Events


Origami Modules and Visual Art by Incarcerated Individuals

Thursday, November 30th, 2017 - Wednesday, January 31st, 2018, 12-6pm

Oakland Asian Cultural Center
388 9th St. #290

In Oakland

Artists from inside San Quentin prison share their origami and other visual art as an important way to stay connected across prison walls. This self-expressive and healing practice has been ongoing since 2012, when instructor Jun Hamamoto first asked prisoners in support of global unity and world peace to fold origami to be placed on the World Tree of Hope.

Jun Hamamoto is a volunteer instructor associated with the William James Association. Funding is provided by Jun, with assistance from Buddhist Peace Fellowship and Mindful Peacebuilding.

Opening Reception with performance by Heiwa Taiko Thursday November 30, 2017 from 6-8pm. The exhibition will run from November 30, 2017 to January 31, 2018 at 12-6pm.

Origami Workshops with Jun Hamamoto (FREE drop-in workshops for children and adults will be held at OACC) December 7 & 17, 2017 — January 17 & 24, 2018 from 3:30pm-6:30pm.

Origami Modules and Visual Art by Incarcerated Individuals - Opening Reception Nov. 30, 2017 6-8pm

Thursday, November 30th, 2017 - Wednesday, January 31st, 2018, Opening reception is 6-8pm, 12 – 6pm for exhibition, and 3:30pm – 6:30pm for workshops

Oakland Asian Cultural Center
388 9th St. #290 Oakland, CA 94607

In Oakland

Opening Reception with performance by Heiwa Taiko Thursday November 30, 2017 from 6-8pm. The exhibition will run from November 30, 2017 to January 31, 2018, 12-6pm.

Artists from inside San Quentin prison share their origami and other visual art as an important way to stay connected across prison walls. This self-expressive and healing practice has been ongoing since 2012, when instructor Jun Hamamoto first asked prisoners in support of global unity and world peace to fold origami to be placed on the World Tree of Hope.

Jun Hamamoto is a volunteer instructor associated with the William James Association. Funding is provided by Jun, with assistance from Buddhist Peace Fellowship and Mindful Peacebuilding.

Origami Workshops with Jun Hamamoto (FREE drop-in workshops for children and adults will be held at OACC) December 7 & 14, 2017 — January 17 & 24, 2018 from 3:30pm-6:30pm

Anxious States: Expressionism from Gauguin to Oliveira

Wednesday, December 6th, 2017 - Sunday, May 27th, 2018

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

In Oakland

Anxious States: Expressionism from Gauguin to Oliveira
December 6, 2017-May 27, 2018

Opening Reception: Wednesday, December 6, 2017 | 4:00-5:00 pm
Mills College Art Museum, Back Gallery*

Featuring works from the Mills College Art Museum’s collection, Anxious States: Expressionism from Gaugin to Oliveira follows the evolution of Expressionism as an artistic response to anxieties of contemporary life, disruptive technologies, and global war across a range of time periods and cultures. Expressionism describes an aesthetic style developed from the feelings of uncertainty and alienation that accompanied rapid industrialization during the early 20th century.

Anxious States is curated by Savana Ames, Natasha Culbreth, Eva Goldstein-Moore, Hisaka Marybayashi, and Carmen Wiley, and is accompanied by a digital exhibition catalogue.

*MCAM’s back gallery is currently accessible by stairs only. A hardcopy of the exhibition catalogue will be available upon request and a digital version will be accessible through our website. We apologize for this hindrance.

Anxious States: Expressionism from Gauguin to Oliveira

Wednesday, December 6th, 2017 - Sunday, May 27th, 2018, 6-8 pm

Mills College Art Museum
5000 Macarthur blvd. Oakland, CA 94609

In Oakland

ANXIOUS STATES: EXPRESSIONISM FROM GAUGUIN TO OLIVEIRA
DECEMBER 6, 2017- MAY 27, 2018
OPENING RECEPTION: WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 6,2017 | 6:00-8:00 PM

Featuring works from Mills College Art Museum’s collection, Anxious States: Expressionism from Gaugin to Oliveira follows the evolution of Expressionism as an artistic response to the anxieties of modernity, such as disruptive technologies and global war, across a range of time periods and cultures. Expressionism describes an aesthetic style distilled from the feelings of uncertainty and alienation born amid the industrialization of the early 20th Century.
The works included in this exhibition can be read as emotional as well as political reactions to a rapidly changing world.

Anxious States is curated by Savana Ames, Natasha Culbreth, Eva Goldstein-Moore, Hisaka Marybayashi, and Carmen Wiley, and is accompanied by a digital exhibition catalogue.

*MCAM’s back gallery is currently accessible by stairs only. A hardcopy of the exhibition catalogue will be available upon request and a digital version will be accessible through our website. We apologize for this hindrance.

5th Annual Juried Art Show

Friday, January 12th, 2018 - Sunday, February 11th, 2018

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

In Oakland

The 5th Annual Juried Art Show presented by The Piedmont Center for the Arts is a juried art exhibition selected from submissions highlighting a large variety of contemporary 2-dimenional works by Bay Area artists. Featuring original art created within the past two years, 35 pieces will be selected by guest jurors Carin Adams, Oakland Museum of California, Associate Curator, Art and Material Culture and Jenny Gheith, Assistant Curator of Painting and Sculpture, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Cash awards of $4,000 allocated to juror-designated award winners.

EXHIBITION DATES: January 12 – February 11, 2018; Opening Reception: Friday, January 12, 6-8 pm

The Piedmont Center for the Arts is a non-profit arts organization dedicated to coalescing the arts communities of Piedmont and around the Bay Area.

5th Annual Juried Art Show at the Piedmont Center for the Arts

Saturday, January 13th, 2018 - Sunday, February 11th, 2018, 12 noon - 3:00 pm

Piedmont Center for the Arts
801 Magnolia Avenue, Piedmont

In Oakland

The 5th Annual Juried Art Show presented by The Piedmont Center for the Arts is a juried art exhibition selected from submissions highlighting a large variety of contemporary 2-dimenional works by Bay Area artists. Featuring original art created within the past two years, 35 pieces will be selected by guest jurors Carin Adams, Oakland Museum of California, Associate Curator, Art and Material Culture and Jenny Gheith, Assistant Curator of Painting and Sculpture, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

Blurring the Lines

Thursday, January 18th, 2018 - Saturday, February 24th, 2018, Thursday—Saturday 12—5p + by appt

SLATE contemporary
473 25th Street, Suite A

In Oakland

Phillip Griswold + Michael Azgour

SLATE contemporary | 473 25th Street, Oakland, CA

January 18 - February 24 | Hours: Thursday—Saturday 12—5p + by appt

Two SLATE contemporary artists Phillip Griswold and Michael Azgour, explore the convergence of painting and photography in Blurring the Lines, which highlights abstract landscapes and figurative subjects.

Empowering Womxn of Color Open Mic Series

Friday, January 26th, 2018 - Friday, January 19th, 2018, 7:30pm - 10pm

La Peña Cultural Center
3105 Shattuck Ave

In Berkeley

Presented by La Peña Cultural Center and the UC Berkeley Womxn of Color Initiative, this 3-part open mic series will provide a space for performances celebrating the voices of womxn of color, and will include one featured artist per month!

Come support local Bay Area talent or sign up to perform!

This event will occur on January 26th, February 9th and March 9th.

WIDOWERS' HOUSES by George Bernard Shaw

Friday, January 26th, 2018 - Sunday, March 4th, 2018, Tues & Wed @ 7pm; Thur - Sat @ 8pm; Sun @ 2pm & 7pm

Aurora Theatre Company
2081 Addison Street

In Berkeley

No one is innocent of the excesses of capitalism in this crackling comic satire that launched George Bernard Shaw’s career as a playwright. When Harry Trench, a well-intentioned young doctor, falls in love with hot-tempered Blanche Sartorius, he never suspects that his prospective father-in-law’s fortune is derived from ruthless schemes to exploit the poor. Can the young lovers’ passion survive this fall from innocence? With colorful villains and foils to offset the romantic duo, Shaw’s take on gentrification, rent prices, and social responsibility is as timely today as it was in 1892.

"A smashing satire!" ~Oakland Tribune

Defender Film Screening / Q & A by Jeff Adachi

Saturday, January 27th, 2018 - Saturday, January 27th, 2018, 6:00pm-9:00pm

Oakland Asian Cultural Center
388 9th Street, Suite 290, Oakland, CA 94607

In Oakland

The insightful documentary focuses on San Francisco Public Defender Adachi as he and his team take on the high-profile case of 22-year-old Michael Smith, who pleads not guilty after he is charged with nine counts of resisting arrest. Pulled off a BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) train along with his girlfriend, Smith is wrested to the ground, the arrest captured on the attending officers' body cameras.

