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Music: Alela Diane + Kelly McFarling

Thursday, August 16 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. | Redwood Grove UC Botanical Garden
Enjoy a magical music experience this summer under towering redwoods in the Berkeley hills with Alela Diane + Kelly McFarling.MORE about Alela Diane + Kelly McFarling

Lecture: Barbara Stauffacher Solomon and Jacquelynn Baas in Conversation

Thursday, August 16 | 12-1:30 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Barbara Stauffacher Solomon talks about her new Art Wall with former BAMPFA director Jacquelynn Baas, who curated the project. They will address the artist’s long and innovative career and her retrospective assessment of Supergraphics, which she created by mixing Swiss graphic design principles with West Coast Pop stylings, and shaped the history of design.MORE about Barbara Stauffacher Solomon and Jacquelynn Baas in Conversation

Film: Solaris

Thursday, August 16 | 7-8:30 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
On the planet Solaris, scientists believe the ocean’s surface has an intelligence that can absorb human memory and materialize the objects of our thoughts. Psychologist Chris Kelvin joins the veteran cosmonauts in the Solaris project only to find them maddened from years of literally cohabitating with their unconscious desires.MORE about <em>Solaris</em>

Solaris

Film: All These Women

Friday, August 17 | 7:30-9 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Ingmar Bergman’s first film in color is set in the music world and is a satire about pompous males and the women who stroke their vanity.MORE about <em>All These Women</em>

Dance: Black Life - Brontez Purnell

Friday, August 17 | 6-7:30 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Enjoy a performance by renowned Oakland dancer, musician, and author Brontez Purnell. Purnell has been publishing, performing, and curating in the Bay Area for over ten years.MORE about Black Life - Brontez Purnell

Conference: UC Berkeley Aging Research and Technology Innovation Summit

Friday, August 17 | 8 a.m.-6:30 p.m. | Stanley Hall
Enjoy a day of speakers, awards, poster sessions, and networking focused on cutting-edge aging research and technologies. The UC Berkeley Aging Research and Technology Innovation Summit will highlight the educational and research mission of the University of California and its diverse and significant impact on improving the well-being of older adults.MORE about UC Berkeley Aging Research and Technology Innovation Summit

Film: The Mirror

Saturday, August 18 | 8-9:30 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Shards of memories — dreams of an individual, collective nightmares—do not merely haunt Andrei Tarkovsky's most challenging work, they are the film, which invents, as Ingmar Bergman noted, “a new language, true to the nature of film . . . life as a dream.”MORE about <em>The Mirror</em>

Lecture: Controlling electron beams with lasers

Saturday, August 18 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 131 Campbell Hall
On a microscopic level, every function of life is performed by biological macromolecules. To understand how these molecular machines work, it is necessary to know the three-dimensional structure of their constituent protein complexes. MORE about Controlling electron beams with lasers

Film: Identification of a Woman

Sunday, August 19 | 7-8:30 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
By the eighties, for Michelangelo Antonioni to make a love story is necessarily to make a mystery, as well as a bit of science fiction. Identification of a Woman centers around an improbability: Niccolo, a film director, is searching for both the perfect star and the perfect woman in his life.MORE about <em>Identification of a Woman</em>

Film: In the White City

Sunday, August 19 | 4:30-6 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
One of the key works of eighties European cinema, Alain Tanner’s poem/film in praise of solitude and the flâneur finds a protagonist able to happily unmoor himself from work and consumerist obligation, and to instead spend time “sleeping, walking, dreaming.”MORE about <em>In the White City</em>

Reception: BCNM Fall 2018 Open House

Tuesday, August 21 | 4:30-6 p.m. | BCNM Commons, 340 Moffitt Undergraduate Library
Join the Berkeley Center for New Media for the annual open house. BCNM invites students, faculty and staff to check out some of the exciting new media research taking place on campus.MORE about BCNM Fall 2018 Open House

Music: Young Musicians Choral Orchestra

Tuesday, August 21 | 5:30-6:30 p.m. | Redwood Grove UC Botanical Garden
Enjoy a magical music experience this summer under towering redwoods in the Berkeley hills with Young Musicians Choral Orchestra - Jazz Big Band.MORE about Young Musicians Choral Orchestra

Film: L’avventura

Wednesday, August 22 | 7-8:30 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
While exploring a volcanic island on a yachting expedition, a troubled young woman named Anna disappears, leaving her lover Sandro (Gabriele Ferzetti) and close friend Claudia (Monica Vitti) to search in vain, and fall in love. L’avventura unfolds against Anna’s very palpable absence, a love story in a void.MORE about <em>L’avventura</em>

Film: Stalker

Thursday, August 23 | 7-7:30 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
A sci-fi tale that unwinds in the environs of the soul takes the form of a nightmarish quest for nothing less than truth itself. A writer and a scientist follow a shaven-headed “stalker” into forbidden territory, a dangerous wilderness known as the Zone.MORE about <em>Stalker</em>

Stalker

Lecture: The Handmaid's Tale Escapes from Its Book, Margaret Atwood

Thursday, August 23 | 7-8:30 p.m. | Zellerbach Hall
Margaret Atwood's classic, and timely, novel The Handmaid's Tale has been selected as the focus of this year's On the Same Page program at UC Berkeley. Atwood will kick off the program with a lecture in the first week of classes, giving food for thought to animate and inform ongoing discussions of her work throughout the fall term.MORE about <em>The Handmaid's Tale</em> Escapes from Its Book, Margaret Atwood

Margaret Atwood

Music: Tyler Ramsey + The Suitcase Junket

Thursday, August 23 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. | Redwood Grove UC Botanical Garden
Enjoy a magical music experience this summer under towering redwoods in the Berkeley hills with Tyler Ramsey + The Suitcase Junket.MORE about Tyler Ramsey + The Suitcase Junket

Tyler Ramsey

Film: Beyond the Clouds

Friday, August 24 | 8:45-10:15 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
The 83-year-old Michelangelo Antonioni returned to filmmaking after a ten-year absence (triggered by a debilitating stroke that left him unable to speak) with a treatise on beauty. Its four separate episodes, set in France and Italy, are based on stories in Antonioni’s collection That Bowling Alley on the Tiber: Tales of a Director.MORE about <em>Beyond the Clouds</em>

Beyond the Clouds

Tour: Summer Bird Walk

Friday, August 24 | 9:30-11 a.m. | UC Botanical Garden
Come check in on summer visitors like warblers, orioles, and hummingbirds, and be on the lookout for fledglings recently hatched in the botanical garden. Quarterly bird walks are led by Research Affiliate and former Associate Director of Collections and Horticulture Chris Carmichael.MORE about Summer Bird Walk

Film: Le trou

Friday, August 24 | 6:30-8 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Jacques Becker’s last film, Le trou is one of the great prison escape films, and a profound meditation on freedom and confinement.MORE about <em>Le trou</em>

Film: La notte

Saturday, August 25 | 5:30-7 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
La notte takes place over one night, in one city, Milan. Still, Michelango Antonioni’s characters are pilgrims in strange lands and times.MORE about <em>La notte</em>

Film: The Breadwinner

Saturday, August 25 | 3:30-5 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
A beautifully animated feature-length drama based on the novel by Deborah Ellis, The Breadwinner is set in Afghanistan, circa 2001, where an eleven-year-old girl is forced to pretend she is a boy after her father is wrongfully imprisoned by the Taliban.MORE about <em>The Breadwinner</em>

The Breadwinner

Workshop: Feral Fabric with Amanda Walters and Paulina Berczynski

Sunday, August 26 | 12-1:30 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
This workshop will demonstrate how undomesticated cloth can be. Participants will look at fabric’s history as a radical tool for communication, then make back patches and a communal banner using applique and other surface techniques.MORE about Feral Fabric with Amanda Walters and Paulina Berczynski

Film: Chung Kuo China

Sunday, August 26 | 2-4:30 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Director Michelangelo Antonioni's Chung Kuo Cina is a film about "a China seen but not known, observed, but not explained, and that is its wonderful power and its secret happiness." (Sam Rohdie)MORE about <em>Chung Kuo China</em>

Music: Full - Payne/Sonam

Sunday, August 26 | 7-8:30 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Maggi Payne and Laetitia Sonami — two of the Bay Area’s finest composers and intrepid musical pioneers — team up for an evening of solo and collaborative performances, electroacoustic music, sound art, and explorations of resonance and acoustics.MORE about Full - Payne/Sonam

Exhibit: Art for Your Apartment (and dorm)

Tuesday, August 28 | 5-6 p.m. | Morrison Room Doe Library
The best way to appreciate art is to live with it. See and learn about the Graphic Arts Loan Collection. This is framed art prints you can bring home and hang on your wall for the school year.MORE about Art for Your Apartment (and dorm)

Film: The Sacrifice

Thursday, August 30 | 7-8:30 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Filmed in Sweden, The Sacrifice is set in Andrei Tarkovsky country: a vast, airy home on a remote Baltic island whose shores evoke the edge of the world.MORE about <em>The Sacrifice</em>

Music: Hubby Jenkins + Rainy Eyes

Thursday, August 30 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. | Redwood Grove UC Botanical Garden
Enjoy a magical music experience this summer under towering redwoods in the Berkeley hills with Hubby Jenkins (of Carolina Chocolate Drops) + Rainy Eyes.MORE about Hubby Jenkins + Rainy Eyes

Film: Red Desert

Friday, August 31 | 7-8:30 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Red Desert was shot in the industrialized North of Italy, where Monica Vitti, as the wife of an electronics engineer, suffers what would be called a nervous breakdown at any other time, in any other place.MORE about <em>Red Desert</em>

Film: La vie est à nous

Friday, August 31 | 4-5:30 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
La vie est à nous is a lyrical film essay, a truly collective effort by some of the finest writers, directors, and cinematographers working in France in the thirties, yet one that bears the strong imprint of Jean Renoir, who supervised the project.MORE about <em>La vie est à nous</em>

Exhibit: Opening Reception for "Pièces de Résistance" and "Project 'Holy Land'"

Join the opening reception for two art exhibits: Pièces de Résistance | Echoes of Judaea Capta From Ancient Coins to Modern Art and Project “Holy Land” | Yaakov Benor-Kalter’s Photographs of British Mandate Palestine. RSVP.MORE about Opening Reception for "Pièces de Résistance" and "Project 'Holy Land'"

Lecture: CA Department of Food and Agriculture Secretary Karen Ross

Wednesday, September 5 | 5:30-7 p.m. | Alumni House
Join Karen Ross, Secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture; the Goldman School of Public Policy; and the Berkeley Food Institute for a discussion on immigration and the future of agriculture in California.MORE about CA Department of Food and Agriculture Secretary Karen Ross

Seminar: Pros and Cons of Designing a Job Guarantee Program

Wednesday, September 5 | 4-6 p.m. | Director's Room 2521 Channing Way (Inst. for Res. on Labor & Employment)
Policy makers frustrated with slack labor markets, diverging wage and productivity growth, and continued lag in the incomes of Black workers have increasingly begun to consider legislation that would guarantee everyone a job. Bill Spriggs, economics professor and chief economist to the AFL-CIO, will discuss what a job guarantee would solve and what problems would remain. MORE about Pros and Cons of Designing a Job Guarantee Program

Lecture: Style as Essence: The Baroque.

Wednesday, September 5 | 5-7 p.m. | Geballe Room, Townsend Center Stephens Hall
Lecture to celebrate the beginning of the semester with Anthony Cascardi, professor of Comparative Literature, Rhetoric, & Spanish, UC Berkeley.MORE about Style as Essence: The Baroque.

Reading: Lunch Poems - Series Kick-off

Thursday, September 6 | 12:10-12:50 p.m. | Morrison Library Doe Library
Hosted by Geoffrey G. O’Brien, Lunch Poems features distinguished faculty and staff from a wide range of disciplines introducing and reading a favorite poem.MORE about Lunch Poems - Series Kick-off

Exhibit: Hands On 13 — An Artists’ Books Event

Friday, September 7 | 4-6 p.m. | 210 - Environmental Design Library Atrium Wurster Hall
Artists' books are simply books made by artists. Whether tactile or conceptual, they range in thematic content including the political, the sentimental, the instructive, or the purely beautiful. The Hands On Artists’ Book events allow you to handle 25 books from the library's rare book vaults.MORE about Hands On 13 — An Artists’ Books Event

Film: West Side Story

Sunday, September 9 | 4-6:20 p.m. | Outdoor Screen Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
See the digitally restored classic musical West Side Story for free on the outdoor screen. Sing and dance along with the 1960s version of Romeo and Juliet, struggling with poverty, parents and passion.MORE about <em>West Side Story</em>

West Side Story

Workshop: Botanical Inks

Sunday, September 9 | 10 a.m.-1 p.m. | UC Botanical Garden
Learn how to transform plants into natural inks for drawing and writing, using dipping pens and quills. In this ink-making class, a selection of traditional plant dye materials and local, seasonal flowers and plants will be used to create a selection of natural colored inks.MORE about Botanical Inks

Panel Discussion: Reproductive Freedoms and Barriers in the US: Technology, Law and Society

Monday, September 10 | 4-5:30 p.m. | Toll Room Alumni House
Part of On the Same Page, this panel brings together doctors, lawyers and bioethicists to talk about the legal, social and medical implications of rapid changes in reproductive technologies in aiding and preventing pregnancies and the challenges that are arising from the unintended social and medical consequences of these technologies.MORE about Reproductive Freedoms and Barriers in the US: Technology, Law and Society

Lecture: Investing in People, Michael Tubbs

Thursday, September 13 | 4:10 p.m. | Chevron Auditorium International House
Mayor of Stockton Michael Tubbs will present the Jefferson lecture "Investing in People" in conjunction with the observance of Constitution Day. Mayor Tubbs will share his belief that talent and intelligence are universal, but resources and opportunities are not. In order to solve society’s biggest problems, an investment in people is paramount.MORE about Investing in People, Michael Tubbs

Lecture: Witness Trees

Thursday, September 13 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. | UC Botanical Garden | Note change in date
The term 'witness tree' was coined to describe trees that were used as boundary markers in the early days of the U.S. Since that time the term has expanded to describe trees that were present at historical events. This program will take a look at some of the world's most famous trees and the events (historic or mythical) that they commemorate.MORE about Witness Trees

Lecture: Pogrom - Kishinev and the Tilt of History

Thursday, September 13 | 5:30-7 p.m. | Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (2121 Allston Way)
In April, 1903, 49 Jews were killed, 600 were raped or wounded, and more than 1,000 Jewish-owned houses and stores were ransacked and destroyed during three days of violence in the town of Kishinev. Using new evidence culled from Russia, Israel, and Europe for his new book, "Pogrom: Kishinev and the Tilt of History," historian Steven J. Zipperstein brings insight and clarity to a much-misunderstood event.MORE about Pogrom - Kishinev and the Tilt of History

Pogrom: Kishinev and the Tilt of History

Film: My Life in China

Friday, September 14 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library
A story of migration is passed down from father to son, retracing the precarious steps he took in search of a better life. Ultimately asking the question: What does it mean to be both Chinese and American?MORE about <em>My Life in China</em>

Lecture: Fotovision Lecture and Opening Reception for Bill Owens's Suburbia

Friday, September 14 | 5:30-8:30 p.m. | North Gate Hall
Bill Owens’s landmark documentary project and book Suburbia from the 1970s recorded a generational phenomenon: the rapid migration of inner-city apartment dwellers to affordable, newly produced homes in Livermore, California. He realized that this wasn’t simply a demographic shift but a psychological one. Owens respected the liberation that many suburbanites felt, and their determination to build better lives.MORE about Fotovision Lecture and Opening Reception for Bill Owens's <em>Suburbia</em>

Ritchie, Suburbia © Bill Owens, 1972

Lecture: Love bytes and intimate machines

Friday, September 14 | 12:30-2 p.m. | BCNM Commons, 340 Moffitt Undergraduate Library
Research on human-robot interactions (HRI) has surged in recent years with a number of studies debating the social, ethical, psychological and philosophical implications of intimate robotic companions in the form of sex robots. Applying the concept of the ‘technological imaginary,' this study identifies the images, metaphors and narratives used in news media coverage of sex robots.MORE about Love bytes and intimate machines

Lecture: Creative Aging - Celebration as Strategy with Dominic Campbell

Monday, September 17 | 6-7:30 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Working as a cultural producer in a department of neuro-science focused on reducing the impact of Alzheimer's and dementia leads to sleepless nights and interesting observations. An instinctive collaborator and passionate believer in co-creation, Dominic Campbell invites engagement with his idea - that celebration might be one of the finest routes to a better experience for populations aging at scale.MORE about Creative Aging - Celebration as Strategy with Dominic Campbell

Workshop: Contemplating Loss - Photography

Monday, September 17 | 1-4 p.m. | UC Botanical Garden
In this contemplative photography workshop, participants will observe nature’s teachings on letting go, and will use the camera as a trusted guide who can navigate safely through the rugged terrain of grief.MORE about Contemplating Loss - Photography

Panel Discussion: Modern Surveillance - Living "Under His Eye"

Monday, September 17 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 315 (Maude Fife) Wheeler Hall
A surveillance society is taking hold. What are the various social, legal, and ethical implications of technological advances that make it easier to be watched?MORE about Modern Surveillance - Living "Under His Eye"

Surveillance

Seminar: Borderlands and Border Crossings in the 19th-Century World

Wednesday, September 19 | 4-6 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall
As a historian who approaches the U.S. West and Mexican North primarily from the perspective of their shared borderlands, Professor Samuel Truett is interested in the crossings — social, cultural, and environmental — that have connected these two regions to the rest of the Americas and the world at large.MORE about Borderlands and Border Crossings in the 19th-Century World

Film: The Seventh Seal

Wednesday, September 19 | 3:10-4:45 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
It may be folly to think that life and thus death could hold any secrets. With The Seventh Seal, Ingmar Bergman spoke to this modern query in a medieval setting rendered at once awesome and intimate in chiaroscuro.MORE about <em>The Seventh Seal</em>

Workshop: Seasonal Tea Blending for Fall

Wednesday, September 19 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. | UC Botanical Garden
No matter what phase of life we are in, the varying weather temperatures of the Bay Area and typical patterns of the season can challenge our immune systems. Learn how to connect with the plants around you in order to support the seasonal transition.MORE about Seasonal Tea Blending for Fall

Lecture: Seeds of Resistance - The Fight to Save Our Food Supply, Mark Schapiro

Thursday, September 20 | 2-4 p.m. | Julia Morgan Hall UC Botanical Garden
Veteran investigative journalist Mark Schapiro plunges into the struggle already underway for control of seeds, the ground-zero ingredient for our food. Three quarters of the seed varieties on Earth in 1900 had become extinct by 2015. In Seeds of Resistance, Schapiro discusses the struggle over the seeds that remain, one that will determine the long-term security of our food supply in the face of climate volatility. MORE about <em>Seeds of Resistance - The Fight to Save Our Food Supply</em>, Mark Schapiro

Conference: Constructing Post-Imperium Identity - Taiwan and Eastern Europe

September 20 – 21, 2018 every day | 10 a.m.-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library
Taiwan studies scholars from Eastern Europe bring their varied national experience in exploring Taiwanese identity construction together with scholars from the US and Taiwan to explore similarities and differences in how this has proceeded with the end of formal (Japanese) and informal (Soviet) imperialism.MORE about Constructing Post-Imperium Identity - Taiwan and Eastern Europe

Music: Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis and special guest Jon Batiste

Sunday, September 23 | 5:30-7 p.m. | Hearst Greek Theatre
International jazz ambassador, nine-time Grammy winner, and Pulitzer Prize recipient Wynton Marsalis and Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra are joined by charismatic pianist and music director of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert’s house band, Jon Batiste, for a program celebrating the legacy of Duke Ellington.MORE about Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis and special guest Jon Batiste

Wynton Marsalis

Special Event: Fall Equinox Sound Bath

Sunday, September 23 | 10:30-11:30 a.m. | UC Botanical Garden
Celebrate the beginning of fall with a special outdoor concert of quartz crystal singing bowls and finely tuned gongs within a grove of redwoods.MORE about Fall Equinox Sound Bath

Panel Discussion: Covering and Uncovering Iran in the Age of Trump: A Conversation with Journalists Jason Rezaian and Melissa Etehad

Thursday, September 27 | 6-7:30 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall
Reporting about Iran and U.S.-Iran relations, covering the "Muslim Ban" and its impact on Iranian Americans, as well as recognizing the current administration's policies in the Middle East, has made accurate and thoughtful coverage about Iran and its diaspora even more critical. Join a conversation with Iranian-American journalists Jason Rezaian (Washington Post and CNN) and Melissa Etehad (Los Angeles Times), moderated by Dr. Persis Karim of SF State's Center for Iranian Diaspora Studies, on why reporting on these topics is more important than ever.MORE about Covering and Uncovering Iran in the Age of Trump: A Conversation with Journalists Jason Rezaian and Melissa Etehad

Lecture: Why Read Machiavelli's The Prince?

Thursday, September 27 | 12-2 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall
Round-table and discussion with Albert R. Ascoli, UC Berkeley; Julia Lupton, UC Irvine; David Marno, UC Berkeley; and Nadia Urbinati, Columbia University.MORE about Why Read Machiavelli's <em>The Prince</em>?

Dance: Mark Morris Dance Group - Pepperland

Friday, September 28 | 8-10 p.m. | Zellerbach Hall
Mark Morris celebrates the 50th anniversary of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band with a new dance work that revels in the eccentric charm and joyful optimism of the Beatles’ groundbreaking album. Continues September 29-30.MORE about Mark Morris Dance Group - Pepperland

Mark Morris Dance Group

Special Event: Fall Plant Sale

Sunday, September 30 | 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. | UC Botanical Garden
The annual Fall Plant Sale offers a Room of Rares, a boutique sale of plants carefully selected by Garden Horticulturists, and the chance to buy rare cycads and palms, carnivorous plants, succulents, subtropical, houseplants, and a wide selection of drought-tolerant plants from around the world.MORE about Fall Plant Sale

Fall Plant Sale

Music: Yo-Yo Ma, cello - The Complete Bach Suites

Sunday, September 30 | 7-9 p.m. | Hearst Greek Theatre
Yo-Yo Ma returns to the Greek Theatre for a special chamber music concert. Ma has been performing Bach’s complete cello suites for decades and lends a wisdom, playfulness, and depth of expression to these seminal works.MORE about Yo-Yo Ma, cello - The Complete Bach Suites

Yo-Yo Ma

Reading: Lunch Poems - Fady Joudah

Thursday, October 4 | 12:10-12:50 p.m. | Morrison Library Doe Library
Lunch Poems presents Fady Joudah, poet and practicing physician.MORE about Lunch Poems - Fady Joudah

Music: Max Richter with the American Contemporary Music Ensemble

Friday, October 5 | 8-10 p.m. | Zellerbach Hall
Electro-acoustic composer-pianist Max Richter appears with the American Contemporary Music Ensemble (ACME) to perform selections from Richter’s work Infra, inspired by T.S. Eliot’s The Waste Land, and from his score for the dystopian HBO drama, The Leftovers.MORE about Max Richter with the American Contemporary Music Ensemble

Max Richter

Music: Aida Cuevas with Mariachi Juvenil Tecalitlán - A Tribute to Juan Gabriel

Saturday, October 6 | 8-10 p.m. | Zellerbach Hall
Aida Cuevas pays tribute to one of Mexico’s most prolific and beloved songwriters in this tribute to Juan Gabriel. Over her 40-year music career, Cuevas has sung many hits composed by Gabriel, and she revisits audience favorites such as “Te Lo Pido Por Favor,” “Te Sigo Amando,” and “La Diferencia.” She is joined by Mexico City-based Mariachi Juvenil Tecalitlán.MORE about Aida Cuevas with Mariachi Juvenil Tecalitlán - A Tribute to Juan Gabriel

Aida Cuevas

Special Event: Northern California Bats - Demystifying and Discovering these Amazing Animals

Sunday, October 7 | 10-11:30 a.m. | UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley | Note change in date
Learn about California native bats, their nature and the importance of bats in the environment, as well as the harmful myths that surround these animals. Live bats will be presented for viewing and discussion with Director of NorCal Bats Corky Quirk.MORE about Northern California Bats - Demystifying and Discovering these Amazing Animals

Music: Sandeep Das and the HUM Ensemble - Delhi to Damascus

Sunday, October 7 | 3-5 p.m. | Hertz Concert Hall
Tabla player and Grammy Award-winning member of the Silkroad Ensemble, Sandeep Das celebrates the vibrant cultural heritage shared by India and Syria in the latest project by his HUM Ensemble.MORE about Sandeep Das and the HUM Ensemble - Delhi to Damascus

Lecture: From the Killing Fields of Cambodia to California and Back

Wednesday, October 10 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library
Journalist Katya Cengel will discuss her new book, Exiled: From the Killing Fields of Cambodia to California and Back, which follows the stories of four Cambodian families as they confront criminal deportation 40 years after their resettlement in the U.S. In her telling, Cengel finds that violence comes in many forms and that trauma is passed down through generations.MORE about From the Killing Fields of Cambodia to California and Back

From the Killing Fields of Cambodia to California and Back

Reading: Paul Muldoon

Thursday, October 11 | 6-7:30 p.m. | 315 - Maude Fife Room Wheeler Hall
Paul Muldoon, Pulitzer Prize-winning Irish poet and recipient of HM Queen Elizabeth’s Gold Medal for Poetry for 2017, visits the UC Berkeley campus for a reading of his recent and classic work.MORE about Paul Muldoon

Lecture: Hardy Californians, Lester Rowntree

Thursday, October 11 | 10-11:30 a.m. | UC Botanical Garden
Lester Gertrude Rowntree (1878-1978) was a pioneering California native plant botanist and horticulturalist who popularized the study, use, and protection of native flora through writings, lectures and photographs. Lester Bradford Rowntree, her grandson, will discuss his free-spirited and influential grandmother.MORE about Hardy Californians, Lester Rowntree

Lester Gertrude Rowntree

Theater: Schaubühne - An Enemy of the People

Friday, October 12 | 8-10 p.m. | Zellerbach Hall
Berlin’s Schaubühne theater presents a radically revised adaptation of An Enemy of the People, Henrik Ibsen’s 1882 drama about individual and social responsibility. The story of a whistleblower in a small town whose efforts to speak truth to power are shut down by his self-interested neighbors, the play both implicates and exhilarates its audience in a conversation about the perils of democratic capitalism.MORE about Schaubühne - <em>An Enemy of the People</em>

Schaubühne

Music: Jerusalem Quartet with Pinchas Zuckerman and Amanda Forsyth

Saturday, October 13 | 8-10 p.m. | First Congregational Church, 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley
The Jerusalem Quartet is joined by husband-and-wife duo Pinchas Zukerman and Amanda Forsyth for a special program of rarely heard string sextets.MORE about Jerusalem Quartet with Pinchas Zuckerman and Amanda Forsyth

Music: Soweto Gospel Choir - Songs of the Free

Saturday, October 13 | 8-10 p.m. | Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway, Oakland
Worldwide ambassadors of South African culture and two-time Grammy winners, the Soweto Gospel Choir perform renditions of Zulu, Xhosa, and Sotho folk and gospel music, American spirituals, and African pop in a dozen different languages.MORE about Soweto Gospel Choir - Songs of the Free

Film: The Young Girls of Rochefort

Sunday, October 14 | 4-6:05 p.m. | Outdoor Screen Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
In the sleepy town of Rochefort, denizens who somnolently dance sidewise down the street are energized by the arrival of a traveling commercial fair that passes for spectacle. Catherine Deneuve and her talented sister Françoise Dorléac play musical twin sisters.MORE about <em>The Young Girls of Rochefort</em>

Lecture: Garden Goddesses - Four California Women and Their Legendary Gardens

Sunday, October 14 | 10-11:30 a.m. | UC Botanical Garden
In his new talk, “Garden Goddesses: Four California Women and Their Legendary Gardens,” popular garden writer Donald Olson takes participants on an informative and entertaining tour of some spectacular California gardens and introduces the remarkable women who created them.MORE about Garden Goddesses - Four California Women and Their Legendary Gardens

Lecture: Sholem Aleichem on the South Side of Chicago

Forgotten and never staged, Sholem Aleichem's original handwritten Yiddish manuscript of Stempenyu turned up over a century later in the basement of a home slated for demolition in Chicago’s once-Jewish South Shore neighborhood. This program tells the story of the manuscript’s reemergence, and brings to life the author’s original Stempenyu – the story of a community bound by language, tradition and music.MORE about Sholem Aleichem on the South Side of Chicago

Workshop: Contemplating Desire - Photography

Monday, October 15 | 1-4 p.m. | UC Botanical Garden
In this contemplative photography workshop, participants will wander the Garden of Eden as voyeurs to nature’s inherent sensuality.MORE about Contemplating Desire - Photography

Workshop: Natural Perfume with Jessica Hannah

Tuesday, October 16 | 6-8 p.m. | UC Botanical Garden
This two-hour beginners natural perfume workshop will teach the history and art of natural perfumes. Participants will create a formula with oils from around the world, including Italian bergamot, Haitian vetiver, Bulgarian rose, and more. Suitable for new and returning students. MORE about Natural Perfume with Jessica Hannah

Conference: Coping with the Global Backlash

October 18 – 19, 2018 every day | 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library
This two-day conference addresses new developments in the global economy. Participants will examine empirical trends, how the national strategies of key global players are likely to alter the context for multinational corporations, the technology strategies of countries and industrial policy, and a forum with practitioners from leading MNCs on business-government relations in a new global context.MORE about Coping with the Global Backlash

Tour: Fall Bird Walk with Chris Carmichael

Friday, October 19 | 9:30-11 a.m. | UC Botanical Garden
Fall migrants are arriving in the UC Berkeley Botanical Garden. Come see the first winter sparrows, and search for other newcomers such as warblers and thrushes.MORE about Fall Bird Walk with Chris Carmichael

Lecture: Why Read Montaigne’s Essays?

Friday, October 19 | 12-2 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall
Round-table and discussion with Carla Freccero, UC Santa Cruz; Jane O. Newman, UC Irvine; Diego Pirillo, UC Berkeley; and Antonia Szabari, USC.MORE about Why Read Montaigne’s Essays?

Dance: Sasha Waltz and Guests - Körper

Saturday, October 20 | 8-10 p.m. | Zellerbach Hall
In her signature work, Körper (Bodies), Berlin choreographer Sasha Waltz explores the visceral tangle of humanity from the perspectives of history, science, and architecture.MORE about Sasha Waltz and Guests - Körper

Sasha Waltz

Dance: Sasha Waltz and Guests

Sunday, October 21 | 3-5 p.m. | Zellerbach Hall
In her signature work, Körper (Bodies), Berlin choreographer Sasha Waltz explores the visceral tangle of humanity from the perspectives of history, science, and architecture.MORE about Sasha Waltz and Guests

Theater: Barber Shop Chronicles

Friday, October 26 | 8-10 p.m. | Zellerbach Hall
Barber Shop Chronicles, created by Nigerian-born, UK-based poet and playwright Inua Ellams, explores the diversity of black male identity through the rituals and verbal banter of the urban barbershop. The cast riffs on topics both personal and political as we eavesdrop on conversations in six different barbershops over the course of a single day. Continues Oct. 27-28.MORE about <em>Barber Shop Chronicles</em>

Barber Shop Chronicles

Barber Shop Chronicles

Saturday, October 27 | 8-10 p.m. | Zellerbach Hall
Barber Shop Chronicles, created by Nigerian-born, UK-based poet and playwright Inua Ellams, explores the diversity of black male identity through the rituals and verbal banter of the urban barbershop. The cast riffs on topics both personal and political as we eavesdrop on conversations in six different barbershops over the course of a single day. Continues Oct. 27.MORE about

Presentation: Trees and Tones - Wooden Instrument Traditions - African Blackwood

Sunday, October 28 | 4-6:30 p.m. | UC Botanical Garden
Learn about the African Blackwood (Dalbergia melanoxylon), the tree from which flutes, oboes, clarinets and bagpipes are made. Growing almost exclusively in Tanzania and Mozambique, it is used for sculpture, medicine and more.MORE about Trees and Tones - Wooden Instrument Traditions - African Blackwood

Panel Discussion: Utopia/Dystopia: Imagining the Future

Wednesday, October 31 | 4:30-6 p.m. | 315 (Maude Fife) Wheeler Hall
Join a moderated discussion of utopian and dystopian views of the future, from an array of disciplinary perspectives.MORE about Utopia/Dystopia: Imagining the Future

Reading: Lunch Poems - Tyehimba Jess

Thursday, November 1 | 12:10-12:50 p.m. | Morrison Library Doe Library
Lunch Poems presents poet Tyehimba Jess, author of Leadbelly and Olio, which won numerous awards including the 2017 Pulitzer Prize.MORE about Lunch Poems - Tyehimba Jess

Lecture: The Clean Energy Transition in Bangladesh - Local and Global Impacts and Opportunities, Daniel M. Kammen

Thursday, November 1 | 5-7 p.m. | TBD
A lecture by Distinguished Professor of Energy in the Energy and Resources Group at UC Berkeley and a former Science Envoy for the State Department, Prof. Daniel M. Kammen.MORE about The Clean Energy Transition in Bangladesh - Local and Global Impacts and Opportunities, Daniel M. Kammen

Music: Pierre-Laurent Aimard and Tamara Stefanovich, pianos

Thursday, November 1 | 8-10 p.m. | Zellerbach Hall
Consummate French pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard and brilliant Yugoslav-born pianist Tamara Stefanovich — partners off-stage as well as on — return with a program of exquisite contemporary works for one and two pianos.MORE about Pierre-Laurent Aimard and Tamara Stefanovich, pianos

Pierre-Laurent Aimard and Tamara Stefanovich

Music: Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis and special guest Jon Batiste

Saturday, November 3 | 8-10 p.m. | Zellerbach Hall
International jazz ambassador, nine-time Grammy winner, and Pulitzer Prize recipient Wynton Marsalis and Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra are joined by charismatic pianist and music director of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert’s house band, Jon Batiste, for a program celebrating the legacy of Duke Ellington.MORE about Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis and special guest Jon Batiste

Wynton Marsalis

Presentation: Trees and Tones - Wooden Instrument Traditions - Guitars

Sunday, November 4 | 4-6:30 p.m. | UC Botanical Garden
Come learn about the global history of guitars and the many woods used to make them from local luthier John F. Mello, a classical guitar maker who will discuss how different woods impact the sounds. He’ll be partnered with a classical guitarist.MORE about Trees and Tones - Wooden Instrument Traditions - Guitars

Music: Daniel Barenboim and the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra

Saturday, November 10 | 3-5 p.m. | Zellerbach Hall
Nearly 20 years ago, Israeli conductor Daniel Barenboim and Palestinian scholar Edward Said founded this orchestra of Israelis and Arabs as a model for cooperation across the brutal divides of the Middle East. In doing so, they hoped to replace ignorance with education, knowledge, and understanding; to humanize the “other”; and to imagine a more hopeful future.MORE about Daniel Barenboim and the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra

Daniel Barenboim and the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra

Tour: Trees of the UC Berkeley Campus Walk

Wednesday, November 14 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. | Springer Gateway UC Berkeley Campus
This tour will seek out the best of Berkeley’s fall colors, visiting the most notable campus trees as a framework for the walk. Enjoy the diversity of species, and learn a bit of history about the development of the campus and stories about the people and circumstances behind the plantings, the named groves, landmarks and memorial trees. Every tree has a story.MORE about Trees of the UC Berkeley Campus Walk

Olive tree on campus

Dance: Compagnie Käfig, Pixel

Friday, November 16 | 8-10 p.m. | Zellerbach Hall
Compagnie Käfig merges elements of Brazilian urban dance and capoeira with hip-hop, modern dance, and circus arts. Pixel was created by founder Mourad Merzouki in collaboration with French digital production studio Adrien M/Claire B, and features the company’s 11 dancers navigating an interactive environment of light and lasers. Continues Nov. 17.MORE about Compagnie Käfig, <em>Pixel</em>

Compagnie Käfig

Presentation: Trees and Tones - Wooden Instrument Traditions - Pau – Brasil Tree

Sunday, November 18 | 4-6:30 p.m. | UC Botanical Garden
Perhaps one of the most emblematic stories and relationships between a tree and classical music is that of the Pau – Brasil tree (Caesalpinia echinata) and its use in making violin and cello bows. Hear from retired UC Berkeley professor Zac Cande on the conservation issues around the tree. He will also be joined by Lisa Grodin, faculty member of the Crowden School.MORE about Trees and Tones - Wooden Instrument Traditions - Pau – Brasil Tree

Music: Shai Wosner, piano

Sunday, December 2 | 3-5 p.m. | Hertz Concert Hall
Born in Israel and educated at Juilliard, pianist Shai Wosner is internationally acclaimed for his insightful interpretations of the music of Schubert. In Wosner's hands, complex works speak with clarity, and here he explores three of the composer's mercurial middle-period sonatas.MORE about Shai Wosner, piano

Shai Wosner

Reading: Lunch Poems - Mary Jo Bang

Thursday, December 6 | 12:10-12:50 p.m. | Morrison Library Doe Library
Lunch Poems presents poet Mary Jo Bang, author of eight books of poems — including A Doll For Throwing, Louise in Love, The Last Two Seconds, and Elegy, which received the National Book Critics Circle Award.MORE about Lunch Poems - Mary Jo Bang

Music: Charles Lloyd and The Marvels with Lucinda Williams

Thursday, December 6 | 8-10 p.m. | Zellerbach Hall
In response to the presidential inauguration of 2017, saxophonist and NEA Jazz Master Charles Lloyd and his band The Marvels joined Lucinda Williams to release a rendition of Bob Dylan’s protest song “Masters of War.” The success of that single has led to a new collaboration and Blue Note album, Vanished Gardens, that adds Williams’ distinctive voice to an all-star lineup that includes jazz-Americana heroes Greg Leisz on pedal steel, Reuben Rogers on bass, and Eric Harland on drums.MORE about Charles Lloyd and The Marvels with Lucinda Williams

Dance: Pavel Zustiak and Palissimo Company

Friday, December 7 | 8-10 p.m. | Zellerbach Playhouse
Choreographer Pavel Zustiak and his Palissimo Company ask, “Where do we find beauty today, and does it need our defense?” Zustiak creates an immersive visual experience for Custodians of Beauty, combining movement with imagery, light, and sound in response to a 2009 speech by Pope Benedict XVI, reminding artists of their responsibilities as “custodians of beauty in the world.”MORE about Pavel Zustiak and Palissimo Company

Pavel Zustiak and Palissimo Company

Workshop: Mindful Self-Compassion — Core Skills Training

December 7 – 8, 2018 every day | 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. | Chevron Auditorium International House
This two-day workshop is an introduction to Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC), an empirically-supported training program based on the research of Kristin Neff and the clinical perspective of Chris Germer.MORE about Mindful Self-Compassion — Core Skills Training

Theater: Big Dance Theater - 17c

Thursday, December 13 | 8-10 p.m. | Zellerbach Playhouse
For more than two decades, the Obie Award-winning Big Dance Theater has been making work that undermines genre boundaries. The company’s latest effort is a portrait of Samuel Pepys, the outlandish 17th-century politician whose obsessive, tell-all diaries are a startling precursor to our own social media culture. Continues through Dec. 16.MORE about Big Dance Theater - <em>17c</em>

Big Dance Theater

Dance: Hubbard Street Dance Chicago

Friday, January 18 | 8-10 p.m. | Zellerbach Hall
Over its 40-year-history, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago has tackled a thrilling range of repertoire, working with both veteran choreographers and fresh voices reimagining contemporary dance for new generations. For Program A, the company's dancers perform work by Nacho Duato, Crystal Pite, Alejandro Cerrudo and William Forsythe. Program B features the Bay Area premiere of a new collaboration by two choreographers redefining what it means to make dances today: Emma Portner and Lil Buck. Continues through January 20.MORE about Hubbard Street Dance Chicago

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago

David Finckel, cello; Wu Han, piano

Sunday, January 20 | 3-5 p.m. | Hertz Concert Hall
Pianist Wu Han and cellist David Finckel, husband-and-wife duo, co-artistic directors of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and Music@Menlo, visit with a program of three cello sonatas that highlight the mastery of the German Classical and Romantic traditions.MORE about

David Finckel and Wu Han

Reading: Lunch Poems - Ari Banias

Thursday, February 7 | 12:10-12:50 p.m. | Morrison Library Doe Library
Lunch Poems presents Ari Banias, author of Anybody, which was named a finalist for the Kate Tufts Discovery Award and the PEN Center USA Literary Award. His poems have appeared in various journals and he is the recipient of numerous fellowships.MORE about Lunch Poems - Ari Banias

Reading: Lunch Poems - Tarfia Faizullah

Thursday, March 7 | 12:10-12:50 p.m. | Morrison Library Doe Library
Lunch Poems presents Tarfia Faizullah, author of Registers of Illuminated Villages and Seam. She is the winner of numerous awards and her poems are published widely in periodicals and anthologies.MORE about Lunch Poems - Tarfia Faizullah

Reading: Lunch Poems - Ben Lerner

Thursday, April 4 | 12:10-12:50 p.m. | Morrison Library Doe Library
Lunch Poems presents Ben Lerner, who has received fellowships from the Fulbright, Guggenheim and MacArthur Foundations and is the author of three books of poetry (The Lichtenberg Figures, Angle of Yaw and Mean Free Path), two novels (Leaving the Atocha Station and 10:04) and a work of criticism (The Hatred of Poetry). His most recent books are collaborations: Blossom (with Thomas Demand), The Polish Rider (with Anna Ostoya), and The Snows of Venice (with Alexander Kluge).MORE about Lunch Poems - Ben Lerner

Special Event: Cal Day

Saturday, April 13 | 9 a.m.-4 p.m. | UC Berkeley Campus
UC Berkeley throws open its doors and offers over 300 lectures, tours, performances, demonstrations and discussions. Many events are tailored for kids & families, prospective students, and the just plain curious. Come experience a day in the life of UC Berkeley! All events free, all ages welcome, campuswide.MORE about Cal Day

Reading: Lunch Poems - Student Reading

Thursday, May 2 | 12:10-12:50 p.m. | Morrison Library Doe Library
One of the year’s liveliest 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.MORE about Lunch Poems - Student Reading

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