Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar

07/10/2018

Film Critic Joseph McBride on Ernst Lubitch

Join film critic Joseph McBride as he discusses the work of Ernst Lubitsch. This is a book launch for How Did Lubitsch Do It, forthcoming from Columbia University Press in June.

"Joseph McBride's study of Lubitsch matches the breadth and range of his incomparable work on Welles and Ford. Reading it, it is impossible not to want to see each of the director's greatest films again or for the first time-readers will be driven straight to seek out not only the repertory standards but the silents, the musicals, and the German films. It is especially gratifying to see McBride apply his supple understanding of the intricacies of Lubitsch's sexual politics to the paradoxes lurking for contemporary viewers, exploring how the films play both against and into feminist readings. McBride doesn't shy from such explorations, but never leaps to premature conclusions. The book is an act of devotion matched to the heart of its subject." - Jonathan Lethem

Jul 10, 7pm to 9pm, Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Ave, Berkeley

Monterey County High School All-Star Band


Each year, Monterey Jazz Festival selects top students by audition from across the Monterey County region to participate in the High School All-Star big band and Honor Vocal Jazz Ensemble. Led by MJF Education Director Paul Contos (High School All-Star Band), renowned educator Dr. Rob Klevan (Honor Vocal Jazz Ensemble) and Janice Perl (Honor Vocal Jazz), each all-star ensemble performs professional-level arrangements featuring classic gems from the standard jazz legacy, as well as cutting-edge repertoire currently being written for jazz orchestra and vocal ensembles, all exploring a range of jazz styles. The MJF High School All-Stars also perform at the Next Generation Jazz Festival and far beyond, testing their chops on the bandstand while bringing great music to communities. Prior performances include: Millennium Stage at Kennedy Center, National Archives and Bohemian Caverns jazz club (all in
Washington D.C.), Vitello's Jazz Club (L.A., CA), Vancouver and Victoria International Jazz Festivals (Canada), Jazz Alley (Seattle), American Jazz Museum (Kansas City), Jazz Bistro (St. Louis), and the Noto and Tomisato Jazz Festivals in Japan.

2017-18 MJF High School All-Star Band

Director: Mr. Paul Contos

Woodwinds
Camryn Wood, alto sax / Pacific Grove Jazz Club
Milo Borer, alto sax / Pacific Grove Jazz Club
Siena Fisk, tenor sax / Pacific Grove Jazz Club
Sam Wisner, tenor sax / York School
Spencer Gagos, tenor sax / Stevenson School
Ealaph Tabbaa, baritone sax / Carmel High School

Trombones
Felix Diaz-Contreras / Pacific Grove Jazz Club
Chris Matthews / Pacific Grove Jazz Club
Elijah Taurke / Pacific Grove Jazz Club
Bennett Bishop / Pacific Grove Jazz Club
Amber Hobbs (bass) / Carmel High School

Trumpets
Alana Henden / Pacific Grove Jazz Club
Noah Kirsch / Carmel High School
Reed Samuels / Pacific Grove Jazz Club
James Baek / York School
Delbert Truong / Pacific Grove Jazz Club

Rhythm
Davíd Sánchez, piano / Monterey High School and Pacific Grove

Jazz Club
Nathan Nguyen, guitar / York School
Aaron Georis, bass / Carmel High School
Max Almaraz, drums / Salinas High School
Alexander Khieu, percussion / Salinas High School
High School Honor Vocal Jazz Ensemble 2018

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High School Honor Vocal Jazz Ensemble 2018
2017-18 MJF High School Honor Vocal Jazz Ensemble

Directors: Dr. Rob Klevan and Mrs. Janice Perl

Sopranos
Savannah Allen / Carmel High School
Jessica Boles / Notre Dame High School
Sarah Galley / North Monterey County High School
Nora MacKinnon / Trinity Christian High School
Ali Shanklin / Monterey High School

Altos
Katarina Harrison / Carmel High School
Pascale Montgomery / Carmel High School
Alexandra Pavlet / Monterey High School
Katie Wheeler / Notre Dame High School

Tenors
Isaiah Boulware / Pacific Grove High School
Joe Johnsson / Carmel High School

Bass/Baritone
Jeremiah Lee / Trinity High School
Andrew Simpson / York School

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

Neurosis, Converge, Amenra


Neurosis

Of all that humankind has inherited through our ancestry, no single language has transcended every age as powerfully as music. For those few who channel that inheritance of sound today, none have wielded its command and authority like Neurosis. Showing their discontent with convention from the very beginning, Neurosis revealed what would become an instinct for transformation in sound and scope. With each release, the sound became interchangeable with vision. A vision of the conscious and unconscious coexisting in an audial spectrum that challenged not only the constraints of what listeners expected but of the listeners themselves as beings. Over the collective's past ten albums, Neurosis have invited listeners to join them on the path their music carved. Going beyond the remarkable, Neurosis became unforgettable. Throughout the last 30 years, the journey of their music has found the band relishing the unpredictable and embracing the unknown possibility of where the music was capable of taking them. This year finds Neurosis taking their most dominant step yet with their eleventh full-length, Fires Within Fires. Three decades in the making, Fires Within Fires is a testament both to the history and future of Neurosis. Striking the band's signature balance between light and dark, beauty and repulsion, Fires Within Fires gives due to its predecessors while progressing forward into the unfamiliar and formidable. Featuring exquisite album artwork from the renowned Thomas Hooper and the stellar recording work of the group's longstanding engineer Steve Albini, Fires Within Fires is at once a beautiful and forbidding work of mastery. For members Scott Kelly, Steve Von Till, Jason Roeder, Noah Landis, and Dave Edwardson, the album is a welcomed companion to what's now been a 30-year-long trek into the infiniteness of sound and sight coalescing into consciousness. An all-encompassing reminder that transfiguration in sound remains their most commanding and inimitable strength, Fires Within Fires is the next powerful step towards a destination that has long been and continues to be the very heart of "becoming" for the mighty Neurosis.

Converge is a prolific punk-metal band formed in 1990 in Boston, USA, and after several singles, released their first full-length, Halo in a Haystack, in 1994. By 2000, with the release of their fourth full-length, Jane Doe, Converge were regarded as one of the most original and innovative bands to emerge from the punk underground. A quartet consisting of Jacob Bannon, Kurt Ballou, Nate Newton and Ben Koller, the band also found time to lend out members to various side projects, including Kingdom of the Sun, Old Man Gloom and Kid Kilowatt (the short-lived band that also included members of Cave In). Known for intense live shows and extensive touring, the band played over 600 shows in ten years, making it possible for them to retain their cult status within the punk underground without the kind of commercial success that has vaulted other punk bands into the middle of alternative rock radio and press.

Current Line-up:-

Jacob Bannon (Vocals, Lyrics, Visuals)
Kurt Ballou (Guitar, Vocals, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Theremin)
Nate Newton (Bass Guitar, Vocals)
Ben Koller (Drums)

Former Members:-

Jeff Feinberg (Guitar, Bass: 1991-1997)
Aaron Dalbec (Guitar: 1994-2001)
Damon Bellorado (Drums: 1991-1999)
John Digiorgio (Drums: 1999)
Erik Ralston (Bass: 1993)
Stephen Brodsky (Bass: 1997-1998)

Amenra

(sometimes called Amen Ra) is a Belgian Metal / Sludge band with some Doom Metal influences, formed in 1999 in Western Flanders.

Bjorn Lebon - drums
Colin H. van Eeckhout - vocals
Mathieu van de Kerckhove - guitars
Lennart Bossu - guitars
Levy Seynaeve - bass

Jul 10, 8pm to 11pm, The UC Theatre Taube Family Music Hall, 2036 University Avenue, near Downtown Berkeley BART, Berkeley

Neurosis


Neurosis
Of all that humankind has inherited through our ancestry, no single language has transcended every age as powerfully as music. For those few who channel that inheritance of sound today, none have wielded its command and authority like Neurosis. Showing their discontent with convention from the very beginning, Neurosis revealed what would become an instinct for transformation in sound and scope. With each release, the sound became interchangeable with vision. A vision of the conscious and unconscious coexisting in an audial spectrum that challenged not only the constraints of what listeners expected but of the listeners themselves as beings. Over the collective's past ten albums, Neurosis have invited listeners to join them on the path their music carved. Going beyond the remarkable, Neurosis became unforgettable. Throughout the last 30 years, the journey of their music has found the band relishing the unpredictable and embracing the unknown possibility of where the music was capable of taking them. This year finds Neurosis taking their most dominant step yet with their eleventh full-length, Fires Within Fires. Three decades in the making, Fires Within Fires is a testament both to the history and future of Neurosis. Striking the band's signature balance between light and dark, beauty and repulsion, Fires Within Fires gives due to its predecessors while progressing forward into the unfamiliar and formidable. Featuring exquisite album artwork from the renowned Thomas Hooper and the stellar recording work of the group's longstanding engineer Steve Albini, Fires Within Fires is at once a beautiful and forbidding work of mastery. For members Scott Kelly, Steve Von Till, Jason Roeder, Noah Landis, and Dave Edwardson, the album is a welcomed companion to what's now been a 30-year-long trek into the infiniteness of sound and sight coalescing into consciousness. An all-encompassing reminder that transfiguration in sound remains their most commanding and inimitable strength, Fires Within Fires is the next powerful step towards a destination that has long been and continues to be the very heart of "becoming" for the mighty Neurosis.


Converge

is a prolific punk-metal band formed in 1990 in Boston, USA, and after several singles, released their first full-length, Halo in a Haystack, in 1994. By 2000, with the release of their fourth full-length, Jane Doe, Converge were regarded as one of the most original and innovative bands to emerge from the punk underground. A quartet consisting of Jacob Bannon, Kurt Ballou, Nate Newton and Ben Koller, the band also found time to lend out members to various side projects, including Kingdom of the Sun, Old Man Gloom and Kid Kilowatt (the short-lived band that also included members of Cave In). Known for intense live shows and extensive touring, the band played over 600 shows in ten years, making it possible for them to retain their cult status within the punk underground without the kind of commercial success that has vaulted other punk bands into the middle of alternative rock radio and press.
Current Line-up:-
Jacob Bannon (Vocals, Lyrics, Visuals)
Kurt Ballou (Guitar, Vocals, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Theremin)
Nate Newton (Bass Guitar, Vocals)
Ben Koller (Drums)

Former Members:-
Jeff Feinberg (Guitar, Bass: 1991-1997)
Aaron Dalbec (Guitar: 1994-2001)
Damon Bellorado (Drums: 1991-1999)
John Digiorgio (Drums: 1999)
Erik Ralston (Bass: 1993)
Stephen Brodsky (Bass: 1997-1998)


Amenra

(sometimes called Amen Ra) is a Belgian Metal / Sludge band with some Doom Metal influences, formed in 1999 in Western Flanders.Bjorn Lebon - drums
Colin H. van Eeckhout - vocals
Mathieu van de Kerckhove - guitars
Lennart Bossu - guitars
Levy Seynaeve - bass

Jul 10, 8pm to 9pm, The UC Theatre Taube Family Music Hall, 2036 University Avenue, near Downtown Berkeley BART, Berkeley, CA, 94704

Accordion Fest with Dance Lesson at 8pm with Cheryl McBride

A unique nonstop evening of waltzes, 2 steps, and shuffles with a "nouveau" feel. featuring the quintessential instrument of Zydeco and Cajun music - the ACCORDION!

Join us for a celebration of the quintessential instrument of Zydeco and Cajun music, the ACCORDION! 

In the Louisiana tradition of "lagniappe" (a little something extra) we will be welcoming accordionists Max Lopez, Andre Nigoghossian, Andrew Carriere, Mark Marcin and Maureen Karpan to the stage with some hard driving music for your dancing pleasure. When they are not up front on the "squeezebox" you will be enjoying their musical talents on bass and guitar as well. They will be joined by rhythm section Sam Siggins, Debi Krilanovich and Jim Scott.  A unique nonstop evening of waltzes, 2 steps, and shuffles with a "nouveau" feel. You don't want to miss this one!!

FEATURING:
Andrew Carriere (California Cajun Orchestra, Creole Belles, CZ & the Bon Vivants, Cajun All-Star Band)
Maureen Karpan (Frog Legs, Creole Belles, Cortableu)
Mark Marcin (Midnight Ramblers)
Max Lopez (Black & Tan Creole Band, Ashkenaz soundman!)
Andre Nigoghossian (I*ko Ya Ya)
Jim Scott (Mark St. Mary, Jeffery Broussard, I*ko Ya Ya, CZ & the Bon Vivants)
Sam Siggins (California Cajun Orchestra, Cortableu, I*ko Ya Ya)

Debi Krilanovich (Blues Box Bayou Band)

Doors at 7:30 pm; Dance Lesson with Cheryl McBride at 8pm; Show at 8:30
Buy Tickets Here
Tickets are $12 Advance /
$15 Day of Show

Jul 10, 8pm to 11pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley