Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar

12/15/2018

Saturday Storytime

Dec 15, 1pm to 2pm, Books Inc., 1491 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

Big Dance Theater: 17c

Big Dance Theater, Cal Performances

For more than two decades, the Obie Award-winning Big Dance Theater has been making uncategorizable, galvanizing work that undermines genre boundaries. The company's latest effort is a portrait of Samuel Pepys, the outlandish 17th-century politician whose obsessive, tell-all diaries are a startling precursor to our own social media culture. The ensemble weaves music, dance, video, and text in an exploration-part celebration, part inquisition-of the moral murkiness of Pepys' legacy as statesman and notorious philanderer, juxtaposing his own writings with the radical feminism of his contemporary, the playwright Margaret Cavendish, and the cult of online annotators at pepysdiary.com.

Dec 15, 2pm to 4pm, Zellerbach Playhouse

Possum Family Singers @ The Starry Plough Pub


Every 1st and 3rd Saturdays from 5-7. Sometimes rollickin', sometimes introspective, The Possum Family Singers bring you singer/songwriters, country, pop, old-school, new school, and special guests. Tips appreciated!

For details, link here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/possum-family-singers-the-starry-plough-pub-tickets-49237132589

Dec 15, 5pm to 6pm, The Starry Plough Pub - 3101 Shattuck Avenue - Berkeley

Black Life: Akande X

Writer Akande X shares "That Feeling When," a multimedia presentation on the intersection of blackness, comedy, the Internet, and politics. In an age when white nationalism has a deep foothold in Internet culture, "TFW" provides a theoretical approach to the ethics of the Internet and the substance of memes as comedy and as political message, revealing how memes are one of the most subversive, volatile, and promising black art forms today.

Akande X is an editor in chief for Maji News, an Afrofuturist community newspaper, and a journalism major at the University of Southern California.

Dec 15, 7pm to 8:30pm, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Big Dance Theater: 17c

Big Dance Theater, Cal Performances

For more than two decades, the Obie Award-winning Big Dance Theater has been making uncategorizable, galvanizing work that undermines genre boundaries. The company's latest effort is a portrait of Samuel Pepys, the outlandish 17th-century politician whose obsessive, tell-all diaries are a startling precursor to our own social media culture. The ensemble weaves music, dance, video, and text in an exploration-part celebration, part inquisition-of the moral murkiness of Pepys' legacy as statesman and notorious philanderer, juxtaposing his own writings with the radical feminism of his contemporary, the playwright Margaret Cavendish, and the cult of online annotators at pepysdiary.com.

Dec 15, 8pm to 10pm, Zellerbach Playhouse