Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar


Opening Night: brownsville song

June 15 - July 9

brownsville song
(b-side for tray)
You define your life by living it.

Moving fluidly between past and present, brownsville song (b-side for tray) is a story about loss and renewal, grief and healing. When tragedy strikes, how do we come together? brownsville song is a raw, visceral tale of the ties that bind. Every record has a b-side, and so do the stories of our lives. While not every person is a hit single, every life is a rich, beautiful song that deserves to be heard.

Playwright Kimber Lee gives a visceral, human perspective to these troubling statistics. In the Brownsville neighborhood of Brooklyn, we meet Tray, an African American teenager who looks after his step sister, talks back to his grandmother, and has big plans for the future. He is not a number.

Written by Kimber Lee
Directed by Margo Hall

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7pm to 8pm, The Ashby Stage, 1901 Ashby Avenue

A Vijay Iyer Sampling

Vijay Iyer, piano; Stephan Crump, bass; Jennifer Koh, violin
Tyshawn Sorey, drums; Wadada Leo Smith, trumpet
International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE)
Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble; Steven Schick, conductor

A superb sampling of Vijay Iyer's music, with three Bay Area premieres-including the Cal Performances co-commissioned Trouble, featuring violinist Jennifer Koh-and an extraordinary collaboration with composer/trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith.

Trouble for Violin and Chamber Orchestra
(2017, Bay Area Premiere) (Commissioned by Ojai Music Festival, Cal Performances, and Boston Symphony Orchestra)
A Cosmic Rhythm with Each Stroke
(co-composed with Wadada Leo Smith)

8pm to 9pm, Zellerbach Hall

Lakou Mizik

Open Dance Floor! $20 adv / $22 door. 644-2020.

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