Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar


Noon Concert: Vocal Recital *Note: actual end time may vary.*

Nikolas Nackley, instructor
Students from the music department's vocal studies program perform

Continuing its 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.

Nov 16, 12 noon to 1pm, Hertz Concert Hall

Adam's Rib

Friday, November 16 1949 / 101 min. / NR

Married couple Garson Kanin and actress Ruth Gordon wrote the screenplay for this classic comedy. It's about married lawyers (Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn) who face off as prosecutor and defense attorney in the trial of Doris Attinger (Judy Holliday) for the attempted murder of her two-timing husband (Tom Ewell). Holliday is priceless. Directed by George Cukor, Adam's Rib is # 7 on the American Film Institute's Top Ten List of Romantic Comedies.

Nov 16, 3pm to 5pm, 2090 Kittredge St. (at Shattuck), Berkeley, CA 94704

Pasta and Opera at the Hillside Club

A benefit fundraiser for Berkeley Chamber Opera featuring popular opera selections performed by Alex Boyer (tenor), Liliane Cromer (mezzo), Eliza O'Malley (soprano), Angela Jarosz (soprano), Ellen St. Thomas (mezzo-soprano) and J.T. Williams (baritone) with Maestro Jonathan Khuner at the piano
To reserve a space for dinner go to the Fractured Atlas website and make a donation of $80 or more. Choose Giving level 1. For information about sending a check instead, email

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Special thanks to the following who have already offered items: The Musical Offering (CDs and Records), Karen Wells (Clarinet lesson), Amelia Archer (farm fresh organic eggs), Jade Jewels

Nov 16, 6pm to 9pm, Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar St., Berkeley

Bob Zucker

Nov 16, 6:30pm to 9:30pm, Cafe Leila, 1336, 1724 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Buddhist Squirrels

Nov 16, 7pm to 9pm, Caffè Chiave, 2500 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

With Confidence, Broadside, Sleep On It, Small Talks

With Confidence are an Australian four-piece pop punk band from Sydney, formed in 2012.

Broadside is a four piece Pop Punk band from Richmond, Virginia.

Sleep On It
Pop Punk band from Chicago, Illinois, USA formed in 2012
Current Members:
TJ Horansky - lead guitar, backing vocals (2013-present)
Jake Marquis - rhythm guitar, backing vocals (2012-present)
AJ Khah - bass guitar (2013-present)
Luka Fischman - drums, percussion (2012-present)
Zech Pluister - lead vocals (2016-present)
Former Members:
John Cass - vocals (2012-2015)

Small Talks was started by Myrtle Beach-native, Cayley Spivey, with a few acoustic songs she wrote in her bedroom and an idea. One of these songs became the band's first single, "New Dork Pity," written by Spivey at age 16. Those songs and ideas eventually grew into a full-fledged band with the addition of Justin Charette on drums and Kenny Kelly on bass. Justin became a friend of Cayley's in middle school after they met at a concert and reconnected years later when Justin first heard a recording of Cayley's songs. They started jamming together, blossoming the beginning of what would become Small Talks. Kenny and Cayley met while attending the same music school and eventually ended up finding each other again through social media, when Cayley suggested Kenny join the band too. As things took off, Small Talks started booking their own shows at local venues while taking any opportunity to play out of town. To them, it's more than just music, it's about the experience, which drives them to bring as much energy and emotion as possible to every show they play. Making many friends and memories while growing as musicians eventually led them to the Carolina Music Awards as a nominee for Best Youth in 2016. A few months later, Small Talks performed on a Columbia Alternative radio station and began touring the east coast with the intention of going further. Small Talks is all about the emotional undertone hiding inside catchy rhythms, melodies, and lyrics. Their goal is to bring people together and connect with them through sound, while creating a long lasting impression.

Nov 16, 7pm to 11:30pm, Cornerstone, 2367 Shattuck Ave (Enter On Durant), Berkeley

Compagnie Käfig: Pixel

Compagnie Käfig, Cal Performances

Compagnie Käfig merges elements of Brazilian urban dance and capoeira with hip-hop, modern dance, and circus arts in its break-neck productions. Pixel was created by founder Mourad Merzouki in collaboration with the French digital production studio Adrien M/Claire B, and features the company's 11 dancers navigating an interactive environment of light and lasers that confounds our perceptions of what is virtual and what is real.

Nov 16, 8pm to 10pm, Zellerbach Hall

Ramana Vieira

Ramana Vieira's parents hailed from the Madeira Island of Portugal. Vieira was born in Northern California, where she blossomed in a rich cultural mix that celebrated both a Portuguese and diverse American heritage.

Simultaneously, she loved Broadway and American jazz, but also the traditional music of Portugal; she was particularly enamored with the Fado of Amália Rodrigues. This passion drove her to study music at the esteemed American Conservatory Theatre (ACT) of San Francisco, and then back to her roots and heritage in Portugal.

Today, Ramana's repertoire captures traditional Fado and influences from the Portuguese diaspora in a musical tapestry that ranges from whispering, haunting, ballads to jazzy blues. A proficient pianist and gifted songwriter, Vieira composes original Fados, several of which have been nominated at the International Portuguese Music Awards.

Vieira has been described by the New York Times as an American at the forefront of the Fado resurgence. The San Francisco Examiner calls her "the Rising Star in World Music." Her authentic and individual style, brilliant musicality, and colorful heritage appeals to a wide audience. Vieira pays tribute to time-treasured Fado classics of Amália Rodrigues, and also performs other Portuguese folk music, jazz, blues, and original compositions.

Tickets are $17 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!

Nov 16, 8pm to 10pm, The Back Room, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley

Kodaline - Politics of Living US Tour, Ocean Park Standoff

Kodaline are a genuinely lovely band, a supportive, music obsessed group of friends who like to let their songs do their talking. Indeed, the strength of the band's relationship became central to an album full of sparkling sounds, huge choruses and waves of emotion. "We focussed in on the narratives that really meant something to us, and the melodies that carried those stories," says Steve. "It kind of turned into an album about friends, family and relationships that have touched our lives, good or bad. It is the story of us, snapshots from our life, in a band of brothers."

Last summer saw the band release `Brother', a track that not only testifies to the groups closeness but also hinted at their new sound. "You only kind of put your arm around your friend and tell them you love them when something goes wrong, or when you're drunk," says Mark. "The song is kind of saying it for no reason other than it needs to be said: I've got you, I'm here for you guys. That's kind of the essence of the song, and of the band."

Recorded at The Vale, the new album sees Kodaline work with old collaborators (Johnny Mcdaid) alongside a variety of different writers and producers including pop guru Wayne Hector, Jonny Coffer (Beyonce, Emeli Sande, Naughty Boy, Two Inch Punch (Rag `n' Bone Man, Sam Smith) and Steve Mac who they worked with on their anthemic new single `Follow Your Fire'.

Ocean Park Standoff

Nov 16, 8pm to 10pm, The UC Theatre Taube Family Music Hall, 2036 University Avenue, near Downtown Berkeley BART, Berkeley

Geoffrey Keezer Trio featuring Gillian Margot

Geoffrey Keezer - piano;

Gillian Margot - vocals;

Dan Feiszli - bass;

Alan Hall - drums

Geoffrey Keezer

With his highly regarded discography, unique compositions and acclaimed performances in a variety of configurations, multiple Grammy®-nominated pianist Geoffrey Keezer commands the attention typically reserved for the living legends of jazz. A native of Eau Claire, Wisconsin, Keezer was playing in jazz clubs as a teenager, holding down the piano chair for Art Blakey at age 18; and touring in the company of Ray Brown, Joshua Redman, Art Farmer, Benny Golson and Barbara Hendricks in his 20s. More recently he has toured with Wayne Shorter, Dianne Reeves, David Sanborn, Chris Botti, Sting, Joe Locke and Christian McBride; produced and arranged three Grammy®-nominated recordings with vocalist Denise Donatelli, and released a series of albums drawing influences from Hawaiian, Okinawan and Afro-Peruvian folk traditions. Geoffrey's 2013 solo piano release, "Heart of the Piano" (Motema Records), seeks to redefine solo jazz piano as a personal and interactive showcase of melody, energy and groove, while his upcoming album "On My Way To You" is a stunning new set of music featuring his working trio with the addition of guest vocalist Gillian Margot.Geoffrey's compositions have been commissioned by the Mainly Mozart Festival, Art of Elán ensemble, Saint Joseph Ballet, Zeltsman Marimba Festival, Carnegie Hall Jazz Orchestra and Scottish National Jazz Orchestra. His music can be heard in the films "What Happens in Vegas" and "Inhale," and in numerous TV shows including "The Young and the Restless" (CBS), "Parks and Recreation" (NBC), "House of Lies" (Showtime), "Casual" (Hulu Original).

Time Magazine wrote, "Geoffrey has more than enough virtuosity and sheer musical wit and intelligence to weave all of his apparently disparate strands of influence into an original and compelling whole." Pop icon Sting said "In the universe of piano players that I have been exposed to over the years, Geoffrey has proved himself to be not only a superb technician and improviser, but also above and beyond this, a composer and conceptualist who can maintain the overall line and the DNA of the song in everything he plays. A musician's musician."

Gillian Margot

Having an exquisite voice, a disarmingly wide range and a style that is deeply rooted in the tradition of the great jazz vocalists, Gillian Margot possesses a gift of storytelling and stunning lyrical delivery. A native of Toronto, Margot started in jazz the hard-working, old-fashioned way; performing several sets a night and leading a wide variety of ensembles while emerging as a composer. Her voice can be heard in commercials and in film and television programs, from which it is clear that Ms. Margot feels equally at home in many musical worlds including jazz, R&B, and pop. She offers a stage presence and confidence honed through years of performing major venues on several continents with a long list of top-tier talent, including rock icon Sting, famed soprano Kathleen Battle, jazz stars Jeremy Pelt and Chris Botti, and Grammy®-awarded artists Robert Glasper and Geoffrey Keezer, to name a few. Her critically acclaimed CD, "Black Butterfly" (2015, Hipnotic Records) is "an impressive album which has her honey-toned voice deliver hints of a young Aretha Franklin...This lady needs to be heard" (L.A. Weekly). "Gillian Margot is a stylist who eschews jazz clichés in favor of an original, interpretive delivery; soulful and robust - a voice you might say was built like a brick house - but also sensuous ...poised and playful." (Michael J. West, Music Journalist)

Nov 16, 8pm to 10pm, Rendon Hall/Fiddler Annex @ California Jazz Conservatory 2040 Addison Street, 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 16, 8pm to 9:30pm, Zellerbach Playhouse, UC Berkeley

Compagnie Käfig

Compagnie Käfig merges elements of Brazilian urban dance and capoeira with hip-hop, modern dance, and circus arts in its break-neck productions. Pixel was created by founder Mourad Merzouki in collaboration with the French digital production studio Adrien M/Claire B, and features the company's 11 dancers navigating an interactive environment of light and lasers that confounds our perceptions of what is virtual and what is real.

See UC Berkeley Events calendar for more details:

Nov 16, 8pm to 10pm, Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley

Darrell Scott

Darrell Scott
"I look like an insider because of everything I`ve done but I always felt like an outsider," Darrell Scott says. "And that's important-to be an outsider." He's also a master.

Whether its' rock, folk, country or blues, Darrell Scott, the 4-time Grammy nominated Nashville songwriter, has written hits all the way from Brad Paisley and the Dixie Chicks to Del McCoury, Sam Bush and Keb Mo; contributing songs to three of 2016's best albums alone. `It's not surprising that Scott wrote nine of the 14 songs on his own new album, "Couchville Sessions," and less surprising that he wrote three songs with the like-minded Americana artist Hayes Carll on Carll's magnificent new disc, "Lovers and Leavers,"' in addition to "1000 Things" from Sarah Jarosz's award winning "Build Me Up From Bones" album.

What's more surprising is that Scott came off of a year and a half of touring in Robert Plant's Band of Joy with a co-write on R&B star Anthony Hamilton's new recording, "Save Me," the opening track on "What I'm Feelin." Over the past two years Darrell has produced, co-written and performed on three songs from Zac Brown's latest project "Heavy Is the Head," in addition to producing Jonathan Edwards latest and Malcolm Holcombe's upcoming 2017 release, "Pretty Little Troubles." But these partnerships all makes sense: Although they hail from different genres, these artists are master craftsmen at fitting words to notes.

Witness his ability to make just about any instrument talk, listen to his vocals and songwriting to hear him contain every emotion between joy and pain within one verse in his singing and in his pen. Nowadays he's taking the outsider role even more seriously; after 23 years in Nashville he spent the last year devoting himself to a self-sufficient lifestyle in the country while simultaneously putting together his best album in years.

Nov 16, 8pm to 10pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, 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:

Nov 16, 8pm to 11pm, 3105 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA, 94705, United States

Orchestra Gold + Joseph's Bones

Two of Bay Area's most phenomenal ensembles of top-notch musicians bring the sounds of Africa and the African Diaspora in one evening.

Orchestra Gold: Led by the ferocious Mariam Diakité from Bamako, Orchestra Gold {OG} promotes pre-digital age (OldStyle) music from Mali, West Africa.

OG hypnotizes audiences with danceable, funky, high-energy 1960's orchestra music from Mali. These roots are colored by tinges of 60's era analog psychedelic rock and funk from West Africa.

The building blocks of OG's music are folkloric songs, often told in parable. These songs contain inspiration, wisdom, and deep insight into the human condition. They have served to uplift Malians beyond the harsh realities of daily life. Especially in this time of social turbulence, this age-old wisdom brings us a renewed perspective on modern-day existence.

Composer and drummer Jason Levis leads his instrumental dub-reggae orchestra, Joseph's Bones, in bringing the electronic sound-transformation processes of Jamaican dub to an acoustic setting. The ensemble pulls the thread between visceral groove and abstract sonic suspension.

Featuring 14 of the Bay Area's best musicians, Joseph's Bones draws inspiration from the roots reggae of Bob Marley and the Wailers, the dub sounds of King Tubby and the soaring horn lines the of Skatalites. This instrumental group is new to the scene, but old in its tradition, bringing an ecstatic spirit to deep appreciation for reggae music's traditions.

Levis, who holds a PhD in classical composition from UC Berkeley, says "The exploration of experimental techniques in classical music takes place in the concert hall. Jamaican music experiments are brought to the dance floor. Joseph's Bones blends those worlds to create "Avant-Dub Instrumentale" and bring the rich, colorful sound-scape of dub to life."

In the lineage of experimentation by dub masters Lee "Scratch" Perry and King Tubby, Joseph's Bones reconstructs and re-imagines echo, reverb and delay without the use of electronic effects. The ensemble employs an acoustic language of dub-improvisation to subvert traditional song form and fragment the music's surface texture while never losing the physical impact of dance music. This is real-time live acoustic dub.

Levis has been deeply involved in reggae music for over 30 years, and has performed internationally. In his studies of jazz, improvisation, and modern classical music, he realized that dub is an intersection point where texture and sonic space can be invested with meaning and stand side by side with rhythm, melody, and harmony.

Each of the band's members is a serious performer in their own right, leading groups from ska to salsa, jazz and blues. The blend of influences is distilled down into a singular sound through their love of reggae.     

Joseph's Bones, a member of the Bay Area Reggae Collective, is currently working on the vinyl release their double album "Nomadic Pulse - Pulse in Dub" planned for 2018.  

Doors at 8:00 pm; Show at 8:30 pm
Tickets are $15 Advance / $18 Day of Show   
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Nov 16, 8:30pm to 11pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley