Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar


Free Live Jazz most Thursdays

Apr 25, 4pm to 6pm, The Musical Offering Cafe, 2430 Bancroft Way, Berkeley

Was es alles gibt: A German Cabaret

The UC Berkeley students of German once again present a (mostly) humorous mixture of poetry, skits, and music in their annual cabaret program with texts by Robert Gernhardt, Ernst Jandl, Karl Valentin, Friedrich Hölderlin and many others. A poetic and playful celebration of the German language featuring a marital dispute with only the nicest of words, the adventures of German tourists in search for lunch in Berkeley, a couple of really bad jokes, and a philosophical look at the existential qualities of a table. Mixed in are mice, bats, and cats, an intercultural love song, and instructions on how doing dishes can become a swashbuckling adventure - all of this in under an hour, free and open to the public, and, yes, in German.

Apr 25, 7pm to 8pm, B-4 Dwinelle Hall

AGO: A New Workshop Production Written and Directed by Stan Lai

April 25-28, 2019
230 Hearst Gymnasium
Free Admission with Reservation*

We reminisce about the past, dream about the future, but are rarely present in the moment. In fact, as the word "present" slipped through our tongues, it was already AGO. Stan Lai (creator of A Dream Like A Dream, which first used the unique "theatre in the surround" configuration) has returned to UC Berkeley to create AGO, a play that examines the journey of characters through repeated triumph and failure, victory and folly.

Displaced from a small mountain village near the Himalayas to the never-sleeping New York, people are chased by calamities, searching for a pure land of eternal fulfillment and happiness. The play is a rare experience of theatre in the "surround." AGO in its entirety is conceived to be a 3 1/2 hour performance in 4 Acts. For this performance, we are presenting Acts 1 and 2. Act 3 takes place in New York and the Himalayas, where the surviving characters set forth to find the Pure Land in Dorje's visions. The aftermath of this expedition is Act 4, set in New York.

*Online ticket link closes 2 hours before showtime. After that time, you may request admission at the door, depending on seating availability.

Apr 25, 7pm to 10:30pm, 230 Hearst Gymnasium

Proteus Trio

Three musicians from the Bay area with 3 different musical trajectories - all rooted in classical music and jazz.

Their debut album ranges from a Venezuelan Joropo to an Evan Price jazz original. A musical tribute to Gabriel Faure to a gnarly 7/8 rock hit by Lewis. No bass just Lewis tearing it up on cello.

Lewis Patzner on cello is a member of the seminal power rock trio Judgement Day. He graduated from the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore with a BM in cello performance. He has performed with the Baltimore Philharmonia, Berkeley Symphony, Berkeley Opera, Napa Valley Symphony and numerous other classical, jazz, and avant-garde ensembles on both coasts.

Evan Price
Evan Price on violin is a charter member of Grammy award winning Turtle Island Quartet as well as a member of The Hot Club of Sf, the oldest gypsy jazz ensemble in America. He is a gifted composer having written for New Century Orchestra, Chanticleer and Turtle Island Quartet among others. Evan just released his first well received solo album. Evan is a master of gypsy jazz channeling the spirit of Grapelli with effortless swing and technique.

Jonathan Alford has been a mainstay on the jazz and latin bay area music scene for over 20 years and brings a Salsa and Cuban based musical sensibility to the group .Jonathan has played with many of the Latin legends including Orestes Vilato, Chocolate Armenteros, John Santos and Pete Escovedo. He is the leader of Azesu featuring Maria Marquez.

Apr 25, 8pm to 10pm, Freight & Salvage, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley

Kate Copeland and Kirsten Maxwell

Kate Copeland is an award-winning singer/songwriter composer/arranger based out of Los Angeles.

A graduate of Oberlin Conservatory's composition program, she has worked in the studio with a variety of artists in addition to putting out her own music. Some recent production credits include General Mojo's How Hollow A Heart EP (2016), Mike O'Malley's Growlers EP (2016), and DOUGMORE's debut album Outorboros (2017). She released her first solo album, recollection room, in June 2015, and her follow-up EP Red and Blue in May 2016. ASCAP declared her 2016's winner of the prestigious Robert Allen Award for songwriting.

"With soft instrumentals, enchanting vocals, and gypsy-soul lyrics, Kate Copeland is remarkable." - Planet Stereo

"Kate's songs have a lot of words. They are the right words. Most importantly they say something." - Wise Madness

Kirsten Maxwell is a New York-raised, Nashville-based singer/songwriter. She has toured extensively over the past 4 years, and has shared stages with such musical greats as Melissa Etheridge, Ferron, and Karla Bonoff.

Last year, Maxwell performed a solo show at The Cutting Room in NYC, accompanied by Paul Shaffer. In a review of her latest self-titled EP, John Apice of No Depression writes, "Her voice alone wraps itself around your ears...this is an artist still in the making and not just a singer." In September 2018, Maxwell performed the single from the EP on Good Day New York.

"I once saw Kirsten Maxwell take the stage in a raucous bar. The patrons were there to drink, not listen. She began a delicate ballad, and by the third line, she had them in the palm of her hand. Kirsten is a strikingly special performer." - Paul Shaffer

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Children under 12 are free. Advance tickets are available at the link below, or you may purchase your tickets at the door the night of the show. Doors open one half hour before show time. We accept cash only at the door (ATMs are nearby).

The Back Room is an all-ages, BYOB (for those 21+) space, dedicated to (mostly) acoustic music of all kinds. You are welcome to bring your own adult beverage with no additional corkage fee. If you need more information or have any questions, please call us: #510-654-3808. Thank you for your support!

Apr 25, 8pm to 10pm, The Back Room Music, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley