Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar

12/08/2018

Holiday Uke Jam


Holiday Uke Jam
We are thrilled to return to Freight & Salvage, a wonderful 400+ seat concert venue that we packed last year (watch the video from our 2017 jam)! Play and sing along with your SF Uke Jam leaders and Youtube favorites Cynthia Lin and Ukulenny, joined by multi-instrumental legend Abe Lagrimas Jr. on drums & Hawaiian music star Steven Espaniola on bass. Together the SF Uke Jam All Star Band will lead us through a strum-along and sing-along of your favorite holiday classics. Bring your uke and bring the whole family!


Cynthia Lin
Creator of the #100DaysofUkuleleSongs project, Cynthia Lin is a modern-day jazz ukulele diva based in San Francisco, California. Through her popular YouTube channel and approachable teaching style, Cynthia has helped thousands of people across the world to discover the joy of ukulele. As a singer-songwriter, Cynthia has released 4 album recordings independently and performs regularly solo, with a jazz combo, and with her acclaimed Bay Area band, Cynthia Lin and the Blue Moon All Stars. She encourages you to follow your passion.

Lendl San Jose, aka Ukulenny, is an ukulele performer and educator in the Bay Area. From the coffee house and the fancy restaurant, to the bart train to the street corner, Ukulenny has been found putting smiles on babies' faces all over the bay area, and the world. For more info, visit www.ukulenny.com and www.youtube.com/ukulenny

Dec 8, 1pm to 3pm, Freight & Salvage, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley

Saturday Storytime

Dec 8, 1pm to 2pm, Books Inc., 1491 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

Roundtable Reading: El Deafo by Cece Bell

At Cece's old school, everyone in her class was deaf. Here, at her new school, she is sure everyone is staring at her Phonic Ear, the powerful hearing aid strapped to her chest. But Cece makes a startling discovery. With her Phonic Ear, she can hear her teacher not just in the classroom but anywhere in the school-in the hallway, the teacher's lounge, anywhere! This is power. Maybe even a superpower! Read this lively graphic novel with us, and see whether Cece learns to channel her powers to find what she wants most, a true friend.

About Roundtable Reading
Young readers are invited to read the beginning of a good book aloud in BAMPFA's convivial Reading Room, and pick up a copy to continue reading at home. No advance sign-up needed; just show up at 3 PM, ready to read!

Dec 8, 3pm to 4pm, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

West African Drumming Workshop Series with Mohamed Lamine Bangoura

2nd and 4th Saturday's:
October 13th, October 27th,
November 10th, November 24th,
and December 8th

Time: 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Cost: $125 for all 5 classes in series, or $30/class
Location: Ashkenaz Music and Dance Community Center
1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA
RSVPs greatly appreciated.

Enrich your understanding of traditional West African Rhythms with Master Drummer (Djembefola) and artistic director, Mohamed Lamine Bangoura. Lamine has a deep wealth of knowledge & experience; his energy is unique and unparalleled!! Through his music, Lamine's passion for preserving the history and traditions is revealed through his open hearted eagerness to share his culture. This is an incredible opportunity to study with this master artist, rounding out your understanding of these complex polyrhythms.

In this mixed level drum workshop you'll glimpse into the true spirit of Africa, from the energetic rhythms to Lamine's heartfelt appreciation for this ancient instrument as a tool for human connection and language.

Join us!!!

Bring your drum if you have one! If you need a drum to use for class please message in advance. Drum rental fee = $5/class

Dec 8, 3:30pm to 5:30pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

TDPS Fall Choreography Showcase

The Fall Choreography Showcase highlights the original work of promising, emerging choreographers. Under the direction of choreographer and TDPS professor Joe Goode, TDPS students present original solos and duets. See the next generation of dance artists!

<b>Program A | Dec. 6 at 5pm & Dec. 7 at 8pm</b>

Choreographers:
- Lashon Daley
- Amanda Stelea
- Jeremy Brooks
- Andrea Brága
- Yara Kanaaneh
- David Cha

<b>Program B | Dec. 6 at 8pm & Dec. 7 at 5pm</b>

Choreographers:
- Zoe Marsh
- Gina Bahr
- Elizabeth Bobrovnikov
- Katie O'Connor
- Bruna Gill
- Jason Lin

Online ticket link closes two hours before showtime. After that, you may reserve tickets at the door, depending upon availability. Please note that there is no late seating in Zellerbach Room 7.

Directions to Zellerbach Room 7

Dec 8, 5pm to 6:15pm, Room 7 Zellerbach Hall

Pavel Zustiak and Palissimo Company: Custodians of Beauty

Pavel Zustiak and Palissimo Company, Cal Performances

In this multisensory work, choreographer Pavel Zustiak and his Palissimo Company ask, "Where do we find beauty today, and does it need our defense?" Zustiak creates an immersive visual experience for Custodians of Beauty, combining movement with imagery, light, and sound in response to a 2009 speech by Pope Benedict XVI, reminding artists of their responsibilities as "custodians of beauty in the world." Through formal abstraction and restrained, minimalist gesture, Zustiak explores the human body as sculpture, emotional trigger, and political symbol.

Dec 8, 8pm to 10pm, Zellerbach Playhouse

Belleville - SOLD OUT, Thank You!

Nearly 20 years after they first formed in Oakland, CA, Belleville's well-honed musical craftsmanship has finally yielded their fourth and most fully-realized official album, Turn The Medicine Down.

The album features the talents of music veterans Tommy Dunbar and Al Chan from the legendary Rubinoos, drummer Jim Bogios of Counting Crows and Sheryl Crow, and keyboardist Suzie Davis - whose credits include Mick Jagger's solo touring band, Prince's "I Would Die 4U," and Sinead O'Connor's notorious Pope-photo-shredding Saturday Night Live appearance.

Fronted by guitarist Mark Caputo, Belleville is Marc Burnstein (guitar), David McCullough (bass), Hal Marcus (piano/keys) and David Zirbel (pedal steel guitar) and Jim Bogios (drums).

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

Peter Rowan: Carter Stanley's Eyes with special guests Don Rigsby and Scott Law


Peter Rowan celebrates bluegrass traditions with mix of originals and songs by Carter and Ralph Stanley, A.P. Carter, Lead Belly, Bill Monroe and others.
Rowan was just a young bluegrass boy when he caught the attention of Bill Monroe, who made him an actual Blue Grass Boy in 1963, or maybe '64. Rowan isn't certain exactly when he became the band's guitarist and lead singer, but the moment Monroe introduced him to fellow icon Carter Stanley is etched in his memory just as indelibly as the inked entry in his 1966 diary. Within a few months, Stanley would be gone, but the impact he and his brother, Ralph, had on Rowan - and the world - would grow even stronger. He acknowledges their influence, and finally gives the story of that meeting a definitive telling, with his new Rebel Records album, Carter Stanley's Eyes.

The album pays respects to bluegrass's most famous brothers with two songs penned by each; others, such as the traditional "Hills of Roane County" and the Carter Family's "Will You Miss Me," were Stanley Brothers staples. Even the album's opener, Rowan's own "Drumbeats on the Watchtower," nods to Ralph, who retitled it (from "Wild Geese Cry Again") when he recorded it.

Obviously, Rowan didn't mind. In fact, he was ecstatic when Stanley told him he'd cut it. "To me, that was real fulfillment, to be covered by one of the masters," he says.

"But this album is not a tribute to the Stanley Brothers; it's an honoring of them, and of my roots," Rowan clarifies. More specifically, it maps the path he followed from their musical roads to his own. Along the way, he visits Monroe ("Can't You Hear Me Calling"), the Louvin Brothers ("A Tiny Broken Heart") and Lead Belly ("Alabama Bound"), whose presence reinforces both his and Monroe's blues influences.


Don Rigsby , from Isonville, Kentucky, is a word-class singer, mandolin player, fiddler, guitarist, and producer in the bluegrass tradition. He is known for his solo career, and for his work with the Lonesome River Band and Longview.

Scott Law
Multifaceted artist Scott Law is a powerful instrumentalist, singer­-songwriter and raconteur operating at the very highest level of his craft. Hailed as an "esteemed flat-picker" by Acoustic Guitar magazine, Law is equally reverent and inventive on electric guitar, acoustic guitar and mandolin and sought after as both leader and accompanist.

Law's shape-shifting sonics reflect primary colors of the American musical panorama. Having sown deep roots in blues and the Bakersfield-tinged country Telecaster of Don Rich and Clarence White, Law's electric guitar is widely appreciated for giving a feel and melodic fluidity reminiscent of Jerry Garcia.

Law's acoustic touch free-ranges from the hardcore flat-picking school of Doc Watson to the finger-style rags & blues of Big Bill Broonzy and Mississippi John Hurt. On mandolin, Scott brings a dusky, driving tonality primarily influenced by Bill Monroe and David Grisman.

Dec 8, 8pm to 10pm, Freight & Salvage, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley

TDPS Fall Choreography Showcase

The Fall Choreography Showcase highlights the original work of promising, emerging choreographers. Under the direction of choreographer and TDPS professor Joe Goode, TDPS students present original solos and duets. See the next generation of dance artists!

<b>Program A | Dec. 6 at 5pm & Dec. 7 at 8pm</b>

Choreographers:
- Lashon Daley
- Amanda Stelea
- Jeremy Brooks
- Andrea Brága
- Yara Kanaaneh
- David Cha

<b>Program B | Dec. 6 at 8pm & Dec. 7 at 5pm</b>

Choreographers:
- Zoe Marsh
- Gina Bahr
- Elizabeth Bobrovnikov
- Katie O'Connor
- Bruna Gill
- Jason Lin

Online ticket link closes two hours before showtime. After that, you may reserve tickets at the door, depending upon availability. Please note that there is no late seating in Zellerbach Room 7.

Directions to Zellerbach Room 7

Dec 8, 8pm to 9:15pm, Room 7 Zellerbach Hall

UC Berkeley Symphony Orchestra *Note: actual end time may vary.*

David Milnes, music director
STRAVINSKY Rite of Spring
RACHMANINOFF Symphony No. 2

Established in 1923, the UC Berkeley Symphony Orchestra is the oldest performing arts ensemble in the University of California system. Throughout its long history, the orchestra has provided students and other members of the campus community with the opportunity to expand their musical talents, while at the same time presenting outstanding musical programs to the campus and wider Bay Area communities. Past conductors have included Modeste Alloo, Albert Elkus, Joaquin Nin-Culmell, Michael Senturia, and Jung Ho-Pak. David Milnes, who is also Music Director for the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, has served as the University Symphony Orchestra's Music Director since 1996. Rehearsing and performing works of faculty and graduate student composers has long been a core mission for the orchestra; the Symphony's program regularly feature the world premiere of a major new work by a Berkeley composer. In addition, the orchestra has premiered several works of established composers. The University Symphony Orchestra now performs several evening and noon concerts each semester, supports a chamber orchestra, and continues during the summer months as the UC Berkeley Summer Symphony. An annual concerto competition results in concerto performances by the orchestra's leading soloists, and regular coaching for each section are given by a number of Bay Area professional musicians.

Dec 8, 8pm to 9pm, Hertz Concert Hall

7th Street Band - A Tribute to Rashaan Luv Fyah Carson

Doors at 8:30 pm; Show at 9:00 pm

Tickets are $15 Advance / $20 Day of Show


Buy Tickets Here

Berkeley's 7th Street Band has made its name backing some of the greats and new voices of reggae and running its own studio. While 7th Street Band has been hitting the West Coast stages for over a decade, drummer Edi Arnold and keyboardist Benjamin Goff, friends since high school, have played together since 1992. Edi, as founding member and Ben, as his right hand man have been the foundation and executive producers of all 7th Street works.

7th Street Band has been called one of the Bay Area's best-kept musical secrets and has backed many top touring vocalists, including Sanchez, Gappy Ranks, Glenn Washington, Konshens, Louie Culture and Million Stylez. Other artists 7th Street has worked with include Arkaingelle, Mega Banton,Norris Man, Danny I, Army, Rocker T, Wadi Gad, Tuff Lion, Messenjah Selah, Earl Zero, Winstrong, and Luv Fyah. Mony Lujan of Dubwize, on bass since 2010, rounds out the trio that makes up the heart of 7th St. Band.

Dec 8, 9pm to 11:59pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Dimond Saints live experience w/ special guest Thriftworks plus ATYYA, Krakinov

Dimond Saints is an Oakland based duo that has quickly emerged to push the boundaries of electronic music. Their signature sound drips of passion and deeply resonates with mind body and soul. Their live show is both explosive and soulful, creating a place where heavy bass and angelic melodies collide. The Dimond Saints are on the rise, as they continue on their mission of giving love to the world!



Berkeley, California based producer Thriftworks offers his own uniquely original take on forward thinking electronic music, weaving eclectic samples and explosive modern bass that continually pushes the envelope while taking the art of beat-crafting to new heights. Garnering much praise from fans and critics alike with his steady stream of new material, Thriftworks is quickly becoming known as one of the finest up and coming experimental producers with his outside the box sound and unclassifiable style. Thriftworks' use of deep low-end and wall to wall synths seem to channel something ancient and mysterious, offering up an intoxicating musical high with an invigorating breath of fresh air. These sounds activate the senses, enrapture the mind, move the body and leave audiences begging for more.



ATYYA - pronounced [ Ah-Tie-Ah ] is the musical project of Tyy Clark. Tyy combines his boundless passion for music with an array of multi-instrumentalism from Hip Hop, Jazz to World, with 13 years of electronic music production to formulate the illustrious sound of ATYYA. The music of ATYYA features deep alluring basslines, mesmerizing percussive grooves, heart touching melodies, vast ethereal atmospheres, & raw sounds from our earth, which are synergistically breathing & merging into endlessly unfolding sonic fractals. The Primary intention of the music of ATYYA is to connect the recipient to the feeling of profound happiness, boundless love, and ecstatic celebration for the gift of life we all share.



Krakinov

Dec 8, 9pm to 11:30pm, The UC Theatre Taube Family Music Hall, 2036 University Avenue, near Downtown Berkeley BART, Berkeley, CA, 94704