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Critic’s choice

Conference: DataEDGE Conference

Tuesday, April 24 | 9 a.m.-6 p.m. | Banatao Auditorium Sutardja Dai Hall
The UC Berkeley School of Information’s DataEDGE conference will bring participants up to speed quickly on the current state of the data revolution. Hear from leading experts in the field about the way organizations are using data to address business and societal issues, about the challenges of working with data at scale, and about the most pressing questions and debates facing data scientists today. This conference is not just for technologists and math geeks.MORE about DataEDGE Conference

Lecture: Mapping as Research with Trevor Paglen

Tuesday, April 24 | 5:30-7 p.m. | Osher Theater Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
To celebrate his first comprehensive artist monograph, Trevor Paglen (UC Berkeley Geography Ph.D. and 2017 MacArthur Genius Fellow) will discuss his work with ARC Director Julia Bryan-Wilson.MORE about Mapping as Research with Trevor Paglen

Conference: 15th Annual Sustainability Summit

Wednesday, April 25 | 2:30-4:45 p.m. | Speiker Room-Chou Hall Haas School of Business
The Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on Sustainability’s Summit is celebrating Berkeley's environmental achievements. Join in for a poster session and reception, remarks and award ceremony with Chancellor Carol Christ, and a keynote address by Vien Truong, CEO of Dream Corp (#GreenForAll).MORE about 15th Annual Sustainability Summit

Music: Noon Concert - Gospel Choir

Wednesday, April 25 | 12 p.m. | Hertz Concert Hall
Music is great medicine for the body, soul and mind. Get a good dose of Gospel music that heals hurts, suffering and pain as D. Mark Wilson directs the Gospel Choir in “Be Healed!” MORE about Noon Concert - Gospel Choir

Film: The Manchurian Candidate

Wednesday, April 25 | 7 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Frank Sinatra and Laurence Harvey star in John Frankenheimer’s outspoken satire, based on Richard Condon’s novel. The film played with America’s oversized horror of Communist infiltration while dealing on another level with the brainwashing potential of media-induced fear.MORE about <em>The Manchurian Candidate</em>

Lecture: Townsend Center Berkeley Book Chat - John Ferrari

Wednesday, April 25 | 12-1 p.m. | Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Stephens Hall
Exploring the idea of "intimations" - social interactions that approach outright communication but do not quite reach it - G. R. F. (John) Ferrari offers a new framework for understanding different ways in which we communicate with each other.MORE about Townsend Center Berkeley Book Chat - John Ferrari

Colloquium: Building Equitable and Inclusive Food Systems at UC Berkeley - Foodscape Mapping Project Policy Town Hall

Thursday, April 26 | 5-7 p.m. | Tamalpais Room David Brower Center, 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley
Over 150 members of the campus community participated in data collection and visualization to create an interactive "Foodscape Map." At the Foodscape Mapping Project Policy Town Hall, understand the findings from the Foodscape map as well as the suggested policy recommendations. This audience-participatory meeting is an intentional space to bring various stakeholders from all levels of campus together in conversation, as well as engage in future action and change on campus. MORE about Building Equitable and Inclusive Food Systems at UC Berkeley - Foodscape Mapping Project Policy Town Hall

Lecture: Pictures of a Gone City - Tech and the Dark Side of Prosperity in the San Francisco Bay Area

The San Francisco Bay Area is currently the jewel in the crown of capitalism — the tech capital of the world and a fountain of wealth from the Silicon Gold Rush. So what could be wrong? Professor Richard Walker will discuss his new book, a sweeping account of the Bay Area in the age of the tech boom. Registration recommended.MORE about Pictures of a Gone City - Tech and the Dark Side of Prosperity in the San Francisco Bay Area

Film: A Brief History of Time

Friday, April 27 | 5:30 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Errol Morris’s acclaimed film, based on Stephen Hawking’s book, is a humanly scaled, biographical study of a singular mind navigating a very big universe.MORE about <em>A Brief History of Time</em>

Panel Discussion: South Asian Art | Past, Present, Future - Rajeeb and Nadia Samdani and Chitra Ganesh

Friday, April 27 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. | The West Courtyard & the Drawing Room The Berkeley City Club, 2315 Durant Avenue, Berkeley
Inaugurating the South Asia Art Initiative, the Institute's new initiative focused on art and visual culture in South Asia, Rajeeb Samdani and Nadia Samdani (co-founders of the Samdani Art Foundation and the Dhaka Art Summit) and New York-based artist Chitra Ganesh discuss the past and future of South Asian art.MORE about South Asian Art | Past, Present, Future - Rajeeb and Nadia Samdani and Chitra Ganesh

Theater: The Dream of Kitamura

April 20 – 28, 2018 every day with exceptions | 8-9:30 p.m. | Zellerbach Playhouse
When Lord Rosanjin dreams the demon Kitamura is coming to kill him, his horror is so profound that he hires two bodyguards to defend him against his own hallucinations. But are they who they appear? Written and directed by Philip Kan Gotanda.MORE about <em>The Dream of Kitamura</em>

Panel Discussion: Erwin Chemerinsky and Nadine Strossen - Resisting Hate with Free Speech

Saturday, April 28 | 10-11:15 a.m. | Freight & Salvage
The question of limits on free speech has recently occupied our nation’s consciousness — as well as the physical streets of Berkeley. The American Civil Liberties Union has worked for nearly 100 years to arbitrate this question in times of intense political division, and now Nadine Strossen, former president of the ACLU, presents “HATE: Why We Should Resist it With Free Speech, Not Censorship,” including an interview by UC Berkeley School of Law Dean Erwin Chemerinsky.MORE about Erwin Chemerinsky and Nadine Strossen - Resisting Hate with Free Speech

Panel Discussion: Viet Thanh Nguyen on Art and Politics Interviewed by Karen Tei Yamashita

Saturday, April 28 | 1:30-2:45 p.m. | Freight & Salvage
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 2016 for his novel The Sympathizer, Viet Thanh Nguyen — fiction writer, essayist, activist, and UC Berkeley doctoral alum — has become an outspoken voice for refugee rights and justice for immigrants. In 2017 he received a MacArthur Genius Grant, and his work The Refugees and The Displaced: Refugee Writers on Refugee Lives are highly lauded. He will talk with Karen Tei Yamashita, novelist and essayist on the immigrant experience, about the role of the writer in society, the importance of art to politics, and the power of the written word.MORE about Viet Thanh Nguyen on Art and Politics Interviewed by Karen Tei Yamashita

Panel Discussion: Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o - Wrestling with the Devil

Saturday, April 28 | 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. | Freight & Salvage
Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o will discuss the American release of Wrestling with the Devil: A Prison Memoir, including the prison experience, challenges of writing fiction under 24-hour surveillance, and the spirit of defiance that defines hope.MORE about Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o - <em>Wrestling with the Devil</em>

Dance: Māori Performance with Māori Mo Ake Tonu - Hands-On at the Hearst

Saturday, April 28 | 11 a.m.-2 p.m. | 103 Kroeber Hall Hearst Museum of Anthropology
Enjoy a cultural presentation featuring Māori performing arts through live song and dance by San Francisco Bay Area kapa haka group, Māori Mo Ake Tonu. The Māori are the indigenous people of Aotearoa (New Zealand). The performance will include elements of waiata (songs), waiata-a-ringa (storytelling dances), poi and haka. The numbers for the performance are inspired by the taonga (treasures) in the collection at the Hearst Museum.MORE about Māori Performance with Māori Mo Ake Tonu - Hands-On at the Hearst

Panel Discussion: The Common Good with Robert Reich

Saturday, April 28 | 7:30-9 p.m. | Freight & Salvage
SeeBay Book Festival keynote Robert Reich — writer of conscience and conviction, a firebrand, and one of America’s most influential and popular political commentators. His new book, The Common Good, charges us all to address the urgent question: What has happened to civility and civic responsibility? What makes a good citizen in today’s America?MORE about The Common Good with Robert Reich

Film: Neruda

Saturday, April 28 | 5:30 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Director Pablo Larraín’s film fictionalizes a portrait of Pablo Neruda, Chilean Nobel prize–winning poet.MORE about <em>Neruda</em>

Special Event: Bay Area Book Festival

April 28 – 29, 2018 every day | 11 a.m.-6 p.m. | Downtown Berkeley
Students: Come collect a free wristband at the ASUC Student Union for the Bay Area Book Festival. Book lovers meet hundreds of acclaimed authors over the weekend in downtown Berkeley. Stop by the Cal Student Store/Student Union tent for student publications, faculty texts, apparel, and spoken word performances.MORE about Bay Area Book Festival

Panel Discussion: Standing at the Edge - Finding Freedom Where Fear and Courage Meet with Joan Halifax and Dacher Keltner

Sunday, April 29 | 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. | Freight & Salvage
Zen roshi (teacher) and anthropologist Joan Halifax has spent much of her life exploring questions of life and death. Her new book, “Standing at the Edge: Finding Freedom Where Fear and Courage Meet,” which Arianna Huffington called “essential reading for our time,” is the culmination of her lifelong study of mindfulness, compassion, and generosity. Emotion expert and director of UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center Dacher Keltner will interview.MORE about Standing at the Edge - Finding Freedom Where Fear and Courage Meet with Joan Halifax and Dacher Keltner

Panel Discussion: How Stories Make the World with Joyce Carol Oates, Scott Saul, and Ismail Muhammad

Sunday, April 29 | 10-11:15 a.m. | Veteran's Memorial Building - Auditorium
Panelists — all titans of storytelling — will discuss the power stories have to galvanize the world, create cultures, and bind us all together. Hear Joyce Carol Oates, author and Pulitzer Prize nominee and UC Berkeley professor; Scott Saul, biographer of late comedian Richard Pryor and UC Berkeley English professor; Ismail Muhammad, writer and critic; and Joe Di Prisco, chair of the Simpson Family Literary Project.MORE about How Stories Make the World with Joyce Carol Oates, Scott Saul, and Ismail Muhammad

Music and Dance: Full - Symphony and Ballet

Sunday, April 29 | 7:30 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Music meets dance with magical results as Berkeley Sounds composer fellows join forces with the choreographers and dancers of Berkeley Ballet Theater.MORE about Full - Symphony and Ballet

Botanical garden: Spring plant sale

Sunday, April 29 | 10 a.m.-3 p.m. | UC Botanical Garden
Come to the annual Spring Plant Sale and select from a wide variety of plants, featuring drought-tolerant plants.MORE about Spring plant sale

Panel Discussion: Smart Activism - History and Hope with Rebecca Solnit and L.A. Kaufmann

Sunday, April 29 | 2:30-3:45 p.m. | San Francisco Chronicle Stage in the Park
How can activism be most effective today? Let’s look to history. Come hear one of the Bay Area’s most famous activists and writers—Rebecca Solnit — in conversation with longtime friend and movement insider L.A. Kauffman on the history and future of activism.MORE about Smart Activism - History and Hope with Rebecca Solnit and L.A. Kaufmann

Film: The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara

Sunday, April 29 | 8:45 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Built around interviews with former Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara, Errol Morris’s Academy Award–winning film is a haunting reflection on U.S. military power from World War II through the war in Vietnam.MORE about <em>The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara</em>

Theater: The Dream of Kitamura

April 22 – 29, 2018 every Sunday | 2-3:30 p.m. | Zellerbach Playhouse
Eerily evocative, non-linear, and movement-driven, The Dream of Kitamura tells the ghostly, mythic tale of Lord
Rosanjin, who believes he is marked for death by the demon Kitamura. His horror is so profound that he hires two bodyguards — but are they who they appear to be?MORE about <em>The Dream of Kitamura</em>

Panel Discussion: K-POP/M-POP/HIP-HOP - A Korea/Mongolia Mixtape

Tuesday, May 1 | 2-4 p.m. | 180 Doe Library
A panel of scholars discuss and compare emergent themes in popular culture and politics in Korea and Mongolia, illustrated with clips from music and performance.MORE about K-POP/M-POP/HIP-HOP - A Korea/Mongolia Mixtape

Reception: "We're Here, We're Queer, We're in the Public Record!"

Wednesday, May 2 | 4-6 p.m. | Morrison Library Doe Library
The Library is hosting a reception for the exhibit "We're Here, We're Queer, We're in the Public Record!" featuring campus and community speakers. The exhibition showcases selected documents pertaining to LGBTQ history and highlights aspects of LGBTQ life that have been impacted by the actions of federal, state, and local governments.MORE about "We're Here, We're Queer, We're in the Public Record!"

Music: Noon Concert - Gamelan

Wednesday, May 2 | 12 p.m. | Hertz Concert Hall
Listen to Javanese and Balinese Gamelan music and dance by student ensembles led by Midiyanto, Dewa Putu Berata, and Lisa Gold.MORE about Noon Concert - Gamelan

Film: Africa and the Diaspora - Short Films

Wednesday, May 2 | 7 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
This program mingles short African fiction films with documentary essays from the diaspora. Discover works by Alassane Sy and Mamadou Dia (Senegal), Cedric Ido (Burkina Faso), Lebert Bethune (Jamaica), and Carlos Javier Ortiz (Oakland by way of Chicago), who will appear in person.MORE about Africa and the Diaspora - Short Films

Still from "A Thousand Midnights"

Reading: Lunch Poems - Student Reading

Thursday, May 3 | 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

Panel Discussion: Lil B - Extremely Rare Photography and Art Collection Issue #1

Iconic Berkeley recording artist Brandon “Lil B” McCartney presents photographic works and “extremely rare art,” sharing his unique focus on compassion, unrestrained creative expression, and the power of positive thinking.MORE about Lil B - Extremely Rare Photography and Art Collection Issue #1

Panel Discussion: Way Bay Days - Dena Beard, Jeffrey Spahn, Jeff Gunderson and Steve Anker

Saturday, May 5 | 1:30 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
The second of BAMPFA's Way Bay Days, four speakers take on four Bay Area artists: Xara Thustra, Kay Sekimachi, Carlos Villa and Alice Anne Parker (Severson).MORE about Way Bay Days - Dena Beard, Jeffrey Spahn, Jeff Gunderson and Steve Anker

Dena Beard. Photo by Lauren Bayless

Film: Way Bay on Screen

A selection of works from the exhibition Way Bay reveals the rich and varied landscape and people of the Bay Area -- featuring a time capsule of San Francisco before the 1906 quake and works by Bruce Baillie, Alice Anne Parker (Severson), Sara Kathyrn Arledge and Ernie Gehr.MORE about Way Bay on Screen

Music: Cal Performances presents Eco Ensemble Foxtrot Delirium

Sunday, May 6 | 5 p.m. | Zellerbach Playhouse
UC Berkeley's adventurous eco ensemble brings the cinematic vision of Ernst Lubitsch to life with the U.S. premiere of Argentine composer Martin Matalon's film score for the director's The Oyster Princess. Lubitsch's 1919 silent comedy of mistaken identities is a satire aimed at the desires and transgressions of the bourgeoisie. Cal Performances executive and artistic director Matías Tarnopolsky begins the program with an onstage interview of Matalon; following an intermission, the film will be screened to a live performance of the score. In collaboration with the Center for New Music and Audio Technologies (CNMAT).MORE about Cal Performances presents Eco Ensemble Foxtrot Delirium

Music: Volti Vocal Ensemble

Volti presents a program of contemporary American music by composers Dany Clay, Robin Estrada and Zibuokle Martinaitye.MORE about Volti Vocal Ensemble

Workshop: Birds of Berkeley Bird Walk

Tuesday, May 8 | 9:30-11:30 a.m. | UC Botanical Garden
Join Birds of Berkeley author, Oliver James, for a bird walk in the Berkeley Botanical Garden. Birds of Berkeley is a full-color field guide to 25 birds easily found in Berkeley proves that even the city’s avian residents are a little quirky. Copies of the book will be available for sale and signing.MORE about Birds of Berkeley Bird Walk

Panel Discussion: MFA Artists’ Talk

Meet the graduates of UC Berkeley’s Master of Fine Arts program as they discuss their recent work.MORE about MFA Artists’ Talk

Exhibit: 2018 MFA Exhibition Opening Celebration

Celebrate the 2018 UC Berkeley MFA exhibition with the artists, their guests, and BAMPFA members.MORE about 2018 MFA Exhibition Opening Celebration

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