May 10, 11:45am to 2:45pm, Cheese Board Pizza, 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley
May 10, 4:30pm to 6:30pm, The Musical Offering, 2430 Bancroft Way, Berkeley
May 10, 4:45pm to 7:45pm, Cheese Board Pizza 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley
The authors of Berkeley Walks Indulge in an engaging evening of local trivia with the lively authors of Berkeley Walks. The newly expanded and updated edition of this local best-seller features 22 information-packed treks around town, but you don't have to have walked them all to enjoy answering the trivia questions posed by Bob and Janet as they regale the audience with tales from Berkeley's past and present.
May 10, 6pm to 7pm, University Press Books, 2430 Bancroft Way Berkeley
California Jazz Conservatory ensembles present a series of semester-end concerts.
May 10, 6pm to 7pm, California Jazz Conservatory 2087 Addison St, Berkeley
David Vogel, professor emeritus in the Haas School of Business and the Department of Political Science at the UC Berkeley, will discuss his new book California Greenin': How the Golden State Became an Environmental Leader, a political history of environmental policy and regulation in California, from the Gold Rush to the present.
Over the course of its 150-year history, California has successfully protected its scenic wilderness areas, restricted coastal oil drilling, regulated automobile emissions, preserved coastal access, improved energy efficiency, and, most recently, addressed global climate change. How has this state, more than any other, enacted so many innovative and stringent environmental regulations over such a long period of time? The first comprehensive look at California's history of environmental leadership, California Greenin' shows why the Golden State has been at the forefront in setting new environmental standards, often leading the rest of the nation.
From the establishment of Yosemite, America's first protected wilderness, and the prohibition of dumping gold-mining debris in the nineteenth century to sweeping climate- change legislation in the twenty-first, David Vogel traces California's remarkable environmental policy trajectory. He explains that this pathbreaking role developed because California had more to lose from environmental deterioration and more to gain from preserving its stunning natural geography. As a result, citizens and civic groups effectively mobilized to protect and restore their state's natural beauty and, importantly, were often backed both by business interests and bystrong regulatory authorities. Business support for environmental regulation in California reveals that strict standards are not only compatible with economic growth but can also contribute to it. Vogel also examines areas where California has fallen short, particularly in water management and the state's dependence on automobile transportation.
As environmental policy debates continue to grow more heated, California Greenin' demonstrates that the Golden State's impressive record of environmental accomplishments holds lessons not just for the country but for the world.
May 10, 7pm to 8pm, Books Inc. in Berkeley 1491 Shattuck Avenue Berkeley
May 10, 7pm to 9pm, Caffe on San Pablo, 2500 San Pablo Ave., BErkeley
Madeleine Peyroux's extraordinary journey is one of music industry's most compelling.
Eight albums and 22 years since her debut Dreamland, Peyroux continues to challenge the confines of jazz, venturing into the fertile fields of contemporary music with unfading curiosity.
Peyroux's new album, Anthem, finds the singer-songwriter collaborating with writers/musicians Patrick Warren (Bonnie Raitt, JD Souther, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Lana Del Rey, The Red Hot Chilli Peppers), Brian MacLeod (Sara Bareilles, Leonard Cohen, Tina Turner, Ziggy Marley) and David Baerwald (Joni Mitchell, David and David, Sheryl Crow), who are also the basic rhythm section players on the album. Together, they cast a sober, poetic, and at times philosophical eye on the current state of the world.
Produced and co-written by Larry Klein, the album came to life during the pivotal 2016 US elections, with the writers absorbing a "constant stream of news" over many months. The "consciously not too preachy" songs, fuse Peyroux's, at times political outlook, with glimpses into her personal world. Honed and patiently refined with fellow writers they mix the public with the personal, striking that perfect equilibrium of dark humour and compassion.
Anthem is an album born out of the team being "together in one room, musing over world events and letting personal experiences spark ideas". David Baerwald's sadness over the passing of poet John Ashbery, ignited thoughts of much admired figures lost over the years and paved the path for All My Heroes. Baerwald's loss gave rise to feelings of awe at these figures' trailblazing ability to guide and "light fires in the shadows", but also brought to light their very human vulnerability.
Inspiration for the evocative Lullaby, written by Baerwald, Klein, MacLeod, Peyroux and Warren, came from "the image of a solitary woman in the midst of a vast open sea singing to her child, or possibly herself, as she faces the chasm of the world." With engaging empathy, the song paints a haunting picture of the displaced person's desperation, as she is tormented by memories of "a time before the war", in a boat paddling towards the unknown.
Anthem weaves the colourful stories of people confronting life's challenges in a multitude of ways. With pathos and a hint of irony it laments over financial tribulations in Down On Me, speaks of disappointment and unfulfilled dreams in the bluesy Ghosts of Tomorrow and delivers a scathingly poignant social commentary in The Brand New Deal. Coming ten years after Bare Bones, the singer-songwriter's previous album of original songs, Anthem finds Peyroux wiser with finer articulation powers. Inspired by her idol Leonard Cohen's ability to "suffer for the work, but still present the listener with just a friendly thought", Peyroux sends a spiritual but clear message of hope, optimism and resilience in the face of a turbulent reality.
There are two covers in this album. Paul Eluard's WW2 poem Liberté, and the title track, Leonard Cohen's monumental Anthem, which also marks Peyroux's third interpretation of the iconic poet's work.
Soon becoming Peyroux's "personal anthem", Cohen's soulful masterpiece "tied together all the stories on the record", with uncanny relevance and topical worldly observation.
It was Cohen's astonishing ability to tap into the human psyche and "make you think about things without forcing you into it", that was the underlying thread throughout the project, leading to a more fluid style of writing, "that is about saying something rather than saying everything."
Anthem's lighter tunes include On My Own and On A Sunday Afternoon and 70's sounding Party Tyme which "has some darkness to it."
A key track on the album is Paul Eluard's poem Liberté which came to Peyroux's attention when a family friend requested she contribute a song to the documentary On the Tips of One's Toes (Sur La Pointe des Pieds), telling the story of her gravely ill son and the family dealing with his fatal illness (Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy). A well-known poem in France and recently set to music by French rocker Marc Lavoine, "Liberté was already in the air following the Paris terror attack". It came up for Peyroux and Klein as they were trying to put music to a sequence in the documentary showing the young boy going on daily outings and activities. It evoked questions about the parents' ordeal of "living with the knowledge that their son will not live a full life", and triggered thoughts of "life's greatest questions about mortality, overcoming adversity and man's place in the grand scheme of things".
The 21-verse poem was edited down to fit the album's format and its stanzas adapted, before Peyroux and Klein wrote their original composition. Delivered in French and encompassing the entire human experience, Liberté begins with the lines "On my school notebooks, On my school desk and the trees", to convey the essence of childhood and growing up. It goes on to touch on adulthood, romantic loneliness, and the many facets of human life, before finally speaking of illness, death and recovery. "With every verse Eluard mentions different places, imaginary and real where he would write 'the name' but the name itself remains a mystery until the all revealing last line "I was born to know you, To name you, Liberty". Under Klein's sensitive production, the arresting poem assumes an enchanting folksy simplicity, with only Klein's acoustic guitar and Warren's atmospheric synth strings to accompany Peyroux's mesmerising voice.
Anthem is Peyroux's "biggest project to date", with the artist investing many months of hands-on involvement in the studio, "exploring processed sounds and editing in post tracking. Special in that it was written with the group of musicians/writers who also played on it, "this album was about discovering the original songs as they were being recorded" and mastering the courage to "let the songs choose their own path." The new album includes several songs bearing Peyroux's distinctive, instantly recognizable style including On My Own and Sunday afternoon, but Anthem's spirit was that of exploring new styles whilst resting safe in the knowledge that "if you are loyal to yourself, there should always be a thread running through your music."
May 10, 8pm to 10pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley, CA, 94704
Hosted by Lisa Geduldig
Lisa Geduldig is a Bay Area-based comedian and comedy producer who is the creator, producer, and MC of a variety of comedy shows including Kung Pao Kosher Comedyâ,,¢ - Jewish comedy on Christmas in a Chinese Restaurant (which celebrated its 25th Anniversary last year) and Comedy Returns to El Rio! (now in it 10th year). Lisa moonlights as a bilingual (Spanish-English) freelance publicist. www.KosherComedy.com * www.SFPublicist.com
Doors at 7:30 pm; Show at 8:00 pm
Tickets are $15 - $20 Sliding Scale
May 10, 8pm to 9:30pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley
Apocalpytica, instrumental cello-driven rock opus, changed the landscape of heavy music for years to come with their 1996 Finnish Rockers debut. To celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the album, the group re-released it remastered with 3 bonus tracks on July 22, 2016. Added to this new version was brand new / never-before-released instrumental recordings of "Battery," "Nothing Else Matters" and "Seek &Destroy." The album is available on vinyl (2 LP set) for the first time in many years. PLAYS METALLICA BY FOUR CELLOS was a new approach to the hits of the biggest metal band the world has seen. Even more APOCALYPTICA created their very own genre and laid the foundation to a career that has lasted for 20 years so far with millions of records sold and sold out shows around the world. APOCALYPTICA did a limited run of dates in the US in 2016butis returning to tour North Americain major markets to do `a night with' dates in support of this particular release this fall. This will be the first time the band will play in support of this record ever -they did not tour behind it when it first came out. Venue Information:
The UC Theatre Taube Family Music Hall
2036 University Avenue
near Downtown Berkeley BART
May 10, 8pm to 9pm, The UC Theatre Taube Family Music Hall, 2036 University Avenue, Berkeley
New World String Project features Stuart Mason, John Weed, Lisa Lynne & Aryeh Frankfurter.
The Bay Area has long served as a creative hothouse for adventurous-minded roots string players, and New World String Project is the latest gorgeous hybrid to emerge from this fertile soil.
Something of a hybrid itself, the ensemble brings together four mighty players who weave a shimmering sonic tapestry from Celtic, Nordic and American folk traditions. Fiddler John Weed and guitarist Stuart Mason also play together in the long-running Celtic band Molly's Revenge. And Celtic harp master Lisa Lynne, who gained international renown via recordings and tours with the label Windham Hill, often performs in a duo with NWSP-mate Aryeh Frankfurter, an expert on harp and Swedish nyckelharpa. Together, these intrepid string explorers take audiences on a thrilling, melodically exuberant musical ride.
Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door, 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).
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. Thank you for your support!
May 10, 8pm to 10pm, The Back Room, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley