Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar


Stebbins Piano Series: Beethoven - "Diabelli Variations, Op 120

Monica Chew

Monica Chew performs Ludwig van Beethoven - Diabelli Variations, Op 120

Mar 15, 12:15 noon to 1pm, Stebbins Lounge Women's Faculty Club

Joseph Lease

Moe's welcomes poet Joseph Lease who will be reading from The Body Ghost, due out soon from Coffee House Press.

Joseph Lease's critically acclaimed books of poetry include Testify (Coffee House Press 2011) and Broken World (Coffee House Press 2007). His poems have appeared in many anthologies, including Postmodern American Poetry: A Norton Anthology and The Best American Poetry. He is a professor of writing and literature at California College of the Arts and lives in Oakland with the poet Donna de la Perrière.

Mar 15, 7pm to 9pm, Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Ave, Berkeley

No Vietnamese Ever Called Me N****r

No Vietnamese Ever Called Me N****r

David Loeb Weiss,
United States,
(130 mins)

4K Digital Restoration
Interviews with three black Vietnam veterans capture their experiences of institutional and everyday racism. With Keith Garrett's look at African Americans in the military, The Black GI.

Mar 15, 7pm to 9pm, Pacific Film Archive, 2155 Center St, Berkeley

Nicole Georges presents her graphic memoir FETCH, with special guest Gemma Correll

Lambda award-winner Nicole Georges presents and signs her graphic memoir FETCH. With special guest cartoonist and illustrator, Gemma Correll.

Pugs and pups of all kinds welcome!


When Nicole Georges was sixteen she adopted Beija, a dysfunctional shar-pei/corgi mix-a troublesome combination of tiny and attack, just like teenaged Nicole herself. For the next fifteen years, Beija would be the one constant in her life. Through depression, relationships gone awry, and an unmoored young adulthood played out against the backdrop of the Portland punk scene, Beija was there, wearing her "Don't Pet Me" bandana.

Georges's gorgeous graphic novel Fetch chronicles their symbiotic, codependent relationship and probes what it means to care for and be responsible to another living thing-a living thing that occasionally lunges at toddlers. Nicole turns to vets, dog whisperers, and even a pet psychic for help, but it is the moments of accommodation, adaption, and compassion that sustain them. Nicole never successfully taught Beija "sit," but in the end, Beija taught Nicole how to stay.

Nicole J. Georges is a professor, writer, and illustrator, who has been publishing her own zines and comics for twenty years. She is the author of the Lambda Award-winning graphic memoir Calling Dr. Laura and the diary comic Invincible Summer. She lives in Portland, Oregon.

Gemma Correll is a young English illustrator, cartoonist, and generally quite small person. She and her trusty pug sidekicks, Bella and Mr. Norman Pickles, recently left the land of their births for a new life in the very large country of America. Wish them luck!

Mar 15, 7:30pm to 8:30pm, Pegasus Books Downtown, 2349 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

Peggy Orenstein

The author of Girls & Sex and Cinderella Ate My Daughter delivers her first ever collection of essays--funny, poignant, deeply personal and sharply observed pieces, drawn from three decades of writing, which trace girls' and women's progress (or lack thereof) in what Orenstein once called a "half-changed world." To reserve your seat, buy Don't Call Me Princess by speaking to a bookseller or ordering on our website.

Named one of the "40 women who changed the media business in the last 40 years" by Columbia Journalism Review, Peggy Orenstein is one of the most prominent, unflinching feminist voices of our time. Her writing has broken ground and broken silences on topics as wide-ranging as miscarriage, motherhood, breast cancer, princess culture and the importance of girls' sexual pleasure. Her unique blend of investigative reporting, personal revelation and unexpected humor has made her books bestselling classics.

Mar 15, 7:30pm to 8:30pm, Mrs Dalloway's Bookstore, 2904 College Ave, Berkeley

Theater: All in the Timing: Short Comedies by David Ives

Join us for an evening of four one-act comedies drawn from the collection of award-winning playwright David Ives, and directed, designed and performed by TDPS students. Ives's offbeat sketches mix the witty and the wise-cracking, the surreal and the satiric, and the poetic and the perplexing. The show opens Thursday, March 15, 2018 and continues through Sunday, March 18, 2018 in the Durham Studio Theater on the UC Berkeley campus. Thursday, Friday & Saturday at 8pm; Saturday & Sunday at 2pm.

The four pieces take on the absurdity of being alive and the possibilities of human connection:

Time Flies - directed by Angelina Steshenko
English Made Simple - directed by Ceylan Ersoy
The Universal Language - directed by Tanvi Agrawal
Sure Thing - directed by Carmel Suchard

Time Flies follows two mayflies on their first date. They are interrupted by Sir David Attenborough, who informs them that their lives only last 24 hours. A one-night stand quickly turns into a mid-life crisis, as the brokenhearted bugs try to find a solution. "My hope for the audience, " says Director Angelina Steshenko, "is that they'll think about how lucky we are as humans to get more than one day to live and we shouldn't waste any of those days."

In English Made Simple, Jack and Jill meet at a party and proceed through a series of revealing relationship vignettes-punctuated by a solemn narrator who offers grammatical insight into what each person is really thinking as they speak. Director Ceylan Ersoy says, "The first time I read this one-act, it was as if I were reading dialogues I've had in my own life - a brutal revelation of what actually goes on in a daily human interaction. The stage reflects the truths that we avoid, and the reason it's so funny is because we see ourself in the characters."

The Universal Language follows a shy woman with a stutter as she places her faith in a language tutor who promises to teach her the (made-up) universal language "Unamunda." Almost entirely scripted in absurd gibberish, this one-act is gleefully silly and strangely profound as the two discover a true connection. "My goal," says Director Tanvi Agrawal, " is that audiences will walk away thinking about the many nuances and complexities that hide below the surface of `normal' human behavior. I want them to be perplexed at how it's possible to communicate a story without conventional language."

Sure Thing cheekily explores the many possibilities of conversation. Would-be couple Bill and Betty meet at a coffee shop and attempt to connect, continually stumbling or winding up in a dead-end. But every time they blunder, a merciful bell resets the conversation, resulting in a second, third, or even fourth chance to make a good impression. "The beautiful message within each of the four David Ives plays brings forward a little quirk about human relationships," says director Carmel Suchard. "I think audiences will leave with a smile on their face."

Tickets - Students and Seniors, Cal Staff & Faculty: $10 (ID required), General Admission $15

Mar 15, 8pm to 9:15pm, Durham Studio Theater (Dwinelle Hall)

Karla Bonoff

Karla Bonoff emerged as a singer songwriter from the Monday night hootenanny scene at the Troubadour nightclub in Los Angeles. She wrote classic songs for artists such as Linda Ronstadt and Bonnie Raitt, and made contributions to films like Footloose. Listening to Karla sing is like having an intimate conversation about secrets of the heart - you don't want to miss a word!

Mar 15, 8pm to 9pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley, CA, 94704

Barwick & Siegfried

From the stage of the Strawberry Music Festival in California to pubs and concert halls throughout Ireland and Northern Ireland, the acoustic duo of Kathy Barwick & Pete Siegfried has delighted and enchanted audiences with a distinctive blend of bluegrass, old-time country, traditional Irish and folk, creating an engaging Americana fusion showcasing Pete's exceptional lead vocals, Kathy's amazing guitar work and their sterling duet harmonies.

The two musicians combine years of experience into a compelling, highly entertaining duet sound that extends from the "brother duets" of the 1930s to such iconic modern partnerships as Buddy and Julie Miller.

Mar 15, 8pm to 10pm, The Back Room 1984 Bonita Ave. Berkeley