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Lecture: Making art from history
Wednesday, October 22 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | Freight and Salvage, 2020 Addison St., Berkeley

Stagebridge Senior Theatre’s creative team, with Lynne Hollander Savio (widow of Mario Savio, Stagebridge actor and FSM musical community liaison), will talk about the developmental process and the challenges of creating a piece of (political) theatre grounded in an historical event. The presentation may include songs and/or scenes from the Stagebridge production about the Free Speech Movement. Bruce Barthol, Marge Betley, and Lynne Hollander Savio discuss the process and challenges of creating a new musical based on the events of the 1964 Free Speech Movement.

 $10 general admission,  Free to OLLI members and UC Berkeley faculty, staff, and students (with OLLI or UC Berkeley ID)
Tickets in advance or at the door. All purchases are nonrefundable. Buy tickets online.


Lecture: How we got to now
Wednesday, October 22 | 12-1 p.m. | 310, Banatao Auditorium Sutardja Dai Hall

Steven JohnsonSteven Johnson is the author of eight books on the intersection of science, technology and personal experience. He has also co-created three influential web sites: the pioneering online magazine FEED, Plastic.com, and most recently the hyperlocal media site outside.in. A contributing editor to Wired, he writes regularly for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times, and many other periodicals. His book Future Perfect: The Case for Progress in a Networked Age was released in September 2012. In August 2013, PBS announced that Johnson would be the host and co-creator of a new six-part series on the history of innovation, “How We Got to Now,” scheduled to air on PBS and BBC Two in Fall 2014.


registration required for lunch at UC Berkeley. Register online.


Conference: Image as location
Wednesday, October 22 | 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. | 310 Banatao Auditorium Sutardja Dai Hall

Image as Location logoOur planet is wrapped in images. From stratospheric satellite stills to disembodied medical x-rays, we use pictures to describe our environment with unprecedented frequency. Images have become the common language that allows us to not only understand our present landscape, but also access the inaccessible. When man-made images constitute the evidence of our environment and even our existence, how is our perception of the world manipulated and shaped? This conference will bring together an international group of experts to discuss and visualize how images define locations. Through exhibitions, lectures and workshops, artists, theorists, and technologists from Europe and the Americas will question how we are shaped by the images of our world.

 $15 Tickets available until Oct 15,  $30 Tickets available from Oct 15
Tickets go on sale August 28. Buy tickets online.


Noon concert: University baroque ensemble
Wednesday, October 22 | 12:15-1 p.m. | Hertz Concert Hall

photograph of Baroque Ensemble members performingThe University Baroque Ensemble, under the direction of John Dornenburg and Carla Moore, will perform works by Vivaldi, Telemann and Locke on antique instruments.



Special event: Cal R.A.D. self defense for women
October 15 – 23, 2014 every Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday with exceptions | 5:30-8:30 p.m. | Assembly Room, 2700 Hearst Foothill Student Housing

Gender equity and resource logoLearn how to increase awareness and assertiveness skills. Develop physical techniques designed for women's specific needs and assets. The R.A.D. System is a 9-12 hour comprehensive, women-only course that begins with risk awareness and progresses to the basics of hands-on defense training.

Please wear comfortable clothing and athletic shoes. Bring a pen for taking notes, a towel, water and food for yourself.
Space is limited, register here.

 $10 UC Students, Faculty, Staff, Post-docs,  $20 Community
Register by October 13 online.


Exhibit: Design Radicals, creativity and protest
October 16 – December 19, 2014 every day | 210 Wurster Hall

The shock waves of Berkeley’s Free Speech Movement of 1964 reverberated within Wurster Hall, transforming the College of Environmental Design into a Laboratory for experiments in countercultural art and politics. Design Radicals surveys student and faculty ventures in the graphic art of anti-war protest, hands-on research into commune building and the creation of ecologically sustainable structures, and efforts to recast architecture, landscape architecture and community planning as participatory enterprises. In telling the story of Wurster Hall’s Design Radicals, the rich holdings of the Environmental Design Archives and the privately held Dox Populi poster collection will provide inspiration for a new generation of design activists. The College of Environmental Design Library will display posters, images, and artifacts of Berkeley’s expanded field of countercultural design practice and pedagogy.



Exhibit: American Wonder
October 1 – December 21, 2014 every Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday | 11 a.m.-5 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

John Brewster, Jr. (attributed to): Portrait of a Boy in Green, c. 1805–10; oil on canvas; 53 ¾ x 32 ¼ in.; gift of W. B. Carnochan.American Wonder captures our burgeoning nation during a time of enormous change, from the Declaration of Independence in 1776 to the onset of the Civil War in 1861. The exhibition includes approximately fifty portraits, landscapes, commemorative mourning pictures, weather vanes, and decorative sculptures from the BAM/PFA collection. This distinguished collection is one of the finest of American folk art in California.

 $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)

Exhibit: Joseph Holtzman
October 17 – December 21, 2014 every Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday | 11 a.m.-5 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Joseph Holtzman: Mary Todd Lincoln, 1880, 2007; oil on marble; 44 x 35 in.; courtesy of the artist.Joseph Holtzman’s unusual artistic sensibility evolved from his close study of historical painting and his connoisseurship of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century decorative arts. His themes and motifs draw on these diverse sources as well as allude to family and friends, cultural personalities, historical figures, and literary characters. Balancing his wide-ranging references is an intensely sensual connection to paint and surface. Holtzman (b. 1957) is highly attentive to the unique qualities of color and texture that can be expressed through the medium of paint on various grounds. His palette is fantastically rich and varied and he achieves remarkable chromatic and tonal effects by exploiting not only the transparency of the oil medium but also the unusual capacity of marble—his favorite surface—to absorb and reflect light.

 $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)

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.



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.


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Film: Every Man for Himself
Thursday, October 23 | 7 p.m. | PFA Theater

Still image from Every Man for HimselfGodard called Every Man for Himself his second first film. His first narrative feature after eight years is an achingly lyrical film about the selling of the self. Three non-souls—Paul Godard (Jacques Dutronc), a bespectacled videomaker working in television; Paul's lover Denise (Nathalie Baye), heading for the country; and Isabelle (Huppert), a farm girl turned city prostitute—cross paths in a nameless Swiss city. In a wonderfully wry script by Jean-Claude Carrière and Anne-Marie Miéville, the central metaphor is a Rube Goldberg–like human configuration conceived by a businessman for three prostitutes. In true Godard fashion, each character is a cipher for ideas, and each a refracted side of the director himself.

 $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: Partial solar eclipse
Thursday, October 23 | 1:30-4:30 p.m. | Lawrence Hall of Science

Child looking at the eclipse through telescopeExperience a partial solar eclipse through solar telescopes while learning the ins and outs of solar eclipses from Lawrence Hall of Science experts. Have your questions answered in our Planetarium, watch live demonstrations in Science on a Sphere®, and participate in a special lava tile activity designed exclusively for this event.



Theater: Reading of The Jamaican Wash, by Philip Kan Gotanda
Thursday, October 23 | 7 p.m. | Z170 Zellerbach Hall

Philip Kan Gotanda Enjoy a free public reading of The Jamaican Wash, a new play by Philip Kan Gotanda about the failing marriage of two immigrants with previously compatible traditional values—and the opposing marital advice offered by their two adult daughters. The Jamaican Wash is an adaptation of Gotanda’s acclaimed 1985 drama The Wash, with the original Japanese American family reset as Jamaican immigrants.


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Film: The Shining
Friday, October 24 | 7:30 p.m. | PFA Theater

Jack Nicholson in The ShiningStart with a farcical situation: a dysfunctional family holes up in an unoccupied lodge, so they can reclaim their domestic unity. Throw in a dad (Jack Nicholson) prone to erratic behavior, a son (Danny Lloyd) who is a lightning rod for psychic forces, and a mom, Wendy (Shelley Duvall), prewired for hysteria. Tamp down the snowdrifts, cut the phone lines, and “Here’s Johnny.” Built around mishaps and manias, The Shining is a shape-shifting labyrinth of temporal switchbacks and spatial anomalies. Rooms morph, hallways fold in, and time is layered like a supernatural parfait. The virtuosic use of Steadicam blends it all into a fluid zone of enchantment with primal panic as the adhesive.

 $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: Food Day!
Friday, October 24 | 11 a.m.-2 p.m. | Dwinelle Plaza

People enjoying Food Day eventCome celebrate local, healthy and sustainable food at our first UC Berkeley farmer's market. Local vendors will be selling and sampling their products and student groups will be tabling to spread awareness about local and global food issues! Food Day is the culminating event of Food Month at UC Berkeley. To view all Food Month events, click here.



Reading: Rocket Caleshu and Brian Teare
Friday, October 24 | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Brian Teare and Rocket CaleshuRocket Caleshu, born in San Francisco in 1984, is an M.F.A. candidate in creative writing at the California Institute of the Arts. Rocket is also a letterpress printer and book artist, and received an A.B. from Brown University in Africana Studies.

A former Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, Brian Teare is the recipient of poetry fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, Headlands Center for the Arts, and the American Antiquarian Society. He’s the author of four critically acclaimed books: The Room Where I Was Born, Sight Map, the Lambda Award–winning Pleasure, and Companion Grasses, one of Slate’s best poetry books of 2013 and a finalist for the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award. An assistant professor at Temple University, he lives in Philadelphia where he makes books by hand for his micropress, Albion Books.

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


Conference: Mega free trade agreements and the global economy
Friday, October 24 | 9 a.m.-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

Scholars from the U.S., Asia, and Europe will explore the dynamics of mega-FTAs (Free Trade Agreements), with a primary focus on the TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership) and Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP). Since 1995 we have witnessed a rapid rise in the negotiation of bilateral Free Trade Agreements (FTAs), both by major powers such as the US, EU, China, and Japan, as well as by smaller and medium-sized economies such as Korea, Chile, Mexico, and Singapore. Over the last five years, we have seen initiatives to create so-called mega FTAs, including the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), and a Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP). What are the economic and political goals of countries that decide to participate in mega-FTA negotiations? How do negotiation processes evolve in different political systems? What are the implications of regional mega-FTAs for the regional security and political order?



Music: Carmina Burana and Bach
October 24 – 25, 2014 every day | 8-10 p.m. | Hertz Concert Hall

Event poster for Carmina Burana and BachThe University Chorus, Chamber Chorus, and Chamber Orchestra will perform Orff’s thunderous Carmina Burana. Soloists will include Candace Johnson, Thomas Glenn and Zachary Gordin. The program will also include works by J.S. Bach, including Sanctus BWV 238, Cantata BWV 12 Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen, and Cantata BWV 29 Wir danken dir.

 $16 general admission (all seats unreserved),  $12 students (non-UCB), seniors,  $5 UC Berkeley students (student ID required)
Advance tickets from the Zellerbach Hall ticket office or at the door starting one hour before the performance. Buy tickets online, or by calling 510-642-9988, or by emailing tickets@berkeley.edu.

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Film: Eliso, with live musical accompaniment
Saturday, October 25 | 6:30 p.m. | PFA Theater

Still image from ElisoThis historical epic evokes the tragic fate of a nation pacified in 1864 by the Tsarist Russian Empire. When authorities begin to appropriate arable lands, the peasants are forced to evacuate under terrible conditions. In the village of Verdi, we find Eliso, whose love for Vazho is encumbered by differences of class and religion. Yet the most overwhelming passion in this cherished classic is the depiction of Georgia’s majestic landscape and the deep-rooted traditions of its people. One of the great early figures in Georgian cinema, Nikoloz Shengelaia was the head of an enormously influential family of film professionals. The clan included not only his wife, the celebrated actress Nato Vachnadze, and their sons, Eldar and Giorgi, who became prominent directors; but also Vachnadze’s sister, Kira Andronikashvili, who stars in Eliso. Film will be accompanied by live music performed by Trio Kavkasia.

 $10 UC Berkeley Students,  $15 BAM/PFA Members,  $18 UC Berkeley faculty and staff; Non-UC Berkeley students; 65+; Disabled persons; 17 & under,  $20 General Admission
Buy tickets online, or by calling 510-642-5249.


Sports: Martial arts tournament
Saturday, October 25 | 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. | Field House Recreational Sports Facility

Yongmudo Tournament PhotoTaekwondo. Karate. Wushu. Tai Chi. Yongmudo. Five martial arts, one great competition spanning the breadth of martial arts that UC Berkeley has to offer. Come and watch this fascinating event, which serves as a sampler platter of martial arts goodness, from the high, twisting kicks and flared weapons of wushu to the quiet, circular balance breaking of tai chi's push hands. Experience yongmudo's competition featuring both sparring and a skit competition.

 $5 General Admission,  $3 Student I.D.,  Free Ages 6 and under
Must purchase through the RSF cashier's office. Tickets go on sale October 25. Buy tickets by calling Cashier @ recreational sports facility at 510-642-3268, or by emailing Cashier @ recreational sports facility at publicity@ucmap.org.

 $20 First event,  $5 Each additional event
Registration opens October 3. Register by October 22 online, or by calling Charles Kunzman at 510-642-3268, or by emailing Charles Kunzman at tkdt.registration@ucmap.org.


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