Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar


North Berkeley Jazz Quartet

Jun 16, 11:45am to 2:45pm, Cheese Board Pizza 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley,

Kids Capoeira Angola Workshop at La Peña

This workshop is best suitable for children ages 7-11.
It is FREE, but space is limited and you must RSVP through the Eventbrite link to reserve your spot: Donations of any size are welcome!
This workshop is taught by Sergio Bitencourt Ferreira, a capoeirista from Belo Horizonte, Brazil, with 25 years of practice and 15 years of teaching experience. He has coordinated theatrical performances, berimbau orchestras, and classes for children and adolescents. He is currently the director of the Project No Balanço de Angola, which offers Capoeira Angola classes for adults every Tuesday and Saturday at La Peña Cultural Center. Weekly classes for children start September 4th! More information coming soon.
All students are encouraged to have fun and to be themselves while broadening their horizons and working together as a group and a community. Parents, you are welcome to stay the entire time!
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Jun 16, 1pm to 2pm, 3105 Shattuck Ave. , Berkeley, CA, 94705, United States

Romanian and Moldovan Folk Music

Patricia Kopatchinskaja, violin
Viktor Kopatchinsky, cimbalom
Emilia Kopatchinsky, violin
Amy Yang, piano

Calusarii Moldovon Folk Music
HoraÅ£iu RÄfdulescu Doina for Piano Doina and Hora Moldovan Folk Music György Kurtág Eight Duos for Violin and Cimbalom, Op. 4 Enescu Sonata No. 3 in A minor for Violin and Piano Ciocalia Moldovan Folk Music

Kopatchinskaja is joined by her parents, Viktor and Emilia Kopatchinsky, on cimbalom and violin, for a rousing afternoon of music from Eastern Europe. Both parents performed and toured as members of the Moldovan state folk music ensemble, before the family emigrated to Vienna when Kopatchinskaja was 12. Complementing traditional Moldovan and Romanian folk music and dance forms of calusarii, doina, hora, and ciocalia is music by the Hungarian composer György Kurtág, the Romanian-French spectralist HoraÅ£iu RÄfdulescu, and the celebrated Romanian George Enescu.

Jun 16, 2pm to 4pm, Zellerbach Hall

Melvin Leonard and his Hot Sauce Band

New Orleans legend, Melvin "Blues Daddy" Leonard and his rippin' hot sauce band.

Jun 16, 4:45pm to 7:45pm, The Cheeseboard Pizza, 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

The Infusions

Jun 16, 6:30pm to 9:30pm, Cafe Leila, 1724 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Lauren Groff discusses and signs FLORIDA

Celebrated New York Times bestselling author Lauren Groff presents her highly anticipated new collection of short stories, Florida.

In her vigorous and moving new book, Lauren Groff brings her electric storytelling and intelligence to a world in which storms, snakes, and sinkholes lurk at the edge of everyday life, but the greater threats and mysteries are of a human, emotional, and psychological nature. Among those navigating it all are a resourceful pair of abandoned sisters; a lonely boy, grown up; a restless, childless couple, a searching, homeless woman; and an unforgettable, recurring character - a steely and conflicted wife and mother.

The stories in this collection span characters, towns, decades, even centuries, but Florida - its landscape, climate, history, and state of mind - becomes its gravitational center: an energy, a mood, as much as a place of residence. Groff transports the reader, then jolts us alert with a crackle of wit, a wave of sadness, a flash of cruelty, as she writes about loneliness, rage, family, and the passage of time. With shocking accuracy and effect, she pinpoints the moments and decisions and connections behind human pleasure and pain, hope and despair, love and fury - the moments that make us alive. Startling, precise, and affecting, Florida is a magnificent achievement.

Lauren Groff is the New York Times bestselling author of three novels, The Monsters of Templeton, Arcadia, and Fates and Furies, and the celebrated short story collection Delicate Edible Birds. Her work has been featured in the New Yorker, Harper's, the Atlantic, and several Best American Short Stories anthologies. She has won the Paul Bowles Prize for Fiction, the PEN/O. Henry Award, and the Pushcart Prize; and has been a finalist for the National Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Orange Award for New Writers, and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize.

Jun 16, 7:30pm to 8:30pm, Pegasus Books Downtown, 2349 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704, United States

Trio Garufa

Borrowing from the lyrics of the classic tango Malena, we named our album El Rumor De Tus Tangos. With seventeen tracks, it's a tour de force with rhythmic interpretations of classic tangos, original compositions, arrangements for string orchestra and tango trio, and some beautiful Argentine folk music. We guarantee you will love it. It is available online now, you can order it at CD Baby or download it from iTunes, and it is now available at Amoeba Records in San Francisco.

"Dazzlingly and dizzyingly good"
World Music Central
"A fabulous trip through the history of tango"
People en Español Magazine

Reservations are necessary to assure you a seat and made by calling (510) 525-9248, or via email at

Doors open at 7:00, music at 7:30. Cost is $20; all proceeds go to the musicians.

Jun 16, 7:30pm to 9:30pm, Fifth Street Farms, 1517 Fifth St, Berkeley

Dick Conte Quartet: Annual CJC Piano Scholarship Benefit

Dick Conte returns to the California Jazz Conservatory for his annual jazz piano scholarship benefit concert. The quartet includes Dick Conte on piano, Steve Heckman on sax, Steve Webber on bass, and Akira Tana on drums.

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Jun 16, 8pm to 10pm, Rendon Hall/Fiddler Annex @ California Jazz Conservatory 2040 Addison Street, Berkeley

The Inside Men

Jun 16, 8pm to 10pm, Caffè on San Pablo, 2500 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Ska Reggae Night

WeR Back and this time with a unique night! We have an awesome line up ready to make you all dance for the whole night. Shark Punch The Millards GrooView Share to win 2 free tickets for this awesome show.

Jun 16, 8pm to 6/16 12 midnight, The Starry Plough 3101 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

Shark Punch, The Millards and GrooView

WeR Back and this time with a unique night!

We have an awesome line up ready to make you all dance for the whole night.

Shark Punch

The Millards


Jun 16, 8pm to 11pm, The Starry Plough Pub - 3101 Shattuck Avenue - Berkeley

The Inside Men

Jun 16, 8pm to 10pm, Caffè on San Pablo, 2500 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702, USA

Bartók, Stravinsky, and Ligeti

Patricia Kopatchinskaja, violin
Mahler Chamber Orchestra Philipp von Steinaecker, conductor

Bartók Divertimento for String Orchestra
Stravinsky Suite from L'Histoire du soldat (The Soldier's Tale)
Ligeti Concerto for Violin and Orchestra

The closing concert of Ojai at Berkeley 2018 showcases some of the most beloved chamber works of the 20th century and features Kopatchinskaja's dazzling interpretation of Ligeti's layered and complex violin concerto. Also, music from Stravinsky's L'Histoire du soldat on the occasion of the work's centennial, and Bartók's buoyant Divertimento for Strings. Approximate run time: 1 hour and 45 minutes with intermission

Jun 16, 8pm to 9:45pm, Zellerbach Hall

Nathan Clevenger Group

Oakland-born guitarist/composer Nathan Clevenger slides in to support the release of his latest album, Observatory, highlighting his take on modern jazz. Nathan describes his music as precise chamber jazz harmonics and melodic elements through a volatile jazz ensemble.

"Clevenger's writing takes a lot from the swing era, but it's packed with odd time signatures, twisty compositions, and passages of improvisation that go well beyond the old concept of a solo. Peppy, often pretty, and just a little weird. - Craig Matsumoto, Memory Select

Jun 16, 8pm to 11pm, Jupiter, 2181 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

Mark Hummel's Summer Folk Blues Series with Guy Davis, Barbara Dane, Lazy Lester, Joe Beard, HowellDevine, and Deep Basement Shakers

Mark Hummel's Summer Folk Blues Series, Guy Davis, Barbara Dane, Lazy Lester, Joe Beard, HowellDevine, Deep Basement Shakers

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm
$40 ADV / $44 DOOR (plus fees)
All tickets are subject to an additional $4 per ticket facility fee.

Jun 16, 8pm to 9pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley

Najite & the Olokun Prophecy

The ensemble is led by Nigerian master percussionist Najite Agindotan who was mentored and eventually taken as a godson by the late, great Fela Anikulapo Kuti. This 16+ piece ensemble embraces the restless genius of Fela's afrobeat music as well as expanding into their own unique blend of jazz, funk, highlife, and traditional West African drumming and folk song.

Many of Southern California's best instrumentalists have lent their talent to N.O.P. over the years--Phil Ranelin, Nate Morgan, Bobby Bryant, Jerri Jheto, Jim Thompson, the late, great Billy Harris and many more-- the current band represents a cross-generational accumulation of their spirit and wisdom.

The message of the Olokun Prophecy is that there is an Age of Goodness coming and we must help to usher it in together.

Doors at 8:30 pm; Show at 9:00 pm
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Tickets are $20 Advance / $25 at the Door

Jun 16, 9pm to 11:59pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley