Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar


String Quartet Sundays featuring "The Town"

Jun 16, 1pm to 3pm, The Musical Offering Cafe, 2430 Bancroft Way, Berkeley

L'enfant Prodigue by Claude Debussy

The Handel Opera Project presents
L'Enfant Prodigue by Claude Debussy
and selected French art songs by Lully, Rameau, Massenet, Debussy, Messaien and Berlioz

FeaturingAngela Jarosz, Michael Desnoyers Bradley Kynard & Eliza O'Malley voice

with William Ludtke piano, Martha Stoddard flute and Lewis Patzner cello

Call (510) 665-5988 for ticketsGeneral Admission $20

Jun 16, 2pm to 5pm, 2601 Durant in Berkeley

Bloomsday with Thomas Lynch reading from Chapter Ten of James Joyce's Ulysses recalling Dublin .

Join us for Guinness, Irish soda bread and cheer! Bring Dad!

Jun 16, 3pm to 4pm, Mrs Dalloway's Bookstore, 2904 College 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 16, 3pm to 5pm, La Peña Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

Margaret Belton's Tribute to Patsy Cline

Margaret Belton and a band of outstanding Bay Area musicians pay tribute to the incomparable Patsy Cline, who immortalized songs like "Crazy," "I Fall to Pieces," "She's Got You," Sweet Dreams," and "Walkin' After Midnight." Margaret recently won the Theatre Bay Area Award for Best Principal Female Actor in a Musical for her portrayal of Patsy in the Altarena Playhouse production of Always...Patsy Cline. The role came natural to her at a young age when she was given her mother's bonus record player and her case of 45s. "The first record I put on was 'Walking After Midnight' and I was in heaven," she says. "As an awkward adolescent, I felt something just suddenly click."

In 2010, Margaret started her own Patsy Cline tribute band, the Patsychords. She knows the woman and her music intimately, and she knows how to bring her songs to life. The New Orleans Times-Picayune, in a review of a recent performance, praised Margaret for "striking precisely the right vocal balance" and bringing "both a powerful voice and presence to the stage."

Jun 16, 7pm to 9pm, Freight & Salvage, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley

A Plurality of One: The Song of Walt Whitman

National Delivery presents A Plurality of One: The Song of Walt Whitman Walt Whitman takes spectral form to discuss the central poem in his oeuvre, "Song of Myself" - its meaning, its influence, its appeal to be embodied. Discover that mortality need not preclude an author appearance, and that Whitman's song - an expression of native soul as essential as The Declaration of Independence or "Johnny B. Goode" - works best as a chorale for mixed voice, including yours. Written and staged by Joe Christiano. Performed by Stanley Spenger. Music by Justin Jones

50 Years of Pegasus Books: 1969-2019 A week of special events celebrating 50 years of independent bookselling in Berkeley and Oakland. From June 11-17. View the full schedule here:

Jun 16, 7pm to 8pm, Pegasus Books Downtown 2349 Shattuck Ave Berkeley

BOOK LAUNCH: Aya de León presents Side Chick Nation

Join award-winning author Aya de León for a book signing, reading, & conversation with KPFA's Vylma V about Side Chick Nation, the 4th installment in Aya's Justice Hustlers feminist heist series. $1 from each book sold will benefit Aurora Levins-Morales' PR initiative Finca La Lluvia-cultivating water, climate justice, food sovereignty, the arts of resistance and Boricua-futurism.

This event is FREE!

A Justice Hustlers Novel

She's beautiful, unpredictable-and on the run from dangerous men. But this ex-side chick is ready to risk everything to help others in trouble . . .

Fed up with her married Miami boyfriend, savvy Dulce has no problem stealing his drug-dealer stash and fleeing to her family in the Caribbean. But when she gets bored in rural Santo , she escapes on a sugar daddy adventure to Puerto Rico. Her new life is one endless party, until she's caught in Hurricane Maria-and witnesses the brutal collision of colonization and climate change, as well as the international vultures who plunder the tragedy for a financial killing, making shady use of relief funds to devastate the island even more. Broke, traumatized, and stranded, Dulce's only chance to get back to New York may be a sexy, crusading journalist who's been pursuing her. But is she hustling him or falling for him?

Meanwhile, New York-based mastermind thief Marisol already has her hands full fleecing a ruthless CEO who's stealing her family's land in Puerto Rico, while trying to get her relatives out alive after the hurricane. An extra member in her crew could be game-changing, but she's wary of Dulce's unpredictability and reputation for drama. Still, Dulce's determination to get justice draws Marisol in, along with her formidable Lower East Side Women's Health Clinic's heist squad. But their race-against-the-clock plan is soon complicated by powerful men who turn deadly when ex-side chicks step out of the shadows and demand to call the shots . . .

Praise for Aya de León and her novels:
"Staking out space for women of color in the heist-fiction genre, Aya de León's smart, sly writing is a knockout." -Andi Zeisler, Bitch magazine
"This well-written and enjoyable installment in de León's unique, feminist, urban crime-fiction series . . . infuses satisfying power in both plot and character." -Booklist on The Boss, STARRED review

Aya De León is a writer, activist, educator, spoken word poet and author of the award-winning Justice Hustlers series. The Director of June Jordan's Poetry for the People, she teaches poetry and spoken word at UC Berkeley and is an alumna of Cave Canem, VONA and Harvard University. She is a winner of the International Latino Book Award and a twoâe'time winner of the Independent Publisher Book Awards, and her extensive writing credits include Guernica, Essence, Ebony, The Huffington Post, VICE, Ploughshares, Woman's Day and Bitch magazine, among many other websites and publications. De León first came to national attention as a spoken word artist in the underground poetry scene in the San Francisco Bay Area, and a hip-hop theater artist. She lives in San Francisco and can be found online at

Jun 16, 7:30pm to 8:30pm, Pegasus Books Downtown 2349 Shattuck Avenue Berkeley