Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar


Super Cinema @Central

August 2018
Pictures from the Tumultuous 70s
Friday, August 3   The Last Picture Show 1971 / 118 min. / R / CC

The time is 1951 in a tiny Texas town. A diner, a pool hall and the Royal movie theater are the only places to go, "except to bed," critic Roger Ebert wryly comments in his review. Best friends Sonny (Timothy Bottoms) and Duane (Jeff Bridges) lust after a phony rich girl (Cybill Shepherd). Adults mostly guard their secrets. In the end, loss shakes loose some authentic emotion from the friends. Cloris Leachman and Ellen Burstyn are superb in supporting roles.

Friday, August 10   A Woman Under the Influence 1974 / 155 min. / R / CC

An LA housewife and mother, Mabel (Gena Rowlands), is unpredictable, sometimes volatile, sometimes overly friendly, to the extent that her construction worker husband, Nick (Peter Falk), wonders about her ability to handle the life they lead. Stellar performances from both leads make this an essential movie experience. Gena Rowlands won several Best Actress awards for it. The writer-director, John Cassavettes, is an icon of independent film.

Friday, August 17 One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest     1975 / 133 min. / R / CC

Considered to be among the greatest films ever, Cuckoo's Nest is the story of a funny and often satisfying power struggle between a cocky recidivist felon (Jack Nicholson) and an authoritarian mental hospital nurse (Louise Fletcher). It's based on a Ken Kesey novel, boasts a near perfect ensemble cast (including Christopher Lloyd, Brad Dourif and Danny DeVito) and won all the major awards: Best Picture, Actor, Actress, Director and Screenplay.

Friday, August 24 Taxi Driver 1976 / 113 min. / R / CC

After being discharged from the Vietnam-era Marines, Travis Bickle (Robert De Niro) drives a taxi in New York City. He's a loner who forms attachments to inappropriate women-a  presidential campaign worker (Cybill Shepherd) and a 15 year old prostitute (Jodie Foster), whom he wants to protect. Pushed over the edge by their rejections, he begins to stalk the corrupt, sleazy guys who employ them. Martin Scorsese directs this thriller as black comedy.

Friday, August 31 Chinatown 1974 / 130 min. / R / CC

In a story based on the early twentieth century California Water Wars, private eye Jake Gittes (Jack Nicholson) takes a job following a Department of Water and Power engineer-who soon turns up dead. Immediately, Gittes is led by the engineer's widow (Faye Dunaway) to peel away layer after layer of corruption and mystery surrounding her husband's death. Directed by Roman Polanski, Chinatown is another of our greatest-and most beautifully shot-films.

September 2018
About Workers' Movements
Friday, September 7       Matewan        1987 / 135 min. / PG-13 / CC

It's 1920 in the town of Matewan, West Virginia. When Stone Mountain Coal Company cuts the wages of rebellious coal miners and brings in African American replacements, a United Mine Workers man (Chris Cooper) arrives to organize a union. In response, the company hires private detectives to oppose the miners and to set blacks and whites against each other. Tensions boil over, leading to a historic battle. James Earl Jones plays the character who leads black miners.

Friday, September 14       The Help          2011 / 146 min. / PG-13 / no CC

In 1963, Aibileen Clark (Viola Davis) agrees to let aspiring writer Skeeter Phelan (Emma Stone) interview her about her experiences as a maid to white families in Jackson, Mississippi. Gradually, other maids risk their jobs to join in with their own harrowing stories, which are all intended to yield a change-making book. Great storytelling and character development make this film exceptional. The ensemble cast also includes Octavia Spencer and David Oyelowo.
Friday, September 21      Blue Collar      1978  / 114 min. / R / no CC

Three Detroit auto workers (Richard Pryor, Harvey Keitel & Yaphet Kotto) are buddies on and off work. They feel trapped between big industry and their do-nothing, corrupt union. They hit on a plan to rob the safe in the union office, leading to complications that lay bare the terrible predicament of working people. Written and directed by Paul Schrader (writer of Taxi Driver), who delivers an authentic, uncompromising ending. It's a very powerful film.

Friday, September 28      North Country       2005 / 126 min. / R / CC

Josey Aimes (Charlize Theron) flees her abusive husband with two kids to stay with her parents in her North Dakota home town. Most jobs available to her pay very little, so a friend (Frances McDormand) encourages her to apply to work in the same mine where she and Josie's father work. Josie's demeaning experiences there eventually drive her to start a legal fight with the mining company. Based on a true story, and directed by Niki Caro ("Whale Rider").

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.

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.

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.

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

The Jazz Fourtet

7pm to 9pm, Caffe on San Pablo, 2500 San Pablo Ave

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!

7pm to 11pm, 924 Gilman St, 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

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

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

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

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

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

Spectrum Dance Theater: A Rap on Race

$54. 642-9988. cal

8pm to 10pm, TBA

Swoop Unit, Stymie & the PJLO, No Lovely Thing

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)

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

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.


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

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