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“Leash up and ride the wave,” reads the Bandcamp bio of Oakland-based band The Sleeps. “We’re starting a culture.” It is living up to this mantra, with its self-titled debut album helping to legitimize the members as a band.

The world premiere of composer Jimmy López’s oratorio “Dreamers” — a work informed by interviews with undocumented students at UC Berkeley — will be performed at Zellerbach Hall on Sunday, March 17. López, 40, who received his Ph.D.

Last summer, as the Berkeley-based band Gone Fishin’ practiced in frontman Ryan Cohen’s backyard, his neighbor came over to comment, “After all these years of hearing you guys thumping in the garage, it’s so nice to hear you play real music!”

Hans Hofmann is an artist revered by many, but rarely loved. His best known work, anchored in European theory, is the pinnacle of American academic abstraction. Energetic in brushwork and bright in primary color, it is among the best of the art of the 1950s that might have been ascendent in this country.

If art is to operate politically, then it must be on its own terms.

Listen to Akram Khan's appearance on Berkeley Talks podcast here.

Dancer/choreographer Akram Khan appeared in the West Coast premiere of XENOS, a Cal Performances co-commission, in Zellerbach Hall on March 2-3, 2019.

Any theater geek worth their salt knows “West Side Story.” Originally envisioned by Jerome Robbins and featuring music by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim, the musical is a revolutionary and still-relevant exploration of the divisions that plague American society.

On a clear, chilly Sunday evening in January, Tia Cabral is leading a seance. Her performance at San Francisco rock club the Rickshaw Stop feels less like a typical show and more like something you might stumble upon in a wooded clearing, perhaps after receiving directions on a weathered scroll.

'BTS Course': UC Berkeley students explore K-pop icon

University of California, Berkeley, students will be able to seize a rare opportunity to earn credits by scrutinizing K-pop sensation BTS.

Marcus Books is bastion of Black literary community

Marcus Books, the nation’s oldest Black bookstore, first opened its doors in San Francisco in 1960. Tucked away in the back of a print shop, the store originally was called Success Book Store and was often visited by icons such as Malcolm X, Maya Angelou, Toni Morrison and Oprah Winfrey.