Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar


Saturday Storytime

Nov 17, 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!

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Nov 17, 5pm to 6pm, The Starry Plough Pub - 3101 Shattuck Avenue - Berkeley

Eclair de Lune


Nov 17, 6:30pm to 9:30pm, Cafe Leila, 1336, 1724 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Robin Flower & Libby McLaren, Nancy Vogl with Suzanne Shanbaum

Robin Flower & Libby McLaren

With Special Guests:
From Wake the Dead, on guitar, fiddle and singing, Danny Carnahan!
From the Oakland Interfaith Choir, singer Mary Ford!
Plus surprise guest, She-Who-Cannot-Be-Named!

Robin Flower and Libby McLaren's musical partnership began in 1987, finding their common ground in American and Celtic music. "Playing rock solid traditional music and making it sound brand new while stretching it delightfully in unexpected directions" says Radio Indy. "Roaring from delicate to powerhouse, their music is moving, fun, and dazzlingly imaginative...a musical intimacy that is extraordinary." (

Nancy Vogl with Suzanne Shanbaum
Nancy and Suzanne were founding members of the Berkeley Women's Music Collective in 1973. Nancy continued on as a solo artist, and in tours with Robin Flower and Holly Near. Her new, third solo album will be available at the show, as she's returned to performing after years of work as a youth development professional in Sonoma County. She's thrilled to open for Robin and Libby.

Nov 17, 8pm to 10pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, 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.

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Nov 17, 8pm to 10pm, Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley

The Inside Men

Nov 17, 8pm to 10pm, Caffè Chiave, 2500 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Baby Gramps with Sour Mash Hug Band @ The Starry Plough Pub

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Nov 17, 8pm to 10pm, The Starry Plough Pub - 3101 Shattuck Avenue - Berkeley

Edgar Pantoja & The Afro-Cuban Tribe

Pianist Edgar Pantoja presents Afro-Cuban jazz and world music from his first album Vivencias.

Born in Santiago de Cuba, Edgar Pantoja has spent over 20 years performing modern and traditional Cuban music on the world's most important stages. He has toured and collaborated with influential musicians including Rubén Blades, John Benítez, David Murray, Angelique Kidjo, Descemer Bueno, and Pedrito Martinez. He most recently formed part of the Grammy-nominated Pedrito Martinez Group as pianist/keyboardist and arranger.

Pantoja's original compositions fuse the diverse music of Cuba - its folklore, rumba, son, and timba - with the international rhythms of samba, Moroccan Gnawa, jazz and funk.

He is joined by the accomplished musicians Colin Douglas (New York City) on drums, David Lechuga-Espadas (San Jose) on guitar, Ernesto Mazar Kindelán (Santiago de Cuba) on acoustic and electric bass, Carlitos Medrano (Havana) on percussion. These masters of Cuban music hope to inspire and captivate you with a fresh melodic and rhythmic experience during the evening's performance at California Jazz Conservatory.

Nov 17, 8pm to 10pm, Rendon Hall/Fiddler Annex @ California Jazz Conservatory 2040 Addison Street, Berkeley

Ashkenaz Commemorates Music Recording History with Film Screening: "Two Weeks Inside Studio D: The Film"

Doors at 7:30 pm; Film at 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Admission Free / Pre-registration recommended to assure a seat.

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Ashkenaz Commemorates Music Recording History with Film Screening

"Two Weeks Inside Studio D: The Film"

In 1973, when David Nadel founded Ashkenaz, he had a vision of fostering intercultural understanding through music and dance. This past September 15, 2018, when Fantasy Studios, a famous independent recording studio based in Berkeley, closed its doors, the magic of musician friendships created at Ashkenaz Community Center came to life. Karen Lile, a producer at both Ashkenaz and Fantasy Studios, brought together over 60 musicians in 20 recording sessions inside Studio D, between September 17 to 29th. Michael Kofford created a 38 min documentary film about these recording sessions that will be premiered at 8pm in a private screening at Ashkenaz.

The Film features interviews and music from inside the recording sessions of Grammy winner Jamie Dubberly/Dharma Brass Band, Rob Dehlinger/Alpha Rhythm Kings, Erik Jekabson, Kenny Washington & the Electric Squeezebox Orchestra, Tammy L. Hall, Mimi Fox, George Winston, Allison Miller, Kendall Ross Bean and Taylor Eigsti with a total of 60 musicians participating in this project, see:

After the 38 minute documentary, Ashkenaz will present a tribute to the early music recordings from "Live at Ashkenaz" that dates back to early 1980's and will share how Ashkenaz fits on the local and global community of recording musicians.

At 11am earlier in the day, at the 2000 Allston Way Post Office in Berkeley, the United States Postal Service will be making a presentation to Ashkenaz as part of a Building Bridges Ceremony recognizing 70 years of Music Recording History in Berkeley. You can even send mail or collect a pictorial postmark on an cache (envelope) that commemorates Ashkenaz. For more info about this see:

Nov 17, 8pm to 9:30pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Joel Dorham

Joel Dorham has been part of the Oakland jazz scene for decades. He doesn't perform very often anymore, so when he does a show it's a real event. For this performance, he will be bringing his Latin Jazz Octet, complete with three percussionists, three horns, bass, and vibes!

The younger brother of the late trumpeter Kenny Dorham, Joel is a notable percussionist and bandleader in his own right. The Bay Area native is a tireless advocate for broader recognition of jazz - a fight he took all the way to congressional hearings. His passion for music is made tangible, and eminently enjoyable, with his long-running Latin Jazz Octet.

"Bandleaders come and go, but Joel Dorham rolls on." - Herb Caen 1993

Joel Dorham is one of America's most prolific and electrifying Latin Jazz timbale players and percussionists of our time, and a pivotal force in Latin Jazz. Joel organized his band in 1963, and has become the pre-eminent outspoken critic of the mass media for its suppression of Jazz. For his efforts he was nominated for a Pulitzer prize in 1981.

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!

Nov 17, 8pm to 10pm, The Back Room, 1984 Bonita Ave, 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."

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Nov 17, 8pm to 9:30pm, Zellerbach Playhouse, UC Berkeley

G Jones, Charlesthefirst, Woolymammoth, Chee

Greg Jones is the artist behind the enigmatic G JONES moniker. A lauded master of electronic music production and highly sought after performer, G Jones is a frequent collaborator of legendary artists including Bassnectar, Epromand DJ Shadow, who called Jones "the most gifted Ableton beatmaker I've ever seen." Rolling Stone touted him a "studio wizard." Billboard Magazine had this to say about his album's first single, "understanding the possibility": "That's what listening to GJones will do. It's a mental minefield of sudden drops and stutters, bass lines that open holes under your feet and send you shooting sideways to some warped mystery land."

Fusing his organic hip hop roots with lush and experimental electronic composition, CharlestheFirst has developed a danceable style steeped in dreaminess and pyschedelia. Born in 1996 in the Sierra Nevada mountains, Charles has been heavily influenced by nature and the adventure that coincides with it.

Beat enthusiast & tunesmith from San Francisco, California, USA

Following several years of lateral experimentation in sound design, South African producer CHEE's unique hybrid sound erupted into the international domain in 2016 with the release of his Shrodinger EP on Dutch label Underslung and several self-releases. His sonic innovation quickly caught the attention of prime heads in electronica, with tracks featured on leading Youtube portals such as Inspector Dubplate and with Noisia featuring Chee and side project IT HZ tracks on their radio show. With growing hype around his fresh approach and uncompromising bass experimentation with a heavy dancefloor edge, labels started to take a deeper interest.

Doorways opened across labels from a variety of genres, with drum & bass focused TYPE91, CLOSE2DEATH and ALGORITHM releasing his fierce take on the sound, whilst rapidly rising bass labels UPSCALE and RENRAKU delivered his raw trap and futurebeat // halfstep influenced material in its full devastating glory. His assured arc of fresh ideas took a firm step in 2017, with the release of his first full-length album FEAR MONGER on SATURATE RECORDS with 12 tracks of pure Chee sound that unfurled a mutant leviathan of bass and demonstrated utterly the potential of one of the most promising names in low-end heavy electronica.

Taking influences liberally from his surroundings and combining them into a complex pastiche of audio that has its origins in visual inspirations of visceral art and various theories incubated in the dynamic folds of the internet, as well as in the music that he wraps himself in from the likes of Noisia, Moody Good, Amon Tobin, Skrillex, Ivy Lab and Tsuruda - creators who are pushing at the very fringes of sonic possibility. Chee's sound has the potential to develop into a genre in its own right - evading being pigeon-holed and classified due to his unrelenting urge to experiment and explore fresh and ill sounds. With an array of high profile releases lined up for 2017, and international touring commencing - the scene is set for this young and gifted artist to flourish.

Chee is supported by Moody Good, Noisia, DJ Craze, Culprate, G Jones, Bleep Bloop, edIT (The Glitch Mob), Bare Noize, Bassnectar, Mat Zo and more...

Nov 17, 9pm to 11pm, The UC Theatre Taube Family Music Hall, 2036 University Avenue, near Downtown Berkeley BART, Berkeley, CA, 94704

Axé Odara Festival: Music, Dance & Food of the African Diaspora

$20 Advance/$25 Door (Please note: there is a $2 credit card fee at the door per ticket)
La Peña Cultural Center is proud to present Axé Odara Festival alongside international guest artist and curator, Tulani Masai, from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Axé Odara Festival brings together the ancestral power of African roots and the force of the African connection throughout Latin America and the Caribbean's music, dance and food!

Come experience the cultural connection of the African diaspora, featuring three magnificent live music and dance performances from Brazil, Cuba and Haiti. In addition to the performances, come hungry for the TRADITIONAL FOOD STANDS and CASH BAR serving traditional cocktails, such as Caipirinhas and more!

Brazil, Cuba and Haiti speak different languages (Portuguese, Spanish, and Créole), while sharing many of the same instruments and rhythms (such as the bata drums); a spiritual connection to the ancestors through dance (such as the Orixas /Orishas), and even similar foods.


AFOXÃ% BLACK (Brazil): This Afro-Brazilian group sings in Portuguese and Yorubá - the ancient African language that connects much of the Latin American African diaspora. The project aims to bring everyone the dance, song and touch of Afoxé music. Afoxé Black is the fusion of varied styles of the world music with the foundation of Ijexá - rhythm played in candomblé. The group originally came together as a music project founded by Afro-Brazilian activist and artist Dj Bieta in Bahia, Brazil - the first port of arrival of enslaved Africans, and with them came the Camdomblesista culture and still today in Brazil we worship our ancestors and our African Gods

CURUMBA (Cuba): Afro-Cuban folkloric drums such as tumbadores, chekeres, cata and bata drums, dances, and songs of rumba. Rumba developed in rural Cuba, with strong influences from African drumming, using tumbadores, chekeres, cata and bata drums, as well as African call and response vocals.

LAURIE FLEURENTINE (Haiti): Live drumming and dancing performance of the Haitian traditions by founder of the Haitian folkloric dance company, F.A.L. Folklore Ayisian. The Haitians have a rich history as the first Black Republic in the western world and Laurie Fleurentine wants to share it through the arts, especially dance. She has taught at Alonzo Kings Line Ballet and is currently teaching folkloric Haitian dance at Ashkenaz.

TULANI MASAI (Brazil): is a guest artist and curator of the Axé Odara festival at La Peña Cultural Center. She is an Afro-Brazilian artist and cultural worker, specializing in Afoxé and Danza de Orixċas dance and the frontwoman of Afoxé Black. Until recently she was the artistic director of the Recreational Cultural Association of Afoxé Daughters of Gandhy Rio, Brazil, a group that exalts African matriarchal strength to the sound of drums in the ÃOEjẹṣà (ijexá) rhythm, invoking peace and joy for the world. She is currently the band leader of the Afro Brazilian music group Afoxé Black!

Nov 17, 9pm to 11:59pm, La Peña Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck Ave. , Berkeley

Cuarteto Puentes, hosted by Karen Lile and Michael Arntz

Live Show and Milonga at 9:30pm

Tickets are $15 Advance / $20 Day of Show

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This Live show at Ashkenaz will be presented in a traditional Argentine Tango dance setting, a Milonga. Karen Lile and Michael Arntz have presented Cuarto Puentes as the opening act for Otros Aires at the Great American Music Hall and at traditional milongas in private clubs in San Francisco.

Formed in 2015 by four Bay Area dancers/musicians, Cuarteto Puentes is dedicated to performing Argentine Tango music for dancers and audiences of all kinds. They have studied at Reed Tango Music Institute, Stowe Tango Music Festival, and with top tango musicians including Ignacio Varchausky, Ramiro Gallo, Hernan Posetti, Hector del Curto, Pablo Estigarribia, Emilio Solla, Adam Tully, and Ville Hiltula. The quartet appreciates the opportunities they have had for outstanding collaborations with exceptional artists at a number of unique venues. Their enthusiasm for playing danceable tango standards as well as more modern arrangements keeps them busy with practicing, studying, arranging, and composing.

Michael Arntz will DJ between Cuarteto Puentes' live sets.

Nov 17, 9:30pm to 11:59pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley