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Film: In a Lonely Place

Wednesday, January 18 | 3:10 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Ray delivers a truly grown-up view of love—and of Hollywood—in this bitter, tender, and devastating film. Humphrey Bogart stars as Dixon Steele, a screenwriter whose violent contempt has many targets: industry "popcorn salesmen," the moviegoing public, his own lovers. When Dix becomes the prime suspect in a murder investigation, his neighbor Laurel (Gloria Grahame) provides an alibi, an inauspicious beginning to an ill-fated romance. MORE about <em>In a Lonely Place</em>

Noon concert: violin and piano

Wednesday, January 18 | 12 p.m. | Hertz Concert Hall
BEETHOVEN Violin Sonata No. 5 in F major, "Spring"
FRANCK Sonata in A major for Violin and Piano
MORE about violin and piano

Lecture: Volunteer response to the refugee crisis

Wednesday, January 18 | 6-8 p.m. | 125 Li Ka Shing Center
In less than a year, I AM YOU has become one of the leading volunteer organizations operating within the refugee crisis in Greece. Over 400 volunteers from across the globe have joined the effort carrying out important assignments ranging from beach rescue operations, aid distribution and shelter allocation to camp management, education and medical transportation. Join founder Rebecca Reshdouni for an evening seminar where she discusses I AM YOU's activities in Greece.MORE about Volunteer response to the refugee crisis

Exhibit: DISPERSAL, Seed pod photography by Anna Laurent

January 17 – 30, 2017 every day | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. | UC Botanical Garden
Individually, each photograph is a fine art portrait of a unique botanic specimen; as a series, it is a scientific inquiry into the diversity of botanic design. Each includes companion text about the specimen's form & function. Anna Laurent is an artist with a unique insight into the natural world. In her series Dispersal, she explores the myriad forms through which plants reproduce.

Based in Los Angeles, Laurent has exhibited across the United States including at Harvard University, the Berkeley Botanical Garden, and the Los Angeles Natural History Museum, as well as in Dubai. Her work has been featured in the Boston Globe, Print Magazine, Garden Design Magazine, Harvard Magazine and HYMN.
MORE about DISPERSAL, Seed pod photography by Anna Laurent

Exhibit: The Gift to Sing, highlights 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 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: Is fake news undermining the truth?

Thursday, January 19 | 5:30-7 p.m. | Banatao Auditorium Sutardja Dai Hall
The proliferation of fake news and what can be done about it comes under scrutiny by a multidisciplinary panel of experts assembled at the University of California, Berkeley. Incentives to spread misinformation include great financial and political gain. Do tech companies and news sites have the ability and/or the responsibility to contain a flood of inaccuracy? Can they without bias or censorship?MORE about Is fake news undermining the truth?

Film: Animated short films from Lebanon

Thursday, January 19 | 5-6 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall
Join the CMES in an encore screening of two animated short films that originally premiered at the 20th Annual Arab Film Festival, Silence, and MORE about Animated short films from Lebanon

Film: They Live by Night

Thursday, January 19 | 7 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Fugitive lovers on the run from nightmare America—drab, mercenary, and insanely competitive—create their own fantasy world full of charm and playful naiveté in Ray's contribution to l'amour fou. Bowie (Farley Granger), an escaped convict, and Keechie (Cathy O'Donnell) are innocents, and their romance is their only defense against a cruel world. MORE about <em>They Live by Night</em>

Reading: Reading for resistance

Friday, January 20 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | Grass outside of Valley Life Sciences Building; In case of rain: Dwinelle Hall lobby
Reading for Resistance will last for about an hour, beginning with a brief talk about the importance of working across languages and of art as a form of resistance in times of crisis. Several graduate students and faculty members will present poems from the disciplines they represent. Featuring Professors Chana Kronfeld and Francine Masiello among other faculty members and graduate students. MORE about Reading for resistance

Sports: Women's basketball vs. Arizona State

Friday, January 20 | 8 p.m. | Haas Pavilion
Cal Women's Basketball hosts Arizona State at Haas Pavilion.MORE about Women's basketball vs. Arizona State

Film: Tampopo (Dandelion)

Friday, January 20 | 7 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
After the “spaghetti western,” could the “ramen western” be far behind? That’s how director Juzo Itami describes Tampopo, an oddball comedy “about people in a situation where sex and eating are not yet clearly separated.” What little plot there is has to do with two truck drivers who teach Tampopo, the mousy proprietress of a rundown noodle shop, how to make and serve the best noodles. This wildly original work has more than enough belly laughs [but] with mouthwatering dishes served up in every third scene, it is definitely a film you should not see on an empty stomach.MORE about <em>Tampopo (Dandelion)</em>

Film: Knock on Any Door

Saturday, January 21 | 6 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
For Bogey, this story of a child of the slums (John Derek) who becomes a petty criminal, causes the suicide of his young bride, and is accused of murdering a cop surely harked back to the thirties, the heyday of the socially conscious gangster film.MORE about <em>Knock on Any Door</em>

Science@Cal: The really big one

Saturday, January 21 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 100 Genetics & Plant Biology Building
Most people think that in the United States, the area around the San Andreas Fault poses the highest risk for a large earthquake. But the risk for a “great earthquake” and tsunami is highest in the Pacific Northwest. Join seismologist Diego Melgar and learn about the risks, the geologic forces behind the potential for a truly massive U.S. earthquake, and efforts underway to build warning systems for the western U.S.MORE about The really big one

Film: The General

Saturday, January 21 | 3:30 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
In this masterpiece of silent comedy based on a true incident of the Civil War, Buster Keaton is a railway engineer who is rejected by the Confederate army and thought a coward by his girlfriend. When a small band of Union soldiers penetrates far behind Confederate lines to steal a locomotive, he sets off in hot pursuit, resulting in one of the most harrowing and hilarious chases ever filmed. With live music from Judith Rosenberg on the piano.MORE about <em>The General</em>

Botanical garden: Seeds, from helicopters to hitchhikers

Sunday, January 22 | 10-11 a.m. | UC Botanical Garden
Get cozy in our Garden classroom as we explore the wonderous and diverse designs of seeds and their enclosures. Learn how plants make seeds and see an amazing array of seed pods and fruits that aid in their seed dispersal, from papery 'helicopter' wings to natural velcro for 'hitchhiking'. Amaze at their structures under microscopes and open some seeds to find the sleeping baby plant inside. Everyone will make a special seed project to take home.MORE about Seeds, from helicopters to hitchhikers

Music: Emanuel Ax

Sunday, January 22 | 3 p.m. | Zellerbach Hall
Ever eager to illuminate works of the past with fresh perspective, Emanuel Ax collaborates with rising star composer Samuel Adams, whose new work is written as a companion, and response, to Schubert's Impromptus. Ax has performed the Schubert to great acclaim: "[His] signature style—a shifting balance of poetry, earthiness and analytical clarity—suits this music...so precisely" (The New York Times).MORE about Emanuel Ax

Workshop: Teach-in, Trump in the Middle East

Monday, January 23 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall
As Donald Trump enters office as the 45th President of the United States, what might this mean for U.S. involvement in the Middle East and North Africa, including military involvement, economic ties, and diplomatic endeavors? Join Center for Middle Eastern Studies faculty affiliates and community members in an informal moderated conversation about what we might expect in the first 100 days and beyond.MORE about Teach-in, Trump in the Middle East

Seminar: Neil Goldberg, design field notes

Tuesday, January 24 | 4-5 p.m. | 220 Jacobs Hall
Neil Goldberg has over three decades of experience designing, leading design teams, consulting, and teaching design. He is the co-founded Praxis Design, an award-winning product design and development agency. He will discuss the prehistory of design and trace the arc of how design practice will continue to unfold as an industrial practice as well as in mainstream culture.MORE about Neil Goldberg, design field notes

Reading: Jon Else, True South

Tuesday, January 24 | 6:30-8 p.m. | Library North Gate Hall
Award-winning documentary filmmaker and UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism Professor, Jon Else, launches his new book, True South. Henry Hampton’s 1987 landmark multipart television series, "Eyes on the Prize," is an eloquent, plainspoken chronicle of the civil rights movement. Before Hampton, the movement’s history had been written or filmed by whites and weighted heavily toward Dr. King’s telegenic leadership. Jon Else was Hampton’s series producer and his moving book focuses on the tumultuous eighteen months in 1985 and 1986 when “Eyes” was finally created.MORE about Jon Else, <em>True South</em>

Film: The Big Sleep

Wednesday, January 25 | 3:10 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Howard Hawks’s classic thriller captures the tough and darkly humorous world of Raymond Chandler’s most complicated novel, with Humphrey Bogart at his best as Philip Marlowe and Lauren Bacall as the fast-talking rich kid who invites him into an impossibly intricate web of blackmail and murder. With a lecture from David Thomson.MORE about <em>The Big Sleep</em>

Noon concert: Art of the song

Wednesday, January 25 | 12 p.m. | Hertz Concert Hall
Songs by Andrew Lloyd Weber, Henry Grace, Quilter, Vaughan Williams, Hahn and Dingxian Jiang. Min Xia, soprano. Jonathan Lin, tenor.MORE about Art of the song

Panel discussion: The future of reproductive justice under Trump

Wednesday, January 25 | 12:45-2 p.m. | 110 Boalt Hall, School of Law
Following the Trump inauguration and 44th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, a panel of legal experts, advocates and writers will discuss the future of reproductive justice under the Trump administration. Topics will include: abortion access, criminal justice reform, the expansion of religious exemptions, anticipated state policy changes and more.MORE about The future of reproductive justice under Trump

Panel discussion: Transforming San Francisco, the future of work

Thursday, January 26 | 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. | 4th Floor Meeting Room Mechanics' Institute, 57 Post Street, San Francisco
What are the social and economic impacts of technology, robotics and AI on work and employment? Will human beings be completely replaced in the work force? What new jobs will be created and which industries most effected? What will we do with time on our hands and how will we "earn a living"? Two experts in this field, Ken Goldberg and John Zysman, will sort out these complicated dynamics, dispel misconceptions, and offer both the short and long view.MORE about Transforming San Francisco, the future of work

Lecture: Legal and clinical implications of the End of Life Option Act

Thursday, January 26 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 609 UC Berkeley Extension (SF Campus at 160 Spear St.)
Understand the basics of the End of Life Option Act. Our speakers dispel some common myths about the act's implementation, address the status of institutional policy development around California and discuss research data from the Oregon/Washington experience. These policy leaders also address some of the challenges encountered by health and mental health professionals in communicating with patients and their families. MORE about Legal and clinical implications of the End of Life Option Act

Lecture: Alan Cooper, Jacobs Design conversations

Friday, January 27 | 12-1 p.m. | 310 Jacobs Hall
Alan Cooper co-founded Cooper in 1992. He is widely known for his role in humanizing technology through his groundbreaking work in software design. He is also the author of the books About Face: The Essentials of Interaction Design (editions 1-4) and The Inmates Are Running the Asylum: Why High-Tech Products Drive Us Crazy and How to Restore the Sanity. MORE about Alan Cooper, Jacobs Design conversations

Film: In The Last Days of the City

Friday, January 27 | 7:30 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Shot in 2009 and released in 2016, In the Last Days of the City is a personal portrait of Cairo during the fall of the Mubarak regime. Structured as a film within a film, the protagonist is filmmaker Khalid (Khalid Abdalla), who experiences the profound sadness of changes on the city and in his personal relationships. MORE about <em>In The Last Days of the City</em>

Music: Jordi Savall and Hespèrion XXI

Friday, January 27 | 8 p.m. | Zellerbach Hall
A Cal Performances favorite, Catalan gamba player Jordi Savall returns with a characteristically lovingly researched program, exploring the vibrant exchange of culture and ideas between Italy, England, Spain, France, and Germany in the 16th and 17th centuries. Savall's remarkable musicality is matched only by the facility of his versatile Hespèrion XXI ensemble. MORE about Jordi Savall and Hespèrion XXI

Sports: Women's swimming & diving vs. UCLA

Saturday, January 28 | 12 p.m. | Spieker Aquatics Complex
Cal Women's Swimming & Diving hosts UCLA in conference action at Spieker Aquatics Complex.MORE about Women's swimming & diving vs. UCLA

Music: Kodo, Dadan

Saturday, January 28 | 8 p.m. | Zellerbach Hall
The thunderous, joyful performances of Kodo, Japan's foremost taiko drumming ensemble, combine extreme athleticism with unfettered emotional power. Dadan, which means "drumming men," features the company's male drummers in a bold exploration of percussion and movement. MORE about Kodo, Dadan

Symposium: Social justice and healing through resistance

Saturday, January 28 | 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. | MLK Middle School, 1781 Rose St., Berkeley
The Social Justice Symposium is an annual event organized by students in the School of Social Welfare at the University of California, Berkeley. This year’s event will focus on healing through resistance. The Social Justice Symposium aims to integrate critical analysis and academic learning with direct practice and action efforts. We challenge the belief that social justice is limited to civil and political rights. MORE about Social justice and healing through resistance

Sports: Men's basketball vs. Stanford

Sunday, January 29 | 5:30 p.m. | Haas Pavilion
Cal Men's Basketball hosts Stanford at Haas Pavilion.MORE about Men's basketball vs. Stanford

Film: Rebel Without a Cause

Sunday, January 29 | 7 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Not enough has changed to render this film outdated; it still reads as American Gothic given truth serum. Realizing CinemaScope's narrative potential, Ray effectively tore open the walls of the American home to reveal teenagers wracked by alienation and parents trapped in the cycle of their own ineffectuality. The architectural strength of the visuals and editing is enhanced by the choice of Los Angeles hilltop locations including the Planetarium—an imposing structure that sits close to the sky, lending an ancient classicism to a fifties classic.MORE about <em>Rebel Without a Cause</em>

Special event: Water's extreme journey

January 29 – April 30, 2017 every Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. | Lawrence Hall of Science
Become a raindrop and go on an interactive adventure through a water-cycle-themed maze. Have fun riding the Watershed Zip Line, walk through a giant wetland, and snap a pic of your family "swimming" with the dolphins—all while developing a deeper understanding of your place in the water ecosystem.MORE about Water's extreme journey

Panel discussion: Judith Butler and Maggie Nelson on gender, identity, memoir

Monday, January 30 | 6:30 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Judith Butler is Maxine Elliot Professor in the Department of Comparative Literature at UC Berkeley. Her work has been influential in a variety of disciplines including critical theory and gender studies. Maggie Nelson, a 2016 MacArthur Fellow, is the author of numerous works of nonfiction and poetry, including The Argonauts, which received the National Book Critics Circle Award for criticism. Nelson directs the creative writing program at California Institute of the Arts.MORE about Judith Butler and Maggie Nelson on gender, identity, memoir

Author talk: Botanical Art from the Golden Age of Scientific Discovery

Monday, January 30 | 6-8 p.m. | UC Botanical Garden
Join us for a book release, talk and signing with Anna Laurent, author of Botanical Art from the Golden Age of Scientific Discovery. The large-format book features educational botanic wall charts, mostly authored in Europe in the mid 19th & early 20th centuries and implemented in classrooms & lectures. The book is organized by plant family and include comparative analysis of the science and art of each chart, with biographies of their illustrators & authors, and discussion of the taxonomy, biology, and social context of illustrated species. The work features original research from archives in Europe, and is the only collection of its kind.MORE about <em>Botanical Art from the Golden Age of Scientific Discovery</em>

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