Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar


Exploration of Forms: Square Dance with Evie Ladin and Bearcat Stringband

Evie Ladin\
Bearcat Stringband

This Square Dance workshop features live, old-time string band music and easy instruction before and throughout each dance. A new generation continues to enjoy how this very American social dance brings people together. Far from the trauma imposed in elementary school, or the structure of square dance clubs, this dance form in its organic state-a mix of white, black, and brown influences from the American south-is rowdy, accessible, and fun. Shift your stereotypes about southern culture, and get a taste of dancing in community with dance calling from Evie Ladin and live music from the Bearcat Stringband.

<b>Exploration of Forms</b> is a free, public workshop series. No previous dance experience is necessary. All workshops take place on Sundays, 10am-12pm, in Bancroft Dance Studio at UC Berkeley.

<b>About the Instructor:</b>

Banjo player, singer, songwriter, percussive-dancer, choreographer, and square-dance caller, Evie Ladin grew up steeped in traditional folk music/dance, and brings a contemporary vision to her compositions and choreography. Evie's performances, recordings and teaching reconnect Appalachian music/dance with other African-Diaspora traditions, and have been heard from A Prairie Home Companion to Lincoln Center, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass to Celtic Connections. Based in Oakland, CA, Evie tours with Keith Terry and the Evie Ladin Band; and has produced 8 CDs and two instructional DVDs. In the percussive dance world, she is Executive Director of the International Body Music Festival, directs the moving choir MoToR/dance, does educational outreach with Crosspulse, and is an ace freestyle flatfooter. In the trad world, Evie teaches clawhammer banjo and harmony singing at the infamous Freight & Salvage, online at Peghead Nation and numerous camps and events. She leads rowdy square dance parties, getting every body easily dancing. In the songwriter world, she just writes great songs, subtitling her own band "neo-trad kinetic folk." A highly entertaining performer, Evie enjoys facilitating arts learning in diverse communities.

Feb 23, 10am to 12 noon, Bancroft Studio (2401 Bancroft)

Folk Music and Tales of Greece

Join us on a storied journey to Greece, carried on the waves of folk music and tales!
With music by Agapi Mou, and Greek myths brought to new life by storytellers Liz Nichols, Kiran Rana, and Ruth Halpern. 
Tickets: $20 advance / $24 day of the show

Performances by:
Agapi Mou is a four-piece ensemble that plays Greek traditional music, with an emphasis on tradition - no modern sound effects or drum machines, just violin, clarinet, hand drums, laouto, and voice. The name Agapi Mou means "my love" in Greek and describes the group's feeling for the music they play. Formed in 2009, the group performs in the San Francisco Bay Area at festivals, restaurants, dance venues, concert halls, and private parties.

Liz Nichols got lost in the Folklore & Mythology section of the public library at age ten and hasn't found her way out yet! She brings her teaching and (View Full Event Description Here:

Kiran Rana discovered storytelling at Stagebridge in Oakland, learning fundamentals from Kirk Waller. He has told at the Marsh in Berkeley, at Silk Road House, Lovelines, the Storytelling Association of California (SAC) and with Eth-Noh-Tec at the East-West Storyfest. He has a background in Sufism and mysticism and has a lot of fun telling Sufi stories and Krishna stories from India, slipping in the occasional porquoi and personal story.

<p>Ruth Halpern has been telling stories from around the world for over 30 years. She also tells personal stories, and improvised stories made up on the spot. She has taught storytelling to everyone from kindergarteners to corporate board members.</p><p>Her passion is finding stories that resonate on many levels, and bringing them to life by "telling the pictures."</p>

Feb 23, 12:30 noon to 2pm, Ashkenaz Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin: Secrets of the Baroque

Veracini/Overture No. 6 in G minor
Van Wassenaer/Concerto Armonico No. 5 in F minor
C.P.E. Bach/Oboe Concerto in B-flat major
Telemann/Sinfonia Melodica
A. Scarlatti/Concerto Grosso No. 5 in D minor
Vivaldi/Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 4, No. 8, RV 249
Handel/Concerto Grosso in D minor, Op. 3, No. 5

Feb 23, 3pm to 5pm, Hertz Concert Hall

Cirque Ã%loize: Hotel

A pioneer of contemporary circus arts, Cirque Ã%loize delivers uproarious comedy through a mix of acrobatics, aerial routines, and live music. In their newest show, Hotel, set in an elegant Art Deco lobby, a cast of captivating characters-from a juggling janitor to a hapless tightrope-walking bellhop to a starlet flying through the air on a trapeze swing-takes viewers through the unexpected encounters that fuel every memorable traveler's tale.

Feb 23, 3pm to 5pm, Zellerbach Hall

Wendy Burch Steel & Redwood

Wendy Burch Steel & Redwood play a unique cross-section of genres and original songs, incorporating all the good and sweet aspects of bluegrass, old-time, country, folk, and blues. Wendy's debut CD, Open Wings, received rave reviews nationally and internationally, airplay and interviews on various radio shows and Americana and Bluegrass publications.

Wendy Burch Steel is an award-winning songwriter and singer, known for her deft angelic voice and spiritually touching original material. She has been nominated for Female Vocalist of the Year for the past three years by the Northern California Bluegrass Society. Wendy has been writing and performing music most of her life, starting with her family, whose father was a teacher of his five children in barbershop style harmonies. She has been the band leader of many groups, such as the folk trio Du Soleil in the 1970s, Oyster Stew bluegrass band, and currently, Wendy Burch Steel & Redwood. She is a published poet and author/illustrator of two books of poetry, with a Masters in Creative Writing/Poetry from SFSU. Her solo CD, Open Wings, made its debut in 2012.

Butch Waller, mandolin, vocals and songwriting, is known locally and nationally for his innovative and tradition-based approach to his instrument. Butch was one of the first to play bluegrass music in Northern California, and founded his own band, High Country, in 1968. A gifted songwriter, Butch has penned several songs that are found in the repertoire of Wendy Burch Steel and Redwood.

Glenn Dauphin, guitar and vocals, has been performing with bluegrass bands in the Bay Area over 30 years. He is Northern California Bluegrass Society's Guitar Player of the Year for 2014.

Allegra Thompson, bass and vocals, is known both for the power and clarity of her singing and for providing a rock-steady rhythm bed on guitar or upright bass. Her home-grown perspective on American roots music was nurtured by her parents, local musicians Eric and Suzy Thompson, who raised her on a steady diet of blues, bluegrass, Cajun, and Appalachian old time music.

Wendy Burch Steel and Redwood often play at local venues such as The Freight & Salvage Coffee House, The Back Room in Berkeley, First Street Café in Benicia, Sutter Creek Theatre, the Monkey House in Berkeley, the Bistro, Thee Parkside, Overland Bar and Grill, The Roxx on Main, among many other great venues and house concerts. The band is also a favorite at festivals, and has played on Vern's Stage at the California Bluegrass Association Father's Day Festival in Grass Valley, the Cloverdale Fiddle Festival, the Berkeley Bluegrass Festival, the Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival, and the Plumas Homegrown Americana Festival.

The musicians release a brand new Redwood CD in January 2020, In Flight, with original songs and great covers, including songs written individually by Wendy, and Butch Waller, and one song composed by both Butch and Wendy. Among the cover songs, "Long Time Gone," originally by the Everly Brothers in the `60s, is done with an upbeat bluegrass twist, with Glenn on lead and Wendy on harmony, and an interplay of John Schott's electric guitar with Glenn's amazing acoustic guitar playing. "My Texas Girl," from the Carter Family, features Allegra singing a beautiful and moving lead, with Glenn and Wendy harmonizing. Wendy sings lead on "Blue Skies and Teardrops" by Lynn Morris, with harmonies by Butch and Glenn. The band's beautiful rendition of "When the Golden Leaves Begin to Fall" features Butch on mandolin in faithful tribute to the song's originator Bill Monroe, with Glenn on lead and Butch and Wendy on harmonies.

The band has collectively been together for close to a decade. The process by which they arrange songs is an exciting creative one, informed by the knowledge and vision of each band member, culminating in wonderful and well-performed songs. This performance will feature special guest artists who added their talents to this CD: Brandon Godman, Patrick Sauber, and Emily Mann.

"Wendy's vocals have a warmth and presence." - Bluegrass Breakdown (California Bluegrass Association), Brenda Hough

"Steel's heartfelt vocals...draws from bluegrass, folk, and blues influences." - Bluegrass Today, John Curtis Goad

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!

Feb 23, 5pm to 7pm, The Back Room, 1984 Bonita 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 23, 8pm to 9:30pm, Zellerbach Playhouse

Colin Cotter // Zoe Guigueno

Colin Cotter
Colin Cotter is a singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist who began fiddling at the age of four as a continuation of his family's tradition in Finnish fiddle music. A few years into his life as a fiddler, he dove into the world of Scottish and Irish fiddle music, never looking back. He is also a self-taught guitarist, blending a wide range of influences to craft a unique rhythmic style that he brings to collaborations with artists from across the musical spectrum.

Colin has toured internationally as a bandleader, guitarist, fiddler, and singer-songwriter in the Celtic-Americana bands MAC (also featuring Ryan McKasson and Elias Alexander) and A Thousand Years at Sea, and in collaboration with many other musicians, including Adrianna Ciccone (2015 Canadian Folk Music Awards Solo Instrumentalist of the Year), Zach Brock (Snarky Puppy), Sumaia Jackson, Mari Black, Neil Pearlman, Galen Fraser, and more. Beyond touring, Colin is a regular faculty member at Alasdair Fraser's Valley of the Moon Scottish Fiddling School and the Mike Block String Camp.

Zoe Guigueno
An islander from the west coast of Canada, Zoe Guigueno is a versatile musician who lives in New York City and tours all over the world playing bass & singing. Her dad listened to Neil Young, Randy Newman and Van Morrison; her mom listened to Tracy Chapman, Lauryn Hill and Queen. Combining that with community-potluck-Rise-Up-Singing jams, and discovering Dave Holland on the radio at age 12, Zoe's musical tastes unfurled in many directions throughout her childhood. While the upright bass is her primary instrument, she continues to play guitar and piano, and has written countless songs and instrumental pieces. Her debut solo recording, Five Songs, was released in September 2018, after a three-year studio collaboration with Brooklyn-based producer Alec Spiegelman. Zoe has a new album in the pipes, to be released spring 2020.

Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door, general admission; $10 for students with ID. 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 23, 8:30pm to 10:30pm, The Back Room, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley