Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar


Christina Gerhardt:1968 and Global Cinema

Christina Gerhardt is Visiting Scholar at the University of California at Berkeley and Associate Professor of Film and German Studies at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

She is author of Screening the Red Army Faction: Historical and Cultural Memory (Bloomsbury, 2018), about which Kristin Ross wrote: "This informative and well-documented study of the changing representations of the Red Army Faction is a welcome model for how to go about de-provincializing our understanding of the post-war German experience."

She is also co-editor of 1968 and Global Cinema (Wayne State UP, 2018), about which Rosalind Galt (King's College London) wrote: "Insisting on the centrality of anticolonial struggles and international solidarities to the category of world cinema, this volume makes a welcome intervention into scholarship on political cinema. The editors have gathered an impressive range of essays which open out the histories and aesthetics of 1968 in genuinely exciting ways" and Rey Chow (Duke University) wrote: "This is timely, informative and stimulating set of essays is designed to deepen our understanding of 1968 as a watershed in cinematic aesthetics and global activist politics. An impressive collective accomplishment."

Also related to 1968, she is co-editor of Celluloid Revolt: German Screen Cultures and the Long Sixties (Camden House, 2019) and guest editor of 1968 and West German Cinema, a special issue of The Sixties 10 (2017).
She has also held fellowships from the Fulbright Commission, the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) and the National Endowment for the Humanities. She has held visiting appointments at Harvard University, the Free University in Berlin and at Columbia
University and at the University of California at Berkeley, where she taught previously.

Her writing has been published in the journals Cineaste, Film Criticism, Film Quarterly, German Studies Review, Humanities, Mosaic, New German Critique, Quarterly Review of Film
and Video and The Sixties.

Nov 20, 7pm to 9pm, Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Ave, Berkeley

Yanqui Gumbo

Nov 20, 7pm to 9pm, Caffè Chiave, 2500 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

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.


- 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.

Nov 20, 7:30pm to 9:30pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street

Conspiracy Of Venus, Colm O'Riain

Conspiracy of Venus kicks off their 12th season singing contemporary and original a cappella arrangements. This powerful vocal ensemble of nearly 30 women, directed by composer, vocalist & pianist Joyce Todd McBride, interprets the words and music of greats like Stevie Wonder, The Beatles, David Bowie, Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen, Bjork, and many more. Venus always puts on a lively show and never fails to surprise audiences with their unique takes on familiar songs.

Colm O'Riain"Ó Riain's fireworks display of virtuosity easily spans the diverse genres of gypsy, tango, jazz, blues and Irish music all with his characteristic intelligence and pizzazz" - IrishHerald

Irish-born violinist Colm Ó Riain and some stellar musical friends mix the music of Ireland with rhythms and melodies from all over the musical world - Jazz, Blues, India, Cuba, Brazil, the Roma, and many more. An accomplished and fiery improviser in many genres, Colm has enthralled audiences across the world from Argentina to Vietnam and on stages as diverse as CBGB's in New York to Fillmore West and Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco.

Nov 20, 8pm to 10pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley

Midnite Ramblers plus Dance Lesson with Ted Sherrod

Doors at 7:30 pm / Dance Lesson with Ted Sherrod at 8:00 pm / Show at 8:30 pm

Tickets are $12 Advance / $15 Day of Show

Buy Tickets Here

Back in 2009 two of the Bay Area's top traditional musicians teamed up to form the Midnite Ramblers, playing roots music steeped in authentic Cajun and Creole traditions. They deliver irresistibly danceable Cajun classics. An early year of intense musical experiences in Louisiana made the Ramblers' sound even more authentic to the Cajun tradition. Singer and fiddler Agi Ban is a founder of the Aux Cajunals as well as the Midnite Ramblers. Accordion player and fiddler Mark Marcin is a former teacher at the University of Louisiana in Lafayette, where his love of Cajun, Creole, and zydeco music led to learning accordion from Ray Abshire, Jimmy Breaux, and others. He studied fiddle with Suzy Thompson and Cedric Watson.

The Ramblers are rounded out by guitarist-singer Alan Senauke (a veteran of countless roots bands including California Cajun Orchestra, he's also a Zen priest) and bassist-singer Allegra Thompson, best-known as a member of the honky-tonk trio the Drifter Sisters (and as the daughter of Cajun stars Eric and Suzy Thompson). As Marcin proclaims, "Bring your dancing shoes and join the Midnite Ramblers for a night of lively two-steps, soulful blues and haunting waltzes!"

Nov 20, 8pm to 11:30pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley