Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar


Family Workshop: Yarn Paintings

Join this month's Family Workshop at the Hearst Museum! Create your own work of art inspired by nierikas, or yarn paintings, and learn about their rich history. This is a drop-in workshop for all ages. Bring the whole family for this activity included free with museum admission.

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Target audience:  Children

Open to audience:  All Audiences

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Jun 2, 11am to 2pm, Hearst Museum of Anthropology, UC Berkeley

String Quartet Sundays featuring "The Town"

Jun 2, 1pm to 3pm, The Musical Offering Cafe, 2430 Bancroft Way, Berkeley

Women of Motown Singalong with Tammy Hall

Doors: 12:00 pm / Show: 1:00 pm
Free with reservation.
Sold Out

We are currently FULL and no longer accepting reservations. Standing Room admission may be available after 1 pm on the day of the show.
This event has been rescheduled from 3/3/19.

Jun 2, 1pm to 2pm, Freight & Salvage, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley

Israeli Oldies Folk Dance Party

Enjoy a nostalgic afternoon of classic Israeli folkdances. Bring friends, potluck snacks and drinks, and your requests. This semi-regular event carries on the long folkdancing tradition at Ashkenaz, led by one of the longtime masters of Israeli music and dance, Allen King.

Doors at 1 pm; Event at 1:30 pm
Tickets are $10 / Under 18 Admitted Free

Jun 2, 1:30pm to 5:30pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Rob Reich

Jun 2, 3pm to 5pm, Maybeck Studio for the Performing Arts, 1537 Euclid Ave, Berkeley

Cuban Rumba Jam (Community Event)

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.

Jun 2, 3pm to 5pm, La Peña Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

Eifman Ballet: The Pygmalion Effect (United States Premiere)

Eifman Ballet, Cal Performances

For 40 years, across a shifting political climate for artists in his native Russia, the defiantly controversial choreographer Boris Eifman has created "works that hinge on extreme theatricality, acrobatic pas de deux, and spectacular effects" (The New Yorker) for his Saint Petersburg company. In The Pygmalion Effect, the company dances a brand-new ballet inspired by George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion, set to a score by Johann Strauss Jr.

Jun 2, 3pm to 5pm, Zellerbach Hall

Summer Ventures WomenSing

Journey with WomenSing over a musical landscape both playful and serene. Our travels take us across time, continents and cultures, from the sonority of Arabic chant and Bulgarian folk song through the uplifting rhythms of African American spirituals to the lush settings of traditional poems and sacred texts.
Price Range: $10-$40

Jun 2, 4pm to 5:30pm, St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 2300 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704, United States

Vitamin Em

Emily Onderdonk, band leader

A musical collective made up of Grammy-nominated and award-winning musicians from around the Bay Area, Vitamin Em celebrates funk, jazz, R&B, soul and fiddle music with verve and enthusiasm. Vitamin Em puts a creative spin on the music of Tower of Power, Blood Sweat and Tears, Väsen and Duke Ellington (to name a few), as well as offering their own lively, toe-tapping originals. The result is gutsy, spirited and truly joyful, and along the way, fearless improv abounds. If you like to have fun, be exhilarated, and love the groove, this band is for you.

Jun 2, 4pm to 5pm, Epworth United Methodist Church, 1953 Hopkins St, Berkeley

Tribute to Elis Regina and Toots Thielemans with DARIA & Brian Byrnes

Please join us for this special concert of Brazilian music honoring two legendary musicians: Toots Thielemans and Elis Regina, who recorded one album together, Honeysuckle Rose Aquarela Do Brasil in 1969. Brian Byrnes and DARIA will be performing select songs from this release, as well as songs that Toots and Elis recorded and performed as individual artists, for a magical evening of Bossa Nova, Jazz and Samba!

DARIA is an innovative vocalist and songwriter with a beautiful voice, unerring pitch and a wide vocal range. Her repertoire seamlessly blends different genres of music including Jazz, Pop, Brazilian and Afro-Cuban Rhythms. Known for her versatility, soulful and expressive style and putting her own spin on jazz and pop standards, DARIA has delighted audiences in the Bay Area and beyond. She has three critically-acclaimed CDs, including her latest project, Strawberry Fields Forever, Songs by the Beatles. She is included in the book The Jazz Singers by Jazz critic Scott Yanow, and has shared the stage and/or recorded with Dan Hicks, Joe Sample, Christian McBride, Lewis Nash, Harvie S, Roni Ben-Hur, Bob Dorough, Dave Grisman, Rickie Lee Jones, Maria Muldaur, Tuck and Patti, Alex Acuña, Abe Laboriel, Marcos Silva, Wayne Wallace and Frank Martin. DARIA toured for 10 years with the legendary Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks.

"Daria successfully reinvents 10 Lennon-McCartney standards for the jazz idiom. When she purrs, `You can knit a sweater by the fireside' she makes it sound like a sensual delight." - Downbeat Magazine

"She sings with unself-conscious abandon, showcasing her extraordinary range, breaking through the constraints of the conventional, fearlessly reinventing tunes and melodies." - Paul Liberatore, Marin IJ

Brian Byrnes is a Bay Area Jazz vocalist, harmonica player, guitarist and songwriter. He has performed in the Bay Area in many musical settings for two decades, including notable venues such as The Sweetwater, 142 Throckmorton Theater, The Monkey House, John Lee Hooker's Boom Boom Room, Armando's and the Orinda Jazz Festival. Brian has shared the stage with Jules Broussard, Peter Barshay, Damien Masterson, Lee Bloom, Myron Cohen, Keith Saunders, Kai Eckhardt, Laucia Paiva, Ben Flint and many others. His new project, The Brian Byrnes Trio, has been making waves on the local Jazz scene. After playing in Rock, Blues and Brazilian bands, Brian discovered the chromatic harmonica in 2001 and started playing Jazz. In 2009 he was the soloist with the San Francisco Sinfonietta Orchestra on a piece entitled "Chroma," written for chromatic harmonica by his son Brendan Byrnes. Brian released his debut EP in 2016 with The Brian Byrnes Trio: Only For You. Recently, Brian and Jules Broussard teamed up as the Brian Byrnes Band and can be heard at venues around the Bay Area.

"An ace on harmonica, Byrnes is something special." - Paul Liberatore, Marin IJ

About the Tribute Artists:
Elis Regina Carvalho Costa (March 17, 1945 - January 19, 1982), known professionally as Elis Regina, was a Brazilian singer of popular and jazz music. In the late 1960's and early 1970's, along with Gal Costa, Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil, Elis Regina helped to popularize the work of the tropicalismo (Tropicália) movement, recording songs by musicians such as Gilberto Gil. Her 1974 collaboration with Antonio Carlos Jobim, Elis & Tom, is often cited as one of the greatest bossa nova albums of all time, which also includes what many consider the all-time best Brazilian song, "Águas de Março."

Jean-Baptiste Frédéric Isidor, Baron Thielemans (April 29, 1922 - August 22, 2016), known professionally as Toots Thielemans, was a Belgian jazz musician. He was known for his harmonica playing, as well as his guitar, whistling skills, and composing. His first professional performances were with Benny Goodman's band when they toured Europe in 1949 and 1950. From 1953 to 1959 he played with George Shearing, and then led his own groups on tours in the U.S. and Europe. In the 1970's and 1980's, he continued touring and recording, appearing with musicians such as Oscar Peterson, Bill Evans, Dizzy Gillespie, Kenny Werner, Pat Metheny, Jaco Pastorius, Elis Regina and Paquito D'Rivera.

Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door, general admission; $10 students with ID. Children under 12 are free. 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!

Jun 2, 4pm to 6pm, The Back Room Music, 1984 Bonita Ave, 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 June (except March 17, April 14 and June 9) with special guest appearances. Student groups open for ESO

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 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:

Jun 2, 4:30pm to 6:30pm,

Larry Stefl

Jun 2, 5pm to 7pm, Caffè Chiave, 2500 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Performance: Madalyn Merkey *Note: actual end time may vary.*

Oakland-based computer music composer and performer Madalyn Merkey presents a new solo composition that operates in interaction with the ambient sounds of the BAMPFA space to generate sonic responses.

Merkey's Scent (2012) and Valley Girl (2014) are available on New Images Ltd. Her English translation of Due scuole di musica elettronica in Italia (Two Schools of Electronic Music), a pioneering electronic music text written by Enore Zaffiri in the 1960s, is forthcoming from Die Schachtel.

Jun 2, 5pm to 6pm, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Ed Reed & Adam Shulman

Ed Reed, 88-year-old jazz recording artist and performing jazz vocalist, and 2014's #1 Rising Star Male Vocalist (DownBeat magazine Critics Poll), has been singing his entire life, though it was not until 2007 that he burst onto the jazz scene at age 78, following the release of his first CD, Ed Reed Sings Love Stories.

His path getting there was circuitous, even torturous, and his story of addiction, incarceration, recovery and redemption is a testament to the power of the human spirit. Since 2007, he has recorded another three critically acclaimed albums, performed in many of the world's prominent jazz venues, including three sold out nights at Dizzy's Club Coca Cola at Jazz at Lincoln Center, been reviewed in major jazz publications and news media, was a guest on the legendary Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz NPR radio program, and was profiled by Nat Hentoff in the Wall Street Journal.

Reed will be accompanied by Adam Shulman on piano.

Adam Shulman has been a staple of the San Francisco Jazz scene since he moved to the City in 2002. Before the move, Adam was a student at UC Santa Cruz, where he received a degree in classical performance and studied jazz piano with Smith Dobson.

Adam performs as a sideman with countless Bay Area musicians and vocalists, such as Marcus Shelby, Anton Schwartz, Andrew Speight, Erik Jekabson, Ed Reed, Mike Olmos, Gary Brown, Patrick Wolff, John Wiitala, Vince Lateano, Faye Carol, Kellye Gray, Ian Carey, and Mike Zilber, among many others.

Adam has also played with internationally renowned artists Stefon Harris, Willie Jones III, Dayna Stephens, Miguel Zenon, Mark Murphy, Alan Harris, Luciana Souza, Paula West, Larry Coryell, Sean Jones, Grant Stewart, John Clayton, Bobby Hutcherson, Bria Skonberg and with the Glenn Miller Orchestra.

In addition to his sideman work, Adam is a composer and arranger. He has released 4 albums of original music and has done much of the arranging work for the jazz and cabaret singer Paula West.

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 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!

Jun 2, 7:30pm to 9pm, The Back Room Music, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley

Meraki Quartet

The Meraki Quartet formed right here in Berkeley in 2016 through the Crowden Music Center's Youth Chamber Music Program. The members of the quartet are now in high school, but don't let their youth throw you off. This group of talented young women-violinists Sofia Matthews and Jun Yong Liu, violist Anna Renton and cellist Isabelle Nichols-is already well on its way. In 2017, the quartet was awarded the Jane Galante Prize at the Yehudi Menuhin Chamber Music Seminar. They've appeared on NPR's From the Top with Christopher O'Riley, performed in San Francisco with the Alexander String Quartet, opened for the St. Lawrence String Quartet, and earlier this month the quartet was awarded the Bronze Medal at the prestigious Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition.

You can check out their From the Top performance and interview here.

At Fifth Street they'll play:
Mozart - String Quartet K. 575
Debussy - String Quartet in G, Op. 10
Price - "Felipe" for String Quartet

Join us for this opportunity to see an amazing local quartet with a bright future. You'll be able to say you knew them when... See the RESERVATIONS page to reserve seats

Jun 2, 7:30pm to 9:30pm, Fifth Street Farms, 1517 Fifth St, Berkeley, CA