Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar

05/05/2018

MDC - Millions Of Dead Cops, FLiPOUT A.A, Year Of The Fist, Heartless Folk

ALL AGES.
Doors @ 7pm // Show @ 8pm
$12 + $2 Membership
Safe(r) Space Venue: no drugs, alcohol, or bigoted behavior.

12 midnight, 924 Gilman, 924 Gilman St, Berkeley


Cinco de Mayo: VL Trio

Cinco de Mayo: VL Trio

9:45am to 12:45 noon, The Cheeseboard Pizza, 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley


Cinco de Mayo Celebration : Aguilas de Michoacán Mariachis

Fantastic local Mariachis as part of our Cinco De Mayo Celebration with the first corn pizza of the season.

11:45am to 2:45pm, The Cheeseboard Pizza, 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley


Gravity Fest 2018

On May 5th from 12pm to 5pm, Jupiter is hosting Downtown Berkeley's first-ever Gravity Fest! We're closing Center Street between Shattuck and Oxford for five hours of fresh beer, fantastic food, funky music and family-friendly fun!

Celebrate our vibrant Berkeley community by enjoying the work of a dozen local craftspeople and businesses. Experience everything from wire art and woodworking to artisanal soaps and handmade wares! Our friends from The Hog's Apothecary and Grilled Cheese Guy will be cooking up drool-inducing cuisine while you feast your ears on music from Kyle Rowland Blues Band, Tia Carroll and The Skookum Brothers.

Gravitate to our three beer booths for the debut of Hi Gravity IPA, our stellar new 7.5% concoction, loaded with a ridiculous amount of Rakau and Mosaic hops. The good folks of Triple Rock Brewing and Drake's Brewing Co. will also be on hand to quench your thirst with their deliciously satisfying local brews.

This is event is FREE and open to the public! Well-behaved dogs and children are welcome.

For more information and insider sneak peeks, check out our Facebook event and follow us @jupiterberkeley.

#ItsOurDowntown #GravityFest2018

12 noon to 5pm, Center Street between Shattuck and Oxford


Nzuri Soul

An electrifying stage presence, personality, and a whole lot of soul describes powerhouse singer Nzuri Soul. She is a true entertainer and has performed at Yoshi's, Oakland's Fox Theatre, House of Blues Los Angeles & Vegas, Fenix Live Supper Club, Empress Theater, Bay Area Juneteenth Festival, First Fridays All White Party 2017, and the Shine Lounge Sacramento, just to name a few.

With a passion for performing and music, Nzuri Soul's shows are high-energy and filled with tributes to the greatest in R & B, Rock, Pop and Soul. The show will feature her captivating band members Lamar Green (music director and keyboards), Eddie Wroten (bass), Chris Brochard (lead guitar), and DJ Tolefree (percussion).

Nzuri Soul's debut album Love Story XIX, is out now.Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door, $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).

The Back Room is an all-ages, BYOB (for those 21+) space, dedicated to (mostly) acoustic music of all kinds. You are welcome to bring your own adult beverage with no additional corkage fee. If you need more information or have any questions, please call us: #510-654-3808.

3pm to 5pm, The Back Room, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley


Original "Pippi Longstocking" Musical Kairos Music Academy

WARNING: Organically-grown wild child on the loose!!!
It's time for comedy, mystery, and mischief!
Original music by Arkadi Serper, words by Brad Johnson, based on the story by Astrid Lindgren. Directed by Laura Kakis Serper and Arkadi Serper.

Price Range: $15 advance, $20 at the door. discounts for students & seniors. Tickets: +1 (510) 918-3735

4pm to 6pm, Crowden Auditiorium, 1475 Rose Street (at Sacramento), Berkeley


California Jazz Conservatory Student Performances

California Jazz Conservatory ensembles present a series of semester-end concerts.
FREE

6pm to 7pm, California Jazz Conservatory 2087 Addison St, Berkeley


Dodge's Sundodgers

Dodge's Sundodgers

6:30pm to 9:30pm, Cafe Leila, 1336, 1724 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley


Pride Prom 2018! A.W. // Total Bettys // The Homobiles + more! Public

Second annual pride prom! Featuring music by:

A.W.
(LA by way of Flowery Branch, GA // lovesick pop)
https://listentoaw.bandcamp.com/

The Total Bettys
(SF melancholy poppy punk)
https://thetotalbettys.bandcamp.com/

The Homobiles
(SF queercore supergroup)
https://thehomobiles.bandcamp.com/

Polythene Pam
(Bay Area retro queer girl band)
http://polythenepamband.com

Little Debbie and the Crusaders
(Oakland sugary power duo)
https://littledebbieandthecrusaders.bandcamp.com

PLUS tables, zines, informational pamphlets, and more!


ALL AGES. 7:00PM.
$10 in street clothes, $5 in prom attire
+$2 annual 924 gilman membership.

Wheelchair accessible, all-gender restrooms, scent-free space

ABSOLUTELY NO DRUGS, ALCOHOL, OR BIGOTED BEHAVIOR. ZERO TOLERANCE - THIS IS A SAFE(R) SPACE VENUE

7pm to 11:55pm, 924 Gilman 924 Gilman St, Berkeley


People Under The Stairs

People Under The Stairs
Website
Facebook
Instagram
Bandcamp

Students For Hip Hop At CAL & Cornerstone Berkeley proudly present the Official After Party for Hip Hop In The Park feat. PEOPLE UNDER THE STAIRS.

People Under The Stairs are a Los Angeles, California hip hop group that formed in 1997 by Double K and Thes One.

For more information on Students For Hip Hop At CAL:
https://www.facebook.com/Students-For-Hip-Hop-at-Cal-201607136521220/

22nd Annual Hip Hop In The Park:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1596314673827668/

7:30pm to 8:30pm, Cornerstone, 2367 Shattuck Ave (Enter On Durant), Berkeley, CA, 94704


Recital: Klara Wurtz Organizer Catherine Langlois

Catherine Langlois, a long time friend of Klara Wurtz is the organizer of the May 5 event at the Berkeley Piano Club. Klara will be playing Liszt, Shubert Shumann and Bartok. A meet the artist wine and cheese reception will follow the concert. For any information please email Catherine at klaraconcert@gmail.com.

Tickets are $30 for adults, $20 for seniors and students. To reserve seats please purchase tickets from the organizer at www.paypal.me/KlaraWurtz.

7:30pm to 8:30pm, Berkeley Piano Club
2724 Haste St, Berkeley, CA 94704, United States


Klara Wurtz Concert

Klara Wurtz is a world renown Hungarian virtuoso pianist. She studied at the Budapest Franz Liszt Academy with Zoltán Kocsis, Ferenc Rados and György Kurtág and later received scholarships from András Schiff for his masterclasses in Prussia Cove, England. In 1985 she won the Ettore Pozzoli piano competition in Milan, and was one of the prize winners at the International Piano Competition in Dublin in 1988. In 1989 she passed with distinction as a performing artist and music pedagogue at the Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest. In 1991 she signed up with Columbia Artists Management, New York, and since then has performed over a hundred concerts in the United States and Canada. She made her North American debut with orchestra as the soloist in Beethoven's Third Piano Concerto with the Czech Philharmonic conducted by Jiri Belohlavek. She has played at Carnegie Hall in New York, at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, at Zellerbach in Berkeley and at the Ravinia Festival in Chicago. Klara has recorded numerous CDs including the complete Piano Sonatas of Mozart, a selection of Schubert Sonatas, the Piano Works of Robert Schumann, Bela Bartok and concertos by Ravel, Mozart and Bartok. Her Mendelssohn recording with the Amsterdam Klavier trio was the critics choice of the year 2000 (Harris Goldsmith for International Record Review Magazine). You tube information about Klara can be found by googling "Klara Wurtz Zongora".

Catherine Langlois, a long time friend of Klara Wurtz is the organizer of the event at the Berkeley Piano Club. Klara will be playing Liszt, Shubert Shumann and Bartok. A meet the artist wine and cheese reception will follow the concert.
For any information please email Catherine at klaraconcert@gmail.com.
tickets are $30 for adults, $20 for seniors and students. To reserve seats please purchase tickets from the organizer at www.paypal.me/KlaraWurtz.
Email: klaraconcert@gmail.com
Price Range: $20-$30

7:30pm to 9:30pm, Berkeley Piano Club, 2724 Haste St, Berkeley


BREATHTAKING-A Cornetto and a Voice Entwined

San Francisco Early Music Society

BREATHTAKING-A Cornetto and a Voice Entwined
During the 16th and 17th centuries, the cornetto was praised as the instrument closest to the human voice. In his famous memorandum to the Seville cathedral, Francisco Guerrero states that a cornetto might be substituted for an absent soprano singer, and undoubtedly ensembles of the late Renaissance and early baroque often did mix cornetti with voices. This stunning concert, featuring an all-star ensemble and spotlighting Hana Blažíková's angelic soprano entwined with the supernaturally beautiful sound of Bruce Dickey's cornetto, explores the unique possibilities of this combination. The repertory includes early 17th-century motets and madrigals for voice and cornetto, as well as some rare, late 17th-century arias from operas and oratorios with obbligato parts written explicitly for the cornetto.

Composers include Biagio Marini, Nicolò Corradini, Giovanni Battista Bassani, Giacomo Carissimi, Tarquinio Merula, Alessandro Scarlatti, and Maurizio Cazzati.
Email: tickets@sfems.org
Price Range: $15 to $50
Tickets: 510-528-1725

7:30pm to 9:30pm, Saint Mary Magdalen Dominican Parish
2005 Berryman St, Berkeley, CA 94709, United States


Original "Pippi Longstocking" Musical Kairos Music Academy

WARNING: Organically-grown wild child on the loose!!!
It's time for comedy, mystery, and mischief!
Original music by Arkadi Serper, words by Brad Johnson, based on the story by Astrid Lindgren. Directed by Laura Kakis Serper and Arkadi Serper.

Price Range: $15 advance, $20 at the door. discounts for students & seniors. Tickets: +1 (510) 918-3735

7:30pm to 9:30pm, Crowden Auditiorium, 1475 Rose Street (at Sacramento), Berkeley


UC Berkeley Symphony Orchestra

UC Berkeley Symphony Orchestra
David Milnes, music director
Martin MATALÃ"N Les lignes de fuite
BERNSTEIN Symphonic Dances from West Side Story
John ADAMS Harmonielehre Date:
Email: concerts@berkeley.edu
Price Range: $20-$5

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


Ex Machina: 887


Written, designed, directed, and performed by Robert Lepage

Revered for his expansive theatrical imagination, Canadian director, actor, and playwright Robert Lepage focuses his latest work down to the most intimate scale-a one-man show steeped in his own childhood memories. In this "touching, intimate, powerful" (The Guardian, London) performance, Lepage's commanding presence is amplified by the technical wizardry of his production company, Ex Machina. The production employs everything from archival film footage to shadow puppetry to dollhouse-like miniatures of entire city blocks-creating an elaborately shifting psychological landscape that connects personal history to broader questions of collective memory.

Performed in English and French with English supertitles.

A Berkeley RADICAL programming initiative. More information on
Berkeley RADICAL >>

$48-$98. 642-9988. calperformances.org

8pm to 10pm, Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley


Stadler Gibbons Band

The Stadler Gibbons Band features the fabulous singing and playing of Mike Stadler and Mary Gibbons. Chuck Ervin drives the bass and Jon Mitguard butters it all up with steel.

Seasoned musicians all, they travel the common ground between early country and bluegrass, great storytelling and picking. Along with classic material from the past, they include original songwriting and great works from other writers toiling today to produce tomorrow's classics. The result is a soulful blend. The band features the clean, intricate harmonies of Stadler and Gibbons set on the firm foundation of Gibbons' guitar and Ervin's bass. In the spaces between, Stadler and Mitguard intertwine stunning melodies and improvisations whether on guitar, mandolin, pedal steel guitar or dobro.

"... a typically eclectic set on any number of instruments; [Michael Stadler] is one of those musicians who believes you don't have to be flashy to be good -- and he's much better than good." - Larry Kelp, East Bay Express

"[Mary Gibbons] is a strong, stylish singer, whether burning through some bluesy bluegrass or wearing out a country weeper." - Bluegrass Unlimited

Now ain't that what Country music is all about?

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Advance tickets are available at the link below, or you may purchase 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).The Back Room is an all-ages, BYOB (for those 21+) space, dedicated to (mostly) acoustic music of all kinds. You are welcome to bring your own adult beverage with no additional corkage fee. If you need more information, or have any questions, please call us: #510-654-3808.

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


Funny Girlz! Lisa Koch, Vickie Shaw & Roxanna Ward

Funny Girlz
Seattle singer/comedian Lisa Koch hosts the return of "Funny Girlz!", featuring hilarious Texas comedian Vickie Shaw, and demented cabaret-comic Roxanna Ward. Snort-inducing comedy, fabulous music and a rumored appearance by the reclusive Barstow Gay Men's Chorus.

Lisa Koch
Website
"Hearing Seattle's Lisa Koch is one of life's wickedest pleasures... her brand of absurd confessional comedy is clearly resonating with millions of fans." --Curve Magazine

"Koch's talents seem to know no bounds as she goes from gut-busting comedy into an introspective beautiful medley and back again..." - Broadway World


Picture Tina Fey meets Bette Midler with Joan Jett guitar chops... and you've got Lisa Koch. With 5 solo recordings, she is one-half of loony sketch-comedy duo Dos Fallopia (Ham for the Holidays), and an alumnus of cult quartet Venus Envy (I'll Be A Homo for Xmas). She has shared the stage with Steve Martin, Janis Ian, The Indigo Girls, Lily Tomlin and more. Koch has been featured on Olivia and LOGO, is the composer of Off-Broadway musical "27, Rue de Fleurus", and is proud to report that one of her songs has actually been sampled by Jay-Z.

Vickie Shaw
Website
Texan Vickie Shaw is a recovering SOB (Southern Baptist), and has raised three kids as an out lesbian mother. Vickie has been seen on Comedy Central's Premium Blend, LOGO, Showtime, and is a regular on Olivia Cruises. She's featured in the films "Laughing Matters More" and "I'm Not Your Role Model."

Roxanna Ward
Cabaret-comic extraordinaire Roxanna Ward hails from Laguna Beach, CA. Ward is mom, teacher, director, conductor, and a regular performer on Olivia. She penned the R&B single, "Remember Who You Are" (Phyllis Hyman, Suede).

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


Helen and Larry

8pm to 10pm, Cafe on San Pablo, 2500 San Pablo Ave
Berkeley


TesseracT, Plini, Astronoid

Tesseract
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UK-based progressive metal pioneers, TesseracT, have been instrumental in paving a new wave of exciting and heavy sounds.

The world is changing. As a species, we've never been more conscious of who we are or where we are going - our minds circling with questions that are no longer exclusive to the more philosophical among us. It's a revelation that inspired much behind TesseracT's latest full-length, Sonder. The UK-based progressive metal pioneers, who were instrumental in paving a new wave of exciting and heavy sounds the world over, purposefully chose a title that had no orthodox meaning whatsoever. When you think about it, this is something that marries perfectly with their non-conformist approach to music...
"I stumbled across the word `Sonder' a few years ago," reveals singer Dan Tompkins. "I assumed it was an actual word taken from the dictionary. When I was thinking over the concept and titles for the album, I looked the word up in the dictionary but couldn't find it anywhere. Lo and behold it was coined by a wonderful writer that was beautifully putting into words, the thoughts and feelings that nobody had officially considered, it seems."

The eight tracks that make the tech-metal quintet's fourth album could very well be their best yet, expanding on parallel contemplations within their musical philosophies. The notion carries far indeed - we live in an age where many artists are only too happy to settle for the old words and TesseracT sit within a select few actively seeking new ones. This time round, however, things are more streamlined than in the past - amidst all of the dreamy atmospherics and sumptuous reverie is a new sense of urgency. From the bending grooves of opener Luminary to The Arrow's concluding reversed samples, clocking in at 37 minutes in total, here is a band that never sounded so honest and direct...

Plini
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Plini is a guitarist and composer based in Sydney, Australia. His main genre influences are Instrumental rock and Progressive metal, but there are elements of other genres in his songs. He is even considered part of the Djent scene, and has played a tour with Animals As Leaders, and Intervals.

Astronoid
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Metal band from Groveland, Massachusetts, US.
Active since 2012.

Information:
http://www.theuctheatre.org/

9pm to 10pm, The UC Theatre Taube Family Music Hall, 2036 University Avenue, Berkeley


Caribbean Allstars

The Caribbean Allstars are pioneers in the Bay Area reggae scene and longtime regulars at Ashkenaz. The ensemble, whose geographical roots range from Jamaica and South America to West Africa and the U.S., began joining together their musical forces and international backgrounds during the early 1970s. Out of such predecessors as Obeah and the Sons of Creation, the Caribbean Allstars were formed and became the founding fathers of Bay Area roots reggae. Although many musicians have come through the band since its founding, it has long been guided by its director, Trinidad-born drummer Hugh "Sweetfoot" Maynard.
The Caribbean Allstars not only play Jamaican reggae with a traditional electric bass-drums-guitars-keyboards lineup, but also add steel drums to bring in South Caribbean calypso and soca styles of Trinidad and Tobago, producing rhythms that drive listeners to the dance floor. Over the years the band has performed with an array of talent sitting in, including Taj Mahal, Narada Michael Walden, and Carlos Santana. Santana played on their second album and introduced them as "my favorite band" at the 1987 Bay Area Music Awards (Bammies). The Allstars were featured on Ashkenaz's 30th anniversary CD and have for many years been one of the core bands of the extended Ashkenaz world music and dance community.

Doors at 8:30 pm; Show at 9:00 pm
Buy Tickets on EVENTBRITE
Tickets are $15 Advance / $18 at the Door

9pm to 11:59pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley