Events


Developing & Implementing Dance Curricula-B

Tuesday, February 9th, 2016 - Tuesday, May 17th, 2016, 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Berkeley Aquatic Park Studio
605 Addison Street

In Berkeley

LUNA DANCE presents: Developing & Implementing Dance Curricula-B a Foundation Series Course. Tuesday evenings: 6pm-9pm, starting February 9th until May 17, 2016 held at our Berkeley Aquatic Park Studio. This course investigates the role of teacher in creating, implementing and sequencing standards based dance curricula. DIDC-B content includes choreographic tools, principles, and structures, constructivism, and critical pedagogy. Fee is $525; pre-requisite DIDC-A or Summer Institute (SI). For more information and to register, contact Nia at nwomack-freeman@lunadanceinstitute.org, 510-883-1118.

Free First Thursdays @ the BAMPFA!

Thursday, March 3rd, 2016 - Thursday, December 1st, 2016, First Thursday of the month, 11am-9pm

Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA)
2155 Center Street

In Berkeley

First Thursdays are a great time to visit BAMPFA. The galleries are free all day the first Thursday of each month.

EVery

Wednesday, March 16th, 2016 - Sunday, May 8th, 2016, April 2, 2016 6:00PM – 8:00PM

Glama-Rama Salon & Gallery
6399 Telegraph Ave. Oakland, CA 94609

In Oakland

Glama-Rama Salon & Gallery is proud to present Every Act of Perception a solo show by San Francisco based artist Gabriela Cobar. Gabriela paints portraits that depict nearly still figures submerged within a destabilized landscape. She develops her large-scale oil paintings with rhythmic brushstrokes paired with compelling color choices to examine movement and change in an over stimulated environment.

Since opening in 1995, Glama-Rama has been an ardent supporter of the local art scene in San Francisco and we are excited to bring the support to Oakland artists in our new shop. We have helped launch the careers of many emerging artists as well as featuring the works of well established artists from around the world.

www.gabrielacobar.com

Summer Dance Camps ages 5-17 at Luna Dance Institute

Saturday, March 19th, 2016 - Friday, July 15th, 2016, 9:00am

Luna Dance Institute
605 Addison Street

In Berkeley

Luna Dance Institute is the only choreography-based dance program in the Bay Area, offering a variety of fun dance camp options for dancers of all ages. This summer, we offer half-day mini camps for 5-7 y/o, full day camps for 8-11 y/o, ‘tweens 10-13 y/o, and teens 12-17 y/o with choreography workshop intensives. Students discover, play, invent, perform & respond through the ART of dance. Camps offered June-July 2016. Tuition assistance is available. Contact abonilla@lunadanceinstitute.org, 510-883-1118. http://lunadanceinstitute.org/summer-dance-camps/

POLYCHROME STEW

Saturday, March 19th, 2016 - Sunday, May 1st, 2016, Weds-Sunday 12-7pm

The Compound Gallery
1167 65th st.

In Oakland

The Compound Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of Polychrome Stew, a polychromic exhibition of paintings by John McNamara and Bob Stang. We present to you, a stew, a salmagundi of brightly colored matter that consists of a dash of reality with a portion of fantasy, culminating in delightfully tasty neoteric paintings that are sure to enchant.

John McNamara’s new series of smaller paintings are taken from a 1992 visual dictionary-McNamara paints these familiar solitary objects as distinctive interpretations and places them into an abstract environment where the object and background coexist as a newly formed
The Compound Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of Polychrome Stew, a polychromic exhibition of paintings by John McNamara and Bob Stang. We present to you, a stew, a salmagundi of brightly colored matter that consists of a dash of reality with a portion of fantasy, culminating in delightfully tasty neoteric paintings that are sure to enchant.

John McNamara’s new series of smaller paintings are taken from a 1992 visual dictionary-McNamara paints these familiar solitary objects as distinctive interpretations and places them into an abstract environment where the object and background coexist as a newly formed resplendent composite. Mcnamara’s larger painting is a form of painted collage that involves a process where he mounts several small photographs of one of his previous paintings onto a wood panel, and paints onto it, allowing some of the photographic image to come through— resulting in a skewed representation of the original painting.

Bob Stang creates dreamy compositions by placing familiar objects within his chimerical abstract landscapes. Stang’s works are influenced by the digital realm, yet leave a non-mechanical human impression. Each painting is fresh and unrestrained, a result of his impromptu painting style—he paints at will with no pre-determined end result in mind.

Art and Coffee in historic downtown Pt. Richmond

Wednesday, March 30th, 2016 - Wednesday, June 29th, 2016, All day

Kaleidoscope Coffee
109 Park Place

In Richmond


Arts of Point Richmond, (AOPR), is delighted to collaborate with Kaleidoscope Coffee by brewing up an art exhibition titled “BrewHaHa.”, featuring a selection of art by 16 AOPR members. The show will run from March 30 through June 29, 2016.

As a place of community, Kaleidoscope is the perfect partner: Coffee shop, ice cream parlor, and performance venue. The "BrewHaHa" art exhibit blends up a flavorful experience and is a good example of symmetry between our local art and business communities."

Local artists and a local business - in partnership!

Whale's Wake

Saturday, April 16th, 2016 - Saturday, May 7th, 2016, April 16-May 7; Fri & Sat at 8pm, Sun at 7pm, Sat 4/23, 4/30, 5/7 at 2pm

The Flight Deck
1540 Broadway

In Oakland

Dad is dead. Emma is home. Now there's a whale. A clan's grief for its lost patriarch surreally bends the rules of society and the laws of nature. As the family struggles with economic ruin, the ocean seems to share their devastation. Long estranged, sharing only haphazard traditions, they contend over how to honor the difficult dead, an auction gone horribly wrong, a disappearing casket of ashes, a house that won't stay put, and a suicidal whale. Funny, sexy, incantatory.

A world-premiere play written and directed by Amy Sass. An Equity-approved project co-produced with PlayGround.

Featuring: Mikka Bonel, *David Cramer, *Anne Darragh, Keith C. Davis,*Sharon Huff, and Anya Kazimierska. *member of Actor's Equity Association

Creative Team: Terry Bamberger, Abra Berman, Arashi Cesana, Anthony Clarvoe, Keith C. Davis, Aidan Fraser, Laura Inserra, Erik LaDue, Dashiell Menard, Florence McCafferty, Cecilia Palmtag, Hussein Sami, Amy Sass, Anna Shneiderman, and Daniel Weiermann

Presented by Ragged Wing Ensemble.

25-45.

LUMINOSITY

Thursday, April 21st, 2016 - Saturday, June 11th, 2016, Reception, Thursday April 21: 6-8pm

SLATE contemporary
473 25th Street Suite A Oakland, CA 94612

In Oakland

SLATE contemporary is pleased to present Luminosity, featuring new paintings by Elise Morris, Carol Lefkowitz, and Audra Weaser.. A fitting welcome to spring, Luminosity showcases three artists' attempts to capture the elusive element of light in nature — an largely intangible sensory experience — through the medium of paint. The result is a survey of paintings that appear as though they are glowing from within, each with their own mysterious light source.


“City Lights,” a Dennis Ziemienski Exhibition at Arte Verissima

Saturday, April 23rd, 2016 - Sunday, May 29th, 2016, 6 pm to 9 pm

Arte Verissima Studio & Gallery
4432 Piedmont Ave

In Oakland

Chronicling the iconic signage of local institutions, Dennis Ziemienski explores the vernacular character and fading grandeur of the historical businesses that populate our urban spaces. His lovingly detailed paintings of illuminated neon and glass highlight the fragility of our connection to the past.

Ziemienski recalls, “As a young boy, staring out of my grandmother’s window on Fillmore Street in San Francisco, I was transfixed by a neon football player, above a bar, that would kick the football over and over again. The magic was exposed by my investigation of it during the day. The sign revealed curious tubes of coiled glass that made the image. To this day, I am still fascinated by the art of neon and what it presents both day and night.”

This show is a collection of images from Oakland, Berkeley, Crockett, San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York.

Opening reception Saturday, April 23rd from 6-9 pm
Exhibition on view: April 22nd through May 29th
Gallery Hours: Friday ─ Sunday 12-6 pm or by appointment

2016 Mills College MFA Exhibition

Saturday, April 30th, 2016 - Sunday, May 29th, 2016, 6:00 PM

Mills College Art Museum
5000 MacArthur Blvd, Oakland, California 94613

In Oakland

Join MCAM and the 2016 MFA artists for the opening of the Mills College MFA Thesis Exhibition. Refreshments provided.

Up Close with the San Francisco Microscopical Society

Sunday, May 1st, 2016 - Sunday, May 1st, 2016, 11AM

Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA)
2155 Center Street

In Berkeley

Use a microscope to discover new levels of structure, beauty, and information in the world around us that cannot be discerned by the unaided eye. Inspired by Architecture of Life.

Included with BAMPFA admission.

Salero (Mike Plunkett, US/Bolivia, 2015)

Sunday, May 1st, 2016 - Sunday, May 1st, 2016, 1PM

Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA)
2155 Center Street

In Berkeley

Moises Chambi Yucra and his family stand at the crossroads of time. For generations, they have made a humble living harvesting salt from Bolivia’s Salar de Uyuni, the world’s largest salt flat, but beneath Uyuni sit massive amounts of lithium, a mineral instrumental in powering smartphones and electric vehicles. With stunning cinematography that captures both the vibrancy and the solitude of the land and life, director Mike Plunkett poignantly portrays the final days of an age-old way of life.

Part of the 59th San Francisco International Film Festival at the BAMPFA!

Thithi (Raam Reddy, India/US, 2016)

Sunday, May 1st, 2016 - Sunday, May 1st, 2016, 3:15PM

Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA)
2155 Center Street

In Berkeley

In a small South Indian village, a cantankerous centenarian keels over and dies, setting the stage for a capricious comedy of errors among three generations of dissimilar sons. Conflict, confusion, corruption, and a series of ill-conceived actions all come to a head at the funeral celebration (the titular thithi). With its charming cast of nonprofessional actors—both human and ovine—director Raam Reddy’s feature film offers a playful portrait of intergenerational conflicts and differences.

Part of the 59th San Francisco International Film Festival at the BAMPFA!

SFCO Main Stage Concert: Revolutionaries

Sunday, May 1st, 2016 - Sunday, May 1st, 2016, 5/1/16, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Holy Names University: Valley Center for the Performing Arts
3500 Mountain Blvd

In Oakland

Igor Stravinsky: Suite No. 1 for Small Orchestra
Amy X Neuburg: Hunger Strike (2016) [World Premiere]
L. V. Beethoven: Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92

"Don't miss the spectacular Amy X Neuburg. She's the best thing to come out of Oakland since Jack London." -composer John Adams

Experience Amy X Neuburg's "fabulous singing" and "exhilarating originality" in her newest work, Hunger Strike, commissioned by the SFCO for performance with Bay Area string quartet Squid Inc. Featuring vocals by the composer herself, Hunger Strike is paired with Stravinsky's delightful Suite No. 1 for Small Orchestra, composed in 1925. Beethoven's revolutionary Seventh Symphony was cutting edge in 1812, a brilliant experiment in sound and color that helped shape the future of classical music.

Presented by San Francisco Chamber Orchestra.

FREE. Doors open 45 min before concert.

Notes on Blindness (Peter Middleton, James Spinney, UK/France, 2016)

Sunday, May 1st, 2016 - Sunday, May 1st, 2016, 6:15PM

Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA)
2155 Center Street

In Berkeley

A taped journal that theologian John Hull (1935–2015) kept after the onset of blindness in 1980 forms the basis of this elegant and moving depiction of struggle and transcendence. We watch the writer—played by an actor but with Hull’s own voice providing the audio—as he learns to negotiate his condition and endures a crisis of faith. Sublime sound design further enhances this evocative documentary, making manifest Hull’s discovery that the loss of one sense leads to the sharpening of others.

Part of the 59th San Francisco International Film Festival at the BAMPFA!

Koom International Benefit for Drilling a Drinking Water Well in Burkina Faso featuring Bear Lincoln; Sweet Plot; Jeremy Lyon (of Tumbleweed Wanderers)

Sunday, May 1st, 2016 - Sunday, May 1st, 2016, 7:00 pm

Ashkenaz
1307 San Pablo Ave.

In Berkeley

A fine collection of commited musicians shares the Ashkenaz stage in this fundraiser for Davis-based all-volunteer organization Koom International. Koom is involved in a number of projects, but tonight’s concert raises money specifically to drill a drinking water well in the central African country Burkina Faso.

Oakland’s highly eclectic quartet Bear Lincoln has its origins in house parties and dive bars in the East Bay and beyond. Over the last two years, the group’s sound has evolved into a tight mix of funk, klezmer, Motown, surf, punk, soul, swing, rock ’n’ roll, and dance music. According to the Bay Bridged, “Maybe it’s a case of genre attention-deficit-disorder or maybe these guys are so good one mere style can't contain them...” Bear Lincoln is drummer-singer Taylor Moxon, bassist-singer Derek Burle, keyboardist-singer Ben Einstein, and guitarist-clarinetist-lead vocalist Aidan Ward.

Based in Davis, Koom International remains all volunteer-run so that 100% of fundraising goes directly to the projects the group supports: improving quality of life by providing clean drinking water sources, increasing food security through improved access to groundwater supply coupled with smart water storage and irrigation systems, and providing community involvement through sustainable solutions. With continuing climate change causing the Sahara Desert to expand south into Burkina Faso, Koom International is helping find and use water for drinking and irrigation.
http://koominternational.org/
http://www.bearlincoln.com/
http://www.sweetplotmusic.com/
http://tumbleweedwanderers.com/band/

Koom International Benefit for Drilling a Drinking Water Well in Burkina Faso featuring Bear Lincoln; Sweet Plot; Jeremy Lyon (of Tumbleweed Wanderers)

Sunday, May 1st, 2016 - Sunday, May 1st, 2016, 7:00 pm

Ashkenaz
1307 San Pablo Ave.

In Berkeley

Tickets $10-$20 sliding scale.

A fine collection of commited musicians shares the Ashkenaz stage in this fundraiser for Davis-based all-volunteer organization Koom International. Koom is involved in a number of projects, but tonight’s concert raises money specifically to drill a drinking water well in the central African country Burkina Faso.

Oakland’s highly eclectic quartet Bear Lincoln has its origins in house parties and dive bars in the East Bay and beyond. Over the last two years, the group’s sound has evolved into a tight mix of funk, klezmer, Motown, surf, punk, soul, swing, rock ’n’ roll, and dance music. According to the Bay Bridged, “Maybe it’s a case of genre attention-deficit-disorder or maybe these guys are so good one mere style can't contain them...” Bear Lincoln is drummer-singer Taylor Moxon, bassist-singer Derek Burle, keyboardist-singer Ben Einstein, and guitarist-clarinetist-lead vocalist Aidan Ward.

Based in Davis, Koom International remains all volunteer-run so that 100% of fundraising goes directly to the projects the group supports: improving quality of life by providing clean drinking water sources, increasing food security through improved access to groundwater supply coupled with smart water storage and irrigation systems, and providing community involvement through sustainable solutions. With continuing climate change causing the Sahara Desert to expand south into Burkina Faso, Koom International is helping find and use water for drinking and irrigation.
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/koom-international-benefit-for-drilling-a-drinking-water-well-in-burkina-faso-featuring-bear-tickets-24523609777


The Joneses (Moby Longinotto, US/UK, 2016)

Sunday, May 1st, 2016 - Sunday, May 1st, 2016, 8:40PM

Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA)
2155 Center Street

In Berkeley

Filmmaker Moby Longinotto’s fascinating, thoroughly candid documentary invites audiences to pull up a chair at the never-dull family table in a Mississippi trailer-park home. Everything is on the menu: dashed dreams, seething resentments, sexual awakenings, and dollops of unconditional love. Overseeing all the tumult is unflappable, seventy-three-year-old transgender matriarch Jheri Jones, whose dedicated ministrations keep her family going.

Part of the 59th San Francisco International Film Festival at the BAMPFA!

National Bird (Sonia Kennebeck, US, 2016)

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016 - Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016, 4PM

Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA)
2155 Center Street

In Berkeley

Executive produced by Wim Wenders and Errol Morris, this elegant and chilling documentary provides a glimpse of what the US government doesn’t want you to know about drone warfare by focusing on three veterans whose service experience caused them to question the use of drones in overseas combat.

Part of the 59th San Francisco International Film Festival at the BAMPFA!

Mountain (Yaelle Kayam, Israel/Denmark, 2015)

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016 - Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016, 6:30PM

Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA)
2155 Center Street

In Berkeley

Yaelle Kayam’s debut feature is strikingly shot against the tombstones of Jerusalem’s Mount of Olives, where an Orthodox woman’s longing for her husband’s love sets in motion a transformational journey into a nocturnal world of pimps and prostitutes. A mesmerizing performance by Shani Klein keeps viewers riveted to a character study that is by turns tender and startling.

Part of the 59th San Francisco International Film Festival at the BAMPFA!

Journey to the Shore (Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Japan/France, 2015)

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016 - Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016, 8:40PM

Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA)
2155 Center Street

In Berkeley

The secret wounds of a marriage unfold gently but surely as a shy piano teacher embarks on a mythic journey with her husband, returned from the dead. As their quest takes them on visits to several couples who have similarly fraught relationships, they are able to unburden themselves in scenes of remarkable emotional weight. Kurosawa is one of the great makers of contemporary adult ghost stories, and this is among his best.

Part of the 59th San Francisco International Film Festival at the BAMPFA!

Les Amis Zydeco

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016 - Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016, Cajun/Zydeco dance lesson at 8:00 pm; Show at 8:30 pm

Ashkenaz
1307 San Pablo Ave.

In Berkeley

Tickets are $12. Cajun/Zydeco dance lesson at 8:00 pm; Show at 8:30 pm. Ashkenaz is always all ages!

Les Amis Zydeco
From festivals to farmers’ markets, Les Amis Zydeco turns every event into a dance party. Its members are all longtime veterans of Cajun and zydeco bands. Les Amis Zydeco has its roots in the swamps of Deep South Louisiana as well as the Bay Area Cajun/zydeco dance scene. Formed in 2009 and based in the East Bay, Les Amis Zydeco strives for an authentic sound whether it is playing Cajun, Creole, or zydeco. Some band members are longtime Cajun/zydeco dancers, and they focus on dancer enjoyment by drawing on their ingrained knowledge of what makes for an enjoyable dance evening. Les Amis Zydeco is Dwight Shackelford (accordions, fiddle, washboard and vocals), Nazar Eljumaily (electric and acoustic guitars), Steven Strauss (bass), Dave Rogers (drums), and Holly Earl (rubboard). They draw mostly from traditional roots music and some modern artists from Clifton Chenier and Danny Poullard to the Pine Leaf Boys and Rockin’ Dopsie, as well as original songs rooted in traditional sounds.
http://www.lesamiszydeco.com/index.html
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/les-amis-zydeco-tickets-23639025963

When A Woman Ascends the Stairs (Mikio Naruse Japan, 1960) with Lecture

Wednesday, May 4th, 2016 - Wednesday, May 4th, 2016, 3:10PM

Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA)
2155 Center Street

In Berkeley

Special admission applies, see site for details.

Lecture/screening class (3 hours).
Lecture by Professor Miryam Sas.

Hideko Takamine portrays the consummate Naruse heroine: high-minded, determined, and out of her element in a sordid world. Here it is the back-street bars of Tokyo's Ginza district, which Naruse re-creates in all its busy detail and nighttime poetry. Keiko is a mama-san, or bar hostess, a modern, lower-scale incarnation of the geisha. A widow at thirty, and exploited by her selfish family, she realizes that she must either remarry or strike out on her own in the face of furious competition from othermama-sans. A devastating courtship with a longtime customer only reveals the true vulnerability of Keiko's position. As she prepares to climb the stairs to her customers once again, in a haunting final scene, she expresses the sad litany of her life: "Then it gets dark . . . I hate to climb the stairs. But once I'm up, I trust to luck."

Part of In Focus: Japanese Film Classics at the BAMPFA.

Free gallery admission with same-day film ticket!

And when I die, I won't stay dead (Billy Woodberry, US/Portugal, 2015)

Wednesday, May 4th, 2016 - Wednesday, May 4th, 2016, 6:30PM

Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA)
2155 Center Street

In Berkeley

Brilliant but largely unheralded Beat poet Bob Kaufman (1925–1986) is featured in this rich documentary tribute. Interviews, readings of Kaufman’s poems, historical footage, and experimental images blend into a unique portrait of an enigmatic artist and North Beach mainstay of the 1950s and early 1960s.

Part of the 59th San Francisco International Film Festival at the BAMPFA!

Winter Song (Otar Iosseliani, France, 2015)

Wednesday, May 4th, 2016 - Wednesday, May 4th, 2016, 8:45PM

Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA)
2155 Center Street

In Berkeley

The way Otar Iosseliani turns Paris on its head makes us think of a young Jean-Luc Godard—yet Iosseliani is eighty-two! And he’s still having a great time—thumbing his nose at authority by showing Paris cops evicting the homeless to the tune of Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy” (anthem of the European Union)—while directing a delightful ensemble cast in a bittersweet tale of a beloved concierge and his menagerie of tenants who seem to be everywhere at once in this inimitable depiction of the city-as-village.

Part of the 59th San Francisco International Film Festival at the BAMPFA!

Balkan Folkdance

Wednesday, May 4th, 2016 - Wednesday, May 4th, 2016, Lesson at 7:00 pm; Show at 8:00 pm

Ashkenaz
1307 San Pablo Ave.

In Berkeley

Tickets are $7. Balkan dance lesson at 7:00 pm; Show at 8:00 pm. Ashkenaz is always all ages!

Balkan Folkdance
This monthly event is a revival of ’70s-style Berkeley folkdancing with some international request dancing to recorded music, capturing the spirit that David Nadel was inspired by when he opened Ashkenaz in 1973 with Balkan folkdancing. One does not need a live band to experience the communal pleasure of dancing together, and the dance lessons help newcomers join in the experience.


The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble (Morgan Neville, US, 2015)

Thursday, May 5th, 2016 - Thursday, May 5th, 2016, 4PM

Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA)
2155 Center Street

In Berkeley

On a quest to uncover Leonard Bernstein’s “universal language of music,” renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma gathers virtuoso musicians from around the globe to collaborate on new musical explorations. This first-rate documentary profiles several of these artists, collectively called the Silk Road Ensemble, using compelling archival footage as well as numerous rousing performance sequences to elucidate the ways their artistry reflects their cultures.

Part of the 59th San Francisco International Film Festival at the BAMPFA!

Under the Sun (Vitaly Mansky, Russia/Latvia/Germany/Czech Republic/North Korea, 2015)

Thursday, May 5th, 2016 - Thursday, May 5th, 2016, 6:30PM

Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA)
2155 Center Street

In Berkeley

Shot with the permission and supervision of North Korean authorities, Russian director Vitaly Mansky’s film turns a propaganda effort into a deep-cover documentary about life inside one of the world’s most repressive nations. Its subjects—a young girl in Pyongyang and her family—rigorously stick to the ideological script, but by keeping the camera rolling between takes of their carefully staged “real life,” Mansky reveals the grinding gears of the totalitarian message machine.

Part of the 59th San Francisco International Film Festival at the BAMPFA!

The Summer of Frozen Fountains (Vano Burduli, Georgia/Russia, 2015)

Thursday, May 5th, 2016 - Thursday, May 5th, 2016, 8:40PM

Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA)
2155 Center Street

In Berkeley

People fall in and out of love in this delightfully wistful romantic drama. Director Vano Burduli shares amusement and a profoundly deep affection for a changing Tbilisi and its flawed and beautiful inhabitants, guiding each of his characters like the conductor of an orchestra. The result is a softly played symphony of humanity.

Part of the 59th San Francisco International Film Festival at the BAMPFA!

Swing in the Spring Series featuring Big Cheese & the Jive Rats

Thursday, May 5th, 2016 - Thursday, May 5th, 2016, Lesson at 7:00 pm; Show at 8:00 pm

Ashkenaz
1307 San Pablo Ave.

In Berkeley

Tickets are $15. Swing dance lesson at 7:00 pm; Show at 8:00 pm. Ashkenaz is always all ages! www.ashkenaz.com

Big Cheese & the Jive Rats
Not since the late Frankie Maximum band put a big twist on country and Western swing has there been a Bay Area swing band that demands that its players and everyone on the dance floor have so much fun! Big Cheese & the Jive Rats pick the best and the most novel of jump swing novelty songs by everyone from Spike Jones to Slim Gaillard, and then swing ’em even harder and funnier. Watch out for a few rowdy originals tossed into the mix.

Big Cheese & the Jive Rats are keeping alive the jump swing tradition of Slim Gaillard, Louis Jordan, Louis Prima, and the vout-o-rooney generation. This high-energy, frenetic, and comedic novelty bebop show has band and audience alike clucking like chickens, barking like dogs, eating potato chips out of the Big Cheese’s hand, and laughing in rhythm. This combination of talent and savoir-faire is rarely found in one performer, yet the Big Cheese has cleverly stumbled upon the magic recipe. His outfits are in a clash by themselves, and his show guarantees memories to last a lunchtime. And where else can you dance to such favorites from the previous century as “Atomic Cocktail” and “Serenade to a Poodle”?
http://www.ashkenaz050516.eventbrite.com
http://www.thebigcheeseband.com/

Francofonia (Alexander Sokurov, France/Germany/Netherlands, 2015)

Friday, May 6th, 2016 - Wednesday, May 18th, 2016, 05/06 @ 8:15PM | 05/08 @ 6PM | 05/18 @ 7PM

Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA)
2155 Center Street

In Berkeley

East Bay Premiere!

The Russian master Alexander Sokurov (Russian Ark, Alexandra, Faust) returns with another literal museum piece, a portrait of the Louvre that extends into a transcendent investigation of art, life, and cultural and political power. A trip across hundreds of years of European and Russian history and culture, Francofonia gives life not only to the artworks inside the Louvre, but to the history of the museum itself, especially during World War II, when the German invasion threatened its very existence. Combining documentary and philosophical musings with fictional re-enactments, Sokurov poses a simple, yet profound query: “What is more important, culture or life?”

Free gallery admission with same-day film ticket!

BrujaLyfe Presents: SUDADA

Friday, May 6th, 2016 - Friday, May 6th, 2016, 10:00 pm

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

In Berkeley

Enjoy this steamy dance party of Afro-Peruvian beats and Zapotec Hip-Hop, featuring Proyecto Lando (Afro-Peruvian) and Mare Advertencia Lirika (fierce femcee from Oaxaca, Mexico), hosted by BrujaLyfe (Chhoti Maa & Mad Lines).


THREE STORIES -- Opening Reception

Friday, May 6th, 2016 - Friday, May 6th, 2016, 6-9 pm

Art@Archer
431 13th Street

In Oakland

This new show features three East Bay artists:

Robert Emmett Arthurs III - the product of a mixed (Hawaii/Minnesota) household. His passion (compulsion?) for drawing began early and continued through studies as varied as English Literature, Philosophy, History, Law and Aerospace Science. His models often are women or are self-portraits; his materials -- anything recycled or reused that makes a mark.

Armando Resendez -- from San Diego/Tijuana Border (US side). He moved to the East Bay in 2007. His theme is cities -- how city light makes life grow. His primary materials come from recycled objects that "live with me" until they find a home in his art

Laurel Lee -- feminist and lesbian. Her work's dominant gender is female, although male organs sometimes appear. Her art evokes pain, eroticism, feminism, dignity, planets, cycles, and molecular make up. This is queer body dedicated to creating queer space.


Film & Video Makers at Cal: Works from the Eisner Competition 2016

Friday, May 6th, 2016 - Friday, May 6th, 2016, 6PM

Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA)
2155 Center Street

In Berkeley

We are pleased to present this year’s prizewinners and runners-up in the film and video category of the Eisner Prize competition. The Eisner Prize is the highest award for creativity given on the UC Berkeley campus. Expect narratives, documentaries, experimental works, and animations. This year's winners are Jodie Howard and Reaa Puri.

A handout with written descriptions by the artists will be available at the screening.

PRIZE WINNERS
Only Connect
(Jodie Howard, Laine Dermer Kendall, US, 2015, 7 mins, Color, Digital video)

K for Kashmir
(Reaa Puri, 2015, 8 mins, Color, Digital video)

HONORABLE MENTIONS
Let's Exercise Some Power
(Behnaz Khaleghi, Baharak Khaleghi, Zeferino Rincon, US, 2016, 10 mins, Color, Digital video)

Khora
(Zeferino Rincon, Behnaz Khaleghi, US, 2015, 2:46 mins, Color, Digital video)

PP
(Walter Zarnowitz, US, 2015, 7 mins, Color, Digital video)

november 2016_a global emergency
(Sophia Sobko, US, 2016, 1:05 mins, Color, Digital video)

Fumé: A Poem about My Mother's House
(Moira Laband, US, 2015, 8:18 mins, Color, Digital video)

Unenlightenment
(Casey Currey-Wilson, US, 2015, 5:08 mins, Color, Digital video)

Porch Monkey Pt ii
(Summer Mason, US, 2015, 5 mins, Color, Digital video)

The Devil Wants My Soul
(Irene Chen, US, 2015, 4:47 mins, Color, Digital video)

The Language of Devils
(Jose Joaquin Figueroa, US, 2014–16, 6:29 mins, Color, Digital video)

Fifth and Silver
(Lloyd Park, Chuck Chan, US, 2015, 3:29 mins, Color, Digital video)

Transient Hypo Frontality
(Shari Lyn Paladino, US, 2015, 2 mins, B&W, Digital video)

Awaken
(Tara Baghdassarian, in collaboration with Shirin Towfiq, US, 2015, 3:47 mins, Color, Digital video)

Black
(Lingyu Wang, 2015, US, 3 mins, Color, Digital video)

Free gallery admission with same-day film ticket!

Avant Comédie - A BYOB Comedy Show

Friday, May 6th, 2016, 8:30

Defenders of Good Times
268 14th Street

In Oakland

Avant Comédie brings you the Bay Area’s most talented stand up comedians at Oakland’s newest art gallery: Defenders Of Good Times. Oakland has always been a home for the performing arts, and we’re keeping that spirit alive with Avant Comédie. This is a BYOB show so feel free to bring refreshments to keep the drinks flowing. $5 early-bird pre-sales (available until 4/30), $10 admission, doors open at 8:30!

Tickets Available Here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/avant-comedie-a-byob-comedy-show-tickets-24547628618

For May we’ll be featuring:

- Chey Bell
- David Nguyen
- Adam Pearlstein
- Josef Anolin
- Irene Tu
- Chad Opitz

Hosted by Adrian McNair ( Featured on Viceland's Flophouse, Bridgetown Comedy Festival, SF Sketchfest)

Stu Allen & Mars Hotel

Friday, May 6th, 2016 - Friday, May 6th, 2016, 9:00 pm

Ashkenaz
1307 San Pablo Ave.

In Berkeley

Tickets are $16 Student and Advance / $18 Day of show. Ashkenaz is always all ages!

Stu Allen
A tradition started back in the 20th century, Ashkenaz’s Grateful Dead Night is always evolving, reaching new heights since Stu Allen & Mars Hotel launched a weekly residency in late 2011. Led by acclaimed guitarist-singer Allen (of Phil Lesh & Friends, Melvin Seals & JGB, Ghosts of Electricity), a revolving cast of incredibly talented musicians inhabits Mars Hotel, drawing from the Grateful Dead’s vast catalog to delight Deadheads and dancers of all generations. A Mars Hotel show is always an energetic evening of good vibes, good music, and good community.

When it became apparent that Jerry Garcia had played his final show in 1995, Stu Allen began working to keep Garcia’s music, sound, and spirit alive in the concert setting. He regularly works with Phil Lesh and has also played sets with Bob Weir and Bill Kreutzmann. Allen is perhaps most known for fronting Melvin Seals’ tribute to the Jerry Garcia Band from 2004 to 2011. He received more national acclaim in 2010 when he toured with Dark Star Orchestra. Allen shares the Grateful Dead’s commitment to making each performance a unique event, from preparation to execution. He will perform multiple shows before playing the same song twice, and even then, that song will not be realized in quite the same way.

Mars Hotel takes this idea a step further by presenting a new band at each performance. Drawing from the rich music scene of the Bay Area, Allen has assembled a broad and ever-rotating group of musicians that makes each concert a once-only experience. As far as Grateful Dead tribute bands go, this is a concept that has never been done before.
http://www.stuallen.net/

Tatev Amiryan, Piano Concert & CD Presentation

Saturday, May 7th, 2016 - Saturday, May 7th, 2016, 5/7/16, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Crowden Music Center, Jacqueline and Peter Hoefer Auditorium
1475 Rose Street

In Berkeley

The event features Armenian composer and pianist Tatev Amiryan in piano solo concert. The program includes piano music by notable Armenian composers Komitas, A. Babajanian, R. Andreasian, E. Mirzoyan, as well as Amiryan's compositions. The event also includes a presentation of Amiryan's newly released album of her piano compositions.

Tatev Amiryan is a composer and pianist devoted to exploring the sounds of her native Armenian homeland. With compositions ranging from vocal, instrumental, chamber to symphonic, her music utilizes space, stretching structural expectations and pulling from her love of improvisational performance, typical of much of the folk music she grew up with. Her music has been performed in the United States, Armenia, Russia, England, Poland, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, and Japan by such renowned ensembles and performers as Carpe Diem String Quartet, Ensemble Oktoplus, Metropolitan Choral of Kansas City, pianists Artur Avanesov and Hayk Melikyan, and thereminist Thorwald Jorgensen. Amiryan has performed extensively in Armenia and in the United States, both her own music, pieces from classical and contemporary repertoire, and piano improvisations.

Presented by Crowden Music Center.

$20-$22.

Caribbean Allstars plus Caribbean Cowboys

Saturday, May 7th, 2016 - Saturday, May 7th, 2016, 9:30 pm

Ashkenaz
1307 San Pablo Ave.

In Berkeley

Tickets are $15 / $10 Student. Ashkenaz is always all ages!

Caribbean Allstars
The Caribbean Allstars are pioneers in the Bay Area reggae scene and longtime regulars at Ashkenaz. The ensemble, whose geographical roots range from Jamaica and South America to West Africa and the U.S., began joining together their musical forces and international backgrounds during the early 1970s. Out of such predecessors as Obeah and the Sons of Creation, the Caribbean Allstars were formed and became the founding fathers of Bay Area roots reggae. Although many musicians have come through the band since its founding, it has long been guided by its director, Trinidad-born drummer Hugh “Sweetfoot” Maynard.

The Caribbean Allstars not only play Jamaican reggae with a traditional electric bass-drums-guitars-keyboards lineup, but also add steel drums to bring in South Caribbean calypso and soca styles of Trinidad and Tobago, producing rhythms that drive listeners to the dance floor. Over the years the band has performed with an array of talent sitting in, including Taj Mahal, Narada Michael Walden, and Carlos Santana. Santana played on their second album and introduced them as “my favorite band” at the 1987 Bay Area Music Awards (Bammies). The Allstars were featured on Ashkenaz’s 30th anniversary CD and have for many years been one of the core bands of the extended Ashkenaz world music and dance community.
http://www.thecaribbeanallstars.com/
http://www.ashkenaz050716.eventbrite.com

Asheba

Sunday, May 8th, 2016 - Sunday, May 8th, 2016, 3-4:30pm

Ashkenaz
1307 San Pablo Ave.

In Berkeley

Tickets are $6 Kids / $8 Adult. Ashkenaz is always all ages!

Asheba
A veteran of several reggae bands, Asheba brings children and families into his joyful world of Caribbean music. Playing guitar and steel pans and singing, he performs an infectious mix of songs and tells stories from his island childhood in a participatory concert that appeals to children of all ages. The effervescent musician moved from his native Trinidad to New York City in 1989. He has called Oakland home since 1999 and has put out four popular kids’ CDs: “Go Itsy, Music for Kids Caribbean Style,” “No More Monkeys,” “Children Are The Sunshine,” and the recent “In the Kid Zone.” Asheba is also featured on two Putumayo children’s collections, “Reggae Playground” and “Animal Playground.”
http://www.ashkenaz0508161.eventbrite.com
http://www.asheba.net/

"Sunny Sundays" Kids' Series featuring Asheba

Sunday, May 8th, 2016 - Sunday, May 8th, 2016, 3-4:30pm

Ashkenaz
1307 San Pablo Ave.

In Berkeley

Tickets are $6 Kids / $8 Adult. Ashkenaz is always all ages!

Asheba
A veteran of several reggae bands, Asheba brings children and families into his joyful world of Caribbean music. Playing guitar and steel pans and singing, he performs an infectious mix of songs and tells stories from his island childhood in a participatory concert that appeals to children of all ages. The effervescent musician moved from his native Trinidad to New York City in 1989. He has called Oakland home since 1999 and has put out four popular kids’ CDs: “Go Itsy, Music for Kids Caribbean Style,” “No More Monkeys,” “Children Are The Sunshine,” and the recent “In the Kid Zone.” Asheba is also featured on two Putumayo children’s collections, “Reggae Playground” and “Animal Playground.”
http://www.asheba.net/
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/sunny-sundays-kids-series-asheba-tickets-24658423007

Shake The Earth

Sunday, May 8th, 2016 - Sunday, May 8th, 2016, 8:00 pm

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

In Berkeley

New York Writer/Performer Lousine Shamamian is bringing her explosive one-woman show, Shake The Earth to the San Francisco Bay Area for one performance on Sunday May 8th. It had its world premier at the New York International Fringe Festival in August 2015 and received rave reviews.

Bolstered by kufta and string cheese, Lousine yearns to bring the injustice inflicted on her ancestors to light. Can this meek gay Armenian stand up for herself and recount her great-grandfather Georgi’s remarkable story of survival during the Armenian Genocide?
Hinging on the tension between Armenian and gay pride and driven by the Centennial of the Armenian Genocide, and the Turkish government’s aggressive denial, this tragicomedy is an explosive tale of survival, resilience and freedom.

Written & Performed by LOUSINE SHAMAMIAN
Directed by MISTI B. WILLS
Praise for Shake The Earth:
“Lousine has managed to unite humor, biography and historical tragedy
with brilliant gusto.” Huffington Post
“With a healthy dose of vim and vigor, this one woman show is a captivating and comedic true story.”
Theatre is Easy – voted Best Bet
“In one seriously funny hour, the comic mind plays many roles and takes us around the world.” NY Theater Now
“This show has a raw power.” Works By Women
Two blocks from Ashby BART. Doors at 7:30 p.m., show starts promptly at 8.

Nyabinghi Night

Sunday, May 8th, 2016 - Sunday, May 8th, 2016, 8:30 pm

Ashkenaz
1307 San Pablo Ave.

In Berkeley

Tickets are $12. Ashkenaz is always all ages!

The Nyabinghi Drummers trace the greatest reggae musicians’ spiritual roots to Rastafarianism, playing the beats and chants at the heart of the religion as well as forming the foundation for later reggae in Jamaica. They help set up the deepest feelings for tonight’s celebration. The drummers have been featured at various Ashkenaz reggae events including Peter Tosh’s birthday celebrations. Tonight they headline. According to Sister Irie, the first Nyabinghi drummers were women in Uganda, in their struggle against German colonists a century ago. In Jamaica in the 1950s it became part of the Rastafarian culture, a day in the hills of food, dancing, drumming and chanting, used to honor holy days. The music, the religion, the culture and politics of Rastafarianism evolved into Jamaican reggae. But tonight’s performers dig back into the real roots.
http://www.ashkenaz050816.eventbrite.com

Nyabinghi Night

Sunday, May 8th, 2016 - Sunday, May 8th, 2016, 8:30 pm

Ashkenaz
1307 San Pablo Ave.

In Berkeley

Tickets are $12. Ashkenaz is always all ages!

Nyabinghi Night
The Nyabinghi Drummers trace the greatest reggae musicians’ spiritual roots to Rastafarianism, playing the beats and chants at the heart of the religion as well as forming the foundation for later reggae in Jamaica. They help set up the deepest feelings for tonight’s celebration. The drummers have been featured at various Ashkenaz reggae events including Peter Tosh’s birthday celebrations. Tonight they headline. According to Sister Irie, the first Nyabinghi drummers were women in Uganda, in their struggle against German colonists a century ago. In Jamaica in the 1950s it became part of the Rastafarian culture, a day in the hills of food, dancing, drumming and chanting, used to honor holy days. The music, the religion, the culture and politics of Rastafarianism evolved into Jamaican reggae. But tonight’s performers dig back into the real roots.
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/nyabinghi-night-tickets-23641451217

Nyabinghi Night

Sunday, May 8th, 2016 - Sunday, May 8th, 2016, 8:30 pm

Ashkenaz
1307 San Pablo Ave.

In Berkeley

Tickets are $12. Ashkenaz is always all ages!

Nyabinghi Night
The Nyabinghi Drummers trace the greatest reggae musicians’ spiritual roots to Rastafarianism, playing the beats and chants at the heart of the religion as well as forming the foundation for later reggae in Jamaica. They help set up the deepest feelings for tonight’s celebration. The drummers have been featured at various Ashkenaz reggae events including Peter Tosh’s birthday celebrations. Tonight they headline. According to Sister Irie, the first Nyabinghi drummers were women in Uganda, in their struggle against German colonists a century ago. In Jamaica in the 1950s it became part of the Rastafarian culture, a day in the hills of food, dancing, drumming and chanting, used to honor holy days. The music, the religion, the culture and politics of Rastafarianism evolved into Jamaican reggae. But tonight’s performers dig back into the real roots.
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/nyabinghi-night-tickets-23641451217

Jeremy Scahill: Assassination Complex: Government's Secret Drone Pgm

Monday, May 9th, 2016 - Monday, May 9th, 2016, 5/9/16, 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

First Congregational Church of Berkeley
2345 Channing Way

In Berkeley

Major revelations about the US government's drone program-bestselling author Jeremy Scahill and his colleagues at the investigative website The Intercept expose stunning new details about America's secret assassination policy.

When the US government discusses drone strikes publicly, it offers assurances that such operations are a more precise alternative to troops on the ground and are authorized only when an "imminent" threat is present and there is "near certainty" that the intended target will be killed. The implicit message on drone strikes from the Obama administration has been trust, but don't verify.

The online magazine The Intercept exploded this secrecy when it obtained a cache of secret slides that provide a window into the inner workings of the US military's kill/capture operations in Afghanistan, Yemen, and Somalia. Whether through the use of drones, night raids, or new platforms yet to be employed, these documents show assassination to be central to US counterterrorism policy.

The classified documents reveal that Washington's fourteen-year targeted killing campaign suffers from an overreliance on flawed signals intelligence, an apparently incalculable civilian toll, and an inability to extract potentially valuable intelligence from terror suspects. This campaign, carried out by two presidents through four presidential terms, has been deliberately obscured from the public and insulated from democratic debate.

The book will include original contributions from Glenn Greenwald and Edward Snowden.

Jeremy Scahill is one of the three founding editors of The Intercept. He is an investigative reporter, war correspondent, and author of the international bestselling books Dirty Wars: The World Is a Battlefield and Blackwater: The Rise of the World's Most Powerful Mercenary Army.

advance tickets: $12: T: 800-838-3006 or independent bookstores, $15 door, KPFA benefit

Presented by KPFA Radio 94.1 FM.

$12 advance, $15 door.

Iko Yaya

Tuesday, May 10th, 2016 - Tuesday, May 10th, 2016, Zydeco dance lesson at 8:00 pm; Show at 8:30 pm

Ashkenaz
1307 San Pablo Ave.

In Berkeley

Tickets are $12. Zydeco dance lesson at 8:00 pm; Show at 8:30 pm. Ashkenaz is always all ages!

Iko Yaya dishes out steaming New Orleans-drenched “swamp and roll” for dancing. Iko Yaya is made up of longtime members of some of our favorite local bands, and it’ll be a night of “bon temps roulez” big time! The musicians got together in 2013 to play the Louisiana-influenced music that moves them, and, as Jim Scott reports, “That’s when the party started!” Tonight it’s a full plate of their favorite New Orleans-based dance music – blues and boogie, Cajun/zydeco, R&B, Second Line, and even country – all delivered with a Mardi Gras vibe. Among the dance favorites are “Mardi Gras Mambo,” “It’s All Over Now,” “Hey Pocky Way,” and “Waltz Across Texas.”

Iko Yaya is singer-percussionist Cheryl McBride (born and raised in New Orleans, a member of SwingThing, and one of our regular dance teachers), singer-keyboardist Dave Rogers (SwingThing, Tamsen Donner Blues Band), guitarist Jim Scott (Mark St. Mary, CZ & the Bon Vivants, Jeffery Broussard), bassist-singer Ryan Houck, guitarist-percussionist Lance Houck, and drummer Sam Siggins (California Cajun Orchestra, Courtableu, Creole Belles).
http://www.sonicbids.com/band/iko-yaya/
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/iko-yaya-tickets-23642014903

Branded to Kill (Seijun Suzuki, Japan, 1967) with Lecture

Wednesday, May 11th, 2016 - Wednesday, May 11th, 2016, 3:10PM

Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA)
2155 Center Street

In Berkeley

Special admission applies, see site for details.

Lecture/screening class (3 hours).
Lecture by Tom Vic, Curator of film at the Freer and Sackler Galleries, Smithsonian Institution.

This fractured film noir is the final provocation that got Seijun Suzuki fired from Nikkatsu Studios, simultaneously making him a counterculture hero and putting him out of work for a decade. An anarchic send-up of B movie clichés, it stars Jo Shishido as an assassin who gets turned on by the smell of cooking rice, and whose failed attempt to kill a victim (a butterfly lands on his gun) turns him into a target himself. Perhaps Suzuki’s most famous film, it has been cited as an influence by filmmakers such as Quentin Tarantino, Jim Jarmusch, Park Chan-wook, and John Woo.

Part of In Focus: The Role of Film Archives at the BAMPFA.

Free gallery admission with same-day film ticket!

MATRIX 260 / Otobong Nkanga

Wednesday, May 11th, 2016 - Saturday, May 14th, 2016, 5/11 @ 7:30PM and 5/14 @ 1PM - 5PM

Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA)
2155 Center Street

In Berkeley

May 11th @ 7:30PM
FROM WHERE I STAND
BAMPFA

May 14th @ 1PM-5PM
Contained Measures of a Kolanut
UC Botanical Garden

MATRIX 260 consists of two mixed-media performance works that use self-reflection and storytelling to explore the material, natural, and sociopolitical history of Nigeria and beyond. The artist will present From Where I Stand (2015) at BAMPFA on May 11 and Contained Measures of a Kolanut (2012) at the Tropical House in the UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley on May 14.

At the root of From Where I Stand is an investigation into the colonial history of the mineral rush of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, when European companies extracted resources, such as mica, copper, and malachite, from resource-rich areas, leaving them in a state of ruin; this is a subject Nkanga has engaged with for many years. In May 2015, Nkanga set out on a quest to Tsumeb, Namibia, a German colonial town founded in 1905, to find out what remained after the extensive mining of a massive natural hill of green, oxidized copper ore (malachite and azurite). In response to her findings, Nkanga has developed several works such as From Where I Stand, in which a rug fashioned after the structural shape of a mineral acts as a platform from which she develops a series of performances. For MATRIX, Nkanga will debut a newly commissioned performance as part of this work.

Contained Measures of a Kolanut presents an array of tables with diagrams, maps, and images, among other things, that explore the rituals and cultural histories associated with the kolanut—a bitter nut from the kola tree indigenous to tropical African rainforests that is a natural source of caffeine. Over the course of four hours Nkanga sits at one of the tables surrounded by various pictures and materials and asks participants to sit with her, while she engages them in discussion and invites them to partake in her variation of a kolanut ceremony.

Stu Allen & Mars Hotel

Wednesday, May 11th, 2016 - Wednesday, May 11th, 2016, 8:00 pm

Ashkenaz
1307 San Pablo Ave.

In Berkeley

Tickets are $13. Ashkenaz is always all ages!

Stu Allen
A tradition started back in the 20th century, Ashkenaz’s Grateful Dead Night is always evolving, reaching new heights since Stu Allen & Mars Hotel launched a weekly residency in late 2011. Led by acclaimed guitarist-singer Allen (of Phil Lesh & Friends, Melvin Seals & JGB, Ghosts of Electricity), a revolving cast of incredibly talented musicians inhabits Mars Hotel, drawing from the Grateful Dead’s vast catalog to delight Deadheads and dancers of all generations. A Mars Hotel show is always an energetic evening of good vibes, good music, and good community.

When it became apparent that Jerry Garcia had played his final show in 1995, Stu Allen began working to keep Garcia’s music, sound, and spirit alive in the concert setting. He regularly works with Phil Lesh and has also played sets with Bob Weir and Bill Kreutzmann. Allen is perhaps most known for fronting Melvin Seals’ tribute to the Jerry Garcia Band from 2004 to 2011. He received more national acclaim in 2010 when he toured with Dark Star Orchestra. Allen shares the Grateful Dead’s commitment to making each performance a unique event, from preparation to execution. He will perform multiple shows before playing the same song twice, and even then, that song will not be realized in quite the same way.

Mars Hotel takes this idea a step further by presenting a new band at each performance. Drawing from the rich music scene of the Bay Area, Allen has assembled a broad and ever-rotating group of musicians that makes each concert a once-only experience. As far as Grateful Dead tribute bands go, this is a concept that has never been done before.
http://www.stuallen.net/
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/stu-allen-mars-hotel-tickets-23642498349

The Shape of Things to Come: On Utopian Architecture

Thursday, May 12th, 2016 - Thursday, May 12th, 2016, 6PM

Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA)
2155 Center Street

In Berkeley

Utopia is diagnostic: visions of the future reveal the anxieties and longings of the present. Many architects represented in Architecture of Life, from Buckminster Fuller to A. G Rizzoli, were deeply invested in utopian ideas. Join in a conversation with writer Chris Jennings, author of the recently released Paradise Now: The Story of American Utopianism, about structures imagined by utopian visionaries throughout history—both those that were built, and those merely sketched on paper.

Included with BAMPFA admission.

Swing in the Spring Series featuring Macy Blackman & the Mighty Fines

Thursday, May 12th, 2016 - Thursday, May 12th, 2016, Swing Dance Lesson at 7:00 pm; Show at 8:00 pm

Ashkenaz
1307 San Pablo Ave.

In Berkeley

Tickets are $15. Swing Dance Lesson at 7:00 pm; Show at 8:00 pm. Ashkenaz is always all ages!

Macy Blackman & the Mighty Fines
It’s time for the hottest Crescent City Soul, from New Orleans greats Dave Bartholomew, Fats Domino, and a host of other favorites, revitalized by pianist Macy Blackman and his hard-driving band the Mighty Fines. They also feature music from their new CD, “I Didn’t Want to Do It.” Originally from Delaware, Macy Blackman made his professional debut at the age of 12 and has played music most of his life, eventually moving to San Francisco. He put together the Mighty Fines in 2003. Relocated from New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, Ken “Snakebite” Jacobs became the band’s baritone saxophonist. Nancy Wright sings and plays tenor sax, alongside drummer Jack Dorsey and bassist Bing Nathan.
http://www.macyblackman.com/
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/swing-in-the-spring-series-featuring-macy-blackman-the-mighty-fines-tickets-23642731045

Volti Concert: 'Paging Through'

Friday, May 13th, 2016 - Friday, May 13th, 2016, 5/13/16, 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

St. John's Presbyterian Church
2727 College Avenue

In Berkeley

The Bay Area's acclaimed contemporary music chamber chorus, Volti, is spending its 37th season celebrating three composers it helped to discover through its young composer competition - the Choral Arts Laboratory (CAL). CAL was founded in 2003 in order to give American composers under the age of 35 an opportunity to work with a highly skilled professional vocal ensemble during the compositional process - to learn what voices can (and cannot) do, how to write for the voice and for a group of voices.

"Paging Through" features the music of Tonia Ko, this year's competition winner. Ko's work "From Ivory Depths" is her response to reading Virginia Woolf's short story "Monday or Tuesday:" "Examine for a moment an ordinary mind on an ordinary day. The mind receives a myriad impressions-trivial, fantastic, evanescent, or engraved with the sharpness of steel. From all sides they come, an incessant shower of innumerable atoms; and as they fall, as they shape themselves into the life of Monday or Tuesday."

Another literature-inspired piece on the program is John Muehleisen's "... is knowing ...," based on Gertrude Stein's poetry.

Volti will also sing Kui Dong's "Painted Lights," sharing the stage with the remarkable young singers of Ensemble, from the Piedmont East Bay Children's Choir.

Rounding out the program are two short pieces using texts from the Bible and the Qur'an to comment on current world events. Italian composer Paolo Longo sets a portion of Psalm 2, "Quare fremuerunt gentes" - Why do the nations rage and the people plot in vain? - and perhaps Seattle's Eric Banks answers in "The paths of peace," the final movement of his Twelve Qur'anic Visions - "God will guide all who seek his favor unto the paths of peace."

Presented by Volti.

$20 - $30; Students $10.

American Nomad and One Grass Two Grass

Friday, May 13th, 2016 - Friday, May 13th, 2016, 9:00 pm

Ashkenaz
1307 San Pablo Ave.

In Berkeley

Tickets are $10 Advance / $15 Day of Show. Ashkenaz is always all ages!

American Nomad
Named best vocal group at the 2013 Berkeley Old Time Music Convention competition, American Nomad has released a pair of EPs, and Laurie Lewis produced the group’s 2014 full-length CD, “Country Mile.” Group founder El-Tayyab was a special ed teacher going through a rough patch in 2009 when he decided to abandon the Boston music scene, hop in his Chevy Malibu, and take a road trip through America. He settled in Berkeley and formed a new Americana music group. The band, American Nomad, describes itself as “modern-day troubadours tramping the dark and dangerous highways of the human soul,” from heartbreak to broken dreams, with a traditional folk sound. In addition to El-Tayyab on vocals and guitar, the band is singer Maren Metke, violinist Jan Purat, bassist Ryan Lukas, and drummer Ben Lauffer.
http://www.americannomadmusic.com/
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/american-nomad-and-one-grass-two-grass-tickets-24470133829

Emeryville Public Art Master Plan Public Workshop #2

Saturday, May 14th, 2016 - Saturday, May 14th, 2016, 11:00 - 4:00

Bulls Eye Glass - Emeryville
4514 Hollis St, Emeryville, CA 94608

In Emeryville

Participants are asked to review draft strategies and prioritize new approaches to public art in Emeryville. .These response will be coordinated into a Public Art Master plan for the City of Emeryville so that the City's 1% for the arts can be targeted to the best uses. Event is Free. Registration will being after March 11th

Family Fare: Building Cities and Towns

Saturday, May 14th, 2016 - Saturday, May 14th, 2016, 11:30AM-1PM & 1PM-2:30PM

Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA)
2155 Center Street

In Berkeley

In a session inspired by Chris Johanson’s painting Cityscape with House & Gray Energy, families will explore the structure of built urban environments. Manipulate paper into a sculptural tool and create 3-D models in which each element relates to its neighbors, just like in a real city or town. Led by urban landscape painter Jill McLennan.

Sign up on-site beginning fifteen minutes prior to the session you wish to attend. Please note that space is limited to twelve children and their grown-ups.

Free for kids & one accompanying adult.

Story Time: Charlotte's Web

Saturday, May 14th, 2016 - Saturday, May 14th, 2016, 3PM

Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA)
2155 Center Street

In Berkeley

Join Frances Geballe for a participatory reading and discussion of the opening chapter of E. B. White’s remarkable story of friendship, loyalty, life and mortality, a special pig, and one extraordinary spider. Then, take a copy with you and continue reading at home!

While you are here, check out Tomás Saraceno’s artworks made with spiders on view in the Architecture of Life exhibition.

Ages 8 & Up (Younger kids are welcome as listeners)
Free for kids plus one accompanying adult.

The Unicorn's Heart

Saturday, May 14th, 2016 - Saturday, May 14th, 2016, 5/14/16, 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Lottie Rose Artist House
6117 San Pablo Ave

In Oakland

Have you ever wondered what's in the mind of a magical Unicorn? Have you ever wanted to see a Unicorn? Desiree Bee Plant brings the magic of the Unicorn and the essence of the horse in this art show. She has been in love with horses for her whole life and her obsession for Unicorns shows in the pieces offered up for sale. When she is not creating art she is spending time with her horses, enjoying the close bond of the loyal equine. Desiree rescued seven horses from slaughter last year and they all received loving homes. In 2014 Desiree painted the electrical boxes in her town of El Sobrante with one Unicorn, and several other animals on different boxes.

Presented by Firehouse Art Collective.

Free

In Praise of Music

Saturday, May 14th, 2016 - Saturday, May 14th, 2016, 8:00 p.m.

Unitarian Universalist Church of Berkeley
1 Lawson Road

In Berkeley

The Contra Costa Chorale, directed by Cindy Beitmen, presents "In Praise of Music," celebrating the Chorale's Golden Anniversary. Begun in 1966 by Joseph Liebling as the Richmond Symphony Chorus, the Contra Costa Chorale has presented choral concerts throughout the Bay Area in the 50 years since its inception. The concert will feature Haydn's 'Lord Nelson Mass', Ralph Vaughan Williams 'Serenade to Music', and 'Where Everything is Music' by Stephen Main, especially commissioned for the Contra Costa Chorale for this auspicious event.
Reception to follow each concert - All are welcome
$25 General Admission, $20 students/Seniors/Disabled. Children under 12, free
Tickets may be purchased in advance through Brown Paper Tickets or at the door
For further information and detailed directions, visit our website at www.ccchorale.org , email us at ccchorale@att.net or call (510)255-0703

Non Stop Bhangra! Hosted by Dholrhythms

Saturday, May 14th, 2016 - Saturday, May 14th, 2016, Dance lessons & performances at 7:30 & 9:30 pm; Music 8:00 – 9:00 pm and 10:00 pm – 12:00 am

Ashkenaz
1307 San Pablo Ave.

In Berkeley

Tickets are $10 Advance / $15 Day of Show. Dance lessons & performances at 7:30 & 9:30 pm; Music 8:00 – 9:00 pm and 10:00 pm – 12:00 am. Ashkenaz is always all ages!

Non Stop Bhangra--East Bay Family Version!

Imagine a scene from a Bollywood movie smack in the middle of a thumping dance floor, swirling colors, the rhythm of pounding feet, & the relentless energy of brilliant beats - that's Non Stop Bhangra. Hosting a monthly production for almost 12 years and Voted as one of the best dance floor nights in San Francisco Non Stop Bhangra is a unique experience that celebrates the beautiful and vibrant spirit of Bhangra, a traditional folk music and dance from Punjab, India.

Non Stop Bhangra has blazed a trail by presenting Punjabi music in a fresh way, mixing traditional tracks as well as remixes, all fused with live dhol drums, dance lessons, and performances. Featuring the vibrant dancers of Dholrhythms Dance Company, music by DJ Jimmy Love alongside cutting edge guest DJ’s and Dhol Drummers, the group has won over legions of fans with its productions bringing together one of the most diverse crowds seen on a dance floor. Teaming up with organizations promoting the arts, Non Stop Bhangra Collective is always focused on helping the greater world community and raising awareness to embrace a more global conscious unity through music & dance. A treat for the eyes and ears, Non Stop Bhangra is one of a kind experiences only found in SF Bay Area!
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/non-stop-bhangra-hosted-by-dholrhythms-tickets-24499972076

Jazz at the Chimes

Sunday, May 15th, 2016 - Sunday, May 15th, 2016, 2:00 PM

Chapel of the Chimes
4499 Piedmont Ave

In Oakland

Terrence Brewer brings his all-star quartet to Chapel of the Chimes in celebration of his 9th album "Friends Of Mine," a collection of re-imagined jazz standards by Horace Silver, John Scofield, Bill Evans, Wayne Shorter, and others. Showcasing his versatility as a bandleader, arranger, and improviser, Brewer delivers a glowing tribute to the jazz legends that have come before him.
Terrence Brewer - guitar, Tim Campbell - piano, Doug Ebert - bass, Greg German - drums

$15 general; $10 seniors (60+) and students - for concert and reception.
Purchase tickets in advance through
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2526420
Tickets at the door - cash only - based on availability. First come first served. Ticket sales begin at 12:30 pm; Doors open 1:30 pm


String Figure Workshop

Sunday, May 15th, 2016 - Sunday, May 15th, 2016, 2PM

Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA)
2155 Center Street

In Berkeley

Along with shadow play in firelit caves, creating string figures was one of the first forms of storytelling in motion. Come see the string figures that fascinated artist Harry Smith, on view in Architecture of Life, and then learn how to make your own from folklorist and storyteller Ruth Stotter, author of A Loop of String: String Stories and String Stunts.

Included with BAMPFA admission.

In Praise of Music

Sunday, May 15th, 2016 - Sunday, May 15th, 2016, 5:00 p.m.

Walnut Creek Presbyterian Church
1801 Lacassie Avenue, Walnut Creek

In

The Contra Costa Chorale, directed by Cindy Beitmen, presents "In Praise of Music", celebrating the Chorale's Golden Anniversary. Begun in 1966 by Joseph Liebling as the Richmond Symphony Chorus, the Contra Costa Chorale has presented chorale concerts throughout the Bay Area in the 50 years since its inception. The concert will feature Haydn's 'Lord Nelson Mass;, Ralph Vaughan Williams' 'Serenade to Music' and 'Where Everything is Music', by Stephen Main, especially commissioned for the Contra Costa Chorale for this auspicious occasion.
Reception for follow the concert - All are welcome
$25 General Admissio, $20 Students/Seniors/Disabled. Children under 12, free
Tickets may be purchased in advance through Brown Paper Tickets or at the door
For further information and detailed directions, visit our website at www.ccchorale.org, email us at ccchorale@att.net, or call us at (510)255-0703

Tri Tip Trio

Tuesday, May 17th, 2016 - Tuesday, May 17th, 2016, Lesson at 8:00 pm; Show at 8:30 pm

Ashkenaz
1307 San Pablo Ave.

In Berkeley

Tri Tip Trio
Steeped in Louisiana and New Orleans zydeco and swamp blues, Tri Tip Trio comes with a vision and nearly a generation of its members playing together in other groups. The Tri Tip Trio concept is based on “King of Zydeco” Clifton and his brother Cleveland Chenier’s early zydeco/blues dance hall sounds. Lloyd Meadows’ propulsive washboard and harmonica and soulful vocals, along with Bruce Gordon’s pumping accordion and Louie Rodriguez’s rock-solid drumming, are all Tri Tip Trio needs to capture raw and exciting sounds for both dancers and listeners. The three musical musketeers play classic zydeco, blues, and New Orleans funk as well as band originals. They also like to integrate cover tunes that were never originally zydeco songs into their sound. The group’s CD, “3 of a Kind,” is a tribute to Clifton Chenier and includes a cover of the Rolling Stones’ “Miss You” alongside original and traditional tunes.

Gordon and Meadows are longtime Bay Area blues and zydeco veterans. They have shared the stage for many years, performing in the Zydeco Flames, a band Meadows and Gordon co-founded in 1991. The members have had varied and extensive careers on their own, playing with a who’s who of local and national talent, including Elvin Bishop, Tom Rigney, Annie Sampson, Mal Sharpe, Brenda Boykin, Chris Cain, Luther Tucker, and Sonny Rhodes.
http://www.tritiptrio.com/

Stu Allen & Mars Hotel

Wednesday, May 18th, 2016 - Wednesday, May 18th, 2016, 8:00 pm

Ashkenaz
1307 San Pablo Ave.

In Berkeley

Tickets are $13. Ashkenaz is always all ages!

Stu Allen
A tradition started back in the 20th century, Ashkenaz’s Grateful Dead Night is always evolving, reaching new heights since Stu Allen & Mars Hotel launched a weekly residency in late 2011. Led by acclaimed guitarist-singer Allen (of Phil Lesh & Friends, Melvin Seals & JGB, Ghosts of Electricity), a revolving cast of incredibly talented musicians inhabits Mars Hotel, drawing from the Grateful Dead’s vast catalog to delight Deadheads and dancers of all generations. A Mars Hotel show is always an energetic evening of good vibes, good music, and good community.

When it became apparent that Jerry Garcia had played his final show in 1995, Stu Allen began working to keep Garcia’s music, sound, and spirit alive in the concert setting. He regularly works with Phil Lesh and has also played sets with Bob Weir and Bill Kreutzmann. Allen is perhaps most known for fronting Melvin Seals’ tribute to the Jerry Garcia Band from 2004 to 2011. He received more national acclaim in 2010 when he toured with Dark Star Orchestra. Allen shares the Grateful Dead’s commitment to making each performance a unique event, from preparation to execution. He will perform multiple shows before playing the same song twice, and even then, that song will not be realized in quite the same way.

Mars Hotel takes this idea a step further by presenting a new band at each performance. Drawing from the rich music scene of the Bay Area, Allen has assembled a broad and ever-rotating group of musicians that makes each concert a once-only experience. As far as Grateful Dead tribute bands go, this is a concept that has never been done before.
http://www.stuallen.net/
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/stu-allen-mars-hotel-tickets-23851966875

Architecture of Life Reading Group: Corrine Fitzpatrick with Evan Kennedy

Thursday, May 19th, 2016 - Thursday, May 19th, 2016, 6PM

Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA)
2155 Center Street

In Berkeley

Reading Group is a new series in which special guests respond to an exhibition by compiling a selection of reading materials for the BAMPFA Reading Room. For the first Reading Group, art writer Corrine Fitzpatrick, whose work has appeared in BOMB and other publications, has put together readings inspired by Architecture of Life, which are available in the Reading Room during the run of the exhibition. For this special event, we invite you to take these selections into the galleries for an hour of silent perusal, and then reconvene for a reading by San Francisco–based poet Evan Kennedy (The Sissies, Terra Firmament, Us Them Poems).

Included with BAMPFA admission.

Swing in the Spring Series featuring Steve Lucky & the Rhumba Bums featuring Miss Carmen Getit

Thursday, May 19th, 2016 - Thursday, May 19th, 2016, Swing Dance Lesson at 7:00 pm; Show at 8:00 pm

Ashkenaz
1307 San Pablo Ave.

In Berkeley

Tickets are $15. Swing Dance Lesson at 7:00 pm; Show at 8:00 pm. Ashkenaz is always all ages!

Steve Lucky
In a four-star CD review, DownBeat magazine wrote: “The Rhumba Bums abide by Cab Calloway’s advice: ‘Live what’s in your soul and sing your friggin’ heart out.’” Steve Lucky & the Rhumba Bums have been one of the West Coast’s most popular, to say nothing of most entertaining and fun, bands since composer-pianist-leader Steve Lucky assembled the Bums back in 1994 in the early days of the swing dance revival. The Rhumba Bums continue to play and sing just about the most irresistible dance tunes extant, mixing some well-known ’40s and ’50s jump blues and swing charts with rare and nearly-forgotten gems that deserve to be resurrected. The Bums’ second CD, “Some Like It Hot!,” features several band originals such as “Beat Girl,” “Maybe Later,” “The Hollywood Jump,” and “Haul Off and Love Me,” plus a live version of “Every Time I Hear that Mellow Saxophone,” featured in the movie “Be Cool.”

The Rhumba Bums include singer-guitarist Miss Carmen Getit, Matt Cowan and Doug Rowan on saxophones, drummer Brian Fishler, and bassist Lukas Vesely. The band’s trump card is Getit, who offers vocal sparring matches with Lucky and guitar playing that, whether swing, blues, or even some bebop licks, is inspired, fast, and faithful to the genre. In pre-Rhumba Bums years, Lucky discovered Getit (who had played piano before she could read and has played guitar since shortly thereafter), bought Getit her first electric guitar and introduced her to the music of T-Bone Walker, Ruth Brown, and other swing-R&B legends, and they formed a piano-guitar duo in New York City.
http://www.luckylounge.com/
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/swing-in-the-spring-series-featuring-steve-lucky-the-rhumba-bums-featuring-miss-carmen-getit-tickets-23852263763

Oakland Symphony Presents Stravinsky and Silverman

Friday, May 20th, 2016 - Friday, May 20th, 2016, 5/20/16, 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

The Paramount Theatre
2025 Broadway

In Oakland

The Oakland Symphony, Music Director and Conductor Michael Morgan, the Oakland Symphony Chorus and guest artists Tracy Silverman, electric violin, and soprano Nicole Joseph will conclude the Symphony's 2015-2016 season with a concert of music by John Adams, Stravinsky, Barber and Ravel Friday, May 20, at 8 pm at the Paramount Theatre. Mr. Silverman will perform John Adams' The Dharma at Big Sur for orchestra and electric violin and Ms. Joseph, who was the winner of the 2015 Toland Vocal Arts Competition, will sing Samuel Barber's Knoxville: Summer of 1915. Completing the evening will be Stravinsky's Symphony of Psalms with the Oakland Symphony Chorus, Lynne Morrow, Director; and Ravel's La Valse. Pre-concert drinks, lobby entertainment and a talk begin at 7 pm and the concert is sponsored by Bell Investment Advisors.

Bay Area composer John Adams composed The Dharma at Big Sur for the opening of Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles in 2003, with Tracy Silverman as its electric violin soloist. In addition to an unusual solo instrument, its playful orchestration includes electronic samplers, ten gongs and two flower pots. Dharma's sinuous solo passages and descriptive orchestral writing emerge as if from a fog into crystal clear phrases in homage of American composers Lou Harrison and Terry Riley. Adams composed it to evoke what he calls the "shock of recognition" that happens when reaching the end of a continental land mass in a spectacular place like Big Sur, California. Barber's equally evocative musical memory of a summer evening, Stravinsky's neoclassical choral symphony and Ravel's ebullient, dance-hall romp are the perfect complements to Adams' concerto. The performance of The Dharma at Big Sur is underwritten by a grant from the Clarence E. Heller Charitable Foundation.

Presented by Oakland Symphony.

$20-$75.

I Knew Her Well (Antonio Pietrangeli, Italy, 1965)

Saturday, May 21st, 2016 - Friday, May 27th, 2016, 05/21 @ 4PM | 05/22 @ 8PM | 05/27 @ 6:30PM

Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA)
2155 Center Street

In Berkeley

Following the gorgeous, seemingly liberated Adriana as she chases her dreams in the Rome of La dolce vita, I Knew Her Well is at once a delightful immersion in the popular music and style of 1960s Italy and a biting critique of its sexual politics and celebrity culture. Over several intimate episodes, with just about every one featuring a different man, a new hairstyle, and an outfit to match, the unsung director Antonio Pietrangeli composes a deft, seriocomic character study that never strays from its complicated central figure. I Knew Her Well is a thrilling rediscovery, by turns funny, tragic, and altogether jaw-dropping.

Free gallery admission with same-day film ticket!

I Look for Clues in your Dreams

Saturday, May 21st, 2016 - Sunday, July 17th, 2016, 6pm

Berkeley Art Center
1275 Walnut Street

In Berkeley

BAC Agility Projects presents: I Look for Clues in Your Dreams
curated by Heather Marx

May 21 – July 17, 2016
Opening Reception: Saturday, May 21 6 - 8 pm
with a special acapella performance by Victoria Wagner and members of the CCA community
This vibrant exhibition will feature new and existing work by Leo Bersamina, Chris Duncan, Kristin Farr, Jenny Sharaf, Victoria Wagner and Amber Jean Young. It explores Northern California as both a physical place and a mythological concept that has drawn people in for decades.
The landscape, history of psychedelia, transformative powers and utopian dreams of the area have inspired generations of artists. Ripe with myth, Northern California has been a place where people go in search of something bigger and better than themselves. These artists all share an aesthetic directly linked to the mythology of the American West and how this history has affected the imagination and art of the Bay Area. Through site-specific installations, sculpture, painting, and mixed media assemblages, the artists will reflect the area’s elemental spirit and force.

Curator Heather Marx views these artists “as seekers and explorers. Their work is either directly sourced from the natural environment, situated within it, or produced by it. Marx adds “By looking for clues in these artist’s works, I hope to tell a story about this powerful and complex ‘dream’ of Northern California and its bewitching hold on our collective imagination.”

Curator Heather Marx has been involved in the fine art field for over 20 years. Her professional experience has included work at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, the University Art Museum at UCSB, and Hackett-Freedman Gallery in San Francisco. She established Heather Marx Gallery in San Francisco in 2001 (renamed Marx & Zavattero in 2008). Marx founded Heather Marx Art Advisory, a comprehensive and independent curatorial agency, in 2014.

FULL: Sensuous

Saturday, May 21st, 2016 - Saturday, May 21st, 2016, 7PM

Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA)
2155 Center Street

In Berkeley

Celebrate the sensuous side of music, under the full moon. Composer/accordionist Albert Behar teams up with soprano Ariadne Greif to perform his original song cycle Calligrammes, which celebrates Apollinaire’s visual poetry—with original costumes by Gretchen Vitamvas. The women’s vocal ensemble Vajra Voices, directed by Karen Clark and joined by vielle player Michelle Levy, brings its “clear, sweet, and strong” sound to groundbreaking works by Hildegard von Bingen and Guillaume de Machaut. And we are proud to host the premiere of Full Bloom, a work created by Edmund Campion that features cellist and improviser Danielle DeGruttola, who uses technologies developed at the Center for New Music and Audio Technologies to generate a multichannel garden of sound.

Included with admission. Please note, seating is very limited.

Cascada de Flores

Sunday, May 22nd, 2016 - Sunday, May 22nd, 2016, 3-4:30pm

Ashkenaz
1307 San Pablo Ave.

In Berkeley

Tickets are $6 Kids / $8 Adult. Ashkenaz is always all ages!

Cascada de Flores
The core members of Cascada de Flores have been reimagining Mexican tradition for years. After falling for Mexican music as a young woman, singer Arwen Lawrence toured with Grammy-winning L.A. mariachi heavyweights Los Camperos de Nati Cano, an apprenticeship that honed her skills and deepened her love for Mexico’s musical language. Jorge Liceaga grew up in Mexico City, buying his first guitar with the money he’d earned shining shoes. Self-taught, he was later mentored by local legend Leonardo “El León” Salas, a transplant from Yucatan, who taught Jorge to “guasanguearla” (play with that special Yucatecan swing).

Lawrence and Liceaga founded Cascada de Flores in San Francisco in 1999. They began by journeying into the hidden corners of Mexico, seeking the real stories of that hugely diverse country. Inspired by the fact that even as deep as its diversity goes, Mexico has a continuous love affair with foreign cultural phenomenon and incorporates them as if they were its own, the ensemble has spent the ensuing years swimming in a magical place somewhere in the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea where rancheras, boleros, sones, and guarachas from Mexico, Cuba, Puerto Rico, and Colombia meet.
https://ashkenaz0522161.eventbrite.com

Family Day: A Free Day of Performance, Art, & Film

Sunday, May 22nd, 2016 - Sunday, May 22nd, 2016, 11AM - 4PM

Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA)
2155 Center Street

In Berkeley

11:00–3:00 Art Making & Family Tours

1:00 Performance and Workshop with Unique Derique

3:30 Family Matinee: The Red Balloon

Architecture of Life sets the tone for the first Family Day in BAMPFA’s new downtown Berkeley building. Explore the galleries with tours specially designed for families.

Make your own “Great Circle” with artist Aiko Cuneo, daughter of Ruth Asawa, whose work is on view in the galleries, and engage in more hands-on art making in our Art Lab.

Enjoy a dynamic performance by Unique Derique, known for his singular blend of physical comedy and body percussion, and then try some juggling and hambone yourself!

Get a library card or check out a book from the Library on Wheels, which will pedal over from the Berkeley Public Library with books related to Architecture of Life for children and adults.

Take a break to sample the special Family Day lunch menu at Babette.

Round out the afternoon with a free screening of Albert Lamorisse’s The Red Balloon (1956), the charming story of a lonely French boy befriended by a wondrous red balloon. Their adventures through the streets of Paris are shot in breathtaking color, all the more vivid in this 35mm print.

Bishop O'Dowd High School Jazz Band End of the Year Blowout!

Sunday, May 22nd, 2016 - Sunday, May 22nd, 2016, 6:00 pm

Ashkenaz
1307 San Pablo Ave.

In Berkeley

Bishop O'Dowd High School Jazz Band
Hot jazz from dozens of fine young players in both big and small bands fills the Ashkenaz stage as the Bishop O’Dowd High School Jazz Band throws its annual “end-of-the-year blowout and fundraiser.” The band program at the East Oakland school has been around for years, but in the past few years under the direction of busy musician Fred Randolph (a gigging and recording jazz bassist in the Bay Area in a number of bands as well as leading his own quintet), the program has grown rapidly. There are now nearly 50 students in the jazz band program, and tonight’s show presents three groups: the beginning and advanced bands (both big bands) and a smaller jazz combo. They offer a delightful mix of jazz, from the “St. Louis Blues” of W.C Handy to the bebop of Miles Davis and the funky sounds of the Average White Band. Money raised from tonight’s exciting concert goes to the Bishop O’Dowd music program.
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-bishop-odowd-high-school-jazz-band-end-of-the-year-blowout-tickets-23852907689

Bishop O'Dowd High School Jazz Band End of the Year Blowout!

Sunday, May 22nd, 2016 - Sunday, May 22nd, 2016, 6:00 pm

Ashkenaz
1307 San Pablo Ave.

In Berkeley

Tickets are $10 / $5 Staff & Student. Ashkenaz is always all ages!

Bishop O'Dowd High School Jazz Band
Hot jazz from dozens of fine young players in both big and small bands fills the Ashkenaz stage as the Bishop O’Dowd High School Jazz Band throws its annual “end-of-the-year blowout and fundraiser.” The band program at the East Oakland school has been around for years, but in the past few years under the direction of busy musician Fred Randolph (a gigging and recording jazz bassist in the Bay Area in a number of bands as well as leading his own quintet), the program has grown rapidly. There are now nearly 50 students in the jazz band program, and tonight’s show presents three groups: the beginning and advanced bands (both big bands) and a smaller jazz combo. They offer a delightful mix of jazz, from the “St. Louis Blues” of W.C Handy to the bebop of Miles Davis and the funky sounds of the Average White Band. Money raised from tonight’s exciting concert goes to the Bishop O’Dowd music program.
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-bishop-odowd-high-school-jazz-band-end-of-the-year-blowout-tickets-23852907689

Sauce Piquante

Tuesday, May 24th, 2016 - Tuesday, May 24th, 2016, 8:30 pm

Ashkenaz
1307 San Pablo Ave.

In Berkeley

Tickets are $12. Ashkenaz is always all ages!

Sauce Piquante has been playing for Bay Area dancers since 1999, when accordionist Blair Kilpatrick started the band. The group’s high-energy dance tunes and French vocals are rooted in two musical traditions: Cajun and old-time Creole, or, as some call it, early zydeco. Sauce Piquante captures the authentic sound of southern Louisiana’s dance halls, house parties, and church dances while appealing to a contemporary audience. Along with Kilpatrick on accordion and vocals, the band includes fiddler Steve Tabak, guitarist-singer Jim Ruth, bassist-singer Kathy “KP” Price, and David Hymowitz on drums.

Sauce Piquante was inspired by the late Danny Poullard, the Bay Area accordionist who suggested the group’s name. During more than two decades of Louisiana travels and music camp attendance, band members have been influenced by many other gifted musicians. They have learned from Creole masters (Bois Sec Ardoin, Delton Broussard, Canray Fontenot, Edward Poullard) and legendary Cajun accordionists (Steve Riley, Jesse Lége, Eddie LeJeune, Sheryl Cormier). The band’s debut recording “Sauce Piquante Live” got a thumbs-up in a Dirty Linen magazine review. Kilpatrick is also the author of “Accordion Dreams” (University Press of Mississippi, 2009), which documents her musical journey. She and her husband Tabak were among the musicians profiled in “Zydeco Nation,” a recent public radio documentary about the Louisiana Creole migration to Northern California.
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/sauce-piquante-tickets-23853492438

Draw Club with Drew Bennett

Wednesday, May 25th, 2016 - Wednesday, May 25th, 2016, 6PM

Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA)
2155 Center Street

In Berkeley

Sketch in the galleries! Join artist Drew Bennett for for an inclusive, no-skills-necessary workshop that encourages deep observation through drawing. We will head into the galleries, just days before the closing of Architecture of Life, with paper and graphite pencils to study and absorb the diverse forms of works on view. All materials are provided; but feel free to bring a sketchbook (please, no larger than 11" x 17”).

Included with BAMPFA admission.

Mapping the Body Workshop

Thursday, May 26th, 2016 - Thursday, May 26th, 2016, 6PM

Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA)
2155 Center Street

In Berkeley

In this hands-on workshop, we will use ancient maps of acupuncture points as both a guide and a counterpoint to explore how these charts may or may not match our experience of the body. Artist/ acupuncturist Amy Mosley will lead us on an investigation of the ancient correspondences while discovering and mapping our own. All materials provided.

Included with BAMPFA admission.

Family Storybook Workshop

Sunday, June 12th, 2016 - Sunday, June 12th, 2016, 2PM

Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA)
2155 Center Street

In Berkeley

Make a storybook with artist Iris Meinolf! Kids and their grownups will collaborate to develop and illustrate a simple narrative and then print these mini-zines using the Art Lab’s risograph printer. Each family will go home with a tiny library in the form of a packet containing copies of all the storybooks made during the workshop.

Ages 4 to 8. Free for kids and one accompanying adult.
Sign up on-site beginning fifteen minutes prior to the session. Space is limited to ten children and their grown-ups.

Under Electric Clouds (Aleksey German Jr., Russia/Ukraine/Polant, 2015)

Friday, June 17th, 2016 - Wednesday, June 29th, 2016, 06/17 @ 7:30PM | 06/20 @ 7:30PM | 06/29 @ 7PM

Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA)
2155 Center Street

In Berkeley

Bay Area Premiere!

“Everything is in chaos,” fittingly notes a character in Aleksey German, Jr.’s science-fiction look at a not-so-futuristic Russia. The film is set exactly one hundred years after the Russian Revolution amid a ruined, unfinished skyscraper, where assorted souls wander in grief, anger, or merely confusion. The son of cult filmmaker Aleksey German (Khrustaliov, My Car!), German finished his late father’s final masterpiece, Hard to Be a God, while creating this epic work. Under Electric Clouds is similarly infused with German Sr.’s blend of narrative delirium, outrage at social conditions, and expansive, mind-altering cinematography, which won an award at the 2015 Berlin Film Festival.

Free gallery admission with same-day film ticket!

Paper Shrine Workshop

Saturday, June 18th, 2016 - Saturday, June 18th, 2016, 2PM

Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA)
2155 Center Street

In Berkeley

Inspired by Michael Jackson's music video "Leave Me Alone," featuring an homage to his icon, Elizabeth Taylor, Art Lab facilitator Dana Dart-McClean leads a collage and drawing workshop to make a pop-up paper shrine. Bring a photo of a friend or icon to place in your shrine. Local musician Catherine Mehta will activate the shrines for us by performing an original composition at the conclusion of the workshop.

Included with BAMPFA admission.

FULL: Duos

Monday, June 20th, 2016 - Monday, June 20th, 2016, 7PM

Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA)
2155 Center Street

In Berkeley

When musicians pair up, a special intimacy arises that can’t be matched by larger groups. Overmorrow Duo, Cal alumnae Christina Jarvis Simpson (viola) and Mosa Tsay (cello), performs contemporary works to fill our new space. Soprano Kate Petersen and pianist Russell Norman bring an exciting and varied program of vocal music, both new and old. DunkelpeK—Nava Dunkelman on percussion and Jakob Pek on guitar, piano, and miscellany—interweaves countless dimensions of vibration, offering listeners a visceral, syncretic experience of sound and silence.

As part of tonight’s Full event, a local poet is reading their work. It’s happening somewhere in the BAMPFA building, but we aren’t going to tell you where – think of it as a literary scavenger hunt. Tonight we welcome Cheena Marie Lo, a genderqueer poet based in Oakland. Their first book, A Series of Un/Natural/Disasters, was recently published by Commune Editions. They currently coordinate a youth art program at California College of the arts, and coedit the literary journal HOLD. The Full poetry series is co-organized by Sara Wintz.

Included with BAMPFA admission. Please note, seating is very limited.

Summer Shakespeare Conservatory 4-week

Monday, June 20th, 2016 - Monday, June 20th, 2016, June 20-July 15, 9am-3pm

Oakland School for the Arts
530 18th St.

In Oakland

Cal Shakes' Summer Shakespeare Conservatory for ages 8-18 offers a theater experience rooted in the same passion for artistic exploration and excellence that guides our award-winning Main Stage productions.

We foster self-expression and artistic discipline to engage students in the theater-making process: In the dynamic study and physical experience of developing some of literature's greatest characters, our students also develop their own.

Participants spend the morning playing and creating in a wide variety of theater disciplines, taught by working theater professionals.

Afternoons are spent in rehearsals. The experience culminates in Shakespeare performances for family and friends at the end of the program.

Presented by California Shakespeare Theater.

$1400.

The Lusty Men (Nicholas Ray, US, 1952)

Friday, June 24th, 2016 - Sunday, June 26th, 2016, 06/24 @ 6:30PM | 06/26 @ 7:30PM

Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA)
2155 Center Street

In Berkeley

The Lusty Men is less a “man’s film” than a melancholy and moving critique of masculine values, set against an authentic rodeo background. Ray, in his observation of a complex triangle involving a former rodeo champion (Robert Mitchum), his cowboy protégé (Arthur Kennedy), and the cowboy’s wife (Susan Hayward), casts two American prototypes—the itinerant outsider and the homesteader—against one another, with a third, the fifties housewife, caught in between. Typically, Ray finds the loneliness inherent in each position. Ray said, “I felt that it had a kind of poetry and a reality of human relations that was quite accurate.”

Free gallery admission with same-day film ticket!

Heavy Breathing #1: Public Productions with Stephanie Syjuco

Sunday, June 26th, 2016 - Sunday, June 26th, 2016, 2PM

Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA)
2155 Center Street

In Berkeley

Extending through November, Heavy Breathing is a monthly series of events combining physical exercise and critical discourse by Lisa Rybovich Crallé and Sophia Wang. For the first session, an experimental workshop, artist Stephanie Syjuco leads participants through a series of physical exercises and activities to transform modeling materials into vernacular versions of iconic objects that comment upon craft, quality, and capitalism.

MATRIX 261 / Cecilia Edefalk

Wednesday, June 29th, 2016 - Sunday, October 16th, 2016, Wed-Sun / 11AM - 9PM

Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA)
2155 Center Street

In Berkeley

06.29.2016 @ 6:30PM Opening reception & gallery walkthrough with artist and curator. Included with BAMPFA admission.

MATRIX 261 features the work of Stockholm-based artist Cecilia Edefalk (b. 1954), whose work probes the uncertain nature of historical memory, time, and the visionary role of light. While Edefalk’s practice is intuitive and deeply personal, she variously explores notions of originality and multiplicity through a consistent use of repetition and seriality. Her attentive and reflective approach is evident in her paintings, photographs, watercolors, and sculptures.

Edefalk’s decades-long engagement with nature becomes manifest in the works included in this exhibition. For several years the artist has been visiting a dandelion-filled meadow near her house, capturing it with her camera in various moments of sunlight and states of bloom. In one monumental photograph on view in the exhibition we see a hand tenderly holding a perfect, spherical seed head before the wind carries the seeds away. Similarly, in the late 1970s Edefalk set out on a journey across Europe with a friend to document and draw coastal wildflowers she encountered in areas of historical significance in England, Italy, Spain, and Portugal. The flowers and plants she carefully captures in watercolor act as her lens onto these ancient landscapes; a selection of twenty of these watercolors appear in the exhibition. Birch trees, which are quite common in Sweden, are another subject that has inspired the artist for many years. A series of cast bronze sculptures included in MATRIX 261 were inspired by a birch tree she witnessed falling to the ground—an experience she recounts as a disquieting moment of destruction and decay. She then molded dozens of sculptures from its branches, fixing her experience of this fleeting moment into concrete forms.

The 46th Annual University of California, Berkeley Master of Fine Arts Graduate Exhibition

Wednesday, June 29th, 2016 - Sunday, August 7th, 2016, Wed-Sun / 11AM - 9PM

Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA)
2155 Center Street

In Berkeley

Each year, BAMPFA teams up with the University of California, Berkeley Department of Art Practice to exhibit the work of their graduates. This year’s MFA graduates are Isaac Vazquez Avila, Michael Berens, Lark Buckingham, José Joaquin Figueroa, Clement Hil Goldberg, and Jin Zhu. Be among the first to encounter the work of these six exceptional artists as they embark on their careers.

07.01.2016 @ 6PM
Opening Reception
Celebrate the 2016 MFA graduates of UC Berkeley’s Department of Art Practice.

07.03.2015 @ 3PM
Artists' Talks
MFA graduates discuss their work informally in the galleries.

Shrek The Musical

Friday, July 8th, 2016 - Sunday, July 17th, 2016, 8 pm (weekends)

Woodminster Amphitheater
Joaquin Miller Park, 3300 Joaquin Miller Road

In Oakland

Performances July 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17, at 8 pm.

Based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks film, Shrek The Musical is a musical fairy tale adventure about a lovable ogre, a wisecracking donkey, and a feisty princess. Performed under the stars by a big cast and live professional orchestra, in historic Woodminster Amphitheater in Oakland's Joaquin Miller Park. Come early and enjoy a hike on the hillside trails, beautiful bay views, and picnic with your family or sweetheart! Shrek opens the 50th season of the Woodminster Summer Musicals, Oakland's "good old summertime" experience, a treat for all ages. (Ask about senior, youth, and group discounts and our Kids Come Free program!)

Summer Shakespeare Conservatory 2-week

Monday, July 18th, 2016 - Monday, July 18th, 2016, July 18-July 29, 9am-3pm

Oakland School for the Arts
530 18th St.

In Oakland

Cal Shakes' Summer Shakespeare Conservatory for ages 8-18 offers a theater experience rooted in the same passion for artistic exploration and excellence that guides our award-winning Main Stage productions.

We foster self-expression and artistic discipline to engage students in the theater-making process: In the dynamic study and physical experience of developing some of literature's greatest characters, our students also develop their own.

Participants spend the morning playing and creating in a wide variety of theater disciplines, taught by working theater professionals.

Afternoons are spent in rehearsals. The experience culminates in Shakespeare performances for family and friends at the end of the program.

Presented by California Shakespeare Theater.

$700.

AXIS Dance Company Summer Intensive

Monday, August 1st, 2016 - Wednesday, August 10th, 2016, 10:00 AM

Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts
1428 Alice Street

In Oakland

Join us for an unparalleled dance experience with AXIS Dance Company and Marc Brew. Learn new skills derived from the company’s working ethos and repertoire that will enhance and develop your own practice in improvisation, choreography, and performance. This year our specialized teacher training for dance teachers and experienced artists will expand from two to three days. Our Teacher Training is geared towards professionals wanting to enhance their skills and working methods in inclusive dance and translation for dancers with physical disabilities.

AXIS Dance Company is one of the world’s most acclaimed and innovative ensembles of performers with and without disabilities. Paving the way for a powerful contemporary dance form- physically integrated dance- AXIS performs throughout the U.S. and in Europe and has appeared on FOX TV’S So You Think You Can Dance. AXIS’ model education/outreach program brings dance to youth and adults at our studio, in the community, in schools and universities, and where we tour nationally and internationally.

Marc Brew trained professionally at the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School and The Australian Ballet School. He has been working in the UK and Internationally for the past 18 years as a dancer, choreographer, teacher, & speaker.

Chicago

Friday, August 5th, 2016 - Sunday, August 14th, 2016, 8 pm (weekends)

Woodminster Amphitheater
Joaquin Miller Park, 3300 Joaquin Miller Road

In Oakland

Performances at 8 pm on August 5, 6, 7, 11, 12, 13, 14.

Chicago is a stage musical with music by John Kander, lyrics by Fred Ebb and a book by Ebb and Bob Fosse, a huge hit in both stage and screen productions. The story satirizes corruption in the criminal justice system through the stories of husband-killers Velma and Roxie, and their "celebrity lawyer," Billy Flynn. The entertaining vaudeville-inspired performance style provides the perfect opportunity for several flashy dance numbers. Performed outdoors, under the stars, by a big cast and a live professional orchestra. Adult oriented story and themes.

La Cage aux Folles

Friday, September 2nd, 2016 - Sunday, September 11th, 2016, 8 pm Fri & Sat, 7 pm Thu & Sun

Woodminster Amphitheater
Joaquin Miller Park, 3300 Joaquin Miller Road

In Oakland

Performances at 8 pm Sept 2, 3, 9, 10. Performances at 7 pm Sept 4, 8, 11.

La Cage aux Folles is a hilarious musical farce that tells the story of Georges and Albin, a gay couple who must pretend to be straight (with Albin in drag) when they meet the very conservative parents of their son's fiancée. Big, entertaining musical numbers combine with high comedy for a story that still has a heart and something to say about true love and real family values. Performed outdoors, under the stars in historic Woodminster Amphitheater in Oakland’s hillside Joaquin Miller Park, by a big cast and live professional orchestra.



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