Performing Arts

Plays, concerts

"Margaret of Anjou" @North

Feminist Shakespeare? Yes! British playwright Lauren Jansen-Parkes has fashioned a play incorporating Shakespeare and her own original text to tell the story of Margaret of Anjou, the de facto leader of England's House of Lancaster during the Wars of the Roses.  Arrived from France for an arranged marriage to King Henry VI, the young Margaret is pushed headlong into one of England's bloodiest disputes for power.  Actors will present short scenes, then join director Libby Vega and producer Carol Lashof for discussion.  

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Berkeley Old Time Music Convention Kids Show @ Central CMR

The musicians for the Berkeley Old Time Music Convention's Children's Show this year are Abby Ladin & Sam Bartlett. Abby and Sam combine rhythmic clogging, hambone, and soulful singing with energetic banjo playing in a participatory family show that unfolds like a good story, entertaining and entrancing. 3rd floor, Community Meeting Room
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1,000 Paper Cranes/Peace Day @ Central CCR

Send a little peace around the world. Help us fold 1,000 origami cranes to send to Japan in the spirit of peace and brotherhood. The Berkeley Public Library's Playreaders will read from the children's book Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes, and we will have the treat of beautiful koto music by Shirley Kazuyo Muramoto and friends. If you don't know how to fold, come join us anyway, we will have instructions and people to help teach you how.

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"Margaret of Anjou" @Central CMR

3rd floor Community Meeting Room

Feminist Shakespeare? Yes!  British playwright Lauren Jansen-Parkes has fashioned a play incorporating Shakespeare and her own original text to tell the story of Margaret of Anjou, the de facto leader of England's House of Lancaster during the Wars of the Roses.  Arrived from France for an arranged marriage to King Henry VI, the young Margaret is pushed headlong into one of England's bloodiest disputes for power.  Actors will present short scenes, then join director Libby Vega and producer Carol Lashof for discussion.    

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Playing Shakespeare @Central CMR

Get an insider’s view on interpreting Shakespeare in the BBC series, “Playing Shakespeare”. John Barton of the Royal Shakespeare Company demonstrates how the Company makes Shakespeare's classic plays accessible to modern audiences without compromising the text's integrity. August 17: Rehearsing the text, with Judi Dench as Viola in a scene from Twelfth Night
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