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Conference: Armenia 2016
Saturday, February 13 | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

Armenian flagThe annual Armenian studies conference includes a full day of discussions about Armenian social issues, history, civil movements, governance and geopolitical changes. The speakers include scholars, professors and analysts from Armenian and American universities. For a full agenda of the day, visit the event listing.



Botanical garden: Valentine's Day tea
Saturday, February 13 | 10-11:30 a.m. | UC Botanical Garden

Child at the Valentine's Day teaOur annual tradition returns with a lovely botanical tea in honor of Valentine’s Day. Enjoy a celebration of herbs and flowers at this educational walk and tea party. We'll use all of our senses as we explore the nature of these fragrant edibles, with a special opportunity to collect for our make-your-own tea party snacks and garden drinks. Finish the fun by making valentines from pressed botanicals to take home.
Two Program Times: 10am and 1pm. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Includes Garden admission.

 $20 Adult, $15 Adult Members,  $18 Child, $13 Member Child
Register online, or by calling 510-664-9841, or by emailing gardenprograms@berkeley.edu.


Film: Modern Times
Saturday, February 13 | 3:30 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Still image from Modern TimesChaplin’s politically outspoken film also contains some of his funniest scenes, in which Charlie causes complete chaos simply by being human.

 $12 General Admission,  $8 UC Berkeley faculty, staff, retirees; non-UC Berkeley students, 65+, 18 & under, disabled persons,  $7 BAMPFA members; UC Berkeley Students,  Free Cal Student Film Pass Holders
Tickets go on sale January 15. Buy tickets online.


Music: UC Berkeley symphony orchestra
February 12 – 13, 2016 every day | 8 p.m. | Hertz Concert Hall

UC Berkeley Symphony Orchestra UC Berkeley Symphony Orchestra performs “Suite Romance” under the direction of David Milnes, conductor. Performance includes Tchaikovsky’s Suite from Sleeping Beauty, Prokofiev’s Suite from Cinderella and Lutoslawski’s Concerto for Orchestra.

 $16 General admission (all seats unreserved)
Tickets go on sale March 9. Buy tickets online, or by calling 510-642-9988.


Exhibit: Architecture of Life
January 31 – May 29, 2016 every Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday | 11 a.m.-9 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

image Johannes Itten: Encounter, 1916; oil on canvas; 41 ⅓ x 31 ½ in.; collection of Kunsthaus Zürich. © 2015 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ProLitteris, Zürich.Architecture of Life, the inaugural exhibition in BAM/PFA's landmark new building, explores the ways that architecture—as concept, metaphor, and practice—illuminates various aspects of life experience: the nature of the self and psyche, the fundamental structures of reality, and the power of the imagination to reshape our world. Occupying every gallery in the new building, designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro, the exhibition comprises over two hundred works of art in a wide range of media, as well as scientific illustrations and architectural drawings and models, made over the past two thousand years.

 $12 General admission,  $0 UC Berkeley Students, Staff, Faculty and BAM/PFA Members,  $10 Non-UC Berkeley students, senior citizens (65 & over), disabled persons, and young adults (13-17)

Exhibit: Paintings by Jerry Carniglia
February 1 – June 3, 2016 every day | 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. | Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall Stephens Hall

Painting by CarnigliaAfter joining the Navy and serving in Vietnam, Carniglia earned a BA in English and Dramatic Arts from UC Berkeley. He then entered the Bay Area independent theater scene, designing and building sets, and serving as a founding member of the Berkeley Lights Theater Ensemble and San Francisco’s Eureka Theatre. Carniglia supported himself meanwhile as a cabinetmaker. His artistry as a fine woodworker led to gallery and museum recognition. Eventually feeling limited by the functional requirements of furniture-making, Carniglia, at age 46, earned an MFA in painting from UC Berkeley. For the rest of his life he dedicated himself to exploring abstraction in paint.


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Music: eighth blackbird
Sunday, February 14 | 7 p.m. | Hertz Concert Hall

eighth blackbirdFor Hand Eye, six dazzling young instrumentalists collude with six leading lights in contemporary composition to create a new evening-length work that defies stylistic boundaries. The Chicago-based, three-time Grammy-winning new music ensemble eighth blackbird, collaborates with the daring New York composers collective Sleeping Giant. Together, the composers create a suite for the ensemble, embracing a wide range of sounds, from rambunctiousness to lyricism, athletic virtuosity to atmospheric beauty.

 $36
Buy tickets by calling 510-642-9988, or by emailing tickets@calperformances.org.


Film:Loulou
Sunday, February 14 | 7 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Still image from LoulouIn a crowded nightclub, Nelly (Isabelle Huppert), bourgeois-bred and married to an advertising executive, is taking her passions out for air. She finds herself dancing with a happy, drunken lout, leaves with him, and stays with him. Maurice Pialat, consummate director of character, explores a woman's multifarious desires for sexual liberation in Loulou. Though the title carries the name of Gérard Depardieu's leather-jacketed lothario Loulou, it is as object, not subject.

 $12 General Admission,  $8 UC Berkeley faculty, staff, retirees; non-UC Berkeley students, 65+, 18 & under, disabled persons,  $7 BAM/PFA members; UC Berkeley students,  Free Cal Student Film Pass holders
Tickets go on sale January 15. Buy tickets online, or by calling 510-642-0808.


Film: Dishonored
Sunday, February 14 | 5 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Still image from DishonoredIn one of his funniest films, Sternberg cast Marlene Dietrich as an Austrian spy and reinvented World War I as a masquerade. Espionage is merely an excuse for Dietrich’s intrepid Agent X-27 to attend a brilliantly choreographed ball in giant feathered helmet and metallic mini-cape, fly off to the front in a taut leather jumpsuit accompanied by her black pussycat, or pose as a pasty, thick-waisted Russian maid enveloping the enemy in her voluminous skirts. As the Marlenes multiply, X-27’s adversary and lover Victor McLaglen expresses the net effect: “the more you cheat and the more you lie, the more exciting you become.”

 $12 General Admission,  $8 UC Berkeley faculty, staff, retirees; non-UC Berkeley students, 65+, 18 & under, disabled persons,  $7 BAMPFA members; UC Berkeley Students,  Free Cal Student Film Pass Holders
Tickets go on sale January 15. Buy tickets online.

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Holiday: Presidents' Day
Monday, February 15 | Academic & Administrative Holiday

US FlagAcademic and administrative holiday.


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Film: No Más Bebés
Tuesday, February 16 | 4 p.m. | 470 Stephens Hall

Film poster for No Mas BebesThey came to have their babies. They went home sterilized. The story of immigrant mothers who sued county doctors, the state, and the U.S. government after they were prodded into sterilizations while giving birth at the Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center during the 1960s and 70s. Led by an intrepid, 26-year-old Chicana lawyer and armed with hospital records secretly gathered by a whistle-blowing young doctor, the mothers faced public exposure and stood up to powerful institutions in the name of justice. Film screening will be followed by discussions with film directors and/or faculty.



Lecture: Bearing witness to the 1937 Haitian massacre
Tuesday, February 16 | 5:30-7 p.m. | 132 Boalt Hall, School of Law | Note change in location

Haitian mapEdward Paulino, professor of global history, will examine the 1937 Haitian Massacre and how Dominicans and its diaspora remember and respond to the memory of this 20th century genocide in the Americas.



Lecture: Strengthening regional food systems
Tuesday, February 16 | 6:30-8 p.m. | Wheeler Auditorium

Graphic for Edible Education 101 classMany believe the future of regenerative food in the United States is regional; James Barham of the USDA, Halie Johnston of Common Market, and Michael Rozyne of Red Tomato will be in conversation with Kathleen Frith, President of Glynwood in New York's Hudson Valley.

 $0 Free General Admission
Tickets go on sale February 2. Buy tickets online.


Exhibit: From Mendelssohn To Mendelssohn
January 26 – June 24, 2016 every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | 11 a.m.-4 p.m. | Main Gallery Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (2121 Allston Way)

Lavater and Lessing Visit Moses MendelssohnMoritz D. Oppenheim (1800-1882), often celebrated as the first modern Jewish painter, created Lavater and Lessing Visit Moses Mendelssohn in 1856. The painting portrays an imagined mid-18th century meeting among scholars and intellectual associates Moses Mendelssohn (1729-1786) and Gotthold Ephraim Lessing (1729-1781), and the Swiss theologian Johann Kaspar Lavater (1741-1801), taking place at the Mendelssohn residence in Berlin. From Mendelssohn To Mendelssohn reawakens the original setting of the painting and the history of the Mendelssohn family, including the lives and works of Moses Mendelssohn’s grandchildren, composers Fanny (1805-1847) and Felix (1809-1847), by activating the extensive holdings of German-Jewish ritual art, prints, rare volumes, manuscripts, and material culture. The installation, aimed at creating a renewed imagined space of intercultural dialog animated by the presence of a historic piano (Wieck, Dresden, ca. 1860) from UC Berkeley’s musical instrument collection, is the new setting of a salon-like space of intellectual and artistic gathering. The exhibition is part of The Mendelssohn Project, a series of lectures and musical performances at The Magnes.


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Author talk: On The Wire, Linda Williams
Wednesday, February 17 | 12-1 p.m. | Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall Stephens Hall

Book jacket for On The WireProfessor of Film & Media and Rhetoric Linda Williams is a leading film scholar specializing in popular moving-image genres, including pornography and melodrama. Her book, On The Wire, examines the HBO television series The Wire in light of genre.



Lecture: Power, accountability and human rights in a networked world
Wednesday, February 17 | 4:10-5:30 p.m. | 202 South Hall

Rebecca MacKinnonWill Facebook play a decisive role in the 2016 presidential primaries? Should Twitter be blamed for the rise of the Islamic State? Has the Chinese government successfully marginalized political dissent by controlling the companies that run China’s Internet? The fast-evolving power relationships and clashes among governments, corporations, and other non-state actors across digital networks pose fundamental challenges to how we think about governance, accountability, security, and human rights. Without new approaches to governance and accountability by public as well as private actors, the Internet of the future will no longer be compatible with the defense and protection of human rights. In this lecture, Ranking Digital Rights director Rebecca MacKinnon discusses the project’s Corporate Accountability Index as a concrete example how stakeholders around the globe are working to create new frameworks, mechanisms, and processes for holding power accountable and promoting the protection of human rights in a digitally networked world.



Noon concert: Fire Scottish Band
Wednesday, February 17 | 12:15-1 p.m. | Hertz Concert Hall

photo of Fire Scottish Band membersThe Fire Scottish Band: Rebecca Lomnicky, Scottish violin; and David Brewer, Scottish bagpipes, Irish whistles, bodhran, and guitar. Performing traditional and contemporary Scottish tunes, including Fred's Snowy Day and Roslin Castle.


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Lecture: Jules Kliot with Erin Algeo, lace in Architecture of Life
Thursday, February 18 | 6 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

LaceJoin Jules Kliot, founder and director of Berkeley’s Lacis Museum of Lace and Textiles, and Erin Algeo, manager of Lacis Museum, for a presentation in the galleries on the significance of this ethereal fabric as part of the structure of human achievement. Kliot and Algeo will share examples from the Lacis Museum collection in addition to illuminating the works on view in the Architecture of Life exhibit.

 $12 General Admission,  $10 non-UC Berkeley students, 65+, disabled persons,  Free BAMPFA members; UC Berkeley Students, Faculty, Staff, and Retirees; 18 & under + guardian
Gallery Talks are included with Gallery Admission. Buy tickets online.


Colloquium: The rise of far-right nationalism in Europe
Thursday, February 18 | 4-5:30 p.m. | Wildavsky Conference Room 2538 Channing (Inst. for the Study of Societal Issues)

Alina PolyakovaFar-right nationalist parties are on the rise in Western and Eastern Europe. Buttressed by the financial crisis of 2008, the ongoing migration crisis, and the threat of terrorist attacks, previously fringe political parties resonate with growing numbers of Europeans who are disenchanted with the European project. Many European far-right parties are also supporters of Russian President Vladimir Putin. While far-right parties are not new to Europe, Russia’s financial and ideological support for such parties, is. Alina Polyakova, deputy director of the Eurasia Center at the Atlantic Council, will discuss her book The Dark Side of European Integration. While the rise of the European far right has not been a top priority for US foreign policy, these political parties, and their ties to Russia, present a growing challenge to the transatlantic partnership.



Film: Short films from the African Film Festival 2016
Thursday, February 18 | 7 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Still image from film AfripediaThese three shorts profile new artists and movements making waves in Africa today. Drawn from a short documentary series produced by the Swedish collective Stocktown, Afripedia: Kenya takes an intimate look at Nairobi’s lively urban culture scene, with interviews with 3D artist Andrew Kaggia and the Afro-futurist Just a Band. Afripedia: Ghana heads to the capital Accra, already whispered about as “the next big thing,” to introduce us to the androgynous music star Wiyaala and the visual artist Afrogallonism. The Prophecy goes behind the scenes of photographer Fabrice Monteiro’s sweeping project on the environment in Senegal.

 $12 General Admission,  $8 UC Berkeley faculty, staff, retirees; non-UC Berkeley students, 65+, 18 & under, disabled persons,  $7 BAMPFA members; UC Berkeley Students,  Free Cal Student Film Pass Holders
Tickets go on sale January 15. Buy tickets online, or by calling 510-642-0808.


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