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Music: Vivaldi's The Four Seasons with Nicola Benedetti and the Venice Baroque Orchestra

Friday, February 24 | 8 p.m. | Zellerbach Hall
Scottish violin star Nicola Benedetti joins the energetic Venice Baroque Orchestra for a concert of work by Vivaldi. His beloved Four Seasons showcases the rhythmic vitality and overflowing personality of this facile chamber group, blended with Benedetti's pure and gleaming tone. MORE about Vivaldi's The Four Seasons with Nicola Benedetti and the Venice Baroque Orchestra

Lecture: Why Mexico fell apart, and how to fix it

Friday, February 24 | 6-7:30 p.m. | Sibley Auditorium, Bechtel Engineering Center
Political analyst Denise Dresser will speak about the demise of the "Mexican Moment" due to corruption, the mass kidnapping of students from Ayotzinapa, increasing violence, and economic mismanagement by the Peña Nieto administration. She will also focus on U.S.-Mexico relations in the Trump era, and what Mexican civil society and its political class can do to put the country on a better track.MORE about Why Mexico fell apart, and how to fix it

Exhibit: Andy Warhol, still lifes and portraits

November 23, 2016 – March 12, 2017 every Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
A prominent figure of the American Pop Art movement, Andy Warhol (1928–1987) was one of the first to integrate fine art with celebrity culture, media spectacle, and mass production. This exhibition presents a selection of new gifts to BAMPFA from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, on view here for the first time, alongside previous gifts to the collection. The prints on display span over a decade of the artist’s career, from 1964, the year Warhol founded his legendary Factory, to 1977—a period marked by an upheaval in cultural and societal norms.MORE about Andy Warhol, still lifes and portraits

Special event: Water's extreme journey

January 29 – April 30, 2017 every Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. | Lawrence Hall of Science
Become a raindrop and go on an interactive adventure through a water-cycle-themed maze. Have fun riding the Watershed Zip Line, walk through a giant wetland, and snap a pic of your family "swimming" with the dolphins—all while developing a deeper understanding of your place in the water ecosystem.MORE about Water's extreme journey

Exhibit: War Ink

November 1, 2016 – May 1, 2017 every day | Brown Gallery (east wing) Doe Library
Photographs from the celebrated War Ink Project will be on display in Berkeley’s Doe Library. The exhibit features striking images of tattoos that express the impact of combat experiences on California veterans. Jason Deitch, co-creator of War Ink and a Cal veteran, hopes the display will “bridge the divide between the veterans and civilian communities.” MORE about War Ink

Exhibit: Hippie Modernism, cinema and counterculture

February 11 – May 13, 2017 every Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Cinema’s radical streak goes back to its earliest beginnings, but the period explored in the exhibit Hippie Modernism: The Struggle for Utopia was an unusually fertile time for politically charged, aesthetically innovative filmmaking. Encompassing documentary, fiction, and experimental cinema—often in the course of a single feature—the films in this series intersected with and actively participated in emerging counterculture movements.MORE about Hippie Modernism, cinema and counterculture

Botanical garden: Newt discovery station

Saturday, February 25 | 11 a.m.-3 p.m. | UC Botanical Garden
Newts return! Each year, the winter rains prompt newts to migrate to the Garden’s Japanese Pool where their mating behaviors can be easily observed. The Garden is home to two newt species, Taricha torosa (California newt) and Taricha granulosa (rough-skin newt). Docents will be on hand to provide garden visitors with an up-close look at newts at all stages of their life cycle, and to answer questions about these amazing and adorable animals.MORE about Newt discovery station

Film: Bitter Victory

Saturday, February 25 | 5 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
In 1942, two British officers in the Libyan desert lead a commando raid to steal secret papers from Rommel's headquarters, all the while locked in bitter personal conflict. Richard Burton is compelling as Captain Leith, a seeming idealist. In the other corner is Curd Jürgens's Major Brand, whose acts of cowardice reflect both a disquieting personality trait and a calculated revenge born of jealousy. MORE about <em>Bitter Victory</em>

Film: Moses and Aaron

Sunday, February 26 | 1:30 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Acclaimed as one of the best opera films ever made, this adaptation of Schoenberg’s 1930’s opus represented a labor of love for Straub-Huillet, taking over fifteen years to fund. A camera, a landscape (the Roman Alba Fucense amphitheater), and direct sound recording is all they need to portray the sweeping tale of Biblical belief and punishment, and its framing of the eternal battle between idea and form. MORE about <em>Moses and Aaron</em>

Music: Bang on a Can All-Stars and Cappella SF

Sunday, February 26 | 7 p.m. | Zellerbach Hall
Luminaries of the new music world, the chamber ensemble Bang on a Can All-Stars joins with Cappella SF for a performance of founding member Julia Wolfe's Pulitzer Prize-winning Anthracite Fields. The poignant oratorio weaves together oral histories, personal interviews, speeches, and local lore with electro-acoustic chamber music to tell the stories of Pennsylvania coal miners and their families at the turn of the 20th century.MORE about Bang on a Can All-Stars and Cappella SF

Lecture: Black Lives Matter in the age of Trump

Monday, February 27 | 5-7 p.m. | 150 University Hall
In this dynamic public talk, noted #blacklivesmatter community organizer Frank Leon Roberts (cofounder of the National Black Justice Coalition and professor of the nation’s first BlackLivesMatter college course) offers 10 original frameworks for approaching and understanding the contemporary movement for black lives.MORE about Black Lives Matter in the age of Trump

Lecture: Jenna Wortham and Nadia Ellis

Monday, February 27 | 6:30 p.m. | Osher Theater Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Jenna Wortham is technology reporter and staff writer for the New York Times Magazine. Nadia Ellis is associate professor of English at UC Berkeley and author of Territories of the Soul: Queered Belonging in the Black Diaspora.MORE about Jenna Wortham and Nadia Ellis

Film: East Jerusalem/West Jerusalem

East Jerusalem/West Jerusalem documents the realization of multi-platinum, Israeli musician David Broza's dream to record songs in the Palestinian side of Jerusalem with musicians from Palestine and Israel. The unprecedented, 8-day session in the studio of Sabreen, the legendary Palestinian band, features four-time Grammy Award-winner singer-songwriter and American activist Steve Earle, renowned Israeli Palestinian singer, actor and activist Mira Awad, Palestinian cinematographer Issa Freij, Palestinian hip hop artist from the Shuaafat refugee camp Muhammad Mughrabi, Israeli musicians Jean Paul Zimbris, Alon Nadel and Gadi Seri, as well as and other American, Israeli and Palestinian participants.MORE about <em>East Jerusalem/West Jerusalem</em>

Lecture: Avery Trufelman

Tuesday, February 28 | 4-5 p.m. | 220 Jacobs Hall
Avery Trufelman, a producer at 99% Invisible — the highly acclaimed podcast about "the thought that goes into the things we don’t think about: the unnoticed architecture and design that shape our world"— will speak at Jacobs Hall.MORE about Avery Trufelman

Lecture: Germany as an immigration country

Tuesday, February 28 | 4-5 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall
Immigration and migration issues are currently at the top of the political agenda as all parties prepare their strategies for the upcoming federal elections in which Chancellor Merkel seeks her fourth term. The consequences of the refugee influx are passionately debated – a topic on which public opinion in Germany is sharply divided. Germany aims to establish itself as a modern country of immigration competing for global talent. The presentation will introduce the current situation, give data on immigration in Germany, and identify challenges ahead.MORE about Germany as an immigration country

Lecture: The history of skin in the human lineage

Tuesday, February 28 | 4:10 p.m. | Chevron Auditorium International House
Skin is the primary interface between ourselves and our environment, and changes in the structure and function of human skin have tracked major events in our evolution. This lecture will explore the nature and sequence of changes in human skin through prehistory, and the consequences of these changes for the lives of people today. Nina Jablonski, Ph.D., is the Evan Pugh University Professor of Anthropology, at the Pennsylvania State University; Director, Center for Human Evolution and Diversity at the Pennsylvania State University.MORE about The history of skin in the human lineage

Panel discussion: The design of everyday life

Wednesday, March 1 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 340 Moffitt Undergraduate Library | Note change in date
Everywhere we turn, our everyday experience of the world is being transfigured by the advent of startling new technologies. But at what cost? In this urgent and revelatory excavation of the Information Age, leading technology thinker Adam Greenfield forces us to rethink our relationship with the networked objects, services and spaces that define our lives, as well as the Silicon Valley consensus that is determining the shape of our future.MORE about The design of everyday life

Science@Cal: Searching for dark matter

Wednesday, March 1 | 7-8:30 p.m. | Restaurant Valparaiso, 1403 Solano Ave, Albany
What is dark matter? For decades, firm astronomical evidence from observations of stars and galaxies has indicated that most of the matter in the universe cannot be seen directly in telescopes. Instead, this matter must be observed indirectly through its gravitational pull on the objects that we can see. This is how the term “dark matter” was coined…But how do we search for something we can’t see? Explore these questions with UC Berkeley astrophysicist Matt Pyle.MORE about Searching for dark matter

Lecture: Marlon James

Wednesday, March 1 | 8 p.m. | Zellerbach Hall
Jamaican author Marlon James, whose monumental latest novel, A Brief History of Seven Killings, earned him the prestigious Man Booker Prize, visits campus for a discussion with Chancellor Nicholas B. Dirks as part of the Berkeley Talks speaker series. James will discuss his writing process, as well as the themes that underlie his celebrated works of fiction: the colonial history of the Caribbean, race and gender in the US and UK, and hip-hop and reggae youth subcultures. MORE about Marlon James

Colloquium: The history of inequality

Thursday, March 2 | 3-4:30 p.m. | Seaborg Room Faculty Club
This colloquium with Walter Scheidel, Professor of Classics and History, Stanford University, will also include discussion by Emmanuel Saez and Gabriel Zucman of UC Berkeley and Greg Clark of UC Davis.MORE about The history of inequality

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