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Film: Harp of Burma

Wednesday, July 25 | 7-8:30 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
A fatalistic elegy for the war dead, Harp of Burma links beauty with a sense of loss, and loss with salvation. Burma at the close of World War II is a no-man’s-land, a quiet emptiness where there used to be life. But the Himalayas still move villagers to dream, and captured Japanese soldiers to sing in sweet harmony; Burma is still “Buddha’s country.”MORE about <em>Harp of Burma</em>

Lecture: The Mythological Faces of Java

Thursday, July 26 | 6-8 p.m. | 103 Kroeber Hearst Museum of Anthropology | Note change in date
This lecture explores representations of faces and figures in Javanese mythologies beginning from the Hindu-Buddhist Period (pre-16th century) to the Islamic and Modern Periods.MORE about The Mythological Faces of Java

The Mythological Faces of Java

Film: La salamandre

Thursday, July 26 | 7-8:30 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Two self-proclaimed writers attempt to retell how a young woman shot her uncle in Tanner and cowriter John Berger’s intelligent portrait of the free and the defiant — and of the dead-end jobs, old men, and “nitwits” that get in their way.MORE about <em>La salamandre</em>

La salamandre

Music: John Brothers Piano Co + Luke Brechtelsbauer

Thursday, July 26 | 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 John Brothers Piano Co + Luke Brechtelsbauer.MORE about John Brothers Piano Co + Luke Brechtelsbauer

Film: Casque d’or

Friday, July 27 | 7-8:30 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Romantic fatalism, the French cinema of lost ideals, is associated with the 1930s, but it held sway well into the sixties. Seeing Casque d’or, one can see why Jacques Becker was a hero for the New Wave directors.MORE about <em>Casque d’or</em>

Casque d’or

Music: The Decemberists

Friday, July 27 | 7 p.m. | Hearst Greek Theatre
The Decemberists, embracing different influences (Roxy Music, New Order) and working with a new producer John Congleton (St. Vincent, Lana del Rey), the acclaimed Portland, Oregon-based band broaden their sonic range and explore new approaches to making music. With guest Whitney.MORE about The Decemberists

The Decemberists

Performance: Full - Affirmative Action

Friday, July 27 | 7-8:30 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Affirmative Action is an evening-length collaborative production foregrounding concepts of transparency, radical diversity, and inclusion. Composed by five musicians of color (Zachary Watkins, Raven Chacon, Sharmi Basu, Morgan Craft, and Ava Mendoza) and performed by the two white cis men of The Living Earth Show, Affirmative Action highlights the “lens of whiteness” through which artists of color present their work.MORE about Full - Affirmative Action

Sharmi Basu

Film: Zabriskie Point

Saturday, July 28 | 8-9:30 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Director Michelangelo Antonioni’s California epic trades the empty boulevards of suburban Rome for the desert vistas of Death Valley, the petrochemical purgatory of Ravenna for the billboard-bedecked avenues of Los Angeles.MORE about <em>Zabriskie Point</em>

Music: 2018 Berkeley Carillon Festival

Saturday, July 28 | Campanile (Sather Tower)
The Eighth Berkeley Carillon Festival, honoring the Class of 1928, the donors of the carillon, celebrates a century of bells at Berkeley. The weekend of July 28 and 29 will feature recitals by Berkeley performers, music written for the Berkeley carillon by Berkeley composers and others.MORE about 2018 Berkeley Carillon Festival

Music: 2018 Berkeley Carillon Festival

Sunday, July 29 | Campanile (Sather Tower)
The Eighth Berkeley Carillon Festival, honoring the Class of 1928, the donors of the carillon, celebrates a century of bells at Berkeley. The weekend of July 28 and 29 will feature recitals by Berkeley performers, music written for the Berkeley carillon by Berkeley composers and others.MORE about 2018 Berkeley Carillon Festival

Lecture: Curator’s Talk - Matthew Coleman on Peter Hujar

Sunday, July 29 | 3-4:30 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
In this exhibition walk-through, BAMPFA Curatorial Assistant Matthew Coleman explores artist Peter Hujar’s distinctive and arresting photographic style and imagery.MORE about Curator’s Talk - Matthew Coleman on Peter Hujar

Film: The Middle of the World

Sunday, July 29 | 7-8:30 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
The Middle of the World describes a love affair between Paul, a Swiss engineer running for political office, and Adriana, an Italian immigrant working as a waitress. This film is a convincing, modern treatise on love, one not divorced from the contexts of politics, class and geography.MORE about <em>The Middle of the World</em>

The Middle of the World

Music: Little Folkies + North Country Blue

Tuesday, July 31 | 5:15-7 p.m. | Redwood Grove UC Botanical Garden
Enjoy a magical music experience this summer under towering redwoods in the Berkeley hills with Little Folkies + North Country Blue.MORE about Little Folkies + North Country Blue

Sports: First Wednesday Yoga Walk

Wednesday, August 1 | 9:30-10:30 a.m. | UC Botanical Garden
Experience the Botanical Garden in a new way as you reconnect with your body and nature in this 60-minute yoga walk with gentle movements, standing poses, and breathing exercises that awaken the senses. MORE about First Wednesday Yoga Walk

Workshop: Mindfulness for Well-Being

Thursday, August 2 | 9:30-10 a.m. | UC Botanical Garden
This weekly 30-minute mindfulness group will teach a variety of evidence-based practices designed to reduce stress and enhance well-being, all while taking in the beautiful surroundings of the UC Botanical Garden.MORE about Mindfulness for Well-Being

Music: Chris Smither + Forest Sun

Thursday, August 2 | 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 Chris Smither + Forest Sun.MORE about Chris Smither + Forest Sun

Lecture: The Faces of Japanese Performing Arts

Thursday, August 2 | 6-8 p.m. | 102 Kroeber Hall Hearst Museum of Anthropology
Nick Ishimaru will present a lecture on the history of Japanese performing arts, focusing on the types of masks and facial expressions used in these dramatic forms. He will bring several masks, demonstrate how to wear them and perform selected excerpts of plays to show how they would be used in performance.MORE about The Faces of Japanese Performing Arts

Film: The Lovers of Montparnasse

Thursday, August 2 | 7-8:30 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Jacques Becker’s biopic The Lovers of Montparnasse, released in the U.S. as Modigliani, is based loosely upon this Italian artist’s last days in Paris.MORE about <em>The Lovers of Montparnasse</em>

The Lovers of Montparnasse

Film: To Joy (Till glädje)

Friday, August 3 | 7:30-9 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
In To Joy, Ingmar Bergman dedicates his full attention to a theme that will recur in smaller filmic moments throughout his career: the idea of music’s redemptive power. (Mark Sandberg)MORE about <em>To Joy (Till glädje)</em>

To Joy (Till glädje)

Film: Ivan’s Childhood

Saturday, August 4 | 6-7:30 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Few debuts match the unequivocal power of Andrei Tarkovsky’s Ivan’s Childhood, a technical tour-de-force of flying crane shots, absurd angles, and arresting lighting merged with a powerful tale of war, violence, and childhood. (Jason Sanders)MORE about <em>Ivan’s Childhood</em>

Ivan’s Childhood

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