Arts & Events

Play Review: 'This Wide Night,' Anton's Well Theater Co. at the Berkeley City Club

Ken Bullock
Saturday December 09, 2017 - 04:03:00 PM

Midway through the show of 'This Wide Night,' a Bay Area premiere by Anton's Well Theater Co. of British playwright Chloë Moss' work, now running weekends at the Berkeley City Club, it occurred to me that it was fitting this spare two-hander was being staged during the holiday season ... -more-

Once Again, The Future Is Now: The 2017 Adler Fellows Concert

Reviewed by James Roy MacBean
Saturday December 09, 2017 - 03:43:00 PM

On Friday evening, December 8, at the War Memorial Opera House, the 2017 crop of Adler Fellows gave a concert that was remarkable for the high standard of singing by all participants. There was hardly a singer in the entire program who did not demonstrate outstanding talent, and even those who fell slightly short of the highest category always showed sufficient promise to expect that in a year or two they too will be outstanding. -more-

The Berkeley Activist's Calendar, December 10-17

Kelly Hammargren, Sustainable Berkeley Coalition
Saturday December 09, 2017 - 03:40:00 PM

December 19 is the last City Council meeting before the winter recess. The agenda is posted and available for comment. Of note: Item 40a – Police Review Commission (PRC) calls for the repeal of the use of pepper spray, 40b. BPD and City Manager counter the PRC to retain use of pepper spray.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

No city meetings or announced demonstrations,

Monday, December 11, 2017

City Council Special Meeting, Mon, Dec. 11, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, enter at 2031 Bancroft Way, Main Branch Library Community Room 3rd floor, agenda: Brown Act, Ethics, Principles of Good Governance

Youth Climate Lawsuit –Fundamental & Constitutional Right to a Livable Climate, Mon, Dec. 11, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, 95 - 7th Street, San Francisco, Appeal is to lift temporary stay and let lawsuit on a livable climate proceed.

Tax the Rich rally – Mon, Dec 11, winter hours 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm top of Solano in front of closed Oaks Theater,

Youth Commission, Mon, Dec 11, 6:30 pm, 1730 Oregon St, Martin Luther King Jr. Youth Services Center, agenda: homeless youth, DACA

Civic Arts Policy Subcommittee, Mon, Dec 11, 6:30 pm, 2020 Shattuck Ave, Comal, agenda: draft cultural plan

Tuesday, December 12, 2017 Hannukah

4x4 Committee (4 City Council members 4 Rent Board Members), Tue, Dec 12, 9:00 am, 2001 Center St, 2nd Floor, Rent Board Law Library, agenda discussion rent ordinance and ADU, limit rent increases, demolition ordinance mitigation fee

Board of Library Trustees - Bylaws Subcommittee, Tue, Dec 12, 12:00 pm, 1125 University Ave, West Branch Library

Homeless Commission – Encampment Subcommittee, Tue, Dec 12, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm, 2939 Ellis, South Berkeley Senior Center, agenda: process for or establishing policy for sanctioning encampments

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Police Review Commission, Wed, Dec 13, 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, 2939 Ellis St, South Berkeley Senior Center, agenda: body worn cameras BPD presentation, use of force

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Berkeley Rent Stabilization Board Habitable and Sustainable Housing Committee, Thur, Dec 14, 5:45pm, 2001 Center St, 2nd Floor, Rent Board Law Library, agenda: external disaster recovery plan, green building standards, EV charging stations, elevator ordinance

Community Environmental Advisory Commission, Thur, Dec 14, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm, 1901 Russell St, Tarea Hall Pittman South Branch Library,

Mental Health Commission, Thur, Dec 14, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm, 1901 Hearst Ave, North Berkeley Senior Center, agenda: Mental Health Crisis response

Zoning Adjustments Board, Thur, Dec 14, 7:00 pm – 11:30 pm, 2134 MLK Jr. Way, City Council Chambers

1805 Franklin – appeal of administrative use permit to construct addition to 1-story residential adding 148 sq ft to 1st floor, 921 sq ft 2nd floor,

2100 San Pablo – former U-Haul site, construct mixed use 96 unit residential care facility

2928 Ellsworth – renovate 4 bedroom dwelling to 8 bedrooms and construct 130 sq ft addition and 125 sq ft detached accessory building w/full bath,

1050 Parker – construct 61,000 sq ft commercial building for medical offices and R&D, 119 parking spaces,

Friday, December 15, 2017

Councilmember Cheryl Davila office hours, Fri, Dec 15, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm, 2265 Fifth Street, Tomate Café,

Sierra Club Members leadership/chapter elections, voting deadline Fri, Dec 15, 2:00 pm,

Saturday, December 16, 2017

East Bay DSA is canvassing Sat, Dec 16, 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm South, West and North Berkeley to support Single Payer Health Care

Sunday, December 17, 2017

No city meetings or announced demonstrations -more-

Heldentenor Simon O’Neill’s Hertz Hall Recital

Reviewed by James Roy MacBean
Monday December 04, 2017 - 04:00:00 PM

On Sunday afternoon, December 3, New Zealand-born tenor Simon O’Neill gave a recital at Hertz Hall. He was accompanied by fellow Kiwi Terence Dennis on piano. Both O’Neill and Dennis are much decorated artists with considerable international experience. For this recital they were also joined by the Pati brothers, Pene and Amitai Pati, who also hail from New Zealand. -more-

New: Craneway Crafts Fair - 47th Annual Benefit For KPFA Radio

Jonathan Farrell
Tuesday December 05, 2017 - 10:05:00 PM
Artist Arbel Shemesh wearing her Fairy Crown.

As the holidays approach, there has been much in the news about retail sales and online shopping. Yet, it is those shoppers who look for unique and special gifts that make an impact. And, this is where the holiday craft fair has an advantage over retail or cyber shopping. One of best and long-standing of such fairs in the Bay Area is the Craneway Crafts Fair. Now in its 47th year to benefit KPFA Radio, on the weekend of Dec. 16 & 17, it will provide the most diverse and beautiful holiday shopping experience ever. -more-

The Berkeley Activist's Week: Dec 3 - Dec 10

Kelly Hammargren, Sustainable Berkeley Coalition
Sunday December 03, 2017 - 03:45:00 PM

Only two City Council meetings are left before the winter recess with important items on both agendas, December 5 (surveillance technology, community benefits) and December 19 (repeal pepper spray ordinance). City Boards and Commissions are winding down although this week is still busy. HAC meeting Thursday includes Brown Act training. -more-