Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar


Super Cinema @Central

October 2018
The 1980s-Blockbusters!
Friday, October 5 Raiders of the Lost Ark 1981 / 115 min. / PG / CC

It's 1936. The US government hires archaeologist "Indiana" Jones (Harrison Ford) to find the Ark of the Covenant before Nazi Commander Arnold Toht grabs it for Hitler. The Germans believe the Ark will make their armies invincible. Marion Ravenwood (Karen Black), who is an old love interest of Indy's, joins him in a wildly daring, suspenseful mission to defeat Toht. George Lucas co-wrote the story and co-financed the film. Directed by Steven Spielberg.

Friday, October 12 Who Framed Roger Rabbit? 1988 / 104 min. / PG / CC

In this film, set in 1947 LA, humans and animated cartoon characters ("Toons") co-exist on the screen. When "Toon" Roger Rabbit gets framed for the murder of a businessman who owns Toontown, he hires rumpled Eddie Valiant (Bob Hoskins) to clear his name. Eddie racks up delicious allusions to Noir as he does. Kathleen Turner voices Jessica Rabbit, Roger's partly human wife, and Christopher Lloyd is the villain, Judge Doom. Robert Zemeckis directs.

Friday, October 19 E.T. the Extraterrestrial 1982 / 115 min. / PG / CC

Steven Spielberg directs E.T., a science fiction fantasy. Young Elliott befriends a space alien who accidentally has been left behind by his spaceship's crew. The boy and his siblings decide to hide E.T. until he can be rescued. As Elliott begins to experience a psychic connection with E.T., US government scientists start to hunt E.T. for their own purposes. At the same time, Elliott and E.T. fall ill. Without a doubt, this is one of the most beloved films of all time.

Friday, October 26 The Shining 1980 / 146 min. / R / CC

Aspiring writer Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson) accepts a job as winter caretaker at the isolated Overlook Hotel in Colorado's Rocky Mountains. His wife Wendy (Shelley Duvall) and pre-school age son Danny (Danny Lloyd) go with him.. Jack hears the disturbing story that a former caretaker had gone mad while there, murdered his family and killed himself-but keeps it to himself. With six months ahead of them, they settle in, cut off from the world.

November 2018 On-Screen Chemistry Before 1950
Friday, November 2 Swing Time 1936 / 103 min. / NR

Small town vaudevillian Lucky Garnett (Fred Astaire) is a no-show for his own wedding, but he still hopes to marry his girl. He seeks the wealth he thinks he needs in New York City, where he meets Penny (Ginger Rogers), a dancing instructor. It's a big conflict for Lucky, but the starstruck two form a successful dance act...and fall for each other. Arguably, Swing Time has the most complex dancing and the most plausible romance in the Astaire/Rogers franchise.

Friday, November 9 To Have and Have Not 1944 / 100 min. / NR

Based on the Ernest Hemingway novel and directed by Howard Hawks, this is a romantic adventure drama that centers on Harry Morgan (Humphrey Bogart), a fishing boat captain in the Vichy France-controlled colony of Martinique. A very young Lauren Bacall plays Slim, a steamy American singer who seduces Morgan ("You know how to whistle, don't you?") When Morgan reluctantly agrees to use his boat to rescue Resistance fighters, will Slim stand by him?

Friday, November 16 Adam's Rib 1949 / 101 min. / NR

Married couple Garson Kanin and actress Ruth Gordon wrote the screenplay for this classic comedy. It's about married lawyers (Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn) who face off as prosecutor and defense attorney in the trial of Doris Attinger (Judy Holliday) for the attempted murder of her two-timing husband (Tom Ewell). Holliday is priceless. Directed by George Cukor, Adam's Rib is # 7 on the American Film Institute's Top Ten List of Romantic Comedies.

Friday, November 23 LIBRARY CLOSED-Day After Thanksgiving


Friday, November 30 The New World 2006 / 150 min. / PG-13

Terrence Malik ("The Tree of Life") wrote and directed this film depicting the 1607 founding of Jamestown Colony in Virginia. Yes, Captain John Smith (Colin Farrell) travels upriver, is captured and held prisoner by Chief Powhatan. Smith and the Chief's daughter, Pocohontas (Q'orianka Kilcher), do fall in love. But the filmmaker chooses to focus on the natural world's deep, dreamlike impact on them, not ephemeral chemistry. Their dream does not last, not for them, not for their "tribes." In 2006, The New World opened to mildly positive reviews, but it has grown in stature since then. Emmanuel Luzbeki's brilliant cinematography is often cited as its crowning achievement. Mick LaSalle has called the film a masterpiece and the best film of its decade. Roger Ebert 4-starred it from the start.

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

Jazzschool Girls Jazz & Blues Camp Concert

Aug 3, 6pm to 7pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley

Girls' Jazz and Blues Camp at The Freight & Salvage

The Girls' Jazz & Blues Camp is a supportive musical environment where girls have fun and develop self-confidence while honing improvisational, technical and ensemble skills. Join these young musicians as they present their end-of-camp performance!

