The Save Our Stages act makes about $15 billion available to independent music venues, theaters and cultural organizations.
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Berkeley has put $580K behind the arts. The caveat: no one can congregate to enjoy them
Although the pandemic has brought many cultural events to a grinding halt, the arts in Berkeley are not kaput. The city is moving forward with plans for new public art. Here’s what to look forward to in coming months.
How do you keep (live) music playing in the age of social distancing?
What does the future hold for live music? We checked in with cherished music venues like Ashkenaz, Cal Performances and the Freight to see how they’re feeling and what they’re planning.
The Sit List: Five things to do while staying largely at home
It goes without saying all our recommended activities are virtual. That said: Go on a garden tour, tune in to author conversations, study traditional music, watch dance or do earth crafts with the kids.
The It List: Five things to do this weekend, Feb. 15-16
There’s a wealth of choice this weekend.
Berkeley Law puts Shylock in the docks
Everyone needs a good lawyer. But Shylock, one of Shakespeare’s most historically fraught villains, is a special case. On Sunday, Berkeley Law takes over the Freight to give the old usurer another shot at justice.
In Berkeley: Django Reinhardt unchained and Charles Amirkhanian’s music inspired by nature
Open Minds founder Charles Amirkhanian’s 75th birthday is celebrated Sunday at the Brower Center. While next Friday the Freight will mark Django Reinhardt’s 110th birthday with a three-day festival.
In Berkeley: Owen Chen’s cognitive jazz and Maqueque’s Cuban women
Guitarist and Cal grad Owen Chen plays Jupiter Friday. And get ready to dance at a Cuban new year’s eve party at the Freight, also in downtown Berkeley.
Grateful Sounds in Berkeley
The sheer abundance of music from around the world in Berkeley this month is extraordinary.
Capoeira school secures funding from Berkeley to help purchase its building
The 40-year-old Capoeira Foundation has brought thousands to Berkeley and now hopes to own its home.
A prayer from Yemen Blues at Freight and Salvage
Israeli musician Ravid Kahalani’s groove-centric Middle Eastern ensemble performs music based on the Hebrew prayer “Hallel.”
Soulful summer days with Wee Willie Walker, Denise Perrier and Lavay Smith
One critic said Walker “is the greatest, deepest soul singer in the world today.” Hear him tonight at Freight & Salvage.