Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar


Witness and Testimony: The Past and Present of Native America

Turtle Island's First People, and its First Nations, have inspired writers, journalists, artists, musicians, and workers-Native American, Anglo, and other-in years past and today, up to and beyond Standing Rock activism. What stories and lessons from Native American history illuminate the present day for Native Americans, and why? Our panelists include a Native poet writing about voicelessness, a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, an award-winning novelist and Native leader who discovered his roots as an adult, and a historian specialized in Native American studies. They discuss legacies, truths, and the potential future of our country's First People's place, stories, and movements.


10am to 11:15am, Alta Stage at Freight & Salvage

Bay Area Book Festival

Over the weekend of June 3rd and 4th, 2017, the third annual Bay Area Book Festival will fill downtown Berkeley with a literary extravaganza that offers pleasure to anyone who has ever loved a book.

Whether you're a fan of science fiction or history, of fiction or memoir, of poetry or food writing, of children's literature or science, come experience one of the best book festivals on the planet!


10am to 6/3 12 midnight, Civic Center Park: Milvia to MLK, Center to Allston Way

Absurd and Hilarious: Stories About Money

A Bay Area Book Festival Event, Sponsored by JCC East Bay

Join authors Jonas Luscher, Paul Murray, and Doree Shafrir, with moderator J.K. Dineen, to learn how, and why, they turned decidedly serious stuff - financial collapse! Startup funding! - into fodder for their hilarious novels. Money has never been quite so funny.

Fee: $8 (single event); $15 (all events)
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11:30am to 1pm, Hotel Shattuck Plaza - Boiler Room 2086 Allston Way

The Secret Garden

Agnieszka Holland
United States, 1993

Recommended for ages 8 and up

A lonely but enterprising young girl discovers a secret garden on her uncle's isolated estate in this magical adaptation of the famed children's novel. "Elegantly expressive . . . celebrating nature as a force for freedom" (New York Times).

Introduction by Caroline Paul

3pm to 4pm, BAMPFA 2155 Center Street

Instant Chorus at Freight & Salvage

Sing 3-part modern a cappella with lush harmonies and cool rhythms. Loads of fun and only a 2-hour commitment. Learn by ear or read a score. Choose an easy part, or take a solo and beat out optional body percussion. For adults and kids over 8 who like to sing. No audition or performance. 1st Saturdays of every month. Come regularly or occasionally. New uplifting repertoire each month.

$20 at the door.
Scholarships: email beforehand

3:30pm to 5:30pm, 2020 Addison Street

Masha Gessen on Truth, Lies, and Totalitarianism in Russia and the U.S.

A Bay Area Book Festival Event, Sponsored by the JCC East Bay

As the relationship between Russia and the West grows increasingly complicated, join one of the foremost experts on totalitarianism for a closer look at what's at stake, and how we got here. Russian-American journalist Gessen, in conversation with Orville Schell, will examine the state of protest, free speech, and human rights at home and abroad.

Fee: $8 (single event); $15 (all events)

5pm to 6:30pm, Alta Stage at Freight and Salvage

Obscene: A Portrait of Barney Rosset and Grove Press

Neil Ortenberg, Daniel O'Connor
United States, 2007

Go behind the scenes of the legendary Grove Press, publisher of Samuel Beckett, Malcolm X, Che Guevara, and more, in this illuminating documentary and testament to free speech. With A Very British Pornographer: The Jack Kahane Story.

Introduction by Robert Scheer

5:30pm to 6:30pm, BAMPFA 2155 Center Street

"Imperial Bedroom & Other Chambers,"

Elvis Costello & The Imposters bring their new show, "Imperial Bedroom & Other Chambers," back for a coast-to-coast North American run this June and July, and will perform at the Greek Theatre at UC Berkeley on Saturday, June 3!

The show takes songs from the 1983 album, "Imperial Bedroom" as a starting point, but as Costello told our roving reporter, "We never intended to recite this book from cover to cover. Listen to our new arrangement of `Tears Before Bedtime,' it gets straight to the real meaning of that song, the way we hear and feel it today. Back in 1982, I might have been a step or two ahead of our crowd in the tragic, romantic stakes but I sense that they've all caught up with me now."

Great seats are still available through and Don't miss this special night under the stars at the beautiful Greek Theatre at UC Berkeley!

7:30pm to 8:30pm, GreekTheater

Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters

Paul Schrader
United States, 1985

Director's Cut

Paul Schrader and his brother Leonard joined together with Bay Area producer Tom Luddy for this rich, compelling profile of the controversial Japanese literary giant Yukio Mishima, who committed suicide in 1970 after a failed coup attempt.

Introduction by Rachel Kushner

8:30pm to 9:30pm, BAMPFA 2155 Center Street