Berkeley Arts Festival

The Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar is dedicated to the notion that in Berkeley every day is an arts festival. With the first month-long Arts Festival in 1997, we initiated this web site and realized that it could fill a need for information about the activities of all the Berkeley arts organizations year-round. So we expanded it and kept it going, as a guide for the arts-loving people of Berkeley and in appreciation of the City's continued support.

The Berkeley Arts Festival presents

We again have a home for the Berkeley Arts Festival this year, 2133 University Avenue right next to Ace Hardware. We have scheduled concerts with some of the most creative people in Berkeley--the musicians, composers and writers who bring vibrant talents for all to hear and see. So come along with us on an exciting journey into their domains.
Suggested donation $10-$20 unless otherwise noted. Check for changes on our website: www.berkeleyartsfestival.com

Friday, April 17th 2015

Jerry Kuderna Lunch Concert

Pianist Jerry Kuderna plays from classics to the newest compositions.

12 noon to 1:30pm, 2133 University Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704, USA


GRALE

An evening honestly displaying the incestuous interconnectedness of multiple, supposedly disparate projects. With the addition, subtraction, or replacement of individual musicians, each project on the bill will metamorphose into the next without preamble, warning, or fanfare. An unofficial amalgam of Alethiometer Records, Petit Mal Music, and Quadruped Media.

tickets on a sliding scale, $5-$10. Cheaper than food, as the Minnesotans say.

The pool of musicians are Bruce Anderson, Sheila Bosco, Jesse Burson, Gregory Hagan, Jim Kaiser, Cheryl E. Leonard, Gregory Scharpen, Dale Sophiea, Nicolas Sophiea, and Andy Way.
Projected images aplenty will be provided by Lorin Murphy and Jerry Smith.

Other places you can visit:

Grale's facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Grale/182359568585498

Thomas Carnacki's facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/thomascarnacki

8pm to 10:30pm, 2133 University Avenue


Friday, April 24th 2015

Jerry Kuderna Lunch Concert

Pianist Jerry Kuderna plays from classics to the newest compositions.

12 noon to 1:30pm, 2133 University Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704, USA


UpSurge! returns to the Berkeley Arts Festival

A potent brew of poetry, politics and any music necessary-creating a scene

A 25th Anniversary Celebration
2015!
Raymond Nat Turner, poetry/ Zigi Lowenberg, poetry/
Barbara Hunter, tenor sax, flute/ Tammy Lynne Hall, piano
Mark Heshima Williams, bass/ Leon Joyce, drums

"NO!" would have sufficed answering trumpeter-bandleader David Hardiman's question: "Does anyone else do what YOU do?" Hardiman asked this when City College of San Francisco presented UpSurge! with a Certificate of Appreciation for "Sharing demonstrated knowledge of diversity" during CCSF's Professional Development & Diversity Relations Day in 1998.

Seventeen years later, as UpSurge! prepares for its 25th Anniversary Celebration on Friday, April 24th as part of the Berkeley Arts Festival, the answer is still "NO!"


$10-$25 Sliding Scale

8pm to 10pm, 2133 University


Friday, May 1st 2015

Jerry Kuderna Lunch Concert

Pianist Jerry Kuderna plays from classics to the newest compositions.

12 noon to 1:30pm, 2133 University Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704, USA


Cornelius Cardew Choir and Che Guevarra Memorial Marching (and Stationary) Accordion Band

7pm to 10pm, 2133 University Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704, USA


Sunday, May 3rd 2015

Tim Berne's SNAKEOIL

Tim Berne's SNAKE OIL

Tim Berne - alto saxophone
Oscar Noriega - clarinet, bass clarinet
Matt Mitchell - piano
Ches Smith - drums

Alto saxophonist and alt-jazz hero Tim Berne has been one of the stalwart - yet never stale - figures on the left-end jazz scene since the mid-`80s, and yet his engaging presence and creative fertility have bumped up a few notches just in the last couple of years. With Shadow Man, his second album for the ECM label in as many years, Berne, in the context of his masterful and flexible quartet Snakeoil, moves further out of the shadows and into higher profile, with a potent, poetic and sternum-shaking body of music. It's visceral on impact, but chamber music-like in its intricacy, but also has a feeling of barely controlled freedom. This music rocks and thinks, explores, deconstructs and, yes, it swings in its own identifiably angular, Berne-ian way.

Berne is emerging or re-emerging, as an important 21st century jazzman, getting ever deeper into the process of connecting the dots of an avant-garde tradition he has helped to shape. - Josef Woodard, Downbeat - January 2014

8pm to 10:30pm, 2133 University Avenue


Friday, May 8th 2015

Jerry Kuderna Lunch Concert

Pianist Jerry Kuderna plays from classics to the newest compositions.

12 noon to 1:30pm, 2133 University Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704, USA


Saturday, May 9th 2015

Inky Lee Dance Performance

Inky Lee
Waiting for a passenger / ship to go to sea

In Waiting for a passenger / ship to go to sea, five dancers build complex sonic and visual landscape through physical rigor. The increasing demands on the bodies become palpable through the sounds of the dancers, which reflect the demands of the mundanity of day-to-day life that become salient through the extracted and fractured speeches on the soundtrack. These co-mingling sounds combined with the movement of unrelenting yet vulnerable bodies become immediate and personal.

8pm to 11pm, Berkeley Arts 2133 University Avenue, between Shattuck & Oxford


Friday, May 15th 2015

Jerry Kuderna Lunch Concert

Pianist Jerry Kuderna plays from classics to the newest compositions.

12 noon to 1:30pm, 2133 University Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704, USA


Thursday, May 21st 2015

Karate Mountain

Karate Mountain is an instrumental indie rock band that plays all-original, emotionally charged music with equal parts honesty, passion, and irreverence. Formed in 2013 with the release of their debut album, The Bravest Beetle, Karate Mountain has been actively creating new material and partnering with indie rockers, avant-garde jazz ensembles, electronic artists, and even contemporary dance companies to destroy the distinction between a "show" and a "performance." In February of 2015, the band released their second full-length album of original music entitled More Than Ever Before.

Lily Project:
The Lily Project began in 2014 as a musical manifestation of written works by the late poet, Lily Gage. The original music written by singer-songwriter Megan Gage, leaves room for interpretation so that it simultaneously reflects the grit and whimsy of the original poems and the unique imprint of the musicians.

7pm to 10pm, 2133 University


Friday, May 22nd 2015

Jerry Kuderna Lunch Concert

Pianist Jerry Kuderna plays from classics to the newest compositions.

12 noon to 1:30pm, 2133 University Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704, USA


Next Now

All Tomorrows After-Parties Two - a Benefit/Festival
A Celebration of the Creative Music and Arts Community to benefit the Homeless Action Center
Friday-Saturday-Sunday (May 22-23-24)


FRIDAY May-22 | SYNESTHETE POTLUCK (Doors Open 6:30pm)
07:00:00 PM Bitter Cricket (Tom Djill, Julia Mazawa)
07:30:00 PM Stephanie Neumann project
08:00:00 PM Blood and Milk (John Trevor Benson)
08:30:00 PM Primoria (v'Maa)
09:00:00 PM Window/Door/River (Bob Marsh + Evangel King)

ADMISSION: $12 for one day or evening $24 for all three days


--- Bridge of Crows + Cartoon Justice + Feral Luggage + Mika Pontecorvo
--- http://edgebuzz.tv/bridgeofcrows
--- http://cartoonjustice.edgebuzz.tv
--- http://feralluggage.edgebuzz.tv
--- http://nextnow.edgebuzz.tv

7pm to 9pm, 2133 University Ave


Saturday, May 23rd 2015

Next Now

A Celebration of the Creative Music and Arts Community to benefit the Homeless Action Center
(Doors Open 11:30am)
12:00:00 PM Laurie BK + Joy Cosculluela
12:30:00 PM Amy Reed
01:00:00 PM Alphastare vs. Infinite Plastic Internal (Jeff Klukowski + Mark Pino)

01:30:00 PM ***WildCard Set ***

02:00:00 PM Collette McCaslin + Sheila Bosco Duo
02:30:00 PM Cloud Shepherd
03:00:00 PM David Slusser's Lost Planet

03:30:00 PM ***WildCard Set ***

04:00:00 PM Tri-Cornered Tent Show
04:30:00 PM Herndon, Marshall, Hertz Trio (Josh Marshall,Julie Herndon, Sam Hertz)
05:00:00 PM Trio (Emily Hay+Motoko Honda+Biggi Vinkelo)

05:30:00 PM ***WildCard Set ***

06:00:00 PM Jaroba & Friends
06:30:00 PM Earth Blind
07:00:00 PM Duo (Polly Moller + Tim Walters)

SYNESTHETE POTLUCK

07:30:00 PM Dialectical Imagination (Rob Pumpelly & Eli Wallace w/Meghan McKearney/lights)
08:00:00 PM Jack Hertz project (Jack-fogmusic, Ann O'Rourke-visuals)
08:30:00 PM Falling Angel (Bob Marsh)
09:00:00 PM Qualia
09:30:00 PM Bill Wolter project

12 midnight, 2133 University


Sunday, May 24th 2015

Next Now


SUNDAY May 24th (doors open 11:30am)

12:00:00 PM Duo (Jameson Swanagon + Theo Padouvas)
12:30:00 PM Jakob Pek project
01:00:00 PM TBA

01:30:00 PM ***WildCard Set ***

02:00:00 PM Sangita Moskow
02:30:00 PM Tania Chen & Henry Kaiser Duo
03:00:00 PM zBug

03:30:00 PM ***WildCard Set ***

04:00:00 PM Crystal Pascucci project
04:30:00 PM Ross Hammond
05:00:00 PM Nava Dunkelman + Gabby Fluke-Mogul Duo

05:30:00 PM ***WildCard Set ***

06:00:00 PM Noah Phillips project
06:30:00 PM Bad Jazz(Bryan Day, Tania Chen, Ben Salomon)

SYNESTHETE POTLUCK

07:00:00 PM Snowsteps
07:30:00 PM tba
08:00:00 PM Bridge of Crows
08:30:00 PM Pachuco Cadaver

12 noon to 9pm, 2133 University Ave.


Wednesday, May 27th 2015

Sound Underground

Jonah Udall, Alec Aldred and David Leon.

Melodic approach they take to their unusual instrumentation. Lyrical and conversational, the music traverses the lengths of acoustic jazz.

Hailing from all corners of the United States, the three met at the Frost School of Music in Miami where they currently study, formed Sound Underground in the fall of 2013 while living together - a natural evolution of their shared passion for artistic exploration. They still live together, strengthening the deep musical ties that ground the work in mutual respect and admiration.

In the summer of 2014, Sound Underground released its self-titled debut album with a tour of Bulgaria and Serbia. They haven't stopped since.

7:30pm to 10:30pm, 2133 University Ave.


Friday, May 29th 2015

Jerry Kuderna Lunch Concert

Pianist Jerry Kuderna plays from classics to the newest compositions.

12 noon to 1:30pm, 2133 University Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704, USA


Saturday, May 30th 2015

Wendy Reid "Tree Pieces"

a fund raiser for 'Save the Frogs' organization.

7pm to 9:30pm, 2133 University


Today's Events - April 17

Jerry Kuderna Lunch Concert

Pianist Jerry Kuderna plays from classics to the newest compositions.

12 noon to 1:30pm, 2133 University Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704, USA


Kahulanui

$22 adv / $24 door. 644-2020. www.thefreight.org

8pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street


Rita Coolidge

$38 adv / $42 door. 644-2020. www.thefreight.org

8pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street


GRALE

An evening honestly displaying the incestuous interconnectedness of multiple, supposedly disparate projects. With the addition, subtraction, or replacement of individual musicians, each project on the bill will metamorphose into the next without preamble, warning, or fanfare. An unofficial amalgam of Alethiometer Records, Petit Mal Music, and Quadruped Media.

tickets on a sliding scale, $5-$10. Cheaper than food, as the Minnesotans say.

The pool of musicians are Bruce Anderson, Sheila Bosco, Jesse Burson, Gregory Hagan, Jim Kaiser, Cheryl E. Leonard, Gregory Scharpen, Dale Sophiea, Nicolas Sophiea, and Andy Way.
Projected images aplenty will be provided by Lorin Murphy and Jerry Smith.

Other places you can visit:

Grale's facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Grale/182359568585498

Thomas Carnacki's facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/thomascarnacki

8pm to 10:30pm, 2133 University Avenue


Arlo Guthrie: Alice's Restaurant 50th Anniversary Tour

$22-$48. 642-9988. www.calperformances.org

8pm, Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley campus


Los Boleros

$15/$10 student. 8:30pm Cuban salsa dance lesson. 525-5054. www.ashkenaz.com

9:30pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley, CA, United States


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.