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Music: Alela Diane + Mariee Sioux
Thursday, July 2 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. | Redwood Grove UC Botanical Garden

Alela Diane and Mariee SiouxEnjoy a night of folk songstresses under the towering redwoods at the UC Botanical Garden. Alela Diane and Mariee Sioux perform in the outdoor amphitheater. Picnics welcome.

 $22 Adult,  $20 UCBG Member Adult,  $15 Youth 5-17yrs old
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Film: Other Species, Other Times
Thursday, July 2 | 7:30 p.m. | PFA Theater

Man with birdIn a reversal of contemporary exhibition practices, this program presents single-channel video art and installations in a repertory film space, and suggests novel ways of considering bodies in movement. These bodies are neither discrete nor constant; they challenge borders and boundaries, and prefer entanglements with other species and other kinds. Varied in their consideration of the digital and in their use of performance practices, the works are primarily by artists living in Mumbai, Goa, and New Delhi. Anuj Vaidya is an artist, educator, and curator who lives between India and the United States. He codirects the 3rd SF International South Asian Film Festival and teaches queer studies at Montclair State University in New Jersey.

 $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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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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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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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: Magnificent Obsession
Friday, July 3 | 8:30 p.m. | PFA Theater

Film poster for Magnificent ObsessionRobert Merrick (Robert Taylor) seems to be a magnet for morbid coincidences. First he’s indirectly responsible for a great doctor’s death, then the doctor’s widow (Irene Dunne) is blinded because of him. But further chance occurrences, plus a sort of spiritual pyramid scheme, will set this callow playboy on a path toward redemption. Questions of life and death, power and payment hover over what is, at its best, a tender love story.

 $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 Unknown
Friday, July 3 | 7 p.m. | PFA Theater

Film poster for The UnknownA circus performer has his arms amputated to satisfy his lover’s strange desires in Tod Browning’s shocking tale of madness and love, one of Lon Chaney’s greatest performances and still one of the strangest films that Hollywood has ever produced. On the run from the police, a disabled crook takes refuge in the circus and becomes a knife thrower, and soon falls for the charms of a scantily clad carnival girl (Joan Crawford, in an early role), who cannot stand the touch of men. A novel solution is soon discovered, but desire and love, it seems, are fickle creatures. Embraced by the Surrealists as a testament to mad love and irrational desire, The Unknown was thought lost for years until Langlois discovered a 35mm print in the Cinémathèque.

 $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: Andrei Rublev
Saturday, July 4 | 7 p.m. | PFA Theater

Still image from Andrei RublevBased on the life of the fifteenth-century Russian icon painter, Andrei Rublev uses history to confront the present, investigating not only humanity’s seemingly endless capacity for cruelty, but the responsibility of an artist to either fight it or record it. “I do not understand historical films which have no relevance to the present,” Tarkovsky wrote. “For me the most important thing is to use historical material to express Man’s ideas and to create contemporary characters.” The monk and painter Andrei Rublev, wandering through medieval barbarism and brutality, plays out the dilemmas facing every artist, every human, caught in a world spinning violently out of control.

 $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: It's a Gift
Sunday, July 5 | 4:30 p.m. | PFA Theater

Film poster for It's a GiftHarold Bissonette is trying to shave, performing a complicated and dangerous dance around his obliviously preening daughter in front of the bathroom mirror. "You want me to cut my throat?" he mutters. Family life could drive him to it. This New Jersey shopkeeper is the quintessential Fieldsian paterfamilias, on the razor's edge between meek compliance and antisocial behavior. Persecuted by a harridan wife, irascible and incompetent customers, and the ever-terrifying Baby LeRoy, all Mr. Bissonette can do is dream of packing up the flivver and making for California—a dream that eventually comes true, but not exactly as expected, and not before our unfortunate hero has been made to run a gauntlet of hilarious set pieces.

 $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: Back Street
Sunday, July 5 | 6:30 p.m. | PFA Theater

Film poster for Back StreetStahl adapts Fannie Hurst’s bestselling novel into a surprisingly clear-eyed and devastating story about what happens when a woman has nothing but a man, and not much of him. Bright, sought-after Ray Schmidt (Irene Dunne), “the toniest girl in Cincinnati,” falls for Walter (John Boles), but chance prevents them from pursuing their romance—until years later, after he’s married someone else. The ironies in Ray’s decades-long loyalty to her lost-and-found lover are keenly evident, as when she advises a neighbor against carrying on with a married man, then runs right back into Walter’s arms. Yet, unlike many of the characters, Stahl seems to withhold judgment in favor of calm observation.

 $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: Electricity Festival
Wednesday, July 8 | 12-2 p.m. | Lawrence Hall of Science

Experiencing the Van De Graaff generator.From your phone to the lights in the room, electricity is all around us. Discover the science behind energy through interactive and hands-on activities. Use everyday materials to create your own light-up creations, and experience some hair-raising fun with our Van de Graaff generator.

 Free with admission
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Film: Nana
Wednesday, July 8 | 7:30 p.m. | PFA Theater

Film poster for NanaRenoir's first full-length vehicle for his wife, Catherine Hessling, was later called by Renoir "my first film worth talking about." It is Emile Zola filtered through "a study of French gesture as reflected in the paintings of my father and the other artists of his generation," and through Erich von Stroheim's Foolish Wives, with its fascination with the fantastic in the real. Hessling, as the Second Empire actress turned courtesan, is a virtual spinning top, a dancing and miming vortex who draws men to destruction and finally is herself destroyed. Nana was a financial disaster for Renoir, but today it is considered one of the first modern French 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
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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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Film: The Steamroller and the Violin
Thursday, July 9 | 7:30 p.m. | PFA Theater

Film poster for The Steamroller and the ViolinA frail young violinist and a gruff steamroller operator strike up an unlikely friendship in Tarkovsky’s skillful diploma film from the Soviet film academy, VGIK. A student film in name only, The Steamroller and the Violin holds the seeds of Tarkovsky’s future career, both in its theme of artistic survival and, more importantly, in its credits: it was here that Tarkovsky met his future cameraman and composer. It was cowritten with Andrei Konchalovsky, who would himself become a great Soviet filmmaker.

 $0 Special free screening!
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Music: Gaucho + 1930’s Gypsy Jazz Ensemble w/ Fabrice Martinez
Thursday, July 9 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. | Redwood Grove UC Botanical Garden

Redwood concert series poster imageEnjoy a concert under the redwoods at the UC Botanical Garden. Gaucho and 1930’s Gypsy Jazz Ensemble w/ Fabrice Martinez will perform. Also enjoy a pre-Bastille Day party! Picnics welcome.

 $40 Adult,  $30 UCBG Member Adult
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Film: The Foxes of Harrow
Friday, July 10 | 8:50 p.m. | PFA Theater

Film poster for Foxes of HarrowIn antebellum New Orleans, Irish gambler Stephen Fox (Rex Harrison) wins a plantation and a beautiful, aristocratic wife (Maureen O’Hara), but can he master them? With its tale of tumultuous romance in an opulent, overheated Old South, The Foxes of Harrow was seen as an answer to Gone with the Wind. But Foxes draws a darker picture of the Southern culture of power and property, suggesting disturbing parallels between marriage and slavery. The script was loosely based on a novel by Frank Yerby, the first African American author to sell a book to a Hollywood studio. 

 $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: Nazarin
Friday, July 10 | 7 p.m. | PFA Theater

Film poster for NazarinCertainly one of the most beautifully photographed of all Luis Buñuel’s films, Nazarín captures the harsh Mexican landscape for a tale of a turn-of-the-century wandering cleric who has shed his priest’s garments in hopes of comforting the poor, free from the Church’s chastising shadow. He is accompanied by two desperate women and an assortment of life’s outcasts. His is a Christlike effort, to wring charity out of a peasantry locked into the absurd cruelty of their environment, but also locked into the very material reality of being human. Like Preston Sturges’s Sullivan in his Travels, Nazarín’s experience among the wretched teaches him the nature of escape.

 $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: Death Cab for Cutie
Saturday, July 11 | 8 p.m. | Hearst Greek Theatre

Musicians of Death Cab for CutieBy their seventh studio album, many bands are running out of creative steam and original ideas. But in the case of Death Cab for Cutie, nothing could be further from the truth. Codes and Keys is singular in the quartet's catalog when it comes to sonic exploration and lyrical ambition. If anything, the band has never sounded more excited to experiment with textures, words, sounds and even the process of recording itself.


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Workshop: Ring making by Semar Prom and Bender Carpenter
Saturday, July 18 | 9 a.m.-2 p.m. | 277 Wurster Hall

Copper and silver ringsThis class introduces precious metals construction techniques. Students will learn cutting, forming, annealing, silver soldering, and finishing techniques on copper and sterling silver. Through a series of demonstrations, students will acquire the skills to make a copper ring, a copper hollow-form ring, and a sterling silver ring. Must be 18 years of age or older, 17 year olds admitted with guardian approval.



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