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Presentation: East Bay Science Cafe - Knotty Sculptures

Thursday, December 12 | 7-8:30 p.m. | Cafe Leila, 1724 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley
This cafe talk will start with a gentle introduction to mathematical knots and ways to describe and classify all possible knots. MORE about East Bay Science Cafe - Knotty Sculptures

Film: River’s Edge

Thursday, December 12 | 7 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Director Tim Hunter draws on the true story of a sixteen-year-old Milpitas student who strangles his fourteen-year-old girlfriend, taking us inside a morbid brat pack whose members include Crispin Glover, Keanu Reeves, and Ione Skye.MORE about <em>River’s Edge</em>

Performance: TDPS presents the 2019 Fall Choreography Showcase

December 12 – 13, 2019 every day | 5-9 p.m. | Room 7 Zellerbach Hall
With the guidance of Professor Joe Goode, an award-winning dance theater artist, TDPS students present original solos and duets.MORE about TDPS presents the 2019 Fall Choreography Showcase

Exhibit: Pleasure, Poison, Prescription, Prayer | The Worlds of Mind-Altering Substances

March 15 – December 15, 2019 every Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday | 11 a.m.-5 p.m. | Hearst Museum of Anthropology
The Hearst Museum considers the complex social and economic dynamics behind ten mind-altering drugs. MORE about Pleasure, Poison, Prescription, Prayer | The Worlds of Mind-Altering Substances

Sale: Berkeley Art Studio Holiday Pop-Up Shop

December 10 – 17, 2019 every day | 12-10 p.m. | 3rd floor Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union
Browse the Art Studio's selection of artist-made ceramics, drawings, paintings, prints, photographs and jewelry.MORE about Berkeley Art Studio Holiday Pop-Up Shop

Conference: 2019 BITSS Annual Meeting

Friday, December 13 | 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. | Wells Fargo Room Cheit Hall
The event brings together stakeholders from academia, scholarly publishing, and policy to share knowledge and discuss the evolving movement toward research transparency and efforts to strengthen the standards of openness and integrity in the social sciences.MORE about 2019 BITSS Annual Meeting

Performance: Eighth Blackbird

Saturday, December 14 | 8-10 p.m. | Zellerbach Playhouse
The group introduces us to a diverse cohort of exciting contemporary voices—mostly born in the 1980s and '90s—whose compositions are inspired by a thrilling range of topics, from Lewis Carroll stories to Afro-Caribbean traditions, Indian home cooking, and Icelandic glaciers. MORE about <em>Eighth Blackbird</em>

Roundtable Reading: The Cricket in Times Square by George Selden

Saturday, December 14 | 3 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Chester Cricket never intended to leave his Connecticut meadow. He’d be there still if he hadn’t followed the entrancing aroma of liverwurst right into someone’s picnic basket.MORE about The Cricket in Times Square by George Selden

Workshop: Gallery + Studio — A Landscape in Your Pocket

Saturday, December 14 | 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
After an interactive tour of Hinges: Sakaki Hyakusen and the Birth of Nanga Painting, experiment with a range of drawing materials on Japanese paper to create value and tone, and build an imaginary landscape on your own miniature folding screen.MORE about Gallery + Studio — A Landscape in Your Pocket

Performance: Jonathan Biss, piano

Sunday, December 15 | 3-5 p.m. | Hertz Concert Hall
The Complete Piano Sonatas of Ludwig van Beethoven.MORE about Jonathan Biss, piano

Film: 12:08 East of Bucharest

Sunday, December 15 | 7 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
“What’s all the fuss about the revolution? No one cares anymore,” says a young trophy mistress during the sixteenth anniversary of the Romanian revolution.MORE about <em>12:08 East of Bucharest</em>

Film: Like Someone in Love

Thursday, December 19 | 7 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
The director’s last narrative captures how humans move within and are shaped by landscapes and how cinema blurs the line between reality and performance.MORE about <em>Like Someone in Love</em>

Film: Varda by Agnès

Friday, December 20 | 7 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
A tribute to a legend of French cinema, produced by Varda’s daughter Rosalie, Varda by Agnès is the reality and the representation of a transcendent artist revealing herself in her final gift to the world.MORE about <em>Varda by Agnès</em>

Film: Amazing Grace

Friday, December 20 | 4 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
In 1972, Aretha Franklin recorded the live album Amazing Grace at the New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Watts, backed by the Southern California Community Choir. MORE about <em>Amazing Grace</em>

Film: Tokyo Twilight

Saturday, December 21 | 7 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Set among the twilit interiors, dingy bars, and mahjong parlors of Tokyo’s seedier quarters, the story tells of two sisters living with their father. MORE about <em>Tokyo Twilight</em>

Film: Fanny and Alexander

Thursday, December 26 | 12 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Ingmar Bergman’s dreamlike family chronicle is set in turn-of-the-century Sweden, where the members of an upper-middle-class theatrical clan are sheltered by their own theatrics from the deepening chaos of the outside world. MORE about <em>Fanny and Alexander</em>

Film: Miles Davis — Birth of the Cool

Saturday, December 28 | 7 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
A documentary that matches the artistry and dynamism of Miles Davis, who defined and embodied “cool” through his music, casual demeanor, and chiseled good looks. MORE about <em>Miles Davis — Birth of the Cool</em>

Film: Fire and Ashes — Making the Ballet RAkU

Sunday, December 29 | 2:30 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Set in historic Japan, the ballet is a fictional tale filled with passion, lust, loss, pain, and compassion, based on a true event: the burning of the beautiful Temple of the Golden Pavilion in Kyoto.MORE about <em>Fire and Ashes — Making the Ballet RAkU</em>