Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar


Joe Warner Trio


Apr 5, 11:45am to 2:45pm, Cheese Board Pizza 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

Jimbo Trout and the Fish People

Folk Rock

Apr 5, 4:45pm to 7:45pm, Cheese Board Pizza 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

Angels Wear White - Vivian Qu

China, France, 2017, (107 mins)
The assault of two underage girls by a local official in a sunlight-bathed seaside town becomes the focal point for this seething study of the challenges women face in Chinese society.

Apr 5, 6:30pm to 8:30pm, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive - 2155 Center St, Berkeley


Spiritual teacher Michael A. Rodriguez discusses practical and insightful book, Boundless Awareness: A Loving Path to Spiritual Awakening and Freedom from Suffering.
Suffering is part of the human experience, and everyone in the world is seeking relief. But there is something greater, something that we all share, indeed something that we all are, that can alleviate that pain: it is the formless presence--the loving, boundless awareness--at the heart of all experience. This book cuts through the esotericism surrounding spiritual awakening to help you realize your true nature and show you how to integrate that realization into everyday life.
In life, there is turmoil and inevitable pain. There is war, hunger, failure, heartbreak, and trauma. We struggle in relationships and with our attachments, thoughts, feelings, and memories, trapped in the prison of psychological self-consciousness. Most of us have been conditioned to believe that we are all separate individuals to whom uncomfortable or upsetting things happen. We feel alone and isolated from the world, and convince ourselves that the beauty, truth, and goodness we long for are out of our reach. Really, it's this imaginary division that causes us to suffer.
Boundless Awareness seeks to relieve this suffering by drawing attention to the beautiful, encompassing, cohesive nature of awareness itself, as found in your direct experience. Using practical, contemplative exercises and brief meditations, the author guides you along a broad path of spiritual awakening, deconstructing your delusions of self and separation and integrating a concept of existence that is free from the suffering of individual selfhood, but which acknowledges the attachments, traumatic experiences, and emotional pain of being human.
With this book, you'll come to realize your innate perfection as the uncreated light of boundless awareness, and soften into the open, spacious, and unconditionally loving essence of existence. You'll gain a deeper understanding of pain and attachments, and learn to meet these experiences with a new resilience. Most importantly, you'll find guidance on how to embody and express this awakening as love, joy, service, and creativity in your daily life.

Apr 5, 7pm to 8pm, Books Inc. 1491 Shattuck Ave Berkeley

Jim Grantham Quartet

Apr 5, 7pm to 9pm, Caffe on San Pablo, 2500 San Pablo, Berkeley

Poetry Flash presents Jennifer S. Cheng and Barbara Tomash

Jennifer S. Cheng's most recent full-length collection is House A. Her forthcoming book of poems is MOON: Letters, Maps, Poems, winner of the Tarpaulin Sky Book Award. Jennifer Tseng says, "Each of the voices in Jennifer S. Cheng's MOON speaks as if she's the `the last girl on earth.' Alone in a vast, constantly changing Universe, she asks urgent questions...With curiosity and attention, MOON shines its light on inquiry as art, asking as making. In the tradition of Fanny Howe's poetics of bewilderment, Cheng gives us a poetics of possibility." She has also published an image-text chapbook, Invocation: An Essay. Having grown up in Texas, Hong Kong, and Connecticut, she now lives in San Francisco.

Barbara Tomash's brand new book of poems is PRE-. Gillian Conoley says, "Barbara Tomash's terrific new book PRE- reminds us of Emerson's great notion that every word was once a poem...Barbara Tomash opens up the word and the world in these poems." She is the author of three previous collections, Arboreal, The Secret of White, and Flying in Water, which won the 2005 Winnow First Poetry Award. Earlier versions of PRE- were finalists for both the 2016 Colorado Poetry Prize and the Rescue Black Box Poetry Prize.

Apr 5, 7:30pm to 8:30pm, Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Ave, Berkeley

Peter Case - Solo Birthday Show!

One of the most well-respected singer/songwriters of his generation, Peter Case is an artist whose eclectic body of work embraces rock & roll, contemporary folk, blues, and a number of points in between. As a songwriter, Case has shown himself to be a master storyteller with a special understanding of underdogs and lost souls, and his direct, passionate style as a singer and guitarist has served him well in both electric and acoustic contexts.

Case was born in Buffalo, New York on April 5, 1954, and grew up listening to the rock & roll and R&B records his older sisters collected. While Case's mother got him a ukulele when he was four years old, he didn't begin taking music seriously until he heard the Beatles and Bob Dylan in the mid-'60s. In 1965, Case wrote his first song, "Stay Away," and in 1967, he discovered the blues through a Mississippi John Hurt album he checked out from the local library.

The early stirrings of punk and new wave in California reawakened Case's passion for rock & roll, and with Paul Collins and Jack Lee he formed the Nerves, a band that played lean but tuneful and energetic pop music. Years before the D.I.Y. ethic was common, the Nerves recorded and self-released a four-song EP in 1976 (one of the EP's tunes, "Hanging on the Telephone," was later covered by Blondie.) Case then went on to found the acclaimed power pop group The Plimsouls in 1979, who performed their best-known hit, "A Million Miles Away," in the Nicolas Cage film Valley Girl.

He has collaborated with Lucinda Williams, T Bone Burnett, Mitchell Froom, Richard Thompson, Loudon Wainwright III, Joe Henry, Ben Harper and many, many others.

Come and celebrate Peter's birthday and enjoy an intimate evening with one of our finest singer/songwriters.

Apr 5, 8pm to 10pm, The Back Room, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley

R. Carlos Nakai Quartet

The R. Carlos Nakai Quartet
Mixing original compositions with inspired improvisations, RCNQ features R. Carlos Nakai on Native American flutes, concert flute, trumpet and voice; Will Clipman on drums, pan-global percussion and voice; AmoChip Dabney on saxophones, keyboards and voice; and Johnny Walker on bass and voice. The music of RCNQ spans the sonic spectrum from quietly contemplative to highly combustible and from soothingly meditative to irresistibly danceable, always delivered with an impeccable blend of rhythm, melody and harmony and a positive vibration.

R. Carlos Nakai's flowing flute melodies are enhanced by the restlessly creative imagination of saxophonist-keyboardist AmoChip Dabney and anchored by the nimble rhythms of ethno-world drummer Will Clipman and bassist Johnny Walker. Irresistible global-ethnic-fusion grooves propel the signature sound of Nakai's Native American flute into newly explored sonic territory.

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm
$18 ADV / $22 DOOR (plus fees)

Apr 5, 8pm to 9pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley, CA, 94704

Anne Rainwater

Works for Solo Piano and ElectronicsAnne Rainwater, piano Read more at

Apr 5, 8pm to 10pm, CNMAT, 1750 Arch St.Berkeley, CA

B Wiley

Patio atmospherics from Jupiter's-own Ben Wiley aka B Wiley, displaying heavy influences from electronic, hip hop, blues, funk, soul and reggae.

Apr 5, 8pm to 11pm, Jupiter, 2181 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

Bachata Nightz plus Dance Lesson with Kathy Reyes

Bachata Nightz happens the first Thursday of the month. It is led by award-winning Bachata contest master Kathy Reyes, who also teaches dance at Ashkenaz. Bachata is a form of Latin dance/music that originated in the Dominican Republic. It is now danced all over the world. Reyes teaches the dance lesson at 8:30 p.m., followed by performance and dancing to recorded music spun by DJ MIGZ.

Currently the defending Los Angeles Bachata Champion (winning first place at the L.A. Bachata Festival), Kathy Reyes is known for her unique style and interpretation of music. She discovered her talent and passion for Latin dancing in college in Los Angeles, and over the past 10 years has taken various prizes individually and in dance troupes. She leads groups and teaches here, in Los Angeles and San Diego. Teaching allows her to share her philosophy of dance: "Dancing with the feet is one thing, but dancing with the heart takes one to a whole different level."

Doors at 8 pm; Dance Lesson at 8:30 pm with Kathy Reyes; Performance at 9:30 pm
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Tickets are $10 Advance / $15 at the Door

Apr 5, 8pm to 11:59pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley


Rock & roll from St. Louis, Missouri.

Bruiser Queen

Milk For The Angry

Apr 5, 8:30pm to 9:30pm, Cornerstone, 2367 Shattuck Ave (Enter On Durant), Berkeley, CA, 94704

The Distant Barking of Dogs - Simon Lereng Wilmont

Denmark, Finland, Sweden, 2017, (90 mins)
In the midst of the Russian-Ukrainian conflict, a loving, wise, and defiant grandmother raises her two young grandsons. Director Simon Lereng Wilmont lends sensitivity and entrancing visuals to a nuanced portrait of war and its corrosive effect.

Apr 5, 8:40pm to 10:20pm, Pacific Film Archive Theatre, 2155 Center St, Berkeley, CA 94704, United States