Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar


SF Medicine Ball

May 23, 11:45am to 2:45pm, Cheese Board Pizza 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA

Free Live Jazz most Thursdays

May 23, 4pm to 6pm, The Musical Offering Cafe, 2430 Bancroft Way, Berkeley

Retro JukeBox Band

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!

May 23, 4:45pm to 7:45pm, Cheese Board Pizza 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA

Karen Sudjian and Alex Markels

May 23, 7pm to 8pm,

Poetry at Pegasus: Cooperman | Kaupang | Ronda | George Bagdanov

Pegasus Books Downtown welcomes Matthew Cooperman, Aby Kaupang, Margaret Ronda, and Kristin George Bagdanov, for a night of shared poetry from their collective works.


Matthew Cooperman is the author of, most recently, Spool, winner of the New Measure Prize (Free Verse Editions/Parlor Press, 2016), Disorder 299.00, w/Aby Kaupang (Essay Press, 2015), the text + image collaboration Imago for the Fallen World, w/Marius Lehene (Jaded Ibis Press, 2013), and numerous other books. A Professor of English at Colorado State University, he is also co-poetry editor for Colorado Review. He lives in Fort Collins with his wife, the poet Aby Kaupang, and their two children.

Aby Kaupang is the author of Disorder 299.00 (w/Matthew Cooperman), Little "g" God Grows Tired of Me, Absence is Such a Transparent House, and Scenic Fences | Houses Innumerable. She holds Master's degrees in both Creative Writing and Occupational Therapy and lives in Fort Collins where she served as the Poet Laureate from 2015-2017.

Margaret Ronda is the author of two books of poems, For Hunger (Saturnalia 2018) and Personification (Saturnalia 2019), and a critical study, Remainders: American Poetry at Nature's End. Her poems have appeared in The Los Angeles Review of Books Quarterly Journal, The Columbia Poetry Review, Pool, Gulf Coast, and other journals. She is an assistant professor of English at the University of California-Davis.

Kristin George Bagdanov earned her M.F.A. in poetry from Colorado State University and is currently a PhD candidate in English Literature at U.C. Davis.Her poems have recently appeared in Boston Review, Colorado Review, Denver Quarterly, and Puerto Del Sol. Her poetry collection, Fossils in the Making, was published in April 2019 by Black Ocean. Her chapbook Diurne, which won the 2019 Sunken Garden Poetry Prize, is forthcoming from Tupelo Press in 2019. She is the recipient of fellowships from Phi Kappa Phi, Lilly Graduate Fellows, and the Vermont Studio Center. She is the poetry editor of Ruminate Magazine. Follow her on Twitter at @KristinGeorgeB.

May 23, 7:30pm to 8:30pm, Pegasus Books Downtown, 2349 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

Virginie Marine: All About the '80's

Virginie Marine is a well-known French Pop singer with a rare and powerful voice.

Inspired by top vocal pop singers like Céline Dion, Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey and Barbra Streisand, Virginie brings her All About the 80's show to The Back Room, offering her unique perspective on American pop music from the 80's and how it was reflected in French culture.

Discover or rediscover these beloved songs from the past, in a warm and intimate environment.

For this performance, Virginie will be joined by:

Charles Holive / Piano
David Landon / guitar
Marc Levine / Bass
Gerry Kennett / Drums

Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 at the door. Children under 12 are free. 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!

May 23, 8pm to 10pm, The Back Room Music, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley

Erika Luckett: A Musical Tribute

Erika Luckett: A Musical Tribute, Lisa Ferraro, Julie Wolf, Tammy Hall, Natalia Zukerman, Dawn Richardson, 41st Street Quartet, Jackie Rago, Jan Martinelli, Michaelle Goerlitz, Gary Lynn Floyd, Karen Drucker, Paul Olguin, Takiyah Franklin, Kitt Weagant, Brit Lohse, Kate Wolf

May 23, 8pm to 10pm, Freight & Salvage, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley

Muzikology w Rocker-T: Reggae World Music Vinyl and Acoustic Performance

DJ/Musician/Performer Rocker-T has been a huge influence on every music scene he has been involved in, leading the way for such artists as Matisyahu, Gentleman and Alborosie, and groups like Soja and Groundation, beginning at a time when American born artists really did not perform hip hop, roots or dancehall in a West Indian Patois. Due to his skill set he is sure to have even greater influence now and in the future. A man whose life seems to have been created for music, Rocker-T is a happy pulsating force with so much energy and love to share with the world.

Doors at 8:00 pm; Show at 8:30 pm

Tickets are $12 Advance / $15 Day of Show

May 23, 8:30pm to 11:30pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley