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Noon concert: UC Berkeley symphony orchestra
Wednesday, October 29 | 12:15-1 p.m. | Hertz Concert Hall

Cello section of the UC Berkeley symphony orchestraDavid Milnes conducts the UC Berkeley symphony orchestra in a performance of Rachmaninoff's Symphonic Dances.

Lecture: Bassem Youssef on free speech and social change
Wednesday, October 29 | 8-10 p.m. | Zellerbach Hall

Bassem YoussefUC Berkeley commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Free Speech Movement with a conversation moderated by Chancellor Nicholas B. Dirks and featuring satirist and columnist Bassem Youssef. A former Egyptian cardiac surgeon, Youssef is a champion for free speech in Egypt and host of "Al-Bernameg" ("The Program"), a satirical news program recently taken off the air by authorities. Youssef's wit and intellect has been compared to that of Jon Stewart, and in 2013 he was named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by TIME magazine.

 $20 and up
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Panel discussion: Soda taxes and the costs of obesity
Wednesday, October 29 | 5-7 p.m. | 125 Li Ka Shing Center

Soda bottlesSoda taxes are on the ballot in both Berkeley and San Francisco, and the American Beverage Association is spending heavily to defeat the measures. Join Dean Stefano Bertozzi and a panel of experts on the issue for a lively discussion of the ins and outs of soda taxes and the importance of addressing the increasing societal costs of obesity. Panelists include Dr. Kris Madsen of UC Berkeley’s School of Public Health, Berkeley City council member Laurie Capitelli, and Fernando Quintero with Berkeley’s Media Studies group.

Lecture: The causes of wrongful conviction
Wednesday, October 29 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | Freight and Salvage, 2020 Addison St., Berkeley

Justin BrooksProfessor Justin Brooks is the Director of the California Innocence Project, the Institute for Criminal Defense Advocacy, and California Western’s LL.M. in Trial Advocacy Specializing in Federal Criminal Law. He practiced as a criminal defense attorney in Washington D.C., Michigan, and Illinois, and is the author of the only legal casebook devoted to the topic of wrongful convictions. In 2010, California Lawyer Magazine awarded him the prestigious “Lawyer of the Year” award. In this lecture, he will discuss some of the causes of wrongful conviction, and what may lay ahead.

 $10 general admission,  Free to OLLI members and UC Berkeley faculty, staff, and students (with OLLI or UC Berkeley ID)
Tickets in advance or at the door. All purchases are nonrefundable. Buy tickets online.

Panel discussion: A forum on Syria
Wednesday, October 29 | 6-7:30 p.m. | Free Speech Movement Café (Moffitt Library)

Syrian FlagOver the past three years, more than 100,000 Syrians have died and millions have been displaced in the escalating civil war between the Syrian Central Government, which is fighting to remain in power, and ethno-sectarian forces and combatants determined to create an Islamic State. Join Professors Fred H. Lawson and Christian Sinclair, experts on the Middle East, to discuss the conflict and its ramifications.

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: 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: 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: 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.

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.


Film: The Activist
Thursday, October 30 | 7 p.m. | PFA Theater

Still image from The ActivistScorned during its day, The Activist is re-activated for your renewed perusal. Activist-turned-actor Michael Smith plays a radical opposed to the war in Vietnam in this youth-market entry, shot on the streets of Berkeley. With its street-smart lead and proximity to the antiwar protests it appropriates, The Activist claims an authenticity out of reach to others of its ilk. A member of the Oakland Seven, “Stop the Draft” activists tried for conspiracy in Alameda County, Smith plays a version of himself, a committed Berkeley activist contesting the war in Vietnam. After a demonstration goes bad, he seeks refuge at a friend’s house and there meets Lee, played by real-life girlfriend Leslie Gilbrun. This seat-of-its-pants pic alternates between the budding romance, Lee’s fitful coming to political awareness, and plans to occupy the draft induction center and its resulting skirmish.

 $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

Panel discussion: Music and protest
Thursday, October 30 | 12:30-2 p.m. | Banatao Auditorium Sutardja Dai Hall

Mavis StaplesMusic has always played a key role in protest movements. As part of the campus's celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Free Speech Movement, panelists will discuss the historic role of music in social change. Panelists include jazz legend Mavis Staples; UC Berkeley professors of history Mark Peterson and Waldo Martin; the founder of Arhoolie Records, Chris Strachwitz, and PhD candidate and jazz vocalist, Kim Nalley.

Science@Cal: Fact, myth and controversy of GMO foods
Thursday, October 30 | 6:30-8 p.m. | Banatao Auditorium, 310 Sutardja Dai Hall Sutardja Dai Hall

Graphic of food plantsWe care about the food we eat. So, what should we know about GMOs? Join eminent scientists from UC Berkeley to understand the basic scientific principles behind Genetically Modified Organisms and the socioeconomic and environmental implications of their use.

Music: Mavis Staples
Thursday, October 30 | 8 p.m. | Zellerbach Hall

Mavis StaplesGrammy Lifetime Achievement Award-winner Mavis Staples lends her voice to songs introspective and uplifting, from the gospel standards and civil rights anthems she sang for decades, to wide-ranging pop music born from collaborations with artists like The Band and Nick Lowe. Staples will perform selections from her latest recording “One True Vine”. Her appearance is in association with UC Berkeley's On the Same Page program, marking the 50th anniversary of the Free Speech Movement.

 $18 and up
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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
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Film: Eyes Wide Shut
Friday, October 31 | 7:30 p.m. | PFA Theater

Still image from Eyes Wide ShutKubrick had been mesmerized by Schnitzler’s erotic novella since the late sixties, trying several times to arouse interest in the adaptation. This traumnovelle, literally “dreamstory,” involves a married couple, played by real-life duo Tom Cruise as Dr. Bill Harford and Nicole Kidman as Alice H., who free fall through a psychological landscape of libido and longing. The first steps toward their eventual plunge are delicate and untended as they tease each other with fantastical seductions and saucy dreams, all leading to that accelerating drop into appetite. A truly erotic outing, Eyes Wide Shut is like a caution sign on the road of excess.

 $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: How to assemble a bacteria cell
Friday, October 31 | 2-3 p.m. | 390 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

Graphic of bacteriaIn this discussion, University of Washington professor of bioengineering, Paul Wiggoins, will outline the current understanding of bacterial organization and present new insights based on our recent experiments. Genome-scale analysis reveals complexity in patterning and in the behavior of DNA-binding proteins.

Music: UC Berkeley symphony orchestra, Rachmaninoff and Prokofiev
October 31 – November 1, 2014 every day | 8-10 p.m. | Hertz Concert Hall

UC Berkeley Symphony Orchestra posterDavid 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

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Botanical garden: The hungry owl project
Saturday, November 1 | 1-2:30 p.m. | UC Botanical Garden

Barn OwlLearn 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

Special event: Lawrence Hall of Science gala
Saturday, November 1 | 6:30-9:30 p.m. | Lawrence Hall of Science

Inspiring Young Minds GalaUnleash 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.

 $250 General Ticket,  $500 Patron Ticket,  $1,000 Sponsor Ticket
Buy tickets online, or by calling Linda Rafferty at 510-664-4921, or by emailing Linda Rafferty at

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