Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar


Movie Night @Claremont

Wednesday, November 7th, 5:30pm Reel Injun: On the Trail of the Hollywood Indian/ 2010/ 93 minutes. Award-winning Cree filmmaker Neil Diamond does a deep dive into Hollywood's portrayal of North American Natives during the last century.

Wednesday, November 14th at 6:30pm. Keeping Values and Sharing Stories with Malcolm Margolin. .Malcolm Margolin will tell stories and give examples of how Native People of California kept knowledge and transmitted values in a world without books or classrooms.

Wednesday November 21, 5:30pm Smoke Signals/ 88 minutes/ PG-13. Two young Coeur d'Alene Native Americans make a journey from their reservation to retrieve the remains of Victor's long-lost father. Based on a novel by Sherman Alexie.

Wednesday November 28- No movie-library closes early for the holiday.

Nov 21, 5:30pm to 7pm, 2940 Benvenue Ave., Berkeley, CA 94705

Stitch 'n Bitch

Nov 21, 6pm to 9pm, Caffè Chiave, 2500 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Craig & MacGregor Band

Join The Craig & MacGregor Band for an evening of "Not Just Jazz," cheap drinks, good friends, and complimentary food from Bacheesos on Telegraph. Bar opens at 6:30pm | Music

Nov 21, 7pm to 11pm, The Marsh Cabaret, 2120 Allston Way, Berkeley

Lyrics & Dirges: A Monthly Reading Series

Lyrics and Dirges is our flagship monthly reading series featuring a mix of prominent, emerging and beginning writers. Its aim is to highlight various forms of writing in an effort to spotlight the diverse literary community of the Bay Area.
Hosted and Curated by Mk Chavez, Sharon Coleman, and Lark Omura.

Nov 21, 7:30pm to 8:30pm, Pegasus Books Downtown 2349 Shattuck Ave Berkeley

Steven Page Trio, Wesley Stace (aka John Wesley Harding)

Steven Page Trio

Steven Page's distinctive and powerful tenor is among the most instantly recognizable voices in popular music. Newly minted as a member of the Canadian Music Hall of Fame with former
bandmates, Barenaked Ladies, Steven Page reunited with the band he co-founded for their induction this past March - a night capped off by an exhilarating two song performance at this year's JUNO awards.

Steven Page has continued his artistic evolution with a diverse array of solo projects in music, film, theatre and television. He has composed six Stratford Festival scores, has collaborated and toured North America with Toronto's innovative Art of Time Ensemble. Steven journeyed across Canada and the U.S. as host of TV's The Illegal Eater and became a Chopped Canada Champion last year. Steven Page appeared in the Riddle Films production of Dreaming of a Jewish Christmas and is currently
working with playwright Daniel MacIvor on a musical commissioned by the Stratford Festival called HERE'S WHAT IT TAKES.

Still the dynamic stage presence he's always been, Steven Page is the consummate entertainer performing music from both his solo career and the BNL years.

Wesley Stace (aka John Wesley Harding)

Nov 21, 8pm to 10pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley

Circles Around The Sun, Mapache

Circles Around The Sun

Neal Casal along with Adam MacDougall, Dan Horne and Mark Levy perform together on 11/21 as Circles Around The Sun. The band first played as set break music at The Grateful Dead's Fare Thee Well concerts!

Few albums have the creation myth of Interludes For The Dead by Neal Casal's Circles Around The Sun. The 10 instrumental jams that encompass the release were commissioned by Justin Kreutzmann, the filmmaker son of Grateful Dead drummer Bill Kreutzmann, to accompany the biographical visuals he was compiling to be shown during set break at the "Fare Thee Well" concerts the living members of the Dead played in the summer of 2015.

As guitarist in the Chris Robinson Brotherhood, and a sometime participant in Dead bassist Phil Lesh's Phil & Friends jam sessions, Casal was a natural for the project; he, in turn, brought on Brotherhood keyboardist Adam MacDougall, bassist Dan Horne and drummer Mark Levy. At the shows, their music was a smash sensation: deeply familiar to the reunited Deadheads in how it tonally, rhythmically and melodically mimicked the Dead's songs, yet possessing its own weirdo majesty. Some pieces were explicit in their reverence, while others applied the Dead's freewheeling modus operandi and took their own course.

At more than 20 minutes, "Kasey's Bones" is most certainly one of the latter. From the opening electric-piano-plus-guitar squall/lurch, there's a Bitches Brew vibe to the proceedings. If most of the track's first 10 or so minutes clip along at a shuffling pace Deadheads will recognize (and haters will cite as primary evidence), the latter half is a unique explosion. It begins around the 10th minute, when MacDougall's switch to a spacey-sounding Juno synth serves as a prompt, and then they're off. MacDougall is on a clavinet creating stabbing funk patterns, while Casal weaves lines around him, the pair mimicking the early-'70s interplay between Jerry Garcia and his non-Dead keyboard partners, Merl Saunders and Howard Wales.

Soon, though, Casal hits a turbo-charge of pure lead-guitar shredding, and the rhythm section supports him with equally intense playing that crackles continually for three or four minutes with zero let-up. When it comes out the other side, everyone takes a breath: Levy keeps a steady pocket with Horne on dubby support, while MacDougall and Casal drift slowly toward an ambient space before devolving into an electronic-music black hole. If you know the Dead's trajectory, it's a perfect distillation of the group's fusion-filled 1973-74 jams. If you don't, it's a wonderfully evocative soundtrack for posterity, as it was for five thrilling summer nights.

Mapache is a new folk / blues / rock / bluegrass / psychedelic duo born in Los Angeles California. Mapache is interested in spreading good feelings of love as well as raw musical talent to anyone and everyone. Mapache is an experience both live and in the studio presenting a memorable and honest sound.

Nov 21, 8pm to 9pm, The UC Theatre Taube Family Music Hall, 2036 University Avenue, near Downtown Berkeley BART, Berkeley, CA, 94704