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Film: City Lights
Saturday, August 1 | 4 p.m. | PFA Theater

Charlie ChaplinTracing the Tramp’s efforts to help a blind flower seller, City Lights is Chaplin’s most balanced and potent blend of humor and poetic pathos, with a strong strand of class consciousness. Episodes of pointed comedy, beginning with the Tramp unveiled in the lap of a statue at a pompous civic gathering, lead fluidly to almost unbearably poignant moments, such as when the flower girl at last recognizes her impoverished benefactor. The film was two years and $2 million in the making. By the time it was released, Hollywood had made the transition to sound, but Chaplin determined that City Lights would be free of dialogue, with a score composed and carefully supervised by him.

 $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
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Film: Bicycle Thief
Saturday, August 1 | 8:45 p.m. | PFA Theater

Film poster for the Bicycle ThiefPart of It’s a Wrap! celebrating our final weekend in the PFA Theater. De Sica’s neorealist tale finds the despair of postwar Italy evident in the faces of its men. Though the film also explores how women cope with poverty, it devotes most of its energy to documenting Rome’s streets and the depressed, unemployed men who populate them, anxiously waiting for work. One such man is Antonio Ricci (Lamberto Maggiorani), who miraculously lands a job hanging movie posters around town. Things go awry after Antonio’s bicycle is stolen, forcing him and his young son Bruno to scour the city. For De Sica, the severity of Antonio’s ordeal is as much a crisis of masculinity as it is one of economics; Maggiorani’s melancholy eyes and hardened face express the hardship of a generation of men beaten by hunger and dim prospects. Youthful Bruno tries to keep them upbeat, but as father and son soon learn firsthand, a desperate man can sink to great depths.

 $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
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Music: UC Berkeley summer symphony
July 31 – August 1, 2015 every day | 8-10 p.m. | Hertz Concert Hall

Summer Symphony conductor Jane KimUC Berkeley’s Summer Symphony presents a free concert, open to the public. Performance will include Mussorgsky’s Night on Bald Mountain, Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet Overture, and Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5. Jane Kim and Nicholas Koo will conduct.

 donations gratefully accepted

Multimedia exhibit: Searching for other Earths
June 13 – August 30, 2015 every day | 2 p.m. | Planetarium Lawrence Hall of Science

Lawrence Hall of Science logoWhat is an exoplanet, and how do you find them? What is a transit and how did NASA's Kepler mission use them to discover more alien planets than ever before? Try hunting for exoplanets with some simulated data. Is another Earth out there? Come join our planetarium show to find out.

 $4, plus admission
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Exhibit: Paper, rock, pixels
May 26 – August 30, 2015 every day | Environmental Design Library, Wurster room 210 Wurster Hall

The exhibit Paper, Rock, Pixels revisits design projects after ten, twenty, fifty, or more years into their tenure as elements in the fabric of San Francisco. Drawings, plans, and models from the Environmental Design Archives are paired with contemporary photographs of residences, institutional buildings, commercial structures, and landscapes to see how they have responded to use and time.



Lawrence Hall of Science: Animal discovery room
June 13 – August 30, 2015 every day | 1:30-4 p.m. | Animal Discovery Room Lawrence Hall of Science

Harold the Gopher SnakeHow does warmer weather change an animal's appetite, behavior or coat? Meet a friendly new animal every 30 minutes in the Animal Discovery Room and discover the answers to these questions and more.

 Free with admission
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Lawrence Hall of Science: Science fiction, science future
May 23 – September 7, 2015 every day | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. | Lawrence Hall of Science

Guests marvel at acrylic digital panelsCuriosity, innovation and imagination underpin many scientific discoveries, just as science fiction stories do. Science Fiction | Science Future brings to life innovations and inventions that were once considered only possible in film and literature. You'll see how science and technology are advancing all the time, and changing the way we live.

 Free with admission
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Film: Tokyo Story
Sunday, August 2 | 8:15 p.m. | PFA Theater

Film poster for Tokyo StorySetsuko Hara anchors one of the greatest of all Japanese films with one of the greatest of all performances, as a warm-hearted, becalmed, yet utterly determined young woman. Tokyo Story is about the gap between generations in a Japanese family. It tells a simple, sad story of an elderly couple who travel to Tokyo to visit their two married children, only to find themselves politely ushered off to a hot springs resort. There, the mother dies, leaving only their widowed daughter-in-law (Hara) to care for the father.

 $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
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Film: The Kid
Sunday, August 2 | 3:30 p.m. | PFA Theater

Film poster for The KidPart of It’s a Wrap! celebrating our final weekend in the PFA Theater.
Followed by a demonstration-workshop in the art of pantomime with Charlie Chaplin impersonator Damian Blake. Bring the whole family to learn how to walk like Chaplin! With The Kid, Chaplin successfully established the fusion of slapstick and pathos that would serve him so well in years to come. He also found perhaps his ideal costar, six-year-old Jackie Coogan, capable of both brilliant comic mimicry and unaffected emotion. In a genuinely squalid slum, the Little Tramp stumbles upon an abandoned baby. After a few attempts to rid himself of this unexpected responsibility, he settles into his paternal role, instructing the child in the con game of survival—until the authorities arrive to break up their happy if dilapidated home. Chaplin’s own childhood experiences of poverty and abandonment come through in the film’s vividly imagined settings and its intensity of feeling.

 $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
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Film: Recent short films of Victor Erice
Sunday, August 2 | 6 p.m. | PFA Theater

Image from Victor Erice filmIn recent years Erice has turned to the art of the short film, crafting several works for omnibus features that are nonetheless able to stand on their own. The following short films will be screened: Lifeline, Ana tres minutos, Broken Windows and La morte rouge.

 $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
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Lawrence Hall of Science: Space, the final frontier
Wednesday, August 5 | 12-2 p.m. | Lawrence Hall of Science

Is there life on other planets? Are there more Earths in our universe? Get up close and personal with some of the most exciting space explorations, as you find answers to these and other questions. Interact with planets in "Science On a Sphere®" or take to the stars in our Kepler-inspired Planetarium shows.

 Free with admission
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Lawrence Hall of Science: Summer fun days
June 17 – August 19, 2015 every Wednesday | 12-2 p.m. | Lawrence Hall of Science

Family enjoying summer fun dayMake your Wednesdays "Summer Fun Days" with new, exciting events each week. Build structures with unlikely materials, witness high-flying stunts in our backyard, and come face to face with a real-life robot. All free with your admission—and perfect for family time or field trips!

 $10–$12
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Music: We Became Owls and We Are The West
Thursday, August 6 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. | Redwood Grove UC Botanical Garden

We Became Owls and We are the WestEnjoy a concert under the towering redwoods at the UC Botanical Garden. Alternative-folk bands We Became Owls and We Are The West perform in the open air amphitheater. Picnics welcome.

 $15 Adult,  $12 UCBG Member Adult,  $10 Youth 5-17yrs old,  Free under 5
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Author talk: Sustainable Water
Thursday, August 6 | 6-8 p.m. | 110 Wurster Hall

Please join us for the launch of the new book, Sustainable Water: Challenges and Solutions from California. Eleven of the book's contributing authors will convene to discuss the state's most pressing water problems and possible solutions. The authors are preeminent engineers, planners, economists, ecologists, hydrologists, and policy makers. Together, they reveal both a rich view of California water and a promising vision for its future.


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Music: Lindsey Stirling
Saturday, August 8 | 8 p.m. | Hearst Greek Theatre

Lindsey StirlingLindsey Stirling is one of the biggest artist development breakthrough stories in recent years. A classically trained violinist from Gilbert, AZ, Lindsey has entered a futurist world of electronic big beats and animation, leaping through the music industry with over half a billion views on YouTube, Billboard chart-topping hits and sold out tours worldwide.


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