TAKACS QUARTET One of the world’s great string quartets, Sunday’s Cal Performances concert by the Takács Quartet includes works by Haydn, Brahms and the 30-year-old, California-born, Brooklyn-based Timo Andres. The program opens with Haydn’s G minor, Op. 74, No. 3, “The Rider,” one of his most popular quartets. Andres’ “String Language” was composed for the Takács, who premiered it last November in Baltimore. The program closes with Brahms’ third and final quartet (although written mid-career), the B-flat major, Op. 67. 3 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 21, Hertz Hall. Tickets starting at $64 from Cal Performances. (more…)
HENRY IV PART 1 AT JOHN HINKEL PARK Berkeley’s beautiful amphitheater at John Hinkel Park plays host to The Free Theater for four weekends, starting on Sat., July 11. The company is putting on a spartan, feisty production of Shakespeare’s play Henry IV Part 1. Just like when Shotgun mounted productions at the open-air amphitheater, it will be “pass the hat” after the show with sausages on the grill. Music will be played, swords will be clashed, and impassioned text will take hold of the space. The fledgling company is mentored by Shotgun Players as part of its Make a Difference program. Henry IV Part 1 runs through Sunday Aug. 2. Watch a video about the production, and get full details, on The Free Theater’s website. (more…)
STAND UP SIT DOWN If you’re looking for laughs, try the La Peña Cultural Center this Friday for a comedy show hosted by Karinda Dobbins and Dhaya Lakshminarayanan. The socio-political comedians will be treating guests to some stand-up comedy and a sit-down interview with special guest Bryant Terry, a chef and activist who is working to create a sustainable and just food system. Guest comedian Nato Green will also be joining in to humorously discuss current events. To help readers get a proper sense of the event, the La Peña website asks them to “imagine if renegade comedians locked Wolf Blitzer in a broom closet and then ran CNN’s ‘Situation Room.’” The show will go from 8-9:30 p.m. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. (more…)
BILL SANTIAGO With his knack for biting political satire and a fondness for taboo topics that has garnered him comparisons to George Carlin, comedian Bill Santiago should be well received in Berkeley. On Friday, Jan. 31, Santiago is performing at La Peña, at 3105 Shattuck Ave., where he’s presented his renowned wordplay, astute observations and bilingual comedy in the past. The show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. (more…)
Two local organizations have put out separate calls seeking artists to participate in projects underway in collaboration with the city of Berkeley.