Performing Arts

Plays, concerts

Saturday Jazz w/ The Zan Stewart Band @North

Come enjoy some live jazz with the Zan Stewart Band!  They will dig into Zan's originals (for instance, the samba "Daddy's Blue Song," and the minor blues "Zansky"), jazz classics (Dexter Gordon's swinger, "Cheesecake" and Charlie Parker's ace blues, "Laird Baird" are two), and timeless standards (including Irving Berlin's "How Deep is the Ocean" and Herb Nacio Brown's "You Stepped Out of a Dream") with gusto. These performances are designed for the enjoyment of both jazz novices and lifelong devotees.

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The Grateful Dead Then and Now @Central CMR

The rise of the Grateful Dead occurred in lockstep with the hippie culture that took hold in the Haight-Ashbury in the mid-1960s. They were the band of choice at parties held by Ken Kesey and his Merry Pranksters as they experimented with and popularized the use of LSD. The Dead collaborated with many other Haight musicians and played numerous free concerts during the Summer of Love. Unlike other bands of the period, they enjoyed great longevity, playing together for 30 years, with surviving members continuing to jam into the present day.
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Cunamacue Afro-Peruvian Dance and Positive Knowledge Creative Jazz@THP South

Experience Afro- Peruvian Dance with local dance group Cunamacue which combines African diaspora and modern dance aesthetics

2:30-3:30pm.  Also experience creative Jazz with Positive Knowledge featuring Oluyemi Thomas Bass/Clarinet and Ijeoma Thomas Voice/Percussion


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Afro-Cuban Dance@ Claremont

Internationally known Cuban Folkloric dancer Susana Arenas Pedroso and her drummers present a demonstration and dance lesson at the Claremont Branch. Best for dance  enthusiasts five years and older. Free. Please visit or call 510-981-6280 our website at This program is made possible by the generous support of the Friends of the Berkeley Public Library. Visit them at

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