BERKELEY HIGH JAZZ ALUMNI CONCERT The “father” of Berkeley High’s acclaimed jazz program will be commemorated on Sunday at the third annual Berkeley High Jazz Alumni Concert. Musicians, spanning decades of Berkeley High jazz, will celebrate Wong’s life. Performers will include multi-instrumentalist Peter Apfelbaum, saxophonists BEnnett Friedman and Hitomi Oba, bassoonist Paul Hanson, percussionist Josh Jones, trombonist Sarah Cline (the current director of the program), and surprise guests. Charles Hamilton, who led the jazz program for 28 years to 2009, will be the day’s music director, and KCSM DJ Jesse “Chuy” Varela will emcee the day. Wong was principal of Washington Elementary in the ’60s, and was an early advocate for jazz education. The City of Berkeley will present a posthumous award honoring Wong’s inspiration to generations of Berkeley students. Sunday, June 1, 2-5 p.m., Coventry Grove, Kensington. Tickets are $20 at the door or through advance purchase on Eventbrite (recommended). Children under 5 are free. The concert benefits Berkeley High’s jazz programs. Doors open at 1 p.m.
CHOCOLATE AND CHALK ART FESTIVAL The 18th annual Chocolate and Chalk Art Festival will be held on Saturday, May 31 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Gourmet Ghetto (it’s an event-filled weekend for family-friendly activities in Berkeley). The chalk part of the festival is free to all ages: Areas of sidewalk are assigned to artists who can use their own chalk or buy artist’s chalk for $10. Even if you don’t create your own art, admiring the works of young and old artists is an annual treat. If chocolate is more your taste, several dozen different items are on offer, ranging from picante habañero chocolate gelato to chocolate chicken tikka kabobs to Oreo shakes. Chocolate tasting tickets are $20 for a 20-ticket packet, available either at event booths on Shattuck or online. In addition to the chalk and chocolate, there are pony rides, balloon artists, face painters and plenty of live music.
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