Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar


Picturing Franklin Lloyd Wright: Pedro Guerrero, Photographer with Ray Telles

Raymond Telles' thirty-five year career in film and television includes the production of numerous documentaries and segments for PBS, ABC, NBC, National Geographic, Discovery and Univision. Among the documentaries Telles has produced and directed are: The Storm that Swept Mexico; The Fight in the Fields: Cesar Chavez and the Farmworkers; Struggle, Children of the Night (Frontline); The Peril and The Promise, episode 6 of the PBS series "Latino Americans"; and Pedro E. Guerrero: A Photographer's Journey (American Masters)-the topic of this lecture. Among the honors these programs have received are the Columbia DuPont Gold Baton, Peabody, Emmy and Alma awards. Telles is an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Ethnic Studies and Artist in Residence at the Center for Latino Policy Research at the University of California, Berkeley.

Nov 8, 12 noon to 1pm, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, UC Berkeley

Free Live Jazz

Nov 8, 4:30pm to 6:30pm, The Musical Offering, 2430 Bancroft Way, Berkeley

Lecture: Vanja Malloy: The Intersection of Art and Science in the Age of Einstein

Please note that event details are subject to change, and that if an end time is not listed it is because BAMPFA does not know exactly how long the event will run. Please view the event page for additional and up-to-date information:

Nov 8, 6pm to 7pm, BAMPFA

In the Swing

Nov 8, 7pm to 9pm, Caffè Chiave, 2500 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley


B.A.P - an acronym for Best Absolute Perfect - is a boy band pioneer of KPOP in South Korea. 2018 North America Tour "FOREVER" will be the most unforgettable and memorable tour ever with a very special Meet & Greet featuring all 5 members in person. Get excited and be prepare to see the best of the best in KPOP history!

B.A.P has been named a "versatile group" by MTV Korea, with Yun Seong-yeol of Star News Korea lauding their charisma and on-stage performances, as well as Yongguk and Zelo's rapping and Daehyun and Youngjae's vocal abilities.

The group's current five members are Himchan, Daehyun, Youngjae, Jongup and Zelo. B.A.P made their musical debut with the single "Warrior" on January 26, 2012, followed by the release of their debut EP Warrior in February 2012.

Nov 8, 7pm to 8pm, The UC Theatre Taube Family Music Hall, 2036 University Avenue, near Downtown Berkeley BART, Berkeley

The Treasure

The Treasure
Corneliu Porumboiu,
(89 mins)
Two cash-strapped neighbors rent a metal detector to search for treasure that may or may not be buried at one's family home in this disarming, deadpan parable on bureaucracy, hope, and unearthing the past. "A movie that lives up to its name" (New York Times).

Corneliu Porumboiu
In Person

Please note that event details are subject to change, and that if an end time is not listed it is because BAMPFA does not know exactly how long the event will run. Please view the event page for additional and up-to-date information:

Nov 8, 7:30pm to 9:30pm, The UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, 2155 Center St, Berkeley

Rina Ayuyang Book Launch: Blame This on the Boogie

Join us for the hometown launch of Rina Ayuyang's Blame This on the Boogie at Pegasus Books in downtown Berkeley. Ayuyang will be in conversation with Thien Pham (Sumo).

Blame This on the Boogie is Ayuyang's ode to the melody of the world, and how tuning out of life and into the magic of Hollywood can actually help an outsider find their place in it. In it she chronicles the adventures of a Filipino American girl born in the decade of disco who escapes life's hardships and mundanity through the genre's feel good song and dance numbers. Ayuyang explores how the glowing charm of the silver screen can transform one's reality, shaping their approach to childhood, relationships, sports, reality TV, and eventually politics, parenthood, and mortality.

Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Rina Ayuyang was always inspired by the Sunday newspaper funnies and slice-of-life tales. Her short stories have been nominated for the Ignatz and Eisner awards and she has been honored with a MoCCA Arts Festival Awards of Excellence silver medal. Her comics have appeared in Mutha Magazine and The Comics Journal. She is also the publisher of the micro comics imprint, Yam Books. Her first book was Whirlwind Wonderland. Ayuyang lives in Oakland, CA with her husband and son.

Nov 8, 7:30pm to 9pm, Pegasus Books Downtown, 2349 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley,


Pause...breathe... smile Three small words each containing a universe of wisdom. With these words we are invited to bring the practice of mindfulness into every moment of our lives. This handbook supports the cultivation of awareness, compassion and joy.

Writing for students of all levels, Gary Gach draws on 50-plus years of study and practice to present this elegant, accessible demonstration of three central aspects of mindful living. The Pause is about setting our intention before we think, speak, or act -the ethical dimension of Mindfulness. When we Breathe we unite mind, body and spirit, making every moment an opportunity for meditation. With a SMILE, we open to wisdom beyond words. This simple process will "water your own innate seeds of awakening to help you pave your own path to total fulfillment and peace."

GARY GACH is a writer, mystic, and lifelong meditator who has engaged in many roles: actor, bookstore clerk, dishwasher, hospital administrator, office temp, stevedore, teacher and trypographer. Lay-ordained by Thich Nhat Hanh in 2008, he has authored eight previous books, including The Complete Idiot's Guide to Buddhism.

Maxine Hong Kingston, daughter of Chinese immigrants, is a poet, memoirist, and fiction writer who was born in Stockton, California, and educated at the University of California-Berkeley. She is the author of the book-length poem I Love a Broad Margin to My Life (2011). Kingston's numerous nonfiction books include The Fifth Book of Peace (2003), To Be the Poet (2002), National Book Award-winner China Men (1980), and National Book Critics Circle Award-winner The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts (1976). She is also the author of the novel Tripmaster Monkey: His Fake Book (1989). She edited the anthology Veterans of War, Veterans of Peace (2006), compiled from the work of participants in the therapeutic poetry workshops she has led for more than 500 veterans of war. Her honors include the National Endowment for the Humanities' National Humanities Medal (presented by former President Bill Clinton), the American Academy of Arts and Letters' Award in Literature, the National Book Foundation's Lifetime Achievement Award, and the title Living Treasure of Hawaii. She is a professor emeritus at the University of California-Berkeley and lives in Oakland, California.

Kris Welch is a veteran, very popular KPFA on-air host, a mother, and a devoted grandmother.

KPFA benefit

KPFA Radio 94.1 FM presents: Thursday, November 8, 2018, 7:30 pm The Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar Street, Berkeley Tickets: $12,, Marcus Books, Pegasus Books (3 stores), Books Inc (Berkeley), Moe's, Walden Pond Bookstore, East Bay Books, Mrs. Dalloway's, $15 door Pause...breathe... smile Three small words each containing a universe of wisdom. With these ... Continued

Nov 8, 7:30pm to 8:30pm, The Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar Street, Berkeley

Comedy Night at Ashkenaz! Featuring The Bad Aunties, Justin Lockwood, Arjun Banerjee and Lisa Geduldig

Bay Area comedian and comedy producer, Lisa Geduldig (of Kung Pao Kosher Comedy), and Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center joined forces one year ago to bring the East Bay a new monthly (the second Thursday of the month) comedy series, Comedy at Ashkenaz!

Last month we celebrated out one-year anniversary. In the past year, we commemorated Black History Month, International Women's Day/Women's History Month, Gay Pride; we had a political comedy night; and we raised funds for two organizations and causes (the Redwood Empire Food Bank which provided food to shelters in Sonoma County for residents displaced by the North Bay fires and RAICES: The Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services).

The Thursday, November 8 Comedy at Ashkenaz features The Bad Aunties improv group, and comedians Justin Lockwood, Arjun Banerjee, and Lisa Geduldig.

The Bad Aunties (improv group) is comprised of Diane Amos (The Pine Sol Lady), Debi Durst, and Judi Nihei. Together they have over 100 years of improvisational experience amongst them. They've been together in different improv groups forever and as The Bad Aunties for 5 years. The Bad Aunties will make you laugh out loud on purpose against your will. They perform wherever they can worm our way in, from Weaverville to Cloverdale. Diane Amos is an actor with roots in improv. The Indianapolis native/longtime San Franciscan carved out a career in movies, TV, comedic and dramatic stage work, stand up, and a long run as The Pine Sol Lady. Debi Durst began doing improv at a young age and has performed with practically every Bay Area improv group, including The Committee, Femprov, The Comedy Underground, The National Theater of the Deranged, and The Marsh Jam. Blessed with a background in legitimate theater, she has straddled both worlds, spending the last 30+ years improvising in clubs and recently trodding the boards again. She produces SF's Comedy Day and The Big Fat Year End Kiss Off Comedy Show. Judi Nihei's life in improv began when she took a class from Jim Cranna at the Asian American Theatre Workshop. She went on to perform with Cranna and other improv artists in The Committee, The National Theatre of the Deranged, and The Dinosaurs of Improv. A native of San Francisco, she has been deeply involved in the development of Asian American theater.

Justin Lockwood's revealing stories and clever insights have made him a favorite of audiences around the Bay Area and beyond. His act spans from growing up on a marijuana farm to raising his own son to dating as a single parent. He has performed at San Francisco International Comedy Competition, Burbank Comedy Festival, Ventura Comedy Festival, Wine Country Comedy Festival, Seattle Hilarious Festival, and Comedy Day in Golden Gate Park. Justin is the producer of Comedy Rocks at Rock Wall Winery. He performs regularly at local clubs and venues including The Throckmorton Theatre, The Set Up, Comedy Oakland, and The Laugh Cellar.

Arjun Banerjee is a young up and coming stand up comedian in the Bay Area comedy scene. His therapist has described his style as "warm, inviting yet witty." He has performed in both the Desi Comedy Fest and SF Sketchfest.

Lisa Geduldig is a local comedian and comedy producer who's the creator, producer, and MC of a variety of comedy shows including Kung Pao Kosher Comedyâ,,¢ - Jewish comedy on Christmas in a Chinese Restaurant (which celebrates its 25th Anniversary last December); Comedy Returns to El Rio! (which just celebrated its 10th Anniversary in May). She moonlights as a bilingual (Spanish-English) publicist.

Doors at 7:30 pm; Show at 8:00 pm
Tickets are $15 - $20 Sliding Scale
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Nov 8, 8pm to 9:30pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Jed Holtman

Jed Holtman is a budding guitarist and composer in the San Francisco music scene. His stated goal is "to make music as weird as you look." He does not fear experimentation, going off the musical deep end, or sounding like a chainsaw on a chalkboard. In the end, he wants to have fun making good music.

Jed has had the pleasure of sharing the stage with prominent Bay Area and Los Angeles musicians, including Danny Janklow, Nick Mancini, Howard Wiley, Doug Beavers, Gerald Clayton and Chase Jackson.

Jed holds a high school diploma from Berkeley High School, and is a proud dropout of California State University, Northridge. He has studied with guitar machine-guns such as John Pisano, Mimi Fox, Graham Dechter and Chris Solberg.

This concert will feature original compositions and more.

Jed Holtman - Guitar
Howard Wiley - Tenor Saxophone
Colin Hogan - Piano
Giulio Cetto (a.k.a. The Jazz Thug) - Bass
Mike Quigg - Drums

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door, general admission, and $15 for students with ID. 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 8, 8pm to 10pm, The Back Room, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley

David Wilcox, Justin Farren

"David Wilcox's ongoing musical journey is compelling and richly deserving of a listen." Rolling Stone

Cleveland-born David Wilcox was inspired to play guitar after hearing a fellow college student playing in a stairwell. His lyrical insight is matched by a smooth baritone voice, virtuosic guitar chops, and creative open tunings, giving him a range and tenderness rare in folk music. He released an independent album in 1987, was a winner of the prestigious Kerrville Folk Festival New Folk award in 1988, and by 1989 he had signed with A&M Records. His first release on the label, 'How Did You Find Me Here', sold over 100,000 copies the first year largely by word of mouth.

His latest record The View From the Edge (2018) is a collection of powerful new songs, many of which he has been performing at live shows for the past several years. It's an album that reflects four years of thinking, writing, crafting, playing and life.

Considered a 'songwriter's songwriter', his songs have been covered by artists such as k.d. lang and many others. In addition to his writing prowess, his skills as a performer and storyteller are unmatched. He holds audiences rapt with nothing more than a single guitar, thoroughly written songs, a fearless ability to mine the depths of human emotions of joy, sorrow and everything in between, and all tempered by a quick and wry wit.

Reflecting on well over 20 years of record-making and touring extensively around the US and world, Wilcox says, "Music still stretches out before me like the head-lights of a car into the night. It's way beyond where I am, but it shows where I'm going. I used to think that my goal was to catch up, but now I'm grateful that the music is always going to be way out in front to inspire me."

Justin Farren is an acclaimed yet unassuming singer songwriter from Sacramento California where he lives in a house that he literally built with his own two hands, about which he says, "it's like living in a museum of my own mistakes".

When it comes to his songs, Justin Farren is nothing short of a master craftsman. With a humble and humorous perspective, Justin paints lyrical pictures that are firmly rooted in the reality of day to day life, often expressing his own doubts and experiences. His songs are real, thoughtful, undeniable, fun and often compared to those of Dan Bern, Greg Brown, Paul Simon, and Jack Johnson. His guitar playing is lively, intricate, and seemingly boundless. The Sacramento New & Review describes him as "The storyteller with an impeccable voice, a guitar and a head full of funny, tender and engaging observation".

Justin has played numerous shows on California's west coast and has been honored to open for national artists including Bret Dennen, Hot Buttered Rum, Matt Costa, Jackie Greene, Bhi Bhiman and Amber Rubarth. He was voted "Best Lyricist" in 2010 by Sacramento Magazine and and "Best Musician" in 2009 and 2010 by the Sacramento News and Review. Justin's song "Midnight at The Fair" was voted the "2012 SONG OF THE YEAR" at The West Coast Songwriters, Berkeley Chapter Playoffs. He'll be heading back to the Freight & Salvage to participate in the state-wide GRAND PLAYOFF event this August Justin recently wrapped up a spring tour which included shows in Sacramento, Carson City, Petaluma, San Francisco, San Luis Obispo, Los Angeles, San Diego, Santa Ana and Stockton. He will continue to perform regionally through the fall.

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

Bleep Bloop, Great Dane, Thelem, Jalaya

Bleep Bloop, Great Dane, Thelem, Jalaya

Jalaya is harmonizing the rhythmic euphoria of symbiotic unity and means divinity of water in sanskrit.

Jalaya has been pushing the boundaries of modern Bass Music with a dark mysterious emotional tribal edge and his live performance with electronic drum pads. It comes as no surprise that he started his musical career as a drummer playing in several bands. His background of versatile sound is what really gives him an ear that few possess. With his broad spectrum of styles of former bands ranging from Punk/Grunge to Funk, Reggae, Blues, Jazz, Alternative, Classic Rock, Indie, and Metal. Giving him a masterful sonic pallet that influences both his music and his performance. Which led him to expand and blend genres in a unique manner. His time in the Bay Area has gained him considerable recognition locally landing himself a residency with Vital Events the creators of Wobbleland. He has played shows throughout the west coast and across the country. Jalaya has played renowned festivals like Camp Questionmark at Burning Man, What the Festival, Serenity Gathering, Kosmic Gardenz, Santa Cruz Music Festival, Organic Fest, Toxic Summer and more. Jalaya has played alongside incredibly influential artists in the Bass Music scene like Liquid Stranger, Eprom, Esseks, Zeke Beats, Charlesthefirst, Griz, Barely Alive, Virtual Riot and Noisia to name a few. Jalaya will surely bring you a performance you will never forget with his live drums, high energy and face melting bangers.

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