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Panel discussion: Music and protest
Thursday, October 30 | 12:30-2 p.m. | Banatao Auditorium Sutardja Dai Hall

Mavis StaplesMusic has always played a key role in protest movements. As part of the campus's celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Free Speech Movement, panelists will discuss the historic role of music in social change. Panelists include jazz legend Mavis Staples; UC Berkeley professors of history Mark Peterson and Waldo Martin; the founder of Arhoolie Records, Chris Strachwitz, and PhD candidate and jazz vocalist, Kim Nalley.

Science@Cal: Fact, myth and controversy of GMO foods
Thursday, October 30 | 6:30-8 p.m. | Banatao Auditorium, 310 Sutardja Dai Hall Sutardja Dai Hall

Graphic of food plantsWe care about the food we eat. So, what should we know about GMOs? Join eminent scientists from UC Berkeley to understand the basic scientific principles behind Genetically Modified Organisms and the socioeconomic and environmental implications of their use.

Music: Mavis Staples
Thursday, October 30 | 8 p.m. | Zellerbach Hall

Mavis StaplesGrammy Lifetime Achievement Award-winner Mavis Staples lends her voice to songs introspective and uplifting, from the gospel standards and civil rights anthems she sang for decades, to wide-ranging pop music born from collaborations with artists like The Band and Nick Lowe. Staples will perform selections from her latest recording “One True Vine”. Her appearance is in association with UC Berkeley's On the Same Page program, marking the 50th anniversary of the Free Speech Movement.

 $18 and up
Buy tickets online, or by calling 510-642-9988, or by emailing

Film: The Activist
Thursday, October 30 | 7 p.m. | PFA Theater

Still image from The ActivistScorned during its day, The Activist is re-activated for your renewed perusal. Activist-turned-actor Michael Smith plays a radical opposed to the war in Vietnam in this youth-market entry, shot on the streets of Berkeley. With its street-smart lead and proximity to the antiwar protests it appropriates, The Activist claims an authenticity out of reach to others of its ilk. A member of the Oakland Seven, “Stop the Draft” activists tried for conspiracy in Alameda County, Smith plays a version of himself, a committed Berkeley activist contesting the war in Vietnam. After a demonstration goes bad, he seeks refuge at a friend’s house and there meets Lee, played by real-life girlfriend Leslie Gilbrun. This seat-of-its-pants pic alternates between the budding romance, Lee’s fitful coming to political awareness, and plans to occupy the draft induction center and its resulting skirmish.

 $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

Theater: Rabbit Hole
October 30 – November 1, 2014 every day | 8 p.m. | Room 7 Zellerbach Hall

This Pulitzer Prize-winning play follows a married couple coping with the death of their four year-old son. As the horrific accident twists their closest relationships and challenges their deepest-held beliefs, the play reveals that their version of reality - their rabbit hole - could belong to anyone.

 $15 General Admission,  $10 students, seniors, UCB faculty & staff

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: 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: 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: 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: Eyes Wide Shut
Friday, October 31 | 7:30 p.m. | PFA Theater

Still image from Eyes Wide ShutKubrick had been mesmerized by Schnitzler’s erotic novella since the late sixties, trying several times to arouse interest in the adaptation. This traumnovelle, literally “dreamstory,” involves a married couple, played by real-life duo Tom Cruise as Dr. Bill Harford and Nicole Kidman as Alice H., who free fall through a psychological landscape of libido and longing. The first steps toward their eventual plunge are delicate and untended as they tease each other with fantastical seductions and saucy dreams, all leading to that accelerating drop into appetite. A truly erotic outing, Eyes Wide Shut is like a caution sign on the road of excess.

 $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.

Seminar: How to assemble a bacteria cell
Friday, October 31 | 2-3 p.m. | 390 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

Graphic of bacteriaIn this discussion, University of Washington professor of bioengineering, Paul Wiggoins, will outline the current understanding of bacterial organization and present new insights based on our recent experiments. Genome-scale analysis reveals complexity in patterning and in the behavior of DNA-binding proteins.

Panel discussion: Chile California conference
Friday, October 31 | 6-7:30 p.m. | 105 Boalt Hall, School of Law

Professor Robert Reich and Professor Benavente will discuss the origins and consequences of inequality in the U.S. and Chilean economies with Harley Shaiken, Professor and Chair of Berkeley’s Center for Latin American Studies.

Music: UC Berkeley symphony orchestra, Rachmaninoff and Prokofiev
October 31 – November 1, 2014 every day | 8-10 p.m. | Hertz Concert Hall

UC Berkeley Symphony Orchestra posterDavid Milnes, conducts the UC Berkeley symphony orchestra in a performance of Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances and Prokofiev’s Sinfonia Concertante. Performance will feature Melondy Huang, cello soloist.

 $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

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Special event: Lawrence Hall of Science gala
Saturday, November 1 | 6:30-9:30 p.m. | Lawrence Hall of Science

Inspiring Young Minds GalaUnleash your inner child and treat your inquiring mind to an imaginative Gala benefitting the Lawrence Hall of Science. Rubbing elbows with actual scientists, test your ingenuity with hands-on activities to see how small-scale tinkering leads to large-scale innovation. Come celebrate the Hall's continued success in sparking interest in science and supporting lifelong fascinations as you enjoy inventive food, cocktails, and entertainment in a dynamic program. Special guests include 2013 Nobel Laureate Randy W. Schekman and San Francisco Giants announcer Renel Brooks-Moon.

 $250 General Ticket,  $500 Patron Ticket,  $1,000 Sponsor Ticket
Buy tickets online, or by calling Linda Rafferty at 510-664-4921, or by emailing Linda Rafferty at

Botanical garden: The hungry owl project
Saturday, November 1 | 1-2:30 p.m. | UC Botanical Garden

Barn OwlLearn about owls in the Bay Area and their natural history. Visit with a live ambassador owl and have your questions answered by owl experts.

 $15/$10 members; $5 youth (3-17)
Register online, or by calling 510-643-2755, or by emailing

Conference: Chile-California conference
Saturday, November 1 | 8 a.m.-6:45 p.m. | 105 Stanley Hall

This annual conference aims to promote the exchange of ideas and create an international collaboration between faculty, students, entrepreneurs, and professionals from Chile and California. This initiative started in 2012 as a collaborative work between Chilean students in UC Davis, Stanford, and UC Berkeley supported by the Chilean General Consulate in San Francisco, Chile Global, and the Chile-California Council. This year’s conference will be focused on the social and economic challenges that Chile and California share. How to innovate and grow while striving for an inclusive and sustainable development that reduces existing levels of inequality? Speakers include Ambassador of Chile Juan Gabriel Valdes, Berkeley economist Emmanuel Saez, and more.

Tickets go on sale October 1. Buy tickets online, or or by emailing

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Music: Jorge Federico Osorio, piano
Sunday, November 2 | 3 p.m. | Hertz Concert Hall

Jorge Federico OsorioJorge Federico Osorio blends a refined interpretive skill with his sterling technique for Mussorgsky's beloved and opulent suite Pictures at an Exhibition. For Schubert's gripping final piano sonata, Osorio applies a poet's sensibility, revealing new qualities in the familiar work. The performance features works by Bach, Schubert, Tchaikovsky, Albeniz, Castro, & Mussorgsky.

 $32 and up
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Panel discussion: Soil health
Monday, November 3 | 4-5:30 p.m. | Morgan Lounge Morgan Hall

Soil with earthwormsSoil health is the basis for the ecosystem services that soils deliver to society, such as plant growth, erosion control, and pollutant mitigation. Its great importance to agriculture has prompted the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to develop a national Soil health Initiative to meet the challenges of farming in the 21st century. Important questions remain as to how these practices should be implemented and their results assessed. Does managing for soil health differ from the management practices in organic farming? Can soil health be quantified or is it only an intangible, qualitative concept? Our panel, which includes academic, agency, and grower perspectives, will discuss these and other questions that are driving new research and stimulating changes in the way agriculture is done today.

Panel discussion: Religion and the art of the novel
Monday, November 3 | 6 p.m. | Sibley Auditorium, Bechtel Engineering Center

Marilynne Robinson, Robert Hass, Dorothy Hale, Jonathan SheenanMarilynne Robinson is a professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop and author of Gilead, which won the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the 2004 National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction. She is also the author of four books of nonfiction, The Death of Adam, Absence of Mind, When I Was a Child I Read Books, and Mother Country. In 2013, Robinson was awarded the National Humanities Medal. In this panel discussion, Marilynne Robinson will be joined by UC Berkeley professors Dorothy Hale (English), Jonathan Sheehan (History), and Robert Hass (English), to discuss religion and the art of the novel.

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