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Paradise Square: A New Musical at Berkeley Rep

December 27, 2018 - February 17, 2019
Berkeley Repertory Theatre, 2025 Addison Street
Berkeley, CA 94704 United States
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Paradise Square: A New Musical December 27, 2018–February 17, 2019 Berkeley Rep Book by Marcus Gardley, Craig Lucas, and Larry Kirwan Music by Jason Howland and Larry Kirwan Lyrics by Nathan Tysen Based on the songs of Stephen Foster Conceived by Larry Kirwan Arrangements by Jason Howland and Larry Kirwan Musical Supervision and Orchestrations by Jason Howland Choreography by Bill T. Jones Directed by Moisés Kaufman Main Season · Roda Theatre It’s 1863 and in a 20-block area of Manhattan known as the Five Points, Black and Irish Americans live side by side, work together, marry, and for a brief period realize racial harmony. However, the intensifying Civil War soon results in the first-ever Federal draft, leading to riots as whites are called to enlist while blacks are barred from serving. Will the hard-won bonds of friendship, community, and family in the Five Points prevail or be severed forever? Read more here!

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Art/Act: Brian Skerry-Sharks

October 20, 2018 @ 8:00 am - February 14, 2019 @ 5:00 pm
David Brower Center, 2150 Allston Way
Berkeley, CA 94704 United States
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Art/Act: Brian Skerry-Sharks September 21, 2018 - February 14, 2019 David Brower Center National Geographic photographer Brian Skerry‘s first encounter with a female blue shark off the coast of Rhode Island over 30 years ago was a galvanizing moment. “I was entranced by her rich, indigo skin, while every sense in my body was on high alert, my heart racing as I moved closer,” he says. “Drawing to within a couple of feet of each other, she barely acknowledged my presence and then vanished into the haze.” This fall, the Brower Center honors Skerry with our annual Art/Act award and exhibition. Art/Act: Brian Skerry – SHARKS presents his comprehensive body of photographic work in an immersive exhibition that highlights Skerry’s unique combination of passion, skill, and technique, and explores what it takes to make these powerful images. More Info

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9:00 am

Kum Nye for Seniors

December 29, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 9:30 am
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An event every week that begins at 9:00am on Saturday, repeating until December 31, 2018

Dharma College, 222 Harold Way
Berkeley, CA 94704 United States
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Kum Nye for Seniors November 3rd, 9-9:30 am Dharma College Kum Nye Tibetan yoga is a profound body-mind healing system adapted by Tibetan lama Tarthang Tulku for the West from Tibetan medical and yogic traditions. Through Kum Nye, we learn to listen to ourselves, to body, breath, and mind. We tune into balance, a deep supply of energy, and even joy. Tibetan yoga exercises lead us into deep relaxation, stimulating body and sensory awareness, and also relieving tension and blockages in physical, subtle energy, and emotional-psychological realms. This class features gentle movement exercises suitable for those more advanced in age. More Info 

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5:00 pm

Planet Loop – LIVE on the Plaza

December 29, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Downtown Berkeley Plaza Berkeley, CA 94720 United States + Google Map

With just two musicians creating a trio-sized mix of drum set and 7-string guitar/bass, the PLANET LOOP DUO is a unique sound not to be missed.  Hailing from the San Francisco Bay Area, the duo forges its own brand of global-funk-jazz, combining a jazz aesthetic with the deep rhythms of swing, worldbeat, Latin, funk, and soul music.  Frequently a third performer covering sax, violin AND trumpet shares the stage to form the “PLANET LOOP TRIO,” known as the "trio that sounds like a sextet." “Part of the creative nature of our sound comes from my instrument-- a hybrid guitar with three bass strings and four guitar strings,” notes guitarist Michael Schaller.  “By playing both the bass and guitar parts at once, certain freedoms arise, and we can easily move to new musical places while still keeping a full-trio sound.” More info here. Listen here! For more info on this event and others, check out the new On the Plaza schedule.

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6:30 pm


December 29, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Downtown Berkeley Plaza Berkeley, CA 94720 United States + Google Map

Come check out the Bayngels on the Plaza for an awesome combination of talents of Ali Paris and Briana Di Mara... Ali Paris captivates audiences worldwide with his unique fusion of Middle Eastern and Western music styles highlighted by both technical virtuosity and emotional expression. He accompanies his singing with his instrument, the Qanun, a rare 76-string zither that dates back to the 14th century and is played by only a handful of people across the globe. Ali’s music education began at the age of 5 in his native countries of Morocco and Palestine studying Arabic traditional music with master Simon Shaheen. He quickly became known as a child prodigy, performing by age 9 and touring internationally by the age of 12. Since then he has received multiple International awards including the Artist of the Year (2004-2007) and has expanded his musical career exponentially, relocating to the United States to earn his degree at the prestigious Berklee College of Music. He has collaborated with a long list of world-renowned artists such as Alicia Keys, Quincy Jones, Javier Limon and Bobby McFerrin. His solo performances have reached diverse audiences from the Newport to the Istanbul Jazz Festival and from the White House to....

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