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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 — May 23

SF Medicine Ball

May 23, 11:45am to 2:45pm, Cheese Board Pizza 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA

Free Live Jazz most Thursdays

May 23, 4pm to 6pm, The Musical Offering Cafe, 2430 Bancroft Way, Berkeley

Retro JukeBox Band

Geechi Taylor's Retro JukeBox Band is a top Dance Band with an immense repertoire covering multiple genres including timeless 1920's-1960's Jazz, Blues, Motown & Retro versions of todays hits. Kid Friendly!

May 23, 4:45pm to 7:45pm, Cheese Board Pizza 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA

Karen Sudjian and Alex Markels

May 23, 7pm to 8pm,

Poetry at Pegasus: Cooperman | Kaupang | Ronda | George Bagdanov

Pegasus Books Downtown welcomes Matthew Cooperman, Aby Kaupang, Margaret Ronda, and Kristin George Bagdanov, for a night of shared poetry from their collective works.

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Matthew Cooperman is the author of, most recently, Spool, winner of the New Measure Prize (Free Verse Editions/Parlor Press, 2016), Disorder 299.00, w/Aby Kaupang (Essay Press, 2015), the text + image collaboration Imago for the Fallen World, w/Marius Lehene (Jaded Ibis Press, 2013), and numerous other books. A Professor of English at Colorado State University, he is also co-poetry editor for Colorado Review. He lives in Fort Collins with his wife, the poet Aby Kaupang, and their two children.

Aby Kaupang is the author of Disorder 299.00 (w/Matthew Cooperman), Little "g" God Grows Tired of Me, Absence is Such a Transparent House, and Scenic Fences | Houses Innumerable. She holds Master's degrees in both Creative Writing and Occupational Therapy and lives in Fort Collins where she served as the Poet Laureate from 2015-2017.

Margaret Ronda is the author of two books of poems, For Hunger (Saturnalia 2018) and Personification (Saturnalia 2019), and a critical study, Remainders: American Poetry at Nature's End. Her poems have appeared in The Los Angeles Review of Books Quarterly Journal, The Columbia Poetry Review, Pool, Gulf Coast, and other journals. She is an assistant professor of English at the University of California-Davis.

Kristin George Bagdanov earned her M.F.A. in poetry from Colorado State University and is currently a PhD candidate in English Literature at U.C. Davis.Her poems have recently appeared in Boston Review, Colorado Review, Denver Quarterly, and Puerto Del Sol. Her poetry collection, Fossils in the Making, was published in April 2019 by Black Ocean. Her chapbook Diurne, which won the 2019 Sunken Garden Poetry Prize, is forthcoming from Tupelo Press in 2019. She is the recipient of fellowships from Phi Kappa Phi, Lilly Graduate Fellows, and the Vermont Studio Center. She is the poetry editor of Ruminate Magazine. Follow her on Twitter at @KristinGeorgeB.

May 23, 7:30pm to 8:30pm, Pegasus Books Downtown, 2349 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

Virginie Marine: All About the '80's

Virginie Marine is a well-known French Pop singer with a rare and powerful voice.

Inspired by top vocal pop singers like Céline Dion, Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey and Barbra Streisand, Virginie brings her All About the 80's show to The Back Room, offering her unique perspective on American pop music from the 80's and how it was reflected in French culture.

Discover or rediscover these beloved songs from the past, in a warm and intimate environment.

For this performance, Virginie will be joined by:

Charles Holive / Piano
David Landon / guitar
Marc Levine / Bass
Gerry Kennett / Drums

Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 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!

May 23, 8pm to 10pm, The Back Room Music, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley

Erika Luckett: A Musical Tribute

Erika Luckett: A Musical Tribute, Lisa Ferraro, Julie Wolf, Tammy Hall, Natalia Zukerman, Dawn Richardson, 41st Street Quartet, Jackie Rago, Jan Martinelli, Michaelle Goerlitz, Gary Lynn Floyd, Karen Drucker, Paul Olguin, Takiyah Franklin, Kitt Weagant, Brit Lohse, Kate Wolf

May 23, 8pm to 10pm, Freight & Salvage, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley

Muzikology w Rocker-T: Reggae World Music Vinyl and Acoustic Performance

DJ/Musician/Performer Rocker-T has been a huge influence on every music scene he has been involved in, leading the way for such artists as Matisyahu, Gentleman and Alborosie, and groups like Soja and Groundation, beginning at a time when American born artists really did not perform hip hop, roots or dancehall in a West Indian Patois. Due to his skill set he is sure to have even greater influence now and in the future. A man whose life seems to have been created for music, Rocker-T is a happy pulsating force with so much energy and love to share with the world.

Doors at 8:00 pm; Show at 8:30 pm

Tickets are $12 Advance / $15 Day of Show

May 23, 8:30pm to 11:30pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Tomorrow — May 24

Cascada De Flores

May 24, 11:45am to 2:45pm, Cheese Board Pizza - 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA

Kickin' the Mule

Kickin' the Mule plays a variety of jazz- and blues-related genres: New Orleans R&B, Oakland and Chicago blues, Memphis and Motown soul, and Oakland funk.

May 24, 4:45pm to 7:45pm, Cheese Board Pizza 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA

CALEXTONE

Calextone

Letitia Berlin, recorders, douçaine, psaltery;
Frances Blaker, recorders, hammered dulcimer;
Shira Kammen, vielle, harp, voice;
and Allison Zelles-Lloyd, voice, harp

"Una Panthera" - Trecento Music by Johannes Ciconia, Francesco Landini, Vincenzo da Rimini, and Jacopo da Bologna Calextone's "Una Panthera" is a program of music by 14th-century Italian composers and the northerners who lived in Italy. The program includes Johannes Ciconia's hauntingly-beautiful madrigal Una Panthera, written in honor of the city of Lucca, as well as works by composers Francesco Landini, Vincenzo da Rimini, and Jacopo da Bologna, three of the many composers who appear in the sumptuous Squarcialupi Codex. Lively caccias, sensuous ballate and madrigali by some of the great composers of 14th-century Italy will make the trecento come alive again in Calextone's performance.
All tickets $15
18 and under admitted free and welcome.
Tickets at the door or reserve online (recommended) at https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3614424

May 24, 6pm to 8pm, St. Mark's Episcopal Church Parish Hall, 2300 Bancroft Way, Berkeley

The Bandulus / Scratch Outs / Mr. Can't Get Right/ Leecher

Ska Night:
The Bandulus
Scratch Outs Mr.
Can't Get Right
Leecher Magnitudes
$12 cover (plus $2 annual membership card)
all- ages
safe(r) space
Doors at 7pm
First band at 7:30

May 24, 7pm to 11pm, 924 Gilman, 924 Gilman St, Berkeley

Poets Jericho Brown and Dexter L. Booth

Jericho Brown reads from The Tradition

Jericho Brown is the recipient of the Whiting Writers' Award and fellowships from the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Guggenheim Foundation. His first book, Please (New Issues, 2008), won the American Book Award, and his second book, The New Testament (Copper Canyon, 2014), was named one of the best poetry books of the year by Library Journal and received the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award. His third collection is The Tradition (Copper Canyon, 2019). His poems have appeared in The Nation, The New Republic, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Time, and several volumes of The Best American Poetry.

Brown earned a PhD from the University of Houston, an MFA from the University of New Orleans, and a BA from Dillard University. He is an associate professor and the director of the Creative Writing program at Emory University in Atlanta.

Dexter L. Booth is the author of one poetry collection, Scratching the Ghost , which won the 2012 Cave Canem Poetry Prize. His poems have been published in Grist, Willow Springs, and New Delta Review. Booth teaches poetry and English composition at Arizona State University.

May 24, 7pm to 8pm, Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Ave, Berkeley

Riders In The Sky

Riders In The Sky is an American bluegrass, country/western and comedy group which began performing in 1977. They have won two Grammy Awards and have written and performed music for major motion pictures, including Toy Story 2 (1999) and Pixar's short film, For the Birds (2000)

May 24, 8pm to 9pm, Freight & Salvage, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley

Bob Dylan Birthday Celebration with Rolling Thunder

Rolling Thunder brings an innovative appreciation of Bob Dylan. Take mix of Dylan classics and Bootleg series gems, add a heaping spoon full of Grateful Dead essence, some Van Morrison passion, and a pinch of Dr. John cajun hot sauce. Then shake it all up! Ahhh....

You got it. We take the songs of Dylan, the Dead and others and make them our own. We promise to keep you movin' and groovin' throughout the show.

Multi-talented Berkeley singer Zoe Carter brings us delicious lead vocals and harmonies. Brian Bloom, lead vocals and some amazing guitar work. Oakland's Steve Capper (keys) and Martin Gran (guitar) bring the RnB and soul sensibilities. Our S.F. bass and drum duo, Charlie McCoy and Joe Mockus, lock down the rhythm and keep the groove goin' non-stop. And finally, harmonica virtuoso Paul Herzoff and siren whistle savant John Bock bring divine color and texture.


Come see (and taste) for yourself.

Doors at 7:30 pm; Show at 8:00 pm
Tickets are $12 Advance / $15 Day of Show

May 24, 8pm to 11pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

The Old Pals

The Old Pals is a California-based Bluegrass band bonded by decades-long friendships and a mutual love of traditional Bluegrass and country music. The band members enjoy the camaraderie of playing together whenever schedules permit, and most of the Pals have known each other since the early days of Bluegrass in California.

Craig Wilson (guitar and vocals) and Larry Cohea (banjo), a Springfield, TN native, met as teenagers while living in Bakersfield, CA. They were immersed in the heyday of the Bakersfield Sound and brought their Bluegrass styling to several of the local live TV programs on air at the time, sharing the stage with artists such as Joe and Roselee Maphis, Bonnie Owens and Merle Haggard, among others.

While living in San Francisco in 1968, Craig met Butch Waller (mandolin) when Butch was a founding member of one of California's seminal traditional Bluegrass bands, High Country. Butch is a highly-acclaimed mandolinist in the Monroe tradition and has composed a myriad of songs through the years. Larry also became a member of High Country in the early 1970s, and the band has not only toured extensively throughout the U.S. and abroad but continues to perform and recently celebrated their 50th year in the business.

Paul Shelasky (fiddle) emerged on the Northern California Bluegrass scene in the 1970s and has played in bands including The Good Old Persons, Lost Highway and Blue and Lonesome, as well as performing for a number of years at Disneyland. Paul is also an accomplished old time and swing fiddler and adds a dose of comedy to the band's repertoire.

Matt Dudman (bass) is an accomplished multi-instrumentalist on guitar and mandolin as well as bass, and performs with the Pleasant Valley Boys as well as with Jenny Lynn and The Real Gone Daddies. Matt operates his own sound and recording studio, Pleasant Valley Music in Dixon, CA.

Each member of The Old Pals has been active as "movers and shakers" in the Bluegrass community for many years. Butch, Larry and Paul have been recognized for their contributions and achievements by the California Bluegrass Association with Life member status awards.

But The Old Pals don't just rest on their laurels, they bring an old-school, energetic, paint-peeling, and soulful brand of Bluegrass picking and singing that is sure to captivate and have you tappin' your toes!

Tickets are $18 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!

May 24, 8pm to 10pm, The Back Room Music, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley

Trio Colibrí with John Santos

Trio Colibrí is comprised of John Santos, Jose Roberto Hernandez, and Manuel Constancio, three stalwart Bay Area musicians drawn together by a common passion for the lyrical and poetic music of Latin America.

Using guitars, Afro-Latin percussion, and beautiful vocal arrangements, they transport audiences to other countries, realms, and eras - always with an element of originality - while honoring profound musical traditions and innovators. Mambo, bolero, son, joropo, and guaracha are some of the rhythms they use, igniting dancers and daring concert audiences to stay still in their seats.

Jose Roberto Hernandez - vocals, guitar
Manuel Constancio - vocals, guitar
John Santos - percussion

Jose Roberto Hernandez is a highly respected multi-instrumentalist, singer, composer, arranger, producer, musical educator, and ethnomusicologist. He was born in the city of Cardenas, Tabasco, Mexico, surrounded by master folklorists. He is a unique artist whose devotion, creativity, and studies in the genres of traditional music from Mexico, Venezuela, Colombia, Bolivia, Peru, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Brazil, and Argentina have earned him great recognition and fan appreciation. https://www.joserobertomusic.com/

Bay Area native Manuel Constancio Jr. is an accomplished and versatile guitarist/vocalist whose 25-year association with the Navy Band found him directing the NATO Band in Naples, Italy; on Treasure Island, in San Francisco; and in San Diego, California. He was the Navy's first "minority" band director. He co-directs the band Sabrosito with his brother José.

John Santos, a multi-Grammy nominee and San Francisco Latino Heritage Arts Awardee, is one of the foremost bandleaders, composers, producers, percussionists, and educators in Afro-Latin music. He has worked with acknowledged masters, including Tito Puente, Dizzy Gillespie, Max Roach, Cachao, Eddie Palmieri, and Omar Sosa. He has lectured and taught throughout the United States, Europe, and Latin America since 1973. http://johnsantos.com/

May 24, 8pm to 10pm, Rendon Hall/Fiddler Annex @ California Jazz Conservatory 2040 Addison Street, Berkeley

The Easy Winners

The Easy Winners - Nick Robinson and Zac Salem - perform ragtime era music on mandolin, guitar and vocals.

With peppy rags, enchanting waltzes and haunting Latin melodies, the Easy Winners transport you 100 years back to the birth of American popular music from diverse cultures.

Nick Robinson has played mandolin with the Ragtime Skedaddlers string band at ragtime and roots music festivals throughout northern California. He produced their three CDs: Rag Time Skedaddlers, Mandolins at the Cake Walk, and The Latest Popular Mandolin and Guitar Music. Nick has also played Balinese gamelan, old time mandolin, and klezmer music.

Zac Salem has been performing ragtime in the USA and Mexico since the age of 16. He is a vocalist, pianist, and performer on various stringed instruments.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheEasyWinners.mandolinandguitar/

May 24, 8pm to 9pm, Caffè Chiave, 2500 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

the rest of the next 2 weeks

North Berkeley Jazz Quartet

May 25, 11:45am to 2:45pm, Cheese Board Pizza 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA

West African Drumming Workshop Series with Mohamed Lamine Bangoura

May 25, 3:30pm to 5:30pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

VL Trio

May 25, 4:45pm to 7:45pm, Cheese Board Pizza 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA

Third Saturday Possum Family Singers @ The Starry Plough Pub

May 25, 5pm to 7pm, The Starry Plough Pub - 3101 Shattuck Avenue - Berkeley, CA 94

Ken Korach and Susan Slusser: Stories from the Oakland A's

May 25, 7pm to 8pm, Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Ave, Berkeley

Customers / DancePartyBoys / Indieachi / Swells / TeleVicious

May 25, 7pm to 11:59pm, 924 Gilman, 924 Gilman St, Berkeley

4th Saturday Swing with LoneStar Retrobates plus Dance Lesson with Cheryl McBride and Michael Marangio

May 25, 8pm to 11:59pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Cris Williamson, Barbara Higbie, and Teresa Trull

May 25, 8pm to 10pm, Freight & Salvage, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley

The Clifton Street Regulars

May 25, 8pm to 10pm, Caffè Chiave, 2500 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

The Kelly Park Big Band

May 25, 8pm to 10pm, Rendon Hall/Fiddler Annex @ California Jazz Conservatory 2040 Addison Street, Berkeley

Brother Yusef: the King of Organic, Deep Fried, Fattback Blues

May 25, 8pm to 10pm, The Back Room Music, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley

Soul Sanctuary Dance

May 26, 11am to 1pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702, USA

String Quartet Sundays featuring "The Town"

May 26, 1pm to 3pm, The Musical Offering Cafe, 2430 Bancroft Way, Berkeley

Orion's Awesome Joy of Jazz sextet and Latin Concert Party

May 26, 5pm to 8pm, Caffè Chiave, 2500 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Marty Stuart And His Fabulous Superlatives

May 26, 7pm to 9pm, Freight & Salvage, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley

George Kahn Quartet - Straight Ahead

May 26, 7pm to 9:30pm, The Back Room Music, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley

Sun Valley Players Shostakovich, Beethoven & Bach

May 26, 7pm to 8pm, The Berkeley Hillside Club 2286 Cedar Street Berkeley

Pathogens/Middle-Aged Queers/Unpopular Opinion/Rattus Invictus

May 26, 7pm to 10pm, 924 Gilman St, Berkeley

REGGAE SHOWCASE with/ SISTER ILIVE- WILE'S COYOTE- RAZOR BLADE- PRUDA BASS, DENNIS DE-MENIS, ANTHONY GARVEY, RAS KIDUS and more.

May 26, 8pm to 11pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Sol-Setter

May 27, 7pm to 9pm, Caffè Chiave, 2500 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Ron Silliman and Stephen Ratliffe

May 28, 7pm to 8pm, Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Ave, Berkeley

BACH PROJECT recital

May 28, 7:30pm to 8:30pm, The Musical Offering Cafe, 2430 Bancroft Way, Berkeley

The Freight Singers

May 28, 8pm to 10pm, Freight & Salvage, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley

Tom Rigney & Flambeau plus Dance Lesson with Ted Sherrod

May 28, 8pm to 11:30pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Roof Books Night with Sara Larsen and Kit Robinson

May 29, 7pm to 8pm, Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704, United States

Stu Allen and Mars Hotel

May 29, 8pm to 11pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Free Live Jazz most Thursdays

May 30, 4pm to 6pm, The Musical Offering Cafe, 2430 Bancroft Way, Berkeley

Congresswoman Jackie Speier discusses UNDAUNTED: Surviving Jonestown, Summoning Courage, and Fighting Back

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

The Novelists

May 30, 8pm to 10pm, The Back Room Music, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley

"Remix The Earth" Global Funk Dance Party

May 30, 8pm to 11pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

SPD Presents: el李Z E. Conner & Sep Mashiahof

May 31, 7pm to 9pm, Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Ave, Berkeley

Roberta Donnay & the Prohibition Mob Band

May 31, 8pm to 10pm, The Back Room Music, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley

Hard Songs *Note: actual end time may vary.*

May 31, 8pm to 9pm, Hertz Concert Hall

Hard Songs conference

Jun 1, 9:30am to 5:30pm, Morrison Hall, UC Berkeley (Room 250)

Enrique Chagoya: Aliens

Jun 1, 7pm to 8pm, Upstairs on 4th floor, at More Moe's 2476 Telegraph Ave, Berkeley

Killer Caribou / Von Tramps / NAPOI / The Exit Plan

Jun 1, 7:30pm to 10:30pm, 924 Gilman 924 Gilman St, Berkeley

The George Cotsirilos Quartet

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

Brazilian Dance Party feat Xaxado Mission (Forró) & Oakland Samba Revue + food from chef Cristiano Vasconcelos!

Jun 1, 9pm to 11:59pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Family Workshop: Yarn Paintings

Jun 2, 11am to 2pm, Hearst Museum of Anthropology, UC Berkeley

String Quartet Sundays featuring "The Town"

Jun 2, 1pm to 3pm, The Musical Offering Cafe, 2430 Bancroft Way, Berkeley

Israeli Oldies Folk Dance Party

Jun 2, 1:30pm to 5:30pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Rob Reich

Jun 2, 3pm to 5pm, Maybeck Studio for the Performing Arts, 1537 Euclid Ave, Berkeley

Cuban Rumba Jam (Community Event)

Jun 2, 3pm to 5pm, La Peña Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

Tribute to Elis Regina and Toots Thielemans with DARIA & Brian Byrnes

Jun 2, 4pm to 6pm, The Back Room Music, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley

Meraki Quartet

Jun 2, 7:30pm to 9:30pm, Fifth Street Farms, 1517 Fifth St, Berkeley, CA

Ed Reed & Adam Shulman

Jun 2, 7:30pm to 9pm, The Back Room Music, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley

Ivy Moon Allstars plus Dance Lesson with Cheryl McBride

Jun 4, 8pm to 11:30pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Trance Mission

Jun 5, 8pm to 10pm, The Back Room Music, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley