Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar


Joe Warner Trio

Nov 1, 11:45am to 2:45pm, Cheese Board Pizza - 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

Lunch Poems

Tyehimba Jess is the author of two books of poetry, Leadbelly and Olio which won the 2017 Pulitzer Prize, the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, The Midland Society Author's Award in Poetry, and received...
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Nov 1, 12:10 noon to 12:50 noon, Doe Library, UC Berkeley (Room Morrison Library)

Talk featuring composer/performer/improviser Tyshawn Sorey

Tyshawn Sorey is a composer and musician whose music assimilates and transforms ideas from a broad spectrum of musical idioms and defies distinctions between genres, composition, and improvisation Read more at

Nov 1, 12:30 noon to 2:15pm, CNMAT Center for New Music and Audio Technologies, 1750 Arch St, Berkeley

Free Live Jazz

Nov 1, 4:30pm to 6:30pm, The Musical Offering, 2430 Bancroft Way, Berkeley

Possum Family Singers @ The Starry Plough Pub

Every 1st and 3rd Saturdays from 5-7. Sometimes rollickin', sometimes introspective, The Possum Family Singers bring you singer/songwriters, country, pop, old-school, new school, and special guests. Tips appreciated!

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Nov 1, 5pm to 7pm, The Starry Plough Pub - 3101 Shattuck Avenue - Berkeley

Jim Grantham Quartet

Nov 1, 7pm to 9pm, Caffè Chiave, 2500 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

H. Bruce Franklin discusses 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 millions who have been been continually fighting for peace and justice.

One of America's leading cultural historians, H. Bruce Franklin is the author or editor of nineteen books and more than 300 articles on culture and history published in more than a hundred major magazines and newspapers, academic journals, and reference works. He has given over five hundred addresses on college campuses, on radio and TV shows, and at academic conferences, museums, and libraries, and he has participated in making four films. He has taught at Stanford University, Johns Hopkins, Wesleyan, and Yale and currently is the John Cotton Dana Professor of English and American Studies at Rutgers University in Newark. Before becoming an academic, Franklin worked in factories, was a tugboat mate and deckhand, and flew for three years in the United States Air Force as a Strategic Air Command navigator and intelligence officer.

"It's especially stunning for me personally to read Franklin's gripping account of the era we both lived through-three years apart in age-and to realize that we followed the same unusual trajectory in beliefs and attitudes: both committed Cold Warriors at the outset-my service in the Marine Corps and working on nuclear war plans in the Pentagon overlapping his active service in the Strategic Air Command rehearsing the catastrophic enactment of such plans-his disillusion with the Vietnam war and his turn to active resistance shortly preceding my own. Readers of any age will find this an exciting and startlingly self-aware memoir of a life transformed in our dangerous epoch, and most will find in it radically new perspectives on these perilous times, up to the present mind-boggling moment. A terrific book!" -Daniel Ellsberg

"Two threads are skillfully interwoven in this absorbing memoir: the record of a remarkable life, with rich and varied experience; and astute analysis of the background of critical historical events. The outcome is a fascinating picture of post-World War II America, all under the grim shadow of `forever war.'"-Noam Chomsky

"Only the late great Howard Zinn comes close to H. Bruce Franklin as truth-telling historian whose `the personal is political' oeuvre should be read by every American, left or right, who aspires to be informed beyond headlines and rumor. Franklin's Crash Course: From the Good War to the Forever War, meticulously researched, factually inarguable, is also a fascinating memoir in which the past is always prologue to the nearly out-of-body experience in which we find ourselves today. From 1939 through WWII to Korea to Vietnam to Iraq to Afghanistan to Syria to whatever is next: isn't it time we figure out how we got here? May H. Bruce Franklin's incendiary Crash Course crash into discussion on every street corner, in every board room, classroom, and bedroom in these our United States, and in the world beyond."-Jayne Ann Phillips, National Book Award Finalist, author, Machine Dreams and Lark & Termite

"A scorching overview of the militarization of America that is simultaneously the engrossing autobiography of an historian who came of age in World War Two and the early Cold War years. Crash Course is a vivid and sobering eyeopener for readers at every level from students to fellow seniors to everyone in between."-John Dower, National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize winning historian

Nov 1, 7:30pm to 9pm, Pegasus Books Solano, 1855 Solano Ave, Berkeley

New Century Chamber Orchestra -- Anthony Marwood Leads

Anthony Marwood Leads
New Century Chamber Orchestra

A leading interpreter of contemporary music, British violinist Anthony Marwood returns to the Bay Area for the first time since 2014 for debut appearances with New Century Chamber Orchestra. Marwood leads New Century as both guest concertmaster and soloist in a program highlighted by the U.S. Premiere of Seavaigers for Violin, Accordion and Strings by British composer Sally Beamish and DvoÅ(tm)ák's classic Serenade for Strings in E Major, Op. 22.

