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Hosted By BAJAZZS Director: Connie Tillman with Percussionist's Jon Bendich & Butch Haynes

Ray Obiedo Guitar
Bob Crawford Keys
Colin Douglas Drum
Aaron Germaine Bass
w/ Special Guests weekly
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Oct 29, 7pm to 10pm, Cassave Restaurant, 3290 Adeline St., Berkeley


Berkeley Arts & Letters and The Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley co-present an evening with Marc Brackett, Ph.D. for his new book, Permission to Feel: Unlocking the Power of Emotions to Help Our Kids, Ourselves, and Our Society Thrive.

We have a crisis on our hands, and its victims are our children.

Marc Brackett is a professor in Yale University's Child Study Center and founding director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. In his 25 years as an emotion scientist, he has developed a remarkably effective plan to improve the lives of children and adults a blueprint for understanding our emotions and using them wisely so that they help, rather than hinder, our success and well-being. The core of his approach is a legacy from his childhood, from an astute uncle who gave him permission to feel. He was the first adult who managed to see Marc, listen to him, and recognize the suffering, bullying, and abuse he'd endured. And that was the beginning of Marcs awareness that what he was going through was temporary. He wasn't alone, he wasn't stuck on a timeline, and he wasn't wrong to feel scared, isolated, and angry. Now, best of all, he could do something about it.

In the decades since, Marc has led large research teams and raised tens of millions of dollars to investigate the roots of emotional well being. His prescription for healthy children (and their parents, teachers, and schools) is a system called RULER, a high-impact and fast-effect approach to understanding and mastering emotions that has already transformed the thousands of schools that have adopted it. RULER has been proven to reduce stress and burnout, improve school climate, and enhance academic achievement. This book is the culmination of Marc's development of RULER and his way to share the strategies and skills with readers around the world. It is tested, and it works.

Permission to Feel combines rigor, science, passion and inspiration in equal parts. Too many children and adults are suffering; they are ashamed of their feelings and emotionally unskilled, but they don't have to be. Marc Brackett's life mission is to reverse this course, and this book can show you how.


Marc Brackett, Ph.D. is the Founder and Director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence and a Professor in the Child Study Center of Yale University. He is the lead developer of RULER, an evidence-based approach to social and emotional learning that has been adopted by nearly 2,000 pre-K through high schools across the United States and in other countries. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL). As a researcher for over 20 years, Brackett has focused on the role of emotions and emotional intelligence in learning, decision making, creativity, relationships, health, and performance. He has published 125 scholarly articles and received numerous awards and accolades for his work in this area. He also consults regularly with corporations, such as Facebook, Microsoft, and Google on integrating the principles of emotional intelligence into employee training and product design. Most recently, he co-founded Oji Life Lab, a corporate learning firm that develops innovative digital learning systems on emotional intelligence.

Brackett's mission is to educate the world about the value of emotions and the skills associated with using them wisely. I want everyone to become an emotion scientist, he says. We need to be curious explorers of our own and others emotions so they can help us achieve our goals and improve our lives.

Oct 29, 7pm to 8pm, Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar Street, Berkeley

UC Jazz Fall Concert

UC Jazz Ensembles, the organization dedicated to the study and performance of jazz at UC Berkeley, will be hosting its annual fall concert next month. Since 1968, UC Jazz has upheld the jazz performance tradition on the Berkeley campus, providing student musicians with opportunities to study, appreciate, and perform jazz while making lifelong friends and engaging the campus community. This event will bring students, alumni, and community members together for a night of live jazz performed by UC Jazz's three most advanced ensembles. The combos will perform a broad and exciting sampling of various jazz styles, including classic material from the 1960s and 1970s, swing, latin, and contemporary, with much focus on improvisation and group interaction.


UC Jazz Ensembles is one of the most respected and historically prominent musical organizations at UC Berkeley, and was founded by students in 1968. It is an on-campus musical organization comprising 12-14 small jazz combos that rehearse weekly and perform regularly for the campus community. Both undergraduate and graduate students of any major/field may participate, and community members are occasionally invited to participate in the program. UC Jazz is not a part of the university's music department, and most members do not receive any academic credit for participating. As such, participation in UC Jazz is spurred purely by a desire to practice this rich and unique art form. Providing students with comfortable spaces in which to perform and appreciate jazz is one of the program's major goals. Each semester, it hosts numerous concerts and events, including the acclaimed "Jazz in the Loft" (formerly "Jazz in the Basement"), a concert series loved and frequented by students, and the bi-annual advanced combo showcase at the Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse. UC Jazz is directed by jazz drummer, composer, and educator Ted Moore, and classes are taught by a faculty comprising some of the best players and educators in the Bay Area.


The Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse in Berkeley is a nonprofit community arts venue focusing on various forms of traditional music rooted in the expression of regional, ethnic, and social cultures of peoples throughout the world. As jazz is a culturally rich and diverse genre, the Freight has proved an excellent venue for regular UC Jazz performances over many years. The Freight seats roughly 400 and boasts a luxurious atmosphere, comfortable seats, spotlighting, an amplified sound system, and an in-house bar.


Tickets for the UC Jazz Ensembles Fall Concert are $ 8 for students and $ 20 for general admission, available online at or at the door.

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Oct 29, 8pm to 10pm, Freight & Salvage, 2020 Addison St., Berkeley, CA 94704