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, August 26th 2016

Jerry Kuderna Lunch Concert

Pianist Jerry Kuderna plays from classics to the newest compositions.

12 noon to 1:30pm, 2133 University Ave.


George Brooks, Ganesh Rajagopalan and Osam Ezzeldin "A musical tribute to Terry Riley on the occasion of his 81st birthday"

George Brooks on saxophones with
Indian violinist Ganesh Rajagopalan and Egyptian pianist Osam Ezzeldin.

8pm to 10pm, 2133 University Ave.


Friday, September 2nd 2016

Jerry Kuderna Lunch Concert

Pianist Jerry Kuderna plays from classics to the newest compositions.

12 noon to 1:30pm, 2133 University Ave.


Thursday, September 8th 2016

Remembering Gaia at Berkeley Arts Festival

Join us in a gathering of individuals who feel called to celebrate and connect with the Great Mother Spirit of our Earth, Gaia.

We will have 3 beautiful teachers who will be sharing Gaia's history via mythology, stories, a guided meditation to speak with her, songs to evoke god/goddess magic and a mini dance performance by Fluidgirl via song and drumming, all related to and for Gaia.

It is our desire and intention to educate, inspire, heal and entertain all those who attend our gathering.

25 spots available

RSVP:

Contact us as there is a donation asked for the night and to reserve your spot.

Email: contactfollowthetrees@gmail.com.

Website: www.followthetrees.com

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


Friday, September 9th 2016

Jerry Kuderna Lunch Concert

Pianist Jerry Kuderna plays from classics to the newest compositions.

12 noon to 1:30pm, 2133 University Ave.


Sunday, September 11th 2016

Marvin Sanders and Elaine Laguerta concert

Marvin Sanders, flute, Elaine Laguerta. piano. Perform music of Bach, Cesar Franck, Beethoven and Debussy.

4pm to 5:30pm, 2133 University Ave.


Friday, September 16th 2016

Jerry Kuderna Lunch Concert

Pianist Jerry Kuderna plays from classics to the newest compositions.

12 noon to 1:30pm, 2133 University Ave.


Saturday, September 17th 2016

Open Jam with Matt and Herb

9pm to 11pm, 2133 University Ave.


Sunday, September 18th 2016

"On The Streets, Under The Trees: Homelessness and the Struggle for Housing in Urban and Rural California."

Exhibition Opening

An exhibition of photographs by photo/journalist David Bacon

Many people remain unaware that poverty and homelessness are not just hardships faced by those living in large cities, but also affect countless numbers of unhoused people in rural areas. Bacon's exhibit remedies that blind spot by giving equal attention to low-wage workers and homeless people in the countryside.
The show offers compelling portraits of people who are homeless, or as Bacon terms it, "people living outside."

He traveled throughout California, connecting with people in the cities and on the farms, taking their pictures and hearing their stories. He is fluent in Spanish, enabling him to learn from the experiences of farmworkers and undocumented immigrants.

September 18 through October

2pm to 5pm, 2133 University Ave.


Friday, September 23rd 2016

Jerry Kuderna Lunch Concert

Pianist Jerry Kuderna plays from classics to the newest compositions.

12 noon to 1:30pm, 2133 University Ave.


Sunday, September 25th 2016

Soltary Man: My Visit to Pelican Bay State Prison

Jazz Improvisation

with Charlie Hinton & Bill Crossman

Directed by Mark Kenward

Charlie created Solitary Man based on letters and visits with prisoners in Pelican Bay SHU/solitary confinement. The show takes place in November, 2014, a year after the largest prisoner hunger strike in history. Pianist Bill Crossman will improvise music throughout the performance.

This show is a benefit for Black Lives Matter

4pm to 6pm, 2133 University Ave


Monday, September 26th 2016

Logan Hone's Similar Fashion & Jordan Glenn's Beak

Logan Hone- alto saxophone/vocals
Lauren Baba- viola
Gregory Uhlmann- guitar
Jesse Quebbeman-Turley- drums

Jordan Glenn- drums, baton
Karl Evangelista- guitar
Bob LaDue- percussion
Robert Lopez- percussion
Max Judelson- bass
and special guests

8pm to 10pm, 2133 University Ave Berkeley CA


Tuesday, September 27th 2016

Tatsuya Nakitani Solo

8pm
Tatsuya Nakitani solo - US Tour

Extended length solo percussion by Tatsuya Nakatani. Performance length between 60 to 120 minutes.

From Tatsuya Nakatani:

I am a percussionist working with acoustic sounds. I have been performing with extended percussion techniques that have been the center of my creative music activity for over a decade of touring in the Unites states and beyond. Through hundreds of live improvisational solo percussion performances, I have a clear image about what ideally can maximize the live performances.

Solo acoustic percussion performance is a challenge. The concert is physically demanding but is also affected by today's environmental conditions. These conditions are always fluid, and tend to change in unexpected ways. Regardless of how the instruments were set up with a detailed sound check, a lot can change once the audience enters the space. Performance factors also depend on the size of the venue, construction of the building's walls, floor, ceiling and architectural structure, as well as the size of audience and type of people, temperature, humidity, lighting.

In 2016 I was inspired by the deep silence at Rothko chapel in Houston while visiting on my US tour. From that moment I started to imagine new way of selected solo performance, ranging from 60 to 120 minutes.

8pm to 10pm, Berkeley Arts - 2133 University Avenue, between Shattuck and Oxford


Friday, September 30th 2016

Jerry Kuderna Lunch Concert

Pianist Jerry Kuderna plays from classics to the newest compositions.

12 noon to 1:30pm, 2133 University Ave.


Today's Events - August 26

Jerry Kuderna Lunch Concert

Pianist Jerry Kuderna plays from classics to the newest compositions.

12 noon to 1:30pm, 2133 University Ave.


West Coast Songwriters Competition Finals

$21 adv / $23 door. 644-2020. www.thefreight.org

8pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley, CA, United States


George Brooks, Ganesh Rajagopalan and Osam Ezzeldin "A musical tribute to Terry Riley on the occasion of his 81st birthday"

George Brooks on saxophones with
Indian violinist Ganesh Rajagopalan and Egyptian pianist Osam Ezzeldin.

8pm to 10pm, 2133 University Ave.


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.