Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar


Indie Bookstore Day--all day!

Independent Bookstore Day is a one-day national party that takes place at indie bookstores across the country in April. Every store is unique and independent, and every party is different. But in addition to authors, live music, cupcakes, scavenger hunts, kids events, art tables, readings, barbecues, contests, and other fun stuff, there are exclusive books and literary items that you can only get on that day. Not before. Not after. Not online. Come join the party! Saturday, April 28, 2018 - 10:00am

Independent bookstores are not just stores, they're community centers and local anchors run by passionate readers.They are entire universes of ideas that contain the possibility of real serendipity.They are lively performance spaces and quiet places where aimless perusal is a day well spent.

In a world of tweets and algorithms and pageless digital downloads, bookstores are not a dying anachronism. They are living, breathing organisms that continue to grow and expand. In fact, there are more of them this year than there were last year. And they are at your service.

For more information, and to view the special items offered on this day, visit

Our audio partner,, is offering 5 free audiobooks on that day as well. See details:

At 3 p.m. Georgeanne Brennan presents Windows on Provence: Musings on the Food, Wine, and Culture of the South of France. See listing for details.

Apr 7, 10am to 9pm, Mrs Dalloway's Bookstore, 2904 College Ave, Berkeley

Freddie Hughes and the House of Hughes

Soul legend Freddie Hughes and his band.

Apr 7, 11:45am to 2:45pm, Cheese Board Pizza 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

The Price of Everything Nathaniel Kahn

United States, 2018, (98 mins)
A major Sotheby's auction is the focal point for this broad exploration of the exploding market in contemporary art, featuring incredibly candid interviews with collectors, curators, and artists.
Nathaniel Kahn In Person

General admission: $16;
BAMPFA members, SFFILM members, UC Berkeley students: $13;
Non-UC Berkeley students, 65+, disabled persons: $15.

Apr 7, 1pm to 2:30pm, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, 2155 Center St, Berkeley

Saturday Storytime

Join Books Inc. Berkeley for Storytime! Every Sunday at noon. (Ages 3+) Event date: Event address: Books Inc. 1491 Shattuck Ave Berkeley

Apr 7, 1pm to 2pm, Books Inc., 1491 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

The Okee Dokee Brothers (2pm)

As childhood friends growing up in Denver Colorado, Joe Mailander and Justin Lansing were always exploring the outdoors. Whether it was rafting down their neighborhood creek or discovering hiking trails through the Rocky Mountains, Joe and Justin were born adventurers. Now, as the GRAMMY® Award-winning Okee Dokee Brothers, they have put this passion for the outdoors at the heart of their Americana Folk music.

Joe and Justin record and perform family music with a goal to inspire children and their parents to get outside and experience nature. They believe this can motivate kids to gain a
greater respect for the natural world, their
communities and themselves.Joe and Jusin as kids 1

The three-time Parents' Choice Award winners have garnered praise from the likes of NPR's All Things Considered and USA Today, and have been called "two of family music's best songwriters". Their nationwide fan base is drawn to their witty lyrics, strong musicianship and unique folk style. By appealing to the musical needs of the entire family and recognizing that kids deserve quality music, The Okee Dokee Brothers are working full-time to advance the family music genre.

Doors: 1:30 pm / Show: 2:00 pm
$10 ADV / $12 DOOR (plus fees)

Apr 7, 2pm to 3pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley

Spectrum Dance Theater: A Rap on Race

$54. 642-9988. cal

Apr 7, 2pm to 4pm, TBA

Delphi Trio Concert 3

Apr 7, 3pm to 4pm, Maybeck Studio, 1537 Euclid Ave, Berkeley

Delphi Trio Concert 3

Piano Trio No. 4 in E Minor, Op. 90 "Dumky" by Antonin Dvorak
Piano Quartet in Eb Major, Op. 47 by Robert Schumann

Praised for "spot-on ensemble playing and a beautifully blended sound" (San Francisco Classical Voice) and "rich, committed string tone, dazzling pianism, rhythmic flexibility, and risky tempi" (Sarasota Herald Tribune), the Delphi Trio has become a powerfully eloquent voice in the world of chamber music.

The Delphi Trio is pleased to collaborate with Irving Santana Garcia, viola, who was selected from the spring round of the Delphi Trio's Emerging Artist Program. As a member of the Orchestra of the New Fire, he performed under the baton of Mexican composer Arturo Marquez. In 2009, he was selected as one of the best performers in the state of Colima for a national concert of over 1,500 musicians from Conculta in Mexico City where musicians from throughout Mexico participated.

This concert is $25 General Admission/$15 Students & Seniors

Apr 7, 3pm to 4pm, Maybeck Studio, 1537 Euclid Ave, Berkeley

The Judge - Erika Cohn

Palestine, United States, 2017, (82 mins)
Judge Kholoud Al-Faqih became the first female appointed to any of the Middle East's Shari'a courts in 2009. This intimate portrait captures the determined and compassionate judge as she strives to achieve justice in a system that so often does not favor women.
Erika Cohn In Person

General admission: $16;
BAMPFA members, SFFILM members, UC Berkeley students: $13;
Non-UC Berkeley students, 65+, disabled persons: $15.

Apr 7, 3:30pm to 4:30pm, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, 2155 Center St, Berkeley

Nusantara Indonesian Festival

Gamelan Sekar Jaya musicians and dancers perform at this celebration of Indonesian culture and arts, hosted by the Berkeley Indonesian Student Association (BISA).

Apr 7, 4pm to 5pm, UC Berkeley, West Crescent Lawn

VL Trio

Vission Latina trio is a unique group of virtuoso musicians who have stripped down their music to a minimalist sound, exposing the threads that weave together the complex rhythms of Cuban music.

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

No Date, No Signature - Vahid Jalilvand

Iran, 2017, (104 mins)
A car accident at night causes escalating damage and forces all involved to confront issues of moral responsibility in this second feature from Vahid Jalilvand, an impressive Iranian theater director.
General admission: $16;
BAMPFA members, SFFILM members,
UC Berkeley students: $13; Non-UC Berkeley students, 65+, disabled persons: $15.

Apr 7, 5:45pm to 7:30pm, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, 2155 Center St, Berkeley, CA 94704, United States

WILDCAT VIOLS-The Magnifick Consort of Four Parts: Fantasies, Suites and Sonatas for viol quartet

San Francisco Early Music Society San Francisco Early Music Society WILDCAT VIOLS-The Magnifick Consort of Four Parts: Fantasies, Suites and Sonatas for viol quartet The second half of the 17th century witnessed the rise of violin-dominated chamber and orchestral genres, but the viola da gamba continued to inspire some of the most profound and astonishing music of early baroque. The viol consort's increasing rarity seemed to invite the special attentions of some of the era's finest composers, whose most daring and unusual musical ideas would find perfect expression in the intimately passionate sound-world of the viol ensemble. This concert features masterworks by three of these composers: the exquisite "Fantazias of four parts" by Henry Purcell, Matthew Locke's "Magnifick consort of 4 parts," and Giovanni Legrenzi's lively and intense "Sonate à quatro viole da gamba." Wildcat Viols explores this music's kaleidoscopic variety of colors and moods with fearless depth and sensitivity.
Email: Price Range: $15-$45 Tickets: 510-528-1725

Apr 7, 7:30pm to 8:30pm, St. John's Presbyterian Church, 2727 College Ave, Berkeley

François Moutin & Kavita Shah Duo: "Interplay"

The François Moutin & Kavita Shah Duo project is a meeting of minds and spirits, one that embraces virtuosity, spontaneity, and lyricism through a repertoire of standards and original music adapted to the unique instrumentation of acoustic bass and voice.

At CJC, François and Kavita will present their first record "Interplay," released in February 2018 on Dot Time Records. "Interplay," recorded at Sear Sound Studios in New York and Le Studio de Meudon in Paris, features 11 tracks ranging from classics like Edith Piaf's "La Vie en Rose" to instrumental songs like Dafnis Prieto's "Blah Blah" to original compositions by Shah and Moutin. The album also features special guests NEA Jazz Master Sheila Jordan on vocals, considered by many as the pioneer of the bass-and-voice duets, and legendary French pianist Martial Solal. The result is an improvisational journey across lyric-driven and wordless pieces alike.

"This is one of the great underutilized instrumentations in jazz, and I've never heard it rendered quite like this." Giovanni Russonello, New York Times

François Moutin - acoustic bass;
Kavita Shah - voice

Bios: FRANÇOIS MOUTIN, a virtuosic bassist, was born in Paris and received a doctorate in physics at the age of 24 before choosing to become a professional musician. He has been a member of the Martial Solal Trio for three decades and, since age 29, has co-led a string of projects with his twin brother Louis, most noticeably the Moutin Reunion Quartet and the presently active Moutin Factory Quintet. He regularly composes and tours regularly with this group around Europe & the United States. He has performed in every important European Jazz Festival and toured in over 30 countries around the world. In addition, François has worked with such musicians as: Jean Michel Pilc, André Ceccarelli, Antoine Hervé, Randy Brecker, Dave Liebman, Toots Thielemans, James Moody, Terri Lyne Carrington, Michel Legrand, Birelli Lagrene, Jimmy Heath, Monty Alexander, Lew Soloff, Billy Hart, Ari Hoenig, Dave Binney, Adam Rogers, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Vijay Iyer, Amir El Saffar and Jack DeJohnette.
KAVITA SHAH is a vocalist, composer, and lifelong New Yorker who makes work in deep engagement with the jazz idiom while addressing and advancing its global sensibilities. Hailed by NPR for possessing an "amazing dexterity for musical languages," Kavita incorporates her ethnographic work on Latin American, West African, and South Asian traditions into her music. Not unlike François, Kavita studied Romance Languages & Literatures at Harvard before pursuing a Master's in jazz voice at Manhattan School of Music. In 2012, she was named Best Graduate Vocalist by DownBeat; in 2013, she won ASCAP's Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composers Award. Her 2014 debut "Visions," co-produced by Lionel Loueke, was released to great critical acclaim, and her 2017 Park Avenue Armory premiere "Folk Songs of Naboréa" was named a Top 10 jazz concert of the year by Nate Chinen. Shah regularly performs her music at major concert halls, festivals, and clubs on six continents.;
Doors Open: 7:30 PM Starts: 8:00 PM Ends: 10:00 PM

Apr 7, 8pm to 10pm, California Jazz Conservatory 2087 Addison St, Berkeley

Helen and Larry

Apr 7, 8pm to 10pm, Cafe on San Pablo, 2500 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Silk Mother, Inner Ear Brigade, Wicked Winds

Apr 7, 8pm to 9pm, The Starry Plough Pub, 3101 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

African Drumming -UC Berkeley Music Department

African Master Drummer CK Ladzekpo leads companies in an evening of explosive traditional African music and dance
Email: Price Range: $16-5

Apr 7, 8pm to 9pm, Hertz Hall, UC Berkeley Campus

Marc Cohn (4/7/18)

Marc Cohn
After winning a Grammy for his soulful ballad "Walking in Memphis," Marc Cohn solidified his place as one of this generation's most compelling singer-songwriters, combining the precision of a brilliant tunesmith with the passion of a great soul man. Rooted in the rich ground of American rhythm and blues, soul and gospel and possessed of a deft storyteller's pen, he weaves vivid, detailed, often drawn-from-life tales that evoke some of our most universal human feelings: love, hope, faith, joy, heartbreak.

The Empty Pockets
Sincerity, pathos and powerhouse vocals. The Empty Pockets' often cerebral and sometimes playful indie rock sound is built upon a strong foundation of the timeless Americana, Blues, and Soul that came before them. An old-school sensibility showcased by multiple lead singers, rich harmonies, and skilled instrumentalists sets "bandmates Josh Solomon, Erika Brett, Nate Bellon and Danny Rosenthal, members of polished yet rootsy Chicago outfit Empty Pockets" apart (Rolling Stone).

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm
$45 ADV / $49 DOOR (plus fees)

Apr 7, 8pm to 9pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley, CA, 94704

Danny Click & the Hell Yeahs

Until a few years ago, Danny Click was one of Austin's best-kept secrets, a musician's musician who'd won the respect of some of alt-country's biggest names but hadn't yet found widespread recognition.

That changed when Click's CD, Life Is A Good Place, was released in April 2011 and spent more than 12 consecutive months on the Country, Pop, and Americana radio charts.

The first single, "Wait My Turn," reached #1 on Nashville's Indie World Country Chart, and the second single, "I Feel Good Today," topped out at #14 on the NMW national Country chart alongside Keith Urban, Miranda Lambert and Taylor Swift.

In the San Francisco Bay Area, where Click now resides, he's built a large and passionate fan base that includes musical greats Carlos Santana and Elvin Bishop, both of whom have joined him on stage for impromptu jams.

Click and his band The Hell Yeahs, featuring a round-robin roster of top-shelf musicians, have played more than 300 sold-out shows over the past two years, as well as opening for legends Taj Mahal, Cake, Robert Plant, Mavis Staples and Sonny Landreth.

What's causing all the buzz? First, there's Click's sound - a refreshing return to smart, sassy blues-inflected country rock. Think Tom Petty crossed with Wilco, spiced with the southern tradition of Lucinda Williams and John Hiatt. Add to that Click's searing guitar, reminiscent of Stevie Ray and David Lindley, and you've got at least part of the picture.

Then there are Click's live shows: an anything-can-happen mix of stellar songwriting alternating with blistering blues-rock. When Click brings it down with the strings-inflected "Blue Skies," you can hear every breath in the room; when he launches into the infectious "Wait My Turn," there's not one person who can stay seated.

Lastly, there's his songwriting. Continuing in the tradition of the Texas greats, Click pens wide open songs deeply rooted in a life well-lived. Growing up in a small farm community outside Indianapolis, Click was the youngest of nine children in a working class family. He was gigging in his older sister's country and western band before he was out of high school.

Click then moved to Austin, where his three-piece alt-country outfit, Danny and the Hurricanes, was a local phenomenon. He went on to spend three years with Americana artist Jimmy LaFave.

Life Is A Good Place is the payoff, putting Click squarely in the upper echelon both musically and lyrically. From its radio-perfect songs to the sparse stories taken from real life, it leaves you filled with hope and a new respect for the human condition.

Fast forward to 2013. After four previous records and literally hundreds of gigs on the road, Click's single, Baptize Me Over Elvis Presley's Grave, went to #9 and stayed in the top 10 for the entire month of October 2013. The music video is on CMT and is a viral share online.

In 2014, Danny became a regular guest at Grateful Dead legend Phil Lesh's club, Terrapin Crossroads, and released a ripping live CD, Danny Click & the Hell Yeahs! ~ Captured LIVE!

In 2015, Danny and band finished a brand new studio album, Holding up the Sun, with legendary producer Jim Scott (Tom Petty, Rolling Stones, Wilco, Lucinda Williams, etc.), which was released worldwide on Sept. 18 and is still on radio charts and DJ playlists across the country. The title track reached #1 on Indie Country radio in June 2016.

Hell Yeah indeed.

"Click's new album, Holding up the Sun reinforces the fact that Click is one of the best alt-country artists of this century." - Robert Leggett / No Depression Magazine
"Danny Click writes songs that could rescue anyone." - Greg Victor /
"A hidden gem...a scorching guitarist with a potent roots rock sound." - Andrew Gilbert / SF Chronicle

Tickets are $20

Apr 7, 8pm to 10pm, The Back Room, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley

The Workshop - Laurent Cantet,

France, 2017, (114 mins)
A writing workshop on France's Mediterranean coast becomes a microcosm for the fraught divisions in present-day French society in this film from the Palme d'Or-winning director of 2008's The Class.
General admission: $16;
BAMPFA members, SFFILM members, UC Berkeley students: $13;
Non-UC Berkeley students, 65+, disabled persons: $15.

Apr 7, 8pm to 9:54pm, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, 2155 Center St, Berkeley, CA 94704, United States

Charles Wheal Band

Charles Wheal and his band play some of the highest quality traditional jazz-influenced blues and roots music on the scene today. In his live performances, as well as his recordings, the authentic arrangements are delivered by seasoned performers with passion and flawless musicianship.

Apr 7, 8pm to 11pm, Jupiter, 2181 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

Seattle Symphony; Ludovic Morlot, conductor

Become Desert (California Premiere)
(featuring Volti San Francisco; Robert Geary, artistic director)

Symphony No. 2
$38-$98. 642-9988. cal

Apr 7, 8pm to 10pm, Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley Campus

The Cause // White Lighter // GEZAN (jpn) // Slutzville //AotH

GEZAN (Punk rock n' roll from Japan!)
The Cause
White Lighter
Official Slutzville
ALL AGES. Doors 7:30pm // tunes $10 + $2 Membership Safe(r) Space Venue

Apr 7, 8pm to 4/7 12 midnight, 924 Gilman St, Berkeley

Monteverdi's Vespers of 1610 American Bach Soloists

Like the most treasured works of art and spectacular architectural wonders, a handful of musical masterworks of the Baroque have taken their places in the hearts of music lovers for all time. Our 29th subscription season continues with Monteverdi's Vespro della Beata Vergine (also known as the "Vespers of 1610"), a monumental work that displays its composer's brilliant assimilation of styles-old and new, sacred and secular-and his masterful command of a wide palette of musical structures including psalm settings, sacred concertos, hymns, motets, and sonatas, all bound together by Gregorian chant. Last performed by ABS in 2010, audiences can expect the American Bach Soloists and the American Bach Choir to deliver an extraordinary performance of this splendid music from the Venetian school.
Email: Price Range: $35 to $89 Tickets: (415) 621-7900

Apr 7, 8pm to 9pm, First Congregational Church, 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley

Sheree Seretse and the Anzanga Marimba Ensemble

Sheree Seretse, Director of the Anzanga, Shumba Youth and Zambuko Marimba Ensembles has been teaching, studying and performing for over 40 years. Affectionately known as "mama marimba", Sheree's passion and drive for Zimbabwean Marimba music shines through the five recordings she has produced and numerous other recordings on which she made appearances.

Sheree received her initial training through renowned musician and composer Dumisani "Dumi" Maraire. She has facilitated many workshops around the country and has toured extensively around the globe.

Sheree believes that marimba music is accessible to everyone.

For over 20 years Anzanga has brought the electrifying energizing music of African marimba to weddings, schools, festivals, culture events and more. We draw our repertoire primarily from Zimbabwe influences from Mozambique, South Africa and Gambia, in addition to playing compositions of our own. We are based in Seattle, Washington, and have toured nationally and internationally.

Our ensemble plays using eight marimbas - three Sopranos, three tenors, a baritone, and a base - and hoshos, or gourd shakers. The marimbas are handcrafted xylophones made from various hardwoods. The keys are fine-tuned to reflect tones playing African societies. Each key sits above a resonator with a vibrating membrane to amplify the sound and add a unique "buzz" to the music.
Anzanga, which means "to our friends" draws its name and music<br>from the rich cultural heritage of Africa. We're honored to share this joyful and vibrant music, and our goal is to entertain, enlighten and inspire all who hear us!

"Anzanga always gets people up out of their seats. The kids love them, and they're great at attracting people to the event."
- Rainier Chamber of Commerce

Doors at 7:30 pm; Show at 8:00 pm
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Apr 7, 8pm to 11pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley