The Berkeley Arts Festival Is On Vacation

We no longer have a home for the Berkeley Arts Festival. After more than 5 years in our wonderful space at 2133 University Avenue we are searching for a new space and would appreciate any suggestions you have. Contact us at: fabarts@silcon.com

Until then, we will continue this calendar of arts events going on in Berkeley.

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.


This Month

Sunday, November 19th 2017

The Joffrey Ballet

$36-$126. 642-9988. cal performances.org

3pm, Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley Campus


Noam Pikelny

$28 adv / $32 door. 644-2020. www.thefreight.org

6:30pm to 7pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley, CA, United States


Alice Waters & Other Authors Read the Final Stories by Eduardo Galeano

This tribute features Alice Waters, Al Young, Alejandro Murguia and Aurora Levins Morales, reading from "Hunter of Stories," the final book by the very great Latin
American author of "Open Veins of Latin America," "Book of Embraces" and others.
A KPFA benefit,

Tickets: brownpapertickets.com.

7:30pm to 9:30pm, First Congregational Church of Berkeley, 2345 Channing Way,


Wednesday, November 22nd 2017

Joyce Manor & Wavves

Joyce Manor is an American punk rock band from Torrance, California, formed in 2008.
Acclaimed Californian band Joyce Manor - Barry Johnson (vocals and guitar), Chase Knobbe (guitar), Jeff Enzor (drums), and Matt Ebert (bass) - have announced the release of their anticipated new album entitled Cody which arrives in stores this October 7th, care of Epitaph. It is the follow-up to the band's 2014's critically-lauded record Never Hungover Again.

Email: information@theuctheatre.org
Phone: 510-356-4000



8pm to 9pm, UC Theatre Taube Family Music Hall, 2036 University Avenue,


Patrick Ball / Celtic Harp

"Come Dance with Me in Ireland: A Pilgrimage to Yeats Country". $22 adv / $26 door. 644-2020. www.thefreight.org

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


Friday, November 24th 2017

Iris Dement

$34 adv / $38 door. 644-2020. www.thefreight.org

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


Imago Theatre: La Belle

$30-$76. 642-9988. cal performances.org

8pm, Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley campus


Saturday, November 25th 2017

Imago Theatre: La Belle

$30-$76. 642-9988. cal performances.org

2pm, Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley campus


Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands

With Tom Rozum, Patrick Sauber, Brandon Godman, and Sam Grisman plus special guests. $20 adv / $22 door. 644-2020. www.thefreight.org

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


Sunday, November 26th 2017

Imago Theatre: La Belle

$30-$76. 642-9988. cal performances.org

3pm, Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley campus


Gautam Tejas Ganeshan

Gautam Tejas Ganeshan's authentic voice and intelligent approach breathe new life into an old tradition. Delivered in chamber ensembles, his concerts reflect a traditional aesthetic, transforming a highly cultured musical heritage through the creation of an ongoing body of original works based in love and understanding of Carnatic music - its elaborate structures, extensive improvisations, and the utmost sincerity that distinguishes its greatest practitioners. His performances express authenticity more than ethnicity, immediacy more than nostalgia, and allow listeners the unprecedented experience of having a natural linguistic purchase on the complex song forms of a rich oral tradition.

Gautam Tejas Ganeshan has performed widely in the SF Bay Area since 2004, including at the SFMOMA, BAM/PFA, SFJAZZ, Asian Art Museum (SF), Hertz Hall at UC Berkeley, and more, as well as having given workshops at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and Stanford Jazz Workshop, and guest-lectures for music courses at UC Berkeley and UC Santa Cruz. He is the founder and director of the Sangati Center, a non-profit chamber music concert series in San Francisco that has hosted more than 400 public chamber concerts in SF, Oakland, and Berkeley since 2006, and has earned support from the National Endowment for the Arts, Alliance for California Traditional Arts, and more.

$20.

http://www.maybeckstudio.org/2017/10/new-carnatic-music-with-gautam-tejas.html
Email: info@maybeckstudio.org


About Maybeck Studio for the Performing Arts:
The Maybeck Studio for the Performing Arts is a small performance space located in a private home in the Berkeley hills, built in 1914 by Bernard Maybeck. The studio has a rich tradition of musical performances dating back over 100 years.

3pm to 5pm, Maybeck Studio for the Performing Arts 1537 Euclid Ave.


The Del McCoury Band

Crying Uncle opens on the Gallery Stage. $34 adv / $38 door. 644-2020. www.thefreight.org

4:30pm to 5pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley, CA, United States


The Del McCoury Band

Crying Uncle opens on the Gallery Stage. $30 adv / $34 door. 644-2020. www.thefreight.org

7:30pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley, CA, United States


Wednesday, November 29th 2017

HowellDevine's "HOWL" CD Release Party

With George Holden's Liquid Lights/Live Cinema. Celeste Kopel and Pete Madsen open. $16 adv / $20 door. 644-2020. www.thefreight.org

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


Thursday, November 30th 2017

Trace Bundy

$25 adv / $29 door. 644-2020. www.thefreight.org

7:30pm to 8pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley, CA, United States


XXYYXX with Chrome Sparks

,XXYYXX is the electronic project of Orlando, FL's Marcel Everett. Starting purely out of experimentation, Marcel's taste for electronic music has evolved from the low-fidelity of vintage sounds to crisp and clean scenes of serenity. Improvisational jazz and abstract hip-hop serve as worthy emblems of inspiration. His productions take steps across a unique spectrum of bass-heavy sounds with experience in minimalist ambience. Provoking a myriad of images, the music is meditative and emotive. R&B rhythms and soulful melodies are staples that propel the music forward, creating open environments that feed into moments of movement.

$30.00.
https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1563569
Email: information@theuctheatre.org
Phone: 510-356-4000

8pm to 9pm, UC Theatre Taube Family Music Hall 2036 University Avenue


Next Month

Friday, December 1st 2017

The Dear Hunter with The Family Crest, Vava

An indie rock band from Providence, Rhode Island that began as a side project of Casey Crescenzo.

It's been almost a decade since Casey Crescenzo brought The Dear Hunter -- both the band and the character of the same name -- to life with his 2006 debut full-length, Act I: The Lake South, The River North. Although it was evident from his stint as singer of The Receiving End Of Sirens, the record revealed Crescenzo's incredibly inventive and ambitious musical flair, something which has been evolving ever since. The two albums which followed -- 2007's Act II: The Meaning Of, And All Things Regarding Ms. Leading and 2009's Act III: Life And Death -- cemented the now 32 year-old as a maverick, idiosyncratic talent whose music, while fitting a modern aesthetic, was also from a bygone era.

Anachronistic and timeless in equal measure, the narrative of The Dear Hunter existed in both the past and the present, its detailed plot standing simultaneously as an age-old and new age fable. As that tale progressed, so did Crescenzo's art, his experimental compositions blurring the line between different genres to create a sound that was -- and still is -- unique to the band. But then, halfway through the six envisioned Acts of the Dear Hunter narrative, Crescenzo's attentions shifted. Between 2010 and 2011, the band recorded a series of nine four-track EPs known as The Color Spectrum. Later released as a single volume edition, each EP was a musical interpretation of a color from the visible spectrum, showcasing the increasingly far-reaching ambitions for Crescenzo's musical vision and his inventive interpretation of the world around him. Two years later, the more mellow and straightforward fifth full-length Migrant showcased a different side to the songwriter's talents, and last year he composed and recorded his first symphony Amour & Attrition. With such a storied musical repertoire, its clear Crescenzo is no ordinary musician.

$27.50.
https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1560404

Website: http://www.theuctheatre.org/event/1560404
Email: information@theuctheatre.org
Phone: 510-356-4000

8pm to 9pm, UC Theatre Taube Family Music Hall 2036 University Avenue


Saturday, December 2nd 2017

Instant Chorus at Freight & Salvage

Sing 3-part modern a cappella with lush harmonies and cool rhythms. Loads of fun and only a 2-hour commitment. Learn by ear or read a score. Choose an easy part, or take a solo and beat out optional body percussion. For adults and kids over 8 who like to sing. No audition or performance. 1st Saturdays of every month. Come regularly or occasionally. New uplifting repertoire each month.

$20 at the door.
Scholarships: email betsyblakes@gmail.com beforehand

3:30pm to 5:30pm, 2020 Addison Street


Claire Chase: Music from Density 2036

TBA. 62-9988. cal performances.org

4pm, The UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, 2155 Center St, Berkeley, CA 94720, USA


Ragamala Dance Company: Written in Water

$58. 642-9988. calperformances.org

8pm, Zellerbach Playhouse, Berkeley, CA 94720, USA


Clerestory presents: Night of Snow


Clerestory invites you to ring in the season with Night of Snow, an all-new Christmas program, showcasing vibrant choral traditions from Spain, France, Portugal, and the Basque country.

From Spain, traditional Catalan songs complement intricate pieces by Tomas Luis de Victoria and Juan de Triana. Arrangements of carols from the Basque country showcase the region's distinctive flavor. We present reverent music written for cathedrals in Portugal, a country rarely represented in the musical repertoire. From France, Poulenc's masterpiece Un Soir de Neige is presented alongside traditional chants de Noel, as well as a modern setting of Patapan by beloved San Francisco composer David Conte.

Gather your friends and family and join Clerestory in kicking off December with Night of Snow.
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Advanced Purchase: $25 Regular / $15 Senior / $5 Student. Day of: $30 Regular / $20 Senior / $10 Student.

Website: http://www.clerestory.org/2017-18-season-12/night-of-snow-dec-2017
Email: info@clerestory.org

About Clerestory:
Founded in 2006, Clerestory is the Bay Area's acclaimed 9-man vocal ensemble. Clerestory's singers, from countertenor to bass, are veterans of San Francisco's finest professional vocal groups, including Chanticleer, Philharmonia Baroque, American Bach Soloists and others. The ensemble has been featured on National Public Radio and on San Francisco's KDFC.

8pm to 9:30pm, St. Mark's Episcopal Church 2300 Bancroft Way


Angus & Julia Stone

Angus & Julia Stone are a brother-sister duo from Newport on the Northern Beaches of Sydney, Australia. Angus and Julia began to collaborate on their musical endeavours in early 2006. Prior to that, both had performed as solo artists, principally at open mike nights, but with each using the other as a backing partner.

The first notes of Snow are instantly transporting. The guitar is a scratchy, wooden memory laid over a moment of silence. The gently driving organ beat emerges and takes you with it, beginning the next enchanting journey with brother-sister duo, Angus and Julia Stone. "Running from the start, here we are again," Julia sings. "Running from the start, here we go again," comes her brother's reply. "Snow is both of us" Angus says of the first single from the fourth Angus & Julia Stone album. "We sat down and wrote it together." In that sense, the album continues a process the siblings began at the suggestion of producer Rick Rubin on their self-tilted album of 2014. "That was the first time that we actually started writing together, in the same room, and I guess we took a leaf from that chapter into this record. This time round though, every song on the record we wrote together" Angus says. Since the duo began performing together in 2006, their story has unfolded with an almost magical magnetism that has galvanised the world.

$27.50.
https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1545603
Website: http://www.theuctheatre.org/event/1545603-angus-julia-stone-berkeley/
Email: information@theuctheatre.org
Phone: 510-356-4000

http://www.theuctheatre.org



8pm to 9pm, UC Theatre Taube Family Music Hall 2036 University Avenue


Sunday, December 3rd 2017

Simon O'Neill, tenor

$46. 642-9988. calperformances.org

3pm, Hertz Hall, 101 Cross-Sproul Path, Berkeley, CA 94704, USA


ChurchGurl Champions 2017

ChurchGurl Champion aka ChurchGurls Rock is a non-profit community event that embraces the spirit of womanism. It's not just for the ladies, gentlemen also enjoy this high energetic flagship event! We will honor dynamic and innovative champion women whose footprint of accomplishments can be found throughout the world.

Path Setters
Belva Davis: Bay Area's Legend Journalist
Brenda Knight: Visionary of Ladies In Red
Commissioner Linda Crayton: San Francisco International Airport
Carol H. Williams: Hall of Fame Advertising Executive
Dr. Sharon Williams: Director, Children's Hospital, Oakland, Ca

TrailBlazers
Dr. Michele Thornton Ghee: Author, Keynote Speaker & BET/Centric Media Executive
Dr. Erin Simms-Edwards & Dr. Pamela Simms-Mackey: Medical Physicians
Sheryl Evans Davis: Executive Director of San Francisco Human Rights Commission
Rev. Dr. Jacqueline Thompson: Assistant Pastor of Allen Temple Baptist Church, Oakland, National Speaker

Experience our Bay Area's finest artists such as:
Alfreda Lyons-Campbell
Ashling Biscuit-Cole
Sangin' Sara
DeeDee Simon
Doris Bumpus
Dasha Moore
Tamara Edwards
The Wheeler Sisters
Lauren D. Byrd
Shauntae Brown
Marissa Rae Peters
Lynniece Holomon
Inida Little, Karah Peters & Jennifer Marie
Christina Jarvis

ChurchGurls are gifted in their DNA and this highly energetic gathering reflects that. It will be full of laughter, heartfelt tears and elation. ChurchGurl Champions is an unwinding 2 hour excursion for all who attend! Start off with a signature aperitif with great food and enjoy the show!

$22.50 - $72.50.
Email: information@theuctheatre.org
Phone: 510-356-4000

5pm to 6pm, UC Theatre Taube Family Music Hall 2036 University Avenue


Full Moon Series

Full: Vajra Voices

The women's vocal ensemble Vajra Voices, directed by Karen Clark, returns for a sublime program of medieval and contemporary music. This concert includes music by Hildegard von Bingen, Guillaume de Machaut, and the extraordinary composer-cellist-vocalist Theresa Wong, who joins Vajra Voices for her new work To Burst, to Bloom: Songs on Poems of the 12th Century Taoist Immortal Sun Bu'Er, composed especially for these singers.

Programmed by Sarah Cahill





7pm to 9pm, BAMPFA 2155 Center St.


Friday, December 8th 2017

Camille A. Brown & Dancers: Black Girl: Linguistic Play

$54. 642-9988. cal performances.org

8pm to 12/8 12 midnight, Zellerbach Playhouse, Berkeley, CA 94720, USA


Saturday, December 9th 2017

Camille A. Brown & Dancers: Black Girl: Linguistic Play

$54. 642-9988. cal performances.org

12 midnight to 8pm, Zellerbach Playhouse, Berkeley, CA 94720, USA


Sunday, December 10th 2017

Camille A. Brown & Dancers: Black Girl: Linguistic Play

$54. 642-9988. cal performances.org

3pm, Zellerbach Playhouse, Berkeley, CA 94720, USA


Takacs Quartet; Garrick Ohlsson, piano

$48-$86. 642-9988. cal performances.org

3pm, Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley Campus


Sundays @ Four: Weiss-Requiro Duo

Crowden Music Center presents:

Experience the rare treat of two exceptional award-winning cellists, Meta Weiss and David Requiro, joining forces as a duo.

The Weiss-Requiro Duo prides itself in championing works by new composers and breathing new life into old favorites. As individuals, cellists David Requiro and Meta Weiss have won top prizes in international competitions, and are known for their virtuosity and lyricism on the instrument. It is rare treat for audiences that two cellists of this caliber have joined forces as a duo, and the result is a captivating and inspiring musical experience.

David Requiro is a Crowden School alumnus.

Program:

* Bach Suite in C minor for Two Celli, BWV 995
* Sollima Arboreto Salvatico for Two Celli (2004)
* Gliere Duets for Two Cellos, Op. 53
* Bach Chaconne for Two Celli,BWV 1004
* Paganini Variations on One String on a Theme by Rossini

$25 general admission, $20 seniors/students, Free for children under 18.
https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3057242
Website: http://www.crowden.org/concerts-and-events/sundays-four
Email: concerts@crowden.org
Phone: 510-559-6910

Join us for a free "Meet-the-Artists" reception following the concert.

Crowden Music Center is wheel-chair accessible and near N. Berkeley BART.

4pm to 5:30pm, Crowden Music Center 1475 Rose Street


WomenSing presents: Beginnith A Bang: Strike the Drum and Join the Chorus! ing W

Join WomenSing as we celebrate the rebirth and renewal of the season of Christmas, Solstice and the New Year. Come hear both exciting new repertoire and cherished music from concerts past, including "O Viridissima Virga," "The Joy of Children, Patapan" and an audience sing-along of "Silent Night." This high-spirited performance will feature percussion in a joyous mix of Benjamin Britten, African rhythms, and the intricate voicing of Libby Larsen.

With this concert we extend enthusiastic welcome to our new Artistic Director, Ofer dal Lal, who brings to WomenSing his warm and engaging personality, enthusiasm, and, not least, his artistic talent. We are excited at the prospect of working with dal Lal, who has taken the Bay Area choral scene by storm in recent years. Experience his talent first-hand at our first concerts series of the year!

General admission $28, student admission $10.
https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3080451

Reception follows the concert.

About WomenSing:
Founded in 1965, WomenSing is an auditioned chorus of nearly 50 singers, renowned for its beautifully blended sound. The repertoire includes the traditional and the unexpected, featuring great landmarks of the women's chorus repertoire, s

Website: https://womensing.org/CurrentSeason
Email: info@womensing.org
Phone: 925-798-4875
Contact: Laura Fischer


4pm to 6pm, First Congregational Church of Berkeley 2345 Channing Way


Friday, December 15th 2017

The Hard Nut: Mark Morris Dance Group

$40-$135. 642-9988. cal performances.org

8pm to 12/15 12 midnight, Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley Campus


Saturday, December 16th 2017

The Hard Nut: Mark Morris Dance Group

$40-$135. 642-9988. cal performances.org

12 midnight to 8pm, Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley Campus


The Hard Nut: Mark Morris Dance Group

$40-$135. 642-9988. cal performances.org

2pm, Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley Campus


Anuhea with Paula Fuga, Mahi

Hawaiian born singer, guitar player and songwriter Anuhea blends Pop and Reggae with conscious lyrics to create a style of her own.
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$37.50.

Website: http://www.theuctheatre.org/event/1568994
Email: information@theuctheatre.org
Phone: 510-356-4000

8pm to 9pm, UC Theatre Taube Family Music Hall 2036 University Avenue


Sunday, December 17th 2017

The Hard Nut: Mark Morris Dance Group

$40-$135. 642-9988. cal performances.org

3pm, Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley Campus


Friday, December 22nd 2017

The Story So Far

The Story So Far is an American pop punk band from Walnut Creek, California formed in 2007.

Parker Cannon - Vocals
Kelen Capener - Bass
Kevin Geyer - Guitar
William Levy - Guitar
Ryan Torf - Drums

The grassroots, back-to-basics authenticity of THE STORY SO FAR is a blast of renewing fresh air over the most stale corners of the underground music community. The fact that it's resonated with so many kids around the world is testament to just how starved the scene had become.

Like their single-focused predecessors in legendary pop-punk bands Blink-182, Green Day, or The Descendents, the five guys in The Story So Far got together with no loftier an ambition than to make the music they wanted to hear. Along the way, they just happened to help usher in a pop-punk revival. It's a "return of the real" that's made a sea change across the underground.
In just a few short years, a handful of EPs and three full-length albums, The Story So Far's refreshing, energetic and impressively honest take on hardcore-infused pop-punk music propelled them to the cover of the 2013 Alternative Press 100 Bands You Need To Know issue, to the enduring subcultural benchmark the Vans Warped Tour, and into the hearts and minds of listeners.

Catchy vocal gymnastics and supercharged riffs are delivered with no less precision than the most accomplished of rock acts but disguised by an instantly memorable simplicity that drives the hooks home. The band's sophomore album, What You Don't See (2013), delivered on the undeniable promise of Under Soil and Dirt (2011) and cracked the Billboard Top 50 at the same time. The band returned to close collaborator and comrade Sam Pura (Basement, State Champs) for their self-titled third sent, a no-bullshit, wistful but forceful adventure in song.

$25.00.
https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1567659?

8pm to 9pm,


Saturday, December 23rd 2017

The Hard Nut: Mark Morris Dance Group

$40-$135. 642-9988. cal performances.org

2pm, Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley Campus


Sunday, December 24th 2017

The Hard Nut: Mark Morris Dance Group

$40-$135. 642-9988. cal performances.org

3pm, Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley Campus


Thursday, December 28th 2017

The Infamous Stringdusters With Keller Williams' Grateful Grass

The Infamous Stringdusters are an acoustic/bluegrass band. The band emerged in 2007 with the album Fork in the Road on Sugar Hill Records. The band's current line-up features Andy Hall, Andy Falco, Chris Pandolfi, Jeremy Garrett, and Travis Book.

Unlike rock 'n' roll, bluegrass music's boundaries are often defined in very narrow terms and that has caused some bands to carefully consider their place within the genre. But, in order to survive, everything must evolve... even bluegrass. Enter the Infamous Stringdusters, the very model of a major modern bluegrass band.

"At a certain point in our career, there was hesitation in calling us a bluegrass band," guitarist Andy Falco admits. "These days, we're much more comfortable with that label." Banjo man Chris Pandolfi echoes the point: "We love bluegrass, but we have been influenced by other genres as much, if not more. When it comes to making music, we always try to be a blank slate and give new songs whatever they need to come to life. We just try to make something good, something that is true to who we are."

On Laws of Gravity, that's exactly what the Infamous Stringdusters - Andy Hall (dobro), Jeremy Garrett (fiddle), and Travis Book (double bass), in addition to Falco and Pandolfi - have done. Their seventh studio set further proves that the band's collective whole is far greater than the sum of its individual parts, as the song selection and pitch-perfect performances weighs the Stringdusters' appeal to traditional fans against their musical quest to attract new listeners. It's a balance that comes naturally to the band.


$32.00.

http://www.theuctheatre.org/event/1541766
Email: information@theuctheatre.org
Phone: 510-356-4000

8pm to 10pm, UC Theatre Taube Family Music Hall 2036 University Avenue


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