Being Seen

Thursday, September 6th, 2018 - Saturday, October 27th, 2018, Thursday—Saturday 12—5p + by appt

SLATE contemporary
473 25th Street

In Oakland

SLATE contemporary is pleased to present Being Seen: a photography exhibition that explores themes of identity, anonymity, privacy, and space. Richard Koci Hernandez has been practicing street photography for decades, favoring low-tech media such as pin-hole cameras, Holgas, and, more recently, the iPhone to create mysterious images of the urban landscape and people on the move. Barbara Kyne‘s series At the Museum takes the subject of viewers looking at art as its own subject. Sherry Karver‘s work tackles themes of loneliness and alienation in our fast-paced society, the concept of personal identity and the loss of it, and the individual as part of the crowd.

Artist Talk + Tour: September 7 | 6:30 pm during Oakland Art Murmur’s First Friday

Catherine Wagner: Archæology in Reverse

Saturday, September 8th, 2018 - Sunday, December 9th, 2018, Museum hours are Tuesday-Sunday 11:00 am-4:00 pm and Wednesday 11:00 am-7: 30 pm.

Mills College Art Museum
5000 Macarthur Blvd

In Oakland

Catherine Wagner: Archæology in Reverse
September 8–December 9, 2018
Opening Reception: Saturday, September 8, 2018 | 5:00-7:00 PM

Mills College Art Museum is pleased to announce Archæology in Reverse, a series of new, immersive site-specific installations and photographs developed by Catherine Wagner, Nancy Cook Chair of Photography at Mills College. Working with architecture practice modem (Nicholas de Monchaux and Kathryn Moll) Archæology in Reverse highlights the extraordinary architectural space of the Museum through sculptural installations, site-specific interventions, photographs and documentation of site-specific choreography by Molissa Fenley realized on video by Michael Mersereau. The exhibition is accompanied by a full-color publication.

Focused on the intellectual and physical frame of the art museum, Catherine Wagner’s ambitious project exposes normally unseen corners of Mills College Art Museum (MCAM). Wagner’s previous photographic and public art works reveal architecture as a source of social construction, particularly in museums where architecture frames and guides how visitors see and interact with objects that inhabit the space. Refocusing the attention and experience of the viewer, Archæology in Reverse explores the museum as a cultural, social, and experiential lens.

32nd Annual Emeryville Art Exhibition

Saturday, October 6th, 2018 - Sunday, October 28th, 2018, 11am - 6pm

5700 Horton Street
5700 Horton Street

In Emeryville

The 32nd Annual Emeryville Art Exhibition celebrates the work of Emeryville artists and includes paintings, sculpture, photographs, prints, textiles, ceramics, glass works and poetry. The sheer number and array of artists living or working in Emeryville illustrates the city's cultural vibrancy and provides an impressive creative pool that continues to create new and exciting works. The 2018 exhibition features 165 works from 115 artists, representing the largest group show in its 32-year history. The individual pieces demonstrate the diversity of Emeryville artists and show their engagement with a host of aesthetic, political, and social concerns. A panel of Bay Area arts professionals selected the collection of artwork for the exhibition. Independent curator and exhibition designer Kathleen Hanna has served as curator and juror for eight years. The other 2018 jurors are Tim Buckwalter, director of exhibitions, NIAD Art Center, Richmond and Ruth Santee, co-director/owner of Transmission Gallery, Oakland.

“For thirty-two years the Emeryville Celebration of the Arts has been a catalyst sparking a truly community event inspiring new and returning artists to create specific works and stimulating community support for their efforts,” said Kathleen Hanna. “This year, the record 165 works represent a community as lively and talented as it is diverse.”

Contributing artists include conceptual artist Packard Jennings, painters Sienna Ko, Jerry Smith, M. Louise Stanley and Jesse Walton, sculptors Cheryl Coon, Mark Galt, Ken Kalman and Melody Kozma-Kennedy, ceramic artists Jered Nelson and Sara Paloma, printmakers Linda Lee Boyd, Erin Fong, Nora Pauwels and Kazuko Watanabe, jewelers Ruth Rhoten and Renée Willis, and textile artist Susan Taber Avila. Works on exhibit are for sale.

The Gods Are Not Happy! A Dark Comedy for Dark Times

Thursday, October 11th, 2018 - Sunday, October 28th, 2018, Thursday, Friday, Saturdays at 8 p.m. Sundays at 7 p.m.

Brooklyn Preserve
1433 12th Avenue

In Oakland

The Gods Are Not Happy! A Dark Comedy for Dark Times brings together a group of gods that come from Native American, Egyptian, Latin American, Indian, Chinese and Greek legends. The gods are summoned to devise solutions to global warming, because humans have been too slow to act. They devise a Silicon Valley-style solution, and to raise money for this, they kidnap a pair of elderly billionaire brothers.

Performing at the Brooklyn Preserve in Oakland. SPECIAL EVENT performance at the David Brower Center on October 26, which will include a post-show discussion with East Bay environmental non-profits.

International Body Music Festival MiniFest

Friday, October 19th, 2018 - Friday, October 19th, 2018, 8:30pm

1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702

In Berkeley

Doors open 8pm / MiniFest Starts at 8:30pm

$18 Advance / $20 Day of Show / $15 Students and Seniors

PASS IT AROUND - a participatory interactive World Body Music mash-up

The participatory/interactive PASS IT AROUND engages the audience in dynamic, culturally specific and collaborative Body Music styles at Ashkenaz. With IBMF house band Corposonic Trio featuring Artistic Director and Body Musician Keith Terry, bass singer Bryan Dyer, and beatboxer Steve Hogan, the event features Balinese Kecak from Dewa Berata; Stepping from Antwan Davis; South Indian Solkatu from Jim Santi Owen; Contemporary Body Music from Evie Ladin’s MoToR/dance, flamenco from Clara Rodriguez y AguaClara Flamenco, The Ranky Tanky from Rhonda Benin, and Balkan Dance from Ivan Velev and Sean Tergis.. This dynamic and experiential evening will follow the successful model Keith Terry and the IBMF have utilized in previous global Festivals in Paris, France and São Paulo, Brazil.

More info about the weekend MiniFest here:

Fall Family Day

Saturday, October 20th, 2018 - Saturday, October 20th, 2018, 12:30-3:00

Richmond Art Center
Richmond Art Center, 2540 Barrett Ave, Richmond 94804

In Richmond

Join us for this FREE, all ages, family-friendly event. Make masks, papel picado, screen-printed bags and contribute to our Community Altar.

Tempest 30th Anniversary Show

Saturday, October 20th, 2018 - Saturday, October 20th, 2018, 8:30pm

1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702

In Berkeley

Doors Open 8:00 pm/ Show at 8:30 pm

Tickets are $20 Advance / $22 Day of Show

Since forming in 1988, Tempest has delivered a globally-renowned hybrid of high-energy Folk Rock fusing Irish reels, Scottish ballads, Norwegian influences and other world music elements. The last 26 years have seen the San Francisco Bay Area based act release fifteen critically acclaimed CDs and play more than 2,000 gigs. It's also enjoyed an evolving line-up that's enabled musicianship and creativity to rise with each new member.


Sunday, October 21st, 2018 - Sunday, October 21st, 2018, 7pm

1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702

In Berkeley

Doors Open 6:30pm / Show at 7:00pm

Tickets are $12 Advanced / $15 Day of Show

Bulgarika is a group of four master musicians with decades of performing experience. They are all steeped in Bulgarian music and rhythms from a young age. In their performances they draw on formal and informal training, as well as their experience as teachers. The band maintains extensive contact with other Balkan natives, from the Black Sea to the Adriatic, and bring for your enjoyment the very best of the Bulgarian folk-music tradition.

Anglo-Celtic Ceilidh Dance featuring The Woots

Thursday, October 25th, 2018 - Thursday, October 25th, 2018, 8pm

1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702

In Berkeley

Doors at 7:30 pm; 8pm Ceilidh Dance

Tickets are $8 Advance / $10 at the Door

Ashkenaz bi-monthly Pan-Celtic Ceilidh dance continues! Ceilidh means gathering in Celtic and the tradition always includes music and dance. Ashkenaz's inclusive Ceilidh combine easy dances everyone can do in many styles including Irish Ceili, Contra, Scottish Ceilidh, English County Dance & couple dances such as waltz. Every dance is taught before it's danced and people are encouraged to dance all roles with everyone on the floor.

This month's dance features callers Kalia Kliban and Alan Kline, and live music from The Woots (Shira Kammen,Deidre McCarthy, Jim Oakden and Charlie Hancock)

Screening: Eyes without a Face

Friday, October 26th, 2018 - Friday, October 26th, 2018, 6pm-9pm

Bridge Storage and ArtSpace
23 Maine Avenue

In Richmond

Join us for happy hour! The 4th Friday of each month, we'll gather to screen public domain films in the film studio at Bridge Storage and ArtSpace. Please bring wine and snacks to share.

This month, we'll start with a pumpkin carving competition in the garden at 6, followed by a screening of this classic, cheezy horror film at 7—a film which inspired the title of one of Billy Idol's big hits.

Eyes Without a Face (French: Les Yeux sans visage) is a 1960 horror film adaptation of Jean Redon's novel, directed by Georges Franju, and starring Pierre Brasseur and Alida Valli.

Brasseur plays a plastic surgeon who is determined to perform a face transplant on his daughter, who was disfigured in an auto crash. During the film's production, consideration was given to the standards of European censors by setting the right tone, minimizing gore and eliminating the mad scientist character. Although the film passed through the European censors, the film's release in Europe caused controversy nevertheless. Critical reaction ranged from praise to disgust.

Mamadou Kelly

Friday, October 26th, 2018 - Friday, October 26th, 2018, 8pm

1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702

In Berkeley

Doors Open 7:30 pm / Show at 8:00 pm

Tickets are $18 Advanced / $20 Day of Show

MAMADOU KELLY hails from Goundam near Timbuktu in the heartland of Mali’s Niger River Delta. Born in 1969, KELLY first picked up the guitar at 17 and traveled up the river to the town of Niafunke to learn from the great Ali Farka Toure, legendary master of Mali’s acclaimed “desert blues” tradition. After Farka Toure’s death in 2006 KELLY went on to become a key member of Alkibar, the group formed by Afel Bocoum, a Niafunke contemporary of Ali Farka Toure.

Ethnic Dance at Ashkenaz Presents Te Mana O Te Ra

Sunday, October 28th, 2018 - Sunday, October 28th, 2018, 7pm

1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702

In Berkeley

Doors at 6:30 pm / Performance at 7:00 pm

Tickets are $12 Advanced / $15 Day of Show

Established in 1997, Te Mana O Te Ra has a mission to share and teach the genres of Tahiti, perpetuating culture in the most authentic way possible and educating not only themselves but many people worldwide. Members of this company have competed far and wide, performed in dance festivals, local activities, and at Golden State Warriors and SF Giants games. The name means “energy of the sun.” for the force that provides for us, gives us life, strength and unity—to be family.

Halloween Flamenco Fiesta featuring Ricardo Diaz, Senen Sentio, Miguel Infante, Melissa Cruz, and LoCura

Wednesday, October 31st, 2018 - Wednesday, October 31st, 2018, 8:30pm

1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702

In Berkeley

Doors at 8:00 pm; Show at 8:30 pm

Tickets are $20 Advance / $25 Day of Show

The Halloween Flamenco Fiesta is a rare juerga of Flamenco artists from Spain and the Bay Area, coming together to share and showcase Spanish Flamenco traditions and Oakland Flamenco fusion, and celebrate Halloween with master performers, a sevillanas/bulerias dance-off, a costume contest, and a celebration of the roots and branches of the incredible cultural heritage of Flamenco.

Raffle prizes include workshops with Miguel and Senen, Music and dance performances start at 8:30, followed by sevillana/bulerias dance off competition. Performances resume at 9:30pm, with LoCura at 10:30pm.

Broken Symmetry: New Work by Andrew MacRae and Laura Marshall

Friday, November 2nd, 2018 - Friday, November 2nd, 2018, 6:00pm-10:00pm

Mise en Place Gallery
478 23rd Street

In Oakland

Come see a brand new body of work from Oakland-based artists, Andrew MacRae and Laura Marshall. Drawing inspiration from the matter we see around us to the invisible laws of physics, both artists encapsulate vibrant color and form we see in our natural world. The Opening Reception on First Friday in downtown Oakland will be a chance to see some amazing new work, chat with the artists, enjoy light refreshments, and simply enjoy First Friday.

Opening Reception: Universal Messages New Vistas and Voices of Faith

Saturday, November 3rd, 2018 - Saturday, November 3rd, 2018, 6 - 8 pm

Berkeley Art Center
1275 Walnut Street

In Berkeley

Opening night of Universal Messages we are inviting singers and performers to present a bouquet of melodious spiritual songs. It will begin with eloquent Quran reciting, followed by Jewish and Christian hymns performed by local Bay Area musicians. Participants will be invited from partnering organizations such as the Islamic Society of SF, and Universal Unitarian Church in San Francisco, Islamic Cultural Center in Oakland and Interfaith Council of Contra Costa County.

Rock with Ysaye Barnwell!

Friday, November 9th, 2018 - Friday, November 9th, 2018, 7 - 9 PM

Unitarian Universalist Church of Berkeley
1 Lawson Road

In Berkeley

Join us for a COMMUNITY SING, when world-renowned Dr. Ysaye Barnwell will show us how to rock the house! Formerly with the famed acapella ensemble Sweet Honey in The Rock, Dr. Barnwell is an accomplished composer, vocalist and instrumentalist who has spent the last 30 years working as a master teacher and choral clinician in African American cultural performance.

A proponent of cultural activism, she works to bring her audience back into the experience of music as message and unifier. We are in so many ways the same, that if we could just push the other stuff aside and let the essence come through, we would understand. We all have intention, feeling and purpose. Music heals, educates, agitates.

Dr. Barnwell has conducted her work on three continents, making it a source of inspiration for singers and non-singers, and a model of pedagogy for educators, cultural activists, historians and people who love to sing!

(Or you may purchase tickets at the door.)

COST: $20 for adults; $10 for students
(No one turned away for lack of funds.)

Everything is Illuminated

Friday, November 9th, 2018 - Sunday, December 9th, 2018, Turs.-Sat. 8pm Tues.& Weds.-7pm Sunday 2pm

Aurora Theatre
2081 Addison Street

In Berkeley

Based on the best-selling, critically acclaimed novel by Jonathan Safran Foer, this stunning stage adaptation tells the story of a young Jewish-American writer (also named Jonathan Safran Foer) who sets out for Ukraine to find the woman who he believes saved his grandfather from the Nazis, and the town they wiped off the map. Jonathan’s tour guides are a pair of flamboyant Ukrainians, a grandfather and grandson with limited English skills and secrets of their own. As they travel into the unknown, along with the dog Sammy Davis Jr., Jr., they meet increasingly surreal characters, both fictional and real, as the past and present merge into an unforgettable journey.

MARIAM DIAKITÉ - OldStyle Song & Dance of Mali

Sunday, November 11th, 2018 - Sunday, November 18th, 2018, 3:00pm

1901 San Pablo Avenue


In this compelling workshop series, Mariam will take us on a journey into the ancient songs and dances of
Two Sundays, November 11th & 18th
3:00 ~ 5:00pm
Bras Arte
1901 San Pablo Avenue
Ready to experience a deeper connection with dance? Looking to explore songs and truly understand the
context/meaning of the music? With Mariam, you will!
Mariam will immerse you in the rich folklore from a deep musical paradise: Mali -- home of such well-
known musicians as Oumou Sangaré, Coumba Sididé and the iconic Sali Sidibé. You will discover the
ancient songs, dance steps and rhythms that Mariam has spent her life learning, performing and teaching.
Informational handouts will be provided.
3:00pm ~ Song Instruction
3:30pm ~ Dance Warmup
4:00 ~ 5:00pm – Dance Instruction

Orchestra Gold / Joseph’s Bones

Friday, November 16th, 2018 - Friday, November 16th, 2018, 8:30-11:00 pm


In Berkeley

Two of Bay Area’s most phenomenal ensembles of top-notch musicians bring the vintage vibes of Africa and the African Diaspora in one evening.

Orchestra Gold: Led by the ferocious Mariam Diakité from Bamako, Orchestra Gold (OG) promotes pre-digital age (OldStyle) music from Mali, West Africa. OG hypnotizes audiences with danceable, funky, high-energy 1960's style orchestra music from Mali. These roots are colored by tinges of 60’s era analog psychedelic rock and funk from West Africa. The building blocks of OG’s music are folkloric songs, often told in parable. These songs contain
inspiration, wisdom, and deep insight into the human condition. They have served to uplift Malians beyond the harsh realities of daily life. Especially in this time of social turbulence, this age-old wisdom brings us a renewed perspective on modern-day existence.

Joseph's Bones: Composer and drummer Jason Levis leads his instrumental dub-reggae orchestra, Joseph’s Bones, in bringing the electronic sound-transformation processes of Jamaican dub to an acoustic setting. The ensemble pulls the thread between visceral groove and abstract sonic suspension.
Featuring 14 of the Bay Area’s best musicians, Joseph's Bones draws inspiration from the roots reggae of Bob Marley and the Wailers, the dub sounds of King Tubby and the soaring horn lines the of Skatalites. This instrumental group is new to the scene, but old in its tradition, bringing an ecstatic spirit to deep appreciation for reggae music’s traditions.
In the lineage of experimentation by dub masters Lee "Scratch" Perry and King Tubby, Joseph's Bones reconstructs and re-imagines echo, reverb and delay without the use of electronic effects. The ensemble employs an acoustic language of dub-improvisation to subvert traditional song form and fragment the music's surface texture while never losing the physical impact of dance music. This is real-time live acoustic dub.
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Mills College Art Museum: Bay Area Art in the 21st Century with Creative Growth

Wednesday, November 28th, 2018 - Wednesday, November 28th, 2018, 7-9 PM

Danforth Lecture Hall
Mills College Art Museum 5000 MacArthur Blvd. Oakland, CA 94613

In Oakland

In partnership with Art 21, MCAM will screen an episode of the current season of Art in the 21st Century featuring Bay Area artists including Creative Growth Art Center, Katie Grannan, Lynn Hershman Leeson, and Stephanie Syjuco. Creative Growth Director, Tom di Maria and featured artists William Scott will discuss making art in the Bay Area followed by a Q&A with the audience.

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