Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar



Eclectic mix of funk, rock, afro, jazz and world tinged grooves.

Apr 20, 11:45am to 2:45pm, Cheese Board Pizza 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

Super Cinema @Central

October 2018
The 1980s-Blockbusters!
Friday, October 5 Raiders of the Lost Ark 1981 / 115 min. / PG / CC

It's 1936. The US government hires archaeologist "Indiana" Jones (Harrison Ford) to find the Ark of the Covenant before Nazi Commander Arnold Toht grabs it for Hitler. The Germans believe the Ark will make their armies invincible. Marion Ravenwood (Karen Black), who is an old love interest of Indy's, joins him in a wildly daring, suspenseful mission to defeat Toht. George Lucas co-wrote the story and co-financed the film. Directed by Steven Spielberg.

Friday, October 12 Who Framed Roger Rabbit? 1988 / 104 min. / PG / CC

In this film, set in 1947 LA, humans and animated cartoon characters ("Toons") co-exist on the screen. When "Toon" Roger Rabbit gets framed for the murder of a businessman who owns Toontown, he hires rumpled Eddie Valiant (Bob Hoskins) to clear his name. Eddie racks up delicious allusions to Noir as he does. Kathleen Turner voices Jessica Rabbit, Roger's partly human wife, and Christopher Lloyd is the villain, Judge Doom. Robert Zemeckis directs.

Friday, October 19 E.T. the Extraterrestrial 1982 / 115 min. / PG / CC

Steven Spielberg directs E.T., a science fiction fantasy. Young Elliott befriends a space alien who accidentally has been left behind by his spaceship's crew. The boy and his siblings decide to hide E.T. until he can be rescued. As Elliott begins to experience a psychic connection with E.T., US government scientists start to hunt E.T. for their own purposes. At the same time, Elliott and E.T. fall ill. Without a doubt, this is one of the most beloved films of all time.

Friday, October 26 The Shining 1980 / 146 min. / R / CC

Aspiring writer Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson) accepts a job as winter caretaker at the isolated Overlook Hotel in Colorado's Rocky Mountains. His wife Wendy (Shelley Duvall) and pre-school age son Danny (Danny Lloyd) go with him.. Jack hears the disturbing story that a former caretaker had gone mad while there, murdered his family and killed himself-but keeps it to himself. With six months ahead of them, they settle in, cut off from the world.

November 2018 On-Screen Chemistry Before 1950
Friday, November 2 Swing Time 1936 / 103 min. / NR

Small town vaudevillian Lucky Garnett (Fred Astaire) is a no-show for his own wedding, but he still hopes to marry his girl. He seeks the wealth he thinks he needs in New York City, where he meets Penny (Ginger Rogers), a dancing instructor. It's a big conflict for Lucky, but the starstruck two form a successful dance act...and fall for each other. Arguably, Swing Time has the most complex dancing and the most plausible romance in the Astaire/Rogers franchise.

Friday, November 9 To Have and Have Not 1944 / 100 min. / NR

Based on the Ernest Hemingway novel and directed by Howard Hawks, this is a romantic adventure drama that centers on Harry Morgan (Humphrey Bogart), a fishing boat captain in the Vichy France-controlled colony of Martinique. A very young Lauren Bacall plays Slim, a steamy American singer who seduces Morgan ("You know how to whistle, don't you?") When Morgan reluctantly agrees to use his boat to rescue Resistance fighters, will Slim stand by him?

Friday, November 16 Adam's Rib 1949 / 101 min. / NR

Married couple Garson Kanin and actress Ruth Gordon wrote the screenplay for this classic comedy. It's about married lawyers (Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn) who face off as prosecutor and defense attorney in the trial of Doris Attinger (Judy Holliday) for the attempted murder of her two-timing husband (Tom Ewell). Holliday is priceless. Directed by George Cukor, Adam's Rib is # 7 on the American Film Institute's Top Ten List of Romantic Comedies.

