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

Thursday, July 09th 2015

Cremaschi-Goodheart-Ingalls Trio, Maggi Payne, and Splendor Generator

Maggi Payne - video

George Cremaschi - bass
Matthew Goodheart - piano
Matt Ingalls - clarinet

Splendor Generator:
Bill Thibault - video
Antimatter & Tim Perkis - electronics ]

This evening will present several short interleaved sets featuring a mixture of intermedia works, and improvised music.

Maggi Payne will present two short videos: Liquid Amber presents images that, when capturing them, made her want to reach out and touch them, then hold them in an effort to keep them forever. Quicksilver magnifies fragile close-ups in near darkness. A microcosm of the world exists in each water droplet; liquid, snaking smoke spills upwards, then is pulled forcefully horizontally.

Building on collaborative artist relationships at span decades and continents, composer/improvisers George Cremaschi (Prague), Matthew Goodheart(Berkeley/New York), and Matt Ingalls (Oakland) present the second iteration of their trio for an evening of spontaneous works.

Splendor Generator will present a set of mixed media video and electronic sound.

8pm to 10pm, 2133 University Ave.


Friday, July 10th 2015

Jerry Kuderna Lunch Concert

Pianist Jerry Kuderna plays from classics to the newest compositions.

12 noon to 1:30pm, 2133 University Ave


Anne Rainwater - Goldberg Variations

Anne Rainwater, piano
Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 by J.S. Bach

Local East Bay pianist Anne Rainwater performs the complete Goldberg Variations by J.S. Bach. Anne received her masters degree in Contemporary Performance from the Manhattan School of Music and makes her home in Oakland, where she teaches privately and freelances throughout the Bay Area. Join her for an evening of one of Bach's greatest works. For more information: www.annerainwater.com.

8pm to 10pm, 2133 University Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704, USA


Thursday, July 16th 2015

Free World - 3rd Thursdays

Curated by India Cooke, violin and Lewis Jordan, saxophone
July 16, August 20, September 17
A new forum for great black art and beyond: Innovative explorations from the roots to the branches of music, dance, visual art, and word. Bringing local, national and international performers, scholars, students and interested public together in a forum designed to enhance and broaden understanding and awareness of the dynamic
cultural impact of African American music and art, in all its diverse expressions. P
Free World ~ 3rd Thursdays
with
CONJURE!
con·jure: make (something) appear unexpectedly or seemingly from nowhere as if by magic
India Cooke, violin
Lewis Jordan, saxophone, word
Joe McKinley, contrabass
Kele Nitoto, percussion
Donald Robinson, set drum
~and ~
Special Guest:
Writer, social commentator, and poet Daphne Muse
Daphne Muse, Writer, social commentator, and poet (Special guest July 16, 2015)
Born into a jazz-centric family in Washington, DC, Daphne Muse continues to breathe across the beats of a music created by her people and now rhythmically embraced across the world. She's currently working on "Gaza Blues and Dues," a piece on Palestinian jazz musicians. She is the former Director of the Women's Leadership Institute and faculty member at Mills College. She is a member of Dames at the Roundtable and writer, social commentator and poet. Her commentaries air on NPR, KALW, Radio One and other major media markets across the country. Her articles, Op-Ed pieces, and blogs have appeared in the Atlantic, Congressional Record, This Week in Palestine and at Portside. To follow her commentaries, go to www.daphnemuse.blogspot.com.

India Cooke, violinist, recorded and released, to critical acclaim, her Grammy nominated debut CD as a leader, IndiaCooke~Redhanded (Music and Arts 1996).
Her continuing jazz and improvisational experiences include performances and recordings with Sun Ra, Cecil Taylor, George Lewis, Pharoah Sanders, Julius Hemphill,
Reggie Workman, George Sams, Abdul Wadud,Charles "Bobo" Shaw, Peter Kowald, John Lindberg, James Emery, Eddie Marshall, E.W. Wainwright, John Tchicai,
Michael White, Pauline Oliveros, Donald Robinson, Lewis Jordan, and Bill Crossman, among many others.

Lewis Jordan, alto and baritone saxophones
Born in San Francisco, he grew up in Chicago, with the blues, while learning to associate creative musicians with the advancement of society as we know it. He is an international touring and recording musician, poet, actor and playwright. He was a founding member of United Front, a seminal San Francisco Bay Area ensemble known for its originality, aggressive imagination and cultural synthesis. Presenting his music and words in performance, he continues to carry the torch.
He has focused on creative structures for improvisation, which has led to working with artists from a range of practice: dance, poetry, theater and music, presented in his Music At-Large series. He continues to seek out performers who strive for modes of expression that honor their traditions while speaking to the urgency of the present. If that's in B-flat, fine. If it's in time, that could work too. If it's outside, it must be honest.

Suggested donation $20. No one turned away for lack of funds.

7:30pm to 9:30pm, 2133 University Avenue


Friday, July 17th 2015

Jerry Kuderna Lunch Concert

Pianist Jerry Kuderna plays from classics to the newest compositions.

12 noon to 1:30pm, 2133 University Ave


Saturday, July 18th 2015

Golden Path CD release concert

8 pm
Sangita Moskow: electric sarod

8:30
Richard Phillips: lead guitar/vocals
Barbara Golden: kayboard/vocals
Carla Fabrizio: bass
Prairie Prince: drums

8pm to 11pm, 2133 University


Tuesday, July 21st 2015

Nathan Clevenger Chamber Group

Composer/guitarist Nathan Clevenger presents a new chamber jazz sextet. The group's compositions are modular and constantly blur the lines between composition and improvisation, space and density, and jazz, folkloric and modern classical textures.

Featuring
Alisa Rose: violin
Ian Carey: trumpet
Mark Clifford: vibraphone
Eric Perney: bass
Jason Levis: drums
Nathan Clevenger: guitar

8pm to 10pm, 2133 University Avenue


Wednesday, July 22nd 2015

Kevin McHugh and Akihiko "Akkun" Ando

Kevin McHugh is a pianist, accordionist and improviser from Seattle, WA. After graduating from Oberlin Conservatory, he won a yearlong Watson Fellowship to explore improvised music scenes in 5 megacities around the world: São Paulo, Cairo, Mumbai, Shanghai, and Tokyo. After living in NYC and Oakland, Kevin has been based in Tokyo since 2009, performing and recording as an active member of Tokyo's experimental music scene.

Besides touring Japan, Europe and the US regularly, he is a founding member of both the Berlin-based North American tonal Organization as well as Improlabo, Polylis, and nariiki in Tokyo. In 2012 he was chosen to compose music for a theatrical performance and short film to support the Tohoku earthquake survivors, thanks to a grant from the Japan Foundation. He is a recent recipient of a 2015 Seattle 4Culture award to lead a collaborative project between Japanese and US musicians.

Akihiko "Akkun" Ando is an alto saxophonist born in Chiba, Japan in 1986. Since moving to Tokyo in 2001, he has been an active member of underground music scenes in both Tokyo and Kansai (western Japan), performing sax, effects and electronics. One of his many bands, kuruucrew, released their first album "Battle Disco" in 2008 on P-VINE RECORDS, and continues performing around Japan and Europe. Its second album "grind mirrorball" was released in 2010 from the Japanese noise collective "Incapacitants". The following year took Akkun to Switzerland's yearly LUFF (Lausanne Underground Film & Music Festival) to perform with Masaya Nakahara (a.k.a Hair Stylistics), as well as tours in France and Germany.

From 2012, Akkun has been a regular collaborator with Kevin McHugh, releasing "Hills" with their band Polylis on miminoko pro. The same year brought him to NYC, touring with Z's, Kid Millions, and Boredom's Koshiro Hino (subsequently releasing an album with Hino in 2015 as part of the group "goat" on the HEADZ label.) Recently he has been pursuing even more overseas collaborations: in 2014 supporting Arto Lindsay Band's "Encyclopedia of Arto" Japan tour, as well hosting Berlin-based experimental electronic music label <PAN> for a Japanese showcase in 2015. This year he will travel to the US again thanks to a Seattle 4Culture Award for the project "Seattle Meets Tokyo: Modern Jazz Connections".

8pm to 10pm, 2133 University Ave.


Friday, July 24th 2015

Jerry Kuderna Lunch Concert

Pianist Jerry Kuderna plays from classics to the newest compositions.

12 noon to 1:30pm, 2133 University Ave


Sunday, July 26th 2015

Karl Alfonso Evangelista Song & Dance Quartet

Karl Evangelista-guitar
Jordan Glenn-drums
Cory Wright-saxophone
Myles Boisen-electric bass

Karl Evangelista's Song & Dance Quartet is a longstanding collaboration with baritone saxophonist Cory Wright, drummer Jordan Glenn, and bassist Myles Boisen, a functional jazz combo that explores the nexus between free improvisation, rock elements, and noise music. The Song & Dance Trio synthesizes its influences into songs that are unique, surprising, and yes--fun and danceable.Tiny Mix Tapes calls Evangelista's music "essential current and future listening," and fans of Canterbury prog rock, 60's Impulse! records, and Bay Area pop will find plenty to enjoy in Song & Dance's special blend.

8pm to 10pm, 2133 University Avenue


Friday, July 31st 2015

Jerry Kuderna Lunch Concert

Pianist Jerry Kuderna plays from classics to the newest compositions.

12 noon to 1:30pm, 2133 University Ave


Friday, August 7th 2015

Jerry Kuderna Lunch Concert

Pianist Jerry Kuderna plays from classics to the newest compositions.

12 noon to 1:30pm, 2133 University Ave


Saturday, August 8th 2015

Santomieri-Farhadian Duo, RedBlue CD release concert.

8pm to 10pm, 2133 University Ave


Friday, August 14th 2015

Jerry Kuderna Lunch Concert

Pianist Jerry Kuderna plays from classics to the newest compositions.

12 noon to 1:30pm, 2133 University Ave


Thursday, August 20th 2015

Free World Forum- Third Thursdays

Curated by India Cooke, violin and Lewis Jordan, saxophone
August 20, September 17
A new forum for great black art and beyond: Innovative explorations from the roots to the branches of music, dance, visual art, and word. Bringing local, national and international performers, scholars, students and interested public together in a forum designed to enhance and broaden understanding and awareness of the dynamic
cultural impact of African American music and art, in all its diverse expressions. Performers TBA.
Suggested donation $20. No one turned away for lack of funds.

India Cooke, violinist, recorded and released, to critical acclaim, her Grammy nominated debut CD as a leader, IndiaCooke~Redhanded (Music and Arts 1996).
Her continuing jazz and improvisational experiences include performances and recordings with Sun Ra, Cecil Taylor, George Lewis, Pharoah Sanders, Julius Hemphill, Reggie Workman, George Sams, Abdul Wadud,Charles "Bobo" Shaw, Peter Kowald, John Lindberg, James Emery, Eddie Marshall, E.W. Wainwright, John Tchicai, Michael White, Pauline Oliveros, Donald Robinson, Lewis Jordan, and Bill Crossman, among many others.

Lewis Jordan, alto and baritone saxophones
Born in San Francisco, he grew up in Chicago, with the blues, while learning to associate creative musicians with the advancement of society as we know it. He is an international touring and recording musician, poet, actor and playwright. He was a founding member of United Front, a seminal San Francisco Bay Area ensemble known for its originality, aggressive imagination and cultural synthesis. Presenting his music and words in performance, he continues to carry the torch.
He has focused on creative structures for improvisation, which has led to working with artists from a range of practice: dance, poetry, theater and music, presented in his Music At-Large series. He continues to seek out performers who strive for modes of expression that honor their traditions while speaking to the urgency of the present. If that's in B-flat, fine. If it's in time, that could work too. If it's outside, it must be honest.

7:30pm to 9:30pm, 2133 University Avenue


Friday, August 21st 2015

Jerry Kuderna Lunch Concert

Pianist Jerry Kuderna plays from classics to the newest compositions.

12 noon to 1:30pm, 2133 University Ave


Saturday, August 22nd 2015

Nebula Force, Go!

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 Avenue


Friday, August 28th 2015

Jerry Kuderna Lunch Concert

Pianist Jerry Kuderna plays from classics to the newest compositions.

12 noon to 1:30pm, 2133 University Ave


Today's Events - July 4

4th of July at the Berkeley Marina

Live stages of entertainment and dancing with The Afro Funk Experience; indie singer-songwriter, Adrienne Shamszad; Lee Waterman & Jazz Caliente; and indie band, Mad Noise. Carnival rides, arts & crafts, food trucks, kid fun includes pony rides and Adventure Playground. Fireworks at 9:35PM presented by the City of Berkeley. Produced by AnotherBullwinkelShow.com 510.548.5335.

Free admission, alcohol-free event. Parking $15

12 noon to 10pm, 201 University Ave


Instant Chorus at Freight & Salvage

Sing 3-part modern a cappella with lush harmonies and cool rhythms. Loads of fun and only a 2-hour commitment. Learn by ear or read a score. Choose an easy part, or take a solo and beat out optional body percussion. For adults and kids over 8 who like to sing. No audition or performance. 1st Saturdays of every month. Come regularly or occasionally. New uplifting repertoire each month.

$20 at the door.
Scholarships: email betsyblakes@gmail.com beforehand

3:30pm to 5:30pm, 2020 Addison Street


Actors Ensemble of Berkeley: "Falstaff"

AEB’s first Free Show in the Park for 2015 features the unbounded spirit of Falstaff. He is rogue..and philosopher, lover...and soldier, comic...and curmudgeon.

Can he be bound in a single actor or in the same old gender? No, He must be She’d! AEB proudly presents 6 women playing Falstaff! Join the raucous fun with The Villainous Company beginning on June 20th running through July 5th!

Actors Ensemble will present FREE in Berkeley's fantastic John Hinkel Park Amphitheater FALSTAFF!, adapted and directed by Robert Estes from Shakespeare's Henry IV parts 1 and 2. Performances are at 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays June 20th – July 5th, plus a special performance at 4 p.m. on Friday, July 3rd – watch a play before the fireworks begin!

No performance on July 4.

www.aeofberkeley.org

4pm to 5pm, John Hinkel Park Amphitheater


Dona Francisca

8:30pm Forro dance lesson. $12 student and advance/$15 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.