Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar


Super Cinema @Central

October 2018
The 1980s-Blockbusters!
Friday, October 5 Raiders of the Lost Ark 1981 / 115 min. / PG / CC

It's 1936. The US government hires archaeologist "Indiana" Jones (Harrison Ford) to find the Ark of the Covenant before Nazi Commander Arnold Toht grabs it for Hitler. The Germans believe the Ark will make their armies invincible. Marion Ravenwood (Karen Black), who is an old love interest of Indy's, joins him in a wildly daring, suspenseful mission to defeat Toht. George Lucas co-wrote the story and co-financed the film. Directed by Steven Spielberg.

Friday, October 12 Who Framed Roger Rabbit? 1988 / 104 min. / PG / CC

In this film, set in 1947 LA, humans and animated cartoon characters ("Toons") co-exist on the screen. When "Toon" Roger Rabbit gets framed for the murder of a businessman who owns Toontown, he hires rumpled Eddie Valiant (Bob Hoskins) to clear his name. Eddie racks up delicious allusions to Noir as he does. Kathleen Turner voices Jessica Rabbit, Roger's partly human wife, and Christopher Lloyd is the villain, Judge Doom. Robert Zemeckis directs.

Friday, October 19 E.T. the Extraterrestrial 1982 / 115 min. / PG / CC

Steven Spielberg directs E.T., a science fiction fantasy. Young Elliott befriends a space alien who accidentally has been left behind by his spaceship's crew. The boy and his siblings decide to hide E.T. until he can be rescued. As Elliott begins to experience a psychic connection with E.T., US government scientists start to hunt E.T. for their own purposes. At the same time, Elliott and E.T. fall ill. Without a doubt, this is one of the most beloved films of all time.

Friday, October 26 The Shining 1980 / 146 min. / R / CC

Aspiring writer Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson) accepts a job as winter caretaker at the isolated Overlook Hotel in Colorado's Rocky Mountains. His wife Wendy (Shelley Duvall) and pre-school age son Danny (Danny Lloyd) go with him.. Jack hears the disturbing story that a former caretaker had gone mad while there, murdered his family and killed himself-but keeps it to himself. With six months ahead of them, they settle in, cut off from the world.

November 2018 On-Screen Chemistry Before 1950
Friday, November 2 Swing Time 1936 / 103 min. / NR

Small town vaudevillian Lucky Garnett (Fred Astaire) is a no-show for his own wedding, but he still hopes to marry his girl. He seeks the wealth he thinks he needs in New York City, where he meets Penny (Ginger Rogers), a dancing instructor. It's a big conflict for Lucky, but the starstruck two form a successful dance act...and fall for each other. Arguably, Swing Time has the most complex dancing and the most plausible romance in the Astaire/Rogers franchise.

Friday, November 9 To Have and Have Not 1944 / 100 min. / NR

Based on the Ernest Hemingway novel and directed by Howard Hawks, this is a romantic adventure drama that centers on Harry Morgan (Humphrey Bogart), a fishing boat captain in the Vichy France-controlled colony of Martinique. A very young Lauren Bacall plays Slim, a steamy American singer who seduces Morgan ("You know how to whistle, don't you?") When Morgan reluctantly agrees to use his boat to rescue Resistance fighters, will Slim stand by him?

Friday, November 16 Adam's Rib 1949 / 101 min. / NR

Married couple Garson Kanin and actress Ruth Gordon wrote the screenplay for this classic comedy. It's about married lawyers (Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn) who face off as prosecutor and defense attorney in the trial of Doris Attinger (Judy Holliday) for the attempted murder of her two-timing husband (Tom Ewell). Holliday is priceless. Directed by George Cukor, Adam's Rib is # 7 on the American Film Institute's Top Ten List of Romantic Comedies.

Friday, November 23 LIBRARY CLOSED-Day After Thanksgiving


Friday, November 30 The New World 2006 / 150 min. / PG-13

Terrence Malik ("The Tree of Life") wrote and directed this film depicting the 1607 founding of Jamestown Colony in Virginia. Yes, Captain John Smith (Colin Farrell) travels upriver, is captured and held prisoner by Chief Powhatan. Smith and the Chief's daughter, Pocohontas (Q'orianka Kilcher), do fall in love. But the filmmaker chooses to focus on the natural world's deep, dreamlike impact on them, not ephemeral chemistry. Their dream does not last, not for them, not for their "tribes." In 2006, The New World opened to mildly positive reviews, but it has grown in stature since then. Emmanuel Luzbeki's brilliant cinematography is often cited as its crowning achievement. Mick LaSalle has called the film a masterpiece and the best film of its decade. Roger Ebert 4-starred it from the start.

Apr 6, 3pm to 5pm, 2090 Kittredge St. (at Shattuck), Berkeley, CA 94704

Kickin' the Mule

Kickin' the Mule plays a variety of jazz- and blues-related genres: New Orleans R&B, Oakland and Chicago blues, Memphis and Motown soul, and Oakland funk.

Apr 6, 4:45pm to 7:45pm, Cheese Board Pizza 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley


Bach sonatas for violin and harpsichord played by local favorite Katherine Heater and locally raised but forrin-based Maia Silberstein, what more could anyone want? These two have been playing together for decades on various continents, and it shows. The music needs no introduction, masterpieces by the master.
All in the perfect wooden acoustic of St. Mark's Parish Hall. Stop by and start the weekend perfectly!
The usual snax, of course.

Apr 6, 6pm to 8pm, St. Mark's Parish Hall, Berkeley

The Third Murder Hirokazu Kore-eda

Japan, 2017, (125 mins)
Master director Hirokazu Kore-eda's latest film is a tour-de-force examination of guilt and justice. The incomparable Koji Yakusho plays a man who confesses to a murder but may be hiding a more complicated truth.
General admission: $16;
BAMPFA members, SFFILM members, UC Berkeley students: $13;
Non-UC Berkeley students, 65+, disabled persons: $15.

Apr 6, 6pm to 8:05pm, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, , 2155 Center St, Berkeley,

Destroy Boys EP Release Show Public

destroy boys are releasing their brand new EP "Crybaby/Vixen" . this is the release show and it is going to be TONS of fun.
all ages / / $10 / 924 Gilman Street featuring music from: Destroy Boys (duh):
Same Girls:
Weeny Witch:
get here early, this could sell out!

Apr 6, 7pm to 11pm, 924 Gilman St, Berkeley

The Jazz Fourtet

Apr 6, 7pm to 9pm, Caffe on San Pablo, 2500 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Crisis - Ingmar Bergman

Sweden, 1946, (93 mins)
The seductions and disillusionments of city life play counterpoint to provincial goodness in this morality tale of a young daughter pulled between the worlds of her two mothers.
Screening in Theater 2;
regular film ticket prices apply

Apr 6, 7:30pm to 9pm, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, 2155 Center St, Berkeley

Spectrum Dance Theater: A Rap on Race

$54. 642-9988. cal

Apr 6, 8pm to 10pm, TBA

Azure McCall: Songs and Verses

Azure McCall: Songs and Verses

From Dialogue to Song, exploring the wonderful verses the songs writers wrote. How the songs were set up, before tempo, and setting a smooth transition to singing. Jazz Standards. Express new ideas and different ways to begin your set. The drama of Broadway and the Swing Swing Swag of Jazz

Spencer Allen, Piano
Ron Belcher, Bass
Leon Joyce, Drums

For nearly four decades, vocalist Azure McCall has been known as Hawai'i's "First Lady of Jazz," an heir to the tradition of Sarah Vaughan, Carmen MacRae, and Ella Fitzgerald. Acclaim from legendary artists like Dizzy Gillespie (who invited her to perform with him at the Monterey Jazz Festival), a tour with legendary bassist Ray Brown in a band that included saxophonist Joe Lovano and trumpeter Nicholas Payton, and command performances for President Barack Obama (a fan since his high school years in Hawaii) have combined to build her a reputation well beyond Hawai'i as an artist at the top of her craft. Recent years have seen touring to some 50 countries as a jazz ambassador for Celebrity and Royal Caribbean Cruises - but Berkeley, California is her birthplace, and her return to her hometown to work with the Bay Area Jazz Society is a sign of her determination to give back to her community. She hopes her homecoming will allow her to share her art through educational programs in the schools and outreach to homeless musicians in the Bay Area.
Doors Open: 7:00 PM Starts: 8:00 PM

Apr 6, 8pm to 10pm, California Jazz Conservatory 2087 Addison St, Berkeley

Clara Blume

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 6, 8pm to 10pm, The Back Room, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley

Swoop Unit, Stymie & the PJLO, No Lovely Thing

Apr 6, 8pm to 9pm, The Starry Plough Pub, 3101 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

From the Buena Vista Social Club - Omara Portuondo

Omara Portuondo is a diva in the best sense, an ambassador of Cuba to the world. Now in her mid-eighties, there is a sense in which the curtains of an era are slowly, elegantly coming down. But she will forever, as the old showbusiness adage has it "Always leave them wanting more."

Her solo album of 2000 picked up a Grammy and was followed by the Brazilian tinged Flor De Amor in 2004 which featured a song with family resonance called "Tabu" about inter-racial love. Other recordings and tours followed - a 60th anniversary album Gracias and stellar collaborations with Cuban jazz pianist Chucho Valdés. She was the first Cuban woman to be an International Ambassador for the Red Cross. In recent years, she's sung everywhere from the Royal Opera House in London to the Latin Passion festival in Hong Kong.

As Cuban writer Ivan Garcia put it "Her voice is still lush, as it was when she sang in her parents' dressing room. In Cuba, some things are lacking. But we do have Omara Portuondo. She still lives in an apartment overlooking the sweep of the Malecon in Havana, and even if her dynamic career slows down it's hard to imagine she won't be lured out to some of her old haunts like the Café Cantante or the Tropicana.

Producer Ry Cooder said about the Buena Vista Social Club musicians, that he was lucky, as we all are to "have caught the tail end of a comet" of a great music culture that was cut off for decades.

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm
$65 Premium / $50 ADV / $54 DOOR (plus fees)

Apr 6, 8pm to 9pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley

Kenya B Trio

Award-winning guitarist and composer, multi-talented musician and band leader Kenya Baker brings an outstanding level of entertainment, making his Jupiter debut. Kenya's band, the Kenya B Trio, plays blues, jazz, funk, soul and R&B. Their jazzy blues and funk original grooves feature sparse vocals, shredding guitar solos, funky bass lines and old skool drumbeats.

Apr 6, 8pm to 11pm, Jupiter, 2181 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

Boom for Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat - Sara Driver

United States, 2017, (78 mins)
Chronicling Jean-Michel Basquiat's teen years in 1970s New York City, this documentary presents a fresh and vibrant look at the young artist as a reflection of the time and place where he grew up.
At BAMPFA General admission: $16;
BAMPFA members, SFFILM members, UC Berkeley students: $13;
Non-UC Berkeley students, 65+, disabled persons: $15

Apr 6, 8:30pm to 9:30pm,

Nef The Pharaoh

Nef The Pharaoh
Rapper from Vallejo,CA. Recently signed to E-40's label Sick Wid' It Records.


Apr 6, 8:30pm to 9:30pm, Cornerstone, 2367 Shattuck Ave (Enter On Durant), Berkeley, CA, 94704

Stu Allen & Mars Hotel

A tradition started back in the 20th century, Ashkenaz's Grateful Dead Night is always evolving, reaching new heights since Stu Allen & Mars Hotel launched a weekly residency in late 2011. Led by acclaimed guitarist-singer Allen (of Phil Lesh & Friends, Melvin Seals & JGB, Ghosts of Electricity), a revolving cast of incredibly talented musicians inhabits Mars Hotel, drawing from the Grateful Dead's vast catalog to delight Deadheads and dancers of all generations. A Mars Hotel show is always an energetic evening of good vibes, good music, and good community.

When it became apparent that Jerry Garcia had played his final show in 1995, Stu Allen began working to keep Garcia's music, sound, and spirit alive in the concert setting. He regularly works with Phil Lesh and has also played sets with Bob Weir and Bill Kreutzmann. Allen is perhaps most known for fronting Melvin Seals' tribute to the Jerry Garcia Band from 2004 to 2011. He received more national acclaim in 2010 when he toured with Dark Star Orchestra. Allen shares the Grateful Dead's commitment to making each performance a unique event, from preparation to execution. He will perform multiple shows before playing the same song twice, and even then, that song will not be realized in quite the same way.

Mars Hotel takes this idea a step further by presenting a new band at each performance. Drawing from the rich music scene of the Bay Area, Allen has assembled a broad and ever-rotating group of musicians that makes each concert a once-only experience. As far as Grateful Dead tribute bands go, this is a concept that has never been done before.

Doors at 8:30 pm; Show at 9 pm
Buy Tickets on EVENTBRITE
Tickets $20 Day of / $18 Advance /
$18 Students

Apr 6, 9pm to 11:59pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley