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Special event: Insect discovery lab
Wednesday, July 23 | 12-2 p.m. | Lawrence Hall of Science

Kids at the Insect Discovery LabKids of all ages can hold and touch live bugs when the Insect Discovery Lab from SaveNature.org visits the Lawrence Hall of Science. Event is free with admission.



Film: Camouflage
Wednesday, July 23 | 7 p.m. | PFA Theater

Still image from film CamouflageA naïve young teacher gets schooled on the social order by a disillusioned older professor in Zanussi’s powerful parable of blending in, selling out, and sucking up. Closer to his students than his fellow professors, Jaroslaw studies language, but his colleague Jakub’s interest in reptilian slime may be better preparation for survival in the academic (and political) order. “The concept of justice is rarely found in science,” drolly responds Jakub to one of Jaroslaw’s moral quandaries, triggering a series of dialogues on conflict, morality, and the benefits of idealism.

 $5.50 BAM/PFA Member; Cal Student,  $6.50 Cal Faculty and Staff; Disabled Patron; Non Cal Student; Senior Patron ( 65 & Older); General Admission Youth (17 & under),  $9.50 General admission

Workshop: Teen writing, from the inside out
July 21 – 25, 2014 every day | 9 a.m.-12 p.m. | St. Ignatius College Preparatory, 2001 37th Avenue, San Francisco

Notebook and penEver wonder what might surface in your writing if you had the time to plumb the depths of your inner voice and creativity? Discover the power of your own inspiration and experiences; enjoy the fun of writing when inspired from within. Daily writing practice involving art, nature and movement will guide you into and through the creative writing process, with time to write and share in small writing groups. Teens can join this summer workshop and let the inner writer’s voice take flight!

 $275 mail/ $286 online
Register online, or by calling 510-642-0971.


Workshop: Teen writing, the elements of fiction
July 21 – 25, 2014 every day | 12-3 p.m. | St. Ignatius College Preparatory, 2001 37th Avenue, San Francisco

Teens writing in a groupEach day’s session focuses on elements of fiction (developing character, story arc and plot, point of view, setting, dialogue, conflict) by exploring and practicing the techniques used in mentor texts. Small groups will provide feedback and inspiration in a writers’ workshop model. We will also create a group project (around a common theme, a setting in a specific fictional world or genre, or interwoven characters) in which your writing and characters will interact with others’ work. We will reach aim to create a polished piece of fiction by the end of the week.

 $275 mail/ $286 online
Register online, or by calling 510-642-0971.


Botanical garden: Summer Camp
July 21 – 25, 2014 every day | 9 a.m.-2 p.m. | UC Botanical Garden

Kids enjoying summer camp at the botanical gardenChildren can spend one magical week at the UC Botanical Garden outdoor science day camp exploring the amazing collection of plants from around the world. Each day is unique and includes walks and creek discoveries, hands-on investigations, journaling, edible gardening, animal studies, storytelling, crafts, and lots more. For ages 5-7.

 $240/$220 members
Register online, or by calling 510-643-4832, or by emailing manoux@berkeley.edu.


Exhibit: Color Shift
June 18 – August 24, 2014 every Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday | 11 a.m.-5 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Mark Rothko painting from Color ShiftInspired by Josef Albers, who taught that developing a "sensitive eye for color" was a key component of the modernist project, Color Shift explores color relationships within abstract compositions. The exhibition puts into dialogue a broad range of media and includes work by Jennifer Bartlett, Dan Flavin, Xylor Jane, Ruth Laskey, Ron Nagle, Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, and more.

 Free BAM/PFA members, UC Berkeley Students, Faculty, Staff, & Retirees; Children (12 & under),  $10 Adults (18-64),  $7 Non-UC Berkeley students, senior citizens (65 & over), disabled patrons, young adults (13-17)

Special event: Bug hunts
June 14 – September 1, 2014 every day | 11 a.m.-2 p.m. | Lawrence Hall of Science

Child examining a captive bugWhat bugs can you find right outside the Lawrence Hall of Science? Head out with a magnifying glass, net, viewer, and field journal and take a closer look at local species.



Exhibit: Seeing Things Invisible, Forrest Bess
June 11 – September 14, 2014 every Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday | 11 a.m.-5 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

For most of his career, Forrest Bess (1911–1977) lived an isolated existence in a fishing camp outside of Bay City, Texas, eking out a meager living by fishing and selling bait. By night and during the off-season, he painted prolifically, producing landscapes characterized by planar bands and primordial coded symbols derived from dreams. By meticulously recording and studying the dream symbols in his artwork, Bess hoped to uncover their universal meaning. Forrest Bess: Seeing Things Invisible presents approximately forty paintings, along with selected letters and rare works on paper.

 Free BAM/PFA members, UC Berkeley Students, Faculty, Staff, & Retirees; Children (12 & under),  $10 Adults (18-64),  $7 Non-UC Berkeley students, senior citizens (65 & over), disabled patrons, young adults (13-17)

Exhibit: Hofmann by Hofmann
July 2 – December 21, 2014 every Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday | 11 a.m.-5 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Hofmann in his painting studioAs we prepare to move to our new building in downtown Berkeley, it seems fitting to revisit the enduring vitality and generosity of Hofmann’s extraordinary gift of his paintings to the Berkeley Art Museum. “Hofmann by Hofmann” focuses on the first paintings selected personally by Hofmann for BAM/PFA. Hofmann employs contrasting colors and the arrangement of shapes into expanding and contracting forces (push-pull) to create the experience of three-dimensional space. “Space,” he wrote, “must be vital and active—a force impelled pictorial space, presented as a spiritual and unified entity, with a life of its own.”

 Free BAM/PFA member; Cal Student, Staff, Faculty, and retirees; Children (12 and under),  $10 Adults (18-64),  $7 Non-UC Berkeley students, senior citizens (65 & over), disabled patrons, young adults (13-17)

Exhibit: The James Cahill Legacy
July 23 – December 21, 2014 every Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday | 11 a.m.-5 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

One of James Cahill's paintingsThe late James Cahill, Professor Emeritus at UC Berkeley, was known as a brilliant scholar, exceptional teacher and writer, and extraordinary connoisseur and collector of Chinese and Japanese paintings. He began collecting in the mid-1950s as a Fulbright Scholar in Japan, where he encountered significantly undervalued Chinese paintings of the Ming and Qing periods. His collection became known by his studio name, Ching Yuan Chai, given to him by his own teacher, Shimada Shujiro. Today paintings associated with that studio name are among the treasures that make up the core of the BAM/PFA Chinese painting collection. In fond memory of James Cahill (1926–2014), we present this selection from the collection in tribute to his tremendous generosity and commitment to Berkeley and to BAM/PFA.

 Free BAM/PFA member; Cal Student, Staff, Faculty, and retirees; Children (12 and under),  $10 Adults (18-64),  $7 Non-UC Berkeley students, senior citizens (65 & over), disabled patrons, young adults (13-17)
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Film: The Philosopher's Stone
Thursday, July 24 | 7 p.m. | PFA Theater

Still image from The Philosopher's StoneAn update of the King Midas legend, Ray’s 1957 comedy concerns a middle-aged bank clerk who happens on a stone with alchemical properties, allowing him to turn steel into gold. Needless to say, he soon becomes one of the more popular men in town. Inserting this bit of magic into the everyday, Ray satirizes the dreams that pass for values in modern society.

 $5.50 BAM/PFA Member; Cal Student,  $6.50 Cal Faculty and Staff; Disabled Patron; Non Cal Student; Senior Patron ( 65 & Older); General Admission Youth (17 & under),  $9.50 General admission

Music: Sean Hayes
Thursday, July 24 | 6-7:30 p.m. | Redwood Grove UC Botanical Garden

Musician Sean HayesFor the past 20 years, urban troubadour Sean Hayes has been writing and singing. His song “Powerful Stuff” got him national attention. Enjoy a concert under the towering redwoods at UC Berkeley’s botanical garden.

 $26 Adult,  $24 UCBG Member Adult
Ticket includes admission to the Botanical Garden before 4:30pm. Redwood Grove doors at 5:30pm. Click the following "online" button to purchase tickets... Buy tickets online, or by calling 510-643-2755.

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Music: A Minor Forest plus Mansion
Friday, July 25 | 7:30-9 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Musicians of A Minor ForestLegendary local rock band A Minor Forest performs again after a decade-long hiatus. The group, featuring UC Berkeley alumni, is known for its complex arrangements, aggressive dynamics, and intense live performances. Their albums on Thrill Jockey Records are considered classics in the “math rock” genre. Opening act, Mansion, is a visually stimulating favorite of the underground warehouse circuit.

 $7 general Admission,  Free UC Berkeley students, faculty, and staff

Film: Office Space
Friday, July 25 | 8:45 p.m. | PFA Theater

Still image from Office SpaceBefore he created “Beavis and Butthead,” Mike Judge worked in Silicon Valley. That’s where he learned about Initech coffee mugs, carpeted cubicle dividers, and red Swinglines. It’s also where he learned about the crazed things people do to rescue their sanity from the horror of corporate makeovers. Office Space is the end product of Judge’s incubation, but what’s hatched is a monster tech firm waiting to downsize. A team of peeved programmers are the monkey wrench in this monkey business.

 $5.50 BAM/PFA Member; Cal Student,  $6.50 Cal Faculty and Staff; Disabled Patron; Non Cal Student; Senior Patron ( 65 & Older); General Admission Youth (17 & under),  $9.50 General admission

Film: A Geisha
Friday, July 25 | 7 p.m. | PFA Theater

Still image from A GeishaA Geisha is an update on the themes of the 1936 Sisters of the Gion, significantly set against the occupied Japan of 1953. It is the story of the friendship of two women, an older geisha, and Eiko, her sixteen-year-old protégée. Eiko’s initial idealism about becoming a geisha—she buys into the myth about being a national treasure—is brutally quashed.

 $5.50 BAM/PFA Member; Cal Student,  $6.50 Cal Faculty and Staff; Disabled Patron; Non Cal Student; Senior Patron ( 65 & Older); General Admission Youth (17 & under),  $9.50 General admission

Lecture: Mood matters
Friday, July 25 | 12-1 p.m. | 238 Campus Shared Services (1608 4th Street, Berkeley)

Flower blooming in the mudAre you in a mood? Do you notice that you spend lots of time in a particular mood or state of mind? Do you know how to enjoy your work? Do you know how your customers feel when they interact with you? The type of mood you’re in when you work, deliver your services, or manage your teams and clients makes the difference between profit and loss, client satisfaction and your work atmosphere. Enjoy a special presentation by the Career Wisdom Institute, covering how to love your work, appreciate differences, increase productivity and get the best out of your interactions at work.

Limited Seating: Please RSVP in bCal, course code: BECSS300.


Exhibit: Geta Brătescu
July 25 – September 28, 2014 every Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday | 11 a.m.-5 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Geta BrătescuMATRIX 254 features the work of Romanian artist Geta Brătescu (b. 1926), who has been living and working in Bucharest since the 1950s. Working across a wide range of media (graphic design, drawing, video, textiles, performance, installation, photography, and printmaking), Brătescu is a central figure in postwar Romanian art. Due primarily to Communist leader Nicolae Ceauşescu’s totalitarian regime (1967–89), which suppressed the work of avant-garde artists living and working in Romania, and the subsequent political isolation of the country, Brătescu’s work was little known to international audiences until recently. For MATRIX 254, Brătescu’s first solo exhibition in a U.S. museum, the artist presents a focused selection of key works made between the years 1977 and 2000.

 Free BAM/PFA member; Cal Student, Staff, Faculty, and retirees; Children (12 and under),  $10 Adults (18-64),  $7 Non-UC Berkeley students, senior citizens (65 & over), disabled patrons, young adults (13-17)
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Film: Days and Nights in the Forest
Saturday, July 26 | 6:30 p.m. | PFA Theater

Still image from Days and Nights in the ForestFour young men leave Calcutta for a few days in the country, trailing their westernized careerist attitudes, a middle class indifference to the lower orders, a self-satisfaction that leaves them closed to experience. Out of a series of delightfully funny mishaps as the visitors eagerly try to pursue acquaintance with their two promisingly attractive neighbors, Ray gradually distills a magical world of absolute stasis.

 $5.50 BAM/PFA Member; Cal Student,  $6.50 Cal Faculty and Staff; Disabled Patron; Non Cal Student; Senior Patron ( 65 & Older); General Admission Youth (17 & under),  $9.50 General admission

Film: The Last of England
Saturday, July 26 | 8:40 p.m. | PFA Theater

Still image from The Last of EnglandDerek Jarman’s apocalypse-now vision of Thatcher’s England is an anti–city symphony whose lyricism is put toward a portrait of the damage done. An astounding collage of urban images is edited to flow with dramatic passages—reenactments from hell—and idyllic family footage from before the fall. This nonnarrative film thus has a dramatic progression to it, even a hero: we meet him shooting up in a godforsaken corner; we see his childhood unfold as if in a dream from another lifetime. A beautiful, obsessive, disturbing work.

 $5.50 BAM/PFA Member; Cal Student,  $6.50 Cal Faculty and Staff; Disabled Patron; Non Cal Student; Senior Patron ( 65 & Older); General Admission Youth (17 & under),  $9.50 General admission
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Artist talk: Linda Geary
Sunday, July 27 | 2-5 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Artist and California College of the Arts professor, Linda Geary, and contributors to her new book, Studio Visit, discuss ideas generated by the project in an open mic forum. In 2011, Linda Geary visited one hundred Bay Area artists, writers, curators, and gallerists, bringing with her a stack of 285 color swatches that she painted as an experiment to see how many colors she could make without repetition. As part of each conversation, she asked each person to choose six colors. Later, she realized that she had asked each person to make a painting while they talked. Combined with her written recollections of each conversation, these subjective, fragmentary portraits constitute a singularly reflective representation of the Bay Area’s vibrant art community.

 Free BAM/PFA members, UC Berkeley Students, Faculty, Staff, & Retirees; Children (12 & under),  $10 Adults (18-64),  $7 Non-UC Berkeley students, senior citizens (65 & over), disabled patrons, young adults (13-17)

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