Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar


Super Cinema @Central

October 2018
The 1980s-Blockbusters!
Friday, October 5 Raiders of the Lost Ark 1981 / 115 min. / PG / CC

It's 1936. The US government hires archaeologist "Indiana" Jones (Harrison Ford) to find the Ark of the Covenant before Nazi Commander Arnold Toht grabs it for Hitler. The Germans believe the Ark will make their armies invincible. Marion Ravenwood (Karen Black), who is an old love interest of Indy's, joins him in a wildly daring, suspenseful mission to defeat Toht. George Lucas co-wrote the story and co-financed the film. Directed by Steven Spielberg.

Friday, October 12 Who Framed Roger Rabbit? 1988 / 104 min. / PG / CC

In this film, set in 1947 LA, humans and animated cartoon characters ("Toons") co-exist on the screen. When "Toon" Roger Rabbit gets framed for the murder of a businessman who owns Toontown, he hires rumpled Eddie Valiant (Bob Hoskins) to clear his name. Eddie racks up delicious allusions to Noir as he does. Kathleen Turner voices Jessica Rabbit, Roger's partly human wife, and Christopher Lloyd is the villain, Judge Doom. Robert Zemeckis directs.

Friday, October 19 E.T. the Extraterrestrial 1982 / 115 min. / PG / CC

Steven Spielberg directs E.T., a science fiction fantasy. Young Elliott befriends a space alien who accidentally has been left behind by his spaceship's crew. The boy and his siblings decide to hide E.T. until he can be rescued. As Elliott begins to experience a psychic connection with E.T., US government scientists start to hunt E.T. for their own purposes. At the same time, Elliott and E.T. fall ill. Without a doubt, this is one of the most beloved films of all time.

Friday, October 26 The Shining 1980 / 146 min. / R / CC

Aspiring writer Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson) accepts a job as winter caretaker at the isolated Overlook Hotel in Colorado's Rocky Mountains. His wife Wendy (Shelley Duvall) and pre-school age son Danny (Danny Lloyd) go with him.. Jack hears the disturbing story that a former caretaker had gone mad while there, murdered his family and killed himself-but keeps it to himself. With six months ahead of them, they settle in, cut off from the world.

November 2018 On-Screen Chemistry Before 1950
Friday, November 2 Swing Time 1936 / 103 min. / NR

Small town vaudevillian Lucky Garnett (Fred Astaire) is a no-show for his own wedding, but he still hopes to marry his girl. He seeks the wealth he thinks he needs in New York City, where he meets Penny (Ginger Rogers), a dancing instructor. It's a big conflict for Lucky, but the starstruck two form a successful dance act...and fall for each other. Arguably, Swing Time has the most complex dancing and the most plausible romance in the Astaire/Rogers franchise.

Friday, November 9 To Have and Have Not 1944 / 100 min. / NR

Based on the Ernest Hemingway novel and directed by Howard Hawks, this is a romantic adventure drama that centers on Harry Morgan (Humphrey Bogart), a fishing boat captain in the Vichy France-controlled colony of Martinique. A very young Lauren Bacall plays Slim, a steamy American singer who seduces Morgan ("You know how to whistle, don't you?") When Morgan reluctantly agrees to use his boat to rescue Resistance fighters, will Slim stand by him?

Friday, November 16 Adam's Rib 1949 / 101 min. / NR

Married couple Garson Kanin and actress Ruth Gordon wrote the screenplay for this classic comedy. It's about married lawyers (Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn) who face off as prosecutor and defense attorney in the trial of Doris Attinger (Judy Holliday) for the attempted murder of her two-timing husband (Tom Ewell). Holliday is priceless. Directed by George Cukor, Adam's Rib is # 7 on the American Film Institute's Top Ten List of Romantic Comedies.

Friday, November 23 LIBRARY CLOSED-Day After Thanksgiving


Friday, November 30 The New World 2006 / 150 min. / PG-13

Terrence Malik ("The Tree of Life") wrote and directed this film depicting the 1607 founding of Jamestown Colony in Virginia. Yes, Captain John Smith (Colin Farrell) travels upriver, is captured and held prisoner by Chief Powhatan. Smith and the Chief's daughter, Pocohontas (Q'orianka Kilcher), do fall in love. But the filmmaker chooses to focus on the natural world's deep, dreamlike impact on them, not ephemeral chemistry. Their dream does not last, not for them, not for their "tribes." In 2006, The New World opened to mildly positive reviews, but it has grown in stature since then. Emmanuel Luzbeki's brilliant cinematography is often cited as its crowning achievement. Mick LaSalle has called the film a masterpiece and the best film of its decade. Roger Ebert 4-starred it from the start.

Jul 6, 3pm to 5pm, 2090 Kittredge St. (at Shattuck), Berkeley, CA 94704

Extramarital Sextet/East Bay Hextet

Extramarital Sextet/East Bay Hextet


Jul 6, 6:30pm to 9:30pm, Cafe Leila, 1724 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702, USA

The Jazz Fourtet

Jul 6, 7pm to 9pm, Caffè Chiave, 2500 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Revolution Bummer, George Crustanza, GILT [FL], Throwing Rocks, SGBD

Revolution Bummer [SF post-hardcore]
George Crustanza [SF hardcore]
GILT [North FL sad/angry-core]
Throwing Rocks [Bay area punk rock]
Shotgun Braindectomy [Berkeley Tinnituscore-noise ]
ALL AGES. Doors @ 7:30pm
$10 + $2 Membership
Safe(r) Space Venue: no drugs, alcohol, or bigoted behavior.

Jul 6, 7:30pm to 11:59pm, 924 Gilman, 924 Gilman St, 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.

Jul 6, 8pm to 11:59pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley


All Ages $30 ADV / $34 DOOR (plus fees)

Jul 6, 8pm to 10pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street Berkeley


Sugartown is an indie/roots/alt string band, heavy on the harmonies - and all about that bass. They love ballads about murder, mayhem and heartbreak but like to throw in a little southern moonshine to sweeten the mix.

Their original songs explore topics ranging from the anxiety of waiting in a cafe for a lover to arrive ("White Tablecloths"), to the burden of ancestry ("Bloodlines"). They cover songs from an eclectic pool of artists: the Be Good Tanya's fabulous singer/songwriter, Frazey Ford, local alt genius Sam Chase, and their musical gods Cohen, Dylan and Waits.

Sugartown features the intricate melodies and rhythms of local jazz player Dan Seamans on standup bass, and the latest addition to the band is fiddling wunderkind David Boyden, the red-haired scion of famous Berkeley-based violin scholar David Boyden, Sr. Adding his lightning lead guitar riffs and colorful vocals is public-defender-by-day Brian Bloom, while local author/songwriter Zoe FitzGerald Carter plays rhythm guitar, sings, and writes the band's original songs. The band is thrilled to be coming to The Back Room to celebrate the launch of their first-ever CD, Waiting for the Earthquake. Joining the group will be local drummer Joe Mockus and several special musical guests.

Tickets are $15 in advance, $18 at the door and $10 for students with ID. 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!

Jul 6, 8pm to 10pm, The Back Room, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley

California Jazz Conservatory - Rising Star - Florio

Florio `s concert will include works by jazz masters, J.S. Bach, and new compositions by the members. Katherine Westine, piano;
Yehudit Lieberman, acoustic and five-string electric violin;
Gael Alcock, cello

Katherine Westine holds a B.A. in Music and a Master's degree in Organ Performance and has done post-graduate study in Early Music and early keyboards at the Norddeutsche Orgelakademie in Germany. Ms. Westine performs and teaches in the San Francisco Bay Area. In addition to teaching and composing in her studio in Oakland, she is on the faculty of the California Jazz Conservatory in Berkeley and is currently studying jazz with Susan Muscarella. Katherine is a member of the ensembles La Foolia!, Dueling Harpsichords, Lewiston Jazz, and Florio.

Yehudit Lieberman has been active on the San Francisco jazz and classical music scene for over 30 years. She has headlined at numerous venues and festivals in the San Francisco and Los Angeles areas. In 2007, she resigned her long-time membership in the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra in order to devote her full energies to jazz performance and composition. Her CDs are available on the Edgetone Records label. You can hear samples of her music and buy her CDs by visiting

Cellist Gael Alcock has accompanied singers, dancers, artists, and poets since moving to the Bay Area in the mid 1970s. While a member of the Berkeley and San Jose Symphonies, she premiered solos and chamber music works by local composers, founded the Concerto Collective in collaboration with San Francisco Dancers Stage, and played at dance festivals, cafes, and salons with dancer/video artist Cathy Weis and Sweet Western Dalliance. In 2017, she performed in Lizz Roman's Sunset Dances, and in Clive Matson's epic "Hello Paradise, Paradise Goodbye" at the European Beat Studies Network Conference in Paris, France.

Jul 6, 8pm to 10pm, California Jazz Conservatory, 2087 Addison St, Berkeley