Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar



Eclectic mix of funk, rock, afro, jazz and world tinged grooves.

Jun 1, 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").

Jun 1, 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.

Jun 1, 4:45pm to 7:45pm, The Cheeseboard Pizza, 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

Extramarital Sextet/East Bay Hextet


Jun 1, 6:30pm to 9:30pm, 1724 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

"Rapoport Remembered" is a musical meditation on Rapoport's Anasazi Series, vivid color pencil drawings from the 1970s.

"Rapoport Remembered," is the brainchild of violin/vocals duo Hae Voces (Kristina Dutton and Majel Connery). "Rapoport Remembered" is a musical meditation on Rapoport's Anasazi Series, vivid color pencil drawings from the 1970s. Using live processing to construct massive shifting sonic textures, the duo brings the dynamism aof Rapoport's work back to life.

"Rapoport Remembered" is commissioned by the Sonya Rapoport Legacy Trust, and supported by a grant from the Zellerbach Family Foundation. It premieres June 1-2, 2018 at the Kala Art Institute in Berkeley, where Rapoport exhibited during her lifetime.

Jun 1, 7pm to 9pm, Kala Art Institute, 2990 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94702

Violet Island ["Private Property" EP Release] + friends!

Violet Island is proud to announce the release of their debut EP "Private Property" on Friday, June 1, 2018 at 924 Gilman St.

The Warhols
The Warhols are a Pop-Punk/Alternative band from Livermore, CA composed of Jose Peralta, Juan Calderon, and Evan Ochoa.

Violet Island
Creating music from Hayward, Ca
Adrian S.-Vocals/Guitar
F. Ramirez-Drums

Busy Lighthouse
Bay Point, California
Alternative Rock band out of California!

Killer Caribou
Based out of Livermore CA! We play (good) music.

ALL AGES. $8 + $2 Membership. 7pm.
Safe(r) Space Venue: no drugs, alcohol, or bigoted behavior.

Jun 1, 7pm to 10pm, 924 Gilman, 924 Gilman St, Berkeley

The Jazz Fourtet

Jun 1, 7pm to 9pm,


Kati Kyme directs the 40-piece Berkeley Baroque Strings in a program of J.S. Bach and his sons.

Suite in g minor for Strings and Continuo --- W.F. Bach
Concerto in D Major op. 1, #6 for harpsichord and strings, John Phillips, soloist --- C. Bach
Concerto in C Major, Wq 182, 3 --- C.P.E. Bach
Orchestral Suite #3 in D Major, BWV 1068 --- J.S. Bach
Directed by Kati Kyme, Berkeley Baroque Strings is an amateur orchestra dedicated to playing in the baroque style. Since its inaugural concert in December 2013, the orchestra has played three concert sets every year, including at the Berkeley Festival Fringe concerts in 2014 and 2016. With each season the orchestra has grown, and now has over 40 members. Conductor Kati Kyme is well known as violinist and frequent leader with Philharmonia Baroque and the American Bach Soloists. Berkeley Baroque Strings is an official affiliate of the San Francisco Early Music Society.

Price: $20, students $10, children under 12 free

Jun 1, 7pm to 9pm, ST. MARK'S EPISCOPAL CHURCH (main sanctuary) 2320 Bancroft Way, Berkeley

Tom Rhodes, Bourbon Therapy

For the last six years, Tom Rhodes has been making quite a name for himself in the Americana scene. His award-winning music is as real and honest as it gets.

His distinctive voice, road-worn and raspy from years of honing his craft, and inviting guitar work that cleverly masks its complexity, form a warm and welcoming home for his heartfelt and inspiring lyrics. Having played shows across the U.S. and Europe throughout his career, Tom has steadily built a diehard fan base that has seen him through the release of five independent albums: Tom Rhodes (2004), No Apologies (2006), Better Son (2010), With or Without (2014), and Who You Were (2016). Fans have followed him from small bars in the D.C. area to venues such as the Walnut Creek Amphitheater in North Carolina, the Paramount Theater in Oakland, CA, and Great American Music Hall in San Francisco. As of 2018, his music has been licensed and used on network and cable TV shows, feature length movies, and commercials across all platforms. Geographical influences are unavoidable, when you've spent as much time in and around some of America's greatest musical heartlands. Born in Houston, Texas, he moved to the Washington, D.C. area before heading off to places like Memphis, New Orleans, New York City, and even the Caribbean - each place leaving indelible marks on his eclectic songwriting and performing style. In 2011, he moved to Oakland, CA (where he currently resides), while working on new material and following some of his other passions, including illustration and videography.

Bourbon Therapy was born out of Aaron Skiles's realization that the best therapy may just be music...and bourbon doesn't hurt either. After picking up the bass as a freshman at the United States Military Academy, West Point, Aaron bounced around in various rock bands from Seattle to Baltimore to New York to San Francisco. With over 20 years of experience as "just the bass player," Aaron decided to step out on his own.

Bourbon Therapy is based in Oakland, California. They are an indie rock/alt-country band fronted by the husband and wife duo of Aaron and Rebecca Skiles. Their style of upbeat music combined with downtrodden lyrics is reminiscent of the mid-90's Counting Crows or Soul Asylum, combined with the modern The Head and The Heart or Silversun Pickups. By mixing big guitars with piano, strings and even an occasional harmonica, their sound ranges from heavy riff-laden songs to expressive ballads, providing a dynamic range of anthemic tunes.

Bourbon Therapy's latest album, Hymnals and Hangovers, is an expansive progression from their debut, self-titled album. Highlighting the beautiful vocals of Rebecca Skiles and featuring multi-part harmonies, upbeat instrumentation, and catchy choruses, the album crosses several genres (Americana, 90's Rock, Folk Rock, Indie Rock and more) to deliver an emotional, catchy ride from start to finish.

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 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!

Jun 1, 8pm to 10pm, The Back Room, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley

Lasso Party

Lasso Party!
Lots of rope. Western Theme. Dress up if you want. I'm dressing up.

Doctor Striker
Cartoon Violence
Moral High Horses

Jun 1, 8pm to 11:59pm, The Starry Plough Pub, 3101 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

People Power Band

The People Power Band, a Bay Area jazz band of industry veterans, returns to the California Jazz Conservatory for one special night comprised of classic and modern jazz renditions of your favorite songs. Come join us for an evening of soulful music and support the only accredited jazz conservatory in the United States.

Band Members and Instrumentation: Gene Wang - Band Leader/Alto Sax and Flute; Jeffrey Wash - Music Director/Bass; Darryl Walker - Vocalist; Joyce Lee - Vocalist; Ben Torres - Tenor Sax; David Moss - Trumpet; Bob Levenson - Baritone Sax; Don Beck - Guitar Trumpet; Jerry Fiddler - Guitar; Scott Welsh - Drums

Group Bio: Silicon Valley is known for over-achieving technologists and visionaries, but that's not where the talent ends. Known as the birthplace of countless bands that music lovers celebrate, the Bay Area has always known how to boogie and the People Power Band has become a solid part of that legacy. The People Power Band has performed all over the Bay Area from technology events like IoT World in Santa Clara to SFJAZZ as well as numerous festivals including Earth Day, infusing each performance with high energy and jazzy tunes.

The People Power Band is a soulful mix of lushly orchestrated horns, guitars, vocals and rhythms, and comprised of some of the Bay Area's best talent including Grammy Award-winning Tenor Sax player, Ben Torres and Jeffrey Wash, PPB's music director who's backed up singers from "The Voice" and "American Idol" and worked with many artists including Huey Lewis, Michael Bolton, and Amanda Brown. With a repertoire that includes everything from classics from Stevie Wonder, the Beatles and the Tower of Power to modern hits by Avicii, Pink, and Bruno Mars, the People Power Band is sure to inspire a fun night for any crowd!
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Jun 1, 8pm to 10pm, California Jazz Conservatory 2087 Addison St, Berkeley

Pacific Mambo Orchestra


Named "one of the best Latin big bands in the world" by Salsa Trips Magazine, Pacific Mambo Orchestra is the 2013 Grammy Award® Winner for "Best Latin Tropical Album" beating industry super stars Marc Anthony and Carlos Vives. PMO honors the sounds of the great Latin big bands of the 1940's through present times, infusing their music with an intoxicating energy that consistently inspires standing ovations at every live performance. PMO performs salsa, cha-cha-cha, and Latin jazz. The band consists of a superb line up of world-class musicians who have performed and recorded with a variety of international recording artists such as Carlos Santana, Poncho Sanchez, Pete Scovedo, Herbie Hancock, Prince, Paul Anka, Arturo Sandoval and more.

Jun 1, 8pm to 10pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley

Berkeley High School Jazz Ensemble

Third Annual Latin Dance Party
Berkeley High School Jazz Ensemble
Salsa Dance Lessons

The Berkeley High School Jazz program (BHS Jazz) is a premier high school jazz program, nationally and internationally known as an incubator of talent and a citadel of swing.

Its flagship performing group, the Berkeley High Jazz Ensemble, has been one of the nation's leading high school big bands for the past 40 years. BHS Jazz has produced some of the most creative jazz voices of the past several decades. BHS Jazz is comprised of four big band classes, and numerous student-led combos.


Fri, June 1, 2018
Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm
$20.00 - $95.00

Jun 1, 8pm to 10pm, The UC Theatre Taube Family Music Hall, 2036 University Avenue, near Downtown Berkeley BART, Berkeley

Baraka Moon with Spin Sisters

Formed on the eclipse of the full moon in 2008, Baraka Moon returns to our stage with its ecstatic global trance grooves for achieving a higher consciousness through listening, dancing, or any other means. They will be featuring music to party to as they celebrate the release of their CD "Wind Horse." Bringing together global citizens with origins in Pakistan, the United Kingdom, Canada, and the U.S., the quartet's all-original music ignites from ancient Qawaali Sufi trance songs, Indian classical ragas, Middle Eastern overtones, and African drums and percussion, plus the Australian Aboriginal didjeridu. The musicians bring those influences into an uplifting and resonant whole, which the bandmembers proclaim is, "spiritually charged and soulful dance music with a positive message of peace for the whole world! Even the Gods are dancing and smiling. Open your soul, sing your heart. Baraka Moon at your service!" "Baraka" is the Sufi word for blessing, a quality that permeates the group's music.

Vocalist Sukhawat Ali Khan fronts Baraka Moon, performing on the harmonium and drawing from his luminary family's 600 years of vocal tradition with a voice that comes straight from the heart, while one-man-band didjeridu virtuoso Stephen Kent, a globally acclaimed pioneer in bringing the ancient Aboriginal instrument to the contemporary world, plows a deep earthy groove and shakes it down together with Peter Warren's driving drums, as Anastasi Mavrides paints singing constellations with his shimmering guitar.

Doors at 8:30 pm; Show at 9:00 pm
Buy Tickets on EVENTBRITE
Tickets are $12 Advance / $15 at the Door

Jun 1, 9pm to 11:59pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley