Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar


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

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

Endangered Species, Enduring Values: An Anthology of San Francisco Area Writers and Artists of Color

Editor Shizue Seigel, and contributing writers:
Rose Berryessa, Clara Hsu, Shirley Huey, Dena Rod, Sriram Shamasunder, Amos White
Endangered Species, Enduring Values is a cultural anthology of the real San Francisco Bay Area: the seldom-heard 58% who are residents of color in the nation's most diverse and progressive region. It features prose, poetry and artwork by over 70 established and emerging writers and artists, physicians, educators, union workers, and activists with roots in Native America, Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean, the Middle East, and elsewhere. The contributors, including current SF Poet Laureate Kim Shuck, touch on union work, the LGBT community, mental health, housing, and more.

Containing over 150 pieces the anthology addresses:

    In challenging times, how do heritage, history, or spirituality inspire you as a person of color?
    What sustains you and keeps you working for a just and inclusive society?
    What do you want the world to know about your heritage or community?

With 70 pages of colored art and photos, the anthology paints the complex and personal truths of San Francisco Bay Area artists of color.

Rose Berryessa is a former elementary health educator and community gardener.
Clara Hsu is the director of Clarion Music Performing Arts Center.
Shirley Huey is a graduate of UC Berkeley and NYU Law and a fellow of VONA/Voices and Kearny Street Workshop Interdisciplinary Writers Lab.
Dena Rod illuminates their diasporic experiences of Iranian American heritage and queer identity, while combating negative stereotypes of their intersecting identities.
Shizue Seigel, Endangered Species editor, is a Japanese American writer and artist. Her five books include Standing Strong! Fillmore & Japantown, and In Good Conscience: Supporting Japanese Americans during the Internment.
Sriram Shamasunder is a poet, physician, cofounder/director of UCSF's HEAL initiative.
Amos White is an awarded American haiku poet and author and produces literary readings and creative salons.


Mar 3, 3pm to 4:30pm, Eastwind Books of Berkeley 2066 University Ave, Berkeley

Berkeley Dance Project 2019: the body remembers

Joe Goode, Professor of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies\
Choreographers: Joe Goode, TDPS, Joe Goode Performance Group; Cherie Hill, IrieDance, UC Berkeley Alumna; Rulan Tangen, DANCING EARTH; Latanya Tigner, TDPS, Dimensions Dance Theater; Katie O'Connor, UC Berkeley Alumna

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of UC Berkeley's dance program, Berkeley Dance Project 2019: <em>the body remembers</em> will feature an all-student cast performing pieces by professional choreographers Joe Goode, Rulan Tangen, Latanya Tigner, and Cherie Hill, as well as recent dance program alumna Katie O'Connor.

From a "haunting" solo to a multi-dancer "mosaic," the dance pieces in BDP 2019 represent a wide range of sources and styles: Goode incorporates spoken word and song into a piece based on the buddhist concept of "the undefended heart;" Tangen presents an organic creative response to a "re-mapping" and "re-storying" of campus based on Ohlone histories and perspectives; Tigner honors researcher, instructor and choreographer Ruth Beckford, recognized as the mother of African diasporic dance in the Bay Area; Hill draws from supernatural elements of her Jamaican Maroon ancestry; and O'Connor explores the tenderness, anguish, healing and transformation inherent in caretaking.

Professor Emerita Marni Thomas Wood, co-founder of the dance program, will be on campus for a short residency, including a discussion of the dance program's history on February 21.

Mar 3, 8pm to 10pm, Zellerbach Playhouse