Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar


Temescal Farmers' Market

Jul 22, 9am to 1pm, 5300 Claremont Ave, Oakland CA 94618

Soul Sanctuary Dance

Family-friendly Freestyle Community Dance. Come dance freely every Sunday morning at Soul Sanctuary Dance. No admission fee / 100% volunteer produced.

Soul Sanctuary Dance is a welcoming and inclusive all-ages community freestyle/ecstatic/shoes optional dance that supports free expression, community, physical and emotional health, and a spirit of generosity. We dance to an irresistible eclectic blend of world music, funk, house, soul, electro swing, positive hip hop, reggae, dance classics, jazz, blues, electronica, and other music to free mind, body and soul.

Organic fruit for all after the dance.
The dance is completely organized and run by volunteers.
Wheelchair accessible. No scented products please. Shoes optional.

The dance is a generosity and donation-based event. We don't charge a fee for admission. Instead, we post this message at the welcome table: "Your dance today at Soul Sanctuary Dance is a gift from those who have made donations to the dance, and from the volunteers who organize and produce the dance. We invite you to pay this generosity forward for future dancers, in whatever amount or manner you choose, so that we can continue to keep this chain of gifts alive."

Jul 22, 11am to 1pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

String Quartet Sundays ~ featuring "The Town"

Jul 22, 1pm to 2pm, The Musical Offering, 2430 Bancroft Way, Berkeley

Owen Hill, Pamela Jackson, and Anthony Rizzuto, editors of the Annotated Big Sleep

The new edition of Raymond Chandler's Big Sleep, edited, annotated and prefaced by past and present Moe's staffers. We've asked a few friends to read their favorite passage from this noir classic. Scheduled so far: Cara Black, Randal Brandt, Summer Brenner, Barry Gifford, Dan Liebowitz, Elliott Smith, and Jerry Thompson
"Nothing, even a book as singular and archetypal as The Big Sleep, comes from nowhere. What a gift, to see in part how Chandler made it. Under just three names, these annotators number among them two poets, an archivist and literary scholar, a gifted crime novelist, and three sleuths; reading it conveys the vicarious thrill of their innumerable discoveries. Chandler lucked out."--Jonathan Lethem, from the forward.
A masterpiece of noir, Raymond Chandler's The Big Sleep helped to define a genre and remains one of the most celebrated and stylish novels of the twentieth century. Now, this comprehensive, annotated edition offers a fascinating look behind the scenes of the novel, bringing the gritty and seductive world of Chandler's iconic private eye Philip Marlowe into full color. Notes on the historical context of Chandler's Los Angeles; excerpts from the author's personal letters and source texts; explorations of the issues of gender, sexuality, race, and ethnicity that permeate the story; and important interpretations and clarifications enrich the reader's understanding and situate the novel within the tradition of crime fiction that Chandler both built upon and made new.
Raymond Chandler (1888-1959) turned to writing fiction at the age of forty-five, after a career as an oil executive. He published his first story in Black Mask in 1933, and his first novel, The Big Sleep, in 1939. Over his lifetime, Chandler wrote seven novels, several screenplays, and numerous short stories, and became the master practitioner of American hard-boiled crime fiction.
Owen Hill is the author of two mystery novels, a book of short fiction, and several books of poetry. He has reviewed crime novels for the Los Angeles Times and the East Bay Express. He was awarded the Howard Moss residency at Yaddo in 2005.
Pamela Jackson is an editor, scholar, and librarian specializing in California literary and cultural history. She holds a PhD from UC Berkeley and an MLIS from UCLA, and was coeditor, with Jonathan Lethem, of The Exegesis of Philip K. Dick.
Anthony Rizzuto is a bookseller, professor of literature, and researcher. He currently teaches British and American literature and history at Sonoma State University.

Jul 22, 3pm to 5pm, Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Ave, Berkeley

Ed Reed

Ed Reed, 88-year-old jazz recording artist and performing jazz vocalist, and 2014's #1 Rising Star Male Vocalist (DownBeat magazine Critics Poll), has been singing his entire life, though it was not until 2007 that he burst onto the jazz scene at age 78, following the release of his first CD, Ed Reed Sings Love Stories.

His path getting there was circuitous, even torturous, and his story of addiction, incarceration, recovery and redemption is a testament to the power of the human spirit. Since 2007, he has recorded another three critically-acclaimed albums, performed in many of the world's prominent jazz venues, including three sold-out nights at Dizzy's Club Coca Cola at Jazz at Lincoln Center, been reviewed in major jazz publications and news media, was a guest on the legendary Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz NPR radio program, and was profiled by Nat Hentoff in the Wall Street Journal.

Reed will be accompanied by pianist Adam Shulman, bassist John Wiitala, and drummer Lorca Hart.

"Reed has developed a jazz voice that is distinct-full of the pain, sorrow, love and beauty that go along with taking that long, hard trail through life. All of that is on full display here. When Ed Reed sings... look for an intimate story every time." - DownBeat Editors Pick, July 2011

"[Reed] stylistically harkens back to the elegant tenderness of Johnny Hartman...richly insightful...intensely moving...hypnotic renderings..." - JazzTimes, July/August 2011

"Mr. Reed sings in a dark mahogany baritone with careful diction, evoking the midcentury styles of Billy Eckstine and Nat King Cole." - New York Times, December 2015

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!

Jul 22, 4pm to 6pm, The Back Room, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley

Buck Thrifty

Jul 22, 4pm to 8pm, Jupiter, 2181 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

"The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman" | A Reading Group with Ken Knabb

This week Ken Knabb continues discussion of Lawrence Sterne's novel "The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman. The group will be meeting in the University Press Bookstore (2430 Bancroft in Berkeley) every other Sunday at 4:30-7:00 P.M. for nine meetings, Afterwards we'll move on to Jacques the Fatalist the next work in our series.

Jul 22, 4:30pm to 7pm, University Press Books, 2430 Bancroft Way, Berkeley


Since 1993, Berkeley-based BandWorks has helped several thousand youngsters fulfill their dream of playing in a rock band. BandWorks helps organize students into bands, provides coaching with some of the best musician-instructors in the Bay Area, and after 8 weeks rehearsing their favorite rock, pop, blues, reggae and original songs, takes the bands to the stage at Ashkenaz to perform live in front of an audience. In addition, BandWorks offers year-round classes for kids, teens, and adults, as well as summer camps for kids and teens at locations around the Bay Area.

Tonight, the Instructors' bands take the stage for the 25th anniversary party!

Doors at 4:30 pm; Show at 5:00 pm
25th Anniversary Party with The Bait & Switch Blues Band, The Erik Brock Band, & Femme Fatal

Jul 22, 5pm to 9pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

WeirdFun // UO // Livewater // Redwood Groovy // SWF // Speaker

Weird Fun (acoustic set!) Unpopular Opinion (TOUR KICKOFF)
Redwood Groovy (feat. members of Small Crush)
satoshi welcomes fidelity
SPEAKER (Ontario, CAN)
ALL AGES. Doors 5:30 // show $10 + $2 membership
safe(r) space venue: no drugs, alcohol, or bigoted behavior

Jul 22, 6pm to 10pm, 924 Gilman, 924 Gilman St, Berkeley


American guitarist and vocalist (born June 20, 1967 in Rutland, Vermont). Dan provided the singing voice for George Clooney in the Coen Brothers film O Brother, Where Art Thou? He is a guitarist and vocalist as part of the Bluegrass band Union Station, which he became a member of in 1994. He is a former member of the Lonesome River Band, for which he was also vocalist as well as playing the mandolin.

Jul 22, 7pm to 8pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley

Orion's Joy of Jazz and Latin All Stars

The Orion's Joy of Sextet Jazz and Latin Jazz Concerts at Caffe Trieste include "The Best in in the West!!!"
Piano:Steve Mcquarry,Terry Rodriquez,Eugene Pliner,Tony Capricio
Guitars:Dave Bell,Eric Swinderman,Mark Babin,Ray Scott,Tony Corman and Ari Caprow
Vibes;David Casini,
Vocalists: Sandra Smith
Tenor sax :Jim Grantham, Dave Muratake,Joe Kaline
Alto sax /flute:Ruben Salcido
Bari sax Joe Kaline
Trumpets: Gil Cohen John DeBore
Trombone: Rick Brown,Dennis Smith
Bass's: Jim Shearer,Attila Medvecsky,Richard Saunders,Carl Herder Jamie Dowd and Joe Mckinley

Jul 22, 7pm to 9pm, Caffe Chiave, 2500 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Nora Stanley

Nora Stanley is a saxophonist and composer returning to her native Bay Area fresh out of Oberlin Conservatory. Growing up she was surrounded by music of all sorts and attended Berkeley High School's prestigious jazz program, also participating in conglomerate programs including SFJAZZ High School All-Stars, Jazzschool and Latin Jazz Youth Ensemble of San Francisco, where she was mentored by John Calloway.

She has had the opportunity to travel to Cuba, Spain and Brazil, where she absorbed music that has informed her developing voice as a musician and composer. At Oberlin, Nora studied with Gary Bartz, Dan Wall, Eddie Henderson and Billy Hart, and has shared the stage with such greats as Ambrose Akinmusire, Eddie Henderson, Etienne Charles and Dayna Stephens.

Benny Bock is a pianist from Berkeley, California. He currently studies at Oberlin Conservatory of Music with Dan Wall, Gary Bartz, and Billy Hart. He has shared the stage with Dayna Stephens, Nicole Henry, the Charles Mingus Big Band and Eddie Henderson. Benny works as a synthesizer demonstrator with Tom Oberheim.

Owen Benjamin Clapp is an award-winning San Francisco Bay Area-based bass player, composer, and songwriter. His versatility on upright bass and electric bass has given him the opportunity to work with a variety of artists across a range of genres, including hip-hop artists Anderson Paak, Dumbfoundead, and George Watsky, and Grammy Award-winning jazz musicians Kenny Burrell, John Clayton, and Ruslan Sirota. His recording credits include sessions for Sony Pictures, Lyft, and various Los Angeles-based commercial licensing agencies .

Pele-Or Greenberg is a New York-based drummer studying at The New School with Andrew Cyrille, Kendrick Scott and Rodney Green, and hails from Berkeley, California. While at Berkeley High School, he became an active member of the Bay Area music scene, performing at famed venues such as Yoshi's, The Fox Theater, The Freight & Salvage, Cafe du Nord, Slim's and others, as well as the legendary Los Angeles club Whisky a Go-Go. While at Berkeley High, Pele competed at festivals including the Reno, Folsom and Monterey Next-Gen festivals, and spent a week studying in Havana, Cuba. In addition to playing in numerous Jazz groups in school, Greenberg also was an active member of an indie rock trio known as Black Bones, which recorded multiple EPs and performed around the Bay Area.

Tickets are $15 and are available in advance 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 22, 8pm to 10pm, The Back Room, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley