Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar


SF Medicine Ball


May 24, 11:45am to 2:45pm, Cheese Board Pizza, 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

Free Live Jazz

May 24, 4:30pm to 6:30pm, The Musical Offering, 2430 Bancroft Way, Berkeley

Retro JukeBox Band

Geechi Taylor's Retro JukeBox Band is a top Dance Band with an immense repertoire covering multiple genres including timeless 1920's-1960's Jazz, Blues, Motown & Retro versions of todays hits.

May 24, 4:45pm to 7:45pm, Cheese Board Pizza, 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

Albany HS Jazz Combo

May 24, 7pm to 9pm, Caffè on San Pablo, 2500 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Ted Scheinman reads from Camp Austen: My Life as an Accidental Jane Austen Superfan, a raucous tour through the world of Mr. Darcy imitations, tailored gowns, and tipsy ballroom dancing.

"A treat for any Jane Austen fan . . . a fascinating window into a man's experience in a largely female world. Scheinman is a wonderful guide to the world of Austen, and this honest and thoughtful discussion of the role Austen's works have played in his family will delight any Janeite." --Booklist

The son of a devoted Jane Austen scholar, Ted Scheinman spent his childhood eating Yorkshire pudding, singing in an Anglican choir, and watching Laurence Olivier as Mr. Darcy. Determined to leave his mother's world behind, he nonetheless found himself in grad school organizing the first ever UNC-Chapel Hill Jane Austen Summer Camp, a weekend-long event that sits somewhere between an academic conference and superfan extravaganza.

While the long tradition of Austen devotees includes the likes of Henry James and E. M. Forster, it is at the conferences and reenactments where Janeism truly lives. In Camp Austen, Scheinman tells the story of his indoctrination into this enthusiastic world and his struggle to shake his mother's influence while navigating hasty theatrical adaptations, undaunted scholars in cravats, and unseemly petticoat fittings.

In a haze of morning crumpets and restrictive tights, Scheinman delivers a hilarious and poignant survey of one of the most enduring and passionate literary coteries in history. Combining clandestine journalism with frank memoir, academic savvy with insider knowledge, Camp Austen is perhaps the most comprehensive study of Austen that can also be read in a single sitting. Brimming with stockings, culinary etiquette, and scandalous dance partners, this is summer camp as you've never seen it before.

Ted Scheinman is a writer and scholar based in Southern California, where he works as a senior editor at Pacific Standard magazine. He has taught courses on journalism, satire, and poetry at the University of North Carolina and has written for The New York Times, the Oxford American, Playboy, Slate, and many other publications.

May 24, 7:30pm to 8:30pm, Mrs Dalloway's Bookstore, 2904 College Ave, Berkeley

Poetry Flash presents Jane Mead and Carol Muske-Dukes

Jane Mead's new book of poems is World of Made and Unmade. C.D. Wright said, "As the laundry room floods and the grape harvest gets done; as Michoacán waits for another time, her beautiful, practical mother is dying. Ashes are scattered in the pecan groves of her own Rincon, her own corner of the world, and the poet, in elementary script, draws a sustaining record of the only feeling worth the struggle...." She's authored four previous collections, most recently Money, Money, Money | Water, Water, Water, and her honors include a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, a Whiting Writers Award, and a Lannan Foundation Completion Grant.

Carol Muske-Dukes's new book of poems is Blue Rose. Linda Gregerson says, "Scathing intelligence and an open heart: the most difficult combination in the world, and bountifully manifest on every page. In the birth room, at the death bed, beneath the falling ash of a California wildfire, before the whole, hurt spectacle of an imperiled and beloved world, these poems remind us what it's truly like to see and feel." Author of eight poetry collections, including Sparrow, a finalist for the National Book Award, she's also published four novels, two collections of essays, and co-edited Crossing State Lines: An American Renga with Bob Holman. She was California Poet Laureate from 2008 to 2011.

May 24, 7:30pm to 8:30pm, Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Ave, Berkeley

Berliner + Schwartz + Watson + Greenberg

Berliner + Schwartz + Watson + Greenberg features four accomplished jazz musicians in their own right, touring as a quartet for the first time. The band is:

Sasha Berliner (NYC)
Sasha is a BlueHaus Mallets endorsing vibraphonist and drummer, bandleader, and recording artist. "She desires to speak out about political and social justice through her music, something her Bay Area upbringings and instrumentalist background have passionately yielded." - from

Max Schwartz (Miami, FL)
Max Schwartz is a Downbeat Award-winning bassist and composer now living in Miami, FL, and is highly-acclaimed as both a bluegrass and jazz musician. He is a two-time member of the GRAMMY® Jazz Combo and was the bassist in the 2016 Next Generation Jazz Orchestra, which toured Japan in the summer of 2016 and played at the Monterey Jazz Festival the same year.

Tim Watson (Miami, FL)
Tim Watson has received high honors from the YoungArts Foundation for his guitar playing and composing, and is the author of, a blog dedicated to "decoding" the music styles of guitarist Ben Monder (recently featured on David Bowie's album Blackstar, as well as Maria Schneider, Lee Konitz).

Pele Greenberg (NYC)
Pele Greenberg is a percussionist and bandleader based in New York City and is an aficionado of Cuban traditional music. He had the chance to study Cuban percussion techniques on a trip to Havana in 2016 with the Berkeley High School Jazz Ensemble. Pele has had the privilege of being tutored by some of New York's most highly sought-after drummers, including Kendrick Scott, Andrew Cyrille, and Rodney Green.

Tickets are $20 and 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 24, 8pm to 10pm, The Back Room, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley

Steve Ignorant with Paranoid Visions presents Crass Songs, Kicker

May 24, 8pm to 9pm, Cornerstone, 2367 Shattuck Ave (Enter On Durant), Berkeley

OSA Vocal Rush

OSA Vocal Rush
Vocal Rush is a four-time national champion a cappella ensemble based out of Oakland School for the Arts (OSA) and comprised of singers ages 15-18. Combining passion, talent and dedication, along with the vision of director/founder Lisa Forkish, Vocal Rush has become one of the most respected high school a cappella groups in the U.S. since their inception in March, 2011. Before joining the renowned School of Vocal Music faculty at OSA, led by chair/founder Cava Menzies, Forkish was music director for the University of Oregon's award-winning a cappella group Divisi, featured in Mickey Rapkin's book "Pitch Perfect," later made into the box-office smash film. Vocal Rush has received numerous accolades, including national championship titles in 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2016, a first place win at the L.A. A Cappella Festival, and perhaps most notably, a third place win on NBC's hit a cappella competition show, "The Sing-Off." Past members of Vocal Rush have performed for President Obama as well as OSA founder, California Governor Jerry Brown. The group has released two full-length albums and one EP (all available on iTunes) and has been nominated for six Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards, including Best High School Album. The ensemble has the soulful stage presence that reflects all that is unique to OSA and sets them apart in the a cappella scene. Vocal Rush brings to life the heart and soul of Oakland School for the Arts, putting their all into every performance. See these young singers in action at

May 24, 8pm to 10pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley