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Saturday

Film: Histoire(s) du cinéma (Chapters 1 and 2)
Saturday, January 31 | 7:45 p.m. | PFA Theater

Godard mourns the death of cinema and chronicles its vitality in the dazzling video series Histoire(s) du cinéma. Histoire(s) du cinema emphasizes the influence film exercises on viewers—the impact of an image, the different realities that it provides, and the various frames of mind it engenders. Godard's purpose in these elliptical, epigrammatic montage essays is, he says, "to show that the history of film is, first of all, not history but consisting of histories. And then show that all histories are intertwined with the history of the twentieth century. Not showing a chronological order, names or dates, but a gust of wind, starting from the basic idea that the entire twentieth century was the stage for a merciless fight between image and sound (the newborn) and word (the grown–up, the government)."

 $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.


Music: Kodo
Saturday, January 31 | 8 p.m. | Zellerbach Hall

Kodo performerKodo brings the primal power and bravura beauty of Japanese taiko drumming to stages throughout the world. This new performance transports the audience to a place with a nostalgic air conjuring the spirit of the Japanese people and their indigenous nature. Through the music of Kodo, the profound world of Mystery will unfold.

 $22-58
Buy tickets online, or by calling 510-642-9988, or by emailing tickets@calperformances.org.


Lecture: A journey with the Bartrams, Hookers and other famous families in western botanical science and art
Saturday, January 31 | 1-3 p.m. | UC Botanical Garden

John Bartram and his son, William Bartram, were among the first active, professional American field botanists throughout the Revolutionary era. Father John was a collector of plants and seeds during his travels across eastern North America, eventually establishing arguably the first botanic garden in the New World. His son William was similarly well traveled, an avid collector, and an extraordinary artist of both plants and birds. At roughly the same time as the younger Bartram, William Jackson Hooker was burnishing his credentials as an intrepid English explorer, keen botanist and accomplished illustrator as well as the third director of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. His son, Joseph Dalton Hooker followed in his father’s footsteps, becoming one of the greatest British botanists of the 19th century and Charles Darwin’s closest friend and confidante. Dr. Peggy Feidler will explore this history.

 Free with Garden Admission
Register online, or by calling 510-643-2755, or by emailing gardenprograms@berkeley.edu.


Film: Some Interviews on Personal Matters
Saturday, January 31 | 5 p.m. | PFA Theater

Still image from Some Interviews on Personal MattersSofiko, a young newspaper employee, is passionately involved in her work interviewing people who have submitted complaint letters to the editor. One of the women Sofiko interviews is her mother, and the pair’s onscreen relationship strongly resembles the tragic early life of the director and her mother, making this a very personal film for Lana Gogoberidze. A bold mixture of documentary and social-psychological drama—and the first film to make mention of Stalin’s camps—Some Interviews on Personal Matters makes powerful statements about women, work, family, and marriage that earned it international acclaim as the first feminist film of the Soviet cinema.

 $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.


Music: Matthew Polenzani, tenor, and Julius Drake, piano
Saturday, January 31 | 8 p.m. | First Congregational Church

Matthew PolenzaniMatthew Polenzani has become one of the most ubiquitous and beloved lyric tenors of his generation. Here he sings a wide range of repertoire, including Liszt's French songs set to poems by Victor Hugo, and Samuel Barber's emotionally expansive Hermit Songs, based on writings by medieval Irish monks.

 $32
Buy tickets online, or by calling 510-642-9988, or by emailing tickets@calperformances.org.


Film: Meerkats in 3D
January 30 – February 1, 2015 every day | 10:30 a.m. | Lawrence Hall of Science

MeerkatsFilmed over the course of a year, Meerkats 3D follows an extraordinary—not to mention adorable—family that stands just 12 inches tall. Discover how these tiny but strong creatures survive in the harsh desert, led by the family’s tenacious matriarch, Klinky. Together, this family of 20 will battle a rival gang to protect their territory, their pups, and their very lives. The Lawrence Hall of Science's National Geographic 3D Theater plays Meerkats 3D daily.



Exhibit: 2015 first year MFA
January 28 – February 13, 2015 every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday | 12-5 p.m. | Worth Ryder Art Gallery (116) Kroeber Hall

Composite image of artists' worksThe Worth Ryder Art Gallery is excited to present “6”, an exhibition of works by our six first-year graduate students. The MFA program encourages experimentation with new methods, media, and modes of artmaking, and the artists have each built on their existing practices to create an exciting new body of work while immersing themselves in contemporary theory, seeking out new interdisciplinary influences, and responding to intense critical feedback by peers and mentors. The result is an exhibition that is fresh, vital, and immediate.



Exhibit: Following in Bartrams' Footsteps
December 15, 2014 – February 15, 2015 every day with exceptions | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. | UC Botanical Garden

Bartram botanical paintingThis major art exhibition includes forty-four original artworks based on the native plant discoveries made by John and William Bartram in their renowned and influential travels throughout the eastern wilderness between the 1730s and 1790s. The UC Botanical Garden will be the only West Coast showing of the exhibition.



Botanical garden: Plants illustrated exhibition
January 7 – February 15, 2015 every day with exceptions | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. | UC Botanical Garden

Ferns in the gardenView the 6th annual Plants Illustrated exhibition of botanical art featuring work by the Northern California Society of Botanical Artists. This year the pieces will represent plants in the Garden's collection. Free with garden Admission.


today

Film: The Day is Longer Than the Night
Sunday, February 1 | 2 p.m. | PFA Theater

Still image from The Day is Longer Than The NightDistinguished by its location shooting, eye for traditional customs, and appealing performances, this ballad follows the life of Eva from the turn of the century through various milestones, both personal and historic. Each dramatic episode is linked to the next by a troupe of actors and musicians, who offer their own commentary.

 $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: Histoire(s) du cinéma (Chapters 3 and 4)
Sunday, February 1 | 5 p.m. | PFA Theater

Godard mourns the death of cinema and chronicles its vitality in the dazzling video series Histoire(s) du cinéma. Histoire(s) du cinema emphasizes the influence film exercises on viewers—the impact of an image, the different realities that it provides, and the various frames of mind it engenders. Godard's purpose in these elliptical, epigrammatic montage essays is, he says, "to show that the history of film is, first of all, not history but consisting of histories. And then show that all histories are intertwined with the history of the twentieth century. Not showing a chronological order, names or dates, but a gust of wind, starting from the basic idea that the entire twentieth century was the stage for a merciless fight between image and sound (the newborn) and word (the grown–up, the government)."

 $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.

MondayBack to top

Lecture: John Quincy Adams and the grand strategy of the Republic
Monday, February 2 | 2-4 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall | Note change in time

Charles Edel“America goes not abroad, in search of monsters to destroy”—John Quincy Adams’s famous words are often quoted to justify noninterference in other nations’ affairs. Yet when he spoke them, Adams was not advocating neutrality or passivity but rather outlining a national policy that balanced democratic idealism with a pragmatic understanding of the young republic’s capabilities and limitations. America’s rise from a confederation of revolutionary colonies to a world power is often treated as inevitable, but Charles N. Edel, professor at the U.S. Naval War College and author, argues that he served as the central architect of a grand strategy that shaped America’s rise.



Lecture: Racial formation
Monday, February 2 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 470 Stephens Hall

Michael Omi and Howard WinantMichael Omi and Howard Winant discuss the new edition of Racial Formation in the United Sates (2015) published 20 years after the release of the previous edition. While the authors have maintained the overall structure of their classic work, they have completely revised and rewritten every chapter. The ambitious purpose of the book remains the same: to provide an account of how concepts of race are created and transformed, how they become the focus of political conflict, and how they come to shape and permeate both identities and institutions. A reception will follow the talk.



Panel discussion: Innovative business models in food systems
Monday, February 2 | 2-6 p.m. | Tamalpais Room The David Brower Center, 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley

cooks in a kitchen collectiveInnovative entrepreneurial activities in food business have been flourishing in recent years, attempting to address issues of food insecurity, obesity, food distribution, sustainability, and improvements to nutritional qualities. These efforts range from the selling of smart phone applications for consumers to rate sources and nutrition of food products, food “hubs” to increase opportunities for producer aggregation, diverse startups for alternative food distribution or waste reduction, and more. Collective public-private initiatives to develop food hubs, involving communities within “foodsheds,” are also developing. Many of these efforts are aimed to address needs of underserved communities and/or create sustainable economic opportunities for farmers. This forum will address examples of these collaborative business initiatives from different regions, to address critical questions about the true costs and values of such efforts, the progress and health/social impacts, as well as challenges.



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.



Course: The rise and future of the food movement
January 26 – April 27, 2015 every Monday with exceptions | 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Live streaming

Mark BittmanA UC Berkeley course with live streaming open to the public.

The food system is multi-disciplinary and complex, involving agroecology, agronomy, anthropology, economics, nutrition, sociology, and the arts. In this course, experts on organic agriculture, school lunch reform, food safety, hunger and food security, farm bill reform, farm-to-school efforts, urban agriculture, food sovereignty, and local food economies will offer perspectives making the food system more sustainable and equitable. Instructor: Garrison Sposito; co-hosts: food writer Mark Bittma and poet Robert Hass.


TuesdayBack to top

Lecture: Social justice and the people's health
Tuesday, February 3 | 4:30-6 p.m. | 101 Morgan Hall

Nancy KriegerThe essence of public health is the prevention of preventable suffering and the creation and promotion of a world in which all can truly thrive. By definition, public health must be dedicated to the prevention of health inequities -- unjust, unfair and preventable inequities in rates of disease and death across societal groups. Dr. Nancy Krieger, professor of epidemiology at Harvard University, will offer a framing of health inequities in their current and historical context. Dr. Krieger’s research focuses on social inequalities in health, and combines biochemistry, philosophy, science and history.



Film: Titicut Follies
Tuesday, February 3 | 7 p.m. | PFA Theater

Still image from Titicut FolliesIn the late fifties, Frederick Wiseman, then a professor of law, took his students to observe the Bridgewater State Hospital for the Criminally Insane in Massachusetts. What they saw was a modern-day snake pit with dehumanized inmates offered little hope or dignity. Six years later Wiseman returned, this time with a 16mm camera. The result of his visit, Titicut Follies is a stark but compassionate look at the horrific conditions that persisted in the state-run institution. Representing the inmates, the state took Wiseman to court, charging that he had violated their wards’ privacy. Not until twenty-four years later was the injunction overturned and the film allowed to be shown. Wiseman has maintained all along that “the privacy that was really invaded was the privacy of the state officials to run the place in the way it was run.”

 $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.


Music: Natural frequencies
Tuesday, February 3 | 6:30-8 p.m. | Campanile (Sather Tower)

Natural Frequencies
Bell towers have been used for centuries as a medium to effectively convey time, calls to prayer and community events, and warnings about invasions, fires, and floods. Although the latter are rare on the UC Berkeley campus, Sather tower is located directly above the Hayward fault line, where a major earthquake is considered likely in the next 30 years. The installation and performance include a unique composition of bells (both recorded and live) and lighting modulated in real time by data from the UC Berkeley seismometer inside the Hayward Fault. The title refers to the way that structures respond to external forces. 3 ten-minute live performances: 6:30, 7, 7:30.



Exhibit: The Secret Language of Flowers
January 27 – June 26, 2015 every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | 11 a.m.-4 p.m. | Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (2121 Allston Way)

Botanical drawingIn 1984, The Magnes acquired a portfolio of botanical drawings by Shmuel (Samuel) Lerner, a Ukraine-born amateur artist from California. While Lerner’s biography and many details surrounding this work remain obscure, today his drawings open for us a unique window into the landscape, the history and the languages of Israel in the period immediately following the establishment of the State. The exhibition features a selection of 26 botanical drawings from 1949, complete with the author's annotations about plants, places, and language.



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