Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar


Freddie Hughes and the House of Hughes

Soul legend Freddie Hughes and his band.

May 8, 4:45pm to 7:45pm, Cheese Board Pizza 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

California Jazz Conservatory Student Performances

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

May 8, 6pm to 7pm, California Jazz Conservatory 2087 Addison St, Berkeley

Classical Revolution

May 8, 7pm to 9pm, Caffe on San Pablo, 2500 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley

Suzy Hopkins and Haille Bateman present What to Do When I'm Gone

Pegasus Books Downtown welcomes Suzy Hopkins and Haille Bateman for a presentation and book signing of What to Do When I'm Gone: A Mother's Wisdom to Her Daughter.

"Taking something as monumental as grief and loss and making it handleable, even for a small bit of time, is no small achievement. And this book achieves just that with humor and honesty and recipes. All critical for persevering." - Maira Kalman


One sleepless night while she was in her early twenties, illustrator/writer Hallie Bateman had a painful realization: her mom would die, and after she died she would be gone. The prospect was devastating, and also scary--how would she navigate the world without the person who gave her life? She thought about all the motherly advice she would miss--advice that could help her through the challenges to come, including the ordeal of losing a parent.

The next day, Hallie asked her mother, writer Suzy Hopkins, to record step-by-step instructions for her to follow in the event of her mom's death. The list began: "Pour yourself a stiff glass of whiskey and make some fajitas" and continued from there, walking Hallie through the days, months, and years of life after loss, with motherly guidance and support, addressing issues great and small--from choosing a life partner to baking a quiche. The project became a way for mother and daughter to connect with humor, openness, and gratitude. It led to this book.

Combining Suzy's wit and heartfelt advice with Hallie's quirky and colorful style, What to Do When I'm Gone is the illustrated instruction manual for getting through life without one's mom. It's also a poignant look at loss, love, and taking things one moment at a time. By turns whimsical, funny, touching, and above all pragmatic, it will leave readers laughing and teary-eyed. And it will spur conversations that enrich family members' understanding of one another.

Hallie Bateman is an illustrator and writer whose work has appeared in the New Yorker, the New York Times Magazine, Lenny, BuzzFeed, the Awl, and elsewhere. Her creative journal, Brave New Work, was published by MOMA in 2017. She lives in Los Angeles.

Suzy Hopkins is a former newspaper reporter who since 2008 has published a quarterly magazine (Friends and Neighbors, for boomers and seniors in California's Central Sierra. She is also Hallie's mom. She lives in Columbia, California.

"Taking something as monumental as grief and loss and making it handleable, even for a small bit of time, is no small achievement. And this book achieves just that with humor and honesty and recipes. All critical for persevering." - Maira Kalman,
"Brimming with beautiful illustrations and hilarious, touching prose, this book is perfect for every mother and daughter and anyone who will someday lose someone they love, which is to say, everyone. I laughed and cried then immediately called my own mother and asked her to tell me everything now, before it's too late." - Wendy MacNaughton,
"Beautiful, heart-wrenching, funny. I'll keep this book close till the day I need it--and pass it to my son for the day he will." - Ally Sheedy

May 8, 7:30pm to 8:30pm, Pegasus Books Downtown 2349 Shattuck Ave Berkeley

Freight Open Mic

Freight Open Mic

The longest running open stage in the Bay Area now has free admission. Also, for this evening's open mic, performance spots will be assigned via a lottery system, not "first-come, first-served."

Our Open Mic has brought in some of our brightest performers, including Shawn Colvin, Dana Carvey, Alvin Youngblood Hart, and Patrick Landeza. The audience is friendly - and people actually listen! So come on down and join the fun. All performers welcome.


A lottery will be held shortly after doors at 7:00 p.m. The show starts promptly at 7:30.

Admission is free for all.

Solo performers get to play one song; groups get to play two songs. Management reserves the right to award a performer an extra song now and then, for any reason management deems appropriate.

Please be ready to perform when your turn comes up. Please limit your introduction to 30 seconds.

BONUS: Anyone - performers and audience alike - who stays until the end of the night is entitled to a FREE TICKET to an upcoming Freight show of their choice. Shows that are sold out or close to being sold out are excluded from this offer.

Tune up, drop in, go on!

May 8, 7:30pm to 9:30pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley

Aux Cajunals plus Dance Lesson with Kevin and Ann Hutchinson

The Aux Cajunals play kick-ass Cajun dance music like it was played at celebrations in southwest Louisiana 100 years ago. Hard-driving, but not ear-splitting, the Aux Cajunals focus on the old-time acoustic sounds that can be heard in the earliest Cajun recordings of the 1920s. In addition to all of the Cajun and Creole standards, their repertoire includes many unusual songs and tunes learned from rare 78s, field recordings, and directly from master musicians. The bandmembers have performed and recorded with many of the most respected names in Cajun and zydeco music, including Michael Doucet and BeauSoleil, Marc & Ann Savoy, Queen Ida, Dewey Balfa, and D.L. Menard.

Doors at 7:30 pm; Dance Lesson at 8:00 pm with Kevin and Ann Hutchinson
Show at 8:30 pm
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Tickets are $12 Advance / $15 at the Door

May 8, 8pm to 11pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Scott Larson Trio

Taking over the Tuesday Jazzidency for May, Scott Larson is a trombonist, arranger, composer and bandleader who has performed in the Bay Area for over two decades. He dabbles in a variety of genres of music, and has played with such jazz legends as Ray Brown, Smith Dobson, Bill Berry, Maria Muldaur, Dizzy Gillespie and Marcus Shelby. He currently leads the bands Franco Nero, Lucky 7, and the Scott Larson Quintet and Trio.

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

BAMM 2018 --- Composers, Inc.

Composers, Inc., in its 34th season, will present the 5th annual !BAMM! (Bay Area Modern Music) concert this spring. !BAMM! brings together Bay Area composers and performers in a festival-like environment that brings an enthusiastic close to the season. This year, the featured ensembles are One Great City Duo, Siroko Duo, and violinist Michèle Walther. The concert will also showcase the winner of the 4th annual !BAMM! Student Composers Competition.

Siroko Duo will perform a few energetic flute duets; Chase Study by Lucas Floyd and Tarentella by Kyle Randall as well as Julie Barwick's Conversations. SopraDuo will perform A Small Picture of a Large Place by Michael Kropf and Songs for Sara composed by our newest artistic director Emma Logan. The piece also features text sung by one of the guitarists. Michèle Walther is a composer who plays violin with live looping pedal to create thick textures that sound like an ensemble of players. She will perform her composition Sunday Morning. Also featured will be a work by this year's winner of the !BAMM! Student Composers Competition.

The event will take place on Tuesday, May 8, 2018 at the beautiful First Congregational Church of Berkeley, recently renovated from the fire last year.

Tickets are also available at the door 30 minutes prior to the concert.

    Price Range: $20 General; $15 Students/Seniors/Disabled
    Tickets: 9254216521

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May 8, 8pm to 10pm, First Congregational Church of Berkeley, 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley

Tuesday Jazzidency: Justin Rock Trio

Formerly of Bastet and starting off the 2018 summer season, guitarist Justin Rock was born in the Big Apple and brought up in Motor City. He's swiftly making a name for himself as one of the greatest, prolific composer/improvisers in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond.

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