Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar

11/02/2018

Swing Time

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.

Nov 2, 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.

Nov 2, 4:45pm to 7:45pm, Cheese Board Pizza - 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA

Extramarital Sextet/East Bay Hextet

JAZZ

Nov 2, 6:30pm to 9:30pm, Cafe Leila, 1336, 1724 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

The Jazz Fourtet

Nov 2, 7pm to 9pm, Caffè Chiave, 2500 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

ROSHI JOAN HALIFAX


Joan Halifax has enriched countless lives of millions around the world through her work as a social activist, anthropologist, and Buddhist teacher. Over many decades, she has also collaborated with neuroscientists, clinicians, and psychologists to understand how contemplative practice can be a vehicle for social transformation. This work led her to an understanding of how our greatest challenges can become the most valuable source of our wisdom-and how we can transform suffering for the benefit of others.


KPFA Radio 94.1FM & St. John's Presbyterian Church & Mindful Schools present: Friday, November 2, 2018 - 7:30 PM St. John's Presbyterian Church, 2727 College Avenue, Berkeley Advance tickets: $12 : brownpapertickets.com :: 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 ... Continued
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Nov 2, 7:30pm to 8:30pm, St. John's Presbyterian Church, 2727 College Avenue, Berkeley

Toshi Reagon and BIGLovely


Toshi Reagon writes and plays dynamic, progressive, and uplifting American music. The New Yorker calls her, "Fierce and uncompromising...a shower of retro funk, urban blues, and folk...to hear her is to believe." She is joined by her phenomenal band, BIGLovely.

Nov 2, 8pm to 10pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley

Cosmicomics 2018


Bay Area bassist, composer and bandleader Lisa Mezzacappa visits with her sextet to premiere a new suite of music inspired by Italo Calvino's Cosmicomics stories on the origins of the universe, and the invisible forces at work in the cosmos. Mezzacappa's sensibility as a composer embraces the full panorama of jazz sound and feeling, from bluesy grooves to abstract soundscapes, playful collective improvisation and richly layered melodies that blend electric and acoustic textures. Her last suite of music for this ensemble, avantNOIR, was drawn from crime novels by Dashiell Hammett and Paul Auster,  and earned a 4 1/2 star review in DownBeat Magazine last year.

Band Members and Instrumentation: Aaron Bennett, tenor sax;  John Finkbeiner, guitar; Mark Clifford, vibes; Tim Perkis, electronics; Lisa Mezzacappa, bass; Jordan Glenn, drums

Lisa Mezzacappa is a Berkeley-­based composer, bassist, and bandleader. Called "one of the most imaginative figures on the Bay Area creative jazz scene" by The Mercury News and "a Bay Area treasure" by KQED, she has been an active part of California's vibrant music community for more than 15 years. Mezzacappa writes music for groups from duo to large ensemble, acoustic and electric, and has collaborated with film, dance, sculpture and installation art. Recent projects include Glorious Ravage, an evening-­length song cycle for large ensemble and films; Touch Bass, a collaboration with choreographer Risa Jaroslow; Organelle, a chamber work inspired by scientific processes; and avantNOIR, a suite of compositions inspired by crime novels.

Artist Website: http://www.lisamezzacappa.com/projects_cosmicomics.html

Facebook Link:  https://www.facebook.com/lisamezzacappamusic

Instagram Link: https://www.instagram.com/lisamezzacappa

Nov 2, 8pm to 10pm, Rendon Hall/Fiddler Annex @ California Jazz Conservatory 2040 Addison Street, Berkeley

UC Berkeley Symphony Orchestra


David Milnes, music director
SIBELIUS Symphony No. 2
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 3
Established in 1923, the UC Berkeley Symphony Orchestra is the oldest performing arts ensemble in the University of California system. 
 See UC Berkeley Events calendar for more details:
 http://events.berkeley.edu/index.php/calendar/sn/pubaff/event_ID/119145.html

Nov 2, 8pm to 9:30pm, Hertz Concert Hall, UC Berkeley

Specs Band

The Specs Band plays standards from Jazz, Latin, Soul and Pop. They are a mainstay of the famous Specs bar in North Beach and are often joined by a stellar assortment of guest vocalists.


This performance features Jerry Kennett (drums), Dan Keller (bass), a special guest on piano, and a passel o' singers!
Tickets are $15 ($5 off if you mention "Specs" 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!

Nov 2, 8pm to 10pm, The Back Room, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley

Kuinka with Jeremy Lyon (King Dream) and Graham Patzner (Whiskerman)

Kuinka

Described by NPR Music as joyous folk pop, Kuinka "laces modern folk and Americana with an electronic jolt, waltzing along the grooved edges of dream-pop, synth-pop, and Brooklyn's mid-aughts guitar-rock revival" (Vanyaland). Their genre-defying music features several different lead singers, four-part harmony, and eclectic instrumentation including cello, banjo, synthesizers, ukulele and electronic percussion. For all of their sonic experimentation, the Seattle quartet's songs and live shows are linked by an infectious energy that remains present in everything they do. Their new EP Stay Up Late is available now on Spotify, iTunes, and at www.kuinkatheband.com.

Jeremy Lyon (King Dream) and Graham Patzner (Whiskerman)

King Dream and Whiskerman are two of the hottest bands in the Bay Area, and the frontmen of both bands are joining forces for a very special duo act not to be missed!

Nov 2, 8pm to 10pm, The Starry Plough Pub - 3101 Shattuck Avenue - Berkeley

Dirtwire, Random Rab


Dirtwire sits on the back porch of Americana's future, conjuring up a gris-gris of sound with an amalgamation of traditional instrumentation, global percussion, and electronic soundscapes. Comprised of multi-instrumentalist David Satori and Evan Fraser, the result is a rebirth of Americana and beacon for a post-millennial return to downhome goodness.

Random Rab

Emerging from his own distinct corner of the West Coast electronic music scene, Random Rab offers a powerful and unique contribution to sonic exploration. Often referred to as "The Master of Emotion" his music is patently beautiful and melodic. With diverse influences ranging from trip-hop, classical and Arabic to bass driven compositions, his songs are considered anthemic and timeless. As a multi-instrumentalist and singer, his tracks are organic, uplifting and stand on their own as a distinct genre. Listeners of all types of music can find something they can relate to in his sound. He has toured extensively across North America, including tours with Bassnectar, Shpongle, Emancipator, Beats Antique, and has headlined dozens of festivals across the U.S. and internationally.

There is no doubt that Rab understands a multitude of musical styles. He has been the front man of a heavy metal band, toured as a classical trumpet player, played bass in a country music band, was a scratch DJ for a jazz fusion project, was the singer for a rock band in Mexico and has collaborated with countless musicians of all styles. From acoustic performances in the Himalayas to rocking packed clubs in New York, Random Rab has found a way to connect with people of all kinds.

With a dedicated fanbase born from the San Francisco underground, Random Rab has become known world wide for his sunrise sets that have now become one of his most sought after performances. Having played before 3 solar eclipses and at the Pyramids of Giza, Random Rab has created a unique niche for his equally danceable, yet thought-provoking compositions. His current popularity can often be traced to his breakout album, The Elucidation of Sorrow and in particular his first hit, The Riddle and followed up by hits such as Release, Falling Tao, For My Corpse and Apparently. His critically acclaimed current and 10th album Formless Edge, catapulted him into the state of momentum that is now taking hold internationally.

Nov 2, 8:30pm to 10:30pm, Cornerstone, 2367 Shattuck Ave (Enter On Durant), Berkeley

Stu Allen and Mars Hotel 7th Anniversary and Show 300

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.

Doors at 8:30 pm; Show at 9:00 pm
Tickets $20 Day of Show / $18 Advance / $18 Students
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Nov 2, 9pm to 11:59pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley