Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar


Free Concert: Etude Club

For more information please click here.Open to the public, neighbors and friends are welcomed!

Sep 24, 1pm to 2pm, Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar St, Berkeley

The National: with guests: Big Thief *Note: actual end time may vary.*

The National are pleased to announce their 7th studio album - Sleep Well Beast - to be released on September 8th on 4AD. Sleep Well Beast was produced by member Aaron Dessner with co-production by Bryce Dessner and Matt Berninger. The album was mixed by Peter Katis and recorded at Aaron Dessner's Hudson Valley, New York studio, Long Pond, with additional sessions having taken place in Berlin, Paris & Los Angeles. Sleep Well Beast is available for pre-order today and will be available in CD, digital and double LP formats.

Sep 24, 6:30pm to 7:30pm, Hearst Greek Theatre

Full: Fauxnique


Fauxnique (Monique Jenkinson) performs Drag Movement Study #3, an indulgent investigation of glamour as process. Dislodging the practice of drag from its traditional reliance on illusion and concealment, Fauxnique exploits the space of the museum to revel in the reveal, shining full light upon the underpinnings and inviting viewers into the foundation of drag performance.

Sep 24, 7pm to 9pm, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Caffe Acustico

Sep 24, 7pm to 9pm, Caffè Chiave, 2500 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Clara Bingham in conversation with Charles Kaiser

Fifty years later, Clara Bingham and Charles Kaiser reflect on 1968: a year which shaped a generation and proved a hinge point in history.

Clara Bingham's Witness to the Revolution is a riveting story of America in the turbulent year when the 60s ended, and the nation teetered on the edge of revolution. As the 1960s drew to a close, the United States was coming apart at the seams. The death toll in Vietnam was approaching fifty thousand, and the ascendant counterculture was challenging nearly every aspect of American society - from work, family, and capitalism to sex, science, and gender relations. Witness to the Revolution, Clara Bingham's unique oral history of that tumultuous time, unveils anew that moment when America careened to the brink of a civil war at home, as it fought a long, futile war abroad.

Charles Kaiser's 1968 in America is widely recognized as one of the best historic accounts of the 1960s. Largely based on unpublished interviews and documents (including in-depth conversations with anti-war presidential candidate Eugene McCarthy and Dylan), this is compulsively readable popular history. Now, fifty years later, and with a new introduction by Hendrik Hertzberg, it is even more clear that this was a uniquely terrible, wonderful, and pivotal year in the story of America.

Free to attend.


Charles Kaiser, the author of 1968 in America, has been a reporter at The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Newsweek. He has also written for Vanity Fair, New York, and The Washington Post. He has taught journalism at Columbia and Princeton, and is the author of The Gay Metropolis, a history of gay life in New York City since 1940.

Clara Bingham is the author of Class Action: The Landmark Case That Changed Sexual Harassment Law (with Laura Leedy Gansler) and Women on the Hill: Challenging the Culture of Congress. She is a former NewsweekWhite House correspondent, and her writing has appeared in Vanity Fair, Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, Talk, The Washington Monthly, Ms., and other publications. Bingham produced the 2011 documentary The Last Mountain. She lives in Manhattan and Brooklyn with her husband, three children, and three stepchildren.

Sep 24, 7:30pm to 8:30pm, Pegasus Books Downtown, 2349 Shattuck Ave Berkeley

Ms. Lisa Fischer And Grand Baton

"Lisa Fischer in concert is addictive. Every performance is so enriching, so exciting, so transcendent that you want more. With remarkable vocal range and vocabulary, Fischer can sing soul, jazz, rock, gospel, pop, folk and classical with equal facility and authority. Her approach tends to be intimate, artful and almost meditative, accompanied by her interpretive dancing, but she also can cut loose and funk with fierceness and rock with abandon." (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

Powerhouse vocalist Ms. Lisa Fischer re-imagines classic songs, taking listeners on an intimate and unforgettable journey. Lisa and her virtuosic trio Grand Baton create hypnotic grooves that are impossible to resist: an organic gumbo of progressive rock, psychedelic soul, African, Middle Eastern, Caribbean rhythms and classical influences. After years electrifying the world's largest arenas with legends like The Rolling Stones, Sting, and Nine Inch Nails, Lisa is emerging as an inventive and heartfelt artist in her own right.

Sep 24, 8pm to 10pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley