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Friday

Colloqium: The China Model, civil society under authoritarianism
Friday, January 30 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

Book jacket for Civil Society under AuthoritarianismJessica Teets, professor of political science at Middlebury College, will discuss her book and the increasing civil society activity in China despite the authoritarian government’s fears of civil society serving as a Trojan horse of democracy. The author argues that two decades of direct experience with these organizations has taught local officials that civil society also offers many benefits, such as delivering social services and improving governance, and has resulted in the construction of a consultative authoritarianism model attempting to balance the benefits and dangers of civil society.



Film: The Lost Weekend
Friday, January 30 | 8:45 p.m. | PFA Theater

Still image from The Lost WeekendThe Lost Weekend is probably the forties’ most famous problem picture, and today loses little of its original power. Ray Milland’s Don Birnam is a failed writer, an anxiety-prone weakling who uses alcohol as an escape. A number of short, episodic scenes mount gradually in intensity until the two climactic passages, which occur respectively in an alcoholic ward and at Birnam’s apartment during a fit of delirium tremens. Wilder has seldom used his camera more daringly. Telephones, overturned lampshades and, of course, bottles loom menacingly in the foreground of the compositions, while John F. Seitz’s New York exteriors capture in drab grays and blacks a city stripped of glamour and allure. Holding it all together is Milland’s admirable performance.

 $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.


Special event:Conversation and performance with Myra Melford
Friday, January 30 | 6-9 p.m. | Home of Harry Bernstein and Caren Meghreblian

Myra MelfordJoin a lively evening of food, cocktails, and a special piano performance and salon conversation with UC Berkeley faculty member, composer, and Guggenheim Fellow, Myra Melford. Start the evening with a signature cocktail prepared by Shanna Farrell, head researcher for “West Coast Cocktails: An Oral History” project at UC Berkeley’s Regional Oral History Office, before Melford performs music from her recent solo recording: Life Carries Me This Way, work inspired by original artwork of the late Sacramento-based artist Don Reich. After the performance, UC Berkeley assistant professor of Music Tamara Roberts and Melford will talk about the work, Melford’s role as a curator of New Frequencies Fest/Jazz@YBCA, and the course they taught on “Improvising Community” which explored community engagement through musical improvisation.

 $50
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Film: Something Necessary
Friday, January 30 | 7 p.m. | PFA Theater

Still image from Something NecessaryJudy Kibinge's moving, beautifully filmed narrative is set in the period subsequent to the civil unrest that erupted in Kenya after the disputed 2007 elections and left over a thousand dead and hundreds of thousands displaced. A woman awakes in a hospital and learns that her husband has died in the riots, her young son is in a coma, and their farm has been destroyed. As she attempts to rebuild her life, her path crosses with that of a young man who participated in the violence. The film was released just prior to the 2013 elections, and according to the director this "meant we were confronting audiences with memories that many would rather forget."

 $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.


Film: Meerkats in 3D
January 30 – February 1, 2015 every day | 10:30 a.m. | Lawrence Hall of Science

MeerkatsFilmed over the course of a year, Meerkats 3D follows an extraordinary—not to mention adorable—family that stands just 12 inches tall. Discover how these tiny but strong creatures survive in the harsh desert, led by the family’s tenacious matriarch, Klinky. Together, this family of 20 will battle a rival gang to protect their territory, their pups, and their very lives. The Lawrence Hall of Science's National Geographic 3D Theater plays Meerkats 3D daily.



Exhibit: 2015 first year MFA
January 28 – February 13, 2015 every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday | 12-5 p.m. | Worth Ryder Art Gallery (116) Kroeber Hall

Composite image of artists' worksThe Worth Ryder Art Gallery is excited to present “6”, an exhibition of works by our six first-year graduate students. The MFA program encourages experimentation with new methods, media, and modes of artmaking, and the artists have each built on their existing practices to create an exciting new body of work while immersing themselves in contemporary theory, seeking out new interdisciplinary influences, and responding to intense critical feedback by peers and mentors. The result is an exhibition that is fresh, vital, and immediate.



Exhibit: Following in Bartrams' Footsteps
December 15, 2014 – February 15, 2015 every day with exceptions | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. | UC Botanical Garden

Bartram botanical paintingThis major art exhibition includes forty-four original artworks based on the native plant discoveries made by John and William Bartram in their renowned and influential travels throughout the eastern wilderness between the 1730s and 1790s. The UC Botanical Garden will be the only West Coast showing of the exhibition.



Botanical garden: Plants illustrated exhibition
January 7 – February 15, 2015 every day with exceptions | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. | UC Botanical Garden

Ferns in the gardenView the 6th annual Plants Illustrated exhibition of botanical art featuring work by the Northern California Society of Botanical Artists. This year the pieces will represent plants in the Garden's collection. Free with garden Admission.



Exhibit: California, Captured on Canvas
October 8, 2014 – March 6, 2015 every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | Bancroft Library

This exhibit portrays California both as a vast landscape of mountains, ocean, and forests and as an intimate home for vastly different inhabitants. Scenes of Yosemite and the Gold Rush are displayed, along with more recent work such as colorful paintings by John Sackas of the Golden Gate Produce Market. Also featured are Augustus John’s vibrant portrait of San Francisco’s tennis champion Helen Wills, and an imposing painting by Charles Grant of the Great White Fleet entering the Golden Gate on May 5th 1908. The exhibit conveys the variety of artistic prisms through which the Golden State has been captured on canvas.



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.


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Lecture: A journey with the Bartrams, Hookers and other famous families in western botanical science and art
Saturday, January 31 | 1-3 p.m. | UC Botanical Garden

John Bartram and his son, William Bartram, were among the first active, professional American field botanists throughout the Revolutionary era. Father John was a collector of plants and seeds during his travels across eastern North America, eventually establishing arguably the first botanic garden in the New World. His son William was similarly well traveled, an avid collector, and an extraordinary artist of both plants and birds. At roughly the same time as the younger Bartram, William Jackson Hooker was burnishing his credentials as an intrepid English explorer, keen botanist and accomplished illustrator as well as the third director of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. His son, Joseph Dalton Hooker followed in his father’s footsteps, becoming one of the greatest British botanists of the 19th century and Charles Darwin’s closest friend and confidante. Dr. Peggy Feidler will explore this history.

 Free with Garden Admission
Register online, or by calling 510-643-2755, or by emailing gardenprograms@berkeley.edu.


Film: Some Interviews on Personal Matters
Saturday, January 31 | 5 p.m. | PFA Theater

Still image from Some Interviews on Personal MattersSofiko, a young newspaper employee, is passionately involved in her work interviewing people who have submitted complaint letters to the editor. One of the women Sofiko interviews is her mother, and the pair’s onscreen relationship strongly resembles the tragic early life of the director and her mother, making this a very personal film for Lana Gogoberidze. A bold mixture of documentary and social-psychological drama—and the first film to make mention of Stalin’s camps—Some Interviews on Personal Matters makes powerful statements about women, work, family, and marriage that earned it international acclaim as the first feminist film of the Soviet cinema.

 $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.


Music: Kodo
Saturday, January 31 | 8 p.m. | Zellerbach Hall

Kodo performerKodo brings the primal power and bravura beauty of Japanese taiko drumming to stages throughout the world. This new performance transports the audience to a place with a nostalgic air conjuring the spirit of the Japanese people and their indigenous nature. Through the music of Kodo, the profound world of Mystery will unfold.

 $22-58
Buy tickets online, or by calling 510-642-9988, or by emailing tickets@calperformances.org.


Film: Histoire(s) du cinéma (Chapters 1 and 2)
Saturday, January 31 | 7:45 p.m. | PFA Theater

Godard mourns the death of cinema and chronicles its vitality in the dazzling video series Histoire(s) du cinéma. Histoire(s) du cinema emphasizes the influence film exercises on viewers—the impact of an image, the different realities that it provides, and the various frames of mind it engenders. Godard's purpose in these elliptical, epigrammatic montage essays is, he says, "to show that the history of film is, first of all, not history but consisting of histories. And then show that all histories are intertwined with the history of the twentieth century. Not showing a chronological order, names or dates, but a gust of wind, starting from the basic idea that the entire twentieth century was the stage for a merciless fight between image and sound (the newborn) and word (the grown–up, the government)."

 $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.


Music: Matthew Polenzani, tenor, and Julius Drake, piano
Saturday, January 31 | 8 p.m. | First Congregational Church

Matthew PolenzaniMatthew Polenzani has become one of the most ubiquitous and beloved lyric tenors of his generation. Here he sings a wide range of repertoire, including Liszt's French songs set to poems by Victor Hugo, and Samuel Barber's emotionally expansive Hermit Songs, based on writings by medieval Irish monks.

 $32
Buy tickets online, or by calling 510-642-9988, or by emailing tickets@calperformances.org.

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Film: Histoire(s) du cinéma (Chapters 3 and 4)
Sunday, February 1 | 5 p.m. | PFA Theater

Godard mourns the death of cinema and chronicles its vitality in the dazzling video series Histoire(s) du cinéma. Histoire(s) du cinema emphasizes the influence film exercises on viewers—the impact of an image, the different realities that it provides, and the various frames of mind it engenders. Godard's purpose in these elliptical, epigrammatic montage essays is, he says, "to show that the history of film is, first of all, not history but consisting of histories. And then show that all histories are intertwined with the history of the twentieth century. Not showing a chronological order, names or dates, but a gust of wind, starting from the basic idea that the entire twentieth century was the stage for a merciless fight between image and sound (the newborn) and word (the grown–up, the government)."

 $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.


Film: The Day is Longer Than the Night
Sunday, February 1 | 2 p.m. | PFA Theater

Still image from The Day is Longer Than The NightDistinguished by its location shooting, eye for traditional customs, and appealing performances, this ballad follows the life of Eva from the turn of the century through various milestones, both personal and historic. Each dramatic episode is linked to the next by a troupe of actors and musicians, who offer their own commentary.

 $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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Panel discussion: Innovative business models in food systems
Monday, February 2 | 2-6 p.m. | Tamalpais Room The David Brower Center, 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley

cooks in a kitchen collectiveInnovative entrepreneurial activities in food business have been flourishing in recent years, attempting to address issues of food insecurity, obesity, food distribution, sustainability, and improvements to nutritional qualities. These efforts range from the selling of smart phone applications for consumers to rate sources and nutrition of food products, food “hubs” to increase opportunities for producer aggregation, diverse startups for alternative food distribution or waste reduction, and more. Collective public-private initiatives to develop food hubs, involving communities within “foodsheds,” are also developing. Many of these efforts are aimed to address needs of underserved communities and/or create sustainable economic opportunities for farmers. This forum will address examples of these collaborative business initiatives from different regions, to address critical questions about the true costs and values of such efforts, the progress and health/social impacts, as well as challenges.



Lecture: Racial formation
Monday, February 2 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 470 Stephens Hall

Michael Omi and Howard WinantMichael Omi and Howard Winant discuss the new edition of Racial Formation in the United Sates (2015) published 20 years after the release of the previous edition. While the authors have maintained the overall structure of their classic work, they have completely revised and rewritten every chapter. The ambitious purpose of the book remains the same: to provide an account of how concepts of race are created and transformed, how they become the focus of political conflict, and how they come to shape and permeate both identities and institutions. A reception will follow the talk.



Lecture: John Quincy Adams and the grand strategy of the Republic
Monday, February 2 | 2-4 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall | Note change in time

Charles Edel“America goes not abroad, in search of monsters to destroy”—John Quincy Adams’s famous words are often quoted to justify noninterference in other nations’ affairs. Yet when he spoke them, Adams was not advocating neutrality or passivity but rather outlining a national policy that balanced democratic idealism with a pragmatic understanding of the young republic’s capabilities and limitations. America’s rise from a confederation of revolutionary colonies to a world power is often treated as inevitable, but Charles N. Edel, professor at the U.S. Naval War College and author, argues that he served as the central architect of a grand strategy that shaped America’s rise.



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