Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar


Temescal Farmers' Market

May 20, 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."

May 20, 11am to 1pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

String Quartet Sundays ~ featuring "The Town"

May 20, 1pm to 2pm, The Musical Offering, 2430 Bancroft Way, Berkeley

BAAM // May Edition // Brunch Time!

BAAM, the Bay Area Arts Mixer, is a monthly live Music & Art event in Berkeley, CA which aims to bring together artists across many platforms with the intention of support and collaboration.

~* BAAM! *~
May Edition
Brunch Time!

Madelyn Covey (Paintings/Illustrations)
D'Arcy Beltrand (Tea)
Erin Rae (Clothing/Patches)
Tay Gersbach (JangLahVon Clothing)
Jenna Spagnolo and Elle Aviv Newton (Poets Reading the News)
Live Video/Photography by the Ever-Wonderful:
John Lendved (Video)

Suggested Donation $5-20 at door.
$2 for one-time annual membership for 924 Gilman

Cash for:
concessions that support 924 Gilman
and *BAAM!* supporting, popcorn bar ðY¿
We'll have breakfast burritos!

Come support artists and musicians in the Bay Area!

May 20, 1:30pm to 5:30pm, Bay Area Arts Mixer - BAAM 924 Gilman St, Berkeley

Pocket Opera - Cimarosa's "The Secret Marriage"

Cimarosa's The Secret Marriage

Music Director: Frank Johnson

Director: Ted Zoldan
Costumes: Maria Graham
Props/set: Daniel Yelen

Carolina- Liesl McPherrin
Paolino- Jonathan Smucker
Elisetta- Autumn Allee
Geronimo- Lawrence Venza
Fidalma- Kathleen Moss
Count Robinson- Spencer Dodd

Old Geronimo, a thriving merchant, has long yearned for higher, spiritual things-such as a titles, a coat of arms, a connection with nobility. But with two marriageable daughters, how could he be so careless when employing a handsome young tenor, short of money and in daily contact? Secrecy is of the essence.

Famous for its overture, this charming, tuneful comedy will leave you smiling.

Sunday, May 20, 2018 | 2pm

May 20, 2pm to 4pm, Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar St, Berkeley

Michael Menager

California-born singer/songwriter Michael Menager has an ear for the common threads in our human experience: pitfalls and disappointments, insights and epiphanies. After singing and playing his way through coffee houses and bars around the world, Michael is now based in Candelo in the Bega Valley, where his debut album, Clean Exit, was recorded in 2014.

With a folk ethos and a blues gospel feel, Michael delivers Clean Exit with the authority of an early John Prine, his guitar style reminiscent of the late Reverend Gary Davis. Michael's upcoming second album, Not the Express, was produced by Candelo's Heath Cullen and recorded in LA with an all-star cast.

Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door and $15 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).

The Back Room is an all-ages, BYOB (for those 21+) space, dedicated to (mostly) acoustic music of all kinds. You are welcome to bring your own adult beverage with no additional corkage fee. If you need more information or have any questions, please call us: #510-654-3808. Thank you for your support!

May 20, 2:30pm to 4:30pm, The Back Room, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley

Cuban Rumba Jam

Free/Donations Encouraged
The Sunday Lounge Rumba has been going on at La Peña for the past 12 years and we want to see it continue. We highly encourage attendees to donate online to ensure that we keep this community event alive!
Folkloric Afro-Cuban Rhythm & Dance Every 1st & 3rd Sunday!
Come enjoy the Afro-Cuban folkloric drums, dances, and songs of rumba. Rumba is the word used for a group of related, community-oriented, music and dance styles in Cuba. Rumba developed in rural Cuba, with strong influences from African drumming and Spanish poetry and singing.

May 20, 3pm to 5pm, 3105 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA, 94705, United States

Jason Dewees

Join Mrs. Dalloway's and the Mediterranean Garden Society for a talk and signing by Jason Dewee's on his just released book, Designing with Palms

In this comprehensive guide, Dewees shares the many ways palms can transform courtyards, gardens and landscapes. Detailing the most important species and highlighted by striking photography, Designing with Palms imparts vital advice on making the most of these statement-making plants.
"Contains virtually everything you need to know about these plants and their usage in gardens. This is the go-to book."-- Raymond Jungles, landscape architect
Jason Dewees is the staff horticulturist at Flora Grubb Gardens and East West Trees in San Francisco. Responsible for the Tree Canopy Succession Plan for the San Francisco Botanical Garden, he serves on the Horticultural Advisory Committee for the San Francisco Botanical Garden, and on The San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers Advisory Council.

May 20, 3pm to 4pm, Mrs Dalloway's Bookstore, 2904 College Ave, Berkeley

Dahveed Behroozi

May 20, 3pm to 5pm, Maybeck Studio, 1537 Euclid Ave, Berkeley

Caravan of Stories: Season III

In this, our third season of the Caravan of Stories, we highlight the power of traditional stories to move us, to change us, and to inspire us. We will also continue to explore the importance of context in understanding folk tales, in a conversation with Eth-Noh-Tec on telling tales from other cultures and in a special series on 1001 Nights and their variants in Africa and Central Asia in the spring. It promises to be an exciting year of stories with an amazing group of tellers: Beatrice Bowles, Jeff Byers, Cathryn Fairlee, Neshama Franklin, Muriel Johnson, Liz Nichols, Carol Nyhoff, Kiran Rana, Ann Riley, Terry Stokes, Kirk Waller, and more — including Laura Simms in February!

May 20, 3pm to 5pm, Silk Road House, 1944 University Ave, Berkeley

To Henry from Florence, Summer of Love 1533 - Renaissance Madrigals and Motets --- San Francisco Renaissance Voices

San Francisco Renaissance Voices To Henry from Florence, Summer of Love 1533 - Renaissance Madrigals and Motets

San Francisco Renaissance Voices (Katherine McKee, Music Director) is delighted to present the modern day premiere of madrigals from a collection of Italian masterpieces, sent as a gift to Henry VIII from Florence, Italy, in 1533, a five-volume set of madrigal and motet partbooks that were assembled in Florence and sent as a gift-or "musical embassy"-to the English court. Our stellar singers will be joined by actors, dancers and instrumentalists for this very special costumed production. The performance of these rarely heard works is made possible through the kind permission of The University of Chicago.

    Price Range: $25 Student/Senior, $30 General
    Tickets: 415.650.6258

May 20, 4pm to 6pm, St. Clement's Episcopal Church, 2837 Claremont Blvd, Berkeley

Bishop O'Dowd Recitals

Hot jazz from dozens of fine young players in both big and small bands fills the Ashkenaz stage as the Bishop O'Dowd High School Jazz Band throws its annual "end-of-the-year blowout." The band program at the East Oakland school has been around for years, but in the past few years under the direction of busy musician Fred Randolph (a gigging and recording jazz bassist in the Bay Area in a number of bands as well as leading his own quintet), the program has grown rapidly. There are now nearly 50 students in the jazz band program, and tonight's show presents three groups: the beginning and advanced bands (both big bands) and a smaller jazz combo. They offer a delightful mix of jazz, from Chick Corea's "Spain" to the bebop of Miles Davis and the funky sounds of Stevie Wonder.

Doors at 3:30 pm; Show at 4:00 pm
Buy Tickets on EVENTBRITE
Tickets are $15 at the Door

May 20, 4pm to 8pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, 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.

May 20, 4:30pm to 7pm, University Press Books, 2430 Bancroft Way, Berkeley

Electric Squeezebox Orchestra (CJC Resident Artists)

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 .

May 20, 4:30pm to 6:30pm, Rendon Hall/Fiddler Annex @ California Jazz Conservatory 2040 Addison Street, Berkeley

Greenwood News

May 20, 5pm to 7pm, Caffe on San Pablo, 2500 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley

PEARS // Neighborhood Brats // HiGH // Violent Obsession

PEARS - the band
(Punk rock from NOLA // Fat Wreck Chords)

(fuzzy punk from NOLA // Wiretap Records)

(7" Release!)

Violent Obsession

ALL AGES. Doors at 6PM.
$10 + $2 Membership.
Safe(r) Space Venue: No Drugs, Alcohol, or Bigoted Behavior.

May 20, 6pm to 11pm, 924 Gilman , 924 Gilman St, Berkeley

Berkeley Bluegrass Festival - Darol Anger's Blur-Grass All-Stars, The Get Down Boys, The Page Turners

with Bill Evans and Max Schwartz The Get Down Boys, The Page Turners with Bill Evans and Max Schwartz, North Country Blue (on the Gallery Stage)
Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: $30 ADV / $34 DOOR (plus fees)

May 20, 7pm to 9pm,