Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar


Opening: Miyoko Ito / MATRIX 267

Runs through January 28, 2018

Miyoko Ito's enigmatic paintings are little known beyond Chicago, where the artist lived and worked for four decades. Her interest in art, however, began in Berkeley, where she was born and raised, attended high school, and studied in the Department of Art Practice at UC Berkeley. This exhibition of a dozen paintings is the first solo presentation of her work in Berkeley and the first in a public institution in nearly forty years.

6pm to 7pm, BAMPFA 2155 Center Street

Pierre Bensusan's World

$22 adv / $26 door. 644-2020.

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

Amendola vs. Blades vs. John Schott

Wil Blades and Scott Amendola conjure various sonic deities though only a duo. Their live shows have been generating a buzz around the Bay Area. The two got their start as a group when Scott had the vision of performing Duke Ellington's "Far East Suite" in duo with Wil. While quite a daunting task translating a suite (originally written for a big band) into duo, the Hammond Organ had previously been used in the 1940's and 1950's to emulate the sound of big bands. With Wil's knowledge of this tradition and Scott's desire to push boundaries, they were able to pull it off in a explorative, yet cohesive manner. The duo continues to perform the Ellington suite in their live performances, while also developing their original material. In performance, Amendola and Blades cover everything from Avant Garde to Funk, Bebop to Rock.

Guitarist John Schott is a founding member of the legendary bay area band TJ Kirk. John has worked with the likes of John Zorn, Cecil Taylor, Anthony Braxton, Trevor Dunn and Ben Goldberg.

9pm to 11pm, Ivy Room 860 San Pablo Ave Albany CA