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Soul Sanctuary Dance
Sep
30
11:00 AM11:00

Soul Sanctuary Dance

Dance at 11:00 am

Family-friendly Freestyle Community Dance. Come dance freely every Sunday morning at Soul Sanctuary Dance. No admission fee / 100% volunteer produced.

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Soul Sanctuary Dance is a welcoming and inclusive all-ages community freestyle/ecstatic/shoes optional dance that supports free expression, community, physical and emotional health, and a spirit of generosity. We dance to an irresistible eclectic blend of world music, funk, house, soul, electro swing, positive hip hop, reggae, dance classics, jazz, blues, electronica, and other music to free mind, body and soul.

Organic fruit for all after the dance.
The dance is completely organized and run by volunteers.
Wheelchair accessible. No scented products please. Shoes optional.

The dance is a generosity and donation-based event. We don't charge a fee for admission. Instead, we post this message at the welcome table: "Your dance today at Soul Sanctuary Dance is a gift from those who have made donations to the dance, and from the volunteers who organize and produce the dance. We invite you to pay this generosity forward for future dancers, in whatever amount or manner you choose, so that we can continue to keep this chain of gifts alive."

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Soul Sanctuary Dance
Sep
23
11:00 AM11:00

Soul Sanctuary Dance

Dance at 11:00 am

Family-friendly Freestyle Community Dance. Come dance freely every Sunday morning at Soul Sanctuary Dance. No admission fee / 100% volunteer produced.

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Soul Sanctuary Dance is a welcoming and inclusive all-ages community freestyle/ecstatic/shoes optional dance that supports free expression, community, physical and emotional health, and a spirit of generosity. We dance to an irresistible eclectic blend of world music, funk, house, soul, electro swing, positive hip hop, reggae, dance classics, jazz, blues, electronica, and other music to free mind, body and soul.

Organic fruit for all after the dance.
The dance is completely organized and run by volunteers.
Wheelchair accessible. No scented products please. Shoes optional.

The dance is a generosity and donation-based event. We don't charge a fee for admission. Instead, we post this message at the welcome table: "Your dance today at Soul Sanctuary Dance is a gift from those who have made donations to the dance, and from the volunteers who organize and produce the dance. We invite you to pay this generosity forward for future dancers, in whatever amount or manner you choose, so that we can continue to keep this chain of gifts alive."

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Soul Sanctuary Dance
Sep
16
11:00 AM11:00

Soul Sanctuary Dance

Dance at 11:00 am

Family-friendly Freestyle Community Dance. Come dance freely every Sunday morning at Soul Sanctuary Dance. No admission fee / 100% volunteer produced.

SoulSanctuary_portrait2.jpg

Soul Sanctuary Dance is a welcoming and inclusive all-ages community freestyle/ecstatic/shoes optional dance that supports free expression, community, physical and emotional health, and a spirit of generosity. We dance to an irresistible eclectic blend of world music, funk, house, soul, electro swing, positive hip hop, reggae, dance classics, jazz, blues, electronica, and other music to free mind, body and soul.

Organic fruit for all after the dance.
The dance is completely organized and run by volunteers.
Wheelchair accessible. No scented products please. Shoes optional.

The dance is a generosity and donation-based event. We don't charge a fee for admission. Instead, we post this message at the welcome table: "Your dance today at Soul Sanctuary Dance is a gift from those who have made donations to the dance, and from the volunteers who organize and produce the dance. We invite you to pay this generosity forward for future dancers, in whatever amount or manner you choose, so that we can continue to keep this chain of gifts alive."

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Soul Sanctuary Dance
Sep
9
11:00 AM11:00

Soul Sanctuary Dance

Dance at 11:00 am

Family-friendly Freestyle Community Dance. Come dance freely every Sunday morning at Soul Sanctuary Dance. No admission fee / 100% volunteer produced.

SoulSanctuary_portrait2.jpg

Soul Sanctuary Dance is a welcoming and inclusive all-ages community freestyle/ecstatic/shoes optional dance that supports free expression, community, physical and emotional health, and a spirit of generosity. We dance to an irresistible eclectic blend of world music, funk, house, soul, electro swing, positive hip hop, reggae, dance classics, jazz, blues, electronica, and other music to free mind, body and soul.

Organic fruit for all after the dance.
The dance is completely organized and run by volunteers.
Wheelchair accessible. No scented products please. Shoes optional.

The dance is a generosity and donation-based event. We don't charge a fee for admission. Instead, we post this message at the welcome table: "Your dance today at Soul Sanctuary Dance is a gift from those who have made donations to the dance, and from the volunteers who organize and produce the dance. We invite you to pay this generosity forward for future dancers, in whatever amount or manner you choose, so that we can continue to keep this chain of gifts alive."

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Songs & Stories: An Evening of Georgian Folk Tales and Songs with Temple of Light Community Chior
Sep
2
7:00 PM19:00

Songs & Stories: An Evening of Georgian Folk Tales and Songs with Temple of Light Community Chior

Doors at 6:30pm ; Show at 7pm

Tickets $15-$20 Sliding Scale ; Students $10

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Join us for an evening of oral storytelling and traditional polyphonic music from the Republic of Georgia! Kitka’s Temple of Light Georgian Community Choir and storyteller Dana Sherry will weave together folktales, legends, and ancient melodies that are guaranteed to transport the listener across the Black Sea, through the Caucasus Mountains, and beyond.

Temple of Light Georgian Community Choir is an Oakland-based volunteer mixed vocal arts project dedicated to the performance of traditional polyphonic music and ritual song from the Republic of Georgia, the Caucasus, and Lazona. Designated by UNESCO as a masterpiece of the oral and intangible heritage of humanity, Georgian polyphony stands among some of the oldest and most beautiful song repertoires in the world. Sung in three distinct and overlapping parts, Georgian music necessitates singing with others. The individual parts do not stand alone. In a time of divisive political upheaval, the need for wonder, fierce love, and transcendent beauty is vital in creating a world that deeply sees one another and responds to that seeing with celebration, joy, and empathy. Temple of Light’s core mission is to be a light in dark places, igniting the best in our humanity through Georgian song.

Director Kristine Barrett is an artist, composer, and vocalist specializing in traditional music and ritual song. Barrett’s work has been performed and exhibited in galleries and media festivals throughout North America and Europe, and recently featured on the acclaimed NPR show The Thistle and Shamrock. In addition to her solo work, she currently performs with the acclaimed KITKA Women’s Vocal Ensemble and is the director of the Temple of Light Georgian Community Choir in Oakland and the Headlands Community Folk Ensemble in Sausalito.

Storyteller Dana Sherry was a respectable historian of the Caucasus and Central Asia until she turned to a life of storytelling. Now she brings folk tales from the heart of the Silk Road to life in programs for adults and children. She also hosts the Caravan of Stories, a monthly storytelling series dedicated to the oral traditions of Central Asia, at the Silk Road House in Berkeley.

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 Soul Sanctuary Dance
Sep
2
11:00 AM11:00

Soul Sanctuary Dance

Dance at 11:00 am

Family-friendly Freestyle Community Dance. Come dance freely every Sunday morning at Soul Sanctuary Dance. No admission fee / 100% volunteer produced.

SoulSanctuary_portrait2.jpg

Soul Sanctuary Dance is a welcoming and inclusive all-ages community freestyle/ecstatic/shoes optional dance that supports free expression, community, physical and emotional health, and a spirit of generosity. We dance to an irresistible eclectic blend of world music, funk, house, soul, electro swing, positive hip hop, reggae, dance classics, jazz, blues, electronica, and other music to free mind, body and soul.

Organic fruit for all after the dance.
The dance is completely organized and run by volunteers.
Wheelchair accessible. No scented products please. Shoes optional.

The dance is a generosity and donation-based event. We don't charge a fee for admission. Instead, we post this message at the welcome table: "Your dance today at Soul Sanctuary Dance is a gift from those who have made donations to the dance, and from the volunteers who organize and produce the dance. We invite you to pay this generosity forward for future dancers, in whatever amount or manner you choose, so that we can continue to keep this chain of gifts alive."

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Ethnic Dance at Ashkenaz Presents Chhandam School of Kathak
Aug
26
7:00 PM19:00

Ethnic Dance at Ashkenaz Presents Chhandam School of Kathak

Doors at 6:30 pm; Show at 7:00 pm

Tickets are $12 Advance / $15 Day of Show

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Today we focus on the classical Kathak dance tradition of North India, presented The Chhandam School of Kathak. The school is the educational arm of the world-famous Chitresh Das Dance Company, and features both professional and student dancers in costume. The class academy is dedicated to deep cultural education through the Kathak tradition. Founded in Northern California in 1980, it is the largest classical Indian dance institution in North America. In addition, it has major affiliate centers run by Pandit Das’ disciples in India, Boston, Los Angeles and Toronto. 

Join us for an evening of kathak (classical dance of North India) with advanced students and teachers of the Chhandam School of Kathak.  Experience rhythmic footwork, swift pirouettes, and ornate movement with dynamic expression and storytelling accompanied by live music.  

 

Featuring: 

Poonam Narkar

Nilima Dave

Ria DasGupta

Neeraja Yadwadkar 

 

With live musical artists: 

Ben Kunin - Sarode 

Ashish Tare - Tabla

Seibi Lee and Rachna Nivas - Manjira and Vocals


Founded by legendary kathak master Pandit Chitresh Das and succeeded by his senior disciples, Seibi Lee, Rachna Nivas, and Rina Mehta, the Chhandam School of Kathak has been a pioneer of excellence for the education, promotion, and advancement of kathak dance and Indian classical music for 38 years. In the Bay Area, the school offers classes in Fremont and Berkeley with affiliate schools in Los Angeles, Denver, Boston, New York, and Mumbai.  

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Bandworks
Jul
22
5:00 PM17:00

Bandworks

Doors at 4:30 pm; Show at 5:00 pm

25th Anniversary Party with The Bait & Switch Blues Band, The Erik Brock Band, & Femme Fatal

FREE!

Since 1993, Berkeley-based BandWorks has helped several thousand youngsters fulfill their dream of playing in a rock band. BandWorks helps organize students into bands, provides coaching with some of the best musician-instructors in the Bay Area, and after 8 weeks rehearsing their favorite rock, pop, blues, reggae and original songs, takes the bands to the stage at Ashkenaz to perform live in front of an audience. In addition, BandWorks offers year-round classes for kids, teens, and adults, as well as summer camps for kids and teens at locations around the Bay Area.

Tonight, the Instructors' bands take the stage for the 25th anniversary party!

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The Uptones plus The Recyclists & Skank Bank "Bring the Family" Show
Apr
22
3:30 PM15:30

The Uptones plus The Recyclists & Skank Bank "Bring the Family" Show

Doors at 3:00 pm; Show time 3:30 pm

Tickets are $15 - $30 adult, $8 kids,
family of 4 $40

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Formed in 1981 in Berkeley, while they were still in high school, the Uptones were the first band devoted to playing Ska on the West Coast. The Uptones played to skanking crowds all over the West. Several of their recordings were regional hits, and for a time they were the most popular band in the Bay Area.

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The Recyclists are known for their own brand of funky, soulful, rock & roll, rhythm
and blues. Their original music is eclectic, danceable and full of energy. While
they usually throw in a few cover tunes, they put their own spin on every selection.
The Recyclists have played events, parties, festivals and bars from Petaluma to
San Jose over the past 10 years. With a solid following of dedicated "Recyclistas"
- every performance is a party!
The current lineup: Larry Stewart on saxophone, John Malamut and Mark Williams
on keys, Anthony May on bass, Steve Healey on drums and Diana Niemoeller
singing with guitarist Stace Wright.

Skank Bank is an American reggae fusion band from the San Francisco Bay Area formed in 2013. The diverse collective of musicians is led by California born bandleader/arranger Gabriel Winter (guitar/vocals). The band has an eclectic sound that fuses traditional roots reggae with elements of jazz, funk, rock, and other roots music―known for their organ/percussion heavy grooves, vocal harmonies and heady psychedelic dub jams. Ranging from a quartet to a nonet, the group has had more than 20 members with the only consistent bandmates of Winter's being Liam King (trumpet/vocals), Adam Miller (trombone), Gabriel Schillinger-Hyman (organ/piano), Adan Feijoo (guitar/vocals) and co-founding bassist Jiggly Streich.

Emerging from the 924 Gilman Street Berkeley ska-punk revival in early 2013, Skank Bank explored various styles of reggae and ska. Incorperating harmonic dissonance and improvisational elements of jazz with textural elements, groovy jams, and drones of psychedelic music, the group created a cosmic and soulful sound rooted in the sounds of Jamaican one-drop, rockers, and dancehall riddims. 

Skank Bank has toured in United States and has two full-length albums to their credit; Dance Depository (2016), and Keep Complaining (2015). Their music is also well represented in a variety of films and compilations; James Franco's Metamorphasis Junior Year (2017), Arcane Drama: A Compilation of 924 Gilman St. Music Vol. 1 (2017), UnderCover Presents: A Tribute to Green Day's Dookie (2016), and Gilman Ska Night Vol. 2 (2014). They have played several festivals including the Peoples Park Anniversary Festival (2016, 2017, 2018), the Brownsville Blues Festival (2017) and UnderCover Presents a tribute to Green Day's Dookie (2016).

Skank Bank has shared the stage with The Toasters, The Skatalites, Don Carlos, The Supervillains, Human Rights (Bad Brains), Roddy Radiation (The Specials), Noorwood Fisher (Fishbone), Voodoo Glowskulls, Skankin Pickle, Synrgy, and many others.

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Feb
28
7:00 PM19:00

The Ultimate Purim Party!

Doors open at 6:30 pm, Megillah Reading at 7:00pm, PURIM SHPIEL at 8:00pm Dancing with ADAMA at 9:00pm

Advance tickets $15 or $20 at the door.
Members of Jewish Renewal congregations: $15
Children under 13 FREE

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COOLEST MEGILLA READING EVER (Bring noise makers and be ready to use them at the mentioning of you-know-who’s name)

Enjoy THE REAL DEAL SHPIELERS with ever-fresh Purim-with-a-twist theatrics. It’s 2018, and a mysterious plot brings a Jewish detective all the way to the holiest part of the holy land. It's a comical/noir tale about a high-stakes battle between reason and fanaticism and the fate of a sacred cow.  And yes, there’s a villain named you-know-who.

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND: ADAMA and friends will rock out with their unique brand of Middle Eastern and Klezmer fusion for your dancing pleasure.

COME IN COSTUME! Bust out your polyester and start growing your mustache!

Children are welcome!

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