Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar


Lunch Poems - Spring 2020!

A noontime poetry reading series hosted by professor Geoffrey G. O'Brien and the UC Berkeley English Department.February 6th - Robert HassApril 2nd - Mary Jo BangMay 7t...

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Feb 6, 12:10 noon to 12:50 noon, Doe Library, UC Berkeley (Room Morrison Library)

Forrest Gander Poetry Reading

Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and translator Forrest Gander will read from his poetry.

Free admission and open to all!

Feb 6, 5pm to 7pm, Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall Stephens Hall

Way Out West Concert Series - The Lost Trio

The Lost Trio Presents New Works

The Lost Trio, now celebrating 25 years of exploring the boundaries of modern jazz, will present recent compositions by Phillip Greenlief and Dan Seamans. Phillip Greenlief - tenor saxophone Dan Seamans - bass Tom Hassett - drums

THE LOST TRIO was formed in 1994 and stepped into existence with a steady gig nights at the Rose Pistola in San Francisco's north beach district. This residency was followed by four year stint on Sundays at Cato's Ale house in Oakland. The trio has a history of touring that has focused on the west coast, where they have also enjoyed workshops at colleges and universities, festival dates, live radio broadcasts and in-store performances. The Lost Trio has released six critically acclaimed releases on CD, including their latest, MONKWORK, which was listed on NPR's Top 10 Jazz releases of 2016.

The groups' repertoire began with a program of mainly standards by Thelonious Monk, Cole Porter, Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus and others before veering into other sources. Since then, the trio has fashioned a very unique collection of over 600 songs that range from composers as diverse as Hank Williams, Nino Rota, Steve Lacy, Carla Bley, Billy Strayhorn, Mel Tillis, the Grateful Dead, Bjork, and PJ Harvey, in addition to an ever-growing roster of original compositions by members Phillip Greenlief and Dan Seamans.

Feb 6, 7:30pm to 9:30pm, Rendon Hall/Fiddler Annex @ California Jazz Conservatory 2040 Addison Street, Berkeley

Poetry Flash presents Dan Bellm and Alicia Suskin Ostriker

Alicia Suskin Ostriker's latest book of poems is Waiting for the Light. Daisy Fried says, "Ostriker so loves the world, its griefs, traumas, praises, mysteries, and joys, that she teaches us to love the world with her-sometimes desperately, heartbrokenly, never despairingly. Ostriker is an essential poet, writing at the height of her powers." Both poet and critic, she is the author of many previous collections, most recently The Old Woman, the Tulip, and the Dog, The Book of Life: Selected Jewish Poems, 1979-2011, and The Book of Seventy, winner of the National Jewish Book Award. Among other honors, she's received the Paterson Poetry Prize, the San Francisco State Poetry Center Award, the William Carlos Williams Award, and has twice been a finalist for the National Book Award. Her forthcoming collection, The Volcano and After: Selected and New Poems, 2002-2019, will be published in September.

Dan Bellm is both poet and translator. His recent poetry book is Deep Well. David St. John says of Deep Well, "These lyrics of memoriam and these deep songs (in Lorca's sense) of mourning seem almost to etch themselves onto the air. Keep this book at hand; hold its passages close. This is an essential collection of poetry." Dan Bellm has published three previous books of poems, One Hand on the Wheel, Buried Treasure, winner of both an Alice Fay Di Castangnola Award and the Cleveland State University Poetry Center Prize, and Practice, the 2009 California Book Award-winner. His latest translation is Central American Book of the Dead, by Mexican poet Balam Rodrigo; others include Speaking in Song, by Mexican poet Pura López Colomé, and The Song of the Dead, by French poet Pierre Reverdy.

Feb 6, 7:30pm to 8:30pm, Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Ave, Berkeley

Andy Warner presents Spring Rain

Andy Warner presents and signs copies of Spring Rain: A Graphic Memoir of Love, Madness, and Revolutions.

An intimate graphic memoir by a New York Times-bestselling writer about his semester abroad in Beirut as he grows close to a crowd of mostly LGBTQ students, and suffers a mental breakdown while the city erupts into revolution.

In 2005 Andy Warner travelled to Lebanon to study literature in Beirut, one of the world's most cosmopolitan and storied cities. Twenty-one years old and recently broken up from his girlfriend, Warner feels his life is both intense and directionless. Immersing himself in the vibrant and diverse city, he quickly befriends a group of LGBT students, many of whom are ex-pats straddling different cultures and embracing the freedoms of the multicultural city. Warner and his friends party, do drugs, and hook up, even as violence breaks out in the city-the scars of a fifteen-year civil war reopening with a series of political assassinations and bombings. As the city descends into chaos and violence, Warner feels his grasp on reality slowly begin to slip as he confronts traumas in his past and anxiety over his future.

Illustrated in beautiful and intricate detail, Spring Rain is an absorbing and poignant graphic memoir of a young man's attempt to gain control over his life as well as a portrait of a city and a nation's violent struggle to define its future.

Andy Warner is the NY Times Best Selling author of Brief Histories of Everyday Objects and This Land is My Land. He is a contributing editor at The Nib and teaches cartooning at Stanford University and the Animation Workshop in Denmark.

His comics have been published by Slate, Fusion, American Public Media,, KQED,, The Center for Constitutional Rights, UNHCR, UNRWA, UNICEF, and Buzzfeed. He was a recipient of the 2018 Berkeley Civic Arts Grant and the 2019 Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park Artist-in-Residency.

He works in a garret room in South Berkeley and comes from the sea.

Feb 6, 7:30pm to 8:30pm, Pegasus Books Downtown, 2349 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

Berkeley Symphony

Brahms | Dessner
XI WANG World Premiere
MARY KOUYOUMDJIAN Become Who I Am* JOHANNES BRAHMS Symphony No. 1 in C minor
*Bay Area Premieres

KELLY O'CONNOR Mezzo Soprano

Feb 6, 8pm to 10pm, Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley, Berkeley

CNMAT Users Group (CUG) presents: DROUGHT SPA and Svist

DROUGHT SPA is the multimedia experiment of Oakland-based artists alex cruse and Kevin CK Lo. Using text, computer vision, stochastic synthesis, movement, and generative visuals, their work explores subjectivation within networked life. They have presented and performed at CounterPulse, Brown University, B4BEL4B Gallery, Audio Foundation (Auckland), San Francisco State University's Poetry Center, Gray Area, Vaska Emanouilova Gallery (Sofia), Aeromoto (Mexico City), and elsewhere.

Svist (electronics, visuals) (Dmitri Svistula)

Dmitri Svistula is a performer of electronics and improviser based in Richmond, CA with interests in free musics, human assisted and generative sonic environments, instruments and installation.
Presenting a multi-media piece that uses microscopy, computer vision, and synthesis to explore the stories of locally found or harvested structures and organisms in a form of auditory feedback interaction.

Feb 6, 8pm to 10pm, McEnerney Hall (1750 Arch St.)