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Critic’s choice

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

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

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

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>

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

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: 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

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>

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

Botanical garden: Spring plant sale

Sunday, April 29 | 10 a.m.-3 p.m. | UC Botanical Garden
Come to the annual Spring Plant Sale and select from a wide variety of plants, featuring drought-tolerant plants.MORE about Spring plant sale

Panel Discussion: Standing at the Edge - Finding Freedom Where Fear and Courage Meet with Joan Halifax and Dacher Keltner

Sunday, April 29 | 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. | Freight & Salvage
Zen roshi (teacher) and anthropologist Joan Halifax has spent much of her life exploring questions of life and death. Her new book, “Standing at the Edge: Finding Freedom Where Fear and Courage Meet,” which Arianna Huffington called “essential reading for our time,” is the culmination of her lifelong study of mindfulness, compassion, and generosity. Emotion expert and director of UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center Dacher Keltner will interview.MORE about Standing at the Edge - Finding Freedom Where Fear and Courage Meet with Joan Halifax and Dacher Keltner

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>

Panel Discussion: Smart Activism - History and Hope with Rebecca Solnit and L.A. Kaufmann

Sunday, April 29 | 2:30-3:45 p.m. | San Francisco Chronicle Stage in the Park
How can activism be most effective today? Let’s look to history. Come hear one of the Bay Area’s most famous activists and writers—Rebecca Solnit — in conversation with longtime friend and movement insider L.A. Kauffman on the history and future of activism.MORE about Smart Activism - History and Hope with Rebecca Solnit and L.A. Kaufmann

Theater: The Dream of Kitamura

April 22 – 29, 2018 every Sunday | 2-3:30 p.m. | Zellerbach Playhouse
Eerily evocative, non-linear, and movement-driven, The Dream of Kitamura tells the ghostly, mythic tale of Lord
Rosanjin, who believes he is marked for death by the demon Kitamura. His horror is so profound that he hires two bodyguards — but are they who they appear to be?MORE about <em>The Dream of Kitamura</em>

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