Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar



Grooving Afro-Brazilian-Caribbean music.

Oct 30, 4:45pm to 7:45pm, Cheese Board Pizza - 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA

Exoplanets | Donald Goldsmith

"How do alien, faraway worlds reveal their existence to Earthlings? Let Donald Goldsmith count the ways. As an experienced astronomer and a gifted storyteller, he is the perfect person to chronicle the ongoing hunt for planets of other stars." âe*Dava Sobel

Astronomers have recently discovered thousands of planets that orbit stars throughout our Milky Way galaxy. With his characteristic wit and style, Donald Goldsmith presents the science of exoplanets and the search for extraterrestrial life in a way that Earthlings with little background in astronomy or astrophysics can understand and enjoy.

Much of what has captured the imagination of planetary scientists and the public is the unexpected strangeness of these distant worlds, which bear little resemblance to the planets in our solar system. The sizes, masses, and orbits of exoplanets detected so far raise new questions about how planets form and evolve. Still more tantalizing are the efforts to determine which exoplanets might support life. Astronomers are steadily improving their means of examining these planets' atmospheres and surfaces, with the help of advanced spacecraft sent into orbits a million miles from Earth. These instruments will provide better observations of planetary systems in orbit around the dim red stars that throng the Milky Way. Previously spurned as too faint to support life, these cool stars turn out to possess myriad planets nestled close enough to maintain Earthlike temperatures.

The quest to find other worlds brims with possibility. Exoplanets shows how astronomers have broadened our planetary horizons, and suggests what may come next, including the ultimate discovery: life beyond our home planet.

Donald Goldsmith is an astronomer and President of Interstellar Media. He is the author of Origins: Fourteen Billion Years of Cosmic Evolution (with Neil deGrasse Tyson) and The Runaway Universe, and has received the American Institute of Physics Science Communication Award and the Annenberg lifetime award for astronomy popularization from the American Astronomical Society.

Oct 30, 5:30pm to 7pm, University Press Books, 2430 Bancroft Way, Berkeley

Bill Pettiti

Oct 30, 7pm to 9pm, Caffè Chiave, 2500 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Wendy Trevino and Melissa Merin

Wendy Trevino was born and raised in the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas. She lives in San Francisco, where she shares an apartment with her boyfriend, friend & two senior cats. She has published chapbooks with Perfect Lovers Press, Commune Editions and Krupskaya Books. Brazilian no es una raza - a bilingual edition of the chapbook she published with Commune Editions - was published by the feminist Mexican press Enjambre Literario in July 2018. Her first book-length collection of poems will be published by Commune Editions in September 2018. Wendy is not an experimental writer.

Melissa has been writing since she could hold a crayon. She is established as a parent, a lover & partner, a queer, an anti-authoritarian and a consistently retiring punker. She is too Black to ever be considered a snowflake. Melissa believes in utilizing a diversity of tactics to build the world we need; one of her favorite tactics is writing. Melissa is a long-time educator and agitator and has never been able to get it together to "publish", though many zines and many blogs tell the story of trying. Melissa in no way identifies as butch and she recently bought a new impact drill and sawzall.

Oct 30, 7pm to 9pm, Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Ave, Berkeley

Way Out West Concert Series - Jon Arkin + Ben Goldberg

CJC's Way Out West Concert Series provides composer-performers from the Bay Area and beyond with a Tuesday evening showcase for forward-looking original work in jazz and related genres. Join us weekly in Rendon Hall for Way Out West!

Jon Arkin + Ben Goldberg

Songs for Clarinet, Drums, and Laptop

As a duo, Jon Arkin and Ben Goldberg bring an unprecedented diversity of organic and synthetic elements together, forming a truly unique musical amalgam. Arkin's self-designed hybrid electro-acoustic setup acts as both a support and foil to Goldberg's singular improvisational voice, within the contexts of traditional composition, spontaneous composition, and algorithmic indeterminacy.

Jon Arkin - drums & live synthesis/processing
Ben Goldberg - clarinet

Jon Arkin is a versatile drummer/percussionist who is known for his performances & recorded work in a wide variety of musical contexts. In addition to leading his own groups, he has performed with jazz greats such as Lee Konitz, Gene Perla, and Ira Sullivan, with singer-songwriters including Stew and Meklit Hadero, Afrobeat bands Albino and Soji Odukogbe, a multitude of experimental/new music collaborators including Ben Goldberg and Nathan Clevenger, and countless other artists. He plays drums/laptop in the Schimscheimer Family Trio (with Kasey Knudsen, Michael Coleman, and special guest Ben Goldberg), which has received wide acclaim for their most recent album of original experimental-yet-tuneful songs entitled "Broken Home".

Clarinetist and composer Ben Goldberg grew up in Denver, Colorado. He was a pupil of the eminent clarinetist Rosario Mazzeo and studied with Steve Lacy and Joe Lovano. Since 1992, when his group New Klezmer Trio "kicked open the door for radical experiments with Ashkenazi roots music" (SF Chronicle), Ben has shaped a career through curiosity and experimentation across many genres and styles. The New York Times has noted that Ben's music "conveys a feeling of joyous research into the basics of polyphony and collective improvising, the constant usefulness of musicians intuitively coming together and pulling apart." He has twice been named Rising Star Clarinetist by Downbeat Magazine.

Ben has released over thirty records of his own compositions. His groups include: Invisible Guy; Orphic Machine; Unfold Ordinary Mind; The Cool Philosophy of Ben Goldberg; DIALOGUE, a duo with pianist / composer Myra Melford; the Ben Goldberg Trio with Greg Cohen and Kenny Wollesen; Ben Goldberg School; and Ben Goldberg's Brainchild, an eleven piece ensemble performing Ben's on-the-spot compositions. Ben plays in Allison Miller's Boom Tic Boom and is on the Music faculty at the University of California, Berkeley. He also runs BAG Production Records.

Oct 30, 7:30pm to 9:30pm, California Jazz Conservatory, 2087 Addison St, Berkeley

Peter Phillips & Mickey Huff

This is a searing exposé of the 300 most powerful players in world capitalism, and the costs of their unyielding grip on our economic future.

"A tour de force of research and analysis on a frequently ignored but crucial topic affecting humanity's future: the Transnational Capitalist Class power elite. An extraordinary contribution."
- Dr. Laurence Shoup, author of Wall Street's Think Tank

"Who exactly are the masters? This remarkable inquiry lifts the veil, providing detailed and often shocking revelations about the astonishing concentration of private wealth and corporate power."
- Noam Chomsky

"Peter Phillips thoroughly identifies the members of the "transnational capitalist class" that largely runs the world today, through the mammoth instruments of Western military force, and the international intelligence community, and-not least-our free press."
- Mark Crispin Miller PhD, Professor Media Studies New York University

"This book is a fearless expose of the ascendancy of a class of global elites and the power they wield around the world."
- Robin Andersen, Professor, Fordham University

"If you want to know who is actually ruling gthe world-read this book. If you want to know the organizations they use and the networks that create them-read this book. If you want to know `what needs to be done' to stop them from destroying the planet-read this book and then take action."
- David Cobb, 2004 Green Party Presidential Nominee

Peter Phillips, a professor of political sociology at Sonoma State University, was the director of Project Censored from 1996-2010, and the president of Media Freedom Foundation from 2003-2017. He has edited fourteen editions of Censored, two editions of Progressive Guide to Alternative Media and Activism. He was a co-host of the weekly Project Censored show on Pacifica Radio with Mickey Huff from 2010-2017. He has won numerous book and media awards.

Censored 2019: Fighting the Fake New Invasion is edited by Mickey Huff & Andy Lee Roth and illustrated by Khalil Bendib. Mickey Huff, host of Project Censored on KPFA, has produced in Censored 2019 another indispensable book for truth seekers.

KPFA benefit

KPFA Radio 94.1FM presents: Tuesday, October 30, 2018 - 7:30 PM First Congregational Church, 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley Advance tickets: $12 : :: T: 800-838-3006 Books Inc/Berkeley, Pegasus (3 sites), Moe's, Walden Pond Bookstore, Mrs. Dalloway's. East Bay Books, $15 door Wheelchair Access This is a searing exposé of the 300 most powerful ... Continued

Oct 30, 7:30pm to 8:30pm, First Congregational Church, 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley, CA.

Freight Open Mic - 10/30

PLEASE NOTE: Your RSVP does not enter you into the lottery drawing for a performance spot. If you are interested in performing, please visit this page

for more information.
The longest running open stage in the Bay Area now has free admission! Our Open Mic has brought in some of our brightest performers, including Shawn Colvin, Dana Carvey, Alvin Youngblood Hart, and Patrick Landeza. The audience is friendly - and people actually listen! So come on down and join the fun. All performers welcome.

- Doors open at 7pm, lottery for performance spots is held at 7:20. The show starts promptly at 7:30.
- Admission is free for all.
- Solo performers get to play one song; groups get to play two songs. Management reserves the right to award a performer an extra song now and then, for any reason management deems appropriate.
- Please be ready to perform when your turn comes up. Please limit your introduction to 30 seconds.

Tune up, drop in, go on!

Oct 30, 7:30pm to 10pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley

Silent Planet, Stray From The Path, Kublai Khan, Greyhaven, Hand Of Fire

Silent Planet

An ethereal post-hardcore band that as of 2014 is signed to Solid State.

Hand Of Fire
Modern American thrash metal band, formed in 2015. They are based in Concord, the Bay Area Of California. Their 2017 debut album "Nuclear Sunrise" was produced by metal veteran Juan Urteaga.

Oct 30, 7:30pm to 11:30pm, Cornerstone, 2367 Shattuck Ave (Enter On Durant), Berkeley

Funky Gators plus Dance Lesson with Ted Sherrod

The Funky Gators is a band of Cajun, zydeco, and R&B veterans whose credits include many of the most popular local bands of the past couple of decades. They take zydeco and mix in some R&B and funk flavor while still keeping the zydeco tempos that dancers love. The Funky Gators play zydeco hits by Boozoo Chavis, Rosie Ledet, and others, plus Motown classics such as "Heatwave" and "Walking the Dog."

Along with rubboard player and lead singer Myrna, the band is accordion player Dana Mandell, guitarist Ian Lamson, bassist Marty Holland, and drummer Rasheed Wedlow. Myrna was a star in Gator Beat, and after that band's leader Richie Domingue died several years ago, she retired from the zydeco scene. But after much coaxing from fans, she and Mandell put together the Funky Gators. Myrna's many years of R&B experience combines with Mandell's zydeco dance knowledge to create a sound that R&B listeners enjoy and that also keeps zydeco dancers out on the floor.

Doors open 7:30pm / Dance Lesson with Ted Sherrod at 8pm / Show at 8:30pm
Tickets are $12 Advance / $15 Day of Show
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Oct 30, 8pm to 11pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley