Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar


Jon Leidecker, a.k.a. Wobbly

Jon Leidecker, a.k.a. Wobbly
Hear from the electronic musician, sonic collagist, and improvisational sound artist known as Wobbly.

Free admission

Mar 14, 11:30am to 12:30 noon, The UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, 2155 Center St, Berkeley

UCB music students perform chamber music works by Gioachino Rossini and BedÅ(tm)ich Smetana

Mar 14, 12 noon to 1pm, Hertz Hall, UC Berkeley

The General Line - Sergei Eisenstein, Grigori Alexandrov

The General Line

Sergei Eisenstein, Grigori Alexandrov,
(170 mins)

BAMPFA Collection
Eisenstein's "Russian Gothic" tells of a peasant woman's struggle against superstition, hostility, and greed in her attempt to form a collective.

Anne Nesbet is an associate professor of Slavic languages and literatures and film and media at UC Berkeley.

Judith Rosenberg On Piano

Mar 14, 3pm to 6pm, Pacific Film Archive, 2155 Center St, Berkeley

Under the Sun - Vitaly Mansky

Under the Sun

Vitaly Mansky,
Czech Republic, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Germany, Latvia, Russia,
Shot with the permission and supervision of North Korean authorities, Russian director Vitaly Mansky's film turns a propaganda effort into a deep-cover documentary about life inside one of the world's most repressive nations.

Mar 14, 7pm to 8pm, Pacific Film Archive, 2155 Center St, Berkeley

: Mallory Ortberg, author of The Merry Spinster, in conversation with Caille Millner

From Mallory Ortberg comes a collection of darkly mischievous stories based on classic fairy tales. Adapted from their beloved "Children's Stories Made Horrific" series, The Merry Spinster, takes up the trademark wit that endeared Ortberg to readers of both The Toast and their best-selling debut Texts From Jane Eyre. The feature became among the most popular on the site, with each entry bringing in tens of thousands of views, as the stories proved a perfect vehicle for Ortberg's eye for deconstruction and destabilization.

Mar 14, 7pm to 8pm,

Jazz in the Neighborhood Presents...Tammy Hall Trio

Mar 14, 7:30pm to 8:30pm, Rendon Hall/Fiddler Annex @ California Jazz Conservatory 2040 Addison Street, Berkeley

Ensemble Proton Bern

Switzerland's Ensemble Proton Bern premieres new works by UC Berkeley graduate student composers Oren Boneh, Selim Göncü, James Stone, and Jeremy Wexler, alongside works by Dominique Schafer and Hanspeter Kyburz.


*Note: actual end time may vary.*

Mar 14, 8pm to 9pm, 125 Morrison Hall

Bruce Molsky, Thompsonia

Bruce Molsky

Grammy-nominated, and "one of America's premier fiddling talents" (Mother Jones), Bruce's take on tradition has landed him in collaborations with some of the world's most highly respected players from roots to rock. He is a special guest on legend rocker Mark Knopfler's new CD, "Tracker." His 1865 Songs of Hope & Home with Anonymous 4, was on Billboard's top 10 for weeks, the third record with Andy Irvine & Donal Lunny's supergroup Mozaik is in the works, and you can see Bruce on the BBC TV Transatlantic Sessions Videos with Aly Bain and Jerry Douglas, and on "David Holt's State of Music" airing nationally. His new trio, Molsky's Mountain Drifters includes Allison de Groot on banjo and Stash Wyslouch on guitar and their new self-titled CD has been released to great acclaim. Berklee College of Music has made Bruce their Visiting Scholar in the American Roots Music Program where Bruce is the go-to guy for the next generation of roots musicians.


Thompsonia combines Eric & Suzy Thompson's deep devotion to southern roots music with daughter Allegra's fresh perspective, creating feel-good music that richochets between the rowdy and the sentimental, with an abundance of groove and a bit of a quirky edge. They are celebrating the release of their second CD, "Nothing But Rain", an old-time romp ranging from epic ballads to red-hot ragtime to topical songs of the Depression (all too apt for 2018!) to blues harmonies. Suzy and Allegra's genetically-matched vocals (dubbed "The Everly Sisters sound" by Geoff Muldaur) are featured, along with stellar lead playing from Eric on mandolin and guitar and Suzy's fiery fiddling. In addition to the Cajun, blues and old-time music for which Eric and Suzy have long been acclaimed, the trio also performs witty originals alongside obscurities in styles ranging from rockabilly to hokum to Americana.

Mar 14, 8pm to 9pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley, CA, 94704