Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar


TDPS Fall 2019 Production Auditions

UC Berkeley's Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies (TDPS) will hold open auditions for its Fall 2019 productions, "Who Shot La Miguelito?" and "The Caucasian Chalk Circle." Auditions are open to all currently enrolled UC Berkeley students.

Callbacks will take place Friday, August 30, from 6-10pm and Saturday, August 31, from 12-3pm.

Participants must read the TDPS casting policy, participant rights and responsibilities, and production details before signing up for an audition time via the link below.

Audition Requirements: The audition monologue should be contemporary and no longer than two minutes. If you play a musical instrument or sing, please be prepared to demonstrate or discuss. Please bring a headshot or recent snapshot from the shoulders up, and a resume if you have one. A link to an electronic audition form will be provided.

<b>Click here to view production details and sign up for an audition time on the TDPS Callboard.</b>

Aug 29, 5:30pm to 10:30pm, Zellerbach Playhouse

A Plurality of One: The Song of Walt Whitman

National Delivery presents A Plurality of One:
The Song of Walt Whitman

Walt Whitman takes spectral form to discuss the central poem in his oeuvre, "Song of Myself" - its meaning, its influence, its appeal to be embodied. Discover that mortality need not preclude an author appearance, and that Whitman's song - an expression of native soul as essential as The Declaration of Independence or "Johnny B. Goode" - works best as a chorale for mixed voice, including yours.

Written and staged by Joe Christiano.
Performed by Stanley Spenger.
Music by Justin Jones

Aug 29, 7:30pm to 8:30pm, Pegasus Books, 1855 Solano Ave, Berkeley

Larry Vann Trio

Larry Vann is a vocalist, drummer and bandleader, known as the "Groove Merchant," who creates authentic root music which fuses the essence of soul-stirring blues, sweet, mellow jazz and genuine soul, R&B and funk.

Mr. Vann has performed with many great artists such as The Whispers, Elvin Bishop, Charles Brown, Martha Reeves, The Marvalettes, Curtis Mayfield and the Impressions, Charlie Musselwhite, Brian Auger and many others, and also with his own band for over 30 years. His work with the popular San Francisco Bay Area blues group, Ron Thompson & the Resistors, contributed to the band earning two Bay Area Music Awards (BAMMIES). He has also been honored with the Blues Society's West Coast Hall of Fame's "Blues Drummer of the Year" award, and The Jazz Institute's "Man of the Year" award. In addition, he has been honored to serve as a Governor on the governing board of the San Francisco chapter of The Recording Academy® (GRAMMYs).

Tim Landis is a guitarist who performs weekly with the Glide Church Change Band and has performed with the legendary Sugar Pie DeSanto.

Michael Warren is a vocalist, bassist and keyboardist with a funky, progressive approach. He has performed and toured with a great spectrum of dynamic artists including Merl Saunders, BB King, Randy Crawford, Maria Muldaur, Buddy Miles, The Crusaders, The Dave Matthews Band and many others.

Aug 29, 8pm to 10pm, The Back Room Music, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704, USA

Jeff Denson, Romain Pilon & Brian Blade

Get your tickets now for a special concert with three world-renowned musicians, Jeff Denson, Romain Pilon and Brian Blade. They will be performing music from their upcoming trio recording, "Between Two Worlds," on Ridgeway Records. There is limited seating for this concert, so order your tickets !

Band Members and Instrumentation
Jeff Denson - double bass
Romain Pilon - guitar
Brian Blade - drums

Denson has "considerable gifts as an improviser, interpreter and sonic trailblazer..." - Ken Micallef, DownBeat Magazine
"[Romain] Pilon is world class." - Financial Times
"Brian Blade is one of the finest drummers of his generation." - Steve Greenlee, JazzTimes

When these virtuoso players meet on the bandstand, the result is sheer magic. Join revered French guitarist Romain Pilon, powerhouse drummer Brian Blade and internationally acclaimed bassist, vocalist, and composer Jeff Denson as they celebrate their Ridgeway Records album Between Two Worlds. The recording features originals by Denson and Pilon, who met two decades ago as students at Boston's Berklee College of Music. After graduation they pursued their own careers, but reunited occasionally to reclaim their musical camaraderie. When Denson played with Blade on a 2017 tour with Joel Harrison's Spirit House, they clicked. "We deeply connected right away, from the first notes in the sound check," says Denson. "It felt like kindred spirits, rhythmically; a whole other language was taking place behind the soloists, and it was totally enthralling." Denson thought of Pilon as an ideal third partner. "He's a virtuoso player but very sensitive and very musical, the same words I would use to describe Brian." Denson extended an invitation to Pilon and Blade, who enthusiastically accepted. The result is one of the most captivating new groups in jazz, a trio of players with unmistakable chops, unquestionable creativity, and probing sensitivity.

Aug 29, 8pm to 10pm, Rendon Hall/Fiddler Annex @ California Jazz Conservatory 2040 Addison Street, Berkeley