EAST BAY OPEN STREETS Thousands are expected to take to the streets of North Oakland and Southwest Berkeley this Saturday, May 30, from 11 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. for car-free fun at the second annual Love Our Neighborhood Day, a production of Walk Oakland Bike Oakland (WOBO) in association with the Downtown Berkeley Association and North Shattuck Association. A one-mile stretch of San Pablo from Ashby to Stanford will be closed to traffic to make way for the public to walk, bike, skate, dance, stroll, play and experience these evolving neighborhoods in a whole new way. More than 60 interactive health, fitness and arts activities will take place hosted by local artists, performers, community organizations, churches, neighborhood groups and area businesses. Sales are limited to food from local vendors and area brick-and-mortar businesses. Highlights include: “Riveropolis,” an interactive play river curated by North Oakland artist Gregory Gavin; egg-carton gardens with City Slicker Farms; pedal-powered sewing machine art; recycled art with Sticky Art Lab; Berkeley Maynard Academy student science fair exhibit; and community story boards and chalk art activity. There’s also a plethora of live music all along the one-mile footprint, as well as delicious food offerings. Visit www.eastbayopenstreets.org for full details. (more…)
GERSHWIN PROJECT Pianist Peter Nero, a two-time Grammy winner, “romps through” George Gershwin’s music with bassist Michael Barnett and vocalist Katherine Strohmaier on Sunday, Feb. 8 at Zellerbach Hall, as part of Cal Performances’ jazz series. Nero’s trio will perform songs from musicals and films like “Strike Up the Band,” “Porgy and Bess,” “Funny Face,” “Girl Crazy,” and “Shall We Dance,” as well as standards from the Great American Songbook. Zellerbach Hall, 7 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 8. Tickets available from Cal Performances. (more…)
DATE NIGHT — WITH THE KIDS! On Saturday, Sept. 6, parents can bring their kids on a date night. Yes, you read that right. The fun evening of entertainment and cocktails being held at the Kala Art Institute will benefit CEID, an innovative local school for deaf and hard-of-hearing children. Parents get the cocktail date night where Lisa Rothman, a former producer and host for KPFA and KALW, will perform the one-woman show “Date Night at Pet Emergency,” while the kids attend the preschool’s pajama pizza party, learning sign language and meeting a service dog. Rothman says she’s doing the show as her way of saying thank you to the school which helped her son (who was born with a neurological disorder called apraxia) speak. Kala Art Institute, 2990 San Pablo Ave., 5:30-8:30 p.m. Show and cocktail reception, $60, pizza party for kids, $25. Advanced registration for childcare required. Tickets can be bought on Eventbrite. (more…)
SHREK THE MUSICAL Shrek the Musical continues at Berkeley Playhouse through Aug. 3, including several performances on Saturday July 12 and Sunday July 13. This “silly, modern-day fairytale,” described as “a visual adventure” and “highly entertaining” by local reviewers, tells the story of everyone’s favorite ogre who goes on a life-changing adventure. Joined by a wise-cracking donkey, this unlikely hero fights a fearsome dragon, rescues a feisty princess and learns that friendship and love aren’t only found in fairy tales. The large adult and youth cast is directed and choreographed by Matthew McCoy with music direction by Rachel Robinson. Visit Berkeley Playhouse for dates and times, including several “pay what you can” performances. (more…)
In our wired era of ubiquitous information and perpetual image bombardment, all of human history, cultural production included, is online and available for plunder: to sample, remix, recycle and repurpose. This embarrassment of riches has not been lost on artists. In music, film, TV, literature, performance, visual art, you name it, today’s artists steal voraciously from everywhere.
A UC Berkeley fund run by the chancellor’s office and designed to build partnerships throughout the city recently named 11 community projects that will receive $252,000 in 2013-14.
By Marcia Tanner
If you’re in the market to buy art, there’s a strong argument for buying local given the wealth of talent in the Bay Area, including right here in Berkeley.
In her new show at the Traywick Contemporary Gallery, Berkeley artist Nancy Mintz explores the precarious nature of motherhood. Using themes of an egg, a house, a ladder and the moon, Mintz, the mother of two school-age children, explores all the anxieties that come with having children. How does one protect a new life? How does one care and sustain others? What is the line between maternal protection/overprotection? What is a good parent? What hopes and dreams do we have for our children?