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Panel discussion: Health in California under a Trump presidency

Wednesday, December 7 | 5-7 p.m. | Goldman Theater and Wolf Gallery David Brower Center, 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley
California’s health landscape is always shifting due to budget fluctuations, market dynamics, and policy and demographic changes—and the pace of change is likely to accelerate following the November 2016 election. Change can lead to challenges, and challenges often disproportionately impact low-income residents and vulnerable populations. How can we improve access to and quality of care in our state? Join three prominent California health policy leaders dedicated to advancing meaningful, measurable improvements in the health of individuals and of our communities.MORE about Health in California under a Trump presidency

Colloquium: When can we predict romantic outcomes?

Wednesday, December 7 | 12:10-1:15 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall
Romantic relationships profoundly impact people’s health and well-being. Yet it remains unclear if and when it is possible to predict a priori how relationship experiences will unfold and evolve over time: When can we determine whether two people will (a) want to form a relationship in the first place and (b) be happy or miserable together? This talk will review findings and theories that address what is predictable about romantic outcomes, what may not be predictable, and how close relationships perspectives can contribute to and learn from other prediction sciences.MORE about When can we predict romantic outcomes?

Lecture: What happens when the things we design wake up?

Wednesday, December 7 | 12-1 p.m. | 310, Banatao Auditorium Sutardja Dai Hall
Mickey McManus is a research fellow at Autodesk in the Office of the CTO, and Principal & Chairman of the board at MAYA Design, a design consultancy and innovation lab. He's a pioneer in the fields of pervasive computing, collaborative innovation, human-centered design and education. In Mickey’s current research project, “Primordial," he and his team are exploring the impact on design when technology trends converge. MORE about What happens when the things we design wake up?

Special event: Jacobs winter design showcase

December 7 – 8, 2016 every day | 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. | Jacobs Hall
The Jacobs Winter Design Showcase, an end-of-semester open house, offers an opportunity to meet student makers, explore new creations, and take part in Jacobs Hall's richly interdisciplinary community.MORE about Jacobs winter design showcase

Special event: Forestry Club tree sale

December 4 – 9, 2016 every day | 8 a.m.-5 p.m. | Mulford Hall
Every year, students in the Cal Forestry Club travel to the Sierra Nevada to harvest trees donated by Sierra Pacific Industries that would not normally survive to adulthood. These sustainably harvested trees will be available all week at the annual Christmas Tree Sale! The sale starts Sunday, 4 December, and ends on 9 December (or while there are still supplies) from 8a-5p.MORE about Forestry Club tree sale

Exhibit: Berkeley Eye

July 13 – December 11, 2016 every Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday | 11 a.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Berkeley Eye focuses on art that activates the senses to stimulate the sixth sense, the mind. The works are presented in eight thematic groupings to be experienced and enjoyed in no particular order, according to the interests of individual viewers: Bible Stories, Nature; Human Nature; Barriers & Walls; Connection & Change; Space, Time, Energy; Black, White, Gray; and Into the Light. MORE about <em>Berkeley Eye</em>

Exhibit: Power to the People, the world of the Black Panthers

August 29, 2016 – January 5, 2017 every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday with exceptions | North Gate Hall
This fall marks the 50th anniversary of the Black Panther Party's founding. The group would become emblematic of the Black Power movement that helped shape the tumultuous years of the late 1960s and early 1970s. Shames, a student at the University of California, Berkeley, first encountered and photographed Panther Chairman Bobby Seale in April 1967 at an anti–Vietnam War rally. Seale became a mentor to Shames, and Shames, in turn, became the most trusted photographer to the party.MORE about <em>Power to the People, the world of the Black Panthers</em>

Exhibit: The Gift to Sing, highlights of of the Leon F. Litwack and Bancroft Library African American Collections

September 23, 2016 – February 17, 2017 every day | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. | Gallery Bancroft Library
For decades professor emeritus of history Leon F. Litwack has been accumulating what is arguably the world’s finest private collection of books on African American history and culture. This exhibition displays highlights of the collection that will be coming to The Bancroft Library as a bequest. MORE about The Gift to Sing, highlights of of the Leon F. Litwack and Bancroft Library African American Collections

Exhibit: Andy Warhol, still lifes and portraits

November 23, 2016 – March 12, 2017 every Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
A prominent figure of the American Pop Art movement, Andy Warhol (1928–1987) was one of the first to integrate fine art with celebrity culture, media spectacle, and mass production. This exhibition presents a selection of new gifts to BAMPFA from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, on view here for the first time, alongside previous gifts to the collection. The prints on display span over a decade of the artist’s career, from 1964, the year Warhol founded his legendary Factory, to 1977—a period marked by an upheaval in cultural and societal norms.MORE about Andy Warhol, still lifes and portraits

Panel discussion: Indigenous landscape management practices in California

Thursday, December 8 | 7-8 p.m. | 160 Kroeber Hall
The panel discussion presents the recent results of an on-going research program, supported by the National Science Foundation, the Research Institute for Humanity and Nature, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, and California State Parks, which is examining various kinds of evidence for indigenous landscape management practices in Central California. While Native Californians constructed productive anthropogenic landscapes through a variety of methods, the primary management tool was fire. Our research team has initiated an inter-disciplinary approach for the study of anthropogenic burning.MORE about Indigenous landscape management practices in California

Demonstration: Master of engineering capstone expo

Thursday, December 8 | 4-6:30 p.m. | Chevron Auditorium International House
Masters students demo the products that they are working on, which come from industry and faculty research. See where the future of engineering is headed.MORE about Master of engineering capstone expo

Music: Symphony Orchestra

December 8 – 10, 2016 every day | 8 p.m. | Hertz Concert Hall
Enjoy a performance of Beethoven's Symphony 9 with the Symphony Orchestra, University Chorus, University Chamber Chorus and the Alumni Chorus. Featuring Antonio Juan-Marcos, Amanece (2014) Rodrigo Ferreira, Ann Moss, Ivan L. Reynoso, Ben Jones, Nikolas Nackley.MORE about Symphony Orchestra

Reading: Tongo Eisen-Martin and Leila Farjami

Friday, December 9 | 6 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Revolutionary poet Tongo Eisen-Martin (Someone's Dead Already) and poet and translator Leila Farjami read from their work. Tongo Eisen-Martin is a movement worker and educator who has organized against mass incarceration and extra-judicial killing of black people throughout the United States. He has taught in detention centers from New York's Rikers Island to California county jails. Leila Farjami, a poet, psychotherapist, and literary translator is the author of seven poetry books in Persian.MORE about Tongo Eisen-Martin and Leila Farjami

Film: Blue, Three colors

Friday, December 9 | 7 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Kieślowski’s Three Colors trilogy tackled the symbolism of the colors of France’s national flag: blue, white, and red, for liberty, equality, and fraternity. “Liberty” in Blue is the unasked-for freedom that the young widow Julie (Juliette Binoche) is given when her composer husband and young daughter die in a car crash. Willfully ignoring the political definition of “liberty,” Kieślowski instead concentrates on a more human, moral understanding of the word, and asks whether freedom can ever be attained, or is even desired. MORE about <em>Blue</em>, Three colors

Artist talk: Laurie Reid

Friday, December 9 | 12:15 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Artist Laurie Reid shares thoughts about landscape and seascape, focusing on paintings by François Daubigny and James Ensor on view in the exhibit Berkeley Eye. She explores notions of vast outdoor space and its relationship to intimate personal space, both in the context of these two nineteenth-century works as well as in current social media practices. Reid teaches at the California College of the Arts and the San Francisco Art Institute. MORE about Laurie Reid

Music: Choir of Trinity Wall Street and Trinity Baroque Orchestra

Saturday, December 10 | 8 p.m. | Zellerbach Hall | Note change in location
The Choir of Trinity Wall Street is among New York's most prized musical treasures, its holiday season concerts of Handel's Messiah topping critics' picks every year. Led by charismatic conductor Julian Wachner, the choir and its sister ensemble, the Trinity Baroque Orchestra, have a special relationship to the work, having presented its first performance in North America in 1770.MORE about Choir of Trinity Wall Street and Trinity Baroque Orchestra

Film: Elevator to the Gallows

Saturday, December 10 | 6 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Louis Malle’s first feature is an elegant, Hitchcockian thriller. Maurice Ronet and Jeanne Moreau star as an ex-paratrooper and his lover whose plot to murder her husband goes awry. Adroitly bringing in the wider issues of the Indochina war, industry, and runaway machinery, Malle creates a milieu for his frantic, frustrated lovers (who never once share screen space) while an improvised score by Miles Davis becomes an abstraction of their punctuated existence.MORE about <em>Elevator to the Gallows</em>

Botanical garden: Holiday nature crafts

Saturday, December 10 | 10 a.m.-2 p.m. | UC Botanical Garden
A Garden tradition, create gifts and decorations inspired by nature and the Garden's collection. Mini evergreen wreaths, greeting cards from pressed botanicals, felt projects, nature-filled ornaments, and so much more. Space is limited - advance registration highly recommended. MORE about Holiday nature crafts

Botanical garden: Crafting for the holidays

Sunday, December 11 | 1-4 p.m. | UC Botanical Garden
Come enjoy the holidays at the Garden with our fun and festive room filled with botanical craft stations. You can create a host of gifts and decorations for yourself and family for the holidays. You can make mini wreaths, nature filled globes, ornaments, botanical cards and gift tags, and get creative at our succulent craft station. We'll also have seasonal drinks and snacks.MORE about Crafting for the holidays

Film: White, Three Colors

Sunday, December 11 | 7 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
The comic counterpoint to Blue’s tragedy and Red’s romance, Three Colors: White (for “equality”) also marks Kieślowski’s cinematic return to his native Poland. Poor Karol (Zbigniew Zamachowski) is a battered and bruised Pole busy being humiliated in radiant Paris; his glamorous French wife (Julie Delpy) is divorcing him on grounds of impotence, and he’s about to wind up homeless. Returning to Poland in a less than graceful manner, Karol swears vengeance on his wife, and, thanks to a few mob connections, embarks on gaining the only equality that she—and the French—will understand: economic. MORE about <em>White</em>, Three Colors

Conference: Population and incarceration

Monday, December 12 | 12-5 p.m. | Seaborg Faculty Club
A half day mini-conference on population and incarceration, with speakers from across the Berkeley campus and a moderated discussion
The campus community and the public are welcome.MORE about Population and incarceration

Music: Berkeley New Music Project/ECO Ensemble

Monday, December 12 | 8 p.m. | Hertz Concert Hall
The Berkeley New Music Project is a group dedicated to the performance of new music by the graduate student composers in UC Berkeley’s Department of Music. This premiere group is comprised of prominent Bay Area musicians who are passionate about exploring and performing contemporary works. The Eco Ensemble’s unique collaboration inspires works that are informed by contemporary explorations into the intersection between science and music. MORE about Berkeley New Music Project/ECO Ensemble

Film: Ixcanul

Tuesday, December 13 | 7 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Guatemalan filmmaker Jayro Bustamante has been widely praised for this debut feature, scripted in collaboration with a cast of mostly nonprofessional actors. Ixcanul follows the experiences of seventeen-year-old María (María Mercedes Coroy) and her family, who are Kaqchikel-speaking Mayans working on a coffee plantation at the base of an active volcano. Bustamante mixes a near-documentary style with dreamlike expression inspired by fables. Winner, Silver Bear, Berlin Film Festival 2015.MORE about <em>Ixcanul</em>

Music: Full, Adapt

Tuesday, December 13 | 7 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Every full moon, the galleries at BAMPFA come alive with experimental music and other impromptu happenings. This month, renowned local performance artist Dohee Lee brings us a work dedicated to Theresa Hak Kyung Cha. The evening will also include exciting performances from Congolese choreographer Byb Chanel Bibene and taiko drummer Jimi Nakagawa.MORE about Full, Adapt

Film: Red, Three colors

Wednesday, December 14 | 7 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
The conclusion of Three Colors trilogy was also Kieślowski’s last film. The beautiful model Valentine (Irène Jacob) lives an idyllic, though disconnected, existence, with her only friend a perpetually traveling, petulant lover. A retired judge (Jean-Louis Trintignant) has retreated from the world, and can only stand humanity when he’s voyeuristically eavesdropping on it. A chance encounter leads these two strangers into an unlikely friendship. Where Blue was “against” the narcissism of ultimate liberty, and White uncertain of equality’s existence, Red argues that fraternity, the ability to connect with others, is what makes us human. MORE about <em>Red</em>, Three colors

Film: Gone to Earth

Thursday, December 15 | 7 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Few films showcase Technicolor’s splendor like this gorgeously engorged adaptation of a Victorian-era bodice-ripper involving a beautiful half-gypsy wildling and the men who lust for her. MORE about <em>Gone to Earth</em>

Workshop: Mini frame-weaving

Friday, December 16 | 6 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Think big, weave small! Get inspired by Terri Friedman’s monumental Art Wall weaving and learn to weave using handheld, palm-sized weaving frames. Artist Travis Meinolf will teach you how to dress the loom with yarn and build from there, using twill, tapestry, pile, and wrapped-warp techniques to make mini fiber art.MORE about Mini frame-weaving

Film: Hieronymus Bosch, Touched by the Devil

Friday, December 16 | 6:30 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
In 2016, the Noordbrabants Museum in the Dutch city of Den Bosch held a special exhibition devoted to the work of Hieronymus Bosch, who died 500 years ago after spending his entire life in that city. This documentary follows a team of art historians as they crisscross the globe in preparation for the exhibition, trying to unravel the secrets of Bosch’s fantastical and disturbing art. MORE about <em>Hieronymus Bosch, Touched by the Devil</em>

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