Jun 8, 11:45am to 2:45pm, Cheese Board Pizza, 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA
Flauti Diversi will perform songs and dances of the 13th and 14th centuries, both monophonic and polyphonic, devotional and rowdy, from the Cantigas and Llibre Vermell manuscripts, laude and estampies, as well as 19th and early 20th-century repertoire of the Ottoman Empire
Frances Feldon, recorders/medieval flute;
Allison Zelles Lloyd, soprano/medieval harp;
Peter Maund, percussion;
Sarah Michael, qanun;
David Rogers, lute/baroque guitar/oud
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Jun 8, 1pm to 3pm, California Jazz Conservatory2087 Addison St, Berkeley
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.
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 8, 3pm to 5pm, 2090 Kittredge St. (at Shattuck), Berkeley, CA 94704
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 8, 4:45pm to 7:45pm, Cheese Board Pizza 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley
Doors: 5:00 pm / Show: 5:30 pm
$25 in advance / $28 day of show / $70 3-day tickets
This event is all ages
Belgian death metal band from Waregem, formed in 1995.
Death metal band from Brisbane, Australia.
Death Metal band from South Wales
Vale Of Pnath
Death metal band from Denver, CO, US.
Signs Of The Swarm
Deathcore from Pittsburgh, PA, USA
Jun 8, 5:30pm to 11pm, Cornerstone, 2367 Shattuck Ave (Enter On Durant), Berkeley
Jun 8, 7pm to 9pm, Caffe on San Pablo, 2500 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley
Jun 8, 7pm to 9:30pm, Cafe Leila, 1336, 1724 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley
All Ages Welcome ðY(tm) its a Potluck Food & Beverages
$15-$25 Donation for the Arts/Musicians
Adrian Areas on Timbales y Timbalitos
Dan Neville On Vibes
Robert Gastelum on Trumpet
Ruskin Vaughn on Tumbadoras
Jordan Brysk on Bass
Brian Andres on Drums
Keeping the Flame Lit for Latin Jazz!!!!
Jun 8, 7pm to 10pm, Art House Gallery & Cultural Center, 2905 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley
ALL AGES. Doors @ 7:30pm // Show $10 + $2 Membership Safe(r) Space Venue: no drugs, alcohol, or bigoted behavior.
Jun 8, 7:30pm to 11:59pm, 924 Gilman, 924 Gilman St, Berkeley
Jun 8, 8pm to 9pm, The Starry Plough Pub - 3101 Shattuck Avenue - Berkeley
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.
Jun 8, 8pm to 11:59pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley
Noel Jewkes is one of the premier saxophone players in Northern California. He has worked in the San Francisco Bay Area for over 35 years, and has earned a distinguished reputation with lovers of Jazz.
Listening to the majestic phrasing and harmonic adventurousness of Noel Jewkes is almost like hearing the entire history of modern jazz in a single evening. No wonder he is revered by musicians, critics, and music lovers alike as the premiere Saxist-by-the-Bay. Some years back, Phil Elwood, the legendary jazz critic, said of Noel, "I don't know of a better contemporary modern saxman anywhere."
And Kay Kostopoulos is not only one of Northern California's finest singers, she is also a great friend of Noel's, and their on-stage partnership exudes a rare chemistry and musical rapport.
This performance includes Chris Amberger (bass) and Jack Dorsey (drums). Both of these guys have appeared at The Back Room before and have been part of Noel's legendary stable for years.
Rounding out the quartet, and contributing a few songs of his own, is our own Sam Rudin at the piano.
Tickets are $18 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 8, 8pm to 10pm, The Back Room, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley
Maurice Tani --- Website
San Francisco native, Maurice Tani is a "rye-to-romantic" singer-songwriter with seven albums to his credit -the latest being The Lovers Card, released on the Little Village label. With his band, 77 El Deora, Tani has been the source of untold, but exquisite suffering on the Bay Area Americana scene for over 15 years.
Tani uses the term, "Supercalifornigraphic" to describe his particular flavor of Americana. While rooted in country music, Tani's writing is centered on a West Coast perspective. "Though much of my material is based on fictional characters and situations, I still write what I know. I'm not particularly comfortable or interested in the rural imagery of tractors, 4x4s or general agriculture common in much country music. What attracts me most about country is the story telling side of it. My stories are more likely to be centered around an urban experience. I'm a Californian from a large metropolitan area and I write about the things that hold my attention. I think of these songs as a sort of cinema for the blind. Short musical narratives of life on the left coast."
Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm
$20 ADV / $24 DOOR (plus fees)
All tickets are subject to an additional $4 per ticket facility fee.
Jun 8, 8pm to 10pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley, CA, 94704
Is it rock-n-roll? Is it jazz? Is it Japanese, electronic Zydeco music? Making their Jupiter debut, Turning Into A Butterfly is a metamorphosis (or should we say, meta-bro-phosis) of the dual forces of Scott Amendola and Zach Ostroff. Their original compositions about finding love in a disastrous world, back-to-back covers of Britney Spears and Ray Charles, World War II ballads, and spontaneously improvised soundscapes all coalesce into streams of constantly-evolving, heartfelt, booty-grooving music. Humans can find great joy in the most epic and trying of times. Sometimes all it takes is the mutual trust of two musical risk takers. That is what Turning into a Butterfly hopes to find.
Jun 8, 8pm to 11pm, Jupiter, 2181 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley