Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar


Cascada De Flores

Oct 26, 11:45am to 2:45pm, Cheese Board Pizza - 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA

The Shining

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.

Oct 26, 3pm to 5pm, 2090 Kittredge St. (at Shattuck), Berkeley, CA 94704

The Wonders of Weston Woods: Halloween Film Festival @Claremont

For over sixty-five years, Weston Woods Studios has produced hundreds of film adaptations of popular children's picture books. In celebration of the upcoming holiday, we will be screening a selection of their Halloween-themed productions at our Claremont Branch Library. Recommended for ages 3-8.

Oct 26, 4pm to 5pm, 2940 Benvenue Ave., Berkeley, CA 94705


Lively guitar and rhythm driven Nigerian music.

Oct 26, 4:45pm to 7:45pm, Cheese Board Pizza - 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA

The Bob Roden Quintet

The Bob Roden Quintet.  We play what one might call "accessible jazz" - a variety of jazz styles, but within a range that's readily understood and appreciated by a general audience.  

Oct 26, 6:30pm to 9:30pm, Cafe Leila, 1336, 1724 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Ghouls Just Wanna Have Fun


the aquadolls
The Grinns
Small crush
Carpool Tunnel
Weeny Witch
Unpopular Opinion


924 Gilman, Berkeley, CA
An All Ages DIY, Volunteer Run, 501(c)(3) Nonprofit, Music & Art Community Space Since 1986.

Oct 26, 7pm to 11:59pm, 924 Gilman, 924 Gilman St, Berkeley, California 94710

Omnidawn book launch

An especially auspicious line-up of poets will read at the fall/winter launch. Come early, meet the publishers and poets and have a glass of wine. There's nothing like an Omnidawn party!

Readers and Titles:

Tyrone Williams, author id As iZ teaches literature and theory at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio. He is the author of several chapbooks and five books of poetry: c.c., On Spec, The Hero Project of the Century, Adventures of Pi, and Howell.

Julie Carr, author of Real Life: An Installation, is the author of six books of poetry, including 100 Notes on Violence, RAG, and Think Tank. Carr is an Associate Professor at the University of Colorado in Boulder. With Tim Roberts she is the co-founder of Counterpath Press, Counterpath Gallery, and Counterpath Community Garden in Denver.

Luis Moctezuma, author of Place-Discipline, is a Mexican-American poet, instructor, and academic researcher currently completing a PhD in English at the University of Chicago. His work has been published in Jacket2, Big Bridge, FlashPoint, and elsewhere. He was born in San Gabriel, CA.

Sara Mumolo is the author of Day Counter. Her previous book is Mortar. Her poems have appeared in 1913: a journal of forms, Action Yes, Entropy, Lana Turner, PEN Poetry Series, Typo, and Volt, among others. She serves as the associate director for the MFA in Creative Writing program at Saint Mary's College of California.

Steve Dickison, author of Inside Song, teaches at San Francisco State University, where he directs The Poetry Center, and at California College of the Arts. His work has appeared in SFMOMA's Open Space, BAX 2015: Best American Experimental Poetry, and Bomb, which awarded him the 2014 Poetry Prize. He was born and raised in Northern Minnesota.

Norma Cole is a poet, translator, and visual artist. Her books of poetry include Actualities, Where Shadows Will, and Win These Posters and Other Unrelated Prizes Inside. Born in Toronto, Canada, Cole lives in the sanctuary city of San Francisco.

Oct 26, 7pm to 9pm, Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Ave, Berkeley

Arthur King presents: Bill Baird with special guests Joel Jeronimo & Jimi Cabeza de Vaca @ The Starry Plough Pub

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Oct 26, 8pm to 10pm, The Starry Plough Pub - 3101 Shattuck Avenue - Berkeley

Mamadou Kelly

MAMADOU KELLY hails from Goundam near Timbuktu in the heartland of Mali's Niger River Delta. Born in 1969, KELLY first picked up the guitar at 17 and traveled up the river to the town of Niafunke to learn from the great Ali Farka Toure, legendary master of Mali's acclaimed "desert blues" tradition. After Farka Toure's death in 2006 KELLY went on to become a key member of Alkibar, the group formed by Afel Bocoum, a Niafunke contemporary of Ali Farka Toure.

In 2013, KELLY released his first solo album with the well-received "Adibar". Returning in October 2015 with "Djamila", KELLY established himself as a formidable performer and composer full of subtle music - one of Mali's emerging contemporary masters. Backed by veteran sidemen collectively known as BanKaiNa, the band cooks refined rhythms into profound grooves.

Kelly has toured North America several times: in 2011 as part of the Acoustic Africa tour, in 2013 as part of the Festival au Desert - Caravan for Peace tour. He is the leader of the Ali Farka Toure Tribute Band and last was in the USA in May of 2017. Among the venues where Kelly has performed are: New York's Lincoln Center, Chicago's World Music Festival, the Metropolitan Museum in NYC, Sante Fe's Lensic Performing Arts Center, Montreal's Festival Nuits d'Afrique, The Kennedy Center in Washington DC and many other celebrated venues.  In the summer of 2016, KELLY returned for a US tour of his own appearing at concert halls across the US from New York to Los Angeles. His third album "Politiki" was released in 2017 and has received strong reviews.

Doors Open 7:30 pm / Show at 8:00 pm
Tickets are $18 Advanced / $20 Day of Show
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Oct 26, 8pm to 11:59pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Ron Miles Circuit Rider Trio featuring Bill Frisell & Brian Blade

Ron Miles Circuit Rider Trio featuring Bill Frisell & Brian Blade

Named after the title of its second album, Circuit Rider features the trio's founder, cornetist Ron Miles, guitarist Bill Frisell, and drummer Brian Blade. A logical evolution from the debut album Quiver (2012), Circuit Rider (2014) epitomizes Miles' signature lyricism and spiritually aware compositions. The group's repertoire spans American folk traditions and vibrant gospel infused with progressive jazz forms. Confident, elegant, and never overstated, Miles hits just the right balance of grace and rhythm as he quietly makes his mark as a cornetist, composer, and storyteller. His unique lustrous timbre and poignant harmonic sensibility make Ron Miles not only a leading light in the Denver jazz scene but a sought-after collaborator by artists such as Frisell, Ginger Baker, Madeleine Peyroux, Don Byron, Myra Melford, Ben Goldberg, The Bad Plus, Jason Moran, and Joshua Redman.

"I like to think that musicians are the messengers of today," explains Ron Miles. Known for writing songs that possess religious overtones, Miles embarked on this new album with the Circuit Riders of old serving as his inspiration. The Circuit Riders, traveling clergy who took the gospel to remote corners of America's frontier on horseback beginning 250 years ago, were forerunners in their day. According to Miles, Circuit Rider
is a post-modern nod to these leaders who lived for a cause
greater than themselves. "We, as musicians, are traveling Circuit Riders preaching every day at any place available and are always on the move."

Comprising five original compositions on this eight-track disc, Circuit Rider marks the first time Miles recorded an album with the same group twice. This time around, Miles could hear the band in the songwriting process. "We discovered songs together," says Miles. "Their astounding capacity for playing impacted how I approached the music. When you have musicians as perceptive and responsive as Bill Frisell and Brian Blade, the music just takes off!"

Like its predecessor Quiver, Circuit Rider also showcases a selection of carefully chosen cover songs. Synthesizing the past are rearrangements of Jimmy Giuffre's "Two Kinds of Blues," as well as both "Jive Five Floor Four," and "Reincarnation Of A Lovebird" by the trio's hero Charles Mingus.

Sharing a fondness for striking melody, musical economy, and the importance of individual timbre, these three genre defying musical masters are highly respected leaders with expansive discographies and projects covering a wide spectrum of contemporary music. Their collective playing reflects the landscape that is implicit in Circuit Rider; all three giving a certain folk-like context to Ron's original compositions. Denver-based Ron Miles and Denver-raised Bill Frisell (a partnership that dates back to the mid-90s) both exude the Old West, while Brian Blade's breezy sophistication and jagged rhythms salute his native Louisiana.

Ron Miles is a songwriter and cornet player based in Denver, Colorado. He was born in Indianapolis in 1963 and moved to Colorado with his family in 1974. Ron Miles has recorded as a
leader for Prolific, Capri, Gramavision, Sterling Circle, and most recently, for Enja/yellowbird. One of the finest improvisers and
composers of his generation, he is revered by his fellow musicians and has been heralded by critics around the world.
In addition to leading his own bands, Ron Miles has performed in the ensembles of Bill Frisell, Mercer Ellington, Don Byron, Ginger Baker, Myra Melford, Joe Henry, Madeleine Peyroux, Jason Moran, Matt Wilson, The Bad Plus, Harriet Tubman, Ben Goldberg, and Joshua Redman.Also a gifted and experienced educator, Miles has been a music professor at the Denver
Metropolitan State University since 1998. His newest recording,
I AM A MAN, released in November 2017on yellowbird, features
again Bill Frisell and Brian Blade, along with pianist Jason Moran and bassist Thomas Morgan.

Bill Frisell's prolific career as guitarist, composer, and arranger demonstrates extraordinary range and depth, with work rooted in jazz but incorporating elements of blues and other popular American music traditions. Immediately recognizable for his unique sound, he has transformed the modern guitar landscape, steadily expanding his sonic purview and claiming an ever-greater range of musical traditions, media, and repertoire. From Charles Ives and Aaron Copland to Buster Keaton and Bob Dylan, from Sonny Rollins and American Songbook ballads to country blues and Nashville twang, Frisell distills the essence of the American experience. He has collaborated with a wide range of musicians, filmmakers, painters, and has appeared on over 250 recordings, including 40 albums of his own. He is a Grammy winner, USA Fellow and Doris Duke Artist, and received a Letter of Distinction from the American Music Center. Most recently, he was a Guest Curator for the Roots of Americana series at Jazz at Lincoln Center and Resident Artistic Director at the San Francisco Jazz Center.

A native of Shreveport, Louisiana, Brian Blade established himself as a versatile and highly creative and musical drummer early in his career, appearing on albums by Kenny Garrett and
Joshua Redman, followed by recordings with countless others. Making his mark as a bandleader and original composer, Blade released his first album, Brian Blade Fellowship, at the age of 27 in 1998 and followed two years later with Perceptual, both on Blue Note. Always an in-demand sideman and collaborator, Blade continued to work with a wide range of artists, including Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Bill Frisell, and Wayne Shorter whose quartet he's been a member of for 15 years. Ten years after releasing his first album as the Brian Blade Fellowship, Blade returned with Season of Changes in 2008, followed by the solo Americana, singer/songwriter effort Mama Rosa. The Fellowship's fourth album together, Landmarks, was released in 2014.

Oct 26, 8pm to 9pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley

Little Buffalo

Little Buffalo is the ongoing musical powwow between songwriter Eric Burkhart and a stable of talented players, singers and creative collaborators. LB's songs come from a lifetime of hearing American music in it's many incarnations...If you can imagine original tunes that fall somewhere between country, acoustic rock, folk and blues, with a nod to the sounds of Tulsa, New Orleans and Funky Kingston, then you'll be somewhere in the neighborhood. Some might call it Americana .... you can call it whatever you like.

Little Buffalo has finished a debut album and is busy recording new songs, making videos, and gigging around the local music scene.

LB's current performing lineup includes:

Eric Burkhart - songs, guitars, vocals
Steve Epstein - pedal steel, guitars
Alan Novidor - bass
James Percy - drums, percussion
Melissa Phillips - vocals, percussion
John Prichard - keyboards, vocals

Tickets are $15 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!

Oct 26, 8pm to 10pm, The Back Room, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley

7th Annual Cross Cultural Concert with Gamelan Sekar Jaya and Purnamasari

GSJ Angklung and Dance with Purnamasari at La Peña

$15 (online at for advance, discount to seniors, students, disabled and kids 12 yrs old or younger)
$20 (regular, at the door)

The 7th annual cross cultural concert showcases the Balinese traditional music and dance of Gamelan Sekar Jaya's Angklung and Dance ensembles, and the dynamic fusion of gamelan and guitars by the group Purnamasari. Gamelan Sekar Jaya's Angklung ensemble presents the fluid grace of traditional repertoire in a bright and rhythmically intricate musical landscape of gongs, drums, metallophones and flutes. Tuned to a four-tone scale in slendro tuning, the music is complemented by the elaborate costumes and dramatic movements of Sekar Jaya's dance ensemble. Details of music and dance are tightly coordinated, expressing an ideal of unity that is sought in every gesture, nuance, expression, phrase, and rhythmic change.

Purnamasari performs cross-cultural music featuring Indonesian gamelan instruments and musical techniques fused with guitar based songs, with choreographed movements drawn from Balinese dance vocabulary. This concert premieres songs from The Weaver, a new work telling a story of 3 generations of an Indonesian family in song, dance and spoken word. (

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Oct 26, 8pm to 10pm, La Pena Cultural Center - 3105 Shattuck Ave - Berkeley, CA 94705

Barber Shop Chronicles: A Fuel, National Theatre, and West Yorkshire Playhouse Co-production

Fuel, National Theatre, and West Yorkshire Playhouse, Cal Performances

Barber Shop Chronicles, created by Nigerian-born, UK-based poet and playwright Inua Ellams, explores the diversity of black male identity through the rituals and verbal banter of the urban barbershop. The cast riffs on topics both personal and political-from sports to race relations to views about fatherhood and masculinity-as we eavesdrop on conversations in six different barbershops in London, Lagos, Johannesburg, Accra, Kampala, and Harare over the course of a single day.

Oct 26, 8pm to 10pm, Zellerbach Hall

Javanese Gamelan Music

Midiyanto and Ben Brinner, directorsGamelan Sari Raras, UC Berkeley Javanese ensemble, recently returned from concerts in Indonesia, will perform music and dance of Central Java

See UC Berkeley Events calendar for more details:

Oct 26, 8pm to 10pm, Hertz Concert Hall, UC Berkeley

Jeff Denson "Outside My Window"

Please come join Jeff and his quartet for a fun night of exciting music at the epicenter of jazz in the SF East Bay!

They'll be performing music from their latest release, "Outside My Window." This is the 12th album by Jeff as a leader or co-leader and the first to feature his vocals on every track. The music blends acoustic and electronic instruments and sounds to find a very unique space all of it's own.

Jesse Hamlin of the San Francisco Chronicle said of the new album, "His pleasing new album, "Outside My Window," is the first featuring his singing throughout. Denson sings with clarity and grace..."
Stefan Pieper of Germany's Jazzthetik Magazin wrote, "Now there is Jeff Denson as a singer and great lyricist on a vocal record, accompanied by his band of course. Jeff Denson's latently androgynous, silvery shimmering voice effortlessly transcends genre boundaries - no matter their demarcation of jazz, avant-garde pop, or dazzling progressive rock with a tendency to infinitely winding melodies."

Band Members and Instrumentation: Jeff Denson - vocals & double bass; Lyle Link - tenor & soprano saxophones; Dahveed Behroozi - piano & keyboard; Paul Hanson - bassoon & electronics; Dillon Vado - drum set & percussion

Artist/Group Bio(s)

At first glance bassist Jeff Denson appears to reinvent himself on every album, and his 12th release as leader or co-leader, 6th under his name, Outside My Window, might seem like his biggest departure yet. Possessing a huge, galvanizing sound and a lyrically-charged compositional vision, the supremely versatile Denson has earned recognition over the past 15 years as one of his generation's definitive bassists. Jeff has performed around the world in many of the top jazz festivals and venues with some of the biggest names in jazz such as Dave Douglas, Brian Blade, Joe Lovano and many more including being a member of jazz legend, Lee Konitz's quartet for over 12 years. Slated for release on his label Ridgeway Records on May 4, 2018, Outside My Window recalibrates his already expansive array of creative outlets by giving equal weight to his vocals. Working with a stellar international quartet, Denson delivers an emotionally taut program weaving together striking interpretations of iconic songs and deeply felt originals.


Oct 26, 8pm to 9pm, Rendon Hall/Fiddler Annex @ California Jazz Conservatory 2040 Addison Street, Berkeley

Emo Night Brooklyn: Berkeley

Oct 26, 9:30pm to 11:30pm, Cornerstone, 2367 Shattuck Ave (Enter On Durant), Berkeley