The Berkeley Arts Festival Is On Vacation

We no longer have a home for the Berkeley Arts Festival. After more than 5 years in our wonderful space at 2133 University Avenue we are searching for a new space and would appreciate any suggestions you have. Contact us at: fabarts@silcon.com

Until then, we will continue this calendar of arts events going on in Berkeley.

Ongoing Events

Mike's Out of Doors Sculpture Wall

Location: South side of Ashby Avenue between Pine Street and Elmwood Court.

Open: 10 am to 10 pm,  Monday through Saturday.


This Month

Friday, September 21st 2018

Flowtilla

Eclectic mix of funk, rock, afro, jazz and world tinged grooves.

11:45am to 2:45pm, The Cheeseboard Pizza, 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley


Super Cinema @Central

Friday, September 21 Blue Collar 1978 / 114 min. / R / no CC


Three Detroit auto workers (Richard Pryor, Harvey Keitel & Yaphet Kotto) are buddies on and off work. They feel trapped between big industry and their do-nothing, corrupt union. They hit on a plan to rob the safe in the union office, leading to complications that lay bare the terrible predicament of working people. Written and directed by Paul Schrader (writer of Taxi Driver), who delivers an authentic, uncompromising ending. It's a very powerful film.

3pm to 5pm, 2090 Kittredge St. (at Shattuck)
Berkeley, CA 94704


Kickin' the Mule

Kickin' the Mule plays a variety of jazz- and blues-related genres: New Orleans R&B, Oakland and Chicago blues, Memphis and Motown soul, and Oakland funk.

4:45pm to 7:45pm, The Cheeseboard Pizza, 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley


Reading: East Bay Poets

BAMPFA

Readings from local poets Barbara Jane Reyes, the Manila-born winner of a James Laughlin award and author of Invocation to Daughters; Ingrid Rojas Contreras, originally from Bogotá, book columnist for KQED and author of Fruit of the Drunken Tree; Maw Shein Win, first poet laureate of El Cerrito, former artist in residence at the Headlands Center for the Arts, and author of Invisible Gifts, Poems; and Vanessa Hua, a San Francisco Chronicle columnist, California Book Award nominee, and author of the novel A River of Stars.

6pm to 7pm, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive


Arcade Fire: with very special guest Grizzly Bear *Note: actual end time may vary.*

Hailing from Montreal, Canada, Arcade Fire are a six piece band that have won two BRITs, two Grammys, and have released three records over the last ten years.

Their breakthrough album Funeral (Rough Trade, 2004) was nominated for a Grammy for Alternative Album of The Year and as the decade closed Funeral was chosen by Rolling Stone as the #1 album of the `00s. The album also featured in numerous `Best of the Decade' polls around the world including NME, Q, Pitchfork, The Guardian and Mojo. Arcade Fire's platinum-selling sophomore album Neon Bible (Sonovox, 2007) debuted at #2 in the UK and USA. Recorded in Québec, New York, Budapest and London, it was released to critical acclaim with the NME calling them ``...the first truly 21st century band". Q named Neon Bible album of the year in 2007, and it was nominated for Best Alternative Music Album at the Grammys. 2010's The Suburbs (Sonovox) debuted at #1 in seven countries including UK, the United States and Canada and the album has since gone double platinum in Canada; platinum in the UK and Ireland; as well as gold in France, Belgium, Denmark, Portugal, Australia and the US.

6pm to 7pm, Hearst Greek Theatre


Bob Zucker

6:30pm to 9:30pm, Cafe Leila, 1336, 1724 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley


Buddhist Squirrels

7pm to 9pm, Caffè Chiave, 2500 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley


Dirty Cello

From China to Italy, and all over the U.S., Dirty Cello brings the world a high-energy and unique spin on blues and bluegrass. Led by vivacious cross-over cellist Rebecca Roudman, Dirty Cello is cello like you've never heard before. From down-home blues with a wailing cello to virtuosic stompin' bluegrass, Dirty Cello is a band that gets your heart thumping and your toes tapping!

"Dirty Cello's music is all over the map: funky, carnival, romantic, sexy, tangled, electric, fiercely rhythmic, and textured, and only occasionally classical." - Lou Fancher, Oakland Magazine

"The band plays every style imaginable, and does some fantastic covers. (Their rendition of 'Purple Haze' is incredible.) But what is most spectacular about them is hearing the depth of soul in Roudman's playing-it goes beyond what most people would expect from the instrument. She plays it with so much heart, you'll wonder why more bands don't have a cellist." - Good Times Santa Cruz

"The group seamlessly careens from blues to bluegrass and rock in a way that really shouldn't make sense but somehow does." - LA Times

Tickets are $20 and are available in advance 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!

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


Peter & Will Anderson Trio from NYC

Saxophonists and clarinetists Peter and Will Anderson will be joined by the Parisian virtuoso guitarist Felix Lemerle, performing American Songbook gems, Brazilian bossa novas, Afro-Cuban rhythms, New Orleans jazz hits, and their own original works. They will draw from the songbooks of George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, and Richard Rodgers.


Band Members and Instrumentation:

Peter Anderson - tenor & soprano sax, clarinet;

Will Anderson - alto sax, clarinet, flute;

Felix Lemerle - guitar
"Virtuosos on clarinet and saxophone" (New York Times), identical twin brothers and Washington D.C. natives Peter & Will Anderson are are known for their unique renditions of classic jazz songs and innovative original music. Graduates of The Juilliard School and endorsees of Selmer and D'Addario products, the Andersons have performed with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, Village Vanguard Orchestra, Jimmy Heath Big Band, Wycliffe Gordon, Cecile McLorin Salvant, Paquito D'Rivera and Bob Wilber, and have been featured soloists live on Garrison Keillor's Prairie Home Companion. Peter and Will have headlined at The Blue Note, Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center, and the New Orleans Jazz Festival. They've toured in Japan, the United Kingdom, over 40 U.S. States, and have been featured five times in NYC's famed "Highlights in Jazz" series, alongside Lou Donaldson, Ken Peplowski, and Warren Vache.  They've lectured at Temple University, Xavier University, University of South Florida, University of Central Oklahoma, Florida State University, Ohio State University, and Michigan State University. The Anderson's debut release from 2012, Correspondence, features Kenny Barron and was listed in Vanity Fair magazine alongside Miles Davis in "Four New Releases to Make You Love Jazz." The Washington Post called their music, "imaginatively unfolding in ways that consistently bring a fresh perspective to classic jazz."  Their newest album, Deja Vu, features Albert "Tootie" Heath and was called "a burner that reveals the band's cohesiveness and spirit" by JazzTimes.


Website: http://www.PeterAndWillAnderson.com
Facebook Link: https://www.facebook.com/peterandwillandersonTwitter Link: http://www.twitter.com/peterandwill
Instagram Link: https://www.instagram.com/peterandwill/
Other Social Media Link: https://www.patreon.com/peterandwillanderson

8pm to 10pm, Rendon Hall/Fiddler Annex @ California Jazz Conservatory 2040 Addison Street, Berkeley


True Blues: Corey Harris & Guy Davis

Hosted by Corey Harris, a MacArthur Grant recipient, and featuring renowned roots musician Guy Davis, True Blues chronicles the extraordinary living culture of the blues in an evening of music and conversation. In bringing the True Blues film to the concert stage, the True Blues concert vividly brings to life this crucial wellspring of American music.

Corey Harris was featured in Martin Scorcese's "The Blues: A Musical Journey," which followed Corey on a roots journey to West Africa.

Guy has often followed in the Thespian footsteps of his parents, Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee, most recently in the Broadway revival of "Finian's Rainbow," and earlier in "Mulebone" and "Robert Johnson: Trick the Devil."

Blues is at the center of their artistry, and the blues takes center stage in True Blues, the concert.


Corey Harris was born in Denver, Colorado to parents from Texas and Kentucky. He is a guitarist, vocalist, songwriter and band leader who has carved out his own niche in blues. A powerful singer and accomplished guitarist, he has appeared at venues throughout the North America, Europe, Brazil, The Caribbean, West Africa, Asia, Australia and New Zealand.
He began his career as a New Orleans street singer, travelling throughout the southern U.S. In his early twenties he lived in Cameroon, West Africa for a year, which had a profound effect on his later work. He has recorded many old songs of the blues tradition while also creating an original vision of the blues by adding influences from reggae, soul, rock and West African music. His 1995 recording, Between Midnight and Day, is a tribute to the tradition of acoustic blues. Subsequent recordings, such as Greens From the Garden (1999), Mississippi to Mali (2003), and Daily Bread (2005) show Harris' maturation from interpreter to songwriter. Some of his imaginative compositions are marked by a deliberate eclecticism; other works stay true to the traditional blues formula of compelling vocals and down-home guitar. With one foot in tradition and the other in contemporary experimentation, Harris is a truly unique voice in contemporary music.

He has performed, recorded, and toured with many of the top names in music such as BB King, Taj Mahal, Buddy Guy, Henry Butler, R.L.Burnside, John Jackson, Ali Farka Toure, Dave Mattews Band, Tracy Chapman, Olu Dara, Wilco, Natalie Merchant, and others. His additional recordings include Fish Ain't Bitin' (1996), Vu-Du Menz (with Henry Butler, 2000), Downhome Sophisticate (2002), Zion Crossroads (2007), and blu black (2010).

In 2003 Harris was a featured artist and narrator of the Martin Scorcese film, "Feel Like Going Home," which traced the evolution of blues from West Africa to the southern U.S. In 2007, he was awarded a $500,000 MacArthur Fellowship - commonly referred to as a "genius award" - from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. The annual grant, which recognizes individuals from a wide range of disciplines who show creativity, originality and commitment to continued innovative work, described Harris as an artist who "forges an adventurous path marked by deliberate eclecticism." That same year, he was also awarded an honorary Doctor of Music degree from Bates College, in Lewiston, Maine.


Whether Guy Davis is appearing on "Late Night With Conan O'Brien" or nationally syndicated radio programs such as Garrison Keillor's, "A Prairie Home Campanion", "Mountain Stage" or David Dye's,"World Café"., in front of 15,000 people on the Main Stage of a major festival, or teaching an intimate gathering of students at a Music Camp, Guy feels the instinctive desire to give each listener his 'all'.
His 'all' is the Blues.

The routes, and roots, of his blues are as diverse as the music form itself. It can be soulful, moaning out a people's cry, or playful and bouncy as a hay-ride.

Guy can tell you stories of his great-grandparents and his grandparents, they're days as track linemen, and of their interactions with the infamous KKK. He can also tell you that as a child raised in middle-class New York suburbs, the only cotton he's picked is his underwear up off the floor.

He's a musician, composer, actor, director, and writer. But most importantly, Guy Davis is a bluesman. The blues permeates every corner of Davis' creativity.

8pm to 9pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley


The Moore Brothers with Some Professional Help and Brian Kenney Fresno


The Moore Brothers
Since releasing Murdered By The Moore Brothers (2006) the brothers continue to perform for their small but ever increasing following in the California Bay Area. Luckily an assortment of more successful artists began introducing the Moore's to a broader audience. In December 2006 Kristin Hersh hand-picked the Moore Brothers to open for a Throwing Muses reunion concert at the Great American Music Hall. In the Summer of 2007, Joanna Newsom invited the brothers to appear with her at a string of European venues, including a night at the Royal Albert Hall warming the crowd for Joanna and legendary British folkie Roy Harper. Recently, Thom and Greg relocated to Grass Valley, Ca, where they are busy writing songs for their sixth release, tentatively titled Who Are The Moore Brothers?

Some Professional Help:
Some Professional Help's self-titled debut EP explores different angles of orchestral pop through the lens of indie rock & underground folk, guiding listeners through soundscapes of horns, strings, and thumping percussion. At times it feels like a well-curated mixtape for a lover; a little Bright Eyes here, some Jonathan Richman there, a nod to the Mountain Goats...Each of the 6 tracks sound like a different band because each track is a different band, albeit with the same singer/band leader.

Listen to the radio and it's obvious guitar music is on the cultural backburner at the moment. The music community has a thirst for new sounds, drowning themselves in 808's and synths in the search for pop perfection. What they don't know is perfection doesn't live in a drum machine. Pop perfection is born from an orchestra, and Scott Alexander's non-monogamous collective Some Professional Help is here to usher it in.

Alexander calls the EP "nonrepetitive pop." Foregoing pop music's conventional verse-chorus-verse structure, Alexander's tunes fall more in line with the wandering movements of an orchestral arrangement. "Musical structure evolved pre-recording, pre-notation," he explains. "So things had to be repetitive. It was a mnemonic device. That's why we have repetition. And when composers started notating music so performers could just read the notes, classical music developed, which is significantly less repetitive."

Some Professional Help navigates a complex maze of sounds, each instrument selected with as much attention to detail as each note. "That's how I think about songs. Not every song needs guitar, bass, and drums," says Alexander. "As much as I love bassoon it doesn't work on every song, the same as any other instrument."

"I started thinking about the way theater companies work," explains Alexander, "The theater will have its regular company, but not every member of the company is in every show."

Fans of weird pop, Nana Grizol, Magnetic Fields and They Might Be Giants owe it to themselves to check out this underground pop quasi off-Broadway musical. These six songs are just the start of a long run of pop perfection.

Brian Kenney Fresno
Born in Oakland, Ca., raised in the cultural vacuum of the central San Joaquin Valley, Brian has extracted the Essence of Fresno (tm), and made it smell good (hence the surname). Having already learned to play the guitar and violin by ear, in 1983 Brian found his musical destiny in the Chapman Stick, a new instrument only 8 years old.

Moved by the power and the potential of the instrument, he began an ongoing formal study of music theory and composition.

Finding that boring, he threw that all away and borrowed techniques from sports, comedians, magicians and other performers that allowed him to develop his own uncommon vision of entertainment.


For details, link here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-moore-brothers-with-some-professional-help-and-brian-kenney-fresno-the-starry-plough-pub-tickets-49140220723

8pm to 10pm, The Starry Plough Pub - 3101 Shattuck Avenue - Berkeley, CA 94705


Daggermouth, Give You Nothing, Get Married and more at Gilman


The Hard Times Shows Presents

Daggermouth
Give You Nothing
Get Married
Blaming You
GOLDVIEW

Show: 8:00
Doors: 7:30
All Ages
$12 Admission
+ $2 Annual Gilman Membership
daggermouth924.brownpapertickets.com
Upcoming shows info thehardtimes.net/live-events/

8pm to 9/21 12 midnight, 924 Gilman, 924 Gilman Berkeley


UC Berkeley Symphony Orchestra *Note: actual end time may vary.*

David Milnes, music director
BARTỐK Miraculous Mandarin
Jennifer HIGDON Blue Cathedral
BRAHMS Symphony No. 2

8pm to 9pm, Hertz Concert Hall


WEST GRAND BRASS BAND

West Grand Brass Band (WGBB) is a group of 6 talented independent musicians that combines the Dixieland brass band tradition with modern musical genres and sounds. Their music takes the form of an ever changing mix of traditional songs, re-imagined covers, and genre-expanding originals. They developed their sound while busking at Lake Merritt in Oakland, CA, and now perform at a wide variety of events and venues around the San Francisco Bay Area.
https://www.facebook.com/pg/westgrandbrass

8pm to 11pm, Jupiter, 2181 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley


Fandango Jarocho: Son Jarocho Jam Session

FREE -- Donations of any size are welcome and greatly appreciated!
Enjoy a lively evening of son jarocho music, dancing, and zapateado- bring your dance shoes and instruments, or just come and enjoy the music and dance! There is no entrance fee, but any monetary donations are accepted in support of programming at La Peña.

 
Son Jarocho is a lively traditional art form from the southern Mexican state of Veracruz that sits on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico.It is a lyrical and danceable music genre that formed in the melding of three cultures: Arabic-Spanish, African and indigenous Mexican.  It is at the same time highly improvised and highly structured-filled with complex poly-rhythms and musical dialogue in its dance, song, poetry and music.  The basic instrumentation of the son jarocho includes the jarana jarocha, guitarra de son (both guitar-like instruments) and zapateado (percussive footwork).  Regional variations include the harp and various percussive instrum (View Full Event Description Here: https://lapena.org/event/fandango-jarocho-jam-sessio/2018-05-18/)

8pm to 11pm, 3105 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA, 94705, United States


Earl Zero and Junior Reggae

Earl has been crafting his style since the 1970's, playing with Soul Syndicate, one of the top Jamaican reggae session bands, having recorded with Bob Marley as well.  Our current lineup consists of a 5-piece ensemble of Earl Zero on vocals, Luna Fuentes-Vaccaro on drums, Jon Robin Nichols on rhythm/lead guitar, Nicholas James Lyon-Wright on bass, and Michael Solomon on keys.  Earl's numerous songs may be found on Spotify, iTunes, as well as YouTube.  His latest album, Roots and Romance, is available for purchase online.
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Junior Reggae is a Bay Area instrumental ska/dub/reggae quartet. Influences range from classic Skatalites recordings of the 1960s to the "Far East Sound" of Augustus Pablo, 1970s dub innovations of Lee "Scratch" Perry and King Tubby and contemporary time-stretching beat making strategies in hip-hop production. The band was founded by bassist and multi-instrumentalist Rob Ewing (Electric Squeezebox Orchestra, Brass Magic) along with longtime collaborator, drummer and composer Jason Levis (Joseph's Bones, duo B). Building up from the bass and drums foundation, the duo enlisted keyboardist Steven Blum (Bells Atlas, Electric Squeezebox Orchestra) working as a trio for some time before adding the final member of the group, trumpeter Max Miller-Loran (Invisible Inc., Brass Magic). The group is currently finishing its debut album, scheduled for release in Fall 2018.

Doors open 7:30pm / Show at 8pm

Tickets are $15 in Advance / $18 Day of Show

Buy Tickets Here

8pm to 11:30pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley


The English Beat, DJ Dr. Wood


This show is sold out, but you can sign up for the waitlist here.

8:30pm to 9:30pm, Cornerstone, 2367 Shattuck Ave (Enter On Durant), Berkeley, CA, 94704


Saturday, September 22nd 2018

Daggermouth, Give You Nothing, Get Married and more at Gilman


The Hard Times Shows Presents

Daggermouth
Give You Nothing
Get Married
Blaming You
GOLDVIEW

Show: 8:00
Doors: 7:30
All Ages
$12 Admission
+ $2 Annual Gilman Membership
daggermouth924.brownpapertickets.com
Upcoming shows info thehardtimes.net/live-events/

12 midnight to 12:59 midnight, 924 Gilman, 924 Gilman Berkeley


Freight & Salvage Music Festival: Playing with Tradition

Zigaboo Modeliste & Linda Tillery
Joseph "Zigaboo" Modeliste is a master drummer, rhythm innovator, percussionist, and New Orleans legend. The most highly-acclaimed drummer ever to hail from the Crescent City, Ziggy's creativity has been a wellspring of funk influence for three decades, inspiring many hip-hop tracks. His innovative work as a member of the internationally acclaimed R&B group, The Meters, as well as his side work with artists like Keith Richards, Robert Palmer and Dr. John, have garnered him an unparalleled level of respect among musicians and fans. Ziggy's style is unique. He is a master of creating funk grooves and new concepts for funk drumming. Zigaboo's music consistently demonstrates his brilliance as the premier funk drummer of the contemporary era.
Before becoming a prominent figure in women's music in the 1990s, San Francisco native Linda Tillery began her singing career in the 1960s with the gender-integrated psychedelic/soul band the Loading Zone, which was modeled somewhat after Sly and the Family Stone. After two albums with that band,Tillery released her solo debut, Sweet Linda Divine, on CBS in 1970 to enthusiastic reviews and high praise. She spent most of the '70s singing and playing drums on over 40 albums, including efforts byMary Watkins and Teresa Trull. Having become a staff musician and producer at Olivia Records,Tillery released her second solo album, a self-titled effort, on the label in 1978, garnering a Bay Area Music Award for Best Independently Produced Album; Tillery has twice gone on to win Bay Area Jazz Awards for Outstanding Female Vocalist.


BeauSoleil (also known as BeauSoleil Avec Michael Doucet or Michael Doucet & BeauSoleil) is a group specializing in Cajun music, founded in 1975. It's based in Lafayette, Louisiana, USA.
Line-up:
Michael Doucet - violin, guitar, accordion, mandolin, vocals
David Doucet - guitar, vocals
Jimmy Breaux - accordion
Billy Ware - percussion
Tommy Alesi - drums
Mitch Reed - fiddle, bass


Bang DataBased in Oakland, California - Bang Data is like California itself - built on Latin traditions, but deeply hybrid in expression. This beloved SF Bay Area based band - led by singer/emcee Deuce Eclipse who's well known by hip-hop fans as an accompanying voice to the legendary Zion I, and producer/instrumentalist Caipo who has become a sought out name producing & mixing in the San Francisco music scene and abroad - they spin cumbia, hip-hop and rock into a new language of sound for the people. The ensemble is releasing their third studio album LOCO this Fall.

BKO Quintet's music is born from a meeting between five established artists.This gathering provides a journey into the heart of the contemporary Mali.


Asheba is a musical storyteller who specializes in calypso, the musical and folkloric oral tradition of Trinidad, Asheba's homeland. Stories of hope and happiness are the focus of his songs, which range from original lullabies to fast tempo tunes to remakes of classics such as Itsy Bitsy Spider, Five Little Monkeys, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, and You Are My Sunshine.

Alphabet Rockers are 2018 GRAMMY Nominees, known for making music that makes change. Their intergenerational hip hop concerts are the soundtrack for social justice, packing the Freight & Salvage with every Patchwork Series show for kids (age 4-10). Their music inspires families around the world to be proud of who you are, speak out and stand up for justice.

Miko Marks
Once named one of "Nashville's Hottest New Country Stars" byPeople Magazine, then dubbed, "The Storyteller... An Artist Breaking the Sound Barriers" by Ebony Magazine, Miko Marks has unquestionably blazed an unprecedented trail in Country Music. As an all-star performer and songwriter with an unadulterated sound, Miko's Legacy includes reaping multiple national awards such as, "Best New Country Artist", from New Music Weekly.

The songwriting of Mark Graham is a singular universe of surreal mountain hilarity and lonesome terror that covers the big subjects : The Beginning of the Universe, Natural Science, Mathematics, Food, Stupidity, Great Literature, Festival Love and Death, while drawing favorable comparison with: Homer and Jethro, The Tobacco Tags, Blind Alfred Reed and Dock Boggs, the revered songwriters of country music's past. His songs have been featured in Sing Out Magazine and have been performed and recorded by The Austin Lounge Lizards, Bryan Bowers, Bad Livers and The Limelighters.


Quinn DeVeaux spent his early childhood living with his grandmother, a former jazz singer, twenty-five miles outside of Chicago in Gary, Indiana. The birthplace of the Jackson 5 had long since slipped into post-industrial economic decline and the ambitious DeVeaux, while still a teenager, headed west with just a guitar and a golden voice. Rock critic Ian S. Port praised DeVeaux for "distill[ing] decades of American blues, country, soul, and gospel into a funky sound that feels as authentic as it does refreshing."

Non-Stop BhangraTop 5 things to do in SF Bay Area
-New York Times-

What started as a one off night has turned into a staple in the culture of San Francisco Bay Area that has been bringing together people from all walks of life for 13 years. Voted as "One of the best dance parties in SF" and "Top Five things to do in the Bay Area" Non Stop Bhangra is one of the city's most vibrant, cross-cultural and enduring parties that continues to bring together some of the most diverse audiences seen on a dance floor.


Amber Cross
Authenticity is a difficult thing to measure in American roots music. It's not in the hat you wear, or the twang in your voice. It's in how well you understand that the music comes from the land, and that its roots run deep. Americana songwriter Amber cross understands this, and on her new album, Savage on the Downhill, she makes music as beholden to the landscapes of Northern and Pacific California, where she lives and travels, as to the visually-rich songwriting she crafts around it. Her songs hang heavy with the yellow dust of dirt roads, plunge deep into the soft loam of the forest. As a hunter, a fisherman, and a woman of the backcountry, she knows the countryside well, and has a deep respect for the honest work that makes you a steward of the land.


Terry Garthwaite is an internationally known singer, songwriter, composer, producer, and teacher. Her recording career dates back to the late 1960s when she and Toni Brown formed the rock group Joy of Cooking. She recorded several albums with the band, and then a dozen others by herself or in collaboration with other jazz and blues musicians. In performance she has shared the stage with such artists as BB King, Janis Joplin, Bonnie Raitt, The Band, Allen Ginsberg, Santana, Rosalie Sorrels and writer Bobbie Hawkins at venues that include Carnegie Hall, the Joseph Papp Theater, the Hollywood Bowl. Terry has also produced recordings by other artists including Jasmine, Rosalie Sorrels, Rhiannon, Nicholas, Glover & Wray, Hunter Davis, Robin Flower, and Ferron, whose Garthwaite-produced Shadows on a Dime was awarded four stars by Rolling Stone. This is Terry's second Glass Half Full performance.


Claudia Russell is a familiar face to Freight audiences - you may have seen her behind the counter, or on stageat one of her dozen plus performances over the years. Accompanied by her husband and music partner, Bruce Kaplan, the duo traverses awide Americana landscape, stopping at wondrous musical landmarks along the way, tipping their hat toLaurel Canyon troubadours, string bands, blues divas, jazz cats, Village folkies and Bakersfield cowboys.

San Francisco native, Maurice Tani is a "rye-to-romantic" singer-songwriter with seven albums to his credit -the latest being The Lovers Card, released on the Little Village label. With his band, 77 El Deora, Tani has been the source of untold, but exquisite suffering on the Bay Area Americana scene for over 15 years.

11am to 6pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley


North Berkeley Jazz Quartet

11:45am to 2:45pm, The Cheeseboard Pizza, 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley


VL Trio

Vission Latina trio is a unique group of virtuoso musicians who have stripped down their music to a minimalist sound, exposing the threads that weave together the complex rhythms of Cuban music.

4:45pm to 7:45pm, The Cheeseboard Pizza, 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley


Arcade Fire: with very special guest Grizzly Bear *Note: actual end time may vary.*

Hailing from Montreal, Canada, Arcade Fire are a six piece band that have won two BRITs, two Grammys, and have released three records over the last ten years.

Their breakthrough album Funeral (Rough Trade, 2004) was nominated for a Grammy for Alternative Album of The Year and as the decade closed Funeral was chosen by Rolling Stone as the #1 album of the `00s. The album also featured in numerous `Best of the Decade' polls around the world including NME, Q, Pitchfork, The Guardian and Mojo. Arcade Fire's platinum-selling sophomore album Neon Bible (Sonovox, 2007) debuted at #2 in the UK and USA. Recorded in Québec, New York, Budapest and London, it was released to critical acclaim with the NME calling them ``...the first truly 21st century band". Q named Neon Bible album of the year in 2007, and it was nominated for Best Alternative Music Album at the Grammys. 2010's The Suburbs (Sonovox) debuted at #1 in seven countries including UK, the United States and Canada and the album has since gone double platinum in Canada; platinum in the UK and Ireland; as well as gold in France, Belgium, Denmark, Portugal, Australia and the US.

6pm to 7pm, Hearst Greek Theatre


Eclair de Lune

JAZZ

6:30pm to 9:30pm, Cafe Leila, 1336, 1724 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley


Punk vs. Emo 2: The Fest

September 22nd!
Punk and Emo bands coexisting on a bill? Less strange than you thought.

Swingin' up from the emo side:
Neverlyn (ALBUM RELEASE!)
Toy Cars (New Jersey)
Quinn Cicala

Punk/Emo crossover (to bridge the gap):
Necessary Noise

& Punk Heavy Hitters:
Black Coffin (Modesto horrorpunk)
Defecate (SJ gorenoise)
Shotgun Braindectomy (Berkeley Tinnituscore)

Doors 7pm/ $10 cover +$2 annual membership
NOTAFLOF

ALL AGES

7pm to 11:59pm, 924 Gilman, 924 Gilman St, Berkeley


Bill Pettiti

7pm to 9pm, Caffè Chiave, 2500 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley


UC Berkeley Symphony Orchestra *Note: actual end time may vary.*

David Milnes, music director
BARTỐK Miraculous Mandarin
Jennifer HIGDON Blue Cathedral
BRAHMS Symphony No. 2

8pm to 9pm, Hertz Concert Hall


4th Saturday Swing Series - Steve Lucky & the Rhumba Bums featuring Miss Carmen Getit

In a four-star CD review, DownBeat magazine wrote: "The Rhumba Bums abide by Cab Calloway's advice: `Live what's in your soul and sing your friggin' heart out.'" Steve Lucky & the Rhumba Bums have been one of the West Coast's most popular, to say nothing of most entertaining and fun, bands since composer-pianist-leader Steve Lucky assembled the Bums back in 1994 in the early days of the swing dance revival. The Rhumba Bums continue to play and sing just about the most irresistible dance tunes extant, mixing some well-known '40s and '50s jump blues and swing charts with rare and nearly-forgotten gems that deserve to be resurrected. The Bums' second CD, "Some Like It Hot!," features several band originals such as "Beat Girl," "Maybe Later," "The Hollywood Jump," and "Haul Off and Love Me," plus a live version of "Every Time I Hear that Mellow Saxophone," featured in the movie "Be Cool."


The Rhumba Bums include singer-guitarist Miss Carmen Getit, Matt Cowan and Doug Rowan on saxophones, drummer Brian Fishler, and bassist Lukas Vesely. The band's trump card is Getit, who offers vocal sparring matches with Lucky and guitar playing that, whether swing, blues, or even some bebop licks, is inspired, fast, and faithful to the genre. In pre-Rhumba Bums years, Lucky discovered Getit (who had played piano before she could read and has played guitar since shortly thereafter), bought Getit her first electric guitar and introduced her to the music of T-Bone Walker, Ruth Brown, and other swing-R&B legends, and they formed a piano-guitar duo in New York City.

Doors at 7:30 pm; Dance Lesson at 8:00 pm
Show at 9:00 pm

Tickets are $12 Advance / $15 Day of Show

Buy Tickets Here

8pm to 11:59pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley


Amorphis, Dark Tranquillity, Moonspell, Omnium Gatherum


Amorphis started out as a death metal band in the 1990's and has grown to encompass a movement across the globe.

The band name Amorphis was derived from the word "amorphous" which means 'no determinate form or shape'. The band started out as a death metal band in 1990 but have later turned into a sound more similar to the 70's progressive rock bands. In mid-1991 they recorded their one and only demo called "Disment Of Soul" which led to a multi-album deal with Relapse Records. The band was given the chance to tour through Europe several times and in late 1994 they went to the American continent for the first time. The band has become one of the leading metal bands from Finland.


Dark Tranquillity is a metal band from Gothenburg, Sweden, founded in December 1989 under the name Septic Broiler by Anders Fridén (vocals, later frontman of In Flames), Niklas Sundin (guitar) and Mikael Stanne (guitar), Martin Henriksson (bass) and Anders Jivarp (drums). Having recording the demo "Enfeebled Earth, they changed name to Dark Tranquillity in 1991. Together with At The Gates and In Flames, Dark Tranquillity is often considered to be on of the creators of so-called Gothenburg metal or melodic death metal style.

In 1991 the bands first demo, "Trail of Life Decayed", was recorded and was followed by "A Moonclad Reflection". In 1993 they finally released their first full-length album, "Skydancer" which featured guest vocalists Stefan Lindgren and Anna-Kajsa Avehall. In 1995 the EP "Of Chaos and Eternal Night" was released. Shortly after vocalist Anders Fridén left the band so Stanne had to take over vocals and let the new member Fredrik Johansson take care of his guitar role.

Same year the band was signed to Osmose Productions and then they released "The Gallery" which featured Frasse Franzen and Eva-Marie Larsson (vocals). The bands success increased and a year later they released the MCD "Enter Suicidal Angels". In 1997 "The Mind's I" was released and, again, featured guests, one of them being previous vocalists Anders Fridén. After the release they left Osmose Productions and were instead signed to Century Media. In 1999 "Projector" was released.

After the release Fredrik Johansson left the band but the bands bassist Martin Henriksson took over his part as guitarist. Two other members then joined the band, Martin Brändström (keyboards) and Michael Niklasson (bass). In 2000 "Haven" was released and then in 2001 the band went on a tour with drummer Robin Engström as Jivarp couldn't.

"Damage Done" followed in 2002 and the compilation album "Exposures - In Retrospect and Denial" in 2004.

Character was the seventh release from Dark Tranquillity, released in 2005, and was held in much critical praise. It featured the first music video released by Dark Tranquillity to feature the band itself, with the single "Lost to Apathy." In 2007, Fiction was released, which in turn, saw a return of Mikeal Stanne's clean vocals, and the first female guest vocalist since Projector.

In August 2008 the band announced that bass player Michael Nicklasson had left the band due to personal reasons with no hard feelings between him and the band.
Replacement was announced on September 19th 2008 when Daniel Antonsson, former guitarist of the band Soilwork, joined the band. Antonsson quit the band in 2013 and Anders Iwers (of Tiamat) filled in as a live bass player.

In March 2016 the band announced that founding member Martin Henriksson had quit the band after 26 years. In September 2016 Anders Iwers became a permament member of the group.

Current line-up:
Mikael Stanne - Guitar (1991-1993), Vocals (1993- )
Anders Jivarp - Drums (1991- )
Niklas Sundin - Guitars (1991- )
Martin Brändström - Keyboards, electronics (1999- )
Anders Iwers - Bass (2016- )


Moonspell
Portuguese gothic metal band formed in 1989 under the name of "Morbid God". They changed their name in 1992.

Members :
Fernando Ribeiro [aka Langsuyar] (vocals), Ricardo Amorim (guitar, 1995-present), Pedro Paixão [aka Passionis, Neophytus] (keyboards, guitar), Sérgio Crestana (bass, 1997-2003), Miguel Gaspar [aka Mike, Nisroth] (drums), João Pedro [aka Tetragrammaton, Ares] (bass, 1989-97), Mantus (guitar, 1992-95), Aires Pereira (bass), Luis Lamelas [aka Malah] (guitar), Tanngrisnir (guitar, 1992-94)


Omnium Gatherum

8pm to 11pm, The UC Theatre Taube Family Music Hall, 2036 University Avenue, near Downtown Berkeley BART, Berkeley, CA, 94704


Brass Band Does Grunge! with special guests @ The Starry Plough Pub


Brass Band Does [x] - a new monthly series at the Starry Plough where a all-star crew of musicians from some of the Bay Areas top bands collaborate on brass band arrngements of tunes, featuring a different genre each month.

This month, Brass Band Does Grunge!


For details, link here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/brass-band-does-grunge-with-special-guests-the-starry-plough-pub-tickets-49140344092

8pm to 10pm, The Starry Plough Pub - 3101 Shattuck Avenue - Berkeley, CA 94705


Paula Boggs Band

Paula Boggs Band is a six-piece band that traverses jazz, world, rock and Americana.

They released their debut album, A Buddha State of Mind, in 2010 and Carnival of Miracles, with Grammy-winning producer Trina Shoemaker, in March 2015.

Their sound is described as "Seattle-Brewed Soulgrass," and the band has performed 100+ shows nationally and in Canada since releasing Carnival of Miracles.

The band has also released an "unplugged" EP of consciousness songs, Live at Empty Sea, Songs of Protest & Hope, and a third studio album, Elixir, The Soulgrass Sessions, also produced by Shoemaker, in 2017.

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. 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!

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


THE FREE RADICALS

The Free Radicals are a jazz quartet from the Sierra Foothills who play regularly in Tuolumne and Calaveras counties.  They play a driving style of jazz ranging from swing to bebop, hardbop, latin and fusion.  The band includes Josh Lewicki on trumpet, Luke Dunn on guitar, Steve Hayward on drums and our special guest Anthony Delaney, a dual citizen of the East Bay and Murphys CA on bass.
https://facebook.com/Thefreeradicalsjazzband

8pm to 11pm, Jupiter, 2181 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley


Darius Jones

Darius Jones' SF Bay Area debut in the intimacy of a house concert n the North Berkeley Hills.. Darius will perform 2 sets, with wine and cheese served during the intermission. For information: harry@fullplatemedi.com

8pm to 10pm, House Concert in North Berkeley Hills, Harry@fullplatemedia.co


Mordy Ferber Quartet

Mordy Ferber is an exquisite jazz musician whose compositions and performances have brought jazz into the 21st century.  He effortlessly blends intricate melodies with stunning guitar-playing and musicianship and most importantly has developed a sound of his own.

In a recent book by journalist and Jazz Historian Scott Yanow, Mordy was included in the list of 350 of the greatest Jazz Guitarists of all time in the book "The Great Jazz Guitarists: The Ultimate Guide." He has performed and recorded with artists including Michael Brecker, Jack DeJohnette, Eddie Gomez, Peter Erskine, Bob Mintzer, Dave Liebman, George Garzone, Donny McCaslin, Billy Hart, Danny Gottlieb, Richard Bona, Miroslav Vitous, Jeff Berlin, Danny Gottlieb, Chester Thompson, Bob Moses, Richie Beirach,  Jack Bruce, Will Lee, Larry Coryell, Adam Nussbaum, Larry Graham, Bootsy Collins,

Mordy has thirty years of teaching experience at such prestigious institutions as New York University, Berklee College of Music in Boston, the New School University, American Institute for Guitar and the Sam Ash Institute in New York City. He is highly sought after for his private instruction and has taught master classes in improvisation technique, harmony and composition all over the world. Mordy is regularly commissioned to write music for television and film and his work has been used widely in shows such as the  Sopranos, Six Feet Under, Jack Ass, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Guilty on HBO, Fresh Prince, Bay Watch, Felicity, Chris Rock Special on HBO, Everybody Loves Raymond, Veronica's Closet, the VH1 Fashion Award Show, the Grammy Awards promo, and on many others. He has recorded 5 albums as a leader on the Enja, Half Note and CBS Europe Record label.

Saxophonist David Liebman notes "Mordy is a wonderful musician who digs deep in his writing and playing with a clear sense of communicating to the listener." Ferber has also received praise from iconic drummer Jack DeJohnette, "I love his sound and his feeling. He writes beautiful compositions. Mordy is committed to the highest level of quality and creativity. He is not afraid to take risks."

"My most engraved Mordy Ferber memory as an improvising musician was when I heard him in California with Danny Gottlieb and Jeff Berlin. Mordy's playing was hard-edged, avant-garde, don't give-a damn-about convention, and rhythmically on fire. This is the spirit of what I like best about Mordyhe chooses hip scale-dissonance coupled with a rebellious freedom that reveals the pure joy of improvisation.  As a composer, Mordy shows another side, a more abstract, melodic, original, out-of -the-mainstream approach to jazz and that's the Mordy Ferber to whom no-one else can compare..." (Larry Coryell)

 "On Reflection, Mordy Ferber has proven himself to be absolutely chameleonic on guitar, composing and playing pieces as varied and emotionally magnetic as the breadth of his experiences and talent allow." (EJazz News)

 "On Reflection, Mordy Ferber provides reason to make sure he's included in the lists of jazz guitarists who not only have developed sounds of their own through deep personal experience and technical mastery, but also who have shown sufficient compositional imagination to make their own statement."  (jazz review)

"Add Mordy Ferber to the list of notable guitarists in the jazz world today. This Israeli-born sensation displays readily apparent technical fortitude and, more importantly, a confident sense of when and how to flex his talent.  Ferber is a player of considerable promise who blends irreverent energies and an angular, dare we say European?, harmonic sense into an overall jazz sans frontiers."  (Jazziz) 

"New York guitarist-composer, Mordy Ferber, is a powerful, contemporary guitarist with an attitude, energy, and a pluck all his own.  And with a batch of riveting originals and plenty of zing per string, Ferber is clearly his own man."  (Jazz Times) 

 "Ferber's Mr. X makes manifest his deep commitment and his firm attitudes towards his music. The compositional lines are strong; the ballads are fresh; and, the guitar work throughout is outstanding."  (The Jerusalem Post) 


Artist Website: www.mordyferber.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ferbermusic

Twitter: https://twitter.com/mordyfer

8pm to 10pm, Rendon Hall/Fiddler Annex @ California Jazz Conservatory 2040 Addison Street, Berkeley


Chris Webby, Anoyd, R-Mean


Chris Webby
Christian Webster (born October 13, 1988), better known by his stage name Chris Webby, is an American rapper from Norwalk, Connecticut. Chris Webby has released many mixtapes such as the DJ Drama-hosted Bars On Me (2012) and his EP There Goes the Neighborhood (2011), which peaked at number 101 on the Billboard 200. He has worked with various artists such as Freeway, Mac Miller, Joell Ortiz, Big K.R.I.T., Method Man, Prodigy, Bun B, and Kid Ink. In 2013 he and his label Homegrown Music signed a deal with E1 Music. He then released Homegrown, another EP, in November 2013. Webster released his debut studio album Chemically Imbalanced on October 27, 2014.


R-Mean
    Website

8:30pm to 11:30pm, Cornerstone, 2367 Shattuck Ave (Enter On Durant), Berkeley


Sunday, September 23rd 2018

String Quartet Sundays ~ featuring "The Town"

1pm to 2pm, The Musical Offering, 2430 Bancroft Way, Berkeley


6th Annual Musical Extravaganza to Benefit the Charlotte Maxwell Clinic


6th Annual Musical Extravaganza to Benefit the Charlotte Maxwell Clinic, Marcelle Davies-Lashley, Shelley Doty, Vicki Randle, Kofy Brown, Julie Wolf, Amikaeyla Gaston, Elizabeth Sayre, Michaelle Goerlitz, Mena Ramos

Marcelle Davies-Lashley a Brooklyn native and baby of seven children born to West African parents from Liberia and Sierra Leone respectively is a psalmist extraordinaire. She began singing lead in the church choir at the age of 5 and never stopped, performing as a musical theater artist throughout her childhood. The sultry sound of the warm musical instrument of her voice will melt your heart and feed your soul. Marcelle has travelled to five of seven continents soothing and exciting the world in melody and song with a stage presence and sincerity that is mesmerizing and second to none. Marcelle toured Paris and Turkey with Craig Harris and the Nation of Imagination. Marcelle played the role of the Queen of Sheba in the national and international tour of Robert Wilson's opera The Temptation of Saint Anthony by Gustave Flaubert with the amazing libretto written by Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon. Marcelle with her band have set the stage on fire at the Brooklyn Academy of Music Café, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Joe's Pub in New York City, and Freight and Salvage in California. Marcelle is featured as a percussionist with the hypnotizing skills of her tambourine on Toshi Reagon's Have You Heard and on Carl Hancock Rux's Cornbread, Cognac and Collard Green Revolution as a featured vocalist. She has rendered her musical gift to the background vocals of Case, BeBe and Cece Winans Greatest Hits and Liz Wright to name a few. Marcelle released her first solo project of many to come titled "Easy to Love" in 2014 available on CD Baby. The transformative spirit, which is Marcelle, can take you away into the land of music most loving and beautiful. Marcelle had the honor of being the mistress of ceremony and support vocalist for the Jazz Foundation of America's Gala Performance at the historically acclaimed Apollo Theater in the spring of 2012. Marcelle was the featured vocalist for WNYC's Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. celebration "Where Do We Go From Here" at the Apollo Theater. Marcelle has worked as a musician coloring and making everyone else sound good lending background vocals with Angelique Kidjo, Bono and Macy Gray. South Africa, London, Italy, Germany, Australia, France, Portugal, New York City and the universe is better for the likes of the music from the depth and gospel jazz soul fusion of Marcelle Davies-Lashley.


Shelley Doty"...the complete performer in her use of cranked up emotions in her singing, edgy rock energy and swinging jazz guitar rhythms."

Labeled "a future legend" by one reviewer and a "guitar goddess" by another, Shelley Doty is considered one the best independent performers in the business. Watching her perform is awe-inspiring due to her masterful guitar licks, soulful voice and charismatic stage presence. As a songwriter, she creates articulate songs for today by sprinkling them with respect for the music of her youth (rock, R&B, jazz, funk). Shelley sings with passion and plays with an authentic raw energy that cuts through the air with jubilant imagination and freshness. Her brand new CD "Over The Line" is now out and available via CD Baby.

In addition to fronting her band, the Shelley Doty X-tet, Shelley also often performs solo acoustic. When Shelley plays electric guitar she rips into it like no other woman ever has - she has a swagger and confidence to play lead guitar that is as rare as it is electrifying. But she also has the subtly and tenderness to cause an audience to shiver at the elegance of her voice and insightful lyrics. Don't be fooled though - she can bring the same intensity she's known for when playing electric to an acoustic setting. Shelley was featured in the March 2008 issue of the renowned Guitar Player Magazine.


San Francisco native Vicki Randle has worked with such diverse artists as Aretha Franklin and Kenny Loggins, Celine Dion and Dr. John, Mickey Hart and Lionel Ritchie. She was the percussionist and lead singer for the acclaimed Tonight Show Band led by Kevin Eubanks for more than 14 years.
Julie Wolf
Oakland's Julie Wolf is a composer, teacher, and master of the accordion who has worked with Maceo Parker, Ani DiFranco, the Indigo Girls, Bruce Cockburn, Cris Williamson, and Barbara Higbie, as well as composing music for films and serving as music director for the Berkeley Rep's 2010 world premiere of Girlfriend.


Amikaeyla Gaston
Amikaeyla is the Founder and Executive Director of the International Cultural Arts & Healing Sciences Institute (ICAHSI). As a musician, she uses her voice as a catalyst for the voices of those that are not often heard. Due to her work and studies with traditional healers and cultural artists, coupled with her interest in the biological and psychological healing effects of music, she was invited to perform in India at the request and invitation of His Holiness the Dalai Lama at the Inaugural Festival of Sacred Chanting and Singing for the commemoration of the Golden Buddha.
Michaelle Goerlitz
Percussionist Michaelle Goerlitz moved to San Francisco in 1980, co-founded two renowned Bay Area bands, the Blazing Redheads and Wild Mango, and has played, recorded, and toured with such artists as Wayne Wallace, Tret Fure, Blame Sally, Holly Near, and Jennifer Berezan.

2pm to 6pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley


Curium Piano Trio

3pm to 5pm, Maybeck Studio, 1537 Euclid Ave, Berkeley


Five Spot Jazz Quintet featuring Mike Greensill

The band features five musicians who have a deep feel for the jazz tradition. All five could be leaders in their own right. Together the band is even better than the sum of its parts.

Hailing from Dursley, England, pianist Mike Greensill might be best known in the Bay Area as resident piano player on Sedge Thomson's weekly Public Radio show, West Coast Live, as well as his role as musical director to vocalist Wesla Whitfield, with whom he's recorded more then twenty albums. Not just a superlative pianist, he's also a gifted composer. The band showcases Mike's compositions and some tasty vocals too.

Saxophonist Charlie McCarthy's comes from a musical family: his father was an accomplished trombone player in the Bay Area. His playing experience includes many of the greats in jazz, including Ella Fitzgerald, Joe Henderson, Bobby Hutcherson, George Shearing, Stan Getz, Joe Williams, and many others. He's contributed some adventurous arrangements to the repertoire. He's featured on both tenor saxophone and flute.

Joe Cohen, featured on alto saxophone, is one of the most in-demand players in the Bay Area, with a busy schedule performing locally and on tour as well as studio work. Always the right note at the right time with an impeccable rhythmic feel. In addition to playing soprano, alto, tenor and baritone saxophones, Joe plays piano, flute and clarinet. A partial list of notable players he's worked with includes Bobby McFerrin, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Idris Muhammad and Lavay Smith. As well as a distinctive voice on saxophone, Joe contributes to the repertoire.

John Clark, on bass, studied with Ray Brown and Buster Williams and has extensive performing and recording experience both locally and nationally, appearing with Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks, Frank Jackson, the Hot Club of San Francisco, Denise Perrier and Jackie Ryan among many others.

Drummer Jack Dorsey is a first call in the Bay Area and has performed and recorded with Etta James, Jimmy Witherspoon, Lavay Smith and many others.

For this gig, the band has put together a program of original tunes that you won't hear anywhere else and new arrangements of jazz standards. The essence of jazz is originality no matter what the style.

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. 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!

3:30pm to 5pm, The Back Room, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley


Starry Plough Old Time Sessions! @ The Starry Plough Pub

For details, link here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/starry-plough-old-time-sessions-the-starry-plough-pub-tickets-49237194775

4pm to 5pm, The Starry Plough Pub - 3101 Shattuck Avenue - Berkeley


Electric Squeezebox Orchestra

The Electric Squeezebox Orchestra (CJC Resident Artists) is a 17-piece big band led by Erik Jekabson and features many of the best players and arrangers in the Bay Area! They will be appearing Sundays at 5:30 pm through November 18th, with the Luis Manuel Quartet opening at 4:30 on September 16th.

ESO Band Members and Instrumentation: Saxes: Sheldon Brown, Larry Delacruz, Mike Zilber, Marcus Stephens, Charlie Gurke; Trombones: Rob Ewing, Danny Lubin-Laden, Patrick Malabuyo, Rich Lee; Trumpets: Erik Andrews, Erik Jekabson, Darren Johnston, Andrew Stephens; Piano: Steve Blum; Guitar: Jordan Samuels; Bass: Peter Barshay; Drums: Jeff Marrs

Artist Bio: The Electric 18th Orchestra is the Bay Area's own 17-piece big band, led by trumpeter Erik Jekabson, playing music composed and arranged by its members. The composers and arrangers, some of the very best in the Bay, draw from a wide variety of influences but always come up with powerful music with groove, beauty and subtlety. The band, which started a steady Sunday residency at the California Jazz Conservatory in March, has colloborated with a number of special guest artists, including John Santos, Kenny Washington, Alan Ferber, Dayna Stephens, Mads Tolling, Sandy Cressman, Kellye Gray, Avotcja, Spok and Ben Goldberg.

Artist Website: http://www.electricsqueezeboxorchestra.com
Facebook Link: https://www.facebook.com/Electricsqueezeboxorchestra/
Doors Open: 3:30 PM     Starts: 4:30 PM     Ends: 7:00 PM

4:30pm to 7pm, Rendon Hall/Fiddler Annex @ California Jazz Conservatory 2040 Addison Street, Berkeley


¡Batey Boricua! Featuring NYC's Redobles de Cultura

Doors open at 4pm / Event begins at 4:30pm
$10 in Advance / $15 at the Door / Children and Youth (under 18): Sliding Scale $5-$10
 
La Peña Cultural Center and the Bay Area Bomba y Plena Workshop present a very special
¡BATEY BORICUA! featuring REDOBLES de CULTURA from New York City!
The event will feature a community Bombazo jam with the participation Redobles de Cultura and will include a performance by our featured artists.
Plus, we'll have delicious Puerto Rican food for sale: Authentic Boricua flavors by CaliRican Catering!
ABOUT REDOBLES DE CULTURA:
Redobles de Cultura (RDCNYC) is a collective of top New York City-based Afro-Puerto Rican Bomba practitioners: Julia Gutiérrez-Rivera, Nicky "Caja Dura" Laboy, Nelson Matthew González and Nina Rodriguez. They are proud members of today's "new" and younger generation of Bomberos, cultural workers and educators. Collectively, the RDC ensemble has 50 years of teaching and performing experience, a (View Full Event Description Here: https://lapena.org/event/batey-boricua-featuring-nycs-redobles-de-cultura/)

4:30pm to 7:30pm, La Peña Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck Ave. , Berkeley


Vocal Jam Session

The Jazzschool Vocal Department presents a monthly jazz vocal jam session, hosted by Angharad Jones. All are welcome! Singers should bring three copies of their song for the band. Please arrive by 4:00 pm to sign up.

$10 suggested donation at the door

4:30pm to 6pm, California Jazz Conservatory 2087 Addison St, Berkeley


Orion's Joy of Jazz and Latin All Stars

The Orion's Joy of Sextet Jazz and Latin Jazz Concerts at Caffe Trieste include "The Best in in the West!!!"

Piano:Steve Mcquarry,Terry Rodriquez,Eugene Pliner,Tony Capricio
Guitars:Dave Bell,Eric Swinderman,Mark Babin,Ray Scott,Tony Corman and Ari Caprow
Vibes;David Casini,
Vocalists: Sandra Smith
Tenor sax :Jim Grantham, Dave Muratake,Joe Kaline
Alto sax /flute:Ruben Salcido
Bari sax Joe Kaline
Trumpets: Gil Cohen John DeBore
Trombone: Rick Brown,Dennis smith
Bass's: Jim Shearer,Attila Medvecsky,Richard Saunders,Carl Herder Jamie Dowd and Joe Mckinley

5pm to 7pm, Caffè Chiave, 2500 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley


Mutilations / Bad Idols / As A Friend / It's Butter / Moondrops

The Mutilations
[East Bay Rock n' Roll]

Bad Idols
[Knoxville, TN Punx]

As A Friend
[Newport, TN Indie rock]

It's Butter
[LA indie]

Moondrops
[East Bay indie rock]

MAMMOTH
[east bay punk]


ALL AGES.
Doors @ 5pm // Show @ 5:30pm
$8 + $2 Membership
Safe(r) Space Venue: no drugs, alcohol, or bigoted behavior.

924 Gilman Street, Berkeley, California 94710.
An All Ages DIY, Volunteer Run, 501(c)(3) Nonprofit, Music & Art Community Space Since 1986.

5pm to 10pm, 924 Gilman, 924 Gilman St, Berkeley


Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra
with Wynton Marsalis
and special guest Jon Batiste
Celebrating Duke Ellington

As summer turns to fall, celebrate under the stars in the stunning Greek Theatre, with one of the greatest jazz orchestras in the world! International jazz ambassador, nine-time Grammy winner, and Pulitzer Prize recipient Wynton Marsalis and his legendary Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra transform the magnificent outdoor theater into the biggest-and swinging-est-party in town. The orchestra is joined by charismatic pianist and music director of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert's house band, Jon Batiste, for a program celebrating the legacy of Duke Ellington. Expect the full panorama of Ellingtonia, from early Cotton Club "jump" classics, to dreamy big-band ballads, to selections from the Duke's lushly orchestrated suites.

Tickets start at $50

5:30pm to 7pm, Greek Theatre


Kateland Harte, JJ Mull, and Bonnie Chau

Kateland Harte is a writer of the group and so many people in that group that they have to do the work that you should have it and I will be there for sure if she wants me or I can meet her there and I can do that and I can get it done for her. This bio was written by predictive text.

j.j. Mull is a little poet, writer and bookseller based in Oakland, CA. He has lived in the East Bay for almost a decade, and currently manages Alley Cat Books in San Francisco.

Bonnie Chau is from Southern California, where she ran writing programs at the nonprofit 826LA. She received her MFA in fiction and translation from Columbia University, and has received fellowships and scholarships from Kundiman, the Fine Arts Work Center, ALTA, and Vermont Studio Center. She currently works at an independent bookstore in Brooklyn and is assistant web editor at Poets & Writers. All Roads Lead to Blood is her debut short story collection.

7pm to 9pm, Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Ave, Berkeley


An Evening of Indian Classical Music with Pandit Nirmalya Dey & Pandit Mohan Shyam Sharma

Pandit Nirmalya Dey is a premier exponent of Dagarvani dhrupad, which represents the purest form of North Indian classical music as embodied through the raga system. He learned his art primarily from the great musician and teacher Ustad Zia Fariduddin Dagar, who taught him the techniques and the subtleties of dhrupad closely and with great affection. Pandit Dey's initial training at an early age was from Prof. Nimaichand Boral, a disciple of Ustad Nasir Moinuddin Dagar. Nirmalya Dey is a Top Grade artiste with All India Radio and with Indian National Television (Doordarshan), and has regularly performed in major music festivals in India and abroad.

Pandit Mohan Shyam Sharma is one of the leading pakhawaj players in India. Mohan Shyam learned the pakhawaj from Pandit Tota Ram Sharma of Mathura, and started his career accompanying Zahiruddin and Faiyazuddin, the junior Dagar Brothers, and the rudra-veena player Ustad Asad Ali Khan, in India and abroad. He has accompanied world-renowned musicians such as Pandit Ravi Shankar, Pandit Hari Prasad Chaurasia, and Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, and is a much sought-after accompanist in dhrupad and in other genres of Indian classical music.

Tickets are $20 and are available in advance at the link below, or 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!

7pm to 9pm, The Back Room, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley


Leroy Mabrak (Mabrak showcase)

The members of Mabrak are the international masters of roots, rock, reggae sound and have had hits on the British Charts with ITAL TALK/LIQUID TALK in the mid '70s. Their recordings are well known in Germany, France, and in London. You can also hear them on the Jamaica's Golden Hits, Vol 1 recording doing the gem "Oh Carolina" A Jamaican CLassic from the 1960s.

The Founder and leader Leroy Mabrak was responsible for these musical landmarks, he has also developed the Worlds first electric repeater drum and functions as a resource consultant for drum music at Stanford University. This was the first time in the history of recorded music anywhere in the world when the Talking drum was used as a lead instrument in a song.


They have won four medals for musical composition and arramgement at the World Music Championships 2003, which was held in Burbank, California.

Doors at 7:30pm ; Show at 8pm

$15 Advance ; $18 Day of Show

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


Al Di Meola, Jordan Rudess

Al Di Meola

Pioneer of blending world music and jazz, Al Di Meola, has an ongoing fascination with complex rhythmic syncopation combined with provocative lyrical melodies and sophisticated harmony. His celebrated career has spanned four decades and earned him critical accolades, three gold albums and more than six million in record sales worldwide. A bona fide guitar hero, perennial poll-winner (winning more awards than any guitarist living or dead), and prolific composer, he has amassed over 30 albums as a leader while collaborating on more than a dozen or so others with the likes of the fusion supergroup Return to Forever (with Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke and Lenny White), the celebrated acoustic Guitar Trio featuring fellow virtuosos John McLaughlin and Paco de Lucia, and the Rite of Strings trio with bassist Clarke and violinist Jean-Luc Ponty.

And while his dazzling technique on both acoustic and electric guitars has afforded him regal status among the hordes of fretboard fanatics who regularly flock to his concerts, the depth of Di Meola's writing along with the soulfulness and the inherent lyricism of his guitaristic expression have won him legions of fans worldwide beyond the guitar aficionado set.

A pioneer of blending world music and jazz, going back to early Latin-tinged fusion outings like 1976's Land of the Midnight Sun, 1977's Elegant Gypsy and 1978's Casino, the guitar great continues to explore the rich influence of flamenco, tango, Middle Eastern, Brazilian and African music with his World Sinfonia, an ambitious pan-global group that he formed in 1991. Their exhilarating world music fusion has been documented on such releases as 2000's The Grande Passion (featuring the Toronto Symphony Orchestra), 2007's Live in London, 2011's Pursuit of Radical Rhapsody and the stunning 2012 DVD, Morocco Fantasia (recorded at the Mawazine Festival in Rabat, Morocco and featuring special guests Said Chraibi on oud, Abdellah Meri on violin and Tari Ben Ali on percussion).

Growing up in Bergenfield, NJ with the music of Elvis Presley, The Ventures and The Beatles, Di Meola naturally gravitated to guitar as a youngster and by his early teens was already an accomplished player. Attaining such impressive skills at such a young age didn't come easy for Al, but rather was the result of focused dedication and intensive periods of woodshedding between his junior and senior years in high school. "I used to practice the guitar eight to ten hours a day," he told Down Beat. "And I was trying to find myself, or find the kind of music that suited where I was going with the guitar."

His earliest role models in jazz included guitarists Tal Farlow and Kenny Burrell. But when he discovered Larry Coryell, whom Al would later dub "The Godfather of Fusion," he was taken with the guitarist's unprecedented blending of jazz, blues and rock into one seamless vocabulary on the instrument. "I used to ride the bus from New Jersey to see him at little clubs in Greenwich Village," he recalls. "Wherever he was playing, I'd be there." In 1972, Al enrolled at the Berklee College of Music in Boston and by the second semester there began playing in a fusion quartet led by keyboardist Barry Miles. When a gig tape of that band was later passed on to Chick Corea by a friend of Al's in 1974, the 19 year-old guitarist was tapped to join Corea's fusion supergroup Return to Forever as a replacement for guitarist Bill Connors.

After three landmark recordings with Return to Forever -- 1974's Where Have I Known You Before, 1975's Grammy Award winning No Mystery and 1976's Romantic Warrior -- the group disbanded and Al subsequently started up his career as a solo artist. His 1976 debut as a leader, Land of the Midnight Sun, was a blazing showcase of his signature chops and Latin-tinged compositions that featured a stellar cast including drummers Steve Gadd and Lenny White, bassist Anthony Jackson and Jaco Pastorius, keyboardists Jan Hammer, Barry Miles and Chick Corea and percussionist Mingo Lewis. Over the course of six more albums with Columbia Records - Elegant Gypsy, Casino, Splendido Hotel, Electric Rendezvous, Tour De Force and Scenario - Al established himself as an influential force in contemporary music.

1980 marked the triumph of the acoustic guitar trio with Paco De Lucia and John McLaughlin. Their debut recording on Columbia Records, Friday Night in San Francisco, became a landmark recording that surpassed the four million mark in sales. The following year, 1981, Di Meola was inducted into Guitar Player's Gallery of Greats after five consecutive wins as Best Jazz Guitarist in the magazine's Readers Poll and winning best album and acoustic guitarist for a total of a record eleven wins. The three virtuosos in the trio toured together from 1980 through 1983, releasing the studio album Passion, Grace & Fire in 1982. In 1995, they reunited for a third recording, Guitar Trio, follow by another triumphant world tour.

In early 1996, Di Meola formed a new trio with the violinist Jean Luc Ponty and RTF bandmate Stanley Clarke called The Rite of Strings. Their self-titled debut was released in 1995. Di Meola subsequently recorded with the likes of opera superstar Luciano Pavarotti, pop stars Paul Simon, classical guitarist Manuel Barrueco, and Italian pop star Pino Daniele. Over the course of his career, he has also worked and recorded with Phil Collins, Carlos Santana, Steve Winwood, Wayne Shorter, Tony Williams, Herbie Hancock, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Milton Naciemento, Egberto Gismonti, Stevie Wonder, Les Paul, Jimmy Page, Steve Vai, Frank Zappa and Cuban pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba.

Di Meola's 2013 release All Your Life was an acoustic tour de force that had him revisiting the music of a seminal influence - The Beatles. "I really credit the Beatles for the reason why I play guitar," he says. "That was a major catalyst for me to want to learn music, so their impact was pretty strong." A virtual one man show of virtuosity, it features the guitar great interpreting 14 familiar Beatles tunes in the stripped-down setting of strictly acoustic guitar.

While currently juggling acoustic tours in Europe and electric tours in the United States, Di Meola arrives at the perfect marriage of the two aesthetics on his latest album, 2015's Elysium, which finds the guitar great blending the lush tones of his nylon string Conde Hermanos acoustic prototype model and a '71 Les Paul electric (his Return to Forever and Elegant Gypsy axe) in a collection of songs that are at once invigorating and alluring. "It represents a new composition phase for me, whereby the writing became, in a sense, my therapy during a challenging personal transition in my life," he said.

Di Meola is currently on tour in Europe and North America. In 2015, he was honored as the 22nd recipient of the Montreal Jazz Festival's Miles Davis Award, created in 1994 to honor a great international jazz musician for the entire body of his or her work and for that musician's influence in regenerating the jazz idiom.

During a 40-plus year career marked by hugely influential recordings and worldwide tours, Di Meola has regenerated the jazz idiom three times over while dedicating himself to his art. And at age 63, this guitar hero seems inspired to begin a new chapter in his career with the release of OPUS (EAR Music) in February 2017.



Jordan Rudess (born on November 4, 1956) is an American virtuoso keyboardist best known as a member of the progressive metal band Dream Theater and the progressive rock group Liquid Tension Experiment.

8pm to 11pm, The UC Theatre Taube Family Music Hall, 2036 University Avenue, near Downtown Berkeley BART, Berkeley, CA, 94704


Monday, September 24th 2018

Free Concert: Etude Club

For more information please click here.Open to the public, neighbors and friends are welcomed!

1pm to 2pm, Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar St, Berkeley


The National: with guests: Big Thief *Note: actual end time may vary.*

The National are pleased to announce their 7th studio album - Sleep Well Beast - to be released on September 8th on 4AD. Sleep Well Beast was produced by member Aaron Dessner with co-production by Bryce Dessner and Matt Berninger. The album was mixed by Peter Katis and recorded at Aaron Dessner's Hudson Valley, New York studio, Long Pond, with additional sessions having taken place in Berlin, Paris & Los Angeles. Sleep Well Beast is available for pre-order today and will be available in CD, digital and double LP formats.

6:30pm to 7:30pm, Hearst Greek Theatre


Full: Fauxnique

BAMPFA

Fauxnique (Monique Jenkinson) performs Drag Movement Study #3, an indulgent investigation of glamour as process. Dislodging the practice of drag from its traditional reliance on illusion and concealment, Fauxnique exploits the space of the museum to revel in the reveal, shining full light upon the underpinnings and inviting viewers into the foundation of drag performance.

7pm to 9pm, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive


Caffe Acustico

7pm to 9pm, Caffè Chiave, 2500 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley


Clara Bingham in conversation with Charles Kaiser

Fifty years later, Clara Bingham and Charles Kaiser reflect on 1968: a year which shaped a generation and proved a hinge point in history.

Clara Bingham's Witness to the Revolution is a riveting story of America in the turbulent year when the 60s ended, and the nation teetered on the edge of revolution. As the 1960s drew to a close, the United States was coming apart at the seams. The death toll in Vietnam was approaching fifty thousand, and the ascendant counterculture was challenging nearly every aspect of American society - from work, family, and capitalism to sex, science, and gender relations. Witness to the Revolution, Clara Bingham's unique oral history of that tumultuous time, unveils anew that moment when America careened to the brink of a civil war at home, as it fought a long, futile war abroad.

Charles Kaiser's 1968 in America is widely recognized as one of the best historic accounts of the 1960s. Largely based on unpublished interviews and documents (including in-depth conversations with anti-war presidential candidate Eugene McCarthy and Dylan), this is compulsively readable popular history. Now, fifty years later, and with a new introduction by Hendrik Hertzberg, it is even more clear that this was a uniquely terrible, wonderful, and pivotal year in the story of America.

Free to attend.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Charles Kaiser, the author of 1968 in America, has been a reporter at The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Newsweek. He has also written for Vanity Fair, New York, and The Washington Post. He has taught journalism at Columbia and Princeton, and is the author of The Gay Metropolis, a history of gay life in New York City since 1940.

Clara Bingham is the author of Class Action: The Landmark Case That Changed Sexual Harassment Law (with Laura Leedy Gansler) and Women on the Hill: Challenging the Culture of Congress. She is a former NewsweekWhite House correspondent, and her writing has appeared in Vanity Fair, Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, Talk, The Washington Monthly, Ms., and other publications. Bingham produced the 2011 documentary The Last Mountain. She lives in Manhattan and Brooklyn with her husband, three children, and three stepchildren.

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


Ms. Lisa Fischer And Grand Baton

"Lisa Fischer in concert is addictive. Every performance is so enriching, so exciting, so transcendent that you want more. With remarkable vocal range and vocabulary, Fischer can sing soul, jazz, rock, gospel, pop, folk and classical with equal facility and authority. Her approach tends to be intimate, artful and almost meditative, accompanied by her interpretive dancing, but she also can cut loose and funk with fierceness and rock with abandon." (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

Powerhouse vocalist Ms. Lisa Fischer re-imagines classic songs, taking listeners on an intimate and unforgettable journey. Lisa and her virtuosic trio Grand Baton create hypnotic grooves that are impossible to resist: an organic gumbo of progressive rock, psychedelic soul, African, Middle Eastern, Caribbean rhythms and classical influences. After years electrifying the world's largest arenas with legends like The Rolling Stones, Sting, and Nine Inch Nails, Lisa is emerging as an inventive and heartfelt artist in her own right.

8pm to 10pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley


Tuesday, September 25th 2018

Alex Hand Band

Alex Hand Band- Jazz infused eclectic

11:45am to 2:45pm, The Cheeseboard Pizza, 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley


Freddie Hughes and the House of Hughes

Soul legend Freddie Hughes and his band.

4:45pm to 7:45pm, The Cheeseboard Pizza, 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley


The National: with guests: Cat Power *Note: actual end time may vary.*

The National are pleased to announce their 7th studio album - Sleep Well Beast - to be released on September 8th on 4AD. Sleep Well Beast was produced by member Aaron Dessner with co-production by Bryce Dessner and Matt Berninger. The album was mixed by Peter Katis and recorded at Aaron Dessner's Hudson Valley, New York studio, Long Pond, with additional sessions having taken place in Berlin, Paris & Los Angeles. Sleep Well Beast is available for pre-order today and will be available in CD, digital and double LP formats.

6:30pm to 7:30pm, Hearst Greek Theatre


Brian Moran Trio

7pm to 9pm, Caffè Chiave, 2500 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley


Wander // Curse League (WA) // absib // Hit Me, Harold!

Wander

Curse League
(Seattle, WA)

awakebutstillinbed

hit me, Harold

All Ages
Doors 6:30pm // Music 7pm
$10 + $2 Gilman Membership
NO PUNK TIME.
Safe(r) space venue: no drugs, no alcohol, no violence. Please respect our neighbors.

924 Gilman Street, Berkeley, California 94710.
An All Ages DIY, Volunteer Run, 501(c)(3) Nonprofit, Music & Art Community Space Since 1986.

7pm to 10pm, 924 Gilman, 924 Gilman St, Berkeley


Kathryn Jordan reads poems from Riding Waves

Kathryn Jordan's Riding Waves is not for the faint of spirit. Do not pick it up unless you are prepared to be jolted by hurts, inspired by survival, and charmed by metaphors that can only come from a wounded place within us.
John Warley, author of A Southern Girl

Kathryn Jordan's beautiful book reverberates with the beauty and pain of a lost era. Scenes from a fragmented military childhood at the height of the Vietnam War are interspersed with meditations on Nature, family, love, loss, travel and music. It's a rich tapestry of memory and spiritual inquiry. Jordan finds her way through a tumultuous time by paying rapt attention to the sensory details and small epiphanies that accompanied her on her journey.
Alison Luterman, author of Desire Zoo

A strong book, crafted and elegant, utterly unsparing of hard truths and lit ablaze by the flamed-open heart of saying. These are poems that pull us close with their unflinching presence; roped in, caught up by Kathe Jordan's work, we turn pages that spill a tough and aching history, broken, bled through, and fraught with beauty.
Judyth Hill, editor, poet, author of Dazzle Wobble

About the Author

At UC Berkeley, Kathryn won the Elizabeth Mills Crothers Prize for Short Story and has placed narrative non-fiction with The Sun Magazine. She is the winner of the 2016 San Miguel de Allende Writers' Conference Prize for Poetry. Her work was selected for Bay Area Generations and chosen to represent B.A.G. at Oakland Beast Crawl in 2016. Her poems have appeared in Roar Magazine and in the anthology, Solamente en San Miguel.

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


Marc Broussard, The Dales


Marc Broussard

With his voice alternating between honeyed sweetness and raw belted choruses, Marc Broussard's sound balances heartfelt soul and tearing grit. The young Louisiana born singer and guitarist has already toured with legends such as Bonnie Raitt and Willie Nelson, and has honed his songwriting since his debut in 2002 at the age of 20.


The Dales are a five piece Americana roots-rock band, carried by three part harmonies and a deep appreciation for classic songwriting and early country music.

The band came together in early 2016 when multi-platinum song writer, Drew Lawrence, (Christina Perri - Jar of Hearts) teamed up with four of his closest friends to begin performing the songs that would become their debut album, "Marie".

A video of their song, "Still the Love" caught the ears of Grammy nominated producer Jerry Streeter (The Lumineers, Brandi Carlile). The song was written as a dedication to bass player Kyle Vanes' girlfriend, Heather Marie Allman who passed from Breast Cancer the year before.

This led to Jerry producing the bands debut album, "Marie" which was released in August of 2017. The Dales have spent the year on the highways of America supporting acts like the White Buffalo and Cris Jacobs. The group has also headlined sold out shows in Los Angeles as well as the west coast and midwest. Media play soon followed with features on NPR's World Cafe and Acoustic Cafe as well as TV interviews on NBC and ABC.

8pm to 10pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley


Founding Fathers Trio

The Founding Fathers are a jazz project honoring the immense contributions of oppressed peoples to the US. Our music explores the intersection of jazz, soul and afro-latin traditions. Every Tuesday of September at Jupiter, from 8p-11p

8pm to 11pm, Jupiter, 2181 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley


Johnny Marr, The Belle Game

Johnny Marr

Voted the fourth best guitarist of the last 30 years by BBC, English musician, singer and songwriter Johnny Marr is known as "Britain's last great guitar stylist".

Born in Ardwick, Manchester to Irish parents, Marr formed his first band at the age of 13. He was part of several bands along with Andy Rourke before forming the Smiths with Morrissey in 1982. The Smiths attained great success and were critically acclaimed, with Marr's jangle pop guitar style becoming distinctive of the band's sound, but separated in 1987 due to personal differences between Marr and Morrissey. Since then, Marr has been a member of the Pretenders, The The, Electronic, Modest Mouse and the Cribs, and has become a prolific session musician, working with names such as Talking Heads and Hans Zimmer. He released his first solo album, titled The Messenger, in 2013, followed by his second, Playland, in 2014. His autobiography, Set the Boy Free, was published in 2016.[2] His third solo album, Call the Comet, is set to be released on 15 June 2018.

The Belle Game
Led by the hypnotic vocals of Andrea Lo, Belle Game weaves ethereal soundscapes into, blown-out, crush-pop confessions. Somewhere between new-age visions and unkempt basements.

8pm to 10pm, The UC Theatre Taube Family Music Hall, 2036 University Avenue, near Downtown Berkeley BART, Berkeley, CA, 94704


Tom Rigney & Flambeau plus Dance Lesson with Cheryl McBride

Ace fiddler Tom Rigney and his Louisiana-drenched band Flambeau can be heard in concerts from the Caribbean to Alaska, at the big festivals in the summer, and monthly at his favorite neighborhood dance palace: Ashkenaz. Tonight the band celelbrates the release of its new CD, "Enjoy Yourself (It's Later than You Think)." The unusual title song (recorded by everyone from Guy Lombardo to the Supremes) is a real surprise. According to Rigney, it's "a great song, although I must admit when I heard it when I was a kid it made no sense at all. I listened to the Guy Lombardo version a couple of years ago and realized what a brilliant, funny, and on-the-money song it is." In addition to old favorites and Rigney's own compositions, some of tonight's songs are pulled from the CD/DVD "Swamp Fever - Live at Three Stages," whose video was part of the PBS-TV series "Music Gone Public." Featured songs range from "Iko Iko" to "Orange Blossom Special" and "C'est la Vie." What sets Rigney and Flambeau apart is their fresh musical takes on Louisiana Cajun and zydeco, New Orleans R&B, down-home blues, and other styles he loves to play from rock to classical, creating a celebration of life through dance rhythms. Flambeau is a tight ensemble of virtuoso musicians, with guitarist Danny Caron (Charles Brown's bandleader; he and Rigney met when both backed up Rockin' Sidney in the '80s), boogie-woogie keyboardist Caroline Dahl, bassist and singer Steve Parks, and drummer Brent Rampone. Son of baseball legend Bill Rigney, Tom Rigney has long been a force in Bay Area music. He began in bluegrass-Western Swing band Back in the Saddle, then went from helping bandleader Queen Ida pioneer zydeco in the 1980s, to 15 years leading his New Orleans-drenched rock-R&B-zydeco outfit the Sundogs. At the turn of the 21st century he launched Flambeau, which has remained busy on the road ever since, releasing records mixing traditional and original fare. Not long ago, after teaming up for a few shows at Ashkenaz, Rigney and fellow fiddler Michael Doucet recorded the critically acclaimed CD "Cajun Fandango," a hot collection of fiddle duets on Parhelion Records.

Doors at 7:30 pm / Dance Lesson with Cheryl McBride at 8:00 pm / Show at 8:30 pm
Tickets are $12 Advance / $15 Day of Show
Buy Tickets Here

8pm to 11:59pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley


Wednesday, September 26th 2018

Storytime on Solano: Imagination Flannel Boards

Boards Bring your little ones to Pegasus on Solano for a fun, interactive, and educational morning. Imagination Flannel Boards will be on hand to share stories and songs that spark your children's imagination. They will engage with the storyteller through singing, repetition, and movement. They will cheer when the ducklings find their mother and laugh when the Old Lady swallows a cow! Every 4th of the month at Pegasus Books Solano.

10:30am to 11:30am, Pegasus Books Solano 1855 Solano Ave, Berkeley


Hank Maniger and the Juke Box Charlies

Hank Maniger and the Juke Box Charlies

11:45am to 2:45pm, The Cheeseboard Pizza, 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley


Noon Concert: Aleck Karis, piano *Note: actual end time may vary.*

DEBUSSY Ã%tudes

Continuing it's 66th season, the Noon Concert series features the Music Department's varied and diverse performance activities. Inaugurated in 1953, these concerts are very popular and well attended by those on campus and in the wider community. Traditionally on Wednesdays and Fridays, each concert begins promptly at 12:15 and ends by 1pm.

12 noon to 1pm, Hertz Concert Hall


Kenan Obrien

Soulful Rock-- Bay Area style

4:45pm to 7:45pm, The Cheeseboard Pizza, 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley


Movie Night @Claremont

John Grisham thrillers come to life: four movies to make your heart race, legally.

Wednesday, September 5th, 5:30pm The Pelican Brief PG-13/1993/ 141 minutes
Two Supreme Courts justices murdered! Courageous law school student (Julia Roberts) figures out who killed them, but can she evade the killers herself?

Wednesday, September 12th, 5:30pm The Client PG-13/1994/ 121 minutes
Susan Sarandon (nominated for an Oscar for this role) is a lawyer who has to protect her client (Brad Renfro) both from the Mafia and the FBI.


Wednesday, September 19th, 5:30pm The Chamber R/1996/153 minutes
Chris O'Donnell stars as a newly minted lawyer trying to win a reprieve for his racist grandfather (played by Gene Hackman) who is on death row.


Wednesday, September 26th, 5:30pm Runaway Jury PG-13/1997/136 minutes
Everybody's out to get the jury, even the jurors. Stars John Cusack, Gene Hackman, Dustin Hoffman, Rachel Weisz.

5:30pm to 7:30pm, Claremont Branch Library, 2940 Benvenue Ave, Berkeley


Stitch 'n Bitch

6pm to 9pm, Caffè Chiave, 2500 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley


Holloway Series in Poetry: Sara Nicholson

Sara Nicholson

6:30pm to 10pm, 315, Maude Fife Wheeler Hall


Craig & MacGregor Band

Join The Craig & MacGregor Band for an evening of "Not Just Jazz," cheap drinks, good friends, and complimentary food from Bacheesos on Telegraph. Bar opens at 6:30pm | Music

7pm to 11pm, The Marsh Cabaret, 2120 Allston Way, Berkeley


V.E. Schwab

Please note: This event is free and open to the public. A Books Inc. receipt for Vengeful: Villains #2 is required for a place in the signing line.

#1 New York Times-bestselling author V.E. Schwab joins us at Books Inc. in Berkeley in celebration of her thrilling new book, Vengeful: Villains #2.

Magneto and Professor X. Superman and Lex Luthor. Victor Vale and Eli Ever. Sydney and Serena Clarke. Great partnerships, now soured on the vine.

But Marcella Riggins needs no one. Flush from her brush with death, she's finally gained the control she's always sought--and will use her new-found power to bring the city of Merit to its knees. She'll do whatever it takes, collecting her own sidekicks, and leveraging the two most infamous EOs, Victor Vale and Eli Ever, against each other once more.

With Marcella's rise, new enmities create opportunity--and the stage of Merit City will once again be set for a final, terrible reckoning.

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


Jazz in the Neighborhood Presents...Noisy strangers' Bye Bye Bartok

A jazzy re-imagining of great chamber and symphonic music themes.

What if Béla Bartók wrote "Bye Bye Blackbird"? What if Charlie Parker wrote a prelude in E, or Sun Ra, a symphony in C? We may never know, but four Bay Area voices come together to groove, swing, and do their thing over themes by Bach, Bartok, Satie, Tchaikovsky, and others, followed by a set of their own compositions. Chamber jazz from the heart, this evening marks the third performance of this exciting new quartet. 

This ensemble's name was bestowed upon them by Darren's cats on the day of their first rehearsal at his house. A drummer-less group, they're actually not all that noisy.


Band Members and Instrumentation:

Darren Johnston - trumpet;

Matt Renzi - clarinet, tenor sax, English horn;

Adam Shulman - piano;

Eric Vogler - upright bass
https://www.facebook.com/derkrichardson/posts/10155971283797230

7:30pm to 9:30pm, Rendon Hall/Fiddler Annex @ California Jazz Conservatory 2040 Addison Street, Berkeley


Ms. Lisa Fischer And Grand Baton

Lisa Fischer

"Lisa Fischer in concert is addictive. Every performance is so enriching, so exciting, so transcendent that you want more. With remarkable vocal range and vocabulary, Fischer can sing soul, jazz, rock, gospel, pop, folk and classical with equal facility and authority. Her approach tends to be intimate, artful and almost meditative, accompanied by her interpretive dancing, but she also can cut loose and funk with fierceness and rock with abandon." (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

Powerhouse vocalist Ms. Lisa Fischer re-imagines classic songs, taking listeners on an intimate and unforgettable journey. Lisa and her virtuosic trio Grand Baton create hypnotic grooves that are impossible to resist: an organic gumbo of progressive rock, psychedelic soul, African, Middle Eastern, Caribbean rhythms and classical influences. After years electrifying the world's largest arenas with legends like The Rolling Stones, Sting, and Nine Inch Nails, Lisa is emerging as an inventive and heartfelt artist in her own right.

8pm to 10pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley


Hiss Golden Messenger


Hiss Golden Messenger is the recording name of Michael C. Taylor (also know as Jai 'Slim' Diamond), a Californian songwriter whose work is spun from the very brightest threads of the Cosmic American Tapestry.

8pm to 10pm, Cornerstone, 2367 Shattuck Ave (Enter On Durant), Berkeley


Stu Allen & Mars Hotel

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.

8pm to 10:59pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley


ANTHONY THOMAS MARTINEZ TRIO

Anthony Thomas is a saxophonist, musician, producer & composer from San Antonio TX. "My music is expression, heavily rooted in the jazz language but none-the less it is my emotions presented in sound waves."  Currently , Anthony Thomas is living in New York City promoting his latest sophomore release "Live At The Palladium".
https://iamanthonythomas.com

8pm to 11pm, Jupiter, 2181 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley


Thursday, September 27th 2018

SF Medicine Ball

Jazz

11:45am to 2:45pm, The Cheeseboard Pizza, 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley


Free Live Jazz

4:30pm to 6:30pm, The Musical Offering, 2430 Bancroft Way, Berkeley


Retro JukeBox Band4:45pm

Geechi Taylor's Retro JukeBox Band is a top Dance Band with an immense repertoire covering multiple genres including timeless 1920's-1960's Jazz, Blues, Motown & Retro versions of todays hits. Kid Friendly!

4:45pm to 7:45pm, The Cheeseboard Pizza, 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley


Chaucer's "Parliament of Fowls": A Group Reading

Lyn Hejinian, John F. Hotchkis Professor of English, Berkeley English\
Jessica Laser, Berkeley English\
Maura Nolan, Associate Professor, Berkeley English\
Steven Justice, Professor and Chair, Berkeley English

All (faculty, grad and undergrad students, staff) are welcome to participate. "Bi-lingual" copies of the text, in the original Middle English and in a modern English translation, will be made available, and both Maura Nolan and Steve Justice will offer a few introductory words (on pronunciation of the Middle English and on the poem itself). This event is co-hosted by Jessica Laser and Lyn Hejinian and will inaugurate an on-going series of collective readings of poems; the series title is "Very Slight Worry."

5pm to 6:30pm, 330, English Department Lounge Wheeler Hall


Death Cab for Cutie: with guest Cold War Kids *Note: actual end time may vary.*

Death Cab for Cutie is an American alternative rock band formed in Bellingham, Washington in 1997. The band is composed of Ben Gibbard, Nick Harmer, Jason McGerr, Dave Depper, and Zac Rae. Death Cab for Cutie rose from being a side project to becoming one of the most exciting groups on the indie rock scene of the 2000's, with their emotive songwriting and cross-genre sound landing somewhere between indie and emo. They have been nominated for eight Grammy Awards, including Best Rock Album for their most recent release, 2015's Kintsugi.

Death Cab for Cutie recently finished recording their highly anticipated new album, and today unveiled the first glimpse via a teaser clip featuring one of the tracks. The album will arrive in late summer and marks the first Death Cab for Cutie release to see long time bandmates Ben Gibbard, Nick Harmer, and Jason McGerr joined in the studio by new members Dave Depper (Menomena, Fruit Bats, Corin Tucker, Ray Lamontagne) and Zac Rae (My Brightest Diamond, Fiona Apple, Lana Del Rey, Gnarls Barkley). Depper and Rae have both been part of Death Cab's touring band since 2015.

7pm to 8pm, Hearst Greek Theatre


Albany HS Jazz Combo

7pm to 9pm, Caffè Chiave, 2500 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley


Cathy Zane and EC Frey

Join Books Inc. in Berkeley for an evening celebrating She Writes Press's debut novelists Cathy Zane, sharing her compelling novel, Better Than This; and E.C. Frey, discussing her lyrical thriller, Entangled Moon.

About Better Than This: Sometimes the most enviable life is really a private hell. On the surface, Sarah Jenkins appears to have it all: a handsome, wealthy and successful husband, a precocious five-year-old daughter, and a beautiful home in an affluent Seattle neighborhood. Her quirky best friend and fellow high school teacher, Maggie, marvels at her luck--and envies her happiness. But Sarah is far from happy. She feels empty and on edge, harangued by a critical inner voice--and as the truth about her marriage and details of her past emerge, her "perfect" life begins to crumble. But just when it seems all is lost, a long forgotten, unopened letter changes everything, and with the support of friends, Sarah begins to rebuild her life. Can she quiet the critical voice in her head and learn to value herself instead?

About Entangled Moon: It only takes one moment to change everything. Long ago, Heather left her old life behind. Now, she has everything: a marriage to a handsome executive, a managerial human resources position in a powerful multinational, and a beautiful daughter. And she will do anything to keep it that way. But everything has a price. When a bullet ends the life of another woman--an ex-employee whom Heather helped fire--it sets off a chain of events that jeopardizes everything for which Heather has worked. Events of Heather's past soon collide with her company's wrongdoings, and she must risk everything to expose them. But all she's ever known is the peril of being visible. Frightened and desperate, Heather calls upon her constant childhood friends--friends who long ago saved her from a life of pain--and, together, they will once again face the events of a traumatic night that each has sought to forget. Because sometimes the only ones who can save you are those with whom you share your deepest and darkest secrets--those who know that fear is the price of silence.

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


DJ CALI AND HANIF

DJ Cali has been moving dance floors with soulful music from all over the globe, from Afro, Broken Beat, House, Soul, R&B, Jazz, Brazilian, and Latin. He also represents Oaklands' thePeople, who hold down THE preeminent club night in Oakland, every 4th Saturday at New Parrish.  Cali welcomes in his Oakland's own DJ Hanif!
http://cali.podomatic.com

8pm to 11pm, Jupiter, 2181 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley


Grateful Dead Open Mic

Come dance to a great night of the good old Grateful Dead music! Sit in with the band - vocals, keys, bass, guitar, horns, then dance to an awesome house band set!

Doors at 7:30 pm; Show at 8:00 pm
Tickets are $10
Buy Tickets Here

8pm to 11:59pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley


The Berkeley Old Time Music Convention -- Dom Flemons, Paul Brown & Mike Bryant Band, Sausage Grinder


The Berkeley Old Time Music Convention is a five day music festival featuring performances by local and national acts, a rollicking square dance, open cabaret, and the illustrious stringband contest in venues throughout Berkeley.


Dom Flemons is known as "the American Songster" for his repertoire of songs spanning over 100 years of American folklore, ballads and tunes, and is an expert player on the banjo, fife, guitar, harmonica, quills, and rhythm bones. A co-founder of the Grammy award-winning Carolina Chocolate Drops, Dom left the band in 2014 to pursue a solo career, and has been touring the world ever since; he's performed solo at Carnegie Hall, the Museum of African American History, National Cowboy Gathering, Newport Folk Festival and many other places. His newest album, released in 2018, is "Dom Flemons Presents Black Cowboys" on Smithsonian Folkways, part of the African American Legacy Recordings series.


Bryant & Brown features the playing of two old-time music masters, Mike Bryant and Paul Brown. This extraordinary foursome presents old-time music traditions of North Carolina, Virginia, Tennessee, West Virginia and other southern U.S. states with depth and expertise reflecting long experience. Mike and Marcia Bryant of Tennessee have played for decades at home, and at dances, fiddlers' conventions and festivals. Mike is revered as a fiddler of style, strength and grace, with a repertoire spanning both well-known and obscure tunes. Marcia is widely respected for her super-solid guitar and bass backup. Paul Brown & Terri McMurray make North Carolina their home, and they too have performed both locally and around the U.S. for many years. Paul is probably best known as an NPR newscaster (now retired, although he still does special projects for NPR.) More to the point, he is a respected banjo and fiddle player whose unique sound on both instruments reflects his own imagination and his many years playing with senior musicians including Benton Flippen and Tommy Jarrell. Terri is a prize winning banjo player and a fine singer. These two couples, who love to make music together, bring you the old-time music sound with an easy, down home friendliness in every performance.


Sausage Grinder, Los Angeles' classic old-time and country blues band, combines the traditional sounds of fiddle and banjo breakdowns with the low-down sound of country blues, topped off with a touch of ragtime and hillbilly jazz. The versatile acoustic ensemble features fiddle, banjo, guitar, mandolin, jug, washboard, and a few odds and ends.
The members of Sausage Grinder are Chris Berry, guitar, banjo and vocals; David Bragger, fiddle, mandolin, banjo; Susan Platz, fiddle, banjo, washboard, vocals; Timothy Riley, jug, washboard, jaw harp, saw, bagpipes, mouth harp, mandolin, guitar, vocals.
David Bragger and Susan Platz have recently released a CD of old-time fiddle duets, and Sausage Grinder will include some of that material in their set.

8pm to 10pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley


The Ventures, Frankie And The Pool Boys

The best-selling instrumental band of all time.


The Ventures formed in Tacoma, Washington in 1958. The legacy kicked off with the opening drum roll of 1960's "Walk Don't Run", a #2 hit that would go on to sell more than 2 million copies. From the garage, to the beach, to the stars, The Ventures defined an entire decade of instrumental rock music.

A cultural and musical phenomenon bar none in the instrumental world, The Ventures charted 37 records in 12 years and released a staggering number of now classic tunes such as: "Walk Don't Run", "Perfidia", "Lullaby of the Leaves", "Bulldog", "Driving Guitars", "Surf Rider", "Apache", "Tequila", "Pipeline", "Wipe Out", "Out of Limits", "Journey to the Stars", "Diamond Head", "Walk Don't Run '64", "Slaughter on 10th Ave.", and the incomparable "Hawaii Five-O".

The Ventures have sold over a 100 million records. They were inducted into The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2008.

Known the world over for their blistering live show, including their legendary show-stopping rendition of "Caravan", the current line-up continues to deliver dynamic and powerful performances.

Leon Taylor (drums): Leon is the son of legendary drummer Mel Taylor. He stepped into his father's position and has been supplying a solid backbeat for over 20 years.

Bob Spalding (guitar): a studio heavyweight and live show regular with the band for over 35 years, Bob has more than earned the title of "The Fifth Venture."

Ian Spalding (guitar/bass): Ian has worked in the studio and on the stage with the band for over 10 years. He's been playing Ventures songs since before he could ride a bicycle.

Luke Griffin (bass/guitar): The newest member of The Ventures family, Luke brings a wealth of talent and agility to the stage.


Frankie and the Pool Boys

have become one of the most respected and well known bands of Surf Music's "Third Wave". The summer of 2018 will be their busiest ever with the release of their third album, a 7" single, a European tour, headlining The Surfer Joe Festival in Italy, and featured performances at the SurfGuitar 101 Con in Anaheim, CA and the Asbury Park Surf Music Festival in New Jersey.

The Pool Boys got together in 2007 as an offshoot project of San Francisco's legendary progressive surf band, Pollo Del Mar. Leader Ferenc Dobronyi wanted to focus on more accessible, danceable music. The early membership drew the best players of S.F.'s surf music scene, before solidifying into it's current lineup in 2015. Dobronyi remains the band leader and chief song writer with Jono Jones (Pollo Del Mar) on guitar, Karen Dobronyi (Meshugga Beach Party) on keyboards, and Abraham Aguilar and Jonathan Rodriguez (both of The Deadbeats) on bass and drums.

"Spin the Bottle" is the Pool Boys third album released on Double Crown Records; it features 14 new originals, two cover songs (Booker T. & the MGs and The Surf Coasters,) and as a bonus, four vocal versions for the folks who need lyrics to tell them how to feel. But seriously, the vocal version are there in an attempt to garner some radio airplay, which generally only uses instrumentals as bed music for the DJ to talk over. The album was produced by Dusty Watson, drummer for The Sonics, Dick Dale, Agent Orange and so many more. The album is filled with musical variety, with fast and slow tempos, trad style to moderne, some rippers and some goofy shit.

Also available this summer, Hi-Tide Recordings released a vinyl 7" single of "Ewa on the Beach", a song from the Pool Boys first, 2007 album. Why now, some 11 years later? Because "Ewa on the Beach" has been deemed a "modern surf classic", and has been voted the #3 modern surf song by the listeners of North Sea Surf Radio, and has found it's way on multiple compilations. On the B-side is the ultra-trad "Tan Line Fever".

The Summer2018 tour starts with 14 shows in Germany and Italy, anchored by the opening night headlining slot at The Surfer Joe Festival in Livorno, Italy. This is the Pool boys second European tour. Upon return to the US, the Pool Boys are booked for the Rio Nido Surf Festival (NorCal), The Int'l Surf Classic (San Jose) and the Surf Guitar 101 Con (Anaheim, next to Disneyland). In August they make their East Coast premier at the Asbury Park Surf Music Festival in New Jersey, and in the fall they travel up the West Coast to Seattle and beyond.

Frankie and the Pool Boys started out as a recording project band, with no intentions of playing live. The idea was to get some of the best surf musicians from around the world together. The first and second albums featured Bob Spaulding (The Ventures), Shigeo Naka (The Surf Coasters), John Blair (Jon & the Nightriders), Dusty Watson (The Sonics, Dick Dale), Ivan Pongracic (The Space Cossacks, The Madeira), Dave Wronski (Slacktone), David Arnson (Insect Surfers), Danny Snyder (The TomorrowMen), Jonpaul Balak (Tikiyaki Orchestra), Naotaka Seki (The Surf Coasters) and many more. As requests to perform arose, so did the need for a touring unit, though early versions still featured a rotating cast depending on availability. In 2014, The Pool Boys became a true and tight unit, giving them the focus to record "Spin the Bottle" in one, weekend long, session in November of 2017.

8:30pm to 9:30pm, Cornerstone, 2367 Shattuck Ave (Enter On Durant), Berkeley


Friday, September 28th 2018

Cascada De Flores

11:45am to 2:45pm, The Cheeseboard Pizza, 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley


Super Cinema @Central

August 2018
Pictures from the Tumultuous 70s
Friday, August 3   The Last Picture Show 1971 / 118 min. / R / CC


The time is 1951 in a tiny Texas town. A diner, a pool hall and the Royal movie theater are the only places to go, "except to bed," critic Roger Ebert wryly comments in his review. Best friends Sonny (Timothy Bottoms) and Duane (Jeff Bridges) lust after a phony rich girl (Cybill Shepherd). Adults mostly guard their secrets. In the end, loss shakes loose some authentic emotion from the friends. Cloris Leachman and Ellen Burstyn are superb in supporting roles.


 
Friday, August 10   A Woman Under the Influence 1974 / 155 min. / R / CC


An LA housewife and mother, Mabel (Gena Rowlands), is unpredictable, sometimes volatile, sometimes overly friendly, to the extent that her construction worker husband, Nick (Peter Falk), wonders about her ability to handle the life they lead. Stellar performances from both leads make this an essential movie experience. Gena Rowlands won several Best Actress awards for it. The writer-director, John Cassavettes, is an icon of independent film.


 
Friday, August 17 One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest     1975 / 133 min. / R / CC


Considered to be among the greatest films ever, Cuckoo's Nest is the story of a funny and often satisfying power struggle between a cocky recidivist felon (Jack Nicholson) and an authoritarian mental hospital nurse (Louise Fletcher). It's based on a Ken Kesey novel, boasts a near perfect ensemble cast (including Christopher Lloyd, Brad Dourif and Danny DeVito) and won all the major awards: Best Picture, Actor, Actress, Director and Screenplay.


 
Friday, August 24 Taxi Driver 1976 / 113 min. / R / CC


After being discharged from the Vietnam-era Marines, Travis Bickle (Robert De Niro) drives a taxi in New York City. He's a loner who forms attachments to inappropriate women-a  presidential campaign worker (Cybill Shepherd) and a 15 year old prostitute (Jodie Foster), whom he wants to protect. Pushed over the edge by their rejections, he begins to stalk the corrupt, sleazy guys who employ them. Martin Scorsese directs this thriller as black comedy.


 
Friday, August 31 Chinatown 1974 / 130 min. / R / CC


In a story based on the early twentieth century California Water Wars, private eye Jake Gittes (Jack Nicholson) takes a job following a Department of Water and Power engineer-who soon turns up dead. Immediately, Gittes is led by the engineer's widow (Faye Dunaway) to peel away layer after layer of corruption and mystery surrounding her husband's death. Directed by Roman Polanski, Chinatown is another of our greatest-and most beautifully shot-films.


 
September 2018
About Workers' Movements
Friday, September 7       Matewan        1987 / 135 min. / PG-13 / CC


It's 1920 in the town of Matewan, West Virginia. When Stone Mountain Coal Company cuts the wages of rebellious coal miners and brings in African American replacements, a United Mine Workers man (Chris Cooper) arrives to organize a union. In response, the company hires private detectives to oppose the miners and to set blacks and whites against each other. Tensions boil over, leading to a historic battle. James Earl Jones plays the character who leads black miners.


 
Friday, September 14       The Help          2011 / 146 min. / PG-13 / no CC


In 1963, Aibileen Clark (Viola Davis) agrees to let aspiring writer Skeeter Phelan (Emma Stone) interview her about her experiences as a maid to white families in Jackson, Mississippi. Gradually, other maids risk their jobs to join in with their own harrowing stories, which are all intended to yield a change-making book. Great storytelling and character development make this film exceptional. The ensemble cast also includes Octavia Spencer and David Oyelowo.
 
Friday, September 21      Blue Collar      1978  / 114 min. / R / no CC


Three Detroit auto workers (Richard Pryor, Harvey Keitel & Yaphet Kotto) are buddies on and off work. They feel trapped between big industry and their do-nothing, corrupt union. They hit on a plan to rob the safe in the union office, leading to complications that lay bare the terrible predicament of working people. Written and directed by Paul Schrader (writer of Taxi Driver), who delivers an authentic, uncompromising ending. It's a very powerful film.


 
Friday, September 28      North Country       2005 / 126 min. / R / CC


Josey Aimes (Charlize Theron) flees her abusive husband with two kids to stay with her parents in her North Dakota home town. Most jobs available to her pay very little, so a friend (Frances McDormand) encourages her to apply to work in the same mine where she and Josie's father work. Josie's demeaning experiences there eventually drive her to start a legal fight with the mining company. Based on a true story, and directed by Niki Caro ("Whale Rider").

3pm to 5pm, 2090 Kittredge St. (at Shattuck)
Berkeley, CA 94704


Big B and the Snake Oil Saviors

Classic country music with local crooner, Big B.

4:45pm to 7:45pm, The Cheeseboard Pizza, 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley


The Bob Roden Quinte

The Bob Roden Quintet.  We play what one might call "accessible jazz" - a variety of jazz styles, but within a range that's readily understood and appreciated by a general audience.  

6:30pm to 9:30pm, Cafe Leila, 1336, 1724 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley


Cyrus Cassells, author of Gospel According to Wild Indigo and Charif Shanahan, author of Into Each Room We Enter Without Knowing

Cyrus Cassells is the author of The Gospel According to Wild Indigo (Southern Illinois University Press); The Crossed-Out Swastika (Copper Canyon Press, 2012); More Than Peace and Cypresses (Copper Canyon Press, 2004); Beautiful Signor (Copper Canyon Press, 1997), which won the Lambda Literary Award; Soul Make a Path Through Shouting (Copper Canyon Press, 1994), which was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize and received the William Carlos Williams Award; and The Mud Actor (Henry, Holt & Co., 1982), which was a National Poetry Series selection.

Charif Shanahan is the author of Into Each Room We Enter without Knowing (Crab Orchard Series in Poetry/SIU Press, 2017), which was named a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award for Gay Poetry and the Publishing Triangle's Thom Gunn Award for Gay Poetry. He holds degrees in Comparative Literature from Princeton University and Dartmouth College and an MFA from New York University.

7pm to 9pm, Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Ave, Berkeley


Ben Howard *Note: actual end time may vary.*

Ben Howard's new full-length record, Noonday Dream (released June 1st) is his first album since the release of his number 1 UK charting second album, I Forget Where We Were, in 2014. Noonday Dream was recorded in numerous studios between South West France and South West England, including Sawmills and was produced by Ben. The transformation and development in Ben's writing from his multi platinum selling debut LP in 2011, to the immersive darkness of `I Forget Where We Were', and now on the cusp of another new sonic phase in Noonday Dream, is sure to cement his status as one of the UK's most gifted and unpredictable artists.

Noonday Dream was written and produced by Howard, with production contributions from regular collaborator and band-mate Mickey Smith. The album was recorded over the course of two years in various studios throughout Europe, including the legendary Sawmills Studio as well as locations in southwest France. The new recording continues to highlight Howard's sonic evolution with unpredictable and textured arrangements and rich, emotive songwriting.

Howard's debut album Every Kingdom was released in October 2011. The album sold more than one million copies globally, receiving a Mercury Music Prize nomination, and winning him two Brit Awards in 2012 for "British Breakthrough" and "British Solo Male Artist." The follow up, I Forget Where We Were, which was released in 2014 was met with similar critical and commercial acclaim-the album earned an Ivor Novello Award nomination, the U.K.'s most prestigious songwriting accolade, and charted #1 in the U.K. Howard's music has amassed well over half a billion streams to date.

7pm to 8pm, Hearst Greek Theatre


Mt. Eddy // Gym Shorts // Espresso

MT. EDDY

GYMSHORTS

Espresso

ALL AGES. Doors 7 // Show 8
$10 +$2 924 Gilman Membership

safe(r) space venue: no drugs, alcohol, or bigoted behavior

924 Gilman St., Berkeley, CA
An All Ages DIY, Volunteer Run, 501(c)(3) Nonprofit, Music & Art Community Space Since 1986.

7pm to 11:59pm, 924 Gilman, 924 Gilman St, Berkeley


Rolling Thunder

7pm to 9pm, Caffè Chiave, 2500 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley


Empowering Womxn of Color Open Mic Series

DOORS OPEN AT 7:30PM / PERFORMANCES AT 8PM
Donation based entry: $5 Suggested Donation (No one turned away for lack of funds.)
All proceeds will go towards covering the costs of hosting this series.
La Peña Cultural Center and UC Berkeley Womxn of Color Initiativepresent: THE EMPOWERING WOMXN OF COLOR OPEN MIC FALL SERIES!
Back by popular demand, this open mic series provides a space for performances celebrating the voices of women of color and will include one featured artist per month!
Come support local Bay Area talent or sign up to perform! September 28 sign-up form link: http://bit.ly/2KYstSq
Performers, come dazzle the crowd with your talent and get in touch with the local artist community each month.
La Peña Cultural Center: 3105 Shattuck Ave. Berkeley, CA 94705

7:30pm to 10:15pm, La Peña Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck Ave. , Berkeley


John Whelan & Haley Richardson

Seven-time all-Ireland champion John Whelan is one of the world's best living Irish button accordion players. John was raised in the vibrant London Irish music scene of the 1970s, and learned his craft from legends Lucy Farr, Roger Sherlock, Paddy Taylor, Mick O'Connor and his teacher Brendan Mulkaire. John moved to the USA in 1980 and has been inspiring Celtic musicians and fans ever since. Along with his All-Ireland Championships, he was twice awarded musician of the year from the Irish Music Association. He's recorded over 15 CDs and isn't stopping yet.


Dynamic young fiddler Haley Richardson began making her mark in the Irish music world at six years old when she won the All Ireland qualifier in the under 12 category. Over the past ten years, she has amassed a long list of accomplishments and performed at venues all over the United States, Ireland, United Kingdom, and Thailand. Haley, with her highly ornamented Sligo style perfected under the tutelage of fiddler Brian Conway, is the 2017 All Ireland U15 Fiddle slow air champion, 2015 Junior Fiddler of Dooney, and 2013 All Ireland U12 Champion in both fiddle and fiddle slow airs. Haley has performed with many of the most well-known names in Irish music including The Chieftains, Altan, Dervish, Mick Moloney, Pride of New York, Liz Carroll & Cherish the Ladies, Paddy Keenan, and is a regular member of Green Fields of America and The John Whelan Band. She has been the band fiddler in the Studio2Stage Irish dance production That's Dancing" and was featured in an article in Fiddler Magazine's Fall 2015 issue. Here's a video of Haley and John (he looks different from his 1985 picture, above. She wasn't born then).

Doors open at 7:00, music at 7:30. Cost is $20; all proceeds go to the musicians.

7:30pm to 9:30pm, Fifth Street Farms, 1517 Fifth Street, Berkeley


Mark Morris Dance Group: Pepperland

Mark Morris Dance Group, Cal Performances

Mark Morris celebrates the 50th anniversary of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band with a new dance work that revels in the eccentric charm and joyful optimism of the Beatles' groundbreaking album. The production features a score by longtime Morris collaborator Ethan Iverson, who leads a chamber ensemble through arrangements of iconic songs from the record mixed with imaginative original compositions.

8pm to 10pm, Zellerbach Hall


Macy Blackman & the Mighty Fines

Macy Blackman and The Mighty Fines are universally regarded as the Bay Area's premier New Orleans R&B/boogie band.

On their latest release, Shoorah Shoorah - The Songs of Irma Thomas and Allen Toussaint, Blackman and his veteran band pay tribute to the genius of the Soul Queen and King of New Orleans.

This marks the sixth CD release for Blackman, who formed The Mighty Fines in 2003. Blackman, who has accompanied Mac Rebennack (aka Dr. John) and also backed up such national acts as The Coasters and The Drifters during his illustrious career, features a highly accomplished band.

The Mighty Fines include saxophonists Nancy Wright (John Lee Hooker, B.B. King, Elvin Bishop), Ken "Snakebite" Jacobs (Neville Brothers, The Band, Temptations, Gatemouth Brown), bassist Bing Nathan (Lavay Smith's Red Hot Skillet Lickers) and drummer Larry Vann (Martha Reeves, Elvin Bishop, Charles Brown, Buffy Saint-Marie).

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Advance tickets are available at the link below. 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!

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


Fog Swamp with MJs Brass Boppers @ The Starry Plough Pub


An evening of New Orleans-inspired music featuring the original swamp rock of Fog Swamp and second line brass stylings of MJ's Brass Boppers.
http://FogSwamp.com
http://MjsBrassboppersband.com


For details, link here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fog-swamp-with-mjs-brass-boppers-the-starry-plough-pub-tickets-49189858190

8pm to 10pm, The Starry Plough Pub - 3101 Shattuck Avenue - Berkeley, CA 94705


The Berkeley Old Time Music Convention -- Alice Gerrard & Chris Brashear, Downhill Strugglers, Dos Valley Trio

The Berkeley Old Time Music Convention is a five day music festival featuring performances by local and national acts, a rollicking square dance, open cabaret, and the illustrious stringband contest in venues throughout Berkeley.


Alice Gerrard is a performer (fiddle, banjo, guitar, voice) of legendary status, having inspired and mentored at least three generations of musicians (including such notables as Emmylou Harris, Laurie Lewis and Naomi Judd). In a career spanning more than 50 years, Alice worked with many old-time and bluegrass greats including Hazel Dickens, Tommy Jarrell, Mike Seeger, Luther Davis, Matokie Slaughter, Otis Burris and, more recently, Tom Sauber and Brad Leftwich. In 2017, she was inducted into the International Bluegrass Music Association Hall of Fame, one of only a handful of women to receive this honor. In 2015, she received a Grammy nomination for her "Follow the Music" CD, produced by Hiss Golden Messenger's M.C. Taylor. Alice founded the Old Time Herald in 1987, serving as editor-in-chief until 2003; she also curated the Traditional Stage at Merlefest for many years. She lives in Durham, North Carolina.


The Down Hill Strugglers (Walker Shepard, fiddle, banjo, guitar, harmonica, voice; Jackson Lynch, fiddle, banjo, guitar, voice; Eli Smith, banjo, guitar, mandolin, harmonica, Jews harp, pump organ, voice) are based simultaneously out of Kentucky, Louisiana and New York. Their five albums include recordings on Smithsonian Folkways Recordings and the soundtrack to the Coen Brothers film, "Inside Llewyn Davis" produced by T-Bone Burnett. The band formed while hanging out at the home of their mutual friend Peter Stampfel of the Holy Modal Rounders, where they also met friend and mentor John Cohen of the New Lost City Ramblers.
The Down Hill Strugglers are extending the legacy of the New Lost City Ramblers by bringing archaic sounds into the present, and challenge audiences to reject a dystopian future animated by disco beats and their ilk. The Greek legend of Sisyphus is: "Sisyphus was a king of Ephyra (now known as Corinth) punished for chronic deceitfulness by being compelled to roll an immense boulder up a hill, only to watch it roll back down, and to repeat this action forever." The Down Hill Strugglers are the opposite, desperately struggling to keep a huge boulder from rolling down a hill.


Dos Valley Trio (Harry Liedstrand, fiddle; Terry Barrett, mandolin; Cindy Liedstrand, voice) features an uncanny evocation of Kenny Hall's unique mandolin stylings by Terry Barrett, mirrored perfectly by Harry Liedstrand's fiddle with guitar backup by Cindy Liedstrand. Their repertoire focuses on rare and previously unrecorded tunes from traditional musicians who lived and performed in the San Joaquin Valley of California between 1919, when the Crockett family arrived in Fowler, and 2013 when Kenny Hall passed in Fresno. Harry met Kenny Hall in 1967, touring nationally and recording with him in the Sweets Mill String Band for many years. Terry met Kenny in around 1975 and in 1983, they were honored with a Maestro/Apprentice grant from the California Arts Council. Terry toured and recorded with Kenny in the Long Haul String Band, living in Ireland, visiting the Balfa family in Louisiana, and playing in countless hillbilly bars and beer joints throughout the San Joaquin Valley. Cindy, who was born in Fresno, has played guitar with the Mt. Diablo String Band and with Harry in the Liedstrand Family Band. Harry and Cindy live in the Diablo Valley of Northern California while Terry Barrett lives in the San Joaquin Valley of Central California.

8pm to 10pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley


THE HOGAN BROTHERS

Running things every Last-Friday this summer, the East Bay-raised Hogan Brothers have played with leading figures in R&B, funk, hip-hop and Latin music. With Julian on drums, Steve on bass and Colin on electric piano and accordion, the Brothers have established a huge network: "A diagram charting the vast network of musicians connected to the siblings Steve, Colin and Julian Hogan would capture just about the entire Bay Area music scene." -Andrew Gilbert, SJ Mercury News
http://thehoganbrothers.com

8pm to 11pm, Jupiter, 2181 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley


House of Hamill with Heron Valley

8:00pm - 9:10pm: House of Hamill
9:30pm - 10:40pm: Heron Valley

Rose Baldino and Brian Buchanan met 10 years ago, late one night backstage at a theatre in rural Pennsylvania. 

Brian's band Enter The Haggis and Rose's group Burning Bridget Cleary were sharing a stage that evening, and the two bonded over a love of Irish fiddle tunes, Radiohead, and 4 AM whiskey. Their paths crossed a dozen times over the next decade on the road, but it wasn't until the Folk Alliance 2014conference in Kansas City that they finally became musical collaborators. Burning Bridget Cleary's guitarist and drummer had their flights canceled at the last minute, and Rose (in desperation) asked Brian to grab a guitar and join her onstage. The two performed with virtually no rehearsal for over an hour, and their connection was powerful and immediate. A few months later Brian moved from Canada to Philadelphia, and as a tribute to the first tune Rose ever taught Brian, House of Hamill was born.

Brian and Rose are both accomplished traditional fiddle players and classical violinists, and despite being young, have over 25 years of writing and performance experience between them. Together, they write unusual new fiddle tunes and exciting, unpredictable original songs while also breathing new life into traditional and contemporary songs. Both are confident and unique lead vocalists, and the blend of their two voices in harmony is hypnotic and irresistible.

Whether House of Hamill is playing songs from their debut album "Wide Awake" (September 2016) or stomping through a set of original jigs and reels from their follow-up "March Through Storms" (2018), their chemistry onstage is always engaging and often hilarious. Spend an hour listening and you'll leave with tired feet, a huge smile, and a new appreciation for the versatility of folk instruments in a modern context. House of Hamill is on the bleeding edge of a new generation of traditional musicians.
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Heron Valley are an energetic, young folk band from Scotland who have serious enthusiasm for the music they play. Their roots lie in Scottish and Irish traditional music, while taking influence from various Folk, Country and Bluegrass styles. The six-piece, energy fuelled group comprises:

    Alex Mackechnie - Fiddle / Accordion / Guitar
    Nick Hamilton - Drums / Banjo
    Abigail Pryde - Vocals / Guitar
    Euan McNab - Bagpipes / Whistles / Guitar
    Arlene Mackechnie - Piano

    Callum Cronin - Bass Guitar

Tickets are $15 in Advanced / $18 Day of Show

Buy Tickets Here

8pm to 10:40pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley


Natalie Cressman & Ian Faquini

Composer, guitarist and singer Ian Faquini and trombonist and singer/songwriter Natalie Cressman present their new duo project, drawing from impressionism, jazz, and the great Brazilian songwriting tradition, to create a uniquely intimate collaboration. The duo's global take on music is largely expressed through the distinct compositional voice of Faquini, with occasional lyrics penned by Cressman. Their original material features songs in three different languages and encompasses a vast spectrum of musical ground.

With the warm instrumentation of acoustic guitar and trombone and two-part vocal harmonies hugging the Brazilian-accented Portuguese, Cressman & Faquini weave their musical voices together to create a fully orchestrated sound befitting a much larger ensemble.

As described by writer Andy Gilbert in SF Classical Voice, "Faquini writes astonishingly sophisticated Brazilian pop music in the omnivorous tradition known as MPB (música popular brasileira), which often draws heavily on jazz. Born in Brasília and raised in Berkeley, Faquini is a protégé of Guinga, the revered Brazilian guitarist and songwriter whose tunes have been recorded by dozens of MPB stars. While his harmonic palette is unmistakably inspired by Guinga's writing, Faquini often draws on styles from Brazil's northeast."

Faquini was a member of the renowned Berkeley High School Jazz program and, Ian went on to study at the California Jazz Conservatory in Berkeley and, immediately after graduating, joined the faculty there. He has performed throughout Europe, Japan, Brazil and the United States and has shared the stage and recording studio with such names as Guinga, Brad Mehldau, Chris Potter, Spok, Lee Konitz, Fleurine, and many others.

Possessing a voice as cool and crystalline as an Alpine stream, Natalie Cressman draws inspiration from a vast array of deep and powerful musical currents. Steadily evolving in many directions, the 27-year-old Cressman has already put down deep roots in several overlapping scenes. A prodigiously talented New York City-based trombonist, she's spent the past seven years touring the jam band circuit as a horn player and vocalist with Phish's Trey Anastasio, while also performing around NYC with jazz greats Wycliffe Gordon, Nicholas Payton, and Peter Apfelbaum.

"Her trombone is world-class, but her singing voice is another thing entirely, an empathic entity that channels the ages. Cressman's is a flawless act that can only get better with time and age. Yep, I smell a Grammy - someday." - Dave Good, San Diego Reader



"Faquini is an uncannily masterful composer"

- Paul de Barros, Seattle Times

8pm to 10pm, Rendon Hall/Fiddler Annex @ California Jazz Conservatory 2040 Addison Street, Berkeley


Fleetwood Mask, Illeagles

Fleetwood Mask is a Fleetwood Mac tribute band from the San Francisco Bay Area. The band formed out of a mutual love and respect for Fleetwood Mac's music and story. Replicating one of rock's most successful bands is a passion for Fleetwood Mask and each band member is committed to performing the music of Fleetwood Mac with authenticity and style. With over 25 years of professional music and theatrical experience combined, Fleetwood Mask is dedicated to providing audiences from festivals, wineries and clubs a fun and exciting Fleetwood Mac musical experience! Don't just take our word for it, experience Fleetwood Mask.

8:30pm to 10:30pm, Cornerstone, 2367 Shattuck Ave (Enter On Durant), Berkeley


Saturday, September 29th 2018

North Berkeley Jazz Quartet

11:45am to 2:45pm, The Cheeseboard Pizza, 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley


Black Life: Cat Brooks

Cat Brooks

Cat Brooks performs Tasha, a one-woman show loosely based on the 2015 murder of Natasha McKenna, a thirty-eight-year-old woman living with schizophrenia, while she was in custody in Virginia's Fairfax County Jail. This compelling examination of the intersection of race, gender, mental health, and policing is directed by Ayodele Nzinga and is a Salon Series finalist.

Cat Brooks is an artivist and mother who has spent her life working on many social justice issues. In 2013, Brooks cofounded the Anti Police-Terror Project (APTP), whose mission is to rapidly respond to-and eradicate-state violence in communities of color. APTP has successfully developed a model for first response to police violence that is currently being replicated across California and the country. Brooks is also the executive director of the Justice Teams Network, a project in partnership with Black Lives Matter cofounder Patrisse Cullors that supports organizations and individuals across the state who are working to rapidly respond to state violence in their communities. She is a member of ONYX, the Black Power Network, and Black Lives Matter-Bay Area, and was one of the Black Friday 14, a group of black activists who locked down the West Oakland BART station on Black Friday in 2014. You can listen to Brooks on KPFA as the cohost of the morning drivetime radio show UpFront.

6pm to 8pm, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive


Terror, Harms Way, Backtrack, Year Of The Knife & more at Gilman

The Hard Times Shows presents
Saturday September 29, 2018
Terror
Harm's Way
Backtrack
Year of the Knife
CANDY


@ 924 Gilman st.Berkeley, CA 94710
Show: 7:00
Doors: 6:30
All Ages
$15 adv
$17 at Door
+ $2 Annual Gilman Membership to be paid upon entry in CASH (Membership fee not included in advance ticket purchase)
Upcoming shows info at thehardtimes.net/live-events/

6:30pm to 11:30pm, 924 Gilman, 924 Gilman St, Berkeley


WoodBarry

jazz

6:30pm to 9:30pm, Cafe Leila, 1336, 1724 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley


Mujeres del Perú

Doors open 6:30pm / Concert starts 7pm
Tickets: $16 Advance / $20 Door ($22 if paying with credit)
Women in traditional folk arts from Latin America have been pushing the envelope of what it means to be a woman, more specifically, a woman artist.
With the support of the National Endowment for the Arts' (NEA's) Artworks program, La Peña Cultural Center is presenting a 4-part concert series that explores timeless archetypes of womanhood in music and dance, with the participation of women artists from the Mexican, Puerto Rican, Peruvian and contemporary Latino artistic traditions.
Throughout this series, artists call attention to universal symbols of women that exist across society and cultures, and how these timeless archetypes of femininity have evolved and are still manifested in our contemporary society, expressing the essence of womanhood in sometimes conflicting but always creative ways. Dozens of Bay Area artists bring to the stage age-old stories and experienc (View Full Event Description Here: https://lapena.org/event/mujeres-del-peru/)

7pm to 9:30pm, La Peña Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley


Berkeley Old Time Music Convention Dance Party!

7:30pm dance lesson
8:00 pm show (see below)


2017 BOTMC Dance Party at Ashkenaz

Berkeley Old Time Music Convention's Dance night features three great bands (Marley's Ghost, Bryant & Brown, and Hotdish plus two callers (Larry Edelman and Jordan Ruyle) who love to introduce the uninitiated to the joy of a square dance! The callers teach all dances from scratch and call the moves all the way through. No need to bring a partner, although you can if you want, and same-sex couples fit in fine. All ages are welcome at all BOTMC dances. And there is jamming in the back room led by BOTC performers.

Square Dance Calling Workshop  with Larry Edelman in the back studio preceding the event Exact time TBA!

7:30-8:00   Honky Tonk Dancing lesson with Rina Rossi
8:00   Marley's Ghost - Honky Tonk set
9:00  SQUARE DANCING with callers Larry Edelman and Jordan Ruyle
9:00  Bryant & Brown
10:30   Hotdish

ALSO:
9:00 - 11:00  jamming in the back studio, hosted by BOTMC performers
Instrument check will be available.


The history of BOTMC is steeped in mirth. The first convention, held in Provo Park (now Martin Luther King Park), was listed as the "35th annual." It was followed a year later by "the 17th annual."  And of course they haven't happened every year until the 21st century, so your guess about this year's event is as good as the organizers'. What counts is the amazing quality of musicians from all over, and at Ashkenaz the best dancing of the whole festival, which runs Sept. 26-30 (Ashkenaz also hosts Sunday's family square dance).  There are workshops, lectures and endless music at various other venues from the Freight to UC Berkeley. Information on all of the BOTMC events is at www.berkeleyoldtimemusic.org.

$18 Advance/$20 Day of Show
$5 for kids aged 5 and up, kids under 5 free
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Purchase 3-Day BOTMC Pass

7:30pm to 11:30pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley


Mark Morris Dance Group: Pepperland

Mark Morris Dance Group, Cal Performances

Mark Morris celebrates the 50th anniversary of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band with a new dance work that revels in the eccentric charm and joyful optimism of the Beatles' groundbreaking album. The production features a score by longtime Morris collaborator Ethan Iverson, who leads a chamber ensemble through arrangements of iconic songs from the record mixed with imaginative original compositions.

8pm to 10pm, Zellerbach Hall


DakhaBrakha

Reflecting fundamental elements of sound and soul, Ukrainian "ethno-chaos" band DakhaBrakha creates a world of unexpected new music. Accompanied by Indian, Arabic, African, Russian and Australian traditional instrumentation, the quartet's astonishingly powerful and uncompromising vocal range creates a trans-national sound rooted in Ukrainian culture.

8pm to 9pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley


ORBITAL QUINTET

Orbital Quintet is an Oakland-based group that creates uncompromising all original music. Heavily influenced by jazz, soundtrack, broken beat, and spontaneous composition, they are inspired by the legacy of improvisation. With grooves described as everything from uplifting, to meditative, to downright unsettling, each performance challenges them to bare their souls.
https://www.facebook.com/OrbitalQuintet

8pm to 11pm, Jupiter, 2181 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley


Janam & Veretski Pass

Janam
Fusing funky Balkan rhythms, gritty Appalachian ballads, arresting vocal harmonies and enchanting acoustic textures, Janam creates a one-of-kind musical experience. Janam unites some of the Bay Area's most playful and imaginative devotees of southern Balkan and American roots music who weave together folk tunes and their own colorful compositions and take their audiences on a labyrinthine musical ride.

Formed in 2008, the group is a tight-knit ensemble of multi-instrumentalists who have garnered recognition throughout California and the Northwest, playing to mesmerized audiences and frenzied folk dancers up and down the coast. Janam proves that the foothills of the Balkans and the Appalachians lie in Oakland. The group's funky meters, bittersweet modes, driving tunes, and sultry ballads invoke the nightingales and dark eyes, the hot love and cold hollows of Europe and America's most musical mountains.

Dan Auvil - percussion and voice
Tom Farris - laouto, guitar and percussion
Juliana Graffagna - voice and accordion
Gari Hegedus - oud, saz, mandocello and mandolin
Shira Kammen - violin, harp and voice


Veretski Pass
Music from the Carpathian Bow

Taking its name from the mountain pass through which Magyar tribes crossed into the Carpathian basin to settle what later became the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Veretski Pass offers a unique and exciting combination of virtuosic musicianship and raw energy that has excited concertgoers across the world.

The trio plays "Old Country" music with origins in the Ottoman Empire, once fabled as the borderlands of the East and the West. In a true collage of Carpathian, Jewish, Romanian and Ottoman styles, typical suites contain dances from Moldavia and Bessarabia, Jewish melodies from Poland and Rumania, Hutzul wedding music from Carpathian-Ruthenia, and haunting Rebetic aires from Smyrna, seamlessly integrated with original compositions. Veretski Pass recently performed at the Concertgebouw Concert Hall in Amsterdam, and their CDs have repeatedly been on the 10-best recording lists of journalists.

Cookie Segelstein - violin, viola
Joshua Horowitz - cimbalom, chromatic button accordion, piano
Stuart Brotman - bass, basy, tilinca, baraban

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. 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!

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


Resonance @ First Church presents the Costanoan Trio

Representing "the best of emerging early music talent" in the United States (Early Music America), the Costanoan Trio will present a program of Clementi, Haydn and Mozart on instruments modeled after those found in the 18th century.

Comprised of Derek Tam (fortepiano), Cynthia Black (violin), and Frédéric Rosselet (cello), the Costanoan Trio was chosen from a national competition to perform at the 2018 Early Music America Emerging Artists Showcase. For more information about the ensemble, visit www.costanoantrio.com.

The program will include:

Muzio Clementi: Trio in D major, Op. 21 No. 2
Franz Joseph Haydn: Trio in E-flat major, Op. 57, No. 1 (Hob. XV:11)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Trio in C major, K. 548

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In 2014, First Church Berkeley, a premier venue for music performance in the East Bay, created its own exciting series of chamber and orchestral music concerts. Now in its fifth season, Resonance @ First Church has become a mainstay of the East Bay artistic calendar.

Music has always been an important part of the life of First Church. It touches the soul and gives sound and voice to ineffable mystery. We sing together and share our musical gifts. We also delight in the special talents of artists from within our community and beyond.

Derek Tam, First Church's Director of Music, curates this exciting series.

More information about Resonance can be found at firstchurchberkeley.org/resonance.

8pm to 10pm, First Church Berkeley 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley, CA 94704 United States


Steve Erquiaga and Frank Martin Duo

Steve Erquiaga and Frank Martin have been playing together since the 70s. Known for their spontaneity, high level of communication and ability to play off of each other, they will be performing new arrangements and original compositions.

Band Members and Instrumentation:
Steve Erquiaga - guitar
Frank Martin - keyboard

Guitarist/composer and bay area native Steve Erquiaga has
performed and recorded with such artists as Bobby McFerrin, Joe
Henderson, Les McCann, John Scofield, Andy Narell, David Byrne
and The Turtle Island String Quartet. His music can be heard in such
films as "The Firm", "Nina takes a Lover" and Forest Gump". He is a
faculty member at the California Jazz Conservatory in Berkeley Ca. ,
an international clinician and a published author.

Keyboardist Frank Martin is a Bay Area native in demand as a studio
player, arranger, producer, composer, and performer. Performance
history includes concerts with Sting, John McLaughlin, Al Jarreau,
Trilok Gurtu, Flora & Airto, New York Philharmonic Orchestra,
Santana, James Taylor, Joe Farrell Quartet, Larry Coryell, Richard
Bona Band, and the Narada Michael Walden Band.

8pm to 10pm, Rendon Hall/Fiddler Annex @ California Jazz Conservatory 2040 Addison Street, Berkeley


Leavened Bread

8pm to 10pm, Caffè Chiave, 2500 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley


Vanic - California Dreams, Beauz

Vancouver-based producer Vanic (aka Jesse Hughes) first caught listeners' attention with a string of well-received remixes -- including his reworking of machineheart's "Circles" -- before releasing his own trap- and house-influenced tracks. Hughes began playing piano when he was three but grew bored with the confines of his classical training, and soon dabbled in jazz and ragtime piano while listening to metal and happy hardcore.


He started by remixing well-known tracks, and released his debut as Vanic -- a version of Taylor Swift's "I Knew You Were Trouble" -- in 2012. His career gained momentum with remixes of Birdy's "Skinny Love" and machineheart's "Circles," a pair of 2014 tracks that earned him millions of streams. More viral remixes of artists such as Lana Del Rey, Chvrches, Major Lazer, and the Chainsmokers followed, and Vanic signed a deal with Sony's Disruptor Records in 2016.

9pm to 11pm, Cornerstone, 2367 Shattuck Ave (Enter On Durant), Berkeley


Sunday, September 30th 2018

CORNERFEST - Proxima Parada, John Courage, King Dream - A Free Outdoor Live Music Festival in Downtown Berkeley


Cornerfest, Proxima Parada, John Courage, King Dream


Cornerfest - A Free Outdoor Live Music Festival in Berkeley is Downtown's newest regular, all ages event celebrating live music! Enjoy free live music on indoor and outdoor stages - hosted by Cornerstone Craft Beer & Live Music located at 2367 Shattuck Avenue in Downtown Berkeley. The party kicks off at 11am and will feature food, over 40 craft beers on tap, art, local vendors, and free live music on multiple stages.

Since opening in the Spring of 2017, Cornerstone in Downtown Berkeley, has quickly become a musical destination for touring bands and live music fans of all ages and musical persuasions. With more live music venues than most Bay Area cities of its size, Berkeley is quickly becoming a destination for bands to play and their fans to see them!

Cornerfest is proud to announce that this Fall, we will be partnering with Amoeba Records, UC Theatre, Bandworks, The Starving Musician, Cal's Singer/Songwriting Club, Toyota and Berkeley's very own Fieldwork Brewing Company to bring you what is sure to be a fun filled day of Music, Food, Beer and Fun!


The following recount of the epic of Próxima Parada was translated from ancient Greek dactylic hexameter and is traditionally attributed to Sophocles (although recent investigations by way of modern advancements hypothesize the text as a discarded fragment of Homer's Iliad):

It all emerged from the discovery of freedom way back when. Próxima Parada, protector of goslings, formed as a result of a murmur, a moo moo, the recitation of a Nordic dirge, and a desperate whimper; sounds heard all the way down to the Mississippi Delta, which had long been shining like a National guitar. Though the individuals of Próxima Parada were all ephemeral in flesh, their collective offering of goodwill in the aural realm became immortal by wish of the gods.

On Olympus resounded a long, deep breath of agreeable relief, as the gods delivered their most interesting gift for Earth, Kevin Middlekauff, enchanter of the four stringed bass lyre, son of Leto of the Lovely Locks, to whom they gave the patience of the Bald Eagle along with his fierce talons, which made plucking strings a markedly difficult task. With him came a fleet of Achaean spearwomen. Enrapt in observing a quarrel between armies of men, the gods let fall a quiver of divine arrows, and the jumble that fused upon an unforgiving collision of earth and oxen created many a Nicholas Larson, bleak souls with shrill voices. One Nicholas was given the great fortune of finding Kevin, who guided him through wind and sea away from a shameful life as a lotus eater and taught him the Seikilos epitaph ("While you live, shine / have no grief at all / life exists only for a short while / and time demands an end").

Joshua Collins' lineage cannot be enumerated with exactitude, although Agamemnon, supreme commander of the Achaean armies, was informed by an oracle that Joshua was the end result of an abandoned beard. How he and his young fur joined Próxima Parada is even less understood.

Following a fortnight of arrows raining from both armies, Apollo ceased his observations of Troy to ponder a creation forming in the northern reaches from the percussion of glaciers striking Galdhøpiggen, Scandinavia's boldest mountain. Savage ice and rock had been warring for ages. Apollo, to establish consonance in that great region, sent Aaron Kröger, king of Mycenae in the Peloponnese, hiker of short pants. Aaron percussed the earth with his dual gold-bestudded sceptres to instruct the sun of the tempo of the day and the moon of the night's gloom. Satisfied in frigid Norden, he prepared himself to settle in asceticism for the rest of his days.

Not before long, under the tutelage of Olympus, the three boys became something akin to men and the silence turned to harmony, harmony that spread through the yellow hair of Aaron Kröger, into his ears, and reverberated in his heart. Having never been moved so by man, he vowed to percuss alongside the sounds of the three. Próxima Parada, the amalgamation of the four regions of Nether, was erected in January of 2012 of the Gregorian Calendar, although The China National Petroleum Corporation would soon change their fiscal calendar to mark Próxima's birth as year 0.


John Courage has been honing his skills as a songwriter, guitarist and producer for over 10 years in the music communities of Northern California, with stints in the Pacific Northwest and the high desert of Santa Fe, New Mexico. With a flair for vintage inspired rock and roll that takes cue from the Texas singer songwriter scene of the 70's, John Courage creates a sound that at once feels familiar yet urgent.

New styles blossom and are assimilated into the songbook, and currently John Courage performs as a solo songwriter, or a raucous, guitar driven trio or quartet.

With four self produced full length albums to his credit, and guitar credits on many other records, along with touring work on bass and lead guitar, John Courage now expands into the role of producer with the addition of Gremlintone Studios, a fledgling analog based production focusing on live recording.


King Dream is the new project from Bay Area songwriter and musician Jeremy Lyon. Inspired by Jim James, Blake Mills, and Jonathon Wilson, Lyon spent 5 years touring the country with Tumbleweed Wanderers, a band he co-founded in 2011, releasing a couple albums and a few EPs along the way. Since disbanding in 2016, he's worked as a sideman in a slew of regional indie rock, psych/folk, and alt/pop acts including Whiskerman, M Lockwood Porter, and Lapel, while working on his debut self-titled album, out August 24th, 2018.

11am to 12 noon, Cornerstone, 2367 Shattuck Ave (Enter On Durant), Berkeley


String Quartet Sundays ~ featuring "The Town"

1pm to 2pm, The Musical Offering, 2430 Bancroft Way, Berkeley


Mark Morris Dance Group: Pepperland

Mark Morris Dance Group, Cal Performances

Mark Morris celebrates the 50th anniversary of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band with a new dance work that revels in the eccentric charm and joyful optimism of the Beatles' groundbreaking album. The production features a score by longtime Morris collaborator Ethan Iverson, who leads a chamber ensemble through arrangements of iconic songs from the record mixed with imaginative original compositions.

3pm to 5pm, Zellerbach Hall


Berkeley Old Time Music Convention Family Square Dance with Skillet Licorice

Ashkenaz is proud to continue to host the The Berkeley Old Time Music Convention's Family Square Dance!

It is has become a wonderful tradition; a great way for the whole gang to have fun dancing together in a casual setting. No experience is necessary, and all ages are welcome.
 
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Caller Larry Edelman teaches the dances from scratch and prompts the moves all the way through, with some dances that even babes in arms can do!


Foot-stomping old time music is provided by Skillet Licorice, with special guest fiddlers from Skillet Licorice fiddler Elise Engelberg's kid fiddler workshop participants!


Doors at 2:30 pm; Dance at 3 pm
Tickets are $8 Adults / $6 Kids
Tickets are available at the door

Purchase

Tickets to Family Square Dance

3pm to 4pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley


Quartet San Francisco

Crowden presents Quartet San Francisco on Sunday, September 30: Official Reference Recordings CD Release Party!

Non-traditional in their delivery, four-time Grammy nominee Quartet San Francisco redefines the sound of chamber music. Founded by violinist and composer Jeremy Cohen, QSF expresses itself in its agility and standout virtuosic playing. These crossover specialists excel in multiple styles, from jazz to tango, pop to funk, blues to bluegrass, gypsy swing to big band and beyond.

"When the music says swing, we swing. When the music says groove, we groove."

CD RELEASE PARTY! Quartet San Francisco celebrates the September release of its fifth album and first for the world-renowned Reference Recordings label, A QSF Journey. This concert, the official release party, will feature works from the new CD. Don't miss the party!

Join us for a free "Meet-the-Artists" reception following the concert.

Quartet San Francisco
Jeremy Cohen, Violin, Composer
Joseph Christianson, violin
Chad Kaltinger, viola
Andres Vera, cello


As always at Crowden, children under 18 attend free!
Tickets: $25 general admission, $20 seniors/students 18+, and free for children under 18.
Venue: Crowden Music Center
Date: Sun September 30, 2018 4:00pm
City: Berkeley
Email: concerts@crowden.org
Price Range: Free to $25
Tickets: 5105596910

4pm to 6pm, Crowden Music Center, 1475 Rose St, Berkeley


Electric Squeezebox Orchestra

The Electric Squeezebox Orchestra (CJC Resident Artists) is a 17-piece big band led by Erik Jekabson and features many of the best players and arrangers in the Bay Area! They will be appearing Sundays at 5:30 pm through November 18th, , with the Arnie Co Nonet opening at 4:30 on September 30th.

ESO Band Members and Instrumentation: Saxes: Sheldon Brown, Larry Delacruz, Mike Zilber, Marcus Stephens, Charlie Gurke; Trombones: Rob Ewing, Danny Lubin-Laden, Patrick Malabuyo, Rich Lee; Trumpets: Erik Andrews, Erik Jekabson, Darren Johnston, Andrew Stephens; Piano: Steve Blum; Guitar: Jordan Samuels; Bass: Peter Barshay; Drums: Jeff Marrs

Artist Bio: The Electric 18th Orchestra is the Bay Area's own 17-piece big band, led by trumpeter Erik Jekabson, playing music composed and arranged by its members. The composers and arrangers, some of the very best in the Bay, draw from a wide variety of influences but always come up with powerful music with groove, beauty and subtlety. The band, which started a steady Sunday residency at the California Jazz Conservatory in March, has colloborated with a number of special guest artists, including John Santos, Kenny Washington, Alan Ferber, Dayna Stephens, Mads Tolling, Sandy Cressman, Kellye Gray, Avotcja, Spok and Ben Goldberg.

Artist Website: http://www.electricsqueezeboxorchestra.com
Facebook Link: https://www.facebook.com/Electricsqueezeboxorchestra/
Doors Open: 3:30 PM Starts: 4:30 PM Ends: 7:00 PM

4:30pm to 7pm, Rendon Hall/Fiddler Annex @ California Jazz Conservatory 2040 Addison Street, Berkeley


TROMBONGA

5pm to 7pm, Caffè Chiave, 2500 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley


DakhaBrakha

Reflecting fundamental elements of sound and soul, Ukrainian "ethno-chaos" band DakhaBrakha creates a world of unexpected new music. Accompanied by Indian, Arabic, African, Russian and Australian traditional instrumentation, the quartet's astonishingly powerful and uncompromising vocal range creates a trans-national sound rooted in Ukrainian culture.

7pm to 8pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley


Yo-Yo Ma, cello: The Complete Bach Suites

Yo-Yo Ma, Cal Performances

Yo-Yo Ma returns to the Greek Theatre for a special chamber music concert. Ma has been performing Bach's complete cello suites for decades and lends a wisdom, playfulness, and depth of expression to these seminal works.

7pm to 9pm, Hearst Greek Theatre


Ray Bierl

For well on to six decades, Ray Bierl has performed music from across the broad American landscape. Drawing on a wide range of musical genres and styles - cowboy ballads, Appalachian fiddle tunes, traditional folk songs, vintage rock & roll hits, Tin Pan Alley songs and country classics - Ray delivers in the songs he sings a travelog not just of places, but of time, human emotions, and imagination. And he plays a pretty mean fiddle too.

"No one knows how to weave you into a song quite like Ray Bierl." - Tom Waits

"Every song Ray chooses becomes his own, fresh and personal. He's a great storyteller." - Laurie Lewis

"Ray Bierl not only knows how to make a song his own - he knows how to make it yours." - Chuck Poling

Ray's new album, Solo Ray-Easy Street, features thirteen great songs, old and not-so-old, from near and far, sung in an intimate and engaging style with simple yet compelling guitar accompaniment.

Tickets are $15 and are available in advance 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!

7pm to 9pm, The Back Room, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley


Next Month

Monday, October 1st 2018

Shane Bauer, author of American Prison

Shane Bauer is a senior reporter at Mother Jones magazine. In 2015, Shane took a job as a prison guard in Louisiana to investigate corporate-run prisons, the subject of the award-wining piece, "My Four Months as a Private Prison Guard." In 2016, he went undercover again to investigate America's resurgent right-wing paramilitary movement. Earlier in his career, Shane focused on the Middle East, reporting from locations such as Iraq, Sudan, Chad, Syria, Lebanon, Yemen, and Israel/Palestine. His articles have appeared in The Nation, Salon, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Christian Science Monitor, and many other publications. His journalism has garnered a number of national awards, including a National Magazine Award for Best Reporting, a Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting, a Hillman Prize for Magazine Journalism, an Izzy Stone Award, two John Jay Awards for Criminal Justice Reporting, and many others. From 2009-2011 Shane was held hostage in Iran with Sarah Shourd and Josh Fattal. Together they co-authored a memoir, A Sliver of Light, published by Houghton-Mifflin Harcourt.

7pm to 9pm, Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Ave, Berkeley


Caffe Acustico

7pm to 9pm, Caffè Chiave, 2500 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley


Tuesday, October 2nd 2018

Sy Montgomery

National Book Award-finalist Sy Montgomery discusses her eloquent memoir, How to Be a Good Creature: A Memoir in Thirteen Animals.

Understanding someone who belongs to another species can be transformative. No one knows this better than author, naturalist, and adventurer Sy Montgomery. To research her books, Sy has traveled the world and encountered some of the planet's rarest and most beautiful animals. From tarantulas to tigers, Sy's life continually intersects with and is informed by the creatures she meets.

This restorative memoir reflects on the personalities and quirks of thirteen animals--Sy's friends--and the truths revealed by their grace. It also explores vast themes: the otherness and sameness of people and animals; the various ways we learn to love and become empathetic; how we find our passion; how we create our families; coping with loss and despair; gratitude; forgiveness; and most of all, how to be a good creature in the world.

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


Time Out Quartet

7pm to 9pm, Caffè Chiave, 2500 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley


Jazz Stories: Live Jazz. Wonderful Stories.

Jazz Stories: Live Jazz. Wonderful Stories.

People love hearing jazz...and hearing about it. Musicians like Miles Davis, Charlie Parker and Buddy Rich were original, colorful characters artists who said and did astonishing things. Fortunately their colleagues cared enough to document these moments in stories and pictures and we now have a rich repository of photos and anecdotes about these artists, and about the American songwriters and composers who created the raw material of jazz.

Jazz Stories is a performance of the songs of jazz from its most creative periods intensified with illuminating, funny and touching true stories of the time.

Come hear music and jazz stories you probably have never heard...but will never forget.

Hosted by Richard Leiter.
The first Tuesday of every month at Pegasus Books Solano.

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


Way Out Ratatet

California Jazz Conservatory Way Out West Concert Series

Drawing inspiration from Sonny Rollins' groundbreaking 1957 trio album of the same name, the Way Out West concert series provides composer-performers with a weekly Tuesday evening forum to present forward-looking original work within jazz and related genres. Located in the California Jazz Conservatory's intimate Rendon Hall, Way Out West proudly highlights the work of Bay Area musicians, while also welcoming occasional visiting artists.

 

Way Out Ratatet

Alan Hall's Ratatet 7 (an original jazz based septet featuring bassoon, soprano, alto and tenor sax, clarinet and bass clarinet, trombone, vibraphone and a piano trio) will explore new tunes and arrangements as they continue to push on various musical boundaries.

Aan Hall - drums, leader
Paul Hanson - bassoon, tenor sax
Sheldon Brown - multiple woodwinds
John Gove - trombone
Dillon Vado - vibes, percussion
Greg Sankovich - piano and keys
Jeff Denson - basses and vocals

 

Alan Hall started Ratatet in 2014 after writing for, and performing with "Electreo", a unique trio with drums (Alan Hall), bass (Jeff Denson) and bassoon (Paul Hanson). He recorded on Hanson's albums and always wanted to form a band with him. Alan taught and toured Europe with Jeff and Lee Konitz, where their musical relationship flourished. "Electreo" was an outgrowth of these musical connections. Seeking more sonic possibilities to compose for, Hall began his Ratatet personnel search.

Hall met trombonist John Gove at a recording with San Francisco Latin Jazz group, `The Mission Project". Dillon Vado, as one of the most serious students at California Jazz Conservatory, was Alan's first choice for the vibraphone chair. While working with guitarist Michael LaMachia, Hall was impressed with Greg Sankovich's solid playing and bouncy attitude. Hall found his personnel. Alan has been a member of "The Sheldon Brown Group" for over 10 years and has recently asked Sheldon to bring his prodigious talents and creativity to Ratatet.

Ratatet's first CD, "Arctic", garnered great reviews and was named one of the best 2016 bay area jazz releases by jazz journalist Andrew Gilbert in his article for the San Jose Mercury. Grants from SF InterMusic and Creative Sonoma allowed the Spring 2018 release of Ratatet's second Ridgeway CD, "Heroes, Saints and Clowns" along with their YouTube video, "Demographic Shift".

The members of Ratatet have played and/or recorded with an assortment of great musicians, groups and organizations which include: Ed Simon, Geoffrey Keezer, Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, Omar Sosa, Billy Cobham, Art Lande, Minsarah, Clubfoot Orchestra, Paul McCandless, Lee Konitz, Cirque Du Soleil, Kenny Werner, Kai Eckhardt, Cuong Vu, and Ralph Alessi.

www.ratatet.com

https://www.facebook.com/ratatet/

8pm to 10pm, California Jazz Conservatory, 2087 Addison St, Berkeley


Wednesday, October 3rd 2018

Ruth Fallenbaum - African American Patients in Psychotherapy: Understanding the Psychological Effects of Racism and Oppression

African American Patients in Psychotherapy: Understanding the Psychological Effects of Racism and Oppression

African American Patients in Psychotherapy integrates history, current events, arts, psychoanalytic thinking, and case studies to provide a model for understanding the social and historical dimensions of psychological development across African American communities. Among the topics included are psychological consequences of slavery and Jim Crow, the black patient and the white therapist, the toll of even "small" racist enactments, the black patient's uneasy relationship with health care providers, and a revisiting of the idea of "black rage." Author Ruth Fallenbaum also examines the psychological potential of reparation for centuries of slave labor and legalized wage and property theft.

Ruth Fallenbaum, PhD, is a psychoanalytically oriented clinical psychologist in private practice in Berkeley, California.

6pm to 8pm, University Press Books, 2430 Bancroft Way, Berkeley


Stitch 'n Bitch

6pm to 9pm, Caffè Chiave, 2500 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley


Craig & MacGregor Band

Join The Craig & MacGregor Band for an evening of "Not Just Jazz," cheap drinks, good friends, and complimentary food from Bacheesos on Telegraph. Bar opens at 6:30pm | Music

7pm to 11pm, The Marsh Cabaret, 2120 Allston Way, Berkeley


Listening, Sounding, Moving, Being: improvisations with dancer Cilla Vee and musicians Karen Stackpole, Nancy Beckman, and Tom Bickley

Listening, Sounding, Moving, Being: Visiting movement artist Cilla Vee/Claire Elizabeth Barrett joins Karen Stackpole (percussion), Nancy Beckman (shakuhachi), and Tom Bickley (recorder and electronics) for a performance of experimental music and dance.

7:30pm to 9:30pm, The Tiger Garage: a private studio in south Berkeley, disclosed to you when we confirm your reservation


Said The Sky: 2018 Wide-Eyed Tour



Said The Sky


Playing piano and various instruments since the age of eight, Colorado native Trevor Christensen is coming forward with a fresh perspective on music. Bringing his melodic background and technical training into his music, he works to capture everything beautiful in what people know as EDM. His last 3 years have been devoted to his production, and bring the ideas build up in his head from his entire childhood to life. His music is, what he hopes it to be, an experience: A captivating blend of moving bass lines, and soaring melodies. This is nothing you want to miss.

8pm to 10pm, Cornerstone, 2367 Shattuck Ave (Enter On Durant), Berkeley


Scott Amendola's Orchestra di Pazzi

Scott Amendola's Orchestra di Pazzi

8pm to 10pm, Ivy Room, 860 San Pablo Ave
Albany


Thursday, October 4th 2018

Midnite Snaxxx // Choked Up (NYC) // Sarchasm // Coherence

MIDNITE SNAXXX

CHOKED UP (NYC)

SARCHASM

COHERENCE


ALL AGES. $10.
7pm.
safe(r) space venue: no drugs, no alcohol, no bigoted behavior.

3:30pm to 4:30pm, 924 Gilman, 924 Gilman St, Berkeley


Free Live Jazz

4:30pm to 6:30pm, The Musical Offering, 2430 Bancroft Way, Berkeley


Possum Family Singers @ The Starry Plough Pub

Every 1st and 3rd Saturdays from 5-7. Sometimes rollickin', sometimes introspective, The Possum Family Singers bring you singer/songwriters, country, pop, old-school, new school, and special guests. Tips appreciated!

For details, click here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/possum-family-singers-the-starry-plough-pub-tickets-49237132589

5pm to 7pm, The Starry Plough Pub - 3101 Shattuck Avenue - Berkeley


Berkeley Symphony -- Barber, Higdon, Clyne, Ravel

2018-19 Program I: Higdon & Ravel

Barber: Overture to The School for Scandal
Higdon: Violin Concerto
Clyne: Night Ferry
Ravel: La Valse

Ming Luke, conductor
Benjamin Beilman, violin

*Please note: Concert begins at 7 pm

7pm to 9pm, Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley


Jim Grantham Quartet

7pm to 9pm, Caffè Chiave, 2500 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley


Jim Grantham Quartet

7pm to 9pm, Caffè Chiave, 2500 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley


Poetry Flash presents the Watershed Enviromental Festival Kickoff, with Iris Jamahl Dunkle and Ann Fisher-Wirth

Iris Jamahl Dunkle's book of poems is Interrupted Geographies. She is a featured reader on the Strawberry Creek Walk and the Watershed Environmental Poetry stage on October 13 in Berkeley. Camille T. Dungy says, "While Iris Jamahl Dunkle writes specifically about particular places and people-some famous and some little known-there's no way to read these poems without understanding the ways she is always writing about you and also about me." She is the former Poet Laureate of Sonoma County, and her second collection, There's a Ghost in this Machine of Air, is about the untold history of Sonoma County. Her debut collection, Gold Passage, was selected by Ross Gay for the Trio Prize from Trio Press (2013).

A previous featured reader at Watershed, Ann Fisher-Wirth's new book of poems is Mississippi, a "verbal/pictorial" collaboration with Maude Schuyler Clay, an acclaimed, much exhibited Mississippi-born photographer. Billy Collins says, "Fisher-Wirth's poems are not direct responses to Clay's photographs. Rather, her poems are voices-sometimes down-home, other times, uptown-that offer a complementary way of calling forth the spirit of a particular landscape. The attention of the eye and the ear are both quickened by this winning collaboration." Ann Fisher-Wirth is a poet known for her environmental focus; she is the co-editor of The Ecopoetry Anthology (2013). Her own collections include Blue Window, Five Terraces, Carta Marina, and Dream Cabinet. Among her honors are the Rita Dove Poetry Award, the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Poetry Award, and two Mississippi Arts Commission Poetry Fellowships.

7:30pm to 8:30pm, Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Ave, Berkeley


Reidemeister Move

Reidemeister Move<br/><br/>Since 2011, Reidemeister Move has explored and expanded the possibilities of sustained-tone music in just intonation for their instruments.

8pm to 10pm, CNMAT, 1750 Arch Street, Berkeley


Friday, October 5th 2018

Super Cinema @Central

August 2018
Pictures from the Tumultuous 70s
Friday, August 3   The Last Picture Show 1971 / 118 min. / R / CC


The time is 1951 in a tiny Texas town. A diner, a pool hall and the Royal movie theater are the only places to go, "except to bed," critic Roger Ebert wryly comments in his review. Best friends Sonny (Timothy Bottoms) and Duane (Jeff Bridges) lust after a phony rich girl (Cybill Shepherd). Adults mostly guard their secrets. In the end, loss shakes loose some authentic emotion from the friends. Cloris Leachman and Ellen Burstyn are superb in supporting roles.


 
Friday, August 10   A Woman Under the Influence 1974 / 155 min. / R / CC


An LA housewife and mother, Mabel (Gena Rowlands), is unpredictable, sometimes volatile, sometimes overly friendly, to the extent that her construction worker husband, Nick (Peter Falk), wonders about her ability to handle the life they lead. Stellar performances from both leads make this an essential movie experience. Gena Rowlands won several Best Actress awards for it. The writer-director, John Cassavettes, is an icon of independent film.


 
Friday, August 17 One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest     1975 / 133 min. / R / CC


Considered to be among the greatest films ever, Cuckoo's Nest is the story of a funny and often satisfying power struggle between a cocky recidivist felon (Jack Nicholson) and an authoritarian mental hospital nurse (Louise Fletcher). It's based on a Ken Kesey novel, boasts a near perfect ensemble cast (including Christopher Lloyd, Brad Dourif and Danny DeVito) and won all the major awards: Best Picture, Actor, Actress, Director and Screenplay.


 
Friday, August 24 Taxi Driver 1976 / 113 min. / R / CC


After being discharged from the Vietnam-era Marines, Travis Bickle (Robert De Niro) drives a taxi in New York City. He's a loner who forms attachments to inappropriate women-a  presidential campaign worker (Cybill Shepherd) and a 15 year old prostitute (Jodie Foster), whom he wants to protect. Pushed over the edge by their rejections, he begins to stalk the corrupt, sleazy guys who employ them. Martin Scorsese directs this thriller as black comedy.


 
Friday, August 31 Chinatown 1974 / 130 min. / R / CC


In a story based on the early twentieth century California Water Wars, private eye Jake Gittes (Jack Nicholson) takes a job following a Department of Water and Power engineer-who soon turns up dead. Immediately, Gittes is led by the engineer's widow (Faye Dunaway) to peel away layer after layer of corruption and mystery surrounding her husband's death. Directed by Roman Polanski, Chinatown is another of our greatest-and most beautifully shot-films.


 
September 2018
About Workers' Movements
Friday, September 7       Matewan        1987 / 135 min. / PG-13 / CC


It's 1920 in the town of Matewan, West Virginia. When Stone Mountain Coal Company cuts the wages of rebellious coal miners and brings in African American replacements, a United Mine Workers man (Chris Cooper) arrives to organize a union. In response, the company hires private detectives to oppose the miners and to set blacks and whites against each other. Tensions boil over, leading to a historic battle. James Earl Jones plays the character who leads black miners.


 
Friday, September 14       The Help          2011 / 146 min. / PG-13 / no CC


In 1963, Aibileen Clark (Viola Davis) agrees to let aspiring writer Skeeter Phelan (Emma Stone) interview her about her experiences as a maid to white families in Jackson, Mississippi. Gradually, other maids risk their jobs to join in with their own harrowing stories, which are all intended to yield a change-making book. Great storytelling and character development make this film exceptional. The ensemble cast also includes Octavia Spencer and David Oyelowo.
 
Friday, September 21      Blue Collar      1978  / 114 min. / R / no CC


Three Detroit auto workers (Richard Pryor, Harvey Keitel & Yaphet Kotto) are buddies on and off work. They feel trapped between big industry and their do-nothing, corrupt union. They hit on a plan to rob the safe in the union office, leading to complications that lay bare the terrible predicament of working people. Written and directed by Paul Schrader (writer of Taxi Driver), who delivers an authentic, uncompromising ending. It's a very powerful film.


 
Friday, September 28      North Country       2005 / 126 min. / R / CC


Josey Aimes (Charlize Theron) flees her abusive husband with two kids to stay with her parents in her North Dakota home town. Most jobs available to her pay very little, so a friend (Frances McDormand) encourages her to apply to work in the same mine where she and Josie's father work. Josie's demeaning experiences there eventually drive her to start a legal fight with the mining company. Based on a true story, and directed by Niki Caro ("Whale Rider").

3pm to 5pm, 2090 Kittredge St. (at Shattuck)
Berkeley, CA 94704


The Jazz Fourtet

7pm to 9pm, Caffè Chiave, 2500 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley


Lawn Chairs [Tour Kickoff!] // Get Married // CAMPY // db

Lawn Chairs leaves for another giant tour! Hooray! Free breakfast and friendship!

Lawn Chairs
[Oakland, CA tall people who also make music // Slang Church]
https://lawnchairsoakland.bandcamp.com/

Get Married
[San Jose, CA Elvis impersonators // Asian Man Records]
https://getmarried.bandcamp.com/

CAMPY
[Oakland, CA Connor & Jacob Gill-core]

db
[Oakland, CA // ft members of Rex Means King & Grumpster]


All Ages
Doors 7:30pm
$10 + $2 Gilman Membership
Breakfast will be served

924 Gilman Street, Berkeley, California 94710.
An All Ages DIY, Volunteer Run, 501(c)(3) Nonprofit, Music & Art Community Space Since 1986.

7:30pm to 11:59pm, 924 Gilman, 924 Gilman St, Berkeley


Max Richter with the American Contemporary Music Ensemble performing Infra and music from The Leftovers

Max Richter with the American Contemporary Music Ensemble performing Infra and music from The Leftovers<br/><br/>Max Richter performs selections from his work Infra, inspired by T.S. Eliot's The Waste Land, and from his score for the dystopian HBO drama The Leftovers.

8pm to 10pm, Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley


Saturday, October 6th 2018

Saturday Storytime

1pm to 2pm, Books Inc., 1491 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley


924 Gilman Annual Zine Fest!

It's the return of Zine Fest! This year Zine Fest is October 6th, 4-8pm!

More details TBA!

4pm to 8pm, 924 Gilman, 924 Gilman St, Berkeley


Possum Family Singers @ The Starry Plough Pub


Every 1st and 3rd Saturdays from 5-7. Sometimes rollickin', sometimes introspective, The Possum Family Singers bring you singer/songwriters, country, pop, old-school, new school, and special guests. Tips appreciated!

For details, link here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/possum-family-singers-the-starry-plough-pub-tickets-49237132589

5pm to 6pm, The Starry Plough Pub - 3101 Shattuck Avenue - Berkeley


Berkeley Festival of Choro 2018

The fifth annual Berkeley Festival of Choro will present two special concerts this fall. October 6th and 7th.

The main event will be held at the St. John's Episcopal Church in Berkeley on October 6th,
featuring Duo Violão Brasil, Grupo Falso Baiano, Berkeley Choro Ensemble, and a special guest from Brasilia, Ian Coury, on mandolin.

Our Brazilian guests include, from Rio de Janeiro, Duo Violão Brasil, with Rogério Souza and Edinho Gerber, and from Brasilia, the young mandolinist, Ian Coury. Nando Duarte on 7-string guitar from Rio and LA will be joining as well for the Sunday, October 7th evening program at the SoundRoom, Oakland, joined by Brian Rice on pandeiro.

For more information about the festival, please go to our website:

www.berkeleychoro.com
Ticket link to the SoundRoom show will be up soon.

The main event on October 6, 2018, at St. John's Presbyterian Church in Berkeley, will include performances of all the groups, as well as some joint collaborations.

7pm to 10pm, St. John's Presbyterian Church 2727 College Avenue, Berkeley


Pity Party / DeZorah / awakebutstillinbed + more!

Pity Party // DEZORAH TOUR KICK OFF!!
Say goodbye to us before we leave for 59 days of tour!!!!!

with best friends in
awakebutstillinbed
and earthworm (acoustic)
and new friends Greg Rekus and Paige Baller (acoustic)
â(tm)¥

924 GILMAN ST
7 PM Doors // Music 7:30 PM
ALL AGES
$10 + $2 membership

7pm to 11pm, 924 Gilman, 924 Gilman St, Berkeley


Helen and Larry

8pm to 10pm, Caffè Chiave, 2500 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley


Adrienne Shamszad Band

Adrienne Shamszad is a singer-songwriter known for her special blend of Americana and Persian classical music. Adrienne is an Oakland, California native of Persian heritage who has traveled extensively, studying theater, music and dance throughout Asia, India and the Middle East. Her mission is clear: to weave together the threads of her study and creativity into an original musical fabric that moves and inspires her audiences.

Adrienne's lyrics are poetic, intimate, genuine and inspired by the mystic Poets of Iran as much as the folk poet-songwriters of the '60s and '70s. Her strong and soulful voice, skillful and complex guitar work and bold performance style have made her a popular performer for well over a decade. Her musical range extends from the sacred to the profane, the mystical to the earthy, the lofty to the down-low, and she is equally at home with acoustic or electric, improvisation, singing gospel, Indian mantras, rock and roll, rhythm and blues and Persian classics.

Tickets are $18 in advance and $20 at the door. 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!

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


Living Arts Playback Theatre Ensemble presents an Evening of Playback Theatre

Doors open 7:30pm / Show starts 8pm

$20 in Advance

Join us for Heart-full Interactive Improv Theatre:
You tell your Story, the Ensemble brings it to life!

Living Arts Playback Theatre Ensemble proudly presents
â~... An evening of Playback Theatre â~...

The Living Arts Playback Theatre Ensemble is a troupe of improvisational actors and musicians who "play back" personal stories shared by audience members in ways that both honor and illuminate the original experience. The ensemble produces public performances, workshops and events for personal and professional growth, and social change, in the Bay Area. Created in 1986 under the direction of psychotherapist and drama therapist Armand Volkas, The Living Arts Playback Theatre Ensemble, in collaboration with The Healing the Wounds of History Project, has received international acclaim for its work in bringing groups in conflict together such as Germans and Jews; Palestinians and Israelis; Japanese, Chinese and Koreans on their lega (View Full Event Description Here: https://lapena.org/event/living-arts-playback-theatre-ensemble-presents-an-evening-of-playback-theatre/)

8pm to 10pm, La Peña Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley


George Cotsirilos Trio


George Cotsirilos: Guitar

Adam Gay: Bass

Ron Marabuto: Drums

"One of today's finest jazz guitarists and composers, Cotsirilos has an unerring sense of swing and melody. His solos, while displaying accuracy and technique, are filled with soul." -John Heidt Vintage Guitar Magazine

8:30pm to 10:30pm, Albatross Pub, 1822 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley


Sunday, October 7th 2018

Amazons: Tales of the Warrior Women of Central Asia

A story telling concert with performances by Dale Boland, Beatrice Bowles, Neshama Franklin, and Liz Nichols.
 
Suggested donation: $10
Tickets are available in advance at https://amazons.eventbrite.com or at the door, check or cash only.  For more information, visit the Caravan of Stories on Facebook  or contact Dana Sherry, Program Coordinator, at dsherry@hotmail.com.  Events made possible by grants from the Silk Road Foundation.

8am to 10am, Silk Road House, 1944 University Ave, Berkeley


Women Drummers International Presents: Drum Sunday

Event at 1 pm in the Back Studio

Tickets are $25 - $10 (sliding scale) / Under 12 yrs free
No one turned away for lack of funds

Drum Sundays are drumming workshops presented on the first Sunday of every month by one of our FANTASTIC MAESTRA DRUMMERS from Born To Drum.

Classes are open to ALL LEVELS. There will be a limited number of drums to borrow on a first come first serve basis.

Workshop from MABIBA BAEGNE, Dunun Drums and Rhythms from West Africa

1pm to 3pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley


String Quartet Sundays ~ featuring "The Town"

1pm to 2pm, The Musical Offering, 2430 Bancroft Way, Berkeley


Chris Brown CD Release

3pm to 5pm, Maybeck Studio, 1537 Euclid Ave, Berkeley


Joe Jack Talcum /Coolzey /Toyota /Two Lazy Boys /DJ Douggpound

Who wore it West tour!

Joe Jack Talcum (of Dead Milkmen)
Coolzey
Toyota
Two Lazy Boys
DJ Douggpound

$10 advance/$12 door +$2 Membership

5 PM
ALL AGES!

3:30pm to 4:30pm, 924 Gilman, 924 Gilman St, Berkeley


Electric Squeezebox Orchestra

The Electric Squeezebox Orchestra (CJC Resident Artists) is a 17-piece big band led by Erik Jekabson and features many of the best players and arrangers in the Bay Area! They will be appearing Sundays at 5:30 pm through November 18th, with the Luis Manuel Quartet opening at 4:30 on September 16th.

ESO Band Members and Instrumentation: Saxes: Sheldon Brown, Larry Delacruz, Mike Zilber, Marcus Stephens, Charlie Gurke; Trombones: Rob Ewing, Danny Lubin-Laden, Patrick Malabuyo, Rich Lee; Trumpets: Erik Andrews, Erik Jekabson, Darren Johnston, Andrew Stephens; Piano: Steve Blum; Guitar: Jordan Samuels; Bass: Peter Barshay; Drums: Jeff Marrs

Artist Bio: The Electric 18th Orchestra is the Bay Area's own 17-piece big band, led by trumpeter Erik Jekabson, playing music composed and arranged by its members. The composers and arrangers, some of the very best in the Bay, draw from a wide variety of influences but always come up with powerful music with groove, beauty and subtlety. The band, which started a steady Sunday residency at the California Jazz Conservatory in March, has colloborated with a number of special guest artists, including John Santos, Kenny Washington, Alan Ferber, Dayna Stephens, Mads Tolling, Sandy Cressman, Kellye Gray, Avotcja, Spok and Ben Goldberg.

Artist Website: http://www.electricsqueezeboxorchestra.com
Facebook Link: https://www.facebook.com/Electricsqueezeboxorchestra/
Doors Open: 3:30 PM     Starts: 4:30 PM     Ends: 7:00 PM

4:30pm to 7pm, Rendon Hall/Fiddler Annex @ California Jazz Conservatory 2040 Addison Street, Berkeley


The Dynamic Miss Faye Carol: Faye Sings the Blues

Faye Carol is one of the premiere vocalists of her time. After beginning her career in gospel music, Faye Carol made her name singing with Oakland blues and funk legend Johnny Talbot & De Thangs and performing with her own trio in the jazz and cabaret clubs of 1970s San Francisco. She is a highly decorated song stylist, having won four Cabaret Gold Awards, the 2014 Bay Area Jazz Hero Award, and a star on the Oakland Blues Walk of Fame, along with many other honors. Miss Faye is internationally regarded for her powerful voice, unique style, and impeccable delivery of a wide range of material from The Great American Songbook to down home blues to contemporary popular music. She has shared the stage with artists such as Ray Charles, Marvin Gaye, Pharaoh Sanders, Charles Brown, Albert King, and Billy Higgins.

"Every Faye Carol performance is a master class - a deep dive into the soul-steeped marrow of jazz and blues. A Bay Area institution, the Berkeley vocalist needs only one set to leave an indelible impression on her listeners who know just what to expect if they pay attention to her billing as The Dynamic Miss Faye Carol." - Andrew Gilbert, Bay Area News Group

Tickets are $25 and are available in advance 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!

5pm to 7pm, The Back Room, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley


American Islamophobia | A Discussion with Khaled A. Beydoun

American Islamophobia: Understanding the Roots and Rise of Fear
A discussion with Khaled A. Beydoun

The term "Islamophobia" may be fairly new, but irrational fear and hatred of Islam and Muslims is anything but. Though many speak of Islamophobia's roots in racism, have we considered how anti-Muslim rhetoric is rooted in our legal system?

Using his unique lens as a critical race theorist and law professor, Khaled A. Beydoun captures the many ways in which law, policy, and official state rhetoric have fueled the frightening resurgence of Islamophobia in the United States.

ABOUT AMERICAN ISLAMOPHOBIA (University Press, 2018)

"I remember the four words that repeatedly scrolled across my mind after the first plane crashed into the World Trade Center in New York City. `Please don't be Muslims, please don't be Muslims.' The four words I whispered to myself on 9/11 reverberated through the mind of every Muslim American that day and every day after.... Our fear, and the collective breath or brace for the hateful backlash that ensued, symbolize the existential tightrope that defines Muslim American identity today."

The term "Islamophobia" may be fairly new, but irrational fear and hatred of Islam and Muslims is anything but. Though many speak of Islamophobia's roots in racism, have we considered how anti-Muslim rhetoric is rooted in our legal system?

Using his unique lens as a critical race theorist and law professor, Khaled A. Beydoun captures the many ways in which law, policy, and official state rhetoric have fueled the frightening resurgence of Islamophobia in the United States. Beydoun charts its long and terrible history, from the plight of enslaved African Muslims in the antebellum South and the laws prohibiting Muslim immigrants from becoming citizens to the ways the war on terror assigns blame for any terrorist act to Islam and the myriad trials Muslim Americans face in the Trump era. He passionately argues that by failing to frame Islamophobia as a system of bigotry endorsed and emboldened by law and carried out by government actors, U.S. society ignores the injury it inflicts on both Muslims and non-Muslims. Through the stories of Muslim Americans who have experienced Islamophobia across various racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic lines, Beydoun shares how U.S. laws shatter lives, whether directly or inadvertently. And with an eye toward benefiting society as a whole, he recommends ways for Muslim Americans and their allies to build coalitions with other groups. Like no book before it, American Islamophobia offers a robust and genuine portrait of Muslim America then and now.

Khaled A. Beydoun is an associate professor at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law and senior affiliated faculty at the University of California, Berkeley Islamophobia Research and Documentation Project. A critical race theorist, he examines Islamophobia, the war on terror, and the salience of race and racism in American law. He is an active public intellectual and advocate whose commentary has been featured in the New York Times, on BBC, and beyond. In 2017, he was named the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee Advocate of the Year and the Arab American Association of New York's Community Champion of the Year. His new book is "American Islamophobia: Understanding the Roots and Rise of Fear."

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


Monday, October 8th 2018

Ann Shulgin, Jon Hanna and David Presti: Psychedelic Stories, Art and Cookbooks

Ann Shulgin co-authored PiHKAL and TiHKAL with her late husband, the chemist and psychopharmacologist Alexander "Sasha" Shulgin. She also worked as a therapist using psychedelic drugs such as MDMA and 2C-B while they were still legal. The books-part memoirs and part psychedelic chemistry cookbooks-became instant cult classics upon their publication in 1991 and 1997 respectively. Now reissued as a special four-volume commemorative edition, this beautiful boxed set, available in both hardcover and paperback, features bonus material including nearly 200 pictures, poetry and tributes to the Shulgins contributed by a who's who of psychedelic luminaries.

Jon Hanna is a psychedelic consumer advocate and contributing author of the commemorative edition of PiHKAL/TiHKAL. In the late 1990s, he co-founded the Mind States conference series. He has worked as a writer, editor, and archivist for Erowid Center, MAPS, and the Alexander Shulgin Research Institute, among others. Following the release of his book Psychedelic Resource List, he was a regular contributor to The Entheogen Review. He has spoken internationally on the topics of visionary art, applied psychonautics, and harm reduction. He was Art & Photography Editor for The Manual of Psychedelic Support, and his photos have been published by National Geographic, Scientific American, The New York Times, Reason, Vice and other news/media outlets.

David Presti, also a contributing author of the commemorative edition, has taught neurobiology, psychology, and cognitive science at UC Berkeley since 1991. His classes on "Brain, Mind, and Behavior: An Introduction to Neuroscience," "Drugs and the Brain," "Neurochemistry," "Matter, Mind, Consciousness," and "Consciousness: Buddhist and Scientific Perspectives" reach more than 1,400 UC Berkeley students every year. For more than a decade he worked in the treatment of addiction and of post-traumatic-stress disorder (PTSD) at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in San Francisco. And for the past 15 years, he has been teaching neuroscience and conversing about science with Tibetan Buddhist monastics in India, Bhutan, and Nepal. Presti is author of Foundational Concepts in Neuroscience: A Brain-Mind Odyssey (2016, W. W. Norton) and Mind Beyond Brain: Buddhism, Science, and the Paranormal (October 2018, Columbia University Press).

7:30pm to 8:30pm, Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Ave, Berkeley


SUBTLE DEGREES SAXOPHONE/PERCUSSION DUO

8pm to 10pm, CNMAT, 1750 Arch Street, Berkeley


Nate Najar Trio "Under Paris Skies" CD Release

In an industry that likes to conveniently pigeonhole even its most innovative and adventurous artists, Nate Najar stands out with his all-encompassing embrace of the transcendent possibilities of jazz.

Inspiring growing numbers of fans with his distinctive approach of playing acoustic classical guitar with right hand classical technique, the multi-faceted composer and performer scored a Top Ten Billboard Jazz single, recorded tribute projects to his idol Charlie Byrd and the music of Brazil; and has performed hundreds of trio dates throughout the US, Europe and Australia. 2010 saw Najar release Groove Me on Woodward Avenue Records. A collaboration with Tony Award-winning vocalist Melba Moore, Groove Me reached the top 10 of the Billboard Jazz chart.

A St. Petersburg, FL native who began playing guitar at age eight and considers Django Reinhardt, Wes Montgomery and Charlie Byrd his primary influences, Najar's full-length recordings on Candid Records - including 2012's Blues For Night People: The Nate Najar Trio Remembers Charlie Byrd - earned him accolades from critics and influential jazz voices alike. Other recent recordings include 2014's Aquarela Do Brasil and the swinging This is Nate Najar (2016). 2017 saw Nate's return to Woodward Avenue Records with Christmas In December. Under Paris Skies (2018), Nate's most recent recording for Woodward Avenue Records, explores many of the great French melodies in jazz, classical, pop and film music.

Featuring the music of Serge Gainsbourg, France Gall, Django Reinhardt, Gabriel Fauré and more, Under Paris Skies brings together an empathetic trio of Nate, Tommy Cecil on bass and Matt Home on drums. Vibraphonist Chuck Redd guests on two tracks. Rick Anderson of All Music Guide called Najar "one of the most consistently interesting and stylish young guitarists on the jazz scene." JazzTimes Magazine referred to his playing as "intimate and soulful." Edward Blanco of All About Jazz wrote "This is Nate Najar will provide one with an exciting introduction to one of the finest classical guitarists in the business today on a set of music that swings lightly with a touch of class," and Becky Byrd, wife of the late guitarist Charlie Byrd, said, "There is no doubt that there is a piece of Charlie's soul in Nate's mind, heart and fingers. Get ready, world, here comes Nate Najar!"

For more information, contact Ron Moss, Musician's Services: roncmoss@gmail.com +1 213 760 9781.

Tickets are $18 and are available in advance 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!

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


Tuesday, October 9th 2018

Jeffrey Meyers - Resurrections: Authors, Heroes--And a Spy

American Academy of Arts and Letters Award-Winner Jeffrey Meyers discusses his vivid new work, Resurrections: Authors, Heroes--And a Spy.

Jeffrey Meyers' Resurrections: Authors, Heroes--and a Spy brings to life a set of extraordinary writers, painters, and literary adventurers who turned their lives into art. Meyers knew nine of these figures, in some cases intimately, while five others he admires and regrets never meeting. As he writes in the preface, "The chapters in this book represent in miniature my career as a life-writer. My biographies have always been driven by fascination with the source of artistic creativity, with people who wrote or painted and with the worlds they inhabited."

Ian Watt, who taught Meyers at Berkeley, struggled with the legacy of his ordeal as a Japanese prisoner of war, and with its depiction in the film, The Bridge on the River Kwai. The story of Paul Theroux's feud with Sir Vidia Naipaul is well known, but Meyers finds greater meaning in their quarrel through the lens of his own long friendship with Theroux. While James Salter, fighter pilot and brilliant stylist, epitomizes Meyers' heroic ideal, the fiction writer also responds with an epistolary friendship, punctuated by visits, and Meyers is delighted by Salter's great reputation late in life. Anthony Blunt, art historian and communist spy, fascinates the biographer for a darker reason: the depth of his capacity for intellectual and personal deceit. The feckless, lesser-known Hugh Gordon Porteus, told Meyers many revealing and amusing stories about his friends Wyndham Lewis, T. S. Eliot and Ezra Pound.

In the process of writing these profiles, Meyers discovers a common thread relating to himself: not only do these subjects provoke a kind of personal testing, they also represent his search for the ideal father in his vivid intellectual and imaginative inquiry.

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


Fan Shigang discusses Striking to Survive: Workers' Resistance to Factory Relocations in China

Fan Shigang discusses Striking to Survive: Workers' Resistance to Factory Relocations in China. In conversation with Li Wen.

What is the meaning of the thousands of strikes in China? Do these strikes add up to a "labor movement"? How can solidarity between Chinese and American workers be built?

Countering the popular myth that Chinese workers are "stealing American jobs," Striking to Survive documents a recent wave of factory closures in China's Pearl River Delta and struggles by workers there to hold onto their jobs, their pensions, and their livelihoods.

The struggles of these workers in China's industrial centers are shaping the future of labor and democracy not only in China but throughout the world. These vivid stories of workers at factories that supply multinational corporations Walmart and Uniqlo, compiled by worker-activists and circulated underground, provide a unique, on-the-ground perspective on the most recent wave of militancy among China's enormous working class.

Striking to Survive includes a uniquely fine-grained account of the strike organized by "Delegate Wu" - a worker activist who served more than a year in prison after the strike ended. The New York Times produced a video about Delegate Wu, which gives a sense of his work.
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Fan Shigang was born into a family of workers for state-owned enterprises in a northern Chinese city. He has worked as a basic-level employee in several machining factories. He is a contributor to the underground labor periodical, Factory Stories, conducting interviews with factory workers in southern China, documenting their lives, work, and struggles.

Li Wen has worked in electronics and jewelry factories in southern China. She interviews and documents the experience of factory workers who've joined collective struggles, and pays particular attention to issues of occupational injury and disease.

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


Wednesday, October 10th 2018

Ann Killion - Champions of Women's Soccer and Champions of Men's Soccer

GOAL! Award-winning San Francisco Chronicle sports columnist Ann Killion shares her ultimate guides to soccer for young sports fans, Champions of Women's Soccer and Champions of Men's Soccer. (Ages 8-12)

11am to 12 noon, Books Inc., 1491 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley


H. Bruce Franklin - Crash Course: From the Good War to the Forever War

Crash Course: From the Good War to the Forever War
Growing up during the Second World War, H. Bruce Franklin believed what he was told: that America's victory would lead to a new era of world peace. Like most Americans, he was soon led to believe in a world-wide Communist conspiracy that menaced the United States, forcing the nation into a disastrous war in Korea. But once he joined the U.S. Air Force and began flying top-secret missions as a navigator and intelligence officer, what he learned was eye-opening. He saw that even as the U.S. preached about peace and freedom, it was engaging in an endless cycle of warfare, bringing devastation and oppression to fledgling democracies across the globe.

Now, after fifty years as a renowned cultural historian, Franklin offers a set of hard-learned lessons about modern American history. Crash Course is essential reading for anyone who wonders how America ended up where it is today: with a deeply divided and disillusioned populace, led by a dysfunctional government, and mired in unwinnable wars. It also finds startling parallels between America's foreign military exploits and the equally brutal tactics used on the home front to crush organized labor, antiwar, and civil rights movements.

More than just a memoir or a history book, Crash Course gives readers a unique firsthand look at the building of the American empire and the damage it has wrought. Shocking and gripping as any thriller, it exposes a decades-long deception of the American public and commemorates the few brave souls who fought for truth and justice

H. Bruce Franklin is a former Air Force navigator and intelligence officer, a progressive activist, and the John Cotton Dana Professor of English and American Studies, emeritus at Rutgers University in Newark, New Jersey. He is the author or editor of nineteen books, and has received lifetime achievement awards from the American Studies Association and other major academic organizations.

6pm to 7pm, University Press Books, 2430 Bancroft Way, Berkeley


Craig & MacGregor Band

Join The Craig & MacGregor Band for an evening of "Not Just Jazz," cheap drinks, good friends, and complimentary food from Bacheesos on Telegraph. Bar opens at 6:30pm | Music

7pm to 11pm, The Marsh Cabaret, 2120 Allston Way, Berkeley


Thursday, October 11th 2018

Free Live Jazz

4:30pm to 6:30pm, The Musical Offering, 2430 Bancroft Way, Berkeley


"The Dark Shadow of Tech on the S.F. Bay Area"


Cary McClelland is a writer, filmmaker, lawyer, and rights advocate. His book is an eye-opening portrait of San Francisco transformed by the tech boom. Famously home to artists and activists, the birthplace of the Beats, the Black Panthers, and the LGBTQ movement-in recent decades the Bay Area has been reshaped by Silicon Valley, the engine of the new American economy. The richer the region gets, the more unequal and less diverse it becomes. Cracks in the city's facade-rapid gentrification, an epidemic of evictions, rising crime, atrophied public institutions-have started to appear. Cary McClelland spent several years interviewing people at the epicenter of the recent change, from venture capitalists and coders to politicians and protesters, from native sons and daughters to the city's newest arrivals. We hear from people who have passed through Apple, Google, eBay, Intel, and the other big tech companies of our time. We meet those who are experiencing changes at the grassroots level: a homeless advocate in Haight-Ashbury, an Oakland rapper, a pawnbroker in the Mission, a man who helped dismantle and rebuild the Bay Bridge, and many fascinating others.

Richard A. Walker is professor emeritus of geography at the University of California, Berkeley where he taught from 1975 to 2012. He has written on a diverse range of topics in economic, urban, and environmental geography, with scores of published articles to his credit. He is co-author of The Capitalist Imperative (1989) and

The New Social Economy (1992) and has written extensively on California, including The Conquest of Bread (2004), The Country in the City (2007) and The Atlas of California (2013). Walker is currently director of the Living New Deal Project, whose purpose is to inventory all New Deal public works sites in the U.S. and recover the lost memory of government investment for the good of all.

Sasha Lilley is a writer and radio broadcaster. She's the host of KPFA's critically acclaimed program of radical ideas, Against the Grain, and the series editor of PM Press' political economy imprint Spectre. Her books include Capital and Its Discontents and Catastrophism:,The Apocalyptic Political Collapse and Rebirth.

KPFA Benefit

Advance tickets: $12 : brownpapertickets.com :: T: 800-838-3006 or Books Inc (Berkeley), Pegasus Books (3 sites), Moe's, Walden Pond Bookstore, Mrs. Dalloway's. East Bay Books $15 door, wheelchair access

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7:30pm to 8:30pm, First Congregational Church, 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley, CA.


John Carreyrou presents BAD BLOOD: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup

John Carreyrou presents BAD BLOOD: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup
Thursday, October 11, 2018, 7:30pm

Tickets available now!

The full inside story of the breathtaking rise and shocking collapse of Theranos, the multibillion-dollar biotech startup, by the prize-winning journalist who first broke the story and pursued it to the end, despite pressure from its charismatic CEO and threats by her lawyers.

In 2014, Theranos founder and CEO Elizabeth Holmes was widely seen as the female Steve Jobs: a brilliant Stanford dropout whose startup "unicorn" promised to revolutionize the medical industry with a machine that would make blood testing significantly faster and easier. Backed by investors such as Larry Ellison and Tim Draper, Theranos sold shares in a fundraising round that valued the company at more than $9 billion, putting Holmes's worth at an estimated $4.7 billion. There was just one problem: The technology didn't work.

A riveting story of the biggest corporate fraud since Enron, a tale of ambition and hubris set amid the bold promises of Silicon Valley.

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John Carreyrou is a two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter at The Wall Street Journal. For his extensive coverage of Theranos, Carreyrou was awarded the George Polk Award for Financial Reporting, the Gerald Loeb Award for Distinguished Business and Financial Journalism in the category of beat reporting, and the Barlett & Steele Silver Award for Investigative Business Journalism. Carreyrou lives in Brooklyn with his wife and three children.


Please note:

Duration of event is subject to author's preference.

Signing and additional details coming soon.

This event is all ages. Accessibility is important to us! If you have special needs of any kind, please write events AT booksmith DOT com and we will do our best to accommodate you.

7:30pm to 8:30pm, Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar St., Berkeley


Katya Cengel discusses Exiled: From the Killing Fields of Cambodia to California and Back

Katya Cengel discusses Exiled: From the Killing Fields of Cambodia to California and Back.

"Exiled" traces the story of violence through three generations of Cambodian-Americans by profiling a handful of families. It begins with the grandparents, the elderly who will soon be too old to tell their stories of survival. The violence they endured is recognized as the most brutal, a genocide that killed an estimated 20 percent of the Cambodian population. In Cambodia, the criminals have never fully been brought to justice and the victims remain largely silent. The silence is the same in the United States, where survivors have tried to leave their memories of random killing behind. But trauma like that cannot be escaped so easily, and it followed them, seeping back into their families through their children. The guidance, support and care they were often too traumatized to give their children left those same children vulnerable to gang recruitment. The second generation came of age amidst the violence of the past and the present.

The U.S. deported the criminals who did not hold citizenship, sending them back to a homeland their parents had given up everything to escape. They had neither the practical nor emotional skills to cope and their home country offered little help. In Cambodia they succumb to addiction and mental illness in large numbers. Then there is the third generation, the children, the ones still in America growing up without fathers and mothers, subjected to the violence of loss and longing. This is a story about how regimes as brutal as the Khmer Rouge and as benign as the United States have kept alive a legacy of violence and loss. There are no easy answers here, just the words of survivors and their descendants.

Katya Cengel is a freelance writer based in San Luis Obispo, California, and lectures in the Journalism Department of California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. She was a features and news writer for the Louisville Courier-Journal from 2003 to 2011 and has reported from North and Central America, Europe, Asia, and Africa. Her work has appeared in New York Times Magazine, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, Marie Claire, and Newsweek. She is the author of Bluegrass Baseball: A Year in the Minor League Life (Nebraska, 2012).

"A powerful and timely book on the generational impact of a particularly brutal chapter of the twentieth century-the Cambodian genocide of the 1970s. Exiled moves seamlessly from the killing fields of Cambodia to American immigrant communities, adding texture and perspective to the current debate on refugees, political asylum, cultural assimilation, and the deportation of Americanized immigrant criminals. Cengel humanizes this debate, bringing a deeper understanding of these hot-button issues. I strongly recommend this book."-Melvin Claxton, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist

"Exiled comes at the right moment in our national debate about immigration and deportation. Katya Cengel's painfully detailed story about the maltreatment of the children of refugees we once welcomed should open our minds and hearts to the tyranny of ill-conceived laws and small-minded bureaucrats."-Elizabeth Becker, author of When the War Was Over: Cambodia and the Khmer Rouge Revolution

"An excellent and compelling account of Cambodian refugees' plight in the United States. . . . Once you read Exiled, you can't help but be empathetic and look at deportation through a new lens."-Jennifer Lau, author of Beautiful Hero: How We Survived the Khmer Rouge

"A multigenerational saga of violence and resurrection that plays out among several Cambodian-American families. . . . Katya Cengel movingly documents how trauma plays out across multiple generations, showing how the unresolved conflicts of the elders lead to catastrophic addiction and mental illness among the young. Cengel captures the full scale of this tragedy and writes with such compassion that anybody who picks up this book cannot fail to be moved."-Helen Thorpe, author of The Newcomers: Finding Refuge, Friendship, and Hope in an American Classroom

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


Get The Led Out

Get The Led Out
From the bombastic and epic, to the folky and mystical, Get The Led Out (GTLO) have captured the essence of the recorded music of Led Zeppelin and brought it to the concert stage. The Philadelphia-based group consists of six veteran musicians intent on delivering Led Zeppelin live, like you've never heard before. Utilizing the multi instrumentalists at their disposal, GTLO re-create the songs in all their depth and glory with the studio overdubs that Zeppelin themselves never performed. When you hear three guitars on the album...GTLO delivers three guitarists on stage. No wigs or fake English accents, GTLO brings what the audience wants...a high energy Zeppelin concert with an honest, heart-thumping intensity.

Dubbed by the media as "The American Led Zeppelin," Get The Led Out offers a strong focus on the early years. They also touch on the deeper cuts that were seldom, if ever heard in concert. GTLO also include a special "acoustic set" with Zep favorites such as "Tangerine" and the "Battle of Evermore" being performed in its' original instrumentation with guest singer Diana DeSantis joining the band.

GTLO has amassed a strong national touring history, having performed at major club and PAC venues across the country. GTLO's approach to their performance of this hallowed catalog is not unlike a classical performance. "Led Zeppelin are sort of the classical composers of the rock era," says lead vocalist Paul Sinclair. "I believe 100 years from now they will be looked at as the Bach or Beethoven of our time. As cliché as it sounds, their music is timeless."

A GTLO concert mimics the "light and shade" that are the embodiment of "The Mighty Zep." Whether it's the passion and fury with which they deliver the blues-soaked, groove-driven rock anthems, it's their attention to detail and nuance that makes a Get The Led Out performance a truly awe-inspiring event!

Paul Sinclair - Lead Vocals, Harmonica
Paul Hammond - Electric and Acoustic Guitars, Mandolin, Theremin
Jimmy Marchiano - Electric and Acoustic Guitars, Vocals
Andrew Lipke - Keyboards, Guitar, Vocals, Percussion
Adam Ferraioli - Drums, Percussion
Phil D'Agostino (Bass)
Eddie Kurek - Bass, Vocals

8pm to 10:30pm, The UC Theatre Taube Family Music Hall, 2036 University Avenue, near Downtown Berkeley BART, Berkeley, CA, 94704


Friday, October 12th 2018

Super Cinema @Central

August 2018
Pictures from the Tumultuous 70s
Friday, August 3   The Last Picture Show 1971 / 118 min. / R / CC


The time is 1951 in a tiny Texas town. A diner, a pool hall and the Royal movie theater are the only places to go, "except to bed," critic Roger Ebert wryly comments in his review. Best friends Sonny (Timothy Bottoms) and Duane (Jeff Bridges) lust after a phony rich girl (Cybill Shepherd). Adults mostly guard their secrets. In the end, loss shakes loose some authentic emotion from the friends. Cloris Leachman and Ellen Burstyn are superb in supporting roles.


 
Friday, August 10   A Woman Under the Influence 1974 / 155 min. / R / CC


An LA housewife and mother, Mabel (Gena Rowlands), is unpredictable, sometimes volatile, sometimes overly friendly, to the extent that her construction worker husband, Nick (Peter Falk), wonders about her ability to handle the life they lead. Stellar performances from both leads make this an essential movie experience. Gena Rowlands won several Best Actress awards for it. The writer-director, John Cassavettes, is an icon of independent film.


 
Friday, August 17 One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest     1975 / 133 min. / R / CC


Considered to be among the greatest films ever, Cuckoo's Nest is the story of a funny and often satisfying power struggle between a cocky recidivist felon (Jack Nicholson) and an authoritarian mental hospital nurse (Louise Fletcher). It's based on a Ken Kesey novel, boasts a near perfect ensemble cast (including Christopher Lloyd, Brad Dourif and Danny DeVito) and won all the major awards: Best Picture, Actor, Actress, Director and Screenplay.


 
Friday, August 24 Taxi Driver 1976 / 113 min. / R / CC


After being discharged from the Vietnam-era Marines, Travis Bickle (Robert De Niro) drives a taxi in New York City. He's a loner who forms attachments to inappropriate women-a  presidential campaign worker (Cybill Shepherd) and a 15 year old prostitute (Jodie Foster), whom he wants to protect. Pushed over the edge by their rejections, he begins to stalk the corrupt, sleazy guys who employ them. Martin Scorsese directs this thriller as black comedy.


 
Friday, August 31 Chinatown 1974 / 130 min. / R / CC


In a story based on the early twentieth century California Water Wars, private eye Jake Gittes (Jack Nicholson) takes a job following a Department of Water and Power engineer-who soon turns up dead. Immediately, Gittes is led by the engineer's widow (Faye Dunaway) to peel away layer after layer of corruption and mystery surrounding her husband's death. Directed by Roman Polanski, Chinatown is another of our greatest-and most beautifully shot-films.


 
September 2018
About Workers' Movements
Friday, September 7       Matewan        1987 / 135 min. / PG-13 / CC


It's 1920 in the town of Matewan, West Virginia. When Stone Mountain Coal Company cuts the wages of rebellious coal miners and brings in African American replacements, a United Mine Workers man (Chris Cooper) arrives to organize a union. In response, the company hires private detectives to oppose the miners and to set blacks and whites against each other. Tensions boil over, leading to a historic battle. James Earl Jones plays the character who leads black miners.


 
Friday, September 14       The Help          2011 / 146 min. / PG-13 / no CC


In 1963, Aibileen Clark (Viola Davis) agrees to let aspiring writer Skeeter Phelan (Emma Stone) interview her about her experiences as a maid to white families in Jackson, Mississippi. Gradually, other maids risk their jobs to join in with their own harrowing stories, which are all intended to yield a change-making book. Great storytelling and character development make this film exceptional. The ensemble cast also includes Octavia Spencer and David Oyelowo.
 
Friday, September 21      Blue Collar      1978  / 114 min. / R / no CC


Three Detroit auto workers (Richard Pryor, Harvey Keitel & Yaphet Kotto) are buddies on and off work. They feel trapped between big industry and their do-nothing, corrupt union. They hit on a plan to rob the safe in the union office, leading to complications that lay bare the terrible predicament of working people. Written and directed by Paul Schrader (writer of Taxi Driver), who delivers an authentic, uncompromising ending. It's a very powerful film.


 
Friday, September 28      North Country       2005 / 126 min. / R / CC


Josey Aimes (Charlize Theron) flees her abusive husband with two kids to stay with her parents in her North Dakota home town. Most jobs available to her pay very little, so a friend (Frances McDormand) encourages her to apply to work in the same mine where she and Josie's father work. Josie's demeaning experiences there eventually drive her to start a legal fight with the mining company. Based on a true story, and directed by Niki Caro ("Whale Rider").

3pm to 5pm, 2090 Kittredge St. (at Shattuck)
Berkeley, CA 94704


Sam's Corner, featuring Roberta Donnay

Sam's Corner

About once a month, our own Sam Rudin takes the stage in a variety of formats. Last month he had his old band come out for some high energy blues and jazz. Tonight he will deliver some solo performances, and he will also be joined by the wonderful singer Roberta Donnay.

A long-time favorite of audiences in California and beyond, Roberta has been associated with several genres and styles of American music. For many years she has been a featured member of Dan Hicks and his Hot Licks. More recently she formed the Prohibition Mob, a terrific band dedicated to the music of the 20's and 30's. Their debut album has gotten, and continues to get, very favorable treatment from the national Jazz press, and radio stations around the country.

Tonight she will bring that same material to the more intimate setting of a piano/vocal duo. Sam, as you may know, is right at home with this old-time jazz, and they intend to have a lot of fun.

Tickets are $15 and are available in advance 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!

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


Saturday, October 13th 2018

Saturday Storytime

1pm to 2pm, Books Inc., 1491 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley


Kaori Suzuki & John Krausbauer (Oak )// Tetuzi Akiyama (JP)

Tetuzi Akiyama (JP)<br/>Kaori Suzuki & John Krausbauer (Oak)<br/><br/>Kaori Suzuki and John Krausbauer present an improvisational composition with voices, amplified strings, electronics, and bell percussion, preceded by a performance by Tetuzi Akiyama, on tour from Tokyo.

7pm to 9pm, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, 2155 Center St., Berkeley


Sunday, October 14th 2018

String Quartet Sundays ~ featuring "The Town"

1pm to 2pm, The Musical Offering, 2430 Bancroft Way, Berkeley


Pickpocket Ensemble (John Slattery)

3pm to 5pm, Maybeck Studio, 1537 Euclid Ave, Berkeley


Electric Squeezebox Orchestra

The Electric Squeezebox Orchestra (CJC Resident Artists) is a 17-piece big band led by Erik Jekabson and features many of the best players and arrangers in the Bay Area! They will be appearing Sundays at 5:30 pm through November 18th, with the Luis Manuel Quartet opening at 4:30 on September 16th.

ESO Band Members and Instrumentation: Saxes: Sheldon Brown, Larry Delacruz, Mike Zilber, Marcus Stephens, Charlie Gurke; Trombones: Rob Ewing, Danny Lubin-Laden, Patrick Malabuyo, Rich Lee; Trumpets: Erik Andrews, Erik Jekabson, Darren Johnston, Andrew Stephens; Piano: Steve Blum; Guitar: Jordan Samuels; Bass: Peter Barshay; Drums: Jeff Marrs

Artist Bio: The Electric 18th Orchestra is the Bay Area's own 17-piece big band, led by trumpeter Erik Jekabson, playing music composed and arranged by its members. The composers and arrangers, some of the very best in the Bay, draw from a wide variety of influences but always come up with powerful music with groove, beauty and subtlety. The band, which started a steady Sunday residency at the California Jazz Conservatory in March, has colloborated with a number of special guest artists, including John Santos, Kenny Washington, Alan Ferber, Dayna Stephens, Mads Tolling, Sandy Cressman, Kellye Gray, Avotcja, Spok and Ben Goldberg.

Artist Website: http://www.electricsqueezeboxorchestra.com
Facebook Link: https://www.facebook.com/Electricsqueezeboxorchestra/
Doors Open: 3:30 PM     Starts: 4:30 PM     Ends: 7:00 PM

4:30pm to 7pm, Rendon Hall/Fiddler Annex @ California Jazz Conservatory 2040 Addison Street, Berkeley


From Troubador to Tango, works by D'Arcy Reynolds, Ann Callaway, Peter Josheff, Allen Shearer and Claudia Stevens

Sonic Harvest 18 promises the premiere of guest composer D'Arcy Reynolds' Tangria, songs by Ann Callaway, the premiere of a work by Peter Josheff for spoken voice and piano as well as his violin solo September. And more premieres: a song cycle by Allen Shearer and Claudia Stevens' solo performance referencing Beethoven's politics. Stellar guest performers will appear alongside our composers/performers. For all the details, click on the Program 18 tab.


And plan to join us for another feast of new music!

For more information call (510) 654-8651
or email harvestsonic@gmail.com
Admission $20 general, $15 students/seniors/disabled persons.
Tickets sold at the door only. Wheelchair accessible.
Parking available in the Underhill fee lot (under the playing field). Enter from Haste or Channing.

8pm to 10pm, Berkeley Piano Club, 2724 Haste Street, Berkeley


Tuesday, October 16th 2018

Freight Open Mic

The longest running open stage in the Bay Area now has free admission! Our Open Mic has brought in some of our brightest performers, including Shawn Colvin, Dana Carvey, Alvin Youngblood Hart, and Patrick Landeza. The audience is friendly - and people actually listen! So come on down and join the fun. All performers welcome.

HERE'S HOW IT WORKS:

- Doors open at 7pm, lottery for performance spots is held at 7:20. The show starts promptly at 7:30.

- Admission is free for all.

- Solo performers get to play one song; groups get to play two songs. Management reserves the right to award a performer an extra song now and then, for any reason management deems appropriate.

- Please be ready to perform when your turn comes up. Please limit your introduction to 30 seconds.

Tune up, drop in, go on!

PLEASE NOTE: Your RSVP does not enter you into the lottery drawing for a performance spot.

7:30pm to 9:30pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street


Wednesday, October 17th 2018

Craig & MacGregor Band

Join The Craig & MacGregor Band for an evening of "Not Just Jazz," cheap drinks, good friends, and complimentary food from Bacheesos on Telegraph. Bar opens at 6:30pm | Music

7pm to 11pm, The Marsh Cabaret, 2120 Allston Way, Berkeley


Lyrics & Dirges: A Monthly Reading Series

Lyrics and Dirges is our flagship monthly reading series featuring a mix of prominent, emerging and beginning writers. Its 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 Mk Chavez, Sharon Coleman, and Lark Omura.

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


Thursday, October 18th 2018

Free Live Jazz

4:30pm to 6:30pm, The Musical Offering, 2430 Bancroft Way, Berkeley


Cleo Wade's Courageous Love Tour

Graduate Hotels® Presents Cleo Wade's Courageous Love Tour: Creating a Braver Connection with Yourself and Your Community.

Join poet and activist Cleo Wade for community-building events centered around connecting more deeply with yourself and the people around you. All events are open to the public. Please bring a notebook and pen, we will also have notebooks available for purchase on site.

Pegasus Books is the onsite bookseller.


Register here.

6pm to 8pm, Graduate Berkeley 2600 Durant Ave Berkeley


Sad Animal Babies with Brooke Barber

Baby animals don't play with toys. They don't have favorite colors. And they don't learn songs unless it's for self-defense.

Come learn about the adorably sad lives of newborn animals with New York Times Bestselling author and illustrator Brooke Barker as she talks about her second book, Sad Animal Babies. You'll laugh until you cry, and you'll take home an autographed drawing of your favorite animal.

No one ever said it was easy being young, and it's especially true if you're a little creature out in the jungles, forests, deserts, and oceans of the big, bad world. Following on the success of her Instagram feed and first book, Sad Animal Facts, Brooke Barker continues her examination of the various foibles and pitfalls of the zoological world, but with its fledgling members this time around. Featuring more than 100 entries, the book is organized into the categories of Mammals, Birds, Reptiles, Amphibians, Insects & Miscellaneous Invertebrates, Marsupials, Fish, and Aquatic Mammals. Every animal gets a hand-drawn image, an informative caption, and a wry quotation, and in the back, there's an appendix with further zoological details and humor to flesh out each entry. Between a great track record, a consistently engaged and growing following, and the universal appeal of cute little baby animals, Barker's next book could be her biggest.


Brooke Barker is an American writer and illustrator living in Amsterdam. She has been obsessed with animals ever since she learned she wasn't one. Her first book, Sad Animal Facts, is a New York Times and Los Angeles Times best-seller, and has been published in countless languages if you can't count higher than five. Her work has been published in the Guardian, the Observer, and Lenny Letter, and she has illustrated for Coca-Cola and Nike. She and her husband Boaz are the creators of the It's Different Every Day calendar.

Free and no tickets required, seats are first come first served.

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


Friday, October 19th 2018

Super Cinema @Central

August 2018
Pictures from the Tumultuous 70s
Friday, August 3   The Last Picture Show 1971 / 118 min. / R / CC


The time is 1951 in a tiny Texas town. A diner, a pool hall and the Royal movie theater are the only places to go, "except to bed," critic Roger Ebert wryly comments in his review. Best friends Sonny (Timothy Bottoms) and Duane (Jeff Bridges) lust after a phony rich girl (Cybill Shepherd). Adults mostly guard their secrets. In the end, loss shakes loose some authentic emotion from the friends. Cloris Leachman and Ellen Burstyn are superb in supporting roles.


 
Friday, August 10   A Woman Under the Influence 1974 / 155 min. / R / CC


An LA housewife and mother, Mabel (Gena Rowlands), is unpredictable, sometimes volatile, sometimes overly friendly, to the extent that her construction worker husband, Nick (Peter Falk), wonders about her ability to handle the life they lead. Stellar performances from both leads make this an essential movie experience. Gena Rowlands won several Best Actress awards for it. The writer-director, John Cassavettes, is an icon of independent film.


 
Friday, August 17 One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest     1975 / 133 min. / R / CC


Considered to be among the greatest films ever, Cuckoo's Nest is the story of a funny and often satisfying power struggle between a cocky recidivist felon (Jack Nicholson) and an authoritarian mental hospital nurse (Louise Fletcher). It's based on a Ken Kesey novel, boasts a near perfect ensemble cast (including Christopher Lloyd, Brad Dourif and Danny DeVito) and won all the major awards: Best Picture, Actor, Actress, Director and Screenplay.


 
Friday, August 24 Taxi Driver 1976 / 113 min. / R / CC


After being discharged from the Vietnam-era Marines, Travis Bickle (Robert De Niro) drives a taxi in New York City. He's a loner who forms attachments to inappropriate women-a  presidential campaign worker (Cybill Shepherd) and a 15 year old prostitute (Jodie Foster), whom he wants to protect. Pushed over the edge by their rejections, he begins to stalk the corrupt, sleazy guys who employ them. Martin Scorsese directs this thriller as black comedy.


 
Friday, August 31 Chinatown 1974 / 130 min. / R / CC


In a story based on the early twentieth century California Water Wars, private eye Jake Gittes (Jack Nicholson) takes a job following a Department of Water and Power engineer-who soon turns up dead. Immediately, Gittes is led by the engineer's widow (Faye Dunaway) to peel away layer after layer of corruption and mystery surrounding her husband's death. Directed by Roman Polanski, Chinatown is another of our greatest-and most beautifully shot-films.


 
September 2018
About Workers' Movements
Friday, September 7       Matewan        1987 / 135 min. / PG-13 / CC


It's 1920 in the town of Matewan, West Virginia. When Stone Mountain Coal Company cuts the wages of rebellious coal miners and brings in African American replacements, a United Mine Workers man (Chris Cooper) arrives to organize a union. In response, the company hires private detectives to oppose the miners and to set blacks and whites against each other. Tensions boil over, leading to a historic battle. James Earl Jones plays the character who leads black miners.


 
Friday, September 14       The Help          2011 / 146 min. / PG-13 / no CC


In 1963, Aibileen Clark (Viola Davis) agrees to let aspiring writer Skeeter Phelan (Emma Stone) interview her about her experiences as a maid to white families in Jackson, Mississippi. Gradually, other maids risk their jobs to join in with their own harrowing stories, which are all intended to yield a change-making book. Great storytelling and character development make this film exceptional. The ensemble cast also includes Octavia Spencer and David Oyelowo.
 
Friday, September 21      Blue Collar      1978  / 114 min. / R / no CC


Three Detroit auto workers (Richard Pryor, Harvey Keitel & Yaphet Kotto) are buddies on and off work. They feel trapped between big industry and their do-nothing, corrupt union. They hit on a plan to rob the safe in the union office, leading to complications that lay bare the terrible predicament of working people. Written and directed by Paul Schrader (writer of Taxi Driver), who delivers an authentic, uncompromising ending. It's a very powerful film.


 
Friday, September 28      North Country       2005 / 126 min. / R / CC


Josey Aimes (Charlize Theron) flees her abusive husband with two kids to stay with her parents in her North Dakota home town. Most jobs available to her pay very little, so a friend (Frances McDormand) encourages her to apply to work in the same mine where she and Josie's father work. Josie's demeaning experiences there eventually drive her to start a legal fight with the mining company. Based on a true story, and directed by Niki Caro ("Whale Rider").

3pm to 5pm, 2090 Kittredge St. (at Shattuck)
Berkeley, CA 94704


David Wilson, violin;Barbara Blaker Krumdieck, cello; and Katherine Heater, harpsichord "Joyful Mysteries" - Biber's Scordatura Sonatas and More

David Wilson, the Bay Area's primo Biber Wizard, brings us highlights of H. I. F. Biber's extraordinary "Rosary Sonatas" (aka "Mystery Sonatas"; the title page is missing, so no-one knows what Biber meant to call them, but that hasn't stopped a lot of musicologists spending a lot of time learnedly speculating about it).  He has assembled an all-star continuo cast (Barbara Blaker Krumdieck, cello; and Katherine Heater, harpsichord) who both bring their own virtuosic abilities to the party.

Biber was way ahead of Joni Mitchell in inventing radical new tunings, and although he didn't invent as many as Ms. Mitchell, he did also invent radically new fiddle techniques, which apparently only he could play (that was then; David has caught up with him, clearly).  Prepare to be amazed.

Friday, October 19, 2018, 6.00 pm
 94704
All tickets $15
18 and under admitted free and welcome.
Tickets at the door or reserve online (recommended) at
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3614318

6pm to 8pm, St. Mark's Episcopal Church Parish Hall, 2300 Bancroft Way, Berkeley


Best in Show - Stories from Beyond the Shelter - A Benefit to support Berkeley Humane's Lifesaving Mission -

7:00 PM RECEPTION | 8:00 PM PROGRAM
GENERAL ADMISSION TICKETS $75
FREIGHT & SALVAGE THEATER

Join Berkeley Humane for Best in Show - Stories from Beyond the Shelter. Hosted by Dr. Michael Krasny, of the award-winning KQED Forum, this one-show performance is a live event sharing stories of the animal companions that shape our lives with love.

This evening event will feature popular local authors Julie Barton and Steven Winn. Julie Barton is a local writer and New York Times bestselling author of Dog Medicine, How My Dog Saved Me from Myself. Her story captures the anguish of depression, the slow path to recovery, the beauty of forgiveness, and the astonishing ways animals can help heal even the most broken hearts and minds. Steven Winn is a local award-winning arts journalist, fiction writer and City Arts & Lectures interviewer. Steven's book Come Back, Como: Winning the Heart of Reluctant Dog, is based on a beloved ten-part series originally published in the San Francisco Chronicle.

Rounding out the evening, the top entries of our pet storytelling contest will share their stories of how a dog or cat touched their lives. The contest winner will be awarded as Best in Show.

Tickets will be sold online and via the Freight & Salvage Theater box office. There will be a reception sponsored by Gilman Brewing Company and a silent auction before the event with all proceeds supporting Berkeley Humane.

Tickets available here: berkeleyhumane.org/bestinshow

7pm to 10pm, Freight & Salvage, 2020 Addison St Berkeley


Fandango Jarocho: Son Jarocho Jam Session

FREE -- Donations of any size are welcome and greatly appreciated!
Enjoy a lively evening of son jarocho music, dancing, and zapateado- bring your dance shoes and instruments, or just come and enjoy the music and dance! There is no entrance fee, but any monetary donations are accepted in support of programming at La Peña.

 
Son Jarocho is a lively traditional art form from the southern Mexican state of Veracruz that sits on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico.It is a lyrical and danceable music genre that formed in the melding of three cultures: Arabic-Spanish, African and indigenous Mexican.  It is at the same time highly improvised and highly structured-filled with complex poly-rhythms and musical dialogue in its dance, song, poetry and music.  The basic instrumentation of the son jarocho includes the jarana jarocha, guitarra de son (both guitar-like instruments) and zapateado (percussive footwork).  Regional variations include the harp and various percussive instrum (View Full Event Description Here: https://lapena.org/event/fandango-jarocho-jam-sessio/2018-05-18/)

8pm to 11pm, 3105 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA, 94705, United States


Saturday, October 20th 2018

Saturday Storytime

1pm to 2pm, Books Inc., 1491 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley


Possum Family Singers @ The Starry Plough Pub


Every 1st and 3rd Saturdays from 5-7. Sometimes rollickin', sometimes introspective, The Possum Family Singers bring you singer/songwriters, country, pop, old-school, new school, and special guests. Tips appreciated!

For details, link here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/possum-family-singers-the-starry-plough-pub-tickets-49237132589

5pm to 6pm, The Starry Plough Pub - 3101 Shattuck Avenue - Berkeley


Emigres & Exiles in Hollywood

E4TT's first self-presented concert in their eleventh season is a wonderful program of rarely heard classical compositions by composers who fled a conflict-ridden Europe in the 1930s and `40s-some, such as Franz Waxman (1905-1967), Alexandre Tansman (1897-1986), Erich Korngold (1897-1957), John Williams' teacher Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco (1895-1968)and Miklós Rozsa (1907-1995), going on to win multiple Academy Awards and create the characteristic Hollywood sound that shaped what we hear at the movies today, and others, such as twelve-tone composer Arnold Schoenberg (1874-1945) and Ernst Toch (1987-1964), continuing their role as seminal composers and major teachers and deeply influencing the course of classical music in the U.S. The program will also include selections from E4TT's April 6, 2018 release, "The Hungarians: from Rozsa to Justus," which won a Gold Medal in the 2018 Global Music Awards, and will be the focus of E4TT's November tour to UCLA and the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust.

Repertory
Mazurkas by Polish composer Alexandre Tansman (Paris Underground)
Op. 31 #3 (Der "Jongleur," 1923) for piano by Austrian-American composer Ernst Toch
"Chant hébraique" (1928) arranged for cello and piano, by Italian-American Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco (And Then There Were None, Time Out of Mind)
Selections from "November" for solo piano by Austrian-AmericanEric Zeisl (Above Suspicion, The Looters)
Songs by Austrian-American Arnold Schoenberg and German/Polish-American Franz Waxman (A Place in the Sun, Sunset Boulevard)
Songs by David Garner (2012-13, from E4TT's award-winning first CD, "Surviving: Women's Words
Serenade from Der Schneeman (1909) for cello and piano, by Czech-American prodigy Erich Korngold (The Adventures of Robin Hood)
Duo Op. 8 for cello and piano (1931) by Hungarian-American composer Miklos Rozsa (Ben Hur, Spellbound, and A Double Life
Vocalise (1995) by German-American Andre Previn (My Fair Lady, Irma La Douce, Gigi)
Performers
Nanette McGuinness, soprano; Anne Lerner-Wright, cello; Xin Zhao, guest pianist
Composer Audio Samples available at http://www.E4TT.org/exiles.html

Cost: Students - $5 Seniors - $20 Adults - $30

7:30pm to 9pm, Berkeley Piano Club, 2724 Haste Street Berkeley


Sunday, October 21st 2018

String Quartet Sundays ~ featuring "The Town"

1pm to 2pm, The Musical Offering, 2430 Bancroft Way, Berkeley


Cuban Rumba Jam

Free/Donations Encouraged 
The Sunday Lounge Rumba has been going on at La Peña for the past 12 years and we want to see it continue. We highly encourage attendees to donate online to ensure that we keep this community event alive!
Folkloric Afro-Cuban Rhythm & Dance Every 1st & 3rd Sunday!
Come enjoy the Afro-Cuban folkloric drums, dances, and songs of rumba. Rumba is the word used for a group of related, community-oriented, music and dance styles in Cuba. Rumba developed in rural Cuba, with strong influences from African drumming and Spanish poetry and singing.  


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3pm to 5pm, La Peña Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley


Electric Squeezebox Orchestra

The Electric Squeezebox Orchestra (CJC Resident Artists) is a 17-piece big band led by Erik Jekabson and features many of the best players and arrangers in the Bay Area! They will be appearing Sundays at 5:30 pm through November 18th, with the Luis Manuel Quartet opening at 4:30 on September 16th.

ESO Band Members and Instrumentation: Saxes: Sheldon Brown, Larry Delacruz, Mike Zilber, Marcus Stephens, Charlie Gurke; Trombones: Rob Ewing, Danny Lubin-Laden, Patrick Malabuyo, Rich Lee; Trumpets: Erik Andrews, Erik Jekabson, Darren Johnston, Andrew Stephens; Piano: Steve Blum; Guitar: Jordan Samuels; Bass: Peter Barshay; Drums: Jeff Marrs

Artist Bio: The Electric 18th Orchestra is the Bay Area's own 17-piece big band, led by trumpeter Erik Jekabson, playing music composed and arranged by its members. The composers and arrangers, some of the very best in the Bay, draw from a wide variety of influences but always come up with powerful music with groove, beauty and subtlety. The band, which started a steady Sunday residency at the California Jazz Conservatory in March, has colloborated with a number of special guest artists, including John Santos, Kenny Washington, Alan Ferber, Dayna Stephens, Mads Tolling, Sandy Cressman, Kellye Gray, Avotcja, Spok and Ben Goldberg.

Artist Website: http://www.electricsqueezeboxorchestra.com
Facebook Link: https://www.facebook.com/Electricsqueezeboxorchestra/
Doors Open: 3:30 PM     Starts: 4:30 PM     Ends: 7:00 PM

4:30pm to 7pm, Rendon Hall/Fiddler Annex @ California Jazz Conservatory 2040 Addison Street, Berkeley


Monday, October 22nd 2018

The Legacy of 1968: Global to Local with Activist-scholars

Anselm Jappe was born in Bonn in 1962. He is an independent scholar currently teaching art history and political and economic theory at the Collège International de Philosophie in Paris and at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Sassari in Sardinia. He is the author of several works of critical theory. A collection of his essays translated by Alastair Hemmens is The Writing on the Wall: On the Decomposition of Capitalism and Its Critics. He is author of the first and best intellectual biography, Guy Debord (PM Press, 2018).

Born in Manchester, England, Donald Nicholson-Smith is a longtime resident of New York City. A sometime Situationist (1965-67), he has translated Guy Debord's The Society of the Spectacle (Zone) and Henri Lefebvre's The Production of Space (Blackwell), as well as works by Guillaume Apollinaire, Antonin Artaud, Jean-Patrick Manchette, Thierry Jonquet, Paco Ignacio Taibo II, etc. His film work includes the English-language version of René Viénet's anti-Maoist classic Peking Duck Soup (1977). His newest translated works include Jappe's Guy Debord, and Vaneigem's Letters to My Children and the Children of the World to Come and The Revolution of Everyday Life.

Mat Callahan is a musician and author originally from San Francisco, where he founded Komotion International. He is the author of three books, Sex, Death & the Angry Young Man, Testimony, and The Trouble with Music, editor of Songs of Freedom: The James Connolly Songbook, and The Explosion of Deferred Dreams: Musical Renaissance and Social Revolution in San Francisco, 1965-1975. He currently resides in Bern, Switzerland.

George Katsiaficas lives in Gwangju, South Korea, and in Ocean Beach, California. A student of Herbert Marcuse, he is the author of The Subversion of Politics (AK Press) and the two-volume Asia's Unknown Uprisings (PM Press). Together with Kathleen Cleaver, he coedited Liberation, Imagination, and the Black Panther Party (Routledge). His newest work is the updated edition of The Global Imagination of 1968: Revolution and Counterrevolution (PM Press, 2018).

7:30pm to 8:30pm, Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Ave, Berkeley


Wednesday, October 24th 2018

Storytime on Solano: Imagination Flannel Boards

Boards Bring your little ones to Pegasus on Solano for a fun, interactive, and educational morning. Imagination Flannel Boards will be on hand to share stories and songs that spark your children's imagination. They will engage with the storyteller through singing, repetition, and movement. They will cheer when the ducklings find their mother and laugh when the Old Lady swallows a cow! Every 4th of the month at Pegasus Books Solano.

10:30am to 11:30am, Pegasus Books Solano 1855 Solano Ave, Berkeley


Thursday, October 25th 2018

Free Live Jazz

4:30pm to 6:30pm, The Musical Offering, 2430 Bancroft Way, Berkeley


Betsy Mason presents All Over the Map

Betsy Masons presents All Over the Map: A Cartographic Oddysey.

Created for map lovers by map lovers, this rich book explores the intriguing stories behind maps across history and illuminates how the art of cartography thrives today.

ABOUT ALL OVER THE MAP

In this visually stunning book, award-winning journalists Betsy Mason and Greg Miller-authors of the National Geographic cartography blog "All Over the Map"-explore the intriguing stories behind maps from a wide variety of cultures, civilizations, and time periods. Based on interviews with scores of leading cartographers, curators, historians, and scholars, this is a remarkable selection of fascinating and unusual maps.

This diverse compendium includes ancient maps of dragon-filled seas, elaborate graphics picturing unseen concepts and forces from inside Earth to outer space, devious maps created by spies, and maps from pop culture such as the schematics to the Death Star and a map of Westeros from Game of Thrones. If your brain craves maps-and Mason and Miller would say it does, whether you know it or not-this eye-opening visual feast will inspire and delight.

Betsy Mason is a freelance science journalist and former geologist based in the San Francisco Bay Area. She was a Knight Science Journalism Fellow at MIT for 2015-16. Before that Mason was the online science editor for Wired, where she founded the Wired Science Blogs Network and co-authored the Map Lab blog with Greg Miller. She and Miller also co-author the National Geographic blog All Over the Map (see older posts here and follow the blog on Twitter here).

When she's not writing about maps, Mason covers science and makes excuses to write about beer.

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


Friday, October 26th 2018

Super Cinema @Central

August 2018
Pictures from the Tumultuous 70s
Friday, August 3   The Last Picture Show 1971 / 118 min. / R / CC


The time is 1951 in a tiny Texas town. A diner, a pool hall and the Royal movie theater are the only places to go, "except to bed," critic Roger Ebert wryly comments in his review. Best friends Sonny (Timothy Bottoms) and Duane (Jeff Bridges) lust after a phony rich girl (Cybill Shepherd). Adults mostly guard their secrets. In the end, loss shakes loose some authentic emotion from the friends. Cloris Leachman and Ellen Burstyn are superb in supporting roles.


 
Friday, August 10   A Woman Under the Influence 1974 / 155 min. / R / CC


An LA housewife and mother, Mabel (Gena Rowlands), is unpredictable, sometimes volatile, sometimes overly friendly, to the extent that her construction worker husband, Nick (Peter Falk), wonders about her ability to handle the life they lead. Stellar performances from both leads make this an essential movie experience. Gena Rowlands won several Best Actress awards for it. The writer-director, John Cassavettes, is an icon of independent film.


 
Friday, August 17 One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest     1975 / 133 min. / R / CC


Considered to be among the greatest films ever, Cuckoo's Nest is the story of a funny and often satisfying power struggle between a cocky recidivist felon (Jack Nicholson) and an authoritarian mental hospital nurse (Louise Fletcher). It's based on a Ken Kesey novel, boasts a near perfect ensemble cast (including Christopher Lloyd, Brad Dourif and Danny DeVito) and won all the major awards: Best Picture, Actor, Actress, Director and Screenplay.


 
Friday, August 24 Taxi Driver 1976 / 113 min. / R / CC


After being discharged from the Vietnam-era Marines, Travis Bickle (Robert De Niro) drives a taxi in New York City. He's a loner who forms attachments to inappropriate women-a  presidential campaign worker (Cybill Shepherd) and a 15 year old prostitute (Jodie Foster), whom he wants to protect. Pushed over the edge by their rejections, he begins to stalk the corrupt, sleazy guys who employ them. Martin Scorsese directs this thriller as black comedy.


 
Friday, August 31 Chinatown 1974 / 130 min. / R / CC


In a story based on the early twentieth century California Water Wars, private eye Jake Gittes (Jack Nicholson) takes a job following a Department of Water and Power engineer-who soon turns up dead. Immediately, Gittes is led by the engineer's widow (Faye Dunaway) to peel away layer after layer of corruption and mystery surrounding her husband's death. Directed by Roman Polanski, Chinatown is another of our greatest-and most beautifully shot-films.


 
September 2018
About Workers' Movements
Friday, September 7       Matewan        1987 / 135 min. / PG-13 / CC


It's 1920 in the town of Matewan, West Virginia. When Stone Mountain Coal Company cuts the wages of rebellious coal miners and brings in African American replacements, a United Mine Workers man (Chris Cooper) arrives to organize a union. In response, the company hires private detectives to oppose the miners and to set blacks and whites against each other. Tensions boil over, leading to a historic battle. James Earl Jones plays the character who leads black miners.


 
Friday, September 14       The Help          2011 / 146 min. / PG-13 / no CC


In 1963, Aibileen Clark (Viola Davis) agrees to let aspiring writer Skeeter Phelan (Emma Stone) interview her about her experiences as a maid to white families in Jackson, Mississippi. Gradually, other maids risk their jobs to join in with their own harrowing stories, which are all intended to yield a change-making book. Great storytelling and character development make this film exceptional. The ensemble cast also includes Octavia Spencer and David Oyelowo.
 
Friday, September 21      Blue Collar      1978  / 114 min. / R / no CC


Three Detroit auto workers (Richard Pryor, Harvey Keitel & Yaphet Kotto) are buddies on and off work. They feel trapped between big industry and their do-nothing, corrupt union. They hit on a plan to rob the safe in the union office, leading to complications that lay bare the terrible predicament of working people. Written and directed by Paul Schrader (writer of Taxi Driver), who delivers an authentic, uncompromising ending. It's a very powerful film.


 
Friday, September 28      North Country       2005 / 126 min. / R / CC


Josey Aimes (Charlize Theron) flees her abusive husband with two kids to stay with her parents in her North Dakota home town. Most jobs available to her pay very little, so a friend (Frances McDormand) encourages her to apply to work in the same mine where she and Josie's father work. Josie's demeaning experiences there eventually drive her to start a legal fight with the mining company. Based on a true story, and directed by Niki Caro ("Whale Rider").

3pm to 5pm, 2090 Kittredge St. (at Shattuck)
Berkeley, CA 94704


7th Annual Cross Cultural Concert with Gamelan Sekar Jaya and Purnamasari


GSJ Angklung and Dance with Purnamasari at La Peña

$15 (online at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/7th-annual-cross-cultural-concert-with-game... for advance, discount to seniors, students, disabled and kids 12 yrs old or younger)
$20 (regular, at the door)

The 7th annual cross cultural concert showcases the Balinese traditional music and dance of Gamelan Sekar Jaya's Angklung and Dance ensembles, and the dynamic fusion of gamelan and guitars by the group Purnamasari. Gamelan Sekar Jaya's Angklung ensemble presents the fluid grace of traditional repertoire in a bright and rhythmically intricate musical landscape of gongs, drums, metallophones and flutes. Tuned to a four-tone scale in slendro tuning, the music is complemented by the elaborate costumes and dramatic movements of Sekar Jaya's dance ensemble. Details of music and dance are tightly coordinated, expressing an ideal of unity that is sought in every gesture, nuance, expression, phrase, and rhythmic change.

Purnamasari performs cross-cultural music featuring Indonesian gamelan instruments and musical techniques fused with guitar based songs, with choreographed movements drawn from Balinese dance vocabulary. This concert premieres songs from The Weaver, a new work telling a story of 3 generations of an Indonesian family in song, dance and spoken word. (www.lisagraciano.com/purnamasari)


For details, link here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/7th-annual-cross-cultural-concert-with-gamelan-sekar-jaya-and-purnamasari-tickets-48752474965

8pm to 10pm, La Pena Cultural Center - 3105 Shattuck Ave - Berkeley, CA 94705


Saturday, October 27th 2018

Saturday Storytime

1pm to 2pm, Books Inc., 1491 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley


Sideband

Sideband is an electroacoustic ensemble, comprised of composer-performers dedicated to exploring the potential of the laptop orchestra. Read more at http://www.cnmat.berkeley.edu/events/sideband

8pm to 10pm, CNMAT Center for New Music and Audio Technologies, 1750 Arch St, Berkeley


Sunday, October 28th 2018

String Quartet Sundays ~ featuring "The Town"

1pm to 2pm, The Musical Offering, 2430 Bancroft Way, Berkeley


Vocal and Chamber Music by William Ludtke

Featuring Elizabeth Baker, Michael Jones, Bradley Kynard, Nanette McGuinness, and Paul Rhodes

Free Admission with Suggested Donation.

All proceeds will go toward The Handel Opera Project.

2pm to 5pm, 2601 Durant Avenue, Berkeley


Starry Plough Old Time Sessions! @ The Starry Plough Pub

For details, link here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/starry-plough-old-time-sessions-the-starry-plough-pub-tickets-49237194775

4pm to 5pm, The Starry Plough Pub - 3101 Shattuck Avenue - Berkeley


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