Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar


Berkeley Baroque Strings Presents Concerto Night!

Our third annual Concerto Night will feature members of the Orchestra performing concerto movements by Vivaldi, Bach, Telemann, Pfeiffer, Torelli and Handel:

Peter Brodigan - Viola da Gamba Barrie Cowan - Tenor Helen Finkelstein - Viola Colin Hamilton - Viola Nori Hudson - Viola and Violin Nick Jones - Recorder Kasandra Klassy - Violin Brandon Morris - Violin Lucy Phenix - Violin Camille Reed - Violin Jeff Ridenour - Tromba Marina Loren Tayerle - Viola Kathleen Thompson - Violin D. Tully - Violin
Tickets $20, students $10, children under 12 free

Mar 10, 2pm to 4pm, ST MARK'S EPISCOPAL CHURCH, Berkeley – 2300 Bancroft Way

The Assassin Hou Hsiao-Hsien

The Assassin

Hou Hsiao-Hsien,
China, Hong Kong, Taiwan,
(105 mins)

Film to Table dinner follows the March 10 screening
Winner of the Best Director prize for Hou Hsiao-hsien at the 2015 Cannes film festival, The Assassin is "a mesmerizing slow burn of a martial-arts movie" (Variety).

Mar 10, 5pm to 7pm, Pacific Film Archive, 2155 Center St, Berkeley

A Trip to the Andes: A Night of Bolivian & Peruvian Music, Featuring Ajayu & Comunidad Anqari!

Admission: $15 Advance / $20 Door
Doors open at 7pm / Performances start at 7:30pm
La Peña Cultural Center proudly presents an evening of Andean music and culture! Featuring indigenous music and dance ensemble Comunidad Anqari and the psychedelic Andean fusion band Ajayu.

ABOUT AJAYU: Ajayu is a Bay Area band founded on the traditional native sounds of the Andes region. Using Andean flutes, zampoñas and quenas, and the traditional string instrument, the Charango, the group fuses these Andean elements with a contemporary sound of rock and latin rhythms creating a psychedelically unique mix.
In the Andean world, the Ajayu is understood as the force that contains our feelings and reasoning. At the core of sentient beings, Ajayu is the the cosmic energy that generates and gives movement to life. The consolidation of this energy, which originates from human beings, fundamentally depends on living in harmony with the universe, respecting other beings and all life that surrounds (View Full Event Description Here:

Mar 10, 7pm to 10pm, 3105 Shattuck Ave. , Berkeley, CA, 94705, United States

The Silence - Ingmar Bergman

The Silence

Ingmar Bergman,
(96 mins)
Two sisters play out dramas of lust and fear in a foreign land where war looms, an emotional landscape forsaken by God. A work of "staggering integrity" (Chicago Reader).

Bart Testa is a senior lecturer at Innis College and the Cinema Studies Institute at the University of Toronto.

Mar 10, 7:30pm to 9pm, Pacific Film Archive, 2155 Center St, Berkeley

SheSings Concert

SheSings Concert, MoonCandy, Jazz Mafia's Choral Syndicate, Honey Whiskey Trio, Vocal Rush, Divisi

<div class="image-bio"><div class="bio">Every year, the Women's A Cappella Association (WACA) hosts its exciting and engaging SheSings Vocal Festival. The highlight of this weekend-long festival is the Saturday evening SheSings Showcase, which features award-winning, internationally acclaimed groups from near -- local Bay Area groups -- and far. WACA's dedication to diversity reveals itself in the eclectic mix of musical genres these groups celebrate; one Showcase could include anything from contemporary, to folk, to barbershop, to choral music. It's an uplifting, inspiring and thoroughly entertaining evening -- one not to be missed!

For more info on the full festival and to buy daytime workshop tickets, visit

Mar 10, 8pm to 9pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley, CA, 94704

Rova Saxophone Quartet

Think of the human voice in music. The most primal of instruments, it can melt you or move you to tears on the spot. Then it's the saxophone, one-step removed from the human voice, and the next most powerful messenger in music. Johnny Hodges, Albert Ayler, Steve Lacy, Pharoah Sanders, Oliver Lake, King Curtis, Tim Berne, John Butcher - to name only a few of the many singular voices on the instrument who, with one short phrase or even one sound, can take your breath away, or excite and inspire you to great heights.

Multiply that power, that capability, times 4, and you have a saxophone quartet. Rova Sax Quartet: a group that can move you the way an Eastern European choir of voices can move you, but also a group with force, a force that can feel as if it's tearing the walls of the listening space down, or that can simulate the complex sound of a machine, or one of nature's wild phenomena, or conversely, the almost-silent overlapping sound patterns heard with eyes closed in a field in the wilderness.

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

The Jolly Gibsons

The Jolly Gibsons perform celebratory, spiritual, and funky instrumental music based in American, Caribbean, and African roots styles. Original compositions by bandleaders Jennifer Jolly (keyboards, percussion) and Steve Gibson (guitar) mix seamlessly with unsung classics in the spirit of The Meters, Lord Kitchener, John Scofield, Ernest Ranglin, Abdullah Ibrahim, Senegalese kora players, and other masters of the groove.

Band Members and Instrumentation: Jennifer Jolly-keyboards, percussion; Steve Gibson-electric guitar; Dave Fischer-electric bass; Mark Bernfield-drums. Special guests: Shane Cox-trumpet, trombone; Adam Beach-flute, tenor saxophone

Mar 10, 8pm to 9pm, Rendon Hall/Fiddler Annex @ California Jazz Conservatory 2040 Addison Street, Berkeley