Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar




Sep 5, 11:45am to 2:45pm, The Cheeseboard Pizza, 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

Noon Concert: UC Jazz Faculty Ensemble *Note: actual end time may vary.*

Ted Moore, drums
Dann Zinn, saxophone
Marty Wehner, trombone
Frank Martin, piano
Glenn Richman, bass
The UC Jazz Faculty Ensemble is comprised of some of the finest jazz musicians in the Bay Area, featuring original compositions and arrangements of jazz standards by Moore, including two world premiere compositions. This performance will touch on several aspects of Moore's composing and arranging styles, including a Latin/Brazilian influence following his residency in Rio de Janeiro and will feature all members of the faculty ensemble.

Continuing it's 66th season, the Noon Concert series features the Music Department's varied and diverse performance activities. Inaugurated in 1953, these concerts are very popular and well attended by those on campus and in the wider community. Traditionally on Wednesdays and Fridays, each concert begins promptly at 12:15 and ends by 1pm.

Sep 5, 12 noon to 1pm, Hertz Concert Hall

Workshop on Kazakh Folk Dance by Akmaral Kainazarova

The history of Kazakh folk dance goes back to Kazakhstan's nomadic past. It portrays the rich culture, traditions and life way of nomads. Kazakh folk dance represents a valuable choreographic heritage that symbolizes the harmony of the human soul and nature.
This workshop on Kazakh Folk Dance is open to performers and choreographers of all ages and backgrounds, and to all who love the sophisticated dance heritage of Central Asia. No previous dance experience is necessary.
Content of Workshop (2 hours):

Introduction to Kazakh Folk Dance
Overview of technique: important hand and feet positions, specific Kazakh dance hand positions and patterns, types of gait, combinations of movements.
Types of bow (at beginning and at the end of dance)
Distinctive features of costume and ornaments
Short concert

All ages from 10 to 100 are welcome to experience the amazing beauty of Kazakh Folk Dance!
Akmaral Kainazarova is a danseuse, choreographer and Honored Art worker of the Republic (View Full Event Description Here:

Sep 5, 5pm to 7pm, Silk Road House, 1944 University Ave, Berkeley

Movie Night @Claremont

John Grisham thrillers come to life: four movies to make your heart race, legally.

Wednesday, September 5th, 5:30pm The Pelican Brief PG-13/1993/ 141 minutes
Two Supreme Courts justices murdered! Courageous law school student (Julia Roberts) figures out who killed them, but can she evade the killers herself?

Wednesday, September 12th, 5:30pm The Client PG-13/1994/ 121 minutes
Susan Sarandon (nominated for an Oscar for this role) is a lawyer who has to protect her client (Brad Renfro) both from the Mafia and the FBI.

Wednesday, September 19th, 5:30pm The Chamber R/1996/153 minutes
Chris O'Donnell stars as a newly minted lawyer trying to win a reprieve for his racist grandfather (played by Gene Hackman) who is on death row.

Wednesday, September 26th, 5:30pm Runaway Jury PG-13/1997/136 minutes
Everybody's out to get the jury, even the jurors. Stars John Cusack, Gene Hackman, Dustin Hoffman, Rachel Weisz.

Sep 5, 5:30pm to 7:30pm, Claremont Branch Library, 2940 Benvenue Ave, Berkeley

Stitch 'n Bitch

Sep 5, 6pm to 9pm, Caffè Chiave, 2500 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Craig & MacGregor Band

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

Sep 5, 7pm to 11pm, The Marsh Cabaret, 2120 Allston Way, Berkeley

September 5: Gabriela Alemán (Poso Wells) in a City Lights reading

Celebrated Ecuadorian author Gabriela Alemán's Poso Wells is her first work to appear in English: a noir, feminist eco-thriller in which venally corrupt politicians and greedy land speculators finally get their just comeuppance!

