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

Saturday, July 30th 2016

Dean, Christina and Butoh

Christina Braun (Butoh & voice) and Dean Santomieri (music & voice) have co-composed 3 dances with music and will be team with musicians Rae Diamond and Joe Kuta, to bring you an evening of music, dance, and spoken word in an exploration of the ritual aspects of performance. One of the three dance pieces will be The Crane in the Scroll, a mediation derived from viewing antique Asian scroll paintings.
Lifelong dancer Christina Braun's choreography with collaborating composers has been presented regularly since 2002.  As SF Butoh LAB and with BUTOH San Francisco, she has produced Butoh Dance symposia, performances, workshops, and festivals.

Dean Santomieri performs as both a guitarist and a spoken word artist, sometimes performing as both. In addition to solo work, he regularly performs with violinist Thea Farhadian as the Santomieri-Farhadian Duo.
http://www.deansantomieri.com/

Originating in Japan, Butoh is a contemporary performing dance art which has been described as a surreal expression of the body's primal wisdom.  

8pm to 10pm, 2133 University Ave


Sunday, July 31st 2016

wong - evangelista - glenn 3 - elizabeth schenck quartet

8 pm
francis wong - tenor saxophone
karl evangelista - guitar
jordan glenn - drums

9 pm
elizabeth schenck 4tet
kasey knudsen - alto saxophone
elizabeth schenck - alto saxophone, compositions
phillip greenlief - tenor saxophone
cory wright - tenor saxophone

8pm to 10:30pm, Berkeley Arts 2133 University Avenue, between Shattuck & Oxford


Monday, August 1st 2016

Open Jam with Herb and Matthew

9pm to 11pm, 2133 University Ave


Tuesday, August 2nd 2016

Jazz-Opera Fusion Concert for Nepal

-A benefit for artists, musicians and musical training & instruments for street children in Nepal, featuring Opera, Jazz, Nepali music and excerpts from Douglas Cuomo's fusion "opera" ARJUNA'S DILEMMA.
-Artists include: George Brooks, Saxophone; Annalisa Winberg & Roy Stevens, International Opera Singers; Jonathan Khuner, Piano; the Bay Area Nepali Acoustic Duo, Rohit Serchan & Ren Gurung.

The program will be about 80 minutes of music, plus a short intermission. The music will be roughly in 4 segments:
1. Operatic numbers--arias and duets, featuring Ms. Winberg and Mr. Stevens, and including Mr. Brooks on saxophone
2: Nepali popular and folk music, performed by Rohit & Ren
2. Compositions by George Brooks, featuring Mr. Brooks, with some collaboration by Mr. Khuner
3. Excerpts from Arjuna's Dilemma by Douglas Cuomo

Then two possible encores of Nepali pop tunes, with all 6 performers.

Interspersed with the music, at appropriate points, will be explanations of the musical numbers, and in particular a description of the One World Theatre ARJUNA'S DILEMMA Kathmandu project which will be taking place in Nepal September 1 - 11, under the direction of Deborah Merola of Berkeley. Winberg, Stevens, and Khuner are leading and participating in that production.
7:30pm to 9:30pm,

Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/222800828114165/

7:30pm to 9:30pm, 2133 University Ave.


Friday, August 5th 2016

Jerry Kuderna Lunch Concert

Pianist Jerry Kuderna plays from classics to the newest compositions.

12 noon to 1:30pm, 2133 University Ave.


Monday, August 8th 2016

Open Jam with Herb and Matthew

9pm to 11pm, 2133 University Ave


Friday, August 12th 2016

Jerry Kuderna Lunch Concert

Pianist Jerry Kuderna plays from classics to the newest compositions.

12 noon to 1:30pm, 2133 University Ave.


Monday, August 15th 2016

Open Jam with Herb and Matthew

9pm to 11pm, 2133 University Ave


Thursday, August 18th 2016

Remembering Gaia at Berkeley Arts Festival

Join us in a gathering of individuals who feel called to celebrate and connect with the Great Mother Spirit of our Earth, Gaia.

We will have 3 beautiful teachers who will be sharing Gaia's history via mythology, stories, a guided meditation to speak with her, songs to evoke god/goddess magic and a mini dance performance by Fluidgirl via song and drumming, all related to and for Gaia.

It is our desire and intention to educate, inspire, heal and entertain all those who attend our gathering.

25 spots available

RSVP:

Contact us as there is a donation asked for the night and to reserve your spot.

Email: contactfollowthetrees@gmail.com.

Website: www.followthetrees.com


7:30pm to 10pm, 2133 University Ave.


Friday, August 19th 2016

Jerry Kuderna Lunch Concert

Pianist Jerry Kuderna plays from classics to the newest compositions.

12 noon to 1:30pm, 2133 University Ave.


Saturday, August 20th 2016

Joe Tate and the Hippie Voices

Joe Tate and the Hippie Voices grew out of the weekly Blue Monday Jam Sessions that Tate hosted at the Sausalito Cruising Club in Sausalito, CA. After five years of doing this, he recorded a CD of his original material with select players from the sessions. Produced by Craig Caffall and recorded at Studio D in Sausalito, the recordings are distinctly professional in quality. The CD is available on iTunes under Joe Tate and the Hippie Voices. Selected tracks from the CD can be heard on Reverbnation. Joe Tate appears at various clubs and festivals with the The Hippie Voices and also with the Blue Monday Band throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.

Meet the band . . .
Joe Tate - Leader Guitarist/Vocals
Maggie Catfish - Ukulele/Vocals
Sandy Bailey - Bass/Vocals
Mark Banning - Guitar/Vocals
Roy Blumenfeld - Drums/Vocals

6:30pm to 9:30pm, 2133 Universtiy Ave.


Monday, August 22nd 2016

Open Jam with Herb and Matthew

9pm to 11pm, 2133 University Ave


Friday, August 26th 2016

Jerry Kuderna Lunch Concert

Pianist Jerry Kuderna plays from classics to the newest compositions.

12 noon to 1:30pm, 2133 University Ave.


George Brooks, Ganesh Rajagopalan and Osam Ezzeldin "A musical tribute to Terry Riley on the occasion of his 81st birthday"

George Brooks on saxophones with
Indian violinist Ganesh Rajagopalan and Egyptian pianist Osam Ezzeldin.

7:30pm to 9:30pm, 2133 University Ave.


Monday, August 29th 2016

Open Jam with Herb and Matthew

9pm to 11pm, 2133 University Ave


Today's Events - July 30

19th Annual Fiddlekids Concert

Free! Open to the public. 644-2020. www.thefreight.org

11:30am, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley, CA, United States


Dean, Christina and Butoh

Christina Braun (Butoh & voice) and Dean Santomieri (music & voice) have co-composed 3 dances with music and will be team with musicians Rae Diamond and Joe Kuta, to bring you an evening of music, dance, and spoken word in an exploration of the ritual aspects of performance. One of the three dance pieces will be The Crane in the Scroll, a mediation derived from viewing antique Asian scroll paintings.
Lifelong dancer Christina Braun's choreography with collaborating composers has been presented regularly since 2002.  As SF Butoh LAB and with BUTOH San Francisco, she has produced Butoh Dance symposia, performances, workshops, and festivals.

Dean Santomieri performs as both a guitarist and a spoken word artist, sometimes performing as both. In addition to solo work, he regularly performs with violinist Thea Farhadian as the Santomieri-Farhadian Duo.
http://www.deansantomieri.com/

Originating in Japan, Butoh is a contemporary performing dance art which has been described as a surreal expression of the body's primal wisdom.  

8pm to 10pm, 2133 University Ave


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.