Events


Annual Purchase Award

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

Emeryville City Hall
1333 Park Blvd.

In Emeryville

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


Persistence of Vision: Art by Jon Steven Walters

Thursday, January 1st, 2015 - Saturday, February 28th, 2015, 1/1/15, 6-9PM

Gallery @ Panorama Framing
3350 Grand Avenue

In Oakland

Join us Jan 1st 2015 for the premiere of Persistence of Vision: Art by Jon Steven Walters. We're planning a synesthetic extravaganza! New Years’ Day = New art, live ♫ Contemporary Jazz, [sparkling] wine and [yummy, hot] finger-foods in the Gallery @ Panorama Framing.

Persistence of Vision: Art by Jon Steven Walters

You are invited to imagine a universe where memories are not tethered by time, space or even eyesight – but in retinal images evoking the knowledge that what we think we see is not all there is to see. A flash of red through a hazy mix of grey/blue, the unexpected black line, all meant to surprise, jar or spark a feeling; the soft over-painting asking the viewer to come closer and explore beneath the surface.

Walters’ technique juxtaposes mixed layers of media, colors and shapes to transform figures into skewed afterimages harnessed in layers of translucent paint. Harking back to inspiration from the Bay Area Figurative Movement of the 1950s-60s, Walters’ spin on figuration builds depth through each layer of media, largely obscuring the under-painting creating an ethereal mix of trans-lucid landscapes on clay board canvases.

“Color is critically important, especially with my current technique of layers and layers of washes over a heavy and chaotic under painting,” says Walters. Like a distant memory Walters aims to uncover his assemblages and blur the lines between figuration and abstraction. Each work is a mnemonic device in its own right: each composition related to a memory – translated by means of tactile layering and Walters’ Persistence of Vision.

Born in Oakland in 1958, Jon Steven Walters grew up in Castro Valley and has lived in the Bay Area his whole life. Walters received his BFA in illustration from the Academy of Art University SF graduated in 1989 and a Master of Fine Arts in Studio Art from John F. Kennedy University in Berkeley in 2008.

19th Annual The Art of Living Black

Saturday, January 10th, 2015 - Friday, February 27th, 2015, Tue-Sat, 10am – 5pm; Sun 12 – 5pm

Richmond Art Center
2540 Barrett Ave

In Richmond

The Richmond Art Center is proud to host the only annual, non-juried exhibition in the Bay Area to exclusively feature regional artists of African descent. Works by over 50 local artists in a wide variety of media, including painting, drawing, photography, jewelry and metal arts, ceramics and much more. This exhibition will feature works by the 2014 Jan Hart-Schuyers Award winners: Asual Aswad, Yolanda Holley, Atiba Sylvia Thomas and Lawrence Buford.

Richmond Art Center Faculty Show

Saturday, January 10th, 2015 - Saturday, March 7th, 2015, Tue-Sat, 10am – 5pm; Sun 12 – 5pm

Richmond Art Center
2540 Barrett Ave

In Richmond

The Richmond Art Center has a long and rich history of inspiring students of all ages. This exhibition celebrates the unique and diverse work of the Art Center’s faculty—a talented group of professional artist-instructors who inspire creativity in students of all ages. Featured media include ceramics, weaving, fiber arts, screen printing, painting, drawing, printmaking and more.

Yisrael K. Feldsott: Annunciating Obscurities

Saturday, January 10th, 2015 - Saturday, March 7th, 2015, Tue-Sat, 10am – 5pm; Sun 12 – 5pm

Richmond Art Center
2540 Barrett Ave

In Richmond

Featuring works from the 1970s to the present that showcase the artist’s exploration of the formal potentials of disparate materials to portray the gamut of the human experience. Feldsott's work is influenced by his time immersed in the traditions of indigenous communities in Central and South America, where he became a shaman and championed environmental issues.

Happy Accidents: New Work by John Casey

Saturday, January 31st, 2015 - Sunday, March 8th, 2015, 6-9pm

The Compound Gallery
1167 65th St.

In Oakland

The Compound Gallery presents “Happy Accidents”, a solo show featuring Casey’s recent foray into color. For years Casey has worked primarily with black, white, and grey (and occasionally reddish-orange-brown) in ink or pencil. Recently Casey experienced a color epiphany, with a new cast of characters in the form of paintings, drawings, and sculpture. Come out and see his expanding, technicolor, recessive-gene-pool family.

Bees: Tiny Insect, Big Impact

Saturday, January 31st, 2015 - Sunday, September 20th, 2015, January 31-September 20, 2015; Wed-Thur 11-5, Fri 11-9, Sat-Sun 10-6

Oakland Museum of California
1000 Oak Street

In Oakland

A new exhibition at the Oakland Museum of California examines the wildly diverse and intricate world of one of the most important creatures to human agriculture and the natural environment. Through family-friendly experiences, hands-on activities, and media, Bees: Tiny Insect, Big Impact is the first major museum exhibition to focus on the incredible diversity of bees in California and the urgent issue of bee population declines statewide. Bees tells the story of these amazing insects, while providing visitors the opportunity to learn about the value of bees to our economy and ecosystems, and discover how simple but powerful actions can help bees to survive in a changing world. Covering topics such Bay Area beekeeping, the diversity of California native bee species, and the similarities between bees and humans, the exhibition features cutting-edge science on bee behavior and conservation, opportunities for visitors to get involved in research, and ways to make their own yards and neighborhoods more attractive to bees.

A family friendly exhibition, Bees encourages visitors of all ages to discover real bee specimens under a microscope, play games such as "Is it a bee?" to learn how species are identified, and create original animations about their vision for a future with bees. Visitors can climb inside life sized honeybee cells, learning along the way about factors that contribute to bee disappearances. The gallery features real beekeeping tools, including a cross-section of a beehive, a honey spinner and implements for honey collection, and a chance to try on real beekeeper suits in adult and child sizes. The exhibition also offers opportunities to get involved outside of the Gallery, with citizen science projects, bee hotels installed in the OMCA Gardens, and guides on building bee hotels for visitors to take home.

Presented by Oakland Museum of California.

$10-15; $6 9-17, 8 & under free, OMCA Mbrs free

A Continuous Harmony: New Tonalist Paintings By Robert Flanary and Paul Roehl

Saturday, February 7th, 2015 - Saturday, February 28th, 2015

Holton Studio Gallery
5510 Doyle St.

In Emeryville

The Holton Studio Gallery presents new tonalist landscape paintings by artists Robert Flanary and Paul Roehl. On view in the gallery from February 7-28, 2015. Please join us for the artist reception on Feb. 7th, from 5-7 pm at Holton Studio, 5510 Doyle St., Emeryville, Ca. 94608
More information at www.HoltonFrames.com

Marion Gray: Within the Light

Saturday, February 14th, 2015 - Sunday, June 21st, 2015, February 14-June 21, 2015; Museum hours: Wed-Thur 11-5, Fri 11-9, Sat-Sun 10-6

Oakland Museum of California
1000 Oak Street

In Oakland

The Oakland Museum of California presents an exhibition of work spanning four decades by groundbreaking and chimerical California artist/photographer Marion Gray in Marion Gray: Within the Light, on view February 14 through June 21, 2015 in the Gallery of California Art. Curated by Christina Linden, Associate Curator of Painting & Sculpture, the exhibition highlights the career of this artist, innovator, and performance art-world insider who has blurred and expanded the boundaries between fine art photography, performance, and documentation.

Marion Gray: Within the Light features 23 photos by the artist, who has spent four decades capturing performances, dance, and installations by some of the most significant artists in the Bay Area and beyond. The creative networks portrayed in the exhibition have fueled Gray's life work as a photographer and, in turn, Gray's images have contributed to the vitality of the scene. Including never-before-seen photographs, the exhibition covers the 1970s to the present and highlights the work of artists including Barbara Hammer, The Harrisons, Sara Shelton Mann, Eiko + Koma, Joan Jonas, Guillermo Gomez-Pena, Ann Hamilton, Marina Abramovic, and more. The exhibition is the fourth exhibition in an ongoing series exploring contemporary topics in California through photography.

Presented by Oakland Museum of California.

$10-15; $6 9-17, 8 & under free, OMCA Mbrs free

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

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

Yoga Tree Telegraph
2807 Telegraph Avenue

In Berkeley

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

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

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

Where: 2807 Telegraph Ave Berkeley (at Stuart St)

Sliding scale $15 to $30 suggested love donation.

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


Young Artists: An Exhibition featuring Berkeley Unified School District Students

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015 - Saturday, March 14th, 2015, 5-7pm

Berkeley Art Center
1275 Walnut Street

In Berkeley

Young Artists: An Exhibition featuring Berkeley Unified School District Students
Featuring work by Berkeley K-8 Students

Opening Reception: Wednesday, February 18, 2015 5-7 pm
Exhibition Dates: February 18 - March 14, 2015

Participating Schools:
Berkeley Arts Magnet at Whittier
Cragmont Elementary
Emerson Elementary
Jefferson Elementary
John Muir Elementary
LeConte Elementary
Malcom X Elementary
Oxford Elementary
Rosa Parks Elementary
Thousand Oaks Elementary
Washington Elementary
Longfellow Middle School
Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School
Willard Middle School

Family Days: Free Artist Run Activities for Families
Saturday, February 28, noon - 3 pm
Saturday, March 14, noon - 3 pm

The Chinatown Mystery (Parts 1–10) (J.P. McGowan; US, 1928)

Friday, February 27th, 2015 - Friday, February 27th, 2015, 7:00pm

Pacific Film Archive Theater
2575 Bancroft Way

In Berkeley

Restored by the George Eastman House in 2001, this 1928 serial was considered a “last hurrah” for the silent-era serial, and brought together some of the biggest names of the era: director J.P. McGowan, actors Francis Ford and Joe Bonomo (a carnival strongman-turned-actor), producer Trem Carr (who would later help found Monogram Pictures), and a slew of silent-era supporting icons such as Ruth Hiatt, Grace Cunard, and more. Chapter names like “The Clutching Claw,” “The Devil’s Dice, “Galloping Fury,” and “The Invisible Hand” offer all one needs to know of the film’s concerns: to promise and deliver as much action and suspense as possible, and move our intrepid hero and heroine from one perilous situation to another. One of the biggest stars of the early silent era and a successful serials director in his own right, Francis Ford was the brother of director John Ford.

• Written by Francis Ford, McGowan. With Joe Bonomo, Ruth Hiatt, Francis Ford, Paul Malvern. (180 mins, plus intermission, Silent, B&W, 35mm, From George Eastman House)

Anyone Can Whistle

Friday, February 27th, 2015 - Sunday, March 1st, 2015, Feb 27, 8pm to 10pm, Feb 28, 2pm to 4pm and 8pm to 10pm, March 1, 2pm to 4pm

Masquers Playhouse
105 Park Place

In

An elusive favorite of theater nerds and devotees of Stephen Sondheim (Into the Woods, Sweeney Todd), ANYONE CAN WHISTLE is an insane romp all about the nature of sanity. Full of rapturous tunes that have become cabaret standards ("Anyone Can Whistle," "Everybody Says Don't," "With So Little to Be Sure Of," "There Won't Be Trumpets"), this is a must-see event.

Presented by Masquers Playhouse.

$25

Rock N' Swing Dance Workshop Part One

Saturday, February 28th, 2015 - Saturday, February 28th, 2015, 3:00 p.m.

The Joanne Brown Dancers
33535 Western Avenue, Union City, CA 94587

In

A jitterbuggin' 1950's style swing dance workshop, for those who love both swing dancing AND rockabilly music!

This workshop will focus on that style of swing dancing that was featured in 1950's teen-rock musicals such as "Don't Knock The Rock!", "Shake, Rattle, and Rock!", and "The Girl Can't Help It."

Originally a Big Band era dance style, "Smooth Style Lindy," as it's technically called, was adapted during the Rock n' Roll era for use in film....to spectacular results!

Bay Area dancer and performer Mike Quebec will put his 20 years of teaching experience at your service! (Check out his dance videos on You Tube at channel Esperanza Quebec!)

If you want to look flashy and fancy while dancing to fun, rockin' tunes, then this is the worshop for you!

This will be the first in a series of 1950's style dance workshops that will eventually lead to a regular weekend venue for traditional Rockabilly style swing dancing in the Tri-City area.

Details:

Full 3 hour workshop with one hour open practice will consist of:

Smooth style basics 3 pm to 4 pm
Advanced Moves 4 pm to 5 pm
Dips and Tricks (partner required) 5 pm to 6 pm
Open Practice till 7 pm

Cost for all three workshop classes:
$20 per person if paid/registered in advance/online/$25 per person if paid at the door.

Cost for just one or two classes:
$10 per person per class if registered/paid in advance online, $15 at the door.

* Regular coupled partners will rotate during class with the exception of the "Dips and Tricks" class.

To pre-register on your cell phone or at home, go to:
http://esperescano.tictail.com/

Pre-registration via home pc only can also be done at:
http://www.mikequebecfremontfit.com/#!swing-dancing/cblh

For additional information, call or text Mike Quebec at (510)-240-2732

Repentance (Tengiz Abuladze; USSR, 1984/1987)

Saturday, February 28th, 2015 - Saturday, February 28th, 2015, 5:45pm

Pacific Film Archive Theater
2575 Bancroft Way

In Berkeley

Imported 35mm Print!
Back by Popular Demand!

In the former Soviet Union, Repentance was as much an event as a film: one of the most important of the censored films to come off the shelf with the new cultural liberalization of the late 1980s, it was the first to deal with the terrors of the Stalin era. This it does in an oblique but unmistakable way typical of Abuladze, whose art is one of symbolism and surrealism. The central character is a parody of a dictator with attributes of Stalin, Hitler, and Mussolini. Abuladze’s allegorical parable is at once specific to the memory of the actual historical horrors, and general to a Kafkaesque collective memory of tyranny.

• Written by Abuladze, Rezo Kveselava, Nana Janelidze. Photographed by Mikhail Agranovitj. With Avtandil Makharadze, Iji Ninidze, Merab Ninidze, Zejnab Botsvadze. (153 mins, In Georgian with English electronic titling, Color, 35mm, From Arsenal)

Benefit show for Black Lives Matter: Sugar in the Salt with Adhamh Roland (In the Lounge)

Saturday, February 28th, 2015 - Saturday, February 28th, 2015, 8:00 pm

La Pena Cultural Center
3105 Shattuck Ave

In Berkeley

Benefit for the Black Lives Matter Ferguson Bail Fund, Sugar in the Salt performing, opening act: Adhamh Roland

Sugar in the Salt is an indie folk trio featuring songwriters Eli Conley (guitar, vocals), Koralie “K Sugar” Hill (accordion, banjo, fiddle, vocals) and Maia “Papaya” Wiitala (upright bass, guitar, vocals). With their luscious three-part harmonies and swelling strings, these three friends serve up songs that will touch your salty heart and sugar up your funny bone.

Members of Sugar in the Salt have graced stages across the Bay Area including the Freight and Salvage, Cafe du Nord, and the San Francisco Trans March, not to mention countless livings rooms and protest rallies. Now they are joining forces as a queer folk band that just wants to have fun!

Koralie Hill was a founding member of The Skinny String Band and queer folk-punk duo Snack Time, where she was known for her quirky lyrics and considerable talent as a multi-instrumentalist. Maia Papaya is an experienced bass player and hip hop MC who is stepping up to the mic as a songwriter in her own right. She is a hilarious performer whose songs bring out the catchy pop side of Sugar in the Salt’s sound. Eli Conley has been making a name for himself in the Bay Area songwriter scene for several years with his soulful voice and rootsy songs. Eli and Maia have often teamed up in the past, most recently on tour in support of Eli’s debut album, At The Seams.

When Sugar in the Salt gets together to play, you can always count on a sweet time.Adhamh Roland’s performances lay his heart out as an invitation for his audience to find themselves in it.

Oakland California based singer songwriter, Adhamh Roland, hails from St. Louis Missouri where he began his music career belting anti-capitalist anthems and Ani Difranco covers as a street performer at age 13. Roland’s multi-faceted and thoughtful style is a nod to the many journeys his life has offered him since those days; from the geographic, to the socio-politic

The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes (Billy Wilder; US/UK, 1970)

Saturday, February 28th, 2015 - Saturday, February 28th, 2015, 8:40pm

Pacific Film Archive Theater
2575 Bancroft Way

In

Opening with a lengthy boondoggle designed to establish Sherlock Holmes's sexual proclivities and, in true Wilder fashion, leaving the question wide open, The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes is riddled with false clues, beginning with its title. Wilder and screenwriter I.A.L. Diamond play with a typically hyperbolic adventure involving twenty-four canaries, eight Trappist monks, six midgets, and guest appearances by Holmes' own Machiavellian brother Mycroft and the queen of all Victorian heroines, Victoria herself. Here is a film that revels in its artifice, and in the bold theatrics under which all—Holmes, the helpless heroine, and perhaps even the ingenuous Watson—hide their private lives. Robert Stevens plays Holmes with a Wilderesque mixture of bitter sardonicism and false naiveté, at once inviting us into and shutting us out of his inner world. Trapped in the mind's work, trapped in sexual ambivalence under the parasol of Victorian womanhood, trapped in the eye of his worshipful biographer and in the fiction of his life, in short, he is trapped on the screen. When this Holmes shuts his bedroom door on us, retreating with his needle, we might well conclude that Wilder's is, indeed, the last of the great Sherlock Holmeses.

• Written by Wilder, I.A.L. Diamond. Photographed by Christopher Challis. With Robert Stevens, Colin Blakely, Genevieve Page, Christopher Lee. (125 mins, Color, ‘Scope, 35mm, From Park Circus)

Glenn Dicterow Leads Brahms and Mozart

Thursday, March 5th, 2015 - Thursday, March 5th, 2015, 3/5/15, 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

First Congregational Church
2345 Channing Way

In Berkeley

New Century Chamber Orchestra continues its 2014-2015 season with a debut performance by legendary New York Philharmonic concert master Glenn Dicterow. Making his first San Francisco appearance since ending his 34 year tenure with the New York Philharmonic, Dicterow joins New Century as guest concertmaster in a program that features classics from the string chamber repertoire including Brahms Sextet for Strings No. 1, Mozart's Divertimento in D Major, Grieg's Two Nordic Melodies and Holst's St. Paul's Suite.

Established worldwide as one of the most prominent American violinists of his generation, Glenn Dicterow served as concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic from 1980-2014 during which he performed with them as soloist on every season. Dicterow's long standing relationship with the New York Philharmonic began with his solo debut performance of the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto at aged 18 and appeared as soloist with orchestras all over the country and abroad. Following 34 distinguished years with the orchestra, he retired at the end of the 2013-2014 season and now makes California his home where he is currently the holder of the Robert Mann Chair in Strings Chamber and Chamber Music at the University of California's Thornton School of Music.

"I am very excited about working with an ensemble as vital and dynamic as New Century Chamber Orchestra," says Glenn Dicterow. "Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg has taken these remarkably talented musicians to great heights and their reputation speaks volumes. I am honored to have been invited by Nadja to perform with New Century and I can't wait to see what new ideas and interpretations we can explore together for the Bay Area audiences."

Presented by New Century Chamber Orchestra.

$29 to $61.

Air/Port: New Paintings by Eric Rewitzer

Thursday, March 5th, 2015 - Friday, May 1st, 2015, First Thursday Artist Reception: 6:00-9:00pm

Gallery @ Panorama Framing
3350 Grand Avenue

In Oakland

Airborne Artist-Photographer Duo Debut Port of Oakland Show March 5th in the Gallery @ Panorama Framing

Oakland, Calif. – Soaring amid container ships and clouds, artist Eric Rewitzer of 3Fish Studios and photographer Blake Marvin took to the sky over Oakland’s Port in late January. Their mission: to explore aesthetics of post-Panamax proportions.

“From the air the shipping containers panned out in a color field over the horizon”, said Rewitzer. “And our subject matter was composed entirely by crane operators and longshoremen.“ Air/Port originated last June, when Patrick Cheatham, owner of Panorama Framing, Inc., teamed up with Rewitzer to launch a ‘Port’ themed show for the March/April editions of Grand Lake District’s Grand Avenue First Thursdays.

Air/Port signifies a curious crossover between architectural photography and painting – documenting a place so few appreciate – and making it feel like home. After taking flight, Rewitzer’s journey led him to take residency in Jack London Square. With inspiration from the 36 iconic cranes at the Port of Oakland and Marvin’s photos, Air/Port opens March 5th in the Gallery @ Panorama Framing.

Accumulations

Friday, March 6th, 2015 - Saturday, April 25th, 2015, 12-5

slate contemporary
473 25th St.

In Oakland

SLATE's newest show features collage and assemblage by Angela Johal and clay sculptures by Bean Finneran.

Opening reception: Thursday, March 19th from 6-8 pm.

The Art of Living Black: Open Studio

Saturday, March 7th, 2015 - Saturday, March 7th, 2015, 11 am - 5 pm

Richmond Art Center
2540 Barrett Ave

In Richmond

This one-day art fair and gallery sale is a unique opportunity to meet The Art of Living Black artists and purchase their work. View works by sculptors, painters, jewelry makers, mixed media artists, photographers, ceramic artists and so much more.

See & Make Art

Saturday, March 7th, 2015 - Saturday, March 7th, 2015, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Richmond Art Center
2540 Barrett Ave

In Richmond

Join us for our free, first Saturday bilingual art tours! Come and enjoy a guided tour of the Richmond Art Center's four galleries and a hands-on art making activity! Open to all ages. Families welcome.

Please meet the group in the Madeline F. Whittlesey Community Room at the Richmond Public Library, Main Branch (325 Civic Center Plaza) and we’ll walk as a group over to the Art Center.

Happy Accidents - Artist Talk and Closing Tea

Sunday, March 8th, 2015 - Sunday, March 8th, 2015, 3 - 6pm

The Compound Gallery
1167 65th Ave

In Oakland

Artist talk and closing tea for Happy Accidents by John Casey. Snacks and refreshments, including Numi Tea, will be served. Talk begins at 4pm.

The Compound Gallery presents “Happy Accidents”, a solo show featuring Casey’s recent foray into color. For years Casey has worked primarily with black, white, and grey (and occasionally reddish-orange-brown) in ink or pencil. Recently Casey experienced a color epiphany, with a new cast of characters in the form of paintings, drawings, and sculpture. Come out and see his expanding, technicolor, recessive-gene-pool family.

Sundays @ Four: Jay Campbell

Sunday, March 8th, 2015 - Sunday, March 8th, 2015, 3/8/15, 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Crowden Music Center
1475 Rose Street

In Berkeley

Come meet and watch Crowden School Alumnus and cellist, Jay Campbell, and pianist Conor Hanick perform at Crowden's Sundays @ Four chamber music series on March 8th at 4pm.

Cellist Jay Campbell, who has performed as concerto soloist in the world's most prestigious halls, began his cello career here at Crowden, as an eight-year old beginner.

Armed with a diverse spectrum of repertoire and eclectic musical interests, Jay was recently named First Prize winner of the 2012 Concert Artist Guild auditions. He is the recipient of awards from the BMI and ASCAP foundations and has been heard on television, radio broadcasts and in concert halls around the world.

Jay made his debut with the New York Philharmonic this past season performing the music of Tan Dun. He has collaborated with an array of artists ranging from composers including Elliott Carter, Pierre Boulez, Magnus Lindberg, and John Adams, to members of Radiohead and Einsturzende Neubauten, and has premiered nearly one hundred works to date, including concertos by Chris Rogerson and David Lang. Jay has had the privilege of collaborating with leading ensembles throughout the globe including ICE, Ensemble InterContemporain, the Da Capo Chamber Players, and members of the Arditti, Takacs, Kronos, and Afiara string quartets.

Highlights of the upcoming season include a debut solo CD on CAG Records and chamber works on Tzadik; appearances at Carnegie Hall, National Gallery, Krannert Center, Mondavi Center, and the Heidelberg Festival; and the premieres of new works written for Jay by John Zorn, Eric Wubbels, Oscar Bianchi, and David Fulmer. Jay began playing the cello at the age of 8 at the Crowden School in Berkeley, CA., and studied with Fred Sherry.

Program:

Debussy Violin Sonata
Stravinsky Suite Italienne (after Pulcinella)
Elliott Carter Elegy
David Fulmer new work for cello/piano
Brahms Sonata No. 1 in D major

Presented by Crowden Music Center.

Free to $25.

Vocalist Ellen Robinson and Pianist Debbie Poryes

Sunday, March 8th, 2015 - Sunday, March 8th, 2015, 4:00PM

Piedmont Piano Company
1728 San Pablo Ave. Oakland CA 94612

In

Vocalist Ellen Robinson and pianist Debbie Poryes join musical forces for the first time. Their recent collaboration has created an exciting pairing of these like-minded and seasoned musicians. They perform original arrangements of jazz standards and tunes by singer songwriters such as Joni Mitchell & James Taylor.

Ellen Robinson sings with a deceptively unadorned style and a stunning vocal instrument. Each song she interprets demonstrates her authentic connection to the lyrics as well as insightful musical phrasing and spot-on intonation. It’s the work of an artist with a clear, heartfelt vision and a lovely voice that lingers in the ear long after the music has finished.

“Remaining true to the sense of self is a difficult trick to pull off, but Robinson is obviously comfortable with who she is and where she intends to go as an artist. She marches to her own beat and places her own indelible stamp on the tunes of her choice.” Brent Black, Critical Jazz

“A jazz singer that delivers it pure, not needing to drape on any extra special sauce to dilute the taste. This is a real treat for the jazz vocal fan looking for a pro that can hold the core all by herself.” Midwest Records

http://www.ellenrobinson.com

The power of Debbie Poryes’s music is hard to overstate. Her highly original compositions are influenced by jazz from bebop to post-bop to modern times, as well as by 20th-century classical music and free jazz. Her voicings, melodies and touch are exquisite. Her sense of time and swing are deeply felt, and yet she can also be light hearted.

“…her infectious gifts as an abundantly creative jazz pianist-composer-arranger points out her distinctive identity among the huge crowd of excellent pianists.” Herb Wong

“Poryes’ approach to arranging involves sophistication with warmth and open-ended possibilities.” All About Jazz

http://www.debbieporyes.com

ATC Lecture: Tarek Atoui, 'Deafspace and Making Musical Instruments'

Monday, March 9th, 2015 - Monday, March 9th, 2015, 3/9/15, 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

David Brower Center
2150 Allston Way

In Berkeley

Atoui is an electro-acoustic musician who initiates and curates multidisciplinary interventions, events, concerts and workshops in Europe and the Middle East.

Atoui will present several of his ongoing projects each of which propose original methods for making instruments and the possibilities they open in terms of collaboration, performance and composition. In the Dahlem Sessions and the Reverse Sessions, Atoui inverted the order in which instruments are usually created, using the sounds of a collection of ethnic musical instruments located in the Dahlem Museum of Ethnology in Berlin as a starting point for imagining and building new instruments. This project was first presented in the 2014 Berlin Biennial and later at kurimanzutto gallery in Mexico City. For his MATRIX project at BAM/PFA, Atoui will build on WITHIN, a project that he initiated in Sharjah (UAE) in 2013, which is based on a series of conversations and collaborations with students from a school for the deaf.

Tarek Atoui was born in Lebanon in 1980 and moved to Paris in 1998 where he studied contemporary and electronic music at the French National Conservatory of Reims. Co-artistic director of the STEIM Studios, Amsterdam (2008), Atoui released his first solo album in the Mort Aux Vaches series for the label Staalplaat (Amsterdam/Berlin) in 2006-07. He builds new software for each project and specialises in creating computer tools for interdisciplinary art forms and youth education.

Recent productions and performances have taken place in Fondation Louis Vuitton, France (2014), the Louvre, France (2013), Bonniers Konsthall, Sweden (2013), the Bienal de Mercosul, Brazil (2013), the Sharjah Biennal, United Arab Emirates (2013), and the Ruhr Triennal, Germany (2013). Much of Atoui's work references social and political realities. His youth workshop, Empty Cans, has been presented in France, Holland, Lebanon, Egypt, and in New York, as part of his Museum as Hub residency at the New Museum.

Presented by Berkeley Center for New Media/Art Techonology & Culture Colloquium [ATC].

Free. Tickets online & door

Cypress String Quartet

Tuesday, March 10th, 2015 - Tuesday, March 10th, 2015, 8:00pm

Berkeley City Club
2315 Durant Ave

In Berkeley


Berkeley Chamber Performances (BCP) continues its 22nd season of intimate chamber concerts with the internationally acclaimed CYPRESS STRING QUARTET on Tuesday, March 10, at 8 p.m. at the Berkeley City Club. The program features the music of Beethoven, Erwin Schulhoff, and Dvorak. Audience members are invited to attend a complementary wine and cheese reception following the concert with an opportunity to meet and talk with the musicians.
The Cypress String Quartet, in residence in San Francisco, was formed in 1996; its name is taken from a set of twelve love songs for string quartet, Cypresses, by Antonin Dvorak. Praised by Gramophone for its “artistry of umcommon insight and cohesion, “ the ensemble makes appearances in Kennedy Center, the Library of Congress, and the Ravinia Festival as well in the other major music halls across the U.S. The members of the quartet are Cecily Ward and Tom Stone, violin ; Ethan Filner, viola; and Jennifer Kloetzel, cello.
The March 10th program begins with String Quartet in D, Op. 18, No. 3, by Beethoven, which, although numbered three, is actually the first string quartet he wrote. Beethoven’s 1801 work will be be followed by Divertimento for String Quartet Op, 14, by Erwin Schulhoff. A Czech composer encouraged in his earliest studies by Antonin Dvorak, he was later blacklisted by the Nazis for his Jewish identity and socialist politics. Schulhoff died in a Nazi concentration camp in 1942 at age 48. A piece by his earliest mentor, Dvorak, String Quartet in E-flat, Op. 51, will conclude this rich and creatively designed program. Imbued with the folk songs and dances of Dvorak’s native Bohemia, the quartet was first performed in 1876.
Berkeley Chamber Performances presents a range of musical styles, from early music of the 16th and 17th centuries to modern and contemporary works. Performed in an intimate setting, the concerts are held in the Ballroom of the historic Berkeley City

Body Talks

Saturday, March 14th, 2015 - Saturday, March 14th, 2015, 3/14/15, 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lottie Rose Artist House
6117 San Pablo Ave

In Oakland

A multimedia conversation about the relationships we have with our bodies. We are inundated with unrealistic imagery and negativity regarding bodies every day. The way we view ourselves and others is molded throughout our lives by the images we see and messages we receive. Let's start a conversation about the experiences that shape our relationships with our bodies. Explore the modern struggle with body image, and celebrate body positivity. The Lottie Rose Gallery of the Firehouse Arts Collective will showcase artists' different perspectives on body image.

Presented by Firehouse Artist Collective.

Free

Taking in the Good with Dr. Rick Hanson

Saturday, March 14th, 2015 - Saturday, March 14th, 2015, 3/14/15, 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM

The International House at UC Berkeley
2299 Piedmont Ave.

In Berkeley

In this day-long presentation, renowned teacher and best-selling author Rick Hanson will explore how mindful attention to positive experiences can cultivate happiness, resilience, love, and inner peace.

Dr. Hanson, a Greater Good Science Center Senior Fellow, will explain how the brain has evolved a negativity bias, so it's like Velcro for negative experiences but Teflon for positive ones--which wears down health, mood, and self-worth. Happily, we can correct this bias by tapping the hidden power of everyday experiences to weave lasting inner strength and peace of mind into one's brain and one's life.

Drawing on the exciting science of "neuroplasticity," Dr. Hanson will teach a simple method to internalize positive experiences in our memory systems, which can improve our mood and coping skills--in effect, using the mind to change the brain to change the mind for the better. His presentation will review the evolution of the brain and teach four steps that build up the neural circuits of contentment, calm, and confidence. In addition to using these methods for ourselves, he will suggest how we can use them to help children, clients, and patients.

Dr. Hanson will summarize some of the core concepts and methods he has covered in previous workshops, and then apply these ideas and approaches to important relationships, offering practical resources for mental health professionals and anyone looking to enhance connections (and deal with difficulties) with close friends, family, or colleagues.

6 Continuing Education Credits available to mental health professionals.

Presented by The Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley.

$125-$149.

Cold Piece of Werk

Saturday, March 14th, 2015 - Saturday, March 14th, 2015, Sat, March 14, 3pm and 7pm

Kaiser Center Lakeside Theater
300 Lakeside Dr

In Oakland

The story of Midnight. A sex industry worker in Oakland, CA. Midnight works the most notorious track in the intercontinental United States, International Blvd. Also known as E14th St. Question is, how did Midnight come to be involved in the Sex Industry and how does she stay alive in the game? Can she escape without being killed?

Sex/Human Trafficking

Presented by Tracie Collins Productions.

$25

Cold Piece of Werk

Sunday, March 15th, 2015 - Sunday, March 15th, 2015, Sun, March 15, 3pm and 7pm

Kaiser Center Lakeside Theater
300 Lakeside Dr

In Oakland

The story of Midnight. A sex industry worker in Oakland, CA. Midnight works the most notorious track in the intercontinental United States, International Blvd. Also known as E14th St. Question is, how did Midnight come to be involved in the Sex Industry and how does she stay alive in the game? Can she escape without being killed?

Presented by Tracie Collins Productions.

$25

Tom Hayden: Listen, Yankee: Why Cuba Matters

Wednesday, March 18th, 2015 - Wednesday, March 18th, 2015, 3/18/15, 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

First Congregational Church of Berkeley
2345 Channing Way

In Berkeley

Fresh insight about one of history's most enigmatic relationships between neighboring countries is presented by one of America's best known voices of political activism. While many know Tom Hayden as a hero of the student movements of the sixties and a former California Assembly member and State senator, few know that in recent years Hayden has become one of the world's foremost experts on the United States' relationship with Cuba.

With intimate access to backroom politics, extensive experience traveling through both countries, and a nuanced analysis long in the making, Hayden is peerless at untangling all that has led to the recent crucial change in the nations' relationship. He documents the remarkable influence Cuba has had across Latin America. He examines the writings of Che Guevara, Regis Debray, and C. Wright Mills. He discusses the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Weather Underground, the assassination of JFK, and the strong historical links between Cuba and Africa. Both the Carter and Clinton eras are viewed by Hayden, as are the Cuban 5, Elian Gonzalez, and the possibilities for both nations in the new accord.

