Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar


Temescal Farmers' Market

Jul 8, 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."

Jul 8, 11am to 1pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

String Quartet Sundays ~ featuring "The Town"

Jul 8, 1pm to 2pm, The Musical Offering, 2430 Bancroft Way, Berkeley

Dr. Mwanza Furaha's Cabaret Underground presents A Tribute to Dr. Maya Angelou

This performance of Cabaret Underground's A Tribute to Dr. Maya Angelou, starring Dr. Mwanza Furaha, will be the final show in the Bay Area before she relocates to Palm Springs, CA.

The production features a few of Dr. Angelou's most popular poems and a few more that you may or may not be familiar with. The poems are paired with jazz, blues and calypso compositions, or arrangements by John Coltrane, Duke Ellington, Dr. Angelou and Dr. Furaha.

All of the poems in this production are sung with the exception of "On the Pulse of Morning," (written for President Clinton's inauguration).

Joining Dr. Furaha on this theatrical journey is the Cabaret Underground Band: Gail Muldrow, guitar & bass; Marciel "Marty" Garner, drums; Melvin `Mellow' Bell, tenor sax; and Ebony Wright, narrator.

Special Guests: Franklin L. Hall, writer, actor, MC and Isaiah Harwood, jazz pianist.

Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door and $5 for children 10 & under. Advance tickets are available 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!

Jul 8, 3:30pm to 5pm, The Back Room, 1984 Bonita 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.

Jul 8, 4:30pm to 7pm, University Press Books, 2430 Bancroft Way, Berkeley


The Breaking Pattern
Fall Children
Easy Fix

ALL AGES. Doors 4:30 /
$10 + $2 membership
safe(r) space venue: no drugs, alcohol, or bigoted behavior

Jul 8, 5pm to 10pm, 924 Gilman, 924 Gilman St, Berkeley

Dr. Squeez and the Hugz

Jul 8, 5pm to 7pm, Caffè Chiave, 2500 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

From The Daily Show & Netflix's The Standups: Comedian Gina Yashere! (and Acquaintances)

From The Daily Show & Netflix's The Standups: Comedian Gina Yashere! (and Acquaintances), Gina Yashere, Shea Suga, Karinda Dobbins, Lisa Geduldig

Gina and Lisa are thrilled to be working together again. Gina performed at The 10th Anniversary of Funny Girlz: A Smorgasbord of Women Comedians in 2008, and they co-produced Gina's Live DVD comedy taping of Laughing to America at Brava Theater in San Francisco in 2012.

Show info:
Gina Yashere's web site:

Gina Yashere, who was born to Nigerian parents and raised in London, previously worked as an elevator engineer. She has been a stand up and TV star in the UK for many years now, with appearances on such iconic TV shows as Live At The Apollo and Mock The Week, as well as creating and performing popular comedic characters on The Lenny Henry Show.

Gina broke onto the American comedy scene with her appearances on Last Comic Standing, where she made it to the final 10, and then never went home!

She went on to be named one of the top 10 rising talents in the Hollywood Reporter and is also known in the US for being the only British comedian to ever appear on Def Comedy Jam, as well as for her hilarious appearances on The Tonight Show, Crashing, @Midnight on Comedy Central, her one-hour stand up special, Skinny B*tch on Showtime, and now as the British Correspondent on Comedy Central's The Daily Show with Trevor Noah!

Gina's 3rd stand up special, Gina Yashere: Ticking Boxes, filmed at the iconic 02 Brixton Academy, London, in front of over 2000 of her fans, and was sold to NBC owned, Seeso TV in the US, in 2017. She has since shot a 4th stand up special for Netflix, which will be released March 20th.

Gina is also an in-demand voice artist and has voiced characters in various animations, including Keisha in the cult hit, Bromwell High, and Gravelle in the latest movie from the makers of Wallace & Gromit & Chicken Run, Early Man!

Gina has performed for audiences not just in Europe, the US and Australia, but she is in fact, a highly sought after comedian in Asia, making numerous sold out appearances in Singapore, Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia, and Hong Kong. âe¨It's a wonder she found the time to pick up her 4th award in a row for "Best Comedian" at the recent Black Entertainment & Comedy Awards (UK).

Gina has performed numerous times at the prestigious Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal and Toronto.âe¨ Feature films appearances have included Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and Mr. in Between; she has also appeared on the West-End stage in The Vagina Monologues.âe¨ Gina currently resides in New York and tours non-stop around the world.

Shea Suga hails from Phoenix, where she was influenced by a family of entertainers and show promoters, each of whom deserve their own reality show. At age 10, she made her way to Richmond, California with her huge family, and she is now acclaimed as one of the Bay Area's most loved and closely followed comediennes. Shea's favorite character, Motha Gertha, is alive and well as a 64-year -old church granny who battles demons and is addicted to glitter and bling. Motha Gertha is loved throughout churches, comedy clubs, schools and corporate businesses all over the Bay Area. After launching her stand-up career in 2005, Shea opened for comedian Luenell just two weeks later. Shea has made it to the finals in numerous comedy competitions and took 2nd place in the "U Better Be Funny Competition" in 2008 in Phoenix. Since then, she has hosted and featured for headliners such as Sinbad, Sheryl Underwood, DL Hugley, Tommy Davidson, Bruce Bruce, Earthquake, and Lavell Crawford.

Karinda Dobbins is a Detroit-raised, San Francisco-based stand-up comic and actor. Bitch Magazine said Karinda is one of "Six Hilarious Female Comedians You Don't Know Yet - But Should". She has opened for Dave Chappelle, Trevor Noah, Hari Kondabolu, Margaret Cho and toured with W. Kamau Bell. She has performed at Bridgetown Comedy Festival and Comedy Central's Collosal Clusterfest. Karinda made her primetime national television debut on NickMom Night Out. She produces a bi-monthly political comedy show in Oakland called The Resistance.

Lisa Geduldig is the creator, producer, and MC of a variety of Bay Area comedy shows including the intergalactically-acclaimed annual 3-day event Kung Pao Kosher Comedy (Jewish comedy on Christmas in a Chinese Restaurant) in San Francisco. The show celebrated its 25th Anniversary last December. Lisa produces two monthly Bay Area comedy shows: Comedy at Ashkenaz! in Berkeley on the second Thursday of the month and Comedy Returns to El Rio! on the third Thursday of the month at El Rio in San Francisco's Mission District. That show has been running for 10 years. She moonlights as a bilingual (Spanish-English) publicist.

Jul 8, 7pm to 10pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley

Dancers of the World with Naina Shastri

Madanika - Story of the Stone Girls:
It is based on the poems written by the post independence literary exponent from Karnataka, one of the Southern States of India, Shri D V Gundappa or DVG as he is most popularly known there! DVG, was inspired by the stone carvings of dancing damsels in the Temples of Belur and Halebidu. He then composed a poem on each of them, describing their beauty. These poems are collectively titled "Antahapura Geethegalu" or "Songs from the Inner Chambers"!
The temples of Belur and Halebidu were built during the reign of Emperor Vishnuvardhana, of the Hoysala Dynasty around the 11th and 12th Century. The Emperor's main queen, Rani Shantala is supposed to have commissioned the building of these temples. She was herself an amazing dancer, musician and mathematician! The temples of Belur and Halebidu are UNESCO protected heritage sites and are a marvel of architecture and engineering!

Mrs. Naina Shastri, Artistic Director of Ushajali School of Dance, Instructor of Bharatanatyam at the Mahea Uchiyama Center for International Dance, has been learning this art form since she was 8yrs old. She had her initial training under the guidance of Guru Vidwan Shri K Rama Murthy Rao of Mysore, India. She has a "Vidwat" degree in Bharatanatyam, from the Karnataka State Secondary Board of Education and is a Certified Teacher with the Akhila Bharatiya Gandharva MahaVidyalaya, Mumbai. She has been a RAW resident artist at SAFEhouse for the Arts, SF and Artist-in-residence at the Oakland Asian Cultural Center, Oakland. Currently, she serves as a Member of the San Ramon City's Arts Advisory Council. She is the founder of Namaha Foundation for the Arts, A Tri Valley Based Arts organization and co founder of Kalasangha-East Bay Artists Exchange.
Students of Ushanjali regularly perform at various Community and City organized events. The school was one of the groups that performed in this year's San Francisco International Arts Festival, SFIAF 2018.


Doors at 6:30 pm; Show at 7:00 pm
Buy Tickets Here
Tickets are $12 Advance /
$15 Day of Show

Jul 8, 7pm to 8pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

lazyboy and Thomas Carnacki


is an ambient "New Edge" duo made up of guitarist Bruce Anderson and bassist /electronic sampler Dale Sophiea, founding members of such diverse musical groups as the legendary MX-80 Sound, O-Type, Half Life, and The Screaming Gypsy Bandits.
Their music has been released by numerous labels, including Island Music, Superior Viaduct, Family Vineyard, Ship-To-Shore, Petit Mal, Quadruped, and Ralph Records.

lazyboy and companion quartet Grale are primary live performance outlets for these two, since core band MX-80 Sound now focuses primarily on studio work (most recently So Funny came out on Feeding Tube Records in 2017).

Thomas Carnacki is a Bay Area-based organism preoccupied with the recording and performances that tend towards the textural, the subtle, the disquieting and unsettling. The live performance instantiation of Carnacki consists of a varying (if moderately consistent) rotating cast of participants, regularly including Cheryl E. Leonard, Gregory Hagan, Jesse Burson, and Sheila Bosco.

Notable collaborators include luminaries such as Carla Bozulich (Evangelista, Geraldine Fibbers), Carla Kihlstedt and Matthias Bossi (Rabbit Rabbit, Tin Hat, Sleepytime Gorilla Museum), and Dawn McCarthy (Faun Fables). Thomas Carnacki music has been featured in numerous dance and theatrical productions, HBO and PBS documentaries, and avant-garde experimental short films; and Carnacki has performed on both sides of the continent and as part of such festivals and entities as Activating The Medium, Project Soundwave, the Whitney Biennial, and the Illuminated Corridor. Carnacki has released a number of records in the past decade, including a split LP with Vulcanus 68 (the Quietus notes that the Carnacki half of the record is "a beautifully engaging and evolving series of crafted textures and tones to orbit our ears and enter our unconscious.") also notes, in reference to 2010's The Disappearance of This Terrible Spool EP, that Carnacki "attempts to open up listeners' worldview to the things that are best ignored; tapping into mental states that may tap back...this is a whole other world where art and the afterlife briefly touch."

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!

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