Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar


Lunch Poems: Tarfia Faizullah

Tarfia Faizullah is the author of REGISTERS OF ILLUMINATED VILLAGES (Graywolf Press, 2018), and SEAM (Southern Illinois University Press, 2014), winner of a VIDA Award, a GLCA New Writers' Award, a Milton Kessler First Book Award, Drake University Emerging Writer Award, and other honors. Her poems are published widely in periodicals and anthologies both in the United States and abroad, including Poetry Magazine, Guernica, Tin House, and The Nation, are translated into Persian, Chinese, Bengali, Tamil, and Spanish, and have been featured at the Smithsonian, the Rubin Museum of Art, and elsewhere. In 2016 she was recognized by Harvard Law School as one of 50 Women Inspiring Change. In Fall 2018, she will join the School of the Art Institute of Chicago as a Visiting Writer in Residence.

Mar 7, 12:10 noon to 12:50 noon, Morrison Library Doe Library

Free Live Jazz most Thursdays

Mar 7, 4pm to 6pm, The Musical Offering Cafe, 2430 Bancroft Way, Berkeley

Book Launch for Lyn Hejinian's Positions of the Sun: with Trisha Low and Noah Warren *Note: actual end time may vary.*

Lyn Hejinian, John F. Hotchkis Professor of English, Berkeley English

Please join us for a book launch for Lyn Hejinian's *Positions of the Sun*, featuring readings by Lyn Hejinian, Trisha Low, and Noah Warren.

To reserve your seat, purchase a copy of Lyn Hejinian's Positions of the Sun at Mrs. Dalloway's Bookstore or

*Positions of the Sun* is a sometimes melancholy, sometimes militant cross-genre experiment, combining elements of (largely non-narrative) fiction, with those of local journalism, and of cultural and literary criticism. Its twenty-six interlocking "essays with characters" (plus a "Coda") explore the mid-2000s financial "crisis," the spread of neoliberalism, and attempts by activists and artists to counter it, through the movements and daily lives of a wide-ranging cast of characters located in the Bay Area. In Positions, Hejinian plays the bricoleur, bringing together whatever's needed in her approach to the subject, whether it's the paratactic tactics of poetry, scholarship's critical patchwork, or characters set in time that evokes but frustrates narrative. Positions of the Sun is the second work in Belladonna*'s Germinal Texts Series, which seeks to trace feminist avant-garde histories and the poetic lineages they produce.

Lyn Hejinian teaches at the University of California, Berkeley, where her academic work is addressed principally to modernist, postmodern, and contemporary poetry and poetics, with a particular interest in avant-garde movements and the social practices they entail. She is the author of over twenty-five volumes of poetry and critical prose, the most recent of which is *Positions of the Sun*, which was published in January, 2019 by the Brooklyn-based independent feminist literary collective and small press Belladonna. The Bay Area press Omnidawn Books will bring out Hejinian's poetic trilogy *Tribunal* in the spring of 2019.

Trisha Low is a poet and performer living in the East Bay. She is the author of *The Compleat Purge* (Kenning Editions, 2013) and *Socialist Realism* (Emily Books/Coffee House Press, 2019).

Noah Warren is the author of *The Destroyer in the Glass* (2016), winner of the Yale Series of Younger Poets. A former Stegner Fellow, his work appears in The Paris Review, Poetry, Poem-a-Day, New England Review, PEN America, and elsewhere. He is pursuing a Ph.D. in English at U.C. Berkeley.

Doors at 6:30, reading at 7:00.

Mar 7, 6:30pm to 7:30pm, Mrs. Dalloway's Bookstore, 2904 College Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94720-1030

Sheldon Brown Sextet Plays the Music of Herbie Nichols

Sheldon Brown has gathered a stellar sextet of Bay Area players to perform work by the brilliant yet overlooked pianist Herbie Nichols, a contemporary of Thelonious Monk and the Be-boppers.
Like Monk, Nichols left behind a substantial body of profoundly elegant, seriously humorous pieces. Unlike Monk, he never gained recognition for his musical genius, even by his peers, in spite of having recorded classic sessions for Blue Note and Bethlehem.

Happily, Nichols' music has enjoyed an underground resurgence, in no small part due to reed player and composer Sheldon Brown, who has diligently transcribed every tune Nichols recorded and has seized every opportunity to share them with others.

Sheldon Brown has been active in the Bay Area music scene for over 30 years, leading his own groups and playing in some of the region's most interesting and creative ensembles. In 2014, he premiered his commissioned suite Blood of the Air at SFJAZZ Center; and in 2018, he released the studio recording of the work. He is an original member of Electric Squeezebox Orchestra and has composed and arranged for that group since its inception in 2015. He also composes for and performs with Clarinet Thing, Club Foot Orchestra, and Hemispheres. Brown has toured extensively with Omar Sosa and other notable artists, and he regularly performs with Ben Goldberg, Darren Johnston, Ian Carey, and Matt Small.

Sheldon Brown Sextet will feature work from Nichols' 1957 album Love, Gloom, Cash, Love and the Blue Note recordings. Performing with Brown are Ben Goldberg (clarinet), Darren Johnston (trumpet), Matt Clark (piano), John Wiitala (bass), and Jason Lewis (drums).

Tickets are $18 and are available in advance 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. Children under 12 are free. Those 21 and over are welcome to bring their own adult beverages 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!

Mar 7, 8pm to 10pm, The Back Room Music, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley