Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar

03/09/2018

Super Cinema @Central

August 2018
Pictures from the Tumultuous 70s
Friday, August 3 The Last Picture Show 1971 / 118 min. / R / CC


The time is 1951 in a tiny Texas town. A diner, a pool hall and the Royal movie theater are the only places to go, "except to bed," critic Roger Ebert wryly comments in his review. Best friends Sonny (Timothy Bottoms) and Duane (Jeff Bridges) lust after a phony rich girl (Cybill Shepherd). Adults mostly guard their secrets. In the end, loss shakes loose some authentic emotion from the friends. Cloris Leachman and Ellen Burstyn are superb in supporting roles.



Friday, August 10 A Woman Under the Influence 1974 / 155 min. / R / CC


An LA housewife and mother, Mabel (Gena Rowlands), is unpredictable, sometimes volatile, sometimes overly friendly, to the extent that her construction worker husband, Nick (Peter Falk), wonders about her ability to handle the life they lead. Stellar performances from both leads make this an essential movie experience. Gena Rowlands won several Best Actress awards for it. The writer-director, John Cassavettes, is an icon of independent film.



Friday, August 17 One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest 1975 / 133 min. / R / CC


Considered to be among the greatest films ever, Cuckoo's Nest is the story of a funny and often satisfying power struggle between a cocky recidivist felon (Jack Nicholson) and an authoritarian mental hospital nurse (Louise Fletcher). It's based on a Ken Kesey novel, boasts a near perfect ensemble cast (including Christopher Lloyd, Brad Dourif and Danny DeVito) and won all the major awards: Best Picture, Actor, Actress, Director and Screenplay.



Friday, August 24 Taxi Driver 1976 / 113 min. / R / CC


After being discharged from the Vietnam-era Marines, Travis Bickle (Robert De Niro) drives a taxi in New York City. He's a loner who forms attachments to inappropriate women-a presidential campaign worker (Cybill Shepherd) and a 15 year old prostitute (Jodie Foster), whom he wants to protect. Pushed over the edge by their rejections, he begins to stalk the corrupt, sleazy guys who employ them. Martin Scorsese directs this thriller as black comedy.



Friday, August 31 Chinatown 1974 / 130 min. / R / CC


In a story based on the early twentieth century California Water Wars, private eye Jake Gittes (Jack Nicholson) takes a job following a Department of Water and Power engineer-who soon turns up dead. Immediately, Gittes is led by the engineer's widow (Faye Dunaway) to peel away layer after layer of corruption and mystery surrounding her husband's death. Directed by Roman Polanski, Chinatown is another of our greatest-and most beautifully shot-films.



September 2018
About Workers' Movements
Friday, September 7 Matewan 1987 / 135 min. / PG-13 / CC


It's 1920 in the town of Matewan, West Virginia. When Stone Mountain Coal Company cuts the wages of rebellious coal miners and brings in African American replacements, a United Mine Workers man (Chris Cooper) arrives to organize a union. In response, the company hires private detectives to oppose the miners and to set blacks and whites against each other. Tensions boil over, leading to a historic battle. James Earl Jones plays the character who leads black miners.



Friday, September 14 The Help 2011 / 146 min. / PG-13 / no CC


In 1963, Aibileen Clark (Viola Davis) agrees to let aspiring writer Skeeter Phelan (Emma Stone) interview her about her experiences as a maid to white families in Jackson, Mississippi. Gradually, other maids risk their jobs to join in with their own harrowing stories, which are all intended to yield a change-making book. Great storytelling and character development make this film exceptional. The ensemble cast also includes Octavia Spencer and David Oyelowo.

Friday, September 21 Blue Collar 1978 / 114 min. / R / no CC


Three Detroit auto workers (Richard Pryor, Harvey Keitel & Yaphet Kotto) are buddies on and off work. They feel trapped between big industry and their do-nothing, corrupt union. They hit on a plan to rob the safe in the union office, leading to complications that lay bare the terrible predicament of working people. Written and directed by Paul Schrader (writer of Taxi Driver), who delivers an authentic, uncompromising ending. It's a very powerful film.



