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Thursday

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.



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: 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.



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.


today

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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Music: Berkeley Symphony and Friends in the Redwood Grove
Thursday, June 4 | 5:30-7 p.m. | UC Botanical Garden

Redwood GroveJoin us for the summer concert series opening night! Members of the Berkeley Symphony and friends perform a stunning classical program under towering redwoods at the UC Botanical Garden. Concert will include pieces by Bach, Beethoven and Mozart. To see the full summer concert series schedule, visit the botanical garden webpage.

 $19 Adult,  $18 UCBG Member Adult,  $12 Youth 5-17 yrs old,  Free Under 5
Ticket includes admission to the Botanical Garden before 4:30pm. Redwood Grove doors at 5:00pm. Click the following "online" button to purchase tickets... Register online, or by calling 510-643-2755, or by emailing gardenprograms@berkeley.edu.

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Botanical garden: The Pollinators by Sarah Rara
Friday, June 5 | 6-7:30 p.m. | UC Botanical Garden

Still image of bee in a flower from film The PollinatorsMake the Garden a part of your First Friday experience! Video Artist Sarah Rara will introduce the video she made with footage taken in the UC Botanical Garden. Bring a picnic and enjoy this film under the Garden's towering Redwoods in our stunning amphitheater. The Pollinators focuses on the insects, birds, animals, and vectors that pollinate flowers. Filmed against brightly colored backgrounds that both attract and distract pollinators, the video explores wild color spaces, modeling the ultraviolet-rich color range perceived by insects that extends beyond human vision and the colorspace of video. The Pollinators was filmed over the course of a full calendar year to document a complete annual cycle of flowering.

 $10/ Children 12 and Under are Free
Register online, or by calling 510-664-9841, or by emailing gardenprograms@berkeley.edu.


Music: Verdi's Requiem
Friday, June 5 | 8 p.m. | Hertz Concert Hall

VerdiThe Berkeley Community Chorus and Orchestra presents a free performance of Verdi's Requiem.
Ming Luke, music director
Carrie Hennessey, soprano
Lisa van der Ploeg, mezzo soprano
Alex Boyer, Tenor
James R. Demler, Baritone


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Lecture: Botanical latin
Saturday, June 6 | 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. | UC Botanical Garden

Pink flowersJoin us for an introduction to botanical Latin. We’ll look at common Latin and Greek roots for plant names and botanical terms, and use simple rules of thumb to pronounce plant names with confidence. Al Luongo developed this course for the New York Botanical Garden and is now bringing it to Berkeley.

 $50 Adult, $40 Garden Members
Register online, or by calling 510-664-9841, or by emailing gardenprograms@berkeley.edu.


Music: Tedeschi Trucks Band
Saturday, June 6 | 6:30 p.m. | Hearst Greek Theatre

Tedeschi Trucks BandIn just four years, Tedeschi Trucks Band -- the 11-member tour de force led by husband-wife duo Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi -- has taken its hearty roots-rich musical mix to audiences across the globe and become a proven musical powerhouse. Driven by Trucks' signature slide-guitar sound and Tedeschi's commanding soulful voice, Tedeschi Trucks Band delivers an electrifying blend of blues, soul, jazz, and rock.


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Music: Verdi's Requiem
June 6 – 7, 2015 every day | 3 p.m. | Hertz Concert Hall

VerdiThe Berkeley Community Chorus and Orchestra presents a free performance of Verdi's Requiem.
Ming Luke, music director
Carrie Hennessey, soprano
Lisa van der Ploeg, mezzo soprano
Alex Boyer, Tenor
James R. Demler, Baritone


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Lecture: Staff appreciation week keynote, Professor Dana Carney
Monday, June 8 | 12-1 p.m. | 2050 Valley Life Sciences Building

Professor Dana CarneyWithout a single spoken word, a slight nod of the head can begin the hijacking of an airplane, a smile can turn an adversary into a friend, and a wink can turn a friend into a lover. With speechless efficiency, the language of nonverbal behavior communicates complex human thought and feeling. Sometimes nonverbal messages convey intended information. Other times nonverbal behaviors can convey messages you are trying to hide. And deeper still, sometimes nonverbal messages convey information buried below the reaches of introspective access. In this talk I will present some of the most compelling findings to emerge from the science of nonverbal communication. Dana R. Carney is a Barbara and Gerson Bakar Faculty Fellow at the University of California, Berkeley in the Management group at the Haas School of Business and in the Psychology Department.



Workshop: Producing visual stories with the iPhone
June 8 – 9, 2015 every day | 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. | North Gate Hall

Filming with an iPhoneThis two-day certificate workshop provides all skills necessary for shooting quality video on your iPhone. We’ll take you through how to capture key moments from events, product launches, conferences and interviews to publishing on social networks or your website. You’ll work hands-on with experienced TV and online content producers to learn foolproof techniques for capturing professional looking videos on your iPhone. Tuition is $825 USD.

 $825 Register before May 1, 2015 for a 10% discount

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