Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar


Temescal Farmers' Market

Mar 11, 9am to 1pm, 5300 Claremont Ave, Oakland CA 94618

Hearts and Minds - Peter Davis

Hearts and Minds

Peter Davis,
United States,
(120 mins)
This Academy Award-winning documentary "holds a mirror up to our national conscience" (Judith Crist), revealing the effects of the Vietnam War on both North and South Vietnamese as well as Americans at home. With Carolee Schneemann's short Viet-Flakes.

Mar 11, 2pm to 4pm, Pacific Film Archive, 2155 Center St, Berkeley

Wu Man and the Huayin Shadow Puppet Band

Pipa virtuoso Wu Man immerses herself in the folk music of a small village in China's Shaanxi Province. The Huayin Shadow Puppet Band (as seen in the feature-length documentary film about the Silk Road Ensemble, The Music of Strangers) performs lively stories of life in rural China, with shadow puppets, lutes, fiddles, wooden clappers, and gongs

Mar 11, 3pm to 5pm, Hertz Concert Hall

Electric Squeezebox Orchestra (CJC Resident Artists) & Petaluma High School group

The Electric Squeezebox Orchestra (CJC Resident Artists) is a 17-piece big band led by Erik Jekabson and features many of the best players and arrangers in the Bay Area! They will be appearing in Rendon Hall every Sunday through June at 5:30 pm (except March 18th), with a different student group opening at 4:30.

March 11: Petaluma High School (4:30 pm)

Mar 11, 4:30pm to 6:30pm, Rendon Hall/Fiddler Annex @ California Jazz Conservatory 2040 Addison Street, Berkeley,

Beuys - Andres Veiel


Andres Veiel,
(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 11, 4:30pm to 6:30pm, Pacific Film Archive, 2155 Center St, Berkeley

The African Who Wanted to Fly - Samantha Biffot

The African Who Wanted to Fly

Samantha Biffot,
Belgium, France, Gabon,
(81 mins)
This sweet-natured documentary showcases the remarkable life of a man who journeyed from a small Gabonese village to China to study martial arts, and eventually star in kung fu films. With Nora Chipaumire's Afrofuturist short Afro Promo #1 (Kinglady).

Mar 11, 6:30pm to 7:30pm, Pacific Film Archive, 2155 Center St, Berkeley

Rita Coolidge

Rita Coolidge

Rita Coolidge's career spans over 4 decades, studded with charted hits, Grammy awards, and over a dozen albums. From her origins singing jingles, demos, and background vocals in Memphis, to touring with major names like Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, and Bob Dylan, Rita's voice and songwriting can be found throughout pop music history. To this day, Rita Coolidge's impact is undiminished-her voice as pure, sweet and powerful as ever and her ability to get inside a song honed by experience and overview.

Mar 11, 7pm to 8pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley, CA, 94704

Matt Davis

New York-based jazz guitarist and composer Matt Davis will be joined by bassist Shimpei Ogawa. The duo will be performing some of Matt's award-winning original jazz pieces, as well as unique interpretations and arrangements of a wide array of jazz classics.

Mar 11, 8pm to 10pm, The Back Room 1984 Bonita Ave. Berkeley