Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar


Noon Concert: University Symphony Orchestra *Note: actual end time may vary.*

David Milnes, music director
Strauss Ein Heldenleben

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.

Mar 20, 12 noon to 1pm, Hertz Concert Hall

Charles Bernstein: Lecture and Poetry Reading

Poet Charles Bernstein will give a lecture at 4:30pm entitled "Sound/Writing: Homophonic Translation, Performance, and the Pataquerical Imagination." At 6:30, he will be joined by graduate student Eliot D'Silva for a poetry reading. Charles Bernstein is the author of numerous essays and books of poetry, including most recently Near/Miss (2018). Bernstein is Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Pennsylvania and was just awarded the 2019 Yale Bollingen Prize for American Poetry.

Mar 20, 4:30pm to 8pm, Maude Fife, 3rd Floor Wheeler Hall

BACH PROJECT - Performing: Lewis Patzner, cello, Elektra Schmidt, piano. All Bach program.

Mar 20, 7pm to 9pm, The Musical Offering Cafe, 2430 Bancroft Way, Berkeley

Full: De Rompe y Raja *Note: actual end time may vary.*

This local ensemble brings us Afro-Peruvian music and dance from the coastal areas of Peru, where indigenous, African, and European influences intersect. "When a Peruvian says, `este lugar esta de rompe y raja,' this means `this place is off the chain,'" says founder Gabriela Shiroma. "It's a typical way to explain to others that if you're looking for a good time, you've come to the right place."

Mar 20, 7pm to 8pm, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Acclaimed Historian GREG GRANDIN

KPFA Radio 94.1 FM presents Wednesday, March 20, 7:30 PM , CA advance tickets: $12: :: T: 800-838-3006 or Pegasus Books (3 sites), Books Inc (Berkeley), Moe's, Walden Pond Bookstore, East Bay Books, Mrs. Dalloway's $15 door

A finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, National Book Award & National Book Critics' Circle Award now offers an eye-opening new interpretation of our history.

"To live past the end of your myth is a perilous thing."
-Anne Carson

From the very beginning of this nation, the idea of an open frontier has been at the core of our American identity, symbolizing a future full of promise. Today, however, the USA has an entirely new symbol: the border wall. In The End of the Myth, acclaimed historian Greg Grandin explores the meaning of the frontier across the full sweep of US history, from the American Revolution all the way to the Trump presidency. Throughout the centuries, Grandin shows, America's constant expansion served as a "gate of escape," helping to deflect domestic conflicts outward. But this deflection meant that they country's problems, from racism to inequality, were never confronted directly. Now the 2008 financial meltdown and our unwinnable wars in the Middle East have slammed this gate shut, bringing political passions and ugly racist nationalism back home with a vengeance.

We now have a president who has obsessively updated the frontier not to affirm brotherhood and internationalism, but resentment-stoked domination. "We have been taken advantage of by the world," he insisted. "That is not going to be happening anymore."

Greg Grandin is the author of The Empire of Necessity, which won the Bancroft Prize; Fordlandia, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, and the National Book Critics Circle Award, plus a number of other widely acclaimed books, including Kissinger's Shadow, Empire's Workshop, The Last Colonial Massacre, and The Blood of Guatemala . A professor of history at New York University and a recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the New York Public Library, Grandin has served on the United Nations Truth Commission investigating the Guatemalan civil war and has written for The Nation, the London Review of Books, and the New York Times.

KPFA benefit

Mar 20, 7:30pm to 8:30pm, First Congregational Church, 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley, CA