Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar


Watershed Environmetal Poetry Festival

"Stand Up for the Earth" with music and dynamic readings by over thirty poets and writers, including Robert Hass, Pulitzer Prize-winner and US Poet Laureate 1995-97; Maxine Hong Kingston, Camille T. Dungy, Tongo Eisen-Martin, Malcolm Margolin, Alison Luterman, San Francisco Poet Laureate Kim Shuck, Tess Taylor

Invocation by Berkeley Poet Laureate Rafael Jesús González, with Gerardo Omar MarĂ­n on conch and flute

Malcolm Margolin on The Way We Lived: California Indian Stories, Songs, and Reminiscences, 35th Anniversary Edition

Kirk Lumpkin, Chris Olander, Raphael Block, Tiffany Higgins, Jahan Khalighi, El Cerrito Poet Laureate Maw Shein Win

California Poets in the Schools K-12 students read led by poet-teachers John Oliver Simon and Maureen Hurley

Chapter 510's The Biography of Water read in English and Arabic by North Oakland Community Charter School students

Emcees Kirk Lumpkin and Richard Silberg. Music by The Barry Finnerty Trio; WE ARE Nature Open Mic (enter drawing on site at noon); RIVER VILLAGE exhibits with Haight Ashbury Literary Journal, Sixteen Rivers Press, Ecology Center, Poetic Matrix Press, Sugartown Publishing, River of Words Children's Poetry & Art Contest, St. Mary's College MFA in Creative Writing, Poetree writing with Sharon Coleman, Berkeley City College, Milvia Street Art & Literary Journal, and more

Readers books for sale and signing at the Pegasus Book Tent. Bring your lunch or visit the Farmers' Market

One block west from Berkeley BART

100 Thousand Poets for Change event.
Presented by Poetry Flash, co-sponsored by the Ecology Center/Berkeley Farmers' Market, Pegasus Books Downtown, Moe's Books

wheelchair accessible.

12 noon to 4:30pm, Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Center Park,


A solo show by Libby Skala; Music by Steve May. $20 adv / $24 door. 644-2020.

2pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley, CA, United States

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

Gar Smith Book Party

The War and Environment Readers, is about to be published and we're hosting a book party in Berkeley at the Berkeley Fellowship Hall to celebrate.The Reader is a powerful anthology of essays on Permawar, Terracide, and Ecolibrium. Authors include Daniel Ellsberg, Vandana Shiva, Jerry Mander, Helen Caldecott, Robert Fisk, Dr. Jane Goodall, Medea Benjamin, S. Brian Willson, David Swanson, Winona LaDuke, and Jody Williams.
We hope The Reader will serve to forge stronger ties between global environmental and peace movements.
Hope you can make it.
Vaya con Gaia,

7:30pm to 9:30pm, Berkeley Fellowship Hall (Cedar and Bonita)

Barbara Higbie and Friends

$22 adv / $26 door. 644-2020.

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

Matt Groening and Lynda Barry

$25-$52. 642-9988.

8pm, Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley