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

Sunday, December 21st 2014

Ben Bennett | The Visitor and the Architect

8pm:
Ben Bennett is currently based in Philadelphia and frequently tours the country with a readily portable and seemingly unassuming collection of objects from which he conjures up a delightful and alarming array of sounds/moods/ideas. This acoustic set will fully utilizes the resonant space of the East Room of the Berkeley Arts Festival building.

9pm:
Bob Marsh will make another journey as the Visitor, this time exploring the sonic landscapes provided by Nava Dunkleman and her vast array of percussive devices.

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


Friday, January 2nd 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


Friday, January 9th 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


Friday, January 16th 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


NextNow: A Celebration of Post-Beefheart Art

NextNow presents Hardly Strictly Personal - A Celebration of Post-Beefheart Art - a festival to benefit the good works of Earth Justice and the Coalition On Homelessness.

25 projects/86 musicians from the new/experimental music community come together over two days to celebrate creative art and the inspiration of Don Van Vliet (AKA Captain Beefheart) and to give to the larger community..

Friday Jan 16th from 7pm 'til 11pm
and
Saturday Jan 17th from 1pm 'til 11pm

Berkeley will see a broad range of inspired and inspiring performances.

Projects Represented:
Friday -
Quantum Fog - Bill Noertker/Mark Oi Duo
Lords Of Outland
Qualia
Rova Saxophone Quartet
Religious Phase
Seth Augustus (solo)
Robert Lopez/Shanna Sordahl Duo

7pm to 11pm, 2133 University Ave


Saturday, January 17th 2015

Next Now

Continuing a festival to benefit the good works of Earth Justice and the Coalition On Homelessness.

Saturday-
Jaroba Trio - Jaroba, Tania Chen, Kevin Corcoran
Oppenheim/Withrow Duo
Loren Steele
RTD3 - Heglin-Nunn-Carrol
Crystal Pascucci Duo
Collette McCaslin-Sheila Bosco
Pachuco Cadaver
Henry Kaiser
Cartoon Justice w/Gretchen Jude & Strings
Shiner - Ross Hammond/Jon Bafus Duo
Forward Energy (Jim Ryan's last bayarea performance)
Tri-Cornered Tent Show
Dialectical Imagination - Eli Wallace/Rob Pumpelly
Cloud Shepherd
Biif Aashiiki - Aaron Levin, Nick Obando, et al
Beauty School - Ton Djill,Matt Chandler, Jacob Felix Heule
Instagon - Lob and friends
Eric Glick Rieman

1pm to 11pm, 2133 University Ave


Sunday, January 18th 2015

Jerry Kuderna in Concert

A concert of 20th and 21st Century pieces for piano of the highest quality: Elliot Carter's final works for piano; the formidable "Quartet" by Robert Helps; Judith Shatin's "To Keep the Dark Away"; and other works TBA. Jerry Kuderna's dedication to new music has earned him the respect of not only our local community but of admirers world-wide.

8pm to 10pm, 2133 University Avenue


Friday, January 23rd 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


Friday, January 30th 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


Today's Events - December 21

Let's Go! A Farewell Revel

Say goodbye to our Bancroft Way building with a full day of free events.

Commemorate final day at 2626 Bancroft Way at Let’s Go! A Farewell Revel. The day includes performances by Kitka, Dohee Lee, Chris Kallmyer, and a special rendition of Ligeti’s Poème Symphonique for 100 metronomes led by Sarah Cahill.. The day ends with a procession to our new building on Center Street in downtown Berkeley. Come join the fun and send us off in style to our new home!

Plus free gifts for BAM/PFA Members
+ Special Surprises!

11am to 5pm, BAM/PFA 2626 Bancroft


José-Luis Orozco

$9 advance / $11 door. 644-2020. www.thefreight.org

11am, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street


BENEFIT FOR ART HOUSE GALLERY& CULTURAL CENTER

Winter Solstice Benefit Concert Potluck & Party Sunday
6 HOURS OF LIVE MUSIC!!!
FEATURING: Stevie Barsotti; Robbie Dunbar; Roger Brown; Sam Ruden - Boogie, Blues and Jazz; LaWanda and Greg; Will Scarlett; William "Truckaway" Seivers, Brian Kilcourse & Friends; Hali Hammer and Randy Berge; David Gans; Jeff and Desiree Jolly; Esteban Bello; Lowell James Hicks Group.
PLUS! other special surprise guests

Donation $10 - $50

PLEASE SUPPORT THE ARTS!

ALL AGES and WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE

We need to make upgrades to our Lighting, Sound System and remodeling to continue to produce the very finest in Cultural Events as we have been for over 5 years.

2pm to 8pm,


Dazzling Divas and Jonathan Khuner

Opera singing divas Pamela Connelly, Kathleen Moss and Eliza O’Malley
light up the hall with arias, duets and trios from celebrated operas
of Puccini, Verdi, Bellini, Bizet and more, with special guest conductor Jonathan Khuner at the piano.

Admission is free, but they recommend making a reservation (on their Yelp page or by calling (510) 356-4903).

7pm to 9pm, Townie Bar and Restaurant 1799 University Ave


Suhaila Salimpour presents Belly Dance Nights

With Salimpour Band. $10. 525-5054. www.ashkenaz.com

7:30pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Avenue


Ben Bennett | The Visitor and the Architect

8pm:
Ben Bennett is currently based in Philadelphia and frequently tours the country with a readily portable and seemingly unassuming collection of objects from which he conjures up a delightful and alarming array of sounds/moods/ideas. This acoustic set will fully utilizes the resonant space of the East Room of the Berkeley Arts Festival building.

9pm:
Bob Marsh will make another journey as the Visitor, this time exploring the sonic landscapes provided by Nava Dunkleman and her vast array of percussive devices.

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


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.


Three by 3

a video installation by videographer John Sanborn can be seen in the East room of the Berkeley Arts Festival space. It can be viewed on the weekends in December from 1 to 4 in the afternoon.