Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar


Saturday Storytime

Nov 24, 1pm to 2pm, Books Inc., 1491 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

Avery Cassell Book Signing + Coloring Workshop

Pegasus Books Downtown welcomes Avery Cassell on Small Business Saturday for a book signing of Resistance: The LGBT Fight Against Fascism in WWII. Avery will also be presenting a coloring workshop featuring printouts from Resistance and the Butch Lesbians Coloring Books. Guest illustrator TBA.

Resistance: The LGBT Fight Against Fascism in WWII is an explosion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender resistance during the disruptive and frightening era preceding WWII and during the war. Over 35 forebearers are featured in this book; members of the Resistance, bar owners, musicians, a fashion designer, a school teacher, journalists, students-all found ways of surviving as they battled fascism as it spread like a virus across Europe. The people in Resistance: The LGBT Fight Against Fascism in WWII prove that resistance can take many shapes, from forging identity documents, to writing anti-fascist poetry, to providing shelter to refugees, to flummoxing Nazis with anti-fascist leaflets. The act of resistance is not a one-size-fits-all political activity; we must utilize our unique individual talents to resist in creative ways. Written by Avery Cassell and illustrated by a community of LGBTQ artists, this book is both timely and inspiring.

"These are the stories of people who, nevertheless, persisted-that doesn't make these people any less revolutionary. It allows for us to see them as human. In the cracks of the stories the biographer has dug up about these amazing radicals and visionaries, there must have been moments of rage, grief, betrayal, despair, fear and dread." -Laura Antoniou, 2018.

"If there is horror, it is for those who speak indifferently of the next war. If there is hate, it is for hateful qualities, not nations. If there is love, it is because this alone kept me alive." -Claude Cahun (artist and activist), 1939-1945.

Avery Cassell is a writer, poet, cartoonist, grandpa, and artist. They live in foggy San Francisco with their Maine Coon cat, Lulu. Their books include Behrouz Gets Lucky, a light butch-transmasculine romance novel, the Butch Lesbians of the 20s, 30s, and 40s Coloring Book (Stacked Deck Press, 2017), and the Butch Lesbians of the 50s, 60s, and 70s Coloring Book (Stacked Deck Press, 2018). You can also find their erotic short stories sprinkled in various anthologies, including Best Lesbian Erotica 2015.

Nov 24, 3pm to 5pm, Pegasus Books Downtown, 2349 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

West African Drumming Workshop Series with Mohamed Lamine Bangoura

2nd and 4th Saturday's:
October 13th, October 27th,
November 10th, November 24th,
and December 8th

Time: 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Cost: $125 for all 5 classes in series, or $30/class
Location: Ashkenaz Music and Dance Community Center
1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA
RSVPs greatly appreciated.

Enrich your understanding of traditional West African Rhythms with Master Drummer (Djembefola) and artistic director, Mohamed Lamine Bangoura. Lamine has a deep wealth of knowledge & experience; his energy is unique and unparalleled!! Through his music, Lamine's passion for preserving the history and traditions is revealed through his open hearted eagerness to share his culture. This is an incredible opportunity to study with this master artist, rounding out your understanding of these complex polyrhythms.

In this mixed level drum workshop you'll glimpse into the true spirit of Africa, from the energetic rhythms to Lamine's heartfelt appreciation for this ancient instrument as a tool for human connection and language.

Join us!!!

Bring your drum if you have one! If you need a drum to use for class please message in advance. Drum rental fee = $5/class

Nov 24, 3:30pm to 5:30pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Vocals for Kids with Gail Dobson @ The Starry Plough Pub

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Nov 24, 3:30pm to 5:30pm, The Starry Plough Pub - 3101 Shattuck Avenue - Berkeley, CA 94705



Nov 24, 6:30pm to 9:30pm, Cafe Leila, 1336, 1724 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Bill Pettiti

Nov 24, 7pm to 9pm, Caffè Chiave, 2500 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Flamenco/Cumbia Dance party with La Mandanga and LoCura @ The Starry Plough Pub

Rumba Flamenca and Cumbia dance party by La Mandanga and LoCura. Come by to enjoy a Latin music night full of rhythms and good vibrations.

Nov 24, 8pm to 10pm, The Starry Plough Pub - 3101 Shattuck Avenue - Berkeley, CA 94705

4th Saturday Swing Series - Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers plus Dance Lesson

Doors at 7:30 pm; Dance Lesson at 8:00 pm; Show at 9:00 pm

Tickets are $12 Advance / $15 Day of Show

Buy Tickets Here

A Swing at Ashkenaz Production

One of the first and still the best of the "swing revival" bands, Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers remain popular after 25 years of keeping dancers ecstatic. Along with the East Coast Swing and Lindy Hop grooves by the band, Smith swings from sultry torch songs to the grit of the great blues singers. She and the band keep adding new elements to their timeless blues-jazz-swing repertoire, including new songs as well as rotating the hits and lesser-known gems from their four CDs.

Nov 24, 8pm to 11:59pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley