Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar


Independent Bookstore Day 2018 Pegasus Books

Pegasus Books celebrates Indie Bookstore Day with exclusive content for sales created specifically for independent bookstores. In addition there'll be festivities, giveaways, and special events! , ALL DAY ALL PEGASUS BOOKS LOCATIONS Limited edition books and art created exclusively for IBD Spin the wheel and win a prize with purchase of a book Win a gift basket stuffed full of books, swag, and literary goodies Treats and refreshments Stay tuned for more announcements...

Apr 28, 9am to 10:45pm,


Independent Bookstore Day!
A one day party featuring special guest authors, limited edition merch, and more! Exciting plans are in the works so be sure to check this page for updates on all the fun happenings.
Independent Bookstore Day is April 28, but the fun starts April 1 with the Book Lovers Quest Passport!
Download your passport here for a chance to win the Grand Prize: A library of books worth over $1,000 that have been hand selected by your favorite booksellers!
To qualify for the Grand Prize drawing, visit 10 of these stores in April, have each store sign off on the back of this sheet, and then submit this Book Lover Quest form to one of the stores listed here on Independent Bookstore Day, It's as easy as that. No problem for a book lover such as you, right?

Apr 28, 10am to 9pm, Books Inc. 1491 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

North Berkeley Jazz Quartet

Apr 28, 11:45am to 2:45pm, Cheese Board Pizza 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley,

Saturday Storytime at Books Inc. Berkeley

Join Books Inc. Berkeley for Storytime! Every Sunday at noon. (Ages 3+)

Apr 28, 1pm to 2pm, Books Inc. 1491 Shattuck Ave Berkeley

Luciano Troja

20$ General Admission/
10$ Students and Seniors

Apr 28, 3pm to 5pm, Maybeck Studio, 1537 Euclid Ave, Berkeley

Georgeanne Brennan presents Windows on Provence: Musings on the Food, Wine, and Culture of the South of France, a book for travelers, for dreamers, for Francophiles, for lovers of Provencal craft and cuisine, and for anyone who wants to be a part of something beautiful and special.

Famous for its radiant light, vibrant colors, beautiful architecture, flavorful foods, and opulent wines, Provence is one of the most visited destinations of the world. To turn the pages of Windows on Provence is to be immersed in the magical region.

With each photograph and chapter, the reader is transported to the beaches of Nice under a white umbrella, to the twisting streets of Aix-en-Provence, to the 2,000-year-old ruins of Cimiez, and beyond.

Georgeanne Brennan evocatively renders an insider's knowledge of Provence's villages and their ancient customs and traditions. Through rich essays, each examining a unique facet of Provencal culture, she shares her view of the southern region of the country. Brennan's engaging text, together with alluring photographs, takes the reader on an unforgettable tour, from the sun-drenched Cote d'Azur to the craggy mountains of Haute Provence; to lavender, poppy and wheat fields; through markets full of richly-hued fabrics, antiques and seasonal specialties; to harbors filled with fishermen selling the morning's catch; over hills covered in vines; and into centuries-old buildings and castle ruins, all brought to life through the author's eyes.

Included in the bounty are four distinct Provencal recipes as well as indispensable driving tips to help drivers find their way without stress.

Georgeanne Brennan is the author of the popular food memoir, A Pig in Provence as well as the culinary classic, Potager. She is also the author of My Culinary Journey: Food and Fetes of Provence. She lives in both France and Northern California.

To reserve your seat, purchase a copy of Windows on Provence by speaking to one of our booksellers. (510) 704-8222.

Apr 28, 3pm to 4pm, Mrs Dalloway's Bookstore, 2904 College Ave, Berkeley

VL Trio

Apr 28, 4:45pm to 7:45pm, The Cheeseboard Pizza, 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

Betty Reid Soskin: Sign My Name to Freedom

Author and activist Betty Reid Soskin shares insights about her memoir, Sign My Name To Freedom, as part of Independent Bookstore Day and the Bay Area Book Festival at Pegasus Books Downtown.
Free to attend.

Betty Reid Soskin has been a home-front war-years worker, a singer-songwriter and performer, a writer, a legislative aide, a National Parks ranger, a national icon, and an honest and tireless fighter, both against discrimination of all forms and for the growth and triumph of the human spirit and values that would benefit us all. In her blog, CBreaux Speaks at, she writes, "Life has never been richer, nor more abundantly lyrical," and "I've grown into someone I'd like to know-were I not me already!"

Blending together selections from many of Betty's hundreds of blog entries with interviews, letters, and speeches collected throughout her long life, Sign My Name to Freedom invites readers into an American life through the words and thoughts of a national treasure who has never stopped looking at herself, the nation, or the world with fresh eyes.

Apr 28, 5:30pm to 7pm, Pegasus Books Downtown, 2349 Shattuck Ave Berkeley

Project Light: Lighthouse

Project Light: Lighthouse
Project Light is about bringing together a community for Christian dancers, singers, and spoken word artists and inspiring others to explore faith through the arts. Our lineup draws from local artists and dance teams from all across California like LA, Berkeley, Sacramento, and San Jose, united under for One Purpose.

"Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them." - Romans 12:6

We want people to enjoy the performance at a great location. Please help contribute to funding:

Hosted By: Abba Modern (UC Berkeley)

Agape (UC Davis)

Headliner: Sam Ock (GoodFruitCo)
Sam Ock is a passionate experimentalist, an instinctive musician, and a dauntless lyricist; he seamlessly blends thought with sound and makes music a natural extension of who he already is. Sam desires to leave an imprint on the world, with lyrics that openly express the vulnerabilities of his soul and a musical aesthetic which warmly welcome listeners into a sober yet hopeful reality. Starting from Simple Steps that have now grown into momentous strides, Sam continues experimenting and passionately creating, pushing the boundaries of genre, sound, and content all to give glory to his Creator, and love to the people of this world.

Apr 28, 6pm to 7pm, The UC Theatre Taube Family Music Hall, 2036 University Avenue, near Downtown Berkeley BART, Berkeley, CA, 94704

Javanese Shadow Play

Javanese Shadow Play featuring Midiyanto, accompanied by Gamelan Sari Raras (Midiyanto and Ben Brinner, directors), featuring Heni Savitri and guest drummer Djoko Walujo Wimboprasetyo

Apr 28, 7:30pm to 8:30pm, Hertz Hall, UC Berkeley Campus

Emily Zisman

Emily Zisman is a Folk-Americana singer-songwriter born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, trained in New York City, and well-weathered and inspired by her travels and a restless heart.

Since picking up the guitar at the tender age of eight, Emily's musical journey has taken her all over the world. She has graced stages up and down both sides of the United States and has performed internationally at festivals in Europe. As a writer, she takes her cues from artists like Dar Williams, Joni Mitchell, and Ani DiFranco. Emily Zisman sings about our vulnerabilities and fears, love and conflict, and crafts her lyrics into song with a soulfully folk voice evocative of Emmylou Harris.Emily finds the most joy when she connects the stories of her writing to her music, and loves to bring audiences in on the secrets of her songs. She has a following of committed regulars who bring a sense of camaraderie and familiarity to all her shows. She always takes the time to greet people she knows and make introductions between strangers over personal anecdotes. Crafting a sense of community and shared engagement is the sort of unique experience she strives to create at every performance.

When asked what she loves about playing live, Emily replies, "I love the shared energy between the audience and the performer. When it's there, the interplay can create an experience unique to a given space and time. It's hard not to get carried away in the moment."

Tickets are $12 in advance/$15 at the door general admission, $10 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).

Apr 28, 8pm to 10pm, The Back Room, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley

John Lester's Bass Bureaucracy

Bassist/vocalist John Lester brings his all-bass and drums looping project, Bass Bureaucracy, back to Jupiter. John plays upright bass, as well as six string fretted and fretless electric basses, while utilizing loop recording to create deep grooves for his award winning songs. Tonight, John is joined by guest electronic drummer/percussionist Daniel Berkman.

Apr 28, 8pm to 11pm, Jupiter, 2181 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley


Apr 28, 8pm to 10pm, 2500 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

4th Saturday Swing - Cal Alumni Big Band plus Dance Lesson with Cheryl McBride and Michael Marangio

The multi-generational Cal Alumni Big Band brings dancers' favorite arrangements from the golden age of 1930s swing through Frank Sinatra's '50s hits and more modern dance tunes. Directed by Paul Siebel and managed by Sam Lind, tonight's band includes 18 instrumentalists and three singers, ranging in age from their 20s to 70s. Established in 1980 to enable grads and alumni of the UC Jazz Ensembles a way to continue playing big band music after leaving Cal, the nonprofit band also sponsors a scholarship fund for current students of the music program. The Cal Alumni Big Band plays monthly gigs at the Bistro in Hayward, as well as occasional fundraisers for the Cal music program. Over the years scores of alums have become members of the Cal Alumni Big Band. Members include students of the first UC Jazz Ensembles (1968) through recent grads.

Doors at 7:30 pm; Dance Lesson at 8:00 pm
Show at 9:00 pm
Buy Tickets on EVENTBRITE
Tickets are $12 Advance / $15 at the Door

Apr 28, 8pm to 11:59pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Tyler Harlow presents Traveler (CJC Senior Project)

Bassist and composer Tyler Harlow presents an evening of inventive and engaging original compositions and arrangements with his band, Traveler, featuring some of the Bay Area's most creative and talented names in jazz.

Band Members and Instrumentation:
Tyler Harlow - Bass;
Sam Priven - Alto Saxophone;
Lu Salcedo - Guitar;
Dahveed Behroozi - Piano;
Matt Buckner - Drums

Bio: Tyler Harlow is an SF Bay Area bassist and composer obsessed with adventure through music. He builds on a strong jazz tradition to create his own voice as a composer and improviser, intent on innovation.

Since his arrival on the scene, Tyler has been gaining recognition throughout the Bay Area as an exciting up-coming artist, both as sideman and band leader. He's been featured as an "Emerging Artist" by Jazz in the Neighborhood, been a member of the award-winning California Jazz Conservatory Advanced Combo, and taught on the faculty at the Stanford Jazz Workshop. He has performed alongside many respected musicians, including Dann Zinn, Tony Miceli, Anthony Smith, Marcos Silva, Erik Jekabson, Kari Ikonen, Greg Glassman.

Tyler's music is steeped in the jazz tradition, but also pulls from a wide array of influences: funk, Brazilian music, Afro-Caribbean music, contemporary classical and avant-garde music. He has a strong sense melody, coupled with a love for delicate harmonies, and creates a yin-yang of groove and fluidity. Exciting and intense, spanning a broad spectrum of dynamics, Tyler's performances are inspiring and invigorating. Artist Website:

Apr 28, 8pm to 10pm, California Jazz Conservatory 2087 Addison St, Berkeley

The Origins of Cumbia Concert: Featuring Special Guests from Colombia!

La Peña Cultural Center and Discos Resaca present:
Colombian musicians, Kiko Villamizar y su grupo out of Austin Texas, are touring California to share their ancestral knowledge of Colombian cumbia, and also fusing Afro-Colombian, Reggae, and other Latin world beats.
Kiko Villamizar's group, which recently put out an album called "Aguas Frias", features some of the BEST traditional cumbia players from Colombia including: Shango Dely on tambor alegre (has toured with Carlos Vives & Santana) , Fabian Rincon on drum set, Cesar Valencia on bass, and Cesar Osorio on guitar.
For this VERY SPECIAL West Coast Tour, they will be traveling with two elders directly from Sahagún, Colombia who are Master Gaita players: Elber Alvarez and Jose Paternina of the group "Trapiche de Colomboy". Gaitas are the traditional pre-Colombian instruments that were the foundation for original cumbias. (View Full Event Description Here:

$10 Advance / $15 Day of Concert

Apr 28, 8:30pm to 11:45pm, 3105 Shattuck Ave. , Berkeley, CA, 94705, United States