April 28-29: Bay Area Book Festival: The Bay Area is teeming with readers, writers, creators, and thinkers. We have harnessed the power of this community to create one of the premier literary festivals in the world. The Bay Area Book Festival is a two-day event complete with literary sessions presenting top authors from this region, the nation, and the world, along with an outdoor fair with hundreds of literary exhibitors. We also offer events for kids and writing contests. We even have a mini film festival — a series of ten films on literature — with BAMPFA. We transform vibrant Downtown Berkeley into a literary utopia where readers of all ages and interests can find kindred spirits.
Over the past 100 years, Americans from all walks of life have fought many inspiring battles against hatred, bigotry, racism, misogyny, and homophobia — yet today many of these hard-fought victories appear to be in jeopardy. Through powerful photographs taken by the world's leading photographers and evocative first-person essays from over a dozen noted writers, best-selling author Rick Smolan created The Good Fight: America's Ongoing Struggle for Justice to capture the sporadically violent, often triumphant, always risky struggles of Americans who have experienced hatred, oppression or bigotry because of their gender, skin color, beliefs and more over the past century.
May 3, 7 p.m: Speaker event featuring Danny Glover: Award-winning actor, director, producer and humanitarian Activist Danny Glover will speak at the Cathedral of the Christ of Light, 2121 Harrison St. in Oakland, presented by the Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom Center and Peralta Community College District.The event is part of the Barbara Lee and Elihu Harris lecture series, focused on “resisting oppression: constructing democracy.” Danny Glover is widely recognized as a leader in the fight for justice who advocates for unity between the battles for economic, civil and human rights, and peace. To reserve a seat at the free event, call 510-434-3988.
AXIS will perform the headline work Radical Impact created by internationally renowned AXIS Artistic Director and Choreographer Marc Brew, in collaboration with JooWan Kim Artistic Director of Ensemble Mik Nawooj, and accompanied by a live string quartet. Other works featured in the triple bill include, The Reflective Surface choreographed by Bay Area notable Amy Sewiert, Artistic Director of Sacramento Ballet. The Reflective Surfaceoffers seamless partnering and precise unison set to an original score by musician Darren Johnston with exquisite lighting design by Allen Willner. The program is rounded off with a newly commissioned work Historias rotas (Broken Stories) choreographed by Nadia Adame, former AXIS company dancer, with an original score by Paul Shapera. Historias rotas explores how we carry the baggage of our ancestors and how our experiences and identities are shaped by these stories. Z SPACE | 450 FLORIDA STREET , SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94110| 415.626.0453