Apr 26, 11:45am to 2:45pm, Cheese Board Pizza, 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley
Apr 26, 4:30pm to 6:30pm, The Musical Offering, 2430 Bancroft Way, Berkeley
Geechi Taylor's Retro JukeBox Band is a top Dance Band with an immense repertoire covering multiple genres including timeless 1920's-1960's Jazz, Blues, Motown & Retro versions of todays hits.
Apr 26, 4:45pm to 7:45pm, Cheese Board Pizza, 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley
Certified life coach Nina Lorez Collins shares What Would Virginia Woolf Do?: And Other Questions I Ask Myself as I Attempt to Age Without Apology. Nina will be in conversation with Lauri Levenfeld, director of The Project for Women.
About What Would Virginia Woolf Do?: When Nina Collins entered her forties she found herself awash in a sea of hormones. As symptoms of perimenopause set in, she began to fear losing her health, looks, sexuality, sense of humor-perhaps all at once. Craving a place to discuss her questions and concerns, and finding none, Nina started a Facebook group with the ironic name, "What Would Virginia Woolf Do?," which has grown exponentially into a place where women-most with strong opinions and fierce senses of humor--have surprisingly candid, lively, and intimate conversations. Mid-life is a time when women want to think about purpose, about how to be their best selves, and how to love themselves as they enter the second half of life. They yearn to acknowledge the nostalgia and sadness that comes with aging, but also want to revel in their hard-earned wisdom. Part memoir and part resource on everything from fashion and skincare to sex and surviving the empty nest, What Would Virginia Woolf Do? is a frank and intimate conversation mixed with anecdotes and honesty, wrapped up in a literary joke. It's also a destination, a place where readers can nestle in and see what happens when women feel comfortable enough to get real with each other: defy the shame that the culture often throws their way, find solace and laugh out loud, and revel in this new phase of life.
About Lauri Levenfeld: Lauri Levenfeld's vision and passion is woven into her photography and storytelling. Levenfeld's profound encounter with Nelson Mandela created a paradigm shift for her career where she learned the importance of connection, communication, soul and history. Forever changed she has made it her purpose to capture the evolution of imagery. Since graduating from USC's Film School, her camera has captured the essence of Hilary Clinton, Robert Redford, Uma Thurman, Tom & Rita Hanks, Mark Zuckerberg, Nigela Lawson, Zanna Roberts Rassi and Lubov Azria to name a few. Through every encounter, Lauri uses her fashion and lifestyle photography to elevate each individual and brand creatively, personally, collectively and globally. Inspired by the talents she photographs, Levenfeld spearheaded her brainchild The Project for Women - a global forum showcasing women in fashion, technology, philanthropy and entrepreneurial giants. Lauri's uncanny ability to connect, curate and photograph each story is a powerful testament to each woman's journey. This platform has become a unique tool increasing visibility, brand development and collaboration while inspiring and teaching. Lauri co-founded her latest venture, Project Mentor, after realizing there was a major deficiency in effective mentoring with girls trying to land their first job and women who were re-entering the workplace.
Apr 26, 7pm to 8pm, Books Inc. 1491 Shattuck Ave Berkeley
Apr 26, 7pm to 9pm, Caffé on San Pablo, 2500 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley
Showing both the drama of familial intimacy and the ups and downs of the everyday, My Old Faithful introduces readers to a close-knit Chinese family. These ten interconnected short stories, which take place in China and the United States over a thirty-year period, merge to paint a nuanced portrait of family life, full of pain, surprises, and subtle acts of courage. Richly textured narratives from the mother, the father, the son, and the daughters play out against the backdrop of China's social and economic change.
With quiet humor and sharp insight into the ordinary, Yang Huang writes of a father who spanks his son out of love, a brother who betrays his sister, and a woman who returns to China after many years to find her country changed in ways both expected and startling.
Yang Huang grew up in China's Jiangsu province and participated in the 1989 student uprisings. Her debut novel, Living Treasures, won the Nautilus Book Award silver medal in fiction, and her essay and short stories have appeared in The Margins, Eleven Eleven, Asian Pacific American Journal, The Evansville Review, Futures, Porcupine Literary Arts Magazine, and Nuvein. She lives in the Bay Area and works for UC Berkeley.
Kaitlin Solimine is the author of Empire of Glass. A 2016 SF Grotto Writing Fellow, she lives in San Francisco with her family.
To reserve your seat, purchase My Old Faithful in advance by speaking to one of our booksellers or ordering from our website.
Apr 26, 7:30pm to 8:30pm, Mrs Dalloway's Bookstore, 2904 College Ave, Berkeley
ARISA WHITE's new book of poems is You're the Most Beautiful Thing That Happened. Dara Wier says that she's "a fierceless and tender poet who always brings into view what's strange and unusual and critical for our survival. Her poems consider what it requires to meditate and meet what's unknown without flinching." A Cave Canem graduate fellow, she's the author of Black Pearl, Post Pardon, Hurrah's Nest, and A Penny Saved. A northwest regional representative for Nepantla: A Journal Dedicated to Queer Poets of Color and creator of the Beautiful Things Project, she curates cultural events and artistic collaborations that center narratives of queer and trans people of color.
MAW SHEIN WIN's debut full-length collection is Invisible Gifts: Poems. Genny Lim says, "Maw Shein Win's poems resonate like post-modern haiku. Her idiosyncratic associations touch the heart and defy the intellect in their koan-like logic and arresting imagery." She is a Burmese American poet, editor, and educator. A frequent collaborator with artists, musicians, and other writers, along with composer and musician Amanda Chaudhary she is part of the musical duo Pitta of the Mind, combining poetry with electronic music; she worked with Los Angeles artist Mark Dutcher to produce the book Ruins of a glittering palace, poetry and images, and her poems are featured in Megan Wilson's mural Flower Interruption in a special exhibition, Flower Power, at San Francisco's Asian Art Museum. She is the first Poet Laureate of El Cerrito.
Apr 26, 7:30pm to 8:30pm, Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Ave, Berkeley
Crystal Bowersox, a northwest Ohio native currently calling Nashville home, has built her life around music. Crystal's love for music developed at an early age from a need to find peace in a chaotic world. Through art and creation, Crystal was able to direct her energy and emotion, finding a way to mend a mind in turmoil. For her, music was always the most effective form of catharsis, and she would play for anyone, anywhere. In her own words, "my guitar was an appendage. I couldn't live without it."
Dead set on a career in music, Crystal moved to Chicago as a teenager, where she spent her days performing underground on subway platforms in between working odd jobs. While in the big city, she broadened her musical horizons and shared her talents with a variety of venues. Crystal has released two LP's, two EPs, and several singles. Additionally, she has used her talents to benefit several causes close to her heart, and has become an advocate and inspiration for people living with Type 1 Diabetes.
However, it is what's in front of her, not what's behind her, that will define Crystal's personal and professional evolution. The accomplished singer-songwriter is set to release a new project - a live album, recorded at the Kitchen Sink Studio in Santa Fe, New Mexico, cleverly titled Alive. Not only is the title a play on words, representing the rawness of the tracks, but it pertains to the place where Crystal currently is in her life. That place is one of joy, fulfillment, and stability for Crystal and her eight year old son, Tony.
To create her newest project, Crystal called on her "chosen family" of musicians. The combination of keeping those she cherishes close to her and taking an honest look at life has resulted in the truest music she has released to date. Crystal has drawn on her various influences - across folk-pop, classic rock, soul, blues and country - to make the kind of music that resonates with her spirit. It is both tender and tough, rough yet polished, and it encompasses many genres without falling neatly into one category. As one of her songwriting partners describes it, Crystal has "a voice like dirt and diamonds." Her music is intended to bring a positive message of love and light to the world - things that folks will be able to take with them on their own journey, so that they, too, can feel truly alive.
Similar to her beginnings, Crystal intends to make music that has healing power, but at this point, she sees far beyond her own troubles. Her live show is a safe space for concertgoers. Attend a Crystal Bowersox show, and you just might see a grown man cry and a child dance simultaneously. You'll also likely get the chance to meet her personally; Crystal is typically the first one to arrive and the last one to leave the venue. Meeting with the fans and hearing their personal stories is something Crystal considers a blessing in her life.
By reliving her own painful moments in song, Crystal hopes to transcend that pain, lifting herself and her audience to a higher place. In the opening lines of "A Broken Wing" she sings, "I know there's beauty in the burden / And even on my darkest day that sun will shine." Crystal's story is one of resilience and perseverance, and it's evident in every note of her newest release, Alive.
Apr 26, 8pm to 10pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley, CA, 94704
La Santa Cecilia
La Santa Cecilia consists accordionist and requintero Jose Carlos, bassist Alex Bendana, percussionist Miguel Ramirez and lead vocalist Marisoul, whose captivating voice sings about love, loss and heartbreak. Their influences range from Miles Davis to The Beatles, Zeppelin to Janis Joplin and Mercedes Sosa to Ramon Ayala. Ther common love of music and openness to all genres led them to the concept of La Santa Cecilia in 2007 - named after the patron saint of musicians.
La Santa Cecilia's self-titled EP was recorded at Lo-Fi Studios in San Bernardino and the legendary Westlake Recording Studios in Hollywood. Their song "Chicle" was featured on the Emmy award-winning series Weeds, the independent feature Dish, and the documentary Re-Encounters about Oaxacan artist Alejandro Santiago. Their musician also be heard on KPFK's radio programs '4 O'clock Tuesday' with Gustavo Arellano and ' Travel Tips For Aztlan' with Mark Torres. The band made an on-camera appearance on HBO's Emmy award-winning hit show Entourage; the episode also featured the songs "Chicle" and "El Farol". The band also held a two- week residence for the L.A. Philharmonic- sponsored children's show Summer Sounds, where they performed their songs and acted so as to educate the community of Los Angeles on their very own cultural treasures.
La Misa Negra
La Misa Negra is a 7-piece band from Oakland, California, known for their unique blend of heavyweight cumbia and high-energy, Afro-Latin music. On stage, they deliver an electrifying performance that explodes with infectious dance grooves and punk rock energy, powered by horn and accordion-driven riffs, a fierce rhythm section, and a vintage-inspired sound. Since their live debut in the fall of 2011, La Misa Negra has toured the country, sharing stages and festival bills with the likes of Red Hot Chili Peppers, Stevie Wonder, Lenny Kravitz, Thievery Corporation, SZA, Mon Laferte, Julieta Venegas, Ana Tijoux, Bomba Estereo, George Clinton, Antibalas, Budos Band, and Ozomatli. On the strength of their wild and one-of-a-kind shows, they have gained a reputation as one of the most exciting live bands to emerge from the Bay Area in recent years, garnering a diverse fan base that transcends musical, cultural, and generational divides.
Apr 26, 8pm to 9pm, The UC Theatre Taube Family Music Hall, 2036 University Avenue, near Downtown Berkeley BART, Berkeley, CA, 94704
DJ Cali has been moving dance floors with soulful music from all over the globe, from Afro, Broken Beat, House, Soul, R&B, Jazz, Brazilian and Latin. He also represents Oaklands' thePeople, who hold down THE preeminent club night in Oakland, every 4th Saturday at New Parrish. Cali welcomes in his Oakland's own DJ Hanif!
Apr 26, 8pm to 11pm, Jupiter, 2181 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley
Learn the slow, romantic, sensual Angolan social dance with instructors Aziza and Fleur, then dance to Kizomba and Semba music inspired by African rhythms and Haitian compas.
Kizomba is a popular genre of music and partnered dance from Angola. Its is known to be smooth and slow, with grounded movements, danced in a close partner connection. The origin of Kizomba dance comes from Semba, a traditional type of dance and music from Angola known for its energetic movement.
Yasert Ortega, originally from Mexico City, now resides in San Rafael. Yasert has danced to various types of music like merengue and cumbia, and his favorite; Dominican bachata and kizomba and semba. He has learned from several world masters.
For any questions please contact Kathy Reyes at
Doors at 7:30 pm; Intro to Kizomba Dance Lesson with Markinson Johnson at 8 pm; Open Level Semba Yasert Ortega at 8:45 pm; Open Practica at 9:30 pm
Buy Tickets on EVENTBRITE
Tickets are $10 Advance / $12 Students
$15 at the Door
Apr 26, 8pm to 11:30pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley
This show is the second episode of a series of presentations, grouping Bay Area flamenco professionals who do not typically work together, with the goal of presenting unique and rarely-seen collaborations. The curated group of artists will create and rehearse one unique ensemble piece to present in the show, requiring them to truly "collaborate" together.
After a series of shows, we will curate one larger show presenting the unique pieces each group created for their episode, with the mission of maintaining continuous and creative working relationships in the rich and diverse pool of flamenco artists in the Bay Area.
The cast of Episode 2 is:
Azriel "El Moreno" - flamenco singer
David Paez - flamenco guitarist
Mizuho Sato, Roberto Aguilar and Melissa Cruz, dancersTickets are $15 in advance and $18 at the door. 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 26, 8pm to 10pm, The Back Room, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley
It's time to stretch, hydrate, and double-knot your dancing shoes, because The Bay Area's favorite soul party band, Midtown Social, is back with their first full-length release. Midtown Social's freshly squeezed blend of California soul, funk, and rock is downright irresistible. Midtown Social is a nine-piece tour-de- force. But it's more than just a band. Together, these nine musicians are a collaborative community of writers, arrangers and artists. When they're on stage, they invite you into the family.
The Midtown mission is to spread the message of positive social change through art and music. As rates of eviction and homelessness soared due to technology-driven corporate gentrification across the Bay Area, Midtown Social began hosting charitable fundraisers following the release of their debut EP Down On Sixth, including one for the Homeless Youth Alliance.
With San Francisco and Oakland flush with tech money but wracked by police violence and deepening social tensions, the band decided their next release should stand as a voice for the people. Midtown Social documents the struggle to make art in a city and a society divided against itself. The record is inspired by the determination to push onward: Midtown Social serves up food for hungry souls-fuel for a revolution of free, open and creative thought.
Written and recorded as the Bay Area artistic community continued its exodus amid evictions and club closures, Midtown Social speaks with the voices of a generation that understands the power and beauty of its diversity. Each track represents a sound or aesthetic representative of that community by drawing upon the colorful musical impulses that compose it.
Recorded at John Vanderslice's magical, all-analog Tiny Telephone in Oakland with engineer Jamie Riotto, the record captures Midtown Social's raw live sound without any unnecessary ornamentation.
Deeply inspiring and guaranteed to make you sweat just as much as it makes you think, Midtown Social presents a message of solidarity and hope, voiced by a community of people who are as diverse, bold, authentic, and vulnerable as the community in which they were forged. Midtown Social asks us all to come together, to find common ground, love and camaraderie, to fight for our communities, way of life, and rights-and to stand together as one.
More Fatter is a funk fusion band hailing from Belmont, California in the San Francisco Bay Area. With spacious, brassy dance grooves, lusciously tight choral harmonies, and a fiery live presence, More Fatter has quickly established itself as "San Francisco's newest funk, rock, and jazz fusion experiment" (Bay Bridged).
Guitarist and vocalist, Tommy Economou, founded the band with long-time friend, trombonist, keyboard player, and vocalist Mark Fedronic in 2015. Having both just graduated from college and recently moved back to the Bay Area, Mark and Tommy combined backgrounds in blues, jazz, and years of shared experience singing classically in the Ragazzi Boys Chorus, with the eclectic versatility of jazz-trained bassist, composer, and producer, Gustaf Claesson. Mark's brother and trumpet player, Theo Fedronic, and drummer Danny Chiapelone added essential missing ingredients to the mix. Bassist Justin Palaad completed the group upon Gustaf's departure for the Berklee School of Music in Boston.
More Fatter celebrates the chaotic zone between humanity's wildest dreams and our everyday realities, driven by a dual mission to both fire up and heal the hearts and souls of listeners. The band taps into Tommy's and Mark's shared choral background, Theo's and Mark's French Caribbean/Hungarian heritage and the melting pot of blues, funk, jazz, rock, hip hop, electronica, and more that has been cooking up in the San Francisco Bay Area for decades. Check out for their debut record - "where are you" - now out on Spotify! As Dave Watts from The Motet said, "These guys brought a burning energy live, and I'm certain they'll be turning heads with their debut." You don't want to miss it.
Apr 26, 8:30pm to 9:30pm, Cornerstone, 2367 Shattuck Ave (Enter On Durant), Berkeley, CA, 94704