Berkeley Jewish Music Festival schedule

David Krakauer’s Klezmer Madness!” with guest DJ Socalled will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 20, at Wheeler Auditorium, U.C. Berkeley. $20 BRJCC members, $25 non-members.

Ronnie Gilbert will perform her one-woman show “A Radical Life with Songs” at 4 p.m. Sunday, March 21, at the Berkeley Richmond Jewish Community Center, 1414 Walnut St., Berkeley. $15 members, $20 non-members. She will also perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 18, at the Osher Marin JCC, 200 North Pedro Road, San Rafael. Tickets: (415) 444-8000.

Back to the Sources“: The music collections of pioneer Russian Jewish folklorists, featuring Dr. Izaly Zemtsovsky and Michael Alpert, member of the klezmer ensemble Brave Old World, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 23, at the BRJCC. $10 members, $15 non-members.

Kinetic Klezmer Jam, featuring mother and daughter Elaine Hoffman Watts and Susan Watts Hoffman, with Josh Dolgin. will teach traditional klezmer styling; bring your instruments. 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 25, at the BRJCC. $ 10 members, $15 non-members.

Philly Klezmer Swing Dance Party,” with a dance lesson by Steven Weintraub, will feature Elaine Hoffman Watts, Susan Watts Hoffman, Dolgin and Bay Area musicians Sheldon Brown and Richard Saunders. The dance lesson is at 6:30 p.m., music at 8 p.m., Saturday, March 27, Crowden Music Center, 1475 Rose St., Berkeley. $15 members, $20 non-members. Tickets at the door will be $3 more.

Advance tickets: (925) 866-9599 or

Additional events:

Shir HaShirim: Kabbalat Shabbat Service“: Jewish sacred music, poetry and prayer from around the world. 7:30 p.m., Friday, March 12, BRJCC, (510) 848-0237.

Teen concert, “Socalled on Second Avenue with Josh Dolgin.” 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 17, Temple Isaiah, 3800 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette. Information: (925) 283-8575.

Classical concert, “20th Century Jewish Masterpieces,” includes works by Ernest Bloch, Mario Davidovsky, Daniel David Feinsmith, Arnold Schoenberg, Stefan Wolpe and William Susman. Performed by Grammy-nominated pianist David Holzman. In association with Old First Concerts. 4 p.m. Sunday, March 28, at Old First Church, 1751 Sacramento St., S.F. Information: (415) 474-1608, or

Film, “Chants of Sand and Stars,” a tapestry of Jewish world music from Azerbaijan to Manhattan to Israel. In association with San Francisco Jewish Film Festival and the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco. 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 30. Kanbar Hall at JCCSF, 3200 California St. (415) 292-1233 or

KlezCalifornia,” a five-day celebration of klezmer, Yiddish language, dance and cultural arts. Child and teen programs included. June 20 to 25, Jewish Community High School of the Bay, San Francisco. Call (415) 789-7679 or

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A little this, a little that, a lot of klezmer: Berkeley festival highlights depth of Jewish sounds