Upcoming Art Festivals in Berkeley, San Francisco
Whether you’re an artist or an art lover, interested in performance art or paintings, there’s a Berkeley art festival for you. Dancers will go crazy for the Inky Lee Dance Performance, while those looking for something outside of the box will love the Sonic Immersion Event. Hoping for something more traditional? Tim Berne is back with a new jazz album, and is as mesmerizing as ever.
The Sonic Immersion Event
Sonic Immersion is exactly what it sounds like – an immersive experience. The Machine Shop, The Electric Shaman, and others will perform while you lie on your back with headphones and five subsonic speakers attached to different parts of your body. With speakers on your palms, chest, throat, and stomach, the music will create feelings that cannot be described, but only experienced. Some people feel relaxed after the immersion, while others have reported feelings of euphoria. Find out for yourself at the next Sonic Immersion event.
The Berne’s SNAKE OIL
Tim Berne has been on the jazz music scene since the 1980s, and is still as entertaining as ever. He just released his second album in two years, Shadow Man, and is currently touring to promote it. Experience the magic of his live alto saxophone performances, accompanied by Oscar Noriega on bass clarinet, Matt Mitchell on the piano, and Ches Smith on the drums. Berne performs at 2133 University Avenue on May 3 at 8pm. If you can’t make that one, keep an eye out for upcoming regular performances.
Contemporary Performance Diasporas Festival
The second annual Contemporary Performance Diaspora Festival takes place this year from May 8-10th at the South Berkeley Community Church. Inferno Theatre presents the festival with the mission of linking different cultures, as well as showcasing how humans have related over time. During the festival, you will be able to enjoy many different performances including live ensembles, dances, and films. Tickets can be purchased from Inferno Theatre’s website for $20 per day.
The Inky Lee Dance Performance
Five dancers join together for a rigorous performance that any dancer won’t want to miss. The dancers aim to demonstrate how normal daily activities can be demanding for energy. In addition to dancing, broken speech within the soundtrack emphasizes this strain. Catch the three-hour performance on May 9 at Berkeley Arts 2133.