Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar




Sep 19, 11:45am to 2:45pm, The Cheeseboard Pizza, 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

Noon Concert: Chamber Music *Note: actual end time may vary.*

Chamber music students performing works by Schumann and Rachmaninoff

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 19, 12 noon to 1pm, Hertz Concert Hall

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 19, 5:30pm to 7:30pm, Claremont Branch Library, 2940 Benvenue Ave, Berkeley

Hertha D. Sweet Wong - Picturing Identity: Contemporary American Autobiography in Image and Text

Picturing Identity: Contemporary American Autobiography in Image and Text

In this book, Hertha D. Sweet Wong examines the intersection of writing and visual art in the autobiographical work of twentieth- and twenty-first-century American writers and artists who employ a mix of written and visual forms of self-narration. Combining approaches from autobiography studies and visual studies, Wong argues that, in grappling with the breakdown of stable definitions of identity and unmediated representation, these writers-artists experiment with hybrid autobiography in image and text to break free of inherited visual-verbal regimes and revise painful histories. These works provide an interart focus for examining the possibilities of self-representation and self-narration, the boundaries of life writing, and the relationship between image and text.

Wong considers eight writers-artists, including comic-book author Art Spiegelman; Faith Ringgold, known for her story quilts; and celebrated Indigenous writer Leslie Marmon Silko. Wong shows how her subjects formulate webs of intersubjectivity shaped by historical trauma, geography, race, and gender as they envision new possibilities of selfhood and fresh modes of self-narration in word and image.

Hertha D. Sweet Wong is a professor of English at the University of California, Berkeley.

Sep 19, 5:30pm to 7pm, University Press Books, 2430 Bancroft Way, Berkeley

Stitch 'n Bitch

Sep 19, 6pm to 9pm, Caffè Chiave, 2500 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702, USA

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 19, 7pm to 11pm, The Marsh Cabaret, 2120 Allston Way, Berkeley

Jazz in the Neighborhood Presents...Lorca Hart Organ Trio

The Lorca Hart Organ Trio, featuring Brian Ho on Hammond B3 organ, Mike Scott on guitar and Lorca Hart on drums, is rooted in the classic jazz organ sound exemplified by artists like Jimmy Smith, Larry Young. The trio plays jazz standards and be bop, but also explores more contemporary elements and plays original compositions as well as tunes by John Scofield, Joshua Redman, John Ellis, and R+B and pop compositions, creating its own unique musical identity.

Band Members and Instrumentation:

Lorca Hart - drums:

Mike Scott - guitar;

Brian Ho - organ
Drummer Lorca Hart grew up in Taos, New Mexico in a musical family with a passion for the drumset. He attended California Institute of the Arts where he studied with Albert "Tootie" Heath, Joe La Barbera, Charlie Haden, Wadada Leo Smith, and others. Since that time Lorca has worked consistently in a variety of musical situations, performing with a wide range of artists from Bobby Hutcherson and Hugh Masekela to storyteller/radio personality Joe Frank and actor/musician Jeff Goldblum. He also leads his own trio, and teaches drums at Mt. San Antonio, Healdsburg High School, SF JAZZ/OPC in Oakland, and Marin School for the Arts.

Brian Ho began playing piano at the early age of five taking lessons at both Stanford and San Jose State. By the age of sixteen, he was playing professionally and teaching, and after studying music at UC Davis, he started to a career in jazz as a band leader, composer, arranger, and teacher. Ho regularly performs at local and international festivals, lead his own trio and quartet, and is a member of the Mimi Fox Organ Trio, the San Jose Jazz Collective, the Calvin Keys Power Quartet, the Leon Joyce Trio, the Lorca Hart Organ Trio, the Bricoleurs, and more. Ho's 2012 debut cd release, "Organic" featured Calvin Keys, Oscar Pangilinan, and Lorca Hart. He was featured on Calvin Keys' album "Close Enough for Love" in 2015. He will be releasing another album in 2018 featuring Paul Bollenback and Byron Landham recorded in New York City.

"Brian Ho is a Bay Area Organist that I'm really digging these days...The future of jazz organ is in good hands." - Joey Defrancesco

"Ho is one of the region's most promising jazz organists." - San Jose Mercury News, Andrew Gilbert.

Guitarist and composer Mike Scott plays with equal parts energy and spirit, lyricism, swing, creativity, a soulful and expressive touch, and always with a well-crafted sense of rhythm. Scott has been an active part of the Los Angeles jazz scene since the late 90's. He has performed extensively throughout the U.S. and abroad, recorded for television and film soundtracks, and played as a sideman for a number of CD projects and recorded his own albums as well. Some performance highlights include performing with Stevie Wonder at Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles and Monica Mancini and the New York Pops Orchestra at Carnegie Hall. He has also played with Blake, Matt Wilson, Abraham Laboriel, Vince Mendoza, Darek Oles, Larry Koonse, Josh Nelson and Ben Wendel. In 2007, Scott was a founding member of the Los Angeles Jazz Collective. Scott is currently a full-time faculty member at Fullerton College.

Sep 19, 7:30pm to 9:30pm, Rendon Hall/Fiddler Annex @ California Jazz Conservatory 2040 Addison Street, Berkeley

Lyrics & Dirges: A Monthly Reading Series

Lyrics and Dirges is our flagship monthly reading series featuring a mix of prominent, emerging and beginning writers. Its aim is to highlight various forms of writing in an effort to spotlight the diverse literary community of the Bay Area.
Hosted and Curated by Mk Chavez, Sharon Coleman, and Lark Omura.

Sep 19, 7:30pm to 8:30pm, Pegasus Books Downtown 2349 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 19, 8pm to 10:59pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley


Oakland's "El Duo" blends lo-fi electronics and afro dance grooves with a natural sense of wonder. Drawing from their deep love of improvisation, drummer/ producer Randy Schwartz (Brett Dennen, Illumination) & keyboardist Harrison Murphy (Sun Hop Fat, Harry & the Hitmen) curate unique and inspired soundscapes for their audiences.

Sep 19, 8pm to 11pm, Jupiter, 2181 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

Steam Machine & The Evie Ladin Band

Steam Machine
Steam Machine's music sits somewhere between the full, round sound of American old-time and the raw drive of early bluegrass. With clean, powerful fiddling, driving three-finger banjo, honest harmony singing, and a rock solid rhythm section, they highlight unique and beautiful Midwestern repertoire alongside tunes and songs from Appalachia.

Band members AJ Srubas, Aaron Tacke, Rina Rossi, and Nokosee Fields' first performance together was in the 2017 Traditional Stringband contest at Clifftop, where they placed second after a five-way tie. They decided to record an album soon after, which they released in Spring 2018.

All four band members are actively involved in perpetuating roots music and dance traditions as players and teachers, and they enjoy sharing their love of this music with audiences wherever they go.

Evie Ladin Band
Tenacious, innovative string musicians/dancers with a pulsing neo-trad heart, the Evie Ladin Band - Evie Ladin, Keith Terry and Erik Pearson - throws down soulful folk songs with a four-dimensional live show. Grounded in Appalachian old-time repertoire, seasoned in African-diaspora roots, writing from life in modern cities, blurring the lines between music and dance, "I had no idea!" is how audiences describe the ELB's captivating concerts.

Their 2012 eponymous release, Evie Ladin Band, won Americana Album of the Year from the Independent Music Awards Vox Pop Vote, and their 2016 release Jump the Fire reveals the tight trio the band has become. After many miles, a host of new songs, and a truly original sound in new old-time Americana, the band took home the silver from 2017 Clifftop's illustrious Neo-Trad Stringband contest.

Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door/general admission; $12 advance, $15 at the door 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 19, 8pm to 10pm, The Back Room, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley

Kathy Kallick: My Route to 66

Kathy Kallick has been leading bluegrass bands since co-founding the internationally-acclaimed Good Ol' Persons in 1975. Along the way she has performed and recorded with the Frank Wakefield Band, won a Grammy and two IBMA Awards for her part on True Life Blues: The Songs Of Bill Monroe, and received a Lifetime Membership award from the California Bluegrass Association.
The song "Route 66" will be the encore, but the show's focus is on Kathy's original compositions. She's written close to 150 that have been released on her 21 albums with a variety of musicians accompanying her. Obviously, some of these will performed with the Kathy Kallick Band, and the show includes several songs on the band's brand-new CD (officially released on 9/19/18).
But many others were in the repertoires of earlier bands and special projects, and this concert will blow the dust off some truly remarkable pieces that haven't been heard in far too long.

Kathy's accompanying musicians will include members of the Good Ol' Persons, Little Big Band, solo projects, and earlier iterations of the Kathy Kallick Band, and include:
* Amy Stenberg
* Avram Siegel
* Bethany Raine
* Cindy Browne
* Ed Johnson
* John Reischman
* Laurie Lewis
* Nina Gerber
* Paul Shelasky
* Richard Brandenburg
* Sally Van Meter
* Scott Nygaard
* Sylvia Herold
and her mighty current band:
* Annie Staninec, Cary Black, Greg Booth, and Tom Bekeny

There might well be others. And it will be a special evening!

Sep 19, 8pm to 10pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley