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 Chicago

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

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

Shirkers -- Sandi Tan

United States, 2018, (96 mins)
A lost-and-found film made in Singapore decades ago prompts this buoyant personal documentary about movie love, female friendship, and the urge for creative expression.
Winner of the Directing Award, World Cinema Documentary, at Sundance.
Sandi Tan In Person

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

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

Karen Sudjian and Jim Davidson

7pm to 9pm,

Evolutionary Blues... West Oakland's Music Legacy Film Screening with performances by Lady Bianca and Larry Vann

Evolutionary Blues... The Blues is an earthy, soul-stirring mélange of roots music and personal narratives that became the defining soundtrack of Black America. Wherever Black people settled that soundtrack took on a local flavor. In Northern California, the influences came from the musicianship of Alabama, Louisiana, Texas, and Oklahoma. Seventh Street in West Oakland supported and bolstered Blacks who answered the call of the war effort in the late 1940's. Entrepreneurship created a fully contained community that provided work, homes and all the necessities of life including a fully developed music scene. Watch as more than 30 local musicians share their inspiration and describe the trajectory of the Oakland Blues: how it evolved and what it has become.

Isabel Wilkerson, a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and author of The Warmth of Other Suns, Robert O. Self, author of American Babylon: The Struggle for Post War Oakland, and Rickey Vincent, author of Funk and Party Music, provide background giving these musical stories a historical context. The film incudes a catapulting soundtrack, amazing period images - newly digitized negatives from EF Joseph's Collection, film clips from Marlon Riggs' and Peter Webster's film Long Train Running, others from private collections, even the Library of Congress.

Listen to entertaining interviews from Blues Legends like Sugar Pie DeSanto, Bob Geddins, Jr., Marvin Holmes, Faye Carol, Larry Vann, Lenny Williams, Ronnie Stewart, John Turk, Leon Williams, Alabama Mike, Ron Wells, Fantastic Negrito, The Hartfield Brothers, Freddie Hughes, Wylie Trass, Jesse James, Lady Bianca, Tom Bowden, and D'Wayne Wiggins. Then Lee Hildebrand, a music journalist and James C. Moore, Sr., record producer and talent manager, share their perspectives. We have incorporate legends such as Charles Sullivan, T-Bone Walker, Lowell Fulson, Jimmy McCracklin, Big Mama Thronton, and Omar Sharriff with short vignettes. Bob Geddins, Sr. and Johnny Talbot and De Thangs, and even Larry Graham are included through the stories the musicians tell about their impact on the scene.

With roots in Kansas City, Macon , Georgia and a father teaching her Texas Blues piano as a child, Lady Bianca has evolved into an icon in the San Francisco Bay Area where She's known as "Queen of the Blues and Gospel".
She sang, recorded and toured the world with Van Morrison for a decade as well as playing for John Lee Hooker and as featured vocalist with Frank Zappa.
With her writing partner, Stanley Lippitt, she has written over 300 songs and produced, arranged, and recorded 8 albums , including the August 2014 release "Real People Music on her own Magic-O Records label (Home of the Mighty Oakland Sound).
Lady Bianca has toured the country with her trio and was featured in last year's International Boogie Woogie Festival in Lugano, Switzerland.
In January 2015 Lady Bianca represented The Golden Gate Blues Blues Society in Memphis as a contestant in the International Blues Challenge in the Solo/Duo Category.
Lady Bianca has a new a new concept of a digital 45 entitled Blues is on the Menu released on Magic-O Records in 2016.
2017 finds Lady Bianca's voice singing "Oh Freedom" in the Roots award winning film Documentary Gina's Journey. The Search for William Grimmes.

Larry Vann has made an impressive mark on the Bay Area music scene over the years with his authentic, piercing, all-encompassing musical technique. One listen to his compelling, penetrating and intoxicating grooves clearly demonstrates why he has been in such huge demand for sessions and tours with the likes of Elvin Bishop and Merl Saunders. His top-notch drumming and percussion has garnered him popular and critical success throughout the United States and Europe, but Vann has also wowed critics and crowds alike with his sultry singing voice, buoyed by his melodic, inventive songwriting.
A professional performer since age 15, Vann draws from a deep well of musical influence, including gospel, blues, funk, jazz and soul. These various genres have collectively shared his unique sound, which is in full display on this CD.
Vann's resume reads like a "Who's Who" list, having toured and recorded with those musicians listed above, as well as The Whispers, Martha Reeves, The Marvalettes, Charles Brown, Buffy Saint-Marie, Randy Crawford, and many more. His work with the popular San Francisco Bay Area Blues Group, Ron Thompson and the Resistors contributed to the band earning two Bay Area Music Awards.

7pm to 11pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Positive Citizen / Sunday School / The Investment / TBA

$8 +$2 Membership All Ages!

7pm to 10pm, 924 Gilman 924 Gilman St, Berkeley

A Ship Bound for India Ingmar Bergman

Sweden, 1947, (98 mins)
A salvage boat provides the claustrophobic but fascinating space for a narrative of filial revolt against an overbearing father in Bergman's waterfront noir, reminiscent of Marcel Carné's French films.

Screening in Theater 2;
regular film ticket prices apply

7:30pm to 8:30pm, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, 2155 Center St, Berkeley


Sueños is a band striving to fuse jazz with hip-hop, R&B and indie rock. Hip-hop drum grooves, gospel harmonies, acoustic bass lines, bebop-tinged horns and electronics define their sound. They write and perform original music, as well as covering music by artists like Roy Hargrove, Christian Scott, Kanye West and J Dilla. Their sound is flexible and easily adapted to any venue, from loud rock clubs to intimate art galleries.

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

Gospel Choir UC Berkeley Music Department

D. Mark Wilson, director
"Where Is the Love?: Gospel Music and Bringing Down Walls that Divide"
An evening of music that creates a space of acceptance, warmth, community and love through Gospel songs, with student performances that reflect upon current events of building walls and creating division
Email: Price Range: $16-5

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

Sylvestris Quartet

Resonance @ First Church Berkeley

Trace the birth and development of the string quartet in this exciting program, presented by the Bay Area's newest historically informed string quartet!
Visit for more information about the ensemble!
First Church Berkeley, a premier venue for music performance in the East Bay, has created its own exciting series of chamber and orchestral music concerts featuring artists from the Bay Area and beyond.
Music has always been an important part of the life of First Church. It touches the soul and gives sound and voice to ineffable mystery. We sing together and share our musical gifts. We also delight in the special talents of artists from within our community and beyond.
Derek Tam, First Church's Director of Music, curates this exciting series.
First Church is on the south side of the UC Berkeley campus, just west of Telegraph Avenue. It is a few blocks from the Downtown Berkeley BART and is accessible by several bus lines. Some paid parking is available in the church parking lot.
Visit for more information.
Email: Price Range: $15 to $25 Tickets: (510) 848-3696

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

Henry Grace EP Release Show

Henry Grace
Henry Grace began his music career in Los Angeles while at university. He started out playing small clubs in Venice Beach before moving on to play venues along the Sunset Strip and across California. In 2016, he released his debut EP, Crash The Moon, and was picked by Guild Guitars as one of their "Artists to Watch." In 2017, he continued performing across the UK and America, all the while completing his undergraduate degree in English Literature from UC Berkeley. He released his second EP, What We Took From the Mountain, this March. His music roams the genres of Folk and Blues, taking inspiration from the likes of Bon Iver to Nick Drake and everything in-between, but ultimately Henry's sound is very much his own.

"A young man from England who is capable of silencing the room." (LA Weekly)

"Listening to Henry Grace's music, you would never guess that this UK native was young enough to still be in college. His lyrics, his playing, his debut EP, Crash The Moon, seem to be a part of a musician with years of writing and touring under his belt." (Guild Guitars)

Joshua Barnhart
Joshua Barnhart is an Oakland, California-based songwriter who first became known as a member of the acclaimed Bay Area band Port O'Brien. In the years since Port O'Brien's break-up, Joshua has played with multiple bands including Release the Sunbird, Two Sheds, and Sparrows Gate.

In 2016, Joshua made his debut as a solo-artist, releasing the album Turn Out The Light. His harmony-drenched, psych-pop sound is centered on the experience of living on the coast of California. In September 2017, he released Dance with Me, the new single from his forthcoming follow-up album.

"Barnhart is a tenor Fred Neil (stately and controlled, an entity unto himself, though inseparable from the music as a whole)." -

"Dance with Me feels like dropping acid in a poppy field. He takes the warm, fuzzed out sound of the mid 60s garage rockers, adds just a bit of Their Satanic Majesties Request menace, and artfully polishes the twist off with a tinge of Beach Boys melody." -

Marcus Lee
A Bay Area native, Marcus started out playing in a wide range of groups including full jazz ensembles and four piece rock bands. Now inspired by the acoustic sounds and soulful lyrics of folk music, Marcus combines his love for the big band energy with the intimacy of an acoustic set in his own music.

Kayla Flores
With a guitar and R&B-inspired vocals, Kayla began to pursue a music career during her first year of college. She continues to add to her store of original songs, and plans to record and release these on her social media accounts next year. Tickets are $15 general admission and $10 for students with ID. Advance tickets are available at the link below, or you may purchase your tickets at the door the night of the show. Doors open one half hour before show time. We accept cash only at the door (ATMs are nearby).

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

Balkalicious Fire Drive, Alaturca Connection, Meraklii

8pm to 9pm, The Starry Plough Pub, 3101 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

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

Ratatet (and Friends) "Heroes, Saints and Clowns" CD Release Celebration

Ratatet (and Friends) Drummer, composer Alan Hall's modern jazz sextet will celebrate the release of their 2nd CD entitled "Heroes, Saints and Clowns" on Ridgeway records. Ratatet will be joined by special guests Joseph Hebert on cello and Christopher Robinson on acoustic and electric guitar. The album is Hall's personal reflection on pivotal cultural, artistic and political heroes, saints and clowns in contemporary America.
Band Members and Instrumentation: Paul Hanson-bassoon and tenor sax; John Gove-trombone; Dillon Vado-vibraphone and percussion; Greg Sankovich-piano and keyboards; Jeff Denson-acoustic and electric basses and vocals; Alan Hall-drums, composer, arranger, band leader
Special Guests: Chris Robinson-acoustic and electric guitars; Joseph Hebert-cello
Bio: Ratatet grew out of a collective trio called 'Electreo' with Paul Hanson, Jeff Denson and Alan Hall. Hall wanted a larger palette to compose for and Ratatet was conceived. Their first album, "Arctc," came out in 2016 and was named by Andrew Gilbert as one of the "Best 10 Bay Area Jazz Releases" in an article he wrote for the San Jose Mercury News. It received rave reviews and audiences have continued to grow for this eclectic elctro-acoustic sextet.
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8pm to 9pm, California Jazz Conservatory 2087 Addison St, Berkeley

Spectrum Dance Theater: A Rap on Race

$54. 642-9988. cal

8pm to 10pm, TBA

London, 1848: Gratitude to Haydn New Esterházy Quartet

In 1845, after performing all the Beethoven Quartets, the Beethoven Quartett Society of London decided it was time for a concert of quartets by Haydn, "the great Father of that refined music." In recreating that program, The New Esterházy Quartet (Kati Kyme and Lisa Weiss, violin; Anthony Martin, viola; and William Skeen, cello) present the perfect ending to the series of highlights from string quartet history they have presented this 2017-2018 season.
In September, they recreated a performance by the "Tuscan Quartet" from 1766, featuring composers Boccherini, Cambini, and Nardini. In November, they presented Vienna, 1784: "Quartet Party at Storace," featuring Haydn, Mozart, and their contemporaries Ditters and Vanhal. In January they traveled back to Paris in 1822 for "The Baillot Quartet," with music by Haydn, Beethoven, Mozart, and Boccherini.
For their "Gratitude to Haydn" concert, The New Esterházy Quartet will perform the same four quartets the Beethoven Quartett Society chose in 1845 to represent Haydn's career: Quartet in D minor, Op. 9, No. 4 from 1771; Quartet in C Major, Op 20, No. 2 from 1772; Quartet in D Major, Op. 64, No 5, "The Lark," from 1790, and Quartet in B-flat Major, Op. 76, No 4, "The Sunrise," from 1797.
The members of the New Esterházy Quartet-violinists Kati Kyme and Lisa Weiss, violist Anthony Martin, and cellist William Skeen-often occupy the first chairs of Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and other period music ensembles. With Haydn's 68 quartets as their core repertoire, the New Esterházy Quartet is increasingly recognized as one of the world's top period-instrument string quartets. The quartet has been praised for their "sumptuous sound with beautifully controlled dynamics" and recently received accolades in Early Music America Magazine for their "Haydn in America" CD.

Price Range: $25 tickets sold only at the door for concert Tickets: (415) 520-0611

8pm to 9pm, Hillside Club
2286 Cedar St, Berkeley


Italian singer and producer. Relocated to Jamaica in 2000.

Tribal Theory

Pure Roots

Earl Zero

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

Tigre Silvina Schnicer, Ulises Porra Guardiola

Argentina, 2017, (91 mins)
In a boarded-up family estate in Argentina's mysterious and ancient Tigre delta, three generations gather to decide whether to sell their property to developers, and interpersonal conflicts build to a powerful crescendo.

In Person: Silvina Schnicer and Ulises Porra Guardiola

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, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, 2155 Center St, Berkeley