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The It List: Five things to do in Berkeley this weekend

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HIMALAYAN FAIR The 31st annual Himalayan Fair at Live Oak Park will run will run from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 17, and 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 18. The free fair features over 100 vendors, some here all the way from the Himalayas. Entertainment includes numerous dance and music offerings throughout the day, showcasing the cultural traditions of the region. Founded in 1983, the Himalayan Fair is a great Berkeley tradition. Live Oak Park, 1300 Shattuck Ave.  … Continue reading »

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Three cheers for Jazz on Fourth, Sunday in Berkeley

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There’s nothing like free music in a public space to bring people together, and there’s no better line up on tap in town this season than the 19th Annual Jazz on Fourth, which runs this Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.

A festival supporting the Berkeley High School Jazz Program, the event features powerhouse blues belter Sista Monica Parker, the dance-inducing Afro-Cuban grooves of Tito Y Su Son De Cuba, and the stylish jazz balladeer Ed Reed, whose remarkable late-blooming career has brought him international renown in his 80s. Of course, the festival is also a student showcase with performances by the award-winning Berkeley High School Combo A and the full 22-piece Berkeley High School Ensemble, directed by Sarah Cline.  … Continue reading »

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18th annual Jazz on Fourth kicks off on Sunday

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The 18th annual Jazz on Fourth Street Festival kicks off on Sunday, May 19 at noon. The free festival supports the renowned jazz programs at Berkeley High.

“School districts around the country have trouble keeping their arts and music programs thriving,” said Marshall Lamm, who helps organize the festival. “Berkeley High’s jazz program has been a source of pride for the community for so long. It takes a community and it takes concerned citizens to support the kids. Every bit helps.”

Sunday’s program includes Dixieland from Mal Sharpe’s Big Money in Jazz Band, blues from Mark Hummel and the Blues Survivors, and Latin jazz from drummer and BHS alumnus Josh Jones and his Latin Jazz Group. The full 22-piece Berkeley High School Ensemble, directed by Sarah Cline, will provide the festival’s finale. … Continue reading »

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The It List: Five things to do in Berkeley this weekend

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LET WORDS INSPIRE  For more than 10 years the WriterCoach Connection has brought one-on-one writing support to thousands of middle school and high school students in Berkeley and beyond. The organization is hosting its annual Read-and-Write-a-thon at King Middle School on Saturday to raise funds for operations and to expand to Richmond next year. For 10 hours, an ever-changing cast of teachers and students will read poetry, prose, drama and fiction. Go listen to their amazing work. If you can’t go, you can donate here.

HEAR THE DRUMS  Taiko master Kenny Endo and jazz drummer Akira Tana are among the musicians performing this weekend at the 63rd annual Satsuki Bazaar and Arts Festival at the the Berkeley Buddhist Temple, 2121 Channing Way. The bazaar will feature a variety of Japanese, Hawaiian and Asian foods, including sushi, udon noodles, loco moco, kalua pork, curry rice, shave ice and American fare such as hot dogs, hamburgers and Portobello mushroom burgers. The festival runs from 3:00 to 9:00 pm on Saturday, May 19 and from noon to 7:00 pm on Sunday May 20. … Continue reading »

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Take it to the street: Jazz on 4th benefits Berkeley High

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For the impressive cast of young jazz musicians at Berkeley High, the road to Cuba runs right through Fourth Street. On Sunday from noon to 5:00 p.m., the 17th Annual Jazz on Fourth Street Festival transforms the upscale commercial district into a welcoming street fair with food booths, and two music stages. Funds raised at the event through raffle tickets and sale of beer and sake go directly to Berkeley High Jazz Program, funding travel to festivals, scholarships, and this year, the band’s first trip to Cuba.

“The band has toured Europe and Japan many times, but this is especially cool because it’s not something the ensemble has done before,” says drummer Lev Facher, a senior. “There’s also something of a community-service aspect, as we’ve also been raising money to bring various musical, medical and household supplies to families in Havana. It’s a little more fulfilling in that way. The band is definitely buzzing.” … Continue reading »

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Jazz on Fourth: Great music and food, good cause, no rain

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After everyone crossed their fingers hard, and the weather gods took heed, the sun shone bright, the live jazz exceeded all expectations, great food sizzled on the grill, the vibe was mellow and Jazz on Fourth, a benefit for Berkeley High’s award-winning jazz program, was a splendid affair. Thanks to all of you who stopped by Berkeleyside’s booth to say hello. It was great to meet you.

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Reminder: Berkeleyside at Jazz on Fourth, Sunday

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Berkeleyside will have a booth at Jazz on Fourth, a music, food, and shopping extravaganza that raises funds for the BHS jazz program — and which takes place Sunday May 15th, noon-5:00pm.

The family-friendly Jazz on Fourth street festival, presented by Fourth Street Merchants and KCSM/Jazz 91, is in its 16th year, and there’s a more than impressive line-up to look forward to.

Up first is the legendary Dixieland outfit Mal Sharpe’s Big Money in Jazz Band. Also playing : the … Continue reading »