Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar

11/18/2018

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."

Nov 18, 11am to 1pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702, USA

String Quartet Sundays ~ featuring "The Town"

Nov 18, 1pm to 3pm, The Musical Offering Cafe, 2430 Bancroft Way, Berkeley

John Prine Sing-Along with Clyde Leland

John Prine Sing-Along
John Prine is among the most revered and influential singer-songwriters of all time. With songs like "Angel From Montgomery," "Paradise," and "Illegal Smile," he has amassed a legion of devoted fans, from his first album released in 1971 to this year's "Tree of Forgiveness."

Prine's songs are stories in the narrative tradition of the Carter Family, Roy Acuff, and Jimmie Rodgers. Sometimes they're funny ("Dear Abby"), sometimes poignant ("Souvenirs"), sometimes political ("Your Flag Decal Won't Get You Into Heaven Anymore), and often just fooling around ("Fish and Whistle), but they always feel like stories about people you might know.
Join Berkeley singer-songwriter Clyde Leland (Grampa Clyde of the Freighter Tots toddler song circles), Jacob Leland of The Mosswoods, and local singers John Koch and Ronnie London for the FREE Sunday afternoon sing-along of some of Prine's most singable tunes.

Clyde Leland (Grampa Clyde) started singing songs with kids about 40 years ago when his own children were in pre-school. In 2015, while singing with his granddaughter's class, he realized that singing with kids is more fun than teaching law students. So he left his job teaching Legal Ethics in law school to give more time to Sing Along with Grampa Clyde. In addition to practicing and teaching law and working as a legal affairs journalist, he has been a summer-camp song leader and a singer-songwriter performing throughout the Bay Area. A native San Franciscan, he lives in Berkeley.

Nov 18, 1pm to 11/18 12 midnight, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley, CA, 94704

Creole/Cajun Jam

Nov 18, 1:30pm to 4:30pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

TARTUFFE: a modern take on Molière's classic comedy, Nov. 9-18: Translated into English verse by Richard Wilbur

The Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies Department continues its 2018-19 season with Molière's classic comedy, TARTUFFE.

Initially censored following its premiere in 1664, TARTUFFE is a bold work that is decidedly relevant today. Set in present-day Los Angeles, TARTUFFE is the story of a con man disguised as a pious spiritual leader who wheedles his way into the home of a gullible, affluent patriarch in the midst of a mid-life crisis - promptly setting the household topsy turvy. If not for the quick witted Dorine, grounded Elmire, and infinitely patient Cléante, all might be lost! Young love, lechery, deception, and delusion collide in TARTUFFE, Molière's most famous work that skewers religious hypocrisy and self-inflated egotism.

Directed by Domenique Lozano, TARTUFFE examines how power is vulnerable to manipulation by piety, hypocrisy, and gullibility. Although the French King Louis XIV privately enjoyed TARTUFFE's debut, he was persuaded to ban the play after religious leaders called Molière "a devil clothed in human flesh" and the Archbishop of Paris threatened to excommunicate anyone who attended a performance. Molière's defense argued that comedy is a physical embodiment of "the unreasonable", and so the play of reason against the irrational is the necessary subject of comedy.

"I love that it is a comedy," shares Lozano, "one that moves with lightning speed, slams characters up against each other brutally and brilliantly, and deals with a terrifying situation with humor, wit and grace."

Nov 18, 2pm to 3:30pm, Zellerbach Playhouse

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.

Nov 18, 3pm to 5pm, La Peña Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck Ave, 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.


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Nov 18, 3pm to 5pm, La Peña Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

University Chamber Chorus

Wei Cheng, director
Join the Chamber Chorus for an exploration of European Voices throughout time and space - a musical journey of Baltic passion, Mediterranean romance, Evangelical spirit, and more. Featuring composers from the Renaissance period to today, including Monteverdi, J.S. Bach, Rossini, Arvo Part, and Hubert Parry.

The UCB Chamber Chorus is the university's premiere concert choir. Known for offering our singers and audiences an engaging musical experience, each year the Chamber Chorus sings a cappella and accompanied music in many languages, and from the last 800 years.

The Chamber Chorus's approximately 35 singers are competitively selected from singer-musicians in the greater campus community: undergraduates, graduate students, faculty, and staff. Some singers who are not directly affiliated with the University may also be admitted to ensemble. Singers in the chamber chorus are expected to have advanced musicianship skills and significant vocal/choral experience, and to be passionately devoted to chamber choir singing.

See UC Berkeley Events calendar for more details:
http://events.berkeley.edu/index.php/calendar/sn/pubaff/event_ID/119151.html

Nov 18, 3pm to 5pm, Hertz Concert Hall, UC Berkeley

VOENA - Talent on the Move

VOENA is a captivating, multi-cultural, world music experience that redefines "choir" the way Cirque du Soleil redefines "circus." Director Annabelle Marie inspires over 130 children from ages 6-18 to celebrate music through voice, sound, rhythm, and physical expression.

Singing in over 25 languages, VOENA has performed around the globe, inspiring audiences at the 2012 London Olympics, the Grand Ole Opry, as repeat guests at the White House, for Pope John Paul II at the Vatican in Rome, and as goodwill ambassadors to Bali, Italy, Ireland, China, and Japan. VOENA was the first American Choir to sing at the Soweto Festival in South Africa, and VOENA will be heading to Carnegie Hall in April 2018 to perform at the magnificent Isaac Stern Auditorium, under the direction of Grammy-winner, composer and conductor Eric Whitacre, spreading their mission to unite the world and empower future leaders through music.

"If the world had the heart and the courage to see you and hear you, we would be different - we would be changed. You are exactly what the world needs. In your innocence and in your youth and talent, you can teach us so much." - Dr. Maya Angelou

Watch VOENA's Presidential promo video here.

Tickets are $20 in advance and $30 at the door. 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!

Nov 18, 3pm to 5pm, The Back Room, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley

Third Sundays Youth Open Mic Night! @ The Starry Plough Pub

The Youth Open Mic starts at 4pm. Welcome to all types of songs, instrumentalists, and comedians. Please be there at 3:30 to sign up and draw names for the performance order. We have microphones and direct boxes on stage. Bring your own instruments, guitar amps (you can also use a direct box), or drums. Playing with tracks is great! Performers can do 2-4 songs, depending on how many performers arrive.

Nov 18, 4pm to 5pm, The Starry Plough Pub - 3101 Shattuck Avenue - Berkeley

Third Sundays Youth Open Mic Night!

For details, link here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/third-sundays-youth-open-mic-night-tickets-50751822066

Nov 18, 4pm to 6pm, The Starry Plough Pub - 3101 Shattuck Avenue - Berkeley, CA 94705

Trio Ignacio: Boccherini Meets Zappa

"Boccherini Meets Zappa" - Listen to solos, duos, and trios composed by a pair of 18th-century Italians: Luigi Boccherini & Francesco Zappa

Trio Ignacio have played together for years, often embedded in bigger bands, sometimes in pairs. Working together they happily explore the little-known world of the early keyboard trio, and include in their repertoire works of Haydn, Mozart, and their namesake Ignaz Pleyel.


Band Members and Instrumentation:

Katherine Heater, harpsichord:

Anthony Martin, violin & viola;

David Morris, violoncello

Nov 18, 4:30pm to 6:30pm, California Jazz Conservatory 2087 Addison St, 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 Sundays at 5:30 pm through November 18th, with vocalist Andrea Claburn as a special guest on November 18th.

ESO Band Members and Instrumentation: Saxes: Sheldon Brown, Larry Delacruz, Mike Zilber, Marcus Stephens, Charlie Gurke; Trombones: Rob Ewing, Danny Lubin-Laden, Patrick Malabuyo, Rich Lee; Trumpets: Erik Andrews, Erik Jekabson, Darren Johnston, Andrew Stephens; Piano: Steve Blum; Guitar: Jordan Samuels; Bass: Peter Barshay; Drums: Jeff Marrs

Artist Bio: The Electric 18th Orchestra is the Bay Area's own 17-piece big band, led by trumpeter Erik Jekabson, playing music composed and arranged by its members. The composers and arrangers, some of the very best in the Bay, draw from a wide variety of influences but always come up with powerful music with groove, beauty and subtlety. The band, which started a steady Sunday residency at the California Jazz Conservatory in March, has colloborated with a number of special guest artists, including John Santos, Kenny Washington, Alan Ferber, Dayna Stephens, Mads Tolling, Sandy Cressman, Kellye Gray, Avotcja, Spok and Ben Goldberg.

Artist Website: http://www.electricsqueezeboxorchestra.com

Nov 18, 4:30pm to 6:30pm, Rendon Hall/Fiddler Annex @ California Jazz Conservatory 2040 Addison Street, Berkeley

Greenwood News

Nov 18, 5pm to 7pm, Caffè Chiave, 2500 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

The Novelists

An elderly couple stands precariously on the railing of a 17-floor balcony...two teenagers unknowingly choose a murder scene for their parking date, and a young man throws off the shackles of a bullish culture. These are just a sample of the scenes in which you'll find yourself immersed when you listen to The Novelists.

Equally comfortable acoustic or electric, The Novelists showcase cliffhanger storytelling, multiple lead singers, and their signature four-part harmonies. The Novelists have become a mainstay on the West Coast festival, college and house concert circuits and are planning several national tours throughout 2017. They've shared the stage with Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, John Prine, and Daryl Stuermer (Genesis). Notable performances include the Sail Across The Sun Music Cruise Festival (hosted by Train), Cowboy Stadium (Dallas, TX), Strawberry Music Festival (Camp Mather, CA), California Wordfest, (Grass Valley, CA), Americana Music Festival (Virginia City, NV), The Knitting Factory (Reno, NV), Shank Hall (Milwaukee, WI - w/guest musician Daryl Stuermer of Genesis), Swallow Hill (Denver, CO), and The Living Room (NY, NY).

Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Advance tickets are available at the link below. 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!

Nov 18, 7pm to 9pm, The Back Room, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley

Caitlin Canty and Peter Bradley Adams

Caitlin Canty
With a voice described as "casually devastating" by the San Francisco Chronicle, Caitlin Canty carves a musical path through folk, blues, and country to arrive at a smokey Americana sound that is all her own. Caitlin's original songs spotlight her darkly radiant voice and haunting melodies. Her latest album, Motel Bouquet, releasing on March 30th, is dreamy and daring, featuring contributions from top contemporary roots musicians Aoife O'Donovan and Stuart Duncan.




Peter Bradley AdamsOriginally from Birmingham, Alabama, Peter Bradley Adams was one half of the duo, Eastmountainsouth and has since released six solo records.

No Depression calls him, "consistently eloquent," and the Wall Street Journal says he's, "one of the 21st Century writers whose songs are worth exploring."

There's a confidence, a completeness in the song cycle that listeners have gleaned throughout Adams' illustrious career, but A Face Like Mine, his sixth solo effort, brings it all into sharp focus. As Adams sees it, "On the long plod of finding my voice as a singer and a writer, the singing has slowly developed from the sound of a scared guy to someone who believes what he's saying and the writing, I hope, has become less rigid - both in the lyrics and the phrasing."

Less rigid, indeed. Adams' brand of Americana nestles his often delicate, always heartfelt voice in the warm embrace of gentle guitar, tasteful dobro, subtle banjo, supportive bass, and unhurried percussion. The result is a sonic scape that, in turn, wraps itself around the listener like a soft blanket on a cold day. With A Face Like Mine, Adams further refines the simple musical sophistication that has become his trademark.

Nov 18, 7pm to 9pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley

TARTUFFE: a modern take on Molière's classic comedy, Nov. 9-18

The Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies Department continues its 2018-19 season with Molière's classic comedy, TARTUFFE.

Initially censored following its premiere in 1664, TARTUFFE is a bold work that is decidedly relevant today. Set in present-day Los Angeles, TARTUFFE is the story of a con man disguised as a pious spiritual leader who wheedles his way into the home of a gullible, affluent patriarch in the midst of a mid-life crisis - promptly setting the household topsy turvy. If not for the quick witted Dorine, grounded Elmire, and infinitely patient Cléante, all might be lost! Young love, lechery, deception, and delusion collide in TARTUFFE, Molière's most famous work that skewers religious hypocrisy and self-inflated egotism.

Directed by Domenique Lozano, TARTUFFE examines how power is vulnerable to manipulation by piety, hypocrisy, and gullibility. Although the French King Louis XIV privately enjoyed TARTUFFE's debut, he was persuaded to ban the play after religious leaders called Molière "a devil clothed in human flesh" and the Archbishop of Paris threatened to excommunicate anyone who attended a performance. Molière's defense argued that comedy is a physical embodiment of "the unreasonable", and so the play of reason against the irrational is the necessary subject of comedy.

"I love that it is a comedy," shares Lozano, "one that moves with lightning speed, slams characters up against each other brutally and brilliantly, and deals with a terrifying situation with humor, wit and grace."

See UC Berkeley Events calendar for more details:
http://events.berkeley.edu/index.php/calendar/sn/pubaff/event_ID/120833.html

Nov 18, 8pm to 9:30pm, Zellerbach Playhouse, UC Berkeley