Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar


String Quartet Sundays featuring "The Town"

Jun 23, 1pm to 3pm, The Musical Offering Cafe, 2430 Bancroft Way, Berkeley

Kumi Uyeda -Bridge Piano Quartet

Jun 23, 3pm to 5pm, Maybeck Studio for the Performing Arts, 1537 Euclid Ave, Berkeley

Kumi Uyeda -Bridge Piano Quartet

Jun 23, 3pm to 5pm, Maybeck Studio for the Performing Arts, 1537 Euclid Ave, Berkeley

Brahms - A German Requiem

Brahms gave his 1868 Requiem the title "A German Requiem" because the texts that he chose are in German, from the Luther Bible, not from the traditional Latin Requiem Mass. Brahms himself said that he would happily call his Requiem a "human" Requiem. It is a stunning work that focuses on comfort for the living - "Blessed are they that mourn, for they shall be comforted." Combining Brahms's beautiful writing and well-crafted structure, it's become one of the most popular symphonic choral works in the literature. Our concerts will open with Brahms' Tragic Overture.

Concert soloists:
Ellen Leslie, soprano
Andrew Pardini, baritone
The soloists are winners of BCCO's Vocal Soloist Competition.

Our concerts are free; donations are always welcome.

Jun 23, 3pm to 4pm, Hertz Hall, on the UC Berkeley Campus

Redwood Grove Fashion Show

Save the date! More details coming soon!

We are pleased to announce that the UC BOTANICAL GARDEN AT BERKELEY will host a Redwood Grove Fashion Show with original garments, textiles, and sculptural adornments created in a collaboration directly inspired in and by the Botanical Garden.

As part of our Year of Ethnobotany celebration, the Garden is proud to support this unique and collaborative Designer-in-Residence Program that features plant-based design and innovation.

After hosting two previous eco-fashion shows with a diversity of talented local designers, the Botanical Garden Designers-in-Residence will be creating a collaborative show on themes of Seeds, Growth, Bloom, and Decay/Transformation.

The Fashion Show will highlight an abundant array of the Bay Area and California's most talented textile artists and fashion designers, including Erica Tanov and Christina Kim, Kristine Vejar, Aleishall Girard Maxon, Sierra Reading, Kenya Miles, Angelina deAntonis, and Ashley Corso.

Jun 23, 4pm to 6pm, UC Botanical Garden

Lisa Geduldig Presents...Pride Comedy Night

Lisa Geduldig Presents...Pride Comedy Night

The producer of San Francisco's acclaimed annual Kung Pao Kosher Comedyâ,,¢ (Jewish comedy on Christmas in a Chinese Restaurant) and numerous other Bay Area comedy shows presents Pride Comedy Night, a 2-night, 2-city LGBT comedy fest: at Kuumbwa Jazz Center in Santa Cruz on Saturday, June 22 at 8pm and Freight & Salvage in Berkeley on Sunday, June 23 at 7pm. Comedy producer/comedian, Lisa Geduldig, and friends return to the intimate 200-seat Kuumbwa Jazz Center after a 7-year hiatus and to Freight & Salvage after testing the comedy waters here last summer.

Pride Comedy Night will feature a very funny, diverse, eclectic array of Bay Area, LA, and Santa Cruz-based LGBT comedians who span a few generations of comedy and have been performing for between 10 and 30 years. This multicultural (Latina, African American, Jewish...) line up consists of Marga Gomez, Sampson McCormick, Karinda Dobbins (Berkeley show only), and Lisa Geduldig. The Santa Cruz show will include special guest, Kim Luke.

Marga Gomez is a GLAAD Award winner and was named "Best Bay Area Comedian" by the SF Weekly, Bay Area Reporter and The SF Bay Guardian. Robin Williams called her "Amazing...a lesbian Lenny Bruce." Armistead Maupin called her "astonishing." Gomez's comedy has been featured on HBO, LOGO, Showtime, Comedy Central and PBS. She has been a guest on leading comedy podcasts Marc Maron's "WTF," "The Keith and The Girl Show," and Kevin Allison's "Risk." Her comic style has been described as "deliciously cheeky and incendiary" by the New York Times and "salaciously surreal" by the San Francisco Chronicle. She is a regular performer on Olivia Cruises and has been featured at numerous comedy festivals including SF Sketchfest, Montreal's Just For Laughs, South Beach Comedy Festival, Vancouver Comedy Festival, and The Edinburgh Fringe Festival. She is also the author/performer of 12 solo plays, which have been presented Off-Broadway, nationally and internationally. Gomez can be seen in season two of the Netflix series Sense8.

Sampson McCormick is an experience, a down to earth comedic force of nature and has been one of the most sought after voices of diversity in comedy for close to two decades. He has appeared on BET, VICELAND, TV One, and several highly acclaimed independent films, including 2017's Oscar nominated I Live Here. His comedy offers riveting and fresh takes on race, religion, politics and sexuality-you know, all those things you aren't supposed to talk about in polite company.

Karinda Dobbins is a Detroit native who was born into a politically active family of skilled storytellers and sharp wits. Her worldview was shaped by their accounts of protest, civil rights and empowerment, weighty subjects that were always leavened with humor. Whenever she heard the grown ups laughing long past her bedtime, she took that as her cue to sneak out of her room and eavesdrop while they entertained themselves with Richard Pryor records. She not only listened, she learned, and grew up to hold her own as a keen comedic commentator. Karinda has appeared at the Bridgetown Comedy Festival and Comedy Central's Colossal Clusterfest. She has opened for Dave Chappelle, Trevor Noah, Michelle Wolf, Gina Yashere, and toured with W. Kamau Bell. Bitch Magazine said Karinda is one of "Six Hilarious Female Comedians You Don't Know Yet - But Should."

Lisa Geduldig is a Bay Area comedian and comedy producer who's the creator, producer, and MC of a variety of comedy shows including Kung Pao Kosher Comedyâ,,¢ - Jewish comedy on Christmas in a Chinese Restaurant, which is in its 27th year, Comedy Returns to El Rio, now celebrating its 10th Anniversary, and Comedy at Ashkenaz, which has been running monthly for the past two years. She moonlights as a freelance arts publicist.

Jun 23, 7pm to 10pm, Freight & Salvage, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley, CA, 94704

The Jupiter Chamber Ensemble play Arensky and Taneyev

The Berkeley Hillside Club is pleased to to welcome our friends, the Jupiter Chamber Ensemble, back to our stage with pair of marvelous Russian piano quintets by Anton Arensky and Sergei Taneyev. Joining the Jupiter Ensemble for this performance will be virtuoso pianist, Arkadi Serper. Don't miss these remarkable artists performing in our historic and acoustically-excellent hall.

The Jupiter Chamber Ensemble are:
Victor Romasevich - violin
Michael Jones - violin
Stephen Levintow - viola
Paul Rhodes - cello
with special guest:
Arkadi Serper - piano

The Program:
Piano Quintet in D Major, Op. 51 - Anton Arensky
Piano Quintet in G Major, Op. 30 - Sergei Taneyev

The Artists: In 1997, two veteran freelancers, violinist Michael Jones and Juilliard-trained violist Steve Levintow, recruited BBC Orchestra violinist Andrew Davies and cellist Paul Hale of the Oakland Symphony to found the Jupiter Chamber Players. The group had the good fortune to connect with Marvin Sanders, director of Live Oak Concerts at the Berkeley Art Center, just as the Center's previous ensemble-in-residence, the Cypress Quartet, left to launch their international career. The Art Center remained the Jupiter's "home" venue for 10 years. Paul Rhodes replaced Hale in 2000, bringing his years of experience in numerous orchestras and as soloist with the Carmel Bach Festival. Two years later, Davies left to pursue other projects, and San Francisco Symphony member Victor Romasevich took over as first violinist. Romasevich brought deep fascination with Russian chamber music, including masterworks by such composers as Sergei Taneyev, Georgy Catoire, and Iosif Andriasov (with whom Romasevich studied violin and viola) - all links in a tradition going back to Tchaikovsky through the Moscow Conservatory. The Jupiter Chamber Players take pleasure in introducing wider audiences to the work of these composers, while continuing also to present more familiar Russian and European repertoire.

Arkadi Serper is a prominent pianist and composer. He had an outstanding career as Musical Director of the Musical Theater Department at the Gnesin Conservatory prior to his move to the Bay Area in 1992. Mr. Serper has performed in Europe, the United States, and Asia. His compositions have been performed by the Stockton Symphony, Vallejo Symphony, Kairos Youth Choir, The Crowden School, and the San Francisco Boys' Chorus. He has been a member of the Crowden faculty since 1992, coaching chamber music and teaching music theory and composition. Mr. Serper teaches piano at CCMC.

Jun 23, 7pm to 8:30pm, Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar St, Berkeley, CA 94709, United States