Building Steam With work by Lynn Koble. Sept. 18-Oct. 24. Swarm Studios + Gallery, 560 2nd St., Oakland, 510-839-2787, SwarmGallery.com.
Everyone Needs a Story Drawings by Mary V. Marsh. With an opening reception Sept. 3, 6 p.m.-9 p.m. and an artist's talk Sept. 4, 2 p.m. Sept. 2-25. Mercury 20 Gallery, 475 25th St., Oakland, 510-484-7785, MercuryTwenty.com.
*** Mixed-media work by Oakland-based artist Daniel Healey. With an artist's reception September 4, 7pm-10pm. Through Sept. 30. Art@theOakBook, 423 Water St., Oakland, 510-282-2139, TheOakBook.com.
IV: Hope Is Always New A solo exhibit by Brian Caraway. With First Friday openings on September 3 and and October 1 from 6pm-9pm. Through Oct. 1. Branch Gallery, 455 17th St. Ste #301, Oakland, BayVan.org.
JURIED@BAC With work by Julie Alvarado, Sung Jae Bang, Edythe Bresnahan, Jason Byers, Haelee Choi, Gary Comoglio, and many more. Through Sept. 26. Berkeley Art Center, 1275 Walnut St. (in Live Oak Park), Berkeley, 510-644-6893, BerkeleyArtCenter.org.
On View: New Work from Kala Works on paper by Kala-affiliated artists including Beth Fein, Joyce Ertel Hulbert, Carol Ladewig and Nancer Lemoins. With an opening reception Sept. 2, 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Sept. 2-Nov. 27. Kala Gallery and Art Institute, 1060 Heinz Ave., Berkeley, 510-549-2977, Kala.org.
Residency Projects II New work by Terry Berlier, Jeff Hantman, Sean McFarland and Ranu Mukherjee. With an artists' reception September 2, 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Sept. 2-Oct. 9. Kala Gallery and Art Institute, 1060 Heinz Ave., Berkeley, 510-549-2977, Kala.org.
Short Sharp Notes, Rolling or Churring Whistles, Clear Phrases Large-scale sculptural installations and drawings by Kathryn Spence. With a birding tour with the author September 25, a lecture October 13, and the artist in conversation with Stephanie Hanor November 10. Through Dec. 12. Mills College Art Museum, 5000 MacArthur Blvd., Oakland, 510-430-2164.
Strange Nature With work by Maya Kabat, Charlie Milgrim, and Joan Weiss. With an opening reception Sept. 3 from 6 p.m.-9 p.m. and an artists' talk Sept. 4 at 2 p.m. Sept. 2-25. Mercury 20 Gallery, 475 25th St., Oakland, 510-484-7785, MercuryTwenty.com.
Twice Upon A Time: Everyday Objects Reborn as Art. Including quilts, recycled and reused art, and more. Through Oct. 31. Ames Gallery, 2661 Cedar St., Berkeley, 510-845-4949, AmesGallery.com.Arts & Crafts
Descarga Workshop Learn basic grooves, arrangements, percussion breaks, improvised horn lines, and more for Afro-Caribbean rhythms. Ensemble class; previous experience necessary. $15/class drop-in or $12/class in advance, paid monthly. Taught by Javier Navarette. Tuesdays, 6-7:30 p.m. La Peña Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley, 510-849-2568, LaPena.org.Blues, Folk & Country
Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin: Fri., March 4, 8 p.m., $52. First Congregational Church of Berkeley, 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley, 510-848-3696.
Berkeley Old-Time Music Convention: W/ Jimmy Triplett, Scott Prouty & Andy FitzGibbon, Cliff Perry & Laurel Bliss, String Band contest & youth showcase at Berkeley Farmers' Market, Kenny Hall & the Sweets Mill String Band, Alice Gerrard, The Macrae Sisters, Del Rey & Suzy Thompson, The Squirrelly String Band, The Striped Pig Stringband, square dancing at Ashkenaz, relevant films at Pacific Film Archive, lectures, workshops, and much more at venues throughout Berkeley. Complete schedule at BerkeleyOldTimeMusic.org., Sept. 8-12.
Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival: W. Emmylou Harris, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Railroad Earth, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Justin Townes Earle, Michael McDonald & Boz Scaggs, Indigo Girls, Steve Earle and the Dukes, Patti Smith, and many more., Oct. 1-3, free. Speedway Meadow, 3 Overlook Dr., San Francisco, 415-831-2700, SFGov.org/Site/RecPark_Page.asp?id=17796.
Sufjan Stevens: Tue., Oct. 26, 8 p.m., $35. Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway, Oakland, 510-465-6400, ParamountTheatre.com.Classical & Opera
Beowulf: The Epic in Performance Benjamin Bagby: voice & Anglo-Saxon harp, Tue., Oct. 26, 8 p.m.; Wed., Oct. 27, 8 p.m.; Fri., Oct. 29, 8 p.m.; Sat., Oct. 30, 8 p.m., $40. Zellerbach Playhouse, 2430 Bancroft Ave., Berkeley, 510-642-9988, CalPerfs.Berkeley.edu.
Bryn Terfel, bass-baritone: w/ Malcolm Martineau, piano, Sat., Nov. 20, 8 p.m., $38, $46, $60, $78, $96. Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley, Berkeley, 510-642-9988, CalPerformances.org.
David Finckel & Wu Han: Performing Beethoven: The Complete Sonatas for Cello and Piano., Sun., Oct. 10, 3 p.m., $42. Hertz Hall, UC Berkeley, Berkeley, 510-642-9988.
Dawn Upshaw, soprano & Peter Sellars: Thu., June 16, 8 p.m., $44, $58, $72, $88. Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley, Berkeley, 510-642-9988, CalPerformances.org.
Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano: Wed., Jan. 26, 8 p.m., $36, $46, $56, $68. Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley, Berkeley, 510-642-9988, CalPerformances.org.
Jeremy Denk, piano: Sun., Oct. 24, 3 p.m., $42. Hertz Hall, UC Berkeley, Berkeley, 510-642-9988.
Jerusalem Quartet: Fri., Oct. 15, 8 p.m., $48. First Congregational Church of Berkeley, 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley, 510-848-3696.
Jessica Rivera, soprano: w/ Molly Morkoski, piano & Meme, Sun., April 3, 3 p.m., $48. Hertz Hall, UC Berkeley, Berkeley, 510-642-9988.
Jonas Kaufmann, tenor: w/ Helmut Deutsch, piano, Sun., March 13, 7 p.m., $40, $56, $70, $86, $100. Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley, Berkeley, 510-642-9988, CalPerformances.org.
Kremerata Baltica: w/ Gidon Kremer, artistic leader & soloist, Sun., Oct. 31, 3 p.m., $42, $56, $64, $72. Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley, Berkeley, 510-642-9988, CalPerformances.org.
Kronos Quartet: Black Angels: Oct. 28-29, 8 p.m., $30. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission St., 415-978-2787, YBCA.org.
Les Percussions de Strasbourg: Sun., March 13, 3 p.m., $42. Hertz Hall, UC Berkeley, Berkeley, 510-642-9988.
Les Violons du Roy: w/ Bernard Labadie, music director & Ian Bostridge, tenor, Sun., May 1, 3 p.m.; Tue., May 3, 8 p.m., $38, $50, $68, $80. Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley, Berkeley, 510-642-9988, CalPerformances.org.