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Scarlet Pumpkin

at Yaymaker - Downtown Berkeley 2420 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, California 94704

Paint Nite is invading bars and restaurants near you with everything you need to create a one-of-a-kind painting. We’ll guide you and your friends through two lively hours of creativity, drinking, and laughing ‘til your cheeks hurt. The best part? You don’t have to be an artist to have an amazing time. Please note: Be in comfortable clothing....

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$45

Fiddlekids Summer Music Camp

at Freight & Salvage - Downtown Berkeley 2020 Addison St, Berkeley, California 94704

Now in its twentieth year, fiddlekids is a unique, fun-filled summer day camp devoted to traditional fiddle music. We welcome young violin students and fiddlers, ages 7 to 15, with at least one year of playing experience. No previous fiddling is required. Camp is divided into skill-based groups of roughly 15 fiddlers, and each child attends classes...

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$550

5 sessions

Beginning Bossa Nova Guitar

at California Jazz Conservatory - Downtown Berkeley 2087 Addison St, Berkeley, California 94704

A workshop focusing on the rhythmic, harmonic and melodic elements fundamental to bossa nova guitar through examination of songs of some of the foremost Brazilian composers including Antonio Carlos Jobim, Vinicius de Moraes, Baden Powell and Dorival Caymmi among others. Instructor covers other Brazilian music styles, time permitting. Prerequisites:...

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$30

The Irish Vocal Tradition

at California Jazz Conservatory - Downtown Berkeley 2087 Addison St, Berkeley, California 94704

Join vocalist Melanie O’Reilly for a journey into the rich and diverse Irish vocal tradition. Songs of celebration, laments, lullabies, "lilting" (mouth music), and sean-nós ("old-style") are demonstrated. The roots of the Irish song tradition are traced from the 17th century to contemporary times, with new fusion genres - such as the Afro-Celt...

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$50

Composition Techniques in Post Modern Jazz

at California Jazz Conservatory - Downtown Berkeley 2087 Addison St, Berkeley, California 94704

This workshop draws on select jazz tunes as well as repertoire on Matterhorn’s eponymous recording to explore various unconventional composition techniques utilized in postmodern jazz. Blevins contends that while traditional forms and structures hold a prominent place in jazz history, new work — consistent with the music’s trailblazing spirit...

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$30

Vocal Technique for the Contemporary Singer

at California Jazz Conservatory - Downtown Berkeley 2087 Addison St, Berkeley, California 94704

Vocalist Kalil Wilson shares strategies for developing a balanced vocal sound. This method works for singers of all genres interested in developing a contemporary approach, including those with a classical singing background. Open to all levels.

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$50

Beginning Improvisation

at Berkeley Repertory Theatre - Downtown Berkeley 2025 Addison St, Berkeley, California 94704

Gain experience and understanding of the philosophies and fundamentals of improvisational theatre via a Keith Johnstone (IMPRO)-based practice in this beginning class. Through playful, interactive theatre games and storytelling, students are introduced to the elements of spontaneity, listening, accepting, and responding. This methodology helps students...

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$180

5 sessions

Theatre of the Oppressed: Mindfulness and Liberation

at Berkeley Repertory Theatre - Downtown Berkeley 2025 Addison St, Berkeley, California 94704

“Within this fathom-long body, lies the world of suffering, its cause, and its liberation.”—Gautama Buddha All oppression involves the body—the body holds and reflects the experience of its oppression. Fear, anxiety, and oppression bleed their way into the habits of our human expression, trapping, binding, and shutting down our natural spontaneity...

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$85

Stage Combat Certification: Broadsword—Level 1

at Berkeley Repertory Theatre - Downtown Berkeley 2025 Addison St, Berkeley, California 94704

Broadsword: weapon of choice in the Middle Ages. This certification course will prepare you for great steel slinging roles like Richard III, Macbeth, Beowulf, Robin Hood, and Joan of Arc. This class will stress safety, partnership, and telling the story of the fight while covering basic sword fighting history and terminology. Additionally, students...

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$220

5 sessions

Sight Reading for Guitarists

at California Jazz Conservatory - Downtown Berkeley 2087 Addison St, Berkeley, California 94704

Sight-reading is a challenge for many guitarists at all different levels. While we can’t wave a ‘magic wand’ to quickly become a great reader, several approaches can significantly improve one’s proficiency. This workshop offers helpful tips, exercises, and strategies for overcoming technical and physical challenges on the journey to becoming...

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$30

Jazz Organ

at California Jazz Conservatory - Downtown Berkeley 2087 Addison St, Berkeley, California 94704

A history of the jazz organ and an introduction to basic Hammond B-3 techniques with Wil Blades, one of the top organ masters of his generation! Open to all.

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$30

How to Play Walking Bass Lines with Chords on Guitar

at California Jazz Conservatory - Downtown Berkeley 2087 Addison St, Berkeley, California 94704

This workshop details a method for playing chords and bass lines at the same time on guitar in a straight-ahead jazz context — be it as a solo guitarist, a member of a duo with a vocalist or other instrument or as part of a larger ensemble as exemplified by Joe Pass and other guitar masters Topics covered include: History (including listening and...

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$30

Brazilian Rhythms for the Jazz Musician

at California Jazz Conservatory - Downtown Berkeley 2087 Addison St, Berkeley, California 94704

In this workshop, students explore a variety of Brazilian rhythms, including samba, bossa nova, baião, choro and afoxé, and how to incorporate them into the jazz idiom and beyond. Participants learn the distinguishing characteristics of each rhythm and put them into practice through in-class exercises. Prerequisites: None. Open to all melodic...

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$30

Improv for the Professional

at Berkeley Repertory Theatre - Downtown Berkeley 2025 Addison St, Berkeley, California 94704

We’ve all heard the buzz: Improv is no longer just for actors. Theatre artists possess many of the skills regularly sought after in today’s economy—creativity, resiliency, agility, courage, collaborative awareness, and high levels of emotional intelligence. “The Master of Fine Arts is the new MBA.” So argued author Daniel Pink in his seminal New...

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$250

5 sessions

Playwriting

at Berkeley Repertory Theatre - Downtown Berkeley 2025 Addison St, Berkeley, California 94704

This class is for anyone who has ever wanted to write a play, and those who have already written one and want to develop it further with a writers group. Areas of focus include character development, dramatic structure, writing dialogue, and effective exposition. The course provides a structured writing program, deadlines for presenting work, and a...

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$220

5 sessions

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