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Special event: Lawrence Hall of Science gala
Saturday, November 1 | 6:30-9:30 p.m. | Lawrence Hall of Science
Unleash your inner child and treat your inquiring mind to an imaginative Gala benefitting the Lawrence Hall of Science. Rubbing elbows with actual scientists, test your ingenuity with hands-on activities to see how small-scale tinkering leads to large-scale innovation. Come celebrate the Hall's continued success in sparking interest in science and supporting lifelong fascinations as you enjoy inventive food, cocktails, and entertainment in a dynamic program. Special guests include 2013 Nobel Laureate Randy W. Schekman and San Francisco Giants announcer Renel Brooks-Moon.
Buy tickets online, or by calling Linda Rafferty at 510-664-4921, or by emailing Linda Rafferty at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Conference: Chile-California conference
Saturday, November 1 | 8 a.m.-6:45 p.m. | 105 Stanley Hall
This annual conference aims to promote the exchange of ideas and create an international collaboration between faculty, students, entrepreneurs, and professionals from Chile and California. This initiative started in 2012 as a collaborative work between Chilean students in UC Davis, Stanford, and UC Berkeley supported by the Chilean General Consulate in San Francisco, Chile Global, and the Chile-California Council. This year’s conference will be focused on the social and economic challenges that Chile and California share. How to innovate and grow while striving for an inclusive and sustainable development that reduces existing levels of inequality? Speakers include Ambassador of Chile Juan Gabriel Valdes, Berkeley economist Emmanuel Saez, and more.$22.09
Tickets go on sale October 1. Buy tickets online, or or by emailing email@example.com.
Botanical garden: The hungry owl project
Saturday, November 1 | 1-2:30 p.m. | UC Botanical Garden
Learn about owls in the Bay Area and their natural history. Visit with a live ambassador owl and have your questions answered by owl experts.$15/$10 members; $5 youth (3-17)
Register online, or by calling 510-643-2755, or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Music: UC Berkeley symphony orchestra, Rachmaninoff and Prokofiev
October 31 – November 1, 2014 every day | 8-10 p.m. | Hertz Concert Hall
David Milnes, conducts the UC Berkeley symphony orchestra in a performance of Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances and Prokofiev’s Sinfonia Concertante. Performance will feature Melondy Huang, cello soloist.$16 general admission (all seats unreserved), $12 students (non-UCB), seniors, $5 UC Berkeley students (student ID required)
Advance tickets from the Zellerbach Hall ticket office or at the door starting one hour before the performance. Buy tickets online, or by calling 510-642-9988, or by emailing email@example.com.
Theater: Rabbit Hole
October 30 – November 1, 2014 every day | 8 p.m. | Room 7 Zellerbach Hall
This Pulitzer Prize-winning play follows a married couple coping with the death of their four year-old son. As the horrific accident twists their closest relationships and challenges their deepest-held beliefs, the play reveals that their version of reality - their rabbit hole - could belong to anyone.$15 General Admission, $10 students, seniors, UCB faculty & staff
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.
Exhibit: American Wonder
October 1 – December 21, 2014 every Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday | 11 a.m.-5 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
American Wonder captures our burgeoning nation during a time of enormous change, from the Declaration of Independence in 1776 to the onset of the Civil War in 1861. The exhibition includes approximately fifty portraits, landscapes, commemorative mourning pictures, weather vanes, and decorative sculptures from the BAM/PFA collection. This distinguished collection is one of the finest of American folk art in California.$10 General Admission, $7 Non-UC Berkeley students; Senior citizens (65 & over); Disabled persons; Young adults (13-17), $0 BAM/PFA Members; UC Berkeley students, faculty, staff, and retirees; Children (12&under)
Exhibit: Joseph Holtzman
October 17 – December 21, 2014 every Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday | 11 a.m.-5 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Joseph Holtzman’s unusual artistic sensibility evolved from his close study of historical painting and his connoisseurship of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century decorative arts. His themes and motifs draw on these diverse sources as well as allude to family and friends, cultural personalities, historical figures, and literary characters. Balancing his wide-ranging references is an intensely sensual connection to paint and surface. Holtzman (b. 1957) is highly attentive to the unique qualities of color and texture that can be expressed through the medium of paint on various grounds. His palette is fantastically rich and varied and he achieves remarkable chromatic and tonal effects by exploiting not only the transparency of the oil medium but also the unusual capacity of marble—his favorite surface—to absorb and reflect light.$10 General Admission, $7 Non-UC Berkeley students; Senior citizens (65 & over); Disabled persons; Young adults (13-17), $0 BAM/PFA Members; UC Berkeley students, faculty, staff, and retirees; Children (12&under)
Exhibit: Birds Do It, Bees Do It
September 8, 2014 – February 28, 2015 every day | Bernice Layne Brown Gallery Doe Library
From junior high school hygiene films to websites, public health campaigns, scientific studies, children’s books, bodice-ripper novels and (sometimes) parents, Americans have always found ways to learn about sex. That information has at times been incorrect or incomplete, and has rarely been delivered without a larger political or moral agenda. While attitudes towards sex education swing from the blissfulness of ignorance to the empowerment of liberation, every generation finds new ways to answer the old questions. Our desire to learn about desire has not changed. This exhibition draws from the resources of campus libraries, from our academic programs, and from social services provided for the Berkeley campus community.
Music: Jorge Federico Osorio, piano
Sunday, November 2 | 3 p.m. | Hertz Concert Hall
Jorge Federico Osorio blends a refined interpretive skill with his sterling technique for Mussorgsky's beloved and opulent suite Pictures at an Exhibition. For Schubert's gripping final piano sonata, Osorio applies a poet's sensibility, revealing new qualities in the familiar work. The performance features works by Bach, Schubert, Tchaikovsky, Albeniz, Castro, & Mussorgsky.$32 and up
Buy tickets online, or by calling 510-642-9988, or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lecture: Cheryl Haines on creative interventions and social activation
Monday, November 3 | 7:30-9 p.m. | David Brower Center, 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley
Cheryl Haines has curated numerous exhibitions for both local and internationally-renowned artists. Haines will share details of the behind-the-scenes process of curating and assembling an exhibition, spotlighting her current work, @Large: Ai Weiwei on Alcatraz, for which Ai Weiwei (艾未未) has created sculpture, sound and mixed-media installations for the infamous former prison. Haines will look at how exhibitions can “intervene” in a space to provoke thought, stimulate the sense, and incite social action.Tickets are available online and at the door. Ticketed attendees will be admitted on a first come, first served basis.
Buy tickets online, or by calling 510-495-3505, or by emailing email@example.com.
Panel discussion: Religion and the art of the novel
Monday, November 3 | 6 p.m. | Sibley Auditorium, Bechtel Engineering Center
Marilynne Robinson is a professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop and author of Gilead, which won the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the 2004 National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction. She is also the author of four books of nonfiction, The Death of Adam, Absence of Mind, When I Was a Child I Read Books, and Mother Country. In 2013, Robinson was awarded the National Humanities Medal. In this panel discussion, Marilynne Robinson will be joined by UC Berkeley professors Dorothy Hale (English), Jonathan Sheehan (History), and Robert Hass (English), to discuss religion and the art of the novel.
Lecture: Marilynne Robinson on the question of audience in Shakespeare
Monday, November 3 | 1 p.m. | Sibley Auditorium, Bechtel Engineering Center
Marilynne Robinson is a professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop and author of Gilead, which won the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the 2004 National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction. She is also the author of four books of nonfiction, The Death of Adam, Absence of Mind, When I Was a Child I Read Books, and Mother Country. In 2013, Robinson was awarded the National Humanities Medal. Her Avenali lecture will consider the question of audience in the work of Shakespeare and be followed by a response by UC Berkeley professor of English, Jeffrey Knapp.
Panel discussion: Soil health
Monday, November 3 | 4-5:30 p.m. | Morgan Lounge Morgan Hall
Soil health is the basis for the ecosystem services that soils deliver to society, such as plant growth, erosion control, and pollutant mitigation. Its great importance to agriculture has prompted the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to develop a national Soil health Initiative to meet the challenges of farming in the 21st century. Important questions remain as to how these practices should be implemented and their results assessed. Does managing for soil health differ from the management practices in organic farming? Can soil health be quantified or is it only an intangible, qualitative concept? Our panel, which includes academic, agency, and grower perspectives, will discuss these and other questions that are driving new research and stimulating changes in the way agriculture is done today.
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.
Social event: Election night watch party
Tuesday, November 4 | 5 p.m. | Location TBD Moses Hall
Join fellow political junkies to watch the returns on a big screen. Who will win the close Oakland Mayor's race? Will the Republicans take over the Senate? Can Neal Kasharki overcome his 35+ point deficit to beat Governor Jerry Brown? Come and find out!
Author talk: Walter Benjamin: A Critical Life
Tuesday, November 4 | 5-7 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall
Join the authors and editor of Walter Benjamin: A Critical Life (Harvard University Press, 2014) moderated by Martin Jay, UC Berkeley professor of history. Authors Howard Eiland and Michael W. Jennings have been collaborating since the early 1990s on translating and editing the works of Walter Benjamin, including The Arcades Project, Berlin Childhood around 1900, On Hashish, Early Writings 1910-1917, and the four volumes of the Selected Writings. In this discussion they will discuss their work and Benjamin's thought as a lens through which to observe the sweeping socio-political changes around the globe.
Social event: Pet Hugs
Tuesday, November 4 | 12-1 p.m. | Sproul Plaza
Come and get your instant stress relief with adorable dogs from ARF, Tony La Russa's Animal Rescue Foundation. Studies show interaction with companion animals lowers blood pressure, reduces anxiety and otherwise improves one’s physical and mental health.
Panel discussion: California water conflicts
Wednesday, November 5 | 7 p.m. | David Brower Center, 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley
This panel discussion will focus on past and present water debates in California, which has been called “the most hydrologically altered landmass on the planet.” We will examine California’s water history, exploring the successes and failures of three major water redistribution projects: Mono Lake, San Joaquin River, and the Hetch Hetchy Aqueduct. Special guests will include Mono Lake Committee's Geoff McQuilkin; Natural Resources Defense Council's Monty Schmitt and Friant Water Authority's Steve Ottemoeller in discussion about the San Joaquin River; and Restore Hetch Hetchy's Spreck Rosekrans and the San Francisco Public Utility Commission's Michael Carlin in discussion about Hetch Hetchy Valley.RSVP online.
Author talk: Our Word is Our Bond, Marianne Constable
Wednesday, November 5 | 12-1 p.m. | Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall Stephens Hall
Professor of rhetoric Marianne Constable specializes in legal rhetoric and philosophy, Anglo-American legal traditions, continental philosophy, and contemporary law and society. Her book, Our Word is Our Bond: How Legal Speech Acts, proposes understanding law as language, rather than as primarily rules, policy, or force. Words can be misspoken, misheard, misunderstood, or misappropriated; they can be inappropriate, inaccurate, dangerous, or wrong. When speech goes wrong, law often steps in as itself a speech act. Constable will speak briefly about her work and then open the floor for discussion.
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