Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar


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

Mar 23, 3:30pm to 5:30pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Michael Bang Band ~ Baycoin Beats ~ Adrian West Band @ The Starry Plough Pub

Three exciting Bay Area bands on one stage:

Adrian West Band - - plays danceable acoustic rock that's been compared to Paul Simon, Talkingheads, Allen Toussaint and Nelly McKay, artists you don't often hear mentioned in the same sentence! Full band show with Kevin Goldberg on bass, Jae Jackson on drums and Richelle Scales on keyboard. More info at

Baycoin Beats - - is a Bay Area trio that plays Funk, Soul and R&B covers by artists such as Robert Glasper, Earth Wind & Fire, Jill Scott, Cardi B, Spyro Gyra & Mac Miller. Brought together by drummer JaNeka Jackson, also known as "Jae Stix" of Richmond, Ca., the band includes Benny Martinez of Vallejo on bass & guitar and keyboardist Richelle Scales of Winston Salem, NC.

Michael Bang Band - - is a forward looking folk group with a rotating cast of players (including members of Iron Henry, The Riot Professor) that put out their debut full length "The Dead End" in summer 2016. Described by The Deli Magazine as an "avant-classical-folk ensemble" Bang counts among his influences Elliott Smith, Sufjan Stevens, and Nick Drake.

Mar 23, 8pm to 11pm, The Starry Plough Pub - 3101 Shattuck Avenue - Berkeley, CA 94

An Evening with Ira Glass: Seven Things I've Learned

Ira Glass, Cal Performances

Ira Glass, the host of NPR's weekly radio show This American Life, invites us into his creative process, mixing audio clips, music, and video to tell captivating stories live onstage, and sharing lessons and insights gathered over his career.

Mar 23, 8pm to 10pm, Zellerbach Hall

Quote Unquote Collective: Mouthpiece

Quote Unquote Collective, Cal Performances

A two-woman show acclaimed for its raw honesty and insightful portrayal of womanhood, Mouthpiece follows one woman over the course of a day, as she struggles to find her voice and contend with the formidable shadow cast by her mother. The work is co-created and performed by the Toronto-based Quote Unquote Collective, the performers seamlessly integrating sung a cappella passages with spoken text and moments of physicality.

Mar 23, 8pm to 10pm, Zellerbach Playhouse