Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar


SF Medicine Ball


Apr 12, 11:45am to 2:45pm, Cheese Board Pizza, 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

A New Map of Wonders: A Journey in Search of Modern Marvels with Caspar Henderson

'Scientific approach akin to spiritual vision' - The Guardian

A New Map of Wonders charts a course through the realm of the fascinating and awe-inspiring. With the curiosity and enthusiasm of a great explorer, the award-winning Caspar Henderson celebrates and explains the wonder of light and the origins of the universe, the myriad marvels of the human body and the natural world -- and reveals the wonders to come: the technologies that will transform human experience and change what we will find wonderful. Drawing on philosophy and natural history, art and religion, neuroscience and nanotechnology, A New Map of Wonders is a celebration of life -- a rich and inspiring guide, encouraging us to see the world anew.

Caspar Henderson is a writer and journalist living in Oxford, England. His Book of Barely Imagined Beings: A 21st Century Bestiary received the Roger Deakin Award from the Society of Authors in 2009 and the Royal Society of Literature Jerwood Award in 2010 while it was a work in progress,

Apr 12, 5:30pm to 7:30pm, University Press Books, 2430 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704, United States

Suleiman Mountain -- Elizaveta Stishova

Kyrgyzstan, Russia, 2017, (103 mins)
A young Kyrgyz boy is taken out an orphanage and into the lives of his supposed parents, who make ends meet by running cons on unsuspecting villagers, in this beautifully filmed tale that interweaves mythological and comedic elements.

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

Apr 12, 6pm to 7pm, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, 2155 Center St, Berkeley


Award-winning marine wildlife photographer, ocean conservationist, and columnist Kim Steinhardt discusses his timely and inspiring book, The Edge: The Pressured Past and Precarious Future of California's Coast.
The Pacific coast is the most iconic region of California and one of the most fascinating and rapidly changing places in the world. Densely populated, urbanized, and industrialized -- but also home to wilderness with complex, fragile ecosystems -- the coast is the place where humanity and nature coexist in a precarious balance that is never perfectly stable. The Edge is a dramatic snapshot of the California coast's past, present, and probable future in a time of climate change and expanding human activity. Written by two marine experts who grew up on the coast, The Edge is both a celebration of the coast's natural and cultural uniqueness and a warning of the many complex changes that threaten that uniqueness. As ocean levels rise, coastal communities are starting to erode, and entire neighborhoods have been lost to the sea. Coastal ecosystems and wildlife that were already stressed by human settlement now face new dangers, some threatening their very existence. The combined impacts of climate change, housing and commercial growth, commercial fisheries, oil drilling and production, along with environmental advocacy, all come together to define the future of the region. A masterful and sweeping synthesis of environmental and social science, The Edge presents a comprehensive portrait of natural and cultural history -- the story of the people, communities, industries, ecology, and wildlife of the California coast.

Apr 12, 7pm to 8pm, Books Inc. 1491 Shattuck Ave Berkeley

In the Swing

Apr 12, 7pm to 9pm, Caffe on San Pablo, 2500 San Pablo Ave., BErkeley


Americans have decided by consensus that consensus is good. Psychologist Charlan Nemeth argues that this principle is completely wrong. Left unchallenged, the majority opinion is frequently biased, clearly unoriginal, or simply false. It leads planes and markets to crash, causes juries to often convict innocent people, provokes military attacks that are entirely inexplicable. Henry L. Mencken, the social philosopher known as the "Sage of Baltimore" said several decades ago that "Americans are deeply proud of being independent thinkers, of being impervious to media's efforts to persuade them, but in reality- given sudden national headlines branding Canadians as child-eaters, Americans enmasse would be eager to attack Canada overnight."

Most of us believe that we are open to differing views, and that we like challenges to our ideas. In practice, however, we're conditioned to "go with the flow" rather than speak up when we think differently from the group, assuming that different opinions are just wrong. Charlan Nemeth's In Defense of Troublemakers insists we can make better decisions by embracing dissent. Dissent forces us to question the status quo, to reconsider the mainstream, to consider more information, to think differently, to question the very nature of influence, to open our minds and engage in creative, evolved decision-making. From Twelve Angry Men to Edward Snowden, lone objectors who compel people to question their assumptions bring groups much closer to the truth. The author draws upon thirty-five years of research on dissent to highlight how it alters the way we think, and why there's an upside to challenging the majority. In Defense of Troublemakers raises an urgent red flag about consensus and its potential perils, and motivates us to embrace values that encourage dissent instead. An essential read for anyone who has had to work with others, it will radically change the way we interact in groups, make decisions, and conduct business.

KPFA Radio 94.1 FM presents Thursday, April 12, 7:30 PM Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar Street, Berkeley
Advance tickets: $12 : :: T: 800-838-3006 or Pegasus (3 sites), Books Inc( Berkeley), Moe's, Walden Pond Bookstore, East Bay Books, Mrs. Dalloway's $15 door

Apr 12, 7:30pm to 8:30pm, Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar Street, Berkeley

Pearlman / Sherry

Combining the rich histories and cultural resonance of traditional music with the raw expression of improvisation, the piano and saxophone duo Pearlman / Sherry are celebrating the release of their debut album, Friendly Spaces.

Musical friends since their teenage years growing up in southern Maine, Neil Pearlman and Dylan Sherry have finally come together to create an album which explores their varied musical and cultural backgrounds, celebrating both the universality and individuality of music.

Pearlman ("a tremendous pianist" - BBC Radio Scotland) has built a career as one of the most distinctive and innovative voices in Celtic music today. His unique sound blends a love of jazz and improvisation with a deep familiarity of the Scottish traditions, gained from his childhood playing and dancing in the family band Highland Soles.

Sherry, meanwhile, has become a strong part of Boston's avant-garde jazz scene over the past decade of living in the city. Their duo Pearlman / Sherry has been a long time coming and showcases the kind of artistic connection that can happen when musicians have known each other and played together since childhood.

An homage to the universality of music and humanity, the Pearlman / Sherry debut album Friendly Spaces explores the emotional power inherent in music traditions from Armenia to Scotland. "I love the beauty and the power in the traditional melodies I've heard," Sherry says. "It's rewarding to be around something which has brought people together and stood the test of time. Hearing these songs makes me want to be part of their stories."Join the duo and become a part of those stories yourself!

Tickets are $15/advance, $18 at the door for general admission, and $12 for students with ID. Doors open one half hour before show time. We accept cash only at the door (ATMs are nearby).

Apr 12, 7:30pm to 9:30pm, The Back Room, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley

Comedy at Ashkenaz! with Maureen Langan, Bob McIntyre & Joe Nguyen

Berkeley, CA... Bay Area comedian/comedy producer, Lisa Geduldig (of Kung Pao Kosher Comedy), and Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center joined forces last Fall to bring the East Bay a new monthly (the second Thursday of the month) comedy series Comedy at Ashkenaz! featuring a different line-up each month.

Apr 12, 8pm to 9:30pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo 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

Apr 12, 8pm to 10pm, Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley Campus

DJ Jesse Luscious

Whether spinning his regular rotation on KALX or his weekly Sundays at Ruby Room, Jesse Luscious is a unique spinner of eclectic old school and modern rock, punk, hiphop, rocksteady and whatever else feels right.

Apr 12, 8pm to 11pm, Jupiter, 2181 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704, USA

U.S. Bombs

U.S. Bombs, Stay Out, The Pathogens

Apr 12, 8:30pm to 9:30pm, Cornerstone, 2367 Shattuck Ave (Enter On Durant), Berkeley, CA, 94704

Hale County This Morning, This Evening -- RaMell Ross

United States, 2018, (77 mins)
Award-winning photographer RaMell Ross's inspired and intimate portrait of an African American community in rural Alabama captures small but precious moments in black lives with rapturous attention.

RaMell Ross In Person

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

Apr 12, 8:30pm to 9:30pm, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, 2155 Center St, Berkeley