Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar


SF Medicine Ball


Oct 25, 11:45am to 2:45pm, Cheese Board Pizza - 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA

Free Live Jazz

Oct 25, 4:30pm to 6:30pm, The Musical Offering, 2430 Bancroft Way, Berkeley

Retro JukeBox Band

Geechi Taylor's Retro JukeBox Band is a top Dance Band with an immense repertoire covering multiple genres including timeless 1920's-1960's Jazz, Blues, Motown & Retro versions of todays hits. Kid Friendly!

Oct 25, 4:45pm to 7:45pm, Cheese Board Pizza - 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA

Albany HS Jazz Combo

Oct 25, 7pm to 9pm, Caffè Chiave, 2500 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Betsy Mason presents All Over the Map

Betsy Masons presents All Over the Map: A Cartographic Oddysey.

Created for map lovers by map lovers, this rich book explores the intriguing stories behind maps across history and illuminates how the art of cartography thrives today.


In this visually stunning book, award-winning journalists Betsy Mason and Greg Miller-authors of the National Geographic cartography blog "All Over the Map"-explore the intriguing stories behind maps from a wide variety of cultures, civilizations, and time periods. Based on interviews with scores of leading cartographers, curators, historians, and scholars, this is a remarkable selection of fascinating and unusual maps.

This diverse compendium includes ancient maps of dragon-filled seas, elaborate graphics picturing unseen concepts and forces from inside Earth to outer space, devious maps created by spies, and maps from pop culture such as the schematics to the Death Star and a map of Westeros from Game of Thrones. If your brain craves maps-and Mason and Miller would say it does, whether you know it or not-this eye-opening visual feast will inspire and delight.

Betsy Mason is a freelance science journalist and former geologist based in the San Francisco Bay Area. She was a Knight Science Journalism Fellow at MIT for 2015-16. Before that Mason was the online science editor for Wired, where she founded the Wired Science Blogs Network and co-authored the Map Lab blog with Greg Miller. She and Miller also co-author the National Geographic blog All Over the Map (see older posts here and follow the blog on Twitter here).

When she's not writing about maps, Mason covers science and makes excuses to write about beer.

Oct 25, 7:30pm to 8:30pm, Pegasus Books Downtown, 2349 Shattuck Avenue Berkeley

ADAM HOCHSCHILD Lessons From a Dark Time

"This new book reveals Adam Hochschild's journalism in all its glory. His facts are like jewels, luminous in their importance. As a reporter and historian, he turns the facts into stories so dynamic and vivid that I couldn't put the book down. This is important work by a gifted writer at the top of his game." -Elizabeth Farnsworth, author, filmmaker, formerly of PBS Newshour

In this lively collection, bestselling author Adam Hochschild has selected some two dozen essays and pieces of reporting from his long career. Threading through all of them is his concern for social justice and the people who have fought for it. The articles cover the world, from a California gun show to a Congolese center for rape victims to the ruins of gulag camps in the Soviet Arctic, from a stroll through construction sites with an ecologically pioneering architect in India to a day on the campaign trail with Nelson Mandela. Hochschild discusses also the writers he loves, from Mark Twain to John McPhee, about why so much history is written so badly, about what bookshelves tell us about their owners, and about the ringside seat he had for the shocking revelation in the 1960's of the way the CIA had been secretly controlling dozens of supposedly independent organizations.

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Oct 25, 7:30pm to 8:30pm, St. John's Presbyterian Church, 2727 College Avenue, Berkeley

The Subdudes

The Subdudes

In 1987, four musicians got together for what they envisioned would be a one-time performance at Tipitina's in New Orleans. It was a night of mostly acoustic music - sparse instrumentation with a strong emphasis on songwriting and vocal harmonies. The show far exceeded expectations, and on that March night the subdudes were born.

Nearly 10 years later, after releasing five critically acclaimed albums and building a hard-core cadre of fans through relentless touring, the subdudes called it quits. Spinoff projects ensued, as did the occasional reunion show. About five years later, three of the guys decided to get back together. They recruited some friends and hit the road for the rest of the decade before taking another break.

Now, in 2014, they're giving it another go. This time it's the original lineup for the first time in 17 years, playing a few select shows.

And after nearly 30 years, still nobody in the world sounds like them.

The subdudes are Tommy Malone, John Magnie, Steve Amedée, and Johnny Ray Allen.

Oct 25, 8pm to 10pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley

San Francisco International Boogie Woogie Festival presents Wendy DeWitt with Kirk Harwood, and special guests

International Boogie Woogie master Wendy DeWitt, known for her powerhouse left hand, paired with the brilliant, jazz-trained drummer Kirk Harwood (formerly with Norton Buffalo, Huey Lewis and Roy Rogers) make for a high-energy duo capable of holding its own on any stage with power, pizzazz and presence. When adding Steve Freund on guitar, Steve Evans on bass, or Nancy Wright on sax, the combination is unstoppable.

DeWitt performed for four years with Hank Ballard and the Midnighters, and with Charlie Musselwhite, Otis Rush, Big Time Sarah, and Jimmy Thackery. She has appeared at the Cincinnati Blues Fest, Boston Symphony Hall and the San Diego Museum of Art with Hadda Brooks in one of her last performances. DeWitt also performed at the San Francisco Blues Festival, St. Croix Blues and Heritage Fest, Les Nuits de Boogie Woogie in Paris and festivals in Spain, Switzerland, Austria, Hungary and Belgium. A festival producer as well, DeWitt produces the Queens of Boogie Woogie and co-produces the San Francisco International Boogie Woogie Festival.

Introduced to the blues at the age of 10, with help from Western Swing Hall-of-Famer Tommy Thomsen, Wendy DeWitt's passion for music led her to Chicago Blues and Texas Boogie Woogie, with influences ranging from Otis Spann, Memphis Slim, and Professor Longhair to Katie Webster and Bessie Smith.

DeWitt teaches workshops at JazzSchool in Berkeley, California, and the duo has inspired students in Centrum in Port Townsend, Washington, Augusta Blues Week and, in conjunction with the US Embassy, Budapest, Hungary.

In 2012 and 2014, Wendy and Kirk Harwood represented The Golden Gate Blues Society in the International Blues Challenge, Memphis and are 2014 Finalists.

The duo's third album, Getaway, maximizes Kirk's Jazz and Big Band background, creating a compelling mix of modern and traditional blues.

"All the cool kids already know DeWitt is one smoking boogie woogie piano/organ gal and it's time for the word to spread beyond her regional awards." - Chris Spector, Midwest Record

"She has rightly earned the title of `Queen of Boogie' in the Bay Area and beyond." - Bernie Butcher, Blue Wing Festival

Tickets are $18 in advance, $20 at the door general admission, and $15 for students with ID. 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!

Oct 25, 8pm to 10pm, The Back Room, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley

Anglo-Celtic Ceilidh Dance featuring The Woots plus Dance Lesson

Ashkenaz bi-monthly Pan-Celtic Ceilidh dance continues! Ceilidh means gathering in Celtic and the tradition always includes music and dance. Ashkenaz's inclusive Ceilidh combine easy dances everyone can do in many styles including Irish Ceili, Contra, Scottish Ceilidh, English County Dance & couple dances such as waltz. Every dance is taught before it's danced and people are encouraged to dance all roles with everyone on the floor.

This month's dance features callers Kalia Kliban and Alan Kline, and live music from The Woots (Shira Kammen,Deidre McCarthy, Jim Oakden, Charlie Hancock, and Mark Ungar).

Doors at 7:30 pm; 8pm Ceilidh Dance
Tickets are $8 Advance / $10 at the Door
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Oct 25, 8pm to 10:30pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley