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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

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.

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: 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.

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.

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: Children of the System: A Behind the Scenes Look at Foster Care
Wednesday, September 24 | 6-7:45 p.m. | Room 250 Goldman School of Public Policy

Daniel Heimpel and Lauren TerpJoin co-producer Daniel Heimpel and producer Lauren Terp to learn about the country’s largest child welfare system in this special screening of Children of the System, an episode of Our America with Lisa Ling. Following the screening, Heimpel and Terp will provide insights on the making of the episode and their work to improve the foster care system. Daniel Heimpel is a lecturer at the Goldman School of Public Policy. Lauren Terp has produced, written, and filmed for outlets including National Geographic, OWN (Oprah Winfrey Network) and PBS.

Film: Bad Hair
Wednesday, September 24 | 7 p.m. | Room 2060 Valley Life Sciences Building

Still image from Bad HairNine-year-old Junior wants to look like a pop star and have his “bad hair” straightened for the yearbook picture. His mother, disturbed by what she considers effeminate behavior, tries to stop him. Their conflict escalates until Junior is forced to make a painful decision.

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: 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)
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Film: Ici et Ailleurs
Thursday, September 25 | 7 p.m. | PFA Theater

'Ici et ailleurs', (a.k.a. 'Here and Elsewhere'), explores cinema's ability to record history, particularly in situations of war. In 1970, at the instigation of Fatah (the Palestine National Liberation Movement), Godard and Gorin traveled to Palestinian refugee camps in Jordan, Lebanon, and Syria to produce a film on the Palestinian struggle, tentatively titled 'Jusqu'à la victoire' ('Until Victory'). But after the attack on the 1972 Munich Olympics by the Black September group, the film changed direction. Completed in 1974 with the collaboration of Anne-Marie Miéville, the final work uses a mix of video and film footage to examine the fine line that separates struggle from terrorism, and ties what happens "elsewhere" to all that happens "here," in the typical living room of a French family hooked on television.

 $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.

Lecture: The top 10 mistakes of entrepreneurs
Thursday, September 25 | 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Haas School: Andersen Auditorium

Guy KawasakiCome learn about the top 10 mistakes of entrepreneurs from Guy Kawasaki, chief evangelist at Canva and executive fellow at the Haas School of Business. Learn about what not to do when building your company–from the inception to the exit. Learn practical tools that will benefit any aspiring entrepreneur.

 $25 Community/UC Berkeley Alumni,  Free UC Berkeley/UCSF Students, Faculty, and Staff
Registration opens August 10. Register by September 23 online, or by calling 510-642-4255, or by emailing

Lecture: Design activism
Thursday, September 25 | 6-8 p.m. | 121 Wurster Hall

Jim Campe at Wurster HallSim van der Ryn, a professor emeritus of architecture, is known for his green designs and serving as California’s first energy-conscious state architect. His most recent book, Design for an Empathic World: Reconnecting People, Nature, and Self, advocates for empathetic design. He argues that green buildings are not enough, but designers should work with understanding and empathy towards the end user. Ron Rael, is an associate professor of architecture with a joint appointment in the department art practice. He is the author of Earth Architecture, which examines the contemporary history of the oldest and most widely used building material on the planet—dirt. Rael’s teaching and design practice seeks creative strategies for activism to permeate architectural culture.

Dance: Mark Morris Dance Group
September 25 – 28, 2014 every day | 8 p.m. | Zellerbach Hall

Mark Morris DancersMark Morris and his acclaimed dance group return to their West Coast home-away-from home for two programs filled with Bay Area premieres of Morris's latest repertory gems, plus a reprise of the hit of Cal Performances' 2013 Ojai North Festival. From quirky Scottish folk songs, to Modernist Americana and Romantic chamber music, together these pieces showcase the genius of Morris's musical eclecticism and choreographic dynamism. Spring, Spring, Spring, Morris's re-imagining of the Rite of Spring, received its world premiere at Hertz Hall in 2013 and returns for an encore performance in Zellerbach, once again featuring live musical accompaniment by acclaimed jazz trio The Bad Plus.

 $40 and up
Buy tickets online, or by calling 510-642-9988, or by emailing

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Film: Blue Mountains
Friday, September 26 | 7:30 p.m. | PFA Theater

Still image from Blue MountainsAn inspired satire by one of Georgia’s leading directors, Eldar Shengelaia’s Blue Mountains is a charming and disarming critique of bureaucracy. In a publishing house in Tbilisi, a writer and his manuscript submission are all but ignored as the employees, a colorful cast of characters, carry on with their private affairs and outside interests, oblivious to his needs. This deftly orchestrated study of an office environment is part Jacques Tati, part Ermanno Olmi, capturing nuanced situations with an eye for humor and timing.

 $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.

Conference: The Scottish independence referendum
Friday, September 26 | 1:30-6 p.m. | IGS Library, 109 Moses Hall

Graphic design of Scottish flag being cut from the British flagJoin us for a discussion of the outcome of the September 18th Scottish Independence Referendum, proposing that Scotland separate itself from England and form its own nation. Experts will analyze the vote, explain the consequences, and also contrast the Scottish case to other independence movements in Europe and Canada as well as examining why separatist movements have not taken hold in the United States in recent times.

Reading: Lucy Corin and Alix Lambert
Friday, September 26 | 5:30-6:30 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Lucy CorinLucy Corin is the author of the short story collections One Hundred Apocalypses and Other Apocalypses and The Entire Predicament and the novel Everyday Psychokillers: A History for Girls. Her stories have appeared in American Short Fiction, Conjunctions, Ploughshares, Tin House Magazine, and elsewhere. Alix Lambert directed and produced the feature-length documentaries The Mark of Cain, Bayou Blue, and Mentor. She is cocreator and co-director of “Crime: The Animated Series,” and creator, writer, director of the “Ambiance Man” series, both for MOCAtv. She is the author of four books: Mastering The Melon, The Silencing, Russian Prison Tattoos, and Crime.

 $7 General Admission,  $0 UC Berkeley students, faculty, and staff
RE@ADS is included with L@TE admission.

Music: William Winant Percussion Group
Friday, September 26 | 7:30-9 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

William Winant percussionistMaster percussionist William Winant and his cohorts will perform a program of pioneering percussion music. Don’t miss this chance to hear Steve Reich’s groundbreaking, thunderous work Drumming (Parts One and Two), along with other works by Reich, Lou Harrison, Johanna Beyer, and James Tenney, in the reverberant volume of the Berkeley Art Museum.

 $7 General Admission,  $0 UC Berkeley students, faculty, and staff
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Film: Twenty-six Commissars
Saturday, September 27 | 6:30 p.m. | PFA Theater

Nikoloz ShengelaiaSet against a backdrop of oil derricks and sand dunes, this impressive silent-era feature about the geopolitical struggle for the control of oil fields is still relevant today. The film tells the story of the 1918 defeat of pro-Soviet forces in Baku, an event that had opened the doors for British and Turkish occupants. Live music by Judith Rosenberg will accompany the screening.

 $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.

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Film: Repentance
Sunday, September 28 | 4 p.m. | PFA Theater

Still image from RepentanceIn the Soviet Union, Tengiz Abuladze’s Repentance was as much an event as a film: one of the most important of the censored films to come off the shelf with the new cultural liberalization of the late 1980s, it was the first to deal with the terrors of the Stalin era. The central figure is a parody of the dictator: with attributes of Stalin—at once whimsical, vindictive, and paranoid—a Hitlerian mustache, and a black shirt à la Mussolini, he is all dictators. In the film we meet Varlam Aravidze, mayor of a fictional city, who, when we meet him, is being ceremoniously buried. But Aravidze will not stay buried: his body keeps turning up to haunt and embarrass his son Abel, a high official in a new age.

 $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.

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