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 28, 3pm to 5pm, 2090 Kittredge St. (at Shattuck), Berkeley, CA 94704
Joseph "Zigaboo" Modeliste is a master drummer, rhythm innovator and New Orleans legend. The most highly-acclaimed drummer ever to hail from the Crescent City. Zigaboo is the founding drummer, songwriter and singer of the legendary group the Meters. His work has been sampled many times over by artists such as Musiq Soulchild, Queen Latifah, Run DMC, NWA, Ice Cube, Salt N' Pepa, Cypress Hill, EPMD, Public Enemy, A Tribe Called Quest, Beastie Boys, Naughty by Nature, and Eminem. Modeliste is a BMI award winner for the Young Gunz track, "Can't Stop Won't Stop." His drum sound also provided the main loops for Amerie's "1Thing," which was nominated for two Grammys and reached No. 1 on the R&B charts. His songwriting displays both his musical genius and original funk style. Ziggy's songs have been released on over 70 albums nationally and internationally. His tunes have also graced such movies as "Two Can Play That Game," "Jackie Brown," "Drum Line," "8 Mile," "Hancock," "Red," and a Nike Commercial for Footaction. Modeliste was featured in producer Mark Ronson's 2011 "Re:Generation Music Project," In 2014, Modeliste's drum work was sampled in Eminem's single, "Berserk" -- a Billboard No. 1 BMI Award winner. That same year, Zigaboo and The Meters were showcased in Dave Grohl's and HBO's docuseries, "Sonic Highways."
In 2016, The Meters famed "Handclapping" was the featured song in Google Pixel Nightmoves. Modeliste is honored to be named in Rolling Stone Magazine's "100 Greatest Drummers of All Times." He has also been immortalized in songs, such as "Ziggowatt," by Lettuce and "Zigaboogaloo," by Nicholas Payton. In 2018, the Recording Academy has honored Modeliste and The Meters with a Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award.
George Porter, Jr. is best known as the bassist of The Meters, along with Art Neville, Leo Nocentelli and Joseph Zigaboo Modeliste. The group was formed in the mid '60s and came to be recognized as one of the progenitors of funk then called R&B. The Meters disbanded in 1977, but reformed in 1989. Today the original group still plays the occasional reunions but the Funky Meters, of which Porter and Neville are still members, most prominently keeps the spirit alive.
Porter's rhythmic work in the Meters in lockstep with drummer Zigaboo Modeliste was epic. Those pockets, the long notes and fat holes, provided the cushion for Leo Nocentelli or Art Neville to play or sing over and created some of R&B history's most memorable grooves.
DJ Harry DuncanHarry Duncan produces and hosts In The Soul Kitchen, the popular, weekly Roots & Rhythm radio show broadcast live on KCSM, the Bay Area's jazz station.
Respected industry-wide as an innovator, Duncan serves up his own Roots & Rhythm mix: a rich, danceable musical stew of soul, funk, blues, roots reggae, ska and jazz plus African, Latin and select World music when spinning live and while In The Soul Kitchen.
This music mix gives audiences, artists and promoters a welcome alternative to the kinds of in-house music often played at festivals and concerts.
Duncan has appeared with a wide variety of artists including Aretha Franklin, Tedeschi-Trucks Band, Bonnie Raitt and Mavis Staples, The Roots, George Clinton and P-Funk, Bettye LaVette, Trombone Shorty, Irma Thomas, Dr. John, The Original Meters, Rebirth Brass Band, Dumpstaphunk, Cory Henry, Antibalas, Bombino, India.Arie, Lizz Wright, Charlie Hunter, Tower of Power, Boz Scaggs, Femi Kuti, Steel Pulse, Madness and The Specials.
Dec 28, 8pm to 11pm, Freight & Salvage, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley
New York based, Berkeley-raised pianist Ethan Ostrow returns to California with his quartet of BHS Jazz alumni! The group will be playing many of his compositions, as well as the works of legendary jazz composers such as Cedar Walton and Horace Silver.
Having led a double-life as an actor for many years, Ethan understands the power of storytelling, and brings it to his music in every performance. His groups strive for an intense, lush sound, and demonstrate deep personal expression. Ethan has had the opportunity to perform at some of the Bay Area's finest venues, including Yoshi's, The UC Theater, The Fox Theater, The Freight & Salvage and more. He is currently studying jazz at the Manhattan School of Music, soaking in all that the clubs and streets of New York have to offer.
In addition to his passion for music, Ethan has spent much of the past year fundraising for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. He released his debut album, Confused, as a fundraiser for the LLS, and led an annual benefit concert with his trio at the Freight & Salvage.
"Ostrow's original compositions are dynamic, passionate, and gorgeous." - East Bay Express
Ethan Ostrow - Piano
Owen Storey - Bass
Nora Stanley - Saxophone
Pele-Or Greenberg - Drums
Tickets are $15 general admission and $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 28, 8pm to 10pm, The Back Room, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley
Doors at 8:00 pm; Show at 8:30 pm
Tickets are $15 Advance / $18 Day of Show
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Barakemi with Sotaque Baiano and Velth + Netto
Barakemi is Afro-Brazilian-Axé-Dance-Music. We represent unity, compassion and a love for life. The music of Barakemi is based in Afro Brazilian traditions and mixed with today's popular styles from Bahia, Brazil and the Bay Area in the US. Barakemi represents unity, peace and strength. We always search for the beauty in the world and bring it to share with the world. We are blessed!
Dec 28, 8:30pm to 11:30pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley