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Start: 04/11/2010 11:30 am

In this afternoon event coinciding with similar events throughout the U.S., Berkeley City officials join musicians, poets, authors, and the public in a special ceremony to remember the Holocaust.

Cantor Sharon Bernstein opens the event with bassist Stuart Brotman and spoken word remembrances from poet Robert Alter, Susan Greenwald, and Baruch Nutovic, a candle lighting ceremony for Holocaust survivors, and speeches by Kriss Worthington and other members of the Berkeley City Council.

Start: 04/11/2010 8:00 pm

Fondly remembered by folks who saw them perform back in the day, Any Old Time String Band was one of the most popular old-time bands in California during the 1970s and '80s. Playing an adventurous mixture of traditional fiddle tunes, old blues, string band songs, Cajun music, popular tunes of the 1920s and '30s, and even a bit of string band jazz, the pioneering all-woman band combines contagious high spirits with top-notch musicianship.

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Start: 04/13/2010 8:00 pm

All performers are welcome to participate in this event that has produced some of our brightest performers, including: Shawn Colvin, Dana Carvey, Alvin Youngblood Hart, and Patrick Landeza.

HERE'S HOW IT WORKS! One unique aspect of our Open Mic is that, unlike those held in noisy bars where people show up in spite of the fact that there's live music, you will be playing to a supportive group of friends and performers who are actually listening!!!

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Start: 04/15/2010 8:00 pm

Dan Bern is a wildly imaginative troubadour whose difficult-to-pigeonhole music has been described in the New York Times as "topical-political-poetical-sarcastic-punk-folk." Dan's great free-form poetic lyrics and the power of his raging tenor generate laughter and controversy (often at the same time) as he veers from comedy to anger, conjecture to shaggy-dog stories, with side trips to theology, science fiction, consumer culture, love, art, and baseball.

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Start: 04/16/2010 8:00 pm

Over the past three decades, Nashville singer-songwriter Steve Forbert has been charting the choppy waters of American life from youth to middle age with compelling songs that are at once disarmingly personal and universally true. Taking the stance of a compassionate everyman with a keen eye for detail, Steve weaves together strands of folk, rock, country, and R&B as he delivers his take on life's trials, tribulations, and discoveries with direct, honest energy and enduring optimism.

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Start: 04/17/2010 8:00 pm

Musician, composer, producer, Patrick Landeza is considered a leading exponent of ki ho'alu, the Hawaiian slack key style, carrying on the unique fingerpicking method developed in the 19th century by Hawaiian cowboys who loosened their guitar strings (or "slacked" them) for a lower, more resonant sound.