Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar


George Cotsirilos Trio

George Cotsirilos: Guitar
Robb Fisher: Bass
Ron Marabuto: Drums

"Sublimely fluid jazz guitar skills...this is about as tight a jazz trio as you'll ever be lucky enough to hear, with eloquent bass lines and delicately nuanced percussion." - David Wiegand, San Francisco Chronicle

May 27, 12 midnight to 12:30 midnight, The Albatross Pub, 1822 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Temescal Farmers' Market

May 27, 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 27, 11am to 1pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

String Quartet Sundays ~ featuring "The Town"

May 27, 1pm to 2pm, The Musical Offering, 2430 Bancroft Way, Berkeley

Sarah Cahill Concert

Pianist Sarah Cahill performs a solo concert including works by composers Lou Harrison and Ruth Crawford.
Tickets: 5106420808

May 27, 1pm to 2pm, Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive, 2155 Center St, Berkeley

Anyssa Neumann

May 27, 3pm to 5pm, Maybeck Studio, 1537 Euclid Ave, Berkeley

Chirgilchin Throat Singing Workshop

Here is your chance to learn the ancient art of Tuvan throat singing from the world renowned members of Chirgilchin. Our teachers, Igor Koshkendey, Mongun-ool Ondar, and Aidyn Byrtaan-ool have been recognized as masters of throat singing, and they hold multiple international throat singing awards and honors. In this two-hour introductory workshop students will be split into small groups and cover the main techniques and styles of throat singing, including khoomei, sygyt, and kargyraa. All ages and skill levels are welcome.

Instructors: Igor Koshkendey In 1998, Igor took the top prize at the International Competition of Throat Singing in Kyzyl, Tuva's capital. During Chirgilchin's second international tour, Igor won the Grand Prix at the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod in Llangollen, North Wales. He went on to win the International Competition of Throat Singing in Tuva again in 2002. Igor is known around the world for his mastery of multiple styles of throat singing, and especially for being the only throat singer to master the techniques first invented by legendary throat singer Vladimir Oidupaa. Today, Igor directs the Tuvan Cultural Center for traditional arts, in addition to performing with Chirgilchin. His illustrious musical career shows no sign of slowing down - in 2017 he won Best Urban Song in the Latin Grammy Awards for his collaboration with Puerto Rican musician Residente.

Mongun-ool Ondar Mongun-ool began studying throat singing at the age of 13, and went on to win the International Competition of Throat Singing at the age of 16. He is recognized as a master of all six styles of throat singing, and has developed a new style of his own. His incredible solos can express and inspire profound feelings of tragic sadness or blissful joy, with a complexity that would astound John Coltrane or Jimi Hendrix. His singing is, without a doubt, guaranteed to blow your mind.

Aidyn Byrtaan-ool Aidyn studied under the late Kongar-ool Ondar, who held the esteemed honors of People's Throat Singer of the Republic of Tuva, and Honored Artist of Russia. Under the direction of Mr. Ondar and as a member of the folk ensemble Ertine, Aidyn performed at international festivals in Germany and France, and competed in national competitions at home and abroad. Today, Aidyn is a soloist in the Tuvan National Folk Orchestra and a member of Chirgilchin. He commands a high level of professionalism in all traditional Tuvan instruments, and is a laureate of multiple international throat singing competitions and symposiums.

Doors at 3:00 pm; Workshop at 3:30 PM
Tickets are $40 at the Door

May 27, 3:30pm to 5:30pm, 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 27, 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 27: Stanford Jazz High School All Stars (4:30 pm)

May 27, 4:30pm to 6:30pm, Rendon Hall/Fiddler Annex @ California Jazz Conservatory 2040 Addison Street, Berkeley

Voice of Addiction, The Rinds, Blank Spots, Caliphobia + more!

Side Effect --- Suburban sad boi skwad
Cardboard Houses --- indie rock band from sacramento, ca, drawing influences from 60s psychedelia to quiet/loud 90s indie rock
Flight Mongoose
The Rinds --- Rock N Roll, Garage, Punk from Oakland California.
Blank Spots --- Blank Spots is a powerful three piece outfit from San Frandisco. Guitar, Bass, and Drums, stripped down, then built back up into a ball of energy ready to self explode.
Voice Of Addiction --- Chicago, Illinois Politically-charged & socially-conscious Chicago punk-rockers

ALL AGES. Doors 4:45 // show 5 // over by 10
$10 + $2 membership
safe(r) space venue: no drugs, alcohol, or bigoted behavior

May 27, 4:45pm to 10pm, 924 Gilman, 924 Gilman St, Berkeley

STREAMS OF CONSCIOUSNESS Reading James Joyce and Virginia Woolf with Patrick McMahon

Reading James Joyce and Virginia Woolf with Patrick McMahon Every other Sunday, 5:00 to 7 p.m. (early arrivals from 4:30).
Suggested donations $10-$20 per discussion. Sandwiches, tea and wine included For registration and syllabus, please contact Patrick McMahon,

In 1919 Virginia Woolf, bemoaning the demise of the contemporary novel, still placed hope in various young writers experimenting with fresh forms:
They attempt to come closer to life, and to preserve more sincerely and exactly what interests and moves them . . . record(ing) the atoms as they fall upon the mind, in the order in which they fall . . . tracing the pattern, however disconnected and incoherent in appearance, which each sight or incident scores upon the consciousness.
One of the most promising of those young writers, she noted, was James Joyce, whose Ulysses, then a work in progress, would in its published form open up the technique of "stream of consciousness," an approach to narrative attempting to get closer to life and finding coherence in profusion. Woolf would in time be greatly influenced by Joyce in her own experiments with narritive voice, from Mrs. Dalloway to The Waves. Tracing the paths by which both artists arrived at their masterworks, our course of study will be sequenced in three, three-month series, of 7- 8 meetings each.
Fall/Winter, We'll select our readings from The Portable Joyce, edited by Harry Levin, and The Virginia Woolf Reader, edited by Mitchell A. Leaska.

May 27, 5pm to 7pm, University Press Books, 2430 Bancroft Way, 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

May 27, 6:30pm to 7:30pm, California Jazz Conservatory 2087 Addison St, Berkeley

Irene Young's Glass Half Full Benefit for Breast Cancer Prevention

Irene Young's Glass Half Full Benefit for Breast Cancer Prevention, Holly Near, Terry Garthwaite, Laurie Lewis, Kathy Kallick, Jennifer Berezan, Tammy Hall, Robin Flower & Libby McLaren, Chris Webster, Jami Sieber, Deidre McCalla, Shelley Doty, Sheilah Glover & Julie Nicholas, Susanne DiVincenzo, Laura Klein, Ruth Davies, Christelle Durandy, Ilene Weiss, Debbie Fier, Sharon Washington (MC)


This concert is benefiting Breast Cancer Prevention Partners, an organization whose mission is to prevent breast cancer by eliminating exposures to toxic chemicals and radiation linked to the disease. Learn more at Producer, Irene Young, a photographer well known in the music business, is a two-time breast cancer survivor. This is Irene's fourth benefit for BCPP, formerly the Breast Cancer Fund. An all-star lineup of illustrious women will sing and play in various combinations. Come on down and hear these Freight favorites - and world favorites! - make beautiful music for a worthy cause. BCPP CEO, Jeanne Rizzo, the organization's driving force for 25 years, will be on hand at the concert. Jeanne is also a former owner of The Great American Music Hall.

This evening is dedicated with much love to Maggie Roche, who passed away last year from breast cancer. Maggie Roche jump-started Irene's prestigious photographic career in NYC in the late seventies. She is well known for being "the songwriter whose serene alto anchored the close harmonies of the Roches, her trio with her sisters, Terre and Suzzy."

Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 7:00 pm
$36 ADV / $40 DOOR (plus fees)
All tickets are subject to an additional $4 per ticket facility fee.

May 27, 7pm to 8pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley

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

May 27, 7pm to 9pm,


The word Chirgilchin has two translations:"dance of the air in the heat of the day" and "miracle". Established in 1996, Chirgilchin is a group of musicians from Tuva, a small Russian province north of Western Mongolia. Their music tells stories of their homeland, its horses and its people. The monotone sustained notes that branch out into overtone singing with slight shifts in pitch give Tuvan music its characteristic bouyant yet meditative drone quality. The songs are sung in minor pentatonic scale, similar to American blues. Throat-singing is an extraordinary vocal form in which one singer produces two or more voices simultaneously, the low sounds in the throat harmonizing with middle and high flute-like overtones, to create richly layered melodies that evoke Central Asian steppes and nomadic life. Atmospheric and mesmeric, this music is almost too difficult to describe in words and must be heard to be believed. The most advanced forms of throat-singing come from Tuva, and the members of Chirgilchin are among the best and most accomplished throat-singers in all of Tuva.

Doors at 7:30 pm; Show at 8:00 pm
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Tickets are $20 Advance / $25 at the Door

May 27, 8pm to 11pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Rachel Ohnsman

Rachel Ohnsman is taking on the singer-songwriter scene with her powerful vocals and tasteful keyboard playing. Whether performing as a solo artist or backing others, she brings thoughtful musicality to every project.

Growing up in Pennsylvania, Rachel's upbringing was in classical and musical theatre, but she developed a serious interest in Jazz and R&B after moving to Miami. Now she infuses her original music with these various styles and influences like Joni Mitchell and Emily King to create a sound of her own. In addition to performing regularly, Rachel works as an arranger and studio musician. She currently teaches private lessons in both voice and piano.

Rachel has performed with such artists as Becca Stevens and Ira Sullivan across the globe in Chicago, New York, Tokyo, Vienna, and more. She also collaborates with music organizations like Sofar Sounds, Backroom Sessions, and Young Artist Initiative.

Rachel's debut record, Lovers EP, will be released in Spring 2018.

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).

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 27, 8pm to 10pm, The Back Room, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley

St. Paul & The Broken Bones, Low Cut Connie

St. Paul & The Broken Bones
An American soul band from Birmingham, Alabama formed in 2011 by Paul Janeway and Jesse Phillips as a duo, later expanding into a larger group.

Sea of Noise, the second full-length album by St. Paul and the Broken Bones, marks a quantum leap in sound and style for the high-voltage Birmingham, Alabama-based band.

Produced by Paul Butler and recorded at Nashville's Sound Emporium, the group's sophomore effort features an expanded eight-piece lineup of the widely praised soul-based rock unit. Longtime members Paul Janeway (lead vocals), Jesse Phillips (bass, guitar), Browan Lollar (guitars), Andrew Lee (drums), Al Gamble (keyboards), and Allen Branstetter (trumpet) are joined by Jason Mingledorff (saxophone, clarinet, flute), and Chad Fisher (trombone).

Low Cut Connie
Low Cut Connie was recently called "the essence of what rock n roll should be" by Greg Kot (Sound Opinions / NPR)..and the New York Times has said "their live show is a phenomenon." They have been a rolling DIY caravan with an explosive live act bubbling under the surface of the music industry for 5 years, building an obsessive fanbase from all walks of life...white and black, straight and gay, young and old...salty lunatics of every persuasion. Even former President Barack Obama is a fan. He chose their anthem of low-brow American life "Boozophilia" for his Spotify Playlist and met with Weiner at the White House in 2016.

But with Dirty Pictures (part 1), Low Cut Connie moves beyond the drunken bar boogie they have become associated with into a deeper, darker, dirtier American life.

"We've been thought of as a great party band by so many people, and we wear that as a badge of honor, but I really wanted to go deeper with this record." Weiner said recently. "We've been travelling this country now for a number of years, meeting people of all stripes, entertaining them in their bars and sleeping on their couches, laughing hard, holding them tight and sweating it out with them...I wrote this record really thinking about how people are feeling and living in this country these days. It's a wild scene out there."

Sun, May 27, 2018
Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

May 27, 8pm to 9pm, The UC Theatre Taube Family Music Hall, 2036 University Avenue, near Downtown Berkeley BART, Berkeley