Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar


"Resistors" Photography at Berkeley Art Center Opening

Free and open to the public

The exhibition highlights some of the foremost photographers in the Bay Area, including Stephen Shames, Nacio Jan Brown, Janet Delaney, Noah Berger and Sarah Rice. Over generations, they have witnessed the social history in powerful imagery, seen in newspapers, magazines, posters, books and new media.

The night "Resistors" Photography exhibition opens Thursday of the opening enjoy peace songs by members of the Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists, meet representatives from Indivisible Berkeley and grab a slice of Protest Cake by Tess Wilson and Leah Rosenberg. There will also be a community photo board available where attendees can post photos of their own experiences at social movement events, adding to the dialogue and expanding the show.

photo by Stephen Shames: May 15, 1969 - Berkeley, California, USA: Alameda County Sheriff's sit on benches in People's Park after clearing it early one morning. Students took over University land and made a park. Police cleared the park, a riot ensued. Police fired into the crowd killing a few people.

6pm to 8pm, 1275 Walnut Street

50 Years of Social Movement Photography: Opening

April 29 - June 17, 2017

curated by Ken and Melanie Light

The Bay Area is of course among the most politically and cultural liberal regions in the country, its reputation for tolerance and progressive politics probably second to none. Our artists have accordingly been among the most outspoken critics of mainstream, status-quo politics as usual. Alt-Left: Local Treasures is a Bay Area art response to the current national ascendancy of the Alt-Right. It features work by three painters, Mark Bryan, Michael Kerbow and Ariel Parkinson; two collagists, John Hundt and Vanessa Woods; and a sculptor, Pancho Jiménez, who comment on history, politics and psychology with both deep feeling and a mordant, absurdist humor.

DeWitt Cheng is an artist, collector, freelance art writer, educator, and curator based in San Francisco. His articles have appeared in such publications as Artweek, Art Ltd., Artillery, ArtNews, East Bay Express, East Bay Monthly, Sculpture, San Jose Metro, Stanford Daily,,, and
Protestors climb on top of a semi truck at the ports as part of Occupy Oakland's general strike in Oakland, CA. November 2, 2011. Thousands of protestors marched to the Port of Oakland and blockaded it, shutting down maritime operations. Photo by Sarah Rice.

Revolutionaries, protestors, and now resistors. The Bay Area has been home to a long and proud tradition of citizen activism, which has often been in the vanguard and the cause of increased human and ecological rights across the nation. Now in this time of heightened citizen involvement across the country, this exhibition links generations of resistors and provides inspiration for the ongoing struggle to achieve peace, equality and justice.

The exhibition highlights images by: Harold Adler, Wesaam Al-Badry , Robert Altman, David Bacon, Noah Berger, Jeffrey Blankfort, Nacio Jan Brown, Mima Cataldo, Janet Delaney, Lou Dematteis, Clarivel Fong, Rosa Furneaux, Rick Gerharter, Susan Gilbert, Dave Glass, Patricio Guillamon, Jeanne Hansen, Sandra Hoover, Joel Angel Juarez, Ed Kashi, Geoffrey King, Santiago Mejia, Kelly Owen, Mimi Plumb, Ted Pushinsky, Alon Reininger, Sarah Rice, Rick Rocamora, Pete Rosos, Terry Schmitt, Stephen Shames, John Storey, Patrick Tehan

There will also be a community photo board available where attendees can post photos of their own experiences at social movement events, adding to the dialogue and expanding the show.

Ken Light has worked as a social documentary photographer for over forty years, has been featured in numerous publications and exhibitions. He is the author of eight books including his most recent, Valley of Shadows and Dreams. Melanie Light has been involved with both the community of photographers and the photography marketplace for over two decades. She holds a B.A. in Art History from Smith College and a M.A. in Counseling Psychology from the California Institute of Inte

6pm to 8pm, Berkeley Art Center, 1275 Walnut Street,

Skillful Bystander Intervention Workshop with Elizabeth Ferguson, Ph.D. and Ann Ellice-Parker

$10 - $20 sliding scale. Learn and practice skillful responses to hate crimes, harassment and everyday bigotry. We'll cover five different types of bystander responses, and spend most of the workshop doing role play scenarios in a safe and welcoming learning environment. 525-5054.

7:30pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley, CA, United States

Willie K

Faith Ako opens. $34 adv / $38 door. 644-2020.

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