Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar


Music Theater Tunes featuring members of the UCB Department of Music

Mar 21, 12 noon to 1pm, Hertz Hall, UC Berkeley

Lynn Hershman Leeson

Artist and filmmaker Lynn Hershman Leeson is widely recognized for her innovative work investigating issues that are now recognized as key to the workings of society: the relationship between humans and technology, identity, surveillance, and the use of media as a tool of empowerment against censorship and political repression. Over the last forty years she has made pioneering contributions to the fields of photography, video, film, performance, installation, and interactive art, as well as net-based media art.

Hershman Leeson is a recipient of a Siggraph Lifetime Achievement Award, Prix Ars Electronica Golden Nica, Guggenheim Fellowship, USA Artist Fellowship, the San Francisco Film Society's Persistence of Vision Award, and the College Art Association's Lifetime Achievement Award.

Her five feature films, Strange Culture, Teknolust, Conceiving Ada, !Women Art Revolution: A Secret History, and Tania Libre, have screened at major film festivals and are all in worldwide distribution. She was awarded the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Prize for writing and directing Teknolust. !Women Art Revolution received the Grand Prize Festival of Films on Art. Artworks by Hershman Leeson are featured in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie, Karlsruhe, Germany; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Tate Modern, London; National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; and Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, in addition to many celebrated private collections. In 2014 ZKM mounted the first comprehensive retrospective of her work. She is represented by Bridget Donahue, New York, and Anglim Gilbert Gallery, San Francisco.

Hershman Leeson is professor emeritus at the University of California, Davis, and served as chair of the film department at the San Francisco Art Institute.

Wednesday, Mar 21, 2018 BAMPFA Free admission

Mar 21, 12 noon to 1pm, The UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, 2155 Center St, Berkeley

Earth Alexander Dovzhenko, USSR, 1930

(170 mins) BAMPFA Collection

Ukrainian villagers take on their rich overlords in order to collectivize in this startlingly poetic work from the legendary Ukrainian director Alexander Dovzhenko.

At BAMPFA Pre-sale to members at the Sponsor level and above Dec. 5-11. Public ticket sales begin Special admission: General: $15; BAMPFA members: $11; UC Berkeley students: $7; UC Berkeley faculty and staff, non-UC Berkeley students, disabled persons, ages 65+ and 18 & under: $12
Anne Nesbet Lecture Anne Nesbet is an associate professor of Slavic languages and literatures and film and media at UC Berkeley.
Judith Rosenberg On Piano Series In Focus: Eisenstein and His Contemporaries

Mar 21, 3:10pm to 4:10pm, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, 2155 Center St, Berkeley

Stitch 'n Bitch

Mar 21, 6pm to 9pm, Caffé on San Pablo, 2500 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley

Memory and Forgetting: Video Art in Latin America

(60 mins)
A rare opportunity to see artistic reactions to colonial history, military dictatorships, and political violence by artists from Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Nicaragua, Peru, and Uruguay.

Elena Shtromberg, an associate professor of art history at the University of Utah, is co-curator of the landmark survey from which this program is drawn.

Oscar Muñoz
In Person

Series Documentary Voices 2018

Mar 21, 7pm to 8:30pm, The UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, 2155 Center St, Berkeley

Lyrics & Dirges: A Monthly Reading Series

Lyrics & Dirges: A Monthly Reading Series Lyrics and Dirges is our flagship monthly reading series featuring a mix of prominent, emerging and beginning writers. Its aim is to highlight various forms of writing in an effort to spotlight the diverse literary community of the Bay Area. Reading in March: T.S. Walker Youssef Ahalla Simmi Aujla Isabella Borgeson Tongo Eisen-Martin

Mar 21, 7:30pm to 8:30pm, Pegasus Books Downtown, 2349 Shattuck Ave Berkeley

Jazz in the Neighborhood Presents...Simon Rowe and Jason Hainsworth

Mar 21, 7:30pm to 9:30pm, Rendon Hall/Fiddler Annex @ California Jazz Conservatory, 2040 Addison Street, Berkeley

Stu Allen

A tradition started back in the 20th century, Ashkenaz's Grateful Dead Night is always evolving, reaching new heights since Stu Allen & Mars Hotel launched a weekly residency in late 2011. Led by acclaimed guitarist-singer Allen (of Phil Lesh & Friends, Melvin Seals & JGB, Ghosts of Electricity), a revolving cast of incredibly talented musicians inhabits Mars Hotel, drawing from the Grateful Dead's vast catalog to delight Deadheads and dancers of all generations. A Mars Hotel show is always an energetic evening of good vibes, good music, and good community.

When it became apparent that Jerry Garcia had played his final show in 1995, Stu Allen began working to keep Garcia's music, sound, and spirit alive in the concert setting. He regularly works with Phil Lesh and has also played sets with Bob Weir and Bill Kreutzmann. Allen is perhaps most known for fronting Melvin Seals' tribute to the Jerry Garcia Band from 2004 to 2011. He received more national acclaim in 2010 when he toured with Dark Star Orchestra. Allen shares the Grateful Dead's commitment to making each performance a unique event, from preparation to execution. He will perform multiple shows before playing the same song twice, and even then, that song will not be realized in quite the same way.

Mars Hotel takes this idea a step further by presenting a new band at each performance. Drawing from the rich music scene of the Bay Area, Allen has assembled a broad and ever-rotating group of musicians that makes each concert a once-only experience. As far as Grateful Dead tribute bands go, this is a concept that has never been done before.

Mar 21, 8pm to 11:59pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

David Rovics - A BENEFIT for CIVIC (Community Initiatives for Visiting Immigrants in Confinement) featuring David Rovics

David Rovics was born in New York City, and as a guitar-slinging singer/songwriter now based in Portland, Oregon, has toured in over two dozen countries, including at mass protests throughout North America and Europe.

When President Bush came to Berlin in 2002, David entertained the 100,000 or so folks who came to protest, and at the TTIP protest in Berlin in 2015, he sang for 250,000. He was also a featured performer at the G8 protests in Rostock in 2007, the G8 protests in Scotland in 2005, the G20 in Pittsburgh in 2009 and the G20 in Toronto the following year. Other countries where David has played at protests for thousands of people include England, Denmark, Sweden, Belgium, the Netherlands, Australia and Japan.

In addition to his musical involvement with the anti-capitalist movement, labor, environmental and anti-war movements internationally, he has shared the stage on a number of occasions with Tom Morello, founder of Rage Against the Machine, who also recorded a lead guitar track on David's 2012 album, Meanwhile In Afghanistan. He has also shared the stage with Billy Bragg, Chumbawumba, Joan Baez, and Pete Seeger, and has toured extensively with Attila the Stockbroker, Robb Johnson, Anne Feeney, Tracey Curtis and Alistair Hulett.

Community Initiatives for Visiting Immigrants in Confinement (CIVIC) is the national immigration detention visitation network, which is working to end U.S. immigration detention by monitoring human rights abuses, elevating stories, building community-based alternatives to detention, and advocating for system change. Locally, CIVIC volunteers visit immigration detainees at the West County Detention Facility in Richmond, and work in collaboration with the detainees to monitor conditions, educate legislators and the public, and change policy.

Tickets are $15 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 21, 8pm to 9:30pm, The Back Room, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley

Mary Gauthier

Rifles and Rosary Beads

New studio album co-written with wounded combat veterans over the last four years via SongwritingWith:Soldiers.

Every day.

Every single day, which means some days are better and some much worse.

Every day, on average, twenty-two veterans commit suicide. Each year seventy-four hundred current and former members of the United States Armed Services take their own lives.

Every day.

That number does not include drug overdoses or car wrecks or any of the more inventive ways somebody might less obviously choose to die.

It seems trivial to suggest those lives might be saved - healed, even - by a song. By the process of writing a song.

And yet.

And yet there is nothing trivial about Mary Gauthier's tenth album, Rifles and Rosary Beads (Thirty Tigers), all eleven songs co-written with and for wounded veterans. Eleven of the nearly four hundred songs that highly accomplished songwriters have co-written as part of Darden Smith's five-year-old SongwritingWith:Soldiers program.

None of the soldiers who have participated in the program have taken their own lives, and there's nothing trivial about that. Something about writing that song - telling that story - is healing. What Smith calls post-traumatic-growth.

Max Gomez
"I first saw Max perform when he was 17, about 10 years ago," says songsmith and sideman extraordinaire Keith Sykes. "I sensed he had something even then. When I saw him last year, I was pleased to see, and hear, something has turned into it. Listen and you'll see, and hear, what I mean. He's among the best of his generation."

Though still only in his twenties, Max Gomez has always had the heart of an old soul. As a child, the first songs he learned to sing were originally recorded in the 50s by Johnny Cash. As a teenage guitarist he adopted Big Bill Broonzy as his blues master. And as a budding performer, he apprenticed in the rarefied musical climate of northern New Mexico, where troubadours like Michael Martin Murphey and Ray Wylie Hubbard helped foster a folk and Western sound both cosmic and cowboy. You'll find his hometown of Taos and nearby Red River right there between Colorado and Texas on both your sonic and Google maps. Splitting his childhood between there and a farm in the Flint Hills of Kansas, Gomez is at home in the heartland, too.

Mar 21, 8pm to 9pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley