Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar

03/17/2018

Octopretzel

Octopretzel, Rudy Trubitt, Patchwork Series

For six years now, Octopretzel has been delighting young Bay Area audiences with their colorful and inspired performances. Their shows feature handmade puppets, bubbles of all sizes, and at times hula-hooping Kindergartners. They have been known to inspire spontaneous kiddie mosh-pits, while still maintaining focus and interactive participation. Their songwriting presents imagery of things such as spinning tops, roly polies and whimsical imaginary creatures. From unique interpretations of traditional folk classics to fun and catchy originals, this is music that parents love and has kids asking for more! The band's instrumentation features the mandolin, marimba, the middle-eastern tambourine (or riq), African drums, and many other unique sounds from around the world.

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As a musician, Rudy may be best known as a member of The Squids, an annoying, yet entertaining new-wave band popular in Hawaii around 1980. Recently, he has been performing solo acoustic-guitar shows wearing a cow suit.

Doors: 10:30 am / Show: 11:00 am
$10 ADV / $12 DOOR (plus fees)

Mar 17, 11am to 12 noon, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley, CA, 94704

Rosa Parks Elementary Book Fair at Pegasus Books Solano

Pegasus Books on Solano will host an in-store book fair for Berkeley's Rosa Parks Elementary School. On Saturday from 12:00 to 3:00, join us for treats, story time, live music by RumiCello and more fun.

You'll hear favorites read by Rosa Parks teachers, and their requested books will be on hand to purchase for classrooms.

All weekend, when customers mention "Book Fair" a portion of their purchase will go to the school's PTA!



RumiCello combines Eric's heartful readings with Elaine's elegant cello music. From Seuss to Sufi, they make any text come alive!
www.rumicello.com

Mar 17, 12 noon to 3pm,

Manual Cinema: Ada/Ava

Drew Dir, director
Kyle Vegter and Ben Kauffman, sound and score

Shadow puppetry, live music, and immersive visual effects combine to tell the magical story of two elderly sister lighthouse keepers separated by death, in Manual Cinema's charming Ada/Ava. The Chicago-based performance collective's "exquisitely precise piece of visual storytelling" (The Guardian, London) evokes the supernatural world of the New England gothic, where the living and the dead commingle in an exploration of melancholy, loneliness, and sisterly love.
$68. 642-9988. cal performances.org

Mar 17, 2pm, Zellerbach Playhouse, Berkeley, CA 94720, USA

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."

Mar 17, 2pm to 3:15pm, Durham Studio Theater (Dwinelle Hall)

Pianist William Beatty / Countdown featuring Lloyd Williams - Double CD Release



Join us for an afternoon of Jazz and Soul at this double CD release concert, featuring pianist William Beatty with bassist Aaron Germain, drummer Deszon Claiborne, and special guest vocalist Nicolas Bearde, followed by The Countdown Band featuring vocalist Lloyd Williams.

William will begin the show with selections from his recently recorded CD, The Path of Green Stones, and a piece or two just off the presses.

Back in the early 1990's The Pasand Lounge in San Francisco and their location in Berkeley featured live music every night. The Countdown Band rotated weeks between the venues with two other house bands, backing the premier vocalists of the Bay Area. Lloyd Williams and Countdown performed for capacity audiences of listeners and dancers, honing a very tight sound over their years together.

Lloyd's stellar vocals are heard as the singing voice of Otis Day and the Knights in the classic movie Animal House, singing "Shout" and "Shamalama Ding Dong." Lloyd's vocal career includes performing with The Undisputed Truth, George Clinton and Parliament Funkedelic.

After a reunion gig at the home of Chef Kurt Koessel (in the backyard on a beautiful day in early summer, with red beans and rice ), Countdown and Lloyd recorded a CD at Bellboy Recording Studios in Richmond California. The arrangements came together like it was yesterday. Latriece Love and Ahsah-Ti Tyehimba Ford iced the cake with their vocals!

Countdown is:
Archie Williams - guitar
Bill Beatty - piano
Aaron Germain - bass
Mark Lee - drums
Latriece Love and AhSahti Tyehimba Ford - vocals

Special guest artists: vocalist Nicolas Bearde and guitarist Clyde Childress.*PLEASE NOTE: This is a matinee performance. Doors open at 2:30pm and the show starts at 3pm.

Tickets are $20 and are available by clicking here, or you may purchase your tickets at the door the day of the show. Doors open one half hour before show time. We accept cash only at the door (ATMs are nearby).

Mar 17, 2:30pm to 4pm, The Back Room, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley

The Burning Child - Joseph Leo Koerner, Christian D. Bruun

The Burning Child

Joseph Leo Koerner, Christian D. Bruun,
United States,
2017,
(120 mins)

Special Preview Screening
A film journey into Vienna's interior-both its domestic architecture and the space of the psyche-set against the backdrop of Austria's troubled past.
At BAMPFA

Joseph Leo Koerner In Person
Joseph Leo Koerner is the Thomas Professor of History of Art and Architecture and a Senior Fellow at Harvard University.

Mar 17, 4pm to 5pm, Pacific Film Archive, 2155 Center St, Berkeley

Jazzschool Young Musicians Program Performances

Mar 17, 5pm to 7pm, California Jazz Conservatory, 2087 Addison St Berkeley, CA 94704

The General Line - Sergei Eisenstein, Grigori Alexandrov

The General Line

Sergei Eisenstein, Grigori Alexandrov,
USSR,
1929,
(108 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.
At BAMPFA

Judith Rosenberg On Piano

Mar 17, 7:30pm to 9:30pm, Pacific Film Archive, 2155 Center St, Berkeley

Manual Cinema: Ada/Ava

Drew Dir, director
Kyle Vegter and Ben Kauffman, sound and score

Shadow puppetry, live music, and immersive visual effects combine to tell the magical story of two elderly sister lighthouse keepers separated by death, in Manual Cinema's charming Ada/Ava. The Chicago-based performance collective's "exquisitely precise piece of visual storytelling" (The Guardian, London) evokes the supernatural world of the New England gothic, where the living and the dead commingle in an exploration of melancholy, loneliness, and sisterly love.
$68. 642-9988. cal performances.org

Mar 17, 8pm to 10pm, Zellerbach Playhouse, Berkeley, CA 94720, USA

UNIVERSITY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, Berg and Mahler

UNIVERSITY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
David Milnes, music director
Ann Moss, soprano
BERG Sieben frühe Lieder
MAHLER Symphony No. 7

Mar 17, 8pm to 10pm, Hertz Hall, UC Berkeley

Joel Dorham

Joel Dorham has been part of the Oakland jazz scene for decades. He doesn't perform very often anymore, so when he does a show it's a real event. For this performance, he will be bringing his Latin Jazz Octet, complete with three percussionists, three horns, bass, and vibes!

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Advance tickets are available at the link below, or you may purchase your tickets at the door the night of the show. Doors open one half hour before show time. We accept cash only at the door (ATMs are nearby).

Mar 17, 8pm to 10pm, The Back Room, 1984 Bonita 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 17, 8pm to 9:15pm, Durham Studio Theater (Dwinelle Hall)

The Black Brothers

The Black Brothers

Website Shay and Michael Black are part of the renowned Irish musical family The Black Family and have been performers all their lives. The brothers are now well-established locals, with Michael resident in San Francisco and Shay living in Berkeley. They continue to make good music at home and abroad, and they have just returned from Ireland, where they played sold-out venues with their talented sisters, Mary and Frances and younger brother Martin. Although the sisters will not be performing (this time) at The Freight, Shay and Michael joined their internationally famous sister Mary Black on her her second farewell tour in the US, celebrating the 30th Anniversary release of her early album "By the Time It Gets Dark".

Their internationally famous sister Mary Black just completed her second farewell tour in the US, celebrating the 30th Anniversary release of her early album "By the Time It Gets Dark". Their younger sister Frances Black has just completed an Irish tour, in between her duties as a Senator in the Irish Parliament, to which she was elected two years ago.

Shay and Michael are close harmony singers, with a special fondness for songs that include their audience in chorus. Their repertoire is eclectic and includes old Dublin street songs, music hall songs and historical ballads, songs from the Irish and Scottish traditions, along with songs by contemporary writers.

Joining the brothers on stage this weekend are bandmates Eamonn Flynn on piano, and fiddler Bobbi Nikles, accomplished solo musicians in their own right, adding fire to the band mix.

Dublin born Eamonn Flynn was the keyboardist on the 12 million selling movie soundtrack CD of the movie "The Commitments", and has a new CD release called "The Irish Channel".

El Cerrito native Bobbi Nikles was founder and director for 15 years of "Fiddlekids", a unique fun-filled two week summer day camp devoted to traditional fiddle music, now under the auspices of Freight and Salvage.

Opening the show on this St. Patrick's Day is Todd Denman, widely recognized as a master of the Irish uilleann pipes. A great traditional musician, inventive performer and recording artist, he has several acclaimed recordings and collaborations to his credit.

Mar 17, 8pm to 9pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley, CA, 94704