Events


Arts of Point Richmond Exhibit

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

El Sol Restaurant
101 Park Place

In Richmond

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

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

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




Apply Now | Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program: Oakland

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

Aggregate Space Gallery
801 West Grand Avenue Entrance on West Street

In Oakland

Deadline extended till December 10!

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

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

Of Method and Material

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

SLATE contemporary
473 25th Street, Suite A

In Oakland

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

The Art of Living Black: Satellite Exhibition at Bridge

Monday, January 21st, 2019 - Wednesday, March 20th, 2019, 9:00 am

Bridge Storage and ArtSpace
23 Maine Avenue

In Richmond

Bridge is pleased to present a Satellite Exhibition of The Art of Living Black at Bridge Storage and ArtSpace. The exhibit will be up in our main Gallery from January 20th through March 20th, 2019. http://www.bridgestorage.com/2019/taolb/

Stu Allen and Mars Hotel

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2019 - Wednesday, January 23rd, 2019, 8:00 pm

Ashkenaz
1317 San Pablo Avenue

In Berkeley

Tickets are $15

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.

Empowering Womxn of Color Open Mic Series

Thursday, January 24th, 2019 - Thursday, January 24th, 2019, 8:00pm-10:15pm

La Peña Cultural Center
3105 Shattuck Ave Berkeley, CA 94705

In Berkeley

La Peña Cultural Center and UC Berkeley Womxn of Color Initiative present: THE EMPOWERING WOMXN OF COLOR OPEN MIC SPRING 2019 SERIES! January 24, February 28 and March 10!

Back by popular demand, this open mic series provides a space for performances celebrating the voices of women of color and will include one featured artist per month!

Come support local Bay Area talent or sign up to perform! Sign up for the January 24th open mic by clicking the link or go to Lapena.org

Performers, come dazzle the crowd with your talent and get in touch with the local artist community each month.

Balanço Brasil Presents: Xaxado Mission with Felipe Hostins (NYC) - Brazilian Forro Dance

Thursday, January 24th, 2019 - Thursday, January 24th, 2019, Brazilian Forro Dance at 7:30 pm; Show at 8:30 pm

Ashkenaz
1317 San Pablo Avenue

In Berkeley

Tickets are $15 Advance / $18 Day of Show

Xaxado Mission is a San Francisco based Brazilian band that specializes in Forró, a genre of music originated in Northeastern Brazil.

Their repertoire brings high energy songs from masters Luiz Gonzaga and Jackson do Pandeiro, in addition to a few Carimbo fusions, and Samba sets tailored for dancing the hours away.

Playing both classic and modern Forró songs, their instrumentation consists of authentic Forró instruments like the zabumba, accordion, triangle, seven string guitar, pandeiro, winds and bass, sometimes harmonica. If you’ve never heard of Forró, but enjoy dancing to styles like salsa, cumbia, samba, then you won’t want to miss Xaxado Mission!
Call you father, call your mother, send a telegram, it’s sure to be a great time!!!
Vamos Xaxar!

Felipe Hostins

The accordionist Felipe Hostins began his music studies at age three with his paternal grandfather, Valmor Hostins. He later joined the School of Music Amormega (Middle Garcia Neighborhood Association), in his hometown of Blumenau, where he studied music theory for accordion for 4 years.

After the death of his grandfather in July 2004, Hostins spent a year away from studies and his instrument. But in 2005 he was invited to join a band of Brazilian alternative rock called La Belle Excuse. He recorded an album with the group. That same year, Hostins started a forró (traditional Brazilian music that originated in the northeast of the country) project with the percussionist Leco Santos and with the singer and composer from Pernambuco Pochyua Andrade, a partnership that endures to the present time.

Rocker-T

Friday, January 25th, 2019 - Friday, January 25th, 2019, 9:00 pm

Ashkenaz
1317 San Pablo Avenue

In Berkeley

Tickets are $12

ROCKER-T HOSTING A NIGHT OF ACOUSTIC HEART SONG, ECLECTIC AMBIENCE AND LIVE DUB REGGAE WITH SPECIAL GUEST INSTRUMENTALISTS AND VOCALISTS

DJ/Musician/Performer Rocker-T has been a huge influence on every music scene he has been involved in, leading the way for such artists as Matisyahu, Gentleman and Alborosie, and groups like Soja and Groundation, beginning at a time when American born artists really did not perform hip hop, roots or dancehall in a West Indian Patois. Due to his skill set he is sure to have even greater influence now and in the future. A man whose life seems to have been created for music, Rocker-T is a happy pulsating force with so much energy and love to share with the world.

4th Saturday Swing featuring Rob Reich Swings Left

Saturday, January 26th, 2019 - Saturday, January 26th, 2019, 8:00 pm

Ashkenaz
1317 San Pablo Avenue

In Berkeley

A Swing at Ashkenaz Production

Rob Reich Sextet "Swings Left" celebrates their album release at Ashkenaz with a concert of jazz music for dancing, rooted in the classic swing era of the late 1930s. Featuring classic arrangements of Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, and Artie Shaw, "Swings Left" branches off from there and also features Reich's original music in the style, combining a hot rhythm with a cool sensibility.

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Rob Reich is quintessentially what makes the San Francisco music scene a vibrant and vital mecca for independent music; he’s become one of its stalwart underground artists. His music defies genre, combining strong melodic ideas, rhythmic drive, and a spirit of irreverence and experimentation. He is best known for his work with Tin Hat, Gaucho, and Circus Bella.

Church of Craft

Sunday, January 27th, 2019 - Sunday, January 27th, 2019, 2pm - 6pm

Bridge Storage and ArtSpace
23 Maine Avenue

In Richmond

Join up with Paquerette and her group of women artists for the monthly meetup “Church of Craft”. Bring your project, something to eat and drink to share, and spend a few hours crafting, chatting and making new friends.

The Church of Craft meets the final Sunday of each month in the main gallery at Bridge Storage and ArtSpace at 23 Maine Avenue, Richmond, CA.

Last Boat Out of Shanghai - Book Launch with HELEN ZIA

Sunday, January 27th, 2019 - Sunday, January 27th, 2019, 4:30-7PM

Oakland Asian Cultural Center
388 9th St, Suite 290

In Oakland

Eastwind Books of Berkeley and Oakland Asian Cultural Center welcome
Journalist and Author
HELEN ZIA
‘Last Boat Out of Shanghai:
The Epic Story of the Chinese Who Fled Mao's Revolution’

LAST BOAT OUT OF SHANGHAI is the dramatic life stories of four young people caught up in the mass exodus of Shanghai in the wake of China’s 1949 Communist revolution—a heartrending precursor to the struggles faced by emigrants today.

Shanghai has historically been China’s jewel, its richest, most modern and westernized city. The bustling metropolis was home to sophisticated intellectuals, entrepreneurs, and a thriving middle class when Mao’s proletarian revolution emerged victorious from the long civil war. Terrified of the horrors the Communists would wreak upon their lives, citizens of Shanghai who could afford to fled in every direction. Seventy years later, members of the last generation to fully recall this massive exodus have revealed their stories to Chinese American journalist Helen Zia, who interviewed hundreds of exiles about their journey through one of the most tumultuous events of the twentieth century. From these moving accounts, Zia weaves together the stories of four young Shanghai residents who wrestled with the decision to abandon everything for an uncertain life as refugees in Hong Kong, Taiwan, and the United States.

Helen Zia is the author of Asian American Dreams: The Emergence of an American People, a finalist for the Kiriyama Pacific Rim Book Prize,. Zia is the co-author, with Wen Ho Lee, of My Country Versus Me: The First-Hand Account by the Los Alamos Scientist Who Was Falsely Accused of Being a Spy. She is also a former executive editor of Ms. magazine. A graduate of Princeton University, she holds an honorary doctor of laws degree from the City University of New York School of Law and lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

RSVP here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/last-boat-out-of-shanghai-book-launch-with-helen-zia-tickets-53712170548

Balkan Dance Cabal with Zabava!

Sunday, January 27th, 2019 - Sunday, January 27th, 2019, Dance lesson with Nadav Nur 7:30 pm - 8:00 pm; Show at 8:00 pm

Ashkenaz
1317 San Pablo Avenue

In Berkeley

Tickets are $15

Zabava!, whose name means “party,” plays energetic, soulful, and rhythmically dazzling music, from the center of the dance floor, in the Bulgarian, Greek, Macedonian, and Romani traditions. This group of superb musicians recreates the vibrant interplay of traditional music and dance from these cultural crossroads. Zabava! features Bill Cope (gaida, bouzouki, tambura, accordion, vocals), Michele Simon (vocals, tapan, hand drum), Tom Farris (tambura, guitar, hand drum) and special guest Juliana Graffagna (vocals, tambura).

Andrew Carriere & the Zydeco/Cajun Allstars

Tuesday, January 29th, 2019 - Tuesday, January 29th, 2019, Dance Lesson with Cheryl McBride at 8:00 pm; Show at 8:30 pm

Ashkenaz
1317 San Pablo Avenue

In Berkeley

Tickets are $12 Advance / $15 Day of Show

You can’t get much more authentic than Andrew Carriere, especially when he’s backed by his top-notch Zydeco/Cajun Allstars. A native of Southern Louisiana, accordionist and singer Andrew Carriere brings a long family tradition into his playing. His father was the legendary Creole fiddler “Bebe” Carriere, his uncle was accordionist Eraste Carriere, and cousins Chubby, Calvin, and Roy Carrier are popular in the zydeco arena. Carriere moved to the Bay Area in the ’60s, learned accordion from the late Danny Poullard, and is featured vocalist on the California Cajun Orchestra’s “Not Lonesome Anymore” CD. He performs regularly with the Creole Belles and CZ & the Bon Vivants, and more occasionally in the Cajun Classics.

Carriere’s Zydeco/Cajun Allstars include steel guitarist Billy Wilson, drummer David “Killer” Hymowitz, guitarist Mitch Polzak, and bassist Steven Strauss. The lineup might not seem particularly “traditional” to current followers of Cajun and zydeco, but, Wilson explains, “This is the real tradition that came out of the ’50s and ’60s honky-tonk Cajun bands, where they just had fun and played for dancers. The steel guitar was right there, and fiddles and an occasional lead guitar.” And, of course, the accordion. The repertoire is the standards and classics of Cajun and zydeco, old and new.

Stu Allen and Mars Hotel

Wednesday, January 30th, 2019 - Wednesday, January 30th, 2019, 8:00 pm

Ashkenaz
1317 San Pablo Avenue

In Berkeley

Tickets are $15

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.

All-Star Jam Benefit for Chris's Zombie Finger!

Thursday, January 31st, 2019 - Thursday, January 31st, 2019, 8:00 pm

Ashkenaz
1317 San Pablo Avenue

In Berkeley

Tickets are $10 & up Sliding Scale

Our beloved Production Manager and sound engineer, Chris Miner, injured his finger (almost cut it off) a while back. He’s recovering well after a trip to the ER and then surgery to repair nerve damage, and physical therapy, but could use our help to avoid the crippling debt of quality medical care.

The All-Star roster that has rallied to the cause to lead an eclectic evening just happens to be an incredible combination of creative musicians: Stephen Kent of Baraka Moon, The one and only "Professor Slap" Ben Isaacs, and Kevin Carnes of the Broun Fellinis.

Stephen Kent will lead off the night with a short solo set of didgeridoo and percussion. Then we'll morph into a jam session where you'll likely hear some African grooves, that may or may not morph again and again into more and more experimental sounds, closing out with droning, transcendental soundscapes (rumor has it that Chris may participate in this final part of the evening).

Final Weeks for "HP and Me: Illustrations for the early stories of HP Lovecraft"

Friday, February 1st, 2019 - Friday, February 1st, 2019, 6-9 pm

Art@Archer
431 13th Street

In Oakland

Bay Area illustrator and horror fan, Jason Filler, brings his colorful, and slightly creepy, drawings based on the works of HP Lovecraft to Art@Archer. But the exhibition will close at the end of February! So if you haven't had a chance to stop by and see it, and talk to Jason about his work, now's the time!! First Friday hours are 6-9 pm, in addition to regular gallery hours.

Light refreshments will be served.

More of Jason's work can be found on this portfolio site at "fillustration.com" and on Instagram "@jason_fillustration".


Mitambo Festival of Shona Music featuring Mafaro eZimbabwe and Chinyakare Ensemble

Friday, February 1st, 2019 - Friday, February 1st, 2019, 8:00 pm

Ashkenaz
1317 San Pablo Avenue

In Berkeley

Tickets are $20 Advance / $25 Day of Show

Mafaro eZimbabwe

Mafaro eZimbabwe began as a collaboration with the KTO Project, Chinayakare Ensemble and Zimbabwean musicians and dancers to celebrate the music of the people - Chimurenga music - and to celebrate its roots in traditional mbira music played by the ancestral Shona people in Zimbabwe.

In the spring of 2018, more than 15 musicians and dancers and a community choir together performed a concert of ancestral songs of Zimbabwe and the popular, socially impactful music developed from the ancestral forms generations later. The choir will be performing with Chinyakare ensemble for this special event.

Chinyakare Ensemble

The Chinyakare Ensemble is a family of musicians, dancers and teachers committed to preserving and sharing traditional Zimbabwean culture, and promoting community building and education through music and dance. Chinyakare presents an electrifying performance of the traditional dance, music, and culture of Zimbabwe and Southern Africa. The music (played on mbira, ngoma, marimbas, and chipendani), songs, and dance weave colorful stories that show scenes from everyday life, while teaching important life lessons, such as goal-setting, perseverance, and thankfulness. Chinyakare provides audiences with a glimpse of the beauty, excitement, and spirit of traditional African dance and song.

Mitambo Festival of Shona Music Workshops

Saturday, February 2nd, 2019 - Saturday, February 2nd, 2019, 11:00 am

Ashkenaz
1317 San Pablo Avenue

In Berkeley

Workshops range from $15 - $25.

Intro to Mbira with Mahealani Uchiyama
11am - 12pm
Green Room
$15 adv/$20 at the door

Shona Singing with Kelly Takunda Orphan
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Back Studio
$20 Adv/ $25 Door

Marimba Class
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Front Studio
$20 Adv/ $25 Door

Shona Dance Class with Julia Chigamba
3:30pm - 5pm
Back Studio
$20 Adv/ $25 Door

Mbira Open Mic
5pm - 6pm
Held in Front Studio
Ticket are $10 or free with any of the workshops

Opening Reception: All That Glitters (HERE: Part 2) Juried by Walter Maciel

Saturday, February 2nd, 2019 - Saturday, February 2nd, 2019, 6pm–8pm

Berkeley Art Center
1275 Walnut Street

In Berkeley

Please join us for the opening reception of All That Glitters. The second part of BAC’s annual members’ exhibition presents works by a diverse group of artists selected by guest juror Walter Maciel. It reflects the varied strategies artists use to capture viewers’ attention and imagination — from bold color to deft handling of material to light touches of humor and whimsy. In a wide range of styles, these works celebrate the artistic spirit while touching on themes both personal and political.

Mitambo ye Kare: Anzanga Marimba Ensemble with Piwai

Saturday, February 2nd, 2019 - Saturday, February 2nd, 2019, 9:00 pm

Ashkenaz
1317 San Pablo Avenue

In Berkeley

Tickets are $20 Advance / $25 Day of Show

Anzanga Marimba Ensemble

For over 20 years Anzanga has brought the electrifying energizing music of African marimba to weddings, schools, festivals, culture events and more. We draw our repertoire primarily from Zimbabwe influences from Mozambique, South Africa and Gambia, in addition to playing compositions of our own. We are based in Seattle, Washington, and have toured nationally and internationally.

Our ensemble plays using eight marimbas – three Sopranos, three tenors, a baritone, and a base – and hoshos, or gourd shakers. The marimbas are handcrafted xylophones made from various hardwoods. The keys are fine-tuned to reflect tones playing African societies. Each key sits above a resonator with a vibrating membrane to amplify the sound and add a unique “buzz” to the music.

Anzanga, which means “to our friends” draws its name and music from the rich cultural heritage of Africa. We’re honored to share this joyful and vibrant music, and our goal is to entertain, enlighten and inspire all who hear us!

Piwai

Piwai has masterfully created her own hypnotic sound that layers rabi (vocal based rhythms), jazz, blues, traditional folk and reggae on top of the traditional sacred sounds of the 3,000 year old mbira instrument. Her songs capture the delicate aspects of life and explore the wide realm of the human condition.

Piwai is a cultural ambassador for several non-profits in the Bay Area and San Diego. In 2014 she was recognized by the Mayor of Long Beach for distinguished service towards cultural awareness, spreading peace and unity through the harmony of music.

She promotes music across generations and boundaries. Using music and a connection point, she’s taught music, singing, dance and drumming through the Center for World Music and The Young Musicians Academy in the greater San Diego Area.

The New Rules for Working with Galleries: Insights from Walter Maciel

Sunday, February 3rd, 2019 - Sunday, February 3rd, 2019, 1-3 p.m

Berkeley Art Center
1275 Walnut Street

In Berkeley

In this professional development workshop for artists, Los Angeles–based gallerist Walter Maciel will discuss evolving changes in the art world and their impact on the working relationship between contemporary gallerists and artists. The workshop will address the different ways artists’ work can be introduced to a gallerist, as well as the challenges galleries face in representing emerging artists as they build their careers.

In an informal and interactive setting, we will discuss opinions on participating in art fairs, the importance of showing your work to a broader audience, changes in gallery attendance brought on by social media, and challenges that affect the current role of a gallery space.

Maciel is this year’s guest juror for HERE, BAC’s annual members’ exhibition. From nearly 200 works on display in the first part of the show, he will select artists to be included in Part 2.

A graduate of UC Berkeley, Maciel’s career has spanned Northern and Southern California for more than two decades. After serving as gallery director for two prominent Bay Area galleries, he opened Walter Maciel Gallery in Culver City in 2006.

Women Drummers International Presents Drum Sunday: Cajon Rhythms from Peru with Peta Robles

Sunday, February 3rd, 2019 - Sunday, February 3rd, 2019, 1:00 pm

Ashkenaz
1317 San Pablo Avenue

In Berkeley

Tickets are $25 - $10 (sliding scale) / Under 12 yrs free
No one turned away for lack of funds

Drum Sundays are drumming workshops presented on the first Sunday of every month by one of our FANTASTIC MAESTRA DRUMMERS from Born To Drum.

Open to ALL LEVELS.
Some drums will be available for loan on first come, first serve basis.

Learn Afro-Peruvian songs for cajon (box drum). Bring a cajon if you have one, but other drums can be used so bring what you have. Some drums will be available for loan on a first come, first serve basis.

Talented Peta Robles is one of the few most amazing female percussionists of Peru. She was born in Lima, Peru in a family of musicians where she began to play Cajon and other percussion instruments since she was just a child. As a young adult, she became the National Champion of Female Percussionists in Peru. She has traveled through Europe, North and South America as an ambassador of Afro-Peruvian music. Choreographer, instructor and lead percussionist of the famous Afro Peruvian company TEATRO MILENIO for more than 15 years. Peta, currently teaches CAJON at La Pena Cultural Center in Berkeley and is incredibly imaginative to create music with non- conventional instruments. Peta is working in residence with DE ROMPE Y RAJA cultural association since October 2012 promoting Afro-Peruvian music in the Bay Area.

Tom Rigney & Flambeau

Tuesday, February 5th, 2019 - Tuesday, February 5th, 2019, Dance Lesson with Cheryl McBride at 8:00 pm / Show at 8:30 pm

Ashkenaz
1317 San Pablo Avenue

In Berkeley

Tickets are $12 Advance / $15 Day of Show

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

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

Bachata Nightz

Thursday, February 7th, 2019 - Thursday, February 7th, 2019, Dance Lesson at 8:30 pm with Kathy Reyes; Performance at 9:30 pm

Ashkenaz
1317 San Pablo Avenue

In Berkeley

Tickets are $10 Advance / $15 at the Door / $10 Students

Bachata Nightz happens the first Thursday of the month. It is led by award-winning Bachata contest master Kathy Reyes, who also teaches dance at Ashkenaz. Bachata is a form of Latin dance/music that originated in the Dominican Republic. It is now danced all over the world. Reyes teaches the dance lesson at 8:30 p.m., followed by performance and dancing to recorded music spun by DJ MIGZ.

Currently the defending Los Angeles Bachata Champion (winning first place at the L.A. Bachata Festival), Kathy Reyes is known for her unique style and interpretation of music. She discovered her talent and passion for Latin dancing in college in Los Angeles, and over the past 10 years has taken various prizes individually and in dance troupes. She leads groups and teaches here, in Los Angeles and San Diego. Teaching allows her to share her philosophy of dance: “Dancing with the feet is one thing, but dancing with the heart takes one to a whole different level.”

Stu Allen & Mars Hotel

Friday, February 8th, 2019 - Friday, February 8th, 2019, 9:00 pm

Ashkenaz
1317 San Pablo Avenue

In Berkeley

Tickets $20 Day of Show / $18 Advance / $18 Students

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.

Craft-a-thon: 15 workshops in 10 hours – a crafting marathon!

Saturday, February 9th, 2019 - Saturday, February 9th, 2019, 11am - 9pm

Classic Cars West
411 26th Street

In Oakland

Rock Paper Scissors Collective (RPSC) is throwing a ten-hour craft party to help get their new doors open. Partnering again with Classic Cars West we’ll have amazing workshops including: Sewing / Heat Emboss / Linoleum Relief Printing / Jewelry Making / Paper Marbling / Zine Making / Comics / Shrinky Dinks / Knitting / Crochet / Paper Marbling / Inking / Terrarium Making & much more!

Craft-a-thon is taking place at 411 26th Street in Oakland on Saturday February 9th from 11am-9pm inside Classic Cars West. Learn from amazing artists who will provide great instruction along with all the materials.

Sign up for individual classes or purchase package deals. Cost per class is $20, $65 for a package of four, and $120 for a day pass. Purchase your tickets at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/craft-a-thon-2019-tickets-54609757254


Craft-a-thon is taking place in the heart Oakland’s Art Murmur area with food and drinks available by Hella Vegan Eats.

TAOLB at Bridge Opening Reception

Saturday, February 9th, 2019 - Saturday, February 9th, 2019, 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Bridge Storage and ArtSpace
23 Maine Avenue

In

This free event kicks off and celebrates Bridge's participation in The Art of Living Black 2019. Refreshments. Meet the Artists. Join us!

Celebrate the artists participating in The Art of Living Black Satellite Exhibition at Bridge Storage and ArtSpace.

Meet and greet with our participating artists. Enjoy light refreshments. View their artwork.

Justice 4 Tyranny
Angela Douglas
Steve Hurst
Jennifer Lockette
Susan McGuire
Elmarise Owens
Patricia Perry
Marva Reed
Nichole Talbott
Co-founded by the late Jan Hart-Schuyers and the late Rae Louise Hayward, The Art of Living Black is the longest running event of its kind in the Bay Area to feature artists of African descent. The 23rd Art of Living Black presents an exhibition of over 100 works at the Richmond Art Center, as well as Open Studios and Satellite Exhibitions at locations across the Bay Area.

Barry Wofsy Heart of Rock & Roll: Purple Haze Tribute to Jimi Hendrix

Saturday, February 9th, 2019 - Saturday, February 9th, 2019, 8:30 pm

Ashkenaz
1317 San Pablo Avenue

In Berkeley

Tickets are $15 Advance / $18 Day of Show

Ralph Woodson’s Purple Haze is not your typical tribute band. He has studied his idol to the point of being able to play the guitar behind his back, and with his teeth. Ralph’s a Hendrix authority, and it’s obvious when you see him perform.

The youngest of nine, he grew up in Richmond, CA, and was initially struck by the sound of the “Band of Gypsys” record. Ralph has toured with Hedzoli Sounds (of which Hugh Masekela was a member), as well as The Mighty Diamonds, Lady Bianca, Faye Carol, and a Bill Kreutzmann (Grateful Dead)/Sy Klopps (Herbie Herbert) collaboration called the Trichromes. With the Trichromes and later with the Sy Klopps Blues Band, Ralph played on big stages opening for Tower of Power, James Brown, ZZ Top, and Lynyrd Skynyrd, among others. He’s appeared at the College of Marin and on KFOG-FM with author/Hendrix expert Steve Roby, demonstrating the sound and techniques of Jimi Hendrix.

Ralph Woodson – guitar, lead vocal Ralph formed the Ralph Woodson Experience in 2001 (which became Purple Haze in 2010), focusing on the Hendrix material that he grew up with and always loved. Purple Haze has gained a steady following in the Bay Area and knock people out wherever they go. Ralph’s showmanship and command of the Hendrix material is second to none. See it for yourself!

The Outside Track

Sunday, February 10th, 2019 - Sunday, February 10th, 2019, 8:00 pm

Ashkenaz
1317 San Pablo Avenue

In Berkeley

Tickets are $12 Advance / $15 Day of Show

Winner of Best Group in both the Live Ireland awards and the TIR awards, and a finalist for best album in the 2016 Indie Acoustic Project Awards, The Outside Track are one of the top Celtic acts in the world. A stunning synthesis of virtuosity and energy, their marriage of Celtic music, song, dance has been rapturously received around the world. Hailing from Scotland, Ireland, and the USA, its five members are united by a love of traditional music and a commitment to creating new music on this as a foundation. They effortlessly fuse traditional and contemporary with winning joie de vivre, blending fiddle, accordion, harp, guitar, whistle, step-dance and vocals with breathtaking vitality.

‘Among the top groups in the world. Traditional, creative, and brilliant’ (LiveIreland.com).

USA Lineup

Teresa Horgan – Flute, Whiste, Lead Vocals
Fiona Black – Accordion
Ailie Robertson – Harp
Mairi Rankin – Fiddle, Stepdance
Eric MacDonald – Guitar

Community DRUMMM Circle

Sunday, February 10th, 2019 - Sunday, February 10th, 2019, Event at 2:00 pm in the Back Studio

Ashkenaz
1317 San Pablo Avenue

In Berkeley

Tickets are $10-15 Adults / $5-$10 Kids (sliding scale)

Join DRUMMM Rhythmic Events founder & “Chief Rhythm Activator” Jeni Swerdlow, MA-ATR & friends in a joyful celebration of rhythm! Group drumming is a fun & effective way to reduce stress, connect with oneself & others, live in the moment, & build musical skills.

Jeni’s facilitation makes drumming FUN & engaging for everyone. No prior drumming experience is needed. Bring a drum or play one of Jeni’s at no additional cost. Come play!

Cost: Sliding scale – Adults $15-25/Kids $5-15 (kids must have adult supervision) – price now includes use of a drum if needed. To register, please send payment through PayPal “friends & family” option to jeni@drummm.com or pay cash at the door.

More info is at www.drummm.com. Contact Jeni Swerdlow at jeni@drummm.com or 510-316-2850.

Iko YaYa plus Dance Lesson with Ted Sherrod

Tuesday, February 12th, 2019 - Tuesday, February 12th, 2019, Dance Lesson with Ted Sherrod at 8:00 pm / Show at 8:30 pm

Ashkenaz
1317 San Pablo Avenue

In Berkeley

Tickets are $12 Advance / $15 Day of Show

Iko Yaya dishes out steaming New Orleans-drenched “swamp and roll” for dancing. The band is made up of longtime members of some of our favorite local groups, 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.”

I*ko Ya Ya is Singer-percussionist Cheryl McBride (born and raised in New Orleans, a member of SwingThing, and one of our regular dance teachers)
Guitarist Jim Scott (Mark St. Mary, CZ & the Bon Vivants, Jeffery Broussard)
Bassist-singer Lance Houck
Saxophonist Otoe Mori (Humanistic, Smooth Jazz Alley)
Trumpeter Marty Arvan
Drummer Sam Siggins (California Cajun Orchestra, Courtableu, Creole Belles)
Accordion, guitar, singer Andre Nigoghossian

TURNING PAIN TO POWER: AN EVENING OF REVOLUTIONARY FILM, TALK, DRUMMING AND DANCE TO END VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN

Wednesday, February 13th, 2019 - Wednesday, February 13th, 2019, 6:00PM - 10:00PM

Grand Lake Theatre
3200 Grand Ave, Oakland, CA 94610

In Oakland

TURNING PAIN TO POWER:
AN EVENING OF REVOLUTIONARY FILM, TALK, DRUMMING AND DANCE TO END VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN
@ THE GRAND LAKE THEATER


WHAT:
CITY OF JOY, THE AWARD WINNING FILM ABOUT THE REVOLUTIONARY LEADERSHIP CENTER FOR WOMEN SURVIVORS OF GENDER VIOLENCE IN EASTERN CONGO


WHO:
- City of Joy co-founders: Christine Schuler-Deschryver (Director of City of Joy and V-Day Congo) and Eve Ensler (playwright of The Vagina Monologues and Founder of V-Day and One Billion Rising)
- Bay Area Rising’s Afia Walking Tree and Destiny Arts Youth Performance Company
- She The People Founder Aimee Allison

WHEN:
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2019
6PM Doors Open. Film Starts at 7PM sharp.
Talkback immediately following. Closing with Break the Chain group dance.

WHERE:
GRAND LAKE THEATRE, 3200 Grand Ave, Oakland, CA 94610

TICKETS:
Tickets are $5.
Limited FREE tickets available, contact events(at)onebillionrising.org

ABOUT THE FILM:
CITY OF JOY, directed by first-time director Madeleine Gavin, follows the first class of women at a revolutionary leadership center in eastern Congo called City of Joy, from which the film derives its title, and weaves their journey as burgeoning leaders with that of the center’s founders (a devout Congolese doctor Dr. Denis Mukwege (2018 Nobel Peace Prize winner), women's rights activist Christine Schuler-Deschryver (Director of City of Joy and V-Day Congo) and radical feminist Eve Ensler (author of The Vagina Monologues and Founder of V-Day/One Billion Rising) - three individuals who imagined a place where women who have suffered horrific rape and abuse can heal and become powerful voices of change for their country.

A story about the profound resilience of the human spirit, CITY OF JOY witnesses Congolese women's fierce will to reclaim hope, even when so much of what was meaningful to them has been stripped away.

Immediately following the screening, audience members will be invited to RISE and participate in the One Billion Rising “Break the Chain”

Stu Allen and Mars Hotel

Wednesday, February 13th, 2019 - Wednesday, February 13th, 2019, 8:00 pm

Ashkenaz
1317 San Pablo Avenue

In Berkeley

Tickets are $15

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.

Comedy at Ashkenaz!

Thursday, February 14th, 2019 - Thursday, February 14th, 2019, 8:00 pm

Ashkenaz
1317 San Pablo Avenue

In Berkeley

Tickets are $15 - $20 Sliding Scale

Berkeley, CA… Bay Area comedian and comedy producer, Lisa Geduldig (of Kung Pao Kosher Comedy), and Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center joined forces a little over one year ago to bring the East Bay a new monthly (the second Thursday of the month) comedy series, Comedy at Ashkenaz!

Last Fall, we celebrated our one-year anniversary. In the past year, we commemorated Black History Month, International Women’s Day/Women’s History Month, Gay Pride; we had a political comedy night; and we raised funds for two organizations and causes (the Redwood Empire Food Bank which provided food to shelters in Sonoma County for residents displaced by the North Bay fires and RAICES: The Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services).

More details coming soon!

Aki Kumar

Friday, February 15th, 2019 - Friday, February 15th, 2019, 9:00 pm

Ashkenaz
1317 San Pablo Avenue

In Berkeley

Tickets are $15 Advance / $18 Day of Show

Dynamic frontman & harp player Aki Kumar is a bonafide star among the next generation of West Coast blues artists and the world's first professional blues harmonica player to hail from India. A master of the hugely influential Chicago blues sound, Kumar inherits his style from the harp legends of the 1950s and 60s. Aki has a unique voice in the blues, blending elements of blues harmonica pioneers of yesteryear with a signature sound of his own.

Born and raised in Bombay (now Mumbai) - India, Kumar has long established his mark on the West Coast blues scene as a top-notch frontman, vocalist , entertainer and blues harp player. The Aki Kumar Blues Band has been the culmination of his journey through American roots music and constantly showcases his ever-evolving sound. This band performs vintage blues with tremendous skill and energy and is guaranteed to entertain audiences across all venues, from intimate listening rooms to large festivals. Kumar's critically acclaimed 2016 album Aki Goes To Bollywood is a ground-breaking fusion effort that blends retro Indian songs with the familiar grooves of Chicago blues. Described as "Muddy meets Mumbai", Kumar is pushing the blues into new directions with his brand new "Bollywood Blues" sound.

In recent years, Aki Kumar has performed all across the United States and internationally (Norway, Finland, Sweden, Germany, UK, France, Belgium, Netherlands, Denmark, Brazil, Chile, Switzerland, Italy), collaborating with some of the top blues artists on the scene. He has also contributed his blues harmonica licks to numerous recordings produced on the West Coast in the last decade, including several albums produced at the world renowned Greaseland Studios.

Mentiras Piadosas: Amores y Desamores de Frida Kahlo (Little White Lies: Frida Kahlo’s Love & Heartbreaks)

Saturday, February 16th, 2019 - Saturday, February 16th, 2019, 7:00pm- 8:30pm

La Peña Cultural Center
3105 Shattuck Ave

In Berkeley

Don’t worry about finding a unique date idea for Valentine’s Day weekend — we’ve got you covered with Mentiras Piadosas: Amores y Desamores de Frida Kahlo (Little White Lies: Frida Kahlo’s Love & Heartbreaks).

Mentiras Piadosas is a unique storytelling experience, exploring the lesser known side of Frida Kahlo through live music, pictures, video and “living picture” recreations of Frida’s iconic self portraits, plus dresses inspired by Frida’s life and art. Come sing along to the songs Frida Kahlo loved, while learning about her other loves and passions, her bittersweet relationship with Diego Rivera, and even her passion for her clothing, which are all evidenced in her self-portraits.

This special performance is presented by two amazing Los Angeles based women: Dr. Gloria Arjona, with Karin Guerra performing as Frida Kahlo. Professor Gloria Arjona has spent the last 10 years of her career exploring and analyzing Frida Kahlo’s loves and passions through her paintings, and mostly through Frida’s constant musical references in her art.

The majority of the performance is in English with songs in Spanish.

Baba Ken Okulolo and Friends

Saturday, February 16th, 2019 - Saturday, February 16th, 2019, 9:00 pm

Ashkenaz
1317 San Pablo Avenue

In Berkeley

Tickets are $15 Advance / $20 Day of Show

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

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

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

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

Creole/Cajun Jam

Sunday, February 17th, 2019 - Sunday, February 17th, 2019, 1:30 pm

Ashkenaz
1317 San Pablo Avenue

In Berkeley

Tickets are $5 or free with instrument

Come on by for a community creole/cajun jam session!

Music and Stories from Around the World The Levoná Ensemble

Sunday, February 17th, 2019 - Sunday, February 17th, 2019, 7:00 pm

Ashkenaz
1317 San Pablo Avenue

In Berkeley

Tickets are $20

The Levoná Ensemble combines Flamenco, Arabic, Jewish, and other musical traditions, and weaves them together with stories, both ancient and new. Five master musicians create a rich tapestry that is at once a taste of the orient, and a new creation all on its own - the kind of energy that only comes when distant cultures overlap, and celebrate their differences.

Levoná began as the band for the highly acclaimed Bay Area musical “Love Sick”, winning the Theatre Bay Area Award for Best Ensemble along with the cast in 2017. Love Sick went on to receive the TBA award for Best Director, and the prestigious Glickman Award for Best New Play in 2018. Audiences and critics alike praised its vibrant music as the heart of the play's energy and wide appeal. Levoná have since continued to perform as an independent group, keeping that same energy alive in both dance and concert halls.

CZ & The Bon Vivants plus Dance Lesson with Cheryl McBride

Tuesday, February 19th, 2019 - Tuesday, February 19th, 2019, Dance Lesson with Cheryl McBride at 8:00 pm; Show at 8:30 pm

Ashkenaz
1317 San Pablo Avenue

In Berkeley

Tickets $12 Advance / $15 Day of Show

A hot band of Cajun/zydeco veterans, CZ & the Bon Vivants dish out classic Cajun dance tunes and originals. Along with singer and fiddler Catherine Matovich (whose day job is playing with symphony orchestras), the Bon Vivants are Lake Charles, Louisiana, native and East Bay great Andrew Carriere on accordion, guitarist Jim Scott, bassist Elaine Herrick, and drummer Timothy Orr. Over the last few years they’ve appeared frequently on the festival and outdoor event circuit – from downtown Oakland to the Solano Stroll, the Kaiser Rooftop concert series to Bay cruises – and at many a Bay Area dance hall. And India may be the next stop. The band’s CD, “Good to the Bon,” has been used as a tool for teaching world music at the American School in New Delhi; CZ has an international fan base as a result.

The group was born when Matovich got home after playing in Neil Diamond’s touring band and saw a concert by Cajun/zydeco fiddler Tom Rigney. “I loved working big shows, but seeing Tom’s band made me want to be in a group like that, that had so much fun playing together.” The Bon Vivants came together to play a benefit concert in 2004, “and we’ve been busy ever since,” Matovich says. Nobody could agree on a group name, so eventually they were dubbed the Cajun Babes (after the Dixie Chicks), and through democratic process came up with the current group moniker, although there is no CZ. Just high-energy Cajun and zydeco music.

Stu Allen and Mars Hotel

Wednesday, February 20th, 2019 - Wednesday, February 20th, 2019, 8:00 pm

Ashkenaz
1317 San Pablo Avenue

In Berkeley

Tickets are $15

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.

Kizomba Nightz

Thursday, February 21st, 2019 - Thursday, February 21st, 2019, Intro to Kizomba Dance Lesson at 8:00 pm; Open Level Semba at 8:45 pm; Open Practica at 9:30 pm

Ashkenaz
1317 San Pablo Avenue

In Berkeley

Tickets are $15 Gen Adm / $12 Students

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


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

Berkeley Dance Project 2019: the body remembers

Thursday, February 21st, 2019 - Saturday, March 2nd, 2019, Thursday–Saturday, 8 p.m.

Zellerbach Playhouse, UC Berkeley Campus
In Berkeley

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of UC Berkeley’s dance program, Berkeley Dance Project 2019: "the body remembers" will feature works by professional choreographers Joe Goode, Rulan Tangen, Latanya Tigner, and Cherie Hill, as well as UC Berkeley student Katie O’Connor.

From a “haunting” solo to a 10-dancer “mosaic,” the works in BDP 2019 represent a wide range of sources and styles: Goode incorporates spoken word and song into a piece based on the buddhist concept of “the undefended heart;” Tangen brings attention to local indigenous histories and perspectives; Tigner honors choreographer Ruth Beckford, recognized as the mother of African diasporic dance in the Bay Area; and Hill draws from supernatural elements of her Jamaican Maroon ancestry.

Mardi Gras Warm Up with Harry Best

Friday, February 22nd, 2019 - Friday, February 22nd, 2019, 8:00 pm

Ashkenaz
1317 San Pablo Avenue

In Berkeley

Tickets are $15 Advance / $20 Day of Show

A native of the Caribbean island nation St. Lucia, Harry Best has been one of the Bay Area stars of steel pan music since moving to El Sobrante, where in recent years he has taught music and led his band Shabang. Best is also a seasoned songwriter whose music has had more notoriety than his steel drum band. He has written hit songs for artists such as the late Caribbean international superstar Arrow. His lyrics are arresting, his melodies sweet, and the rhythms infectious.

TAOLB Open Studios at Bridge

Saturday, February 23rd, 2019 - Sunday, February 24th, 2019, 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Bridge Storage and ArtSpace
23 Maine Ave

In Richmond

Now in its 23rd year, The Art of Living Black is the only major showcase of African-American artists in Northern California.

This year, Bridge is pleased to present a Satellite exhibit with participating artists Justice 4 Tyranny, Angela Douglas, Steve Hurst, Jennifer Lockette, Susan McGuire, Elmarise Owens, Patricia Perry, Marva Reed, and Nichole Talbott.

Open Studios Weekends present a unique opportunity to get to the know the artists and their work up close and personal. Visit from Noon to 5:00 pm on both Open Studios Weekends (February 23rd and 24th, and March 2nd and 3rd).

4th Saturday Swing featuring Cuarteto Puentes plus Dance Lesson with Ashvin Iyer!

Saturday, February 23rd, 2019 - Saturday, February 23rd, 2019, Dance Lesson with Ashvin Iyer at 8:00 pm; Show at 9:00 pm

Ashkenaz
1317 San Pablo Avenue

In Berkeley

Tickets are $12 Advance / $15 Day of Show

A Swing at Ashkenaz Production

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This Live show at Ashkenaz will be presented in a traditional Argentine Tango dance setting, a Milonga. Karen Lile and Michael Arntz have presented Cuarto Puentes as the opening act for Otros Aires at the Great American Music Hall and at traditional milongas in private clubs in San Francisco.

Formed in 2015 by four Bay Area dancers/musicians, Cuarteto Puentes is dedicated to performing Argentine Tango music for dancers and audiences of all kinds. They have studied at Reed Tango Music Institute, Stowe Tango Music Festival, and with top tango musicians including Ignacio Varchausky, Ramiro Gallo, Hernan Posetti, Hector del Curto, Pablo Estigarribia, Emilio Solla, Adam Tully, and Ville Hiltula. The quartet appreciates the opportunities they have had for outstanding collaborations with exceptional artists at a number of unique venues. Their enthusiasm for playing danceable tango standards as well as more modern arrangements keeps them busy with practicing, studying, arranging, and composing.

Michael Arntz will DJ between Cuarteto Puentes' live sets.

Bug Family Band

Sunday, February 24th, 2019 - Sunday, February 24th, 2019, 3:00 pm

Ashkenaz
1317 San Pablo Avenue

In Berkeley

Tickets are $8 Adults / $6 Kids

The Bug Family Band returns to Ashkenaz! Come boogie with the kids to your old and new favorites.

The Bug Family Band plays original folk rock for kids and former kids. They hatched in the SF Bay Area in 2009 as Ladybug Picnic, & metamorphosized into their mature form while recording their debut CD in 2013. The Bugs' sound is characterized by rich vocal harmonies, interactive sing-alongs, and clever tunes that kids and their adults can all appreciate! They have become a favorite on the family stage at High Sierra Music Festival, as well as non-profit venues, museums, schools, and birthday parties across the San Francisco Bay Area.

Les Amis Zydeco plus Dance Lesson with Cheryl McBride

Tuesday, February 26th, 2019 - Tuesday, February 26th, 2019, Dance Lesson with Cheryl McBride at 8:00 pm; Show at 8:30 pm

Ashkenaz
1317 San Pablo Avenue

In Berkeley

Tickets are $12 Advance/ $15 Day of Show

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 draw 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), Linda Hutchinson (bass), and Sam Siggins (drums). 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.

Stu Allen and Mars Hotel

Wednesday, February 27th, 2019 - Wednesday, February 27th, 2019, 8:00 pm

Ashkenaz
1317 San Pablo Avenue

In Berkeley

Tickets are $15

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.

Empowering Womxn of Color Open Mic Series

Thursday, February 28th, 2019 - Thursday, February 28th, 2019, 7:30pm-10:15pm

La Peña Cultural Center
3105 Shattuck Ave Berkeley, CA 94705

In Berkeley

La Peña Cultural Center and UC Berkeley Womxn of Color Initiative present: THE EMPOWERING WOMXN OF COLOR OPEN MIC SPRING 2019 SERIES!

Back by popular demand, this open mic series provides a space for performances celebrating the voices of women of color and will include one featured artist per month!

Come support local Bay Area talent or sign up to perform! Sign ups for the February open mic will be available on Feb. 1st!

Performers, come dazzle the crowd with your talent and get in touch with the local artist community each month.

Anglo-Celtic Ceilidh Dance plus Dance Lesson

Thursday, February 28th, 2019 - Thursday, February 28th, 2019, 8:00 pm

Ashkenaz
1317 San Pablo Avenue

In Berkeley

Tickets are $8 Advance / $10 at the Door

Ashkenaz bi-monthly Pan-Celtic Ceilidh dance continues! Ceilidh means gathering in Celtic and the tradition always includes music and dance. Ashkenaz's inclusive Ceilidh combine easy dances everyone can do in many styles including Irish Ceili, Contra, Scottish Ceilidh, English County Dance & couple dances such as waltz. Every dance is taught before it's danced and people are encouraged to dance all roles with everyone on the floor.

TAOLB Open Studios at Bridge

Saturday, March 2nd, 2019 - Sunday, March 3rd, 2019, 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Bridge Storage and ArtSpace
23 Maine Avenue

In Richmond

Now in its 23rd year, The Art of Living Black is the only major showcase of African-American artists in Northern California.

This year, Bridge is pleased to present a Satellite exhibit with participating artists Justice 4 Tyranny, Angela Douglas, Steve Hurst, Jennifer Lockette, Susan McGuire, Elmarise Owens, Patricia Perry, Marva Reed, and Nichole Talbott.

Open Studios Weekends present a unique opportunity to get to the know the artists and their work up close and personal. Visit from Noon to 5:00 pm on both Open Studios Weekends (February 23rd and 24th, and March 2nd and 3rd).

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

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

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

In Berkeley

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

ABOUT ANTONIO REY:

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

ABOUT MARA REY:

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

TAOLB Open Studios Closing Reception

Sunday, March 3rd, 2019 - Sunday, March 3rd, 2019, 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Bridge Storage and ArtSpace
23 Maine Avenue

In Richmond

This free event closes out the final Open Studios weekend of The Art of Living Black 2019

Refreshments. Meet the Artists. Join us!

Celebrate the artists participating in The Art of Living Black Satellite Exhibition at Bridge Storage and ArtSpace.

Meet and greet with our participating artists. Enjoy light refreshments. View their artwork.



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