Although the pandemic has brought many cultural events to a grinding halt, the arts in Berkeley are not kaput. The city is moving forward with plans for new public art. Here’s what to look forward to in coming months.
What does the future hold for live music? We checked in with cherished music venues like Ashkenaz, Cal Performances and the Freight to see how they’re feeling and what they’re planning.
It goes without saying all our recommended activities are virtual. That said: Go on a garden tour, tune in to author conversations, study traditional music, watch dance or do earth crafts with the kids.
There’s a wealth of choice this weekend.
Everyone needs a good lawyer. But Shylock, one of Shakespeare’s most historically fraught villains, is a special case. On Sunday, Berkeley Law takes over the Freight to give the old usurer another shot at justice.
Open Minds founder Charles Amirkhanian’s 75th birthday is celebrated Sunday at the Brower Center. While next Friday the Freight will mark Django Reinhardt’s 110th birthday with a three-day festival.
Guitarist and Cal grad Owen Chen plays Jupiter Friday. And get ready to dance at a Cuban new year’s eve party at the Freight, also in downtown Berkeley.
The sheer abundance of music from around the world in Berkeley this month is extraordinary.
The 40-year-old Capoeira Foundation has brought thousands to Berkeley and now hopes to own its home.
Israeli musician Ravid Kahalani’s groove-centric Middle Eastern ensemble performs music based on the Hebrew prayer “Hallel.”
One critic said Walker “is the greatest, deepest soul singer in the world today.” Hear him tonight at Freight & Salvage.
Influenced by a 7-year-old in Texas who raised money to help the President build his wall, a group of young friends stood up for what they think is right in Berkeley this weekend.