Arts & Events

Around & About--Music: 17 Piece Electric Squeezebox Orchestra with Special Guest Vocalist Kalil Wilson, 5:30 this Sunday (11/24) at the California Jazz Academy in Downtown Berkeley

Wednesday November 20, 2019 - 10:38:00 PM

Led by trumpeter/arranger Erik Jekabson, the Electric Squeezebox Orchestra plays music written by its members. -more-

FREE Screening of Frontline/Pro Publica Documentary 'Documenting Hate: New American Nazis,' 7:30 This Friday, 11/22, at the East Bay Media Center in Observance of Bay

Ken Bullock
Wednesday November 20, 2019 - 10:02:00 PM

FREE Screening of Frontline/Pro Publica Documentary 'Documenting Hate: New American Nazis,' 7:30 this Friday (11/22) at the East Bay Media Center, 1939 Addison (between Milvia & MLK) in Downtown Berkeley in Observance of Bay Area-Wide United Against Hate Week. Limited Seating. Info: or (510) 843-3699 -more-

Danish String Quartet’s Stylish Program at Hertz Hall

Reviewed by James Roy MacBean
Wednesday November 20, 2019 - 09:50:00 PM

On Sunday afternoon, November 10, the Danish String Quartet presented a well-planned concert at Hertz Hall under the auspices of Cal Performances. The program consisted of works chosen for their interrelatedness. First heard was Johann Sebastian Bach’s Fugue No. 24 in B minor from The Well-Tempered Clavier. This was followed by Ludwig van Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 13 in B-flat Major, Op. 130, with the Grosse Fugue finale, which borrows music from Bach’s B minor fugue. After intermission, the Danish String Quartet performed Alfred Schnittke’s String Quartet No. 3, which offers reminiscences of Beethoven’s Grosse Fugue. -more-

Jeannette Sorrell Leads Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra in Mozart

Reviewed by James Roy MacBean
Wednesday November 20, 2019 - 09:48:00 PM

Over the weekend of November 13-17, early music conductor Jeannette Sorrell led Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra in a series of Bay Area concerts featuring Mozart’s music. I attended the Saturday, November 16, concert at Berkeley’s First Congregational Church. San Francisco native Jeannette Sorrell studied harpsichord with Gustav Leonhardt in Amsterdam and studied conducting under Roger Norrington and Leonard Bernstein at the Tanglewood and Aspen music festivals. Sorrell first achieved international recognition in 1991 when she won both First Prize and Audience Choice Award in the Spivey International Harpsichord Competition, competing against over 70 harpsichordists from all over the world. Then, in 1992, at age 26, Jeannette Sorrell founded in Cleveland the early music ensemble Apollo’s Fire, which over the years has built one of the largest audiences of any baroque orchestra in North America. -more-

The Berkeley Activist's Calendar, November 17-24

Kelly Hammargren, Sustainable Berkeley Coalition
Saturday November 16, 2019 - 08:44:00 AM

Worth Noting:

Thanksgiving is November 28 and everything seems to be scheduled for the week of November 17 – 24 - City Council, Boards and Commissions, protest rallies, another Presidential Debate, and Impeachment Hearings.


Sunday Nov 17 – Berkeley ½ Marathon, 5K, 10K – check street closures

Dredging the Bay for Crude Oil Tankers

Dredging the Bay information was updated after the November 13 Public Meeting. Letters are still accepted.

Petition in opposition to Dredging the Bay, Signatures still accepted


Holiday Food Drive – November 1 – 29, daily from 8:30 a – 6 p, for more information

Sunday, November 17, 2019

Berkeley Half Marathon – start 7:30 am – expected finish 12 pm, check link for street closures

Monday, November 18, 2019 -more-

Protest Against Toyota Having an Impact

Rob Wrenn
Wednesday November 20, 2019 - 10:10:00 PM

Protest against Toyota’s teaming up with Trump to oppose California’s vehicle emissions standards is having an impact. The State of California has announced that it won’t buy cars from GM or Toyota because of their alliance with Trump over the standards. It’s important to keep the heat on Toyota. Join the protest outside Toyota of Berkeley this Friday from 3 to 4 p.m. Spread the Word. Call, write or e-mail Toyota. If you own a Toyota vehicle, make sure you mention that fact. -more-