Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar


Free Live Jazz

Nov 15, 4:30pm to 6:30pm, The Musical Offering, 2430 Bancroft Way, Berkeley

Oil and Urbanization on the Pacific Coast with Michael Adamson

Oil and Urbanization on the Pacific Coast tells the story of oilman Ralph Bramel Lloyd, a small business owner who drove the development of one of America's largest oil fields. Lloyd invested his petroleum earnings in commercial real estate-much of it centered on automobiles and the fuel they require-in several western cities, notably Portland, Oregon. Putting the history of extractive industry in dialogue with the history of urban development, Michael R. Adamson shows how energy is woven into the fabric of modern life, and how the "energy capital" of Los Angeles exerted far-flung influence in the US West.

A contribution to the relatively understudied history of small businesses in the United States, Oil and Urbanization on the Pacific Coast explores issues of interest to multiple audiences, such as the competition for influence over urban development waged among local growth machines and outside corporate interests; the urban rivalries of a region; the importance of public capital in mobilizing the commercial real estate sector during the Great Depression and World War II; and the relationships among owners, architects, and contractors in the execution of commercial building projects.

Michael Adamson is a Director of Environmental Solutions, FTI Consulting. He works out of the San Francisco office. After receiving his PhD in history in 2000 from UC-Santa Barbara, he worked as an independent consultant for 13 years until he joined FTI Consulting. His independent consulting work included corporate and institutional history, environmental impact analysis, litigation support, and historical preservation. He also taught U.S. history and American foreign relations on an adjunct basis at several Bay Area colleges and universities. His current position involves litigation support exclusively, and focuses on the remediation of sites contaminated by industrial activity.

Adamson has published articles in peer-reviewed journals, chapters in books, and two books, A Better Way to Build: The Story of the Pankow Companies (Purdue UP, 2013), which was a product of a sponsored corporate history project, and Oil and Urbanization on the Pacific Coast: Ralph Bramel Lloyd and the Shaping of the Urban West, which is now available from West Virginia University Press.

Nov 15, 5:30pm to 7pm, University Press Books, 2430 Bancroft Way, Berkeley

Post Bop Praise

Nov 15, 7pm to 9pm, Caffè Chiave, 2500 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Reese Erlich & Norman Solomon

Based on frequent, first-hand reporting in Iran and the United States, The Iran Agenda Today explores the turbulent recent history between the two countries and reveals how it has led to a misguided showdown over nuclear technology. Foreign correspondent Reese Erlich notes that all the major U.S. intelligence agencies agree Iran has not had a nuclear weapons program since at least 2003. He explores why Washington nonetheless continues saber rattling, and he provides a detailed critique of mainstream media coverage of Iran. The book further details the popular protests that have rocked Tehran despite repression by the country's own Deep State. Erlich offers insights on Iran's domestic politics, popular culture, and diverse populations over this recent era. His analysis draws on past interviews with high-ranking Iranian officials, the former shah's son, Reza Pahlavi, and Iranian exiles in Los Angeles, as well as his trip to Tehran with actor Sean Penn.Erlich's book Target Iraq: What the News Media Didn't Tell You, co-authored with Norman Solomon was a best seller in 2003. His fifth book, Inside Syria: the Backstory of Their Civil War and What the World Can Expect (foreword by Noam Chomsky) was published in 2014. In a starred review of Inside Syria, Publisher's Weekly wrote that Erlich's "insights and conclusions are objective and valuable... essential reading for understanding the current turmoil in the Middle East.

Norman Solomon is the author of a dozen books including "War Made Easy: How Presidents and Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death. He is also the Founder and Executive Director of the Institute for Public Accuracy, where he coordinates the program for whistleblowers and press freedom, and co-founder of

Sabrina Jacobs is host and producer of the popular A Rude Awakening, aired on KPFA, Mondays 3:30 -4pm. She covers local breaking news as well as global events, informing listeners about the latest social injustices. Ms. Jacobs is also currently serving as staff representative/vice chair of Pacifica Radio's National Board.

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KPFA Radio 94.1 FM presents Thursday, November 15, 2018 First Congregational Church, 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley Advance tickets: $12 : :: T: 800-838-3006 or Pegasus (3 sites), Books Inc (Berkeley), Moe's, Walden Pond Bookstore, East Bay Books, Mrs. Dalloway's $15 door Based on frequent, first-hand reporting in Iran and the United States, The Iran ... Continued

Nov 15, 7:30pm to 8:30pm, First Congregational Church, 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley

Poetry Flash Presents: Indigo Moor and Amber Flora Thomas

Indigo Moor's new book of poems is In the Room of Thirsts & Hungers. Camille T. Dungy says, "The interlacing narratives of In the Room of Thirsts & Hungers suggests that our world is nothing so much as a mirror, revealing who we are and have always been. These carefully-wrought and brightly-imagined poems are both timely and timeless." Also a scriptwriter and author, Moor is Poet Laureate of Sacramento. His previous collections are Tap-root and Through the Stonecutter's Window, which won Northwestern University Press's Cave Canem prize. His full-length play Live! at the Excelsior was a finalist for the Images Theatre Playwright Award and has been optioned for a film.
Amber Flora Thomas's new book of poems is Red Channel in the Rupture. Susan Terris says, "Amber Flora Thomas writes about a world where no snake, bat, bug or any animal escapes her focus or her respectful awe. With the same intensity, she examines parents, friends, lovers, and self. Her poems, though often fierce, are gorgeous and lyrical in nature; and there's a mystery to them." Eye of Water, her first book of poems, was selected by Harryette Mullen for the 2004 Cave Canem Poetry Prize. The Rabbits Could Sing, her second, was selected by Peggy Shumaker for the Alaska Literary Series. A recipient of the Dylan Thomas American Poet Prize, the Richard Peterson Prize, and the Ann Stanford Prize, she is a Cave Canem Fellow and faculty member. She was born and raised in northern California.

Nov 15, 7:30pm to 8:30pm, Moe's Basement 2476 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley

Empowering Womxn of Color Open Mic Series

Donation based entry: $5 Suggested Donation (No one turned away for lack of funds.)
All proceeds will go towards covering the costs of hosting this series.
La Peña Cultural Center and UC Berkeley Womxn of Color Initiativepresent: THE EMPOWERING WOMXN OF COLOR OPEN MIC FALL SERIES!
Back by popular demand, this open mic series provides a space for performances celebrating the voices of women of color and will include one featured artist per month!
Come support local Bay Area talent or sign up to perform! September sign ups are now CLOSED! October sign ups will open on Monday, October 1st!
Performers, come dazzle the crowd with your talent and get in touch with the local artist community each month.

Nov 15, 7:30pm to 10:15pm, La Peña Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck Ave. , Berkeley

Poetry at Pegasus: Celebrating Bill Mayer

A celebration of poet Bill Mayer featuring readings from his collected works.

Bill Mayer was born and raised in Los Angeles. He received his BA and MA from San Francisco State University, studying with Jack Gilbert, Stan Rice, William Dickey and Nanos Valaoritis. In the late '60s, he was invited to join a poetry workshop with Gilbert, Linda Gregg, Larry Felson, George Stanley, Bill Anderson, Wilbur Wood, and others. The workshop persists to this day with some of its original participants.

Mayer has published 5 books of poetry: Longing, (Pangaea, 1992), The Uncertainty Principle (Omnidawn, 2001), the chapbook, The Deleted Family (Paroikia, 2004), Articulate Matter (Paroikia, 2012), and A Truce With Fantasy, (Kelsay Books, Aldrich Press, 2015). Poems have also appeared in a number of magazines: Caterpiller, Ironwood, The San Francisco Bay Guardian, Montana Gothic, Five Fingers Review, Red Rock Review, Paris Atlantic, Poetry Flash, Alimentum, Omniverse, Danse Macabre (an online magazine) and Visions International, among others. He was included in an anthology of American poets who have lived in Greece, Kindled Terraces, edited by Donald Schofield (Truman State University Press, 2004). Grace Schulman wrote about Articulate Matter: "The best of these poems are transcendent, bringing the sacred into common life. `The Arrival of Hermes' is sublime. Others I find powerful here are `The Conversation,' `Frogs on the Border', `Days of 1966, Whittier,' `The Shape of the Soul,' `The Dream.' I like, too, the tone. This work is genuine." Joseph Stroud wrote about A Truce With Fantasy: Bill Mayer is writing some of the most powerful, intelligent, and serious poems of any poet I've been reading in the last few years.

Mayer is also a professional photographer who has exhibited at the Mythos Gallery in Berkeley as well as working with Tony Keppelman on Hummingbirds, a photographic essay published by Little-Brown. He is as well an importer of German and Austrian wines. He has spent extended time in Vermont, England, Greece, Hawaii, Monterey, Germany, France, Italy, and Austria, and presently lives in Berkeley, California.

Nov 15, 7:30pm to 8:30pm, Pegasus Books Downtown, 2349 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

Kizomba Nightz

Doors at 7:30 pm; Intro to Kizomba Dance Lesson at 8:00 pm; Open Level Semba at 8:45 pm; Open Practica at 9:30 pm

Tickets are $15 Gen Adm / $12 Students

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Kizomba is a popular genre of music and partnered dance from Angola. Its is known to be smooth and slow, with grounded movements, danced in a close partner connection. The origin of Kizomba dance comes from Semba, a traditional type of dance and music from Angola known for its energetic movements.

For any questions please contact Kathy Reyes at

Nov 15, 8pm to 11pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Levoná Ensemble: Music and Stories from Around the World

The Levoná Ensemble combines Flamenco, Arabic, Jewish, and other musical traditions, and weaves them together with stories, both ancient and new. Five master musicians create a rich tapestry that is at once a taste of the orient, and a new creation all on its own - the kind of energy that only comes when distant cultures overlap, and celebrate their differences.

Levoná began as the band for the highly acclaimed Bay Area musical Love Sick, winning the Theatre Bay Area Award for "Best Ensemble" along with the cast in 2017. Love Sick went on to receive the prestigious Glickman Award for Best New Play in 2018, and audiences and critics alike praised its vibrant music as the heart of the play's energy and wide appeal. Levoná have since continued to perform as an independent group, keeping that same energy alive in both dance and concert halls.

Tickets are $15 and 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 15, 8pm to 10pm, The Back Room, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley

Maria de Barros

Maria de Barros' music transcends taste, preference and even language. It travels through countries dense with culture, picking up pieces of each along the way, combining distinct inflections of Africa, Brazil, the Caribbean, France and Spain, while allowing the tradition and culture of Cape Verde to permeate. Melodies melt off her tongue with the same richness and maturity of a contemporary Cape Verde club singing Ella Fitzgerald, except that this songstress's club is bursting with a taste of Latin spice, serving Portuguese and African cuisine with dancers to match and audiences swinging their hips to Maria's sensual Morna and Coladeira beats.

Her new album, Morabeza: "A simple and sublime expression that characterizes the soul of a people; it is solidarity in times of misfortune; it is kindness, tenderness, hospitality, sympathy and friendship", is an eclectic blend of sounds with songs alternating in tempo, beat and style, making for an exciting tantalisation of the ear drums.

Maria invites you into her heart with the warmth of a close friend. Her album, aptly titled, epitomizes what she chooses to express: the tradition and beauty of the people and the landscape. Her music defines a much-needed optimism in the face of suffering and hardship in Africa. Although Maria was born in Dakar, Senegal and grew up in Nouackchott, Mauritania, her creative heart lies in the culturally rich Islands of Cape Verde, the birthplace of her parents.

Nov 15, 8pm to 10pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley

Riot Ten, Krimer, Carbin, Dekay B2b Ghostdragon

Riot Ten


Nov 15, 8:30pm to 11:30pm, Cornerstone, 2367 Shattuck Ave (Enter On Durant), Berkeley