Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar


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

Jan 9, 7pm to 11pm, The Marsh Cabaret, 2120 Allston Way, Berkeley

Indra's Net Theater Presents a Time for Hawking

A time of change. A time of discovery. One night, at a New Years Eve party in the beginning of 1963, three young people at the start of their academic careers find themselves asking questions that become unexpectedly personal. What is the nature of Time? What do we really know about the world around us? Is it possible to really know the laws of physics, or the laws of the human heart? Cosmology and Poetry, East and West, Relativity and Quantum Mechanics, all collide. And with a little bit of champagne and some dancing, maybe the answers will come out. But without doubt, nothing will ever be the same again, for any of them.

"Astonishing.....Excellent writing and emotionally acute acting keep us engaged, moved and educated during this extraordinary evening of theatre.
Charles Kruger, Theatrestorm

In "A Time for Hawking," Coughran rises to lyrical heights of physics and language-invoking mystical Indian parables to evoke moving planets and stars. From a male-driven game of croquet to a slowly, unfolding explanation of Einstein's theories, the intimate three person scene opens up our imaginations, too.
Barry Horowitz, Theatrius

Alan Coyne's portrayal of Stephen Hawking is riveting and powerful - a wonderful fit of actor to role. Tirumari Jothi as Jayant is unassuming and unflappable, But Stephen's alluring nemesis is Jane, played with stunning authority by a wonderful Adrian Deane. Proper and imperious, she is the immovable object that challenges Stephen's beliefs. As a Spanish literature student, intellectually strong and undaunted by the scientists, she represents the perspective of the humanities. She asserts her own world view with confidence and questions what Stephen and Jayant accept as the truth and beauty of cosmology. Victor Cordell, For All Events You needn't be frightened, though. In fact, physics are the best parts... abstract definitions and explanations become concrete... you might come closer to grokking why time speeds up and slows down, or what exactly theoretical physicists spend their time pursuing, than you ever have before. Deane does exquisite work... elevating Jane to a character of molten complexity.
Lily Janiack, SF Chronicle

Alan Coyne as Stephen Hawking
Adrian Deane as Jane Wilde
and Tirumari Jothi as Jayant Narliker

$30 General; $25 Students & Seniors (over 62) or call our box office at (415) 613-9210 All performances include a pre-show talk which will begin a half hour before the show starts.

Jan 9, 8pm to 9:30pm, Berkeley City Club, 2315 Durant Ave, Berkeley

Ed Gerhard

From sold-out tours of Japan to festivals in Italy and venues across the U.S., Grammy-winning guitarist Ed Gerhard's music has touched audiences all over the world.
Performing on six-string, slide guitar or Acoustic Hawaiian Lap Slide, Gerhard's virtuosity, generosity and humor shine through. His distinctive touch is unmistakable. Whether performing a lush, sensual ballad or a haunting, bitter lap steel melody Gerhard will mesmerize. His connection with his audience is palpable.

Gerhard's releases have all received high praise from critics and guitar fans worldwide, including the Boston Globe Critic's Poll "Top Ten Albums of the Year." Ed's CD, Luna, was chosen by Acoustic Guitar Magazine's 20th Anniversary List of 240 Essential Albums.

"This soulful album of original compositions rich in melody, chordal complexity and stylistic variety proves why Gerhard is considered to have the most exquisite acoustic guitar tone on the planet." - Acoustic Guitar Magazine

Gerhard was awarded a GRAMMY® for his inclusion on the compilation CD Henry Mancini; Pink Guitar, for which he arranged and performed "Moon River." His guitar work can also be heard on CDs by Arlo Guthrie and Jorma Kaukonen, and he is featured in the Ken Burns films Mark Twain and The National Parks: America's Best Idea.

"...Gerhard does not write instrumentals. He writes songs only a guitar can sing." - Scott Alarik, Boston Globe

"I am glad to be living in the time of such a great guitarist, when a single note can say so much." - Seymour Duncan

Tickets are $22 in advance and $25 at the door, 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!

Jan 9, 8pm to 10pm, The Back Room Music, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley

"Under Paris Skies" Baguette Quartette with Odile Lavault, George Cole and EUROCANA

The Baguette Quartette is a San Francisco Bay Area group that plays music that was heard in Paris between 1920 and 1940 on street corners, in cafes, and in popular dance halls. Its repertoire consists of valses musettes, tangos, pasos dobles, fox trots, marches and realistic songs. They have recorded five CDs: A LA NOCE (2010),TOUJOURS (2004), CHEZ MOI (2001), RENDEZ-VOUS (1998), and L'air de Paris (1995). Bon Appétit, Café Classics, a compilation CD containing tunes drawn from our first three CDs, is available in many retail stores.

Big Louaccordion, vocals
Big Lou has been a fixture on the Bay Area accordion scene for decades. She played in Polkacide and founded Those Darn Accordions. Other projects include The Stir-Ups, Thee Hellhounds and Salut Matelot. She has been a guest artist with the San Francisco Symphony and the London Philharmonia. You can read more about her at

Rachel Durlingviolin
Berkeley native Rachel Durling received her B.Mus. from Mannes College of Music in New York. She has performed with the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Nel Dolce Tempo, Teatro Bacchino, California Symphony, San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, Jazz Composer's Orchestra, the nuevo-tango group New York-Buenos Aires Connection, Peter Apfelbaum's Hieroglyphics Ensemble, the cuban danzon group Orquesta La Moderna Tradicion, and Virginia Iglesias Flamenco Dance Academy. In addition to her work with Baguette Quartette, Rachel plays regularly with her chamber groups The Armanino Trio and Corvo String Quartet. Rachel has also been active as a violin teacher for the last twenty years; she is on the faculty at The Crowden School and Black Pine Circle School.

John Schottguitar, banjo
John Schott moved to the Bay Area in 1988 from his hometown Seattle, where he studied with jazz legends Julian Priester and Gary Peacock and classical composer Bun-Ching Lam. John is a member of the groove-jazz band T. J. Kirk, nominated for a Grammy for their 1997 release "If Four Was One". Among many other recordings, he has four CDs under his own leadership, most recently "Shuffle Play: Elegies For The Recording Angel". His avant folk-jazz-blues band, The Typical Orchestra, plays frequently around the Bay Area. He lives in Berkeley with his partner Naomi and their son Ezra. Check out John's web site.

Rich Trevorstring bass
Originally from the Chicago area, Rich has played blues and R&B with many groups in Illinois and the San Francisco Bay Area. He was introduced to the musette style by the French bluesman Paris Slim. Rich can also be found in the bass section of the Prometheus Symphony.

Odile Lavaultaccordion, bandoneon, vocals

Before founding the Baguette Quartette in 1993, Odile played the accordion for many years in the cafes and restaurants of her native Paris. She mastered the traditional Parisian repertoire as well as Gypsy cabaret music. She travelled all over Europe with a variety of musicians, dancers and theater companies, before moving to Berkeley in 1992. Odile stepped away from performing with the Quartette in 2013, but we occasionally talk her into performing with the group!

"George Cole was more than a guitar teacher to me. He was a mentor that talked about great music, great songs, good taste, and everything in between. I feel grateful and lucky that he showed me how to express myself with a guitar" - Billie Joe Armstrong (GreenDay)

"George Cole is a major guitar talent who plays everything from gypsy jazz to rhythm & blues. It's been a great experience playing my music with him and he's helped me take Dawg music in many new and wonderful directions. He can sing too!" - David Grisman (legendary mandolinist)

George Cole and Eurocana - Gypsy Jazz, Uptown Swing, French Chanson

George Cole, Kaeli Earle, and Madeline Tasquin put on a show that's a musical feast for the ears and eyes, a sonic synthesis of Americana, and, all things Français...Eurocana performances are filled with unforgettable music and non-stop fun! George Cole on guitar/vocal, Kaeli Earle on upright bass/vocal, and Madeline Tasquin vocal, guitar, and percussion. Eurocana has a full complement of sound, three part harmonies delivered by three top-tier vocalists, and amazing instrumental virtuosity. The group swings with infectious joy, bringing audiences to their feet the old fashioned way. No canned beats or backing tracks they are in the moment all the way. Influenced by Django Reinhardt, Rock n' Roll, Jazz, and French chanson (i.e.: Edith Piaf, Georges Brassens, Jacques Brel).

Jan 9, 8pm to 9pm, Ivy Room, 860 San Pablo Ave, Albany