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
SPECIAL PRESENTATION IN APPRECIATION OF NATIVE AMERICANS
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.
Mar 8, 3pm to 5pm, 2090 Kittredge St. (at Shattuck), Berkeley, CA 94704
"Our Monologues" is a production featuring the real stories of students at UC Berkeley. The show centers the voices of femme, non-binary, and students of color and their relationships to gender, race, sexuality, and other intersections of their identity.
Our mission is to end gender-based violence and promote gender equity on our campus and in our world. All proceeds of the show go to organizations around the Bay Area that align with our values.
Mar 8, 7pm to 8pm, Wheeler Auditorium
Doors at 8:00pm; Show at 9:00pm. Admission: $12-15 at the door. Kitchen closes at 10:00 pm (ages 21+ thereafter)
The Berkeley Balkan Bacchanal presents a new rotation of bands the Starry Plough Pub on the second Friday of every month. Berkeley Balkan Bacchanal is a concert series featuring the other-worldy talent of musicians from the Bay Area and beyond performing Eastern European folk music. A hub in the Bay Area Balkan music scene, the bacchanal provides a platform for a community of performers, folk dancers, regular attendants and new friends to revel together every month since 2011.
Fanfare Zambaleta was incubated in the Zambaleta Music and Dance School in San Francisco and has since hit the streets as a full-fledged 11 piece juggernaut of a band playing exciting Romani, Serbian, Macedonian, and Greek Brass music with passion and dedication and featuring some of the Bay Area's most exciting young players and seasoned veterans.
Balkanton 340 brings you the unique traditional sounds of the folk instruments gaida, gadulka, kaval and tupan played by the Bay Area's most exciting veterans of Bulgarian music.
Mar 8, 8pm to 11pm, The Starry Plough Pub - 3101 Shattuck Avenue - Berkeley
This evening's show will feature the work of Elliot Levin, who along with the Newer Olduvai ensemble will continue his exploration of expression in poetry and jazz improvisation. Elliott is a Philadelphia poet and jazz musician who has played with a stellar range of performers from Harold Melvin and the Bluenotes to Cecil Taylor, Marshall Allen of the Sun Ra Arkestra, and Don Preston, formerly of Frank Zappa's Mothers of Invention.
Elliot Levin's words and tenor sax and flute work will front an ensemble including his two longtime collaborators Mogauwane Mahloele (master African musician) and Tom Rollison (co-founder of the New Olduvai group), as well as new collaborators Mika Pontecorvo/guitar, Kersti Abrams/sax and north-african reeds, Eli Pontecorvo/bass, and Mark Pino/drums, members of the Bay Area collective improv group Cartoon Justice. The sound will be an adventurous and accessible traversal of jazz fusion and free jazz, with some world music and funk to spice things up.
Opening will be Underweather Kitten, a Bay Area band with Phillip Greenlief, Tenor Sax; Brett Carson, Piano; Kazuto Saito, Bass; and Jason Leavis, Drums. Their music is a constantly shifting prism of sound that is both intellectually rewarding and emotionally compelling.
Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 at the door, general admission; $10 for students with ID and low-income individuals. 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!
Mar 8, 8pm to 10pm, The Back Room Music, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley