Native Funk and Flash with Alexandra Jacopetti Hart at BAMPFA in Berkeley March 19th

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Native Funk and Flash with Alexandra Jacopetti Hart:

2155 Center St, Berkeley
Sunday, March 19th, 2017
2:00 – 4:00pm | Included with admission

Join artist Alexandra Jacopetti Hart for a talk and clothing customization workshop inspired by her 1974 book Native Funk and Flash: An Emerging Folk Art. Hart will share her original garment artworks and teach simple embroidery techniques. Bring a piece of clothing and add some flair to it with embroidery or fabric markers and paint, or make a patch to project your identity into the world.


Lunar New Year Festival at Fourth St. in Berkeley on Feb 4th

Lunar New Year Festival:

Delaware at Fourth Street, Berkeley
Saturday, February 4th, 2017
12:00pm – 4:00pm | Free

Please join us in celebrating the year of the rooster of the Lunar calendar! This FREE event has charmed it’s fans for 9 years now and we love that each year there are usually more kids than adults! We have so much fun on this day, hope you can make it!

12-3 PM Candy Give-Aways (participating shops will have a red rooster in the window)
12-1PM Martial Arts Demonstrations
1-2PM Lion Dance by the famous performers at Kei Lun
2-3:30PM Store Blessing & Parade


Mary Fahl Playing at Freight & Salvage on Nov 19th in Berkeley

Photo by Michael Sawi

Mary Fahl:

Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse
2020 Addison St, Berkeley
Saturday, November 19th, 2016
8:00pm | $25 ($27 door)

Rachel Efron opens.

If a supreme being who equally represents man and woman truly does exist, that voice of God must sound like Mary Fahl,” says the Huffington Post. “Full, deep, dark, mysterious, but one rich, resilient, resounding and capable enough to handle classical rock, folk, pop and Luciano Pavarotti.”


Cheryl Wheeler at Freight & Salvage in Berkeley on Oct 22nd

Photo by Michael Sawi

Cheryl Wheeler:

Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse
2020 Addison St, Berkeley
Saturday, October 22nd, 2016
8:00pm | $30 ($32 door)

Have you ever seen Cheryl Wheeler at the Freight? If so, you already know. She tells hilarious stories, sings heartbreakingly beautiful songs, and makes an unforgettable connection with her audience. Singout! Magazine calls her a “rare artist” and praises her “strong poetry, complex melodies, and clever wit.” According to the website, “She has a rare gift for writing songs with lush melodies and lyrics of incredible beauty.


Into the Beautiful North Playing at Central Works Theater in Berkeley Oct 15th – Nov 13th


Into the Beautiful North:

Central Works Theater
2315 Durant Ave, Berkeley
Saturday, October 15th – Sunday, November 13th, 2016

Written by Karen Zacarías (an inaugural playwright-in-residence at Washington, DC’s Arena Stage), and based on the novel by Pulitzer Prize finalist Luis Alberto Urrea, Into the Beautiful North is inspired by the classic Hollywood western The Magnificent Seven (which was itself inspired by The Seven Samurai).


Shakedown Street Festival on Sept 17 & 18th in Berkeley

Photo by Flickr user wickenden

Shakedown Street Festival:

Martin Luther King Civic Center Park
2151 M.L.K. Jr Way, Berkeley
Saturday, September 17th – Sunday, September 18th, 2016
1:00pm – 9:00pm | Free

The Third Annual Shakedown Street Festival is a free 2-Day Music Concert in Martin Luther King, Civic Center Park in Downtown Berkeley, celebrating the music of The Grateful Dead and the sub-culture that surrounds the band and the touring. 2016’s Festival will be on September 17th and 18th, with live Music from 1pm – 9pm on both days plus Vendors selling finely crafted art and apparel, several types of food and non-alcoholic beverages and cold beer. Entry is free, all ages are welcome, no outside alcoholic beverages allowed, persons over age 21 will be given special wristbands upon purchase of drink ticket.

Beers will be $5.00 Each for a 16 oz cup and proceeds benefit the Seva Foundation. Festival Volunteers will be serving Lagunitas Brewery on Tap at The Wheel House, located just across from the stage. See Map of Festival.


Skip The Needle Playing at Freight & Salvage in Berkeley Sept 3rd

Photo by Michael Sawi

Skip The Needle:

Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse
2020 Addison St, Berkeley
Saturday, September 3rd, 2016
8:00pm | $17 ($19 door)

How many bandleaders does it take to rock the Freight? In the case of Skip the Needle, the answer is four. The band features four outstanding performers who lead other local bands: Kofy Brown of the Kofy Brown band, Shelley Doty of the Shelley Doty X-tet, Katie Colpitts of Dolorata and Year of the Fist, and Vicki Randle, who currently backs Mavis Staples and has headlined many wonderful shows at the Freight. Skip the Needle plays a fiery brew of rock, soul, and funk, with blistering guitar work, an irresistible beat, and glorious vocal harmonies. Their musical muses are Sly Stone and Chaka Khan, Chrissie Hynde, and Jimi Hendrix.