Arts & Events

New: Telegraph Ave Holiday Street Fair Is Back

Saturday December 15, 2012 - 10:30:00 AM

The 29th Annual Telegraph Ave Holiday St. Fair is scheduled for 6 days this year: Friday, Dec. 14th and Saturday, Dec.15th; Sunday, Dec.16th and Saturday, Dec.22nd; Sunday, Dec.23rd and Monday ,Dec.24th -more-

New: Musical Theater Review: Splendid Revival of 'Pal Joey' by 42nd Street Moon--this weekend only

By Ken Bullock
Friday December 14, 2012 - 05:24:00 PM

"Don't analyze it. If you take it apart, you might not be able to put it back together." So Vera Simpson's wry advice on life to her brazen young "protege," nightclub entertainer Joey Evans, the Joey of the title of Rodgers & Hart's masterful, knowing 1940 musical, 'Pal Joey,' staged as a splendid piano-accompanied, full costume, well-choreographed revival by 42nd Moon--just through this weekend. -more-

Occupy Your Merchant Association

By Carol Denney
Wednesday December 12, 2012 - 05:03:00 PM

Sick of having merchant associations run target-the-homeless campaigns under the guise of creating a “welcoming” downtown? Feel like singing? At noon on Sunday, December 16th at the BART plaza (Shattuck @ Center, Berkeley) we’re going to have an anti-Downtown Berkeley Association Christmas caroling gathering - songbooks provided- for about half an hour. Dickens Fair attire optional, instruments welcome, and here's a sample: -more-

Theater Review: Inferno Theatre's Original 'Dracula' at Historic South Berkeley Community Church

By Ken Bullock
Wednesday December 05, 2012 - 03:52:00 PM

"Children of the Night! What music they make!"

Count Dracula has exulted in those words to his querulous guest Jonathan Harker, upon hearing wolves howl near daybreak, whether in Bram Stoker's original novel or Bela Lugosi's performances as The Count on Broadway and in Tod Browning's movie ... but no version of 'Dracula' I know of has such a musical undertow as Inferno Theatre's original take on the story, now playing at the historic Arts & Crafts-designed South Berkeley Community Church.

AROUND AND ABOUT MUSIC: Berkeley Symphony This Thursday--"The Rebels"--Ligeti, Robert Schumann ... & Berkeley's Dylan Mattingly

By Ken Bullock
Wednesday December 05, 2012 - 09:08:00 AM

Thursday night, December 6, at 8, Berkeley Symphony will perform "The Rebels," another eclectic pick of compositions that spans the modern history of the orchestra, as Joana Carneiro's been wont to program ... but this one with an unusual local twist, featuring Gyorgi Ligeti's Concerto for Piano and Orchestra, with Shai Wosner as soloist, with Robert Schumann's Symphony No. 2--and Invisible Skyline by Berkeley native Dylan Mattingly, the world premiere of a Symphony commission. -more-

Theater Review: 'Wilder Times'—four short plays by Thornton Wilder—at the Aurora

By Ken Bullock
Monday December 03, 2012 - 04:50:00 PM

"Whenever you get near the human race, there are layers and layers of nonsense." -more-

Around & About Theater: 'Fierce Play' Series by Ragged Wing Ensemble

By Ken Bullock
Monday December 03, 2012 - 04:40:00 PM

This weekend, Ragged Wing Ensemble is premiering a new series of short performances by members of that talented group, Fierce Play ... -more-

Press Release: Berkeley Community Chorus & Orchestra Performs All-Mozart Concerts

From Elaine Hooker
Friday November 30, 2012 - 01:09:00 PM

The Berkeley Community Chorus & Orchestra will perform three all-Mozart concerts in December under the direction of Music Director Ming Luke. The concerts are free and open to the public.

BCCO will perform the Great Mass in C minor, K. 427; Symphony No. 29 in A major, K. 201; and Ave Verum Corpus, K. 618. The concerts will be Sunday, Dec. 2, at 4:30 p.m. at St. Joseph the Worker Church, 1640 Addison St., Berkeley; Saturday, Dec. 15, at 8 p.m. at Hertz Hall on the UC Berkeley Campus; and Sunday, Dec. 16, at 4:30 p.m. at Hertz Hall. -more-

UC Berkeley Holiday Offerings

By Steven Finacom
Friday November 30, 2012 - 11:21:00 AM

While it’s a secular institution and also largely shuts down during the Christmas / New Year’s week, the UC Berkeley campus does have sources of winter holiday gifts and cheer. Several of them come at the end of November / beginning of December. Here’s a short overview. -more-

Press Release: Seth Rosenfeld Will Discuss "Subversives" on Monday in Berkeley

Friday November 30, 2012 - 11:13:00 AM

University Press Books welcomes Seth Rosenfeld for a discussion of his new book, Subversives: The FBI's War on Student Radicals and Reagan's Rise to Power at the Musical Offering Cafe .on Monday, December 3rd, from 6:30-7:30,with a book signing to follow, at 2430 Bancroft Way, Berkeley. -more-