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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 — January 18

Cascada De Flores

Cascada De Flores

Jan 18, 11:45am to 2:45pm, Cheese Board Pizza 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA

Super Cinema @Central

October 2018
The 1980s-Blockbusters!
Friday, October 5 Raiders of the Lost Ark 1981 / 115 min. / PG / CC


It's 1936. The US government hires archaeologist "Indiana" Jones (Harrison Ford) to find the Ark of the Covenant before Nazi Commander Arnold Toht grabs it for Hitler. The Germans believe the Ark will make their armies invincible. Marion Ravenwood (Karen Black), who is an old love interest of Indy's, joins him in a wildly daring, suspenseful mission to defeat Toht. George Lucas co-wrote the story and co-financed the film. Directed by Steven Spielberg.



Friday, October 12 Who Framed Roger Rabbit? 1988 / 104 min. / PG / CC


In this film, set in 1947 LA, humans and animated cartoon characters ("Toons") co-exist on the screen. When "Toon" Roger Rabbit gets framed for the murder of a businessman who owns Toontown, he hires rumpled Eddie Valiant (Bob Hoskins) to clear his name. Eddie racks up delicious allusions to Noir as he does. Kathleen Turner voices Jessica Rabbit, Roger's partly human wife, and Christopher Lloyd is the villain, Judge Doom. Robert Zemeckis directs.



Friday, October 19 E.T. the Extraterrestrial 1982 / 115 min. / PG / CC


Steven Spielberg directs E.T., a science fiction fantasy. Young Elliott befriends a space alien who accidentally has been left behind by his spaceship's crew. The boy and his siblings decide to hide E.T. until he can be rescued. As Elliott begins to experience a psychic connection with E.T., US government scientists start to hunt E.T. for their own purposes. At the same time, Elliott and E.T. fall ill. Without a doubt, this is one of the most beloved films of all time.



Friday, October 26 The Shining 1980 / 146 min. / R / CC


Aspiring writer Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson) accepts a job as winter caretaker at the isolated Overlook Hotel in Colorado's Rocky Mountains. His wife Wendy (Shelley Duvall) and pre-school age son Danny (Danny Lloyd) go with him.. Jack hears the disturbing story that a former caretaker had gone mad while there, murdered his family and killed himself-but keeps it to himself. With six months ahead of them, they settle in, cut off from the world.

November 2018 On-Screen Chemistry Before 1950
Friday, November 2 Swing Time 1936 / 103 min. / NR


Small town vaudevillian Lucky Garnett (Fred Astaire) is a no-show for his own wedding, but he still hopes to marry his girl. He seeks the wealth he thinks he needs in New York City, where he meets Penny (Ginger Rogers), a dancing instructor. It's a big conflict for Lucky, but the starstruck two form a successful dance act...and fall for each other. Arguably, Swing Time has the most complex dancing and the most plausible romance in the Astaire/Rogers franchise.



Friday, November 9 To Have and Have Not 1944 / 100 min. / NR


Based on the Ernest Hemingway novel and directed by Howard Hawks, this is a romantic adventure drama that centers on Harry Morgan (Humphrey Bogart), a fishing boat captain in the Vichy France-controlled colony of Martinique. A very young Lauren Bacall plays Slim, a steamy American singer who seduces Morgan ("You know how to whistle, don't you?") When Morgan reluctantly agrees to use his boat to rescue Resistance fighters, will Slim stand by him?



Friday, November 16 Adam's Rib 1949 / 101 min. / NR


Married couple Garson Kanin and actress Ruth Gordon wrote the screenplay for this classic comedy. It's about married lawyers (Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn) who face off as prosecutor and defense attorney in the trial of Doris Attinger (Judy Holliday) for the attempted murder of her two-timing husband (Tom Ewell). Holliday is priceless. Directed by George Cukor, Adam's Rib is # 7 on the American Film Institute's Top Ten List of Romantic Comedies.



Friday, November 23 LIBRARY CLOSED-Day After Thanksgiving



SPECIAL PRESENTATION IN APPRECIATION OF NATIVE AMERICANS

Friday, November 30 The New World 2006 / 150 min. / PG-13


Terrence Malik ("The Tree of Life") wrote and directed this film depicting the 1607 founding of Jamestown Colony in Virginia. Yes, Captain John Smith (Colin Farrell) travels upriver, is captured and held prisoner by Chief Powhatan. Smith and the Chief's daughter, Pocohontas (Q'orianka Kilcher), do fall in love. But the filmmaker chooses to focus on the natural world's deep, dreamlike impact on them, not ephemeral chemistry. Their dream does not last, not for them, not for their "tribes." In 2006, The New World opened to mildly positive reviews, but it has grown in stature since then. Emmanuel Luzbeki's brilliant cinematography is often cited as its crowning achievement. Mick LaSalle has called the film a masterpiece and the best film of its decade. Roger Ebert 4-starred it from the start.

Jan 18, 3pm to 5pm, 2090 Kittredge St. (at Shattuck), Berkeley, CA 94704

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.

Jan 18, 4:45pm to 7:45pm, Cheese Board Pizza 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA

Performance: Anna Homler/Breadwoman *Note: actual end time may vary.*

Vocalist Anna Homler presents her performance persona Breadwoman, who lives outside of time and communicates with gestures and songs in a melodic, phonetic language that is both alien and familiar. Homler collaborates with local musicians and dancers across the US and Europe to bring Breadwoman to life. In 2016, Homler's 1985 album Breadwoman and Other Tales was rereleased to critical acclaim.

Jan 18, 7pm to 8pm, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Sturdy Skeptics * Violet Island * Busy Lighthouse * Resky

Sturdy Skeptics (FKA The Warhols)
Violet Island
Busy Lighthouse
Resky

ALL AGES. Doors 7:30PM.
$10 // $12 w/o membership
safe(r) space venue: no drugs no booze no jerks

An All Ages DIY, Volunteer Run, 501(c)(3) Nonprofit, Music & Art Community Space Since 1986.

Jan 18, 7:30pm to 11:59pm, 924 Gilman 924 Gilman St, Berkeley

The Daniel Lucca Quintet Feat. Marc Russo from the Yellowjackets and Drew Zingg of Steely Dan

California Jazz Conservatory - The Daniel Lucca Quintet Feat. Marc Russo from the Yellowjackets and Drew Zingg of Steely Dan

This Power Packed Quintet Led by Daniel Lucca Parenti on Bass, features Original music by some of the Bay Area's Best such as Frank Martin on Keys and Drew Zingg on Guitar. On Drums, another Bay Area Legend who has performed with Santana and Whitney Houston, Tommie Bradford will be sure to keep it funky for us. And last but not least we are so honored to have with us fresh off the road from The Doobie Brothers, Marc Russo, Alto Sax Extraordinaire from the Yellowjackets and many other superb groups.

 Band Members and Instrumentation
Daniel Lucca Parenti - Bass
Marc Russo - Alto Sax
Drew Zingg - Guitar
Frank Martin - Keys
Tommie Bradford - Drums

Artist/Group Bio(s)
San Francisco Bay Area native D-Lucca (Daniel Lucca Parenti) is one of the bay's
premiere bassists, at ease with every style from Rock, Jazz, R&B and Gospel. He has
performed with music legends such as Rosemary Clooney, Sheila E, Michael Brecker, and Lionel Hampton, and appeared on two Grammy-nominated albums as well as "The Rosie O'Donnell Show"
and "The View."

D-Lucca's career has taken him throughout the continental U.S., Hawaii, Germany, and
Canada. Along the way he has performed at popular festivals such as the Stuttgart Jazz
Open, the Westbury Jazz Festival, the Maysville Jazz Festival, the Human Rights
Campaign, and the Jazz Trax Smooth Jazz Festivals at Incline Village and Catalina
Island.

D-Lucca has performed and collaborated with a vast array of talented musicians across
many genres. A partial list: Rosemary Clooney, Michael Feinstein, Michael Brecker,
Sheila E, Pete Escovedo, Debbie Boone, Martha Wash, Ronnie Laws, Tommy Igoe, Mario
Cantone, Tom Browne, Fred Wesley, Jimmy Darren, Tony Tennille, Lionel Hampton and
Matt Catingub and the Honolulu Symphony Pops Orchestra.

D-Lucca has released six full length original albums: "The All For You Project," "Cruise
Control," "The Next Level," "Pressing Forward," "Have Yourself a Fretless Little
Christmas," and his most recent, "Focus." He can be found playing throughout the Bay
Area at jazz festivals and world class venues like Yoshi's in Oakland, as well as in all
manner of ensembles and collaborations.

D-Lucca has made a strong presence in the Bay Area as an Educator having founded
"The Professional Musician," a live and on-line educational program dedicated to
teaching professionalism in the Music Industry. He is also as an educator teaching
privately, as a Clinician and Master Class Teacher at many upper education facilities, and
as a staff member for the Lafayette Summer Jazz Workshop, Lafayette CA.
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"Aptly handling a variety of basses, including melody-manning piccolo, [D-Lucca's]
material is alternately laid-back and fused-out modern jazz." - Bass Player Magazine
"D-Lucca has fused jazz and rock so beautifully that you don't know when one ends and
the other begins" - Susan Frances, JazzReview.com

"I was much taken aback when I first heard this young man play the bass. He is my very
first recommendation. I appreciate his overall musicianship, his skill on all the basses
both on acoustic upright and electric instruments, and his constant reliability and
professionalism. He shows maturity beyond his years and his playing shows his deep
knowledge and understanding of the history and source of his art. This combined with his
passion for music and a desire to be the best at his craft, make him irreplaceable." - Terry
Disley, Acoustic Alchemy

Facebook Link
https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100011749806843

Other Social Media Link
https://www.youtube.com/user/DLuccaMusic

Jan 18, 8pm to 10pm, Rendon Hall/Fiddler Annex @ California Jazz Conservatory 2040 Addison Street, Berkeley

Founding Fathers Trio

Founding Fathers is a local group honoring the immense contributions of oppressed peoples to the founding of the U.S. Our music explores the intersection of jazz, soul and afro-latin traditions and features Gary Johnson on bass, Cyril Guiraud on alto and tenor saxes, and Vincent De Jesus on drums and percussion.
https://www.facebook.com/foundingfathersjazz

Jan 18, 8pm to 11pm, Jupiter, 2181 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

CelloJoe Presents The Cello MADNESS Congress: Cello Resolution

The Cello Madness Congress creates spontaneous, improvised, magical musical moments between cellists. Each artist will have a feature set in addition to improvised songs amongst the cellists.

Featured artists for the Harvest the Groove edition of the Cello Madness Congress:

TBA

Cello Joe

Doors open at 7:30 pm, show runs 8-11 pm. Arrive early for best seating as it's first come, first serve.

All Ages

Expect mystical moments of musical mayhem. Cellists will be improvising in ways you've never heard cello before.

A bit of background:The Cello Madness Congress is a loose knit group of cellists from around the Bay Area (90 members strong and growing!) who get together to write a new constitution of what is possible with the violoncello or 'cello for short.

We play the instrument said to be most like the human voice and we create spontaneous, improvised, magical musical moments of pure ecstasy (the aural/auditory kind) that astound and amaze the listener's ear.

We can go from a stately, majestic promenade of elf gods to a wild, erratic, frantic frenzy of whirling space gnomes dancing in eternity whilst seducing seahorses and sea cucumbers. Our jams can depict the ephemeral wisps of smoke rising from a funeral pyre to the prismatic rainbow colored fanfare of a three ring circus complete with elephants and clowns.

We also read music arranged for cello. We invite all cellists to come and explore with us.

Tickets are $18 in advance and $25 at the door. 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!

Jan 18, 8pm to 11pm, The Back Room Music, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley

Barry Wofsy Heart of Rock & Roll Series featuring Mark Karan

Doors at 7:30 pm; Show at 8:00 pm
Tickets are $15 Advance / $18 Day of Show

Buy Tickets Here


Mark Karan is best known for performing with the extended Grateful Dead family. For the last twelve years, he has anchored the lead guitar slot in Bob Weir & RatDog, playing hundreds of shows to thousands of fans year-round. Before crossing over into the land of the Dead, Mark worked his guitar and vocal voodoo for the likes of Dave Mason, Delaney Bramlett, the Rembrandts, Paul Carrack, Huey Lewis, Jesse Colin Young and Sophie B. Hawkins.

Mark also tours with an array of amazing musicians in his own "Mark Karan's Buds", where his soulful blues-based vocal stylings and inspired guitar work meld with the remarkably creative and responsive playing of his friends in a passionate delivery of the psychedelicized sounds of Americana. This is where rock meets R&B and country and mixes with the soul of New Orleans... with healthy portions of reggae, folk, funk and whatever else the muse might bring. In addition to his originals, as well as those of songwriter friends, Mark covers a range of eclectic songs from Johnny "Guitar" Watson's "You Can Stay (But the Noize Must Go)" and Peter Tosh's "Don't Look Back", to the Kinks' "Lazin' on a Sunny Afternoon" or Joe Jackson's "Fools in Love" - his unique musical taste and song choices are the hallmark of these shows, and always crowd pleasers for his nationwide, loyal fanbase.

Jan 18, 8pm to 11pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Cal Performances

Program:
Program A (1/18 and 1/20)
Alejandro Cerrudo/Silent Ghost
William Forsythe/N.N.N.N.
Nacho Duato/Jardí Tancat
Crystal Pite/Grace Engine

Program B (1/19)
Emma Portner and Lil Buck/New Piece (music: Dev Hynes, with Third Coast Percussion) (Bay Area Premiere)

Jan 18, 8pm to 10pm, Zellerbach Hall

Tomorrow — January 19

North Berkeley Jazz Quartet

North Berkeley Jazz Quartet

Jan 19, 11:45am to 2:45pm, Cheese Board Pizza 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA

Melvin Leonard and his Hot Sauce Band

Melvin Leonard and his Hot Sauce Band

Jan 19, 4:45pm to 7:45pm, Cheese Board Pizza 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA

Grumpster / Freak St. / Trash Elf / Preschool / The Doubts / Fig

Grumpster
Freak Street
Trash Elf [https://trashelf.bandcamp.com/releases]
The Doubts
Preschool [https://soundcloud.com/preschool-band]
Fig (Feeling is Good)

ALL AGES. $8 + $2 membership.
Doors 7PM.
safe(r) space venue: no drugs, alcohol, or bigoted behavior

Jan 19, 7pm to 11:59pm, 924 Gilman 924 Gilman St, Berkeley

Brazilian Dance Dinner with Karine Silverthorne

Please come and join us for this magical winter night with great musicians, food and friends!!!
I hope to see you all and please invite family and friends and help support this amazing place BrasArte!
We will have Brazilian food and drinks for sale.

Jan 19, 7pm to 10pm, BrasArte 1901 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

George Cole & Eurocana


"Singer and breakneck acoustic guitarist George Cole lives in a musical world all his own... a world in which Django Reinhardt, The Ramones, Nat King Cole and Doc Watson get equal billing with Irving Berlin, George Gershwin, Willie Nelson and the Great American Songbook. Cole currently occupies the guitar chair for the David Grisman Quintet and has 2 releases on Grisman's highly regarded Acoustic Disc Label. Jazz legend Keely Smith handpicked Cole to play guitar and sing duets with her on her last tour. Chris Isaak also had Cole lay down guitar tracks on his platinum-selling `Forever Blue.'"


Eurocana includes George on guitar; Madeline Tasquin, guitar; and Kaeli Earle on bass. All three sing beautifully, in English and French, and their repertoire hits all the high notes of a wide range of European and American music.

Doors open at 7:00, music at 7:30.
Cost is $20, cash, at the door. All money goes to the musicians.

Chair seating, and folks are welcome to bring food/drink to share.

