Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar



Apr 4, 11:45am to 2:45pm, Cheese Board Pizza, 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

Que Viva Mexico! Sergei Eisenstein, Grigori Alexandrov

USSR, 1931/1979, (170 mins)
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.

Anne Nesbet Lecture
Anne Nesbet is an associate professor of Slavic languages and literatures and film and media at UC Berkeley.

Apr 4, 3:10pm to 7pm, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, 2155 Center St, Berkeley

Stitch 'n Bitch

Apr 4, 6pm to 9pm, Caffé on San Pablo, 2500 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley

Voices of Change II - We Must Have a Dream UC Alumni Chorus

UC Alumni Chorus Voices of Change II - We Must Have a Dream
Commemorating the Life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

On the evening of the 50 year anniversary of his death, the UC Alumni Chorus dedicates its spring concert to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. We begin the evening with an observance, sharing reflections on his life. Following this we will offer choral tributes, including one honoring Nelson Mandela's 100th birthday, and featuring the oratorio Scenes from the Life of a Martyr, composed by Undine Smith Moore, and narrated by Bay Area luminary Noah Griffin. The concert, under the direction of Dr. Mark Sumner, will include four choruses and a full orchestra, with guest soloists Michele Kennedy, Crystal Philippi, and Alex Taite.

Join us as we honor Dr. King, and civil rights leaders of the past century.

Apr 4, 7pm to 8pm, Venue: Hertz Hall, UC Berkeley

In the Intense Now - João Moreira Salles

Brazil, 2017, (127 mins)
Salles portrays the pivotal, tumultuous 1960s through archival footage and home movies from May '68 Paris, Soviet-invaded Czechoslovakia, China during the Cultural Revolution, and Brazil under military rule. "It's a documentary that's really a meditation-history made poetic" (Variety).

Apr 4, 7pm to 9pm, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, 2155 Center St, Berkeley, CA 94704, United States

Balkan Folkdance

This monthly event is a revival of '70s-style Berkeley folkdancing with some international request dancing to recorded music, capturing the spirit that David Nadel was inspired by when he opened Ashkenaz in 1973 with Balkan folkdancing. One does not need a live band to experience the communal pleasure of dancing together, and the dance lessons help newcomers join in the experience

Doors at 6:30 pm; Dance at 7:00 pm
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Tickets are $7

Apr 4, 7pm to 11pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

The Moth StorySLAM - AWARDS

The Moth StorySLAM, according to the London Guardian, is "brilliant and quietly addictive." The Village Voice calls it "an exuberant moveable feast." Now that feast is moving to the Freight!

What is the Moth StorySLAM exactly? It's an open-mic storytelling competition. You're invited to watch and listen - and if you put your name in the hat, you might be selected to compete!

How to Tell a Story at The Moth StorySLAM:
First, consult for the season line up of themes and prepare a 5 minute, true story, to be told without notes.

6:30pm: Sign up to tell a story, volunteer to be on a judging team or just sit back and listen.
7:30pm (SHARP): We'll pick the first name and the show will begin. Each teller will have 5 minutes to tell his or her tale. After each story, the judges confer, and give a score. The teller with the highest score becomes our StorySLAM winner. The winner will compete with the year's other winners in our next GrandSLAM Championship.

Be forewarned: The Moth is for true stories. OK, there won't be a fact-checker there, and the FBI probably won't dig into your files to verify the names and dates and places, but please know, emphatically, The Moth is not for fiction stories. The tiny fictions and lies we tell ourselves are part of our "true stories" but fabricated people, places or events are not allowed.

The Moth is not a venue for readings; it is a venue for tellings. No notes, papers, or cheat sheets allowed. Contestants are judged on sticking to the five-minute time frame, sticking to the theme and having a story that sticks-one that has a conflict and a resolution.

Story tips:
No standup routines please: The Moth loves funny people but requires that all funny people tell funny stories. Steer clear of meandering endings: Your last line should be clear in your head. Start in the action and set up the stakes.

Doors: 6:30 pm / Show: 7:30 pm
$10 (plus fees)

Apr 4, 7:30pm to 8:30pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley

Jazz in the Neighborhood Presents...Tiffany Austin

Our Berkeley neighbors and jazz colleagues at Jazz in the Neighborhood are hosting a weekly Jazz in the Neighborhood Residency in Rendon Hall in our new Jerry Fiddler Annex!
Doors Open: 7:00 PM Starts: 7:30 PM

Apr 4, 7:30pm to 9:30pm, Rendon Hall/Fiddler Annex @ California Jazz Conservatory, 2040 Addison Street, Berkeley

Rusty Groove

Headed by keyboardist Erik Kneer, Rusty Groove is a Bay Area quartet fusion band rooted in jazz, soul, and funk, with influences ranging from New Mastersounds and Soulive, to Jimmy Smith and John Scofield.

Apr 4, 8pm to 11pm, Jupiter, 2181 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley