Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar

09/11/2018

Freddie Hughes and the House of Hughes

Soul legend Freddie Hughes and his band.

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


Classical Revolution

7pm to 9pm, Caffè Chiave, 2500 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702, USA


Rebecca Clarren

Rebecca Clarren reads from her debut novel, Kickdown, a taut and moving novel of a family's struggle to sustain their land when fracking comes to the contemporary American West.

"Deep, true, achingly pure, as stripped of glamour and pretense as the beautiful desolation it describes. With an unflinching eye for the unsettling political and environmental issues of our time, Clarren captures perfectly the heartland of our country and the hearts of those whose old answers have suddenly failed them--they are all strangers to themselves, full of wonder and worry, wild impulses, inarticulate feelings. Kickdown is what life sounds like when we give up the search for who we thought we were supposed to be, and begin the search for our own true humanity."--Karen Fisher, author of A Sudden Country, Finalist for the Pen/Faulkner Award

To reserve your seat, purchase a copy of Kickdown by speaking to a bookseller or ordering from our website.

When Jackie Dunbar's father dies, she takes a leave from medical school and goes back to the family cattle ranch in Colorado to set affairs in order. But what she finds derails her: the Dunbar ranch is bankrupt, her sister is having a nervous breakdown, and the oil and gas industry has changed the landscape of this small western town both literally and figuratively, tempting her to sell a gas lease to save the family land.

There is fencing to be repaired and calves to be born, and no one--except Jackie herself--to take control. But then a gas well explodes in the neighboring ranch, and the fallout sets off a chain of events that will strain trust, sever old relationships, and ignite new ones.

Kickdown is a tautly written novel about two sisters and the Iraq war veteran who steps in to help. It is a timeless and timely meditation on the grief wrought by death, war, and environmental destruction. Like Kent Haruf's Plainsong or Daniel Woodrell's Winter's Bone, this novel weaves together the threads of land, family, failure, and perseverance to create a gritty tale about rural America.

Award-winning journalist Rebecca Clarren has been writing about the rural West for nearly twenty years. Her journalism, for which she has won the Hillman Prize and an Alicia Patterson Foundation Fellowship, has appeared in such magazines as MotherJones, High Country News, The Nation and Salon.com. Kickdown, shortlisted for the PEN/Bellwether Prize, is her first novel. She lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband and two young sons.

7:30pm to 8:30pm,


Sauce Piquante plus Dance Lesson with Cheryl McBride

Sauce Piquante has been playing for Bay Area dancers since 1999, when accordionist Blair Kilpatrick started the band. The group's high-energy dance tunes and French vocals are rooted in two musical traditions: Cajun and old-time Creole, or, as some call it, early zydeco. Sauce Piquante captures the authentic sound of southern Louisiana's dance halls, house parties, and church dances while appealing to a contemporary audience. Along with Kilpatrick on accordion and vocals, the band includes fiddler Steve Tabak, guitarist-singer Jim Ruth, bassist-singer Kathy "KP" Price, and David Hymowitz on drums. Sauce Piquante was inspired by the late Danny Poullard, the Bay Area accordionist who suggested the group's name. During more than two decades of Louisiana travels and music camp attendance, band members have been influenced by many other gifted musicians. They have learned from Creole masters (Bois Sec Ardoin, Delton Broussard, Canray Fontenot, Edward Poullard) and legendary Cajun accordionists (Steve Riley, Jesse L├ęge, Eddie LeJeune, Sheryl Cormier). The band's debut recording "Sauce Piquante Live" got a thumbs-up in a Dirty Linen magazine review. Kilpatrick is also the author of "Accordion Dreams" (University Press of Mississippi, 2009), which documents her musical journey. She and her husband Tabak were among the musicians profiled in "Zydeco Nation," a recent public radio documentary about the Louisiana Creole migration to Northern California.

Doors at 7:30 pm / Dance Lesson with Cheryl McBride at 8:00 pm / Show at 8:30 pm
Tickets are $12 Advance / $15 Day of Show
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8pm to 11:59pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley


Founding Fathers Trio

The Founding Fathers are a jazz project honoring the immense contributions of oppressed peoples to the US. Our music explores the intersection of jazz, soul and afro-latin traditions. Every Tuesday of September at Jupiter, from 8p-11p

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