Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar


Time Out Quartet

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

Sy Montgomery

National Book Award-finalist Sy Montgomery discusses her eloquent memoir, How to Be a Good Creature: A Memoir in Thirteen Animals.

Understanding someone who belongs to another species can be transformative. No one knows this better than author, naturalist, and adventurer Sy Montgomery. To research her books, Sy has traveled the world and encountered some of the planet's rarest and most beautiful animals. From tarantulas to tigers, Sy's life continually intersects with and is informed by the creatures she meets.

This restorative memoir reflects on the personalities and quirks of thirteen animals--Sy's friends--and the truths revealed by their grace. It also explores vast themes: the otherness and sameness of people and animals; the various ways we learn to love and become empathetic; how we find our passion; how we create our families; coping with loss and despair; gratitude; forgiveness; and most of all, how to be a good creature in the world.

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

Jazz Stories: Live Jazz. Wonderful Stories.

Jazz Stories: Live Jazz. Wonderful Stories.

People love hearing jazz...and hearing about it. Musicians like Miles Davis, Charlie Parker and Buddy Rich were original, colorful characters artists who said and did astonishing things. Fortunately their colleagues cared enough to document these moments in stories and pictures and we now have a rich repository of photos and anecdotes about these artists, and about the American songwriters and composers who created the raw material of jazz.

Jazz Stories is a performance of the songs of jazz from its most creative periods intensified with illuminating, funny and touching true stories of the time.

Come hear music and jazz stories you probably have never heard...but will never forget.

Hosted by Richard Leiter.
The first Tuesday of every month at Pegasus Books Solano.

7:30pm to 8:30pm, Pegasus Books, 1855 Solano Ave, Berkeley

Way Out Ratatet

California Jazz Conservatory Way Out West Concert Series

Drawing inspiration from Sonny Rollins' groundbreaking 1957 trio album of the same name, the Way Out West concert series provides composer-performers with a weekly Tuesday evening forum to present forward-looking original work within jazz and related genres. Located in the California Jazz Conservatory's intimate Rendon Hall, Way Out West proudly highlights the work of Bay Area musicians, while also welcoming occasional visiting artists.


Way Out Ratatet

Alan Hall's Ratatet 7 (an original jazz based septet featuring bassoon, soprano, alto and tenor sax, clarinet and bass clarinet, trombone, vibraphone and a piano trio) will explore new tunes and arrangements as they continue to push on various musical boundaries.

Aan Hall - drums, leader
Paul Hanson - bassoon, tenor sax
Sheldon Brown - multiple woodwinds
John Gove - trombone
Dillon Vado - vibes, percussion
Greg Sankovich - piano and keys
Jeff Denson - basses and vocals


Alan Hall started Ratatet in 2014 after writing for, and performing with "Electreo", a unique trio with drums (Alan Hall), bass (Jeff Denson) and bassoon (Paul Hanson). He recorded on Hanson's albums and always wanted to form a band with him. Alan taught and toured Europe with Jeff and Lee Konitz, where their musical relationship flourished. "Electreo" was an outgrowth of these musical connections. Seeking more sonic possibilities to compose for, Hall began his Ratatet personnel search.

Hall met trombonist John Gove at a recording with San Francisco Latin Jazz group, `The Mission Project". Dillon Vado, as one of the most serious students at California Jazz Conservatory, was Alan's first choice for the vibraphone chair. While working with guitarist Michael LaMachia, Hall was impressed with Greg Sankovich's solid playing and bouncy attitude. Hall found his personnel. Alan has been a member of "The Sheldon Brown Group" for over 10 years and has recently asked Sheldon to bring his prodigious talents and creativity to Ratatet.

Ratatet's first CD, "Arctic", garnered great reviews and was named one of the best 2016 bay area jazz releases by jazz journalist Andrew Gilbert in his article for the San Jose Mercury. Grants from SF InterMusic and Creative Sonoma allowed the Spring 2018 release of Ratatet's second Ridgeway CD, "Heroes, Saints and Clowns" along with their YouTube video, "Demographic Shift".

The members of Ratatet have played and/or recorded with an assortment of great musicians, groups and organizations which include: Ed Simon, Geoffrey Keezer, Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, Omar Sosa, Billy Cobham, Art Lande, Minsarah, Clubfoot Orchestra, Paul McCandless, Lee Konitz, Cirque Du Soleil, Kenny Werner, Kai Eckhardt, Cuong Vu, and Ralph Alessi.

8pm to 10pm, California Jazz Conservatory, 2087 Addison St, Berkeley