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Lecture: Chemistry of plant fibers and dyes
Saturday, March 8 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. | UC Botanical Garden
What is a dye, and what distinguishes it from a pigment? What is typical of plant fibers as compared to animal fibers? In this lecture, organic chemist Margareta Sequin will give an introduction to the chemistry of color and to the special structures of colorful plant substances that can be used as dyes on fibers. (No previous chemistry knowledge required).$25, $20 members
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Symposium: Vienna Philharmonic
Saturday, March 8 | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
The Vienna Philharmonic's visit to UC Berkeley comes at a poignant moment as the world commemorates the 100-year anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War. This weekend-long symposium will offer a look at how arts and politics intermingle and the complex role an arts institution can play in the course of history. For a complete schedule and list of speakers, click here.
Music: Balinese shadow play
Saturday, March 8 | 8-10 p.m. | 125 Elkus Room Morrison Hall
Larry Reed, acclaimed American dalang (shadow master), returns to the stage to perform wayang kulit (Balinese Shadow Theatre), weaving together puppetry, humor and vocal techniques to reveal the story “Arjuna Tapa.” Reed will be accompanied by gamelan musicians Lisa Gold, Paul Miller, Sarah Willner and Carla Fabrizio.
Theater: After the War Blues
March 7 – 16, 2014 every Sunday, Friday & Saturday | 8 p.m. | Zellerbach Playhouse
Jazz trumpet player Chet Monkawa just returned home to his family's rooming house in San Francisco's Japantown after his internment in a prison camp during World War II. But the neighborhood isn't the same. With the building now populated with African-Americans, Russian Jews, white migrants from Oklahoma, and returning Japanese internees, Chet and the other boarders must play by ear to find a new harmony. Philip Kan Gotanda's loving tribute to San Francisco gets a reworking and new production at TDPS. Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 2pm.$15 General Admission, $10 students, seniors, UCB faculty & staff
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Workshop: NOVA Making Stuff
March 8 – 22, 2014 every Saturday | 12-2 p.m. | Lawrence Hall of Science
Make stuff wilder, safer, faster, and colder at this series of events inspired by NOVA's series on PBS, Making Stuff. Whether it’s a mechanical eagle claw or a cooling device to take on a tropical vacation, explore what stuff can be made out of ideas.
Botanical garden: Fiber and dye exhibition
March 6 – 23, 2014 every day | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. | UC Botanical Garden
From basket weaving to denim jeans, plants have allowed for both utility and inspiration in our everyday lives. Learn more about the world of natural fibers and dyes, from traditional uses to inspired future innovation in eco-fashion and textiles. A walk through the exhibit illuminates the connection of culture with nature. The exhibit will feature work of local artists and designers.Free with Garden Admisison
Music: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Sunday, March 9 | 3 p.m. | Zellerbach Hall
No other musical ensemble is more closely associated with the history and tradition of European classical music than the Vienna Philharmonic. Over a formidable 170-year history, the musicians of this orchestra have maintained a tradition of beauty and excellence in music-making. The Vienna Philharmonic visits Berkeley for a three-concert residency with repertoire shining a light on the orchestra's deep connection to its famous musical legacy. This program includes Mozart’s Symphony No. 28 in C major, Staud’s On Comparative Meteorology, and Buckner’s Symphony No. 6 in A major.$35 and up
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The Possible: Japanese kite-making workshop
Sunday, March 9 | 11 a.m.-3 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Come help a group of Japanese kite-makers from the International Association of Tako Age (IATA) construct Hamamatsu Kites using bamboo, rice paper and indigo. Make one giant kite and an edition of smaller ones for a kite flying gathering at a later date. Join in for the second Bhajana, a Carnatic Song Session hosted by Sangati Center followed by Story of This Place, a Songwriter Session convened by Subterranean Art House. The Dye Lab will be open as will the Outdoor Shower/Deck with another artist-led Sweat Session for communal physical activity.$10 General admission, $7 Non-UC Berkeley students, senior citizens (65 & over), disabled persons, and young adults (13-17), Free BAM/PFA members, UC Berkeley students, faculty, and staff, and children (12 & under)
Author talk: Mohsin Hamid
Monday, March 10 | 6-8 p.m. | Maude Fife Room, 315 Wheeler Hall Wheeler Hall
Award-winning fiction writer Mohsin Hamid’s work has been featured on bestseller lists, adapted for the cinema, shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, and translated into over 30 languages. His essays and short stories have appeared in many national and international outlets, including the New York Times, the Guardian, and the New Yorker. Hamid will discuss his life and work in a conversation with UC Berkeley professor of Comparative Literature, Harsha Ram.
Colloquium: Pollinators and diversified farming systems
Monday, March 10 | 3-5 p.m. | Lounge Morgan Hall
UC Berkeley professor of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management, Claire Kremen is also the director of the Center for Diversified Farming Systems and the co-faculty director of the Berkeley Food Institute. She will discuss her research on pollinators, California agriculture, and diversified farming systems.
Lecture: China worker wellness
Monday, March 10 | 4 p.m. | Institute of East Asian Studies, 2223 Fulton St, 6th Floor, Berkeley
China is experiencing one of the largest demographic transitions in history as about 200 million rural residents come to urban areas for work. Most of these migrant workers are under 30, have low educational levels and limited understanding of managing life issues in their new environment. These workers struggle with many health and social issues such as STDs, HIV/AIDS, TB and other infectious diseases, unintended pregnancy, depression, and lack of access to services. Policymakers are searching for effective models that can be scaled-up nationwide. UC Berkeley and Nanjing You-Dian University researchers are working together to assess outcomes for workers and factories. Professor Linda Neuhauser will discuss.
Open house: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute
Tuesday, March 11 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. | Freight and Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison St, Berkeley
OLLI @Berkeley is a year-round learning community for adults over 50. The spring open house will give an overview of the courses, lectures, and social programming for the upcoming months. Hear directly from the faculty about the courses and workshops they will be teaching. Doors open at 9:30 a.m., program begins at 10 a.m.RSVP online.
Author talk: Ethan Elkind
Tuesday, March 11 | 6-8 p.m. | Seaborg Room Faculty Club
The familiar image of Los Angeles as a metropolis built for the automobile is crumbling. Ethan Elkind presents his latest book, Railtown, which recounts the history of LA’s transit system by drawing on archival documents, contemporary news accounts, and interviews . The book brings this story to life by showing how ambitious local leaders zealously advocated for rail transit and ultimately persuaded an ambivalent electorate and federal leaders to support their vision.
Conference: Israeli and Palestinian waterways
Tuesday, March 11 | 8:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. | Bancroft Hotel, Great Hall | Note change in location
This landmark conference will create a space for scholars, practitioners, and the public to engage with key Israeli and Palestinian water issues. Scholars from a variety of disciplines—including political science, law, history, geography, peace and conflict studies, anthropology, ecology, and hydrology—will explore the power of water to shape Israeli and Palestinian socio-political landscapes. For full conference details, click here.$35 Individuals and non-profit/government rate, $65 Corporate rate, $0 Students and Faculty (Berkeley and other universities), Keynote Lecture, 6:00-7:30 pm is free and open to the public.
Registration just for the keynote event: https://berkeleylaw.wufoo.com/forms/a-green-bridge-over-troubled-waters/. Registration opens February 1. Register online.
Exhibit: Saved by The Bay
January 28 – June 27, 2014 every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | 11 a.m.-4 p.m. | Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (2121 Allston Way)
During the Spring 2013 semester, faculty, curators and students interviewed current and emeriti UC Berkeley faculty, and researched the University Archives of The Bancroft Library. This work unearthed hundreds of primary sources documenting the lives of a group of intellectuals who came to Berkeley as refugees from European fascism. These individuals contributed much to the academic life of our University, becoming world-renowned leaders in all fields of scholarship. The exhibition highlights the history of this important intellectual migration through biographical sketches, a film, and over one hundred documents from the University Archives, The Bancroft Library, and the Jean Gray Hargrove Music Library at UC Berkeley.
Film: We Are The Nobles
Wednesday, March 12 | 6:30 p.m. | 2060 Valley Life Sciences Building
Mexico’s highest grossing film ever, We Are the Nobles hit a nerve with its farcical tale of a self-made man who concocts an elaborate scheme to convince his spoiled, 20-something children that all the money is lost. Plunged into poverty, they are forced to enter alien territory: the world of work. (Spanish with English subtitles, 108 minutes).
Dance: Ballet Flamenco
Wednesday, March 12 | 8 p.m. | Zellerbach Hall
Eva Yerbabuena has been enthralling audiences with her explosive footwork, graceful movement, and innovative choreography for more than 15 years. Yerbabuena has won every major Spanish choreographic award, revitalizing traditional flamenco with new dramatic structures while maintaining the essence of the centuries-old form.$22 and up
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Lecture: The broken finance model in higher ed
Wednesday, March 12 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | 150 University Hall
Despite growing consensus about the lack of sustainability in the finance model for public higher education in the United States, there is less consensus about the cause of it or how to solve it. Jane Wellman, finance writer and UC Berkeley alum, will deconstruct different facets of the financing problem facing US higher education, and possible approaches to address it.$10 general admission, Free to OLLI members and UC Berkeley faculty, staff, and students (with OLLI or UC Berkeley ID)
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Lecture: Chancellor Nicholas Dirks
Wednesday, March 12 | 6-7 p.m. | Commonwealth Club, 595 Market Street, 2nd Floor, San Francisco
The Commonwealth Club will host the Chancellor of UC Berkeley, Nicholas Dirks. Chancellor Dirks will explore the role of a public university, especially in light of the recent national discussion and concern about tuition costs. He argues that we need to continue to be inspired by the utopian goals of those who founded, supported, and led our public universities and to fully embrace their moral and intellectual ambitions in a collective undertaking that is more urgent than ever.$7
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Author talk: Walter Kirn
Thursday, March 13 | 5-6 p.m. | Morrison Library Doe Library
Walter Kirn is the author of My Mother's Bible, Lost in the Meritocracy: The Undereducation of an Overachiever, The Unbinding, Mission to America, Up in the Air, Thumbsucker, She Needed Me, and My Hard Bargain: Stories. His novels Thumbsucker and Up in the Air were made into movies. A contributing editor to Time magazine, Kirn’s work has appeared in the New York Times, GQ, Vogue, New York and Esquire. Join the Story Hour in the library to hear about his life and work.
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