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 21, 3pm to 5pm, 2090 Kittredge St. (at Shattuck), Berkeley, CA 94704
Acclaimed San Francisco recording artist and producer PC Muñoz leads an all-star ensemble through a lovingly crafted reimagination of Carole King's blockbuster 1971 album Tapestry. Hear classics like "I Feel the Earth Move," "You've Got a Friend," and "It's Too Late" in unique new musical contexts, from funk to jazz to hip-hop and beyond. Featuring vocalists Zoe Ellis and Francesca Lee, jazz bassist Aaron Germain, guitarist Michael Cavaseno, MC DEM ONE, clarinettist Ben Goldberg, percussionist Amelie Hinman, and more.
Dec 21, 7pm to 8:30pm, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Doors at 8:00 pm; Show at 8:30 pm
Ashkenaz Celebration and Fundraiser: Tickets are $10 - $200 Sliding Scale
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Baba Ken Okulolo at 8:30 pmZulu Spear at 9:15 pm
Caribbean All Stars at 10:00 pm
Join us for a rare and special All-Star line up in celebration of the life and vision of Ashkenaz founder David Nadel! David's brilliant vision for an intercultural space founded in folk dance blossomed into one of the Bay Area's most celebrated venues for music and dance of the world.
Zulu Spear, Baba Ken Okulolo, and the Caribbean All Stars were among the first ensembles to grace the stage at Ashkenaz. They are at the foundation of one of the first venues in the country dedicated to world music and dance.
As the era of the Summer of Love came to a close, these are the groups and this is the venue that got the Bay Area dancing together to the sounds of Africa and the Caribbean.
This is a rare opportunity to experience Ashkenaz History and celebrate David Nadel's vision in one raucus night of music & dance.
Zulu Spear brings South African, reggae, and world music to life with high-energy theatrical performances of African traditions.
The show will have your heart beating to the grooves, lips moving with the lyrics of the unique acapella harmonies, brilliant electric and acoustic instrument arrangements and production of this live musical event.
Zulu Spear's lineup consists of original members: Gideon Bendile (lead vocals & dancer), Morgan-Nhlapo (vocals & dancer), Jerome A. Leonard Sr. (drummer & vocals), Ron Van Leeuwaarde, (guitar & vocals) and the newer members: Jennifer Jolly (keys & vocals), Scott "Sven" Vento (keys & trumpet), Patrick Owens (bass), Piwa (lead vocals & dancer), Kemi (vocals & dancer), Moekitse (percussion, vocals & dancer).
Babá Ken Okulolo is a beloved SF Bay Area-based Nigerian bandleader, vocalist, bassist, teacher and multi-instrumentalist, one of the few popular African musicians of today whose roots extend deep into his country's musical history.
He now leads several distinct African bands and teaches students of all ages. His lively performances, recordings, drum circles, and classes spread an uplifting message and bring the joy of African music to every audience.
Babá Ken was first seen in the U.S. as bassist on King Sunny Ade's world tours. He is known for his work with Nigeria's legendary Afrobeat creator Fela Anikulapo Kuti, highlife master Dr. Victor Olaiya, and the seminal Afro-rock group Monomono.
He has countless Nigerian and American recording dates to his credit, and the Nigerian Journalists' Association five times voted him the country's top bassist. He founded the international super-group Babá Ken & KOTOJA, famed for its bubbling brew of Afrobeat, highlife, juju, and jazz, and which inspired the start-up of Putumayo World Music.
The Caribbean Allstars are pioneers in the Bay Area reggae scene and longtime regulars at Ashkenaz. The ensemble, whose geographical roots range from Jamaica and South America to West Africa and the U.S., began joining together their musical forces and international backgrounds during the early 1970s. Out of such predecessors as Obeah and the Sons of Creation, the Caribbean Allstars were formed and became the founding fathers of Bay Area roots reggae. Although many musicians have come through the band since its founding, it has long been guided by its director, Trinidad-born drummer Hugh "Sweetfoot" Maynard. The Caribbean Allstars not only play Jamaican reggae with a traditional electric bass-drums-guitars-keyboards lineup, but also add steel drums to bring in South Caribbean calypso and soca styles of Trinidad and Tobago, producing rhythms that drive listeners to the dance floor. Over the years the band has performed with an array of talent sitting in, including Taj Mahal, Narada Michael Walden, and Carlos Santana. Santana played on their second album and introduced them as "my favorite band" at the 1987 Bay Area Music Awards (Bammies). The Allstars were featured on Ashkenaz's 30th anniversary CD and have for many years been one of the core bands of the extended Ashkenaz world music and dance community.
Dec 21, 8pm to 11pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley
Lady Bianca is a blues, gospel and R&B vocalist/pianist, artist, and producer.
With roots in Kansas City, MO and Macon, GA, and a father who taught her Texas blues piano as a child, Lady Bianca has evolved into an icon in the San Francisco Bay Area, and is known as the "Queen of the Blues and Gospel."
She has performed, recorded and toured the world with Frank Zappa, Sly Stone, Van Morrison and John Lee Hooker as a featured vocalist and background vocal arranger.
With her partner Stanley Lippitt, she has amassed a catalog of over three hundred songs, and has produced, arranged and recorded 9 albums, including her recent release, Blues is on the Menu (2017), on her own Magic-O Records ("Home of the Mighty Oakland Sound").
Lady Bianca has toured the country with her trio and was a featured solo vocalist and pianist in the International Boogie Woogie Festival in Lugano, Switzerland.
In 2015, Lady Bianca represented the Golden Gate Blues Society in Memphis as a contestant in the International Blues Challenge, in the solo/duo category.
In 2017, Lady Bianca sang "Oh Freedom" in the Roots Award-winning ï¬lm documentary Gina's Journey: The Search for William Grimes, and was the featured narrative voice in the Oakland-based ï¬lm documentary Evolution of the Blues.
This year, Lady Bianca sailed the Caribbean seas on the legendary Blues Cruise #30, and was a featured performer in the Mitch Woods Billboard Lounge aboard ship.
Her new holiday single, Xmas Time Again, will be available for sale at the show for $5.
Tickets are $20 and are available in advance 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 21, 8pm to 10pm, The Back Room, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley
FREE -- Donations of any size are welcome and greatly appreciated!
Enjoy a lively evening of son jarocho music, dancing, and zapateado- bring your dance shoes and instruments, or just come and enjoy the music and dance! There is no entrance fee, but any monetary donations are accepted in support of programming at La Peña.
Son Jarocho is a lively traditional art form from the southern Mexican state of Veracruz that sits on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico.It is a lyrical and danceable music genre that formed in the melding of three cultures: Arabic-Spanish, African and indigenous Mexican. It is at the same time highly improvised and highly structured-filled with complex poly-rhythms and musical dialogue in its dance, song, poetry and music. The basic instrumentation of the son jarocho includes the jarana jarocha, guitarra de son (both guitar-like instruments) and zapateado (percussive footwork). Regional variations include the harp and various percussive instrum (View Full Event Description Here: https://lapena.org/event/fandango-jarocho-jam-sessio/2018-05-18/)
Dec 21, 8pm to 11pm, 3105 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA, 94705, United States