Join The Craig & MacGregor Band for an evening of "Not Just Jazz," cheap drinks, good friends, and complimentary food from Bacheesos on Telegraph. Bar opens at 6:30pm | Music
Aug 15, 7pm to 11pm, The Marsh Cabaret, 2120 Allston Way, Berkeley
Lyrics and Dirges is our flagship monthly reading series featuring a mix of prominent, emerging and beginning writers. Its aim is to highlight various forms of writing in an effort to spotlight the diverse literary community of the Bay Area.
Hosted and Curated by Mk Chavez, Sharon Coleman, and Lark Omura.
Aug 15, 7:30pm to 8:30pm, Pegasus Books Downtown 2349 Shattuck Ave Berkeley
COLLABORATION: Prepare a five-minute story about teamwork. Dynamic duos, helping hands, partners in crime. United by a common goal, allied by a mutual enemy. Collective efforts in the kitchen, field or boardroom. Overcoming differences, agreeing to disagree. Celebrating in victory or commiserating in defeat. I jump, you jump. 1,2,3...
FOOD TRUCK: At this show we'll have the TACOS EL REY Taco Truck in front of The Freight starting at around 6:00 PM.
The Moth StorySLAM, according to the London Guardian, is "brilliant and quietly addictive." The Village Voice calls it "an exuberant moveable feast." Now that feast is moving to the Freight!
What is the Moth StorySLAM exactly? It's an open-mic storytelling competition. You're invited to watch and listen - and if you put your name in the hat, you might be selected to compete!
How to Tell a Story at The Moth StorySLAM:
First, consult www.themoth.org/events for the season line up of themes and prepare a 5 minute, true story, to be told without notes.
6:30pm: Sign up to tell a story, volunteer to be on a judging team or just sit back and listen.
7:30pm (SHARP): We'll pick the first name and the show will begin. Each teller will have 5 minutes to tell his or her tale. After each story, the judges confer, and give a score. The teller with the highest score becomes our StorySLAM winner. The winner will compete with the year's other winners in our next GrandSLAM Championship.
Be forewarned: The Moth is for true stories. OK, there won't be a fact-checker there, and the FBI probably won't dig into your files to verify the names and dates and places, but please know, emphatically, The Moth is not for fiction stories. The tiny fictions and lies we tell ourselves are part of our "true stories" but fabricated people, places or events are not allowed.
The Moth is not a venue for readings; it is a venue for tellings. No notes, papers, or cheat sheets allowed. Contestants are judged on sticking to the five-minute time frame, sticking to the theme and having a story that sticks-one that has a conflict and a resolution.
No standup routines please: The Moth loves funny people but requires that all funny people tell funny stories. Steer clear of meandering endings: Your last line should be clear in your head. Start in the action and set up the stakes.
Media sponsor: KQED
Aug 15, 7:30pm to 9:30pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley
House of Faern is a quartet unique, not only for its instrumentation. Each of its four members- alto saxophonist Beth Schenck, violinist Jenny Scheinman, guitarist Matt Wrobel, and pianist John Wood- brings a distinct compositional voice and an egalitarian instinct that combine toward sublime, conspiratorial effect.
Separately they've collaborated with artists as diverse as Bill Frisell, Henry Threadgill, Ani Difranco and The Black Keys, not to mention dozens of creative ensembles across the globe.
Founded on the banks of the Mattole River and named for a special rock, their spirit reflects the complexities of wild landscapes. Singularly conceived compositions become freshly charted maps. With little hesitation, we find ourselves bounding across their valleys, trustfully pushing and pulling down the river trail, discovering peaks and caves and occasionally even routing underneath toward those hidden, unmarked sides of the map.
Band Members and Instrumentation:
Beth Schenck, saxophone;
Jenny Scheinman, guitar;
Marr Wrobel, guitar;
John Wood, piano
Aug 15, 7:30pm to 9:30pm, Rendon Hall/Fiddler Annex @ California Jazz Conservatory 2040 Addison Street, Berkeley
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 15, 8pm to 11:59pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley