Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar


Ann Killion - Champions of Women's Soccer and Champions of Men's Soccer

GOAL! Award-winning San Francisco Chronicle sports columnist Ann Killion shares her ultimate guides to soccer for young sports fans, Champions of Women's Soccer and Champions of Men's Soccer. (Ages 8-12)

Oct 10, 11am to 12 noon, Books Inc., 1491 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

Nancy Wright Ensemble

Blues and Jazz

Oct 10, 11:45am to 2:45pm, The Cheeseboard Pizza, 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

Noon Concert: Sappho's Garden *Note: actual end time may vary.*

Christine Brandes, soprano
Eric Moe, piano
DEBUSSY Trois Chansons de Bilitis
SCHOENBERG Das Buch der hängenden Gärten
Eric MOE from Tough Songs

Continuing its 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.

Oct 10, 12 noon to 1pm, Hertz Concert Hall

Kenan Obrien

Soulful Rock-- Bay Area style

Oct 10, 4:45pm to 7:45pm, The Cheeseboard Pizza, 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

Stitch 'n Bitch

Oct 10, 6pm to 9pm, Caffè Chiave, 2500 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

H. Bruce Franklin - Crash Course: From the Good War to the Forever War

Crash Course: From the Good War to the Forever War
Growing up during the Second World War, H. Bruce Franklin believed what he was told: that America's victory would lead to a new era of world peace. Like most Americans, he was soon led to believe in a world-wide Communist conspiracy that menaced the United States, forcing the nation into a disastrous war in Korea. But once he joined the U.S. Air Force and began flying top-secret missions as a navigator and intelligence officer, what he learned was eye-opening. He saw that even as the U.S. preached about peace and freedom, it was engaging in an endless cycle of warfare, bringing devastation and oppression to fledgling democracies across the globe.

Now, after fifty years as a renowned cultural historian, Franklin offers a set of hard-learned lessons about modern American history. Crash Course is essential reading for anyone who wonders how America ended up where it is today: with a deeply divided and disillusioned populace, led by a dysfunctional government, and mired in unwinnable wars. It also finds startling parallels between America's foreign military exploits and the equally brutal tactics used on the home front to crush organized labor, antiwar, and civil rights movements.

More than just a memoir or a history book, Crash Course gives readers a unique firsthand look at the building of the American empire and the damage it has wrought. Shocking and gripping as any thriller, it exposes a decades-long deception of the American public and commemorates the few brave souls who fought for truth and justice

H. Bruce Franklin is a former Air Force navigator and intelligence officer, a progressive activist, and the John Cotton Dana Professor of English and American Studies, emeritus at Rutgers University in Newark, New Jersey. He is the author or editor of nineteen books, and has received lifetime achievement awards from the American Studies Association and other major academic organizations.

Oct 10, 6pm to 7pm, University Press Books, 2430 Bancroft Way, Berkeley

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

Oct 10, 7pm to 11pm, The Marsh Cabaret, 2120 Allston Way, Berkeley

Jazz in the Neighborhood presents...Otonowa

Akira Tana and Otonowa play eye-opening, culture-bending Japanese jazz, bringing Tana's consummate musical mastery into congruence with his deep Japanese cultural roots. Otonowa, meaning "sound circle," features Tana on drums, Art Hirahara (piano), Masaru Koga (woodwinds, percussion) and Noriyuki "Ken" Okada (bass). This brotherhood of Japanese-American jazz luminaries tours and records to raise funds and spirits for the survivors of the 2011 Japanese tsunami. This appearance by Otonowa will also be a celebration of their third recording release, "Ai San San" (Love's Radience) on VegaMusic-USA. Tsunami survivor and trumpeter from Otsuchi, Takahiro Dai will be featured as an emerging artist.

Band Members and Instrumentation

Akira Tana, drums; Art Hirahara, piano; Masaru Koga, woodwinds, percussion; Noriyuki "Ken" Okada, bass

Artist/Group Website(s)

Oct 10, 7:30pm to 9:30pm, Rendon Hall/Fiddler Annex @ California Jazz Conservatory 2040 Addison Street, 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.

Oct 10, 8pm to 11:59pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

George Brooks and Aspada

George Brooks and Aspada

Drawing on the musical traditions of their homelands in Asia, Africa, Europe and America, four world renowned musicians weave a global tapestry for the new millennium.

George Brooks - saxophones
Osam Ezzeldin - piano
Kai Eckhardt - bass
Selvaganesh Vinayakram - percussion

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