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Sunday

Film: The Agronomist
Sunday, November 23 | 6:30 p.m. | PFA Theater

Still image from The AgronomistUnfettered, responsive, and populist radio was Jean Léopold Dominique’s aspiration. In 1969, Radio Haiti began occupying Port-au-Prince’s airwaves, becoming the first independent broadcasts in this nation’s history. Dominique daringly aired unadulterated stories about the struggles for democracy in a style that was adored by the poor and powerless and in a language they understood, Haitian Creole. The use of patois itself was unquestioningly courageous, for it immediately set the station apart from a regime that favored French along with absolute power. This was ten years into "Papa Doc" Duvalier’s dictatorial reign, with “Baby Doc” just two years away. Jonathan Demme’s bristling The Agronomist profiles this Haiti-born broadcaster who was originally trained in France as an agronomist and returned to Haiti to teach the peasantry how to be self-sufficient.

 $5.50 BAM/PFA members; UC Berkeley students,  $6.50 UC Berkeley faculty, staff, and retirees; Non-UC Berkeley students; Senior citizens (65 & over); Disabled persons; Youth (17 & under),  $9.50 General Admission
Buy tickets online, or by calling 510-642-5249.


Lecture: Gandhi and the political enlightenment
Sunday, November 23 | 2-3:30 p.m. | Asian Art Museum, Samsung Hall, 200 Larkin Street, San Francisco

GandhiThe Political Enlightenment of the West has articulated ideals that have no substantial counterpart in the folk and spiritual traditions of Asia and other countries of the Global South. Gandhi (1869-1948), appealing precisely to those traditions, made some harsh criticisms of modern Western civilization and constructed an alternative deeply radical political philosophy of his own. In his lecture, Akeel Bilgrami will present the main elements of Gandhi’s critique as well as his constructive philosophy, and inquire into the relevance of Gandhi’s ideas for our own time. UC Berkeley Chancellor and decorated historian and anthropologist, Nicholas Dirks, will join the discussion.



Music: Dido and Aeneas, UC Berkeley opera
Sunday, November 23 | 8-9:30 p.m. | Hertz Concert Hall

Hertz HallFor the first time in several decades, the Department of Music presents student opera at UC Berkeley. Henry Purcell's Dido and Aeneas, one of the most famous Baroque operas ever written, was famously believed to be premiered at Josias Priest's school for girls in the summer of 1688. This performance is conducted by Stefano Flavoni, a senior music major, and features student musicians Vanessa Aldrich, Elsa Bishop, Max Epstein-Shafir, and Nate Ben-Horin.



Music: St. Lawrence string quartet
Sunday, November 23 | 3 p.m. | Hertz Concert Hall

St. Lawrence string quartet musiciansThis year the St. Lawrence String Quartet celebrates 25 years as a premier American ensemble. The quartet is widely appreciated for illuminating and informal onstage musical descriptions, delivered by charismatic violinist Geoff Nuttall. The program shows off the quartet's versatility, from canonic treasures (Haydn's Emperor quartet), to trailblazing masterworks (Beethoven's late quartet in C-sharp minor) and contemporary gems (Golijov's haunting Qohelet).

 $42
Buy tickets online, or by calling 510-642-9988, or by emailing tickets@calperformances.org.


Theater: Rhinoceros
November 14 – 23, 2014 every Sunday, Friday & Saturday | 8 p.m. | Durham Studio Theater (Dwinelle Hall)

Join the Herd. Everyone in Berenger’s town is turning into a rhinoceros. As Berenger loses his friends and co-workers to this unusual pandemic, he faces a difficult choice: defend his humanity, or follow the movement? Ionesco’s absurdist indictment of conformity brings big laughs and bigger ideas to the Berkeley stage. Fridays & Saturdays at 8pm, Sunday performances are at 2pm.

 $18 General Admission, online,  $20 General Admission, at the door,  $13 Students, Seniors, UCB Faculty & Staff online,  $15 Students, Seniors, UCB Faculty & Staff at the door

Exhibit: Design Radicals, creativity and protest
October 16 – December 19, 2014 every day | 210 Wurster Hall

The shock waves of Berkeley’s Free Speech Movement of 1964 reverberated within Wurster Hall, transforming the College of Environmental Design into a Laboratory for experiments in countercultural art and politics. Design Radicals surveys student and faculty ventures in the graphic art of anti-war protest, hands-on research into commune building and the creation of ecologically sustainable structures, and efforts to recast architecture, landscape architecture and community planning as participatory enterprises. In telling the story of Wurster Hall’s Design Radicals, the rich holdings of the Environmental Design Archives and the privately held Dox Populi poster collection will provide inspiration for a new generation of design activists. The College of Environmental Design Library will display posters, images, and artifacts of Berkeley’s expanded field of countercultural design practice and pedagogy.


today

Tour: Future cultural plazas on International Boulevard
Monday, November 24 | 1-4 p.m. | Various locations

Women hanging block party signs on a light postElena Serrano, Program Director of EastSide Arts Alliance, will host a small group accompanying Rick Lowe for a tour of five sites on International Boulevard in Oakland, and an exploration of the efforts of Eastside and other Oakland community organizations to shape development to benefit existing residents.



Exhibit: Siméon-Denis Poisson, mathematics in the service of science
November 7 – December 17, 2014 every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | Mathematics Statistics Library (100 Evans) Evans Hall

Mathematician PoissonSiméon-Denis Poisson (1781-1840) was a French mathematician who made important contributions to many areas including celestial mechanics, integration, probability theory, and mathematical physics. This exhibition includes original copies and facsimiles of some of Poisson's works as well as books and articles that illustrate Poisson’s scientific influence, the judgments contemporaries made concerning his role in science, and some of the domains of mathematics and physics where his work has been further developed, making his name familiar to all researchers.



Exhibit: California, Captured on Canvas
October 8, 2014 – March 6, 2015 every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | Bancroft Library

This exhibit portrays California both as a vast landscape of mountains, ocean, and forests and as an intimate home for vastly different inhabitants. Scenes of Yosemite and the Gold Rush are displayed, along with more recent work such as colorful paintings by John Sackas of the Golden Gate Produce Market. Also featured are Augustus John’s vibrant portrait of San Francisco’s tennis champion Helen Wills, and an imposing painting by Charles Grant of the Great White Fleet entering the Golden Gate on May 5th 1908. The exhibit conveys the variety of artistic prisms through which the Golden State has been captured on canvas.


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Film: The Cranes are Flying
Friday, November 28 | 5:30 p.m. | PFA Theater

Still image from The Cranes are FlyingOne of the most acclaimed Soviet films of all time, The Cranes Are Flying won the Grand Prize for Best Picture and the Palme d’Or for Best Director and Best Actress at the 1957 Cannes film festival. Set during World War II, it is a tragic story of the shattering of love and youthful ambitions by war. Two young sweethearts, Veronica and Boris, are certain they will marry and live happily ever after. Then, Boris volunteers for the army.

 $5.50 BAM/PFA members; UC Berkeley students,  $6.50 UC Berkeley faculty, staff, and retirees; Non-UC Berkeley students; Senior citizens (65 & over); Disabled persons; Youth (17 & under),  $9.50 General Admission
Buy tickets online, or by calling 510-642-5249.


Film: Keep Your Right Up
Friday, November 28 | 7:30 p.m. | PFA Theater

Still image from Keep Your Right Up"Keep Your Right Up" is a phrase from boxing; "Soigne ta droite" also has an immediate reference to Tati's film Soigne ta gauche; and both are at play in a slapstick that Godard described as "the camera versus landscapes over seventeen rounds." Yes, this is a comedy, full of slapstick action, peppered with puns. Godard, the Idiot Prince, is ordered by Gaumont to make a movie and deliver it the same day.

 $5.50 BAM/PFA members; UC Berkeley students,  $6.50 UC Berkeley faculty, staff, and retirees; Non-UC Berkeley students; Senior citizens (65 & over); Disabled persons; Youth (17 & under),  $9.50 General Admission
Buy tickets online, or by calling 510-642-5249.

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Film: Hail Mary
Saturday, November 29 | 8:15 p.m. | PFA Theater

Still image from Hail MaryCondemned even before its opening, Hail Mary is ironically a beautiful cinematic hymn. "Godard evokes the serious through a comic mode, enticing solemnity with a chained camera, a steady, austere procession of beautiful paintings (images) seeking the soul in faces, reflections; a woman who must lend herself to no one, who is condemned from seeing love, her desire (in flesh), and discovers, perhaps as Vivre sa vie's Nana did in her tears, that the soul is not imprisoned in the body, but the body within a soul" (Ryan DeRosa).

 $5.50 BAM/PFA members; UC Berkeley students,  $6.50 UC Berkeley faculty, staff, and retirees; Non-UC Berkeley students; Senior citizens (65 & over); Disabled persons; Youth (17 & under),  $9.50 General Admission
Buy tickets online, or by calling 510-642-5249.


Film: I am Cuba
Saturday, November 29 | 5:30 p.m. | PFA Theater

Still image from I am CubaI Am Cuba was made in 1962 as an act of Soviet-Cuban friendship. Yevgeny Yevtushenko gets credit for the film’s poetic structure—a loose series of choreographed tableaux in praise of the revolutionary spirit. It is also a deliriously one-of-a-kind movie, wildly schizophrenic in its bizarre mix of Slavic solemnity and Latin sensuality.

 $5.50 BAM/PFA members; UC Berkeley students,  $6.50 UC Berkeley faculty, staff, and retirees; Non-UC Berkeley students; Senior citizens (65 & over); Disabled persons; Youth (17 & under),  $9.50 General Admission
Buy tickets online, or by calling 510-642-5249.

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Film: Flowers of Shanghai
Sunday, November 30 | 4 p.m. | PFA Theater

Still image from Flowers of ShanghaiIn a Shanghai brothel circa 1890, an intimate dinner gambling party is going on, obviously a continuation of last night's, and a preview of tomorrow's. Here, men with money spend time away from arranged marriages and (presumably) a world outside, with women who have been bred and raised to love them. Of course, it's not that simple; in fact, it's not simple at all. Hou's normally still camera languorously, almost imperceptibly moves, as we observe relationships played out in eyeline matches and subtle gestures-relationships that will unfold in their strange, internecine complexity over the next two hours. Fueled by opium on one side and economic need on the other, love blossoms, climbs and strangles, withers.

 $5.50 BAM/PFA members; UC Berkeley students,  $6.50 UC Berkeley faculty, staff, and retirees; Non-UC Berkeley students; Senior citizens (65 & over); Disabled persons; Youth (17 & under),  $9.50 General Admission
Buy tickets online, or by calling 510-642-5249.

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Lecture: The galaxy garden
Monday, December 1 | 3:10-4 p.m. | B1 Hearst Field Annex

The galaxy garden in HawaiiThe Galaxy Garden is the world's first large-scale, explorable model of the Milky Way, realized as a flower garden in Hawaii, 30 m diameter; 1 cm = 30 light years. The mapping is based on the work of astronomer Leo Blitz of UC Berkeley, with whom the artist also collaborated in the Portrait of the Milky Way for the National Air and Space Museum. Artist Jon Lomberg conceived the Galaxy Garden as a way of teaching people the proper scale and geography of our home galaxy. The model includes many actual star clusters, globular clusters, nebulae, and a supermassive black hole with event horizon and jets. Jon Lomberg was Carl Sagan's artistic collaborator for many years. Their projects included the original COSMOS series, the film CONTACT, and the Voyager Golden Record.



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