Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar


Cascada De Flores

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

Super Cinema @Central

August 2018
Pictures from the Tumultuous 70s
Friday, August 3 The Last Picture Show 1971 / 118 min. / R / CC

The time is 1951 in a tiny Texas town. A diner, a pool hall and the Royal movie theater are the only places to go, "except to bed," critic Roger Ebert wryly comments in his review. Best friends Sonny (Timothy Bottoms) and Duane (Jeff Bridges) lust after a phony rich girl (Cybill Shepherd). Adults mostly guard their secrets. In the end, loss shakes loose some authentic emotion from the friends. Cloris Leachman and Ellen Burstyn are superb in supporting roles.

Friday, August 10 A Woman Under the Influence 1974 / 155 min. / R / CC

An LA housewife and mother, Mabel (Gena Rowlands), is unpredictable, sometimes volatile, sometimes overly friendly, to the extent that her construction worker husband, Nick (Peter Falk), wonders about her ability to handle the life they lead. Stellar performances from both leads make this an essential movie experience. Gena Rowlands won several Best Actress awards for it. The writer-director, John Cassavettes, is an icon of independent film.

Friday, August 17 One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest 1975 / 133 min. / R / CC

Considered to be among the greatest films ever, Cuckoo's Nest is the story of a funny and often satisfying power struggle between a cocky recidivist felon (Jack Nicholson) and an authoritarian mental hospital nurse (Louise Fletcher). It's based on a Ken Kesey novel, boasts a near perfect ensemble cast (including Christopher Lloyd, Brad Dourif and Danny DeVito) and won all the major awards: Best Picture, Actor, Actress, Director and Screenplay.

Friday, August 24 Taxi Driver 1976 / 113 min. / R / CC

After being discharged from the Vietnam-era Marines, Travis Bickle (Robert De Niro) drives a taxi in New York City. He's a loner who forms attachments to inappropriate women-a presidential campaign worker (Cybill Shepherd) and a 15 year old prostitute (Jodie Foster), whom he wants to protect. Pushed over the edge by their rejections, he begins to stalk the corrupt, sleazy guys who employ them. Martin Scorsese directs this thriller as black comedy.

Friday, August 31 Chinatown 1974 / 130 min. / R / CC

In a story based on the early twentieth century California Water Wars, private eye Jake Gittes (Jack Nicholson) takes a job following a Department of Water and Power engineer-who soon turns up dead. Immediately, Gittes is led by the engineer's widow (Faye Dunaway) to peel away layer after layer of corruption and mystery surrounding her husband's death. Directed by Roman Polanski, Chinatown is another of our greatest-and most beautifully shot-films.

September 2018
About Workers' Movements
Friday, September 7 Matewan 1987 / 135 min. / PG-13 / CC

It's 1920 in the town of Matewan, West Virginia. When Stone Mountain Coal Company cuts the wages of rebellious coal miners and brings in African American replacements, a United Mine Workers man (Chris Cooper) arrives to organize a union. In response, the company hires private detectives to oppose the miners and to set blacks and whites against each other. Tensions boil over, leading to a historic battle. James Earl Jones plays the character who leads black miners.

Friday, September 14 The Help 2011 / 146 min. / PG-13 / no CC

In 1963, Aibileen Clark (Viola Davis) agrees to let aspiring writer Skeeter Phelan (Emma Stone) interview her about her experiences as a maid to white families in Jackson, Mississippi. Gradually, other maids risk their jobs to join in with their own harrowing stories, which are all intended to yield a change-making book. Great storytelling and character development make this film exceptional. The ensemble cast also includes Octavia Spencer and David Oyelowo.

Friday, September 21 Blue Collar 1978 / 114 min. / R / no CC

Three Detroit auto workers (Richard Pryor, Harvey Keitel & Yaphet Kotto) are buddies on and off work. They feel trapped between big industry and their do-nothing, corrupt union. They hit on a plan to rob the safe in the union office, leading to complications that lay bare the terrible predicament of working people. Written and directed by Paul Schrader (writer of Taxi Driver), who delivers an authentic, uncompromising ending. It's a very powerful film.

Friday, September 28 North Country 2005 / 126 min. / R / CC

Josey Aimes (Charlize Theron) flees her abusive husband with two kids to stay with her parents in her North Dakota home town. Most jobs available to her pay very little, so a friend (Frances McDormand) encourages her to apply to work in the same mine where she and Josie's father work. Josie's demeaning experiences there eventually drive her to start a legal fight with the mining company. Based on a true story, and directed by Niki Caro ("Whale Rider").

May 11, 3pm to 5pm, 2090 Kittredge St. (at Shattuck), Berkeley, CA 94704

Kickin' the Mule

Kickin' the Mule plays a variety of jazz- and blues-related genres: New Orleans R&B, Oakland and Chicago blues, Memphis and Motown soul, and Oakland funk.

May 11, 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 11, 6pm to 7pm, California Jazz Conservatory 2087 Addison St, Berkeley

Karen Sudjian and Jim Davidson

May 11, 7pm to 9pm, Caffe on San Pablo, 2500 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley

MY Word Open Mic

MY Word Open Mic

May 11, 7pm to 9:30pm,

Forty Years of Sacred & Profane: 40th Anniversary Concert

Sacred and Profane Forty Years of Sacred & Profane: 40th Anniversary Concert

"To stop the flow of music would be like the stopping of time itself, incredible, and inconceivable" -Aaron Copland

Celebrate Sacred and Profane's fortieth year of bringing exquisite concerts to the Bay Area with a program of masterpieces for a cappella choir! This concert will feature the Estonian composer Veljo Tormis' Curse Upon Iron, a powerful work about the cultivation of iron as a vehicle for both ancient and modern warfare, as well as Arvo Pärt's antiphon for peace, Da pacem Domine. For the first time in many years, we will sing our namesake work- Benjamin Britten's Sacred and Profane: Eight Medieval Lyrics, the last piece that Britten composed for professional a cappella choir. Finally, we are delighted to conclude our season with the world premiere of a new work, Songs from the North, commissioned from the compelling Swedish composer Karin Rehnqvist. Please join us for this musical celebration, and a reception following each of the Bay Area concerts on the 11th and 12th!

May 11, 8pm to 10pm, St Mark's Episcopal Church, 2300 Bancroft Way, Berkeley

Jodi Durst Quartet + Cellist Susanna Porte (CJC Senior Project)

A mix of Jodi's compositions and arrangements of jazz standards in the auditory shape of contemporary, straight-ahead and avante-garde.
Band Members: Jodi Durst, double bass; Helen Orzel, piano; Max Brody, guitar; Ted Kamp, drums; + Susanna Porte, cello
Jodi Durst is completing her Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies degree at the California Jazz Conservatory with a focus on double bass. Prior to her matriculation at CJC, she earned two Associates degrees in Music and Humanities with high honors at Laney College in Oakland. She has a long history playing electric bass in the SF indie rock music scene. She has performed, recorded and toured nationally and internationally with Lucky Number Music recording artists Seventeen Evergreen, the LA/SF punk band Compton SF, Time Traveling Assassins with Ralph Spight (of Jello Biafra's GSM and Victim's Family), Clevergirl, 187CALM and many others. She has recently performed with Peter Anastos & Iter, Jean Fineberg, and many other local jazz combos. She has studied double bass with Glenn Richman, Kristin Zoernig, and Jeff Denson.
Helen Orzel is an ex-classical pianist. She studied at the conservatory of Trossingen, Germany only to later dump Beethoven for Hancock. After hearing Butterfly once, she decided to enroll at the California Jazz Conservatory. Yolo. She hasn't looked back, but if you listen very closely, you can hear Sergei Rachmaninoff and Charlie Parker arguing like an old married couple. You can typically observe her in her natural habitat around the bay in various music venues losing her !!! on the keys.
Max Brody is a guitarist based in the SF Bay Area. He's currently working towards a Bachelor of Music degree at the California Jazz Conservatory.
Ted Kamp is a drum set player and percussionist from San Jose. After cutting his teeth on rock music, performing in a myriad of bands throughout his life-one of them being with Jodi Durst in 187CALM--Ted decided he needed an academic musical education. He earned an AA in Music at West Valley College where he played percussion for their symphonic band. He matriculated at San Jose State University in the Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies program in 2015 where he currently focuses on small ensemble standards, big band swing, and afro-latin music.
Susanna Porte holds a B.Mus. in Cello Performance from Oberlin Conservatory, a B.A. in Russian from Oberlin College, and a Teaching Certificate in Music from Carnegie Mellon University. She has performed extensively in classical ensembles in Massachusetts and the Bay Area. Susanna was also a founding member of the Cello Chix, an electric-cello-and-drums band featuring her arrangements of pop tunes. She is now free-lancing as a classical, rock & jazz cellist, music arranger, & Russian tutor, and is between tours with the indie band The Magnetic Fields.

May 11, 8pm to 10pm, Rendon Hall/Fiddler Annex @ California Jazz Conservatory 2040 Addison Street, Berkeley

Madeleine Peyroux, Carsie Blanton

Madeleine Peyroux
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 11, 8pm to 10pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley, CA, 94704

The Mosswoods

The Mosswoods are a country-soul band from Oakland. Beginning with the country songcraft of Hank Williams, Porter Wagoner and others, The Mosswoods run classic songs through their horn and rhythm sections, reimagining them as though they came from the hit factories and recording studios of 1960s Memphis and Muscle Shoals.

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

Linsey Aitken & Ken Campbell - Folk Music from Scotland

Linsey Aitken and Ken Campnell's story weaves together their many creative musical threads and influences from Celtic traditional roots, classical, baroque, orchestral and contemporary Scots music, where historically all genres were interlinked to form Scotland's musical identity.

Linsey, a highly-regarded cellist, singer, pianist and composer, crosses the genres of classical to traditional, using her cello very much up front - unusual as a lead instrument - with a deeply lyrical and sensual tone. Her distinct, warm vocals bring a round balance that compliments Ken's own distinctive voice. Linsey studied at the RSAMD and has performed professionally all over the UK, from the Royal Albert Hall to Calgary Bay, Mull and overseas, and established The Loch Lomond Ukulele Orchestra in 2014.

Ken is a Scottish singer/songwriter and instrumentalist with five albums to date and a well-established pedigree of over 30 years. Starting with the Glasgow band Molendiner, and then a much-commended duo with Chris Miller, he later established the highly successful Ideal Band. He subsequently toured as a solo artist and with Cauld Wind piper Hamish Moore, cellist/singer Wendy Weatherby, and Blair Cowan (Lloyd Cole & the Commotions), before reforming the Ideal Band.

Linsey joined The Ideal Band and in 2010 she and Ken commenced touring as a duo. For more information please visit their website here.

Tickets are $15 general admission 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 11, 8pm to 10pm, The Back Room, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley

Mike Love, Cas Haley

Mike Love
Revolutionary music may seem hard to come by in these days and times. Long gone is the era of artists like Bob Marley, The Clash, Stevie Wonder and Patti Smith getting airplay and bringing their messages to the masses. But that doesn't mean that the revolution isn't still brewing in the hearts and minds of many people around the globe.

Meet Mike Love. One of reggae music's rising stars. Born and raised in Oahu, Hawaii to a musical family that spans generations, Mike Love brings a multitude of influences to the table, all tied together by the common goal of making the world a better place.

Which is no mean feat. On his debut album, The Change I'm Seeking, Love harkens the legends of roots reggae in both his lyrics and his sound, but never relies on any one genre to hold him down. Coming from a wealth of influences - he started out playing classical piano as a teenager and later would perform in high school bands that were more akin to the grunge sounds of Soundgarden and Pearl Jam - Mike Love fuses the simple rhythms of classic reggae with the complex changes of the classical and rock music he was first trained on to come up with a style wholly unique to him. Mike is currently wrapping up his second album titled Love Will Find A Way.

But it's his message, his passion, the wisdom behind his words that truly resonate with his fans. "It's always been about the depth," Mike Love explains, "I've never been into music that was shallow. I'm still learning. I'm still learning about where I'm going and where I want to be. All the music is a learning tool to me too. I just make myself open to it. All the messages that come through the music, it's not just coming through me and my wisdom, because I don't think I'm that wise of a person. I don't think I'm some wise elder or anything like that. I just make myself open to the music and it just comes through. To me it's just as much of a teaching for me as it is for anyone who is listening to it and is open to it."

His songs take you on a journey, one of healing and inspiration. One designed to help you on your path to knowledge, wisdom and understanding. On "Permanent Holiday" he takes you on a lyrical quest for freedom, both his and yours. He laments the ills of the world but also discusses solutions and ideas to change them.

Mike Love has shared the stage with artists like Stephen Marley, Don Carlos, Trevor Hall, Nahko & Medicine For The People, John Butler Trio, Groundation, Steel Pulse, Dave Matthews and Jack Johnson.

Revolutionary, Conscious, Music.

May 11, 8:30pm to 10:30pm, Cornerstone, 2367 Shattuck Ave (Enter On Durant), Berkeley

Quinceañera Night! Noche Pro-Inmigrante a Beneficio por la Justicia TP

Entrada: $15 Adelantada / $20 en la Puerta
Admission: $15 Advance / $20 Door

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May 11, 8:30pm to 11:59pm, 3105 Shattuck Ave. , Berkeley, CA, 94705, United States

Built To Spill & The Afghan Whigs

Built To Spill
American indie rock band founded in 1992 in Boise, Idaho.

The Afghan Whigs
A soul-influenced alternative/indie rock band from Cincinnati, Ohio, the Afghan Whigs were formed in 1986 by vocalist/guitarist Greg Dulli, guitarist Rick McCollum, bassist John Curley and drummer Steve Earle (2).

After releasing 6 LPs, a number of singles and EPs and a couple of drummers (Paul Buchignani and Michael Horrigan), the group disbanded in February of 2001, temporarily reforming (with Horrigan as drummer) in 2006 to record two new tracks for a best-of compilation.

In December of 2011, the core group of Dulli, McCollum and Curley announced its reformation to play a number of 2012 concert and festival dates, augmented by touring members Cully Symington, David Rosser and Rick Nelson (3).

Ed Harcourt
Ed Harcourt (born Edward Henry Richard Harcourt-Smith, 14 August 1977, Wimbledon, London, England) is an English singer-songwriter. To date, he has released five studio albums, two EPs, and thirteen singles. His debut album, Here Be Monsters, was nominated for the 2001 Mercury Prize.

May 11, 8:30pm to 10:30pm, The UC Theatre Taube Family Music Hall, 2036 University Avenue, near Downtown Berkeley BART, Berkeley, CA, 94704


Santa Cruz-based SambaDá, whose shows have been some of the liveliest ever on the Ashkenaz stage, was founded in 1998 by native Brazilian Papiba Godinho. SambaDá's ultimate goal isn't just to preserve traditions the musicians are so well-versed in - including samba, bossa nova, pagode, samba reggae, batucada, and forró, plus some well-placed surf guitar - but also to get everyone dancing to their infectious blend of Brazilian roots and other North and South American styles such as funk, reggae, jazz, rock, and hip-hop. The group's pulsating percussion, uplifting vocals, and rich melodies give it a distinctive sound, heard in both popular and original songs. SambaDá visited Brazil in July 2009 and became the first band from the U.S. to play at the legendary house of Ilê Aiyê, the first black Carnaval group in Brazil. The band also was a headliner at Ashkenaz's 2013 anniversary celebration, "40 Years Dancing for Peace."
Lead vocalist Dandha da Hora is a master dancer from Ilê Aiyê, and singer-guitarist Godinho is a master of the Brazilian martial art form capoeira. The band also includes percussionists Ibou Ngom (from Senegal) and Will Bates-Minou, saxophonist-flutist Anne Stafford, bassist Etienne Franc, and drummer Gary Kehoe.

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

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

Michael Echaniz Group: Emergence of a New Voice (CJC Senior Project)

Michael Echaniz Group: Emergence of a New Voice (CJC Senior Project)
This concert will explore the cutting edges of modern improvised music! In various combinations, voice, tenor sax, piano, electric and acoustic bass and drum set will blend to interpret works by established innovators Tigran Hamasyan and Ben Wendel, as well as bringing to life compositions by rising star to the Bay Area jazz scene, Michael Echaniz. These pieces present unique blends of long-form composition and improvisation, sophisticated harmony and daring rhythmic approaches.
Band Members and Instrumentation: Jeff Denson (Lee Konitz) - Electric and Acoustic Basses; Susana Pineda Correa - Voice; Madison Bohrer - Saxophones; Michael Echaniz - Piano; Marshall Williams - Drum Set
Bio: Pianist and composer Michael Echaniz is a rising star in the Bay Area jazz scene. Michael gigs regularly and has performed alongside established musicians such as Jeff Denson, the Electric Squeezebox Orchestra, and Nick Rossi. At the Conservatory, Michael has studied under Guggenheim Fellow Edward Simon and Susan Muscarella and, for two years, has performed with the school's flagship ensemble, the Blue Ensemble.
As an integral part of the Blue Ensemble, Michael has helped break new ground for the Conservatory, winning the Reno Jazz Festival, performing at the Fillmore and Next Generation Jazz Festivals, and touring Europe, performing at the Montreux and Umbria Jazz Festivals. Michael has performed as a Jazz in the Neighborhood Emerging Artist and twice has led his own group to perform professionally at the California Jazz Conservatory.
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May 11, 9pm to 10pm, Rendon Hall/Fiddler Annex @ California Jazz Conservatory 2040 Addison Street, Berkeley