Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar

07/20/2018

Cascada De Flores

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").

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.

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


the Left Coast Sextet

6:30pm to 9:30pm, Cafe Leila, 1336, 1724 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley


Buddhist Squirrels

7pm to 9pm, Caffe Chiave, 2500 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley


Foreseen, You Lose, Dolores, Clueless

The Hard Times Shows and Wide Eyed Noise Present: Foreseen - Finland You Lose - Bay Area Dolores hxc - San Jose Clueless - Oakland foreseen.bandcamp.com youlosehc.bandcamp.com doloreshardcore.bandcamp.com

Show: 8:00 Doors: All Ages $10 +$2 membership (No Advance Tickets)

7:30pm to 11pm, 924 Gilman 924 Gilman St, 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: https://lapena.org/event/fandango-jarocho-jam-sessio/2018-05-18/)

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


KML Goes to the State Fair (Killing My Lobster)

Batter your corndog, sculpt your butter into the Venus de Milo, and pin a blue ribbon on your goat -- it's summer time! Killing My Lobster is bringing the state fair to you, sketch comedy style. *No pukey kids allowed.

Director: Millie Brooks
Head Writer: Elaine Gavin
Stage Manager: Alandra Hileman

Actors:
Chelsea Bearce
Eric Marquez
Lucas Brandt
Marisa Hankins
Nicole Odell
Rebecca Hodges

Writers:
Jason Leal
Justin Lucas
Mike Ottum
Molly Sanchez
Sarah Suksiri
Ty & Gina Bardi

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


Fine Points @ The Starry Plough Pub

For details, link here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fine-points-the-starry-plough-pub-tickets-47045632754

8pm to 10pm, The Starry Plough Pub - 3101 Shattuck Avenue - Berkeley


Rising Star - Julian Kucera

Julian Kucera, Marley Edwards, and Alex Shapiro-Romano perform personalized arrangements of Charles Mingus, Joe Henderson, and Wayne Shorter. Band Members and Instrumentation: Julian Kucera - Guitar; Marley Edwards - Bass; Alex Shapiro Romano - Drums
Facebook Link: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100009000997246
Instagram Link: https://www.instagram.com/julesdoart/?hl=en
Website: https://www.juliankucera.com

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


Aki Goes to Bollywood

Aki Goes To Bollywood is a highly entertaining act fronted by dynamic, charismatic and hard-hitting blues singer/harmonica player Aki Kumar. It delivers true American cross-cultural music by blending Retro Bollywood hits with Delta blues jams and ferocious blues harmonica.

Though some instrumental albums and DJs have attempted to rearrange Bollywood music mixed with other genres, never before has an Indian blues musician fronting an American band so triumphantly recorded songs by the Indian film industry's biggest stars.

Born and raised in Bombay (now Mumbai), India, Kumar has long established his mark on the West Coast blues scene as a top-notch blues vocalist, harmonica player & entertainer. A master of the hugely influential Chicago blues sound, Kumar inherits his style from the harmonica legends of the 1950s and 60s. Aki has a unique voice in the genre, blending elements of blues harmonica pioneers of yesteryear with a signature sound of his own. With the launch of Aki Goes To Bollywood, Kumar is pushing the blues into exciting new directions with his brand new "Bollywood Blues" sound.

Tickets are $15 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!

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


Cupcakke, Xavier Toscano

9pm to 10pm, Cornerstone, 2367 Shattuck Ave (Enter On Durant), Berkeley


Prezident Brown with Marla Brown

Prezident Brown is the reigning Jamaican reggae M.C., a champion of the new roots and reality consciousness, with a message that is pure Rasta conscious vibes, from the spiritual "To Jah Only" through his more recent "Do Thy Work." He is an artist driven by a sense of mission and purpose that, he likes to say, "edutains" (heightens the consciousness of listeners) as much as entertains. According to JamBase, "A distinct and powerful stage presence, a Prezident Brown show is a transcendent spiritual movement that leaves audiences satiated, sweaty and smiling."

Born Fitz Albert Cotterell, Prezident Brown grew up in the green hills of Clarendon, Jamaica. As "Junior Ranking," a name his mother gave him, he would grab the microphone and chant away at schoolyards and country dances. As a teenager, he was known as Slim Brown because of his resemblance and similar DJ style to his mentor, U Brown. Discovered by reggae producer Jack Ruby, who renamed him Prezident Brown, he became one of the hottest sound system stars, recording for a number of record companies, and in the '90s his songs began to supplant the guns and self-hype lyrics then popular in the dance halls. Collaborations included appearing on Steel Pulse's "Black and Proud."


MARLA BROWN - THE CROWN PRINCESS OF REGGAE
Marla Brown is an internationally acclaimed reggae artists, and the youngest child and daughter of the late great Crown Prince of Reggae Dennis Brown with his wife Yvonne Brown.

Very First and Debut E.P. "DELIVERANCE" Peaked No.5 in iTunes Reggae Chart in first few hours upon release 2016

First Female Reggae Artist to orchestrate an all female musical collaboration on single Survivor Allstars 2017

"If this EP is any indication Marla Brown will continue to present her
thoughtful, conscious lyrics sung in a tone that is cultivated from great
genetics and hard work." - Reggaeville

Deborah Adela Marla Brown, popularly known as Marla, is the youngest child of the late, great Crown Prince of Reggae, Dennis Emanuel Brown. A successful international touring artist in her own right, she has graced stages in Europe, South America, Jamaica and the States first as a professional dancer, then as a singer.

Marla recorded her first single called Better Days which featured her own original lyrics and a video was also made to accompany the single. Better Days had an overwhelmingly positive response and gained much success worldwide. The song reached number 5 on the UK charts. Marla's voice is very sweet and strong and she has an uplifting presence and message in her music.


With many musical collaborations with some of Jamaica's finest artists and producers, this young Princess has a bright, exciting future ahead within the music industry.


Doors at 8:30 pm; Show at 9:00 pm
Buy Tickets on EVENTBRITE

Tickets are $25 Advance / $30 Day of Show

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