Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar


Joe Warner Trio

Mar 22, 11:45am to 2:45pm, The Cheeseboard Pizza, 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

Retro JukeBox Band

Geechi Taylor's Retro JukeBox Band is a top Dance Band with an immense repertoire covering multiple genres including timeless 1920's-1960's Jazz, Blues, Motown & Retro versions of todays hits.

Mar 22, 4:45pm to 7:45pm, The Cheeseboard Pizza, 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

Play the Devil Maria Govan, Bahamas, Trinidad and Tobago, United States, 2016, (92 mins)

Bahamian director Maria Govan, one of the Caribbean's rising filmmakers, returns with this atmospheric noir drama on class divides, sexual repression, and identity in Trinidad.

Mar 22, 7pm to 8pm, The UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, 2155 Center St, Berkeley

Albany HS Jazz Combo 7:00 PM

Mar 22, 7pm to 9pm, Caffé on San Pablo, 2500 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley

Adam Becker discusses What is Real?: The Unfinished Quest for the Meaning of Quantum Physics

Adam Becker presents the untold story of the heretical thinkers who dared to question the nature of our quantum universe. A discussion and book signing of What is Real?: The Unfinished Quest for the Meaning of Quantum Physics. In conversation with Anil Ananthaswamy, author of The Man Who Wasn't There.


Every physicist agrees quantum mechanics is among humanity's finest scientific achievements. But ask what it means, and the result will be a brawl. For a century, most physicists have followed Niels Bohr's Copenhagen interpretation and dismissed questions about the reality underlying quantum physics as meaningless. A mishmash of solipsism and poor reasoning, Copenhagen endured, as Bohr's students vigorously protected his legacy, and the physics community favored practical experiments over philosophical arguments. As a result, questioning the status quo long meant professional ruin. And yet, from the 1920s to today, physicists like John Bell, David Bohm, and Hugh Everett persisted in seeking the true meaning of quantum mechanics. What Is Real? is the gripping story of this battle of ideas and the courageous scientists who dared to stand up for truth.

Adam Becker is a science writer with a PhD in astrophysics. He has written for the BBC and New Scientist, and is a visiting scholar at University of California, Berkeley's Office for History of Science and Technology. He lives in Oakland, California.

Mar 22, 7:30pm to 8:30pm, Pegasus Downtown, 2349 Shattuck AveBerkeley

Steve Seskin and Nina Gerber

Steve Seskin and Nina Gerber are performing together for the first time in almost 20 years, and it promises to be a fabulous reunion. She will be accompanying him as well as playing some of her amazing instrumental pieces.

Steve Seskin is an electrifying performer. "His voice has a natural lilt that can't be learned," writes Joel Selvin in the SF Chronicle. He's "a really exceptional talent," writes Alan Lewis in the SF Bay Guardian. And "the presentation is simple, affective, and effective," writes Jim Carnes in the Sacramento Bee. Few performers can face an audience with only an acoustic guitar and hotwire its emotions. But that's what happens at Steve's concerts.

After carving a career out of what some might call the shadows, guitarist Nina Gerber is at last beginning to dare the light. Her first album as a leader, Not Before Noon, follows two decades which brought her to prominence without ever placing her name on the front of an album cover. Since her accompaniment of Kate Wolf first earned her recognition, her acute skills as performer, producer and arranger have continued to deepen. Her contributions to acoustic music have earned her a following as loyal as for the numerous high talents she has accompanied - proving the shadows equal to the spotlight in the creation of honest, powerful, and beautiful music.Tickets are $20 in advance and $22 at the door, and 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 22, 7:30pm to 9:30pm, The Back Room, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704, USA

Michael David Lukas reads from his new novel, The Last Watchman of Old Cairo.

In this spellbinding novel, a young man journeys from California to Cairo to unravel centuries-old family secrets.

Joseph, a literature student at Berkeley, is the son of a Jewish mother and a Muslim father. One day, a mysterious package arrives on his doorstep, pulling him into a mesmerizing adventure to uncover the tangled history that binds the two sides of his family. For generations, the men of the al-Raqb family have served as watchmen of the storied Ibn Ezra Synagogue in Old Cairo, built at the site where the infant Moses was taken from the Nile. Joseph learns of his ancestor Ali, a Muslim orphan who nearly a thousand years earlier was entrusted as the first watchman of the synagogue and became enchanted by its legendary--perhaps magical--Ezra Scroll. The story of Joseph's family is entwined with that of the British twin sisters Agnes and Margaret, who in 1897 depart their hallowed Cambridge halls on a mission to rescue sacred texts that have begun to disappear from the synagogue.

The Last Watchman of Old Cairo is a moving page-turner of a novel from acclaimed storyteller Michael David Lukas. This tightly woven multigenerational tale illuminates the tensions that have torn communities apart and the unlikely forces--potent magic, forbidden love--that boldly attempt to bridge that divide.

Mar 22, 7:30pm to 8:30pm, Mrs Dalloway's Bookstore, 2904 College Ave, Berkeley

John McEuen and the Circle Band

John McEuen has assembled a unique cast of Americana string wizards for a special night to share the music and memories of the landmark Will the Circle Be Unbroken platinum album and his career with Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. His multi-media show with archival photographs, film, Circle session photos (and archival 8mm footage) narrative and music of early NGDB takes us on his incredible 50-year journey - interwoven with radio favorites, hot bluegrass, rare early NGDB music.

John McEuen banjo, guitar, mandolin, fiddle, vocals
Les Thompson (also an original member) bass/vocals
Matt Cartsonis guitar/mandola great singer
John Cable (a previous NGDB member) guitar/vocals

A unique part of the show covers the historic 1977 Russia trip, and what happened behind the Iron Curtain to the first American band to tour there. The cast, all stellar musicians in their own right, includes:
Les Thompson bass/vocals/bouzouki an NGDB founding member
John Cable guitar/mandolin/vocals also toured Russia with NGDB
Matt Cartsonis vocals/mandola/guitar 25 year music partner with John

When John initiated the recording of Will the Circle Be Unbroken*, the icons of Bluegrass, Country, and West coast country rock convened: Earl Scruggs, Doc Watson, Merle Travis, Jimmy Martin, Roy Acuff, Vassar Clements, and Maybelle
Carter. Six August 1971 days produced the benchmark record still relevant today (Amazon top-seller still!).

All join host John McEuen, with his banjo, guitar, fiddle and mandolin, as they share (in front of the screen) hits and stories behind the music, leading up to this magic time when three generations came together. The Library of Congress inducted the multi-platinum `Circle' as one of the most important American
recordings (it's also in the Grammy Hall of Fame).

The evening's journey leads to classic favorites and music from McEuen's new highly praised record - Made in Brooklyn - on Chesky Records. (Stereophile Magazine's Record of the Month). The audience will see the entire span of John McEuen's years in music and be taken back through some of the best years of
their lives.

Mar 22, 8pm to 9pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Chick Corea

An exceptional opportunity to hear NEA Jazz Master and 22-time Grammy winner Chick Corea in a big band! The hard-swinging Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra visits with Corea as special guest, for an evening of music from the pianist's incredibly diverse songbook. Expect grand, lush renditions of Corea classics like "Crystal Silence," "You're Everything," "Armando's Rhumba," and "Tones for Joan's Bones," arranged by members of the incomparable Lincoln Center band.
$36-$98. 642=9988.

Mar 22, 8pm to 10pm, Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley campus

Big Willie

Former Beatdown resident Big Willie makes it back in to Jupiter with a crate loaded with his signature soulful blend of contemporary and old school funk, r&b and jazz breaks.

Mar 22, 8pm to 11pm, Jupiter, 2181 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

The Sensuous Embrace of Angola: Kizomba Nightz

Learn the slow, romantic, sensual Angolan social dance with instructors Aziza and Fleur, then dance to Kizomba and Semba music inspired by African rhythms and Haitian compas.

Kizomba is a popular genre of music and partnered dance from Angola. Its is known to be smooth and slow, with grounded movements, danced in a close partner connection. The origin of Kizomba dance comes from Semba, a traditional type of dance and music from Angola known for its energetic movements.For any questions please contact Kathy Reyes at

Yasert Ortega, originally from Mexico City, now resides in San Rafael. Yasert has danced to various types of music like merengue and cumbia, and his favorite; Dominican bachata and kizomba and semba. He has learned from several world masters.

Doors at 7:30 pm; Intro to Kizomba Dance Lesson with Markinson Johnson at 8 pm; Open Level Semba Yasert Ortega at 8:45 pm; Open Practica at 9:30 pm
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Tickets are $15 Gen Adm / $12 Students

Mar 22, 8pm to 11:30pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley