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, July 01st 2016

Jerry Kuderna Lunch Concert

Pianist Jerry Kuderna plays from classics to the newest compositions.

12 noon to 1:30pm, 2133 University Ave.


Monday, July 04th 2016

Open Jam with Herb and Matthew

9pm to 11pm, 2133 University Ave


Tuesday, July 05th 2016

Wounded Knee Film showing

A Native American political prisoner will be honored in Berkeley July 5
with the Berkeley Premiere of "A Tattoo on My Heart: The
Warriors of Wounded Knee 1973. The film was made for South Dakota
Public Television produced and directed by Charles Abouresk and Brett
Lawlor (www.warriorsofwoundedknee.com Wounded Knee veterans and lawyers
will attend for a short meeting after the hour long film for Berkeley plans for Peltier
clemency. Berkeley City Councilmember Kriss Worthington has proposed an
updated resolution for Berkeley which will then be shared nationally.

7pm to 8:30pm, 2133 University Ave.


Thursday, July 07th 2016

Remembering Gaia at Berkeley Arts Festival

Join us in a gathering of individuals who feel called to celebrate and connect with the Great Mother Spirit of our Earth, Gaia.

We will have 3 beautiful teachers who will be sharing Gaia's history via mythology, stories, a guided meditation to speak with her, songs to evoke god/goddess magic and a mini dance performance by Fluidgirl via song and drumming, all related to and for Gaia.

It is our desire and intention to educate, inspire, heal and entertain all those who attend our gathering.

25 spots available

RSVP:

Contact us as there is a donation asked for the night and to reserve your spot.

Email: contactfollowthetrees@gmail.com.

Website: www.followthetrees.com


8pm to 9:30pm, 2133 University Ave.


Friday, July 08th 2016

Jerry Kuderna Lunch Concert

Pianist Jerry Kuderna plays from classics to the newest compositions.

12 noon to 1:30pm, 2133 University Ave.


Saturday, July 09th 2016

Miscreants: Goldberg - Dunn - Amendola - Greenlief Solo

8 pm
Phillip Greenlief - solo saxophone improvisations

Since his emergence on the west coast in the late 1970s, Evander Music founder and saxophonist Phillip Greenlief has achieved international critical acclaim for his recordings and performances with musicians and composers in the post-jazz continuum as well as new music innovators and virtuosic improvisers. He has performed and recorded with Fred Frith, Meredith Monk, and They Might Be Giants; albums include THAT OVERT DESIRE OF OBJECT with Joelle Leandre, and ALL AT ONCE with FPR (Frank Gratkowski, Jon Raskin, Phillip Greenlief). Recent residencies have included Headlands Center for the Arts and from 2012 to 2014 he was the curator at Berkeley Arts, a home for progressive music. He is the recipient of a San Francisco Bay Guardian Goldie Award.

"The Bay Area's do-it-yourself ethos has produced a bevy of dazzlingly creative musicians, but few have put the philosophy to work as effectively as Phillip Greenlief." - Andrew Gilbert, San Francisco Chronicle (www.evandermusic.com)

9 pm
The Miscreants
Ben Goldberg - clarinet
Trevor Dunn - acoustic bass
Scott Amendola - drums

Long time musical cohorts Trevor, Ben and Scott hit the road for a west coast venture. They've been playing music together prior to the term "email", which actually now even seems to be ancient. Drawing from original music of all 3, and various songs by others (Thelonious Monk, Bud Powell, Ornette Coleman, Diamanda Galas, Black Sabbath, Wayne Shorter, The Beach Boys, and others...) improvisation will lead the way when dismantling music. Here's a little bit about them...

Trevor Dunn hails from Eureka, California, the son of a mother and father. At an early age Mr. Dunn found himself playing clarinet. Thank the lord he found the bass. Once he realized there was no clarinet player in Kiss, he permanently relocated his musical endeavors to the bass guitar, which eventually led to the stand-up bass. He leads various bands: from the effervescent "Trio Convulsant" to the angularpop/rock of Madlove. He's a co-founding member of the confounding "Mr. Bungle", and has been seen many times around the globe with the various ensembles led by Mr. John Zorn. Trevor has also been caught bowling withThe Melvins. Trevor is an Aquarius.

Ben Goldberg was born and raised in Denver, Colorado. He never liked Kiss so out ofthe gate he jetted towards the clarinet. At an early age he studied with Italian-American Rosario Mazzeo. A good move, (according to other Italian-Americans). Ben has been a prolific bandleader for decades. He formed the adventurous "New Klezmer Trio" in the 90's, and has worked with the likes of John Zorn, Bill Frisell, Nels Cline, and many others. Ben is a prolific composer. He released "Orphic Machine" in 2015, comprising of deep compositions, and poetry with a large ensemble. Ben is a Leo.

Scott Amendola was born in Englewood, New Jersey. He studied at Berklee College of Music and lives in the bay area. He composed a symphony called "Fade To Orange" which features Mr. Dunn and guitarist Nels Cline (with whom he's played since the mid 90's, andis a member of "The Nels Cline Singers" along with Trevor). Amendola plays with Charlie Hunter (since 1993), likes fresh mangoes, and really likes playing with Ben and Trevor. Scott is also an Aquarius.

For more information on Ben, Trevor, or Scott, please visit:
www.scottamendola.com
www.bengoldberg.net
http://trevordunn.net

8pm to 10:30pm, Berkeley Arts - 2133 University Avenue


Monday, July 11th 2016

Open Jam with Herb and Matthew

9pm to 11pm, 2133 University Ave


Friday, July 15th 2016

Jerry Kuderna Lunch Concert

Pianist Jerry Kuderna plays from classics to the newest compositions.

12 noon to 1:30pm, 2133 University Ave.


Monday, July 18th 2016

Open Jam with Herb and Matthew

9pm to 11pm, 2133 University Ave


Friday, July 22nd 2016

Jerry Kuderna Lunch Concert

Pianist Jerry Kuderna plays from classics to the newest compositions.

12 noon to 1:30pm, 2133 University Ave.


Live Cinema at Berkeley Arts: Thingamajigs Performance Group + viDEO sAVant

A two-part, multi-room evening of visual and sonic experiments and environments, featuring local heroes and esteemed guests:

Thingamajigs Performance Group - Dylan Bolles, Keith Evans, Suki O'Kane and Edward Schocker - performs an immersive sonic and visual rendition of Jason Levis' composition Tesserae.

Media artist/wizard Charles Woodman visits from Cincinnati with his live video performance project viDEO sAVant, joined by Bay Area musicians Lisa Mezzacappa, Jason Levis, Noah Phillips, John Finkbeiner, and Tim Perkis (electronics).

www.thingamajigs.org
https://vimeo.com/126879859

8pm to 10pm, 2133 University Ave


Saturday, July 23rd 2016

GAMBITS

Gambits

Steve Adams - Baritone Saxophone
Alisa Rose - Violin
Theo Padouvas - Cornet
Vijay Anderson - Drums

Gambits is a Bay Area music collective consisting of Steve Adams (Rova Saxophone Quartet, Bill Horvitz Band), Alisa Rose (Real Vocal String Quartet, Village Road Trio), Theo Padouvas (Naytronix, Oakland Active Orchestra), and Vijay Anderson (Adam Lane Trio, Graham Connah Big Band). The collective's interest and experience covers a wide spectrum of music ranging from Jazz, Classical, New Music, Improvisation, Folk, Bluegrass, Blues, Balkan Music, and Rock. Gambits uses creative ideas found in all these genres without being restricted to any particular style. The group's unique instrumentation consisting of violin, baritone saxophone, cornet, and drums, creates a singular sound that has scarcely been pursued in the past.

Jang, Wong, Trammell

Jon Jang - Piano
Francis Wong - Saxophones
Marshall Trammell - Drums

Jon Jang, Francis Wong & Marshall Trammell will be taking the stage for a first-ever performance of compositions and Improvisations for Berkeley Arts Festival Mr. Jang is masterful San Francisco-based pianist, composer and Improvisor with a long list of collaborators including Max Roach, James Newton, the Kronos Quartet, as well as being expert on the Beijing Opera and most recently presented his quintet performing "Can't Stop Cryin' for America: Black Lives Matter!" Also based San Francisco, Francis Wong is a powerful composer, saxophonist and community organizer. He co-founded Asian Improv Arts and has collaborated with the likes of Genny Lim, William Roper, Bobby Bradford, John Tchicai, James Newton, Joseph Jarman, Don Moye and the late Glenn Horiuchi. Mr. Jang and Mr. Wong express a strong sense of their Asian lineages, their Asian American roots and utilize the vehicle of Jazz to redefine Jazz itself as a cultural and political catalyst for democratic and just social change.

Accompanying them is Oakland-based, Creative Music percussionist Marshall Trammell, founder of Music Research Strategies and "Decolonizing the Imagination: Arts Practicum. He performs regularly with the electro-acoustic duo Black Spirituals. Mr. Trammell has received a cultural transmission from Messrs. Jang and Wong and is honored to share the bandstand with these ardent and strident dignitaries of Jazz, political relevancy and community engagement.

8pm to 10pm, Berkeley Arts - 2133 University Avenue, between Shattuck & Oxford


Monday, July 25th 2016

Open Jam with Herb and Matthew

9pm to 11pm, 2133 University Ave


Friday, July 29th 2016

Jerry Kuderna Lunch Concert

Pianist Jerry Kuderna plays from classics to the newest compositions.

12 noon to 1:30pm, 2133 University Ave.


Sunday, July 31st 2016

wong - evangelista - glenn 3 - elizabeth schenck quartet

8 pm
francis wong - tenor saxophone
karl evangelista - guitar
jordan glenn - drums

9 pm
elizabeth schenck 4tet
kasey knudsen - alto saxophone
elizabeth schenck - alto saxophone, compositions
phillip greenlief - tenor saxophone
cory wright - tenor saxophone

8pm to 10:30pm, Berkeley Arts 2133 University Avenue, between Shattuck & Oxford


Monday, August 1st 2016

Open Jam with Herb and Matthew

9pm to 11pm, 2133 University Ave


Friday, August 5th 2016

Jerry Kuderna Lunch Concert

Pianist Jerry Kuderna plays from classics to the newest compositions.

12 noon to 1:30pm, 2133 University Ave.


Monday, August 8th 2016

Open Jam with Herb and Matthew

9pm to 11pm, 2133 University Ave


Friday, August 12th 2016

Jerry Kuderna Lunch Concert

Pianist Jerry Kuderna plays from classics to the newest compositions.

12 noon to 1:30pm, 2133 University Ave.


Monday, August 15th 2016

Open Jam with Herb and Matthew

9pm to 11pm, 2133 University Ave


Friday, August 19th 2016

Jerry Kuderna Lunch Concert

Pianist Jerry Kuderna plays from classics to the newest compositions.

12 noon to 1:30pm, 2133 University Ave.


Monday, August 22nd 2016

Open Jam with Herb and Matthew

9pm to 11pm, 2133 University Ave


Friday, August 26th 2016

Jerry Kuderna Lunch Concert

Pianist Jerry Kuderna plays from classics to the newest compositions.

12 noon to 1:30pm, 2133 University Ave.


Monday, August 29th 2016

Open Jam with Herb and Matthew

9pm to 11pm, 2133 University Ave


Today's Events - July 1

Jerry Kuderna Lunch Concert

Pianist Jerry Kuderna plays from classics to the newest compositions.

12 noon to 1:30pm, 2133 University Ave.


Balinese Mask Carving

Lecture Demonstration
Meet Ida Bagus Anom Suryawan, a skilled Balinese dancer and master woodcarver. His family has been carving masks for many, many generations. Read more about him at
www.balimaskmaking.com/about/
This is a special opportunity to learn about Balinese culture from Anom,an amazing carver, dancer & a great teacher..He loves to share the love of his culture through his carving and performance.

Cost for the evening talk and demonstration is $20.

There are still some spots available in an intensive two day workshop July 23-24, 2016.
Reserve your spot by emailing sheri.tharp@gmail.com
Or calling Sheri at 510-843-8537

7pm to 9pm, Tharp Carving Studio. 3102 Shattuck Avenue


Savoy Family Cajun Band

8 pm Cajun/Zydeco dance lesson with Diana Castillo. $17 advance/$20 day of show. 525-5054. www.ashkenaz.com

9pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley, CA, United States


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.