Reserve your FREE ticket here on eventbrite

Limited Seating Available

Film Screening/ Q & A by Jeff Adachi

Saturday, January 27, 2018

6 to 9pm

Semester Course for Teachers: Developing & Implementing Dance Curricula - A

Tuesday, January 30th, 2018 - Tuesday, May 8th, 2018, 6-9pm

Luna Dance Institute
605 Addison Street

In Berkeley

Are you a dance artist ready to launch into teaching for the first time, or a classroom teacher excited to share the joy of dance with your students? Have you been teaching for a while but desire a refreshing & grounding new perspective? Luna’s popular DIDC-A course is the first level of our foundations series and offers a comprehensive overview of the fundamentals of dance teaching. Learn the elements of dance, human development theory, how to integrate dance across subject matter, how to design dance lessons aligned with Common Core standards, and more, all while exploring your inner dancer. No prerequisite. $525

Questions about whether DIDC-A is right for you? Email Jochelle jperena@lunadanceinstitute.org

Lunar new Year Festival

Saturday, February 3rd, 2018 - Saturday, February 3rd, 2018, 10AM to 5PM

Oakland Asian Cultural Center
388 9th Street

In Oakland

This year OACC welcomes in the Year of the Dog with our Lunar New Year Festival on Saturday February 3, 2018 from 10 to 5 pm in the heart of Oakland’s Chinatown. Music, dance performances, arts & crafts such as lantern-making, vendors & more! This year OACC is partnering with the Oakland Chinatown Chamber of Commerce for a free indoor and outdoor extravaganza for all to enjoy as we welcome the Year of the Dog!


OACC CULTURAL PERFORMANCES

Lion Dance

China's Spirit Music Ensemble Guzheng (Chinese Zither) performed by students of Winnie Wong (www.winnieguzheng.com)

Kid’s Go Mandarin Music & Movement performed by students of Vita Hsieh (www.kidsgomandarin.com)

Tai Chi performed by students of William Dere

Emeryville Taiko by Taiko Adult Beginner Students of Susan Horn
www.etaiko.org


ACTIVITIES SCHEDULE

Guided Meditations by East Bay Meditation Center

Asian Literature Adult & Children's Readings by
East Wind Books of Berkeley

Red Envelop Making Station

Make Your own Shadow Puppet

& lots more!

"This Place": Opening Reception

Saturday, February 3rd, 2018 - Saturday, February 3rd, 2018, 5 - 7 pm

Berkeley Art Center
1275 Walnut Street

In Berkeley

February 3 - March 4, 2018
Opening Reception: Saturday, February 3, 5 - 7 pm
Special thanks to all of the talented BAC Members who entered work in our 2017 Artists Annual Exhibition. The Artists Annual Exhibition is an exciting opportunity for artists to have hundreds of eyes on their work and in particular, the eyes of this year's juror Maria Porges, Associate Professor at California College of the Arts.

The following artists have been selected for an exhibition titled "This Place" which will include urban and rural, natural and supernatural environments that portray a sense of place.

Peter Baczek
Monique Boyd
Timothea Campbell
Victoria Hamlin
Shelley Hoyt
Jeannie O'Connor
Nancy Mona Russell

Cuban Rumba Jam

Sunday, February 4th, 2018 - Sunday, February 4th, 2018, 3pm - 5pm

La Peña Cultural Center
3105 Shattuck Ave

In Berkeley

Folkloric Afro-Cuban Rhythm & Dance Every 1st & 3rd Sunday!

Come enjoy the Afro-Cuban folkloric drums, dances, and songs of rumba. Rumba is the word used for a group of related, community-oriented, music and dance styles in Cuba. Rumba developed in rural Cuba, with strong influences from African drumming and Spanish poetry and singing.

Family Workshop: Green Valentines

Saturday, February 10th, 2018 - Wednesday, January 10th, 2018, 1 - 3 pm

Berkeley Art Center
1275 Walnut Street

In Berkeley

Suggested donation $5, drop-in, all ages

We kick off our Second Saturday workshop series with a craft you'll LOVE. Green Art Workshops presents an eco-alternative to Valentines with instructor Elizabeth Molnar. Make handmade cards with discarded postcards, magazines, maps, books, and more! Discover how to use collage and other craft techniques to compose unique art pieces for your special Valentine messages for friends and family.

Elizabeth Molnar is a co-founder of GAW and received degrees in Studio Art and Art Education from Alfred University in New York. She has been an Artist-in-Residence at the Hall Farm Center in Townsend, VT and volunteered for AmeriCorps NCCC in Colorado. Elizabeth has taught art for Starr King Elementary’s YMCA After School Program and The Imagine Bus Project in San Francisco. Her award-winning art programs have connected local youth with kids in Uganda, Peru, Nepal, and India.

Fandango Jarocho: Son Jarocho Jam Session

Friday, February 16th, 2018 - Friday, February 16th, 2018, 8pm to 11pm

La Peña Cultural Center
3105 Shattuck Ave

In Berkeley

FREE – Donations of any size are welcome and greatly appreciated!

Enjoy a lively evening of son jarocho music, dancing, and zapateado– bring your dance shoes and instruments, or just come and enjoy the music and dance!

Son Jarocho is a lively traditional art form from the southern Mexican state of Veracruz that sits on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico. It is a lyrical and danceable music genre that formed in the melding of three cultures: Arabic-Spanish, African and indigenous Mexican. It is at the same time highly improvised and highly structured—filled with complex poly-rhythms and musical dialogue in its dance, song, poetry and music. The basic instrumentation of the son jarocho includes the jarana jarocha, guitarra de son (both guitar-like instruments) and zapateado (percussive footwork). Regional variations include the harp and various percussive instruments such as quijada, pandero, marimbol or cajón, with the latter two instruments being contemporary additions.

On a communal level, the son jarocho is used to celebrate various life occasions and often speaks of love (including courtship), happiness and the beauties of life as well as the hardships including sadness, loss and death. Hundreds of years old, the son jarocho is a living, contemporary art form that continues to evolve with time and under the influences of trans-cultural exchange and inter-generational dialogue.

This event reoccurs on the third Friday of every month.

Valerie Troutt JazzSoul Project

Monday, February 19th, 2018 - Monday, February 19th, 2018, 8:00 pm

Yoshi's Oakland
510 Embarcadero West Oakland CA 94607

In Oakland


An evening of original uplifting, succulent and daring JazzSoul standards by Valerie Troutt and her JazzSoul Quartet.

“This age of American Idol and Disney-approved singers has no room for a big, brassy woman who takes no shit and can really belt one out. From Big Mama Thornton to Etta James all the way to Patti Labelle, every generation has had one but ours. It's like when Chuck D asked all those years ago, "Who stole the soul?" Thank goddess for Valerie Troutt.... During college Valerie was mentored by jazz vocalist Dianne Reeves, Troutt approaches R&B standards, house grooves, and her original socially conscious jazz and soul compositions with the verve of the missing masters.” -D. Scot Miller, S.F. Weekly.

Branding for Artists with ArtistCEO Shannon DeJong

Saturday, February 24th, 2018 - Saturday, February 24th, 2018, 1 - 4 pm

Berkeley Art Center
1275 Walnut Street

In Berkeley

Branding isn’t just for big corporations. Entrepreneurs, celebrities, professionals—and yes, artists too—can benefit from learning how to express their unique value to the world. If you are wondering how to use your truth as an artist to enhance your reputation, build a community, and achieve your goals as a professional artist - you’ll want to sign up for this talk.

At Branding for Artists, you will:

Discover a personal brand essence that is authentic and true to you
Distill your story into a powerful 3-5 sentence elevator pitch
Articulate and communicate your 1 essential marketing message
Learn tips to market your new brand with integrity
Join artist and brand expert Shannon DeJong in this exciting, hands-on workshop and leave with a new lease on your art career!

Shannon DeJong is CEO of House of Who, Inc., a brand arthouse and agency based in Berkeley, California. As a brand professional, Shannon’s career has spanned brand naming and strategy across the Fortune 500. As an artist herself, Shannon created The Foundry, a place for artist studios and a quarterly arts salon with exploratory and experimental art of all disciplines. She was Executive Director of Berkeley-based theater Waterfront Playhouse & Conservatory from Fall 2015- Spring 2017. She is a working artist with recent acting credits including Laughing Wild by Christopher Durang. Shannon is also co-producer and protagonist in ArtistCEO, a true-story narrative podcast asking the question: Can business and art live in harmony?

Use this link to register: https://www.z2systems.com/np/clients/bac/event.jsp?event=624&

STEWART GOODYEAR, Pianist

Saturday, February 24th, 2018 - Saturday, February 24th, 2018, 7:30pm

Valley Ctr. Performing Arts/Holy Names University
3500 Mountain Blvd

In Oakland

Mr. Goodyear has been proclaimed, "a phenomenon" by the Los Angeles Times and "one of the best pianists of his generation" by The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Program:

Beethoven: Sonata No. 30 in E Major, Op. 109; Ravel: Pavane pour une infant defunte; Ravel: Alborada del gracioso; Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition.

Gamelan Çudamani - Music and Dance of Bali

Saturday, March 3rd, 2018 - Saturday, March 3rd, 2018, 7:00 PM

Hertz Hall, University of California Berkeley
101 Cross-Sproul Path Berkeley, CA 94704

In Berkeley

On Saturday, March 3, 2018, the company performs at UC Berkeley's -Hertz Hall at 7 pm in cooperation with the U.C Berkeley Department of Music. As Mt. Agung Volcano rumbles beneath their feet, Çudamani prepares is preparing a special concert for Berkeley audiences, featuring world premieres by I Dewa Putu Berata and I Wayan Sudiarsa. Of local interest is the debut of Dewa Ayu Larassanti and I Putu Wibi who will be performing one of Bali's most difficult masterpieces, Oleg Tamulilingan. Since Hertz Hall will be different from any other program on this USA tour. Their new full-length work, BHUMI - MOTHER EARTH, based on the theme of nature, will be presented at UC Davis (February 24) and Stanford University (February 28).

The life of the Hindu/Buddhist Balinese is filled with ceremonies which pay honor and respect to three worlds - the divine, the human and the natural. The ultimate goal of any ritual and performance is to create and maintain harmony and balance between these realms. The technical precision of gamelan music combined with the equally virtuosic dance movement create polyrhythms of shimmering sight and sound that give insight into this complex and creative culture. Equally known for their creation of new works and the reconstruction of rare classical forms, Cudamani embraces the ancient and modern, global and spiritual.

Voices of Music: Leonardo da Vinci: A Musical Odyssey

Sunday, March 4th, 2018, 7:30pm

St. Mary Magdalen
2005 Berryman

In Berkeley

Voices of Music presents “Leonardo da Vinci: A Musical Odyssey," which explores the music that Leonardo da Vinci would have heard in the cities in which he lived. There is no surviving music that Leonardo da Vinci played or composed, but through the writing of Giorgio Vasari and contemporaneous accounts we know that Leonardo was an acclaimed virtuoso on the lira da braccio, a type of bowed string instrument, and that he loved to accompany himself as he sang improvised poetry. Proficiency in music was highly valued in his time alongside the study of art and architecture. Da Vinci’s life coincides with a burst of activity in music, including the invention of music printing by Ottaviano Petrucci in Venice as well as the patronage in the 1480s of Lorenzo de’ Medici in Florence. Our research for this project includes a variety of musical forms, including frottole, sung poetry, music from the Medici and Sforza courts, the circle of Isabella d’Este, and the Parisian chansons from da Vinci’s final years in France. Join us for our story which will take you on a journey through Leonardo’s musical world, illustrating the synergy between science and art along the way.

Featuring Lawrence Rosenwald, poet and story teller; Stefanie True, soprano; Deborah Rentz-Moore mezzo soprano; Shira Kammen, lira da braccio and many others.

RASTRELLI CELLO QUARTET

Saturday, April 7th, 2018 - Saturday, April 7th, 2018, 7:30 pm

Valley Ctr. Performing Arts/Holy Names University
3500 Mountain Blvd

In Oakland

Kira Kraftzoff; Micha Degtjareff; Kirill Timofeev; Sergio Drapkin

"Riveting..entertaining...These four musicians could sound like a classical symphony one moment and play ragtime, jazz or klezmer the next..." -Ontario, Canada

Program: David Popper: Tarantella; Bela Bartok: Six Hungarian Dances; Edvard Grieg: Two excerpts from "peer Gynt"; Brahms: Six Hungarian Dances; Paul Desmond: Take Five; Tchaikovsky: Andante Cantabile from String Quartet No. 1; Tchaikovsky: Melody, Op. 42, No. 3; Karl Davidoff: By Fontain; Beatles Song Book.




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