Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar

12/07/2018

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



SPECIAL PRESENTATION IN APPRECIATION OF NATIVE AMERICANS

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.

Dec 7, 3pm to 5pm, 2090 Kittredge St. (at Shattuck), Berkeley, CA 94704

TDPS Fall Choreography Showcase

The Fall Choreography Showcase highlights the original work of promising, emerging choreographers. Under the direction of choreographer and TDPS professor Joe Goode, TDPS students present original solos and duets. See the next generation of dance artists!

<b>Program A | Dec. 6 at 5pm & Dec. 7 at 8pm</b>

Choreographers:
- Lashon Daley
- Amanda Stelea
- Jeremy Brooks
- Andrea Brága
- Yara Kanaaneh
- David Cha

<b>Program B | Dec. 6 at 8pm & Dec. 7 at 5pm</b>

Choreographers:
- Zoe Marsh
- Gina Bahr
- Elizabeth Bobrovnikov
- Katie O'Connor
- Bruna Gill
- Jason Lin

Online ticket link closes two hours before showtime. After that, you may reserve tickets at the door, depending upon availability. Please note that there is no late seating in Zellerbach Room 7.

Directions to Zellerbach Room 7

Dec 7, 5pm to 6:15pm, Room 7 Zellerbach Hall

California Jazz Conservatory Degree Program Performances

Please click here for a link to the current schedule of the California Jazz Conservatory 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.

Dec 7, 5:30pm to 7:30pm, California Jazz Conservatory 2087 Addison St, Berkeley

Reading: Marguerite Munoz and Emji Saint Spero

For the past five years, Marguerite Munoz has cocurated the multilingual reading series Voz sin Tinta, and her poems have been published in the Haight Ashbury Journal and Cipactli. Queer performance artist Emji Saint Spero is an editor at Timeless, Infinite Light and the author of almost any shit will do. Their work weaves together ritual, performance, and collaborative experimentation.

Dec 7, 6pm to 7pm, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Lauren Levin, Jamie Townsend, Lourdes Figueroa

Lauren Levin is a poet, mixed-genre writer and art critic, author of The Braid (Krupskaya, 2016) and Justice Piece // Transmission (Timeless, Infinite Light, 2018). Their gender identity is some mix of belated queer, Jewish great-aunt, and aspirational Frank O'Hara. They are still figuring it out. They live in Richmond, CA, are from New Orleans, LA, and are committed to queer art, intersectional feminism, being a parent, and anxiety

Jamie Townsend is a poet living in Oakland, California. They are half-responsible for Elderly, a publishing experiment and persistent hub of ebullience and disgust. Their first the full-length collection, Shade (Elis Press), was released in 2015. A chapbook "Pyramid Song" was released by above/ground press in 2018. They are currently editing a forthcoming collection of Steve Abbott's writings (Nightboat, 2019).

Lourdes Figueroa was born in Yuba City, California during a trip her parents made from Mexico to the USA when they worked in the campo tilling the soil for tomatoes. Lourdes is a proud 2009 and 2011 VONA alum. Her work has been published in the SF Poet's 11 2008 & 2010 an Anthology by Jack Hirschman, in Eleven Eleven, Something Worth Revising, Night Music, the zine Mirage, Spooky Actions Books published her first chapbook, yolotl, and her poem War America War was published by Backwords Press. She received her MFA in Creative Writing with an emphasis in Poetry at the University of San Francisco. She is a native of limbo nation. Lourdes believes in your lung, your throat.

Dec 7, 7pm to 8pm, The basement at Moe's 2476 Telegraph Ave., Berkeley

Pavel Zustiak and Palissimo Company: Custodians of Beauty

Pavel Zustiak and Palissimo Company, Cal Performances

In this multisensory work, choreographer Pavel Zustiak and his Palissimo Company ask, "Where do we find beauty today, and does it need our defense?" Zustiak creates an immersive visual experience for Custodians of Beauty, combining movement with imagery, light, and sound in response to a 2009 speech by Pope Benedict XVI, reminding artists of their responsibilities as "custodians of beauty in the world." Through formal abstraction and restrained, minimalist gesture, Zustiak explores the human body as sculpture, emotional trigger, and political symbol.

Dec 7, 8pm to 10pm, Zellerbach Playhouse

UC Berkeley Symphony Orchestra *Note: actual end time may vary.*

David Milnes, music director
STRAVINSKY Rite of Spring
RACHMANINOFF Symphony No. 2

Established in 1923, the UC Berkeley Symphony Orchestra is the oldest performing arts ensemble in the University of California system. Throughout its long history, the orchestra has provided students and other members of the campus community with the opportunity to expand their musical talents, while at the same time presenting outstanding musical programs to the campus and wider Bay Area communities. Past conductors have included Modeste Alloo, Albert Elkus, Joaquin Nin-Culmell, Michael Senturia, and Jung Ho-Pak. David Milnes, who is also Music Director for the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, has served as the University Symphony Orchestra's Music Director since 1996. Rehearsing and performing works of faculty and graduate student composers has long been a core mission for the orchestra; the Symphony's program regularly feature the world premiere of a major new work by a Berkeley composer. In addition, the orchestra has premiered several works of established composers. The University Symphony Orchestra now performs several evening and noon concerts each semester, supports a chamber orchestra, and continues during the summer months as the UC Berkeley Summer Symphony. An annual concerto competition results in concerto performances by the orchestra's leading soloists, and regular coaching for each section are given by a number of Bay Area professional musicians.

Dec 7, 8pm to 9pm, Hertz Concert Hall

An Intimate Evening of Music with The Keller Sisters and Misner & Smith

The Keller Sisters are Sheryl and Kerry, who grew up in San Francisco and started singing and performing together in glee clubs, choirs and musical theater. Daughters of film and theater performer Eileen Christy, their summers were spent on the road learning from the best. They were also discovering guitars and folk music, and started playing as a duo in their teens, performing an eclectic mix of folk, country rock and jazz standards.

In 2012, after several years of playing rock and blues with a cover band in the San Francisco Bay Area, and missing the stripped-down sound of their youth, they decided to reform the duo. The sisters began performing at local venues and, armed with original songs, started getting booked at festivals and songwriting showcases. Their original music combines storytelling, humor, warmth and the close harmony that comes from being sisters.

Sheryl and Kerry released their first CD, Shine, in November 2012, and followed up with House of Cards in December 2014. Songs from both CDs have received honorable mentions in three international songwriting competitions and House of Cards received extensive NPR play and charted on the AMA and Roots radio charts.

Four songs from House Of Cards made the top 10 for airplay on the Roots Radio chart and in September of 2015 they licensed two songs for an independent film. Their third CD, Hourglass Dance, received two honorable mentions from the WCS International Song Contest and was released in January 2018.

The sisters say, "After a lifetime of singing other people's music, we are thrilled to be sharing our own."
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Hailing from Northern California, Misner & Smith's music is a combination of soaring vocal harmonies, extremely tight instrumental arrangements, and story-filled, poetic songwriting, adding up to some of the most electrifying music on the scene today. The band's sound harkens back to the bedrock of American rock & folk, but the diversity of styles and genres are one of the things that set M&S apart. They can shake the walls like a freight train and then quiet the room to a whisper in a single song. With two singers who could easily lead a band independently, Sam and Megan sing with one voice, with music that captures longing and belonging in the same moment. Close your eyes and you'll be swept up in a sound that you'll swear is a full band.

Misner & Smith's combination of vocal blend, lyrical potency, and diverse songwriting make this duo one of the most unique and loved bands around. The award-winning original songs range from folk to rock to Americana to country, but essentially are something all their own, defined by the stories that each song tells. Misner & Smith create an extraordinarily full sound for only two people, and tour extensively both in the U.S. and overseas. Headlining regularly at venues such as the Freight & Salvage, and the Palms Playhouse, they have also appeared at The Kate Wolf Music Festival, San Francisco Folk Festival, and can be heard on radio dials all over the world. They recently celebrated over a decade of making music together; a decade that has produced five albums, including their most recent release, Headwaters. The combination of Misner & Smith's musical dexterity and vocal prowess packs a punch that will linger with you for a long time to come.

The Keller Sisters open up the night with an hour set from 8pm-9pm; Misner & Smith will play from 9:30-10:30pm.

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door general admission, $10 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!

Dec 7, 8pm to 10pm, The Back Room, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley

Hawktail


HawktailWhile music fans will recognize them from their various other outfits (Punch Brothers, David Rawlings, Crooked Still, A Prairie Home Companion), HAWKTAIL (formerly Haas Kowert Tice) presents an entirely new and unique offering. The instrumental talents of Brittany Haas on fiddle, Paul Kowert on bass, Jordan Tice on guitar, and Dominick Leslie on mandolin weave together an intricate tapestry of intertwining refrains.



Dead HorsesAt fifteen, Dead Horses frontwoman Sarah Vos' world turned upside down. Raised in a strict, fundamentalist home, Vos lost everything when she and her family were expelled from the rural Wisconsin church where her father had long served as pastor. What happened next is the story of Dead Horses' stunning new album, `My Mother the Moon,' a record full of trauma and triumph, despair and hope, pain and resilience.

Blending elements of traditional roots with contemporary indie folk, the album is both familiar and unexpected, unflinchingly honest in its portrayal of modern American life, yet optimistic in its unshakable faith in brighter days to come. Earthy and organic, Vos' songs often reveal themselves to be exercises in empathy and outreach; she writes not only to find meaning in the struggles she's endured, but also to embrace kindred souls on their own personal journeys of self-discovery.

Dec 7, 8pm to 10pm, Freight & Salvage, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley, CA, 94704

Latin Contact Dance Workshop and Jam - A New Improvisational Dance

Doors open at 7:30pm / Class begins 8pm
$20 Advance / $25 Door

Latin Contact Dance Workshop & Jam
1 hour class and 1 hour jam

Latin Contact Dance is a NEW form of dance that combines the traditional steps and notions of partner dance found in Latin dance forms with the fundamentals concepts of Contact Improvisation.
It uses the simple movements of Salsa, Merengue, Bachata and Tango to explore the relationship between the leader and the follower as well as to improvise with these different dance forms in a fun way. This dance is directed towards body awareness, communication and creativity through movement, music and contact.
Contact Improvisation is a form of improvised dancing that involves continuous contact between two persons or more. Some key concepts explored by Contact Improvisation are the interchange of weight, touch, and movement awareness.
Please come in comfortable clothes and ready to dance barefoot!
(View Full Event Description Here: https://lapena.org/event/latin-contact-dance/)

Dec 7, 8pm to 10pm, La Peña Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

TDPS Fall Choreography Showcase

The Fall Choreography Showcase highlights the original work of promising, emerging choreographers. Under the direction of choreographer and TDPS professor Joe Goode, TDPS students present original solos and duets. See the next generation of dance artists!

<b>Program A | Dec. 6 at 5pm & Dec. 7 at 8pm</b>

Choreographers:
- Lashon Daley
- Amanda Stelea
- Jeremy Brooks
- Andrea Brága
- Yara Kanaaneh
- David Cha

<b>Program B | Dec. 6 at 8pm & Dec. 7 at 5pm</b>

Choreographers:
- Zoe Marsh
- Gina Bahr
- Elizabeth Bobrovnikov
- Katie O'Connor
- Bruna Gill
- Jason Lin

Online ticket link closes two hours before showtime. After that, you may reserve tickets at the door, depending upon availability. Please note that there is no late seating in Zellerbach Room 7.

Directions to Zellerbach Room 7

Dec 7, 8pm to 9:15pm, Room 7 Zellerbach Hall

Stu Allen & Mars Hotel

Doors at 8:30 pm; Show at 9:00 pm

Tickets $20 Day of Show / $18 Advance / $18 Students

Buy Tickets Here

A tradition started back in the 20th century, Ashkenaz's Grateful Dead Night is always evolving, reaching new heights since Stu Allen & Mars Hotel launched a weekly residency in late 2011. Led by acclaimed guitarist-singer Allen (of Phil Lesh & Friends, Melvin Seals & JGB, Ghosts of Electricity), a revolving cast of incredibly talented musicians inhabits Mars Hotel, drawing from the Grateful Dead's vast catalog to delight Deadheads and dancers of all generations. A Mars Hotel show is always an energetic evening of good vibes, good music, and good community.

When it became apparent that Jerry Garcia had played his final show in 1995, Stu Allen began working to keep Garcia's music, sound, and spirit alive in the concert setting. He regularly works with Phil Lesh and has also played sets with Bob Weir and Bill Kreutzmann. Allen is perhaps most known for fronting Melvin Seals' tribute to the Jerry Garcia Band from 2004 to 2011. He received more national acclaim in 2010 when he toured with Dark Star Orchestra. Allen shares the Grateful Dead's commitment to making each performance a unique event, from preparation to execution. He will perform multiple shows before playing the same song twice, and even then, that song will not be realized in quite the same way.

Mars Hotel takes this idea a step further by presenting a new band at each performance. Drawing from the rich music scene of the Bay Area, Allen has assembled a broad and ever-rotating group of musicians that makes each concert a once-only experience. As far as Grateful Dead tribute bands go, this is a concept that has never been done before.

Dec 7, 9pm to 11:59pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley