<< December 2019 >>

Sunday, December 1, 2019

Peking Acrobats

Performing Arts - Other | December 1 | 3-5 p.m. |  Zellerbach Hall

 Cal Performances

The perennially popular troupe of China’s most gifted tumblers, contortionists, jugglers, and gymnasts returns to Cal Performances on Thanksgiving weekend with a performance steeped in 2,000 years of folk tradition. In vibrant costumes and accompanied by live musicians on an array of Chinese folk instruments, the Peking Acrobats perform signature routines including trick cycling, precision...   More >

$30–$72 (prices subject to change)

  Tickets go on sale August 6. Buy tickets online or by calling 5106429988, or by emailing tickets@calperformances.org

Peking Acrobats perform Friday–Sunday, November 29–December 1, 2019 in Zellerbach Hall.

Monday, December 2, 2019

CNMAT Users Group (CUG) presents percussionist Oded Geizhals

Performing Arts - Music | December 2 | 8-10:30 p.m. |  McEnerney Hall (1750 Arch St.)

 Center for New Music & Audio Technologies

Oded Geizhals is a multi-disciplinary musician who specializes in contemporary classical music and improvisation. He has played concerts in Israel, Europe, North and South America and the Far East. He is active in the new music scene and has played in many premieres, including works written especially for him. He is a member of the Israel contemporary players.

$10 General, $5 Students and seniors

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Theater and Dance Fall Student Showcases

Performing Arts - Other | December 4 – 6, 2019 every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday with exceptions |  See Event Description for Locations

 Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies

TDPS students will present performance techniques or pieces crafted and refined throughout the semester. All events are free and open to the public.

Holiday Sing Along with the University Chorus: Noon Concert Series

Performing Arts - Music | December 4 | 12 p.m. |  Hertz Concert Hall | Note change in date

 Department of Music

A Holiday Sing along with University Chorus directed be Wei Cheng

Free. No reserved seating.

Doors: 12:00pm
Concert: 12:15-1pm

MENA Lit Chat with Massoud Hayoun, Author of "When We Were Arabs"

Reading - Literary | December 4 | 6-7:30 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Massoud Hayoun

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Join us at the CMES for a conversation with acclaimed novelist Massoud Hayoun about his new novel, When We Were Arabs: A Jewish Family’s Forgotten History.

There was a time when being an “Arab” didn’t mean you were necessarily Muslim. It was a time when Oscar Hayoun, a Jewish Arab, strode along the Nile in a fashionable suit after Shabbat services on his way to bring tobacco to his dying...   More >

Sheku Kanneh-Mason, cello; Isata Kanneh-Mason, piano

Performing Arts - Music | December 4 | 8-10 p.m. |  Zellerbach Hall

 Cal Performances

Program:
Beethoven/12 Variations on Mozart’s “Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen” (from Die Zauberflöte), Op. 66
Lutosławski/Grave
Barber/Cello Sonata in C minor, Op. 6
Rachmaninoff/Cello Sonata in G minor, Op. 19

$42-68 (prices subject to change)

  Tickets go on sale August 6. Buy tickets online or by calling 5106429988, or by emailing tickets@calperformances.org

Cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason and pianist Isata Kanneh-Mason perform Sunday, December 4, 2019 in Zellerbach Hall.

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Lunch Poems: Margaret Ross: Poet Margaret Ross reads for Lunch Poems

Reading - Literary | December 5 | 12-1 p.m. | Doe Library, Morrison Library

 Margaret Ross, Stanford

 Library

Margaret Ross is the author of A Timeshare. Her poems and translations appear in The New Republic, The Paris Review, and POETRY. Her honors include a Fulbright arts grant, a VSC/Luce Chinese Poetry & Translation Fellowship, and a Wallace Stegner Fellowship. She currently teaches at Stanford University where she is a Jones Lecturer.

Bear Music Fest Discover

Performing Arts - Music | December 5 | 7-9:30 p.m. | Alumni House, Toll Room

 Barnaby Bright

 Cal Alumni Association

Join us the evening of December 5 at Alumni House on the UC Berkeley campus for the launch of BMF Discover’s Musical Conversations — an intimate performance of amazing music, engaging conversation, and Q&A with Barnaby Bright! A post-show beer and wine reception is complimentary with your ticket.

Friday, December 6, 2019

Theater and Dance Fall Student Showcases

Performing Arts - Other | December 4 – 6, 2019 every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday with exceptions |  See Event Description for Locations

 Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies

TDPS students will present performance techniques or pieces crafted and refined throughout the semester. All events are free and open to the public.

University Wind Ensemble

Performing Arts - Music | December 6 | 8 p.m. |  Hertz Concert Hall

 Department of Music

Matthew Sadowski, Director

$16 General Admission, $12 Senior, Student (non-UCB), UCB Faculty/Staff, $5 UCB students

  Buy tickets online or by calling 510.642.9988, or by emailing tickets@calperformances.org

Saturday, December 7, 2019

Takács Quartet: The Complete String Quartets of Béla Bartók

Performing Arts - Music | December 7 | 8-10 p.m. |  Hertz Concert Hall

 Cal Performances

Programs:
Saturday, December 7
String Quartet No. 1
String Quartet No. 3
String Quartet No. 5

Sunday, December 8
String Quartet No. 2
String Quartet No. 4
String Quartet No. 6

$86 (prices subject to change)

  Tickets go on sale August 6. Buy tickets online or by calling 5106429988, or by emailing tickets@calperformances.org

Takács Quartet performs The Complete String Quartets of Béla Bartók Saturday–Sunday, December 7–8, 2019 in Hertz Hall.

Sunday, December 8, 2019

Takács Quartet: The Complete String Quartets of Béla Bartók

Performing Arts - Music | December 8 | 3-5 p.m. |  Hertz Concert Hall

 Cal Performances

Programs:
Saturday, December 7
String Quartet No. 1
String Quartet No. 3
String Quartet No. 5

Sunday, December 8
String Quartet No. 2
String Quartet No. 4
String Quartet No. 6

$86 (prices subject to change)

  Tickets go on sale August 6. Buy tickets online or by calling 5106429988, or by emailing tickets@calperformances.org

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Archives of Migration: Film screening, reading, and discussion with the audience

Performing Arts - Other | December 10 | 6-9 p.m. |  Goethe-Institut

 530 Bush Street, San Francisco, CA 94108

 Mervete Bobaj; Dan Thy Nguyen

 Institute of European Studies, German Historical Institute Washington- Pacific Regional Office Berkeley, Goethe-Institut

This evening with cultural activists Mervete Bobaj (Berlin) and Dan Thy Nguyen (Hamburg) is part of two-day symposium. The event is structured around the theme of archives of migration and the role of knowledge transmission. This focus seems extremely relevant in light of recent developments that urgently require innovative approaches, yet tend to replicate failed models. The European refugee...   More >

  RSVP online by December 9.

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Chamber Music: Noon Concert Series

Performing Arts - Music | December 11 | 12 p.m. |  Hertz Concert Hall | Note change in date

 Department of Music

David Milnes, Music Director

Free. No reserved seating.

Doors: 12:00pm
Concert: 12:15-1pm

Full: Strange Connections

Performing Arts - Music | December 11 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Three duets span global performance practices. Movement artist and storyteller Leonard Pitt and composer, performer, and instrument inventor Paul Dresher perform together for the first time since 1983, creating a new work. Sarod player Manik Khan, son of Ali Akbar Khan, is joined by tabla player Sudhakar Vaidyanathan to perform Indian classical music. And dancer Tandy Beal performs two new works...   More >

Thursday, December 12, 2019

TDPS presents the 2019 Fall Choreography Showcase

Performing Arts - Theater | December 12 – 13, 2019 every day | 5-9 p.m. | Zellerbach Hall, Room 7

 Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies

The Fall Choreography Showcase highlights the work of promising, emerging choreographers. With the guidance of Professor Joe Goode, an award-winning dance theater artist, TDPS students present original solos and duets.

 Admission is free with reservation. Make reservations online

Friday, December 13, 2019

TDPS presents the 2019 Fall Choreography Showcase

Performing Arts - Theater | December 12 – 13, 2019 every day | 5-9 p.m. | Zellerbach Hall, Room 7

 Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies

The Fall Choreography Showcase highlights the work of promising, emerging choreographers. With the guidance of Professor Joe Goode, an award-winning dance theater artist, TDPS students present original solos and duets.

 Admission is free with reservation. Make reservations online

UC Berkeley Symphony Orchestra

Performing Arts - Music | December 13 | 8 p.m. |  Hertz Concert Hall

 Department of Music

David Milnes, Music Director

$35 General Admission, $25 Senior, Student (non-UCB), UCB Faculty/Staff, $10 UCB students

  Buy tickets online or by calling 510.642.9988, or by emailing tickets@calperformances.org

Saturday, December 14, 2019

Cal at Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (Parts One and Two)

Performing Arts - Theater | December 14 | 2-10 p.m. |  Curran Theatre

  , San Francisco, CA

 Cal Alumni Association

Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, and John Tiffany, HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD arrives at the Curran in Fall 2019. With record-breaking productions currently running in London, New York, and Melbourne, the San Francisco production will mark the fourth engagement of the smash hit play, as well as its West Coast premiere in North America. HARRY POTTER AND THE...   More >

Roundtable Reading: The Cricket in Times Square by George Selden

Reading - Literary | December 14 | 3 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Chester Cricket never intended to leave his Connecticut meadow. He’d be there still if he hadn’t followed the entrancing aroma of liverwurst right into someone’s picnic basket. Luckily, he couldn’t have found better guides to the city than Harry Cat and Tucker the streetwise mouse, who live in the Times Square subway station. He makes a third friend, too—the boy Mario, who hopes to keep Chester...   More >

Eighth Blackbird

Performing Arts - Music | December 14 | 8-10 p.m. |  Zellerbach Playhouse

 Cal Performances

Program:
Nina Shekhar/ice ‘n’ SPICE (Bay Area Premiere)
Viet Cuong/Electric Aroma (Bay Area Premiere)
Fjóla Evans/Eroding (Bay Area Premiere)
Holly Harrison/Lobster Tales and Turtle Soup (Bay Area Premiere)
Andy Akiho/Karakurenai
Jonathan Bailey Holland/The Clarity of Cold Air
Pamela Z/Ways of Looking (Bay Area Premiere)

$26-42 (prices subject to change)

  Tickets go on sale August 6. Buy tickets online or by calling 5106429988, or by emailing tickets@calperformances.org

Eighth Blackbird performs Saturday, December 14, 2019 in Zellerbach Playhouse. (credit: Courtesy of Eighth Blackbird)

UC Berkeley Symphony Orchestra

Performing Arts - Music | December 14 | 8 p.m. |  Hertz Concert Hall

 Department of Music

David Milnes, Music Director

$35 General Admission, $25 Senior, Student (non-UCB), UCB Faculty/Staff, $10 UCB students

  Buy tickets online or by calling 510.642.9988, or by emailing tickets@calperformances.org

Sunday, December 15, 2019

Jonathan Biss, piano: The Complete Piano Sonatas of Ludwig van Beethoven

Performing Arts - Music | December 15 | 3-5 p.m. |  Hertz Concert Hall

 Cal Performances

Program:
Sunday, December 15
Piano Sonata No. 25 in G major, Op. 79, Cuckoo
Piano Sonata No. 11 in B-flat major, Op. 22
Piano Sonata No. 14 in C-sharp minor, Op. 27, No. 2, Moonlight
Piano Sonata No. 24 in F-sharp major, Op. 78, À Thérèse
Piano Sonata No. 30 in E major, Op. 109

$68 (prices subject to change)

  Tickets go on sale December 15. Buy tickets online or by calling 5106429988, or by emailing tickets@calperformances.org

Cal Performances presents Jonathan Biss performing The Complete Piano Sonatas of Ludwig van Beethoven in Hertz Hall.

Tashi Wada Group Featuring Julia Holter and Corey Fogel

Performing Arts - Music | December 15 | 5 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Los Angeles–based composer Tashi Wada presents his new group featuring Julia Holter and percussionist Corey Fogel, performing music from Wada’s album Nue. This collaboration ranges from minimalist bagpipes to otherworldly vocals, creating, in Wada’s words, “a vision, an endless night of dreams, and a personal history of sorts, full of joys and demons.” From the doubling of tones—and the world of...   More >

Tashi Wada Group Featuring Julia Holter and Corey Fogel

Performing Arts - Music | December 15 | 6 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

This program was previously announced to start at 5 PM. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Los Angeles–based composer Tashi Wada presents his new group featuring Julia Holter and percussionist Corey Fogel, performing music from Wada’s album Nue. This collaboration ranges from minimalist bagpipes to otherworldly vocals, creating, in Wada’s words, “a vision, an endless night of dreams, and a...   More >