Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar



May 30, 11:45am to 2:45pm, The Cheeseboard Pizza, 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

Dennis Dove

Dennis Dove and his band

May 30, 4:45pm to 7:45pm, The Cheeseboard Pizza, 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

Stitch 'n Bitch

May 30, 6pm to 9pm, Caffe on San Pablo, 2500 San Pablo Ave., BErkeley

Opera singing Divas Kathleen Moss and Eliza O'Malley

Opera singing Divas Kathleen Moss and Eliza O'Malley light up the hall with arias and duets from celebrated operas of Puccini, Verdi, Bellini, Bizet, Delibes and more with special guests Maestro* Jonathan Khuner *at the piano and his daughter soprano *Charlotte Khuner* Indulge yourself in a dazzling evening of opera's top hits with these San Francisco Bay Area favorites!

The Dazzling Divas

May 30, 7pm to 9pm, Bateau Ivre restaurant, 2629 Telegraph Ave, Berkeley

Jazz in the Neighborhood Presents... The Destiny Muhammad Project - "Celtic 2 Coltrane"

"Celtic 2 Coltrane Harpist Destiny Muhammad's sonic journey ventures into the soul of the Celtic Realm and then delves into works of American jazz composer legends Alice and John Coltrane and jazz harp genius Dorothy Jeanne Thompson Ashby. Destiny invites strings in from her group Strings of a Nubian Groove (SONG) to reimagine the tone of her jazz heroes' music and adds her own original compositions to the mix. Joining Destiny will be Leon Joyce, Jr. on drums, Chico Lopez on bass, and Tarika Lewis and Sandy Poindexter on violin. Jazz in the Neighborhood's
Wednesday night series at CJC is presented with financial support from AFM Musicians Union Local 6.
Band Members and Instrumentation:
Destiny Muhammad - harp;
Leon Joyce, Jr. - drums;
Chico Lopez - bass;
Tarika Lewis and Sandy Poindexter - violin

May 30, 7:30pm to 9:30pm, Rendon Hall/Fiddler Annex @ California Jazz Conservatory 2040 Addison Street, Berkeley

Cyrus Farivar discusses Habeas Data: Privacy vs. the Rise of Surveillance Tech

Ars Technica senior business editor Cyrus Farivar presents a critical and historic look at how 50 years of American privacy law is inadequate for the near-future of surveillance. Join us at Pegasus Books Downtown for a discussion and book signing of Habeas Data.
You are being watched. Whether through your phone or your car or your credit card, caught on a CCT camera or tracked through your online viewing history, government agencies know where you are, and are quietly collecting your most intimate, mundane, and personal information.
Is this even legal?
Habeas Data shows how the explosive growth of surveillance technology has outpaced our understanding of the ethics, mores, and laws of privacy.
Award-winning tech reporter Cyrus Farivar makes the case by taking ten historic court decisions that defined our privacy rights and matching them against the capabilities of modern technology. It's an approach that combines the charge of a legal thriller with the shock of the daily headlines.
Chapters include: the 1960s proceeding against a drug dealer that established the "expectation of privacy" in nonpublic places such as your home (but how does that ruling apply now, when police can chart your every move and hear your every conversation within your own home - without even having to enter it?); the 1970s case where the police monitored a lewd caller - the decision of which is now the linchpin of the NSA's controversial metadata tracking program revealed by Edward Snowden; and a 2010 low-level burglary trial that revealed police had tracked a defendant's past 12,898 locations before arrest - an invasion of privacy grossly out of proportion to the alleged crime, which showed how authorities are all too willing to take advantage of the ludicrous gap between the slow pace of legal reform and the rapid transformation of technology.
A dazzling exposé that journeys from Bonn, Germany to Oakland, California, from the halls of the Supreme Court to the back of a squad car, Habeas Data combines deft reportage, deep research, and original interviews to offer an X-ray diagnostic of our current surveillance state.
Cyrus Farivar is the Senior Business Editor at Ars Technica and the author of The Internet of Elsewhere. He is also a radio producer and has reported for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, National Public Radio, Public Radio International, The Economist, Wired, The New York Times, and others.

May 30, 7:30pm to 8:30pm, Pegasus Books Downtown 2349 Shattuck Ave Berkeley

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 30, 8pm to 11:59pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Kevin Gerzevitz Trio

The KG Trio plays the music of Thelonious Monk, Horace Silver, Herbie Nichols and more, exploring repertoire of 50s bebop and 60s soul jazz. The piano trio format is a powerful vehicle of expression and this band enjoys driving it, weaving chromaticism with bounce. They paying homage to the legends of jazz, as well as forge new ideas with compositions of their own.

May 30, 8pm to 11pm, Jupiter, 2181 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley