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Upcoming Events


The Fellowship Hall (1924 Cedar St) is accessible by a ramp on the Bonita Avenue side of the Hall.
At this time the Connie Barbour, Fireside and Benjy Rooms on the second floor of our Education Building (1606 Bonita Ave) are not wheelchair accessible.

BFUU events are marked by this chalice. 


  Featured BFUU Events

 

Film Night and Discussion: "A Lot in Common"
Thursday, September 4, 6:30 PM Meet and Greet*, 7:00 Film in the Fellowship Hall—1924 Cedar St.

 

Transition Berkeley invites you to join us for a delightful film about the creation of the Peralta Community Art Garden. You'll meet the neighbors: Grandpa Roosevelt and his grandson, Joan the single mom, Ruthe the psychic, and Amy the metal sculptor. They all have "A Lot in Common" when together they turn a vacant lot in Berkeley into a blooming community garden lush with native California plantings, technology demonstrations, and outdoor artwork by local artists. They clash over political ideals, runaway pets and public art, yet in the end, they grow a community of neighbors.

Interviews with urban planning visionary Jane Jacobs, PBS reporter/author Ray Suarez, environmentalist Paul Hawken, and Urban Habitat co-founder Carl Anthony, lend context and background to the discussion of the Commons. Landscape architect/psychologist Karl Linn who envisioned and orchestrated the creation of the gardens, provides on-going commentary. Our special guest will be the film's producer Rich Bacigalupi.

*Come at 6:30 for Meet and Greet, and bring locally grown snacks to share if you can. 

This event is co-sponsored by Transition Berkeley, Berkeley Community Garden Collaborative and the BFUU Social Justice Committee.

Suggested Donation $5-$10. No one turned away for lack of funds!

 


Rev. Earl Koteen and 350.org present a Film: "Disruption"
Sunday, September 7, 7:00 Film in the Connie Barbour Room, 1606 Bonita Ave.

"Disruption" weaves together political intrigue, mind-blowing science, and an insider's view of the largest climate mobilization in history. It features some folks you might find familiar (like Bill McKibben and Naomi Klein), and brings some fresh faces and exciting new stories to the fore.

Watch the trailer here: http://vimeo.com/104429713

 


Conscientious Projectors Film Series: Where Should the Birds Fly

Thursday, September 11 at 7:00 PM in the Fellowship Hall—1924 Cedar St. 


Where Should the Birds Fly? is a powerful, passionate film by Fida Qisha, about the lives of ordinary Gazans living "survival and celebration" in a land where no one can take flight; where the siege and blockade still goes on.

Suggested donation $5-10. No one turned away for lack of funds. 

 



  Other Community Events


Motown Dance Party
Friday, September 5, 7:30 PM in the Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.

Come hear the band:  "SOUL RISING"! ! !

We continue the Great American Dance Party Series, featuring the Bay Area's top R & B and Soul playing musicians!  Great vocalists belt out the Greatest Hits of Motown, Stax Studios and the Philadelphia Sound LIVE.
Suggested donation is $10 person.
Refreshments available.


Open Mic with Doug Chambers, Featured Artist TBD

Friday, September 12 at 7:00 PM in the Fellowship Hall—1924 Cedar St.

Join us for BFUU's monthly Open Mic night. Signups begin at 6:30 PM and the featured artist performs at 8:30 PM.
 


Jazz in the Neighborhood: Marcus Shelby Quintet


Friday, September 19, 8:00 PM in the Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.

Jazz in the Neighborhood is proud to introduce the first of our new series at the BFUU in North Berkeley, featuring a concert every third Friday of the month. Opening the series will be the Marcus Shelby Quintet, playing a mix of blues and swing; originals, standards, and rhythm & blues. Marcus Shelby is a highly accomplished teacher, composer, arranger, and bassist based in the Bay Area. Joining Shelby will be Joe Warner on piano, Ila Cantor on guitar, Tim Angulo on drums, and Tiffany Austin on vocals. A local youth showcase will be announced and will open the show.

Suggested donation: $20/$10 Students
No one turned away for lack of funds.
Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/marcus-shelby-quintet-tickets-12717013931

More info at jazzintheneighborhood.org


Acoustic Music Berkeley: Bill Evans, the Banjo in America
Friday, September 26, 8:00 PM in the Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.

Bill Evans presents over 250 years of American music on a dizzying variety of banjos, taking you on a musical journey from West Africa through 19th and early 20th century music to Bill’s own dynamic original compositions and arrangements. Bill is a Bay Area favorite who has performed with the San Francisco Symphony and on “A Prairie Home Companion.”www.billevansbanjo.com

For reservations please contact Sheila at Swift Entertainment 510-289-2679.
Online tickets available when Acoustic Music Berkeley website goes live on August 29!

 

  Recurring/Ongoing Events

T'ai Chi & Qi Gong with Gene Herman
Mondays and Wednesdays, 4 to 5 p.m. —Connie Barbour Room— 1606 Bonita Ave.

This practice is appropriate for people of all ages. It improves health and well being at any age.

T'ai Chi Ch'uan with Karina Epperlein: The Principles and Art of Slowing Down
Mondays, 6-7 p.m. in the Connie Barbour Room — 1606 Bonita Ave.

Breath, sound, movement, qi gong, imagination and intention, standing and walking meditation, balance, centering and grounding. Karina brings to her 37 years of teaching an extensive background and training in T'ai Chi Ch'uan, dance, physical theater, music, voice, breath, and meditation.

Ongoing. $90 per month. Please call in advance to register: 510-559-8892. Visit www.karinafilms.us for more information.
 


Elders' Circle

First Tuesdays, 11:00 AM in the Fellowship Hall

The BFUU Elders' Circle meets at 10:00 AM on First Tuesdays in the Fellowship Hall.


Dancing Life From Your Core: CoreConnexion Transformational Arts® with Eva Vigran, MA Psych
Wednesdays, 6-8 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall—1924 Cedar St.

logoStarting in the NOW, we will listen to body and soul, following movement that emerges from moment to moment. Through playful connection with ourselves, others and nature, we can illuminate our individual and authentic aliveness and strengthen our inner nature and resources. Participants will gain access to the wisdom and joy at their core. First class is free! www.coreconnexion.net


Wind Song Cafe
First Fridays at 11:30 a.m. in the Fireside Room—1606 Bonita Ave.

Join us in the Wind Song Cafe to share music, poetry, and discussion. Note that this room is not wheel-chair accessible. We will discuss Prop. 47, The Safe Neighborhoods & Schools Act of 2014, the voter initiative that will make a difference. 

 


Kirtan with Ajaya

Second Sundays, 4 PM in the Fellowship Hall—1924 Cedar St. 

 

Feel the power of musical space and time.

Ajaya Davidson will lead a one hour program of kirtan chant, song and instrumental music, accompanied by flute, tabla and other instruments. The goal of kirtan is to allow us to lead us into the experience of our own creativity and love. Ajaya will be accompanied by Sangita (Lisa Moscow) on Sarod as well as flute, violin and mridangam (Indian drum).

Ajaya has studied meditation, yoga, chanting and Indian musical forms for over 20 years. His music expresses his deep regard for the mystery of life, love and gratitude for all he has received.

Recent concerts include a tribute to George Harrison at the ISKON Krishna Temple in Berkeley.  

To hear his music go to ajayathemusic.com

Suggested donation: $5-10 (goes directly to musicians), no one turned away for lack of funds.


Third Thursday Taizé

Third Thursdays, 7:30 PM in the Fellowship Hall

Taizé music originated in the Taizé Monastery in France as an opportunity for people of various religious faiths to unite in spirit and song. It quickly spread through Europe and is now becoming very popular in the United States. Come join us each third Thursday at 7:30 in the Fellowship Hall as BFUU takes its place in the growing Taizé community.