Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar



May 16, 11:45am to 2:45pm, The Cheeseboard Pizza, 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

Dennis Dove

Dennis Dove and his band

May 16, 4:45pm to 7:45pm, The Cheeseboard Pizza, 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

Stitch 'n Bitch

May 16, 6pm to 9pm, Caffe on San Pablo, 2500 San Pablo Ave., BErkeley

: Poets giovanni singleton and Carmen Gimenez Smith

Born in New York, poet Carmen Giménez Smith earned a BA in English from San Jose State University and an MFA in creative writing from the University of Iowa. She writes lyric essays as well as poetry, and is the author of the poetry chapbook Casanova Variations (2009); the memoir Bring Down the Little Birds: On Mothering, Art, Work, and Everything Else (2010); and the full-length collections Odalisque in Pieces (2009), Milk and Filth (2013), finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and Cruel Futures: City Lights Spotlight No. 17 (City Lights Publishers, 2018).

Giménez Smith's work explores issues affecting the lives of females, including Latina identity, and frequently references myth and memory. With the publication of Odalisque in Pieces, Giménez Smith was featured as a New American Poet on the Poetry Society of America's website. Her poems have been included in the anthologies Floricanto Si! U.S. Latina Poets (1998) and Contextos: Poemas (1994).

Giménez Smith is the editor-in-chief of Puerto del Sol and publisher of Noemi Press. She was appointed as poetry co-editor (along with Steph Burt) at The Nation in 2017 and teaches at Virginia Tech University.

giovanni singleton's debut collection Ascension, informed by the music and life of Alice Coltrane, received the California Book Award Gold Medal. Her writing has also been exhibited in the Smithsonian Institute's American Jazz Museum, San Francisco's first Visual Poetry and Performance Festival, and on the building of Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. She is founding editor of nocturnes (re)view of the literary arts, a journal dedicated to experimental work of the African Diaspora and other contested spaces. Canarium Books recently published a collection of her visual work entitled AMERICAN LETTERS: works on paper. She was the 2017-18 Holloway Lecturer in Poetry at University of California-Berkeley.

May 16, 7pm to 9pm, Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704, United States

Jazz in the Neighborhood Presents...Peter Horvath

Peter Horvath's most recent album "Absolute Reality" features some of the greatest names in jazz and represents the musical diversity of the Bay Area. All original compositions, Horvath's music fuses a variety of elements from hard hitting funk jazz with horns, to pieces with latin and straight ahead jazz influences, along with beautiful mi- tempo tunes and ballads and a solo piano performance to close the album.

Contemporary jazz pianist, keyboardist and composer Peter Horvath has been perfecting his craft since the age of six, when he began taking classical piano lessons. Born in Budapest, Hungary, he attended the Bela Bartok Conservatory of Music. At age 17, he won the National Jazz Combo Competition in Hungary and two years later moved to Austria to attend the Vienna Conservatory of Music. In 1983, Peter moved to the United States, where he studied at Berklee College of Music in Boston. He has since performed, recorded and toured nationally and worldwide with a long line of world-class artists.

Peter is currently on faculty at the California Jazz Conservatory, Saint Mary's College of California and Stanford Jazz Consortium.
Band Members and Instrumentation:
Peter Horvath (piano),
Jeff Chambers (bass),
Jason Lewis (drums)

May 16, 7:30pm to 8:30pm, Rendon Hall/Fiddler Annex @ California Jazz Conservatory 2040 Addison Street, Berkeley

Lyrics & Dirges: A Monthly Reading Series

Lyrics & Dirges: A Monthly Reading Series Lyrics and Dirges is our flagship monthly reading series featuring a mix of prominent, emerging and beginning writers. Its aim is to highlight various forms of writing in an effort to spotlight the diverse literary community of the Bay Area.

Reading in May:
DeMareon Gipson
Liz Green
Barbara Jane Reyes
Greer Nakadegawa-Lee
Anne F. Walker
Curated and hosted by Sharon Coleman.

DeMareon Gipson is a polymathic wordsmith from Vallejo, California, whose penned the book Looking Forward and composed a short film, The Plan, " which was selected by East Bay Express as a Pick of The Week. The Plan combines visual art with Gipson's poetry to broaden the definition of institutional violence imposed upon Black people. His poetry won the acclaim of the Academy of American Poets. In 2017, he was awarded with the Piri Thomas Poetry Prize. A political and cultural activist, Demareon created Heartspace, an open mic for poets, musicians and dancers that also provided local small businesses with vending and networking opportunities. In 2015, Gipson the founded the annual event "With Love," which is a safe space for Black people to talk about love that is led by poetry. He recently started a small business, the Forward Publishing House.

Liz Green is a writer, performer, and educator based in Oakland, California. As a performance poet, she has featured at slams, special showcases and workshops in middle schools, high schools, colleges and open mics across the country. She was on two national slam teams: San Francisco in 2004 and Berkeley in 2005. As a playwright and writer/performer, she has had her work produced at multiple local and national theater festivals. She received her BA from Vassar College and her MFA from Mills College in Creative Writing. She was a 2010 Lambda Literary Foundation Emerging Voices Fellow in Fiction. She attended the Tin House Writers' Workshop in 2012 and was a Catwalk Artist in Residence in 2013.

Greer Nakadegawa-Lee is 14 years old and attends Claremont Middle School. She was a featured reader at the Berkeley Poetry Festival, and has performed at Bay Area Generations and the Watershed Environmental Poetry Festival. Besides writing, she likes to draw in her spare time. If you asked her what she explores in her poetry, she might not be able to tell you exactly, but she tries to write every day. She hopes to publish a collection of her own work someday.

Barbara Jane Reyes is the author of Invocation to Daughters (City Lights Publishers). She was born in Manila, Philippines, raised in the SF Bay Area, and is the author of four previous poetry collections, Gravities of Center, Poeta en San Francisco, Diwata, and To Love as Aswang.

Anne F. Walker's poetry has won Eisner Prizes at UC Berkeley and Canada Council Arts Grants among other honors. Her full-length published poetry books include Six Months' Rent, Pregnant Poems, Into the Peculiar Dark, and The Exit Show. Her recent poetry chapbook is when the light of any action ceases. She completed doctoral work at UC Berkeley and is an Assistant Professor at Holy Names University in Oakland, California. Recently she has been working on 100-word prose poems concentrate attention on precision of image, narrative, and language. They are part of a collection, Ink and Ink and Flesh and Length, that reflect on landscapes, bodies and rooted memories.

Every third of the month at Pegasus Books Downtown. Hosted and Curated by Mk Chavez, Sharon Coleman, and Lark Omura.

May 16, 7:30pm to 9:30pm, Pegasus Books Downtown 2349 Shattuck Ave Berkeley

John Shiurba 3-3

May 16, 7:30pm to 9pm, Tom's Place, 3111 Deakin Street, Berkeley CA


"The most interesting man in the world." - Business Insider
"One of the greatest political memoirs of all time." -The Guardian

In this blistering memoir and expose, Varoufakis blows the lid off the world's deep establishment, exposing what actually goes on behind the scenes through the corridors of real power. He offers a fascinatingly candid I-was-there account of his meetings with Barack Obama, Lawrence Summers, and European leaders.

He exposes the hypocrises, power plays, and frustrated good intentions that control the fate of nations large and small. While he was finance minsiter of Greece, Varoufakis sparked one of the most spectacular and controversial battles in modern political history when he fought to renegotiate his country's relationship with Europe's banks and governments. Despite the mass support of the Greek people and the logic of his arguments, Varoufakis succeeded only in provoking the fury of both the political and media establishment.

The future of the world economic order now hangs in the balance. As Varoufakis argues, the only way it can survive is if the truth is known, ushering in a new era of radical transparency and accountability.

"One of my few heroes. As long as people like Varoufakis are around, there is still hope." -Slavoj Zizek
"An outstanding economist and political analyst!" - Noam Chomsky
"Riveting...An extraordinary account of low cunning at the heart of Greece's 2015 financial bailout...Varoufakis is a motorcycling, leather-jacketed former academic and self-styled rebel who took pleasure in winding up the besuited political class...An admirably believable depiction of a Greek and European tragedy." - The Guardian

Yanis Varoufakis is the former finance minister of Greece and cofounder of an international grassroots movement campaigning for the revival of democracy. He is the author of "And the Weak Suffer What They Must?, The Global Minotaur, and Talking To My Daughter About the Economy, in which Varoufakis sets out to answer his daughter Xenia's deceptively simple question. Drawing on memories of her childhood and a variety of well-known tales - from Oedipus and Faust to Frankenstein and The Matrix - Talking To My Daughter About the Economy explains everything you need to know in order to understand why economics is the most important drama of our times.

Steve Wasserman, Executive Director of Heyday Books, formerly worked in Los Angeles as an assistant to Robert Scheer before becoming deputy assistant editor of the LA Times Sunday opinion pages. Following that, he moved to New York to take over as editor in chief of New Republic Books. He also served as editorial director of Times Books and publisher of Hill & Wang..He returned to the LA Times in 1996 to become editor of the book review, a position he held until 2005. For all of that, Steve graduated from Berkeley High School and remains profoundly Berkeleyan.

KPFA benefit
Advance tickets: $12 : :: T: 800-838-3006 Or Books Inc/Berkeley, Pegasus (3 sites), Moe's, Walden Pond Bookstore, Mrs. Dalloway's, East Bay Books $15 door Wheelchair access

May 16, 7:30pm to 8:30pm, First Congregational Church, 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley, CA.

The Lonely Heartstring Band

The Lonely Heartstring Band combines soulful instrumental virtuosity with soaring three-part harmonies, nourished in the deep roots of traditional American music to create a style beyond any genre-specific title. With their 2015 IBMA Momentum Award and the recent release of their debut full-length album on the legendary Rounder Records, this band is showing no signs of slowing.

Though Deep Waters is the Lonely Heartstring Band's debut album, it nonetheless feels deep, with a maturity and wisdom far beyond what one might expect from a first release by a relatively young band. Having come together officially only four years ago, the Lonely Heartstring Band has already been hailed by luminary Tony Trischka as having "carved out a fresh niche in modern bluegrass," and similar accolades not often accorded a debut outing.

Since their beginnings in 2012, whether it's a festival stage, theatre, or intimate listening room, The Lonely Heartstring Band has always delivered a dynamic, diverse, and heartfelt performance, bringing crowds to their feet and generating a devoted following of music lovers. Made up of George Clements, Patrick M'Gonigle, Gabe Hirshfeld, Matt Witler and Charles Clements, The Lonely Heartstring Band is forever eager to hit the road to bring their memorable performance to audiences across the country and the world.

"These guys are as close to the real deal as it is possible to get. They made my hair stand on end." - Darol Anger, Republic of Strings, Associate Professor at Berklee College of Music

"Always true to the soul of the music, played with imagination and attention to detail in every way." - John Cooper, Acoustic Artisans

Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 at the door. 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 16, 8pm to 10pm, The Back Room, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley

University Gospel Choir: "The High Places Plain: Gospel Music and Prophets of Change"

University Gospel Choir, D. Mark Wilson, director
"The High Places Plain: Gospel Music and Prophets of Change"
An evening of gospel music, recognizing not only messages of hope and love in gospel music, but also radical messages of change and resistance heard in the writings of the Hebrew prophets.
Tickets: $16 General Admission,
$12 non-UCB students, seniors, current/retired UCB faculty and staff, groups 10+,
$5 UCB students
Ticket info: Buy tickets online, or by calling 510.642.9988, or by emailing
Price Range: $16-$5

May 16, 8pm to 9pm, Hertz Hall, UC Berkeley

Park St. Trio

Alameda's Park St. Trio was formed by Steve Slater and Jason Countryman with the intention of writing original, melodic jazz. Both are huge fans of strong melodies, great chord changes and the vibraphone/guitar combination, making for an original, swinging sound.

May 16, 8pm to 11pm, Jupiter, 2181 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley


Metal band formed in 1997 by Max Cavalera after he quit Sepultura. The band is based in Phoenix, Arizona.

Nile was formed in 1993 by Karl Sanders (guitar, vocals), Chief Spires (bass, vocals), and Pete Hammoura (drums). They have always had interest in Egyptian history and culture; thus they combined that interest with Death Metal. In 1994 they released their self-titled demo. A year later they released "Festivals of Atonement" as Cassette/CD and also performed a few live shows with bands such as Obituary, Deicide, and Six Feet Under.

In 1996 they got a new guitarist (Dallas Toler-Wade), a deal with Visceral Productions, and released "Ramses Bringer of War." Shortly after, Relapse Records saw them play live and listened to their CD's. They offered them a deal, and Nile agreed. And so Nile recorded and released their full-length debut "Amongst the Catacombs of Nephren-Ka," and after the release, they did an 8-month world tour. After their return in 1999, they began working on their next album; it was very tough to make it, and it took a year just to write the lyrics. Sanders spent every night composing, and finally in 2000 they released "Black Seeds of Vengeance".

In 2002, the band returned to work with Bob Moore at Soundlab Studios (with new vocalist & bassist Jon Vesano replacing Chief Spires and drummer Tony Laureano replacing Hammoura in tow) for the production of the new album "In Their Darkened Shrines". Again, the band would rest before committing themselves to recording 2005's Annihilation Of The Wicked with engineer Bob Moore and producer/mixer Neil Kernon (Judas Priest, Nevermore) at Soundlab. Two years and a new record label later, NILE return with "Ithyphallic" (referring to the ancient practice of portraying statues of gods with huge, mystically-proportioned phalluses as a sign of strength and fertility).

In June 2009, Nile entered the recording studio to begin work on their sixth full-length album, entitled Those Whom the Gods Detest. The album was released in November of the same year. On October 21, 2010, Chris Lollis was confirmed as the new permanent bassist for Nile, after four years of session work with the band. On October 11, 2011, Goomba Music released Worship the Animal, which is an alternately titled version of Nile's demo, which the band's original line-up recorded in 1994.

On February 4, 2012, Karl Sanders announced on his Facebook page that they had a new bassist, Todd Ellis, who would contribute vocals to the new record. The next day, he explained on the band's official forum that he had lost contact with Chris Lollis during the writing and recording of the upcoming album, and after three months of silence from him they hired a replacement. On June 29th, 2012, Nile released their new album "At the Gate of Sethu".

On February 9, 2015, Todd Ellis left the band, citing "unforeseen circumstances beyond my control". On July 24, 2015, it was announced that the band will be releasing its new album, entitled What Should Not Be Unearthed, on August 28.

On February 13, 2017, Dallas Toler-Wade has decided to leave the band to focus on his own plans and recordings. Brian Kingsland took his place.

Current Line-up:
Karl Sanders: Guitars, Vocals, Instrumentals
Brian Kingsland: Guitars, Vocals
George Kollias: Drums
Brad Parris: Bass, Vocals

Groove metal band formed in 1994 in San Francisco, California by vocalist/bassist Steev Esquivel (who used to sing in the Bay Area thrash metal band Defiance) and guitarist Mike Roberts.
Years active: 1994-2003, 2007-present

May 16, 8pm to 10pm, The UC Theatre Taube Family Music Hall, 2036 University Avenue, near Downtown Berkeley BART, Berkeley, CA, 94704

Stu Allen and Mars Hotel

A tradition started back in the 20th century, Ashkenaz's Grateful Dead Night is always evolving, reaching new heights since Stu Allen & Mars Hotel launched a weekly residency in late 2011. Led by acclaimed guitarist-singer Allen (of Phil Lesh & Friends, Melvin Seals & JGB, Ghosts of Electricity), a revolving cast of incredibly talented musicians inhabits Mars Hotel, drawing from the Grateful Dead's vast catalog to delight Deadheads and dancers of all generations. A Mars Hotel show is always an energetic evening of good vibes, good music, and good community.

When it became apparent that Jerry Garcia had played his final show in 1995, Stu Allen began working to keep Garcia's music, sound, and spirit alive in the concert setting. He regularly works with Phil Lesh and has also played sets with Bob Weir and Bill Kreutzmann. Allen is perhaps most known for fronting Melvin Seals' tribute to the Jerry Garcia Band from 2004 to 2011. He received more national acclaim in 2010 when he toured with Dark Star Orchestra. Allen shares the Grateful Dead's commitment to making each performance a unique event, from preparation to execution. He will perform multiple shows before playing the same song twice, and even then, that song will not be realized in quite the same way.

Mars Hotel takes this idea a step further by presenting a new band at each performance. Drawing from the rich music scene of the Bay Area, Allen has assembled a broad and ever-rotating group of musicians that makes each concert a once-only experience. As far as Grateful Dead tribute bands go, this is a concept that has never been done before.

May 16, 8pm to 11:59pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley


"Jazz violinist Kit Eakle delivers ..." Andrew Gilbert

The leader of DjangoSphere, Kit Eakle is known as one of the most original improvising violinists on the West Coast. He grew up in the San Francisco Bay area where he studied violin with Detlev Ohlshausen. He attended the University of California at Davis where he studied art, but also took a course with the great composer, John Cage. After moving to Canada he toured British Columbia with Blackfish Sound and Roadside Attraction - 2 legendary Canadian rock bands.

DjangoSphere combines the compositions of two of the most eccentric and original composers of the 20th century, Django Reinhardt and Thelonious Monk. This concert will be a release party for a new DjangoSphere CD recorded with the great jazz guitarist, Howard Alden. While Alden will not appear at this concert, his chair will be ably covered by Western Swing Hall of Fame guitarist, Mark Holzinger. The group is rounded out by veteran bassist Don Bennett, and drummer Rory Judge.

May 16, 8pm to 9pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley

Wailing Souls

Wailing Souls
<img src="">First comprised of Winston 'Pipe' Matthews on lead vocals, Lloyd 'Bread' McDonald, and George 'Buddy' Haye, the Wailing Souls carried the moniker of the Renegades during the late 1960's. This line-up recorded backing vocals for an Ernest Ranglin album before breaking up in 1968.
'Pipe' and 'Bread' teamed up with two other singers after that, Oswald Downes and Norman Davis, and they went on to work with Coxsone Dodd's famous Studio One label recording label. They recorded a number of singles there, and were also billed as the Classics, in addition to their Wailing Souls name.
In the early 70's, the Souls recorded for Bob Marley's Tuff Gong label, as Pipe and The Pipers. The group's vocal power, and song writing ability has kept the group in the spotlight, and in 1974 the group changed again when Downes and Davis left and 'Buddy' Haye rejoined.
The group entered another era of their careers as they began work with famed producer "Jo Jo" Hookim and his Channel One label. The Souls then started their own label in 1977, Massive. In the early 80's the now quartet (with the addition of Rudolph `Garth' Dennis from Black Uhuru fame) worked with a number of hot producers including Sly and Robbie, "Junjo" Lawes' and Linval Thompson.

Trevor Green
Spirited, deep, and thought provoking are just a few words to describe the artist known as Trevor Green. His music is something fresh and distinctly new, yet is deeply woven in the spiritual fabric of our ancient ancestors. Surrounded by 5 guitars, 3 didgeridoos, an array of percussion instruments and decorated of symbolic ancestral nature, Green's stage appears to be a musical playground not for the faint of heart. On the heels of Green's recent EP 'Collide,' comes the latest and most anticipated of his musical offerings. 'Voice of the Wind,' Green's 5th studio album, is a captivating sonic journey exposing the foundational fabric from which his inspiration is born. Traveling the depths of emotion and musical experience, 'Voice of the Wind' brings the listener into the haunting mystical realms of songs like "Rainbow Medicine," to the foot stomping grooves of "Let it Go" and into the celebratory experience of the songs like "Red Road" and the title track "Voice of the Wind."
This record is a culmination of Trevor's music and spiritual experiences to date and expresses the willingness to invite each listener into his personal journey as a reflection of their own. "I follow the music where it leads me. Through this process I find the music always comes from an honest place and that is most important in receiving the songs when they come through." What deepens the music is Trevor's ability to connect with his audience. Threading together sing-able and uplifting melodies, dynamic instrumentation, heart pounding rhythms and the haunting sounds of the didgeridoo, with his spontaneous improvisational ability, Green's performance is a one man powerhouse with universal appeal that seems to come from the ground up. With his honest delivery and ability to extricate the music from a deep place of truth, he leads his audience through vast landscapes of sound, weaving together a magnetic and spellbinding performance. Through Green's devotion to bring forward the messages of our ancestors and connect deeply with culture, he recently launched a successful crowdfunding campaign that sent him, his wife, two young children and the son of his adopted Navajo brother on a two month journey into the heart of Australia to discover the roots of the aboriginal culture and the story behind the didgeridoo (yidaki), which has been such a fundamental part of the sound scape of his music.

Performing 25 shows across the region and meeting with various wisdom keepers from the indigenous aboriginal cultures, this would prove to be yet another life altering journey of deep magnitude. In seeking a deeper understanding and connection to didgeridoo, he was lead to a far deeper connection with the aboriginal community of Northeast Arnhem Land where he and his family were adopted into the Galpu clan. Given the name "North Wind" by elder Djalu Gurruwiwi, Trevor brings the blessing back to North America where he offers his fifth studio album 'Voice of the Wind.'

May 16, 8:30pm to 10:30pm, Cornerstone, 2367 Shattuck Ave (Enter On Durant), Berkeley, CA, 94704