Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar

01/10/2019

Octomalien

8 limbs, and all the feels! A two person super-group featuring Chris Jordan and Emily McVicker. Musical sound scapes, high energy pop and funk tunes and original music! iTunes: Mermaid Antidote

Octomalien: Emily McVicker and Chris Jordan. 8 limbs, and all the feels! Multiple instruments and a big sound, as if you were hearing a full 6 piece band! This show is dynamic, high energy and created completely live in front of your eyes. Fierce keyboards, vocals, percussion, bass, harmony, and live-looping!
https://www.facebook.com/pg/octomalien

Jan 10, 7pm to 9pm, Caffè Chiave, 2500 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

SVER

"SVER has an enviable reputation for being one of the best live bands on the circuit." - Fiona Talkington, Songlines

Since the group's inception, Norwegian/Swedish folkrock band, SVER, has gone from strength to strength, playing extensively throughout Europe and the US, gaining a reputation as one of the most acclaimed live acts in the Nordic folk scene. SVER has released four albums: "Reverie" (2018), the long-awaited follow up to the critically acclaimed albums "Fryd" (2015), "Fruen" (2010), and "SVER" (2007).

SVER has often been described as "sounding electric without electricity", and their flexible musicianship has also made them an attractive backing band for some of Scandinavia's leading singers in different genres. That has lead to them playing on TV-shows, at large festivals, as well as securing positions on radio charts with the music ranging from folk to reggae/dancehall and rap. Their imaginative soundscapes, grooves, and melodies will take you on a journey over the Norwegian fjords and mountains, into the lively pubs and back out into the deep forest of their musicality.

Their newest album, Reverie, is recorded in Hallibakken Lydstudio, Norway, mixed/mastered by Mikael Lyander and Erik Ronström at Hedgehog Music, Sweden. The album is released November 30th on Folkhall Records!

"Among the other visiting acts, Norwegian/Swedish instrumental five-piece SVER caused perhaps the biggest buzz, matching exquisite virtuosity with exuberant playfulness and terrific rhythmic drive..." - Sue Wilson, The Scotsman

Jan 10, 8pm to 10pm, Freight & Salvage, 2020 Addison Street, 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

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

$30 General; $25 Students & Seniors (over 62) www.indrasnettheater.com 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 10, 8pm to 9:30pm, Berkeley City Club, 2315 Durant Ave, Berkeley