Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar

08/24/2018

Flowtilla

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

Aug 24, 11:45am to 2:45pm,

Tristan und Isolde film screening (Act 2 and Act 3)

Claude Heater Foundation Tristan und Isolde film screening (Act 2 and Act 3)

The newly formed Claude Heater Foundation presents a screening of the historic 1968 film version of Richard Wagner's opera Tristan und Isolde (Act 2 and Act 3) screen Friday, August 24, 1:00 PM, at the Berkeley City Club. On that same day at the same location, a live music recital presented with Harmony Project Bay Area recital follows the film, and an art exhibition by Barcelona-based August Vilella will run during the afternoon with the artist in person. This rare film showing is a special treat for music lovers. The production was made for Belgian TV, sparked by a triumphant performance Claude Heater made in the country, attended by producers who approached him to create a filmed opera piece. Heater was already well known for many performances of Tristan, so that was selected, first filming a short version with part of the second act. The resulting broadcast was so well received, it encouraged the producers to create a more ambitious piece: a film of the complete Tristan und Isolde opera, with a cast of top opera talent of the period, with Claude Heater (Tristan,) Jacqueline van Quaille (Isolde,) Maryse Patris (Brangäne,) Dan Richardson (Kurwenal,) Josef Greindl (King Marke,) and Robert Van Helvert (Melot.) The opera artists acted their parts as they were filmed on location, including a restored 12th century castle in Ghent, Belgium, and parts of the 3rd act on a Belgian beach. This is totally unique - the only fully costumed filmed version of Wagner's Tristan und Isolde.

Tristan und Isolde (Act 1), screens Saturday, August 18, 2018, 1:00 PM at the Legion of Honor Museum's Gunn Theater, accompanied by pre-film introduction by Jonathan Khuner, and post-film live recital featuring dramatic opera singers Geoffrey Di Giorgio, Thomas Truhitte, and more. These film events lead up to a complete concert performance of the Tristan und Isolde opera taking place on August 26 at the Herbst Theatre.


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Aug 24, 1pm to 3pm, Berkeley City Club, 2315 Durant 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").

Aug 24, 3pm to 5pm, 2090 Kittredge St. (at Shattuck), Berkeley, CA 94704

Kickin' the Mule

Kickin' the Mule plays a variety of jazz- and blues-related genres: New Orleans R&B, Oakland and Chicago blues, Memphis and Motown soul, and Oakland funk.

Aug 24, 4:45pm to 7:45pm,

Harmony Project Bay Area recital featuring San Francisco Symphony first violinist Sarn Oliver

The Claude Heater Foundation presents a musical recital co-presented with the Harmony Project Bay Area, from 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM, featuring San Francisco Symphony first violinist Sarn Oliver, and classical/world music artist Misha Khalikulov, lead cello teacher at Harmony Project. Although there is no additional admission charge required; donations for Harmony Project Bay Area will be appreciated.
http://harmonyprojectsf.org/the-program

Sarn Oliver: http://www.sfsymphony.org/sarnoliver https://youtu.be/ktXOz5dt_uo

Misha Khalikulov: www.stringquake.com/our-story/

While at Berkeley City Club for the recital, you are also welcome to take in the August Vilella exhibiton and artist reception, from 12 noon to 5:30 PM, on both August 24 & 25. See: LINK

August Vilella http://www.augustvilella.com


Earlier in the day of Aug 24, there is also a unique showing of Richard Wagner's romantic opera Tristan und Isolde, in a historic 1968 film version featuring Claude Heater, showing Act 2 & Act 3. Tickets: https://tristan-film-berk.eventbrite.com
Harmony Project Bay Area provides high intensity after school music education at no cost to families or the school. We are a new affiliate of Harmony Project of America. The flagship program in Los Angeles serves 2,000 children and has won several national awards for excellence in youth development. Students participating in the program through high school attend college at twice the rate of piers from the same inner city neighborhoods.

With a focus on community building, our program strives to improve students' skills for academic and life success, such as problem solving, creative thinking, focus, collaboration, and non-verbal communication. These benefits are achieved through the experience of belonging to a positive community (the orchestra), working towards shared goals (performances), and striving for excellence.

The array of programming offered includes:
* New weekly Kodály singing class for K, 1, 2 and 3 grade classrooms starting in September, with over 250 students participating.
*5 hours of music instruction per child each week, 2 afternoons and Saturday morning
* Classes in violin, cello, orchestra, chorus, and percussion
* Daily snack and recreation time
* A long term commitment to the students until they graduate high school, with a plan to add new students each year
* Since 2012, Harmony Project Bay Area has been providing programming at Woodrow Wilson Elementary School, where:
* 78% of students qualify for the federal Free or Reduced Price Meal Program
* Nearly 50% of students are English Language Learners
* Very little music instruction, and few after school opportunities are accessible to students
* Evaluation
* Despite HPBA's limited resources, staff has been able to analyze the California Standardized Test scores for our students and compare those scores to a matched control group (an identical number of boys and girls from the same school teacher's classrooms as HPBA's students). After one year in our program, students of HPBA scored, on average, 5% higher in reading, and 10% higher in math, than students not participating in music education.
* We will also continue refining our quantitative, Likert scale-based surveys in age-appropriate language, given to students at the end of each year in order to identify progress on our objectives related to their participation in HPBA. The results indicate an average numerical increase of 10% in areas of self-esteem and sense of community within HPBA.

free, donations welcome


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Aug 24, 5:30pm to 7:30pm, Berkeley City Club, 2315 Durant Ave, Berkeley

BabShad Jazzz

Barbara Hadenfeldt (vocals), Benny Watson (keys and vocals), and Carla Kaufman (bass) play standards and others

Aug 24, 6pm to 8pm, Gio's Pizza and Bocce, 2420 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

Beryl & Nicole

Aug 24, 6:30pm to 9:30pm, 1724 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Young Adults! Katie Henry

Launch for Heretics Anonymous, her hilarious debut YA novel about a band of misfits who set out to challenge their strict Catholic school, one nun at a time.

To reserve your seat, please purchase a copy of Heretics Anonymous by speaking to a bookseller or via our website.

When Michael walks through the doors of Catholic school, things can't get much worse. His dad has just made the family move again, and Michael needs a friend. When a girl challenges their teacher in class, Michael thinks he might have found one, and a fellow atheist at that. Only this girl, Lucy, isn't just Catholic . . . she wants to be a priest.

Lucy introduces Michael to other St. Clare's outcasts, and he officially joins Heretics Anonymous, where he can be an atheist, Lucy can be an outspoken feminist, Avi can be Jewish and gay, Max can wear whatever he wants, and Eden can practice paganism.

Michael encourages the Heretics to go from secret society to rebels intent on exposing the school's hypocrisies one stunt at a time. But when Michael takes one mission too far--putting the other Heretics at risk--he must decide whether to fight for his own freedom or rely on faith, whatever that means, in God, his friends, or himself.

Katie Henry grew up in the Elmwood and now lives in New York City. She received her BFA in dramatic writing from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts and is a published playwright, specializing in theater for young audiences. Her plays have been performed by high schools and community organizations in over thirty states. Visit her at www.katiehenrywrites.com.

Aug 24, 7pm to 8pm, Mrs Dalloway's, 2904 College Ave, Berkeley

Katie Henry

Launch for Heretics Anonymous, her hilarious debut YA novel about a band of misfits who set out to challenge their strict Catholic school, one nun at a time.

When Michael walks through the doors of Catholic school, things can't get much worse. His dad has just made the family move again, and Michael needs a friend. When a girl challenges their teacher in class, Michael thinks he might have found one, and a fellow atheist at that. Only this girl, Lucy, isn't just Catholic . . . she wants to be a priest.

Lucy introduces Michael to other St. Clare's outcasts, and he officially joins Heretics Anonymous, where he can be an atheist, Lucy can be an outspoken feminist, Avi can be Jewish and gay, Max can wear whatever he wants, and Eden can practice paganism.

Michael encourages the Heretics to go from secret society to rebels intent on exposing the school's hypocrisies one stunt at a time. But when Michael takes one mission too far--putting the other Heretics at risk--he must decide whether to fight for his own freedom or rely on faith, whatever that means, in God, his friends, or himself.

Katie Henry grew up in the Elmwood and now lives in New York City. She received her BFA in dramatic writing from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts and is a published playwright, specializing in theater for young audiences. Her plays have been performed by high schools and community organizations in over thirty states. Visit her at www.katiehenrywrites.com.

Aug 24, 7pm to 8pm, Mrs Dalloway's Bookstore, 2904 College Ave, Berkeley

Tom Rigney/John R. Burr Duo

Two of the finest and most versatile musicians on the Bay Area music scene, violinist & composer Tom Rigney and pianist John R. Burr, have joined forces in a great new musical duo. These two virtuosos have put together a repertoire that covers a wide range of musical styles-from Celtic to blues, from hauntingly beautiful arias and waltzes to rollicking fiddle tunes and Cajun two-steps-and which includes both original compositions and tunes from the traditional repertoire.

Tom Rigney, the fiery fiddler/composer, has been a part of the Bay Area musical landscape for more than three decades. He has been the leader of three great bands-Back in the Saddle (1976-1982), The Sundogs (1984-2000), and Tom Rigney and Flambeau (2001-present day). He has played nearly every style of American Roots Music, from bluegrass to Western Swing to Cajun/zydeco to blues to rock and roll. He is a prolific composer and songwriter in a multitude of styles, and has recorded more than twenty albums of mostly original music over the past 25 years. He currently tours the world with his band, Flambeau, playing more than 120 dates a year-festivals, performing arts centers, community concerts, nightclubs and dances-from San Francisco to Paris, from the Gulf Coast to Alaska.

John R. Burr has been one of the most in-demand piano players in the Bay Area for almost three decades. He toured for many years with Grammy-winning banjoist/guitarist Alison Brown in addition to stints with Maria Muldaur, Spang-a-lang, and multi-instrumentalist Joe Craven. He is the favorite accompanist of numerous singers and instrumentalists spanning jazz, folk, and pop. His imaginative, melodic, and sophisticated soloing have made him a favorite collaborator with many Bay Area musicians.

These two musicians together create something deeply musical and emotionally powerful. They have a musical chemistry that is as satisfying and entertaining as it is rare. Their interaction is filled with warmth, virtuosity, passion, and wit and, when the situation calls for it, they can burn down the house.

The Tom Rigney/John R. Burr Duo-two instrumental wizards making beautiful music together!

Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 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!

Aug 24, 8pm to 10pm, The Back Room, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley

The DulciMates

Aug 24, 8pm to 10pm, Caffè Chiave, 2500 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Mojo Green with Stymie and the PLJO

Mojo Green:

7-piece, female-fronted, horn-heavy funk and Soul band from Reno, NV. High energy, hard hitting dance music. Highlights include: The Great American Music Hall, The Independent, The Chapel, The Boom Boom Room, The Viper Room, The Armory, Sweetwater Music Hall, The Mint, The Mateel Music Fest, TreeFort Fest,Hangtown Halloween, For The Funk Of It, Squaw Valley Funk Fest, 4 Peaks Music Festival The Bounce music Festival,Redwood Mountain Faire, Ridgestock Music Festival, Burning Man, Guitarfish, Enchanted Forest Gathering Off Beat Music Fest, Spookadelic Halloween Funktacular, Hard Rock Hotel And Casino Lake Tahoe's Grand Opening, Sandpoint Summerfest, Concerts At Commons Beach,Live at Lake View Tahoe

Recent direct support w/ Lyrics Born,Karl Denson's Tiny Universe, Lettuce, The Funky Meters, The Motet, Trombone Shorty, Orgone, Dumstaphunk,Galactic, The Newmaster Sounds,Big Sam's Funky Nation, Turkuaz, The Monophonics ,Rusted Root and has earned them the reputation of being one of the funkiest live shows on the West Coast

"We loved hosting them- and the audience loved them too. We'll definitely do something again." - Justin Crellin (Mateel Summer Arts & Music Fest)

"Mojo Green delivered the goods. I had so many people tell me how much they loved their set." - Jason Gallagher (Spookadelic Funktaculuar @ Ashland Armory)

"Yeah man, crowd loved them! Super great vibe." - Brian Richards (Mountain Town Music Series- Park City)

"Awesome show and Mojo killed it! They are a great band. Thanks for everything." - John Edwards (Sandpoint Summerfest)


For details, click here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mojo-green-with-stymie-and-the-pljo-the-starry-plough-pub-tickets-48752155008

Aug 24, 8pm, The Starry Plough Pub - 3101 Shattuck Avenue - Berkeley

Franco Nero

Franco Nero pays tribute to Don Drummond and his compositions, keeping ska alive. Trombonist Scott Larson has assembled a crew of his favorite musicians to skank hard and steady, combining Caribbean beats, with jazz improvisations and funk grooves, to form a truly original music. Franco Nero performs original music as well as covers from The Skatalites, Laurel Atken, Baba Brooks and Tommy McCook to name a few.
http://franconeroska.com

Aug 24, 8pm to 11pm, Jupiter, 2181 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

Strife "In This Defiance", Dead Heat, Berthold City

The Hard Times Shows presents
Strife "In This Defiance" Anniversary Set
DEAD HEAT
BERTHOLD CITY
DRAIN

Show: 8:00
Doors: 7:00
All Ages
$15 adv
$18 at Door
+ $2 Annual Gilman Membership to be paid upon entry in CASH (Membership fee not included in advance ticket purchase)
Upcoming shows info thehardtimes.net/live-events/

Aug 24, 8pm to 8/24 12 midnight, 924 Gilman St, Berkeley

West Coast Songwriters Competition Finals

Check out the future when the West Coast Songwriters present their monthly Songwriter Competition, where members take the stage and perform their material live on the Freight stage. Performers sign up from 7:00 to 7:20, and at 7:30 the house lights go down and the show goes on! Guest judges award a "Best Song" and "Best Performance." The most active association of songwriters in the country, WCS is dedicated to providing the environment, opportunities, and tools to nurture and promote successful songwriters. The talent on display is worth checking out, and you might hear a future classic.

Aug 24, 8pm to 10pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley

Israel Vibration and Roots Radics plus 7th Street Band with Bobby Hustle

Israel Vibration

One of the classic Jamaican reggae harmony groups, Israel Vibration continues to uphold conscious music and deep reggae grooves backed by long-time accompanists, the heralded Roots Radics band.

Growing up in Kingston, Lascelle "Wiss" Bulgin, Albert "Apple Gabriel" Craig and Cecil "Skeleton" Spence all overcame childhood polio, after meeting at the Mona Rehabilitation Clinic. Drawing on their Rastafarian faith for inspiration, they formed one of the most successful roots reggae groups of the 1970s. In the `80s Israel Vibration relocated to New York, members pursued solo careers, and reunited. Craig left in 1997, and Bulgin and Spence have continued as a duo, backed by Roots Radics, singing not only their hits of the past, but also newer music including songs from the 2015 album, "Play It Real."
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7th Street Band


Berkeley's 7th Street Band has made its name backing some of the greats and new voices of reggae and running its own studio. While 7th Street Band has been hitting the West Coast stages for a decade, drummer Edi Arnold and keyboardist Benjamin Goff, friends since high school, have played together since 1992. More recently they added guitarist Jason Collins of the Funkanauts and later rounded out the group with saxophonist Barry Capiaux and bass player Jan Isaac. 7th Street Band has been called one of the Bay Area's best-kept musical secrets and has backed many top touring vocalists, including Konshens, Marlon Asher, Fantan Mojah, and Lloyd Brown. Other artists 7th Street has worked with include Army, Wadi Gad, Tuff Lion, Messenjah Selah, Earl Zero, Winstrong, and Luv Fyah.

Doors Open at 8:30 pm / Show at 9:00 pm

Tickets are $30 advance/$35 Day of Show

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Aug 24, 9pm to 11:59pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley