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Downtown Arts District  Addison St. betw. Shattuck Ave. & Milvia St.  Works by local artists are displayed in this enclave for the arts, and 127 cast-iron panels embedded in the sidewalk are imprinted with poetry and comprise the Addison Street Poetry Walk (they were selected by Kensington resident Robert Hass, former U.S. Poet Laureate). 

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Aurora Theatre   2081 Addison St./Shattuck Ave.  Expect to see high-quality, thought-provoking works in this intimate venue.   The theater has a thrust stage with seating on three sides.  Seats are just four rows deep, so no one sits more than 15 feet back from the performance.

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image copyright Cheshire Isaacs, courtesy of venue

Berkeley Repertory Theatre   2025 Addison St./Shattuck Ave.  This Tony Award-winning company has established a national reputation for ambitious programming and dynamic productions.  It is well known for presenting important new dramatic voices and fresh adaptations of seldom-seen classics.  Multi-talented Rita Moreno, now a local resident, appears in some productions.  Past productions have won 5 Tonys, 7 Obies, 9 Drama Desk Awards, 1 Grammy, and many other honors.  Performances are held in two spaces:  the 400-seat Peet’s Theatre, and the 600-seat Roda Theatre.  A cafe provides a vibrant gathering space before curtain and during intermission; a simple snack counter is also available.  See info about “It Can’t Happen Here.”

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California Jazz Conservatory  2087 Addison St.  Situated in the basement of the landmark Kress building, this school offers music lessons, performances, and the well-reviewed Jazzcaffe, which sometimes hosts free afternoon concerts. 

 

 

 

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