Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar

02/04/2020

Poetry and the Senses Launch and Conversation With Indira Allegra, Chiyuma Elliott, and Lyn Hejinian

5:30 - 7:00pm: Readings + Conversation :
7:00 - 7:30 Reception + Celebration

Co-sponsored by Arts Research Center and Engaging the Senses Foundation

The launch party for our "Poetry and the Senses" program sponsored by Engaging the Senses Foundation, this event will include local poets Indira Allegra, Chiyuma Elliott, and Lyn Hejinian, who will offer readings and comments followed by a conversation. How does poetry offer a model for engaging the world, and how can we think of it as a political or ethical resource?

Indira Allegra is re-imagining what a memorial can feel like, the scale on which it can exist and how it can function through the practice of writing, performance, sculpture and installation. Her work has been featured in exhibitions at The Arts Incubator in Chicago, John Michael Kholer Art Center, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Center for Craft Creativity and Design, Mills College Art Museum, Weinberg/Newton, 808 Gallery, The Alice Gallery and SOMArts among others. Her commissions include performances for SFMOMA, de Young Museum, The Wattis Institute, City of Oakland and SFJAZZ Poetry Festival. Allegra's work has been featured by BBC Radio 4, Art Journal, KQED and Surface Design Magazine. She was the recipient of the Artadia Award, Tosa Studio Award, Windgate Craft Fellowship and Jackson Literary Award and has received support from the Mike Kelley Artist Project Grant, MAP Fund and Queer Cultural Center. Allegra is a former Lambda Literary Fellow, her writing has been widely anthologized, and she has contributed works to 2019 Lambda Literary Finalist Foglifter Magazine, 2012 Lambda Literary Finalist Sovereign Erotics: A Collection of Two Spirit Literature, Canal Magazine, Cream City Review, HYSTERIA Magazine, make/shift Magazine, and Yellow Medicine Review: A Journal of Indigenous Literature, Art and Thought among others.

Chiyuma Elliott is an Assistant Professor of African American Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. A former Stegner Fellow, Chiyuma's poems have appeared in the African American Review, Callaloo, the Notre Dame Review, the PN Review, and other journals. She has received fellowships from the American Philosophical Society, Cave Canem, and the Vermont Studio Center. She is the author of two books: California Winter League (2015) and Vigil (2017).

Lyn Hejinian teaches in the English Department at the University of California, Berkeley, where her academic work is addressed principally to modernist, postmodern, and contemporary poetry and poetics, with a particular interest in avant-garde movements and the social practices they entail. She is the author of over twenty-five volumes of poetry and critical prose, the most recent of which are Positions of the Sun (Belladonna, 2019) and Tribunal (Omnidawn, 2019).

Feb 4, 5:30pm to 7:30pm, Morrison Library, UC Berkeley

Poetry and the Senses Launch and Conversation With Indira Allegra, Chiyuma Elliott, and Lyn Hejinian 5:30 - 7:00pm: Readings + Conversation : Reception + Celebration Morrison Library, UC Berkeley Co-sponsored by Arts Research Center and Engaging the Senses Foundation The launch party for our "Poetry and the Senses" program sponsored by Engaging the Senses Foundation, this event will include local poets Indira Allegra, Chiyuma Elliott, and Lyn Hejinian, who will offer readings and comments followed by a conversation. How does poetry offer a model for engaging the world, and how can we think of it as a political or ethical resource? Indira Allegra is re-imagining what a memorial can feel like, the scale on which it can exist and how it can function through the practice of writing, performance, sculpture and installation. Her work has been featured in exhibitions at The Arts Incubator in Chicago, John Michael Kholer Art Center, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Center for Craft Creativity and Design, Mills Colleg

Feb 4, 7pm to 7:30pm,

Ian Brennan in conversation with Kevin Army on Silenced by Sound

Ian Brennan in conversation with Kevin Army about Silenced by Sound: The Music Meritocracy Myth

Silenced by Sound is a powerful exploration of the challenges facing art, music, and media in the digital era. It is "full of wisdom from someone who cares deeply about the power of real music."-MOJO

Ian Brennan is a Grammy-winning music producer who has produced three other Grammy-nominated albums. He is the author of four books and has worked with the likes of filmmaker John Waters, Merle Haggard, and Green Day, among others. His work with international artists such as the Zomba Prison Project, Tanzania Albinism Collective, and Khmer Rouge Survivors, has been featured on the front page of the New York Times and on an Emmy-winning 60 Minutes segment with Anderson Cooper reporting. Since 1993 he has taught violence prevention and conflict resolution around the world for such prestigious organizations as the Smithsonian, New York's New School, Berklee College of Music, the University of London, the University of California-Berkeley, and the National Accademia of Science (Rome).

Feb 4, 7pm to 8pm, Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Ave, Berkeley

Jazz

Feb 4, 7:30pm to 9:30pm, Pegasus Solano

Jenna & the Charmers

Longtime Bay Area music scene veterans, vocalist Jenna Mammina (voted Best Jazz/Pop Crossover Artist by Jazziz Magazine three years in a row and noted as a "Rising Star" by Downbeat Magazine) and drummer Jeremy Steinkoler ("A very swinging drummer who's mastered the art of coordinated independence" - East Bay Express) team up to explore original songs and their favorite jazz and pop/rock songs with a fresh, compelling, and incredibly creative approach.

With the dynamic Steve Bissinger on guitar and virtuoso Aaron Germain on bass.

"More than a showcase for a singer who's cultivated a winsome, utterly personal sound, Everyone I Love Is Here captures a beautifully calibrated working ensemble that wraps an impressive array of songs in an intimate embrace. Mammina has long exemplified the way minimalist arrangements can reveal potent emotional undercurrents running through pop tunes, jazz standards, and rock anthems, and with the Charmers she's found a sleek new vehicle for stripping songs down to the bone." - Andrew Gilbert, Berkeleyside.com

"Deeply impressed by the immediacy, the presence and the intimacy of the new recording and the performances contained within. There is a group rapport that comes shining though and Jenna inhabits the songs and makes them her stories." - Jim Bennett

Tickets are $18 general admission and $10 for 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!

Feb 4, 8pm to 9pm, The Back Room, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley