Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar

11/11/2018

String Quartet Sundays ~ featuring "The Town"

Nov 11, 1pm to 3pm, The Musical Offering Cafe, 2430 Bancroft Way, Berkeley

TARTUFFE: a modern take on Molière's classic comedy, Nov. 9-18

The Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies Department continues its 2018-19 season with Molière's classic comedy, TARTUFFE.

Initially censored following its premiere in 1664, TARTUFFE is a bold work that is decidedly relevant today. Set in present-day Los Angeles, TARTUFFE is the story of a con man disguised as a pious spiritual leader who wheedles his way into the home of a gullible, affluent patriarch in the midst of a mid-life crisis - promptly setting the household topsy turvy. If not for the quick witted Dorine, grounded Elmire, and infinitely patient Cléante, all might be lost! Young love, lechery, deception, and delusion collide in TARTUFFE, Molière's most famous work that skewers religious hypocrisy and self-inflated egotism.

Directed by Domenique Lozano, TARTUFFE examines how power is vulnerable to manipulation by piety, hypocrisy, and gullibility. Although the French King Louis XIV privately enjoyed TARTUFFE's debut, he was persuaded to ban the play after religious leaders called Molière "a devil clothed in human flesh" and the Archbishop of Paris threatened to excommunicate anyone who attended a performance. Molière's defense argued that comedy is a physical embodiment of "the unreasonable", and so the play of reason against the irrational is the necessary subject of comedy.

"I love that it is a comedy," shares Lozano, "one that moves with lightning speed, slams characters up against each other brutally and brilliantly, and deals with a terrifying situation with humor, wit and grace."

See UC Berkeley Events calendar for more details:
http://events.berkeley.edu/index.php/calendar/sn/pubaff/event_ID/120834.html

Nov 11, 2pm to 4pm, Zellerbach Playhouse, UC Berkeley

TARTUFFE: a modern take on Molière's classic comedy, Nov. 9-18: Translated into English verse by Richard Wilbur

The Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies Department continues its 2018-19 season with Molière's classic comedy, TARTUFFE.

Initially censored following its premiere in 1664, TARTUFFE is a bold work that is decidedly relevant today. Set in present-day Los Angeles, TARTUFFE is the story of a con man disguised as a pious spiritual leader who wheedles his way into the home of a gullible, affluent patriarch in the midst of a mid-life crisis - promptly setting the household topsy turvy. If not for the quick witted Dorine, grounded Elmire, and infinitely patient Cléante, all might be lost! Young love, lechery, deception, and delusion collide in TARTUFFE, Molière's most famous work that skewers religious hypocrisy and self-inflated egotism.

Directed by Domenique Lozano, TARTUFFE examines how power is vulnerable to manipulation by piety, hypocrisy, and gullibility. Although the French King Louis XIV privately enjoyed TARTUFFE's debut, he was persuaded to ban the play after religious leaders called Molière "a devil clothed in human flesh" and the Archbishop of Paris threatened to excommunicate anyone who attended a performance. Molière's defense argued that comedy is a physical embodiment of "the unreasonable", and so the play of reason against the irrational is the necessary subject of comedy.

"I love that it is a comedy," shares Lozano, "one that moves with lightning speed, slams characters up against each other brutally and brilliantly, and deals with a terrifying situation with humor, wit and grace."

Nov 11, 2pm to 3:30pm, Zellerbach Playhouse

Chamber Orchestra Concert *Note: actual end time may vary.*

Tchaikovsky - Romeo and Juliet Overture-Fantasy
Wagner - Siegfried Idyll
Jennifer Huang, conductor

Mozart - Symphony No. 39
Kyle Ko, Grady Lai, conductors

free

Nov 11, 3pm to 4pm, Hertz Concert Hall

Starry Plough Old Time Shred Sesh!

Every Second and Fourth Sundays of the month the Starry Plough hosts Old Time Jam Sessions. 2nd Sunday is the Advanced Shred Session, 4th Sunday is the Starry Plough Old Time Pickin' Party!

Nov 11, 4pm to 6pm, The Starry Plough Pub - 3101 Shattuck Avenue - Berkeley

Electric Squeezebox Orchestra

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 Sundays at 5:30 pm through November 18th, with a special opening set: "ESO Workshops CJC Student Compositions."

ESO Band Members and Instrumentation: Saxes: Sheldon Brown, Larry Delacruz, Mike Zilber, Marcus Stephens, Charlie Gurke; Trombones: Rob Ewing, Danny Lubin-Laden, Patrick Malabuyo, Rich Lee; Trumpets: Erik Andrews, Erik Jekabson, Darren Johnston, Andrew Stephens; Piano: Steve Blum; Guitar: Jordan Samuels; Bass: Peter Barshay; Drums: Jeff Marrs

The Electric 18th Orchestra is the Bay Area's own 17-piece big band, led by trumpeter Erik Jekabson, playing music composed and arranged by its members. The composers and arrangers, some of the very best in the Bay, draw from a wide variety of influences but always come up with powerful music with groove, beauty and subtlety. The band, which started a steady Sunday residency at the California Jazz Conservatory in March, has colloborated with a number of special guest artists, including John Santos, Kenny Washington, Alan Ferber, Dayna Stephens, Mads Tolling, Sandy Cressman, Kellye Gray, Avotcja, Spok and Ben Goldberg.

http://www.electricsqueezeboxorchestra.com

Nov 11, 4:30pm to 6:30pm, Rendon Hall/Fiddler Annex @ California Jazz Conservatory 2040 Addison Street, Berkeley

Dr. Squeez and the Hugz

Nov 11, 5pm to 7pm, Caffè Chiave, 2500 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Metal Alliance Tour w/ Goatwhore & more

Goat Whore, Casualties, Black Tusk, Great American Ghost

Nov 11, 6pm to 10pm, Cornerstone, 2367 Shattuck Ave (Enter On Durant), Berkeley, CA, 94704

West of Roan

Soulful, unique harmonies are at the center of West of Roan's minimalist arrangements. Both fiddle players and vocalists, Annie Schermer and Channing Showalter are voracious musicians whose original compositions sit comfortably alongside the ancient ballads and tunes they render. Steeped in the traditions of Appalachia and the British Isles, West of Roan's haunting, searching, heartfelt music explores home, self, loss, and love.

West of Roan's puppetry performances are one of a kind: part storytelling, part musical performance, part experiential installation. Drawing on the ancient and simple elements of shadow, light, sound and harmony, the duo guides audiences inward, to a place of possibility for inspiration, transformation and healing.

Annie and Channing have been collaborating as West of Roan for three years, though they have been singing together for much longer. Their conversations and friendship lead them deep into explorations of love, grief, and the wild self. This depth is the well from which their work is drawn.

Tickets are $15 and are available in advance at the link below, or you may purchase your tickets at the door the night of the show. Doors open one half hour before show time. We accept cash only at the door (ATMs are nearby).

The Back Room is an all-ages, BYOB (for those 21+) space, dedicated to (mostly) acoustic music of all kinds. You are welcome to bring your own adult beverage with no additional corkage fee. If you need more information or have any questions, please call us: #510-654-3808. Thank you for your support!

Nov 11, 7pm to 9pm, The Back Room, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley

TARTUFFE: a modern take on Molière's classic comedy, Nov. 9-18

The Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies Department continues its 2018-19 season with Molière's classic comedy, TARTUFFE.

Initially censored following its premiere in 1664, TARTUFFE is a bold work that is decidedly relevant today. Set in present-day Los Angeles, TARTUFFE is the story of a con man disguised as a pious spiritual leader who wheedles his way into the home of a gullible, affluent patriarch in the midst of a mid-life crisis - promptly setting the household topsy turvy. If not for the quick witted Dorine, grounded Elmire, and infinitely patient Cléante, all might be lost! Young love, lechery, deception, and delusion collide in TARTUFFE, Molière's most famous work that skewers religious hypocrisy and self-inflated egotism.

Directed by Domenique Lozano, TARTUFFE examines how power is vulnerable to manipulation by piety, hypocrisy, and gullibility. Although the French King Louis XIV privately enjoyed TARTUFFE's debut, he was persuaded to ban the play after religious leaders called Molière "a devil clothed in human flesh" and the Archbishop of Paris threatened to excommunicate anyone who attended a performance. Molière's defense argued that comedy is a physical embodiment of "the unreasonable", and so the play of reason against the irrational is the necessary subject of comedy.

"I love that it is a comedy," shares Lozano, "one that moves with lightning speed, slams characters up against each other brutally and brilliantly, and deals with a terrifying situation with humor, wit and grace."

See UC Berkeley Events calendar for more details:
http://events.berkeley.edu/index.php/calendar/sn/pubaff/event_ID/120833.html

Nov 11, 8pm to 9:30pm, Zellerbach Playhouse, UC Berkeley

Tana String Quartet

CNMAT presents the Tana String Quartet in concert. The program (TBA) features new works by UC Berkeley student composers.


The Tana String Quartet was formed to promote contemporary repertoire and enhance the relationship between composer and performer; they place no boundaries when selecting style or genre and often present classical repertoire alongside contemporary works.

Tana invent the quartet of the twenty-first century. The are audacious, pioneers and precursors. Tana foresee the new sounds of the modern string quartet.

Recognised by The Guardian as "impeccable players", the quartet is recipient of an array of international awards, from the Pro Quartet - CEMC foundation in Paris, the Verbier Festival Academy and the Union of Belgian Composers (Fuga Prize), they also received the Octave for best exponents of contemporary music. In 2013, they were honoured at the HSBC EMA Awards and received an invitation to premiere Oracion; a major cross-over project featuring both world and contemporary music, produced by the Abbaye de Royaumont and premiered as part of the Aix-en-Provence festival.

The Tana String Quartet has appeared at prestigious festivals and concert series worldwide including Aix-en-Provence, Berlioz, MUSICA à Strasbourg, La Folle Journée, Saint-Denis, Albi, IRCAM/Manifeste, Musiques du GMEM, Controtempo, Verbier, Ars Musica, Klara, Darmstadt, Faithful in Berlin, Vale of Glamorgan, Girona, San Sebastian, Mostra Sonora/Valencia, Auditorium du Louvre, Cent-Quatre/Radio-France, Villa Medici in Rome, Pharos Foundation in Cyprus, Wigmore Hall, Conway Hall, BOZAR and Auditorium de Dijon. Last season saw them premiere a number of major new works composed for them, including Aracne, by Spanish composer Hector Parra, premiered in Paris (Louvre), and repeated at the Girona Festival and Wigmore Hall in London, and later in 2016 at the Palau de la Musica in Barcelona.

In 2015/2016 the Quartet will make their debut appearances at the Philharmonie de Paris and Concertgebouw in Bruges with the premiere of Yann Robin's Quartet No 3, which they will also perform at the Konzerthaus in Vienna, together with Hector Parra's new piece.

Tana is the only European ensemble to have discarded conventional scores to perform from iPads, which they also use to accompany their educational work. A privileged partner with Music Research Centres including: Centre Henri Pousseur in Liège, Belgium; GMEM in Marseille and ArtZoyd in Valenciennes, France, the quartet gave the first ever concert on hybrid instruments, premiering a piece by Peruvian composer Juan Gonzalo Arroyo. The new system is a major contribution to electronic music.

Following the success of their debut recording, the complete string quartet music of French composer Jacques Lenot for the Intrada label, the Quartet continued their eclectic discography with an album devoted to saturated music by Bedrossian, Cendo and Robin, Shadows, released in January 2016, which precedes a second volume for Paraty dedicated to electronic music "VOLTS" available on the 09/09/2017. In the meantime, the quartet has released the complete works for string quartet by Steve Reich for the MegaDisc Classic label, acclaimed by press, receiving CHOC Classica september 2016.
This Event is Free and Open to the Public

Nov 11, 8pm to 10pm, CNMAT Center for New Music and Audio Technologies, 1750 Arch St, Berkeley

Balanço Brasil Presents: Samba de Raiz

Samba de Raiz is a Bay Area based collective devoted to performing acoustic "roots samba". Samba de Raiz was formed in 2008 when members of local choro quartet Grupo Falso Baiano reached out to Rio-born percussion master Jorge Alabê to form a new project dedicated to performing a rarely heard variant of samba music.

The Bay Area samba scene is rich with numerous "MPB Samba groups" and "Pagode Samba groups". While the former is typified by electric instruments and drum kits, and the latter a frenetic party vibe and roar of 4-8 percussionists, Samba de Raiz sets itself apart in its elegant use of bandolim (Brazilian mandolin) and 7 string guitar, laced with flute and clarinet fills, over a groove anchored by one the Bay Area's best known local treasures: Jorge Alabê (leader of Oakland's Samba Rio samba school). Samba de Raiz also has one of the most unique repertoires in the Bay Area. There are no other bands dedicated to performing the sambas of the `golden years', featuring music by Cartola, Candeia, Paulinho da Viola, Roberto Ribeiro and others. Featuring special guests Catia Machado (from Rio de Janeiro), and Brian Rice (percussionist from Berkeley Choro, Danilo Brito, etc), plus Grupo Falso Baiano members.

 The evening begins with a Samba de Gafiera lesson taught by master dance teacher Weslei Guimarães, from Rio de Janeiro. Guimarães was runner up 2018 SF Carnival King, and is an expert in Samba de Gafeira - a style he will teach for beginners and intermediates at 7pm.

Jorge Alabê - vocals, percussion
Catia Machado - vocals, percussion
Brian Moran - guitar/cavaquinho, vocals
Zack Pitt-Smith - reeds/percussion, vocals
Brendan Nuetra - bass

Brian Rice - percussion

Doors at 6:30 pm; Dance Lesson at 7:00 pm with Weslei Guimarães; Show at 8:00 pm
Tickets are $10 Advance / $12 Day of Show
Buy Tickets Here 

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