Berkeley Arts Festival

The Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar is dedicated to the notion that in Berkeley every day is an arts festival. With the first month-long Arts Festival in 1997, we initiated this web site and realized that it could fill a need for information about the activities of all the Berkeley arts organizations year-round. So we expanded it and kept it going, as a guide for the arts-loving people of Berkeley and in appreciation of the City's continued support.

The Berkeley Arts Festival presents

We again have a home for the Berkeley Arts Festival this year, 2133 University Avenue right next to Ace Hardware. We have scheduled concerts with some of the most creative people in Berkeley--the musicians, composers and writers who bring vibrant talents for all to hear and see. So come along with us on an exciting journey into their domains.
Suggested donation $10-$20 unless otherwise noted. Check for changes on our website: www.berkeleyartsfestival.com

Friday, February 27th 2015

Jerry Kuderna Lunch Concert

Pianist Jerry Kuderna plays from classics to the newest compositions.

12 noon to 1:30pm, 2133 University Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704, USA


CABBAGES, CAPTAIN, & KING

CD RELEASE CONCERT!!!

Jon Arkin, drums
Karl Evangelista, guitar
Eli Wallace, piano & compositions

with special guests:
Joshua Marshall, sax
Theo Padouvas, trumpet

Come join this boisterous yet purposeful free-jazz trio as they celebrate the release of their debut self-titled album. This group has made music together since 2013, and the album was recorded in 2014. With the assistance of Mark Allen-Piccolo (who engineered, mixed, and mastered the date) and Edgetone Records this music is ready to be available to the world - and for those who want to party with us on this night too. For this concert they will be playing repertoire from the CD, new tunes by Eli Wallace, and selections by guests Josh Marshall and Theo Padouvas. CABBAGES, CAPTAIN, & KING is elated to be joined by Josh and Theo, we'll see what occurs with this collaboration.

8pm to 10pm, 2133 University Ave.


Saturday, February 28th 2015

Bob Marsh Reception

Bob and Sandy's
Pop-up Panoramic
Art Show
Berkeley Arts Festival Galleries
Next to the Ace Hardware and two blocks from Berkeley Downtown BART

Bob Marsh - The Song and Dance Paintings

Sandra Yolles - Portraits: Self and Others

The oil paintings in this show span a thirty year period and include works from Detroit, Chicago and Richmond.
Please join us in celebrating this review of our art work from then to now.

1pm to 4pm, 2133 University


Sunday, March 1st 2015

Stephanie Bruce Concert

Singer/composer/lyricist/arranger/pianist Stephanie Bruce has a repertoire that is very personal. Starting out as a folk style singer/songwriter, she took a long detour through the musical labyrinth of jazz, and discovered its rich vocabulary. The result is a collection of original songs and arrangements that draw on the sophisticated harmonic and melodic sensibility of jazz, and the attention to detail in the lyric that is the centerpiece of contemporary singer/songwriter material. She will be performing several new, soon to be recorded tunes, and a few from her previous three CDs. In addition to her own tunes, she will be singing a few arrangements of tunes by some favorite familiar songwriters.

"...She writes. Harmony like a piano player, melodies like a horn player, imagery and lyrics that tell stories" Glenn Cronkhite

"Stephanie resonates her sincerity, passion, and intelligence" Art Lande

Stephanie will be appearing with a trio of Bay Area musicians:

Jonathan Alford - piano
Peter Barshay - bass
Alan Hall - drums

4pm to 6:30pm, Berkeley Arts - 2133 University Avenue


Friday, March 6th 2015

Jerry Kuderna Lunch Concert

Pianist Jerry Kuderna plays from classics to the newest compositions.

12 noon to 1:30pm, 2133 University Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704, USA


Saturday, March 7th 2015

Nebula Force, Go!

plus special guests

Sonic-powered interstellar superheroes, Nebula Force, Go! shatter your feeble grip on reality and transport you to a world of talking spaceships and existential crisis.

Benjamin Huffman (lead vocals, rhythm guitar, back up vocals, accordion, back up kazoo)
Simon Miller (drums, back up vocals, back up kazoo)
Nora Merecicky (lead vocals, harmonica, back up vocals, lead kazoo)
Jordan Kamin (lead guitar, lead vocals, back up vocals, bass guitar, back up kazoo)
Dane Vincent Fox-McGraw (tuba, trumpet, back up vocals, back up kazoo)
Colin Babcock (bass guitar, ukelele, back up vocals, back up kazoo)

7pm to 10pm, 2133 University


Friday, March 13th 2015

Jerry Kuderna Lunch Concert

Pianist Jerry Kuderna plays from classics to the newest compositions.

12 noon to 1:30pm, 2133 University Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704, USA


Saturday, March 14th 2015

Bad Jazz / Worse Jazz / Worst Jazz

Bad Jazz
Bryan Day - invented instruments
Ben Solomon - invented instruments, feedback, percussion
Tania Chen - electronic toys, bells, piano

Worse Jazz
Bob Marsh - piano
Joshua Marshall - saxophones
Sandra Yolles - electronic percussion

Worst Jazz
Raub Roy - invented instruments
James Roemer - zither, bells and electronics.

8pm to 10pm, 2133 University Ave


Friday, March 20th 2015

Jerry Kuderna Lunch Concert

Pianist Jerry Kuderna plays from classics to the newest compositions.

12 noon to 1:30pm, 2133 University Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704, USA


Sunday, March 22nd 2015

Dan Plonsey

7pm to 10pm, 2133 University Ave.


Friday, March 27th 2015

Jerry Kuderna Lunch Concert

Pianist Jerry Kuderna plays from classics to the newest compositions.

12 noon to 1:30pm, 2133 University Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704, USA


Saturday, March 28th 2015

"Retard!" with Jeffrie Givens with Marty Nemko

"Retard!" is the inspiring story, told in words and song, of a woman who had applied unsuccessfully for 600 jobs. Prominent career counselor Marty Nemko is her co-storyteller and piano accompanist.

Donations of $10 to $20 are suggested but no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

8pm to 10pm, 2133 University Ave.


Today's Events - February 27

Jerry Kuderna Lunch Concert

Pianist Jerry Kuderna plays from classics to the newest compositions.

12 noon to 1:30pm, 2133 University Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704, USA


CABBAGES, CAPTAIN, & KING

CD RELEASE CONCERT!!!

Jon Arkin, drums
Karl Evangelista, guitar
Eli Wallace, piano & compositions

with special guests:
Joshua Marshall, sax
Theo Padouvas, trumpet

Come join this boisterous yet purposeful free-jazz trio as they celebrate the release of their debut self-titled album. This group has made music together since 2013, and the album was recorded in 2014. With the assistance of Mark Allen-Piccolo (who engineered, mixed, and mastered the date) and Edgetone Records this music is ready to be available to the world - and for those who want to party with us on this night too. For this concert they will be playing repertoire from the CD, new tunes by Eli Wallace, and selections by guests Josh Marshall and Theo Padouvas. CABBAGES, CAPTAIN, & KING is elated to be joined by Josh and Theo, we'll see what occurs with this collaboration.

8pm to 10pm, 2133 University Ave.


George Kahumoku Jr & Da ‘Ukulele Boyz, with Daniel Ho

$34 advance / $36 door. 644-2020. www.thefreight.org

8pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street


SambaDa

CD release party. $12 adv./$15 day of show. 525-5054. www.ashkenaz.com

9pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Avenue


Ongoing Events

Mike's Out of Doors Sculpture Wall

Location: South side of Ashby Avenue between Pine Street and Elmwood Court.

Open: 10 am to 10 pm,  Monday through Saturday.