Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar


Cascada De Flores

Cascada De Flores

Jan 18, 11:45am to 2:45pm, Cheese Board Pizza 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA

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


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.

Jan 18, 3pm to 5pm, 2090 Kittredge St. (at Shattuck), Berkeley, CA 94704

Kickin' the Mule

Kickin' the Mule plays a variety of jazz- and blues-related genres: New Orleans R&B, Oakland and Chicago blues, Memphis and Motown soul, and Oakland funk.

Jan 18, 4:45pm to 7:45pm, Cheese Board Pizza 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA

Performance: Anna Homler/Breadwoman *Note: actual end time may vary.*

Vocalist Anna Homler presents her performance persona Breadwoman, who lives outside of time and communicates with gestures and songs in a melodic, phonetic language that is both alien and familiar. Homler collaborates with local musicians and dancers across the US and Europe to bring Breadwoman to life. In 2016, Homler's 1985 album Breadwoman and Other Tales was rereleased to critical acclaim.

Jan 18, 7pm to 8pm, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Sturdy Skeptics * Violet Island * Busy Lighthouse * Resky

Sturdy Skeptics (FKA The Warhols)
Violet Island
Busy Lighthouse

ALL AGES. Doors 7:30PM.
$10 // $12 w/o membership
safe(r) space venue: no drugs no booze no jerks

An All Ages DIY, Volunteer Run, 501(c)(3) Nonprofit, Music & Art Community Space Since 1986.

Jan 18, 7:30pm to 11:59pm, 924 Gilman 924 Gilman St, Berkeley

Founding Fathers Trio

Founding Fathers is a local group honoring the immense contributions of oppressed peoples to the founding of the U.S. Our music explores the intersection of jazz, soul and afro-latin traditions and features Gary Johnson on bass, Cyril Guiraud on alto and tenor saxes, and Vincent De Jesus on drums and percussion.

Jan 18, 8pm to 11pm, Jupiter, 2181 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

CelloJoe Presents The Cello MADNESS Congress: Cello Resolution

The Cello Madness Congress creates spontaneous, improvised, magical musical moments between cellists. Each artist will have a feature set in addition to improvised songs amongst the cellists.

Featured artists for the Harvest the Groove edition of the Cello Madness Congress:


Cello Joe

Doors open at 7:30 pm, show runs 8-11 pm. Arrive early for best seating as it's first come, first serve.

All Ages

Expect mystical moments of musical mayhem. Cellists will be improvising in ways you've never heard cello before.

A bit of background:The Cello Madness Congress is a loose knit group of cellists from around the Bay Area (90 members strong and growing!) who get together to write a new constitution of what is possible with the violoncello or 'cello for short.

We play the instrument said to be most like the human voice and we create spontaneous, improvised, magical musical moments of pure ecstasy (the aural/auditory kind) that astound and amaze the listener's ear.

We can go from a stately, majestic promenade of elf gods to a wild, erratic, frantic frenzy of whirling space gnomes dancing in eternity whilst seducing seahorses and sea cucumbers. Our jams can depict the ephemeral wisps of smoke rising from a funeral pyre to the prismatic rainbow colored fanfare of a three ring circus complete with elephants and clowns.

We also read music arranged for cello. We invite all cellists to come and explore with us.

Tickets are $18 in advance and $25 at the door. 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 18, 8pm to 11pm, The Back Room Music, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley

Barry Wofsy Heart of Rock & Roll Series featuring Mark Karan

Doors at 7:30 pm; Show at 8:00 pm
Tickets are $15 Advance / $18 Day of Show

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Mark Karan is best known for performing with the extended Grateful Dead family. For the last twelve years, he has anchored the lead guitar slot in Bob Weir & RatDog, playing hundreds of shows to thousands of fans year-round. Before crossing over into the land of the Dead, Mark worked his guitar and vocal voodoo for the likes of Dave Mason, Delaney Bramlett, the Rembrandts, Paul Carrack, Huey Lewis, Jesse Colin Young and Sophie B. Hawkins.

Mark also tours with an array of amazing musicians in his own "Mark Karan's Buds", where his soulful blues-based vocal stylings and inspired guitar work meld with the remarkably creative and responsive playing of his friends in a passionate delivery of the psychedelicized sounds of Americana. This is where rock meets R&B and country and mixes with the soul of New Orleans... with healthy portions of reggae, folk, funk and whatever else the muse might bring. In addition to his originals, as well as those of songwriter friends, Mark covers a range of eclectic songs from Johnny "Guitar" Watson's "You Can Stay (But the Noize Must Go)" and Peter Tosh's "Don't Look Back", to the Kinks' "Lazin' on a Sunny Afternoon" or Joe Jackson's "Fools in Love" - his unique musical taste and song choices are the hallmark of these shows, and always crowd pleasers for his nationwide, loyal fanbase.

Jan 18, 8pm to 11pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

The Daniel Lucca Quintet Feat. Marc Russo from the Yellowjackets and Drew Zingg of Steely Dan

California Jazz Conservatory - The Daniel Lucca Quintet Feat. Marc Russo from the Yellowjackets and Drew Zingg of Steely Dan

This Power Packed Quintet Led by Daniel Lucca Parenti on Bass, features Original music by some of the Bay Area's Best such as Frank Martin on Keys and Drew Zingg on Guitar. On Drums, another Bay Area Legend who has performed with Santana and Whitney Houston, Tommie Bradford will be sure to keep it funky for us. And last but not least we are so honored to have with us fresh off the road from The Doobie Brothers, Marc Russo, Alto Sax Extraordinaire from the Yellowjackets and many other superb groups.

 Band Members and Instrumentation
Daniel Lucca Parenti - Bass
Marc Russo - Alto Sax
Drew Zingg - Guitar
Frank Martin - Keys
Tommie Bradford - Drums

Artist/Group Bio(s)
San Francisco Bay Area native D-Lucca (Daniel Lucca Parenti) is one of the bay's
premiere bassists, at ease with every style from Rock, Jazz, R&B and Gospel. He has
performed with music legends such as Rosemary Clooney, Sheila E, Michael Brecker, and Lionel Hampton, and appeared on two Grammy-nominated albums as well as "The Rosie O'Donnell Show"
and "The View."

D-Lucca's career has taken him throughout the continental U.S., Hawaii, Germany, and
Canada. Along the way he has performed at popular festivals such as the Stuttgart Jazz
Open, the Westbury Jazz Festival, the Maysville Jazz Festival, the Human Rights
Campaign, and the Jazz Trax Smooth Jazz Festivals at Incline Village and Catalina

D-Lucca has performed and collaborated with a vast array of talented musicians across
many genres. A partial list: Rosemary Clooney, Michael Feinstein, Michael Brecker,
Sheila E, Pete Escovedo, Debbie Boone, Martha Wash, Ronnie Laws, Tommy Igoe, Mario
Cantone, Tom Browne, Fred Wesley, Jimmy Darren, Tony Tennille, Lionel Hampton and
Matt Catingub and the Honolulu Symphony Pops Orchestra.

D-Lucca has released six full length original albums: "The All For You Project," "Cruise
Control," "The Next Level," "Pressing Forward," "Have Yourself a Fretless Little
Christmas," and his most recent, "Focus." He can be found playing throughout the Bay
Area at jazz festivals and world class venues like Yoshi's in Oakland, as well as in all
manner of ensembles and collaborations.

D-Lucca has made a strong presence in the Bay Area as an Educator having founded
"The Professional Musician," a live and on-line educational program dedicated to
teaching professionalism in the Music Industry. He is also as an educator teaching
privately, as a Clinician and Master Class Teacher at many upper education facilities, and
as a staff member for the Lafayette Summer Jazz Workshop, Lafayette CA.
"Aptly handling a variety of basses, including melody-manning piccolo, [D-Lucca's]
material is alternately laid-back and fused-out modern jazz." - Bass Player Magazine
"D-Lucca has fused jazz and rock so beautifully that you don't know when one ends and
the other begins" - Susan Frances,

"I was much taken aback when I first heard this young man play the bass. He is my very
first recommendation. I appreciate his overall musicianship, his skill on all the basses
both on acoustic upright and electric instruments, and his constant reliability and
professionalism. He shows maturity beyond his years and his playing shows his deep
knowledge and understanding of the history and source of his art. This combined with his
passion for music and a desire to be the best at his craft, make him irreplaceable." - Terry
Disley, Acoustic Alchemy

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Jan 18, 8pm to 10pm, Rendon Hall/Fiddler Annex @ California Jazz Conservatory 2040 Addison Street, Berkeley

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Cal Performances

Program A (1/18 and 1/20)
Alejandro Cerrudo/Silent Ghost
William Forsythe/N.N.N.N.
Nacho Duato/Jardí Tancat
Crystal Pite/Grace Engine

Program B (1/19)
Emma Portner and Lil Buck/New Piece (music: Dev Hynes, with Third Coast Percussion) (Bay Area Premiere)

Jan 18, 8pm to 10pm, Zellerbach Hall