle Yu on bass, and Leslie Keir on guitar. In regular rotation at the North Oakland Square Dance, these women deliver old-time music that is sweet, lively, and daring. More Pretty Girls Than One also played the family dance for the Berkeley Old Time Music Convention in 2015.

Robin Fischer is a dance caller, old-time music lover, and in-demand fiddle teacher for kids and adults. She loves calling pretty much anywhere live fiddle and banjo music happens to be and getting newbies out on the dance floor. You might remember her from the Ashkenaz Soggy Sundays family dance last year!

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White Zombie & The Crime of Doctor Crespi - Double Feature!

Sunday, June 26th, 2016 - Sunday, June 26th, 2016, 5PM

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

In Berkeley

WHITE ZOMBIE
Victor Halperin (US, 1932)
On the undead heels of Dracula, Bela Lugosi and his lugubrious stare are transported from Transylvania to the West Indies for another sensational tale. The proprietor of a sugar mill staffed by zombie laborers (“they are not worried about long hours”), Lugosi helps a plantation owner entrance an innocent young bride, a conquest that proves curiously unsatisfying. With its throbbing tribal drums, Gothic shadows, and ludicrously yet appropriately stilted acting, White Zombie set a precedent for many films to follow. It serves up its allegory of enslavement surprisingly raw—exploitation as both genre and subject matter.

THE CRIME OF DOCTOR CRESPI
John H. Auer (US, 1935)
Edgar Allan Poe goes Poverty Row in this sinister cheapie starring Erich von Stroheim in high Man You Love to Hate mode. A famous surgeon with an office full of ominous beakers, Doctor Crespi (Stroheim) agrees to take the case of a former friend and romantic rival who has been gravely injured in an accident. His apparent altruism is a cover for a diabolical revenge: suffice it to say that the treatment leads to complications.

Part of the UCLA Festival of Preservation at BAMPFA.

Free gallery admission with same-day film ticket!

An Evening with Grammy Award Winner Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys

Tuesday, June 28th, 2016 - Tuesday, June 28th, 2016, Lesson at 8:00 pm; Show at 8:30 pm

Ashkenaz
1307 San Pablo Ave.

In Berkeley

Tickets are $18 Student and Advance / $20 Day of show. Cajun/Zydeco dance lesson at 8:00 pm; Show at 8:30 pm. Ashkenaz is always all ages!

Grammy Award-winning Cajun accordionist Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys return to our stage after a 12-year absence, although they’ve been very busy in the interim, racking up four Grammy nominations for the band and touring seemingly everywhere. Now in their 26th year, the Mamou Playboys play their own version of roots Cajun music from their Southern Louisiana home area, chronicled on 13 albums including the most recent, “Grand Isle.” Riley is a Grammy Award-winner for the self-titled recording by the Cajun all-star band “The Band Courtboullion” with Wayne Toups and Wilson Savoy. It was produced by Joel Savoy for his record label, Valcour (Joel will play on our stage in his band with Jesse Lége on June 24).

Riley formed the Mamou Playboys in 1988 after he met David Greely at the Savoy Music Center in Eunice, Louisiana (the home of Cajun greats Marc and Ann Savoy). They put together a band that played for some years in Baton Rouge, quickly attracting attention and dancers for their stunningly fresh take on Cajun French music from the backwaters of Southwest Louisiana. Their reputation spread as they began issuing CDs and touring. The current Mamou Playboys feature Riley on Cajun accordion and vocals, former Bay Area bluegrass-Cajun fiddle star Kevin Wimmer, guitarist Sam Broussard, drummer Kevin Dugas, and bassist Brazos Huval.

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Jane Smiley: Golden Age

Wednesday, June 29th, 2016 - Wednesday, June 29th, 2016, 6/29/16, 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:

JANE SMILEY
"Golden Age"
Hosted by Kris Welch

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

From the winner of the Pulitzer Prize: the much-anticipated final volume of her acclaimed American trilogy - a richly absorbing new novel that brings the remarkable Langdon family into our present times and beyond. Combining intimate drama, emotional suspense, and a full command of history, Golden Age brings to a magnificent conclusion the century-spanning portrait of this unforgettable family-and the dynamic times in which they've loved, lived, and died: a crowning literary achievement from a beloved master of American storytelling.

Jane Smiley is the author of numerous novels, including A Thousand Acres, which was awarded the Pulitzer Prize, and most recently, Some Luck and Early Warning, the first volumes of The Last Hundred Years trilogy. She is also the author of five works of nonfiction and a series of books for young adults. A member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, she has received the PEN USA Lifetime Achievement Award for Literature. She lives in Northern California.

"Golden Age takes readers from 1987 up to 2020, lending a prophetic eye to the world beyond the pages. There's much to admire: Smiley's attention to detail in each and every year; her knowledge of politics, environmentalism, and genetics; her humor; her stripped back prose. ... Smiley chronicles 20th-century life like few have, with the same scope and fastidiousness of Phillip Roth, Saul Bellow, and John Updike." -Miami New Times

Kris Welch is a veteran KPFA on-air host, a mother, and a grandmother.

Presented by KPFA Radio 94.1 FM.

$12 advance, $15 door.

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.

Princess Raccoon (Seijun Suzuki, Japan, 2005)

Thursday, June 30th, 2016 - Thursday, June 30th, 2016, 7PM

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

In Berkeley

It's hard to believe we've had the pleasure of watching Seijun Suzuki movies for almost fifty years. What's even more remarkable is that his films have remained as youthfully nutty as they were in the sixties. His new musical Princess Raccoon is a love story of sorts, between a man and an animal. But there's no bestiality here—this animal is played by the stunning Zhang Ziyi, who is a tanuki, a raccoon-like creature that can change shape and impersonate just about anything, including a human (if you saw Isao Takahata's Pom Poko at PFA last summer, you'll know all about tanukis). The object of her affection is Prince Amechiyo (Joe Odagiri, also starring in The House of Himiko, SFIFF 2006). It seems that Amechiyo's father, Lord of Castle Grace, is more than a little taken with his own handsomeness and banishes Amechiyo to the wilderness when his in-house witch informs him that Amechiyo is soon to be even better looking than his father. But banishment could be worse, since the comely Princess Raccoon discovers him and whisks him back to her castle. This being a Suzuki movie, don't go looking for much more plot—Japan's premier trickster would rather rescue us from such mundanities. Instead, glory in the spectacular production design and cheerful wackiness of this anything-goes pop opera, replete with singing frogs, a dancing ska band (skabuki?), a plethora of multi-mythical characters, and images ranging from the whimsical to the profound. It's all terrific fun, especially if you just pretend those subtitles are bouncing-ball sing-along lyrics and join in.

Part of The Films of Seijun Suzuki at BAMPFA.

Free gallery admission with same-day film ticket!

Shrek The Musical

Friday, July 8th, 2016 - Sunday, July 17th, 2016, 8 pm (weekends)

Woodminster Amphitheater
Joaquin Miller Park, 3300 Joaquin Miller Road

In Oakland

Performances July 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17, at 8 pm.

Based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks film, Shrek The Musical is a musical fairy tale adventure about a lovable ogre, a wisecracking donkey, and a feisty princess. Performed under the stars by a big cast and live professional orchestra, in historic Woodminster Amphitheater in Oakland's Joaquin Miller Park. Come early and enjoy a hike on the hillside trails, beautiful bay views, and picnic with your family or sweetheart! Shrek opens the 50th season of the Woodminster Summer Musicals, Oakland's "good old summertime" experience, a treat for all ages. (Ask about senior, youth, and group discounts and our Kids Come Free program!)

Summer Shakespeare Conservatory 2-week

Monday, July 18th, 2016 - Monday, July 18th, 2016, July 18-July 29, 9am-3pm

Oakland School for the Arts
530 18th St.

In Oakland

Cal Shakes' Summer Shakespeare Conservatory for ages 8-18 offers a theater experience rooted in the same passion for artistic exploration and excellence that guides our award-winning Main Stage productions.

We foster self-expression and artistic discipline to engage students in the theater-making process: In the dynamic study and physical experience of developing some of literature's greatest characters, our students also develop their own.

Participants spend the morning playing and creating in a wide variety of theater disciplines, taught by working theater professionals.

Afternoons are spent in rehearsals. The experience culminates in Shakespeare performances for family and friends at the end of the program.

Presented by California Shakespeare Theater.

$700.

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

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.

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.



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