Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar



Mar 23, 11:45am to 2:45pm, The Cheeseboard Pizza, 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

Super Cinema @Central

August 2018
Pictures from the Tumultuous 70s
Friday, August 3 The Last Picture Show 1971 / 118 min. / R / CC

The time is 1951 in a tiny Texas town. A diner, a pool hall and the Royal movie theater are the only places to go, "except to bed," critic Roger Ebert wryly comments in his review. Best friends Sonny (Timothy Bottoms) and Duane (Jeff Bridges) lust after a phony rich girl (Cybill Shepherd). Adults mostly guard their secrets. In the end, loss shakes loose some authentic emotion from the friends. Cloris Leachman and Ellen Burstyn are superb in supporting roles.

Friday, August 10 A Woman Under the Influence 1974 / 155 min. / R / CC

An LA housewife and mother, Mabel (Gena Rowlands), is unpredictable, sometimes volatile, sometimes overly friendly, to the extent that her construction worker husband, Nick (Peter Falk), wonders about her ability to handle the life they lead. Stellar performances from both leads make this an essential movie experience. Gena Rowlands won several Best Actress awards for it. The writer-director, John Cassavettes, is an icon of independent film.

Friday, August 17 One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest 1975 / 133 min. / R / CC

Considered to be among the greatest films ever, Cuckoo's Nest is the story of a funny and often satisfying power struggle between a cocky recidivist felon (Jack Nicholson) and an authoritarian mental hospital nurse (Louise Fletcher). It's based on a Ken Kesey novel, boasts a near perfect ensemble cast (including Christopher Lloyd, Brad Dourif and Danny DeVito) and won all the major awards: Best Picture, Actor, Actress, Director and Screenplay.

Friday, August 24 Taxi Driver 1976 / 113 min. / R / CC

After being discharged from the Vietnam-era Marines, Travis Bickle (Robert De Niro) drives a taxi in New York City. He's a loner who forms attachments to inappropriate women-a presidential campaign worker (Cybill Shepherd) and a 15 year old prostitute (Jodie Foster), whom he wants to protect. Pushed over the edge by their rejections, he begins to stalk the corrupt, sleazy guys who employ them. Martin Scorsese directs this thriller as black comedy.

Friday, August 31 Chinatown 1974 / 130 min. / R / CC

In a story based on the early twentieth century California Water Wars, private eye Jake Gittes (Jack Nicholson) takes a job following a Department of Water and Power engineer-who soon turns up dead. Immediately, Gittes is led by the engineer's widow (Faye Dunaway) to peel away layer after layer of corruption and mystery surrounding her husband's death. Directed by Roman Polanski, Chinatown is another of our greatest-and most beautifully shot-films.

September 2018
About Workers' Movements
Friday, September 7 Matewan 1987 / 135 min. / PG-13 / CC

It's 1920 in the town of Matewan, West Virginia. When Stone Mountain Coal Company cuts the wages of rebellious coal miners and brings in African American replacements, a United Mine Workers man (Chris Cooper) arrives to organize a union. In response, the company hires private detectives to oppose the miners and to set blacks and whites against each other. Tensions boil over, leading to a historic battle. James Earl Jones plays the character who leads black miners.

Friday, September 14 The Help 2011 / 146 min. / PG-13 / no CC

In 1963, Aibileen Clark (Viola Davis) agrees to let aspiring writer Skeeter Phelan (Emma Stone) interview her about her experiences as a maid to white families in Jackson, Mississippi. Gradually, other maids risk their jobs to join in with their own harrowing stories, which are all intended to yield a change-making book. Great storytelling and character development make this film exceptional. The ensemble cast also includes Octavia Spencer and David Oyelowo.

Friday, September 21 Blue Collar 1978 / 114 min. / R / no CC

Three Detroit auto workers (Richard Pryor, Harvey Keitel & Yaphet Kotto) are buddies on and off work. They feel trapped between big industry and their do-nothing, corrupt union. They hit on a plan to rob the safe in the union office, leading to complications that lay bare the terrible predicament of working people. Written and directed by Paul Schrader (writer of Taxi Driver), who delivers an authentic, uncompromising ending. It's a very powerful film.

Friday, September 28 North Country 2005 / 126 min. / R / CC

Josey Aimes (Charlize Theron) flees her abusive husband with two kids to stay with her parents in her North Dakota home town. Most jobs available to her pay very little, so a friend (Frances McDormand) encourages her to apply to work in the same mine where she and Josie's father work. Josie's demeaning experiences there eventually drive her to start a legal fight with the mining company. Based on a true story, and directed by Niki Caro ("Whale Rider").

Mar 23, 3pm to 5pm, 2090 Kittredge St. (at Shattuck), Berkeley, CA 94704

Kickin' the Mule

Kickin' the Mule plays a variety of jazz- and blues-related genres: New Orleans R&B, Oakland and Chicago blues, Memphis and Motown soul, and Oakland funk.

Mar 23, 4:45pm to 7:45pm, The Cheeseboard Pizza, 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

Orion's Joy of Jazz & Latin All Stars

The Orion's Joy of Sextet Jazz and Latin Jazz Concerts at Caffe Trieste include "The Best in in the West!!!"
Piano: Steve Mcquarry,Terry Rodriquez,Eugene Pliner,Tony Capricio
Guitars: Dave Bell,Eric Swinderman,Mark Babin,Ray Scott,Tony Corman and Ari Caprow
Vibes; David Casini,
Vocalists: Sandra Smith
Tenor sax :Jim Grantham, Dave Muratake,Joe Kaline Alto sax /flute:Ruben Salcido
Bari sax: Joe Kaline
Trumpets: Gil Cohen John DeBore Trombone: Rick Brown,Dennis smith
Bass's: Jim Shearer,Attila Medvecsky,Richard Saunders,Carl Herder Jamie Dowd and Joe Mckinley

Mar 23, 5pm to 7pm, Caffé on San Pablo, 2500 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley

Women's Jazz and Blues Camp Performance

Join us for our end-of-camp performance highlighting jazz, blues and Latin groups after a week of intensive study, networking and fun. Admission is free, and donations to the August 2018 Girls' Jazz & Blues Camp Scholarship fund are gratefully accepted.

Every March, female instrumentalists and vocalists at all levels convene for the Women's Jazz & Blues Camp. Women participate in an intensive week of ensembles and classes in jazz, blues, Latin styles, improvisation, percussion techniques and jazz history. Participants play all day long and network with other women who share their passion for music. This camp features an all-woman faculty from the Montclair Women's Big Band and is directed by Jazzschool faculty members Jean Fineberg and Ellen Seeling.

Mar 23, 6pm to 8pm, California Jazz Conservatory 2087 Addison St, Berkeley

Fanny and Alexander - Ingmar Bergman

Sweden, 1982, (188 mins)35mm Print

This chronicle of an early twentieth-century theatrical family, told from the perspective of a young brother and sister, is comic and tragic, opulent and intellectual, mystical and autobiographical. Bergman called it "the sum total of my life as a filmmaker."

Mar 23, 7pm to 10pm, The UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, 2155 Center St, Berkeley

TSOL (1970s Los Angeles punk legends!) DOWNTOWN BROWN

+ Locals:
The Pathogens
Danger Inc.
ALL AGES. Doors at 7:00pm. $15 + $2 membership dos
no booze, no jerks

Mar 23, 7pm to 10pm, 924 Gilman Street, Berkeley

The Russians Are Coming!

The Berkeley Hillside Club is pleased to welcome back two old friends to the Concert Series, Sergey and Olga Rakitchenkov (Associate Principal Viola and Principal Harp in the S. F. Opera Orchestra). For this concert Sergey and Olga will be joined by two wonderful artists from Russia and Serbia, pianist Konstantin Bogino and mezzo-soprano Miomira Vitas performing a brilliant and varied program of instrumental and vocal masterpieces, including three modern works by Serbian composers Svetlana Maksimovich and Vera Milankovich. Don't miss these remarkable artists performing in our historic and acoustically-excellent hall.

The Artists:
Miomira Vitas - mezzo-soprano
Konstantin Bogino - piano
Sergey Rakitchenkov - viola
Olga Rakitchenkov - harp

The Program:
Robert Schumann - Adagio and Allegro, Op. 70 (viola & Piano)
Johannes Brahms - Geistliches Wiegenlied, Op.92 #2 (voice, viola & piano)
Frank Bridge - "Where is it that our soul doth go" (voice, viola & piano)
Sergei Rachmaninov (solo piano)
Prelude in G minor, Op.23 #5
Prelude in C# minor, Op.3 #3
Prelude in G# minor, Op.32 #12
Etude in D-Major op.39 #9
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (voice & piano)
"Ne veter veja s visoti" (It was not the wind ,blowing from the heights)
Piotr Tchaikovsky (voice & piano)
"Ja tebe nichego ne skazhu" (I'm not going to tell you)
Benjamin Britten - Evening (voice & harp)
Claude Debussy - Arabesque #1 (solo harp)
Astor Piazzolla - "Tanti Anni Primo" (Many years ago) (viola & harp)
Gabriel Faure - Serenade Toscane,op.3 #2 (voice, viola & piano)
Svetlana Maksimovich - "O mistichnoj ljubavi" (Of Mystical Love) (voice, harp & piano)
Vera Milankovich - "Misao" (Thought) (voice, viola, harp & piano - world premiere)
Vera Milankovich - "Sitan kamen do kamena" (voice , viola, harp & piano)

Mar 23, 8pm to 9pm, The Berkeley Hillside Club 2286 Cedar Street

Macy Blackman and the Mighty Fines

Macy Blackman and The Mighty Fines are universally regarded as the Bay Area's premier New Orleans R&B/boogie band.

On their latest release, Shoorah Shoorah - The Songs of Irma Thomas and Allen Toussaint, Blackman and his veteran band pay tribute to the genius of the Soul Queen and King of New Orleans.

This marks the sixth CD release for Blackman, who formed The Mighty Fines in 2003. Blackman, who has accompanied Mac Rebennack (aka Dr. John) and also backed up such national acts as The Coasters and The Drifters during his illustrious career, features a highly accomplished band.

The Mighty Fines include saxophonists Nancy Wright (John Lee Hooker, B.B. King, Elvin Bishop) and Ken "Snakebite" Jacobs (Neville Brothers, The Band, Temptations, Gatemouth Brown), bassist Bing Nathan (Lavay Smith's Red Hot Skillet Lickers) and drummer Larry Vann (Martha Reeves, Elvin Bishop, Charles Brown, Buffy Saint-Marie).

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

Mar 23, 8pm to 10pm, The Back Room, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley

LOVING JANIS: The Music of Janis Joplin and Janis Ian Imagined & Performed by Kyra Gordon

Vocalist Kyra Gordon with Pianist and arranger Larry Steelman bring us their hypnotic and far-out arrangements of two iconic singers: Janis Ian and Janis Joplin. In "Loving Janis" the stylistic interpretations of both Janis Joplin and Janis Ian will encompass jazz, rock and folk arrangements of the iconic performers. Epic song classics including "At Seventeen"; "Jesse"; "Piece of My Heart"; "Bobby McGee" and others will be joyfully sung in a heartfelt tribute by singer-songwriter Kyra Gordon.

The idea of creating the "Loving Janis" tribute show evolved from an inspirational event Kyra experienced at age 17. While living in Los Angeles she was asked to audition for the role of Janis Joplin in a film project titled "Piece of My Heart" for Paramount Pictures. The project was scrapped and Kyra did not get the part, but carried the script around wondering "what if I were to do something based on Janis?"Kyra did indeed do a more "jazz tinged" tribute to Janis Joplin titled "Turtle Blues" in April 2017. Later in the year Kyra wanted to create the Janis tribute with a more "yin and yang" approach and contrast the work of Joplin with that of folk singer-songwriter Janis Ian.

When asked what she admired and found important about each Janis, Kyra replied; "For me, Janis Joplin was all about her charisma as a performer and the trance [of the performance]. Janis Ian tells stories about life and the human experience."

Kyra elaborated on the connection she felt to both Janis'. "I felt a real connection and kinship to Janis Joplin as a young woman. She wasn't the norm but Joplin's attitude became `I don't fit and I'm going all the way with it.' Kyra expressed similar feelings, having lived on her own at a young age, and feeling like she "never fit anyone's vision of what was beautiful or appropriate".

Kyra reflected that she felt drawn to Janis Ian because she "chose to dedicate her life to being a songwriter and a master of her craft." "Her lyrics are poetry. They conjure such vivid imagery." Kyra observed that although many of Ian's better known songs were crafted in the 1960s and 1970s, "Her songs are definitely of their time, but are timeless and feel as relevant today as ever." A few years ago Kyra sent a video clip of her performance of Ian's song "Ruby" to Janis Ian through her website, who responded back with a note of encouragement commenting, "That is a hard song to sing and you sang it bravely."

A large Mandala tapestry on the back wall, a shrine to Joplin, and an authentic liquid-projection light-show by the pioneering Kitty Crowe of "Fantasy World Lights" will help to set the ambiance of the "Loving Janis" stage.

Audience members from the "Boomers" to the "Millennial" generations alike will relate to "Loving Janis". Songs from a time before that are just as relevant today celebrating two strong, quintessential female musicians!
Doors at 7:30 pm; Show at 8:00 pm
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Mar 23, 8pm to 10pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Royal Jelly Jive, Trace Repeat, Van Goat

Royal Jelly Jive
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Few bands have the ability to evoke an old-school throwback vibe and yet sound entirely fresh and new at the same time. Royal Jelly is one of those bands. Combining elements of Soul, Rock, Swing and Hip-Hop, Royal Jelly shakes up any dance-party and grooves harder than your typical rock n' roll band dares to go. Fronted by the enigmatic singer Lauren Bjelde, who brings a one-of-a-kind sultry voice to her magnetic stage presence, Royal Jelly leans on the sounds of swingin' horns, gritty keys and a bumpin' rhythm section to carry a crowd into bliss... creating an unforgettable live experience that will leave you wanting more.

Since forming in San Francisco's own Boom Boom Room in the summer of 2013, Royal Jelly has quickly ascended to become one of the Bay Area's most anticipated acts. After releasing their debut album to a packed house at Slims in late 2014, they hit the road and and have been touring non-stop ever since. Playing hi-energy shows and festivals in cities and towns all across the West Coast, they have captivated the ears and hearts of almost all who hear them, intoxicating the masses with their unique and infectious music. They have been lucky enough to share stages with notable acts such as Michael Franti, Rebrirth Brass Band, The California Honeydrops as well as performing at this past year's Outsidelands Music Festival, Soul'd Out Music Festival, Rivertown Revival, and Redwood Mountain Faire.

Trace Repeat
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Trace Repeat is a funk and soul band from Oakland, CA. They bring that old school funky from back in the day. That James Brown, Michael Jackson, Prince kind of funk. Get down on it.

Van Goat
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Van Goat takes the tradition of fun, fast, eclectic surf rock started by bands like The Pixies and The Minutemen, mixed with their own brand of swing punk reminiscent of The Squirrel Nut Zippers. Fast, crass, and extremely catchy, Van Goat's music is defined by constant hooks and changes.

Mar 23, 8pm to 10pm, Cornerstone, 2367 Shattuck Ave (Enter On Durant), Berkeley, CA, 94704

The Stu Tails

Upon first listening to The Stu Tails, you'll immediately understand why the band members named themselves after such a hard hitting, party starting concoction. Between their exuberant live show, danceable reggae-infused rock riffs and radio-friendly arrangements and hooks, the band has managed to create a sound and presence that has gotten the attention from several notable figures in the music world. Bob Jamieson, former RCA and BMG CEO, said, "Their potential is unlimited. I haven't seen a band with this much energy and musicianship in a long time."

After recording their first album Indecent Exposure and receiving millions of online song plays, the band decided to take their sound to the West Coast. Currently residing in San Francisco, the four members continue to play across the U.S. and Canada while their music gains traction.

Mar 23, 8pm to 11pm, Jupiter, 2181 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

Rolling Thunder

Dylan & The Dead
Experience the magic of this mind-blowing collaboration.
The Band: Martin Gran, Zoe Carter, Brian Bloom, Charlie McCoy, Joe Mockus, Steve Capper, John Bock & Paul Herzoff

Mar 23, 8pm to 10pm, Caffe on San Pablo at 2500 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley

Della Mae

Della Mae
Since forming in Boston in 2009, Nashville-based string band Della Mae has established a reputation as a charismatic live act comprised of some of the finest players in bluegrass, Americana and beyond.

Originating from different musical backgrounds and states across the US and Canada, each member brings distinct elements that make Della Mae such a beloved band. Together they have a completely original style - sensitive yet assertive, intense yet playful, steeped in tradition yet undeniably current. Versatile instrumentalists and vocalists, they draw from a bottomless well of roots influences to create vibrant original music that conveys expansive musical vision. With timeless lyrical truth-telling and an unmistakably contemporary sensibility, they stand alongside such roots-conscious acts as the Avett Brothers, Punch Brothers, the Lumineers, and Hurray for the Riff Raff.

Phoebe Hunt
On the seventh day of a ten-day retreat at a Vipassana meditation center outside the historic Indian city of Kolhapur, Phoebe Hunt intrinsically felt the life leave her namesake's body on the other side of the world.

The story of how she came to be known as Phoebe - a tale woven subtly into the whimsical threads and spiritual contradictions of Shanti's Shadow, her new record - has the humor and richness of a Vedic myth. Her parents met at a yoga ashram in the Lower West Side of Manhattan in the Seventies, where they spent seven years as disciples of Guru Swami Satchidananda, famous in America for having been the opening speaker at the 1969 Woodstock Festival. Years later, near the end of her pregnancy with Phoebe, her mother felt a strong compulsion to name her child Shanti, a Hindi word meaning peace. There was only one minor complication - she had already promised the child's paternal grandmother, Phoebe, that she would be named after her. In a compromise, Hunt's parents named their child Shanti Phoebe Hunt, but out of deference to the grandmother, she would grow up being called Phoebe.

Years later, on the 2016 trip that would inspire the creation of Shanti's Shadow, Hunt and her husband (and mandolin-playing bandmate) Dominick Leslie entered the meditation retreat in India, surrendered their possessions, and, with only a wool blanket given to them upon arrival, committed to a sequestered ten-day vow of silence. It was during that stint at the retreat that Grandma Phoebe passed away. Hunt remained in India with Leslie and a team of musicians who had joined the couple to study with master violinist and vocalist Kala Ramnath at an ashram outside the city of Pune. While there they found themselves spending as many as ten hours a day honing ragas, melodic structures that, in the Indian classical tradition, are believed to have the capacity to color the mind of an audience. The entire experience, ripe with creative efflorescence, formed the core of a bittersweet irony for Hunt. While in pursuit of her spiritual namesake - the shanti of peace, tranquility, creativity, and bliss - her familial namesake passed away.

North Country Blue (on the Gallery Stage)
North Country Blue includes some of the best young bluegrass musicians in California - four young women whose ages range from just 12 to 14. All of the girls have been stalwarts in the California Bluegrass Association's "Kids on Bluegrass" program and Youth Academy, and they have several years of prior band experience among them despite their young age. The band members come from all over Northern California - from Berkeley to the Sierra foothills to the Central Valley - and chose their name after it was dropped in their tip bucket as a suggestion at a street fair.

Mar 23, 8pm to 9pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley, CA, 94704

Side Pony, Gracia

Mar 23, 9pm to 11pm, The Starry Plough Pub, 3101 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

Los Amigos Invisibles

Los Amigos Invisibles,
Since their first album in 1995, Los Amigos Invisibles have developed a sound based on the "gozadera" - an irresistible fusion of Latin rhythms with fiery funk and lounge music. The band got their first break when David Byrne (Talking Heads) discovered one of their albums by chance in a Manhattan record shop. He immediately called the band up in their native Venezuela and soon after, signed them to his label: Luaka Bop. Byrne opened doors for the band across the globe and Los Amigos Invisibles soon became an international touring machine.

Mauricio Arcas: Percussion
Julio BricenÌfo: Vocals
Juan Manuel Roura: Drums
José Rafael Torres: Bass

Bang Data
Bang Data is like California itself - built on Latin traditions, but deeply hybrid in expression. This beloved SF Bay Area based band - led by singer/emcee Deuce Eclipse who's well known by hip-hop fans as an accompanying voice to the legendary Zion I, and producer/instrumentalist Caipo who has become a sought out name producing & mixing in the San Francisco music scene and abroad - they spin cumbia, hip-hop and rock into a new language of sound for the people. The ensemble is releasing their third studio album LOCO this Fall. Most known for their song placement of the self-titled track "Bang Data" from their album La Sopa" on AMC's hit TV Drama `Breaking Bad' Season 4, Episode titled `Salud'. But since the 2016 release of the Quiero Creedence - a Latin tribute album to legendary rock band Creedence Clearwater Revival - Bang Data has received a growing wave of attention, including from the legends CCR themselves!

On stage they are joined by Michael Cavaseno on guitar. The group has performed with acts such as Chicano Batman, Calle 13, Cafe Tacvba, Ozomatli, Zion I, Natalia Lafourcade, Enanitos Verdes, Panteon Rococo, Chico Trujillo & Kinky.

DJ Julicio
For almost two decades, DJ Julicio has scratched, spun and
pulsated his way across clubs, hotels, bars, and festivals
around the world.
Born and molded in Santiago, Chile, he has played in places
like New York, Miami, Seattle, Austin, Maui, San Francisco,
and his current home, Los Angeles. Abroad, he's shaken dance
floors throughout the UK, Spain, Mexico, Brazil, Taiwan, Bali
and all over South America.

Mar 23, 9pm to 10pm, The UC Theatre Taube Family Music Hall, 2036 University Ave, Berkeley, CA