Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar


PunkRockProm '18! The Y Axes / Bloody Lips / Falcon A!/ Spawn Atomic

The Bloody Lips (Grand Rapids)
Falcon A (East Bay)
Spawn Atomic (East Bay)

ALL AGES. Doors 7pm // Show $7 in street clothes // $5 in prom attire +$2 membership safe(r) space venue: no drugs, alcohol, or bigoted behavior 924 Gilman St. Berkeley, CA An All Ages DIY, Volunteer Run, 501(c)(3) Nonprofit, Music & Art Community Space Since 1986.

Apr 22, 12 midnight, 924 Gilman 924 Gilman St, Berkeley

Temescal Farmers' Market

Apr 22, 9am to 1pm, 5300 Claremont Ave, Oakland CA 94618

Soul Sanctuary Dance

Family-friendly Freestyle Community Dance. Come dance freely every Sunday morning at Soul Sanctuary Dance. No admission fee / 100% volunteer produced.

Soul Sanctuary Dance is a welcoming and inclusive all-ages community freestyle/ecstatic/shoes optional dance that supports free expression, community, physical and emotional health, and a spirit of generosity. We dance to an irresistible eclectic blend of world music, funk, house, soul, electro swing, positive hip hop, reggae, dance classics, jazz, blues, electronica, and other music to free mind, body and soul.

Organic fruit for all after the dance.
The dance is completely organized and run by volunteers.
Wheelchair accessible. No scented products please. Shoes optional.

The dance is a generosity and donation-based event. We don't charge a fee for admission. Instead, we post this message at the welcome table: "Your dance today at Soul Sanctuary Dance is a gift from those who have made donations to the dance, and from the volunteers who organize and produce the dance. We invite you to pay this generosity forward for future dancers, in whatever amount or manner you choose, so that we can continue to keep this chain of gifts alive."

Apr 22, 11am to 1pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Safe Harbor Benefit Concert for Immigrants & Refugees Fundraiser for JFCS East Bay

Safe Harbor
Please join us for storytelling and a special benefit concert supporting JFCS East Bay's services for immigrants and refugees. JFCS East Bay resettles Afghan, Iranian, Iraqi, and Syrian refugees, as well as LGBTI refugees from Africa and the Middle East. The agency also provides extensive support to young children and immigrant families fearing detention and deportation.

Featuring: Jose Roberto & Friends and the Qadim Ensemble

Headquartered in Berkeley, JFCS East Bay is a nonsectarian, nonprofit social services agency that serves and supports refugees, immigrants, children, parents, and seniors of all races, religions, and backgrounds. Founded in 1877, the agency touches the lives of approximately 6,000 vulnerable Alameda and Contra Costa residents each year. All funds raised at Safe Harbor will support JFCS East Bay's Refugees Welcome Fund and Undocumented & Low-Income Children & Families.

Jose Roberto & Friends
Jose Roberto Hernandez is a multi-instrumentalist singer, composer, and folklorist who roots his career in traditional music. Jose Roberto is known for his innovative use of traditional forms and instruments in combination with contemporary music. His musical career began where he was born in Cardenas, Tabasco, Mexico and continued in Oaxaca before he came to the United States. Jose Roberto will be joined on stage by talented fellow musicians performing with traditional instruments.

The Qadim Ensemble
The Qadim Ensemble features Arabic, Jewish, Turkish Sufi, Hebrew-Yemenite, Armenian, Ladino, and Moroccan music, celebrating the common musical and spiritual heritage of the region's cultures, while honoring the great diversity found within them. Led by Eliyahu Sills on the ney and Rachel Valfer Sills on oud and lead vocals, the Qadim Ensemble features Arabic percussion, such as the darbukkah, riqq, and daf, as well as the stringed Turkish baglama saz, divan saz, and Persian setar. Qadim is a word found in both Arabic and Hebrew, meaning "ancient" as well as "that which will come."

The box office is open 12:30pm-7pm (excluding holidays) and during all performances.
Box Office Phone: (510) 644-2020

Apr 22, 1pm to 3pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley, CA, 94704

String Quartet Sundays ~ featuring "The Town"

Apr 22, 1pm to 2pm, The Musical Offering, 2430 Bancroft Way, Berkeley

Emily Murphy presents Grow What You Love: 12 Food Plant Families to Change Your Life, in a hands-on demonstration to celebrate Earth Day!

Grow What You Love is designed to be a simple guide to growing vegetables, herbs and more that will add to the flavor and variety of fresh produce choices throughout the year. Aimed at novice and experienced gardeners alike, it will be an image-driven, how-to adventure from an expert gardener and communicator with an enthusiasm for an authentic life.

The colorful book begins with an exploration of Murphy's approach to gardening and how it can fit into modern life with little time and effort. She goes on to give advice on how best to choose food plants that readers love, or can discover, and follows with simple methods for garden-to-table growing, including a selection of her favorite seasonal recipes. The result for readers is a garden-fresh bounty for any time of the year.

Emily Murphy is the author of the foodie-centric blog Pass the Pistil, one of Garden Design magazine's "most loved" blogs of 2015. She is a web series host, a contributor to Better Homes & Gardens, a garden design and organic garden consultant, and a teacher of organic gardening. She holds a degree in Ethnobotanical Resources from Humboldt State University.

To reserve your seat, purchase Grow What You Love in advance by speaking to one of our booksellers or ordering from our website.

Apr 22, 2pm to 3pm, Mrs Dalloway's Bookstore, 2904 College Ave, Berkeley

Richard Goode, piano

Selections from My Ladye Nevells Booke
English Suite No. 6 in D minor, BWV 811
Sonata No. 28 in A Major, Op. 101
Préludes, Book 2

A magisterial presence at the keyboard, Richard Goode was the first American pianist to record the complete Beethoven sonatas. Decades later, he remains "among the most persuasive Beethoven interpreters of our time" (San Francisco Chronicle), known for performances of towering intellect, refinement, and insight. Here, he performs Beethoven's Sonata No. 28, one of his very favorite pieces and a work that marks the beginning of the composer's restless, searching late period. Goode's characteristically well-designed program also includes Renaissance-era works by William Byrd and Bach, as well as a selection of Debussy's timeless miniatures.

$48-$86. 642-9988. cal

Apr 22, 3pm to 5pm, Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley

Cellist Naoya Kanai

Apr 22, 3pm to 5pm, Maybeck Studio, 1537 Euclid Ave, Berkeley

The Virtuoso Orchestra San Francisco Chamber Orchestra

The Virtuoso Orchestra
The San Francisco Chamber Orchestra presents the world premiere of American composer Michael Gilbertson's Graffiti: Concerto for Orchestra. Gilbertson was inspired by the creative drive of San Francisco's street artists and their desire for their voices to be heard. Making his debut with SFCO, the dynamic violist Juan-Miguel Hernandez, known for his tender, lyrical and sonorous tone, performs the Stamitz Viola Concerto in D Major. Capping off the program is a performance of Haydn's Symphony No. 104, a symphonic tour-de-force combining orchestral splendor and lighthearted brilliance.

Price Range: Free Admission Tickets: 4154636710

Apr 22, 3pm to 5pm, St. John's Presbyterian Church, 2727 College Ave, Berkeley

Con Fuoco - A Fire Relief Benefit

A Fire Relief Benefit for Santa Rosa High School students, featuring Lucinda DeNatale and friends: talented young string players from around the Bay Area.

Lucinda DeNatale, a cellist and Maybeck High School junior, is a former SRHS student who moved to Berkeley in the fall of 2017. While living in the North Bay, she enjoyed serving as a principal cellist with the SRHS String Ensemble and performing with the Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra for four years, including a tour of China.

Witnessing the effects of the devastating Sonoma County fires on her fellow students, friends, and teachers prompted Lucinda to bring her fellow musicians together to support the SRHS Foundation Fire Relief and Support Fund with this special event. The wonderful line-up of performers includes violist Sophia Valenti and cellist Avery Reed, both from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music Pre-College Program, and Lucinda's quartet from the Crowden Music School. Miles Graber will be performing on piano.

Tickets are $15 general admission and $10 for students with ID. Advance tickets are available at the link below, or you may purchase your tickets at the door the night of the show. Doors open one half hour before show time. We accept cash only at the door (ATMs are nearby).

Apr 22, 3pm to 5pm, The Back Room, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley

The Uptones plus The Recyclists & Skank Bank "Bring the Family" Show

The Recyclists are known for their own brand of funky, soulful, rock & roll, rhythm and blues. Their original music is eclectic, danceable and full of energy. While they usually throw in a few cover tunes, they put their own spin on every selection. The Recyclists have played events, parties, festivals and bars from Petaluma to San Jose over the past 10 years. With a solid following of dedicated "Recyclistas" - every performance is a party!
The current lineup:
Larry Stewart on saxophone,
John Malamut and Mark Williams on keys,
Anthony May on bass,
Steve Healey on drums and
Diana Niemoeller singing
with guitarist Stace Wright.

Skank Bank is an American reggae fusion band from the San Francisco Bay Area formed in 2013. The diverse collective of musicians is led by California born bandleader/arranger Gabriel Winter (guitar/vocals). The band has an eclectic sound that fuses traditional roots reggae with elements of jazz, funk, rock, and other roots musicâe*known for their organ/percussion heavy grooves, vocal harmonies and heady psychedelic dub jams. Ranging from a quartet to a nonet, the group has had more than 20 members with the only consistent bandmates of Winter's being Liam King (trumpet/vocals), Adam Miller (trombone), Gabriel Schillinger-Hyman (organ/piano), Adan Feijoo (guitar/vocals) and co-founding bassist Jiggly Streich.

Emerging from the 924 Gilman Street Berkeley ska-punk revival in early 2013, Skank Bank explored various styles of reggae and ska. Incorperating harmonic dissonance and improvisational elements of jazz with textural elements, groovy jams, and drones of psychedelic music, the group created a cosmic and soulful sound rooted in the sounds of Jamaican one-drop, rockers, and dancehall riddims.

Skank Bank has toured in United States and has two full-length albums to their credit; Dance Depository (2016), and Keep Complaining (2015). Their music is also well represented in a variety of films and compilations; James Franco's Metamorphasis Junior Year (2017), Arcane Drama: A Compilation of 924 Gilman St. Music Vol. 1 (2017), UnderCover Presents: A Tribute to Green Day's Dookie (2016), and Gilman Ska Night Vol. 2 (2014). They have played several festivals including the Peoples Park Anniversary Festival (2016, 2017, 2018), the Brownsville Blues Festival (2017) and UnderCover Presents a tribute to Green Day's Dookie (2016).

Skank Bank has shared the stage with The Toasters, The Skatalites, Don Carlos, The Supervillains, Human Rights (Bad Brains), Roddy Radiation (The Specials), Noorwood Fisher (Fishbone), Voodoo Glowskulls, Skankin Pickle, Synrgy, and many others.

Formed in 1981 in Berkeley, while they were still in high school, the Uptones were the first band devoted to playing Ska on the West Coast. The Uptones played to skanking crowds all over the West. Several of their recordings were regional hits, and for a time they were the most popular band in the Bay Area.
<p>Tickets are $15 - $30 adult, $8 kids,
family of 4 $40</p>

Apr 22, 3:30pm to 8pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Handel in Rome California Bach Society

Artistic Director Paul Flight leads the award-winning California Bach Society in stunning works from GF Handel's 1707 Vespers service at the Carmelite church of Santa Maria in Montesanto in Rome. We perform three magnificent Vesper psalm settings: Nisi Dominus, Laudate Pueri Dominum, and Dixit Dominus. The 30-voice chorus will be joined by soloists Phoebe Rosquist and Caroline Jou Armitage, soprano; Paul Flight, countertenor; James Hogan, tenor; Jeffrey Fields, baritone; and a Baroque ensemble of strings, oboes, and organ.
Price Range: $35, with discounts for advance, senior, and under 30
Tickets: (650) 485-1097

Apr 22, 4pm to 6pm, First Congregational Church, 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley

Electric Squeezebox Orchestra (CJC Resident Artists)

Albany High School Combo (4:30 pm)

The Electric Squeezebox Orchestra (CJC Resident Artists) is a 17-piece big band led by Erik Jekabson and features many of the best players and arrangers in the Bay Area! They will be appearing in Rendon Hall every Sunday through June at 5:30 pm with a different student group opening .

Apr 22, 4:30pm to 6:30pm, Rendon Hall/Fiddler Annex @ California Jazz Conservatory 2040 Addison Street, Berkeley

"The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman" | A Reading Group with Ken Knabb

This week Ken Knabb continues discussion of Lawrence Sterne's novel "The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman.
The group will be meeting in the University Press Bookstore (2430 Bancroft in Berkeley) every other Sunday at 4:30-7:00 P.M. for nine meetings,
Afterwards we'll move on to Jacques the Fatalist the next work in our series.*

Tristram Shandy (1760) is a truly unique work -- a zany, endlessly meandering exploration of the vast possibilities of life and literature, and at the same time a wry demonstration of their limitations.
Much of the book is presented through stream-of-consciousness (more than a century before Joyce and Woolf) and the characters' thoughts are full of odd and embarrassing things just like yours and mine are. Yet throughout all the seemingly chaotic narration the characters are being revealed with a whimsical but ultimately compassionate humor.
The astonishing narrative innovations are what first strike the reader, but those characters and that good humor are what continue to make this book loved as well as admired.
"Sterne is the most liberated spirit of all time, in comparison with whom all others seem stiff, square, intolerant, and boorishly direct. . . . He, the supplest of authors, communicates something of this suppleness to his readers. Indeed, Sterne unintentionally reverses these roles, and is sometimes as much reader as author; his book resembles a play within a play, an audience observed by another audience. . . . The reader who demands to know exactly what Sterne really thinks of a thing, whether he is making a serious or a laughing face, must be given up for lost: for Sterne knows how to encompass both in a single facial expression, how to knot together profundity and farce." Nietzsche, Human, All Too Human

Participation is free, but donations of $10 or so per meeting are suggested to help support the bookstore, which provides us with a pleasant meeting space and complimentary wine and snacks.
*Tristram Shandy is part of an ongoing series, led by Ken Knabb and hosted by the University Press Books store, in which we have explored these classic works: Cervantes's Don Quixote, Montaigne's Essays, Rabelais's Gargantua and Pantagruel, Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress, Swift's Gulliver's Travels, Madame de Lafayette's The Princesse de Clèves,. and Defoe's Moll Flanders, Fielding's Tom Jones, after Sterne's Tristram Shandy, the group will read Diderot's Jacques the Fatalist, and Boswell's The Life of Samuel Johnson.

Apr 22, 4:30pm to 7pm, University Press Books, 2430 Bancroft Way, Berkeley

Vieux Farka Touré

Vieux Farka Touré
Often referred to as "The Hendrix of the Sahara", Vieux Farka Touré was born in Niafunké, Mali in 1981. The son of legendary Malian guitar player Ali Farka Touré, Vieux started his musical journey playing percussion, before taking up guitar and joining the group backing kora wizard Toumani Diabaté. He blends elements of Latin, rock, jazz, and blues into his sounds, creating an experience that transcends the boundaries of conventional genres.

Apr 22, 7pm to 9pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley, CA, 94704

Orion's Joy of Jazz and Latin All Stars

The Orion's Joy of Sextet Jazz and Latin Jazz
Concerts at Caffe Trieste include "The Best in in the West!!!"
Piano:Steve Mcquarry,Terry Rodriquez,Eugene Pliner,Tony Capricio
Guitars:Dave Bell,Eric Swinderman,Mark Babin,Ray Scott,Tony Corman and Ari Caprow
Vibes;David Casini,
Vocalists: Sandra Smith
Tenor sax :Jim Grantham, Dave Muratake,Joe Kaline Alto sax /flute:Ruben Salcido
Bari sax Joe Kaline
Trumpets: Gil Cohen John DeBore Trombone: Rick Brown,Dennis smith
Bass's: Jim Shearer,Attila Medvecsky,Richard Saunders,Carl Herder Jamie Dowd and Joe Mckinley

Apr 22, 7pm to 9pm, Caffe on San Pablo, 2500 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Vocal Jam Session

The Jazzschool Vocal Department presents a monthly jazz vocal jam session, hosted by Angharad Jones. All are welcome! Singers should bring three copies of their song for the band.
Please arrive by 6:30 pm to sign up.
Doors Open: 6:30 PM Starts: 7:00 PM Ends: 9:00 PM
General $10.00 +$1.13

Apr 22, 7pm to 9pm, California Jazz Conservatory 2087 Addison St, Berkeley