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, April 22nd 2018

PunkRockProm '18! The Y Axes / Bloody Lips / Falcon A!/ Spawn Atomic

The Y Axes (SF) (MUSIC VIDEO SHOOT DURING THEIR SET!)
The Bloody Lips (Grand Rapids)
Falcon A (East Bay)
Spawn Atomic (East Bay)

ALL AGES. Doors 7pm // Show $7 in street clothes // $5 in prom attire +$2 membership safe(r) space venue: no drugs, alcohol, or bigoted behavior 924 Gilman St. Berkeley, CA An All Ages DIY, Volunteer Run, 501(c)(3) Nonprofit, Music & Art Community Space Since 1986.

12 midnight, 924 Gilman 924 Gilman St, Berkeley


Soul Sanctuary Dance

Family-friendly Freestyle Community Dance. Come dance freely every Sunday morning at Soul Sanctuary Dance. No admission fee / 100% volunteer produced.

Soul Sanctuary Dance is a welcoming and inclusive all-ages community freestyle/ecstatic/shoes optional dance that supports free expression, community, physical and emotional health, and a spirit of generosity. We dance to an irresistible eclectic blend of world music, funk, house, soul, electro swing, positive hip hop, reggae, dance classics, jazz, blues, electronica, and other music to free mind, body and soul.

Organic fruit for all after the dance.
The dance is completely organized and run by volunteers.
Wheelchair accessible. No scented products please. Shoes optional.

The dance is a generosity and donation-based event. We don't charge a fee for admission. Instead, we post this message at the welcome table: "Your dance today at Soul Sanctuary Dance is a gift from those who have made donations to the dance, and from the volunteers who organize and produce the dance. We invite you to pay this generosity forward for future dancers, in whatever amount or manner you choose, so that we can continue to keep this chain of gifts alive."

11am to 1pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley


String Quartet Sundays ~ featuring "The Town"

1pm to 2pm, The Musical Offering, 2430 Bancroft Way, Berkeley


Safe Harbor Benefit Concert for Immigrants & Refugees Fundraiser for JFCS East Bay

Safe Harbor
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Please join us for storytelling and a special benefit concert supporting JFCS East Bay's services for immigrants and refugees. JFCS East Bay resettles Afghan, Iranian, Iraqi, and Syrian refugees, as well as LGBTI refugees from Africa and the Middle East. The agency also provides extensive support to young children and immigrant families fearing detention and deportation.

Featuring: Jose Roberto & Friends and the Qadim Ensemble

Headquartered in Berkeley, JFCS East Bay is a nonsectarian, nonprofit social services agency that serves and supports refugees, immigrants, children, parents, and seniors of all races, religions, and backgrounds. Founded in 1877, the agency touches the lives of approximately 6,000 vulnerable Alameda and Contra Costa residents each year. All funds raised at Safe Harbor will support JFCS East Bay's Refugees Welcome Fund and Undocumented & Low-Income Children & Families.

Jose Roberto & Friends
Jose Roberto Hernandez is a multi-instrumentalist singer, composer, and folklorist who roots his career in traditional music. Jose Roberto is known for his innovative use of traditional forms and instruments in combination with contemporary music. His musical career began where he was born in Cardenas, Tabasco, Mexico and continued in Oaxaca before he came to the United States. Jose Roberto will be joined on stage by talented fellow musicians performing with traditional instruments.

The Qadim Ensemble
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The Qadim Ensemble features Arabic, Jewish, Turkish Sufi, Hebrew-Yemenite, Armenian, Ladino, and Moroccan music, celebrating the common musical and spiritual heritage of the region's cultures, while honoring the great diversity found within them. Led by Eliyahu Sills on the ney and Rachel Valfer Sills on oud and lead vocals, the Qadim Ensemble features Arabic percussion, such as the darbukkah, riqq, and daf, as well as the stringed Turkish baglama saz, divan saz, and Persian setar. Qadim is a word found in both Arabic and Hebrew, meaning "ancient" as well as "that which will come."

The box office is open 12:30pm-7pm (excluding holidays) and during all performances.
Box Office Phone: (510) 644-2020

1pm to 3pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley, CA, 94704


Emily Murphy presents Grow What You Love: 12 Food Plant Families to Change Your Life, in a hands-on demonstration to celebrate Earth Day!

Grow What You Love is designed to be a simple guide to growing vegetables, herbs and more that will add to the flavor and variety of fresh produce choices throughout the year. Aimed at novice and experienced gardeners alike, it will be an image-driven, how-to adventure from an expert gardener and communicator with an enthusiasm for an authentic life.

The colorful book begins with an exploration of Murphy's approach to gardening and how it can fit into modern life with little time and effort. She goes on to give advice on how best to choose food plants that readers love, or can discover, and follows with simple methods for garden-to-table growing, including a selection of her favorite seasonal recipes. The result for readers is a garden-fresh bounty for any time of the year.

Emily Murphy is the author of the foodie-centric blog Pass the Pistil, one of Garden Design magazine's "most loved" blogs of 2015. She is a web series host, a contributor to Better Homes & Gardens, a garden design and organic garden consultant, and a teacher of organic gardening. She holds a degree in Ethnobotanical Resources from Humboldt State University.

To reserve your seat, purchase Grow What You Love in advance by speaking to one of our booksellers or ordering from our website.

2pm to 3pm, Mrs Dalloway's Bookstore
2904 College Ave, Berkeley


The Virtuoso Orchestra San Francisco Chamber Orchestra

The Virtuoso Orchestra
The San Francisco Chamber Orchestra presents the world premiere of American composer Michael Gilbertson's Graffiti: Concerto for Orchestra. Gilbertson was inspired by the creative drive of San Francisco's street artists and their desire for their voices to be heard. Making his debut with SFCO, the dynamic violist Juan-Miguel Hernandez, known for his tender, lyrical and sonorous tone, performs the Stamitz Viola Concerto in D Major. Capping off the program is a performance of Haydn's Symphony No. 104, a symphonic tour-de-force combining orchestral splendor and lighthearted brilliance.

Email: renay@thesfco.org
Price Range: Free Admission Tickets: 4154636710

3pm to 5pm, St. John's Presbyterian Church, 2727 College Ave, Berkeley


Cellist Naoya Kanai

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


Richard Goode, piano

BYRD
Selections from My Ladye Nevells Booke
BACH
English Suite No. 6 in D minor, BWV 811
BEETHOVEN
Sonata No. 28 in A Major, Op. 101
DEBUSSY
Préludes, Book 2

A magisterial presence at the keyboard, Richard Goode was the first American pianist to record the complete Beethoven sonatas. Decades later, he remains "among the most persuasive Beethoven interpreters of our time" (San Francisco Chronicle), known for performances of towering intellect, refinement, and insight. Here, he performs Beethoven's Sonata No. 28, one of his very favorite pieces and a work that marks the beginning of the composer's restless, searching late period. Goode's characteristically well-designed program also includes Renaissance-era works by William Byrd and Bach, as well as a selection of Debussy's timeless miniatures.

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

3pm to 5pm, Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley


Con Fuoco - A Fire Relief Benefit

A Fire Relief Benefit for Santa Rosa High School students, featuring Lucinda DeNatale and friends: talented young string players from around the Bay Area.

Lucinda DeNatale, a cellist and Maybeck High School junior, is a former SRHS student who moved to Berkeley in the fall of 2017. While living in the North Bay, she enjoyed serving as a principal cellist with the SRHS String Ensemble and performing with the Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra for four years, including a tour of China.

Witnessing the effects of the devastating Sonoma County fires on her fellow students, friends, and teachers prompted Lucinda to bring her fellow musicians together to support the SRHS Foundation Fire Relief and Support Fund with this special event. The wonderful line-up of performers includes violist Sophia Valenti and cellist Avery Reed, both from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music Pre-College Program, and Lucinda's quartet from the Crowden Music School. Miles Graber will be performing on piano.

Tickets are $15 general admission and $10 for students with ID. 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).

3pm to 5pm, The Back Room, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley


The Uptones plus The Recyclists & Skank Bank "Bring the Family" Show

The Recyclists are known for their own brand of funky, soulful, rock & roll, rhythm and blues. Their original music is eclectic, danceable and full of energy. While they usually throw in a few cover tunes, they put their own spin on every selection. The Recyclists have played events, parties, festivals and bars from Petaluma to San Jose over the past 10 years. With a solid following of dedicated "Recyclistas" - every performance is a party!
The current lineup:
Larry Stewart on saxophone,
John Malamut and Mark Williams on keys,
Anthony May on bass,
Steve Healey on drums and
Diana Niemoeller singing
with guitarist Stace Wright.

Skank Bank is an American reggae fusion band from the San Francisco Bay Area formed in 2013. The diverse collective of musicians is led by California born bandleader/arranger Gabriel Winter (guitar/vocals). The band has an eclectic sound that fuses traditional roots reggae with elements of jazz, funk, rock, and other roots music—known for their organ/percussion heavy grooves, vocal harmonies and heady psychedelic dub jams. Ranging from a quartet to a nonet, the group has had more than 20 members with the only consistent bandmates of Winter's being Liam King (trumpet/vocals), Adam Miller (trombone), Gabriel Schillinger-Hyman (organ/piano), Adan Feijoo (guitar/vocals) and co-founding bassist Jiggly Streich.

Emerging from the 924 Gilman Street Berkeley ska-punk revival in early 2013, Skank Bank explored various styles of reggae and ska. Incorperating harmonic dissonance and improvisational elements of jazz with textural elements, groovy jams, and drones of psychedelic music, the group created a cosmic and soulful sound rooted in the sounds of Jamaican one-drop, rockers, and dancehall riddims.

Skank Bank has toured in United States and has two full-length albums to their credit; Dance Depository (2016), and Keep Complaining (2015). Their music is also well represented in a variety of films and compilations; James Franco's Metamorphasis Junior Year (2017), Arcane Drama: A Compilation of 924 Gilman St. Music Vol. 1 (2017), UnderCover Presents: A Tribute to Green Day's Dookie (2016), and Gilman Ska Night Vol. 2 (2014). They have played several festivals including the Peoples Park Anniversary Festival (2016, 2017, 2018), the Brownsville Blues Festival (2017) and UnderCover Presents a tribute to Green Day's Dookie (2016).

Skank Bank has shared the stage with The Toasters, The Skatalites, Don Carlos, The Supervillains, Human Rights (Bad Brains), Roddy Radiation (The Specials), Noorwood Fisher (Fishbone), Voodoo Glowskulls, Skankin Pickle, Synrgy, and many others.

Formed in 1981 in Berkeley, while they were still in high school, the Uptones were the first band devoted to playing Ska on the West Coast. The Uptones played to skanking crowds all over the West. Several of their recordings were regional hits, and for a time they were the most popular band in the Bay Area.
<p>Tickets are $15 - $30 adult, $8 kids,
family of 4 $40</p>

3:30pm to 8pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley


Handel in Rome California Bach Society

Artistic Director Paul Flight leads the award-winning California Bach Society in stunning works from GF Handel's 1707 Vespers service at the Carmelite church of Santa Maria in Montesanto in Rome. We perform three magnificent Vesper psalm settings: Nisi Dominus, Laudate Pueri Dominum, and Dixit Dominus. The 30-voice chorus will be joined by soloists Phoebe Rosquist and Caroline Jou Armitage, soprano; Paul Flight, countertenor; James Hogan, tenor; Jeffrey Fields, baritone; and a Baroque ensemble of strings, oboes, and organ.
Email: tickets@calbach.org
Price Range: $35, with discounts for advance, senior, and under 30
Tickets: (650) 485-1097

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


Electric Squeezebox Orchestra (CJC Resident Artists)

Albany High School Combo (4:30 pm)

The Electric Squeezebox Orchestra (CJC Resident Artists) is a 17-piece big band led by Erik Jekabson and features many of the best players and arrangers in the Bay Area! They will be appearing in Rendon Hall every Sunday through June at 5:30 pm with a different student group opening .

4:30pm to 6:30pm, Rendon Hall/Fiddler Annex @ California Jazz Conservatory 2040 Addison Street, Berkeley


"The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman" | A Reading Group with Ken Knabb

This week Ken Knabb continues discussion of Lawrence Sterne's novel "The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman.
The group will be meeting in the University Press Bookstore (2430 Bancroft in Berkeley) every other Sunday at 4:30-7:00 P.M. for nine meetings,
Afterwards we'll move on to Jacques the Fatalist the next work in our series.*

Tristram Shandy (1760) is a truly unique work -- a zany, endlessly meandering exploration of the vast possibilities of life and literature, and at the same time a wry demonstration of their limitations.
Much of the book is presented through stream-of-consciousness (more than a century before Joyce and Woolf) and the characters' thoughts are full of odd and embarrassing things just like yours and mine are. Yet throughout all the seemingly chaotic narration the characters are being revealed with a whimsical but ultimately compassionate humor.
The astonishing narrative innovations are what first strike the reader, but those characters and that good humor are what continue to make this book loved as well as admired.
"Sterne is the most liberated spirit of all time, in comparison with whom all others seem stiff, square, intolerant, and boorishly direct. . . . He, the supplest of authors, communicates something of this suppleness to his readers. Indeed, Sterne unintentionally reverses these roles, and is sometimes as much reader as author; his book resembles a play within a play, an audience observed by another audience. . . . The reader who demands to know exactly what Sterne really thinks of a thing, whether he is making a serious or a laughing face, must be given up for lost: for Sterne knows how to encompass both in a single facial expression, how to knot together profundity and farce." Nietzsche, Human, All Too Human

Participation is free, but donations of $10 or so per meeting are suggested to help support the bookstore, which provides us with a pleasant meeting space and complimentary wine and snacks.
*Tristram Shandy is part of an ongoing series, led by Ken Knabb and hosted by the University Press Books store, in which we have explored these classic works: Cervantes's Don Quixote, Montaigne's Essays, Rabelais's Gargantua and Pantagruel, Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress, Swift's Gulliver's Travels, Madame de Lafayette's The Princesse de Clèves,. and Defoe's Moll Flanders, Fielding's Tom Jones, after Sterne's Tristram Shandy, the group will read Diderot's Jacques the Fatalist, and Boswell's The Life of Samuel Johnson.

4:30pm to 7pm, University Press Books, 2430 Bancroft Way, Berkeley


Vieux Farka Touré

Vieux Farka Touré
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Often referred to as "The Hendrix of the Sahara", Vieux Farka Touré was born in Niafunké, Mali in 1981. The son of legendary Malian guitar player Ali Farka Touré, Vieux started his musical journey playing percussion, before taking up guitar and joining the group backing kora wizard Toumani Diabaté. He blends elements of Latin, rock, jazz, and blues into his sounds, creating an experience that transcends the boundaries of conventional genres.

7pm to 9pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley, CA, 94704


Vocal Jam Session

The Jazzschool Vocal Department presents a monthly jazz vocal jam session, hosted by Angharad Jones. All are welcome! Singers should bring three copies of their song for the band.
Please arrive by 6:30 pm to sign up.
Doors Open: 6:30 PM Starts: 7:00 PM Ends: 9:00 PM
General $10.00 +$1.13

7pm to 9pm, California Jazz Conservatory 2087 Addison St, Berkeley


Orion's Joy of Jazz and Latin All Stars

The Orion's Joy of Sextet Jazz and Latin Jazz
Concerts at Caffe Trieste include "The Best in in the West!!!"
Piano:Steve Mcquarry,Terry Rodriquez,Eugene Pliner,Tony Capricio
Guitars:Dave Bell,Eric Swinderman,Mark Babin,Ray Scott,Tony Corman and Ari Caprow
Vibes;David Casini,
Vocalists: Sandra Smith
Tenor sax :Jim Grantham, Dave Muratake,Joe Kaline Alto sax /flute:Ruben Salcido
Bari sax Joe Kaline
Trumpets: Gil Cohen John DeBore Trombone: Rick Brown,Dennis smith
Bass's: Jim Shearer,Attila Medvecsky,Richard Saunders,Carl Herder Jamie Dowd and Joe Mckinley

7pm to 9pm, Caffe on San Pablo, 2500 San Pablo Ave
Berkeley


Monday, April 23rd 2018

Etude Concert. Free.

Passacaille
Francois Couperin (1668-1733)
Passacaglia
Aaron Copland (1900-1990)
Louise Milota, Piano

Sonata for Klavier and Violincello No. 5, Op.102 No. 2 in D Major
Allegro con brio
Adagio
Allegro
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
Deborah Shuster, Cello
Janet Weinstein, Piano

Sonata in e-flat minor
Mvt. i - The Premonition
Leoš Janácek (1854-1928)
Sonata in A major, Op. 82
Allegro Moderato
Sergei Prokofiev (1892-1953)
Nocturne in c-minor, Op. 48 No.1
Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849)
Brett Waxdeck, Piano

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


Allain Gaussin

Composer Allain Gaussin will give a talk at CNMAT on Monday, April 23, 3-5 p.m. Read more at http://www.cnmat.berkeley.edu/events/allain-gaussin

3pm to 5pm, CNMMAT, 1750 Arch St, Berkeley


Caffe Acustico

7pm to 9pm, Caffé on San Pablo, 2500 San Pablo Ave.
Berkeley


West Coast Songwriters - 4/23/18

West Coast Songwriters
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Check out the future when the West Coast Songwriters present their monthly Songwriter Competition, where members take the stage and perform their material live on the Freight stage. Performers sign up from 7:00 to 7:20, and at 7:30 the house lights go down and the show goes on! Guest judges award a "Best Song" and "Best Performance." The most active association of songwriters in the country, WCS is dedicated to providing the environment, opportunities, and tools to nurture and promote successful songwriters. The talent on display is worth checking out, and you might hear a future classic.

7:30pm to 9:30pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley, CA, 94704


Dave Eshelman's Jazz Garden Big Band 40th Anniversary Celebration

40th Anniversary of the Jazz Garden Big Band's 1978 premiere performance at the Eulipia Cafe in San Jose--and on the occasion of Dave Eshelman's 70th birthday--Composer/leader Eshelman leads the Bay Area's finest through a program of progressive/mainstream big band jazz for jazz lovers and newcomers featuring his originals and arrangements of music by Chick Corea, Duke Ellington and Michael Brecker to name a few. Celebrate the anniversary and Dave's 70th birthday!
"The Jazz Garden Big Band must be considered a leader in the formation and presentation of big band music in the modern creative vein," writes David Nathan in All Music Guide.
Band Members and Instrumentation:
Saxophones: Mary Fettig, Rory Snyder, Dann Zinn, Bob Kenmotsu, Bob Farrington;
Trumpets: Louis Fasman, Marvin McFadden, Mike Olmos, Erik Jekabson;
Trombones: Dave Martell, Dave Eshelman, Jeanne Geiger, Rich Lee;
Piano: Colin Hogan;
Guitar: Randy Vincent;
Bass: Tommy Folen;
Drums: Alan Hall
Bio:
2018 marks the 40th anniversary of the 1978 Jazz Garden Big Band premier to a standing room only audience at the Eulipia Café in downtown San Jose. Over the four decades since, it has performed in dozens of Bay Area jazz clubs, concert halls and festivals. The band has backed guest artists such as Mel Tormé, Joe Henderson and Bruce Forman in concert, and on its critically acclaimed CDs: The Jazz Garden (1982,) Deep Voices (1986), When Dreams Come True (1993), and Milagro's Journey (2001. The band recorded and performed the suite Temperature Rising (1998), commissioned by San Jose Jazz Society.The Jazz Garden Big Band features some of the most active freelance musicians in the bay area. Many have performed with the band for decades including saxophonist Mary Fettig, alumna of the Stan Kenton Orchestra; trumpeter Louis Fasman, former member of the Maynard Ferguson Orchestra; saxophonist and wood flute virtuoso Dann Zinn, Director of Jazz Studies at CSUEB; guitarist Randy Vincent; jazz teachers Rory Snyder, Bob Farrington, Dave Martell, and Erik Jekabson, Jazzschool Young Musicians Program Director; and several are former students from Dave Eshelman's jazz programs: saxophonist Bob Kenmotsu, drummer Alan Hall, trombonist Jeanne Geiger, bass trombonist Rich Lee, trumpeter Mike Olmos, Tommy Folen, bassist, Marvin McFadden, trumpeter with Huey Lewis and the News, and Colin Hogan, piano and accordion.
http://jazzgarden.com/index.html

7:30pm to 9:30pm, California Jazz Conservatory 2087 Addison St, Berkeley


Tuesday, April 24th 2018

Freddie Hughes and the House of Hughes

Soul legend Freddie Hughes and his band.

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


Brian Moran Trio

7pm to 9pm, Caffé on San Pablo, 2500 San Pablo Ave.
Berkeley


Tuesday Jazzidency: Justin Rock Trio

Formerly of Bastet and starting off the 2018 summer season, guitarist Justin Rock was born in the Big Apple and brought up in Motor City. He's swiftly making a name for himself as one of the greatest, prolific composer/improvisers in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond.

http://justin-rock.squarespace.com

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


Los Lonely Boys (4/24/18)

Los Lonely Boys
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The story of how the Garza brothers - vocalist/guitarist Henry, bassist/vocalist Jojo, and drummer/ vocalist Ringo - rode their bluesy "Texican rock" sound from San Angelo, Texas, to worldwide fame is one of rock's great Cinderella tales. Through the strength of their family bond, they persevered through serious injuries and tragic loss. That same strength keeps them moving forward today. "We stick together," says Jojo, "and we're trying to pass on that feeling of brotherhood, of familia, in all the music we make."

Lisa Morales
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Like many singer-songwriters, Lisa Morales started penning tunes as a way to express her emotions addressing the complex landscape of relationships through music and verse. Her perspective now is that of a woman who's gone through many storms and witnessed their sometimes-beautiful aftermaths as well.

With Luna Negra and the Daughter of the Sun, Morales sought to reach even more deeply into her soul. Drawing from a creative palette informed by the rhythms, colors and flavors of the Southwest - from the painted-desert skies of her native Tucson, Arizona, where she and cousin Linda Ronstadt grew up, to the sea-salted air of Houston, where she moved at 18, and the history-filled city of San Antonio, where she now lives - she's crafted an album of maturity, sensitivity and strength. On each of its 11 tracks - all but one of which were written or co-written by Morales - she confirms that she is a woman in touch with her emotions and inner power. Lyrics, sung in English, Spanish and Spanglish, also convey the promise of new beginnings.

8pm to 10pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley, CA, 94704


Tri Tip Trio plus Dance Lesson with Kevin and Ann Hutchinson

Steeped in Louisiana and New Orleans zydeco and swamp blues, Tri Tip Trio comes with a vision and nearly a generation of its members playing together in other groups. The Tri Tip Trio concept is based on "King of Zydeco" Clifton and his brother Cleveland Chenier's early zydeco/blues dance hall sounds. Lloyd Meadows' propulsive washboard and harmonica and soulful vocals, along with Bruce Gordon's pumping accordion and Louie Rodriguez's rock-solid drumming, are all Tri Tip Trio needs to capture raw and exciting sounds for both dancers and listeners. The three musical musketeers play classic zydeco, blues, and New Orleans funk as well as band originals. They also like to integrate cover tunes that were never originally zydeco songs into their sound. The group's CD, "3 of a Kind," is a tribute to Clifton Chenier and includes a cover of the Rolling Stones' "Miss You" alongside original and traditional tunes. Gordon and Meadows are longtime Bay Area blues and zydeco veterans. They have shared the stage for many years, performing in the Zydeco Flames, a band Meadows and Gordon co-founded in 1991. The members have had varied and extensive careers on their own, playing with a who's who of local and national talent, including Elvin Bishop, Tom Rigney, Annie Sampson, Mal Sharpe, Brenda Boykin, Chris Cain, Luther Tucker, and Sonny Rhodes.

Doors at 7:30 pm; Dance Lesson with Kevin and Ann Hutchinson at 8:00 pm
Show at 8:30 pm
Buy Tickets on EVENTBRITE
Tickets are $12 Advance / $15 at the Door

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


Wednesday, April 25th 2018

Primavera

4:45am to 7:45am, The Cheeseboard Pizza, 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley


Storytime on Solano: Imagination Flannel Boards

Boards Bring your little ones to Pegasus on Solano for a fun, interactive, and educational morning. Imagination Flannel Boards will be on hand to share stories and songs that spark your children's imagination. They will engage with the storyteller through singing, repetition, and movement. They will cheer when the ducklings find their mother and laugh when the Old Lady swallows a cow! Every 4th of the month at Pegasus Books Solano.

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


Stitch 'n Bitch

6pm to 9pm, Caffe on San Pablo, 2500 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley


LUCY COOKE at Books Inc. Berkeley

Award-winning filmmaker and New York Times-bestselling author Lucy Cooke shares her fascinating new book, The Truth about Animals: Stoned Sloths, Lovelorn Hippos, and Other Tales from the Wild Side of Wildlife.

Humans have gone to the Moon and discovered the Higgs boson, but when it comes to understanding animals, we've still got a long way to go. Whether we're seeing a viral video of romping baby pandas or a picture of penguins "holding hands," it's hard for us not to project our own values--innocence, fidelity, temperance, hard work--onto animals. So you've probably never considered if moose get drunk, penguins cheat on their mates, or worker ants lay about. They do--and that's just for starters. In The Truth About Animals, Lucy Cooke takes us on a worldwide journey to meet everyone from a Colombian hippo castrator to a Chinese panda porn peddler, all to lay bare the secret--and often hilarious--habits of the animal kingdom. Charming and at times downright weird, this modern bestiary is perfect for anyone who has ever suspected that virtue might be unnatural.

7pm to 8pm, Books Inc. 1491 Shattuck Avenue Berkeley


Jazz in the Neighborhood Presents...Actual Trio

The Actual Trio is a vehicle for the compositions of iconoclastic Bay Area guitarist John Schott (Junk Genius, T.J. Kirk). Bassist Dan Seamans (New Klezmer Trio, Lost Trio), and drummer John Hanes (Henry Kaiser, Victor Krummenacher) providing the foundation for Schott's adventurous-but-accessible compositions, marrying deep pockets and joyful swing to wayward harmonies and spontaneous excursions.

Ranging from joyful tributes to Sonny Rollins, Lee Konitz and the Golden State Warriors to an anguished response to the 2016 election, the Bay Area's Actual Trio's recent release "Act II" solidifies and deepens their singular identity. As with their Tzadik debut, the new album was produced by Hans Wendl (whose production credits include Don Byron, Charlie Haden, Ravi Shankar and Bill Frisell) and recorded at Berkeley's legendary Fantasy Studios.

About the Actual Trio, John writes: "I think trios thrive on independence and improvised conversation, so Dan, John and I always prioritize being in the moment and making it new. But we start from my compositions, which can get quite involved. My touchstones for this trio are Ellington in trio settings, Monk, Ahmad Jamal, and Horace Silver, while at the same time acknowledging that I play an electric guitar, not a piano. There is a much deeper tradition in Jazz of piano trios rather than guitar trios. The way they orchestrated their compositions, each instrument playing parts, each group having its own distinctive groove, placing the beat just so, voicing chords just so. The directness, the concision, the simplicity, and the pride of rhythm sections." Fans who have followed Schott's work in the groups T.J. Kirk, Junk Genius, and in projects by John Zorn, Tom Waits and Steven Bernstein will recognize the guitarist's personal alchemy of blues, jazz, funk, and experimental improv.

7:30pm to 9:30pm, Rendon Hall/Fiddler Annex @ California Jazz Conservatory 2040 Addison Street, Berkeley


Book launch for Richard A. Walker's Pictures of a Gone City

Book launch for Professor Richard A. Walker's Pictures of a Gone City: Tech and the Dark Side of Prosperity in the San Francisco Bay Area.

The San Francisco Bay Area is currently the jewel in the crown of capitalism-the tech capital of the world and a gusher of wealth from the Silicon Gold Rush. It has been generating jobs, spawning new innovation, and spreading ideas that are changing lives everywhere. It boasts of being the Left Coast, the Greenest City, and the best place for workers in the USA. So what could be wrong? It may seem that the Bay Area has the best of it in Trump's America, but there is a dark side of success: overheated bubbles and spectacular crashes; exploding inequality and millions of underpaid workers; a boiling housing crisis, mass displacement, and severe environmental damage; a delusional tech elite and complicity with the worst in American politics.
This sweeping account of the Bay Area in the age of the tech boom covers many bases. It begins with the phenomenal concentration of IT in Greater Silicon Valley, the fabulous economic growth of the bay region and the unbelievable wealth piling up for the 1% and high incomes of Upper Classes-in contrast to the fate of the working class and people of color earning poverty wages and struggling to keep their heads above water. The middle chapters survey the urban scene, including the greatest housing bubble in the United States, a metropolis exploding in every direction, and a geography turned inside out. Lastly, it hits the environmental impact of the boom, the fantastical ideology of TechWorld, and the political implications of the tech-led transformation of the bay region.
Richard A. Walker is professor emeritus of geography at the University of California, Berkeley, where he taught from 1975 to 2012. Walker has written on a diverse range of topics in economic, urban, and environmental geography, with scores of published articles to his credit. He is coauthor of The Capitalist Imperative (1989) and The New Social Economy (1992) and has written extensively on California, including The Conquest of Bread(2004), The Country in the City (2007) and The Atlas of California (2013).
Walker is currently director of the Living New Deal Project, whose purpose is to inventory all New Deal public works sites in the United States and recover the lost memory of government investment for the good of all. Walker now splits time between Berkeley and Burgundy.

Praise:
"San Francisco has battened from its birth on instant wealth, high tech weaponry, and global commerce, and the present age is little different. Gold, silver, and sleek iPhones-they all glitter in the California sun and are at least as magnetic as the city's spectacular setting, benign climate, and laissez-faire lifestyles. The cast of characters changes, but the hustlers and thought-shapers eternally reign over the city and its hinterland, while in their wake they leave a ruined landscape of exorbitant housing, suburban sprawl, traffic paralysis, and delusional ideas about a market free enough to rob the majority of their freedom. Read all about it here, and weep." -Gray Brechin, author of Imperial San Francisco: Urban Power, Earthly Ruin
"Too many studies of cities dwell on their peculiarities; this fascinating book balances the dramatic story of the Bay Area against a profound understanding of urbanization. It eschews a descriptive narrative in favor of hard-hitting critical analysis. The book is not only about the inherently contradictory development of the San Francisco region, but also about where it stands in relation to the rest of the United States, even the world and why it matters so much. No one but Richard Walker combines such an intimate knowledge one city with the theoretical insights necessary to make sense of it." -Kevin Cox, author of The Politics of Urban and Regional Development and the American Exception
"Debunking the Horatio Alger promotional blather of self-flattering tech moguls, the real Bay Area comes into view, based on nurses and teachers, drivers and clerks, homeless and the desperate. Real estate bubbles have given way to tech bubbles which have given way to housing bubbles, and now have given way to a chimerical prosperity that is as fragile as any of the prior ones." -Chris Carlsson, San Francisco historian and cofounder of Critical Mass
"Walker has given us a brilliantly accessible and fact-laden political economy of the San Francisco Bay Area-America's richest and fastest changing metropolis. Pictures of a Gone City explains both the miracle of Silicon Valley and the heavy price, in growing inequality, unaffordability, and environmental impact, that the Bay Area is paying for it." -Wendy Brown, author of Undoing the Demos: Neoliberalism's Stealth Revolution
"With Pictures of a Gone City, California's greatest geographer tells us how the Bay Area has become the global center of hi-tech capitalism. Drawing on a lifetime of research, Richard Walker dismantles the mythology of the New Economy, placing its creativity in a long history of power, work, and struggles for justice." -Jason W. Moore, author of Capitalism in the Web of Life

7:30pm to 8:30pm, Pegasus Books Downtown 2349 Shattuck Ave Berkeley


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7:30pm to 8:30pm, St. John's Presbyterian Church, 2727 College Avenue, Berkeley.


Los Lonely Boys (4/25/18)

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The story of how the Garza brothers - vocalist/guitarist Henry, bassist/vocalist Jojo, and drummer/ vocalist Ringo - rode their bluesy "Texican rock" sound from San Angelo, Texas, to worldwide fame is one of rock's great Cinderella tales. Through the strength of their family bond, they persevered through serious injuries and tragic loss. That same strength keeps them moving forward today. "We stick together," says Jojo, "and we're trying to pass on that feeling of brotherhood, of familia, in all the music we make."

Lisa Morales
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Like many singer-songwriters, Lisa Morales started penning tunes as a way to express her emotions addressing the complex landscape of relationships through music and verse. Her perspective now is that of a woman who's gone through many storms and witnessed their sometimes-beautiful aftermaths as well.

With Luna Negra and the Daughter of the Sun, Morales sought to reach even more deeply into her soul. Drawing from a creative palette informed by the rhythms, colors and flavors of the Southwest - from the painted-desert skies of her native Tucson, Arizona, where she and cousin Linda Ronstadt grew up, to the sea-salted air of Houston, where she moved at 18, and the history-filled city of San Antonio, where she now lives - she's crafted an album of maturity, sensitivity and strength. On each of its 11 tracks - all but one of which were written or co-written by Morales - she confirms that she is a woman in touch with her emotions and inner power. Lyrics, sung in English, Spanish and Spanglish, also convey the promise of new beginnings.

8pm to 10pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley, CA, 94704


Stu Allen and Mars Hotel

A tradition started back in the 20th century, Ashkenaz's Grateful Dead Night is always evolving, reaching new heights since Stu Allen & Mars Hotel launched a weekly residency in late 2011. Led by acclaimed guitarist-singer Allen (of Phil Lesh & Friends, Melvin Seals & JGB, Ghosts of Electricity), a revolving cast of incredibly talented musicians inhabits Mars Hotel, drawing from the Grateful Dead's vast catalog to delight Deadheads and dancers of all generations. A Mars Hotel show is always an energetic evening of good vibes, good music, and good community.

When it became apparent that Jerry Garcia had played his final show in 1995, Stu Allen began working to keep Garcia's music, sound, and spirit alive in the concert setting. He regularly works with Phil Lesh and has also played sets with Bob Weir and Bill Kreutzmann. Allen is perhaps most known for fronting Melvin Seals' tribute to the Jerry Garcia Band from 2004 to 2011. He received more national acclaim in 2010 when he toured with Dark Star Orchestra. Allen shares the Grateful Dead's commitment to making each performance a unique event, from preparation to execution. He will perform multiple shows before playing the same song twice, and even then, that song will not be realized in quite the same way.

Mars Hotel takes this idea a step further by presenting a new band at each performance. Drawing from the rich music scene of the Bay Area, Allen has assembled a broad and ever-rotating group of musicians that makes each concert a once-only experience. As far as Grateful Dead tribute bands go, this is a concept that has never been done before.

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


Founding Fathers Trio

Making their Jup debut, Founding Fathers Trio explore the intersections of jazz, soul and afro-latin traditions. Featuring Gary Johnson on bass, Cyril Guiraud on alto and tenor saxes, and Vincent De Jesus on drums and afro-latin percussion.

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


Thursday, April 26th 2018

SF Medicine Ball

Jazz

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


Free Live Jazz

4:30pm to 6:30pm, The Musical Offering, 2430 Bancroft Way, Berkeley


Retro JukeBox Band

Geechi Taylor's Retro JukeBox Band is a top Dance Band with an immense repertoire covering multiple genres including timeless 1920's-1960's Jazz, Blues, Motown & Retro versions of todays hits.

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


NINA LOREZ COLLINS with LAURI LEVENFELD

Certified life coach Nina Lorez Collins shares What Would Virginia Woolf Do?: And Other Questions I Ask Myself as I Attempt to Age Without Apology. Nina will be in conversation with Lauri Levenfeld, director of The Project for Women.

About What Would Virginia Woolf Do?: When Nina Collins entered her forties she found herself awash in a sea of hormones. As symptoms of perimenopause set in, she began to fear losing her health, looks, sexuality, sense of humor-perhaps all at once. Craving a place to discuss her questions and concerns, and finding none, Nina started a Facebook group with the ironic name, "What Would Virginia Woolf Do?," which has grown exponentially into a place where women-most with strong opinions and fierce senses of humor--have surprisingly candid, lively, and intimate conversations. Mid-life is a time when women want to think about purpose, about how to be their best selves, and how to love themselves as they enter the second half of life. They yearn to acknowledge the nostalgia and sadness that comes with aging, but also want to revel in their hard-earned wisdom. Part memoir and part resource on everything from fashion and skincare to sex and surviving the empty nest, What Would Virginia Woolf Do? is a frank and intimate conversation mixed with anecdotes and honesty, wrapped up in a literary joke. It's also a destination, a place where readers can nestle in and see what happens when women feel comfortable enough to get real with each other: defy the shame that the culture often throws their way, find solace and laugh out loud, and revel in this new phase of life.
About Lauri Levenfeld: Lauri Levenfeld's vision and passion is woven into her photography and storytelling. Levenfeld's profound encounter with Nelson Mandela created a paradigm shift for her career where she learned the importance of connection, communication, soul and history. Forever changed she has made it her purpose to capture the evolution of imagery. Since graduating from USC's Film School, her camera has captured the essence of Hilary Clinton, Robert Redford, Uma Thurman, Tom & Rita Hanks, Mark Zuckerberg, Nigela Lawson, Zanna Roberts Rassi and Lubov Azria to name a few. Through every encounter, Lauri uses her fashion and lifestyle photography to elevate each individual and brand creatively, personally, collectively and globally. Inspired by the talents she photographs, Levenfeld spearheaded her brainchild The Project for Women - a global forum showcasing women in fashion, technology, philanthropy and entrepreneurial giants. Lauri's uncanny ability to connect, curate and photograph each story is a powerful testament to each woman's journey. This platform has become a unique tool increasing visibility, brand development and collaboration while inspiring and teaching. Lauri co-founded her latest venture, Project Mentor, after realizing there was a major deficiency in effective mentoring with girls trying to land their first job and women who were re-entering the workplace.

7pm to 8pm, Books Inc. 1491 Shattuck Ave Berkeley


Albany HS Jazz Combo

7pm to 9pm, Caffé on San Pablo, 2500 San Pablo Ave.
Berkeley


: Poetry Flash presents Arisa White and Maw Shein Win

ARISA WHITE's new book of poems is You're the Most Beautiful Thing That Happened. Dara Wier says that she's "a fierceless and tender poet who always brings into view what's strange and unusual and critical for our survival. Her poems consider what it requires to meditate and meet what's unknown without flinching." A Cave Canem graduate fellow, she's the author of Black Pearl, Post Pardon, Hurrah's Nest, and A Penny Saved. A northwest regional representative for Nepantla: A Journal Dedicated to Queer Poets of Color and creator of the Beautiful Things Project, she curates cultural events and artistic collaborations that center narratives of queer and trans people of color.

MAW SHEIN WIN's debut full-length collection is Invisible Gifts: Poems. Genny Lim says, "Maw Shein Win's poems resonate like post-modern haiku. Her idiosyncratic associations touch the heart and defy the intellect in their koan-like logic and arresting imagery." She is a Burmese American poet, editor, and educator. A frequent collaborator with artists, musicians, and other writers, along with composer and musician Amanda Chaudhary she is part of the musical duo Pitta of the Mind, combining poetry with electronic music; she worked with Los Angeles artist Mark Dutcher to produce the book Ruins of a glittering palace, poetry and images, and her poems are featured in Megan Wilson's mural Flower Interruption in a special exhibition, Flower Power, at San Francisco's Asian Art Museum. She is the first Poet Laureate of El Cerrito.

7:30pm to 8:30pm, Moe's Books
2476 Telegraph Ave, Berkeley


Yang Huang in Conversation with Kaitlin Solimine Discussing Huang's short story collection, My Old Faithful, winner of the 2017 Juniper Prize.

Showing both the drama of familial intimacy and the ups and downs of the everyday, My Old Faithful introduces readers to a close-knit Chinese family. These ten interconnected short stories, which take place in China and the United States over a thirty-year period, merge to paint a nuanced portrait of family life, full of pain, surprises, and subtle acts of courage. Richly textured narratives from the mother, the father, the son, and the daughters play out against the backdrop of China's social and economic change.

With quiet humor and sharp insight into the ordinary, Yang Huang writes of a father who spanks his son out of love, a brother who betrays his sister, and a woman who returns to China after many years to find her country changed in ways both expected and startling.

Yang Huang grew up in China's Jiangsu province and participated in the 1989 student uprisings. Her debut novel, Living Treasures, won the Nautilus Book Award silver medal in fiction, and her essay and short stories have appeared in The Margins, Eleven Eleven, Asian Pacific American Journal, The Evansville Review, Futures, Porcupine Literary Arts Magazine, and Nuvein. She lives in the Bay Area and works for UC Berkeley.

Kaitlin Solimine is the author of Empire of Glass. A 2016 SF Grotto Writing Fellow, she lives in San Francisco with her family.

To reserve your seat, purchase My Old Faithful in advance by speaking to one of our booksellers or ordering from our website.

7:30pm to 8:30pm, Mrs Dalloway's Bookstore
2904 College Ave, Berkeley


Crystal Bowersox

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Crystal Bowersox, a northwest Ohio native currently calling Nashville home, has built her life around music. Crystal's love for music developed at an early age from a need to find peace in a chaotic world. Through art and creation, Crystal was able to direct her energy and emotion, finding a way to mend a mind in turmoil. For her, music was always the most effective form of catharsis, and she would play for anyone, anywhere. In her own words, "my guitar was an appendage. I couldn't live without it."

Dead set on a career in music, Crystal moved to Chicago as a teenager, where she spent her days performing underground on subway platforms in between working odd jobs. While in the big city, she broadened her musical horizons and shared her talents with a variety of venues. Crystal has released two LP's, two EPs, and several singles. Additionally, she has used her talents to benefit several causes close to her heart, and has become an advocate and inspiration for people living with Type 1 Diabetes.

However, it is what's in front of her, not what's behind her, that will define Crystal's personal and professional evolution. The accomplished singer-songwriter is set to release a new project - a live album, recorded at the Kitchen Sink Studio in Santa Fe, New Mexico, cleverly titled Alive. Not only is the title a play on words, representing the rawness of the tracks, but it pertains to the place where Crystal currently is in her life. That place is one of joy, fulfillment, and stability for Crystal and her eight year old son, Tony.

To create her newest project, Crystal called on her "chosen family" of musicians. The combination of keeping those she cherishes close to her and taking an honest look at life has resulted in the truest music she has released to date. Crystal has drawn on her various influences - across folk-pop, classic rock, soul, blues and country - to make the kind of music that resonates with her spirit. It is both tender and tough, rough yet polished, and it encompasses many genres without falling neatly into one category. As one of her songwriting partners describes it, Crystal has "a voice like dirt and diamonds." Her music is intended to bring a positive message of love and light to the world - things that folks will be able to take with them on their own journey, so that they, too, can feel truly alive.

Similar to her beginnings, Crystal intends to make music that has healing power, but at this point, she sees far beyond her own troubles. Her live show is a safe space for concertgoers. Attend a Crystal Bowersox show, and you just might see a grown man cry and a child dance simultaneously. You'll also likely get the chance to meet her personally; Crystal is typically the first one to arrive and the last one to leave the venue. Meeting with the fans and hearing their personal stories is something Crystal considers a blessing in her life.

By reliving her own painful moments in song, Crystal hopes to transcend that pain, lifting herself and her audience to a higher place. In the opening lines of "A Broken Wing" she sings, "I know there's beauty in the burden / And even on my darkest day that sun will shine." Crystal's story is one of resilience and perseverance, and it's evident in every note of her newest release, Alive.

8pm to 10pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley, CA, 94704


Melissa Cruz presents Peña Flamenca ''La Bahía," Episode 2

This show is the second episode of a series of presentations, grouping Bay Area flamenco professionals who do not typically work together, with the goal of presenting unique and rarely-seen collaborations. The curated group of artists will create and rehearse one unique ensemble piece to present in the show, requiring them to truly "collaborate" together.

After a series of shows, we will curate one larger show presenting the unique pieces each group created for their episode, with the mission of maintaining continuous and creative working relationships in the rich and diverse pool of flamenco artists in the Bay Area.

The cast of Episode 2 is:
Azriel "El Moreno" - flamenco singer
David Paez - flamenco guitarist
Mizuho Sato, Roberto Aguilar and Melissa Cruz, dancersTickets are $15 in advance and $18 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).

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


The Sensuous Embrace of Angola: Kizomba Nightz

Learn the slow, romantic, sensual Angolan social dance with instructors Aziza and Fleur, then dance to Kizomba and Semba music inspired by African rhythms and Haitian compas.

Kizomba is a popular genre of music and partnered dance from Angola. Its is known to be smooth and slow, with grounded movements, danced in a close partner connection. The origin of Kizomba dance comes from Semba, a traditional type of dance and music from Angola known for its energetic movement.

Yasert Ortega, originally from Mexico City, now resides in San Rafael. Yasert has danced to various types of music like merengue and cumbia, and his favorite; Dominican bachata and kizomba and semba. He has learned from several world masters.

For any questions please contact Kathy Reyes at
kathyreyesdance@yahoo.com
Doors at 7:30 pm; Intro to Kizomba Dance Lesson with Markinson Johnson at 8 pm; Open Level Semba Yasert Ortega at 8:45 pm; Open Practica at 9:30 pm
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Tickets are $10 Advance / $12 Students
$15 at the Door

8pm to 11:30pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley


DJ Cali & Hanif

DJ Cali has been moving dance floors with soulful music from all over the globe, from Afro, Broken Beat, House, Soul, R&B, Jazz, Brazilian and Latin. He also represents Oaklands' thePeople, who hold down THE preeminent club night in Oakland, every 4th Saturday at New Parrish. Cali welcomes in his Oakland's own DJ Hanif!

http://cali.podomatic.com

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


La Santa Cecilia

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La Santa Cecilia consists accordionist and requintero Jose Carlos, bassist Alex Bendana, percussionist Miguel Ramirez and lead vocalist Marisoul, whose captivating voice sings about love, loss and heartbreak. Their influences range from Miles Davis to The Beatles, Zeppelin to Janis Joplin and Mercedes Sosa to Ramon Ayala. Ther common love of music and openness to all genres led them to the concept of La Santa Cecilia in 2007 - named after the patron saint of musicians.
La Santa Cecilia's self-titled EP was recorded at Lo-Fi Studios in San Bernardino and the legendary Westlake Recording Studios in Hollywood. Their song "Chicle" was featured on the Emmy award-winning series Weeds, the independent feature Dish, and the documentary Re-Encounters about Oaxacan artist Alejandro Santiago. Their musician also be heard on KPFK's radio programs '4 O'clock Tuesday' with Gustavo Arellano and ' Travel Tips For Aztlan' with Mark Torres. The band made an on-camera appearance on HBO's Emmy award-winning hit show Entourage; the episode also featured the songs "Chicle" and "El Farol". The band also held a two- week residence for the L.A. Philharmonic- sponsored children's show Summer Sounds, where they performed their songs and acted so as to educate the community of Los Angeles on their very own cultural treasures.

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La Misa Negra is a 7-piece band from Oakland, California, known for their unique blend of heavyweight cumbia and high-energy, Afro-Latin music. On stage, they deliver an electrifying performance that explodes with infectious dance grooves and punk rock energy, powered by horn and accordion-driven riffs, a fierce rhythm section, and a vintage-inspired sound. Since their live debut in the fall of 2011, La Misa Negra has toured the country, sharing stages and festival bills with the likes of Red Hot Chili Peppers, Stevie Wonder, Lenny Kravitz, Thievery Corporation, SZA, Mon Laferte, Julieta Venegas, Ana Tijoux, Bomba Estereo, George Clinton, Antibalas, Budos Band, and Ozomatli. On the strength of their wild and one-of-a-kind shows, they have gained a reputation as one of the most exciting live bands to emerge from the Bay Area in recent years, garnering a diverse fan base that transcends musical, cultural, and generational divides.

8pm to 9pm, The UC Theatre Taube Family Music Hall, 2036 University Avenue, near Downtown Berkeley BART, Berkeley, CA, 94704


Midtown Social, More Fatter

Midtown Social
It's time to stretch, hydrate, and double-knot your dancing shoes, because The Bay Area's favorite soul party band, Midtown Social, is back with their first full-length release. Midtown Social's freshly squeezed blend of California soul, funk, and rock is downright irresistible. Midtown Social is a nine-piece tour-de- force. But it's more than just a band. Together, these nine musicians are a collaborative community of writers, arrangers and artists. When they're on stage, they invite you into the family.

The Midtown mission is to spread the message of positive social change through art and music. As rates of eviction and homelessness soared due to technology-driven corporate gentrification across the Bay Area, Midtown Social began hosting charitable fundraisers following the release of their debut EP Down On Sixth, including one for the Homeless Youth Alliance.

With San Francisco and Oakland flush with tech money but wracked by police violence and deepening social tensions, the band decided their next release should stand as a voice for the people. Midtown Social documents the struggle to make art in a city and a society divided against itself. The record is inspired by the determination to push onward: Midtown Social serves up food for hungry souls-fuel for a revolution of free, open and creative thought.

Written and recorded as the Bay Area artistic community continued its exodus amid evictions and club closures, Midtown Social speaks with the voices of a generation that understands the power and beauty of its diversity. Each track represents a sound or aesthetic representative of that community by drawing upon the colorful musical impulses that compose it.

Recorded at John Vanderslice's magical, all-analog Tiny Telephone in Oakland with engineer Jamie Riotto, the record captures Midtown Social's raw live sound without any unnecessary ornamentation.

Deeply inspiring and guaranteed to make you sweat just as much as it makes you think, Midtown Social presents a message of solidarity and hope, voiced by a community of people who are as diverse, bold, authentic, and vulnerable as the community in which they were forged. Midtown Social asks us all to come together, to find common ground, love and camaraderie, to fight for our communities, way of life, and rights-and to stand together as one.



More Fatter
More Fatter is a funk fusion band hailing from Belmont, California in the San Francisco Bay Area. With spacious, brassy dance grooves, lusciously tight choral harmonies, and a fiery live presence, More Fatter has quickly established itself as "San Francisco's newest funk, rock, and jazz fusion experiment" (Bay Bridged).

Guitarist and vocalist, Tommy Economou, founded the band with long-time friend, trombonist, keyboard player, and vocalist Mark Fedronic in 2015. Having both just graduated from college and recently moved back to the Bay Area, Mark and Tommy combined backgrounds in blues, jazz, and years of shared experience singing classically in the Ragazzi Boys Chorus, with the eclectic versatility of jazz-trained bassist, composer, and producer, Gustaf Claesson. Mark's brother and trumpet player, Theo Fedronic, and drummer Danny Chiapelone added essential missing ingredients to the mix. Bassist Justin Palaad completed the group upon Gustaf's departure for the Berklee School of Music in Boston.
More Fatter celebrates the chaotic zone between humanity's wildest dreams and our everyday realities, driven by a dual mission to both fire up and heal the hearts and souls of listeners. The band taps into Tommy's and Mark's shared choral background, Theo's and Mark's French Caribbean/Hungarian heritage and the melting pot of blues, funk, jazz, rock, hip hop, electronica, and more that has been cooking up in the San Francisco Bay Area for decades. Check out for their debut record - "where are you" - now out on Spotify! As Dave Watts from The Motet said, "These guys brought a burning energy live, and I'm certain they'll be turning heads with their debut." You don't want to miss it.

8:30pm to 9:30pm, Cornerstone, 2367 Shattuck Ave (Enter On Durant), Berkeley, CA, 94704


Friday, April 27th 2018

Big B and the Snake Oil Saviors

Classic country music with local crooner, Big B.

9:45am to 12:45 noon, The Cheeseboard Pizza, 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley


Composing Across Media: The Music of Martín Matalon

The UC Berkeley Department of Music, CNMAT and Cal Performances present Bloch Lecturer Martin Matalon.NOTE: This event takes place in 125 Morrison Hall Read more at http://www.cnmat.berkeley.edu/events/composing-across-media-music-mart%C3%ADn-matalon

3pm to 5pm, 125 Morrison Hall, UC Berkeley


Rolling Thunder

Dylan & The Dead
Experience the magic of this mind-blowing collaboration.
The Band: Martin Gran, Zoe Carter, Brian Bloom, Charlie McCoy, Joe Mockus, Steve Capper, John Bock & Paul Herzoff

7pm to 9pm, Caffe on San Pablo at 2500 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley


Emmure, Counterparts, King 810, Varials

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Emmure was founded in 2003. Founding members Ben and Joe Lionetti (from New Fairfield, Connecticut) met Frank Palmeri (from Queens, New York) on the Internet and began rehearsals together. Mark Davis and Jesse Ketive soon joined.
Jesse Ketive was formerly in the band Warfix, in which he played guitar alongside Bryan Goldsman of Southside Panic.
On May 1, 2009, rumors of the Lionetti brothers departure from the band were confirmed in a statement from Joe Lionetti posted on www.lambgoat.com. According to its page on Victory Records' Web site, Emmure found a new guitarist and drummer in Mike Mullohand and Michael Kaabe. Mike Kaabe formerly played with Warfix and Endwell.
As of December 22, 2015, Frankie Palmeri is sole remaining member of the band, as all other band members have decided to quit.
A new line-up was announced to be revealed in the Spring of 2016.

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Counterparts are a Canadian melodic hardcore band formed in 2007 in Hamilton, Ontario. The band currently consists of lead vocalist Brendan "B" Murphy, guitarists Blake Hardman and Adrian Lee, bassist Tyler Williams and drummer Kyle Brownlee.

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King 810 (often shortened to just King) is an American metal band from Flint, Michigan in December 2007 consisting of David Gunn, Andrew Beal, Eugene Gill and Andrew Workman. The bands first release was their independent EP titled Midwest Monsters in 2012, which earned them a signing with Roadrunner Records, releasing their second EP titled Proem in 2014, later releasing their debut studio album Memoirs of a Murderer that same year.

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7:30pm to 8:30pm, Cornerstone, 2367 Shattuck Ave (Enter On Durant), Berkeley, CA, 94704


: Amanda Nadelberg, David Lau, and Emily Liebowitz

Amanda Nadelberg is the author of Isa the Truck Named Isadore, winner of the 2005 Slope Editions Book Prize, Bright Brave Phenomena (Coffee House Press, 2012), and most recently, Songs from a Mountain (Coffee House Press, 2016). She lives in Oakland.

David Lau's books of poetry are Virgil and the Mountain Cat (UC Press) and Still Dirty (Commune Editions). His poetry and essays have appeared in New Left Review, Literary Hub, The Margins, Los Angeles Review of Books, and Boston Review. He is a lecturer at the UC Santa Cruz and the co-editor of the literary journal Lana Turner.

Emily Liebowitz is the author of the book National Park (Gramma Poetry, 2018) and the chapbook In Any Map (The Song Cave, 2015.) Her Poems have appeared in The Iowa Review, jubilat, and various other journals. She co-edits LVNG Magazine and lives in Brooklyn, NY.

7:30pm to 8:30pm, Moe's Books
2476 Telegraph Ave, Berkeley


The Hogan Brothers

Steeped in jazz, the East Bay-raised Hogan Brothers have played with leading figures in R&B, funk, hip-hop and Latin music. With Julian on drums, Steve on bass and Colin on electric piano and accordion, the Brothers have established a huge network.

"A diagram charting the vast network of musicians connected to the siblings Steve, Colin and Julian Hogan would capture just about the entire Bay Area music scene." -Andrew Gilbert, SJ Mercury News

http://thehoganbrothers.com

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


Susan Muscarella Trio

CJC President Susan Muscarella leads the trio in an evening of her favorite standards. Don't miss this rare public appearance! Susan Muscarella - piano Jeff Denson - acoustic bass Alan Hall - drums

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


Mipso

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Indie Americana quartet Mipso - Jacob Sharp (mandolin, vocals), Wood Robinson (bass, vocals), Joseph Terrell (guitar, vocals), and Libby Rodenbough (fiddle, vocals) - release their fifth album, Edges Run, on April 6th, 2018 via a newly inked record deal with AntiFragile Music. Influenced by the contradiction of its progressive home and the surrounding rural southern landscapes, Mipso has been hailed as "hewing surprisingly close to gospel and folk while still sounding modern and secular"(Acoustic Guitar) and was recently recognized by Rolling Stone as an " Artist You Need to Know." The band brings a distinctly unique sound - full of wistful beauty, hopeful undercurrents, and panoramic soundscapes. Venturing ever-further from its string-band pedigree to discover a broader Americana where classic folk-rock and modern alt-country sounds mingle easily with Appalachian tradition, Mipso's music is lush and forward moving, with lyrics that sear and salve in turn. Look for Mipso on tour this spring in support of their new release, Edges Run. ]


Sera Cahoone
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The world of American roots music is no stranger to Seattle songwriter Sera Cahoone. Even though her last three albums were on Sub Pop Records and she spent years at the top of the indie charts, she's always had a streak of Americana that ran through her music, a love of the humble folk song that bolstered her art. She's returning now to these earliest influences with her new album, From Where I Started (to be released March 24, 2017). Growing up, Cahoone first found her voice in Colorado dive bars, backing up old blues musicians at age 12 on the drums. Her father, a Rocky Mountain dynamite salesman, took the family along to mining conferences and old honky-tonks in the state. The sounds she heard there-the twang of country crooners, cowboy boots on peanut shells-have stayed with her all the way to Seattle, where she lives now, and the seminal indie rock bands she's been a part of in the city (Carissa's Weird, Band of Horses).

To make From Where I Started, her first new album since 2012's Dear Creek Canyon, Cahoone traveled south to Portland to work with producer John Askew (Neko Case, Laura Gibson, Alela Diane). Askew brought together key Portland musicians like Rob Burger (Iron and Wine, Lucinda Williams), Dave Depper (Death Cab For Cutie) and Annalisa Tornfelt (Black Prairie) with Cahoone's Seattle bandmates - Jeff Fielder (Mark Lanegan, Amy Ray) and Jason Kardong (Son Volt, Jay Farrar). The band lays a deep bedrock beneath Cahoone's songs, supporting her arcing vocals and innovative guitar and banjo playing. The album is driven by a strong rhythmic sensibility, owed to Cahoone's background as a drummer for indie rock bands. "A lot of my songs start as a beat, I add guitar, then lyrics at the end," she says. "When I write songs I usually sit at my drum kit playing both drums and guitar at the same time."

From Where I Started plays on the rougher, darker edges of the traditional love song. Like any good country album, the songs here deal with love and loss, but Cahoone also knows how to surround loss with hope, to temper a sad song with a turn in the major key. The optimism of the love song "Up To Me," buoyed by fingerpicked guitar and banjo, gives way to the weary resignation of "Taken Its Toll," with its plaintive pedal steel and echoing vocal harmonies. "Ladybug," is a poignant song that followed the tragic death of Cahoone's cousin Tawnee.

From Where I Started represents a refocusing for Sera Cahoone. It positions her as a songwriter beholden to the old country sounds she grew up with, a songwriter who's always been able to deftly translate a personal perspective into a universal view. It's an album about falling in and out of love, finding new hope, and learning that the best way to move forward is to remember where you began.


Jubilee (on the Gallery Stage)
Jubilee consists of some of the top young, acoustic musicians in California. Ranging in age from 11-15, they bring a fresh approach to traditional bluegrass and old-time tunes. As members of other bands, they have played at venues including CBA Father's Day Bluegrass Festival and the Freight and Salvage, as well as at IBMA. They are also Freight & Salvage Fiddlekids alumni.

They have performed with: Alasdair Fraser and the Scottish Fiddlers, jazz violinist Mads Tolling, David Grisman Quintet's guitarist George Cole, and sibling duo Tashina and Tristan Clarridge.

Jubilee is Aerie Walker on cello, Tuki Walker on fiddle and vocals, Miles Quale on fiddle and vocals, and Teo Quale on mandolin and vocals.

8pm to 10pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley, CA, 94704


Carol Denney

Carol Denney is one of the Bay Area's most respected songwriters, earning admiration from a community who knows her as a musician, comedian, and activist. Her guitar style is unique; her use of the English concertina adds powerful depth to beautifully tailored songs. Her writing stretches the spectrum from ballads to political comedy in a spread Canadian folk artist Ian Robb simply calls "brilliant," and local editor Pat Delaney once called "Berkeley's I. F. Stone."

Her parodies are used on KPFA's TwitWit Radio, her poetry is included in the anthologies of the Revolutionary Poets' Brigade, her commentary is found on National Public Radio's Perspectives series and newspapers from Street Spirit to the Chronicle, her cartoons are featured in the Berkeley Times, and her paintings are included in local galleries. Her songs have been included in textbooks and used as soundtracks in film.

But the performances of her music are a warm, funny, story-telling experience with sing-alongs that go right off the edge. Her unique, percussive guitar style arrests attention from serious students of finger-picking, but it's her way with an audience that will melt your heart. This is songwriting and performing at its finest, presented with humor, wit, and soul.

Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 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).

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


Beethoven Unleashed with Avery Amereau, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra & Chorale

Finish the season in a blaze of Beethovenian glory featuring the ascendant contralto Avery Amereau and the celestial soprano from Rameau's Le Temple de la Gloire, Chantal Santon-Jeffery. Often overshadowed by the later Missa Solemnis, Beethoven's more pensive Mass in C major is a masterpiece that maintains an immediate emotional appeal throughout. Cherubini shares that sense of sincerity in his poignant tribute to Haydn, whom he ardently admired, upon receiving a premature report of the latter's death. Beethoven's "Choral Fantasy," originally the grand finale of an epic concert that premiered his Symphonies 5 and 6 alongside excerpts of the Mass in C major, caps a similarly splendiferous season as Nic and PBO send you off into the summer with a bang.
Price Range: $28 - $125 Tickets: (415) 392-4400

8pm to 10pm, First Congregational Church, 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley


Fiji x Morgan Heritage

Fiji
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Based in Hawai'i, Fiji (who was born in Fiji) is the one of the top-selling Pacific artists in the world, and is very popular in Hawai'i, winning Best Male Vocalist at the Hawai'i Music Awards in 1998.

Morgan Heritage
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In the wake of their historical GRAMMY win for Best Reggae Album as the Producer and Artist for "Strictly Roots", which was released under their own independent label CTBC Music Group, the Iconic GRAMMY Award-Winning cultured driven band has managed yet again to deliver another classic album. They achieved this by staying true to their formula of authentic Reggae with an effusively eclectic mix. In their latest quest to keep Reggae music relevant in a continuously evolving world of music, Morgan Heritage presents "Avrakedabra". Their Rolling Stones-reminiscent endurance, longevity and outstanding showmanship, makes the siblings a force to be reckoned with. Not only in Reggae but also in music as a whole. Morgan Heritage's name is duly cemented in history, as critics, fans and music lovers anxiously awaited their new album. The untraditional creation of this album with recording sessions taking place across 3 different continents highlights the groups effort of taking Reggae music to the 4 corners of the Earth.

Maoli
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Maoli (meaning "Native" in Hawaiian) started in Maui with Glenn Awong, a 14-
year-old with a passion for music, and Kana Akiu-Corpuz. In their sophomore
year, the aspiring vocalist and bassist began writing original music at the
encouragement of their high school teacher. It was also during this time that
Glenn started recording demos of his songs. By the time he reached his senior year, Glenn was ready to share his music with a greater audience.

In 2005, Glenn and the band he formed, "No Boundaries", won a Battle of the Bands competition on the island of Maui. With numerous performances already under his belt, Glenn then formed Maoli in 2007 with a new lineup of talented musicians, including bassist, Kana.

Maoli took the islands by storm in 2008 with their debut album entitled, "Groovin," having one hit after the next. This was the groundbreaking album that first established the group as a premiere Hawaiian Island Reggae recording band.

In 2010, Maoli did it again with their 2nd release, "Rock Easy", featuring another treasure trove of #1 hits. Their 3rd album entitled "Arise" took to a national and international audience exploring Maoli's love for various genres of music. Maoli's road to success continued as they toured the islands and started promoting their very own unique Island sound with the world, starting with a small tour to Australia, their first international show.

Since then, the boys from Maoli started focusing more on sharing their music and passion with a bigger audience. Maoli had the pleasure to share with fans from the east to the west of the United States and an international crowd including Guam and Australia growing with fans with each show. Their music went on to play in parts of Europe, such as Germany, Italy and Scotland, Japan and others.

Maoli stayed busy also with fan favorite releases such as "Rock Me Sober," "Sweet Remedy," and "Sweetest Sound," original songs penned by the band's founder and leader Glenn Awong as new musical and life influences inspire his writing.

Staying true to their roots as their style continuously evolves, they hope to spread their sound to a city near you!

Nomad
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NomaD was born on October 25th, 2016 as an act of rebirth after surviving a heart attack. In his new life, he realized his calling to help people and to guide them towards an awakened state NomaD is a healer who loves sound baths, meditation, setting intentions, and believes in the power of crystals. In September of 2017 NomaD moved to Hawaii as a part of his rebirth where he began recording as an artist. Within the first week of moving to Honolulu, NomaD connected with George "Fiji" Veikoso-one of the biggest Polynesian artists of out time, and easily one of the biggest names in Hawaiian reggae. Fiji has since taken NomaD under his wing as they continue to build the success of NomaD as an artist together. On November 13, 2017 NomaD broke his first single "Take It All", produced by Fiji, on radio, which became the number one requested song within four days of its release. "Take It All" stayed number one on both iHeart Radio's Island 98.5 and 93.1 Da Pa'ina for four consecutive weeks, and held a spot in the top five fir six weeks and counting. On December 16th, 2017 NomaD had his largest live performance at Hawaii's Finest 8th Anniversary Bash, where he has brought out by big brother Fiji as a special guest to close the show. On February 22, 2018 NomaD will be releasing his second single, "Perfect Timing", and then releasing his first EP come early summer.

9pm to 10pm, The UC Theatre Taube Family Music Hall, 2036 University Avenue, near Downtown Berkeley BART, Berkeley, CA, 94704


Fula Brothers and MaMuse

This special shared evening brings together two uplifting bands, both of whom will nourish you in spirit and body. MaMuse will play a stirring set of folk/gospel/harmony inspiration, then Fula Brothers will light the dancefloor with a West African-California Groove experience. Expect a full heart, a lively community of dancers, and collaborative magic when the bands play together.

Fula Brothers is the high spirited meeting of three seasoned touring performers - each of whom has spent decades pursuing the shared heartbeat in music from around the globe. Here is a history filled with inter-continental collaborations and colorful apprenticeships, from West Africa and Scotland to Haiti and the US. Each of these cultural threads stirs a unique part of our universal human experience, and Mamadou, Walter, and Kendrick weave them into a rich tapestry of sound and rhythm. The result? An ecstatic and intricate groove-based dialogue which the heart - and the feet - cannot resist.

With deep roots in the folk and gospel traditions, and their hearts in the present, MaMuse (Sarah Nutting and Karisha Longaker) create uplifting music for the next seven generations to thrive on. Interweaving brilliant and haunting harmony with lyrics born of honed emotional intelligence, MaMuse invokes a musical presence that inspires the opening of the heart. Playing a family of varied acoustic instruments including upright bass, guitar, mandolins, ukulele, and flutes, these two powerful women embody a love for all of life. The synergy that is created through this musical connection is palpable and truly moving to witness.

Doors at 8:30 pm; Show at 9:00 pm
Buy Tickets on EVENTBRITE
Tickets are $20 Advance / $25 at the Door
*ticket price increased since the printed calendar,
due to the addition of a second band*

9pm to 11:59pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley


Saturday, April 28th 2018

Independent Bookstore Day 2018 Pegasus Books

Pegasus Books celebrates Indie Bookstore Day with exclusive content for sales created specifically for independent bookstores. In addition there'll be festivities, giveaways, and special events! , ALL DAY ALL PEGASUS BOOKS LOCATIONS Limited edition books and art created exclusively for IBD Spin the wheel and win a prize with purchase of a book Win a gift basket stuffed full of books, swag, and literary goodies Treats and refreshments Stay tuned for more announcements...

9am to 10:45pm,


INDEPENDENT BOOKSTORE DAY CELEBRATIONS at BOOKS INC!

Independent Bookstore Day!
A one day party featuring special guest authors, limited edition merch, and more! Exciting plans are in the works so be sure to check this page for updates on all the fun happenings.
Independent Bookstore Day is April 28, but the fun starts April 1 with the Book Lovers Quest Passport!
Download your passport here for a chance to win the Grand Prize: A library of books worth over $1,000 that have been hand selected by your favorite booksellers!
To qualify for the Grand Prize drawing, visit 10 of these stores in April, have each store sign off on the back of this sheet, and then submit this Book Lover Quest form to one of the stores listed here on Independent Bookstore Day, It's as easy as that. No problem for a book lover such as you, right?

10am to 9pm, Books Inc. 1491 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley


North Berkeley Jazz Quartet

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


Saturday Storytime at Books Inc. Berkeley

Join Books Inc. Berkeley for Storytime! Every Sunday at noon. (Ages 3+)

1pm to 2pm, Books Inc. 1491 Shattuck Ave Berkeley


Georgeanne Brennan presents Windows on Provence: Musings on the Food, Wine, and Culture of the South of France, a book for travelers, for dreamers, for Francophiles, for lovers of Provencal craft and cuisine, and for anyone who wants to be a part of something beautiful and special.

Famous for its radiant light, vibrant colors, beautiful architecture, flavorful foods, and opulent wines, Provence is one of the most visited destinations of the world. To turn the pages of Windows on Provence is to be immersed in the magical region.

With each photograph and chapter, the reader is transported to the beaches of Nice under a white umbrella, to the twisting streets of Aix-en-Provence, to the 2,000-year-old ruins of Cimiez, and beyond.

Georgeanne Brennan evocatively renders an insider's knowledge of Provence's villages and their ancient customs and traditions. Through rich essays, each examining a unique facet of Provencal culture, she shares her view of the southern region of the country. Brennan's engaging text, together with alluring photographs, takes the reader on an unforgettable tour, from the sun-drenched Cote d'Azur to the craggy mountains of Haute Provence; to lavender, poppy and wheat fields; through markets full of richly-hued fabrics, antiques and seasonal specialties; to harbors filled with fishermen selling the morning's catch; over hills covered in vines; and into centuries-old buildings and castle ruins, all brought to life through the author's eyes.

Included in the bounty are four distinct Provencal recipes as well as indispensable driving tips to help drivers find their way without stress.

Georgeanne Brennan is the author of the popular food memoir, A Pig in Provence as well as the culinary classic, Potager. She is also the author of My Culinary Journey: Food and Fetes of Provence. She lives in both France and Northern California.

To reserve your seat, purchase a copy of Windows on Provence by speaking to one of our booksellers. (510) 704-8222.

3pm to 4pm, Mrs Dalloway's Bookstore, 2904 College Ave, Berkeley


Luciano Troja

20$ General Admission/
10$ Students and Seniors

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


VL Trio

4:45pm to 7:45pm, The Cheeseboard Pizza, 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley


Betty Reid Soskin: Sign My Name to Freedom

Author and activist Betty Reid Soskin shares insights about her memoir, Sign My Name To Freedom, as part of Independent Bookstore Day and the Bay Area Book Festival at Pegasus Books Downtown.
Free to attend.

Betty Reid Soskin has been a home-front war-years worker, a singer-songwriter and performer, a writer, a legislative aide, a National Parks ranger, a national icon, and an honest and tireless fighter, both against discrimination of all forms and for the growth and triumph of the human spirit and values that would benefit us all. In her blog, CBreaux Speaks at cbreaux.blogspot.com, she writes, "Life has never been richer, nor more abundantly lyrical," and "I've grown into someone I'd like to know-were I not me already!"

Blending together selections from many of Betty's hundreds of blog entries with interviews, letters, and speeches collected throughout her long life, Sign My Name to Freedom invites readers into an American life through the words and thoughts of a national treasure who has never stopped looking at herself, the nation, or the world with fresh eyes.

5:30pm to 7pm, Pegasus Books Downtown, 2349 Shattuck Ave Berkeley


Project Light: Lighthouse


Project Light: Lighthouse
Project Light is about bringing together a community for Christian dancers, singers, and spoken word artists and inspiring others to explore faith through the arts. Our lineup draws from local artists and dance teams from all across California like LA, Berkeley, Sacramento, and San Jose, united under for One Purpose.

"Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them." - Romans 12:6

We want people to enjoy the performance at a great location. Please help contribute to funding: gofundme.com/project-light-2018

Hosted By: Abba Modern (UC Berkeley)
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Agape (UC Davis)
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Headliner: Sam Ock (GoodFruitCo)
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Sam Ock is a passionate experimentalist, an instinctive musician, and a dauntless lyricist; he seamlessly blends thought with sound and makes music a natural extension of who he already is. Sam desires to leave an imprint on the world, with lyrics that openly express the vulnerabilities of his soul and a musical aesthetic which warmly welcome listeners into a sober yet hopeful reality. Starting from Simple Steps that have now grown into momentous strides, Sam continues experimenting and passionately creating, pushing the boundaries of genre, sound, and content all to give glory to his Creator, and love to the people of this world.

6pm to 7pm, The UC Theatre Taube Family Music Hall, 2036 University Avenue, near Downtown Berkeley BART, Berkeley, CA, 94704


Javanese Shadow Play

Javanese Shadow Play featuring Midiyanto, accompanied by Gamelan Sari Raras (Midiyanto and Ben Brinner, directors), featuring Heni Savitri and guest drummer Djoko Walujo Wimboprasetyo
Email: concerts@berkeley.edu
$16-$5

7:30pm to 8:30pm, Hertz Hall, UC Berkeley Campus


Tyler Harlow presents Traveler (CJC Senior Project)

Bassist and composer Tyler Harlow presents an evening of inventive and engaging original compositions and arrangements with his band, Traveler, featuring some of the Bay Area's most creative and talented names in jazz.

Band Members and Instrumentation:
Tyler Harlow - Bass;
Sam Priven - Alto Saxophone;
Lu Salcedo - Guitar;
Dahveed Behroozi - Piano;
Matt Buckner - Drums

Bio: Tyler Harlow is an SF Bay Area bassist and composer obsessed with adventure through music. He builds on a strong jazz tradition to create his own voice as a composer and improviser, intent on innovation.

Since his arrival on the scene, Tyler has been gaining recognition throughout the Bay Area as an exciting up-coming artist, both as sideman and band leader. He's been featured as an "Emerging Artist" by Jazz in the Neighborhood, been a member of the award-winning California Jazz Conservatory Advanced Combo, and taught on the faculty at the Stanford Jazz Workshop. He has performed alongside many respected musicians, including Dann Zinn, Tony Miceli, Anthony Smith, Marcos Silva, Erik Jekabson, Kari Ikonen, Greg Glassman.

Tyler's music is steeped in the jazz tradition, but also pulls from a wide array of influences: funk, Brazilian music, Afro-Caribbean music, contemporary classical and avant-garde music. He has a strong sense melody, coupled with a love for delicate harmonies, and creates a yin-yang of groove and fluidity. Exciting and intense, spanning a broad spectrum of dynamics, Tyler's performances are inspiring and invigorating. Artist Website: https://www.tylerharlowmusic.com

8pm to 10pm, California Jazz Conservatory 2087 Addison St, Berkeley


LMNOP

8pm to 10pm, 2500 San Pablo Ave
Berkeley


Emily Zisman

Emily Zisman is a Folk-Americana singer-songwriter born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, trained in New York City, and well-weathered and inspired by her travels and a restless heart.

Since picking up the guitar at the tender age of eight, Emily's musical journey has taken her all over the world. She has graced stages up and down both sides of the United States and has performed internationally at festivals in Europe. As a writer, she takes her cues from artists like Dar Williams, Joni Mitchell, and Ani DiFranco. Emily Zisman sings about our vulnerabilities and fears, love and conflict, and crafts her lyrics into song with a soulfully folk voice evocative of Emmylou Harris.Emily finds the most joy when she connects the stories of her writing to her music, and loves to bring audiences in on the secrets of her songs. She has a following of committed regulars who bring a sense of camaraderie and familiarity to all her shows. She always takes the time to greet people she knows and make introductions between strangers over personal anecdotes. Crafting a sense of community and shared engagement is the sort of unique experience she strives to create at every performance.

When asked what she loves about playing live, Emily replies, "I love the shared energy between the audience and the performer. When it's there, the interplay can create an experience unique to a given space and time. It's hard not to get carried away in the moment."

Tickets are $12 in advance/$15 at the door general admission, $10 students with ID. 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).

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


4th Saturday Swing - Cal Alumni Big Band plus Dance Lesson with Cheryl McBride and Michael Marangio

The multi-generational Cal Alumni Big Band brings dancers' favorite arrangements from the golden age of 1930s swing through Frank Sinatra's '50s hits and more modern dance tunes. Directed by Paul Siebel and managed by Sam Lind, tonight's band includes 18 instrumentalists and three singers, ranging in age from their 20s to 70s. Established in 1980 to enable grads and alumni of the UC Jazz Ensembles a way to continue playing big band music after leaving Cal, the nonprofit band also sponsors a scholarship fund for current students of the music program. The Cal Alumni Big Band plays monthly gigs at the Bistro in Hayward, as well as occasional fundraisers for the Cal music program. Over the years scores of alums have become members of the Cal Alumni Big Band. Members include students of the first UC Jazz Ensembles (1968) through recent grads.
http://swingatashkenaz.comteams.com/

Doors at 7:30 pm; Dance Lesson at 8:00 pm
Show at 9:00 pm
Buy Tickets on EVENTBRITE
Tickets are $12 Advance / $15 at the Door

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


John Lester's Bass Bureaucracy

Bassist/vocalist John Lester brings his all-bass and drums looping project, Bass Bureaucracy, back to Jupiter. John plays upright bass, as well as six string fretted and fretless electric basses, while utilizing loop recording to create deep grooves for his award winning songs. Tonight, John is joined by guest electronic drummer/percussionist Daniel Berkman.

http://www.johnlestermusic.com

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


The Origins of Cumbia Concert: Featuring Special Guests from Colombia!

La Peña Cultural Center and Discos Resaca present:
THE ORIGINS OF CUMBIA CONCERT
 
Colombian musicians, Kiko Villamizar y su grupo out of Austin Texas, are touring California to share their ancestral knowledge of Colombian cumbia, and also fusing Afro-Colombian, Reggae, and other Latin world beats.
Kiko Villamizar's group, which recently put out an album called "Aguas Frias", features some of the BEST traditional cumbia players from Colombia including: Shango Dely on tambor alegre (has toured with Carlos Vives & Santana) , Fabian Rincon on drum set, Cesar Valencia on bass, and Cesar Osorio on guitar.
For this VERY SPECIAL West Coast Tour, they will be traveling with two elders directly from Sahagún, Colombia who are Master Gaita players: Elber Alvarez and Jose Paternina of the group "Trapiche de Colomboy". Gaitas are the traditional pre-Colombian instruments that were the foundation for original cumbias. (View Full Event Description Here: https://lapena.org/event/the-origins-of-cumbia-concert-featuring-special-guests-from-colombia/)

$10 Advance / $15 Day of Concert

8:30pm to 11:45pm, 3105 Shattuck Ave. , Berkeley, CA, 94705, United States


Sunday, April 29th 2018

Soul Sanctuary Dance

Family-friendly Freestyle Community Dance. Come dance freely every Sunday morning at Soul Sanctuary Dance. No admission fee / 100% volunteer produced.

Soul Sanctuary Dance is a welcoming and inclusive all-ages community freestyle/ecstatic/shoes optional dance that supports free expression, community, physical and emotional health, and a spirit of generosity. We dance to an irresistible eclectic blend of world music, funk, house, soul, electro swing, positive hip hop, reggae, dance classics, jazz, blues, electronica, and other music to free mind, body and soul.

Organic fruit for all after the dance.
The dance is completely organized and run by volunteers.
Wheelchair accessible. No scented products please. Shoes optional.

The dance is a generosity and donation-based event. We don't charge a fee for admission. Instead, we post this message at the welcome table: "Your dance today at Soul Sanctuary Dance is a gift from those who have made donations to the dance, and from the volunteers who organize and produce the dance. We invite you to pay this generosity forward for future dancers, in whatever amount or manner you choose, so that we can continue to keep this chain of gifts alive."

11am to 1pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley


String Quartet Sundays ~ featuring "The Town"

1pm to 2pm, The Musical Offering, 2430 Bancroft Way, Berkeley


Mary Vanhoozer: Solo Piano

$10

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


Beethoven Unleashed with Avery Amereau, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra & Chorale

Finish the season in a blaze of Beethovenian glory featuring the ascendant contralto Avery Amereau and the celestial soprano from Rameau's Le Temple de la Gloire, Chantal Santon-Jeffery. Often overshadowed by the later Missa Solemnis, Beethoven's more pensive Mass in C major is a masterpiece that maintains an immediate emotional appeal throughout. Cherubini shares that sense of sincerity in his poignant tribute to Haydn, whom he ardently admired, upon receiving a premature report of the latter's death. Beethoven's "Choral Fantasy," originally the grand finale of an epic concert that premiered his Symphonies 5 and 6 alongside excerpts of the Mass in C major, caps a similarly splendiferous season as Nic and PBO send you off into the summer with a bang.
Price Range: $28 - $125 Tickets: (415) 392-4400

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


Electric Squeezebox Orchestra (CJC Resident Artists)

With guest composer Lauren Baba; Ruth Asawa School of the Arts (4:30 pm)

The Electric Squeezebox Orchestra (CJC Resident Artists) is a 17-piece big band led by Erik Jekabson and features many of the best players and arrangers in the Bay Area! They will be appearing in Rendon Hall every Sunday through June at 5:30 pm with a different student group opening .

4:30pm to 6:30pm, Rendon Hall/Fiddler Annex @ California Jazz Conservatory 2040 Addison Street, Berkeley


Simposio de TPS (Temporary Protective Status) - Conozca Sus Derechos

Entrada Gratuita / Free Entry
*English translation below
El comité de TPS para la residencia permanente los invita a un Simposio de TPS el 29 de Abril del 2018 a las 5 pm en el Centro Cultural La Peña. En este Simposio tendremos varios recursos para personas con TPS, incluyendo información para conocer sus derechos legales, una feria de recursos, talleres, e información para personas LGBTQ+ con TPS.
Por favor compartir este evento y la información del evento con cualquier persona que usted conoce que tenga TPS o que sea aliadx de la comunidad TPS.
¡Entrada gratuita!
Habra refrigerio y cuidado de niños. Por cualquier pregunta, por favor mándenos un mensaje a: mejiaj979@gmail.com o llame a Alianza TPS al (510) 859-7413
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The TPS Committee for Permanent Residency is hosting a TPS Symposium on April 29, 2018 at 5pm at La Peña Cultur (View Full Event Description Here: https://lapena.org/event/simposio-de-tps-temporary-protective-status/)

5pm to 8pm, 3105 Shattuck Ave. , Berkeley, CA, 94705, United States


The Notations

5pm to 7pm, Caffé on San Pablo, 2500 San Pablo Ave.
Berkeley


Full: Symphony and Ballet

Full: Symphony and Ballet<br/>Music meets dance with magical results as Berkeley Sounds composer fellows join forces with the choreographers and dancers of Berkeley Ballet Theater.

7pm to 9pm, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, 2155 Center St.
Berkeley


kei slaughter

kei slaughter [they/them] is a Soul-Folk Sonic Storyteller conjuring bokou magik from deep New Orleans roots.

A Queer Black Singer, Songwriter, Flutist, Multi-instrumentalist, and Music Therapist, kei weaves together genre-bending, soul-stirring sounds with powerful lyrics and musical storytelling. kei's music has been described as soulful, intelligent, and healing, ever emerging from a place of center. Their rich vocals and engaging musicianship have been compared to that of Lianne La Havas, Emily King, and Me'shell N'degeocello. Still, kei offers a unique sound all their own. Their early influences come from the music of the Black church and beyond. From the hum of their grandmother's organ to the singing coming off the drums in Congo Square. Like a big pot of gumbo, there's a lot in the mix!

As an artist and healer, kei believes in the power of music to bring about transformative change in our lives, our communities, and in our world. They are deeply committed to using their gifts in service of our collective liberation. Expansive in genre and gender, kei brings the gospel of freedom frequencies to an audience becoming participants in their own radical authenticity.

New to the Bay Area music scene, kei invites you to join them for a night of acoustic soul sounds, storytelling, and community healing. Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 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).

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


University Baroque Ensemble

University Baroque Ensemble Christine Brandes, director
Email: concerts@berkeley.edu Price Range: $16-$5

8pm to 10pm, Hertz Hall, UC Berkeley Campus


Black Uhuru


Black Uhuru
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Roots Reggae group, formed 1974 in Kingston, Jamaica.
One of the most popular reggae acts ever and the first one to win a Grammy.
Founded by Derrick "Duckie" Simpson, Don Carlos and Rudolph "Garth" Dennis.
Rose to international fame in the '80s, when they were joined with the rhythm section of
Sly Dunbar & Robbie Shakespeare and with Michael Rose as leadsinger.
After his departure Rose was replaced by young singers like Junior Reid and Andrew Bees.

8:30pm to 9:30pm, Cornerstone, 2367 Shattuck Ave (Enter On Durant), Berkeley, CA, 94704


Monday, April 30th 2018

Jed Holtman 7:00 PM

7pm to 9pm, Caffe on San Pablo, 2500 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley


Gamelan Sekar Jaya @ Ashby Stage with Shotgun Players

Join us in this shared show and collaboration featuring members of Shotgun Players and Gamelan Sekar Jaya.

8pm to 9pm, The Shotgun Players At The Ashby Stage, 1901 Ashby Ave, Berkeley


Ty Segall

Ty Segall
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Ty Segall is an American multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter and record producer. He is best known for his prolific solo career during which he has released nine studio albums, alongside various EPs and singles.

Sextile
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As a stable fixture in the Los Angeles underground, Sextile has been gaining a devout following since its creation in 2015. The four-piece outfit has all the makings of a revolutionary sound - boldly throwing convention out the window to create an entirely original, genre-bending imprint that combines the raw energy of 70's punk with the intricate and sophisticated structural elements of 80's post-punk and synthwave.
Sextile's first release, A Thousand Hands, had a signature sound that was a dark and primitive form of rock n' roll, a blend of surf punk, early industrial, and post-punk marked by heavy use of distorted guitar feedback and primal drum beats against a backdrop of violent energy. The album caught steam with each flailing, chaotic performance and, responding to demand, the band played endlessly around the Los Angeles area. They toured the west coast frequently, including a standout run with The Soft Moon. When Sextile assumes the stage, the band members truly draw energy from the air, electrifying the crowd to the point where the stage and the venue feel as if they might collapse at any moment. Brady Keehn's powerful vocals bounce effortlessly off of Eddie Wuebben's hypnotic synth lines, which mix in perfectly with Melissa Scaduto's commanding stand-up drumming style. Holding it all together is the piercing delay feedback and self-contained noise from the guitars of Keehn and Sammy Warren.

After hunkering down in a basement in Echo Park to record for a couple weeks, Sextile is back with their sophomore LP, Albeit Living. The album is a testament to the band's growth in the songwriting department and effort spent fine-tuning their burgeoning compositional skills: the synth is in the forefront on this album, allowing it to shine through more powerfully than we saw on A Thousand Hands. Despite its more sophisticated sound, the album manages to match and even intensify the seductive energy of their live shows and debut album. In true DIY spirit, the band members were involved in almost every aspect of making the record. Keehn engineered and mixed the album while Warren acted as assistant engineer. The album was produced by Keehn and Scaduto and co-produced by Warren.

The ten-song LP is a strong statement as a follow-up to their primitive debut, and while it re-defines Sextile's sound, the real impact the album has is the way it decisively breaks the rules and guidelines set out by conventional genres and strives to create something truly unique and genre-altering. The album launches abruptly, pulling you almost instantaneously into its orbit of hard-hitting up-tempo drum beats, haunting synth hooks, and enough guitar feedback to make Kevin Shields blush. Energy and passion combust as the members feed off each other to create a brand of post-punk that combines the formidable noise and feedback of Psychocandy-era Jesus & Mary Chain, the frostbitten analog synth melodies of Cabaret Voltaire, the myth of Public Image Ltd., and the dark soundscapes of bands like D.A.F. and Section 25.

DJ CREN$HAW
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The best rock and roll DJ of all time. All will be rocked.

8pm to 9pm, The UC Theatre Taube Family Music Hall, 2036 University Avenue, near Downtown Berkeley BART, Berkeley, CA, 94704


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Tuesday, May 1st 2018

Martín Matalon: Music for Instruments and Live Electronics

The UC Berkeley Department of Music, CNMAT and Cal Performances present Bloch Lecturer Martin Matalon. Read more at http://www.cnmat.berkeley.edu/events/mart%C3%ADn-matalon-music-instruments-and-live-electronics

1pm to 3pm, CNMAT, 1750 Arch St., Berkeley


Time Out Quartet

6pm to 9pm, Caffé on San Pablo, 2500 San Pablo Ave. Berkeley


Jazz Stories: Live Jazz. Wonderful Stories.

Jazz Stories: Live Jazz. Wonderful Stories.

People love hearing jazz...and hearing about it. Musicians like Miles Davis, Charlie Parker and Buddy Rich were original, colorful characters artists who said and did astonishing things. Fortunately their colleagues cared enough to document these moments in stories and pictures and we now have a rich repository of photos and anecdotes about these artists, and about the American songwriters and composers who created the raw material of jazz.

Jazz Stories is a performance of the songs of jazz from its most creative periods intensified with illuminating, funny and touching true stories of the time.

Come hear music and jazz stories you probably have never heard...but will never forget.

Hosted by Richard Leiter.
The first Tuesday of every month at Pegasus Books Solano.

7:30pm to 8:30pm, Pegasus Books, 1855 Solano Ave, Berkeley


Tony Furtado

Very few musicians of any stripe so personify a musical genre as completely as Tony Furtado embodies Americana roots music. Tony is an evocative and soulful singer, a wide-ranging songwriter and a virtuoso multi-instrumentalist adept on banjo, cello-banjo, slide guitar and baritone ukulele who mixes and matches sounds and styles with the flair of a master chef (he's also an accomplished sculptor, but that's another story). All of the music of America is in Tony's music. Relix hit the nail on the head when writing of Tony: "True talent doesn't need categories."

A native of Pleasanton, California, who now makes his home in Portland, Oregon, Tony Furtado took up the banjo at age 12, inspired by the Beverly Hillbillies TV show and a sixth grade music report. He first attracted national attention in 1987, when he won the National Bluegrass Banjo Championship in Winfield, Kansas. Not long after that, Tony opted for the life of a full-time professional musician, joining Laurie Lewis & Grant Street. A second victory at Winfield, in 1991, bookended his years with Grant Street.

In 1990, Tony signed a recording deal with Rounder Records, one of the country's preeminent independent record companies. Beginning with Swamped in 1990, he recorded six critically-acclaimed albums for the label, collaborating with such master musicians as Alison Krauss, Jerry Douglas, Tim O'Brien, Stuart Duncan, Kelly Joe Phelps and Mike Marshall. During this period, Tony also performed and recorded with the band SugarBeat and the Rounder Banjo Extravaganza with Tony Trischka and Tom Adams.

Beginning in the late 1990s-influenced by such musical heroes as Ry Cooder, David Lindley and Taj Mahal-Tony added slide guitar, singing and songwriting to his musical toolbox and began leading his own band. He is a tireless road musician who performs in a dizzying variety of formats: solo, in a duo or trio or with his full five-person band. He especially values the opportunities he has had to tour with such legendary musicians as Gregg Allman and with such esteemed slide guitarists as David Lindley, Derek Trucks and Sonny Landreth.

Tony has performed throughout the world at top venues and appeared at such prestigious music festivals as the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, High Sierra Music Festival, Jazz Aspen, Kerrville Folk Festival, Strawberry Music Festival, Winnipeg Folk Festival, Sisters Folk Festival, San Jose Jazz Festival and countless others. "I love playing live," he says. "All my energy is focused on the love of playing music and rolling with the moment. It's a give-and-take from the audience to the stage, and back. And the music that is created is something that otherwise might not occur without that flow." "Tony Furtado is a major musical force without a doubt. He has his black belt in voice and bottleneck guitar and his banjo playing scares the crap out of me." - David Lindley, musical adventurer

Tickets are $20 and 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).

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


Tuesday Jazzidency: Justin Rock Trio

Formerly of Bastet and starting off the 2018 summer season, guitarist Justin Rock was born in the Big Apple and brought up in Motor City. He's swiftly making a name for himself as one of the greatest, prolific composer/improvisers in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond.

http://justin-rock.squarespace.com

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


Wild Catahoulas with Special Guest Mark Marcin plus Dance Lesson w/ Ted Sherrod

Cajun and zydeco band Wild Catahoulas takes its name from the official state dog of Louisiana, which, fiddler Gus Garelick says, is "hard working and bilingual." Garelick could also be referring to this band, which spun off from Ashkenaz regulars Cajun Coyotes and includes two of the North Bay's best singers, Allegra Broughton and Sam Page (of rock-folk band Solid Air), on guitar and bass respectively. They are joined by drummer Don Connolly. The Wild Catahoulas mix sweet Cajun waltzes and two-steps with more energized zydeco and New Orleans R&B, traditional favorites, and band originals that turn every show into an instant Mardi Gras party. Garelick has fiddled with such fellow high-energy bands as Sonoma Swamp Dogs and Queen Ida, and his bandmates come with their own credentials. Mark Marcin started playing guitar when he was twelve years old. After college he set aside the guitar to pursue a career as a painter. In the early 90's Mark moved to Lafayette, Louisiana where he taught painting and drawing at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. During this time, Mark fell in love with Cajun, Creole, and Zydeco music. After leaving Lousiana, Mark returned to his musical routes and learned to play the accordion and fiddle. He returns to Louisiana frequently to re-absorb the music and culture, and ver the years has studied accordion with Ray Abshire, Dexter Ardoin, Jimmy Breaux, Jeffery Broussard, Jesse Lége, Ed Poullard, Dirk Powell, Steve Riley and Wilson Savoy. Mark also performs regularly at Ashkenaz with his own band, the Midnite Ramblers, and as a guest with Andrew Carriere and the Cajun Allstars and The Aux Cajunals

Doors at 7:30 pm; Dance Lesson at 8:00 pm with Ted Sherrod
Show at 8:30 pm
Buy Tickets on EVENTBRITE
Tickets are $12 Advance / $15 at the Door

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


Women of the World

Women of the World

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Women of the World was born from a dream to bring musicians from across the globe onto a common creative platform, musicians who not only work and perform together, but who learn from each other, exploring each other's culture, language, food, and traditions by interacting closely on a daily basis.

Women of the World performs a vast and varied repertoire of folk and traditional music in more than 31 of the world's languages.

Since their beginnings in 2008, the ensemble has received accolades and collaborated with many renowned musicians, including Grammy Award-winning vocalist Bobby McFerrin, and African vocal icon Angelique Kidjo.

With performances at the Blue Note Jazz Club, Carnegie Hall, the Boston Symphony Hall, the Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival, TEDxBoston, and United Nations events, Women of the World continues to spread the message of peace and unity through music.

8pm to 10pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley, CA, 94704


Wednesday, May 2nd 2018

Angela Marino | Populism and Performance

Populism and Performance in the Bolivarian Revolution of Venezuela (Performance Works)

3pm to 4:30pm, University Press Books, 2430 Bancroft Way, Berkeley


Stitch 'n Bitch

6pm to 9pm, Caffe on San Pablo, 2500 San Pablo Ave., BErkeley


The Moth StorySLAM - EGO

The Moth StorySLAM

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What is the Moth StorySLAM exactly? It's an open-mic storytelling competition. You're invited to watch and listen - and if you put your name in the hat, you might be selected to compete!

How to Tell a Story at The Moth StorySLAM:
First, consult www.themoth.org/events for the season line up of themes and prepare a 5 minute, true story, to be told without notes.

6:30pm: Sign up to tell a story, volunteer to be on a judging team or just sit back and listen.
7:30pm (SHARP): We'll pick the first name and the show will begin. Each teller will have 5 minutes to tell his or her tale. After each story, the judges confer, and give a score. The teller with the highest score becomes our StorySLAM winner. The winner will compete with the year's other winners in our next GrandSLAM Championship.

Be forewarned: The Moth is for true stories. OK, there won't be a fact-checker there, and the FBI probably won't dig into your files to verify the names and dates and places, but please know, emphatically, The Moth is not for fiction stories. The tiny fictions and lies we tell ourselves are part of our "true stories" but fabricated people, places or events are not allowed.

The Moth is not a venue for readings; it is a venue for tellings. No notes, papers, or cheat sheets allowed. Contestants are judged on sticking to the five-minute time frame, sticking to the theme and having a story that sticks-one that has a conflict and a resolution.

Story tips:
No standup routines please: The Moth loves funny people but requires that all funny people tell funny stories. Steer clear of meandering endings: Your last line should be clear in your head. Start in the action and set up the stakes.

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


Jazz in the Neighborhood Presents...Erik Jekabson

Our Berkeley neighbors and jazz colleagues at Jazz in the Neighborhood are hosting a weekly Jazz in the Neighborhood Residency at the California Jazz Conservatory, with Erik Jekabson featured on May 2 The Erik Jekabson Quintet performs original music by trumpeter Erik Jekabson. The band plays modern jazz with funk, fusion and latin jazz influences. Much of the music is groove-oriented and has lyrical melodies, but it also has modern and sophisticated harmonies.

Erik has six CDs out under his own name: his most recent album is "Erik Jekabson Quintet" (2017) on the Wide Hive Record Label. Erik also co-produced and played on four other recordings which are widely available: The Electric Squeezebox Orchestra's "The Falling Dream" and "Cheap Rent;" "Vista: the Arrival" and "New World Funk Ensemble." He's recorded as a sideman on numerous other jazz recordings, as well as doing session work in many other genres of music and on movie and video game soundtracks. He's spent time on the road with Illinois Jacquet, John Mayer, Galactic, and the Howard Fishman Quartet, and has performed at such notable venues as the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Algonquin Room, the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Madison Square Garden, the Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Late Night with David Letterman. When Erik Jekabson isn't playing and composing, he's teaching a wide variety of students and running the Young Musicians Program at the California Jazz Conservatory.

Band Members and Instrumentation:
Erik Jekabson (trumpet),
Dave Ellis (saxophones),
Dave MacNab (guitar),
John Wiitala (bass)
and David Flores (drums).

7:30pm to 9:30pm, Rendon Hall/Fiddler Annex @ California Jazz Conservatory 2040 Addison Street, Berkeley


Balkan Folkdance

This monthly event is a revival of '70s-style Berkeley folkdancing with some international request dancing to recorded music, capturing the spirit that David Nadel was inspired by when he opened Ashkenaz in 1973 with Balkan folkdancing. One does not need a live band to experience the communal pleasure of dancing together, and the dance lessons help newcomers join in the experience

Doors at 6:30 pm; Dance at 7:00 pm
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Tickets are $7

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


Dudu Tassa & The Kuwaitis, Yemen Blues w/ Ravid Kahalani, and Gili Yalo

Dudu Tassa & The Kuwaitis
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One of the most prominent singer-songwriters and guitarists, and a dominant figure on the Israeli rock scene, Dudu's latest project is a tribute to his grandfather and great-uncle. Known as the Al-Kuwaiti Brothers, they were highly popular composer/musicians in Baghdad during the first half of the XXth Century. Dudu interprets their songs in Arabic and Hebrew and integrates new sounds into his rock band line-up, to create a new style, best described as Iraq'n Roll. His band was Radiohead's opening act for the 2017 US tour, and he has performed, among others, in the Sziget Festival, Colours of Ostrava, 4 Cultures Lodz, and Coachella.

Yemen Blues w/ Ravid Kahalani
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Conceived from vocalist Ravid Kahalani's vision, Yemen Blues' original music mixes of Yemen and West Africa influences with contemporary grooves from funk to mambo and the deep soul of old chants. Conjuring up a rich and diverse aural palette with the use of percussion, oud, horns, and strings, Yemen Blues coexists in both the past and present, at once timeless and modern. The collective is a true collaboration of top master musicians, its core including Ravid Kahalani, Itamar Doari, Rony Iwryn, Shanir Blumenkranz and Itamar Borochov.

Yemen Blues was founded by Ravid in 2010, a then rising star in Israel who grew up in a traditional Yemenite family. He learned the language and the traditional chants of his origin, and then extended his influences in the areas of Blues, Funk, Classic Opera singing as well North & West African soul.

He joined forces with internationally renown bass player and composer Omer Avital, and together they created a music vision that attracted media and promoters with their intense showcases. The addition of Israeli-Uruguayan percussionist Rony Iwryn, Israeli

percussionist Itamar Doari, New York trumpeter Itamar Borochov solidified the group's diverse. In 2012 A known New York bassist and oud player Shanir Blumenkranz joined the band when Omer Avital left the band to focus on his own projects. These days, Yemen Blues more then ever developing their electrifying sound with Ravid's vision and the phenomenal core of Yemen Blues to a new album and powerful live show.

Yemen Blues' myriad influences carry over on stage, where the ensemble navigates from the boisterous to the romantic, from joyous celebration to anguished balladry. Horns fire off emphatically,

percussion adds deep rhythmic textures, and the enchanting oud strums out subtle melodies. Frankly, Yemen Blues is one of the most gripping and fun live bands in contemporary music today.

Yemen Blues has toured extensively over the past several years, performing for enraptured audiences across the globe. Top musicians from around the world are taking notice as well.

Gili Yalo
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From his base in Tel Aviv, Gili Yalo is launching a solo career in a new project that combines Ethiopian roots with soul, funk, psychedelic and jazz music. Gili Yalo, who has collaborated with top music producers Beno Hendler and Uri Brauner Kinrot (Boom Pam), incorporates sounds from traditional Ethiopian music into a contemporary music production. The result is an exceptional, rich, vivid melody accompanied by Gili's unique voice with lyrics in both English and Amharic.

The music made by Gili Yalo embodies his own personal story, which inspired the rhythm and flow of the whole project. And what a story he has to tell: Operation Moses was the covert evacuation of Ethiopian Jews from Sudan during a famine in 1984. These Ethiopian Jews fled from their native land on foot to refugee camps in Sudan.

Together with his family, Gili Yalo made this perilous trip, walked through the desert towards the "Promised Land" and sang to his beloved ones. In the course of this exhausting and emotional journey, the music encouraged Gili and his family to keep on moving. Gili Yalo's band is made up of five musicians, including guitar, bass, keyboard, drums, and trumpet. An entrancing rhythmic motion is apparent when listening to Gili's music, from the groove, beat and flow, and up to the lyrics, concept and style of the project.

Today Gili Yalo's music gives a new meaning to traditional Ethiopian music. The expression of his story through an advanced music production represents his own personal triumph. Venue

Information:
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8pm to 9pm, The UC Theatre Taube Family Music Hall, 2036 University Avenue, Berkeley


Thursday, May 3rd 2018

Free Live Jazz

4:30pm to 6:30pm, The Musical Offering, 2430 Bancroft Way, Berkeley


OLIVER JAMES at Books Inc. Berkeley

Artist and birder Oliver James shares his charming guide, Birds of Berkeley. Complete with full-color illustrations, Birds of Berkeley will enchant readers far beyond the city limits with its findings gleaned from painstaking and patient wildlife observation.

7pm to 8pm, Books Inc. 1491 Shattuck Ave Berkeley


Jim Grantham Quartet

7pm to 9pm, Caffe on San Pablo, 2500 San Pablo, Berkeley


Steven Zipperstein reading from Pogrom: Kishinev and the Tilt of History.

"A splendid book that pinpoints the moment at the start of the twentieth century when exile in Europe turned deadly in a way that foretold the end of everything. It tells us the horror that occurred street by street, butchery by butchery--with gripping clarity and an admirable brevity."--Philip Roth

7:30pm to 8:30pm, Mrs. Dalloway's, 2904 College Avenue Berkeley


Of Montreal, Locate S, 1

Of Montreal
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The band's recorded material can be divided into two distinct periods. Their early work focused on 60s-tinged pop and psychedelic elements channeled through the prism of Kevin Barnes's unique lyricism. In more recent years of Montreal's style changed to a mixture of electronica, funk, glam, and afrobeat music influenced by Prince and David Bowie.

Locate S, 1
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http://www.theuctheatre.org/

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


Bachata Nightz

Bachata Nightz happens the first Thursday of the month. It is led by award-winning Bachata contest master Kathy Reyes, who also teaches dance at Ashkenaz. Bachata is a form of Latin dance/music that originated in the Dominican Republic. It is now danced all over the world. Reyes teaches the dance lesson at 8:30 p.m., followed by performance and dancing to recorded music spun by DJ MIGZ.

Currently the defending Los Angeles Bachata Champion (winning first place at the L.A. Bachata Festival), Kathy Reyes is known for her unique style and interpretation of music. She discovered her talent and passion for Latin dancing in college in Los Angeles, and over the past 10 years has taken various prizes individually and in dance troupes. She leads groups and teaches here, in Los Angeles and San Diego. Teaching allows her to share her philosophy of dance: "Dancing with the feet is one thing, but dancing with the heart takes one to a whole different level."

Doors at 8 pm; Dance Lesson at 8:30 pm with Kathy Reyes; Performance at 9:30 pm
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Tickets are $10 Advance / $15 at the Door

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


Meshell Ndegeocello

Meshell Ndegeocello

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There are albums dedicated to personal pain, or political protest, love, death, nostalgia, rage. There are those that are simply fun, glossy, the soundtrack to a good time. Some are exploratory, a musical journey, shapeshifting soundmaking, a new way to do an old thing. An artist can make a choice about concept and content, or heed a vision, follow their muse or their manager. But in times so extreme and overwhelming, when there is no known expression for the feeling, no satisfactory direction for art or action, then they might take refuge in a process, a ritual, something familiar, the shape and sound of which recall another time altogether, so that they can weather the present long enough to call it the past. Some albums are testimony, some confessions, and some are escape. "Ventriloquism", the latest album from MESHELL NDEGEOCELLO, is a place, like its process, to take refuge from one storm too many.

8pm to 9pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley


Friday, May 4th 2018

California Jazz Conservatory Student Performances

California Jazz Conservatory ensembles present a series of semester-end concerts.
FREE

6pm to 7pm, California Jazz Conservatory 2087 Addison St, Berkeley


The Jazz Fourtet

7pm to 9pm, Caffe on San Pablo, 2500 San Pablo Ave
Berkeley


Tessa Fontaine, author of The Electric Woman

Tessa Fontaine's writing has appeared in PANK, Seneca Review, The Rumpus, Sideshow World, and elsewhere. She holds an MFA from the University of Alabama and is working on a PhD in creative writing at the University of Utah. She also eats fire and charms snakes, among other sideshow feats. She lives in South Carolina. The Electric Woman is her first book.

Advance praise for The Electric Woman
"With fearless grace and piercing intensity, Tessa Fontaine juxtaposes the thrill of eating fire with the luminous mystery of her mother's devastating strokes and harrowing transformations. I have never read a book more tender or more true. We all live in a World of Wonders, a world of terror. The Electric Woman delivers us to the potent mercy of unmitigated love, the passion of shared suffering, the resilience of the spirit, and the ecstasies of our transfigurations. The heart breaks, and breaks open-in the divine light of despair, we discover radiant joy: the hidden holiness of every breath, every being, every moment." -
Melanie Rae Thon

7pm to 9pm,


Berkeley Symphony's 14th Annual Benefit Gala

Don't miss this one-night-only experience with superstar violinist Joshua Bell. The evening will feature incredible performances and experiences, dining, and auction items. All proceeds support Berkeley Symphony's concert and educational programs, including the commissioning of new work and the Symphony's award-winning Music in the Schools program. About Joshua Bell With a career spanning over 30 years as a soloist, chamber musician, recording artist, conductor, and arts advocate, Joshua Bell is one of today's most celebrated violinists. A Sony Classical artist, Bell has recorded more than 40 CDs garnering Grammy, Mercury, Gramophone, and Echo Klassik awards. Bell became the Music Director of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields in 2011, the only person to hold this post since Sir Neville Marriner formed the orchestra in 1958. Joshua Bell -The Classical Collection, a 14-CD set and For the Love of Brahms, with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Steven Isserlis, and Jeremy Denk are his most recent releases. Scheduled for release later this year is Bell's recording with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields of Bruch's Scottish Fantasy and the G minor concerto.

Bell performs on the 1713 Huberman Stradivarius violin and is a staunch advocate for music education.

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7pm to 11pm, Craneway Pavilion,1414 Harbour Way South, Richmond


6th Annual Berkeley Dulcimer Gathering Faculty Concert

The 6th Annual Berkeley Dulcimer Gathering Faculty Concert features:
Karen Mueller
Steve Eulberg
Deborah Hamouris
Holly Tannen
Dusty Thorburn
The Berkeley Dulcimer Orchestra.

Karen Mueller bridges many mountain dulcimer traditions to formulate her own dynamic style. She started playing the dulcimer in 1979 by learning the innovative tunes on the Pacific Rim Dulcimer Project record, featuring Neal Hellman, Force & d'Ossche, and Bonnie Carol. From there she began adding traditional Appalachian and Celtic music to her repertoire, and developed her own arrangements of these styles as well as pop, jazz, and original material.
Karen grew up in Winfield, KS, home of the Walnut Valley Festival, and was introduced to the dulcimer and autoharp there.

She has been a finalist in the National Mountain Dulcimer competition, and first place winner in autoharp, both at Winfield in the mid-1980s. Today she is a full-time performer and instructor, and has travelled throughout the US and England teaching at major workshops and festivals. She has also performed the challenging Blackberry Winter dulcimer concerto twice with Minnesota orchestras.

Steve Eulberg & Deborah Hamouris are Co-Directors of the Berkeley Dulcimer Orchestra, as well as the Artistic & Executive Directors of the Berkeley Dulcimer Gathering, respectively. Steve travels nationally to perform & teach, and is an active member in the Musician's Union Local #1000. Deborah teaches dulcimer at the Freight & Salvage and directs community singing groups.

Holly Tannen is a well-known folk musician and humorist, offering traditional and original takes on familiar songs, accompanied by dulcimer.

Dusty Thorburn, founder of River City Dulcimers in Sacramento, is a long-time guitarist and occasional mandolin player who discovered the dulcimer several years ago and has been obsessed ever since.

All will be teaching at the Berkeley Dulcimer Gathering on May 5th at the Freight & Salvage.

Tickets are $13 in advance and $15 at the door. Advance tickets are available at the link below. Doors open one half hour before show time. We accept cash only at the door (ATMs are nearby).

7:30pm to 9:30pm, The Back Room, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley


Jean Rondeau, harpsichord: Le Vertigo

MusicSources is pleased to announce the Bay Area debut of Europe's rising superstar of the harpsichord. Having taken many top prizes in competitions and performing in nearly every prestigious concert venue, Jean Rondeau has taken the classical music scene by storm. A major artist featured on Warner Classics, his recordings have been best sellers. We are eager to showcase this sensational young musician performing music of French baroque composers.
Email: info@musicsources.org
Price Range: $25 (seniors, MusicSources members) $30 general
Tickets: (510) 528-1685

8pm to 10pm, Saint Mary Magdalen Church, 2005 Berryman Street, Berkeley


Angélique Kidjo's Remain in Light, Bells Atlas

Angélique Kidjo
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Angélique Kidjo is a GRAMMY Award-winning Beninese singer-songwriter and activist, noted for her diverse musical influences and creative music videos.

Angélique Kidjo grew up in Ouidah, Benin, a country in West Africa that sits snugly between Togo and Nigeria.

She was born into a musical family, her mother is a choreographer and director of a theater group, her brothers are instrumentalists and at the age of six she was singing and dancing in her mother's company and later joined her brothers' group, the Kidjo Brothers Band, where she sang a variety of Benin-style songs.

Growing up in Benin exposed her to a rich variety of music. She was heavily influenced by the traditional folk styles and love songs of the country - epic songs full of allusions to the history of the villages and the rituals and voodoo ceremonies of the older generation
but, perhaps more importantly, she was listening to the new urban African music percolating up from South Africa and the Western songs ranging from James Brown, Aretha Franklin to Jimi Hendrix that she heard on the radio.

The formidable South African vocalist Miriam Makeba was a great influence on the young Kidjo, so much so that Angelique, who was already making a name for herself, recorded an adaptation of a Makeba song for Benin radio. Her first hits followed and she toured the Ivory Coast.
It wasn't until Kidjo made the trip to Europe that her career came alive. It was Cameroonian producer, Ekambi Brilliant, who suggested that Angelique move to Paris to record and the singer left Benin for Europe.

Paris in the eighties was the breeding ground for the new African music and African artists, freed from the constraints of African tradition yet incorporating their roots with western styles were generating revolutionary sounds.
Delicately plucked guitars were mixing with rock drums and lyrics were tackling more worldly issues. Makossa from Cameroon, soukous from Zaire which is now the DRC and mbalax from Senegal was being injected with a new attitude and was taking over the dancefloors. Kidjo was in her element.

When she first arrived she sang and recorded with a group called Alafia and then joined the jazz tinged band, Pili Pili. She later recorded two jazz albums with Pili Pili and played with them at the Montreux Festival in 1986.
In the same year she joined forces with bass player and composer Jean Hebrail, and together they worked on their own music.
Through regularly working at Le Baiser Salé in Paris, she also met many African and Antillean musicians and was able to form her own group and release her first solo album, Parakou.

Bells Atlas
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Bells Atlas emerges from the vibrant cultural and musical backdrop of Oakland, CA. Blending heavy percussion, soulful vocal harmonies, and thoughtful arrangements, this dynamic group has arrived at a sound that is uniquely their own. Primarily made up of 4 core members with a musical chemistry that compliments and surprises, the sonic palette that makes up Bells Atlas is deep and exciting. They capture the spirit of eclectic influences (soul, west African & Brazilian rhythms, noise pop, psychedelia) and draw a wide audience with diverse tastes, setting the stage from a world their own. Their musical intuitions are a place to discover and explore cinematic sonic landscapes and relentless movement. You can find their s/t album and Hyperlust EP on Bandcamp and iTunes. Look out for more music to come!

"The California band sound alluringly exotic... they're the complete mystical package." -NME Magazine

"Eminently chill and sexy in equal measure but with out of this world complexity and musical sophistication".... "This is the kind of record that kickstarts movements"- Afropunk

"It's pretty easy to get lost in the group... lush harmonies fill your ears... their groove is anything but ordinary." -okayplayer

"Bells Atlas represents all that is great about the bustling East Bay indie scene right now... [their] sound is an authentic slice of the dynamic culture and budding musical landscape of the area." - SF Chronicle's article "Bells Atlas - Spirit Guide to the Local Scene"

"... no two-bit adjectives can contain their infectious sound that draws influences from all corners and unexpected places the world over that could only spring in the natural light and mystic foggy air that the Bay Area provides."- Impose Magazine

"Here arrives a band on the scene with music in tow that is intelligent, diverse, and inspired. You can only parse out some influences-soul, R&B, samba, and the polyrhythms of West African music-but no one characteristic can define the sound in a way that does it justice. The only certainty is that, after listening to East Bay-based Bells Atlas, your ears will thank you for the experience." - Asterisk Magazine

Information:
http://www.theuctheatre.org/

8pm to 9pm, The UC Theatre Taube Family Music Hall, 2036 University Avenue, near Downtown Berkeley BART, Berkeley, CA, 94704


University Symphony Orchestra: MATALON/BERNSTEIN/ADAMS

The UC Berkeley Department of Music, CNMAT and Cal Performances present Bloch Lecturer Martin Matalon.NOTE: These concerts take place in Hertz Hall.Friday, May 4 at 8pmand Read more at http://www.cnmat.berkeley.edu/events/university-symphony-orchestra-matalonbernsteinadams

8pm to 10pm, Hertz Hall, UC Berkeley


Ex Machina: 887


Written, designed, directed, and performed by Robert Lepage

Revered for his expansive theatrical imagination, Canadian director, actor, and playwright Robert Lepage focuses his latest work down to the most intimate scale-a one-man show steeped in his own childhood memories. In this "touching, intimate, powerful" (The Guardian, London) performance, Lepage's commanding presence is amplified by the technical wizardry of his production company, Ex Machina. The production employs everything from archival film footage to shadow puppetry to dollhouse-like miniatures of entire city blocks-creating an elaborately shifting psychological landscape that connects personal history to broader questions of collective memory.

Performed in English and French with English supertitles.

A Berkeley RADICAL programming initiative. More information on
Berkeley RADICAL >>

$48-$98. 642-9988. calperformances.org

8pm to 10pm, Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley


UC Berkeley Symphony Orchestra

UC Berkeley Symphony Orchestra
David Milnes, music director
Martin MATALÃ"N Les lignes de fuite
BERNSTEIN Symphonic Dances from West Side Story
John ADAMS Harmonielehre Date:
Email: concerts@berkeley.edu
Price Range: $20-$5

8pm to 10pm, Hertz Hall, UC Berkeley Campus


Leif Ove Andsnes, piano

NIELSEN
Chaconne, Op. 32
SIBELIUS
Selected works
BEETHOVEN
Sonata No. 17 in D minor, Op. 31, No. 2,
The Tempest
SCHUBERT
Two Scherzos, D. 593
JÃ-RG WIDMANN
Idyll and Abyss
SCHUBERT
Three Piano Pieces, D. 946

Charismatic Norwegian pianist Leif Ove Andsnes is admired as much for his thoughtfully constructed recital programs as for his insightful interpretations of a wide range of repertoire. Here, he matches rarely heard Sibelius piano pieces from the early 20th century with Beethoven's moody Tempest Sonata, Carl Nielsen's dynamic Chaconne, sparkling works by Schubert, and Jörg Widmann's homage to Schubert, his kaleidoscopic Idyll and Abyss. "A probing musical analyst as well as an interpreter of enormous technical panache and poetic nuance" (San Francisco Chronicle).
$68-$96. 642-9988. calperformances.org

8pm to 10pm, First Congregational Church of Berkeley, 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley, CA 94704, USA


Meshell Ndegeocello

Meshell Ndegeocello

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There are albums dedicated to personal pain, or political protest, love, death, nostalgia, rage. There are those that are simply fun, glossy, the soundtrack to a good time. Some are exploratory, a musical journey, shapeshifting soundmaking, a new way to do an old thing. An artist can make a choice about concept and content, or heed a vision, follow their muse or their manager. But in times so extreme and overwhelming, when there is no known expression for the feeling, no satisfactory direction for art or action, then they might take refuge in a process, a ritual, something familiar, the shape and sound of which recall another time altogether, so that they can weather the present long enough to call it the past. Some albums are testimony, some confessions, and some are escape. "Ventriloquism", the latest album from MESHELL NDEGEOCELLO, is a place, like its process, to take refuge from one storm too many.

8pm to 9pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley


Zaytoven - The Superproducer behind Future, Gucci Maine, Migos, Usher, Lil Uzi Vert and more

Producer born in Germany. Raised in San Francisco, but now based in Atlanta, Georgia.

8:30pm to 9:30pm, Cornerstone, 2367 Shattuck Ave (Enter On Durant), Berkeley, CA, 94704


Stu Allen and Mars Hotel

A tradition started back in the 20th century, Ashkenaz's Grateful Dead Night is always evolving, reaching new heights since Stu Allen & Mars Hotel launched a weekly residency in late 2011. Led by acclaimed guitarist-singer Allen (of Phil Lesh & Friends, Melvin Seals & JGB, Ghosts of Electricity), a revolving cast of incredibly talented musicians inhabits Mars Hotel, drawing from the Grateful Dead's vast catalog to delight Deadheads and dancers of all generations. A Mars Hotel show is always an energetic evening of good vibes, good music, and good community.

When it became apparent that Jerry Garcia had played his final show in 1995, Stu Allen began working to keep Garcia's music, sound, and spirit alive in the concert setting. He regularly works with Phil Lesh and has also played sets with Bob Weir and Bill Kreutzmann. Allen is perhaps most known for fronting Melvin Seals' tribute to the Jerry Garcia Band from 2004 to 2011. He received more national acclaim in 2010 when he toured with Dark Star Orchestra. Allen shares the Grateful Dead's commitment to making each performance a unique event, from preparation to execution. He will perform multiple shows before playing the same song twice, and even then, that song will not be realized in quite the same way.

Mars Hotel takes this idea a step further by presenting a new band at each performance. Drawing from the rich music scene of the Bay Area, Allen has assembled a broad and ever-rotating group of musicians that makes each concert a once-only experience. As far as Grateful Dead tribute bands go, this is a concept that has never been done before.

9pm to 11:59pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley


Saturday, May 5th 2018

Gravity Fest 2018

On May 5th from 12pm to 5pm, Jupiter is hosting Downtown Berkeley's first-ever Gravity Fest! We're closing Center Street between Shattuck and Oxford for five hours of fresh beer, fantastic food, funky music and family-friendly fun!

Celebrate our vibrant Berkeley community by enjoying the work of a dozen local craftspeople and businesses. Experience everything from wire art and woodworking to artisanal soaps and handmade wares! Our friends from The Hog's Apothecary and Grilled Cheese Guy will be cooking up drool-inducing cuisine while you feast your ears on music from Kyle Rowland Blues Band, Tia Carroll and The Skookum Brothers.

Gravitate to our three beer booths for the debut of Hi Gravity IPA, our stellar new 7.5% concoction, loaded with a ridiculous amount of Rakau and Mosaic hops. The good folks of Triple Rock Brewing and Drake's Brewing Co. will also be on hand to quench your thirst with their deliciously satisfying local brews.

This is event is FREE and open to the public! Well-behaved dogs and children are welcome.

For more information and insider sneak peeks, check out our Facebook event and follow us @jupiterberkeley.

#ItsOurDowntown #GravityFest2018

12 noon to 5pm, Center Street between Shattuck and Oxford


Nzuri Soul

An electrifying stage presence, personality, and a whole lot of soul describes powerhouse singer Nzuri Soul. She is a true entertainer and has performed at Yoshi's, Oakland's Fox Theatre, House of Blues Los Angeles & Vegas, Fenix Live Supper Club, Empress Theater, Bay Area Juneteenth Festival, First Fridays All White Party 2017, and the Shine Lounge Sacramento, just to name a few.

With a passion for performing and music, Nzuri Soul's shows are high-energy and filled with tributes to the greatest in R & B, Rock, Pop and Soul. The show will feature her captivating band members Lamar Green (music director and keyboards), Eddie Wroten (bass), Chris Brochard (lead guitar), and DJ Tolefree (percussion).

Nzuri Soul's debut album Love Story XIX, is out now.Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door, $10 for Students with ID. 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.

3pm to 5pm, The Back Room, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley


California Jazz Conservatory Student Performances

California Jazz Conservatory ensembles present a series of semester-end concerts.
FREE

6pm to 7pm, California Jazz Conservatory 2087 Addison St, Berkeley


BREATHTAKING-A Cornetto and a Voice Entwined

San Francisco Early Music Society

BREATHTAKING-A Cornetto and a Voice Entwined
During the 16th and 17th centuries, the cornetto was praised as the instrument closest to the human voice. In his famous memorandum to the Seville cathedral, Francisco Guerrero states that a cornetto might be substituted for an absent soprano singer, and undoubtedly ensembles of the late Renaissance and early baroque often did mix cornetti with voices. This stunning concert, featuring an all-star ensemble and spotlighting Hana Blažíková's angelic soprano entwined with the supernaturally beautiful sound of Bruce Dickey's cornetto, explores the unique possibilities of this combination. The repertory includes early 17th-century motets and madrigals for voice and cornetto, as well as some rare, late 17th-century arias from operas and oratorios with obbligato parts written explicitly for the cornetto.

Composers include Biagio Marini, Nicolò Corradini, Giovanni Battista Bassani, Giacomo Carissimi, Tarquinio Merula, Alessandro Scarlatti, and Maurizio Cazzati.
Email: tickets@sfems.org
Price Range: $15 to $50
Tickets: 510-528-1725

7:30pm to 9:30pm, Saint Mary Magdalen Dominican Parish
2005 Berryman St, Berkeley, CA 94709, United States


Recital: Klara Wurtz Organizer Catherine Langlois

Catherine Langlois, a long time friend of Klara Wurtz is the organizer of the May 5 event at the Berkeley Piano Club. Klara will be playing Liszt, Shubert Shumann and Bartok. A meet the artist wine and cheese reception will follow the concert. For any information please email Catherine at klaraconcert@gmail.com.

Tickets are $30 for adults, $20 for seniors and students. To reserve seats please purchase tickets from the organizer at www.paypal.me/KlaraWurtz.

7:30pm to 8:30pm, Berkeley Piano Club
2724 Haste St, Berkeley, CA 94704, United States


Klara Wurtz Concert

Klara Wurtz is a world renown Hungarian virtuoso pianist. She studied at the Budapest Franz Liszt Academy with Zoltán Kocsis, Ferenc Rados and György Kurtág and later received scholarships from András Schiff for his masterclasses in Prussia Cove, England. In 1985 she won the Ettore Pozzoli piano competition in Milan, and was one of the prize winners at the International Piano Competition in Dublin in 1988. In 1989 she passed with distinction as a performing artist and music pedagogue at the Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest. In 1991 she signed up with Columbia Artists Management, New York, and since then has performed over a hundred concerts in the United States and Canada. She made her North American debut with orchestra as the soloist in Beethoven's Third Piano Concerto with the Czech Philharmonic conducted by Jiri Belohlavek. She has played at Carnegie Hall in New York, at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, at Zellerbach in Berkeley and at the Ravinia Festival in Chicago. Klara has recorded numerous CDs including the complete Piano Sonatas of Mozart, a selection of Schubert Sonatas, the Piano Works of Robert Schumann, Bela Bartok and concertos by Ravel, Mozart and Bartok. Her Mendelssohn recording with the Amsterdam Klavier trio was the critics choice of the year 2000 (Harris Goldsmith for International Record Review Magazine). You tube information about Klara can be found by googling "Klara Wurtz Zongora".

Catherine Langlois, a long time friend of Klara Wurtz is the organizer of the event at the Berkeley Piano Club. Klara will be playing Liszt, Shubert Shumann and Bartok. A meet the artist wine and cheese reception will follow the concert.
For any information please email Catherine at klaraconcert@gmail.com.
tickets are $30 for adults, $20 for seniors and students. To reserve seats please purchase tickets from the organizer at www.paypal.me/KlaraWurtz.
Email: klaraconcert@gmail.com
Price Range: $20-$30

7:30pm to 9:30pm, Berkeley Piano Club, 2724 Haste St, Berkeley


People Under The Stairs

People Under The Stairs
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Facebook
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Students For Hip Hop At CAL & Cornerstone Berkeley proudly present the Official After Party for Hip Hop In The Park feat. PEOPLE UNDER THE STAIRS.

People Under The Stairs are a Los Angeles, California hip hop group that formed in 1997 by Double K and Thes One.

For more information on Students For Hip Hop At CAL:
https://www.facebook.com/Students-For-Hip-Hop-at-Cal-201607136521220/

22nd Annual Hip Hop In The Park:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1596314673827668/

7:30pm to 8:30pm, Cornerstone, 2367 Shattuck Ave (Enter On Durant), Berkeley, CA, 94704


Funny Girlz! Lisa Koch, Vickie Shaw & Roxanna Ward

Funny Girlz
Seattle singer/comedian Lisa Koch hosts the return of "Funny Girlz!", featuring hilarious Texas comedian Vickie Shaw, and demented cabaret-comic Roxanna Ward. Snort-inducing comedy, fabulous music and a rumored appearance by the reclusive Barstow Gay Men's Chorus.

Lisa Koch
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"Hearing Seattle's Lisa Koch is one of life's wickedest pleasures... her brand of absurd confessional comedy is clearly resonating with millions of fans." --Curve Magazine

"Koch's talents seem to know no bounds as she goes from gut-busting comedy into an introspective beautiful medley and back again..." - Broadway World


Picture Tina Fey meets Bette Midler with Joan Jett guitar chops... and you've got Lisa Koch. With 5 solo recordings, she is one-half of loony sketch-comedy duo Dos Fallopia (Ham for the Holidays), and an alumnus of cult quartet Venus Envy (I'll Be A Homo for Xmas). She has shared the stage with Steve Martin, Janis Ian, The Indigo Girls, Lily Tomlin and more. Koch has been featured on Olivia and LOGO, is the composer of Off-Broadway musical "27, Rue de Fleurus", and is proud to report that one of her songs has actually been sampled by Jay-Z.

Vickie Shaw
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Texan Vickie Shaw is a recovering SOB (Southern Baptist), and has raised three kids as an out lesbian mother. Vickie has been seen on Comedy Central's Premium Blend, LOGO, Showtime, and is a regular on Olivia Cruises. She's featured in the films "Laughing Matters More" and "I'm Not Your Role Model."

Roxanna Ward
Cabaret-comic extraordinaire Roxanna Ward hails from Laguna Beach, CA. Ward is mom, teacher, director, conductor, and a regular performer on Olivia. She penned the R&B single, "Remember Who You Are" (Phyllis Hyman, Suede).

8pm to 9pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley, CA, 94704


Helen and Larry

8pm to 10pm, Cafe on San Pablo, 2500 San Pablo Ave
Berkeley


Ex Machina: 887


Written, designed, directed, and performed by Robert Lepage

Revered for his expansive theatrical imagination, Canadian director, actor, and playwright Robert Lepage focuses his latest work down to the most intimate scale-a one-man show steeped in his own childhood memories. In this "touching, intimate, powerful" (The Guardian, London) performance, Lepage's commanding presence is amplified by the technical wizardry of his production company, Ex Machina. The production employs everything from archival film footage to shadow puppetry to dollhouse-like miniatures of entire city blocks-creating an elaborately shifting psychological landscape that connects personal history to broader questions of collective memory.

Performed in English and French with English supertitles.

A Berkeley RADICAL programming initiative. More information on
Berkeley RADICAL >>

$48-$98. 642-9988. calperformances.org

8pm to 10pm, Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley


Stadler Gibbons Band

The Stadler Gibbons Band features the fabulous singing and playing of Mike Stadler and Mary Gibbons. Chuck Ervin drives the bass and Jon Mitguard butters it all up with steel.

Seasoned musicians all, they travel the common ground between early country and bluegrass, great storytelling and picking. Along with classic material from the past, they include original songwriting and great works from other writers toiling today to produce tomorrow's classics. The result is a soulful blend. The band features the clean, intricate harmonies of Stadler and Gibbons set on the firm foundation of Gibbons' guitar and Ervin's bass. In the spaces between, Stadler and Mitguard intertwine stunning melodies and improvisations whether on guitar, mandolin, pedal steel guitar or dobro.

"... a typically eclectic set on any number of instruments; [Michael Stadler] is one of those musicians who believes you don't have to be flashy to be good -- and he's much better than good." - Larry Kelp, East Bay Express

"[Mary Gibbons] is a strong, stylish singer, whether burning through some bluesy bluegrass or wearing out a country weeper." - Bluegrass Unlimited

Now ain't that what Country music is all about?

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Advance tickets are available at the link below, or you may purchase 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.

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


UC Berkeley Symphony Orchestra

UC Berkeley Symphony Orchestra
David Milnes, music director
Martin MATALÃ"N Les lignes de fuite
BERNSTEIN Symphonic Dances from West Side Story
John ADAMS Harmonielehre Date:
Email: concerts@berkeley.edu
Price Range: $20-$5

8pm to 10pm, Hertz Hall, UC Berkeley Campus


TesseracT, Plini, Astronoid

Tesseract
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UK-based progressive metal pioneers, TesseracT, have been instrumental in paving a new wave of exciting and heavy sounds.

The world is changing. As a species, we've never been more conscious of who we are or where we are going - our minds circling with questions that are no longer exclusive to the more philosophical among us. It's a revelation that inspired much behind TesseracT's latest full-length, Sonder. The UK-based progressive metal pioneers, who were instrumental in paving a new wave of exciting and heavy sounds the world over, purposefully chose a title that had no orthodox meaning whatsoever. When you think about it, this is something that marries perfectly with their non-conformist approach to music...
"I stumbled across the word `Sonder' a few years ago," reveals singer Dan Tompkins. "I assumed it was an actual word taken from the dictionary. When I was thinking over the concept and titles for the album, I looked the word up in the dictionary but couldn't find it anywhere. Lo and behold it was coined by a wonderful writer that was beautifully putting into words, the thoughts and feelings that nobody had officially considered, it seems."

The eight tracks that make the tech-metal quintet's fourth album could very well be their best yet, expanding on parallel contemplations within their musical philosophies. The notion carries far indeed - we live in an age where many artists are only too happy to settle for the old words and TesseracT sit within a select few actively seeking new ones. This time round, however, things are more streamlined than in the past - amidst all of the dreamy atmospherics and sumptuous reverie is a new sense of urgency. From the bending grooves of opener Luminary to The Arrow's concluding reversed samples, clocking in at 37 minutes in total, here is a band that never sounded so honest and direct...

Plini
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Plini is a guitarist and composer based in Sydney, Australia. His main genre influences are Instrumental rock and Progressive metal, but there are elements of other genres in his songs. He is even considered part of the Djent scene, and has played a tour with Animals As Leaders, and Intervals.

Astronoid
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Metal band from Groveland, Massachusetts, US.
Active since 2012.

Information:
http://www.theuctheatre.org/

9pm to 10pm, The UC Theatre Taube Family Music Hall, 2036 University Avenue, Berkeley


Caribbean Allstars

The Caribbean Allstars are pioneers in the Bay Area reggae scene and longtime regulars at Ashkenaz. The ensemble, whose geographical roots range from Jamaica and South America to West Africa and the U.S., began joining together their musical forces and international backgrounds during the early 1970s. Out of such predecessors as Obeah and the Sons of Creation, the Caribbean Allstars were formed and became the founding fathers of Bay Area roots reggae. Although many musicians have come through the band since its founding, it has long been guided by its director, Trinidad-born drummer Hugh "Sweetfoot" Maynard.
The Caribbean Allstars not only play Jamaican reggae with a traditional electric bass-drums-guitars-keyboards lineup, but also add steel drums to bring in South Caribbean calypso and soca styles of Trinidad and Tobago, producing rhythms that drive listeners to the dance floor. Over the years the band has performed with an array of talent sitting in, including Taj Mahal, Narada Michael Walden, and Carlos Santana. Santana played on their second album and introduced them as "my favorite band" at the 1987 Bay Area Music Awards (Bammies). The Allstars were featured on Ashkenaz's 30th anniversary CD and have for many years been one of the core bands of the extended Ashkenaz world music and dance community.

Doors at 8:30 pm; Show at 9:00 pm
Buy Tickets on EVENTBRITE
Tickets are $15 Advance / $18 at the Door

9pm to 11:59pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley


Sunday, May 6th 2018

Soul Sanctuary Dance

Family-friendly Freestyle Community Dance. Come dance freely every Sunday morning at Soul Sanctuary Dance. No admission fee / 100% volunteer produced.

Soul Sanctuary Dance is a welcoming and inclusive all-ages community freestyle/ecstatic/shoes optional dance that supports free expression, community, physical and emotional health, and a spirit of generosity. We dance to an irresistible eclectic blend of world music, funk, house, soul, electro swing, positive hip hop, reggae, dance classics, jazz, blues, electronica, and other music to free mind, body and soul.

Organic fruit for all after the dance.
The dance is completely organized and run by volunteers.
Wheelchair accessible. No scented products please. Shoes optional.

The dance is a generosity and donation-based event. We don't charge a fee for admission. Instead, we post this message at the welcome table: "Your dance today at Soul Sanctuary Dance is a gift from those who have made donations to the dance, and from the volunteers who organize and produce the dance. We invite you to pay this generosity forward for future dancers, in whatever amount or manner you choose, so that we can continue to keep this chain of gifts alive."

11am to 1pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley


Pete Seeger Sing-Along with The San Francisco Folk Music Club

<div class="artist-box-headliner"> <div class="artist-headline">Pete Seeger Singalong<div class="bio">The San Francisco Folk Music Club is a non-profit corporation of singers, instrumentalists, performers, song writers, dancers, and listeners. Since the late 1940s it has provided community support, instruction, and entertainment for generations of budding-to-professional musicians living in and outside the Bay area. Its purpose is the enjoyment, dissemination, and preservation in individual, family and community life of that acoustic music roughly defined as folk. Membership is open to all, and membership fees are minimal to be available to people of all walks of life.

The San Francisco Folk Music Club publishes a bi-monthly newsletter, the folknik, full of information about traditional music and events; it welcomes all to join in music events throughout the year, including monthly jam sessions, the annual San Francisco Free Folk Festival (June) and the El Cerrito Free Folk Festival (fall), and holiday weekend campouts in the summer. All Club members are eligible to register for and attend the five-day Camp New Harmony over the New Year's break.

SFFMC is honored to be invited to lead the Pete Seeger Sing-Along in celebration of the Freight & Salvage's 50th year.

1pm to 2pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley


Women Drummers International Presents: Drum Sunday

Event at 1 pm in the Back Studio

Tickets are $25 - $10 (sliding scale) / Under 12 yrs free
No one turned away for lack of funds

Drum Sundays are drumming workshops presented on the first Sunday of every month by one of our FANTASTIC MAESTRA DRUMMERS from Born To Drum.

Classes are open to ALL LEVELS. There will be a limited number of drums to borrow on a first come first serve basis.

Workshop from MABIBA BAEGNE, Dunun Drums and Rhythms from West Africa

1pm to 3pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley


String Quartet Sundays ~ featuring "The Town"

1pm to 2pm, The Musical Offering, 2430 Bancroft Way, Berkeley


Sam's Corner, featuring Bobby Black and Wendy Burch Steel

Please join us for Sam's Corner, our monthly concert featuring Sam Rudin, the owner and creator of The Back Room, for an evening of piano wizardry.

Appearing with Sam is the legendary virtuoso of the pedal steel guitar, Bobby Black. Bobby has played and recorded with traditionally-minded bands throughout the state, but it was his alliance with Asleep at the Wheel, Commander Cody, and the New Riders of the Purple Sage that caused his name to be synonymous with the resurgence of western swing.The repertoire will, of course, lean heavily toward country, rockabilly, and western swing...and who knows what sort of arrangements will come out of this unprecedented piano/pedal steel duo. But that's not all! Joining these guys for 5 or 6 tunes will be Wendy Burch Steel. If you haven't heard her yet, you have at least read about her on this website. She appears frequently at The Back Room with her band Redwood, and she has a beautiful, pure, country-flavored voice, and a personality that can only be called joyous.

Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 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.

3pm to 5pm, The Back Room, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley


Cuban Rumba Jam

Free/Donations Encouraged
The Sunday Lounge Rumba has been going on at La Peña for the past 12 years and we want to see it continue. We highly encourage attendees to donate online to ensure that we keep this community event alive!
Folkloric Afro-Cuban Rhythm & Dance Every 1st & 3rd Sunday!
Come enjoy the Afro-Cuban folkloric drums, dances, and songs of rumba. Rumba is the word used for a group of related, community-oriented, music and dance styles in Cuba. Rumba developed in rural Cuba, with strong influences from African drumming and Spanish poetry and singing.

3pm to 5pm, 3105 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA, 94705, United States


Larry Vuckovich

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


"The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman" | A Reading Group with Ken Knabb

This week Ken Knabb continues discussion of Lawrence Sterne's novel "The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman. The group will be meeting in the University Press Bookstore (2430 Bancroft in Berkeley) every other Sunday at 4:30-7:00 P.M. for nine meetings, Afterwards we'll move on to Jacques the Fatalist the next work in our series.

4:30pm to 7pm, University Press Books
2430 Bancroft Way, Berkeley


Electric Squeezebox Orchestra (CJC Resident Artists)

Laney College Jazz Ensemble, Opening Band: 4:30pm,
ESO: 5:30 - 7pm

The Electric Squeezebox Orchestra (CJC Resident Artists) is a 17-piece big band led by Erik Jekabson and features many of the best players and arrangers in the Bay Area! They will be appearing in Rendon Hall every Sunday through June at 5:30 pm, with a different student group opening at 4:30.

4:30pm to 7pm, Rendon Hall/Fiddler Annex @ California Jazz Conservatory 2040 Addison Street, Berkeley


Foxtrot Delirium: Music by Martin Matalon

The UC Berkeley Department of Music, CNMAT and Cal Performances present Bloch Lecturer Martin Matalon.NOTE: This concert takes place in Zellerbach Playhouse Read more at http://www.cnmat.berkeley.edu/events/foxtrot-delirium-music-martin-matalon

5pm to 7pm, Zellerbach Playhouse, UC Berkeley


Larry Stefl

5pm to 7pm, Caffé on San Pablo, 2500 San Pablo Ave.
Berkeley


Martinů & Brahms, Chamber Series

Program
Bohuslav Martinů: Duo No. 1 for Violin and Cello, H.157 Rebecca Clarke: Sonata for Viola and Piano Brahms: Piano Quartet No. 1 in G minor, Op. 25
In the first half, two essential works by composers often overlooked, but each superlatively important in their own right: Martinů as the eclectic voice of Czechoslovakia in the middle part of the 20th century, and Rebecca Clarke as one of the most innovative British composers of the 1910s and `20s and one of the most important women in music history. The program concludes with a work written early in Brahms' mature period, a piano quartet whose formal ingenuity made it a favorite of Schoenberg and whose compelling lyricism and dramatic scope ensure its status as a perpetual favorite of audiences as well.

Artists René Mandel, violin
Deanna Badizadegan, viola
Peter Wyrick, cello
Britt Day, piano

Tickets are $25 in advance online and by phone. Walk-up tickets are $30 at the door.

5pm to 7pm, Piedmont Center for the Arts


eco ensemble: Foxtrot Delirium

eco ensemble: Foxtrot Delirium<br/><br/>At Zellerbach Playhouse at the northwest of Zellerbach Hall

5pm to 7pm, Zellerbach Playhouse, UC Berkeley


California Jazz Conservatory Student Performances

California Jazz Conservatory ensembles present a series of semester-end concerts.
FREE

6pm to 7pm, California Jazz Conservatory 2087 Addison St, Berkeley


Heart of Rock and Roll: Achilles Wheel

Ashkenaz is proud to present our Heart of Rock and Roll series, launched to celebrate the sounds of the heart that keeps on beating. Come enjoy a beat and a beer on the first Sunday of the month at 6:30pm.

Achilles Wheel is a California based rock and roll band that blurs the lines between genres and fuses an infectious blend of Roots and World Music Rockadelia.
Their sound comes across as both Old School and New School and is riddled with great songwriting. The one thing that rises to the surface as you get to know this band is that supporting the benefit of our human condition is foremost in their work. They play hard as a way to break down walls and celebrate life. The idealism that they embraced as younger men has not diminished in the harsh light of the modern world as we struggle to live freely and have a good time, and in the end, hopefully matter. Achilles Wheel fearlessly sings out to these times.
With the release of their third studio recording, `Devil In The Yard' Achilles Wheel is also waving the flag for Ben Jacobs (Poor Man's Whiskey, Grateful Bluegrass Boys, Rusty Stringfield), who came to the AW studio in Nevada City to record a couple of songs, but after playing on every track he left as the new Achilles Wheel keys man. He joins Jonny Mojo Flores on lead guitar and vocals, Paul Kamm on guitar and vocals, Shelby Snow on bass and vocals, Mark McCartney on drums and vocals and Gary Campus on drums and percussion.

`Devil In The Yard', the follow up to their critically acclaimed 2014 release `Stones To Sand', received this review from Deborah Grabien in No Depression...
"Achilles Wheel has once again shown that they're as good in the studio as they are live.
I gave up trying to single out particular songs as standouts on my second listen, because the 13-song list plays more like a beautifully crafted set. There are no weak tunes on Devil In The Yard, and no filler. The CD is a corker, edge to edge, covering the spectrum of exuberance to regret."
The band recorded `Devil In The Yard' at home, with woodstoves crackling, dogs barking and all manner of `ghost sounds' appearing on the naked tracks. But it was the addition of the amazing Grammy Award winning producer and engineer Oz Fritz (Tom Waits, Bernie Worrell, Primus) who brought the project into focus with his mixing and mastering talents.
This caught the attention of Gratefulweb writer Dylan Muhlberg who had this to say...
"The stylistic capacity of Achilles Wheel is ever surprising, constantly evocative of something warmly familiar, but never entirely definite. It's that blend of well structured solos, integrated musicianship, beautiful vocal melodies and strengthened songwriting that has been Achilles Wheel from the beginning but now finds them in peak form.
As expansive of an achievement as Devil In The Yard is, their improvisational expertise and interlocked dexterity makes their live show a spectacular event on its own level. This album is bound to make some new lifelong followers of the Nevada City rockers."
The Western states are very familiar with these live shows and the rising tide of Achilles Wheel, having been a part of both the fireworks and the intimacy at festivals like the Strawberry Music Festival, Kate Wolf Memorial Music Festival, California World Music Festival, Railroad Earth's Hangtown Halloween, as well as at venues such as The Great American Music Hall, Terrapin Crossroads, The Sweetwater Music Hall and the Sierra Nevada Big Room.
And the Wheel's momentum is getting noticed in Europe as well...
From Swedish magazine/website Ung Tro
http://ungtro.com/recensioner/minst-lika-bra-som-tidigare/

"Nevada City band Achilles Wheel greatly impressed us with both the debut of "13 Hours" (2013) and follow-up, "Stones To Sand" (2014.")
We've been following the Country-Folk-Rock-Formation ACHILLES WHEEL from Nevada City, California, right from the beginning of their still rising career. Album No. 3, titled "Devil In The Yard," is yet fresher, more laid back, catchy and diversified - literally masterfully. Splendid, compelling and easy-going, just following their own intuition for the right songs."
The Wheel keeps turning as the year progresses, and DJs across this country and in Europe are repeatedly sliding AW CDs into their players and bringing the music to new ears.


Doors at 6:00 pm; Show at 6:30 pm
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Tickets are $12 Advance / $15 at the Door

6:30pm to 8:30pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley


MUSA: ·  "The Birth of the [String] Symphony"

Resonance favorite MUSA showcases the birth of the symphony with works for strings by C.P.E. Bach, Johann Stamitz and the young Felix Mendelssohn!

7pm to 9pm, First Congregational Church
2345 Channing Way, Berkeley, CA 94704, United States


Mary Lou's Apartment

Mary Lou's Apartment is an all-women compact-yet-mighty big band, set to debut at the Freight in a night of glorious music and great company that you don't want to miss. The ensemble features the music of African American musical geniuses Mary Lou Williams and Melba Liston in an atmosphere of kindness, joy and political action.

Mary Lou Williams, a jazz giant with formidable piano chops and stellar composing and arranging skills, welcomed fellow luminaries including Monk, Dizzy and Sarah to her Harlem apartment after hours, where she shared her musical discoveries. Melba Liston, another jazz giant with formidable trombone chops and stellar composing and arranging skills, was a younger sister of sorts to Mary Lou, who performed world-wide with the likes of Dizzy and Gerald Wilson. Both Mary Lou and Melba are far from household names - they've been hidden in plain sight - because they were women.

A jazz performance group that places African American women up front, Mary Lou's Apartment presents compositions and arrangements that have been overlooked - great music that's endlessly contemporary, soulful and fun.

Be on hand as Mary Lou's Apartment takes flight for its major venue maiden voyage. Come on over to the Apartment!

Mary Lou's Apartment is:
Mwamba Blakwomyn, bass and co-leader
Pat Mullan, trombone and co-leader
Georgianna Krieger, alto sax
Nzingah Smith, alto sax
Barbara Hunter, tenor sax
Jonnette Newton, bari sax
Rachel Doolittle, trumpet
Candace Sanderson, trumpet
Angela Wellman, trombone and banjo
Debra Temple, piano
Jennifer Trowbridge, guitar
Joyce Baker, drums
Renaye Brown, percussion
Deborah Tisdale, vocals
Dr. Christy Dana, musical consultant


Click the text below to hear Mary Lou's Apartment recordings

*SHAFI - Mary Lou's Apartment - composed and arranged by Mary Lou Williams

*BEN LOVES LU - Mary Lou's Apartment - composed and arranged by Melba Liston

*Recorded, Mixed and Mastered by Heidi Trefethen

7pm to 8pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley


The Hillbillies from Mars: a benefit concert for Matt Garber



The Hillbillies from Mars revisit the Earth to play a concert to benefit Matt Garber, whose heart attack in December and subsequent home care have left him and his family with a pile of bills.

Based in the Bay Area, the Hillbillies from Mars have been rocking out in the traditional music and dance scene since 1982. Drawing from Appalachian, Canadian, Celtic, and European repertoire, their trademark sound features powerful fiddling interwoven with mandolin, flute, accordion, and bagpipes, all with rock-solid polyrhythmic backup. Individually, the Hillbillies have studied the traditional music of many cultures, and they bring together these influences, along with their own roots of contemporary American music, to perform music that is as soulful as it is unique. Their concerts include songs, stories, and always a few surprises.

The Hillbillies are:
Ray Bierl: fiddle, guitar
Kevin Carr: fiddle, bagpipes, accordion
Paul Kotapish: mandolin, guitar
Daniel Steinberg: piano, flute, banjo"This band could probably get dead people to dance." - Danny Carnahan, Roots & Rhythm

"I don't think there is a band quite like the 'Billies in this country, nay, in the world. The Hillbillies impart their sense of fun with music and the music is eminently danceable." - Kerry Blech, The Old Time Herald

Tickets are $15 and additional donations are warmly welcomed. 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.

7pm to 9pm, The Back Room, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704, USA


TAO: Drum Heart

In its latest production, the riveting Japanese taiko troupe TAO brings the centuries-old art form into the present moment with explosive drumming, innovative choreography, and compelling storytelling. For Drum Heart, TAO has collaborated with award-winning Broadway director Amon Miyamoto (Pacific Overtures) to weave the powerful movement of the drummers into a fantastical storyline about the redemptive power of music. TAO's athletic musicians, in stunning costumes and makeup, are joined onstage by bunraku-style puppets, set against breathtaking lighting and set design.
$32-$74. 642-9988. cal performances.org

7pm to 9pm, Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley


NOMI PRINS

A searing exposé of the collusion between central bankers as they control global markets and dictate economic policy...

The 2008 financial crisis unleashed a chain reaction that turbo-boosted the influence of central Bankers and triggered a massive shift in the world order. Central banks and institutions like the IMF are overstepping the bounds of their mandates and directing the flow of money without any checks or balances. Meanwhile, the open door between private and central banking ensures endless manipulation against a backdrop of government support. Packed with details about the power players who orchestrate international finance-from Janet Yellen and Mario Draghi to Ben Bernanke and Christine Lagarde-Collusion casts an unflinching spotlight on the dark conspiracies and unsavory connections within the halls of power.

"Prins is that rare combination of real-world expertise, scholarly method, and a brilliant writing style. Collusion is urgent and timely. A must-read for savers, students, journalists, and public officials." - James Rickards, bestselling author of Currency Wars

Praise for Nomi Prins' earlier book, All the Presidents' Bankers:
"Nomi Prins follows the money. She used to work on Wall Street. And now she has written a seminal history of America's bankers and their symbiotic relationship with all the presidents from Teddy Roosevelt through Barack Obama. It is an astonishing tale. "All the Presidents Bankers relies on the presidential archives to reveal how power works in this American Democracy. Prins writes in the tradition of C. Wright Mills, Richard Rovere and William Greider. Her book is a stunning contribution to the history of the American Establishment." - Kai Bird, Pulitzer Prize winning biographer

Vylma V is a Puerto Rican activist, human rights attorney, and former deputy public defender in Santa Clara County. On KPFA Radio, she is the DJ for the Music Show, Ritmo (2nd Saturdays), a frequent sub for The Talkies, and a La Raza Chronicles' producer. She is also the executive producer of Goddess on the Radio, a feminist spirituality program which airs on KPFB 89.3 every Saturday at 2pm.

advance tickets: $12 : brownpapertickets.com :: T: 800-838-3006
or Pegasus (3 sites), Books Inc (Berkeley), Moe's, Walden Pond Bookstore, East Bay Books, Mrs. Dalloway's $15 door
KPFA benefit

7:30pm to 9:30pm, St. John's Presbyterian Church, 2727 College Avenue, Berkeley


Descendents, Radkey, Audio Karate

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The Descendents are also known as "the fathers of pop punk." No, really - this isn't an overstatement.

Spend ten minutes scanning FM or the idiot box and you're bound to witness a ditty or video that tips its hat to a musical genre that was refined to a high art -- if not created outright -- by the 'Dents. Formed in 1978 against the fertile musical backdrop of Los Angeles' South Bay scene (see: Black Flag, Minutemen, SST Records, etc.), the caffeine-addled crew released their first 7" single "Ride The Wild" as a trio in 1979. Not long after, the boys recruited one Milo Aukerman (microbiology Ph.D. in waiting and poster boy for adolescent ne'er-do-well alienation) for vocal duties.

Milo's fervent mic delivery coupled with his knack for hitting the lyrical nail on its heartrending head plunged him headfirst into the band's fold, and together they released the "FAT" EP in 1981. 1982 saw the release of the stellar "Milo Goes To College," a penultimate fusion of hooks and heartache which inspired the LA Times to write, "perfect for the little guy who was ever called a nerd and never got the girl... (its) earthy humor conveys what is often an inarticulate rage". And Milo really did go to college, leaving the practice room for the hallowed halls of higher education. Drummer Bill Stevenson went on to beat the skins for Black Flag while the guys temporarily hung up the DESCENDENTS moniker, only to reunite with Aukerman for 1985's "I Don't Want To Grow Up" and 1986's "Enjoy!"

The two releases comprise the perfect case study in the dualistic, yin/yang nature of the band's output. While the former is a veritable user's manual for post-pubescent angst, sizing up the themes of life, love, and uncertainty with infectious wit and dizzying energy, the latter is perhaps most notable for its testaments to the, umm... follies of flatulence. Their cover of the Beach Boy's "Wendy" on "Enjoy!" is at once familiar and revelatory, the perfect amalgam of pop sensibilities and punk execution that would earn them fans the world over.

With the introduction of new members Karl Alvarez and Stephen Egerton on bass and guitar respectively, the release of 1987's "ALL" full-length saw a band that had truly come into its own. While the tongue in cheek delivery remained intact, the music had become at once visceral and from the gut, a complex balance of straightforward delivery ("Clean Sheets", "Coolidge") and fringe-y, free jam inflections ("Schizophrenia", "Uranus"). The band toured incessantly throughout the mid and late '80s; all that time on the road paid off in spades in the form of two live albums, "Liveage!" and "Hallraker." And then Milo went back to college. The extant members went on to form the band ALL with ex-Dag Nasty vocalist Dave Smalley, continuing their prodigious musical output while maintaining a hectic tour schedule. It was not until 1996 that we'd see another DESCENDENTS release with "Everything Sucks," a perfect return to the pop punk form that the band had become known for.

Fast forward to 2003, and lo and behold, the DESCENDENTS are back in the saddle with two new efforts slated for the release in 2004: a four song EP entitled "'Merican," and a bona fide full-length LP's worth of new material that goes by the name "Cool To Be You." Seeing as how punk is now a household name, and the ubiquitous "girl song" milieu infests the airwaves, will the DESCENDENTS reclaim their title as Kings of the Lovelorn Anthem? Only time will tell, but this much is certain: If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, the DESCENDENTS must go to sleep with flushed cheeks every night of the week.

Radkey
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Radkey is a punk band from St. Joseph, Missouri that is made up of three brothers. Dee Radke is the lead guitarist and vocalist, Isaiah is the bass player and middle brother, and Solomon is the drummer and youngest brother. In late 2014, the band relocated to the nearby metropolis of Kansas City.

Audio Karate
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We formed in the mid 90s under the name "The Goonz" and changed our name upon signing to Kung Fu Records in 2001. (We got "Audio Karate" from a comment made in an interview by a member of the band No Knife.)

In 2002, we released Space Camp (produced by Trever Keith of Face to Face) and toured heavily. Our single, "Nintendo '89," even made its way onto MTV and Fuse. (We still have no idea how that happened.) In 2004, we played a leg of the Vans Warped Tour and released our follow-up record, Lady Melody (produced by Bill Stevenson of Descendents).

We went on hiatus in 2006, with members pursuing other musical projects, including the band Indian School, which features 3/4 of AK. Fast-forward to 2018: We're back, and we have a special reissue of Space Camp on vinyl thanks to Wiretap Records and Hidden Home Records.

Information:
http://www.theuctheatre.org/

8pm to 9pm, The UC Theatre Taube Family Music Hall, 2036 University Avenue, near Downtown Berkeley BART, Berkeley, CA, 94704


Carter Reeves, Abhi the Nomad

8pm to 9pm, Cornerstone, 2367 Shattuck Ave (Enter On Durant), Berkeley, CA, 94704


Monday, May 7th 2018

California Jazz Conservatory Student Performances

California Jazz Conservatory ensembles present a series of semester-end concerts.
FREE

6pm to 7pm, California Jazz Conservatory 2087 Addison St, Berkeley


Kurt Ribak

Kurt Ribak
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Kurt Ribak brings his ensemble to the Freight to celebrate the release of his new album, Onward. Kurt describes his sound as, "Charles Mingus meets The Meters. They go to Duke Ellington's house to jam, and Cachao and Thelonious Monk sit in."

The concert will feature his band: Ribak (bass and vocals), Greg Sankovich (keyboards), Lincoln Adler (saxophone), Myles Boisen (electric guitar and lap steel guitar), Alan Hall (drums), and Michaelle Goerlitz (percussion). Special guests will be Ross Wilson (brass) and vocalists Sheilani Alix and Lorna K.

As on Kurt's last recording, he is using an expanded line-up, with noted Bay Area percussionist Michaelle Goerlitz on several tracks. One tune, Testifyin' features former Tom Waits sideman, Myles Boisen, on lap steel, a new element for the band.

8pm to 10pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley, CA, 94704


Tuesday, May 8th 2018

California Jazz Conservatory Student Performances

California Jazz Conservatory ensembles present a series of semester-end concerts.
FREE

6pm to 7pm, California Jazz Conservatory 2087 Addison St, Berkeley


Suzy Hopkins and Haille Bateman present What to Do When I'm Gone

Pegasus Books Downtown welcomes Suzy Hopkins and Haille Bateman for a presentation and book signing of What to Do When I'm Gone: A Mother's Wisdom to Her Daughter.

"Taking something as monumental as grief and loss and making it handleable, even for a small bit of time, is no small achievement. And this book achieves just that with humor and honesty and recipes. All critical for persevering." - Maira Kalman

ABOUT WHAT TO DO WHEN I'M GONE

One sleepless night while she was in her early twenties, illustrator/writer Hallie Bateman had a painful realization: her mom would die, and after she died she would be gone. The prospect was devastating, and also scary--how would she navigate the world without the person who gave her life? She thought about all the motherly advice she would miss--advice that could help her through the challenges to come, including the ordeal of losing a parent.

The next day, Hallie asked her mother, writer Suzy Hopkins, to record step-by-step instructions for her to follow in the event of her mom's death. The list began: "Pour yourself a stiff glass of whiskey and make some fajitas" and continued from there, walking Hallie through the days, months, and years of life after loss, with motherly guidance and support, addressing issues great and small--from choosing a life partner to baking a quiche. The project became a way for mother and daughter to connect with humor, openness, and gratitude. It led to this book.

Combining Suzy's wit and heartfelt advice with Hallie's quirky and colorful style, What to Do When I'm Gone is the illustrated instruction manual for getting through life without one's mom. It's also a poignant look at loss, love, and taking things one moment at a time. By turns whimsical, funny, touching, and above all pragmatic, it will leave readers laughing and teary-eyed. And it will spur conversations that enrich family members' understanding of one another.

Hallie Bateman is an illustrator and writer whose work has appeared in the New Yorker, the New York Times Magazine, Lenny, BuzzFeed, the Awl, and elsewhere. Her creative journal, Brave New Work, was published by MOMA in 2017. She lives in Los Angeles.

Suzy Hopkins is a former newspaper reporter who since 2008 has published a quarterly magazine (Friends and Neighbors, www.seniorfan.com) for boomers and seniors in California's Central Sierra. She is also Hallie's mom. She lives in Columbia, California.

PRAISE
"Taking something as monumental as grief and loss and making it handleable, even for a small bit of time, is no small achievement. And this book achieves just that with humor and honesty and recipes. All critical for persevering." - Maira Kalman,
"Brimming with beautiful illustrations and hilarious, touching prose, this book is perfect for every mother and daughter and anyone who will someday lose someone they love, which is to say, everyone. I laughed and cried then immediately called my own mother and asked her to tell me everything now, before it's too late." - Wendy MacNaughton,
"Beautiful, heart-wrenching, funny. I'll keep this book close till the day I need it--and pass it to my son for the day he will." - Ally Sheedy

7:30pm to 8:30pm, Pegasus Books Downtown 2349 Shattuck Ave Berkeley


Freight Open Mic

Freight Open Mic

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The longest running open stage in the Bay Area now has free admission. Also, for this evening's open mic, performance spots will be assigned via a lottery system, not "first-come, first-served."

Our Open Mic has brought in some of our brightest performers, including Shawn Colvin, Dana Carvey, Alvin Youngblood Hart, and Patrick Landeza. The audience is friendly - and people actually listen! So come on down and join the fun. All performers welcome.

HERE'S HOW IT WORKS:

A lottery will be held shortly after doors at 7:00 p.m. The show starts promptly at 7:30.

Admission is free for all.

Solo performers get to play one song; groups get to play two songs. Management reserves the right to award a performer an extra song now and then, for any reason management deems appropriate.

Please be ready to perform when your turn comes up. Please limit your introduction to 30 seconds.

BONUS: Anyone - performers and audience alike - who stays until the end of the night is entitled to a FREE TICKET to an upcoming Freight show of their choice. Shows that are sold out or close to being sold out are excluded from this offer.

Tune up, drop in, go on!

7:30pm to 9:30pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley


Tuesday Jazzidency: Justin Rock Trio

Formerly of Bastet and starting off the 2018 summer season, guitarist Justin Rock was born in the Big Apple and brought up in Motor City. He's swiftly making a name for himself as one of the greatest, prolific composer/improvisers in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond.

http://justin-rock.squarespace.com

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


Aux Cajunals plus Dance Lesson with Kevin and Ann Hutchinson

The Aux Cajunals play kick-ass Cajun dance music like it was played at celebrations in southwest Louisiana 100 years ago. Hard-driving, but not ear-splitting, the Aux Cajunals focus on the old-time acoustic sounds that can be heard in the earliest Cajun recordings of the 1920s. In addition to all of the Cajun and Creole standards, their repertoire includes many unusual songs and tunes learned from rare 78s, field recordings, and directly from master musicians. The bandmembers have performed and recorded with many of the most respected names in Cajun and zydeco music, including Michael Doucet and BeauSoleil, Marc & Ann Savoy, Queen Ida, Dewey Balfa, and D.L. Menard.

Doors at 7:30 pm; Dance Lesson at 8:00 pm with Kevin and Ann Hutchinson
Show at 8:30 pm
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Tickets are $12 Advance / $15 at the Door

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


Wednesday, May 9th 2018

California Jazz Conservatory Student Performances

California Jazz Conservatory ensembles present a series of semester-end concerts.
FREE

6pm to 7pm, California Jazz Conservatory 2087 Addison St, Berkeley


Molsky's Mountain Drifters

Molsky's Mountain Drifters

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Molsky's Mountain Drifters is Bruce Molsky's new "power trio." As Berklee College of Music's Visiting Scholar in their American Roots Program, Bruce met virtuoso musicians Allison deGroot (banjo) and Stash Wyslouch (guitar), and formed a cross-generational band that brings a fresh approach to old-time music. Bruce is a Grammy-nominated multi-instrumentalist (fiddle, banjo and guitar) who has played in such legendary old-time bands as the Correctones, Big Hoedown and the Hellbenders; in collaborations with Mark Knopfler, Andy Irvine and Donal Lunny, Aly Bain, and Jerry Douglas. Allison has performed at major festivals with her own bands, the Goodbye Girls and Oh My Darling. Stash came to bluegrass (and then to old time music) from the punk-metal world, and has played at major festivals as a member of the Deadly Gentlemen.

8pm to 9pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley


Stu Allen and Mars Hotel

A tradition started back in the 20th century, Ashkenaz's Grateful Dead Night is always evolving, reaching new heights since Stu Allen & Mars Hotel launched a weekly residency in late 2011. Led by acclaimed guitarist-singer Allen (of Phil Lesh & Friends, Melvin Seals & JGB, Ghosts of Electricity), a revolving cast of incredibly talented musicians inhabits Mars Hotel, drawing from the Grateful Dead's vast catalog to delight Deadheads and dancers of all generations. A Mars Hotel show is always an energetic evening of good vibes, good music, and good community.

When it became apparent that Jerry Garcia had played his final show in 1995, Stu Allen began working to keep Garcia's music, sound, and spirit alive in the concert setting. He regularly works with Phil Lesh and has also played sets with Bob Weir and Bill Kreutzmann. Allen is perhaps most known for fronting Melvin Seals' tribute to the Jerry Garcia Band from 2004 to 2011. He received more national acclaim in 2010 when he toured with Dark Star Orchestra. Allen shares the Grateful Dead's commitment to making each performance a unique event, from preparation to execution. He will perform multiple shows before playing the same song twice, and even then, that song will not be realized in quite the same way.

Mars Hotel takes this idea a step further by presenting a new band at each performance. Drawing from the rich music scene of the Bay Area, Allen has assembled a broad and ever-rotating group of musicians that makes each concert a once-only experience. As far as Grateful Dead tribute bands go, this is a concept that has never been done before.

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


Thursday, May 10th 2018

Free Live Jazz

4:30pm to 6:30pm, The Musical Offering, 2430 Bancroft Way, Berkeley


Berkeley Trivia Night, hosted by Robert Johnson and Janet Byron

The authors of Berkeley Walks Indulge in an engaging evening of local trivia with the lively authors of Berkeley Walks. The newly expanded and updated edition of this local best-seller features 22 information-packed treks around town, but you don't have to have walked them all to enjoy answering the trivia questions posed by Bob and Janet as they regale the audience with tales from Berkeley's past and present.

6pm to 7pm, University Press Books, 2430 Bancroft Way Berkeley


California Jazz Conservatory Student Performances

California Jazz Conservatory ensembles present a series of semester-end concerts.
FREE

6pm to 7pm, California Jazz Conservatory 2087 Addison St, Berkeley


DAVID VOGEL at Books Inc. in Berkeley

David Vogel, professor emeritus in the Haas School of Business and the Department of Political Science at the UC Berkeley, will discuss his new book California Greenin': How the Golden State Became an Environmental Leader, a political history of environmental policy and regulation in California, from the Gold Rush to the present.

Over the course of its 150-year history, California has successfully protected its scenic wilderness areas, restricted coastal oil drilling, regulated automobile emissions, preserved coastal access, improved energy efficiency, and, most recently, addressed global climate change. How has this state, more than any other, enacted so many innovative and stringent environmental regulations over such a long period of time? The first comprehensive look at California's history of environmental leadership, California Greenin' shows why the Golden State has been at the forefront in setting new environmental standards, often leading the rest of the nation.

From the establishment of Yosemite, America's first protected wilderness, and the prohibition of dumping gold-mining debris in the nineteenth century to sweeping climate- change legislation in the twenty-first, David Vogel traces California's remarkable environmental policy trajectory. He explains that this pathbreaking role developed because California had more to lose from environmental deterioration and more to gain from preserving its stunning natural geography. As a result, citizens and civic groups effectively mobilized to protect and restore their state's natural beauty and, importantly, were often backed both by business interests and bystrong regulatory authorities. Business support for environmental regulation in California reveals that strict standards are not only compatible with economic growth but can also contribute to it. Vogel also examines areas where California has fallen short, particularly in water management and the state's dependence on automobile transportation.

As environmental policy debates continue to grow more heated, California Greenin' demonstrates that the Golden State's impressive record of environmental accomplishments holds lessons not just for the country but for the world.

7pm to 8pm, Books Inc. in Berkeley 1491 Shattuck Avenue Berkeley


Apocalyptica - Plays Metallica By Four Cellos

Apocalpytica, instrumental cello-driven rock opus, changed the landscape of heavy music for years to come with their 1996 Finnish Rockers debut. To celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the album, the group re-released it remastered with 3 bonus tracks on July 22, 2016. Added to this new version was brand new / never-before-released instrumental recordings of "Battery," "Nothing Else Matters" and "Seek &Destroy." The album is available on vinyl (2 LP set) for the first time in many years. PLAYS METALLICA BY FOUR CELLOS was a new approach to the hits of the biggest metal band the world has seen. Even more APOCALYPTICA created their very own genre and laid the foundation to a career that has lasted for 20 years so far with millions of records sold and sold out shows around the world. APOCALYPTICA did a limited run of dates in the US in 2016butis returning to tour North Americain major markets to do `a night with' dates in support of this particular release this fall. This will be the first time the band will play in support of this record ever -they did not tour behind it when it first came out. Venue Information:
The UC Theatre Taube Family Music Hall
2036 University Avenue
near Downtown Berkeley BART
Berkeley

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


Friday, May 11th 2018

California Jazz Conservatory Student Performances

California Jazz Conservatory ensembles present a series of semester-end concerts.
FREE

6pm to 7pm, California Jazz Conservatory 2087 Addison St, Berkeley


Saturday, May 12th 2018

California Jazz Conservatory Student Performances

California Jazz Conservatory ensembles present a series of semester-end concerts.
FREE

6pm to 7pm, California Jazz Conservatory 2087 Addison St, Berkeley


Sunday, May 13th 2018

Soul Sanctuary Dance

Family-friendly Freestyle Community Dance. Come dance freely every Sunday morning at Soul Sanctuary Dance. No admission fee / 100% volunteer produced.

Soul Sanctuary Dance is a welcoming and inclusive all-ages community freestyle/ecstatic/shoes optional dance that supports free expression, community, physical and emotional health, and a spirit of generosity. We dance to an irresistible eclectic blend of world music, funk, house, soul, electro swing, positive hip hop, reggae, dance classics, jazz, blues, electronica, and other music to free mind, body and soul.

Organic fruit for all after the dance.
The dance is completely organized and run by volunteers.
Wheelchair accessible. No scented products please. Shoes optional.

The dance is a generosity and donation-based event. We don't charge a fee for admission. Instead, we post this message at the welcome table: "Your dance today at Soul Sanctuary Dance is a gift from those who have made donations to the dance, and from the volunteers who organize and produce the dance. We invite you to pay this generosity forward for future dancers, in whatever amount or manner you choose, so that we can continue to keep this chain of gifts alive."

11am to 1pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley


String Quartet Sundays ~ featuring "The Town"

1pm to 2pm, The Musical Offering, 2430 Bancroft Way, Berkeley


Electric Squeezebox Orchestra (CJC Resident Artists)

The Electric Squeezebox Orchestra (CJC Resident Artists) is a 17-piece big band led by Erik Jekabson and features many of the best players and arrangers in the Bay Area! They will be appearing in Rendon Hall every Sunday through June at 5:30 pm with a different student group opening .

4:30pm to 6:30pm, Rendon Hall/Fiddler Annex @ California Jazz Conservatory 2040 Addison Street, Berkeley


California Jazz Conservatory Student Performances

California Jazz Conservatory ensembles present a series of semester-end concerts.
FREE

6pm to 7pm, California Jazz Conservatory 2087 Addison St, Berkeley


Anthony Davis.

House concert in private home in North Berkeley Hills with pianist/composer Anthony Davis. Mr. Davis will play 2 sets, with wine and cheese served during the intermission. Seating is limited. For information, please contact the concert host at: Harry@fullplatemedia.com

7pm to 9pm, Private home in North Berkeley Hills, Private home in North Berkeley Hills.


Tuesday, May 15th 2018

Mark Greenside

Mark Greenside reads from (not quite) Mastering the Art of French Living, a sequel of sorts to I'll Never Be French (no matter what I do), about which the San Francisco Chronicle wrote: "Imagine Larry David . . . spending a summer in a French village--against his will, of course--and you get some sense of what Mark Greenside goes through."

Every year upon arriving in Plobien, the small Breton town where he spends his summers, Mark Greenside picks back up where he left off with his faux-pas-filled Francophile life. Mellowed and humbled, but not daunted (OK, slightly daunted), he faces imminent concerns: What does he cook for a French person? Who has the right-of-way when entering or exiting a roundabout? Where does he pay for a parking ticket? And most dauntingly of all, when can he touch the tomatoes?

Despite the two decades that have passed since Greenside's snap decision to buy a house in Brittany and begin a bi-continental life, the quirks of French living still manage to confound him. Continuing the journey begun in his 2009 memoir about beginning life in France, (Not Quite) Mastering the Art of French Living details Greenside's daily adventures in his adopted French home, where the simplest tasks are never straightforward but always end in a great story. Through some hits and lots of misses, he learns the rules of engagement, how he gets what he needs--which is not necessarily what he thinks he wants--and how to be grateful and thankful when (especially when) he fails, which is more often than he can believe.

Mark Greenside has been a civil rights activist, Vietnam War protestor, anti-draft counselor, Vista Volunteer, union leader, and college professor. His short stories have appeared in numerous journals and he is the author of a collection, I Saw a Man Hit His Wife. Greenside resides in Alameda and Brittany.

7:30pm to 8:30pm, Mrs Dalloway's Bookstore
2904 College Ave, Berkeley


Tuesday Jazzidency: Justin Rock Trio

Formerly of Bastet and starting off the 2018 summer season, guitarist Justin Rock was born in the Big Apple and brought up in Motor City. He's swiftly making a name for himself as one of the greatest, prolific composer/improvisers in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond.

http://justin-rock.squarespace.com

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


Wednesday, May 16th 2018

: Poets giovanni singleton and Carmen Gimenez Smith

Born in New York, poet Carmen Giménez Smith earned a BA in English from San Jose State University and an MFA in creative writing from the University of Iowa. She writes lyric essays as well as poetry, and is the author of the poetry chapbook Casanova Variations (2009); the memoir Bring Down the Little Birds: On Mothering, Art, Work, and Everything Else (2010); and the full-length collections Odalisque in Pieces (2009), Milk and Filth (2013), finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and Cruel Futures: City Lights Spotlight No. 17 (City Lights Publishers, 2018).

Giménez Smith's work explores issues affecting the lives of females, including Latina identity, and frequently references myth and memory. With the publication of Odalisque in Pieces, Giménez Smith was featured as a New American Poet on the Poetry Society of America's website. Her poems have been included in the anthologies Floricanto Si! U.S. Latina Poets (1998) and Contextos: Poemas (1994).

Giménez Smith is the editor-in-chief of Puerto del Sol and publisher of Noemi Press. She was appointed as poetry co-editor (along with Steph Burt) at The Nation in 2017 and teaches at Virginia Tech University.

giovanni singleton's debut collection Ascension, informed by the music and life of Alice Coltrane, received the California Book Award Gold Medal. Her writing has also been exhibited in the Smithsonian Institute's American Jazz Museum, San Francisco's first Visual Poetry and Performance Festival, and on the building of Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. She is founding editor of nocturnes (re)view of the literary arts, a journal dedicated to experimental work of the African Diaspora and other contested spaces. Canarium Books recently published a collection of her visual work entitled AMERICAN LETTERS: works on paper. She was the 2017-18 Holloway Lecturer in Poetry at University of California-Berkeley.

7pm to 9pm, Moe's Books
2476 Telegraph Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704, United States


Lyrics & Dirges: A Monthly Reading Series

Lyrics & Dirges: A Monthly Reading Series Lyrics and Dirges is our flagship monthly reading series featuring a mix of prominent, emerging and beginning writers. Its aim is to highlight various forms of writing in an effort to spotlight the diverse literary community of the Bay Area.

Reading in May:
DeMareon Gipson
Liz Green
Barbara Jane Reyes
Greer Nakadegawa-Lee
Anne F. Walker
Curated and hosted by Sharon Coleman.

DeMareon Gipson is a polymathic wordsmith from Vallejo, California, whose penned the book Looking Forward and composed a short film, The Plan, " which was selected by East Bay Express as a Pick of The Week. The Plan combines visual art with Gipson's poetry to broaden the definition of institutional violence imposed upon Black people. His poetry won the acclaim of the Academy of American Poets. In 2017, he was awarded with the Piri Thomas Poetry Prize. A political and cultural activist, Demareon created Heartspace, an open mic for poets, musicians and dancers that also provided local small businesses with vending and networking opportunities. In 2015, Gipson the founded the annual event "With Love," which is a safe space for Black people to talk about love that is led by poetry. He recently started a small business, the Forward Publishing House.

Liz Green is a writer, performer, and educator based in Oakland, California. As a performance poet, she has featured at slams, special showcases and workshops in middle schools, high schools, colleges and open mics across the country. She was on two national slam teams: San Francisco in 2004 and Berkeley in 2005. As a playwright and writer/performer, she has had her work produced at multiple local and national theater festivals. She received her BA from Vassar College and her MFA from Mills College in Creative Writing. She was a 2010 Lambda Literary Foundation Emerging Voices Fellow in Fiction. She attended the Tin House Writers' Workshop in 2012 and was a Catwalk Artist in Residence in 2013.

Greer Nakadegawa-Lee is 14 years old and attends Claremont Middle School. She was a featured reader at the Berkeley Poetry Festival, and has performed at Bay Area Generations and the Watershed Environmental Poetry Festival. Besides writing, she likes to draw in her spare time. If you asked her what she explores in her poetry, she might not be able to tell you exactly, but she tries to write every day. She hopes to publish a collection of her own work someday.

Barbara Jane Reyes is the author of Invocation to Daughters (City Lights Publishers). She was born in Manila, Philippines, raised in the SF Bay Area, and is the author of four previous poetry collections, Gravities of Center, Poeta en San Francisco, Diwata, and To Love as Aswang. http://www.barbarajanereyes.com/

Anne F. Walker's poetry has won Eisner Prizes at UC Berkeley and Canada Council Arts Grants among other honors. Her full-length published poetry books include Six Months' Rent, Pregnant Poems, Into the Peculiar Dark, and The Exit Show. Her recent poetry chapbook is when the light of any action ceases. She completed doctoral work at UC Berkeley and is an Assistant Professor at Holy Names University in Oakland, California. Recently she has been working on 100-word prose poems concentrate attention on precision of image, narrative, and language. They are part of a collection, Ink and Ink and Flesh and Length, that reflect on landscapes, bodies and rooted memories.

Every third of the month at Pegasus Books Downtown. Hosted and Curated by Mk Chavez, Sharon Coleman, and Lark Omura.

7:30pm to 9:30pm, Pegasus Books Downtown 2349 Shattuck Ave Berkeley


John Shiurba 3-3

7:30pm to 9pm, Tom's Place, 3111 Deakin Street, Berkeley CA


University Gospel Choir: "The High Places Plain: Gospel Music and Prophets of Change"

University Gospel Choir, D. Mark Wilson, director
"The High Places Plain: Gospel Music and Prophets of Change"
An evening of gospel music, recognizing not only messages of hope and love in gospel music, but also radical messages of change and resistance heard in the writings of the Hebrew prophets.
Tickets: $16 General Admission,
$12 non-UCB students, seniors, current/retired UCB faculty and staff, groups 10+,
$5 UCB students
Ticket info: Buy tickets online, or by calling 510.642.9988, or by emailing tickets@calperformances.org.
Price Range: $16-$5

8pm to 9pm, Hertz Hall, UC Berkeley


Stu Allen and Mars Hotel

A tradition started back in the 20th century, Ashkenaz's Grateful Dead Night is always evolving, reaching new heights since Stu Allen & Mars Hotel launched a weekly residency in late 2011. Led by acclaimed guitarist-singer Allen (of Phil Lesh & Friends, Melvin Seals & JGB, Ghosts of Electricity), a revolving cast of incredibly talented musicians inhabits Mars Hotel, drawing from the Grateful Dead's vast catalog to delight Deadheads and dancers of all generations. A Mars Hotel show is always an energetic evening of good vibes, good music, and good community.

When it became apparent that Jerry Garcia had played his final show in 1995, Stu Allen began working to keep Garcia's music, sound, and spirit alive in the concert setting. He regularly works with Phil Lesh and has also played sets with Bob Weir and Bill Kreutzmann. Allen is perhaps most known for fronting Melvin Seals' tribute to the Jerry Garcia Band from 2004 to 2011. He received more national acclaim in 2010 when he toured with Dark Star Orchestra. Allen shares the Grateful Dead's commitment to making each performance a unique event, from preparation to execution. He will perform multiple shows before playing the same song twice, and even then, that song will not be realized in quite the same way.

Mars Hotel takes this idea a step further by presenting a new band at each performance. Drawing from the rich music scene of the Bay Area, Allen has assembled a broad and ever-rotating group of musicians that makes each concert a once-only experience. As far as Grateful Dead tribute bands go, this is a concept that has never been done before.

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


Thursday, May 17th 2018

Free Live Jazz

4:30pm to 6:30pm, The Musical Offering, 2430 Bancroft Way, Berkeley


Saturday, May 19th 2018

Deanna Badizadegan

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


Sunday, May 20th 2018

Soul Sanctuary Dance

Family-friendly Freestyle Community Dance. Come dance freely every Sunday morning at Soul Sanctuary Dance. No admission fee / 100% volunteer produced.

Soul Sanctuary Dance is a welcoming and inclusive all-ages community freestyle/ecstatic/shoes optional dance that supports free expression, community, physical and emotional health, and a spirit of generosity. We dance to an irresistible eclectic blend of world music, funk, house, soul, electro swing, positive hip hop, reggae, dance classics, jazz, blues, electronica, and other music to free mind, body and soul.

Organic fruit for all after the dance.
The dance is completely organized and run by volunteers.
Wheelchair accessible. No scented products please. Shoes optional.

The dance is a generosity and donation-based event. We don't charge a fee for admission. Instead, we post this message at the welcome table: "Your dance today at Soul Sanctuary Dance is a gift from those who have made donations to the dance, and from the volunteers who organize and produce the dance. We invite you to pay this generosity forward for future dancers, in whatever amount or manner you choose, so that we can continue to keep this chain of gifts alive."

11am to 1pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley


String Quartet Sundays ~ featuring "The Town"

1pm to 2pm, The Musical Offering, 2430 Bancroft Way, Berkeley


Caravan of Stories: Season III


In this, our third season of the Caravan of Stories, we highlight the power of traditional stories to move us, to change us, and to inspire us. We will also continue to explore the importance of context in understanding folk tales, in a conversation with Eth-Noh-Tec on telling tales from other cultures and in a special series on 1001 Nights and their variants in Africa and Central Asia in the spring. It promises to be an exciting year of stories with an amazing group of tellers: Beatrice Bowles, Jeff Byers, Cathryn Fairlee, Neshama Franklin, Muriel Johnson, Liz Nichols, Carol Nyhoff, Kiran Rana, Ann Riley, Terry Stokes, Kirk Waller, and more — including Laura Simms in February!

3pm to 5pm, Silk Road House, 1944 University Ave, Berkeley


Electric Squeezebox Orchestra (CJC Resident Artists)

The Electric Squeezebox Orchestra (CJC Resident Artists) is a 17-piece big band led by Erik Jekabson and features many of the best players and arrangers in the Bay Area! They will be appearing in Rendon Hall every Sunday through June at 5:30 pm with a different student group opening .

4:30pm to 6:30pm, Rendon Hall/Fiddler Annex @ California Jazz Conservatory 2040 Addison Street, Berkeley


"The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman" | A Reading Group with Ken Knabb

This week Ken Knabb continues discussion of Lawrence Sterne's novel "The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman. The group will be meeting in the University Press Bookstore (2430 Bancroft in Berkeley) every other Sunday at 4:30-7:00 P.M. for nine meetings, Afterwards we'll move on to Jacques the Fatalist the next work in our series.

4:30pm to 7pm, University Press Books
2430 Bancroft Way, Berkeley


Wednesday, May 23rd 2018

Storytime on Solano: Imagination Flannel Boards

Boards Bring your little ones to Pegasus on Solano for a fun, interactive, and educational morning. Imagination Flannel Boards will be on hand to share stories and songs that spark your children's imagination. They will engage with the storyteller through singing, repetition, and movement. They will cheer when the ducklings find their mother and laugh when the Old Lady swallows a cow! Every 4th of the month at Pegasus Books Solano.

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


Stu Allen and Mars Hotel

A tradition started back in the 20th century, Ashkenaz's Grateful Dead Night is always evolving, reaching new heights since Stu Allen & Mars Hotel launched a weekly residency in late 2011. Led by acclaimed guitarist-singer Allen (of Phil Lesh & Friends, Melvin Seals & JGB, Ghosts of Electricity), a revolving cast of incredibly talented musicians inhabits Mars Hotel, drawing from the Grateful Dead's vast catalog to delight Deadheads and dancers of all generations. A Mars Hotel show is always an energetic evening of good vibes, good music, and good community.

When it became apparent that Jerry Garcia had played his final show in 1995, Stu Allen began working to keep Garcia's music, sound, and spirit alive in the concert setting. He regularly works with Phil Lesh and has also played sets with Bob Weir and Bill Kreutzmann. Allen is perhaps most known for fronting Melvin Seals' tribute to the Jerry Garcia Band from 2004 to 2011. He received more national acclaim in 2010 when he toured with Dark Star Orchestra. Allen shares the Grateful Dead's commitment to making each performance a unique event, from preparation to execution. He will perform multiple shows before playing the same song twice, and even then, that song will not be realized in quite the same way.

Mars Hotel takes this idea a step further by presenting a new band at each performance. Drawing from the rich music scene of the Bay Area, Allen has assembled a broad and ever-rotating group of musicians that makes each concert a once-only experience. As far as Grateful Dead tribute bands go, this is a concept that has never been done before.

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


Thursday, May 24th 2018

Free Live Jazz

4:30pm to 6:30pm, The Musical Offering, 2430 Bancroft Way, Berkeley


Friday, May 25th 2018

HJKL (Peter Hallifax, viol; Julie Jeffrey, viol; Shira Kammen, violin; and Rita Lilly, soprano "The Dark is My Delight" - Elizabethan and Jacobean Consort Songs and Music

One of last season's runaway successes was the HJK trio's program of Elizabethan gems. This time around they've added local superstar soprano Rita Lilly, so the program will include some absolutely incredible consort songs as well as some new trios. For all you fans of Elizabethan music, this one is not to be missed!
All tickets $20
18 and under admitted free and welcome.
Tickets at the door or reserve online (recommended) at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3055844

6pm to 8pm, St. Mark's Episcopal Church Parish Hall, 2300 Bancroft Way, Berkeley


Sunday, May 27th 2018

Soul Sanctuary Dance

Family-friendly Freestyle Community Dance. Come dance freely every Sunday morning at Soul Sanctuary Dance. No admission fee / 100% volunteer produced.

Soul Sanctuary Dance is a welcoming and inclusive all-ages community freestyle/ecstatic/shoes optional dance that supports free expression, community, physical and emotional health, and a spirit of generosity. We dance to an irresistible eclectic blend of world music, funk, house, soul, electro swing, positive hip hop, reggae, dance classics, jazz, blues, electronica, and other music to free mind, body and soul.

Organic fruit for all after the dance.
The dance is completely organized and run by volunteers.
Wheelchair accessible. No scented products please. Shoes optional.

The dance is a generosity and donation-based event. We don't charge a fee for admission. Instead, we post this message at the welcome table: "Your dance today at Soul Sanctuary Dance is a gift from those who have made donations to the dance, and from the volunteers who organize and produce the dance. We invite you to pay this generosity forward for future dancers, in whatever amount or manner you choose, so that we can continue to keep this chain of gifts alive."

11am to 1pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley


String Quartet Sundays ~ featuring "The Town"

1pm to 2pm, The Musical Offering, 2430 Bancroft Way, Berkeley


Electric Squeezebox Orchestra (CJC Resident Artists)

The Electric Squeezebox Orchestra (CJC Resident Artists) is a 17-piece big band led by Erik Jekabson and features many of the best players and arrangers in the Bay Area! They will be appearing in Rendon Hall every Sunday through June at 5:30 pm with a different student group opening .

4:30pm to 6:30pm, Rendon Hall/Fiddler Annex @ California Jazz Conservatory 2040 Addison Street, Berkeley


Tuesday, May 29th 2018

Trevor Dunn (bass) and Phillip Greenlief (sax)

7:30pm to 9:30pm, Tom's Place, 3111 Deakin Street, Berkeley


Wednesday, May 30th 2018

Stu Allen and Mars Hotel

A tradition started back in the 20th century, Ashkenaz's Grateful Dead Night is always evolving, reaching new heights since Stu Allen & Mars Hotel launched a weekly residency in late 2011. Led by acclaimed guitarist-singer Allen (of Phil Lesh & Friends, Melvin Seals & JGB, Ghosts of Electricity), a revolving cast of incredibly talented musicians inhabits Mars Hotel, drawing from the Grateful Dead's vast catalog to delight Deadheads and dancers of all generations. A Mars Hotel show is always an energetic evening of good vibes, good music, and good community.

When it became apparent that Jerry Garcia had played his final show in 1995, Stu Allen began working to keep Garcia's music, sound, and spirit alive in the concert setting. He regularly works with Phil Lesh and has also played sets with Bob Weir and Bill Kreutzmann. Allen is perhaps most known for fronting Melvin Seals' tribute to the Jerry Garcia Band from 2004 to 2011. He received more national acclaim in 2010 when he toured with Dark Star Orchestra. Allen shares the Grateful Dead's commitment to making each performance a unique event, from preparation to execution. He will perform multiple shows before playing the same song twice, and even then, that song will not be realized in quite the same way.

Mars Hotel takes this idea a step further by presenting a new band at each performance. Drawing from the rich music scene of the Bay Area, Allen has assembled a broad and ever-rotating group of musicians that makes each concert a once-only experience. As far as Grateful Dead tribute bands go, this is a concept that has never been done before.

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


Thursday, May 31st 2018

Free Live Jazz

4:30pm to 6:30pm, The Musical Offering, 2430 Bancroft Way, Berkeley


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