Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar


Cascada De Flores

Oct 12, 11:45am to 2:45pm, The Cheeseboard Pizza, 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

Super Cinema @Central

October 2018
The 1980s-Blockbusters!
Friday, October 5 Raiders of the Lost Ark 1981 / 115 min. / PG / CC

It's 1936. The US government hires archaeologist "Indiana" Jones (Harrison Ford) to find the Ark of the Covenant before Nazi Commander Arnold Toht grabs it for Hitler. The Germans believe the Ark will make their armies invincible. Marion Ravenwood (Karen Black), who is an old love interest of Indy's, joins him in a wildly daring, suspenseful mission to defeat Toht. George Lucas co-wrote the story and co-financed the film. Directed by Steven Spielberg.

Friday, October 12 Who Framed Roger Rabbit? 1988 / 104 min. / PG / CC

In this film, set in 1947 LA, humans and animated cartoon characters ("Toons") co-exist on the screen. When "Toon" Roger Rabbit gets framed for the murder of a businessman who owns Toontown, he hires rumpled Eddie Valiant (Bob Hoskins) to clear his name. Eddie racks up delicious allusions to Noir as he does. Kathleen Turner voices Jessica Rabbit, Roger's partly human wife, and Christopher Lloyd is the villain, Judge Doom. Robert Zemeckis directs.

Friday, October 19 E.T. the Extraterrestrial 1982 / 115 min. / PG / CC

Steven Spielberg directs E.T., a science fiction fantasy. Young Elliott befriends a space alien who accidentally has been left behind by his spaceship's crew. The boy and his siblings decide to hide E.T. until he can be rescued. As Elliott begins to experience a psychic connection with E.T., US government scientists start to hunt E.T. for their own purposes. At the same time, Elliott and E.T. fall ill. Without a doubt, this is one of the most beloved films of all time.

Friday, October 26 The Shining 1980 / 146 min. / R / CC

Aspiring writer Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson) accepts a job as winter caretaker at the isolated Overlook Hotel in Colorado's Rocky Mountains. His wife Wendy (Shelley Duvall) and pre-school age son Danny (Danny Lloyd) go with him.. Jack hears the disturbing story that a former caretaker had gone mad while there, murdered his family and killed himself-but keeps it to himself. With six months ahead of them, they settle in, cut off from the world.

November 2018 On-Screen Chemistry Before 1950
Friday, November 2 Swing Time 1936 / 103 min. / NR

Small town vaudevillian Lucky Garnett (Fred Astaire) is a no-show for his own wedding, but he still hopes to marry his girl. He seeks the wealth he thinks he needs in New York City, where he meets Penny (Ginger Rogers), a dancing instructor. It's a big conflict for Lucky, but the starstruck two form a successful dance act...and fall for each other. Arguably, Swing Time has the most complex dancing and the most plausible romance in the Astaire/Rogers franchise.

Friday, November 9 To Have and Have Not 1944 / 100 min. / NR

Based on the Ernest Hemingway novel and directed by Howard Hawks, this is a romantic adventure drama that centers on Harry Morgan (Humphrey Bogart), a fishing boat captain in the Vichy France-controlled colony of Martinique. A very young Lauren Bacall plays Slim, a steamy American singer who seduces Morgan ("You know how to whistle, don't you?") When Morgan reluctantly agrees to use his boat to rescue Resistance fighters, will Slim stand by him?

Friday, November 16 Adam's Rib 1949 / 101 min. / NR

Married couple Garson Kanin and actress Ruth Gordon wrote the screenplay for this classic comedy. It's about married lawyers (Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn) who face off as prosecutor and defense attorney in the trial of Doris Attinger (Judy Holliday) for the attempted murder of her two-timing husband (Tom Ewell). Holliday is priceless. Directed by George Cukor, Adam's Rib is # 7 on the American Film Institute's Top Ten List of Romantic Comedies.

Friday, November 23 LIBRARY CLOSED-Day After Thanksgiving


Friday, November 30 The New World 2006 / 150 min. / PG-13

Terrence Malik ("The Tree of Life") wrote and directed this film depicting the 1607 founding of Jamestown Colony in Virginia. Yes, Captain John Smith (Colin Farrell) travels upriver, is captured and held prisoner by Chief Powhatan. Smith and the Chief's daughter, Pocohontas (Q'orianka Kilcher), do fall in love. But the filmmaker chooses to focus on the natural world's deep, dreamlike impact on them, not ephemeral chemistry. Their dream does not last, not for them, not for their "tribes." In 2006, The New World opened to mildly positive reviews, but it has grown in stature since then. Emmanuel Luzbeki's brilliant cinematography is often cited as its crowning achievement. Mick LaSalle has called the film a masterpiece and the best film of its decade. Roger Ebert 4-starred it from the start.

Oct 12, 3pm to 5pm, 2090 Kittredge St. (at Shattuck), Berkeley, CA 94704

Kickin' the Mule

Kickin' the Mule plays a variety of jazz- and blues-related genres: New Orleans R&B, Oakland and Chicago blues, Memphis and Motown soul, and Oakland funk.

Oct 12, 4:45pm to 7:45pm, The Cheeseboard Pizza, 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

Takin' Back The Bay - A 3 day music festival to raise awareness and money to STOP GUN VIOLENCE.

October 12-14, 2018

Advance 1 day ticket $20 (on sale soon)
Advance 3 day festival pass $55 (save a bunch o' money!)
At the door 1 day ticket $25 (if not sold out in the advance ticket dude! some money and guarantee you won't miss out!)

All 3 days are at , CA, 94710


Day 1 (Friday, Oct 12)

Jonny Manak & The Depressives

Color Killer (youngest band ever on Warped Tour)

Rockin Bob (Boston Hardcore Legend)

Stay Out (set 1)

Love Jerks

Kinetic Radio

Oct 12, 5pm to 11:59pm, 924 Gilman, 924 Gilman St, Berkeley

MY Word Open Mic

Oct 12, 7pm to 9:30pm, Cafe Leila, 1336, 1724 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Sam's Corner, featuring Roberta Donnay

Sam's Corner

About once a month, our own Sam Rudin takes the stage in a variety of formats. Last month he had his old band come out for some high energy blues and jazz. Tonight he will deliver some solo performances, and he will also be joined by the wonderful singer Roberta Donnay.

A long-time favorite of audiences in California and beyond, Roberta has been associated with several genres and styles of American music. For many years she has been a featured member of Dan Hicks and his Hot Licks. More recently she formed the Prohibition Mob, a terrific band dedicated to the music of the 20's and 30's. Their debut album has gotten, and continues to get, very favorable treatment from the national Jazz press, and radio stations around the country.

Tonight she will bring that same material to the more intimate setting of a piano/vocal duo. Sam, as you may know, is right at home with this old-time jazz, and they intend to have a lot of fun.

Tickets are $15 and are available in advance 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!

Oct 12, 8pm to 10pm, The Back Room, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley

70 Scenes of Halloween: A play by Jeffrey M Jones

70 SCENES OF HALLOWEEN is a spooky, scrambled, and sly comedy that transforms the unraveling of a marriage into a frighteningly funny romp. A young couple seems set to spend Halloween on their couch in a state of mild boredom. But dark forces emerge and they must contend with ghosts and witches banging on windows and wielding butcher knives.

The turbulent tale is told in 70 brief scenes played out of order, resulting in a wild, dreamlike ride. One minute, the couple is greeting trick-or-treaters, and the next, they are succumbing to inner demons. Husbands becomes wolves, and wives become phantoms in a haunted home that offers a weirdly comical and thought-provoking glimpse into the nature of relationships.

The play is a wonderful concoction", says Director Christopher Herold, "moving from living-room domesticity to a time-warped, altered reality-an opportunity to engage something fresh and unknown."