Friday, November 23 LIBRARY CLOSED-Day After Thanksgiving


Friday, November 30 The New World 2006 / 150 min. / PG-13

Terrence Malik ("The Tree of Life") wrote and directed this film depicting the 1607 founding of Jamestown Colony in Virginia. Yes, Captain John Smith (Colin Farrell) travels upriver, is captured and held prisoner by Chief Powhatan. Smith and the Chief's daughter, Pocohontas (Q'orianka Kilcher), do fall in love. But the filmmaker chooses to focus on the natural world's deep, dreamlike impact on them, not ephemeral chemistry. Their dream does not last, not for them, not for their "tribes." In 2006, The New World opened to mildly positive reviews, but it has grown in stature since then. Emmanuel Luzbeki's brilliant cinematography is often cited as its crowning achievement. Mick LaSalle has called the film a masterpiece and the best film of its decade. Roger Ebert 4-starred it from the start.

Apr 20, 3pm to 5pm, 2090 Kittredge St. (at Shattuck), Berkeley, CA 94704

Buddhist Squirrels

Apr 20, 7pm to 9pm, Caffe on San Pablo, 2500 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley

Arabian Nights: The Porter's Tale Night of Tales and Shadow Puppets with Jeff Gere

In THE PORTER'S TALE, one story unfolds into another until, in a party, each of three one-eyed men tells his bizarre, roller-coaster tale of how he lost his eye. This 700 year old tale is Islam's `pulp fiction', revealing the anonymous genius of the people of the sands. In Hawaii, responding to the Iraq War (2003-04), storyteller JEFF GERE performed 10 Arabian Night tales over 18 months of sold-out shows (with belly dancer & two musicians). This is Jeff's favorite set of tales. Jeff's Shadow Puppets will animate three sections. The show runs two hours. Content Warning: Tales have sex, violence, Genie, Magic, philosophy & poetry! JEFF GERE was Oahu's Drama Specialist (Parks Department) for 30 years. There, he produced the Talk Story Festival, Hawaii's biggest storytelling celebration, Talk Story Radio & Story TV. Since retiring to end 2014, he has performed tales and shadow puppets in China, India, Romania, Australia, Japan & Taiwan. This is his first mainland tour in several years.

Doors at 6:30 pm; Show at 7:00 pm
Tickets are $15 Advance / $20 at the Door
Benefit for the Silk Road House - a non-profit organization created to promote and support an impressive array of diverse ethnic cultural traditions.

Apr 20, 7pm to 8:30pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

StickupKid, HeartsLike Lions, Sunata, DeathByFireworks, Return, NewCarSmell

Apr 20, 7pm to 10pm, 924 Gilman, 924 Gilman St, Berkeley

Caren Yglesias presents Desert Gardens of Steve Martino.

This survey of twenty-one gardens by Steve Martino, whose work blends colorful, man-made elements with native plants to reflect the sun-drenched beauty of the desert, is sure to inspire gardeners, landscapers, and admirers of California and the Southwest. For more than thirty years, Steve Martino has been committed to the development and advancement of landscape architecture in the Southwest. His pioneering work with native plant material and the development of a desert-derived design aesthetic is widely recognized. A recurring theme of his work is the dramatic juxtaposition of man-made elements with ecological processes of the region. His love for the desert--the interplay of light and shadow, the colors, plants,and wildlife--inspires his work.

Caren Yglesias is a licensed architect and professor of Landscape Design at UC Berkeley. She has taught landscape architecture at Virginia Tech, University of Maryland, and the Academy of Art University. Book publications include The Innovative Use of Materials in Architecture and Landscape Architecture: History, Theory and Performance and The Complete House and Grounds: Learning from Andrew Jackson Downing's Domestic Architecture.
To reserve your seat, purchase a copy of Desert Gardens of Steve Martino in advance by speaking to one of our booksellers or ordering from our website.

Apr 20, 7:30pm to 8:30pm, Mrs Dalloway's Bookstore, 2904 College Ave, Berkeley

Apollo's Fire: Monteverdi's L'Orfeo

Jeannette Sorrell, conductor and harpsichord
Karim Sulayman, Orfeo
Erica Schuller, Euridice
Cleveland's dynamic period-music ensemble Apollo's Fire returns with a semi-staged production of Monteverdi's beloved and timeless L'Orfeo. Director Jeannette Sorrell leads her superb instrumentalists and vocalists on a dramatic journey to Hades and back, following the mythic Orpheus on his tragic mission-including a reconstruction of the work's original ending, in which our hero perishes at the hands of Bacchus' followers. "Monteverdi's Orfeo was a triumph for Jeannette Sorrell, showing us new dimensions of her genius" (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette).

$36-$72. 642-9988. cal

Apr 20, 8pm to 10pm, Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley

420 with Chris Murray, The Titan Ups and BURNT

Apr 20, 8pm to 9pm, The Starry Plough Pub 3101 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

Fandango Jarocho: Son Jarocho Jam Session

FREE - Donations of any size are welcome and greatly appreciated!
Enjoy a lively evening of son jarocho music, dancing, and zapateado - bring your dance shoes and instruments, or just come and enjoy the music and dance! There is no entrance fee, but any monetary donations are accepted in support of programming at La Peña.

Son Jarocho is a lively traditional art form from the southern Mexican state of Veracruz that sits on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico.It is a lyrical and danceable music genre that formed in the melding of three cultures: Arabic-Spanish, African and indigenous Mexican.  It is at the same time highly improvised and highly structured-filled with complex poly-rhythms and musical dialogue in its dance, song, poetry and music.  The basic instrumentation of the son jarocho includes the jarana jarocha, guitarra de son (both guitar-like instruments) and zapateado (percussive footwork).  Regional variations include the harp and various percussive instrum (View Full Event Description Here:

Apr 20, 8pm to 11pm, 3105 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA, 94705, United States

The Nordic Fiddlers Bloc

The Nordic Fiddlers Bloc is a fiddle trio that masterfully blends the traditions of Norway, Sweden and the Shetland Islands. Olav Luksengård Mjelva (Norway), Anders Hall (Sweden) and Kevin Henderson (Shetland Islands), have swiftly gained a reputation for their gripping and unique blend of fiddle music since the inception of the Bloc in early 2009.

They maintain a firm focus on the traditions of their home while developing a sound that has been described as "meaningful," "intense," and "invigorating." Their clever use of harmony, rhythm, riffs & bass lines creates a sound that leaves the listener enthralled but at the same time dumbfounded that the sound only comes from three fiddles. 2016 saw the release of their eagerly-awaited second album, Deliverance, following their eponymous debut album released in September 2011 to great critical acclaim.

"Seldom before can three fiddlers have sounded so well matched as the Nordic Fiddlers Bloc. And seldom before can three fiddles have sounded so much like four and at times five instruments without using electronic trickery." - The Herald

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. 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).

Apr 20, 8pm to 10pm, The Back Room, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley

Vinci Vibe & Her Groove Sector

Soul-minded, singer/songwriter, VinCi (Vin-Cee), renders a unique sound of her own, as she instills ready-hints of jazz, mixing in a close study of 70s rock and soul classics, while blithely blending a fervor reckoning of pop sense. Celebrating the recent release of her second LP, RISE, the product of the myriad of popular music ingrained in VinCi's musical upbringing, while being influenced by some of soul music's textbook names, such as Nina Simone, Curtis Mayfield, Sade and Marvin Gaye.

Apr 20, 8pm to 11pm, Jupiter, 2181 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

Elaine Kreston and Friends

The Berkeley Hillside Club is delighted to welcome cellist Elaine Kreston back to our Concert Series. Joining Elaine for this performance will be two of her talented colleagues in an eclectic program of cello, piano, and world percussion music, as well as spoken word/cello pieces. Don't miss these remarkable artists performing in our historic and acoustically-excellent hall.

The Artists:
Elaine Kreston, cello
John Malkin, piano and world percussion
Eric Schneider, spoken word

About the Program:
Please join us for magical evening of original compositions for cello, piano, and world percussion, woven with transformative recitations of poets Rumi and Hafiz. Included will be a solo cello suite by J.S. Bach, as well as Malkin's own minimalist solo piano compositions (reminiscent of Philip Glass). Hillside audiences will remember Eric & Elaine's earlier performances as RumiCello; featuring a sonorous recitation of timeless poems that spring to life within and around the music.

Info: 510-845-1350 Admission: $20 general, $15 students & seniors, $10 Hillside Club members

Apr 20, 8pm to 10pm, The Berkeley Hillside Club 2286 Cedar Street Berkeley

Danny Bittker: DannyBoyBlue

California Jazz Conservatory - Danny Bittker: DannyBoyBlue A musical journey, composed and presented by Danny Bittker (diverse woodwinds) along with a caravan of wonderful Bay Area musicians: Mara Fox (trombone); Lee Heuermann and Bryan Dyer (voices); Cote Reese (keyboards) ; Scott Foster (guitar); Adam Gay (bass); and Jason Levis (drums). Exciting and compelling sound and rhythm; something old new borrowed and
Doors Open: 7:30 PM Starts: 8:00 PM Ends: 10:00 PM Price Fees Qty Open Seating - General $15.00 +$1.21

Apr 20, 8pm to 10pm, California Jazz Conservatory 2087 Addison St, Berkeley

Bettye LaVette

Bettye LaVette
"Whatever she sings acquires the fierce, confessional intensity of someone who barely lived to tell the tale." - New York Times

FOR HER TENTH ALBUM and first album on a major label in nearly 30 years, legendary soul singer BETTYE LAVETTE takes on the songs of BOB DYLAN with the grit and experience that makes her one of the greatest living soul singers.
THINGS HAVE CHANGED is a masterpiece of interpretation of one of the greatest songwriters alive, by one of the greatest soul singers alive. Keith Richards and Trombone Shorty guest on the Steve Jordan-produced album, which is set for release on Verve Records on March 30.
Since the great 21st century rediscovery of Bettye LaVette returned her to prominence, she has worked extensively in the rock and folk idioms, with her unique takes on songs by the likes of The Who, The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, Fiona Apple, and Dolly Parton. But never before has she devoted an entire album to the material of one songwriter.
THINGS HAVE CHANGED spans more than five decades of Dylan songs, from 1964's immortal "The Times They Are A-Changin'" up to "Ain't Talkin'," the epic final track on his 2006 album Modern Times.
"Other people write songs, but he writes vignettes, more prose than poetry. I didn't find his words to be pretty so much as they are extremely practical or extremely logical. He can work things like `go jump off a ledge' into a song," says Bettye.
Bettye has only come face-to-face with Bob Dylan once, at a festival in Italy. Both backstage, Dylan was preparing to go on when his longtime bassist Tony Garnier pointed out Bettye. Dylan immediately stopped, walked over, and grabbed Bettye's face in his hands and kissed her, and headed out to play his show.
THINGS HAVE CHANGED sees Dylan's songs seriously transformed: "I had never really listened to It Ain't Me Babe," she says. "But I had to make it more dismissive-not fast and hard, but like a Jimmy Reed tune. And `The Times They Are A-Changin,' I had to flip that all the way round, so we worked up the groove on a beat box. That just made it extremely surprising."

DJ Harry Duncan
DJ Harry Duncan also produces and hosts In The Soul Kitchen, the award-winning, weekly radio show broadcast live on KCSM, the Bay Area's jazz station.
Respected industry-wide as an innovator, Duncan serves up his own Roots & Rhythm mix: a rich, danceable musical stew of soul, funk, blues, roots reggae, ska and jazz plus African, Latin and select World music when spinning live and while In The Soul Kitchen.
This music mix gives audiences, artists and promoters a welcome alternative to the kinds of in-house music often played at festivals and concerts.
Duncan has appeared with a wide variety of artists including Aretha Franklin, Tedeschi-Trucks Band, The Roots, George Clinton and P-Funk, Galactic, Trombone Shorty, Dr. John,
The Original Meters, Rebirth Brass Band, Dumpstaphunk, Cory Henry, Bonnie Raitt and Mavis Staples, India.Arie, Charlie Hunter, Tower of Power, Boz Scaggs, Lizz Wright, Cody ChesnuTT, Femi Kuti, Bombino, Steel Pulse, Madness and The Specials.

The box office is open 12:30pm-7pm (excluding holidays) and during all performances.
Box Office Phone: (510) 644-2020

Apr 20, 8pm to 9pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley

Del The Funky Homosapien, AMP Live

Del The Funky Homosapien, AMP Live, Domino (of Hieroglyphics), Richie Cunning w/ DJ Bad DJ, Down 2 Earth, J.Lately

Apr 20, 8:30pm to 9:30pm, Cornerstone, 2367 Shattuck Ave (Enter On Durant), Berkeley, CA, 94704