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Tour: Future cultural plazas on International Boulevard
Monday, November 24 | 1-4 p.m. | Various locations

Women hanging block party signs on a light postElena Serrano, Program Director of EastSide Arts Alliance, will host a small group accompanying Rick Lowe for a tour of five sites on International Boulevard in Oakland, and an exploration of the efforts of Eastside and other Oakland community organizations to shape development to benefit existing residents.



Exhibit: Siméon-Denis Poisson, mathematics in the service of science
November 7 – December 17, 2014 every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | Mathematics Statistics Library (100 Evans) Evans Hall

Mathematician PoissonSiméon-Denis Poisson (1781-1840) was a French mathematician who made important contributions to many areas including celestial mechanics, integration, probability theory, and mathematical physics. This exhibition includes original copies and facsimiles of some of Poisson's works as well as books and articles that illustrate Poisson’s scientific influence, the judgments contemporaries made concerning his role in science, and some of the domains of mathematics and physics where his work has been further developed, making his name familiar to all researchers.



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: 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: The Cranes are Flying
Friday, November 28 | 5:30 p.m. | PFA Theater

Still image from The Cranes are FlyingOne of the most acclaimed Soviet films of all time, The Cranes Are Flying won the Grand Prize for Best Picture and the Palme d’Or for Best Director and Best Actress at the 1957 Cannes film festival. Set during World War II, it is a tragic story of the shattering of love and youthful ambitions by war. Two young sweethearts, Veronica and Boris, are certain they will marry and live happily ever after. Then, Boris volunteers for the army.

 $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: Keep Your Right Up
Friday, November 28 | 7:30 p.m. | PFA Theater

Still image from Keep Your Right Up"Keep Your Right Up" is a phrase from boxing; "Soigne ta droite" also has an immediate reference to Tati's film Soigne ta gauche; and both are at play in a slapstick that Godard described as "the camera versus landscapes over seventeen rounds." Yes, this is a comedy, full of slapstick action, peppered with puns. Godard, the Idiot Prince, is ordered by Gaumont to make a movie and deliver it the same day.

 $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: I am Cuba
Saturday, November 29 | 5:30 p.m. | PFA Theater

Still image from I am CubaI Am Cuba was made in 1962 as an act of Soviet-Cuban friendship. Yevgeny Yevtushenko gets credit for the film’s poetic structure—a loose series of choreographed tableaux in praise of the revolutionary spirit. It is also a deliriously one-of-a-kind movie, wildly schizophrenic in its bizarre mix of Slavic solemnity and Latin sensuality.

 $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: Hail Mary
Saturday, November 29 | 8:15 p.m. | PFA Theater

Still image from Hail MaryCondemned even before its opening, Hail Mary is ironically a beautiful cinematic hymn. "Godard evokes the serious through a comic mode, enticing solemnity with a chained camera, a steady, austere procession of beautiful paintings (images) seeking the soul in faces, reflections; a woman who must lend herself to no one, who is condemned from seeing love, her desire (in flesh), and discovers, perhaps as Vivre sa vie's Nana did in her tears, that the soul is not imprisoned in the body, but the body within a soul" (Ryan DeRosa).

 $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: Flowers of Shanghai
Sunday, November 30 | 4 p.m. | PFA Theater

Still image from Flowers of ShanghaiIn a Shanghai brothel circa 1890, an intimate dinner gambling party is going on, obviously a continuation of last night's, and a preview of tomorrow's. Here, men with money spend time away from arranged marriages and (presumably) a world outside, with women who have been bred and raised to love them. Of course, it's not that simple; in fact, it's not simple at all. Hou's normally still camera languorously, almost imperceptibly moves, as we observe relationships played out in eyeline matches and subtle gestures-relationships that will unfold in their strange, internecine complexity over the next two hours. Fueled by opium on one side and economic need on the other, love blossoms, climbs and strangles, withers.

 $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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Lecture: The galaxy garden
Monday, December 1 | 3:10-4 p.m. | B1 Hearst Field Annex

The galaxy garden in HawaiiThe Galaxy Garden is the world's first large-scale, explorable model of the Milky Way, realized as a flower garden in Hawaii, 30 m diameter; 1 cm = 30 light years. The mapping is based on the work of astronomer Leo Blitz of UC Berkeley, with whom the artist also collaborated in the Portrait of the Milky Way for the National Air and Space Museum. Artist Jon Lomberg conceived the Galaxy Garden as a way of teaching people the proper scale and geography of our home galaxy. The model includes many actual star clusters, globular clusters, nebulae, and a supermassive black hole with event horizon and jets. Jon Lomberg was Carl Sagan's artistic collaborator for many years. Their projects included the original COSMOS series, the film CONTACT, and the Voyager Golden Record.


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Music: Berkeley's Star competition
Tuesday, December 2 | 7-9 p.m. | Zellerbach Hall

Berkeley Star logoBerkeley’s Star live show will be a singing competition among the 10 finalists who will compete alongside guest performances from the judges, upcoming talent in the entertainment industry, and some of the most well known UC Berkeley student groups. Judges and performers include: Sean Kingston, Lauren Weintraub, and student groups soon to be announced! This event benefits the Boys & Girls Club of Oakland.

 $20.00 General admission,  $100.00 VIP admission
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Panel discussion: Russia, the West and crisis in Ukraine
Tuesday, December 2 | 6-8 p.m. | Maude Fife Room, 315 Wheeler Hall

Flags of the US, EU, Ukraine and RussiaThe Ukraine crisis has brought Russian relations with the United States and the European Union to their lowest point since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. The conflict has highlighted the extent to which Russia and the West have had different understandings of what the security architecture for a post-Cold War Europe should look like. The crisis is also challenging the unity of the Atlantic Alliance and the European Union, and it has raised the risk of a military clash between a nuclear-armed Russia and a nuclear-armed NATO that could spiral out of control. The panel will address the crisis in Russian relations with the West.



Presentation: 50 years ago, why they sat in
Tuesday, December 2 | 3:30-5 p.m. | lobby Sproul Hall

Free Speech Movement protestors walk through Sather GateOn December 2-3, 1964, more than a thousand Free Speech Movement Activists occupied Sproul Hall in the Berkeley rebellion's culminating act of non-violent civil disobedience. The sit-in ended in the arrest of more than 700 students, the largest mass arrest ever on an American university campus, sparking a student boycott of classes and paving the way for the Berkeley Academic Senate's overwhelming vote to endorse the demands of the FSM, which resolved the free speech crisis. To mark the 50th anniversary of the sit-in, current Berkeley history students will be reading excerpts from the statements FSM activists made to Judge Crittendon in the FSM's mass trial explaining why they chose to participate in the sit-in.


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Lecture: Big data for better medicine
Wednesday, December 3 | 12-1 p.m. | 310, Banatao Auditorium Sutardja Dai Hall

pills in an open handSoon cancer genome sequencing will be widespread in clinical practice, making it possible in principle to study as many as a million cancer genomes. For these data to also have impact on understanding cancer, we must begin soon to move data into a network of compatible global cloud storage and computing systems, and design mechanisms that allow genome and clinical data to be used in research with appropriate patient consent. David Haussler and his team developed the UCSC Genome Browser, a web-based tool that is used extensively in biomedical research.

 Free
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