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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 — February 27

Elizabeth Tallent launches Scratched: A Memoir of Perfectionism

Elizabeth Tallent launches Scratched: A Memoir of Perfectionism, her bold and brilliant exploration of the ferocious desire for perfection which has shaped her writing life as well as her rich, dramatic, and constantly surprising personal life.

"One of the finest explorations I know of what it means to be a woman and an artist."--Sigrid Nunez

Scratched is an intimate account of the uses a child, and the adult she becomes, will find for perfectionism and the role it will play in every part of her life. Elizabeth Tallent's story begins in a hospital in mid-1950s suburban Washington, D.C., when her mother refuses to hold her newborn daughter, shocking behavior that baffles the nurses. Imagining her own mother's perfectionist ideal at this critical moment, Tallent moves back and forth in time, juxtaposing moments in the past with the present in this innovative and spellbinding narrative.

Tallent traces her journey from her early years in which she perceived herself as "the child whose flaws let disaster into an otherwise perfect family," to her adulthood, when perfectionism came to affect everything. In the decade between 27 and 37, she published five literary books with Knopf and her short stories appeared in The New Yorker. But this extraordinary start to her career is followed by twenty-two years of silence. She wrote, or rather published, nothing at all. Why? Scratched is the remarkable response to that question.

Tallent's early publications secure her a coveted teaching job at Stanford University. As she toggles between Palo Alto and the Mendocino coast where she lives, raises her son Gabriel, and pursues an important psychoanalysis, she grapples with the perfectionism that has always been home to her. Eventually, she finds love and acceptance in the most unlikely place, and finally accepts an "as is" relationship with herself and others.

Her final triumph is the writing of this memoir, filled with wit, humor, and heart, and unlike any other you will read. Scratched is a brave book that repeatedly searches for the emotional truth beneath the conventional surface of existence.

Elizabeth Tallent, author of a novel and four story collections including Mendocino Fire, has appeared in The Threepenny Review, The Paris Review, The New Yorker, Tin House, and ZYZZYVA as well as in the Best American Short Stories, Best American Essays, O. Henry Prize, and Pushcart Prize award anthologies. She teaches in Stanford's Creative Writing Program and lives with her wife, an antiques dealer, on the Mendocino Coast.

Feb 27, 7:30pm to 8:30pm, Mrs Dalloway's Bookstore, 2904 College Ave, Berkeley

TDPS presents Berkeley Dance Project 2020

Lisa Wymore\
Eden Cayabyab, Joyce Chan, Erik Lee, Michelle Lin, Latanya d. Tigner, Namrata Subramanian and Mitali Yadav, Lisa Wymore

Exploring the intersections of dance and community, the annual TDPS dance concert poses critical questions for our divisive times: How can dance create inclusive exchanges between audiences and performers? How can dance making be a form of community making? How do communities use dance performance to bring forth new narratives and framings of the world?

The program features new pieces created by Bay Area choreographers Lisa Wymore, Latanya Tigner, and Erik Lee, as well as pieces created by emerging student choreographers and campus dance groups.

<b>Performances:</b>

Thursday, February 20, 2020 - 8 p.m.
Friday, February 21, 2020 - 8 p.m.
Saturday, February 22, 2020 - 8 p.m. *
Thursday, February 27, 2020 - 8 p.m.
Friday, February 28, 2020 - 8 p.m.
Saturday, February 29, 2020 - 8 p.m.

<b>* Accessibility:</b>

Wheelchair accessible spaces and assistive listening devices are available for all performances. Live audio description, a pre-show haptic access tour, and ASL interpretation will be provided for the performance on Saturday, February 22. Please reserve an audio headset, an access tour, or other access services by completing this form.

<b>Program:</b>

<em>East and West: The Fusion of 2 Cultures</em>
by Namrata Subramanian & Mitali Yadav (Maya at Cal)

<em>Com. De/vices</em>
by Erik Lee

<em>Aftershocks</em>
by Joyce Chan

<em>Cycle</em> (audio described dance)
by Lisa Wymore

<em>Equinox</em>
by Michelle Lin (Fei Tian Dancers)

<em>Metamorphosis</em>
by Eden Cayabyab

<em>United in Belonging</em>
by Latanya d. Tigner

Feb 27, 8pm to 9:30pm, Zellerbach Playhouse

Tomorrow — February 28

UC Berkeley Wind Ensemble *Note: actual end time may vary.*

Matthew Sadowski, Director

Feb 28, 7:30pm to 8:30pm, Hertz Concert Hall

The Chieftains: The Irish Goodbye

The Chieftains cap 57 years of music making with a tour for the ages. Beloved by fans for bringing the elegant simplicity and fiery virtuosity of Irish folk music into a wide array of musical contexts-including collaborations with Ry Cooder, Mick Jagger, Bon Iver, and traditional musicians from Mexico-the six-time Grammy winners are equally at home in a grand concert hall or an after-hours pub jam session.

Feb 28, 8pm to 10pm, Zellerbach Hall

The Gold Souls

The Gold Souls are bringing the driving grooves of funk, the rich textures of soul, and the compelling storytelling of the blues to the Northern California scene and beyond. Drawing from a variety of influences and experiences, they deliver captivating lyrics and fresh arrangements over a vintage sound.

Led by the dynamic Juniper Waller, the group is made up of young talent hailing from the Bay and Sacramento areas. With Darius Upshaw on guitar, Alex Severson on the keys, Billy D. Thompson on the drums, and Jace Dorn on bass, each member has a hand in writing and song composition, making The Gold Souls a truly collaborative effort.

The Gold Souls burst on the Sacramento music scene in early 2017, and are swiftly becoming one of the most promising new talents in the area.

They released a self-titled five song EP in May of 2017 and went on tour the California coast soon after. Their next single, "Nobody," was released in late 2017 and was featured on Apple Music Blues' Hot Tracks list. They released their full length album Good To Feel in June 2018.

Their latest single, "True Blue," was produced and engineered by multi-Grammy winner Timothy Bloom and was released February 12, 2019.

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. 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 28, 8pm to 10pm, The Back Room, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley

TDPS presents Berkeley Dance Project 2020

Lisa Wymore\
Eden Cayabyab, Joyce Chan, Erik Lee, Michelle Lin, Latanya d. Tigner, Namrata Subramanian and Mitali Yadav, Lisa Wymore

Exploring the intersections of dance and community, the annual TDPS dance concert poses critical questions for our divisive times: How can dance create inclusive exchanges between audiences and performers? How can dance making be a form of community making? How do communities use dance performance to bring forth new narratives and framings of the world?

The program features new pieces created by Bay Area choreographers Lisa Wymore, Latanya Tigner, and Erik Lee, as well as pieces created by emerging student choreographers and campus dance groups.

<b>Performances:</b>

Thursday, February 20, 2020 - 8 p.m.
Friday, February 21, 2020 - 8 p.m.
Saturday, February 22, 2020 - 8 p.m. *
Thursday, February 27, 2020 - 8 p.m.
Friday, February 28, 2020 - 8 p.m.
Saturday, February 29, 2020 - 8 p.m.

<b>* Accessibility:</b>

Wheelchair accessible spaces and assistive listening devices are available for all performances. Live audio description, a pre-show haptic access tour, and ASL interpretation will be provided for the performance on Saturday, February 22. Please reserve an audio headset, an access tour, or other access services by completing this form.

<b>Program:</b>

<em>East and West: The Fusion of 2 Cultures</em>
by Namrata Subramanian & Mitali Yadav (Maya at Cal)

<em>Com. De/vices</em>
by Erik Lee

<em>Aftershocks</em>
by Joyce Chan

<em>Cycle</em> (audio described dance)
by Lisa Wymore

<em>Equinox</em>
by Michelle Lin (Fei Tian Dancers)

<em>Metamorphosis</em>
by Eden Cayabyab

<em>United in Belonging</em>
by Latanya d. Tigner

Feb 28, 8pm to 9:30pm, Zellerbach Playhouse

the rest of the next 2 weeks

The Overextended and Raw Beets

Feb 29, 8pm to 10:30pm, The Back Room, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley

John Cameron Mitchell: The Origin of Love Tour

Feb 29, 8pm to 10pm, Zellerbach Hall

Eco Ensemble

Feb 29, 8pm to 10pm, Hertz Concert Hall

TDPS presents Berkeley Dance Project 2020

Feb 29, 8pm to 9:30pm, Zellerbach Playhouse

Duo Gadjo

Mar 1, 2:30pm to 4:30pm, The Back Room, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704, United States

Cuban Rumba Jam (Community Event)

Mar 1, 3pm to 5pm, La Peña Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

TDPS presents Berkeley Dance Project 2020

Mar 1, 8pm to 9:30pm, Zellerbach Playhouse

Jazz

Mar 3, 7:30pm to 9:30pm, Pegasus Solano

Flamenco Directly from Spain!: José del Tomate & Company

Mar 7, 6:30pm to 8pm, La Peña Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley