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Botanical garden: Native plant sale
Sunday, October 19 | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. | UC Botanical Garden

This full-day shopping opportunity will offer native plant fans a good selection of native plants at the best time of year to plant them. The Extravaganza provides the opportunity to purchase unique or hard-to-find native plants that are not normally available in most nurseries. Knowledgeable staff will be on hand to help shoppers select the best plants for their gardens. Event is free and open to the public.

Film: Georgian Kulturfilms
Sunday, October 19 | 4 p.m. | PFA Theater

This special program showcases recent efforts to digitally restore examples of the Kulturfilm boom that occurred in the late 1920s and early 1930s, films made by young cinephile directors in Soviet Georgia. Film archivist Nino Dzandzava will present and discuss four short films that she describes as “united by the concept of the body as machine. 'Call of the Land' and 'You Must Reap as You Have Sown' are dedicated to the urgent problems of a young socialist republic, especially the mechanization of labor on collective farms. 'Ten Minutes in the Morning' and 'Collective Farmers’ Hygiene' represent a state policy of promoting physical culture and exercise as a form of healthcare.” Live music with Judith Rosenberg on piano will accompany the films.

 $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.

Conference: >Play hackathon
Sunday, October 19 | 8 a.m.-8 p.m. | Wells Fargo Room Haas School of Business

The >play conference, the largest student-led tech conference in the country, is coming to town. But you may not know that you can get into >play for free, pitch your startup idea, and win up to $5000 in prizes. How? By joining the >play hackathon! Get an extra push for your startup idea, meet designers, engineers, scientists, and business people. Sign up now here.

Dance: Australian Ballet Swan Lake
October 16 – 19, 2014 every day | Zellerbach Hall

Swan Lake dancersPraised internationally for meticulous technique delivered with emotional warmth, Australian Ballet presents a signature work. Lush, lavish, and a feast for all the senses, Graeme Murphy's Swan Lake retains all the enchantment and drama of the classic, with reference to the royal love triangle of Princess Diana, Prince Charles, and Camilla. As rich with scenic and costume design as choreography and storytelling, the Berkeley performance is the production's first on the West Coast and second in the United States.

 $40 and up
Buy tickets online, or by calling 510-642-9988, or by emailing

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: Design Radicals, creativity and protest
October 16 – December 26, 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: 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.


Panel discussion: The paradox of obesity
Monday, October 20 | 4-6 p.m. | 310 Banatao Auditorium Sutardja Dai Hall

In recent years, the public health crisis of obesity has entered the national conversation. As obesity grows, different viewpoints have emerged for understanding and addressing this mounting health concern. While the dietary contributions to obesity are often discussed, less frequently addressed are the complex causes of obesity and the powerful roles of social-economic and political contexts, poverty, and the influence of the food industry that may contribute to obesity. This panel will explore the different viewpoints related to the causes and social-economic dimensions of obesity, and approaches or strategies to tackle the obesity crisis when recognizing this complex context.

Lecture: Malathi De Alwis on goddess devotion in Sri Lanka
Monday, October 20 | 5-7 p.m. | 10 (ISAS Conf. Room) Stephens Hall

Malathi De AlwisAnthropologist Malathi De Alwis will discuss two and a half years of collaborative research and documentation by photographer Sharni Jayawardena and herself, on the worship of the goddess, Pattini-Kannaki in Sri Lanka. The majority of Sinhala-speaking Buddhists call her Pattini, while the minority Tamil Hindus name her Kannaki. For the most part, neither of the two communities knows that the other reveres her under a different name. But their beliefs are deeply syncretic, and point towards a shared history and traditions. Malathi de Alwis is a feminist scholar and activist at the International Centre for Ethnic Studies, Colombo, Sri Lanka. She also teaches in the MA Program in Women's Studies at the Faculty of Graduate Studies, University of Colombo.

Lecture: Ending extreme poverty and what Berkeley can do
Monday, October 20 | 12-1 p.m. | Plaza Level Blum Hall

Alex ThierAlex Thier, USAID’s assistant to the Administrator for Policy, Planning, and Learning, will discuss extreme poverty in the world and his views on ending it. Prior to joining USAID, Thier served with the U.S. Institute of Peace as senior rule of law adviser and director for Afghanistan and Pakistan and as director of the Project on Failed States at Stanford University’s Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law.

“…while we at USAID acknowledge that ending extreme poverty will not be easy, progress and gains already achieved over the past couple of decades have made us certain that it is possible.” – Alex Thier

 Free Boxed lunch included with registration
Registration opens October 13. Register by October 17 online, or by calling Blum Center for Developing Economies at 510-643-5316.

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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Lecture: The future of the peace process
Tuesday, October 21 | 5:15-7:15 p.m. | Bancroft Hotel

Berkeley Law logoThis public lecture will feature a discussion on the future of the peace process in the Middle East with Abe Sofaer of the Hoover Institution (former federal judge, legal advisor at the State Department, and Egypt-Israel negotiator) and Janine Zacharia (former Jerusalem Bureau chief at the Washington Post), currently teaching at Stanford.

RSVP online, or or by emailing

Workshop: iPhoneography
Tuesday, October 21 | 6-9 p.m. | UC Botanical Garden

iPhone with image of flowersThe best camera is the one that is with you! Let expert iPhone photographer Yoni Mayeri show you how to capture and edit images with your iPhone. The class will cover: essential phone camera tips for optimizing digital capture, choosing subjects and framing that work best with the iPhone, best practices for saving, uploading and transferring images and using apps for basic editing and enhancing images...all done on the iPhone. Whether you shoot people, flora and fauna, landscape or abstract subjects or just want to make great images with the iPhone this class will help you take your iPhoneography to the next level.

 $60, $50 members
Register online, or by calling 510-642-7082, or by emailing

Music: UC Berkeley student string ensemble
Tuesday, October 21 | 4-6 p.m. | Stebbins Lounge Women's Faculty Club

ViolinThe UC Berkeley student string ensemble performs Mozart's - "String Quartet No. 19 in C Major" and Lou Harrison - "Varied Trio for Percussion, Piano and Violin".

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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.

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,, and most recently the hyperlocal media site 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.

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.

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.

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