Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar


Joan Frank

Joan Frank launches two prize-winning new books: Where You're All Going, a quartet of novellas, winner of the Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction, and Try to Get Lost: Essays on Travel and Place (winner of the River Teeth Literary Nonfiction Prize).

In Where You're All Going, Frank invites readers into the inner lives of characters bewildered by love, grief, and inexplicable affinities. A young couple navigates a strange friendship and unexpected pregnancy; a woman recalls the bizarre fallout of her former lover's fame; a lonely widow is drawn to an arrogant young man; a wealthy spiritual seeker grapples with what wealth cannot affect. Witty and humane, Frank taps the riches of the novella form as she writes of loneliness, friendship, loss, and the filaments of intimacy that connect us through time.

"Funny, edgy, poignant and true....You'll feel more alive when you read these stories, and hold closer to you the people you cherish."

Through the author's travels in Europe and the United States, Try to Get Lost explores the quest for place that compels and defines us: the things we carry, how politics infuse geography, media's depictions of an idea of home, the ancient and modern reverberations of the word "hotel," and the ceaseless discovery generated by encounters with self and others on familiar and foreign ground. Frank posits that in fact time itself may be our ultimate, inhabited place-the "vastest real estate we know," with a "stunningly short" lease.

"A bold, engaging disquisition on the perils and promises of travel: both cranky and wise, worldly and cultivated, humorous and rueful, its every sentence sparkles. All in all, it is thoroughly entertaining, a sophisticated pleasure."-Phillip Lopate

Joan Frank is the author of seven books of literary fiction and a book of collected essays. Her last novel, All the News I Need, won the Juniper Prize for Fiction. Her book of essays, Because You Have To: A Writing Life, won the Silver ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year Award. A MacDowell Fellow and recipient of many honors, Frank also reviews literary fiction and nonfiction. She lives with her husband, playwright Bob Duxbury, in the North Bay.

Feb 20, 7:30pm to 8:30pm, Mrs Dalloway's Bookstore, 2904 College Ave, Berkeley

TDPS presents Berkeley Dance Project 2020

Lisa Wymore\
Eden Cayabyab, Joyce Chan, Erik Lee, Michelle Lin, Latanya d. Tigner, Namrata Subramanian and Mitali Yadav, Lisa Wymore

Exploring the intersections of dance and community, the annual TDPS dance concert poses critical questions for our divisive times: How can dance create inclusive exchanges between audiences and performers? How can dance making be a form of community making? How do communities use dance performance to bring forth new narratives and framings of the world?

The program features new pieces created by Bay Area choreographers Lisa Wymore, Latanya Tigner, and Erik Lee, as well as pieces created by emerging student choreographers and campus dance groups.


Thursday, February 20, 2020 - 8 p.m.
Friday, February 21, 2020 - 8 p.m.
Saturday, February 22, 2020 - 8 p.m. *
Thursday, February 27, 2020 - 8 p.m.
Friday, February 28, 2020 - 8 p.m.
Saturday, February 29, 2020 - 8 p.m.

<b>* Accessibility:</b>

Wheelchair accessible spaces and assistive listening devices are available for all performances. Live audio description, a pre-show haptic access tour, and ASL interpretation will be provided for the performance on Saturday, February 22. Please reserve an audio headset, an access tour, or other access services by completing this form.


<em>East and West: The Fusion of 2 Cultures</em>
by Namrata Subramanian & Mitali Yadav (Maya at Cal)

<em>Com. De/vices</em>
by Erik Lee

by Joyce Chan

<em>Cycle</em> (audio described dance)
by Lisa Wymore

by Michelle Lin (Fei Tian Dancers)

by Eden Cayabyab

<em>United in Belonging</em>
by Latanya d. Tigner

Feb 20, 8pm to 9:30pm, Zellerbach Playhouse

We Shall Overcome: A Celebration of Martin Luther King Jr., featuring Damien Sneed

Composer and pianist Damien Sneed's tribute to the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. celebrates a living lineage of African-American music and culture that ranges from gospel, spirituals, and classical music to jazz and Broadway. Sneed, who has collaborated with Wynton Marsalis, the Clark Sisters, Aretha Franklin, and Jessye Norman, is joined by five singers, the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir, and a live band for a performance of iconic songs by Aretha Franklin, Duke Ellington, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, and Nina Simone, as well as traditional spirituals that evoke the struggles and triumphs of the civil rights movement. The music is interwoven with excerpts of Dr. King's recorded speeches.

Feb 20, 8pm to 10pm, Zellerbach Hall

Kenya Moses & Friends

Kenya Moses and her musical colleagues explore the jazz sounds of Brazil and the Americas, past and present. An ensemble of acclaimed Bay Area musicians performing music in the era of Bossa Nova to Modern Day Jazz - this is an evening of music that touches the heart.


Kenya Moses - Vocals
Aaron Germain - Bass
Ami Molinelli- Percussion
Camille Mai - Piano, vocals

About the Artist: Kenya Moses is a retired classical vocalist who fell in love with the sounds of Brazil while reconnecting with her Afro-Brazilian roots. She has performed across the US and Italy as a solo classical vocalist, opera and choral ensemble member, in addition to lending her talents to Latin and Jazz ensembles over the past two decades.

Tickets are $18 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!

Feb 20, 8pm to 10pm, The Back Room, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley