Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar

09/28/2018

Cascada De Flores

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


Super Cinema @Central

August 2018
Pictures from the Tumultuous 70s
Friday, August 3   The Last Picture Show 1971 / 118 min. / R / CC


The time is 1951 in a tiny Texas town. A diner, a pool hall and the Royal movie theater are the only places to go, "except to bed," critic Roger Ebert wryly comments in his review. Best friends Sonny (Timothy Bottoms) and Duane (Jeff Bridges) lust after a phony rich girl (Cybill Shepherd). Adults mostly guard their secrets. In the end, loss shakes loose some authentic emotion from the friends. Cloris Leachman and Ellen Burstyn are superb in supporting roles.


 
Friday, August 10   A Woman Under the Influence 1974 / 155 min. / R / CC


An LA housewife and mother, Mabel (Gena Rowlands), is unpredictable, sometimes volatile, sometimes overly friendly, to the extent that her construction worker husband, Nick (Peter Falk), wonders about her ability to handle the life they lead. Stellar performances from both leads make this an essential movie experience. Gena Rowlands won several Best Actress awards for it. The writer-director, John Cassavettes, is an icon of independent film.


 
Friday, August 17 One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest     1975 / 133 min. / R / CC


Considered to be among the greatest films ever, Cuckoo's Nest is the story of a funny and often satisfying power struggle between a cocky recidivist felon (Jack Nicholson) and an authoritarian mental hospital nurse (Louise Fletcher). It's based on a Ken Kesey novel, boasts a near perfect ensemble cast (including Christopher Lloyd, Brad Dourif and Danny DeVito) and won all the major awards: Best Picture, Actor, Actress, Director and Screenplay.


 
Friday, August 24 Taxi Driver 1976 / 113 min. / R / CC


After being discharged from the Vietnam-era Marines, Travis Bickle (Robert De Niro) drives a taxi in New York City. He's a loner who forms attachments to inappropriate women-a  presidential campaign worker (Cybill Shepherd) and a 15 year old prostitute (Jodie Foster), whom he wants to protect. Pushed over the edge by their rejections, he begins to stalk the corrupt, sleazy guys who employ them. Martin Scorsese directs this thriller as black comedy.


 
Friday, August 31 Chinatown 1974 / 130 min. / R / CC


In a story based on the early twentieth century California Water Wars, private eye Jake Gittes (Jack Nicholson) takes a job following a Department of Water and Power engineer-who soon turns up dead. Immediately, Gittes is led by the engineer's widow (Faye Dunaway) to peel away layer after layer of corruption and mystery surrounding her husband's death. Directed by Roman Polanski, Chinatown is another of our greatest-and most beautifully shot-films.


 
September 2018
About Workers' Movements
Friday, September 7       Matewan        1987 / 135 min. / PG-13 / CC


It's 1920 in the town of Matewan, West Virginia. When Stone Mountain Coal Company cuts the wages of rebellious coal miners and brings in African American replacements, a United Mine Workers man (Chris Cooper) arrives to organize a union. In response, the company hires private detectives to oppose the miners and to set blacks and whites against each other. Tensions boil over, leading to a historic battle. James Earl Jones plays the character who leads black miners.


 
Friday, September 14       The Help          2011 / 146 min. / PG-13 / no CC


In 1963, Aibileen Clark (Viola Davis) agrees to let aspiring writer Skeeter Phelan (Emma Stone) interview her about her experiences as a maid to white families in Jackson, Mississippi. Gradually, other maids risk their jobs to join in with their own harrowing stories, which are all intended to yield a change-making book. Great storytelling and character development make this film exceptional. The ensemble cast also includes Octavia Spencer and David Oyelowo.
 
Friday, September 21      Blue Collar      1978  / 114 min. / R / no CC


Three Detroit auto workers (Richard Pryor, Harvey Keitel & Yaphet Kotto) are buddies on and off work. They feel trapped between big industry and their do-nothing, corrupt union. They hit on a plan to rob the safe in the union office, leading to complications that lay bare the terrible predicament of working people. Written and directed by Paul Schrader (writer of Taxi Driver), who delivers an authentic, uncompromising ending. It's a very powerful film.


 
Friday, September 28      North Country       2005 / 126 min. / R / CC


Josey Aimes (Charlize Theron) flees her abusive husband with two kids to stay with her parents in her North Dakota home town. Most jobs available to her pay very little, so a friend (Frances McDormand) encourages her to apply to work in the same mine where she and Josie's father work. Josie's demeaning experiences there eventually drive her to start a legal fight with the mining company. Based on a true story, and directed by Niki Caro ("Whale Rider").

3pm to 5pm, 2090 Kittredge St. (at Shattuck)
Berkeley, CA 94704


Big B and the Snake Oil Saviors

Classic country music with local crooner, Big B.

4:45pm to 7:45pm, The Cheeseboard Pizza, 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley


The Bob Roden Quinte

The Bob Roden Quintet.  We play what one might call "accessible jazz" - a variety of jazz styles, but within a range that's readily understood and appreciated by a general audience.  

6:30pm to 9:30pm, Cafe Leila, 1336, 1724 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley


Rolling Thunder

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


Mt. Eddy // Gym Shorts // Espresso

MT. EDDY

GYMSHORTS

Espresso

ALL AGES. Doors 7 // Show 8
$10 +$2 924 Gilman Membership

safe(r) space venue: no drugs, alcohol, or bigoted behavior

924 Gilman St., Berkeley, CA
An All Ages DIY, Volunteer Run, 501(c)(3) Nonprofit, Music & Art Community Space Since 1986.

7pm to 11:59pm, 924 Gilman, 924 Gilman St, Berkeley


Ben Howard *Note: actual end time may vary.*

Ben Howard's new full-length record, Noonday Dream (released June 1st) is his first album since the release of his number 1 UK charting second album, I Forget Where We Were, in 2014. Noonday Dream was recorded in numerous studios between South West France and South West England, including Sawmills and was produced by Ben. The transformation and development in Ben's writing from his multi platinum selling debut LP in 2011, to the immersive darkness of `I Forget Where We Were', and now on the cusp of another new sonic phase in Noonday Dream, is sure to cement his status as one of the UK's most gifted and unpredictable artists.

Noonday Dream was written and produced by Howard, with production contributions from regular collaborator and band-mate Mickey Smith. The album was recorded over the course of two years in various studios throughout Europe, including the legendary Sawmills Studio as well as locations in southwest France. The new recording continues to highlight Howard's sonic evolution with unpredictable and textured arrangements and rich, emotive songwriting.

Howard's debut album Every Kingdom was released in October 2011. The album sold more than one million copies globally, receiving a Mercury Music Prize nomination, and winning him two Brit Awards in 2012 for "British Breakthrough" and "British Solo Male Artist." The follow up, I Forget Where We Were, which was released in 2014 was met with similar critical and commercial acclaim-the album earned an Ivor Novello Award nomination, the U.K.'s most prestigious songwriting accolade, and charted #1 in the U.K. Howard's music has amassed well over half a billion streams to date.

7pm to 8pm, Hearst Greek Theatre


Cyrus Cassells, author of Gospel According to Wild Indigo and Charif Shanahan, author of Into Each Room We Enter Without Knowing

Cyrus Cassells is the author of The Gospel According to Wild Indigo (Southern Illinois University Press); The Crossed-Out Swastika (Copper Canyon Press, 2012); More Than Peace and Cypresses (Copper Canyon Press, 2004); Beautiful Signor (Copper Canyon Press, 1997), which won the Lambda Literary Award; Soul Make a Path Through Shouting (Copper Canyon Press, 1994), which was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize and received the William Carlos Williams Award; and The Mud Actor (Henry, Holt & Co., 1982), which was a National Poetry Series selection.

Charif Shanahan is the author of Into Each Room We Enter without Knowing (Crab Orchard Series in Poetry/SIU Press, 2017), which was named a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award for Gay Poetry and the Publishing Triangle's Thom Gunn Award for Gay Poetry. He holds degrees in Comparative Literature from Princeton University and Dartmouth College and an MFA from New York University.

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


John Whelan & Haley Richardson

Seven-time all-Ireland champion John Whelan is one of the world's best living Irish button accordion players. John was raised in the vibrant London Irish music scene of the 1970s, and learned his craft from legends Lucy Farr, Roger Sherlock, Paddy Taylor, Mick O'Connor and his teacher Brendan Mulkaire. John moved to the USA in 1980 and has been inspiring Celtic musicians and fans ever since. Along with his All-Ireland Championships, he was twice awarded musician of the year from the Irish Music Association. He's recorded over 15 CDs and isn't stopping yet.


Dynamic young fiddler Haley Richardson began making her mark in the Irish music world at six years old when she won the All Ireland qualifier in the under 12 category. Over the past ten years, she has amassed a long list of accomplishments and performed at venues all over the United States, Ireland, United Kingdom, and Thailand. Haley, with her highly ornamented Sligo style perfected under the tutelage of fiddler Brian Conway, is the 2017 All Ireland U15 Fiddle slow air champion, 2015 Junior Fiddler of Dooney, and 2013 All Ireland U12 Champion in both fiddle and fiddle slow airs. Haley has performed with many of the most well-known names in Irish music including The Chieftains, Altan, Dervish, Mick Moloney, Pride of New York, Liz Carroll & Cherish the Ladies, Paddy Keenan, and is a regular member of Green Fields of America and The John Whelan Band. She has been the band fiddler in the Studio2Stage Irish dance production That's Dancing" and was featured in an article in Fiddler Magazine's Fall 2015 issue. Here's a video of Haley and John (he looks different from his 1985 picture, above. She wasn't born then).

Doors open at 7:00, music at 7:30. Cost is $20; all proceeds go to the musicians.

7:30pm to 9:30pm, Fifth Street Farms, 1517 Fifth Street, Berkeley


Empowering Womxn of Color Open Mic Series

DOORS OPEN AT 7:30PM / PERFORMANCES AT 8PM
Donation based entry: $5 Suggested Donation (No one turned away for lack of funds.)
All proceeds will go towards covering the costs of hosting this series.
La Peña Cultural Center and UC Berkeley Womxn of Color Initiativepresent: THE EMPOWERING WOMXN OF COLOR OPEN MIC FALL SERIES!
Back by popular demand, this open mic series provides a space for performances celebrating the voices of women of color and will include one featured artist per month!
Come support local Bay Area talent or sign up to perform! September 28 sign-up form link: http://bit.ly/2KYstSq
Performers, come dazzle the crowd with your talent and get in touch with the local artist community each month.
La Peña Cultural Center: 3105 Shattuck Ave. Berkeley, CA 94705

7:30pm to 10:15pm, La Peña Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck Ave. , Berkeley


Macy Blackman & the Mighty Fines

Macy Blackman and The Mighty Fines are universally regarded as the Bay Area's premier New Orleans R&B/boogie band.

On their latest release, Shoorah Shoorah - The Songs of Irma Thomas and Allen Toussaint, Blackman and his veteran band pay tribute to the genius of the Soul Queen and King of New Orleans.

This marks the sixth CD release for Blackman, who formed The Mighty Fines in 2003. Blackman, who has accompanied Mac Rebennack (aka Dr. John) and also backed up such national acts as The Coasters and The Drifters during his illustrious career, features a highly accomplished band.

The Mighty Fines include saxophonists Nancy Wright (John Lee Hooker, B.B. King, Elvin Bishop), Ken "Snakebite" Jacobs (Neville Brothers, The Band, Temptations, Gatemouth Brown), bassist Bing Nathan (Lavay Smith's Red Hot Skillet Lickers) and drummer Larry Vann (Martha Reeves, Elvin Bishop, Charles Brown, Buffy Saint-Marie).

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Advance tickets are available at the link below. 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!

8pm to 10pm, The Back Room, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley


The Berkeley Old Time Music Convention -- Alice Gerrard & Chris Brashear, Downhill Strugglers, Dos Valley Trio

The Berkeley Old Time Music Convention is a five day music festival featuring performances by local and national acts, a rollicking square dance, open cabaret, and the illustrious stringband contest in venues throughout Berkeley.


Alice Gerrard is a performer (fiddle, banjo, guitar, voice) of legendary status, having inspired and mentored at least three generations of musicians (including such notables as Emmylou Harris, Laurie Lewis and Naomi Judd). In a career spanning more than 50 years, Alice worked with many old-time and bluegrass greats including Hazel Dickens, Tommy Jarrell, Mike Seeger, Luther Davis, Matokie Slaughter, Otis Burris and, more recently, Tom Sauber and Brad Leftwich. In 2017, she was inducted into the International Bluegrass Music Association Hall of Fame, one of only a handful of women to receive this honor. In 2015, she received a Grammy nomination for her "Follow the Music" CD, produced by Hiss Golden Messenger's M.C. Taylor. Alice founded the Old Time Herald in 1987, serving as editor-in-chief until 2003; she also curated the Traditional Stage at Merlefest for many years. She lives in Durham, North Carolina.


The Down Hill Strugglers (Walker Shepard, fiddle, banjo, guitar, harmonica, voice; Jackson Lynch, fiddle, banjo, guitar, voice; Eli Smith, banjo, guitar, mandolin, harmonica, Jews harp, pump organ, voice) are based simultaneously out of Kentucky, Louisiana and New York. Their five albums include recordings on Smithsonian Folkways Recordings and the soundtrack to the Coen Brothers film, "Inside Llewyn Davis" produced by T-Bone Burnett. The band formed while hanging out at the home of their mutual friend Peter Stampfel of the Holy Modal Rounders, where they also met friend and mentor John Cohen of the New Lost City Ramblers.
The Down Hill Strugglers are extending the legacy of the New Lost City Ramblers by bringing archaic sounds into the present, and challenge audiences to reject a dystopian future animated by disco beats and their ilk. The Greek legend of Sisyphus is: "Sisyphus was a king of Ephyra (now known as Corinth) punished for chronic deceitfulness by being compelled to roll an immense boulder up a hill, only to watch it roll back down, and to repeat this action forever." The Down Hill Strugglers are the opposite, desperately struggling to keep a huge boulder from rolling down a hill.


Dos Valley Trio (Harry Liedstrand, fiddle; Terry Barrett, mandolin; Cindy Liedstrand, voice) features an uncanny evocation of Kenny Hall's unique mandolin stylings by Terry Barrett, mirrored perfectly by Harry Liedstrand's fiddle with guitar backup by Cindy Liedstrand. Their repertoire focuses on rare and previously unrecorded tunes from traditional musicians who lived and performed in the San Joaquin Valley of California between 1919, when the Crockett family arrived in Fowler, and 2013 when Kenny Hall passed in Fresno. Harry met Kenny Hall in 1967, touring nationally and recording with him in the Sweets Mill String Band for many years. Terry met Kenny in around 1975 and in 1983, they were honored with a Maestro/Apprentice grant from the California Arts Council. Terry toured and recorded with Kenny in the Long Haul String Band, living in Ireland, visiting the Balfa family in Louisiana, and playing in countless hillbilly bars and beer joints throughout the San Joaquin Valley. Cindy, who was born in Fresno, has played guitar with the Mt. Diablo String Band and with Harry in the Liedstrand Family Band. Harry and Cindy live in the Diablo Valley of Northern California while Terry Barrett lives in the San Joaquin Valley of Central California.

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


Mark Morris Dance Group: Pepperland

Mark Morris Dance Group, Cal Performances

Mark Morris celebrates the 50th anniversary of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band with a new dance work that revels in the eccentric charm and joyful optimism of the Beatles' groundbreaking album. The production features a score by longtime Morris collaborator Ethan Iverson, who leads a chamber ensemble through arrangements of iconic songs from the record mixed with imaginative original compositions.

8pm to 10pm, Zellerbach Hall


Natalie Cressman & Ian Faquini

Composer, guitarist and singer Ian Faquini and trombonist and singer/songwriter Natalie Cressman present their new duo project, drawing from impressionism, jazz, and the great Brazilian songwriting tradition, to create a uniquely intimate collaboration. The duo's global take on music is largely expressed through the distinct compositional voice of Faquini, with occasional lyrics penned by Cressman. Their original material features songs in three different languages and encompasses a vast spectrum of musical ground.

With the warm instrumentation of acoustic guitar and trombone and two-part vocal harmonies hugging the Brazilian-accented Portuguese, Cressman & Faquini weave their musical voices together to create a fully orchestrated sound befitting a much larger ensemble.

As described by writer Andy Gilbert in SF Classical Voice, "Faquini writes astonishingly sophisticated Brazilian pop music in the omnivorous tradition known as MPB (música popular brasileira), which often draws heavily on jazz. Born in Brasília and raised in Berkeley, Faquini is a protégé of Guinga, the revered Brazilian guitarist and songwriter whose tunes have been recorded by dozens of MPB stars. While his harmonic palette is unmistakably inspired by Guinga's writing, Faquini often draws on styles from Brazil's northeast."

Faquini was a member of the renowned Berkeley High School Jazz program and, Ian went on to study at the California Jazz Conservatory in Berkeley and, immediately after graduating, joined the faculty there. He has performed throughout Europe, Japan, Brazil and the United States and has shared the stage and recording studio with such names as Guinga, Brad Mehldau, Chris Potter, Spok, Lee Konitz, Fleurine, and many others.

Possessing a voice as cool and crystalline as an Alpine stream, Natalie Cressman draws inspiration from a vast array of deep and powerful musical currents. Steadily evolving in many directions, the 27-year-old Cressman has already put down deep roots in several overlapping scenes. A prodigiously talented New York City-based trombonist, she's spent the past seven years touring the jam band circuit as a horn player and vocalist with Phish's Trey Anastasio, while also performing around NYC with jazz greats Wycliffe Gordon, Nicholas Payton, and Peter Apfelbaum.

"Her trombone is world-class, but her singing voice is another thing entirely, an empathic entity that channels the ages. Cressman's is a flawless act that can only get better with time and age. Yep, I smell a Grammy - someday." - Dave Good, San Diego Reader



"Faquini is an uncannily masterful composer"

- Paul de Barros, Seattle Times

8pm to 10pm, Rendon Hall/Fiddler Annex @ California Jazz Conservatory 2040 Addison Street, Berkeley


THE HOGAN BROTHERS

Running things every Last-Friday this summer, the East Bay-raised Hogan Brothers have played with leading figures in R&B, funk, hip-hop and Latin music. With Julian on drums, Steve on bass and Colin on electric piano and accordion, the Brothers have established a huge network: "A diagram charting the vast network of musicians connected to the siblings Steve, Colin and Julian Hogan would capture just about the entire Bay Area music scene." -Andrew Gilbert, SJ Mercury News
http://thehoganbrothers.com

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


Fog Swamp with MJs Brass Boppers @ The Starry Plough Pub


An evening of New Orleans-inspired music featuring the original swamp rock of Fog Swamp and second line brass stylings of MJ's Brass Boppers.
http://FogSwamp.com
http://MjsBrassboppersband.com


For details, link here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fog-swamp-with-mjs-brass-boppers-the-starry-plough-pub-tickets-49189858190

8pm to 10pm, The Starry Plough Pub - 3101 Shattuck Avenue - Berkeley, CA 94705


House of Hamill with Heron Valley

8:00pm - 9:10pm: House of Hamill
9:30pm - 10:40pm: Heron Valley

Rose Baldino and Brian Buchanan met 10 years ago, late one night backstage at a theatre in rural Pennsylvania. 

Brian's band Enter The Haggis and Rose's group Burning Bridget Cleary were sharing a stage that evening, and the two bonded over a love of Irish fiddle tunes, Radiohead, and 4 AM whiskey. Their paths crossed a dozen times over the next decade on the road, but it wasn't until the Folk Alliance 2014conference in Kansas City that they finally became musical collaborators. Burning Bridget Cleary's guitarist and drummer had their flights canceled at the last minute, and Rose (in desperation) asked Brian to grab a guitar and join her onstage. The two performed with virtually no rehearsal for over an hour, and their connection was powerful and immediate. A few months later Brian moved from Canada to Philadelphia, and as a tribute to the first tune Rose ever taught Brian, House of Hamill was born.

Brian and Rose are both accomplished traditional fiddle players and classical violinists, and despite being young, have over 25 years of writing and performance experience between them. Together, they write unusual new fiddle tunes and exciting, unpredictable original songs while also breathing new life into traditional and contemporary songs. Both are confident and unique lead vocalists, and the blend of their two voices in harmony is hypnotic and irresistible.

Whether House of Hamill is playing songs from their debut album "Wide Awake" (September 2016) or stomping through a set of original jigs and reels from their follow-up "March Through Storms" (2018), their chemistry onstage is always engaging and often hilarious. Spend an hour listening and you'll leave with tired feet, a huge smile, and a new appreciation for the versatility of folk instruments in a modern context. House of Hamill is on the bleeding edge of a new generation of traditional musicians.
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Heron Valley are an energetic, young folk band from Scotland who have serious enthusiasm for the music they play. Their roots lie in Scottish and Irish traditional music, while taking influence from various Folk, Country and Bluegrass styles. The six-piece, energy fuelled group comprises:

    Alex Mackechnie - Fiddle / Accordion / Guitar
    Nick Hamilton - Drums / Banjo
    Abigail Pryde - Vocals / Guitar
    Euan McNab - Bagpipes / Whistles / Guitar
    Arlene Mackechnie - Piano

    Callum Cronin - Bass Guitar

Tickets are $15 in Advanced / $18 Day of Show

Buy Tickets Here

8pm to 10:40pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley


Fleetwood Mask, Illeagles

Fleetwood Mask is a Fleetwood Mac tribute band from the San Francisco Bay Area. The band formed out of a mutual love and respect for Fleetwood Mac's music and story. Replicating one of rock's most successful bands is a passion for Fleetwood Mask and each band member is committed to performing the music of Fleetwood Mac with authenticity and style. With over 25 years of professional music and theatrical experience combined, Fleetwood Mask is dedicated to providing audiences from festivals, wineries and clubs a fun and exciting Fleetwood Mac musical experience! Don't just take our word for it, experience Fleetwood Mask.

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