Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar

11/28/2018

Storytime on Solano: Imagination Flannel Boards

Boards Bring your little ones to Pegasus on Solano for a fun, interactive, and educational morning. Imagination Flannel Boards will be on hand to share stories and songs that spark your children's imagination. They will engage with the storyteller through singing, repetition, and movement. They will cheer when the ducklings find their mother and laugh when the Old Lady swallows a cow! Every 4th of the month at Pegasus Books Solano.

Nov 28, 10:30am to 11:30am, Pegasus Books Solano 1855 Solano Ave, Berkeley

Noon Concert: Gamelan *Note: actual end time may vary.*

Midiyanto, director
A concert of Javanese gamelan music

Continuing its 66th season, the Noon Concert series features the Music Department's varied and diverse performance activities. Inaugurated in 1953, these concerts are very popular and well attended by those on campus and in the wider community. Traditionally on Wednesdays and Fridays, each concert begins promptly at 12:15 and ends by 1pm.

Nov 28, 12 noon to 1pm, Hertz Concert Hall

Feeding a Thousand Souls: Women, Ritual, and Ecology in India- An Exploration of the Kolam

Every day millions of Tamil women in southeast India wake up before dawn to create a kolam, an ephemeral ritual design made with rice flour, on the thresholds of homes, businesses and temples. This thousand-year-old ritual welcomes and honors Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth and alertness, and Bhudevi, the goddess of the earth. Created by hand with great skill, artistry, and mathematical precision, the kolam disappears in a few hours, borne away by passing footsteps and hungry insects.

This is the first comprehensive study of the kolam in the English language. It examines its significance in historical, mathematical, ecological, anthropological, and literary contexts. The culmination of Vijaya Nagarajan's many years of research and writing on this exacting ritual practice, Feeding a Thousand Souls celebrates the experiences, thoughts, and voices of the Tamil women who keep this tradition alive.

Vijaya Nagarajan is an associate professor in the Department of Theology/Religious Studies and in the Program of Environmental Studies at the University of San Francisco.

Nov 28, 5:30pm to 6:30pm, University Press Books, 2430 Bancroft Way, Berkeley

Craig & MacGregor Band

Join The Craig & MacGregor Band for an evening of "Not Just Jazz," cheap drinks, good friends, and complimentary food from Bacheesos on Telegraph. Bar opens at 6:30pm | Music

Nov 28, 7pm to 11pm, The Marsh Cabaret, 2120 Allston Way, Berkeley

Jazz in the Neighborhood...Paul McCandless/Christian Foley-Beining Collaboration

A rare opportunity to get to hear the Grammy Award winning sax player Paul McCandless in this collaboration with Christian Foley-Beining. Both McCandless and Foley-Beining are the composers for this ensemble, and you will hear a variety of eclectic music: jazz, Brazilian, fusion, and ballads.

Band Members and Instrumentation Paul McCandless, sax, bass clarinet; Christian Foley-Beining, guitars;
Tom Shader, accoustic bass; Tom Hayashi, drums

Artist/Group Bio(s) Multi-instrumentalist and composer Paul McCandless specializes on the oboe, is also a master of the saxophone and bass clarinet. Well-grounded in both classical and jazz disciplines, his work as a guest with Béla Fleck and the Flecktones earned him a Grammy. During a distinguished three-decade career, McCandless has been integral to the ensemble sound of two seminal world music bands, the original Paul Winter Consort and the relentlessly innovative quartet OREGON.

A German native, Christian Foley-Beining is a powerful and innovative guitarist and composer who studied at the Swiss Jazz School, Berklee School of Music, Musicians Institute, GIT and also bass at BIT. He has been on the faculty of Musicians Institute in Hollywood and studied guitar with greats such as Joe Pass, Pat Metheny, Ted Greene, Larry Carlton and others.

Rounding out the quartet will be Tom Shader on bass and percussionist Tom Hayashi. Now based in Sonoma County, Tom Shader has been playing full time professionally since 1970 and lists as his jazz mentors such luminaries as Bob Lucas, Vince Delgado and Mimi Spenser. Tom Hayashi began playing drums when he was eight years old and has worked extensively in orchestral settings, jazz clubs and rock bands

Nov 28, 7:30pm to 9:30pm, Rendon Hall/Fiddler Annex @ California Jazz Conservatory 2040 Addison Street, Berkeley

Rebecca Hass: Florescer CD Release

In her Berkeley debut, pianist Rebecca Hass presents a solo show of original compositions and arrangements in Brazilian styles (from samba and choro to baião and maracatu) from her new album Florescer (Bloom).

Rebecca's multi-decade love affair with Brazilian music led her to join Minneapolis percussion group Batucada do Norte over a decade ago, and it's clear that her many years as a percussionist inform her compositions on piano. Inspired by influences as diverse as Hermeto Pascoal, Ernesto Nazareth, and Debussy, the songs on this album range from nostalgic to upbeat, but with plenty of infectious rhythm.

Even without the addition of percussion, the rhythms of the traditional percussion instruments of Brazil are infused throughout these creative arrangements and original compositions. With great variety from Maracatu do Manatim, an un-traditional maracatu about a grooving manatee, to Borboleta Azul, an effervescent pandeiro-driven tune that switches between baião and samba styles, these compositions give a slightly new take on classic Brazilian styles.

Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door general admission; $10 for students with ID and low-income individuals. 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 28, 8pm to 10pm, The Back Room, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley

Stu Allen and Mars Hotel

Doors at 7:30 pm; Show at 8:00 pm

Tickets are $15

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A tradition started back in the 20th century, Ashkenaz's Grateful Dead Night is always evolving, reaching new heights since Stu Allen & Mars Hotel launched a weekly residency in late 2011. Led by acclaimed guitarist-singer Allen (of Phil Lesh & Friends, Melvin Seals & JGB, Ghosts of Electricity), a revolving cast of incredibly talented musicians inhabits Mars Hotel, drawing from the Grateful Dead's vast catalog to delight Deadheads and dancers of all generations. A Mars Hotel show is always an energetic evening of good vibes, good music, and good community.

When it became apparent that Jerry Garcia had played his final show in 1995, Stu Allen began working to keep Garcia's music, sound, and spirit alive in the concert setting. He regularly works with Phil Lesh and has also played sets with Bob Weir and Bill Kreutzmann. Allen is perhaps most known for fronting Melvin Seals' tribute to the Jerry Garcia Band from 2004 to 2011. He received more national acclaim in 2010 when he toured with Dark Star Orchestra. Allen shares the Grateful Dead's commitment to making each performance a unique event, from preparation to execution. He will perform multiple shows before playing the same song twice, and even then, that song will not be realized in quite the same way.

Mars Hotel takes this idea a step further by presenting a new band at each performance. Drawing from the rich music scene of the Bay Area, Allen has assembled a broad and ever-rotating group of musicians that makes each concert a once-only experience. As far as Grateful Dead tribute bands go, this is a concept that has never been done before.

Nov 28, 8pm to 11pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Miramar: Boleros from Puerto Rico


Miramar
In most of Latin America, if you're by the sea, there is bound to be a place called Miramar very close by. It will typically have a postcard view of the sea - and if music is playing, chances are that it will be boleros: the romantic ballads that originated in Cuba at the turn of the 20th century.

When Puerto Rican singer Rei Alvarez was looking to name a new Bolero project he searched for something simple that would be familiar to Spanish speakers; a name that would reflect the humble poetry of everyday life. Miramar seemed perfect: a romantic snapshot of a place both close and far away from home.

Miramar, the group, aims to capture that poetry through their music. Using a somewhat traditional instrumentation that includes organ, piano, guitar, bass, percussion and an occasional string quartet the group's arrangements distill the essence of the golden age of boleros while adding touches that reveal the band's scope and diversity.



RaicesContemporary (Latino) American Music
Curated by John Santos

A concert series of diverse Latino (American) music representing hemispheric creativity in a wide range of formats interpreted by several of the most dynamic interpreters in the field. The term America in its true sense refers to North, South and Central America as well as the Caribbean islands. Accordingly, Latin American music defies brief descriptions. Folk syles and rhythms in traditional and evolutionary settings, dance music and jazz play seminal roles in this series.

Unleash your romantic side with Miramar - a wonderful group and timely musical/emotional concept celebrating life, love and beauty. The antidote to today's constant violence. I am stoked to hear them here in the Bay Area for the first time as part of my ongoing Roots series at the Freight! Please do yourself a favor and be bathed in their sweet sounds and thanks for spreading the word.

Nov 28, 8pm to 10pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley