Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar


Saturday Storytime

1pm to 2pm, Books Inc., 1491 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

924 Gilman Annual Zine Fest!

It's the return of Zine Fest! This year Zine Fest is October 6th, 4-8pm!

More details TBA!

4pm to 8pm, 924 Gilman, 924 Gilman St, Berkeley

Possum Family Singers @ The Starry Plough Pub

Every 1st and 3rd Saturdays from 5-7. Sometimes rollickin', sometimes introspective, The Possum Family Singers bring you singer/songwriters, country, pop, old-school, new school, and special guests. Tips appreciated!

For details, link here:

5pm to 6pm, The Starry Plough Pub - 3101 Shattuck Avenue - Berkeley

Pity Party / DeZorah / awakebutstillinbed + more!

Say goodbye to us before we leave for 59 days of tour!!!!!

with best friends in
and earthworm (acoustic)
and new friends Greg Rekus and Paige Baller (acoustic)

7 PM Doors // Music 7:30 PM
$10 + $2 membership

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

Berkeley Festival of Choro 2018

The fifth annual Berkeley Festival of Choro will present two special concerts this fall. October 6th and 7th.

The main event will be held at the St. John's Episcopal Church in Berkeley on October 6th,
featuring Duo Violão Brasil, Grupo Falso Baiano, Berkeley Choro Ensemble, and a special guest from Brasilia, Ian Coury, on mandolin.

Our Brazilian guests include, from Rio de Janeiro, Duo Violão Brasil, with Rogério Souza and Edinho Gerber, and from Brasilia, the young mandolinist, Ian Coury. Nando Duarte on 7-string guitar from Rio and LA will be joining as well for the Sunday, October 7th evening program at the SoundRoom, Oakland, joined by Brian Rice on pandeiro.

For more information about the festival, please go to our website:
Ticket link to the SoundRoom show will be up soon.

The main event on October 6, 2018, at St. John's Presbyterian Church in Berkeley, will include performances of all the groups, as well as some joint collaborations.

7pm to 10pm, St. John's Presbyterian Church 2727 College Avenue, Berkeley

Living Arts Playback Theatre Ensemble presents an Evening of Playback Theatre

Doors open 7:30pm / Show starts 8pm

$20 in Advance

Join us for Heart-full Interactive Improv Theatre:
You tell your Story, the Ensemble brings it to life!

Living Arts Playback Theatre Ensemble proudly presents
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The Living Arts Playback Theatre Ensemble is a troupe of improvisational actors and musicians who "play back" personal stories shared by audience members in ways that both honor and illuminate the original experience. The ensemble produces public performances, workshops and events for personal and professional growth, and social change, in the Bay Area. Created in 1986 under the direction of psychotherapist and drama therapist Armand Volkas, The Living Arts Playback Theatre Ensemble, in collaboration with The Healing the Wounds of History Project, has received international acclaim for its work in bringing groups in conflict together such as Germans and Jews; Palestinians and Israelis; Japanese, Chinese and Koreans on their lega (View Full Event Description Here:

8pm to 10pm, La Peña Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley

Helen and Larry

8pm to 10pm, Caffè Chiave, 2500 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Adrienne Shamszad Band

Adrienne Shamszad is a singer-songwriter known for her special blend of Americana and Persian classical music. Adrienne is an Oakland, California native of Persian heritage who has traveled extensively, studying theater, music and dance throughout Asia, India and the Middle East. Her mission is clear: to weave together the threads of her study and creativity into an original musical fabric that moves and inspires her audiences.

Adrienne's lyrics are poetic, intimate, genuine and inspired by the mystic Poets of Iran as much as the folk poet-songwriters of the '60s and '70s. Her strong and soulful voice, skillful and complex guitar work and bold performance style have made her a popular performer for well over a decade. Her musical range extends from the sacred to the profane, the mystical to the earthy, the lofty to the down-low, and she is equally at home with acoustic or electric, improvisation, singing gospel, Indian mantras, rock and roll, rhythm and blues and Persian classics.

Tickets are $18 in advance and $20 at the door. 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!

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

George Cotsirilos Trio

George Cotsirilos: Guitar

Adam Gay: Bass

Ron Marabuto: Drums

"One of today's finest jazz guitarists and composers, Cotsirilos has an unerring sense of swing and melody. His solos, while displaying accuracy and technique, are filled with soul." -John Heidt Vintage Guitar Magazine

8:30pm to 10:30pm, Albatross Pub, 1822 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley