Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar


William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night

Created by Filter Theatre in association with the Royal Shakespeare Company. $76. 642-9988.

2pm, Zellerbach Playhouse, Berkeley, CA 94720, USA

Milos, guitar: Bach to Beatles

$42-$70. 642-9988.

8pm, First Congregational Church, 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley, CA 94704, USA

Noel Paul Stookey

$30 adv / $34 door. 644-2020.

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

Wendy Burch Steel & Redwood

Wendy Burch Steel & Redwood play a unique cross-section of genres incorporating all the good and sweet aspects of bluegrass, folk, old-time, country bluegrass and blues.

Bluegrass icon Laurie Lewis produced, played and sang on Wendy's debut CD, Open Wings in 2012, which has received rave reviews nationally and internationally, air play and interviews on various radio shows and in Americana and Bluegrass publications. Wendy is an award-winning songwriter and singer, known for her deft angelic voice and spiritually touching original material.

She won an Akademia Music Award for her song, "Happy Song Blues," as Best Americana Blues song, and has been nominated for Female Vocalist of the Year for the past three years by the Northern California Bluegrass Society. Her band members include some of the best Bluegrass and Americana players and singers in California and beyond:
Butch Waller (mandolin and vocals) is known locally and nationally for his innovative and tradition-based approach to his instrument. Butch was one of the first to play bluegrass music in Northern California, and founded his own band, High Country, in 1968. A gifted songwriter, Butch has penned several that are found in the repertoire of Wendy Burch Steel and Redwood.

Glenn Dauphin (guitar and vocals) has been performing with Bluegrass bands in the Bay Area for the past 30 years. He was Northern California Bluegrass Society's Guitar Player of the Year for 2014. He also plays bass and guitar with California's two longest running bands, High Country and Sidesaddle and Company.

Allegra Thompson (bass and vocals) is known both for the power and clarity of her singing and for providing a rock-steady rhythm bed on guitar or upright bass. Her home-grown perspective on American roots music was nurtured by her parents, local musicians Eric and Suzy Thompson, who raised her on a steady diet of blues, bluegrass, Cajun, and Appalachian old time music. A founding member of the Drifter Sisters and the Bearcat Stringband, she also plays with the Midnite Ramblers, Gerry Tenney and the Hard Times Orchestra, and of course Eric and Suzy Thompson in their family trio.

Wendy Burch Steel & Redwood play at local venues such as The Freight & Salvage Coffee House, The Back Room in Berkeley, First Street Café in Benicia, Sutter Creek Theatre, and the Monkey House in Berkeley, among other great venues and house concerts. They have played on Vern's Stage at the CBA Father's Day Festival in Grass Valley, and the Cloverdale Fiddle Festival.

Tickets are $20 Doors open one half hour before show time. The Back Room is an all-ages, BYOB (for those 21+) space, dedicated to (mostly) acoustic music of all kinds. You are welcome to bring your own adult beverage with no additional corkage fee. If you have any questions or need more information, please call us at #510-654-3808.

8pm to 9pm, The Back Room 1984 Bonita Avenue

William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night

Created by Filter Theatre in association with the Royal Shakespeare Company. $76. 642-9988.

8pm to 10pm, Zellerbach Playhouse, Berkeley, CA 94720, USA

"Road to Aacheron"

Road to Aacheron, a creation by composer, saxophonist, producer Rent Romus, is an original work of odd avant-garde musical suspense and mystery inspired by the writers of fantastic fiction of the 1930's. The project features musicians and vocalists from the improvisation, experimental and theatrical music communities interweaving abstract film.

Featuring film by Michael Mersereau
with Life's Blood Ensemble & Cardew Choir

Aria performances by
Dean Santomieri, Bob Marsh, Polly Moller, Mantra Plonsey, Kattt Atchley

Life's Blood Ensemble
Joshua Marshall - tenor saxophone, Rent Romus - alto saxophone, Mark Clifford - vibraphone, Heikki Koskinen - e-trumpet, Timothy Orr - drums & percussion, Max Judelson - double bass, Safa Shokrai - double bass, Amber Lamprecht - oboe, Erika Oba - flute, CJ Borosque - percussion, David Leikam - moog synthesizer

Cardew Choir
Bob Marsh, Dean Santomieri, Eric Theise, Jaime Robles, David Samas
guest vocalists: Polly Moller, Mantra Plonsey, Kattt Atchley

Door: $12-$40 sliding scale

8pm to 10pm, Finnish Kaleva Hall at 1970 Chestnut St,

"Mujeres Flamencas Unidas" with Caminos Flamencos

$20. Featuring Emmy Award-winning dancer/choreographer Yaelisa, Jason McGuire "El Rubio," Daniel Azcarate, Singer and a cast of 12 dancers. 525-5054.

8pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley, CA, United States