Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar



May 15, 11:45am to 2:45pm, The Cheeseboard Pizza, 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley


Grooving Afro-Brazilian-Caribbean music.

May 15, 4:45pm to 7:45pm, The Cheeseboard Pizza, 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

Yanqui Gumbo

May 15, 7pm to 9pm, Caffé on San Pablo, 2500 San Pablo Ave. Berkeley

Mark Greenside

Mark Greenside reads from (not quite) Mastering the Art of French Living, a sequel of sorts to I'll Never Be French (no matter what I do), about which the San Francisco Chronicle wrote: "Imagine Larry David . . . spending a summer in a French village--against his will, of course--and you get some sense of what Mark Greenside goes through."

Every year upon arriving in Plobien, the small Breton town where he spends his summers, Mark Greenside picks back up where he left off with his faux-pas-filled Francophile life. Mellowed and humbled, but not daunted (OK, slightly daunted), he faces imminent concerns: What does he cook for a French person? Who has the right-of-way when entering or exiting a roundabout? Where does he pay for a parking ticket? And most dauntingly of all, when can he touch the tomatoes?

Despite the two decades that have passed since Greenside's snap decision to buy a house in Brittany and begin a bi-continental life, the quirks of French living still manage to confound him. Continuing the journey begun in his 2009 memoir about beginning life in France, (Not Quite) Mastering the Art of French Living details Greenside's daily adventures in his adopted French home, where the simplest tasks are never straightforward but always end in a great story. Through some hits and lots of misses, he learns the rules of engagement, how he gets what he needs--which is not necessarily what he thinks he wants--and how to be grateful and thankful when (especially when) he fails, which is more often than he can believe.

Mark Greenside has been a civil rights activist, Vietnam War protestor, anti-draft counselor, Vista Volunteer, union leader, and college professor. His short stories have appeared in numerous journals and he is the author of a collection, I Saw a Man Hit His Wife. Greenside resides in Alameda and Brittany.

May 15, 7:30pm to 8:30pm, Mrs Dalloway's Bookstore, 2904 College Ave, Berkeley

The Freight Singers

The Freight Singers are a new community chorus based at the Freight and Salvage. The chorus introduces singers to music from a variety of cultures inside the U.S. and around the world with an emphasis on traditional/roots music. Participants learn about the historical and cultural context of the music, as well as the style and technique.

This event is free with reservation.
Reservations are limited to 4 tickets per person.

May 15, 8pm to 10pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, 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 15, 8pm to 11pm, Jupiter, 2181 Shattuck Ave, 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 15, 8pm to 11pm, Jupiter, 2181 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

Tom Rigney & Flambeau plus Dance Lesson with Ted Sherrod

He may have been crowned Emperor of the 2011 Sacramento Jazz Jubilee, but violinist-fiddler-composer and singer Tom Rigney and his band Flambeau have always been royalty at Ashkenaz. When not globetrotting - last year they covered ground from Alaska to Alviso Slough to a Caribbean New Year's cruise - they hold court here almost monthly, playing Rigney's own tunes and their usual high-energy mix of Louisiana Cajun, zydeco, New Orleans R&B, and down-home blues favorites. Some songs are pulled from the recent CD/DVD recorded at the Harris Center for the Arts in Folsom, "Swamp Fever - Live at Three Stages," whose video was part of the 2015 PBS series "Music Gone Public." Featured songs range from "Iko Iko" to "Orange Blossom Special" and "C'est la Vie."

What sets Rigney and Flambeau apart is Rigney's fresh musical takes on Cajun and zydeco, and other styles he loves to play from rock to classical, creating a celebration of life through dance rhythms. Flambeau is a tight ensemble of virtuoso musicians, with guitarist Danny Caron (Charles Brown's bandleader; he and Rigney met when both backed up Rockin' Sidney in the '80s), boogie-woogie keyboardist Caroline Dahl, bassist and singer Steve Parks, and drummer Brent Rampone.

Doors at 7:30 pm; Dance Lesson at 8:00 pm with Ted Sherrod
Show at 8:30 pm
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Tickets are $12 Advance / $15 at the Door

May 15, 8pm to 11pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Berkeley Symphony Broadcasts - May 2018

"Relevance" (1/26/17 concert)
Christian Reif, guest conductor
Mason Bates: Cello Concerto (Bay Area Premiere)
Joshua Roman, cello (Joshua's encore was "Julie-O" by former Turtle Island Quartet cellist Mark Sumner)
Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 4 in B flat Major, Op. 60
(The Berkeley Symphony "encore" to fill out the broadcast time was the Mozart "Requiem", from their concert in Zellerbach Hall.)

May 15, 9pm to 11pm, KALW 91.7FM