Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar


Andy Griffiths -- Calling all Treehouse Series fans! Join bestselling author Andy Griffiths as he presents the newest release in his award-winning series, The 78-Story Treehouse.

This free event is best for 5-10 year olds, but all ages are welcome. Buy your book at the theater, or before the event, at Mrs. Dalloway's, and have it signed after the presentation. To reserve your seat RSVP at

Mar 24, 11am to 12 noon, Rialto Cinemas Elmwood, 2966 College Ave, Berkeley

North Berkeley Jazz Quartet

Mar 24, 11:45am to 2:45pm, The Cheeseboard Pizza, 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

Storytime on Solano: Andy Weiner reads Down By the River

Andy Weiner reads and signs copies of Down By the River: a leisurely paced, lushly illustrated story about a boy's first fly-fishing trip. All ages welcome! About the Book: One beautiful autumn day, Art sets out with his mother and grandfather for a fishing trip. Fishing days are Art's favorite. He loves learning the ropes from Grandpa-the different kinds of flies and tackle and the trout that frequent their favorite river. Art especially appreciates Grandpa's stories. But, this time, hearing the story about Mom's big catch on her first cast ever makes Art feel insecure about his own fishing skills. But, as Art hooks a beautiful brown trout, he finds reassurance in Grandpa's stories and marvels in the sport and a day spent with family, promising to continue the tradition with his own grandkids generations later.

Illustrated with lush imagery by rising star April Chu, Down by the River celebrates fishing, family, and fun.

Andrew "Andy" Weiner is a longtime publishing professional and an avid fly-fisher. He lives in Albany, California.

April Chu is an architect and an illustrator of children's books, including Ada Byron Lovelace and the Thinking Machine and In a Village by the Sea. She lives in Oakland, California.

Mar 24, 2pm to 5pm, Pegasus Books Solano 1855 Solano Ave, Berkeley

Films by Sally Cruikshank

(50 mins)
Recommended for ages 7 & up
Cruikshank's love of surreal 1930s cartoons is evident in her wildly colorful and wonderfully detailed films, some of which were made for Sesame Street.

Mar 24, 3pm to 4pm, The UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, 2155 Center St, Berkeley

VL Trio

Vission Latina trio is a

Mar 24, 4:45pm to 7:45pm, The Cheeseboard Pizza, 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

Que Viva Mexico! Sergei Eisenstein, Grigori Alexandrov

USSR, 1931/1979, (125 mins)
Film to Table dinner follows
See Mexico through Eisenstein's eyes in this compilation of footage shot in 1931, intended for an epic hybrid of documentary and fiction that the director never finished. With short Bezhin Meadow.

Mar 24, 5pm to 7pm, The UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, 2155 Center St, Berkeley

Alisa's Bday! Day Labor, Skunkadelics, Imposters, No Flow +more!

Mar 24, 6pm to 3/24 12 midnight, 924 Gilman St, Berkeley, CA, United States

Film to Table: Que Viva Mexico!

Then join in a lively discussion over dinner.
At Babette
Film tickets must be purchased separately.

Mar 24, 7:10pm to 8:10pm, Babette Cafe, 2155 Center St, Berkeley

Pete Escovedo Latin Jazz Orchestra

Pete Escovedo

"With this new project, I wanted to reach back and taste all those wonderful flavors of music that sadly aren't as common as they used to be." - Pete Escovedo

After a sold-out, through-the-roof performance for Freight & Salvage's New Year's Eve, legendary Latin Jazz Timbalero Pete Escovedo returns on March 24 for a record release party for his new album, "Back to the Bay", which celebrates the music scene in the Bay Area from Pete's first gig at the California Hotel's Gold Room in 1953 to the diverse blend of music which had emerged by the `70s and is now known as the Bay Area Sound.

Pete Escovedo breaks down the barriers between Smooth Jazz, Salsa, Latin Jazz and contemporary music. Join us in welcoming The Pete Escovedo Latin Jazz Orchestra back to The Freight for an evening of favorites and songs from the new high-energy latin jazz album recorded with some of the best musicians in the scene.

The Minor F Quartet

Mar 24, 8pm to 9pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley

Tripwire, Secret Identities & Felsen

Mar 24, 8pm to 11pm, The Starry Plough Pub, 3101 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94705, United States

Matt Zebley's Oversize Quartet

This modern jazz ensemble features original compositions and arrangements by multi-instrumentalist and composer Matt Zebley.

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Mar 24, 8pm to 9pm, California Jazz Conservatory 2087 Addison St, Berkeley

Sylvia Herold Ensemble

THE SYLVIA HEROLD ENSEMBLE - Vintage Songs and a Voice That Sparkles, with Mike Wollenberg (lead guitar) and Chuck Ervin (bass)

Bay Area singer, guitarist, and song sleuth Sylvia Herold mines the motherlode of American jazz and popular song from the 1930s through the 1960s. Songs of wit and romance by composers Cole Porter, Hoagy Carmichael, George Gershwin, and Harold Arlen are lovingly rendered in a voice the San Francisco Examiner calls "mesmerizing."

Herold was a member of the swing vocal trio Cats & Jammers and The Hot Club of San Francisco. Currently, she tours and records with Wake the Dead, The Lonestar Retrobates, and The Sylvia Herold Ensemble. She has appeared on more than 25 albums, including five solo recordings. Herold is a resident teacher at the Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse in Berkeley, Calif., and teaches guitar and voice at adult music camps across the U.S.She will be joined by renowned Bay Area jazz guitarist Mike Wollenberg-who has performed with such greats as Clarence Gatemouth Brown, Juice Newton, Jethro Burns, and the David Grisman Quintet-and by Chuck Ervin, an in-demand bassist in the Bay Area's vibrant jazz and acoustic-music scenes. He teaches upright bass at the Freight & Salvage in Berkeley.

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 24, 8pm to 10pm, The Back Room, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley

Mister Universo Tizza Covi, Rainer Frimmel

Austria, Italy, 2016, (90 mins)
The spirits of early Fellini and De Sica can be felt in this captivating docudrama about an Italian lion-tamer on the hunt for the strongman who started him on the circus life.

Mar 24, 8pm to 9pm, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, 2155 Center St, Berkeley

Daughters of the Drum: Amikaeyla, Susu Pampanin and Spirit of Sultana

Proclaimed as one of the "purest contemporary voices" by NPR, powerhouse Amikaeyla embraces the best of many types of music. Her sultry sound is "like listening to velvet waterfalls" (MTV) and her soulful flavor captures the listener with dynamic passion and sincerity. Winner of Eight Washington Area Music Association Awards for Best Jazz, World and Urban Contemporary Vocalist, Amikaeyla was named DC's best female composer; won the DC Mayor's Arts Award for Innovation in the Arts, and was recently honored with first prize for Best World Music Composition from the Maryland State Arts Council. She has studied, recorded with, and shared the stage with many award winning artists, including Take 6, Sweet Honey In The Rock, Baba Olatunji, Mickey Hart, Gil Scott Heron, Wyclef, Pete Seeger, Shiela E and Esperanza Spalding to name a few. Her strong academic interest in Sacred Ethnomusicology led her to study with many spiritual and musical masters from many different cultures, and she was invited to perform in India at the Inaugural Festival of Sacred Chanting and Singing for the commemoration of the Golden Buddha at the request and invitation of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

Currently, Amikaeyla serves as a Cultural Arts Ambassador for the US State Department and for over the past 15 years she has travelled the world extensively as a liaison between communities and fostering relationships amidst artists, healers and the general populace by designing strategy platforms which allow different cultures and nationalities to gather together and address issues concerning our communities at large. As the Founder and Executive Director of the International Cultural Arts & Healing Sciences Institute (ICAHSI), she has appeared internationally on numerous radio and television programs performing and speaking about her "Music As Medicine - Healing with an Artful Purpose" programming - a multi-faceted therapeutic approach through music, movement, & theater modalities. This program has been implemented around the world to at-risk women and children hoping to aid in alleviating pain and trauma caused by war. She is the proud recipient of the Voss Foundation Emerging Leaders Women Helping Women Award, Global Woman Award, the Pioneer Award for Exemplary Leadership and Outstanding Service in Social Justice and Advocacy Award, and the Hero for Peace and Forgiveness award.

Susu Pampanin: Spirit of Sultana is a women's percussion ensemble focused on drums, songs and dance from Egypt, Morocco and beyond. Pampanin's heartbeat is her drum; her life stories are her songs; her dreams are her dances. Working most recently with singer Holly Near, she has been heard in numerous world music groups including Keith Terry's Crosspulse, Wild Mango and Stellamara. Respected world-wide as a master of Arabic drumming, she leads Spirit of Sultana in songs, timeless melodies, intricate improvisations both melodic (taqasim), and vocal (mawwal, reminiscent of the ancient call to prayer) while highlighting the percussive sounds of its Middle Eastern rhythm section. The music draws inspiration from Andalusian, Tarab (Classic), Sufi, popular and folkloric genres. Pampanin says, "Spirit of Sultana aspires to take you to a faraway place, where the spirit of the queen lives." In addition to Pampanin the group features percussionist-dancers TerriAnne Gutierrez and Amina Goodyear; oud player, singer and percussionist Fatima Zohra Lahlou and percussionist Mohini Rustagi.

Doors at 7:30 pm; Show at 8:00 pm
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This is also a fundraiser for Women Drummers International

Mar 24, 8pm to 11pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Matt Berkeley Trio

Music producer, singer, keyboardist, songwriter and bandleader Matt Berkeley leads this trio.

Mar 24, 8pm to 11pm, Jupiter, 2181 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

Dumpstaphunk, Strike Iron, Kuckaw!, Kalu And The Electric Joint

Dumpstaphunk stands out among New Orleans' best as one of the funkiest bands to ever arise from the Crescent City. Born on the Jazz & Heritage Festival stage, and descended from Neville family bloodlines, these soldiers of funk ignite a deep, gritty groove that dares listeners not to move. Their performances combine ingenious musicianship and complex funk and jazz arrangements with soulful melodies that are simple enough for anyone to enjoy. In Big Easy tradition, dueling baselines from Tony Hall and Nick Daniels III set off one of the dirtiest rhythm sections on the planet, while Ivan Neville lights up the Hammond B3 keys and cousin Ian Neville's funky guitar riffs send the groove into overdrive. The band recently welcomed their newest member, Alvin Ford Jr. to the quintet, a New Orleans born and raised powerhouse drummer. Dumpstaphunk tosses around lead vocals and four-part harmonies the way Sly & the Family Stone did, but with three studio albums under their belt, Dumpstaphunk stands on the merit of their own material. Songs like "Dancin' To The Truth" off their latest record, Dirty Word (July 30, 2013, Louisiana Red Hot Records), offer an escape into the funky sublime, sharing the true spirit of New Orleans with every note.

Strike Iron is an Oakland based, 13-piece juggernaut who's high-energy grooves and explosive stage show thick with hypnotic percussion, heavy horns, African dance, wild costumes and elaborate group choreography. Born out of the ashes of the international afrobeat act Albino, Strike Iron brings sexy, socially charged dance music into the 21st century.

Bay Area funk powerhouse, Kuckaw!, assembled with one goal in mind: to simultaneously stimulate brain and booty alike. Influenced by artists such as Herbie Hancock, Orgone, Snarky Puppy, and Jamiroquai, Kuckaw!'s sound melds the driving, heavy rhythms of 70âe²s funk with the hypnotic, interlocking essence of Afrobeat, a touch of disco, and the wild abandon of a Zappa-esk musical odyssey. Hailing from the great city of Oakland, California, this heavy hitting ensemble features members and collaborators of Albino! - Heavy Heavy Afrobeat, Dynamic, Victor Little's Big Hit [of Booker T], Jazz Mafia, Ernest Ranglin, and Soji & The Afrobeat Band [of Fela Kuti], among many others. Keep an ear out for this burgeoning ensemble, bringing the funk to a location near you!

Kalu and the Electric Joint blend the powers of psychedelic soul music with the driving beat of rock and roll and the ancient rhythms of Africa. Born in Nigeria, Kalu relocated to Austin, Texas, where he put together a stellar ensemble of players who graciously fuel and follow his deep well of eclectic influences. The group's new record, Time Undone is a sonic masterpiece of original tunes with a positive message and soul-stirring beats. The arrangements are masterfully crafted allowing the songs to breathe and flow. From the first note, these musicians show that they're prepared to carry modern music forward while still paying tribute to the inspirations of their past. Their music invokes a wide range of emotions while influencing with an uplifting message through masterful playing. This band comes to play and when they do, the dance floor never stays empty.

Mar 24, 9pm to 11pm, The UC Theatre Taube Family Music Hall, 2036 University Avenue, Berkeley