Liberate It

Charlie Haden's jazz protest


While his son Josh has taken an idiosyncratic approach to pop singing and his daughter Petra is doing a cappella versions of Who albums, Charlie Haden has returned to his revolutionary roots as he brings his Liberation Music Orchestra to Yoshi’s Tuesday through next Sunday. The jazz great’s deeply resonant double bass has long blazed a creative trail, beginning with Ornette Coleman’s original quartet 46 years ago, through the first Keith Jarrett Quartet and Alice Coltrane and on to the Liberation Music Orchestra, a jazz big band born during the Vietnam War that uses instrumental music to speak out for global freedom, human rights, and peace. And to make inspired music in the process. For most of the past generation Haden has made bigger money with an award-winning string of nostalgic smooth jazz concept CDs by his Quartet West. Fourteen years after its last recording, the revived LMO, with a mix of new and old players, allowed its collective outrage at the current US administration to fuel the music on its new Not in Our Name CD, recorded last year in Rome. The music is by American composers, from Haden’s title tune and sometime colleague Pat Metheny’s “This Is Not America,” to a medley of “America the Beautiful,” “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” and an excerpt from Ornette Coleman’s “Skies of America.” It closes with an elegiac brass-band reworking of Samuel Barber’s Adagio for Strings. As with the previous three LMO recordings, this one features Carla Bley’s arrangements. Bley isn’t touring with the band — Quartet West’s Alan Broadbent takes her place — but the rest of the eleven-member LMO is on board, including amazing alto saxophonist Miguel Zenon. Showtimes are 8 and 10 p.m.; family matinee at 2 p.m. Sunday with one show following at 8 p.m. Tickets $18-$28 (Sunday matinee $5 kids, $15 adults with child, $18 general) at Yoshi’s, 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland. 510-238-9200 or Yoshis.comLarry Kelp


Lit Happens

The Realist Lives

Thursday, December 1: A legend in his own time, prolific City Lights cofounder Lawrence Ferlinghetti is one of the last surviving Beat Generation legends. Get all idolatrous, daddio (but watch out for the yabyum), as Ferlinghetti headlines this week’s edition of UC Berkeley’s Lunch Poems series in the Morrison Library. For details, call 510-642-0137 (12:10 p.m.). … Forced to wear girls’ clothes as a tot by parents grieving his dead sister, Rainer Maria Rilke rose to Modernist greatness, as detailed in Antero Alli’s new movie, The Greater Circulation, which incorporates Rilke’s poem “Requiem for a Friend.” The Berkeley filmmaker screens it at the Berkeley Art Center (1275 Walnut St.). Tickets are $7 (8 p.m.). … Friday, December 2: Before he cut his guts out in the name of nationalism, the author of Confessions of a Mask and My Friend Hitler hung out in gay bars and scribbled in secret after his father forbade him to write. Sponsored by UC Berkeley’s Center for Japanese Studies, “Mishima Yukio: Camp, Kitsch, or Crazy?” is a colloquium by NYU Japanese lit professor and queer theorist Keith Vincent in the IEAS Conference Room, 2223 Fulton St. (noon). Saturday, December 3: Now that she lives in Berkeley, you can expect to see Cindy Sheehan protesting the war and calling Bush a terrorist here, there, and everywhere from Solano Avenue to Ashby BART. Sponsored by Black Oak Books, she reads from her new book, Not One More Mother’s Child, at the Berkeley Richmond Jewish Community Center, 1414 Walnut St. (7:30 p.m.). … Tuesday, December 6: You can’t play Six Degrees of ’60s Counterculture Separation without slamming into Paul Krassner, who unlike an increasing number of his cohorts is alive and well and the author of a new book. In One Hand Jerking, the self-described “investigative satirist” riffs on porn, Dolly Parton, the FBI, and other fish in barrels. Mock the Man with Krassner at Cody’s Telegraph (7:30 p.m.). — Anneli Rufus

WED 12/7

Boss Backlash

Have you ever had a bad boss? You know, the kind of individual for whom micromanagement is a way of life, who makes Dilbert‘s befuddled pointy-haired corporate master seem like a rocket scientist, and who believes his title bestows on him the power to be always right — even when it’s obvious he’s not? We’ve probably all experienced such individuals in our professional careers. Let’s face it, they’re not going away anytime soon. Luckily for cubicle dwellers and hired underlings, Gini Graham Scott has written A Survival Guide to Working with Bad Bosses, a resource for coexisting in a workplace environment with clueless leaders without going postal or committing hara-kiri. Wednesday at 7:30 at Emeryville’s Linen Life Gallery (1375 Park Ave.), Scott hosts a Bad Bosses Bash . Part presentation, part networking conference, and part game show, attendees will have the opportunity to share their horror stories. BadBosses.netEric K. Arnold

FRI 12/2

Kashmir Crisis

Shake it to help quake victims make it

On October 8, a 7.6 magnitude quake hit the Hindu Kush region connecting India and Pakistan. As many as eighty thousand people are believed to have perished in this terrible catastrophe. The survivors face a rough road. With winter already here, hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of people are in need of shelter, blankets, and warm clothing. So to the rescue comes yet another benefit show for a noble cause, the Kashmir Benefit Concert happening this Friday at 9 p.m. at Ashkenaz. Headliners Sila and the Afrofunk Experience mix elements of funk and rock with Afrobeat, while DJs Amar and Frederic of Electric Vardo, Ferhan Qureshi, DJ Zen Mystic, Jim Santi Owen/Tabla Rosa, Frederique/Belly Groove and DJ Jeremiah supply contemporary Hindustani jams and Shiraz Ali Khan plays traditional Pakistani folk songs. All this, plus African and belly dancers, makes it easy to be down for the cause. Tickets are $13, and donations of a warm coat or a blanket are greatly appreciated. 1317 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley. Ashkenaz.comEric K. Arnold

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