Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar


The Closet and the Cul-de-Sac | Clayton Howard

"The Closet and the Cul-de-Sac is a fascinating book that brings together in revelatory ways the political economy of metropolitan development and the history of sexuality, offering new interpretations of postwar political culture. Through a rigorous investigation of housing and neighborhood development, it makes logical what first appears to be a paradox: the triumph of a 'tolerate but not endorse' politics around non-normative sexuality in the second half of the twentieth century. Clayton Howard makes a convincing case for a 'metropolitan' approach to political economy and social life and weighs the implications for sexual politics more thoroughly and creatively than I have seen anywhere else."-Sarah Igo, author of The Known Citizen: A History of Privacy in Modern America

"Clayton Howard has written an important, provocative, and path-breaking book centered on a wide-ranging, eye-opening, and nuanced discussion of the right to privacy and its role in conversations about public and domestic spaces, sexual rights and freedoms, and the proper place of queer and straight people in the body politic. No one has identified the varied threads of privacy embedded throughout the social fabrics of modern cities and suburbs like this before."-Bryant Simon, Temple University

The Closet and the Cul-de-Sac chronicles the rise of sexual privacy as a fulcrum of American cultural politics, focusing on the history of gay rights in the San Francisco Bay Area from World War II to the dawn of the culture wars in the 1970s and exploring how government policies shaped the cultural politics of the moderate suburbs.

Jun 14, 5:30pm to 7pm, University Press Books, 2430 Bancroft Way Berkeley

The John Lee Hooker Foundation Presents Zakiya Hooker, Pamela Rose, and Paula Harris

Established in 2001 by the Hooker family, the John Lee Hooker Foundation is an IRS-recognized non-profit organization.

The Foundation mission is to:
Provide funding and support for music, art and education programs for underprivileged, underrepresented and at-risk youth in the San Francisco / Oakland Bay Area and beyond by continually raising and maintaining funding year-round for distribution to non-profit organizations in need.

The foundation intends to preserve John Lee Hooker's generous and compassionate spirit and ensure that young people from all walks of life have access to cultural, musical and artistic exposure.

"You can't go no deeper than me and my guitar. I open my mouth, and it's there. I get so deep the teardrops come into my eyes. That's why I wear my dark glasses - so you won't see the teardrops"John Lee Hooker

Zakiya Hooker
At first glance it would seem that Zakiya Hooker was born into the blues. After all, her father is the late great Blues Legend John Lee Hooker. Zakiya has pursued life and music on her own terms.

In 1991 Zakiya made her first public appearance with her father, John Lee Hooker at the Kaiser Center Theatre in Oakland, California. Since that time Zakiya has gone on to perform on shows with Etta James, John Hammond, Taj Mahal, Charlie Musselwhite and many more. By 1993 Zakiya released her first CD "Another Generation Of The Blues" on Silvertone Records. In 1997 she released her second CD "Flavors Of The Blues" worldwide on Pointblank/Virgin Records. Flavors Of The Blues, opens with a cover of the Robert Johnson classic "Stones In My Passway", illustrating Zakiya's supple blues and smooth, jazz-inflected style. The rest of the songs range from tempestuous ("Art of Divorce" and "Let's Do Something") to delicate and moody ("Protect Me From The Blues", "New Orleans Rain", and the torch gem "Drowning In Your Love"). Joining his daughter and Charlie Musselwhite in the studio, John Lee Hooker lends his inimitable presence on the track "Bit By Love (Hard Times)". Flavors Of The Blues documents the resilience of the human spirit. In her own unique voice, Zakiya shares the strength gained from a lifetime of experience. 2001 brought a Indie live release recorded live in Buenos Aires, Argentina, "Colors Of The Blues". She is now finishing up her fourth CD "Keeping It Real" to be released this spring!

Pamela Rose
"Outstanding vocals...Rose sings in the deftly cadenced voice of a natural storyteller, ratcheting up or coyly coddling various emotions with grace and a true understanding of lyrics." - Frank-John Hadley, DownBeat

Pamela Rose is a San Francisco jazz and blues vocalist who thrills audiences locally and internationally with her swinging, soulful style. Rose is that rare breed of entertainer who connects solidly with her audience by always delivering a personal and unforgettable musical experience.

Moving effortlessly between swing standards, smoky ballads, blues and soul-jazz, Pamela Rose's rich, warm voice and superb musicians moves crowds of all ages, all over the world.

Pamela Rose is on the faculty of the Berkeley JazzSchool. When not touring with Wild Women of Song, she teaches and sings in the San Francisco Bay Area that she dearly loves.

Paula Harris
"The hottest thing to hit blues & Jazz in years" - Blues writer Dorothy Hill

"THIS is cooking with grease, hot as hell
and ooh soo tasty!" - Eventful Reviews

2016 Northern California Entertainers Awards nomination- Best Female Blues Vocalist
2016 Northern California Entertainers Award Nomination-Band of the Year
2013 Blues Music Award Nominee "Best New Artist"
2013 Blues Blast Music Award Nominee "Best New Artist"

Jun 14, 8pm to 10pm, Freight & Salvage, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley, CA, 94704

Tango Virtuosos Pablo Estigarribia & Adrian Jost

Tango finds new life when a Bay Area favorite meets world class talent from Buenos Aires.

Estigarribia and Jost present an evening of tango for piano and bandoneón, as well as solo pieces. From classics to original compositions, their collaborations bring new life into the heart of tango - tradition layered with fresh harmonies and perspectives; stories of life, love, and loss articulated through the hands and minds of two great talents. Estigarribia's new book for piano solo will be available at the concert.

Band Members and Instrumentation
Pablo Estigarríbia (piano)
Adrian Jost (bandoneón)

Pablo Estigarribia is a world renown virtuoso Argentine tango pianist, arranger and composer that began his musical journey in Classical Music, with its culmination when he was awarded with the 1st Prize of the "Bienal Juvenil" National Competition. After a detour through jazz he discovered Tango in 2005 when he was awarded with the Orquesta Escuela de Tango scholarship for joining the ensemble under the directorship of Maestro Emilio Balcarce, with whom he had his first European tour. He continued the path as a Tango performer through Germany, France, Belgium, Japan, Russia, Finland, Canada, USA and Cuba, in over 1000 concerts, with elite Argentine tango orchestras as follows, Victor Lavallen Orchestra, Tango Pasión, Lisandro Adrover Quintet and as a solo artist.

The attainment of the prestigious Gardel Prize in 2015 for the best tango recording by a new artist on his album, Tangos Para Piano (EPSA), with the highest rating by the local press, deemed Estigarribia the recognition of the Argentine Tango industry. He also was awarded with the Medal of Honor by the Argentine Tango Society for his educational interventions in Stowe Tango Music Festival (Vermont) in 2014 and 2015. Estigarribia's ascendancy in career brought him to Japan in 2016 where he was celebrated and highlighted in the Tokyo Shimbun newspaper. In 2018 he moved to NYC, played Blue Note Jazz and made appearances on NBC, Univision, Telemundo.

Privileged to have studied and performed for numerous years with legendary tango musicians such as Emilio Balcarce, Horacio Cabarcos, Maria Graña, and to have composed and arranged for a decade with former Osvaldo Pugliese arranger Victor Lavallén, Estigarribia proudly assumes the role of transmitting his knowledge and expertise to the new generation of students and tango music enthusiasts. He believes in respectfully showcasing the beauty of his lineage, and above all, reopening the passage of virtuoso tango music repertoire to musicians. With that in mind, Estigarribia published his original compositions and arrangements of traditional pieces -Tangos de Concierto- and teaches regularly in Tango Festivals all over the World. He was also Jury of the prestigious "Orquesta Escuela de Tango" in Buenos Aires.

Adrian Jost studied music in Switzerland. He won the gold medal of the ARMA musicians at age 11, studied Bayan with Fritz Tschannen and Stephane Chapuis. After a detour through science and completing a Bachelor's of Science in Yverdon, he won the 1996 Landis&Gyr contest that sent him to Chicago where he completed a Master's degree at Northwestern University and started the transition to the iconic bandoneón. He is the co-founder of Trio Garufa, a popular San Francisco based tango ensemble that enthralled audiences on the West Coast, in Argentina, Colombia, Canada and at various Tango festivals. His influences include Leopoldo Frederico, Salgan's Nuevo Quinteto Real, Aníbal Troilo and Julio Pane. He has appeared as soloist with the San Jose Chamber Orchestra and performed alongside tango singer María Volonté, tango pianist Pépé Motta and San Francisco's Jazz Bassist Marcus Shelby. His discography includes Tango en el Mate, La Segunda Tradición and El Rumor de tus tangos by Trio Garufa, Revirado of Tango Pacifico, a five-piece tango group based in Portland, Oregon, playing the music of Astor Piazzolla, and eXtraordinary Rendition with Rupa and the April Fishes.

Jun 14, 8pm to 10pm, Rendon Hall/Fiddler Annex @ California Jazz Conservatory 2040 Addison Street, Berkeley

Berkeley Balkan Bacchanal with Blato Zlato and Helios

The Berkeley Balkan Bacchanal presents a new rotation of bands the Starry Plough Pub on the second Friday of every month. Berkeley Balkan Bacchanal is a concert series featuring the other-worldy talent of musicians from the Bay Area and beyond performing Eastern European folk music. A hub in the Bay Area Balkan music scene, the bacchanal provides a platform for a community of performers, folk dancers, regular attendants and new friends to revel together every month since 2011.

Blato Zlato ("Swamp Gold" in Bulgarian) is a New Orleans-based Balkan band featuring dreamy three-part vocal harmonies and hard-hitting instrumentals. The band performs folk and composed music from the Balkans and Eastern Europe with a particular focus on Bulgarian songs and dark, improvisational arrangements. Following the 2017 release of their debut album Swamp Gold and subsequent EP Voyage, the band has taken the New Orleans music scene by storm, broadening their fan base from bars and clubs to museums, universities, and the local festival circuit. Hailed as a band with "galactic ambitions" by The New Orleans Advocate, Blato Zlato is a powerhouse of accomplished players from Europe and the United States with a collective goal to produce meaningful cultural and musical bridges between old world and new. The band will be touring in both North America and Europe in summer 2019 in anticipation of the release of their sophomore album.

Helios band is one of the most versatile Greek bands in Northern California, playing traditional Rembetika, Laika, Nissiotika, Demotika and Modern Greek music. Helios has performed at Greek Festivals throughout the western U.S. and has also performed at celebrity weddings in the Bay Area. The outstanding musicianship and vocals of the Helios Band members make each performance a truly special and memorable event.

Jun 14, 8pm to 10pm, The Starry Plough Pub - 3101 Shattuck Avenue - Berkeley

Baraka Moon

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

Tickets are $15 Advance / $18 Day of Show

Based in the San Francisco Bay Area and uniting influences from mystical Sufi trance songs, Indian ragas, African grooves & the Australian Aboriginal didgeridoo, BARAKA MOON delivers pulsing, soulful and spiritually charged dance music with a positive message of peace for the whole world!


Sukhawat Ali Khan - Baraka Moon's charismatic and passionate vocalist draws from his luminary family's 600 year-old Pakistani singing tradition with a voice that comes straight from the heart and soars to the heavens. He can also be heard squeezing and cajoling sweet ragas and shredding blues riffs from his harmonium.

Stephen Kent - A one-man band Didgeridoo/Percussion virtuoso is a globally acclaimed pioneer in bringing the ancient Aboriginal instrument to the contemporary world. With a primal shout he conjures a deep and earthy pulse that is the vibratory core of Baraka Moon's compelling groove engine.

Peter Warren - Our Drummer/Percussionist is responsible for the irresistible and dynamic power of Baraka Moon's full-on dance-beats, with grooves honed over many years performing with African musicians and dancers in the U.S. and his native Canada.

Anastasi Mavrides - Bringing his unique and seasoned guitar playing to the music, Anastasi blends-in shimmering chordal voicings with soaring anthemic melodies and downright super-funky rhythms. He also provides lush supporting vocals to Sukhawat's singing.

Jun 14, 8:30pm to 11:30pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley