DHTML Menu By Milonic JavaScript

Share your photos! Submit your photos on flickr to our group 'L@TE: Friday Nights @ BAM/PFA' to join our photostream. (Show me how?)

this week
link image thumbnail The Something
April 25, 2014; 7:30 p.m.; Gallery B
After three months of developing new instruments for manipulating video and sound in a series of The Possible Workshops, artists' collective The Something hosts a culminating sound/video jam.

upcoming events
link image thumbnail
Del Sol String Quartet
May 2, 2014; 7:30 p.m.; Gallery B
Del Sol String Quartet returns to L@TE to perform recent works by Ken Ueno, Caroline Shaw, and Peter Sculthorpe
link image thumbnail
Returning Current with Daniela Gesundheit and Katy Payne
May 9, 2014; 7:30 p.m.; Gallery B
Acoustic biologist Katy Payne's stirring lecture about her research on humpback whales and African elephants is set within an original musical context by Daniela Gesundheit and a choir singers and instrumentalists.
link image thumbnail
The Possible Closing Ceremony
May 23, 2014; 7:30 p.m.; Gallery B
There will be songs, there will be dancing, there will be the orchestrated production of The Possible artist book, and there will be the presentation of honor-objects to those who made The Possible actual.

past events
link image thumbnail
Cine/Spin
April 18, 2014; 7:30 p.m.; Gallery B
Student DJs spin to the 1969 Czech cult classic Valerie and Her Week of Wonders. Plus a surrealist fashion show and a reception and photo booth hosted by the BAM/PFA Student Committee.
link image thumbnail
Alvin Curran
April 11, 2014; 7:30 p.m.; Gallery B
The irreverent composer and performer Alvin Curran plays from The Alvin Curran Fakebook, a recent solo piece drawing on over fifty years of composing “in real and unreal time, for piano, voice, electronics, and the music found in all things.”
link image thumbnail
Creative Growth Beyond Trend Runway Event
April 4, 2014; 7:30 p.m.; Gallery B
As part of their fortieth anniversary weekend extravaganza, Creative Growth Art Center collaborates with The Possible to present the Beyond Trend Runway Event, featuring one-of-a-kind textile designs from the Creative Growth studio and The Possible dye lab.
link image thumbnail
Joan La Barbara
March 14, 2014; 7:30 p.m.; Gallery B
Thirty-eight years after she first presented it at BAM/PFA, celebrated experimental singer, composer, and sound artist Joan La Barbara re-creates “Circular Song” for this special L@TE event as part of a rare program of her innovative and beautiful vocal compositions.
link image thumbnail
TURF Inc. Presents Turf Dance Battle, featuring The Mekanix
March 7, 2014; 5:00 p.m.; Gallery B
Join an all-style dance tournament featuring the best of Bay Area turf dancing, hosted by Johnny5 of Oakland-based dance crew TurF FeinZ, with Oakland godfathers of hip-hop production The Mekanix. And get wild with and open-circle dance-off. Dance tournament begins at 5 p.m.
link image thumbnail
The Possible Opening Ceremony
February 28, 2014; 7:30 p.m.; Gallery B
Free admission! The artists of The Possible orchestrate a ceremony that incorporates studio production, sound, and movement. Followed by a Night Parade.
link image thumbnail
Luciano Chessa and His Intonarumori
December 13, 2013; 7:30 p.m.; Gallery B
Programmed by Sarah Cahill. Hear Luciano Chessa’s modern re-creations of the seminal "noise instruments" of the Italian Futurists, designed to produce music that mimicked the modern cityscape.
link image thumbnail
E@RLY: Yoshi Wada
November 17, 2013; 12:00 NOON; Gallery B
Using acoustic sirens, alarm bells, bagpipe, steel barrel gong, audio generators, and a reed organ, Yoshi Wada will perform one of his unique, live sound experiences in collaboration with his son.
link image thumbnail
Power Struggle
November 15, 2013; 7:30 p.m.; Gallery B
Programmed by Abby Chen. Rock out to Power Struggle’s unique brand of hip-hop with poignant lyrics and astute political analysis.
link image thumbnail
Evan Ziporyn
November 8, 2013; 7:30 p.m.; Gallery B
Programmed by Sarah Cahill. Expect the unexpected at this solo concert by enormously influential clarinetist and composer Evan Ziporyn.
link image thumbnail
Kiandanda Dance Theater
October 18, 2013; 7:30 p.m.; Gallery B
Programmed by Abby Chen. An evening with Congolese dancer/choreographer Byb Chanel Bibene's international dance troupe Kiandanda Dance Theater.
link image thumbnail
The Living Earth Show
October 11, 2013; 7:30 p.m.; Gallery B
Programmed by Sarah Cahill. Discover The Living Earth Show’s signature blend of energy, precision, whimsy, and depth at this evening of electro-acoustic contemporary classical music. Includes premiere of Ken Ueno’s Pork Roll, Egg, and Cheese on a Kaiser Bun.
link image thumbnail
Francis Wong
September 20, 2013; 7:30 p.m.; Gallery B
Programmed by Abby Chen. Immerse yourself in Diaspora Tales #2: 1969, an invigorating multimedia work encompassing music, dance, spoken word, and video projection by acclaimed composer and jazz musician Francis Wong.
link image thumbnail
Ellen Fullman: The Long String Instrument
September 13, 2013; 7:30 p.m.; Gallery B
Programmed by Sarah Cahill. Ellen Fullman returns to L@TE with her Long String Instrument and three new projects, including a duet with electric guitar.
link image thumbnail
No Age
August 23, 2013; 7:30 p.m.; Gallery B
Come rock at this music/art fest with with experimental punk group No Age, country psych band Devin Gary and Ross (with artist/designer Gary Panter), and feel-good trio Sun Foot.
link image thumbnail
Thingamajigs: Solvitur ambulando (It Is Solved by Walking)
August 16, 2013; 7:30 p.m.; Gallery B
The Thingamajigs residency culminates in this new multimedia work inspired by issues in international adoption, labyrinths, travel, and walking meditation. In collaboration with writer Sasha Hom.
link image thumbnail
Thingamajigs: Nomadism
August 9, 2013; 7:30 p.m.; Gallery B
New music, readings, and other performances on the subjects of nomadism and dislocation, belonging and disconnection with local artists.
link image thumbnail
Sounding the Path of the Signal
August 2, 2013; 7:30 p.m.; Gallery B
Programmed by Zarouhie Abdalian in conjunction with Zarouhie Abdalian/ MATRIX 249. Featuring works by Alvin Lucier, Maryanne Amacher, and others.
link image thumbnail
Thingamajigs: Locating
July 26, 2013; 7:30 p.m.; Gallery B
Thingamajigs Performance Group partners with other local artists and performers to present a concert of new works and improvisations.
link image thumbnail
E@RLY Family Workshop: Made and Found Instruments with Thingamajigs
July 21, 2013; 12:00 NOON; Gallery B
Bring the whole family to this midday instrument workshop and learn how to make music with materials found in our everyday environment.
link image thumbnail
E@RLY: Rock N Roll “Flea Market”
May 12, 2013; 12:00 NOON; Gallery B
Programmed by Brontez Purnell
We honor rock devotees with a good old-fashioned record swap. Expect tables by Maximum Rocknroll magazine, Make-A-Mess Records, Fuzz City Records, Southpaw Records, and 1234 Go! Records. Plus live music by Warm Soda, Puce Moment, and High Anxiety, and DJ sets by Ian Baldridge and Jesse Luscious.
link image thumbnail
Other Dancers
May 3, 2013; 7:30 p.m.; Gallery B
Programmed by Brontez Purnell
Part dance party, part performance, and part family reunion, Other Dancers brings together cutting-edge experimental dancers and performers from the Yay Area and beyond. The line between artist and audience blurs, and the intrinsic value of movement is explored.
link image thumbnail
New Diaspora
April 26, 2013; 7:30 p.m.; Gallery B
Programmed by Brontez Purnell
This performance festival explores the work of current artists hailing from the diverse dimensions of the African diaspora. Traditional forms honor stolen ancestors and become a springboard for something new: entertainment as a form of community healing and education.
link image thumbnail
Cine/Spin
April 19, 2013; 7:30 p.m.; Gallery B
Programmed by Steve Seid with the BAM/PFA Student Committee
Cal student DJs spin to silent slapstick films, including Buster Keaton's The General. Plus activities and refreshments!
link image thumbnail
Pamela Z and Christina McPhee
April 12, 2013; 7:30 p.m.; Gallery B
Programmed by Sarah Cahill
The boundary-busting vocal virtuoso Pamela Z teams up with an ensemble of musicians and acclaimed video artist Christina McPhee to present their collaborative work, Carbon Song Cycle.
link image thumbnail
Thingamajigs: ]MA[
April 5, 2013; 7:30 p.m.; Gallery B
Programmed by Sean Carson
Thingamajigs Performance Group, East Bay mainstays of the homemade instrument underground, brings us )MA(, a new performance inspired by the exhibition Silence. Plus Rio Vander Stahl’s chamber ensemble and a video work by Christopher Ariza.
link image thumbnail
Positively Alphabet Street
March 22, 2013; 7:30 p.m.; Gallery B
Programmed by Sean Carson
The Bay Area all-star band PC Munoz’s Singing Blood mashes up the folk and the funk in a unique project that pays tribute to Prince and Bob Dylan. Plus chamber music from the Rio Vander Stahl ensemble and a video piece by Christopher Ariza. Presented in conjunction with Silence.
link image thumbnail
Carl Stone: Fujiken
March 8, 2013; 7:30 p.m.; Gallery B
Programmed by Sarah Cahill
“King of Sampling” and pioneer of electroacoustic music Carl Stone returns to BAM/PFA, laptop in hand, performing a concert of ear-bending and mind-expanding works.
link image thumbnail
BareTroupe
February 22, 2013; 7:30 p.m.; Gallery B
In conjunction with Silence, UC Berkeley’s own BareTroupe performs a selection of scenes and songs that touch upon themes of quietude and isolation.
link image thumbnail
Anna Halprin: Parades and Changes
February 15, 2013; 7:30 p.m.; Gallery B
SOLD OUT! A new version of visionary choreographer Anna Halprin's iconic dance, the final staging of the piece that formed the foundation for her subsequent career. In conjunction with the MATRIX 246 exhibition.
link image thumbnail
Pacific Guitar Ensemble
February 1, 2013; 7:30 p.m.; Gallery B
Programmed by Sarah Cahill
Eight virtuosos of classical guitar play works by Steve Reich, Sérgio Assad, Terry Riley, and Astor Piazzolla.
link image thumbnail
Quartet San Francisco Plays the Music of Raymond Scott
December 7, 2012; 7:30 p.m.; Gallery B
Programmed by Sarah Cahill
Quartet San Francisco performs an eclectic program featuring the high-energy, zany compositions of Raymond Scott, used later as cartoon music but originally written for concert performance.
link image thumbnail
E@RLY: Ikue Mori with Ken Ueno
December 2, 2012; 12:00 NOON; Gallery B
Former DNA drummer Mori brings her collection of drum machines, laptop loops, and samplers to improvise an anarchic sonic swirl in our atrium gallery, in collaboration with composer and throat-singer Ken Ueno.
link image thumbnail
Peggy Honeywell and Bill Daniel
November 16, 2012; 7:30 p.m.; Gallery B
Programmed by Steve Seid. In conjunction with Barry McGee.
Retro country girl Peggy Honeywell, a.k.a. Clare Rojas, charmingly belts ballads and add oodles of yodels, while Bill Daniel presents “dirt lot cinema,” tracking alt culture from hobos to hot rods.
link image thumbnail
Cypress String Quartet
November 9, 2012; 7:30 p.m.; Gallery B
Programmed by Sarah Cahill
Critically acclaimed San Francisco–based Cypress String Quartet (violinists Cecily Ward and Tom Stone, violist Ethan Filner, and cellist Jennifer Kloetzel) performs a special contemporary program featuring recent works by Elena Ruehr, George Tsontakis, and Kevin Puts.
link image thumbnail
Shotgun Wedding Quintet
November 2, 2012; 7:30 p.m.; Gallery B
Programmed by KALX

The Shotgun Wedding Quintet creates the sound of a larger group that is equal parts big band and boom-bap, paying homage to the art of improvisation. This performance concludes KALX’s fiftieth anniversary concert series.
link image thumbnail
T.I.T.S. and Erick Lyle (formerly known as Iggy Scam)
October 19, 2012; 7:30 p.m.; Gallery B
Programmed by Steve Seid. In conjunction with Barry McGee.
T.I.T.S., an All-Grrrl quartet, brash and loud, and prone to an excess of rhythmic tribalisms, definitely more hard-ass metal than fragrant petal. With zinester of the influential nineties Scam, Iggy Scam a.k.a. Erick Lyle.
link image thumbnail
Terry Riley with Tracy Silverman
October 12, 2012; 7:30 p.m.; Gallery B
Programmed by Sarah Cahill.
An annual favorite since the beginning of L@TE, pioneering composer-pianist Terry Riley performs his open-ended solo piano compositions and improvisations with occasional raga vocals. With special guest, electric six-string violinist Tracy Silverman.
link image thumbnail
Young Prisms and Astronauts, Etc.
October 5, 2012; 7:30 p.m.; Gallery B
Programmed by KALX.
The celebration of KALX’s fiftieth anniversary continues with the Bay Area five-piece band Young Prisms, plus UC Berkeley's own Astronauts, Etc.
link image thumbnail
The Dodos
September 28, 2012; 7:30 p.m.; Gallery B
Programmed by KALX.
Help us kick off KALX's fiftieth-anniversary celebration with a special performance by acclaimed San Francisco indie duo The Dodos.
link image thumbnail
Devendra Banhart, Justin Hoover and Chris Treggiari
**SOLD OUT**

September 21, 2012; 7:30 p.m.; Gallery B
Programmed by Steve Seid. In conjunction with Barry McGee.
Devendra Banhart, that freaky folky who weaves acid-laced anthems for the New Weird America tops a delectable evening with street-based chefs Justin Hoover and Chris Treggiari.
link image thumbnail
John Cage Celebration: PICO
September 14, 2012; 7:30 p.m.; Gallery B
Programmed by Sarah Cahill.
Come celebrate John Cage’s one-hundredth birthday with video artist John Sanborn’s PICO (Performance Indeterminate Cage Opera), a sprawling, circus-like environment incorporating multiple aspects of Cage’s work, from Fontana Mix to the Europeras.
link image thumbnail
Lou Harrison’s La Koro Sutro
May 25, 2012; 7:30 p.m.; Gallery B
Join us in celebrating what would have been the ninety-fifth birthday of the brilliant and innovative California composer Lou Harrison. The evening features a performance of Harrison’s powerful La Koro Sutro, conducted by Marika Kuzma, and two chamber works, performed by the Abel-Steinberg-Winant Trio.
link image thumbnail
Eleanor Antin, Conversations with Stalin
May 11, 2012; 7:30 p.m.; Gallery B
Eleanor Antin credits her idiosyncratic first-generation Jewish immigrant family as well as Stalin himself for the desperate and often-hilarious quests for art, self, revolution, and sex that fueled her childhood and teen years...
link image thumbnail
E@RLY: The Sun (Part Two)
April 15, 2012; 12:00 NOON; Gallery B
Make rainbows amid the sonic explorations of Collin McKelvey (Orbless) and a choir of voices at Land and Sea’s second ode to the sun.
link image thumbnail
Amy X Neuburg
April 13, 2012; 7:30 p.m.; Gallery B
The Bay Area’s own brilliant and groundbreaking Amy X Neuburg expands her patented “avant-cabaret” sound to take on the acoustics of our atrium gallery. Joined by wild percussionist Moe! Staiano.
link image thumbnail
Here Is Always Somewhere Else
March 23, 2012; 7:30 p.m.; Gallery B
In conjunction with State of Mind: New California Art circa 1970, join us for an evening dedicated to the life and death of California-based Dutch Conceptual artist Bas Jan Ader, featuring Rene Daalder's 2008 film Here Is Always Somewhere Else: The Life of Bas Jan Ader and ARP's Odyssey (For Bas Jan Ader)
link image thumbnail
Flashback 1970s: Performances by Linda Mary Montano, Jim Melchert, Adam II
March 16, 2012; 7:30 p.m.; Gallery B
In conjunction with the exhibition State of Mind: New California Art circa 1970, Linda Mary Montano, Jim Melchert, and Adam II reprise performances from the early 1970s.
link image thumbnail
Edmund Campion
March 9, 2012; 7:30 p.m.; Gallery B
Pioneer of computer-enhanced performance practice Edmund Campion transforms Gallery B with sound and visuals in this collaboration with designer Raveevarn Choksombatchai, artist and 3-D animator Claudia Hart, and the Cornelius Cardew Choir.
link image thumbnail
Music & Film: The Goat Family & Beige
March 2, 2012; 7:30 p.m.; Gallery B
Join The Goat Family—local filmmakers and musicians Rock Ross, Thad Povey, Cecil B. Feeder, Dan Janos, and Chris Santeramo—for an evening of film and foot-stompin’ music. Beige opens with a double-projection film accompanied by live sound.
link image thumbnail
The Moon (Part Two)
February 24, 2012; 7:30 p.m.; Gallery B
For this second program dedicated to the moon, experimental turntablist Julia Mazawa performs a new composition, Believer soothes us with lush sounds, and poet Matthew Zapruder reads a series of moon poems.
link image thumbnail
A Tribute to Julius Eastman
February 10, 2012; 7:30 p.m.; Gallery B
Don’t miss the first major presentation of the compositions of Julius Eastman (1940–90), who was one of the first to convincingly combine rock and house influences with minimal processes. Includes Gay Guerilla, composed for multiple pianos, and the world premiere of Our Father.
link image thumbnail
E@RLY: The Sun (Part One)
February 5, 2012; 12:00 NOON; Gallery B
Join us for a tea ceremony hosted by Tealchemy followed by the solar compositions of violinist Jennifer Curtis and a set by Oakland-based Date Palms.
link image thumbnail
The Moon (Part One)
January 27, 2012; 7:30 p.m.; Gallery B
Celebrate the moon with electronic and computer-based music by Tana Sprague (Lissom), a cosmic dance set by Shock, and music and visuals from duo High Places. Take home a free tote bag to commemorate the first collaboration between programmers Land and Sea and BAM/PFA. DJ set by Aaron Harbour.
link image thumbnail
Boopers and Bloopers: The Artistry of Inappropriate Appropriation, NegativWobblyland & Bryan Boyce
December 9, 2011; 7:30 p.m.; Gallery B
NegativWobblyland plays Boopers, analog feedback instruments created entirely from salvaged radio and amplifier parts, and Bryan Boyce reclaims and recycles choice image chunks from the collective screens of the media apparatus in this spectacle of inappropriate appropriation.
link image thumbnail
otherworld (machine)
December 2, 2011; 7:30 p.m.; Gallery B
otherworld (machine) brings together multiple sites of production and multiplicities of bodies to create layered image collages, inspired by Kurt Schwitters’s Merzbau.
link image thumbnail
Ellen Fullman: Tracings
November 18, 2011; 7:30 p.m.; Gallery B
Ellen Fullman returns to L@TE with her Long String Instrument to perform a chamber ensemble piece composed for two sites: BAM/PFA and Battle Hall in Austin.
link image thumbnail
Sound Art
November 4, 2011; 7:30 p.m.; Gallery B
Local artists Paul DeMarinis and Laetitia Sonami team up to bring Kurt Schwitters’s Ursonate to life with an electric orchestra of pickle jars accompanied by abstract light machines. With a site-specific multimedia dance performance by art collective 0th.
link image thumbnail
The Blob: A Shapeless Spectacle
October 28, 2011; 7:30 p.m.; Gallery B
Programmed by Steve Seid
Beware! the Blob! That amorphous 1970s mocu-monster movie is coming, slowly undulating its way into Gallery B. This will be a B2B viewing experience––Blob to BAMscape. Let’s stick to the sticky one: Beware, a.k.a. The Son of the Blob. The Blob blobulates around town, absorbing . . .
link image thumbnail
Robin Cox Ensemble
October 14, 2011; 5:30 p.m.; Gallery B
Programmed by Sarah Cahill
The Los Angeles-based Robin Cox Ensemble, dubbed "local heroes" by L.A. Weekly's Alan Rich, brings its unique "postclassical" combination of acoustic instruments and electronics to L@TE. At 5:30 p.m., the ensemble will perform Hourglass, a continuous . . .
link image thumbnail
Random Rotations
October 7, 2011; 7:30 p.m.; Gallery B
Programmed by Kamau Patton
Four artists whose practices expand the boundaries of the stage converge to create a collage of overlapping performance and sensation that implicate the viewer as participant. Amid Parker Ito’s newsprint and video installation, Lana Voronina performs a one-woman show with video collage, electronic music, and psychosomatic . . .
link image thumbnail
MATRIX Live
September 30, 2011; 5:30 p.m.; Gallery B
Programmed by Dena Beard
MATRIX moves out of Gallery 1 with a L@TE program that brings the paintings of Silke Otto-Knapp to life. The evening commences with stage videos from the Pacific Film Archive collection, including a rare 1969 performance by Yvonne Rainer, followed by a Q & A with Otto-Knapp. . . .
link image thumbnail
The Forbidden Zone
September 16, 2011; 7:00 p.m.; Gallery B
Programmed by Harrell Fletcher
Celebrate the Create exhibition with films and video projections, a moderated discussion with the artists, a dance party DJ’d by some of the centers’ artists, and other special surprises. The night will include a screening of The Forbidden Zone, guest programmer Harrell Fletcher’s collaborative project . . .
link image thumbnail
Terry Riley
September 9, 2011; 7:30 p.m.; Gallery B
Programmed by Sarah Cahill
Living legend and UC Berkeley alumnus Terry Riley returns to BAM/PFA in a rare solo concert on piano and synthesizer. Best known as the godfather of minimalist music, Riley's performances encompass North Indian classical music, American jazz, and a particular strain of musical experimentalism that is . . .
link image thumbnail
Chris Kubick and Seth Horvitz
September 2, 2011; 7:30 p.m.; Gallery B
Programmed by Kamau Patton
Guest programmer Kamau Patton’s L@TE programs explore the artistic legacy of Kurt Schwitters. Tonight’s program features artists working in digital and electronic media whose work investigates notions of space and collage. Experience Berkeley-based artist Chris Kubick’s Many Many More Than One, a swirling multichannel audio-video environment . . .
link image thumbnail
Evangelista
August 19, 2011; 7:30 p.m.; Gallery B
Programmed by George Chen
Tonight’s L@TE will be devoted to a rare musical performance by the legendary Carla Bozulich (Neon Veins, Ethyl Meatplow, Geraldine Fibbers) with her project Evangelista.
link image thumbnail
Sir Richard Bishop / Gerritt Wittmer and Paul Knowles
August 12, 2011; 7:30 p.m.; Gallery B
Programmed by George Chen
Tonight’s L@TE runs the gamut from electric guitar to noise-centered performance art, with the transcendent guitar playing of Sir Richard Bishop and a site-specific performance by the Bay Area duo Gerritt Wittmer and Paul Knowles.
link image thumbnail
C. Spencer Yeh / David Horvitz
August 5, 2011; 7:30 p.m.; Gallery B
Programmed by George Chen
An evening of sonic exploration and social engagement with two Brooklyn-based artists, C. Spencer Yeh, who improvises with violin, voice, and electronics, and photographer and performance artist David Horvitz.
link image thumbnail
Triway Hyperlecture Cage Match
May 6, 2011; 7:30 p.m.; Gallery B
Join Machine Project for an experimental three-way lecture blowout with musical accompaniment. Jason Brown, Colin Dickey, and Jason Torchinsky will deliver simultaneous presentations accompanied by incidental musical performances, including j.frede and his wine-glass drone ensemble, and underwater recordings of the San Francisco Bay.
link image thumbnail
FERMENT[cheese]
April 29, 2011; 7:30 p.m.; Gallery B
The evening will feature a milk-to-cheese tasting accompanied by field recordings of cows eating grass, curd draining, cheese aging, an oral history with a local dairyman, and a talk by Cowgirl Creamery cofounder Sue Conley. Chris Kallmyer and the experimental ensemble TempWerks will create site-specific and dispersed soundworks for the event.
link image thumbnail
L@TE Goes Goth
April 15, 2011; 7:30 p.m.; Gallery B
The annual Cine/Spin extravaganza turns the tables on The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari as student DJs unleash a mesmerizing torrent of Teutonic tones aimed at the acutely angular sets of a silent horror film. This 1919 German Expressionist tale of mayhem and mind control has the mad Dr. Caligari sending his spellbound assassin off to do his dirty deeds. The BAM/PFA Student Committee joins the frayed frenzy with some captivating activities of their own design and a stunning array of refreshments.
link image thumbnail
Pigeon Dealers
April 8, 2011; 7:30 p.m.; Gallery B
Inspired by the words of the composer, multi-instrumentalist, and improviser Ishmael Wadada Leo Smith, “Our music is based on systems and systems are not free,” L@TE Programmer Betty Nguyen has devised Pigeon Dealers, an evening of improvisations with Los Angeles–based artist Dave Muller as DJ, comedic sketches, and music performances by artists whose works riff off their relationships to the Sound System culture.
link image thumbnail
Rova Saxophone Quartet
April 1, 2011; 7:30 p.m.; Gallery B
Rova Saxophone Quartet—Larry Ochs, Jon Raskin, Bruce Ackley, and Steve Adams—explores the synthesis of composition and collective improvisation, creating exciting, genre-bending music that challenges and inspires its audiences. Rova will work with Gallery B’s intriguing acoustic properties to create a fascinating event exploring the concept of sound in space.
link image thumbnail
Radical L@TE
March 18, 2011; 7:30 p.m.; Gallery B
For our final Radical L@TE, we feature a selection of Bay Area artists who expand cinema into the gallery space with dazzling 3D, multiple screens, and multiple projectors. The evening will feature work by Lynn Marie Kirby, Greta Snider, Johunna Grayson, Jeanne C. Finley, John Muse, Kerry Laitala, and Lynne Sachs that arises from documentary explorations and scientific experiments, reframed by conceptual concerns.
link image thumbnail
Miya Masaoka
March 11, 2011; 7:30 p.m.; Gallery B
The New York Times calls Masaoka “an explorer of the extremes of her instrument,” and she continues to delve into new areas of sound, light, and social and musical interaction.Using difference tones, sine waves, and captured sound from the resonance of the museum, Miya Masaoka and her trusty koto will create new work specifically responding to the sonic qualities of Gallery B.
link image thumbnail
Fires of Unknown Origin
March 4, 2011; 7:30 p.m.; Gallery B
For Fires of Unknown Origin, L@TE Programmer Betty Nguyen has selected performers whose energies remind her of the youthful rebellion of the early 1970s New York art scene: Los Angeles–based sound artist Kevin Greenspon; Vholtz, Randy Lee Sutherland’s improvisation project with Bay Area players George Chen, Jonathan Grothman, and Daron Key; and the cosmic guitar virtuoso Hubble, a.k.a. Ben Greenberg from the Brooklyn–based band Z’s.
link image thumbnail
Machine Project Presents Confuse-a-tron
February 25, 2011; 6:00 p.m.; Gallery B
In keeping with Machine Project’s practice of producing events that use hands-on engagement to make rarefied knowledge accessible, the evening will feature simultaneous drop-in sessions on making kimchi, converting melons into amplified drums, plant cloning, and the application (and styling) of tranimal drag makeup.
link image thumbnail
Radical L@TE: Super-Gigantic HalfLifers DVD Mega-Release Party
February 18, 2011; 7:30 p.m.; Gallery B
Join us for a launch party for the compilation DVD, HalfLifers: The Complete History, the definitive pixel packet of legendary activation artists Torsten Zenas Burns and Anthony Discenza. For one night only, the HalfLifers will repurpose Thom Faulders’s BAMscape as an omnidirectional, construction-colored exploration vehicle, navigating a 360-degree journey into the interior reaches of HalfLifers’s “videonic” backlog of afterlife relationships, rescue rituals, and psychic manifestations.
link image thumbnail
Brontez with Brilliant Colors
February 11, 2011; 7:30 p.m.; Gallery B
Brontez with Brilliant Colors will showcase a new body of work by the Brontez Purnell Dance Company that combines dance choreography with dance films shot in Super 8. Brontez keeps it punk and street, performing without costume around creative set elements. As part of the participatory piece Free Jazz, Brontez will teach you some moves, too. The evening will feature original scores created by Purnell in collaboration with Taji Maalik, the opening band Brilliant Colors, and DJ Myles Cooper.
link image thumbnail
Paul Dresher with Joel Davel
February 4, 2011; 7:30 p.m.; Gallery B
Acclaimed composer Paul Dresher and his frequent collaborator Joel Davel bring invented instruments—works of art in themselves—to Gallery B for an evening of original music ranging from raucous to meditative. Dresher's inventions include the brand new Hurdy Grande, a giant motorized hurdy gurdy, and the visually stunning Quadrachord.
link image thumbnail
The Transformation Call with Harupin-ha Butoh Dance Company
December 10, 2010; 7:30 p.m.; Gallery B
Berkeley-based Butoh masters Koichi and Hiroko Tamano and over fifty dancers from their Harupin-ha Butoh Dance Company will interpret the winter season and change with a performance based on the 1918 short story “The Spider’s Thread” by Ryunosuke Akutagawa. The performance will be enhanced by an original composition by San Francisco-based Vomica and a video loop by Sara Magenheimer evoking the last month of the year. The Transformation Call is programmed in conjunction with the exhibition Flowers of the Four Seasons.
link image thumbnail
Pacific Mozart Ensemble
December 3, 2010; 7:30 p.m.; Gallery B
The Pacific Mozart Ensemble, directed by Lynne Morrow, performs Bay Area premieres of newly commissioned works by Amy X Neuburg and Sanford Dole, as well as vocal music by Meredith Monk.  Ms. Neuberg's piece is a multi-voiced composition inspired by the theme of birth and renewal, while Mr. Dole's piece is a reflection on Gabrieli’s motet Vox Domini, which PME will also perform.
link image thumbnail
Radical L@TE: Performance Anxiety
November 19, 2010; 7:30 p.m.; Gallery B
Programmed in conjunction with Radical Light, Performance Anxiety features Nao Bustamente cross-dressing as legendary filmmaker Jack Smith and his molten muse Maria Montez; Jonathon Keats’s Strange Skies, a moody montage of Italian skies for the stay-at-home shrub with a live score performed by Theresa Wong; and a re-creation of Splitting the Axis, a 1975 performance by Darryl Sapien and Michael Hinton.
link image thumbnail
Prosperity and Tranquility with ARP
November 12, 2010; 7:30 p.m.; Gallery B
In the third installment of Tomo Yasuda’s series of L@TE events, presented in conjunction with the exhibition Flowers of the Four Seasons, “one-man bliss machine” Alexis Georgopoulos, the artist behind ARP, will send his atmospheric electronic sounds into the museum accompanied by original films by Paul Clipson and a seasonal video loop by Sara Magenheimer
link image thumbnail
Rothko Chapel
November 5, 2010; 7:30 p.m.; Gallery B
The UC Berkeley Chamber Chorus, directed by Marika Kuzma, and the Abel-Steinberg-Winant Trio perform Morton Feldman's meditative masterpiece, Rothko Chapel, composed for the sacred contemplative space in Houston, and Robert Ashley's She Was a Visitor. In collaboration with New Albion Records.
link image thumbnail
Hauntology
October 29, 2010; 7:30 p.m.; Gallery B
Programmed by Scott Hewicker
An evening of hauntological sounds, spirited discussions, and phantasmagorical projections will inhabit Gallery B. Plus a ghostly procession and other tricks and treats. Ghost costumes encouraged!
link image thumbnail
Radical L@TE: Book Launch
October 15, 2010; 7:30 p.m.; Gallery B
Programmed by Kathy Geritz and Steve Seid
To celebrate the publication of the Pacific Film Archive’s first book, Radical Light: Alternative Film and Video in the San Francisco Bay Area, 1945-2000, we present an evening of light shows, multiple projection pieces, and film loops by Craig Baldwin, Gibbs Chapman, Peter Conheim, and Thad Povey and Alfonso Alvarez, as well as other cinema psychedelica.
link image thumbnail
Dog Night with NYMPH
October 8, 2010; 7:30 p.m.; Gallery B
Programmed by Tomo Yasuda
Japan’s Edo Period had a strict law on the books: be nice to dogs and other animals, or else! Brooklyn-based psychedelic-shred/avant-garde ensemble NYMPH bares its teeth for an evening of new music with a decidedly tribal feel. Artist and intergalactic traveler Daniel Jay projects visuals celebrating our four-legged friends.
link image thumbnail
Del Sol String Quartet
October 1, 2010; 7:30 p.m.; Gallery B
Programmed by Sarah Cahill
For this special appearance, the Del Sol String Quartet (violinists Kate Stenberg and Rick Shinozaki, violist Charlton Lee, and cellist Kathryn Bates-Williams) performs Osvaldo Golijov’s Tenebrae, Elena Kats-Chernin’s Urban Village 2, and other exciting recent works.
link image thumbnail
Radical L@TE: Advance to Full Fury—Sound and Image Performances
September 17, 2010; 7:30 p.m.; Gallery B
Programmed by Kathy Geritz, Steve Seid, and Christine Metropoulos
Celebrating alternative cinema artists who have emerged since the year 2000, we give you a searing set of ever-morphing, optically insistent, and sonically frenzied sound and light performances by Andrew Benson and Joshua Churchill; Seth Horvitz; and Curtis Tamm and Michael Campos-Quinn.
