Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar

08/31/2018

Cascada De Flores

Aug 31, 11:45am to 2:45pm,

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 31, 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.

Aug 31, 4:45pm to 7:45pm,

Rebelution: with guests: Stephen Marley, Common Kings, Zion I, DJ Mackle *Note: actual end time may vary.*

A dozen years into Rebelution's stirring career, the release of the California reggae band's fifth album `Falling Into Place' finds them more energized than ever. Touring relentlessly since 2014's `Count Me In' debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Reggae chart, the band's members have expanded their songwriting horizons and recorded 11 tight new tracks that fuse an ever-youthful attitude of celebration with the mature perspective of men of the world.

The lyrics of "Lay My Claim" get right to the point: "Let it all unfold straight from the soul." It's about working hard and then reaping the benefits, says singer/guitarist/lyricist Eric Rachmany - about "being present with the music instead of just thinking about the outcome and the limelight. We're not making music to hit a certain demographic. We're just making music that we enjoy!"

Aug 31, 6:30pm to 7:30pm, Hearst Greek Theatre

Positive Citizen / UO / Axidents / Pointless Endings / TBA

Positive Citizen
Unpopular Opinion
The Axidents
Pointless Endings (first show!!)

ALL AGES.
Doors @ 7:30pm // Show @ 8pm
$8 + $2 Membership
Safe(r) Space Venue: no drugs, alcohol, or bigoted behavior.

924 Gilman Street, Berkeley, California 94710.
An All Ages DIY, Volunteer Run, 501(c)(3) Nonprofit, Music & Art Community Space Since 1986.

Aug 31, 7pm to 11:59pm, 924 Gilman, 924 Gilman St, Berkeley

Calle Ocho

Aug 31, 8pm to 10pm, Caffè Chiave, 2500 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702, USA

Slow Corpse and Steve Ward Moore

For details, click here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/slow-corpse-and-steve-ward-moore-the-starry-plough-pub-tickets-48341473649

Aug 31, 8pm to 10pm, The Starry Plough Pub - 3101 Shattuck Avenue - Berkeley

Lionheart, First Blood, Left Behind, Easy Money

Aug 31, 8pm to 9pm, Cornerstone, 2367 Shattuck Ave (Enter On Durant), Berkeley

Arlo Guthrie Re:Generation Tour (8/31/18)


Arlo Guthrie, Sarah Lee Guthrie, Abe Guthrie

Arlo Guthrie's father Woody hoped one day to have enough kids to form a family band, traveling the country and singing their songs together - Generations. The Re:Generation tour is the spirit of an American family making music together. Arlo's children Abe Guthrie and Sarah Lee Guthrie will be joining their dad to present music of the Guthrie Generations.

The father of the American protest song, Woody Guthrie hoped one day to have enough kids to form a family band to travel the country and sing songs to the people. Woody built a legacy of activism that the Guthrie family continues to preserve with their leading voices in the current revolution against oppression and injustice. The Re:Generation Tour gives voice to the common folk with their characteristic honesty and humor through the power of community and song. Arlo and the Guthrie family aspire to represent hope for working families across this great nation.
Arlo Guthrie

(born July 10, 1947, Brooklyn, New York, USA) is an American folk singer-songwriter. Father of Abe Guthrie, Annie Guthrie, Sarah Lee Guthrie and Cathy Guthrie. Son of folk singer Woody Guthrie, brother of Nora Guthrie and grandfather of Krishna Guthrie.


Sarah Lee Guthrie (born February 17, 1979, Massachsetts, USA) is an American vocalist and guitarist. She is married to Johnny Irion and together they perform as a musical duo. Daughter of Arlo Guthrie, sister of Cathy Guthrie, Abe Guthrie and Annie Guthrie. Granddaughter of Woody Guthrie and niece of Nora Guthrie.


Abe Guthrie

is an American keyboardist, vocalist, producer, engineer and graphic artist. Father of Krishna Guthrie and Serena Guthrie, son of Arlo Guthrie, brother of Cathy Guthrie, Annie Guthrie and Sarah Lee Guthrie. Grandson of Woody Guthrie and nephew of Nora Guthrie.

Aug 31, 8pm to 10pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley, CA, 94704

The Hogan Brothers

Holding down Last Fridays throughout the summer, the East Bay-raised Hogan Brothers have played with leading figures in R&B, funk, hip-hop and Latin music. With Julian on drums, Steve on bass and Colin on electric piano and accordion, the Brothers have established a huge network: "A diagram charting the vast network of musicians connected to the siblings Steve, Colin and Julian Hogan would capture just about the entire Bay Area music scene."  -Andrew Gilbert, SJ Mercury News
http://thehoganbrothers.com

Aug 31, 8pm to 11pm, Jupiter, 2181 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

Ousseynou Kouyate with the Makru Band

Singer, Historian, Master Dance Instructor, Traditional Arts Living Cultures Grant recipient Ousseynou Kouyate was born and raised in Senegal, West Africa, of a family line originating in Mali.  He is a singer, historian and master dance instructor, descending from a long line of Griots, known in their native Wolof language as Djialys (Jelis).  He and his twin brother Assane have been singing, dancing and performing professionally since the age of thirteen, and have toured throughout South and North America, Europe, Africa and Taiwan.The Kouyate twins were dancers/choreographers with the National Ballet of Senegal and the Sinomew Ballet of Senegal. 

Osseynou's work creates an image of West Africa through music and song with traditional melodious lyrics in Bambara, Mandinko, French, and Wolof.


Doors Open 8:30 pm / Show at 9:00 pm
Tickets are $15 Advance / $18 Day Of Show
Buy Tickets Here
 

Aug 31, 9pm to 11:59pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley