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Ongoing Events

Mike's Out of Doors Sculpture Wall

Location: South side of Ashby Avenue between Pine Street and Elmwood Court.
Open: 10 am to 10 pm,  Monday through Saturday.

Today — April 26

Reading and Dialogue with Novelist Pyeon, Hye-Young

Hye-Young Pyeon, Myongji University

Pyun Hye-Young was born in Seoul, Korea in 1972. She majored in creative writing at Seoul Institute of the Arts and earned a graduate degree in Korean Literature at Hanyang University. She is currently a professor of creative writing at Myongji University.

She made her literary debut in 2000 with her short story "Shaking off Dew". She has published several collection of short stories, including Aoi Garden (2005), To the Kennels (2007), An Evening Proposal (2011) and The night passes (2013) as well as novels such as City of ashes and red (2010), Gone to the forest in the west (2012) and The Hole (2016). An Evening Proposal (Dalkey Archive, 2016), The Hole
(Arcade publishing, 2017) and City of Ashes and Red (Arcade publishing, 2018) were published in English too. In her restrained, yet grounded writing style, Pyun Hye-Young's works portray the
insecurities of contemporary man and point to the hole of social system for causing this sense of alienation and isolation. She is noted for renewing herself piece by piece and building her own unique world of writing in the process.

She received some of the top literary accolades in Korea including Hankook Ilbo Literary Award (2007), Yi Hyo-Seok Literary Award (2009), Dong-in Literary Award (2011), Yi Sang Literary Award (2014) and Hyundai Literary Award (2015). She won the Shirley Jackson Award (2017) in the United States.

Apr 26, 4:30pm to 7pm, Toll Room Alumni House

AGO: A New Workshop Production Written and Directed by Stan Lai

April 25-28, 2019
230 Hearst Gymnasium
Free Admission with Reservation*

We reminisce about the past, dream about the future, but are rarely present in the moment. In fact, as the word "present" slipped through our tongues, it was already AGO. Stan Lai (creator of A Dream Like A Dream, which first used the unique "theatre in the surround" configuration) has returned to UC Berkeley to create AGO, a play that examines the journey of characters through repeated triumph and failure, victory and folly.

Displaced from a small mountain village near the Himalayas to the never-sleeping New York, people are chased by calamities, searching for a pure land of eternal fulfillment and happiness. The play is a rare experience of theatre in the "surround." AGO in its entirety is conceived to be a 3 1/2 hour performance in 4 Acts. For this performance, we are presenting Acts 1 and 2. Act 3 takes place in New York and the Himalayas, where the surviving characters set forth to find the Pure Land in Dorje's visions. The aftermath of this expedition is Act 4, set in New York.

*Online ticket link closes 2 hours before showtime. After that time, you may request admission at the door, depending on seating availability.

Apr 26, 7pm to 10:30pm, 230 Hearst Gymnasium

Théâtre National de Bretagne: Julius Caesar

Théâtre National de Bretagne, Cal Performances

French director Arthur Nauzyciel revives his production of Julius Caesar, first created 10 years ago for Boston's influential American Repertory Theater during a US election year. Now artistic director of the Théâtre National de Bretagne, Nauzyciel highlights the continuing relevance of Shakespeare's great political tragedy-with costumes and design that evoke the era of JFK, a live jazz trio, and provocative staging that refocuses the action so that the tyranny unfolds as the dream of a minor character, Brutus' slave Lucius.

Apr 26, 8pm to 10pm, Zellerbach Hall

The House of the Spirits

Michael Moran

A new play by Caridad Svich | Based on a novel by Isabel Allende | Directed by Michael Moran

Based on Isabel Allende's best-selling novel, Caridad Svich's <em>The House of the Spirits</em> follows three generations of the Trueba family-their loves, their ambitions, their spiritual quests, and their place in the post-colonial social and political turmoil embroiling their South American country. This darkly poetic adaptation incorporates magical realism to weave the personal and the political into a universal story of love, magic, and fate.

Apr 26, 8pm to 10pm, Zellerbach Playhouse

Damian McGinty - Young Forever Tour

Irish singer-songwriter-actor Damian McGinty will be debuting his brand new full-length album, Young Forever, in early 2019 followed by a tour of the same name. The Young Forever tour is his largest to date and kicks off in Philadelphia, PA on March 19th and will feature vibrant, joyful, pop-infused music that will take you back to a time of living in the moment and yearning for the open road.

The 26-year-old Derry, Northern Ireland native is best known for his work with the Irish supergroup Celtic Thunder since the age of 13, and for his role as Rory Flanagan on the Fox hit television series, Glee. Damian's first EP of original music, No More Time, was released in the Spring of 2018 and reached #9 on the US iTunes Pop chart while garnering more than 750,000 streams online.

Tickets are $100 (includes soundcheck, pre-show meet & greet and concert) - SOLD OUT;
$60 (includes pre-show meet & greet and concert); and $35 general admission (scroll down to see all ticket options).

Advance tickets go on sale Friday, Nov. 9th at 10am, and are available at the link below, or you may purchase your tickets at the door the night of the show. Doors open forty-five minutes 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!

Apr 26, 8pm to 10pm, The Back Room Music, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley

Gamelan Shadow Play: "Story of Kala the Forbidden Creature" *Note: actual end time may vary.*


featuring Midiyanto, shadow master
guest drummer Heri Purwanto
vocalist Heni Savitri\
UCB Gamelan Sari Raras:
Javanese Shadow Puppet Master Ki Midiyanto accompanied by guest drummer Heri Purwanto, singer Heni Savitri and the musicians of Gamelan Sari Raras, present "The Story of Kala the Forbidden Creature."

Apr 26, 8pm to 9pm, Hertz Concert Hall

Tomorrow — April 27

3rd Annual Meadows Livingstone Scholarship Fund Concert

3rd Annual Meadows Livingstone Scholarship Fund Concert

For almost 40 years The Meadows Livingstone School has provided educational experiences for Bay Area-based children of color. Help keep the tradition going by supporting the 3rd Annual Meadows Livingstone Scholarship Fund Concert.
Linda Tillery and the Cultural Heritage Choir
Linda Tillery, a native to San Francisco is a Grammy nominated vocalist, producer, arranger, speaker, and self-taught ethno-musicologist. She has shared the stage with artists like Carlos Santana, Bonnie Raitt, Taj Mahal, Sheila E., Kelly Joe Phelps, Boz Skaggs and many more.

For the past 16 years she has dedicated her artistic life to the research, teaching, and performance of the great African-American oral tradition of song, stick, and story - the ancestor of today's American popular song.

In 1992,Tillery founded the Cultural Heritage Choir - a Grammy nominated, percussion driven, vocal ensemble whose mission is to help preserve and share the rich musical traditions of African-American roots music. Their music is rooted in the deep south and strongly connected to their West African and Caribbean origins. More than a gospel choir, their repertoire includes spirituals, field songs, blues, jazz and work songs from all over the United States, the Caribbean and Africa. They create dynamic rhythms and sparkling energy on stage. Their vocals are lush and vibrant; their performances are poignant and uplifting. They have been known for rousing endings that will have everyone glued to their seats.

"Diane Ferlatte's charismatic personality sets the stage on fire. Her storytelling is so powerful that the stories she tells become a part of you. "

Now an internationally renowned storyteller, Diane has traveled the globe, from Europe to Singapore & Malaysia, from Australia & New Zealand to Colombia, Senegal, Kenya, South Africa, Turkey, Jamaica, India and of course all over the United States. She believes that telling and listening to each other's stories not only enables us to learn about each other, but also to understand each other better. She views storytelling as a traditional art form that can promote literacy, imagination, and values in the young. While emphasizing African American stories, she loves to tell stories that hold truths touching upon our common humanity, including personal and historical stories. Having a background in music as well as American Sign Language, Diane frequently incorporates both into her performances. Erik Pearson, her musical sidekick, often accompanies Diane on banjo & guitar.

Diane has received numerous honors including grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Storytelling Network's Circle of Excellence Award, the National Association of Black Storytellers' Zora Neale Hurston Award, The Friends of Negro Spirituals Heritage Keepers Award, as well as the California Arts Council's highest ranking. In addition to receiving a 2008 Grammy nomination, all of her recordings have received other awards including multiple Parents' Choice, American Library Association, National Parenting Publications, iParenting Media, Children's Music Web, and Storytelling World Awards. Among her most exciting performances are her numerous appearances at both the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, Tennessee, and the Internationales Storytelling Festival in Graz, Austria, as well as the First International Festival to Commemorate the End of Slavery, on Goree Island, Senegal, and performing for President Clinton at his first inauguration.

Afia Walking Tree, M.Ed. Percussionist, Educator, Ritualist is a world-class cultural drummer, ambassador, spiritual activist, leadership development advocate and trainer.

MC Sterling James
Sterling James was born in San Francisco, raised in Berkeley and has spent ALL 30 years of her radio career right here in the Bay Area. Having grown up listening to KBLX, Sterling was honored to come on board back in 2006 and loves hanging with you! Of her DJ style, she says, "I've always wanted to be seen as the cool girl next door who has an awesome record collection, whether we're chilling or bumping it loud, the music is always good." Along with her work in radio, Sterling enjoys supporting local youth poets, clothing designers, artists and live musicians and, of course, raising "Baby Girl" to be a proud, third generation, Bay Baby!

Apr 27, 1pm to 3pm, Freight & Salvage, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley

West African Drumming Workshop Series with Mohamed Lamine Bangoura

2nd and 4th Saturday's:
October 13th, October 27th,
November 10th, November 24th,
and December 8th

Time: 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Cost: $125 for all 5 classes in series, or $30/class
Location: Ashkenaz Music and Dance Community Center
1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA
RSVPs greatly appreciated.

Enrich your understanding of traditional West African Rhythms with Master Drummer (Djembefola) and artistic director, Mohamed Lamine Bangoura. Lamine has a deep wealth of knowledge & experience; his energy is unique and unparalleled!! Through his music, Lamine's passion for preserving the history and traditions is revealed through his open hearted eagerness to share his culture. This is an incredible opportunity to study with this master artist, rounding out your understanding of these complex polyrhythms.

In this mixed level drum workshop you'll glimpse into the true spirit of Africa, from the energetic rhythms to Lamine's heartfelt appreciation for this ancient instrument as a tool for human connection and language.

Join us!!!

Bring your drum if you have one! If you need a drum to use for class please message in advance. Drum rental fee = $5/class

Apr 27, 3:30pm to 5:30pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Third Saturday Possum Family Singers @ The Starry Plough Pub

For details, link here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/third-saturday-possum-family-singers-the-starry-plough-pub-tickets-57436385776

Apr 27, 5pm to 7pm, The Starry Plough Pub - 3101 Shattuck Avenue - Berkeley, CA 94

AGO: A New Workshop Production Written and Directed by Stan Lai

April 25-28, 2019
230 Hearst Gymnasium
Free Admission with Reservation*

We reminisce about the past, dream about the future, but are rarely present in the moment. In fact, as the word "present" slipped through our tongues, it was already AGO. Stan Lai (creator of A Dream Like A Dream, which first used the unique "theatre in the surround" configuration) has returned to UC Berkeley to create AGO, a play that examines the journey of characters through repeated triumph and failure, victory and folly.

Displaced from a small mountain village near the Himalayas to the never-sleeping New York, people are chased by calamities, searching for a pure land of eternal fulfillment and happiness. The play is a rare experience of theatre in the "surround." AGO in its entirety is conceived to be a 3 1/2 hour performance in 4 Acts. For this performance, we are presenting Acts 1 and 2. Act 3 takes place in New York and the Himalayas, where the surviving characters set forth to find the Pure Land in Dorje's visions. The aftermath of this expedition is Act 4, set in New York.

*Online ticket link closes 2 hours before showtime. After that time, you may request admission at the door, depending on seating availability.

Apr 27, 7pm to 10:30pm, 230 Hearst Gymnasium

The House of the Spirits

Michael Moran

A new play by Caridad Svich | Based on a novel by Isabel Allende | Directed by Michael Moran

Based on Isabel Allende's best-selling novel, Caridad Svich's <em>The House of the Spirits</em> follows three generations of the Trueba family-their loves, their ambitions, their spiritual quests, and their place in the post-colonial social and political turmoil embroiling their South American country. This darkly poetic adaptation incorporates magical realism to weave the personal and the political into a universal story of love, magic, and fate.

Apr 27, 8pm to 10pm, Zellerbach Playhouse

University Chorus and University Chamber Chorus *Note: actual end time may vary.*

Wei Cheng, director

The core of the repertoire is choral-orchestral by German composers Josef Rheinberger, Johannes Brahms, Felix Mendelssohn and J.S. Bach. It is designed to echo the season of Easter, and traces the developing themes of sacrifice, fate, resurrection, and peace. This "core" is juxtaposed with a selection of a cappella works by older generation composers Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, Antonio Lotti, and Michael Haydn.

Apr 27, 8pm to 9pm, Hertz Concert Hall

Eli Cook

The legendary Son House was known to say, "Blues is a feelin'." Eli Cook's music expresses that same raw honesty in a unique blend of contemporary and old-school styles, creating an original sound at the forefront of modern Blues and Rock.

Eli took up the guitar as a teenager in the Blue Ridge foothills of Virginia. Following the tradition of the great blues men, he performed in churches and late-night gospel revivals with only his acoustic and deep baritone voice, while playing every hole-in-the-wall bar that could handle his electric power trio. Blending the influences of John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters, Fred MacDowell, Bukka White and Lightning Hopkins with the likes of Clutch, Soundgarden, C.O.C, and Rage Against the Machine, he forged a fresh sound, alive with the southern blues tradition.

Eli recorded and released his first two albums between 2004 and 2007: the all-acoustic, original-roots album Miss Blues' Child on the Sledgehammer Blues label, and a heavy blues-rock release, ElectricHolyFireWater. During this time, he was invited to open for B.B. King on King's East Coast tour. Since then, Eli has shared the stage with Johnny Winter, Robert Cray, Parliament-Funkadelic, Gary Clark Jr., Roomful of Blues and many others. In 2008, Eli released his third self-produced album, Static in the Blood, a modern R&B/Rock crossover project featuring ornate experimental studio production. The follow up album, Ace Jack & King, a return to roots-blues and heavy guitars, received critical acclaim. The All Music Guide proclaimed that Eli could be "the best blues singer of his generation."

In 2013, Eli signed with LA-based label Cleopatra Records to begin work on his 5th studio album, featuring guest appearances by rock legend Leslie West of Mountain, Artimus Pyle (Lynyrd Skynyrd) Reese Wynans of Double Trouble, Vinny Appici (Black Sabbath, Ronnie James Dio) and Tinsley Ellis. The album was released in Spring 2014.

Tickets are $18 in advance, $20 at the door general admission; $15 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!

Apr 27, 8pm to 10pm, The Back Room Music, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley

the rest of the next 2 weeks

String Quartet Sundays featuring "The Town"

Apr 28, 1pm to 3pm, The Musical Offering Cafe, 2430 Bancroft Way, Berkeley

The House of the Spirits

Apr 28, 2pm to 4pm, Zellerbach Playhouse

Puccini ° La Rondine Magda

Apr 28, 2pm to 5pm, Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar St, Berkeley, CA 94709, United States

Mamadou Sidibe & Sam Rudin

Apr 28, 3pm to 5pm, The Back Room Music, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley

Théâtre National de Bretagne: Julius Caesar

Apr 28, 3pm to 5pm, Zellerbach Hall

Crossover (Berkeley)

Apr 28, 3pm to 5pm, First Congregational Church of Berkeley, 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley

Black Life: Destiny Muhammad Trio *Note: actual end time may vary.*

Apr 28, 4pm to 5pm, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

AGO: A New Workshop Production Written and Directed by Stan Lai

Apr 28, 7pm to 10:30pm, 230 Hearst Gymnasium

Stephanie Bruce: Music from the Corridor

Apr 28, 7pm to 9pm, The Back Room Music, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley

The House of the Spirits

Apr 28, 8pm to 10pm, Zellerbach Playhouse

California Dreamin

Apr 29, 12:10 noon to 1pm, First Floor Atrium Berkeley Way West

AGO: A New Workshop Production Written and Directed by Stan Lai

Apr 29, 7pm to 10:30pm, 230 Hearst Gymnasium

The House of the Spirits

Apr 29, 8pm to 10pm, Zellerbach Playhouse

Gil Shaham, violin; Akira Eguchi, piano

Apr 29, 8pm to 10pm, Zellerbach Hall

The House of the Spirits

Apr 30, 8pm to 10pm, Zellerbach Playhouse

The House of the Spirits

May 1, 8pm to 10pm, Zellerbach Playhouse

Martyn Joseph

May 1, 8pm to 10pm, The Back Room Music, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley

Free Live Jazz most Thursdays

May 2, 4pm to 6pm, The Musical Offering Cafe, 2430 Bancroft Way, Berkeley

Berkeley Symphony -- Wagner, Clyne, Adès, Strauss

May 2, 8pm to 10pm, Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley

The House of the Spirits

May 2, 8pm to 10pm, Zellerbach Playhouse

A Door to God: Film screening with director Maruf Noyoft

May 4, 5pm to 7pm, Silk Road House, 1944 University Ave, Berkeley

Folk Music of Afghanistan Before the Wars

May 5, 1pm to 3pm, Silk Road House, 1944 University Ave, Berkeley

String Quartet Sundays featuring "The Town"

May 5, 1pm to 3pm, The Musical Offering Cafe, 2430 Bancroft Way, Berkeley

The House of the Spirits

May 5, 2pm to 4pm, Zellerbach Playhouse

Jazz Stories: Live Jazz. Wonderful Stories.

May 7, 7:30pm to 8:30pm, Pegasus Books, 1855 Solano Ave, Berkeley

Free Live Jazz most Thursdays

May 9, 4pm to 6pm, The Musical Offering Cafe, 2430 Bancroft Way, Berkeley