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2016 El Cerrito Arts Month
October is National Arts and Humanities Month
Artwork by Lisa Greenstein
2008 logo by Lisa Greenstein
The City of El Cerrito Arts and Culture Commission encourages everyone to celebrate and promote the arts and culture! Participate, patronize and support the arts and humanities in El Cerrito. 

Know of other arts events happening?
If you are hosting an arts event, performance or exhibit in El Cerrito in October 2016 and would like to be included on this list, please contact Suzanne Iarla, Assistant to the City Manager at
510-215-4318. Thank you!

October Arts Month Kick-Off Celebration - Free!
Saturday, Oct. 1 from 2pm to 5pm
at the El Cerrito Community Center

Everyone’s invited to a kickoff celebration of Arts Month sponsored by the City of El Cerrito Arts & Culture Commission. This event will highlight the tremendous creativity and commitment of local artists and arts organizations.

Come enjoy these great performances in
Afro Latin Pop! – Guarandinga
Infectious original dance music with a unique Afro-Venezuelan beat! 

Chinese Traditional Dance and Folk Dance – Ah-Lan Dance Studio
Ah-Lan has been teaching Chinese dance, ballet, and modern dance in El Cerrito and Albany for over fifteen years. Her students will present an exciting dance and arts performance, highlighting their training in a variety of cultural forms, including Tibetan, Mongolian, Uighur, Dai and Korean dance traditions.

Songs from “My Fair Lady” – Contra Costa Civic Theatre (CCCT)
Cast members of this fall’s CCCT production will sing a medley of beloved songs from the classic Lerner and Loewe musical! 

Poetry and  Music – Maw Shein Win and Dan Plonsey
El Cerrito’s new Poet Laureate Maw Shein Win will read from her new chapbook, Score and Bone, with musical accompaniment by saxophonist Dan Plonsey.

Art Activities - Fun for all ages!
Artist Nga Trinh will offer a fun origami workshop - learn how to fold a Samuari Hat, a Glider, a Fan, and more!

***Plus refreshments by EncoreCakes, and information and display booths sponsored by a variety of local arts organizations.

Check out these other exciting Arts Month events:

Contra Costa Civic Theatre: My Fair Lady
September 9 through October 9
Shows Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm; Sundays at 2pm

National Theatre Live Encore broadcast of A View From the Bridge
Presented by Rialto Cinemas Cerrito 
Mon, Oct 3 at 7pm
Rialto Cinemas Cerrito

El Cerrito Art Association Annual Show and Sale 
Held October 7-9 at the El Cerrito Community Center

2016 El Cerrito Free Folk Festival
Saturday, October 8 from Noon to 9:00 p.m.
at El Cerrito High School
Free! Bring your own instrument to jam with fellow musicians!
Details at:

National Theatre Live broadcast of 
The Threepenny Opera  
Presented by Rialto Cinemas Cerrito
Oct 5, 17 & 26 at 7pm
Rialto Cinemas Cerrito

Live music at Off the Grid Market - Free
Wednesday Evenings - October 5,12,19, 26 

Cerrito Classics: Beetlejuice (PG)
Presented by Rialto Cinemas Cerrito & Friends of the Cerrito
Oct 13 at 9:30pm
Rialto Cinemas Cerrito

National Theatre Live broadcast of Deep Blue Sea (NR) 
Presented by Rialto Cinemas Cerrito
Oct 24 at 7pm
Rialto Cinemas Cerrito

Live Music at Down Home Music Store
For performance details, check their website at
Down Home Music Store: 10341 San Pablo Ave.

Lisa Yount at El Cerrito Public Library
through October 14
El Cerrito Public Library

Check back later for a list of more events, performances and exhibits!