Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar


Nancy Wright Ensemble

Blues and Jazz

Sep 12, 11:45am to 2:45pm, The Cheeseboard Pizza, 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

Noon Concert: Ji Eun Kang, piano *Note: actual end time may vary.*

MOZART Piano Sonata K.570 in B flat Major
Cindy COX Selections from Hierosgamos
Jean AHN Selections from Folksong Revisited
DEBUSSY L'isle Joyeuse

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 12, 12 noon to 1pm, Hertz Concert Hall

Kenan Obrien

Soulful Rock-- Bay Area style

Sep 12, 4:45pm to 7:45pm, The Cheeseboard Pizza, 1512 Shattuck 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 12, 5:30pm to 7:30pm, Claremont Branch Library, 2940 Benvenue Ave, Berkeley

Stitch 'n Bitch

Sep 12, 6pm to 9pm, Caffè Chiave, 2500 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Jane Anne Staw, Author of SMALL @North

Known as someone who worried about every little thing, author Jane Anne Staw was one day inspired to think small. Her inspiration led her to learn to pay attention to the unfolding moments of life without the burden of worrying about what might come next.

Join us as Staw shares from Small: The Little We Need for Happiness, her collection of essays and observations, sharing her philosophy of small and the shift she experienced from overwhelm to calm, from isolation to connection, and the world of contentment she found in the most common occurrences.

Sep 12, 6:30pm to 7:30pm, 1170 The Alameda, Berkeley, CA 94707

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 12, 7pm to 11pm, The Marsh Cabaret, 2120 Allston Way, Berkeley

Local Genre Fiction: Nick Mamatas, author of People's Republic of Everything. Meg Elison, author of Book of Etta, and Tim Pratt, author of The Wrong Stars

Socialist Nerd Night, with three local genre writers:

Nick Mamatas is the author of several novels, including the San Francisco zombie novel The Last Weekend, the Lovecraftian murder mystery I Am Providence, and the forthcoming Hexen Sabbath. His short fiction has appeared in Best American Mystery Stories, Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy, and many other venues. Nick is also an award-winning anthologist; his latest is Mixed Up, a hybrid cocktail recipe/flash fiction book co-edited with Molly Tanzer.

Meg Elison is a Bay Area author and essayist. Her debut novel, The Book of the Unnamed Midwife won the 2014 Philip K. Dick Award and was listed as a Tiptree Committee recommendation. Her second novel, The Book of Etta, was published in 2017 by 47North. She writes like she's running out of time and lives in Oakland.

Tim Pratt is the author of over 20 novels, most recently Philip K. Dick Award finalist The Wrong Stars and upcoming sequel The Dreaming Stars. As T.A. Pratt he wrote ten novels in the Marla Mason urban fantasy series. His short fiction has appeared in The Best American Short Stories, The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror, and other nice places. He's a Hugo Award winner for short fiction, and has been a finalist for World Fantasy, Sturgeon, Stoker, Mythopoeic, and Nebula Awards, among others. He is a senior editor at Locus magazine, and lives in Berkeley CA with his family.

Sep 12, 7pm to 9pm, Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Ave, Berkeley

Rachel Neumann and Teen Subjects

Rachel Neumann and Teen Subjects present I Am Home: Portraits of Immigrant Teenagers.

To reserve your seat, please purchase a copy of I Am Home by speaking to a bookseller or ordering via our website.

Meet the faces and voices behind the conversations around immigration. These portraits and stories of teenagers who are recent immigrants to the US from all over the world show the diversity, beauty, and potential of the people who now call the United States home.

Sixty full-page portraits of students at Oakland International High School, photographed by award-winning photographer Ericka McConnell, are accompanied by their own unique, diverse, and surprising stories of what makes them feel at home. Each of these young people is inspiring in their own right and together their stories will help us consider the issue of immigration with new mindfulness and compassion. All profits from the publication of this book will be donated to Oakland International High School.

Sep 12, 7pm to 8pm, Mrs Dalloway's, 2904 College Ave, Berkeley

Jazz in the Neighborhood Presents...Jill Rogers + Lost Trio

Vocalist Jill Rogers and the Lost Trio share the bill as Rogers celebrates the release of her debut album, Happy as a King. She's backed by a stellar quintet that includes guitarist John Finkbeiner, Lorenzo Farrell on organ, and the members of the venerable Lost Trio - Phillip Greenlief (saxophone), Dan Seamans (bass), and Tom Hassett (drums). She'll wind her way through a set of 1930's standards with an approach stays absolutely current, bringing presence and relevance to each song. She's an integrated member of the band who lets the soloists shine. The Lost Trio will take over for the second set, focusing on original compositions from Greenlief and Seamans, with a few additional surprises.

Band Members and Instrumentation:

Jill Rogers - vocal; John Finkbeiner - guitar; Lorenzo Farrell -organThe Lost Trio: Phillip Greenlief - saxophone; Dan Seamans - bass; Tom Hassett - drums

Bios: Jill Rogers performs with the little big band Imperial Jazz Co., and the honky-tonk project Crying Time. She's been deep in a love affair with the American songbook since she was a schoolgirl.

San Francisco Chronicle writer Andrew Gilbert calls the Lost Trio "a loose-limbed band marked by an off-the-cuff poetic sensibility, full of earthy humor and soaring lyricism."

Formed by Phillip Greenlief, Dan Seamans & Tom Hassett, the band stepped into existence twenty-five years ago with a steady gig at The Rose Pistola in San Francisco's North Beach district, followed by four year stint on Sundays at Cato's Ale House in Oakland. The Lost Trio has toured up and down the west coast, and enjoyed many live radio appearances and in-store performances. The groups' repertoire began with a program of standards by Thelonious Monk, Cole Porter, Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus and others; and has grown into a unique collection of over 600 songs from composers as diverse as Hank Williams, Nino Rota, Steve Lacy, Carla Bley, Billy Stranhorn, Mel Tillis, The Grateful Dead, and PJ Harvey, not to mention numerous original compositions by Lost Trio members Phillip Greenlief and Dan Seamans.


Sep 12, 7:30pm to 9:30pm, Rendon Hall/Fiddler Annex @ California Jazz Conservatory 2040 Addison Street, Berkeley

John Ettinger Trio

This is an organ trio that features violinist John Ettinger, organist Kevin Gerzevitz, and drummer Russ Gold. They'll be playing music from Ettinger's recordings, some new original music, and re-imagining compositions by the likes of Larry Young, Zbigniew Seifert, David Bowie, Joe Henderson, Freddie Hubbard, Pat Metheny, and Joe Zawinul.

Sep 12, 8pm to 11pm, Jupiter, 2181 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

Stu Allen & Mars Hotel

A tradition started back in the 20th century, Ashkenaz's Grateful Dead Night is always evolving, reaching new heights since Stu Allen & Mars Hotel launched a weekly residency in late 2011. Led by acclaimed guitarist-singer Allen (of Phil Lesh & Friends, Melvin Seals & JGB, Ghosts of Electricity), a revolving cast of incredibly talented musicians inhabits Mars Hotel, drawing from the Grateful Dead's vast catalog to delight Deadheads and dancers of all generations. A Mars Hotel show is always an energetic evening of good vibes, good music, and good community.

When it became apparent that Jerry Garcia had played his final show in 1995, Stu Allen began working to keep Garcia's music, sound, and spirit alive in the concert setting. He regularly works with Phil Lesh and has also played sets with Bob Weir and Bill Kreutzmann. Allen is perhaps most known for fronting Melvin Seals' tribute to the Jerry Garcia Band from 2004 to 2011. He received more national acclaim in 2010 when he toured with Dark Star Orchestra. Allen shares the Grateful Dead's commitment to making each performance a unique event, from preparation to execution. He will perform multiple shows before playing the same song twice, and even then, that song will not be realized in quite the same way.

Mars Hotel takes this idea a step further by presenting a new band at each performance. Drawing from the rich music scene of the Bay Area, Allen has assembled a broad and ever-rotating group of musicians that makes each concert a once-only experience. As far as Grateful Dead tribute bands go, this is a concept that has never been done before.

Sep 12, 8pm to 10:59pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Freight & Salvage 50th Anniversary with the Legendary Mavis Staples

Multiple Grammy winner Mavis Staples was named one of Rolling Stone's 100 Greatest Singers of All Time and by VH1 as among the 100 Greatest Women of Rock and Roll.

"Mavis Staples is the most underrated diva of the century. She has an almost superhuman ability to implant the pure power of passion and emotion." - Rolling Stone

Come and experience the wall-to-wall joy of Grammy winner and Rock and Roll Hall-of-Famer --- and civil rights activist --- Mavis Staples. Witness some of the best R&B, soul, and gospel music ever sung. Mavis is likewise known for her unique interpretations of songs by her father, Pops Staples, Randy Newman, Allen Toussaint, John Fogerty, Rev. Gary Davis and Little Milton.
Proceeds from the evening will help the Freight bring you the best in roots and traditional music

6 PM: Doors open for Platinum and Gold ticket holdersPassed hors d'oeuvres and light buffet until 7:15 pm. Libations until show time

7:15 PM: Doors open for Silver and Bronze ticket holders. Libations until show time

8:15 PM: Mavis and her band take the stage

Join us post-show for a dessert and sparkling wine reception. Wear your most festive attire!


Platinum | $500 per person
$395 of your donation is tax deductible
Reserved seat in the lower center section
Passed hors d'oeuvres, light buet dinner and libations
Post-show dessert and sparkling wine reception
Mavis' new CD If All I Was Was Black
Parking pass (pass and location of parking lot will be included with your tickets)

Gold | $400 per person
$310 of your donation is tax deductible
Reserved seat in the lower side sections, 1 to 4 seats from the aisles, or in the first rows of the upper center and left sections
Passed hors d'oeuvres, light buffet dinner and libations
Post-show dessert and sparkling wine reception
Mavis' new CD If All I Was Was Black

Silver | $250 per person
$175 of your donation is tax deductible
Reserved seat in the upper sections or the lower side sections
Pre-show libations
Post-show dessert and sparkling wine reception

Bronze | $175 per person
$ 100 of your donation is tax deductible
Reserved seat in the tall chairs in front of the upper section
or in the last row of the upper right section
Pre-show libations
Post-show dessert and sparkling wine reception

DJ Harry DuncanHarry Duncan produces and hosts In The Soul Kitchen, the popular, weekly Roots & Rhythm radio show broadcast live on KCSM, the Bay Area's jazz station.

Respected industry-wide as an innovator, Duncan serves up his own Roots & Rhythm mix: a rich, danceable musical stew of soul, funk, blues, roots reggae, ska and jazz plus African, Latin and select World music when spinning live and while In The Soul Kitchen.

This music mix gives audiences, artists and promoters a welcome alternative to the kinds of in-house music often played at festivals and concerts.

Duncan has appeared with a wide variety of artists including Aretha Franklin, Tedeschi-Trucks Band, Bonnie Raitt and Mavis Staples, The Roots, George Clinton and P-Funk, Bettye LaVette, Trombone Shorty, Irma Thomas, Dr. John, The Original Meters, Rebirth Brass Band, Dumpstaphunk, Cory Henry, Antibalas, Bombino, India.Arie, Lizz Wright, Charlie Hunter, Tower of Power, Boz Scaggs, Femi Kuti, Steel Pulse, Madness and The Specials.

Sep 12, 8:15pm to 9:15pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley

Drake Bell, Kira Kosarin

Drake Bell

born June 27, 1986, better known as Drake Bell, is an American actor, comedian, guitarist, singer/songwriter, producer, and occasional television director.

Kira Kosarin
The sixth generation in a line of professional musicians, singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Kira Kosarin is poised to be a major player in the music industry - she has a distinct and dynamic voice, is a wonderful writer and vocal arranger, is a strong, trained dancer and has a combined social media following of over 13 million. She is an internationally recognized American actress best known for starring as `Phoebe Thunderman' on Nickelodeon's #1 hit series, THE THUNDERMANS, with a historic 104 episodes on-air in over 50 countries worldwide. In addition to the show being consistently tapped as Nickelodeon's #1 series and winning the KCA in 2016 for `Favorite TV Show', Kira has also been nominated 3 years in a row for the KID'S CHOICE AWARDS for the `Favorite TV Actress' category.

Sep 12, 8:30pm to 10:30pm, Cornerstone, 2367 Shattuck Ave (Enter On Durant), Berkeley