Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar


Bob Kenmotsu Quartet

Bob Kenmotsu and friends play music that explores a deeply personal way of phrasing that grooves and swings! Bob is a sax player that loves the great combo sounds of tenor sax giants such as Lester Young, Wardell Gray, Sonny Stitt, Joe Henderson, and Jerry Bergonzi.

Bob was born in Stockton, CA, and graduated from San Jose State University with a Jazz major. He then moved to New York, where he was a member of the Jack McDuff organ combo, and the Ruth Brown Band. He recorded The Spark with Billy Hart and Ira Coleman, and Bronx Tale with Pat Martino and Jack McDuff. Bob also played on Pat Martino's Nightwings with Bill Stewart and Marc Johnson. While living back East, Bob received a New Jersey Arts Commission Grant for composition.

In 1994, Bob went to Japan on a Japan/US Fellowship cultural exchange grant, and lived there until 1997. While there, he played many clubs, concerts, festivals, and toured the country several times.

In 1997, he returned to the US, this time to the San Francisco Bay Area, and recorded Looking at Air, with Bill Stewart, Essiet Okun Essiet and Joel Weiskopf.

Bob now lives in Berkeley, CA and is performing at Jazz clubs and concerts on the West Coast, and tours Japan every autumn.

His latest recording, Trio, features David Wong (bass) and Rodney Green (drums). This performance features Adam Gay (bass), Tony Johnson (drums), and Dave Udolf (piano).

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!

Jul 14, 1pm to 2:30pm, The Back Room Music, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley

String Quartet Sundays featuring "The Town"

Jul 14, 1pm to 3pm, The Musical Offering Cafe, 2430 Bancroft Way, Berkeley

Saturday Storytime at Books Inc. Berkeley

Join Books Inc. Berkeley for Storytime! Every Sunday at noon. (Ages 3+)

Jul 14, 1pm to 2pm, Books Inc. 1491 Shattuck Ave Berkeley

¡Batey Boricua! Puerto Rican Community Jam

Donation-based entry: $5-$10 Sliding Scale
This is an all ages jam, held by the Bay Area Bomba y Plena Workshop!

This event is family friendly and encourages your participation. We will dance, sing, play drums and enjoy delicious food by Los Cilantros. Bring your voice, barriles, faldas and maracas as we sing, play and dance in community!

Bomba is a traditional form of Puerto Rican music and dance. The central feature of all bomba dancing is its improvisational character. The dancer calls, with her or his moves, for specific accents and figures, piquetes, that the drummer has to execute on the drum. This occurs in the form of a friendly yet fiery competition where each dancer and drummer showcases their skills.

Musically, bomba features the use of the drum and other percussion instruments in combination with an African derived call and response vocal style.
The Batey Boricua community jam is brought to you by The Bomba y Plena Workshop at La Peña. Classes for children are available on Thursdays at 4pm, and for adults Sundays 1pm-3pm. Check out La Peña's Classes Calendar here for more information.


Jul 14, 2pm to 5pm, La Peña Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck Ave. , Berkeley


Figaro! Figaro! Figaro!

Only the clever barber can help Rosina outwit her guardian, Bartolo, to wind up in the arms of her true love, Almaviva.

Pocket Opera and Cinnabar Theater present our first co-production!

Jul 14, 2pm to 5pm, Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar St, Berkeley, CA 94709, United States

41st annual San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival

Twenty-eight world dance and music groups composed of nearly five hundred local artists will take the stage for the 41st annual San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival-the largest, longest-running and most comprehensive event of its kind in North America. In association with Cal Performances, the San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival will return to UC Berkeley's Zellerbach Hall in July. Two different programs will be presented Saturday and Sunday, July 6 and 7, at 3 pm and Saturday and Sunday, July 13 and 14, at 3 pm and Zellerbach Hall is located at Bancroft Way and Dana Street in Berkeley. Nine groups of artists will make their Festival debuts and the season will feature eight world premieres.

Weekend 2 features Performances by 13 Bay Area dance and music ensembles showcasing traditions from around the world.
Awon Ohun Omnira (Voices of Freedom) - African-American Ritual
Ballet Folklorico Nube de Oro - Mexican Folkloric (Durango)
Cunamacue - Afro-Peruvian
Diamano Coura West African Dance Company - Liberian Traditional
FengYe Dance Studio - Chinese Classical
Guru Shradha + Antara Asthaayi Dance + Navia Dance Academy - Indian Odissi, Kathak, & Bharatanatyam
Jackeline Rago - Venezuelan Folk Music
Parangal Dance Company - Philippine Folkloric (Yakan)
Tara Catherine Pandeya + Abbos Kosimov - Contemporary Tajik and Uzbek Shashmaqom
Te Mana O Te Ra - Tahitian ?Ote'a

Jul 14, 3pm to 5pm, Zellerbach Hall, UC BErkeley

Telegraph String Quartet + Clarinet

Jul 14, 3pm to 5pm, Maybeck Studio for the Performing Arts, 1537 Euclid Ave, Berkeley

Blues Vocal Jam Session


The Jazzschool Vocal Department presents a blues vocal jam session, hosted by Pamela Rose. All are welcome! Singers should bring three copies of their song for the band. Please arrive by 4:00 pm to sign up.

$10 suggested donation at the door

Jul 14, 4:30pm to 5:30pm, California Jazz Conservatory 2087 Addison St, Berkeley

Catherine deCuir and The Bob Schoen Trio

Jul 14, 5pm to 7pm, Caffe Chiave, 2500 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

4th Street Fine Art 2019 Invitational Show

Artists Reception: July 14, 5-7pm

4th Street Fine Art is proud to host our first invitational show. For this special summer event, our resident artists each invited a special guest artist of their choice. The result is a delightful combination of abstract, realism, collage and fine drawing. If you're looking for something new at 4th Street Fine Art, look no further. Come by for the reception and meet the accomplished artists we're showcasing in July.

About the Artists
Selected Statements and Biographies

Mary Burger I make abstract paintings and mixed-media works that use geometric and biomorphic forms to explore scale, repetition, and perspective, and to discover new visual languages to describe perception.

Joshua Coffy is a self-taught artist living and working in San Francisco. He grew up in a variety of locales from Ohio to New Mexico to Florida and finally California. Moving from one region to another helped to shape his cultural views of the world as well as inspire him to create art in unique and varied ways. Jennie Drummond As a teacher, I create an environment in which students are responsible and empowered while they investigate different mediums and skills to help them think both creatively and actively.

Oakland painter Lorrie Fink interprets images she has collected from the natural world, using the expressiveness of botanical and geologic forms to investigate pattern and color. With her studio located in her garden, she is surrounded by the bounty of nature.

Daniel San Souci studied the paintings of Edward Hopper, Winslow Homer and Andrew Wyeth. There is a certain narrative quality to their paintings which Daniel loves.

Adele Louise Shaw: My work looks to connect the observer to water; to transport them to a place of spirituality and sublimity, much like the works of Anselm Keifer and Cy Twombly, two artists I admire. By creating stirring, emotional paintings of water I hope to emphasize our collective awareness of the importance of water, one painting at a time.

Erin Wheeler: I make bright colored collage works that employ a meticulous assemblage of found papers often bound together with looping brushstrokes.

Eugene Young: Croque debris translates to "debris sketch". I coined the term in 2014 with the help of my artist friend Chantal Fournier of Quebec, Canada. After my morning walk, run or workout, I would find a leaf with an interesting shape or color and commit to a 45-minute- to hour-long watercolor painting.

Jul 14, 5pm to 7pm, 4th Street Fine Art, 2000 Fourth St, Berkeley, CA 94710, United States

The Mark Holzinger Group: CD Release Show

Western Swing Hall of Fame guitarist Mark Holzinger takes-off on vintage swing guitar tunes he has played throughout his life for this romping CD release show, celebrating his new album, Take-off Guitar!, which you can find on CD Baby, iTunes, Amazon,Spotify and more.

Backed by his core trio of bassist Simon Planting and drummer John Waller, many fun twists come into play with varied special guest musicians, including Bobby Black (pedal steel guitar) and Jim Hurley (violin). Pianist and Back Room host Sam Rudin will join in on some tunes and featured vocalist Pam Brandon will sing a handful of vintage jazz and western swing favorites.

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door, general admission; $10 for low-income individuals. 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!

Jul 14, 5pm to 7pm, The Back Room Music, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley

UL14 FailSafe / Troubled Minds / Cardboard Boxer / Something Winona +

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Something Winona
Surprise Privilege
ALL AGES. $10 + $2 membership - support the touring bands!

Jul 14, 6pm to 10pm, 924 Gilman 924 Gilman St, Berkeley