Sep 18, 11:45am to 2:45pm, The Cheeseboard Pizza, 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley
Grooving Afro-Brazilian-Caribbean music.
Sep 18, 4:45pm to 7:45pm, The Cheeseboard Pizza, 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley
Sep 18, 7pm to 9pm, Caffè Chiave, 2500 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley
Join award-winning reporter Mary Jo McConahay in Berkeley for a Book Launch celebrating her gripping new work, The Tango War: The Struggle for the Hearts, Minds and Riches of Latin America During World War II.
The Tango War by Mary Jo McConahay fills an important gap in WWII history. Beginning in the thirties, both sides were well aware of the need to control not just the hearts and minds but also the resources of Latin America. The fight was often dirty: residents were captured to exchange for U.S. prisoners of war and rival spy networks shadowed each other across the continent. At all times it was a Tango War, in which each side closely shadowed the other's steps.
Though the Allies triumphed, at the war's inception it looked like the Axis would win. A flow of raw materials in the Southern Hemisphere, at a high cost in lives, was key to ensuring Allied victory, as were military bases supporting the North African campaign, the Battle of the Atlantic and the invasion of Sicily, and fending off attacks on the Panama Canal. Allies secured loyalty through espionage and diplomacy--including help from Hollywood and Mickey Mouse--while Jews and innocents among ethnic groups --Japanese, Germans--paid an unconscionable price. Mexican pilots flew in the Philippines and twenty-five thousand Brazilians breached the Gothic Line in Italy. The Tango War also describes the machinations behind the greatest mass flight of criminals of the century, fascists with blood on their hands who escaped to the Americas.
A true, shocking account that reads like a thriller, The Tango War shows in a new way how WWII was truly a global war.
Sep 18, 7pm to 8pm, Books Inc., 1491 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley
BoJack Horseman producer / production designer and award-winning cartoonist Lisa Hanawalt presents Coyote Doggirl. The graphic novel is a playful homage to and send-up of classic Westerns, presenting the story of the goofy, dramatic, and fiercely independent Coyote as she journeys through the desert on horseback. With Coyote Doggirl, Hanawalt documents the harsh realities of sexism, her insatiable admiration of horses, and the indispensability of a good crop top.
"Lisa's work is a reminder of the limitless boundaries of one's imagination. She somehow creates fantastical worlds within our own, commenting on some of our most timely issues while exploring our most minute absurdities. I could spend all day inside this heartfelt, beautiful, twisted take on a classic Western."--Abbi Jacobson, Broad City
COYOTE DOGGIRL (DRAWN & QUARTERLY, 2018)
Coyote is a dreamer and a drama queen, brazen and brave, faithful yet fiercely independent. She beats her own drum and sews her own crop tops. A gifted equestrian, she's half dog, half coyote, and all power. Together with her trusty steed Red, there's not much that's too big for her to bite off, chew up, and spit out right into your face, if you deserve it. But when Coyote and Red find themselves on the run from a trio of vengeful bad dogs, get clobbered by arrows, and are tragically separated, our protagonist is left fighting for her life, and longing for her displaced best friend. Taken in by a wolf clan, Coyote may be wounded, but it's not long before she's back on the open road to track down Red and tackle the dogs who wronged her.
Lisa Hanawalt's homage to and lampoon of westerns like Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Coyote Doggirl is a self-aware, playful subversion of tropes. As our fallible hero attempts to understand the culture of the wolves, we see a journey in understanding and misunderstanding, adopting and co-opting. Uncomfortable at times but nonetheless rewarding and empowering, the story of these flawed, anthropomorphized characters is nothing if not relentlessly hilarious and heartbreakingly human. Told in Hanawalt's technicolor absurdist style, Coyote Doggirl is not just a send-up of the western genre, but a deeply personal story told by an enormously talented cartoonist.
Lisa Hanawalt is the creator of the upcoming Netflix original series Tuca & Bertie, as well as the producer and production designer of the Netflix original series BoJack Horseman. Her quarterly food column for Lucky Peach won her a James Beard Award for humor. Hanawalt's first collection with Drawn & Quarterly was the critically acclaimed My Dirty Dumb Eyes. She co-hosts the podcast Baby Geniuses with comedian Emily Heller. Her second book with D+Q, Hot Dog Taste Test, won her the Ignatz Award and appeared on best-of-the-year lists from The Washington Post, The Guardian, NPR, and elsewhere.
Praise for Coyote Doggirl
"Coyote Doggirl is uppity, cocky, and occasionally profane, but she is also smart, clever, and outrageously funny. Lisa Hanawalt's comicbook tale of a half-coyote, half-dog feminist and her trusty steed, Red, makes you think as well as laugh. You go, Coyote Doggirl!"
Sandra Dallas, New York Times best-selling author
"A story of flight and vengeance, sunsets and sagebrush, love and leather underwear. Hanawalt's blues could be set in the sky and belong there; her pinks are almost alive. These are the cave paintings I want them to find in 10,000 years."
Patricia Lockwood, author of Priestdaddy
"Hanawalt is known for her ability to deliver genuinely hilarious visual gags and Coyote Doggirl is no exception. What's especially interesting to me, however, is how Coyote's tone refuses to stay put, venturing from slapstick to poignant, and finally into downright bleak territory, appropriate for a Western. Her deftness with color is also worth study. I'm taken by how her characters contrast with the iconic and carefully studied features of the western landscape, from mountain plateaus to bright and delicate wildflowers."
Kelly Sue DeConnick, author of Bitch Planet, Captain Marvel
"Lisa's work is a reminder of the limitless boundaries of one's imagination. She somehow creates fantastical worlds within our own, commenting on some of our most timely issues while exploring our most minute absurdities. I could spend all day inside this heartfelt, beautiful, twisted take on a classic Western." Abbi Jacobson, co-creator of Broad City
Sep 18, 7:30pm to 9:30pm, Pegasus Books Downtown, 2349 Shattuck Ave Berkeley
The longest running open stage in the Bay Area now has free admission! Our Open Mic has brought in some of our brightest performers, including Shawn Colvin, Dana Carvey, Alvin Youngblood Hart, and Patrick Landeza. The audience is friendly - and people actually listen! So come on down and join the fun. All performers welcome.
HERE'S HOW IT WORKS:
- Doors open at 7pm, lottery for performance spots is held at 7:20. The show starts promptly at 7:30.
- Admission is free for all.
- Solo performers get to play one song; groups get to play two songs. Management reserves the right to award a performer an extra song now and then, for any reason management deems appropriate.
- Please be ready to perform when your turn comes up. Please limit your introduction to 30 seconds.
Tune up, drop in, go on!
PLEASE NOTE: Your RSVP does not enter you into the lottery drawing for a performance spot.
Sep 18, 7:30pm to 9:30pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street
Join us for a special night as we celebrate Marcia Anderson's birthday.
Happy Birthday Marcia!!
From all of us at Ashkenaz and your fellow Cajun/Zydeco dancers
You can't get much more authentic than Andrew Carriere, especially when he's backed by his top-notch Zydeco/Cajun Allstars. A native of Southern Louisiana, accordionist and singer Andrew Carriere brings a long family tradition into his playing. His father was the legendary Creole fiddler "Bebe" Carriere, his uncle was accordionist Eraste Carriere, and cousins Chubby, Calvin, and Roy Carrier are popular in the zydeco arena. Carriere moved to the Bay Area in the '60s, learned accordion from the late Danny Poullard, and is featured vocalist on the California Cajun Orchestra's "Not Lonesome Anymore" CD. He performs regularly with the Creole Belles and CZ & the Bon Vivants, and more occasionally in the Cajun Classics.
Carriere's Zydeco/Cajun Allstars include steel guitarist Billy Wilson, drummer David "Killer" Hymowitz, guitarist Mitch Polzak, and bassist Steven Strauss. The lineup might not seem particularly "traditional" to current followers of Cajun and zydeco, but, Wilson explains, "This is the real tradition that came out of the '50s and '60s honky-tonk Cajun bands, where they just had fun and played for dancers. The steel guitar was right there, and fiddles and an occasional lead guitar." And, of course, the accordion. The repertoire is the standards and classics of Cajun and zydeco, old and new.
Doors at 7:30 pm / Dance Lesson with Ted Sherrod at 8:00 pm / Show at 8:30 pm
Tickets are $12
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Sep 18, 8pm to 11:59pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley
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
Sep 18, 8pm to 11pm, Jupiter, 2181 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley