Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar


Bay Area Book Festival

Over the weekend of June 3rd and 4th, 2017, the third annual Bay Area Book Festival will fill downtown Berkeley with a literary extravaganza that offers pleasure to anyone who has ever loved a book.

Whether you're a fan of science fiction or history, of fiction or memoir, of poetry or food writing, of children's literature or science, come experience one of the best book festivals on the planet!


12 midnight to 5pm, Civic Center Park: Milvia to MLK, Center to Allston Way

Intruder in the Dust

Clarence Brown
United States, 1949

A proud black man who refuses to stand down to racism finds an unlikely friend in a young white boy (played by Claude Jarman, Jr.) in this extraordinary adaptation of the Faulkner classic.

Claude Jarman, Jr. in Person

3pm to 4pm, BAMPFA 2155 Center Street

WomenSing presents: Water Is Life

WomenSing presents its Spring 2017 concert, featuring music that celebrates the life-giving flow of water in our lives. We offer romantic compositions that tell tales of sea fairies and swift sailing boats, to folk songs of deep longing, to gentle melodies that celebrate soft Hawaiian breezes. Works by Mendelssohn, Schumann, and Elgar will be juxtaposed with Marjorie Halloran's 8 Ways to Look at a Window, commissioned by WomenSing. You heard the first four movements in Spring 2016--come hear the entire set! The concert will feature Bring A Little Water, Sylvie, most famously recorded by Sweet Honey In the Rock (complete with Moira Smiley's body percussion), and Song for the Mira, beloved in Canada and recorded throughout the world. We will end with Kirby Shaw's uplifting gospel arrangement of Paul Simon's Bridge Over Troubled Water.

We bid farewell to our beloved Artistic Director, Martin Benvenuto, with this concert--don't miss your opportunity to help us make it a fitting tribute to his artistry.
A reception follows the concert.

About WomenSing:
Founded in 1965, WomenSing is an auditioned chorus of nearly 50 singers, renowned for its beautifully blended sound. The repertoire includes the traditional and the unexpected, featuring great landmarks of the women's chorus repertoire, seldom performed works, new music, commissions from nationally recognized composers, and familiar music from all eras.

$28 general admission; $10 for students.

Phone: 925-798-4875
Contact: Laura Fischer

4pm to 6pm, St.Mark's Episcopal Church 2300 Bancroft Way

California Typewriter at BAMPFA

Doug Nichol
United States, 2016

This hymn to the ordinary typewriter is also a portrait of the countless artists, writers, and collectors (including Tom Hanks and Sam Shepard) who remain steadfast in their love and loyalty. "Pure typewriter heaven" (Don DeLillo).

Doug Nichol, Steve Wasserman, Jeremy Mayer, Herbert Permillion III, and Ken Alexander in Person

5:30pm to 7:30pm, BAMPFA 2155 Center Street

SoMo at Taube Family Music Hall

Selling out shows across the country and achieving multiplatinum success by paving a path of his own, SoMo has quietly emerged as R&B's most successful underground superstar. Now, it's time for the world to properly meet the Dallas, TX singer and songwriter born Joseph Somers-Morales on his second full-length album, The Answers [Republic Records]. Continuing to grow and evolve, the album title The Answers encapsulates his journey thus far. He admits, "It was my search to find the answers inside myself and inside these songs. The whole point is we keep going and searching." He's inviting listeners along for the ride again. "I want people to listen to it in full and feel like they're leaving a movie afterwards," SoMo leaves off. "It's me in the moment."

$27.50 - $301.50. :
Email: Phone: 510-356-4000

8pm to 10pm, UC Theatre Taube Family Music Hall 2036 University Avenue