Jan 18: Cello Madness Congress. The Back Room, Berkeley. 8-11pm. Come enjoy a night of cello madness. Featuring Rushad Egelston, Cello Joe, and more—in a night celebrating the many faces of cello. For tickets, go here.

Jan 20: Bushwick Book Club Oakland performs songs inspired by Octavia Butler’s Dawn -Studio Grand Oakland 6:30pm-8pm. Come enjoy commissioned songs from bay area composers and songwriters inspired by this season’s book Dawn, from Octavia Butler’s Lilith’s Brood Trilogy. Click here to learn more about Bushwick Book Club Oakland. The event is FREE (donations appreciated).