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Lecture: Matías Tarnopolsky on Berkeley RADICAL
Wednesday, February 10 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | Freight and Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison, Berkeley

Matías TarnopolskyIn 2015 Cal Performances launched Berkeley RADICAL – Research and Development Initiative in Creativity, Arts and Learning – a project to cultivate public artistic literacy, develop engaging programming for the arriving generation, and to digitally document and disseminate Cal Performances’ work. Join Cal Performances’ Executive and Artistic Director Matías Tarnopolsky for an introduction to this exciting new initiative to connect the intellectual life of UC Berkeley and our community with the most inspiring artists of our time, and create programs that help engage new generations with great works of art to pave the way to life-long artistic literacy.

Noon concert: Winds and Celli
Wednesday, February 10 | 12:15-1 p.m. | Hertz Concert Hall

photograph of Celli ensemble at Hertz HallFirst half: Spiget Wind Quintet, with Lucian Pixley, clarinet; Austin Young, bassoon; Mia Nakajima, flute; Claire Olmstead, oboe; Jackson Meyers, horn; performing Ligeti Six Bagatelles

Second half: Celli@Berkeley, student cellists perform Ravel Pavane pour use infante defunte and Bartòk Romanian Folk Dances. Performers include James Lim, Rachel Lee, Yuki Mizuno, Leo Steinmetz, Susie Yoo.

Berkeley Talks: Eric Schmidt
Wednesday, February 10 | 8 p.m. | Zellerbach Hall

Eric SchmidtEric Schmidt, executive chairman of Alphabet Inc. and the former CEO of Google Inc. will talk with UC Berkeley Chancellor Nicholas Dirks about his experiences in academia and industry, as well as what it takes to reach the top of the tech world while continuing to re-invent and innovate.

 A very limited number of free tickets are available.
Buy tickets online, or by calling 510-642-9988, or by emailing

Lecture: Lawrence Rinder on Architecture of Life
Wednesday, February 10 | 12 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Lawrence RinderBerkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive director, Lawrence Rinder, will discuss Architecture of Life, the inaugural exhibition in the new BAMPFA.

 $12 General Admission,  $10 non-UC Berkeley students, 65+, disabled persons,  Free BAMPFA members; UC Berkeley Students, Faculty, Staff, and Retirees; 18 & under + guardian
Gallery Talks are included with Gallery Admission. Buy tickets online.

Please reference course number UNEX 1294-001. Register online, or by calling 510-642-4111.

January 11 – February 12, 2016 every day | 121 Wurster Hall

In June of 2011, a group of students and recent graduates from the UC Berkeley Department of Landscape Architecture assembled for a figure drawing night with the intention of exercising their drawing skills and sharing their completed artwork with each other. It was at this first gathering that the group named itself Space Open, a name meant to convey the spirit of the group’s artistic attitude - come in, create, and share. Space Open is a daily practice of seeing and rendering the world in the spirit of the Great Masters. Members of the group are not yet masters, but contemporary creative explorers and inspired idealists who find a calling in their surrounding landscape and among each other. This exhibition captures a moment in time when as a group Space Open is questioning the reality of life in the profession: Outside the office, just what is landscape architecture?

Exhibit: Architecture of Life
January 31 – May 29, 2016 every Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday | 11 a.m.-9 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

image Johannes Itten: Encounter, 1916; oil on canvas; 41 ⅓ x 31 ½ in.; collection of Kunsthaus Zürich. © 2015 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ProLitteris, Zürich.Architecture of Life, the inaugural exhibition in BAM/PFA's landmark new building, explores the ways that architecture—as concept, metaphor, and practice—illuminates various aspects of life experience: the nature of the self and psyche, the fundamental structures of reality, and the power of the imagination to reshape our world. Occupying every gallery in the new building, designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro, the exhibition comprises over two hundred works of art in a wide range of media, as well as scientific illustrations and architectural drawings and models, made over the past two thousand years.

 $12 General admission,  $0 UC Berkeley Students, Staff, Faculty and BAM/PFA Members,  $10 Non-UC Berkeley students, senior citizens (65 & over), disabled persons, and young adults (13-17)

Exhibit: Paintings by Jerry Carniglia
February 1 – June 3, 2016 every day | 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. | Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall Stephens Hall

Painting by CarnigliaAfter joining the Navy and serving in Vietnam, Carniglia earned a BA in English and Dramatic Arts from UC Berkeley. He then entered the Bay Area independent theater scene, designing and building sets, and serving as a founding member of the Berkeley Lights Theater Ensemble and San Francisco’s Eureka Theatre. Carniglia supported himself meanwhile as a cabinetmaker. His artistry as a fine woodworker led to gallery and museum recognition. Eventually feeling limited by the functional requirements of furniture-making, Carniglia, at age 46, earned an MFA in painting from UC Berkeley. For the rest of his life he dedicated himself to exploring abstraction in paint.

Exhibit: From Mendelssohn To Mendelssohn
January 26 – June 24, 2016 every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | 11 a.m.-4 p.m. | Main Gallery Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (2121 Allston Way)

Lavater and Lessing Visit Moses MendelssohnMoritz D. Oppenheim (1800-1882), often celebrated as the first modern Jewish painter, created Lavater and Lessing Visit Moses Mendelssohn in 1856. The painting portrays an imagined mid-18th century meeting among scholars and intellectual associates Moses Mendelssohn (1729-1786) and Gotthold Ephraim Lessing (1729-1781), and the Swiss theologian Johann Kaspar Lavater (1741-1801), taking place at the Mendelssohn residence in Berlin. From Mendelssohn To Mendelssohn reawakens the original setting of the painting and the history of the Mendelssohn family, including the lives and works of Moses Mendelssohn’s grandchildren, composers Fanny (1805-1847) and Felix (1809-1847), by activating the extensive holdings of German-Jewish ritual art, prints, rare volumes, manuscripts, and material culture. The installation, aimed at creating a renewed imagined space of intercultural dialog animated by the presence of a historic piano (Wieck, Dresden, ca. 1860) from UC Berkeley’s musical instrument collection, is the new setting of a salon-like space of intellectual and artistic gathering. The exhibition is part of The Mendelssohn Project, a series of lectures and musical performances at The Magnes.

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Author talk: Florynce "Flo" Kennedy, Sherie Randolph
Thursday, February 11 | 4-6 p.m. | Multicultural Community Center Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union

Book jacket for Florynce Flo KennedyOften photographed in a cowboy hat with her middle finger held defiantly in the air, Florynce "Flo" Kennedy (1916–2000) left a vibrant legacy as a leader of the Black Power and feminist movements. In the first biography of Kennedy, Sherie M. Randolph traces the life and political influence of this strikingly bold and controversial radical activist. Rather than simply reacting to the predominantly white feminist movement, Kennedy brought the lessons of Black Power to white feminism and built bridges in the struggles against racism and sexism.

Workshop: Innovations in earthquake preparedness
Thursday, February 11 | 1-3 p.m. | 310, Banatao Auditorium Sutardja Dai Hall

No one likes to be reminded that there’s a 99.7% chance that California will experience a major earthquake in the next 30 years. But new innovations in earthquake early warning, preparedness, and response can help. Join a public forum where we will discuss the data and lessons learned from QuakeCAFE with Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom followed by a panel discussion with leading experts in seismology and new innovations for earthquake early warning, preparedness, and response.

Register online.

Author talk: Anthony Marra
Thursday, February 11 | 5-6 p.m. | Morrison Library Doe Library

Anthony MarraStory Hour in the Library is a monthly prose reading series held in UC Berkeley's Morrison Library. In February the program features author Anthony Marra. Anthony Marra has won a Whiting Award, Pushcart Prize, and the Narrative Prize. His first novel, A Constellation of Vital Phenomena, won the National Book Critics Circle’s inaugural John Leonard Prize and the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award in fiction, as well as the inaugural Carla Furstenberg Cohen Fiction Award. He received an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and was a Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, where he currently teaches as the Jones Lecturer in Fiction.

Lecture: Frances Dinkelspiel on wine, gold and California today
Thursday, February 11 | 4:10 p.m. | Chevron Auditorium International House

Frances DinkelspielPower, money, gold and wine in the making of California. Hear award-winning author Frances Dinkelspiel in conversation with Deirdre English of Berkeley’s Journalism Graduate School. Frances Dinkelspiel is an award-winning author and journalist. Her most recent book, Tangled Vines: Greed, Murder, Obsession and an Arsonist in the Vineyards of California, is both a New York Times and San Francisco Chronicle bestseller.

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Film: The Forbidden Room
Friday, February 12 | 8:15 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Still image from the Forbidden RoomFive years in the making, The Forbidden Room is a masterful and mischievous ode to cinema. Guy Maddin and co-director Evan Johnson researched the terrain of lost cinema, using it as the inspiration for their narrative, an epic phantasmagoria where parenthetical stories are nested within stories, running the gamut from tales of amnesia, captivity, deception, and murder to skeleton women and vampire bananas. Wild and relentless, the creative energy of this work is exceptional. Featuring an international cast—Mathieu Amalric, Udo Kier, Charlotte Rampling, Geraldine Chaplin, and Jacques Nolot, among others—the film re-creates the look of now long-obsolete film stocks.

 $12 General Admission,  $8 UC Berkeley faculty, staff, retirees; non-UC Berkeley students, 65+, 18 & under, disabled persons,  $7 BAMPFA members; UC Berkeley Students,  Free Cal Student Film Pass Holders
Tickets go on sale January 15. Buy tickets online.

Lecture: Edmund Campion on Iannis Xenakis’s architectural sketches
Friday, February 12 | 12:15 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Edmund Campion, professor of music composition and director of the Center for New Music and Audio Technologies at UC Berkeley, studied in Paris, where he became deeply familiar with the music of Iannis Xenakis. One of the most important postwar avant-garde composers, known for his pioneering application of mathematical models such as set theory to musical composition, Xenakis was also an architect-engineer who worked in the office of Le Corbusier. Xenakis’ work is on display as part of the Architecture of Life exhibit at the new BAMPFA.

 $12 General Admission,  $10 non-UC Berkeley students, 65+, disabled persons,  Free BAMPFA members; UC Berkeley Students, Faculty, Staff, and Retirees; 18 & under + guardian
Lectures are included with Gallery Admission. Buy tickets online.

Music: UC Berkeley symphony orchestra
February 12 – 13, 2016 every day | 8 p.m. | Hertz Concert Hall

UC Berkeley Symphony Orchestra UC Berkeley Symphony Orchestra performs “Suite Romance” under the direction of David Milnes, conductor. Performance includes Tchaikovsky’s Suite from Sleeping Beauty, Prokofiev’s Suite from Cinderella and Lutoslawski’s Concerto for Orchestra.

 $16 General admission (all seats unreserved)
Tickets go on sale March 9. Buy tickets online, or by calling 510-642-9988.

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Conference: Armenia 2016
Saturday, February 13 | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

Armenian flagThe annual Armenian studies conference includes a full day of discussions about Armenian social issues, history, civil movements, governance and geopolitical changes. The speakers include scholars, professors and analysts from Armenian and American universities. For a full agenda of the day, visit the event listing.

Film: Modern Times
Saturday, February 13 | 3:30 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Still image from Modern TimesChaplin’s politically outspoken film also contains some of his funniest scenes, in which Charlie causes complete chaos simply by being human.

 $12 General Admission,  $8 UC Berkeley faculty, staff, retirees; non-UC Berkeley students, 65+, 18 & under, disabled persons,  $7 BAMPFA members; UC Berkeley Students,  Free Cal Student Film Pass Holders
Tickets go on sale January 15. Buy tickets online.

Botanical garden: Valentine's Day tea
Saturday, February 13 | 10-11:30 a.m. | UC Botanical Garden

Child at the Valentine's Day teaOur annual tradition returns with a lovely botanical tea in honor of Valentine’s Day. Enjoy a celebration of herbs and flowers at this educational walk and tea party. We'll use all of our senses as we explore the nature of these fragrant edibles, with a special opportunity to collect for our make-your-own tea party snacks and garden drinks. Finish the fun by making valentines from pressed botanicals to take home.
Two Program Times: 10am and 1pm. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Includes Garden admission.

 $20 Adult, $15 Adult Members,  $18 Child, $13 Member Child
Register online, or by calling 510-664-9841, or by emailing

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Sunday, February 14 | 7 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Still image from LoulouIn a crowded nightclub, Nelly (Isabelle Huppert), bourgeois-bred and married to an advertising executive, is taking her passions out for air. She finds herself dancing with a happy, drunken lout, leaves with him, and stays with him. Maurice Pialat, consummate director of character, explores a woman's multifarious desires for sexual liberation in Loulou. Though the title carries the name of Gérard Depardieu's leather-jacketed lothario Loulou, it is as object, not subject.

 $12 General Admission,  $8 UC Berkeley faculty, staff, retirees; non-UC Berkeley students, 65+, 18 & under, disabled persons,  $7 BAM/PFA members; UC Berkeley students,  Free Cal Student Film Pass holders
Tickets go on sale January 15. Buy tickets online, or by calling 510-642-0808.

Film: Dishonored
Sunday, February 14 | 5 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Still image from DishonoredIn one of his funniest films, Sternberg cast Marlene Dietrich as an Austrian spy and reinvented World War I as a masquerade. Espionage is merely an excuse for Dietrich’s intrepid Agent X-27 to attend a brilliantly choreographed ball in giant feathered helmet and metallic mini-cape, fly off to the front in a taut leather jumpsuit accompanied by her black pussycat, or pose as a pasty, thick-waisted Russian maid enveloping the enemy in her voluminous skirts. As the Marlenes multiply, X-27’s adversary and lover Victor McLaglen expresses the net effect: “the more you cheat and the more you lie, the more exciting you become.”

 $12 General Admission,  $8 UC Berkeley faculty, staff, retirees; non-UC Berkeley students, 65+, 18 & under, disabled persons,  $7 BAMPFA members; UC Berkeley Students,  Free Cal Student Film Pass Holders
Tickets go on sale January 15. Buy tickets online.

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