Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar


Storytime on Solano: Imagination Flannel Boards

Boards Bring your little ones to Pegasus on Solano for a fun, interactive, and educational morning. Imagination Flannel Boards will be on hand to share stories and songs that spark your children's imagination. They will engage with the storyteller through singing, repetition, and movement. They will cheer when the ducklings find their mother and laugh when the Old Lady swallows a cow! Every 4th of the month at Pegasus Books Solano.

Feb 27, 10:30am to 11:30am, Pegasus Books Solano 1855 Solano Ave, Berkeley

Noon Concert: Harpsichord Duet *Note: actual end time may vary.*

Kimberly Kang, harpsichord
George Wang, harpsichord
A rare opportunity to hear two harpsichordists performing works by Rameau, Scarlatti, Bach and more

Commencing its 67th season, the Noon Concert series features the Music Department's varied and diverse performance activities. Inaugurated in 1953, these concerts are very popular and well attended by those on campus and in the wider community. Traditionally on Wednesdays and Fridays, each concert begins promptly at 12:15 and ends by 1pm.

Feb 27, 12 noon to 1pm, Hertz Concert Hall

POSSIBLE MINDS: Twenty-Five Ways of Looking at AI
With Editor JOHN BROCKMAN and local contributors:

Tickets available now!
Berkeley Arts & Letters presents a panel discussion on the future of artificial intelligence and the nature of human existence.

Advances in artificial intelligence have forever altered the way we live -- from Alexa in your living room to autonomous vehicles and drone warfare -- and AI is poised to define the coming decades for better or worse. Tech giants, including Google and Facebook, are engaged in an AI arms race, while Elon Musk, the late Stephen Hawking, and other thought leaders have warned that unsupervised, self-improving machine learning poses a major threat to society. So where is AI headed next, and how will this rapidly emerging technology impact our world?

In Possible Minds: Twenty-Five Ways of Looking at AI, science world luminary John Brockman has assembled twenty-five of the most important scientific thinkers to discuss the groundbreaking opportunities and potential dangers that AI presents. The result is an unparalleled round-table examination of the mind, thinking, intelligence, and what it means to be human.

Joining us for an evening of conversation are two of the Bay Area contributors:
-  Chris Anderson: former EIC of Wired; cofounder and CEO of 3DRobotics.
-  Anca Dragan: UC Berkeley professor; cofounder of the prestigious Berkeley AI Research Lab.
Leading the panel is Possible Minds editor John Brockman, founder of the powerhouse international literary and software agency Brockman, Inc. as well as the publisher of, an online salon that the Guardian has called "the worlds smartest website."
Please note:
Duration of event is subject to author's preference.
Signing and additional details coming soon.
This event is all ages. Accessibility is important to us! If you have special needs of any kind, please write events AT booksmith DOT com and we will do our best to accommodate you.

Feb 27, 7:30pm to 8:30pm, Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar St., Berkeley

Book Launch: Juan Alvarado Valdivia | Ballad of a Slopsucker

Pegasus Books Downtown welcomes Juan Alvarado Valdivia (¡Cancerlandia!: A Memoir) to launch his short story collection, Ballad of a Slopsucker. Joining him in conversation is journalist and author Edward Guthmann (Wild Seed), a former long-time film critic at the San Francisco Chronicle.

A young widower visits Chichén Itzá to honor his wife; family dynamics unravel at a child's birthday party; the lead singer of a high school metal band faces his dreaded tenth reunion; a serial killer believes he's been blessed by God to murder bicycle thieves-Alvarado Valdivia's debut collection of short stories ranges from dark to light and is written with a storyteller's skill and compassion. Based in Northern California and examining a variety of themes, including love, family, and masculinity, these stories offer an important new perspective on the experiences of Latinos and Latinas in the United States and complicate ideas of nationhood, identity, and the definition of home.

"This book should have its place on the shelves of any Latino literature collection."-Daniel Chacón, author of Hotel Juárez: Stories, Rooms and Loops

"With sharp observation and compassion, Juan Alvarado Valdivia brings to high relief contemporary lives of Latinos searching for meaning in California's cities, towns, and barrios. Ballad of a Slopsucker is a rich debut collection."-Daniel A. Olivas, author of The King of Lighting Fixtures: Stories

"Juan Alvarado Valdivia has become an exciting new voice in contemporary Latino and American literature. With heart and wisdom and in prose that gleams with energy, heart, and intelligence, Alvarado Valdivia showcases his talent as a truly original-and necessary-storyteller."-Alex Espinoza, author of The Five Acts of Diego León: A Novel

"Written with a clear eye for detail and a sharp ear for dialogue, and always with deep empathy, Ballad of a Slopsucker is a book you won't soon forget."-Lysley Tenorio, author of Monstress: Stories

"In true Califas style, Alvarado Valdivia offers us the collision of the profane and the poignant, the adrenaline of living on the edge and the sometimes comic absurdity of regret."-Manuel Muñoz, author of The Faith Healer of Olive Avenue: Stories

Feb 27, 7:30pm to 8:30pm, Pegasus Books Downtown 2349 Shattuck Ave Berkeley