Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar


Temescal Farmers' Market

Jun 24, 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."

Jun 24, 11am to 1pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

String Quartet Sundays ~ featuring "The Town"

Jun 24, 1pm to 2pm, The Musical Offering, 2430 Bancroft Way, Berkeley

Ethan Ostrow

Jun 24, 3pm to 5pm, Maybeck Studio, 1537 Euclid Ave, Berkeley


With a penchant for improvisation and unexpected meters, StringQuake boasts a wide-ranging repertoire that runs the gamut from contemplative to vigorous. Using exciting instrumentation-harp, cello, and percussion StringQuake explores far-flung sounds inspired by Greece, India, Africa, and the Americas. With roots in San Francisco and the East Bay, the trio has toured Mexico and performed extensively in the Bay Area, releasing their first album, "Take 15," in 2013 and "Cascade," in December of 2016.

Jun 24, 4pm to 8pm, Jupiter, 2181 Shattuck 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.

Jun 24, 4:30pm 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 4:00 pm to sign up.

Jun 24, 4:30pm to 6:30pm, California Jazz Conservatory, 2087 Addison St, Berkeley

Blueprint/Stanley Ipkuss/Manos Lindas/Philharmonik/Keese Sama

Conscious hip hop night to start the summer right!!
Stanley Ipkuss
Manos Lindas
Keese Sama
$10 +$2 Membership

Jun 24, 5pm to 9pm, 924 Gilman, 924 Gilman St, Berkeley

The Dynamic Miss Faye Carol with special guest Freddie Hughes

The Dynamic Miss Faye Carol and Dynamic Duo! host "The Heart of Soul," featuring Bay Area soul legend Freddie Hughes. After beginning her career in gospel music, Faye Carol made her name singing with Oakland blues and funk legend Johnny Talbot & De Thangs and performing with her own trio in the jazz and cabaret clubs of 1970s San Francisco.

She is a highly decorated song stylist, having won four Cabaret Gold Awards, the 2014 Bay Area Jazz Hero Award, and a star on the Oakland Blues Walk of Fame, along with many other honors. Ms. Carol is internationally regarded for her powerful voice, unique style, and impeccable delivery of a wide range of material from The Great American Songbook to down home blues to contemporary popular music. She has shared the stage with artists such as Ray Charles, Marvin Gaye, Pharaoh Sanders, Charles Brown, Albert King, and Billy Higgins.

Freddie Hughes is a Berkeley native who gained attention singing in the gospel group The Five Disciples and on the Oakland club circuit in the late 1950s. He recorded his first hit single "Send My Baby Back" in 1968 to international acclaim. Freddie Hughes delivers blues and soul like no other! Freddie Hughes and Faye Carol have shared the stage together countless times since the 1960s and this reunion of Bay Area royalty is sure to close out "Faye and the Fellas" with a bang!

"Every Faye Carol performance is a master class - a deep dive into the soul-steeped marrow of jazz and blues. A Bay Area institution, the Berkeley vocalist needs only one set to leave an indelible impression on her listeners who know just what to expect if they pay attention to her billing as The Dynamic Miss Faye Carol." - Andrew Gilbert, Bay Area News Group

Tickets are $25 and 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!

Jun 24, 5pm to 7pm, The Back Room, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley

Sun Valley Players Beethoven & Brahms

The Berkeley Hillside Club is excited to host the return of the Sun Valley Players, an ensemble of virtuoso musicians, to our Concert Series. They will be performing one of Beethoven's Late Quartets, along with the famous DvoÅ(tm)ák Cello Concerto. And there's a secret ... this super-group are all mild-mannered members of the San Francisco Symphony, including Assistant Concertmaster Jeremy Constant, and Assistant Principal cellist Amos Yang, as well as violinist Polina Sedukh and violist Adam Smyla. Joining them for this concert will be pianist Amy Zanrosso. Don't miss these world-class artists performing in our historic and acoustically-excellent hall.

The Sun Valley Players are:
Jeremy Constant - violin Polina Sedukh - violin Adam Smyla - viola
Amos Yang - cello and special guest
Amy Zanrosso - piano

String Quartet No. 16 in F Major, Op. 135 - Ludwig van Beethoven
Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104, B. 191 - Antonín DvoÅ(tm)ák (arranged for cello and piano)

In the last several years of his life, Ludwig van Beethoven created a series of six string quartets of surpassing beauty, subtlety, and sophistication. These pieces have become known as the "Late Quartets." At the time of their composition, however, Beethoven's contemporaries didn't know what to make of them; one commented that "we know there is something there, but we do not know what it is." Composer and conductor Louis Spohr called them "indecipherable, uncorrected horrors." Since that time, however, these works have become revered by generations musicians, scholars, and listeners alike, and indeed sound modern even in the 21st Century. For this concert the Sun Valley Players will be performing one of these venerated works, "String Quartet No.16 in F Major, Op. 135." This spectacular piece was the composer's last major work.

While contemporary cello players had asked Antonín DvoÅ(tm)ák for a cello concerto for quite some time, DvoÅ(tm)ák always refused, stating that the cello was a fine orchestral instrument but totally insufficient for a solo concerto. According to Josef Michl, DvoÅ(tm)ák was fond of the middle register, but complained about a nasal high register and a mumbling bass. In a letter to a friend, DvoÅ(tm)ák wrote that he himself was probably most surprised by his decision to write a cello concerto despite these long held reservations. The result was his supreme "Cello Concerto in B minor, Op104" considered by many to be among the finest cello works in the repertoire. The brilliant Amos Yang will be performing an arrangement of the piece for cello and piano.

Jun 24, 7pm to 9pm, Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar St, Berkeley

Dancers of the World Presents Tezkatlipoka Aztec Dance and Drum

Tezkatlipoka's mission is to share and promote indigenous Meso American culture through Aztec dance and drumming. Tezkatlipoka strives to maintain a high level of integrity in both teaching and presenting Aztec dancing and drumming that is true to form so that it can be preserved in all its beauty and strength for future generations to come. The group's philosophy centers on preserving the sacred traditions left behind by our ancestors while sharing and exchanging cultural knowledge as a way to foster a sense of unity between all peoples of the Earth.

Doors at 6:30 pm; Show at 7:00 pm
Buy Tickets on EVENTBRITE
Tickets are $12 Advance / $15 at the Door

Jun 24, 7pm to 10pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, 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

Jun 24, 7pm to 9pm, Caffè on San Pablo, 2500 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Samuel Blaser Trio: Samuel Blaser (trombone) Marc Ducret (guitar) and Peter Bruun (perc)

Jun 24, 7:30pm to 9:30pm, Tom's Place, 3111 Deakin Street, Berkeley

Brick + Mortar, The Unlikely Candidates The Y Axes

All Ages $15 in advance / $19 at the door

Jun 24, 8pm to 9pm, Cornerstone 2367 Shattuck Ave (Enter On Durant) Berkeley

Shawn Colvin

singular and enduring singer-songwriter
(6/23/18) Doors: 7:00 PM Show: $145 Premium + VIP / $65 Premium / $50 Advance / $54 Door (plus fees)

Jun 24, 8pm to 10pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street