link image thumbnail
Beginning of the Edo Period with Bahama Kangaroos
September 10, 2010; 7:30 p.m.; Gallery B
Programmed by Tomo Yasuda
The sound of the koto, a traditional Japanese stringed instrument provides the “soundtrack” for a live painting—a work of visual art completed as a public performance—by the duo the Bahama Kangaroos (artists Naoki Onodera and Yukako Ezoe Onodera). Shoko Hikage and Kanoko Nishi perform traditional works for koto ranging from the beginning of the Edo period to contemporary compositions.
link image thumbnail
Terry Riley Celebrates 75
September 3, 2010; 8:00 p.m.; Gallery B
Programmed by Sarah Cahill
After his acclaimed performance last year, Riley returns with Gyan Riley to celebrate his 75th birthday and open the L@TE fall season, once again transforming the architecture of the museum into his own warm and welcoming living room.
link image thumbnail
Jamie Stewart (Xiu Xiu) and Film Program by Max Goldberg
August 13, 2010; 7:30 p.m.; Gallery B
Programmed by David Wilson
Xiu Xiu front man Jamie Stewart steps back from his song craft and debuts a new composition in field recordings. Film critic Max Goldberg responds with a selection of short 16mm films from Canyon Cinema archive.
link image thumbnail
Gamelan Sekar Jaya
July 30, 2010; 7:30 p.m.; Gallery B
Programmed by David Wilson
Led by a master artist from Bali, I Dewa Putu Berata, Gamelan Sekar Jaya’s two percussion ensembles will perform in traditional Balinese formation, surrounding their dancers and encouraging an intimate circulation among the audience.
link image thumbnail
Grouper Presents SLEEP
July 23, 2010; 7:30 p.m.; Gallery B
Programmed by David Wilson
Liz Harris (Grouper) contours her sonic craft to the spiraling space of the museum, creating a site-specific composition made up of tape-collage and live instrumentation accompanied by video. Also on the bill is harpsichordist Eugene Petrushansky.
link image thumbnail
SUN Ceremony
July 9, 2010; 7:30 p.m.; Gallery B
Programmed by David Wilson
An installation collaboration with artist Chris Duncan, this event will open the museum up to a fully participation-based drum and light orchestration. With light projections from Jeffrey Manson, a Chladni singing performance by Meara O’Reilly, and SUN choir.

link image thumbnail
Expanded Cinema: El sexo fuerte (The Stronger Sex)
June 25, 2010; 7:30 p.m.; Gallery B
Programmed by Steve Seid and Kathy Geritz
Celebrating the 100th anniversary of Mexico’s Revolución, we bring you El sexo fuerte (The Stronger Sex), a rousing film about two men shipwrecked upon the shores of an Art Deco kingdom ruled by beautiful amazons.
link image thumbnail
Skank Bloc Bologna Number Four: Publication Launch; Wrap-Up Party With Oxbow
June 18, 2010; 7:30 p.m.; Gallery B
Programmed by Anne Colvin
The final night of the SBB4 L@TE series features the launch of the ephemeral paper publication and an acoustic performance by Oxbow.
link image thumbnail
Summer Sounds: Sic Alps; Bill Orcutt; The Baths
June 11, 2010; 7:30 p.m.; Gallery B
Programmed by Franklin Melendez
A summer kickoff of sorts, the program will feature a lineup of old-school rock ’n’ roll bands nurtured in our backyard that includes Sic Alps, Bill Orcutt, and The Baths.
link image thumbnail
The Residents
June 4, 2010; 7:30 p.m.; Gallery B
Programmed by Sarah Cahill
The Residents are a group of performance artists and musicians occupying the fringes of modern culture since 1972. They present a sneak preview of a work in progress.
link image thumbnail
Expanded Cinema: Invaders from Mars
May 28, 2010; 7:30 p.m.; Gallery B
Programmed by Kathy Geritz and Steve Seid
A family night at BAM/PFA celebrates science fiction film through the ages. The main event is a classic sci-fi film for ages ten and up—Invaders from Mars (1953).
link image thumbnail
Skank Bloc Bologna Number Four, Featuring William T. Wiley and Michael Hannon
May 21, 2010; 7:30 p.m.; Gallery B
Programmed by Anne Colvin
The penultimate iteration of Skank Bloc Bologna Number Four features William T. Wiley performing on the didgeridoo while poet Michael Hannon recites.
link image thumbnail
Art Rocks, Featuring Lucky Dragons and Eats Tapes
May 14, 2010; 7:30 p.m.; Gallery B
Programmed by Franklin Melendez
This program explores the intersection of art and music with a special performance by the experimental music duos Lucky Dragons and Eats Tapes.

link image thumbnail
Laetitia Sonami; Real Vocal String Quartet
May 7, 2010; 7:30 p.m.; Gallery B
Programmed by Sarah Cahill
Sonami’s Ghost Rivers is a performance piece and sound installation made of giant salvaged cardboard tubes. Real Vocal String Quartet has been called “beautiful, haunting, mesmerizing, and foot-stomping fun,” by KQED Arts.
link image thumbnail
The Secret Society
April 30, 2010; 5:00 p.m.; Gallery B
Programmed by Joseph del Pesco
The Secret Society presents an evening of sudden events, unscheduled music, and back-channel food, interrupting business as usual at the Berkeley Art Museum. Expect a back-room card game, a speakeasy, and the telling of secrets—in the dark. A secret Porchlight event happens at 8 p.m. in the Museum Theater.
link image thumbnail
Skank Bloc Bologna Number Four: Allan deSouza and The Beast in Space; Fools in Print with the Voices of Joan LaBarbara, Paul Rooney, and Jordan Baseman; Speakers’ Corner
April 16, 2010; 7:30 p.m.; Gallery B
Programmed by Anne Colvin
The third evening of Skank Bloc Bologna Number Four features Allan deSouza and The Beast in Space; Fool Me, the voice issue of Fools in Print; and a Speakers’ Corner with an open mic.
link image thumbnail
Brooklyn Is Burning co-founder Sarvia Jasso presents Kalup Linzy, Videos, and DJ Bus Station John
April 9, 2010; 7:30 p.m.; Gallery B
Programmed by Franklin Melendez
Performance artist Kalup Linzy presents recent work, headlining a bill that includes a video program, as well as DJ sets by Bus Station John.
link image thumbnail
Konrad Steiner’s Neo-Benshi and Jordan Biren’s All That Passes Before You, Already in Ruin
March 26, 2010; 7:30 p.m.; Gallery B
Programmed by PFA Curators Steve Seid and Kathy Geritz
Konrad Steiner repurposes the Japanese tradition of benshi performance as “a cabaret of poetry, satire, and homage.” Jordan Biren presents All That Passes Before You, Already in Ruin, a spectral film that suggests “the illusory promise of narrative.”
link image thumbnail
Skank Bloc Bologna Number Four: Tosh Berman, Jennifer Locke, the Voice of Linton Kwesi Johnson, and Tania Ketenjian
March 19, 2010; 7:30 p.m.; Gallery B
Programmed by Anne Colvin
Tosh Berman presents Aleph; Jennifer Locke performs physically challenging “actions”; U.K. dub poet Linton Kwesi Johnson explores his experiences as an African Caribbean living in Britain; and sound artist Tania Ketenjian conducts interviews with audience members.
link image thumbnail
L@TE NOISE with Caroliner
March 12, 2010; 6:30 p.m.; Gallery B
Programmed by Franklin Melendez
L@TE NOISE features Caroliner Rainbow Deep Grey Mind Blushing Out a Pattern, plus a fresh lineup of musical acts from the rich and diverse Bay Area music scene.
link image thumbnail
Carl Stone
March 5, 2010; 7:30 p.m.; Gallery B
Programmed by Sarah Cahill
Composer Carl Stone, hailed in the Village Voice as “the King of Sampling” and “one of the best composers living in the U.S. today,” performs the U.S. premiere of his evening-length multi-channel composition DARDA.
link image thumbnail
Paul Clipson and Gregg Kowalsky; Keith Evans and Loren Chasse
February 26, 2010; 7:30 p.m.; Gallery B
Programmed by PFA Curators Steve Seid and Kathy Geritz
Keith Evans and Loren Chasse bathe the gallery in a “liquid world of reflections, refractions, and spectral resonance.” Paul Clipson combines Super 8 visual improvisation with inventive electronic music, the latter performed live by Gregg Kowalsky.
link image thumbnail
Skank Bloc Bologna Number Four
February 19, 2010; 7:30 p.m.; Gallery B
Programmed by Anne Colvin
The opening night of Skank Bloc Bologna Number Four includes a reenactment of Jack Goldstein’s Two Fencers (1977) by members of the Cal Fencing Club; a screening of U.K. filmmaker Julian Cole’s Ostia; a reading by Eugene Robinson; and a performance by Greens, a Scritti Politti cover band made up of local artists.
link image thumbnail
Marker Dance Party
February 12, 2010; 7:30 p.m.; Gallery B
Programmed by Franklin Melendez
Come dance and draw the night away with zine collective Rock Paper Scissors. Gallery B will be covered in paper for your drawing pleasure. Artist DJs will be spinning tunes while we cover the blank space with marker. Come and leave your mark in the museum!
link image thumbnail
William Winant Percussion Group
Featuring Guest Artists Fred Frith and James Fei

February 5, 2010; 7:30 p.m.; Gallery B
Programmed by Sarah Cahill
Percussionist William Winant brings his ensemble to the museum for a kinetic and adventurous program of twentieth-century avant-garde classics, featuring guest artists Fred Frith and James Fei.
link image thumbnail
Wet Gate; Anne McGuire and Wobbly
January 29, 2010; 7:30 p.m.; Gallery B
Programmed by PFA Curators Steve Seid and Kathy Geritz
Anne McGuire takes center stage in a lounge show featuring off-kilter accompaniment by sound-collage wiz Wobbly. Using déjà-viewed film loops, Wet Gate uncouples image from sound. Thom Faulders unveils BAMscape.
link image thumbnail
Musical Performance by Ellen Fullman
December 4, 2009; 7:30 p.m.; Gallery B
Programmed by Sarah Cahill
Ellen Fullman will perform recent compositions for solo performer and ensemble on wires stretched across the gallery, turning the museum itself into a resonating instrument.
link image thumbnail
Conversation and Book Signing: Learning Mind: Experience into Art: Jacquelynn Baas, Walter Hood, and Lawrence Rinder
In Conjunction with Zine Mart

November 20, 2009; 7:30 p.m.; Gallery B
Jacquelynn Baas, BAM/PFA director emerita, introduces Learning Mind, published in November by UC Press, followed by readings by three of the book’s contributors: Baas, UC Berkeley landscape architecture professor Walter Hood, and BAM/PFA Director Lawrence Rinder.
link image thumbnail
Conversation and Book Signing: SHOOT: Photography of the Moment: Ken Miller, Ari Marcopoulos, and Paul Schiek
In Conjunction with Zine Mart

November 13, 2009; 7:30 p.m.; Gallery B
Join SHOOT editor and author Ken Miller as he discusses contemporary photography with Ari Marcopoulos and Paul Schiek, both of whom exhibited photographs in recent BAM shows.
link image thumbnail
Terry Riley: Pipe Dreams & MATRIX/Berkeley Book Launch
November 6, 2009; 9:00 p.m.; Gallery B
Programmed by Sarah Cahill
Sage, iconoclast, and musical alchemist Terry Riley returns to the Berkeley Art Museum after some thirty-five years to start our Friday night series on a high note. Preceded by the book launch for MATRIX/Berkeley: A Changing Exhibition of Contemporary Art.
you. art. film. free L@TE admission?
join now