Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar


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

Mar 25, 12 midnight, 924 Gilman St, Berkeley, CA, United States

Temescal Farmers' Market

Mar 25, 9am to 1pm, 5300 Claremont Ave, Oakland CA 94618

Storytime on Solano: Imagination Flannel Boards Storytime on Solano: Imagination Flannel Boards

Bring your little ones to Pegasus on Solano for a fun, interactive, and educational morning. Imagination Flannel Boards will be on hand to share stories and songs that spark your children's imagination. They will engage with the storyteller through singing, repetition, and movement. They will cheer when the ducklings find their mother and laugh when the Old Lady swallows a cow! See you !

Mar 25, 10:30am to 11am, Pegasus Books Solano 1855 Solano Ave, Berkeley

Saturday Storytime

Join Books Inc. Berkeley for Storytime! Every Sunday at noon. (Ages 3+)

Mar 25, 1pm to 2pm, Books Inc. 1491 Shattuck Ave Berkeley

Saturday Storytime

Join Books Inc. Berkeley for Storytime! Every Sunday at noon. (Ages 3+) Event date: Event address: Books Inc.

Mar 25, 1pm to 2pm, 1491 Shattuck Ave Berkeley

Jr Bach Festival

Jr Bach Festival
Come celebrate the birthday of Johann Sebastian Bach - he'd be turning a cool 333 this week - with some of the finest young musicians in the Bay Area and beyond! The Junior Bach Festival is enjoying its own 63rd birthday, having been founded in Berkeley in 1953 by music teacher and pianist Tirzah Mailkoff. The festival promotes the study, performance, and appreciation of Bach's music with an annual series of concerts showcasing musicians under age 21 from all over northern California, chosen by audition, and playing under the direction of Lisa Grodin.

Mar 25, 1pm to 2pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley

Misery and Fortune of Women Eduard Tisse

Switzerland, 1929, (79 mins)
A treatise on the need for legal abortions, made in Switzerland by cinematographer Eduard Tisse and "supervised" by Eisenstein. With the poetic short Romance sentimentale.

Mar 25, 2pm to 3:30pm, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, 2155 Center St, Berkeley

Julia Bullock, soprano; John Arida, piano

At the 2016 Ojai at Berkeley festival, Julia Bullock portrayed French philosopher/mystic Simone Weil in a new-music oratorio, and the legendary dancer/singer Josephine Baker in a jazz suite, both within the span of a few days-and both to rave reviews. In recital, the formidable and versatile young soprano lends "a wonderful combination of power and expressive directness" (San Francisco Chronicle) to her carefully curated programs, here mixing art song by Schubert, Barber, and Fauré with selections from the African-American jazz and blues traditions of Nina Simone and Billie Holiday.
$46. 642-9988.

Mar 25, 3pm to 5pm, Hertz Hall, 101 Cross-Sproul Path, Berkeley, CA 94704, USA

RossoRose (Amy Zanrosso)

Alisa Rose and Amy Zanrosso are two expressive and powerful musicians intent on exploring what it means to be a piano and violin duo making music in the 21st century. Striking and dramatic in their musical choices, RossoRose seamlessly melds their classical training with the rhythms and musical freedom of a variety of traditions that include tango and American roots music and are not shy about breaking rules in order to communicate with an audience.

Musical sisters* separated at birth, Alisa Rose and Amy Zanrosso were magically reunited in February 2015 under the auspices of one Metropolis Violin Concerto. Feeling like they still had a lot more to musically say and explore they formed the RossoRose Duo which will combine the world of their preferred classical classics with music being written in the here and now. Look forward to experiencing clashing movements of different sonatas paired with Alisa's original compositions and maybe some drums thrown in for good measure.

Let the journey begin.

* for the record, we are not actually sisters....

Mar 25, 3pm to 5pm, Maybeck Studio, 1537 Euclid Ave, Berkeley

Electric Squeezebox Orchestra (CJC Resident Artists)

The Electric Squeezebox Orchestra (CJC Resident Artists) is a 17-piece big band led by Erik Jekabson and features many of the best players and arrangers in the Bay Area! They will be appearing in Rendon Hall every Sunday through June at 5:30 pm (except March 18th), with a different student group opening at 4:30.

Erik Jekabson's Advanced High School Jazz Workshop II (4:30 pm)

Mar 25, 4:30pm to 7:30pm, Rendon Hall/Fiddler Annex @ California Jazz Conservatory 2040 Addison Street, Berkeley

SFEMS Presents: Music in the Garden of Delight: Song and Dance in Early Spain/Ensemble Flauti Diversi

Songs and dances of the 13th and 14th centuries, both monophonic and polyphonic, devotional and rowdy, from the cantigas and Llibre Vermell manuscripts, laude and estampies, as well as Arabic repertoire.

Band Members and Instruments: Frances Feldon, recorders/medieval flute; Allison Zelles Lloyd, soprano/medieval harp; Peter Maund, percussion; Sarah Michael, qanun; David Rogers, lute/guitar/oud

Bio: Flauti Diversi was founded in 1992 by artistic director Frances Feldon. For the past four seasons, Flauti has focused on presenting early repertoire of the 13th to the 18th centuries from the Mediterranean. Flauti has presented several exciting sold out shows at the CJC.

Artist Website:

Mar 25, 4:30pm to 6:30pm, California Jazz Conservatory 2087 Addison St, Berkeley

All That Heaven Allows - Douglas Sirk

United States, 1955, (89 mins)
Vintage Technicolor 35mm Print
Rock Hudson comes to prune widow Jane Wyman's garden and uproots her sterile, upper-middle-class suburban life in this elegiac, Thoreauvian mood piece that inspired Todd Haynes's Far from Heaven.

Mar 25, 4:30pm to 5:30pm, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, 2155 Center St, Berkeley

Oliver Sacks & Insomniac City: An Evening with Bill Hayes

Oliver Sacks & Insomniac City: An Evening with Bill Hayes International House at UC Berkeley 2299 Piedmont Avenue Berkeley, CA 94720 Tickets available here Presented by Jenara Nerenberg & The Neurodiversity Project.

Oliver Sacks features prominently in the recent books and photos of renowned writer and photographer, Bill Hayes, who was also Sacks' partner. The two fell in love when Sacks was 75 years old and the stories of their explorations and partnership live on in Hayes' best-selling Insomniac City and How New York Breaks Your Heart, a brand new collection of photos. In this rare event, Hayes will share insights, stories, and photos from his journey with Oliver -- and Hayes' discovery of everyday ordinary love and magic on the streets of New York City. Hayes is also the Creative Director of the Oliver Sacks Foundation and co-editor of Dr. Sacks' posthumously published work.

Opening the evening is Steve Silberman, the bestselling author of Neurotribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity, for which Oliver Sacks wrote the foreword.

This event will likely sell out and attendees are encouraged to purchase tickets EARLY.

Hayes will be in conversation with The Neurodiversity Project's Jenara Nerenberg, a celebrated science, arts, and innovation reporter for outlets including the UC Berkeley Greater Good Science Center and Fast Company magazine and is author of the forthcoming book, Divergent Mind.

A book signing will follow the main stage event, where attendees can interact with author Bill Hayes. This is a very special, rare opportunity for the San Francisco Bay Area community of writers, photographers, artists, physicians, scientists, and fans of Bill Hayes and Oliver Sacks.
Purchase TIX here.
Pegasus Books is the onsite bookseller.

Mar 25, 5pm to 6pm, International House at UC Berkeley, 2299 Piedmont Avenue, Berkeley

Get Married / Free Candy / The Chonks / UO / Sad Vegan / Revolution Bummer

Get Married

Free Candy (Sac)

The Chonks (Santa Monica)

Unpopular Opinion
(no music out YET ;)

Sad Vegan

Revolution Bummer

ALL AGES. Doors 5pm
$10 + $2 membership
safe(r) space venue: no drugs, alcohol, or bigoted behavior

Mar 25, 6pm to 11pm, 924 Gilman, 924 Gilman St, Berkeley, CA 94710-1424, United States

Pioneer of Nigerien Cinema: Short Films by Moustapha Alassane

(90 mins)
Alassane's films range from animations to ethnography-infused comedies and adaptations of African legends, all sharing a playful humor and incisive commentary on modern Africa.

Mar 25, 7pm to 8pm, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, 2155 Center St, Berkeley

Sarn Oliver and Robert Pearce In Recital

The Berkeley Hillside Club is delighted to welcome S.F. Symphony violinist Sarn Oliver back to our Concert Series. Joining Sarn will be the talented young pianist, Robert Pearce, in a program featuring music by Schubert, Brahms, Kernis, and one of Sarn's own compositions. Don't miss these remarkable artists performing in our historic and acoustically-excellent hall.

The Artists:
     Sarn Oliver - violin
     Robert Pearce - piano

The Program:
    Franz Schubert - Sonatina for violin and piano, in D Major, D.384, (Op. posth. 137/1)
    Aaron Kernis - Air (for violin & piano)
    Sarn Oliver - Pathways
    Johannes Brahms - Violin Sonata No. 3 in D minor, Op. 108

Mar 25, 7pm to 9pm, The Berkeley Hillside Club 2286 Cedar Street

Vocal Jam Session

The Jazzschool Community Music School Vocal Department presents a monthly jazz vocal jam session, hosted by Angharad Jones. All are welcome! Singers should bring three copies of their song for the band. Please arrive by 6:30 pm to sign up.

Mar 25, 7pm to 9pm, California Jazz Conservatory 2087 Addison St, Berkeley