Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar

08/02/2018

Free Live Jazz

Aug 2, 4:30pm to 6:30pm, The Musical Offering, 2430 Bancroft Way, Berkeley

Jim Grantham Quartet 7:00 PM

Aug 2, 7pm to 9pm, Caffe Chaive, 2500 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Shannon Wheeler Book Signing!

New Yorker cartoonist and multiple Eisner Award-winner Shannon Wheeler signs his brand new book Memoirs of a Very Stable Genius (Image Comics) and hosts a short slide show on the history of cartooned political satire.

New Yorker cartoonist and multiple Eisner Award-winner Shannon Wheeler (Too Much Coffee Man, Sh*t My President Says, God is Disappointed in You) debuts MEMOIRS OF A VERY STABLE GENIUS this July from Image/Shadowline Comics.

MEMOIRS OF A VERY STABLE GENIUS is an irreverent book of personal short stories and gags featuring Shannon Wheeler's critically acclaimed humor, pathos, and honesty-including a 40-page full-color section!

"Books are like children. It's with pride I send this one out into the world to fend for itself, have its heart broken, take a job that will slowly erode all self-respect," said Wheeler. "That said, this is the best book I've ever done." - See more at: https://imagecomics.com/content/view/memoirs-of-a-very-stable-geniusan-irreverent-and-entertaining-new-book-from#sthash.4tf3WwsM.dpuf

Aug 2, 7:30pm to 8:30pm, Pegasus Books Downtown, 2349 Shattuck Ave Berkeley

Poetry Flash presents Martin Espada, Lauren Marie Schmidt, and Gary Soto

Martin Espada's new book of poems is Vivas to Those Who Have Failed. Sandra Cisneros calls him "the Pablo Neruda of North American authors." Recent collections include The Trouble Ball, The Republic of Poetry, finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, and Alabanza, whose title poem has been widely anthologized and performed. In all, he's published fifteen books as poet, editor, essayist, and translator. A former tenants lawyer for the Latino community of the greater Boston area, he's received a Shelley Memorial Award, a Guggenhein Fellowship, and he's just won the prestigious 2018 Ruth Lilly Prize for lifetime accomplishment.
Lauren Maris Schmidt's new book of poems is Filthy Labors. Previous collections include Two Black Eyes and a Patch of Hair Missing, Psalms of the Dining Room, and The Voodoo Doll Parade, winner of the Main Street Rag Author's Choice Chapbook Series. Among her prizes are the So to Speak Poetry Prize, Neil Postman Prize for Metaphor, and The Janet B. McCabe Prize for Poetry.
Gary Soto's a poet, essayist, and novelist. His new book of poems is a revised, updated edition of The Elements of San Joaquin, his first collection, originally published in 1977, about which La Bloga had said, "The poet has an impeccable memory for capturing the music and sounds of his childhood. He carries a heavy sense of nostalgia with...grace..." He has since published twelve poetry collections, including New and Selected Poems, which was a National Book Award finalist as well as three novels and a memoir among other books. He has also received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation.

Aug 2, 7:30pm to 9:30pm, Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Ave, Berkeley

Andrew Lawler presents The Secret Token: Myth, Obsession, and the Search for the Lost Colony of Roanoke

A sweeping account of America's oldest unsolved mystery, the people racing to unearth its answer, and the sobering truths--about race, gender, and immigration--exposed by the Lost Colony of Roanoke.
"A fascinating account of one of our country's great historical mysteries. Fast-paced and wonderfully written, with plenty of surprising turns along the way, The Secret Token is a delight."--Nathaniel Philbrick

In 1587, 115 men, women, and children arrived at Roanoke Island on the coast of North Carolina. Chartered by Queen Elizabeth I, their colony was to establish England's first foothold in the New World. But when the colony's leader, John White, returned to Roanoke from a resupply mission, his settlers were nowhere to be found. They left behind only a single clue--a "secret token" carved into a tree. Neither White nor any other European laid eyes on the colonists again.

What happened to the Lost Colony of Roanoke? For four hundred years, that question has consumed historians and amateur sleuths, leading only to dead ends and hoaxes. But after a chance encounter with a British archaeologist, journalist Andrew Lawler discovered that solid answers to the mystery were within reach. He set out to unravel the enigma of the lost settlers, accompanying competing researchers, each hoping to be the first to solve its riddle. In the course of his journey, Lawler encounters a host of characters obsessed with the colonists and their fate, and he determines why the Lost Colony continues to haunt our national consciousness.

Thrilling and absorbing, The Secret Token offers a new understanding not just of the first English settlement in the New World but of how its disappearance continues to define--and divide--America.

Andrew Lawler is the author of the highly acclaimed Why Did the Chicken Cross the World?. He is a contributing writer for Science, a contributing editor for Archaeology Magazine, and has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, National Geographic, Smithsonian, and Slate.

To reserve your seat in advance, purchae a copy of The Secret Token by speaking to a bookseller or ordering from our website.

Aug 2, 7:30pm to 8:30pm, Mrs Dalloway's Bookstore, 2904 College Ave, Berkeley

Bachata Nightz plus Dance Lesson with Kathy Reyes

Bachata Nightz happens the first Thursday of the month. It is led by award-winning Bachata contest master Kathy Reyes, who also teaches dance at Ashkenaz. Bachata is a form of Latin dance/music that originated in the Dominican Republic. It is now danced all over the world. Reyes teaches the dance lesson at 8:30 p.m., followed by performance and dancing to recorded music spun by DJ MIGZ.

Currently the defending Los Angeles Bachata Champion (winning first place at the L.A. Bachata Festival), Kathy Reyes is known for her unique style and interpretation of music. She discovered her talent and passion for Latin dancing in college in Los Angeles, and over the past 10 years has taken various prizes individually and in dance troupes. She leads groups and teaches here, in Los Angeles and San Diego. Teaching allows her to share her philosophy of dance: "Dancing with the feet is one thing, but dancing with the heart takes one to a whole different level."

Aug 2, 8pm to 11:59pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Victoria Vox

Victoria Vox is a ukulele-toting, award-winning songwriter and performer. With a passion for songwriting since she was 10 (first on keyboard, then on guitar), she studied at the Berklee College of Music and in 2003, took up the ukulele as her main accompaniment.

Since the release of her first ukulele album in 2006, ...and her Jumping Flea, Vox has been one of the leading songwriters on the ukulele scene (Ukulele Magazine featured her on the front cover and in a feature article). However, she straddles the folk scene as well, where she has opened for Jackson Browne, Tom Chapin, Leo Kottke, and Cheryl Wheeler. She performs mostly as a one-woman-band, incorporating a loop pedal and bass effect on her ukulele, while taking her own solos (on mouth-trumpet), and cutting through it all with her genuine lyrics and pure voice.

A stage name can be a becoming thing. "Vox" (in Latin) means voice, and along with her care for the environment (1% for the Planet member), she has written and donated songs to the American Aspergers Association and the Duchenne Foundation. On a lighter note, she also has perfected the mouth-trumpet which, to some, is considered a form of "beat-boxing." Vox takes improvisational solos echoing the tones of trumpet genius Chet Baker solely with her voice. This odd and quirky talent nonetheless landed her on the Jay Leno Show (2009) and on the front page of the Wall Street Journal (2015).

2018 welcomes the release of her new album, Colorful Heart, which is whimsical, eclectic and full of heart. Vox is originally from Green Bay, WI and currently resides in Costa Mesa, CA.

Tickets are $16 in advance, $20 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!

Aug 2, 8pm to 10pm, The Back Room, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley

Bachata Nightz plus Dance Lesson with Kathy Reyes

Bachata Nightz happens the first Thursday of the month. It is led by award-winning Bachata contest master Kathy Reyes, who also teaches dance at Ashkenaz. Bachata is a form of Latin dance/music that originated in the Dominican Republic. It is now danced all over the world. Reyes teaches the dance lesson at 8:30 p.m., followed by performance and dancing to recorded music spun by DJ MIGZ.


Currently the defending Los Angeles Bachata Champion (winning first place at the L.A. Bachata Festival), Kathy Reyes is known for her unique style and interpretation of music. She discovered her talent and passion for Latin dancing in college in Los Angeles, and over the past 10 years has taken various prizes individually and in dance troupes. She leads groups and teaches here, in Los Angeles and San Diego. Teaching allows her to share her philosophy of dance: "Dancing with the feet is one thing, but dancing with the heart takes one to a whole different level."

Doors at 8 pm; Dance Lesson at 8:30 pm with Kathy Reyes; Performance at 9:30 pm
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Tickets are $10 Advance / $15 at the Door / $10 Students

Aug 2, 8pm to 11:59pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

B Wiley

Patio-atmospherics from Jupiter's-own Ben Wiley aka B Wiley, displaying heavy influences from electronic, hip hop, blues, funk, soul, and reggae.
https://soundcloud.com/bwiley175bpm

Aug 2, 8pm to 11pm, Jupiter, 2181 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

Nu-Blu

Hailing from Siler City, NC, Nu-Blu's heart and soul is husband-and-wife duo Daniel and Carolyn Routh. Carolyn's caramel-coated soprano is joined by Daniel's multi-instrumental playing and harmony, TJ Honaker on vocals and banjo, and Clint White on fiddle/mandolin. Together they deliver upbeat barnburners and heartwarming ballads, all with a natural togetherness that can't be faked, forged over hundreds of shows on the road.

Aug 2, 8pm to 9pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley

Raging Fyah, CRSB


Raging Fyah is an authentic, soul-filled, roots rock reggae band, with a fresh contemporary flare, that will literally set your soul on fire! That's what makes Raging Fyah one of hottest spreading, most captivating and powerful entertainment packages in a long awaited Jamaican Reggae Renaissance! The "Fyah" was ignited in 2006 by Anthony Watson (drummer), Demar Gayle (keyboardist) and Delroy Hamilton (bassist); then they were later joined by Courtland White (guitarist) and Kumar Bent (lead singer) as they set out to rekindle a flame of positivity in the music industry. Fueled by passion, purpose and life experiences, their lyrics touch the soul of the listener, uplifting and motivating people from all socio-economic and cultural backgrounds. Whether the message is love, peace or empowerment, Raging Fyah burns through barriers of time age, race or class and has songs for everyone to love. In 2011, they released their debut album, "Judgement Day", and gained popularity and presence locally and internationally, with a few of the songs - such as the title track "Judgement Day" and hit single "Far Away" - receiving rotation on the air waves and even found their way onto a few charts. With conscious roots reggae on the rise, the "Fyah" continued to spread into 2012, and there was a heavy demand for the band's thrilling live performances at various shows. Their talent and versatility enables them to aptly adjust the intensity of their flame. So whether at an intimate acoustics set or a large stage shows such as Rebel Salute and Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival, they steadily captured the hearts of the Jamaican listeners. In that same year the band hit the road to perform on the international stages of South America as well as to headline several major reggae festivals in Europe such as Summerjam, Rototom Sunsplash and Garance. Since then the band has been doing shows locally and returned for another tour in in Europe in Spring of 2013. They have also released three new singles "Dread" , "Naah Look Back" and "First Love" are they currently in studio working on their second album.

Aug 2, 8:30pm to 10:30pm, Cornerstone, 2367 Shattuck Ave (Enter On Durant), Berkeley