Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar


Black Life: Davia Spain *Note: actual end time may vary.*

Davia Spain presents a new original work centered around her forthcoming debut album. Having devoted the last seven years predominantly to dance and theater, Spain is returning to her roots in music, developing an immersive performance experience steeped in Afrofuturist traditions. Through music, movement, and spoken word, she reimagines the past, makes predictions of the future, and pulls possible outcomes into the present.

Jun 15, 4pm to 5pm, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Arraiá da Brasarte: Festa Junina in Berkeley!

Our Annual Traditional Festa Junina in Berkeley!

LIVE Forró & Quadrilha music with Xaxado Mission
Traditional Food & Drink
Quadrilha Performance
All Ages Welcome!

Housed in Casa de Cultura, BrasArte presents several annual activities thru its arts and culture program. These include: Yemanja Arts Festival (February), Carnaval Ball (February/March), Sao Joao Festival (June), Camp Erê (JuneJuly), Lavagem (September) These activities seek to introduce and inform attendees about Brasilian culture. Each event coincides (as closely as possible) with the actual date of the festivities in Brasil. Participants create and/or observe artistic elements that represent the history of the activity. BrasArte also offers dance/music workshops, dance/music performances and performance opportunities in parades and at festivals.

Vai ter Forró!!! Xaxado Mission is a San Francisco based Brazilian band that specializes in Forró, a genre of music originating in Northeastern Brazil. The repertoire brings high energy songs from masters Luiz Gonzaga and Jackson do Pandeiro, in addition to a few Carimbo fusions, and Samba sets tailored for dancing the hours away. Always sure to be a great time!!!
$10 pre sale (on sale now!) ~~ $15 door

Jun 15, 5pm to 10pm, BrasArte 1901 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Chromeo: with guests: Toro Y Moi, Noname, Ian Isiah *Note: actual end time may vary.*

World leaders, powerful CEOs, and other fat cats could learn a lesson or two from electrofunk duo Chromeo, namely: know thyself, know thy vibe, and stay thy course. The rest of the population will catch up. Indeed, Chromeo is really good at being, well, Chromeo. The mission, the package, the vision - it's been a straight shot of pure intentionality from the jump. Funk a game plan, Montreal natives Dave 1 and P-Thugg had a ten-year battle strategy: from cult 80s fetishists on 2004's She's In Control to indie blog darlings on 2007's Fancy Footwork, to international touring sensations on 2010's Business Casual, to bona fide pop stars on 2014's White Women.

And guess what? Pee (still looking a smooth criminal in a Coogi) and Dave (ever the Semitic/Gallic heartthrob in tight pants) are back. Early 2018 will mark the release of the Funklordz' fifth studio LP: Head Over Heels. The album not only elevates Chromeo's blueprint of ass-targeting beats, melodic honey and clever lyrics about the foibles of contemporary augments it with unprecedented conceptual cohesion, booming sonics and more collaborations than ever before. Session legends such as Pino Palladino and Jesse Johnson (The Time, D'Angelo) coexist alongside the likes of DRAM and The-Dream on this intricate and ambitious ode to funk music, orchestrated by modern day masters of the genre.

Consider the first single "Juice", a hilarious paean to female power set to a buoyant California bop: it's Chromeo at its biggest and baddest.

Jun 15, 5pm to 6pm, Hearst Greek Theatre

Obi Kaufmann presents The State of Water

Obi Kaufmann, author of the best-selling California Field Atlas, discusses and signs copies of his new book, The State of Water: Understanding California's Most Precious Resource.

Obi Kaufmann, author of the best-selling California Field Atlas, turns his artful yet analytical attention to the Golden State's single most complex and controversial resource: water. In this new book, full-color maps unravel the braided knot of California's water infrastructure and ecosystems, exposing a history of unlimited growth in spite of finite natural resources-a history that has led to its current precarious circumstances. But this built world depends upon the biosphere, and in The State of Water Kaufmann argues that environmental conservation and restoration efforts are necessary not only for ethical reasons but also as a matter of human survival. Offering nine perspectives to illustrate the most pressing challenges facing California's water infrastructure, from dams to species revitalization, Kaufmann reveals pragmatic yet inspiring solutions to how water in the West can continue to support agriculture, municipalities, and the environment. Interspersed throughout with trail paintings of animals that might survive under a caring and careful water ethic, Kaufmann shows how California can usher in a new era of responsible water conservation, and-perhaps most importantly-how we may do so together.

Growing up in the East Bay as the son of an astrophysicist and a psychologist, Obi Kaufmann spent most of high school practicing calculus and breaking away on weekends to scramble around Mount Diablo and map its creeks, oak forests, and sage mazes. Into adulthood, he would regularly journey into the mountains, spending more summer nights without a roof than with one. For Kaufmann, the epic narrative of the California backcountry holds enough art, science, mythology, and language for a hundred field atlases to come. When he is not backpacking, you can find the painter-poet at his desk in Oakland, posting @coyotethunder #trailpaintings on social media. His website is Event date: Event address: , CA 94704

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 15, 7:30pm to 8:30pm, Pegasus Books Downtown 2349 Shattuck Ave Berkeley


Fanna-Fi-Allah hold the flame of traditional Sufi Qawwali music, with the blessings of their teachers; some of the greatest masters of the qawwali form in India and Pakistan. Through the beauty of the music they embody a universal message of devotion and tolerance that is crucial to our time.

The group's founding members have spent over 20 years learning this classical art, which celebrates the great Sufi mystics of old and relishes in the love of the Divine through poetry. Sung with a powerful soaring chorus and accompanied by the energetic rhythms of tabla and group clapping, the Beloved is celebrated with ecstatic devotion.

Fanna-Fi-Allah have been blessed to play qawwali in its traditional setting at the honoured tombs of sufi saints in Pakistan and India, where qawwali originates. These include the sacred shrines of: Data Ganj Baksh (Lahore), Baba Ganj-e-Shakar (Pak Pattan), Baba Bulleh Shah (Kasoor), Baba Lasuri Shah (Faislabad) and in India at the tombs of Khwaja Nizzam-Ud-Deen Aulia, Amir Khusrau, Pir Inayat Khan (Delhi), & Khwaja Mueen-Ud-Deen Chishty (Ajmer).

During their 17 years of world-wide touring, they have offered audiences a unique glimpse into this rich and vibrant culture; playing at many international festivals and concerts in major cities. They have enthralled audiences in the USA, Canada, Pakistan, Europe, Indonesia, India, Egypt (etc) with their dynamic skill and passionate musical precision. Having published ten albums published, Fanna-Fi-Allah now offer us an even deeper glimpse into this Sufi world of Pakistan with the production of their new documentary: Music of the Mystics.

Jun 15, 8pm to 10pm, Freight & Salvage, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley, CA, 94704

Barry Wofsy Heart of Rock & Roll Series featuring James Nash and the Nomads

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

Tickets are $15 Advance / $18 Day of Show

James Nash is no stranger to musical diversity. As at home with Charlie Parker and Bill Monroe as he is with Django Reinhardt and Jimi Hendrix, the accomplished guitarist embraces the potential challenges of playing multiple genres with both joy and aplomb.

Nash's broad vocabulary, both as scholar and stylist, has led to a genre-bending approach that has served him well for a decade as a lead guitarist, singer, and songwriter for the eclectic and virtuosic Americana ensemble, The Waybacks. Similarly, they make him a fitting helmsman for both the electric rock 'n soul grooves of The Nomads and the daredevil acoustic escapades of The NashVillains.

James' musical breadth is readily matched by his astonishing facility as a player and dynamism as a performer, leading reviewers to describe him as "graceful but fiery... elegant and colorful... rampantly eclectic" (Guitar Player), and praise his "near-ideal balance of irreverence, chops, discipline, and originality" (Chicago Tribune). Heralded by Acoustic Guitar as a "revered new-acoustician," he approaches the flat-top steel-string guitar with both the subtleties and bravado of a rock guitarist. His spirited improvisational flights, whether on his Santa Cruz acoustic or electric Fender Stratocaster, are dazzling to behold, a deft combination of innate musicality and jaw-dropping technique.

Raised in Nashville, his musical career began to take shape when he moved to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1991 to attend Stanford University, where he earned a BS from their Engineering School while spending his nights gigging in local clubs and making the rounds cutting tracks in legendary rooms like Fantasy Studios and Coast Recorders.

Along that musical path, James has recorded a dozen albums and performed at countless festivals and venues across the country, serving as bandleader for ensembles with the likes of everyone from Elvis Costello to Emmylou Harris, Bela Fleck to Bob Weir, Chris Thile and Jerry Douglas to Darol Anger and Mike Marshall.

Wedding his musical and tech-savvy sides, he worked with the founders of Pandora to create the Music Genome Project. He also served as co-curator of TEDxAlcatraz 2010 and was a featured performer of the 2011 TEDx Global Music Project, offshoots of the renowned TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) Conference.

Jun 15, 8pm to 11pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

King Creole

Michael Curtiz
United States, 1958

Elvis Presley, Carolyn Jones, Walter Matthau,

In Rock 'n' Film, David E. James describes how Elvis movies transformed classic backstage musicals into rock 'n' roll musicals by mobilizing his particular combination of "a masculine outlaw aggressiveness and a feminine romantic vulnerability." Taking place in the streets and nightclubs of New Orleans, King Creole is the only Elvis film that "attempted to articulate his complex relation to African American culture," James notes. A rebel with a cause, Elvis as Danny Fisher provides a prototype for characters like Ivanhoe Martin in The Harder They Come and the Kid in Purple Rain, all lovers and fighters who resist a corrupt or complacent adult world and struggle to assert themselves through the power of their music.

Jun 15, 8:15pm to 10:15pm, The UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, 2155 Center St, Berkeley