    Price Range: $29 to $61
    Tickets: (415) 392-4400

Additional Dates:
Fri November 2, 2018 7:30pm
First United Methodist Church
Sat November 3, 2018 7:30pm
Herbst Theatre
Sun November 4, 2018 3:00pm
Osher Marin Jewish Community Center
Thu November 1, 2018 7:30pm
First Congregational Church - Berkeley
Fri November 2, 2018 7:30pm
First United Methodist Church

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Sally Beamish - Seavaigers for Violin, Accordion & Strings
Peteris Vasks - Concerto for Violin and Strings, `Distant Light'
Antonín DvoÅ(tm)ák - Serenade for Strings in E Major, Op. 22

Nov 1, 7:30pm to 9:30pm, First Congregational Church of Berkeley, 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley

Princeton Katzenjammers

Founded in 1973 by members of Princeton's single-sex a cappella groups, the Katzenjammers started the tradition of co-ed a cappella singing as the oldest co-ed group in the Ivy League. 
Their diverse repertoire and wide range of voices formed the basis of a new, versatile style of singing that set them apart from the many single-sex groups nationwide.

45 years later, the group continues to value variety in its music for the purposes of both entertainment and musical integrity, with their current repertoire consisting of a vibrant mix of jazz, pop, and classical music. Nearly all of the group's music has been arranged by members of the group, either past or current, and after touring Montreal, Boston, and Miami over the past few years, they are excited to bring their music to the Bay Area.

Tickets are $18 in advance and $20 at the door, general admission; $13 in advance and $15 at the door for students & seniors. 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!

Nov 1, 8pm to 10pm, The Back Room, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley

Richard Shindell

Richard Shindell rose to prominence in 1997 after Joan Baez recorded three of his songs. In 1998, Richard collaborated with Lucy Kaplansky and Dar Williams to form Cry Cry Cry, earning his place in the forefront of American songwriting. He has a knack for writing from varied perspectives, and the ability to create relatable characters is one of the hallmarks of his songwriting.

Nov 1, 8pm to 10pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley

Pierre-Laurent Aimard and Tamara Stefanovich, pianos

Bartók/Seven pieces from Mikrokosmos

Ravel/Sites auriculaires
Harrison Birtwistle/Keyboard Engine, construction for two pianos (Cal Performances Co-commission)
Messiaen/Visions de l'Amen 
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Nov 1, 8pm to 10pm, Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley

Darryl Anders AgapéSoul Conversations Album Release w/ special guests


Carrying on in the tradition of Bay Area Funk, Soul, RnB and Hip Hop, FEELOSOPHY's goal is to promote positive vibes through "feelgood" music. With an earthquake proof rhythm section and their dynamic lead female vocalist, they are sure to get every body rockin' and every crowd to their feet. Now armed with their debut album BORN, their eclectic blend of original music coupled with a high energy show makes FEELOSOPHY an ensemble unlike any other.

DJ Malachi has been a staple in Bay Area dj community for over 30 years. Born and raised in Oakland on a diet of black music courtesy of his father, his name is synonymous with Soul music. Whether dj'ing in the Bay Area or across the US., Malachi always delivers the message soulfully correct.

Nov 1, 8:30pm to 11pm, Cornerstone, 2367 Shattuck Ave (Enter On Durant), Berkeley

Bachata Nightz plus Dance Lesson with Kathy Reyes

Bachata Nightz happens the first Thursday of the month. It is led by award-winning Bachata contest master Kathy Reyes, who also teaches dance at Ashkenaz. Bachata is a form of Latin dance/music that originated in the Dominican Republic. It is now danced all over the world. Reyes teaches the dance lesson at 8:30 p.m., followed by performance and dancing to recorded music spun by DJ MIGZ.

Currently the defending Los Angeles Bachata Champion (winning first place at the L.A. Bachata Festival), Kathy Reyes is known for her unique style and interpretation of music. She discovered her talent and passion for Latin dancing in college in Los Angeles, and over the past 10 years has taken various prizes individually and in dance troupes. She leads groups and teaches here, in Los Angeles and San Diego. Teaching allows her to share her philosophy of dance: "Dancing with the feet is one thing, but dancing with the heart takes one to a whole different level."

Doors at 8 pm; Dance Lesson at 8:30 pm with Kathy Reyes; Performance at 9:30 pm
Tickets are $10 Advance / $15 at the Door / $10 Students
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Nov 1, 8:30pm to 11:59pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley