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Reading: Story hour in the library, student readings
Thursday, May 5 | 5-6 p.m. | Morrison Library Doe Library

Morrison LibraryStory Hour in the Library celebrates the writers in our campus community with an annual student reading. The event will feature short excerpts of work by winners of the year’s biggest prose prizes, Story Hour in the Library interns, and faculty nominees.



Reading: The Sympathizer, a reading by 2016 Pulitzer Prize winner Viet Thanh Nguyen
Thursday, May 5 | 7-8:30 p.m. | 315 Wheeler Hall

Jacket image for The SympathizerViet Thanh Nguyen, English Department alumnus and recent winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, will be giving a reading from his prize winning novel, The Sympathizer.



Lunch poems: Student reading
Thursday, May 5 | 12:10-12:50 p.m. | Morrison Library Doe Library

Morrison Reading Room Doe LibraryOne of the year’s most lively events, the student reading includes winners of the following prizes: Academy of American Poets, Cook, Rosenberg, and Yang, as well as students nominated by Berkeley’s creative writing faculty, Lunch Poems volunteers, and representatives from student publications.



Theater: Helen and Edgar, Edgar Oliver
May 5 – 7, 2016 every day | 8 p.m. | Zellerbach Playhouse

Edgar OliverIn his "utterly absorbing and unexpectedly moving" (The New York Times) one-man show, seasoned raconteur Edgar Oliver spins the tale of Helen & Edgar, the mesmerizing, hilarious, and heartbreaking account of his and his sister Helen's strange childhood in Savannah, Georgia, and their mother's struggle with madness. A collaboration with the hugely popular Moth storytelling series and its Peabody Award-winning radio program, Helen & Edgar celebrates the spontaneous, unadorned medium of long-form storytelling.

 $38
Buy tickets by calling 510-642-9988, or by emailing tickets@calperformances.org.


Exhibit: Teaching design with people in mind
March 1 – May 27, 2016 every day | Volkmann Reading Room, Environmental Design Library 210 Wurster Hall Wurster Hall

The exhibit highlights Social Factors concepts in the 1960s through the 1980s as well as their widespread influence today. The exhibit is curated by Raymond Lifchez, Caitlin DeClercq, and Ayda Melika.



Exhibit: Architecture of Life
January 31 – May 29, 2016 every Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday | 11 a.m.-9 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

image Johannes Itten: Encounter, 1916; oil on canvas; 41 ⅓ x 31 ½ in.; collection of Kunsthaus Zürich. © 2015 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ProLitteris, Zürich.Architecture of Life, the inaugural exhibition in BAM/PFA's landmark new building, explores the ways that architecture—as concept, metaphor, and practice—illuminates various aspects of life experience: the nature of the self and psyche, the fundamental structures of reality, and the power of the imagination to reshape our world. Occupying every gallery in the new building, designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro, the exhibition comprises over two hundred works of art in a wide range of media, as well as scientific illustrations and architectural drawings and models, made over the past two thousand years.

 $12 General admission,  $0 UC Berkeley Students, Staff, Faculty and BAM/PFA Members,  $10 Non-UC Berkeley students, senior citizens (65 & over), disabled persons, and young adults (13-17)

Exhibit: The Origins of The National Park Service
February 26 – October 7, 2016 every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | Rowell Cases & 2nd floor corridor between The Bancroft Library and Doe Library Bancroft Library

Mt. Rainier parkSigned by President Woodrow Wilson in August 1916, the Organic Act created the National Park Service, the federal bureau that protects our national parks and monuments. Several UC Berkeley alumni with conservationist interests and the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco played key roles in its development. This exhibition explores the origins of the NPS with materials drawn from the University Archives and The Bancroft Library collections.


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Last lecture: David Patterson, how to be a bad professor
Friday, May 6 | 4-5 p.m. | Chevron Auditorium International House

David PattersonIf this were your last public lecture before retiring, what would you say? We’ll take a tongue-in-cheek look at how to be awful at all the responsibilities of professorship: research, classroom teaching, graduate student advising, service to the field and service to the campus. As I’ve got nothing left to hide, I’ll use tell-all examples from my four decades at Berkeley.



Seminar: U.S. Senator Angus King on the two-party system
Friday, May 6 | 5-6:15 p.m. | Anna Head Alumnae Hall (2537 Haste St.)

Angus KingAngus King is the junior United States senator from Maine and, along with Bernie Sanders, one of only two independents in the Senate, though he caucuses with the Democratic Party. King served as governor of Maine from 1995 to 2003.

Buy tickets online.


Music: UC Berkeley Symphony Orchestra and University Chorus
May 6 – 7, 2016 every day | 8-10 p.m. | Hertz Concert Hall

Symphony concert poster imageThe UC Berkeley Symphony Orchestra and University chorus will perform Mahler Symphony No. 9 and Brahms Schicksalslied.

 $16 General admission (all seats unreserved),  $12 non-UCB students, seniors, current & retired Berkeley staff & faculty, groups of ten or more,  $5 UC Berkeley students (student ID required)
Purchase tickets at the door starting one hour before the performance. Tickets go on sale April 30. Buy tickets online, or by calling 510-642-9988.


Exhibit: The Papyrus in the Crocodile
May 6 – July 29, 2016 every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | Bancroft Library

Students in the exhibit hallThe collections assembled by Berkeley’s many patrons and collectors over the last 150 years have formed the foundation of a wide variety of the university’s academic disciplines and institutions. Curated entirely by graduate students, The Papyrus in the Crocodile illuminates a key selection of these invaluable objects as testaments to the cosmopolitan ideologies of Berkeley’s visionary patrons, donors, and scholars.


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Botanical garden: Flower crowns
Saturday, May 7 | 10-11 a.m. | UC Botanical Garden

Flower crownsCome make a beautiful floral crown to wear with mom to celebrate Mother's Day. We'll use a variety of greenery and flowers to put together our crowns. A fun and festive way to spend the day! Sip some tea made from flowers while you craft away.

 $20 Adult, $20 Child, $18 Member Adult, $18 Member Child, $12 Additonal Sibling or Parent Chaperone
Register online, or by calling 510-664-9841, or by emailing gardenprograms@berkeley.edu.


Music: David Finckel and Wu Han
Saturday, May 7 | 8 p.m. | First Congregational Church, 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley

David Finckel and Wu HanThe chamber music world's bicoastal "power couple" (Wall Street Journal) and Cal Performances favorites David Finckel and Wu Han return with a program that delves into the power of music to express the heights of human emotion. Co-directors of Music@Menlo and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Finckel and Han share their remarkable musical insight and sparkling virtuosity in The Passionate Cello, from the youthful exuberance of Strauss, to the burning desire of Chopin, to the profoundly spiritual Messiaen.

 $62
Buy tickets by calling 510-642-9988, or by emailing tickets@calperformances.org.

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Botanical garden: Mother's Day tea
Sunday, May 8 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. | UC Botanical Garden

Invite mom for our annual tradition at the Garden. A lovely tea party, held in our historic Julia Morgan Hall, will be followed by a botanical crafting session. This year, come learn about backyard garden herbs that you can harvest for tea. We will offer a colorful and healing botanical buffet of dried tea herbs that you can mix and match to make a personalized jar of tea and then take home an potted herb to plant in your own garden. There will be sweet treats from local favorites like Sweet Adeline Bakery and James and the Giant Cupcake, plus other savory tea items to add.

 $65, $55 members
Register online, or by calling 510-664-9841, or by emailing gardenprograms@berkeley.edu.


Film: Youth of the Beast
Sunday, May 8 | 8 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Still image from Youth of the BeastSuzuki himself claims that 1963 was the year when he truly came into his own, and Youth of the Beast is one of his breakthroughs. In his second collaboration with the director, Jo Shishido rampages through the movie, playing a disgraced ex-cop pitting two yakuza gangs against each other to avenge the death of a fellow officer. The film signals a director breaking away from genre material to forge a pulp art form all his own.

 $12 General Admission,  $8 UC Berkeley faculty, staff, retirees; non-UC Berkeley students, 65+, 18 & under, disabled persons,  $7 BAMPFA members; UC Berkeley Students
Buy tickets online, or by calling 510-642-0808, or by emailing bampfa@berkeley.edu.


Theater: Helen and Edgar, Edgar Oliver
Sunday, May 8 | 3 p.m. | Zellerbach Playhouse

Edgar OliverIn his "utterly absorbing and unexpectedly moving" (The New York Times) one-man show, seasoned raconteur Edgar Oliver spins the tale of Helen & Edgar, the mesmerizing, hilarious, and heartbreaking account of his and his sister Helen's strange childhood in Savannah, Georgia, and their mother's struggle with madness. A collaboration with the hugely popular Moth storytelling series and its Peabody Award-winning radio program, Helen & Edgar celebrates the spontaneous, unadorned medium of long-form storytelling.

 $38
Buy tickets by calling 510-642-9988, or by emailing tickets@calperformances.org.

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Music: Eco Ensemble, Berkeley New Music Project
Monday, May 9 | 8 p.m. | Hertz Concert Hall

Eco Ensemble musiciansDavid Milnes conducts new works by UC Berkeley graduate student composers featuring our resident professional new music ensemble.

 Free and open to the public All seats unreserved

Reception: Chancellor's awards for public service
Monday, May 9 | 3-5:30 p.m. | Alumni House

Public Service Center logoEach year, the Chancellor recognizes students, staff, faculty and community partnerships that embody UC Berkeley's proud tradition of public service and commitment to improving our local and global community.


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Colloquium: Academic freedom and value protection conundrums
Tuesday, May 10 | 12-1 p.m. | 8th Floor Barrows Hall, Room 820 Barrows Hall

Spring colloquium series graphicGrace Taneri, visiting scholar at the Center for Studies in Higher Education, will focus on on-going debates about academic freedom in Asia and the Middle East, and value protection in higher education institutions in the West. Some Western universities are concerned about risks to their reputation should they engage in joint projects with universities and governments in these regions. Yet, many have proceeded with various globalization efforts, such as launching new universities, Liberal Arts Colleges (LACs), branch campuses, alliances, or research and teaching partnerships. Join us for questions and debate, lessons to be taken away, and the possibility of making the globalization efforts success stories.


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Film: Branded to Kill
Wednesday, May 11 | 3:10 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Still image from Branded to KillThis fractured film noir is the final provocation that got Seijun Suzuki fired from Nikkatsu Studios, simultaneously making him a counterculture hero and putting him out of work for a decade. It stars Jo Shishido as an assassin who gets turned on by the smell of cooking rice, and whose failed attempt to kill a victim (a butterfly lands on his gun) turns him into a target himself. Perhaps Suzuki’s most famous film, it has been cited as an influence by filmmakers such as Quentin Tarantino, Jim Jarmusch, Park Chan-wook, and John Woo.

 $13.50 General Admission,  $10.50 65+, disabled persons, UC Berkeley faculty and staff, non-UC Berkeley students, and 18 & under,  $9.50 BAMPFA members,  $7.50 UC Berkeley Students
Tickets go on sale January 15. Buy tickets online, or by calling 510-642-0808.


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