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Music: Cassandra Wilson, a celebration of Billie Holiday
Sunday, March 1 | 7 p.m. | Zellerbach Hall

Cassandra WilsonJazz vocalist Cassandra Wilson's unmistakable sound blends rural blues, urban eclecticism, and a true improviser's ability to make a song her own. This performance pays a loving homage to one of her great inspirations, the beloved and tragic vocalist Billie Holiday. In a Jazztimes interview, Wilson explains, "What I'm doing is more a Billie way of singing...It was not based on dexterity so much as on the roundness of her tone, the color inside the voice. And how much of her life is in that?"

 start at $36
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Film: Shadows of our Forgotten Ancestors
Sunday, March 1 | 3 p.m. | PFA Theater

With this gorgeous picture set among a small Ukrainian sect, Sergei Paradjanov was the first to indicate the degree to which folklore and local artistic tradition could once again become a source of visual wealth in Soviet national cinema. In the beautiful but fierce Carpathian mountains, an environment of overwhelming Christianpagan rituals, demonology, and constant struggle with overpowering elements, a story of love unfolds. Adopting the great master Dovzhenko’s use of symbolism and metaphor, and his lyric photography, Paradjanov adds a dynamically active camera suited to the requirements of his energetic and temperamental character.

 $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: Susan Graham, mezzo soprano, and Malcolm Martineau, piano
Sunday, March 1 | 3 p.m. | Hertz Concert Hall

Susan GrahamOne of the foremost opera stars of our time, Graham is a rare presence in intimate recital venues. With a broad range of repertoire that spans centuries, Graham is especially renowned for her interpretations of French vocal music.

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Film: Godard shorts
Sunday, March 1 | 5 p.m. | PFA Theater

Filmmaker GodardA diverse array of shorts made by Godard over a twenty-five-year period. The video essay Scénario de Sauve qui peut (la vie) anticipates Godard’s second “first” film. In Meetin’ WA, Godard meets Woody Allen, the encounter of a philosopher and a fool. Liberté et patrie is an exquisite film in which Godard and Anne-Marie Miéville portray the painter Aimé Pache. In Changer d’image, Godard contemplates his place in film history. Drawing on Edgar Allan Poe, Puissance de la parole features a conversation between two angels. Hommage à Eric Rohmer is Godard’s moving goodbye to a fellow New Wave director.

 $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: SPEED, science in motion
February 7 – May 3, 2015 every day | Lawrence Hall of Science

children enjoying the speed exhibitJoin us to learn about the science, engineering, and finesse that goes into Formula One racing and find out if you have what it takes to drive a 1,400 pound car at 200 mph. This exhibit is free with admission.

Exhibit: Designing People
February 11 – May 19, 2015 every day | Environmental Design Library, room 210 Wurster Hall

The figures that inhabit architectural and landscape renderings are not the actual focus of the drawings. Homeowners, children, pets, shoppers, and condo-dwellers are included to convey the scale and functionality of a proposed design. They humanize and create an emotional appeal in what might otherwise appear to be sterile environments and allow the client to imagine how a space will be used. From the watercolor Victorian to the scalie hipster, this exhibit features more than a century of designers’ representations of people from the Environmental Design Archives.

Film: Wildest Weather in the solar system 3D
February 7 – June 12, 2015 every day | 10:30 a.m. | National Geographic 3D Theater Lawrence Hall of Science

Wildest Weather in the Solar System film stillWitness the most beautiful, powerful, and mysterious weather phenomena in the solar system, shown in 3D at the Lawrence Hall of Science. From a storm the size of a 100-megaton hydrogen bomb, to a 400-year-old hurricane, to a dust tempest that could engulf entire planets, you'll be glad you live on Earth! Fly through the thick atmosphere of Venus, magnetic storms on the sun, liquid methane showers on Titan, and anticyclones whirling at hundreds of miles per hour on Jupiter.

 $4 plus admission
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Lecture: Slow food and ecological economics
Monday, March 2 | 4-5 p.m. | Morgan Lounge Morgan Hall

Luis PradanosIn this lecture, Miami University assistant professor Luis Pradanos, will demonstrate that maintaining the conventional model of industrial agriculture for much longer is a biophysical impossibility due to energy restrictions (e.g. peak oil, global EROI decline, entropy, geopolitical conflicts). Although it is possible to stretch this agroindustrial model for a decade or two more, the social, political, and ecological consequences of doing so could be catastrophic. Slow Food Movement suggests (and is successfully implementing) alternatives to such a destructive model that are economically viable, socially desirable, and ecologically sound.

Film: Zakir Hussain, SF Jazz session
Monday, March 2 | 5-8 p.m. | PFA Theater

Poster for SF Jazz sessionsZakir Hussain is one of the foremost percussionists of the contemporary world, not only of Indian classical music but also of jazz and world music. As a player and composer he is a brilliant example of border crossing music. Widely considered a chief architect of the contemporary world music movement, he has historic collaborations to his name, including Shakti, which he founded with John McLaughlin and L. Shankar, the Diga Rhythm Band, Making Music, Planet Drum with Mickey Hart, and recordings and performances with artists as diverse as Joshua Redman, George Harrison, Joe Henderson, Van Morrison, Jack Bruce, Tito Puente, Pharoah Sanders, Billy Cobham, the Hong Kong Symphony and the New Orleans Symphony. He has been hailed by media as a virtuoso, a superstar and an encyclopedia of tabla.

Registration opens February 2. Register by March 2 online.

Colloquium: Dunhuang and the Silk Road
Monday, March 2 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

The discovery in 1900 — and dispersal worldwide within little over a decade— of a Library Cave hidden for almost 1000 years in the Buddhist cave temples of Dunhuang was a catalyst for China's positioning itself as a key player in a pre-modern 'global' world, the Silk Road. Dunhuang, a UNESCO world heritage site, remains at the forefront of China's bid to consolidate this through the current international Silk Road nomination. In her talk, Susan Whitfield will introduce the collections, their discovery and dispersal and the role of China in the collaborative work of the past two decades to reunite the collections digitally, through the International Dunhuang Project.

Special event: Startup war stories
Monday, March 2 | 7-8:30 p.m. | Wells Fargo Room Haas School of Business

Haas school logoJoin Matt Kirmayer, Partner in the Tech Group at Lowenstein Sandler, and a panel of VCs and early stage entrepreneurs as Matt continues his deep dive into the foundation of successful startups. Explore the issues surrounding company formation from the founders’ perspective: Time and effort, personal and financial costs, co-founder equity and control issues, egos and the myriad of other things that you might not think so strongly affect your startup. In the words of the Wide World of Sports program, come to this session to experience the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat.

Course: The rise and future of the food movement
January 26 – April 27, 2015 every Monday with exceptions | 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Live streaming

Mark BittmanA UC Berkeley course with live streaming open to the public.

The food system is multi-disciplinary and complex, involving agroecology, agronomy, anthropology, economics, nutrition, sociology, and the arts. In this course, experts on organic agriculture, school lunch reform, food safety, hunger and food security, farm bill reform, farm-to-school efforts, urban agriculture, food sovereignty, and local food economies will offer perspectives making the food system more sustainable and equitable. Instructor: Garrison Sposito; co-hosts: food writer Mark Bittma and poet Robert Hass.

Exhibit: Berkeley's Ivory Tower, the Campanile at 100
February 16 – November 2, 2015 every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday | Rowell Cases Bancroft Library

Campanile under constructionSather Tower, also known as the Campanile, looms large both as a physical structure and as the most widely recognized symbol of the Berkeley campus. This exhibition celebrates the centennial of the landmark through holdings from the University Archives and The Bancroft Library's manuscript and pictorial collections.

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Social event: Pet Hugs
Tuesday, March 3 | 12-1 p.m. | Sproul Plaza

Woman student petting a dogCome and get your instant stress relief with adorable dogs from ARF, Tony La Russa's Animal Rescue Foundation. Studies show interaction with companion animals lowers blood pressure, reduces anxiety and otherwise improves one’s physical and mental health. (ARF)

Film: The Last of the Unjust
Tuesday, March 3 | 7 p.m. | PFA Theater

Film poster for The Last of the UnjustThe director of the Holocaust documentary Shoah tackles one of that era’s most controversial aspects—the collaboration of Jewish “elders” in running the Czech concentration camp and “model ghetto” Theresienstadt—in this encounter with Benjamin Murmelstein, the camp’s last surviving elder. Murmelstein rose to authority in Nazi-controlled Vienna and then Theresienstadt, where he saved hundreds of lives, yet also oversaw the deaths of thousands more. In 1975 Lanzmann found him living in obscurity in Rome; their interviews form the backbone of this work, which echoes between that time, the present, and the always-present past. “A monumental film” (Kent Jones), The Last of the Unjust is a haunting coda to Shoah. 

 $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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Lecture: Breaking through the Mexican government's cover-up of the Iguala attack
Tuesday, March 3 | 6-7:30 p.m. | Geballe Room (Room 220) Stephens Hall

In conversation with Lowell Bergman, reporters Anabel Hernández and Steve Fisher reveal evidence — including testimonies, documents from the Attorney General’s investigation, and raw cellphone footage — that contradicts the official version of the September 26 attack on the Ayotzinapa students. Lowell Bergman is a correspondent for the PBS documentary series Frontline and the director of the Investigative Reporting Program at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism. Anabel Hernández is an award-winning Mexican journalist who is currently a postgraduate fellow with the Investigative Reporting Program at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism. Steve Fisher is a postgraduate fellow with the Investigative Reporting Program at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism.

Lecture: Modern war in theory and practice
Tuesday, March 3 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

John NaglDr. John Nagl, author, headmaster of The Haverford School and former professor at the U.S. Naval Academy, will discuss modern warfare in theory and on the ground. He was on military assignment in both Iraq and Afghanistan, and led a tank platoon in Operation Desert Storm. Dr. Nagl was the President of the Center for a New American Security in Washington, D.C., and a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Exhibit: The Secret Language of Flowers
January 27 – June 26, 2015 every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | 11 a.m.-4 p.m. | Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (2121 Allston Way)

Botanical drawingIn 1984, The Magnes acquired a portfolio of botanical drawings by Shmuel (Samuel) Lerner, a Ukraine-born amateur artist from California. While Lerner’s biography and many details surrounding this work remain obscure, today his drawings open for us a unique window into the landscape, the history and the languages of Israel in the period immediately following the establishment of the State. The exhibition features a selection of 26 botanical drawings from 1949, complete with the author's annotations about plants, places, and language.

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Lecture: Wendy Davis, from filibuster fame to the race for governor
Wednesday, March 4 | 4-5 p.m. | Banatao Auditorium Sutardja Dai Hall

Wendy DavisWendy Davis shot to national fame in 2013 when she took to the Texas Senate floor in pink sneakers for an 11-hour filibuster to block restrictive abortion legislation. She then became the state's first female nominee for governor since Ann Richards in 1994. Join us for a conversation about Senator Davis' journey from single mom, to Harvard Law School, to Democratic icon, and what her story can teach us about women in politics and leadership.

Lecture: Lawrence Rinder and Malcolm Margolin, a world in flux
Wednesday, March 4 | 7-8:30 p.m. | The David Brower Center, 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley

Rinder and MargolinBAM/PFA Director Lawrence Rider and noted publisher Malcolm Margolin engage in a wide-ranging, free-flowing dialogue about art and culture. Margolin is the founder and executive director of Heyday Books, an independent nonprofit publisher and cultural institution in Berkeley, and is the author/editor of eight books, including The Ohlone Way: Indian Life in the San Francisco-Monterey Bay Area. Margolin and Rinder will discuss the role of imagination in social change, and the past, present and future of the arts in California.

 $5 Advance,  $7 Door
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