Friday, October 5 Raiders of the Lost Ark 1981 / 115 min. / PG / CC
It's 1936. The US government hires archaeologist "Indiana" Jones (Harrison Ford) to find the Ark of the Covenant before Nazi Commander Arnold Toht grabs it for Hitler. The Germans believe the Ark will make their armies invincible. Marion Ravenwood (Karen Black), who is an old love interest of Indy's, joins him in a wildly daring, suspenseful mission to defeat Toht. George Lucas co-wrote the story and co-financed the film. Directed by Steven Spielberg.
Friday, October 12 Who Framed Roger Rabbit? 1988 / 104 min. / PG / CC
In this film, set in 1947 LA, humans and animated cartoon characters ("Toons") co-exist on the screen. When "Toon" Roger Rabbit gets framed for the murder of a businessman who owns Toontown, he hires rumpled Eddie Valiant (Bob Hoskins) to clear his name. Eddie racks up delicious allusions to Noir as he does. Kathleen Turner voices Jessica Rabbit, Roger's partly human wife, and Christopher Lloyd is the villain, Judge Doom. Robert Zemeckis directs.
Friday, October 19 E.T. the Extraterrestrial 1982 / 115 min. / PG / CC
Steven Spielberg directs E.T., a science fiction fantasy. Young Elliott befriends a space alien who accidentally has been left behind by his spaceship's crew. The boy and his siblings decide to hide E.T. until he can be rescued. As Elliott begins to experience a psychic connection with E.T., US government scientists start to hunt E.T. for their own purposes. At the same time, Elliott and E.T. fall ill. Without a doubt, this is one of the most beloved films of all time.
Friday, October 26 The Shining 1980 / 146 min. / R / CC
Aspiring writer Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson) accepts a job as winter caretaker at the isolated Overlook Hotel in Colorado's Rocky Mountains. His wife Wendy (Shelley Duvall) and pre-school age son Danny (Danny Lloyd) go with him.. Jack hears the disturbing story that a former caretaker had gone mad while there, murdered his family and killed himself-but keeps it to himself. With six months ahead of them, they settle in, cut off from the world.
November 2018 On-Screen Chemistry Before 1950
Friday, November 2 Swing Time 1936 / 103 min. / NR
Small town vaudevillian Lucky Garnett (Fred Astaire) is a no-show for his own wedding, but he still hopes to marry his girl. He seeks the wealth he thinks he needs in New York City, where he meets Penny (Ginger Rogers), a dancing instructor. It's a big conflict for Lucky, but the starstruck two form a successful dance act...and fall for each other. Arguably, Swing Time has the most complex dancing and the most plausible romance in the Astaire/Rogers franchise.
Friday, November 9 To Have and Have Not 1944 / 100 min. / NR
Based on the Ernest Hemingway novel and directed by Howard Hawks, this is a romantic adventure drama that centers on Harry Morgan (Humphrey Bogart), a fishing boat captain in the Vichy France-controlled colony of Martinique. A very young Lauren Bacall plays Slim, a steamy American singer who seduces Morgan ("You know how to whistle, don't you?") When Morgan reluctantly agrees to use his boat to rescue Resistance fighters, will Slim stand by him?
Friday, November 16 Adam's Rib 1949 / 101 min. / NR
Married couple Garson Kanin and actress Ruth Gordon wrote the screenplay for this classic comedy. It's about married lawyers (Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn) who face off as prosecutor and defense attorney in the trial of Doris Attinger (Judy Holliday) for the attempted murder of her two-timing husband (Tom Ewell). Holliday is priceless. Directed by George Cukor, Adam's Rib is # 7 on the American Film Institute's Top Ten List of Romantic Comedies.
Friday, November 23 LIBRARY CLOSED-Day After Thanksgiving
SPECIAL PRESENTATION IN APPRECIATION OF NATIVE AMERICANS
Friday, November 30 The New World 2006 / 150 min. / PG-13
Terrence Malik ("The Tree of Life") wrote and directed this film depicting the 1607 founding of Jamestown Colony in Virginia. Yes, Captain John Smith (Colin Farrell) travels upriver, is captured and held prisoner by Chief Powhatan. Smith and the Chief's daughter, Pocohontas (Q'orianka Kilcher), do fall in love. But the filmmaker chooses to focus on the natural world's deep, dreamlike impact on them, not ephemeral chemistry. Their dream does not last, not for them, not for their "tribes." In 2006, The New World opened to mildly positive reviews, but it has grown in stature since then. Emmanuel Luzbeki's brilliant cinematography is often cited as its crowning achievement. Mick LaSalle has called the film a masterpiece and the best film of its decade. Roger Ebert 4-starred it from the start.
Mar 9, 3pm to 5pm, 2090 Kittredge St. (at Shattuck), Berkeley, CA 94704
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
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
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
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
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
SCHUMANN Kreisleriana, op. 16
SCHUBERT Piano Sonata No.19, D.958
Mar 9, 8pm to 10pm, Hertz Hall, UC Berkeley
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