Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar


Civic Pride & Fun Picnic at Civic Center Park

Let's celebrate our Independence & freedoms on Saturday, July 1st!
Friends, families, and communities, all are welcome!
Bring a blanket and a picnic lunch to Civic Center Park, (aka Provo Park and Peace Wall Park)!

As Berkeley Citizens, we embrace non-violent, free expression in our parks including and especially, historic Civic Center Park. The recent protests in the park have tarnished the park's meaning for many. Let's show positive, patriotic use of the park in a way that is consistent with Berkeley values, while we have some fun!

Bring your flags & your red, white and blue!
Bill of Rights Reading
Musicians welcome
Bring your civic pride & banners

11am to 2pm, Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Center Park

Instant Chorus at Freight & Salvage

Sing 3-part modern a cappella with lush harmonies and cool rhythms. Loads of fun and only a 2-hour commitment. Learn by ear or read a score. Choose an easy part, or take a solo and beat out optional body percussion. For adults and kids over 8 who like to sing. No audition or performance. 1st Saturdays of every month. Come regularly or occasionally. New uplifting repertoire each month.

$20 at the door.
Scholarships: email beforehand

3:30pm to 5:30pm, 2020 Addison Street

Actors Ensemble of Berkeley: The Chalk Circle-- Opening Day

Actors Ensemble of Berkeley
The first production in our
Summer 2017 Season!

The Chalk Circle
by Bertolt Brecht
Adapted by Stern, Stern & Auden
Directed by Anna Smith

Actors Ensemble continues its 60th season and fifth consecutive year of productions in the acclaimed John Hinkel Park Amphitheatre, with Bertolt Brecht's most heartfelt (and funny) play The Caucasian Chalk Circle, written by Brecht in California while in exile from Germany during World War II, it features music created by the cast and is set in the chaos of southern Russia and the Caucasus Mountains at the end of World War II. The play takes story elements from the Chinese Play "Circle of Chalk" and the Tibetan Buddhist story "Mahaushadha", with echoes from the Hebrew Bible story "The Judgement of Solomon". Come picnic with us and enjoy the beginning of summer!

The story centers on the peasant girl Grusha, who, while fleeing violence perpetrated in her home city of Nukha, rescues the abandoned child of a member of the ruling class. In her adventures (narrated as a play-within-the-play by "The Singer"), she encounters numerous characters from village and city, including the "corrupt judge with a heart of gold", Adzak, and her one true love, Simon.

Our production will utilize the acclaimed translation by the husband and wife team of James and Tania Stern, assisted by the noted poet W.H. Auden. Our cast features returning Actors Ensemble members Annika Bergman, Pennell Chapin, Maureen Coyne, Paulette Herring, Joseph O'Loughlin, Jerome Solberg and Vicki Victoria, and newcomers Alejandra Leon, Julianna Fulton, Ryan Gonzalez, Samantha Rasler, Joel Stanley, Miranda Tilley and Matthew Weinberg.

It will be directed by Anna Smith, director of the Quinan Street Project, and veteran of a long career in East Bay Theatre. Stage management by Arianna O'Day, costumes by Paula Aiello with assistance from Naseem Alavi, set design by Lisa Sullivan. Performances begin Saturday, July 1st at 4 p.m. at John Hinkel Park in Berkeley, and continue on weekends at 4 p.m. through July 16th, with a special performance on Tuesday, July 4th at 4 p.m.

. The amphitheatre consists of wide stone terraces - blankets and/or low lawn chairs are recommended. The performance will last about 2 hours including a 15 minute intermission. Wheelchair accessible - reservations especially for those with limited mobility - call 510-649-5999. Questions Directions and other information at our website,

Weekends @ 4 p.m.
John Hinkel Park Amphitheatre
July 1st-16th 2017
(including a special performance Tuesday, July 4th)

4pm to 5pm, John Hinkel Park Amphitheatre, 41 Somerset Place (at Southampton, off Arlington

Strangers on a Train

Alfred Hitchcock, 1951

BAMPFA Student Committee Pick
Based on the novel by Patricia Highsmith

A tennis star and a stranger offer to kill off each other's relatives in Hitchcock's polished adaptation (cowritten by Raymond Chandler). "A gripping, palm-sweating piece of suspense" (Variety).

5:30pm to 6:30pm, BAMPFA 2155 Center Street

Womanly Way Reunion Band

Tickets on sale Friday, 4/14 at 12:30 pm. $30 adv / $34 door. 644-2020.

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