Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar

06/12/2019

S.A. Lelchuk

S.A. Lelchuk author photo and Save Me from Dangerous Men cover image Facebook Twitter Tumblr Local writer S.A. Lelchuk shares his much-buzzed debut novel, Save Me from Dangerous Men.

"An outstanding debut...If you're a fan of Jack Reacher or Lisbeth Salander, you are gonna love Nikki Griffin." --New York Times bestselling author Douglas Preston

"Action packed and razor sharp - Jack Reacher would love Nikki Griffin." --Lee Child, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Past Tense

Nikki Griffin isn't your typical private investigator. In her office above her bookstore's shelves and stacks, where she luxuriates in books and the comfort they provide, she also tracks certain men. Dangerous men. Men who have hurt the women they claim to love. And Nikki likes to teach those men a lesson, to teach them what it feels like to be hurt and helpless, so she can be sure that their victims are safe from them forever.

When a regular PI job tailing Karen, a tech company's disgruntled employee who might be selling secrets, turns ugly and Karen's life is threatened, Nikki has to break cover and intervene. Karen tells Nikki that there are people after her. Dangerous men. She says she'll tell Nikki what's really going on. But then something goes wrong, and suddenly Nikki is no longer just solving a case--she's trying hard to stay alive.

art Lisbeth Salander, part Jack Reacher, part Jessica Jones, Nikki Griffin is a kickass character who readers will root for as she seeks to right the world's wrongs. S.A. Lelchuk's Save Me From Dangerous Men marks the beginning of a gripping new series and the launch of a fabulous new character.

Jun 12, 7pm to 8pm, Books Inc. 1491 Shattuck Ave Berkeley

Lyrics & Dirges celebrates 50 years of Pegasus Books with a special edition of the flagship monthly reading series.

Featuring: Susana Praver-Perez Kwan Booth Maisha Z. Johnson Serena W. Lin Elmaz Abinader Featuring a mix of prominent, emerging and beginning writers. Lyrics & Dirges aim is to highlight various forms of writing in an effort to spotlight the diverse literary community of the Bay Area. Hosted and curated by Sharon Coleman and Mk Chavez.

50 Years of Pegasus Books: 1969-2019 A week of special events celebrating 50 years of independent bookselling in Berkeley and Oakland. From June 11-17. View the full schedule : https://www.pegasusbookstore.com/50years

Jun 12, 7:30pm to 8:30pm, Pegasus Books Downtown 2349 Shattuck Ave Berkeley

Stu Allen and Mars Hotel

Doors at 7:30 pm; Show at 8:00 pm

Tickets are $15

A tradition started back in the 20th century, Ashkenaz's Grateful Dead Night is always evolving, reaching new heights since Stu Allen & Mars Hotel launched a weekly residency in late 2011. Led by acclaimed guitarist-singer Allen (of Phil Lesh & Friends, Melvin Seals & JGB, Ghosts of Electricity), a revolving cast of incredibly talented musicians inhabits Mars Hotel, drawing from the Grateful Dead's vast catalog to delight Deadheads and dancers of all generations. A Mars Hotel show is always an energetic evening of good vibes, good music, and good community.

When it became apparent that Jerry Garcia had played his final show in 1995, Stu Allen began working to keep Garcia's music, sound, and spirit alive in the concert setting. He regularly works with Phil Lesh and has also played sets with Bob Weir and Bill Kreutzmann. Allen is perhaps most known for fronting Melvin Seals' tribute to the Jerry Garcia Band from 2004 to 2011. He received more national acclaim in 2010 when he toured with Dark Star Orchestra. Allen shares the Grateful Dead's commitment to making each performance a unique event, from preparation to execution. He will perform multiple shows before playing the same song twice, and even then, that song will not be realized in quite the same way.

Mars Hotel takes this idea a step further by presenting a new band at each performance. Drawing from the rich music scene of the Bay Area, Allen has assembled a broad and ever-rotating group of musicians that makes each concert a once-only experience. As far as Grateful Dead tribute bands go, this is a concept that has never been done before.

Jun 12, 8pm to 11pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Dave Alvin, Greg Leisz, Christy McWilson

We are SOLD OUT of advance tickets for this show. There will be Standing-Room-Only tickets available at the door starting after 8pm, once the performance has started.

Jun 12, 8pm to 10pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison St, Berkeley