The focus of this event will be to support and bring the West Berkeley arts community together to give them a platform to develop and share work with one another, and further build community.
The name Ugly Beauty is meant to reflect life itself, especially in the times we currently live. When ugly things happen in our lives and world, it seems to expose our most beautiful human qualities.
This event will feature top notch poets, writers, musicians, and performing artist. Our focus will be to create a multi-generational and multi ethnic space where the best art will influence all in attendance to dig deep and find the best in themselves.
Here we will take the ugly of the world and transform it into beautiful, relevant and impactful art!
Doors will open at 7:30 for an open mic sign up. The event start time will be 8:00. There will be 15 open mic slots, and one featured artist. Each open mic performer will have 4 minutes to read or perform their work. The featured artist will be given 15 minutes for their set.
Half of the list will perform and then a short break will take place to allow transition to our featured artist and for the purchase of wine and snacks. The remainder of the open mic artist will be called to perform following the featured artist.
• 7:30 Sign up
• 8pm start time
• 10 Event close
• 15 open mic spots
• 1 feature artist
• Hosted by Gamal Abdel
My name is Gamal Abdel Chasten. I am the co-founder of Universes Theater Ensemble, originally out of New York. I am a songwriter, poet, playwright, actor/director. I am 57 years old so my resume is vast, but since moving to the bay in 2012, along with Universes I received an ensemble residency at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, 2014 premiered Party People at Berkeley Rep, and a 2019 play commission to develop a new work at The Goodman Theater in Chicago.
Individually in 2014 I received the Just Theater playwright residency and the Bay Area Playwrights Foundation Residency, 2018 Prize of Hope recipient from Del Arte in Eureka, Ca. 2019 composer/co-director Time Of Our Lies, a play based on the life and work of Howard Zinn, premiering 2020 in London, written developed by Bianca Bagatourian, and a 2019 play commission to develop a new work at The Goodman Theater in Chicago.