Decoding Chinese Opera: Why So Shrill?

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 visual cues of staging, costumes, music, and rap that make this vibrant art form a UNESCO-recognized Masterpiece of Oral and Intangible Heritage.

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Music & Movement (registration required)

We hope you will join us for our first in-person children’s programs since 2020! Our story time band will lead two 30 minutes sessions: one for children ages 2-5 and the other for kindergarteners and 1st graders. 

Registration for both sessions begins at 12:00pm on Friday, May 20th. To register, follow the link below to the session of your choice.  

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Screenagers: Next Chapter

Whether you joined us for our event featuring the film Screenagers or not, all Berkeley middle schoolers and their families are invited to watch Screenagers: Next Chapter and join a community conversation about social and emotional resilience in our digital age. 

6:45 zoom room opens
6:50-8 showing of Screenagers
8:05-9 community conversation

This is an online event that will happen on zoom. Register here: https://tinyurl.com/ScreenagersNextChapterBPL

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Bay Area Jazz Mobile @THPS

The Bay Area Jazz Mobile is coming to the Tarea Hall Pittman South Branch/Tool Lending Library parking lot for a live concert! 

The Bay Area Jazz Mobile is a mobile/traveling jazz venue. A large van is filled with the necessary equipment to provide jazz concerts, clinics and workshops in parks, recreation centers, urban plazas, schools, farmers' markets, senior centers, cultural centers and city and county festivals throughout the Bay Area. 

We thank The Friends of the Berkeley Public Library for sponsoring this event.

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