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EBMC Performance Space is available for screenings, solo & small performances, theatre,
comedy, lectures, workshops, auditions, classes, seminars, photo and video shoots, readings,
recitals and musical events.
"A sometimes neglected community gem, surrounded by more recognized venues of different sorts,
the EBMC is one with maximum integrity and intensive usefulness, on Addison near Milvia
"at the frontier of the Berkeley Arts District," as Mel Vapour, Director, puts it with a smile.
-Ken Bullock - Berkeley Daily Planet
Located in Berkeleys Downtownn Arts District at 1939 Addison Street.
Contact for availability & terms: 510.843.3699 - firstname.lastname@example.org.
Below find current & past solo performers events:
MAY FILM SCREENINGS
May 18 Saturday – East Bay Media Center – Berkeley
5:00 pm Saving Dolma
6:15 pm Beneath Everest
May 18 Saturday -East Bay Media Center – Berkeley
12:00 pm Old Dog
2:00 pm Into the Current
4:00 pm The Desert Eats Us
WHAT IF CANNABIS CURED CANCER
by LEN RICHMOND
A powerful and eye-opening film about the future of cannabis-and perhaps
even the future of medicine. Narrated by Emmy-winning actor, Peter Coyote,
and featuring interviews with Dr. Robert Melamede, Associate Professor
and Biology Chairman, University of Colorado, Dr. Sean D. McAllister, PhD,
researcher at the California Pacific Medical Center, San Francisco.
Dr. Jeffrey Hergenrather, M.D.,Dr. David Bearman M.D., Dr. Manuel Guzman,
Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, School of Biology
Complutense University Madrid, Spain, Dr. Raphael Mechoulam, Professor of
Medical Chemistry at the University of Jerusalem, Dr. Donald Abrams,
Professor of Clinical Medicine and Integrative Oncology, UC San Francisco.
MAY 3 - FRIDAY - 7:45pm - $7.
MAY 4 - SATURDAY - 7:45pm - $7.
by TAO RUSPOLI
A feature film directed by Tao Ruspoli starring Shawn Andrews, Olivia Wilde,
Megalyn Echikunwoke, Tao Ruspoli, Dedee Pfeiffer and Andrew Fiscella.
Racing across Los Angeles in one, unwieldy day, documentary filmmakers
Bella and Milo race from Beverly Hills to Watts and places in between to
get Milo's brother Leo from jail to rehab before 8pm, or Leo goes to prison
for three years. A story inspired by true events, the trio documents their trip
from a suburban police station in Calabasas through mansions in Beverly Hills,
East LA chop-shops, rural wastelands, and housing projects in Watts as they
attempt to raise the $5,000 required to get Leo into the rehab clinic.
Along the way encountering dozens of colorful characters, each with their
own anomalous perspective on Leo's larger than life personality and style,
and each with their own excuse for why they cannot help out. In the end,
it may take a drug deal to get the necessary funds for rehab.
MAY 10 - FRIDAY - 7:45pm - $7.
BEING IN THE WORLD
by TAO RUSPOLI
We quickly move beyond the Greeks and then beyond Descartes' mentalist
notion ("I think therefore I am") of reality to Martin Heidegger's conception:
reality and meaning exist where minds interact with the world. We see humans
at work and at play: juggling, doing high-precision Japanese carpentry,
flamenco, and cooking gumbo. While we watch them work and struggle to
introspect and talk about their art and their craft, we also hear Hubert Dreyfus
and his students reflect on Heidegger and his philosophy. Our artisans confess
that they cannot explain in rational terms how they do what they do.
The being is in the doing. Interviews and action intertwine to make a
challenging philosophy clear to the lay viewer.
MAY 11 - SATURDAY - 7:45pm - $7.
CELEBRATING NATIONAL POETRY MONTH
Angela and her crew at Saturdays book launch
APRIL 20, SATURDAY 5PM : "POETRY STORM" - RHAE ANGELA TOMEONI'S 'WET PAINT' BOOK LAUNCH.
EAST BAY MEDIA CENTER presents BOOK LAUNCH PARTY & SIGNING
APRIL 20, SATURDAY 5PM
WET PAINT – A Poetry Storm
in person: author Rhae Angela Tomeoni
at: East Bay Media Center /Performance Space 1939 Addison/Berkeley Arts District/510-843-3699
BERKELEY, CA- The ink is barely dry on the new book WET PAINT- A Poetry Storm.
Your copy is waiting for you and so is author Rhae Angela Tomeoni. She will be sharing her life's
adventure using poetry and music mix. Actor and MC, Ahmad Cannon will set the literary table for
this early evening event. Refreshments before and booksigning after. Special pricing for the bookswill be in effect on the day of the event.
APRIL FILM SCREENINGS
APRIL 26 - FRIDAY - DAKOTA 38 - AFTERNOON SCREENING FOR STUDENTS - 2pm - Free
APRIL 26 - FRIDAY - DAKOTA 38 - 7:45pm - Donation
APRIL 27 - SATURDAY - DAKOTA 38 - 7:45pm - Donation
In the spring of 2005, Jim Miller, a Native spiritual leader and Vietnam veteran, found himself in a dream riding on horseback across the great plains of South Dakota. Just before he awoke, he arrived at a riverbank in Minnesota and saw 38 of his Dakota ancestors hanged. At the time, Jim knew nothing of the largest mass execution in United States history, ordered by Abraham Lincoln on December 26, 1862. "When you have dreams, you know when they come from the creator... As any recovered alcoholic, I made believe that I didn't get it. I tried to put it out of my mind, yet it's one of those dreams that bothers you night and day."
Now, four years later, embracing the message of the dream, Jim and a group of riders retrace the 330-mile route of his dream on horseback from Lower Brule, South Dakota to Mankato, Minnesota to arrive at the hanging site on the anniversary of the execution. "We can't blame the wasichus anymore. We're doing it to ourselves. We're selling drugs. We're killing our own people. That's what this ride is about, is healing." This is the story of their journey- the blizzards they endure, the Native and Non-Native communities that house and feed them along the way, and the dark history they are beginning to wipe away.
JUNE 6, THURSDAY - 6:30PM - LISA FERRARO - JAZZ VOICE WORKSHOP
JUNE 13, THURSDAY - 6:30PM - LISA FERRARO - JAZZ VOICE WORKSHOP
Photo of Weller The International MadMan at his EBMC performance on March 23.13
"This guy is not right" - Mike Tyson
MARCH 15, FRIDAY 8PM: "INCARNATING for an Evening with THE X-PLICIT PLAYERS"
The X-plicit Players have held more than 250 events naked in the streets and parks around Berkeley and San Francisco.
Their performances are known internationally for opening the urban terrain as a playground for not only nudity, but also rituals of alternative functions of touch, soundscape, and spontaneous movement. Their Annual Nude and Breast Freedom Parades are filled with bright color, revelation, and intimate abandon. Attended by a diverse mix of nudists, freedom-lovers, international wild-men, and local innocent bystanders, each Parade includes a series of rituals celebrating the beauty of the body and its liberation. Groups of nudes move "as one", through city streets, amongst police, street people, merchants, students and tourists who often gather to watch and join into a radical dream-theater.
For some time we've been planning a series of movies about these events, and finally, on March 15th, we're premiering excerpts from the 9th Annual Nude and Breast Freedom Parade, held in Berkeley in September of 2000. "Incarnating for an Afternoon" is a 50-minute video resonant with the magic of the Parade. This Surreal documentary entertainingly conveys the tone and flavor of the Parade, features amusing, arty visual effects, and, in the time-honored tradition of the movies, provides an excuse to put your arm around your girlfriend.
Deb and Marty Kent, directors of the X-plicit Players, will be screening excerpts from the movies, enacting rituals with the audience, making copies available for sale, and answering questions about the movies, the history of public nudity in Berkeley, and the meaning(s) of life.For more details, movie trailers, etc, take a look at www.xplicitplayers.com or call (510) 926 5265.
MARCH 16, SATURDAY DAY WORKSHOP - MEETING WITH "C.I.S.A."
MARCH 23, SATURDAY 8PM: "WELLER: INTERNATIONAL MADMAN"
A BENEFIT FOR EAST BAY MEDIA CENTER
An evening with Comedian, Storyteller, Impresario,
Master of Ceremony, Champion Boxer, MMA & Heavy Metal Promoter,
and one outrageous dude....
“Weller was there in the beginning, was one of our first promoters, a true Metal Maniac!” - Lars Ulrich & James Hetfield, METALLICA
"The guy is not right" - Mike Tyson, Ex-Heavyweight Champion of the World
“Gargle My Sack” - Evan Seinfeld, BIOHAZARD Bass, Lead singer. RockstarPornstar
“Weller parties hard, especially in the steel cage” - Tom Brady, 3 time Super Bowl Champion
“A Complete Madman” - Zach Wilde, Guitarist for Ozzy Osbourne
“Krelly-Moto is one of a kind” - Neil "Zloz" Zlozower, Legendary Rock Photographer
THANKS BERKELEY FOR ANOTHER SELLOUT EVENING!
THANX JOHNNY FOR SELLING OUT THE HOUSE!
PROFESSOR OF COMEDY 101 - JOHNNY STEELE
Summer Workshop at EBMC 2012
David A. Moss in 'Cracked Clown' at East Bay Media Center
Review by Ken Bullock - Berkeley Daily Planet - November 18, 2011
Turning on the ebullient charm of the seasoned performer,
David Moss smiles broadly at the spill-over crowd in the East Bay Media Center,
seemingly welcoming them, more than a little unctuous ...
But quickly it's apparent that only the face is Moss'; the figure standing before us is the personification of crack cocaine,
the greeting to Moss himself, alone except for his obsession and its specter in a motel room ...
Playing it half as a joke, half in deadly--vicious--earnest, the figure of crack rubs it in to his victim that he knows
"you love me" and what that exacts: "See that smoke? That's your soul."
Retrieving memories--some very funny; others sad, even pathetic--Moss succeeds in that great histrionic search--
he makes time stop, onstage and off. Mixed in with observations, declarations, running gags and repetitions of gestures,
behavior, he parses out a life that questions itself, having run aground.
The mood swings become part of the stagecraft--'way up, and 'way, 'way down ...
The dynamics of 'Cracked Clown' can be vertiginous. Moss isn't just the clown, he's an aerialist, a contortionist,
the whole circus.
Acting out a plethora of characterizations, from caricatures to well-rounded portraits,
Moss morphs from himself and his tormentor to his younger self,
to that kid's GI Joe action doll ("a POW" when confiscated at school),
his "nine-foot tall German teacher with purple lips"
("Ever see anybody who has purple lips who ain't dead?");
his alcoholic--and increasingly sympathetic--black father, condemned to drink
"not because he married my [white] mother, but because he had a country name ...
he had to wake up every morning and say,
'Goddam! My name's Elwood! I need a drink!'"); his "white--Catholic!--stepfather,"
another alkie, who takes it upon him to show his stepson
how badly the world can treat someone of color ...
And taking it up a notch, Jesus, a little plastered at the wedding in Cana,
complaining about having to turn the water into wine ...
"I'm not an alcoholic; I'm a Christian!" Moss cries out in an epiphany--for somebody else.
David Moss has been acting in plays--the last I saw him in: 'War Music' at ACT, in which he was vigorous,
mercurial, arresting--and gigging around the Bay and elsewhere in stand-up comedy for years now.
In this, his most personal performance, he brings the same intensity to playing himself,
acting out his own thoughts and obsessions as he's brought to great roles,
both comic and dramatic on the stage--to Malvolio; to Mack the Knife,
to an American muslim held as a terrorist in Central Works'
'Enemy Combatant.'This isn't something easy. Exactly the point of Moss' play:
He's performed 'Cracked Crown' before, most recently in August at the Media Center,
to sold-out crowds, which provoked his return over two nights last weekend.
He'll be doing it again before long, somewhere around here--and it should be seen.
It's an unusual solo show, more intense, thoughtful and funny than most.
And it's funniest in places where most unexpected. And in the midst of hysterical humor,
Moss turns on a dime to confront the most sobering of realities. Then laughs!
The East Bay Media Center has presented four live performances recently,
according to co-founders Mel Vapour and Paul Kealoha Blake,
and there're hopes of many more, plus screenings, discussions--and a remodeling,
or at least, rearrangement of the house.
A sometimes neglected community gem, surrounded by more recognized venues of different sorts,
the EBMC is one with maximum integrity and intensive usefulness,
on Addison near Milvia "at the frontier of the Berkeley Arts District," as Vapour puts it with a smile.
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