Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar


Kids ages 6-9! Annie Barrows & Sophie Blackall OFFSITE @ Rialto Cinemas Elmwood!

Both the author and illustrator join us for a special event celebrating Ivy + Bean #11: One Big Happy Family.

This is a ticketed event with open seating. You can buy a copy of Ivy + Bean One Big Happy Family for a ticket to guarantee a seat, or you can buy a ticket without a book to guarantee a seat. We'll have copies of Ivy + Bean One Big Happy Family for sale at the event, plus all the previous books from the series. Tickets available through Eventbrite at this link: or at the store.

All ages are welcome but best for 6-9 year olds.

Meet author Annie Barrows and illustrator Sophie Blackall at a special launch celebration of the latest volume in the hit series.

As One Big Happy Family begins, Ivy's worried. She's read a lot of books about only children, so she knows that they are sometimes spoiled rotten. They don't share their toys. They never do any work. They scream and cry when they don't get their way. Spoiler alert! Ivy doesn't have any brothers or sisters. That's why she's worried. How can she keep from getting spoiled? She could give away all her clothes, but she'd probably get in trouble. She could give away all her toys, but she likes her toys. There's really only one solution: she needs a baby sister, on the double! Luckily, Ivy and Bean know just where to get one.

Annie Barrows is the bestselling author of books for both children and adults, including the YA novel Nothing, and the bestselling novel The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. She lives in Berkeley with her husband and two daughters.

Sophie Blackall has illustrated more than twenty books, which have won awards such as the Caldecott Medal, Ezra Jack Keats Award, and the Founders Award from the Society of Illustrators. She lives in Brooklyn.

Sep 8, 10am to 11am, Mrs Dalloway's, 2904 College Ave, Berkeley

North Berkeley Jazz Quartet

Sep 8, 11:45am to 2:45pm, The Cheeseboard Pizza, 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

Shakespeare Outside the Box: Twelfth Night @Central

3rd floor Community Meeting Room

Directed by Trevor Nunn (Royal Shakespeare Company, Royal National Theatre), this 1996 film stars Helena Bonham Carter, Imogen Stubbs and Ben Kingsley as Feste. First in a series: our next film, on October 6, is Zeffirelli's 1968 Romeo and Juliet.

Sep 8, 2pm to 5pm, Berkeley Public Library, 2090 Kittredge St. (at Shattuck)Berkeley

VL Trio

Vission Latina trio is a unique group of virtuoso musicians who have stripped down their music to a minimalist sound, exposing the threads that weave together the complex rhythms of Cuban music.

Sep 8, 4:45pm to 7:45pm, The Cheeseboard Pizza, 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

9-1-1 What's Your Emergency? World Premiere

$20 Advance / $25 Door
Doors open at 6:30pm / Event starts at 7pm
La Peña Cultural Center is proud to present the world premiere of 9-1-1 What's Your Emergency?
Written and directed by Bay Area playwright Jovelyn Richards and starring a cast of local actors, the play is an artistic response to gentrification, stereotypes, systemic racism and the personal narratives of humanity.
9-1-1 What's Your Emergency? is a groundbreaking and timely work that examines white fragility, as a result of the intersection of White Supremacy and personal psychological narratives, propelling the calls. The 9-1-1 call is rooted in micro-aggression, yet can have irreparable consequences to communities of color. Poetic justice will be served in this court drama based on real life 911 calls.
Stick around after the play for a community discussion with the actors and organizations fighting for racial justice, specially as it pertains to the 9-1-1 calls that have run rampantly throughout t (View Full Event Description Here:

Sep 8, 7pm to 8:30pm, La Peña Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck Ave. , Berkeley

Phoenix: with special guests: Cut Copy, Sir Sly *Note: actual end time may vary.*

The sixth album by Phoenix sounds like the perfect soundtrack to come from a nation that, despite everything going on elsewhere in the world, still seems to possess hope and joy in great abundance.

The world seemed to breathe a sigh of relief after the French Presidential elec- tion in May. However, when the four school friends from Versailles (Christian Mazzalai, Laurent Brancowitz, Thomas Mars & Deck d'Arcy), now in their early forties, began writing and recording the songs that would make up Ti Amo (10 of them, as always) it didn't look like they were in step with the national mood at all.

They started work in 2014, shortly after, Charlie Hebdo happened. Then the Ba- taclan happened when they were in the studio, just a 20-minute walk from the terrorist attack on the concert hall.

Sep 8, 7pm to 8pm, Hearst Greek Theatre

The Six Sevens // Throw [PDX] // Adult School // The Warhols

West Coast Worship, Day 3!

The Six Sevens
[San Francisco, CA]
[Portland, OR]
Adult School
[Formerly Santa Cruz, CA now Berkeley, CA]
The Warhols
[Tri-Valley, CA]

All Ages
Doors 7:30pm // Music 8pm
$10 + $2 Gilman Membership
Breakfast will be served

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

Sep 8, 7:30pm to 11:59pm, 924 Gilman, 924 Gilman St, Berkeley

Tofiga, Fiji, BigBody Cisco


New Zealand-based actor, comedian of Samoan descent, and half of the New Zealand based comedy duo The Laughing Samoans, Tofiga Fepulea'i now performs as a solo artist, comedian, entertainer, MC, and motivational speaker.

Based in Hawai'i, Fiji (who was born in Fiji) is the one of the top-selling Pacific artists in the world, and is very popular in Hawai'i, winning Best Male Vocalist at the Hawai'i Music Awards in 1998.

BigBody Cisco
Your Host of, DJ, Event Host , Crowd Contrioller & Motivational Speaker.

Sep 8, 8pm to 10pm, The UC Theatre Taube Family Music Hall, 2036 University Avenue, near Downtown Berkeley BART, Berkeley, CA, 94704

Las Positas College Jazz Showcase

Join us for an evening with the Las Positas College jazz department, as we present original and arranged tunes in a variety of genres. Featuring faculty members Ian Brekke (vocalist), Dan Marschak (pianist), and Cindy Browne Rosefield (bass), alumni of the program and current jazz students from Las Positas College in Livermore.

Band Members and Instruments: Andrew Mathers - Trumpet; Brandon Yim - Alto Sax; Ian Brekke and Student Singers - Vocals; Dan Marschak, Tom Reynolds - Piano; Lucas Sanchez, Garret Newman - Guitar;
Cindy Browne Rosefield, Victor Serda- Bass

Artist Website:


Sep 8, 8pm to 10pm, California Jazz Conservatory, 2087 Addison St, Berkeley

Tradition on the Fringe with Avotcja & Modupue and Chelle Friends

Avotcja has been published in English & Spanish in the USA, Mexico & Europe, and in more Anthologies than she remembers. She is an award winning Poet & multi-instrumentalist who has opened for Betty Carter in New York City, Peru's Susana Bacaat San Francisco's Encuentro Popular & Cuba's Gema y Pável, played with Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Bobi & Luis Cespedes, John Handy, Sonido Afro Latina, Dimensions Dance Theater, Black Poets With Attitudes, Bombarengue, Nikki Giovanni, Los Angeles' Build An Ark, Dwight Trible, Diamano Coura West African Dance Co., Terry Garthwaite, Big Black, The Bay Area Blues Society & Caribeana Etc. Shared stages with Sonia Sanchez, Piri Thomas, Janice Mirikitani, Diane DiPrima, Michael Franti, Jayne Cortez, & with Jose Montoya's Royal Chicano Air Force & is a Bay Area icon with her group Avotcja & Modúpue.  Avotcja was the opening act for the legendary Poet Pat Parker the last three years of her life. She both composed & performed the film score for the Danish documentary MuNu. Her Poetry &/or music has been recorded by Piri Thomas, Famoudou Don Moyé (of The Art Ensemble Of Chicago), Bobby Matos Latin Jazz Ensemble, & performed by The Purple Moon Dance Project, and was the 1st Poetry performed by New York's Dance Mobile. She's appeared at The Lorraine Hansberry Theater in S. F., The Asian-American Jazz Festival in Chicago, as well as The Asian-American Jazz Festival in San Francisco.  She's been featured 5 times at Afro-Solo, twice at San Francisco's Carnival, The Scottish Rite Temple & Yoshi's in Oakland & San Francisco, Jose Castellar's play "Man From San Juan", Club Le Monmartre in Copenhagen Denmark, Stanford University, at San Francisco's Brava Theater For The Arts with Cine Acción, New York's Henry Street Settlement Theater and The Women On The Way Festival in San Francisco. Avotcja a is popular Bay Area DeeJay & Radio Personality, and the founder/Director of "The Clean Scene Theater Project (AKA) Proyecto Teatral De La Escena Sobria". She continues to teach Creative Writing, Storytelling & Drama in Public Schools & thanks to the California Arts Council she was also an Artist in Residence at the Milestones Project & San Francisco Penal System. Avotcja is a proud member of DAMO (Disability Advocates Of Minorities  Organization), PEN Oakland, California Poets In The Schools,  IWWG & is an  ASCAP recording artist.

CHELLE! and Friends commemorates the music of Mardi Gras, New Orleans, and celebrates it's Creole people and their remarkable music. Michelle Jacques was born in New Orleans and raised in Oakland, CA.. She began this journey to find out what it means to be Creole, to understand her culture, her language and her history...and after the devastation of Katrina in 2005, her mission has evolved into her determination to keep the history and the music of New Orleans alive through concerts, children's performances, workshops and residencies.

Ask 20 people how to define the music of New Orleans and you'll get 30 answers. It could be jazz, funk, soul, Creole, Cajun, or gospel, Caribbean, African, Zydeco, rock or the chants and stirring rhythms of Mardi Gras Indians.

New Orleans native, MICHELLE JACQUES along some "very special friends" take all of these influences and a few more, and stir it into this stewpot of musical gumbo that is sweet, spicy, aromatic and definitely intoxicating.

CHELLE! and Friends is made up of some of the most distinguished and accomplished musicians in the San Francisco Bay Area. CHELLE! And Friends perform music that is vibrant and alive with the driving voices of artistic director and founder MCHELLE JACQUES, RHONDA CRANE, JAY LAMONT AND BRYAN DYER, DONNA VISCUSO on woodwinds, ERIC SWINDERMAN on guitar, KEVIN SCOTT on bass and BOB SCOTT on drums.

Doors Open 7:30 pm / Show at 8:00 pm
Tickets are $20 Advanced / $25 Day of Show
Buy Tickets Here

Sep 8, 8pm to 11:59pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Nancy Cassidy: "River's Rising" CD Release Show

Multi-platinum singer/songwriter Nancy Cassidy, whose 15 projects combined have sold over 2 million copies, has just released her 9th album of original material, River's Rising, offering 13 cuts of comfort, community, compassion and hope during times that need it. Like right now. Her millions of fans will recognize her signature stamp and smoky alto through the whole ride, with styles ranging from folk and gospel to feisty rockabilly. This June, River's Rising was the #8 Album on the Folk DJ Chart and Nancy was #5 most played artist.

Veteran Ed Tree, born and bred in the deep south, produced River's Rising at legendary Sunset Sound, bringing in the top LA's session players for a full-throttle showcase of exceptional talent. Accompanying Nancy for this performance will be Ed Tree on guitar, John Roy Zat on fiddle, Bob Hahn on harmonica and Claudia Russell singing harmony.

"Striking, out-of-the-ordinary imagery...(Nancy) has a way of probing beneath the surface of things with the effective application of metaphor, whether it draws on water, storms, flight, time or space, all communicated via tunes that are not easily ignorable. I can't stress how rare this is in an era dominated by singer-songwriters who are usually more proficient at lyrics than tunes." - Jerome Clark,

Tickets are $15 and are available in advance 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 8, 8pm to 10pm, The Back Room, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley

Linda Tillery's 70th Birthday Extravaganza, Linda Tillery, Eric Bibb, Ruth Davies, Brett "Jailbait" Brandstatt, MC Rhodessa Jones

Eric Bibb, Ruth Davies, Brett "Jailbait" Brandstatt and Yours Truly will serve up some Blues and Roots music to massage the senses and stir the soul with MC Rhodessa Jones (Medea Project). Plus special surprise guests.

Linda Tillery's career began in 1967 as lead singer of the Berkeley based, psychedelic soul band, Loading Zone. Since those early days she has collaborated as vocalist and percussionist on more than eighty recordings with the likes of Santana, Huey Lewis and the News, The Whispers, Taj Mahal, Kenny and Pete and Sheila Escovedo. She was both artist and producer at Olivia Records, was a founding member of Bobby McFerrin's Voicestra, and founded Linda Tillery and the Cultural Heritage Choir. Linda's journey is a true representation of the Bay Area music scene - through psychedelic 60's soul, groundbreaking 70's activism, 80's R&B glitz, numerous cross cultural collaborations and since 1990, her exploration into the roots of the African American music experience. Now, in 2018, she is at the height of her musical powers, continuing her adventures in sound, and exploring what it means to be a local legend.

Eric Bibb
A career spanning five decades, 36 albums, countless radio & television shows and non-stop touring has made Eric Bibb one of the leading bluesmen of his generation. A Progressive preservationist, a fiery singer with true soul, gospel and folk roots, enjoyable and accessible, his blues are honest and powerful. One critic wrote: "He has all the ingredients for stardom - handsome good looks, a voice as strong and soulful as they come, the guitar chops to hold his own against the best and he writes compelling, sensitive songs. His blues are clean, beautifully sung, soulful and upbeat". The weekly syndicated American program "House of Blues Radio Hour" host Elwood Blues (a.k.a. Dan Aykroyd) once declared to Eric: "You are what the blues in the new century should be about."

Ruth Davies
Ruth has performed with such jazz and blues greats as Keb' Mo', Charles Brown, Clark Terry, John Lee Hooker, Bonnie Raitt, Jay McShann, Van Morrison, Maria Muldaur, Junior Mance, Barbara Morrison, Etta Jones, Terry Gibbs, Jimmy Witherspoon, and Little Jimmy Scott.

She toured the world for ten years with the late Charles Brown, performing at major jazz festivals and concerts and on radio and television broadcasts worldwide. Ruth continues to spend considerable time abroad. She has recorded and performed internationally with Maria Muldaur, Denise Jannah, Dmitri Matheny and European pianist/composer Amina Figarova. Lately she has "returned to the roots" and travels with Elvin Bishop's band.

Her discography (including several Platinum and Grammy-winning CDs) covers various jazz and blues styles as well as movie soundtracks. She has recorded with Charles Brown, Bonnie Raitt, John Lee Hooker, Van Morrison, Clark Terry, Vassar Clements, Toots Thielemans, Ernie Watts, Elvin Bishop, Maria Muldaur, Jackie Ryan, and Ramblin' Jack Elliott, among others.

Ruth believes in teaching and in bringing music to the public schools. She has been on the faculty at the Stanford Jazz Workshop for 17 years and has had a very successful "Ruth Davies Blues Night" series at the Stanford Jazz Festival. The San Francisco Symphony's "Adventures in Music" program and the "Just Say Jazz" project deliver music education to the classroom. By any conservative estimate, Ruth has presented music programs to over two thousand school groups. That's a serious commitment.

Brett Brandstatt is a Bay Area native who from an early age showed uncanny musical ability. He was exposed to the Blues, early Rock and Roll, and Soul at a very young age. The music of Elmore James, R.L. Burnside, Chuck Berry, Johnny Johnson, Albert Ammons and others inspired him to pick up piano at the age of 5. He taught himself to play Boogie Woogie, Rock and Roll, and the Blues. Later on, he turned the same attention to the guitar. In 2015, he met Linda Tillery at Jazz Camp West, where she was on the faculty. Since then, they have performed together several times, also collaborating with Eric Bibb. Brett is prominently featured on Linda's latest recording "It's A Mighty World" which is slated for an early September release.

MC Rhodessa Jones
Performer, teacher, director RHODESSA JONES is Co-Artistic Director of San Francisco's performance company Cultural Odyssey. Jones directs The Medea Project: Theater for Incarcerated Women, an award-winning performance workshop committed to incarcerated women's personal and social transformation, now in it's 23rd year. As recipient of US Artist Fellowship, Jones expanded her work in jails and educational institutions internationally. She conducts Medea Projects in South African prisons, working with incarcerated women and training local artists and correctional personnel to embed the Medea process inside these institutions. In 2012, she was named Arts Envoy by the US Embassy in South Africa. Recent US residencies include Brown University and Scripps College Humanities Institute. Recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from CA College of the Arts, SF Bay Guardian's Lifetime Achievement Award, SF Foundation's Community Leadership Award, Non-Profit Arts Excellence Award by the SF Business Arts Council, and an Otto Rene Castillo Award for Political Theater.

Sep 8, 8pm to 11pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley

Chora Roda

Chora Roda is a fun Brazilian choro jam session. Choro is an instrumental style combining classical, jazz and African elements. It definitely requires some study and practice, but there are lots of choro enthusiasts in the Bay Area. Common instruments are guitar, mandolin, flute, cavaquinho, clarinet, pandeiro; but all instruments are welcome. Whether you come to listen or to learn, a good time is guaranteed!

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