<< December 2017 >>

Friday, December 1, 2017

Raina J. Léon, James Cagney, and Josiah Luis Alderete

Reading - Literary | December 1 | 6 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Raina J. Léon, James Cagney, and Josiah Luis Alderete perform their poetry.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Claire Chase, flute: Music from Density 2036

Performing Arts - Music | December 2 |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Claire Chase, Cal Performances

 Cal Performances

An exquisite instrumentalist who has been at the vanguard of a generation of musicians invigorating the music world with bold ideas and boundless energy, Claire Chase has been called a "staggering virtuoso with the assurance of a rock star" (Los Angeles Times). For her Density 2036 project, the flutist—a MacArthur Fellow and founder of the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE)—will commission...   More >

Flutist Claire Chase performs Saturday, December 2, 2017 in the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive.

Claire Chase: Music from Density 2036

Performing Arts - Music | December 2 | 4:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Cal Performances presents the inimitable Claire Chase, flutist and MacArthur Fellow, a “staggering virtuoso who plays with the cocky assurance of a rock star” (Los Angeles Times).

Ragamala Dance Company: Written in Water

Performing Arts - Dance | December 2 | 8 p.m. |  Zellerbach Playhouse

 Ragamala Dance Company, Cal Performances

 Cal Performances

Minneapolis-based Ragamala Dance Company has been lauded for bringing "a visionary approach to an ancient art form" (Dance Magazine) in its stunning productions rooted in the South Indian Bharatanatyam classical dance form. Written in Water explores the cultural complexities of the modern world through the metaphor of the ancient Indian board game Snakes and Ladders, with a live music score...   More >

$58

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Ragamala Dance Company performs Written in Water Saturday–Sunday, December 2–3, 2017 in the Zellerbach Playhouse.

Claire Chase: Music from Density 2036

Performing Arts - Music | December 2 | 8:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Cal Performances presents the inimitable Claire Chase, flutist and MacArthur Fellow, a “staggering virtuoso who plays with the cocky assurance of a rock star” (Los Angeles Times).

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Simon O'Neill, tenor: Recital

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

 Simon O'Neill, Cal Performances

 Cal Performances

The rich, thunderous voice of Simon O'Neill, "the best heroic tenor to emerge over the last decade" (The Telegraph, London), has shaken the walls of every grand opera house in the world. A protégé of Plácido Domingo and principal artist with the Metropolitan Opera, O'Neill is perhaps best known in the title roles of Verdi's Otello and Wagner's Lohengrin, and as Siegmund in Die Walküre. This...   More >

$46

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Simon O'Neill performs Sunday, December 3, 2017 in Hertz Hall.

Ragamala Dance Company: Written in Water

Performing Arts - Dance | December 3 | 3 p.m. |  Zellerbach Playhouse

 Ragamala Dance Company, Cal Performances

 Cal Performances

Minneapolis-based Ragamala Dance Company has been lauded for bringing "a visionary approach to an ancient art form" (Dance Magazine) in its stunning productions rooted in the South Indian Bharatanatyam classical dance form. Written in Water explores the cultural complexities of the modern world through the metaphor of the ancient Indian board game Snakes and Ladders, with a live music score...   More >

$58

  Buy tickets online or by calling 510-642-9988, or by emailing tickets@calperformances.org

Monday, December 4, 2017

Mark Morris Dance Group Dance Residency: The Hard Nut

Performing Arts - Dance | December 4 | 3 p.m. |  Zellerbach Hall

 Mark Morris Dance Group, Cal Performances

 Cal Performances

What holiday season would be complete without go-go boots, dancing G.I. Joes, gender-bending snowflakes, and a spirited, slightly out-of-control family Christmas party? Mark Morris' The Hard Nut, "as gleefully irreverent as it is visually poetic and musically sensitive" (Dance Magazine), returns to Zellerbach Hall for the first time in five years with all that and more. Set to Tchaikovsky's...   More >

$40 - 135

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Mark Morris Dance Group performs The Hard Nut Friday–Sunday, December 15–24, 2017 in Zellerbach Hall.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Magic Spells: A Weekly Performance Series Featuring Victoria Hanna and Hebrew Amulets from The Magnes Collection

Performing Arts - Other | October 24 – December 5, 2017 every Tuesday | 5:30-7 p.m. |  Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (2121 Allston Way)

 Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

Meet Victoria Hanna and watch as she develops MAGIC SPELLS, a new performance repertoire based on Hebrew amulets in The Magnes Collection.

This series is presented in conjunction with the UC Berkeley course, "Jewish Nightlife: Poetry, Music, and Ritual Performance from Renaissance Italy to Contemporary Israel" (Jewish 121-001, Music 139), taught by Francesco Spagnolo.

During her Fall 2017...   More >

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Noon Concert: Holiday Choral Concert

Performing Arts - Music | December 6 | 12 p.m. |  Hertz Concert Hall

 Department of Music

Featuring the University and Chamber Chourses
This is a popular concert, so please make plans to arrive early, as it is first come, first serve seating.


FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC 

Featuring the Music Department’s varied and diverse performance activities, the Department of Music presents a series of free weekly concerts each semester in Hertz Hall. Inaugurated in 1953, these concerts...   More >

University Baroque Ensemble

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

 Department of Music

Christine Brandes, director
Better with age:
Late works by masters of the Italian baroque
Works by Monteverdi, Vivaldi and Corelli

Berkeley’s University Baroque Ensemble (UBE) was founded in 2003 as a successor to the Collegium musicum. It is, as far as weknow, the only student group in the world that performs not just on copies of original instruments but on original eighteenth-century...   More >

$16 General Admission, $12 non-UCB students, seniors, current/retired UCB faculty and staff, groups 10+, $5 UCB students

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Thursday, December 7, 2017

Lunch Poems: Rita Dove

Reading - Literary | December 7 | 12:10-12:50 p.m. | Doe Library, Morrison Library

 Rita Dove

 Lunch Poems, Library

A poetry reading by Rita Dove.

(photo by Fred Viebahn)

Poetics of N(eg)ation: Articulating Refusal

Reading - Literary | December 7 | 4 p.m. | 691 Barrows Hall

 Center for Race and Gender

At “Poetics of N(eg)ation: Articulating Refusal,” poets will explore what it means to articulate a kind of refusal that is urgently needed from communities who may not be part of the “national” imaginary. This event is an intimate reading delivered by each poet followed by the poets asking each other questions about their work and forming lines of affinities that undo one-way contact. This...   More >

Friday, December 8, 2017

University Symphony Orchestra

Performing Arts - Music | December 8 – 9, 2017 every day | 8 p.m. |  Hertz Concert Hall

 Department of Music

David Milnes, music director
Rachmaninoff - Symphony No. 3
Stravinsky - Symphony in C
Dutilleux - Métaboles

Established in 1923, the UC Berkeley Symphony Orchestra is the oldest performing arts ensemble in the University of California system. Throughout its long history, the orchestra has provided students and other members of the campus community with the opportunity to expand their...   More >

$20 General Admission, $15 non-UCB students, seniors, current/retired UCB faculty and staff, groups 10+, $5 UCB students

  Buy tickets online or or by emailing tickets@calperformances.org

Camille A. Brown and Dancers: BLACK GIRL: Linguistic Play

Performing Arts - Dance | December 8 | 8 p.m. |  Zellerbach Playhouse

 Camille A. Brown and Dancers, Cal Performances

 Cal Performances

Innovative choreographer Camille A. Brown's BLACK GIRL: Linguistic Play draws on the games little girls play to tell a story of black female empowerment. Brown uses African-American vernacular forms—social dancing, Double Dutch, hand-clapping games, ring shout—to explore the self-discovery and playfulness of childhood in a work the New York Times calls "by turns, clever and tender." Brown, a 2016...   More >

$54

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Camille A. Brown & Dancers' Fana Fraser and Beatrice Capote perform BLACK GIRL: Linguistic Play Friday–Sunday, December 8–10, 2017 in the Zellerbach Playhouse.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Roundtable Reading: Dear Miss Karana by Eric Elliott

Reading - Literary | December 9 | 3 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Recommended for ages 8 & up (younger kids welcome as listeners)
Start reading this story of a girl who feels a special connection to the real-life heroine of Island of the Blue Dolphins, and pick up a free copy to keep reading at home.

Black Life: Tongo Eisen-Martin

Performing Arts - Other | December 9 | 6 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Tongo Eisen-Martin, a movement worker, educator, and one of America’s most important and vital poets, performs his work.

University Symphony Orchestra

Performing Arts - Music | December 8 – 9, 2017 every day | 8 p.m. |  Hertz Concert Hall

 Department of Music

David Milnes, music director
Rachmaninoff - Symphony No. 3
Stravinsky - Symphony in C
Dutilleux - Métaboles

Established in 1923, the UC Berkeley Symphony Orchestra is the oldest performing arts ensemble in the University of California system. Throughout its long history, the orchestra has provided students and other members of the campus community with the opportunity to expand their...   More >

$20 General Admission, $15 non-UCB students, seniors, current/retired UCB faculty and staff, groups 10+, $5 UCB students

  Buy tickets online or or by emailing tickets@calperformances.org

Camille A. Brown and Dancers: BLACK GIRL: Linguistic Play

Performing Arts - Dance | December 9 | 8 p.m. |  Zellerbach Playhouse

 Camille A. Brown and Dancers, Cal Performances

 Cal Performances

Innovative choreographer Camille A. Brown's BLACK GIRL: Linguistic Play draws on the games little girls play to tell a story of black female empowerment. Brown uses African-American vernacular forms—social dancing, Double Dutch, hand-clapping games, ring shout—to explore the self-discovery and playfulness of childhood in a work the New York Times calls "by turns, clever and tender." Brown, a 2016...   More >

$54

  Buy tickets online or by calling 510-642-9988, or by emailing tickets@calperformances.org

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Camille A. Brown and Dancers: BLACK GIRL: Linguistic Play

Performing Arts - Dance | December 10 | 3 p.m. |  Zellerbach Playhouse

 Camille A. Brown and Dancers, Cal Performances

 Cal Performances

Innovative choreographer Camille A. Brown's BLACK GIRL: Linguistic Play draws on the games little girls play to tell a story of black female empowerment. Brown uses African-American vernacular forms—social dancing, Double Dutch, hand-clapping games, ring shout—to explore the self-discovery and playfulness of childhood in a work the New York Times calls "by turns, clever and tender." Brown, a 2016...   More >

$54

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Takács Quartet and Garrick Ohlsson, piano: Chamber Music

Performing Arts - Music | December 10 | 3 p.m. |  Zellerbach Hall

 Takács Quartet and Garrick Ohlsson, piano, Cal Performances

 Cal Performances

Each time the Takács Quartet walks on stage for Cal Performances, its four players invite Berkeley audiences to experience a new dimension of this superlative ensemble's musical artistry. Returning after last season's heroic cycle of the complete Beethoven quartets, the Takács welcomes commanding pianist Garrick Ohlsson for Brahms' inventive and richly contrapuntal Piano Quintet, plus the first...   More >

$48 - 86

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Takács Quartet with Garrick Ohlsson performs Sunday, December 10, 2017 in Zellerbach Hall.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Berkeley New Music Project

Performing Arts - Music | December 11 | 8 p.m. |  Hertz Concert Hall | Canceled

 Department of Music

Eco Ensemble
David Milnes, director
David Milnes leads our resident professional new music ensemble in new works by UC Berkeley graduate student composers.

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

The Berkeley New Music Project is a group dedicated to the performance of new music by the graduate student composers in UC Berkeley’s Department of Music. Supported by funding from the Department of Music,...   More >

Friday, December 15, 2017

Mark Morris Dance Group Dance Residency: The Hard Nut

Performing Arts - Dance | December 15 | 8 p.m. |  Zellerbach Hall

 Mark Morris Dance Group, Cal Performances

 Cal Performances

What holiday season would be complete without go-go boots, dancing G.I. Joes, gender-bending snowflakes, and a spirited, slightly out-of-control family Christmas party? Mark Morris' The Hard Nut, "as gleefully irreverent as it is visually poetic and musically sensitive" (Dance Magazine), returns to Zellerbach Hall for the first time in five years with all that and more. Set to Tchaikovsky's...   More >

$40 - 135

  Buy tickets online or by calling 510-642-9988, or by emailing tickets@calperformances.org

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Mark Morris Dance Group Dance Residency: The Hard Nut

Performing Arts - Dance | December 16 | 2 p.m. |  Zellerbach Hall

 Mark Morris Dance Group, Cal Performances

 Cal Performances

What holiday season would be complete without go-go boots, dancing G.I. Joes, gender-bending snowflakes, and a spirited, slightly out-of-control family Christmas party? Mark Morris' The Hard Nut, "as gleefully irreverent as it is visually poetic and musically sensitive" (Dance Magazine), returns to Zellerbach Hall for the first time in five years with all that and more. Set to Tchaikovsky's...   More >

$40 - 135

  Buy tickets online or by calling 510-642-9988, or by emailing tickets@calperformances.org

Mark Morris Dance Group Dance Residency: The Hard Nut

Performing Arts - Dance | December 16 | 8 p.m. |  Zellerbach Hall

 Mark Morris Dance Group, Cal Performances

 Cal Performances

What holiday season would be complete without go-go boots, dancing G.I. Joes, gender-bending snowflakes, and a spirited, slightly out-of-control family Christmas party? Mark Morris' The Hard Nut, "as gleefully irreverent as it is visually poetic and musically sensitive" (Dance Magazine), returns to Zellerbach Hall for the first time in five years with all that and more. Set to Tchaikovsky's...   More >

$40 - 135

  Buy tickets online or by calling 510-642-9988, or by emailing tickets@calperformances.org

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Mark Morris Dance Group Dance Residency: The Hard Nut

Performing Arts - Dance | December 17 | 3 p.m. |  Zellerbach Hall

 Mark Morris Dance Group, Cal Performances

 Cal Performances

What holiday season would be complete without go-go boots, dancing G.I. Joes, gender-bending snowflakes, and a spirited, slightly out-of-control family Christmas party? Mark Morris' The Hard Nut, "as gleefully irreverent as it is visually poetic and musically sensitive" (Dance Magazine), returns to Zellerbach Hall for the first time in five years with all that and more. Set to Tchaikovsky's...   More >

$40 - 135

  Buy tickets online or by calling 510-642-9988, or by emailing tickets@calperformances.org

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Mark Morris Dance Group Dance Residency: The Hard Nut

Performing Arts - Dance | December 21 | 8 p.m. |  Zellerbach Hall

 Mark Morris Dance Group, Cal Performances

 Cal Performances

What holiday season would be complete without go-go boots, dancing G.I. Joes, gender-bending snowflakes, and a spirited, slightly out-of-control family Christmas party? Mark Morris' The Hard Nut, "as gleefully irreverent as it is visually poetic and musically sensitive" (Dance Magazine), returns to Zellerbach Hall for the first time in five years with all that and more. Set to Tchaikovsky's...   More >

$40 - 135

  Buy tickets online or by calling 510-642-9988, or by emailing tickets@calperformances.org

Friday, December 22, 2017

Mark Morris Dance Group Dance Residency: The Hard Nut

Performing Arts - Dance | December 22 | 8 p.m. |  Zellerbach Hall

 Mark Morris Dance Group, Cal Performances

 Cal Performances

What holiday season would be complete without go-go boots, dancing G.I. Joes, gender-bending snowflakes, and a spirited, slightly out-of-control family Christmas party? Mark Morris' The Hard Nut, "as gleefully irreverent as it is visually poetic and musically sensitive" (Dance Magazine), returns to Zellerbach Hall for the first time in five years with all that and more. Set to Tchaikovsky's...   More >

$40 - 135

  Buy tickets online or by calling 510-642-9988, or by emailing tickets@calperformances.org

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Mark Morris Dance Group Dance Residency: The Hard Nut

Performing Arts - Dance | December 23 | 2 p.m. |  Zellerbach Hall

 Mark Morris Dance Group, Cal Performances

 Cal Performances

What holiday season would be complete without go-go boots, dancing G.I. Joes, gender-bending snowflakes, and a spirited, slightly out-of-control family Christmas party? Mark Morris' The Hard Nut, "as gleefully irreverent as it is visually poetic and musically sensitive" (Dance Magazine), returns to Zellerbach Hall for the first time in five years with all that and more. Set to Tchaikovsky's...   More >

$40 - 135

  Buy tickets online or by calling 510-642-9988, or by emailing tickets@calperformances.org

Mark Morris Dance Group Dance Residency: The Hard Nut

Performing Arts - Dance | December 23 | 8 p.m. |  Zellerbach Hall

 Mark Morris Dance Group, Cal Performances

 Cal Performances

What holiday season would be complete without go-go boots, dancing G.I. Joes, gender-bending snowflakes, and a spirited, slightly out-of-control family Christmas party? Mark Morris' The Hard Nut, "as gleefully irreverent as it is visually poetic and musically sensitive" (Dance Magazine), returns to Zellerbach Hall for the first time in five years with all that and more. Set to Tchaikovsky's...   More >

$40 - 135

  Buy tickets online or by calling 510-642-9988, or by emailing tickets@calperformances.org

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Mark Morris Dance Group Dance Residency: The Hard Nut

Performing Arts - Dance | December 24 | 3 p.m. |  Zellerbach Hall

 Mark Morris Dance Group, Cal Performances

 Cal Performances

What holiday season would be complete without go-go boots, dancing G.I. Joes, gender-bending snowflakes, and a spirited, slightly out-of-control family Christmas party? Mark Morris' The Hard Nut, "as gleefully irreverent as it is visually poetic and musically sensitive" (Dance Magazine), returns to Zellerbach Hall for the first time in five years with all that and more. Set to Tchaikovsky's...   More >

$40 - 135

  Buy tickets online or by calling 510-642-9988, or by emailing tickets@calperformances.org

Mark Morris Dance Group performs The Hard Nut Friday–Sunday, December 15–24, 2017 in Zellerbach Hall.