Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar


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."

Sep 2, 11am to 1pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Women Drummers International Presents: Drum Sunday

Event at 1 pm in the Back Studio

Tickets are $25 - $10 (sliding scale) / Under 12 yrs free
No one turned away for lack of funds

Drum Sundays are drumming workshops presented on the first Sunday of every month by one of our FANTASTIC MAESTRA DRUMMERS from Born To Drum.

Classes are open to ALL LEVELS. There will be a limited number of drums to borrow on a first come first serve basis.

Workshop from MABIBA BAEGNE, Dunun Drums and Rhythms from West Africa

Sep 2, 1pm to 3pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

String Quartet Sundays ~ featuring "The Town"

Sep 2, 1pm to 2pm, The Musical Offering, 2430 Bancroft Way, 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.

Sep 2, 3pm to 5pm, 3105 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA, 94705, United States

Larry Stefl

Sep 2, 5pm to 7pm, Caffè Chiave, 2500 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702, USA

BestMistake /Swine /SuburbanStatic/ Noogy /Deadset /ODs

Support Local and Touring Bands!

Best Mistake
Swine (LA)
Noogy (TX)
The Deadset (BC)
Suburban Static
The OD's

$8 Door +$2 Membership
All Ages
5 PM

safe(r) space venue: no drugs, alcohol, or bigoted behavior

Sep 2, 5pm to 11pm, 924 Gilman, 924 Gilman St, Berkeley

Songs & Stories: An Evening of Georgian Folk Tales and Songs with Temple of Light Community Choir

Join us for an evening of oral storytelling and traditional polyphonic music from the Republic of Georgia! Kitka's Temple of Light Georgian Community Choir and storyteller Dana Sherry will weave together folktales, legends, and ancient melodies that are guaranteed to transport the listener across the Black Sea, through the Caucasus Mountains, and beyond.

Temple of Light Georgian Community Choir is an Oakland-based volunteer mixed vocal arts project dedicated to the performance of traditional polyphonic music and ritual song from the Republic of Georgia, the Caucasus, and Lazona. Designated by UNESCO as a masterpiece of the oral and intangible heritage of humanity, Georgian polyphony stands among some of the oldest and most beautiful song repertoires in the world. Sung in three distinct and overlapping parts, Georgian music necessitates singing with others. The individual parts do not stand alone. In a time of divisive political upheaval, the need for wonder, fierce love, and transcendent beauty is vital in creating a world that deeply sees one another and responds to that seeing with celebration, joy, and empathy. Temple of Light's core mission is to be a light in dark places, igniting the best in our humanity through Georgian song.

Director Kristine Barrett is an artist, composer, and vocalist specializing in traditional music and ritual song. Barrett's work has been performed and exhibited in galleries and media festivals throughout North America and Europe, and recently featured on the acclaimed NPR show The Thistle and Shamrock. In addition to her solo work, she currently performs with the acclaimed KITKA Women's Vocal Ensemble and is the director of the Temple of Light Georgian Community Choir in Oakland and the Headlands Community Folk Ensemble in Sausalito.

Storyteller Dana Sherry was a respectable historian of the Caucasus and Central Asia until she turned to a life of storytelling. Now she brings folk tales from the heart of the Silk Road to life in programs for adults and children. She also hosts the Caravan of Stories, a monthly storytelling series dedicated to the oral traditions of Central Asia, at the Silk Road House in Berkeley.

Doors at 6:30pm ; Show at 7pm
Tickets $15-$20 Sliding Scale ; Students $10
Buy Tickets Here

Sep 2, 7pm to 9pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Arlo Guthrie Re:Generation Tour (9/2/18)

Arlo Guthrie, Sarah Lee Guthrie, Abe Guthrie

Arlo Guthrie's father Woody hoped one day to have enough kids to form a family band, traveling the country and singing their songs together - Generations. The Re:Generation tour is the spirit of an American family making music together. Arlo's children Abe Guthrie and Sarah Lee Guthrie will be joining their dad to present music of the Guthrie Generations.

The father of the American protest song, Woody Guthrie hoped one day to have enough kids to form a family band to travel the country and sing songs to the people. Woody built a legacy of activism that the Guthrie family continues to preserve with their leading voices in the current revolution against oppression and injustice. The Re:Generation Tour gives voice to the common folk with their characteristic honesty and humor through the power of community and song. Arlo and the Guthrie family aspire to represent hope for working families across this great nation.
Arlo Guthrie

(born July 10, 1947, Brooklyn, New York, USA) is an American folk singer-songwriter. Father of Abe Guthrie, Annie Guthrie, Sarah Lee Guthrie and Cathy Guthrie. Son of folk singer Woody Guthrie, brother of Nora Guthrie and grandfather of Krishna Guthrie.

Sarah Lee Guthrie (born February 17, 1979, Massachsetts, USA) is an American vocalist and guitarist. She is married to Johnny Irion and together they perform as a musical duo. Daughter of Arlo Guthrie, sister of Cathy Guthrie, Abe Guthrie and Annie Guthrie. Granddaughter of Woody Guthrie and niece of Nora Guthrie.

Abe Guthrie

is an American keyboardist, vocalist, producer, engineer and graphic artist. Father of Krishna Guthrie and Serena Guthrie, son of Arlo Guthrie, brother of Cathy Guthrie, Annie Guthrie and Sarah Lee Guthrie. Grandson of Woody Guthrie and nephew of Nora Guthrie.

Sep 2, 7pm to 9pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley

Carl Stone and Soo Yeon Lyuh

Carl Stone and Soo Yeon Lyuh met for the first time in Berkeley February 2016, and both soon broached the idea of working together to the other. The performance at CNMAT will be their debut as a duo. In their performance, Lyuh will mix performance of traditional music for Haegeum with improvisation, the results serving as prime materials for Stone's real time sampling techniques.

Soo Yeon Lyuh is a haegeum (Korean two-string bowed instrument) player, composer, and improviser based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Rigorously trained in court and folk repertories from a young age, Lyuh is known for her masterful performances of new compositions for the haegeum. Deeply invested in exploring new musical possibilities via improvisation, she has collaborated with the Wadada Leo Smith, Fred Frith, Joan Jeanrenaud, William Winant and numerous other international performers and composers. Lyuh holds a BA, MA, and Ph.D. in Korean Musicology from Seoul National University where she taught for six years. More recently, she has organized workshops and lecture concerts in collaboration with composition and ethnomusicology faculty at UC Berkeley, UC Santa Cruz, UC Davis, Mills College, and University of Hawai'i at Manoa. Lyuh seeks to continually expand contemporary haegeum possibilities through work with new media and technology. She is currently a Scholar-Artist in Residence at Mills College.

Carl Stone is one of the pioneers of live computer music, and has been hailed by the Village Voice as "the king of sampling." and "one of the best composers living in (the USA) today." He has used computers in live performance since 1986. Stone was born in Los Angeles and now divides his time between Los Angeles and Japan. He studied composition at the California Institute of the Arts with Morton Subotnick and James Tenney and has composed electro-acoustic music almost exclusively since 1972. His works have been performed in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Asia, Australia, South America and the Near East. In addition to his schedule of performance, composition and touring, he is on the faculty of the Department of Media Engineering at Chukyo University in Japan.

General Price $10.00
Senior Price $5.00
Student Price $5.00

Sep 2, 8pm to 10pm, CNMAT Center for New Music and Audio Technologies, 1750 Arch St, Berkeley