Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar



Grooving Afro-Brazilian-Caribbean music.

Jun 12, 4:45pm to 7:45pm, The Cheeseboard Pizza, 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

Classical Revolution

Jun 12, 7pm to 9pm, Caffe Chiave, 2500 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley

Classical Revolution

Jun 12, 7pm to 9pm, Caffe on San Pablo, 2500 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley


Award-winning author Lucy Jane Bledsoe shares her gripping new novel, The Evolution of Love.
A devastating earthquake has just hit the San Francisco Bay Area, cutting off the outside world completely. When Lily decides to fly from Nebraska to California and make the treacherous journey into the Bay Area to find her sister, she knows she's headed for a disaster zone, but nothing prepares her for what she finds.
Those who survived and didn't evacuate are making shelters, running meals programs, rigging their own technologies--and redefining the very meaning of community. Lily bands together with a couple of feral kids, a steadfast activist, and a bonobo researcher, among others, to forge a new life.
A piercing, unforgettable story of hope in the face of crisis, The Evolution of Love asks what does it take for people to come together, what dangers must they fend off in their bid for survival, and what lengths will they go to rebuild home.

Jun 12, 7pm to 8pm, Books Inc. 1491 Shattuck Ave Berkeley

Freight Open Mic

Freight Open Mic

The longest running open stage in the Bay Area now has free admission. Also, for this evening's open mic, performance spots will be assigned via a lottery system, not "first-come, first-served."

Our Open Mic has brought in some of our brightest performers, including Shawn Colvin, Dana Carvey, Alvin Youngblood Hart, and Patrick Landeza. The audience is friendly - and people actually listen! So come on down and join the fun. All performers welcome.


A lottery will be held shortly after doors at 7:00 p.m. The show starts promptly at 7:30.

Admission is free for all.

Solo performers get to play one song; groups get to play two songs. Management reserves the right to award a performer an extra song now and then, for any reason management deems appropriate.

Please be ready to perform when your turn comes up. Please limit your introduction to 30 seconds.

BONUS: Anyone - performers and audience alike - who stays until the end of the night is entitled to a FREE TICKET to an upcoming Freight show of their choice. Shows that are sold out or close to being sold out are excluded from this offer.

Tune up, drop in, go on!

Jun 12, 7:30pm to 9:30pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley

Ravi Abcarian Trio

Tuesdays in June are held down by local double bassist/composer/educator Ravi Abcarian, who heads up the youth group Oaktown Jazz Workshop. Ravi specializes in his own compositions, classics by Thelonious Monk and Wayne Shorter, and instrumental arrangements of Stevie Wonder and Bob Marley songs.

Jun 12, 8pm to 11pm, Jupiter, 2181 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

Creole Belles with Special Guest Andrew Carriere plus Dance Lesson with Phillip Garrison

The Creole Belles sing and play rollicking Cajun-Creole dance music usually heard in more remotely located dance halls of the bayous and plains of Louisiana. Fiddler-singer Delilah Lee Lewis has been playing such music for nearly three decades, including a three-year stint in Louisiana studying and playing with Canray Fontenot, Dewey Balfa, Michael Doucet, and other masters. She shares singing with accordionist Maureen Karpan, a member of Courtableu and also a veteran of time in Louisiana. The rest of the core band is guitarist Karen Leigh and Elaine Herrick on stand-up bass.

Doors at 7:30 pm; Dance Lesson at 8:00 pm with Phillip Garrison
Show at 8:30 pm
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Tickets are $12 Advance / $15 at the Door

Jun 12, 8:30pm to 11:59pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley