Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar

06/20/2018

Primavera

Jun 20, 11:45am to 2:45pm, The Cheeseboard Pizza, 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

Kenan Obrien

Jun 20, 4:45pm to 7:45pm, The Cheeseboard Pizza, 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

Stitch 'n Bitch

Jun 20, 6pm to 9pm, Caffè on San Pablo, 2500 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Moriel Rothman-Zecher

Moe's welcomes Moriel Rothman-Zecher, author of Sadness is a White Bird.
"Ultimately, "Sadness is a White Bird" is a nuanced examination of what it is like to be just one person at the front line of a century-old conflict. Rothman-Zecher delicately tells one deeply unique story without claiming to explain every individual's experience or devaluing experiences unlike his own. Written in beautiful prose, with sentences that will leave you tearing up on the bus ride to work, Rothman-Zecher complicates our worldview and forces us to look internally, examining how we hold ourselves and our world morally accountable." The Daily Californian

Jun 20, 7pm to 8pm,

Jazz in the Neighborhood Presents...John Wiitala Trio

John Wiitala describes this meeting as "one of my absolute favorite trios that's never played together." In addition to Wiitala on bass, the trio features Randy Porter on piano and Hamir Atwal at the drums. Wiitala and Porter have played, recorded and toured together for over 25 years. Wiitala plays on Porter's Grammy-nominated release "Porter Plays Porter," featuring the legendary Nancy King. Over the past eight years, Atwal has played with Wiitala in various ensembles led by Patrick Wolff and Erik Jekabson. And Porter and Atwal play in Madeline Eastman's band. They've finally put this particular trio together, and are concentrating on listening and welcoming the music in.

Jun 20, 7:30pm to 8:30pm, Rendon Hall/Fiddler Annex @ California Jazz Conservatory 2040 Addison Street, Berkeley

Lyrics & Dirges: A Monthly Reading Series

Lyrics and Dirges is our flagship monthly reading series featuring a mix of prominent, emerging and beginning writers. Its aim is to highlight various forms of writing in an effort to spotlight the diverse literary community of the Bay Area.
Hosted and Curated by Mk Chavez, Sharon Coleman, and Lark Omura.

Jun 20, 7:30pm to 8:30pm, Pegasus Books Downtown 2349 Shattuck Ave Berkeley

Stu Allen and Mars Hotel

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 20, 8pm to 11:59pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Ben Rosenblum Trio

Described as an "impressive talent" by All About Jazz, Ben Rosenblum is a jazz pianist, accordionist and composer based in New York City, and a recent graduate of the joint program between Columbia University and Juilliard School of Music.

His work has garnered numerous awards, including the ASCAP Young Jazz Composers Award and two Downbeat Student Music Awards for composition and arrangement. Ben was a finalist at the 2015 American Jazz Pianist Competition in Melbourne, Florida, and at the 2016 Jacksonville Jazz Piano Competition in Jacksonville, Florida. He has played with the Bachiana Brasileira Orchestra at Lincoln Center (conducted by Joao Carlos Martins and featuring Dave Brubeck), as well as in Delhi, India, and at the Masten Jazz Festival (Buffalo), Richmond Jazz Festival (Richmond), Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival (Maryland) and Lincoln Center Out of Doors Festival (Manhattan). He has also performed at Carnegie Hall, Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, the Allen Room at Lincoln Center, Ryles Jazz Club, Webster Hall, Symphony Space, The Blue Note and a host of other locations throughout the northeast.

Ben has worked extensively with such jazz luminaries as Curtis Lundy, Neal Smith, Winard Harper, Wayne Escoffery and Deborah Davis, and he has shared the stage with Houston Person, Dave Stryker, Steve Nelson, TS Monk and many others. Ben is currently celebrating the release of his debut album, entitled Instead. The album has been released to critical acclaim, including 4 stars from Downbeat Magazine.

Ben Rosenblum will be joined by rising Bay Area star Kanoa Mendenhall on bass and drummer Ben Zweig.

Tickets are $15 and can be purchased in advance at the link below, or 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 20, 8pm to 10pm, The Back Room, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley

Nova Jazz

Whether it's a swinging atmosphere to get people dancing or a romantic and classy vibe, the Nova Jazz Band will be creating the right mood for your beer drinking pleasure.
http://novajazzonline.com

Jun 20, 8pm to 11pm, Jupiter, 2181 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

Nels Cline & Scott Amendola are Stretch Woven

innovative & exploratory guitar and percussion duo

Doors: 7:00 PM Show: All Ages $24 ADV / $28 DOOR (plus fees)
All tickets are subject to an additional $4 per ticket facility fee.

Jun 20, 8pm to 10pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse 2020 Addison Street Berkeley