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Exhibit: Ancient figurines
April 9 – May 31, 2015 every day | Bade Museum at Pacific School of Religion, 1798 Scenic Avenue, Berkeley

Photograph of an ancient figureArchaeologist Doug Bailey provokes new thoughts about figurines and about the ways that past peoples defined their identities in his new exhibit, Ancient Figurines: Making Identities, Controlling Bodies. Bailey’s photographs probe the consequences of making manifest the human form and then (literally) manipulating it, while modern and ancient anthropomorphic objects sit together in display cases disrupting the easy ways we thought we understood identity.

Exhibit: Close to home yet far away
March 2 – June 12, 2015 every day | 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. | 220 Stephens Hall Stephens Hall

Emiko goes to College painting by Craig NagasawaA painting can reside simultaneously in its material presence—physical, colored minerals, their arrangements on paper or silk—and its illusory presence—the evocation of illusion, forming in the viewer a convincing belief in the presence of space and time. The exchange between the real and the imagined is a perceptual experience where the personal and the public, the local and the foreign can exist simultaneously. Artist Craig Nagasawa uses the techniques of ancient Japanese painting in his work. He reconstructed these time-consuming processes as both a form of resistance to cultural erasure and an acknowledgement of the existence of a space where the personal and the public, the local and the foreign can coexist.

Film: Wildest Weather in the solar system 3D
February 7 – June 12, 2015 every day | 10:30 a.m. | National Geographic 3D Theater Lawrence Hall of Science

Wildest Weather in the Solar System film stillWitness the most beautiful, powerful, and mysterious weather phenomena in the solar system, shown in 3D at the Lawrence Hall of Science. From a storm the size of a 100-megaton hydrogen bomb, to a 400-year-old hurricane, to a dust tempest that could engulf entire planets, you'll be glad you live on Earth! Fly through the thick atmosphere of Venus, magnetic storms on the sun, liquid methane showers on Titan, and anticyclones whirling at hundreds of miles per hour on Jupiter.

 $4 plus admission

Exhibit: The Master of Fine Arts Graduate Exhibition
May 15 – June 14, 2015 every Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday | Berkeley Art Center, 1275 Walnut Street, Berkeley

For the past forty-four years, BAM/PFA has teamed with the UC Berkeley Department of Art Practice to present the work of its graduating MFA students. This year we are honored to present the work of six promising artists as they embark on their careers—Leslie Dreyer, Tanja Geis, Lee Lavy, Michelle Ott, Sofie Ramos, and Matt Smith Chavez. Because of the closure of the BAM/PFA Galleries in 2015, this year’s MFA presentation will be held at the Berkeley Art Center, 1257 Walnut Street, Berkeley.

Exhibit: The Secret Language of Flowers
January 27 – June 26, 2015 every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | 11 a.m.-4 p.m. | Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (2121 Allston Way)

Botanical drawingIn 1984, The Magnes acquired a portfolio of botanical drawings by Shmuel (Samuel) Lerner, a Ukraine-born amateur artist from California. While Lerner’s biography and many details surrounding this work remain obscure, today his drawings open for us a unique window into the landscape, the history and the languages of Israel in the period immediately following the establishment of the State. The exhibition features a selection of 26 botanical drawings from 1949, complete with the author's annotations about plants, places, and language.

Exhibit: Paper, rock, pixels
May 26 – August 30, 2015 every day | Environmental Design Library, Wurster room 210 Wurster Hall

The exhibit Paper, Rock, Pixels revisits design projects after ten, twenty, fifty, or more years into their tenure as elements in the fabric of San Francisco. Drawings, plans, and models from the Environmental Design Archives are paired with contemporary photographs of residences, institutional buildings, commercial structures, and landscapes to see how they have responded to use and time.

Lawrence Hall of Science: Science fiction, science future
May 23 – September 7, 2015 every day | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. | Lawrence Hall of Science

Guests marvel at acrylic digital panelsCuriosity, innovation and imagination underpin many scientific discoveries, just as science fiction stories do. Science Fiction | Science Future brings to life innovations and inventions that were once considered only possible in film and literature. You'll see how science and technology are advancing all the time, and changing the way we live.

 Free with admission
Buy tickets online, or by calling 510-642-5132.

Exhibit: Berkeley's Ivory Tower, the Campanile at 100
February 16 – November 2, 2015 every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday | Rowell Cases Bancroft Library

Campanile under constructionSather Tower, also known as the Campanile, looms large both as a physical structure and as the most widely recognized symbol of the Berkeley campus. This exhibition celebrates the centennial of the landmark through holdings from the University Archives and The Bancroft Library's manuscript and pictorial collections.

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Music: Chromeo, The Glitch Mob
Friday, May 29 | 7:30 p.m. | Hearst Greek Theatre

Chromeo Glitch MobChromeo released their first album in 2004. Fast forward to today, and '80s funk -- which makes up a major part of Chromeo's DNA -- is all over the charts. So it's the perfect time for a fresh dose of the real stuff and -- lo and behold -- Pee and Dave are back. The Canadian funk lords' fourth album White Women has been released. All previous genres and styles of music now coexist within a singularity of moves and gestures. More importantly, as pure entertainment, White Women perpetuates and elevates Chromeo's existing blueprint.

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Workshop: Environmental design summer workshop, maple tables and benches
Saturday, May 30 | 9 a.m.-2 p.m. | 277 Wurster Hall

Maple tableIn this class students will learn some of the fundamental techniques behind making furniture with domestic hardwoods. The project will be a mortise and tenon table that each student will take home at the end of the class. We will discuss techniques, tools, and materials that are specific to furniture making. Students will learn and practice the processes of design, milling, cutting joinery, sanding, and finishing.
Prerequisite: Must be 18 years of age or older, 17 year olds admitted with guardian approval.

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Lecture: Why do Capitalist societies have a problem with financial profits?
Tuesday, June 2 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

Institute of European Studies logoDuring and after the financial crisis of 2008 and the following ‘Great Recession’ we witnessed a strong return of anti-capitalist sentiments and arguments in the public media and parliaments, sometimes even among economists and market experts. What has become visible in those public debates is an intense debate on the legitimacy and/or moral appropriateness of certain forms of financial profits. Sascha Münnich, associate professor at Harvard University, explores whether such moral debates about more and less morally acceptable ways of profit seeking actually have an impact on the institutions and rules that define different national financial sectors.

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