Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar


Storytime on Solano: Imagination Flannel Boards

Boards Bring your little ones to Pegasus on Solano for a fun, interactive, and educational morning. Imagination Flannel Boards will be on hand to share stories and songs that spark your children's imagination. They will engage with the storyteller through singing, repetition, and movement. They will cheer when the ducklings find their mother and laugh when the Old Lady swallows a cow! Every 4th of the month at Pegasus Books Solano.

Sep 26, 10:30am to 11:30am, Pegasus Books Solano 1855 Solano Ave, Berkeley

Hank Maniger and the Juke Box Charlies

Hank Maniger and the Juke Box Charlies

Sep 26, 11:45am to 2:45pm, The Cheeseboard Pizza, 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

Noon Concert: Aleck Karis, piano *Note: actual end time may vary.*


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 26, 12 noon to 1pm, Hertz Concert Hall

Kenan Obrien

Soulful Rock-- Bay Area style

Sep 26, 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 26, 5:30pm to 7:30pm, Claremont Branch Library, 2940 Benvenue Ave, Berkeley

Stitch 'n Bitch

Sep 26, 6pm to 9pm, Caffè Chiave, 2500 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Holloway Series in Poetry: Sara Nicholson

Sara Nicholson

Sep 26, 6:30pm to 10pm, 315, Maude Fife Wheeler Hall

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 26, 7pm to 11pm, The Marsh Cabaret, 2120 Allston Way, Berkeley

V.E. Schwab

Please note: This event is free and open to the public. A Books Inc. receipt for Vengeful: Villains #2 is required for a place in the signing line.

#1 New York Times-bestselling author V.E. Schwab joins us at Books Inc. in Berkeley in celebration of her thrilling new book, Vengeful: Villains #2.

Magneto and Professor X. Superman and Lex Luthor. Victor Vale and Eli Ever. Sydney and Serena Clarke. Great partnerships, now soured on the vine.

But Marcella Riggins needs no one. Flush from her brush with death, she's finally gained the control she's always sought--and will use her new-found power to bring the city of Merit to its knees. She'll do whatever it takes, collecting her own sidekicks, and leveraging the two most infamous EOs, Victor Vale and Eli Ever, against each other once more.

With Marcella's rise, new enmities create opportunity--and the stage of Merit City will once again be set for a final, terrible reckoning.

Sep 26, 7pm to 8pm, Books Inc. 1491 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

Jazz in the Neighborhood Presents...Noisy strangers' Bye Bye Bartok

A jazzy re-imagining of great chamber and symphonic music themes.

What if Béla Bartók wrote "Bye Bye Blackbird"? What if Charlie Parker wrote a prelude in E, or Sun Ra, a symphony in C? We may never know, but four Bay Area voices come together to groove, swing, and do their thing over themes by Bach, Bartok, Satie, Tchaikovsky, and others, followed by a set of their own compositions. Chamber jazz from the heart, this evening marks the third performance of this exciting new quartet. 

This ensemble's name was bestowed upon them by Darren's cats on the day of their first rehearsal at his house. A drummer-less group, they're actually not all that noisy.

Band Members and Instrumentation:

Darren Johnston - trumpet;

Matt Renzi - clarinet, tenor sax, English horn;

Adam Shulman - piano;

Eric Vogler - upright bass

Sep 26, 7:30pm to 9:30pm, Rendon Hall/Fiddler Annex @ California Jazz Conservatory 2040 Addison Street, Berkeley

Ms. Lisa Fischer And Grand Baton

Lisa Fischer

"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 26, 8pm to 10pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley

Hiss Golden Messenger

Hiss Golden Messenger is the recording name of Michael C. Taylor (also know as Jai 'Slim' Diamond), a Californian songwriter whose work is spun from the very brightest threads of the Cosmic American Tapestry.

Sep 26, 8pm to 10pm, Cornerstone, 2367 Shattuck Ave (Enter On Durant), 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 26, 8pm to 10:59pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley


Anthony Thomas is a saxophonist, musician, producer & composer from San Antonio TX. "My music is expression, heavily rooted in the jazz language but none-the less it is my emotions presented in sound waves."  Currently , Anthony Thomas is living in New York City promoting his latest sophomore release "Live At The Palladium".

Sep 26, 8pm to 11pm, Jupiter, 2181 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley