Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar



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

Jun 15, 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 15, 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 15, 4:45pm to 7:45pm, Cheese Board Pizza 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

The Bob Zucker Trio

Robert Zucker and David Slusser
a jazz duo - guitar and flute/sax
Dave Cassini on drums.

Jun 15, 6:30pm to 9:30pm, 1724 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Ceschi & Anonymous Inc/Cousin Boneless/Dandelion Massacre/Soap Public   Hosted by 924 Gilman Interested Invite clock Friday, June 15 at 7:00 PM PDT About Discussion 12 Going   11 Interested Share this event with your friends Invite Details Ceschi returns to 924 Gilman with Anonymous Inc.! Also Performing: Cousin Boneless Dandelion Massacre Soap TBA $10 +$2 membership All Ages

Jun 15, 7pm to 8pm,

Ceschi & Anonymous Inc/Cousin Boneless/Dandelion Massacre/Soap

Ceschi returns to 924 Gilman with Anonymous Inc.! Also Performing:
Cousin Boneless
Dandelion Massacre
$10 +$2 membership All Ages

Jun 15, 7pm to 9pm, 924 Gilman, 924 Gilman St, Berkeley, CA 94710-1424, United States

Buddhist Squirrels

Jun 15, 7pm to 9pm, Caffè on San Pablo, 2500 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

The Noel Jewkes Quartet, featuring Kay Kostopoulos

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 15, 8pm to 10pm, The Back Room, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley

Dogslyde Reunion

A staple of the Bay Area Jazz scene in the 90's and early 2000's, trumpet and keyboardist Clyde Sutliff heads up this jazz quartet that made waves amongst a serious SF jazz scene.

"All the talk about acid jazz or new jazz, beginning roughly with the emergence of the Charlie Hunter Trio and the trademark fusion of jazz and hip-hop championed by Alphabet Soup and other young players of that scene, has subsided for now. But in its wake, Dogslyde continues to produce fresh, inventive music that melds funk, Latin, hard bop and the new jazz into a pleasing performance, something jazz listeners of all persuasions will enjoy." -Monterey County Weekly

Jun 15, 8pm to 11pm, Jupiter, 2181 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

Fandango Jarocho: Son Jarocho Jam Session

FREE -- Donations of any size are welcome and greatly appreciated!
Enjoy a lively evening of son jarocho music, dancing, and zapateado- bring your dance shoes and instruments, or just come and enjoy the music and dance! There is no entrance fee, but any monetary donations are accepted in support of programming at La Peña.

Son Jarocho is a lively traditional art form from the southern Mexican state of Veracruz that sits on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico.It is a lyrical and danceable music genre that formed in the melding of three cultures: Arabic-Spanish, African and indigenous Mexican.  It is at the same time highly improvised and highly structured-filled with complex poly-rhythms and musical dialogue in its dance, song, poetry and music.  The basic instrumentation of the son jarocho includes the jarana jarocha, guitarra de son (both guitar-like instruments) and zapateado (percussive footwork).  Regional variations include the harp and various percussive instrum (View Full Event Description Here:

Jun 15, 8pm to 11pm, 3105 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA, 94705, United States

Calle Ocho & Nuevo Mundo: An Evening of Cuban Heart & Soul

Calle Ocho & Nuevo Mundo: An Evening of Cuban Heart & Soul

Calle Ocho is a charanga sextet specializing in Cuban son, danzon, bolero & Latin jazz. Nuevo Mundo is a vocal and instrumental group playing Cuban son, folkloric & Latin standards.

Calle Ocho:
Rita Hargrave (timbales & percussion);
Sara Herrera (violin);
Ahni Robinson (flute);
Kit Robinson (tres guitar);
Ismael Rodriguez (lead vocals, congas & percussion);
Suzanne Schrift (bass).
Nuevo Mundo: *Ismael ("Izzy") Rodriguez - sonero - lead vocals, percussion;
Gerry Eiselman - cuban tres/guitar;
Reynalda Nuñez-Rodriguez- vocals;
Sylvia Sherman - bass;
Roberto Medina - bongo.

For this performance we will have special guests-Not to be missed! Website:

Jun 15, 8pm to 10pm, California Jazz Conservatory 2087 Addison St, Berkeley

La Mandanga @ The Starry Plough Pub

Jun 15, 8pm to 10pm, The Starry Plough Pub - 3101 Shattuck Avenue - Berkeley, CA 94705

The Music of Michael Hersch

Ah Young Hong and Kiera Duffy, soprano
Michael Hersch and Amy Yang, piano
Gary Louie, alto saxophone
Members of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra Tito Muñoz, conductor

The remarkable American composer Michael Hersch-"a natural musical genius who continues to surpass himself" (The Washington Post)-presents his latest creation, I hope we get a chance to visit soon, a dramatic cantata for two sopranos and ensemble (co-commissioned by Cal Performances). The sopranos here are no strangers to bold contemporary music-Kiera Duffy is a 2016 recipient of the Lincoln Center Emerging Artist Award, and Ah Young Hong has earned rave reviews in her previous performances of Hersch's work. The program includes additional music for solo saxophone and solo piano by the composer, with Hersch himself at the keyboard.
Approximate run time: 1 hour and 40 minutes with intermission

Jun 15, 8pm to 9:40pm, Zellerbach Hall UC Berkeley


Psychedelic roots-rock

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm
$12 ADV / $16 DOOR (plus fees)
All tickets are subject to an additional $4 per ticket facility fee.

Jun 15, 8pm to 9pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley

Infected Mushroom (Live Band)

Infected Mushroom
Electronic dance music legends Infected Mushroom are best known for their sonic innovations and pioneering of the Psychedelic Trance genre. Twice ranked amongst the world's "10 Best DJ's" by DJ Magazine (the bible of the EDM scene), and with over 14 million hits on YouTube and a #8 position on the Billboard charts, the Israel-bred, L.A. based duo Amit "Duvdev" Duvdevani and Erez Eisen have created one of the most powerful kingdoms in the world of dance music.

Following the success of Infected's 2015 album "Converting Vegetarians II", Erez and Duvdev have since delivered the "Return to the Sauce" album and "IM21, Pt. 1 Remixes." Adoring fans continue to congregate en masse for Infected Mushroom's averaged 120 show/year tour. Their jaw-dropping live performances never fail to impress with psychedelic visuals, their trademark enigmatic vocals, hypnotic arrangements, and psy-trippy synthetic rhythms. Infected Mushroom continues to sell out shows around the globe and all walks of life gather in attendance for the same reason: to experience the world's greatest Psy-Trance band of the decade.

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

Jun 15, 9pm to 11pm, The UC Theatre Taube Family Music Hall, 2036 University Avenue, near Downtown Berkeley BART, Berkeley

Psycotic Pineapple with Roy Loney and The Phantom Movers

Psycotic Pineapple was formed in 1974 by Jon Rubin, Tommy Dunbar, John C. Berry and Henricus Holtman. Alexi Karlinski and Dave C. Berry joined in 1976.

Forsaking an early experience as an actor, Ron Loney turned to music during the folk boom of the early 60s. Impressed by the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, he later formed the Chosen Few, a high school band which evolved into the Flamin' Groovies. Loney's voice and compositions provided the focal point for this cult-favourite act during its early history, but internal tension led to his departure in 1971. Roy then retired from professional music until 1977 when various ex-colleagues backed him on Artistic As Hell, an EP invoking the artist's love of classic rockabilly. The following year he formed the Phantom Movers with James Ferrell (guitar) and Danny Mihm (drums), plus two further ex-Groovies' alumni, Larry Lea (guitar) and Maurice Tani (bass). Out After Dark fully captured the spirit and style of the singer's former group and was the subject of critical acclaim. Despite innumerable changes in personnel, Loney continued to pursue his unique blend of 50s rock `n' roll and tongue-in-cheek humour through successive, often excellent albums and a powerful stage show. The singer disbanded his backing group in 1981 following the artistic failure of Contents Under Pressure, a flawed `power pop' experiment. A second period of retirement ended with the release of Scientific Bombs Away, which also marked the reinstatement of the `Phantom Movers' name. Although denied widespread popularity, Loney has nonetheless retained a small, but highly loyal, following.

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

Jun 15, 9pm to 11:59pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley