Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar


Nashville Honeymoon

Country Music

Mar 31, 4:45am to 7:45am, Cheese Board Pizza, 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

North Berkeley Jazz Quartet

North Berkeley Jazz Quartet

Mar 31, 11:45am to 2:45pm, Cheese Board Pizza, 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

The Nathan Bickart Trio

The Nathan Bickart Trio, featuring Owen Benjamin (bass) and Michael Mitchell (drums), invites you to celebrate the release of their album at The Back Room.

The trio writes and performs original music informed by their eclectic musical education, building upon the jazz tradition with folk-song melodies, rich harmonies, and a deep commitment to rhythmic unity. The result is warm and welcoming, evoking the landscapes of the band's Bay Area roots. The band has a monthly residency at 142 Throckmorton Theatre in Mill Valley; individually, they can be found playing with groups in a diverse array of East Bay music scenes. 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 31, 3pm to 5pm, The Back Room, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley

Beuys - Andres Veiel

Germany, 2018, (107 mins)
East Bay Theatrical Premiere
This new documentary explores the life and work of avant-garde sculptor, painter, performance artist, and social activist Joseph Beuys, chronicling his art and ideas about media, community, and capitalism in an intimate way.

Mar 31, 3pm to 4pm, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, 2155 Center St, Berkeley

The Seventh Seal -Ingmar Bergman

Sweden, 1957, (96 mins)
BAMPFA Collection Print
Film to Table dinner follows the screening

A medieval knight challenges Death to a game of chess in Bergman's iconic work of cinematic philosophy. "A magically powerful film" (Pauline Kael).

Mar 31, 5:30pm to 7pm,

Full: Pairs

Programmed by Berkeley Symphony with Anna Clyne

Berkeley Symphony musicians and friends play compositions by Berkeley Sounds composer fellows paired with pieces written by their mentors.

Included with admission.
Seating for Full is limited.

Mar 31, 7pm to 9pm, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, 2155 Center St, Berkeley

Full: Pairs

Full: Pairs

Berkeley Symphony musicians and friends play compositions by Berkeley Sounds composer fellows paired with pieces written by their mentors.

Mar 31, 7pm to 9pm, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, 2155 Center St., Berkeley

Salaam Cinema - Mohsen Makhmalbaf

Iran, 1995, (70 mins)

Acclaimed Iranian director Makhmalbaf blurs the line between fiction and reality by turning a casting call into cinema, and his prospective actors into subjects, in this tribute to (and wry jab at) the power of film.
"Witty and slyly relevant" (Variety).

Mar 31, 7:30pm to 8:30pm,

Mama Africa: From Congo to Oakland - Sistahs of the Drum and Mabiba Baegne with special guest Nikki Campbell

Mabiba is an internationally acclaimed teacher, drummer, and choreographer of traditional and contemporary African dance. Mabiba was born in Brazzaville, Congo, and initiated into dancing by her grandparents at the age of eight.

Mabiba is also an inspiring drummer. In addition to her Congolese dancing, for many years she studied West African Dunun drumming with master drummer Famoudou Konate in Guinea, and she was the first woman to teach this form in the U.S. Mabiba is also an acclaimed singer and has toured and recorded with Salif Keita, master drummer Mamady Keita, and Samba Ngo.

Sistahs of the Drum are students and teachers, listeners and communicators, consumers and creators, protectors and nurturers, friends and lovers. We drum from the heart, for the heart, to the heart, and with our heart. Absorbing the teachings of West African rhythms, songs, and dances, Sistahs of the Drum respectfully represent the essence of our traditional African roots in harmony with our African-American cultural rearing. The resulting sound is from somewhere deep within; playing through us and resonating with you. Current members are Mar Stevens, Sandy Mills, Charlene Gumbs, Shawn Nealy-Oparah, La Tanya Carmical, Mya Cross, Nina Roberts and Jillian Lyles.

Doors at 7:30 pm; Show at 8:00 pm
Buy Tickets on EVENTBRITE, Tickets are $20 advance / $25 at the Door
Buy 3, 6, or 12 Maestra Series Shows on EVENTBRITE, Maestra Series Packages $48 - $150

This is also a fundraiser for Women Drummers International

Mar 31, 8pm to 11pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Flamenco Night with La Mandanga

Mar 31, 8pm to 11pm, The Starry Plough Pub

Helen Orzel

Born into a family of accomplished classical musicians, Helen Orzel formally studied and performed classical piano in Los Angeles, Germany, and Serbia. After coming back to the U.S., she decided to abandon all of it to play funk, jazz, rock, blues, and her own compositions. However, if you listen closely, you can still hear Rachmaninoff sneak his way into her playing. Rumor has it that Chopin and Monk sit on either side of her when she's playing and bicker at each other.

Mar 31, 8pm to 11pm, Jupiter, 2181 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

Rhonda Benin's "Just Like A Woman"

Rhonda Benin
For the sixth consecutive year, vocalist Rhonda Benin celebrates Women's History month with her show, JUST LIKE A WOMAN. This year's stellar lineup features Holly Near, Linda Tillery, blues artist EC Scott, jazz/folk/blues/soul/R&B artist Kimiko Joy, youth artists Lyla Neely and Maya Parades-Hernandez, producer/singer Rhonda Benin, backed by music director Tammy Lynn Hall & The Lillian Armstrong Tribute Band. Peralta College Community radio personality Flo Wiley is host/emcee.

Mar 31, 8pm to 9pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley, CA, 94704

Ridgeway Arts Presents Romain Pilon

Ridgeway Arts Presents French Jazz guitar master, Romain Pilon, in a concert with the CJC Blue Ensemble under the direction of Jeff Denson; and in trio, with Alan Hall on drums and Jeff Denson on double and electric basses.

Band Members and Instrumentation: Romain Pilon - guitar; Jeff Denson - double & electric basses; Alan Hall - drum set

CJC Blue Ensemble: Dan Neville - vibraphone; Michael Echaniz - piano; Shimpei Ogawa - double bass;
Marshall Williams - drum set

Bio: Born in the south of France and based in Paris for the past 15 years, Romain Pilon is considered one of Europe's finest guitarists. Influenced as much by Led Zeppelin, Coltrane, Weather Report, Duke Ellington and Ravel, he has recorded four albums as a leader, each receiving rave reviews both from the press and public. For his first tour on the West Coast, he will be accompanied by Alan Hall on drums and Jeff Denson on electric and acoustic bass, presenting a set original music and jazz standards.

"Pilon is world class" - Financial Times - "A brilliant improviser" - Jazzwise

Mar 31, 8pm to 10pm, California Jazz Conservatory 2087 Addison St, Berkeley

Alice DiMicele

Alice DiMicele and her band Force of Nature celebrate the release of Alice's new album, One With the Tide. Force of Nature features Alice's longtime bassist Rob Kohler and drummer Nick Kirby. Hopefully the owner of The Back Room, Sam Rudin, will sit in on piano on a few tunes as well.

Alice is a singer/songwriter and acoustic guitar player that seamlessly works jazz/blues phrasing and R&B and rock & roll rhythms into a broadened Folk/Roots/Americana sound she calls "Organic Acoustic Groove." Whether playing solo or with her band, Alice brings her wide-ranging vocal prowess, humor, and distinctive guitar style to festival stages, theaters, clubs, and house concerts.

For over 30 years Alice has been a grassroots trailblazer in independent music. Bucking the advances of record labels early in her career, she has self-released 14 albums on her Alice Otter Music label including 2018's One With the Tide. DiMicele has stayed true to herself and her mission: to create music that connects people and inspires them to take a stand for the earth and for justice in the world. Born and raised in New Jersey, and firmly transplanted since 1986 in the fertile Southern Oregon soil, DiMicele's music encompasses both city savvy and country innocence.

Alice has played at many festivals including Strawberry Music Festival, Kate Wolf Music Festival, High Sierra Music Festival, Joshua Tree Music Festivals, Oregon Country Fair, Northwest String Summit and many, many more. She's shared stages with some of music's finest, including some of her musical heroes like Bonnie Raitt, Joan Baez, JJ Cale, David Grisman Quintet, Steve Winwood, Ferron, Peter Rowan, Richie Havens, Bob Weir, Mickey Hart, and the list goes on. Bonnie Raitt said, "Alice's music has that great combination of earthiness and groove that keeps it funky from the inside out. She's for real."Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door, and $10 for students with ID or accompanied by a parent. 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 31, 8pm to 10pm, The Back Room, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley

Andrew Glendening, trombone

Music for Trombone and Tape: 1966-2018
Program:Animus I (1966) -- Jacob Druckman (1928-1996)
Prelude, fugue and big apple (1972) -- Walter Ross (b. 1936)

Mar 31, 8pm to 10pm, 1750 Arch St., Berkeley, CA, 94709

RIFF RAFF w/ DJ Afterthought, John Sisco, Podeezy & DollaBillaGates, 2 Stoned

RIFF RAFF w/ DJ Afterthought
RiFF RAFF (born January 29, 1982) is an American rapper from Houston, Texas. He is currently signed to Diplo's record label Mad Decent. In 2014, he released his debut studio album, Neon Icon.

Mar 31, 8:30pm to 9:30pm, Cornerstone, 2367 Shattuck Ave (Enter On Durant), Berkeley, CA, 94704

Whodini, Yo-Yo, Mistah Fab, Mario Hodge, DJ Mind Motion

Coming out of the fertile early '80s New York rap scene, Whodini were one of the first rap groups to add a straight R&B twist to their music, thus laying the groundwork for the new jack swing movement. The group consisted of rappers Jalil Hutchins and John "Ecstasy" Fletcher, adding legendary DJ Drew "Grandmaster Dee" Carter, known for being able to scratch records with nearly every part of his body, in 1986. Whodini made its name with good-humored songs like "Magic's Wand" (the first rap song to feature an accompanying video), "The Haunted House of Rock" (a rewrite of "Monster Mash"), and "Freaks Come Out at Night," and their live shows were the first rap concerts to feature official dancers (U.T.F.O. members Doctor Ice and Kangol Kid). Following 1987's Open Sesame, Whodini went on hiatus due to problems with their record company, as well as to concentrate on new families. The group attempted a comeback in 1991 with Bag-a-Trix without much success, despite receiving their due as rap innovators. Five years later, Whodini returned with their sixth album, appropriately titled Six. The album disappeared shortly after its release. ~ Steve Huey, All Music Guide

Many might have seen the "unsung story" of hip hop legend Yolanda "YoYo" Whitaker on the hit TV One documentary series, "Unsung" which gave the world a view of her amazing career from the inside. YoYo is one of the most important female voices in hip hop, collaborating with the likes of Quincy Jones, George Clinton, Tupac, and Mary J. Blige, and released four critically acclaimed albums. She's the founder of the YoYo School of Hip Hop and a co-host of Café Mocha Radio. In 1994, she was invited by Congresswoman Maxine Waters to Washington D.C. to address congress, speaking against censoring rap music. As an actress, she has appeared in projects including Boyz n the Hood, Sister Act 2, Martin, and Grand Theft Auto. In 2017, she launched her celebrity cooking online series and will join the long-anticipated Art of Rap tour. YoYo remains active tour the country and engaging her supportive followers on Instagram and Facebook.

Mistah Fab
Mistah FAB is one of Oakland's shining stars, from being the life of the hyphy movement in the 00's to penning platinum hits for superstars.

DJ Mind Motion

Mar 31, 9pm to 11:59pm, The UC Theatre Taube Family Music Hall, 2036 University Avenue, near Downtown Berkeley BART, Berkeley, CA, 94704