See the RESERVATIONS page to reserve seats

Jan 19, 7:30pm to 9pm, Fifth Street Farms, 1517 Fifth Street, Berkeley

Torganic Produce

Making their Jup debut, NYC-based trio Torganic Produce fuses standard jazz repertoire with a contemporary approach and original compositions. The group features Torge Goderstad on bass, Adam Briere on drums, and Will Brown on saxophones, formed during their schooling at The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, and has formed a deep connection that promotes free expression through improvisation.
https://www.adambriere.com 

Jan 19, 8pm to 11pm, Jupiter, 2181 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Cal Performances

Program:
Program A (1/18 and 1/20)
Alejandro Cerrudo/Silent Ghost
William Forsythe/N.N.N.N.
Nacho Duato/Jardí Tancat
Crystal Pite/Grace Engine

Program B (1/19)
Emma Portner and Lil Buck/New Piece (music: Dev Hynes, with Third Coast Percussion) (Bay Area Premiere)

Jan 19, 8pm to 10pm, Zellerbach Hall

Zydeco Flames plus Dance Lesson with Cheryl McBride

Doors at 7:30 pm / Dance Lesson with Cheryl McBride at 8:00 pm / Show at 9:00 pm
Tickets are $15 Advance / $18 Day of Show

Buy Tickets Here

The Zydeco Flames have gained a reputation as the West Coast's premiere Zydeco band. The Flames consistently pack the house in venues ranging from contemporary clubs to major festivals and traditional dancehalls. Their sizzling roots rhythms are timeless and the execution of them relentless, with a stunningly powerful groove. The Flames' sixth CD release "Fire It Up", provides fans with hot Zydeco in the tradition of masters like Clifton Chenier, Buckwheat Zydeco and Queen Ida.

Jan 19, 8pm to 11:59pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Berkeley Choro Ensemble

California Jazz Conservatory - Berkeley Choro Ensemble

Choro, the first uniquely Brazilian popular music and the root of samba and bossa nova, has its origins in the late 1800s. The genre, a captivating blend of European salon and chamber music with Afro-Brazilian rhythmic energy and a touch of jazz, is still being renewed and updated, and is spreading internationally at a very healthy pace. The Berkeley Choro Ensemble, formed in 2010, has dedicated itself to the performance of recent choro works and collaborations with renowned Brazilian performers and composers. The 2018 first CD, "The View from Here", is a reflection of what is happening today in the world of choro. The Ensemble has been actively promoting the advancement of this genre via performances, workshops, and the annual Berkeley Festival of Choro. Members Jane Lenoir and Brian Rice recently produced the 5th Berkeley Festival of Choro, celebrating local ensembles in collaboration with visiting guest artists from Brazil. The group's performance at CJC will include selections from "The View from Here", as well as their own arrangements of newer repertoire from reknowned Brazilian composers, including works by Paulinho da Viola, Sergio Santos, Cristovão Bastos, and Luciana Rabello.

Band Members and Instrumentation
Jane Lenoir, flute
Harvey Wainapel, clarinet'
Ricardo Peixoto, 7-string guitar
Brian Rice, pandeiro/percussion

Flutist and group founder JANE LENOIR is classically trained and comfortable in many genres; she has performed with symphony orchestras, new music ensembles, chamber and early music groups, as well as jazz, latin and Brazilian groups. She has recorded and/or performed with the Seattle Group for New Music, Matiz Ensemble, as well as Brazilian artists Paulo Sergio Santos, Rogério Souza, Caio Marcio Dos Santos, Netinho Albuquerque, and Alessandro Penezzi.  http://www.janelenoir.com


Saxophonist/clarinetist HARVEY WAINAPEL has his feet firmly planted in two musical worlds. He has worked with jazz masters such as McCoy Tyner, Kenny Barron, Joe Henderson, the Metropole Orchestra, Ray Charles, and Joe Lovano. Wainapel's deep connection with Brazilian music has resulted in performances and recordings with Guinga, Airto Moreira & Flora Purim, Jovino Santos Neto, Marco César, Amilton Godoy, Léa Freire, Spok, and Paulo Bellinati, among many other notables from that country. To date Harvey has presented his work in clubs, festivals and studios in 22 countries. http://www.harvjazz.com

A native of Rio de Janeiro, RICARDO PEIXOTO (7-string acoustic guitar) came to the US on a scholarship to the Berklee College of Music, and later settled in the Bay Area. As a guitarist and composer he has integrated his Brazilian roots with the improvisational freedom of jazz. Ricardo has recorded, performed, and collaborated with Claudia Villela, Flora Purim and Airto, Bud Shank, Toots Thielmans, Dori Caymmi, Rogério Souza, Guinga, Marcos Silva, and Arturo Sandoval among others.

Percussionist Brian Rice has devoted much of his musical career to playing Brazilian music and choro in particular. He has performed with Mike Marshall, Jovino Santos Neto, Danilo Brito, Dudu Maia, Alessandro Penezzi, Paulo Sergio Santos and Rogério Souza among others.  Brian has performed at the Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center and the Savannah Music Festival with the Danilo Brito Quintet.  Brian is the co-founder and artistic director of the Berkeley Festival of Choro, now in its fourth year presenting choro music to the San Francisco Bay Area. www.brian-rice.com



https://www.berkeleychoroensemble.com

Jan 19, 8pm to 10pm, Rendon Hall/Fiddler Annex @ California Jazz Conservatory 2040 Addison Street, Berkeley

Hardly Strictly Jazz

Jon Rubin began leading acoustic string duos/trios in 2009, developing an original sound based on fingerstyle guitar combining folk, blues, celtic, and jazz influences. He has 'honed the tone' in hundreds of performances from the Central Coast to San Francisco, with an evolving lineup incl. 2012 as Bright Side Band and 2013-present as Hardly Strictly Trad. and Hardly Strictly Jazz. Jon has attended workshop/master classes with legendary fingerstyle players Martin Simpson, Woody Mann, Duck Baker, Rick Ruskin, Laurence Juber, Tony McManus, Alex deGrassi, Muriel Anderson and Al Petteway.

Jan 19, 8pm to 10pm, Caffè Chiave, 2500 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

West Edge Opera and Earplay - Snapshot

Now in its third year, this collaboration between West Edge Opera and Earplay remains the only program of its kind in the bay area.

2019 will feature a program of four new works:
Stookey
Dye
Ivonne
Music by Nathaniel Stookey and libretto by Jerre Dye. Ivonne is a haunting solo opera in three scenes inspired by an abandoned Sears building and the stories kept within its stately, dignified spaces. It follows the head secretary of a steno pool as she prepares for yet another day at the office. Her preference for order and structure is upended by a co-worker's medical emergency that threatens to shatter her well-groomed exterior. Celebrated soprano Marnie Breckenridge will portray this complex and affecting character from a bygone era. Stookey is perhaps best known for the orchestral whodunnit The Composer Is Dead, which was written for the San Francisco Symphony in collaboration with Lemony Snicket.


The Road To Xibalba
Music by Cindy Cox and libretto by John Campion. This hybrid music theater piece uses whimsical soundscapes, spoken word, song, and dance to tell the story of The Popol Vuh, the Mayan myth of creation. In this ancient tale, two athletic brothers travel to the Xibalba (the Mayan underworld) to challenge the all-powerful god of Death to a match. Along the way the duo encounters a parade of animal characters and charmed figures that invoke a world of physical, cosmological, and spiritual connectedness. Cox and Campion are a husband and wife team at UC Berkeley where Cox is the chair of the music department and Campion is a lecturer with the english department.


Zheng
Music by Shinji Eshima and libretto by Tony Asaro. Zheng tells the story of San Francisco mezzo-soprano and Adler Fellow, Zheng Cao, whose tragic death at the age of 46 after a four year battle with lung cancer impacted much of the opera world (including Snapshot composer Nathaniel Stookey, whose work Cao premiered in her last public performance). Dramatizing events that occurred very recently, the work will portray characters whose real world counterparts are likely to be in the audience. Eshima, who plays Double Bass with the San Francisco Opera, brings personal knowledge and passion to the work, a moving tribute to an indomitable talent.



Medicus MortemMusic by Beth Ratay and libretto by Andrew Rechnitz. This work explores the ethics of euthanasia and the limits of compassion as a doctor struggles to ease the suffering of his terminally ill daughter. Despite his intentions, he's branded a monster by a damning public and a hectoring prosecutor as he is placed on trial for his actions in a nightmarish scenario.


Featured Performers:Marnie Breckenridge
Amy Foote
Daniel Cilli
J. Raymond Meyers
Nicole Takesono

Jan 19, 8pm to 10pm, Independent Order of Odd Fellows Berkeley Lodge 2288 Fulton Street, Berkeley

Sharon Gilchrist, Darol Anger & Keith Little

Sharon Gilchrist has long made her home in the American acoustic music scene, playing mandolin, string bass, singing traditional ballads, and performing original pieces seeped in Appalachian tradition, and delivering these sounds with a distinct spacious, graceful and fiery nuance.

Darol Anger is exceptional among modern fiddlers for his versatility and depth. He has helped drive the evolution of the contemporary string band through his involvement with numerous pathbreaking ensembles, such as his Republic of Strings, the Turtle Island String Quartet and others.


Keith Little is a native Californian and a singer, guitarist, composer, producer, bandleader and teacher. He has maintained a steady presence in the worldwide acoustic music scene for nearly 45 yers, performing and recording with award-winning artists such as The Chieftains and Dolly Parton.
Tickets are $18 in advance and $20 at the door. 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 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!

Jan 19, 8pm to 10pm, The Back Room Music, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley

the rest of the next 2 weeks

Flyover States, Marie Schumacher & the West Coast Players - Original Americana/Roots/Folk/R&B

Jan 20, 2pm to 4pm, The Back Room Music, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley

Red Wood Tango

Jan 20, 3pm to 5pm, Maybeck Studio, 1537 Euclid Ave, Berkeley

David Finckel, cello; Wu Han, piano

Jan 20, 3pm to 5pm, Hertz Concert Hall

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago

Jan 20, 3pm to 5pm, Zellerbach Hall

Cuban Rumba Jam

Jan 20, 3pm to 5pm, La Peña Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

Americas * Honey&Salt * Great Walls * Rip Room * The Tunnel

Jan 20, 5pm to 10pm, 924 Gilman 924 Gilman St, Berkeley

Victoria Vox

Jan 20, 7pm to 9pm, The Back Room Music, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley

Full: Hālau O Keikialiʻi *Note: actual end time may vary.*

Jan 20, 7pm to 8pm, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Storytime on Solano: Imagination Flannel Boards

Jan 23, 10:30am to 11:30am, Pegasus Books Solano 1855 Solano Ave, Berkeley

Noon Concert: Chamber Music *Note: actual end time may vary.*

Jan 23, 12 noon to 1pm, Hertz Concert Hall

John Schott sharing a bill with Jon Raskin, Tania Chen and Tom Djll

Jan 23, 7:30pm to 9:30pm, 3111 Deakin Street, Berkeley

Ha Jin - The Banished Immortal: A Life of Li Po

Jan 23, 7:30pm to 8:30pm, The Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar Street, Berkeley

Super Cinema @Central

Jan 25, 3pm to 5pm, 2090 Kittredge St. (at Shattuck), Berkeley, CA 94704

An Evening of Vaughan Williams

Jan 25, 6pm to 8pm, First Congregational Church of Berkeley, 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley

Kronos Quartet: Fifty for the Future

Jan 25, 8pm to 10pm, Zellerbach Hall

West African Drumming Workshop Series with Mohamed Lamine Bangoura

Jan 26, 3:30pm to 5:30pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Starry Plough Old Time Shred Sesh!

Jan 27, 4pm to 5pm, The Starry Plough Pub - 3101 Shattuck Avenue - Berkeley

Etude Club Concert

Jan 28, 1pm to 2pm, Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar St, Berkeley

Berkeley Symphony -- Kendall, Britten, Bernstein

Jan 31, 8pm to 10pm, Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley