Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar


Free Live Jazz most Thursdays

Jun 13, 4pm to 6pm, The Musical Offering Cafe, 2430 Bancroft Way, Berkeley

Redwood Grove Summer Concerts: Real Vocal String Quartet + Berkeley Choro Ensemble

Real Vocal String Quartet\
Berkeley Choro Ensemble

On a mission to knit the world closer together through cultural collaboration, Real Vocal String Quartet freely mixes styles and transcends genres. RVSQ began with violinist Irene Sazer's inspiration to combine her musical passions: chamber music, improvising, composing, and singing, and continues to grow with fiddler Sumaia Jackson, cellist David Tangney, and bassist Sam Shuhan. The ensemble embraces diverse influences from classical, jazz, rock, as well as traditional roots music from West Africa, Brazil, and rural America. With past performances on the Tonight Show, with Feist at Coachella, and as cultural ambassadors with the State Dept., RVSQ strides forward on an adventurous path.


The Berkeley Choro Ensemble (pronounced "shoro"), is a group of world-class musicians from the SF Bay Area that made its debut in January, 2010, at the Berkeley Public Library. The group celebrates the music, culture and history of Brazil, with a special emphasis on the Choro genre, a style of music which emerged in the 1800's in Brazil, fusing the music of Brazil's European immigrants and the native music of Brazil's indigenous and African-Brazilian population. In particular, the choro sound is somewhat akin to a combination of European classical music, ragtime, and blues. Historically, the choro style influenced Brazil's most famous classical composer, Heitor Villa Lobos, to compose some of the world's most hauntingly beautiful music, the Bachianas Brasileiras. Our repertoire also includes samba, bossa nova, jazz, and the music of Northeast Brazil.


Shows will sell-out - buy online in advance. (No surcharge!)
Redwood Grove Gate opens at 5pm.
Ticket includes admission to the main Botanical Garden collections before it closes at 5:00pm. (a $15/adult value!)
Parking in the attached UC campus parking lot ($1/hr) is limited and not guaranteed - carpooling is highly encouraged.
All tickets are by registration "will call" list, no physical tickets.
Seating is general admission amphitheater.
Please contact us in advance if you will need a wheelchair accessible spot.
Snacks and drinks available; picnics welcome
Warm clothes recommended.

All concert ticket sales are final and non-refundable.
The value is not transferable to another concert or program. In the event you can cannot attend, another person may use your registration spots using your name.
(Please let us know if your tickets will go unused.)

Jun 13, 5:30pm to 7:30pm, Redwood Grove UC Botanical Garden

Lawn Chairs ~ Origami Angel [DC] ~ Stars Hollow [IA] ~ NF

Lawn Chairs
[Tour Kickoff! // Slang Church]

Origami Angel

Stars Hollow
[Ames, IA]

New Fossils
[San Jose, CA]

ALL AGES doors $10 + $2 membership
Breakfast will be served
924 Gilman Street, Berkeley, CA
An All Ages DIY, Volunteer Run, 501(c)(3) Nonprofit, Music & Art Community Space Since 1986.

Jun 13, 6:45pm to 10pm, 924 Gilman 924 Gilman St, Berkeley

Stop Making Sense: Free Outdoor Screening!

Jonathan Demme
United States, 1984

BAMPFA Student Committee Pick
Also screens in the Barbro Osher Theater on Sunday, June 16

David Byrne, Chris Frantz, Jerry Harrison, Tina Weymouth,

"Under the leadership of David Byrne, Talking Heads evolved from a prototypically cerebral New York art-rock band to a musically adventurous ensemble incorporating influences from funk, salsa, and world beat. Stop Making Sense captures the infectious energy of their live show while eschewing the MTV clichés of quick cuts, gratuitous crowd shots, and exploding smudge pots. From the opening chords of Byrne's solo version of 'Psycho Killer' to the final echoes of the rave-up rendition of 'Take Me to the River,' Stop Making Sense is rivaled only by The Last Waltz as the best rock concert film ever made."
Peter Moore

Jun 13, 7pm to 8:30pm, BAMPFA

Paul Pot

Paul Pot is a recording/visual artist from Berkeley, CA. As a DIY music maker he had a local hit on KALX in 1980 called "Plastic TV Land on Acid" which was played on Radio Free Europe's year end "Tops in Pops" show. From 1985 to 1997 he was in various, ill-fated punk bands: GAIL AND THE FUDGPACKERS, DON'T MIND US, and POOR IMPULSE CONTROL. He is the guitarist/singer in his current band THE HAPPY CLAMS (who are loud) and plays quieter solo gigs on the side. He has hosted the Missouri Lounge Open Mic in Berkeley for the last 14+ years. His songs tend to be ironic, quirky, and anthemic. This will be one of those quieter things.

Jun 13, 7pm to 9pm,

Louise Aronson presents Elderhood: Redefining Aging, Transforming Medicine, Reimagining Life, an essential, empathetic look at a vital but little respected stage of life.

"In the latter years there are possibilities for joy, transcendence, and meaning, but also for just the opposite. Aronson writes like a memoirist while giving us scientific insight, philosophical wisdom, and wise counsel for a journey and destination we all share. Elderhood is a lovely and thoughtful exploration of this voyage."--Abraham Verghese

To reserve your seat, please purchase a copy of Elderhood by speaking to a bookseller or ordering through our website. Elderhood: Redefining Aging, Transforming Medicine, Reimagining Life Cover Image Elderhood: Redefining Aging, Transforming Medicine, Reimagining Life (Hardcover)

For more than 5,000 years, "old" has been defined as beginning between the ages of 60 and 70. That means most people alive will spend more years in elderhood than in childhood, and many will be elders for 40 years or more. Yet at the very moment that humans are living longer than ever before, we've made old age into a disease, a condition to be dreaded, denigrated, neglected, and denied.

Jun 13, 7:30pm to 8:30pm, Mrs Dalloway's Bookstore, 2904 College Ave, Berkeley

Lynn Breedlove's 45 Thought Crimes

Queercore icon Lynn Breedlove presents a new collection of writing, 45 Thought Crimes. Celebrate this book release with a hat tip to Pride Month, a nod to Pegasus' 50th year, and a salute to 35 years of Manic D Press.

45 Thought Crimes conveys a lineage of resistance and places the reader squarely in the driver's seat of their own destiny. During the Reagan and Bush years, author LynnBreedlove tried to ignore the political climate to focus on his own self destruction. When that didn't work, he got sober and committed his life to art. After publishing his first two books and spending a career on tour, life took an unexpected turn. Breedlove spent the next decade caring and grieving for his mother, and founding / running a nonprofit to serve his LGBT community. But when the world threatens to end, the only moment that matters becomes now. Breedlove began writing this book the morning after the 2016 election, at the dawn of the coup. Newly in love and acutely aware of what was at stake, he questioned and confirmed life lessons learned, with Prince, Bowie, Leonard Cohen, and his ancestors as muses.

45 Thought Crimes is spirituality for skeptics, in the body of the beloved. It's church at a punk show, a letter to bees, a map in a crisis, a guidebook to histories, to love in a riot. Compassionate table flipping, commitment to the tactile, a swipe at the inevitable. Arrows to roses, plowshares to swords, strangers welcomed as life flies by. It's tablature for voice, chords they said you couldn't sing, the sound of swinging at fascists while kissing the one you love.

Lynn "Lynnee" Breedlove is the author of the novel Godspeed (St Martin's), was the singer for the band Tribe 8, and writer/performer of Lynnee Breedlove's One Freak Show, a comic solo show on gender and the ensuing book, which won the 2010 Lambda Literary Award in the transgender category. He is the entrepreneurial founder of Homobiles, the indie non-profit startup that's a ride service for the LGBTIQQ community and its allies, which, along with his creative work, won him the 2012 Harvey Milk LGBT Club Award for Activism.

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 here:

Jun 13, 7:30pm to 8:30pm, Pegasus Books Downtown 2349 Shattuck Ave Berkeley

The Battle for People's Park, Berkeley 1969

Author Tom Dalzell will be in conversation with Steve Wasserman, publisher and executive director of Heyday, to reflect on the fiftieth anniversary of one of the most searing conflicts that closed out the tumultuous 1960s: the Battle for People's Park.

"Resplendent.... A masterwork of history."-Ron Jacobs, Counterpunch In eyewitness testimonies and hundreds of remarkable photographs, The Battle for People's Park, Berkeley 1969 commemorates the fiftieth anniversary of one of the most searing conflicts that closed out the tumultuous 1960s: the Battle for People's Park. In April 1969, a few Berkeley activists planted the first tree on a University of California-owned, abandoned city block on Telegraph Avenue. Hundreds of people from all over the city helped build the park as an expression of a politics of joy. The University was appalled, and warned that unauthorized use of the land would not be tolerated; and on May 15, which would soon be known as Bloody , a violent struggle erupted, involving thousands of people. Hundreds were arrested, martial law was declared, and the National Guard was ordered by then-Governor Ronald Reagan to crush the uprising and to occupy the entire city. The police fired shotguns against unarmed students. A military helicopter gassed the campus indiscriminately, causing schoolchildren miles away to vomit. One man died from his wounds. Another was blinded. The vicious overreaction by Reagan helped catapult him into national prominence. Fifty years on, the question still lingers: Who owns the Park?

Tom Dalzell has lived in Berkeley since 1984. He has worked as a lawyer for the labor movement for his entire adult life. He has written extensively about slang. He has been methodically walking the streets of Berkeley since late 2012 in search of quirky stuff, blogging about it since 2013. The New York Times described him as looking "too strait-laced to be the arbiter of the eccentric." He accepts this verdict.

Steve Wasserman, raised in Berkeley and a graduate of Cal, is Heyday's publisher and executive director. He is a former editor-at-large for Yale University Press and editorial director of Times Books/Random House and publisher of Hill & Wang and The Noonday Press at Farrar, Straus & Giroux.

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 here:

Jun 13, 7:30pm to 8:30pm, Pegasus Books Downtown, 2349 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

Larry Bensky, of Pacifica, KPFA, and former New York Times op-ed editor, will be interviewing beloved local teacher and author Elizabeth Rosner on the craft of writing memoir.

Elizabeth Rosner's newest book, Survivor Café: The Legacy of Trauma and the Labyrinth of Memory, published in 2017, was a finalist for a National Jewish Book Award. National Public Radio named Elizabeth's third novel, Electric City, one of the best books of 2014; and her previous novels, Blue Nude and The Speed of Light, were acclaimed bestsellers and have been translated into multiple languages. The Speed of Light was shortlisted for the Prix Femina in 2002. Along with writing poetry and essays, she is a frequent book reviewer for the San Francisco Chronicle. She lives in Berkeley. Larry Bensky (born ) is a literary and political journalist with experience in both print and broadcast media, as well as a teacher and political activist. He is known for his work with Pacifica Radio station KPFA-FM in Berkeley, California, and for the nationally-broadcast hearings he anchored for the Pacifica network.

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:

Jun 13, 7:30pm to 8:30pm, Pegasus Books Solano 1855 Solano Ave Berkeley

Comedy at Ashkenaz! Father's Day Comedy Show.

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

Tickets are $15 - $20 Sliding Scale

Bay Area comedian and comedy producer, Lisa Geduldig (of Kung Pao Kosher Comedyâ,,¢), and Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center joined forces in 2017 to bring the East Bay a new monthly (the second Thursday of the month) comedy series, Comedy at Ashkenaz!

This show has been presented monthly for almost two years. Since launching, Black History Month, International Women's Day/Women's History Month, Gay Pride, and Mother's Day have been commemorated; there has been a political comedy night; and funds have been raised for three organizations and causes (the Redwood Empire Food Bank which provided food to shelters in Sonoma County for residents displaced by the North Bay fires, RAICES: The Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services, and Alameda County Community Food Bank).

And now for the first time, Comedy at Ashkenaz commemorates Father's Day. The Thursday June 13th installation of Comedy at Ashkenaz will be a Father's Day Comedy Show featuring a multicultural line up of Bay Area comedians who are dads: Tom Ammiano, Samson Koletkar, Jeff Applebaum, with MC Lisa Geduldig.

Tom Ammiano, The Mother of Gay Comedy, has been a stand up comic since 1980 when he pioneered gay comedy night at the Valencia Rose in San Francisco. He is also a legendary SF leader who has served the city for four decades as a teacher, School Board President, President of the SF Board of Supervisors, and has had an unmatched record of achievement as a member of the State Assembly. In 1975, Tom came out as the first openly gay teacher in SF. In 1977 he worked on the No on 6 campaign with Harvey Milk, successfully defeating an anti-gay initiative to ban gay teachers in California. Tom went on to be elected to the SF Board of Education from 1990-1994, the Board of Supervisors from 1994-2008, and was elected to the California State Assembly in 2008. Tom has been at the forefront of reform on many issues including affordable housing, LGBTQ rights, education, labor, immigration, prisons, and marijuana. He has given a voice to underrepresented communities throughout his career. Tom is a father and a grandfather.

Samson Koletkar was born in Mumbai and raised Jewish. He spent most of his childhood years burning the midnight candles for earning a Masters Degree in Computer Software, thereby fulfilling his parent's dreams. He then moved halfway across the world, to the technology headquarters... and a hotbed for emerging comics: San Francisco. Samson was included in 10 Best Indian-Origin Comedians of the Last Decade by BookMyShow, 10 Indian Comedians Who Found Success in the U.S. by Silicon India, and SF Chronicle published a cover article on him India-born Stand-up Builds Comedy Utopia in Oakland. He is the founder of Comedy Oakland and co-founder of Desi Comedy Fest, the largest South Asian comedy festival in the US, held every August since 2014 in multiple cities across the Bay Area. The festival also completed a tour of India in 2016 and has created satellite events in LA, San Diego, Portland, Seattle & New Jersey. Samson is the headliner of the You're Funny But You Don't Look Jewish comedy tour (with 40+ performances across the US and Canada): Italian American, African American, Vietnamese American, and Indian American Jewish stand up comedians share the stage and their own experiences about being `undercover' members of the tribe. Samson is the father of 2 daughters.

Jeff Applebaum, a native New Yorker, made his national TV debut as a comedian on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. He has also appeared on Comics Unleashed, America's Got Talent, and has opened for comic legends Robert Klein, Mort Sahl, Robin Williams, Dana Carvey, Elayne Boosler, and more. He's also a frequent guest on KGO Radio, 810 AM in San Francisco. Jeff plays the role of Joey Bishop in The Rat Pack Tribute and is also credited and appears in the blockbuster film The Pursuit of Happyness, starring Will Smith. Jeff is also active in hi-tech and is the father of 2 sons and 1 daughter.

Lisa Geduldig is a local comedian and comedy producer who's the creator, producer, and MC of a variety of comedy shows including Kung Pao Kosher Comedyâ,,¢ - Jewish comedy on Christmas in a Chinese Restaurant (which celebrates its 27th year in 2019) and Comedy Returns to El Rio! (which just celebrated its 10th Anniversary in May).

**While Ashkenaz is an all ages venue, the comedy shows are not recommended for kids under 16.

Jun 13, 8pm to 9:30pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Stanley Clarke

Stanley Clarke - Bass
Cameron Graves - Keyboard/Piano
Beka Gochiashvili - Piano
Salar Nader - Tabla
Evan Garr - violin
Shariq Tucker - drummer

With over 40 albums, four-time Grammy® Award-winner Stanley Clarke has attained "living legend" status. Born in Philadelphia, Clarke has been a constant force of nature in American music since the early 1970s with the success of the jazz-fusion group Return To Forever. During his 45+ year career, he has collaborated with Quincy Jones, Stan Getz, Art Blakey, Paul McCartney, Jeff Beck, Keith Richards, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan, The Police, Herbie Hancock and many more. Doubling on acoustic and electric bass with equal ferocity, Clarke was the first jazz-fusion bassist ever to headline tours, selling out shows worldwide. Known for his intense dexterity and consummate musicality, Clarke is a true pioneer in jazz and jazz-fusion. Also an accomplished film and TV composer of over 65 projects, Clarke's credits include Boyz N The Hood, the Tina Turner biopic What's Love Got To Do With It, Romeo Must Die, The Transporter and most recently the 2013 blockbuster Best Man Holiday.

His creativity has been recognized and rewarded in every way imaginable: gold and platinum records, Grammy® Awards, Emmy® nominations, a BMI Award, and virtually every reader's and critic's poll in existence. He was Rolling Stone's very first Jazzman of the Year and bassist winner of Playboy's Music Award for 10 straight years. Clarke was honored with Bass Player Magazine's Lifetime Achievement Award and is a member of Guitar Player Magazine's "Gallery of Greats." In 2004 he was featured in Los Angeles Magazine as one of the Top 50 Most Influential People. He was honored with the key to the city of Philadelphia and put his hands in cement as a 1999 inductee into Hollywood's "Rock Walk" on Sunset Blvd. In 2011 he was honored with the highly prestigious Miles Davis Award at the Montreal Jazz Festival for his entire body of work. Most recently, Clarke won the 2013 Downbeat Magazine's Reader and Critic Polls for Best Electric Bass Player.

Clarke believes in giving back to help young musicians hone their skills. He and his wife Sofia established The Stanley Clarke Foundation 13 years ago as a charitable organization offering scholarships to talented young musicians each year.

Jun 13, 8pm to 9pm, Freight & Salvage, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley, CA, 94704

Pele Greenberg

Pele Greenberg is a multi-faceted drummer and percussionist from Berkeley, CA.

He is currently studying at The New School's Jazz program in NYC and is back in town performing with a group of East Bay natives- featuring Nora Stanley on sax, Benny Bock on piano and Tyler Harlow on bass.

Tickets are $15 general admission and $10 for students with ID. Children under 12 are free. 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!

Jun 13, 8pm to 10pm, The Back Room Music, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley