Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar


Cry of the Burro: Performance and Talk: Michael Taussig and Futurefarmers

Michael Taussig, Columbia University Anthropology Dept.\

Columbia University Professor of Anthropology Michael Taussig and Bay Area Artist Gang Futurefarmers offer a performance as a means of rethinking the ways we represent an increasingly volatile world.

Nov 30, 3pm to 5pm, Lobby Hearst Memorial Mining Building

Super Cinema @Central

October 2018
The 1980s-Blockbusters!
Friday, October 5 Raiders of the Lost Ark 1981 / 115 min. / PG / CC

It's 1936. The US government hires archaeologist "Indiana" Jones (Harrison Ford) to find the Ark of the Covenant before Nazi Commander Arnold Toht grabs it for Hitler. The Germans believe the Ark will make their armies invincible. Marion Ravenwood (Karen Black), who is an old love interest of Indy's, joins him in a wildly daring, suspenseful mission to defeat Toht. George Lucas co-wrote the story and co-financed the film. Directed by Steven Spielberg.

Friday, October 12 Who Framed Roger Rabbit? 1988 / 104 min. / PG / CC

In this film, set in 1947 LA, humans and animated cartoon characters ("Toons") co-exist on the screen. When "Toon" Roger Rabbit gets framed for the murder of a businessman who owns Toontown, he hires rumpled Eddie Valiant (Bob Hoskins) to clear his name. Eddie racks up delicious allusions to Noir as he does. Kathleen Turner voices Jessica Rabbit, Roger's partly human wife, and Christopher Lloyd is the villain, Judge Doom. Robert Zemeckis directs.

Friday, October 19 E.T. the Extraterrestrial 1982 / 115 min. / PG / CC

Steven Spielberg directs E.T., a science fiction fantasy. Young Elliott befriends a space alien who accidentally has been left behind by his spaceship's crew. The boy and his siblings decide to hide E.T. until he can be rescued. As Elliott begins to experience a psychic connection with E.T., US government scientists start to hunt E.T. for their own purposes. At the same time, Elliott and E.T. fall ill. Without a doubt, this is one of the most beloved films of all time.

Friday, October 26 The Shining 1980 / 146 min. / R / CC

Aspiring writer Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson) accepts a job as winter caretaker at the isolated Overlook Hotel in Colorado's Rocky Mountains. His wife Wendy (Shelley Duvall) and pre-school age son Danny (Danny Lloyd) go with him.. Jack hears the disturbing story that a former caretaker had gone mad while there, murdered his family and killed himself-but keeps it to himself. With six months ahead of them, they settle in, cut off from the world.

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.

Friday, November 9 To Have and Have Not 1944 / 100 min. / NR

Based on the Ernest Hemingway novel and directed by Howard Hawks, this is a romantic adventure drama that centers on Harry Morgan (Humphrey Bogart), a fishing boat captain in the Vichy France-controlled colony of Martinique. A very young Lauren Bacall plays Slim, a steamy American singer who seduces Morgan ("You know how to whistle, don't you?") When Morgan reluctantly agrees to use his boat to rescue Resistance fighters, will Slim stand by him?

Friday, November 16 Adam's Rib 1949 / 101 min. / NR

Married couple Garson Kanin and actress Ruth Gordon wrote the screenplay for this classic comedy. It's about married lawyers (Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn) who face off as prosecutor and defense attorney in the trial of Doris Attinger (Judy Holliday) for the attempted murder of her two-timing husband (Tom Ewell). Holliday is priceless. Directed by George Cukor, Adam's Rib is # 7 on the American Film Institute's Top Ten List of Romantic Comedies.

Friday, November 23 LIBRARY CLOSED-Day After Thanksgiving


Friday, November 30 The New World 2006 / 150 min. / PG-13

Terrence Malik ("The Tree of Life") wrote and directed this film depicting the 1607 founding of Jamestown Colony in Virginia. Yes, Captain John Smith (Colin Farrell) travels upriver, is captured and held prisoner by Chief Powhatan. Smith and the Chief's daughter, Pocohontas (Q'orianka Kilcher), do fall in love. But the filmmaker chooses to focus on the natural world's deep, dreamlike impact on them, not ephemeral chemistry. Their dream does not last, not for them, not for their "tribes." In 2006, The New World opened to mildly positive reviews, but it has grown in stature since then. Emmanuel Luzbeki's brilliant cinematography is often cited as its crowning achievement. Mick LaSalle has called the film a masterpiece and the best film of its decade. Roger Ebert 4-starred it from the start.

Nov 30, 3pm to 5pm, 2090 Kittredge St. (at Shattuck), Berkeley, CA 94704

The Black Dahlia Murder w/ Pig Destroyer, Power Trip & more

The Black Dahlia Murder is a renown American death metal band known for their explosive live performance.
Any band that has earned an army of devout followers through dropping seven killer full-lengths - and touring their collective ass off for sixteen years - could perhaps be forgiven for thinking they could take it easy as they wade into their eighth release. But that's just not The Black Dahlia Murder's style, and Nightbringers is testament to that. Having released their most accomplished, aggressive, and emotionally diverse music to date in the form of 2015's Abysmal, the Michigan quintet have once more pushed themselves to new heights, and the 34 minutes of searing melodic death metal that comprises Nightbringers is riveting listening. "I always feel a responsibility to the people who support this band when we start making a new record," asserts vocalist Trevor Strnad. "The pressure that comes from people being excited to hear what you come up with next can be intimidating, but it's so exciting that those people love you so much for just doing what you do. It makes you want to honor what you've done in the past, but also excite them with where you go next, and that definitely drove us on 'Nightbringers'. When we started writing I honestly didn't know we had this album in us, and I feel really proud of it. It's a great moment for us."


is supposedly a group of mutants from Creepsylvania that were tricked into signing a record deal with Razorback Records. The characters that make up the group are Cremator, Digestor, Dissector, and Fermentor, with various other characters periodically joining them onstage.
Though the identity of the band members is meant to be secret (they use alias's and wear hoods when performing live), it is known that some of the members also perform in Impaled.

Current Lineup
-Ross Sewage (as Cremator) - Vocals, Bass
-Sean McGrath (as Digestor) - Vocals, Guitar
-Dan Randall (as Dissector) - Vocals, Guitar (2005-present)
-Dino Sommese (as Fermentor) - Vocals, Drums

Former Members
-Raul Varela (as Fermentor (2)) - Drums
-Andrew LaBarre (as Cremator (3)) - Guitars, Bass, Vocals

Khemmis is an American doom metal band from Denver, Colorado formed in 2012.

GostElectronic music producer based in US.

Skeletal Remains
Death metal band from California, US.

Nov 30, 6:30pm to 11:30pm, The UC Theatre Taube Family Music Hall, 2036 University Avenue, near Downtown Berkeley BART, Berkeley

The Bob Roden Quinte

The Bob Roden Quintet.  We play what one might call "accessible jazz" - a variety of jazz styles, but within a range that's readily understood and appreciated by a general audience.  

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

SPD Presents: A Very Unmerry Pre-Solstice Reading!

Mark your calendars for this special edition of SPD Presents: A Very Unmerry Pre-Solstice Reading!

Join us in the downstairs of Moe's Books for a night of wine, seasonal snacks, and our three incredible featured readers: Janice Sapigao, Jamal Batts, and Diana Cage!


JANICE LOBO SAPIGAO is a daughter of immigrants from the Philippines. She was named one of the San Francisco Bay Area's 2017 Bay Brilliant (formerly known as Women to Watch) by KQED Arts. She is the author of two books of poetry: Like a Solid to a Shadow (Timeless, Infinite Light, 2017) and microchips for millions (Philippine American Writers and Artists, Inc., 2016) and three other chapbooks. She is a VONA/Voices and Kundiman Fellow, and the Associate Editor of TAYO Literary Magazine. She co-founded Sunday Jump open mic in L.A. Historic Filipinotown. She earned her M.F.A. in Writing from CalArts, and she has a B.A. in Ethnic Studies with Honors from UC San Diego.

DIANA CAGE is a Lambda Award winning author whose work examines queer and trans experiences of relationships and desire. She's the author of five books, mostly about sex and a bit about other things. Diana teaches Gender Studies at SFSU and is currently working on a novel called The Husbands.

More bios and info coming soon!

Nov 30, 7pm to 8pm, The Basement at Moe's 2476 Telegraph Ave., Berkeley

Jazzschool Young Musicians Program Student Performances

Please click here for a link to the current schedule of the end-of-quarter Jazzschool Student Performance Series.

These performances are FREE and open to the public.

No tickets or reservations required.

Performances take place at either 2087 Addison (Hardymon Hall) or 2040 Addison (Rendon Hall) as noted on the schedule.

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

Shelley Doty X-tet

Shelley Doty X-tet
"I play rock with a jazz attitude," Shelley Doty said in an interview in the San Francisco Chronicle. "I'm not interested in playing the same song the same way for 18 years. When I write a song, I think of it as its own universe. I give my musicians a recording of the melody, then tell them to come up with their own interpretation." Those musicians, the members of her X-tet, keep changing. "X is a variable," she told the East Bay Express. "That's the one thing I learned in high school algebra that stuck with me." Shelley keeps playing with new musicians to keep the music fresh.

Growing up in Berkeley, Shelley listened mostly to jazz, Coltrane and Miles, and didn't imagine herself as a musician until her brothers turned her on to rock and roll. Nancy Wilson of Heart was her inspiration, at age 14, for picking up a guitar. She co-founded the popular West Coast band Jambay, touring relentlessly and releasing three independent albums before disbanding in 1996. In 1999, she won the Lilith Fair Acoustic Talent Search and closed the show playing guitar with Bonnie Raitt, Sheryl Crow, Sarah McLachlan, and Chrissie Hynde in front of 22,000 cheering fans. Since then she's immersed herself in a wide array of projects, including co-writing and doing music for Strange Frame: Love and Sax, an animated science fiction film that premiered in London this May.

X marks the spot tonight at the Freight, the spot at the crossroads of jazz, rock, folk, and blues, where fans of catchy originals performed with passion and commitment will want to see the Shelley Doty X-tet do their thing.

Nov 30, 8pm to 10pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley

Trio Garufa

Doors at 7:30 pm; Dance Lesson at 8:00 pm; Show at 9:00 pm
Tickets are $15 Advance / $18 Day of Show

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Trio Garufa features an international lineup playing classic and modern tango music from Argentina, including Astor Piazzolla's nuevo tango and the timeless golden-age tangos from the Argentine legends of the 1920s-'40s. Accordion and bandoneon player Adrian Jost grew up in Switzerland, where he played in various bands before falling under the spell of the tango. After moving to San Francisco, he met Argentine-born guitarist Guillermo Garcia in 1999. Their musical association and mutual love of Argentina's dance music led to Trio Garufa two years later. Bassist Sascha Jacobsen rounds out the group's classic tango instrumentation. In addition to having played at the top milongas (tango dance parties) in San Francisco and at several festivals in the U.S. and Canada, Trio Garufa has toured Argentina multiple times. When not performing, the musicians can likely be found out on the dance floor, as all three are obsessive tango dancers themselves.

Nov 30, 8pm to 11:59pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

James Small's Birthday Party 10 piece band + special guests @ The Starry Plough Pub

James Small is back for his 26th birthday celebration at the Starry Plough for the third year in a row. Like is has in years past, he'll be putting together an all star band of the Bay Area's top musicians for a legendary night of music. Don't miss it!

Nov 30, 8pm to 10pm, The Starry Plough Pub - 3101 Shattuck Avenue - Berkeley, CA 94705

The Easy Winners

Nov 30, 8pm to 10pm, Caffè Chiave, 2500 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

University Chorus *Note: actual end time may vary.*

Wei Cheng, director
University Chorus will present a series of celebratory choral masterworks, featuring Vivaldi's Magnificat, Mozart's Coronation Mass, Handel's Coronation Anthem, and a selection from Puccini's rarely performed Missa di Gloria.

The University Chorus is a select ensemble of approximately eighty singers open to all musicians in the campus community: undergraduates, graduate students, faculty, staff, community members. Acceptance into the chorus is by audition.

Sponsored by the Music Department, the chorus performs literature from the standard choral-orchestral repertoire to contemporary music. Along with concerts on campus under its director Wei Cheng, the chorus has been invited to perform with the Midsummer Mozart Festival under George Cleve (Beethoven Ninth Symphony), the Oakland-East Bay Symphony under Michael Morgan (Gershwin Porgy & Bess), and with the Berkeley Symphony under Kent Nagano and Joana Carneiro. Its concerts have met with enthusiastic reviews from the local press. "The University Chorus is "very impressive in sonority, quality of tone and expressiveness." (SF Chronicle). In 2011-12, the chorus collaborated with Gustavo Dudamel and the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra from Venezuela was a resounding success and Beethoven 9th Symphony with the UCB Symphony.

The goal of the University Chorus is to provide our singers and our audiences with a stimulating musical experience. In any four-year cycle, singers can expect to perform repertoire in a several languages and from various centuries. Each rehearsal involves a combination of vocal instruction, ensemble training, and musical interpretation. Singers can expect to be challenged and enriched in many ways over the course of each year. Whether they see music as their vocation or passionate avocation, most University Chorus alumni continue to sing well beyond their years at Cal and many are accepted into the most prestigious choirs around the globe.

Nov 30, 8pm to 9pm, Hertz Concert Hall

PG13, SLOMBIS, gentleman surfer

PG13 gets to celebrate the new CD release is also a SLOMBIS 25 year reunion gig AND our friends gentleman surfer from sacramento are also on the bill - AND it's at the ivy room in albany, one of the best revitalized spaces in the bay area. do you really need more reasons to come? here are the details ...

set one: SLOMBIS
david shamrock (sleepytime gorilla museum, free salamander exhibit),
angela coon (ninewood, toychestra, dot dot dot, kneel),
karen roze (ED, mrs jones, ninewood, MILF! ), and
bill barnes (501 spanish verbs, the tongues, east bay brass band )

set two: PG13
phillip greenlief - alto saxophone, compositions
john shiurba - guitar, compositions
tom scandura - drums

set three: gentleman surfer
barry mcdaniel - guitar
zack bissell - synthesizers

jon bafus - drums

buy tickets here:

Nov 30, 8pm to 11pm, The Ivy Room, 860 san pablo avenue, albany