Aug 3, 6pm to 8pm, Freight & Salvage Coffehouse 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley

Extramarital Sextet/East Bay Hextet


Aug 3, 6:30pm to 9:30pm, Cafe Leila, 1724 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Underneath the Underground VII Night One

Seventh Annual Oi, Punk, Ska fest featuring some of the best the West Coast has to offer, such as the likes of The Generators, Tried & True, West Lords, Down For Life, Junto, Blue Collar Criminals, The Complicators, The ChainLinks!

Aug 3, 7pm to 11:59pm, 924 Gilman, 924 Gilman St, Berkeley

The Jazz Fourtet

Aug 3, 7pm, Caffè Chiave, 2500 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Thor Hanson Presents Buzz: The Nature and Necessity of Bees

A natural and cultural history of the buzzing wee beasties that make the world go round.

"A wondrous, action-packed journey to discover the secret lives of bees, flowers, and the unconventional men and women who study them. This book really is the buzz about bees, and it's destined to become a natural history classic."--Stephen Buchmann, author of The Reason for Flowers

Bees are like oxygen: ubiquitous, essential, and, for the most part, unseen. While we might overlook them, they lie at the heart of relationships that bind the human and natural worlds. In Buzz, the beloved Thor Hanson takes us on a journey that begins 125 million years ago, when a wasp first dared to feed pollen to its young. From honeybees and bumbles to lesser-known diggers, miners, leafcutters, and masons, bees have long been central to our harvests, our mythologies, and our very existence. They've given us sweetness and light, the beauty of flowers, and as much as a third of the foodstuffs we eat. And, alarmingly, they are at risk of disappearing.

As informative and enchanting as the waggle dance of a honeybee, Buzz shows us why all bees are wonders to celebrate and protect. Read this book and you'll never overlook them again.

Author and biologist Thor Hanson is a Guggenheim Fellow, a Switzer Environmental Fellow, and winner of the John Burroughs Medal. His books include The Impenetrable Forest, Feathers, The Triumph of Seeds as well as the illustrated children's favorite, Bartholomew Quill. Honors for Thor's writing include The Phi Beta Kappa Award and two Pacific Northwest Book Awards. Hanson lives with his wife and son on an island in the Pacific Northwest.

To reserve your seat, purchase a copy of Buzz by speaking to a bookseller or ordering from our website.

Aug 3, 7:30pm to 8:30pm, Mrs Dalloway's Bookstore, 2904 College Ave, Berkeley

Amaranth Quartet

Equally at home with Mozart and Mendelssohn as they are with brand new string quartet compositions, violinists Emily Botel and Abigail Shiman, violist Julie Michael, and cellist Helen Newby met at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, formed the Amaranth Quartet in 2014 and have been going strong ever since. They've been one of the featured groups for the past two years at the annual Kronos Quartet Festival in San Francisco.

For us they'll present pieces from a wide range of eras:
Darius Milhaud, String Quartet No. 7
Felix Mendelssohn, String Quartet No. 2: III. Intermezzo
Igor Stravinsky, Three Pieces for String Quartet
Alyssa Weinberg, Parallels
Garth Knox, Satellites: III. Dimensions Nicole Lizee, Another Living Soul
Fodé Lassana Diabaté, Sunjata's Time: I. Sumaworo; III. Nana Triban
Rhiannon Giddens, At the Purchaser's Option
Alessandra Vrebalov, My Desert, My Rose

You can read more about their recent Kronos Festival concert and sample one of the pieces they'll be playing for us here.

Aug 3, 7:30pm to 9:30pm, Fifth Street Farms, 1517 Fifth St, Berkeley

The Adi Meyerson Band

The Adi Meyerson Band is a hard-hitting ensemble that constantly thrives to paint a sonic portrait that is both reverential to the hard bop tradition and uniquely progressive and relevant.

Led by bassist and composer Adi Meyerson, the group is influenced by the deep tradition of swing and groove (Charles Mingus, Duke Ellington, Freddie Hubbard, Ahmad Jamal), and has created a project that manages to honor those traditions while creating music that is relevant to the 21st century. Compositionally, the band leans to a slightly more modern approach (Wayne Shorter, Alice Coltrane, Charlie Haden, Mulgrew Miller), adding vocalist & guitarist Camila Meza to the mix.

The Adi Meyerson Band is currently touring in support of their latest project, Miss Meyerson's debut album, Where We Stand, which contains all original material. In a live performance setting, the band includes a number of standards, Brazilian and Israeli tunes arranged for their particular instrumentation.

Miss Meyerson was born in the US and grew up in Israel. Although her main influences are strongly rooted in the Jazz tradition, traces of Israeli popular music (Yoni Rechter, Shalom Hanoch, Zohar Argov) can be found in her music. As part of the band's repertoire, Miss Meyerson seamlessly combines some of her favorite Israeli songs with her own original material, recently adding some lesser-known Brazilian and South American songs as well. (These particular songs are known to be a strong musical influence on her favorite Israeli songwriters). The result is a well-blended set that showcases all sides of the bassist and composer's history and personality though music.

"An instrumental set of swinging post bop that sounds like a lost Blue Note session...Purely smoking throughout." - Chris Spector, Midwest Records

Tickets are $15 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 3, 8pm to 10pm, The Back Room, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley

The Klaxon Mutant Allstars

The Klaxon Mutant Allstars is a product of a new generation of eclectic-minded jazz musicians living in the technology-obsessed, genre-twisting, and multi-cultural mix that is the San Francisco Bay Area. With inspiration drawn from 1980s hip hop, to underdog baseball heroes, to the writings of David Sedaris, California politics, to covering local indie rock bands like Deerhoof, the Klaxons have created an album that, like the Bay Area, is multi-pronged in its influences, vital in its relevance, and boldly points towards the future.

Aug 3, 8pm to 11pm, Jupiter, 2181 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

Rising Star - Kevin Goldberg presents "A Scrumptious Summer Showcase"

The JazzSchool is about to get spiced up with this eclectic and eccentric evening of musical revelry! This year's showcase will feature three spectacular East Bay ensembles: Lil' Elephant, Solate, and Wayfairy. Bring your friends; this is an incredible show that you won't want to miss!

Band Members and Instrumentation:
Lil' Elephant: Adam Hughes, guitar/lead Zvox; Connor Lonsdale, drums; Edwin Rhodes, keyboard/vox; Kevin Goldberg, bass/vox
Solate: Marissa Bergmann, vox; Joel Mandella, guitar; Maya Vilaplana, lead vox; Kevin Goldberg, bass/vox
Wayfairy: Mega Bloom, fiddle/vox; Ari Cowan, fiddle; Jazmine Davis, washboard; Jordan Stern, accordion; Quiver Watts, banjo/lead vox; Kevin Goldberg, bass/vox

Group Bios
Lil' Elephant is an unconventional Oakland ensemble bringing original tunes to stages of all sizes throughout the Bay Area. A labor of love several years in the making, this band of four motley miscreants fuses funk, rock, roll, rap, and classical influences into an exceptional and eclectic musical shmorgasboard. Major influences include Funkadelic, Traffic, In Flames and The Red Hot Chili Peppers. You'll find your feet tapping and your hips swaying before you know it.

Solate fluidly blends rhythmic guitar compositions of Joel Mandella with melodic storytelling of Maya Vilaplana in a unique indie-soul experience. Emboldened and enhanced by the vocal harmonies of Marissa Bergmann and the bass stylings of Kevin Goldberg, Solate's music is sure to move and uplift you!

Wayfairy started with a banjo on the turnpike and has grown into a six piece music project that fills the sonic space between mournful folk and riotous punk. The brainchild of multi-instrumentalist Quiver Watts, Wayfairy blends accordion, banjo, violin, washboard and upright bass with soft vocal harmonies, punctuated by raw wails. Come to dance, come to feel.

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Aug 3, 8pm to 9pm, California Jazz Conservatory 2087 Addison St, Berkeley

Wonder Bread 5

Aug 3, 8:30pm to 9:30pm, Cornerstone, 2367 Shattuck Ave (Enter On Durant), Berkeley

Stu Allen & Mars Hotel

A tradition started back in the 20th century, Ashkenaz's Grateful Dead Night is always evolving, reaching new heights since Stu Allen & Mars Hotel launched a weekly residency in late 2011. Led by acclaimed guitarist-singer Allen (of Phil Lesh & Friends, Melvin Seals & JGB, Ghosts of Electricity), a revolving cast of incredibly talented musicians inhabits Mars Hotel, drawing from the Grateful Dead's vast catalog to delight Deadheads and dancers of all generations. A Mars Hotel show is always an energetic evening of good vibes, good music, and good community.

When it became apparent that Jerry Garcia had played his final show in 1995, Stu Allen began working to keep Garcia's music, sound, and spirit alive in the concert setting. He regularly works with Phil Lesh and has also played sets with Bob Weir and Bill Kreutzmann. Allen is perhaps most known for fronting Melvin Seals' tribute to the Jerry Garcia Band from 2004 to 2011. He received more national acclaim in 2010 when he toured with Dark Star Orchestra. Allen shares the Grateful Dead's commitment to making each performance a unique event, from preparation to execution. He will perform multiple shows before playing the same song twice, and even then, that song will not be realized in quite the same way.

Mars Hotel takes this idea a step further by presenting a new band at each performance. Drawing from the rich music scene of the Bay Area, Allen has assembled a broad and ever-rotating group of musicians that makes each concert a once-only experience. As far as Grateful Dead tribute bands go, this is a concept that has never been done before.

Aug 3, 9pm to 11:59pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley