Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar

04/10/2018

Freddie Hughes and the House of Hughes

Soul legend Freddie Hughes and his band.

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


Joyce Carol Oates and Cornelia Nixon

Joyce Carol Oates and Cornelia Nixon will read from their latest books, Nixon's novel The Use of Fame, Oates's novel A Book of American Martyrs, and her book of stories, Beautiful Days. They will both answer questions, together and separately, and be available to sign books afterwards.

The diverse stories of Beautiful Days, Joyce Carol Oates explore the most secret, intimate, and unacknowledged interior lives of characters not unlike ourselves, who assert their independence in acts of bold and often irrevocable defiance. In these stories, as elsewhere in her fiction, Joyce Carol Oates exhibits her fascination with the social, psychological, and moral boundaries that govern our behavior-until the hour when they do not.

A Book of American Martyrs: In this striking, enormously affecting novel, Joyce Carol Oates tells the story of two very different and yet intimately linked American families. Luther Dunphy is an ardent Evangelical who envisions himself as acting out God's will when he assassinates an abortion provider in his small Ohio town while Augustus Voorhees, the idealistic but self-regarding doctor who is killed, leaves behind a wife and children scarred and embittered by grief. This novel is a stunning, timely depiction of an issue hotly debated on a national stage but which makes itself felt most lastingly in communities torn apart by violence and hatred.

In Cornelia Nixon's The Use of Fame, Abigail McCormick and Ray Stark are both poets, married nearly twenty-five years in what has always been a passionate relationship despite deep class differences. He's tortured by his affair with the graduate student he's fallen in love with, but is determined to stay married. A despairing Abby finds solace in her return to riding horses and writing poems, but as she suffers privately, she becomes dependent on sleeping pills and alcohol. Alternating seamlessly between Ray's and Abby's perspectives, this novel is a gripping exploration of how closeness and despair can warp a lover's perception.

Joyce Carol Oates is the author of more than 70 books, including novels, short story collections, poetry volumes, plays, essays, and criticism, including the national bestsellers We Were the Mulvaneys and Blonde. Among her many honors are the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction and the National Book Award. Oates is the Roger S. Berlind Distinguished Professor of the Humanities at Princeton University, and has been a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters since 1978.

Cornelia Nixon is the author of three other novels, Angels Go Naked, Now You See It, and Jarrettsville, as well as a book of literary criticism. She has won two O. Henry Awards (one of them the First Prize in 1995), two Pushcart Prizes, a Nelson Algren Prize, and the Carl Sandburg Award for Fiction. She lives half the year in Berkeley, California, and half on an island in Puget Sound, Washington.

6pm to 8pm, University Press Books, 2430 Bancroft Way, Berkeley


Classical Revolution

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


Book Launch with ANNE NESBET

Anne Nesbet and The Orphan Band of Springdale
Local author Anne Nesbet joins us at Books Inc. in Berkeley for a Book Launch celebrating her captivating new middle grade book, The Orphan Band of Springdale. (Ages 10+)
With the United States on the verge of World War II, eleven-year-old Gusta is sent from New York City to Maine, where she discovers small-town prejudices -- and a huge family secret.
It's 1941, and tensions are rising in the United States as the Second World War rages in Europe. Eleven-year-old Gusta's life, like the world around her, is about to change. Her father, a foreign-born labor organizer, has had to flee the country, and Gusta has been sent to live in an orphanage run by her grandmother. Nearsighted, snaggletoothed Gusta arrives in Springdale, Maine, lugging her one precious possession: a beloved old French horn, her sole memento of her father. But in a family that's long on troubles and short on money, how can a girl hang on to something so valuable and yet so useless when Gusta's mill-worker uncle needs surgery to fix his mangled hand, with no union to help him pay? Inspired by her mother's fanciful stories, Gusta secretly hopes to find the coin-like "Wish" that her sea-captain grandfather supposedly left hidden somewhere. Meanwhile, even as Gusta gets to know the rambunctious orphans at the home, she feels like an outsider at her new school -- and finds herself facing patriotism turned to prejudice, alien registration drives, and a family secret likely to turn the small town upside down.

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


Arlo Guthrie Re:Generation Tour (4/10/18)


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Arlo Guthrie's father Woody hoped one day to have enough kids to form a family band, traveling the country and singing their songs together - Generations. The Re:Generation tour is the spirit of an American family making music together. Arlo's children Abe Guthrie and Sarah Lee Guthrie will be joining their dad to present music of the Guthrie Generations.
The father of the American protest song, Woody Guthrie hoped one day to have enough kids to form a family band to travel the country and sing songs to the people. Woody built a legacy of activism that the Guthrie family continues to preserve with their leading voices in the current revolution against oppression and injustice. The Re:Generation Tour gives voice to the common folk with their characteristic honesty and humor through the power of community and song. Arlo and the Guthrie family aspire to represent hope for working families across this great nation.
Arlo Guthrie (born July 10, 1947, Brooklyn, New York, USA) is an American folk singer-songwriter. Father of Abe Guthrie, Annie Guthrie, Sarah Lee Guthrie and Cathy Guthrie. Son of folk singer Woody Guthrie, brother of Nora Guthrie and grandfather of Krishna Guthrie.

Sarah Lee Guthrie
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Sarah Lee Guthrie (born February 17, 1979, Massachsetts, USA) is an American vocalist and guitarist. She is married to Johnny Irion and together they perform as a musical duo. Daughter of Arlo Guthrie, sister of Cathy Guthrie, Abe Guthrie and Annie Guthrie. Granddaughter of Woody Guthrie and niece of Nora Guthrie.

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Abe Guthrie is an American keyboardist, vocalist, producer, engineer and graphic artist. Father of Krishna Guthrie and Serena Guthrie, son of Arlo Guthrie, brother of Cathy Guthrie, Annie Guthrie and Sarah Lee Guthrie. Grandson of Woody Guthrie and nephew of Nora Guthrie.

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


Tuesday Jazzidency: Justin Rock Trio

Formerly of Bastet and starting off the 2018 summer season, guitarist Justin Rock was born in the Big Apple and brought up in Motor City. He's swiftly making a name for himself as one of the greatest, prolific composer/improvisers in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond.

http://justin-rock.squarespace.com

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


Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

Celebrating 50 years with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater!

Cal Performances honors a partnership that began a half-century ago, in 1968, with the first UC Berkeley performances by the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Now under the direction of Robert Battle, the company continues to make work that "feeds the soul," mining the artistic legacy of its founder, and nurturing a new generation of choreographers steeped in the African-American experience. With repertoire that looks back to seminal works like Ailey's own Revelations, and new material that engages with vital social movements, the company creates dances with the power to transform. "The current Ailey dancers inhabit Revelations as if it were freshly made, and perform it with irresistible élan" (The Guardian, London).

Program A (4/10, 4/14 MAT)
TALLEY BEATTY Stack-Up (1982) (music: various contemporary)
JAMAR ROBERTS Members Don't Get Weary (2017) (West Coast Premiere) (music: John Coltrane)
AILEY Revelations (1960) (music: various traditional spiritual)

Program B (4/11, 4/12, 4/15)
ROBERT BATTLE Mass (2004) (Company West Coast Premiere) (music: John Mackey)
BATTLE Ella (2008) (music: Ella Fitzgerald)
JAWOLE WILLA JO ZOLLAR Shelter (1988) (music: Junior "Gabu" Wedderburn)
BATTLE The Hunt (2001) (music: Les Tambours du Bronx)
AILEY Revelations (1960) (music: various traditional spiritual)

Program C (4/13, 4/14 EVE)
TWYLA THARP The Golden Section (1983) (music: David Byrne)
GUSTAVO RAMIREZ SANSANO Victoria (2017) (West Coast Premiere) (music: Michael Gordon)
BATTLE Ella (2008) (music: Ella Fitzgerald)
AILEY Revelations (1960) (music: various traditional spiritual)

$36-$135. 642-9988. cal performances.org

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