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Film: Giant
Saturday, September 20 | 7 p.m. | PFA Theater

Still image from GiantJames Dean burns through the wide Texas plains in this searing Western-style soap opera boasting an all-star cast: Rock Hudson, Elizabeth Taylor, Dennis Hopper, and Dean himself. A wealthy rancher (Hudson) brings his lovely new East Coast wife (Taylor) back home to Texas, where she soon grows disturbed by the land’s emptiness, violence, and racism. It’s a virile cowhand (Dean, of course) who most disturbs her, however, leading to an inevitable confrontation between husband, wife, workers, and family.

 $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: Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán
Saturday, September 20 | 8 p.m. | Zellerbach Hall

Musicians of Mariachi Vargas de TecalitlánFor over half a century, Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán has been considered the finest mariachi in the world. Its current generation represents the state of the art in mariachi music—world-class vocalists and instrumentalists, flawless ensemble work, impeccable taste in arrangements and repertoire, and spellbinding showmanship. The group never fails to engage its audience to the maximum, eliciting spontaneous gritos, sing-alongs, and one ovation after another with its heart-wrenching vocals and virtuosic instrumentals.

Buy tickets by calling 510-642-9988, or by emailing

Music: Berkeley world music festival
Saturday, September 20 | 12-6 p.m. | People's Park,  Between Dwight Way and Haste St. above Telegraph, Berkeley, CA, Berkeley

Berkeley world music festival templateThe Berkeley World Music Festival showcases the Bay Area’s dazzling world music scene. Now in it’s 11th year, BWMF invites new and returning students to it’s 1st Autumn Fest on September 20th and 21st. Outdoor and café performances include the People’s Park concert with Crafts Bazaar. The exciting La Misa Negra opens the concert with vintage Columbian dance hall music packed with a cabaret of horns, vocals and punk rock energy. West Coast favorite SambaDá follows with their carnival of Brazilian Samba Funk. International sonic trailblazer and headliner, Marcus James & the Wassonrai, bridge Delta Blues with West Africa. On Sunday, the Festival turns Telegraph Avenue into a street fair carnival, between Dwight Way and Durant Avenue, led by main stage performance Baraka Moon’s Sufi Trance Dance music, with charismatic singer Sukhawat Ali Khan and Stephen Kent (digeridu).

Exhibit: Geta Brătescu
July 25 – September 28, 2014 every Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday | 11 a.m.-5 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Geta BrătescuMATRIX 254 features the work of Romanian artist Geta Brătescu (b. 1926), who has been living and working in Bucharest since the 1950s. Working across a wide range of media (graphic design, drawing, video, textiles, performance, installation, photography, and printmaking), Brătescu is a central figure in postwar Romanian art. Due primarily to Communist leader Nicolae Ceauşescu’s totalitarian regime (1967–89), which suppressed the work of avant-garde artists living and working in Romania, and the subsequent political isolation of the country, Brătescu’s work was little known to international audiences until recently. For MATRIX 254, Brătescu’s first solo exhibition in a U.S. museum, the artist presents a focused selection of key works made between the years 1977 and 2000.

 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)

Exhibit: Scores for a Room
September 17 – October 17, 2014 every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday | 12-5 p.m. | Worth Ryder Art Gallery - Kroeber 116 Kroeber Hall

The Worth Ryder Art Gallery presents Scores for a Room with work by David Haxton and Jim Melchert. Guest curated by Tanya Zimbardo, the exhibition brings together for the first time historic works by these two artists, exploring their different approaches to the description of space through structured activity performed for the camera. Both renowned artists turned to the projected image in the seventies, highlighting the shifting awareness of spatial perception in the interaction between illusionistic filmed space and a physical location.

Preview: Coming Attractions Fall 2014
September 8 – December 15, 2014 every day | Various locations, campuswide

Australian Ballet Swan LakeWorld politics, world-class artistry, Homecoming weekend — just some of what’s happening at Berkeley this fall. The semester brings the Australian Ballet, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Willem Dafoe, weekly discussions on the Middle East. And did we mention the 50th anniversary of the Free Speech Movement? For a look at what's ahead this semester, see the fall round up.

Exhibit: John Zurier
September 12 – December 21, 2014 every Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday | 11 a.m.-5 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

John Zurier: Cold July, 2014; distemper on linen; 25 5/8 x 16 1/2 in.; courtesy the artist and Peter Blum Gallery, New York.Berkeley-based artist John Zurier (b. 1956) paints abstract, luminous canvases with hand-mixed pigments that range from subtle, muted earth tones to vibrant, saturated hues. He uses a wide range of brushwork and surface treatments to draw attention to the varied textures of the canvas—often applying distemper (a tempera paint made with dry pigments in animal glue) in thin brushy layers—to capture qualities of light and the changing effects of the atmosphere. Informed by a wide range of references—Abstract Expressionism, Italian Renaissance painting, Minimalism, Japanese painting, and poetry—Zurier’s work transcends the mundane to enter an affective realm.

 $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: Hard Words – Memory and death in the wild west
August 25, 2014 – February 20, 2015 every day | 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. | Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall Stephens Hall

Old West photoAn exhibition of Peter Koch's striking prints assembled from re-configured photographs, historical documents, manuscript journals and old newspaper engravings; accompanied by short legends written by the artist, hand-set in antique lead and wood type. The prints are accompanied by selected texts appropriated from the writings of Meriwether Lewis, William Clark, Ross Cox, William T. Hornaday, L.A. Huffman, Elers Koch, and others.

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: One P.M.
Sunday, September 21 | 5 p.m. | PFA Theater

Still from One P.M.In the fall of 1968, Jean-Luc Godard embarked on his first American movie, 'One American Movie' ('One A.M.'), a Leacock-Pennebaker production. He abandoned the project well into the shooting, and this film, 'One P.M.', represents an edition of Godard’s rushes mixed together with footage of Godard directing the film and engaging in other activities during his stay in the United States. This assemblage of rushes and other material by D.A. Pennebaker in no way attempts to complete Godard’s film or suggest its final form. 'One P.M.' stands on its own as a fascinating document of a film-in-progress and a prodigious cineaste at work.

 $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.

Film: Letter to Jane
Sunday, September 21 | 7 p.m. | PFA Theater

Still image from Letter to JaneThis extraordinary little movie emerged from the then recently formed French Dziga Vertov film collective, led by Jean-Luc Godard and Jean-Pierre Gorin. The entire premise of Letter to Jane is a deconstruction of a notorious news photograph of Jane Fonda visiting Hanoi and surrounded by Vietnamese communists. The best parts of the film function as a withering critique of the iconography of Hollywood and the (fashionably unfashionable) Hollywood star system. 

 $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.

Social event: Salsa dance class
September 14 – 21, 2014 every Sunday | 8:30-10 p.m. | Chevron Auditorium International House

Timea PotysSalsa Classes are back with award-winning dancer Timea Potys of Sizzling Latin. Learn to salsa in the beautiful International House auditorium. No partner required.

Classes are FREE for Residents of I-House, $10 for the General Public. Sign up in the Program Office or e-mail

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Colloquium: The stigma of mental illness
Monday, September 22 | 4-6 p.m. | Room 5 Haviland Hall

Dr. Ruth WhiteThe stigma of mental illness has been implicated in reducing the access and utilization of mental health services, increasing the pain and suffering of patients and their loved ones. The media portray those with mental illnesses as out of control. Social workers see clients when they are suffering from symptoms and not when they are functioning at their best. This increases the likelihood of stigmatization that negatively impacts the delivery of services to their clients. Dr. Ruth White, author and social work researcher, will explore these issue and present ways in which social workers can eliminate their stigmatization of clients and clients stigmatization of themselves.

Lecture: On Argentina
Monday, September 22 | 6:30 p.m. | Wells Fargo Room Haas School of Business

Buenos AiresSergio Massa is an Argentine National Congressman and the former mayor of Tigre, Argentina. The Financial Times called him “the rising star of Argentine politics.” He will discuss Argentine politics and perspectives for the future.

Music: Free Speech all-campus sing-in workshop
Monday, September 22 | 7:30-9 p.m. | Hertz Concert Hall

Gospel Chorus on Sproul Plaza Join the Chamber Chorus, Gospel Chorus, & University Chorus in this workshop to learn the songs for the all-campus sing-in on September 23. Workshop will be led by Marika Kuzma, director of the University Chorus and Chamber Chorus and Mark Wilson, director of the University Gospel Chorus. All students, faculty, and staff singers—singers, singers-at-heart, and non-singers alike—are welcome to attend to learn basic singing skills and three songs related to the Free Speech Movement.

Panel discussion: Agriculture and fracking
Monday, September 22 | 4-6 p.m. | 310 Banatao Auditorium Sutardja Dai Hall

Oil well next to farmlandAs the process of capturing oil and natural gas through hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” expands nationally, it has come under fire for its impact on water quality and quantity, energy use, and climate change. Less explored, however, are the impacts of fracking on agriculture, the American food system, and public health. This panel will examine the direct and indirect impacts of fracking on sustainable agriculture, American farmland, rural communities, and the food supply. Are there ways to mitigate these impacts through regulation? What strategies can be employed to better protect the links between energy, agriculture and public health?

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Lecture: Mario Savio and the radical legacy of the 1960s
Tuesday, September 23 | 6-7:30 p.m. | 105 Stanley Hall

Robert CohenLinking biography and history, author and NYU professor Robert Cohen, will explore the role that Mario Savio, his generation, and students since the 1960s have played in promoting egalitarian change, free speech, peace, and social justice. What is it that enables young people and their protest movements to have a major impact on society? What are the obstacles to having such impact? What would our society be like if students past and present had not organized to change society? These and other related questions will be reflected upon as we commemorate the 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer and the Free Speech Movement.

Film: Pigs, parks and protestors, films by San Francisco newsreel
Tuesday, September 23 | 7 p.m. | PFA Theater

Black panther party photoIn early 1968, two members of New York’s recently formed radical media collective, Newsreel, came to San Francisco and established a local affiliate. The intention was to create provocative films covering liberation movements that could be used to raise political awareness primarily among the working classes. San Francisco Newsreel, as it was known, generated a string of potent films, opinionated, forceful, and unvarnished. Following their radical ethos, they adhered to an expressed edict to “destroy self-interest, promote devotion to the public interest,” and worked in collective anonymity. This screening will be following by a discussion with Bill Nichols, professor of cinema studies at San Francisco State University and an expert on Newsreel.

 $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

Music: Free Speech all-campus sing-in
Tuesday, September 23 | 5 p.m. | Sproul Plaza

Chorus singing on Sproul Hall stepsUniversity Chorus, Chamber Chorus and the University Gospel Chorus will lead students, faculty, staff and friends in a campus sing-in celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Free Speech Movement. Assemble on the Sproul Hall steps at 5pm and get ready to raise your voices.

Exhibit: Gourmet Ghettos, Modern Food Rituals
August 28 – December 19, 2014 every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | 11 a.m.-4 p.m. | Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (2121 Allston Way)

For thousands of years, food rituals have been essential to constructing and maintaining Jewish identities throughout the diaspora. But the significance of these rituals might be more pervasive than we think. Gourmet Ghettos: Modern Food Rituals explores the broader linkages between food, ritual, identity, and activism that inform Jewish life.

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