"Poso Wells is ironic, audacious, and fierce. But what is it, exactly? A satire? A scifi novel? A political detective yarn? Or the purest reality of contemporary Latin America. It's unclassifiable--as all great books are."--Samanta Schweblin, author of Fever Dream

"Poso Wells is brilliant, audacious, doubtlessly playful and at the same time so dark and bitter. A truly unforgettable book."--Alejandro Zambra, author of Multiple Choice

"One part Thomas Pynchon, one part Gabriel García Marquez, and one part Raymond Chandler, Alemán's novel contains mystery, horror, humor, absurdity, and political commentary . . . A concoction of political thriller and absurdist literary mystery that never fails to entertain."--Kirkus Reviews

Sep 5, 7pm to 9pm, Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Ave, Berkeley

Balkan Dance

This monthly event is a revival of '70s-style Berkeley folkdancing with some international request dancing to recorded music, capturing the spirit that David Nadel was inspired by when he opened Ashkenaz in 1973 with Balkan folkdancing. One does not need a live band to experience the communal pleasure of dancing together, and the dance lessons help newcomers join in the experience.

Doors at 6:30 pm / Balkan dance lesson at 7:00 pm / Dance at 8:00 pm
Tickets are $7
Buy Tickets Here

Sep 5, 7pm to 11:30pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Jazz in the Neighborhood Presents...Sandy Cressman: Entre Amigos

Vocalist Sandy Cressman has made a name for herself interpreting songs by post-bossa Brazilian music. The friendships forged with Brazilian musicians inspire her recent album "Entre Amigos", which features collaborations with composer/bandleader Spok, guitarist Ian Faquini, pianist/composers Jovino Santos, Neto and Antonio Adolfo. This show will feature Rio-born pianist Vitor Gonçalves, husband and trombonist Jeff Cressman, who is featured on "Entre Amigos" and toured for many years in Carlos Santana's band; and daughter Natalie Cressman, a bandleader in her own right, on trombone and voice.  Completing the rhythm section will be David Belove on bass and Dillon Vado on drums.

Jazz in the Neighborhood presents its Wednesday night series at CJC with financial support from AFM Musicians Union Local 6.

Band Members and Instrumentation: Sandy, vocals; Vitor Gonçalves, piano; Jeff Cressman, trombone; Natalie Cressman, trombone/vocals; David Belove, bass; Dillon Vado, drums


Sep 5, 7:30pm to 9:30pm, Rendon Hall/Fiddler Annex @ California Jazz Conservatory, 2040 Addison Street, Berkeley

Petros Klampanis Trio

Named a "Bass Ace" by Bass Player Magazine, Petros Klampanis grew up in Greece, surrounded by the confluence of Mediterranean and Balkan folk music. Now based in NYC, the bassist and composer is curious in his approach, always seeking unique ways to integrate elements from multiple genres, ranging from classical music to pop.

Klampanis' varied musical life journey brings "aggressive melodicism, beautiful intonation, and uniquely personal string writing," as noted by fellow bassist Drew Gress. His second album as a leader, Minor Dispute was selected as one of the best Jazz records in 2015 by NPR. His most recent release and Motéma Music debut, Chroma was featured in major international radio and press outlets including Jazz Magazine, WBGO, DownBeat and JazzTimes.

Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door/general admission 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!

Sep 5, 8pm to 10pm, The Back Room, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley

The John Santos Quartet: "Jazz Latino"

The John Santos Quartet presents "Jazz Latino" - a concert of original arrangements of timeless classics, soaring improv, original compositions, and indisputable evidence of the inextricable link between jazz and the music of Latin America.

Band Members and Instrumentation:

Marco Diaz - piano, trumpet;

Saul Sierra - bass;

David Flores - drumset;

John Santos - percussion
The John Santos Quartet validates and manifests the fact that jazz was born in a Caribbean environment (New Orleans) and organically draws from the rich cultural expressions of the region. The JS Quartet effectively exemplifies the wide world of creativity that is a vital and natural extension of traditional rhythms and forms throughout the Americas. Original arrangements and compositions, a high degree of improvisation, and a broad repertoire from the jazz and Latin American canons are the group's trademarks. The John Santos Quartet is at once unique, exciting and inspiring for all ages.

Sep 5, 8pm to 10pm, Rendon Hall/Fiddler Annex @ California Jazz Conservatory 2040 Addison Street, Berkeley


open mic storytelling competition

Doors: 6:30 pm / Show: 7:30 pm
$10 (plus fees)
On Sale 8/29/18

Tickets on sale Wednesday, 8/29/18 at 12:30pm.

Prepare a five-minute story about knowledge. Gleaned from teachers or the streets, lessons learned. From the Ivy League to hard knocks, beauty school to a hospital residency. Hot for teacher, pencils down, wax on, wax off.

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 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.

Story tips:
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.

Sep 5, 9:30pm to 10:30pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley, CA, 94704