Berkeley Arts Festival Daily Calendar

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Monday, May 1
 

The American Tapestry: Berkeley Arts Festival Benefit Screening 

Directed by Gregory Nava, El Norte Productions, with original score by composer John Adams, traces the lives through the generations of immigrant families, from Poland, China, Africa, Ireland and Mexico.

Fine Arts Cinema 

2451 Shattuck Ave.

Admission: $25

Reservations: 841-1982

Reception for the composer to follow

at La Note 
 
 
 

Tuesday, May 2
 

7:30 pm

Fine Arts Cinema

The American Tapestry

2451 Shattuck Ave.

$8 #65
 

7:30

Julia Morgan Theater

First Stage Children's Theater

2646 College Ave.

$4.

#51
 
 
 

Wednesday, May 3
 

12 pm

New Music at UC Berkeley

Work by graduate student composers.

Hertz Hall, UC Berkeley Campus

#7, 51, 64
 

1:30 pm

Carefree, Carfree Tour to MusicSources

A tour/demonstration by founder Laurette Goldberg of the early music resource center.

Festival Gallery
 

2 pm

UC Center for New Music & Audio Technologies (CNMAT)

Lecture/demonstration by German composer Georg Graewe

1750 Arch St.

Free

#8, 65
 

3 pm

Youth Arts Festival

Youth Jamboree! Led by Greg Gomez,

two school bands run the gamut from cool chamber music to hot jazz.

Berkeley Art Center 

1275 Walnut St.

Free
 

7:30

Poetry Flash @ Cody's 

D. Nurske, Norman Fischer

2454 Telegraph Ave

#40
 
 
 

Thursday, May4
 

12 noon

Jazzschool BART Plaza Concert

The Advanced Jazz Workshop
Under the direction of Mike Zilber

Sponsored by
Downtown Berkeley Association
Amoeba Music
BART
Berkeley Daily Planet

 

12:10-12:50

UC Students Poetry Reading 

Morrison Rm., Doe Library, UC Campus

Free

#7, 51, 64
 

7 pm

Youth Arts Festival

Poetry with Rita Davies & Katie Johnson Oxford Elementary School students read their original poems. 

Berkeley Art Center 

1275 Walnut St.

Free 
 
 
 

Friday, May 5
 

1:30 pm

Carefree Carfree Tour to KALA Art Institute

Festival Gallery
 

7:30 & 9:30

Pacific Film Archive

Mr. Zhao, Lu Yue (China, 1998; Bay Area Premiere)

2575 Bancroft Way

#7, 51, 64
 

8 pm

The Sounds of Berkeley: A Vibrating Experience

Helen Holt, Sherry Burke, Debra Dooling-Sherman, Dress, Aidan McIntyre, Art Peterson, Waldir Sachs, Robert Sherman, Steven Strauss, John Zalabak

Festival Gallery

$5, FOF free 
 

8:30

La Peña Cultural Center

Marcus Shelby Orchestra, big band, Ellington-inspired jazz

3105 Shattuck Ave.

$10, FOF $8 #43
 
 
 

Saturday, May 6
 

11:30 am

Habitot Children's Museum

Cinco de Mayo Celebration, a family sing-along

2230 Shattuck Ave.

Children $6, Adults $3, FOF $5 & $2
 

1-5 pm

Downtown Music Circus

Hundreds of musicians of every tradition will gather on Shattuck Ave. between University Ave. and Haste St., playing from streetside, stores, balconies, cafés, and a piano situated on the divider at Center St. You, too, can bring an instrument and join in the fun. Sponsored by the Downtown Berkeley Association and Amoeba Music.
 

7 pm

Pacific Film Archive

For Fun, Ning Ying (China/Hong Kong, 1995)

9 pm

On the Beat, Ning Ying (China, 1995)

2575 Bancroft Way

#7, 51, 64
 

8 pm

Berkeley Community Chorus and Orchestra

Bach, B Minor Mass 

St. Joseph the Worker Church

1640 Addison St.

Free

#51
 

8 pm

Julia Morgan Theater

Liam Ensemble

Traditional Persian Music

2646 College Ave.

$25

#51
 

8 pm

Celebration of Spring: A Benefit for the Crowden School

Turtle Island String Quartet

St. John's Church

2727 College Ave.

Tickets: 658-2799

#51
 

Sunday, May 
 

11 am-4 pm

Jazz on Fourth Street

A benefit for the Berkeley High Jazz Ensemble with Mingus Amongus, Charanga Tumbao y Cuerdos, Kemp Generation, Berkeley High Jazz Ensemble

#51
 

11:30 am

Carefree Carfree Tour

to Bernard Maybeck's First Church of Christ Scientist

Festival Gallery
 

1-5 pm

Crowden School Community Music Day

A family affair with an instrument "petting zoo" for children of all ages. Performances by the Kairos Youth Choir, the Arethusa Woodwind Ensemble, and the Rose Street Players Musical Theater 

1475 Rose St.

Tel. 559-6910

Free 

#67
 

1 pm

Berkeley Historical Society

Kimi Kodani HillLecture on Berkeley's Ethnic Diversity 

1931 Center St.

Tel. 848-0181 

Free
 

2 pm

Youth Arts Festival

Washington School Student Concert and Dances from Sri Lanka

Berkeley Art Center

1275 Walnut St.

Free 
 

4:30 pm

Jazzschool Concert

La Note

2375 Shattuck Ave.

$12, FOF $10 

#43, 7, 51
 

4:30- 6:30 pm

China: Fifty Years Inside the People's Republic

Slide Show & Panel Discussion: Other Views

with photographers Jeffrey Aaronson and Xing Danwen, moderated by Robert Templer

Berkeley Art Museum Theater
 

7 pm

Himalayan Fair Concert

King Middle School

1781 Rose St.

848-6767 X 609 #15, 67
 

7:30 pm

News from Native California Magazine presents ShadowLight ProductionsTales from Native California,a lecture /demonstration of California Indian stories

Festival Gallery

Free
 

7:30 pm

Poetry Flash @ Cody's

Performance poet Sandy Diamond, Quraysh Ali Lansana 

2454 Telegraph Ave. #40, 64
 

7:30 pm

Eighth St. Studio

Works in the Works 2000

2525 Eighth St.

$8, FOF $7 #65
 

Monday, May 8
 

12 pm

Pianist Jerry Kuderna

Concert/discussion

Festival Gallery

Free

Tuesday, May 9
 

7:30 pm

DAMO Disabled Advocates of Color

presents "New Voices" Poetry Reading

Disabled poets of color reading their poems of life, love, and surviving being disabled and minorities in America. Hosted by Gary Norris Gray, co-founder.

Festival Gallery

$5, FOF free
 

Wednesday, May 10
 

1:30 pm

Carefree, Carfree Tour 

to Berkeley Art Center 

Festival Gallery
 

7:30 pm

Poetry Flash @ Cody's

Hannah Stein, Sandra Gilbert

2474 Telegraph Ave.# 40, 64
 

8 pm

New Music Bay Area (formerly 20th Century Forum)

Keyboard Concert by Jerry Kuderna

Festival Gallery

$8, FOF free
 

Thursday, May 11
 

12 noon

Jazzschool BART Plaza Concert

The Brazilian Ensemble
under the direction of Marcos Silva

Sponsored by the Downtown Berkeley Association
Amoeba Music
BART
Berkeley Daily Planet

 

1:30 pm

Carefree Carfree Tour to Judah L. Magnes Museum 

Festival Gallery
 

Friday, May 12
 

7 pm

Pacific Film Archive

To Live, Zhang Yimou (China, 1994)

9:25 pm

Life on a String, Chen Kaige (UK/China/Germany, 1990) 

2575 Bancroft Way

#7, 51, 64
 

8 pm

Sub Human, Sea Tales from the Depths

Ed Holmes' one-man show is the true and salty tale of his journey from boy to sailor to performer.

Festival Gallery 

$7-$8, FOF free
 

8 pm

La Peña Cultural Center

Ethnic Heritage Ensemble

Jazz performance and discussion

3105 Shattuck Ave.

$14 FOF $12 #43
 

8 pm

Berkeley Community Chorus & Orchestra 

Bach's B minor Mass 

St.Joseph the Worker Church

1640 Addison St.

Free #51
 

Saturday, May 13
 

2-5 pm

Tiny Feet and Baby Shoes

A fun-filled program for the 0-3-year-old crowd, evoking the spirit of the old Huston Shoes site with stories, music, songs, skits, art projects and poetry all about feet and shoes. Babies and toddlers are free to crawl, sleep, run, and walk in and out of this event--includes plenty of audience participation.

Festival Gallery

$6 adults, $3 children, FOF free
 

5 pm

Capoeira Arts

Bahia Que Tem Dende, performed by Bira Almeida & Corpo Santo, a spectacular, action-packed program of dance and music of Brazil

2026 Addison St.

Tel. 666-1255
 

7:30 pm

Pacific Film Archive

The Gate of Heavenly Peace , Richard Gordon, Carma Hinton (US, 1995) 

2575 Bancroft Way 

#7, 51, 64
 

7:30 pm

Eighth St. Studio

Works in the Works 2000

2525 Eighth St.

$8, FOF $7 #65
 

8 pm

Berkeley Community Chorus & Orchestra

Bach's B minor Mass 

St. Joseph the Worker Church

1640 Addison St.

Free #51
 

8:30 pm

John Santos and Machete Ensemble Tribute to the Master, CD release party

La Peña Cultural Center

3105 Shattuck Ave.

$14, FOF $12 #43

Sunday May 14 
 

From 3 pm

Festival Finale: Satire! Comedy! Humor! The 1st Berkeley Satirithon:

A Muthah of a Day A free speech fiesta, with Selma Spector, Ed Holmes, Stoney Burke, Carol Denney, Marc McDonald, Jennifer Stone, & more. Another Arnie Passman House of Cards execution.

Festival Gallery 

$5-$10 FOF free 

4 pm

Pacific Film Archive

A Taste of China, Michael Lerner (US, 1984)

2575 Bancroft Way 

#7, 51, 64
 

4:30 pm

Jazzschool Concert

La Note

2375 Shattuck Ave.

$12, FOF $10
 

7:30

Eighth St. Studio

Works in the Works 2000

2525 Eighth St.

$8, FOF $7 #65
 

Berkeley Community Media

Electrolysis: an exhibition on the impact of commercial media on the body politic

2239 Martin Luther King, Jr. Way 

848-2288