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Sports: Martial arts tournament
Saturday, October 25 | 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. | Field House Recreational Sports Facility

Yongmudo Tournament PhotoTaekwondo. Karate. Wushu. Tai Chi. Yongmudo. Five martial arts, one great competition spanning the breadth of martial arts that UC Berkeley has to offer. Come and watch this fascinating event, which serves as a sampler platter of martial arts goodness, from the high, twisting kicks and flared weapons of wushu to the quiet, circular balance breaking of tai chi's push hands. Experience yongmudo's competition featuring both sparring and a skit competition.

 $5 General Admission,  $3 Student I.D.,  Free Ages 6 and under
Must purchase through the RSF cashier's office. Tickets go on sale October 25. Buy tickets by calling Cashier @ recreational sports facility at 510-642-3268, or by emailing Cashier @ recreational sports facility at

 $20 First event,  $5 Each additional event
Registration opens October 3. Register by October 22 online, or by calling Charles Kunzman at 510-642-3268, or by emailing Charles Kunzman at

Film: Eliso, with live musical accompaniment
Saturday, October 25 | 6:30 p.m. | PFA Theater

Still image from ElisoThis historical epic evokes the tragic fate of a nation pacified in 1864 by the Tsarist Russian Empire. When authorities begin to appropriate arable lands, the peasants are forced to evacuate under terrible conditions. In the village of Verdi, we find Eliso, whose love for Vazho is encumbered by differences of class and religion. Yet the most overwhelming passion in this cherished classic is the depiction of Georgia’s majestic landscape and the deep-rooted traditions of its people. One of the great early figures in Georgian cinema, Nikoloz Shengelaia was the head of an enormously influential family of film professionals. The clan included not only his wife, the celebrated actress Nato Vachnadze, and their sons, Eldar and Giorgi, who became prominent directors; but also Vachnadze’s sister, Kira Andronikashvili, who stars in Eliso. Film will be accompanied by live music performed by Trio Kavkasia.

 $10 UC Berkeley Students,  $15 BAM/PFA Members,  $18 UC Berkeley faculty and staff; Non-UC Berkeley students; 65+; Disabled persons; 17 & under,  $20 General Admission
Buy tickets online, or by calling 510-642-5249.

Film: Full Metal Jacket
Saturday, October 25 | 8:45 p.m. | PFA Theater

Still image from Full Metal JacketWar was no stranger, but the Vietnam War was different. It was a war run like a business with a PR firm on retainer. Ideology was a thing of the past—no great banner of justice waved in the winds of this war. Kubrick begins on Parris Island, home to the Marine Corps boot camp, singling out a platoon of young GIs, little more than unsullied ore for the smelter of combat. Gunnery Sergeant Hartman, the drill instructor played by real-deal Lee Ermey, is an unrelenting brute whose sole task is to make his wards kill-ready. Assigned glib names by Gunny, the recruits—sharp-witted Joker (Matthew Modine), rustic Cowboy (Arliss Howard), and doltish Gomer Pyle (Vincent D’Onofrio)—are systematically bullied into becoming retooled warriors, relying on militarized allegiances that value virility, camaraderie, and a jocular misogyny. Properly processed, these anxious killing machines find themselves in Da Nang in 1968, just as the Tet Offensive surges across the paddies.

 $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: Carmina Burana and Bach
October 24 – 25, 2014 every day | 8-10 p.m. | Hertz Concert Hall

Event poster for Carmina Burana and BachThe University Chorus, Chamber Chorus, and Chamber Orchestra will perform Orff’s thunderous Carmina Burana. Soloists will include Candace Johnson, Thomas Glenn and Zachary Gordin. The program will also include works by J.S. Bach, including Sanctus BWV 238, Cantata BWV 12 Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen, and Cantata BWV 29 Wir danken dir.

 $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

Special event: Happy creepy Halloween
October 25 – 26, 2014 every day | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. | Lawrence Hall of Science

Girl looks at spiders in a tankHalloween is in full, creepy bloom at the Lawrence Hall of Science. Meet some of the slimiest, scaliest, and hairiest creatures you'll ever see, in our Animal Discovery Room. Play with tarantulas and snakes, hunt for salamanders and frogs, and meet other spooky creatures like Bunnicula the Vampire Bunny and Wart the Witch's Toad. Do Halloween-themed engineering activities with a “haunted” robot developed by UC Berkeley's Pioneers in Engineering (PiE). Design and build your own robot in a special Halloween-themed Design Quest engineering station, then test which items your robot can drop into the Witches' Cauldron. From gooey eyeballs to skeletons, which spooky items will you and your robot find in the witches' brew?

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

John Brewster, Jr. (attributed to): Portrait of a Boy in Green, c. 1805–10; oil on canvas; 53 ¾ x 32 ¼ in.; gift of W. B. Carnochan.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: Mary Todd Lincoln, 1880, 2007; oil on marble; 44 x 35 in.; courtesy of the artist.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

Sex ed imageFrom 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.

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Film: KPFA On The Air
Sunday, October 26 | 7 p.m. | PFA Theater

Still image from KPFA On The AirApril 15 is an auspicious day—not for taxes, but as the momentous day when KPFA in Berkeley began broadcasting, sixty-five years ago. The first manifestation of Pacifica Foundation, listener-supported KPFA was the radical brainchild of Lewis Hill, who believed that radio should not be commercialized blather, but a meaningful and participatory aspect of a community’s cultural life. Though the station has undergone upheavals, KPFA remains a through-line in Berkeley’s political history. Veronica Selver’s captivating documentary richly illustrates a history few of us know, particularly the first decades when luminaries such as Dick Gregory, Pauline Kael, William Mandel, Kenneth Rexroth, Elsa Knight Thompson and Alan Watts were regular contributors to the community air. Special guests will attend the screening, including filmmaker Veronica Selver, Sharon Wood, former KPFA news director Alan Snitow, former KPFA station manager Larry Bensky, and Pacifica historian Matthew Lasar.

 $9.50 General Admission,  $6.50 UC Berkeley faculty, staff, and retirees; Non-UC Berkeley students; Senior citizens (65 & over); Disabled persons; Youth (17 & under),  $5.50 BAM/PFA members; UC Berkeley students

Lecture: Religion, state and society in Pakistan
Sunday, October 26 | 3:30-5:30 p.m. | Maude Fife Room (315) Wheeler Hall

Ayesha SiddiqaDr. Ayesha Siddiqa, civilan military analyst and political commentator, is a graduate of King's College London where she did her PhD in War studies in 1996. She has written extensively on Pakistan military and her research has covered issues varying from Pakistan military's covert development on military technology, defensive game theory, nuclear deterrence, arms procurement, arms production to civil-military relations in Pakistan. In this lecture she will discuss issues of state and religion in present-day Pakistan. UC Berkeley associate professor of history, Janaki Bakhle, will moderate the discussion.

Music: Richard Goode, piano
Sunday, October 26 | 3 p.m. | Zellerbach Hall

Richard GoodeGoode brings a singular nobility and grace to Schubert's final three sonatas. These harmonically sophisticated works offer a rare depth of expression and range-a perfect match for Goode's keen intellect and crystalline sound.

 $32 and up
Buy tickets online, or by calling 510-642-9988, or by emailing

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Lecture: Were the framers right about Constitutional design?
Monday, October 27 | 4:10 p.m. | Chevron Auditorium International House

Thomas GinsburgThe founding fathers were political theorists of the highest order, and founded the modern era of constitutional design. But how have their propositions fared over the course of the subsequent two centuries, in which over 900 constitutions have been written? This lecture summarizes empirical work on constitutions relevant to the founders' conjectures about design. Professor Tom Ginsburg is one of the world’s leading scholars in the field of constitutional studies, particularly renowned for his work in the field of comparative law-and-society studies. He is one of America’s foremost experts on Japanese law and on Asian judicial institutions. Among his many publications are the books Judicial Review in New Democracies (2003), an acknowledged classic in the field that was the winner of the C. Herman Pritchett Award from the American Political Science Association; The Endurance of National Constitutions (2009), also awarded a best book prize by the APSA.

Lecture: Equality of opportunity
Monday, October 27 | 4-6 p.m. | Goldberg Room, 297 Simon Hall Boalt Hall, School of Law

T. M. ScanlonProfessor Thomas M. Scanlon is Alford Professor of natural religion, moral philosophy, and civil polity at Harvard University. He has published papers on freedom of expression, the nature of rights, conceptions of welfare, and theories of justice, as well as on foundational questions in moral theory. Professor Scanlon's teaching has included courses on theories of justice, equality, and recent ethical theory. In this lecture he will discuss the anatomy of equality of opportunity.

RSVP by October 22 by calling 510-642-3627, or by emailing

Lecture: Slum health in Brazil
Monday, October 27 | 12 p.m. | TBD UC Berkeley Campus

Slum area in BrazilAs Brazil transitions from a low- to a high-income nation, the juxtaposition of traditional infectious diseases with emerging non-communicable diseases creates a new public health syndrome called non-communicable disease-associated infectious diseases (NCDAID). This new syndrome disproportionately affects residents of urban settlements known as slums or “favelas.” Lee Riley, MD, is a professor and head of Division of Infectious Disease and Vaccinology at UC Berkeley’s School of Public Health.

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.

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Reading: Anne Nesbet
Tuesday, October 28 | 12-1:30 p.m. | Morrison Library, 101 Doe Library Doe Library

Anne NesbetAnne Nesbet, UC Berkeley professor of slavic languages and literature, will discuss her work and research in early Soviet culture, Sergei Eisenstein, silent film, Russian and Soviet film, children’t literature and neurobiology and film. She is the author of Savage Junctures: Sergei Eisenstein and the Shape of Thinking as well as two Young Adult novels, The Cabinet of Earths and A Box of Gargoyles.

Film: The Boys From Fengkuei
Tuesday, October 28 | 7 p.m. | PFA Theater

Still image from The Boys From FengkueiThe film follows the fortunes of a trio of bored teenagers who move from the small island of Fengkuei to the port of Kaohsiung in southern Taiwan, showing with sympathy and quiet humor a whole social stratum dispossessed of the Taiwanese economic dream and wandering aimlessly without a clear sense of purpose. Chen Kuo-hou’s striking camerawork stresses the desolate beauty of the youths’ Fengkuei existence and the more intense (but less secure) life of bustling Kaohsiung.

 $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.

Seminar: Cindy Im and Asian Americans in the performing arts
Tuesday, October 28 | 12:30 p.m. | Durham Studio Theater (Dwinelle Hall)

Cindy ImCindy Im, a professional actress based in the Bay Area (and an UC Berkeley graduate), discusses what it’s really like to have a career as a performing artist, as well as ways to overcome obstacles to considering careers in theater. Im is an actor, singer and performer. She most recently appeared in American Conservatory Theater and La Jolla Playhouse’s co-production of The Orphan of Zhao. Other notable credits include Viola and Sebastian in Twelfth Night (California Shakespeare Theater), The Snow Queen (San Jose Repertory Theatre), Stuck Elevator and 4000 Miles (American Conservatory Theater).

Lecture: The queering of post-black art
Tuesday, October 28 | 5-7 p.m. | BCNM Commons, 340 Moffitt Library Moffitt Undergraduate Library

Glenn Ligon, Malcolm X (Version 1) #1, 2000. Vinyl-based paint, silkscreen ink, and gesso on canvas. 96 × 72 in.Through a critical investigation of the controversial notion of post-black, this lecture will explore the impact that sexual politics and queer identities have on our understanding of blackness as a set of visual, cultural, and intellectual concerns. Derek Conrad Murray is an interdisciplinary theorist specializing in the history, theory and criticism of contemporary art. He holds a Ph.D. in art history from Cornell University. Murray is currently Assistant Professor in the History of Art and Visual Culture at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

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