THU October 11: 8pm - Opening Night
FRI October 12: 8pm
SAT October 13: 2pm & 8pm
SUN October 14: 2pm

Oct 12, 8pm to 9pm, Zellerbach Playhouse

October Berkeley Balkan Bacchanal with Mahala, La Pêche and George and Nikolas Parisis @ The Starry Plough Pub

The Berkeley Balkan Bacchanal presents a new rotation of bands the Starry Plough Pub every month. Doors at 8:00pm; Show at 9:00pm. $10 presale tickets are available online, and we're charging $12-15 sliding scale at the door so plan ahead to save a few bucks! Kitchen closes at 10:00 pm (ages 21+ thereafter).

Berkeley Balkan Bacchanal is a concert series at the Starry Plough Pub featuring other-worldy talent of musicians from the Bay Area performing Eastern European folk music on the second Friday of the month. A hub in the Bay Area Balkan music scene, the bacchanal provides a platform for a community of performers, folk dancers, regular attendants and new friends to revel together every month since 2011.

Oct 12, 8pm to 10pm, The Starry Plough Pub - 3101 Shattuck Avenue - Berkeley

Schaubühne: An Enemy of the People

Schaubühne, Cal Performances

Berlin's Schaubühne theater presents a radically revised adaptation of An Enemy of the People, Ibsen's potent 1882 drama about individual and social responsibility. The story of a whistleblower in a small town whose efforts to speak truth to power are shut down by his self-interested neighbors, the play both implicates and exhilarates its audience in a conversation about the perils of democratic capitalism. Directed by Thomas Ostermeier, for decades a leading creative voice and provocateur in European theater, the production has received strong reactions from audiences and critics alike, largely because of its controversial handling of the play's climactic scene.

Oct 12, 8pm to 10pm, Zellerbach Hall

FERRON and her All-Star Band

Ferron is a Canadian-born singer-songwriter and poet. In addition to gaining fame as one of Canada's most respected songwriters, Ferron first became one of the most influential lyrical songwriters of the women's music circuit, and an important influence on later musicians including Ani Di Franco, Mary Gauthier and the Indigo Girls. From the mid-80's on, her songwriting talents have been recognized and appreciated by music critics and broader audiences, with comparisons being made to the writing talents of Van Morrison, Bob Dylan, and Leonard Cohen.

Oct 12, 8pm to 10pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley

Herencia de los Carrillo CD Release Party

Doors Open 7:30pm / Event Begins 8pm
$15 Advance / $20 Door ($22 with Credit Card)

La Peña Cultural Center is proud to present a CD launch party for Herencia de los Carrillo featuring Bomba and Plena music and dance performances! Herencia de los Carrillo is a musical project that originates from the Carrillo family history of playing and writing traditional original tunes, focusing on two genres of Puerto Rican folk music: Bomba and Plena. The CD features original songs written by Los Carrillo family members from Monacillo, Puerto Rico.
Bomba & Plena Performances & Dancing by:
Roman “Ito” Carrillo
Hector Lugo
Shefali Shah
Pedro Pastran
Miguel Luciano
Sarita Shah
Jo-Annie Seda
Roberto Medina
Jeri Quiñones
La Mixta Criolla
& other guest artists!
CDs will be available for purchase at the event!

Oct 12, 8pm to 10:15pm, La Peña Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley

Karen Sudjian and Jim Davidson

Oct 12, 8pm to 10pm, Caffè Chiave, 2500 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Andrew Chen, piano *Note: actual end time may vary.*

Schumann Fantasiestücke, op. 12
Beethoven Piano Sonata No. 28, op. 101
Tchaikovsky Dumka, op. 59
Prokofiev Visions Fugitives, op. 22
Prokofiev Piano Sonata No. 7, op. 83

Oct 12, 8pm to 9pm, Hertz Concert Hall

Piwai plus Adrian West Band

Piwai combines the sounds of her Zimbabwean homeland with her original songs about Africa, struggles both political and personal, love and hope. In her music Piwai describes her musical journey, the challenges she faces in the American music industry, and how her dreams told her to follow the mbira. In early 2012, Piwai recorded her first album, "African Turquoise," in collaboration with James Buzuzi of Bongo Love. It fuses jazz and traditional African rhythms, including mbira and percussion from Bongo Love's Jacob Mafuleni and John Mambira. As with her album concept, Piwai's concerts take the listener on a journey: glimpse life through the eyes of children in war-torn Congo; walk the streets of Harare; bear witness to the slums of Soweto, India, and the favelas of Brazil; or play along the proverbial paths of Zimbabwean folklore. For Piwai, music is all-encompassing: "The sum total of my very existence and every action I make manifests in music - the rhythm of my life."

Piwai was surrounded by music from an early age. Her first influences include music from the Shona and Ndebele people of Zimbabwe, Suthu and Zulu tribes, and the Zimbabwean Catholic Church. She joined her first choir at the age of 10, wrote her first song at 13, and hasn't stopped since. Piwai went on to study with renowned percussionists Yagbe Onilu and Butch Haynes, trained vocally at the Jazz School of Berkeley, and delved into the mbira - a traditional African instrument associated with profound spiritual union - with maestro Cosmas Magaya.

Adrian West
Ask him what kind of music The Adrian West Band plays and Adrian will answer "Yes." Or if he's feeling cocky, he'll answer "Good."

The long answer: a catchy mix of original songs and instrumentals that hover between acoustic rock, classical and West-African styles. Their songs have drawn such diverse comparisons as Paul Simon and Nelly McKay, artists seldom mentioned in the same breath.
Born and raised in Montreal, Canada, Adrian is an exciting performer to watch. He sings in an uplifting, almost child-like voice as he moves effortlessy between guitar & violin, often using live looping to add layers of sound (and intrigue) to his songs. He's not afraid to tackle difficult topics in his songwriting; Safe Streets tells an allegory about police violence, Close Your Eyes laments the beauty bias that pervades in the mass media, and Senses implores that you enjoy your senses while you can. Despite this philosophical streak, Adrian's lyrics are infused with a sense of hope and a touch of whimsy. The band features vocal harmonies, guitar, electric violin, bass, drums, and live "looping".

Adrian started playing violin at the age of four and in his teens studied classical violin at the McGill Conservatory of Music in Montreal. He later learned to play drums, guitar and developed his vocal and songwriting technique.

He moved to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1995 where as a sideman violinist he began supporting local Bay Area bands, playing some of the area's better known venues including the Fillmore, Yoshi's SF (main stage), Slim's, The Independent and The Sweetwater.

In 2005 Adrian formed the Adrian West Band and in 2010 he released his first full-length CD Chameleons and Butterflies. Since then the band has performed at small venues and festivals all over the Bay Area.

Doors at 8pm ; Show at 8:30pm
Tickets are $15 Advance / $18 Day of Show
Buy Tickets Here

Oct 12, 8:30pm to 11:30pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Saved By The 90's, MH the Verb (DJ SET)

Saved By The 90's
Cowabunga, dudes!
2017 is sooo overrated, but you know what's ALL THAT? The SAVED BY
THE 90s PARTY! Boo Ya! Hailing originally from New York City and now
active all over the U.S., this party has tons of live 90s music from a totally
fresh band (they're da bomb). Get ready for everything from Third Eye Blind
to the Spice Girls, from The Backstreet Boys to The Beastie Boys. And
after that, we're not leaving you hangin'! As if! Get jiggy with the DJ
spinning dope tunes all night.
It's gonna be the raddest thing since Your Mom!

MH the Verb (DJ SET)Afro-futuristic Hip Hop Artist
Multi-media artist, MH the Verb brings "a whole new movement
of Hip Hop" to life through afrofuturism with his latest album, AFRONAUT. The acclaimed conceptual project based on a Black sci-fi heroine from the future is inspiring and thought-provoking. MH's timely, impassioned lyrics are matched by funky grooves, progressive arrangements, and entrancing beats produced by Buscrates 16-Bit Ensemble and the east coast-based collective, ArtHouse95. Expanding the project in live format with theatrical visuals and animated projections, MH the Verb blends jazz, hip hop, and funk with the organic production values of modern electronic soul.

Oct 12, 8:30pm to 9:30pm, 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.

Oct 12, 9pm to 11:59pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley