Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar


To Have and Have Not

Friday, November 9 To Have and Have Not 1944 / 100 min. / NR

Based on the Ernest Hemingway novel and directed by Howard Hawks, this is a romantic adventure drama that centers on Harry Morgan (Humphrey Bogart), a fishing boat captain in the Vichy France-controlled colony of Martinique. A very young Lauren Bacall plays Slim, a steamy American singer who seduces Morgan ("You know how to whistle, don't you?") When Morgan reluctantly agrees to use his boat to rescue Resistance fighters, will Slim stand by him

Nov 9, 3pm to 5pm, 2090 Kittredge St. (at Shattuck), Berkeley, CA 94704


Lucrecia Martel,
(115 mins)
The latest feature from acclaimed director Martel is a glimpse into the colonial abyss, adapted from a famed Argentine novel about a Spanish officer in a remote proto-Paraguayan outpost. "Perplexing and thrilling in equal measure" (Variety).

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Nov 9, 4pm to 6pm, BAMPFA

Taylor Lockwood - Greatest Hits and Latest Clips

Taylor Lockwood comes to 'University Press Books' on his final tour with a show covering highlights of his 34 year mushroom adventure career, many new photos since the last tour in 2014, and new animations of beautiful and bioluminescent mushrooms.

He is the author of two books and several video programs including two popular educational mushroom DVDs, The Mushroom Identification Trilogy, and The Good, the Bad, and the Deadly.

Taylor Lockwood grew up near Seattle in an art-aware environment and took to music at an early age. After high school he entered the University of Washington College of Architecture, but by the time he was 21 he was playing several musical instruments and soon moved to California to start a band.After spending several years in the San Francisco Bay Area, he moved to Los Angeles. Then after three bands and seven years of heat and smog, he set out looking for a cooler and greener place to live. In December 1984, in the middle of the rainy season, he moved to Mendocino, California. In his first week there, he "discovered" mushrooms, bought a camera, and started taking photos. After a year of customizing his equipment and focusing his direction, he presented his first slide show for the Los Angeles Mycological Society annual fair. Since then, he has taken thousands of photos and done hundreds of shows in the U.S. and around the world.In 1996, Taylor bought a computer and learned quickly how to work with graphics programs in order to "spread the word" about the beauty of this facet of nature. Praise for his work and vision to promote the beauty of mushrooms has gained him acclaim with mycologists, mushroom enthusiasts, photography critics, and nature lovers around the world.

His work has appeared in the National Geographic Magazine, the New York Times, the Washington Post, National Wildlife Federation Magazine, Scholastic, Scientific American and many other publications. His photo of a bioluminescent mushroom was the first mushroom photo ever put onto a US postage stamp. Like many other amateur and professional mycologists, Taylor is a pioneer in the discovery and appreciation of mushrooms and other fungi.

Nov 9, 5pm to 7pm, University Press Books, 2430 Bancroft Way, Berkeley

Before the Deluge: More Shockingly Elegant French Music from Marais to Rameau by way of Forqueray

HALLIFAX & JEFFREY (Peter Hallifax and Julie Jeffrey, viols) with ANDREW CANEPA, harpsichord

Before the Deluge: More Shockingly Elegant French Music from Marais to Rameau by way of Forqueray

They're Back!  Barefoot's House Band, with the fabulous addition of Andy Canepa, harpsichord, bring you the fruits of their latest foraging in the sun-kissed fields of French Musical Elegance.   As well as Marais and Forqueray, they have found some rare arrangements of Rameau, and even some amazingly doleful Couperin.  In a year (2018-19 season) when none of the Bay Area soi-disant early music organizations are presenting any French baroque music at all, Barefoot's November concert is your home-grown island of overwhelming French elegance.

All tickets $15
18 and under admitted free and welcome.
Tickets at the door or reserve online (recommended) at

Nov 9, 6pm to 8pm, St. Mark's Episcopal Church Parish Hall, 2300 Bancroft Way, Berkeley

MY Word Open Mic

Nov 9, 7pm to 9:30pm, Cafe Leila, 1336, 1724 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Police, Adjective

Police, Adjective
(Politist, adj.)
Corneliu Porumboiu
Romania, 2009
In Conversation

Corneliu Porumboiu
Mona NicoarÄf

Mona NicoarÄf is a documentary filmmaker, writer, film curator, and activist. Her documentary Our School won the top prize at AFI SilverDocs in 2011. She has contributed to periodicals including Harper's Bazaar and The Guardian as well as human rights publications.


Dragos Bucur, Vlad Ivanov, Ion Stocia, Irina Saulescu,

The language of law, as witnessed and experienced by police, supervisors, and "criminals," is dissected in this extraordinary work. Cristi is a decent beat cop tailing a clueless, unthreatening teenager around town and has plenty of time to ponder why his supervisors are unleashing the full weight of the law against an ordinary teen. The film's first half, shot on the streets of contemporary Romania, documents a society between ruin and repair; the final section, a bravura long take of Cristi's confrontation with his supervisors, is a philosophical examination of how the language of law is defined-and controlled, by those in power-through the laws of language.
Jason Sanders

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Nov 9, 7pm to 9pm, The UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, 2155 Center St, Berkeley

L.A. Kauffman discusses How to Read a Protest

When millions of people took to the streets for the 2017 Women's Marches, there was an unmistakable air of uprising, a sense that these marches were launching a powerful new movement to resist a dangerous presidency. But the work that protests do often can't be seen in the moment. It feels empowering to march, and record numbers of Americans have joined anti-Trump demonstrations, but when and why does marching matter? What exactly do protests do, and how do they help movements win?

In this original and richly illustrated account, organizer and journalist L.A. Kauffman delves into the history of America's major demonstrations, beginning with the legendary 1963 March on Washington, to reveal the ways protests work and how their character has shifted over time. Using the signs that demonstrators carry as clues to how protests are organized, Kauffman explores the nuanced relationship between the way movements are made and the impact they have. How to Read a Protest sheds new light on the catalytic power of collective action and the decentralized, bottom-up, women-led model for organizing that has transformed what movements look like and what they can accomplish.

L.A. Kauffman has been a grassroots organizer and movement journalist for more than thirty-five years. She was the mobilizing coordinator for some of the largest demonstrations in U.S. history-the massive Iraq antiwar protests of 2003 and 2004-and has played key roles in many other movements and campaigns. Kauffman's writings on organizing and resistance have appeared in The Guardian, n+1, Frieze, and numerous other publications, and she is the author of Direct Action: Protest and the Reinvention of American Radicalism.

"L.A. Kauffman is one of the people I look to most for the big picture about American activism-where it's been, where it's going, what works, who's doing the work, and why. For How to Read a Protest, you could paraphrase George Orwell to say that those who remember the past understand the present, and those who understand the present (sometimes) shape the future. This swift-moving book equips us all to do exactly that, as it revises and deepens and corrects what we know about past social movements in America and appraises what has made the women-led, grassroots resistance to Trump unlike any movement that came before. The next chapter is something we will all write together if and when we rise to the promise and the legacy of the radical past that Kauffman so ably describes."-Rebecca Solnit, author of Hope in the Dark: Untold Histories, Wild Possibilities

"Kauffman's new book offers critical historical analysis and strategic insights, raising provocative and complex questions about the relationship between protests and movement building. Every organizer and social movement historian should read it."-Barbara Ransby, author of Making All Black Lives Matter: Reimagining Freedom in the Twenty-First Century

"How to Read a Protest is an incredible tool for understanding collective action: who is involved, how it unfolds, and what makes it successful, with special emphasis on the often-overlooked role of women in making movements and how ideas of organization and leadership have shifted. L.A. Kauffman helps us understand and interpret the reasons behind, and meanings of, protest in our time, giving us a valuable gift of insight and research."-Marina Sitrin, coauthor ofThey Can't Represent Us! Reinventing Democracy from Greece to Occupy

Nov 9, 7:30pm to 9pm, Pegasus Books Downtown, 2349 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

Stadler Gibbons Band

The Stadler Gibbons Band features the fabulous singing and playing of Mike Stadler and Mary Gibbons. Chuck Ervin drives the bass and Jon Mitguard butters it all up with steel.

Seasoned musicians all, they travel the common ground between early country and bluegrass, great storytelling and picking. Along with classic material from the past, they include original songwriting and great works from other writers toiling today to produce tomorrow's classics. The result is a soulful blend. The band features the clean, intricate harmonies of Stadler and Gibbons set on the firm foundation of Gibbons' guitar and Ervin's bass. In the spaces between, Stadler and Mitguard intertwine stunning melodies and improvisations whether on guitar, mandolin, pedal steel guitar or dobro.

"... a typically eclectic set on any number of instruments; [Michael Stadler] is one of those musicians who believes you don't have to be flashy to be good -- and he's much better than good." - Larry Kelp, East Bay Express

"[Mary Gibbons] is a strong, stylish singer, whether burning through some bluesy bluegrass or wearing out a country weeper." - Bluegrass Unlimited

Now ain't that what Country music is all about?

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Advance tickets are available at the link below, or you may purchase 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!

Nov 9, 8pm to 10pm, The Back Room, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley

Negative Press Project + Clara Blume

Negative Press Project (npp) is a (scalable) eight-piece electro-acoustic indie/art rock and jazz inspired music collective based in Oakland, Ca. The band recorded original arrangements and reimagined versions of songs associated with the late Jeff Buckley at Fantasy Studios, in Berkeley, Aa, released on Ridgeway Records Nov 2017- Negative Press Project, "Eternal Life | Jeff Buckley Songs and Sounds." The band has just recently recorded additional original material to be released as singles in 2018 and a full-length in 2019, and will be workshopping a set of ambitious unrecorded arrangements exclusively at CJC.

The Austrian singer, pianist and songwriter Clara Blume recently moved from her hometown of Vienna to the Bay Area, where she will pursue her musical career in the U.S. For the past fifteen years, Clara has been writing her own songs and performing with renowned musicians from all over the world to international recognition. Her songwriting in English and Spanish culminated in her critically-acclaimed and award-nominated debut album, Here Comes Everything. While promoting her music, Clara appeared several times on national television and was invited to tour through Europe and the U.S. Blume's recent compositions masterfully unite Spanish chanson and traditional songwriting. Her voice awakens memories of the haunting expression of one Lhasa de Sela, while her musical arrangements evoke the cinematic scope of Rodrigo Amarante. Clara will perform songs from her soon-to-be released second record, accompanied by Phill Geissler on the classical guitar, Andrew Lion on the bass + guest(s).

Ruthie Dineen - Piano/Keys
Lyle Link - Soprano/Tenor
Andrew Lion - Bass
Tony Peebles - Tenor
Rafa Postel - Trumpet
Luis Salcedo - Guitar
Isaac Schwartz - Drums
Chris Sullivan - Alto

Clara Blume - Piano/Vocals
Phillip Geissler - Nylon String Guitar
Andrew Lion - Double Bass
+ Guest(s)

Nov 9, 8pm to 10pm, Rendon Hall/Fiddler Annex @ California Jazz Conservatory 2040 Addison Street, Berkeley

StringShot Featuring Roy Rogers, Badi Assad, & Carlos Reyes

StringShot - Blues and Latin is a new collaboration of three artists: Roy Rogers (slide guitar/vocal), Badi Assad (guitar/vocal) and Carlos Reyes (violin/stringed harp).

These three artists have joined together to form a musical tour de force, blending their artistry and talents to create a new synthesis of Blues and Latin music. This unique combination of musicians - all virtuosos in their own right - features an amazing interplay and repertoire that promises to dazzle audiences!

Roy Rogers is well-known as one of the world's premier slide guitarists and often features Carlos Reyes as special guest with his touring band - "The Delta Rhythm Kings". His recorded output is extensive - for both solo recordings and those with others (Ray Manzarek and Norton Buffalo). He is also known for his work as producer for the great bluesman, John Lee Hooker. Roy is also credited for playing on numerous soundtracks for both TV and film.
Badi Assad (from Brazil) was ranked by Rolling Stone Magazine as one of the world's great guitarists. Classically trained, she has received numerous international awards in her prolific career. As a vocalist and percussionist, she is a true innovator, not only in technique but in performance. She has appeared in a variety of musical settings - from classical concerts with The Assad Brothers to jazz festivals with Pat Metheny and Larry Coryell.

Carlos Reyes is well known for his supreme virtuosity, not only on the violin but on the Paraguayan stringed harp. Classically trained as well, he has performed in many diverse genres of music worldwide - with his own band, in symphonies and featured with such artists as Steve Miller and Arturo Sandoval.

Nov 9, 8pm to 10pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley

Ifigenia in Aulide

Ars Minerva presents Ifigenia in Aulide:

Savor the modern world premiere production of Giovanni Porta's Ifigenia in Aulide, as recreated by one of the Bay Area's most exciting opera companies!

Nov 9, 8pm to 10pm, First Congregational Church, 2345 Channing Way Berkeley

Tank and the Bangas & Big Freedia, Naughty Professor

Originating in New Orleans, Tank and The Bangas' performances range from being "One of the most energetic shows you'll ever see" to "A gospel tent in Mississippi". Rummaging through their sound like a thrift store hippie, you'll find the Bangas to provoke a musical reference of Rhythmic Soul and Spoken word among other genres such as Rock, Gospel, Funk, and Folk. Combining the various musical technique among the Bangas, coupled with the instilling play on lyrics from the lead vocalist; Tank and The Bangas have quilted a unique sound that singles them as one of the most distinctive groups to come out of New Orleans.

Tank and The Bangas were formed in 2011 at an open mic set in New Orleans, centered at a shotgun house, Jerk Chicken Sam'iches and a drum set. Instantaneously this group knew that they had something that stirred crowds that cried out for original music from them. If you're from New Orleans, you know all the ingredients to make a good gumbo. Your seasonings have to mix well, your roux has to be thick, and your meat has to be cut to perfection. Tank and The Bangas are what you call a great gumbo! Group members include Tank/ Lead vocalist/Norman Spence on Bass/keyboard, Joshua Johnson/Drums, Merell Burkett/keys/ Nita Bailey/Percussion; and various other Bangas.

The scope of Big Freedia's impact is undeniable. Over the past few decades, the New Orleans native has catapulted herself from local favorite to becoming the anointed Queen of Bounce, sharing some of her high energy flavor on massive hit tracks like Beyoncé's Grammy-winning "Formation" and Drake's "Nice For What" while shaping contemporary culture by bringing twerking, shaking and wiggling to a national platform.

"I just want to inspire people to understand that New Orleans culture is very special, it's a phenomenal place and that we're on a rise to bigger and better things and we speak it through our music and everyday living down here," says Freedia, who was born and raised in the city's 3rd Ward. "The pain and suffering that we go through here in New Orleans, we take it and we flip it around."

It's the heartbeat of her Asylum Records debut 3rd Ward Bounce, a fiver-track EP releasing this June. Aerobic, ceaseless and a touch more mainstream than prior releases, the project has all the signifiers of Freedia's brand of Bounce- throbbing instrumentals, booming vocals, frenetic handclaps-with even sharper songwriting that pushes her sound into new territory. Lead single "Rent" is all attitude, rebuffing the type of people who occupy a space in your mind, while "Karaoke" featuring Lizzo pounds along with robust horns, intended to become the freewheeling type of anthem that soundtracks a night out of singing. Elsewhere, the Goldie-assisted "Play" nods to the "slay" echoed on Freedia's "Formation" collab with Beyoncé, and "Bomb" plays like a chest-thump, a nod to all that Freedia's accomplished.

Naughty Professor is an iconoclastic New Orleans-based jazz-funk sextet whose adventurous recordings and horn-charged, high-energy live performances have earned them an enthusiastic fan base, critical acclaim, and widespread attention from their musical peers.

Their diligent roadwork has established Naughty Professor as a beloved live act. Weaving together complex, inventive compositions and loose, organic improvisation, the band honors their hometown's jazz, R&B and brass-band traditions while looking to the future.

Naughty Professor raises the stakes on its new album Identity (Release date June 23rd, 2017). Where their prior four releases showcased the group's knack for self-contained instrumental experimentation, Identity finds the band teaming with a stellar assortment of more than a dozen cutting-edge collaborators, whose vocal, instrumental and compositional contributions expand the music into new musical territory.

Identity's prestigious gallery of guests includes Jurassic 5's Chali 2na, who's featured on a pair of tracks, "Darker Daze" and "Sugar Coat," which also features contributions from New Orleans legend Ivan Neville. David Shaw of the Revivalists lends his vocals on "Stray" and singer/guitarist Dexter Gilmore contributes on "I Can't Sleep At Night." Additional special collaborators include trumpet player Eric "Benny" Bloom of Lettuce, percussionist Mike Dillon, much-lauded jazz vocalist Sasha Masakowski and members of the renowned New Orleans horn outfit Soul Rebels, who turn up the brass on the album-closer "Funk 4 Lunch."

Nov 9, 8pm to 9pm, The UC Theatre Taube Family Music Hall, 2036 University Avenue, near Downtown Berkeley BART, Berkeley

TARTUFFE: a modern take on Molière's classic comedy, Nov. 9-18

The Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies Department continues its 2018-19 season with Molière's classic comedy, TARTUFFE.

Initially censored following its premiere in 1664, TARTUFFE is a bold work that is decidedly relevant today. Set in present-day Los Angeles, TARTUFFE is the story of a con man disguised as a pious spiritual leader who wheedles his way into the home of a gullible, affluent patriarch in the midst of a mid-life crisis - promptly setting the household topsy turvy. If not for the quick witted Dorine, grounded Elmire, and infinitely patient Cléante, all might be lost! Young love, lechery, deception, and delusion collide in TARTUFFE, Molière's most famous work that skewers religious hypocrisy and self-inflated egotism.

Directed by Domenique Lozano, TARTUFFE examines how power is vulnerable to manipulation by piety, hypocrisy, and gullibility. Although the French King Louis XIV privately enjoyed TARTUFFE's debut, he was persuaded to ban the play after religious leaders called Molière "a devil clothed in human flesh" and the Archbishop of Paris threatened to excommunicate anyone who attended a performance. Molière's defense argued that comedy is a physical embodiment of "the unreasonable", and so the play of reason against the irrational is the necessary subject of comedy.

"I love that it is a comedy," shares Lozano, "one that moves with lightning speed, slams characters up against each other brutally and brilliantly, and deals with a terrifying situation with humor, wit and grace."

See UC Berkeley Events calendar for more details:

Nov 9, 8pm to 9:30pm, Zellerbach Playhouse, UC Berkeley

Karen Sudjian and Jim Davidson

Nov 9, 8pm to 10pm, Caffè Chiave, 2500 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Rolling Thunder

Rolling Thunder brings a kaleidoscopic appreciation of Bob Dylan.  Take one "Blonde on Blonde" song.  Add a large spoon full of Grateful Dead essence, Van Morrison passion, and Dr. John's Cajun hot sauce. And shake!  Ahhh....
You got it.  We take the songs of Dylan, the Dead and others and make them our own.
Multi-talented Berkeley singer Zoe Carter brings us delicious lead vocals and harmonies. Brian Bloom, spicy vocals and bad-ass guitar work.  Oakland's Steve Capper on the keys and Martin Gran's guitar bring the RnB and soul sensibilities.  Our S.F. bass and drum duo, Charlie McCoy and Joe Mockus, lock down the rhythm and keep the groove going non-stop.  And finally, harmonica virtuoso Paul Herzoff and siren whistle savant John Bock bring divine color and texture. 

Come see for yourself.

Doors at 8:00 pm; Show at 8:30 pm
Tickets are $15 Advance / $18 Day of Show
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Nov 9, 8:30pm to 11:30pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Andre Nickatina, Philthy Rich, Husalah, J.Lately

Andre Nickatina is an American underground hardcore rapper from San Francisco, California who has been an active participant in the underground hip hop scene since the early 1990s.

Andre Nickatina first appeared on the Bay Area rap scene in 1993 under the name Dre Dog as a member of the group I.M.P. (Ill Mannered Posse). Shortly after the release of I.M.P's Back in the Days, Nickatina released The New Jim Jones, a solo album, still under the "Dre Dog" moniker. Raven in My Eyes was the first album that he released under the name Andre Nickatina. He has since released nine solo albums, an amateur film, and several albums with fellow local rapper, Equipto. He also contributed significantly to the film and soundtrack for the 2005 documentary, The Gift.

Nickatina heads his own record label, Fillmoe Coleman Records. In 2005, he was nominated for Underground Album of the Year (2004's Bullets, Blunts In Ah Big Bankroll) and won an award as Underground Artist of the Year at the Bay Area Hip Hop Awards.

Nov 9, 8:30pm to 11:30pm, Cornerstone, 2367 Shattuck Ave (Enter On Durant), Berkeley