Annual Purchase Award

Monday, November 1st, 2010 - Sunday, November 1st, 2015, 9-5 Monday-Friday

Emeryville City Hall
1333 Park Blvd.

In Emeryville

The lobby of City Hall in Emeryville serves as an emerging gallery of local artworks.  Since 2005, the City has acquired one work which was selected from the Annual Emeryville Celebration of the Arts Exhibit held each October.  The juried exhibit showcases the work of the many professional artists who live and work here.  With a long tradition of artists cooperative housing, Emeryville is home to large number of artists, in fact, Emeryville may boast one of the most dense artists populations per capita in the Bay Region.  Past Purchase Award acquisitions include paintings by Canan Tolon and Michael Murphy, textile by Ana Lisa Hedstrom, light sculpture by Therese Lahaie and a ceramic wall hanging by Cuong Ta.  All the works as well as installations in and around City Hall such as Roger Berry's Solar Rose can be viewed suring normal business hours when City Hall is open to the public.  Please visit soon!

Bees: Tiny Insect, Big Impact

Saturday, January 31st, 2015 - Sunday, September 20th, 2015, January 31-September 20, 2015; Wed-Thur 11-5, Fri 11-9, Sat-Sun 10-6

Oakland Museum of California
1000 Oak Street

In Oakland

A new exhibition at the Oakland Museum of California examines the wildly diverse and intricate world of one of the most important creatures to human agriculture and the natural environment. Through family-friendly experiences, hands-on activities, and media, Bees: Tiny Insect, Big Impact is the first major museum exhibition to focus on the incredible diversity of bees in California and the urgent issue of bee population declines statewide. Bees tells the story of these amazing insects, while providing visitors the opportunity to learn about the value of bees to our economy and ecosystems, and discover how simple but powerful actions can help bees to survive in a changing world. Covering topics such Bay Area beekeeping, the diversity of California native bee species, and the similarities between bees and humans, the exhibition features cutting-edge science on bee behavior and conservation, opportunities for visitors to get involved in research, and ways to make their own yards and neighborhoods more attractive to bees.

A family friendly exhibition, Bees encourages visitors of all ages to discover real bee specimens under a microscope, play games such as "Is it a bee?" to learn how species are identified, and create original animations about their vision for a future with bees. Visitors can climb inside life sized honeybee cells, learning along the way about factors that contribute to bee disappearances. The gallery features real beekeeping tools, including a cross-section of a beehive, a honey spinner and implements for honey collection, and a chance to try on real beekeeper suits in adult and child sizes. The exhibition also offers opportunities to get involved outside of the Gallery, with citizen science projects, bee hotels installed in the OMCA Gardens, and guides on building bee hotels for visitors to take home.

Presented by Oakland Museum of California.

$10-15; $6 9-17, 8 & under free, OMCA Mbrs free

Kozmik Kirtan with Evelie Posch & Kismat-Mahal Ens (KSME)

Sunday, February 15th, 2015 - Sunday, February 21st, 2016, 7:00 PM

Yoga Tree Telegraph
2807 Telegraph Avenue

In Berkeley

Kismat-Mahal Ensemble {KSME} led by Evelie Delfino Såles Posch blends intercultural/interfaith meditation, singing and a circle dance, to connect with the divine and all beings; for healing, remembering wholeness; for peace of heart-mind; to grow compassion and loving-kindness.

With many players including Cait McWhir on harmonium, voice; Lisa Wellhausen on flute; Revi Airborne on violin, voice; Suellen Primost on cello, voice.

When: 3rd Sundays ~ Feb 15 (3/15, 4/ 19, 5/17, 6/21, 7/19, 8/16, 9/20, 10/18, 11/15, 12/20, 1/17/2016, 2/21/2016 etc.). And there is kirtan EVERY Sunday with other leaders/groups.

Where: 2807 Telegraph Ave Berkeley (at Stuart St)

Sliding scale $15 to $30 suggested love donation.

Q's/info: Evelie 650-275-3884 {ASK-EVVI}

Macrocosms: Acrylics & Monotypes by Irene Nelson

Thursday, July 2nd, 2015 - Sunday, August 30th, 2015, 6:00 - 9:00PM

The Gallery @ Panorama Framing Inc.
3350 Grand Avenue

In Oakland

Macrocosms: Acrylics & Monotypes by Irene Nelson

Nelson states her works are acts of discovery, asking the continual, ‘what if?’ On her recent body of works featured in Macrocosms: Acrylics & Monotypes by Irene Nelson, she says, “I’m fascinated by the way that one move or gesture limits the field, or suggests a new direction. The process is a dance between thinking and not thinking, balancing patience with spontaneity. It is an act of faith.”

Working as a local artist and printmaker at Kala Institute in Berkeley (and with over 30 years experience working as a graphic designer in the Bay Area), Nelson considers herself a visual problem-solver. Incorporating a variety of mixed media design, etching, intaglio printing, and chine-collé into her unique design sense; Nelson subconsciously plots each resulting combination of techniques. She creates macrocosms - assemblages where viewers navigate a universe of shapes and brushstrokes punctuated with gestural etching marks and mixed media collage gathered from years of experience.

“Along the way, there are moments of surrender that resulted in the warmth and depth of the tones, subtle whites and smoky blacks—a richly expressive visual poetry uniting observation, image and process.”

As a designer, Nelson immerses herself in the creative process—working to discover imagery that has always already been there, or waiting for it to emerge—the creative process itself becomes the answer to the 'what if?' question. Her visual acuity has informed her painting and printmaking, leading her to exhibit her artwork throughout the Bay Area including San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) Fort Mason Artist's Gallery.

Macrocosms: Acrylics & Monotypes by Irene Nelson
July 2nd – August 30th

First Thursday Artist Receptions:
July 2nd 6:00 – 9:00pm
August 6th 6:00 – 9:00pm

Liminal Spaces

Thursday, August 13th, 2015 - Saturday, September 12th, 2015, 12-5

SLATE contemporary
473 25th St

In Oakland

Liminal Spaces explores the the spaces between by exhibiting artists whose work blurs the lines between mediums, forms, and concepts. Featured artists include Melissa Herrington, Diane Rosenblum, Carrie Seid, and Brenda Hope Zappitell.

Exhibition runs from August 13 through September 12.

Open late for Art on 25th St’s Third Thursday, August 20, 6-8 pm

Open late for Oakland Art Murmur’s First Friday, September 4, 6-9 pm

3rd Annual Juried Art Show at the Piedmont Center for the Arts

Friday, August 21st, 2015 - Monday, November 16th, 2015, January 8 - February 21, 2016

The Piedmont Center for the Arts
801 Magnolia Avenue

In Oakland

3rd Annual Piedmont Center for the Arts Juried Art Show

ENTRY DEADLINE: MONDAY, November 16, 2015

The 3rd Annual Juried Art Show presented by The Piedmont Center for the Arts is a juried art exhibition selected from submissions highlighting a large variety of contemporary 2-dimenional works by Bay Area artists. Featuring original art created within the past two years, 35 pieces will be selected by guest jurors Christina Linden, Oakland Museum of California, Associate Curator of Art & Material Culture and Rachel Jans, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Assistant Curator of Painting and Sculpture.
ELIGILITY: Must reside/work within the nine countries of the Greater Bay Area Artists including: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, and Sonoma.

SUBMISSIONS ONLINE: $40 Entry Fee. Link to online entry, more detailed information and submission guidelines:

EXHIBITION DATES: January 9 – February 21, 2016; Opening Reception: Friday, January 8, 6-8 pm

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

The Real Thing

Friday, August 28th, 2015 - Saturday, September 26th, 2015, August 28-29, 8pm, September 4-5, 8pm, September 6, 2pm, September 11-12, 8pm, September 13, 2pm, September 18-19, 8pm, September 20, 2pm, September 25-26, 8pm

Masquers Playhouse
105 Park Place


One of the theatrical giants of his generation, Tom Stoppard is a reigning genius of thought-provoking drama. His work has brought him an Oscar, four Tony Awards, and a knighthood. In The Real Thing, he brings his brilliant wordplay, wit, and insight to illuminate the nature - and the mystery - of love. 1984 TONY WINNER: BEST PLAY

Presented by Masquers Playhouse.


Gail Dobson Trio plus La Pena¡¯s Vocals for Kids

Saturday, August 29th, 2015 - Saturday, August 29th, 2015, 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm

La Pena
3105 Shattuck Ave

In Berkeley

$5 Donation

Gail Dobson Trio, Gail-vocals and percussion, with Luke Westbrook on guitar, and Keith Saunders-piano, performing the music of Jobim, Wayne Shorter, Sting, Gershwin, Cure, music from their recent EP-¡°How Fragile We Are¡±. They will be joined by some of the percussionist from La Péna¡¯s Latin/Jazz Orchestra
Following their set will be a Vocal Showcase-La Pena¡¯s -Vocals for Kids. La Péna¡¯s and Gail¡¯s legacy-generations sharing in their love of music, family, laughter, food!

Gail Dobson Trio plus La Pena¡¯s Vocals for Kids

Saturday, August 29th, 2015 - Saturday, August 29th, 2015, 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm

La Pena
3105 Shattuck Ave.

In Berkeley

$5 Donation

Gail Dobson Trio, Gail-vocals and percussion, with Luke Westbrook on guitar, and Keith Saunders-piano, performing the music of Jobim, Wayne Shorter, Sting, Gershwin, Cure, music from their recent EP-¡°How Fragile We Are¡±. They will be joined by some of the percussionist from La Péna¡¯s Latin/Jazz Orchestra
Following their set will be a Vocal Showcase-La Pena¡¯s -Vocals for Kids. La Péna¡¯s and Gail¡¯s legacy-generations sharing in their love of music, family, laughter, food!

Jazz Hop Blues

Sunday, August 30th, 2015 - Sunday, August 30th, 2015, 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

La Pena
3105 Shattuck Ave

In Berkeley

La Peña Presents Jazz Hop Blues an evening of: Jazz, Poetry, Hip Hop and Blues fusion music featuring three talented and progressive East Bay/Nor Cal music groups. Opening the show will be East Bay¡¯s newest booming jazz talent Malachi Whitson Quartet with poetry by special guest Evan Haynes. Following the jazz-poetry ensemble will be San Francisco native, social activist and hip-hop advocate Leon Lee with special guests and fellow hip-hop activist Freddy Flowpez. Concluding the Jazz Hop Blues evening will be one of East Bay¡¯s newest up and coming, nine piece alternative-blues music sensations, Current Personae, with music from their latest album December Jane.

Current Personae

Malachi Whitson Quartet

Evan Haynes


Freddy Flowpez

Detail on each artists is provided on the webpage.

FREE Movie Night: Camp Reel Stories

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015 - Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015, 6:00 pm

La Pena Cultural Center
3105 Shattuck Ave.

In Berkeley

Movie Night at La Pe0Š9a in collaboration with Camp Reel Stories!

Camp Reel Stories believes that when women and girls are better represented behind the scenes in the media, they will be better reflected on the screen. Camp Reel Stories is a non-profit organization that empowers 13-18 year old young women with the skills to create their own media, to view current media critically and thoughtfully, and to aspire to leadership in their field.

Join us for a film screening of 16 different shorts made by girls ages 13-18. 13 of the films were made by groups of 5-6 girls in 5 days. 3 of the films were made by girls in their advanced camp which is only 9 days long. A Q&A with the filmmakers will take place after the screenings.

The films will run approximately 90 minutes, with 20 minutes of discussion after.

The People¡¯s Mic at La Pe0Š9a (in the Lounge)

Thursday, September 3rd, 2015 - Thursday, September 3rd, 2015, 8:00 pm

La Pena Cultural Center
3105 Shattuck Ave.

In Berkeley

Donations encourageddropthemic

People¡¯s Mic is a monthly event that cultivates expression reflective of its surrounding communities. We support work that promotes critical thought, joy and inspiration. Come speak your story, share your poetry or music on the mic. Whether you are a performer or in need of inspiration please contribute your energy to this movement grounded in the power of art!

(Limited amount of space on performance list please arrive early to sign up!)

Suggested donation: $5

"Waiting for Lefty" - Presented by Ubuntu Theater Project

Thursday, September 3rd, 2015 - Saturday, September 12th, 2015, various times

Classic Cars West
411 26th St

In Oakland

Clifford Odets's 1935 classic tale of thousands of New York City cab drivers fighting for their rights and echoing the complicated politics surrounding labor unions today. Join us in an Oakland auto-repair shop and put some fire in your belly as we celebrate Odets's fighting words and our cultural memory of what it means to fight for human dignity.

Emilie Whelan and Michael Moran direct this powerful show.

*Please note: Tickets are general admission and seating is not assigned. The house opens approximately 30 minutes before showtime.

Chabuca Granda¡¯s 95th Birthday Anniversary: Celebrating Peru¡¯s Greatest Songwriter

Friday, September 4th, 2015 - Friday, September 4th, 2015, 8:30pm-11:00pm

La Pena Cultural Center
3105 Shattuck Ave.

In Berkeley

A tribute to one of the greatest composers of Peru on her 95 birthday anniversary. A delightfull night remembering her best compositions including la MISA CRIOLLA DE BODAS (Creole Wedding Mass) by Chabuca Granda

Chabuca Granda wrote the ¡°Misa Criolla de Bodas¡± three years after the Second Vatican Council allowed congregations to use their native language in public worship in lieu of the ecclesiastical Latin used by the Catholic Church for centuries.

The songs in Chabuca Granda¡¯s Misa Criolla are set to traditional musical genres from the coastal region of Per¨². This work of sacred popular music was first performed by Chabuca Granda, and her accompanists on guitar and caj¨®n, at her daughter Teresa¡¯s wedding in January 1969. The only published version of the Misa Criolla for soloists and chorus was arranged by Julio Caipo in 2001.

Middle Eastern Bazaar Ensemble (In the Lounge)

Saturday, September 5th, 2015 - Saturday, September 5th, 2015, 8:00pm

La Pena Cultural Center
3105 Shattuck Ave.

In Berkeley

Bazaar Ensemble is an LA-based band that fuses traditional Middle Eastern melodies with jazz, funk, and soul. Sung in Hebrew and Arabic, Bazaar Ensemble¡¯s music is universally danceable, and the group is as diverse as their audience. Their sound is undoubtedly fresh, featuring both Middle Eastern and Western instrumentation. After performing frequently in LA for the past year to receptive audiences, Bazaar Ensemble is making their first trip up to the Bay Area, and they are very excited to be playing at La Pe0Š9a.

Opener ¨C DJ Dan Rais

You can follow Bazaar Ensemble on Facebook

See video footage that captures some live energy

$5 Adv, $7 Door

Superstrata: 3D Printed Art - Closing Reception and Artist Talk

Sunday, September 6th, 2015 - Sunday, September 6th, 2015, 3-6pm Talk begins at 4pm

The Compound Gallery
1167 65th st.

In Oakland

Artist Talk with Kadet Kuhne
Sunday, September 6th 3-6pm

Exhibiting artists: Neil Bickford, Isaac Budmen, Tom Burtonwood, Joseph DeLappe, Megan Ender, Holly Holmes, Shane Hope, Fred Kahl, Kadet Kuhne, Helena Lukasova, Ana Marva Fernandez, Ronald Rael, Mathieu Schmitt, Charles Stevens, Virginia San Fratello, Andrew Werby, and more.

The Compound Gallery is pleased to announce the forthcoming exhibition “SUPERSTRATA: 3D Printed Art.” 3D Printed focuses on innovative approaches to creating visual art using additive manufacturing. Artists across the country will use of 3D modeling as a form of artistic expression and 3D printers as an artistic medium.

Much focus has been placed on industrial applications such as rapid prototyping and manufacturing, but artistic approaches are expeditiously increasing. 3D printing, also known as additive manufacturing, is a method in which successive layers of material are placed by an industrial robot (3d printer) to create a three dimensional object. Various materials such as resin, steel, wax, food, and precious metals can be used in select printers, but plastics are currently the most dominant material used.

SUPERSTRATA will showcase 3D printed art by local and internationally acclaimed artists with work printed from various plastics, wood, salt, tea, sandstone, and concrete.

3D printed art requires design concept, 3D modeling, and printing–elements that are not always done by the artist who created the design. Historically, many artists did not always autonomously create their own work. Classical artists such as Leonardo da Vinci, Rubens had skilled apprentices and assistants, and many contemporary artists like Warhol, Shepard Fairey, Takashi Murakami, Jeff Koons, and countless others rely heavily on staff to produce work, many of which have been criticized for having assistants.

Lounge Rumba (Every 1st and 3rd Sunday)

Sunday, September 6th, 2015 - Sunday, September 6th, 2015, 3:00 pm

La Pena Cultural Center
3105 Shattuck Ave.

In Berkeley

The Sunday Lounge Rumba has been going on at La Pe0Š9a for the past 12 years and we want to see it continue. We highly encourage participants to donate to ensure that we keep this community participatory event alive!

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

Free/Donations Encouraged

Launch Your School Year Happy Hour

Tuesday, September 8th, 2015 - Tuesday, September 8th, 2015, 5-7pm

Luna Dance Institute
605 Addison St.

In Berkeley

Start your school year off right with dance teachers & educators who are as passionate about sharing their art as you are. Enjoy drinks with Luna faculty, explore our library, and get collegial support at this fun community building event. RSVP to Jochelle,, 510-883-1118.

An Evening with Sasha Abramsky

Wednesday, September 9th, 2015 - Wednesday, September 9th, 2015, 7:30 pm

Mrs. Dalloway's Bookstore
2904 College Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94705

In Berkeley

Join New York Review Books for an evening with Sasha Abramsky as he reads from 'The House of Twenty Thousand Books.'

'The House of Twenty Thousand Books' is journalist Sasha Abramsky’s elegy not only to his grandparents, Chimen and Miriam Abramsky, but to the vanished intellectual world of their North London home, where they cultivated a vast library of socialist literature and Jewish history while drawing the greatest thinkers of the era—including Isaiah Berlin and Eric Hobsbawm—to their salon. 'The House of Twenty Thousand Books' is at once the story of a fascinating family and a chronicle of the embattled twentieth century.

A Night for Nicaraguan Education

Thursday, September 10th, 2015 - Thursday, September 10th, 2015, 7:30pm

La Peña Cultural Center
3105 Shattuck Ave

In Oakland

Members of the band LoCura will be play a benefit concert to help raise money for the Asla Foundation and ArteSana Foundation, both of which support education in Nicaragua.

Collect! Exhibition Opening Reception and Annual Fundraiser

Saturday, September 12th, 2015 - Saturday, September 26th, 2015, 5 pm - 9 pm

Berkeley Art Center
1275 Walnut Street

In Berkeley

Collect! Exhibition Opening Reception and Annual Silent Auction Fundraiser

Exhibition Dates: September 12 - 26, 2015

Opening Reception: Saturday, September 26, 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Raise a glass to the burgeoning local artist community at Berkeley Art Center’s Collect!, the organization’s largest annual event. Works from the Bay Area’s most exciting artists will be exhibited and up for auction, enjoyed with a glass of wine and delicious food. Bring home your favorite piece and support artists in the community!

The event is free and open to the public. A ticketed Auction Fundraiser will be held Saturday, September 26 from 5 - 9 p.m., including a VIP Reception from 5 - 6 p.m.

All proceeds from Collect! will support Berkeley Art Center’s exhibitions and public programs. Funds from this year’s event directly support year-round programming, including Programs for Young Artists at BAC.

Collect! Ticket Information:
$40 in advance, $45 at the door
VIP Tickets: $70 in advance, $75 at the door

For more information go to

Berkeley Art Center
1275 Walnut Street
Berkeley, CA 94709

¡°Mis Ra¨ªces¡± Documentary film presented by Bay Area Flamenco Festival

Saturday, September 12th, 2015 - Saturday, September 12th, 2015, 5:00pm

La Pena Cultural Center
3105 Shattuck Ave.

In Berkeley

Bay Area Flamenco Festival presents: ¡°Mis Ra¨ªces¡± (My Roots) a documentary film directed by Paco Fern¨¢ndez. Spain, 2015 (55 min., English subtitles) Q & A with director after screening.View Trailer:

Visiting flamenco guitarist from Spain, Paco Fern¨¢ndez presents his recently released film ¡°Mis Ra¨ªces,¡± an exploration of his legacy in the Gypsy families of Triana and Lebrija, two fundamental communities in the development and survival of flamenco culture.

$5.00 - $21.00

Free Dance at Luna's Fall Open House

Saturday, September 12th, 2015 - Saturday, September 12th, 2015, 9-11am

Luna Dance Institute
605 Addison St.

In Berkeley

Dance, play & have fun with your child at Luna Dance Institute's free event! Our fall open house features creative dance and improvisation classes for all ages. Join us for dance story time in our professional library, family dance, and free kids classes. Check out our beautiful dance studio located only minutes away from the Berkeley Aquatic Park and Fourth Street shopping center.

the cat pARTy

Saturday, September 12th, 2015 - Saturday, September 12th, 2015, 9/12/15, 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Lottie Rose Artist House
6117 San Pablo Ave

In Oakland

The cat pARTy is a art show event about cats. Get more information at

Presented by Firehouse Artist Collective.


Laura Nader: What the Rest Think of the West: Since 600 AD

Thursday, September 17th, 2015 - Thursday, September 17th, 2015, 9/17/15, 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Berkeley Hillside Club
2286 Cedar St

In Berkeley

Hosted by Richard Wolinsky

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

Over the past few centuries, as Western civilization has enjoyed an expanding geographic domain, Westerners have observed other cultures rarely, and then usually with scant interest in what they saw in us. What the Rest Think of the West, unprecedented in its scope, at last provides a rich historical look through the eyes of observant outsiders as they survey and scrutinize the politics, science, technology, religion, family practices, and gender roles of civilizations not their own. The book emphasizes the broader figurative meaning of looking west in the scope of history.

Focusing on four civilizations-Islamic, Japanese, Chinese, and South Asian-Laura Nader has collected observations made over centuries by scholars, diplomats, missionaries, travelers, merchants, and students reflecting upon their own "Wests." The accounts variously express critique, adoration, admiration, and fear, and are sometimes humorous, occasionally disturbing, at times controversial, and always enlightening. Nader provides informative introductions to each of the selections.

"There are things that only outsiders can see, and the true promise of anthropology has always been to use such insights to allow human beings to understand more of their shared humanity, to understand how we are the same through our differences."
-David Graeber, author of Debt: The First 5,000 Years

"Intellectual exchange between the West and Asia has long been one-sided, handicapped further by lack of translations. This superbly introduced and edited anthology, which shows the diverse ways in which visitors from Asia perceived modern Western society and culture, fills a big gap in our self-understanding." -Pankaj Mishra, author of From the Ruins of Empire: The Revolt against the West and the Remaking of Asia

Presented by KPFA Radio 94.1 FM.

$12 advance, $15 door.

2015 Pleasanton Harvest Festival

Friday, September 18th, 2015 - Sunday, September 20th, 2015, 10am - 6pm

Alameda County Fairgrounds, Pleasanton CA
4501 Pleasanton Ave


The Pleasanton Harvest Festival, happening September 18-20 at the Alameda County Fairgrounds, is ringing in the fall shopping season by offering attendees thousands of unique, handcrafted gifts in a fun and festive setting.

The Harvest Festival is a one-of-a-kind event that offers shoppers the chance to browse thousands of American handmade arts and crafts, including original art, clothing, blown glass, ceramics, photography, specialty foods and more. Guests can visit hundreds of booths, getting their purchases personalized and meeting the artists who individually made each product.

Throughout the weekend there is fabulous, continual live entertainment at the outdoor stage. John Park will be performing his popular "Funny Waiter" show where he spins plates and has the audience participating in his hilarious tricks, and the Hot Rods Band will get the crowd on their feet and dancing with their tribute to early rock and roll hits of the 50's and 60's.

This year, the Pleasanton Harvest Festival is proud to welcome its new official charity, the Crown Monarchs Youth Cheer and Dance Team. The Crown Monarchs will receive half of the proceeds from all shopping bags sold at the event and will also be hosting the interactive KidZone this year. The Pleasanton Harvest Festival® is also supporting the Alameda County Community Food Bank by offering $2 off admission to anyone who brings a monetary donation or non-perishable food items to the show.

For tickets and more information, please visit

Dionysus Presents: A Feast With The Gods

Friday, September 18th, 2015 - Friday, September 18th, 2015, Friday, Sept 18, 2015, 1st Course @ 7:30pm, Show 8-9:30pm

Shadow Ultra Lounge
341 13th Street

In Oakland

Dionysus Presents is a multi-faceted, immersive event that delights guests with a delicious three-course plated dinner and live cabaret-style entertainment. Dionysus Presents is dedicated to providing an exceptional experience to those looking for a one-stop shop for all their pleasurable needs.

Be prepared for fun and the clarity of it. To be thrilled and excited. To learn what turns you on visually and orally. To feel and see sexy. To eat, laugh, and embrace a collective world of passion you didn't know existed.

Dionysus Presents talented cabaret, vaudeville, and circus acts that illuminate all of our hidden fantasies. The performance is enhanced by cuisine carefully matched to the stage show, creating an immersive, interactive experience of pure gustatory and visual pleasure.

Show List
*Burlesque Dancers
*Sword Dancer
*Belly Dancer
*Live Band
**And More TBA

Audience members will savor a three-course plated meal including the following:

Such a tease (appetizer) - Greek Salad and Bread Sticks
Feast your eyes on this! (main course) - Baked Tilapia or Roasted Chicken Breast with Vegetables sauteed in a lemon, caper, and butter sauce, served with olive oil-mashed potatoes and Tuscan kale
Nectar of the Gods (desert) - Baklava
*Menu is subject to change*

21+ only, alcohol will be served, adult nudity. Public but ticketed only event.

Presented by Dionysus Presents.


Art in Nature Festival

Sunday, September 20th, 2015 - Sunday, September 20th, 2015, 11am to 5pm

Redwood Regional Park
7867 Redwood Rd, Oakland, CA 94619

In Oakland

Stroll along the mile-long Stream Trail, experience art in nature, and delve into the nature of art throughout 12 theme areas featuring music, dance, sculpture, painting, martial arts, poetry, body painting, circus arts, theater, visual arts, storytelling, arts & crafts, kids activities and more.

Art in Nature Festival is an interdisciplinary, interactive, site‑specific immersion into art and nature and the beauty of creating. It invites the spontaneous artistic co‑creation of festival participants and 200+ professional artists.

The festival is wheelchair accessible, bike and dog friendly, and non-commercial. The best way to get to the Festival is by using the free Shuttle Busses at Merritt College.

More info:

D Watkins: The Beast Side: Living (and Dying) While Black in America

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015 - Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015, 9/22/15, 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

First Congregational Church of Oakland
2501 Harrison St

In Oakland

Very recently Watkins's "Too Poor for Pop Culture" essay went viral almost immediately after it appeared on the website Salon. It's a vivid meditation about how little pop culture matters to the people who live paycheck to paycheck. Two more essays followed-"How Glamorizing Drugs Is Killing Black Kids" and "Poor Black People Don't Work? Lessons of a Former Dope Dealer." Thousands eagerly shared and tweeted them. He has since been a frequent guest on NPR and been published in The Huffington Post, Aeon, Vice and Salon.

In short, Watkins is writing a perennial American dream narrative, an intimate saga of overcoming adversity. And he's doing it after that dream has long since vanished, when the American narrative for most people isn't a triumph over adversity but a steady struggle to simply get by. And he's doing it as somebody straddling two worlds. He's writing about the underemployed, the undereducated, the people who only appear in the newspaper in crime blotters or homicide reports.

Watkins is still fighting his way out of where he came from. What sets his writing apart is his own fierce contemporary class consciousness, coming from the perspective of somebody who didn't just come from little. He's still there. Growing up in East Baltimore (where The Wire was made), when his brother's drug selling got him killed, D. Watkins took on the work, and put himself through Johns Hopkins University while dealing. What makes Watkins' story sting is that it's a story of a member of the underclass wanting to be recognized as human.

Presented by KPFA Radio 94.1FM and Marcus Books

Hosted by Greg Bridges, a radio dj and journalist living in Oakland. He can be heard over KCSM 91.1fm ( Tuesday nights 6 to 9 pm, and Thursday nights 6 pm to 2 am, on KPFA (94.1fm) Monday nights 8 to 10 pm.

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

Presented by KPFA Radio 94.1 FM.

$12 advance, $15 door.

Dance & Common Core Workshop

Saturday, September 26th, 2015 - Saturday, September 26th, 2015, 1-4pm

Luna Dance Institute
605 Addison St.

In Berkeley

Classroom teachers, administrators, and teaching artists explore the National Core Arts Standards and learn to bravely address the natural affinities of dance and the creative goals of Common Core. At the same time participants critically reflect on the effect Common Core standards and assessments are having on their students, co-teachers and school partners. Register at Contact Jochelle at, 510-883-1118. $100h

Global Electronic Dance Party with Nader DeAik

Saturday, September 26th, 2015 - Saturday, September 26th, 2015, 8:00 pm

La Pena Cultural Center
3105 Shattuck Ave.

In Berkeley

An evening filled with sheer entertainment combining Global Electronic Dance Music with Middle Eastern and International grooves forming into a mystic night to remember!

Nader DeAik, an International San Francisco based singer, producer, music and lyrics writer. DeAik will perform hits from his critically acclaimed nine track album titled ¡°Sahran¡±. Such as the Top 10 hit song ¡°Rajae¡±, the energetic hybrid hit ¡°Orqus, Baila¡±, the 2015 Hollywood Music In Media Awards (HMMA) nominated single ¡°Pa¡¯lante (Moombahton)¡±, songs from the upcoming highly anticipated album as a special preview and much more! As well as, featuring guest singer(s).

$12 Adv/Stu/Sr, $15 Door

Clerestory - Brightest Lights

Saturday, September 26th, 2015 - Saturday, September 26th, 2015, 9/26/15, 8:00 PM - 9:15 PM

St. Mark's Episcopal Church
2300 Bancroft Way

In Berkeley

Clerestory begins its tenth anniversary season with a varied collection of highlights from its first decade of concerts. The ensemble will bring new light to songs from the Renaissance, contemporary composers, folk styles, and Americana. The program will be selected in part with input from Clerestory's audience, and will appeal to newcomers and seasoned listeners alike.

The performance will run just over an hour with no intermission.

Presented by Clerestory.


Focused Listening and Life Skills

Sunday, September 27th, 2015 - Sunday, September 27th, 2015, 4:30pm

La Pena Cultural Center
3105 Shattuck Ave.

In Berkeley

Using contemporary chamber music composed by Katrina Wreede, Director of Composing Together, the concert explores the powerful influences of music on emotions and the human spirit, identifying some of the simple choices composers make to achieve dramatic emotional effects, then collaborating with the audience to create a new composition. With Jan Elise Sells, the musicians and audience will consider how to develop more focused listening, learning breathing and entrainment skills to seek a deeper appreciation and understanding of musical creativity and personal response, followed by a group discussion about the place of music in healing troubled youth and society in general.

$12 Advance/Student/Senior
$15 Door


Saturday, October 10th, 2015 - Saturday, October 10th, 2015, 7:30 pm

Regents Theatre at Holy Names University
3600 Mountain Blvd, Oakland, CA 94619

In Oakland

Ann Hobson Pilot served as principal harpist for the Boston Symphony for almost 40 years. She continues her career as a renowned sol0ist and chamber musician. She is joined by violinist Kelly Hall-Tompkins who is acclaimed for her "tonal mastery" and "searing intensity".

Program: Donizetti: Sonata for Violin and Harp; John Marson: Three Romances; Albeniz: Selections from Recuerdos de Viaje; Saint-Saens: Fantasie for Violin and Harp; Andy Scott(b.1966): Sonata; John Williams/arr.Michael Maganuco: Two Pieces from Schindler's List; Piazzolla/arr. Michael Maganuco: Three New Tango Arrangements.


Saturday, October 24th, 2015 - Saturday, October 24th, 2015, 3:30 pm

First Presbyterian Church
2407 Dana St

In Berkeley

"Each note is a jewel chiseled with perfect mastery and emotion."--Le Parisien

Jeanne Stark has delighted audiences in France, Canada, Mexico, Belgium and the USA.

Program: Olivier Messiaen: from Vingt regards de L'Enfant Jesus (1944-1946)-"Le regard des Anges" (Gaze of the Angels); "Le baiser de L'Enfant Jesus" (the Kiss of the Child-Jesus); Beethoven: Sonata in A flat Major, Op.110

ZOFO Piano Duet

Saturday, November 7th, 2015 - Saturday, November 7th, 2015, 3:30 pm

Berkeley Piano Club
2724 Haste Street

In Berkeley

ZOFO is shorthand for 20-finger orchestra(ZO=20 and FO=finger orchestra) This Grammy nominated, prize winning Steinway Artist Ensemble-one of only a handful of duos worldwide devoted exclusively to piano duets--is blazing a bold new pather for piano-four -hands groups.

Program: Keisuke Nakagoshi: Synaesthesia; Willliam Bolcom: Primer; Terry Riley: Cinco de Mayo; Stravinsky: Rite of Spring


Saturday, November 14th, 2015 - Saturday, November 14th, 2015, 7:30 pm

Regents Theatre at Holy Names University
3500 Mountain Blvd

In Oakland

Catalyst Quartet: Karla Donehew-Perez, Violinist; Jessie Montgomery, Vilinist; Paul Laraia, Violist; Karlos Rodriguez, Cellist

Hailed by the New York Times as "invariably energetic and finely burnished." the Catalyst Quartet, prize winners of the Gianni Bergamo Classical Music Award 2012 (Switzerland) is comprised of top laureates and alumni of the internationally acclaimed Sphinx Competition.

Program: Charles Ives: String Quartet No. 1; Osvaldo Golijov: Tenebrae; Marcus Goddard: Allaqi; arr.Catalyst Quartet: Popular American Folk Songs of the 1960s-70s; Smetana: String Quartet No. 1 in E minor ("From My Life")

Voices of Music: Virtuoso Italian Concertos

Sunday, December 20th, 2015, 7:30pm

St. Mary Magdalen Church
2005 Berryman St

In Berkeley

Celebrate the holidays with Voices of Music; we bring you an exciting evening with virtuoso concertos by Corelli, Torelli and Vivaldi. Cynthia Miller Freivogel, Lisa Grodin, Carla Moore, Elisabeth Reed, David Tayler, Tanya Tomkins and Hanneke van Proosdij, soloists

Voices of Music: La Bella più Bella

Sunday, January 31st, 2016, 7:30pm

St. Mary Magdalen Church
2005 Berryman St

In Berkeley

Duets and instrumental music from Europe and the New World with sopranos Jennifer Ellis Kampani and Catherine Webster. Join us for a wonderful evening with beautiful music by Buxtehude, Monteverdi, Purcell and spectacular villancicos from the New World.

Jennifer Ellis Kampani and Catherine Webster, sopranos
Elizabeth Blumenstock and Lisa Grodin, baroque violins
William Skeen, baroque cello
Hanneke van Proosdij, harpsichord and recorder
David Tayler, archlute and baroque guitar

17th Century Consort Music for recorder, strings & continuo

Voices of Music: The Art of the Countertenor

Sunday, March 20th, 2016, 7:30pm

St. Mary Magdalen Church
2005 Berryman St

In Berkeley

Direct from London, countertenor sensation Christopher Lowrey joins us for Arias of Handel, Bach and Vivaldi. From suave and beautiful sacred music to dramatic and virtuosic opera arias, this concert will be a feast for your ears. Christopher Lowrey, countertenor Lisa Grodin, Kati Kyme, Carla Moore, Maxine Nemerovski, Farley Pearce, Elisabeth Reed, Gabrielle Wunsch, baroque strings Hanneke van Proosdij, recorder, organ, harpsichord David Tayler, archlute

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