Performing Arts

Plays, concerts

CANCELED - Decoding Chinese Opera @Central

presented by Jon Wai-keung Lowe

Sunday May 17, 2020
Central Library
2:00pm - 3:30pm    3rd floor

Classical Chinese drama, or opera, can be a challenge for the uninitiated. Many Western, and Chinese, audiences want to like it, but then get lost in the clashing gongs and cymbals.

This talk breaks down the conventions of staging, the visual cues, musical instruments, melodies, and rap ( ! ) that make this vibrant art form a UNESCO-recognized Masterpiece of Oral and Intangible Heritage.

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Teen Poetry Night @THPS

microphone against a dark purple and pink back drop with bright lights

A mic for your poem, your breath, and your soul. A space for your comrades, your thoughts to unroll. Bring paper or not, or perform on the spot, we're all here to listen to the words that you brought.

Berkeley Public Library and the Marin Poetry Center invite you to join poets from the Alameda County Poetry Out Loud program to recite your original work or other poems you love.

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CANCELLED Circus of Smiles @Central

Join us for an afternoon of silliness, crafting, and acrobatics with Circus of Smiles! This all-ages event will get started at 1 PM with crafting juggling balls. Then at 2 PM, local circus artists, Circus of Smiles, will entertain all with their inspiring performance skills and fun. After the show, Circus of Smiles performers will teach their skills to the audience.

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