Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar


MATRIX 264: Asher Hartman & Cliff Hengst perform "Mr. Akita,"

"Mr. Akita", written and directed by Asher Hartman and performed by Cliff Hengst, is a satire about life, sex, art, masculinity, ego, expectations, failure, disillusionment, and the sublime. A nameless, middle-aged man reminisces about his past, specifically a convoluted relationship with his art school professor Mr. Akita. The professor's character evokes the great Modernist painters-in particular Willem de Kooning, with his Dutch-American accent-even though Mr. Akita happens to be a dog. Across the gallery from the protagonist hangs a large painting with a bright white sunburst radiating from its center, Sun Burn (Split) 1 by Emily Joyce, which the man engages in a dialog about his evocative journey in search of existential answers through the lens of art.

Thursday, April 13, 7 PM
Friday, April 14, 6 PM (just added!)
Saturday, April 15, 3 PM
Tickets on sale April 1. Seating is very limited for this intimate, in-gallery performance.

7pm to 8pm, BAM/PFA 2155 Center Street


Other Minds & the David Brower Center are pleased to present local artist Andrew Roth for the first installment of our 2017 The Nature of Music performance series. Roth is one of America's most creative and versatile sound designers. His work ranges from audio CDs to creating sound environments for amusement parks, radio, television, film and video games.

His work not only evokes a sense of place but also of time, notably recreations of sound worlds that no longer exist e.g., the 1850's SF Barbary Coast and SF's Playland at the Beach (1913-72).

As compositions, his musical forms and structure are based on intuition, personal aesthetics, and the internal logic and external parameters of the sound environment. In essence, he is creating sound worlds. Mr. Roth's work is exquisitely crafted, similar to the way that a conductor balances the sections of an orchestra.

A native San Franciscan, Mr. Roth is a graduate of Oberlin College in history and ethnomusicology, formerly a sound designer for Earwax Productions, and then the founder of his own company, Roth Audio Design.

Advance ticket purchase recommended. Ticket price $5-$15. To purchase tickets visit Eventbrite.

An audience Q&A will follow the performance, hosted by Other Minds Artistic & Executive Director Charles Amirkhanian.

Doors open 30 minutes prior. All seating is general admission, and we recommend early arrival to ensure seat selection. If you require ADA accessible seating please contact the Brower Center in advance.

7pm to 9pm, David Brower Center 2150 Allston Way

John Schott's Actual Trio,

John Schott's Actual Trio, featuring Dan Seamans and John Hanes, is "one of the Bay Area's most brilliant diamonds," according to Jazz Times.

All acknowledged masters on their instruments, the Actual Trio have spent years playing together in the studio and on the road, forging a singular group voice in the crowded world of modern guitar-oriented Jazz. Schott's compositions put groove, free improvisation, humor, melody, and harmony into a blender, and bring out the stellar musicianship of bassist Dan Seamans (New Klezmer Trio, The Lost Trio) and drummer John Hanes (Henry Kaiser, Fillmore Slim, Pearl Harbor and the Explosions).

The group has had a five-year gig at the Actual Cafe in Oakland, tours on the East and West coasts, a festival performance at SFJazz, and a critically acclaimed debut CD on John Zorn's Tzadik label.

Paul de Barros of the Seattle Times writes, "With a bright and bold, slightly twangy sound, Schott grazes rock, blues, Thelonious Monk and James 'Blood' Ulmer with lithe, original, single-note lines full of swing, surprise and humor. If you like swinging jazz guitar with a zany, eccentric bent, see this threesome."

Tickets are $15 the door the night of the show. Doors open one half hour before show time. We accept cash only at the door (ATMs are nearby).

8pm to 9pm, The Back Room 1984 Bonita Avenue

Deb Talan (of The Weepies)

Lucky Girl album release show. $25 adv / $27 door. 644-2020.

8pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley, CA, United States

Jazz & Sondheim Side by Side

$30-$68. 642-9988.

8pm, Zellerbach Hall, 101 Zellerbach Hall #4800, Berkeley, CA 94720, USA

Irie Rockers featuring Stevie Culture with Calafia Armada and special guest Reporte Ilegal

$12. 525-5054.

8:30pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley, CA, United States