Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar


9th Ward Millionaires

Eclectic New Orleans style Jazz with beautiful harmonies.

Nov 6, 11:45am to 2:45pm, Cheese Board Pizza - 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA

Freddie Hughes and the House of Hughes

Soul legend Freddie Hughes and his band.

Nov 6, 4:45pm to 7:45pm, Cheese Board Pizza - 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA

"Antíkoni" by Beth Piatote

By Beth Piatote
Limited run staged reading, directed by Jenni(f)er Tamayo

In this modern, haunting adaptation of Sophocles' classic tragedy, Antigone, a Native American family is torn apart as they struggle over the fate of ancestral remains and their conflicting loyalties to different notions of tradition, law, and the price of sacrifice.

Preview: Tuesday, November 6th at 5:30PM
Performances: Wednesday, November 7th at 1:00PM and 7:00PM
Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology, 102 Kroeber Hall

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Nov 6, 5:30pm to 6:30pm, Hearst Museum of Anthropology, UC Berkeley

Time Out Quartet

Nov 6, 7pm to 9pm, Caffè Chiave, 2500 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Jazz Stories: Live Jazz. Wonderful Stories.

Jazz Stories: Live Jazz. Wonderful Stories.

People love hearing jazz...and hearing about it. Musicians like Miles Davis, Charlie Parker and Buddy Rich were original, colorful characters artists who said and did astonishing things. Fortunately their colleagues cared enough to document these moments in stories and pictures and we now have a rich repository of photos and anecdotes about these artists, and about the American songwriters and composers who created the raw material of jazz.

Jazz Stories is a performance of the songs of jazz from its most creative periods intensified with illuminating, funny and touching true stories of the time.

Come hear music and jazz stories you probably have never heard...but will never forget.

Hosted by Richard Leiter.
The first Tuesday of every month at Pegasus Books Solano.

Nov 6, 7:30pm to 8:30pm, Pegasus Books, 1855 Solano Ave, Berkeley

Way Out West Concert Series - Gurkestra

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!

Gurkestra Goes Latin!

Mongo Santamaria meets the Art Ensemble

Charlie Gurke: Bari Sax
Luke Kirley: Trombone/Tuba
Isaac Narell: Tenor Sax/Keys
Javier Navarrette: Percussion

Charlie Gurke is a saxophonist, composer, and educator based in the Bay Area. In addition to leading his own groups, he can be heard with the Electric Squeezebox Orchestra, Edgardo Cambon & Candela, Smith Dobson's San Francisco Holiday, and Jazz Mafia's NOT a Brass Band, to name a few.

Nov 6, 7:30pm to 9:30pm, California Jazz Conservatory, 2087 Addison St, Berkeley

Strunz & Farah

"Strunz & Farah have distinguished themselves as two of the planet's most gifted acoustic guitarists." - Guitar Player

Strunz & Farah, performing together since 1980, have created an entirely new expression for the acoustic guitar. From Costa Rica and Iran respectively, Jorge Strunz and Ardeshir Farah have brought the cultural riches of their native lands to their highly virtuosic, rhythmic, and improvisation-rich original instrumental compositions.

Strunz and Farah's new studio recording, Tales of Two Guitars, is the latest chapter in the continuing story of the two virtuoso guitarists who have created an original and enduring body of guitar music. Rhythmic and colorful, and recorded with 11 guest musicians, Tales is a musical storybook of a fully evolved style of playing and composing which has been highly influential among guitarists from all parts. The new recording has 13 original pieces, full of contrasts both compositionally and instrumentally, ranging from the rhythmic to the romantic to the jazzy, incorporating in varying degrees their classic mix of Latin, Middle Eastern and Jazz influences.

Nov 6, 8pm to 10pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley

Blake Miller and Jimmy Breaux plus Dance Lesson with Cheryl McBride

In a rare performance, two Louisiana based musicians come together joined by a cooking local rhtym section for a night of world class Cajun music.

Blake Miller, grandson of well known accordion builder Larry Miller, has been surrounded by Cajun music and culture his entire life. Hailing from the small town of Iota Louisiana, Blake, a fluent french speaker and songwriter, managed to acquire a degree in Francophone studies from The University Of Louisiana at Lafayette, and in the mean time founded the popular young Cajun bands The Pine Leaf Boys and The Revelers and became a member of the premiere Louisiana roots band The Red Stick Ramblers. He has also served stints in just about every other Cajun/creole band of note including Balfa Toujours, Les Malfecteurs and Cedric Watson & Bijou Creole bringing his strong cultural identity and accomplished musicianship to the world.

Jimmy Breaux was the longtime accordionist in celebrated Cajun band BeauSoleil. He is in the fourth generation of his family to play Cajun music. In 1988 at the age of 21 Breaux joined Michael Doucet's pioneering young Cajun band BeauSoleil not only helping to bring pride to their Cajun heritage but also popularizing their dance music rooted in tradition by playing it around the world over the next 25 years. In addition to being featured on BeauSoleil recordings Breaux has released solo albums that feature not only Doucet and other bandmates but other leaders of contemporary Louisiana Cajun music such as Steve Riley. Jimmy was also featured on Marry Chapin Carpenter's hit "Down at the Twist and Shout" performing in front of President George H.W. and Barbra Bush. With a combination of Cajun classics and original songs Breaux is carrying on and extending his family tradition.

Doors at 7:30 pm / Dance Lesson with Cheryl McBride at 8:00 pm / Show at 8:30 pm
Tickets are $17 Advance / $20 Day of Show
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Nov 6, 8:30pm to 11:30pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley