Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar


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.

Jan 23, 10:30am to 11:30am, Pegasus Books Solano 1855 Solano Ave, Berkeley

Noon Concert: Chamber Music *Note: actual end time may vary.*

Students from the music department performing works from the chamber music literature.

Commencing its 67th season, the Noon Concert series features the Music Department's varied and diverse performance activities. Inaugurated in 1953, these concerts are very popular and well attended by those on campus and in the wider community. Traditionally on Wednesdays and Fridays, each concert begins promptly at 12:15 and ends by 1pm.

Jan 23, 12 noon to 1pm, Hertz Concert Hall

John Schott sharing a bill with Jon Raskin, Tania Chen and Tom Djll

John Schott, solo guitar


The trio ofTania Chen (piano),
Jon Raskin (sax),
Tom Djll (electronics)

Jan 23, 7:30pm to 9:30pm, 3111 Deakin Street, Berkeley

Ha Jin - The Banished Immortal: A Life of Li Po

advance tickets: $12: :: T: 800-838-3006

or Pegasus(3 sites), Books Inc (Berkeley), Moe's, Walden Pond Bookstore, East Bay Books Mrs. Dalloway's $15 door, benefits KPFA Radio 94.1FM info:

Ha Jin, National Book Award-winning author of Waiting, now gives us a deeply human biography of the 8th century poet, Li Bai--also known as Li Po-China's most beloved poet. Drawing on a wide range of historical and literary sources, Ha Jin dramaticaly conveys the life of Li Po (701-762), whose poems--shaped by Taoist thought, characterized by passion and lust for life--sang throughout the Tang Dynasty and are still celebrated today. From his birth on China's western frontier, Li Po is followed through the legendary wanderings that allowed him to deepen his poetry, share his verses with strangers, and win such friends as the equally famous poet Tu Fu. In his later years, Li Po was swept up in a military rebellion that altered the history of China.

The Banished Immortal is an extraordinary portrait of a poet who both transcended his time and was shaped by it. The poet's ability to live, love, and mourn deeply has produced some of the world's most enduring verses.This is a biography only Ha Jin could have written. The great novelist left his native China in 1985 to settle in the U.S. He is the author of eight novels, four books of poetry, and a book of essays. He has received the National Book Award, two Pen/Faulkner Awards, the Pen/Hemingway Foundation Award, the Asian-American Literary Award, and the Flannery O' Connor Award for Short Fiction. In 2014 Ha Jin was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Currently Ha Jin is a professor of English and creative writing at Boston University,

Li Po was one of China's greatest poets (like Homer in the West, he is a touchstone for millions of readers in the East). His influence extends far beyond Asia. He was taken up by Ezra Pound, Robert Bly, and others. Widely translated, Li Po represents much of what we need to understand about Chinese culture. His Taoist beliefs will be of particular interest to those familiar with the Tao Te Ching.

Jan 23, 7:30pm to 8:30pm, The Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar Street, Berkeley