UC music professor emeritus Kerman dies

UC Berkeley professor emeritus of music Joseph Kerman died at his Berkeley home on March 17. He was 89.

Kerman was a pianist, accompanist, music arranger and a prolific writer and music reviewer, as well as "an award-winning scholar of Western music who often stressed the role of art as a form of communication," UC Berkeley noted in announcing his passing.

"Kerman was born in London on April 3, 1924, the son of an American journalist. He came to the United States in 1939 to study at New York University, graduating summa cum laude with a degree in physics in 1943. In 1950, he became the first student at Princeton to receive a doctorate in music.

Kerman joined the UC Berkeley music faculty in 1951 as an assistant professor and was made a full professor in 1960. He was acting chairman of the Music Department from 1959-1960, and served as chairman from 1961-1964 and from 1991 until his retirement in 1994.

Kerman's wife, Vivian, died in 2007. His survivors include a son, Peter, of Albany, Calif.; daughter, Lucy, of Bala Cynwyd, Penn.; brother (and bassoonist) George Zuckerman of Vancouver, B.C.; and five grandchildren. Another son, Jonathan, died in 1993.

Plans for a memorial service are pending.

City forum to honor indigenous rights


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A city-sponsored forum on the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. April 7 at the North Berkeley Senior Center at Hearst at Martin Luther King Jr. Way.

Organizers say the forum "will focus on the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples that are beneficial to the local and surrounding communities. Articles of the declaration include repatriation of tribal ancestral remains and the protection of and free access to sacred sites in the Bay Area."

The intent is to discuss and formulate policy proposals that will be presented to the City Council. The forum will be followed by the regular meeting of the Berkeley Peace and Justice Commission, which is hosting the event.

Art entries wanted for city exhibition

The city is seeking entries for the annual Civic Center Art Exhibition, which will feature works of about 30 artists at the Martin Luther King Civic Center Building at 2180 Milvia St. from mid-2014 to mid-2015.

Submissions are open to artists living or working in Berkeley and the deadline to enter is April 18.

Works will be selected for the exhibition by a jury and will be displayed in public areas of the building.

Entry is free and selected artists will receive a $150 honorarium.

The exhibition is hosted by the Berkeley Art Center, Kala Art Institute, the Civic Arts Commission and Civic Arts Coordinator. Details and an application are online at berkeleyart.slideroom.com.

Annual BAHA house and garden tour set

Tickets are now available for the 39th annual Spring House Tour and Garden Reception hosted by the Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association from 1 to 5 p.m. May 4.

This year's edition of the popular tour focuses on Maybeck's Rose Walk and "will feature an eclectic mix of artistic and charming houses designed by Berkeley's most notable architects, including Bernard Maybeck; John Galen Howard; Julia Morgan; Ernest Coxhead; Walter H. Ratcliff, Jr.; Sidney, Noble and Archie Newsom; and William I. Garren," among others, as well as hidden gardens along the way.

Tour cost, which includes a map, illustrated guide book and refreshment, is $45 general, $35 BAHA members. Tickets and details available at berkeleyheritage.com.

Bay Festival returning at Berkeley Marina

The waterfront will celebrate Earth Day with live entertainment, environmental education and activities for all ages at the Bay Festival from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 12 at the Berkeley Marina.

Activities will include free sailboat rides with the Cal Sailing Club and paddling lessons in the Berkeley Dragon Boat.

The stage at Shorebird Park will feature children's singer Gary Lapow, juggler Dana Smith, Lee Waterman and Jazz Caliente and The Bay Area Back Pages.

The park will also have booths with community and environmental education groups, recreational activities, food vendors and more.

Adventure Playground will also be open for the enjoyment of children.

For more details visit www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/BayFestival/.

One-stop emergency readiness event set

The Berkeley Fire Department and its Community Emergency Response Team program will hold a free emergency preparedness fair at the North Berkeley BART station from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 26.

The event will have information, resources and learning activities for all ages, training exercises, pet preparedness, a blood drive, emergency supply vendors, live music and prize drawings.

For more details visit www.cityofberkeley.info/prepfair.

-- Chris Treadway