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Science at Cal Lecture - Assessing the potential impact of super‐eruptions

Saturday, December 15 | 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. | 100 Genetics & Plant Biology Building
If a future super-eruption was predicted, what would, or could, society do? Preparation for such low probability but high consequence events is difficult to imagine, yet some modest early measures can be considered.MORE about

Film: The Emperor’s Nightingale

Saturday, December 15 | 3:30-4:50 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
A young, shut-away Chinese emperor becomes enraptured by a nightingale’s song—and then by its mechanical reproduction—in Trnka’s magical adaptation of the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale.MORE about <em>The Emperor’s Nightingale</em>

Performance: Black Life – Akande X

Saturday, December 15 | 7-8:30 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Writer Akande X shares “That Feeling When,” a multimedia presentation on the intersection of blackness, comedy, the Internet, and politics.MORE about Black Life – Akande X

Film: The Last Laugh

Saturday, December 15 | 6-7:30 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
A powerful study of that enduring status symbol, the uniform, and a piercing critique of its importance in German society, The Last Laugh is the story of a proud hotel doorman’s demotion to lavatory attendant and his fall from grace in the eyes of neighbors and relatives who had previously respected him. MORE about <em>The Last Laugh</em>

Tour: Conifers of the Garden Walking Tour with Chris Carmichael

Tuesday, December 18 | 10-11:30 a.m. | UC Botanical Garden
Join Chris Carmichael, Research Affiliate and former Associate Director of Collections & Horticulture, on a tour of the Botanical Garden's vast collection of conifers.MORE about Conifers of the Garden Walking Tour with Chris Carmichael

Film: A Survey of Trnka’s Techniques

Wednesday, December 19 | 7-8:10 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Trnka’s earliest works already demonstrate his craftsmanship and artistry, moving from hand-drawn cartoons to surrealist interventions to the expressive beauty of his stop-motion beginnings. MORE about <em>A Survey of Trnka’s Techniques</em>

Film: The Tree of Wooden Clogs

Thursday, December 20 | 7-10 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Set in northern Italy in the early 1900s, the film follows three families of farmers and their interactions with their community, their wealthy landlord, and the land itself. MORE about <em>The Tree of Wooden Clogs</em>

Special Event: Winter Solstice Sound Bath

Friday, December 21 | 12-1 p.m. | UC Botanical Garden
With the return of the sun comes a promise from nature of renewal and growth. Attune with the natural slow, calm, inward energy of the Winter Solstice during this unique concert with live meditative sounds of quartz crystal singing bowls and finely tuned gongs within a grove of redwoods.MORE about Winter Solstice Sound Bath

Performance: Home Again—Tapestry Reimagined

Friday, December 21 | 7-8:30 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Acclaimed San Francisco recording artist and producer PC Muñoz leads an all-star ensemble through a lovingly crafted reimagination of Carole King’s blockbuster 1971 album Tapestry.MORE about Home Again—Tapestry Reimagined

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

Music: Kronos Quartet — Fifty for the Future

Friday, January 25 | 8-10 p.m. | Zellerbach Hall
After 45 years spent re-inventing the string quartet, Kronos is committing to the next generation of musical innovators, with Fifty for the Future. The ambitious and much-lauded commissioning initiative returns to Berkeley, where Cal Performances is among the project’s legacy partners, with a program of new works by a diverse international cohort of composers.MORE about Kronos Quartet — Fifty for the Future

Music: Nicola Benedetti, violin; Alexei Grynyuk, piano

Sunday, January 27 | 3-5 p.m. | Zellerbach Hall
Scottish violin star Nicola Benedetti lends her sumptuous, gleaming tone to Bach's glorious Chaconne from Partita No. 2, and is joined by renowned pianist Alexei Grynyuk for richly Romantic sonatas by Prokofiev and Richard Strauss. She also performs the West Coast premiere of a new solo violin work by Wynton Marsalis. MORE about Nicola Benedetti, violin; Alexei Grynyuk, piano

Nicola Benedetti

Exhibit: Project “Holy Land” — Yaakov Benor-Kalter’s Photographs of British Mandate Palestine, 1923-1940

January 29 – June 28, 2019 every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | 11 a.m.-4:05 p.m. | Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (2121 Allston Way)
For nearly two decades, Yaakov (Jacob) Benor-Kalter (1897-1969) traversed the Old City of Jerusalem, documenting renowned historical monuments, ambiguous subjects in familiar alleyways, and scores of “new Jews” building a new homeland. Benor-Kalter’s photographs oscillate between two worlds, and two Holy Lands, with one lens.MORE about Project “Holy Land” — Yaakov Benor-Kalter’s Photographs of British Mandate Palestine, 1923-1940

Lecture: Somini Sengupta | The Sarah Kailath Memorial Lecturer for 2018

Thursday, January 31 | 5-7 p.m. | The Heyns Room Faculty Club
Award–winning journalist Somini Sengupta delivers the 7th Annual Sarah Kailath Memorial Lecture on the theme of Women and Leadership.MORE about Somini Sengupta | The Sarah Kailath Memorial Lecturer for 2018

Somini Sengupta

Music: Yefim Bronfman, piano

Friday, February 1 | 8-10 p.m. | Zellerbach Hall
Yefim Bronfman last graced the stages of Cal Performances with a heroic cycle of the complete Prokofiev piano sonatas. Here, he further reveals the emotional breadth of his musical temperament, in works ranging from Schumann's mercurial Humoreske, to Debussy's richly impressionistic Suite bergamasque, and Schubert's late-period gem the Sonata in C minor.MORE about Yefim Bronfman, piano

Yefim Bronfman

Performing Arts: Kodo

Saturday, February 2 | 8-10 p.m. | Zellerbach Hall
Taiko ensemble Kodo returns with Evolution, a retrospective that traces the group’s history with signature works created from the 1970s to the present.MORE about Kodo

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

Music: Cantus — Alone Together

Friday, February 8 | 8-10 p.m. | First Congregational Church, 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley
In a diverse program that connects Beethoven, Bernstein, the Beatles, and contemporary works by Libby Larsen, David Lang, and Gabriel Kahane, the men's vocal ensemble Cantus sings of the challenges of connecting in our modern age.MORE about Cantus — Alone Together

Lecture: Poland Reborn: A State Between Democracy and Fascism

This talk focuses on the divided Poland that emerged after World War I. On the one hand, Poland had to accommodate the demands of generations of freedom fighters, while on the other, it quickly became a dysfunctional democracy that lapsed into authoritarian rule after 1926, opening spaces for xenophobia and discrimination against Jews. The state arrested fascists, and in the late 1930s became a place of modest hopes for reform and where the government, with overwhelming support of the population, became the first to say no to Hitler’s expanding rule. With John Connelly, history professor, UC Berkeley.MORE about Poland Reborn: A State Between Democracy and Fascism

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

Lecture: Visual Judaica — Jewish Icons and Collecting Patterns in the Early 20th Century

The highly decorative works of Arthur Szyk contain key Jewish visual elements such as the Lion of Judah, the dove, and the seven spices mentioned in the bible as typical of the Land of Israel. These themes are repeated in Szyk’s oeuvre throughout his life. With Shir Gal Kochavi, assistant curator at The Magnes.MORE about Visual Judaica — Jewish Icons and Collecting Patterns in the Early 20th Century

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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