Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar


Free Live Jazz

4:30pm to 6:30pm, The Musical Offering, 2430 Bancroft Way, Berkeley

Cleo Wade's Courageous Love Tour

Graduate Hotels® Presents Cleo Wade's Courageous Love Tour: Creating a Braver Connection with Yourself and Your Community.

Join poet and activist Cleo Wade for community-building events centered around connecting more deeply with yourself and the people around you. All events are open to the public. Please bring a notebook and pen, we will also have notebooks available for purchase on site.

Pegasus Books is the onsite bookseller.

Register here.

6pm to 8pm, Graduate Berkeley 2600 Durant Ave Berkeley

Sad Animal Babies with Brooke Barber

Baby animals don't play with toys. They don't have favorite colors. And they don't learn songs unless it's for self-defense.

Come learn about the adorably sad lives of newborn animals with New York Times Bestselling author and illustrator Brooke Barker as she talks about her second book, Sad Animal Babies. You'll laugh until you cry, and you'll take home an autographed drawing of your favorite animal.

No one ever said it was easy being young, and it's especially true if you're a little creature out in the jungles, forests, deserts, and oceans of the big, bad world. Following on the success of her Instagram feed and first book, Sad Animal Facts, Brooke Barker continues her examination of the various foibles and pitfalls of the zoological world, but with its fledgling members this time around. Featuring more than 100 entries, the book is organized into the categories of Mammals, Birds, Reptiles, Amphibians, Insects & Miscellaneous Invertebrates, Marsupials, Fish, and Aquatic Mammals. Every animal gets a hand-drawn image, an informative caption, and a wry quotation, and in the back, there's an appendix with further zoological details and humor to flesh out each entry. Between a great track record, a consistently engaged and growing following, and the universal appeal of cute little baby animals, Barker's next book could be her biggest.

Brooke Barker is an American writer and illustrator living in Amsterdam. She has been obsessed with animals ever since she learned she wasn't one. Her first book, Sad Animal Facts, is a New York Times and Los Angeles Times best-seller, and has been published in countless languages if you can't count higher than five. Her work has been published in the Guardian, the Observer, and Lenny Letter, and she has illustrated for Coca-Cola and Nike. She and her husband Boaz are the creators of the It's Different Every Day calendar.

Free and no tickets required, seats are first come first served.

7:30pm to 8:30pm, Pegasus Books Downtown, 2349 Shattuck Avenue Berkeley