Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar

03/18/2018

Temescal Farmers' Market

Mar 18, 9am to 1pm, 5300 Claremont Ave, Oakland CA 94618

Women of Folk Sing-Along led by Suzanne Fox


Women of Folk Sing-Along
Suzanne Fox will be presenting songs either written or sung by American women in the folk music genre. We may do a few traditional rounds as well. It will be an hour of joining our voices together in song!

Doors: 12:00 pm / Show: 1:00 pm
Free with Reservation

Mar 18, 1pm to 2pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley, CA, 94704

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 18, 2pm to 3:15pm, Durham Studio Theater (Dwinelle Hall)

Carolyn Arnold and Leanne Tallis



Carolyn Arnold is a singer, songwriter and pianist from Berkeley, California. She writes songs in an alternative pop style, similar to Joni Mitchell, Natalie Merchant and Tori Amos with rich and sweet high soprano vocals and lyrics full of metaphor, human connection and fantasy. Friends have described the quality of her voice as "angelic."

From a very young age Carolyn was surrounded by music. She sang with her family, studied classical piano, violin and voice through her youth, and began writing songs at age 22. Her roots are primarily in folk music of various kinds: Southern Appalachian, Blues, Folk Revival artists of the `60's and `70's, and Eastern European folk. She played fiddle, guitar and banjo in several folk and bluegrass bands from 2005-2011, and has also studied 1930's Jazz extensively, as well as Broadway show tunes. Currently she is studying opera.Carolyn's latest project is a full-length album that was made from live recordings of five house concerts she did in January and February of 2017. This album is currently in the mixing stage and will be finished spring of 2018.

Leanne Tallis is a singer-songwriter born and raised in Los Angeles, and currently based in Oakland, CA. Leanne trained in musical theatre before coming back to her first love of songwriting, releasing her first EP, Smoke and Mirrors, in 2014. Her voice is strong and expressive, reminiscent of vocal greats such as Joni Mitchell and Sandy Denny. She writes melody driven folk songs, with meaningful lyrics.

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door, general admission, and $10 for students with ID. 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 18, 2pm to 4pm, The Back Room, 1984 Bonita Ave, 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 18, 3pm, Zellerbach Playhouse, Berkeley, CA 94720, USA

David Finckel, cello; Wu Han, piano

$68. 642-9988. calperformances.org

Mar 18, 3pm, Hertz Hall, 101 Cross-Sproul Path, Berkeley, CA 94704, USA

Jazzschool Young Musicians Program Performances

Mar 18, 5pm to 7pm, California Jazz Conservatory, 2087 Addison St Berkeley, CA 94704

Tim Eriksen and Susan Brearey in PUMPKINTOWN: Songs, Stories and Magic Lantern Projections From an Imaginary New England Village



Three-time Grammy nominee Tim Eriksen will be joined by internationally-recognized painter/projectionist Susan Brearey in a down-home multimedia presentation featuring ballads, gospel songs, guitar, banjo and fiddle tunes, accompanied by repurposed and reimagined magic lantern projections, all relaying the curious history of the imaginary Pumpkintown.

Considered "the best traditional American ballad singer of his generation" (BBC), Tim Eriksen is a multi-instrumentalist, ethnomusicologist, and performer/consultant on the award-winning soundtrack for the film Cold Mountain (2003).

"One of the best voices in music." - T Bone Burnett

"Otherworldly harmonies." - Barbara Kingsolver

"Eriksen is an uncompromising performer, ethnomusicologist, Sacred Harp singing master, musical adventurer and punk-folk pioneer." - The Guardian, UK

"Susan Brearey's wolves and stags glance back at us from the liminal realm. This is a place on the edges of the forest, the edges of the imagination. We stare back at these images and enter that realm captivated by their invitation - like readers of a fairy tale who enter a magical kingdom." - Ann McCoy, Artist, Professor at Yale UniversityTickets are $15 advance/$20 at the door for general admission; $10 advance/$15 door for Students with ID. Advance tickets are available at this link, 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 18, 7pm to 9pm, The Back Room, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley

Caitlin Canty with special guest Noam Pikelny

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With a voice described as "casually devastating" by the San Francisco Chronicle, Caitlin Canty carves a musical path through folk, blues, and country to arrive at a smokey Americana sound that is all her own. Caitlin's original songs spotlight her darkly radiant voice and haunting melodies. Her latest album, Motel Bouquet, releasing on March 30th, is dreamy and daring, featuring contributions from top contemporary roots musicians Aoife O'Donovan and Stuart Duncan.
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NOAM PIKELNY has emerged as the preeminent banjoist of his generation. He is a founding member of Punch Brothers, a 3-time Grammy Nominee and was awarded the first annual Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass in 2010.

Universal Favorite is the fourth record Noam Pikelny has released under his own name, but it's truly his solo debut. His previous solo efforts-including 2014's landmark Noam Pikelny Plays Kenny Baker Plays Bill Monroe-were full-band affairs that revealed his abilities as a dynamic bandleader while reinforcing his reputation as an inventive accompanist. The new release features only the man himself, playing lovely originals and covers that showcase his unique approach to the instrument and compositional flair. He recorded them live in the studio without accompaniment, coaxing a wide array of sounds and colors out of his instruments, embracing the challenges and exploring the new possibilities of the solo setting. And, for the first time in his career, Pikelny even sings. It turns out he has a striking deadpan baritone that conveys humor and melancholy in equal measure.

Mar 18, 7pm to 8pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley, CA, 94704

: Poetry Flash presents Ivan Arguelles, Jack Foley, and Jacob Smullyan,

Ivan Argüelles is an acclaimed surrealist poet, whose collection Looking for Mary Lou: Illegal Syntax won the William Carlos Williams Award in 1989. Recent books of poems include Fragments from a Gone World, Duo Poemata: Ilion-a Transcription & Altertumwissenschaft, and Fiat Lux. He is the founder and co-editor of Pantograph Press.

Jack Foley has published fifteen books of poems, five books of criticism, and Visions and Affiliations, a `chronoencyclopedia' of California poetry from 1940 to 2005. Recent collections include Riverrun, about which Stephen Cole says, "Sad, exhilarating and imaginatively original true adventure in Poetry!" Grief Songs, which will be the focus of this reading, is a collection of elegies for Adelle, his wife of almost fifty-five years, a poet herself and his partner for years in performing his unique `multi-voiced' poetry. Grief Songs and The Tiger and Other Tales, his collection of short stories, were both published by Sagging Meniscus Press. Foley is host of "Cover to Cover," his poetry radio show on Wednesday afternoons on KPFA-FM.

Jacob Smullyan's new book of prose poems is Errata. Charles Holdefer of Dactyl Review says, "To describe a book as unclassifiable is, of course, to classify it, but that fact is entirely in keeping with the spirit of Jacob Smullyan's Errata..." He is also author of the poem cycle Dribble. A musician as well as a writer, he is the founder of Sagging Meniscus Press and Exacting Clam magazine.

Mar 18, 7:30pm to 8:30pm, Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph 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 18, 8pm to 9:15pm, Durham Studio Theater (Dwinelle Hall)