Friday, September 28 North Country 2005 / 126 min. / R / CC


Josey Aimes (Charlize Theron) flees her abusive husband with two kids to stay with her parents in her North Dakota home town. Most jobs available to her pay very little, so a friend (Frances McDormand) encourages her to apply to work in the same mine where she and Josie's father work. Josie's demeaning experiences there eventually drive her to start a legal fight with the mining company. Based on a true story, and directed by Niki Caro ("Whale Rider").

Mar 9, 3pm to 5pm, 2090 Kittredge St. (at Shattuck), Berkeley, CA 94704

Beuys - Andres Veiel

Beuys

Andres Veiel,
Germany,
2018,
(107 mins)


East Bay Theatrical Premiere
This new documentary explores the life and work of avant-garde sculptor, painter, performance artist, and social activist Joseph Beuys, chronicling his art and ideas about media, community, and capitalism in an intimate way.

Mar 9, 4pm to 6pm, Pacific Film Archive, 2155 Center St, Berkeley

Winter Light - Ingmar Bergman

Winter Light

Ingmar Bergman,
Sweden,
1963,
(130 mins)
The central film in Bergman's "God trilogy" features Gunnar Björnstrand as a pastor haunted by God's silence. With Max von Sydow and Ingrid Thulin.

Mar 9, 7pm to 9:30pm, Pacific Film Archive, 2155 Center St, Berkeley

Roberta Donnay & the Prohibition Mob Band - CD Release Party!

Join us for this historic, educational and highly entertaining show!

~ The Prohibition Mob Band pays homage to Louis Armstrong's Hot Five and Hot Seven Band early recordings ~

Award-winning vocalist and songwriter Roberta Donnay is that rare species of musician who almost lives in another time: she and her Prohibition Mob Band exist to revive the Jazz Age of America. Performing tunes reminiscent of Satchmo, Ma Rainey, Bessie Smith and more, this group is a festival favorite. With a Downbeat Magazine "Best Album" listing for 2015's Bathtub Gin, My Heart Belongs To Satchmo will be released March 5, 2018 on the Blujazz label. The record features John R. Burr, Sam Bevan (bass), Deszon Claiborne (drums), Rich Armstrong, Sheldon Brown, Mike Rinta, and Matt Baxter.

This show will feature John R. Burr (piano), Simon Planting (bass), Alan Hall (drums), Rich Armstrong (cornet/trumpet), and Mike Rinta (trombone).

Mar 9, 8pm to 10pm, The Back Room, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley

Altan

Altan

The legendary group Altan has stood at the pinnacle of Irish traditional music for nearly 35 years. With fiddle and voice expertly accented by guitar, bouzouki, and accordion, Altan weaves a powerful sound that frolicks through all the corners of the Irish musical tradition. Their 2018 album The Gap of Dreams explores otherworldly themes while invigorating the deeply rooted sounds with a profoundly new and fresh energy.

Mar 9, 8pm to 9pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley, CA, 94704

Jean Fineberg & JAZZphoria

Direct from her month-long music composition residency at the Studios of Key West, Jean brings this exciting new octet to the Jazzschool. Focusing on original music, much of it composed and arranged in Key West, the group plays "Dance Beat Jazz," with four horn arrangements up front and a grooving rhythm section in back. The group will showcase old and new compositions by the members.
Band Members and Instruments: Jean Fineberg - tenor sax /flute; Tiffany Carrico - trumpet; Marina Garza - trumpet; Carolyn Walter - baritone sax/flute; Erika Oba - keyboards/flute; Nancy Wenstrom - guitar, Susanne DiVincenzo - bass; Lance Dresser - drums

Mar 9, 8pm to 9pm, Rendon Hall/Fiddler Annex @ California Jazz Conservatory, 2040 Addison Street, Berkeley

David Kim, piano

featuring
SCHUMANN Kreisleriana, op. 16
SCHUBERT Piano Sonata No.19, D.958

*Note: actual end time may vary.*

Mar 9, 8pm to 9pm, Hertz Concert Hall

DAVID HYUN-SU KIM, PIANO

DAVID HYUN-SU KIM, PIANO
SCHUMANN Kreisleriana, op. 16
SCHUBERT Piano Sonata No.19, D.958
$16/12/5

Mar 9, 8pm to 10pm, Hertz Hall, UC Berkeley