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Thursday

Lecture: Resources, climate change and population in Sub-Saharan Africa
Thursday, July 10 | 6-8 p.m. | Sierra Club, SF Bay Chapter, 2530 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley

Alisha GravesAlisha Graves is co-founder of the OASIS Initiative, a project of University of California, Berkeley that focuses on the Sahel region of Sub-Saharan Africa and works on three pillars: 1) to educate and empower girls, 2) to expand access to voluntary family planning and 3) to adapt agricultural practices to climate change.
Ms. Graves will discuss rapid population growth, climate change and women’s rights in Sub-Saharan Africa.



Music: Baguette Quartette and Le Jazz Hot
Thursday, July 10 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. | Redwood Grove UC Botanical Garden

Baguette Quartette musiciansEnjoy a pre-Bastille Day celebration of France at UC Berkeley’s Botanical Garden. Enjoy dinner by Babette Cafe, sweets by Tournée Bakery, cocktails by St-Germaine, and a concert in the Redwood Grove by Baguette Quartette (La Musique de Paris) and Le Jazz Hot (Gypsy Jazz), and more!

 $45,  $40 Members
Buy tickets online.


Film: The Hour-Glass Sanatorium
Thursday, July 10 | 7 p.m. | PFA Theater

Still image from the Hour Glass SanatoriumBased on Sanatorium Under the Sign of the Hourglass, by the great modernist Polish writer Bruno Schulz, The Hour-Glass Sanatorium takes the viewer on a tour through a dazzling cinematic landscape, in which the uneasy protagonist encounters the past in constant combination with surrealistic premonitions of future events. A youth journeys to visit his father in a distant sanatorium. Although the father is already dead when he arrives, the son finds that here "death" and "time" have little meaning.

 $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

Botanical garden: Summer Camp
July 7 – 11, 2014 every day | 9 a.m.-2 p.m. | UC Botanical Garden

Kids enjoying summer camp at the botanical gardenChildren spend one 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 children aged 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: Envisioning human rights
April 23 – September 21, 2014 every Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday | 11 a.m.-5 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Envisioning human rights logoThis exhibit includes paintings, photographs, and prints by emerging artist/activists from across the state, addressing critical human rights issues. In conjunction with this juried exhibition, the exhibit will also present a selection of works from the Abu Ghraib series by world-renowned artist Fernando Botero that the artist generously donated to BAM/PFA in recognition of Berkeley’s historic role in the arena of human rights.



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)
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Film: The Life of Oharu
Friday, July 11 | 7:30 p.m. | PFA Theater

Still image from the Life of OharuMizoguchi considered The Life of Oharu his masterpiece, and critics have placed it among the greatest films of all time. Based on a seventeenth-century novel by Saikaku, The Woman Who Loved Love, it chronicles the decline of a beautiful court lady who is exiled, along with her family, for having loved a page. Sold by her father as a courtesan, she is gradually stripped of social respectability until she is reduced to prostitution and beggary.

 $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: Gabriel Saloman Plus
Friday, July 11 | 7:30 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Gabriel Salomanxperience Gabriel Saloman’s densely atmospheric, reverb-drenched, minor-mode soundscapes filling BAM/PFA’s interior space. Salomon, best known for his work as half of Yellow Swans, is a Vancouver-based musician and artist who has been performing experimental, conceptual, and freely improvised music for over fifteen years. Moving from twisted psychedelic pop into darker sonic exploration, the duo Father Murphy (Rev. Freddie Murphy and Chiara Lee) utilizes kabbalistic chanting, chiming bells, and tinny drones played on toy keyboards to create the sound of “Italian Cult Psychedelia.”

 $7 General Admission,  Free BAM/PFA Members, UC Berkeley Students, faculty, staff, and retirees, children (12 & under)
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Film: Pather Panchali
Saturday, July 12 | 6 p.m. | PFA Theater

Still image from Pather PanchaliThe first film in Satyajit Ray's celebrated Apu Trilogy centers around the boy Apu's impoverished Brahmin family living in their ancestral village in rural Bengal. The father is a would-be poet, playwright, and priest; the mother, a realist terrorized by wicked neighbors and the prospect of tomorrow. In his quiet optimism and her despair, the family's days obtain an ongoing rhythm. But the film's unlikely driving force is found in Apu's sister Durga, who will steal all she can of life before death steals her; and in an ancient "Auntie," despised for clinging to life like a withering vine.

 $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: Jubilee
Saturday, July 12 | 8:30 p.m. | PFA Theater

Still image from JubileeIn 1578 Queen Elizabeth 1 (Jenny Runacre) and her court astrologer, Dr. John Dee (Rocky Horror Show creator Richard O’Brien), travel into the future to a postapocalyptic wasteland featuring outlaw girl gangs fighting media moguls and big business. Punk icons Wayne County and Adam Ant perform electrifying numbers, and Brian Eno provides his first original film score.

 $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

Special event: Bug Out! Family day
Saturday, July 12 | 12-3 p.m. | Lawrence Hall of Science

Children play with toy bugs for Bug Out dayInspire young children for a lifetime of learning by making butterfly wings, creating bug sunprints, and going on a Bug Hunt at the Lawrence Hall of Science.


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Lecture: Michael Cherney on Yuezhou
Sunday, July 13 | 2 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Photo of a figure overlooking a wide landscapePhotographer, calligrapher, and book artist Michael Cherney unrolls his extraordinary handscroll Yuezhou (Procession of Ships), a recent BAM/PFA acquisition, and guides us through viewing it. Cherney’s distinctive work combines photography with the subject matter, aesthetics, materials, and formats of classical Chinese painting.

 $0 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)

Film: My Other Self
Sunday, July 13 | 3:30 p.m. | PFA Theater

Still image from Happy Birthday MoonAre we ever exactly what we want to be? Could we be someone else, someone better, or even just someone exuberantly untamed? These questions find possible answers in animated form, based on books by Mwenye Hadithi, Jack Kent, Rudyard Kipling, Maurice Sendak, and others. Film screening of animated films based on illustrated children’s books will be followed by a thirty-minute presentation by author and illustrator, Julie Downing.

 $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: Aparajito
Sunday, July 13 | 6 p.m. | PFA Theater

Still image from AparajitoThe second entry in Satyajit Ray’s Apu Trilogy, after Pather Panchali, Aparajito continues the story of a Bengali family after they leave their home to travel to the holy city of Benares on the banks of the Ganges. The boy Apu proceeds a little further along the road of experience and the viewpoint of the film changes with his. Aparajito focuses on Apu in his personal and human relationships, above all in his changing relationship with his mother. Ray observes with remarkable insight and discretion the theme of the sacrifices parents may make in equipping their children for a world they can never really share.

 $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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Workshop: Teen flash fiction
July 14 – 18, 2014 every day | 1-4 p.m. | Tolman Hall

Teens writingFlash fiction is short! 500-750 words that tell a story. We will practice immersive and craft techniques or exercises borrowed from drama to produce work during and outside of the class, and follow a more in-depth workshop model in which participants question their own text, share it with others, and get feedback from a group setting. We will also explore opportunities for submission/publication.

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


Workshop: Teen writing, the personal statement
July 14 – 18, 2014 every day | 1-4 p.m. | Tolman Hall

Notebook and penExcited about college, but scared of writing the personal statement for the application? Not sure how to show off your strengths without looking like, well, a show-off? Want to stand out as an individual without coming across as a weirdo? Struggle with writing in a way that is clear and coherent, yet innovative and interesting? Walk out of this workshop with a draft of your personal statement for college applications.

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

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Film: The Big Lebowski
Wednesday, July 16 | 7 p.m. | PFA Theater

Still image from The Big Lebowski with Jeff BridgesThe official approach to a bowling lane is seven by sixteen feet. That means the sport takes place on 112 square feet of well-oiled lumber. All the spheroid gestures and delivery gyrations are confined to that insignificant rectangle; once the ball is down the lane, it’s definitely out of your hands. Jeff Bridges’s immortal pothead, “the Dude,” and his pals of the polyurethane orb (John Goodman, Steve Buscemi) utter the f-word 292 times, blabbing an average of almost three utterances per square foot of the approach and only eight shy of a perfect game. Laughter to spare.

 $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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