Performing Arts

Plays, concerts

Shakespeare Outside the Box: Othello @Central CMR

3rd floor community meeting room

"Shakespeare Outside the Box" is a mini-film festival of unusual filmed productions of Shakespeare plays.  Our final film in this four film series is Oliver Parker's "Othello".  This 1995 film has the distinction of being the first filmed version of "Othello" with an black actor playing the title role: Laurence Fishburne.  Kenneth Branagh as Iago and Irene Jacob as Desdemona also star in this historically important production.

 

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Shakespeare Outside the Box: Hamlet @Central CMR

3rd floor community meeting room

"Shakespeare Outside the Box" is a mini-film festival of unusual filmed productions of Shakespeare plays.  Our third film in this four film series is Tony Richardson's "Hamlet", starring Anthony Hopkins and Nicol Williamson, with Marianne Faithfull as Ophelia.  This 1969 film reflects much of the 1960's sensibilities, and though not critically acclaimed, offers an interesting and perhaps valid interpretation of Hamlet as solidly anti-establishment.   Next up: Oliver Parker's "Othello", on Saturday, January 27, 2018, 3 p.m.

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Shakespeare Outside the Box: Much Ado About Nothing @Central CMR

3rd floor Community Meeting Room

"Shakespeare Outside the Box" is a mini-film festival of unusual filmed productions of Shakespeare plays.  This second film in our four film series is Joss Whedon's "Much Ado About Nothing",  filmed in luminous black and white, with a romantic comedy treatment.  Nathan Fillion is delightful as Dogberry.  Next up: Tony Richardson's "Hamlet", on Saturday December 9, 3 p.m.

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Shakespeare Outside the Box: Macbeth @Central CMR

3rd floor community meeting room

"Shakespeare Outside the Box" is a mini-film festival of unusual filmed productions of Shakespeare plays.  We begin our four film series with Roman Polanski's "Macbeth", a visually stunning and unapologetically gory interpretation.  Next up: Joss Whedon's "Much Ado About Nothing", on Saturday November 18, 3 p.m.

 

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Living Room Choir concert @Central A&M

5th floor Art & Music

Join for us for a joyful concert in the Art & Music department. The Living Room Choir is an all-ages, all-abilities, non-audition choir.  It is the International Ubuntu Choir Network's first Bay Area chapter.  "Ubuntu" means "I am because we are."  The Ubuntu Choir network is a growing community of choirs who believe that the joy of singing is a universal birthright, and that together, regardless of musical background, we can help improve the world by joining voices in song.

Learn more about the Ubuntu Choir at www.theLivingRoomChoir.com.

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What's Happening at Berkeley Rep: Ain't Too Proud @Central CMR

3rd floor Community Meeting Room

In an ongoing series, docents from renowned Berkeley RepertoryTheatre talk about its current production, Ain't Too Proud, The Temptations Musical.   This world premiere is a thrilling story of brotherhood, family, loyalty and betrayal.  With iconic hits like "My Girl" and "Just My Imagination" and their signature dance moves, the Temptations became part of our cultural history.  Our docent will offer fascinating perspective and historical content on the show.

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