Events


The Edge

Thursday, November 1st, 2018 - Saturday, December 29th, 2018, Thursday—Saturday 12—5p + by appt

SLATE contemporary
473 25th Street

In Oakland

SLATE contemporary gallery presents a modern and minimalist exhibition, The Edge, featuring two painters and one sculptor. The Edge brings into focus the lines, curves and forms that make up compositions that can be at once geometric and organic.

Eric Bohr’s ongoing painting series Frontiers, are colorist, hard-edge paintings concerned with indicating space in the simplest manner possible. The relative relationships between the borders, shapes, and colors create a sense of depth with layered forms hovering in front of and behind the picture plane, seemingly floating and moving past one another. Lola begins each of her resin paintings by choosing the colors she will work with. As she pours, a form begins to appear on the surface and a dialogue begins. Lola responds by carefully controlling the dynamic material’s flow, coaxing it into contours that are sometimes tightly controlled and at other times seem to have a life of their own. Peter St. Lawrence‘s ceramic sculpture references human shapes and ancient sculpture, while stylistically leaning toward mid-century modernism. Certainly, the work’s simplicity brings it toward minimalism and a serious kind of formalism–a realm where the grace in the arc of a curve, the play between form and negative space, and the beauty of the pure material, are poetic and engaging enough to give the work a compelling presence.

Crossing Boundaries - Calligraphies IN Conversation

Thursday, November 8th, 2018 - Wednesday, January 16th, 2019, 5:30 - 9:00 PM

Oakland Asian Cultural Center
388 9th St, Suite 290

In Oakland

5TH Annual International Exhibition
Opening Reception
Thursday, November 8, 2018
5:30 - 9:00 PM
Exhibition Dates: November 8, 2018 - January 16, 2019

Over 70 artworks will be on display from around the world including China, Czech Republic, France, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iran, Italy, Pakistan, South Africa, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey, UK, and United States.

Curated by Arash Shirinbab, curatorial team of Calligraphies in Conversation, and Donna K. Khorsheed, Program and Artistic Director of OACC.

Beloved California III: 17 Painters with a Passion for Place

Saturday, November 10th, 2018 - Saturday, December 29th, 2018, Nov. 10, 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.

The Holton Studio Gallery
2100 Fifth Street

In Berkeley

Our third annual group show since features paintings of Northern California by our entire roster of artists:
Kevin Brown, Sharon Calahan, Bill Cone, Christin Coy, Mark Farina, Robert Flanary, Paul Kratter, Richard Lindenberg, Kim Lordier, James McGrew, Terry Miura, Robin Moore, Ernesto Nemesio, Carol Peek, Paul Roehl, Barbara Tapp, and Erik Tiemens.

November 10 to December 29. Reception for the artists, November 10 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.

Arts of Point Richmond Exhibit

Monday, November 12th, 2018 - Tuesday, February 5th, 2019, 9:00a - 7:00p Mon-Sat

El Sol Restaurant
101 Park Place

In Richmond

The Arts of Point Richmond is pleased to present an exhibition of Shelby Sampson’s paintings through Feb 5, 2019, at El Sol Mexican Restaurant, 101 Park Place, Point Richmond.

ARTIST’S STATEMENT:
Inspiration for these acrylic paintings grew out of several years commuting between the Bay Area and Sacramento. I was struck by the great variety of ways the natural landscape – especially the beautiful undulating hills – had been decorated and manipulated by human occupation over the years. I was also aware that many people bemoaned the intrusion of power lines or microwave relay towers into the “pristine” natural landscape. I have always found a beauty in these commanding structures of modern technology, and began photographing them, and creating sketches from the photos, in 1999. The goal: to reveal the beauty of California’s built landscape. Over the years my subject has expanded from “things on hills” to whatever view of the California landscape catches my eye. Contact info: shelbysampson40@gmail.com

About Arts of Point Richmond: Arts of Point Richmond is a community association established to enrich our community by promoting support, appreciation and exposure for the Arts. For more information about the organization, members and events: www.artsofpointrichmond.com




GIFTY 2018: Holiday Celebration of Local Creative Culture

Saturday, December 15th, 2018 - Sunday, December 16th, 2018, Sat: 10am-6pm; Sun: 11am-5pm

The Crucible
1260 7th Street

In Oakland

At GIFTY 2018, dozens of leading East Bay artists, craftspeople, and Crucible faculty members will be selling their best handmade pieces in a holiday celebration of local creative culture. With vendors showcasing exquisite pieces of jewelry, locally designed clothing and accessories, whimsical metal sculptures, practical ceramic tableware, and more, you are sure to find the perfect gifts for the toughest people on your list. Season treats, beverages, and holiday entertainers make this an event all ages can enjoy. And in the midst of your holiday shopping, don’t forget to check out exciting demonstrations by our expert faculty in Glass Blowing, Blacksmithing, Foundry, and more! This is a great way to support local artists and learn more about the many different classes offered at The Crucible.

GIFTY 2018 Special Preview for Crucible Members:
Friday, December 14, 2018 | 7pm-9:30pm
Open for all:
Saturday, December 15, 2018 | 10am-6pm
Sunday, December 16, 2018 | 11am-5pm

The Harbor Hop: Silver Bell Trio & DJ Keith Azoubel

Sunday, December 16th, 2018 - Sunday, December 16th, 2018, 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Point San Pablo Harbor
1900 Stenmark Drive

In Richmond

Anchors away! Join us in your favorite nautical-themed attire for a holiday party & dance in the historic clubhouse of picturesque Point San Pablo Harbor. Enjoy an afternoon in a secluded corner of the SF Bay, where time has stood still.

Silver Bell Trio will be performing their Hot Jazz sound and DJ Keith Azoubel will be playing Swing and Jump Blues to get you dancing on the floor.

Be sure to reserve your spot! Advance tickets are $5. Space is limited to 100 people. Advance ticket holders will be entered into a raffle for a Silver Bell CD!

Come early! The holiday party starts at 11 AM in the adjacent vintage diner with its ruby-red counter seats & outdoor deck (www.nobilis-restaurant.com).

Once the haunt of local fishermen, it’s also where “Blood Alley” with John Wayne & Lauren Bacall was filmed in the 1950s. We’ll screen the movie in the clubhouse during the party.

A stunning location & unique Sunday excursion you can drive or sail to! Food, parking, all ages, fire pit, barbecue, wine, beer, kayak rentals.

The diner has excellent reviews on Yelp: http://www.yelp.com/biz/nobilis-resturant-richmond

Israeli Oldies Folk Dance Party

Sunday, December 16th, 2018 - Sunday, December 16th, 2018, 1:30 pm

Ashkenaz
1317 San Pablo Avenue

In Berkeley

Tickets are $10 / Under 18 Admitted Free

Enjoy a nostalgic afternoon of classic Israeli folkdances. Bring friends, potluck snacks and drinks, and your requests. This semi-regular event carries on the long folkdancing tradition at Ashkenaz, led by one of the longtime masters of Israeli music and dance, Allen King.

Creole/Cajun Jam

Sunday, December 16th, 2018 - Sunday, December 16th, 2018, 1:30 pm

Ashkenaz
1317 San Pablo Avenue

In Berkeley

Tickets are $5 or free with instrument

Come on by and jam with us!

Tom Rigney & Flambeau

Tuesday, December 18th, 2018 - Tuesday, December 18th, 2018, Dance Lesson with Cheryl McBride at 8:00 pm / Show at 8:30 pm

Ashkenaz
1317 San Pablo Avenue

In Berkeley

Tickets are $12 Advance / $15 Day of Show

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

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

David Nadel Memorial

Wednesday, December 19th, 2018 - Wednesday, December 19th, 2018, 7:00 pm

Ashkenaz
1317 San Pablo Avenue

In Berkeley

Entrance by donation

It's been 22 years since his passing, and his legacy lives on.

With thanks to the generous community of Ashkenaz attendees and donors who continue to support David Nadel's vision of a community space that celebrates intercultural exchange, Ashkenaz remains a thriving institution.

This year, we will be gathering in gratitude on December 19, for an intimate evening of remembrance, with Balkan dancing from 7pm to 9pm

Sorella Holiday Concert

Thursday, December 20th, 2018 - Thursday, December 20th, 2018, 6:30 pm

Montclair Presbyterian Church
5701 Thornhill Dr

In Oakland

Join Sorella, Pacific Boychoir Academy's "sister" ensemble in their Holiday Concert. Sorella presents holiday music and is happy to share the stage with special guests and Pacific Boychoir ensembles, Cantori and Trouveres.

Kizomba Nightz

Thursday, December 20th, 2018 - Thursday, December 20th, 2018, Doors at 7:30 pm; Intro to Kizomba Dance Lesson at 8:00 pm; Open Level Semba at 8:45 pm; Open Practica at 9:30 pm

Ashkenaz
1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702

In Berkeley

Kizomba is a popular genre of music and partnered dance from Angola. Its is known to be smooth and slow, with grounded movements, danced in a close partner connection. The origin of Kizomba dance comes from Semba, a traditional type of dance and music from Angola known for its energetic movements.


For any questions please contact Kathy Reyes at
kathyreyesdance@yahoo.com

Kizomba Nightz

Thursday, December 20th, 2018 - Thursday, December 20th, 2018, Intro to Kizomba Dance Lesson at 8:00 pm; Open Level Semba at 8:45 pm; Open Practica at 9:30 pm

Ashkenaz
1317 San Pablo Avenue

In Berkeley

Tickets are $15 Gen Adm / $12 Students

Kizomba is a popular genre of music and partnered dance from Angola. Its is known to be smooth and slow, with grounded movements, danced in a close partner connection. The origin of Kizomba dance comes from Semba, a traditional type of dance and music from Angola known for its energetic movements.


For any questions please contact Kathy Reyes at
kathyreyesdance@yahoo.com

David Nadel All-Star Winterfest with the Funky Nixons, Baba Ken Okulolo and Caribbean All Stars

Friday, December 21st, 2018 - Friday, December 21st, 2018, 8:30 pm

Ashkenaz
1317 San Pablo Avenue

In Berkeley

Tickets are $10 - $200 Sliding Scale

The Funky Nixons are a Berkeley-based rock/hip-hop band. Formed in 1990 on the eve of the first Gulf War, the band has performed over a hundred shows, concerts, and benefits all over the San Francisco Bay Area. Funky Nixons songs are played on college and pirate radio stations around the Bay Area. Songs include: Screw the Rich, Bum Rap, We Support the Troops, LA Driver, Minimum Wage, We Love the Pope, and Smoke a Joint with Jesus. Their song Barbara Bush's Dog was used as the theme song of the weekly radio show, The Street Spirit Hour. Music mpgs and photos of the Funky Nixons are posted at directaction.org The Funky Nixons have performed at People's Park anniversary shows most years since 1991, and are sometimes referred to as the "House Band of Berkeley's People's Park" by other park organizers.

Babá Ken Okulolo is a beloved SF Bay Area-based Nigerian bandleader, vocalist, bassist, teacher and multi-instrumentalist, one of the few popular African musicians of today whose roots extend deep into his country’s musical history.

He now leads several distinct African bands and teaches students of all ages. His lively performances, recordings, drum circles, and classes spread an uplifting message and bring the joy of African music to every audience.

Babá Ken was first seen in the U.S. as bassist on King Sunny Ade’s world tours. He is known for his work with Nigeria’s legendary Afrobeat creator Fela Anikulapo Kuti, highlife master Dr. Victor Olaiya, and the seminal Afro-rock group Monomono.

He has countless Nigerian and American recording dates to his credit, and the Nigerian Journalists' Association five times voted him the country's top bassist. He founded the international super-group Babá Ken & KOTOJA, famed for its bubbling brew of Afrobeat, highlife, juju, and jazz, and which inspired the start-up of Putumayo World Music.


The Caribbean Allstars are pioneers in the Bay Area reggae scene and longtime regulars at Ashkenaz.


David Nadel All-Star Winterfest with the Funky Nixons, Baba Ken Okulolo and Caribbean All Stars

Friday, December 21st, 2018 - Friday, December 21st, 2018, Doors at 8:00 pm; Show at 8:30 pm

Ashkenaz
1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702

In Berkeley

The Funky Nixons

The Funky Nixons are a Berkeley-based rock/hip-hop band. Formed in 1990 on the eve of the first Gulf War, the band has performed over a hundred shows, concerts, and benefits all over the San Francisco Bay Area. Funky Nixons songs are played on college and pirate radio stations around the Bay Area. Songs include: Screw the Rich, Bum Rap, We Support the Troops, LA Driver, Minimum Wage, We Love the Pope, and Smoke a Joint with Jesus. Their song Barbara Bush's Dog was used as the theme song of the weekly radio show, The Street Spirit Hour. Music mpgs and photos of the Funky Nixons are posted at directaction.org The Funky Nixons have performed at People's Park anniversary shows most years since 1991, and are sometimes referred to as the "House Band of Berkeley's People's Park" by other park organizers.

Babá Ken Okulolo

Babá Ken Okulolo is a beloved SF Bay Area-based Nigerian bandleader, vocalist, bassist, teacher and multi-instrumentalist, one of the few popular African musicians of today whose roots extend deep into his country’s musical history.

He now leads several distinct African bands and teaches students of all ages. His lively performances, recordings, drum circles, and classes spread an uplifting message and bring the joy of African music to every audience.

Babá Ken was first seen in the U.S. as bassist on King Sunny Ade’s world tours. He is known for his work with Nigeria’s legendary Afrobeat creator Fela Anikulapo Kuti, highlife master Dr. Victor Olaiya, and the seminal Afro-rock group Monomono.

He has countless Nigerian and American recording dates to his credit, and the Nigerian Journalists' Association five times voted him the country's top bassist. He founded the international super-group Babá Ken & KOTOJA, famed for its bubbling brew of Afrobeat, highlife, juju, and jazz, and which inspired the start-up of Putumayo World Music.

The Caribbean Allstars

The Caribbean Allstars are pioneers in

DJ Charlotte the Baroness with the Broun Fellinis

Saturday, December 22nd, 2018 - Saturday, December 22nd, 2018, 9:00 pm

Ashkenaz
1317 San Pablo Avenue

In Berkeley

Tickets are $15 Advance / $18 Day of Show

Brandi and Kevin's Post-Wedding Party

DJ Charlotte the Baroness

Charlotte Kaufman (aka the Baroness) grew up in the 70’s on the Southside of Chicago, where she learned how to dance and keep a beat before she could even walk. A funk junkie before she hit puberty, buying records and making “mix” tapes (with one turntable, a radio and a Panasonic blue tape deck) by the age of 9, Chicago proved to be an ideal place for the unknowing funkstress to develop her cool blend of house, hip-hop, techno, break beat, funk, & disco. In 1979 she stood witness to George Clinton and his P-Funk Fest and then headed to her first underground disco party. That night, at the sprightly age of 14, Charlotte Kaufman began her evolution into the innovative, adventurous artist we know and love.

Broun Fellinis

The most important thing about music is the way it makes you feel. Musicians are lucky enough to live a life of pure feeling if they can play their personal visionary music with as much integrity and energy as the spirit grants them.

For the last 25 years, the trio called BROUN FELLINIS have been doing exactly this. The Fellinis innovate and disseminate their "Brounsoun", a sonic expression inspired by the ancient to future traditions of Jazz, Rock, Funk, Hardcore, Afrocentric Hip hop, Dub, film music and African/Indian trance sounds.

DJ Charlotte the Baroness with the Broun Fellinis

Saturday, December 22nd, 2018 - Saturday, December 22nd, 2018, Doors at 8:30 pm; Show at 9:00 pm

Ashkenaz
1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702

In Berkeley

DJ Charlotte the Baroness

Charlotte Kaufman (aka the Baroness) grew up in the 70’s on the Southside of Chicago, where she learned how to dance and keep a beat before she could even walk. A funk junkie before she hit puberty, buying records and making “mix” tapes (with one turntable, a radio and a Panasonic blue tape deck) by the age of 9, Chicago proved to be an ideal place for the unknowing funkstress to develop her cool blend of house, hip-hop, techno, break beat, funk, & disco. In 1979 she stood witness to George Clinton and his P-Funk Fest and then headed to her first underground disco party. That night, at the sprightly age of 14, Charlotte Kaufman began her evolution into the innovative, adventurous artist we know and love.

In 1982, Charlotte left Chicago in search of sunny beaches, alternative lifestyles and the prime education that put U.C. Santa Cruz on the map. After graduating from UCSC, Charlotte moved up the coastline to San Francisco where she began to spend lots of time in the clubs and met her pal Kevin Carnes (famed drummer of the Beat Nigs and The Broun Fellinis). A few months later, the day after the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake, it was Carnes who convinced Charlotte to buy her first mixer. She was christened the Baroness a few months later on the opening night of her first weekly dance gig at the Emperor Room in San Francisco. One month later The Baroness took over a popular funk Friday nights and started up a hip-hop Saturday night at the Crystal Pistol. She also teamed up with The Broun Fellinis as their official spinstress, playing in between their legendary jazz sets throughout the Bay Area.

Throat Singing Workshop with Altai Kai

Thursday, December 27th, 2018 - Thursday, December 27th, 2018, 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Ashkenaz
1317 San Pablo Avenue

In Berkeley

Tickets are $40

Here is your chance to learn the ancient art of throat singing from the world renowned members of Altai Kai. Our teachers, Urmat Yntaev, Alash Topchin, Eduard Sognokov, and Aidyn Orsulov have been recognized as masters of throat singing, and the group holds the Guinness World Record for the longest performance of throat singing. In this two-hour introductory workshop students will be split into small groups and cover the main techniques and styles of throat singing, including khoomei, sygyt, and kargyraa. All ages and skill levels are welcome.

Instructors:

Urmat Yntaev

Mr. Yntaev has been recognized as a People’s Throat Singer (“Kaichy”) of the Altai Republic. He is the grandson of Anisiya Beleeva, a prominent female throat singer who lived to be 102. In 1997, Mr. Yntaev founded the ensemble Karaty-Khan, and in 2000 renamed it to Altai Kai. He is the producer and artistic director of Altai Kai, as well as the organizer of an annual throat singing festival called Altyn-Taiga, and the annual Altai Festival of World Music. He is an undisputed master of multiple styles of throat singing, but he says his favorite style of throat singing is tumchuk-kargyraa. In 2017, Mr. Yntaev celebrated twenty years as a professional throat singer.

Alash Topchin

Mr. Topchin is a throat singer from the Kobok clan. He was born in Pasparta village in the Ulagan district. He is the nephew of the nationally renowned throat singer A.G. Kalkin. Since his early years, Mr. Topchin admired his uncle and always dreamed of following in his footsteps as a throat singer. Mr. Topchin has been with throat singing group Altai Kai since December 2009, and continues to follow in his uncle’s footsteps as an ambassador of Altai folk culture. Along with being a master of multiple styles of throat singing, Mr. Topchin excels at imitating the sounds of animals, and plays several traditional Altai instruments.

Altai Kai Throat Singers with Stephen Kent

Thursday, December 27th, 2018 - Thursday, December 27th, 2018, 7:30 pm

Ashkenaz
1317 San Pablo Avenue

In Berkeley

Tickets are $15 Advance / $18 Day of Show

The members of Altai Kai are throat singing virtuosos, skilled in the different styles and variations of kai (the Altai word for throat singing) and folk instruments. Their velvety, low-pitched kargyraa, mesmerizing khoomei, and melodic sygyt place the listener amidst forests of singing birds, gurgling brooks, and the growls of nighttime predators. Throat singing and the ringing melodies of the khomus (jaw harp), topshur (two-stringed lute) and accordion all come together to form the sound of Altai Kai.

Stories of nature's beauty and mighty folk heroes are accompanied by jocular melodies, dancing rhythms, and shamanic mysteries. The narrators skillfully relate traditional, sacred tales and epics of centuries past.

The ensemble was founded in 1997 by Urmat Yntaev, with the goal of preserving and cultivating the traditional culture of the Republic of Altai. Today the group is a laureate of multiple national and international competitions . In 2003, they were entered into the Guinness Book of World Records for the longest performance of throat singing. They are members of the Folklore Union of Russia, and the International Organization of Folk Art (an NGO accredited by UNESCO). Altai Kai made their international debut at WOMEX 2007 in Sevilla, Spain.


Altai Kai Throat Singers with Stephen Kent

Thursday, December 27th, 2018 - Thursday, December 27th, 2018, Doors at 7:00 pm; Show at 7:30 pm

Ashkenaz
1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702

In Berkeley

The members of Altai Kai are throat singing virtuosos, skilled in the different styles and variations of kai (the Altai word for throat singing) and folk instruments. Their velvety, low-pitched kargyraa, mesmerizing khoomei, and melodic sygyt place the listener amidst forests of singing birds, gurgling brooks, and the growls of nighttime predators. Throat singing and the ringing melodies of the khomus (jaw harp), topshur (two-stringed lute) and accordion all come together to form the sound of Altai Kai.

Stories of nature's beauty and mighty folk heroes are accompanied by jocular melodies, dancing rhythms, and shamanic mysteries. The narrators skillfully relate traditional, sacred tales and epics of centuries past.

The ensemble was founded in 1997 by Urmat Yntaev, with the goal of preserving and cultivating the traditional culture of the Republic of Altai. Today the group is a laureate of multiple national and international competitions . In 2003, they were entered into the Guinness Book of World Records for the longest performance of throat singing. They are members of the Folklore Union of Russia, and the International Organization of Folk Art (an NGO accredited by UNESCO). Altai Kai made their international debut at WOMEX 2007 in Sevilla, Spain.

About Altai and the group's relationship with nature:

The Altai people have strong values of stewardship of the land. The region is home to the Golden Mountains of Altai, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The land is remote and largely untouched, fostering unparalleled biodiversity. Altai Kai's 2017 album Altai Tele was dedicated to the 85th anniversary of the Altai Nature Reserve, a part of the Golden Mountains of Altai. The group's collaboration with the Reserve began in 2014 with their album Altai Kabai (Altai Lullaby). The compositions on that album praise the natural sites and flora and fauna of Altai.

Barakemi with Sotaque Baiano and Velth + Netto

Friday, December 28th, 2018 - Friday, December 28th, 2018, 8:30 pm

Ashkenaz
1317 San Pablo Avenue

In Berkeley

Tickets are $15 Advance / $18 Day of Show

Barakemi is Afro-Brazilian-Axé-Dance-Music. We represent unity, compassion and a love for life. The music of Barakemi is based in Afro Brazilian traditions and mixed with today's popular styles from Bahia, Brazil and the Bay Area in the US. Barakemi represents unity, peace and strength. We always search for the beauty in the world and bring it to share with the world. We are blessed!

Barakemi with Sotaque Baiano and Velth + Netto

Friday, December 28th, 2018 - Friday, December 28th, 2018, Doors at 8:00 pm; Show at 8:30 pm

Ashkenaz
1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702

In Berkeley

Barakemi with Sotaque Baiano and Velth+Netto

Barakemi is Afro-Brazilian-Axé-Dance-Music. We represent unity, compassion and a love for life. The music of Barakemi is based in Afro Brazilian traditions and mixed with today's popular styles from Bahia, Brazil and the Bay Area in the US. Barakemi represents unity, peace and strength. We always search for the beauty in the world and bring it to share with the world. We are blessed!

4th Saturday Swing Series - Mood Swing Orchestra

Saturday, December 29th, 2018 - Saturday, December 29th, 2018, Dance Lesson with Karen Lile and Michael Arntz at 8:00 pm; Show at 9:00 pm

Ashkenaz
1317 San Pablo Avenue

In Berkeley

Tickets are $12 Advance / $15 Day of Show

One doesn’t need a tux and gown to dance to the Mood Swing Orchestra, but the music presented under the leadership of saxophonist Michael Young is in the elegant ballroom style of big band East Coast Swing and Lindy Hop. Mood Swing has performed regularly at venues from the Claremont Resort to Bimbo’s. The band was launched in 1995 and was chosen as one of the best local swing bands in the March 1999 issue of “San Francisco” magazine. Trumpeter Peter Anastos provides many of the arrangements of classic big band dance hits of the 1930s and ’40s by Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Xavier Cugat, Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller, and Artie Shaw. The tunes are ageless: “Take the ‘A’ Train,” “In the Mood,” “Harlem Nocturne,” “Come Fly with Me,” and dozens more!

4th Saturday Swing Series - Mood Swing Orchestra with Swing Dance Lesson by Karen Lile and Michael Arntz

Saturday, December 29th, 2018 - Saturday, December 29th, 2018, Doors at 7:30 pm; Dance Lesson with Karen Lile and Michael Arntz at 8:00 pm; Show at 9:00 pm

Ashkenaz
1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702

In Berkeley

A Swing at Ashkenaz Production

One doesn’t need a tux and gown to dance to the Mood Swing Orchestra, but the music presented under the leadership of saxophonist Michael Young is in the elegant ballroom style of big band East Coast Swing and Lindy Hop. Mood Swing has performed regularly at venues from the Claremont Resort to Bimbo’s. The band was launched in 1995 and was chosen as one of the best local swing bands in the March 1999 issue of “San Francisco” magazine. Trumpeter Peter Anastos provides many of the arrangements of classic big band dance hits of the 1930s and ’40s by Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Xavier Cugat, Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller, and Artie Shaw. The tunes are ageless: “Take the ‘A’ Train,” “In the Mood,” “Harlem Nocturne,” “Come Fly with Me,” and dozens more!

Talking About Racism: Unmasking the Elephant in the Room

Sunday, December 30th, 2018 - Sunday, December 30th, 2018, 6:00 pm

Ashkenaz
1317 San Pablo Avenue

In Berkeley

Tickets are $5 - $150 sliding scale

The Talking about Racism: Unmasking the Elephant in the Room - A series of six interactive and progressive workshops exploring racism in contemporary American society.

American racism is at the foundation of our partisan political system and is the factor most responsible for the election and popularity of our current president. Systemically embedded in the original fabric of the “promised” democratic freedoms, racism has morphed from the overt de jure discrimination of enslavement and Jim Crow into a sophisticated state and federal apparatus that uses brutality, imprisonment and legislation to keep its “colored” populations under control. The rise and “official” sanction of White nationalism, the backlash that is terrorizing immigrants and contracting U.S. immigration policies, the growing inequalities in wealth, political representation, educational opportunities, and access to employment, healthcare and housing between people of color and whites indicates a rising wave of regression and repression that undermines democratic ideals and diminishes the freedom of all. America is not in a “post-racial” stage of development and the election of Barack Obama was not the “triumph” of a colorblind American culture.

Science has destroyed the biological myth of race. As an American society, we continue to allow racism to divide us to our peril. The climate crisis, the rise of the business oligarchs and the proliferation of technology all predict a future where cooperation and community are critical. These workshops will explore the concepts underlying the idea and reality of race and racism in America. The political and historic footprint of racism will be traced and we will look at the policies and practices that have kept racism alive and well in American society. We will address our own attitudes, implicit biases and family stories.

New Year's Eve at Ashkenaz featuring Édessa, True Life Trio with special guest Joe Finn and Fanfare Zambaleta!

Monday, December 31st, 2018 - Tuesday, January 1st, 2019, 8:00 pm

Ashkenaz
1317 San Pablo Avenue

In Berkeley

Tickets are $25

For many years one of the Bay Area’s premier Balkan dance bands, Édessa is comprised of musicians who have devoted decades to the study and performance of the rich cultural expressions of the southern Balkans. They play with a deep understanding of the connection between dance and music. Using both traditional and modern instruments, they perform in a variety of styles, featuring long sets that interweave melodies, improvisation and a beat with dancers in mind. The music comes from Albania, Greece, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Armenia, and Turkey, and Balkan Roma (Gypsy). The group and its members have long participated in and taught at Balkan camps across the country, and Édessa was the first band to take Balkan music to Japan.

True Life Trio performs riveting vocal harmonies from Eastern Europe, the Americas & beyond. This innovative trio explores the creative possibilities of cross-fertilization of different traditions with unlikely timbres connecting Bulgaria to the Bayou. TLT’s improvisation-laced repertoire includes original songs and folk tunes from far-flung lands such as Albania, Bulgaria, Georgia, Greece, Macedonia, Mexico, Poland, Ukraine and the American South.

Fanfare Zambaleta was incubated in the Zambaleta Music and Dance School in San Francisco and has since transformed into a full-fledged juggernaut of a band, featuring some of the Bay Area's most exciting young players and seasoned veterans. Emulating the great Balkan brass bands of the past and present, they play Romani, Serbian, Macedonian and Greek brass band music with passion and dedication. FZ's potent musical concoction of wild improvisation, meticulous ensemble coordination, earth-shaking low brass, thunderous drumming and jubilant vocals will move your feet and lift your soul.

New Year's Eve at La Peña with SambaDa & BRAZA Party!

Monday, December 31st, 2018 - Tuesday, January 1st, 2019, Dec. 31st 9pm- Jan 1st 2am

La Peña Cultural Center
3105 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley CA 94705

In Berkeley

Ring in the NEW YEAR Brazilian style! Non-stop Afro-Brazilian-Funk dance music all night long featuring live music by SambaDá and DJ sets by BRAZA Party!
Plus, there will be feathered SAMBA DANCING performances, traditional BRAZILIAN FOOD for sale by Brazilian Breads restaurant, and a CAIPIRINHA BAR! Please bring cash for the COAT CHECK and CASH BAR!
Dress code: We strongly encourage you to wear white, as it is the Brazilian tradition! White signifies peace. But everyone can also add their own twist by wearing accent colors beneath the white clothing to represent New Year’s resolutions – such as orange for professional success, blue for harmony, yellow for prosperity, red or pink for romance, purple for inspiration, and green for health.
PLEASE NOTE: This event is STANDING ROOM. There is a coat check available for $2 per item. Youth under 18 years old must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

New Year's Eve at Ashkenaz featuring Édessa, True Life Trio with special guest Joe Finn and Fanfare Zambaleta!

Monday, December 31st, 2018 - Tuesday, January 1st, 2019, Doors at 7:30 pm; Show at 8:00 pm

Ashkenaz
1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702

In Berkeley

For many years one of the Bay Area’s premier Balkan dance bands, Édessa is comprised of musicians who have devoted decades to the study and performance of the rich cultural expressions of the southern Balkans. They play with a deep understanding of the connection between dance and music. Using both traditional and modern instruments, they perform in a variety of styles, featuring long sets that interweave melodies, improvisation and a beat with dancers in mind. The music comes from Albania, Greece, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Armenia, and Turkey, and Balkan Roma (Gypsy). The group and its members have long participated in and taught at Balkan camps across the country, and Édessa was the first band to take Balkan music to Japan.

Apply Now | Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program: Oakland

Tuesday, January 1st, 2019 - Monday, April 1st, 2019

Aggregate Space Gallery
801 West Grand Avenue Entrance on West Street

In Oakland

Deadline extended till December 10!

We're excited to partner with @nyfacurrent, @bisemi_inc, @OaklandAsianCC, @oaklibrary, & @sfedf to bring you NYFA Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program: Oakland! The program provides immigrant artists of all disciplines (performing, literary, visual, multi-disciplinary, folk and traditional arts) with one-on-one mentoring; entrepreneurial training; and access to other artists, arts professionals, & orgs. Full details, including how to apply, via NYFA.org.

Deadline extended to 12/10! #NYFAIAP Open Call:

Of Method and Material

Friday, January 4th, 2019 - Saturday, February 23rd, 2019, Monday through Friday 10—5pm Saturday 12—5pm

SLATE contemporary
473 25th Street, Suite A

In Oakland

SLATE contemporary gallery is pleased to present Of Method and Material: an exhibition showcasing the unique materials and artistic practices of three mixed-media artists. Kerith Lisi cuts and re-assembles book covers to create compositions that present a mastery of color theory and speak to the poetic nature of the material she works with. By repurposing old books that would otherwise be recycled, she is able to create something new and unexpected. In his works on paper, Brian Singer explores the printed word as a visual representation of information, attempting to uncover new meaning in what is becoming an outdated form. His process involves cutting thousands of book pages and organizing their edges into alternate views of the texts, exposing geometric patterns and textures. Hadley Williams‘ work is the culmination of her interest in mixed-media exploration and meticulous attention to pattern and arrangement. Williams’ recent works incorporate paper, gouache, acrylic and graphite on canvas. She cuts vintage paper to make a grid of individual units that she then connects with another layer, such as graphite circles, sprayed acrylic paint, circles made of gouache on watercolor paper, or pinholes.

Tropical Afro Evening -- Orchestra Gold / YANGA / DJ La Pelanga

Saturday, January 19th, 2019 - Sunday, January 20th, 2019, 9PM

Elbo Room Jack London
311 Broadway

In Oakland

Bringing you the vintage vibes of 60’s era Mali (Orchestra Gold) and Columbia (Yanga) in one extraordinarily danceable party. This is a very special album release show for Yanga, with Retro vinyl vibes provided by the unstoppable DJ La Pelanga.

ORCHESTRA GOLD: Led by the ferocious Mariam Diakité from Bamako, Orchestra Gold (OG) hypnotizes audiences with danceable, funky, high-energy 1960's style Afrodance music from Mali. These roots are colored by 60’s era analog psychedelic rock and funk from West Africa and beyond.

YANGA: Seamlessly blending tradition and progression to produce a rich and resonant sound, YANGA reinterprets the universal sound of Columbian rhythms and melody. Creating a unique variation of Columbia’s ever-expanding musical influence, the group brings sound that bridges the gap between past, present and future.

DJ La Pelanga: La Pelanga is a DJ collective born out of Cali, Colombia, and based in Oakland, California. Since 2008, we bring together our community around a crazy, positive dance floor with the freshest sounds from Kinshasa and Cartagena, Port au Prince and Nueva York, Oakland and Abidjan. We mix the old and the new, the city and the village, bombardinos and autotune: cumbia, dancehall, afrobeat, salsa dura, soukous, champeta, kompa, hip hop, coupé decalé, currulao, and much more

Two Parts of Me ft. Antonio Rey & Mara Rey with Special Guests

Saturday, March 2nd, 2019 - Saturday, March 2nd, 2019, 6:30pm-8:00pm

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

In Berkeley

The Flamenco Society of San Jose & La Peña Cultural Center present:
Two Parts of Me, a night of Flamenco featuring the legendary guitarist Antonio Rey & singer and dancer Mara Rey, with special guests Bianca Rodriguez & Marlon Aldana!

ABOUT ANTONIO REY:

Antonio Rey Navas, non-gipsy guitarist was born in Madrid. He is one of the most outstanding talents of the new flamenco guitar.

ABOUT MARA REY:

Mara Rey is a flamenco singer-songwriter and dancer born in Madrid. For years she has worked as a dancer and flamenco singer with great flamenco figures such as Manuela Carrasco , Los Farruco, Poveda, Pipa, Duquende, Canales, etc.



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