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

Friday, March 06th 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


Saturday, March 07th 2015

Nebula Force, Go!

plus special guests

Sonic-powered interstellar superheroes, Nebula Force, Go! shatter your feeble grip on reality and transport you to a world of talking spaceships and existential crisis.

Benjamin Huffman (lead vocals, rhythm guitar, back up vocals, accordion, back up kazoo)
Simon Miller (drums, back up vocals, back up kazoo)
Nora Merecicky (lead vocals, harmonica, back up vocals, lead kazoo)
Jordan Kamin (lead guitar, lead vocals, back up vocals, bass guitar, back up kazoo)
Dane Vincent Fox-McGraw (tuba, trumpet, back up vocals, back up kazoo)
Colin Babcock (bass guitar, ukelele, back up vocals, back up kazoo)

7pm to 10pm, 2133 University


Friday, March 13th 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


Saturday, March 14th 2015

Bad Jazz / Worse Jazz / Worst Jazz

Bad Jazz
Bryan Day - invented instruments
Ben Solomon - invented instruments, feedback, percussion
Tania Chen - electronic toys, bells, piano

Worse Jazz
Bob Marsh - piano
Joshua Marshall - saxophones
Sandra Yolles - electronic percussion

Worst Jazz
Raub Roy - invented instruments
James Roemer - zither, bells and electronics.

8pm to 10pm, 2133 University Ave


Friday, March 20th 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


Reception Joel Isaacson Exhibition: "BARK"

The exhibition runs from March 13 through April 5.
Gallery Hours: Thurs-Sat 3pm to 6pm

isaacsonpaintings.com

5pm to 7pm, 2133 University Ave.


Sunday, March 22nd 2015

Dan Plonsey

7pm to 10pm, 2133 University Ave.


Friday, March 27th 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


Per Anders Nillson

8 pm
Per Anders Nillson - electronics
Tim Perkis - electronics

9 pm
Per Anders Nillson - electronics
Gino Robair - percussion

play the music of Miles Davis

8pm to 10:30pm, Berkeley Arts - 2133 University Avenue


Saturday, March 28th 2015

"Retard!" with Jeffrie Givens with Marty Nemko

"Retard!" is the inspiring story, told in words and song, of a woman who had applied unsuccessfully for 600 jobs. Prominent career counselor Marty Nemko is her co-storyteller and piano accompanist.

Donations of $10 to $20 are suggested but no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

8pm to 10pm, 2133 University Ave.


Friday, April 3rd 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


Saturday, April 4th 2015

Concert Bob Marsh friends

Doors open 7:30pm
7:45-8:15pm--Jeffrey Young solo set
It's about thirty minutes of my music for violin and Ableton Live, which includes:
-about fifteen minutes of ridiculous talky music/performance art that I don't have good documentation of yet, but somewhat along the lines of this experimental opera I co-composed with fellow thing NY member Paul Pinto: https://vimeo.com/76022357 (except I seem more like a mad scientist in my solo material)-and fifteen minutes of pretty drone music.

Three Thirds 8:30-9pm
Los Angeles-based folk band Three Thirds combines the underdog instruments of the orchestra - bass, oboe, viola - with a just-intoned National guitar. Add some close three-part harmonies and the result is a jangly, sometimes exuberant, sometimes desolate sonic landscape of songs you never knew you grew up with.

Moe Staiano short set 9:15pm leading directly into group improv 9:30-10pm
Super star six armed percussive legend of the Greater Bay Area.


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


Friday, April 10th 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, April 17th 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


Phillip Greenlief - BARBED WIRE: New Graphic Scores

8 pm
BARBED WIRE - new graphic scores by Phillip Greenlief
Phillip Greenlief - reeds
Elzbieta Polak - violin
Lisa Mezzacappa - bass

BARBED WIRE is a series of 37 new graphic scores, composed in December 2014 in during a composing retreat in Coastal Maine. All scores are for trio; Berkeley Arts is proud to present these new works performed by three separate trios in March April and May 2015.

8pm to 9pm, Berkeley Arts - 2133 University Avenue, between Shattuck & Oxford


Friday, April 24th 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 - March 2

The Moth StorySLAM

Tickets on sale Thursday 3/26; $8 adv / $10 door / $16 premium. 644-2020. www.thefreight.org

7:30pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street


Alasdair Fraser, Wake the Dead

Benefit for David Thompson & Andrea Brewer Thompson. $30 adv / $32 door. 644-2020. www.thefreight.org

8pm, Freight and Salvage Coffee House, 2020 Addison


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.