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Music: Nine Pound Shadow + We Are The West

Thursday, July 19 | 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 Nine Pound Shadow + We Are The West.MORE about Nine Pound Shadow + We Are The West

Film: Il grido (The Cry)

Thursday, July 19 | 7-8:30 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Director Michelangelo Antonioni explores“the landscape I remember from my childhood,” the desolate vistas of the Po Valley, to film a study of a man who, deserted by his mistress, sets out with his little daughter in search of peace of mind and a new life.MORE about <em>Il grido (The Cry)</em>

Il grido (The Cry)

Film: Prison

Friday, July 20 | 7:30-9 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Ingmar Bergman’s first major work, Prison makes a strong case for the proclamation that opens it: “Human life is an inferno.” Gunnar Fischer’s hard-edged expressionist cinematography is ideally suited to the harsh subject matter.MORE about <em>Prison</em>

Film: Falbalas

Friday, July 20 | 7-8:30 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
A talented yet vain couturier runs roughshod over workers, friends, and lovers in Jacques Becker’s vividly realist drama on Parisian haute couture.MORE about <em>Falbalas</em>

Lecture: Grounds for Science - Can video games make artificial intelligence more intelligent?

Friday, July 20 | 6:30-8 p.m. | Scarlet City Espresso Bar, 3960 Adeline St., Emeryville
Scientists commonly test deep neural networks by teaching them to play video games. Adam Stooke will describe why neural networks are often able to outperform humans in many Atari video games and explore what challenges lay ahead in the field of artificial intelligence.MORE about Grounds for Science - Can video games make artificial intelligence more intelligent?

Artificial Intelligence? Image: Benedicte Rossi

Film: Blow-Up

Saturday, July 21 | 6-7:30 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
For his first English-language film, Michelangelo Antonioni set a metaphysical mystery in the world of fashion, at a time when the director’s metaphysics had itself become a fad.MORE about <em>Blow-Up</em>

Blow-Up

Film: The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill

Saturday, July 21 | 4-5:30 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Saturated with local color, Judy Irving’s film weaves elements of nature documentary and personal portraiture into a tale of love and survival in the urban jungle. This is the story of a flock of wild cherry-headed conures and one man, Mark Bittner, who, like the birds, has endured hardship and displacement but eventually flourished in the unique habitat of North Beach.MORE about <em>The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill</em>

The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill

Lecture: Us and Our Microbiotas - Mainly a Gut Reaction

Saturday, July 21 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 100 Genetics & Plant Biology Building
We have more bacteria in our gut than cells in our entire body. This little piece of information, realized in the past decade or so, has directed a spotlight on the gut microbiota, as scientists scramble to understand what this means for our existence.MORE about Us and Our Microbiotas - Mainly a Gut Reaction

Gut biome image by Darryl Leja, NIH

Workshop: Seeing and Reading - Graphic Design with Mary Banas

Saturday, July 21 | 1-2:30 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
This intensive graphic design workshop led by designer and CCA professor Mary Banas will offer participants a chance to engage the imagery and poetry from Way Bay 2 in a new way, experiment with a Risograph printer, and create a collaborative book to take home. Workshop is limited to twenty participants.MORE about Seeing and Reading - Graphic Design with Mary Banas

Workshop: Woodblock Printing

Sunday, July 22 | 10 a.m.-3 p.m. | UC Botanical Garden
Looking closely at plant forms and shapes to create a graphic image inspired by the UC Botanical Garden, participants will learn the process of translating their designs to a woodblock or linoleum block for carving and printing. Each student will get a small wood block, linoleum block, and a 3-piece carving set to use and keep.MORE about Woodblock Printing

Woodblock

Film: The Other Side of Hope

Sunday, July 22 | 7-8:30 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Khaled (Sherwan Haji) emerges from a pile of coal on a ship docked in Helsinki. A refugee from Syria, searching for the sister who is his only surviving relative, he is quickly absorbed into the bureaucracy of exile.MORE about <em>The Other Side of Hope</em>

Film: Antoine et Antoinette

Sunday, July 22 | 5-6:30 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
The first of Jacques Becker’s three loosely plotted postwar films on the changing structure of French life, Antoine et Antoinette follows one young working-class couple in a cramped, overcrowded Paris, and the husband’s desperate search for a missing lottery ticket.MORE about <em>Antoine et Antoinette</em>

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>

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

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

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

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: 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

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>

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