Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar


University Gospel Chorus

D. Mark Wilson, director
"One More River to Cross: Water Metaphors in Gospel Music"
Join the UC Berkeley Gospel Chorus for an afternoon of gospel music highlighting the importance of water as a symbol and metaphor for finding places of freedom, justice and peace


12 noon to 1pm, Hertz Hall UC Campus

Eliot Simpson and Scott R. Looney at Tom's Place

Elliot Simpson, solo guitar
performing pieces by
James Tenney,
Alvin Lucier,
Walter Zimmerman.


Scott R. Looney, solo piano

Elliot Simpson, visiting from The Hague, does just about everything with a guitar. His repertoire ranges from early music, through modern classics and works by emerging composers including Hugo Morales, Ezequiel Menalled, Benjamin Staern and Sahba Aminikia to free improvisation, and he plays just about anything that might be thought of as a guitar, from the standard nylon-strung classical guitar, to the just intonation National Resophonic guitar favored by Lou Harrison. At this show he will be performing compositions from the experimental end of the spectrum by James Tenney, Alvin Lucier and Walter Zimmerman.

We're lucky that Scott R. Looney agreed to appear at Tom's Place. We love his piano playing, which we don't get to hear often enough. Scott concentrates on expanding the timbral possibilities of the piano, plucking strings, using metal implements and other quick preparations, in combination to playing the piano normally.

"This guy deserves your attention. He's got power, emotional heft, but also an abundance of musical intelligence and subtlety." -Ken Waxman, Cadence

Admission: donation. All proceeds go directly to the musicians.
Doors open at 7:00. Wheelchair accessible.

7:30pm to 9:30pm, 3111 Deakin Street

George Kahumoku Jr, Nathan Aweau, Kaawika Kahiapo

$34 adv / $36 door. 644-2020.

8pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley, CA, United States

Stu Allen & Mars Hotel

A tradition started back in the 20th century, Ashkenaz's Grateful Dead Night is always evolving, reaching new heights since Stu Allen & Mars Hotel launched a weekly residency in late 2011. Led by acclaimed guitarist-singer Allen (of Phil Lesh & Friends, Melvin Seals & JGB, Ghosts of Electricity), a revolving cast of incredibly talented musicians inhabits Mars Hotel, drawing from the Grateful Dead's vast catalog to delight Deadheads and dancers of all generations. A Mars Hotel show is always an energetic evening of good vibes, good music, and good community.

Tickets are $13

8pm to 10pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Avenue