Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar

02/28/2019

James Weeks: Meditations Across the Kings River

James Weeks discusses Meditations Across the King's River: African-Inspired Wisdom for Life's Journey

Tens of thousands of spiritual seekers around the world have been touched by James Weeks's online essays and affirmations. Now in book form for the first time, Meditations Across The King's River is inspired by James's travels throughout the Caribbean and West Africa as an Ifa priest. Here, readers will find hope, encouragement, and wisdom to sustain them on their soul's journey.


James Weeks is the producer of the upcoming documentary film, Across The King's River. He is also a babalawo, or priest in the Ifa spiritual tradition, an award-winning photographer, and a journalist who has published in Parenting magazine, the S.F. Weekly, Reggae Beat, The Virgin Islands Daily News and the St. Croix Avis. James is a native of St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands and currently lives in Oakland with his wife and youngest son. To learn more, visit his website www.acrossthekingsriver.com

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Feb 28, 7:30pm to 8:30pm, Pegasus Books Downtown 2349 Shattuck Avenue Berkeley

Berkeley Dance Project 2019: the body remembers

Joe Goode, Professor of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies\
Choreographers: Joe Goode, TDPS, Joe Goode Performance Group; Cherie Hill, IrieDance, UC Berkeley Alumna; Rulan Tangen, DANCING EARTH; Latanya Tigner, TDPS, Dimensions Dance Theater; Katie O'Connor, UC Berkeley Alumna

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of UC Berkeley's dance program, Berkeley Dance Project 2019: <em>the body remembers</em> will feature an all-student cast performing pieces by professional choreographers Joe Goode, Rulan Tangen, Latanya Tigner, and Cherie Hill, as well as recent dance program alumna Katie O'Connor.

From a "haunting" solo to a multi-dancer "mosaic," the dance pieces in BDP 2019 represent a wide range of sources and styles: Goode incorporates spoken word and song into a piece based on the buddhist concept of "the undefended heart;" Tangen presents an organic creative response to a "re-mapping" and "re-storying" of campus based on Ohlone histories and perspectives; Tigner honors researcher, instructor and choreographer Ruth Beckford, recognized as the mother of African diasporic dance in the Bay Area; Hill draws from supernatural elements of her Jamaican Maroon ancestry; and O'Connor explores the tenderness, anguish, healing and transformation inherent in caretaking.

Professor Emerita Marni Thomas Wood, co-founder of the dance program, will be on campus for a short residency, including a discussion of the dance program's history on February 21.

Feb 28, 8pm to 10pm, Zellerbach Playhouse