Upcoming 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!


Deities, Demons, and Teachers of Tibet, Nepal, and India

Friday, March 21st, 2014 - Sunday, September 14th, 2014, 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
2626 Bancroft Way

In Berkeley

Joyful and sensual sculptural figures of Indian deities and dancers join radiant images of enlightened beings from Tibet and Nepal in Deities, Demons, and Teachers, which presents a rotating display of works by anonymous Indian, Nepalese, and Tibetan artisans. A tenth-century sandstone figure of Ganesha, the elephant-headed deity worshipped by Hindus, Jains, and Buddhists, graces the entrance to the exhibition, a site appropriate to Ganesha’s role in removing obstacles and blessing any new endeavor. Whether viewed as a cosmic dancer or a cavorting adolescent, this image of Ganesha is confirmation of the wonder and delight to be found in the sculpture and painting of these ancient cultures.

Hindus and Buddhists both revere and celebrate female deities and often depict goddesses in idealized form with exaggerated marks of beauty. In Dancing Devi, a twelfth-century buff-sandstone sculpture from central India, the beauty of the bejeweled and crowned figure is accentuated by the larger-than-life proportions of breasts and buttocks. A more reserved but no less beautifully idealized feminine form is seen in Tara, a seventeenth-century Nepalese bronze, where the figure is surrounded by a fanciful garden of birds, musicians, and garlands.

Very early images of the Buddha are rare, so it is quite exceptional that in addition to the massive bronze fourteenth-century Tibetan Buddha in the center of the gallery, this exhibition also features a stone image of a third-century seated Buddha from the Swat Valley and a tenth- or eleventh-century bronze Standing Buddha from Western Tibet. An array of bodhisattvas and attendant deities from these regions, including a painting of the Thirteenth Karmapa (at left), believed to be a reincarnation of the Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara, fill out the gathered celestial realm of the Buddhist cosmology.


Deities, Demons, and Teachers is organized by Senior Curator for Asian Art
Julia M. White. With some exceptions, the works in this exhibition ar

Envisioning Human Rights: The Next Generation

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014 - Sunday, September 21st, 2014, 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
2626 Bancroft Way

In Berkeley

Visual art can be a powerful tool to create awareness and change in the face of both national and international human rights abuses. BAM/PFA has a long history of art and film exhibitions addressing a broad spectrum of social justice issues, and now we have teamed up with the Human Rights Center at the UC Berkeley School of Law to celebrate their twentieth anniversary with a juried exhibition of artworks by University of California students.

Envisioning Human Rights: The Next Generation includes paintings, photographs, and prints by emerging artist/activists from across the state, addressing critical human rights issues. In conjunction with this juried exhibition, we are also presenting a selection of works from the Abu Ghraib series by world-renowned artist Fernando Botero that the artist generously donated to BAM/PFA in recognition of Berkeley’s historic role in the arena of human rights. Four paintings from the same series are also on view at Boalt Hall. A related invitational exhibition, featuring works by internationally acclaimed human rights photographers who have worked with the Human Rights Center over the past two decades, will be presented at the Boalt Law Gallery in fall 2014.


Envisioning Human Rights: The Next Generation is organized by Lucinda Barnes, chief curator and director of programs and collections at BAM/PFA, and artist Pamela Blotner, curator of the Human Rights Center’s anniversary exhibitions. Members of the BAM/PFA Student Committee have also contributed to this student-focused project, especially in the areas of outreach and curatorial process.

Forrest Bess: Seeing Things Invisible

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014 - Sunday, September 14th, 2014, 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
2626 Bancroft Way

In Berkeley

Forrest Bess (1911–1977) described himself as a visionary artist. His small but powerful abstract paintings, with their thick paint and handmade rough-hewn frames, are deeply personal. They draw on a vocabulary of simple biomorphic shapes and symbols the artist developed over the course of years from his recurring visions; when he awoke each morning, he would sketch the shapes he had seen on the inside of his eyelids in the twilight between sleep and wakefulness. While resonant with Modernist abstraction, Bess’s beautiful and mysterious pictures suggest a spirituality akin to indigenous religious icons.

For most of his career, Bess lived an isolated existence in a fishing camp outside of Bay City, Texas. He made a meager living fishing and selling bait. However, by night and during the off-season, Bess read, wrote, and painted prolifically. He taught himself to paint by copying the still lifes and landscapes of artists he admired, including Vincent van Gogh and Albert Pinkham Ryder. He was also interested in Symbolism, the exploration of universal truths, and particularly the writings of Carl Jung. Despite his isolation, Bess developed an underground following and was known to a number of other artists and art historians, including Meyer Schapiro, who collected his work. In 1949, he traveled to New York and met the prominent dealer Betty Parsons, who between 1950 and 1967 organized several solo exhibitions of his work at her gallery in New York, one of the most avant-garde of its time.

Forrest Bess: Seeing Things Invisible pairs Bess’s paintings, dating from 1946 to 1970, with an installation of archival materials curated by sculptor Robert Gober, titled The Man That Got Away, which illuminates Bess’s art and life. The exhibition of this piece at the 2012 Whitney Biennial renewed interest in the magnetic, compelling paintings of Forrest Bess, whose reputation had waned, along with his health, in the 1970s.


Forrest Bess: Seeing Things Invisible is organized by

Annual Members Show

Saturday, June 14th, 2014 - Friday, August 22nd, 2014, Tuesday - Saturday, from 11am to 5pm

Richmond Art Center
2540 Barrett Ave

In Richmond

Come see the array of talent and imagination of the Richmond Art Center’s dynamic and creative community in this exhibition that features more than 100 works in a range of media, including screen-printing, ceramics, metals, painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, weaving and more. A showcase gallery will feature works by the 2013 award winners: Gene Erickson, Virginia Jourdan, Jeremy Nuttall, Joseph Rogers and Saadi Shapiro.

Ruth Braunstein: Focus on Clay

Saturday, June 14th, 2014 - Friday, August 22nd, 2014, Tuesday - Saturday, from 11am to 5pm

Richmond Art Center
2540 Barrett Ave

In Richmond

Exhibition of works from Bay Area art icon Ruth Braunstein’s private collection of clay objects with works by Peter Voulkos, Robert Brady, Richard Shaw, Win Ng, Robert Arneson and others, many shown publicly for the first time. This exhibition celebrates her role in transforming Bay Area art over the last several decades through her work as a long-time gallerist and supporter of the arts. Ruth Braunstein, now 91 years of age, is expected at the opening reception.

Sculpture!

Saturday, June 14th, 2014 - Friday, August 22nd, 2014, Tuesday - Saturday, from 11am to 5pm

Richmond Art Center
2540 Barrett Ave

In Richmond

Juried exhibition celebrating works in a vast array of artistic styles and media by members of the Pacific Rim Sculptors Group. Formed by six Bay Area artists in 1988, this group promotes artistic excellence and fosters the development of emerging sculptors. Juried by John Toki, an internationally known sculptor, public artist, teacher, curator and author.

Slusky and Sullivan: Sculptures, Drawings and Related Antics

Saturday, June 14th, 2014 - Friday, August 22nd, 2014, Tuesday - Saturday, from 11am to 5pm

Richmond Art Center
2540 Barrett Ave

In Richmond

Sculptures, drawings and illustrations showcasing the playful sensibilities and creative antics of noted UC Berkeley artists and professors Joseph Slusky and Chip Sullivan. This duo has co-taught for nearly a decade, produced a book and inspired countless students and artists. Slusky’s sculpture embraces the more ephemeral human qualities of flesh and fluid through the hardness of metal, while Sullivan\'s illustrative drawings provide commentary on the delicate balance between humans and nature.

Color Shift

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014 - Sunday, August 24th, 2014, 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
2626 Bancroft Way

In Berkeley

One of the most influential artist-educators of the twentieth century, Josef Albers (1888–1976) taught innovative courses at the Bauhaus in Germany in the 1920s, at Black Mountain College in the 1930s and 1940s, and at Yale University in the 1950s. In his classes, he encouraged students to see principles of form and function anew. Albers and other Bauhaus artists developed a new process of creative visual thinking that sought to break away from the classicism and tradition that defined art of the past. Albers was especially concerned with developing a “sensitive eye” for color, “the most relative medium in art.” Through his writing, teaching, paintings, and prints, Albers sought to understand how colors interacted.

Inspired by Albers’s ideas, Color Shift presents artworks from the early twentieth century to the present that explore color relationships within abstract compositions. Drawn primarily from the BAM/PFA collection, this focused presentation includes an array media, styles, and techniques—Abstract Expressionist paintings by Jackson Pollock and Mark Rothko; the geometric patterning of Josef Albers, Jennifer Bartlett, and Xylor Jane; the carefully crafted ceramics of Ron Nagle; and Ruth Laskey’s intricately woven textiles—all of which demonstrate the contingent nature of color.


Color Shift is organized by Apsara DiQuinzio, curator of modern and contemporary art and Phyllis C. Wattis MATRIX Curator. The exhibition is generously supported by Joan E. Roebuck and Laura and David Perry.

Soapbox: A Berkeley Art Center Juried Exhibition

Saturday, June 28th, 2014 - Sunday, August 10th, 2014, Wed-Sun 11am-5pm

Berkeley Art Center
1275 WALNUT ST

In Berkeley

Please join us for an opening reception on June 28, 5-8pm

Berkeley Art Center challenged artists to submit work that represented the social and political issues that incited change, movement and upheaval. Selected by Boots Riley and Steven Wolf, the artists in Soapbox use diverse media to challenge not just what our voices are saying but how we are using our voices in the first place. In addition to the gallery exhibition, Soapbox will present web-based projects, live music, performances and more, as ways to break apart old models of activation and to challenge viewers to participate in building new models for this uncertain future.

Selected artists include:

Sarah Barnard, Michael Barrett, Amber Crabbe, Ryan Carrington, Eva Enrique, Rebecca Foster, Martinez Gabriel, Nicki Green, Robbin Henderson, Maru Hoeber, Isaac Lopez, Ethan Rafal, Nick Randhawa, Katherine Rhoades, Sanaz Sarabi, WIGband: Johanna Poethig and Barbara Golden.

Hofmann by Hofmann

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014 - Sunday, December 21st, 2014, 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
2626 Bancroft Way

In Berkeley

In 1960 Hans Hofmann (1880–1966) described the just-completed painting Summer Bliss as one of his finest. At the suggestion of Erle Loran, then chair of the UC Berkeley Art Department, Hofmann offered Summer Bliss to the University in honor of professor Worth Ryder, who had passed away earlier that year. Ryder, who like Loran had studied with Hofmann years earlier in Germany, had invited Hofmann to teach at Berkeley in 1930, initiating what Hofmann later identified as his “start in America as a teacher and artist.”1

Three years later, Hofmann made another gift to the University—nearly fifty paintings representing the highest artistic achievement of his career, plus a pledge of $250,000 in support of the burgeoning University Art Museum (now BAM/PFA). At Hofmann’s request, Erle Loran was closely involved in choosing the paintings for this profoundly generous gift, selecting from among significant older works as well the strongest examples of his later practice. Although Hofmann died before the entire group was finalized, the BAM/PFA Hofmann collection, recognized as the world’s most extensive museum collection of his work, embodies the artist’s desire for it to be both excellent and comprehensive.

As we prepare to move to our new building in downtown Berkeley, it seems fitting to revisit the enduring vitality and generosity of Hofmann’s extraordinary gift. Hofmann by Hofmann focuses on the first paintings selected personally by Hofmann for BAM/PFA. Fantasia (1943), one of the earliest works, straddles a cusp between Surrealism and Abstract Expressionism while also anticipating the compositional logic and push-pull spatial dynamics of his signature color plane works of the 1950s and 1960s, such as Summer Bliss. In Nocturnal Splendor (1963) and Gloriamundi (1963), two of the later canvases, Hofmann employs contrasting colors and the arrangement of shapes into expanding and contracting forces (push-pull) to create the experience of three-dimensional space. “Space,”

Modern Landscape

Saturday, July 5th, 2014 - Saturday, August 16th, 2014

SLATE contemporary
473 25th St.

In Oakland

Come see our new show featuring the work of four different painters who all interpret the natural landscape with a modern flair.

Bay Area Shakespeare Camps - East Bay

Monday, July 7th, 2014 - Friday, August 15th, 2014, Weekdays, 9am-5:30pm: July 7-18, July 14-25, July 21-Aug 1, Aug 4-15

Various locations in Berkeley, Alameda, Piedmont, Pleasanton, Fremont
varies by location

In Berkeley

Kids get into the act at Bay Area Shakespeare Camp!
This fun and exciting program is designed for anybody ages 7-18 who is interested in acting and performance - prior experience is welcome but not required. Camps are held at convenient East Bay locations. The two-week camps meet weekdays, 9:00 am-3:00 pm (optional aftercare available until 5:30 pm) and provide a complete theatrical experience with training and experience in Shakespeare\'s rich language, acting and improvisation, voice and movement technique, stage combat, set and costume design, and more!

All campers star in an abridged Shakespeare play staged for family and friends on the final day of camp. Through a series of fun and interactive activities newcomers to the stage will experience the thrill of their first performance; those who have acted before will hone and expand their dramatic skills. Teaching artists are trained theater professionals - actors, directors, and educators, who provide a creative and supportive environment. All utilize our highly effective curriculum, proven successful in engaging children with Shakespeare and theater since 1983! Scripts, materials, and supplies for the performance are all included.

Our strongest endorsement comes from the campers themselves; many are repeats from prior sessions or friends of camper who also want to \"get into the act!\" A camp parent writes, \"The camp helped my daughter appreciate the richness of Shakespeare\'s writing and to understand the plot details of the chosen play. This will be the 4th year that Shakespeare Camp has been on her \'must do\' summer list!\" But don\'t take our word for it -- call 415-558-0888 to have fun with your friends while exploring the world of Shakespeare, theater, and performance! Convenient locations in Berkeley, Piedmont, Alameda, Pleasanton, and Fremont.

Presented by San Francisco Shakespeare Festival.

$524 for 2 wks, Mon-Fri, 9am-3pm, $664 w aftercare

Cross Section: Recent Acquisitions

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014 - Sunday, August 31st, 2014

Mills College Art Museum
5000 MacArthur Blvd

In Oakland

Opening Reception: Wednesday, July 16 2014 | 6:00-8:00 pm

Cross Section: Recent Acquisitions showcases recently acquired pieces in dialogue with artwork from the Mills College Art Museum’s permanent collection. The exhibition celebrates the diversity of the museum’s holdings, featuring a range of media from painting and photography, to sculpture and works on paper. The exhibition draws together multiple themes and ideas through a collection of very different artworks and artists and features new acquisitions of work by Carrie Mae Weems, Judy Chicago, Mika Rottenberg, Sylvia Sleigh, Kathryn Spence, Binh Danh, Pae White, Allison Smith, Nathan Oliveira, and Joanne Leonard among others.

For more information visit mcam.mills.edu.

Looking Intently: The James Cahill Legacy

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014 - Sunday, December 21st, 2014, 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
2626 Bancroft Way

In Berkeley

The late James Cahill, Professor Emeritus at UC Berkeley, was known as a brilliant scholar, exceptional teacher and writer, and extraordinary connoisseur and collector of Chinese and Japanese paintings. He began collecting in the mid-1950s as a Fulbright Scholar in Japan, where he encountered significantly undervalued Chinese paintings of the Ming and Qing periods. At the time few collectors were interested in these later paintings and fewer still understood their inherent value. But Cahill recognized their importance and so began a lifelong pursuit of fine paintings. His collection became known by his studio name, Ching Yuan Chai, given to him by his own teacher, Shimada Shujiro. As Cahill wrote, “It could be either Studio of Someone Looking into the Yuan (as I was for my dissertation) or, more prestigiously, Someone Gazing into the Abstruse.” Today paintings associated with that studio name are among the treasures that make up the core of the BAM/PFA Chinese painting collection. In fond memory of James Cahill (1926–2014), we present this selection from the collection in tribute to his tremendous generosity and commitment to Berkeley and to BAM/PFA.

Cahill, unlike some of his contemporaries as well as historic Chinese collectors, did not mark with a seal or inscription the paintings in his collection. Rather, he made his mark by donating—and encouraging others to donate—exceptionally fine paintings to BAM/PFA. This small exhibition presents just a handful of works, but they demonstrate the unparalleled range of Cahill’s collecting interests, from Summer Trees Casting Shade, a large decorative painting by Dai Jin (1388–1462), to the quietly cerebral The Zhiping Temple by Wen Zhengming (1470–1559).

Cahill frequently used the collection for teaching, engaging students in dialogue about brushwork, connoisseurship, authenticity, and condition, and looking intently at real works of art, a tradition that continues today.


Looking Intently: The James Cahill Legacy is

MATRIX 254 / Geta Brătescu

Friday, July 25th, 2014 - Sunday, September 28th, 2014, 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
2626 Bancroft Way

In Berkeley

MATRIX 254 features the work of Romanian artist Geta Brătescu (b. 1926), who has been living and working in Bucharest since the 1950s. Working across a wide range of media (graphic design, drawing, video, textiles, performance, installation, photography, and printmaking), Brătescu is a central figure in postwar Romanian art. Having exhibited regularly in Romania throughout her career, she has maintained a rigorous studio practice that continues into the present. Due primarily to Communist leader Nicolae Ceauşescu’s totalitarian regime (1967–89), which suppressed the work of avant-garde artists living and working in Romania, and the subsequent political isolation of the country, Brătescu’s work was little known to international audiences until fairly recently. For MATRIX 254, Brătescu’s first solo exhibition in a U.S. museum, the artist presents a focused selection of key works made between the years 1977 and 2000.

The space of Brătescu’s studio assumes a pivotal position within the artist’s oeuvre, as exemplified in an early video, The Studio (1978), where we see the artist creating work inside this intimate room. The camera (operated by fellow artist Ion Grigorescu) pans over artworks that fill the space and captures the playful, experimental approach that characterizes her practice. Related to the performances Brătescu carried out in the studio is her frequent use of role-playing and self-portraiture, as in the photograph Mrs. Oliver in her traveling costume (1985), where she dons an alter ego. Drawing and collage have also been mainstays of her practice. In the series Memorie (Memory) (1990), Brătescu presents forty unique, abstract collages, all black and deep indigo painted on paper. Made just after the Romanian Revolution in 1989, these works subtly conjure her deep reflection on this dark period of her personal and national history.


Geta Bratescu / MATRIX 254 is organized by Apsara DiQuinzio, curator of modern and contemporary art and Phyllis C. Wattis M

Teen Choreography Workshop 12-17 y/o ~ limited to 14 students

Monday, July 28th, 2014 - Friday, August 8th, 2014, 10:00am-5:00pm

Luna Dance Institute
605 Addison Street

In Berkeley

July 28-August 1, 10am-5pm

August 4-8, 10am-5pm

Description: Teens new to dance, as well as those with strong technical skills in dance, come together to learn the art of choreography. Throughout the week teens find original movement themes to develop into their own personal expressions. They create motifs and develop them, learn to marry music with dance, explore group forms and transitions. By the end of the week they are ready to showcase a lengthy group work to perform for families and friends. Past workshops have also completed site-specific choreographic works, dance videos, and learned from guest instructors of particular styles and genre.

Lounge Rumba (at La Peña’s LOUNGE every 1st & 3rd Sunday)

Sunday, August 3rd, 2014, 3:00-5:30pm

la Pena Cultural Center
3105 Shattuck Ave. Berkeley, CA 94705

In Berkeley

Donations Encouraged.

The Sunday Lounge Rumba has been going on at La Peña for the past 12 years and we want to see it continue. We highly encourage participants to donate to ensure that we keep this community participatory event alive!

Community Participatory Event

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.

Acting workshop with Golden Thread

Sunday, August 3rd, 2014 - Monday, September 8th, 2014, 3:00-6:00pm

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

In Berkeley

Drawing from plays by Middle Eastern and Middle Eastern American playwrights, this 9-week workshop will enhance the participants’ skills in improvisation, scene study and solo performance. The curriculum will begin with 3 sessions focused on improvisation, physical performance techniques, and stock charcaters rooted in Commedia dell Arte. Participants will apply those skills in the next 4 sessions towards dramatic text analysis, building a character, and physical story-telling. The participants will present their scenes at the final session which will be open to invited guests. By the end of the term, participants will have developed stronger improvisational skills, deeper understanding of dramatic character & text, and more confidence in self-expression.
No prior acting experience required.

Sadako and the 1000 Paper Cranes

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014 - Tuesday, August 5th, 2014, 4-6:30

Berkeley Public Library, Children's Library
2090 Kittredge

In Berkeley

Help us fold 1,000 origami cranes to send to Japan, listen to the story of Sadako, and hear beautiful koto music by Shirley Kazuyo Muramoto & Brian Mitsuhiro Wong. This is our annual Peace Day commemoration.

Ages 8 and up. 4th Floor, Central Children's Room

REDWOOD GROVE SUMMER CONCERTS 2014: Dustbowl Revival + American Nomad

Thursday, August 7th, 2014, 5:30 - 7:30 PM

Redwood Grove @ UC Botanical Garden
200 Centennial Dr

In Berkeley

The University of California Botanical Garden is pleased to announce the return of it’s annual Redwood Grove summer concert series- music held every Thursday, June through August in the Botanical Garden's outdoor amphitheater. Dubbed “the Stern Grove of the East Bay”, this year’s line-up includes music of every genre, from innovative jazz to rollicking bluegrass, gypsy swing, to indie rock, folk, and a classical string ensemble.

Join us Thursday, August 7th for upbeat roots, americana, and folk with Dustbowl Revival and American Nomad.

Enjoy a magical music experience in the Berkeley Hills at the UC Botanical Garden Redwood Grove summer concert series.

East Bay Film Premiere of FLYING PAPER

Thursday, August 7th, 2014, 7:00pm

la Pena Cultural Center
3105 Shattuck Ave. Berkeley, CA 94705

In Berkeley

A Benefit for aid to Children in Gaza via the Middle East Children’s Alliance.

Coproduced with young filmmakers in Gaza, this is an uplifting story of youth on a quest to shatter the Guinness World Record for the most kites ever flown! Co-filmmaker Roger Hill and MECA staffer Ziad Abbas host post-film Q and A.

$10-$20 sliding scale

Catch Me If You Can (the stage musical)

Friday, August 8th, 2014 - Sunday, August 17th, 2014, 8 pm

Woodminster Amphitheater in Joaquin Miller Park
3300 Joaquin Miller Road

In Oakland

Based on the hit DreamWorks film starring Tom Hanks and Leonardo DiCaprio, Catch Me If You Can is the high-flying, splashy musical that tells the story of Frank W. Abagnale, Jr., a teenager who runs away from home in search of the glamorous life. With nothing more than his boyish charm, a big imagination and millions of dollars in forged checks, Frank successfully poses as a pilot, a doctor and a lawyer – living the high life and winning the girl of his dreams. But when Frank's lies catch the attention of FBI agent Carl Hanratty, Carl chases Frank to the end...and finds something he never expected.

Woodminster Summer Musicals are performed outdoors in historic Woodminster Amphitheater in beautiful Joaquin Miller Park. Come early and enjoy a picnic with your family, a walk in this hillside park, and the beautiful bay views. As the sun sets, take your seats in the amphitheater and enjoy an evening of music and magic under the stars.

Performances August 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17 at 8 pm. Tickets $28-$59. Discounts for children, seniors, groups. Kids Come Free program lets a child or teen up to 16 years old to attend for free. Tickets and information 510-531-9597 or www.woodminster.com, or at the box office before performances.

Conjunto Chappottín

Friday, August 8th, 2014, 8:00pm

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

In Berkeley

Conjunto Chappottín is one of the top Cuban “son” groups on the scene today. The founding of the band dates back to the 1940s and its founder, Arsenio Rodriguez, one the country’s most renowned band leaders and a major influence on Latin Jazz and Salsa for decades. With his Conjunto, he was the first to add reed and brass instruments to a Latin band. When Arsenio left Cuba in 1950 to undergo an ophthalmological treatment in New York, he handed the musical direction over to his first trumpet player, Felix Chappottín. The band was renamed “Felix Chappottín y su Conjunto Todos Estrellas”. Felix directed the band successfully until his death in 1983. From 1983 until the 1990s his son, Angel Chappottín Valdes carried on as musical director and since then the grandson of Felix Chappottín, Jesus Angel Chappottín Coto has directed the band together with singer/percussionist, Miguelito Cuni Jr.

$22 adv, $25 door

Everything Must Go!

Saturday, August 9th, 2014 - Sunday, September 14th, 2014, Opening 6 - 9 pm

The Compound Gallery
1167 65th Ave

In Oakland

Everything Must Go! -from Grand Openings to Clearance Sales: Signs of Change
Examining the art of the “for sale” sign... Hand painted signs by some of the best Bay Area sign painters.
Featuring signs by Aaron Cruse, Ashley Fundora, Heather Hardison, Damon Styer, Scott Thiessen and Pickles!

Opening reception August 9 from 6 to 9pm
Gallery open Wednesday through Sunday noon to 7pm

REDWOOD GROVE SUMMER CONCERTS 2014: Earl Brothers + Bill Evans

Thursday, August 14th, 2014, 5:30 - 7:30 PM

Redwood Grove @ UC Botanical Garden
200 Centennial Dr

In Berkeley

The University of California Botanical Garden is pleased to announce the return of it’s annual Redwood Grove summer concert series- music held every Thursday, June through August in the Botanical Garden's outdoor amphitheater. Dubbed “the Stern Grove of the East Bay”, this year’s line-up includes music of every genre, from innovative jazz to rollicking bluegrass, gypsy swing, to indie rock, folk, and a classical string ensemble.

Join us Thursday, August 14th for bluegrass and banjo with Earl Brothers and Bill Evans.

Enjoy a magical music experience in the Berkeley Hills at the UC Botanical Garden Redwood Grove summer concert series.

The Link Up Showcase presented by Youngin Beez (In the Lounge)

Saturday, August 16th, 2014, 9:30pm

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

In Berkeley

The Link Up Showcase – A gathering of local hip-hop & R&B artists to showcase their talents amongst family, friends and the community.

$5 entrance fee, 18+ with valid ID

Lounge Rumba (at La Peña’s LOUNGE every 1st & 3rd Sunday)

Sunday, August 17th, 2014, 3:00-5:30pm

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

In Berkeley

Donations Encouraged.

The Sunday Lounge Rumba has been going on at La Peña for the past 12 years and we want to see it continue. We highly encourage participants to donate to ensure that we keep this community participatory event alive!

Community Participatory Event

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.

REDWOOD GROVE CONCERTS: Todd Sickafoose's Tiny Resistors + Etienne deRocher

Thursday, August 21st, 2014, 5:30 - 7:30 PM

Redwood Grove @ UC Botanical Garden
200 Centennial Dr

In Berkeley

The University of California Botanical Garden is pleased to announce the return of it’s annual Redwood Grove summer concert series- music held every Thursday, June through August in the Botanical Garden's outdoor amphitheater. Dubbed “the Stern Grove of the East Bay”, this year’s line-up includes music of every genre, from innovative jazz to rollicking bluegrass, gypsy swing, to indie rock, folk, and a classical string ensemble.

Join us Thursday, August 21st for jazz and indie rock with Todd Sickafoose's Tiny Resistors + Etienne deRocher.

Enjoy a magical music experience in the Berkeley Hills at the UC Botanical Garden Redwood Grove summer concert series.

Make Space

Saturday, August 23rd, 2014 - Sunday, October 5th, 2014, Wed - Sun, 11am - 5pm

Berkeley Art Center
1275 Walnut Street

In Berkeley

Join us for the opening reception on Saturday, August 23, 5-8 PM

Berkeley Art Center is thrilled to present Make Space, a group exhibition featuring new and existing work by, Randy Dixon, Nancy Ivanhoe, Tressa Pack, Erik Parra, Dimitra Skandali. This show challenges artists to re-contextualize their art practice within the walls of the Berkeley Art Center; an art space like no other in the Bay Area.

During a time of dramatic economic and cultural shifts in the Bay Area, art spaces are closing, moving and utterly transforming in order to adapt to the changing financial and social changes of the region. However the Berkeley Art Center is a site fixed within Live Oak Park in North Berkeley. What relationship does the site of the Center, situated in a beautiful city park, have to the artwork within it? How can we consider what this art space means and how it functions within the great arts community?

Conversation with Christian Frock and Megan Wilson
Saturday, September 20, 4-6 PM
Christian Frock and Megan Wilson will come together to talk about the recent and rapid changes happening in the Bay Area’s cultural community and how it is effecting housing, work spaces and art making as a whole. Moderated by Aimee Le Duc.

Mexican Tardeada (In the Lounge)

Sunday, August 24th, 2014, 3:00pm

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

In Berkeley

Free/Donations requested

A monthly Sunday afternoon Mexican music jam in the café lounge. The Tardeadas are informal family-oriented gathering of musicians and Mexican music aficionados. Bring your Tejano/Norteño acordeon, guitar, bass, bajo, or percussion y aquí nos vemos!

Dinner at Mz. Pat’s House

Friday, August 29th, 2014, 8:00pm

la Pena Cultural Center
3105 Shattuck Ave. Berkeley, CA 94705

In Berkeley

Playwright: Jovelyn Richards

Director: Stephanie Johnson

Cabaret/Concert

La Peña Cultural Center Presents: Mz. Pat’s the first legal brothel in Berkeley since the days of the gold rush!

It’s “the other Great Depression.” There are several reasons you get to sit down to dinner at Mz. Pat’s House, a well-known brothel in Cleveland, Ohio, in the ’30s and ’40s: Somebody tried to kill you or you tried to kill somebody; you’re a homosexual; you “passing for somebody you ain’t”; “you old and nobody want you no mo’”; “you too ugly”; or you just “got a story to tell.” Come to Mz. Pat’s—a house of magic and mystery!

Storyteller Extraordinaire and International Performer: Jovelyn Richards weaves the tales of four heart gripping characters that jump to the music of jazz and blues. Stories of racism, homophobia, murder and mystery and through it all love, during the 1930’s other great depression.

August 29th and 30th

Enjoy a front row dinner experience @ Mz. Pat’s table $20.00 (food priced separate) complimentary glass of wine/beverage.

Advance tickets reg. seating $12.00 and $15.00 at the door.

Doors open at 7:30pm show times 8:00pm

Dinner at Mz. Pat’s House

Saturday, August 30th, 2014, 8:00pm

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

In Berkeley

Playwright: Jovelyn Richards

Director: Stephanie Johnson

Cabaret/Concert

La Peña Cultural Center Presents: Mz. Pat’s the first legal brothel in Berkeley since the days of the gold rush!

It’s “the other Great Depression.” There are several reasons you get to sit down to dinner at Mz. Pat’s House, a well-known brothel in Cleveland, Ohio, in the ’30s and ’40s: Somebody tried to kill you or you tried to kill somebody; you’re a homosexual; you “passing for somebody you ain’t”; “you old and nobody want you no mo’”; “you too ugly”; or you just “got a story to tell.” Come to Mz. Pat’s—a house of magic and mystery!

Storyteller Extraordinaire and International Performer: Jovelyn Richards weaves the tales of four heart gripping characters that jump to the music of jazz and blues. Stories of racism, homophobia, murder and mystery and through it all love, during the 1930’s other great depression.

August 29th and 30th

Enjoy a front row dinner experience @ Mz. Pat’s table $20.00 (food priced separate) complimentary glass of wine/beverage.

Advance tickets reg. seating $12.00 and $15.00 at the door.

Doors open at 7:30pm show times 8:00pm

Ho\'okahi Pu\'uwai

Friday, September 5th, 2014 - Monday, September 8th, 2014, 10:00 am - 9:00 pm

EXECUTIVE INN & SUITES OAKLAND
1755 Embarcadero

In Oakland

The Holistic Honu Wellness Center is proud to present our annual Ho’okahi Pu’uwai workshop at the Executive Inn and Suites in Oakland featuring Loea Hula, Frank Kawaikapuokalani K. Hewett and Kumu Kapa, Dalani Tanahy!
This event will be held: Friday, September 5th to Monday, September 8th.
Loea will be presenting one talk-story day (Friday) and two hula instruction days (Saturday & Sunday).
Kumu Dalani will be presenting one abbreviated class (Friday evening) and one full day (Monday). The class size is limited, please enroll early.
Classes will run 10am to 12pm and 2pm to 4pm each day. The class fee is $150 per person per day and includes lunch.
Friday evening’s class will be 5pm to 9pm. The class fee is $50 per person and includes materials.
The Executive Inn & Suites is offering us a room rate of $115. (regular price $135. - $159.) for a City view and $125. (regular price $152. - $179.) for a Water view. The rate is the same for one or two beds. Use “Group Code” GRE310GA
For those of you flying in, the Executive Inn has a free shuttle from the Oakland International Airport.
Hotel amenities include deluxe breakfast, microwaves and mini-refrigerators in the rooms. The bartender fires up the grill every night for some amazing dinners too!
Tickets can be purchased ON-LINE through Eventbrite:
For Loea’s workshops:
http://hookahi2014.eventbrite.com
For Kumu Dalani’s workshops:
https://hawaiiankapa.eventbrite.com
For further details. check our event
website: http://hookahipuuwai.com

Flower Drum Song

Friday, September 5th, 2014 - Sunday, September 14th, 2014, Fri-Sat 8 pm, Thu & Sun 7 pm

Woodminster Amphitheater in Joaquin Miller Park
3300 Joaquin Miller Road

In Oakland

"To create something new, we must first love what is old," claims Mei-Li in Tony Award-winner David Henry Hwang's new adaptation of this Rodgers and Hammerstein jewel. The sentiment is obviously shared by the author himself, who has created something dazzlingly new while honoring the original material. Mei-Li flees Mao's communist China after the murder of her father and finds herself in San Francisco's Chinatown in the mid twentieth century. This naïve young refugee is befriended by Wang, who is struggling to keep the Chinese opera tradition alive despite his son's determination to turn the old opera house into a swingin' Western-style nightclub. A unique blending of American razz-ma-tazz and stylized Chinese opera traditions creates a beautifully theatrical tapestry. The wonderful score, by turns lushly romantic and showbiz-brassy, retains all of its luster in this lovely new version of an American classic. Mei-Li's gradual assimilation is informed by her realization that the old and new can coexist when there is respect for both.

Woodminster Summer Musicals are performed outdoors in historic Woodminster Amphitheater in beautiful Joaquin Miller Park. Come early and enjoy a picnic with your family, a walk in this hillside park, and the beautiful bay views. As the sun sets, take your seats in the amphitheater and enjoy an evening of music and magic under the stars.

Performances Sep 5, 6, 12, 13 at 8 pm and Sep 7, 11, 14 at 7 pm. Tickets $28-$59, discounts for children, seniors, groups. Kids Come Free program lets a child or teen up to 16 years old attend for free with a paying adult.

Preview Sep 4 at 8 pm, all tickets $18 at the door. (No discounts or Kids Come Free)

Luna Dance Institute Open House

Saturday, September 6th, 2014 - Saturday, September 6th, 2014, 9am-11am

Luna Dance Institute
605 Addison St.

In Berkeley

Dance, play & have fun with your child at Luna Dance Institute's free event! Our fall open house features free creative dance and improvisation classes for all ages. Join us at 9am for dance story time in our professional library followed by free dance classes for young children up to teens. End the morning with a family dance party. Check out our beautiful dance studio located only minutes away from the Berkeley Aquatic Park and Fourth Street shopping center. Fun for all ages!

2014 Northern California Renaissance Faire

Saturday, September 13th, 2014 - Sunday, October 12th, 2014, 10:00 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Casa de Fruta
10021 Pacheco Pass Hwy

In

Travel back to a time where the arts flourished, people thirsted for knowledge and the awakening of the mind reigned supreme.

The Northern California Renaissance Faire, happening every weekend from September 13th through October 12th at Casa de Fruta, invites all to experience its traditional Village of Willingtown. Attendees will be transported to the era of Queen Elizabeth I as they watch exotic performances and take part in music and dance from traditional Morris and English Country, to Celtic and Gypsy Tribal.

The Faire is filled with many delightful pleasures and artisan treasures for young and old alike. Visit the Marketplace to see all the master artisans who offer the latest designs and finest hand work in blown glass, keen blades, leather-work, woodwork, jewelry and much more.

Activities, period-themed rides and performances are offered to entertain any and all age groups. Feast your eyes upon pleasures such as face painting, hair-braiding, comedy shows and fortune tellers. You might even be challenged to test your accuracy with a bow and arrow or axe throwing game.

Keep an eye out for courageous knights strapped into their heavy suits of armor as they fight for the Queen’s favor during battles of skill and might. Full contact jousting tournaments are performed twice a day in the World Tournament of Champions arena.

Let your creativity run wild by immersing yourself in Renaissance society. Dress the part by renting a costume inside the gates of The Belrose and throw out as many Huzzahs and Aye’s as you can. The Belrose offers authentic Renaissance garments to complement all taste styles and spanning the social status. You can become anyone you want from prim and proper princesses to swashbuckling pirates to colorful gypsies or royalty.

Jovial peasants, men in tights, and gleeful maidens roam the streets while you sip an ale or cider.

2014 Pleasanton Harvest Festival

Friday, September 19th, 2014 - Sunday, September 21st, 2014, 10am - 6pm

Alameda County Fairgrounds
4501 Pleasanton Ave

In

The Pleasanton Harvest Festival, one of the top rated craft shows in the country, will return to the Alameda County Fairgrounds September 19-21, 2014. The event will offer over 24,000 American handmade arts and crafts. Attendees can shop original art, jewelry, clothing, specialty foods, home decor and more.

Throughout the weekend there are live musical performances, strolling entertainers, a hands on KidZone, delicious foods and fabulous prize giveaways. Once at the show, attendees can enter to win an ipad mini which will be awarded the last day of the event.

Plus, anyone who brings a non-perishable food donation to support the Alameda County Community Food Bank will receive $2 off one general or senior admission.

Don\'t miss a full day of shopping, entertainment and good old fashioned family fun at the Pleasanton Harvest Festival.

Conversation with Christian Frock and Megan Wilson

Saturday, September 20th, 2014 - Saturday, September 20th, 2014, 4 - 6 p.m.

Berkeley Art Center
1275 Walnut St.

In Berkeley

Christian Frock, art writer and curator, and artist Megan Wilson will discuss public space, gentrification and the rapidly changing art scene in the Bay Area.

Christian L. Frock is an independent writer and curator whose practice interrogates the intersection of art, daily life and popular culture through a consideration of art in public spaces. Her curatorial enterprise, Invisible Venue, collaborates with artists to present art in unexpected settings. She recently began a series of articles: Priced Out: San Francisco's Changing Values and Artist Exodus.

Megan Wilson's installations and public projects use the aesthetics and methodologies of popular culture to comment on socio-economic issues such as capitalism, displacement, homelessness, corporate corruption and gentrification. Her recent focus has been on the dislocation of artists and arts non profits in San Francisco. Read her article: The Gentrification of Our Livelihoods: Everything Must Go...

FREE: donations appreciated

Conversation with Christian Frock and Megan Wilson

Saturday, September 20th, 2014 - Saturday, September 20th, 2014, 4 - 6pm

Berkeley Art Center
1275 Walnut Street

In Berkeley

Christian Frock, art writer and curator, and artist Megan Wilson will discuss public space, gentrification, and the rapidly changing art scene in the Bay Area.

Renee Bott: Printing With Diebenkorn

Sunday, September 28th, 2014 - Sunday, September 28th, 2014, 1:30 - 3pm

Richmond Art Center
2540 Barrett Ave

In Richmond

Join Renee Bott, co-founder of Paulson-Bott Press, for accounts of masterly pursuits in the printmaking studio as she shares stories of working with Richard Diebenkorn when she at Crown Point Press.



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