Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and Cal Celebrate 50 Years Together

When the Alvin Ailey dancers are in the house, Zellerbach can feel more like a church than a theater. When the doors open, the audience members file in like parishioners. Some are regulars, while others are first timers, but when the curtain comes up it doesn’t matter.

For Cal Performances, it’s hard to remember a time without the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. The dance company first leapt onto the Zellerbach stage at UC Berkeley in 1968, and has been back every year since to perform a weeklong repertoire, lead workshops and participate in public forums on the campus.

LIVVIA balances being Berkeley student, rising stardom

Olivia Christensen is just your average UC Berkeley senior. She loves Harry Potter, suffers through economics midterms and listens to Coldplay casually.

University of California Men’s Octet doo-wops its way to championship

There’s an old A. B. Chase piano in practice room A of the Cesar Chavez Student Center, where Berkeley’s premier performance groups and musical ensembles convene to forget their meticulous obsessions over GPAs and focus instead on beautifully arranged melodies and steps.

The members of the audience in Zellerbach Hall had barely settled in their red plush seats before comedian Margaret Chosauntered on stage, unannounced, decked out in a “Front Row” crewneck, leggings and her Comme des Ga

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UC Berkeley Student Musicians Chime in on Playing Campanile Carillon

Noon announces itself melodically on the UC Berkeley campus. Almost everyday at 12 p.m., the Campanile replaces its uniform hourly chimes with a musical interlude. While the sounds of the Campanile are familiar to all of Berkeley, many may not realize that there are students behind the music of the famed tower.

A legacy of speaking truths: Poetry as politics at UC Berkeley

In 2018, 150 years after the establishment of the original University of California, and more than 50 years after the Free Speech Movement, students continue to advocate for their beliefs.

In a night of wit and candor, standup comic Margaret Cho was joined by fellow comedians Ali Wong, Aparna Nancherla and Hari Kondabolu in UC Berkeley’s Zellerbach Hall as part of Cal Performances’ student-curated show Front Row.

Comedian Sureni Weerasekera breaks down barriers at Certified Fresh stand-up show

Before stand-up comedian Sureni Weerasekera sat down for her interview at Free Speech Movement Cafe, she got in line for an iced caramel latte. She said she knew the man working behind the counter.