Tom Hayden, principle architect of the New Left, is one of the most recognizable, tireless, and courageous voices of the movements of the sixties. In 1982 he was elected to the California State Assembly, and in 1992 to the California State Senate. He is the author of six other books.

Presented by KPFA Radio 94.1FM, Hosted by Gloria La Riva, a longtime activist, has been a candidate for President, Vice-President and Governor of California in various elections for the Peace and Freedom Party and the Party for Socialism and Liberation. She translated Fidel Castro's book, Cuba at the Crossroads, and produced documentary videos Workers' Democracy in Cuba & others.

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

Presented by KPFA Radio 94.1 FM.

$12 advance, $15 door.

Destination Home: An Evening of Short New Works

Friday, March 20th, 2015 - Saturday, April 4th, 2015, March 20-April 4, Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 2pm

The Flight Deck
1540 Broadway

In Oakland

Ragged Wing Ensemble continues our "Homing" season with four short world-premiere plays by Anthony Clarvoe, Cecilia Palmtag, Addie Ulrey, and Windy Wynazz that explore the subtly shifting boundaries of home, from the comic to the sublime, the deeply personal to the global and points between. All four plays will be performed each night, with one intermission.

Presented by Ragged Wing Ensemble.

$20-40.

Steffani Stabat Mater

Sunday, March 22nd, 2015, 7:30pm

St. Mary Magdalen Church
2005 Berryman Street

In Berkeley

An all-star cast performs Agostino Steffani’s baroque masterpiece, Stabat Mater, and the Carissimi oratorio Vanitas, Vanitatum.

Jennifer Ellis Kampani & Céline Ricci, sopranos
Clifton Massey, countertenor
Paul Elliott & Christopher LeCluyse, tenors
John Bischoff, bass
Elizabeth Blumenstock & Kati Kyme, baroque violin
Lisa Grodin, baroque viola
Adaiha MacAdam-Somer, baroque cello
Farley Pearce, violone
David Tayler, theorbo
Hanneke van Proosdij, organ

Thursday, March 19, 2015, 8 pm
All Saints Episcopal Church
555 Waverley Street, Palo Alto

Friday, March 20, 2015, 8 pm
St. Stephen's Episcopal Church
3 Bayview Avenue, Belvedere

Saturday, March 21, 2015, 8 pm
St. Mark's Lutheran Church
1111 O'Farrell Street, San Francisco

Richmond Art Center Exhibitions

Sunday, March 22nd, 2015 - Sunday, May 24th, 2015, Tue-Sat, 10am – 5pm; Sun 12 – 5pm

Richmond Art Center
2540 Barrett Avenue

In Richmond

Enjoy the work of emerging and established artists in our four galleries. "Mildred Howard: Spirit and Matter," showcases four decades of evocative work from free-standing sculpture to wall-mounted musings that address racism, injustice and compassion, thru May 24. Artwork by hundreds of West Contra Costa middle and high school students, thru Apr. 26. Opening May 5, see diverse works created by elementary thru high school students in our traveling Art in the Community program.

Mario Martinez: Change Beliefs Limiting Health, Longevity & Success

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015 - Wednesday, March 25th, 2015, 3/25/15, 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

First Congregational Church of Berkeley
2345 Channing Way

In Berkeley

KPFA Radio 94.1FM presents:

MARIO MARTINEZ
The MindBody Code: How to Change the Beliefs That Limit Your Health, Longevity & Success

Hosted by Dr. Michael LeNoir

$15 advance tickets: 800-838-3006 or independent bookstores $18 door, KPFA benefit

In The MindBody Code, Dr, Mario Martinez challenges readers to embrace a radically new paradigm for health and well-being. He presents the basics of a fascinating cutting-edge science, and the pathways to communicate with the body in its own biosymbolic language for results that until this point have been elusive. Dr. Martinez reveals the way our cultural beliefs impact our immune systems, the pathways to healing the archetypal wounds of shame, abandonment, and betrayal.

He presents stories and examples from scientific studies that demonstrate how belief systems set us up for illness and self-sabotaging behavior. He offers useful methods for discerning where we hold conflict and imbalance in our bodies and how we can heal.

"I am continuously enthralled by Dr. Martinez' explanation of biocognition-how our culture, beliefs, and immune systems all operate in a seamless unity that creates our experience of health and happiness." - Christiane Northrup, M . D., author of The Wisdom of Menopause, and Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom

Mario Martinez, PsyD, is a clinical neurpsychologist who lectures worldwide on the impact of cultural beliefs on health and longevity. His unique approach bridges the fields of psychoneurimmunology, cultural anthropology, and cultural neuroscience.

Dr. Michael LeNoir, a practicing pediatrician and allergist, is the current president of the National Medical Association. The recipient of numerous awards, including The Oakland Citizen of the Year Award, Dr. LeNoir has long hosted a popular weekly show on KPFA Radio called "About Health"

Dr. Martinez will also be offering a one-day workshop on March 29! For more information, see http://www.biocognitive.com

Presented by KPFA Radio 94.1 FM.

$15 advance, $18 door.

Mario Martinez: Change Beliefs Limiting Health, Longevity & Success

Friday, March 27th, 2015 - Friday, March 27th, 2015, 3/27/15, 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

First Congregational Church of Oakland
2501 Harrison St

In Oakland

KPFA Radio 94.1FM presents:

MARIO MARTINEZ
The MindBody Code: How to Change the Beliefs That Limit Your Health, Longevity & Success

Hosted by Dr. Michael LeNoir

$15 advance tickets: 800-838-3006 or independent bookstores $18 door, KPFA benefit

In The MindBody Code, Dr, Mario Martinez challenges readers to embrace a radically new paradigm for health and well-being. He presents the basics of a fascinating cutting-edge science, and the pathways to communicate with the body in its own biosymbolic language for results that until this point have been elusive. Dr. Martinez reveals the way our cultural beliefs impact our immune systems, the pathways to healing the archetypal wounds of shame, abandonment, and betrayal.

He presents stories and examples from scientific studies that demonstrate how belief systems set us up for illness and self-sabotaging behavior. He offers useful methods for discerning where we hold conflict and imbalance in our bodies and how we can heal.

"I am continuously enthralled by Dr. Martinez' explanation of biocognition-how our culture, beliefs, and immune systems all operate in a seamless unity that creates our experience of health and happiness." - Christiane Northrup, M . D., author of The Wisdom of Menopause, and Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom

Mario Martinez, PsyD, is a clinical neurpsychologist who lectures worldwide on the impact of cultural beliefs on health and longevity. His unique approach bridges the fields of psychoneurimmunology, cultural anthropology, and cultural neuroscience.

Dr. Michael LeNoir, a practicing pediatrician and allergist, is the current president of the National Medical Association. The recipient of numerous awards, including The Oakland Citizen of the Year Award, Dr. LeNoir has long hosted a popular weekly show on KPFA Radio called "About Health"

Dr. Martinez will also be offering a one-day workshop on March 29! For more information, see http://www.biocognitive.com

Presented by KPFA Radio 94.1 FM.

$15 advance, $18 door.

Oakland East Bay Symphony Presents Notes From Mexico

Friday, March 27th, 2015 - Friday, March 27th, 2015, 3/27/15, 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

The Paramount Theatre
2025 Broadway

In Oakland

Oakland East Bay Symphony and Music Director Michael Morgan continue their popular and insightful annual "Notes from..." series this season with Notes from Mexico, featuring composer/performer Diana Gameros, pianist Llewellyn Sanchez-Werner and Ballet Folklorico Mexicano de Carlos Moreno Friday, March 27, at 8 pm at the Paramount Theatre in Oakland. The Symphony's "Notes from..." series has become a popular mainstay of the Bay Area music scene and annually explores symphonic music both new and traditional from cultures that may be less well known to audiences. Past "Notes from..." programs have focused on music from Persia, the Philippines, China and the Middle East. This concert is sponsored by Mueller Nicholls Builders and The Grubb Co. Realtors. Llewellyn Sanchez-Werner's performance is supported by a grant from The Ross McKee Foundation. Tickets are priced $20-$70 and a pre-concert talk will be given at 7 pm and is free to ticket-holders. For tickets and information, visit www.oebs.org.

Notes from Mexico will feature Carlos Chavez' Piano Concerto, Jose Pablo Moncayo's Huapango, Silvestre Revueltas' Sensemaya and Diana Gameros performing her own work En Juarez plus Ruben Fuentes' Hay Unos Ojos and a medley of traditional Mexican folksongs arranged by Ms. Gameros including Felipe Valdez Leal's Mi Ranchito, Jose Lopez Alvarez' Cancion Mixteca and Agustin Lara's Farolito.

Presented by Oakland East Bay Symphony.

$20-$70.

Mildred Howard in Conversation

Sunday, March 29th, 2015 - Sunday, March 29th, 2015, 1:00 pm

Richmond Art Center
2540 Barrett Avenue

In Richmond

Join the artist in conversation with guest curator Jan Wurm for an intimate view of the artist's work in the exhibition “Mildred Howard: Spirit and Matter” and hear about her art making process in this casual exchange. Join us for a cup of coffee, a closer look, and an opportunity to discuss the exhibition with the artist. FREE.

Birds of Paradise, Exotic Music of the New & Old Worlds

Sunday, March 29th, 2015 - Sunday, March 29th, 2015, 8 PM

La Pena Cultural Center
3105 Shattuck Ave

In Berkeley

MARIN BAROQUE Chamber Choir and period instrument Orchestra, with renowned early brass ensemble THE WHOLE NOYSE and Music Director, Daniel Canosa, present Birds of Paradise: Exotic Music of the Old & New Worlds, Janequin, Flecha & Fernandez, and music of the Latin American missions. Sixteen voices, percussion, vihuela, Baroque guitar, shawm, cornett, and early brass instruments are all featured.
On the program:
Le Chant des Oiseaux full of bird song by Clément Janequin; an ensalada, San Sabeya Gugurumbé, with a mixture of Castilian, Catalan, Portuguese, and African vernacular by Mateo Flecha; the plaintive Con Que La Lavare by Juan Vasquez, a popular poem and song in 16th-century Spain and a beautiful example of a villancico; and other music from the Latin American missions.
Saturday, March 28, 8 pm, First Presbyterian Church, San Anselmo
Sunday, March 29, 8 pm, La Peña Cultural Center, Berkeley

Berkeley Symphony: I'm a Performer Family Concert

Saturday, April 11th, 2015 - Saturday, April 11th, 2015, 10am and 11:30am

Malcom X Middle School
1731 Prince Street

In Berkeley

Rosin your bow and polish your horn! Get ready for this one-of-a-kind opportunity to perform alongside professional orchestra musicians! An annual tradition at Berkeley Symphony, “I’m a Performer!” family concerts are open to all music lovers, instrumentalists and singers alike. Together, you and the orchestra will perform popular tunes, including “Ode to Joy” and our signature tune, “I Am a Fine Musician.” Concerts are FREE.

Berkeley Symphony and Friends Chamber Music Series

Sunday, April 12th, 2015 - Sunday, April 12th, 2015, 5-7pm

Piedmont Center for the Arts
801 Magnolia Avenue, Piedmont, CA 94611

In

The Piedmont Center for the Arts will host a series of four chamber music concerts featuring Berkeley Symphony musicians and their guests. Artists: Dan Flanagan, violin; Elizabeth Prior, viola; Jonah Kim, cello; Miles Graber, piano. Presenting works by Ravel and Fauré. Tickets are $25.

Don Farnsworth – Magnifying Magnolia and Mildred

Sunday, April 19th, 2015 - Sunday, April 19th, 2015, 2 – 3:30 pm

Richmond Art Center
2540 Barrett Avenue

In Richmond

With his fine art press, Magnolia Editions, Don Farnsworth has forged new paths in printmaking techniques to enable artists to pursue visions and new imagery. Hear about Don's methods and experiences working with artist Mildred Howard and see her exhibition “Mildred Howard: Spirit and Matter.” This program will enrich our appreciation for the graphic works Howard has pursued and the elements involved in developing her imagery.
Sun, Apr 19, 2 – 3:30 pm, FREE

Sundays @ Four: Fry Street Quartet

Sunday, April 19th, 2015 - Sunday, April 19th, 2015, 4/19/15, 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Crowden Music Center
1475 Rose Street

In Berkeley

Violinist Robert Waters brings his world-famous Fry Street Quartet to close the Sundays @ Four chamber music series on April 19th at 4PM at Crowden.

Hailed as "a triumph of ensemble playing" (New York Times), Fry Street Quartet has perfected a "blend of technical precision and scorching spontaneity" (Strad). Since securing the Millennium Grand Prize at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, Fry Street Quartet has reached audiences from Carnegie Hall to Sarajevo and Jerusalem, exploring the medium of the string quartet and its life-affirming potential with "profound understanding, ...depth of expression, and stunning technical astuteness" (Deseret Morning News).

Fry Street Quartet began its international career in 2002 as cultural ambassadors to the Balkan States, sponsored by Carnegie Hall and the U.S. Department of State. This tour featured the European debut of J. Mark Scearce's Y2K, commissioned for Fry Street. Subsequent international appearances have included France, the Czech Republic, Austria and Brazil. The quartet performed its first complete Beethoven Quartet Cycle presented at Utah State University in 2008.

Present projects include working with composer Michael Ellison on a commission to be premiered this season, as well as composer Laura Kaminsky in a multi-disciplinary performance with physicist Dr. Robert Davies, called The Crossroads Project, which employs original music, art, information, and imagery in contemplation our relationship to our Earth System.

Fry Street received rave reviews as prizewinners at the Fischoff Competition, Yellow Springs Competition, and the Banff International String Quartet Competition.

Program:
Haydn Quartet in D minor, Op.76 No. 2, Quinten
Bartok Quartet No. 2
Beethoven Quartet in E-flat Major, Op.127

Presented by Crowden Music Center.

Free to $25.

West Contra Costa Student Art Show Reception

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015 - Thursday, April 23rd, 2015, 5 – 7 pm

Richmond Art Center
2540 Barrett Avenue

In Richmond

Celebrate fifty years of this popular exhibition which showcases the individual creative voices and art created by hundreds of middle and high school students at this reception. This Student Art Show is an annual collaboration between the school district and the Richmond Art Center.

Upcycle

Saturday, April 25th, 2015 - Saturday, April 25th, 2015, 1 – 4 pm

Richmond Art Center
2540 Barrett Avenue

In Richmond

Create, see and learn about the art of upcycling at this maker festival for the whole family. Upcycling workstations will feature hands-on activities that creatively re-use materials otherwise headed for the landfill. Learn how to screen-print patches, create colorful mosaics, make quilts from t-shirts, weave rag rugs and create metal objects. All ages. Kids under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. FREE
http://richmondartcenter.org/upcycle

Ya Elah at St Bede's Art Series

Sunday, April 26th, 2015 - Sunday, April 26th, 2015, 4:00 PM

St Bede's Episcopal Church
2650 Sand Hill Road Menlo Park, CA 94025

In

Ya Elah emerged from a longing to illuminate the beauty, mystery and power of the world's many spiritual paths.

"The sound of Ya Elah is like honey in your ears: they will awaken you. Your toes will tap, your head will sway and your soul will sing."
~ Jueli Garfinkle, Author of Everyday Adventures for the Soul

Equal parts musical fireworks/healing ritual/rollicking good time, Ya Elah sparkles with the influence of Bulgarian village songs, Middle Eastern rhythms, and more from the world's various musical traditions.

Our music combines the sacred texts and liturgies of many traditions to reveal the deep knowing that all life is one. Ya Elah aspires to inspire compassion among diverse cultures and hopes to help bring healing and a sense of wonder at the ways all have connected to the Divine.

Ya Elah is based in the San Francisco Bay Area with Bon Singer (director), Diana Rowan (harp, percussion), Erica Hockett (voice), Evelie S Posch (voice, guitar, percussion), Jeannette Ferber (voice).

www.facebook.com/YaElahMusic
http://yaelah.strikingly.com/

Check out St Bede's Art Series brochure: http://stbedesmenlopark.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/ArtsBrochure2014_2015post.pdf

Early Bird Tickets till March 26: http://yaelah.bpt.me.

Berkeley Symphony: Homage

Thursday, April 30th, 2015 - Thursday, April 30th, 2015, 8-10pm

Zellerbach Hall
101 Zellerbach Hall #4800, Berkeley, CA 94720

In Berkeley

First produced in 1991, John Adams’ opera The Death of Klinghoffer is based on the hijacking of the passenger liner Achille Lauro by the Palestine Liberation Front in 1995, and the resulting murder of Jewish-American passenger Leon Klinghoffer. Mozart’s Requiem was composed in Vienna in 1791, during the last year of the composer’s life. Though considered one of Mozart’s most popular and respected works, the question remains as to how much of the music he actually completed before his death and how much was later composed by others. The Orchestra is joined by soloists from the Adler Fellowship Program of the San Francisco Opera Center and the choruses from the University of California, Berkeley.

Under Construction

Saturday, May 2nd, 2015 - Saturday, May 2nd, 2015, 3pm

Osher Studio
2055 Center Street

In Berkeley

Working in collaboration with EarShot: the National Orchestral Composition Discovery Network, and its partner organizations – the American Composers Forum, League of American Orchestras, New Music USA and the American Composers Orchestra – Berkeley Symphony will expand its Under Construction New Music Series/Composers Program. Participating composers receive artistic and career guidance from Music Director Joana Carneiro and mentor composers, as well as from the orchestra musicians. Tickets are $10.

Workshop – Boxing Our Memories

Sunday, May 3rd, 2015 - Sunday, May 3rd, 2015, 2 – 3:30 pm

Richmond Art Center
2540 Barrett Avenue

In Richmond

Bring a box, old purse, old tool kit or lunch box. Then bring all the bits and pieces you’ve been collecting and holding onto for memories: photos, flowers, letters, toys, broken strings of beads. We will glue and tape and paint and bind these into a collage of personal memory and history. This workshop is inspired by the exhibition “Mildred Howard: Spirit and Matter”. FREE

Under Construction II

Sunday, May 3rd, 2015 - Sunday, May 3rd, 2015, 7-9pm

Osher Studio
2055 Center Street

In Berkeley

Working in collaboration with EarShot: the National Orchestral Composition Discovery Network, and its partner organizations – the American Composers Forum, League of American Orchestras, New Music USA and the American Composers Orchestra – Berkeley Symphony will expand its Under Construction New Music Series/Composers Program. Participating composers receive artistic and career guidance from Music Director Joana Carneiro and mentor composers, as well as from the orchestra musicians.

Art in the Community Student Art Reception

Saturday, May 9th, 2015 - Saturday, May 9th, 2015, 3 – 5 pm

Richmond Art Center
2540 Barrett Avenue

In Richmond

Come celebrate with students and see the artwork these elementary to high school students created in our traveling Art in the Community program. Plus, meet the teaching artists and learn more about the curriculum of these day-time and after-school art programs that are delivered to sites all across Richmond. FREE

Del Sol String Quartet Performance & Special Reception

Sunday, May 17th, 2015 - Sunday, May 17th, 2015, 2:00 pm

Richmond Art Center
2540 Barrett Avenue

In Richmond

The fabulous Del String Quartet returns to the Art Center’s gallery with their adventurous programming responsive to the work and spirit of the artist, Mildred Howard, and her exhibition “Mildred Howard: Spirit and Matter.” A reception follows the performance. $20 suggested donation; no one turned away for lack of funds.

In My Life - A Musical Theatre Tribute to the Beatles

Monday, May 18th, 2015 - Monday, May 18th, 2015, 7:30 pm

Bankhead Theater
2400 First Street LIvermore

In Richmond

You already know and love the songs, but In My Life: A Musical Theatre Tribute to the Beatles gives you a chance to get a fresh perspective on the story of the band that made them. More than just a live musical tribute show, In My Life tells the Fab Four's tale through the eyes of their late manager, Brian Epstein, who acts as narrator to renowned tribute band Abbey Road's live performance of some 33 Beatles classics. From their groundbreaking appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show to their final rooftop performance at the Apple Corp. offices, and "I Want to Hold Your Hand" to the psychedelic era of Sgt. Pepper's and beyond, this exciting production gives new life to the story of rock's greatest band.

Mildred Howard Exhibition Closing Reception

Sunday, May 24th, 2015 - Sunday, May 24th, 2015, 3 – 5 pm

Richmond Art Center
2540 Barrett Avenue

In Richmond

Celebrate the work of artist Mildred Howard at this closing event for her exhibition “Mildred Howard: Spirit and Matter, which showcases four decades of evocative work from free-standing sculpture to wall-mounted musings that address racism, injustice and compassion. FREE



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