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Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Photos by Andrew Eccles
Critic’s choice

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

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

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

Special Event: Zero Waste Fair

Thursday, April 26 | 12-3 p.m. | Memorial Glade
Join the Student Environmental Resource Center at UC Berkeley's first zero waste carnival, as part of Earth Week 2018 at UC Berkeley. Come play zero-waste themed games and win prizes. Facebook event here: www.facebook.com/events/309830269545290/MORE about Zero Waste Fair

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

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

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>

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>

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>

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>

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

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

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: 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

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

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

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

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>

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