Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar



Eclectic mix of funk, rock, afro, jazz and world tinged grooves.

Jul 27, 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").

Jul 27, 3pm to 5pm, 2090 Kittredge St. (at Shattuck), Berkeley, CA 94704

Big B and the Snake Oil Saviors

Classic country music with local crooner, Big B.

Jul 27, 4:45pm to 7:45pm, The Cheeseboard Pizza, 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

The Bob Roden Quintet

We play what one might call "accessible jazz" - a variety of jazz styles, but within a range that's readily understood and appreciated by a general audience.  

Jul 27, 6:30pm to 9:30pm, Cafe Leila, 1336, 1724 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Full: Affirmative Action

Jul 27, 7pm to 9pm, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, 2155 Center St., Berkeley

Flamenco Full Moon

Yuli Sayuri, Gopal Slavonic & Melina Berkov-Rojas

Yuli Sayuri (Director/Singer/Dancer)
Yuli Norrish was born in Tokyo, Japan, and grew up with classical music. Inspired by La Tania's performance in 1999, she started studying Flamenco (baile). Later, she expanded her study to Flamenco singing (cante) and cajon. She has studied with La Tania, Clara Rodriguez, Roberto Zamora, Jose Cortes, to name a few. She has performed with local artists and groups such as Agua Clara Flamenco (2016 San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival), Toque Tercero, Sol Flamenco, and La Tania Baile Flamenco. She runs Matiz Flamenco to perform and teach in San Francisco Bay Area and works as an artistic director of San Jose Nuevo Flamenco.

Gopal Slavonic (Guitarist) Gopal Slavonic trained at the prestigious `Fundacion de Arte Flamenco Cristina Heeren' in Sevilla, Spain where he studied with Miguel Angel Cortez, Jose Postigo, Antonio Carmona, Eduardo Rollabar, Tino Van Der Sman, and Joselito Galvez. He has performed with Cerro Negro, La Fibi, Mark Taylor, Melissa Cruz, La Carola, Roberto Zamora, Pilar Moreno, Zahara, and Jose Galvez.He is regularly performing and teaching flamenco guitar. More info at

Melina Berkov-Rojas (Dancer/Singer) Hailing Costa Rican roots on her mother's side, Melina Berkov-Rojas grew up surrounded by music, rhythm, and dance. Her father, an accomplished Flamenco guitarist and luthier, brought Flamenco into her heart. Over the years, she has studied with many renowned artists, including: Rosa Montoya, La Tania, Carola Zertuche, Linda Andrade, Roberto Amaral, and Cihtli Ocampo. More recently, she has focused her Flamenco studies on cante, and has pursued guidance from many singers including: Roberto Zamora, Paco Albiac, Martha Rodriguez-Salazar, Cristo Cortes, and intensive classes with Ethan Margolis. She has performed at various theaters, restaurants, and other venues throughout the Los Angeles and San Francisco areas over the years.
ALL AGES- Wheelchair Accessible
Door is 7PM
is It's OK to Bring Food and Beverages
Admission $15. - $25.

Jul 27, 7:30pm to 10pm, Art House Gallery & Cultural Center 2905 Shattuck Ave. Berkeley

No Better [LP Release] // Mom Jeans [solo] // Shannon ABSIB +

No Better
Northern California LP Release show!

+ support from:
Mom Jeans. (solo)
SHANNON TAYLOR (of awakebutstillinbed)
Like Roses
Hot Brothers
Kuromi the BAND

ALL AGES. Doors @ 7pm // Show $10 + $2 Membership
Safe(r) Space Venue: no drugs, alcohol, or bigoted behavior.

Jul 27, 7:30pm to 11:59pm, 924 Gilman, 924 Gilman St, Berkeley

High School Jazz Intensive Performance

Join the talented group of young musicians selected for this year's High School Jazz Intensive as they perform selections developed over the course of the week with instructors Mike Zilber, Erik Jekabson and others.

Jul 27, 8pm to 9pm, California Jazz Conservatory 2087 Addison St, Berkeley

The Hogan Brothers

Jul 27, 8pm to 11pm, Jupiter, 2181 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

Charlie King & Rebel Voices

Charlie King & Rebel Voices have been singing, recording and touring together for years, East Coast and West. Each a seasoned act on its own, together they combine the best of repertoire and performance. Excellent songwriting, remarkable harmonic arrangements and a kind of incendiary energy that lights up a stage all make for a night to remember

Charlie King is a musical storyteller and political satirist. He has been at the heart of American folk music for over half a century. Pete Seeger hailed him as "One of the finest singers and songwriters of our time." He is this year's recipient of the Phil Ochs Award, recognizing his music and activism for social and political justice in the spirit of Phil Ochs.

His songs have been recorded and sung by Pete & Peggy Seeger, Holly Near, Ronnie Gilbert, John McCutcheon, Arlo Guthrie, and Chad Mitchell. He is currently touring with his latest recording Life & Love, Tears & Laughter, a 15-song, eclectic mix of classic folk songs - time tested - and new songs reflecting on the testing times we live in.

Folk legend Peggy Seeger says, "If we had more Charlie Kings in the world I'd be less worried," and Tom Paxton adds, "Luckily, we have him!"

Janet Stecher and Susan Lewis are the singing duo Rebel Voices. Their provocative repertoire combines political punch and wry wit with intricate harmony and dramatic flair. This powerful and inspiring duo promises an evening of thought-provoking, zany, reaffirming music to lift the spirit and prick the conscience. They have been singing together for over 40 years. They can take a song you think you've heard, and through their striking arrangements and uniquely haunting harmonies, make it their own.

"On the heels of Nirvana, the next big Seattle group to make a national splash should be the folk duo Rebel Voices . . ." - KDVS-FM

"They weave humor, insight and conviction into their resonant voices and send us back to the world renewed." - Vancouver Folk Festival

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 27, 8pm to 10pm, The Back Room, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley

Marcia Ball

"Rollicking, playful, good-time blues and intimate, reflective balladry...her songs ring with emotional depth" -Rolling Stone

"A welcome ray of sunshine...Ball is a killer pianist, a great singer and songwriter. Potent blues, sweet zydeco, soulful, fast and furious Texas boogie...heartfelt, powerful and righteous" -Billboard

"Fifty years have passed in a flash," says Texas-born, Louisiana-raised pianist, songwriter and vocalist Marcia Ball of her long and storied career. Ball, the 2018 Texas State Musician Of The Year, has won worldwide fame and countless fans for her ability to ignite a full-scale roadhouse rhythm and blues party every time she takes the stage. Her rollicking Texas boogies, swampy New Orleans ballads and groove-laden Gulf Coast blues have made her a one-of-a-kind favorite with music lovers all over the world. With each new release, her reputation as a profoundly soulful singer, a boundlessly talented pianist and a courageous, inventive songwriter continues to grow. Her love of the road has led to years of soul-satisfying performances at festivals, concert halls and clubs. The New York Times says, "Marcia Ball plays two-fisted New Orleans barrelhouse piano and sings in a husky, knowing voice about all the trouble men and women can get into on the way to a good time." The Houston Chronicle says simply, "She's as perfect as an artist can be."

Jul 27, 8pm to 10pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley

Shakey Zimmerman w/ Rockridge Station @ The Starry Plough Pub

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Jul 27, 8pm to 9pm, The Starry Plough Pub - 3101 Shattuck Avenue - Berkeley

Audrey Vardanega and Gonzalo Martin Rodriguez play Schumann, Beethoven, and Kurtág

The Berkeley Hillside Club is thrilled to welcome the young piano virtuoso, Audrey Vardanega, back to our stage with a wonderful program featuring works by Schumann, Beethoven, and Kurtág. Joining Audrey for this concert will be violist Gonzalo Martin Rodriguez. Don't miss these remarkable artists performing in our historic and acoustically-excellent hall.
The Artists:
Audrey Vardanega- piano
Gonzalo Martin Rodriguez - viola

About the Concert: Bay Area-native and pianist Audrey Vardanega and violist Gonzalo Martin Rodriguez return to the Hillside Club to present works by Beethoven, Schumann, and Kurtag.

The program juxtaposes works for viola and piano duo with solo works for each instrument; duo repertoire includes Schumann's gorgeous "Marchenbilder" and "Adagio and Allegro," solo repertoire includes Beethoven's magnificent Piano Sonata Opus 101 in A Major and selections for Kurtag's "Signs and Messages" for unaccompanied viola. The program highlights the diverse potential of sounds that emerge from the viola-piano combination--sounds of tremendous warmth and tenderness, and sounds as thin as ice-- celebrating the ways that they interact, as well as the ways they don't. We hope to see you there!

The Program:
Märchenbilder for Viola and Piano Opus 113 - Robert Schumann
Piano Sonata Opus 101 - Ludwig van Beethoven
"Signs, Games and Messages" for unaccompanied Viola (selections) - György Kurtág
Adagio and Allegro for Viola and Piano Opus 70 - Robert Schumann

About the artists:
Praised as a player "with the kind of freedom, authority, and strength...that one expects from the world's finest pianists" (Berkeley Daily Planet), 22-year-old Audrey Vardanega made her solo debut with IMG Artists' Festival del Sole at the age of 12 and became the youngest soloist in the history of the Bay Area's Midsummer Mozart Festival with Maestro George Cleve at the age of 15. She has been featured as a soloist at the Hangzhou Grand Theater, the Zhejiang Conservatory of Music, Herbst Theater, and the Crowden School, among others. Her past primary instructors include Seymour Lipkin, Jeremy Siepmann, Christopher Elton, Robert Schwartz, and Victor Rosenbaum. Along with five other internationally selected pianists, Vardanega participated in the Carnegie Hall Workshops with Jonathan Biss in February 2017 and participated in the 2017 Ravinia Steans Music Festival. After receiving her B.A. from Columbia University in Political Science in May 2017, she began her Masters in piano performance in Fall 2017 under the tutelage of Richard Goode at Mannes College The New School.
Spanish violist Gonzalo Martin Rodriguez began his musical training at Bilbao's "Conservatorio Juan Crisostomo de Arriaga" where he studied under the tutelages of Rosa Gutierrez and Ara Cividian. He has also received instruction from Jonathan Brown, Silvia Simionescu, Kim Kashkashian, David Takeno, David Quiggle, Nobuko Imai, Gerard Causse, and Pauline Sachse. An avid chamber musician and soloist, Gonzalo has performed in some of the most reputed concert halls of Europe, including Gewandhaus Leipzig, Musikverein Wien and Sendesaal Bremen. He has performed as a soloist with the Bilbao Symphonic Orchestra, the Deusto Chamber Orchestra, and the "EIO" youth orchestra's Venezuela and Brussels tours. He is a top prizewinner in the 2017 International Anton Rubinstein Competition for Viola, the Concurso Jovenes musicos de Euskadi, as well as a two-time winner of the Ensemblewettbewerb HMT Leipzig. Additionally, Gonzalo has participated in chamber music festivals and fellowships throughout Europe and the United States, including "Lenk musiksommer," "Presjovem," the Prussia Cove International Musicians Seminar, the "Harmos Festival" concerts, and the 2017 Ravinia's Steans' Music Institute. He is currently completing his Masters of Music at the HMT Leipzig under the tutelage of Professor Tatjana Masurenko.

Info: 510-845-1350 Admission: $20 general, $15 students & seniors, $10 Hillside Club members

Jul 27, 8pm to 9pm, The Berkeley Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar Street Berkeley

Chris Nauman

Jul 27, 8pm to 10pm, Caffe Chaive, 2500 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

An Evening Of Music & Comedy with Creed Bratton from "The Office"

Jul 27, 8:30pm to 9:30pm, Cornerstone, 2367 Shattuck Ave (Enter On Durant), Berkeley

Fiestas Patrias del Perú

$15 Adelante / $20 Puerta
$15 Advance / $20 Door

Musica en Vivo Bailable, Comida Peruana y más!
Homenaje al maestro Augusto Polo Campos --- Canciones Criollas/Afro-Peruanas al Ritmo del Son Cubano de Angel Lobaton!
Grupo SALCHICHA --- Cumbias Peruanas y mas para bailar!
Deliciosa comida y bebidas Peruanas a la venta!
English Translation:
Live Music, Peruvian Food, and More!
Son Cubano tribute to Augusto Polo Campos by Angel Lobaton!
Peruvian Cumbia by SALCHICHA!
Delicious Peruvian food and drinks!

Jul 27, 9pm to 7/27 12 midnight, La Peña, 3105 Shattuck Ave. , Berkeley

Abyssinians ft. Bernard Collins plus Skank Bank

Jul 27, 9:30pm to 11:59pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley