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Critic’s choice

Film: Microcosmos

Saturday, February 17 | 3:30 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Microcosmos is an amazing film that allows us to peer deeply into the insect world and marvel at creatures we casually condemn to squishing. The makers of this film took three years to design their close-up cameras and magnifying lenses, and to photograph insects in such brilliant detail,” wrote Roger Ebert, one of the film’s many admirers.MORE about <em>Microcosmos</em>

Dance: Berkeley Dance Project 2018

February 15 – 17, 2018 every day | 8-10 p.m. | Zellerbach Playhouse
Berkeley Dance Project 2018 features new choreography by Katie Faulkner and James Graham, as well as several TDPS students. James Graham’s collaborative piece explores gender identity, self-understanding, and how we present ourselves in the world, while Katie Faulkner’s multimedia dance work builds imaginative connections between stories of metamorphosis, surreality, and the supernatural. Read the story on the News Center.MORE about Berkeley Dance Project 2018

Theater: Benefit Performance of The Vagina Monologues + Our Monologues

February 16 – 18, 2018 every day | 7 p.m. | Wheeler Auditorium
Benefit double feature of The Vagina Monologues and Our Monologues, with the theme Authenticity without Apology. This means reconstructing and reclaiming identities through storytelling. Proceeds go to help support local organizations that work to end gendered violence.MORE about Benefit Performance of <em>The Vagina Monologues</em> + <em>Our Monologues</em>

Workshop: San Quentin Prison Studio Mail Art Exchange

Sunday, February 18 | 11 a.m.-7 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
As part of the exhibition Way Bay's exploration of Bay Area creative centers, this workshop celebrates the San Quentin Prison Arts Program. Artists from the San Quentin studio will mail a package of art to BAMPFA, which will be available to see. Participants can also learn about the program and use art-making materials to create mail art to send back.MORE about San Quentin Prison Studio Mail Art Exchange

Lecture: Climate Change, Climate Change Refugees, and Public Art, Christina Gerhardt

Tuesday, February 20 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall
Professor Christina Gerhardt presents how climate change has fueled social uprisings and makes life untenable in certain parts of the globe. It is one of the factors motivating migration, yet frameworks for acknowledging the existence of climate change refugees vary. MORE about Climate Change, Climate Change Refugees, and Public Art, Christina Gerhardt

Film: Cine Latino - Woodpeckers

Wednesday, February 21 | 7-9 p.m. | 102 Wurster Hall
Standing in windows or out in prison yards, love – and heated liaisons – blossom. Shot on location at the actual prison using real inmates for all but the lead roles, Woodpeckers was the first Dominican film to screen at the Sundance Film Festival.MORE about Cine Latino - <em>Woodpeckers</em>

Music: Noon Concert - Jazz X 2

Wednesday, February 21 | 12 p.m. | Hertz Concert Hall
Listen to a double bill featuring the UC Jazz Ensemble, directed by Ted Moore, and the Berkeley Nu Jazz Collective, directed by Myra Melford.MORE about Noon Concert - Jazz X 2

Townsend Book Chat: 1668: The Year of the Animal in France, Peter Sahlins

Wednesday, February 21 | 12-1 p.m. | Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Stephens Hall
Peter Sahlins, history professor, explores the “animal moment” in and around 1668, in which authors, anatomists, painters, sculptors, and especially the young Louis XIV — with his Royal Menagerie in the gardens of Versailles — turned their attention to nonhuman beings. 1668: The Year of the Animal in France shows the importance of animals to the dramatic rethinking of governance, nature, and the human that took place in the late 17th century, and which had a profound effect on the formation of French cultural identity.MORE about <em>1668: The Year of the Animal in France</em>, Peter Sahlins

Lecture: The Gallery and the Archive, David Wilson, Greg Niemeyer and Nicki Green

Wednesday, February 21 | 5:30-7 p.m. | Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (2121 Allston Way)
Join David Wilson, Greg Niemeyer and Nicki Green, three contemporary artists who, in recent years, have interacted with The Magnes Collection and contributed to exhibitions that intersect new works with art and artifacts from the collection itself, in a conversation about art, creativity, archives, and memory, moderated by Francesco Spagnolo.MORE about The Gallery and the Archive, David Wilson, Greg Niemeyer and Nicki Green

Conference/Symposium: An Evening of Korean Poetry

Thursday, February 22 | 4-7 p.m. | Berkeley City Club, 2315 Durant Avenue, Berkeley
Enjoy an evening of Korean poetry with Oh Sae-young, Lee Jae Moo, and Jeong Keutbyul. Also included will be professors David McCann of Harvard University, and Youngmin Kwon, UC Berkeley.MORE about An Evening of Korean Poetry

Film: 100 Years: One Woman's Fight For Justice (Elouise Cobell's Inspiring Story)

Thursday, February 22 | 7:30-9:30 p.m. | Pauley Ballroom (West) ASUC Stores (King Student Union)
Melinda Janko, director and producer with A fire in the Belly Productions, Inc., presents her documentary, 100 Years: One Woman's Fight For Justice (Elouise Cobell's Inspiring Story) followed by a talk and Q&A on the inspiring story of Elouise Cobell, a powerful woman, activist, banker, rancher, heroine, warrior and founder of the Native American Bank. The film documents Cobell's courageous fight for justice for hundreds of thousands of Native Americans who were cheated out of billions of dollars in trust assets by the United States government.MORE about <em>100 Years: One Woman's Fight For Justice (Elouise Cobell's Inspiring Story)</em>

Lecture: The Science of Cannabis - The Ethnobotany of Cannabis

Thursday, February 22 | 6-7:30 p.m. | UC Botanical Garden
Ethnobotany is the study of the relationship of plants and people across cultures and time. Cannabis has been in cultivation for millennia and used as a medicine, food, and for hemp fiber. This program will look at the historical uses of cannabis and how might explore those uses in future research.MORE about The Science of Cannabis - The Ethnobotany of Cannabis

Film: Importance of the Chinese Exclusion Act - Lessons for Today

Thursday, February 22 | 4:30-6:30 p.m. | Banatao Auditorium #310 Sutardja Dai Hall
Watch a 35-minute excerpt of the new PBS documentary "The Chinese Exclusion Act" from award-winning documentary filmmakers Ric Burns and Li-Shin Yu. The film focuses on the passing of the Chinese Exclusion Act, its implications for American civil liberties and the consequences, not just for Chinese American families, but also for American identity. A panel discussion follows the screening. See the website for full details.MORE about Importance of the Chinese Exclusion Act - Lessons for Today

Music: Arts in the Afternoon - Music from the Court of Queen Elizabeth I

Thursday, February 22 | 4-6 p.m. | Stebbins Lounge Women's Faculty Club
Keyboard music composed by William Byrd for the Court of Queen Elizabeth I will be performed by Lousie Brugger Bidwell on the harpsichord. Q&A and reception follows the concert.MORE about Arts in the Afternoon - Music from the Court of Queen Elizabeth I

Lecture: Defending Liberty in the Age of Trump, David Cole

Thursday, February 22 | 4:10 p.m. | Chevron Auditorium International House
David Cole will present the Jefferson lecture "Defending Liberty in the Age of Trump: Lessons from the Front." Cole was named Legal Director of the American Civil Liberties Union in 2016. He oversees approximately 1,400 civil liberties lawsuits, both state and federal, and manages over 300 staff attorneys at ACLU headquarters in New York and affiliate offices in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and Washington, D.CMORE about Defending Liberty in the Age of Trump, David Cole

Berkeley Dance Project 2018

February 22 – 24, 2018 every day | 8-10 p.m. | Zellerbach Playhouse
Berkeley Dance Project 2018 features new choreography by Katie Faulkner and James Graham, as well as several TDPS students. James Graham’s collaborative piece explores gender identity, self-understanding, and how we present ourselves in the world, while Katie Faulkner’s multimedia dance work builds imaginative connections between stories of metamorphosis, surreality, and the supernatural. Read the story on the News Center.MORE about

Workshop: DIY Couture Fashion Lab

Friday, February 23 | 12-6 p.m. | Room 126 Dwinelle Annex
Back by popular demand, DIY Couture Fashion Lab with Angie Wilson invites participants to redesign and reconstruct used garments into fashion masterpieces: shirts, pants, jackets, dresses, bags, etc. No sewing skills needed.MORE about DIY Couture Fashion Lab

Lecture: An African American and Latinx History of the United States, Paul Ortiz

Friday, February 23 | 2-4 p.m. | Multicultural Community Center Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union
Professor Paul Ortiz will speak about his newly published book, An African American and Latinx History of the United States. Spanning more than two hundred years, this book is a revolutionary, politically charged narrative history, arguing that the “Global South” was crucial to the development of America as we know it. Ortiz challenges the notion of westward progress as exalted by widely taught formulations like “manifest destiny” and “Jacksonian democracy,” and shows how placing African American, Latinx, and Indigenous voices unapologetically front and center transforms U.S. history.MORE about <em>An African American and Latinx History of the United States</em>, Paul Ortiz

Lecture: Jacobs Design Conversations, Saul Griffith

Friday, February 23 | 12-1 p.m. | 310 Jacobs Hall
Saul Griffith, an inventor and founder of Otherlab, Instructables, and many others, will speak as part of the Jacobs Design Conversations series. He has been awarded numerous awards for invention and engineering, including being named a MacArthur Fellow in 2007.MORE about Jacobs Design Conversations, Saul Griffith

Workshop: Vogue Dance Class with Sir JoQ

Friday, February 23 | 6 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Tap into your inner diva and learn the basics of voguing in this intro dance class with Sir JoQ (Jocquese Whitfield), a vogue legend in San Francisco. Sir JoQ has held the winning title at the Miss Honey Vogue Ball multiple times and was voted the best dance instructor of 2014 by the San Francisco Bay Guardian.MORE about Vogue Dance Class with Sir JoQ

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