Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar

03/29/2018

SF Medicine Ball

Jazz

11:45am to 2:45pm, The Cheeseboard Pizza, 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94709, USA


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.

4:45pm to 7:45pm, Cheese Board Pizza
1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley


For kids, 4th grade & up: Jason Reynolds

Winner of multiple awards, including the Newbery and finalist for the National Book Award, celebrates two new titles: his newest middle grade novel, Sunny, and his stirring and inspirational poem For Every One.
Purchase a copy of Sunny or For Every One to reserve your seat in advance by speaking to one of our booksellers (510.704.8222), or ordering through our website.

6:30pm to 7:30pm, Mrs Dalloway's Bookstore
2904 College Ave, Berkeley


Little Dieter Needs to Fly - Werner Herzog

France, Germany, United Kingdom, 1997, (95 mins)
Imported 35mm Print
Herzog accompanies a Vietnam War POW back to the jungles of Laos to relive his imprisonment and torture in this award-winning documentary.
With Jack Chambers's short Hybrid.

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


NYMBC Presents ALYSIA HELMING

Not Your Mother's Book Club presents local author Alysia Helming in celebration of her imaginative debut YA novel, Protogenesis: Before the Beginning. With her unusual violet hazel eyes hidden behind heavy glasses, American teenager Helene Crawford is the kind of student that always has an answer. One fateful day, life as she knows it comes to a grinding halt. There was a fire. Her mother is gone. But something is not right . . .

7pm to 8pm, 1491 Shattuck Ave Berkeley, CA


The Notations

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


Poetry at Pegasus: Bruce Hawkins and Friends

Join us for this historic reading by Bruce Hawkins, an active presence in the Berkeley poetry scene from the 1960's onward. We honor Bruce for his long history of creativity, his amazing mind and voice, as he reads from his works. He will be joined by fellow Berkeley Poets Cooperative writers Lucille Lang Day, Charles Entrekin, Gail Entrekin and Clive Matson who will also share a few poems. Come and learn more about the work of local poets of the 1970's who continue to be productive artists of the community. This is the first in a series of historic readings by the participants of the local poetry and writing scene, from the 1950's onward.

BRUCE HAWKINS - Bruce is the author of The Ghost of the Buick (1982), Wordrows (1975), and Less Power (1971) and has been published in many literary magazines. He was featured by the New York Times in 1976 when he made his living selling The Berkeley Poets Cooperative issues in Berkeley. Bruce considers himself a Truth Radical and feels that poetry is music rather than architecture. He is currently working on his next book, a compilation of poems from the last 50 years. He lives with his wife, artist Anne Hawkins, in El Cerrito.

LUCILLE LANG DAY - Lucille has published ten poetry collections and chapbooks, including Becoming an Ancestor and Dreaming of Sunflowers: Museum Poems, which received the 2014 Blue Light Poetry Prize. She also coedited Red Indian Road West: Native American Poetry from California and is the author of two children's books, Chain Letter and The Rainbow Zoo, and an award-winning memoir, Married at Fourteen: A True Story.http://lucillelangday.com/

CHARLES ENTREKIN - Charles' most recent works include The Art of Healing, a transformative poetic journey (Poetic Matrix Press, 2016); Portrait of a Romance, a love story in verse (Hip Pocket Press, 2014);and Berkeley Poets Cooperative: A History of the Times (Hip Pocket Press, 2013) . Charles was a founder and managing editor of The Berkeley Poets Cooperative and The Berkeley Poets Workshop & Press, and was a co-founder/advisory board member of Literature Alive!, a non-profit organization in Nevada County, California. He is co-editor of the e-zine Sisyphus, a magazine of literature, philosophy, and culture; and managing editor of Hip Pocket Press. Charles is the father of five children and lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife, poet Gail Rudd Entrekin. http://www.charlesentrekin.com/

GAIL RUDD ENTREKIN - Gail is Poetry Editor of Hip Pocket Press and Editor of the online environmental literary magazine, Canary (www.canarylitmag.org). Her poems were finalists for the Pablo Neruda Prize in Poetry from Nimrod International Journal in 2011 and won the Women's National Book Association Award in 2016. Her five books of poetry include The Art of Healing (with Charles Entrekin), Rearrangement of the Invisible, and Change (Will Do You Good), which was nominated for a Northern California Book Award. http://gailruddentrekin.com/
CLIVE MATSON - Clive Matson began his career as a poet among the Beats in 1960s Greenwich Village. He was mentored and influenced by Allen Ginsberg, John Wieners, Diane di Prima and Herbert Huncke. He is the author of nine volumes of poetry and the creative writing text Let The Crazy Child Write! and has been a writing teacher for 30 years. Clive is the recipient of the Berkeley Lifetime Achievement in Poetry Award in 2012, was named the Best East Bay Writing Teacher in 2006 and received a PEN Oakland Josephine Miles National Award in 2003. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clive_Matson and http://matsonpoet.com/

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


NORMAN FINKELSTEIN GAZA: An Inquest Into Its Martyrdom.

Hosted by Brian Edwards-Tiekert.
Norman Finkelstein has the moral gravity of an Old Testament prophet, the scrupulous attention to detail of a Talmudic scholar, and the mordant sense of humor of a Yiddish novelist. All these attributes are on display in Gaza: An Inquest into its Martyrdom, an indictment of Israel's crimes in the overcrowded Palestinian territory from 2008 up to the present.

7:30pm to 9:30pm, First Congregational Church of Berkeley, 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley, CA 94704, USA


Poetry Flash presents Ivan Arguelles, Jack Foley, and Jacob Smullyan

Ivan Argüelles is an acclaimed surrealist poet, whose collection Looking for Mary Lou: Illegal Syntax won the William Carlos Williams Award in 1989. Recent books of poems include Fragments from a Gone World, Duo Poemata: Ilion-a Transcription & Altertumwissenschaft, and Fiat Lux. He is the founder and co-editor of Pantograph Press.

Jack Foley has published fifteen books of poems, five books of criticism, and Visions and Affiliations, a `chronoencyclopedia' of California poetry from 1940 to 2005. Recent collections include Riverrun, about which Stephen Cole says, "Sad, exhilarating and imaginatively original true adventure in Poetry!" Grief Songs, which will be the focus of this reading, is a collection of elegies for Adelle, his wife of almost fifty-five years, a poet herself and his partner for years in performing his unique `multi-voiced' poetry. Grief Songs and The Tiger and Other Tales, his collection of short stories, were both published by Sagging Meniscus Press. Foley is host of "Cover to Cover," his poetry radio show afternoons on KPFA-FM.

Jacob Smullyan's new book of prose poems is Errata. Charles Holdefer of Dactyl Review says, "To describe a book as unclassifiable is, of course, to classify it, but that fact is entirely in keeping with the spirit of Jacob Smullyan's Errata..." He is also author of the poem cycle Dribble. A musician as well as a writer, he is the founder of Sagging Meniscus Press and Exacting Clam magazine.

7:30pm to 9pm, Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Ave, Berkeley


DJ Cali & Hanif

DJ Cali has been moving dance floors with soulful music from all over the globe, from Afro, Broken Beat, House, Soul, R&B, Jazz, Brazilian and Latin. He also represents Oaklands' thePeople, who hold down THE preeminent club night in Oakland, every 4th Saturday at New Parrish. Cali welcomes in his Oakland's own DJ Hanif!http://cali.podomatic.com

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


Cheryl Wheeler with Special Guest Kenny White

Cheryl Wheeler
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It has always seemed as if there were two Cheryl Wheelers, with fans of the New England songwriter relishing watching the two tussle for control of the mic. There is poet-Cheryl, writer of some of the prettiest, most alluring and intelligent ballads on the modern folk scene. And there is her evil twin, comic-Cheryl, a militant trend defier and savagely funny social critic. The result is a delightful contrast between poet and comic.

Kenny White
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Kenny White has driven a long and interesting road to bring him to this moment. At eight years old, upon being asked whether he'd practiced this week's piano lesson, Kenny remarked, "yeah...but HERE'S what I wrote."

Those songs have not always come easily, however, after many successful years of various musical endeavors, they have led to White's new Wildflower Records release, "Comfort in the Static." A collection of wonderfully crafted songs, this album continues to follow the human condition with both unbridled detail and humor.

For many years, White was a fixture in the NY studio scene, writing and producing literally hundreds of commercials for TV and radio. In this capacity, he worked with artists like Gladys Knight, Linda Ronstadt, Dwight Yoakam, Ricky Skaggs, Kim Carnes Felix Cavaliere, Dobie Gray and Aaron Neville among many others.

His relationships with Marc Cohn and Shawn Colvin led to his producing Colvin's Grammy-nominated, "I Don't Know Why" and to his involvement in Cohn's eponymous platinum debut record. White went on to produce three records for legendary J. Geils Band leader, Peter Wolf. The second of which, "Sleepless," garnered the distinction by Rolling Stone magazine of being one of "the 500 greatest albums ever made," as well as giving Kenny a chance to work with Keith Richards, Mick Jagger, and Steve Earle. A brand new release with Wolf entitled, "Midnight Souvenirs" will be released in the Spring of 2010.

As a contributing writer/musician, White worked on many a film soundtrack including, Message in a Bottle, Ed TV, Forces of Nature, A Walk on the Moon, Where the Heart Is, Edie & Pen, and four films by indie master, John Sayles.

After being hailed by reviewers from the NY Times to the SF Chronicle for his thrilling and unique piano playing, White chose to devote himself to making his first album and subsequently, "hitting the road." His work in the studio enabled him to assemble an A-list team of players for that release, 2002—sup2;s "Uninvited Guest." He traveled and opened shows for many mainstays, including Cheryl Wheeler, Shawn Colvin, Peter Wolf, Richard Shindell and Jonathan Edwards, quickly gaining a reputation as a 'dazzling' and 'not-to-be-missed' performer. An early copy of his follow-up record, "Symphony in 16 Bars" landed in the hands of folk legend Judy Collins who then signed White to her own Wildflower Records and released the CD in the winter of 2005. Showcasing another remarkable ensemble of talent, Symphony in 16 Bars picked up where Uninvited Guest left off, following a main character whose story, set in New York City, navigates the heart's complexities through an ever changing urban landscape.

This year, in addition, Kenny is proud to announce his first non-musical publication. He joins a group of renowned essayists in a collection called, "The Black Body," published by Seven Stories Press.

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


Maestras de Mexico "Chavela" Film Screening, with Acoustic Performance by Cascada de Flores

Chavela (2017, 93 min.) Produced and directed by Catherine Gund and Daresha Kyi. Through its lyrical structure, Chavela takes viewers on an evocative, thought-provoking journey through the iconoclastic life of game-changing artist Chavela Vargas. Centered around never before-seen interview footage of Chavela shot 20 years before her death in 2012, and guided by the stories in Chavela's songs, and the myths and tales others have told about her - as well as those she spread about herself - the film weaves an arresting portrait of a woman who dared to dress, speak, sing, and dream her unique life into being. Winner of the Golden Athens Award for Best Documentary at Athens Internation Film Festival (2017), Audience Award & Grand Jury Prize at both OutFest L.A. and OUTshine Fort Lauderdale (2017), Audience Award & Honorable Mention Jury Award at Frameline (2017), Second Place Audience Award at Berlinale Film Festival (2017), Audience Award & Best Documentary Feature at Reeling35 (2017), Official Selection of AFI Docs, Hot Docs, Austin Gay & Lesbian Festival, Sheffield Doc/Fest and many more.

An audience favorite: "A wonderful tribute to a queer icon" - David Lewis, San Francisco Chronicle
"Dazzling. Poignant. Thoroughly enthralling." - Claudia Puig, The Wrap
"Donald Trump's ultimate nightmare - a Mexican lesbian diva who can wring your very soul." - Jonathan Romney, The Guardian
"A trailblazing free spirit whose appetite for tequila and women was as legendary as her soul-stirring vocals..." - David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter
"Legendary Mexican singer Chavela Vargas receives justifiably laudatory treatment in this documentary celebrating her refusal to compromise together with her musical brilliance." - Jay Weissberg, Variety.

The core members of Cascada de Flores have been re-imagining Mexican tradition for years. After falling for Mexican music as a young woman, Arwen Lawrence toured with Grammy-winning L.A. mariachi heavyweights, Los Camperos de Nati Cano, an apprenticeship that honed her skills and deepened her love for Mexico's musical language. With them, she recorded and performed in venues such as the Teatro Degollado in Guadalajara and Lincoln Center of New York. Nati always nudged her towards what she already did naturally: to sing with heart.

Jorge Liceaga grew up in Mexico City, buying his first guitar with the money he'd earned shining shoes. Self taught, he was later mentored by local legend Leonardo 'El León' Salas, a transplant from Yucatan, who taught Jorge to 'guasanguearla' (play with that special Yucatecan swing). Jorge followed his sister and found himself amongst local masters of artistic communication: The flamencos of Gitanerías. From them he received a raw and complicated education, which contributed to his special sensitivity as accompanist.

The pair founded Cascada de Flores in San Francisco, CA in 1999. They began by journeying into the hidden corners of Mexico, seeking the real stories of that hugely diverse country. Inspired by the fact that even as deep as its diversity goes, Mexico has a continuous love affair with foreign cultural phenomenon and incorporates them as if they were its own, the ensemble spends 14 years swimming in a magical place somewhere in the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean sea where rancheras, boleros, sones and guarachas from México, Cuba, Puerto Rico and Colombia meet.

Cascada de Flores has recorded now four albums, collaborated in numerous projects, including theater and cinema and toured to several areas of the United States. In Mexico they have been delightfully received in venues such as The central plaza in Mexico City with Jorge Saldaña, la Tasca in Jalapa, and lately in the beautiful Biblioteca Henestrosa in Oaxaca city and the main festival of Tezoatlán, Oaxaca. They even traveled to study with the trovadores of Santiago de Cuba. Cascada de Flores is now a phenomenon, cherished by the Latinos that hear them, and opening the minds of its non-Latino fans. Opening minds and hearts to the real stories of Mexico and Latin America has become this group's unofficial mission; Jorge feels pride at being able to arrive at a performance without a wide sombrero and still be received with open arms

In Radio Flor, in the format of a historic yet half-imagined Radio program, this Mexican-American duet has found a venue in which they can express their vast curiosities and talents, while shining in collaboration. In Radio Flor they are joined by musicians with similar longings from both sides of the 'border', three veterans of San Francisco's traditional music and Latin Jazz scenes: Saul Sierra-Alonso (bass, Mexico City), Marco Diaz (piano & trumpet, San Francisco), Brian Rice (percussion, Michigan). The duet has always thrived in collaboration with like-minded artists. The current Cascada de Flores family includes Sabra Weber (voice, flute), Jorge Mijangos (guitars), Rick Flores (guitar), Miguel Govea (accordion, trumpet, bass), Kyla Danysh (violin), Jim Connelly (bass) and Cynthia Holberg (voice).

Additionally, Cascada de Flores is firmly committed to music and cultural education. They present a bilingual music and dance program for children in schools, libraries and theaters such as Montalvo Arts Center (Saratoga), Herbst Theater (San Francisco), Mexican Heritage Plaza (San Jose) and Lobero Theater (Santa Barbara). They have performed in over 1000 Western US schools and Libraries reaching over 500,000 children with their educational program. Recently, the Dúo brought their musical story to la Mixtecan hills of Oaxaca, Mexico. Close to home, members of Cascada de Flores present ongoing bilingual classes and special workshops for children and families focused on traditional Latin American folk songs and Mexican traditional music and dance.

Doors at 7:30 pm; Show at 8:00 pm, Film at 8:45 pm
Cascada de Flores will be performing as a duo tonight
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8pm to 11pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley


ill Nicky

ill Nicky, Alien Family

8:30pm to 9:30pm, Cornerstone, 2367 Shattuck Ave (Enter On Durant), Berkeley, CA, 94704